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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Tarte Bon Voyage

Tarte Bon Voyage

One day at work, my friends and I had some downtime and were looking at the Sephora website to see what holiday sets they had for this year. We found the Tarte Bon Voyage set and it looked really awesome so I decided to ask for it for Christmas. Right after that, my one friend bought it for herself and told me how great it was! I started to think to myself, “Oh no, what if I don’t get it, now that I have seen it I want it so badly!”

I am aware that this sounds greedy, but it is just such a beautiful set and I have been looking for a palette I loved for a long time. I got it for Christmas and I was so absolutely excited to see it! I did my makeup with it that same day and was immediately obsessed. I decided to do some swatches for you guys in case you wanted to see what the colours were like.

I did brush and finger swatches for each colour just so you could see what the difference in pigmentation was. The swatches in the left column of each picture are with brushes, and the ones on the right are with my finger. I took my pictures row by row so that it would be easy to identify. Unfortunately, a couple of the colours are hard for my camera to pick up because they are light but they are beautiful too!

This set comes in the beautiful gold and purple case that can be seen above. It came with the palette which I will discuss further later on. It also includes (from left to right in the bottom of the picture below):

0.06 oz LipSurgence lip tint in Romantic (peachy nude)

0.27 LipSurgence lip gloss in Visionary (apricot)

0.13 oz Deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in- mascara

0.17 oz Limited-edition deluxe cheek stain in Muse (soft nude)

0.23 Deluxe Maracuja Oil

0.07 Deluxe Smooth Operator Amazonian clay finishing powder

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In my bag, the lip tint had come loose and the cap popped off. There was some lip tint in near the zipper and smeared inside the bag a little bit. Fortunately, I don’t use bags like this too often and the lip tint itself was only a little bit dented so no harm no foul!

Tarte Extra Swatches

On the left hand side of this photo is the swatch for the LipSurgence lip tint in Romantic. This was the colour that ended “leaking” (if you will) a little bit inside the bag. Lip crayon type applications are so nice and convenient and this colour is absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to wear this out and about. The middle swatch is the LipSurgence lip gloss and it is quite nice. It is definitely a nice neutral colour and I think it will look great on its own or over carious lip colours. Very happy with this! Lastly, the right hand swatch is the cheek stain in Muse which is a limited edition apparently. Looking at this colour in the tube, I thought it was far too brown. However, after swatching it, I really liked the colour! I am excited to have all three of these products!

Also in the bag were the mascara, the face oil, and the setting powder. I have purchased this on my own before and actually just received it in my December Ipsy bag too. I really like this product, I think it does a great job coating the lashes and really gives a great look to them. I have not tried the oil yet but I am interested to see how it performs. A lot of bold claims are made on the Sephora website about this oil so I would like to see if it it lives up to these claims. Finally, is the setting powder. I don’t typically use setting powder (and didn’t own one until now) because I mostly use powder foundation. I have been trying to use BB creams lately though and have been considering purchasing a setting powder so this was perfect timing!

I am considering all of these things “extras” because what I really was after in this set was the palette. However, even though they weren’t what I was going for, they are beautiful products and I am so happy to have them! Now, let’s look at the eyeshadows!

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I probably should have waited until I had taken this picture before I swatched everything but I was so impatient and wanted to get into them, so ignore the marks in every colour. The following pictures are in order from the top row to the bottom. I also included both brush swatches and finger swatches. The brush swatches are on the top and the finger swatches are on the bottom, just so you can see the difference in pigmentation. Here we go!

Row 1 Swatches

Row 1 (left to right): Palace of Versaille, Moulin Rouge, I Think I Cannes, my own Côtes du Rhône, boudoir noir

I am absolutely obsessed with some of the names in this palette! “I Think I Cannes” is one of my favourite names, just because it’s adorable. Unfortunately in the swatches it is really hard to see Palace of Versailles but you can see in the overall palette picture that it is a beautiful soft pink. When I did my makeup for Christmas, I used this as a highlight under my brows and in the inner corners of my eyes. I love this!

Moulin Rouge is more of a taupe with some cool, almost purple undertones to it. I used this as an all over lid colour for Christmas and really liked it. I Think I Cannes is a darker version of Moulin Rouge that has a little more purple in it. It is almost a plum type of colour that is nice as a soft crease colour.

My own Côtes du Rhône is a dark, beautiful purple colour that I adore. I wore this on the outer corner of my eye and loved it! Finally, boudoir noir is a burgundy type colour leaning towards brown when it is on the skin. I don’t tend to wear super dark colours but with this palette I think that I could make it work!

The first four of the first row colours have a matte finish which I really like because I have been using mostly shimmers from my E.L.F palette (which does not compare, obviously!) and I am happy to have more mattes. Boudoir noir is a little bit matte but does have a sort of sheen to it, like a satin finish. Since neutrals and purples are the colours I steer towards anyways, the first row is kind of my comfort zone.

Row 2 Swatches

Row 2 (left to right): fall in Louvre, Provence upon a time, Eiffel for you, too haute to handle, Bastille in the night

Fall in Louvre is another colour where you can’t really see the swatch. This colour is a peachy apricot shadow that does have a little bit of satin sheen to it. It is a really pretty colour and would be nice for a warm eye base. Provence upon a time is a brown-gold kind of colour that isn’t quite a shimmer but does have some shine to it. It is really pretty!

Eiffel for you is another one that I absolutely love the name of! This is a deeper brown kind of colour that almost has a slight greenish-grey undertone to it. This one has a matte finish and is very pretty (although I say this about all of them). Too haute to handle is a bronze kind of brown that also isn’t shimmery but has a shine to it. Finally in this row is Bastille in the night which is a dark brown with the same sort of finish as too haute to handle.

I really like all of the colours in this row too! I can’t wait to play around with the darker colours to see if I can actually make them work without having clown face.

Row 3 Swatches

Row 3 (left to right): Chantilly lace, merci you later, no Champagne no gain, take on Bordeaux, French Riviera

In the pan, Chantilly Lace is a beautiful beige with a shimmer to it. When I apply it onto my skin, the beige is so light that I can hardly see it, and there is more of a beige type shimmer left behind. I do think this is really pretty though and I think it could help add a little something something to your eyes! Merci you later is a nice warm taupe that goes on with a matte finish. I think this is a colour that I will get a lot of use out of!

No Champagne, no gain is a metallic gold that leans towards brown. I think that because it doesn’t come out as like a foil kind of metallic, it will definitely be wearable. Take on Bordeaux is a beautiful deep brown that almost leans towards the burgundy side. It has a satin type finish and although it’s quite dark, I am going to try and use this because it’s lovely. Finally for this row is French Riviera which is a frosty kind of moss green I would say. When I saw this online, I thought that I would never wear it. However, after swatching it, I think it is one of my favourite colours in the palette.

This row has some colours that I wouldn’t naturally reach for but that I find absolutely stunning and can’t wait to use!

Row 4 Swatches

Row 4 (left to right): c’est la vie, Marseille the word, play Nice, on a good Notre Dame, Le Cordon Bleu

First we have c’est la vie which is a very shimmery, metallic kind of gunmetal (maybe?) with an almost pink undertone to it. This one has quite a bit of shine to is and applies kind of thinly so i would be afraid of fallout but I do love this colour so I am interested in trying it. Next is Marseille the word which is a slightly darker and less shimmery version of the c’est la vie. I think this colour is really pretty!

Play Nice is a purple leaning towards the grey side of things. It is really pretty but I think I would need to use this one a little bit sparingly. On a good Notre Dame is a black that is mostly matte. I still haven’t ever figured out how to wear black eyeshadow, and can’t do a smoky eye to save my life. I may try and use this one in teeny tiny amounts to darken up a look for a night out. Finally, the last colour in the palette is Le Cordon Bleu which is a dark bluish purple that is mostly matte. This didn’t go onto the skin nearly as dark as I thought it would and may be a nice purple alternative to the black shadow.

This row is the one that scares me in this palette. I don’t typically wear very dark shadows and so I don’t know how to apply them in a subtle kind of way. Fortunately for me, with this palette I can play around with them to see what I can do!

Now it is time for overall impressions. If you have read this far than you can probably assume that I am absolutely obsessed with this entire set! I am so happy with all of the “extra” products and can’t wait to use them. As for the palette, I absolutely love the packaging! It is thin and sleek, and the design is beautiful. The actual colours are so pretty and they just feel buttery and soft. I am so excited to play around with it. This was a limited edition set so it probably won’t come back in stock but if they offered up the same type of thing next year I would probably purchase it! That is all for this review, thanks for reading!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This set was received as a gift. All pictures and opinions are my own.

Memebox Colorbox #4 Electric Brights

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Neutral shades are timeless, and coral lipsticks are flattering, but now is the time to turn up the notch with bold, electric colours! New innovations and crisp colours makes these bold-coloured goodies wearable for daily application – and so much more gorgeous, especially when you want to highlight a particular feature of your face. Or, wear these dashing colours with an otherwise neutral face for powerful dose of beautiful colour! Dare to explore the rainbow with electric, vivid, crazy-colourful beauty essentials that will get you from plain Jane to party princess in no time!

If you have not heard of Memebox, it is a Korean beauty box that contains a variety of skin care, makeup, and other beauty products. There are several types of boxes, including: memeboxes, superboxes, nakedboxes, and boxes that are set around a particular theme. The prices vary depending on the type of box that you get and can range from $15-$80 I believe. Most of the regular boxes are $23 and then you also have to pay $6.99 shipping for each box. You have to keep an eye on the shipping dates for each box because it can be months away, that way you aren’t frustrated wondering why the shipping takes so long. Sometimes if boxes are due to ship at the same time, they will have bundles so that there is only one shipping cost.

I bought the Colorbox bundle which included the Electric Brights, Jewel Tones, and Pastel Hues all for $30 plus shipping. With a coupon code and a couple of points, it ended up costing me about $32 for the lot. This came out to just under $11 per box which is great. This bundle was also the first Memebox purchase I made, so the shipping date was months from when I ordered it. This is the Electric Brights box which I didn’t really care about having but it was 3 for the price of 2 so it would have been silly not to get the bundle.

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Let’s see what we got!

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Vivito Vivace Color Cream Jazz Coral 6g ($32)

This multi-pigment cream comes in a variety of different colours ranging from gold, purple, emerald green, white and pink to this deep cobalt blue, which can be used as an eyeliner, a shadow, and a lip colour all in one. The beautiful blue pigment glides smoothly onto skin with a silky texture, completely waterproof and smudge-proof, and shimmering with subtle pearls and vibrant vividness.

Now, one thing I have to say about this colour is that I can’t imagine ever wearing it on my lips. Maybe I’m just not bold enough for that sort of thing. Anyways, I’m not sure how I feel about this. I don’t typically wear blues on my eyes, mostly because when I do, it doesn’t turn out so well. This has a kind of lip balm-ish texture which is nice and smooth but I would be worried about creasing or the product just rubbing off. The swatch above is about 4 layers of the product so it does take a bit to build it up and it is a tad uneven. I have been pretty happy with Vivito products so far though so I may play around with this.

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Vivito Vivace Color Cream Funky Rock Pink 6g ($32)

Again, one of the Vivace Color Creams in a lovely Funky Rock Pink. This lovely pink colour is also a multi-player and can be used as an eye shadow, a blusher and a lip colour. The creamy pink pigment glides smoothly onto skin with a silky texture, completely waterproof and smudge-proof, and shimmering with subtly pearls and vibrant vivdness.

This is the same kind of product as the blue shadow but this is a much more manageable colour! It is a pretty pink but it takes a lot to build it up. Just like the blue shade, the swatch above was 4 or more layers so it isn’t super pigmented. This one I can see being used as a lip and cheek product as well so that is nice! It has the same lip balm-ish texture (not sticky) but I look forward to trying it.

Vivito Blues Shiny Primer

Vivito Blues Shiny Primer 30 ml ($34)

This Blues Shiny Primer coats over skin with a velvet-like veil which preps skin with both moisture boost and natural coverage needed to create the perfectly dewy, radiant complexion. It also firms the skin and enhances the lasting power of makeup to follow.

This is a duplicate for me because this same primer came in the Tinkerbell box. I haven’t started using the first one yet because I am using a different Vivito primer that came in one of the Thanksgiving boxes. I may pass this on if I find someone that wants it because I can only use primer so quickly.

Vivito White Angel Chorus Beam

Vivito White Angel Chorus Beam 30 ml ($34)

This White Angel Chorus Beam is your ultimate makeup base for dry, dull skin – containing shimmering pearls for extra-refined glamour and elegance as well as youthful suppleness. It colour-corrects and uneven complexion, and will also match your skin colour perfectly when used together with your favourite foundation or BB cream.

How to Use: Apply alone before foundation as a makeup base, or blend it in with foundation or BB cream in a 1:2 ration. Best Before October 28th 2015.

Another primer? I’m a little confused as to why they would put 2 primers in the same box. Not only that, but this one expires in 10 months which isn’t great. I will have to use this primer next since it expires so soon.

Overall I am a little disappointed in this box. I’m not saying that I wanted neon colours, but there were only 2 coloured products in the box. Half of the products only go under your makeup. I think they kind of abandoned their own theme for this one so that’s a bit sad. I have liked Vivito products though so maybe it will be alright. The overall retail value of this box was $132, although I do think that is inflated a bit. Stay tuned to see what was in the other colorboxes!

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xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional image taken from the Memebox website, all other images are my own. I have purchased this box with my own money and all opinions are honest and my own.