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Ipsy Unboxing – June 2017

Welcome back to my monthly ipsy unboxing! I’ve got June’s bag for you here today, and I’m super excited that this is my 12th ipsy unboxing on my blog!! I’ve been doing these posts for an entire year now! I hope you guys have enjoyed this series as much as I’ve enjoyed doing it every month, and thank you so much for liking and commenting every month. You guys are the best! ❤


This month’s theme is Volume Up and the bag is a tan and black color block with a giant pair of red lips on it. I love the polka dots, and I think this would be so much cuter without the lips so I’m a little disappointed that they’re on here. 

NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle


The first product this month is from NYX and I got the shade “Pink Cloud”. I’m pretty sure this is a full size, which pretty much covers the whole cost of the bag right there. Unfortunately, this is such a crazy bright pink color that I’m never going to use it, and I’m going to have to pass this on. 

Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash with White Willow Bark


I got a sample cleanser here, and I’m feeling good about this one. I’m usually pretty fast at using up these little cleanser samples (and this sample is teeny), so I’m sure I’ll have my thoughts in an empties post pretty soon.

City Color Cosmetics Bold Brow Eyebrow Powder “Medium”


I got an eyebrow duo from City Color Cosmetics in the shade medium. I’m really liking the colors, and I think this will match my brows nicely. This was a win for me this month! 

Doucce Maxlash Mascara


I love getting mascara samples in subscription boxes, so I was pretty excited to see this little guy in my bag! The full size of this is $22, so this is more in the range of a high-end mascara. I’m really digging the wand and it kind of reminds me of the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish “What’s a Budget?”



I got another full size nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty. These retail for $15, so it already makes up for the price of the bag!! I really like their formulas, but I’m not super sold on the color because I do typically stick to reds and pinks on my nails. I’m definitely willing to try it out, but I’m not really pumped about this one. 

Overall, this month’s bag was kind of a flop for me unfortunately. I’ll definitely use the mascara and the cleanser, but the brow duo and the nail polish are kind of meh, and I can’t use the NYX lipstick. 

 

What did you get in this month’s ipsy bag? Do we have any of the same products? Let me know in a comment down below! Thank you so so much for stopping by today, and I’ll see you real soon!

May Ipsy Unboxing 

Happy May! I’m here to show you what I got in this month’s ipsy bag! If you’re new to my blog and haven’t seen any of these posts from me before, I have almost a full year’s worth of ipsy unboxings that you can go and check out! Without further ado, let’s get into my samples for this month!!


The bag this month is clear with these cute ice cream cones all over it. I actually really like it, and I’m going to get a lot of use out of it this summer. This would be so cute for a pool bag!

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter “Sin”


I’m always so happy to see a sample from a high end brand like Urban Decay! I think everyone received one of their highlighters this month, and mine is in the shade Sin. This is a super pretty light champagne color highlight, and even though the pan is kind of tiny, I’m going to put this in my ZPalette and I’m sure I’ll get a ton of use out of it.

Jelly Pong Pong Eyeshadow Duo “Electric” 

This is a cream eyeshadow duo from the brand Jelly Pong Pong. I like the nice neutral colors, but I’m not the biggest fan of cream shadow, so I don’t know how much use I’m going to get out of this sample.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen 

Next up is a pretty decently sized black eyeliner from Pixi. I love that they included another more expensive brand this month, but I am getting kind of sick of getting eyeliner pencils in my ipsy bag. I think I’m going to go onto my beauty profile and request that I don’t get liners anymore because I really love the Kat Von D liner, and I don’t particularly want to try out anything new. I’m also having a hard time using up the liners that I already have in my collection at the moment, so I would like to not get any more for a while. ALSO, this is two months in a row that I’ve gotten a black eyeliner.

Adesse Nail Polish “Surfer Girl”

This nail polish is a super pretty robin’s egg blue color, and I love this shade so much for spring! (Also shout out for including a full size nail polish this month!!) I’ve received a couple of nail polishes from this Adesse brand in past ipsy bags, and from what I can remember, they’re a pretty good formula. I’m super excited to get this on my fingers and toes for the last few weeks of spring!

Caked Makeup Lip Fondant “Low Key”

This is a liquid lipstick from the brand Caked Makeup, and the shade looks like a nude mauve-purple color. On the lips, it’s actually a lot darker than the swatch here. I’ll have to test this guy out a few times before I can give my full thoughts on it.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing what I got in my May 2017 ipsy bag! Do you subscribe to ipsy? Did you get any of the same products as me this month? Let me know in a comment down below! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, and I’ll see you next time!

April Ipsy Unboxing

I’m back with another ipsy bag to show you today!! This is definitely my favorite series on my blog, and I’m SUPER excited about this month’s bag. I feel like ipsy has outdone themselves the last couple of months, and I’ve been loving all of my samples! Let’s get into it! 


I will say that I really don’t like this month’s bag, and I’m definitely going to be donating it. I think that ipsy does a good mix of fun and silly patterns along with solid prints, and I do appreciate the diversity. However, I prefer the solid bags and I’m not really into the themed ones, so this is going to be passed on. 

Ofra Cosmetics Blush “Rendezvous”


The first item this month is this blush from Ofra in the shade “Rendezvous”.  This is a really dark neutral color, and I think this is the most beautiful mauve color. 

Em Cosmetics Illistrative Eyeliner


Next up I got a black liquid liner from the brand EM Cosmetics. I believe this is Michelle Phan’s makeup line, and I know she’s the one who started ipsy so I’m honestly kind of surprised that this is the first time I’ve received something from her line. I think this eyeliner looks really nice, and I always love getting basic black liquid liners in subscription boxes, so I’m sure I’ll get some use out of this. 

Skin&CO Truffle Therapy Face Toner


Next I have a product from SKIN&CO Roma and this is their Truffle Therapy Face Toner. The description of this product says that it has truffle, calendula, rose, and rosemary extracts. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but the product itself smells so good!! I’m hoping this will do nice things for my skin. 

Hikari Cream Shadow “Honey Dew”


I got another cream shadow from the brand Hikari, but this one is in the shade “Honey Dew”. This is a super pretty shimmery champagne color, and I think this will be nice to have for an all over every day color. 

Besame Mucho lip balm


Last up this month is the Besame Mucho lip balm from the brand Hey Honey. This has shea butter and propolis (which is apparently an antibacterial and hydrating extract from beehives). I love this lip balm so much already!! I like that it’s in a lipgloss type tube instead of being a normal stick balm, and it smells wonderful and is very slippery and moisturizing. 

  

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got in this month’s ipsy! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll talk to you real soon! 

March Ipsy Unboxing (Best One Yet?!)

I’ve got another ipsy unboxing for you today! I’m super excited about my March ipsy, and I gasped out loud when I saw the sneak peek for some of these products. This might just be the best ipsy bag I’ve gotten in a while! Let’s get into this month’s samples.


The theme of this month is Tres Jolie which is french for “very pretty”. The bag for March is this beautiful dusty rose color. I actually love this months bag, and I love that it’s an XL version of the typical bag when you unfold it (but am I the only one that feels like this should have been the February bag because it’s way more Valentine’s Day looking than the denim one we got?!). 

Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush


I always get super excited when I get makeup brushes in subscription boxes, and I think this brush will be the perfect size to use for highlighter! It’s super soft and I’m already loving it after only using it once! 

Chella Eyebrow Highlighter Pencil “Ivory Lace”


This is probably an item that I won’t end up using myself, but I’m still excited to try it out. I don’t typically like these kind of brow highlight pencils, but I’ll definitely give it a go and see if it helps me get that sharp defined “Instagram brow” look that’s super popular right now.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Blush “Kitty Pink”


Blush is one of my favorite samples to receive, and this color looks like it’s a super beautiful natural pink color. It’s as if a dusty mauve blush met a pinky coral blush and this blush is the perfect combo of both. This is just slightly different from anything else that I have in my collection, and I’m really loving it! 

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint “Rosè”


I was so excited to see a Tarte liquid lipstick in this month’s bag! I haven’t tried this product before, and I loved all three of the colors that this came in this month (nude, rosy pink, and deep red). I was super excited to get the nude, and I’m even more excited to test it out! 

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer


I absolutely love this moisturizer! This is one of my all time favorites, and I actually still have a travel sized tube of this from a 2015 ipsy bag that I haven’t entirely used up yet. I’m super excited to have a new one of these!

  

I hope you enjoyed seeing everything I got in my March ipsy!! I loved this months bag, and I’m so excited to use everything!! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you next time! 

February Ipsy Unboxing

I’m back with another ipsy unboxing! Today I’m going to be sharing the 5 samples that came in my February ipsy bag. February’s theme was “much love” and the bag itself is supposed to be inspired by “your favorite pair of jeans”. I’m personally not a huge fan of the whole denim trend, so this isn’t a bag I’m going to be keeping. Let’s get into the samples!


Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish “$12 Latte”


One of my favorite nail polishes of all time is from Trust Fund Beauty, so I was super excited to see that I was going to be getting another full size nail polish from them. This month, ipsy sent out two different colors, and I ended up getting the brownish grey color. Although I’m not a huge fan of the color, I’m happy I got this one instead of the blue one they sent out. 

NYX Butter Lipstick “Lifeguard”


I’ve been dying to try the NYX Butter Lipsticks since they came out years ago, and I’ve just never gotten around to it. This month, ipsy sent out two different colors (a bright red and a darker vampy red) and I ended up getting the bright red color. While this isn’t something I’m probably going to get a ton of use out of, I’m really impressed that they sent out a full size lipstick. 

Bella Pierre Cosmetics Volumelash Waterproof Mascara


I was so excited to see that I was getting a full sized mascara this month! While I’m not the biggest fan of waterproof mascaras (because they’re so hard to remove) I actually kinda like this one! 

Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment Eye Shadow “Latte”


I’ve been super into using shimmery bold colors on my lid lately, and I was really looking forward to trying this cream pigment. I’ve popped the pan out and stuck it into my ZPalette, and I think this is going to be a super pretty “one shadow look” kind of color 

BeFine Food Skin Care Gentle Face Cleanser


I’m not the biggest fan of getting face cleansers in subscription boxes (thanks a lot Birchbox for ruining that for me) but I like how large this sample is! This seems like a more natural cleanser with sugar, mint, oats, and rice, so I’m really excited to use this! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got in this month’s ipsy! Did you get any of the same products as me? Thank you so much for stopping by!! 

January 2017 Ipsy Unboxing

Today I’m going to be unboxing my January ipsy bag! I peeked at my samples as soon as they became available on the ipsy app (shocker, I know) and this definitely isn’t my favorite month from ipsy. Not to mention that I didn’t receive it until the 18th of January! Let’s get into my samples for this month.


The theme for this month’s bag was “Metropolis” and the bag design is supposed to be inspired by skyscrapers. I’m not loving this month’s bag, but it’s definitely not the worst I’ve ever seen. I’d give this a solid 3 out of 5 stars. 


The first item this month is a blush from Manna Kadar in the shade “Paradise”. This is a really fun bright color, and I’m really loving brighter blush for the winter time! (Also, I’d like to note that they wrapped this in bubble wrap which means they didn’t have to replace hundreds of broken units (looking at you Birchbox) check out my Why I Cancelled Birchbox  post to hear about that disaster and you’ll know why it’s a big deal that ipsy invests in bubble wrap to properly ship their items). I would give this sample 5 stars since I don’t have any complaints and I love that it’s a large sample.


Next up I have another teeny sample from theBalm. This time I got their Bahama Mama bronzer. I really wish theBalm would give a sample big enough to get a brush into! The only thing I can pick up this product with is an eyeshadow brush, and I always get super annoyed when they send blush and bronzer samples because there’s no way I can actually try out the product as what it’s intended to be used for. Get it together Balm Cosmetics! 3 stars for sending a higher end brand and the fact that this is a good eyeshadow color, but I’m not happy about it.


I have this Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub from Jelly Pong Pong. This doesn’t smell as great as it sounds like it would, but it does a good job exfoliating your lips, which is what it’s meant to do. 4 stars. 


Next up I have a loose pigment from Naked Cosmetics in the shade “Sunset”. I don’t typically reach for loose pigments or single shadows, but now that I have a sample of Too Faced’s Glitter Glue Primer, this might be something I’ll have to test out for special occasions to add a little bit of glam on a daily basis. 3 stars. 


Lastly for this month I have a nail polish topcoat from Ciate London. I was kind of shocked to see that this was a full sized top coat! I’m super excited about this gel top coat, especially because my current one is running low. 5 stars from me.

This month’s bag got a total of 22 out of 30 stars. Not too shabby! Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got in this month’s ipsy!

The Best of Birchbox

Today I’m going to be talking about my favorite products I ever received from Birchbox. I did this same post for ipsy, so if you haven’t seen my Best of Ipsy post, go check it out! I was subscribed to Birchbox from January 2016 to September 2016, which means I got 45 different samples from them over 9 months. Let’s talk about all of my favorites.

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle Spray – January 2016 box


I loved this leave-in conditioner spray so much that I actually ended up purchasing the full size from the Birchbox store. I still use this product every time I get out of the shower, and I absolutely love the smell of it.

Whish Body Butter in Almond – January 2016 box


I absolutely adore the scent of the Almond Body Butter from Whish. The formula of their hand cream is super silky and creamy as well, and this is one of my favorite lotions I’ve ever received in a subscription box.

Corioliss Argan Conditioning Mask – February 2016 box


This product was my introduction to the deep conditioning world, and I haven’t stopped purchasing deep conditioners since. I absolutely loved everything about this hair mask, from the scent to how soft it left my hair feeling. I actually almost splurged the $40 that the full size costs because I loved what it did for my hair so much.

BORGHESE Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser – February 2016 box


This is still to this day my favorite cleanser sample that I’ve ever received in a subscription box. I was pretty sad when this sample ran out. I loved the scent, the consistency, and how clean it left my skin feeling (It also looked like magical sparkling unicorn spit, so there’s that too).

ModelCO Lip Lacquer “Creme Brulee” – May 2016 box


I absolutely HATE lip gloss. However, this ModelCo formula is absolutely amazing. I can’t stand the sticky feeling of typical lip glosses, but this one doesn’t feel sticky or slimy on my lips at all. I love the natural color of this gloss, and it blends right into the color of my lips while making it look like I just licked them for an hour. If I ever decide to purchase a lip gloss in the future, it’ll 110% be this one.

Benefit Gimme Brow – June 2016 box


Birchbox sent out a super mini sample of the Benefit Gimme Brow in June. I’ve purchased the Gimme Brow before when it was still the old formula, and I was super excited to try out the new formula when it launched. This was such an exciting sample to receive (especially because it’s a more expensive and well-known product)!

SKINFOOD Black Sugar Mask Wash Off – August 2016 box


This face scrub is my absolute favorite exfoliant that I’ve ever tried. I’m definitely planning on purchasing this full size. (If you want to see my full thoughts, check out my September Empties post).

Stila Matte About You Liquid Lipstick – August 2016 box


I absolutely love the Stilla Liquid Lipstick formula, and I was shocked to see such a high-end sample in Birchbox. The color is such a beautiful “just barely too dark to be nude” shade, and I love the way this wears on my lips. I’m totally going to buy the full size of this when my sample is gone, and I might even buy some other colors (hello go-to formula for a nice long lasting red lip).

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil – August 2016 box


I love pretty much everything from the Beauty Protector line (mostly because it all smells absolutely amazing), and I love using oil on the ends of my hair right when I get out of the shower. This is an awesome oil (and again, the smell is seriously like heaven).

I hope you enjoyed hearing all about my favorite products from Birchbox! What are some of your favorite products you’ve received in subscription boxes? Let me know in a comment down below! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.