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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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Haul: Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2017

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017

 

It’s that time of year again! Sephora had their spring sale this past week and I decided to stop by the store on the first day of the sale. The first day for VIB Rouge members was on April 18th and you received 15% off your entire purchase.  VIB  members received 15% off and BI members received 10% but their sale started a day later. It’s a great perk for Rouge members to be able to start shopping a day before everyone else because you are likely to find what you want and it’s not sold out yet.

Sephora only has sales twice a year (once in April which is 15% and once in November which is 20%) so it is a great time to get stuff you have added to your Loves list at a discount.

I am on a low buy which had started as a no buy but that was darn near impossible for me to keep up. Because of that I didn’t end up with a massive haul. My bank account is quite thankful and now I have some spending money for a couple of things that are coming up. Whew. 

Anyways, let me take you through my haul. It includes some products that are already a favourite of mine, others which I haven’t tried before but would like to because I heard it was great and a couple of things I had my eye on for a little while now. So a good mix, if you ask me! Let’s take a look at each of them, one by one. Please note that the first prices shown below are the product’s regular price at Sephora and does not take into account the 15% discount yet but the second price does.

I did end up getting some skincare during the sale. I bought the Caudalie Vinosource Hydrating Helpers set (original price $59.00 CAD, sale price $50.15 CAD) because it contained a full size of my favourite moisturizer and then some. This limited edition kit is such a great deal and contains the following items:

  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, 40 ml (retails for $49.00 CAD and is full size)
  • Caudalie Grape Water, 75 ml (retails for $14.00 CAD and is full size)
  • Caudalie Moisturizing Mask, 15 ml (deluxe size that would retail for $9.00 CAD)

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Caudalie

 

With two full sized items. this is totally a win. I have had a couple of deluxe samples of the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet and I really like it. My skin feels great after using it and it keeps my skin hydrated. It absorbs quickly and is not sticky. While the smell seems a bit like herbs, I don’t mind it at all and the smell doesn’t linger. I have heard good things about both the Grape Water and Moisturizing Mask so I’m looking forward to trying them.

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Caudalie

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Caudalie

 

And that tin! How cute is that? I have a huge soft spot for Paris too so this was perfect for me. I have already decided how to repurpose it and that I will be using it for my brushes… the excess that is clean and isn’t currently in use and in my brush cup on my vanity. Glad I have a way to repurpose the tin. 🙂

Walking past the “gauntlet of doom” (which is what I call that dangerous area that you have to navigate in order to get to the cash registers), I noticed this neat duo. It is the Urban Decay All Day All Night Travel Duo (original price $25.00 CAD, sale price $21.25 CAD for 2 x 30 ml). It contains one of my favourite setting sprays and something I have never tried before but was intrigued.

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Urban Decay

 

If you don’t already know, I am a huge fan of UD’s All Nighter Setting Spray. I have been using it for years and it really doesn’t hurt to get another travel size of this product. Sure, I will take it when I travel but I don’t shy away from using it at home, too. The other product that came in this kit was UD’s Quick Fix Complexion Prep Priming Spray which I have not yet tried. This travel size will be a good opportunity to try a new product. 😉 And what a deal it was! They are $18.00 CAD each if you were to buy them separately.

Can you tell I love gift sets and kits? Because I really do! And I have one more!

I managed to snag the Tarteist Treats Eye & Lip Set (original price $33.00 CAD, sale price $28.05 CAD) that I had my eye on for awhile now. Well, to be perfectly honest, it was the Tarteist PRO to GO Amazonian Clay eyeshadow palette that I had my eye on for a long, long time but didn’t cave because of my no buy…. the other products in the kit were just a bonus!

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Tarte

 

The Tarteist PRO to GO Eyeshadow Palette retails for $30.00 CAD by itself so for an extra $3.00 (or not… it was 15% and less than the regular price of just the palette so you are getting a better bargain!) it was worth it because you also got a liquid lipstick and mascara to boot! This kit also included a deluxe sample size of the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara (2.5 ml) and Tarteist Glossy Lip Paint in WCW (1 ml). I have tried both of these products before so I’m happy with them.I love how compact the eyeshadow palette is (it is the same size as my holy grail Tartelette Tease mini palette!) because it is great for travel or to just keep in your purse. Overall a great set if you want to try a little bit of everything Tarteist. 🙂

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Tarte

 

The last item was my planned splurge item. It was less of a deal than the other products. I purchased was the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick in Island Life (original price $27.00 CAD, sale price $22.95 CAD). I have had my eye on these lipsticks since when they first came out but I waited for the sale before I splurged on one! The shade Island Life is described as a “rosy mauve” which is totally down my alley! I love these shades so much and I can totally see myself wearing it a lot. I haven’t worn it much yet but I do plan on writing a review on this product later.

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017 - Tarte

 

So that’s all I bought. Not a lot, really. Just some repurchases and two new items. Oh before I forget, a few freebies! They did give me a deluxe sized sample of this REN Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial and a vial of Marc Jacobs Dot perfume.

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017

 

Oh and the bag! VIB Rouge members received a tote while supplies last. Quite honestly, I wasn’t expecting one because by the time my friend and I get to the store after work, they are usually all out the free totes. We sure lucked out this time! And this one is very different than the previous ones because it has a long strap that you can use like a crossbody messenger bag. And after some discussion, my friend and I figure adding a little bit of velcro would help in making it into a more functional bag you can use every day. Love it!

 

Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2017

 

Okay that really is the extent of my haul. I am proud to say that I didn’t go too crazy this time! I really didn’t need much else so it was pretty easy to stick to the list. For the most part anyways. The UD sprays were a spur of the moment splurge BUT I do love the All Nighter spray that you will see a full sized version in an empties post coming soon. I literally just finished it lasts week. (So really, this is also a repurchase of a holy grail!)

Did you shop the Sephora sale? What was in your haul? 🙂

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I purchased everything that was featured here (except for the freebies I received). There are no affiliate links on this post.

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy February 2017 Much Love #IPSYMUCHLOVE

ipsy febraury 2016

 

It’s time for another ipsy glam bag unboxing! Well, I guess it’s more of an unbagging. That doesn’t have quite the same ring to it but it’s the truth! Technicalities aside, let’s take a look at the bag and the mix of items that I received.

February’s theme is Much Love. How perfect is that considering it is Valentine’s Day? But aside from all that lovey dovey stuff, what ipsy was trying to get across is that the Much Love theme is all about your inner glow and how you show your squad, well, Much Loveone… which I was really skeptical about at first because it also has a neon orange trim that screams 80s and early 90s! Not exactly what I imagined for February, the month of love, but I suppose it will do. When I received it, I thought the bag was alright. It was a super soft denim material and it was cute.  Not my favourite by any means but also not horribly bad. 

 

ipsy February 2017

 

The contents of the bag, however, is what made my February glam bag really shine! I absolutely adored everything I received! Let’s take a closer look. 

The first item I received was the Luna by Luna Cosmetcis Highligher int he shade Calypso ($23.00 USD, 3 g). If you haven’t noticed, I have been on a huge highlighter kick lately! So I was happy to get a new one to try. When I first saw my bag reveal and saw that the colour was described as a pale lavender shade so I really wasn’t sure about this. But it did say that it’s a mix of warm and cool undertones that works with every skintone so I was willing to give it a shot. At the end of the day, it kind of reminds me of the new Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismtic Amethyst… not exactly but in the same or similar colour family. I wish I owned the Becca one to compare swatches. Anyways, this one is a baked highlighter so it feels sillky smooth to the touch. It is sheer with one swipe but it is super buildable so you can use as little or as much as you’d like depending on the look you’re trying to achieve. I don’t have one in this shade yet and I find it is pretty unique so I will try it. And can I just say that I love the name of this company and the packaging? I love stars and anything sky related, really, so Luna is right up my alley!

 

ipsy February 2017

 

I also received a lip product in the form of a NYX Butter Lipstick in Lifeguard ($6.00 USD, 4.5 g). I have tried butter lipsticks before and I’m a huge fan of their formulation and pigmentation. I love that they are creamy and not drying at all! But while I love them, I’m just so-so on this shade. Lifeguard is described as a deep magenta but to me it seems like it leans more towards red… and I am so not a bright red lipstick girl! I have been leaning more towards neutrals lately, everyday colours that I can use at the office or as I go about y errands during the day. And when I do choose a red, I go for the deeper berry colours. So at the end of the day, I adore this product but I am passing on the shade.

 

ipsy February 2017

 

I am actually quite excited about this next product because I have been dabbling in the world of toners lately! The Dermadeli Rejuvinating Toner ($2.49 US, 10 ml) intrigues me. I have never heard of this brand before but it’s all natural so I am willing to give it a chance. It is said to “remove cellular debris, tighten pores and firm(s) the skin” which all sounds great. The witch hazel and sea kelp helps with keeping your skin moisturized, as well. The one thing that is turning me off is the very strong scent that it has. It’s very herbal due to the witch hazel. While this comes in a great size for travel, the last time I received a toner sample in this size, I had wished that I had more! We’ll see if it’s the same thoughts this time around.

 

ipsy February 2017

 

Next up is the Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer ($2.19 USD, 0.7 g). My first impression of this was disappointing… mainly because this was so small and I have received other products form Elizabeth Mott that were much larger. When I received a blush from this brand last year, it was pretty much full-sized so when I saw that I was getting this, the expectation was pretty much the same. Instead, this made me reminiscent of the super small theBalm samples I have received and were unhappy with in the past. Anyways, I guess it was not meant to be. However, it still looks like a nice bronzer! It is matte and pigmented. A little powdery but easy enough to blend. I do prefer matte bronzers because they look more natural on me. This was also easy to depot. The pan came right out and I think I will just add it to my magnetic palette. Overall thoughts? Underwhelming in size, challenging to use with my larger brushes that I use for bronzer but still worth a try because I loved the blush I received before so much.

 

ipsy February 2017

 

Last but not least, my fave out of the entire bag – the Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514 ($24.20 USD). Because you can never have too many brushes! I am a HUGE fan of Luxie brushes so I’m happy to be able to add a new one to my collection. This blush brush is made of soft synthetic bristles and is 100% cruelty free and 100% vegan. It’s so soft and so fluffy which is what I look for in a blush brush so this is just perfect for me! Great for powders like blush, bronzers or pressed highlighters. I just love it. It’s so great.

 

 

Well that’s it for February. The total value of this bag was $57.88 USD which translates into around $78.00 CAD so the value is definitely there! Plus, out of the five items I received, three were full sized (highlighter, lipstick and blush brush) so I really can’t complain at all! Everything will be used, as well. I can say with confidence that February’s ipsy glam bag was a win! 🙂

Oh wait! Before I forget, I did redeem points for something this month! The Wet n’ Wild megaglo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals is absolutely gorgeous! Totally worth redeeming for. 🙂

 

 

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. 🙂

What did you love from ipsy’s February glam bag offerings? Did you make out like a bandit with your glam bag? Share in the comments below!

Until next time, my 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: Topbox January 2017 and $10 Beauty Surprise

Topbox January 2017

 

Here we are again!  It’s time for another Topbox unboxing! I chose the Regular Topbox in January because none of the Prive boxes looked appealing to me… again. Oh well. I also opted in for a $10 Beauty Surprise that I was hoping was going to be amazing. But until you get it, you don’t really know… so all I could do is throw my money at them and cross my fingers!

January’s Topbox came with four items PLUS a bonus! Bonus items are always great! Now, let’s go through each of the products in the box.

  • MaskerAid SPOTTED! Anti-Blemish Clear Spot Patches ($6.25 CAD, two sheets): this is an interesting product. These patches are mant to be applied on blemishes for 8 to 12 hours or overnight. They help minimize the look of pimples, absorbs oil and calms redness. It’s formulation includes salicylic acid, volcanic ash and tea tree oil. I personally use tea tree oil on my blemishes and it works for me so this has some promise. I will have to give this product a try.
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat ($2.56 CAD, 3.6 ml): now, how did Topbox know that I was in the market for a new topcoat? I have heard of Seche Vite before and I would like to try it. Perhaps next time I do my nails. This one is said to be “Guaranteed not to yellow while leaving nails silky, stronger and resistant to chipping and peeling.”
  • Voesh New York Pedi Mud Masque in Olive Sensation ($7.99 CAD, 3 x 20 g packets): when I first took these out of the organza bag, I seriously thought these were a face mask. But no… this mask is for your feet! I haven’t tried a foot mask before, nor have I ever heard of this brand before. My feet aren’t in too bad of shape right now. This may best be saved for the summer when I’m living in sandals of flip flops which is when my feet usually take a beating and I am in need of a pedi, stat! That’s when my feet will really need some TLC.
  • Bella Aura Skincare Gentle Purifying Cleanser ($4.50 CAD, 10 ml): Another Bella Aura product. This time I received a cleanser.  I am actually quite tired of seeing this brand in my Topbox.. yes, I understand I’m getting  a different product each time but I am not a fan of the scent of the products I have already received so what makes me think this is going to be different? This is a pass for me.

Topbox January 2017 - MaskerAide

Topbox January 2017 - Bella Aura and Seche Vite

Topbox January 2017 - Voesh

 

Quite honestly, getting a bonus item in a beauty box is quite awesome! And is it crazy that, out of everything I receive in January, it was the bonus freebie that I was most excited about?

I received a trave sized bottle of Garnier All-in-One Micellar Water ($2.50 CAD, 125 ml). I already use this product and I love it! I have been using this (and the Simple one) instead of Bioderma lately and I’m not looking back! It is much more cost effective and it works just as well. I love how I have a travel sized bottle now! I wonder if this was included as an intro to consumers because they are finally selling the smaller bottles of this now? Whatever the reason, I am happy to have received this. 

 

Topbox January 2017 - Garnier Micellar Water

 

As I mentioned before, I also got a $10 Beauty Surprise. I received the DDM Liquid Lipstick in the shade Rich Bitch ($12.00 CAD). I have never heard of DDM before so I’m not sure as to the quality of their products. This liquid lipstick is not exactly a high value item but on the bright side, at least I received a colour I can actually wear. Rich Bitch looks to be a reddish brown colour. The formulation is thicker and very pigmented. I haven’t truly tested this for wear yet. I have seen other people receive the black shade… of which I really would have no use for. So I guess that’s okay. I really wish it was a higher value item, ,though. This is really just a savings of around 16%. That’s not a lot.

 

Topbox January 2017 - DDM Liquid Lipstick

Topbox January 2017 - DDM Liquid Lipstick Rich Bitch

 

So there you have it! That’s all for January. Nothing overly exciting but I do love the micellar water. I’m back in limbo again. The question “Do I keep subscribing or do I try something new now?” has popped into my head the last month or two again. We’ll see how long I will continue on with this subscription. Nothing is really wowing me as of late which is unfortunate because this is a Canadian company and I really do want to keep supporting them!

I have already received my February Topbox so stay tuned for that unboxing coming soon!

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! 

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 November 2016 Rockstarlet

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice holiday season. It’s a busy time for sure!

I received my November ipsy weeks ago but it was right before vacation and I was SUPER busy during that time that I didn’t get a chance to write my unboxing post yet!

For those of you who are not familar with this subscription, ipsy is a monthly beauty bag based out of the US but is also available to Canadians. 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!

November’s ipsy bag’s theme was Rockstarlet. The bag itself is very unique and shows constellations in the shape of various makeup and beauty items. So cute! I love stars so this was perfect for me. 🙂 It comes in two colorways – gold and silver constellations on the deep navy blue –  and I ended up with gold. I would have been happy with either!

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

The items, on the other hand, were very hit or miss for me this month. More hits than misses, though, so that was good! Let’s see what came in my November glam bag.

The first thing I received was the Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Diva ($7.00 CAD, 2 ml). Blue-toned red shades don’t work for me.  I’ve tried many times now and I just can’t pull it off! So unfortunately, it’s a pass. I didn’t even want to open it to see how the consistency and feel was because I knew right away that this was going to be passed on to someone who will use it. I do see that there are other shades that I think I would prefer so I may have to try this another time.

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

Next up is the Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush (524T) ($16.08 USD). This is the travel sized version of their 524 brush. Luxie is one of my favorite brush brands so I was very happy to see this! This small duo fiber brush will be great for foudation, setting powder, cream blushes… you name it! This is very much a versatile brush that can be used with many different products in many different ways. I love this!

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

I also received a deluxe sample of the pur~lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer ($16.50 USD, 15 ml). I love getting moisturizers during this time of year because we have SUCH dry winters in Alberta! Any moisture helps! I have also really enjoyed other products I have tried from this brand so this looks promising to me. I love how it is said to provide hydration and prevents fine lines and wrinkles… you cannot go wrong with that at all! Looking forward to trying this one out!

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

My fourth item was the ‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Eyeshadow in the shade “Firestarter” ($13.00 USD, 1.6 g). What a gorgeous colour! The shade Firestarter is described as a “burnished amber chrome”.  It is nicely pigmented and I do like it. I also have a soft spot for duochrome eyeshadows. 😉

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

And the last item was the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara ($15.00 CAD, 4.8 g). This travel sized mascara is a great value item to receive in this bag! While this mascara doesn’t quite work for me – I turn into a racoon by the end of the day as this seems to always smudge under my eyes for some reason! – I know that it does work for others so this would be a great score in one’s bag! In my case, I will be passing on this.

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

There was excellent value in this bag and the items I received were all from great brands! The overall value of my November ipsy glam bag came out to around $82.79 CAD (based on today’s exchange rate) so that’s great to see. This was definitely a hit or miss bag for me and I only like three out of the five items but it’s still worth it to me! The mascara and liquid lipstick will find a great home, I’m sure!

What was your favorite item from the November ipsy glam bag?

Hope you all have an amazing week!

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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