Ipsy Glam Bag October 2014

I probably won’t have an Ipsy bag for awhile after this one.  I have to cancel because I won’t have a set address for awhile.  When I cancel though I’ll have to go back onto the waiting list again, it took me almost a year to get off the waiting list previously.

This month’s theme is ‘Beauty Candy’, and I received a wide variety of products in my bag.  I actually like the makeup bag that everything came in.  It’s a teal, quilted, plastic type bag.  I like the colour of the bag so I think that is why it appeals to me.  I still don’t know what I’ll do with all these bags that I receive each time.

Let’s get into what I received in my Ipsy this month:

 

Ipsy October 2014

Doll 10 Beauty H2Glo Highlighter – 4.5 grams
This product wasn’t sealed or anything and I noticed right away that it had a finger print in it, which is disgusting.  I contacted Ipsy and they said they would send me a new one.  I didn’t hear back after that so I’m not sure if they are sending a replacement or not, will find out and update you.  Doll 10 is a Canadian company which is great, always love discovering local companies.  The cream highlighter smells like a sweet lip gloss which is kind of odd.  It goes on smoothly and gives a nice champagne sheen when I apply it on my hand.  I haven’t tested it on my face yet since someone stuck their finger into the one I received.  I like the packaging, its very sleek and light, great for traveling.  I think this product retails for $30, the one I found on their website looks slightly different than the one I received so I’m unsure.

Épicé International Purifying Exfoliant – 1 ounce
I love receiving skin care items so I was excited about this product.  It reminds me of one I received in my Birchbox a few months back, Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator.  The Épicé International Purifying Exfoliant has a faint, refreshing smell.  The exfoliating beads are very fine and gentle.  This is a decent sized sample and should last me awhile.  The full size runs for $32 and is 3.3 fluid ounces.

Figs & Rouge – Hand Cream – 20 ml
More hand creams… I seem to receive a hand cream in my subscription boxes every month, maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t get excited about them.  It takes me along time to use up a hand lotion.  I received the lotion in the scent, mango mandarin, I love the smell of mandarins, this lotion smells quite sweet but it’s not overpowering.  It’s a very light lotion and rubs in within seconds and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.  I guess this is a full-sized product and it retails for $6.56 on their website.  I don’t know if I’d buy it again because none of the scents they have online appeal to me.

MicaBeauty – Mineral Eye Shadow – 2.5 grams
I received the eyeshadow in the colour reluctance, which is a silver, gun metal colour.  I poured a very small amount onto my hand and blended it out and HOLY, it’s very pigmented.  It’s not a colour I’d normally wear but I may have to find a way to wear it cause it’s a beautiful colour.  I’m interested in trying some other colours of the MicaBeauty Mineral Eye Shadow, they have quite a section on their website.  I used to wear a lot of loose mineral eye shadows but have only been wearing pressed powders for the past year or so.  Loose powders just get so messy, especially with all the traveling I do.  I received a full size of this product which retails for $14.95, so that is awesome!

Starlooks – Lip Gloss
The scent of this lip gloss reminds me of something but I can’t pinpoint it, maybe icing? I’m not sure.  The colour I received is Guilty Pleasure, which I would consider a pink-nude.  It’s quite similar to my lip colour so I like it.  I’m not sure if it is moisturizing like it claims to be.  Most lip products irritate my lips so I figure this one will too, it’s already feeling like it’s drying them out after a few minutes.  It’s a mini sample so this will fit great in my purse, since I carry around a super small bag.  Starlooks is cruelty-free if that is something you look for in products.  The full size of the lip gloss retails for $12, which is a little more than I like to pay for a gloss.

After going through this bag I’m actually happy with what I received.  When I first opened it I was disappointed, but now that I’ve tried the products out I’m satisfied.  Besides the fact that I received a product that someone stuck their finger in, hopefully Ipsy sends me a replacement.

What did you get in your Ipsy?

 

Let me know in the comments below or on social media.  You can find me just about anywhere with the username “ImLovingThis”.

 

Birchbox October 2014

This will be the last Birchbox you will see from me for a few months.  I won’t have a permanent address for a bit so have to cancel my subscription this week.  I actually don’t feel bad about cancelling because I’m not too excited about my box this month.

October’s theme is Fanfare for blockbuster season.  Here’s what I received in my Birchbox this month.

Birchbox October 2014
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Creamy Dill Dip Recipe

Creamy Dill Dip RecipeI am obsessed with everything Dill.  Especially dill pickle popcorn seasoning, my favourite one is by Clubhouse.  My friend brought a dip dip over one day and I loved it, so naturally I asked her how she made it.  The next day I whipped up my own version of her dip.  I tweaked it a bit and ended up making it a ton over this past summer, it’s really easy to make and tastes delicious.  I love taking it on the boat or to summer BBQs, it’s a cold dip so it’s great for hot days.  You can dip veggies or crackers in it, or even spread it on a baguette.

Feel free to add more or less of all the ingredients to suit your taste.  I usually end up adding a tablespoon or two more of the sour cream to mine because I enjoy the sour cream taste more than the cream cheese.  This recipe makes about two cups of dip so sometimes I half the recipe when I’m making it for myself.

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Orogold Cosmetics 24K Deep Peeling Review

Orogold 24K Deep Peeling ReviewMy boyfriend brought me back the Orogold Cosmetics 24K Deep Peeling Gel back from Hawaii and I have been meaning to review it for quite some time.

The Orogold 24K Deep Peeling provides a powerful facial cleanse by removing a thin layer of dry cells to reveal ultra-smooth and youthful skin. It is specially formulated to gently polish, renew, and revitalize the skin without stripping away vital oils or causing irritation. The 24K Deep Peeling is formulated with 24K Gold, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) and Green Tea.

The directions say to wash your face and add a small amount of the product to your face, avoiding the eye area and then rub the peel in a circular motion.  They say not to leave the product on for more than 30 seconds. Rinse your face with cool water to remove any product and use weekly. Continue reading

Birchbox September 2014

This month Birchbox came in a pretty pink, blue, green and white box that just might be the most exciting part of the entire box.  It is Birchbox’s four year anniversary so they gave boxes with patterns on them to celebrate.  I received 5 products in my box this month and one bonus item.  This may or may not be a negative post because I’m not too thrilled with my BirchBox, or Ipsy this month.

Well, I’m just going to start with pretty much the only thing I was excited about in my box.

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Ipsy Glam Bag September 2014

This is my second Ipsy bag that I’ve received and I’m feeling so-so about this months bag.  Once again, I feel as though I’ve gotten my $10 back in products but did I really need this stuff?

I’m pleased about three of the items but the other two I could do without.  I like the makeup bag a lot better this month.  I received a metallic silver bag embellished with four silver studs.  I might add it to my donation box as I’m really not sure what I’d do with it.  They are always way too small for me to use to keep my makeup in.  Maybe I could keep hair ties and bobby pins in it when I travel or something?

Let’s dive into what I received this month in my Ipsy Bag.  Going to start with the things I’m most excited about. :)

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My Traveling Life – Where I’ve Traveled in the Past Year

I used to blog about my travels regularly but haven’t in awhile.  Typically by the time I sit down to blog about my travels three months have passed and I feel like by then there’s no point in blogging about it.  In fact, the last time I wrote about traveling was a trip to Yosemite, that was in January of 2013.  I’m hoping to start blogging about my adventures and travels more regularly from now on.

I haven’t done as much traveling and adventures as I usually do because my boyfriend is really busy in pilot training for the Air Force.  He’s training in Oklahoma so I’ve been visiting the southern part of the US quite a bit.  It’s not as exciting as other places we’ve been but we make the best of it!

I decided to do a blog post summing up all my travels for the past year or so since I didn’t make individual posts.  I’m going to skip by most of 2013 and start when he moved down to Oklahoma.

If you’ve never been to Oklahoma, let me start off by saying, its pretty boring.  We both live on the west coast and there’s always something to do there.  The west coast offers a lot of outdoor recreational activities with all the mountains, lakes and the ocean.  Oklahoma is flat, there aren’t many lakes and during the summer it’s pretty much too hot to do anything outside besides water sports.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been loving Oklahoma’s weather, but if I didn’t have AC I’d be one unhappy girl.

Canton Lake OklahomaI think the first thing we did when we arrived in Oklahoma was look for water.  We first drove to Canton Lake (see picture to right),  it was really windy but was pretty.  There was a huge sandy beach but no one to be seen.  It was October, so my first thought was maybe people just don’t go to the beach here outside of summer.  But after further research we found out more about Canton Lake.  It used to be a more popular place with events and boats and all but in 2013 there was a drought and Oklahoma diverted 30,000 acre-ft of water from Canton Lake down to Lake Hefner for Oklahoma City.  A few weeks later rain replenished the level of Lake Hefner and they actually had to drain out a bunch into the North Canadian River to prevent the lake from overflowing.  Canton Lake still has not recovered from this loss and is about 12 to 13 feet below it’s normal level now.  We also noticed it smelled similar to the ocean while we were there and that is because of an blue-green algae that started to grow once the lake levels went down.  The place is pretty deserted today, and people say it might never recover. Continue reading

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