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,
KS red lips isolated in white

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Facial Friday: Mario Badescu Multi-Masking Kit

“I’m a multi-tasker using the multi-masker!”

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Did anyone else get this for Christmas? Is is too late to ask that? Yes? Oh well.

Disclaimer: I cannot find this trio together anymore, however you can certainly buy each of these separately to achieve the same combination. Mario Badescu sells the Super Collagen mask, Whitening mask, and Flower & Tonic mask individually.

As an introduction to Mario Badescu’s Multi-Masker kit, you should first know that each mask (pictured above) is used on different areas of your face to target different skin issues. I kind of assumed when I got this that I could just use each one of them all over my face on a certain day of the week and rotate, but little did I know they were to be used all at once!

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This is a three-step process, and I will list each mask and its benefits below:

  1. First, you should apply the Super Collagen mask to your forehead, and anywhere else you feel you need an extra boost of hydration. This formula is going to work towards plumping your skin to restore a natural radiance of youth.
  2. Secondly, you should apply the Whitening mask to your cheeks. This is going to help boost the glow to your skin and brighten your appearance.
  3. Lastly, apply the Flower & Tonic mask to your T-zone and chin (I applied around my nose and chin area). I use this wherever I think my pores need the most purging, as this formula is meant to re-balance your skin and clear out congested pores.

So far, I really like these masks! They have such a fresh scent, and feel less “goopy” than drugstore brand face masks, which I’ve attributed to a thinner consistency. They apply like a dream to the face, and for reasons I can’t put my finger on, they just feel more high end. I do not splurge when it comes to face masks, and I think my mom paid $12 for this set (here’s hoping it releases again soon!), but these are certainly nicer masks than you’d pick up at your local CVS or Target.

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My other favorite aspect about these masks is that they are made to target different zones on your face! How often do you apply a different face mask to your cheeks than you do your nose? For me, the answer was never. If I continue to see positive results, I will be repurchasing them individually!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried out the trio, or any one of the face masks featured here! I’d be interested in knowing what other Mario Badescu masks are worth checking out that I didn’t talk about in this feature.

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white

Facial Friday: Freeman/Drugstore Face Mask Review

“These masks just don’t disappoint.”

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Freeman’s Face Masks are a store-in-the-back-of-your-bathroom-vanity-and-pull-out-when-you-need-pampered type mask. I can’t say they’re a game-changer, but they are certainly an affordable and reliable option when it comes to clay face masks. There are some I like more than others, and when it comes to catering to all skin types, Freeman’s takes care of that.

Here’s what Freeman’s offers according to skin types:

For normal/combination skin: Avocado & Oatmeal Clay, Cucumber Peel-Off, Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud, Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay, Chocolate & Strawberry Clay, Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud
For all skin types: Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress, Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing, Pomegranate Revealing Peel-Off, Acai Purifying Clay
For oily/combination skin: Sparkling Pear Pore Cleansing
For breakout/oily skin: Mint & Lemon Clay
For dry skin: Golden Grain Brightening, Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping

A short synopsis on my skin type: I have combination/oily skin and an especially shiny t-zone. However, I can get dry patches in the winter that turns my foundation a little patchy if I don’t moisturize properly. I am always looking for products that are mattifying/pore-shrinking but also heavily emphasize hydration in my daily routine.

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No shame in the selfie game, eh?

As for face masks, I’ve made it a bi-weekly routine. On Mondays, I will reach for a pore-cleansing or detoxifying mud mask, and Thursdays I opt for a more soothing and moisturizing option. I am not a fan of sheet masks, and haven’t really been into peel-off masks either.

My favorites:

  1. Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress is a blue mud mask that smells incredible. It is meant to “clear pores and smooth skin.” As corny as it sounds, I really do feel relieved of stress when I use this. I can’t tell you whether it’s the scent or cooling sensation, but I will reach for this mask on a Monday if I have had a rough start to the week. (I have the CVS version of this in the tube pictured above. However, I have tried the Freeman’s brand and feel the exact same way as my statement here).
  2. Another mask I’ll reach for is the Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud mask, which so far is my favorite. It is meant to “smooth, purify, and moisturize” the skin. This mask will dry really tightly to your skin and feel like it’s absorbing and extracting all of the toxins deep down in your pores. I notice my skin is visibly less red and textured when I wake up after using this the night before.
  3. The Avocado & Oatmeal Clay mask is a mask I will reach for on a Thursday when I focus on hydrating my skin. This mask seems to layer thicker than others, though that could just be the way I apply it. Once you wash this off, your skin will feel cooler and refreshed, like it absorbed all of the moisture.
  4. One mask I would like to point out that I did not like is the Cucumber Peel-Off mask. Could just be that I’m not a fan of “gel-like” masks, but I felt as if this did nothing for me. It applies in a very messy manner, just kind of sits on your skin, and after I wash it off I don’t notice any change in the texture or complexion of my skin the next morning. I gave the rest of the bottle to a colleague, so that tells you how I felt about it.

Overall, these mud masks are very reliable for a weekly routine. I purchase them by the bottle, after trying the sample packet, so that I get the best deal for my cash money.

I am in the process of trying out some new face masks (think: Mario Badescu and Tony Moly), so I will be sure to report on those! In the meantime, let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite Freeman’s/drugstore face mask or holy grail mud mask you use religiously!

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white