Ipsy Ultimate | November 2019

On this fine Saturday, I bring y’all a late Ipsy Ultimate Unboxing for the month of November!

Is it worth $50?

Let’s find out!

The Bag

This month we got a large travel makeup bag. I think this bag is very cute and will definitely be using it. It is roomy and well made. Perfect for the trip I have coming up next week!

Soo AE Panda Eye Brightening Masks

This is a mask I have tried before. I did enjoy it, and the cuteness adds a nice touch to your pamper session. However, you can get them at Walmart 2/$5. Not exactly something I want in my $50 box. But, I’m not disappointed about having them again.

Beau Gachis Concealer Brush

This is a nice, basic concealer brush. You could also use it to pack shadows on your lid. It seems to be made well and none of the hairs were shedding. This isn’t my preferred way to blend or apply concealer, but I have been enjoying it for eyeshadows.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser

This is a cleanser I have been wanting to try, so I was happy to see it included. Hopefully, their “skin-transforming” claim holds up! I could definitely use some skin transformation during these cold months.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum

I know this serum is, or is almost the price of the box. This isn’t a product I will be using for myself. However, I was able to gift my mom nice skin care- and she is loving this serum! That’s worth it enough for me.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

I will never be mad about receiving dry shampoo, lord knows I need it. I have already used this one. It works well, doesn’t make my scalp itch, and doesn’t have an over whelming scent.

Youth to People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream

I haven’t had to chance to try much from Youth to the People. This little sample may be a good way to dip my toes in the water.

Smith and Cult Nail Polish “Bite your Kiss”

This polish is a really pretty, dark, wine red color. This is usually my nail polish color of choice, so that worked out well!

Context Matte Lipstick “Sweet Emotion”

This is a brand I have never heard of. It’s fun to get to try a new to me brand.

The shade is a really pretty burnt red shade. I think it is perfect for this time of year. The formula isn’t too drying, and there is no scent that I can detect.

Billion Dollar Brows Best Seller Kit

This is really neat. In this get we got a brow highlighting pencil, a brow pencil, a brow brush, and a brow gel.

I have really been enjoying using these brow products. The shade matches well, and the gel has great hold!

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam

Fun fact, I have never tried High Beam before. Benefit has never been a brand I was super into. They aren’t cruelty free, so I never felt to inclined to try either.

The shade is a light pink. It didn’t really highlight my face like other liquid highlights do, which I think is intended. I have a feeling my little sister would love this, so I am going to pass it on to her. Again, I’m glad I will at least be able to give someone else the product, makes it not a total dud for me.

Gi Gi Gorgeous The only Blush Duo “Authentic and Pride”

I am so excited about this! I love GiGi!! I am guessing she has come out with her own line, and now I want everything! This blush does say it is cruelty free and vegan.

You get a more peachy shade that is matte, and a pinky shade with some glitter. I don’t go for pinks much, but when both shades are mixed, it shows up stunning on the cheeks!

Wander Beauty Wandress Rush Palette

We have a six pan palette from Wander beauty, subscription services favorite brand. There are 4 cream metallics, and two shimmers. I have gotten a palette from them in this formula and layout, just different shades, but I can’t find it. Anywhere.

I think this is a great little palette for the Holidays! The creams are beautiful and don’t crease on my lids. The two shades that look matte in the pictures, aren’t. Which is unfortunate. However, I was able to make them work. I can see myself reaching for the shades Blitz and Avenue a lot.

Full face of the products

Here is a hideous picture of me. Fun fact, I was broken up with, over the phone, after two years, While I had this makeup on. The shadows lasted through a few tears. Good going Wander Beauty.

Over all thoughts?

I liked this box! I got a lot I’ll use and love, but I was also able to give my mom something she is really enjoying, and I will get to give my little sister a clue classic piece of makeup.

I think Ipsy Ultimate will be sticking around for a while.

What was in your Ipsy, of any level, this month?

Thank you for reading 🐰

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Tetris x Ipsy Game On Palette | is it better than Block Party?

If you follow my blog, you would know I have started a subscription box product win or whomp series. This is part of that series.

I really wanted to see if the Game On palette was any better than the Block Party palette. If you read that post you would know that little palette would left me with much to be desired.

Let’s get to applying and swatching and see if Game On is an improvement, the same, or some how even worse!

The Swatches

  • Game changer: a matte light orange. Appears better on the eye than swatched.
  • Game Day: A metallic light pink.
  • Game Night: A metallic green based gold

  • Stack it up: A matte cream shade
  • Block Party: A metallic rose gold
  • Game Over: A matte Navy

Thoughts?

The palette is slightly better than its counter part. I enjoy the metallic shades. The mattes really aren’t anything special. I may end up depoting the metallics. The packaging itself is cute with a nice sized mirror, so they did good again on that aspect. It could be a little smaller though. The palettes are pretty large for just 6 shadows.

For me this is still a whomp. It is only a 6 pan palette. I want to enjoy all the shades, not just half.

Have you tried this palette? What would you like me to review next?

Thanks for reading 📖

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The first Ipsy Ultimate Box | October 2019

Ipsy has made some big changes. With those changes came another subscription level I just couldn’t pass up. For $50 a month, you receive 12 beauty products. 8 full sized and 4 sample/ deluxe sample sizes.

Because I am spending $50 on one box, I will no longer be getting the regular Ipsy or Ipsy plus. But, let’s get into the box and see if the change is worth it!

The included bag.

I am not sure if this will occur every month, or we got a bag just because Ipsy came out with a Betty Boop collaboration. Either way, this double sided bag is super cute and nicely sized! It is different than the bag that regular Ipsy subbies will get.

Nanette Lenore Beautiful Times Perfume

This fragrance has notes of mandarin, violet, and caramelized sugar. I really enjoy the mixture of the floral and warm scents. The fragrance does linger quite a while. I think I have found my fall fragrance!

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

This is a product I have actually talked about before. This so happens to be my favorite makeup melting balm. If I am correct, we were actually sent the limited editing jumbo size, which is awesome! I am so happy to have this balm back in my life. I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase it, when there are less expensive options that work almost as well.

The Saem Natural Avocado and Shea Butter Sheet Mask Set

I love sheet masks. I do them a few times a week. Can’t go wrong with some extra hydration! I may even use the avocado one today to prep for some poorly done FX makeup I am doing for a Halloween Costume tonight.

Papa Recipe Egg Plant Clearing Mud Cream Mask

This is a creamy mask with a slightly grainy texture. The egg plant extract is to soothe and exfoliate. Ipsy says it is setting your skin up for a bright and clear future. Sounds good to me. I’ll give it a try.

C’Est Moi Beauty Reflect lip gloss in Opulence

This gloss is made with natural and organic oils- which I love. The shade opulence gives your lips a really juicy sheen, and I am really enjoying it.

Coloured Rain Eyeshadow In Champagne Life

It’s no secret that I love the Coloured Rain shadow formula so I was happy to get this in my box. Ever since I did my singles cruise look, I have been reaching for my single shadows much more often!

The shade is a really pretty and pigmented champagne, just as you would expect. It really makes the inner corner pop. It also makes a beautiful lid shade.

Makeup Geek Highlighter In Midnight Sun

This is my first ever makeup geek highlight! Looking at the shade in the pan I was a little disappointed, because I thought it may end up too dark for my skin tone.

It actually turned out looking really nice on the skin. It kind of reminds me of how Becca Opal looks on me. The makeup geek highlight is buttery and pigmented. I’m stoked that i finally got to try one!

L.O.C.K Color Unicorn Glow Long Wear Primer

I really like this primer. It gave my that lit from with in glow, with out making my skin look glittery or oily. I am probably going to pick up the full size once I finish this sample.

Betty Boop x Ipsy Cheek to Cheek Blush Palette

I was initially hesitant about this product, because I wasn’t too impressed with Ipsy last colab. Fortunately, this is a great little blush palette. You get on matte blush and two toppers.

The shades are just a bit chalky. But, that isn’t a big deal to me, I can tap my brush off. The shades look beautiful on my fair skin. I can see my self reaching for this a ton. Good job Ipsy!

BioRace L’eau Hydrating Treatment Serum

This serum felt very moisturizing and I do feel that it helped improve my complexion. It didn’t not feel like too much either. It was gentle and sunk in to my skin quickly.

F.A.R.A.H Brushes Midnight Pro Trio

It wouldn’t be an Ipsy bag or box without som FARAH brushes. This trio actually feels like much better quality than the previous FARAH brushes I have gotten. This trio comes with a blush brush, a foundation brush, and a smaller stippling brush. They do their job well and there was no shedding. The shape of the handle makes them easy to hold as well.

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Funny story. I used to have this palette. Then got rid of it and regretted it a week later. However, I wasn’t going to go buy it again. So, getting it in my box made me super happy!

The mattes are buttery and pigmented. The metallic really packs a punch. This is the perfect quick, easy and cohesive fall palette. I honesty prefer the smaller huda palettes to the larger ones.

My thoughts?

The one con I have with this box is that product prices are not included on the card. Other than that, I love it! There was a nice mix of skin care and makeup. Everything works for me, and it’s all stuff I will actually use. I have seen other people review their Ipsy Ultimate, and they didn’t seem to happy. I must be the weird one out, because I am excited about this box. I am totally okay with the $50 price tag. I do have to say, I miss the regular Ipsy. I may end up re subbing, just because I miss her.

Did you get Ipsy Ultimate? What are your thoughts on the box?

Thank you for reading 🔥

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Ipsy x Tetris Block Party Palette | Sub Box Win or Whomp

I love Tetris. It is a nice way to relieve anxiety and relax after a long day. Of course, a Tetris themed makeup collaboration was super exciting to me. While I was excited, life got in the way and I had not been able to play with the palettes.

Well, I finally played around with Block Party, and I have some two cents to throw at y’all.

The packaging

The packing is made of a sturdy card board. The out side sports Tetris shapes in different shades of purple and pink. There is a magnetic closure.

Fun fact: purple is my favorite color! As well as my Mama Tams, and my Mama Kathy’s who recently passed away. Please expect a post discussing Lupus and how it has affected my family. I want to spread awareness, she would want me to.

Back to the point.

The inside is decorated with different colored hearts, the palette name and a nice mirror. The shade names are also included.

Over all, super cute packaging and it isn’t too bulky.

The Swatches

  • Skyline: A matte cool brown. I would say it is right in the middle of a basic transition and a defined shade. It did work for both of these purposes.
  • T-Spin: A Metallic silver. Very pretty swatched, but I had a lot of trouble working with it. Wet or dry. It just wanted to fall all over the place.
  • Top out: A royal blue metallic. This ended up being my favorite shade. A bit difficult to work with, but it looks beautiful on the eyes.

  • Back-to-back: A matte cream shade. I think this is a great staple shade for palettes to have. Great for setting primer, great for blending.
  • Line Clear: A Metallic hot pink. This shade works best with the fingers and is very pretty. The fallout is crazy though. Other metallic shadows I have do not do that.
  • High Score: A metallic Purple. This is the shade my eye draws to, however, I could not get it to appear on my eye as it does in the pan and the swatch. Disappointed.

The Look

The look I did was super simple.

  • I primed my eyes with concealer and set it with Back-to-back. I would continue to use this shade to blend out harsh edges.
  • I used a fluffy brush with Skyline to create a transition, I also used a more packed brush to define the crease using the same shade.
  • Using my finger I placed High Score on the outer part of my lid.
  • Using a different finger I placed Line Clear on the rest of my lid.

  • I placed t-spin on my inner corner.
  • For my lower lash line I applied Top Out, which really popped!

Over All Thoughts?

I have to say, for me, this is a whomp. The color story is beautiful and I love the nostalgia of Tetris, but I just had to much trouble working with this palette. The lattes are great, and the blue is a dream, but I have all these shades in other palettes, in formulas that work for me. I will be passing this palette along to a friend or family member. I am currently unable to find the price of the palette, but if my memory serves me right, I believe it was in the mid $20 range.

That being said. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. If it sparks your interest, people are selling theirs on eBay and Mercari and much lower price points. Just because someone else doesn’t like something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go if you are interested!

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading 🦇

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My last Ipsy Un-bagging | September 2019

If you read my Ipsy Plus post for this month, you would know that I sadly will no longer be getting the normal ipsy, because I opted in to their new level service and did not find it practical to still receive Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus.

Ipsy Glam Bag is now $12 a month and you receive 5 deluxe samples sized, some times full sized beauty items.

The bag

This months Bag is beautiful. It is a dusty mauve color with a what appears to be rose quartz crystal on the zipper. The bag feels very nicely made! I will miss getting a bag each month.

What’s inside?

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

I am not a big fan of sleeping masks. My skin never reacts well to them, so I am wary of trying this. I will probably throw it in as a freebie with a Mercari purchase.

IBY Beauty Highlighter in Private Jet

My next item is a cute little highlighter from IBY. It is the perfect size for travel, with sturdy packaging. It is also cruelty free and vegan!

I think the shade may be too gold for my fair skin tone, but I am willing to give it a try. Maybe more so for my inner corner and brow bone.

Ofra Cosmetics x Madison Miller Ollie need is love Blush

This is a really peach blush. I think it is really pretty and will appear nicely on my skin. It is very buttery, and there is the smallest bit on shimmer in the product. This did not transfer to the swatch.

Phase Zero Makeup Satin Eyeshadow In Velvet

If I remember correctly, Phase Zero is also a cruelty free brand!

The shade Velvet is a very pretty metallic burgundy. I cannot wait to just throw this shadow all over my lids!

Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara

I actually already own the full size of this mascara and love it. It really does give the false lash effect. The packaging is also adorable.

My Add-ons

With Ipsy’s add on program you can purchase a few extra products at some awesome prices!

Ofra x Madison Miller Highlighter In Moondance

This highlighter is beautiful and I got it for only $12, maybe even $9!

It is a light yellow gold- perfect for my fair skin!

Ofra x Madison Miller Liquid Lip In Oh My Ry Ry

This liquid lip is named after Madison’s daughter Riley, who is precious.

The shade is a really pretty mauve, so just my type. The Ofra Liquid Lip Formula is fantastic, I would try any Ofra shade thrown at me and probably love it.

Over all?

I think this was a great bag to go out on. I got some beautiful products and the bag itself is stunning.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

Thank you for reading 💙

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Ipsy Glam Bag | August 2019

Welcome back!

Today we are un-bagging the $10 Ipsy Glam Bag!

The bag this month is really cute. The shade I got is hunter green. The zipper is good and the inside is hot pink! It seems really nicely made, and I love the studded texture.

Now, for the exciting part. The items in the bag!

Thrive Cosmetics liquid lash extensions Mascara “Brynn”

I have been wanting to try the Thrive mascara, thanks to a few YouTubers. I usually enjoy tubing mascara, but I am glad I get to try a sample before purchasing the full size. It is also neat to see a brand like Thrive in Ipsy!

Comelyco Blueberry And Peach Mask Sheet

I love sheet masks, so I will never be unhappy with getting them in Ipsy. I have also been throwing sheet masks in as extras in my Mercari orders.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion Moisturizer

This is a little sample that is mostly empty. It is like the free samples Ulta throws into orders. I have a ton of skin care, so I will probably pass this sample along to someone else.

Luxie Beauty Periwinkle Blending Brush 237

I love Luxie brushes, so I am happy with this item! It is soft and well made, per Luxies usual quality.

Suva Beauty Eyeshadow “Turmeric”

The Suva Beauty Formula is really nice. It is buttery and pigment. Super easy to work with!

The shade is a nice, basic gold.

over all thoughts?

It is not the best Ipsy I have gotten, but it is not terrible.

That was in your Ipsy bag?

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus | August 2019

Hello guys!

It’s Sunday, it’s gloomy, and I am doing a face mask (Lush Mask of Magnaminty). Is there a better time to do an unboxing?

I don’t think so!

This time we have Glam Bag Plus. It is around $22 a month, and is the upgrade of the basic Ipsy bag. You get 5-6 items and they are all full sized.

This months theme is “Bare Yourself”.

Let’s dig into these goodies!

Tarte Dream Big Palette $30

This palette is pretty and perfect for travel thanks to the mirror. I would have liked another matte that I could use as a transition shade. I can just used what ever Bronzer I am using as a transition though.

FARAH Show Me Magic Eye Brush Set $50

Some more FARAH brushes from a subscription service. I can’t be mad though. I love getting brushes and the handles of this set is cute.

The bristles feel soft, and seem to be secure.

Ahava Hydration Cream Mask $33

This is going to be fantastic is the cold months, that are quickly approaching. This mask can also be used as a night mask! You massage it in to your skin until it is absorbed and then wash it off in the morning. Or 5 minutes later if you are not using it as an over night mask.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer in light $39.50

I have never tried any of the face products from it Cosmetics, so I am pretty excited about this one.

The concept of a full coverage moisturizer is a little strange, so expect a review in the near future!

Suva Beauty Liquid Chrome Illuminating Drops “Trust Fund” $26

This illuminator is so pretty! I really hope that it will work with my skin tone. It should be okay as long as I use a small amount.

Add ons!

I have said it a million times, and I will never stop saying it…. I love Ipsy’s add on program! You can get some pretty cool stuff at some awesome prices.

Chique Blush Brush $6 or $3 I can’t remember.

My first add on was a blush brush. It feels pretty cheap, but the bristles are soft. It’ll do its job and that’s what matters to me.

The Balm in the Balm of your Hand V. 2 $12

I am really excited about this palette! I have been wanting to try more of the face powders from the Balm, now I have 4 as well as some shadows! A great steal at $12.

Suva Single Shadow “Coriander” $6 or $3. Again, I can’t remember.

I picked up this shade because I thought it would make a great inner corner and brow bone highlighter. I also really love the Suva formula, so that was me justifying buying another eye shadow.

Point Redemption

Ipsy also has a nice point system. You save up points and can get free products and tools. Unfortunately, they do expire.

Firma 102 Brush

I like redeeming for beauty tools. This brush is made very well and is very soft. I can think of a few uses for it, which is awesome.

Thoughts?

I am so happy with my box this month! I love everything! More than worth the monthly cost in my opinion.

What was in your GBP?

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