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Ipsy March 2016

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Ipsy March 2016

Ipsy March 2016

I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again!  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for March is Hello Spring: “We’re having a spring fling with flawless! Celebrate the season with a spotlight on radiant, selfie-ready skin, flushed cheeks and a fresh kick of color on eyes or lips.”  The bag this month came in three different color schemes.  My bag is mint green with a coral floral pattern on it.  It’s pretty cute.  But let’s get to the goods.

Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner in Jet Black

Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner in Jet Black

Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner in Jet Black: “Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner has a liquid felt tip pen applicator that’s super easy to use to create lines, cat eyes, or wings. It’s waterproof, smudge proof and won’t run or feather. Literally lasts ALL day – even through a workout!” This is a full sized product, worth $15 at skonecosmetics.com.

Global Beauty Care Collagen Spa Treatment Mask

Global Beauty Care Collagen Spa Treatment Mask

Global Beauty Care Collagen Spa Treatment Mask: “This Collagen Sheet Mask is an effective facial skin care therapy, designed to improve the health and appearance of your skin. Its moisture-rich formula contains collagen proteins and essential ingredients that help revive skin elasticity and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Just one treatment will leave your face feeling softer and more radiant!” Full size is $9.99 for 5 masks at globalbeautycare.com. Sample size is 2 masks, worth $3.99.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil: “DHC Deep Cleansing Oil completely dissolves all traces of dirt, impurities and cosmetics—even waterproof mascara and eyeliner—while nourishing your complexion with antioxidant-rich olive oil. Unique water-soluble formula rinses thoroughly, with no greasy residue.” Full size is $23.50 for 6.7 fl oz at dhccare.com.  Sample size is 1.4 fl oz, worth $4.89.

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels

NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels: “Doll up your lips with plush and vibrant color! NYX’s Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick glides on smooth and sets into a striking matte finish. Velvety soft and waterproof, this long-lasting lippie creates a positively polished look with every swipe.” This is a full sized product, worth $7 at nyxcosmetics.com.

Mellow Cosmetics Powder Blush in Bronze

Mellow Cosmetics Powder Blush in Bronze

Mellow Cosmetics Powder Blush in Bronze: “Get a gorgeous glow with this soft sheer blush powder from Mellow Cosmetics. This high-quality, yet guilt-free blush doubles as a bronzer and blends easily into the skin for a silky finish. Cruelty-free, paraben-free and vegan.” This is a full sized product, worth $10 at mellowcosmetics.com.

Ipsy

Ipsy

The grand total worth of my March 2016 bag is $40.88.  I am pretty happy with the products that I received this month.  Ipsy gave me three full sized products, which is great.  I have been wanting to try the NYX Liquid Suede lipsticks but hadn’t pulled the trigger, so I am glad to have Kitten Heels to try.  The Mellow blush looks beautiful, so I’m really happy to have it.  I haven’t used a cleansing oil before, so it will be fun to experiment, and I can’t wait to try the collagen masks.  I was not thrilled with February’s bag last month, but I am pleased with my bag for March.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your March 2016 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy December 2015

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Ipsy December 2015

Ipsy December 2015

It is finally Ipsy time!  My goodness, it took forever for my Ipsy bag to arrive this month!  Between holiday shipping madness and stormy weather, I wasn’t sure if my bag was ever going to get here.  But, it did finally arrive.  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for December is “With love from Ipsy”.  Awww, isn’t that sweet?  The bag this month is red vinyl with a quilted stitching pattern.  The zipper tab is a super cute pair of lips.  Now, on to the products.

ACURE Cell Stimulating Face Mask

ACURE Cell Stimulating Face Mask

ACURE Cell Stimulating Face Mask: “Work over your cells for a true synergy of cell revitalization with argan stem cell + sweet iris stem cell and chlorella growth factor to regenerate, firm and soften. French green clay draws out impurities while Moroccan argan oil, CoQ10 and sea buckthorn oil provide moisture. Talk about some serious cell repair! Vegan, Gluten and Cruelty free.”  Full size is $12.99 for 1.75 fl oz at acureorganics.com.  Sample size is 1 fl oz, worth $7.42.

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower: “This gentle floral micellar water, enriched with soothing and decongesting cornflower water, delicately and thoroughly removes all traces of make-up from face, eyes and lips. It’s alcohol free, paraben free and fragrance free – making it ideal for even the most sensitive eyes and skin.”  Full size is $23 for 13.5 fl oz at kloraneusa.com.  Sample size is .8 fl oz, worth $1.36.

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer: “This silky blend dries transparent and preps your lids for a smooth and even application. Your favorite eye shadows will intensely come to life. But most importantly, it protects your eye makeup all day, so you can get back to the important things in life (cat videos, selfies, and your roommate’s last piece of chocolate). Intensifies eye shadow, crease-free, and lightweight.”  Full size is $20 for 10 g at elizabethmott.com.  Sample size is 5 g, worth $10.

Pacifica Power Of Love Natural Lipstick

Pacifica Power Of Love Natural Lipstick

Pacifica Power Of Love Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red: “Amazingly creamy, highly-pigmented, and naturally moisturizing – this lipstick is packed with all the vitamins and antioxidants your lips crave. Made with coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free.”  This is a full sized product, worth $10 at pacificabeauty.com.

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Revved Up

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Revved Up

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Revved Up: “Turn up the glam with this ravishing rose gold metallic. See the classic shade revolutionized by intense color and lasting shine with Formula X’s No Compromise formula. Three-free formula.”  Full size is $10.50 for .4 oz at sephora.com.  Sample size is .13 oz, worth $3.25.

Em Cosmetics shade play artistic eye color palette

Em Cosmetics shade play artistic eye color palette

My Ipsy bag came with one more item this month.  This is the shade play artistic eye color palette in Casablanca Neutrals from em cosmetics.  It is nowhere on the Ipsy website that I could find, but there was a card included.  It said: “I hope that you are enjoying the Holiday season with family and friends! I want to personally reach out and thank you for being a part of the Ipsy family for over three years now.  Here’s a fun fact. Did you know that you were one of the first to subscribe to the Glam Bag? I consider you one of he founding members of Ipsy- You shared this dream, and you jumped in with your whole heart. I can’t thank you enough for taking a leap of faith and joining me on this journey of beauty discovery. With love, Michelle Phan.”  I went to the em cosmetics website, and this palette is $28.  That’s a nice thank you gift!

Ipsy December 2015

Ipsy December 2015

The grand total for my December Ipsy bag is $32.03, plus the $28 shadow palette.  Not bad for a $10 subscription fee.  I am happy with this month’s selection.  I do wish that the Pacifica lipstick came in a darker color because I am not the biggest fan of nudes, but otherwise I can see myself getting a lot of use out of the products that were sent to me.  I love experimenting with masks, and I’ve been wanting to try a micellar water, so I am excited about both of those items.  Who can’t use a good eye primer, and I still haven’t tried Sephora’s Formula X polish.  It’s a good bag for me.  I am really happy with the surprise thank you gift from em cosmetics.  I am so pleased that they chose to recognize people who have been subscribed for many years.  It is such a nice touch.

You can click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past three years worth of Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your December 2015 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy October 2015

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Ipsy October 2015

Ipsy October 2015

It’s Ipsy time!  I got my October Ipsy bag in the mail today.  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  October’s theme is “Alter Ego: Dare to be different. This October, transform into whoever you want to be.”  The bag itself is black patent leather (or possibly vinyl) on one side, and gold textured (faux) leather on the other.  It isn’t my personal style, but I can see some people really liking it.  Now, onto the products.

theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer: “Meet Mary-Lou Manizer, a seemingly innocent honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow. A gorgeous highlighter, shadow and shimmer in a universally flattering shade. It is cruelty-free and contains no parabens or talc. Brow bones. Cheek bones. Corner of the inner eye. Cupids bow. Apply this highlight to these four areas and you’ll have a gorgeous glow.”  Full size is $24 for 8.5 g at thebalm.com.  Sample size is .57 g, worth $1.61.

AYRES Pampas Sunrise Hand Cream

AYRES Pampas Sunrise Hand Cream

AYRES  Pampas Sunrise Hand Cream: “This ultra-rich, luxurious hand cream is enriched with shea butter, plant emollients and herbal extracts that deeply moisturize dry skin. Formulated with fast absorbing lightweight oils, it penetrates quickly to leave behind smooth, non-greasy, supple skin with improved elasticity. Lemongrass, mandarin, bergamot, patchouli and spearmint will awaken your senses, while an exotic background of cedar wood releases a musky scent. Super moisturizing non-greasy ipsy-exclusive sample. Keep your hands moisturized while the seasons are changing – it’ll save you from cracked and dry skin.”  Full size is $12.50 for 1.4 oz at ayresbeauty.com.  Sample size is .7 oz, worth $6.25.

Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum

Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum

Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum:This highly concentrated face treatment is designed to deeply hydrate and reveal smoother, softer and more supple skin with improved tone. Moroccan argan oil, packed with restorative omega fatty acids, intensely hydrates and replenishes. Apricot kernel oil moisturizes and softens skin while helping retain clarity. Rosehip oil smoothes skin texture and helps even out tone. Fragrance-free, gluten-free, and vegan. Brightens and revitalizes complexion. Smoothes texture and helps even out tone.”  Full size is $23.99 for .7 oz at nourishorganic.com.  Sample size is .5 oz, worth $17.14.

Tarte deluxe LipSurgence skintuitive lip gloss in energy

Tarte deluxe LipSurgence skintuitive lip gloss in energy

Tarte deluxe LipSurgence skintuitive lip gloss in energy: “Infused with pH-adjusting skintuitive technology, this sophisticated glossy lip formula is infused with rich antioxidants to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while delivering intense hydration and your own custom, complexion-enhancing shade of pink. Flower extract drenches lips in moisture for heathy, hydrated lips. Jojoba seed oil is a natural soothing extract that leaves lips soft, supple and smooth. Vitamin E is a natural preservative that also acts as an emollient and antioxidant. Ipsters who sample the lip gloss will receive the shade Energy (custom pink). This skintuitive formula responds to your skin’s natural pH and energy, giving you a personalized tint that is truly your own unique shade.”  Full size is $19.00 for .27 fl oz at tartecosmetics.com.  Sample size is .05 fl oz, worth $3.52.

Coastal Scents Xpress Line Cosmetic Pencil

Coastal Scents Xpress Line Cosmetic Pencil

Coastal Scents Xpress Line Cosmetic Pencil: “Xpress Line pencils are for anywhere you want xtra color, xpressive highlights, and xact definition. Highly pigmented, long-lasting formula.”  This is full size, worth $2.95 at coastalscents.com.

Ipsy October 2015

Ipsy October 2015

The grand total of my October 2015 Ipsy bag is $31.47.  I have been really happy with my Ipsy bags the last couple of months, but October’s bag just doesn’t do it for me.  It’s not that the products are bad, per se, but I know what some other people got in their Ipsy bags and I would much rather have had those products instead.  The IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes mascara, Laura Geller Baked Blush, and Girlactik Beauty Precise Marker Liner are all products that I would have loved to get.  Instead, I got theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer for the third time (I gave the previous two away), a gimmicky lipgloss that doesn’t really do anything, and a simple wooden black eyeliner that I could have gotten the equivalent of at the drugstore.  Now to be fair, I am very happy about the Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum and the AYRES Pampas Sunrise Hand Cream, and the two of them make up for my $10 subscription fee.  I am just personally disappointed in the products that I received compared to what other products were out there.  Maybe it’s just a personal preference thing.  I know that Mary-Lou Manizer is very popular, and I’ve heard great things about tarte Lipsurgence lipgloss.  I just would have rather had the other things.  Oh well, maybe next month will be better.

If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can also click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your October 2015 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy September 2015

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September 2015 Ipsy Bag

September 2015 Ipsy Bag

I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again!  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  So let’s get into it.

September Ipsy bag

September Ipsy bag

You guys.  Look at this bag!  I was surprised by how luxe the bag looks this month.  It is made of a soft leather-like vinyl material in a warm bronze shade.  There is a really neat texture on the front that glams it up.  It reminds me of a stylish handbag, and I will definitely be using it.  It looks expensive and I really like it.  I would probably pay $10 just for the bag, so there is the subscription fee right there.  But let’s get into the products.

Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser

Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser: “Rev up your skin with this powerful exfoliating treatment that’s packed with the natural ingredients necessary to get a bright, sexy glow. The best part? One step and you’re done! You’ll see smoother, brighter skin as soon as you rinse. 100% Paraben-free, 100% Vegan. Not Tested On Animals.”  Full size is 120 g, worth $34 at vasanticosmetics.com.  Sample size 20 g, worth $5.67.

 

Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer

Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer

Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer: “This Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer is the ultimate facial lotion. Lightweight, yet moisturizing, it’s super-packed with nutrients to aid delicate facial skin. Rosehip oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hibiscus extract is rich in antioxidants, as are vitamins E, B3, Pro-Vitamin A, and Pro-Vitamin B5- all providing both protection against free radicals as well as natural anti-inflammatory properties. Lightweight, absorbs easily and super moisturizing. Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances and dyes. 100% vegan.”  Full size is 4.6 fl oz, worth $17.95 at bayberrynaturals.com.  Sample size .5 fl oz, worth $1.95.

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Cream Blush in ASH

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Cream Blush in ASH

Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Cream Blush in ASH: “This cream blush has a formula that melts into your skin and delivers a healthy dose of organic goodness. This cruelty and paraben free cream blush will leave you with a natural, dewy look and skin that will thank-you! Natural & Organic. Paraben and cruelty-free. Made in USA, and $1 from every product sold is donated to woman’s organizations.”  Size info is not available at evelyniona.com or anywhere else that I could find, but I found the size of the concealer which is priced the same as this blush at $18.75.  I am assuming that they are the same size, 3 g.  Sample size of the blush is .06 oz or 1.7 g, worth $10.63.

tre'StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon

tre’StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon

tre’StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon: “Fall in love with this new matte lip color. It’s buttery soft, rich, yet light as air and uber comfortable with a futuristic vibrant finish. Infused with Vitamin E, and Monoi Tahiti Butter for moisturization and antioxidant properties. Deposits rich color that you can build. Contains Vitamin E and Monoi Tahiti Butter. Modern radiant matte finish.”  This product doesn’t seem to be available full size, but a trio of minis is available for $32 at trestique.com, so one mini would be a third of that, worth $10.67.

NYX Cosmetics ipsy Eye Shadow Trio

NYX Cosmetics ipsy Eye Shadow Trio

NYX Cosmetics ipsy Eye Shadow Trio: “This 3-color eye shadow palette gives you go-anywhere intensity day or night thanks to the highly pigmented formulations. Provides intense eye colors with a silky texture for seamless application for any eye look that you desire. It consists of 3 complementing eye shadows to wear together or alone. Each eye shadow provides great color payoff with every application. Create any look on the go with the help of the dual applicator that allows you to apply, smudge and line your eyes effortlessly. Exclusive palette designed by NYX just for ipsters!”  This is full sized, and worth $6 at nyxcosmetics.com.

Ipsy

Ipsy

The grand total of my September 2015 Ipsy bag is $34.92, not counting the totally gorgeous bag itself.  I am happy with everything that I got.  I’ll use all of it, and nothing in the bag is a dud product for me.  To be fair, I am not “wowed” or extremely excited by any one product either, but that’s okay.  This is a solid bag, and I am happy to try everything.  I like that Ipsy keeps sending me all natural and vegan products lately.  I also am a big fan of NYX, and own a couple of those trios already.  I know that I will like the shadows a lot.  Good job Ipsy.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can also click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your September 2015 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy August 2015

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Ipsy August 2015

Ipsy August 2015

I received that big pink envelope in the mail that can only mean one thing- it’s Ipsy time again!  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for August is “Prep School- Pretty and Polished are always in style“.  The samples for August came in a textured vinyl houndstooth print bag with a hot pink zipper.  I madlove the pattern, though I wish the bag were fabric instead of plastic.  So, let’s talk products.

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizer

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizer

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizer: “This dual-action spray enhances the look of hair fullness with long-term thickness results. The formula contains a unique ingredient—maltodextrin, a natural sugar starch—which coats each strand of hair to promote a fuller appearance. Lemon and witch hazel extract dissolve excess oil and help extend time between washes. For longer term benefits, the spray contains ginger to support natural blood flow to the scalp and biotin to encourage natural, healthy hair growth. Cruelty-free and Vegan-friendly.”  Full size is $18 for 5.1 oz at briogeohair.com.  Sample size is 1 oz, worth $3.53.

Noyah Natural Lipstick in Desert Rose

Noyah Natural Lipstick in Desert Rose

Noyah Natural Lipstick in Desert Rose: “Noyah’s all-natural lipsticks come in dazzling earth-friendly bamboo packaging and are versatile enough to take you from subtle daytime chic to a fun-filled evening look. The lipsticks are made in the USA, never tested on animals, and contain no parabens or sulfates. If that’s not enough to make you feel all warm and fuzzy, post #noyah or #livedivinely and noyah will donate a product to the homeless! [Desert Rose is] a semi-matte, subtle dirty-pink shade that straddles the line between elegant and flirty and has just the right balance to make a polished statement at work while remaining playful enough to carry you through happy hour.”  Full size is $18 for .16 oz at noyah.com.  Sample size is .04 oz, worth $4.50.

JUARA Skincare Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Facial Mask

JUARA Skincare Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Facial Mask

JUARA Skincare Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Facial Mask: “A must for radiant skin, JUARA’s Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask utilizes the proven power of Indonesian turmeric. This powerful mask detoxifies, brightens and strengthens stressed, tired, dull-looking skin in one single application. Turmeric extract works to brighten and even out skin tone while providing antioxidant protection, kaolin clay purifies skin and refines pores and a touch of candlenut oil is added to soften and nurture skin. This unique mask is a great instant pick me up! Free of Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Mineral Oil, Gluten, Artificial Colorants and no Harsh Chemicals.”  Full size is $35 for 3 oz at juaraskincare.com.  Sample size is .34 oz, worth $3.97.

Skone Cosmetics Luxe Doubler Eye/Lip Pencil in Wine

Skone Cosmetics Luxe Doubler Eye/Lip Pencil in Wine

Skone Cosmetics Luxe Doubler Eye/Lip Pencil in Wine: “This smooth, creamy pencil is an eyeliner that doubles as a lip pencil. It’s multi-purpose design allows you to create a pop of color to line the eyes, fill in the lids, or add color to your wings. Or use it as a lip pencil to easily shape, line or fill in the lip.”   This is full size product, worth $12 skonecosmetics.com.  *I just want to note here that no liner should be used on both eyes and lips without being thoroughly sanitized.

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted: “‘If you enjoy yourself, it’s not really a waste – it’s your prerogative.’ Trust Fund Beauty is a quick-drying, chip resistant polish comes in cute bottles complete with some seriously sassy names. Plus, it’s 7-free, non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. Don’t mind if we do!”  Full size is $15 for 17 ml at trustfundbeauty.com.  Sample size is 15 ml, worth $13.24.

August 2015 Ipsy

August 2015 Ipsy

The grand total worth of my August Ipsy bag is $37.24.  Though this isn’t the most expensive Ipsy bag, I am pretty happy with it.  Though I don’t usually want nail polishes, this Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish looks really beautiful.  I also think that the Skone Cosmetics pencil is beautiful, and I will definitely use it as a lip liner.  (It’s got too much red in it for me to use as an eye liner, IMO.)  Once again, I’d like to say that no liner should be used on both eyes and lips without being thoroughly sanitized in between.  It’s better to not use any product that has been on your lips on your eyes at all to avoid infection.  End PSA, lol.  The lipstick is in a ho-hum shade, but I like that it is all natural.  Actually, many of the products that I received in this bag are all-natural or vegetarian/vegan friendly.  I think that’s really cool.  I can not wait to use the Juara mask.  It looks great, but I wish the sample size wasn’t so small.  I’m not thrilled by the hair products (why Ipsy, just stop it) but otherwise I am pleased with my bag.

Ipsy

Ipsy

If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can also click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your August 2015 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things or did you get different items?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy June 2015

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Ipsy June 2015

Ipsy June 2015

It’s Ipsy time again!  I received that big pink envelope carrying my June bag in the mail.  For those who are new to the blog and don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (plus tax in some states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee.  The theme for June is “Swim into Beauty” and Ipsy says “Just keep swimming.  Salt in the air, sand in our hair.  Cue the lifeguards because summer will be 5 times the fun when you dive into these beauty must-haves for June.”  The bag this month is black on black embossed Ipsy logo on a satiny background for the front.  The material on the back is reminiscent of a wet suit.  The zipper is a vibrant neon orange.  Not my favorite, but also not my least favorite bag.  Now, onto the products.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox Cosmetics
Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer: “Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, this best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish. This primer diffuses the light hitting your skin to blur out imperfections for an even, soft-focus look while also making your makeup last all day long.”  Full size is $36 for 1 fl oz at smashbox.com.  Sample size is .25 fl oz, worth $9.

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Mask

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Mask

Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner Mask: “This gentle exfoliating mask helps loosen and extract blackheads without painful extraction tools while absorbing oil and tightening pores. Dr. Brandt’s exclusive formula combines Salicylic and Glycolic Acid to assist in the release of blackheads while Eijitsu Rose helps tighten pores.”  Full size is $45 for 1 oz at drbrandtskincare.com.  Sample size is .25 fl oz, worth $11.25.

tre'StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold

tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold

tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold: “This amazing 12 hour eye shadow has customizable color that you can build from a subtle wash to intense vibrancy. It’s also super blendable with a crease free, smooth finish. This product is free of d5, parabens, talc, synthetic fragrances, petro chemicals and also cruelty free.” A trio of minis is available for $32 at trestique.com, so one mini would be a third of that, worth $10.67.

J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain

J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Blow Your Mind

J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Blow Your Mind: “Highly pigmented, hydrating, semi-matte lip stain. A delightfully creamy and lightweight stain for any occasion. Silky, smooth and packed with Vitamin E and plants extract, this stain is your go-to glam tool for sexy. Liptitude will last 24/7 and give you some serious ATTITUDE.”  This is a full size product, worth $5.99 at jcatbeauty.com.

Keratherapy Daily Smoothing Cream

Keratherapy Daily Smoothing Cream

Keratherapy Daily Smoothing Cream: “We all know that blow-drying is tough on hair, but what if your blow-dryer could actually help bring your dull, dry hair back to brilliant, shiny life? Heat-activated Keratin-Infused Daily Smoothing Cream is like a mini-keratin treatment in a bottle – that anyone can use. Packed with the smoothing power of amino acids and the hair-repairing action of pure keratin, your hair will immediately become hydrated and shiny – hair women will envy and men will long to touch. Smooths Hair. Eradicates Frizz. Seals Hair Cuticle. Reduces Blow-Dry Time.”  Full size is $24 for 6.8 oz.  Sample is 1 oz, worth $3.53.

Ipsy June 2015

Ipsy June 2015

The grand total worth of my June Ipsy bag is $40.44.  As always, it is well over my $10 subscription fee.  I am happy with my June bag.  The only dud for me is the Keretherapy Smoothing Cream because I don’t like getting hair products in my Ipsy bag.  I never use them.  Oterwise, I like all of the products that I received.  I am excited to try both the Lip stain and the shadow crayon.  They both look like very nice shades.  I really can’t wait to try the Dr. Brandt mask because pores are a big problem for me.  The Smashbox primer is one of my all-time favorites, so I am always happy to get more samples of it.  All in all, I’d say my June Ipsy bag was a win.  If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to get your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  You can also click on the “Ipsy” tag under the category section to see my past Ipsy bags for a better idea of what you can expect.  If you are already a subscriber, what did you think of your June 2015 Ipsy bag?  Did we get the same things?  Were you happy, disappointed, or ambivalent?  Let me know in the comments below.

Ipsy November 2014

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Ipsy November 2014

Ipsy November 2014

It’s Ipsy bag time again, and this month I am really pleased.  I am pretty happy with the products that I received.  I have to admit that I was a little nervous when I heard that November’s motto was “Life is short.  Wear Glitter!”  As it turns out, I didn’t need to worry about it.  The products had surprisingly little glitter or shimmer despite the blinged out ads like this one (taken directly from Ipsy’s facebook page) of a Unicorn Pooping Rainbows.

Ipsy Poops Rainbows

At least, that’s what it looks like to me.  😉  For those who don’t know, Ipsy is a beauty subscription service.  For $10 a month (+ tax for certain states), you will receive a makeup bag containing 4-5 deluxe beauty samples.  You often receive full size products, and the overall value of each bag will vary from month to month, but it is always well over the $10 subscription fee. November’s theme is Girl Meets Glitter- “Why wait for festive fetes and fancy galas to take things up a sparkle or two? Just add glitter, or a generous pinch of shimmer and shine, to elevate your everyday routine and keep you looking and feeling brilliant. That’s why we packed this month’s Glam Bag with everything you need to leave a little sparkle wherever YOU go. Get ready for your daily grind to “glitterly” dazzle and daze this November!”  So let’s get into the products.

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive: “This eye base is a highly pigmented, long-lasting product that can be used as a single cream color or used as an eye base to build color. Apply lightly with fingertip to create a natural finish. Layer for added color. Create a more intense look by layering with a powder eyeshadow.” This is a full sized product, worth $14 at beabombshellcosmetics.com.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye: “This best-selling, cult-favorite and award-winning concealer delivers highly pigmented, long-lasting coverage that won’t crease or crack. Infused with anti-aging technology, vitamins and high-performance pigments, this multipurpose concealer improves the appearance of wrinkles and effectively conceals the appearance of skin imperfections including dark circles, bags, redness, hyperpigmentation, broken capillaries, age spots and discoloration. Finally an extreme concealer that makes you look younger!” Full size is .28 fl oz, worth $24 at itcosmetics.com. Sample size is .11 fl oz, worth $9.43.

J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion: “For invincible color and impeccable wear, the Wonder Lip Paint serves justice! With the two-fold blend of endurance and delivery of intense pigmentation, this will become your heroine of lip colors. Paint your lips to perfection for your day and nighttime adventures!” This product is full sized, and worth $4.99 at jcatbeauty.com.

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray

Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray: “Get extra volume, shine, and hold with this dual purpose hairspray; nourishing and styling in one! This argan oil, keratin and grape seed oil infused hairspray gives you strong and flexible hold plus deep nourishment, strengthening and conditioning as you style. The non-water based, fast drying formula freeze-frames your volume and hold without stickiness or flaking and its flexible finish creates workable styles for easy re-styling without crunch or heavy build-up. It creates a luminous finish and shields against humidity for longer lasting styles. Sun Protectors keep the sun and other elements from damaging your full-bodied mane. What more could you want from a hairspray?” Ipsy uses Walgreens as their distributor for this one. Full size is 9 fl oz, worth $8.29 at walgreens.com. Sample size is 1.5 fl oz, worth $1.38.

TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl

TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl

TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl: “Put your Best Face Forward with S/B Highlighter! A cult favorite of makeup artists around the globe, TEMPTU S/B Highlighter is the perfect product that goes on sheer for an overall illuminating and contouring effect. Light-reflecting and transfer resistant, S/B Highlighter glides on effortlessly for a brilliant complexion boost that contours to highlight your best features.” Full size is 30 ml, worth $27.50 at temptu.com. Sample size is 3 ml, worth $2.75.

Here is a swatch of the color cosmetics.  I know if I were you, I’d be very curious how that super dark J. Cat Lip Paint swatched.  From Left to Right: Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive, J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion, and a thick layer for photo’s sake of TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl.  I swatched everything with my finger.  The Lip paint just needed a tiny drop to make this swatch, so a little goes a very long way.

L-R: Submission, Red Potion, Pearl

L-R: Submissive, Red Potion, Pink Pearl

The grand total worth of my November Ipsy bag is $32.55.  Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I am happy with my November bag.  I am thrilled to try the IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Under Eye.  I’ve heard so many great things about it, but haven’t gotten a chance to try it out myself.  I am also really excited to try the J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint.  They just landed at Ulta and Harmons, and I have been very curious about how they compare to the OCC Lip Tars.  The Be a Bombshell Eye Base looks very similar to Maybelline Color Tattoos, so I am very curious about comparing those two products.  And it looks like such a beautiful color.  I wouldn’t say that I am excited about the Marc Anthony hair spray, but it will get used, especially since it is a travel sized can.  That way I don’t have to lug around my gigantic can of Tresemmé spray when I move.  The only product that has me scratching my head in confusion is the Temptu highlighter.  Temptu is a brand that (I believe exclusively) sells air brush makeup products.  Though you can apparently use the highlighter without an airbrush machine, it seems like an odd product to include in the bag.  It’s a beautiful color, and I will try to use it, but I am a little confused.  I’ve read the comments on Ipsy, and I know that some people are thrilled to get this product.  Personally, (having not actually tried it yet) I would have liked a different item in my bag.  But maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.  I love the rest of my items, though, so I count November’s Ipsy bag as a win.

Ipsy November 2014

Ipsy November 2014

If you still haven’t signed up for Ipsy, and would like to sign up for your own Ipsy bag, go ahead and click on this referral link or click on the link under the “Check this out” heading on the right hand side of the page.  What did you think of your Ipsy bag for November?  Did you love it, hate it, or did you fall somewhere in between?  Let me know in the comments below.  I can’t wait to see what is in next month’s Holiday bag.  This one felt like a Holiday bag to me, so I really don’t know what to expect next month.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.