May 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

I know this post is a little late and I apologize. These last few weeks have been incredibly hectic; I graduated from college! Now that that’s all said and done I hope to have some more free time to dedicate to our website and our store. First thing’s first, this month’s glam bag!

 

First off, look at how cute this bag is:

Ipsy Glam Bag May

Isn’t is adorable? It is my favorite so far. Before we get into the contents of the bag itself I want to take some time to share what I have been doing with my bags. So far we have had three ( I apologize for not posting a review for the April glam bag) and I have been able to find a use for all three. The first two bags we received zip shut, I use one for pens and pencils to keep in my bag; one of my jobs is working as a Habilitation Specialist and I have a lot of writing to do so I like to carry pens and pencils with me. The second bag I received holds my dry erase markers; I may have a thing for dry erase boards. Finally, the third bag (and my favorite thus far) I have been using to carry makeup. It’s the perfect size for me to put my touch up items in my purse or to put everything I’ll need for a trip. I also love how it’s like an envelope! Comment below what you do with your Ipsy bags!

 

Finally, we have reached the portion of this post where we discuss what was in our Ipsy bag!

My favorite item from this month’s bag is the Vasanti Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser.

          It’s recommended that you use this product 3-5 times a week so I use it every other day. This product is described to have professional microdermabrasion results, when I initially saw that I was skeptical. However, this month I scheduled my very first visit ever with a dermatologist. I have always been blessed with good skin but within the last two months my skin has taken a turn for crazy and I have developed dark spots, weird bumps, and eczema on my face. I received my bag before the appointment and began using this product right away. I have to say that this product in and of itself made a huge difference! It helps to reduce fine lines (like laugh lines), wrinkles, and scars; it also helped to reduce my dark spots! If you’re looking for something for your face that will have a big impact on improving your skin, I seriously recommend giving this a shot!

If you’re interested in trying this product- which I seriously recommend! It comes in two sizes which I’ve linked below:
Travel Size: $12.67
Full Size: $33.89

Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer ($17.95) was the next item I tried from our bag. Now, I’m a huge fan of bronzers and I’m very picky about them so I was a little concerned when I opened this one only because it seemed a little dark for my fair winter skin. However, this product doesn’t go on as dark as it appears in the palette and I ran a brush over the whole palette to apply it. I also discovered that it doesn’t just have to be used as a bronzer, I can also use it as an eye shadow; I put pink on my eye lids and then use the gold in the creases of my eyes.

I’m a big fan of chapstick and I’m always buying new kinds but I’m also not a huge fan of lavender (lavender is Lisa’s favorite scent so we have lavender everything) and therefore I was a little skeptical. I passed this one off to Lisa to try out. Being someone who loves lavender as much as she does I was a little surprised to hear that she felt lavender wasn’t a good scent to have on your lips. However if you’re someone that REALLY likes the scent of lavender then you should know that this stuff doesn’t try out your lips, it isn’t greasy, and it lasts a really long time. So again, if you’re someone that doesn’t mind smelling lavender for an extended period of time, this stuff is great for you! Unfortunately I couldn’t find this exact product on the company’s website but they have a lot of other great products such as a pumpkin crisp chapstick or a apple harvest chapstick! Everything they make is vegan and non-toxic- go check them out! Jersey Shore Cosmetics

My second favorite item in our glam bag this month was this Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara ($8.99). I want to start by saying that I have never personally tried this brand before but I have always heard great things so needless to say that when I opened my glam bag and saw this inside I was ecstatic. Now, moving on, I’m really picky about mascaras because I have weird eye lashes. My eyelashes are pretty long and are black BUT the tips of them are blonde. I’ve never understood why they are as odd as they are but I have noticed that mascara rarely stays on the part tips of them. I used to buy different expensive brands that boasted their lengthening or volumizing abilities but eventually got tired of it and decided that I would buy the cheaper stuff that does the exact same thing for me as the brands. But, this may be the brand for me. It doesn’t rub off at any point in the day and my lashes always look full and long which I love!! If you’re on the market for a new mascara I recommend giving this one a shot. Another thing I love about it is that it doesn’t clump!!

Last but not least this was probably my least favorite item in the bag but to be fair it’s a good product. So what didn’t I like about it? The color. We received our Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Electro ($13.00). I haven’t reached a point in my life where I’m SUPER adventurous with lipstick colors; not to mention the fact that some colors just don’t look right on certain people. For me, this color just didn’t look right. In my defense I did give it a try a couple of times to see if I could get the color to work but I wasn’t successful. Now, again, that was just the color. As for the other factors that many of us look for in a lipstick I would give it an A+. It goes on very smoothly and doesn’t seem super likely to smudge. It also stays on for a long period of time but doesn’t stain your lips. This lipstick is advertised as being a matte lipstick and that’s exactly what it is; it doesn’t try out the lips but it doesn’t look glossy like some other lipsticks.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this glam bag and the products that came with it. Comment below and let me know what you thought of yours!

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March 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

March Review HeaderLisa and I recently decided to give Ipsy a try, we received our very first Glam Bag this past month and we just wanted to share our experience and thoughts with you.

To start, we chose Ipsy over Birchbox because it was more affordable and after reading comparison reviews of the two subscriptions Ipsy seemed to fit the two of us much better.

In terms of service, I thought it was great that Ipsy gave us all sorts of fun chances to preview our bag. You could follow their Ipsy Stylists on various social media sites, post reviews, tweet, share, etc. They also shared sneak peek pics on their Instagram which was fun.

We received the Beau Gâchis® Paris Eyeshadow Brush, I love this! This brush is super soft and my eyeshadow goes on really smooth! If you’re looking for a brush that doesn’t lose it’s fibers, isn’t rough, and applies eye shadow smoothly then this brush is a good option. However, all of that being said, I wouldn’t necessarily say that this brush is my all time favorite. It’s a great brush and I liked it a lot but it’s not necessarily a new and improved break-through product. If you’re looking for a new brush and want to try this one here’s the link: Beau Gâchis® Paris Cosmetic Natural Hair Eyeshadow Brush

 

Aphrodite Skin Care Replenishing Eye Cream was something Lisa used and loved. It’s very lightweight to go on and a little goes a long way, Lisa always says that she can actually feel the product working. This cream is made from Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, and a bunch of other natural ingredients. It firms the skin under the eyes and helps to get rid of the puffiness and dark circles that many women struggle with. We love this product and believe it works really well. If you want to try it yourself, here’s the link to purchase it: Aphrodite Eye Cream

 

OFRA Cosmetics Green Go Eyeliner: This is a product I used and I loved how the green (not too green!) made my brown eyes stand out a little more and I loved that the product went on silky smooth. It didn’t rub off throughout the day which is something I always have a problem with because I work long days and have a bad habit of touching my eyes. This product is also cool because it can be used as an eye shadow or lip liner. I tried it as an eye shadow and it wasn’t sticky heavy on my eyelids. If you want to try this eyeliner too here’s the link: OFRA Cosmetics Green Go Eyeliner

 

IT Cosmetics has this really cool product called Bye Bye Under Eye which is an anti-aging concealer. To start off when I say that a little goes a long way I really mean a little goes a long way. It covers extremely well and doesn’t have little creases when applied. I would recommend using a little bit and taking a concealer brush or your finger to blend it in. Then apply your other makeup as usual. If you have a difficult time covering up dark circles or puffiness this is a great product to try: IT Cosmetics BYE BYE UNDER EYE Waterproof Concealer Neutral Meduim

 

Now this last product I was a little hesitant about, its ModelCo LIP LACQUER lip gloss in Socialite. This also comes in Morocco, Fire Red, and Casablanca. I was a little nervous because I don’t wear many colored products on my lips (in other words I really stick with chap stick!) and this product looked dark in the bottle. I also was never a huge fan of lip gloss because most of the types I bought turned out to be sticky. That being said, this color is a little lighter than it looks, it goes on smoothly and isn’t sticky. It also lasts all day which is nice because then I don’t need to keep checking my lips to make sure they’re still the same color as they were when I arrived at work! I have to admit that if all lip glosses were like this one I would certainly wear them more often. I love this product and plan on buying myself a bigger tube. If you would like to purchase this same product here’s the link: MODELCO Lip Lacquer
If you would like to sign up for an Ipsy Glam Bag of your own (which we highly recommend) just click here. It only costs $10 a month and they have great products, discount codes, and special offers all the time!

Spring Daisy Nail Art

White Flower Blue Nails

I love painting my nails to go with the seasons, holidays, or my mood. Today I was feeling like spring and thought I would go for something bright and flowery.

If you’d like to achieve this same look it’s super easy and I’ll tell you how to below!

 

First of all you’ll need to following nail polishes and in case you don’t have them I’ve linked them below so you can easily purchase them!

  • For the base color I used: Sea Foam by L.A. Colors Color Craze and I added two coats
  • For the center of the flowers any yellow polish will do but I used I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana by OPI
    • Bonus tip: Once I added all of the petals I went back and redid the yellow dot so it would stand out better
  • For the white petals I used Art Club’s white nail art polish
    • Bonus tip: for the white petals I wiped most of the polish off the brush and gently added the petals, if I needed to rewet the brush I would be sure to wipe off all the excess polish because it’s really easy to add way too much
  • For the pink petals I used At Least I Pink So by Nicole by OPI
  • Lastly, for the silver sparkles I added two coats of Beware by Pure Ice.

-Bonus Tip: Before adding any nail polish to my nails I coats my cuticles with Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Balm and I put a coat of Matte Nail Envy nail strengthener by OPI. The polish sticks better to this polish and I personally have weak nails so when using this product I see a HUGE difference in my nails.

L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art 934 Sea Foam Green
OPI Brazil Nail-Polish Collection, I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana, 0.5 Fluid Ounce
Color Club Nail Art Lacquer WHITE NA1
ONLY 1 IN PACK Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer, 436 At Least I Pink So
OPI Nail Envy Matte, 0.5-Fluid Ounce
Bari Pure Ice Nail Polish, 537CP Beware, 0.5 oz