Manicure Monday: Konad m95 Plate

I hoped to have a Manicure Monday up last week, but I didn’t have the time, so I’ll hop right into this one!

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Right hand. The better of the two.

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Left hand.

The Products

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L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ Ulta In Hi-brr Nation/ NYC French Tip White/ Polish Remover/ Synthetic Brush/ Konad Stamper, Scraper, m95 Plate

The Procedure

  • Paint all your nails with a base coat.
  • Paint all your nails with two coats of your base color.
  • Using a white polish, apply it to the geometric design on the plate.
  • Using the scraper, scrape off excess polish.
  • Quickly use the stamper and roll/press it onto the design.
  • Quickly line up the stamper with your nail and roll it onto the nail.
  • Repeat on all your fingers.
  • Use polish remover and a synthetic brush to clean up.
  • Wait for the design to dry for a bit and apply a top coat. Letting the design dry will prevent smearing.

That’s it for this quick Mani Monday! I hope you enjoyed and that everyone has a lovely week!

PS. if you want to see the rest of the designs on this plate, be sure to check them out here.

♡ Melissa

Review: Konad m95 Plate, Stamper, and Scraper

Happy Monday everyone!

A bajillion days ago, I was contacted by Nail Polish Canada, who was kind enough to send me a nail stamping plate, stamper, and scraper to review. This website has recently added 5 Konad plates (m91-95) to their site this year. Of the 5 plates, they let me pick out the one I liked the most to review. The one I chose to review was m95.

The Plate Packaging

The plate came in a basic plastic sleeve. On the back, the plate is covered with a protective paper seal, but doesn’t have a plastic over on the front, which is surprising.

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The protective backing.

The Plate Designs

Of the plates added to the site, I felt that this one fit my style the most. I wasn’t crazy in love with any of them, they were just a little to impractical for me, but I thought this one was the most fitting.

On this plate, there  are 5 designs:

  • an owl
  • a heart background
  • a lace and polka dot pattern
  • a geometric pattern made out of lines
  • another pattern that would be an amazing wall decal xD
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The owl and “wall decal”

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Geometric, Lace and Polka Dot, and Heart

I’ve never used a Konad plate before, in fact, I’ve only stamped once before. Because of this, I only have one basis of comparison- the Claire’s Stamping Plates. So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to compare the products sent to me with the ones I got in the Claire’s kit.

The Plates

As you can see, the two plates are roughly the same size. The Konad plate has larger designs, which is great because it can cover thumbs. It also has more variety. Not only do you get full designs, but you get single ones like the owl. This mix is nice because you have more options on what you can do with a single plate.

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The Konad plate is on the bottom and is slightly larger.

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The Konad plate (right) has a much larger design.

The Stamper and Scraper

Originally, I only received the plate, but I also asked for the stamper and scraper so that I could fully review the product. If you read my Claire’s review, then you know I had a very difficult time with the stamping. Not only did I have a hard time picking up the design, but I couldn’t make a smooth transfer on my nails either. I like the Konad stamper because it was little easier to work with. The rubber part of the stamp was not as rounded and a little more flat, which made using the rolling motion on my nail easier. Sadly, I still have some issues with picking up the whole image (as you can see from the images above), but if I go slowly enough, I can do it. There are also little finger grooves, which give you a better grip. As for the scraper, the one I bought from Claire’s was defective. It was crooked. The one I received too was slightly crooked, but it wasn’t as bad. Also, you have more surface area on the Konad scraper, which gives you more control. Unfortunately, using the scraper, I scratched up my plate a bit, not nothing too drastic. The scrapes are visible on the plate, but they don’t affect the design or transfer onto the stamper.

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The Konad one is obviously much longer and has the grooves for a better grip.

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The Konad scraper offers more surface area for more control.

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I’m not sure if you can see the small scrapes on the left side of the geometric design.

The Prices

All in all, I was very pleased with the Konad products. They are higher quality than the ones from Claire’s, which obviously means they are more expensive. The plate I received is being sold for $8.75, which is expensive since it’s just a plate, but with some research, I discovered it was the same/similar price on all sites. The stamper and scraper set is sold for $7.50, which I have seen cheaper on other sites.

The Site

I’ve interacted with people from the site frequently, and they were very good at getting back to me in a timely fashion. In general, I find that their prices are similar to other sites that sell nail art/stamping supplies. I would say if you live in Canada, to buy from them. Like I said, the prices are similar to others and they offer free shipping in Canada. There are no hidden guidelines and no minimum purchases necessary. Additionally, they offer free shipping for orders over $25, and they have a list of items that are free shipping all the time.

If you’re interested in some nail art supplies, be sure to check out Nail Polish Canada! They’re sure to have something you like!

I hope that this post was useful and stay tuned for my Manicure Monday, which should be out shortly!

♡ Melissa

*All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Manicure Monday: Back to School Nails

I know its not Monday, but I wanted to get this out this out today so that I won’t have to worry about it tomorrow. This cute back to school look was inspired by both PackAPunchPolish and MissJenFabulous. I took aspects from both Youtubers’ videos and threw them together.

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The Products

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Polishes: Base/Top Coat, White, Light Pink, Yellow, Silver, Blue, and Red
Brushes: Nail Stripers/Paint Brushes and a Synthetic Brush
Other: Newspaper Scraps, A small container with water, Polish Remover, and a Fan (optional)

  • Base/Top- L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment
  • White- Circus by Andrea’s Choice Reverso
  • Light Pink- Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl
  • Yellow- Julep Abbie
  • Silver- Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Silver Sweep
  • Blue- Sally Hansen Calypso Blue
  • Red- Orchid Sugar and Spice and Nothing Nice

The Procedure

The Thumb: Pencil Nails

  • Paint your thumbs with a base coat. Follow with two coats of a light pink polish. This will be the eraser. Let dry (90%) before continuing. To speed up the drying process, I like to use a fan.

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  • Paint half the thumb with one coat a yellow polish. You can add another if you need too, but be cautious, it can get a little thick, which means the manicure won’t last as long. It doesn’t have to be perfectly even; we’ll cover it up. This will be the actual pencil. Once again let it dry before moving on.

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  • Take a silver polish and make a horizontal stripe between the yellow and pink. I used a separate paint brush because it gives me more control, but you can just use the brush that comes with the polish. If I’m using a brush or nail striper, I run it under water, press out some water, and smooth the hairs together before dipping it in the polish.  This is the metal piece that holds the eraser.

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  • Take the same yellow (or peach or black) and make three medium sized vertical lines from the silver stripe down to the tip of the nail. This creates the shadows of the ridges on the pencil. I was able to use the same color because the yellow on top of the pink became a darker, mustard yellow.
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These stripes are thicker than I would like, but I’m too lazy to fix it, again.

  • Let dry and finish it off with a top coat.
  • Use polish remover and a synthetic brush to clean up.

The Rest of the Nails: Notebook Newspaper Nails

  • Start off with a base coat. Follow that white two coats of a white base.

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  • Wait for that to completely dry before continuing with the newspaper part.
  • Make sure you cut your newspaper in strips that are roughly the size of your finger, but long enough to hold on the sides.

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  • Dip the strips of paper in the water for a couple of seconds.

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  • Place the paper on your nails, hold it down on the sides, and press down firmly. I pressed pretty hard; the harder you press, the darker the print. Repeat on the rest of your nails.
This piece isn't wet; it's just for demonstration.

This piece isn’t wet; it’s just for demonstration. Once you have it in place, press firmly all over the nail.

  • Wait a little bit, maybe 10 minutes and apply a top coat. This is optional. I just chose to do this because the ink was already fading as it was, and I wanted to seal the design before it all rubbed off.
  • Take a blue polish/paint and a striper/brush and paint horizontal lines between the words on each nail. To make the lines, place the striper on your nails and slowly roll your finger towards you.

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  • Taking a clean brush/striper paint one red vertical line on the right side of your nail. When you paint it on the right side, it’ll be on the left side when facing others.

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  • Let dry and finish with a top coat.
  • Clean with polish remover and a brush.

And there you go! My back to school nails! This is probably the most time consuming and frustrating manicure I’ve ever attempted. I came across numerous problems. The newspaper nails didn’t turn out nice, so I redid them, and they still suck. I had to redo the thumbs a bajillion times because I didn’t wait long enough for the paint to dry or I smudged them. I also redid the stripes (on the pencil) countless times, and I’m still unhappy with them. Though I don’t like many individual parts of this manicure, I really do like the finished product!

It took me numerous tries and different techniques to complete this look, but I’m hoping that the second time around, I won’t have to deal with any mishaps. Hopefully this tutorial will take some of the guessing and experimenting out of the process if you decide to try out this look!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and have a good first day of school (for those starting tomorrow)!

♡ Melissa

Review: Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturizer

The Packaging

Obviously, the appeal of this product is that it’s in a spray bottle. The bottle is similar to those that spray and rub sunscreen is kept in. The bottle has a twist cap that prevents spraying when locked. It also has a nozzle dispenser that can get clogged. The way to solve this is the same way you would fix a bottle of hairspray, just rinse it with water. This product is surprisingly light and nice for travel purposes.

The Product

The moisturizer I chose was the yellow one, which is Pure Oat Extract. It has a slight scent when first sprayed and rubbed in, but fades as time goes by. Though this product is said to be non-greasy, I still had my doubts. When I first tested it out, I was happy to find out that this was true! I absolutely love this product! It really does cut time out of my routine and actually moisturizes the majority my skin (it doesn’t really help with my dry patches). Though it doesn’t improve the few dry patches that I have, it moisturizes the rest of my skin and prevents me from looking ashy. On top of that, it absorbs into the skin quickly so that clothes can be thrown on after (though not as immediately as in the commercial :P). I’ve been using this product for about a month and haven’t had any problems, like rashes or break outs. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help with my “chicken skin,” but I never expected it to. Overall, I would say that if you have normal to slightly dry skin this would be a good product for you, but if you have severely dry skin, I would get a moisturizer with a cream formulation.

The Price  

At first, I was skeptical about trying out this product because I assumed it would be expensive. Unfortunately, I was right. It’s roughly $6, depending on where you look. It may not seen expensive to some, but considering you’re getting only 6.5 oz of product, I think it’s a tad pricey, especially when you can get a 32 oz bottle of Vaseline lotion for about $7. In general, I think it’s a cool product to try and it works, but I probably won’t repurchase it every time I’m out, whenever that time comes (I can’t tell how much I have left!). I say that if it intrigues you, give it a try! Here is a $2 off coupon that can be applied at WalMart.

The Summary

I like this product and think it’s especially good for those that hate putting on lotion or take showers in the morning and have to rush out the door. I will be best for those that have normal skin that isn’t extremely dry. In my opinion, it is on the more expensive side, but with a coupon, I find it’s not that unreasonable.

3.8/5 stars

That’s it for this review! I know I said I would review a while back, but I wanted to throughly test it out first. I hope that you guys found this helpful!

♡ Melissa

Ipsy Bag: July 2013

If you read my update post, you would know that my first Ipsy bag was damaged. I expected Ipsy to replace one item, because it’s their policy, but I was pleasantly surprised when I received a whole new bag. The second bag was different from my first, so I got more than 5 products this month.

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This month’s theme was “Beach Beauty” and the items I received were:

  1. BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Sampler (2)
  2. Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 Unscented
  3. Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayons in Coral Crush and Rose Romance
  4. Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub
  5. Benetint
  6. Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Hairspray and Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray

BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Sampler (≈ $2.69 each)

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Upon first glance, I had high hopes for this eyeshadow trio. I’d received BH Cosmetics samples before and those were always great. On top of that, the packaging and shadow sizes are a huge improvement from the previous ones. Unfortunately, this sample fell flat. I was not impressed with the pigmentation at all. It took numerous swipes to get the color to pay off. Also, they aren’t very creamy. Of the three colors, the gold one from the Malibu was the best. It was the most pigmented and the smoothest. The purple is no where near as dark as it looks in the pan and middle color is more bronze-y in swatch, which I would love if the pay off was good.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 Unscented (≈ $4.87)

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There isn’t much to say about this product. It’s a sunscreen. In reality, I like it, but I wouldn’t pay full price for it. I like that it doesn’t have that typical sunscreen-y scent and that it’s not greasy. It goes on like a normal moisturizer, but obviously has SPF.

Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayons in Coral Crush and Rose Romance (≈ $4.17 each)

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This product instantly made me think of the Tarte LipSurgence lip tints. I like the right coral color, but it’s not the most flattering on my lips. When I saw that I got a second one, I was excited, but that one ended up being like a nude. I doesn’t look good on its own, but I use it as a concealer so that others colors will be more bright. Overall, you get a decent amount of product. Unlike the Tarte lip tints, when you twist the product all the way up, you get quite a bit. These lip crayons are pretty moisturizing and the longevity isn’t too bad. The first time I used one, I ate, and went to retouch to find out that it wasn’t necessary. The one thing that this product doesn’t do is “create a plumped and pillowy pout.” There is zero plumping done.

Derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub ($16.25)

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I was most excited to test out this product! I love everything and anything skin related. I’m especially crazy about microdermabrasion treatments. Anything that helps to clear skin and fade scars, I’m all over. This product contains dead sea salt along with volcanic sand to help break up scar tissue and exfoliate. It also has lime and lemon peel astringents which gives it its heavenly scent.  I’ve used the product three times, so I can’t tell if its helped to clear my scars, but my skin always feels smooth after using it. Though I can’t tell yet if it’s working, I’m hoping that I’ll see some results in a couple of months!

Benetint ($6.00) benetint

I received a sample of Benetint before from a Sephora lip package, and I was thrilled to try it out because I heard so many people raving about it. In the end, I didn’t think it was that great, so I ended up giving it away. When I saw that I got it again in this month’s bag, I was curious about trying it out again, thinking I might like it a second time around. In the end, I didn’t really care for it. I really wanted to love it because so many others did, but as of right now, it’s not too exciting for me.

Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Hairspray and Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray (≈ $7.80/$6.65)

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I got my first July package the same week as my senior pictures. When I was that I got the weather proof hairspray over the beach spray, I was disappointed. I was hoping to get it because I wore headband curls and I wanted that beach-y look. Though I preferred the beach spray, I was still happy with the hairspray. I was hoping that it would keep my waves in tact in the Houston humidity. In the end, I feel like that spray did an okay job. When looking in the mirror and in person, my waves looked intact, but unfortunately, in my senior portraits, my hair looked surprisingly flat. As for the beach spray, I haven’t personally used it, but lent it to my cousin. She’s been experimenting with beach waves herself (for her Vegas trip) and I told her she could test out the spray.

TOTAL BAG PRICE: ≈ $55.29

That’s it! I’m already at work testing out all the items I got in my August bag, so hopefully it’ll be out soon! (I know I say that all the time :P)

I hope everyone is enjoying the last week before school! I’m personally really busy and should be working on summer assignments, but I would rather blog and share all things beauty with you guys!

♡ Melissa

 

Manicure Monday: Ombre Nails Take 2

I meant to have this up yesterday, but was busy with volunteering at school followed by a birthday party at Del Frisco’s.

I’ve done ombre nails before, but decided to give it another shot, with a new technique. This time around, I think my nails came out much better! Overall, I’m very happy with the results.

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The Products:

L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ NYC French Tip White/ Julep Eden/ Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint/ Orchid Twist of Lime/ Makeup Sponge

L.A. Colors Calcium Treatment/ NYC French Tip White/ Julep Eden/ Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint/ Orchid Twist of Lime/ Makeup Sponge

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Polish Remover/ Synthetic Brush/ Q-tip (optional)

The Procedure:

  • Paint all your nails with a base coat to protect your nails. Then, paint on a white base; this will make the colors pop and more opaque.

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  • Wait for the base color to completely dry. Then, unscrew the lid on the three colors for easy access. Take your makeup sponge and apply the first color and the last color on the sponge on half of the length of the sponge. Then, paint the second color in between the other two colors. This will create a better gradient because the the colors will blend together.
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I use the left side of the sponge for my left hand and the right side for my right hand.

  • Line up the sponge with your finger. Then using a rolling motion, keep your finger still and move the sponge. Depending on how much polish you use, you may have to do this 1-2 times.

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  • Once you finish a nail, apply top coat. This will smooth out the design and make the colors blend flawlessly!
  • Repeat steps 2-4 on each nail.
  • Once all your nails are done, clean up your skin with polish remover and a brush/Q-tip.

That’s it for this Manicure Monday! I actually planned on stamping on a design from my Konad m95 plate, but as I was testing it for a review, it came out horrible, so I decided to go without it.

I hope that this tutorial was somewhat helpful and if you have any questions, you can comment below or email me! If you try out this manicure, please tag me at @lilkwazylau on instagram!

I hope that everyone enjoys the rest of the week!

~Melissa

Ipsy Bag: June 2013

Hey Wednesday, everyone! Today, I’m here with my June Ipsy Bag. I know it’s taken me forever to post this, so I’ll get right to it.

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This month’s theme was “On the Wild Side” and the products I received were:

  1. Psssst Travel Size Dry Shampoo
  2. NYX Powder Blush in Dusty Rose
  3. Cailyn Cosmetics Line-Fix Gel Liner in Purple
  4. J. Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette
  5. Starlooks Lip Pencil in Tickle Me Pink

Psssst Dry Shampoo ($2.99)

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I’ve heard many great things about this dry shampoo from Youtube, but I never tried it myself. When I saw it was included in this month’s bag, I was excited to try it! Of the two dry shampoos I’ve tried, I think this one is much better. My current shampoo tends to make my hair oily because there are so many conditioners in it, so this is dry shampoo is useful for when I have an oily patch on the back of my head after one night. This dry shampoo, unlike my previous one actually keeps the oil at bay. If I spray it in my hair, and follow the directions correctly, my hair basically stays refreshed in that area.

NYX Powder Blush ($5)

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Everyone on Youtube raves about these blushes. Since I’m not really a blush person, I’ve never gone out of my way to purchase any. Getting this item in my bag has been great because I’ve discovered how much I like blush. It also made me realize how much it really helps to contour and transform my face. For the price, this blush is amazing. It’s a decent size and really pigmented. Just a couple of strokes with a brush over it and the color transfers. On top of that, it blends easily, which is helpful if you go overboard. The color I received was Desert Rose. It’s a gorgeous dusty pink with a hint of gold shimmer.

Cailyn Line-Fix Gel Liner ($21)

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This time around, I made sure I used the products I received multiple times so that I could truly test out how the products performs. While practicing my makeup for the senior portraits, I used this gel liner almost every time. I didn’t end up using it for the real thing because it was purple, but I really like this product. It’s pretty long lasting, without any smudging or smearing. I even had a swatch on my hand and tried to wash it off with soap and water, and I had to do a tiny bit of scrubbing. This impressed me because this product doesn’t claim to have a specific amount of lasting power. Also, it’s pretty convenient since the brush is included in the packaging, though this can be bulky. Even though I like this product, I probably wouldn’t repurchase it again. I feel like for the price, any gel liner from the drug store would do.

J. Cat Sparkling Cream Palette ($4.49)

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When I saw “cream palette” I thought it was eyeshadow and got really excited. Especially since I love all the colors in it. Unfortunately, after reading the packaging, I found out it’s not eyeshadow at all. It’s actually supposed to be used anywhere except the eye area. Since it wasn’t shadow, I didn’t try out this product. I didn’t want to do body art since I hate drawing, and I couldn’t find any other creative way to use this product. Though it was pretty cool that this product was included in my Ipsy bag, I don’t care for it. So far, at this point in time, I don’t have any uses for it, but maybe I’ll be able to find something to do with later.

Starlooks Lip Pencil ($12)

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I tested this product out last because I kept forgetting about it, but I’m so happy I did! I’ve never used a lip liner before because I don’t often wear lipstick, but after testing this one out, I love love love it! The color I got in this month’s bag was Tickle Me Pick, and it is absolutely gorgeous. In swatch, it’s a bright punchy pink, but looks more mauve-y in on my lips. This liner is really smooth and easy to work with. It also lasts longer than expected. I applied some, ate dinner, and the color was still on my lips. Another thing about this lip liner is that it’s pigmented and creamy enough to use on it’s own. Even though it’s creamy, I wouldn’t say it’s moisturizing; a lip balm should be applied with it.

TOTAL BAG PRICE: $45.48

That’s it for this month’s bag! I apologize again for taking so long to get this out. Hopefully, I’ll have my July Bag up before I get the August Bag.

What were your thoughts on the June Bag? What were your favorite products?

~Melissa