Ipsy Unboxing: April 2018

I love subscription boxes soooooo incredibly much! This week my Ipsy Glam Bag came in and of course I ripped it open in a frenzy to see what this months bag contained! If you are unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is a subscription service that sends 4-5 items per month for $10. The items range is size and price. I feel Ipsy is kind of hit or miss. Some months are spectacular and some are a little lackluster. Lets jump right into the April glam bag!

Cosmetics Bag

Although this isn’t really my personal style, I do think this bag is really cute! The butterflies are perfect for spring and the rose gold accents make more this stylish/sophisticated.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm

I own this already and I really love it! Any soft peachy nudes are typically my go to lip colors so this is a staple n my collection. I love the formula on this, it is creamy, smooth and super pigmented! Although it is a matte, its a soft matte meaning its more or a velvet finish which is not overly drying. This doesn’t emphasis texture of the he lips either so if your lips are chapped, this will still apply well. I am very happy to receive this in my glam bag!

The Vintage Cosmetics Tweezers

The packaging on this is so cute, I love the mix or floral and polka dots- the vintage patterns work perfectly for the brand name. These tweezers are a good shape and weight. I used them this morning and they grabbed and removed the brow hairs easy peasy! I hate when tweezers are too rounded and the hairs just slip around and wont pluck- thats not the case with these, they have a sharp angled edge that works really well!

The color of this is gorgeous too, I love rose gold and these look super cute on my vanity.

Lip Scrub

I love that there’s a lip scrub in this months glam bag. Its a great item to have in your makeup collection in general. I don’t know if I’m going to open this because I already have a ton of lip scrubs, but if I didn’t I would be excited to get this is a subscription box. Especially this time of year with the weather still cold (in my area at least), its great to receive skin care/dry skin products to refresh before the summer!

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Hydrating Treatment

The texture of this is very gel like, not creamy or lotion-y at all. This does spread pretty far so a small squeeze covered my face. It feels very soothing and slick when applying and does take a few minutes to dry down. I would say this has a slight tacky feeling on the skin, but it actually seemed to work pretty well as a primer for my makeup because of that slight stickyness. This has a strange smell that I just can’t place but it’s not terrible smell. Be mindful using this because I slapped it on all willy nilly and ended up getting it in my eye and it burned pretty awful! That was totally my fault and no fault of the product. I actually am really enjoying this, it’s very hydrating!

Paula Dorf Bronzer in Bora Bora

This is definitely a semi-shimmery bronzer. It isn’t super noticeable on the face but keep that in mind if you prefer a very matte bronzer/contour. This soft brown color works really well for my pale skin. Theres no orange haze or any weird color change on the skin. This blends out pretty easily too! I’ve never used this brand before but I am pleasantly surprised at how much I am loving this.

Overall

This months bag is pretty great! I am loving all of my items this month and and so happy to have successes with these brands I have never used before! What did you guys get in your glam bags this month? Let me know in the comments!

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Ipsy Unboxing: March 2018

My Ipsy Glam bag came in last night and of course I wanted to share the goodies with you all! I love unboxing subscriptions, it;s always nice surprised to see what you’ll get on a monthly basis. If you are unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is $10 a month for 4-5 beauty items. Products range in size (samples- full size) and range in price (drugstore- high end). Let’s jump in the March 2018 Ipsy Glam Bag!

Cosmetics Bag

This bag is cute and creative! The idea is to color this in the create a custom bag. The fact that this comes with markers is even cuter! I have Converse sneakers like this that I colored in with highlighters so they would be neon and it was a lot of fun! I like the idea of this bag a ton, however I don’t see myself using it on a day to day basis.

City Color Cosmetics Glow Duo

Product screenshot from Ipsy.com

City Color is a super inexpensive brand, this Glow Duo is only $5.99. This comes with two products, a cream highlight and a powder highlight. The pans are a generous size so if you are into this kind of duo, I think its a great value for only $6! I honestly don’t see myself using this at all for two reasons. The first is I’m not big on cream products. The second is the color on of the powder- it looks pretty but dark. I prefer a bright peachy highlight (I am obsessed with Jeffree Star Peach Goddess Skin Frost, its my FAVORITE highlight).

Meg Cosmetics Good Night PM Mask

Product screenshot from Ipsy.com

First of all, I love that any time Ipsy includes a sheet face mask, they send two! This is a PM mask, meaning you would use it before bed. This have moisturizing properties so I was excited to try this but there is avocado in these which I am sadly allergic to. The packaging on these face masks are really nice They are heavy and feel high-end. These masks are $6 each. I’m 100 % interested in trying these out so I’m going to check online for ones that do not have avocado.

Tarte Cosmetics Sex Kitten Liner

Product screenshot from Ipsy.com

This product is one I am familiar with in liquid form. I use the Tarte’s Sex Kitten Liquid Liner pretty often and like it a lot. I’m glad to try the pencil version. It looks super pigmented! I typically use Tarte stick liners, the Double Take Liner has liquid on one end and a pencil on the other- that’s my daily go to. I will say its nice to receive a product from a brand like Tarte in an Ipsy bag!

SLMiss Glam SL41 Blusher Blush

Product screenshot from Ipsy.com

This brush is really cute. The handle is pink and sparkly and even the bristles are pink! I currently own 7 million brushes so I’m not too sure if I’ll open this one. I use the Luxie Blush Brush for my makeup every day and I love it. I do think this SLMissGlam brush is cute and an awesome item to receive in a $10 glam bag! I could not find a price for an individual brush on this company website, they were all listed in bundles. I did see them on eBay listed between $10-20 each but I don’t know how accurate that is.

Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Mono in Lola

Product screenshot from Ipsy.com

I do not like receiving individual eyeshadows because I never use them. I know I need to just get a z palette and put them all in there but I just would rather grab my Jacklyn x Morphe Palette and call it a day. This color is really beautiful, I just don’t see myself using this often. I popped it out of the cardboard unit to see the pan size and its TINYYYYYY. Like, tiny tiny.

Overall

This value is definitely over $10. I dont see myself using these products much so this wasn’t my favorite Ipsy bag ever- but not the worst.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I might cancel Ipsy… I just redeemed the points I’ve been accumulating online (I grabbed a pink clay face mask!) so I am definitely going to be getting an Ipsy Glam Bag next month so that I can receive my points prize. After that, I’m not too sure what my future holds as far as Ipsy unboxings. Is there a specific subscription box/bag you would like to see me unbox? I love Boxycharm and Walmart Beauty Box- let me know what others I should try out!

Sorry that I did screenshots for the products this month instead of taking my own product photos. My beauty light broke but I wanted to get this Unboxing post up right away so I hope everyone is okay with these screenshots from Ipsy.com.

Please keep in mind the products I do not use/open/swatch are all future giveaway prizes. I host mostly giveaways on my Instagram so theres a chance you could win some free makeup if you follow me there!

What did you get in your Ipsy Glam Bag for March? Let me know in the comments below!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Mini Reds and Pinks Bundle (Love Sick Collection)

The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Love Sick collection dropped a few weeks ago and it went quick! The Blood Sugar Palette sold out 100,000 units in 3 minutes, which is absolutely insane! I wasn’t able to get my hands on the Blood Sugar palette (which looks beautiful) but I did grab the Mini Reds & Pinks Bundle and I am really exited about it!!!

I reviewed and swatched the Mini Nudes Bundle Vol. 1 that came out a few months ago and I absolutely loved it! I still wear a lot of those shades to this day and I haven’t run out of product in any of them. (See my previous blog post “Jeffree Star Cosmetics Mini Nude Vol.1 Swatches & Review” for more on that bundle) That post discussed the packing and pricing, which is the exact same for this bundle (except red) so I am not going to touch on that too much, just a quick rundown.

Pricing

This set is $52 for 8 mini Velour Liquid Lipsticks, which makes them $6.50 each. For a high end brand like Jeffree Star Cosmetics, this is a fantastic price. I know something over $50 seems like a lot for makeup but if you wear liquid lipsticks often this is definitely a great deal for 8 shades! The shipping was $5.95, which is typical for beauty products.

Packaging

The bundle come packaged in a really nice box which has individual slots to showcase the lipsticks. I absolutely love the attention to detail this company includes with their launches. This box is gorgeous, sturdy and overall makes the product feel even more high end.

Shades

Mini Reds & Pink Bundle includes 8 shades:

  • Doll Parts
  • Calabasas
  • Wifey
  • Watermelon Soda
  • Anna Nicole
  • Prom Night
  • Redrum
  • Unicorn Blood

Texture

All of these shades are the traditional Velour Liquid Lipstick formula- matte and opaque! These wear so beautifully on the lips. I would recommend a lip scrub first to remove dead skin before any liquid lipsticks (see my previous post “Prepping for Liquid Lipsticks” for more on extending wear time and comfortability with matte liquid lipsticks).

Swatches

I know these swatches are far from perfect, but I wanted to try something new by show these on the lips, instead of my normal arm swatches!

The timing of this post is pretty coincidental, being that Jeffree Star Cosmetics Instagram shared a photo of my swatches yesterday! I am over the moon that they saw my post and like it enough to repost. Here’s the screenshot of their page with my post!!!!

I am so beyond excited! I did these swatches pretty quick (and now I’m wishing I had taken more time to make it perfect and less messy), but I’m just so ecstatic that Jeffree Star’s team reposted it! I used each shade to write a letter, starting from the shade of the far left and working across the set.

Overall

These bundles are awesome. I’m a sucker for travel sized products in general so of course I’m drawn to mini Jeffree Star Lipsticks since they are my favorite Liquid Lipsticks. The colors are so unique, the formula is fantastic and the price isn’t overwhelming for the amount of product you receive. Hands down, I would recommend this to any red lipstick lover.

Has anyone else grabbed this bundle or anything from the Love Sick Collection? Let me know in the comments, Im so curious about the items I didn’t grab this time around!

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Boxy Charm Unboxing: February 2018

Boxy Charm Unboxing is my favorite thing everrrrrr! I love this subscription service so far, I’ve been signed up for about 4 months now and every month I love the variety of products, plus the savings are unreal! The Boxy Charm subscription service is $21 per month. The value is always way over $21 so you really can’t go wrong with this subscription if you are a beauty lover! Each item below is listed with the retail price, at the bottom will show the total savings if you were to buy these individually. Lets jump right into this months Boxy Charm!

Naked Cosmetics Holographic Highlight Palette ($39.99)

This was definitely the big stand out item for Boxy Charm this month. I really love the packaging on this, give me holo containers on everything and I’ll be happy. The color selection is vast and so gorgeous. I see this being an amazing summer item to do a festival look or even highlight the shoulder with a pop iridescent color! I didn’t do swatches for this item, which I apologize for, but I ended up putting this is my current giveaway on IG (March 2018 giveaway). I do love this and thing its an amazing item to receive it a subscription box, I just know I wouldn’t get a ton of every day use out of it and my giveaway is holographic themed so it just had to go to lucky follower who will use it and love it! Side note: Holographic items photograph so insane with my beauty lights!

Crown Brushes Pro Brush Trio ($29.99)

I have used Crown Brushes in the past, so I am familiar with the brand. I was excited when I saw these in my Boxy Charm this month because the shape of the second largest one was exactly what I’ve been wanting to apply contour! I do minimal powder contouring, on my jawline, nose and cheekbones. The middle brush in this pack is the perfect size to apply contour to the cheekbones without going overboard! The white handles with the white to pink ombre brushes are super cute- they look great on my vanity!  I really love how soft these are and how they disperse powder products. I would have been happy with 1 brush, so receiving 3 is awesome!

Cover FX Veil Shimmer in Amethyst ($28)

I opened this up thinking it was a lip topper and I was really excited to give it a go.. then I read the label and it’s for your eyes!  I am not too adventurous with purples, blues, greens, etc. I’m more of a neutral color scheme kind of girl- with the occasional pop of color. This product looks so gorgeous and Cover FX is a great brand so I added this to my holo giveaway as well. I just feel like someone could use this frequently, whereas I probably wouldn’t.

Vintage Cosmetics Smokey Eye Pencil ($21)

I have used this brand once before, I had a beautiful rose gold highlight that came in a giant pan, was packaged beautifully and wore really well so I was excited to see another product from Vintage Cosmetics to try out. I can always use a back up black eyeliner, so I threw this into my vanity but I haven’t used it as of yet. I use pencil eyeliner every so often so I know I will reach from this eventually.

BellaPierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powder ($15)

Loose powders makes me nervous. I really prefer pressed powders because I have more control over them. This does look like a gorgeous blue shimmery/glittery product that would make for a fun pop of color! Maybe I’ll give this a go this summer or throw it in with my more colorful makeup that I use when I do cosplay… This might even call for a Mermaid look just because this is such a intense shade of blue! Sorry for the weird photo on this one, it was difficult to get the company name and the powder at the same time.

Overall

The value is great on this box, even though some of these products wouldn’t be my go to every day items, I still think they are cool products and really versatile to create amazing looks! I am very pleased with the amount of products/ the value of this box being that I only paid $21 for all of this! If you were to buy these 5 products individually, it would be $133.98… that’s $112.98 in savings!

This box fits its themed perfectly. “Galaxy Glow” is a strong vibe with all of these far out products. Can’t wait to see what next month brings! What did you guys think of the February Boxy Charm? Let me know if the comments below.

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Ipsy Unboxing: February 2018

My Ipsy Glam Bag was delivered the other day and of course I ripped it open to share with you guys! If you are unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is a subscription service that sends 4-5 beauty products to your door every month in a little cosmetics bag. The products range from samples to full sized, as well as drugstore to high end. The Ipsy subscription service is $10 per month and it typically a great value for the products you receive! Let’s jump into the February Ipsy Glam bag!

Cosmetic Bag

This months bag is actually really cute, which I didn’t except since the bags aren’t always my cup of tea. The soft blush pink bag looks really stunning up against the bold black lace- very valentine’s day chic which is great for February!

Luxie Brush #249

Luxie Brushes are fantastic, if you haven’t used these before- go check them out! This double sided #249 brush is my favorite item from this month’s glam bag! I have been using this to contour my nose and I love it!!! I’m not huge on contour, but I do like a subtle dark edge on my nose, jawline and cheek bones. The thinner/flat side of this brush is the perfect size to lay the contour powder down; and then the other side works so well to blend the contour out! I love this brush so much!! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this brush on my IG stories, I shared this as a sneak peak.

Eva Dry Shampoo

I have used this brand’s hair care before but not this particle product. I love me some dry shampoo so I will be using this eventually, however I am so stuck on the Dove Volumizing Dry Shampoo that I’l probably wait until I run out of that before testing this out. The packaging on this is adorable, love the sunset colors!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eyes Waterproof Concealer

I have used a variation of this in the past, the Bye Bye Under Eyes Illuminating Concealer, which I am a fan of, so when I saw this in my glam bag I was really excited. I love this formula, it covers dark circles so beautifully and really makes me look more awake! I have seen a lot of people saying they didn’t like how thick this product is, but if you apply it correctly, you will get crease free, full coverage under eye! I recommend dropping a tiny bit of this onto a small makeup brush and smoothing under the eye. Once the product is where you want it, blend out with a damp beauty sponge and then immediately set with powder. This might take a little extra time to apply, but it’s definitely worth it if you have heavy dark circles under the eyes.

Pacifica Min Beach Crystal Natural Mineral Eyeshadow Palette

These colors are really beautiful and paired well with each other so you can create quite a few looks out of these 5 shades! I love the packaging on this, super cute with the holo lettering and geometric designs. I have not used or swatched this since it is part of my March Giveaway on Instagram. If you are into this product, check out my IG to enter the giveaway!

Luna by Luna Highlight

This is a good sized highlight, the pan is small in diameter but it is really piled high in a dome shape. I’ve never used Luna by Luna before so I am interested on the wear time for this product, however I just have sooooo many highlights that I love so I’m not totally sure if I’ll be opening this or adding it to to giveaway pile.. I will keep you posted if I do test this out.

Overall

I really loves this months bag! The Luxie Brush and It Cosmetics Concealer are my stand out items this month- I’ve been using them every day since I received this bag! I am curious about the dry shampoo and highlighter too, so I’ll have to get back to you guys on those. Let me know if the comments what product you received this month. I love doing unboxing for you guys so please let me know if you love reading about them as much as I love posting about them!

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Dupes (Blush & Highlight)

Not all makeup is created equally. There are so many high end brands that can get away with high pricing because of their formulas, wear time, pigmentation and overall look. A lot of people, including myself, fall victim to the high end trap: we think its better just because of the brand name. However, thats really not the case.

There are some drug store brands that hold a candle to these high end brands at a wayyyyyy cheaper price. It’s kind of crazy to look at my makeup collection and notice that so many items have similar colors and textures. I will say, when I find dupes, sometimes they look similar, but they don’t wear the same- and that’s why this list is kind of short. I found 3 items in my vanity that are the same color, texture and perform exactly the same!

Elf Powder Blush Palette $6 vs. Too Faced Love Flush Blush

These beautiful peachy/coral blushes are both great items! Of the two, the Elf Blush is more pigmented when swatching and when applying to the cheek using a brush.

The wear time is similar for both brands, I wouldn’t say one last longer throughout the day.  The Elf Blush palettes are an everyday item for me, the colors are beautiful, pigmented and the palette style packaging is super convenient to travel with. The Elf palette dupes the Too Face Blushes at a wayyyy less expensive price point, plus is comes with multiple shades.  Elf Palette is $6 for 4 Blushes– Too Faced is $26 for 1 Blush.

Wet n Wild Bronze Rainbow vs. Becca Opal

These are both blinding, chunky, golden based highlights. These swatch and wear very similarity being that they are gold/bronze shades with tons of glitter.

Let me repeat, these highlights are very chunky and glittery!!! If you prefer a smooth highlight, these may not be your cup of tea. The finishes and colors are SO similar you could literally wear one on each cheek and no one would notice! Did I mention the price difference for these comparable products?! Wet n Wild is $5.99- Becca is $19.

Balm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush vs. Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Mellow Wine

These blushes are similar in both color and finish as well; they have a beautiful muted rose-y matte pink color which can work well on so many skin tones.

The Wet n Wild is more pigmented than the Balm Cosmetics Blush in both swatching and applying with a brush on the cheeks. The Wet n Wild is so pigmented that I typically dip my brush in the pan, wipe on a paper towel lightly, and then apply to my cheeks. That extra step helps a lot to give a more airbrushed look and less clown face, since the color is so intense. Again, the colors and finishes are the same, so you can build the Balm Cosmetics blushes up to be more pigmented like the Wet n Wild. This price difference is kind of insane. Wet n Wild $2.99 — Balm Springs $21

Overall

  • If we purchased these three dupes, it would be $14.98.
  • If we purchased all three high end products, it would be $66.
  • That’s $51.02 less expensive for the same color and texture.

All three drug store products works just as well as the high end items- I cannot stress enough that the quality is there!!! I wanted to share items with you that are so similar that you cannot deny its a dupe. Please note, I am a fan of all of these products so I’m not putting down the high end brands, just wanting to share the similarities so you can save a few pennies. Is this something I should write about more? I have some primers, sprays and powders that I believe are great dupes, interested in reading about that? Let me know in the comments.

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Boxy Charm January 2018

It’s that time again- Boxy Charm Unboxing!!!! I have been loving this subscription service so much. This is $21 a month for 4-5 full sized beauty products. Typically, boxes are valued over $100- which makes this a great service for beauty lovers who want to build their collections.

This month I received 5 products:

Let’s dive into each product:

Pur Cosmetics Bronze & Brighten Palette

This is beautiful!!!! I am a huge fan of Pur Cosmetics palettes, I have been raving about the Elevation Highlight Palette for years now. This palette has white plastic packaging with 3 gorgeous shades. The pans are very generously sized- one for blush, one highlight and one bronzer. These are all very shimmery shades, with an almost pearl like finish. I love how these are pressed into the pans, its almost too pretty to use.

Dr Brandt’s Pores No More Illuminating Primer

I haven’t used this product yet, or even the brand, but I was very happy to see this in my box! Dr. Brandt is a well know line that seems to be skin care heavy makeup (so a lot of primers, pore fillers, etc). I cannot wait to give this a go! I have been into more glowy skin lately and I use a seperate pore filler besides my primer, so maybe this can do both!

It Cosmetics Brow Powder

The packaging on this product is cute. One end has a spoolie which is incredibly soft. The other end is the actual Brow product, which I’m still on the fence about. I have used this for the past few days and I am really into how my brows look- but the application is tough. If you aren’t familiar with Brow pencils, this could be tricky to use. The amount of pressure you use will make the color lighter or darker- so push harder for darker brows. This is a universal shade, meaning everyone uses the same color which is weird but cool. I’ve been getting more and more comfortable the more I use this, practice makes perfect.

Crown Glam Metals Palette

Anytime a subscription service gives you a full sized palette, you get excited! I do like the colors and finishes of these shadows, but I decided to add this to a future giveaway instead of swatching it for you guys. I have so many palettes and this one is so beautiful I want to give it to someone who will really use it! (****This will be in the March or April giveaway on IG, so stay tuned there****)

Girlacktik Matte Lip Paint in Posh

This color is lovely, but it a similar story to the palette. I have too many liquid lipsticks in this shade range so I added this to a giveaway as well. I do think this packaging looks really nice and I would be interested in looking into this line now since I’m not familiar. (**** This is in my current February giveaway on my IG- please enter if you haven’t already!)

Overall

I really love this box! As mentioned, I haven’t tried all of the products yet, but they are all items that seem practical and useful! I love the variety that Boxy Charm uses- for example there’s a skin product, eye product, lip product, brow product and cheek product- they aren’t duplicating or cutting corners. This subscription box is definitely my favorite! If you arent subscribed, I’d recommend checking it out. This is a healthy serving of makeup for only $21! If you are subscribed, let me know in the comments what items you received– or what boxes you are subscribed to!

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