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ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag

Better late than never! Here’s my take on the ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy August 2017 Glam Bag

While the bag is cute, I am more interested in the makeup items I got. First item that caught my eye is the Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask. They can attribute that to the bright eye-catching packaging color. I use face masks at least twice a week now so there will be a post on this in 2 months or so. Next is SUGAR Cosmetics Stroke Of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl. The shade I got is 01 Back to Black. I think this is the only shade this particular product item comes in for now though. Then we have the Hey Honey Come Clean: Propolis & Minerals Facial Scrub. I’ve been using this about thrice a week and will be posting about it in the next few days. Next we have the MAKE UP FOR EVER EXCESSIVE LASH Arresting Volume Mascara. I have used products from this brand with fairly good results so I’m keeping this one to try out later. Last up is theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow. The shade I got this in is Kuwakaribisha. It’s a nice, light shimmery shade that is quite versatile as it can also be used as a highlighter.

Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mud Mask

SUGAR Cosmetics Stroke Of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl

Hey Honey Come Clean: Propolis & Minerals Facial Scrub

MAKE UP FOR EVER EXCESSIVE LASH Arresting Volume Mascara

theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow

Overall, very nice. My next bag should be coming soon and I can’t wait to see what I get!

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ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag

Hey guys! It’s been a busy few weeks for me here. Just trying to enjoy summer but there’s always work, chores and a hell of a lot of other stuff. But again, better late than never (heck, I just got my ispy Julu G;am Bag yesterday!) so here’s my take on the ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy June 2017 Glam Bag

The bag is made of canvas material I think. It’s functional but not really my style but that’s quite alright as someone else will get good use out of it. First item that caught my eye is the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream. It’s really hard not to notice it with such bright color for product packaging. Next up is the NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé. I’m not sure if I’ll try this out or not. I’m trying to minimize my makeup stash at the moment. The shade I got this in is Cocoa Bean. Then we have the Hey Honey Uncover Detoxifying Mud Mask. I like face masks, especially mud based ones so watch out for a review on it soon. Next we have the theBalm Balm Springs Blush. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — LOVE their packaging even the small ones like this. It’s so darn cute. I think I can rock this shade so it’s a keeper. Last up is Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara. It’s going to my gifting pile as I have too many mascaras lined up to try already.

Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream

NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé

Hey Honey Uncover Detoxifying Mud Mask

theBalm Balm Springs Blush

Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara

I wish the bag was different but can’t complain cause I’m so in love with July’s bag! 🙂


ipsy February 2017 Glam Bag

What a month it’s been! Time sure flies by fast. It felt like the holidays were just here. I got this in earlier but I wasn’t too excited about it so I took my time in posting about it. Here’s my take on the ipsy February 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy February 2017 Glam Bag

The bag is made of denim — not really my cup of tea but seems to be built pretty good even though it’s thin. First item that caught my eye is the NYX Butter Lipstick. The shade I got this in is called Ripe Berry. I LOVE this shade and have high hopes that it translates the same onto my lips. Next up is the True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask. I will be trying this out shortly so stay tuned for a blog post on my thoughts on it. The directions on how to use this seems pretty straightforward: “Massage on dry skin (yep, dry), leave on for two to five minutes, then just wipe off with a damp washcloth (no need to rinse). We like using it twice a week before bedtime.” Then we have Lord & Berry Eye Pencil. The shade I got this in is Black. This is a nice small-sized eye pencil that I can take with me even when I’m only carrying the bare minimum. I can’t wait to try this out! Next we have MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow. The shade I got this in is called You’re Toast. It looks to be a pretty gold shade. Last up is The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream. This item made me think about it a lot. The skin around the eye and the lips are quite different so I’m having a hard time seeing how a product can effectively affect both areas BUT I’ll try it out and share my thoughts on it here later on.

NYX Butter Lipstick

True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask

Lord & Berry Eye Pencil

MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow

The Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream

Overall, eh….I ended up liking it more than I thought I would. I was expecting more out of the makeup bag itself as February is Valentine’s Day but I think they just didn’t go with the Valentine’s theme this time around. That’s cool….I can’t wait to see next month’s bag now! I actually see it on the website right now and it looks so cute and chic!


Freeman Feeling Beautiful Acai Purifying Clay Mask

Hey guys! How’s 2017 going so far for you? Mine is going slow and steady, but no complaints at all over here! It’s Chinese New Year here today and I’m just relaxing at home, trying to catch up with small errands and hoping to squeeze some time on the elliptical in. I don’t typically make any goals or resolutions for the new year but I’m trying to stick with eating better (healthier) and working out more. We’ll see how it goes. So far, the working out part is on track but the eating part is kinda flip-flopping. Hehe. Anyway, today’s blog post is on one of my favorite items from Freeman. Here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Acai Purifying Clay Mask.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Acai Purifying Clay Mask

What I love about this product? It comes in the tube packaging that makes it easy to use. The color of the tube is so bold, colorful and eye-catching. The scent leans on the strong side but I like it. It’s an artificial take on various berries. Even with my sensitivity to strong scents, I can tolerate this as it’s only on my face for a little bit. I love how it tightens the skin on my face as it dries. It makes me feel like it’s working! I love face masks with clay as they suck up all the oils from my face. Directions are easy to follow on the back of the tube. Just apply the product to face and neck. Sometimes when I want to use a clay mask in the winter but am afraid it’d be too drying, I apply it right onto my face without washing it first. Leave it on until it dries and wash off with warm water. It is recommended to be used “two times a week or as often as needed”. This product leaves my face tight, clean, clear and soft — very purifying indeed!

What I don’t like about this product? If I have to be really picky, the strong scent. If they went lighter on the scent with this, it’d be close to perfect.

More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried at other retailers too as seen listed here.


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.