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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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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Prepping for Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid lipsticks have taken the beauty industry by storm in the past few years. They are long wearing, pigmented and (sometimes) transfer proof which makes them ideal for all day events-. However, we know the dark side of liquid lipsticks, chapped lips.

There are ways to keep your lips from drying out throughout the day. One of the biggest factors is formula.

You want to find a liquid lipstick brand that isn’t too drying. Some liquid lipsticks will apply well but immediately suck the moisture form your lips leaving them looking cracked, chapped and full of unwanted texture. Not only will this be visually unappealing, it will also be uncomfortable.

My favorite liquid lipsticks are:

  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks

Besides formula, there are several ways to prep you’re lips for a smoother application.

1. Drink water!!! Your water intake is important for SOOOO many reasons. Water helps improve skin immensely, especially lips! Chapped lips need moisture, so make sure you’re drinking a ton of water daily!

2. Exfoliate!!! The best way to prep your lips before liquid lipsticks is to remove the dead skin by exfoliating. There are several ways to do so- my favorite ways are to either use a tooth brush or a lip scrub. (See below for how to on both methods)

3. SPF!!! We tend to forget to protect our lips daily, which is super important! Chapstick is obviously great to sooth chapped lips, but did you know its super helpful for sun exposure? Using a SPF on your lips is vital- so check to see if your lipsticks chapstick has SPF in it.

4. Lip Treatments!!! There are so many skin care products these days- even some specifically made for lips. My favorite is the Organic Pharmacy Eye & Lip Cream. It feels like lotion of your lips, which sounds weird, but it’s amazing! It moisturizes and soothers- plus it absorbed pretty quickly so there’s no residue left over. There are also a variety of lip masks, such as KNC Beauty Collagen Infused Lip Mask. (Sorry for the weird stripes on this photo my light is on the fritz.)

Exfoliant Methods:

There are a few ays to exfoliate your lips, my two favorite being a tooth brush or sugar scrub. You can make your own scrubs if you look into DIY recipes.

Tooth Brush Method: For this preparation method, you want to use a soft bristled tooth brush like a baby tooth brush! This is important: if you use a medium or hard bristled toothbrush, you can hurt your lips by scratching and irritating them! The wet soft baby bristles work wonders if you run over the lips gently. This will remove dead skin and plump your lips up since your are promoting blood flow.

Lip Scrub Method: This is my favorite method to exfoliate! I absolutely love sugar lip scrubs being that they are gritty enough to remove dead skin and flavored for a more pleasurable experience. There are a lot of sugar scrubs that can be licked clean off our your lips or wiped off. Lip scrubs are super easy and fast! You apply a liberal amount of scrub to your lips using your finger tips, rub in circular motions and remove with a wet paper towel or wash cloth. You can remove the sugar scrub with a makeup wipe, but a warm/hot towel will work better as it will help dissolve the sugar while you wipe.

There are also different textured lip scrubs. Pictured about is a Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub in Watermelon Gum (yum). It is super gritty and really scrubs the crap out of lips. Another great heavy duty Scrub is Tartes Lip Facial Lip Scrub which comes in a lipstick like container so its super easy to apply.

If you prefer something lighter, Hempz makes a lip scrub that is in a thick chopstick consistency with a less intense grit.

Please note: Be super gentle when exfoliating your lips, especially if you are new to it! It can feel a bit uncomfortable but it isn’t painful by any means. Do not rub too hard, tug at your lips roughly or anything that will hurt your skin.

Tips For Longer Wear Time with Liquid Lipsticks:

  • After applying liquid lipstick, try not to press or rub lip together.
  • Avoid oily foods. Oils will break down the product.

Overall

All of these tips & tricks should help your lips be more prepared for liquid lipsticks that will last for hours! What are you favorite liquid lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Mini Nudes Vol. 1: Swatches & Review

I had been wanting to try Jeffree Star Cosmetics for a while but I figured I would wait for the Black Friday sales, since it is a more expensive brand. When I saw that this Mini Nudes bundle was launching, I couldn’t resist, because I love minis and I especially love nude liquid lipsticks. This was the type of makeup launch I had set it my calendar became I was so afraid it would sell out before I could purchase.

This launched on September 30th at 1pm (east coast) on Jeffreestarcosmetics.com. I was able to get on the website with no problem at all and my purchase was easy-peasy.

Within minutes, I received an email with a confirmation number. Two days later I was emailed with a shipping order number. And three days after that, I receive two emails, a few hours apart: one saying the order was out for delivery, and the other said the package had been delivered! I am thrilled with the costumer service in this company! I know these are just automated emails, but it is really nice to be updated as your order is being processed, delivered, etc.

Shipping

As I mentioned, this was purchased on 09/30 at I received it 6 days later, on 10/06. That is really good timing for a company thats doing big launch, because a lot of the time things get really backed up. In the initial email with my confirmation number, there was a disclaimer saying to allow for an extra 3-5 business days for new launch products, so I really wasn’t expecting to receive this so soon. Shipping was an additional $5.95, which is fairly standard for online beauty product sales.

Pricing/ Availability

This was $52 for the bundle + $5.95 for shipping, totaling $57.95. If we were to divid the minis into the price, it would put each mini liquid lipstick at $7.24 each (with shipping factored in). I think thats a great deal, being that this comes with 8 shades that are all truly different.

This is not a product you will see at Ulta or Sephora. Jeffrey Star Cosmetics are sold via his website, jeffreestarcosmetics.com and some online beauty retailers such as Beautylish.

Packaging

When I received this, it was in a hot pink box, so of course I knew right away what it was. The tape that sealed the box had the logo all over it and I thought that was a cute touch. Inside, my product was wrapped very carefully in tissue paper that was covered in the company logo as well as a layer of bubble wrap. Very happy to see how well this was packaged to ensure a safe delivery.


The packing of the actual unit is just as great! I am obsessed with the box this comes in. I love the color scheme and design of the exterior; it has this strange waxy feel to it, which I really like. It’s like a soft touch cardboard. There is an ombre of nude stripes cascading down the unit, with a golden metallic logo very largely printed on the front.


The side of the box reads “Open here for nudes” which is so genius as far as packing goes. That side flap is actually magnetic which is freaking amazing!

When we open the box we can see that all 8 liquid lipstick tubes are held into a inserted unit.


The names of the shades are listed below each component, as well as of the tube itself. The top of the box has smaller metallic gold logos throughout, which is just so gorgeous. I am head over heels with the packaging of this product, I makes me not want to put this on my vanity because its just displayed in her so nicely inside the box.

Swatches

This is a nude bundle but that doesn’t mean it’s all drab skin tone colors. The variety is really beautiful, ranging from flesh tones, ashy grey, to rosy pinks and warm deep terra cottas. Here are a few swatches!

Wearability

I’m not sure what Jeffree Star Cosmetics does in their liquid lipstick formula to make it so different but this is HANDS DOWN the most comfortable liquid lipstick I have ever tried. And thats saying a lot, I try different brands all the time. Typically, I reach for my Stila Liquid Lipstick because I find less drying than most brands, but in all honestly, this has just replaced Stila as my favorite formula!!!!

When I first applied this to my lips, it went on very easily. The shape of the application is nice, forming to the lips well. The color was opaque and not patchy at all as I ran it over my lips. At first, while it was still wet, I did think, hmm this seems like any other liquid lipstick, but as soon as it dried down I knew this wasn’t like anything else. My lips felt smooth and light. I didn’t feel any heavy product, excessive dryness or crusting. THIS FORMULA IS AMAZING!!! The first color I tried was Rose Matter, I applied it all over the lips, but before it could dried down, I used Androgen to line my lips and then blended together with a q tip for a Ombre lip look. I was nervous about this because some liquid lipsticks either dry down too quickly to blend or they are too thick and look bad. I am happy to report these blend in so beautifully; the colors transitioned into one another very easily and dried down together perfectly.

My one complaint is the smell… I absolutely hate the smell of these liquid lipsticks (some aren’t as strong). They smell like sweet cough syrup with spices in it, very licorice like. I really didn’t understand why the scent was so bad so I looked it up on the website and it says that some of the colors as scented with a root beer scent. I am NOT a fan of that at all, but the scent is something I can get over.

Overall

Overall, I cant wait for Volume 2!!!! My guess is it was named Mini Vol. 1 because they plan on releasing more mini bundles. Maybe another mini liquid lipsticks with reds or crazy bright color! Another thought it a mini bundle of highlighters?!? I am really excited to see what other new launched are coming, because this one really blew me away.

As of today, this is still available on the website, so if you wanted to try it out, theres still time!!! Let me know in the comments if anyone else picked this up, or has tried Jeffree Star Cosmetic products in the past! I am curious what other gems are in his collection that I have been missing out on.

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First Impressions: Glam Glow Blue Sonic Mask

Once again, my curiosity has been peeked after seeing the same product all over Instagram. It seems every beauty gurus out there uses or promotes the Glam Glow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment, which is a shiny blue peel of mask. Glam Glow is known for their high end masks, which will cost you a pretty penny.

This is the .5 oz unit which retails at $22. The larger unit is $69 for 1.7 oz. I purchased my mask through Sephora, also for sale on the Glam Glow website. Like always, let’s break this down and find out if it really is worth the hype!

Packaging

Obviously this is a special product because of the packaging, being that it’s a collectors edition. I got the Tails container; there was also a Sonic one and a Knuckles one.

Smell & Texture

I don’t like the smell of this AT ALL, however I think I may be alone on that opinion. This has a very tropical scent, to me I smell coconut alcohol  and sun screen. I know, most people love that scent but I personally do not and I didn’t expect it at all.


The texture is thick and gel like at first. It spreads pretty far on the face as you rub it in, so I suggest going in with a little and add from there.

Application

The package does say to avoid the eyebrows and hairline, so be mindful when using this, don’t rip your hair out!

This dried pretty quickly. Because it said to leave on for 30 minutes, I thought this would stay wet for a while, or at least be tacky. However, within about 5 minutes this was dry to the touch. Running my fingers over this was interesting. The mask did not budge, slide, or even come off onto my fingers. It was completely locked in place on my skin. The mask was very smooth all over except for my forehead, which felt rough to the touch. I wonder if this is because my forehead is my oily area?


This is a firming mask, so expect a tightening feeling when wearing this!

Removing the Mask

This peels off very easily. I used the pad of my finger to roll the edge of this until I was able to get a good piece lifted off of my chin. From there I slowly pulled the mask away from my skin and it very gently peeled off. I was a little nervous to remove this, but it wasn’t painful or difficult, much to my surprise! When I pulled this off of my face, you could literally see indentations from my pores on the strips of mask. That shows you how this really penetrates pores to remove dirt and oil.


My skin felt very tight and smooth when I took this off. I rinsed with warm water, dried my skin and then followed with a moisturizer.

Results

Being that this is a first impression, I’ve only used this product once. Most of the time, with skin care, you need to try the product out for a few solid weeks to see any results. From my first use of this product I can tell you my skin already looks improved! My pores look smaller and clean. My skin looks refreshed and less dull. And the weirdest thing, my skin still feels tight like when the mask was on. It’s been about 20 minutes and my face feels tight and plump!

Worth the Hype?


I am truly impressed with this mask! I don’t think I’ve ever experienced immediate results with a skin care product, at least not the this level. I would 100% recommend this product, this may even become my new skin care holy grail! I cannot wait to do this again next week and see how my skin improved over time. Now I understand the hype on Instagram, this product works; totally worth the hype!

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Ipsy vs. Sephora Play: July 2017

One of my favorite posts to share with you guys and gals are the monthly Ipsy and Sephora Play unboxing! If you are unfamiliar with these, they are a month subscription service that mails 4-5 products to your doorstep! The products range in size from sample, deluxe sample and full sized. In Ipsy, there is a mixture of high end and drugstore brands; Sephora Play is high end only, found in Sephora stores.

The items pictured are sample sized, unless otherwise stated. The prices listed along side the products are for FULL SIZED versions. The retailers vary, as I look up where to find these the cheapest, incase you do not have an Ipsy subscription. If you are in Ipsy subscriber, make sure to check their website as they do offer sales and coupon codes.

Let’s jump right in! These are the bags that I received this month:

Cosmetics Bags


These are both cute bags.. nothing I’m jumping for joy over, but they are cute nonetheless. The zippered bag, with the cartoon egg thing was from Ipsy.  The pink plaid Glamp Out bag is from Sephora. Now for the important stuff.. what’s inside?!

Sephora

  • Ren Clear Skin Care Ever Calm Global Protection Day Cream
  • Clinique Chubby Stick in
  • Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque
  • It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara

Ipsy

  • Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer
  • Windy Lux Double Matte Whip
  • Ciate Wonderland Eyeliner
  • TonyMoly Im Real Sheet Masks in Green Tea and Lotus
  • M Princess Pressed Eyeshadow

 

Individual Item Breakdown

Sephora Play Items:

Ren Clear Skin Care Ever Calm Global Protection Day Cream


This moisturizer is suppose to help the skin purify from environmental issues like smoke, pollution and weather. I have used a variety of moisturizers, but none that have made this claim. I am interested in how this would work but I feel like these are the type of products you need to use daily for a while to see it is really pays off.  ($22.97, walmart.com)

Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon

I have used a few of these before, in different shades and I do like the feel of them on the lips. These have very little color pay off  in these lighter shades like this. Since I already have a few of these in similar shades, I will be including this in an upcoming giveaway. ($17, sephora.com)

Madam C J Walker Beauty Culture Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque

I’ve been more into hair care lately, so I will be trying this out for sure. My hair is chemically treated (bleach, color removers, and a ton of color deposits) so I could definitely use a refresher! I don’t typically use hair masques but that’s what these subscription boxes are all about- trying new things! ($32, sephora.com, currently out of stock)

It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara

I have gotten this before in a subscription box and used it in the past. This isn’t my favorite mascara in the world, but I dont hate it. This does add a bit of length and volume, but nothing too dramatic. I do like that the formula being that isn’t too drying and it doesn’t flake. ($24, itcosmetics.com)

Ipsy Items:

Tarte Park Ave Princess Bronzer

I have heard a lot about this bronzer, it seems to be pretty hyped up on Instagram, soI was very excited to see this! I am not huge on bronzers, being that I have pale skin, but this gives such a nice glow-y feel that is perfect for the summer. I apply this with a large angled fluffy brush to my temples, cheekbones, and down the side of my neck. I love how this wears on the skin! The packaging on this is really cute too, with a faux crocodile skin on the compact. The pan size is good sized and I see this lasting my quiet a while! ($30, tartecosmetics.com)

Windy Lux Double Matte Whip in Angel Food 

This product is a rose pink matte liquid lipstick. The packing and name is super cute, although it doesn’t seem like a very big sample compared to the same of most liquid lipsticks. The full sized in so adorable, it has little ice-cream cones on it , so cute! I did swatch this on my hand and it was tacky at first and then dried down completely matte. This is so long lasting, the swatch stayed on my hand the entire day until I removed it with soapy water! I am impressed with the staying power of these and would like to try other colors! ($13, winkylux.com)

Ciate Wonderland Gel Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

This is a cool concept, one side is eyeliner and the other side is an angled brush. The brush is insanely soft and flexible. I definitely thought it would be stiff and was really surprised at how well it blended the liner out with the bendable bristles. I haven’t tried this on my eye yet, so I dont know how well it would hold up in the water liner, but I will give it a whirl soon. I swatched this on my hand and the liner is a bit rough, not super creamy, but it does have good color pay off. The pigment is definitely bold and blends down softly, so I like that you could do a different looks with this product! ($18, sephora.com)

TonyMoly Im Real Sheet Masks in Green Tea and Lotus

I love receiving sheet masks in my subscription boxes because I always find new brands or mask types that I’m unfamiliar with. I am excited to try these out, I saw this brand listed on a makeup website recently and I was intrigued! These are really inexpensive for sheet masks, so if they work out for me, I will definitely be repurchasing. Who doesn’t want affordable skin care?! ($3 each, macys.com)

M Princess Pressed Eyeshadow in Biscuit

I am just not a fan of single eyeshadows. I typically throw them in a random drawer and forget about them. I am a palette queen all the way. I know, I know, just get a Z palette to hold all of my singles, I keep telling myself but haven’t actually done it. This color on this looks nice, but upwards of $15 seem like a lot of money for a single shadow. I did not open this or swatch it because it will be in an comping giveaway (possibly this week so keep you eyes peeled!) ($15.45, http://www.emmprincess.com.au)

Overall

The winner this month is clearly IPSY! I was really excited with the variety of products this month. It was 6 products total, since it came with two different sheet masks!  For $10 I am really ecstatic to receive a lipstick, eyeshadow, two face masks, bronzer and an  eyeliner!!!

Sephora Play on the other hand was a little underwhelming. I will likely use some of these, but I just wasn’t super excited the way I was when I opened my Ipsy bag. As you may have noticed, there are only 4 items listed for my Sephora Box this month, because I did not receive one of the items listed on my information pamphlet, so I know I was suppose to receive it… Also, the fragrance sample I received leaked…. so not great showing this month for the Sephora Box.

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What I Found at TJ Maxx

Lately I have seen a lot of TJ Maxx Hauls! Its been really surprising seeing the brands people have been finding, so I had to take a trip to my local store. I was amazed to see brands like Marc Jacobs, Kat Von D, MAC and Stila.

There were a lot of MAC liquid lipsticks and Stila blushes but there was only one shade of each and  the colors weren’t for me, so I had to pass. What I did get isn’t too shabby, although it wasn’t easy finding everything. The beauty aisles of the TJ Maxx I visited were an absolute wreck. A lot of the packages were tampered with, rip open/empty, or broken. The products weren’t displayed well, they had been piled on top of each other so it took me a good amount of time digging and sorting.

The Items I Picked Up:

Luxe Beauty Care Signature Retinol Spa Treatment Masks- $3 (originally $9.99)

I love face masks so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how many options there were to choose from. I haven’t used the brand Luxe Beauty Care before but the packaging was nice and it came with 5 masks for only $3! That’s only 60 cents per mask!

Velour Silk Lashed- $9.99 (originally $26)

I have seen this brand at Sephora before, so when I saw the $9.99 price tag, I was sold! I haven’t used these before but I am excited to try them out.

Joico Body Luxe Root Lifting Volumizing Foam- $6 (originally $16.99)

I have used multiple Joico  products in the past, but not this one specifically. This smells so amazing, like a tropical vacation!

Kat Von D Lightening Metallic Liners in Hyde & Poe- $7.99 (originally $26 each)

These are AN ABSOLUTE MESS! I highly recommend running in the other direction if you ever see these! I opened the copper one, Hyde and it exploded all over me. There was product all over my chest, arms and face. I figured I got a bad one so I very carefully opened the other shade, Poe, and although it didn’t explode, it did leak all over my hand immediately. I don’t have a photo of these because I returned them! These have been discontinued by Kat Von D Beauty, they are no longer for sale and I can see why.

Faith in Face Pink Clay Foam Facial Cleanser $3.99 (originally $11.99)

I really wanted to try a new cleanser and this says “makes pores pretty” on the bottle therefore I had to grab it! I haven’t tried this yet but I am excited to see if it minimizes the appearance of pores at all.

Joice Co Color Therapy Shampoo & Color Endure Conditioner $7.99 each (originally $14.99 each)

Joico is the color line I use so when I saw a color care shampoo an conditioner by this brand I was really excited! These smell really nice, but I feel like I need to use them for  a while before I’ll see results.

Estee Lauder Scumptous Knock Out $5.99 (originally $10)

This is a travel sized item, definitely not a full sized tube. I am currently using Estee Edit skincare, so I figured why not try out the mascara for $6?

Buxom Liquid Lipstick in Wandress $4.99 (originally $21)

I keep telling myself “stop buying liquid lipsticks, you have to many” but this was only $5 and I knew Buxom was a well known brand sold at Sephora so I couldn’t pass up on this!

Overall

Between digging through the shelves and getting broken/messy products, I just wasn’t feeling this haul. I do think I will do this again, being that TJ Maxx gets new items frequently and I did save a lot of money. Maybe I just picked a bad time to go, or maybe the location near me just isn’t maintained well. If I had paid full price, I would have spent $177.95. All together, I spend $65.92 and saved $112.03, so I really cant complain!

I will say if you purchase makeup from a store like this, SANITIZE EVERYTHING BEFORE USING. It goes without saying,  people can be gross; a lot of fingers could potential touch that makeup before it gets to you. Another thing, I feel like these products could be past their expiration dates, especially since they are selling discontinued items. Just be caution when purchasing!

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