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ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my goodies from ipsy for this month over the weekend and I’m loving the cute theme. The bag does seem to fit it somewhat too and it’s not flat this time around (a completely flat makeup bag doesn’t sit well with me…like last month’s — don’t get me wrong, they have made others that are flat but they’re not completely flat at all…more like envelope style). Here’s everything that I got from my ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag

First, about the bag…..as I mentioned above it kind of fits the back-to-school theme. I love that it actually has enough space to hold a decent amount of makeup and maybe even use it as a pencil case instead. The bag did get a little squished up in the metallic pink envelope during shipping but fill it out and it’s good to go. The material makes it good to prevent from spills compared to a cloth makeup bag. Beads of water will just run off on it. The first item that caught my eye is the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. It caught my eye for 2 main reasons: 1) it didn’t fit in the makeup bag so it was the only product not enclosed in it and 2) it’s something I want to try but not willing to shell out the money since I have a million mascaras already laying around and about half are open. I hemmed and hawed on whether to open it or not to try it out and decided to wait as I go through a few more of the currently open tubes I have. First item I grabbed when I opened the makeup bag is the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. I’ve found the hair products I’ve been receiving from my monthly ipsy Glam Bags more appealing lately. I really don’t do much to my hair but I keep thinking I should one of these days, so I guess hair products pique my interest a lot. Next item I plucked out of the bag is the J.Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow. The shade I got is called Half Naked and I’ll be passing this along as I’ve been an impulsive shopper lately and have gotten eye shadows in my last beauty purchase (HauteLook takes a while to ship so I’m still waiting). Next item is something I should be more excited about than I was since I have huge pores. I don’t wear makeup to cover pores at all. I usually just have moisturizer on and go. If I wear makeup at all, it’s makeup on top of my moisturized face. Foundation isn’t my thing at all and if I choose to wear any at all, it’s in powder form. But I do have large pores so I will definitely be trying this Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner. Stay tuned for a post on that soon. Last item I got is the Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner. The scent and flavor is citrusy from what I gather. Reading reviews on this, it’s seems to be just as good as any other lip balm and I have about 10 of those currently laying around so I’ll be passing this on. Maybe to my father-in-law since he seems to love lip balms and loses them occasionally.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

J.Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner

Overall, not bad still. I’m very glad that the makeup bag isn’t flat this time around (I still have that one, just trying to figure out what to use it for since it’s very flat). I can’t wait to see what next month’s bag brings!


ipsy July 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my goodies from ipsy for this month over the weekend and finally got around to poring over what I got. After last month’s wow factor for me ( that the bag is designed by Rebecca Minkoff), I made sure to have reasonable expectations when it comes to the following month’s bag overall. Here’s everything that I got from my ipsy July 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy July 2014 Glam Bag

First, about the bag…..I like it and don’t at the same time, so I’m on the fence about it still. I love the design and the color definitely. I love how the bag feels, but what I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t feel like it will be a durable bag. Because of the scallop design and how the stitches are put on, it’s not as durable as my other makeup bags. I feel like I would have to baby it for sure and I don’t really want to have to do that. I’ll hold onto it for now though. The first item that caught my eye is the Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08. I don’t go out and tan intentionally, so this item is on the miss side for me in terms of usage. But I suppose I can slather it on while I’m out in the sun like when I’m swimming and stuff. I do tan easily in general and you bet I’ll be wearing sunscreen under this. It kind of negates what this is supposed to do though, so I’m on the fence with this product at the moment. The SPF is so low on this that I’m afraid the skin will just burn as if there is no SPF (I mean, I know there is some….it’s just so minimal). Moving on, we have Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil. While I have a lot of eye liners right now, “kajal” or “kohl” always catches my attention. My most pigmented eye pencils bear that in the name or description. Definitely a keeper for me and this is a small pencil so it fits right into any purse or makeup bag easily. Next item is the Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara. First impression is the packaging is so freaking cute! It has this water beads design on the silver cap that reminds me of what you see in MAC Alluring Aquatics Collection. I really liked that packaging look with MAC that I even thought about picking stuff up from that collection partly because of that (but then I moved on to other brands instead and have been very happy with that decision). I’m definitely going to keep this mascara but it will take me a while to get to using it since I have about 10 open right now. OOPS! :) Marrakesh Endz is one that I have never heard of the brand before this month’s bag. According to the product description on their website this product seals and repairs split ends, while preventing future damage. With it being summer right now, I’ve been in the pool a handful of times already and my hair is starting to put up a fight with me. I have long hair and I try to moisturize and condition every few days. This will be good to try out after a good swim session. Last product is the bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15. I have a love-hate relationship with cream eye shadows, so I’m not sure if I’m keeping this or not — especially since the shade I got is very neutral. It’s called Divine Wine but don’t let that name fool you! I would think a shade with that name is more on the purple or burgundy side. Nope, this line of theirs consists of 10 shades that are all very neutral (think nude palettes). I tend to like my eye shadows to have shimmer or color (or both!) and this one’s neither.

Hang Ten Dark Tanning Oil SPF 08

Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil

Pür Minerals Big Look Waterproof Mascara

Marrakesh Endz

bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Overall, eh….not too bad. Here’s hoping next month’s is better!


Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara

Part of the limited edition Bella Blue Collection, Milani brings us these 3 blue colored mascaras to play with. I was excited to see this in the press release here, but tried to not have high expectations when it comes to performance and pigmentation of these 3 shades. I can say these are definitely much better in both aspects than their lip color counterpart in this collection, the Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color. Just in time for Fourth of July festivities, here’s Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara.

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara (direct sunlight)

This is described as:

  • Gorgeous, buildable colored mascara
  • Limited Edition
  • Made in USA

The product packaging is very similar as their Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss line. The gold mirror surface cap helps me with checking on my makeup every now and then without needing a mirror. Using this product is pretty straightforward: apply to upper and lower lashes as desired. I don’t detect a scent really during the entire time I’ve come into contact with this product. The colors are vivid and vibrant. It dries pretty quick on my lashes and I just add more coats for color opacity. I never went past 2 though and I find this surprising (as well as pleasing really). I didn’t think it was as pigmented as it is. Some shades show up better on lighter lashes (mine are black but I tried it on someone with blonde lashes), but all the shades show up regardless of lash color. It leaves my lashes ever so slightly crunchy when I have 2 generous coats on. Not a problem for me though with what I’m getting out of this product. Removal for me takes as much as a waterproof mascara even though the product description doesn’t claim it to be waterproof (or not). I tried simply using facial wash and water — some came off but what was left over did not budge. Most of the product that was left over were on the tips of the lashes. It all came off the next day in the shower. The next time I used it, I used a waterproof makeup remover to do the job. Swatches shown below is one stroke of a blob of the mascara applied onto my arm then having the brush swipe over it twice. I tried to just swipe it over my arm as is, but the product stayed in the grooves of the mascara brush so I had to use the product gathered on the tip to apply it onto my arm and then run the mascara brush over it to create the swatches. The 3 shades from left to right are Bella Blue, Mediterranean Blue and Azure.

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara Swatches

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara Swatches (with flash)

Here’s a shot of the product on the brushes to show the color of each shade.

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara Shades (to show color of product in tube)

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here on what it looks like with 2 generous coats.

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara IG Post

If you have to decide what to get from Milani’s Bella Blue Collection, I’d say these are it.

These retail for $3.99 each and should now be available in select Walgreens, KMart and Fred Meyer stores as well as online on their website.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


ipsy June 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I just got my goodies from ipsy for this month and I’m so excited to share with you guys all about it. The first wow factor for me is that the bag is designed by Rebecca Minkoff! The Hawaiian print design is pretty cute and I’m definitely keeping this one. Here’s everything that I got from my ipsy June 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy June 2014 Glam Bag

I liked almost every single thing I got with this month’s Glam Bag. I’m just not sure if I’m keeping all of them though since a few items I already have a lot of from various other brands. Mascara is one of them right now. I recently opened a new tube for review from Influenster, so I’m hesitant to open another one just cause I don’t want to have more than 3 tubes open a time. I don’t want them to dry out faster and such (and I already have about 7 open right now). I guess I’ll just start wearing mascara everyday now to use some up, so Be A Bombshells Lash Out Mascara will just have to wait. The DERMAdoctor DD Cream is the interesting item from this set of products. I’ve heard it all by now — BB cream, CC cream….now DD cream? I haven’t really jumped in the bandwagon for any of the BB and CC cream simply because I’m more of a moisturizer only type of gal. But we’ll see. I have 2 tubes of CC cream on hand already that I may as well just try it out and see what the hoopla is about with my own eyes (and even compare them against this DD cream). The NYX Butter Gloss is a nice surprise only because I don’t own any but wouldn’t mind trying them out. I just never got around to seeing them in the store to pick them up and it wasn’t appealing enough for me to buy them online. The shade I got is Eclair and it smells as good as it sounds based on initial use. I think it’ll be a good product overall. I have to test it more and blog about it later. Next up is Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray. I’ll try this out but definitely note that I’m not one who likes beachy waves as much. When it comes to hair, straight and curls are what appeals to me. Waves are okay, so I imagine that I wouldn’t get much excitement out of this one later on but I will still give it a fair review. Last up is Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in green. I love eye liners just like any beauty addict but I may save it up to pass it along to one of my husband’s nieces. Just like mascara, I just have too many eye liners currently that I have to use up.

Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara

DERMAdoctor DD Cream

NYX Butter Gloss

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray

Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner

Overall, great bag! My fears last month of this bag being a disappointment was actually for naught. I can’t wait for next month’s bag yet again!


Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

Okay guys, here’s the another item I was excited about to review from the Spring Fling VoxBox 2014 I got a few weeks ago. I had been using it for a few days now and am ready to give you guys my thoughts on this. It didn’t blow me away, but it’s not bad really. Here’s Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

The Influenster insert boasts about this product: “The 60s are back in full swing with a thicker, fuller, wide-eyed look! Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara brings you a bold, wide-eyed look, fanned out volume, and no clumps for lashes that are up, out, and over the top! Ready to go retro? Show us your retro look using #ModMonday and visit RimmelModcasta.com, your source for everything retro!”

Verdict? This product comes in a standard mascara plastic tube packaging. The brush is bigger than most mascaras I’ve used, but it works well with even distribution of the product. The shape of the brush is what they refer to as an “hourglass” shape. The shade I got this product in is Extreme Black 003. Can’t get any more retro than that with mascara in my opinion. In terms of formula, I like it. It’s not too wet or dry and it applies on evenly and smoothly. I wouldn’t say this is 100% clump-free, but it’s close. It’s very pigmented, but you should expect nothing less than that from a mascara really. I didn’t get raccoon eyes from this, which is a plus since my eye area does get oily. I’ve posted on my Instagram account here on what it looks like with just one coat.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara Selfie

Excuse the redness of my face right now. I rubbed it right before I took that picture. That’s me with no makeup except for mascara. I rarely wear makeup even though I own tons and love them. Problems of a beauty addict, eh?

This retails for $5.99 or so at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide as well as various online stores. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, click here.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*