My very first Ipsy Glam Bag!

Hello beautiful people!
I hope you all had a much better week/weekend than I did, as I spent mine lying on a couch icing my swollen chipmunk face. On the plus side, I did manage to watch about 15 movies and eat lots of jell-o and pudding but all in all I will say that having your wisdom teeth removed is a huge bummer! BUT while I was lying there feeling sorry for myself I got a couple packages in the mail!

Friday I received my very first Ipsy Glam Bag! Which is a similar subscription to Topbox where you receive deluxe samples or full size products once a month, Ipsy is slightly cheaper than Topbox at 10$ a month but I recently cancelled my subscription to julep so I thought I’d give this one a try.

My August glam bag came in an adorable little white and orange polkadot pencil case since their August theme was “beauty schooled” since a lot of people are heading back to school next month.
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I received a deluxe sample of an Urban Decay 24/7 velvet glide-on eye pencil in the colour Plushie, which is a gorgeous matte dark purple colour. I have a full size turquoise one and I love the formulation of these, they really do stay all day, glide on and have incredible pigmentation. I’m super excited to get into using this colour when fall comes around!
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This next product came in handy when I was too lazy to wash my hair because my face hurt, and it’s the laboratories Klorane extra-gentle dry shampoo with oat milk. I found this quite nice as dry shampoo’s go, it says to “spray a small quantity of powder 12 inches away from head directly on scalp. Leave for 2 minutes then brush though”, I followed the instructions and it worked really well to absorb grease and add a bit of volume without leaving a white residue in my hair. As for scent, it smells quite fresh and slightly botanical – I don’t love the scent but it’s not heinous enough for me not to use the product. I love that this is such a small size which is perfect for my purse if I need a quick root refresher after work or on the go.
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I was so surprised to see a mini eye shadow quad in a sample service bag! I didn’t think a lot of them sent them out, and I’ve never received anything like this from Topbox so I was really impressed.
CoastalScents isn’t a company I had heard of before so I checked out their website; they have a lot of palettes available in big blockbusters with like 88 colours, and the prices seem really affordable. This little quad is called eye shadow sample set 23. The colours from top left to bottom right are called Persian pink, baby pink, pink silver and Icelandic. I can see myself getting use out of the bottom two but not so much the top two as eye shadows, they might be cute as blushes or even to use as touch ups throughout the day since this is such a tiny size. They’re quite velvety in texture and the pigmentation is surprisingly good, I may have to browse their website a little more after playing with these shadows even though their not the typical colours I would have chosen.
They also have a section of their website where you can buy the supplies to make your own bath bombs which is super cool and I may actually give that a shot!
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I also got a Manna Kadar sheer glo shimmer lotion in my glam bag, again a brand I’d never heard of which is one of the best things about sample subscriptions. This is a cream highlighter which you can use for face and body, and even add it to your foundation. It looks pink in the tube but once you blend it out it just adds this gorgeous glow to your skin, it doesn’t look too shimmery at all it just adds like this natural radiance to your skin making it almost look wet but not in a gross way just in a beautiful way. I will definitely be using this on the tops of the cheek bones, cupids bow, maybe even on my chest and legs for a night out. Even though this sample is super small I can already tell that a little goes a long way with this product, also I’m super excited to try adding this to some of my foundations to see how it looks.
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Last is a Jersey Shore Sun mongongo nutrient dense anti-aging lip conditioner, what a mouthful!
This is a completely organic product which is awesome, and is in the scent mandarin green orange ginger, but it mostly just smells like oranges. I can’t say I’m over the moon with this product because it doesn’t do anything for me that my Burt’s Bee’s doesn’t do, aside from the fact that It’s a 100% organic product. With winter coming I figure I can never have enough lip balms, and this one is hydrating and nourishing so I’ll definitely be keeping it on my bedside table.
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That’s it for this post my loves, let me know in the comments if you’ve used any of these products or if you’re subscribed to Ipsy and you love it, I love hearing from you guys!
Don’t forget this good buttons and I’ll have a new post coming for you soon since I got another package in the mail while I was couch-ridden! It mayyy or may not be a haul so keep your eyes peeled!
until next time,
xoxo
-Lo

Product Empties!

Hello beautiful people!
I hope February was a wonderful month for all of you and I hope March will be even better! March is looking like it’s going to be a great for me as I’ll be starting up a job as a Gardener which I’m very excited about!
So I’ve seen these posts quite a bit and thought they were such a good idea, so I’ve been collecting my empties over the past couple of months and I’ll let you know what I thought of them and if I’ll re-purchase.

First up is the Batiste dry shampoo, I got a three pack from winners in the travel sizes before my boyfriend Carmen and I left on vacation for the Bahamas. I took the Original formula with me and I absolutely love it! It really absorbs any grease in my hair and adds a good amount of volume which I find to be important in the dry shampoos I like as I have pretty thin hair. It doesn’t sit heavy either, it’s quite a light formulation which is great because it doesn’t weigh my hair down at all! The one thing I will say is that it does spray into your hair white, so if you have dark hair like I do, you do have to work it in quite well so you can’t see any white residue. The original formula smells quite nice also, light and fresh and I think the full size retails for about 7$ which is pretty cheap. I’m going to keep using the other two and see how the scents are, but I can definitely see myself purchasing the larger size of the original scent.
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Next up is a bit of an oldie for me, it’s the smashbox photo finish primer in green which is supposed to help reduce redness. I bought this a couple of years ago (shh) and I never really got into using it daily, then I used it for my sister’s wedding and fell completely in love with it. It has sort of a liquid to powder feel, and did help to cancel out any redness I had in my skin, it is quite expensive around the 50$ mark but it is well worth it. Foundation smoothed onto my skin like silk and I used this up really quickly. They’ve re-packaged it and it comes in a squeeze tube now which is much more makeup bag/travel friendly but as far as I know they haven’t changed the actual product. I’m currently trying out a couple of other primers but I know I’ll be re-purchasing this one as soon.
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sometimes I’m lazy and like to take my makeup off with a wipe (don’t tell) I also use them if I’m applying make up to multiple people and want to give my brushes a little clean or cleanse their face.
The wipes I’ve been absolutely loving are the Simple cleansing face wipes. These are great for people who have sensitive skin or eyes, these wipes are oil and alcohol free, they have vitamin b5 to help soften the skin and they’re perfume and dye free. They don’t dry greasy and your skin really does feel cleansed and make up free, these don’t sting your eyes either which is a bonus BUT it is sort of hard to take off your eye makeup with these so I’d say use a separate eye makeup remover especially if you use a waterproof mascara. They sell for around 10$ for 25 wipes which is a bit expensive but if you’re not using them every day than I think they’re worth the money.
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The next product unfortunately was a bit of a let-down for me, it’s the Marc Jacobs Magic Marc’er in blacquer. I wanted to love this eye liner so badly, and for the first I’d say 2 weeks I had it I did, I raved about it! And as it got more and more used to felt tip started to get little balls on it which I then had to pull off getting eye liner all over my finger(picture below). The tip also goes all soft and wonky making it so hard to apply, at first it created the most amazing liquid line and I was stoked, but as time went on I just became more and more frustrated with this product. The formulation is GORGEOUS, it has a leathery look as opposed to glossy or matte, it’s a pretty intense black and it also doesn’t smudge easily. I just really wish this liner had stayed fabulous, considering its 30$! I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing it.
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The Clinique bottom lash mascara, this was in my January favourite’s post I believe and I will absolutely be purchasing this little guy again! My bottom lashes always look separated and defined when I use this, and the formulation does not budge! It’s actually rather hard to get off in all honesty, but totally worth it cause if you lose the mascara off your bottom lashes this little tube will be your new best friend, and a decent deal at 12$. I would and do recommend this to everyone!
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Last but absolutely not least is the Caudalie hand and nail cream. I got this in a gift set from my best friend Amber for my birthday last year and it has been in my hand bag since! This cream is fast absorbing and super hydrating, my hands always feel super soft after I use this, and it smells really nice, a little bit of citrus but not in an overpowering way. It’s not greasy and you don’t end up rubbing your hands together forever to get it to work its way in, and you don’t need a lot of it either which is a bonus because I believe this little tube retails for $12 so it’s a little pricey. I’m currently using a L’occitane hand cream in my purse but I will definitely be going back to this one once I run out of that one!
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Those are all my empties, let me know if you guys have used any of these and what you thought or if you have any recommendations and don’t forget to hit the like button!

Until next time xoxo,
-Lo