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. :)

Ipsy September 2014 Glam Bag

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush C476
Ipsy is welcome to send me as many makeup brushes as they’d like.  I feel like I can never have too many.  This is a dual ended shadow brush, I’d prefer it to be only one-sided.  I store my brushes in a jar and one end of this would be pointed down into my shells/sand.  The brush is very soft and feels like it’s high quality.  Mine has a bristle on it that is longer than the rest so I will have to cut that one down.  I think that this brush will work great for blending eyeshadow and can’t wait to try it out.  This brush retails for $17.50 on Crown Brush’s website.  I haven’t tried it yet because I just received it but will update you on what I think of it.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser – 30 ml
I love trying new skin care products so was excited to receive this one.  It’s a good sized sample and I am going to be saving it for when I am traveling next month.  I enjoy products that have cucumber as an ingredient and this face wash has cucumber, aloe vera and watercress.  It says that it is fragrance-free, 100% natural USDA-certified organic, chemical free and cruelty free if that is something you are looking for in a product.  I do however think it has a smell, maybe that is just the no fragrance soap smell, I wish it smelled like cucumbers.  Will let you know what I like of this product once I test it out for a week or two, I feel like I could probably get two weeks out of this sample.  The full size is 6 fl ounces and retails for $13.99, which doesn’t seem to bad.

CAILYN Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss
I was excited at first to receive this, as I opened it when it was dark and couldn’t see how much product was inside of the tube. Now that it is day light I can see that the lip gloss bottle is pretty much empty.  I received the colour #08 Love Affair, which is a beautiful deep red.  I actually really enjoy this colour and plan on wearing it during the fall and winter.  I thought it was going to be a really bold colour on my lips but it isn’t very opaque, which I actually really like.   I feel that it gives me just enough colour to brighten my look.  It doesn’t have a scent and isn’t sticky which is a huge plus.  I might just go and buy a full size of this after I finish this sample.  Although I don’t know if I want to spend $19 on a lip gloss.

Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil
Not too excited about this eyeliner, I received it in the colour gun metal.  I really have no use for silver eyeliner, I actually received a silver liner in my Birchbox a few months back and haven’t touched it.  This is a good sample size but honestly, I would prefer not to receive eyeliners unless they send me black, blue or purple.  The full size retails for $11 and I’m not too sure if it is worth that.  There’s plenty eyeliners at the drug store that are nicer.  It says it is waterproof but it smudged off my hand with little to no effort.  I might be able to use this as a base as it feels pretty creamy but it has quite a bit of sparkle in it.  When I run it across my hand it goes on smooth but leaves clumps behind, so I can’t imagine that being a good look when you are trying to make your eyeliner precise and clean.  Pacifica is 100% vegan, cruelty free and this product is formulated without parabens but there are better products out there.  Overall, I wouldn’t recommend it, it would be a nice colour for a night out but again, it smudges off with no effort so it probably wouldn’t last all night.

Mitchell and Peach Luxury Hand Cream – 30 ml
I’ve collected a bunch of hand creams from these subscription boxes and don’t know when I will ever get around to using them.  I don’t like the smell of this hand cream but it feels nice.  It’s very light and soaks right into my hands leaving them smooth.  The tube I received is half the size of the full product which is a good sized sample, the full bottle retails for £17.  It’s a nice hand cream, but there’s other ones I prefer more so I wouldn’t purchase this.

Did you get an Ipsy bag?  What did you receive?  Tweet me and show me cause I’d love to see! :)

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

Vitality VoxBox Review/Opening

Vitality Vox Box InfluensterIf you don’t already know, Influenster is a company that invites social media junkies (like myself) to try new products and share opinions.  Basically you sign up and connect all your social media profiles then complete tasks and earn badges.  As you earn badges you will get invited to participate it campaigns.  I’ve been lucky enough to receive some awesome products from Influenster since joining and love being part of their community!  It’s free to join and if you are active on social media then you should sign up too.  Don’t go thinking you will get a bunch of free products for doing nothing, it takes work to earn freebies.  That is where this blog post comes in.

My latest awesome freebie from Influenster is the Vitality Vox Box.  I received a good sized purple box in the mail a few weeks ago and was super excited to see what was inside.  They don’t tell you what you are getting, so you can either wait or peak on social media to see what others received.  I like to wait so it’s a surprise.  I’ve only ever received brand boxes from Influenster and this time I was gifted a box of a bunch of items from different brands.

Here’s what I received in the #VitalityVoxBox Continue reading

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion Review

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion ReviewI’ve been using The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion for years.  I used to only use it when my skin was rebelling.  Recently I purchased another bottle of it when they were having a 40% off sale and have been using it on a regular basis.  It’s become one of my holy grail products.

The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion says it is suitable for blemish skin and helps improve the appearance of blemish-damaged skin.  This product comes in a 30 ml bottle with a pump, the packaging works well to help dispense just the right amount of  product.  The bottle retails for $19 on the Body Shop’s website but they have sales often so you can get it for less.  You can also use Ebates to get a percentage of your order back in cash.

First off, let me start out by saying that I absolutely love the smell of this lotion!  But I am a huge fan of tea tree oil, so that is why I enjoy the smell.  If you don’t enjoy the herbal, tea tree smell then this product is not for you.  But if you can get past that then you should definitely try it out.

The lotion directions say to apply it on your face and neck before bed.  I use it before bed and sometimes in the morning as well.  It really helps soothe my skin when I’m having breakouts so if I’m really irritated then that’s when I’ll apply it in the morning.  The lotion is very light-weight, which is great for people with oily or combination skin like myself.  Sometimes I will put my regular night-time moisturizer over top if I want extra hydration.

This product doesn’t claim to help battle breakouts, what it says is that it helps improve the appearance of blemish-damaged skin.  However, I find that it does help battle my breakouts and I have stopped using my salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide spot treatments.  Instead I have been using the blemish fade lotion along with the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil and regular tea tree oil.

I’ve been applying this lotion over red marks left from previous blemishes for over a month straight now.  I’ve noticed that all the marks are slowly fading over time and I’m super excited about this!  I’ve had three stubborn marks on my cheek since a bad breakout around Christmas that have been really bothering me and the marks are almost gone now.  I wish I had used the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion on them sooner.

So if you can’t already tell, I love this product!  If you have scaring from breakouts or have breakout prone skin then you should definitely give this lotion a try.  I’m going to try the other products in the line when they have another sale so stay tuned for more reviews.

What are your favourite Body Shop products?  I’d love to hear your suggestions!


Birchbox August 2014 Unboxing

I received my August Birchbox a couple days ago and am once again happy with my box.  I feel like I got more than my $10 back in sample products.

This month the theme for the Birchbox is, Lighten Up.  It says that summer is too hot and here’s to keeping cool and laughing our way to fall.  Don’t really understand how my products fit with the theme, but doesn’t matter to me anyways.

This month I received five products in my Birchbox, see my thoughts on the products below. Birchbox August 2014 Continue reading

Natural Homemade Beauty Recipes

Homemade Beauty Recipes, Face Masks, Foot Scrub, ConditionerNatural is the latest trend in skin and hair care.  For years we have been putting toxic chemicals onto and into our bodies that eventually build up and make us feel sick.  People are finally catching on that natural is better.

Most stores these days carry a line of ‘natural’ beauty products, but they typically come with a big price tag.  A lot of the times the products that claim to be “all-natural” aren’t.  So make sure you do your research and are getting what you pay for.

Luckily, making your own beauty products is pretty simple.  If you want beauty products that you know are natural and also inexpensive, then just make them yourself.

Here are 3 quick beauty recipes that you can make at home for yourself.

Face mask

Eating healthy food help gives you the right nutrients to help you look good.  You can also get more of these vitamins and minerals by putting them on to your skin. Continue reading

Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014

I finally received my first ever Ipsy Glam Bag after months of being on the waiting list.  I waited at least six months, maybe even longer, which is way too long to wait.  I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for six months and am not sure which subscription service I like better.

The Ipsy bag comes to you in a pretty pink padded envelope, which most girls probably enjoy.  Inside every month you get a little makeup bag filled with about five sample product both high-end and drugstore products.

One thing I didn’t like about Ipsy right away was that I didn’t get a little card explaining what everything is and what the prices are of the full-sized products.  I really like that Birchbox includes that information and am wondering if my card is missing?  I guess they just really want me to visit their website so they can try and market to me.   Their website doesn’t list the prices of the products and  I have to go to the supplier’s website in order to find that out.   Also, I think that Ipsy’s website isn’t very user friendly and takes some getting used to.

So anyways, rant over, lets get into what I received this month…

Ipsy Glam Bag August 2014 Continue reading

1 2 3 42
Free eBook!
Summer Sun Safety

Learn how to keep your skin safe and still have fun in the sun!

BH Cosmetics