September Sephora Play & Ipsy!

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As always, if you don’t know was Ipsy is, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service. For only $10/mo, you get five products and a makeup bag! If you want to sign up, you can do so here.

This month, I have to say is one of my favorite months. There is actually only one product that I am not at all excited about, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out which one. If you are new to my blog, then my reviews start from least favorite to most favorite! Keep on reading!

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme
This product is meant to make the lips look more plump. I already have plump lips so I don’t need any help in that category. Not to mention, people complained about burning lips when they used this. So, to the bottom of the list this goes.

EYEKO Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner in Black
It was hard trying to find an order for the next four items, but this liner is next on the list. I admit, it would have been higher had I not received Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Sephora’s box. BUT, I am always looking to compare liners. I have very hooded eyes, so it creates an extra challenge during application of liners.

GLOW for a cause BODY BUTTER Inspire
The body butter actually feels amazing! It’s not greasy and would work well on both hands and face. I don’t think it’s heavy enough for those hard hitting areas (knees, elbows, etc), but I’d love to toss this in my bag right now! (PS, it smells great!)

Onomie Powerful Priming Serum in Truth
I’ve never heard of a toning primer, but I’m intrigued enough to put this higher on my list. Not to mention, the primers I have been getting so far have been A+! Apparently, this can be used on it’s own or as a base for foundation so it’s versatile as well.

ToGoSpa Eyes by ToGoSpa in Green Tea EYES
Ah! I cannot wait to try these out! Lately, my eye bags have gotten out of control, so these will be thrown right into the thick of things. I’ve been enjoying my skincare routine and I am excited to see where these fit in and compliment that routine.

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Sephora Play is also a $10 monthly beauty subscription box! This box comes with 6 products instead of the 5 in Ipsy. And again, I am going to start with my least favorite and work my way to most favorite! Starting with…..!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Shine Lipstick: Love Spell
I struggled with what to put first and finally decided on the lipstick. It’s really pink, and because of that, I don’t think it’ll look good on me. It’ll definitely take some gymnastics and creativity to make it work. It’s also really shear, so I’m not sure that it’ll play well with my vibrant, matte, lipsticks. Some good points, it seems really long lasting, and not sticky at all.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day® Night Cap Overnight Perfector
I like hair products, but they rate low because I assume they aren’t made for my hair. Reading the description, it seems like a night time hair masque that you wash out in the morning. It sounds like it’s meant for people who wash, or at least, rinse their hair daily. Despite that, it smells really amazing and feels like it might actually have some pretty good slip. It might not be a stand alone detangler, but might compliment my current routine by providing some more yummy hair nutrition.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel
Even now, I wonder if I should have really rated this under the hair cream, but I boosted it up because it’s a product that I have never tried. I’m really a minimalist when it comes to my brows and have never really cared for a brow gel. That being said, I’m eager to see if this helps in cutting down time needed to do my brows!

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
I tried this on and this product is really deceiving! It looks really thick, but because it’s whipped, it goes on so thin and light! It’s oil free, so it would make my already oily skin any oilier and it actually settles really nicely without giving me that “shine” that other moisturizers sometimes cause. On top of that, it says that it can also be used as a primer/base for foundation.

Atelier Cologne Collection Azur – Sud Magnolia
Omg this is going to be my signature scent for the fall! It smells so, so good! I know perfume scents are 100% subjective, so reading a review of it is somewhat pointless. But it has “notes of magnolia from Louisiana, bitter orange from Seville, and atlas cedarwood from Morocco“. If there are two things in life that I love smelling, fresh scent and wood are it!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
I had to rate this highly because I was a day out from buying this before finding out this came in my box. I’ve used this liner a million times in the past and it’s extremely easy to apply (even with my hooded eyes) and it’s very black! The fast drying ability is what I love the most. What more can I say?!

Well, that wraps up September’s boxes rundown! What were your favorites for the month? Have you tried any of the products listed?”

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August Sephora Play: Makeup Mother Load!

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Sephora really came for me this month with their August Play box! If you are a regular to my blog, you’ll know that I rate my Ipsy posts from least favorite item, to most excited to try. Well, boy did I have a hard time deciding what to rate what. So, as you read this, know that this whole box is rated very highly overall.

First up!….

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
I put this first only because I have been getting a lot of mascaras lately. This retails for $22 for the standard size. I really like the wand on this and it will probably be opened pretty soon even though I have a two at a time rule for mascaras. The reason I like this wand so much is that I like to use the edges of the wands to get my inner lashes really well and most of the thinner applicators simply can’t do that.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow Eyeshadow (I-544)
It was a toss-up whether I was going to put this first or not. This retails for $21. This shade has a great pink shimmer, but deep toned enough to transition into the coming fall months flawlessly. The only reason I rated this so “low” was because I feel like I have this shade already. Am I still excited to try this out? Of course!

Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer
I know a lot of people rave over Lancôme skin care products and I’m hoping to find out why with this moisturizer. The full sized product retails for $55. The moisturizer is market as a refresher and hydrator for all skin types while also a good mixer for foundation to achieve a dewy finish. This looks very much like a serum instead of a moisturizer, so that’s my first plan when I use this.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof (Love Affair)
So, I’ll be honest, this and the next item are more or less rated based off of price because I just couldn’t decide. Love Affair is an amazing almost metallic purple. With fall around the corner, I’m bouncing in my seat to make a plum smoky look! The pencil is pretty creamy, but I can’t speak about it’s lasting ability yet.

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
I feel like eye creams are usually a scam, but this markets itself less as a “eye cream” and more of a roided up moisturizer. Also a mask that helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles. It retails for $68 and it claims other benefits such as anti-aging and wrinkle reducing, but eh, we’ll see!

CLEAN Reserve Warm Cotton
I love getting fragrances because I’m too cheap to buy them myself. This retails for $25 for .34 oz or $90 for 3.4oz. It is a floral/musky scent and smells like a man wearing fresh laundry (aka delicious). I did test this on my wrists and it’s definitely long lasting. The scent isn’t too overbearing and would be great for any season!

August Ipsy: Skin Care Jackpot!

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Hey everyone! It’s a little late but here is my Ipsy for August! As usual, I am going to do my rundown from least favorite to most excited!

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Dollface
If you follow my blog at all, you probably know that I do not like getting nail polish! I almost never do my nails, and if I do, I just go to the salon. So, needless to say, not only am I not excited to get this polish, but I hate this color.

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster
I know. I know. What am I thinking putting a skin care product so low on the list?! Well, I don’t really have complexion issues! I’m sorry guys! I never even opened this, since I traded with a buddy for her NYX Professional Makeup BORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATOR in Sunbeam.

Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye
This is in the middle because I am on the fence about this lipstick. Reason being, I feel like this is a little glossier than I’d prefer in a lipstick. I also worry that I can’t pull this shade off. But, that being said. I’m really to give it a try!

IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner
I have plenty of eyeliners, so I don’t know why I’m so excited to try this out. My swatch of this wasn’t quite as pigmented as I was expecting, but I feel like this would be perfect for tight lining or even a light, daytime smoky look! It’s creamy and blends out really well.

NEOGEN CODE 9 GOLD BLACK CAVIAR ESSENCE GOLD TOX TIGHTENING PACK
Despite rating the other skincare item from this bag much lower, I’ve been so excited to try this out! I’ve seen a few people using this and it looked so soothing, and guess what! It was! I actually decided to use this after my 5 and a half hour bike ride in order to test it out and it felt amazing. If you’d like a full review of this item, comment and let me know! Check out my demo here!

Thank you for reading! If you’d like to see swatches of anything let me know. What did you get in your bag?

January and February Ipsy!

So I have been slacking and completely forgot to upload my Ipsy bag for January. But, no worries, we’ll just do a combo post today!

January 2016 IpsyThe January bag is so cute! I really have no complaints about the bag itself. It’s sturdy, large capacity, and has a sturdy zipper. As for the products, I’m going to review (as always) from meh to yaass!

Lasting Smiles Lip Balm in Peppermint Creme
“Lasting Smiles® lip balms are organic and fairtrade certified with pure and moisturizing ingredients sourced from small scale global farming cooperatives….With coconut oil, shea, and cocoa butter for soft hydrated and healthy lips.”
That’s all well and good, but let’s be honest, I pay $.99 for my chap stick. (Thank you Blistex). I don’t want chap stick in my $10 monthly bag. Case closed.

City Color Cosmetics Eyeshadow Trio in Falling Leaves
I tend towards brown/bronze eyeshadows, but something about the color seems off enough that I’m not excited about this. I don’t hate this, but I don’t love it. The colors, in the pan, almost seem muted. I wish I could coherently put into words why I am just meh about this travel trio.

theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) (Jack B. Bronze)
This is third on the list, but I am actually really excited about this! This liner might be next on the list, but the excitement levels are so much higher! Okay, I never line my lines in anything other than black. (I should be more adventurous, but I’m not. Sue me.) But I love love looove using liners as eyeshadows because they don’t go anywhere! It provides so much color payoff! Anyway, I’m excited to use this color in the near future.

Coastal Scents Pearl Shadow Angle Large Brush
I struggled with putting this third or second, but since it’s my first brush from Ipsy, I boosted it up a notch. I has a weakness for brushes, and I’ve been wanting to try Coastal Scents’s products for a while. They are pretty comparable to BH Cosmetics which (if you look at my last post here) I really love shopping there. Anyway, my only reservation is that this is on the larger end of the eye brush scale and I have small, hooded eyes, so there might be some learning curve.

skyn ICELAND Travel Size Glacial Cleansing Cloths
This is in my highest spot because of pure luck that I ran out of my other wipes and actually got to use this. I cheated, I know. Anyway, these feel like a soft version of those textured Lysol wipes. One wipe does a great job at removing a full face of makeup (including eye liner and mascara) and it doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy. I would totally buy these for travel purposes only in the future.

February 2016 Ipsy

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
Why, you might ask, is a Smashbox item on the meh end of my list? Well, let me tell you! My oily ass face does NOT need oil ANYTHING being put on it. That said, there is no way I’d ever use it. I appreciate getting primers and I like Smashbox, but I definitely didn’t come out on top with this one.

Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment (Espresso Brown)
My swatch of this felt amazing. The pigmentation is there and the color is definitely my cup of tea. If you’ve ready any of my other posts, you’ll know that I’m a bronze girl! Honestly, this isn’t really close to the meh end of the spectrum, but I had to put it somewhere! I decided to put this second ONLY because I am bad with using loose pigment. I get that crap everywhere no matter what I do.

Seraphine Botanicals Carot + Rose Hydrating Creme
This lotion is really good! It smells amazing and is thick enough to properly moisturize, but it’s oily at all. The description claims that it’s long lasting, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I will say, I wash my hands a lot though, so I’m sure it would be longer lasting if I didn’t do that.

Luxie Beauty Flat Definer Brush #221
The description calls this a “tapered blending brush” but the title of the brush is much more accurate. I can never have to many brushes, and currently only have one liner/defining brush, so I am really happy with this! It is described as having a taper, and that is very true! I plan to try this brush out at a brow brush and see how that goes.

OGX Quenching Coconut Curls Curling Butter
“Infused with coconut oil, sweet honey and citrus oils, this versatile hair butter helps to boost your curls’ hydration. Leave it in for a moisturizing treatment or rinse it out for use as a deep conditioner.”
The winner for the omg slot is this curling butter! I LOVE getting hair products to try and this product will definitely be getting some use. First of all, the ingredients are favorable for me and the fact that it is marketed as multi use is a big YES! The butter smells so amazing and, yes, it’s a butter so it’s thicker (think shea butter), but it dissolves really well (think coconut oil). Also, guess who has twists in and will need to be doing a deep condition/moisture treatment when she takes her twists out! That’s right, this girl!

I had really good luck in these past two months! Between the two Ipsy bags, I only got to meh products! What did you get in your bags? Link me to your review/opening!