Oct162015

Take a Look at My October Ipsy Bag: Alter Ego

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Curious about the Ipsy Glam Bag? Let’s start at the beginning. Ipsy was started by Youtube star Michelle Phan. Michelle and her team of stylists curate monthly bags of their favorite beauty products for you to try. Each month, subscribers receive a gorgeous glam bag with deluxe-sized samples and full-sized beauty products. (This month, I received 5 products, not including the bag.) Members are invited to watch and play along through social media with the stylists for new looks. The best part: the Ipsy Glam Bag subscription is only $10 a month, which includes shipping. It’s a total deal, as long as you’re happy with the products they send you.

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This month’s Glam Bag – October 2015- was themed for “Alter Ego”, a cute way to celebrate Halloween.

On the card: “This October, transform into whoever you want to be. A little imagination and your Glam Bag are all you need. Infinite possibilities, infinite ways to express yourself.”

This month’s bag is double sided- a beautiful bright gold on one side, and a black patent on the other. It’s tall and sleek, perfect as a little clutch for a night out. I really love this one, great job Ipsy!

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In this bag I received:

~AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish in Inky Dinky (full sized): Wish you had a nail polish that had all the pros of gel polish and regular polish? Say hello to GEL EFFECT nail polish! It’s easy and convenient to use, dries super fast without a UV lamp, is extra shiny and durable, and will last up to two weeks. It can also be easily removed with polish remover! Talk about the best of both worlds.
My Thoughts: I haven’t tried it yet. As soon as I do, I’ll update my Facebook page, so stay tuned! I can say that the color is GORGEOUS and perfect for fall.
~theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed (sample size): theBalm introduces a truly loyal long-lasting liquid lipstick—Meet Matt(e) Hughes. This long-wearing formula has a comfortable matte finish with no commitment issues. This matte vanilla mint liquid lipstick is stuck on you without feeling clingy!
My Thoughts: Um, the sample size is RIDICULOUSLY small. I normally don’t mind them, but man, this thing is ti-ny. I’m seriously underwhelmed. However, the color is beautiful and I love the smell. It’s vanilla/mint, which is refreshing but doesn’t last long. As for long lasting, not so much.
~Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion: This lotion moisturizes, softens, and protects your skin. Shea butter, jojoba and kukui nut oil combined with aloe vera soothe and replenish your skin to keep it looking youthful & vibrant.
My Thoughts: It does exactly what it says and it’s a deluxe sized sample (2 fl oz). TOTAL WIN. I love it. There’s no smell, and it moisturizes my hands without being sticky. Love love love.
~Skone Cosmetics Pretty Eyes eyeliner in Plum: Pretty Eyes automatic eyeliner pencil delivers long-lasting, rich, intensive color. Effortlessly smooth application and super creamy formula. The easy twist tip pushes product to the top so there’s no sharpening. Perfect for lining the eyes or creating wings.
My Thoughts: Full size home run. Love the color for fall, and it’s easy to smudge to make the prettiest smokey eye. I need to find out where they sell this and see if it comes in black.
~Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum: Sample .5 fl oz: This highly concentrated face treatment is designed to deeply hydrate and reveal smoother, softer and more supple skin with improved tone. Moroccan argan oil, packed with restorative omega fatty acids, intensely hydrates and replenishes. Apricot kernel oil moisturizes and softens skin while helping retain clarity. Rosehip oil smoothes skin texture and helps even out tone.
My Thoughts: It’s an oil but comes in a squeeze tube. Um, no. That’s a recipe for disaster, as my desk experienced. It smells like an orange peel. I tried it on the back of my hand and it didn’t break out, so yay for that. I’ll have to try it out over night and report back. Side note: After I got it on my hands, it was nearly impossible to stab a Capri Sun pack with a straw (hello slippery hands). Moms: take note.

In all, I think this was a GREAT bag for just $10, considering that I received 2 FULL SIZED items! The nail polish alone was worth that.
Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Check it out at ipsy.com.

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Do you think the Glam Bag is worth $10? Did you see any products in my review that you’d like to try, or have any questions about the subscription service? Comment below, and I’ll be sure to answer any of your questions!

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Jul222015

Check Out My July Ipsy Glam Bag!

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*This post was originally featured on Everyday-Life.us

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Curious about Ipsy Glam Bag? Check out my intro post on the subject before you read this one. It’ll give you the full run down on what the Ipsy Glam Bag is and what it isn’t.

The cliff-notes version: Ipsy was started by Youtube star Michelle Phan. Michelle and her team of stylists curate monthly bags of their favorite beauty products for you to try. Each month, subscribers receive a gorgeous glam bag with deluxe-sized samples and full-sized beauty products. (This month, I received 5 products, not including the bag.) Members are invited to watch and play along through social media with the stylists for new looks. The best part: the Ipsy Glam Bag subscription is only $10 a month, which includes shipping.

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This month’s Glam Bag – July 2015 – was themed for “Summer Lovin’,” perfect for fun in the sun.

On the card: “We’ll have whatever they’re having. Welcome back, summer, we’ve missed you.”

This month’s bag is bright and cheery, great to throw into your swim bag!

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In this bag I received:

  • ~Coolway Beachy Salt Spray: Perfect for creating beachy waves and natural styles with a non-sticky, matte finished look. Formulated with Dead Sea salts for additional mineral nourishment. Texturizes and separates hair for a natural, fresh-from-the-beach look. Weightless formula for bouncy, flexible, wavy hair. Mineral-rich formula consisting of Dead Sea Salt for soothing and strengthening of the scalp and hair.
    My Thoughts:  It has a very light smell, and I love the size it came in. 0.5 ounces is the perfect amount for travel! It’s very much weightless, and does what it says. I love the way it feels in my hair!
  • ~Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Eyeliner and Shadow: This uniquely formulated crayon doubles as an eyeliner for thick, precise lines as well as a perfectly-blended eye shadow. Creamy texture with long-lasting hold. Made with pure beeswax. 100% cruelty free.
    My Thoughts: Swatched below! It feels like BUTTAH. It doesn’t drag at all, which is ideal for an eyeliner. I don’t see myself using the color as an eyeshadow, but it’s a beautiful eyeliner for those with blue eyes!
  • ~City Color HD Powder: City Color HD Powder sets your foundation for a smooth, matte finish. This finely-milled powder helps blur any imperfections and fills in fine lines to make sure you are always camera-ready. The translucent shade creates a shine-free and airbrushed look that works with all skin tones! 100% Silica Powder, Matte finish prevents shine, softens and evens out fine lines, imperfections, and pores.
    My Thoughts:  This stuff rocks! I love how it absorbs the shine, and makes my skin look flawless! It also makes a great matte highlighter if you layer it.
  • ~Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner: 100% natural and USDA certified organic. This conditioner will leave your lips silky-smooth, luscious and hydrated! Mongongo oil has hydrating, regenerating and restructuring properties and offers a unique protection from UV and environmental pollutants in skin applications. Mongongo oil is rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and anti-oxidants. 100% Cruelty Free Mongongo oil is derived from a fruit which some consider a tree nut.
    My Thoughts: Love the feel, love the smell, hate the fact that it doesn’t have an SPF. Not sticky, slides on great! This will be a purse staple for sure. 
  • ~Crown Brush Professional Tweezers: The stainless steel Professional Tweezers come complete with tips that are perfectly aligned, hand-filed at a 45 degree angle with carefully calculated tension. ipsters who received this product will receive the color Black or Pink.
    My Thoughts: They’re tweezers. They’re pink. They do the job. I’m not a professional makeup artist, but they’re nice. I have no complaints. 

In all, I was pretty happy with this month’s bag. Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Check it out at ipsy.com.

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Do you think the Glam Bag is worth $10? Did you see any products in my review that you’d like to try? Or do you have any questions about the subscription service? Comment below, and I’ll be sure to answer any of your questions!

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Mar72014

Mary Kay National Makeover Day on Saturday, March 8th

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With this never-ending winter there has never been a better time to celebrate International Women’s Day by learning pro application techniques, getting a gorgeous new look and having fun with color!

To showcase Mary Kay’s vast array color collection, Mary Kay Celebrity Makeup artist Virginia Linzee created “Delicate Details” – one of two looks that will be showcased on Saturday, March 8th. Inspired by 2014 runway fashion, this look brings “runway to reality” and teaches women how to fearlessly wear red (my favorite color)! With the goal of beating our record of 44,000 makeovers in a day, Mary Kay Makeover Day gives women everywhere the opportunity to get a free makeover. To find a local makeover event, all women need to do is click here for COLOR!

For a sneak peak of “Delicate Details,” see below …Continue Reading…

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Jun102013

Win your very own Tony Awards Red Carpet Look from Mary Kay! CLOSED

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I’m a huge makeup junkie, and rarely go without it. My absolute FAVORITE brand of makeup is Mary Kay. I have very sensitive skin, and Mary Kay makeup doesn’t bother me at all, AND makes me look my best. They literally have something for everyone- whether you want a bold look, or lean more towards neutral. I’ve compared some of the expensive high-end makeup at the department store counter to Mary Kay, and Mary Kay wins out every time!

I don’t know about you, but I was glued to my phone watching the photos come in of celebrities on the red carpet for the Tony Awards last night! But I wasn’t looking for what gown they were wearing, I was looking at their makeup!

What’s great about Mary Kay Makeup is that you can get the same Tony Awards Red Carpet Makeup Looks at home! My friends at Mary Kay have already put together two of their favorite looks from last night’s awards with some tips you can easily recreate.

Pucker up in a bold red lip inspired by Scarlett Johansson:

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  •  Cover the entire eyelid with Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist and dab Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Crystalline onto the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bones
  • Apply Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner in Black along the top lash line and wing outward.
  • Generously coat top and bottom lashes with Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in Black
  • Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Clear. Apply Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Sizzling Red directly from the tube, using a lip brush if needed. Blot with Mary Kay Beauty Blotters and reapply for intense, long-lasting wear
  • Apply Mary Kay Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation and contour using Mary Kay Mineral Bronzing Powder in Sandstone

 

Turn heads with defined eyes and a neutral lip inspired by Anna Kendrick:
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  • Begin with Mary Kay TimeWise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation then dab Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Sparkling Cider on the apples of the cheeks
  • Apply Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in White Lilly to the eyelid and up to the brow bone, then blend Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Silver Satin onto the eyelid up to the crease
  • Apply Mary Kay Mineral Eye Color in Coal to the outer corner of the eye to create a smoky effect then line top and bottom lashes with Mary Kay Eyeliner in Black and smudge with a Mary Kay smudger brush
  • Generously apply two coats of Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in Black
  • Line lips with Mary Kay Lip Liner in Neutral. Apply Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick in Natural Beaute to complete the look.

So now for the giveaway!

  • Tell me which look (between Scarlett Johansson or Anna Kendrick) you love the most. You can only pick one in your comment! One winner will win the entire Mary Kay Makeup look they have chosen.

One winner will be chosen on Monday, June 17th at 11:00am by random.org. Giveaway valid for US residents over the age of 18.

 

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