Hey guys! Only a few more days until I’m officially off for the rest of the year! I’m so excited! Pretty much all the gifts are wrapped and the annual baking the Cookie Elf does for work is done. Those suckers were all gone in 3 hours! I made about 6 batches of 4 different types of cookies. I’ve been quite busy, so I managed to only spare a few minutes to show you what I got in my ipsy December 2014 Glam Bag.
The first item that I noticed was the Tarte lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara. I have about 3 of these laying around, so I didn’t really need another one but it’s not bad to have. It’s a decent mascara really. Next we have Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser. I’m on a Freeman Beauty and Philosophy kick at the moment that I’m not sure if this will be put to use anytime soon. At any rate, I think I’ll keep this in my bathroom cabinet to keep it handy for use later on. I saw the NYX Butter Lip Balm and seriously thought about giving this to my FIL that loves lip balms. Only thing is it’s not clear (shade I got is called Marshmallow), so it’ll be something good for me to try out eventually. The most intriguing item would have to be the Swissco Electroplated Eyelash Curler. I’ve seen items from this brand in TJMaxx but I’ve just never been moved to grab any of them. I have a good eyelash curler so I think I’ll put this towards a goody bag for my niece that loves the color purple. Last item up is the Pixi Fairy Dust. The shade I got is Brightening Bare and while I like the brand Pixi, I don’t really have a use for this item. I think my nieces would get a kick out of this though, so I’ll be saving this one for one of them. The bag this month is a simple black nylon type material zip top pouch. It’s one of my least favorite bags from them since I started my subscription with them, but that’s okay since you win some and you lose some along the way.
And here I thought that last month’s bag was kinda disappointing, LOL! It can only go up from here — can’t wait for next month’s bag already!
Hey guys! If you’re an IT Cosmetics fan then get ready to open your wallets tomorrow as this set will be on QVC Today’s Special Value starting tomorrow October 14, 2014 at midnight ET. It will run until 11:59 PM PT while supplies last. I’m not sure how much this will go for, but it’s their Today’s Special Value and these are usually great deals that go fast. It’s definitely worth checking it out in my opinion since I almost bought another backup set of their last TSV set on QVC It’s All About You!. Here’s the breakdown of what you’ll be getting in this IT Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5pc Collection.
If you’ve been following this brand, you would’ve known that they recently nabbed 6 coveted QVC Customer Choice Beauty Award! Huge congrats to them for that achievement! And I personally can vouch for their concealer. It’s hands down the best I have ever tried. You can read my review on that here. The item I am most excited about in this set is actually their blush. It looks so pretty with the ombre and the shade name is Je Ne Sais Quoi. The name makes it twice as easy for me to remember because last time I was watching IT Cosmetics on QVC they had this lip product that I was really tempted to get that has the same name. I didn’t end up getting it but as soon as I saw this blush’s name it just burned into my mind. I have used other makeup brushes from IT Cosmetics and they’re good in my opinion. The bristles are soft and they stay that way even after my basic brush cleaning regimen. I tried another brand’s makeup brushes recently and was so disappointed at the state of the bristles after just one wash. The IT Cosmetics one fared so much better, so I’m definitely happy that this came with the set. I expect the foundation to be of the same caliber or better than their older formula per se. This one is the newer version of their foundation I believe. I’ve seen the mascara being sold in a set of 3 on QVC before but didn’t want to commit to getting that much in one shot. What if it doesn’t work for me? This is a newer and different version of their mascara. I can’t wait to try it to see what it’s all about and if getting them in a bundle of 3 isn’t crazy after all. One of their eye liners won an award too and this makes me quite eager to try this one out.
And in case you’re worried about how it’s packaged and all that, again, just like their other sets it’s pretty solid in that aspect. See below what it looks just from opening the box it came in:
The hard plastic hold the products in place (molded to the shape of the products) and have enough space or gap around so that the sides of the boxes aren’t touching the products at all. Well done once again!
Again, this will be available on QVC Today’s Special Value starting at October 14, 2014 at midnight ET. and it will run until 11:59 PM PT while supplies last.
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
Hey guys! I’m excited to share this news wit y’all! If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I have recently gotten the chance to try products from IT Cosmetics and so far they have all been good (and one completely blew me away!). I’m happy to tell you that IT Cosmetics has a kit that’s going to be TSV on QVC soon. For those of you that aren’t familiar with TSV on QVC….this offer is what is known as Today’s Special Value. It’s usually a really nicely priced deal and it’s IT Cosmetic’s turn again in a few days! Read on for more.
“Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection goes beyond beauty. This Today’s Special Value® is scheduled to debut on QVC® Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at midnight (ET). QVC features one item each day as a Today’s Special Value, which is offered at an exceptionally low price beginning midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT) that day.
The five-piece collection includes Celebration Foundation Illumination and the brand new CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush to help you achieve your most luminous skin. Be one of the first to experience the worldwide launch of Hello Lashes Extensions that will give your lashes a reason to wink! It comes paired with the No-Tug Gel Eyeliner to give your eyes the attention they deserve. Help transform your complexion and eyes with makeup that looks and feels like your skin but better for your most radiant you!
About Each Product:
Celebration Foundation® Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Foundation provides full coverage and illumination to your skin. Infused with peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients to nourish your skin and to help skin appear younger-looking, Celebration Foundation Illumination will never crease or crack and is also infused with Drops of Light Technology®.
New! CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is the perfect balance of color and luminosity, blending from matte to pearlized radiance – it’s a blush and highlighter in one compact. Formulated to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, this anti-aging, color correcting formula in the perfect pink shade of Je Ne Sais Quoi® is beautiful on all skin tones.
New! Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara helps you achieve the look of false lashes. This five-in-one, clinically proven 24-hour wear mascara features the blackest black melted nylon fibers infused into our volumizing and lash-loving Hello Lashes Mascara to help you achieve long, thick and dramatic lashes in one quick coat application! Infused with lash-enhancing and conditioning ingredients, including vitamin B5, peptides, collagen, proteins and green tea.
No-Tug® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner is clinically proven to remain waterproof for up to 12 hours without tugging the delicate eyelids. Highly pigmented and anti-aging in both its application and its ingredients, this eyeliner is formulated with skin-loving hydrolyzed collagen, silk, rose and antioxidants.
Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush features dual fiber brush hairs that flawlessly work to blend foundation onto your skin and help blur away imperfections. You don’t need to be an expert – IT does the work for you!”
I got their TSV on QVC kit last time, IT Cosmetics IT’s All About You 5pc Customer Favorites Collection, and I was seriously impressed by it. I’m being honest here when I tell you that I tuned in to watch IT Cosmetics on QVC and I almost bought another set. I’m not kidding at all. It would be interesting to see if I like this kit better. I’m hoping the products included are all great so at least it comes close to the set I got last time. That was pretty hard to beat (and a darn good deal too!).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Overall, eh….not too bad. Here’s hoping next month’s is better!