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Unboxing + Review: ipsy May 2017 Summer Friday

ipsy may 2017

 

Are you ready for summer? I sure am! And May’s glam bag is just the thing one needs to kickstart their summer season.

Titled Summer Friday, May’s glam bag is so cute and proper. It features ice cream and popsicles and is waterproof. It screams summer and is perfect for the pool, the beach and other summer activities!

 

ipsy may 2017

ipsy may 2017

I received a good mix of products in May. Let’s take a look!

ipsy may 2017 benefit cosmetics gimme brow

 

The first item in my bag was the Benefit Cosmetics gimme brow volumizing fiber gel in the shade 5 ($10.67 CAD, 1 g). I used to love gimme brow. The old version. I’m not sure if they changed the formulation of this when they changed the packaging but I have tried this new version before but it didn’t work out too well for me. The skin around my brows became super dry. I couldn’t tell if it was an allergic reaction or if it just dried out my skin. I don’t know if I received old product… so I’m a bit pensive. I’m not sure if I will try this again. I have heard that it has worked wonders for others, though! 

 

ipsy may 2017 hempz

 

Next we have the Hempz Pomegranate Herbal Body Moisturizer ($7.50 CAD, 2.25 oz). This is a nice sized sample and smells heavenly! I will definitely be trying this one out.

 

ipsy may 2017 trestique

 

The trestique Mini Matte Lip Crayon I received what in the shade Tuscan Wine ($10.67 USD, 0.025 oz). I’m not sure about this colour. I don’t often use colours this dark and dramatic. While I love the formulation (I have other shades of this product), I think I am going to pass on this shade. This doesn’t quite work with my day-to-day work and weekend looks. It would be nice, though, if I were going glam… which doesn’t happen often.

 

ipsy may 2017 luxie

ipsy may 2017 luxie

 

This next product is great – Luxie Beauty’s Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 ($30.91 USD). This brush can be used to apply liquid, cream or powder foundations, concealers, highlighters and bronzers. I absolutely adore my other Luxie brushes so I’m happy to add this to my collection. They feel so soft and work so well. Plus, the handle colour of the Dreamcatcher line is beautiful!

 

ipsy may 2017  kvossnyc

 

The final product in my May glam bag is the KVossNYC Macaroon Lip Balm in Light Cream ($14.00 USD, 0.25 oz). Being the self-proclaimed lip balm junkie that I am, I always welcome a new lip balm to try! It smells sweet and it’s supposed to be very moisturizing. Looking forward to trying this. 🙂

So that’s it for this month! The total value of my May ipsy glam bag was roughly $92.00 CAD based on today’s exchange rate. That’s not bad at all! The unfortunate part is that I don’t love all the products. Aside from the body lotion, brush and lip balm, I am not a fan of the other products. That’s the risk you take with these beauty subscriptions! 

 

ipsy may 2017

 

This is my final remaining monthly subscription. The remainder of my subscriptions are all seasonal. I’m okay with that, though, because I do need to downsize my collection badly. Subscriptions can really pile up! Oh well, I am still enjoying my ipsy bag. I love at least having one sub to surprise me every month. 🙂

Like what you see here? For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, 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. 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! 

ipsy august 2016

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 April 2017 Side Show

ipsy glam bag april 2017

 

April’s ipsy glam bag is your ticket in to the show. Literally. The bag is a shaped like a ticket! 🙂

The theme for April’s bag is Side Show. It represents fun – like having fun at the arcade, having fun on the rides and just having fun in general.

While the bag itself is unique and cute, it does lack storage space in that it’s not the ipsy bag that would hold the most stuff. It is more about how it looks than it is practical, in my opinion. Still super cute, though. It would make a great conversation starter if you use it as a clutch!

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017

ipsy glam bag April 2017

 

Moving on, let’s take a look at the items I received in my bag.

The first item in my glam bag also embodies the “fun” vibe. The Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Angle Blush Brush ($5.00 USD) has unicorns and rainbows on it. This seems to be the “in thing” with a lot of companies nowadays, especially with unicorns, so I feel like this brush is very current. And the whole Lisa Frank think is totally a throwback to my childhood. I grew up loving Lisa Frank products and often saw the Lisa Frank ads in my Archie comic books and digests. I used to collect the stickers, buy stationery for school… the handle on this brush is just so nostalgic for me! The brush itself has very soft bristles with rose gold on the handle. So cute! This would be a great brush, not only for blush, but for power highlighters and bronzers, as well.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Glamour Dolls Lisa Frank

 

Next up, we have the Adesse New York Cupuacu Butter Lip Balm ($24.00 USD, 3 g) – and it is indeed full sized! Being the lip balm junking that I am, I was happy to see this. I have never heard of the brand Adesse before so I’m looking forward to trying it. The site says that this lip balm will smooth, moisturize and hydrate your lips. It looks two-toned but it’s mostly sheer and the centre core is “infused with cold pressed Cupaucu Butter”. The ginger mint scent is subtle but not my favourite. I find lip butters to be more moisturizing than just simple lip balms so I’m curious to see if that’s the case with this one.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Adesse

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Adesse

 

Now how cute is this packaging? I recieved the Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in the shade Palm Island ($8.00 USD, 0.1 oz). Stars and a bow – what can I say? I am a sucker for cute packaging! 🙂 Palm Island is a mid to dark bronze. I think this shade should work on me… as long as I’m not super tanned. It feels silky to the touch and is lightweight. What I really like about this is that it’s a matte bronzer. There’s now glitter or shimmer or anything. I also love how it comes in a mini size. i can definitely keep it in my camping makeup bag and use it for travel in general.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Ciate

ipsy glam bag April 2017

 

This one I am super curious about. The Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($6.99 USD, 1 ml) says it is Japanese made on the packaging and I’ve had great success with some Asian eyeliners in the past. It has a super thin, super precise tip which is what I usually use with liquid liners so this is right up my alley! Reminds me a bit of my holy grail Kat Von D Tattoo Liner that I adore. I haven’t tried it yet because I currently still have one KVD and an Essence eyeliner that I’m using but I will certainly try this one in the future. I hope it works well. 

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Jesse's Girl

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Jesse's Girl

 

The last item in my bag was the Avene Rich Compensating Cream ($3.50 USD, 5 ml). I am a big fan of Avene moisturizers and this one would have been very handy this past winter when my face felt drier than usual. This is a richer, thicker moisturizer that is said to melt into your skin to soothe and nourish it. It doesn’t hurt to keep a product like this around if you tend to have dry skin at times. I’m sure I will be using it at some point in time.

 

ipsy glam bag April 2017 Avene

 

And there we have it. The total value of my April ipsy glam bag was $47.49 USD which makes it around $65 CAD at today’s exchange rate. That’s not bad.

This wasn’t my absolute favourite bag but it was still pretty good. I will be using pretty much everything I received so that’s always a plus!

What was in your April glam bag? 

Until next time, friends!

ipsy august 2016

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: Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 – Femininity

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

I cannot believe that we are well into February already! A lot happened in January so that disappeared in a blink of the eye! January definitely flew by in a flash.

I still have some catch up to do when it comes to writing about my subscription boxes. I really wanted to write about this one sooner because it’s one of my fave subs but because January was too eventful (both good and bad) and my Macbook Pro died on me (I’m currently using the hubby’s ‘on loan’ or my desktop which isn’t quite set up for image editing as well as my Macbook was until I get a new laptop!), it had to wait.  But better late than never, right?

For those of you who ware not familiar with this subscription: Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a lifestyle box which contains five items that are a mix of deluxe or full sized beauty times,  hand-curated artisan items and lifestyle items.  It is priced at $38.00 CAD (or $28 USD) per month and comes 12 times a year.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box does offer a VIP member option in addition to the standard subscription. This is just an option – you are not required to opt into this – but for $30.00 CAD per year, you can opt into this program. Please note that you must already be a subscriber and that the cost is on top of your monthly subscription cost. BUT you get a full year of extra perks and surprises for $2.50 CAD per month.  If you do decide to join, please put my name in the field where it asks who referred you – Olivia from starpixel. I would very much appreciate it! 🙂

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

Now let’s get into the good stuff! January’s theme is Femininity and everything in this box screams it. Can I also say that I love the teal box that it came in? Teal is one of my fave colours. 😉 

January’s box came with four beauty items, one artisan item and two lifestyle items… that’s more than the usual five items so you’re already ahead with this one! Because I am a VIP member, I also received a bonus item AND because I participated in the Ambassador Contest, I was gifted some extra goodies as a generous thank you! So there is definitely a lot to cover here, so let’s get started!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Charmed Makeup

 

Let’s start with beauty. The first item in the beauty category is really two items! I received two makeup brushes from Charmed Makeup ($36.00 CAD). I have not heard of this brand before so this is a new one for me. The first brush is their Small All-Over Brush #58 from their Organic Collection. It is said to work with both creams and powders. The tapered head should make this a good under eye brush for concealer. They call in an “all-over” brush because you can use it your face or lips and even for applying eyeshadow. The other brush I received is their Contour Brush… though it is smaller than other contour brushes I own. This looks like it would make a great eyeshadow blending brush… and it’s so soft! Looking forward to trying both of these out.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Maybelline Baby Lips

 

The next beauty item I received was a Green Tea Makeup Remover ($14.99 CAD, 75 ml). On the product card, it says it’s a White Label Product for Miss Blanco. I have tried this and it does a good job of removing my makeup. The way I have been using it is by applying it onto a round cotton pad and then wiping off my makeup but you can also spray it on your face before wiping it off. Applying it on a cotton round is just my preferred method. It is also a no-rinse formula so that makes it super convenient! I don’t find that it leaves a residue and I really like the light scent that it has.

The final beauty item was the Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm in Coral Crave ($4.99 CAD). I have tried the regular Baby Lips lip balm before and I just wasn’t a fan. I will have to try out this medicated one, though. Maybe I will like it more because it is minty and and I am a big fan of mint lip balms! The coral colour is also very nice. Assuming this version of Baby Lips works for me, I can see putting this in my purse for every day wear whenever you need it. It is quite handy for the dry winter months!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

Moving onto the artisan item, this month I received a digital download of this cute Deer Head Art Print ($6.66 CAD). I have been on a huge deer kick as of late – you will see more of that in my next favourites post – so I thought this was great! Love the colours, as well! It will definitely give a dull room a pop of colour!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

I received two lifestyle items. The first one is this gorgeous pair of Lace Boot Cuffs ($14.99 CAD). I’ve been wearing boot cuffs a lot this winter but all of mine are of the knit variety so this is a nice change. I love the flower and pearl detailing. This will be perfect for spring! 

The last item in the box was a Tassel Hair Accessory in dark royal blue ($7.00 CAD). I use hair ties a lot so this will come in very useful. The tassel adds a little something to your everyday ponytail and it also looks cute when you are wearing it on your wrist. Sometimes I also clip hair ties onto my purse so this one can also add a little decor to my bag!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

That pretty much covers January’s box contents but because I am a VIP member, I received a bonus item. The bonus item I received is a Blush Pan in the shade Cheeky Luscious ($9.99 CAD). In the pan it looks super bright! Not really something I would choose for myself but perhaps I will give it a go. At 3.5 grams, it’s a good sized blush and it just comes as a pan so you can add it to your magnetic palettes.

The final value of my January box was $94.62 CAD. That’s a pretty good haul! Other than the blush, everything will be put to good use! But that is not all!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

There’s still more to cover because I participated in the Ambassador Contest. When I saw my thank you goodies, I felt so, so spoiled! First, I received this lovely thank you card. That was so sweet of Yoanella! These extra goodies made me feel like I was doing a bonus unboxing because I received five additional items! Let’s take a peek.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - elf cosmetics

 

I received two items from elf cosmetics which is great because I have always wanted to try more from this brand. The first one is elf’s Shimmering Facial Whip in Pink Lemonade ($1.00 USD, 9 ml). This is a liquid highlighter that you can use, not only on your cheeks, but on your eyes or lips, as well. I love how this product is multi-purpose! I haven’t tried many liquid highlighters so I’m glad I got this. The other elf product I received was a 24 pack of elf’s Nail Polish Remover Pads (price unknown, 24 count). I am about to run out of the ones that I have so this was perfect timing! This has a citrus scent and I love nail polish remover pads cause they are super easy to use and having them in this little container will make it so handy and convenient. Great for travel, too! I hope they work well.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - darphin paris

 

Another item I received was a sample of the Darphin Paris Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum ($17.50 CAD, 5 ml). I don’t get very much redness in my face.. just a little bit around my nose. Great high value sample, though!

I’m super happy about the next three because I have always wanted to try this brand out but haven’t had a chance to yet. I have heard many good things about Laneige so I was so happy to receive these! 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Laneige

 

The first item is the Laneige Multi Cleanser Multi-Action Makeup Remover and Exfoliator ($4.83 CAD, 1 oz). I haven’t tried it yet because I have a couple of open cleansers right now but I smelled it and it smells so nice! Light and not overpowering. Reviews online show this as a cleanser that cleanses all your makeup easily and makes your skin softer and brighter. I cannot wait to try it! 

I also received the Laneige Good Night Kit ($8.00 CAD) that contains two deluxe samples: the Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask (20 ml) and the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (15 ml). I’ve gotta say, the Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask smells just like Strawberry Pocky! No lie! I love that! This product says that it supports firmness so that’s prefect for me right now as I am looking for products to help with that. I’m excited to try the Water Sleeping Mask, too. I have never tried a sleeping mask before so this will be the first. Great for hydration so I’m all over it! My skin isn’t overly dry this winter but I like to keep my skin hydrated because it looks healthier. So excited to try these, as well!

And that, my friends, is it for January! I hope you had fun reading this as much as I did writing it! It was definitely much longer than my usual unboxings but there were just so many things to go through. I couldn’t help it! 

I hope you all had a great weekend and a fab week to come! 

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.

 

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Unboxing + Review: Rexall Topbox December 2016

topbox december 2016

The month of December was a bit puzzling when it came to Topbox – I had requested a Regular Topbox but I received a Rexall Topbox instead! That was very unexpected but a fun surprise nonetheless! 

As you can see, the products come in a nifty Rexall tube. And of course, the products featured in this box are from brands that are sold at Rexall. It only makes sense!

For those of you who are not familiar with Topbox, it is a Canadian beauty box subscription. Topbox sends subscribers a monthly survey that also gives you a choice between a Regular Topbox that contains a surprise mix of four deluxe sized samples or full sized products or you can “wish” for a Prive box for the next month. And sometimes – like this month – Topbox collaborates with stores like Rexall to provide a curated box to some subscribers. Prive boxes typically contain products from one brand and can include one or more items. Always read the Prive box descriptions when you are filling out your wish list! Regardless whether you wish for a Prive box or stick a Regular one, it costs $12 + taxes and shipping is free. If you are interested in subscribing, I would appreciate it if you use my link here.

Now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s take a look at what I received in my Rexall Topbox! Scroll down to see pictures of each product.

  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($3.10 CAD, 30 g) – I don’t often use dry shampoo but it doesn’t hurt to keep some on hand, just in case! I tend to use dry shampoos more in the summer when I am camping. This one from Klorane worked well when I tried it and I do like the smell. I really like how this is available at the drugstore and is very cost effective (a full sized dry shampoo will set you back $15.50 CAD) compared to similar products.
  • NeoStrata All-in-One Cleansing Milk ($2.75 CAD, 25 ml) – This product is unique. I have never seen a no-rinse cleansing milk before! (Am I just sheltered?) You just put this on a cotton pad and then wipe your makeup off with it. Easy! I will be giving this a try. I have never tried NeoStrata products before and this one has me intrigued!
  • La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Levres Barrier Repairing Balm ($8.99 CAD, 7.5 ml) – This one is a full sized product! That’s always a plus. 🙂 This is coming at the right time for me, too. This looks to be a very moissturizing lip balm. This is perfect for me because it has been an extremely dry winter here in Alberta and my lips are a lot drier than usual. I haven’t tried this one yet but I will keep it on hand for when I finish one of the lip balms that are already in rotation.
  • Studio Makeup Soft Blend Eyeshadow in Jungle Green ($14.00 CAD, 2 g) – Lasts but not least, is a makeup item! I have heard good things about Studio Makeup eyeshadows but unfortunately this is not really my colour. Because of that (and because of my attempt at limiting the amount of makeup products that I have) I will be passing on this one and passing it on to someone who will appreciate it more!

So there you have it. My surprise Rexall Topbox was not too bad…. not great but not bad. The total value of my box came to $28.84 CAD. That is okay, I suppose, but I have seen higher value boxes in the past. Still,it was over the cost of the box itself and I will likely use three out of the four products that I received so that is still a plus.

Oh wait, that’s not all! I also received a couple of coupons that I can use at Rexall! They’re pretty good, if you ask me. They also included product information for NeoStrata and Klorane. The coupons I received are:

  • Save $10 when you spend over $50 on almost anything in-store. (Valid between December 10, 2016 to February 8, 2017)
  • One Free Kotex product (not to exceed $4.00)
  • $5 off your next La Roche-Posay purchase of $25 or more

Do you subscribe to Topbox? What did you think of December’s box? 

Hope you all had a great weekend and an awesome week to come!

ipsy august 2016

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

 

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy December 2016 carpe p.m.

ipsy December 2016

 

It’s almost a new year! Can you believe it? I feel like 2016 went by in a flash… like I blinked and it was gone! But a New Year also means New Years Eve gatherings and celebrations and ipsy’s December bag is one that you can use as your go-to clutch this holiday season. 😉

 

ipsy December 2016

 

ipsy’s theme for December is carpe p.m. A quick Google search shows that the word “carpe” means to “seize, enjoy, use, make use of” so “carpe p.m.” may translate into something like “seize the night” or “enjoy the night”. And you can “make use of” the pretty magenta pink clutch when you’re at it! See, it all makes sense in the end.

 

ipsy December 2016

 

The contents support a fun night out, as well! Let’s take a closer look at each product that was included in my December ipsy bag.

The first item is probably my fave. Granted, I am a big lip balm junkie – I am obsessed with lip balms! Especially peppermint ones.. which this one is. The Jersey Shore Cosmetics Peppermint Moisture Rich Hydrating Balm ($10.00 USD, 0.15 oz) looks like a winner to me! I am already obsessed with Jersey Shore Cosmetic’s Mongongo Lip Conditioners so that alone tells me that I will love this Peppermint lip balm, as well. I love how the brand is non-toxic and paraben free, as well! If it wasn’t so expensive to ship things to Canada, I would probably try more of their products. Anyways, back to the lip balm… I am not quite ready to start using this one yet – I have three lip balms on the go right now! But I’m looking forward to trying it soon. 🙂

 

ipsy December 2016

 

So now that your lips are soft and smooth from using a lip balm, it’s time for a bolder lip. Enter the tarte cosmetics tarteist glossy lip paint in WCW ($4.00 CAD, 1 m). WCW is a berry colour but since this has more of a lip gloss consistency, it’s not as deep of a berry shade as I thought it would be from looking at the shade in the tube. It’s perfect for a night out or for any holiday parties you have! I always wanted to try this product so I’m glad I received it. It’s not drying on your lips at all and it’s very pigmented for a lip gloss.

 

ipsy December 2016

 

ipsy December 2016

 

This next product is already a fave of mine and I’ve been using it for a couple of years now.  The Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional face primer ($6.86 CAD, 3 ml) is so great! It is meant to minimize the appearance of your pores which is something that I always struggle with. I often use this on my nose and cheeks. This product applies smoothly and isn’t sticky at all. It also does a great job as an overall face primer. My makeup seems to stay put when I use it this way. I’m happy that I received another deluxe sample of this as they are always put to good use! 🙂

 

ipsy December 2016

 

Next is the Royal & Langnickel MODA Angle Shader Brush ($5.99 USD? – I couldn’t find the exact brush on the site but this is a guesstimate based on similar brushes). Royal & Langnickel’s MODA brush line is super colourful, has synthetic bristles and has a Silk-Touch coated handle that makes it super easy to use and feels comfortable. I haven’t tried it yet but I hope to soon. Plus, it is purple which is my favourite colour! Can’t go wrong with that. 🙂

 

ipsy December 2016

 

ipsy December 2016

 

Last but not least, is not a makeup item but it’s a pretty great body care item! The Cake Beauty heavy cream intensive hand repair balm ($6.47 USD, 1 oz) is great! I was already a big fan of Cake Beauty’s Delectible lotions so I was looking forward to trying this. As the name says, it’s definitely a heavy cream (heavier in consistency than the Delectible line) but it is very moisturizing so I’m a fan! Plus it smells like vanilla and I love vanilla scents! It’s a cold, dry winter here in Alberta so my skin is always so parched and dry, including my hands. Good stuff!

 

ipsy December 2016

 

Well that’s it for December! I loved everything I received! The value of this bag was $41.26 CAD (based on today’s exchange rate) so it was worth it! Plus I will use everything that I have received so that’s a huge bonus. ipsy has been more good to me than not so I will continue to sub to this beauty bag!

For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, it 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 – much appreciated!

What was your fave from December’s ipsy glam bag offerings?

Whatever you are up to this weekend, have a happy and safe New Years! Until next time!

ipsy august 2016

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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