Apr 21
2017

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag (Profile Comparison Experiment)

This month I decided to try out a second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag just to see how similar or different they would end up being. I answered the profile almost the same as my original bag, and let the Ipsy gods give me what they wish. I actually ended up with a bag that I really love. I was super excited about 4 out of the 5 items in this bag, and am really pleased with this bag overall.

The April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag that I got with my original account and profile was not as successful, as I only really liked 3 of the 5 items. This new experimental profile ended up giving me a much more tailored bag somehow.

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Let’s see what I got in my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag!

OFRA Cosmetics Blush in shade Rendezvous 
This is my first ever OFRA Cosmetics product and I have been so excited about it. It is a very deep peachy shade that looks a lot darker in the pan than it is in the swatch. It is completely matte which is different for me, as I only have shimmery blushes. I really like this blush a lot.

Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in shade Delish
When I saw this was included in my bag spoilers I was beyond thrilled. I absolutely loved the one I got in my last bag (in the brick red shade Vibin) and was so happy to get another colour. Delish is a medium nude hue and has the same smooth and light formula as the other one I have. It dries down way deeper on my skin than it looked in the tube.

Side note: I really don’t think I would have gotten this item in my other bag because I already had one last month. I am so glad I decided to do my experiment this month!

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter
I was also excited for this product since I like to try out highlighters but I never purchase them myself. This is a smooth shimmery powder with a nice light pale gold hue. I can be used as shadow or highlight and I will definitely be trying it out as both options.

Swacthes of the Tarte Lip Paint in Delish, OFRA Blush in Rendezvous, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow & Highlight

Swacthes of the Tarte Lip Paint in Delish, OFRA Blush in Rendezvous, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer Shadow & Highlight

Theorie Marula Oil Transforming Hair Serum
This could not have come at a better time! I was just looking at all my split ends and problems with my hair, and planning to add some light highlights this weekend, so a hair serum is the perfect item to help nourish my locks. This serum is safe for colour treated hair so it will be the first thing I use after I do my highlights!

Dream by PS Cosmeceutical Infused Nail Lacquer in shade Southern Sand
Normally I pass on the Ipsy polishes I get in my bags and give them away to friends and family, but this one I may have to try. I like the colour of it and it seems like a perfect fresh light nude shade for Spring and Summer.

OFRA Rendezvous Blush, Theorie Marula Oil, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer & Shadow Highlighter from my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

OFRA Rendezvous Blush, Theorie Marula Oil, and Elizabeth Mott Shimmer & Shadow Highlighter from my second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Overall with this second April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag I am very happy with the OFRA blush, Tarte liquid lipstick, Elizabeth Mott shadow/highlighter. I am definitely going to be using the Theorie hair serum as well, and I like the nude shade of the nail polish.

This bag was a big hit, and I have to admit it was a lot better than my original April bag.

Apr 18
2017

April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

It’s that time again – subscription boxes are arriving in my mailbox and it feels like Christmas. Today I have my usual April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing and review. The theme this month was Side Show, which seemed to have a circus-like style. The bag itself fit that theme with the ticket design and is actually pretty cute.

The bag is a bright coral colour with lavender writing and the date April 1, 2017  backwards as the barcode numbers on the side. I like the idea and it is a cute colour for Spring.

My April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

My April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

What did I get in my April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag?

Defy & Inspire Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in shade Paradise Island
This is a lovely bright and light turquoise shade and it is meant to be a long-lasting formula that will resist chips. I normally don’t like the one-off polishes in Ipsy bags because it looks weird being a single brand in my collection, but this shade is really nice. I might give it a shot one day and then pass it along to a friend who will use it more often.

Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Face Toner
I am always a little unsure of skincare items in subscription bags because I never know how I will react to it or if it will irritate my face. This toner is meant to brighten skin, remove bacteria and dead skin, and make pores look smaller. I can’t tell if I will try it yet since I just started a new skincare routine and don’t want to mess with it, but maybe in the future I can check this out.

Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in shade Palm Island
This bronzer has oil-controlling ingredients and looks like a lovely shade to get a little glow. It has neutral undertones so it won’t make you look orange. I look forward to using this for a bit of a faux glow this season.

Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner in Black
I am not skilled at winged liner by any means but I am always up to try it again. This liquid liner has a super skinny tip and jet black formula that is meant to stay in place all day. I never buy myself liquid liner so although this may not be the most exciting Ipsy item ever, it is something I will be trying to use.

Tony Moly Liptome LipCare Stick in shade Rose Blossom
Tony Moly is a brand I have been hearing so much about lately! I have been really curious about it and I absolutely love lip balms, so this is super exciting to me. This is a chic looking lip balm that has lots of hydrating oils to keep my lips soft, smooth, and silky. It feels awesome and it smells so fresh and rosy – just like the Benefit Benetint scent.

Tony Moly Lip Balm and Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Tony Moly Lip Balm and Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer

Overall I am thrilled with the Tony Moly lip balm and will definitely be using the liquid eyeliner and the bronzer. I am not super into the nail polish and am unsure about the facial toner this month. 3 out of 5 isn’t too bag though so I still think my Ipsy bag was a hit this month, but it wasn’t a total hit like it has been in February and March.

Did you get a Glam Bag this month? Let me know what products you are trying!

Mar 15
2017

March Ipsy Glam Bag

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today I have my March Ipsy Glam Bag to talk about. I love this bag and and really thrilled with most of the items in it – and a little creeped out by one item! I love the bag design this month and am very pleased with my Ipsy subscription lately. Have you seen my February bag? That one was also full of great products!

The bag itself is larger than the normal Ipsy bag and I love the bigger size. The others seem more like a small and flat pencil case, where as this one looks more like a clutch. The bag is a lovely soft pink with a rose gold zipper, and one side is plain velvety fabric while the reverse side has neat mesh-like netting. I think this is really cute and I will actually use this as a little clutch. I think this is the first bag I can really use in all of my months of Ipsy!

What I got in my March Ipsy Glam Bag!

What I got in my March Ipsy Glam Bag!

So what did I get in my March Ipsy Glam Bag?

The five items in my bag this month are the following:

Marc Anthony True Professional Deep Repair Aloe Vera & Jasmine Oil Deep Repairing Conditioning Treatment: I have been eyeing my split ends and frizzy hair for a few weeks now so this came at a perfect time. I can’t wait to try it out and it is a really good size for a sample bag!

Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Vibin’: I was so excited when I saw this in my March Ipsy Glam Bag preview, and when it arrived it was even better than expected. Vibin’ is a lovely brick red hue and the formula of this lip paint in awesome. It is super light and smooth, and it dries so quickly. It feels light to wear and has an awesome colour, and lasted for such a long time with no smudging at all.

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin: This eye crayon is a smooth and creamy formula that has a nice sheen to it. I like this a lot and it was really nice to apply. It went on semi-sheer at first but I was able to build it up for an awesome colour. The shade is a metallic grey silver and I am really looking forward to doing a smoky eye with this crayon!

Swatches of the Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin (top) and the Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Vibin' (bottom)

Swatches of the Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin (top) and the Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in Vibin’ (bottom)

Beau Gâchis Tapered Blending Brush: I love getting brushes in subscription boxes because I need to build my collection without breaking the bank. This brush is soft and fluffy and has a nice tapered shape.

Ladykin Affinitic Snail Cream: This is the one item that creeps me out a little! This is a face cream that uses snail secretion as an ingredient to help heal damaged skin and improve your complexion. This is a Korean beauty brand and is something many people swear by, so hopefully I can get enough guts to go ahead and try this out.

So there we have it, my March Ipsy Glam Bag full of some great items this month!

I’d love to hear from you guys – would you use snail cream on your face? Leave me a comment and let me know! 

Feb 28
2017

My February Ipsy Glam Bag

I haven’t posted about my Ipsy Glam Bags in quite a while since I have been so busy but I finally got back into it with my bag this month. I am pretty happy with the items I got in my February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag, although I am not very excited about the bag itself. Let’s take a look at what products I got this month!

The bag itself is a pretty basic style. It is a denim bag with neon orange lining and border, which is alright but definitely not February themed in any way. They could have gone with a Valentine theme, anything red, even something Winter themed. But neon orange and denim? That seems way more summer fun to me. Either way, I like the contents of my February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag so I can ignore the bag itself.

My February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Contents

My February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Contents

What did I get in the February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag?

This was an odd month for sizes of products because if you look at what I got nearly every item is full size. I can’t remember the last time that happened but I love that it did. This is awesome to get almost an entire bag of full size items for such a low subscription price, and all of the items are really cool.

The items I got this month include the following:

  • NYX Butter Lipstick in the shade Lifeguard (full size)
  • BellaPierre Cosmetics VolumelashWaterproof Mascara  (full size)
  • Biobelle Sheet Masks (2 full size single use masks)
  • IBY Beauty Highlighter in the shade Bubbly (sample size)
  • LAW Beauty Essentials Nail Polish in the shade Leave A Text (full size)

The full size lipstick is a super creamy bold red that is quite popular. I have heard many rave reviews about the NYX Butter Lipsticks and have yet to try one myself, so this was fun to get in my bag. I love bold red shades (have you seen my Instagram post with 15 red lipsticks?) so adding one more to my collection is perfect for me.

The full size waterproof mascara is another neat item to have in my bag. I love mascaras in general but I never ever buy waterproof formulas. Every once in a while I need one, especially in summer or on vacations, so this will be a good item to store until that time comes.

The sheet masks are pretty cool. I have never heard of Biobelle before but I love masks and I know how trendy they are lately. Sheet masks are a nice change from my usual LUSH masks or other creamy ones, so these will be nice to try out on a relaxing evening soon.

The IBY Beauty highlighter looks like a nice colour and I definitely will try it soon. I am trying to get more into highlighting and using more face products instead of just focusing on lipstick (like I have the last few weeks). I am looking forward to putting this to good use soon and getting some glowy shimmering cheekbones!

Overall I am very happy with this month’s bag and look forward to see what I get in March!

Nov 21
2016

My November Ipsy Glam Bag

I always find that I get my Ipsy bag much later than everyone else online, but none the less here it is. My November Ipsy Glam Bag has some great finds in it, and I got a really good value this month. There was recently an update of the Ipsy quiz so I don’t know if that changed what I got but I am pretty pleased with the items in this month’s bag.

The bag itself has a cute starry print with little designs of makeup compacts, brushes, lipstick, and more. It looks really cute and has a foamy type of fabric which is different than past bags. If you’re curious about past designs you can see my previous bags from October, August, and July.

What did I get in my November Ipsy Glam Bag?

November Ipsy Glam Bag

What I got in my November Ipsy Glam Bag

Let’s take a look at what I got this month:

  • Elizabeth Mott Color is Bae Lip Lacquer in Moxie Mauve
  • Bonvivant Botanical Pure Masks
  • Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Face Setting Powder
  • Skone Cosmetics Brow Wand Eyebrow Pencil in Chocolate
  • TheBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara

I am most excited about the Elizabeth Mott Lip Lacquer and the Mad Lash Mascara from TheBalm. They seem like the products most similar to ones I would buy for myself. I have heard a lot about the Vanilla Face Setting Powder as well so I am curious to check it out. The masks are also a great addition to my November Ipsy Glam Bag and it is awesome that I got three different ones that counted as one item.

The Bonivant Botanical Pure Masks I got in the bag are the Chamomile + Tea Tree Mask, the Sodium Hyaluronate + Lotus Mask, and the Collagen + Olive Mask. These should be fun to check out when I get some time to relax!

Overall this bag is much different than my previous bags but I like the variety included. From mascara to brows, lips, and masks, this bag has a little bit of everything.

Oct 21
2016

My October Ipsy Glam Bag

I am a little late in the month but today I have my October Ipsy Glam Bag to show you. As with previous glam bags I have gotten, I do like some items and others I am not in  love with. I think I need to review the items I get so I can tweak my future bags.

My October Ipsy Glam

My October Ipsy Glam

This month the actual bag is a really cute Halloween theme bag. It is pale pink with little black designs on it that are really festive and cute. I typically don’t like Halloween but this is cute enough that even I love the look of the bag!

Read on to see what I think of the items in my bag!

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Sep 14
2016

Julep Maven September Box: Part 2

Yesterday I showed you the pretty eyeliner shades I got in the Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner set from Julep. I chose that as my Julep Maven September box, but I was so intrigued by the September offerings that I ordered a second box as well. The second box I picked was the Cheers to Five Years Mini Lipstick Trio, which I am showing you today.

Julep Maven September box with the Cheers to Five Years Mini Lipstick Trio

Julep Maven September box with the Cheers to Five Years Mini Lipstick Trio

For my second Julep Maven September box I got the lipstick trio as well as a clear lip liner, which is super handy to keep bold colours on your lips and avoid smudging or bleeding. This box was a pre-made one, which I normally don’t pick but it was a good combination so I went for it.

The mini lipsticks in my Julep Maven September box

The mini lipsticks in my Julep Maven September box

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Sep 13
2016

Julep Maven September Box: Part 1

This month I was super excited about the Julep Maven collection. The September sets were in celebration of Julep’s 5 year anniversary, which is a big milestone that they celebrated. In honour of the 5 year anniversary there were some really neat Julep sets to choose from for the Julep Maven September Box, and I had such a tough time choosing one that I ended up getting two!

Julep Maven Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set

Julep Maven Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set

Today I will show you the Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set that I picked for my Julep Maven September box. This set is worth $40 (according to the website) and comes with five different shades of the When Pencil Met Gel Eyeliner. All five of the shades included are brand new, and they have some really cool colours for Fall. I was immediately drawn to the Ultraviolet and Lilac Shimmer.

Julep Maven September Box Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set

Julep Maven September Box Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set

Julep Maven Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set with shades Galaxy Black, Deep Sea Foam, Gilded Gold, Lilac Shimmer, Ultraviolet

Julep Maven Cheers to Five Years Mini Eyeliner Set with shades Galaxy Black, Deep Sea Foam, Gilded Gold, Lilac Shimmer, Ultraviolet

Read on for more photos and swatches of each shade of eyeliner from my Julep Maven September box!

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Aug 19
2016

August Ipsy Glam Bag

This is my second Ipsy Glam Bag ever and I am really happy with it. I had mixed feelings on my first box, which I reviewed here, but I think I like my August Ipsy Glam Bag much better than my last month’s one. This month the bag was illustrated by Ipsy founder Michelle Phan in a dreamy makeup-lover style. I love the design of the bag this month and the products I got are really neat and all items I would definitely use and be interested in regularly.

The gorgeous design of my August Ipsy Glam Bag

The gorgeous design of my August Ipsy Glam Bag

The items I got in my August Ipsy Glam Bag are the following:

  • Lord&Berry Maximatte Crayon Lipstick
  • Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner
  • Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask
  • Organic Surge Perfecting Face Polish
  • NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator
All of the items included in my August Ipsy Glam Bag

All of the items included in my August Ipsy Glam Bag

I have always wanted to try Josie Maran masks so this was a really exciting product to find in my bag. I also love all the NYX items I have tried so far and have been eyeing these liquid highlighters for a while now so that was great. I can always use an eyeliner so that was handy, and I love matte lipsticks so this Lord&Berry one will be really fun to try out. I have never even heard of Lord&Berry, Organic Surge, or Beauty For Real so it is neat to get new brands to try out in my August Ipsy Glam Bag.

Skincare and face items from my August Ipsy Glam Bag including the NYX Illuminator and Josie Maran mud mask

Skincare and face items from my August Ipsy Glam Bag including the NYX Illuminator and Josie Maran mud mask

Overall I like a lot of the items in this bag, and am glad to check out some new to me brands. I like that I got some classic products that I know I will use, such as a matte lippie, eyeliner, and highlighter, as well as some more special items like masks and face polish. The combination of everyday items and special items in this August Ipsy Glam Bag make me very happy with it and I already am looking forward to my next bag!

Jul 22
2016

Seasonal Summer Babe Box Review

After my first ever Babe Box, where I was left a little disappointed, I decided to give them another shot when they changed into a season subscription instead of monthly. I recently got my seasonal summer  Babe Box at the start of July, and once again I am left a little let down. I really had high hopes for awesome products in this new seasonal subscription, but most of what was included is just semi-interesting. The best part of this box was the mini Essie polishes.

Items in the Summer Babe Box

Items in the Summer Babe Box

What was included in the seasonal summer Babe Box?

  • COLAB Dry Shampoo Travel Size
  • Zevia Ginger Ale
  • Essie Summer 2016 Minis
  • I Love… Raspberry and Blackberry Bubble Bath Mini
  • Pro:voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo
  • Vera Wang Lovestruck Perfume
  • Montagne Jeunesse Trial Size Face Mask

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