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!

Orange Crate Review

I belong to a cool website that you can apply to host parties for different types of products and then share your experiences, called Tryazon. I had the opportunity to host an awesome party that we combined with our 4th of July party this year. The company that the products were from is Orange Crate Food Co. and I was able to try out several of their awesome dips!

Check out the incredible party pack they sent me! There are two hot brie-bakers, two cold dip chillers, 3 cheese ball mixes, 3 cold dip mixes and 3 hot dip mixes (the hot dip mixes can make up to 4 dips each). They also gave me a guide about the dips that told details about them, how to prepare them and alternate ways to make them.

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I was super impressed with the packaging and the presentation of their products. They obviously take pride in their products and have taken the time and care to package them in a way that represents them very well.

There was a lot of other food at the party, so I didn’t make all of the dips for that party, but what I did make went over VERY well. Everyone had nothing but good things to say about the dips and the flavor. Here is what I made and served at the party…

First of all, I made the Hot Pizza Dip. OH MY GOODNESS, was that delicious! I chopped up some pepperoni and added it to the top, along with an extra little sprinkling of mozzarella cheese. That made for a really nice presentation in the red brie-baker and it tasted so incredibly good. I served it with crackers.

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I knew that a few of the people at the party were big cheese ball lovers, so I made sure to make two of them. I decided on the Green Onion Cheese Ball and the Country Vegetable Cheese Ball. They were both really good, but we unanimously decided that we liked the Green Onion one best. I served them with crackers and pretzels.

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Everyone loves a good cold dip and my husband decided that the Red Chipotle Pepper Dip sounded delicious. I agreed. Guess what, everyone at the party thought it was delicious too! I served it with some wavy chips, but I know that it would be awesome with veggies and other things too. The flavor was incredible. I think it may be my favorite of all of the dips I made!

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Overall, I thought these products were excellent! I would recommend them to anyone. They were beyond easy to prepare and they have such a great variety of flavors to choose from. I am going to be making some of the other dips for a party I am having next week and I am excited to taste those flavors. I am confident that they are going to be as great as the ones we’ve already tried.

I would definitely recommend checking out Orange Crate Food Co. for dips for your next party or get-together. Not only dips, but they also make a ton of other products that I would guess are just as great! If you order some and try them out, please let me know which ones and what you think of them after you’ve tried them!