{Ipsy} Summer Lovin’ – July 2015

July 2015

“We’ll have whatever they’re having. Welcome back, summer, we’ve missed you.”

We need to have a heart to heart about Ipsy, I am no longer in love with the glam bag. At one time it was fun and filled with products that I would use, now its just stuff. Yet I cannot find it in my heart to breakup with Ipsy, I just get sucked in month after month, hoping things will get better. I’ve taken the beauty quiz so many times, yet every bag is pretty much a fail, a fail ladies. AJ don’t do fails. I am going to give Ipsy until the end of the year and if it does not get better, its getting the ax in January.

OK, what did you get in your bag lady!?

July 15

Ipsy – Summer Lovin’

Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser: This deep-penetrating, soap-free cleanser eliminates impurities and excess sebum without stripping the skin.

OFRA Cosmetics Bliss Eyeshadow: Bliss is a gorgeous shimmery powder that can be used as an eye shadow or as a highlighting powder on your cheek bones, brow bones or on the bridge of your nose.

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Balm in Ruby: Hydrating formula to leave lips feeling silky smooth with a hint of color.

Jor’el Parker Classico: Exotic, inspiring, and full of surprises, Classico whisks you away from the day-to-day. Indulge in the spicy seduction of Indian Tuberose, the striking and sweet sensation of Turkish Cyclamen and the purifying calm of Spanish Mandarin.

tarte deluxe Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer: multi-tasking bronzer is formulated to blend and build your perfect level of uniform bronze. Available in the signature park ave princess™ radiant bronze shade, the waterproof formula adds instant warmth and dimension across a variety of skin tones as Amazonian clay helps improve skin clarity, texture and tone for an overall lit from within complexion.

Fingers crossed that my August bag will be ten times better than this one. I have not used a single thing out of the bag this month and I have a few friends in my life that will be very happy soon. That is the nice thing about having friends, they always lovingly accept my castoffs.

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} Go Bold – July 2015

July 2015
“Summer is not the time to hold back. It’s the season of wearing brights on brights on brights, driving with the windows down, and eating popsicles for breakfast.”

Dude I totally eat popsicles for breakfast and ice cream for dinner, I just do it all year round. I love summer right now everything is so fresh and light. The farmers markets are brimming with bounty from the fields, road trips with the boyfriend, and running though the sprinkler with Sophia. Not to mention my nephew Jack arrived this month, he is a cute little peanut and I cannot wait to spoil him rotten.

July 15

Here in Minnesota we are going through a heat wave, one so hot it just melts your makeup right off. I have been pairing down my routine to just a tinted moisturizer and gloss, it holds up well to the heat monster. My curly hair is another story, frizz and buns are my BFFs right now. I am waiting for cooler less humid days and stary nights. We still have a lot of summer left in MN, so I am trying to soak up every last drop, AJ ain’t got time for fancy beauty routines and Birchbox totally got my vibe this month.

“So Lady, what did you get in your BirchBox this Month? Was it BOLD!?”

BirchBox – Go Bold

Cartier Baiser Vole perfume: from a brand that knows elegance, a romantic floral scent with notes of fresh powdered lily.
————————> I didn’t know powdered lilies existed. I actually like this scent it is very fresh and simple, clean yet romantic. You definitely will not see me shelling out for the full-sized product, $106 is above my uptown hipster girl budget.

Davines Minu Shampoo: richly foaming wash that gently cleanses hair and safeguards color.
Davines Minu Conditioner and Davines Minu hair serum,
———————–> if you are a regular, then you know that I love the Davines brand! I am a total fan girl, all of their products smell like heaven and clean like a dream. Its an Italian brand and it is a little bit on the higher end of the beauty budget, but it is totally worth the price. The Minu shampoo & conditioner smell so good, I love how it left my hair feeling soft and smooth.

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: oil-free SPF formula that controls shine and leaves a soft, velvety finish.
——————–> Finally something in a shade I can wear. This is a great little moisturizer, I love that it has SPF in it, that’s one less product to smear on my face, which is a time saver. I just wish the sample was a little bigger.

stila look at me liquid lipstick in Venizia: this creamy formula glides on like a gloss yet lasts like a stain.
——————> This was the July sample choice item, we could choose from three stains. I have fond memories of my time in Venizia, so it was a no brainer to me. The color is very bright for my pasty pale skin.

Supergoop Anti-aging city sunscreen serum SPF 30: this anti aging serum blocks UV rays while hydrating skin and preventing future damage.
——————–> I always see ladies complaining about receiving Supergoop in their boxes. I have been a subscriber since August 2013 and this is honestly my first Supergoop product, so there will be no complaints from me. I love the concept of a sunscreen specifically for our faces, science has proven that our face ages faster than the rest of our bodies, so why not have an ally in your corner. I will definitely be buying the full-sized product of this.

This was a really great box for me, I will use every product I received, well except for the lip stain.

Birch Box is a beauty and lifestyle subscription box program that costs $10.00 per month. For every dollar you spend in the shop you can earn 1 point. 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***

{Target Beauty Box} Back to College: Honor Roll

Honor Roll

“Show your beauty smarts with Target’s Back-to-College Beauty Box. We’ve put together 7 of our back-to-college beauty essentials—all in one convenient box for you to try for yourself. Valued at over $20, this handpicked set of must-have beauty products makes the grade, helping you keep your look fresh and fabulous. Test them out and tell us what you think. If you love them as much as we do, find the full-size versions at Target.com/beautybox.”

Its been a long time since I have seen the inside of a college classroom, let alone a dorm room. I fondly remember being excited for the new school year and mostly excited to redecorate my door room. My room was always full of color, perfectly organized closets and a study space that would make any student jealous. College was the time where I came into my own and found my passion. I studied abroad twice, once in Scotland and once in Egypt, in those countries I found myself. I loved my college years and can’t believe its been almost 10 years since I graduated.

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The Target Honor Roll Beauty Box would make any college girl beam and heck you can’t beat the $5.00 price tag, its a great deal. Thou I am not in college I knew I needed the Honor Roll box in my life and thankfully I was able to secure one before they sold out. Target Beauty Boxes always sell out. I have a pact with my friends that I will sound the alarm when a new box is available, otherwise most of them never know. Target does not openly advertise their beauty box, so word of mouth is how they get sold and sold fast.

“So Lady, what was in your super cool Target Beauty Honor Roll Box!?”

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Target Beauty Box – Back to College: Honor Roll

Bathery Delicate Pouf: Gentle netting creates a rich lather for cleansing even the most sensitive skin.
————————–> This is so basic, yet so essential at the same time, a girl needs a poof in the shower.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Treatment: Semi-permanent treatment transforms fine hair, leaving it full even after multiple washes.
————————–> Right now my hair has volume from the gift of the humidity Gods. Frizz is a daily occurrence right now, so i am going to give this bad boy a whirl in the fall. Ya know when its cooler out and humidity has been pushed out to sea.

Olay White Strawberry Body Wash: Hydrating body wash refreshes your skin with a cooling white strawberry and mint scent.
————————> Strawberries just scream freaking SUMMER!!!!!! This body wash has a great scent and a good lather that is brought to you by petrochemicals. Petrochemicals are not my friends.

NYX Butter Gloss Strawberry Parfait: Buttery soft and silky smooth gloss tastes sweet and makes lips shine without being sticky.
———————–> NYX is a brand that I know well and love. The quality is amazing and the best part is, its easy on your wallet. Every college girl can afford a little something something from the NYX line

Goody Ouchless Elastics: Hair ties made without metal for reduced snags and pulls.

——————–> This is another great staple to include in the box, I never have enough elastics around. 

CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer: Preps skin for smooth application & extends the wear of foundation.

——————–> BEEP BEEP BEEP FULL-SIZED PRODUCT ALERT!!!! WE GOT A FULL-SIZED PRODUCT LADIES!! FULL-SIZED!! This is a great primer for your makeup, it kept my skin looking smooth and helped my makeup last through my busy work day.

Burt’s Bees White Tea Facial Wipes: Hypoallergenic facial towelettes made with natural soothing ingredients like white tea & aloe vera to cleanse & remove makeup.

——————> Again another great essential. I love cleansing cloths, so I was glad to get a good sized pack for travel.

Target you out did yourselves. I have to say this is hands down the best most well thought out box to come out of the bulls eye. I am blown away at how practical the items are and that every product in the box is affordable.

The Target Beauty Box is not a subscription service, they are first come first served, if they are sold out then you my friends are out of luck. I just checked target.com and the Honor Roll box is out of stock. For $5 this box is a great deal, that is if you can get your hands on one, they always sellout like hotcakes. So don’t sit on the beauty fence when you see them, just throw it in your virtual cart and call it a day!

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