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.
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 Épicé 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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.