June Glam Bag Review

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June’s Ipsy theme was Volume Up which I expected to be more about hair care. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad it wasn’t! I was perfectly happy with receiving no hair care items. The bag was pretty cute with a pair of bright red lips similar to the lips they use as their zipper pulls every once in awhile.

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1. Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream: A full size of this costs $68. I have never had this brand before but I really actually like this cream. I’ve been using it after I shower since it’s been so dry out and it has been helping a lot. There wasn’t a whole lot of info on this brand that I could find other than their products seem to be backed by science and created by a totally bad-a$$ woman.

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2. Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in “Chocolate Fix”: This products costs $14. I don’t think I have had this brand before which is kind of a bummer because it seems like they carry awesome products. I love this liner—it glides on so nice and the color is perfect for my skin tone. This product is paraben and cruelty free.

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3. Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in “What’s a Budget?”: This costs $15. I have received Trust Fund polishes quite a few times and they never fail to disappoint. However, this is the third month in a row that I have received the exact same shade of polish from Ipsy and I am beyond fed up! This is probably the most annoyed I have ever been with them and it takes a lot to fire me up.

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4. Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara: A full size of this costs $22. I had this brand back in my March Ipsy Bag and seemed to like it. This mascara is really nice–the brush is massive and thick. I definitely feel like it reaches all of my lashes. I definitely would order this. Doucce does not test on animals.

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5. NYX Whipped Lip and Cheek Souffle in Plush: Right now this is on sale for $4.20! That is one reason I love NYX–always so affordable and you can find some products at Target! I have received NYX multiple times and consider them to be a fun brand to play around with.

OK everyone! What did you all think of this month’s Ipsy Bag? As much as I loved 4/5 of the products, the nail polish really aggravated me. My heart just was not into writing this review because of it. Fingers crossed for a perfect bag next month!

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May Glam Bag Review

Well everyone, there are less than 3 days left in the month of May and my blog posting plans were an epic fail—I will have to push them to June. Fingers crossed!

The theme for this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was Summer Friday and the bag itself was clear with little ice cream cones on it!

 

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1. Cailyn Cosmetics Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint + Velvet in #32 Practicable: I have never heard of this brand before but I love trying new things! This gloss costs $19 and comes in over 20 different shades. The smell of this is not the best but the shade is very nice–almost a nude/pink tone which I always enjoy wearing. This brand is certified with Leaping Bunny and I would LOVE to try their other products (their Star Wave Glitter Tint looks amazing!!!).

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2. Adesse New York Organic Infused Nail Lacquer in Surfer Girl: This polish is $18. I have been wanting to try this brand for months–I’ve seen a ton of Ipsy bags with this brand in them and I was always so jealous! The only downside with this product is that this shade looks almost exactly the same as the shade of polish I received last month. This polish is cruelty free and 5-Free and their organic ingredients include bamboo extract and argon and shea oils. I hope this brand is included in my future Ipsy bags because they have so many shades that I would love to have!

My photo on the left looks much darker (almost pink) than the photo on the right. It is the same product but the right photo is in a magnetic palette that I will be storing it in; the left photo is just to show the sample once it is removed from the packaging.

3. Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin: A full size of this costs $26 and comes in 3 shades. I have 100% fallen in love with Urban Decay products. This highlighter really adds a nice glow to my skin and I apply it after my foundation and bronzer. It is super lightweight and lasts all day. Urban Decay is vegan and cruelty free.

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4. IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara in Black: A full size of this mascara is $24. I have received IT Cosmetics products multiple times and I have never been disappointed. This mascara really looks good on my lashes and makes them look longer than other mascaras that I have tried. There are a few reviews that say it’s too clumpy but I don’t see that at all! IT Cosmetics is cruelty free.

5. Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Supercharged Super Intense Eyeshadow Duo in Electric: This product costs $22.95 and comes in 2 different duos. I really enjoy getting to try Jelly Pong Pong products; they are always packaged really cute and I have never not liked their samples. The shades in this duo are sparkly and creamy. I kid you not, I have been wearing the shit out of this almost every day since I received it! It lasts all day and goes so well with my skin tone; it can also be easily paired with other shades from my other palettes. Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics is cruelty free.

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What did you think of this month’s Glam Bag? Leave me a comment down below with what your fave item was!

The bag will come in handy for days by the pool or the beach; you can put your cosmetics inside and easily see what is in there or toss in your wet bikini to transport it home! I will for sure be using every item that I received and I cannot wait to see what comes next month!

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What’s Your Sign? ✌🏻♉️


I truly had high hopes for getting out more posts this month but I can’t believe that the month is over halfway gone and this is my first post! My birthday is tomorrow so I thought I’d write about my zodiac animal if my sign matches my personality.

I am a Taurus! The Taurus is the “bull” which generally means that most Taureans can be stubborn, hot headed, and sometimes lazy. I am very stubborn-once my mind is made up, it’s hard to change it. I can definitely be impatient and I can have a hot head at times but for the most part I think before I speak and try to shrug off or ignore conflict. 

Taureans supposedly like the finer things in life. I agree with that for sure! I love indulging in designer products and if I’m super in love with something I spare no expense. I can be materialistic but I also enjoy the simple things in life as well. 

I think I am definitely a Taurus in more ways than one! I am proud of my sign and love learning more about myself through Astrology.


Fun Facts:

•My sister is a Taurus as well! 

•My mom is a Scorpio which is said to have strong compatibility with the Taurus.

•Q bought me a star for Christmas a couple years ago in the Taurus constellation.

•Some famous Taureans include Adele, Tina Fey, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Taurus Sisters! 💓

 
What sign are you? Do you think it fits your personality? Let me know in the comments below! 

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April Glam Bag Review

Hi All! I have been away from this blog for far too long–I have some new ideas for posts coming up in May so stay with me!

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The theme for April’s Glam Bag is Side Show and the bag is so different from any of the others I have ever received–it’s different material with a screen print like an old school “Admission Ticket”–really cool! I think it would be really awesome as a wristlet so that I could take it out and about with me.

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1. The White Company Seychelles Hand & Nail Cream: A full size of this costs $25 which isn’t too pricey considering everything else on their website. This smells really good–I don’t think I’ll use it every day but I think as more of a night cream/after bath cream will be when I use it most. The style of the website is pretty intriguing to me; very clean and chic. I have never heard of this company before but I wouldn’t mind seeing more from them. There isn’t a whole lot of info available about them but they also sell home items and clothing.

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2. Defy & Inspire Wear Resistant Nail Lacquer in Paradise Island: This item is $7.49 and is exclusively a Target brand! As much as I love high-end and designer products, I also love that I can find a product like this at Target. This nail polish is definitely wear resistant–I applied it on Sunday and it’s still on almost a week later with almost no chips. The color is perfect for Spring and I am definitely planning on buying other shades. This brand is made in the USA and is made without harmful ingredients.

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3. Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660: I love fluffy brushes! This brush costs $23. I last received this brand in my February Glam Bag and so far have been a fan. This is best used for liquid or cream foundation. Luxie is cruelty free and does not support animal testing.

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4. Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment Eye Shadow in Honey Dew: A full size of this is $13. I have received this product in different shades a couple of times from Ipsy and I have really fallen in love with it. This shade is great to use as a highlighter and a shadow. The colors are perfect for what I like to wear, the products are affordable, they last all day, and layer really well.  Hikari is cruelty free and PETA certified.

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5. ColourPop Creme Gel Liner in Best O: This costs $5! I received this in my June Glam Bag and I honestly don’t know why I haven’t purchased more of their products–the reviews are always really good, their products are super appealing to me and affordable! Ipsy subscribers that were given this product could have received one of five colors; I really like how smoothly this applies and it’s a great color–almost a deep purple/brown shade. Almost all of ColourPop’s products are vegan, gluten free, and as far as I can find they also don’t test on animals.

What did you think of this month’s Glam Bag? The bag itself was pretty neat but definitely not my favorite. I will 100% be using all of these products and cannot wait to see what I will be getting next month. Ipsy has been so on-point lately!

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March Glam Bag Review

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The theme for this month’s Glam Bag was Trés Jolie which is french for very pretty.  I thought the bag for this month was super cute and I am already using it! This bag also came with an insert that said “You Are Beautiful (pass it on)” which is different than their usual insert with their models and Ipsy creators.

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1. Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush: I thought I had received this brand in the past but maybe not…? This brush is $12 and works really well for blending especially in my crease. It is made with synthetic fibers. I couldn’t find a whole lot of info regarding this brand other than they’re family owned and operated.

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2. Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa: This piece costs $10. I have never heard of this brand before but I am already in love! This shade is super pretty and although it’s super small, I like that you can easily create your own palette with the shades of your own choosing. The website says you can apply this wet or dry so let me know down below which look you prefer!  I really hope to see more from this brand in my sub boxes in the future. Doucce does not test on animals.

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3. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer: A full size of this costs $24. I have received this brand a few times and am always really happy with it. I have sensitive skin and I have never had irritation from any of their products. This moisturizer is great and doesn’t feel too heavy or sticky. This moisturizer is gluten free and vegan and First Aid Beauty does not test on animals.

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4. ModelCo Eye Define Retractable Crayon Liner in Black: This liner costs $14. This is another brand that sounds familiar to me but I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything from it. I really like that this is retractable but when I received it it was pushed up almost all the way and I had trouble getting it to wind back down–I’m afraid it’s going to just break apart. Unfortunately, this liner did not apply easily for me at all; I felt like it took a lot of tugging to get it on my eye. ModelCo is vegan and cruelty-free and I would be willing to give this brand another try but maybe with their lip products instead.

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5. Tarte Cosmetics Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Rosé: A full size of this costs $20. You all know that I LOVE Tarte so of course I love this product especially since it’s matte and an almost nude/natural color. I didn’t find this lip paint to be drying at all. Tarte is a cruelty and gluten free brand.

What did you think of this month’s Glam Bag? The bag itself was probably one of my favorite that I have ever received from Ipsy and I can easily incorporate all of these products (minus the liner) into my weekly makeup routine.

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February Glam Bag Review

This month’s theme is “Much Love” with a denim bag with a lip zipper. 


1. BellaPierre Cosmetics Volumelash Waterproof Mascara: I received this brand in my first glam bag. This mascara is $20 and it makes my lashes look amazing after just one coat!  It did take a few minutes to dry though which is the only downside. This is a cruelty free brand and I really hope to see more from them in upcoming bags.


2. Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment Eye Shadow in Latte: I received this brand in my January Glam Bag from last year. It costs $13 full size. It applies really smooth and I am definitely considering ordering other shades. Hikari doesn’t test on animals. 


3. Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold Blush Brush 514: I love getting brushes in my subscription boxes and this is no exception, it is gorgeous! It costs $18 and is super soft. The bristles are cruelty free and Luxie beauty us 100% vegan. 


4. NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry: I haven’t tried too many NYX products but I love how affordable they are. This lipstick is $6 and comes in 34 colors. It is a really good shade for my skin tone and isn’t super drying. NYX is cruelty free.


5. True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask: I love trying new masks. A full size of this costs $90 and seems like a very high end brand. There wasn’t a ton of info on their website but each purchase has a 30 day money back guarantee.  

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What I’m Reading…Winter 2017

Hi Everyone! I wanted to share with you what is on my Winter reading list–most of my reads are romantic novels because I’m a sucker for a cheesy plot line and a happy ending. I picked all of these up at my local Good Will; it is such a bargain over buying them brand new. My next goal is to get myself a library card so that I can start getting more books when I’m ready over spending extra money.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you thought!

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One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell: Acutely observed and mercilessly witty, One Fifth Avenue is a modern-day story of old and new money, that same combustible mix that Edith Wharton mastered in her novels about New York’s Gilded Age and F. Scott Fitzgerald illuminated in his Jazz Age tales. Many decades later, Bushnell’s New Yorkers suffer the same passions as those fictional Manhattanites from eras past: They thirst for power, for social prominence, and for marriages that are successful—at least to the public eye. But Bushnell is an original, and One Fifth Avenue is so fresh that it reads as if sexual politics, real estate theft, and fortunes lost in a day have never happened before.

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Faking It by Cora Carmack: Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

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Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot: Meet Kate Mackenzie. She:

  • works for the T.O.D. (short for TyrannicalOffice Despot, also known as Amy Jenkins,Director of the Human Resources Divisionat the New York Journal)
  • is sleeping on the couch because herboyfriend of ten years refuses to commit
  • can’t find an affordable studio apartmentanywhere in New York City
  • thinks things can’t get any worse.

They can. Because:

  • the T.O.D. is making her fire the most popularemployee in the paper’s senior staff dining room
  • that employee is now suing Kate for wrongful termination, and
  • now Kate has to give a deposition in front of Mitch Hertzog, the scion of one of Manhattan’s wealthiest law families,who embraces everything Kate most despises … but also happens to have a nice smile and a killer bod.

The last thing anybody — least of all Kate Mackenzie — expects to find in a legal arbitration is love. But that’s the kind of thing that can happen when … Boy Meets Girl.

**I read this book last night, it was a super quick read and it written through emails, phone messages, and journal entries. I really liked it, very cute!

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The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger: Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old-line New England firm, where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are trapped behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one week, with all the big partners out of town, Sophie is stuck handling the intake interview for the daughter of the firm’s most important client.

After eighteen years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating scene at the popular local restaurant, Golightly’s. Mia is now locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Mather Medical School, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Jane. Mia also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that she’s never handled a divorce case before, but Mia can’t be put off. The way she sees it, it’s her first divorce, too. For Sophie, the whole affair will spark a hard look at her own relationships—with her parents, colleagues, friends, lovers, and, most important, herself.

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The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe by Mary Simses: Ellen Branford is going to fulfill her grandmother’s dying wish—to find the hometown boy she once loved, and give him her last letter. Ellen leaves Manhattan and her Kennedy-esque fiance for Beacon, Maine. What should be a one-day trip is quickly complicated when she almost drowns in the chilly bay and is saved by a local carpenter. The rescue turns Ellen into something of a local celebrity, which may or may not help her unravel the past her grandmother labored to keep hidden. As she learns about her grandmother and herself, it becomes clear that a 24-hour visit to Beacon may never be enough. THE IRRESISTIBLE BLUEBERRY BAKESHOP & CAFE is a warm and delicious debut about the power of a simpler life.

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Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger: On paper, Bette Robinson’s life is good. At twenty-six, she’s got a great deal on an apartment in Manhattan, and she’s on target to become an associate at the prestigious investment bank where she works with her best friend. Her eighty-hour workweeks might keep her from socializing or dating outside her office walls — but she’s paying her dues on the well-trod path to wealth and happiness. So when Bette quits her job like the impulsive girl she’s never been, she not only shocks her friends and family — she has no idea what to do next.
For months, Bette gets out and about by walking her four-pound dog around her decidedly unglamorous Murray Hill neighborhood. Then she meets Kelly, head of Manhattan’s hottest PR and events planning firm, and suddenly Bette has a brand-new job where the primary requirement is to see and be seen.
The work at Kelly&Company takes Bette inside the VIP rooms of the city’s most exclusive nightclubs, to parties crowded with celebrities and socialites. Bette learns not to blink at the famous faces, the black Amex cards, the magnums of Cristal, or the ruthless paparazzi. Soon she’s dating an infamous playboy who’s great for her career but bad for her sanity — and scaring off the one decent guy she meets. Still, as her coworkers repeatedly point out, how can you complain about a job that pays you to party? Bette has to agree — until she begins appearing in a vicious new gossip column. That’s when Bette’s life on paper takes on a whole new meaning — and she learns the line between her personal and professional lives is…invisible.

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Let me know if there are any books that you think I should add to my next reading list!

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