First Birchbox! June Birchbox – Away We Go

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For the first time ever, I am sharing a Birchbox unboxing with you! After having been subscribed to Ipsy, I finally decided to also subscribe to Birchbox. For those who are unfamiliar with Birchbox, for $10 USD you get box filled with samples of beauty and lifestyle products. To subscribe or just to read more about Birchbox, you can click here. This month’s theme is, “Away We Go.”

So last week on Instagram I eluded that the reason why I finally decided to subscribe was, well, dumb. It kind of is. Next month I’ll be taking a short trip for work and for my birthday. I’ve never waxed my legs so I shave (yes, we are heading into TMI territory). My leg grows crazy fast! It’s also dark and fairly thick so I find myself having to shave every day I go out especially during the summertime. Well, Birchbox sent out an email that if I subscribed for June I could choose an extra sample, it was between a Cynthia Rowley lip gloss and… a shaving cream. The shaving cream got me. And THAT is why I subscribed this month. See, I told you, dumb right?!?

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I got my box a lot later than other people since I’m a new subscriber so I could not wait to dig into it.

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1. Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner, and OI All in One Milk (full size $24-$28)

With the other subscription box I get, most often time the hair products that I receive are useless, but this was right up my alley. It is described as a “strand smoothing trio [that] softens, detangles, and tames frizz for remarkably sleek locks.” I used the shampoo the first day, the shampoo and conditioner the second day, and all three the third day I washed. The shampoo and conditioner have a nice smell, slightly perfumey that lasted quite a while after washing. The scent of the all in one milk however was a little bit overpowering. I didn’t notice much of a difference with my hair after using the shampoo but the conditioner in the other hand is a whole different story– my hair felt like silk! And mind you that “silk” is not a word that I used to describe my hair. It didn’t weigh my hair down either. Overall, I would probably purchase the full size of the conditioner but pass on the shampoo and milk.

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2. Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleaner (full size $32.95)

I get somewhat hesitant to use face products mainly because many tend to break me out, I don’t know what it is. This is a foaming and exfoliating cleanser that smells “deliciously lemony” as the Birchbox description box calls it. I would describe it as a freakin’ Lemonhead candy… and I love Lemonheads. The exfoliation particles in the cleanser are gentle and the cleanser foams up nicely. You only need a small amount, about the size of a Lemonhead should do. I used a bit too much on my face the first time I tried it and I looked really… frothy.

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I did end up with a couple small pimples the next day but I can’t for sure attribute it to using this cleanser. I will try it again though because of the scent. Despite the sample being small in terms of size, it’s perfect for travel since you need so little of the product to do the job.

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3. Egyptian Magic All-Purpose skin cream (full size $26-38)

I’ve been hearing the name Egyptian Magic often lately but to be honest I never really looked into it in depth. It’s supposed to moisturize, fight wrinkles, treat burns and bruises, and more. I did read a review briefly that mentioned it broke the user out so I will likely not be using this on my face.

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4. LAQA & Co. sheer lip lube pencil (full size $18)

This product was both surprising and pleasing. Surprising because of the bright color. To me it is a radiant orchid color (Color of the Year, wooo!) and it typically isn’t a color I would buy when it comes to lip products. It is described as a semi-sheer product that packs a whole LOT of color. There was nothing sheer about this for me. The color is rather gorgeous though and despite my reluctance to ever purchase this color for my lips, it looks really pretty on my skintone. It’s really glossy just as the description says.

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This product did not dry out my lips at all and the color lasted a good amount of time. It does have a slightly minty scent which I appreciate. The packaging is also really pretty– metallic and white? I’m all over it.

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Here’s a swatch of the color. Pretty right?

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5. Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum (full size $98)

This perfume sample came in a standard size spray vial that you would typically get with perfume samples. The scent was nice, but to be honest it’s nothing to write home about. I didn’t find anything unique in the scent that would persuade me to buy it. But then again, $98 for a bottle of perfume? I don’t think anything could persuade me to buy the full size.

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6. Whish shave cream (full size $20)

Last but not least is my bonus sample that I picked as my welcome to Birchbox. I chose the Whish shave cream which is in the scent acai grapefruit. I have not yet tried this sample (I’m using it for my trip hahaha). The reviews I have read have been mixed, more positive than negative though.

And that, my friends, is my first Birchbox. Overall, I’m very pleased with it. Out of the entire box, there isn’t a single item that I did not like, maybe some that I liked less than others, but nothing that I would not use. I’m happy I decided to subscribe and I’m already looking forward to July!

 

 

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June Ipsy Glambag – Pretty in Paradise

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It’s Ipsy time! For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Pretty in Paradise,” fitting for the start of summer.

The surprise is the makeup bag itself. It is a deep blue with red zipper and has a fun pineapple and bird of paradise print… and it was designed by Rebecca Minkoff. Take a look at her video here!

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Here is what I received in my glambag this month:
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1. NYX butter gloss in apple strudel (nyxcosmetics.com, full size $5)

I’ve said this time and time again– I love NYX. They are affordable and great quality. I’ve been hearing a lot about the NYX butter glosses but have holding off on purchasing any until I saw what color I got in my Ipsy bag. I received it in the shade apple strudel which is a pretty peach color. It has a typical sponge applicator. The formula is slightly tacky but not anymore than I would expect from any other lipgloss. The color swatched pretty on my arm but unfortunately the color didn’t show so much on my lips. An additional plus is that it smells delicious– I felt like the entire time I was applying this, I was smothering a birthday cake flavored cupcake all over me! Nice product that doesn’t disappoint, I’ll just need to try out different colors, I’m thinking maple blondie or red velvet.

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2. Nicka K New York shimmer liner in green (nicka.com, full-size $4.99)

I remember getting a Nicka K nail polish in a past Ipsy bag, it was a gorgeous red color that was the red of all reds for me. Sadly, I can’t find the polish =(. I was happy to be able to try another product from the line. Nowadays, I typically don’t reach for colored eyeliner (I tend to reach for black or brown almost every day) but a new colorful liner is always a welcome change. (I actually recently purchased the NYX liquid crystal liner in gold which I love.) Anyway, this month I received the Nicka K shimmer eyeliner in green. The colors is very pretty, it’s more of like a peacock green than a green-green if that makes any sense HAH. It watched beautifully on my arm but unfortunately I felt at odds when I applied, or rather tried to apply, it to my eyelid. The applicator HURTS. The website describes it as a foam tip applicator. When I think of “foam” words like soft and gentle come to mind. Instead it was hard and stiff. Haha hard and stiff *devilish grin*… A bit of a disappointment considering the color is nice and the formula so far seems to stay put pretty well (I can still see my swatch on my arm a day later after having washed over it). I suppose I could use a different brush that is much more gentle on the eye area but having to remove the applicator that came with it, dip in a different brush and wasting some product, then having to recap it? Too much hastle.

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3. Laneige BB Cushion (target.com, full size $34)

I’ve seen a lot of Laneige posts lately and now I’ve seen the line carried at Target so of course I’ve been really curious about it. I received the Laneige BB cushion sample in my Ipsy bag. At first, I thought this was just a small foil sample since all I saw when I first pulled it out of my pink bubble mailer was the cardboard display. The sample actually has four little compartments– one for the applicator puff and one each of the light, medium, and dark shades. When I first saw that I was receiving the BB cushion, I thought it was going to be a single sample of one shade and the color that each person received was going to be a toss up, so the sample that was actually sent out is a pleasant surprise.

I have been searching for a new BB cream and also something in a compact form that would make applying it much easier on the go especially since I’ll be doing some traveling this summer. I have not yet tried this product but I have high hopes for it.

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4. Marc Anthony dream waves beach spray (walgreens.com, full size $8.79)

I’m not a fan of hair products unless it’s a conditioner or mask so styling products in my Ipsy bag are usually pretty bleh to me, so things like spray clays or gels are not the types of things I want to see waiting for me in my bag. Most days my hair has been flat ironed but lately I’ve been leaving the house with my hair in its natural state– airy, curly, and slightly frizzy. I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t mind going out with my hair in all its glory from time to time so anything that will enhance my natural texture is fine.

Let me say first that this beach spray from Marc Anthony smells divine! It makes me want to grab a pina colada and sit it a lounge chair while I’m basking in the sun at the bask. It smells like a freakin’ pina colada! I’ll get back to you on how this performs a little later– my hair is currently ironed out and I don’t want to waste a perfectly good hair day.

// Edit // I’ve had a chance to now try out the Marc Anthony beach spray and while it smells delicious, it didn’t perform how I was hoping. It left me hair feeling sticky =(.

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5. Be a Bombshell lash out mascara (beabombshellcosmetics.com, full size $15)

Last but not least and unfortunately the most disappointing product I received this month is this Be a Bombshell mascara. It is a repeat brand that we seem to receive every other month. I haven’t had any issues with the quality of products but the colors usually haven’t been ideal for me and I’ve had to work them with other color products for them to be wearable. With that said, this month is the first time I’ve received a product by this company that I cannot use. Why? I’ll get to that shortly.

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The packaging of the mascara follows the look of the packaging of all the other products I’ve received– matte, black, and simple with just their logo on it. The brush is a spiral brush that applied the product well. The formula didn’t clump even after the first application.

So, everything I’ve said about the mascara has been pretty positive, right? Why is this a product that I cannot use? To begin with, I was hesitant to apply this because the SMELL that came out of that tube when I first opened it was awful. Like, worse than the smell that came out of the POP Beauty lip gloss a few months back because this time around, the smell enveloped by senses right when I opened it. At least with the POP gloss I couldn’t smell it until it got closer to my nose. That is how bad the smell was and I can’t even begin to describe it. My eyes also started getting irritated after applying that I had to take it off immediately. I took to the company’s Facebook page and sure enough there were the posts of BaB addressing with the many people posting issues with it. Here is the first post made on June 11th:

We understand that several IPSY customers have received our Lash Out Mascara with a strong smell. We would like to assure you that all of our ingredients are 100% safe.

Three of the ingredients included in our Lash Out mascara are included in the FDA’s list of Generally Recognized As Safe ingredients list. Those ingredients are Cera Alba (Bees Wax), Propylene Glycol, and Stearic Acid. All other ingredients are ingredients that are commonly used in other cosmetic products.

Although the mascara has a strong smell, we as a company chose to not cover the smell with a fragrance in the formulation. Fragrance is often an irritant to sensitive consumers.

We value our customers and all Ipsters. We take all complaints seriously and take them into consideration. Please e-mail Be A Bombshell cosmetics at customerservice@beabombshellcosmetics.com with any questions or concerns.

And here is the second post made yesterday:

Dear Ipsters and Bombshells,

We would like to address the continuing concern over our Lash Out mascara included in many of Ipsy’s June bags. Batch 0310 was produced in April of 2014 specifically for the Ipsy June bag. At the time of production this batch underwent our standard testing and all tests came back normal.

We recognize the continued concern over the safety of this product. We urge anyone who experiences any irritation or other reaction to discontinue use of this product. In light of the continuing concern over our Lash Out mascara batch 0310 we will be engaging a new independent laboratory to conduct additional safety testing on this batch of mascara.

The safety of our customers is of paramount importance to us. We take all complaints seriously and are investigating these concerns. If anyone has any additional concerns, please continue to reach out to us at customerservice@beabombshellcosmetics.com. We will reply to each email as soon as possible.

Thank you,
The Bombshell Team

While I appreciate the fact that the company is addressing the issue at hand but, come on, to say that they chose to not cover the smell with a fragrance? No fragrance in the world can cover up the smell of the mascara and it is nothing like any other mascara I have ever used. I surely hope that the company intends to keep its users updated especially considering many people other than myself experienced eye irritation from its use.

And back to my bag… Here are the swatches of the NYX butter gloss and Nicka K shimmer eyeliner:

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Overall, this month’s bag was OK. The fact that Ipsy collaborated with Rebecca Minkoff to bring us a fun tropical bag for summer is a major plus but a couple products did not perform as I hoped they would that they bring down the entire bag this month. Did you receive your June Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

NEW! Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette

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I am BEYOND excited to be sharing this post with you today! While I was watching one of CoffeeBreakWithDani‘s YouTube videos, I browsed through the comments and someone had mentioned a palette called Revealed 2. Curious me got to researching and I found the Revealed 2 palette by Coastal Scents. I’ve heard of Coastal Scents before but never purchased anything. I think I’d received them in an Ipsy bag before but without having to research I honestly can’t remember, so whatever I received must have been forgettable (most likely due to color). After watching reviews and looking at swatches, I gave in. Mind you this was all early in the morning last Friday and there was a promotion going on to get this palette for less than $10 — regular price is $19.95.

Tuesday came and there in a pretty yellow box were my palettes, yes, I bought two of them. Imagine my excitement when I got home! It came very well packaged, the palettes were wrapped in large bubble wrap then wrapped in paper all in a good sized box.

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The palette is made of cardboard. One of the things it is lacking is a mirror on the cover. For some people, that is a deal breaker. For me, the presence of a mirror is just an added bonus so I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. The palette contains 20 matte and shimmer eyeshadows in rectangular pans the same size as those in the Urban Decay Naked palettes that the Revealed palettes are getting compared to. Most of the reviews that I’ve read and claimed that most of these shadows are dupes of colors in Naked 2 and 3. Unfortunately, I never could bring myself to purchase those (I only have the first Naked palette) so I can’t confirm those claims but based on everyone else’s pictures, many of them definitely do look like dupes. So, if you’re like me and the UD palettes are out of your budget, then Revealed 2 is a great alternative.

Quite a few of the shadows are pink toned similar to Naked 3 along with a couple more bronze and taupe shades. Here is my first set of swatches. No primer was used and these are dry swatched and a single swipe. I tend to be lighthanded when swatching so mine may not look at “vibrant” as others you see but, rest assured, pigmentation of these eyeshadows is amazing.

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And let’s take a look at each section since the colors are not named.

Top left:

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The color second from the right from this set seemed a bit more chalky when swatching.

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Bottom left:

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Bottom right:

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The shade second to the left in this set was a bit harder to swatch.

Overall, I think this a great palette. Only a small handful gave me issues when I did my swatches. The colors are absolutely beautiful. I haven’t yet used them on an eye look but I will definitely keep you all updated and let you know how they are in the long run. At under $10 each plus shipping there was no hesitation for me to purchase this palette at all, but even at the regular price of $19.95, you’re still getting a great deal– you’re basically paying $1 per eyeshadow. The colors are beautiful and the quality overall is really good for a discount makeup brand. For the most part, the eyeshadows are very silky with little fallout. If you choose to purchase this palette, you will NOT be disappointed. You can purchase the palette here!

Have you purchased Revealed2? What do you think about it?

May Ipsy Glambag – “Fresh Picks”

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Sorry I’ve been lagging so much with unboxings! It’s been really hectic around here but for now, it’s Ipsy time! For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Fresh Picks.”

The bag is a canvas, burlap-like fabric which is different than any other glambag I’ve received. It has a pretty green leaf print on the front of the bag with a matching zipper. Very pretty actually.

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Here is what I received in my glambag this month:
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1. Pacifica mineral eyeshadow duo #2 (Moonbeam & Unicorn) (pacificaperfume.com, $14 for 4-shadow palette)

I’m a huge fan of Pacifica body products, they’re scents are amazing! I’ve never tried their makeup though. Lately, I’ve found myself not using a whole lot of eyeshadow so to find that the only makeup item I received this month was this eyeshadow I was a little disappointed. With that being said, The size of this sample is perfect for travel– two shadow colors in one simple, small compact. I received duo #2 which consists of the shades Moonbeam and Unicorn. The colors are ok– the darker shade which I am assuming is Moonbeam is an almost matte with a slight shimmer muted purple color. Unicorn has a few teeny tiny specks of glimmer and is what I would describe as a vanilla color. Of the two shades, the lighter shade is much prettier in my opinion.

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Would I purchase these with my own money? Probably not.

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2. Eva NYC therapy session hair mask (eva-nyc.com, full-size $40)

I’m not a fan of hair styling products in my Ipsy bags but please give me conditioners, masks, and treatments! This mask by Eva NYC has a nice scent, sort of perfumey but not the old lady type of perfumey. The scent, however, did not last long after rinsing and drying. Unfortunately, I did not see much of a difference in my hair after using or at least not enough to justify the $40 price tag for the full-size product.

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3. Jersey Shore Sun anti-aging sunscreen (jerseyshoresun.com, full size $40)

Holy sh*t! Forty bucks for a sunscreen?! Way to rich for my blood. Yes, I am basing on whether I like this product on the price tag.

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4. Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria (macys.com, full size 4 oz $89)

Perfumes are one of my favorite items to receive in subscription boxes because they’re compact and fit perfect in my purse and are excellent for traveling. I haven’t yet found a scent that I have not liked but I have found some that were… underwhelming? This may be just one of them. I appreciate the size and ease of use of this sample but Endless Euphoria didn’t stand out to me.

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5. Avene thermal spring water (drugstore.com, full size $18)

When I first saw this I thought, “I got water **insert straight, emotionless face here**.” IT’S A CAN OF WATER. Literally, a can of water. Now the application of this was great, it is an aerosal can with a nice even mist so I didn’t get droplets all around my face. It left me face feeling nice and refreshed, kind of like those misters that you run into everywhere during the summertime. A+ for the packaging but if I’m going to pay $18, I’ll be more than happy to get a $1 spray bottle and fill it up with water myself.

 

Did you receive your May Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

Nail decals + a little more!

I’ve been meaning to try to blog more often but unfortunately I’ve failed at that. I’m trying, I really am but life just gets in the way sometimes. I started working out of my home office back in October and it feels like ever since then people at work seem to think I have more time on my hands to work. Sorry, but 8 hours a day is 8 hours a day.

Anyway, I was browsing Instagram one day and I saw that Winnie of LeSassafras posted this photo teasing of a haul she did and I fell in love with the gold decal on her nail. I HAD to know where she got it from so I basically stalked her YouTube channel until the video posted. Enter this awesome website called shopmissa.com where practically everything is a dollar. Yes, ONE DOLLAR. Accessories, nail supplies, cosmetics, even underwear. I made a small purchase from the site the same day of a few things for me to try out and I also let my daughter pick something. Our order came in yesterday so shipping time wasn’t bad at all. The best thing is shipping is a flatrate $3.95 so whether you buy one item or fifty shipping will be the same price.

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Here’s what I ordered. I ordered a few of the nail decals which was the main reason I wanted to purchase from the site, a necklace, and a headband.

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I’ll start with the headband– this is what my daughter picked out. The band itself feels plastic and it’s covered in a satiny ribbon. The bunny part of it is what actually impressed me. It’s a plush filled bunny, the bunny is soft to the touch and it has a decorative ribbon and lace detail on it. When I think of other stores that sell headbands for only a dollar, I tend to think of plain plastic headbands with a cheap fake flower or a ribbon but not a plush bunny like this. Definitely worth $1 and my daughter absolutely loves it.

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Isn’t it cute?!

The next thing I bought was a gold tone necklace with rhinestone drops. I have a thing for dainty necklace now. While the website had tons of necklaces both bold and dainty, I opted to just purchase this one.

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The quality feels OK, about typical of what you would find in any costume jewelry or something you would get from Forever21. It came on a thin rolo link chain and five dangles from a curved bar. The rhinestones don’t perfectly fit into the little cups on the drops (you can see the dark spaces around the rhinestones) but you can’t really expect much for a bargain piece. I’ll see how long this lasts me before a stone comes off or the jumprings give away.

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Last but not least are these pretty 3D nail decals that I purchased. I’m surprised that they had quite a few, some of the pretty dangles I wanted were out of stock so I just bought multiples of one style. In order to attach them to your nails you do have to use glue (I purchased a bottle of nail glue as well). I bought three of the gold swirl design decals, each has one large rhinestone and two small rhinestones. They’re really pretty. .. hence the reason why I bought three.

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Excuse my chipping nail polish– I’ve had this white mani on for almost a week and couldn’t hold my excitement to see how the nail decal looks (it isn’t glued on). The gold scroll is slightly larger than my middle finger mail bed but it would still work. I have narrow nail beds, it’s funny because whenever I go to a salon to have my nails done, the nail techs always end up going to the very end of their nail tip cases trying to fit me because they’re so narrow.

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I also purchased two other styles of 3D decals. One has a small pink resin rose, pink rhinestone, clear rhinestone cluster, and a white pearl.The backing on it is silver. The other one I bought has pink and aurora borealis finish rhinestones with a silver setting as well. These two, while pretty, I think I’ll have a hard time wearing. The backings on them don’t lay flat or curve with the nail bed– they actually seem more on the convex side. That means more than likely they would snag on something and I’d either get stuck to a sweater or the piece would come off my nail completely.

So that’s all I got for my first purchase from ShopMissA. Yes, I said first because I just placed my SECOND order from the website yesterday! They also carry the lockets and charms to make Origami Owl style necklaces. They carry silver, gold, rose gold, and I think black (?) lockets, most are necklaces but I saw a couple of bracelet styles as well, unfortunately no gold locket bracelet but I may be able to work one of the necklace lockets into a bracelet. The lockets are $5 each and the charms $1 each. REEEEEEEEEALLY great deal when you compare the price to the actual Origami Owl pieces. I’m excited to see the quality on them when my order comes in. As a side note, I also saw supplies to make these style of necklaces at my local Michaels recently so if you can’t find charms that fit you on the ShopMissA website, you can also check at Michaels. I don’t recall the prices though.

In case you couldn’t tell, overall I am very pleased with my shopping experience at shopmissa.com. If you’re into nail art or fashion accessories at a great price or if you are looking to make a beautiful locket for Mother’s Day, be sure to check it out!

 

 

 

Skyn ICELAND Fresh Start Mask with Ice Age Mud

Hi ladies!

So I have an update for you on one of the products that I received in my February Ipsy glambag which is the skyn ICELAND Fresh Start Mask with Ice Age Mud.

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This is a weekly treatment that you are supposed to leave on for 10 minutes.  Here is the product description from the skyn ICELAND website:

The over-scheduled, sleep deprived, non-stop pace at which we function can take a toll on your complexion, requiring a serious skintervention. This dual phase, weekly detoxing and brightening treatment polishes and re-texturizes skin to reveal a luminous, youthful translucence for a fresh start. Cooling blue clay blends with an AHA fruit acid gel complex, to create a warming, oxygenating foam that clarifies and smoothes, stressed, depleted complexions in just 10 minutes.

Everything about that– over-scheduled, sleep deprived, definitely the sleep deprived– calls my name to use it. Being that I’ll be 30 this year, I’ve been really looking into getting into some kind of skincare routine. When I received this in my Ipsy bag, I wasn’t thrilled that they were foil packets but at least I was getting the opportunity to try a product I typically wouldn’t buy.

This mask is a two step process. The first step is you apply the blue clay. The scent reminded me of toothpaste which I actually loved. Toothpaste, Bengay, I love those kinds of scents. The second step is to apply the activating gel which is a clear gel. I had enough of product left in both packets for a second treatment. As I applied the gel, I could see the mask begin to foam. Within a minute, my face started to burn a little– no sweat, I can handle it. Soon, my face was burning and I mean like I’ve been laying out in the sun way too long, horrible painful, sun burn kind of burning. I was on the verge of just calling it quits and washing it off but I heard so much about how amazing this stuff is that I took it like a champ.

After about 5 minutes of having the mask on, the burning sensation subsided and I got back to that minty, cooling, and refreshing feeling. Warm water (even lukewarm) brought back the sunburn feeling so I had to remove the mask using cool water. You’re supposed to follow it with a toner which I just used the T.E.N. Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence from the Memebox 4th edition.

I would probably not recommend this mask to those that have sensitive skin. I don’t and even I regretted using this mask at one point, but if you can make it the entire 10 minutes then this product is amazing. My skin felt much smoother than before I used the mask and it had a nice, healthy glow.

March Ipsy Glambag – “Destination Beauty”

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Guess what time it is. It’s Ipsy time! It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve done an Ipsy unbagging. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here. This month’s bag theme is “Destination Beauty.” I’m a little late with this post– I actually received my bag almost two weeks ago but I was a little underwhelmed this month.

Let’s start with the bag itself. So it looks like Ipsy is doing a series of bags in unique prints for the new Artist Series. This month’s bag was designed by Klari Reis and is from her geography-based series called “Street Anatomy.” I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of the bag. It’s nothing against the artist– I took a look at her web portfolio and her work really is amazing, and I love the fact that Ipsy has chosen to reach out to artists because it’s giving them lots of exposure. It is how the artist’s work was printed on the bag that leaves something to be desired. As a non-SF person, it just looks like tons of colorful blobs (the print quality doesn’t help any either). Had the print been smaller and showed more of the work itself, I probably could have appreciated it more.

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With that being said, here are the products I received this month:
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1. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Get Ready (bareminerals.com, full size $18)

bareMinerals is a repeat brand with Ipsy but we don’t get it often enough for me to be sick of it, thank goodness. This month, subscribers received either the Marvelous Moxie lipstick of lipgloss. The last time I received bareMinerals, I received a lipgloss so I’m glad I received a different product. The lipstick is in the shade Get Ready which is a warm rose pink color. The formula has a satin finish and leaves my lips feeling moisturized. The color is really pretty and I can see it complimenting just about every skin color, yes, even mine.

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It is a pretty decent sized sample, it would be perfect to carry around in your makeup bag or purse or in your travel bag.

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2. Pixi flawless beauty primer (pixibeauty.com, full-size $22)

I always welcome primer samples. My success with primers has been 50/50– Smashbox Photo Finish worked well with my skin as did the Mirabella Prime for face & eyes I got in a previous bag, but some others have caused me to break out, one of which was the Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer that I received in a Target Beauty Box.

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Unlike the Smashbox and Mirabella primers, this primer is not clear/silicone but instead has a tint when dispensed and blends in like a moisturizer. It does leave a bit of a sheen when blended. Unfortunately, I’ve been working really hard to clear any current breakout that I’ve been dealing with to risk another breakout from another Pixi primer.

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3. Chella eyeliner pen in indigo blue (chella.com, full size $24)

I love eyeliner pens. If you ask me if I prefer pencils/kohl, gel, liquid, or pens, I will say pen just about every time. They’re easy to use, no additional brush required, and they allow for precision application– what more could you want? So, yes, I love that I received an eyeliner pen. What I’m on the fence about is that… it’s blue.

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I know many people on forums have been crying out for colored eyeliner and I would have also welcomed color if it were, ohhhhh I don’t know, purple, green, or gold. I’m not much of a blue around the eyes person. In terms of the applicator and formula, the pen tip is very easy to manage, you can draw a thin or thick line depending on how you hold the pen, and the formula is fairly budge proof. The blue color is nice but not for me. It’s too bad that Chella only offers this eyeliner pen in black and indigo blue. It’s also too bad that it’s $24. I’ll stick with Jessie’s Girl.

They do have a visible black band but thankfully it isn’t as thick as others that I’ve seen. These have potential for me… you know, once I actually start wearing false lashes. At $3.99 per pair and they come with a tube of glue, they’re worth giving a try.

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4. NYX Love in Rio eyeshadow palette in the Brazilian (nyxcosmetics.com, full size $6)

I have said it many times, I love NYX. I also love neutral eyeshadows. So, it’s just about a given that I love NYX neutral eyeshadows. I just love NYX. This palette comes with three neutral eyeshadows (and a useless sponge applicator). The packaging is plastic and very lightweight but who care, it’s NYX and I love NYX. I detail I noticed about the packaging that I thought was cute was on the front closure– it looks like a bow. You can’t tell me that’s not cute.

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So here are the shades that are included in the palette:

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They are dark brown, nude pink, and shimmery toffee. All are velvety soft. The dark brown is a matte shade that is perfect for defining the crease. Nude pink is a slightly shimmery shade though you can’t tell in my photos. It has teeny tiny specks of glitter and strikes me more of as a champagne color and looks really pretty in the corners of the eyes or to accentuate the middle of the eyelid. I probably wouldn’t use it as a brow highlight. The shimmery toffee is, well, shimmery toffee and very pretty. It’s a great little palette to add to all of my other neutral palettes.

Here are swatches for the cosmetic items:

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In summary, while the NYX eyeshadow palette and bareMinerals lipstick are pluses in my book, the eyeliner is not something I could see myself using nor purchasing and I don’t want to risk my skin for the Pixi primer due to past experiences with face products from the brand.  I see my time with Ipsy coming to an end soon.

Did you receive your March Ipsy glambag? What did you get?