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Ipsy Beauty Candy




October Ipsy: Beauty Candy

What I received…

*MICA Beauty Cosmetics powder eye shadow in an olive-green shade. I wasn’t very excited about the product or the color so I haven’t tried it yet.

*Figs & Rouge hand cream in the scent mango manderine. The packaging is really cute but I am not a fan of citrus smells.

*Starlooks lip color. It is a pretty pink shade that I like. Not too bright so I would wear it spring, summer and into the early fall. 

*epice purifying face scrub. I haven’t tried it yet but I was fine with receiving it.

*Doll 10 illuminizer in shade champagne. This is definitely my favorite think in the bag. I added it to my everyday assortment of products, I use it to highlight above my blush and I like that it has a built-in mirror also, it’s cute.

The bag was ok, much sturdier than September’s bag. I like the color and the quilted pattern on it.


Ipsy Street Style

ipsySeptember Ipsy ~ Street Style

What I received in mine!…

*Cailyn lip gloss. I loved this! Beautiful color, perfect for fall. Definitely my favorite product in this month’s bag.

*Crown crease/shadow brush. I use my Urban Decay Naked eye pallets 99% of the time so I didn’t really need this but that being said, it seems to be of good quality and I will eventually use it with some of my odd and end shadows.

*Pacifica grey eyeliner pencil. Only half sized and not an automatic roll out pencil which I prefer since by the time I seem to get a pencil properly sharpened half of it is gone!… Still,  it’s a color that I don’t have so at least it’s something new.

*Nourish Organic face cleanser – cucumber and watercress. I wish ipsy would please, please, please quit sending me items from any of their organic lines. No offense to organic as whole but every single organic thing they have sent me has smelled terrible to me and will be getting zero use.

*Mitchell And Peach luxury hand cream. While not technically organic, this had a similar awful scent. So disappointed. On a random note though, it is made in England and since my mom loves all things English I will send it to her. Perhaps it will pass her scent test.

I like the bag, it’s a little edgy as I think they intended for it to be with the gun-metal grey color and silver studs along the top. The material is very thin and cheaply made though so I do not think it would hold up for long carried around in my purse.

Fall Scents 2014

f2Mister Mister always says that one of the things he most looks forward to coming home to after a long day at work is how inviting our home always smells when he opens the front door. With that in mind, I look forward to each season and incorporating its iconic scents into our space. Fall is always my favorite, perhaps it most reminds me of the scents around my childhood home as I was growing up and I find comfort in that. It’s amazing what a key role scent plays in our memories. Fall scents run from the first of September through Thanksgiving day in our home. Thanksgiving night or even the next day begins Christmas scents as decorating is in full swing. It may be odd that I have a rotating scent schedule but I like to plan ahead so it works for me!

Bath & Body Works is my favorite, they never disappoint and  I prefer them over Yankee and even Scentsy. I usually pick one to two scents that work together nicely. I’m a bargain shopper and love a sale and discount. I never pay full price so I am able to get enough to last the entire season and extras to share with friends and family. I like to share the smelly goodness!

Last fall I chose Pumpkin Cupcake and Nutmeg Spice. This year they offered the entire Pumpkin Cupcake line which I went with again but they only offered the wallflower plug-in bulbs in the Nutmeg Spice. New this year was the entire line of Harvest Gatherings. I instantly fell in love with the name and the scent so I had found our fall scent duo…

Pumpkin Cupcake: “Satisfy your sweet tooth with the scent of a freshly baked pumpkin cupcake covered in loads of rich buttercream frosting.” — My all time favorite fall scent each year. As long as they continue to offer it, it will be a staple scent in our home!

Harvest Gathering: “Enjoy the richness of Autumn in this mixture of red apple, cinnamon leaf and tart cranberry,” — Replacing Nutmeg Spice from last year, this is a truly fall scent, evoking chilly mornings and cozy evening by the fire.

I like to layer the scents between wall flower plug-ins – giving off the constant scent. Candles – for cozying up with my boys in the evenings. Antibacterial hand soap, simply a given and room spray – for an extra burst of scent love.

Ipsy Beauty Schooled

photoknknmAugust Ipsy ~ Beauty Schooled

What I received in mine!…

*Free your mane hair reviving spray. I haven’t used this yet but it’s definitely a product I don’t mind giving a try. I think it’s a little like dry shampoo which I love. It’s a nice travel size so I threw it in my purse incase I ever need to freshen up my do on the go!

*Urban Decay Perversion mascara. I’m an Urban Decay purest so of course I loved it and it was by far my favorite and most used item in the bag. It definitely perks up my lashes, adding length and fullness. The only thing I didn’t like though is that the wand seems to hold too much product so if I didn’t put a little extra effort into scraping down the wand as I pulled it out of the tube I would have ended up with spider lashes.

*Lord & Berry black eyeliner pencil. Only a sample size on this one, half of a regular sized eyeliner pencil made it feel like I was getting ripped off a little. Even still,  it’s  handy to throw in my purse for an emergency touch up.

*Manna sheer glo shimmer lotion. Again, I was very disappointed with how teeny-tiny the sample was but a sample none the less. It’s odorless and adds a faint pink glow to your skin. I’ve used it over my blush which adds a nice dewy look.

*Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Chapstick. Very moisturizing and an interesting flavor, mandarin green orange ginger – that’s a mouthful to say! Definitely not a flavor I would usually choose especially since I hate ginger with a passion but somehow it all works together quite well.

Very cute bag print, a nice farewell to summer colors. I liked it so much that I really wanted to do my nails the same white with orange polka dots but I never got around to it, perhaps next summer. The bag shape was something new which I can appreciate but after being smooshed in the mail it came out kind of wonky.

Ipsy Sensationally Sunkissed

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What I received in mine….

*Be Fine daily moisturizer. I already have a main face moisturizer that I use and this didn’t have that great of a scent anyways. So I use it on Mister Mister when I pamper his face before bed sometimes.

*Whet nail polish. Surprisingly  I didn’t really like this color. I’s like an electric purplish/blue. I did have my nails cobalt blue recently so I dig the blues just not this one. Perhaps it will grow on me and one day I will put it to use. Until then it will be taking up space in my drawer of nail goodies.

*Bare Minerals cream eye shadow. I like this, it is almost a grey mud color. I’m not sure what shade it is exactly as the teeny tiny sample size it came in didn’t have it printed on it. I swatched it on my hand and was happy with the color and consistency. I’m sure I will give it a try this fall. 

*Hang Ten tanning oil. I haven’t tried this and don’t know that I will, I’m not much of a sun goddess.

*Pixie lip balm, probably the best product out of the entire bag. It goes on clear and just gives your lips a pretty shine as it moisturizes. It does have a mint flavor to it though which I am not a fan of.

The bag was cute, something different. It was square and hot pink with scalloped edges. It kind of reminded me of a ravioli lol.

Ipsy Pretty In Paradise

photo 1ipsyJune Ipsy Pretty In Paradise!

What I received:

*Be A Bombshell mascara. I have received other Be A Bombshell products in previous Ipsy bags and I was happy with them. That was not the case with this masara though. It did nothing to lengthen my lashes or make them appear fuller and it had a very overwhelming chemical/ plastic odor. It was also as if the tube was old and dried out even though it was brand new. I ended up tossing it out.

*NYX lip gloss in shade apple streusel. I was happy to receive this because I had wanted to try this line out. I love this gloss; color, taste, consistency. It made me want to purchase one in each shade!

*Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray for my hair. I wasn’t excited to receive his because I have stick straight hair and never even attempt the beachy tasselled look because it wont hold. It has a very summery, coconut scent to it. I haven’t tried this product yet but I will give it a shot before summer comes to an end and update this post.

*Laneige BB cushions. Another product I have yet to try. Maybe in the back of my head I’m saving it for a special occasion or date night! It came with three samples; light, medium, dark and an applicator sponge. I get that they give a variety of colors in with the sample but obviously the dark is of no use to me. I figure possibly I can mix the dark with concealer and create a shade that I could use?! At least that way it doesn’t go to waste. We will see.

*Nickak New York green shimmer liquid eyeliner. I think I would have preferred the blue option but the green will go well when I wear purple eye shadow. A product that I would not have purchased on my own but that I didn’t mind receiving in my bag. 

The bag print reminded me of  Hawaiian vacation. I like the black with the red lining. I’m a definite floral lover but these in particular are not my favorite. Still a cute bag overall.    

Ipsy Fresh Picks


May Ipsy Fresh Picks

What I received:

*Av’ene Thermal Spring Water. Fancy French water in an aerosol can… give or take.  I haven’t really used it because the pamphlet that came with it talks about what a precious commodity it is so I want to make sure I use it sparingly. Something new to try that I probably otherwise never would have.  

*Pacifica eye shadow duo. Yet another neutral eye shadow sent my way. Not excited and not quite bummed about it either. It’s a bag filler item for me and that’s about it.  

*Too Faced Chocolate Soleil. I was beyond thrilled to receive this! One of my all time favs from Ipsy. It really smells like chocolate and is just a great product. I use it everyday for contouring. It was only a sample size but seems like it will still last me awhile. When it runs out I will definitely purchase a full size version. Love it.

*Hang Ten sunscreen. It’s sunscreen, there’s not much to say about it. The sample size is perfect for throwing in my purse though which is exactly what I did with it.

*Eva-nye hair mask. I don’t think this was a full-sized product but definitely at least a deluxe sample size. Enough to get 3-4 uses on my long hair. I’ve used it once and it was okay. Since my hair is platinum blonde I am always happy to try new products that will replenish moisture to my hair. I couldn’t decide if I liked the scent or not. I kept going back and forth between yes, I did like it and no, I didn’t because it possibly reminded me of what I imagined what one of the woman from the Golden Girls would smell like… Super random I know. I did like the coral colored packaging though if that counts for anything at all!

 The bag itself was something new, made of canvas material. The material and the organic-ish print made me smile because it is very Pacific Northwest-ish…

Emphasis on the “-ish!”