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?

Thank you for reading 💕

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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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BoxyCharm Unboxing | November 2019!

Welcome!

Today, we are going to look inside the, now, $25 a month basic BoxyCharm subscription. Specifically the November 2019 “Stellar” box.

Each month you will still receive 5 full sized, sometimes super deluxe sample sized beauty products. It appears that the over all value of the box is going to be high, but we will see if it is worth the price increase.

I did want to mention that I will not be purchasing the $35 a month BoxyCharm subscription. I already get BoxyLuxe, as well as Ipsy Ultimate and other boxes, so I just couldn’t justify it at this time.

Now, to what you are actually here for. The products!

Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation sample packets.

I wanted to include this little addition, because it is neat. BC sent out sample cards so you could find your best shade match. This is so you can relay the findings to them, and they can send out the correct complexion products. I am excited about the possible new additions to the box.

Tula Skincare Star Power Nourishing and Brightening Cosmic Hydrogel Mask, set of 2. $22

These masks contain an acne gel with 2% salicylic acid. I do suffer from break outs, and I will be testing out these masks and reporting back to you all once I have a chance to try them.

Kypris Antioxidant Dew Quench and Glow Serum $90

I am very excited to see a product from Kypris. I have heard amazing things about this clean, and expensive beauty brand. This product is in collaboration with BC and has made a great addition to my skin care routine. It has really helped my cold dry skin not look as flaky and dry. It also serves well under makeup as a primer.

BoxyCharm 2 Piece Brush set $35

Here we have a foundation brush and a large oval brush, that they say is good for powders, creams, and minerals. The brushes are very soft and do their job well. I would not pay $35 for them, but I wouldn’t do that for just two brushes from any brand. I do enjoy the brushes and will continue to use them.

Dose of Colors Liquid Lip “New Mood” $18

The DOC liquid lip formula is one of my favorites. I am surprised that I didn’t already own this shade, because it is beautiful!

Nude mood is a peachy nude and wears very comfortably on the lips. Per the DOC usual!

Dominique Cosmetics Celestial Thunder Eyeshadow Palette (Mini Version) $35

Dominique Cosmetics recently came out with the Celestial Thunder palette. This is a smaller version of said palette, but just happens to have the shades that caught my eye.

Here are the shades swatched. I will not say much about the palette now, as I have an in depth Subscription Box Win or Whomp post coming up about it, which will include a different look than the one in this post!

I also wanted to include the sales that boxy included this month, Incase any of you were interested!

Over all thoughts and the products on my face!

Please disregard the bumps on my face. I am currently having an allergic reaction all over me. We tried a new detergent. My body did not like it. AT ALL.

over all, I am super happy with this boxy! The Kypris serum alone made the $25 price tag more than worth it!

My box came to a flat total of $200. I have to say. I see the price increase in my items. I mean come on, an amazing $90 skin care item was included! And it’s from a beautiful brand!

What was in your BoxyCharm this month? Would you like to see more reviews of any of these items?

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?

Thank you for reading 💙

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Ipsy Un-Bagging | June 2019

Another late unboxing! Geeze, just another unboxing in general.

But, at least it is cute an inexpensive right? For the regular monthly Ipsy it is only $10. I don’t think I have ever had a month where I wouldn’t pay $10 for the products that I like, even if it is their value to me combined.

Every now and then they give us a bag I don’t like, but this one is super cute! It’s nice quality, I love Tetris, which is who it is in collaboration with! Oh, and mine has purple in it, which is my favorite color.

But, I am sure y’all care more about the products.

Half Caked Lip Fondant in Sweet Tooth

I wish I would have gotten a shade that I would actually use, because the packaging is so cute!!

However, a hot pink shade is not one I am into. Please ignore my crap swatch. They formula actually feels really nice. I just have hairy arms that made it look patchy. No shame.

Sugar Contour De Force Mini Blush in Peach Peak

If I remember correctly, this is the only Sugar product I have gotten in Ipsy. But, I have seen other people get their products. I fact those circumstances is the only time I have ever heard of this brand.

The shade is pretty. I love peach blushes. It sits really nice on the skin as well.

Ipsy x Tetris Detailed Blender

This brush is so stinking cute! The quality is nice. It feels rather cheap, but the brush it self is soft, and no shedding yet.

Farmacy Brightening And Hydrating Sheet Masks

I love the brand Farmacy. They have some awesome skin care! I also love sheet masks, so I am really excited to use this and give y’all my thoughts.

Delectable By Cake Beauty Triple Citrus Butter Wash Body Polish Triple Citrus Blend

Omg. This stuff smells amazing! Depending on how well it exfoliates, I may end up buying the full size.

Add Ons

I love the add on program. I literally have an alarm on my phone so I remember on the second of each month to see if I want any of the add ons.

I Dew Care Space Kitten Peel Off Masks

I had the brightening mask from them a fell in love with it. My sample is gone! I decided to try their T Zone Clearing mask, since my face has been so broke out lately. I believe this add on was only $3!

Ipsy x Tetris in Block Party

If you saw my Glam Bag plus post for this month, then you saw I got the other palette from their line, in that box.

This one appeals so much more to me, color scheme wise!

I love purples. And blues. This is a small palette, that I believe I can make a full eye look with.

Same formula as last time. Buttery, pigmented, some powder kick back. I got this add on for $12, but I still don’t think I would pay the full $24 for it. But $12? Worth it!

Smash Box Cover Shot Priam Eye Palette

Purples. 😘

I really love the formulas in the cover shot palettes. I got one as an Ipsy add on, I believe last month, and REALLY like it. When I saw this one as a $12 add on, I jumped at the chance!

My over all thoughts?

This months bag was more than worth my hard earned $10! Only one dud for me, but I have a friend who I know would love it, so is it really a dud if you can gift someone something?

I do really love Ipsy. Their social media. Their customer service team. How awesome their app is. If you are thinking of trying Ipsy, you totally should!

What was in your Ipsy bag this month?

Thank you for reading 💕

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My Recent Makeup Favorites | Cruelty Free and mostly inexpensive!

It has been ages since I have shared my current favorite makeup products.

Now seemed to be as good a time as ever!

Omitting two products, all of the products are in the drugstore price range, and all are cruelty free!

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Blur Primer $8 Here

Not only do I use this primer to improve the look of my pores, but I love using this primer all over my face.

It minimizes the look of my pores in my problem areas, but always helps to create a blank canvas on the rest of my face.

Kokie Be Bright Illuminating Concealer “Light” $8 Here.

I believe that I received this product in a past Ipsy bag, and I am glad I did!

The shade allows me to cover spots, and the illuminating properties also make it great for the under eye area, with out creasing!

Too Faced Peach Perfect Foundation “Snow” $36 Here

To be completely candid, I HATED this foundation at first. But, with recent medical and medicine changes, my skin has gotten more oily than it ever has been.

Now, I am in love. It lasts through out my work day and actually seems to control oil as it claims.

Well worth the $36 price tag!

I 🖤 Revolution “Rose Gold Glow” $7 Here

I was attracted to this product at first due to the packaging. It is a pink and rose gold chocolate bar! But it really is the product that gets me.

Inside the compact you have a nice mirror, the packaging is sturdy. For $7 these highlights are fantastic! They won’t blind you from space, but they are more than subtle.

On the face, both shades work with my light complexion.

I 🖤 Revolution “Bronze and Glow” $7 Here

Have I mentioned I am obsessed with bronzer lately? Because I really am.

The packaging for this product has all the perks as the “Rose Gold Glow” duo does…

But, with the benefits of a matte bronzer! The shade of this bronzer is perfect for my skin tone, and so is the highlight!

Did I mention that this particular duo also smells faintly like chocolate?

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss “Pink Cadillac” $6 Here

The shade itself is a super light pink. It does not show up on my lips, but this is what I want for how I use it! On no makeup or light makeup days, I love this gloss to give my lives a little life and plumpness.

The gloss does make my lips a bit fuller, but it doesn’t make them tingle or burn like I have found other plumping glosses to. The smell is not over powering, and it isn’t as stick has I find other glosses to be!

Black Moon Liquid Lipstick “Warrior” $18 Here

The formula is long lasting and comfortable. It’s so comfortable that it’s easy to forget that you even have lipstick on!

The shade “Warrior” itself is a pretty dusty nude, that leans pink. It looks more mauve in the tube than it applies on me. But, I think the shade that it does come out as is stunning.

Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip “Sueno De Coco” $7 Here

This liquid lip is part of the Colour Pop and I Luv Sarahii collaboration.

It is the typical Colour Pop Ultra matte formula, which I really enjoy. In fact, I really like all over the Colour Pop liquid formulas!

The shade is a ready nude and I am obsessed with it. This is probably the lip product that I have been wearing the moss recently.

Here are the products all on my face! For my lips I went with “Warrior”. And yes, that is the lighter highlight from the “Rose Gold Glow” popping in my inner corner!

Now I want to know, what are your recent Cruelty Free favorites?

Thank you for reading 💀

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ILuvSarahii x Colourpop Collection | Review and Swatches

I have to say. I love Colorpop. Their formulas, packaging- everything!

To be honest, I haven’t watched much of ILuvSarahii, but the collaborations I have seen her put out just speak to me.

I bought the bundle on Colourpops website for $39, it is currently on sale for $31.20!

You can also purchase all of the products separately.

Through My Eyes 16 pan eye palette $23 currently on sale for $18.40

First and foremost, the packaging is really cute, and totally my aesthetic. It is they typical sturdy cardboard packaging.

There are a variety of shades. You can get a ton of looks out of this palette. Neutral, blue looks, red looks. It has everything you need in a palette, in my opinion anyway. I have traveled with it and it was perfect.

Row one:

  • Lúcido: A champagne metallic.
  • Wild Soul: A matte mustard
  • Mesmer-eyez: A metallic Gold
  • Sandalwood: A light matte brown

Row two

  • In a wink: A matte cream
  • Euphoric: A matte red orange
  • Canela: A warm brown with some glitter
  • Lomo: A shimmery red

Row Three

  • Emerald Dream: A metallic emerald
  • Muze: A metallic Copper
  • Divina: A deep matte purple
  • Flecks: A cool brown metallic

Row Four

  • Nostalgia: A matte dusty rose pan, it when used pulls orange, no idea how it manages this.
  • Moody: A matte teal
  • Nocturne: A metallic Cranberry
  • Misbehave: A matte cranberry

The shades are all pigmented and buttery, true to the Colourpop formula.

I did want to show a comparison to the little ILuvSarahii x Dose of Colors palette. I think that they work great in conjugation. The Colourpop one really looks like a larger version. If you were thinking of getting the Dose of Colors palette, I would recommend skipping it for the Colourpop one. It has more options, works just as well, and is less pricey.

Lip Bundle #3 $16 on sale for $12.80 you can also get them individually for $5.20

This is ILuvSarahii’s third lip bundle with Colourpop. (I may pick up the other two.)

It contains two Ultra Matte Lips and one Ultra glossy lip.

  • Sueño De Coco: A matte light brown.
  • Glass Lip: A neutral glittery gloss
  • Dulcet: A matte orange red

I think Sueño De Coco is my new favorite liquid lip. The CP matte liquid lip formula is great. It is long lasting and inexpensive!

The look

  • To prime my eyes I used the original Urban Decay primer potion. I set it with In a Wink.
  • I used a fluffy brush used Sandal Wood as a transition. I just placed it all over.
  • I used a bit smaller of a brush and used Wild Soul to add warmth to the look.
  • I then used a pointed crease brush and placed Euphoric on my outer corner and into my outer crease.
  • I then put some glitter primer on my lid and and put Emerald Dream all over my lid.
  • Lastly I popped Lúcido on my inner corner

  • I lined my lower lash line with Moody
  • I blended it out with Sandal Wood and Wild Soul.

For my lips I used Sueño De Coco and layered Glass Lip over it.

Over all:

I love this collection! I can’t stop using it. If the colors speak to you like they did me, I would pick it up while it is on sale. You will not be disappointed!

What is your favorite ColourPop palette?

Thank you for reading🐧

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