September ipsy Glam Bag

My September ipsy glam bag has arrived and I’m extra excited to share this months baggie with you all because I included some special add-ons to try! So without further ado, let’s get started!

For this month, this is what I received from my ipsy glam bag:

  • Celestially inspired pouch
  • BENEFIT COSMETICS – Gimme Brow + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in 4.5 (Neutral Deep Brown)
  • IBOM – Lemon Verbena Clay Mask
  • FIRST AID BEAUTY – Hello Fab Coconut Water Cream
  • OFRA COSMETICS – OFRA x Madison Moondance Highlighter
  • SMASHBOX COSMETICS – Studio Skin 24 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation in 2.16 Golden (Medium)

And here are my extra add-ons:

  • L.O.C.K. COLOR – Unicorn Glow Hydrating Primer
  • WANDER BEAUTY – Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe
  • SKYN ICELAND – Icelandic Youth Serum
  • IT COSMETICS – Confidence in a Cleanser

Celestially Inspired Pouch

This month’s glam bag features a celestially inspired look which has to be my favourite pouch so far. Not to mention this beautiful zipper handle!

BENEFIT COSMETICS – Gimme Brow + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in 4.5 (Neutral Deep Brown)

I am all about brow make up because I have very little eyebrow hairs. This brow gel contains microfibers that stick to your eyebrow hairs and adds volume and fullness. It’s also water resistant and lasts all day. I was very impressed with this product.

IBOM – Lemon Verbena Clay Mask

This lemon clay mask is perfect for my oily skin because it contains tea tree (for oily skin), kaolin (reduces pore size), honey, centella asiatica extract and matsuchi (retains moisture). The rice husk and red bean particles allows for exfoliation and the lemon verbena extract aids in clearer, healthier looking skin.

FIRST AID BEAUTY – Hello Fab Coconut Water Cream

I’m a big fan of First Aid Beauty products and this Hello Fab Coconut Water Cream is one of my favourite products! This oil free and lightweight water cream instantly absorbs into your skin for a noticeably smoother and plumper complexion. It’s rich in amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and coconut water. You really can’t go wrong with this product.

OFRA COSMETICS – OFRA x Madison Moondance Highlighter

This highlighter made in collaboration with beauty blogger and new mommy, Madison Miller is a beautiful highly pigmented champagne shade. You really don’t need much on your brush to add some glow to your look.

SMASHBOX COSMETICS – Studio Skin 24 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation in 2.16 Golden (Medium)

This foundation applies to my skin so beautifully! It’s oil-free, contains hyaluronic acid and it doesn’t oxidize and darken over time on your skin! I love the matte finish and build-able coverage. The only fault about this product is that its not my shade which is a common issue when receiving concealers and foundations from beauty box subscriptions. But no worries, this foundation works perfectly as a concealer as well!

L.O.C.K. COLOR – Unicorn Glow Hydrating Primer

I was in need of a new primer and found this beauty in the add-on section on the ipsy website, and I’m glad I gave it a try. It’s lightweight with a gel texture – perfect for my oily skin. It also contains hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. My foundation and concealer really does blend in smoothly over this primer. This is my first time trying L.O.C.K. COLOR cosmetics and I’m quite impressed!

WANDER BEAUTY – Frame Your Face Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe

This products is actually full size because I also needed a new eyebrow pencil. I wanted something that will mimic the eyebrows hairs for a more natural look. My first impression of this brow pencil wasn’t great to be honest… It takes a while for the product to warm up on your skin so you gotta “rub” the pencil in a bit until the product softens and the pigment comes through. Once the pigment finally starts showing, I found it hard to make subtle hair-like strokes. Maybe I just need some practice but I wish the product was more pigmented and precise like it’s described.

SKYN ICELAND – Icelandic Youth Serum

I was intrigued by this skin care add-on product because it has a red-colored tint to it. Don’t worry, it doesn’t actually stay red on your skin once you massage it in! This serum is fast absorbing, lightweight and contains astaxanthin, one of the most powerful antioxidants on Earth!

IT COSMETICS – Confidence in a Cleanser

This is another favourite skin care product that I added on! It’s sulfate-free and soap-free, with collagen, hyaluronic acid, colloidal oatmeal, and a ceramide complex to remove make up, retaining moisture and nourishing your skin.

This month’s ipsy glam bag was very impressive! I am disappointed by the WANDER BEAUTY’s eyebrow pencil but besides that, I am definitely a fan of the rest of the products.

What’s in your ipsy glam bag this month?

STAY NAKED Weightless Liquid Foundation Review

In this post I’ll be reviewing the Stay NAKED weightless liquid foundation from URBAN DECAY Cosmetics.

This summer I got really tan so I was on the hunt for a good foundation that matched my skin tone. I have combination to oily skin so I wanted something matte, medium coverage, weightless and comfortable for everyday wear.

Shade 50CP (C‘ for the cool mastertone & ‘P‘ for the pink undertone)

I was told that this is exactly what I was looking for.

Here is a quick overview of the Stay Naked foundation:

  • vegan and cruelty-free
  • medium coverage and buildable
  • weightless and breathable formula
  • liquid formula to matte finish
  • available in 50 shades
  • waterproof
  • longwear – for up to 24 hours

DAY 1 – It was my husband and I’s anniversary. I decided to review this foundation on our night out.

Application

I applied the foundation over a moisturized and primed face with a damp beauty blender. The liquid formula blended beautifully onto my skin. I only applied one layer of the foundation but you can layer it for a more full coverage. Then I applied my concealer and baked with the Laura Mercier Loose powder in Translucent, and finished with the rest of my face. So far, I was happy with the feel of the foundation.

After 2 hours of application

After only 2 hours, I noticed creasing and cracking under my eye and around my mouth… Also, the shade of the foundation had gotten a tad bit darker than when I first applied it. I understand that this is due to oxidation but I took every step to prevent this from happening (primer, oil free products, setting with loose powder etc.). I don’t have this problem with my other foundations. I also felt like my face was heavy and cakey! This was a little upsetting considering that I was going out with my husband and had to leave the house in 10 minutes! I decided to give this foundation more time to set in so I left the house as is.

At the end of the night

When I got home from a night out with my husband, I found that the foundation lasted well. However I still found significant cracking and creasing around my eyes and mouth. And the cakey feeling was still very much there. In terms of oiliness, the foundation did well to keep the shine at bay. (I wish I had taken some photos at the end of the night! Sorry guys, had a bit too much to drink…)

I was pretty upset with this foundation after that night! I was considering returning the foundation for a full refund when I decided to give it another go. I’ve learned that I can’t give the foundation a proper review without changing a few steps in my make up routine.

DAY 2 – A few days later, our family decided to hang out by the pool before summer ends. I decided to give the foundation another try but this time, I mixed it with my Aveeno daily moisturizer.

Application

If any of you have tried the Aveeno daily moisturizer (SPF 15), you will find that it has a thicker consistency and a white film because of the SPF component. I knew I would be in the sun by the pool so I wanted some UV protection. I mixed one full pump of the moisturizer with one full pump of the Stay Naked foundation. Once I blended the mixture onto my skin, I already felt the difference. Compared to just the foundation application alone, the moisturizer and foundation mixture felt so much better.

My blemishes were faint but my skin looked natural and almost flawless with a subtle matte finish.

This time, I decided to apply loose power to only one side of my face. I thought, maybe the cakey feeling I had before was because I set my face with loose powder, which may not have been necessary when a matte finish foundation. I was curious to see how each side of my face looked in a few hours…

After a few hours by the pool

What a difference! Significantly less creasing, cracking, and cakey-ness! I felt so comfortable in my skin which is very rare.

In terms of setting with loose powder, I didn’t see much of a difference on either side of my face. Hmm…

Conclusion

After the first try, I was ready to return this foundation for a full refund! I was very disappointed by how the matte finish made my makeup look and feel cakey. I also was upset about all the cracking and creasing around my eyes and mouth.

Once I blended the foundation with my daily moisturizer, it made a huge difference. I can see myself using this foundation-moisturizer blend everyday!

Thanks for reading everyone! xoxo

Magnetic Eyeliner and Lashes Review

Hello loves, I was skipping through instagram the other day and came across an ad for MAGNETIC EYELINER and LASHES. I know, I’m a little late in the game but I was still intrigued.

I heard about these magnetic lashes before like from ARDELL. The ARDELL lashes are the ones where there are two lashes for each eye. So you apply the first lash above your natural lashes and then the second pair of lashes below your natural ones. Then the magnets should clamp the two lashes together over your natural lashes. I’ve seen a lot of reviews on these types of magnetic lashes and the majority find them extremely hard to apply and keep on…

But the magnetic lashes that I came across on instagram included a magnetic eyeliner and that’s what the magnets on the lashes attach to. This was different and promising so I had to give them a try! Plus, customer service seemed so good because in the comments, they always replied to any questions people had. So I thought, it can’t be that bad, right?

I ordered my pair from the website that I found on instagram, Thebeautynovaa (refer to image below). I paid $28.95 CDN for the NovaLashes – Magnetic Lash Kit in the style ‘Classy Lash’ and I didn’t have to pay for shipping.

I ordered them on July 31st and they finally arrived in the mail about 2 weeks later from somewhere in China. To be honest, I had very low expectations for these lashes right when I ordered them online 2 weeks ago. That was clue number 1…

Clue number 2 was that the package said “False Eyelashes in Diamond D“… I’m pretty sure I ordered the NovaLashes – Magnetic lash kit in the style Classy lash but ok…

I wanted to make sure that this was actually what I had ordered so I went to the website and looked at the photos people had posted in their reviews. The package and its contents were exactly what other customers had received so I guess this must be the right package.

I ordered the ‘Classy Lashes‘ because I wanted something a bit more natural to wear everyday. These lashes were pretty dramatic! They were however nice and soft but not for everyday wear like I had hoped.

You can see the magnets attached to the lash line in the above image. There’s about 5 little magnets on each lash so if you needed to trim them, you might be in a bit of trouble…

The eyeliner applicator had a thick brush which I wasn’t a fan of. Plus, it had a slight smell to it. There is also the issue of having those magnetic particles so close to your delicate eyes but customer service at thebeautynovaa kept reassuring everyone that the amount of magnetic particles in the eyeliner is so small, it shouldn’t affect the eye at all.

I really wanted these to work because I’m terrible at applying falsies with the glue. Plus, this would save so much time getting ready! I just wish I had gotten lashes that were a bit more natural…

Anyway, I put on some make up and threw on those lashes! Here are the results…

So firstly, you need to make sure the eyeliner is dry before trying to attach your lashes to them. When I applied the lashes, it took a little bit of moving them around to finally magnetize the liner and lashes together.

Yes, they do stick to the liner! But do they hold on well? In my case, no. With just a light tug, they come right off…

You can also see when I close my eyes, you can see that some ends of the lashes aren’t fully magnetized to the eyeliner on my eyelid.

I’ve seen reviews of these lashes passing the “wind test” and apparently, reviewers are saying they stay on quite well throughout the day! But I just can’t trust them myself!

I couldn’t imagine going out and having a lash fall off in public! That would be a nightmare.

Oh, and clue number 3… I was on the wish app the other day and guess what I found – the exact same eyeliner and eyelash kit for only $9.00!

So, there you go my friends! I paid almost $30.00 for this exact lash kit that is available on wish for only $9.00. Of course add on a few dollars for shipping, but still!

Here is a quick overview of the pros and cons of these magnetic lashes:

CONS:

  • very dramatic lashes (not for everyday wear, and these were apparently the least dramatic ones)
  • slight smell to the eyeliner
  • lashes easily comes off with a very light tug
  • very thick eyeliner applicator brush

PROS:

  • soft, feathery feel of the eyelashes
  • cute case to store your lashes for reuse
  • reusable if taken care of properly
  • inexpensive if you know where to look!

In conclusion, I wasn’t happy with this product. I really wanted them to work but I just can’t trust them outside in the wind and what not.

That’s it for this review! Thanks for reading everyone. If you have any experiences with these exact lashes or if you know of better ones that I should check out, please leave me a comment below!

xoxo

August ipsy Glam Bag

Hi everyone, I just received my August ipsy glam bag in the mail – yay! Oh, and by the way, I just wanted to point out my hubby’s infamous eye roll when he discovered the dazzling hot pink package sticking out of our mailbox… Get used to it, hunny!

I’m super excited to share these individualized sample products with you especially because I purchased a few add-ons for only $3 each!

Overall this August glam bag was pretty good! I did have to go back into my account and change my preferences for highlighter products because I just have way too many highlighters sitting at home already and I really don’t need more! But besides that, these picks are great!

So for this August Glam Bag, I got…

  • VASANTI Concealer Buffing Brush
  • WANDER BEAUTY Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask
  • Eyeko Beach Waterproof Mascara
  • ESTATE COSMETICS Dew Me Baked Highlighter in Lit
  • SUNDAY RILEY Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

And the add-on products I added to my bag are…

  • EVA-NYC Satin Dream Leave-in Hair Cream
  • PIXI by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose
  • SHERO SCIENCE 2-in-1 Pore Purifying Cleansing Gel

August Pouch

This evergreen, textured make up pouch is awesome. It’s something I would never have picked myself but I’m really loving it!

VASANTI Concealer Buffing Brush

So I’m the type of girl who likes to just use my beauty blender to blend in my concealer, but when I tried buffing out my under eye with this brush I realized I was doing it wrong this entire time! It makes the concealer spread out more evenly and it gets those hard to reach corners around the eyes.

It’s a nice thick and soft bristled brush! I’m a fan.

WANDER BEAUTY Lift Off Purifying and Brightening Peel Off Mask

If you know me, I love skin care products so I was super excited when I found out this little beauty was included in my baggie.

Firstly, the colour of the mask itself is a beautiful berry pink colour! It’s made with antioxidant rich ingredients like ACAI, GOJI BERRY, and GREEN TEA EXTRACTS. There is also KOALIN CLAY to remove oil and impurities, and minimizes shine and large pores.

I am in love with this peel off mask!

Eyeko Beach Waterproof Mascara

You don’t know waterproof mascara until you’ve tried Eyeko’s! Seriously, even my make up remover oils and wipes did very little to get this mascara off my lashes! Definitely would recommend this mascara if you’re planning for a swim at the beach or even for a good sweat session at the gym.

Also, it’s pumped with COCONUT OIL and FRUIT EXTRACTS to nourish your natural lashes. And SPF to protect them from the sun!

ESTATE COSMETICS Dew Me Baked Highlighter in Lit

I love this baked highlighter! It has a golden-pearly finish and it’s highly pigmented so just one sweep across your upper cheek bones and that should do it!

Fun fact – Did you know that “baked” highlighter are creams that were baked slowly in a oven to form that velvety texture? On the ipsy website, they also state that you can use baked highlighters wet or dry meaning you can add a bit of solution to intensify the pigments! I’m definitely going to try this!

SUNDAY RILEY Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

So I’m definitely going to find myself a full sized version of this sample because wow, I could tell the difference in my skin in just one day!

This cream has HYALURONIC ACID and TAMARIND EXTRACT for hydration and moisture. The PAPAYA ENZYME EXTRACT help to exfoliate the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation. And the ALPHA-ARBUTIN brightens any discolouration.

Plus, this cream literally is so lightweight and oil-free that it absorbs into your skin instantly! I have oily to combination skin so the fact that this cream doesn’t leave that greasy, heavy feeling is so amazing!

EVA-NYC Satin Dream Leave-in Hair Cream

For my add-ons, I chose this leave in hair cream. I recently got my hair done and now I’m dealing with the aftermath of hair colour damage! This leave-in cream deeply moisturizes and literally make my hair feel like satin. I love that it gives my damaged hair vitamins like ARGAN OIL, AVOCADO OIL, and KERAVIS PROTEIN COMPLEX to strengthen and prevent breakage.

PIXI by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose

For some reason, my lips don’t do well with any type of lipstick! They macerate and peel just after an hour of wearing lipstick so I’ve turned to tinted lip balms to add some colour to my life.

This lip balm is made with SHEA BUTTER and VITAMIN E to nourish, protect, and soothe your delicate lips. And the tint is very natural, just enough colour to wear everyday or with a face full of make up!

To the left, there is a picture of me with bare lips and the other, with PIXI By Petra Shea butter lip balm.

SHERO SCIENCE 2-in-1 Pore Purifying Cleansing Gel

I am on the hunt for a good skin cleanser. I chose this add-on product because I need some intense pore revitalization so I gave this gel cleanser by SHERO SCIENCE a try and it’s pretty good!

I love that its gel based for my oily skin. It gently exfoliates to remove dirt and minimize pores. It is made with WHITE WILLOW BARK (a natural source of salicyclic acid), WITCH HAZEl, CALENDULA EXTRACT, and TEA TREE OIL.

That’s it for my August glam bag! For next month, ipsy is allowing their ipsters to choose one of the five products included in their bag! Can’t wait to share my next bag of goodies with you all!

By the way, what”s in your glam bag this month?

xoxo

July Ipsy Glam Bag!

Hi loves! I recently signed up for ipsy’s glam bags! This is my very first subscription to the beauty box fad that’s been filling up my social media feed. I’ve looked into FunFitFab, Boxycharm, Allure, and many other beauty boxes but I could never bring myself to sign up for any of them until now!

It started when I came across an ipsy ad on instagram. I’m not one to fall for these ads but after looking through the comments, I noticed that customers really loved the products and the customer service was exceptional!

I went to their website and it looked promising! So I made an account and did their beauty quiz to personalize the products that will be included in my glam bag each month. The beauty quiz is so thorough, I actually loved doing it. It asks you questions ranging from your favourite brand name products, the colours palettes you prefer for your make up, your skin type, hair type and so forth. If you’ve gotten a tan, for example, and need to update your skin tone, you can totally do that by clicking on the ‘account‘ button on their website.

You can get a glam bag plus which has full sized products or just the regular glam bag which has sample sized products for $10. They arrive monthly. You even get the option to add more products to your bag each month for an extra cost. These extra add-on products can be full sized or sample sized. As well, ipsy allows they’re customers to earn reward points and ipsy cash to redeem for more products to add to your order each month!

Because this is my first beauty bag subscription I decided to try to regular glam bag with the sample products. I thought, if I liked a certain sample product, I can just purchase the full sized product myself rather than receive a full sized product that I didn’t like. Plus, its only $10! I had to give it a try and I’m so glad I did!

In this post, I’m going to share with you my very first July ipsy glam bag!

So firstly, I want to point out that it’s delivered in this dazzling pink package!

And the products come in a stylish make up pouch in the picture below.

For this month of July, I received…

  • Palm tree covered pouch
  • HEMPZ Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon Herbal Body Moisturizer
  • Midflower Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Sheet Masks (two packages)
  • LARITZY Cosmetics Dew Pot in the colour Utopia
  • PACIFICA Beauty Bronzer Blush Duo
  • CUCCIO COLOUR Nail Polish in Mercury Rising

Midflower Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Sheet Masks

Just recently I tried the Midflower hyaluronic moisturizing sheet mask and it left my skin so soft and smooth!

The mask contains hyaluronic acid for moisture, and firming, and flower water (ancient practice).

In my beauty quiz, I placed an emphasis on skin care products because I take my skin care very seriously. I love the idea of receiving new face masks and other skin care products to try every month!

HEMPZ Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon Herbal Body Moisturizer

The first thing I did was flip open the lid and take a big whiff out of the bottle… It smelt soooooooo good! It literally smelt like candy, I almost wanted to lick my hands!

This moisturizer contains hemp seed oil, hydrating pineapple extract, and honey melon extract which is high in antioxidants.

I loved that it’s light weight and absorbs into the skin quickly – not greasy at all. Also, 100% vegan, gluten-free, and THC-free.

PACIFICA Beauty Bronzer Blush Duo

PACIFICA is an award-winning brand for its vegan and cruelty-free products. It’s highly pigmented but also blends beautifully.

I absolutely love this coconut and rose infused bronzer and blush duo. It really smells like roses with a hint of coconut! The blush is in the shade wildrose and has a bit of sparkle to it so I tend to skip my highlighter when I use this blush. The bronzer is in the shade desert and it’s my new go to bronzer!

Great for on the go, especially with the handy little mirror on the back of it.

LARITZY Cosmetics Dew Pot in the colour Utopia

I was a bit iffy with this product at first because my face is normally oily and I have high cheek bones so using highlighters like this one would accentuate those features a bit too much…

For those who love highlighters and dewy make up looks, this might be the right product for you! This product feels like a pomade and blends very smoothly on the skin.

LARITZY is based in Montreal and provides cruelty-free products with the highest quality ingredients for your skin!

CUCCIO COLOR Nail Polish in Mercury Rising

I am terrible at painting my own nails, so when I received this product I was hesitant to use it. The colour however swayed me, so I had to give it a go. It’s a lovely shade of grape purple and very easy to sweep onto your nails. However, on the second day, this nail polish chipped!… I don’t know about you guys but I think I’ll just stick to the professionals at my local nail salon…

But on the plus side, CUCCIO COLOUR is known for their collection of 10-free formulas which are nail polishes free of harmful ingredients to your health.

I’m so glad I signed up for this beauty box subscription and I’m looking forward to sharing the next bundle of samples for August with you all!

Thanks for reading! xoxo