Ipsy Review – September 2016

Ipsy time!!!

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that allows you to try unique brands, use different products, and collect items items that you may not pick up on your own… AND it’s only $10 a month!!! Five customized beauty products are sent to you each much in an adorable new bag. Sign up by clicking here.

Here is what I got this month…

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Be A Bombshell Cosmetics – Nail Polish: I received the shade “Holy Fuchsia” and think this will be oh-so perfect for fall! I love deep, vampy colors on my nails.

Eva NYC – Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner: Never have I ever even heard of a dry conditioner. I honestly just used it like I would a dry shampoo to cover up oil on day three hair. It did work nicely and smells amazing.

Trestique – Mini Highlight Stic: Because I use powder on the daily, I don’t tend to reach for cream highlights. The shade I got is “Maldives Luminescent” and it does not show up well on me even pre-powder, so I’ll be passing this along to a friend. (Love this brand, though!)

Too Faced – Lip Injection Extreme: I haven’t tried a lip plumper in years and am totally in love with this one! The effects visibly show within 15 minutes. It goes on clear with subtle shimmer and tingles just a tad at first. The only thing I don’t care for is the scent and taste, which both remind me of candied grapefruit.

NUXE – Moisturizing Mask Creme Fraiche de Beaute: This will be super helpful for me in the colder months to come. I am typically pretty oily but when winter rolls around my skin needs a little bit more moisture, XOXO.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation

The struggle has been real lately on finding a liquid foundation that matches my skin. Because I have always opted for a drugstore foundation, it has been difficult knowing what color to pick out. There are so many factors to consider when choosing a shade that I thought it was time to leave it to the professionals to help me out. For the first time ever (yes ever) I went to Ulta to get color matched and check out some higher quality foundations. Of course, the Ulta salesperson knew exactly what to say to convince me to buy the most expensive one they carry, “Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation”. I left the store foundation in hand feeling optimistic and excited. I got it home, tried it for a week… and I didn’t love it.

Pros:
-You’ll find a perfect color match because of the insane amount of shade variety.
-The product feels super light weight on the skin.
-Lancome didn’t cheap out on this packaging; It’s very durable.
-There is a pump on the applicator, which helps the product to stay fresh.

Cons:
-It is only medium coverage.
-That being said, it did not cover my acne well at all even with 2-3 coats.
-There is a floral scent that lingers all day.
-Cha ching… this baby is pricey!

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I bought this thinking it was full coverage, that was the main selling point for me. For some people who may not struggle with acne, scarring, or redness I can see where you’d think that this is fuller in coverage. For others (such as myself) who have areas to cover up I would consider this more of a medium coverage. While I absolutely loved how light this felt in comparison to drugstore foundations, I couldn’t get over the simple fact that, for $47 per bottle, I just didn’t love it. I am the type of person who doesn’t mind spending a bit more on products that work. But sometimes higher price doesn’t mean better. I’ve used foundations from the drugstore costing a quarter of the price that had more coverage.

Now, I’m not saying I hate this product… it just didn’t work well for me. I would recommend this foundation for anyone who has clearer skin looking to simply even out your skin tone and would suggest that others opt for something else, XOXO.

Lipstick Challenge: Days 25-30

It’s (finally) time to wrap up my 30 days of  lipstick! If you are unfamiliar, I accepted this challenge as a way to use up lipsticks that have been hanging out in my collection. If you are like me, you know the first-world struggle of wearing the same products over and over again, even when you have a wide variety to choose from. So, each day for 30 days I wore a new lip product on its own for the entire day. I didn’t mix and match and I didn’t rewear throughout the month.

Here is my final round of lip products…

25. Be A Bombshell “Lipstick Crayon” in Versailles
26. LOC “Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil” in Cupid’s Bow
27. Mirabella “Velvet Lip Pencil” in Red
28. Wet n Wild “Matte Lipstick” in Smokin’ Hot Pink
29. Rimmel “Stay Glossy Lip Gloss” in Treasure Hunt
30. Bare Minerals “Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick” in Love

I would totally recommend this challenge to anyone who loves lip products! It was the perfect way to decide for myself which were my favorites and which didn’t work well for me. At the end of this challenge I was able to declutter over 10 lip products that I didn’t reach for throughout the month. Let me know if you take on this challenge for yourself because I would love to keep up with your journey, XOXO!

Check out my previous posts from this challenge here…  Days 1-6, 7-12, 13-18, and 19-24.

Ipsy Review – August 2016

Could the bag this bag be any cuter?! For those of you unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is a ten dollar a month beauty subscription. You get five deluxe or full size samples shipped to you in an adorable bag. Join by clicking here if you are interested!

Now on to the good stuff…

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Marc Anthony – Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment

Repeat offender! I was super disappointed to see this included in my bag because I have gotten it before and didn’t love it. I’m probably the only person on the planet who doesn’t like the smell of argan oil, but that is the reason I don’t use this product. I’ll be passing this along to someone who may like it more than I.

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics – Neapolitan Palette

Pigmented shadows and I can totally create a full look using these shades. Overall I am impressed at the quality of these and think it will make a great travel product, especially.

Ciate London – Paint Pot in “Dangerous Affair”

Love!!! This is such a perfect color for the upcoming fall season and I have been wanting to try this brand for forever and a day. I have heard some amazing reviews about Ciate and can’t wait to try this little baby out!

IT Cosmetics – No Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner

If  you are looking for a creamy, easy-to-wear, glide on black liner then I would  recommend this one hands down. It stays put all day, even on the waterline, and does live up to the claim that it won’t tug at your skin. It also goes on matte plus is easy to remove with a wipe.

Beaute Basics – Three Tone Bronzer

While these shades are a bit on the darker side, I’ll be saving this little guy for next summer when I really want to bronze it up. I think it would make a really pretty shadow as well.

My Year With Ipsy

It’s official… I have officially been with Ipsy for a year now! What better time to look back through my  collection of samples and reflect on some of my favorites. In no particular order, here are the stand out products (including the super cute bags) that have been a tried and true for me from Ipsy within the past year.

In my opinion, Ipsy is the best beauty subscription service out there within the $10 a month price range. I have subscribed to Lip Monthly and Birchbox in the past, but those only lasted a few months each for me… Ipsy is surly here to stay.

What do I love so much about Ipsy? I’m glad you asked 🙂 . What has kept me subscribed for a full year first and foremost is the strong focus on makeup rather than skincare and haircare. Yes, Ipsy does include a wide variety of products, however my bags typically have more makeup than anything else, which I love. Ipsy also has a great customer service department and I know this firsthand. Two months I inputted my first complaint to Ipsy, which was based on a missing item. I emailed them, got a quick response, and with ease was sent my product. And I can’t forget to mention that Ipsy sends so many amazing brands that are unique, well-known, and trendy. Plus HELLO have you seen the cute bags they send you?! Another plus.

If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy you can click here to see for yourself just how amazing it really is, XOXO!!!

Lipstick Challenge: Days 19-24

Here is my next round of lippies for my Lipstick challenge! Be sure to check out my past posts… Days 1-6, 7-12, and 13-18 to find out more about the challenge as well as to see all my past products I have been using, XOXO.

19. Lord & Berry “Matte Crayon Lipstick” in Prelude
20. Hikari “Lip Gloss” in Merlot
21. Beauty For Real “Light Up Lip Gloss” in Kiss Me
22. Ofra “Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick” in Laguna Beach
23. Mirabella “Velvet Lip Pencil” in Pop Velvet
24. Milani “Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss” in Sweet Grapefruit

Birchbox Review – July 2016

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Today I bring to you my very last Birchbox review, at least for now. Wondering why this will be the last? Keep reading for more details on why I chose to cancel my Birchbox subscription this month. But first a rundown of the products I received  for the month of July…

I’m always happy to try out a new mascara and the Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara looks really great. Like I mentioned in my Ipsy Review this month, however, I won’t be actually trying any new mascaras until I can use up the billion (at least) that I have open right now. So this little guy will just have to get in line. My favorite product by far that I received in this box is the LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil. I got the color “Cupid’s Bow”, which is cool-toned hot pink that is oh-so perfect for summer. The formula is very creamy and long lasting and I just love it! I also got the Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower, which will be great for a relaxing night in. I’m going to save these for a day that I’m looking for some rejuvination, since these combat dehydrated undereyes. I did get a chance to try the Davines This Is a Sea Salt Spray and while it smells amazing, it also gives your hair that lovely crunchy texture circa 1992 so I don’t know that I will continue to use it. Lastly I got the Avene Thermal Spring Water and really love the hydration it gives my face that I didn’t actually know my skin has been longing for in the summer months.

So why no more Birchbox? Well, for a few reasons…

For about a year now I have been getting at least 2-3 beauty boxes per month. As a result my sample collection is a little out of control for my liking! I have been stashing up tons of products and in general don’t like items laying around my  house that don’t often get used. (I have more beauty bags, hair serums, and single eye shadows hanging out than I care to count.) So I knew something had to go. Birchbox has a stronger focus on haircare and skincare, which I do enjoy… by I like getting makeup better. Birchbox also recently got rid of their pretty amazing rewards system, which solidified my decision to cancel. So there you have it. I have enjoyed my subscription while it lasted but also know the importance of using up what I have, XOXO.

What samples did you love this month? Anyone else throwing their Birchbox subscription to the curb?

Ipsy Review – July 2016

I love the mix of products I got this month! Let’s jump in 🙂 .

The BeFine – Food Skin Care is an unscented lotion which is something I know I will get a lot of use out of. The formula is creamy and not at all greasy. I was super excited to receive the Too Faced – Hangover Replenishing Face Primer and I do like it but don’t think it does much to control my oil, which is my top priority in using a primer. The smell is to die for and it does do a great job hydrating. To be honest I haven’t tried the Em Cosmetics – Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara and don’t plan to until I use up a few other already opened mascaras I have in my collection… but I’m happy I got it. The Vasanti Cosmetics – Professional Eyeshadow Brush is really nice. The bristles are soft, the wand is long, and it is overall just a great brush for packing shadow onto the lid. My favorite product is by far the Bella Pierre Cosmetics – Banana Setting Powder!!! This is the first time I’ve tried a banana powder and I am in love.

Did you get any of the same products? What did you love this month?

Lipstick Challenge: Days 7-12

I’m back with my second round of lipsticks from my 30-day challenge! Click here to see my first six lip products and to learn more about the challenge. This has seriously been so much fun and  I think you should join the challenge too, XOXO.

Here are days 7-12…

7. Rimmel “Lasting Finish by Kate” in 31
8. Me Me Me “Lip Cream” in Persian Pink
9. LOC Tati “Vibrant Matte Lipstick” in Glam Life
10. Tarte “Wonder Lipsurgence” in Poppy
11. Almay “Smart Shade Butter” in Berry Light Medium
12. Bare Minerals “Marvelous Moxie” in Birthday Babe

June Favorites

Thirty-One

I have talked about this line before on my blog and truly believe in the product. This month I traveled quite a bit, sometimes planned and other times unexpected. I found myself using Thirty-One in all areas of my life and it always made things easier. Because my sister is a consultant, I have a good amount of the line in my personal collection and can vouch that the products are amazing.

Dermalogica Clear Start Matte Moisturizer

On very recent trip to a very humid set of islands (stay tuned for Florida Keys posts 🙂 ) I learned the importance of prepping my face for the weather. This oil-controlling moisturizer really does the trick. Use it once daily in between your face wash and makeup primer for a matte finish.

Perfectly Posh Bath Salts

There is something about a nice long bath that is so irresistible to me, yes even in summer! I love these salts because they are all natural, reasonably priced, and smell amazing. One pack lasts 2-3 baths. When you pour the product into the tub you may notice a thin layer of oil at the top. That’s the yummy goodness that you want rub all over your body for super soft skin.

Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer

Anyone else out the struggle with seasonal allergies? This baby has been a God-send for me this month. It’s perfect for covering up dark and itchy eyes. The formula is thick so you don’t need much and the effect is flawless.

Shahs of Sunset

Again… don’t judge me, XOXO.