Tuesday, August 27, 2013

My August 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag!

Here it is! (Better late than never...) My August 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag. I was so excited to get my Glam Bag this month, I think I got a really good one. Even though a couple of variations of products I got weren't ideal for me, I was able to make a couple trades with a friend who also subscribes and we both got exactly what we wanted!

The theme for this month's bag is Glamor Academy and the bag is purple with a golden crest print on it. I know a lot of people didn't seem to like the pattern on the bag when the sneak peek was released but I actually kinda like it. Here is what I got inside:

  • Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask - 1oz sample
  • Urban Decay Lipstick in 69 (red) - mini size
  • MICA Beauty Shimmer Powder in Bronze - 0.10oz (Full size!)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - 0.25oz sample
  • Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara in No. 2 Blackest Black - 0.105oz sample

 I was so excited to get the Urban Decay lipstick! However, I don't really wear red lipstick, ever. (Which is unfortunate because I seem to be getting a lot of reds in my subscription boxes lately, including my August Birchbox!) I also hate pumpkin (the smell, taste... pretty much everything about it. I'm weird, I know.) so I wasn't even interested in trying the pumpkin mask from Michael Todd. I was really hoping for the hot pink lipstick and the charcoal scrub.

This is where my friend comes in. She loved red lipstick and pumpkin. She received the Michael Todd Charcoal Scrub and the Urban Decay Lipstick in Anarchy, a hot pink. She was happy to trade me for my Pumpkin Mask and 69 (red) lipstick! So we both ended up with products we are super happy with.

Overall, this was a really good month! I feel like if Ipsy keeps it up it will definitely become my favorite subscription! Especially since my Birchbox was a little disappointing the last two months. I'll be posting my August Birchbox soon too, I will link it here.

Want to see what I have received in all my Glam Bags so far? Check out PART 1 and PART 2 of my past Ipsy bags. Also, see what all the bags have looked like HERE.


Thinking of joining Ipsy? Consider using my referral link! (If two people join through my link I get a bonus product in my next bag.) Thank you! :) 



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Favorite Zoya Polishes Swatched!

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If you have been following me here, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for any length of time, you have more than likely heard me talk about my favorite brand of nail polish: Zoya. Right now they are having an awesome sale, BOGO Free when you use code SCHOOL at checkout. You can get up to 6 polishes free using the code. This deal expires at 11:59pm EST on 8/25/13.

Throwback Thursday: Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds Lipsticks!

These are the Maybelline Wet Shine and Wet Shine Diamonds lipsticks I collected over the early 2000's. These were my favorites in high school and just after! I must have gone through two tubes besides what is gone of the first one shown, Ice Princess. I had a few of the Wet Shine Diamonds lip glosses too, which I also loved. (I would have shared those as well but they were either lost or used up a long time ago!)

Did you used to use the Wet Shine or Wet Shine Diamonds lipsticks or lip glosses? Which shades were your favorites back in the day?




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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sephora VIB Sample Bag!

Sephora recently revamped their Beauty Insiders program, adding a new top tier: VIB Rouge. To celebrate, they offered bonus points on all purchases last week. They also have a bonus sample bag for VIB Beauty Insiders, shown above. This bag of deluxe samples is free with any $35 purchase!  (See how to get it below!)

Here is a peek at what I got in mine.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Essie Luxeffects "Shine of the Times" Swatched!

Today I want to show you one of my favorite "effects" top coats for nail polish. This is Essie Luxe Effects in Shine of the Times. It is a pretty multicolored flaky glitter in a clear base. The glitter flakes shift to almost every color but it is predominantly a warmer, golden sparkle. It originally came out in a Holiday collection in 2011 and as far as I can tell it was limited edition or has been discontinued. However, since I recently found a bottle at Target (I purchased it! I'm so excited to have a backup bottle, I love it that much!) I thought I would share some photos.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Looking Back: Birchbox 2012

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I joined Birchbox at the end of April in 2012. I had been watching unboxing videos on YouTube and considering subscribing for awhile but kept not doing it. At the time I had just started watching all the seasons of the Gossip Girl on Netflix and loved it, so when I heard the show was the inspiration for the May box I finally subscribed.
Before I really even start taking a look back at the products I have received and tried, I would say that I love my samples most months. Ocassionally there is a really blah month where I couldn't care less about anything in the box I get. But there is usually at least one (and often more) items I really enjoy sampling and I have actually purchased a few products I have sampled through Birchbox. I have a few more products on my list that I'm planning to purchase as well. I also have to mention, they sometimes include some really random extras and I have loved most of those!

I got an email from Birchbox earlier this week with a link to see my box history. I had looked on their website for a list like this before and couldn't find it. I don't know if this is something they have set up recently or if it was there all along, but I'm so glad to now have access to it! To see yours, log into your Birchbox account and select Box > Women's Box from the top menu. It will have a large photo of your current box (mine shows my August box now even though I haven't received it yet!) and if you scroll down it will show your box history.

Now, lets take a look back at my boxes from 2012.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Maybelline Color Whisper Lip Color: Swatched!

I have three shades of Maybelline Color Whisper lip colors. As shown in the photo above, Oh La Lilac is a lavender color, Petal Rebel is a light but bright pink and Bare to be Bold is a nude shade.  I believe the first one I purchased was Petal Rebel at Target. It was totally an impulse purchase as I walked past the display on my way to the checkstand. I liked it, so I bought the other two during a BOGO 1/2 Off sale on Maybelline at my local Fred Meyer.

One thing I like about the packaging is that the color of the case matches the shade of lip color inside. It's fun and makes it easy to look into a drawer of lipsticks/glosses and grab the right one right away.

Essence Nail Stampy Designs!

You have heard me talking about my Bundle Monster nail stamps from Amazon, and maybe heard of other brands such as Konad or Shany. But what about a drugstore version of nail stamps? How would those work? I decided to find out, so I picked up this Nail Art Stampy Set and two additional Stampy Designs from Essence Cosmetics.

Essence is an inexpensive but quality brand. The company is based in Europe, but you can find it in drugstores here in the US. I got these items at Fred Meyer, and I know near me Ulta also carries the brand. From the Essence website, you can also find their products at Walgreens, HEB and Shoppers Drugmart. The Nail Art Stampy Set was $3.99 and the Stampy Designs were $2.99 each at regular price. There was a BOGO 1/2 Off sale at Fred Meyer, and one of the Stampy Design plates was on clearance for 50% off. So for all three items it was probably about $8 after tax.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

My July 2013 Birchbox!

"Yay! My July Birchbox is here! I can't wait to open it!"

July Ipsy Glam Bag!

Here are the contents of my Ipsy Glam Bag for July 2013! I have to say, I really like the bag this month. It's a fun fluorescent pink bag in a different shape than we normally get. I think it's nice to switch it up a little. This bag also seems quite sturdy which is good.