Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate | January 2020

Sorry for skipping my Ipsy post last month. It was a great box! I just haven’t had much motivation to post lately. Hopefully that is starting to change.

Glam bag ultimate is $50 a month. There are a lot of mixed opinions on this box, but I actually really like it, and use a ton of the stuff I get. It is pretty skincare heavy, but I love being able to gift the nicer items that I am not going to use to friends and family.

This months theme is clean slate, which is rather fitting. There is literally no info on the card this month. Just a spot to write what your aspirations are for the year. Mine is “This year I will, treat myself with the same care and respect that I do others.” Having body dismorphia makes that difficult- but I am determined to heal!

Per usual, we are starting off with the bag. They nailed it this month. It is marble, pink and rose gold. It’s cute and the perfect size for an over night trip. It’s very sturdy and well made. I know I will be using the hell out of it!

The next items are two sheet masks from Avette. Not really sure what they are meant to target, so I will have to do a bit a research. I do love getting sheet masks in my boxes though.

Next I have toner pads from Essenherb. These game at the perfect time. I am almost out of my current toner. Hopefully these work well with my skin, it has been crazy sensitive lately.

Next we’ve got a kale and vitamin C serum from Sweet Chef. This is a product I will be passing on to my mom. She is in need of a new serum, and I have so many.

Here we have the Take the Drama Away honey and copper peel off mask. It is meant to exfoliate to lift away impurities. Which, lord knows I need my impurities lifted right now. So far 2020 has been a bad year for my skin. I have never used a mask with copper, so I am intrigued.

Of course, we have a nail polish. This is the Pretty Woman Polish in I’m So Jelly. I may pass this along, I have so many polishes in this shade… but it is my favorite shade of polish- she may just stay with me in my stash.

I am hyped about this one. It is the full size of the super hyped up Thrive Causemetics mascara. I have tried a sample and LOVED it. I am really thankful that I got this mascara, especially right now. I have been trying out the Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara, and I am not really vining with it like I thought I would.

For me, this is a super exciting product to get. The It Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I love pillow sprays and this one I have tried and did enjoy. It just smells so nice!

Here with have a moisturizer from Ahava. Apparently this product is an ipsy exclusive. It is meant for normal to dry skin. I am going to give it a shot and see if it is helpful at all. I have had some success with their hydrating mask.

Here we have the best FARAH brush I have gotten thus far. It’s well made and super soft. This is a 160F Face Brush. I am going to be using it for cream blush, bronzers and maybe even highlights. It is the perfect size and density. I really like that it matches the bag with rose gold, pink and marble.

Here we just have a basic black pencil liner from Sugar. Usually this wouldn’t be too great. But I have been using the crap out of black liners lately, so I am totally fine with getting such a basic, run of the mill product.

Next, we have the Flesh Highlighting Balm in StarLite. The shade is beautiful and really packs a punch. I will be using this a ton. Before I saw the shade I figured I would pass it on to my sister. But, no. This is mine!

Our last product is the Alternative Rock Vol. 2 palette from The Balm. This palette is super neutral, and has shadows blush, bronzer, and a highlight.

This is for sure going to be my new travel palette. It’s easy to work with, and neutral. I am planning on doing a whole review of this palette, so I wanted to keep my opinion short for now.

That is it for my Glam Bag Ultimate this month! I am very happy with it, and do think it is worth the price! I have yet to actually be disappointed by this box.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

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Petit Vour Un-Boxing | November 2019

Welcome back!

Petit Vour is $18 a month, and features cruelty free and vegan beauty products. These products are usually sample and deluxe sample sizes. Though there is sometimes a full sized item.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peal Sensitive Exfoliating Mask Deluxe sample $11

I really enjoy the Juice Beauty Skin Care Line. This mask is meant to reduce dark spots and discoloration, and leave a brighter complexion. That sounds like it will be really helpful for my dry, dull winter skin.

Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm $13 Deluxe sample size

I have never heard of this brand before. It’s always exciting to try new brands! This balm has rich butters combine with orange blossoms and blue Tandy oil to nurture the skin and reduce inflammation. This product smells amazing. I am interested to see if it may some how help the breaks outs I have been having. If that can be considered inflammation.

Lavido Mandarin Aromatic Body Lotion $5

This lotion is scented with mandarin, orange and bergamot. It smells fantastic, very citrusy. The lotion sinks in quickly and makes the skin feel very soft. I will be tossing this into my bag!

Joséphine Cosmetics L’oeil Définite- The Eye Define $26

This is an exciting makeup product to get! This liner is meant to be richly pigmented and waterproof. It also contains grapefruit seed extract to allow for a smooth application.

The pigmentation is great, and the felt tip glided very easily for the swatch. I am excited to actually use it on my eyes.

That was it for my box this month. I am pretty happy with the selection and think I will get use out of all of the products.

What did you think of the box this month?

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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?

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6 Drugstore Beauty Products I can’t Live Without

Makeup can get expensive. But, you don’t always have to break the bank to find some amazing products.

I am going to share with y’all, my beautiful readers 6 of the drugstore products that I just cannot live with out!

Ulta Beauty Brow Tint $10 mo Buy it here!

I have talked about this brow tint in a recent empties. I haven’t had time to run to Ulta to grab a new one, my brows are not the same. This product is great for quick brows, but I also love to set my brows with it. It gives great hold and more tint. I do like my bold brows!

ELF Acne Fighting Foundation $6 Buy it here!

In the beginning I did not have high hopes for this product. All my initial opinions were wrong. The foundation is infused with salicylic acid and witch hazel. My skin has never been so clear! It has definitely made a huge difference in my skin. The coverage isn’t full, but it is just right for me. It doesn’t wear off all gross and patchy through out the day. I would almost go as far as to say that, at this moment, the ELF Acne Fighting Foundation is my favorite foundation.

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Flick Liquid Liner $9 Get it here!

I initially tried this liner because of Soph Does Nails on YouTube. It’s great. She’s right. It’s pigmented, dries down matte. The tip is felt and flexible, which makes it easy to work with. There is also something about the shape that makes it so easy to hold and control. I prefer this liner over my higher end ones.

ELF Perfect Finish HD Powder $6 Get it here!

This is my favorite setting powder in general. It makes my under eye area so smooth, and really helps to set the rest of my face. It also does not cake when you reapply it through out the day to control shine.

ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder Fiji Matte $4 Get it here!

I have gone through so many of these through out the year. The shades are perfect for my skin tone and really packs a punch.

Morphe Continuous Setting Spray $16 but the $3.50 off $15 ulta coupon does apply! Get it here!

This is another product that was in a recent empties. I love this setting spray. To me it works just like Urban Decay All Nighter, for like half the price!

Those are a few of my drugstore favorites! What are some of yours?

I want to apologize if all of the images do not upload. I am having some technical difficulties.

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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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BoxyLuxe Un-Boxing | September 2019

Hey guys!

Today I bring you a BoxyLuxe un-boxing! BoxyLuxe is $49 every quarter and contains 7-8 full sized beauty products.

This months theme is “All Access” and it appears that I got version 8.

Violet Voss Essentials Eyeshadow Palette $29

If you have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I love Violet Voss shadows. In fact, they have one of my favorite shadow formulas.

I really enjoy the color story of these palette. For just a 10 pan palette, I find it very inspiring.

The shadows are pigmented and very easy to blend. This palette is so easy to create beautiful looks with.

Dr. Brandt Hydro Biotic Recovery Sleeping Mask $52

This is the only product from the box I will not be using. When I have used sleeping masks in the past, the next day my skin has been extremely broken out. I am a little wary of using them, and do not want to risk it. I do have a family member who will really enjoy this product, so I will be passing it on to her.

Hank & Henry Blickity Black Eye Liner $20

This is the first Hank and Henry product I have tried, and I am happy to finally have the chance.

This liner has a brush tip applicator and it very pigmented. It reminds me a lot of the Kat Von D tattoo liner upon application. After trying the liner some I really enjoy it. I think it may be my new favorite!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick “Angelo” $22

Stila’s liquid lipstick formula is beautiful. It dries down quickly and is very comfortable to wear. I highly recommend giving the Stay All Day Liquid lipsticks a try if you have not already!

Angelo is a little peachy nude. I think it is very complimentary of my skin tone.

Tarte Park Avenue Princess Palette $45

I have wanted this palette since it came out, but never picked it up. I am super excited to finally own it! The shades are beautiful, and the palette smells like chocolate. The palette is very sturdy with a great mirror, perfect for travel!

Glow Recipe Pineapple C-Bright Serum $49

This is another product that I have had my eye on. The packaging is cute and it smells like dole canned pineapples. The scent does dissipate rather quickly. The serum sunk in to the skin quickly, and actually worked lovely as a primer.

Moda 8 Pc Brush Kit $69.99

In this brush kit you get close to a full face of brushes. They are well made, very soft, and I have yet to notice any shedding with use. However, there is no way I would pay $69.99 for these brushes. That price seems very steep for what is more of a drugstore brush line.

IGK Mistress Hydrating Balm $29

I am all about leave in conditioner. I have thinker frizzy hair, and boy does it need hydration. I am really enjoying this Balm so far. It seems to be helping maintain smoothness in my hair through out the day, and the scent reminds me of a salon.

Above is a look done with all of the products included in this seasons box. Over all I really love everything and I am super happy with the version that I received.

For $49 I got $315.99 worth of product! Needless to say, I highly recommend giving BoxyLuxe a go.

Have you tried BoxyLuxe? What was your favorite item that you received?

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Petit Vour Unboxing | August 2019

Hello everyone!

Tonight, we have an unboxing that I have not done in a while, the Petit Vour clean, vegan, and cruelty free beauty box!

After reading some other PV unboxings, I realized how much I missed this box. I just had to resubscribe!

What was in my first box in over a year?

Harvest Natural Beauty Lengthening Mascara $18

This mascara is meant to be ideal for sensitive eyes. It also claims to be smudge proof and water resistant. My mascara always smudges under my lower lash line, I am forever on the search for the perfect smudge proof mascara.

Honua Hawaiian Skincare Pa’kai Cleansing Cream $12

Made with Hawaiian salt, hibiscus, and seaweed. This cleansing cream is meant to cleanse, repair and renew for soft hydrated skin.

Those claims sound great to me, and I like the simple ingredients.

Derma E Essential Radiance Toner $2.50

This is an alcohol free, exfoliating toner with glycolic acid.

I really enjoy Derma E skincare. I have heard great things about the Radiance toner and I am excited to try it for myself.

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum $15

This serum contains, willow bark, salicylic acid, and organic fruit acids.

My pores have been pretty congested lately, so I have been getting some break outs. I will be testing this product out ASAP!

Petit Histoire Envie Desoir $5

This last product in the box this month is a fragrance sample.

This is a 100% natural fragrance of “glistening violet and rose dancing in soft rain.”

The fragrance is very floral, yet fresh at the same time. I actually really enjoy it.

Overall thoughts?

I am very happy with my first box back. I will get use out of every item! I love being confident that all of the products are cruelty free, vegan, and clean beauty! The products are also samples of some pretty pricey items in each box. It makes it all the more fun to try!

What products in this box would you like to see more about?

Thank you for reading 🌿

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