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Unboxing + Review: ipsy May 2017 Summer Friday

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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!

 

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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! 

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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: Topbox February 2017

topbox february 2017

 

I feel like this month is passing me by at lightning speed! I’m just trying to keep up with life! 

Today I bring to you my Topbox review for the month of February. I received the Regular Topbox again . The prive boxes don’t seem to be catching my eye a whole lot nowadays and that’s a bit disappointing. But February’s Regular Topbox contained makeup, skin care and beauty tools so I really can’t complain with a mix like that. 🙂 

Anyways, let’s take a look at the contents of the box!

  • Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat ($31.99 CAD, 4 ml – full size?): This deluxe sample of Smashbox’s liquid lipstick was released as part of their Fall 2016 lineup. Driver’s Seat is described as a peach-rose nude. They say it “features Advanced Polymer Technology that makes it stay put (…) for up to 8 hours.” Sounds pretty technical, hey? I’m not quite sure what to think about that because I Googled it and all I found were links definitely did not involve makeup whatsoever! At the end of the day, this isn’t quite my shade. Peach toned lippies and I don’t get along very often and this one leans more towards the peach side than the rose.
  • Bella Aura Skincare Daily Repair Moisturizer ($30.00 CAD, 10 ml): This brand again. I feel like I’m going to end u receiving the entire Bella Aura product line! I keep getting these in my Topbox subs. Which would be vine and dandy… IF I liked it! I just can’t seem to get over the smell of their products. But for those that do like it, this is a nice way to sample these high value products. For me, though, it’s a pass.
  • La Ritzy Cosmetics Pro Blender ($16.29 CAD): I am a big fan of Beauty Blenders and I am always game for trying other beauty sponges. I’ll give this a try when it’s time for a new one… which will probably be sooner than later. 
  • Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush 211 ($24.00 CAD): Yay! I love Luxie so this brand was great to see in my Topbox. I’m quickly growing my Luxie brush collection through various subscriptions boxes. This concealer brush looks to be the perfect size for your undereye area. The brush is the right size and it’s soft. I’m looking forward to trying this! Though, I don’t know why the product card says this brand is available at Sephora when I have never seen it there before. At least not in Canada.
  • Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Golden Hour (card sample): I’m not sure whether to include this as an item in the Topbox or as a bonus sample. I don’t mind receiving eyeshadow card samples because you can use them many times… and usually that is enough to let me know if I like it enough or not to buy t he actual product. In this case, Golden Hour was not for me. I gave it a try this morning and while.I loved the dark purple shade and the neutral that can be used for pretty much any eye look but I wasn’t a huge fan of the other two colours. I will still use it up, though!

There you go! February’s box was pretty great. Scroll down for all the pictures.

The value was roughly $86.00 CAD (if I only took half the retail value of the full sized Smashbox liquid lipstick) so this was an excellent high value box! I will probably only end up using two of the four products, though. Overall, this Topbox was still worth it. 

Check back soon for my March unboxing. I also have plans for a great new blog series and more! 

Have a great week, friends!

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

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy July 2016 Hot Summer Nights

ipsy glam bag july 2016

 

Are you feeling hot, hot, hot? Then July’s ipsy glam bag is for you!

I received my July glam bag on the exact same day as my very late June bag – you can check out that unboxing and review here – so this post is also coming a bit late.

July’s theme is Hot Summer Nights which is perfect seeing as we are in the midst of the summer months! The July bag is very fun and holographic! It shows a bunch of cute pink and white beach umbrellas on the “beach”. It says it “…was designed to capture the low-key, laid-back vibe of summer.” Who doesn’t want to laze around in the summer?

 

ipsy glam bag july 2016

ipsy glam bag july 2016

 

At first glance, July’s bag looks pretty good! Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

The first item I received was the OFRA Lip Liner in Maya ($13.00 USD, 0.04 oz, full size). This shade is described as a “...brick-red shade that draws a sultry line for standout lips.” It does look like it will be deep and wonder if this will be useful to me considering I don’t often use deep, sultry lip colours. That being said, I don’t have any other lip liners in my collection that can fill that role so maybe it is good that I received this? I will have to give this a shot and try it with a colour that is complimentary to it.

 

ipsy glam bag july 2016

 

Every time I get something from this brand, I get excited because I really like what I have tried so far from them! The Mellow Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Plum ($8.00 USD, 4.8 g) is no different! I will admit – I was hoping for the colour Coco which is a brown milk chocolate shade but I am actually glad that I received Plum. The number of brown shades in my eyeshadow collection is insane! At least with Plum it will add a nice purple-cranberry colour that I can use to enhance my eyeshadows – you know, like all those brown neutrals that seem to be in overabundance in my collection! This eyeshadow is very smooth and very pigmented. Easy to apply and goes on wet or dry. It is shimmery but not overly shimmery with a light hand. Overall, a great eye shadow single to have in ones collection!

 

ipsy glam bag july 2016

 

Next up is the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer ($4.74 CAD, 0.14 oz) which I have tried before and adore. Though, maybe not as much as the Too Face Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer but this one is still pretty good. Because it’s meant to be hydrating with the coconut water, I will probably like it more during the colder months – and believe me, it sure gets chilly and dry here in Alberta! This is a very lightweight face primer that has a soft scent to it. It’s easy to apply and absorbs easily and isn’t greasy at all. This deluxe sample may look like a small tube but you don’t need to use very much so I find that it lasts a long time. It’s also a great size to travel with! I have one that’s already in use that I keep in my camping makeup bag. (Yes, I do take some makeup when I go camping. Shush! 😉 )

 

ipsy glam bag july 2016

 

I also received the Not Soap, Radio “When life gives you one too many lemons” joy inducing hand/body lotion ($0.96 USD, 20 ml) which is new… but not that new… to me. What does that mean exactly? Well, while I have never tried the lotion before, I have tried the body wash because I received it in one of my Birchbox’s. I really liked that body wash! The smell is nice. It’s refreshing and it does induce joy. It’s a mix of lemon and sugar. I like it a lot. This is also paraben and cruelty-free so that’s a bonus too. I haven’t opened this yet (I’m still trying to use up a couple of other hand lotions first) but I look forward to trying it.

 

ipsy glam bag july 2016

 

Last, but not least, the final product I received was the Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Angle Eye Brush 215 ($12.77 USD). You really can’t go wrong with brushes… especially if it’s Luxie! I love all my Luxie brushes and I’m so happy to add this one to my brush collection! Not only is it cute, I can use it for both eyeliner gel pots and on my brows. The brush doesn’t feel rough but is dense enough to do the job!

 

ipsy glam bag july 2016

 

Here are some swatches from this month. 🙂

 

ipsy glam bag july 2016

 

The value of my July ipsy glam bag is $49.21 CAN based on today’s exchange rate. That’s not too shabby!

I also redeemed some points to get the Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream ($10.00 USD). This is one of my faves! I have already used one up completely so I was happy to be able to get another one.

 

ipsy glam bag july 2016

 

Overall, I was super happy with what I received in July! The bag wasn’t my fave but I thought it was still cute. The holographic nature of it was neat.

Not subscribing to ipsy but would like to give it a try? It is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. Please use my link – much appreciated!

Already a subscriber? Please share what your favorite July product was! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! <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: ipsy April 2016 The Dreamers

I know, I know… I just shared my March unboxing with you and I’m already back to share April’s bag. Why? Because I really can’t wait to share my April bag! I’m that excited about it. I’m telling ya, these ipsy bags just keep getting better and better!

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