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August 2017 IPSY

I’m back with another What’s in my Ipsy! These are my favorite posts, and I absolutely love sharing what I got in my bag each month. This month’s ipsy theme is “good vibes only” and there were actually 3 different bag possibilities which I thought was super cool because even if you peek at what samples you’re getting, the bag is a surprise.

Although I’m not the biggest fan of my bag this month (and it’ll probably be donated), I think the idea of having a surprise bag is super cool.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

My first sample this month is this First Aid Beauty cleanser. I always say this, but I love when ipsy includes a high end brand! This is specifically for oily skin, which means that ipsy actually customized this to my beauty profile! This cleanser is allergy tested, safe for sensitive skin, and vegan so I’m super excited to try this out!!

Glamour Dolls Romantic Rose Blending Brush

This is a $4 brush from the brand Glamour Dolls and it is an eyeshadow blending brush. This is also cruelty free and vegan. As you can see, mine came bent, but I’ve contacted ipsy support to see if they can send me a replacement. The bag was way too small for a brush to fit into, and I wish they would’ve put it in the mailing envelope instead of jamming it into the bag!

Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo

This is a blush duo from Pacifica which is an awesome brand because they use super natural ingredients. These blushes are actually coconut infused which is super unique. Also, these pans are huge! I’m pretty sure these are full size blushes which is so impressive!

Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Mascara

I’ve heard really awesome things about this mascara, and I’ve never actually tried a mascara from Make Up Forever, so I’m really happy to get this sample.

Paula Dorf Cosmetics Mini Universal Brow Pencil “Taupe”

I don’t know anything about this brand at all, and they actually didn’t even have this brow pencil on their website for me to do research on, which I thought was kind of weird. I won’t be using this Brow Pencil because I typically prefer pomade so this will be passed on.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got in this month’s ipsy bag! Did you love your ipsy this month? Did you get any of the same products as me? Let me know in a comment down below! I’ll see you next time!

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Haul UPDATE – What Worked and What Didn’t – HUGE Makeup and Beauty Haul June 2017

I'm here with another Haul Update post from my HUGE Makeup and Beauty Haul that I posted in June! This is super late going up, and I had every intention of posting this weeks ago, so I'm so sorry that this is late! I've been using all of these products for a while, and I'm back to let you know what worked and what didn't as well as tell you what was worth the money or not. Let's get into all of the items!

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser


This stuff has been awesome for taking my makeup off! I love that I don't have to pull at my skin with this product, and it leaves my skin feeling SO moisturized after I rinse it off. I found this works best with wet skin and a dry washcloth (I tried dry skin and a wet washcloth and it wasn't as easy) but this is the best after I've been in the shower and my mascara has softened a little bit. There's a reason this is a classic product, and it really does work well to take makeup off.

OGX Coconut Oil Hydrating Oil Mist


I ended up chopping off 9 inches of hair right after I bought this, so I really haven't used it much! 

Physicians Formula Butter Blush


Since this haul is so huge and there's so many products to go over, I'm going to save some time by sending you over to my Physicians Formula Butter Blush Review to hear how this blush worked for me! (Spoiler, I like it.)

Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment


This lip oil has been a GAME CHANGER and I can't believe no one is talking about this! I love this stuff to death and it has such an awesome scent. I like to put this all over my lips before bed and let it sink in while I sleep. I would totally repurchase this, and I love love love it as a lip treatment.

Milani Lipstick "Matte Naked"


I love this lipstick! Everything from the formula to the natural look it gives my lips is so beautiful! 

ELF Glitter Primer


This is another product that I haven't had a chance to play around with too much. Overall, I like it a lot more than my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, so I guess that's saying something. 

ELF Baked Highlighter


This is such a beautiful highlighter! I've been having a hard time putting it down to be honest. I love the glow and shimmer that this gives my cheeks, and the color is perfect on my skintone as well. I would HIGHLY recommend this, especially for the $4 that this will set you back.

Maybelline City Mini Palette "Rooftop Bronzes"


This palette is CRAZY good quality! I love all of the gorgeous shimmers and it's such a beautiful neutral palette. I've been thinking about depotting this into my ZPalette if possible to have the shades side by side with some mattes, but for now I've been loving to pull this in with other palettes.

Clean & Clear Acne Spot Treatment


You guys already know I love this stuff and have been using it for years. Moving on!

Simple Cleansing Wipes


These are my favorite makeup remover wipes! This was a repurchase for me, and I'm not planning on trying out any different makeup wipes for a while. If you find something that works, why switch to something different?

Caress Body Wash "Pure Embrace" and "Evenly Gorgeous"


I have no complaints about these body washes! They do the job and leave my skin feeling clean. 

Essie Quick Drying Drops


I've honestly had a hard time with these quick drying drops. While they do dry your nails immediately, they leave a bunch of oil running all over your nails and hands. I haven't been able to really make this work well for me yet. 

ELF Summer Lip Trio Freebie

I haven't actually worn the lipsticks yet, but I really like the lip scrub!

ELF Nourishing Oil to Foam Cleanser

I did a whole review on this product, but long story short I absolutely hated it.

ELF Hydrating Water Essence

I haven't gotten a ton of use out of this, but I can say that I love the scent and I think that it's very light weight on my skin.

Simply Summer's Eve Foaming Wash and Cleansing Cloths

I'm not going to get too TMI on you here, but I really love these products. They clean really well and smell great.

Wet n Wild Contour Brush

This brush is crazy soft! I've been using a little ELF brush from their $1 line for blush, and I didn't even realize how scratchy it was until I used it side by side with this $1 Wet n Wild brush! This is the perfect shape for blush, and I can't believe that it's so cheap! I've been using this every day since I bought it, and I can't get enough!

Wet n Wild Smoky Eyeliner Brush

I love this brush for my ColourPop Super Shock shadows and I think this would be awesome with any other cream shadows. I think this is a total steal for $1!

 

I hope you enjoyed hearing my updated thoughts on all of the haul items! I absolutely love this type of post, and I think it's so interesting to hear whether something is actually good or not as opposed to just seeing a bunch of new items in a haul. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'll see you soon!

July Favorites

I'm back with another favorites post! Im going to try to keep July's favorites as short and sweet as I possibly can, so let's get into my super quick rundown.

ELF Baked Highlighter

I love this highlight so much that I could honestly get rid of every other highlighter in my collection and be perfectly content with just this one. It's such a perfect color for my skintone and adds the perfect amount of shimmer to the skin.

Physicians Formula Butter Blush

I have this blush in the shade "Plum Rose", but I love more than just this particular shade of blush. I'm also obsessed with the formula itself! I'm dying to pick up another color in this line because I love the formula so much!!
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

I picked this up on a whim and I'm so obsessed with this powder! I thought I wouldn't like it because it's a finishing powder and not a super mattifying powder, but this works so well with my foundations! This keeps me nice and matte and it's such a high quality finely milled powder. This has definitely replaced my Maybelline Shine Free loose powder as my holy grail.
Wet n Wild Angled Blush Blush

I've been using this angled brush for blush all month long, and I've got to say that this is the best quality brush I've ever picked up for $1! If you can get your hands on this, I highly recommend grabbing it! I love how precise this is for Blush and it really gives me an even, smooth application.
Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet

Despite being super annoyed at how little product came in this sample, I really freaking love the product inside. It's lightweight and super moisturizing, and I've actually been thinking about getting the full size.

I hope you've enjoyed my quick July favorites! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'll see you next time!

Products I’ve Used Up – July Empties!

Welcome back to another month of empties! This month is super short, so let's go ahead and get right into the products!

Skin & Co Truffle Toner


I really enjoyed this toner! I don't know if I would purchase the full size, but it was nice enough.

Old Spice Bearglove Deodorant

Although this might seem like a weird empty to have, I really liked this Deodorant. This smells very fruity and not like a man at all, and it works so much better than any other deodorant I've ever tried! I love the Old Spice deodorants, and I have no intentions of switching back to women's anytime soon. 

Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Deep Conditioner


This has taken me since Christmas to finish up (mostly because I didn't really love it). I found that this really weighed down my hair and made it oily really fast if I used this root to tip, so I started to use it just on the ends of my hair. But I found that it honestly didn't do much for me as far as adding extra moisture to my hair. I wouldn't repurchase. 

Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer

I've already repurchased this concealer, and I love this under the eyes so much! You guys already know that this is my holy grail, so I'm not going to get into it.

Fresh Sparkling Snow Body Cream

I finally finished up this huge bottle of lotion! This was one of my Products to Use Up in 2017 items, and I'm so happy that I finally got it done. I bought this around Christmas time in 2015, so it was definitely getting old and needed to be used up.

ELF Foil Packet

I used up the last of these samples, and there was really a lot of product in these. I wouldn't buy either of them because I don't really have a use for them.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

I finished yet another can of my Dry Shampoo. I really like the Batiste brand, and I like pretty much every single scent they make.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my short and sweet empties this month! I've been working on a lot of full size products, so hopefully next month will be longer! Thanks for stopping by, and I'll see you next time!

My Top 5 Nail Polishes 

Welcome back to my top 5 series! Today I'm sharing a bonus edition of my top 5 and I'm branching away from makeup to talk about nail polishes! These are my top 5 favorite nail polish colors and formulas! Let's get into it:

5. Adesse "Surfer Girl"


This is such a beautiful bright blue color for spring and summer, and I've been obsessed with it since I got it in my May Ipsy bag. The reason this got number 5 is because the formula isn't the greatest and this chips pretty fast, but the color really is incredible.

4. Trust Fund Beauty "I'm Kind of a Big Deal"


This is another polish that I got in an ipsy bag, and I love this beautiful barbie pink color for my toes all spring and summer long. The formula of this polish is really good, too.

3. OPI "Bubble Bath"


This is a gorgeous sheer pink color that I actually wore on my wedding day! This makes your nails look shiny and pink and I find that my nails look like acrylic nails when I'm wearing this polish.

2. OPI "Stop It I'm Blushing"


This is the opaque color of Bubble Bath, and this gives such a beautiful pastel pale pink color to the nails. This would be number one if it had a better formula, but this honestly chips so fast!

1. Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel "Stay Classy"


My number one favorite nail polish is Wet n Wild's Stay Classy! This lasts a whole week on my nails and is such a beautiful dusty rose shade that is so neutral and goes with any outfit! I especially love this shade in the winter and early spring.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my top 5 nail polishes! What's your favorite nail polish? Let me know in a comment down below! Thank you so so much for stopping by my blog today, and I'll see you next time!

July Ipsy Unboxing

I'm back with another ipsy bag, and this time we're getting into my July goodies!


I honestly hate this month's bag design so much, and this is going straight to Goodwill. I prefer when ipsy sends out bags with cute patterns that I can put into my purse as a little makeup bag, so goofy designs like this one really bother me. It's totally cool if that's your thing, but I personally don't like it!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Cleanser


I actually almost bought this cleanser about a month ago, so I was so excited when I saw that I would be getting this as a sample this month! Although this sample is kind of teeny, I like that ipsy included it!

Seraphine Botanicals Lychee + Gold Blush


This is such a pretty blush color! It kind of reminds me of theBalm's Frat Boy blush but with shimmer in it.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet


I was excited to try this moisturizer, but I'm super annoyed at how little product came in this tube! This is halfway empty!! What gives, ipsy? 

Beau Gachis Illuminator Brush


I'm planning on using this brush as an undereye setting brush instead of a highlighting brush, but I'm super excited that I got another brush, and I've been really impressed with the Beau Gachis line.

OFRA Eyeshadow "Victory"


This is a super dark brown coppery shade, and it's not something that I'm ever going to wear. If I'm reaching for a dark brown, it's going to be matte. So for that reason, I'm going to probably just pass this on.

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing this month's ipsy bag and all of the samples I got. This wasn't my favorite, but the blush and the face wash are pretty exciting. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you next time!

My Top 5 Lipsticks

I’m back with another installment in my top 5 series! Today we are going to be talking about lipsticks. I’m not a huge lip product person, and I didn’t really get into lipsticks much until the last year or so, so because of that, most of my lip products are drugstore (because I’d rather not spend a ton of money on lip products and instead splurge on things like eyeshadow palettes and blushes). Let’s get into my list!

5. Milani “Matte Naked” Lipstick

This is a newer lip product to my collection, but I love the formula and the shade. This is from Milani’s matte line, and I really want to pick up some more shades.

4. ColourPop Lippie Stix “Aquarius” + Smashbox Insta Matte Topcoat

This is one of the most gorgeous lipsticks I own, but I have to use it with this Smashbox Insta Matte topcoat, otherwise it would be closer to the top of my list. I love this color, and the formula is awesome when paired with the top coat.

3. ELF Matte Lipstick “Natural”

This is such a beautiful natural color in a very soft matte formula. I say soft matte because it isn’t harsh and drying like a lot of other matte lipsticks. This is extremely comfortable and wears for a very long time.

2. Makeup Forever Artist Rouge “N9”

This is my favorite lipstick that isn’t a liquid lipstick. It’s comfortable and very creamy on the lips. This is probably the most comfortable lip product I own, and I can use this in place of a balm because of how moisturizing it is.

1. Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit “Rebel Rose”

This is my all time favorite lipstick! This is such an incredible formula, and it wears for 10+ hours. It’s comfortable, ultra matte, and lasts longer than anything else I’ve ever tried. I also absolutely adore the color of this as well. It’s like a darker version of my lips, and it’s so beautiful!

 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my top 5 lipsticks! Be sure to check out all of my other top 5 posts here on my blog, and I’ll see you real soon!