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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: FabFitFun Fall 2017 Fall in Love

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Another season, another FabFitFun box! Granted, I have had this box for awhile now but I ended up going on vacation before  I could write my unboxing. Whoops! 

FabFitFun is still one of my favourite subscriptions and I look forward to it every three months. As the seasons change, I love discovering what’s on my box and these unboxings are always so much fun! The theme for Fall’s box is Fall in Love. This season’s box is full of some great things that are perfect for the season.

Before we start, here’s some information about the subscription for those who are unfamiliar with it. FabFitFun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box that contains everything from beauty to fitness items. Seriously a mishmash of many different products for the season. Every box tends to be very high value (I’m talking in the $200+ and then some range most of the time!) so it’s not your typical subscription box. If you would like to try this subscription, please use my link here.

So let’s get started!

FabFitFun has a subscription feature called Choice. This is available to all subscribers where, every season, there is a theme or two where you can pick and choose the item you would like to receive. For Fall, there were two Choices you had to make.

The first Choice theme was Beauty Innovation Boost. The choice was betwen the Moir Dental Club Organic Carbon + Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder and Toothbrush ($43.95 USD) and the DPHue Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse ($35.00 USD). Honestly, I didn’t really like either choice but I went with the hair rinse. I like using a clarifying shampoo so I thought I would give this a try as it seems to work in a similar way.

The second Choice theme was Fashion Boost where you were able to choose between the B-Low the Belt Mia Belt in Tan or Black ($55.00 USD) or The Jetset Diaries Cable Knit Beanie in Dusty Rose or Black ($49.00 USD).  As it’s getting cooler otuside (and the fact that I rarely wear belts in the first place), I chose the beanie. Besides, I love toques this season! And quite honestly, I have been using this toque for the last few weeks already. It’s so cute! 🙂

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Now onto the standard box contents! 

The Mer-Sea + Co Scarf in grey ($98.00 USD) is super soft and cozy! To be honest, I am wearing it over my shoulders right now. It’s also super cute with tassels and an ombre pattern. i really like this grey one as it goes with literally everything! Plus, it also goes great with the black  Jetset Diaries beanie I got! I am super happy with this one and it will come in very handy at home, at work (I don’t know about you but sometimes my office is chilly!) and out and about as a scarf. Loving the versatility! And grey goes with everything. 😉

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Next, how about a nice gym or overnight/weekend bag? This Private Party Gym Bag ($59.00 USD) is perfect for this! I know I can definitely make use of it when camping season starts up again. This will be perfect to keep a couple of changes of clothes, some makeup and toiletries and a book among other things. There is an outside compartment and an inner pocked to help you keep smaller things organized. The bag came in a couple of different sayings but mine was “Gym & Juice”.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

The Imm Living Coxet Wite Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder ($33.00 USD) is a rose gold and porcelain jewelry holder. It’s nice to hang your earrings and keep your rings in the dish but it’s not my favourite item in this box. I’m just not digging it for some reason… maybe it’s because I don’t need another jewelry dish. I have enough for the jewelry that I own.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

This next item is pretty practical… especially in my case as I have so much tension in my neck and shoulders. I am sitting at a desk most days for work so that doesn’t help. The Mytagalongs Hot and Cold Gel Pack ($15.00 USD) is going to be great for soothing aches and pains. You can put it in the freezer before using it cold or heat it in the microwave if you want to use it hot. This will come in handy after massages to deal with the pain and it’s even portable enough to keep at work. Or you can use it as a heating bag if you’re chilly. This is a great addition to the Fall box!

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Now on to the beauty items! <3

The Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil ($12.50 USD) is great if you love the scent of lavender! It is a nourishing blend of vitamins and organic oils, such as, argan oil and bamboo extract. Meant to moisturize and soften your cuticles. I don’t often use a cuticle oil but this one smells divine! But then again, I’m a fan of lavender.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Next is the Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask ($48.00 USD). This mud mask includes natural ingredients like aloe, rosehim oil and bentonite clay. It’s said to help your skin become smoother and softer while slowing down the aging process.

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

This next one is my fave – the trestique Matte Color and Shiny Balm Lip Crayon in Florence Fig lipstick and Rose balm ($28.00 USD) is great! I was already a huge trestique fan, receiving their items in other subscription boxes, so it was great to see this full-sized product in my Fall Box. 

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

Last but not least was the Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths (Sponsored Product). We already use this in our household so we are no stranger to this product. Having this little travel pack is handy! Juuust in case. 😉

 

fabfitfun fall 2017

 

So that’s it for my Fall box! What a great mix of things this season. I’m sure I will be using most of it! The only thing that didn’t really catch my eye was the jewelry holder and hair rinse. I’m still up in the air when it comes to the cuticle oil and mud mask, too.  Still, I can’t complain too much because the scarf, beanie, bag, gel pack, and lip crayon are so great!

How are you liking the Fall box items? See you all soon for the Winter box! I just received it today and I can’t wait to show it to you!

ipsy august 2016

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

 

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy July 2017 Over Easy

ipsy July 2017

ipsy summers are ultra chill… or in the case of July’s bag, it’s just Over Easy.

Over Easy is the them for July and the bag features Gudetama, and over easy egg. Gudetama was created by Sanrio, the same brains behind Hello Kitty, Keroppi and other cute characters. Gudetama looks a little sad, though. I’m don’t know why. He really shouldn’t be! I love Sanrio characters and have loved them since I was a pre-teen and there were still Sanrio stores around here. I’ll give this sad egg a chance. 🙂

 

ipsy July 2017

 

But right now, let’s see what was in the bag!

 

ipsy July 2017 trestique

 

The first item I received was the treStiQue Mini Concealer Crayon in Bisque (price and size of product is unknown). Now how handy and convenient is this? A concealer pencil that’s super portable! This concealer has a creamy texture that provides medium to full coverage. It is coconut-infused making it hydrating for those who have dry undereyes. I’m glad I received this. 🙂

 

ipsy July 2017 seraphine botanicals

 

Next, we have the Seraphine Botanicals Ginger + Gold Peach & Gold Frosting Blush ($14.00 USD, 3 g). This is so so so my colour! So it’s safe to say that I’m happy about it! This is a nice smooth blush with ginger, lychee, mangosteen and chamomile extracts. Because of these ingredients, you can smell it in the pan but not when you apply it. I also love that it’s mineral oil, paraben and phthalates free. It’s also hypo-allergenic so my sensitive skin is thankful! Love this blush!

 

ipsy July 2017 modicum

 

I also received the Modicum Essential Serum ($12.50 USD, 5 ml). I have always been uncertain about oils on my skin. More often than not, I end up breaking out a bit. The tarte one is probably the only exception. This serum is packed chock full of oils and it’s plant based so it’s said to be great for problematic skin. It also has anti-aging benefits. They also say that it has healing properties for chronic skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. It does have a strong scent, though, and I’m not a fan so that, in addition to it being an “uncertain oil”, I think I will take a pass. 

 

ipsy July 2017 tarte cosmetics

 

This next one is fun – the tarte cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel ($1.50 CAD, 7.5 ml) is an excellent cleanser. How do I know this? Because I have already used it before! It is super great for cleansing makeup and it’s really gentle, too. And if you don’t like strong scents, this is great because it’s super subtle. I am going to save this small travel sized bottle for my next vacation. It’s great for travel. 🙂

 

ipsy July 2017 bellapierre cosmetics

 

Last item! And it’s quite intriguing. It is the Bellapierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder ($35.00 USD, 4 g)! I gotta admit… I’ve always been curious about banana powders for colour correction and this is the first time I’ve gotten my hands on one so I’m super excited about it! Also, this is a full sized product so that’s pretty great!  I haven’t tried it yet because I’ve been trying to get through my current concealer in my Shop My Stash basket but I’m going to have to try it soon. I will try it to set my makeup under my eyes maybe. I hope it works well!

That’s it for July’s bag. The overall value for this month is $78.94 CAD at the very least… I’m not sure what the value of the treStiQue concealer is… but that’s still pretty good! Considering I like every item except the serum, the bag is worth it this month. 

I’m still waiting for my August ipsy to come in the mail so it will be a little while yet before that unboxing but I hope to get it up sooner than later!

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. 

What has your favourite ipsy item this month been? Share them in the comments below!

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.

ipsy July 2017

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy May 2017 Summer Friday

ipsy may 2017

 

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

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

 

ipsy may 2017

ipsy may 2017

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

ipsy may 2017 benefit cosmetics gimme brow

 

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

 

ipsy may 2017 hempz

 

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

 

ipsy may 2017 trestique

 

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

 

ipsy may 2017 luxie

ipsy may 2017 luxie

 

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

 

ipsy may 2017  kvossnyc

 

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

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

 

ipsy may 2017

 

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

Like what you see here? For those of you who would like to give this a try and would like to know more, this subscription is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link here. ?

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! 

ipsy august 2016

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

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy October 2016 Black Magic

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

I am so behind. The weeks leading up to my vacation were SO busy that I didn’t get a chance to get this posted before I hopped on a plane to paradise! So I apologize. But better late than never?

ipsy’s theme for their bag in October was Black Magic. It makes sense seeing as it was Halloween! While it can be a scary time of year, this bag was anything but spooky!

I mean, how cute is this bag that features Valfré’s drawings of crystal balls, kitties, lipsticks and candy corn? I love unique illustrations so this was totally up my alley. And the contents of the bag I received was pretty good. It was a mix of makeup, a brush and a skincare item in my October bag. So let’s get started!

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

This month, three out of the five items I received were makeup items. It doesn’t happen often when I get more makeup items than anything else so that was nice!

My first makeup item this month was a sample of theBalm Cosmetic’s CabanaBoy Blush ($1.40 USD, 0.02 oz). As much as I think these theBalm samples are cute and unique, they are so small! I know I’ve said this in the past already but they really are. These small samples are so hard to work with unless it’s one you can use with an eyeshadow brush or a lip brush. In this case, a blush brush was just too big. Anyways, regarding the product itself, it’s a nice dusty rose colour, which is probably something I would use. I like rose coloured blushes.

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

Next up is the Ciate Fierce Flicks Eyeliner (£15.00, 0.05 fl oz). I love liquid liners so I was looking forward to trying it. It is a brush tip, similar to the Stila liquid liner, and it was easy to use. While I do prefer a finer tip, like my holy grail Kat Von D Tatoo Liner, this one was pretty good too. It’s a thicker line but it went on pretty smooth. It lasted all day but it did smudge a little bit on me. I still prefer my KVD but I will continue to use this. Not bad at all!

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

Let’s take a look at what’s next – the tre’StiQue Matte Lip Crayon in Belize Bordeaux (price unknown, 0.2 oz). I don’t often use darker lip colours but this colour is gorgeous! It goes on smoothly and looks great on. It’s also not at all drying and has decent staying power. I’m glad I received this because now I have a darker lip colour. Plus, can I say that this shade is absolutely perfect for fall? Just perfect!

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

While this is not makeup, it is certainly related. I received the MeMeMe Blush Brush (price unknown) which was nice because I love brushes! Though, I may have to pass this one on because I have too many blush brushes. But from what I can tell, it’s a very soft brush. A great addition to anyone’s brush collection!

 

ipsy glam bag october 2016

 

Last but not least, the final item I received was the Dermelect Rapid Repair Facial Moisturizer ($6.82 USD, 0.5 oz). Due to the many deluxe samples of moisturizers I have open right now (honestly, it’s gotta be at least three of them!), I haven’t tried this one yet. I am interested in trying it, though, because of their claim of its calming properties and because it is said to be great for sensitive skin. Perhaps after I finish one of my other moisturizer tubes!

ipsy glam bag october 2016

The value of my October glam bag was $35.24 CAD… with the exception of the trestique lip crayon and MeMeMe brush, both of which I couldn’t figure out what the prices were! Either way, still not bad when it comes to value.

So there you are. A very quick and dirty recap of October’s bag… stay tuned, though. I still have November’s ipsy glam bag to unbox! Or is that unbag? Anyways, just keep your eyes open for that soon. 😉

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!

Hope you are all having a great evening!

 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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