{Ipsy} Beauty Schooled

August 2014“Learn the rules, so that you can break them. This month, you’ll discover that you’ll never stop learning – especially, when it comes to the world of beauty. With everything from styling skills, application techniques, to channeling your inner confidence and uniqueness… With the help of ipsy and your August Glam Bag, you’re about to get “schooled.”

School? I haven’t been to school for over eight years. Then again I could stand to learn a few beauty tricks. I am always looking to switch up my beauty routine in preparation of dreaded winter skin. The August bag reminds me of a pencil case and the polka dot pattern is to die for cute. I am a fan of the color orange and polka dots so its right up my alley.

Beauty Schooled

Beauty Schooled

“What did you get in your Beauty Schooled Bag?” Oh! I am so glad you asked! Let’s un-bag it and find out!

Dr. Brandt – Pores No More Pore Refiner: is a quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin. It is the miracle base to create the perfect skin canvas for long-lasting makeup and well-preserved skin.
—————–> I’ve got one word to describe this product and that is “brilliant.” It does exactly as they claim and it left my skin looking flawless.

Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara: Bigger. Blacker. Badder. Urban Decay’s ultra-creamy, lengthening and volumizing mascara features triple-black pigments and a deeply nourishing ingredient blend. Perversion Mascara gets you sexy in one stroke, yet it won’t quit until you say when.

J. Cat Beauty – Flying Solo Eye Shadow in Half Naked: The high-quality formula and texture can be worn wet or dry. Each shadow opens up to reveal a mini mirror and applicator, making this shadow perfect whether at home or on the go!
————-> I love the versatile color that has the perfect amount of shimmer. J. Cat Beauty is a great formula that covers well and holds up to whatever your day brings.

Jersey Shore Sun – Mongongo Lip Conditioner: offers a unique protection from UV and environmental pollutants in skin applications. Mongongo oil is rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, cooper and anti-oxidants.

Klorane – Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: gently revives hair, ridding it of excess dirt, oil, build-up and odor while leaving hair soft, clean and full of volume.
————–> I was super excited to receive this product in my glam bag this month. My excitement was short lived when I glimpsed at the ingredients. The first two ingredients listed on the label are “Butane and Propane.” Not to mention there is a “highly flammable” symbol to the right of the ingredients. Last time I checked butane an propane have no benefit to hair or let alone skin. Just imagine what these chemicals are doing to your scalp and worse your brain. I was going to give this product a whirl on my upcoming camping trip, that is until I had visions of a spark hitting my head followed by me going up like a roman candle. This is not dry shampoo it is a fire starter. I urge all of you to not use this product as it has no benefits, other than damaging your health with terrible chemicals.

My August glam bag was a big miss the only things I really liked were the Dr. Brandt, J. Cat, and the lip balm. I have enough mascara samples to tied me over and the Urban Decay was nothing to write home about. I am still taking the dry shampoo on my trip, however it will be sprayed on wet wood to assist in getting the fire started.

Do you want an Ipsy Glam Bag of your very own? Well then, for $10 a month (shipping is free) you will receive a Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. If you want a bag of your very own or more information please visit http://www.ipsy.com/r/1w1i Trust me you will be glad you did!

***I was no compensated for my post. Opinions are my own***

{Ipsy} Sensationally Sun Kissed

Here comes the sun and a Glam Bag full of beauty products so good that even the sun would worship it. There isn’t a gray cloud in sight this summer as we give you an amazing selection of brands and products fit to help keep you looking your best during summer’s brightest days and warm long nights.

Yay! Summer is finally here. Well actually its been god awful hot as of late and I have been taking cover with the dog in my air conditioned apartment. We don’t do the sweltering heat. The heat index wasn’t the only thing on the rise this month, women were complaining about the products before they even got them. Ipsy included a tanning oil in this months bag and apparently this very item upset a lot of women and caused them to take to social media. The internet was filled with comments of how it wasn’t cool to send out a tanning oil. My thing is this “Just cause they send it to you, doesn’t mean you need to use it.” I happened to be in the market for a tanning oil and was glad to get it in my bag. Next month I plan on getting my tan on down in The Dells.

Enough about Tan Oil Gate, lets unzip this bag and discover what’s inside!

Sensationally Sun Kissed

Sensationally Sun Kissed

Sensationally Sun Kissed – July 2014

bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15: Meet the next generation in eyeshadow: creamy, long-wearing color meets exceptional skincare benefits and broad spectrum SPF protection. Chock-full of skin-loving ingredients, this breakthrough product delivers 5 benefits in one luxurious formula:
1.) 12-hour long-wearing color 2.) Super-charged primer 3.) Powerful brightening benefits 4.) Smoothes fine lines 5.) Protects with SPF

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08: Highlight your healthy glow with our organically indulgent dark tanning oil. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, & exotic plant extracts. Tan naturally!

Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm in Pretty Pink: Packed with lip-loving ingredients, this glossy gel balm protects & hydates lips instantly. After the balm wears off, lips are left tinted with a flattering, personalized hue just for you (color & intensity depends on pH level of lips).

POP Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer: This radiance enhancing bronze glow delivers a soft honey beamed hue, adding warmth and a sun-kissed lift to your complexion. With added vitamin E.

Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray Conditioning & Texturizing Spray: Creates beachy undone texture that looks and feels like you’ve spent a day at the beach. Contains argan oil which helps nourish, protect and heal hair damage.

This months Ipsy bag was a miss for me. I only liked the Pixi lip balm and will be using the Hang 10 tanning oil. The Eyeshadow was just not my shade. I am not a fan of bronzers, so I will be gifting the Pop to a friend. Sea salt texture sprays seem to be all the rage these days, however when your hair resembles Shirley Temple’s, I am pretty certain its not meant for you. I have Shirley Temple curls, frizz is my enemy and this product doesn’t help with that.

Do you want an Ipsy Glam Bag of your very own? Well then, for $10 a month (shipping is free) you will receive a Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. If you want a bag of your very own or more information please visit http://www.ipsy.com/r/1w1i Trust me you will be glad you did!

***I was no compensated for my post. Opinions are my own***

{BirchBox & Ipsy} Girls Be Bitchin

BOSSAs you know I love a good subscription box or bag, hell I like any mail that isn’t demanding payment from me. For me BirchBox and Ipsy allow me to explore the beauty market place and try new things before I hunk down a chunk of cash for the full-sized product. How often do you get to try before you buy? Not that often, especially when it comes to men……. I kid, I kid. BirchBox and Ipsy have essentially the same concept, they send you a box/bag full of deluxe sized samples or sometimes full-sized products to try in the comfort of your own bathroom. I don’t know bout you but that is where I try mine out, my mirror lives in the bathroom, so ya know I gotta go where the mirror is. Cause it sure as hell isn’t jumping off the wall and coming to me.

All humor aside. While riding the 7:15 am #4B into work, I became irritated by how entitled and ungrateful BirchBox and Ipsy subscribers are. Each month Ipsy opens the “glam room” it allows subscribers to see what is coming in their bag that month. BirchBox does the same thing, you can unlock your box after it ships to see its contents before it arrives at your door. I like, love this concept, 1. I get to see what’s coming and I get super excited and start stalking my packages online. 2. I hate surprises and I like knowing what will be arriving. This concept is a great thing and it is also a horrible ugly thing.

Why is it ugly? Girls are all over the internet bitchin about what is or isn’t in their boxes. First lets look into “Ipsy Gate.” It seems that with Ipsy every month subscribers complain about the quality of the product or the type of item they receive. February’s bag included a mini POP Plumping Lip Gloss, it came in two colors and it had a smell. We are not talking about the normal lip gloss smell, but apparently a very bad smell and some said it burned their lips. Facebook was full of the following posts:”I complained to Ipsy and now I am getting a full-sized Pop gloss to replace my stinky one.” Some women even double dipped by contacting both Pop Beauty and Ipsy ending up with 2 free full-sized glosses. Everyone likes free things, however when free is involved everyone should be honest.

People complained that May’s bag had too much skin care and very little makeup. Apparently Ipsy is supposed to be all makeup all the time. All makeup and no skin care, makes for terrible skin. I happened to love May’s Fresh Picks bag and enjoyed sampling new skin care products. Hey that shit isn’t cheap and if I can try it before I buy it, that’s a bonus. If the skin care complaints were boggling your mind things got even better, soon there were rumblings of broken Pacifica Eye shadow. Before you knew it everyone was complaining about receiving a broken shadow. I got the shadow and mine arrived in one solid piece. Just as before, Ipsy kindly sent out a replacement shadow. Its my understanding that you can apparently put the shadow back together again. Sort of like humpty dumpty. I’ve never done it, so I am not sure how it works.

Now lets look at “The BirchBox Scandal!” Woohooo everybody loves a good scandal! Hell I know I like the sound of the world scandal, that’s why I am using it. Every dang month, girls be bitchin “BirchBox you suck, you didn’t send me anything I wanted! I can’t use any of this! I’m canceling on you! Well, I would cancel but I like the points system, cause I can get free stuff in the BirchBox shop. Yea, I can, I just stay for the points.” <—– People actually say these things on BirchBox’s social media sites. I just laugh at them and usually make some snarky comment. You know because I am kind of snarky. Anyways it gets old really quick. I am not always happy with the Big "BB" yet I keep my unhappiness to myself and I don’t publicly blast them on their social media sites.

Well there was this one time where I did complain on the BirchBox Facebook page. But it was legit, they sent chocolate in my box and I am allergic to chocolate so I couldn't use anything in the box. But I complained in a nice way and through social media they prompted me to call in. So I did, their awesome customer service rep took care of me and hooked me up with a new chocolate free box. Concerns like the fore mentioned are legitimate concerns and should be brought to the company's attention.

Every month a new "Ipsy gate" and "BB Scandal" unfold in my social media feeds. One can literally pop themselves a bowl of popcorn, pour a glass of wine, sit back and read the drama. It's highly entertaining! I love how grown women throw hissy fits over receiving the wrong shade of makeup, tanning oil, hair products, and so on and so on. I am starting to believe that women think that the BirchBox and Ipsy warehouses are like Santa's workshop. You know a workshop filled with magical elves that can read our minds and that every girl in the world has her own personal elf that picks out amazing products just for her. Lady, its time to get real. There isn't a magic workshop and no one is pulling products just for you. It's a random system and they do their best to match products to what you put in your beauty profile. YOU signed yourself up for a sampling service and if you didn't properly read the fine print, then that's your own damn problem. There is no guarantee that you are going to get exactly want you want every month. No where in the fine print does it say "You will only get makeup in your glam bag." Nope I checked the site, it says you will get 5 beauty products in your bag. Same goes for BirchBox, you will get 4 to 6 deluxe sized samples each month and it does not mention that you will “only get makeup”. If you don't like a product, don't bitch about it, give it away or trade it away to someone who will love it.

You are not driving the beauty box bus here, you are just a passenger, and you should be grateful.

Why should you be grateful?
Its easy, you can afford a $10.00 box/bag each and every month, while someone out there can't. Stop and think about the following before you bitch about Ipsy and BirchBox: Think about the woman who is standing with her children at the grocery store cash register searching for just 10 more dollars so she doesn't have to ask the cashier to take something back. For her that is embarrassing and it breaks her heart knowing that her children will have a little less food on their plates. Think about the woman who walks miles to work, because she doesn't have $10.00 for gas. Think about the woman who searches the ground for spare change, because all she needs is another $10.00 to pick up her child's medication from the pharmacy. Think about them, think about their lives and you will see that your petty complaint is just another over-entitled first world problem.

{Ipsy} Pretty In Paradise – June 2014

“Warm white sandy beaches or a café under a star filled night sky, being pretty in YOUR paradise is only a Glam Bag away. We picked products that are excellent for an extravagant getaway or a quintessential kit for a quick trip for some peace and quiet. What paradise is on your bucket list?”

Pretty in Paradise? Why yes I would like one please. Pretty in Paradise sounds like a tropical fruit filled umbrella drink that one would order at a tiki bar. My favorite beach destination in the world is Alghero Sardinia in the Mediterranean. The white sandy beaches are so incredibly soft and you will be swept away by the crystal clear blue waters. Not to mention topless sun bathing is a must do. What can I say my girls like a little bit of sun on a foreign beach every now and again.

My lack of paid time off keeps me from jetting off to Sardinia, so I will just have to dream of my paradise from afar. Luckily Ipsy sent me some really great products to assist me in my day dreaming abilities. My summer staple is little to no makeup, less is best and a little gloss will go a long way. From the beach, to the store, to the roof top patios your perfect shade will keep you looking fab.

Pretty In Paradise

Pretty In Paradise

Now let’s unlock this little bit of paradise in a bag!

Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: A rich pigmented mascara with a lengthening formula that offers a multidimensional look.
—————————–> In all honesty my mascara smelled horrid. I didn’t try it because I couldn’t get past the smell.

NYX Butter Gloss – Apple Strudel: Buttery soft and silky smooth, the scrumptious new NYX Butter Lip Gloss tastes as sweet as a sugar cookie—and makes your lips look downright luscious.
—————————-> I own a few of the butter glosses and was so excited to receive another one in my glam bag. This is my go to gloss and I love that it’s not sticky or drying. My lips stay smooth and soft.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment with African Macadamia Oil: delivers 5x silkier hair*, without leaving it greasy or heavy.
———————————> I haven’t tried this out yet. It is on my to do list, I just keep on forgetting to grab it before I hit the shower.

Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: This true black liquid liner creates a bold, precise, ultra-fine line that’s both waterproof and smudge-proof. The unique, caligraphy-style brush allows you to create lines as thin as one millimeter!
———————————> I am not an eyeliner type of girl, so this little guy is going in the gift pile.

SKINN Olive & Enzyme Cleanser: is a natural based and gentle cleansing balm that: Dissolves dirt Removes makeup, Removes dead skin cells, Softens, smoothes and moisturizes skin.
—————————–> This sample is also on my to try list.

I am so ready to find a little bit of paradise this summer and one thing for sure is, “I will look good doing it!”

Do you want an Ipsy Glam Bag of your very own? Well the, for $10 a month (shipping is free) you will receive a Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. If you want a bag of your very own or more information please visit http://www.ipsy.com/r/1w1i Trust me you will be glad you did!

***I was no compensated for my post. Opinions are my own***

IPSY Gone Wrong, Be A BombShell Should Be Ashamed

MascaraEvery month I eagerly await for the sneak peak posts, stalk my tracking number, and practically tackle my mail man when the shiny pink envelope arrives. I love Ipsy, it is such a fun concept and a great way to sample new products at an affordable price. For $10 a month one gets a whole lot of awesome in her monthly Ipsy Glam Bag. The typical bag contains 5 products, most of which are considered full-sized or deluxe sized samples. Ipsy has a lot of well known brands in there bags and a wide variety of products.

It seems that with each bag someone out there finds something to complain about. They don’t like the consistency of a product, fake eyelashes, the shade of a product, or as of late the scent. I’m not one to buy into the terrible product smell hype. I figure people complain so they can get something for free or to create an internet witch hunt. However this month, its not hype its actual truth.

The June Glam Bag contains a full-sized Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara and I was super excited when I saw the product in my Glam room. I could not wait for my bag to arrive and well my excitement was quickly dashed to disappointment. The mascara smells horrid, as in burn your nose hairs off horrid. The scent thou extremely unpleasant was very familiar to me. Along MN highway 52 sits a fuel refinery called “Pine Bend.” I literally felt like I was in my Prius with the windows down driving by the refinery. I don’t need to go for a drive, I just pull of the damn cap to smell the refinery.

What gets me is this, I understand that somehow Ipsy is able to provide this service to us for $10 a month. I am sure they work out deals with companies to obtain full-sized products at a good value without taking a profit loss. I think its great, especially since Ipsy is a woman owned company out of San Francisco. However I am not down with putting the health of your customers at risk. Something tells me that the Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara did not pass their quality control departments test and they were left with a foul smelling product that they could not sell. Everyone loves a profit so I am sure they sold it to Ipsy for less than it was worth just so they could wash their hands of the bad batch.

Facebook was swirling with reports of horribly scented Be A Bombshell product and soon enough they posted a response on their company Facebook page. BeABombShell Post This response is complete Bull Shit, as in how do you expect your consumer to put foul smelling mascara on their eyelashes. Some women have reported a burning sensation on their eyelids when they applied the Be A Bombshell Mascara that they received in the Ipsy bag. Yet as a company they are claiming that the horrible smell is completely normal and that they chose to leave the fragrance out. Or maybe the fragrance was simply forgotten to be added into this batch and they knew there would be backlash if they sold it to consumers. So instead of selling it to a consumer, they found a company to buy it and that company could take the blame for the bad product. When a problem occurs we always go back to the source to get resolution, in this case Ipsy is our source. Ipsy is getting the brunt of the backlash while Be A Bombshell is washing their hands of there horribly smelling product. It doesn’t matter how many times you wash your hands, you are still going to stink Bombshell.

Ipsy is not free from blame and they to need to put people before profits. If I were Michelle Phan (she is the CEO and Founder of Ipsy) I would be ashamed of myself and my company. I bet she would not even touch this foul smelling shit and would probably throw it away. Yet, it was deemed safe for us to use and we were told its perfectly fine. Ya know PG&E told the citizens of Hinkley CA, that Chromium 6 was perfectly fine and that it wouldn’t hurt them. Well long story short it was determined that Chromium 6 was detrimental to humans, and an entire town took on PG&E and won. Just because a company claims a product/chemical is safe doesn’t mean its safe for human consumption or use.

Be A Bombshell and Ipsy, just do us all a favor and own it. Own your foul smelling mascara and just come out and say “we off loaded a bad batch to Ipsy.” Fix it and send us your normal version of the Lash Out Mascara. Because as of right now, I don’t want to buy any of your products and I am quiet fearful of them at the moment. Don’t be a PG&E, or a Merck, or a Monsanto or a Ford Pinto, just own your shit and fix it. Otherwise your customers are going to lose faith in your brand and you will not be able to gain new customers to make up for the loss in profits, because you have a bad reputation.

{Ipsy} Fresh Picks – May 2014

According to Ipsy “It’s a month of crisp air, vibrant flowers, and fresh Glam Bag products! Getting your beauty to bloom all month-long will be as easy as lying in the warm grass and basking in the sunshine.” I completely agree and I am so ready for warm weather. Bring on the sunshine and long summer nights! What Can I say Ipsy did it again with their over the top sneak peaks. Each Peak revealed a host of new products that are perfect for the summer months and I could not wait to get my hands on my bag.

” So tell me what was in your Ipsy Glam Bag?” Oh I am so glad you asked! I am dying to tell you!


May 2014

Hang Ten – Classic Sport SPF50: Protect and nourish your skin with our clear, lightweight, naturally scented sunscreen. Provides maximum water resistance and full body coverage against harmful UVA/UVB rays.
—————> Heck Yes! I will take all of the sun screen I can get. When was in my early 20’s I had skin cancer spots removed from the bottom of my feet and from my arms. I have gone from a tanner to a sunscreen worshiper. Sunscreen is important and this one is the perfect size to throw into my purse.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo – Celestial & Opal: are coconut infused mineral eye shadows that are a perfect addition to any makeup collection. Packaged in a beautiful travel ready recyclable container, these exclusive duos are customized just for ipsy!
—————> We established a long time ago that I am an Eyeshadow whore. Yes I have many shadows and I promise I use all of them and love adding new ones. The Pacifica duo is perfect for summer and I am loving the natural shades.

derma e – Microdermabrasion Scrub: this gentle yet effective Microdermabrasion Scrub, only from derma e®. This formula buffs away dull surface cells, diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and acne scars, and absorbs excess skin oils with an exclusive crystal blend including Dead Sea Salt and Volcanic Sand (rich in Silica).
—————> I admit that I have yet to try this little jar of potential goodness out. Once my the swelling goes down and my incision heals, I am going to give it a whirl. I am totally practicing health before beauty at the moment. Because lets face it who cares if we have incredible skin if we are too sick to enjoy it.

Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask: Instantly renews skin, leaving it refreshed and clean after only a few minutes. This gel mask helps promote a smooth and clear complexion for a post facial feeling.
—————> Why yes! I will take it all off once my incision heals. (Get your mind outta the gutter folks!!)

Pur~lisse – pur~moist hydra balance moisturizer: Achieve beautiful balance with the Pur-lisse pur~moist hydra balance moisturizer. Gently smooth over face day or night after cleansing and toning.
—————> I handed this one off to my Mama. I paid her in samples for taking care of me after surgery.

My Fresh Picks glam bag was spot on and what can I say Ipsy just might be my favorite subscription.

Do you want an Ipsy Glam Bag of your very own? Well the, for $10 a month (shipping is free) you will receive a Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. If you want a bag of your very own or more information please visit http://www.ipsy.com/r/1w1i Trust me you will be glad you did!

***I was no compensated for my post. Opinions are my own***

{IPSY} Beauty Rocks – April 2014

Beauty RocksIpsy comes up with a lot of great themes, April was no exception and with each sneak peek it unfolded in our Facebook feeds. The last peek revealed a purple bag with a screen print of a vinyl record with the words “Beauty Rocks” printed on it. Life is a dance floor, so why not live it up, sing out loud, and shake them hips?! This month, we’re celebrating our unique beauty to the sound of tunes.

I know a ton of women go crazy over Urban Decay, I however could careless about the brand. Every bag for the month of April included an Urban Decay Travel Size eye liner and your other four products were left to chance. Ipsy did a great job with the sneak peeks and I was totally on board when I saw that lip gloss would be in the equation. You know how I love me some lip gloss or lip balm. Well any lip product would tickle my fancy.
April 2014

“What did you get in your Beauty Rocks Bag?” Oh! I am so glad you asked! Let’s find out!

Beauty Rocks! – April 2014

Cailyn – Tinted Lip Balm: Color Apple Pink – 3D Smart Film Former: This advanced technology stabilizes pigment powders and allows color stay put longer without losing its vibrancy. This balm won’t smudge or need to be retouched as daytime transforms into evening.
————————-> I have always wanted to try Cailyn lip balm and was super excited when I saw this item in my glam room. The color was very nice, yet I found that the balm dried my lips. I think this product should be applied over chapstick that way you would get a hint of color without the drying.

Urban Decay – 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size: A must for smoky-eye fanatics: an ultra-plush version of UD’s creamy, waterproof 24/7 formula. Create perfectly blended-out or rich, precise lines that are blacker-than-black

City Color White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse: Brighten your eyes and cheekbones with the City Color White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse. This smooth and creamy product is enriched with luminosity, providing a beautiful gold sheen finish. Use as an eye shadow base as well as a highlighter.

dr. brandt® microdermabrasion:The dr. brandt® microdermabrasion gently sweeps away dead skin cells and softens skin texture, which enables better absorption of skincare products and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, acne marks, and skin discolorations. A great at home alternative to professional clinical treatments.
——————–> 1. The cleanser smells like lemon drops. 2. Its hands down AMAZING! 3. I was about to plunk down some cash to buy the full sized product, until I found out a 2oz bottle will run you $78.00. $78.00? They had to be kidding, nope they weren’t kidding. Needless to say this black bottle of lemon drop smelling amazing will set you back 78 large ones.

Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse: The Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse helps create big volume by pumping up hair at the root. It dispenses out as a spray and turns into a mousse to give tresses tons of volume.

All in all I received a great bag this month and I’ve tried almost every product I received. The Urban Decay and Big Sexy are going into the donation box. The rest I will keep and I will definitely be dreaming about he Dr.Brandt Cleanser.

Do you want an Ipsy Glam Bag of your very own? Well the, for $10 a month (shipping is free) you will receive a Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. If you want a bag of your very own or more information please visit http://www.ipsy.com/r/1w1i Trust me you will be glad you did!

***I was no compensated for my post. Opinions are my own***

{Ipsy} The Look of Love – February 2014

I am in love with Ipsy not only do they provide amazing products, they also have incredible customer service. When I first received my glam bag I realized that something wasn’t right. My previous two packages did not come wrapped in packing tape, nor did the label appear torn. I cut through about a yard of tape only to reveal that my glam bag had been compromised. Someone enjoyed it. I knew something was wrong when my package spent a week at the DHL facility outside of Chicago. I just didn’t want to think the worse so I blamed I on the polar vortex.

The polar vortex was not at fault, a human was at fault. Someone had opened my package, tried the lip gloss, nail polish, eye shadow, and BB cream. They enjoyed it so much that they put the used items back into the bag, they didn’t even bother zipping it and stuck it back in the bright pink envelope. My heart sank when I saw my bag and then I proceeded to disinfect everything in my apartment including me. I am a germaphobe and this just put me over the edge.

Like I said Ipsy has incredible customer service, I sent an email explaining the situation and they called me the next day to tell me that a new bag was on its way. The rep apologized repeatedly and stated that Ipsy will be re-evaluating its partnership with DHL. I am not the first lady that this has happened to. Its highly disappointing when you are excited for your package and find out that someone enjoyed it before you. Ipsy righted the wrong even thou it was at no fault of their own and for that I am very thankful.

So What did I get in my Look Of Love Glam Bag? “Oh! I am so glad you asked, let’s find out!”

February 2014

POP Beauty – Plump Pout Mini in peony petal:This plumping pout perfector combines the high-shine of a lacquered gloss with the long wear of a stain and is packed full of lip-plumping peptides and avocado and jojoba oils.
———————————> I hands down love the color I received. It is a great color for spring. I did not notice any real plumping action going on with my lips, then again I have full lips to begin with. It kept my lips moist for hours and the color held up.

Zoya Nail polish in Dot:full of pure pigment, intense color and modern complexity that are a perfect transition into Spring.
—————————-> The pink is really pretty and again I think it is a great spring color. I am currently sporting Julep’s Glamrock on my toes and one that chips I am going to give Dot a try.

City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon:this silky-smooth, highly pigmented matte blush compliments and blends evenly with your skin’s natural glow.
—————————–> I am not a blush kind of girl, so this one I going into my give away pile. I am certain it will find a good home.

Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One in Ambrosia:Say goodbye to creasing and fading with Eyetini Eye Cordial Shadow Tint & Base. Eye Cordial’s revolutionary formula glides on beguiling creamy color and sets to a transfer-resistant finish that doubles as a wear-extending base under powder shadow.
————————–> We all know I am a self admitted eyeshade whore and this one is right up my alley. I love the shade and it stood up to my busy dog mom on the go lifestyle. It has been added to my eyeshadow rotation.

IPKN NY Moist & Firm BB is a moisture gel matrix with rich hydration and nutrition that effectively moisturizes skin.
—————————> I have yet to try this product. I am not a huge fan of BB creams, however they do work in a pinch and fit nicely in a carryon.

The Look of Love glam bag was pretty darn awesome, despite the set back earlier in the month. I am so glad I opted for a replacement bag instead of an account credit.

Do you want an Ipsy Glam Bag of your very own? Well the, for $10 a month (shipping is free) you will receive a Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. If you want a bag of your very own or more information please visit http://www.ipsy.com/r/1w1i Trust me you will be glad you did!

***I was no compensated for my post. Opinions are my own***

{Ipsy} “19 Reasons” – January 2014

The Bag

The Bag

I received my very first Ipsy glam bag in December and it was an absolute hit. I was in love with the quality of products and the bag was very cute. My bag was over flowing with a lot of great make up and accessories, such as fake lashes and an eyeshadow brush. The January sneak peeks did not disappoint and I couldn’t stand the wait. Lucky for me my glam room updated before my bag shipped so I was able to see all of the products I was getting.

So What did I get in my Glam Bag? “Oh! I am so glad you asked, let’s find out!”

19 Reasons - January 2014

19 Reasons

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask: Repair and treat dry, damaged and breaking hair with Don’t Despair, Repair!™ deep conditioning mask. Fortified with ultra-hydrating avocado, sweet almond & argan oils, strengthening keratin protein, power-conditioning rosehip oil, soothing aloe, and super hair-essential vitamins B5, D, A, E and biotin. This unique complex of targeted ingredients helps increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage, promotes healthy shine and luster, and replenishes strength.

Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow, in Pearl: The ultimate gel pencil that’s smooth like butter and packed with deliciously creamy colors. These velvety pencils glide on with ease, and contain just enough shimmer.

MicaBeauty Tinted Lip Balm, in Fiesta: 24 hour Tinted Lip Balm conditions your lips without smudge while delivering sophisticated finish. For a sheer wash of color, one swipe is all you need.

Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads: are a convenient, single-use, no-rinse peel pad that can instantly boost your skin’s glow and radiance. The pads help remove dead skin cells to unclog pores and remove dull layers to reveal newer, smoother, more even toned skin. With just a few quick swipes you can help fade away post acne dark marks, reduce the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores.

I am very happy with January’s bag. I am glad that the focus was on skin care and now I have many new products to try. Healthy skin is the foundation for beautiful makeup, so it is important for us to take care of the beauty that lies under the makeup.

Do you want an Ipsy Glam Bag of your very own? Well the, for $10 a month (shipping is free) you will receive a Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. If you want a bag of your very own or more information please visit http://www.ipsy.com/r/1w1i Trust me you will be glad you did!

***I was no compensated for my post. Opinions are my own***

{Ipsy} Celebration ~ December 2013 Glam Bag

Ipsy ~ Celebration

Ipsy ~ Celebration

Over the past few months I have read a lot of subscription box blogs. A lot of ladies out there are reviewing the Ipsy Glam Bag. A monthly beauty box subscription program that gives you 4 to 5 deluxe samples along with full-sized products in a reusable makeup bag. I was wowed by the quality brands and diversity of the products. I knew that I needed to have an Ipsy Glam Bag in my life.

With Ipsy you sign up by completing the Ipsy Me quiz and give all of your shipping/billing information. The Ipsy Match quiz asks questions about your beauty routine, life style, eye and hair color to create a bag that suits YOU. It took me about 10 minutes to complete the quiz, at the time I was waitlisted. Bummer! So I waited and waited, and waited just a bit more until I got an email saying “You are off the waitlist! HOORAY!!” Sweet, I was off the waitlist, but the bags had all ready left the loading dock and I had to wait until December. Bummer!

So I waited just a few weeks until I got a shipping confirmation email. Insert happy dace—–>here<——-! I had seen a few sneak peeks online and was totally excited for the products. Soon I got an email telling me I could check out my bag in my "glam room." It totally knocked my socks off and the stocking began. I stocked the crap out of my Ipsy bag until it was in my mail box. Surprisingly the bag didn't take long to arrive and I eagerly ripped open the bright pink envelope to revel my little bag of goodies!

So What did I get in my Glam Bag? “Oh! I am so glad you asked, let’s find out!”

celebration ~ December’s Ipsy Glam Bag

Celebration Inside

POP Beauty – Brighten Up Your Life Eyeshadow Trio in “Smokin Hot”: Complements all eye colors and the hues blend smoothly onto the lid, adding a veil of silky luster that will outlive the day or night!
————————————–> I was hoping to get the Naturally Bare Trio, however I got the smoking hot which are colors I normally would not wear. However life is all about discovery and I am going to give this color trio a shot on New Years Eve or a formal event. I don’t normally wear dark colors for day, I stick to nudes and light pinks.

Be a Bombshell ~ the one stick in sunset: An all-in-one multiple stick with a smooth texture. Apply to eyelids, cheeks or lips for the perfect pop of color anywhere!
————————————> LOVE! I was wishing an hoping since the sneak peek product reveal that my bag would have the Be A Bombshell one stick in it. I was super excited when I opened my bag and found it in the bottom. I love it, the color is perfect and it does not dry out my lips. I have yet to try it on my cheeks, thou I have no doubt the hue will compliment my skin tone nicely.

Mirabella Eyeshadow Blender Brush: Fuses eyeshadow to create a naturally sculpted eye. Tapered domed shape provides flawless and easy application.
———————————–> I thought it was such a nice touch that Ipsy included a shadow brush in the bag to compliment the eyeshadow trio. I was in need of a new shadow brush and this one totally fits the bill.

Salon Perfect Strip Lashes: Allow every woman to have gorgeous lashes beyond what mascara can offer.
———————————> I am not going to lie…… these things are not going anywhere near my face. I have very thick lashes and will not b gluing anything to my eyeball, ever.

J.Cat Beauty Lip Pencil in Red Rose: The Big Lip Pencil is a hydrating and vibrant lipstick as well as a sculpting lip liner.
——————————–> I used this pencil a few times over the weekend it is the perfect shade of red for my skin tone. It did not dry out my lips nor did it fade with the use of chapstick.

I am very happy with my first glam bag and will try all of the products, well except for the fake lashes (those sort of scare me). It truly does live up to its name as the bag was filled with on trend products from well-known brands, I can’t wait for next month!

Do you want an Ipsy Glam Bag of your very own? Well the, for $10 a month (shipping is free) you will receive a Glam Bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. If you want a bag of your very own or more information please visit http://www.ipsy.com/r/1w1i Trust me you will be glad you did!