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Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate Reveal October 2019

Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate
October 2019

This very first Glam Bag Ultimate was AMAZING!!!! There were some great products and some newbies I loved trying so I’m definitely continuing my subscription to this subscription box. This month included these products:

  • Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Brown – This was on my wishlist so when I had the chance to select it for my box, I jumped all over it. This palette is an immediate must have for me. It has rich, warm colors that have very little fallout and transition from day to night easily, with just a little building. I’m becoming a huge fan of Huda!
  • Kaleido Cosmetics Obsidian Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – I really like this liner. It was easy to use and glided on flawlessly and did not smear. It lasted all evening in a very humid Florida climate and a surprise summer storm and it didn’t run at all!
  • L.O.C.K. Unicorn Glow Hydrating Primer – This primer was great. It went on smooth and made foundation application flawless. No creasing or uneven lines. I might look into a larger bottle of this product, I was so impressed.
  • Betty Boop x Ipsy Cheek to Cheek Blush Palette – Ipsy’s theme this month….I adore Betty Boop so I had to have all the things! This blush was superb. It had just the right colors for my light skin tone, without making me look overly made up.
  • Biorace L’eau Hydrating Treatment Serum – This serum was a pleasant surprise. I’m always nervous using new facial products on my skin because it’s so sensitive but this was really nice. It felt light and greaseless and my skin felt moisturized afterwards, not oily. It had no overwhelming odor and the biggest plus….it caused no breakouts!
  • F.A.R.A.H. Brushes Midnight Pro Trio – These brushes are now a staple in my makeup application. The are firm but soft and made application of my foundation, blush, and highlighter a dream!!!
  • Nanette Lepore Beautiful Times fragrance – This fragrance was gorgeous. Not heavy or overly sweet, it was subtle and citrusy…a favorite combination of mine.
  • The Saem Natural Avocado and Shea Butter Mask Sheet Set – I have to admit, I have not tried these masks yet, due to the fact I’m in the middle of a Bubble Sheet Mask Challenge but as soon as it’s done, I’m looking forward to these!
  • Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser – I’ve been dying to try this product so I did a happy dance when I saw it in my box. I incorporated it into my facial cleansing routine and there is no going back for me. It’s a keeper and I will be purchasing it again for continued use. It has helped hold back breakouts, kept my face super clean, and has not dried my face out in the least. It’s an awesome product!
  • C’est Moi Beauty Reflect Lip Gloss in Opulence – I love my lip glosses and this one is no exception. It’s very pretty and neutral and makes my lips look rosy and natural. It’s not super-sticky, either, which is a huge advantage!
  • Coloured Raine Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Glamour – Mine arrived broken so I’m waiting for a replacement.
  • Ibom Lemon Verbena Clay Mast – I have used this mask in the past and I love it. This will be great to throw in my travel bag so I can continue my facial care while traveling! This mask is both brightening and hydrating and I highly recommend it for mid-week face refreshing!
  • Trestique Good Vibes Mascara – This mascara is patiently waiting for it’s time in the spotlight, as I have not tried it yet. There is also no information on it with my enclosed pamphlet. It’s neat though, because it has a curler included at the end of the mascara tube. It’s just very strange that Ipsy included no information of this product in the box.

I had two complaints about this new subscription. The pamphlet that was included in the box broke down each product but….one item was not listed and none of the items had a value. This subscription is $50 per month. I like tangible, visible proof of the value of each product to validate the cost I’m paying. I had to look up all the product costs myself. My suggestion to them is to rectify that as soon as possible. Also, some of us subscribed to both the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and Ultimate. Two different subscriptions but they gave me the same bag in each box. That should not be happening. You should check for dual subscriptions and make sure that different bags are provided for each. Now I have two of the same bags, which I don’t like. Otherwise, so far, I’d say this subscription is worth it.

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus October Reveal

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus October 2019

This month’s Ipsy Glam Bag Plus was pretty fantastic! There were some great finds and the theme….AWESOME!!!! I love Betty Boop so their very inspired line featuring the ultimate glamour girl was spot on! Included in this box:

  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator (I’m going to love trying this product)
  • JOLII Cosmetics Spektra Stick in Stella (My beauty review partner was very excited to snatch this up)
  • Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black (excited to try this brand but why do subscription boxes keep giving me black eyeliners)
  • Lovecraft Beauty Bronzer Palette (so pretty)
  • Betty Boop x Ipsy That’s So Betty Eyeshadow Palette (This is gorgeous and I’m excited to give it a try this weekend)
  • Betty Boop x Ipsy Lipgloss in All Jazzed Up (Add On)
  • Betty Boop x Ipsy Satin Lipstick in Mauve It Baby (Add On)

Battle of the Bubbles Week 2

This week I selected e.l.f. Detoxifying Bubble Mask. I picked this up during a Target run and thought it would be a good addition to the contest because it’s very accessible for me and the price was great. You can purchase this at Target for $4 or e.l.f. Cosmetics for $4 or a 3 pack for $10. This one is definitely pocketbook friendly!!! But…is it face friendly? Check out this post to find out which mask wins this weeks battle and don’t forget to follow the steps at the end of this post for a chance to win an at-home facial gift bag which is getting fuller by the day!

e.l.f. Detoxifying Bubble Mask

The basics:

  • Ease of use: Easy
  • Price: Low to Medium
  • Packaging: Appealing
  • Smell: Low
  • Reactions: None

Breakdown:

This mask caught my eye quite accidentally during my Target run…not because it was bright and extravagant, but because it was subtle, and the colors grabbed my attention…not basic white which I normally skip right over. The mask was easy to use and the time frame of 10-15 minutes was not bad. Now, while I love GlamGlow because it’s mask is done in 3 minutes and I can fit it in anywhere, GlamGlow’s one disadvantage is that I feel like I’m rushing my own self care time. 20 minutes for a mask feels excessive for me but 10 minutes feels perfect. Score one for e.l.f.! Now, I put this on and settled in and I was floored when I started feeling the “bubble tingle” within 15 seconds!!! I had to double check my timer. And it wasn’t mild. It was a full blown bubble factory happening right on my face. I LOVED IT! I kept it on an entire 15 minutes to get the full effect and see if the bubbles and tingle lasted just as long and they did. Amazing. Upon visual inspection of the mask, it was no longer black…it was bubble white. Further proof of it’s awesomeness in my book. I removed the mask and massaged the remainder around my face using my finger tips and warm water to remove all residue. I waited about 15 minutes to check out my face and it was smooth and soft. It also felt amazing and clean!!! The next morning and going forth the entire week there were no breakouts, rashes, excessive oiliness, dryness or any other side effects. My face felt the aftereffects of this mask for days, as I do with GlamGlow. So…who won this week?

Bottom Line….I would rate this product 5 out of 5 stars. This mask is right on par with GlamGlow. From packaging to end result it scored perfect marks on my rating system, which is based on what is important to me. And while I will NEVER abandon my GlamGlow, e.l.f. has earned a spot into my weekly self-care routine with a combination of effectiveness and price. It’s $5 less per mask (more if you buy a 3 pack from the website) and since I use detoxifying masks every Sunday for self care, this mask gives me more bang for my buck.

Sorry GlamGlow, you lose this week to a gray horse. e.l.f.’s Detoxifying Bubble Mask is the winner. Actually, I’m the winner….between these two fabulous product lines, you should see my face!!!

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October Boxy Charm Reveal

Boxy Charm October 2019

I was not impressed by my Boxy Charm box this month. Here is what was included:

  • Dose of Colors Eyeshadow Palette in Blushing Berries
  • Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm
  • Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss
  • Skin&Co Truffle Therapy Radiant Dew Mist
  • Luna by Luna Eyeliner in Baby Blue

The only thing in this box that I was impressed with was the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Glassy Skin Balm.

I LOVED this skin balm. Matter-of-fact, when my back-up product reviewer came to pick up the rest of the items in this box so she could review them, she was amazed at how good this balm made my skin look! This is a product I would rate 5 stars and would buy again! It smells delicious and made my skin glow and feel extra soft! This is the 2nd product I have tried by this brand and both times I was extremely impressed.

My Current Eye Obsession!

Let me tell you about my latest eye shadow palette obsession. I honestly can’t rave enough about it!

Colourpop Truly Madly Deeply

I stumbled upon Colourpop about a month ago while wandering aimlessly around Ulta. I thought this palette looked pretty for everyday looks and decided to give it a try. Oh my! What a find. This one palette changed my whole makeup perspective. Not only did I learn I don’t always have to spend a fortune for the best palettes but also that looks can be deceiving….this is not only an everyday palette, it is AWESOME for dramatic night-time activities. So far these versatile shades have seen action for an afternoon of football games in various sports bars (Jackpot and Renegade in this palette worked great for 49ers colors on my eyes), a nighttime football game, a day at Busch Gardens and two daytime excursions just running errands. It’s pigmentation is great and the color stays in place forever! It’s buildable so you can go subtle with one layer or dramatic with 2-3. My eye shadow looked just as fresh at 9 pm as it did when I applied it at 10 am!!! That’s a miracle in the Florida heat and humidity. It didn’t clump, run, or smear. It didn’t irritate my eyes or my contacts as some eye shadow has previously done.

Colourpop has some amazing products and I’ve come to adore their eye shadows and blushes and am thinking of trying some of their other items as well. I also saw they just released Smoke Show…and the colors are to die for! I will be adding that to my collection as well. If you haven’t tried Colourpop I highly recommend you give them a go. You will not be disappointed!

Purchase Below:

Colourpop * Ulta