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Unboxing + Review: ipsy June 2017 Volume Up

ipsy june 2017

 

While I wait for my July ipsy bag to arrive, let’s take a look at what was in my June bag! 

June’s theme was Volume Up which is represented by an illustration of a smiling mouth sporting red lips. The description of the bag is

This loud and proud pouch is a not-so-subtle reminder to *always* speak your mind!

 

ipsy june 2017

ipsy june 2017

 

The design of this month’s bag, while cute, is not my favourite. Though I must say it is made with a nice material. Like all ipsy bags, it’s the perfect size to keep all the small stuff in your purse together and organized in your purse. I’m talking things such as lipsticks, lipbalms and whatever else you want to keep in it.

While the bag itself was only okay for me, the contents of my June bag proved to be more exciting!

The first item I received was the Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in the shade Chocolate Fix ($14.00 USD). My first exposure to this brand was in my Spring 2017 FabFitFun box. I was quite pleased with the lip products I tried so I’m excited to try more from this brand. It is a gel eyeliner said to last all day long. That would be great! The shade Chocolate Fix is a dark chocolate brown that is matte. I really like brown eyeliners for a less dramatic daytime look. Looking forward to trying this one!

 

ipsy june 2017 beauty for real

 

Next is the Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash with White Willow Bark ($4.00 USD, 20 ml). I have tried products from this brand before and I always enjoy them. This is a super mild foam cleanser that is great for all skin types. Glacial water and botanicals are supposed to help sooth, revitalize and detoxify your skin. This deluxe sample is coming at the perfect time for me! I’m slowly running out of face cleansers. Score!

 

ipsy june 2017 skyn iceland

 

I love lippies so I was happy to see this next item! The Vasanti Cosmetics Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom ($6.76 CAN, 2 g) is fab! It’s not only a lip gloss but it’s also a lip treatment, too. It has healing and nourishing natural oils. This is a hydrating lip gloss in a pink nude shade that is perfect for all occasions! And you don’t have to be a mom to wear Super Mom. Do Cat Mom’s count? It really is great shade for all!

 

ipsy june 2017 vasanti

 

I also received theBalm Cosmetics INSTAIN Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush in the shade Pinstripe ($4.00 USD, 1 g). You know how I have a love-hate opinion of these samples… “love” because I think they are a great brand with great products and cute packaging so I’m always willing to try something new from them but “hate” because their samples are so darned small! Anyways, about this blush – this is a powder blush that is supposed to be super long lasting (hence the word “stain” in the name). Pinstripe is a nice deep rose colour. I like this shade a lot. I just wish it was larger!

ipsy june 2017 thebalm

ipsy june 2017 thebalm

 

And last but not least, I received the Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara in Black ($9.77 USD, 6 ml). Of course I would receive a mascara when I’m currently sporting lash extensions and can’t use it! And the open mascaras I have are only for my bottom lashes right now so this one will have to wait. The Doucce mascara seems to have good reviews so I will have to try it when I’m back to just natural lashes again. I mean, who can say no to volumizing mascara?

 

ipsy june 2017 doucce

 

That’s all for June! I thought it was a decent bag. Valued at $46.94 CAD (based on today’s exchange rate), it’s not a bad haul.. especially since I will use everything here! Not too shabby at all! 

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. ?

 

ipsy june 2017

 

Do you sub to ipsy? What was your fave item from June? Not subbing to ipsy? Want to try it? Let me know in the comments below! <3

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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: FabFitFun Spring 2017

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day weekend! And a Happy 4th of July to our American Friends too!

This is a bit late. My goal was to get this posted before I went on vacation! But it was so busy leading up to vacation that I just didn’t get a chance to finish. So here it is! My apologies. I’m home now from a week away camping in the BC Kootenay’s and back to blogging! And work, let’s not forget that. 😉

Honestly, FabFitFun is still one of my favourite subscriptions. It only comes four times a year, as the seasons change, but for the most part, I really like what I have received in the past. The FabFitFun Spring box was no different!

FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box that contains everything from beauty to fitness items. If you would like to try this subscription, please use my link here.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

First off, I am loving how each box comes in a design now. Now pretty is the one for Spring? There are also a number of variations when it comes to the box design. Second, I love that the box comes with a magazine. It’s everything from a product card and more! 

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

fabfitfun spring 2017

 

For spring, FabFitFun introduced a new feature called “Choice”. With Choice, all members are given the chance to choose a few items in theri ox based on their personal preference. They provide you with a bit of a teaser as to what the items might be so that you can choose one OR choose them all! Additional Choice items can be added to your box for $10 each, while supplies last.

For this box, the Choice was between two jewelry items. They gave us vague hints. Being the jewelry lover I am, I chose both. You don’t actually get to see what they look like before you select them but I will reveal and cover both pieces below. 😉

Anyways, let’s get to it. Here is what I received for Spring. 🙂

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 briogeo

 

First up is the hair care product I received. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20.00 USD) is said to add softness and shien to your hair. What I really like is that it also helps with frizz and, as an additional bonus, shields your hair from heat and UV rays. Perfect for summer and tropical holidays! This is a full sized bottle which is one of the perks of FFF – full sized products! Plus, I really like the scent. This was a win for me.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 dr. brandt

 

Next, I also received a couple of skin care products. The first one is the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator ($79.00 USD). I’m sure I have tried a deluxe size of this before but it was from ipsy and came in a black tube. If I remember correctly, I really liked it. It is a lightweight cream and you don’t need to use much to use it effectively to exfoliate your skin. It is pretty gentle and is said to fade dark spots and minimize lines and wrinkles. I haven’t opened this yet because I have other exfoliators on the go… I will use this once I finish those.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 karuna

 

I also received the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask ($28.00 USD, four masks). My skin is normal right now so I will have to save this for another time. It is said to help dry, dehydrated skin. It is a deep-conditioning sheet mask made of 100% natural wood-pulp fiber. This would have been great to have during the winter! Either way, I love sheet masks and always keep them on hand.

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 realher

 

Moving on to makeup, I received the RealHer Lip Kit in Neutral Pink ($48.00 USD). Boy, was I ever glad to see this set! The deep red set is too red for my liking and the deep nude set likely would have been too nude or brown for me. At least the pink works for me! This set includes a lipstick, lip gloss and a lip pencil. It’s made from natural ingredients which is a plus! I plan on writing a review just on this set so I won’t say too much yet but I will say that I do like it! 

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 deborah lippmann

fabfitfun spring 2017 deborah lippmann

 

Next up is nails. I got the Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set in Shape of My Heart (light pink) and Like a Virgin (white) ($19.00 USD). I have a few Deborah Lippmann polishes and I really like the formulation. They don’t chip right away and have been long lasting for me… I hope these are the same! These pastel shades are great for summer. I also like that these are minis as I have never in my life EVEr finished a bottle of nail polish! Minis are totally fine by me!

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 gypsy 05

fabfitfun spring 2017 gypsy 05

 

I received two lifestyle items in my Spring box. The first one is the Gypsy 05 Roundie in the yellow pattern ($50.00 USD). Round blankets seem to be very popular right now so FFF sure got it right by including this in the box! Made of 100% cotton, this roundie blanket is perfect for picnics or trips to the beach. It measures 62.5″ in diameter and has a tassel trim all around the edge. It comes in many designs. This will come in very useful this summer!

 

fabfitfun spring 2017 milly

 

Next is a zip pouch from Milly with the saying “Haute Mess” ($45.00 USD) on it! And you know, some days I just am! A haute mess that is. 😉 The huge plus that differentiates this bag from my other ones is that it’s water resistant. It’s a good sized bag too! You can use it too keep wet swimwear in it or to tote your liquids around during your travels which is what I did during the last week on my holidays. It sure came in handy! It also has a wrist loop so you don’t lose it. Overall, this is such a great bag!

fabfitfun spring 2017 emerald duv

fabfitfun spring 2017 luv aj

 

The final item that was in the Spring box was the Choice item – a jewelry piece. Or in my case, two jewelry pieces! For my Choice pick, I chose the Emerald Duv “Joshua Tree” Cage Bracelet ($80.00 USD) at first but then decided I wanted both so I also received the Luv AJ Diamond Kite Crawler Earring Set ($85.00 USD) for an extra $10.00 USD. I’m glad I got both because I would have kicked myself if I just received one. The cage bracelet is beautiful! It is a larger cuff but is still delicate looking. It is comfortable and light to wear. And the earrings are a lovely rose gold! I have always wanted crawler earrings so this is a great set to start with. Overall, I’m very happy with both jewelry items I received! 

So that’s it! That’s all that came in the Spring box. The total value of my Spring FabFitFun box was $454.00 USD. That is insane. I will certainly be using everything I received so for me it was worth it. 

What was your fave item from the Spring FabFitFun box? 🙂

Have a great rest of the 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: Glow Getter Summer Heat 2017

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

I don’t know why but I just love seasonal subscription boxes! Perhaps it is because they give you an opportunity to try so many products from makeup to lifestyle and fitness products… sometimes even snack goodies! 

One such box is the Canadian subscription called Glow Getter. 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

Glow Getter (http://www.glowgetter.net) is a seasonal subscription box that ships to your door quarterly as the seasons change. You get four boxes a year and each box contains six or more full-sized products. This subscription costs $56.00 CAD per season which includes all taxes and shipping. While this is a Canadian subscription service, it is also available to those who are in the United States.

The summer Glow Getter box’s theme is called Summer Heat. The product card says:

Whether you are taking in some sun, having a date night out or enjoying the local market, we have what you need to soak in the Summer heat!

This is only my second season with this subscription so this is only my second box. I was so impressed with the Spring Box (see that unboxing here) that I couldn’t wait to see what summer had in store! Well the wait is now over! Let’s take a peek at what was in the Summer box. Once you see everything, you’ll see that the product card was spot on!

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - jersey shore cosmetics

 

The first two items we will take a look at are from a company called Jersey Shore Cosmetics. I am already a big fan of their Mongongo lip balm so I was excited to try more from this brand! 

The first one is the Jersey Shore Anti-Aging Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 ($29.00 CAD). How convenient is that? This mineral sunscreen stick is 100% natural and super portable. Keep in in your purse or beach bag and you’re good to go! All you need to do is apply it to your skin and blend it in. Easy peasy. This is a great sunscreen to use on your face, protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays. The downside is that it is not waterproof or water resistant so you should reapply it often – they recommend every two hours. Still, I can’t wait to try it! I will take it with me on my summer holiday. And yes, this is a full sized product. 🙂

From natural sun protection to natural makeup, the second item is the Jersey Shore Natural Radiant Gold Leaf Highlighter ($29.00 CAD). This is also full sized. Being a highlighter junkie (yes, I’m not just a lip junkie :D), I was super happy to see this! You can use this on your cheekbones, nose, lips and even shoulders for a more luminous all over summer look.  The shade Gold Leaf (it also comes in the shade Platinum) contains edible gold leaf and gives your skin a sun-touched glow. Again, this product is 100% natural and is paraben and petrochemical free. You know, all the nasties. I’m always happy to try new natural products.

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - wtichcraft bath

 

The next item I received is a homemade product from Spellcraft Bath. One of their specialty products, the Spellcraft Bath Berry Mint Foot Scrub ($8.50 CAD) contains poppy seeds that will gently exfoliate your feet and peppermint oil to cool and refresh them. It is 100% sulfate, paraben and gluten free. This arrived just in time for me because my feet are in serious need for some TLC! As I love wearing sandals and flip flops when the weather is warmer, my feet are feeling a little bit rough. I can’t wait to try this! It also smells so good! 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - evelyn iona

 

Have I ever mentioned my love for lip products? I’m sure I have… many times. Of course my love of lippies includes lip glosses. The Evelyn Iona Natural and Organic Lip Gloss in the shade Susan ($28.00 CAD) is great! I really love the formulation because it’s not at all sticky and it feels moisturizing and creamy on my lips. Susan is a soft pink shade and it is beautiful! It is not crazy and bold so you can pretty much wear it every day. I also love the natural ingredients it contains, such as, bark extract (tightens and plumps), Vitamin E (moisturizes), oregano (antioxidant), coconut oil (anti-aging) and shea butter (heals). Because it is a lip gloss, I don’t really expect it to have staying power. So great! I am so happy with this lippie!

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - evelyn iona

 

While this was not on the product card, I also received the Evelyn Iona Bamboo Concealer Brush ($15.50 USD). This is a small concealer brush. I’m very curious to see how it performs as it’s the smallest concealer brush I have seen… it reminds me of a lip brush. 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

Moving away from beauty for just a minute, let’s take a look at the fitness item I received. The Sally Yoga/Running Headband from Beautiful Boundaries ($8.59 CAD) is handmade and made from nylon/spandex. It is super comfortable to wear and it’s breathable too. The design is cute with flowers and bright colours. The way the headband is designed is that it is wider in the front and narrower in the back which helps create a non-slip design. I will have to try it next time I work out. 🙂

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

Gotta admit, I love discovering great indie nail brands. I received a Beyond The Nail nail polish in the shade Glow Getter ($8.00 CAD). Dare I guess that this summery, bright orange shade was named after this box? 😉 How great is that? While I probably wouldn’t choose a colour like this on my own, it sure looks like a fun summery shade to pull off on your toes! 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017 - kind bars

 

Now who can resist a healthy snack? It would be a good one before or after a work out. I’m talking about KIND bars ($2.00 CAD each). I have seen these in stores before but have never tried them. I received two flavours: Almond + Coconut and Almond Sea Salt + Dark Chocolate. Both of these look so good! I’m sure they are tasty and delicious. Can’t wait to try these. 

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

With all these goodies from the summer box, you need something to carry it all, right? How about a black tote bag from Small Glow that says “Goal, Smash, Repeat” ($22.00 CAD)? I think that would be perfect! This is a good sized tote bag to carry a lot and the gold lettering looks fab. I love this fun tote bag!

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

The final item in the summer box was a Glitter Silisponge from Get Into the Limelight ($24.00 CAD). I love my beauty sponges but I have always been curious about silisponges. I have used this one a couple of times now and it works well on my skin. I can’t complain. I am using it as directed, dabbing and blending concealer and foundation on my skin. I love how easy it is to use and also how easy it is to clean! I think I will continue to use this. I still love my BeautyBlender but this is a good product too.

And that’s it! You have now seen everything in my Summer 2017 Glow Getter Box. The total value for this box was $161.09 CAD – and that’s not even including the mysterious brush that snuck in there and wasn’t on the product card. That’s pretty much three times the value I paid. I had so much fun unboxing this one and I’m super happy with everything! I don’t see one thing that I won’t use (or eat! ;)) so I found that this box was worth it for me.

 

glow getter summer heat 2017

glow getter summer heat 2017

glow getter summer heat 2017

 

Summer boxes are still available if you subscribe today so if you like what you see, don’t delay! 🙂 

What stood out the most for you when you saw what was in Glow Getter’s Summer Box? Let me know in the comments below!

Hope you’re having a great start to the week!

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 any referral links.

 

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Unboxing + Review: Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

This unboxing is a bittersweet one for me. I was super excited to receive it because I knew one item I was receiving and I knew it was amazing! But I also knew something else that made me sad… but we will get to that later. Let’s concentrate on the good stuff first.

The theme of February’s Miss Blanco Joyful Box was Love. That’s fitting, no? Considering the month and the face that it was Valentine’s Day, it was pretty self explanatory.

The product card shows three items plus a line that says “Check your box for other bonus items available, even if you are not a VIP. Minimum 4 items will be received!” Hey, that’s pretty good. For those who are subscribed, what gooddies did you get? 🙂

Let’s see what was in my box. Let’s take a look at the three standard items that everyone received this month.

Everyone received one artisan item this month and it was a handmade guest soap in the scent Pink Sugar from Little Luxuries Soapworks ($1.75 CAD). Pink Sugar is described as “Light, sweet airy smelling, like cotton candy” and I would have to agree with it! It’s not overly sweet smelling and is just right! This will be cute going on a soap dish in the bathroom. I love that these are hand made in Nova Scotia. I love supporting Canadian companies! 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

The next item I received is a lifestyle item. This pink and black fashion scarf ($29.99 CAD) is pretty! It’s very light which makes it perfect for spring. 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

Finally, this last one is the spoiler item that I was most excited about! The beauty item for this month was the Tini Mini Pro Flat Iron in Deep Purple ($99.00 CAD). I have always wanted a small flat iron for home and for travel so this was perfect! It even comes with a cute matching pouch. 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

My fourth item was my VIP item – a lip gloss in the shade Silk Orchid ($14.99 CAD). I’m not sure what the brand is… could it be private labelling? I’m not sure. But in the tube, it sure reminds me of my MAC Cremesheen Glass Lip Gloss in Playful Petal which I adore! If this is a dupe, I will be happy! I will have to try it and see.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box February 2017

 

There weren’t as many items in this box but with the mini flat iron, the value was up there! It came out to a value of $138.73 CAD in the end.

Now for the bittersweet part – Miss Blanco Joyful Box is taking a break. They plan on readjusting their business model and hope to be back in a few months! Hopefully the break will be short as I do enjoy what they put together in their monthly box. There really aren’t enough of these types of variety subscription boxes. For the most part, these really were Joyful Boxes. 🙂

So that’s it for February. Better late than never, right?

Have a great week everyone!

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: ipsy January 2017 metropolis

ipsy january 2017

 

How did time fly by so quickly? It’s already February! Alright, it’s time for all my January unboxings! Let’s begin with ipsy. I’m still subscribing to ipsy so here’s to a new year of fab surprises from my glam bag subscription!

January’s glam bag theme was Metropolis. As they say, it is “everything you need to own the concrete jungle” and features a bag that represents this perfectly with greys and silvers! While this is not my fave bag I’ve seen from ipsy, it’s still nice and if you love silver, this is perfect for you! 

 

ipsy january 2017

 

The contents really made January’s glam bag great for me, though. Let’s take  a look at what I received!

 

ipsy january 2017

 

The first item I received was a sample of the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer in Medium ($4.50 USD, 1.5 ml). While I do find it really thick, the regular Bye Bye Under Eye does a fantastic job with my undereye circles so I was really looking forward to trying this one out. Similar to the original, this one is thick, in consistency, as well. You don’t need to apply very much of it in order to build up great coverage…. in fact, if you put on too much, I find that it really accentuates fine lines AND it takes forever to blend so be sure to only use a little bit. I did find it to brighten my under eye area, as well so I was pretty happy with this product. And since you don’t need very much each time, this tiny tube will still last me quite awhile! Very pleased with this.

So next we have the pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 Mud Mask + Exfoliant ($11.14 USD, 15 ml). I haven’t tried this one yet. I have a couple of deluxe sized masks that are open that I’d like to finish first before I open up a new one. This one is a 10 minute facial that is said to be a “miracle multi-tasker (that) instantly brightens, detoxifies, tightens and soothes skin while providing gentle exfoliation”. Those are all pretty great things to look for in a mask and since I personally love masks, I will definitely be trying this one out sooner than later. 

This next one was the big surprise winner in my bag – the Temptu Base Smooth and Matte Primer ($8.75 USD, 7.5 ml). I honestly didn’t think that I would be as impressed as I was with this primer! I have had very limited experience with this brand so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received this plain Jane, white squeeze tube but I tried it and I’m very happy with it! It made my skin super smooth! The consistency is very light and it sets quickly. My makeup looks great overtop this. The only downside I could see was the size of the bottle – I wish it were bigger! And to think I almost overlooked this one because of it’s simplicity.

 

ipsy january 2017

 

Now on to a couple of colour products. I received the Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss in Method to the Madness ($22.00 USD, 4 ml). This lip gloss is a nude rose shade that is so great for every day wear. This looks pretty sheer on my lips. I can definitely see myself wearing this alone or on top of a lipstick to give it a bit of a shine. It feels moisturizing on my lips and I don’t find it stick at all. Overall, I really like this gloss!

Last but not least, I received the Paradise Pearlized Blush from Manna Kadar Beauty ($19.00 USD, 3 g). This shade is so beautiful and is described as a “vivid cherry blossom pink”. Looking at the Manna Kadar site, it looks like it was a blush from their Day Dream Palette that was released as an individual blush. It must have been pretty popular then! It’s very pigmented and a bit shimmery but I’m totally okay with that! I also love that this product is paraben free and it’s from a cruelty free brand. So much to love!

 

ipsy january 2017

 

So this brings me to the end of my unboxing. The value of the contents in January’s bag is $65.39 USD (which would make it  $85.18 CAD based on today’s exchange rate) so this is indeed a higher value bag. I will be using everything I received so I’m very happy with it!

BUT WAIT! There’s more!

I redeemed a lot of points last month! I received three products from ipsy points:

  • Farsali Rose Gold Elixir Radiating Moisturizer ($11.67 USD, 5 ml): I have heard many great things about this moisturizer! I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, though. Ideal for daytime use for all skin types, this moisturizer contains 24k gold flakes. Super intriguing! They even have a tip on their site as to how to use this with your foundation which I will try because I have been using the tarte Maracuja Oil this way and I have been loving it! I wonder how this one compares?
  • Luxie 227 Blending Brush ($15.70 USD): I love Luxie brushes and I can never get enough blending brushes, to be honest. I had to get this one too!
  • Lisa Hoffman Matte Gold Fragrance Necklace with Tuscan Fig Fragrance Beads ($100 – $200 USD, estimated): I don’t see this particular necklace on the Lisa Hoffman website but all her fragrance necklaces are upwards of $100.00 USD up to over a grand! I don’t know where this one stacks up but I’ve seen these necklaces before and always wondered about them so I wanted to try it out. I really like the scent of the Tuscan Fig beads and this necklace is so pretty! You can wear it with pretty much everything. I’m glad I took a chance on this one!

 

ipsy january 2017

ipsy january 2017

 

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. 🙂

What did you love form January’s glam bag?

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.