POPSUGAR Must Have Review – September 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly POPSUGAR Must Have review!

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IMG_5065Box Contents:

  • Hudson+Bleecker – Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio
  • Kris Nations – “XO” Stud Earrings
  • Too Faced Cosmetics – Brow Envy
  • Briogeo Rosarco – Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray
  • NCLA – So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil
  • Nourish Snacks – Almond to Cherries

IMG_5079Hudson+Bleecker – Labyrinth Onyx Travel Trio – Retail Value $42

I love this travel bag set!  It comes with a TSA-friendly clear pouch and then two drawstring bags for shoes and intimates.

IMG_5082I’ll probably end up using the clear bag for sunscreens and the two patterned bags for my shoes.  I absolutely hate it when the bottoms of my shoes touch my clothes in my suitcase, so these are perfect for me!

IMG_5091Kris Nations – “XO” Stud Earrings – Retail Value $35

I love these earrings, and the packaging is pretty great too!  The little jar is glass not plastic, which makes the packaging that much nicer!

These would be perfect for a gift, so I think I’m going to save them!

IMG_5071Too Faced Cosmetics – Brow Envy – Retail Value $39

I absolutely LOVE Too Faced products, so I was pretty excited when I saw that they were going to be featured in the September box.  I just wish they’d given out an eye shadow palette instead of this brow kit.

I know eyebrows are all the rage right now, but I would’ve preferred a different product.

IMG_5074The palette comes with two shades of brow powder, a highlighter, setting wax, tweezers, a brush, and a spoolie.

I don’t ever do anything besides pluck my brows, so I won’t be getting much use out of this product. 🙁

IMG_5088Briogeo Rosarco – Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray – Retail Value $20

I love trying new leave-in conditioners, so I was pretty excited when I saw this in my box!

This conditioner is way more watery than I expected and more watery than other leave-in conditioners I’ve used in the past.  I feel like I have to use a ton of it to get the silky texture I’m used to getting with other conditioners.

Even though it’s watery, it smells pretty great!

IMG_5076NCLA – So Rich Vitamin-E Enriched Cuticle Oil – Retail Value $18

I haven’t used many cuticle products in the past, so I’m not exactly sure what this is going to do for me.

I’ve been using it for several days now.  I haven’t seen any results, but it smells pretty great!!

IMG_5085Nourish Snacks – Almond to Cherries – Retail Value $2

This little snack looks awesome!

I love almonds and cherries, so it is perfect for me!

I’m going to pack it in my backpack and take it to class with me tomorrow!

IMG_5065The September POPSUGAR box has a total retail value of $156!  How awesome is that?!

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What do you think of the September box?!

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Ipsy Review – March 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review! IMG_8845If you’d like to receive a pretty, pink envelope each month, click here! IMG_8848When I saw the sneak peek of the March makeup bag online, I wasn’t too impressed.  I’m happy to say that the bag is much cuter in person! IMG_8850“Floral Fantasy” is the theme for March. IMG_8856Bag Contents:

  • NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick
  • Chella – Ivory Lace Highlighter
  • Pixi by Petra – Mesmerizing Mineral Duo
  • Skyn ICELAND – Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
  • ACURE – Day Cream

Bonus Item:

  • Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer

IMG_8858NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick – Pops

When I first opened my bag, I was a little disappointed by the lipstick color I received.  This lipstick looks very dull and old lady like.  I was pleased to find out that it is much prettier when applied! IMG_8861 It’s a nice neutral, rose color.

The formula is also great! It’s very smooth and creamy! IMG_8879Chella – Ivory Lace Highlighter

I don’t really use highlighters, so I don’t have much use for this product.

I will say that it goes on very smooth and seems easy enough to blend.

IMG_8871Pixi by Petra – Mesmerizing Mineral Duo – Apricot Glow

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this eye shadow in my bag!  I always get eyeshadow from Ipsy, but I always end up with the weird purple colors!  Gross!!

This month’s shadow palette was very promising!

IMG_8875I really love the lighter, apricot shadow on the left, but I’m not a huge fan of the bronze shadow on the right.  Unfortunately, the bronze is too orange for my skin tone.

I still think I’ll get plenty of use out of the apricot shadow though!

IMG_8870Skyn ICELAND – Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – 2 pairs

I’ve received quite a few eye gels in my subscription boxes lately, so I decided to go ahead and give these a try.

I put them on and let them sit for 10 minutes.  Unfortunately, I didn’t notice any results after removing them.  I know I have a little bit of bagginess under my eyes, so I’m not quite sure why I didn’t notice any difference.

I’m really glad that Ipsy provided me with two pairs!  Hopefully, my second application will prove more fruitful than my first!

IMG_8865ACURE – Day Cream

This cream has the best light, fruity scent!  I love it!

The directions say to apply the cream each morning.  I can’t think of anything better than surrounding yourself with this yummy scent to start your day!

IMG_8864BONUS ITEM – Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Pore Minimizing

I finally earned enough IpsyPoints to get a reward!  I’ve been holding out for a good one, and I was super excited to snag one from Smashbox!

I love Benefit’s The POREfessional, and this primer is just like it.  Since I already have a full-sized POREfessional, I’ll be packing this sample the next time I go on a trip.

IMG_8882Just when I was starting to give up on Ipsy, they curated a pretty good bag!

What do you think of the March Ipsy bag?!

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Ipsy Review – February 2015

Hi guys!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review! IMG_8413My pretty, pink envelope! IMG_8419The theme for February is “#ipsyLove.”

The pattern of the February makeup bag isn’t my favorite, but I love the shape!  It’s much better than some of the other bags I’ve received. IMG_8423Bag contents:

  • CARGO Cosmetics – Mini Lip Gloss
  • ModelCo – BLUSH Cheek Powder
  • “Pencil Me In” Cosmetics – Natural Eye Liner Pencil
  • Hey Honey – Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask
  • Eva NYC – Up All Night Volumizing Spray

IMG_8443CARGO Cosmetics – Mini Lip Gloss – Anguilla

I like the formula of this lip gloss but not the color. The pink is too light and reminds me of a frosted lip! (Yikes!)

The gloss has a very light, fruity scent that I kind of enjoy! IMG_8434ModelCo – BLUSH Cheek Powder – Peach Bellini

I really like the peach color of this blush. The powder is pretty soft and has nice pigmentation.

The only problem with the pigmentation is it’s too pigmented for me.  I have very fair skin and one swipe of powder on my blush brush was too much for me! IMG_8438“Pencil Me In” Cosmetics – Natural Eye Liner Pencil – Amethyst

Do a lot of people wear purple eye liner?  I don’t think so but Ipsy does.  Maybe they know something I don’t!

I don’t wear eyeliner very often and when I do, I don’t wear purple.  I don’t see myself ever using this product. IMG_8442One positive to this product is the attached sharpener! That’s super handy! IMG_8452Hey Honey – Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask

I’m not very adventurous when it comes to skincare, and face masks kind of scare me!  Because of that, I won’t be trying this product.

That being said, this mask has a very light and fresh scent! IMG_8425Eva NYC – Up All Night Volumizing Spray

I’m very low maintenance when it comes to my hair, so I don’t use many hair products.  Leave-in conditioner is as exciting as it gets for me!

I love the product label design!  So pretty and sophisticated looking!

I also really like the scent of this spray.  It’s fresh and light just like the mask above! IMG_8450The February bag was mostly a miss for me! 🙁

Did you receive a February Glam Bag?!

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Ipsy Review – January 2015

Hi guys!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review! IMG_7333It’s always a good day when I get one of these in the mail! IMG_7334 The January theme is “Fresh Start.”

I like the bag for January.  It’s plastic like all the others, but it’s a softer, nicer plastic.

My friend, Racheal, said that her bag smelled overwhelmingly of plastic.  I didn’t smell a thing even after giving my bag a thorough sniffing! IMG_7336I was surprised to see that this bag is a different color on the other side.

I prefer the blue side, but the two colors gives the bag an element of fun! IMG_7340Bag contents:

  • Nourish Organic – Renewing Eye Cream
  • (MALIN+GOETZ) – Mojito Lip Balm
  • Elizabeth Mott – All Over Shadow Brush
  • BelláPierre – Shimmer Powder
  • Pacifica – Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow

IMG_7345Nourish Organic – Renewing Eye Cream

This eye cream was a featured product in the December bag as well as the January one.  I don’t understand why Ipsy would give out the same product two months in a row.  That just seems odd to me.  Thank goodness I didn’t receive this eye cream in my bag both months!

I have a lot of eye creams on my bathroom counter right now, so I’ll be throwing this one into the mix.

One difference I noticed between the Nourish eye cream and the other ones I have is that the Nourish one is a lot lighter and thinner of a cream.  I’m not an expert on eye cream, so I have no idea if that makes it better or worse than the others. IMG_7346(MALIN+GOETZ) – Mojito Lip Balm

I’m a huge Burt’s Bees chapstick fan, so I’m not used to the gel formula of this lip balm. That being said, the (MALIN+GOETZ) seems very nice.

The balm has a very subtle scent, which I like.  I don’t like it when my lip products have a strong smell.  I find that to be overwhelming!

I was surprised to see this balm featured in another beauty box this month!  Apparently more companies than just Ipsy thinks this product is great! IMG_7349Elizabeth Mott – All Over Shadow Brush

I love to try out different makeup brushes, so I was excited to see this product in my January Glam Room!

I received a different eyeshadow brush in my September Ipsy bag, and I prefer that one.  It’s a duet brush that features both a shadow and a crease brush.

Even though I prefer the other brush, this one is still nice! The bright pink color is very fun! IMG_7352BelláPierre – Shimmer Powder – Excite

This loose shadow powder has intense pigmentation!  That would be a great feature if the powder wasn’t shockingly white!

I have no idea when I would ever wear this shadow!  It is super white and super duper shimmery! Yikes!

Also, the packaging is different than what I was shown in my Glam Room. IMG_7359Pacifica – Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow – Treasure

Unlike the BelláPierre Shimmer Powder, I like this eyeshadow.

I applied it all over my eyelid the other day, but I think next time I’ll just use it in the crease.

Ipsy offered two different shades of Pacifica eye shadow this month.  I would’ve preferred the other one, but this one is still good! IMG_7362I’m pretty happy with my January Ipsy bag!  How do you like yours?! Bow signature pink

Ipsy Review – December 2014

Hi everyone!

My Ipsy review is a little late this time!  My bag didn’t come in the mail until after I’d already left for winter break, so I had to wait until I got back a few days ago to review it!

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IMG_7030The December theme was “Thinking of You.”

Ipsy thinks I’m a talented being!  Well isn’t that flattering?! 😉 (I didn’t know WordPress had emoticons!)

I like the shape of the December makeup bag, but I’m not a fan of the black material it’s made of!  I’d prefer a bag that is a fun, bright color and a nicer fabric!

IMG_7036Bag contents:

  • Sexy Hair – 450 Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray
  • Beauty Without Cruelty – A.H.A 3% Facial Cleanser
  • NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lip Balm
  • Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • CAILYN Cosmetics – Just Mineral Eye Polish

IMG_7039Sexy Hair – 450 Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray

I rarely blow dry my hair, so I don’t have much use for this product.

I guess I’ll give it a try the next time I straighten my hair.  I assume it’ll work in that instance too!

IMG_7041Beauty Without Cruelty – A.H.A 3% Facial Cleanser

I’m not adventurous at all when it comes to facial cleansers, so I doubt I’ll ever use this.

It smells nice though!  Very clean!

IMG_7043NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lip Balm – Marshmallow

Ipsy offered four different color options for this lip balm.  Three of them were really pretty, and then there’s this one.  I’m really disappointed that I received the blah, nude color.

I have several friends that also subscribe to Ipsy, and they got marshmallow too.

I think the lip balm is supposed to be marshmallow scented, but it just smells like cheap, generic sweetness to me.

IMG_7044Tarte – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

I LOVE Tarte, so I was pretty excited when I saw that it was the featured brand for December.

In all my Black Friday shopping, I acquired a deluxe sample of this mascara.  I love the formula, so I’m happy to have another one!


CAILYN Cosmetics – Just Mineral Eye Polish – #5 Orchid

I was very intrigued when I saw this product appear in my Glam Room!  I’ve never used a loose powder eye shadow before.

I used the shadow yesterday, and I really liked it!  The color is a little pinker than I thought it would be, but it’s still very pretty!

I’m a mess, so I really like the packaging of this product.  The bottle is designed so that none of the loose powder can escape.  I didn’t quite believe it, so I turned the bottle upside down just to see what would happen! Crazily enough, there was no spillage! Yay!

IMG_7049All in all, December was a good month for Ipsy!  The Tarte and CAILYN were great, but the NYX could’ve been better!

What did you think of your December Ipsy bag?!

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Ipsy Review – October 2014

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review!

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DSCN3384I was rather disappointed in Ipsy this month.  There were very few brands that I’d even heard of being offered for October.

One of my favorite things to do is stalk Facebook at the beginning of the month to see the sneak peeks.  All of the sneak peeks for October made me sad.

I’m also not a huge fan of the makeup bag this month.  I like the color, but the material is very cheap.


  • Épicé International – Purifying Exfoliant
  • Figs & Rouge – Hand Cream
  • Jesse’s Girl – Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder
  • Starlooks – Lip Gloss
  • ECRU New York – Acacia Protein BB Cream – Beauty Balm for Hair

DSCN3388The October theme is “Beauty Candy.”  I’m not sure what classified these products as candy though.

DSCN3390Épicé International – Purifying Exfoliant

I’m a very loyal product user and I already have a daily exfoliant.  I probably won’t be trying this product.  I will see if one of my friends want it though!

DSCN3407Figs & Rouge – Hand Cream – Mango Mandarin

I absolutely love this colorful packaging!  It’s so fun and pretty!

The Mango Mandarin scent is okay.  The smell is very familiar, but I just can’t place it!

Out of the five products I received this month, this hand cream is my favorite.

DSCN3397Jesse’s Girl – Mineralized Baked Shadow Powder – Graphite Frost

I love eyeshadow, but I am not a huge fan of this color.

I prefer golds and browns and this one is a silvery gray.  It’s a step up from the purple shadow I got last month though!

DSCN3405Starlooks – Lip Gloss – Guilty Pleasure

This gloss reminds me of the NYX Butter Gloss I received in my first Ipsy bag over the summer.  Except the NYX gloss was larger and I liked it better.

DSCN3413ECRU New York – Acacia Protein BB Cream – Beauty Balm for Hair

Before getting this product, I didn’t realize that there was such a things as BB cream for hair.

The box says it’s a styling lotion.  I don’t ever do anything with my hair, so I don’t think I’ll be getting much use out of this product either.

DSCN3418All in all, I’m pretty disappointed with my October Ipsy bag.

I’ve seen a promising sneak peek for November, so let’s hope that pans out!

How did you like your October Ipsy?!

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