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Unboxing + Review: FabFitFun Fall 2017 Fall in Love

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Another season, another FabFitFun box! Granted, I have had this box for awhile now but I ended up going on vacation before  I could write my unboxing. Whoops! 

FabFitFun is still one of my favourite subscriptions and I look forward to it every three months. As the seasons change, I love discovering what’s on my box and these unboxings are always so much fun! The theme for Fall’s box is Fall in Love. This season’s box is full of some great things that are perfect for the season.

Before we start, here’s some information about the subscription for those who are unfamiliar with it. FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box that contains everything from beauty to fitness items. Seriously a mishmash of many different products for the season. Every box tends to be very high value (I’m talking in the $200+ and then some range most of the time!) so it’s not your typical subscription box. If you would like to try this subscription, please use my link here.

So let’s get started!

FabFitFun has a subscription feature called Choice. This is available to all subscribers where, every season, there is a theme or two where you can pick and choose the item you would like to receive. For Fall, there were two Choices you had to make.

The first Choice theme was Beauty Innovation Boost. The choice was betwen the Moir Dental Club Organic Carbon + Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder and Toothbrush ($43.95 USD) and the DPHue Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse ($35.00 USD). Honestly, I didn’t really like either choice but I went with the hair rinse. I like using a clarifying shampoo so I thought I would give this a try as it seems to work in a similar way.

The second Choice theme was Fashion Boost where you were able to choose between the B-Low the Belt Mia Belt in Tan or Black ($55.00 USD) or The Jetset Diaries Cable Knit Beanie in Dusty Rose or Black ($49.00 USD).  As it’s getting cooler otuside (and the fact that I rarely wear belts in the first place), I chose the beanie. Besides, I love toques this season! And quite honestly, I have been using this toque for the last few weeks already. It’s so cute! 🙂

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Now onto the standard box contents! 

The Mer-Sea + Co Scarf in grey ($98.00 USD) is super soft and cozy! To be honest, I am wearing it over my shoulders right now. It’s also super cute with tassels and an ombre pattern. i really like this grey one as it goes with literally everything! Plus, it also goes great with the black  Jetset Diaries beanie I got! I am super happy with this one and it will come in very handy at home, at work (I don’t know about you but sometimes my office is chilly!) and out and about as a scarf. Loving the versatility! And grey goes with everything. 😉

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Next, how about a nice gym or overnight/weekend bag? This Private Party Gym Bag ($59.00 USD) is perfect for this! I know I can definitely make use of it when camping season starts up again. This will be perfect to keep a couple of changes of clothes, some makeup and toiletries and a book among other things. There is an outside compartment and an inner pocked to help you keep smaller things organized. The bag came in a couple of different sayings but mine was “Gym & Juice”.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

The Imm Living Coxet Wite Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder ($33.00 USD) is a rose gold and porcelain jewelry holder. It’s nice to hang your earrings and keep your rings in the dish but it’s not my favourite item in this box. I’m just not digging it for some reason… maybe it’s because I don’t need another jewelry dish. I have enough for the jewelry that I own.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

This next item is pretty practical… especially in my case as I have so much tension in my neck and shoulders. I am sitting at a desk most days for work so that doesn’t help. The Mytagalongs Hot and Cold Gel Pack ($15.00 USD) is going to be great for soothing aches and pains. You can put it in the freezer before using it cold or heat it in the microwave if you want to use it hot. This will come in handy after massages to deal with the pain and it’s even portable enough to keep at work. Or you can use it as a heating bag if you’re chilly. This is a great addition to the Fall box!

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Now on to the beauty items! <3

The Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil ($12.50 USD) is great if you love the scent of lavender! It is a nourishing blend of vitamins and organic oils, such as, argan oil and bamboo extract. Meant to moisturize and soften your cuticles. I don’t often use a cuticle oil but this one smells divine! But then again, I’m a fan of lavender.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Next is the Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask ($48.00 USD). This mud mask includes natural ingredients like aloe, rosehim oil and bentonite clay. It’s said to help your skin become smoother and softer while slowing down the aging process.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

This next one is my fave – the trestique Matte Color and Shiny Balm Lip Crayon in Florence Fig lipstick and Rose balm ($28.00 USD) is great! I was already a huge trestique fan, receiving their items in other subscription boxes, so it was great to see this full-sized product in my Fall Box. 

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Last but not least was the Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths (Sponsored Product). We already use this in our household so we are no stranger to this product. Having this little travel pack is handy! Juuust in case. 😉

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

So that’s it for my Fall box! What a great mix of things this season. I’m sure I will be using most of it! The only thing that didn’t really catch my eye was the jewelry holder and hair rinse. I’m still up in the air when it comes to the cuticle oil and mud mask, too.  Still, I can’t complain too much because the scarf, beanie, bag, gel pack, and lip crayon are so great!

How are you liking the Fall box items? See you all soon for the Winter box! I just received it today and I can’t wait to show it to you!

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

 

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy November 2017 All You

ipsy november 2017

 

November was a very hectic and busy month! I had to put blogging aside in favour of things in real life that needed more attention at the time. Then with vacation towards the end of the month, time to spend blogging was quite scarce. So at the end of the day, November was spent taking a break to recharge from everything!

But I’m back now and I hope that my new content that I’m planning in the coming weeks will be well received. I know I need to go beyond Shop My Stashes and unboxings in order for my blog (and myself) to grow.

Right now, though, I would still like to share my November ipsy glam bag with you. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription from the US. This subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link here. 

ipsy november 2017 all you

 

Getting on with the glam bag, November’s theme was All You. There were two jewel-toned bags available – one in gold and another in teal. I received the teal one which is perfect because other than my love for purple, I usually gravitate towards blues and greens. I’m not sure if I would’ve like the gold one at all. Within this teal bag were five items. Spoiler alert: I loved it all!

 

ipsy november 2017

ipsy november 2017 all you

 

The first product I received was the Barfly Highlighter in the shade Candlelit from ‘Tini Beauty ($12.00 USD, 3.5 g, full sized). This is a cream highlighter stick that is super cute and super portable. Candlelit is a soft pink shade that is easy to apply and goes on super smooth. It’s very pigmented and also easy to blend. I’m a big fan of stick highlighters (and honestly, just highlighters in general!) so I’m looking forward to using this one more. Plus this is full sized! Can’t go wrong with that! I love receiving full sized items on my ipsy bag.

 

ipsy november 2017 tini beauty barfly highlighter

 

The Crown Brush C141 Chisel Brush ($5.69 USD, full sized) is so soft! This looks like it will be a great brush to apply powders like blush, highlighters and finishing/setting powders. Can’t say to to a new brush! Especially one this soft!

 

ipsy november 2017 crown brush c141

 

I’ve never tried MAC primers before so I was happy to see the MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Primer ($5.00 CAN, 6 ml, deluxe sample). This is a highlighting primer so it’s said to give your face a glow. The description states that it controls oil, hydrates and smoothes you your complexion. The vitamin E and C that’s in this primer will help protect your skin from things like smog, pollution and free radicals. Looking forward to really giving this product a try!

 

ipsy november 2017 mac primer

 

As a self-proclaimed lip balm junkie, the Sky Iceland Berry Lip Fix ($7.00 CAN, 5 ml, deluxe sample) was a welcomed surprise! Add to that the temperatures are dropping so it was perfect timing. My lips are so dry from the colder temperatures! This is a vegan and all-natural lip balm.

 

ipsy november 2017 skyn iceland berry lip fix

 

Last but not least is a product from a brand that I really like. I received the tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in the shade Feisty ($10.00 CAN, 1.5g, deluxe sample). Feisty is a dusty rose shade… but from the looks of it, it looks more dusty than rose. I’m a big fan of these blushes! It’s great for both dry and oily skin. It’s easy to apply, blendable and buildable. I don’t have this shade yet so I will be adding this to my collection!

 

ipsy november 2017 tarte blush

 

That’s it for November! The value of this bag was $44.57 CAN (based on today’s exchange rate). I adore everything that was in this bag so it was totally worth it for me this month!

How did your ipsy glam bag fare? Did you love it? Was it not so great? Share in the comments below! 

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Shop My Stash: October 2017 … and an Update!

shop my stash october 2017

 

Howdy everyone! Yes, I do realize that it’s the middle of October already and I still haven’t posted this month’s Shop My Stash and September’s recap. All with good reason, of course. Which will all be explained below…

First off, October was actually a tough one for me to put a basket together for. This was mostly because I have so much on the go in terms of open products that I actually really like and use on the daily. Hence why I’m not in a huge rush with September’s recap as I’m still using the majority of it right now! I think this is a good thing. It only means that I’m finding things that I love and that my collection is being used and is in essence shrinking… which was the goal I had set myself when I started my Shop My Stash series in the first place! 

I’m going to tell you right now – don’t expect October’s basket to be chock full of products. In fact, I only have six items in it. I will explain as we go along…

What is a Shop My Stash?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Every month, I will be going into my makeup collection and – you guessed it – I will shop my stash. ? Just think of it as a haul post but instead of makeup I bought at Sephora or at Shoppers Drug Mart, it’s a haul straight from my own collection! And I’m hoping that by doing this monthly, I won’t get bored of the products I chose like I did in last year’s Project Pan. 

If you’re interested, you can find my other Shop My Stash posts here.

How Shop My Stash Works… and an Update!

If you have been following along, you are aware that every month, I take one or two products of a certain type (be it eyeshadow, primer or mascara) and put them in a basket. As we are into Month #10, I found a need to modify this a little bit. First off, in addition to the product categories that are still on the go, I am breaking down the list of product types into the following categories, as well: 

  • Success! – This category consists of the products where I no longer have many different products for. Because of that, I no longer need to use up products on a rotation schedule. There is only one or a couple left in these categories.
  • Working On It! But On Hold For Now… – There were some categories where I still have to work on my stash but there are currently a number of products that I like and are open and in use. In order to give myself a chance to use the open items, I have put a freeze on these categories until it’s time to use something new. I will start these up again in the near future once I finish up some of my products that are on the go.

If you haven’t noticed, I did not include any lip products (lipstick, lipgloss, etc.) to my list. This is because they are already in rotation in my purse. I change them around a lot so I didn’t think they needed special attention like the rest of these products!

At the end of each month I will have to make a few decisions: keep the product, continue using it (for those holy grail products I must always use) or get rid of it. I’m hoping that by doing this I can help identify my loves and get rid of what I don’t want anymore. I hope that I can get my collection under control.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I am not going to be limited to only using what’s in my basket. If there’s something I want to use then by all means, I will! The basket is just there to help give me something to focus on that month. 

Then at the end of the month, I will summarize my monthly basket (what I loved, what I didn’t love, etc.) and then I will pick out a new basket of products!

Shop My Stash for October 2017

Here’s the skinny. The skinny basket, that is. There are only six products in this month’s basket. And I want it to be clear… I have been using all of these since October 1st!

 

shop my stash october 2017

  • Face primer: Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Face Primer
  • Foundation / BB Cream: Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Foundation in Cream Beige, Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder in Natural Beige
  • Setting Spray: Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray

 

shop my stash october 2017 becca jaclyn hill

top row: blushes in the shades rose spritz, amaretto and pamplemousse
bottom row: highlighters in champagne pop and prosecco pop

  • Blush and Highlighter: BECCA Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette featuring three blushes and two highlighters

 

shop my stash october 2017 buxom

left to right: silk sheets, spoiled sexy, bold bling, haute couture, patent leather, wild nights

shop my stash october 2017 buxom

left to right: satin seduction, gold status, mink magnet, big spender, made of jade, dusk ’til dawn

  • Eye shadow (palette or singles): Buxom Custom 6-Pan Eyeshadow Bar Palettes (that I got for, I believe $20 each when Sephora had them on sale online)

It’s quite the mix of Wet n’ Wild this month! And even though I am just posting this now, I have been using these since October 1st. 🙂

Success!

Well, now that I’ve gone through what’s in my basket, I thought I would write a quick summary of the product categories which I have been successful in finally getting under control! I still have two months left in the Shop My Stash 2017 series and I was planning on doing a HUGE recap in January but things are already so different from how things were in January that I thought I’d do a quick update now.

These categories of products are pretty much under control now. If something new comes into my collection, I can easily decide what to do with it because I know what’s in my collection. I can decide to try it and keep it or just sell or give it away if I don’t need it. This is great progress!

As of the end of September 2017, seven out of the 17 categories have been a success! It’s a great feeling! 🙂 Here they are:

  1. Color Corrector – I didn’t have many of these in the first place so this one was a quick win!
  2. Concealer I have finished going through what I have in my stash and there haven’t been any new concealers introduced to it or purchased. I’m only using the ones that I love right now. 🙂 
  3. Setting Powder – Similar to concealers, I’m only using what I love now. 
  4. Pore Reducer – I am down to one: Benefit’s The POREfessional
  5. Eye Primer – I only have a handlful of the ones that I love left in my collection and I plan on using them all!
  6. Brow Setting Gel – I’m also down to one with this one! In fact, I just finished my MAC Setting Gel and have moved on to the Pixi Beauty Brow Tamer
  7. Mascara Primer – Again, I’m down to one with this one. I finished my tarte Opening Act deluxe sample and I’m using my deluxe sample of Dior’s Diorshow Maximizer primer which has always been my favourite of all time in this category.

Working On It! But On Hold For Now…

There were some categories where I know I still have some work to do to trim down my stash but I have a number of open products that I like and really want to use. In order to give myself a chance to use these items, I have essentially put the following categories on hold. I will start these up again when I’m ready. 

  • Eyeliner
  • Brow
  • Mascara
  • Bronzer – This is an odd one – the only reason this one is “on hold” is because my skin is still a couple of shades darker from the summer. I still have no need for  bronzer right now.

And that’s it for October! Apologies again for getting this up late. I really was trying to figure things out for awhile there. But I did figure it out and I know what I’m doing with this initiative again.

Hope you’re still enjoying this series! Let me know about your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. 🙂

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Unboxing + Review: Boxycharm September 2017 Boxy Baddie

boxycharm september 2017

 

Hope you all had a great week! With Thanksgiving last weekend, it was a short work week and the weekend is around the corner again so I can’t complain! For my fellow Canadians, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I know I enjoyed mine! Family, friends, food, relaxation… what more could I have asked for?  🙂

 

boxycharm september 2017

 

Anyways, back to blogging. 🙂 Let’s talk about September’s Boxycharm! The theme was Boxy Baddie. For those of you who are not familiar with Boxycharm, the details are as follows.

Boxycharm is an American subscription box that ships to Canada. It is $21.00 USD per month or you can get a small discount for a 3-month, 6-month or annual subscription. You can cancel at anytime which is nice. Each month you will receive four to five full-sized beauty items. If you would like to try this sub, I would appreciate it if you would use my link here. 🙂

So let’s get started with this unboxing! I was really excited about this first product – the PUR Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 USD) is beautiful!

 

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

From Top to Bottom: Private Party, Socialite, Gala, Mogul

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

From Top to Bottom: Splurge, Stunner, Snazzy, Epic

boxycharm september 2017 pur soiree diaries

From Top to Bottom: Glitzy, Twinkle, Dazzle, Cosmo

This palette contains eight neutral mattes and four glitter shades. You can create four looks using the trio of colours vertically… but of course, you aren’t limited to just those. After using this for about a week now, I find that the shades are very pigmented and they blend out very easily. It’s a pretty slim palette that isn’t heavy so it’s compact enough for travel.

 

boxycharm september 2017 mac cosmetics eye brow pencil in spiked

boxycharm september 2017 mac cosmetics eye brow pencil in Spiked

 

Next, I received an Eyebrow Pencil in the shade Spiked from MAC Cosmetics ($18.00 USD). Gotta admit, until recently, I haven’t seen MAC products in beauty boxes so it’s nice to finally see them in the mix! The shade Spiked is a dark brown which is perfect for me since I like to use a shade lighter on my black brows. it makes it look more natural.  There is also no need to use a sharpener with this one so that’s a plus!

 

boxycharm september 2017 colourpop ultra satin littlestitious

 

boxycharm september 2017 colourpop ultra satin littlestitious

 

I also received a ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip in Littlestitious ($6.00 USD). I have a number of Ultra Satin’s and I really like the formulation. Unfortunately, this shade isn’t for me. It’s too light for my skin tone but I think it would look great on lighter skin tones. It is a great product so I will pass this on to someone who will be able to use it. 

 

boxycharm september 2017 luminous loose blush studio makeup

 

Next up, we have the Luminous Loose Blush from Studio Makeup ($35.00 USD). This looks like a very neutral shade. I don’t own any powder blushes so I’m curious to see how this product is! My first impression was that I love this type of packaging. I have a Gosh setting powder in similar packaging and it’s great! Because you can essentially “close” and seal the holes where the product sifts through, it’s less messy which is great especially if you ever want to take it somewhere. There’s no need for you to open the jar only to have the possibility of powder flying everywhere and making a mess! This type of packaging is so great!

 

boxycharm september 2017 bareminerals face perfecting brush

 

boxycharm september 2017 bareminerals face perfecting brush

 

The bareMinerals Face Perfecting Brush ($28.00 USD) is unique in that there is a reservoir in the middle where you put your foundation in it before you application. I tried that method a few times and found that I ended up using too much foundation doing it that way. I also tried it where I would dot my face with foundation and blend it in. The brush works well both ways but I prefer the latter.

 

boxycharm september 2017 briogeo don't despair repair deep conditioning mask

Last, but not least, is the Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask from Briogeon ($20.00 USD). I have used a deluxe sample of this so I have tried it before. I really like it! It made my hair super soft and I like the scent. This is a great deep conditioner.

That is all for September! The total value of this box was $141.00 USD (which is $175.00 CAD based on today’s exchange rate) which makes it a high value box. I also really like how you get full-sized (or almost full-sized) items. It totally makes this box worth it! Love it!

What did you think of September’s Boxycharm?

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

 

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy September 2017 Like A Boss

ipsy september 2017

 

It’s October and here is September’s ipsy glam bag! I don’t know about you but I love fall! Not so much the cold or the approaching winter but the colours are amazing on the trees. I got to really enjoy them when we went on our last camping trip of the season this past weekend. It’s beautiful outside! 

 

ipsy september 2017

ipsy September 2017

 

Another month, another ipsy glam bag. September’s theme is Like A Boss. The five products comes in a slick looking black glam bag. It’s black, faux leather and features spikes. How’s that for a “boss” of a bag? 😉 

 

ipsy september 2017

 

The first item I received is the Luxie Rose Gold Medium Angled Shading Eye Brush #207 ($14.99 USD). I love all my Luxie brushes so I have high hopes for this one! The bristles are so soft and if they are like my other Luxie eye brushes, the make blending your eyeshadows super easy. So glad I received this! And honestly, the rose gold is beautiful!

 

ipsy september 2017 pixi

 

Next up is the Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey ($7.93 USD). I love the looks of this blush! Use one side or the other or mix the two up. 🙂 Using a light hand, this could also make a great highlighter because of the shimmer. Multi-purpose products are always a huge plus for me!

 

ipsy september 2017 smashbox

 

I also received the Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer ($9.75 USD). I’m always on the fence with Smashbox primers but I will give this one a try.  I’m not sure if it’s an all over primer or just something I would maybe mix in with my foundation. Might be good for winter as it will give you a bit of a glow!

 

ipsy september 2017

ipsy september 2017

 

The next product I received was the Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetal ($4.55 USD). This isn’t really my kind of shade… I don’t often wear black shades or grey shades very often. I think this one is a pass for me.

 

ipsy september 2017 bio fresh

 

Last but not least was the re:p real elemental practice Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herb ($6.31 USD). I haven’t used masks as often lately but I think I will try this one. It smells really nice and it looks like it will be good for sensitive skin.

That’s September’s bag! Valued at $43.53 USD ($54.48 CAN based on today’s exchange rate), it’s not the highest valued bag I have received but it’s still not bad. I will still use most of it, except for maybe the eyeshadow, so that’s okay.

Like what you see here and would like to try ipsy? This subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link here. 

What was in your ipsy bag this month? 🙂

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Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.