IPSY UNBOXING – JULY 2016

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July’s Ipsy theme was hot summer nights….and boy has it been hot in Canada this month!

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delectable by cake beauty ultra nourishing hand cream, lemon and cream, sample size $4

I’ve now tried a couple of things by this brand because of Ipsy, and this is a nice moisturizing hand cream that smells like a delicious lemon dessert!  Nice size, happy with it!

ofra cosmetics lip liner, silk, full size, $13

This is a nice universal pink shade and it’s full size which is awesome.  This is a bit dry, which is common for pencils that need to be sharpened, but I’m happy with the colour.

luxie rose gold small angle eye brush, full size, $10

I have a few of these brushes now because of Ipsy, and although it’s a nice brush, it’s not a kind I use everyday.  I have tried using it with gel liner and quite like it!

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thebalm cosmetics meet matt(e) trimony matte eyeshadow, matt moskowitz, sample size, $1.55

Love that I have yet another of these cute matchbox sized eyeshadows!  I love them so much and although I would have liked the cranberry shade better, this deep purple shade is nice.

elizabeth mott show me your cheeks blush, peach pink, sample size, $11.50

I think this looks like a nice colour in the pan, and its a good size although the packaging is just plastic.  Unfortunately it takes a bit of building up to get it to show up on your skin (and I’m fair).

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total value: $40.05

this is a great value as always, and i generally like everything I got.  I think if you’re looking for a beauty subscription and like makeup more than skincare this is definately for you.

let me know your thoughts down below!

IPSY UNBOXING – JUNE 2016

Wow this summer is just flying by!  I had my 25th birthday this month and it has gone by in such a hurry.  I really liked my Ipsy bag this month and I can’t wait to show you what I received!

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formula x nail colour, wingwoman, sample size, $4.40

Love this baby nail polish, its a bright pink/red colour, and I can’t wait to put it on my toes for the summer.

crown brush 3 tone bronzer, sample size, $9.10

I think I have only tried a brush from this brand, and I liked it.  This is a good size, and I would actually call this a blush.  When you swirl all the colours together it comes off as a shimmery pink.

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delectable by cake beauty everything balm, sample size, $5.59

I think this is a Canadian brand and I have yet to try anything from it!  This balm is suppossed to have 21 different uses for moisturizing and healing.  I have tried this on my lips and loooove it!

be a bombshell cosmetics pout potion, secret, sample size, $10?

I am so pleased that Ipsy actually sent me a nice neutral colour that I wanted!  This is a beautiful lip colour that would look good on anyone.  It smells good, and I like it.  Also, I think this is just a bit smaller than a full size.

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uRBAN DECAY EYESHADOW, FIREBALL, SAMPLE SIZE, $9.50

So excited to get an Urban Decay Eyeshadow!  Also, I really like the colour it is a pinky-peach shade!

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Let me know what you got in your Ipsy bag!  ALSO!! I am going to be getting a few Glossyboxes to see how I like them, and will unbox them for you!

Jill

 

IPSY UNBOXING – MAY 2016

This month’s theme was “destination chic”.  the bag was travel themed and came in either pink or purple….super cute!

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epicÉ international hydrating mask, sample size, $12.50

I think it’s great to get a new face mask to try.  This one is a great size (a full ounce) and I have tried it once.  It is a light green colour, and seems like a clay mask which I was skeptical of being hydrating.  It wasn’t the most hydrating, but it definitely didn’t dry my skin out.  Will have to try again.

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aurora gel effect nail nail polish, full size, safety orange, $12

I don’t like getting nail polish too often, but at least this is a super fun summer colour.  I painted my toes with this and I have to say….it was hardly shiny at all!  Isn’t a “gel” polish or gel manicure supposed to be SUPER SHINY??  It almost appears matte on my nails (althought still very bright).  A top coat would be fine with it, I’m just confused.

glamour dolls blending brush #10 sperm whale edition, full size, $3.99

I haven’t heard of this brand before but the name of this made me lol.  It’s a nice soft brush for $4, but I would call it a crease brush, not a blending brush.

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pacifica natural mineral coconut eye shadow trio, full size, $12

I think this is a full size product from Pacifica, but the shades included were chosen by Ipsy!  The colours are beautiful neutrals, and include: Crush (beige), Lovely (brown), and Skinny Dip (copper).  I have a bronze shade from Pacifica that I also received from Ipsy a long time ago, and the eye shadow formula is the same.  They are creamy/smooth feeling, and blend nicely, but they could be more pigmented.

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it cosmetics no-tug waterproof mini gel eyeliner, sample size, black, $7.33

I have never tried anything from It Cosmetics before and so far this eyeliner is impressive.  It’s creamy, and super black, and it didn’t smudge on my waterline which is very rare for me and my watery eyes.  This is about a 3rd of the size of the full eyeliner, which will last a good amount of time.

total value: $47.82

overall thoughts: almost a $50 dollar value for $10+shipping is awesome and i’ve used everything in the bag this month. happy camper.

let me know what you got in your ipsy bag this month!

IPSY UNBOXING – APRIL 2016

THIS MONTH’S THEME WAS THE DREAMERS AND CAME IN A CUTE CANVAS LIKE BAG AND TiE-DYED.  I REALLY LIKED THIS MONTH’S BAG!

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nth degree moroccan argan oil & keratin hair serum

this hair oil smells really good, and is a pretty good size for an oil, since you don’t need much.  this claims to add moisture and shine.

em cosmetics the great cover up ultimate concealer fair neutral/cool

I was really happy to finally get an em cosmetics product which is made by michelle phan, the founder of ipsy.  i was really pleased that this looks like it’s full sized, and in a colour suited to my fair skin!  i have tried this a couple of times and so far so good.

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ren skincare evercalm global protection day cream

one. ren skincare is a high-end brand. two. i have liked every sample from sephora by ren. three. this is a great size. four. i really like this. :)

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tarte lipsurgence lip cream in wonder

i have tried one of these tarte lip crayons before but i believe it was a different formula.  this is a bright pink shade that says is “sheer” but it packs a punch.  i like the colour for summer, and it stains your lips, so it lasts a good while.

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lab 2 live and breath beauty just blending in brush

i can always use another blending brush! this one is soft, and the handle is a cool matte black.  it is a bit small for blending than other brushes i have, but still nice.

overall thoughts: once again the product sizes are always great with ipsy, good variety, and all products i will use! I’m happy!

IPSY UNBOXING – MARCH 2016

this month’s  theme was hello spring! the bag was super fun and bright with either blue with a pink floral design, or vice versa like mine!

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margaret dabbs london super shine buffer

This is the size of a nail file but it is just for buffing your nails to give them a nice shine.  I tried this and found it hard to use, maybe because of how long it is….probably not going to use this again.

marc anthony nourishing argan oil of morocco 3 day smooth perfect blow dry cream

I have only a couple of products I use on my hair, a leave in conditioner, and light styling cream. i have a small bottle of dry shampoo and hairspray that i use on occasion…that’s it.  so while this product might be good, i will never use it.

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vera mona lotus eyeshadow in clover 

the packaging for this product is really cute, silver and purple, and the size is really nice for an eyeshadow–full size?  I just don’t think this shade will look good on my pale skin.  I may be able to use it as a blush if i use it lightly i think.

pixi by petra beauty blush duo in rose gold 

i really like pixi products, and I like the bronzer i got in the same packing from ipsy a little while ago.  These colours are lacking a bit in pigmentation, but i think they’re pretty.

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nyx cosmetics liquid suede cream lipstick in kitten heels

i hardly ever wear red lipstick and i wish ipsy would start sending me more neutral shades for once.  However, the product is full size, and the texture is really nice and creamy.

overall thoughts:

dissapointed in this month’s bag, but you can’t win them all.

 

IPSY UNBOXING – FEBRUARY 2016

THIS MONTH’S THEME WAS PRETTY IN #IPSYPINK, AND THE BAG WAS PINK AND PIXELATED!

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PERFECT FORMULA PINK GEL COAT

THIS CAME IN A CUTE BOTTLE, AND IT SAYS IT PROVIDES A GEL EFFECT ON TOP OF REGULAR NAIL POLISH, AS WELL AS STRENGTHENING YOUR NAILS.  I’VE TRIED THIS ONCE AND IT DOES GIVE NICE SHINE, BUT TINTS YOUR POLISH PINK!

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luxie beauty flat definer brush 221

I REALLY LIKE THE LUXIE BRUSHES THAT I HAVE GOTTEN FROM IPSY BUT THIS TYPE OF BRUSH IS ONE THAT I PROBABLY WON’T USE VERY OFTEN.

vintage by jessica liebeskind sparkling lip gloss, pink sequin

this is a cute lip gloss sample but not anything i would wear, it’s super glittery :(

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JERSEY SHORE COSMETICS VANILLA BEAN ANTI-AGING LIP AND HAND POLISH

THIS IS A COOL PRODUCT THAT I WILL USE.  IT CAN BE USED TO SCRUB YOUR DRY LIPS, AND YOUR HANDs.  I HAVE REALLY DRY LIPS AND HANDS IN THE WINTER AND THIS STUFF SMELLS REALLY GREAT!

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SMASHBOX COSMETICS PHOTO FINISH PRIMER OIL

NOT SURE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT, EVEN THOUGH IT’S REALLY GREAT TO GET A NEW PRODUCT FROM A WELL KNOWN BRAND IN THE BAG! IT SEEMS LIKE THIS SHOULD BE A PRIMER BEFORE MAKEUP, BUT SINCE IT’S AN OIL IT JUST SEEMS LIKE A FANCY MOISTURIZER.

i also got this peek natural stain eyebrow powder with some of my ipsy points! the packaging is a super cute tin with a slide open top.

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i liked a few things this month, could have been better but let me know what you got in your ipsy bag!

IPSY UNBOXING – JANUARY 2016

IPSY’S THEME FOR JANUARY WAS ALL EYES ON YOU. i DIDN’T REALLY CARE FOR THE BAG THIS MONTH BUT THE PRODUCTS WERE PRETTY GOOD! tAKE A LOOK~

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BEAU GACHIS PARIS SMUDGE BRUSH

I WASN’T SURE ABOUT THIS AT FIRST BECAUSE THE BRISTLES AREN’T VERY SOFT AND IT SHED AT FIRST, BUT AFTER A BIT OF USE I SEEM TO BE USING THIS EVERY DAY.  IT’S NICE FOR ALL OVER THE LID, AND ALSO FOR THE CREASe. (I apologize for the less than stellar photo )

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THE BALM COSMETICS MR. WRITE NOW JACK B. BRONZE

VERY EXCITED TO GET A PRODUCT FROM THE BALM, i LOVE THEM!  THIS WAS A PRETTY BRONZEY COLOUR, IT’S CREAMY, AND I LIKE IT!

HEY HONEY SKINCARE OPEN YOUR EYES EYE CONTOUR LIFTING FLUID

I THINK THIS IS LIKE AN EYE CREAM, I HAVE TRIED A SERUM FROM THIS BRAND BEFORE AND I LIKED IT.

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AVEENO MOISTURIZING LOTION

THIS IS A PERFECT LITTLE BABY SAMPLE TO KEEP IN MY PURSE FOR DRY HANDS, AND I HAVE ACTUALLY NEVER TRIED AVEENO LOTION BEFORE.

CITY COLOUR COSMETICS EYESHADOW TRIO FALLING LEAVES

this is a really beautiful warm eyeshadow trio that would be perfect for fall.  I like city colour cosmetics and i had never heard of them before ipsy….it’s cheap as chips!

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overall: i really liked everythING i got this month in my ipsy bag, let me know what you got in yours :)

IPSY UNBOXING – DECEMBER 2015

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I KNOW THIS IS BEYOND LATE SO I AM GOING TO BE DOING MY IPSY UNBOXINGS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO CATCH UP!  THERE WERE SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH OUR MAIL DELIVERY BUT NOW I’M GLAD IT’S BACK TO NORMAL

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ACURE CELL STIMULATING FACE MASK

i tried this once, it’s a good size, not sure what I think about it yet

klorane floral water make-up remover with soothing cornflower

this was good, but i wish it was bigger it only lasted me about a week or at most 2

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tarte cosmetics smooth operator amazonian clay finishing powder

small sample but a little goes a long way and i really like this especially under the eyes

jesse’s girl eye shadow primer

i’ve gotten this before and really don’t like it. i was supossed to get the elizabeth mott thank me later eye shadow primer but since my bag was a month late i asked ipsy to send me a replacement bag, and the jesse’s girl was substituted for this one :(

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pacifica power of love natural lipstick, nudie red

feels nice on the lips and a good colour, happy to try

overall thoughts;

liked pretty much everything except the eye primer!

IPSY UNBOXING – NOVEMBER 2015

We had such a problem with our mail that I didn’t get a bunch of my Ipsy bags, or Birchbox’s so there will be some late posts on here….ahh but what can you do.

If you are unfamiliar with Ipsy it is a $10 a month beauty subscription where you get 5 samples catered to your likes based on a quiz and reviews of products.   if you are interested in subscribing click here.

This month’s theme was Beauty Blast, and the bag was a cool space/galaxy theme.

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CoolWay Stronghold Spray, Sample Size, $3

This spray promises volume and hold, without frizz.  While that all sounds good, I do not need any more volume in my hair, and I rarely use hair spray.  This might be a good product but it’s not for me.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Sample Size, $5.33

It’s always nice to get a mascara, and this one is high-end which is great.  I have actually tried this one before, and it’s ok, not my favourite.  It still is pretty good I just wouldn’t spend the high price tag for it.  It’s very black, and has a natural bristle wand.

SLMissGlam Boutique Blusher Brush, Full Size, $14.50

This is a really cute brush that can be used for blush/bronzer, or powder.  It has somewhat soft bristles, which are two-toned. It’s a synthetic brush, which I like.  I will use this for sure.

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inspr beauty eyeshadow, carnival, sample size? $6.50

At first look I thought this was going to be a grey/taupe shadow, which is ok but not my favourite.  However this  comes off as a beautiful copper colour.  It is soft and pigmented and I really like this.

ModelCo Highlighting Trio, Full Size, $22

This is a very nice product, a cream trio that includes a shimmery blush (Peach Bellini), highlighter (Champagne), and bronzer (Bronze Shimmer).  These shades are all pretty, and supossed to work together to create beautiful skin.

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Total Value; $51.33

This is a great value, and I like 4/5 of the things I got.  Let me know what you got in your Ipsy bag!

BATH AND BODY WORKS SEMI-ANNUAL SALE

I love going into Bath and Body Works during their semi-annual sale!  The products smell amazing and the prices can be steep so I am very happy to get them on sale.  This is the time I will buy a lot of hand soaps, as well as a few other things for the home and body.

candles

I absolutely love the Bath and Body Works candles.  The scents are so vast, and the scent fills the room, or floor of your house.  This large candle was about $8, which is great, and the small candle was like 50 cents!  I couldn’t beleive it when I got up to the till and wish they had more than just a couple of scents.  The small candles last probably 3 different 3-4 hour burn times.  These are definately for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of $, or for someone who tires of a scent easily, or wants to try a bunch of scents from here.

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candles – beautiful day, sparkling icicles

body lotions

Each cost $3-$4, and both smell amazing.  I love the body lotions from here, they last a really long time on your skin, and are moisturizing.  I am normally not a huge fan of just vanilla but this one is warm, and slightly sweet.  The Seaside Mimosa is summery and fresh.

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hand soaps

Each of these cost about $3, which I think is really reasonably priced, since that’s what you would pay for a normal hand soap, if not more.  These smell sooo good and you can really smell them on your hands afterwards, which I like.

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Fall Scents – Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin, Crisp Morning Air, Cranberry Citrus and Sage

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Wintery Scents – Paris (Pink Champagne and Tulips), Mahogany Teakwood, London  (Tea Time Shortbread)

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Flowery Scents – Japanese Cherry Blossom, Sonoma Sunflower Blossom

Total Cost ~$45  I got all of this for around $40 which I am very happy with, I wish there were more small candles and I would have got a bunch more!