April Cosmetics Haul

April was a great month for makeup! My beauty subscriptions were awesome and I bought my first Sephora products! Let’s review:

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First off, the ipsy glam bag for April was actually adorable. The bag in itself. I’ll be using this clutch as a concert bag at least a few times this summer! My favourite products in this bag were the TONYMOLY Liptone LipCare Stick in Rose Blossom and the Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey. I’ll use both of those at least semi-regularly. The other products, the OFRA Cosmetics Blush, the  Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter and the Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel are all things I’ve never really experimented with before. So I’ll probably try them out this summer!

Topbox

As you may remember from last month, I actually unsubscribed from Topbox because I wanted to cut down on cosmetics expenses. So this was my last bag before the end of my subscription. And now I really regret cancelling because this has been my favourite beauty bag I’ve received so far from either Topbox, or ipsy. I may re-subscribe once I’ve budgeted my life a bit better.

I’ve never used lip liner, but I tried the LARITZY Cosmetics Lip Pencil, and it may be a more regular tool for me. I’ll also definitely use the La Roche-Posay Micellar Water ULTRA. But my favourite items in this bag were the Cake: The ‘Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray and the Schwarzkopf Professional OSIS+ Volume Up. Dry shampoo gets me through so many hectic days (more than I care to admit), and my hair often falls flat, so I love volume sprays. I may purchase the Cake dry shampoo on a regular basis now.

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Sephora

I’ve never actually spent more than 5 minutes in a Sephora before this month. But there was one thing I really wanted, and I knew Sephora was going to be the place to have it. And that was a quality bright blue lipstick. After searching the store for the best shades, I decided that Sephora’s Cream Lipstain in Siren Song was the way to go. I’m so excited to wear this shade out to some great shows this summer!

I also picked up Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Beloved, because a friend of mine posted about it and I love the shade. It’s similar to one I wear to work often, so adding this to my collection was actually super productive.

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See anything here you’re interested in? Do you subscribe to beauty boxes? What are some of your favourite products you’ve picked up this month?

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February Beauty Boxes: ipsy and Topbox

I got both of my beauty box subscriptions this week, and I am LOVING both of them. So let’s dive in and take a look at the products for my February Topxbox and ipsy glam bag!

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Topbox

This month’s Topbox featured a couple of lip products, and those are the ones I use most often, so that was nice. I’m looking forward to trying the Mettrum Originals Hemp Lip Balm, and I’ve already fallen in love with the Too Faced MELTED Liquified Long Wear Lipstick. I’m pretty picky with my shades of lipstick, and this one is perfect.

I’m also pretty excited to try out the Bella Aura Skincare Daily Repair Moisturizer, because I received a Bella Aura product in a previous bag, and quite liked it. And I’ve never used a product like the St. Tropica Hot Oil Treatment Botanically Infused Coconut Oil before, so one day when I’m feeling particularly experimental, I’ll give it a go.

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I love the way ipsy gets subscribers of their glam bag to review each item. It honestly makes the experience a lot better, because now that I’ve reviewed a few things, they give me more of what I actually like. So this month is my 4th bag, and I’m really happy with everything inside.

The NYX Professional Makeup Butter Lipstick (Ripe Berry) is such a smooth lipstick – although I wish I’d gotten the brighter shade of red. I’ll still wear this one because it’s a quality lipstick (NYX is my fave). I also use mascara on a daily basis and the Bellapierre Cosmetics Volumelash Waterproof Mascara I got this month is awesome!

I’m not a huge nail polish person, but I do enjoy painting my toes every once in a while, so the Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish ($12 Latte) will come in handy when the snow melts and it’s sandal season again! And I’m also not huge into creams, but I do use facial scrub and eye cream, so I’m actually quite grateful to get the Organic Pharmacy Lip & Eye Cream and Promise Organic Nourishing Coconut Milk Daily Facial Scrub.

I’ve only had these bags for a couple days, and I’m already so excited to play around with these new products! Are you a fellow ipster? Subscribe to another beauty box? What are some of your favourite products you’ve received?

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January Beauty Boxes: ipsy and Topbox

Instead of having separate beauty subscription posts, I’m going to start blending them into one.

So first up, let’s take a look at my ipsy January glam bag!

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This month’s glam bag was pretty great actually. Sometimes I’m worried that I won’t use a lot of what’s in the bag, or it’ll be a toss-up, but I’ll probably be able to use most of these products. As someone who is learning guitar, I can’t ever keep my nails long. But I do like to try and make them appear pretty with top coat. So the Ciaté London Gelology Top Coat is not going to go to waste. I’ve also really been enjoying the Rimmel London Lip Conditioning Balm by Kate Moss, which is super smooth, and the Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in Desert Sunset #02 has been a great eyeshadow for me.

I’m going to try to experiment and use theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama as an eyebrow filler, because that’s the only way I’d see myself using it. But that would get a lot of use for me. The only product I don’t think I’ll use is the Manna Kadar Cosmetics Paradise Blush, because my face is already really red and if anything, I try to appear paler. So I stay away from blushes.
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Next up is my January Topbox. I was a little iffy about Topbox after last month, when I wasn’t sure if I’d ever use anything in that bag, but this month rectified my love of the subscription.

The first thing I noticed was the complimentary Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water & Makeup Remover, which was awesome. I also got very excited about the Voesh New York Pedi Mud Masque in Olive Sensation, which I tried the other day and loved. I’ve never used a masque product before, so it was definitely fun to dip my toes into that (pun sort of intended). And also, I happily added the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat to my collection.

Serum and skin products really make me wary, because I believe you’d have to use a lot of them to see a difference, if they work at all. I honestly believe a lot of them are just goop you put on your face and hope for the result you’re looking for. So I’ve tried the Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum once, because redness is an issue for me, but I’m wondering if I’ll ever see an effect.

Also I got the exact same Manna Kadar blush as I’d got in my ipsy glam bag. And… I still don’t use blush, so I’ll donate these to a friend or something.

But overall my January beauty subscriptions made me really happy, and I’m excited to see what February has in store!

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Love this product in my December ipsy Glam Bag!

First of all, not ipsy-related, but I got these NYX products recently that I had to share with you guys. This Liquid Suede is my new favourite lipstick. I’m into bright pink shades, so this one, called Life’s a Beach, is perfect. It’s moved its way up to almost daily usage for me. And I tried the green liquid eyeliner this morning and love it! It’s not super bright, but does add a great pop of colour.

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But now onto the real reason you’re reading this. You want to know my favourite products in my December glam bag!

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This month’s glam bag

Out of all five products I received, my favourite is hands down the Ouai wave spray. I never use hair products. My hair is very flat and no matter what I do to it, it always falls straight. I’m considering getting a curling iron to add some wave to it… but I digress. I used some of the wave spray this week, and anytime my hair felt flat, I just muss it up, and voila! Not flat hair! I love it!

The other products I enjoyed from this bag are the Jersey Shore lip balm (this is so smooth and pepperminty, like why is all lip balm not this smooth), and the Ofra eyeshadow/highlighter. I don’t ever wear eyeshadow unless I’m feeling particularly artsy with lots of time on my hands, but I tried this one out and it adds just a bit of colour and sparkle to my lids. It was subtle but pretty – I got a couple compliments throughout the day about it!

I’m not a huge fan of oils – my face is oily enough. So I tried the Tarte skin oil once and sort of stayed away from it. Not my thing. I was also really excited for the Ciate London liquid lip colour, but the shade was a little flat for me. I have a redder face, so I like to try and make my lips pop – but this shade made my lips look the same as my face. I’d love to try the product in another colour, because it felt comfortable!

Can’t wait to see what next month has in store!

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