Ipsy Glam Bag Plus | June 2019 Un-Boxing

This only took me a week to get up. (insert eye roll emoji) But, it has been a busy week!

My moms brought my cousin up from Louisiana, THE BLUES WON THE STANLEY CUP, I went to my first Cardinals game, and my boyfriend got a promotion- which means we get to move quicker, so we had to celebrate!

Now that I finally have some down time, I am catching up on some YouTube videos and brining you all my favorite thing, an unboxing!

This months theme is “Block Party”, because Ipsy came out with a collection with Tetris, which is super cute.

** For some reason not all of my images would up load. I apologize.

Ciate London Velvet Matte Liquid Lip “Pin Up” $19

I always think it is neat to get Ciate products in these boxes, sense they are a brand sold at Sephora. I think the only other lip product I have tried of theirs was one of the glitter flips, and I gave that away.

This shade is rather pretty, and it felt comfortable to swatch, so it is looking promising.

Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream $65

I actually use the serum companion to this cream already and I LOVE IT. My skin is brighter and my acne scars are much less dark than they have been in the past.

I am amazed to see the CEO Cream in my Ipsy Plus. I would have bought just this for the I believe $25 that the box costs.

Tetris x Ipsy “Game on” Eyeshadow Palette $24

The palette it’s self are cute, and the shades work for a simple look for the most part.

I have yet to try the shadow on my eyes, but this is not a 6 pan palette that I would spend $24 on. For just a few more dollars you can get the Huda Beauty Obsessions palettes, and I love those.

Keep an eye out for an upcoming post using this palette, because I am hoping it proves its price to me!

Pixi By Petra Lash Lift 188 $18

I didn’t realize that Pixi had mascaras.

This mascara has a typical large brush, but also a thin long brush house with in. I am hoping that this will work for my lower lash line. I am so tired of smudging.

FARAH Brushes 5 Piece Eye Perfection Set $50

I have tried some FARAH brushes in the past. They are soft but the handle itself feels super cheap. I will definitely use the brushes, I just can’t believe that this five piece set retails for $50!

Over all, it’s a good box. I’m not wowed or super excited, but I’m not mad either.

Again, I apologize that not all of my images wanted to cooperate!

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Menagerie Feral Palette | A look and review

It has been months since I have reviewed a palette!

What a better way to get back in the game than reviewing the cutest cruelty free palette ever?!

The Feral palette retails for $29. It is cruelty free, talc free and vegan!

Please note, I do have the newer version of this palette. I believe the first version had two different shades in the top row.

The Packaging

Of course the packaging is beautiful, but what else?

The palette is magnetic, I believe this is what makes the palette feel so weighted. The palette includes a mirror inside, which is great.

I would not travel with this palette, however. It did arrive to me with the shade “Wolfling” broken. No problem, it’s a pressed glitter, easy fix. But, it would be a mess if that happened during travel.

The shades

  • Harmonia- A matte robins egg blue
  • Wolfling- A rose gold pressed glitter
  • Canis Lupus- A very light matte brown. Warm undertones.
  • Alpha- A matte dark gray

  • Pack Leader- A hot pink pressed glitter
  • Allium- A matte purple
  • Mariposa-A matte orange
  • Night Eyes- A matte yellow

  • Wisteria- A matte pinky peach
  • Fenris- A matte green
  • Ivy- A darker matte green, almost a hunter green.
  • Huechera- A green pressed glitter.

The Look

I primed with the original Urban Decay Primed potion.

  • For my crease I started with Canis Lupus as my transition. I just used a big fluffy crease brush for this step.
  • Using a basic crease brush I placed Fenris all over my lid and blended it into my crease.
  • On my outer half of my lid I used the same brush as before and placed Ivy on that part of my lid and blended it up into my outer crease.
  • Of the inner half of my lid I placed Wolfling with a flat brush.

  • I started on my lower lash line with a pencil brush and the shade Ivy, getting it as close to my lash line as possible.
  • I then blended this out with Fenris.
  • I just took the first fluffy brush that I used and blended everything with the shade Canis Lupus.
  • For my inner corner I just popped in a random highlight, I can’t recall which one, but any light shade will work.

Over all thoughts?

I love this palette over all! The color story is beautiful and so fun. I want the packaging as a framed piece of art. Coty was even stunned with how pretty the art on the packaging is!

The formula for the matte shadows is probably one of the best, if not the best that I have ever tried. Each matte shade is pigmented and buttery. They are very easy to blend, and stay just a vibrant all day long.

Now, for the only think I dislike about this palette. The presses glitters.

I am not surprised by this.

I have yet to try any pressed glitter formula that I like. I also don’t use loose glitter. I guess glitter just isn’t my thing.

If I were to use up any of the matte shades in this palette, I would with out a doubt purchase the singles that Menagerie sells for $5 on their site.

If you have yet to try this palette, I highly recommend giving it a shot!

You can purchase it Here.

Have you tried this palette? What products from Menagerie do you love?

Thank you for reading 🕷

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My First Ipsy Glam Bag Plus!

Hitting you with double Ipsy un-boxing’s to makeup for my missed months!

I finally was able to subscribe to glam bag plus!!!!

It is $25 a month and you get 5-6 full size beauty and makeup items.

First, my add ons!

I love that Ipsy does add ons now! You can find some really awesome things for much less than retail value. They have even had those mini Huda palettes for like $12!

This months I picked…

Smashbox Cover Shot Major Metals

This one was $12, again much less than retail value. I have wanted to try Smashbox Shadows for ages, but never picked any up. I decided to take the chance, while I could get one for a cheaper price. This one is all metallic, and primarily warm toned. I am excited to give it a go!

Lovecraft Beauty Bronzer Palette

Another $12 add on! I have a weird bronzer addiction lately, so I couldn’t pass up a trio in such cute packaging. Love craft beauty is also cruelty free! The formula is really soft, and with three different shades, this palette can be used all year long.

Now to the actually box…

IL Makiage Icon High Volume and Intense Curl Mascara “Black” $25

One product down and the box is already paid for!

I have heard a ton about IL Makiage as a brand, so it is exciting to see something from them in an Ipsy Box. Hopefully the Mascara lives up to its “Iconic” name.

Is this brand CF?

GlamGlow Bubble Sheet Masks 3 for $27

This Mask is meant to be deep cleaning, so I am for it. But, Glam Glow is not CF to my knowledge, so I may end up passing these a long.

Illamasqua Lip Coloring Pencil Duo “Media and Lust” $21 each

Media is a more pink shade and Lust is a more red shade.

I have been getting a lot of Illamasqua in boxes lately!

Wander Beauty Wandress Seascape Escape Palette $25

I have a few things for Wander Beauty that I really enjoy, so I am excited to try this palette. I do believe that this is a newer product for them as well.

The formula is a little strange, so I am curious to see how it wears. The color scheme definitely reminds me of the beach! There is not a true matte shade. The one that appears matte has shimmer in it.

Yensa Tone Up Primer Essential Glow $35

I am really curious about this primer. It is full of good ingredients, and missing a lot of bad ones. It is also cruelty free.

My first Glam Bag Plus’s was definitely a good one and I am excited to see what the coming months bring!

Would you like to see any of these products reviewed?!

Thank you for reading 👻

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Ipsy Glam Bag | May 2019 Un-Bagging

I think this is my first Ipsy post in three months!

I definitely got the last two bags, just my motivation to post, much less play with makeup, was non-existent.

But, my motivation is starting to come back, so we are starting with unboxing, hopefully soon I can get back into reviews!

In this months bag I got…

First! Let me start by saying, the bag is super cute, but the glitter does come off.

Benefit Bad Gal Bang Mascara, deluxe sample

This is the size you can buy for like $12 at Sephora and Ulta. I honestly prefer the little mascara sizes. You can use them up before they go bad.

However, Benefit is not cruelty free. But, I am going to throw this in a gift for a friend, so not a total loss.

SL Miss Glam SS 57 Blending Brush

This Brush is super cute and soft. I have already used it and it helped to blend the shadows I used nicely.

Naisture Charcoal 3 Step Nose Pack

So, if any one knows anything about this brands cruelty free status PLEASE let me know! Their products are paraben and silicon free, which is awesome!

I got two in the bag, and I used one. I really liked it! It was a longer process than just a normal nose strip, but it was worth it! My nose looked much more clear!

INMO Velveteen Dream Eyeshadow in Super Bass

This shadow is a pretty pink shade. I have a Zpalette on the way to me, so it will be deported and placed in there.

I think Super Bass will make a really pretty all over lid shade.

Pixi By Petra Endless Silky Eyepen in Copper Glow

I love Brown and Copper eye liner, it really makes my hazel eyes pop.

The formula is super soft! I have used it and it does not tug on the eyes at all.

That is all for my Ipsy bag! Not too bad for only $10! Definitely will use, and have used, everything but the mascara.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

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BoxyCharm May 2019 |Un-Boxing

I have been super MIA on all platforms. I am hoping I can start getting back to what I love- playing with a writing about makeup and beauty products.

Life can be a struggle, but as it is slowly getting back on track, so will I.

Let’s move on and dive right in to the BoxyCharm Make Waves Box for May 2019!

Glam Glow Gentle Bubble Cleanser $28

I’ll never say no to an expensive face wash! I don’t believe that I have ever tried anything from Glam Glow, so this product will be my first introduction to the brand.

I do like that there is no added fragrance. The packaging is also super cute.

Alamar Colorete Blush Trio “Medium Tan” $22

We got the first Alamar eyeshadow palette from BoxyCharm ages ago, and it is beautiful! We also got a trio of their eye brushes, which I use all the time! Now, a blush palette.

The shades are all really pretty! I do wish I would have gotten the light trio, but these shades will work for me as long as I don’t get crazy.

The pigmentation is wonderful and the formula is SUPER buttery.

Ciate London Eye Luster Creme Eyeshadow “Cupid” $22

I am not the biggest fan of cream shadow, but this shade is really pretty. It is a light purple pink that shifts gold and it is going to be stunning all of the lid or in the inner corner.

Steve Laurant Lip Glass “Posh” $22

I have been way more in to glosses lately, and this shade is right up my alley. It’s pigmented and doesn’t have a real smell.

I do have a serious question…Have any of you seen this brand or heard of it, out side of subscription boxes?

Vintage Cashmere Lip Pencil “Mocha” $21

For a Pencil lip liner, this little dude is creamy! It is also the perfect shade to match most of my go to lip shades.

BoxyCharm really gave us our money’s worth this month! For $21 we got $115 and nothing in the box was a dud for me!

What was in your May BoxyCharm?

Thank you so much for reading 🌸

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A very late BoxyLuxe unboxing!

I have dropped the ball recently.

My motivation has not been present and I didn’t not want to just throw up junk posts. My motivation may not be all the way back, but I wanted to get this unboxing up before I lost any inkling of motivation again.

Cover FX Perfector Face Palette “Light/Medium” $45

I think this was one of the most anticipated items in the box. For good reason, Cover FX makes amazing quality products, it’s cruelty free, and I mean look at it.

I am in a Boxy Charm swap group, and I saw a lot of people got the wrong shade or palette, so I was relieved when I got the correct one. This did not come in a box, like it would when you purchase it…I just feel uneasy about that for some reason.

Moda Brushes Powder and Soft Glow Set $29.99

I have said it 100 times and I will say it again, I love getting brushes in these boxes.

Moda brushes are very nice quality, soft and sturdy. The packaging of the brushes also says that they are 100% vegan, yay!

Iconic Eyebrow Cushion “Medium” $40

This is an interesting product. I feel like it is going to take some work to get a handle on using. It also maybe a bit too dark for me currently.

Wander Beauty Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask $34

My room mate and I tried this mask right after I opened the box and we both love it!

I have been using it frequently since I received it and my skin has never looked this good! My skin is clearer and my complexion over all looks really nice.

Lily Lashes Exclusive Faux Mink Gaia Lashes $24.99

I very rarely wear lashes. I do want to start wearing them more though.

The lashes look dramatic, but not over the top. Not something I would wear every day. But, definitely for a night out or an event.

It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream transforming Moisturizing Super Cream $48

I love this Cream. I think this along with the mask are doing great things for me. I think I am going to have to repurchase it when I run out. Well worth the $48 that it costs!

Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love “Chocolate” $24

This lipstick shade is right up my alley.

The formula is moisturizing, the shade is nice, the packaging is pretty. I think this one is a win.

Morphe 15 Shade Artisty Palette “15D Day Slayer” $16

I am one of those people who genuinely likes Morphe. Which is a little unfortunate, they get into a lot of sticky situations it seems.

HOWEVER, I don’t like this palette. When I used it it seemed like all of the shadows just muddied together. I may give it another try, but I doubt it.

Deborah Lipman “O’Donna and Modern Love” $20

I rarely paint my nails. These shades are both really pretty though and smaller bottles so I may end up getting use of them! I usually pass on Nail polish, but I am actually gonna keep these.

Bonus: BoxyCharm Train case $20

I will never say no to a good train case!

This BoxyCharm one is rose gold faux leather. The material and stitching appears to be nice quality. I think this is a great add on.

Over all, I think this box was well worth the $49.99!!!

Here is a picture off all the products on my face.

What was in your BoxyLuxe?

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The Organic Skin Co. | Review and a Look

For such a small blog, I receive quite a few PR samples. But, I only share the ones that I think deserve more attention. The Organic Skin Co is a company that I believe definitely deserves all the attention.

The beauty products are cruelty free and vegan, and with each product purchased a tree is planted. That isn’t each order, that’s each PRODUCT!

The products are also all natural!

This post will be long. So, let’s get into the products and my honest thoughts.

4 pan palette $28 Blush

The palette it’s self is extremely sturdy. It is made of a hard plastic, has a magnetic closure, and contains a nice mirror. For an empty palette, $28 is steep. With all of the options out there, I would not say this in particular is a must have. However, if you can spring it, I 100% recommend it!

The palette also comes in charcoal and stone. There is also an 8 pan option.

Check out the 4 pan palette Here.

The Pods

We are going to go in order from left to right.

The Eyes Have It Pod “Day Dreamer” $21

Cream shadow wasn’t my thing, until now. The formula is long wearing, easy to apply, and blended really nicely.

The shade I have “Day Dreamer” is the perfect one and done shade. There are also 9 other options to pick from.

“Day Dreamer” also makes a fantastic cream bronzer/contour.

If you enjoy cream shadows, or don’t I mean I didn’t, and enjoy easy and quick application, with a lasting formula… give the Eyes have it pods a try.

You can look at all the colors Here!

In the Spotlight Pod “Lunar” $21

If there was one product I could have skipped, it would be this one. It is still great quality and makes a great inner corner highlight. But, as a face highlighter it isn’t for me. I like that in your face highlight.

If you like a natural ethereal glow though, this highlight is amazing. It did not make my foundation patchy and it applies well with a finger or a sponge. It blended out effortlessly.

You can check out both shades Right here.

Hide and Seek Pod “Porcelain” $21

I did not go into this thinking I was going to find my new favorite concealer. I assumed this was going to be light coverage and hard to work with.

I was WRONG!

The Hide and Seek concealer covered blemishes, dark circles and scaring like a dream. Blends out well with a finger, sponge, or brush. Once the weather warms up here in Missouri I may just wear this concealer and go with out foundation!

I do have to say… the shade range leaves much to be desired. There are 8 shades, most of which are a shade of beige.

You can view all 8 shades Here.

Cheeky Lips Pod “First Blush” $21

This Pod is for your lips and cheeks.

Personal preference, I prefer a matte lip, but for quick easy days I always go glossy. Now, I don’t think I need any of my other glossy lip shades!

As a lip color the pigment is great! The formula is comfy and relatively long wearing. It will not last through food or drink. And no, it is not kiss proof. ( Sorry Coty 😂)

As a blush? I am in love! If used lightly it gives your cheeks that wind flushed look. Just like the other products, it blends out easily and lasts ages.

There are 7 shades that you can view Here.

Meet the Press Eye Shadow “Nutmeg” $31

Nutmeg is a matte cool dark brown. It isn’t unique to my collection, but what is anymore? The pigment is fantastic! The texture is buttery and it blended in like 3 seconds!!

There are 10 shades Here, and I really want more.

  • For my eyes I placed “Day Dreamer” all over my lids and blended it out with “Nutmeg”, then I took “Nutmeg” on my Lower lash line.
  • Lastly for my eyes I popped “Lunar” in my inner corner.
  • I applied “Day Dreamer” in the spots that I would bronze and contour.
  • I applied “First Blush” a little further back than the apples of my cheeks.
  • I applied “Lunar” on my Cupid’s bow, nose, brow bone, and cheek bones
  • I placed “First Blush” all over my lips.

That’s it! A quick and easy clean look!

I will never say you absolutely need something, because that just isn’t true. But, I will say I will pick up more of both shadows and repurchase the concealer and lip/cheek product when mine run out.

Personally, I am happy to pay a higher price if it is going to an ethical company that has the well being of our environment in mind.

Have your tried Organic Skin Co?

Thank you for reading🌙

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