{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***

{BirchBox} Free Wheeling May 2014

Spring has finally arrived in the mini apple. We have had many days over 70 degrees and I broke out my strapless top last Tuesday. Warm weather brings the suburbanites to the city and my stress level raises just ever so slightly. Yet, the hipsters keep on peddling, the artsy folks keep on drawing, and the rest of us are counting down the days until fall. In the fall and winter months suburbanites rarely visit uptown.

Then again the suburbanites only invade us for just a little bit and in the end I love summer in Uptown. One can spend an entire day people watching down at Lake Calhoun, take your pup to the park, you just might get a date, and hell its patio season folks. There is nothing like patio season in Minneapolis. Whiskey always taste better when it’s sipped on a patio with friends. Not to mention many patios allow dogs and the muppet like dog loves hanging out under the table.

Speaking of peddling hipsters, the BirchBox theme for May is “Free Wheeling.” There theme is lost on me and I am not quite sure of “Free Wheeling” = ITS FINALLY FUCKING SPRING!!! Yea, I can’t figure that equation out, anyway as always BirchBox is either hit or miss. I’m afraid to say it but I think BirchBox is having growing pains and they do not have a handle on their shipping partner. I got an email on May 11th telling me my box had shipped with a tracking link. The link didn’t work and so I waited. I waited to check it again on May 13th, in which it told me my box was born! It hadn’t even left there Tennessee warehouse. I called customer service and she ensured me it was out the door and I would receive it by the weekend. That was a fluffy lie, on Saturday my tracking told me my box was still in Tennessee. Monday the 19th the tracking updated and said my box was in Georgia. Last time I checked Minnesota was not in Georgia. Long story short my box finally arrived the day after my surgery on May 22.


May 2014

CoTZ: Oil-free mineral sunscreen.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty: a creamy eye liner for all day wear.

Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer: helps keep color vibrant for up to twice as long – without sulfates

Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo: helps keep color vibrant for up to twice as long – without sulfates

Nexxus Color Assure Conditioner: helps keep color vibrant for up to twice as long – without sulfates

Noya Beauty Lip Gloss- in Summertime Peach: this natural gloss nourishes lips with cocoa butter and adds a pretty sheen.

LIFESTYLE EXTRA – Smarty Pants All In One Gummy Vitamin for Adults: gummies provide essential nutrients without artificial flavors

My “Free Wheeling” box was a total miss. The only product I will use is the tiny Noya Gloss. The gloss is the perfect shade for summer.

Birch Box is a beauty and lifestyle subscription box program that costs $10.00 per month. For every box ordered or every $10 spent in their shop you can earn 10 points. 100 points will get you a free birch box or $10 towards a purchase in the shop at birchbox.com. I know you’ve got friends so why not refer those friends to Birch box and earn a few points for doing so. If you would like to learn more and get a Birch Box of your very own go to http://www.birchbox.com for more information.

***I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are my own***