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ipsy December 2017 Snow Globe – Unboxing + Review

ipsy december 2017

 

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re all having a great holidays wiht family and friends and that you found some awesome deals for Boxing Day!

I know I’m enjoying my holidays and relaxing as much as possible! Though, there are times when things have been super hectic! ’tis the season, I guess! Seeing as I also have the week off from work, I’m going to do my best to catch up on my blogging. 

Today we are going to take a look at my December ipsy glam bag. 

 

ipsy december 2017

 

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

December’s theme is Snow Globe. The bag itself is gorgeous! It is sleek and silver and goes well with the Snow Globe theme, don’t you think? It’s reminiscent of frosty days and twinkling nights. Much like how it is in Edmonton right now. As the temperatures plunged, it sure got frosty!

 

ipsy december 2017

 

Now let’s take a look at the bag’s contents.

First up is the Always On Gel Liner in the shade Fishnet from Smashbox Cosmetics ($16.50 CAD, 0.03 oz). This is a great size as it’s not far off from the 0.04 oz full sized product. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t tug. it’s also very long lasting. I love my liquid liner but this is a great gel liner. I quite like this product!

ipsy december 2017 smashbox

 

I also received the Cosmoholic Liquid Lipstick in the shade Mysterious Mocha ($15.27 USD, 5.5 ml). Gotta admit, this was a pleasant surprise! I was skeptical before I got it because I don’t typically like brown shades but this was more of a red-brown which looks great on! It looks nude and natural on me. And it smells like chocolate! While this doesn’t have a built-in LED light on it like its full sized counterpart, it does have a mirror which is a nice touch.

 

ipsy december 2017 cosmoholic

 

Goodness, this next one smells delicious! Even moreso than the chocolate liquid lipstick above. 😉 The Seraphine Botanicals Lip Polish in Orange + Cream ($18.00 USD, 10 g, full sized) is just great all around. It is a gentle lip exfoliant that is sugar-based and infused with mango butter for hydration. Gotta admit, this was my fave product that I received this month!

 

ipsy december 2017 seraphine botanicals

 

Another brush! And I’m not saying that in a bad way. As you know, I am a big fan of Luxie brushes. The Luxie Beauty Precision Shader Onyx Brush 239 ($20.31 USD, full sized) is my first brush from their Onyx Noir collection. I haven’t tried it yet, though. I’m expecting it to be great like my other Luxie brushes, though!

 

ipsy december 2017 luxie beauty

ipsy december 2017 luxie beauty

 

The final item in my December bag is the trestique Mini Brow Pencil in the shade Espresso (Price Unknown, 0.005 oz). Espresso is a dark brown shade that’s perfect for me. It has an angled tip and it’s small but it’s easy to use. I do wish it had a brow brush, though! Then it would have it all!

 

ipsy december 2017 trestique

 

So that’s it for December’s instalment. The total value of this bag, minus the trestique Brow Pencil because I couldn’t figure out how much it was worth, is $84.00 CAD. Not too shabby for a $20.00 CAD subscription! Plus, I will be using everything I received this month which makes it worth it.

What do you think of December’s ipsy 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.

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Unboxing + Review: Boxycharm November 2017 Sweater Weather

boxycharm november 2017

 

Sweater Weather.

With it being as cold as it is this week (and it has been pretty warm up until the other day!), it definitely is sweater weather around here! So how perfect is it that Boxycharm would use this as their theme for November’s box. 

 

boxycharm november 2017

 

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

There were a couple of items that I was super excited about when I received this box. Let’s take a look at those products first.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but I am a huge Luxie Beauty fan. There isn’t a brush of theirs that I have tried and disliked… I just adore them! So I was very excited to see the Luxie Beauty Quad Eyes Travel Set ($32.00 USD). This set comes with four eye brushes that are the same as their full sized version. I love that these are so compact. I will definitely be taking these the next time I travel and they will be very useful during camping… er… glamping season. 😉

 

boxycharm november 2017 luxie beauty brushes

 

Next up is a full-sized bottle of the CoverFX Illuminating Setting Spray ($31.00 USD). I have been wanting to try this setting spray for the longest time so I was happy to receive it! This setting spray is meant to set your makeup and provide you with instant all over illumination. I love how fine the mist is – one of the finest mists I have ever seen! – because it doesn’t make my face feel like its drenched. A huge plus that this is alcohol free so it shouldn’t dry out your skin. So far I am really liking this!

 

boxycharm november 2017 coverfx illuminating setting spray

 

The next product is so cute! The WinkyLux Kitten Palette ($25.00 USD) features cute kittens on the outer packaging and highly-pigmented shadows on the inside. The eyeshadows are a mix of different finishes  including mattes, satins, glitters and holographic shadows. My love for cats means that I automatically love this but the shadows are great too so it’s fantastic all around.

 

boxycharm november 2017 winkylux kitten palette

boxycharm november 2017 winkylux kitten palette

 

These next products I weren’t as excited about. 

The Laqa & Co Cloud Lips in the shade Sunshower ($17.00 USD) is a matte lipstick that is full coverage and long lasting. I would love to try this product but I’m not a big fan of this shade so I’m going to try and find a new home for it. Bright blue reds and I don’t really get along.

 

boxycharm november 2017 laqua & co cloud lips

 

Last, I received three KNC Beauty Collagen Lip Masks ($15.00 USD). These are jelly lip masks that provide hydration, moisture and plump. I’m not sure about these lip masks but seeing as my lips have been pretty dry this winter, I’m willing to give it a chance. 

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boxycharm november 2017 knc beauty collagen lip masks

 

So that’s it! The total value of this box was $120.00 USD which later translates into around $152.00 CAD using today’s exchange rate. Not too shabby, if you ask me! I love three out of five of the items so that’s still pretty good. 

What did you think of November’s Boxycharm?

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

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy 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: 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!

ipsy august 2016

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

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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