January Ipsy 2017

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Hey beauties,

Long time no talk! I know I have been MIA from here for a very long time, but I truly wanted to soak up every moment I could with sweet Lyrik while she was a newborn. She is the last daughter we will be having, so I decided to step away from Youtube and my blog to really focus on her and myself. However, things are calming down and she’s finally sleeping more on her own, so I have more time to come back to blogging. And what better way to come back than with an unbagging?

If you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a monthly beauty subscription that costs $10 per month. I normally receive my bags mid month, and there are 4-5 full sized or deluxe sample sized products in each bag.

This month’s theme was Metropolis. The bag is supposed to resemble skyscrapers and such, which is cute, but not really up my alley at all. I will likely give the bag itself to one of my daughters to play with.

  1. Trust Fund Beauty lipgloss in Method to the Madness– this is a deluxe sample, but it still has a lot of product in it! Normally, glosses are not my thing…or nude lip shades. However, I’ve been into trying new shades lately and really trying to push myself out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to try this product out, regardless.
  2. The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer– this is a product that is constantly talked about in the beauty community. I see it raved about often on Instagram and Youtube. The Balm is one of my favorite brands! I just dislike these tiny face samples. There’s no easy way to get a brush on them for one, and two, they just get lost in all my things and I always reach for full sized products over them. I will give this a try though and see if it works on my fair skin. Most bronzers don’t work for me though.
  3. Ciate London top coat nail polish– I am constantly painting my nails, so I find this product to be one I will definitely get use out of, and it’s full sized!
  4. Pacifica blush in Wildrose– I LOVE Pacifica products. They’re one vegan brand I am always down to try, and this blush is so gorgeous. How did Ipsy know rose shaded blushes are my favorite? How sweet of them.
  5. Real Chemistry 3 min luminous peel– I have been really into peels and face masks lately. My hormones are still settling back 3 months post partum and my skin has been suffering the biggest blow from mother nature. I’m excited to try this, and can totally do a separate review on this for anyone interested since I do have sensitive skin.

Overall, I am happy with the products I received in my bag this month! I feel that by consistently reviewing my products every month I have finally started to get more products I will for sure use. I will say I’m making a more active effort to use up the teeny samples chilling out all over my house this year. It’s one of my beauty resolutions for 2017. If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy yourself, I have a referral link.

If you’re also an Ipsy subscriber, feel free to tell me what you received in your bag lately or what your favorite thing from them lately has been! I’m always happy to chat with you all in the comments.

I know this post has been short and sweet, but I promise I’m back for real. I can’t wait to catch up with everyone! As always, thanks for stopping by and reading. Have a lovely day!

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Ipsy July 2015: Summer Lovin’

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Hey beauties,

How is everyone? Anyone else getting rained in this Summer? I feel like all it’s done this Summer is rain. I’m not totally complaining, I don’t go outside much in the Summer. However, the humidity is making me want to toss mattresses out my window. The one thing I hate more than heat is humidity. It’s an asthmatic’s enemy.

So, getting my cute pink bubble wrap envelope filled with ipsy goodies was a welcomed surprise. If you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a beauty subscription that costs $10 per month. The products are supposed to be catered to each persons interests, and there are typically 4-5 full sized or sample sized products. My bag typically arrives in the middle of the month, but it differs for a lot of people depending on where they live.

This month I received 5 cute things, and I am excited to share them with you all! Typical disclaimer, my referral code is linked at the end of the post, but my opinions on these products are honest and my own. I buy this subscription every month myself, and anyone can refer people with Ipsy!

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City Color HD Loose Setting Powder- So, I thought this was full sized, but the full sized version has 7 grams of product, and this one has 4. Still, that’s a whole lot of powder! This is a translucent setting powder that claims to be finely milled and blurs out imperfections. I haven’t tried this out yet, but I may give my thoughts on it in this week’s “face of the day” if I get around to using it! I’m really happy that I got this in my bag. I love powders! If this doesn’t work out for my face, it will probably still get used if I want to change a glossy lipstick to a matte lipstick or to clean up around my lips when I’m doing lip swatches.

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Octavio Molina Sea Salt Hair Spray- Not gonna lie, I am not happy to see hair products in my bags at times. My hair is very curly naturally, and not many products that are sent work for me. However, I will try this one out. It claims to give hair texture while also keeping is moisturized. That’s a mighty high claim for hair like mine, so I will put it to the test. I do like sea salt sprays even though I hate touching my hair afterwards. It feels gross to me. Anyone else feel that way?

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Be a Bombshell Lip Balm in “French Kiss”- I was a wee bit sad that I didn’t get the Ruby shade, but this one is nice as well. I’ve received a few products from Be a Bombshell, and I like their brand as a whole! This is a full sized product, and it claims to keep lips hydrated while giving a little color to the lips. The shade French kiss is a very light pink, so it just looks and feels like your typical balm. I do like it. It’s a nice little balm to throw in your bag on the go to hydrate your lips if you’re wearing a matte lipstick. Would I pay $13 for this balm outside of getting it in my bag? Probably not, but I’m not a lip balm fanatic.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer- When I saw this in my glam room, I kinda squealed. On the inside, of course. I feel like I never get the high end samples when they are sent out, but this time I got this little pretty! I’m not a huge bronzer fan, but I’m willing to try it because I do love Tarte! The packaging is stunning. The gold shimmer concerns me a bit with my skin tone, but I can probably use it as an eyeshadow if it is too warm.

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Eau Thermale Avene Soapless Gel Cleanser- When I first looked at this I thought Ipsy had sent me mouthwash. I probably would have preferred mouthwash. Skin products are so weird for me because my skin is so sensitive, so I’m hesitant about putting new things on my face because my skin is finally recovering and looking nice after the hormone tornado that happened to me after I had my second daughter. I may try it, but I might put it to the side and forget about it. Sorry, buddy.

A quick Ipsy Tip- I’ve been getting asked how I’ve gotten pretty good bags several months in a row now and the answer is simple! Do the surveys and rate your products every month. Seriously, it’s that simple. The ratings will ask if you liked the product and if you enjoy that type of product. I’m assuming at that point it will update your profile in whatever database they use to help cater your bag to your wants and needs. I have been getting way better bags since I now rate everything every month, not to mention you get free points by doing so! It’s not a guarantee that you will love every product, but I’ve been happy with almost everything lately.

That’s everything that I got this month! Oh wait, I did get another JCat Liptitude in “Blow your mind” since it was part of the points rewards, but I’m saving that for the review I’m filming of all the shades I have!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and if you’re new here I hope you decide to stick around! Emails for my blog are free to sign up for *nudges*

I will have my review for July’s Lip Monthly bag coming up soon as well since I’m still waiting for it to arrive! In the meantime, what did you all receive in your Ipsy bags if you get them? Tell me or link me to your posts down below!

Have a good day, lovelies.

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