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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…’s not priced like highway robbery.

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

ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I’m so excited about this month’s bag! I get this excited when the bag itself is something I’m in love with. Here’s my take on the ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag.

ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag

Eeeeeeeeeeeee! It’s so freaking cute!!! I’ve always liked Sanrio stuff and some characters more than others. I would be lying if I said I didn’t know who this little guy is. I’ve seen him become quite popular in the last year or so. Now onto the products! First up is 111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel. Quite a unique product name and I’m curious to see how it performs. Stay tuned in a few months to see what my thoughts are on this. Next up is Trifle Cosmetics Raspberry Ripple Ombré Radiance Blush Palette. The shades look promising and I’m actually tempted to use this but I think I will pass this on to one of my nieces. The theme and packaging are really cute and nice. Then we have the Ciaté Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner. The shade I got this in is black. This seems to be in the formula that I like most for eyeliners where it’s a pencil but with some moisture to it that you can make sharp lines. Next we have the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Deep Dive Cleansing Gel. This is good to use for waterproof makeup so I’m quite eager to put it to the test. Last up is Beau Gâchis Illuminator Brush. I made sure I did the review on ipsy for this month as I mentioned before when I retook the quiz that I don’t want any more makeup brushes. The only ones I use (if at all) are big fluffly ones like my IT Cosmetic ones.

111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Gel

Trifle Cosmetics Raspberry Ripple Ombré Radiance Blush Palette

Ciaté Wonderwand Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

Beau Gâchis Illuminator Brush

Bag aside, I do like most of what I got this month. I already gave myself the expectation that next month’s bag will be nothing compared to this one due to my excitement over Gudetama! Haha!

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Kiwi & Yogurt Moisturizing Cleanser

Today’s review is on something that fell short of my expectations. I try hard not to have any expectations when trying a new product but I’ve tried so, so many already from the Freeman brand that I expected it to perform well at the very least. Here’s my take on the Freeman Feeling Beautiful Kiwi & Yogurt Moisturizing Cleanser.

Freeman Feeling Beautiful Kiwi & Yogurt Moisturizing Cleanser

What I love about this product? It comes in the typical tube packaging with flip top cap so I can squeeze out how much I want to use very easily. The texture of this is a little more viscous than I’d prefer it to be. It is opaque in appearance with the palest mint green tint in color. It kinda does look like yogurt when I see it in the palm of my hand. The scent is fruity but I can’t really tell if it’s of kiwi or not. I like the fruit and eat it but when I smelled this product my brain didn’t go “Hey! This totally smells like kiwi!”. It is very gentle on the skin and not drying at all as there is no scrubby bits to it and it produces no lather. I find it a little weird as I’m not used to cleansers that don’t scrub or lather but it does clean the skin without being drying at all.

What I don’t like about this product? There is zero lather and it doesn’t strip off as much as I’d like it to, which is a personal preference. Because of this, I feel like my face is not clean enough. It’s the feel or sensation that I get when after using this.

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.

Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser

Hey guys! I’m finally off from this point onwards until next year! I couldn’t carry over a ton of my vacation days so I’m using them up now. I’ve been busy at work just wrapping up stuff as I won’t be there for 3 entire weeks and I spent this past Sunday baking at least over 400 cookies to bring to work (I do this every other year or so). I also made 3 Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Breads (they’re actually cakes but without the icing, it’s more like a sweet and tasty bread!) but those were for specific individuals. I ran out of flour at the end of the night! I made 8 batches of cookies in total, I think. There were regular old chocolate chip, white and milk chocolate chip, reeses pieces and mostly white chocolate chip, snickerdoodles and peanut butter cookies. They were all gone by early this morning! But while I’ve been away from the beauty blogging world, I haven’t stopped testing stuff every single day. And so, here’s my take on something I got from the ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag — Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser.

Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser

What I love about this product? While I can’t quite nail down what the scent reminds me of….I love it. It’s light and fresh. It makes me think of green, crisp apples or clear glycerin soap that I come into contact with in Melt & Pour soapmaking. It doesn’t smell like crisp apples though. It’s just that the freshness of the light scent made me think of that. It is ever-so-slightly tinted with green in color. It’s a clear, viscous gel formula-wise. It lathers easily and removes oil and grime nicely without being harsh or drying. And trust me when I emphasize on the fact that I don’t find it drying as it’s really cold and dry right now. None of my regular hand lotions works on my frequently washed hands. It started cracking! I had to fix that with the ever-so-reliable Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream stat! It’s my go-to hand lotion when all fails. It doesn’t take a lot of the cleanser to get the job done right and it’s definitely something I’m considering adding to my daily skincare regimen.

What I don’t like about this product? It’s a little pricey at $25 for 200 ml / 6.7 fl oz but it’s definitely better than a lot of regular facial cleansers out there. Plus, I do feel that there is a luxurious feel to this product.

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