Unboxing: Influenster J’adore VoxBox February 2014

Hey guys!

I hoped to do a cute v-day nail look and put it on here, but I never got to do my nails. What’s even worse, all my nails are breaking in the worst way. Once they get healthy again, I’m looking forward to getting a post out. Until then, I have two unboxing posts. This first unboxing is from Influenster. I heard about this FREE program on Youtube and decided to give it a try.

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Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate ($3.28)

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I was really happy to see these included in the box! It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without Hershey’s Kisses. I remember when I was younger, actually, up until my sophomore year, I would make little goodie bags with Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses. No joke though, I could eat these everyday and never get sick of them.

Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask ($9.39)

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Of all the items in this month’s box, I was looking forward to testing this one out the most. This product is a clay mask that “actively removes impurities and deeply cleanses” and should be used weekly. It also has a surprisingly watery consistency. If you shake the tube, you can hear it sloshing around, and it comes out more liquid-y than solid and creamy like most clay masks.  I’ve used this mask twice now and I must say it makes my skin feel really soft and doesn’t dry it out. I’ve only used it twice, and have yet to see any improvements to my skin.

Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Flat Iron Spray ($9.99 for 3.5 fl. oz )

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I normally have stick straight hair, but then I cut it. Now that my hair is shorter and I have shorter layers, my hair does flip out a bit instead of laying straight. Though I have more of a reason to use it, I’ll probably just end up giving this product away because on “day 2”, my hair becomes naturally straight.

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas ($4.49 for 20 tea bags)

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Before this year, I was never much of a tea drinker. If I ever did drink tea, it was green because of all the antioxidants it provided. Now, I’m slowly but surely becoming a tea person. Unfortunately, it’s starting to get hot again in Texas, so my tea drinking will dissipate some, but hopefully the cold front comes in soon and I can keep cozy with a cup of tea and a book. When that time comes, I’m really looking forward to testing out these two flavors, Créme Caramel and Lemon Chiffon, because they sound absolutely delicious.

Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes ($3.99)

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I’ve only worn fake lashes once before. I wore them for my senior portraits, and they were actually Kiss lashes. They looked beautiful in selfies, but looking at my actual senior pics, they were a little too heavy and dramatic. That makes me happy to try out these… maybe for prom…? As you can see, I got the lashes in Vamp, and they’re nice and long without being too much.

Overall, I was really happy with my first VoxBox! I enjoy that they send a variety of products, unlike other subscription services I use. Hopefully, I’ll get to test out more products in the future. How do you feel about this month’s VoxBox? Want more information about this service from Influenster? Check out my sidebar for the link.

♡ Melissa

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Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

 

Ipsy Bag: January 2014

I was going to put out a post for my November and December 2013 bags, but I figured that it’s been so long that I would just let it go. Instead, I’ll just hop into this January bag and hope that I can finally get a good schedule with getting some blog posts out!

This month’s theme? 19 Reasons 2014 Will Be Amazing

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Proactiv Mark Fading Pads 

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I’m really excited about this product! I have acne prone skin, and a bad habit of picking. This horrid habit has led to many hyperpigmentation spots. These wipes contain 2% salicylic acid and are apart of Proactiv’s new skin care line. I haven’t tested them out yet, but I’m a little disappointed that I only received two (I know LePooke on Youtube received four). I’m hoping that even though I only got two packs that it’ll be enough to see results.

Nourish Organic Face Lotion

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It’s been colder here in Texas lately, and I was glad to be able to test out a new moisturizer. This one has a very lightweight formula and also contains moroccan aran oil, rosewater, and shea butter. When I used this lotion, it absorbed into the skin quickly and my skin feel  soft despite the cold weather. Unfortunately, I think it has caused me to break out, so I’ve discontinued use.

Briogeo Deep Conditioning Mask

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I’ve never been much into hair masks. Even when I had long hair, I never really cared about maintaining it. Whenever it happened to get dry or I would get split ends, I would just cut it, which I did on Sunday. Now that my hair has been chopped off and is now healthy, I don’t think I’ll be reaching for this product much. It contains avocado, almonds, argan oils, rosehip oil, and hair essential vitamins. The plus side is that the directions say to use it specifically after shampooing, so it’s really more of a conditioner that has mask-like benefits. This seems to be a lower maintenance hair mask, so I’ll be more likely to give it a go.

MicaBeauty Tinted Lip Balm

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This is probably my 4th or 5th product from MicaBeauty, and I’m not sure how I feel about the brand. This product I suppose I’m indifferent to. I received #6 Fiesta, and  the only good thing I have to say is that it’s very pigmented, especially for a “tinted lip balm.” Besides the pigmentation, I don’t have much else to say. It’s a lip balm, but it offers no moisturization. When applying the product, it doesn’t feel like anything, just that you’re rubbing your finger on your lips. I would say that it even sinks into cracks and makes lips look worse. Whenever I wear it, I apply Buxum’s Dolly lip gloss on top of it and that makes things better.

Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Pencil

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Right off the bat, I was excited about this product. I got the color Pearl and anything nude-ish/champagne-ish I’m down to try. This product surpassed any expectations I had. I really love it. I haven’t used it as a shadow base but as an eyeliner. I use it on my inner corners and bottom lash line. I also tested it on my lower waterline, but it doesn’t stay put. It’s the first product that I’ve used in a while that lasts all day around my eyes. It’s shimmery, but not too shimmery and the perfect color for my skin tone. It really helps you look more awake and gives you that bright-eyed Korean look that I love! I’m considering repurchasing this when I run out.

So that’s it for this month’s bag. Overall, I give it… a B-. Though I’m not crazy about all the products, I’m happy that their doing more than just cosmetics. I’ve received skin care products before, but never two in one bag!

If you’re subscribed to Ipsy, let me know what products you got this month!

♡ Melissa

Ipsy Bag: September and October 2013

Again, I know I’m really behind on getting these Ipsy posts out, but I’m having a really hard time prioritizing right now. I’m trying to get these out so that my blog isn’t neglected, but I also need to do driver’s ed, study for the SAT, write college essays, and do my regular homework on top of that. With that being said, instead of giving a review of each product I received in each bag, I’m only going to mention the ones I especially liked or just the ones I was able to test out.

September 

  • Cailyn Cosmetics Tinted Lip Balm
  • Freeman Beauty Facial Paper Masks
  • NYX Single Eyeshadow in Nutmeg
  • Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil

Cailyn Lip Balm 

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I enjoy this product. I’ve used it a few times, around the house and for spirit week. It’s relatively easy to use, but it’s hard to distribute the color evenly. I don’t know if I don’t pack enough product on the brush, but it can sometimes come out a little streaky, and I’ll have to go over it. Another thing, is it wears off a little weird. The color stays on the center of my lips, but wears away on the sides. This isn’t really that big of an issue, but if you like to make weird Snap Chat faces, then it’s noticeable. I would also say that this is more like a lip stain, then a lip balm. It’s not very moisturizing, but has decent lasting power and stains the lips some.

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A day in the life.

Freeman Beauty Paper Masks

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Of the three masks, I have only used the Rose one. I love the idea of paper masks, but to be honest, I’m often too lazy to deal with them. And, the standard face shape is so different from mine, so it has hard to get the mask to say sealed to skin without ripping the mask or getting into my eyes. It doesn’t help that I was trying to read with it on. It was just a disaster.

Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil

This pencil is really large, basically a full sized product, which would be amazing if I liked it. I think I tried it once, and had high hopes since I loved their Lip Pencil, but this product fell short. The day I wore it, it transferred to my undereyes. I already have dark circles as it is; I don’t need help enhancing them. I do have to say that the pencil is pigmented and buildable, but just not suited for my oily skin.

NYX Eyeshadow

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I haven’t gotten the chance to wear this color yet, but I had to share it! It’s absolutely bee-eee-aye-yootiful!! Not only that, but it is incredibly smooth. Unfortunately, I dropped it in my excitement :/ It was a bummer, but almost everything was still intact, so it was okay.

Swatches

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Please excuse the dry skin, but as you can see, the lip balm is a very red/artificial cherry color.

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The bottom three are all swatches of the Starlooks pencil. As you can see it’s buildable and pigmented. The top one is one swipe of Urban Decay’s Perversion for comparison.

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This color is a little too light to show up on my arm, but it really is gorgeous. Als you can see, it’s very buildable.

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The swatches in different lighting. You can really see the color of the eyeshadow.

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Again, different lighting.

October

  • Zoya Nail Polish in Mason
  • Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush
  • La FreshEco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser Wipes

Zoya Polish in Mason

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When I saw this baby in my bag, I got excited. This is my second Zoya polish. This polish is sooo pretty. It’s a nice, jewel tone purple with small pink glitters. I haven’t put in on yet, but I can’t wait! I’m buzzing with anticipation. Gahh it makes me so happy. I also think it’s the perfect fall/winter color.

Coastal Scents Shadow Brush

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I’ve used this brush a couple of times. It’s nice. The hairs or “natural fibers” are soft and don’t seem to shed. It’s a medium sized brush, but I have really small eyelids, so it basically covers the whole thing. I use it to pack color onto the lid. In general I like it, but I probably wouldn’t have purchased it myself since it reminds me of the E.L.F shadow brush.

La Fresh Wipes

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I’ve received this brand of wipes before, and I complained. I think I said something about wanting more “special” products, or some garbage like that. Little did I know that those La Fresh wipes were some of the best ones I ever tried, and I was happy to see that I got more! First off, these wipes smell amazing! Well that’s probably an exaggeration, but I enjoy the smell. They contain “a luscious blend of Aloe, Cucumber, Papaya, Pineapple, Marshmallow, Jojoba, Vitamin C & Vitamin E.” I’ve probably used up half of these wipes and what I like the most about them is that they don’t sting my face or eyes. They do a fairly good job at removing my makeup, though I don’t like to use them on my lashes.

Whew! I’m finally caught up! I said previously, I think, that I would do more in depth reviews on things that I’ve “unbagged.” Instead of sticking with that, I think I’m going to do first impressions/thoughts, and then post a more in depth review of things that I particularly enjoy. Hopefully, this will help with the scheduling of these posts.

♡ 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

 

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

Ipsy Bag: April 2013

So I know that this post is long overdue, especially since May is half way over, but here I am finally getting to it!

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This month’s theme was “Pretty and Pink” and the bag came with 4 items:

  1. Be a Bombshell Blush in Beach Please
  2. Sation Nail Laquer in Of Corset I’ll Call You
  3. Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal
  4. MicaBeauty Shimmer Powder in Earth

If you’ve been an Ipster for a while, then you know that I received all the products in an old bag. For some reason, they had issues so instead of getting a “Pretty in Pink” bag, I got one from March of last year. Because it’s not the correct bag, Ipsy said that they would send me one next month, which is kinda cool, although I don’t need anymore of them! Anyways, on to the products…

Be a Bomshell Blush ($16)

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This blush was one of the two full sized products this month, and I love it. Normally I don’t wear blush, which is weird since I’m a self proclaimed “beauty blogger.” I think I never really wear it because a) I’m not that great at applying it and b) when I was younger, my cousin told me it was for older ladies. After that, I never really cared to purchase it or worry about it. With that being said, I really like this blush. It’s in the color Beach Please, which is a bright, matte pink. So far, I’ve only worn this blush once, but I anticipate I’ll be using it a lot when I get better at applying it.

Sation Nail Laquer ($5)

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Decreasing number of coats, left to right. The pinky has 5 and the thumb has 1.

This is the second full size product in this bag, and this one was a let down. When I saw that there was a nail polish this month, I got super excited; I’m always up for trying out a new polish. Unfortunately, I hate this nail polish. As you can see from the picture above, this polish is very sheer. Even after 5 coats, which is crazy, you can still see my nail under it. Because it’s so sheer, I’m not sure when I’m ever going to use it. In actuality, I feel like if I got another color, a more opaque one, I would have been very happy. Though the color doesn’t work for me, I liked the formula. The polish is very smooth and glossy. I didn’t need to apply a base coat and it went on easily. I also noticed that though I didn’t have on a top coat, my nails looked pretty glossy.

Healthy Sex Hair Soy Renewal (≈ $4.44) 

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This product was a sample (.85 fl oz.). The full sized product is $21.95 at Ulta, which is what I used to estimate the price of this sample. Anyways, Soy Renewal is a nourishing styling treatment. So basically (in a Harry Styles imitation), you can use it either on damp hair to “smooth, hydrate, fight frizz, and reduce drying time” or on dry hair for “extra polish.” I’ve used this once, on damp hair, and I liked it. I’m not really sure if it reduced drying time, but it made my hair smooth and silky without feeling greasy the next morning, which can sometimes happen with Chi Silk Infusions. Unfortunately, this serum kinda smells like big spray, but besides that it’s decent.

MicaBeauty Mineral Eyeshadow (≈ $14)

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Sorry for the poor swatch, it’s kinda hard to see with the lighting.

This eyeshadow is almost a full sized product. The one on the site is 2.5 grams, while the one I received is 2 grams. The color I got was Earth. When I saw this shadow in my bag, I was pretty excited. When I looked at it, the first thing that hopped in to my head was rose gold. It’s kind of an obsession for me right now; I love the pinky, warm look to it. I’ve used this product once in this eye look. This shadow is very pigmented and easy to use. There isn’t a lot of fuss involved with it. It’s blendable and not chalky.

TOTAL BAG PRICE: ≈ $39.44

In general, I was very pleased with this bag. Although the polish was a dud, I enjoyed everything else. I’m really happy that I’ll be able to get a lot of use out of the remaining products. If you want me to do a more in depth review of the products in this bag or any of my earlier ones, please let me know and I’ll get to it!

How did you feel about this bag? What were your favorite products?

~Melissa

Julep Maven Unboxing: April 2013

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been really busy. I’ve had to worry about both normal testing and AP testing. With that being said, I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting over the next couple of months, but hopefully, I’ll be able to get a few posts in since this week is TAKS week.

So for this first post, I want to share my April Julep box with you guys. I actually got the box really early, it was at the end of March. That’s one thing I really like about Julep- you get the package before the month even starts. Anyways, I took pictures on my phone the instant I tore open the package, but I’ve been too lazy to make a formal post.

Now that the rest of this week is going to be relatively chill, I decided, why not post it now. So here we go!

This month’s theme was “Turn on the Brights.” To go along with the theme, they packaged the products in bright colored tissue paper and it just looked über cute.

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This month’s bonus gift was a pink rock candy! Yum!

The boxes also now include the “Swatch Me!” Stickers. I’m not sure how long they’ve been doing this since my last order was in February, but it was a pleasant surprise for me. While I was glad that they sent the stickers, I wish they put them on a page so that you could peel them off yourself. Since they placed the sticker on the top, you would have to remove it swatch the color. Obviously, this isn’ that big of a deal, but it would help the stickers stay intact longer. Whatevs, I’m just a demanding person.

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I chose this box over the others because the rest of them came with the new dry shampoo. While I appreciate dry shampoo and wouldn’t have minded trying it out, I would rather have nail polish. Since I didn’t choose a box with the dry shampoo, I got 3 nail polishes instead of the standard 2.

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Left to Right: Abbie, Mackenzie, and Eden

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Abbie

This color is described as a “sunshine yellow créme with a neon créme finish.”

I actually really like this color. It’s unlike any yellows that I have, and unlike any that I’ve seen at the drugstore. The only thing is that this color is very sheer and you may need to apply more than 2 coats. You also need to make sure you use a base coat. I applied the color to a finger to test it out, but I was too lazy to take it off, so I kept it on for about a week. Once I removed it the color, if left my finger yellow, and it’s been that way for about 2 weeks now.

Mackenzie

This one is described as a “sour apple green frost.”

I feel like this is a very accurate description. The “frost” is spot on since it has a pearly sheen to it. This too is unlike any green I’ve really come across. This color, like the yellow, is very sheer and can stain your nails.

Eden

This last polish is described as “a bright violet créme.”

This polish, out of the three, might be my favorite, but this might be due to my bias towards purple. I’m not sure I would categorize this color as a bright violet. Clearly, it is purple, but I think it’s more on the blue side. It has a matte looking finish, and I just really like it in general. This one doesn’t stain your nails and requires two coats.

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One coat of each color

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Two coats for each

Overall, I was very pleased with this box. I haven’t done an actual manicure with any of the colors yet, but I’m hoping that I’m able to do one soon.

What did you think of the April Box? Did you have any favorites?

~Melissa

Ipsy Bag: March 2013

This bag marks the end of my first year with Ipsy. With that being said, I have to say I was kinda disappointed. I think that this bag has probably been the most disappointing one all year.

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This month’s theme was “The Great Escape”. The 5 products I received were:

  1. GlamRX palette
  2. 2 Yaby eyeshadows in Azalea Petal and Seashell
  3. Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist
  4. La Fresh Makeup Removing Wipes

GlamRX Palette

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I really liked this. I thought it was cute and pretty useful. I’ve read other people’s comments on it and many do nothing but complain. They say that it’s too small to hold anything, but I don’t understand, it’s supposed to travel size. It’s purpose is to a palette where you can store small shadows and what not in case of an emergency. It’s supposed to compact so that you can just toss it in your purse and go.

Ipsy included two mini shadows from Yaby so that you can place them in the magnetic palette. Of course, you can also depot your own makeup pans and place them inside. Besides makeup, you can also place bobby pins and safety pins, which is great idea.

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Yaby Eyeshadows

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I don’t like either of these shadows. They aren’t very pigmented, especially Azalea Petal, which appears to be a pretty mauve-y/pinky color. As you can tell from the picture, the color barely shows up on my finger, and I was pressing hard. As for Seashell, the color is okay. It’s a creme-y, pink shimmer that would be really pretty as a highlight. In general, this color is much better than Azalea Petal, but I won’t be using either. I’ll probably just give them away. The colors aren’t so awful that I can’t use them, but since the pigmentation isn’t the greatest, I don’t know if they’ll even show up on my medium skin tone. I think they would be okay on a fair skinned person.

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist and La Fresh Makeup Removing Wipes

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Out of all the products in this bag, I was most excited to try the Hydrating Mist. I guess when I saw it, my mind automatically went to the Evian Mineral Spray, which I’ve always wanted to try, even though I would feel stupid buying it. I haven’t tried this mist yet, so I don’t have any opinions on how it works, but the smell isn’t the best. It contains

a blend of rosehip, ylang ylang, grapeseed oil, and antioxidant organic juices

To me, it smells like a combination of cucumber and Olay face lotion.

As for the wipes, I tried one and it was okay. Nothing special. This is the second time I’ve received wipes in a Ipsy bag, and I don’t really understand why. Yes, they’re great for travel and, I wouldn’t have tried them without being included in here because I use the ones from Target, but I don’t really consider them beauty items… if that makes any sense. I would rather they give eye makeup remover, like the liquid kind or even better nail polish removing wipes. I guess I feel like if they’re going to include an item like this, it should be something that people wouldn’t pick up on their own like nail polish wipes, or something that can be comparable. I kinda feel like all makeup removing wipes are generally the same. I don’t think I’ve tried one that’s better than another, but maybe I just haven’t tried enough.

Anyways, that’s it for this month’s bag! If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know that I’ve debated whether or not I’m going to stay with Ipsy or switch over to Birchbox. After doing some research, I think I’m going to stick with Ipsy, but I gotta ask my mom first >.< But, if you would like to read posts on Birchbox packages or other subscription services like SquareHue or Beauty Army, check out Kristin at Must Have Boxes; her blog is wonderful!

How did you feel about this month’s bag? Did you have any favorites?

~Melissa

Ipsy Bag: February 2013

Guess what came in today? As you can tell from the title, it was my February bag!

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This month’s theme is “Red Carpet Ready.” My bag included 5 items:

  1. Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer
  2. MICA Beauty Gel Liner in LC 48 (?)
  3. Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow!!! in No. 1 Smoky Black
  4. Coastal Scents Min Eyeshadow Quad in In the Spotlight
  5. Lash Card Mascara Shields

Since I just received my bag, I haven’t had time to try out any of the products, but if I end up really liking them, I’ll do an individual post. For now, I’ll talk about the products in order.

Pixi is a brand that you can get from Target, but despite this, I haven’t actually tried any of the products. Because of this, I’m pretty excited that this was included in this month’s bag. I especially love trying new primers since my skin is super oily and I’m always trying to find a primer that keeps all the oil at bay. The bottle says that this primer is:

Oil free. Hydrating. Hypoallergenic. For all skin types.

This primer doesn’t feel like a typical silicone based primer; its creamy and slightly tinted. Unfortunately, it has a slight scent that reminds me of the “play” makeup that you give to little kids.

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Pixi Flawless and Poreless Primer

I’ve never heard of the brand Mica Beauty, but the gel liner just reminds me of the Maybelline one, so I’ll have to see what the quality is like.

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If I could only have one beauty product, it would be mascara, so I’m always excited to get new samples even though I have plenty. I’ve also never used Pop beauty even though I see their products at Ulta all the time. I’m really excited about this mascara and will let you know what I think!

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The wand for the Pop Beauty mascara

In a previous bag, I received a Coastal Scents Quad, but I like this one better. The colors are so beautiful and pigmented. I also feel that while they seem kind of intimidating (I usually stick to neutrals), they appear surprisingly wearable. The colors included in this quad include (Left to right, Top to Bottom): Dark Goldenrod, Sunbeam, Golden Globe, and Dark Golden Olive.

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Left to right: Dark Goldenrod, Sunbeam, Golden Globe, Dark Golden Olive

Lastly, when I pulled the Lash Card package out of the bag, I got super excited. Once I opened the little package, I was kinda disappointed.  I read “mascara shields” and thought that it would be a plastic, guitar pick-esque mascara shields (like the one that comes with the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara), but instead they were just disposable paper ones. I was looking forward to this product because my lashes are so thin and sparse. I always manage to get mascara all over my eyelid, and using a Q-Tip often disrupts and smashes my lashes together, so this could potentially be a lifesaver. Anyways, the package includes 4 shields (which are printed backwards O.O) and each one has a large curve and a small curve.

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Hopefully these still perform well, and if they do I’ll definitely let you guys know!

So that’s it for this month’s bag! I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great evening!

~ Melissa

Ipsy Bag: January 2013

Hey guys! I got my January Ipsy bag a while ago, so I thought it was time I shared it with you. Actually before I start, I’ll mention a little about it. So if you don’t know what an Ipsy bag is, it’s a monthly subscription service that was created by Michelle Phan. In the beginning, they were under the name Glam bags, and they had many problems. Luckily, I hadn’t subscribed yet, and by the time I did, all the problems were resolved. The first couple of bags were okay, you were getting your money’s worth, but they never really had too many things I was super excited about. But then, they became Ipsy Bags, and that was when things started getting better. For my own subscription, I chose the yearly one, and I believe I got my first bag in March/April. Either way, my subscription will be ending soon, but I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with it or if I’m going to switch to Birchbox. If you have tried both, let me know in the comments which one you think would be better for a teenage girl.

Anyways, getting away from all of that, if you follow me on Instagram (more self promotion :P), you have already seen my January bag, but here is an official picture from Ipsy

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I got a total of 5 products, but I’m only going to go in to detail about 3 of them.

The 5 products I received were:

  1. SOHO cosmetics concealer brush
  2. Travel sized Big Sexy Hair Hairspray
  3. Mini Josie Maran Argan Oil
  4. Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Laquer in Frappe
  5. Pacifica Tuscan Orange Body Butter

I tried the concealer brush, and it’s nothing special. Personally, I rather use my fingers for concealer. For the hair spray, it’s also not a big deal, you can get it anywhere.

On to the other three products:

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I haven’t actually tried the nail polish yet, but I’m looking forward to using it for spring. I can tell that it will be a nice base color and that it gives your nails a nice, healthy look. I’m not sure, but it you may also be able to use it for a “jelly sandwich.”

As for the body butter, I love it! I don’t actually use it for my body, but for my hands. This is the most delicious smelling lotion I’ve ever come across. I’m not good at explaining scents, but here’s what it say on the bottle:

Sparkling, juicy blood orange with notes of red raspberry and spicy sweet Italia mandarins. The scent of the Mediterranean beach.

It is also 100% vegan, free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, peanut oil, and artificial color. On top of all that, it’s not to greasy, and the scent is very strong. Whenever I pull it out to use, everyone else asks if they can have some because it smells so amazing.

Lastly, my favorite item from the bag is the Argan Oil. I knew that it was a favorite of many, but I never used it before. Before using it, I watched this video where Josie Maran talks about the oil. In the video, she talks about using it as a moisturizer, and I decided to do the same. As you can tell from the picture above, I’ve used quite a bit. I now use it every day and night. I love it because it feels very light weight and doesn’t have a greasy/oily scent, but is still very moisturizing. Also, it absorbs into the skin very well, almost instantly after applying it. I’m not a 100% sure, but I think that it might be making my acne scars lighter. All in all, I love this product. It’s a tad expensive, but I may decide to splurge and get a full sized product.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you’re an Ipster, let me know which products from this month’s bag you enjoyed the most!

~ Melissa