REVIEW: June Ipsy Bag

“I know this review is late please forgive me.”

The June bag was pretty bangin’, not gonna lie. Maybe that’s why it took me so long to post? Obsessed with the products… ya know? Not cutting it? Fine we’ll hop to it.

The bag last month might have created yet another must-have favorite to add to the Ipsy Hall of Fame for me. And honestly, we’ll just jump right into it…

  1. Hey Honey Uncover Detoxifying Mud Mask retails for $54.00
    I’m not going to sugar-coat it, this mask is hella expensive. Some would say way too many dolla bill$ for the product. HOWEVER, please allow me to explain why this could become a new holy grail.
    – does not dry super tight on your skin – it moreso dries to a “glazed” appearance
    – a little product goes a long way, with a rather thick consistency that feels like it is soaking up impurities in the skin
    – there are tiny microbeads that give this mask a gritty feel as you wash it off, allowing for a gentle exfoliation while you massage the mask into your skin
    Cut to the chase, what have you noticed? I have literally noticed better skin the next morning. My pores appear smaller, I don’t see as many blackheads, and my makeup looks incredibly smooth and poreless. It’s a dream of a product and (unfortunate for my wallet) I will be repurchasing.

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ALSO – if you want to buy anything from Hey Honey’s website this month, you can get 20% off with Ipsy’s code: HeyHoneyUncover

2. City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow in “Cheers to Life” retails for $3.99
THIS. IS. SO. PIGMENTED. clap_pzfqtq
I even saved a snapchat I sent my friend right after swatching this. I’m going to also throw this in here: it was one swipe of the shadow on my arm. Incredible color and such a vibrant bronzy shade that I could see being versatile for all skin tones.

3. Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in “Chocolate Fix” retails for $14.00
I actually really like this. It has an intense vibrancy to it and feels very creamy upon application. I received the color Chocolate Fix which is a rich dark brown perfect for tight-lining and/or the water line. I don’t even do either of those techniques on my eyes but this liner makes me want to.

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4. NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé in “Plush” retails for $6.00
I wasn’t a fan of this. Could be because I gravitate towards matte lippies and tend to steer clear of pinky pinks, but I also didn’t enjoy the application of this product. It wasn’t full-blown pigment in your face, it was a little more streaky. I might find better luck using this as a cheek pigment instead!

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5. theBalm Cosmetics Balm Spring Blush retails for $21.00
I wanted to like this more, I really did. The color and tone are everything, nice and nude but enough color for a pale girl (hi, me over here). And it might be the size of the pan or something else but I can’t get into this blush! It doesn’t really show up on my cheeks and it swatched terribly from the small Ipsy sample. Did anyone else have this issue? Idk but for $21.00, I ain’t purchasing it waving-hand-sign.png

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So that was everything in my Ipsy bag for the month of June! Besides a sample size of the Dr. Brandt Pores No More primer – which I finally cashed in some Ipsy points for. Pays to review your products, people! GWylEE2h_400x400.png

Did you get the same product/s in your Ipsy bag? What were your thoughts? Were you happy with the items? Underwhelmed? Let me know – I love to chat about it.

Xoxo,
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The Best of IPSY

“I will continue to repurchase and repurchase.. and repurchase these items.”

These are my tried and true, my most reliable products I’ve received from Ipsy. These are also the products Ipsy has successfully sold me on, which I imagine is their game plan considering they offer monthly discounts for certain beauty brands they promote.

There are a mix of drugstore/high end in this round-up, which I think my readers will appreciate. Some prices are low whereas others take a few paychecks to save up (unless you’re like me and willing to wait for a holiday and a Sephora gift card).

Enough about the intro.. let’s get into this!

  1. Tarte Maracuja Oilfull size retails for $48.00
    This was an absolute sell for me. I wholeheartedly love this product and received the travel size in my December 2016 Ipsy bag. I have used this product mostly every night since I received it (probably 90% of the time), and am just now halfway through it. The travel size retails at $15, well worth spending your money. This oil soothes, hydrates, and balances out my skin in ways I didn’t know possible. Full review here if you want to know all of the benefits I’ve seen and how to use it!

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  2. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasionfull size retails for $79.00
    It pains me to include this product because.. well.. $$$ but, I simply must! Dr. Brandt knows what the f*#k they’re doing. I have not found another exfoliator on the market with such finely milled exfoliating beads as this one. The light peppermint scent is enough to relax and soothe your mind. After washing off this product, you’ll notice the softness in your skin as it seems the exfoliator doubles as a hydrator. I love the feeling. I’m not sure that there is a travel size, but if there is that is what I’ll be repurchasing b/c a little goes a long way – and I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to justify $80 on a skincare product (LOL).

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  3. IT Cosmetics Superhero mascarafull size retails at $24.00
    Let me just say this: you can get a sample size of this mascara to try at Ulta for $10 in the checkout aisle. Let me then say this: do it!! You pay almost $10 or more at the drugstore for mascara anyways, so spend the $10 on a high-end brand in Ulta that has a decent amount of product as well. This mascara does the best job at creating a look full of luxurious lashes. When I wear this mascara, my eyes make a statement. I can’t get enough of it.

  4. Verb Ghost Oilfull size retails  at $14.00
    This product is amazing, smells amazing, and has an amazing price point. I do not try hair oils often (because, like most, I’m afraid it’s going to leave my hair greasy) but alas this hair oil has stuck with me. I continually reach for this after washing my hair to disperse through my ends. The light scent is very nice and feminine, but not overwhelming. This product does a great job at sealing in moisture and repairing damaged hair. I will certainly repurchase once I finish the tube.

  5. NYX Butter Lipstickfull size retails at $6.00
    This is one of the creamiest lipstick formulas. I’m also a huge fan of the e.l.f. moisturizing lipsticks ($3 and decent wear time), but there’s something about these butter lipsticks that are so soothing on the lips. It’s like giving your lips a drink of water. That being said, they are pretty slippery, so application takes a bit longer than slapping on a liquid lippie, but it’s well worth the time for the color payoff and hydrating formula.

  6. Any of the lip scrubs I’ve received. I am totally new to this type of product and I LOVE it! I’m loving exfoliating my lips before slapping on a hydrating lip balm.
    Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut lip scrub ($19.00) this scrub has a little bit of a “wet” texture to it. It’s less gritty than your typical lip scrubs, and might be best for the people just starting out exfoliating their lips.
    Indi Beauty Buttercream lip scrub ($11.99) this scrub is a lot grittier and definitely does a great job at exfoliating your lips prior to moisturizer. It primes them perfectly.

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    So that’s a round-up of my all time favorite Ipsy products thus far! Do some of these match your list of favs? What have you gone out and repurchased? I want to know!

Xoxo,

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Magical Makeup Monday: February IPSY Review

“Give me all the makeup!”

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For this month’s Ipsy bag, I got a lot of variety! We have some skincare, a face tool, and three different makeup products. For those of you wondering, Ipsy is a $10/month makeup bag subscription tailored to suit your wants/needs! It is perfect for experimenting with new brands and products, as well as skincare items. I have yet to be disappointed with Ipsy’s services, though I will admit I’ve been considering Boxycharm as of late – but that’s a whole other story.

Let’s jump into this:

  1. NYX Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry I quite enjoy this lipstick, and the color is right down my alley! True to its name, when applied, this lipstick has a smooth velvety and buttery glide to it. It feels SO comfortable on the lips, and the color applies nicely. You definitely have to layer it for full-coverage on the lips, but the color turns out nicely. I can’t speak to the longevity of this lipstick, but I can report that it does transfer and really doesn’t dry down to a matte finish (for those of you wondering).
    This retails for $6.00.

2. IBY Beauty Highlighter in Bubbly I am kinda “ehhhh” about this product. I should disclaim: I’m not a huge highlighter fanatic, I’m really not experienced when it comes to this product. That being said, this highlighter didn’t seem to have much color payoff, and came off very pinky as opposed to a real “shine factor.” This wasn’t my cup of tea, but presumably fits other’s interests?
This retails for $12.00.

3. Promise Organic Nourishing Coconut Milk Daily Facial Scrub This might’ve been the winner for me this month! I’m already a huge skincare geek, and this daily exfoliator feeds right into my obsession. Currently, I use the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, which is super gentle on my skin, but much less gritty. This Promise Organic scrub, blended with organic walnuts and sugar, contains much more beads for a deeper exfoliation. Don’t let this scare you, as it claims to be safe for sensitive skin as well as daily use. I am really loving this so far.
This retails for $9.99.

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4. Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer LADIES. This might be the creamiest, smoothest bronzer I have ever swatched. That being said, they gave me a sample the size of a nickel, and I am hardly impressed with that. The color is a match and the formula is v blendable. I can hardly get my brush in this enough to give a solid review, and would love to get my hands on the full-sized item, though it comes at a pretty penny.
This retails for $25.00.

5. Luxie Beauty Brush 514 I really like this blush brush. This might’ve been my second favorite item in my bag this month. The brush applies product nicely, and picks up a good amount of color in my blushes. This is a very soft brush, and I’m hesitant to say “flimsy,” but it certainly isn’t as sturdy as some of my other brushes. It gives a lot as far as movement of a brush. I quite enjoy it and have officially added it to my collection!
This retails for $18.00.

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So that’s it for my Ipsy bag review this month! Did you get any of the same products? What did you like and what didn’t tickle your fancy? Is there anything I need to spend my money on soon?!

Xoxo,
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Magical Makeup Monday: Birthday Haul

Me to my boyfriend: “Wait.. you actually went into Ulta by yourself?”

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This is the mother load of all birthday presents known to relationships. I’m not going to drone on about how thoughtful it was for my boyfriend to surprise me with makeup I actually wanted, but I will say this once: he made my birthday his bitch.

So, naturally, I wanted to write about this haul because this is stuff I REALLY wanted to buy myself! I keep this Google doc of makeup I’d like to buy once I have enough cash money to spend (can be seen in Magical Makeup Monday: The Makeup Obsession is Real) and only three people have access to it: myself, my colleague, and my best friend.

I’m assuming the conversation went a little like this:

Bf to best friend: Do you have that list Katrina keeps of makeup she can’t afford to buy just yet?
Best friend: Obviously.
Bf: Could you send that to me and then tell me which stuff to get?
Best friend: Yes but only if you buy me some of the things on the list too.
Bf: Deal.

ANYWAYS, he got his hands on the list and took it to Ulta. BY. HIMSELF. Where I wrote “try travel size,” he ignored and bought full-size. If I wrote two shades of lipstick, he bought four. He even showed the woman taking him around the store a picture of me so she could match my foundation shade. Think it couldn’t get any better? He arranged everything in organizers from the Container Store I’ve had my eyes on for weeks.

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Guys… he even went to Target for e.l.f. since Ulta doesn’t carry it.

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So let’s jump into this!
Every product mentioned:

Obviously I haven’t used all of this yet, but I did try out a few things I’d like to mention!

First, the Carli Bybel palette is amazing. Love the color-scheme with the mauves, purples, pinks, and highlight colors. I’m no makeup guru when it comes to applying eyeshadows, so I followed Carli’s tutorial on her “go-to” look using the palette. It turned out beautifully, and I used my new e.l.f. crease brush to blend the darker colors.

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The e.l.f. crease brush is handy! I like that it’s smaller than your average crease brush, though since it is smaller, your color will be more concentrated. It’s great for placement, but I might recommend a fatter crease brush for blending outwards.

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The cult-favorite bronzer that is Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer is exactly how they say it is… flawless. It blends out so nicely and is not a harsh brown/orange color. It’s very natural-looking, especially on my lighter skin. Compared to my Ulta bronzer which you can easily overdo, this bronzer proves easy to build and provides a sun kissed glow, which I’ll take in the middle of winter!

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I felt a little impartial towards the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter. It didn’t stun me, though it definitely did not disappoint either. I applied it with my Real Techniques small tapered brush, and I felt like it took a couple swipes to see payoff. I’ll be honest, this is the first time I’ve ever used a highlighter *gasp* and didn’t really know what to expect. I will certainly use this again and play around with other brushes.

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Lastly, but certainly not least, I tested out the Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. My skin is on the oily side, and the bf must know that because he got me the “De-Slick” version without me clarifying that on my Google doc (lol, not complaining). I will need to use this a couple more times to really pay attention to its potential. It’s a light mist, which a girl can appreciate as it’s not really that fun to sit around and fan yourself dry for five minutes. There is not a scent either, just a cooling factor. Will report back if product proves irreplaceable.

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So that’s that! An amazing birthday filled with amazing makeup for my night out in the city. I hope my first impressions on some of these items are helpful to some of you looking to try out the same things. Please let me know in the comments below if you’ve purchased the same products and your thoughts on them!

Xoxo,
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