Ipsy Ultimate | March 2020

Guess who is unboxing another box of beauty products? Me! It’s me.

Ipsy Ultimate is $50 a month. You get 8 full sized, and 4 deluxe sample sized beauty products.

This is going to be a long one, so let’s jump in!

111 Skin Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask and Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask

I was just looking for a new eye mask to try, so this worked out well. As far as the rose gold mask goes, I have tried this one. It didn’t do much for my skin, so I am going to pass it along to a friend or my mom.

Hey Honey Show Your Glow Colloidal Gold and Honey Beauty Mask

I’ve said it a hundred times, but I am always up to try a new mask. I actually planned on using a mask tonight, so I am going to give this little guy a try!

Go To Face Hero Facial Oil

This oil is supposed to be your all in one skin hero and best friend. It is made with super oils and antioxidants to hydrate, calm and revive skin.

Hempz Sweet Pineapple and Honey Melon Body Moisturizer

I love this brand! Their body lotions are all fantastic. This one smells very sweet and will be perfect for the spring and summer months.

Library of Flowers Honey Comb Hans Cream

I am not usually one for hand creams, but this one just smells so great. It left my hands feeling extremely soft. And the packaging! Look how cute it is!

Pixi Glow Mist

Do I have to say much about this product? I love it to death. I have never met someone who doesn’t. Super excited to see such a well loved item in my box.

Moon By Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen

This is neat! I have seen this line and Ulta and contemplated trying it. A teeth whitening pen is such a cool product to get in a box like this, and I can’t wait to try it.

Illamasqua Hydra Veil

Yay!! I have a sample of this product and love it as a primer. I am excited to have my hands on the full size. It came at the perfect time too, I am scraping the last bits out of my sample.

Complex Culture Angled Foundation

I have another brush from this brand, and it is spectacular. I am in need of a holy grail foundation brush, this one may end up being it. Who knows! It’s soft and very well made.

Mannakadar Blush Bali Babe

Great brand! I am excited to see more from them in Ipsy. This blush is a beautiful shade, very soft and blend-able. Unfortunately, the packaging broke at the hinges as soon as I opened it. That’s okay though, it can go into a Z palette.

SmashBox Gloss Angeles in Michelda

Before searching it, I didn’t think this gloss would be for me. Once I swatched it though? I think this gloss will add a beautiful and effortless wash of color to the lips.

Chella La Vie Neutral Palette

First off, I really thought Chella only made brow products. You learn something new every day.

This is the perfect neutral quad! The mattes are pigmented and buttery, the Metallica are stunning. I cannot wait to dig into it!

Benefit Brow Contour Pro in Blonde

This is a cool product to get, it’s interesting and gives me a bit of a nostalgic feel.

However, this is a benefit product, and I know they are not Cruelty free, so I will be giving this to a friend who I know will love the heck out of it.

Over all, I am really happy with this mo this box! I got some cool things, and somethings I already know I love.

What was in your Ipsy this month?

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Petit Vour Un-Boxing | February 2020

It’s time to un-box our favorite Cruelty Free and Vegan subscription box! Petit Vour.

Petit Vour is $15 a month US. You can also review the products on their website to earn points to put towards future purchases. Which is amazing, they have a great online store.

Let’s dive in to the box!

Little Barn Apothecary Honeysuckle and Grapefruit Body Oil $14

Little Barn Apothecary is a fantastic brand, I am always happy to receive products from them. They have a facial oil that I love for makeup removal.

They smell is beautiful, like and floral. It’s like spring time in a bottle!

Speak Deodorant Cream $12

I have very little experience with natural deodorants, much less with cream deodorants.

I am excited to give it a try and see how affective it is, and how my body reacts to it.

Blissoma Refine Clay Renewal Treatment Mask $10

This mask is meant to draw out impurities, refine skin texture, improve hydration, and prevent and treat breakouts. It seems to be exactly what I need at the moment!

Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum $6

I have enjoyed a few juice beauty products, so I am always glad to have the chance to try another. This serum is meant to give your skin a healthy dose of resveratrol and hyaluronic acid. Great for the winter weather.

BONUS ITEM! K. Voss Bronzing Potion

I don’t think this item was meant to be in my box, as it is not listed on my info card. I am always happy to receive an extra product!

I think this bronzing potion will be perfect for the up coming warmed months. I have never used a product like this, so I am filled with anticipation to try something new!

That is it for my box! For $15 I got some amazing products!

What was your favorite product in the box? What are you interested in hearing more about?

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Ipsy February 2020 | Feel The Love

I am sure as soon as you got a post notification from me, you assumed it was an unboxing. Well, congratulations! You were right!

Today, we have Ipsy Ultimate! It retails for around $50 a month and you get eight full sized items and 4 sample sizes. I do want to point out, I never use everything I get- but the things I don’t use I usually pass on to my little sister, and I just love being able to give her makeup!

Another note, ipsy’s card is, again useless. It contains no information, like AT ALL. So forgive me if I am a little off on a few things. My app has also been having issues. I’m not sure what their problem is lately, but they need to step it up.

The Bag

This months bag is velvety, and a pretty shade of pink. It is the perfect size for a night away from home. It seems to be nicely made as usual. I have to say, the bags I have been getting in the ultimate box have been very impressive!

Callyssee Better Bean Clean Coffee Facial Cleanser

Our first product is one of the sample sizes. I have tired face masks from this company before and enjoyed it. Hopefully I like this cleanser just as much.

Feel Harmony Rose Petal Facial Mask

This mask itself is definitely interesting looking. Have you seen the Fresh, I believe, Rose toner? It looks just like that, rose petal pieces and all, just in a jelly format. I am excited to give it a try. Nothing has been helping my skin lately, maybe this new mask will.

Pacifica Rose Water Makeup Removing Wipes

I have tried these wipes before and really enjoyed them. I am glad that I now have a little packed that I can use for travel.

Shainab Brush set

These brushes seem very nice. They feel nicely put together and the bristles them selves are very soft. I think they are going to make eyeshadow application a dream.

Grace and Stella Rose Roller

I have never understood the hype around these, but I am willing to try anything. If anything it’ll look pretty sitting on my vanity.

Catherine Malandrino Dream Perfume

Since the card contains no useful information, I have no idea what the actual notes are of this fragrance. I can tell you that it smells rather floral. I surprisingly really enjoy, and I’m sure I will be using it a ton.

Douccee Punk Volumizer Mascara

This is a mascara that I have always been a little interested in after seeing so many other people get it in their subscription boxes. I am excited to be able to try it for myself.

Trèstique All Over Starlighter “Ultra Violet”

This highlighter stick is a powder, which is nice. I think the purple undertone is pretty, but I have so many highlighters like it. This might be one product that I decide to pass along.

Fully Fire Matte Manipulation Creamy Matte Lipstick “Sunset BLVD”

This formula feels very hydrating. And the shade is really pretty. It doesn’t wear too long- as expected. I might give this lipstick a few more tries before I decide if I want to pass it on or not.

Nature’s Cartel 3 piece Cream Shadows “Champagne Scandal” “90’s Nude” “Tan Line from Tahiti”

Cream shadows aren’t for me, but I do like the shades. They would make great one a done shadows. I may actually give these babies a try!

Violet Voss Berry Burst Fun Sized Eyeshadow Palette

If you have been follow my blog for a while, you would know that I LOVE the VV shadow formula. They are so easy to work with and the looks always come out beautiful.

This color story is perfect for Valentine’s Day! Even though I won’t be celebrating, I can still do my makeup for myself and whatever food I order.

That is it for my Feb 2020 Ipsy Ultimate! Over all I thought it was a great box, I just wish they would include more information!

What are yours thoughts? What was your favorite that you got in your Ipsy?

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A few skincare empties | If you were waiting for updates- here are a few!

Look! Surprisingly it isn’t an unboxing!

Here I have a few reviews of skincare products I have either gotten in sub boxes, and one from PR. So, if skincare is what you are vibing with, sit back relax and enjoy!

Alba Botanicals Acnedote Face and Body Scrub

This is a product from Vegan Cuts. I have actually used this product off and on for years prior and have always enjoyed it. I do get acne on my chest and shoulders and this scrub does a great job at clearing it up- without being packed full of harsh chemicals.

RP? Once I finish a few of the scrubs I currently have, I will absolutely be repurchasing. Acnedote is amazing. My brother tried it and liked it. Even my step mom has used it in the past.

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

This is another product from Vegan Cuts, a subscription that I truly miss and will probably resubscribe to again soon.

If I remember correctly this mask is rather pricey. I had heard amazing things! Unfortunately, it didn’t do much for me. It was nice for a spa night. But, I never noticed it doing anything for my skin.

RP? No, I have other masks I enjoy much more.

Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk

If I remember correctly, I received this in a Petit Vour box.

This product did its job at removing makeup, but it never left my skin feeling clean.

RP? No, this is rather pricey for the full size and I did not like it anywhere near enough to justify the price.

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum

This is another product from a Petit Vour box.

I love this stuff. It worked so well to clear up my acne, without aggravating my skin. I highly, highly recommend trying it out if you have acne prone skin!

RP? A million times yet! I haven’t repurchased it yet, and my skin really misses it.

Bio Clarity Cleanse

I received this product in PR.

I did enjoy this cleanser. It was gentle and did its job really well.

RP? No. I have others that are more easily accessible at say Ulta, rather than having to go online to order this. However, if that doesn’t bother you at all, I say give it a try! It is a nice cleanser.

That is it my my little empties and updates post!

What is something you have recently used up that you fell in love with?

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BoxyCharm | January 2020

I, of course, have another unboxing for you today!

This time it is BoxyCharm! Fair warning, I lost my little card, so I have none of the pricing information.

Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask

The first product is a popular one. This is my first time trying this mask. First impression time! It feels nice on the skin, no irritation, but the artificial watermelon scent is a bit overwhelming. We got a nice 1oz deluxe sample size. In substantial glass packaging.

Petite ‘n Pretty Fully Feathered Mascara

One of my favorite things to try is mascara. I love reviving ones I have never tired, especially from brands unknown to me. The packaging is cute, and the wand itself reminds me a lot of the TF Better than Sex wand. However, I have heard in people refer to it as a “child’s makeup item” in Facebook groups I am in. I will give it a go myself and let you all know!

Pretty Vulgar Under Cover Concealer “Little White Lies”

This is the first foundation or concealing product that I have gotten since BC sent out the testers to acquire everyone’s shade. It’s a perfect match! The concealer is long wearing on my skin and does a great job at concealing blemishes.

Wander Beauty Trip for Two Blush and Bronzer Duo

Clearly, this is more of a blush and highlight duo, but it’s still pretty!

The shades work great for my light skin tone. I have been reaching for it constantly since getting it in my BC. It gives my cheeks a glowy wind bitten look.

Ace Beaute Scarlet Dusk Palette

I am very excited about this palette. I really enjoy the AB formula.

Here are swatches of a few of the shades. I will be creating an in depth post for this palette!

That was my BC for this month. I am very happy with it. A great selection!

What was in your BC?

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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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