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Walmart Summer 2018 Beauty Box

I forgot that I got this box in a while ago but never got around to posting it. Here’s what I got in my Walmart Summer 2018 Beauty Box.

Walmart Summer 2018 Beauty Box

I’ve already used the Rembrandt 3 Day Teeth Whitening Boost Kit and the Dove Exfoliating Body Polish sample. I should have blog posts on these coming up soon.

Soo Ae Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask

Rembrandt 3 Day Teeth Whitening Boost Kit

Hello sensitivity relief fluoride toothpaste

Dove Exfoliating Body Polish

Softsoap Earth Blends Body Wash

Garnier Whole Blends Oat Delicacy Gentle Shampoo & Conditioner Sample

Not bad for $5 at all still!


ipsy June 2018 Glam Bag

A little late again but better late than never! Ever since I started Pokemon Go from scratch last week, all my free time has been devoted to it. I finished with the Articuno raid with my co-worker friend Lohan and a bunch of his friends. I used all raid passes and I realized I have to get used to being in raids more (I forgot to use the golden razz!!!). Anyway, here’s what I got in my ipsy June 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy June 2018 Glam Bag

The bag I got is nice (ignore the fly on one of the products — the picture above was the best products group shot). It’s a material that will repel drops of water when it comes in contact. Very good to have those on hand. First item that caught my eye is the FORMULA 10.0.6 Three Times Sublime. I love face masks and this one is described on ipsy as “a cleanser, exfoliant, and face mask (yup, all three) that treats blemishes, removes blackheads, unclogs pores, and controls oil.” Next item that caught my eye is the MAKE UP FOR EVER STEP1 Skin Equalizer Primer. I’ll try it out to see how it smoothes out my large pores. Then we have the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Eye Repair Cream. I’ve has great experience using the Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream so I have high hopes for this. Next we have the Kaleido Cosmetics Skin Blush. ipsy subscribers got this in either Prom Queen or Primadonna, which is what I got. Last up is the Estate Cosmetics Lip Icing. The shade I got is called Goodie.

FORMULA 10.0.6 Three Times Sublime

MAKE UP FOR EVER STEP1 Skin Equalizer Primer

Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Eye Repair Cream

Kaleido Cosmetics Skin Blush

Estate Cosmetics Lip Icing

Not bad again! Next month’s bag should be out in transit to me shortly and I can’t wait cause I saw what the makeup bag looks like and it looks really nice. I hope the material is nice too.


ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag

A little late but better late than never! As I mentioned before I’ve been busy the last 2 months. There was a lot of celebrations and I also made a trip back to Philly to see my cousins and their families. I stayed there for almost a week and it was a blast! My eldest cousin also gave me a bunch of barely worn and new clothes so I’m set. I won’t have to shop for clothes for a long time (she did that the last time I visited too). Anyway, here’s what I got in my ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy May 2018 Glam Bag

Now, this bag speaks to me a lot! I’m a snail mailer and this is perfect to hold some of my snail mail items on the go. 🙂 First item that caught my eye is the Grace & Stella Co. Dead Sea Mud Mask. I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E mud masks and I’m very excited to try this soon! Next item that caught my eye is the Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick. The shade I got this in is Intimacy. Others got the shade called Spicy. Then we have the Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask. I’ve been using the Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner and Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Detangler on my hair faithfully for the past few months (for every few days) that I’m ready for a change. Next we have the tre’StiQue Mini Matte Blur Stick. I find this item very interesting and it’s supposed to minimize the appearance of pores so I’m trying it out soon. Last up is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum. I’ve used products from this brand before and they’ve ranged from being okay to good. I’m hoping for better things with this one.

Grace & Stella Co. Dead Sea Mud Mask

Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Crayon Lipstick

Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask

tre’StiQue Mini Matte Blur Stick

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

So not bad at all still! I hope ipsy continues the trend with sending me products that suits my preferences. I’m looking forward to next (this!) month’s bag now!


Influenster Iconic VoxBox 2018

Hey guys! I have been very busy this past 2 months so the posts have been coming slow. I have a backlog of it now. To kick things off again, today’s post is on what I’ve received in the Influenster Iconic VoxBox 2018 a while ago. Here are the contents of the box:

Influenster Iconic VoxBox 2018

My favorite item is the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. I actually already own this product and was about to run out so this came just in time! The most interesting item is the Patchology Wink & A Kiss Kit. I will post a full review on it soon! It was very interesting to try — something out of the box for me. Stay tuned for detailed reviews in some blog posts in the future!

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


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!


ipsy February 2018 Glam Bag

February was such a busy month for me. I co-hosted a baby shower a few weeks ago and February was the month where we did everything that is needed for it. Venue search was a little frantic in the beginning but it all worked out. Invitations were sent out with 3 weeks to RSVP and I was busy DIY-ing stuff for it in all of my free time last month. All in all, everything went smoothly on the day of and I now have more time for the blog. 🙂 Since I missed blogging last month, here’s what I got in my ipsy February 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy February 2018 Glam Bag

The bag is okay. I can see the romantic aspect of it but I thought it would scream more Valentine’s to me than this. But moving on, first item that caught my eye is the BLAQ Meteor Shower. I’m currently saving it for a day or night out or something — it’s sitting in my shower. I read a few reviews on it and like what I’m hearing so far. Next item that caught my eye is the Sand&Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask. The bright-colored tube caught my eye and I noticed a trend here….BLAQ is an Australian brand and so is Sand&Sky! Then we have the MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow. The shade I got this in is called Foiled Again. I don’t use this kind of beauty product much so it will be a good stocking stuffer for someone. Next we have the Luxie Beauty Blending and Shading Eye Brush. I think I retook the quiz after I got this in my bag again. One of the things I don’t need more of is makeup brushes. Last up is Seraphine Botanicals Lychee + Gold – Healthy Glow Rose-Gold Blush. The packaging of this product is simply elegant and stunning! I’m in love with the packaging for sure.

BLAQ Meteor Shower

Sand&Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Pink Clay Mask

MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow

Seraphine Botanicals Lychee + Gold – Healthy Glow Rose-Gold Blush

Luxie Beauty Blending and Shading Eye Brush

With the weather warming up, I can see myself using up half of these items I got in this month’s bag.


Walmart Winter 2017 Beauty Box

Better late than never! I got this box about month ago but never got around to posting it until now. Holidays are always a busy time for me. I like how they mixed it up a little bit more with this box — I think it’s one of the more different ones from their past boxes. Still a great deal for $5 just to try these out. Here’s what I got in my Walmart Winter 2017 Beauty Box.

Walmart Winter 2017 Beauty Box

Overall, like I mentioned earlier I feel like they changed it up more with this box compared to the previous ones. This is mostly due to the sleeping mask and the flossers. I’m very glad they decided to switch up from the usual travel size shampoo and conditioner. I feel like they’ve done that A LOT. They have a lotion in just about every box too but at least they do change that up I think.

Soo Ae Donkey Milk Sleeping Mask

TRESemmé TRES TWO Extra Hold Hair Spray

Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal Cream

Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

Plackers Micro Mint Travel Pack Flossers

Body Fantasies Layering Collection Eau De Toilette Sprays

Sample sachets

I’m most excited about the sleeping mask! Can’t wait to try it out.


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!


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 SoufflĂ©. 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.


Walmart Fall 2016 Beauty Box

I got my Walmart Fall 2016 Beauty Box in about 2 weeks ago. I was fairly pleased with what I got for $5 (yet again!).

Walmart Fall 2016 Beauty Box

The boxes vary in terms of worth to me each time but what it boils down to is it’s just $5 and looking at everything I got, that’s not a bad price for it at all.

Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

Clean & Clear Deep Action 60-Second Shower Mask

Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Village Naturals Therapy Aches & Pains Muscle Relief Concentrated Mineral Bath Soak

Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste

EcoTools Makeup Brush Cleansing Cloths

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies

I see a few things already here that I can use immediately. This is a great way to try some stuff out before committing to a full-sized product!


Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask

I dislike Mondays. Who doesn’t? Well okay, some people don’t but a lot of people are in the same boat as me. It’s Tuesday now and I’m still in a mood. I think I’m coming down with something as well, so in an effort to get me out of this blah mood I decided to use a face mask and I picked out a trusted one. Here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask

What I love about this product? It comes in the tube packaging that makes it easy to use. The mint green color is a very nice touch — I dig it. The scent isn’t extremely strong compared to some other ones they make. It doesn’t smell like avocados to me though. It smells more like something that makes me think of baby powder. It doesn’t bother me for the length of time it has to be on my face. I feel like this is one of their less drying clay face masks but I haven’t tried every single one they carry just yet. 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”. I love how this product leaves my face squeaky clean and soft. I do notice that it sucked up all the oils from my face.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing at all! It’s very reasonably priced and is available at various retailers nationwide.

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.


ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag

I got this in a few days ago. While I knew I’d like the bag, I didn’t know that I’d like it this much! It’s quite beautiful really and I appreciate it even though it’s not my typical style. Here’s what I got with my ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag

The bag is much, much prettier in person. The first item that caught my eye is the Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash Off Mask. I love face masks especially mud type ones. I haven’t been using any lately though as I introduced the use of the PMD in my skin care regimen so I pretty much kept my facial routine very simple while my skin gets adjusted to it. Next item that caught my eye is the Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer. The shade I got this in is called Sunkissed. The packaging is so cute but I have too many bronzers open already and I don’t even use them so I’ll be tucking this into my extra gifting pile. Then we have CiatĂ© Paint Pot. The shade I got is in Dangerous Affair. It’s not really my type of shade so I’ll be throwing this in as an extra gift as well. Next we have OFRA x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter. Another item that I don’t really use as is so to the same pile it goes. Last up is the Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner. The shade I got is called Black Magic.

Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash Off Mask

Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer

Ciaté Paint Pot

OFRA x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter

Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner

The bag wowed me more than the contents but that’s alright. I hope next month’s bag is better!


ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my ipsy bag a weeks ago or so but didn’t get around to posting about it until today. I’ve been very busy with work (still) that what time I have left I just go do other things that I enjoy to relax. Here’s what I got in my ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy July 2016 Glam Bag

First, the bag — HOLO?! Hell yeah! I LOVE it! I didn’t care for the print much but the holo goodness just stands out so I don’t mind at all. And it’s made out of the thicker material so this is now in rotation as my phone case (yes, I carry my phone in ipsy bags made of thicker material as it doesn’t have an actual real phone case). The first item that caught my eye is the theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow. The shade I got this in is called Matt Kumar and it’s described as a “matte cranberry”. I would’ve probably liked the other shade available sent to other ipsy subscribers called Matt Moskowitz. That one’s described as a “matte plum”. In general, I think plums would look better on me as an Asian than cranberry. But the packaging is so cute, as usual, and the name is catchy that I’m keeping this. I actually realized that I own more of theBalm products than I thought I did. Good brand for a decent price in my opinion. Next items that caught my eye are the SHRAY face masks. The ones I got are Ms. Amazing & Queen Bee. I have been slacking off in using face masks that I was just reminded of that with these. I’m going to make an effort again to use them including these 2. Then we have the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. I’m excited to receive this as I’ve been testing different makeup primers for the past few years now and didn’t have one from Too Faced on hand to test. Next up is the Vasanti Contour Eyeshadow Brush. Well, I definitely did NOT need more makeup brushes in general and I’ve retaken the ipsy quiz to indicate that but whatever. The rest of what I got was good so I’ll just put this in the extra gifts makeup pile for others. Last up is the Not Soap, Radio joy inducing hand/body lotion. I looked up this brand as I couldn’t really tell if it had more than one line of products with different scents or not and discovered that the hand and body lotion I got fell under their Be Happy category on the website. I like the scent of lemons and sugar so I think this might be the one to keep an eye on. It brings me back to when I was a huge fan of the C.O. Bigelow Lemon Sugar Body Scrub (discontinued now if I’m not mistaken).

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow

SHRAY Face Mask

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

Vasanti Cosmetics Contour Eyeshadow Brush

Not Soap, Radio joy inducing hand/body lotion

With the exception of the makeup brush, I’m loving everything I got! Can’t wait for next month now!


ipsy May 2016 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my ipsy bag in 2 days ago but didn’t get around to posting about it until today. I opened my package in a dimly lighted restaurant that I thought my makeup bag is actually blue but it’s purplish pink as shown. Here’s what I got in my ipsy May 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy May 2016 Glam Bag

This month’s makeup bag is in the envelope style, which is different from what they usually offer. It’s interesting and while I don’t care for the print much I will say I do like the color. The first item that caught my eye is the ÉpicĂ© Hydrating Mask. I LOVE face masks and this one has kaolin clay and bentonite listed so I’m very excited to try this one soon. Next item that caught my eye is the Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara. The packaging looks so familiar that I’m pretty sure I already have this in my makeup drawer (and if so, I’ll be throwing this one in as an extra in a gift bag). Then we have The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm. I already tried this and I like it! It’s a thick liquid in consistency just like the Neosporin Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy. Next item in my bag is the Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer. The shade I got is called Radiate. While this looks very pretty and I’m tempted to keep it….it’s going into the extra gifts pile for when I put together gift bags. I already own too many bronzers I don’t use. Last up is the Slmissglam Small Contour W07 Brush. I don’t need any more makeup brushes so this goes to the gifting pile as well.

Épicé Hydrating Mask

Smashbox Cosmetics X-Rated Mascara

The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm

Hikari Shimmer Bronzer

Slmissglam Small Contour W07 Brush

I like the envelope style makeup bag and there’s enough for me to play around this month. I can’t wait for next month’s bag!


Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pineapple Enzyme Mask

Hey guys! I’ve been very busy with work and getting ready for the wedding of a co-worker friend that’s like a sister to me. More wedding festivities are happening tomorrow after last weekend’s birthday party of the bride-to-be and a trial run for makeup earlier in the week. I’ve kicked up my beauty regimen in hopes of looking decent for the wedding so I’ve been using some face masks every few days. Here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pineapple Enzyme Mask.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Pineapple Enzyme Mask

What I love about this product? It comes in the typical tube packaging for face scrubs. This promotes ease of application and use. Being that the packaging does mention it to be exfoliating, I wasn’t expecting it to be like a mud mask. I find the texture of this is similar to the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask. It’s not as gloopy and “chunky” than the charcoal and black sugar one (I think the grains are finer). Those that have used both will know what I’m talking about. I was able to apply a thin layer of this over my entire face (thinner than the charcoal and black sugar one — so it’s easier in terms of application). The scent is kind of light to me and it’s basically juicy pineapples. It’s a little artificial but not overly fake or sickeningly sweet. I left this on my face for a good 30 minutes every time I use this. It will dry some but definitely not as much as a mud mask. I then proceed to rinse it off with warm water with massaging motions over my face. I liked the level of exfoliation this brings. This doesn’t dry out my skin at all and my face is left feeling very, very soft and smooth. The scent doesn’t really linger much after that.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. I like this better than the charcoal and black sugar one as a face mask — even though it really isn’t quite a face mask in the traditional sense I’m familiar with still.

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.


ipsy April 2016 Glam Bag

Hey guys! We got some good rain the past few days with a warm Spring this year. I’ve been very busy with stuff related to my 2 best girlfriends that I consider as my sisters so it’s been relatively slow here. But I do intend to pick things up soon! This arrived in my mailbox a few days ago and I was going to blog about it yesterday but I had to go to one of their birthday parties. It’s a special one cause her parents, brother and aunt flew in from India for her upcoming wedding in a few days. She hasn’t been with them for any of her birthdays in a good number of years. They’re the absolute sweetest people ever! I can’t wait to see them again in a few days. Anyway, here’s what I got in my ipsy April 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy April 2016 Glam Bag

I knew after getting last month’s bag, this one most likely isn’t going to be as great. Last month’s makeup bag was just so, so pretty! This one’s not bad but it certainly didn’t have the wow factor that I got from last month’s makeup bag. Anyway, first item that caught my eye is the pur~lisse Beauty Blue Lotus + White Tea Sheet Mask and Blue Lotus + Seaweed Sheet Mask. I originally thought that I got 2 of the same thing but it’s actually 2 different ones. I LOVE face masks and actually have a ton of them that I’ll be blogging about eventually — so naturally I can’t wait to try these out. I have tried an item or 2 from this brand and while it didn’t blow me away it performed as expected. Next up is the City Color Cosmetics Highlight Trio. While I think this is an awesome palette, I’ll be giving this away as an extra gift item to one of my nieces probably. I have enough highlighters AND I don’t even use any of them! Then we have my favorite item from this month’s bag: Tarte LipSurgence™ Lip Crème. The shade I got is called Wonder. I don’t have this shade and I’m definitely keeping this one. I love Tarte products — their products are of good quality in my opinion. I have to retake the quiz again cause I keep getting makeup brushes and I don’t really need more. I don’t even use anything that requires a makeup brush really. I got the Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522. The bristles are so soft though and I’ve read that people love it. I’ll set it aside as an extra item in a beauty gift bag for someone. Last up is the Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer. The shade I got is called Irina. It’s a gel polish, no need for base coat it says and it won’t stain your nails. I might keep this but it’s not really a shade I usually go for, so we’ll see.

pur~lisse Beauty Blue Lotus Sheet Mask

City Color Cosmetics Highlight Trio

Tarte LipSurgence™ Lip Crème

Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522

Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer

Overall, not bad but I hope next month’s makeup bag is cuter than this. I do like the shape and size of it though as it holds my phone and cards in it. I find that very handy.


Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask

Hey guys! It’s another busy week for me so the posts have been coming in slow. I’ve also taken a renewed interest in finding more people to snail mail but that’s a challenge for me as people I see on IG are usually much younger and looking for people in their age group which I am very much not. I’m starting to feel old! But anyway, here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask

What I love about this product? It comes in a nice tube packaging for easy application and use. The texture of this is a little unexpected for a face mask. It’s gloopy and not like any of the serum or clay texture masks that I’m used to. Gravity isn’t your friend while using this mask as applying too much will make the sugar bits run down your face. I try to apply a thin even layer for it to stay on my face nicely. It smells nice but unlike what I would expect from a mask with charcoal. The scent isn’t light at all by any means but since this is just a mask, which means I’ll wash it off eventually, I don’t mind at all. It’s feels slightly sticky but not really. It’s basically black sugar in a concoction with enough viscosity to hold everything together in a gloopy manner. While I like this mask as I can utilize the scrubbiness of the sugar as I wash it off my face, this is not for everyone. One of my closest friends hates anything that’s on the scrubby side and I can tell you that this doesn’t fall into the mildly scrubby category at all but rather at the other end of the spectrum. It does clear out my face some and leaves it feeling squeaky clean but I classify this more as a face scrub than a mask really. I guess it’s a mask still as I leave it on for a while but the consistency just doesn’t scream face mask to me.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing really. I can’t quite call it a facial scrub as it still has some properties of a face mask since I do use it according to the directions it comes with but eh….I know some people basically just use it as a face scrub.

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.


Freeman Feeling Beautiful Mint & Lemon Clay Mask

Hey guys! It’s finally the weekend! This week has been hectic even though it went by like a blur to me. Today’s post is on one of the many face masks I use from this brand. Here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Mint & Lemon Clay Mask.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Mint & Lemon Clay Mask

What I love about this product? It comes in a packaging that makes this easy to use. I’ve used clay masks that comes in a tub container and I didn’t like those as much because I have to either use a spoon to scoop it out or worse — my fingers. I’d rather keep my fingers out of it for sanitary reasons. The squeeze tube packaging makes this super easy for me until I guess the last application. I’d have to make sure I squeezed most of it out already so it’s “operation time” on its final use. This is when I take a pair of scissors and cut the tube packaging open to expose the last bit of the product that’s enough for just one last application. I do this with lotions and face or body creams that comes in the same type of packaging. The scent isn’t too strong at all and it has this lemon scent but slightly herbal. It doesn’t smell like fresh lemons or sweet lemons or lemon scented furniture polish (or cleaner) to me. To be honest, I think this is one of the lighter scented face masks of theirs. There are a few that I can’t apply right around my nose area as it’s too strong and will give me a headache. I can do that with this one. Directions are easy to follow on the back of the tube. Just apply the product to face and neck. 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”. I love how this product cleans out my pores really well. I can see the few blackheads I have disappear after using this. Definitely avoid getting this near your eyes. I accidentally applied it really close to my right eye the last time I used it and felt a tingly warm sensation there.

What I don’t like about this product? Nothing at all! It’s very reasonably priced but I get them on an even better deal when they go on sale at places like ULTA.

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.


Curtain Call: GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Hey guys! How did the weekend go? It’s just catching up on chores for me without a huge rush. It definitely felt too short but I’m going on a short trip soon so hopefully that will tide me over until the upcoming Holiday season. I did manage to get a little bit of shopping done. It’s another segment of Curtain Call for today. Here’s my take on the GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment.

At 1.2 oz / 34 g, this retails for $69 wherever sold. Just like my first impression on the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment, it’s a pretty high price point for a clay mask in my opinion. I received the 0.5 fl oz / 15 g one from a Sephora face mask sampler months ago. The description on the Sephora website reads the following:

“This formula was clinically developed by GLAMGLOW® dermatological chemists to help fight all common skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black and white heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. Powerful, skin-clearing mud visibly draws out dirt and congestion while a proprietary six-acid blend dramatically brightens and softens skin. It works to magnetically draw out dirt and pores with Activated-X Charcoal, leaving skin smooth and healthy-looking.”

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment

Verdict? I actually like the other mask I tried from them better. My skin didn’t tingle with this one but it did have that tightening feeling that’s commonly experienced when using clay or mud face masks. I washed my face and dried it before applying a thin layer onto it. I can feel the skin on my face tightening as it dries. The smell is earthy and minty at the same time but definitely not as strong as the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment. When it dries, the dark grey color of the mask changes to a light grey, indicating it’s ready to be washed off. It comes off pretty easy and I pat dry with a clean towel before applying face moisturizer. I felt that this mask does have less leaf particles and twigs in it, which is the one thing I disliked about GLAMGLOW mud face masks. In the small tube I got, there was still a decent amount of it. Again, I like clay or mud masks that are smooth in texture or just not have chunky particles in it. This one did not get rid of my stubborn blackhead near my hairline that the other one did. With that said, I won’t be buying this again. If I’m getting a GLAMGLOW face mask it would still be the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment. You get more product with that one as well so why buy this one then?

This product can easily be purchased on their website here or at various retailers such as Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Dillard’s.


May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks

Hey guys! Hope y’all are having a productive Saturday! Today’s agenda for me includes some hiking and good food. It’s always fun to see and spend time with family so it’s been a blast. Today’s post covers my thoughts on May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks.

May Island Donkey Milk Skin Masks

What I love about this product? I got these 2 from my recent Beauteque May 2015 Beauty Bag. After reading about snail essence in a good amount of Korean beauty products, I wasn’t surprised with the donkey milk angle at all. With that said, I put both to the test on different days and while I’m not sold on it….it’s worth trying it out to see if it’s for you. The suggested directions of use on the mask packet is as follows: “After cleansing and cleaning skin texture, take out a sheet and stick it to the whole face evenly. In 15-20 minutes remove the sheet and pat the remains on the skin to be absorbed. It is OK to apply the remains to the body after use.” I double checked this set of instructions against the one I have from the insert in my Beauteque post back in May and that was actually a little bit clearer as it mentions the steps instead of just jumping to the last step. I used the cleanser (step 1) on my damp face. It’s ever so slightly gritty and it has a lemony smell to me. Then I followed it up with the ampoule (step 2) after cleansing. This one smells like clean soap. I then ripped open the mask part to apply it onto my face (step 3). Speaking of ripping, I find it helpful to use scissors as the product packaging material is quite durable even with markers already made to indicate where to tear on the packet for each step. By step 3, I just carefully used a pair of scissors to free the mask (it gets a little messier as you go on) since I was getting stuff everywhere (leftover drippings from step 2) at this point. The mask itself doesn’t feel flimsy at all like what I’ve seen sometimes from other brands I’ve tried in the past. I had some product left in the step 3 compartment that I just dabbed on after removing the mask, as the directions have suggested. It’s quite wet and slightly sticky but it dried fast for me. I didn’t experience anything noticeable but the packet does say “Tip: It is the most effective way possible to use the produce successively for 4 weeks in due consideration of a skin turnover cycle.” If you have 4 weeks to spare and have access to this, I say it’s worth a shot in trying it. But as for me, I won’t be purchasing more of this.

What I don’t like about this product? Like I already mentioned, it didn’t really do anything for me so I’m not going out of my way to look for this product. There are plenty of masks out there that possibly have a more competitive price point that are more accessible to me.

This item is available on some online retailers.


Borghese Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate Skin

I was sent a few Borghese items to try out. I started off with the one that looks like a little shot of goodness. Here’s my take on the Borghese Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate Skin.

Borghese Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate Skin Shot

What I love about this product? It’s a winner in my book! I didn’t have high expectations for it honestly but I gave it a fair shot and tried it out. Following the directions of this product that I read on the tube version I also received, I applied a nice layer all over my cleansed face and body. This little shot sized container has a good enough amount to cover my entire face, neck, chest and shoulders. The product is mint green in color like some other mud masks I’ve used before. The first thing I noticed is that I started feeling a heating sensation on places of my body that I applied the product on. It was tingling a little bit as well and I feel it more on my face than anywhere else. I left it on for about 7 minutes before I got impatient and washed it off. The suggested time to leave it on before washing is 5 – 10 minutes. After I got out of the shower, I noticed that the prominent blackhead on my forehead is now all gone. It works just as well as the better mud face masks I’ve tried so it’s a keeper for sure! My body felt smooth and not dry at all like I’ve experienced with some mud masks. The fresh scent is minty and pleasant for a mud mask. Here’s the tube version of the product below.

Borghese Fango Delicato Active Mud for Delicate Skin

What I don’t like about this product? One thing stands out and it’s the price. 7 oz retails for $37 while 17.6 oz goes for $72.50. Still, this is not the most expensive mud mask out there that I know of which works really well. I’d consider it a splurge and wouldn’t hesitate getting it if it was on sale for sure. Borghese is a trusted brand that churns out quality products so if you have the money and are willing to spend it on this, I say it’s a good buy!

This item should be available in select salons and stores as well as some online retailers such as Beauty.com and on their website.

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