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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!

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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 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: 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!

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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 February 2017 Much Love #IPSYMUCHLOVE

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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!

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Unboxing + Review: Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 – Femininity

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

I cannot believe that we are well into February already! A lot happened in January so that disappeared in a blink of the eye! January definitely flew by in a flash.

I still have some catch up to do when it comes to writing about my subscription boxes. I really wanted to write about this one sooner because it’s one of my fave subs but because January was too eventful (both good and bad) and my Macbook Pro died on me (I’m currently using the hubby’s ‘on loan’ or my desktop which isn’t quite set up for image editing as well as my Macbook was until I get a new laptop!), it had to wait.  But better late than never, right?

For those of you who ware not familiar with this subscription: Miss Blanco Joyful Box is a lifestyle box which contains five items that are a mix of deluxe or full sized beauty times,  hand-curated artisan items and lifestyle items.  It is priced at $38.00 CAD (or $28 USD) per month and comes 12 times a year.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box does offer a VIP member option in addition to the standard subscription. This is just an option – you are not required to opt into this – but for $30.00 CAD per year, you can opt into this program. Please note that you must already be a subscriber and that the cost is on top of your monthly subscription cost. BUT you get a full year of extra perks and surprises for $2.50 CAD per month.  If you do decide to join, please put my name in the field where it asks who referred you – Olivia from starpixel. I would very much appreciate it! ?

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

Now let’s get into the good stuff! January’s theme is Femininity and everything in this box screams it. Can I also say that I love the teal box that it came in? Teal is one of my fave colours. 😉 

January’s box came with four beauty items, one artisan item and two lifestyle items… that’s more than the usual five items so you’re already ahead with this one! Because I am a VIP member, I also received a bonus item AND because I participated in the Ambassador Contest, I was gifted some extra goodies as a generous thank you! So there is definitely a lot to cover here, so let’s get started!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Charmed Makeup

 

Let’s start with beauty. The first item in the beauty category is really two items! I received two makeup brushes from Charmed Makeup ($36.00 CAD). I have not heard of this brand before so this is a new one for me. The first brush is their Small All-Over Brush #58 from their Organic Collection. It is said to work with both creams and powders. The tapered head should make this a good under eye brush for concealer. They call in an “all-over” brush because you can use it your face or lips and even for applying eyeshadow. The other brush I received is their Contour Brush… though it is smaller than other contour brushes I own. This looks like it would make a great eyeshadow blending brush… and it’s so soft! Looking forward to trying both of these out.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Maybelline Baby Lips

 

The next beauty item I received was a Green Tea Makeup Remover ($14.99 CAD, 75 ml). On the product card, it says it’s a White Label Product for Miss Blanco. I have tried this and it does a good job of removing my makeup. The way I have been using it is by applying it onto a round cotton pad and then wiping off my makeup but you can also spray it on your face before wiping it off. Applying it on a cotton round is just my preferred method. It is also a no-rinse formula so that makes it super convenient! I don’t find that it leaves a residue and I really like the light scent that it has.

The final beauty item was the Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm in Coral Crave ($4.99 CAD). I have tried the regular Baby Lips lip balm before and I just wasn’t a fan. I will have to try out this medicated one, though. Maybe I will like it more because it is minty and and I am a big fan of mint lip balms! The coral colour is also very nice. Assuming this version of Baby Lips works for me, I can see putting this in my purse for every day wear whenever you need it. It is quite handy for the dry winter months!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

Moving onto the artisan item, this month I received a digital download of this cute Deer Head Art Print ($6.66 CAD). I have been on a huge deer kick as of late – you will see more of that in my next favourites post – so I thought this was great! Love the colours, as well! It will definitely give a dull room a pop of colour!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

I received two lifestyle items. The first one is this gorgeous pair of Lace Boot Cuffs ($14.99 CAD). I’ve been wearing boot cuffs a lot this winter but all of mine are of the knit variety so this is a nice change. I love the flower and pearl detailing. This will be perfect for spring! 

The last item in the box was a Tassel Hair Accessory in dark royal blue ($7.00 CAD). I use hair ties a lot so this will come in very useful. The tassel adds a little something to your everyday ponytail and it also looks cute when you are wearing it on your wrist. Sometimes I also clip hair ties onto my purse so this one can also add a little decor to my bag!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

That pretty much covers January’s box contents but because I am a VIP member, I received a bonus item. The bonus item I received is a Blush Pan in the shade Cheeky Luscious ($9.99 CAD). In the pan it looks super bright! Not really something I would choose for myself but perhaps I will give it a go. At 3.5 grams, it’s a good sized blush and it just comes as a pan so you can add it to your magnetic palettes.

The final value of my January box was $94.62 CAD. That’s a pretty good haul! Other than the blush, everything will be put to good use! But that is not all!

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017

 

There’s still more to cover because I participated in the Ambassador Contest. When I saw my thank you goodies, I felt so, so spoiled! First, I received this lovely thank you card. That was so sweet of Yoanella! These extra goodies made me feel like I was doing a bonus unboxing because I received five additional items! Let’s take a peek.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - elf cosmetics

 

I received two items from elf cosmetics which is great because I have always wanted to try more from this brand. The first one is elf’s Shimmering Facial Whip in Pink Lemonade ($1.00 USD, 9 ml). This is a liquid highlighter that you can use, not only on your cheeks, but on your eyes or lips, as well. I love how this product is multi-purpose! I haven’t tried many liquid highlighters so I’m glad I got this. The other elf product I received was a 24 pack of elf’s Nail Polish Remover Pads (price unknown, 24 count). I am about to run out of the ones that I have so this was perfect timing! This has a citrus scent and I love nail polish remover pads cause they are super easy to use and having them in this little container will make it so handy and convenient. Great for travel, too! I hope they work well.

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - darphin paris

 

Another item I received was a sample of the Darphin Paris Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum ($17.50 CAD, 5 ml). I don’t get very much redness in my face.. just a little bit around my nose. Great high value sample, though!

I’m super happy about the next three because I have always wanted to try this brand out but haven’t had a chance to yet. I have heard many good things about Laneige so I was so happy to receive these! 

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box January 2017 - Laneige

 

The first item is the Laneige Multi Cleanser Multi-Action Makeup Remover and Exfoliator ($4.83 CAD, 1 oz). I haven’t tried it yet because I have a couple of open cleansers right now but I smelled it and it smells so nice! Light and not overpowering. Reviews online show this as a cleanser that cleanses all your makeup easily and makes your skin softer and brighter. I cannot wait to try it! 

I also received the Laneige Good Night Kit ($8.00 CAD) that contains two deluxe samples: the Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask (20 ml) and the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (15 ml). I’ve gotta say, the Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask smells just like Strawberry Pocky! No lie! I love that! This product says that it supports firmness so that’s prefect for me right now as I am looking for products to help with that. I’m excited to try the Water Sleeping Mask, too. I have never tried a sleeping mask before so this will be the first. Great for hydration so I’m all over it! My skin isn’t overly dry this winter but I like to keep my skin hydrated because it looks healthier. So excited to try these, as well!

And that, my friends, is it for January! I hope you had fun reading this as much as I did writing it! It was definitely much longer than my usual unboxings but there were just so many things to go through. I couldn’t help it! 

I hope you all had a great weekend and a fab week to come! 

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

 

Miss Blanco Joyful Box - january 2017