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Zoya 4 Free 2017

Here we go again! Why not start this year with a bang? Today is the last day for this deal! Considering what you get, it’s a really good deal. I have some of their lipsticks and I can’t wait to get more! Code is ZOYA4!

Zoya 4 Free 2017

Promotional shipping & processing is $15 OR spend over $30 and get FREE Shipping! This deal is valid also for Canadian orders but note that an international processing fee will apply. Please allow up to 4 weeks for processing if volume warrants it.

This comes out to $3.75 per item if you just get the 4 free, which is a STEAL! Which shades are you getting?!

Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash Off Mask

Good afternoon everyone! I started off the new year bright-eyed and bushy-tailed like a happy squirrel. I’m back at work now but work is just work — I never let that come in the way of my personal life and well-being. With that said, I recently got the chance to try this item I got in my ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag again. Here’s my take on the Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash Off Mask.

Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash Off Mask

What I love about this product? The scent is pleasant and not too strong. It smells of what I think a spa would smell like — a little bit herbal but refreshing and light. I applied a thin layer on my entire face except for the eyes and lips. The instructions indicated to leave it on for 15 minutes or until it dries. The first 2 minutes was almost a deal breaker for me. My face encountered a slight burning sensation. It’s like tingling with pinprick needles or something. Being that I have encountered this sensation from other face masks, I just sucked it up and it faded away not too long after. If it had been like that for longer than 2 minutes, I would’ve washed it right off. I went about my cleaning around the house and decided to take a shower after that. This is 45 minutes after I initially put it on. Whoops! I was worried about leaving it on for that long but that thought lasted only for a few seconds. When I looked into the mirror I can still see spots where the mask isn’t wet visibly but if you touch it it’s like a paste form that’s damp still. No bueno. All mud-based masks I’ve used from various brands dry out completely one way or the other….especially after a long time such as 45 minutes. It’s kind of what I look for in having a mud-based face mask work to draw out the oils from my face. The spots that were still damp and cool to the touch (but if I rub it, it comes off kinda like a paste) were the spots where I applied the product slightly thicker than the rest of the space. I would consider it still a thin layer though. This is the second time I used this product with the same result. Only the areas where I applied the product on really thin was dry. I hopped into the shower and it all washed off easily. My face is left soft and smooth but I still see the one stubborn blackhead on my hairline. It disappears only with certain mud-based face masks but not with this one.

What I don’t like about this product? It is priced just right for this kind of product and the packaging is impressive so the only complaint I have is it isn’t as effective as face masks from other brands in removing blackheads at the very least. And I’m a little weirded out that the product wouldn’t dry for 45 minutes in areas where application wasn’t super thin. I would think that’s enough time for everything to dry out unless it’s a thick application!

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

Walmart Winter 2016 Beauty Box

This popped in my mailbox recently and for $5 (still!), I’m keeping the subscription. Here’s what I got in my Walmart Winter 2016 Beauty Box.

Walmart Winter 2016 Beauty Box

This box is more exciting than the others I’ve gotten in the past mostly because of the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream

Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

Dove Dry Oil Moisture Nourishing Body Wash

TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo

Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Fragrance Free Lotion

Included Samples

I’m looking forward to trying some of these out so watch out for reviews to come!

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

This winter weather is taking its toll not only to my skin but also on my lips. I’m not the only one experiencing this as my husband has been sifting around the house at random times for a lip balm. The good news is I have a ton of them that he can use — they’re just lying around everywhere. So, here’s my take on something I got from the ipsy May 2016 Glam Bag — The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm.

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

What I love about this product? It goes on like a clear gloss without it being very shiny or sticky at all. It’s a lip balm but not in the solid lip balm stick form. It moisturizes really well and I don’t find myself having to reapply it constantly. The formula is rich and it applies ever-so-smoothly onto my lips. There is a scent to it but it’s extremely light that it doesn’t even bother my husband and he’s very sensitive to scents.

What I don’t like about this product? It’s a little pricier than other lip balms you can get out there but the thing that got to me isn’t that. It’s the fact that it’s not as accessible as other brands! I wanted to get more of this but am not quite sure where to get them as it does list locations in the US on their website that carries them but most of them are in New York. There are some websites to some of these places but what are the chances that I will have to pay for shipping on top of that?

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here.

ipsy December 2016 Glam Bag

Hey there! How is everyone? I really thought that I’d be catching up with my posts this time of the year but what can I say — I am in vacation mode, indeed. I did get more stuff in for review but just haven’t gotten around to posting them just yet. It’s been a crazy, fun past few days that I’ve spent with my husband and his side of the family mostly. I hope y’all had a nice break and are ready to ring in the new year! I got this in about a week ago so without further delay here’s my take on the ipsy December 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2016 Glam Bag

I’ll admit — I’m not a huge fan of the bag. It’s the material mostly but it grew on me more by now. First item that caught my eye is the Tarte Maracuja Oil. I love the brand Tarte and I do have a bottle or 2 of these already from previous gift sets I’ve purchased, but I haven’t gotten around to use it yet. I’m definitely keeping this and will be trying it out soon especially with this dry winter weather conditions. Next up is the Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick. The shade I got this in is called Pin Up. While I like the brand and all, I think I will pass it on to one of my nieces to try it out. I can’t really keep everything I get….I have no time to use them up or the space to allot for them! Then we have the Barefoot Venus Ginger Snap Instant Hand Repair. I thought about keeping this but I’m trying to use up some hand creams I have currently in rotation. I’m tossing this as an extra gift item for my MIL as I know she likes trying out new things and recently got interested in the hand creams I’ve been using. Next we have the theBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara. I haven’t kept any mascaras for myself recently that I’ve decided I’m going to try this out. Last up is the MintPear Beauty Blending Sponge. I don’t use makeup brushes that much already and I’ve never used a makeup sponge before. I don’t know. I have mixed feelings about this one. I’m not sure whether I should keep it to try it out or toss it into the extra gifts pile. The use of a sponge has never appealed to me before so I guess I’ll hang onto it until at least after I read up on it.

Tarte Maracuja Oil

Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick

Barefoot Venus Ginger Snap Instant Hand Repair

theBalm Cosmetics Mad Lash Mascara

MintPear Beauty Blending Sponge

So retaking the ipsy test eliminated makeup brushes for me this time but I got a makeup sponge in its place. LOL! We’ll see what next month’s bag brings!