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ipsy March 2018 Glam Bag

The last day of March! Spring is here to stay and tomorrow is both Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day. The temperature here will take a slight dip and everyone’s over it already. They are ready for warm weather to stay. But most will eat their words in a few months, as they do every year, as summer can get very hot here in Tornado Alley. Anyway, here’s what I got in my ipsy March 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy March 2018 Glam Bag

I didn’t care much for the bag really. I can see that they want to foster creativity with this month’s bag, but I didn’t care for it really. The first item that caught my eye is the Benefit Cosmetics BADGal Bang Mascara. Everything about the packaging is eye-catching to me. The shade it comes in is called Pitch Black. Next is the BRTC Jasmine Waterful Foaming Cleanser. I’ve never heard of this brand before but I looked it up really quick and I think it’s a Korean beauty brand. I’m going to give this a whirl soon! Then we have the Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner. I love the brand Tarte and I am in need of a small eye liner like this that I can easily stash in a wristlet, clutch or even a wallet. Next we have the AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask. I use face masks a few times a month or more and am excited to try this out. Last up is a Finding Ferdinand Lipstick. The shade I got this in is Rose Gold. I’ve never heard of this brand before but the shade is right up my alley to try.

Benefit Cosmetics BADGal Bang Mascara

BRTC Jasmine Waterful Foaming Cleanser

Tarte Sex Kitten Eyeliner

AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask

Finding Ferdinand Lipstick

The contents of this bag is much better than many of the ones I got recently. I hope next month’s bag continues this trend!

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Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Hey guys! We’re on the last few days of March! Time sure flies by fast this month. Today’s post is on a product I got from my ipsy January 2018 Glam Bag. Here’s my thoughts on the Befine Exfoliating Cleanser.

Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

What I love about this product? It comes in a standard tube that most facial cleansers and scrubs come in. The scent is pleasant and not overpowering. You can tell it’s sweet but not too artificial. The consistency is thick and I had a little bit of a hard time to squeeze some of it out onto my fingers. Instead of following the directions of applying the product onto wet skin, I chose to apply the product onto my face by patting it on and then adding water by wetting my hands. I find this way of applying it easier to use. Once a little bit of water comes into contact with the cleanser, it is much easier to spread over skin and use it to exfoliate. It does a pretty good job doing that really. Be careful not to add too much water when exfoliating as you will end up just washing it off. Just a little bit of water to help with making it easier to massage the product over your skin is key. Some may find this too abrasive so steer clear or test this on you hand first to gauge if this is too harsh for your skin.

What I don’t like about this product? Honestly, nothing really. It is carried by many retailers and the price, while a bit on the high side for an exfoliating cleanser, won’t break the bank.

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


ipsy January 2018 Glam Bag

I know it’s been a while…but hey! I’m back even if it’s just for a few posts here and there. When I started this blog, it has always been something that I put my energy towards to on my free time as I like nail polish and beauty products. Free time has been harder to come by since the year started. Don’t get me wrong, I do have free time but I choose to spend it doing other things than blogging. If I had more free time then I would’ve eventually put in more posts than I currently do, but this will have to do for now. Thanks for sticking with me still! Anyway, in playing catch up with some posts here, here’s what I got in my ipsy January 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy January 2018 Glam Bag

I like the bag more than I thought I would. In fact, it’s my favorite one for this year so far (since I’ve gotten my February and March one as well). First item that caught my eye is the Befine Exfoliating Cleanser. I’ve actually used this item before I believe. I’m currently using it in my facial cleanser rotation. Next item that caught my eye is the Vasanti Kajal Waterline Eyeliner Pencil. The shade I got this in is called Intense Black. I’ve heard that this product is awesome so I’m definitely keeping it to try it out. Then we have theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. I’ve been collecting these theBalm minis cause I thought they were so cute! Next we have the Bellápierre Cosmetics StayPut Brow Gel in Licorice. I thought this was a liquid eyeliner or something like that. Not sure if I will keep it as I don’t really do anything with my brows. Last up is the NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner. I’m actually excited to try this out. The packaging makes me think of unicorns!

Befine Exfoliating Cleanser

Vasanti Kajal Waterline Eyeliner Pencil

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Bellápierre Cosmetics StayPut Brow Gel

Alterna Haircare Caviar CC Cream

Not bad at all and a colorful start to the New Year I say!


ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag

5 more days ’til Christmas! I’ve been off since last week and have finished all holiday related shopping so I’m just spending my time catching up on my recorded shows on the Investigation Discovery channel and have just started watching some Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. I was out-of-town for 2 nights at a cabin in Clayton Lake State Park (OK) and it was a beautiful stay. The cabin is right by the lake so it was convenient to go fishing there at night. The cabin we stayed at was far from the other cabins so we didn’t really see anyone else there really. Our dog loved every minute of it. He even took a few dips in the cold lake! Now I’m already starting to research which state park we should go to next! I returned to a few things piling up in the mailbox and this is one of them. Here’s what I got in my ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2017 Glam Bag

I would’ve liked the bag more if it was more symmetrical. I don’t know if you can tell but the “height” of the bag on one side is different from the other side. I don’t know if it’s intentional but oh well…it’s still usable. First item that caught my eye is the Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lipstick. The shade everyone got is called Legendary. It’s a bold red shade that I simply love. Next item that caught my eye is the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I’ve actually tried out this product before and have reviewed it here. Then we have the Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL. The only Rodial product I’ve had the pleasure of trying out left me impressed so I’m looking forward to trying this out. I did not know they have a makeup line! Next we have the NIP+FAB Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum. I love facial serums so I’m eager to try this one out ASAP! It’s starting to get cold and dry again this weekend where I’m at so this is simply perfect timing to have received this in my glam bag. Last up is NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner. The shade I got this in is Onyx.

Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lipstick

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

Rodial Glamolash Mascara XXL

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner

So I was expecting a little bit more wow with the bag itself for Christmas but it’s better than last year’s bag in my opinion — so it’s all good! I think I’ll get to keep most of the items in my glam bag to try for myself, which is pretty rare really so I’m looking forward to it!


Curtain Call: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

Hey guys! August sure flew right on by! Today’s Curtain Call post is on a product I got from my ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag. Here are my thoughts on the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

What I love about this product? It comes in an attractive bottle and is hypoallergenic. It’s easy to use and smells pretty good. The scent makes me think of a spa, kinda like the scent I think of when I think of the brand Aveda. The scent is primarily lavender. The cleansing gel is clear and has the consistency slightly thicker than most shampoo formulas. A little bit is all you need and it lathers up quite nicely. This small-sized bottle lasted me almost 2 weeks just by using it at night. It’s the perfect size to take with you when you’re traveling somewhere for a few days. While it does clean off the oil and grime of the day, this is definitely nothing like a deep cleanser or anything like that. My skin is left hydrated and none of that super tight feeling I get with some deep facial cleansers. At the most, it felt like a thin layer is not getting washed off my face but nothing like the feeling of washing of soap with hard water. That slippery feeling drives me nuts!

What I don’t like about this product? If I had to be very picky, the price. There’s a lot of facial cleansers out there in a cheaper price range that does the job or even better depending on what you’re looking for. But if you like the brand, the scent and this product…..it’s not priced like highway robbery.

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