July ipsy Glam Bag Reveal

Here it is! My ipsy bag for July has arrived and here’s the video of me opening it up and checking everything out! Will I like it? Will I love it? Will I be disappointed? You’ll have to watch the video to find out…

As usual, I will be writing up a post (probably next week) that will go over the products from my bag in detail and let you know what I think of them, after having tried them each a few times.

If you are interested in checking out ipsy for yourself, you can do so by clicking HERE!

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June ipsy Bag Contents Review

So, I know I’ve had my June ipsy bag for almost a month now, but due to wanting to get to try out the products a few times before writing up a review and going on a week and a half long vacation and all that good stuff, I’m just now getting around to telling you about how I feel about the products that came in my June bag. So, here we go…

First up is the LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Body Butter. I really like the smell and feel of this lotion. Would I say it’s some incredible lotion that has won me over to spending $19.00 for a bottle of lotion? Um, no. It’s perfectly nice, but to me it’s not worth the price. The full size is 6.7 oz and retails for $19.00

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Next is Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I have to say that I LOVE this product. My skin looked so smooth and about as flawless as it could when I used this product. I was incredibly impressed with the performance of this product. When I wore it, my sister commented on how good my makeup looked. It helped keep my skin from looking so oily, because that’s something I definitely have issues with. While it’s definitely more pricey than what I would normally be willing to spend, I truthfully think this product is worth it. The 1 oz full size retails for $36.00.

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The Formula X Nail Color in Power Source is a really great color. I’ve used it twice on my toes now and it seems to hold up well. I am happy with how it performed, but would never buy it because it’s way too pricey for nail color in my mind at $10.50 for a .4 oz size.

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I received a FULL SIZE eyeliner from OFRA in Turquoise. I have worn it a few times now and have really liked it. It doesn’t smudge or run and I’ve worn it when I was sweating a lot, so that’s a good sign. I like that it has a slight bit of shimmer to it without looking 80s fab (and by that, I mean tacky and horrendous). The most I have ever spent on eyeliner is $9.00, so this seems like a lot to me and I probably wouldn’t spend that for a color like turquoise again because I don’t wear that color very often, but I am happy with the product and would be willing to spend it for one in a dark brown. This product retails for $13.00

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The last product I received was this tre’stique Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee. A pack of 3 of these mini crayons retails for $32.00, making mine worth about $10.67. To me, that’s a little pricey. Beyond it seeming a little pricey to me though, I just didn’t like it. It sort of goes on like a gel shadow and I have never been a big fan of those. I found it hard to blend out and it seemed to crease pretty bad. I definitely prefer a powder shadow. So, while I like the idea of it and think the packaging is cute, I wasn’t super thrilled. It’s pretty dark too, so I’m thinking I may have liked a different color, but the gel quality still wouldn’t have been my favorite.

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My overall review of these products? I really liked 4 of the 5. I loved the Smashbox Primer and was a fan of the eyeliner for sure. I was perfectly happy with the lotion and the nail color too. While the eye shadow crayon was kind of disappointing, I’ll still use it. So, do I think the June bag was worth my $10.00? DEFINITELY. I really love the actual bag too.

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I am super excited to see what my July bag brings and judging by the sneak peeks they are giving on facebook, there is little chance I won’t be happy with it because pretty much everything I’ve seen is something I would love to have!

Are you interested in giving ipsy a try for yourself? For just $10.00 a month you can have a bag shipped to you with some awesome new beauty products to try out and sometimes there are full-sized products too! I have not been disappointed yet and I don’t think you will be either. If you would like to check it out for yourself, you can do so through THIS LINK. If you get it and don’t like it, you can cancel at any time so there’s no risk. Let me know if you decide to try it out and what you think of it when you do!

Hair Tutorial- Side Dutch Braid for a Long Pixie or Bob from One Little Momma

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I found this cute idea for a way to switch up your short hairstyle a little (obviously works for long hair too). I LOVE having short hair, but sometimes want to be able to create some different looks with it and I think this is a perfect way to add a little interest.

The gorgeous Kilee at One Little Momma has an awesome pixie bob and she does some really cute things with it, and I like to look at her blog for hair inspiration.

So, check out her tutorial HERE and if you try out this style, let me know how it goes. I plan on trying it out very soon…perhaps I’ll even post a picture. Well, if I can get it to turn out anyway.

My Eye Try

A friend of mine posted a quick little tutorial video for an eye makeup look one day and I thought it looked fairly simple, so I thought I would give it a shot. Now, I have never tried false eyelashes and didn’t have any on hand, so I didn’t do that part. I also toned it down slightly because I was going to a Wedding Shower and a Graduation Party, so I didn’t feel like the completely dramatic look was fitting for the day’s events. I tried to share the video with you, but there was something not right with the link. Boo. Anyway though, here is my result…

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Have you tried out any new makeup techniques lately? Please share!

June ipsy Contents Breakdown

Sorry about my short post yesterday, but hopefully you had the chance to watch my reveal video. If not, you can check it out here.

Now I would like to show you all of the products more up close and give you a little rundown on how much they are worth. You may remember that the theme for the month is Swim into Beauty, so let’s go!

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First up is the LAVANILA Pure Vanilla Body Butter. They sent me a .85 oz bottle. The full size is 6.7 oz and retails for $19.00, so the value of the sample they sent me is about $2.41

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Next is Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I was given a .25 oz sample. The 1 oz full size retails for $36.00. That makes the sample they sent me roughly $9.00

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The Formula X Nail Color in Power Source was a .13 oz size. The full size is .4 oz and retails for $10.50. That makes my sample worth about $2.97

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I received a FULL SIZE eyeliner from OFRA in Turquoise. This product retails for $13.00

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The last product I received was this tre’stique Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee. A pack of 3 of these mini crayons retails for $32.00, making mine worth about $10.67

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Don’t forget the super cute bag. No idea what it would retail for.

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So, if you’re paying attention, the $10.00 I paid for my June ipsy Bag got me about $38.05 in products, plus the bag!!! That is an AWESOME value!

I look forward to trying everything out and letting you know my reviews of the products. If you’re as impressed with the value of this bag as I am and would like to try ipsy out for yourself, you can sign up to receive your own ipsy bag next month by clicking on this link!

So, what do you think of my goods?!

June 2015 ipsy Glam Bag Reveal

Wooohooo!!! My new ipsy bag has arrived and I’ve made a new video to share it with you. I wish I could say that I’ve been in as cheerful of a mood as I was in this video when I made it on Monday, but yesterday and today have been really rough for me. I’ve been dealing with some migraine issues and some other health issues that I’m still working on getting figured out and the past two days have been pretty rough. So, today I am just posting the video for you and tomorrow I will post all of the products and their value and all of that good stuff!

If you would like to try ipsy for yourself,  you can do so by clicking on this link and signing up!

*ipsy does not compensate me in any way for these reviews, however I do receive credit if you sign up through my link, so thank you so much if you do!

May ipsy Product Reviews

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So, I promised I would share with you about what I thought of the products in my ipsy bag, once I had the chance to use them. If you didn’t see the post with my video reveal of the products, you can check it out here. The theme for May was “Jetsetter”, so here ya go…

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Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening & Strengthening Mousse (FULL SIZE) – $23.00 at Ulta and Beauty.com

I like the smell of this product and the fact that a little goes a loooong way. The smell is just light and clean. If you don’t like strong scents from your hair products, you would probably like this, because I really couldn’t smell it at all after I dried my hair.  I seemed to have forgotten for a minute that I didn’t have long hair the first time I tried this and I used WAY TOO MUCH. It made my hair feel all gummy and horrible. The next time I used it though, I used a much smaller amount and that was a lot better. Now, as far as feeling like my hair had more volume or anything like that, I wouldn’t really say I noticed that. I will use the product, since I have it, but I honestly don’t see myself buying any once this is gone.

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Klorane Eye Patches – $21.00 for a box of 7 pairs (I got 2 pairs in my bag, so worth about $6.00)

As I mentioned in the video, I really don’t have a lot of issues with puffiness under my eyes or anything like that, so even though I tried these out to see what they were like, I didn’t really see any difference in the appearance under my eyes. I will save the other set though and if I do have a puffy eye day, I will try them again. I definitely think they are on the pricey side and without having the issues that they are intended for, I don’t see myself purchasing these.

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The Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Single in Fit – Not for sale in this size. Full pallet of 12 small colors is $36.00

I have to say that I really like this eyeshadow! It is very nicely pigmented and stays looking great all day, with no creasing at all. I have worn it 3 times now and have been very happy with the results. Eyeshadow is typically something I don’t spend much money on, but then I do have issues with creasing, which drives me crazy. This product may just inspire me to go for a nicer quality shadow to eliminate the creasing and keep my eyes looking freshly made up all day! I’m really happy with this product!

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GlamGlow ThirstyCleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser – $39.00 for full size 5oz. (My sample was 1oz. so roughly worth $7.80)

This cleanser smells sooooo good! It has almost a coconut scent that is amazing. I like the texture and the way you use it and my skin felt nice and clean afterward, but I have to be honest…it’s cleanser. I don’t get real excited about facial cleanser. My face honestly feels pretty much the same when I just use a washcloth and warm water to wash it, so I would NEVER pay $39.00 for 5oz. of cleanser. So, while I think the product is fine, it’s not worth that kind of money to me.

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it Cosmetics CC+ Color Correcting Full Coverage Cream in Medium – $38.00 for 1.08oz. (My sample was .135oz. so roughly worth $4.88)

I’m overall pretty happy with this product. I feel like it does a nice job of being a full coverage cream, without feeling heavy. I don’t love the scent (kind of medicine-like, reminds me of putting Bengay on my face). It’s not horrible though and I don’t smell it once I get it all applied. My oily skin still makes my face look like an oil-slick when I wear it, but it’s not like it promised to take that problem away or anything, so I can’t really fault it for that. Again, I think it’s pretty pricey for the amount you get and even though a little goes a long way, I just don’t see myself paying that for it. It does cover nicely without feeling greasy or heavy on my face though, so I am really happy with that.

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I think the little cosmetic bag is adorable and I will definitely get a lot of use out of it, so I’m super happy about that!

So, in conclusion, it was fun to try these different products that I have never tried before, but I pretty much am only thrilled about the bag and the eyeshadow sample (which I actually think will last me a good while, since it’s pigmented so well). I did go in and take my beauty quiz again and took off a couple of things, in hopes of getting more actual makeup in my next bag, because that’s what I’m really interested in. So, I really hope to see some more eye makeup (shadow, liner or mascara) and/or some lip color in my next bag. I’m happy with this first experience and getting to try out some new things. For $10.00, I think it was beyond worth it. ALL of the products I received will definitely get used, so it was totally worth it to me.

If you would like to try out ipsy for yourself, you can check it out and sign up right through this link! I’d love to hear if you do sign up and what you get when your bag arrives next month!