Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ipsy - July 2015

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I hope all of you are having an amazing day! That being said, I just received my Ipsy bag for the month of July, and I am super stoked to share with you what was curated for me. This month's theme was "Summer Lovin'!" 

I think summer is a wonderful time to meet new people and hang out with friends, so I can definitely understand the theme for the month.


If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a beauty subscription bag designed just for you, (by taking the beauty quiz) that cost $10 a month. The $10 also includes shipping. Beauty Guru Michelle Phan curates the bags, and you generally receive 5 items. 

If you wish to sign up you can sign up through my personal referral link here: Ipsy Sign Up


Every month you receive a bag with your Ipsy items in them. This month the bag design (as seen above) opened from the side of the bag; instead of the top.

 It had a very summery boho chic kind of feel. I prefer the bags that open from the top, but don't mind these every now and then. I applaud Ipsy because from Day 1, they have managed to come up with a completely different design each month. 

Now let's see what I got inside my Glam Bag this month. Feel free to click on any of the pictures below if you want to see up close any of the products...


Tarte - Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer

"Tarte’s best-selling, 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."

This is the one item I really wanted, and it is everything I could want in a bronzer and more. I love the feel of it, and it gives me the perfect summer glow. 

I don't usually get caught up in the drama, but I have to clarify something that has been irking me... One thing I have to point out is that a lot of people are saying that only new members or "special" members get the expensive/rare products. I find this statement to be completely false. For one, I have been with Ipsy since it started and last month when a Too Faced product was released I didn't get it. The Tarte Bronzer, was the first what people call "rare/limited" product I received. I truly think half of it has to do with your profile, and the other half has to do with luck.

Price: $30 (for a full size; value for deluxe around $10)


Aurora - Gel Effect Nail Polish in "4 Alarm Fire"

"Gel Effect Nail Polish is made with the pros of gel polish and regular polish. Like regular polish, it is easy and convenient to use and dries fast without a UV lamp. Like gel polish, it stays shiny and durable for up to 2 weeks. Finally, it can be easily removed with nail polish remover. Talk about the best of both worlds!"

This polish is AH-mazing! Seriously, the BEST I have used in quite some time. You have to try it! I have had this on for 4 days (reason why my review is a little behind, because I wanted to test it out) and it hasn't chipped at all. It looks like I got them done at the salon, and the price for the polish is the same if not cheaper than OPI (my favorite polish) and is of better quality! 

Price: $7.99 (this is FULL size!)



"Formula: Hydrating formula to leave lips feeling silky smooth with a hint of color.
Bombshell Application: Apply to top and bottom lips for full coverage.
Bombshell Tip: Reapply as needed to keep lips hydrated all day!"

I was hoping that I may receive this in the pink instead of the red, just because sometimes certain reds can be too dark. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this lip balm. It is a very sheer red, and gives your lips a very natural red-tone to it. It's one of the few red balms that I truly feel confident wearing, and would highly recommend to someone with a light complexion such as myself.

Price: $14 (this is FULL size!)



"A Spray infused with Algae Extract for added moisture. This spray uses the richness of the sea to create texture + volume."
I am usually not crazy about a lot of hair products, but sometimes I like wearing my hair down and scrunching it. I think gel is just too thick and heavy, so this is the perfect product to do that with. Not to mention it makes me feel like I am at the beach (just an added bonus!).

Price: $15.50 (for a full size; value for deluxe $7.75)

"Rev up your skin with this powerful exfoliating treatment that's packed with the natural ingredients necessary to get a bright, sexy glow. The best part? One step and you're done! You'll see smoother, brighter skin as soon as you rinse."
I think this is a really good solid cleanser. It does a good job at getting any dirt and grime out of the pores, and even though I have sensitive skin it does not bother me. Great first thing in the morning!
Price: $34 (for a full size; value for travel as seen above $10)

This month we received a value of around $50! Not only did I get to try some new products, but I received a great deal since I only paid $10. What do you think about this month's Ipsy "Summer Lovin'?" What variation did you receive? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below.

Until next time STAY BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU!

XOXO,




Saturday, July 18, 2015

AntlerRings - Wild Red Rose Camo Ring



Hello Everyone! 
Today, we will be talking about some amazing jewelry that makes a statement while maintaining it's simplicity. I came across AntlerRings.com and absolutely adored the "Wild Red Rose Camo Ring" you see above. I also thought it would make a perfect gift for my stepsister who loves camo. I think they make amazing gift's for not only women, but they also have rings for men as well! 

If you know someone who likes camo and/or hunting and wants to show their love to their significant other this is the perfect ring. I can't count the number of times I have heard of men or woman going fishing or hunting and then end up loosing their ring. This would make a wonderful alternative to wear instead of taking a chance at loosing their expensive wedding rings. Not to mention they are really affordable alternatives.

Here a few of the rings that they offer (pictures credited to AntlerRings.com): 

If you wish to check out more you can do so by going to their official website located here: http://antlerrings.com/collections/all
 
Now, let's talk about the Wild Red Rose Camo Ring I received...
 

It is made from surgical grade stainless steel with a lifetime warranty on the metal which I think is a really nice added bonus. My only complaint about the ring is that I had ordered a 7 on the ring size, which fits but it's a very comfort type of fit. I think a 7 1/2 would of probably been better for me, as it fits like a 6 1/2. I would just keep that in mind, if you like to have a tiny bit of breathing room while wearing the ring.


I think no matter if your a girly girl like myself or a tomboy, these rings are great for every type of girl or man. What really sold me on this ring was not only the sale price which is currently $29.99, (they are usually $49.99!) but the beautiful red roses throughout. I think they compliment any outfit.

If you wish to purchase this ring they are currently (as stated above) selling it for $29.99 (free shipping to Prime Members) on Amazon. Click HERE to purchase it. They are also having a sell on some of the other rings on Amazon as well. To check out the other rings you can go HERE

I want to know! What do you think about Antler Rings? Do you know someone you think that would enjoy these? I love hearing your questions and/or comments, so feel free to leave them below.

Until Next Time...
 Stay Beautiful by Staying YOU!

XOXO,




Monday, June 29, 2015

Beneleaf - Collagen Eye Mask + VIDEO


I hope all of you are having a wonderful day. Today, I would like to talk with you about a really great eye mask I recently discovered. The Beneleaf Collagen Eye Mask is a simple mask with a powerful punch. Helping not only diminish dark circles, but helping to plump, firm, and hydrate your under eye.


Inside the package I received their were 5 sets of masks. You can also purchase an eight count (I will leave the links at the end of this post). Each package looks to be vacuum sealed and very hygienic which I can appreciate. They look clear and see-through and feel like jello.

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You use one set and put each one under each eye for 10-15 minutes. For me the longer the better! They feel absolutely amazing on; like putting aloe on your skin after a hot summer day. 

The only thing I found that could be improved was the way they stick on, as they kept sliding around. I would recommend laying down or have your head tilted back. 

I wasn't expecting much after just one use, but you can really see the results! My eyes were not only brighter but my skin felt tighter. When I first did the video I am including at the bottom of this post it was my first one. However, after using two of these I begin noticing my fine lines under my eyes were not as prominent. These little babies really pack a punch, and I would highly recommend giving them a try.

 

Not to mention they make an awesome gift! They come in a nice package with a bow on top, and even come with a thank you note from the company. I thought that was a really nice touch, above is the front of the card. In it they give info about the company as well as in stating that they strive for 100% satisfaction. So, if your not satisfied they will do everything they can to fix it. For me that really says a lot.


 
 Checkout my video to learn more!


If you wish to purchase these you can buy a 5-pack which currently is on sale for $14.99 by clicking here. They also offer an 8-pack for $21.99 by clicking here

To learn more about the company you can go to their official site here:  

Here are other links you can follow as well, if you wish to keep up with them on social media:


 I want to know... What do you think about Beneleaf Collagen Eye Mask? Do you think this is something you would like to try? Have you ever tried anything similar? Feel free to leave any questions or comments you have below!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ipsy - June 2015


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I hope all of you are having a spectacular day! That being said, I just received my Ipsy bag for the month of June, and I am excited to share with you what I received. This month's theme was "Swim Into Beauty." 

Here in the South it feels like the world has been on fire lately with our 100 degree weather. So while I may not be able to relate to the beauty part (because my makeup literally sweats off!), I can relate to the swim part because that's where most of my summer will be spent. Poolside indeed! 


If you don't know what Ipsy is, it's a beauty subscription bag designed just for you, (by taking the beauty quiz) that cost $10 a month. The $10 also includes shipping. Beauty Guru Michelle Phan curates the bags, and you generally receive 5 items. 

If you wish to sign up you can sign up through my personal referral link here: Ipsy Sign Up



Every month you receive a bag with your Ipsy items in them. This month the bag design was a black foam like material bag, with matching black Ipsy written on the front. While it didn't show up on the picture, it also had a hint of sparkle to it on the lettering. Inside the bag it was black as well, but the zipper is a neon orange color. I've been with Ipsy since day one, and I must say I don't know how they manage to create such a unique bag every month (but they do!).

Now let's see what I got inside my Glam Bag this month. Feel free to click on any of the pictures below if you want to see up close any of the products...

Tre'Stique - Shadow Crayon (Kona Coffee)

"This amazing 12 hour eye shadow has customizable color that you can build from a subtle wash to intense vibrancy. It’s also super blendable with a crease free, smooth finish."

I received this in the color "Kona Coffee" which is a chocolate brown. I would of preferred the color "Aspen Pine" which was an earthy green. However, it helps take me out of my norm, and I get to experiment with something new. When I first saw this I thought I was missing the top because it looks like a pencil (am I the only one who thought that?). Instead it is just for looks and the top actually pulls off. The color goes on really creamy, and it has a nice pigment to it.

Price: $26 (for a full size; value for mini around $11)

 
 BioRepublic SkinCare - Sheet Mask Trio

"Each BioRepublic sheet mask offers a targeted 15-minute solution guaranteed to help you navigate even your most treacherous skin dilemmas. Packing over half a bottle of potent serum in every mask and loaded with active botanicals, these express facial treatments deliver the vital hydration and nutrients your skin needs to maintain its natural glow. What’s more, all BioRepublic SkinCare products are 100% cruelty free and use materials that are either biodegradable or recyclable, so your conscience will feel as relieved as your complexion."

I was super excited to receive these masks, and they are among my favorite item in my Ipsy bag this month. You receive one cucumber, aloe, and green tea mask. My favorite so far is the aloe mask. If you get really dry skin like I do or even have combination skin this can be really beneficial. These masks do a really great job at revitalizing the skin. 

Price: $14.95 (These are full size! Each mask is $4.95 a piece)



"Highly pigmented, hydrating, semi-matte lip stain. A delightfully creamy and lightweight stain for any occasion. Silky, smooth and packed with Vitamin E and plants extract, this stain is your go-to glam tool for sexy. Liptitude will last 24/7 and give you some serious ATTITUDE."

I love the formula as well as how it feels. It gives you a ton of moisture as well as color. The only thing that wasn't for me was the actual color of the product it was just a tad on the darker side of pink. I think the other option we could of received "Hikilicious" would of been perfect on me. I look forward to trying the various shades of this product in the future.

Price: $5.99 (this is full size!)



"Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, this best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.
 This primer diffuses the light hitting your skin to blur out imperfections for an even, soft-focus look while also making your makeup last all day long."


I actually already own this primer. I was happy to have a sample size of it though so I can throw in my travel makeup bag. It truly works like it says. It gives your skin a silky flawless finish, as well as creates a barrier so all the makeup doesn't seep down into your pores. If you haven't ever used a primer like this it does feel funny at first, but once you try it you will be hooked.

Price: $36 (received a deluxe sample size worth $9?) 




"This long lasting, rich and creamy formula dries fast and stays put. This tapered natural brush gives you the control you need to create a precise and dramatic line. The liquid goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, plus it lasts all day. Create the perfect line, every time!"

I like the color and the pigment. The drying time is a little slow, and if your eyes water than it may not be for you. Then again I'm not crazy about liquid eyeliner, especially after using gel eyeliner. For me it just isn't the same, but a close second. 

Price: $2.77 (this is Full size!)

This month we received a value of around $44! Not only did I get to try some new products, but got a great deal since I only paid $10. What do you think about this month's Ipsy "Swim Into Beauty?" What variation did you receive? I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below.

Until next time STAY BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU!

XOXO,


 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Swaag Box Review


Hello Everyone! Today, we are going to talk about not only a great subscription service, but a NECESSARY service. Swaag Box also known as the "Time of the Month" Box not only makes that time of the month easier but spoils you as well. . 

What Is Swaag Box? How do I sign up?

"Each period cycle we send you necessary supplies as well as jewelry and makeup. Choose from name brand tampons and pads, tell us your skin type and fashion type and we will customize your jewelry and makeup to your wants.

Each month our personal shoppers find the best jewelry pieces and name brand makeup to match your needs, those items along with your tampons or pads of choice are then expertly packaged and shipped via USPS to your front door.

We also offer options to add to your box. Choose Venus razor blade refill cartridges and/or double the jewelry and makeup each month." (for an extra $6)

The cost of each box is $16 a month for a normal subscription. If you want to double the jewelry and makeup or add on any extras keep in mind that the price will vary up from there. The double makeup and jewelry is an extra $6, and if you add razors I believe it's an extra $12 for a 4-pack.

If you wish to sign up for Swaag Box go here:

My Box Contents/My Thoughts


First Look -  When I opened the box the first thing that really caught my eye was not only the tampons but the packaging. It's like each one was a present just waiting for me to open!


I choose to get my usual brand of Tampax Pearl in an 18 count.

They have many brands you can choose from which include Tampax, Always, Kotex, and Playtex. You can choose pads, tampons, or even none (if you wish to just get jewelry and makeup). I love that this is an option it would be almost like getting an Ipsy bag with added jewelry, which I think is a really great deal as well. 

Value: $4.97


The first jewelry item I received was a "Live In The Moment" bracelet. At first I was disappointed because 80 percent of the bracelets out there don't fit me (I have a freakishly small wrist). However, I LOVE this! It is not only a powerful statement and made in the US (major brownie points for that!), but the bracelet is adjustable. This made it fit really well, and I also like that it reminds me a lot of Alex and Ani bangle bracelets (which is basically all I wear).

Value: $9.95



The next item I received was if not my favorite item in the box. Roses have always been sort of a trademark for me (that and elephants), so I really appreciated the necklace. I think the only thing that could of made it even better is if it was gold-toned.

Value: $19.95? (my guess off of similar necklaces)


The next item in my box was a makeup/tool item. I've actually been meaning to get a new one of these to help get rid of any clumps when applying mascara. Even though it wasn't a "thrill" item; it was a much needed item.

Value: $2.99? 


The last part of my box were makeup items. I absolutely adore the boxes that they came in. It really promotes positivity. 

In the first box...



I've had this eyeliner in the past, and while I am not crazy about gel liner's this is the best one on the market in my opinion. I think part of the reason it's so wonderful (aside from the formula) is the built in brush. This was the perfect makeup item for me!

Value - $21 (FULL SIZE!)



I've tried this in the past. I believe it was from an Ipsy bag or Birchbox. It actually works quite well, especially if you have dry hair like mine.

Value: $3? 

(I am guessing on this since it's a sample size, and I don't see it labeled how much is in it. The full size of this is $29.95).



I only found one person selling this shadow and it was on Amazon. I looked and looked but couldn't find out anything else about the company. This is a shame, because I'd love to buy more. This color is like a gold/green really shimmery kind of color. It's unlike any other shadows I have.

Value: $9.95? (guess from a similar shadow being sold)

In the second box...




I am already a huge fan of this brand, and you can't go wrong with a pink lip/cheek color. This was a win-win in my book.

Value: $19.99 (FULL SIZE!)



You can get a choice of light or medium in this concealer. I always choose the lightest color because of my skin-tone. I really appreciate that Swaag Box got this right, and listened to my needs. Not to mention this is my first time trying it, and so far I am really liking it.

Value: $30 (FULL SIZE!)



This was a sample but what I did use made my skin super soft. I would love to try the full size product. I also really appreciate that they included an item from Paris.

Value: $3? ($27.59 for the full size on Amazon)

  I received an estimated value of around $125! That's amazing and I have to say Swaag Box is defiantly winning me over for subscribing in the future. I even got to try some new products. What do you think about Swaag Box
 
Don't forget if you wish to sign up or learn more go here: 
 
 I love hearing your questions/comments, so feel free to leave them below.

Until next time STAY BEAUTIFUL by STAYING YOU!

XOXO,


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