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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Project Pan 2015

So, recently I have become obsessed with watching Project Pan Youtube videos (don’t ask me why). It made me think that with the new year, I may want to do my own Project Pan through 2015. With any luck, I will remember to do either monthly or bimonthly updates so you can see how far I have gotten.

It’s not that I have a massive collection of make up but with my subscription boxes and holiday gifts, I have a lot of things that are going to be pushed to the side. I want to make sure that I use up my older products so that I don’t end up having to trash all of them. Since I am giving myself a full year for this, I have a huge list of about 35 (maybe?) products to try and finish! I know that I won’t be able to finish all of them. Some will be easy to finish and others will not so for some I would at least like to make some good progress!

Now to introduce the products that will be featured in Project Pan 2015!

LIPS

Revlon Honey

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Honey

This is a nice neutral lip colour and these lip pencils wear quite nicely. I bought a few colours a few years ago but have kind of gotten away from using them. I think this will be the easiest of the Revlon colours to use up.

Revlon Sweetheart

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Sweetheart

This pencil is quite a bright pink. I think I will have to wait until the spring/summer to start using this more. Just like the Honey pencil, this colour wears fairly well so I won’t mind trying to use it up.

Revlon Romantic

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable in Romantic

This is a nice sheer red colour that can be built up. I tend to wear it as a more sheered out colour so it will take a little while to get through it. I think I can pull this off all year though so hopefully I will be able to get through it.

Covergirl Marble

Covergirl Nature Luxe Gloss Balm in Marble

If I make sure that I am using this balm regularly than it shouldn’t be a problem at all getting through it. It is discontinued now, and I have had it for a few years so I really need to get through it. This applies as a sheer pink so it is easy to wear all the time.

The Face Shop Strawberry Jam

The Face Shop Dessert Lip Balm in Strawberry Jam

This was another Memebox acquisition. I don’t mind this but find it more of a gloss kind of consistency than a balm. It isn’t bad but it’s not my favourite. I may be able to use it as my post teeth brushing balm but I will have to see.

NYX Apple Strudel

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

I really do love these Butter Glosses. I got this particular colour in my first Ipsy bag and I liked it so much that I bought a couple of other colours. I am just trying to clear out some space in my lip collection so I would like to use these up. This one is a light peachy pink.

NYX Eclair

NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair

Once again, really like the formula of these glosses, I am just trying to declutter my collection a little bit. Eclair is a nice neutral pink.

NYX Peaches & Cream

NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream

This is the last of my Butter Glosses. It is the same as the others, I am just making space in my collection. Peaches and Cream is a pinkish coral colour.

The Body Shop Peach

The Body Shop Lip Gloss in Vineyard Peach

I bought this to qualify for some kind of deal at The Body Shop. I can’t quite remember what the deal was but I thought that Peach would be nice. It isn’t too bad. For the most part I actually forget I have it which isn’t a great thing. I am going to make a conscious effort to try and use this up.

EYES

GOSH White

GOSH Eyeshadow in White

I bought this from a sale bin at Shopper’s Drug Mart so many years ago that I can’t quite remember how long ago it was. It probably isn’t just called White but I can’t see the colour name anymore. The problem is that I only use it as a brow bone and inner corner highlight so it doesn’t get used up very quickly. I hit pan a little while ago so I am hoping that through this year I can really make some progress with it.

Rimmel Jet Black

Rimmel Kohl Pencil in Jet Black

I used to use this as my primary eye pencil all the time. Then I got into liquid liners and haven’t really touched this since then. It has maybe a little over half left so I am hoping I can tight line with it and use it up before too long.

L'Oreal Pure Espresso

L’Oreal Color Riche Pencil in Pure Espresso

I bought this right before I started using liquid liners so it has hardly been used. I may do the same thing with this as the Rimmel and use it to tight line.

Pacifica Fringe

Pacifica Natural Eye Pencil in Fringe

I got this eye pencil in an Ipsy bag and I honestly don’t love the colour. It is a sort of reddish brown which I haven’t quite figured out how to make work for me yet. Thankfully it isn’t a full sized pencil so there is less to work through.

Falsies Blackest Black

Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Blackest Black

I love this mascara, I have just gotten caught up with samples I keep getting. I have other mascaras waiting to be opened but I need to try and use this up a little bit before I get into those.

Falsies Brownish Black

Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Brownish Black

I tend to wear my brownish mascaras more in the spring/summer when everything feels a bit lighter so I haven’t been using this for awhile. I should try and use it for low key days or even some work days.

Falsies Flared

Maybelline Falsies Flared Mascara in Very Black

My mom gave me this one and I haven’t tried it yet, hopefully I will like it and will be able to get through it.

FACE

Benefit Erase Paste

Benefit Erase Paste in Fair

This isn’t my favourite concealer. I have terrible hereditary dark circles so I am constantly on the hunt to find a concealer that will cover them up a little bit. I have used a bunch of this but don’t love it. I will force myself to use it but won’t be thrilled about it.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in #2

This is similar to the Erase Paste in its history with me. In hindsight, I’m pretty sure I bought the wrong colour for this so that doesn’t help. I also find this concealer a bit goopy which I don’t love. I have hit pan on this so hopefully I will be able to finish it within the year.

Nivea Night Care

Nivea Moisturizing Night Care

This is the night cream that I used for a really long time. There isn’t anything wrong with it and I had just bought a new one when I got my first Memeboxes. In these boxes there were new creams that I started trying right away. I loved the Korean creams way more but don’t want to waste the cream I already had opened. I am just using this until it runs out so I can go back to using that other cream.

Derma E BB Creme

Derma E BB Creme in Light Tint

This came in an Ipsy bag I believe and I don’t mind it. I find that the product pills a little on my face but that may be my face cream interacting badly with it. I will be interested in experimenting to see the best way to apply this. I think I will be able to finish this by the end of the year.

The Face Shop Pink Cushion

The Face Shop Blusher in Pink Cushion

I kind of hate this colour to be honest. It is a bit bubblegum pinkish and I find it hard to blend out. I am hoping there isn’t much in this pan so it doesn’t take too long to get through. I will probably wait until spring/summer to wear it so it doesn’t look too light.

How Bout Them Apples Pie

The Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples? in Pie

This is a teeny sample that came in either my Ipsy or Topbox, I can’t quite remember. I think it might have been my Topbox. Since it is so small, it shouldn’t take me too long to get through.

ELF Mineral Blemish Powder

ELF Mineral Blemish Powder in Clear

I haven’t been using this and there is a ton left. I think I might use it as a translucent powder when I use the BB Creme.

BODY

BBW Strawberry Sparkler

Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Strawberry Sparkler

I have had this shower gel for absolute ages. Proabably 2 years at least. I got it as a Christmas present and just keep forgetting I have it. I need to use it up because I feel bad just leaving it sitting in the cabinet forever.

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Fortune Cookie Soap Mist Me in Beetle Breath

This came as part of my Third Time’s the Charm collection bundle. I don’t mind the scent, it is a kind of carnival scent with popcorn. It just isn’t my preferred scent for daytime wear. I typically spray myself with it before bed so that is good. I just hope I can finish it off. I have marked the current fill line and I will update this with each of my update posts.

Lush Lemony Flutter

LUSH Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

I bought this while we were on vacation in May because my cuticles were a mess. I don’t actually like using it for my cuticles but rather my feet. I cover my feet in this and then put socks over top. I do like this cream but I’m not sure I would repurchase.

The Face Shop Hand Cream

The Face Shop Hand Cream 

I don’t love the scent of this and I find it can take awhile to absorb into my skin. Most of the times I want to use it are when I’m on my laptop and don’t want to get my keyboard all greasy so I end up just not using it. The container is fairly small so if I try hard than it shouldn’t take too long to get through it.

Swankified

Fortune Cookie Soap Perfume Oil in Swankified

I received this perfume oil from FCS because they had accidentally scent me the unscented version of the walnut scrub. Normally it is in the Swankified scent so they scent me this to scent the scrub and then keep the rest of the oil to use as a perfume oil. I actually do prefer the scent when it is mixed with my body chemistry. It smells like banana bread which is great but it’s another one I don’t prefer for daytime wear. I am going to use it as my pre-bed perfume. It is hard to see in this picture but on the left hand side at the top of the label, I have marked this fill line with black marker. This will be easier to see as the volume decreases.

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Fortune Cookie Soap Perfume Oil in There’s No Place Like Home

We got this scent in the FCS cookie for the fall box and I absolutely loved it. However, as a perfume oil it wasn’t my favourite. I’ve been using it to scent my bath water so it shouldn’t take me long to finish this off. The fill line on this one is easier to see, it is just left of the witches hat. This one is obviously a lot lower than the Swankified perfume oil.

Nivea Soft

Nivea Soft Lotion

I bought this after trying some that a coworker had and I loved it! However, right after I bought this, I got into FCS and bought a bunch of their whipped creams so this lotion got a little bit forgotten. I will start using it as my post-shower lotion until it is gone.

HAIR

KMS Free Shape

KMS Free Shape

This is a spray for thermal protection and quicker blow drying. I very, very rarely blow dry my hair so it has been sitting around since I got it. I may make a point of using it just as a thermal spray. The fill line can be seen on this bottle too.

John Frieda Frizz Ease

John Frieda Secret Weapon

I got this in my Fall 2014 Sample Source box and it is a decent sized sample. It is used to tame frizz on straight hair so I could get some use out of it, I just need to make an effort to use it.

Pantene Age Defy

Pantene Age Defy

I really prefer to not use products in my hair because my hair is fine and can be easily weighed down. Mom got this as a sample and gave it to me, it is supposed to give you more volume. It is just a sample size so I will give it a try.

HOME

BBW Lilac Blossom

Bath and Body Works Room Spray in Lilac Blossom

I love the scent of this spray but it is very strong so I prefer to use it in the spring/summer when the windows are open and things are more breezy. I have sprayed this before and my mom thought she somehow hadn’t noticed that our lilac trees had blossomed so it is a very realistic scent. I’ve had it for a couple years so I would like to get through it.

BBW Flannel

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle in Flannel

I got this candle for my birthday this year. I’m not sure if it is one that I would have picked up for myself but I do really like the scent. My family is quite scent sensitive so I can’t burn it for too long at a time because it is quite strong. I would describe this as a kind of manly, woodsy scent.

BBW Cranberry Woods

Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle in Cranberry Woods

This was another birthday gift this year. I have had this scent before and I like it quite a bit. Once again, I can only burn this for little bits at a time because my family is sensitive to scents.

Woodwick Pumpkin Butter

Woodwick 22 oz. Candle in Pumpkin Butter

I have had this candle for forever, at least a couple of years. I really do love this candle. I love the scent and the woodwick aspect of it. It has a burn time of about 120 hours and I am nowhere near being done with it.

I am hoping to finish off a lot of these products and get really far with the rest. Hopefully writing updates for this project will hold me accountable in meeting my goal!

xo Amanda

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