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.

Memebox – 4th Global Edition

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I think the post I am most excited about posting nowadays is my Memebox unboxing. If you aren’t familiar with it, Memebox is a beauty box that is Korean based but recently expanded to offer a global edition. It offers 6-8 different items exclusively from Korean brands. It’s similar to a lot of beauty subscriptions that have taken over mailboxes everywhere but one of the main differences is that you are not automatically billed each month– you have to go to the website and purchase the box each time one is available. Read more about Memebox here.

I posted my first review on Memebox towards the middle of January and, surprise surprise, my next Memebox has already arrived! They don’t wait one month between each release like most regular subscription boxes do. So when I logged onto the website to purchase the next box, they were already on the 7th edition! Yeah, I missed out on 5th and 6th =(. So word to the wise, if you are interested in getting a Memebox of your own, DO IT NOW.

I’ll spare you the unwrapping portion of it. It came in a black tear strip top bag and the box came wrapped in bubble wrap. Love companies that put so much thought into packaging and don’t skimp on it. When I opened the box, it was jam packed. The 4th edition included 10 products. Woo hoo! The double sided insert as usual shows the products sent as well as descriptions, direction on use, and full-size product information.

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And without further ado, the beauty goodness:

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1. Goodal Repair Plus Essential Oil (value $7.20, full size $48.00)

I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of facial oils recently in beauty reviews and subscriptions boxes. I had tried one a few years ago that I’d purchased from Avon and for the life of me I can’t remember how it performed which means two things: 1) it didn’t mess up my skin and 2) it wasn’t a miracle product. This product contains multiple difference essential oils– argan, olive, macadamia, sunflower, jojoba, camellia, and green tea. This combination is supposed to hydrate, firm, and enhance your complexion.

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The product has a dropper so you can easily control how much of the product you dispense. It has a slight herbal scent this is not too overpowering but it is definitely noticeable. I applies this to my face last night after washing and so far so good.This product can also be used on the hair and nails.

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2. LJH Dr’s Care Vita Propolis Ampoule (value $8.67, full size $26)

Oils must be a pretty popular product because the second item included is this oil and, oh my, isn’t the packaging adorable. Gold and silver? It’s captured my heart. This is another sample size bottle with a dropper for dispensing. The writing on the package is all in Korean so thank goodness for the description card! This oil is described as the “perfect combination of vitamins and propolis harvested by bees to bring out the natural, healthy luminosity of your face.” It is also suitable for sensitive skin. The usage instructions recommend mixing it with a facial lotion or hydrating cream. On days when I don’t wear makeup, my face looks so lifeless so I’m excited to try this.

Update: I had a chance to try the LJH serum this morning and the one thing I immediately noticed was that it took a bit longer for my skin to absorb than the Goodall serum.

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3.Lanoa natural soap sulfur (full size $12)

This is the first time I’ve received a bar of soap in a subscription/beauty box. This bar of soap came wrapped in plastic and packaged in a box and has a strong scent that I have yet to decide if I like or not. It is a 100% natural handmade soap that contains sulfur, shea butter, chamomille, and lavender.

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I actually just started using Asepxia soap for my face about a week ago and it is working well for my oily, acne prone, and scarred face so unfortunately this soap will have to take the backseat for now.

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4. The Shampoo Plus natural waterless shampoo (full size $5)

I’ve seen powdered and spray dry shampoos but never a foaming dry shampoo which is what this is. I’ve tried a couple of dry shampoos and to be honest haven’t really been a fan of them. My hair tends to be naturally dry and using a dry shampoo after a day or so of not washing makes me feel even dirtier. When I pumped a little of product into my hand and it was more on the runny foam side versus a thicker styling hair foam. The product did not leave my hands sticky and my hair so far feels alright. I still prefer good ol’ shampoo and water.

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5. Clio VF 21 Water BB SPF35 PA++ (value $6, full size $20)

One of the products I was hoping I’d get samples of from Memebox is a BB cream. I’ve only tried a couple of different BB creams which were both American brand and neither one impressed me completely. This BB cream has SPF35 which is always good in skincare or beauty products especially in California. Only downside for me is the color will inevitably be off for me which was the case here. It was too light for my NC40 complexion but at least I get to try the formula. This BB cream is to offer a long-lasting medium coverage and give a natural dewy glow to the skin. There isn’t much of a scent to the product. I applied it with just my fingertips. The formula is not thick nor runny so application is very easy. It blends in very nicely and the claim to medium coverage is just about right.

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6. IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning (value $6.43, full size $60)

When I saw “Intensive Conditioning” at first I thought this was for the hair… but then I read that it wasn’t. The sample size received is a 3 days sample kit which includes an 18mL sample bottle of the product and a baggie of cotton squares. The product is supposed to clear and smooth the skin texture in 3 days. So I guess once the sample is done, your skin goes kapput or you buy more. Hah. I haven’t yet tried this product but, again, something I’m happy to have received and look forward to giving a go.

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7. Laneige Snow Crystal Pure Lip Gloss (value $12)

First off all, doesn’t the name just want you to buy it automatically?! Snow Crystal Pure lip gloss, come on. The gloss contains micr0 glitter that gives this gloss a beautiful sheen giving the appearance of fuller lips. I received this in the color veil rose which is a pretty coral pink color. The formula is slightly sticky but not bothersome. There is a bit of a fruity scent that sort of reminds me of the gum I used to get at the asian markets as a kid. Anyone remember these?

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8. T.E.N. Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence (value $13.33)

The packaging of this product is really pretty– it’s a matte see-through bottle with a swirly pattern in white decorating it all around. This is one of those bottles that I would hold onto after the product is gone just because it looks nice. This product works to hydrate, tighten, brighten, and even out your complexion. All properties that I could definitely use a little help with when it comes to my skin. It is paraben free and fragrance free (as well as other things free) which is great. Reeeally excited to try this and add it to my skin regime.

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9. Peripera Peri’s tint mint mandarin juice (value $2.69, full size $7)

Ladies, we’ve got another lip tint! Again, packaging is cute but I don’t know if the packaging will save this product. Like the Tonymoly tint from the 3rd edition, this stuff has great staining power. I swatched this on my hand last night and have washed my hands multiple times since then and I can still see the color. This one fro Peripera is an orange color which I don’t see myself wearing on it’s own. One of the main differences I found between this tine and the Tonymoly is that this formula bled much more which is a big negative for me. I want a lip tint to stay on my lips not wander around, so seeing as how it bled when swatched I’m a little hesitant to try this on my lips. Tonymoly is the winner here.

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10. Danahan bon yeon jin essence (value $16.32, full size $68)

And to round out the 4th edition Membox, I have for you an anti-wrinkle serum which contains red ginseng and herbal extracts. It has a very subtle scent that I can only describe as… clean. Anti-wrinkle anything, give it to me!!!

Last but not least, here are swatches of the cosmetic items. To the left is the Laneige lip gloss and to the right is the Peripera tint. You can see the shimmer in the gloss and also how the lip tint bled into the lines on my hand.

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This is after wiping off the tint and washing my hands a couple of times:

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The value of the Memebox 4th Global Editiona comes out to $89.64 which is significantly less than the 3rd edition but still a great value considering the cost of the box.  I paid $21 plus $6.97 shipping to the U.S. which included a free upgrade to express shipping. I missed out on the 5th and 6th editions– apparently there are two version 5s and two version 6s and I missed out on all of them. I did order the 7th edition though. Beginning with the 5th editions, the price of Memebox has gone up– instead of $21 it is now $23. Not a significant difference but it is more, maybe because of the popularity of the boxes now? Regardless, I would still recommend Memebox to anyone who wants to try new skincare products that are not readily available here in the U.S.

Memebox – 3rd Global Edition

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I am beyond excited to be able to share this post with you today. A couple of weeks ago I was browsing videos on YouTube when I discovered Memebox. Memebox is a beauty box that is Korean based but recently expanded to offer a global edition. It offers 6-8 different items exclusively from Korean brands. It’s similar to a lot of beauty subscriptions that have taken over mailboxes everywhere but one of the main differences is that you are not automatically billed each month– you have to go to the website and purchase the box each time one is available. Read more about Memebox here. This year, I will be turning 30 so it’s about time that I really start thinking about skincare (I actually should have started a regimen years ago). So when I found out about Memebox, the only edition available was the 3rd edition and I snatched one up. I placed my order on January 11th and less than one week later, it arrived waiting for me to open it (actually, I missed the mailman so I had to pick it up a day later).

So first, let’s talk about packaging. It comes in a bright pink sturdy plastic baggie which you can easily open by ripping off a strip at the top.

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The box inside is then wrapped in bubble wrap for safe traveling. I’d received some subscription boxes before where they mailed the items in a box and nothing else– no protective bubble wrap nor plastic bag– so while it is something simple (and maybe insignificant to some) I truly appreciate the extra steps.IMG_5066

The box comes with an insert. On one side, it gives a description of what Memebox is and how to purchase Memebox.

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The other side of the card lists the different products, their descriptions, how to use the products, and also pictures of them so you know what is what. An added plus is that the card also gives the size and price of each of the full size products if you choose to buy them. Underneath the card is all the beauty goodness. My goodness, look at all that amazingness stuffed into the pretty pink box:

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1. Dear by Enprani bounce cheese cream (value $11.60, full size $29.00)

The first thing I thought was, what the heck is a bounce cheese cream?! You know you thought it, too… but rest assured as far I know there’s no cheese in this cream. (The second thing I thought of was R. Kelly. Bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce…. you knowwww, that “Beep Beep” song.) The pot of cream says that “it will extend bouncily on your face such like ‘mozzarella-cheese’ and give elasticity without drying all day long!” It has a light soapy/floral smell which I find to be very refreshing. I understood the mozzarella cheese analogy when I opened the cream. The pot has a plastic top in addition to the screw top lid and when I pulled off the plastic top the product kind of… stretched?

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It has a liquidy paste texture that reminds me of white school glue. A little bit of product goes a long way– I applied about a nickel-size amount of product onto my face and it smoothed over and covered it completely.

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2. Dr. Jahrt V7 eye serum (full size $38)

One of the skincare items that I desperately needed was an eye cream. I have really dark undereye circles and I’ve had them for as long as I can remember, so when I found this Dr. Jahrt eye serum in my Memebox I was absolutely stoked.  This item is the full size 15 ml product. The product description says that it uses a complex of 7 essential vitamins (vitamins A, B3, B5, C, E, H, and F) to brighten the skin under the eyes and manage puffiness.

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3. Tonymoly Delight Tony Tiny in red (value unknown, full size $3)

This lip product is labeled as one of the bestselling lip tints in Korea and it is supposed to give a natural gradient lip appearance. First off, let’s talk about packaging and I’m talking about the little tube in the picture above. The first thing I noticed is that the product name nor any other information is listed on the product. Granted, I know this is a sample size but having that information would be helpful in the event that later down the line I DO chose to purchase it but I can’t find the product name. Second thing about the packaging is the brush handle.

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It’s shaped like a freakin’ heart! Sooooo cute and definitely a fun little detail. I thought this was a lipgloss but when I unscrewed the cap I found an applicator that you would find on a lipgloss but it’s a thin red liquid.

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I’ve never used it before, but just by reading about the Tonymoly lip tint, it seems to be similar to how products like Benefit’s Benetint works, where it creates a stain. I would err on the side of caution when using this product because the last thing you want is to have red stains all over your skin, or worse, your face. This really does stain! I’ll post a swatch of it a little bit later down the post because you know how I like to wait until the end for product swatches.

4. Papa Recipe princess lip gel patch (full size $3)

The other fun item in the picture a little ways up is that product that is actually lip shaped. It is a lip gel patch that is supposed to hydrate the lips to prepare them for make-up or I guess you can use it anytime you really need some moisturizing on your lips. You simply place the product on your lips for 10-20 minutes, remove the gel patch, then tap your lips lightly to help absorb the product. I’m actually going to wait a bit to use this product for a day when I really need soft, smooth lips to try this out but I can’t wait to use this.

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5. Banila Co. It Radiant products (value unknown)

The next brand in the Memebox actually includes quite a few different products from Banila Co. They all came in a see-through pouch which included the whitening moisturizing color control base, melting pact, and five foil packets of the brightening cream. I was pretty surprised with the amount of product just from this one brand. In other subscription boxes, just one of these products would have counted as a single sample but here, everything in this photo was included as one sample.

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Wow, that’s a whole lot of stuff! So I guess these all come in a kit whose purpose is to give your skin a radiant, dewy glow. I’m excited to give this a try as well.

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6. Aritaum the professional eyelash (value $3)

I’m not typically a false eyelash person. I can’t remember if I’d mentioned this before on my blog, but I don’t use them mainly because I can’t apply them. Shame on me. The funny thing is, I still buy them occasionally. The last ones I purchased, I think, was a set of three different styles from the ones Katy Perry came out with. Anyway, I’m never one to turn down a pair of eyelashes that is basically just given to me. These came in the style clear brown No. 6 daily. The thing I first noticed about these false eyelashes is the band:

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It’s a clear band! They look like the individual falsies on a clear band which I think is great to 1) give a more natural look because you don’t have that thick black band and 2) you don’t have to sit there and place each individual lash. Great addition to my collection of unused eyelashes actually.

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7. Secret Key Twinkle waterproof gel pencil liner in deep black (value $12)

I love eyeliner. One of the products that I always have to wear when going out is eyeliner. Even better is it is in the color deep black. I don’t need colorful eyeliner, that’s what eyeshadows are generally for to me. I just love the look of a classic black eyeliner. Period. Welll….. this deep black eyeliner actually has a little shimmer in it. So, I guess it’s not a classic black but it’s still black, just with a little bit more oomph. The pencil is pretty pigmented and just in the short run, you really have to put pressure on it to smear it. I’m looking forward to seeing what the results of this product are after, say, a day’s wear.

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8. Nuganic Customize sun block Fresh (value $45)

And last but certainly not least is this sunblock from Nuganic. It’s described as a 3 in 1 sun protectant with brightening and anti-wrinkle properties. Anti-wrinkle? I love it already!  It has SPF 50. It contains Adansonia digitata seed and Nymphaea alba flower extract. I won’t even pretend to know what those are. The package says that it can be used on the face or body so I’m crossing my fingers that this doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on the skin. I am currently still using up a Coola facial sunblock so once that’s gone, I’ll be giving this a try.

Then there are the beauty product swatches:

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The top is the lip tint and eyeliner when first applied. The bottom picture is about 30 second later after I tried to wipe them off and I mean really tried to wipe them off– they wouldn’t budge without using force. See how the lip tint stains?

So, that is my first Memebox which is the 3rd edition. Now for price, I paid $21 plus just under $7 for shipping.  In terms of the value of the box I received, I couldn’t find the Banila Co. products on the Memebox store and I couldn’t find a price online (at least one I could read) so not including those samples the value of the box is $115.60. WOW! Definitely a bargain and especially for products that you don’t typically have easy access to in the US to just walk into a store and buy. I’m amazed with the value of the boxes and the wide range of beauty and skincare products that I received. Would I recommend Memebox? Absolutely. As of right now, the 3rd edition of the global Memebox is still available here and for those of you that already have the 3rd edition, the 4th edition is also now available for purchase– I already ordered mine. Shipping for the 4th edition is set to ship at the end of January to be sure to get yours before they sell out!

January Ipsy Glambag – “19 Reasons”

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Mid month is one of my favorite times because, as always, 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 “19 Reasons.” Ipsy explained the reason for the bag on their Facebook page:

There was once a famous sign in San Francisco that read “17 Reasons Why.” It was originally erected by a furniture company in the 1930s, but was left behind long after the business closed. Its unique structure and teasing mystery grew to ignite the city’s self-reflective tone of both cultural and personal aspirations. For this month’s ipsy theme, we sought to imitate what the 17 Reasons sign inspired in our city, and use its sentiments to inspire our own ipsy community. We want you to think about your reasons. The brands in your “19 Reasons” January bag are just the beginning of why 2014 will be your best year ever, and we want to hear from you! Once you get your postcard this month, be sure to write down your favorite reason that this year will be amazing, take a pic, and post it to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ipsy for your chance to win a free year of Glam Bags for you or a friend.
P.S. We originally had 19 brands this month but got to add a 20th at the last minute!
What with there being 20 different brands participating in the glambags this month, I had high hopes that I would be able to try out different brands that I’d never used before but I’ll get to that in a bit. The bag itself is a bit lackluster for me:
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The colors are pretty but I’m not too fond of the design. Also, when I first opened my pretty, shiny pink bubble wrap envelope I was immediately overwhelmed by the smell of plastic pool toy or inflatable furniture. I’m crossing my fingers that the smell will fade overtime.
Here are the products I received this month:

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1. Mica Beauty tinted lip balm in natural (micabeauty.com, full size, $30)

The first item in my bag is from a repeat brand, Mica Beauty. To begin with, I’m not a fan of potted lip products because I have to either use my finger or a I have to bring a lip brush to apply it– not ideal. However, if you go to the Mica Beauty website, you’ll see that the product when ordered comes with a brush. But wait, doesn’t the packaging look familiar? This was discussed on one of the MUT forum and you will find these from Cailyn Cosmetics which are $19 versus $30 from Mica Beauty. But onto the product itself… Despite the lack of the brush, I do like the packaging. It is attractive– I tend to lean towards simple packaging and the clear pot with plain black lid that includes the company name is nice and simple.

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I received the tinted lip balm in the color natural. It actually matches my natural lip color pretty well, a mauve-pink color that is not bold but still provides a sheer color to the lips. It does provide a smooth feel on the lips, however I did find it to be slightly drying which is the opposite of what I expect a lip balm to provide which is similar to what I experienced when I tried the Cailyn tinted lip balm in big apple.

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2. Elizabeth Mott smooth shadow in pearl (elizabethmott.com, full-size, $14.99)

After receiving this product, I can say that I have tried everything that Elizabeth Mott has to offer– there are only 3 on the website– which also means that this is another repeat brand for me. I received the Smooth Shadow creamy eye pencil in the color pearl. The barrel of the pencil, I believe, is plastic but you are able to sharpen it. When I think of pearls or pearl color, I think of an iridescent white. The color on this to me is more of a shimmery cream/vanilla color. It has teeny tiny specks of glitter.

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The color is very pretty when swatched. I had high hopes for using this product as a brow highlight but when blended out the color seems to disappear and all you’re left with is the glitter. The product is still useable– I could still layer it over a different color (like NYX milk) for a brow highlight or simply use it as a waterliner.

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3. Épicé purifying exfoliant (epiceinternational.com, full size, $32)

Next item is the Épicé purifying exfoliant. This is a new brand for me from Ipsy so I was extremely excited to receive it. A little about my skin– I had horrible acne growing up (I still get minor breakouts as an adult) and I never listened to the whole “don’t pick at them!” thing and I am now left with visible acne scars. So, I welcome new exfoliants to try out. I can’t even BEGIN to try to describe what this product does myself so here is the description from the Épicé website:

A unique exfoliant which removes excess dirt and dead skin cells all while activating collagen production and hydrating your skin. This moisture rich formula utilizes mild, non-irritating and anti-bacterial cleansers with micro-fine polyspheres which enhances skin texture and clarity for a clean, fresh appearance. Purifying Exfoliant is also great to use on the entire body and after just a few uses, you will begin to see improvement in the look and feel of your skin.

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Micro-fine polyspheres gently exfoliate removing excess dead cells and environmental debris.
Exfoliation helps open pores, which increases excretion of toxins.
Packed with emollients, humectants and barrier protectors to hydrate dry, irritated skin.
Contains several natural collagen boosters for damaged skin.
Softens skin as it cleans.
Non-irritating, antiseptic, bacteria and fungus fighting properties.

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The sample size that I received is a pretty good size (1 oz) which is enough to try out the product and is also great for travel. The product comes in a flip top squeeze tube which I like and the full size product comes in a bottle with a pump. It has a very light scent which I find to be pleasant. The product is a gentle exfoliant– the grains are fine so the product is not abrasive when applied to the skin. I did experience a bit of an, I guess, burning sensation? Again, not too bothersome but it is there.

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4. Sexy Hair healthy sexy hair soy tri-wheat leave in conditioner (ulta.com, full size $17.95)

And yet another repeat brand. I got another product from the same HealthSexyHair line from SexyHair in a previous bag (April glambag) which was the Soy Renewal Nourishing Styling Treatment which left me feeling like a greasy mess no matter how much, or how little, product I used. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed when I saw in my glam room that I was going to be receiving this product. However, I despite my negative experience with this line previously, I figured I’d still give this a try. WOW, what a surprise! SexyHair, I am so sorry for ever having doubted you.

This spray leave-in conditioner has an amazing citrus and floral smell which I absolutely L-O-V-E. No greasiness and it left my normally coarse hair unbelievably soft. The leave-in conditioner that I have been using is Nexxus Humectress Luxe Ultimate Moisturizing leave-in spray which retails for about $10 for a 5.1 fl oz bottle but for an 8.5 fl oz bottle of the SexyHair leave-in for $17.95, I might just break and buy this bottle. The Nexxus has lasted me for at least a year now so the SexyHair would last me FOREVER.

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5. Proactiv+ mark facing pads (4) (proactiv.com)

It seems as though Ipsy got my skin type and problems right on the dot this month because they sent me 4 of the Proactiv+ mark fading pads. This is not a repeat brand from Ipsy, however I did use Proactiv (not Proactiv+) in my teen years for my skin problems. From what I’ve read, you cannot buy these alone from the Proactiv+ website or via phone without ordering a full kit but I have seen them on Amazon. I have also seen the Proactiv kiosks in most of the malls that I’ve got to so perhaps you can buy the pads along from them.

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I’ve read a lot of negative comments about the Proactiv+ products in general but I’ve never used it (I guess the formulation is different from when I was using Proactiv?). As I mentioned earlier, I have lots of acne scarring so this is something that I would be interested in trying out. However, with being sent 4 of the towelettes, I’m going to have to get creative and cut them up to get more use and really see how they work? I don’t know.

And, of course, here are swatches of the two cosmetic items that I received, Elizabeth Mott smooth shadow in pearl on the left and Mica Beauty tinted lip balm in natural on the right:

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So, now back to my comment about there being 20 different brands being offered with this month’s bag and my hopes for trying new brands. I received 2 out of 5 new brands (1.5 new brands with the Proactiv/Proactiv+?). Out of what I received, at least 3 of the products will be useable, 4 depending on how my skin reacts to the mark fading pads. I’m disappointed with the tinted lip balm which may be sitting right next to my Cailyn tinted lip balm unused. I will, however, continue to subscribe to Ipsy for fear that I might miss out on something great in the next bag. I am very pleased that Ipsy included more skincare products for January than beauty products thgough.

Are you interested in receiving beauty products in the mail each month to try out? Subcribe now here! Did you receive the January Ipsy glambag? What did you receive in yours? How do you like the products?

July Ipsy Glambag – “Beach Beauty”

ipsy_july2013Today, I have for you the July Ipsy Glambag. I’ve posted a few of my bags in the past but if you don’t know what Ipsy, it is a monthly beauty subscription. 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.

The theme for this month’s bag is “Beach Beauty.” The makeup bag this month is a cylinder tube shape which is different from all the typical rectangle shaped bags. It’s vinyl and hot pink and totally screams SUMMER! Here’s what I received in my bag:

ipsy_july2013_011. Pop Beauty pouty pop crayon in Coral Crush (set of 6 for $25.00 at Ulta, $4.17 each)

I was really excited about this product when the sneak preview was released. I’ve wanting to try more lip products besides the lipglosses that I’ve gotten in the past from Ipsy. I received one other pop beauty product which was a mascara that I wasn’t 100% wild about but it was useable.

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I received the lip crayon in Coral Crush. Just reading the name terrified me. I look HORRIBLE in coral colored lip anything. While I waited for my bag to arrive, I read some ladies’ comments on this shade and made said it was more on the pink side versus coral so that calmed me down a bit. I swatched it on my wrist when I got it– it didn’t look that bad, the color is actually very pretty. However, I applied on my lips and I immediately swallowed my words– holy moly, this color is bright! Super disappointed at that.

Since applying it I’ve been rubbing my lips together and typing up this review. It really did apply very nicely, it’s very smooth. The best part about the lip crayon is it’s a twist-up so no annoying fat pencil sharpener required. Anyway, out of curiosity I just stepped into the bathroom to take a look at the color and it’s toned down quite a bit now that I’ve rubbed it like mad and it’s actually left a really pretty slightly pink stain. So, note to self, apply 15 minutes and rub it in like crazy before I need to be in public.

ipsy_july2013_032. Coola unscented mineral face sunscreen, SPF 20 (full size $36.00)

Coola is an organic skincare line which is great for those with allergies or sensitive skin. There were two types of sunscreen being given, the unscented mineral sunscreen which is what I received and the rose essence tinted sunscreen. Both are SPF 20. Here is the website’s description of the product:

Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen; a clear, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. Organic Acai Oil – high in Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3, plus antioxidant Vitamins C and E – delivers a powerful defense against aging. Organic Sunflower Seed Extract promotes elasticity while organic Linseed Oil, containing Alpha-Linolenic Acids, reduces redness and irritation. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates, as organic Cucumber Extract calms skin.

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paraben Free
  • Ultra Sheer
  • Anti-Aging
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)
  • No nano-sized particles

Coola website

I’ll admit, I was a little surprised by the size of the sample we received. It’s 0.23 fl oz and about the size of a Carmex tube. I haven’t yet tried the product but I may give it a go this weekend when we go to the fair.
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3. BH Cosmetics California Collection samples (full palettes currently on sale for $9.95 each)
The mini palettes from BH Cosmetics included one eyeshadow from each of the California Collection palettes– Hollywood, San Francisco, and Malibu. For a sample, the packaging is definitely cute. The Hollywood eyeshadow is an eggplant purple, San Francisco a bronze brown. and Malibu a yellow gold. I thought these were going to super pigmented eyeshadows when I first opened the palette but to my surprise they are actually pretty sheer. Swatching them was a delight as they are velvety smooth and don’t crumble up like some other eyeshadows. The sheerness actually works for me. I don’t wear a lot of eyeshadow aside from evenings out or special occassions, so the fact that they are sheer means I can wear them during the daytime without feeling like my makeup is overdone.
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The colors are really pretty and could definitely work together. I’m thinking these are perfect for when basketball season rolls around. Ride or die Lakers fan (just don’t remind me about the train wreck of this past season).
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4. Sexy Hair’s bigsexyhair Weatherproof, humidity resistant spray (full size $18.95 at Ulta)
Out of all the possible products from this month’s bag, this was the product I was desperately hoping for. My natural hair texture is loose curly, somewhat kinky, and coarse. I heat style my hair about 2-3 times a weak and exposure to humidity basically ruins me. This product is supposed to do just as what the product name says– protects your hair against humidity. You are supposed to spray it on your finished look, so I’ll give it a little test run tomorrow and for a real go at the fair this weekend as well. I can’t waiiiiit!
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I love nail polish, there’s no hiding it, but if I had the option of getting nail polish in a color that I didn’t personally choose and trying a different brand new product (i.e., a dermabrasion scrub which was the other item I was hoping for), I would pick the other product. This, sad to say, is probably the product this month that I could have cared less about receiving. I’ve gotten two other Nailtini products in past Ipsy bags that I wasn’t too crazy for, Frappe (which was more nude than pale pink also is more sheer than what I’d like but it works when I want to wear nailpolish but I don’t want it to look like I’m wearing nail polish) and Millionaire (which is a shred/bard glitter polish that I swatched once and haven’t looked at since).
I love mai tais, in fact, I think one of the first mixed drinks I ever ordered was a mai tai… at Mai Tai Bar lol. The color is described as a vibrant sunrise coral. Really? TWO coral products in one bag? I can’t think of anything worse for me besides maybe two hot pink items in the same bag. I’m not too fond of this color. It’s darker than other colors I wear. Perhaps if it was a similar coral color to the Pop Beauty lip crayon I got then it would have been better but, unfortunately, it’s not. If I use this polish, it will probably be on my toes… covered in glitter.
Overall, I got my $10.00 worth. The lip crayon and eyeshadow palettes will likely get lots of wear this summer and I’m crossing my fingers for good results with the humidity resistant spray and mineral sunscreen.
If you are interested in joining Ipsy, you can do so by clicking here. There usually is a waitlist but every so often they will open subscriptions. Next month is my birthday month so I’m crossing my fingers for something reeeally good.
Are you a current Ipsy subscriber? What did you think of this month’s bag?