Ipsy March 2015

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

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The theme for March was Floral Fantasy which I like and the bag for this month was pretty nice so I was impressed with that. Let’s see what came in my March bag!

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Skyn Iceland Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels

Eye gels and eye masks are such a big thing right now and I really enjoy them. Everyone who got this in their glam bag received two pairs which I think is really great because it gives you a better idea of whether or not you like them. I have already tried a pair of these and I found them so refreshing! These might be my favourite eye gels out of all the ones I’ve tried to date!

A full size box contains 8 pairs and retails for $30, making these 2 pairs worth about $7.50.

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Acure Day Cream

Since I have so many creams lined up from my Memeboxes in the past, a day cream isn’t necessarily the most exciting thing in the world for me. I would much rather try various makeup products but it is nice to mix it up every once in awhile. I know that I have tried skincare that I’ve received in past Ipsy bags and really enjoyed them so I can’t make a snap judgement. I will definitely try this out at some point.

A full size of this is 1.75 oz and retails for $18.99, making this 1 oz sample worth about $10.86.

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Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Apricot Glow

From what I can tell, this little duo was made for Ipsy but I am not 100% sure on that one. I quite like using Pixi shadows, and have a palette from them that I really enjoy. These colours are beautiful and are definitely the kinds of colours I wear on a daily basis. I have such mixed opinions on the colours I get from Ipsy. I have mostly gotten neutrals which means I end up with a lot of single shadows that are near the same colour. However, I wear those kinds of colours and if I were getting blues and greens all the time, I would be complaining that I never get wearable colours. So, that being said, I am very happy with what I have received here.

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Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter

I remember before I subscribed to Ipsy, I watched through so many videos of past bags. I remember seeing this Chella highlighter in some of the earlier bags, thinking it looked cool, and being a little sad that I wouldn’t ever get it because it had already been featured. Fast forward to this March bag and I got it! I quite like the effect it has, although it can be a little tough to blend. I think the colour is perfect for me and once I get the hang of how much I should be using, I will be even happier with it!

I think this might be a full size of the product, making is $18, but I could be wrong about that.

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NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Pops

I absolutely LOVE this lipstick. First of all, I am a bit of a lipstick junkie these days so I am super happy to have received this in my bag. There were a couple colours you could have gotten. This one, a berry-ish pink, and a brighter pink I believe. I am happy to have received this more nude shade because it is perfect for daily wear. Not only that, but it feels so lovely to wear. It goes on so smoothly and just feels lovely. This is by far my favourite item in the bag!

I’m really happy about this bag! I received quite a few items that I am pretty excited about and everything in the bag will get used so that is a success to me. The overall value of this bag was $46.36 which is pretty good so I would say it’s a win!

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

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Ipsy February 2015

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

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Since February has Valentines Day, it makes sense that Love was the theme. I think they did a pretty good job sticking to the theme but let’s see what I got!

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Pencil Me In Cosmetics Natural Eye Liner Pencil in Amethyst

Mehhhhh, I’m not sure how I feel about this eyeliner to be honest. I’m not opposed to coloured liners, although it takes some experiment to figure out how I want them to look. This purple is fine and I like that there is a built in sharpener. However, just swatching it on my hand felt pretty waxy and like it was pulling at my skin. I’m a little nervous to see how it applies on my eyes.

This is a full sized product and retails for $7.

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ModelCo. BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini

I planned on waiting until after I had taken a picture of the blush to swatch it but then i accidentally took a gouge out of it with my fingernail, so look at me go! I really like this blush. I don’t really have any peachy blushes so I am happy that I got this one instead of the more pink option. I have worn this a couple times and I really like it! I think this is a nice inclusion for a Valentines Day bag.

As far as I know this is a full sized product and it retails for $22

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Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray

I have heard a lot of people rave about Eva NYC products and although I am not big on hair products, I will give this a try. My hair definitely does need volume because it is super fine and the longer it gets, the flatter it seems to lay around my face. This can be used when your hair is wet or dry and it’s supposed to add volume and texture. This isn’t one that I’m super excited about but I will try it.

This sample size is 1 oz. and is worth about $3. You can purchase the full size (8 oz.) for $24.

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CARGO Cosmetics Mini Lip Gloss in Anguilla

I didn’t even think to swatch this one which was silly of me. I did try this colour on my lips and I have to say, the colour is not great for me. It is a white pink, I don’t think that’s an actual way to describe a colour but I’m doing it! I feel like this is the kind of colour that you see on someone who has their hair bleached a super white blonde and even then you think this colour is too light for them. I may be able to put this over a deeper lipstick to make the colour seem a bit better but that may take some experimenting.

The size of this vs. the full size is a little confusing but I’m thinking that this is about half the size of the full size which makes it worth about $8. The full size retails for $16.

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Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504

Now, onto my favourite item in the bag. I think that the colours on this brush are beautiful and it is so soft! The bristles are pretty dense so you have to be light handed with this one! I am so happy that I got this, love it!

This is a full sized product of course and it retails for $6.40.

Overall, I am pretty happy with this bag! The eyeliner and volumizing spray aren’t necessarily my favourite but I will use them. I love the blush and the brush, and will try to make the lip gloss work. The overall value of this bag is $46.40 which isn’t too bad.

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

Ipsy January 2015

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

I believe the theme for this month was “Fresh Start” which makes sense since it is the start of a new year. Let’s see what we got in this bag!

January 2015 Bag

The bag itself is this blue on one side and white on the other with a coral kind of zipper. It is alright, not my favourite design but it isn’t bad.

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J.Cat Beauty Fantabulous Gele Eye Liner in Blue Black 

Although I have been using mostly liquid liner these days, I am quite a fan of gel liners and the way that they wear. When I swatched this, it stayed put after it had set right until I pulled out the makeup remover. Even when I washed my hands and scrubbed at it with soap it didn’t move so that is nice. My complaint would be that it is blue black which isn’t as wearable for me on a daily basis but I will try it out and see if I can make it work. I am pretty happy with this product.

This is a full sized product and it retails for $5.99.

Manna Kadar Sheer Glo

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo

I tried to swatch this but really it is so sheer that it wasn’t going to show up on camera. Once it is rubbed in, it does give a shimmer when the sunlight hits it. I think that this would be really nice in the spring and summer when glowy things aren’t so out of place. I do appreciate that it is sheer and not pink toned on my skin though. I will be excited to see how this wears!

This sample size is 0.27 oz and is valued at $7.84. The full size is 1 oz and retails for $29.

Nourish Organic Eye Cream

Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream

This is a repeat from a previous Ipsy bag but not a product that I have received before so it’s not so bad. Reading through the comments about this product, it seems like people really like it so if it is a good product than that is great! It seems that this cream was not actually sold until January from the company and these were sent out before it began retailing. I believe that they have just called it a different name on the company website but that it is the same as this product. I am still going through an eye cream but I am excited to see if this is worth the hype.

From what I can tell, the product is 0.5 oz in the full size which is the size of this tube as well. If that is true, than this retails for $19.99. Very cool!

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Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Ethereal

I received the shade Ethereal and the other option for this shadow was Treasure which looks like more of a bronzed brown kind of colour. It is a little hard to see this colour in the swatch because it is so light. I think that this would make a really nice highlight colour for the inner corner of your eye or under your brow bone! I do have several highlight colours so this will probably last forever. I am intrigued by the use of coconut in the eyeshadow and can’t wait to see if that makes a difference in how it wears.

These eyeshadows are only sold in larger palettes which retail for about $14. I have divided this up and estimated that it is worth $4.67.

Real Techniques Brush

Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush

This was the product that I was most excited for in the bag this month! I have heard so much about Real Techniques brushes and have been wanting to try them but hadn’t taken the plunge. Along with this, I have been considering buying a liner brush. I did have more of an angled brush type of thing in mind but this is awesome too. I was absolutely thrilled when I pulled this out of the bag!

This is a full size product and retails for $6.

I am pretty happy with this bag. It isn’t my favourite that I have received before but it isn’t my least favourite either. I will use (or at least try) all of the products in the bag! The total retail value of the items is $44.49 which isn’t too bad either.

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

Ipsy December 2014

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

I was kind of hoping that this would be a really exciting bag because it’s close to Christmas and I think they could have included some really awesome stuff. Let’s see what I got!

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 December Bag

The cards for Ipsy bags are kind of useless. They don’t give you any product information, so really they are just there to tell you the theme and how to enter any contests or anything. However, the cards are of good quality so at least there’s that. The bag this month isn’t my favourite, just kind of plain. It does feel quite durable so that would be nice for any kind of travel. The outside of it it black and the inside and the zipper are a deep magenta kind of colour. I also like the little heart on the zipper that says Ipsy.

Alright, let’s see which products I got:

BWC Facial Cleanser

Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser

This cleanser is soap-free and lightly foaming, and is meant to be used for normal to oily skin. It is paraben free, pH balanced, 100% vegan-vegetarian, and is never tested on animals. I have not tried this yet because I am using another cleanser at the moment but the size is pretty good and it just has a mild, natural type scent. I have normal to dry skin so I’m hoping that this will work okay for me.

This sample size of 2 fl oz. is worth about $2.80 and the full size (8.5 fl. oz) can be purchased for $11.95.

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Cailyn Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish

Subscribers who received this eye shadow got the shade Orchid. Orchid is almost an orange gold kind of colour. This eye shadow comes with an applicator wand with a sponge tip. Although I do not typically use sponge tip applicators, I do love it with this product because loose mineral shadows can make such a mess. I tried this shadow out last night and I did like it. It can apply a little heavily but it is great for a night out!

This is the full size product and it retails for $15!

Style Sexy Hair

Sexy Hair 450° Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray Mini

This spray is said to protect your hair from temperatures up to 450°. It is also supposed to condition to help create smooth, sleek styles, detangle, and strengthen your hair. It is meant to decrease blow dry time and add shine. I am not super excited to receive hair products normally because I don’t typically use product in my hair. I also blow dry my hair very rarely and when I do it does not take too long to dry it all. I haven’t tried this out yet so we will see how it works out.

This mini size product is 1.7 fl oz. and can be purchased for $8. The full size of the product is 4.2 fl oz. and can be purchased for $18.95.

NYX Butter Balm

NYX Butter Lip Balm

Subscribers could have received this lip balm in the shades Red Velvet (pure red), Parfait (fuchsia with blue undertones), Marshmallow (pure nude), or Lady Fingers (mauve). This balm is supposed to leave your lips feeling supple and hydrated. It is also supposed to add a subtle hint of colour.

I got the shade Marshmallow and when I first saw it, I was so excited because I thought that was the scent/flavour of the balm. Unfortunately, it was the name of the colour. I would have rather had any of the other colours because this is far too brown for my skin tone. Unfortunately I don’t think I will be able to use this for a wash of colour.

This is a full size product that retails for $4.

Tarte Mascara

Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

This black mascara is supposed to lengthen, curl, volumize and condition your lashes. They promise a 330% increase in lash volume instantly. It is also meant to nourish and protect your lashes. I have purchased this mascara before and really did like it so I am happy to have it again

This sample size is 3 mL and is worth about $10.30. The full size (7 mL) can be purchased for $24.

At first I wasn’t too excited by this bag, but when I looked at the other products that I could have gotten and I think I probably got the best of the bunch. So although I am not super excited about this bag, I’m glad I got the things that I did. The approximate value of this bag is $40.

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Ipsy November 2014

Ipsy was my first subscription service. I have received about 6 months worth of bags and I still love it. Although the value isn’t always sky high for these bags, I prefer looking at it in terms of “will I use it?” and “does this excite me?” I found this months bag to be one of the most exciting ones for me yet.

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

Let’s dive right in!

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This months bag is a silver glittery bag with a pink zipper. The bag itself has a plastic feel. The inside is black and the tag for this month says Forever 21 Cosmetics for Ipsy. This was interesting to me, even though it is not my favourite bag that I’ve gotten from Ipsy.

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The theme this month is Girl Meets Glitter.

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer

I received this concealer in neutral medium which is a tad dark for me but I think that I can make it work. It claims to be a full coverage, waterproof, anti-aging concealer that is “8 hours of sleep in a tube.” It also claims that it won’t crease or crack.

If I had to choose one thing that was my biggest concern for me, it would be my dark circles. Mine are genetic so they are impossible to actually cover up or get rid of. It is because of this that I love trying out new concealers to try and find my holy grail product. This concealer is super thick so I am really excited to try it and interested in seeing whether or not it does crease or crack.

This sample size of .11 fl oz is worth about $9.50 and the full size (.28 fl oz) can be purchased for $24.

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Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray

Mehhhh. This is the one thing in the bag that I’m not all that excited about to be honest. I have really fine hair so I steer clear of product most of the time so that my hair isn’t weighed down. I will use this on the rare occasion where I curl my hair and hopefully it won’t be a crunchy hairspray. The smell is like a typical hairspray which, as most of us know, isn’t the most delicious smell in the world.

The full size of this product is 9 oz and sells for $8.29. That makes this 1.5 oz sample about $1.38 which isn’t all that impressive to be honest (not to sound selfish or anything).

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Starlooks Lip Gloss

Subscribers that received this lip gloss got the colour Guilty Pleasure. I am pretty sure this went out in October’s bag too so I’m not sure if they just had extra or if it is a really great product. I do like the colour of this, it is a nice neutral pink that would be great for everyday use. It is a little bit sticky but overall I think I will like this lip gloss.

This sample is .3 oz. The full size sells for $13 but I can’t find a size for that full size so I’m not sure how much this sample is worth. Let’s just guess around $4.

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SeaRx Micro-Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub for Preventative Aging

This scrub is said to feature minerals and extracts to improve your skin tone and leave your skin firmer after taking off all the dead skin cells and what not. I am a big fan of scrubs so I was excited to see this in my bag. Just trying a little on my hand, the grit is very small and probably wouldn’t be safe for daily use. It smells like grapefruity citrus which I love so woohoo!

This sample size is .3 oz and would sell for about $3. The full size is 100 g and can be purchased for $32. I am excited to try this!

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Be a Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base

This shade is called Submissive and I think it is absolutely beautiful! It reminds me of a less glittery version of the sand brown shadow that I got from The Face Shop in my Memebox. This is a cream shadow and it is definitely very creamy! I don’t own any other cream shadows so I am glad to have this one, especially in such a neutral colour!

This is the full sized product and it sells for $14 so that is quite exciting!

Overall I am really excited about this bag! The value of the bag isn’t very high, at about $31.53, but I will get a lot of use out of the products. Very excited!

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your November Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

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