May 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag: Beauty’s Fresh Picks

Time for another Ipsy Glam bag post! How can that be?!? I know, I know, I always say this, but jeeze time goes by fast! If you don’t know what Ipsy is, then you have been living under a tree! No, just kidding! It is a $10 beauty subscription service that sends 4-6 makeup, skincare, or any type of beauty¬†product in a cosmetic bag.

May’s Theme

Beauty’s Fresh Picks

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The Bag

I actually really liked this month’s bag. It seems like nice quality and more earth friendly. This bag is actually one of my favorite bags from Ipsy.

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The Items

A few skincare items and a couple makeup items. ūüôā

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1) Therapy Session Hair Mask by Eva NYC

According to Ipsy’s website, “The Therapy Session Hair Mask deeply conditions, repairs and strengthens dry and damaged hair. Argan Oil nourishes and revitalizes, while Keravis Protein drastically increases hair‚Äôs strength and elasticity. The results are hydrated, soft and manageable hair.”

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I was excited to receive this item because I always like trying out hair masks. I do highlight my hair, doing that causes some dryness and damage. This item seemed like a pretty good size for a subscription box. The texture of my hair is pretty fine. I have not used this item yet and I probably will post this post before I use it, but I will update you on if I like it or not with a review.

2) Classic Sport SPF50 by Hang Ten

According to Ipsy’s website, “Protect and nourish your skin with our clear, lightweight, naturally scented sunscreen. Provides maximum water resistance and full body coverage against harmful UVA/UVB rays. “

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This is how I feel about receiving this item…..¬†:/ Not excited at all! Although, it will probably be pretty useful. I am pretty fair skinned and definitely need to use sunscreen. Skin Cancer…bad! Therefore, thank you Ipsy for trying to take care of my skin. ¬†I suppose it does fit with the theme. But, really I can buy sunscreen anywhere. But, it is nice to be able to try out this one. I hate those sun screens where I can feel like it is on and when it is greasy. This sunscreen promises to be non-greasy. I did put a little bit on my arm and it seemed like it wasn’t greasy at all. Yay! It also has a light scent that actually smells nice, unlike the usual sunscreen scent ( it is synthetic fragrance free). This sunscreen is SPF 50 which is nice. Also, this sunscreen has natural ingredients in it which is a big pro. It is cruelty free!¬†

3) Mineral Eyeshadow Duo by Pacifica 

What Ipsy says, “The Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo are coconut infused mineral eye shadows that are a perfect addition to any makeup collection. Packaged in a beautiful travel ready recyclable container, these exclusive duos are customized just for ipsy! These shades can be found in the Pacifica Mystical and Charmed Palette. Smooth application with gorgeous color pay-off.”

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I was really excited to try out some Pacifica eye-shadows, because I love their lip tints. Their lip tints are actually a holy grail of mine. Pacifica is known for being more of a natural company so I really like them for that. I do wish that I would have gotten the duo¬†with the purple and white shade instead. But, oh well! It was still nice to be able to try their shadows.¬†This duo was nothing special. The shadows aren’t crazy pigmented, but they aren’t horrible either. I would say right in the middle. The formula is powdery. I feel like these shadows would have done better over a white or colored base to help the colors pop more because as you can see in my look above, the shades are hard to see.

4) Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer 

What Ipsy says, “Bronzing has never been so delicious. The Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is a shimmer-free, matte bronzer perfect for contouring and creating an all-over deep tan using real antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. It‚Äôs all the tan without the twinkle. Infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and signature bronzing pigments to create a unique matte bronzer that neutralizes red and evens skin tone. “

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I actually have this bronzer in a Too Faced palette of mine, I have yet to really use it. I tend to shy away from bronzers. I have nothing against them, but usually I am in a hurry when doing makeup so I just end up skipping this step. I also don’t really know the best way to apply it either. But, maybe I should start because practice makes perfect. Since I already have this bronzer, Jacquelyn from The Little Scottish Corner will be receiving this in our upcoming box swaps. I do love the scent of this bronzer; chocolate! ūüôā

 5) Avene Thermal Water

What Ipsy says, “Known for its long history in treating atopic dermatitis, the Av√®ne Thermal Spring Water is the only thermal spring water bottled directly from the source and packaged in a sterile environment to guarantee purity and maximum skin benefits. Its unique composition is proven to soothe inflammation, itching, redness, general sensitivity and post-medical and aesthetic procedure irritation as it softens, protects and purifies the skin. Av√®ne Thermal Spring Water is recommended by dermatologists worldwide. “

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I feel like I am the perfect person to test this product out. I may not have that much redness on my face, but I sure do on my hands. That photo was taken¬†after work. Also, in real life it was more red than in the photo. Working as a nurse means a lot of gloves and a lot of hand washing. My hands are sensitive and end up getting red and rashy as the shift goes on. I have been battling this through winter and I am hoping that it will come to an end soon. It really makes me sad when they say, “they can determine the age of a woman, by her hands.” ūüė¶ ¬†This product promises to reduce inflammation, itching, redness, and a few others as stated above in the description. The second photo of my hands is a picture of the product sprayed onto my hands. I wouldn’t say that it kept all of its promises, but it did help a little with each category for the most part. It was soothing to my itchy hands and it took the redness down with time (hands looked better in the morning). I did feel like it dried my hands out a bit, but with lotion it was better. I wouldn’t repurchase this item, but I am going to continue using it to see if I get further results and my opinion changes.

Overall, I really liked this bag! It was more based on skincare than makeup, but it is always nice that Ipsy changes it up a bit each and every month. I love getting my Ipsy bag and will continue to subscribe to Ipsy! Comment and let me know if you get Ipsy and what you thought of this bag this month.

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Beauty Box 5: Fresh and Focused

I told myself that I would give Beauty Box 5 one more month to let me decide if I wanted to cancel it or not. I feel like BB5 boxes have been a “sort of” hit or a really big miss. If you don’t know what Beauty Box 5 is then I suggest you keep on reading. Beauty Box 5 or BB5 is a $12 monthly beauty subscription service that sends out 5 products ranging from makeup to skincare to nails. I have had BB5 for quite a few months now so if you’re interested in seeing some other items included in past BB5 boxes then check out my previous blog posts in the menu area of my blog.

Something that I love about BB5 (that I wish Ipsy could learn from) is that they include a card inside. This card describes each product included and has their full retail value and the brand’s social media information as well. Each month also has a theme, which is normal for most subscription boxes.

This month’s theme is….

fresh and focused

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This month is all about getting that beauty boost. Daydreaming about the beach? Need a pick-me-up? Why, Yes BB5 I am daydreaming about the beach. I live in Minnesota (the land of 10,000 lakes) and I’m pretty sure the lakes are quite cold still, we have not had too many warm days yet.

As stated above, this box includes 5 items. The descriptions about each product were found on the card included and are in italics as well.

1) MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask

Retail: $5.99 for 1 mask

Perfect for a quick lunch-time facial, these hydrating sheet masks are paraben-free, vegan¬†friendly, and aren’t messy at all. Bonus: they’re also 100% biodegradable, making them great for your face AND for the planet. #maskeraide

This was the most exciting product this month.  First off, the packaging is adorable! Second, I have never tried a sheet face mask. Usually, I tend to forget about doing face masks. When I do get around to it, I usually go for my Lush Mask of Magnanimity face mask. Third, it is cruelty free, paraben free, and earth friendly. What is not to love?!? I just used up this mask very recently and after application, I decided to go scare a few members of my family with it. My mom said she is going to have nightmares. Lol! My dad just laughed! My brother thought I looked scary! As you can see in the photo below, I even included a scary photo with me trying to make a scary face. My cat looked at me weird and my dogs barked at me. They were probably wondering what was wrong with their human!

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They say application isn’t messy at all. Compared to other face masks, I totally have to agree. I mean there is some of the product from the sheet that will get on your hands, but nothing compared to others. I must have a weird shaped face because I had a hard time getting it to fit properly. But, I got it as a good as it could get. The part between my nose and my chin did not want to stick at all, but the rest of it stuck pretty well. The part around my chin kept wanting to lift up. But, all in all application was easy breezy. It says to use this mask for 10-20 minutes. Well, 20 minutes is a long time to sit with an annoying face mask on the face! Heck no! I made it about 10 minutes before I took the mask off my face. The reason is because it was wet and slimy and just didn’t sit the best on my face so it was a big annoyance. It did make my skin soft at the end, but it wasn’t amazing enough to make me want to go out and buy one. If I would have done the full time, I’m sure my skin would have been even softer! Overall, I think that it was an awesome item to include and I was very happy to try it out!

2) H20 Plus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel 

Retail: $18.00 for 120 ml

Put your best face forward! Made with sea salt and energizing marine botanicals, this oil-free cleanser gently exfoliates while protecting your pretty cheeks from free radicals and environmental damage. #h2oplus

This isn’t the first time that BB5 included this brand. I really do like the smell of this stuff. It does remind me of the sea which isn’t surprising. I hate that this sample is so small, but hopefully I will be able to get a few uses out of this sample. I did actually like this item. Not enough to go out and buy it right away. But, if I was in need of a facial cleansing gel, I would pick this up. I did like that is was a gel and I did feel like it cleaned my face pretty well. You can see my Jamberry nails in Chalkboard Hearts in case you were wondering what was on my nails.

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Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Retail: $2.97 10 cloths

Stay calm and cool! Break out these cloth wipes after the gym, during a long day at work, or before a hot date to ensure you smell fresh and feel smooth! Just unfold and give yourself a quick rub down! #bandeodorant 

I wasn’t that excited about getting this samples in my BB5. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good idea, but still I would have rather got a different item in my BB5. These wipes remind me of baby powder and baby wipes, but when I rubbed it on my arm, the scent did not transmit. There wasn’t a residue on my arm either. It did really feel nice and cold on the skin which would be perfect for a refresh after a warm day or exercise. But, I will have to give these the true test after exercise. So as I type this, I have a flash back to marching band, wearing those uniforms made out of wool (they got new ones my last year of marching band, so much better!). Having these wipes would have been amazing after the parades. Imagine a bunch of sweaty people on a bus taking off wool uniforms during summer. Wouldn’t these have been wonderful?!? Lol, sorry for the image and tmi. Minnesota does get pretty warm during summer months, 80 F¬†¬†to 100 F.

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Harvey Prince Hello

Retail: $55.00 5.7 oz

This pretty floral is the perfect way to transition from spring to summer! A smile in a bottle, each spritz boasts refreshing notes of mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria for a sunny and subtle signature. #harveyprince

I usually don’t like getting perfume samples at all in my subscription services, but I was actually excited to get this one. I honestly have never heard of Harvey Prince, but I just thought that the packaging was well presented which in the end made me excited for this little sample. It does smell really good as well. It reminds me of a nice summer day! I do smell a lot of lemon and mandarin notes, but it is nice and subtle as long as you use only a tiny bit. I think I will be definitely using this perfume throughout the summer.

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Cattiva Precisione Eye Liner

Retail: $20.00 0.012 oz

Can’t live without the liner? We understand! Waterproof and retractable, this pencil is a must-have for minimalists and smokey eye queens, delivering smooth, smudge-resistant lines. And it’s paraben-free! #cattivacosmetics

I have never heard of this brand before, but it was nice that they included a full size eyeliner. I am actually in need of a black eyeliner, because the black liners that I have are liquid pens or more shimmery. I really do like that this liner is paraben free! I have not used this eyeliner yet so I am not sure how it will be for application and use. It did swatch nice and easily on my arm as shown below. Hopefully, it is a good eyeliner because they charge $20 for this! That is comparable to a lot of prestige cosmetics such as: Urban Decay, Stila,  Smashbox, etc.

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So that concludes my 5 items included in the Beauty Box 5. Overall, I thought it was mediocre. I wasn’t wowed by it, but I didn’t think it was a miss either. I was excited to try out a sheet mask. I like that I got a full eyeliner. Although, I do think that I will be canceling my Beauty Box 5 subscription after this month. I just don’t feel like I need to keep both Ipsy and Beauty Box 5 and well…Ipsy won that battle in my opinion. ¬†Comment and let me know if you liked this post and what you thought of the items I got. Are you going to have nightmares and see the picture of me in my sheet face mask in your dreams now? Are you subscribed to Beauty Box 5?

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Mirya’s BarkBox Review! With Video!

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It has been forever since I’ve done a BarkBox review, but I felt like it was time to sit down and write one up. This BarkBox post is going to be a little different than the others¬†because I have¬†3 boxes to share with you. See, I told you it was a loooooong time! I felt like it was important to show you all the items Mirya got in her boxes just in case you’re were debating on getting a BarkBox for your¬†little ball of fluff. ¬†That way you can see 3¬†boxes and decide if you feel like BarkBox is worth the money. BarkBox is a monthly subscription box for dogs that you can get in monthly, 3 months, 6 months, or yearly durations. Also, depending on the size of dog you’re buying for, they have different BarkBoxes geared for that size of dog. That is a good thing because, imagine a chihuahua playing with the size of a toy meant for a great dane or vice versa?!? When I first signed up for BarkBox is was during Cyber Monday and there was a really good deal going on, so I went with a 3 month subscription. I forgot to cancel my subscription box so Mirya got another 3 boxes. Mirya’s last Barkbox will be in May.

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When I first opened this box, I was a little disappointed with the toy options. Although, Mirya loves the white surrogate human (or so that is what they call it) a lot! Her and Maddie fight over it all the time! It has a nice little squeaker in it. This toy has gotten a lot of love and is holding up really well. The other toy, not as lucky. Mirya chewed that up that same day and I had to throw it away. I felt like that is a beginner toy for a puppy, not for a dog, like Mirya that enjoys chewing. Mirya really enjoyed the Superior Farms treats a lot, but Maddie would have nothing to do with them. She did not like the smell of them. Mirya was just happy to have a treat. They were shaped as a heart, and I think I would repurchase them for Mirya. Each BarkBox comes with a chew stick from the Barkworthies brand. They are more natural than most chew sticks. Mirya loves loves loves these! I have to take it away after awhile because she would chew it up all in one sitting. The last item is the cheese puff treats and both Mirya and Maddie loved them. All in all, this box was good, but could have been better.

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Once again, some interesting toys. This months toys were horrible. Mirya pretty much chewed them up right away and they did not last longer than a couple days. She got the toy chewed up so that I could see the insides and it had this stringy material inside. The egg lasted longer than the bacon. If I remember right, the bacon sort of had a bacon type smell. Well, then no wonder she chewed it up so fast! I really liked the treats included this month. Mirya loves the organic baked biscuits. I have yet to open the other treats. Once again, this box comes with a chew by Barkworthies, a favorite of Miryas. Overall, this box was a disappointment because the toys fell apart so fast! I doubt that Mirya is the only dog that loves to chew!?! Come on BarkBox, send out better toys!

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This month’s box is a little different, because I know that my blog readers love Mirya! I thought it would be fun to do a video! Bare with me, I don’t do videos ever, so I am not used to speaking with a camera or filming for that matter.

I hope that you enjoyed this post! Comment down below what you thought of Mirya and her BarkBoxes! We love hearing from you!

Xoxo… Mirya & her human Brittany

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Day 19: April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag Beauty Rocks

With it nearing the end of April that can mean a variety of things, with receiving my Ipsy glam bag being one of them. Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $10 dollars a month. They usually send around 5 beauty samples ranging from skincare to makeup in a cute little cosmetic bag. I have had Ipsy for a good portion of time and I do really enjoy receiving these monthly. BirchBox has come and gone, and Beauty Box 5 may be out the door as well, but Ipsy so far has been my favorite.

Time to share with you all the items that I got this month!

This month’s theme was Beauty Rocks! Personally I think that this month’s bag is ugly. Definitely not a fan of it, but I suppose that it does fit the theme really well. This month’s bag also has a smell to it that I can’t explain. I would say that it is a mix between a factory/chemical smell and something I can’t distinguish. I do really like the shade of purple, but that is no surprise because I love purple!

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Here is the little card that comes inside the bag. It just shows information about brand offers. I hate that Ipsy doesn’t include a card that states a description about the products like BirchBox and Beauty Box 5.

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Here is an overview of the items included!

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Item #1 Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant

What Ipsy says, “The dr. brandt¬ģ microdermabrasion gently sweeps away dead skin cells and softens skin texture, which enables better absorption of skincare products and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, acne marks, and skin discolorations. A great at home alternative to professional clinical treatments. Safe to use for all skin types. For best results use with dr. brandt¬ģ skincare products. ” Information found here.¬†

I didn’t feel like trying this on my face quite yet, especially with starting my long stretch at work. I really don’t want to have any break outs because I decided to try a new product on my face. I did try a tiny bit on a portion of the top of my hand and this stuff sure made them smooth. The scrub particles are very fine which is something that I like. I do really like the scent as well. It reminds me of lime tea. So far I’m very intrigued to give this a go and see if it makes my face super soft, but that will happen after my long stretch at work.

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Item #2  24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil from Urban Decay in Black Velvet

What Ipsy says, “A must for smoky-eye fanatics: an ultra-plush version of UD‚Äôs creamy, waterproof 24/7 formula. Create perfectly blended-out or rich, precise lines that are blacker-than-black. ” More information found here.¬†

I really like these eye liner pencils from Urban Decay. When I first started getting into Urban Decay, I got this set that came with a bunch of mini eyeliners. I think that they’re super creamy and easy to use. This eyeliner does not tug on the eyelid during application. I hate that I have to sharpen these pencils, but since I like the formula I don’t mind too much. I am more of a fan of twist up eye liner pencils such as Stila, but I feel like Stila’s formula is a little too soft. All in all I was happy to receive another pencil and was even more excited because it is in a color that I have never tried.

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Item #3 Tinted Lip Balm by Cailyn in Apple Pink

What Ipsy said, “Indulge in colors that last and formulas that enrich! This ultra matte, super moisturizing lip balm offers you rich colors with amazing staying power.” More information found here.¬†

This lip balm has super bulky packaging. At first I was amazed by how bulky it was until I realized that it came with a lip brush. So far I like this lip balm and I love that it came with a brush (seems to be a nice one too). Although, yes I think the shape is odd and I might have a hard time finding a place for it in my collection I know I will get some good use out of this one. I really like the color and don’t think that it is too bold for me. I do think that it wasn’t as moisturizing as it claims. I just added a swipe of my Miranda’s Tangerine lip balm for some extra moisture.

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Item #4 Jasmine Perfume Oil Roll On by Demeter

What Ipsy says, “An exotic, sweet, warm floral bouquet. Demeter‚Äôs Jasmine is the experience of the living flowers picked on a beautiful spring night. Wear alone or layer with your favorite Demeter fragrance. With over 250 fragrances, the Demeter Fragrance library is inspired by everyday objects and experiences. ” More information found here.¬†

I was not impressed with the scent of this! I feel like a person is either going to love it or hate it. I just wasn’t liking it because it was way too strong for me. I do have a perfume collection and I never ever saw myself wanting to use this. So I decided to swap with another person. She is sending me an Essie polish in exchange for this product and the following product below.

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Item #5 Pop! Goes the Shadow by Elizabeth Mott in Champagne

What ¬†Ipsy says, “The Elizabeth Mott pop! goes the eyeshadow is the ultimate eyeshadow that’s long lasting, easy to apply, and effortlessly blends. Buildable colors will take you from subtle highlights to dramatic smokey eyes. With pop! goes the shadow, eye shadow creasing is a thing of the past. Get ready to try the eye shadow that will change your life!” More information found here.¬†

I just wasn’t excited about this item. It’s not because I didn’t think that the color was pretty. I did not swatch it for the reason that I swapped it for my Essie polish, but the color did look pretty in the pan. I tend to use palettes instead of single eye-shadows. I think the reason that I decided not to even try it was because I belong to a group on Facebook where we can swap and trade beauty subscription items. I decided to post a picture of both this item and the one above and see what people had to say. I am quite happy that I will be getting a new Essie polish instead.

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So that concludes this bag for the month of April. So overall I thought this bag was medicore. I just wasn’t as excited as previous bags. I think that part of it was because I am¬†annoyed because I never receive the Ipsy products that I actually want ever. I really wanted the Benefit Lolltint, but oh well! I just get annoyed when any subscription box service posts a photo of an item on their Facebook page or Instagram or some social media site as a sneak peek and then I don’t even receive that item. Sorry for my little rant! Comment and let me know if you subscribe to Ipsy and what you got in your Ipsy bag! I love hearing from my readers!

Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 18: Easter Goodies!

Day 17: My Niece Does my Makeup

Day 16: Wizard of Oz Collection by Julep

Day 15: Kat Von D Esperanza Palette Review

Day 14: Soap & Glory Endless Glove

Day 13: My Top 10 Youtube Beauty Gurus

Day 12: The Spring Tag

Day 11: Beauty Box 5

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

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February 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

So once again it is time for my Ipsy bag! Hooray!!! Ipsy is a $10 a month subscription service that sends you numerous beauty samples in a cute cosmetic bag. I’ve belonged to Ipsy for awhile now and I do enjoy receiving that little pink package in my mailbox! Although I feel like last month’s Ipsy was a disappointment, I had high hopes while opening this one.

So keep reading if you want to know what I got…

The Bag of the Month

I find this bag to be nothing special. Honestly I feel like it is boring and that it could have had a better design. But, I do love the inside design at least. The bag does seems to be nice quality. It also has its normal Ipsy zipper handle.

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The Inner Cards

Came with an inner card called, “The Look of Love” which is this months theme. I think that the theme is cute and of course perfect for Valentine’s Day! ¬†I doubt I would ever do that to my lips, unless I plan on planting a kiss on my boyfriend’s cheek. Then I would use red lip stick. Muhahaha!

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The Contents

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1)  J-Cat Eyelashes and Eyelash Glue

What Ipsy says, “Cause a ruckus as you bat your voluminous faux eyelashes! Each includes an individual eyelash adhesive for endurance through a night on the town!”

This is my first ever fake eyelashes. Something about putting glue and fake eyelashes that close to my eye freaks me out. I guess I would rather stick to mascara. I do have long eyelashes naturally, they just don’t like to curl. Maybe I will save these for Halloween. But, I must say so myself they do look like really nice ones. Very pretty! They’re also cruelty free! Yay!!!

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2) City Color Be Matte Blush

What Ipsy says, “Available in 4 shades, this silky-smooth, highly pigmented matte blush compliments and blends evenly with your skin’s natural glow. Extremely buildable to create a subtle or dramatic look.”

Yay a full sized blush! I was excited to see this item because it is a matte blush. A lot of my blushes are more shimmery. So this will be fun to try out. It is a nice color in my opinion. It is in the color Fresh Melon. Check out the swatch below. It is also a cruelty free product! Yay!!!

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3) Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner

What Ipsy says, “This creamy formula glides effortlessly onto the lid and locks into lower rim to beautifully define your eyes. Create a fine line or a thicker line with no pulling or tugging. Wear it as a shadow by applying to the lid and smudge. Rich and full, this liner will give a strong coverage that lasts all day. “

I was excited to see this eyeliner in this month’s bag because I hear so ¬†many amazing things about Mally. This product is worth $15 dollars according to Mally’s website so that already in itself succeeds the $10 price tag for the Ipsy bag. I wish that I would have gotten a brown or a charcoal grey instead of this silver color. I don’t wear this color very often, but I will give it a try!

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4) Zoya Nail Polish

What Ipsy says, “This season’s Zoya Nail polish are full of pure pigment, intense color and modern complexity that are a perfect transition into Spring.”

This nail color is the perfect polish for Valentine’s Day! It is in the color Odette. I’ve never tried a Zoya nail polish (I have gotten previous ones in Ipsy bags, but have yet to try it.) I do hear very good things about Zoya nail polishes so I will have to give this one a try.

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5) Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini

What Ipsy says, “This plumping pout perfector combines the high-shine of a lacquered gloss with the long wear of a stain and is packed full of lip-plumping peptides and avocado and jojoba oils. Lightweight, creamy texture immediately merges with lips & delivers intense glossy color for an extremely long-lasting finish! “

I’ve never tried anything from Pop Beauty so I was excited to receive this. I got mine in the color Peony Petal. This lip pout is super pigmented and is a really nice color.

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Overall, I feel like Ipsy stepped it up compared to last month. I feel like I got a lot of nice products! A lot of full sized items too, so that is always a positive. My favorite item I got was probably the eyeliner. My least favorite was the eyelashes.  Comment down below and let me know what you got in your Ipsy Glam bag!!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy

Mirya’s 2nd BarkBox Review!!!!

I was surprised how early I got this month’s BarkBox, but I was happy to receive it as early as I did. Last month I got it a few days before Christmas. Mirya my Shiba Inu was excited too as you will find out if you keep reading this post! If you don’t know what BarkBox is, I suggest you check out my introductory post. You can find it here.

Mirya and her BarkBox

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Poor Molly Kitty is jealous and wishes she had a box of her own. I did tweet BarkBox and said they should start a, “MeowBox.” They tweeted back and and sent me a photo of a cat in an empty BarkBox and said Empty BarkBox + Kitty = MeowBox. I thought that it was super cute that they tweeted me back. Molly does love her empty boxes!

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Something smells good in here….

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Mirya getting excited!!!

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There is something good smelling in this corner….

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I must get it….

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ITEM #1 BARKWORTHIES

“Made with 100% beef, Barkworthies bully sticks are a BarkBox subscriber favorite. Pups find them both-lasting and delicious! No chemical or preservatives are used, making them a clear winner over other chews like rawhide.”¬†¬†¬†(Description from the card included in the box)¬†You can find more information on the company Barkworthies ¬†by clicking¬†here.¬†The link for the product itself will be below when I talk about pricing.¬†

The item that had Mirya’s nose sniffing away…

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Mirya checking out the bully stick…

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I think I will steal this….

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…and run under the table…

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…they can’t take it away from me here….muhahaha…

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Mirya’s review: Loved it!

A Human’s Review: Made her have really bad gas! Or maybe it was my boyfriend..lol Jk! No she did have really bad gas that night after I gave it to her. I only let her have it for a little bit so there is a lot left. ¬†I was weary about giving this to her, because I haven’t ever given her one. She has only had puppy food and treats. I guess she has had a taste of the human food world too. My boyfriend introduced her to string cheese and now she begs when we have human food! Naughty boyfriend!

ITEM #2 NOOTIE NO GRAINERS

“A chewy, delectable treat! Yumzies are grain, wheat, corn, and soy free, and an absolute favorite of BarkBox Hugo, the happy Great Dane. The soft texture is perfect for pups with sensitive teeth. we dare your dogs to resist a sniff, let alone eating the entire bag!”¬†¬†(Description from the card included in the box)¬†You can find more information on the company Nootie at their website by clicking here.¬†The link for the product itself will be below when I talk about pricing.

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Mirya’s Rewiew: Loved them! One wasn’t enough!

A Human’s Review: Love that they’re grain free, made in the USA, and healthy. Mirya ate them right up. They’re perfect for a quick small treat. They’re also great for training purposes because they can be broken easily into parts.

ITEM #3 SIMPLY FIDO MONKEY TOY

“Made with organic cotton, AZO-free dyes, and a lot of love for puppies and Mother Nature, Oscar the stuffing-free monkey from Simple Fido is perfect for our lil canines. The crinkle material is sure to delight them during play, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they fell asleep on Oscar’s belly during naptime.”¬†(Description from the card included in the box)¬†You can find more information on the company Simply Fido by clicking here.¬†The link for the product itself will be below when I talk about pricing.¬†

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Mirya’s Review: Chomp chomp chomp! It makes a fun sound! Toss toy! Pick back up Crinkle…crinkle..crinkle!

A Human’s Review: Mirya loves the sound of this toy. It is nice because it is high quality and organic. She loves it!!

ITEM #4 LEAP CHEW TOY

“Shaped like a wishbone with corners for chewing, ridges for teeth-cleaning, and pockets for stuffing with treats and peanut butter, the Wishy is perfect for teething pups. Dishwasher safe, bacteria resistant, and food-grade materials.”¬†(Description from the card included in the box)¬†You can find more information on the company Leap Pet by clicking here.¬†The link for the product itself will be below when I talk about pricing. Just kidding!!! I looked everywhere online for this brand. You think that on their website they would say where they can be bought. Nope! Looked on their Facebook page and Twitter page and nothing. They haven’t even tweeted anything. Why have a Twitter page then? Or really a Facebook page for that matter because that one wasn’t very updated either. I also checked Petco and Petsmart and couldn’t find it. Also, every time I tried to Google it, Leap Frog came up instead.

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Mirya’s Review: Good for my love of chewing!

A Human’s Review: All those ridges are good for her love of chewing! If I see her wanting to chew on something I will go find this toy for her. It is very durable and should last for a long time.

ITEM #5 SAFEMADE BOWL

“Made with the same child-friendly, food-grade silicone as their line of toys, we love its versatility: freezer, dishwasher, and oven safe! We recommend leaving a bowl of water in the freezer overnight before an outing at the park for maximum coolness.”¬†(Description from the card included in the box)¬†You can find more information on the company Safemade by clicking here.¬†The link for the product itself will be below when I talk about pricing.¬†

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Mirya’s Review: Can I chew on it? *Goes and sips water from her regular water bowl.

A Human’s Review: A nice product to include, but not that exciting. I travel a lot with my dog. My dog sometimes stays with my parents, although I usually just bring both dishes. But, the idea with the park is a really good idea. I just have to wait for it to get warm. Not sure why I would need to put it in the oven. Maybe if I was making, “puppy food bake?” Well I just was looking on their site and they have a section for recipes. How about, “Penny’s Peanut Butter & Carrot cake?” Mirya would sure love that!

Prices…Was the BarkBox worth it?

  • Leap Chew Toy (It doesn’t look like the company sells the product on the site.) I also can’t find a place that does sell it. So I am estimating the price until they respond to my email. I would say this product is $10.99. (Dog toys are expensive!)
  • Safemade Bowl $4.99¬†(They also have larger sizes, but this one is the smallest.)

Totals!

Without the unknown price item: $32.12

With my estimated price included: $43.11

Was it worth it?

Yes, for paying $14 per box due to Cyber Monday deals I think that it was a great deal. I wish that they had better pricing like that regularly. Overall, Mirya was quite happy with her BarkBox this month. I have one more month left, then I will decide if I want to subscribe again. Comment and let me know what you thought of this post! Also I want to see other posts so comment down below if you have a review of a BarkBox that you want me to check out!

Xoxo

Brittany & Mirya