Ipsy and Love With Food December 2014

Can you believe that 2015 (and Christmas!) are only a few weeks away? Me either. Here I am, back from a 2 month hiatus (my bad), to review food and beauty products.

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1. AHA 3% Facial Cleanser by Beauty Without Cruelty ($11.95 full sized)- I love the smell of this, and I love even more that it’s cruelty free and organic. I would buy all organic beauty products if they were more affordable. Some people posted that it was drying, but I haven’t noticed any difference. I use my Burts Bees moisturizer this time of year regardless. It does run a higher risk of sunburn, so I only use this product at night.

2. Boost Repair Treatment by Coolway ($29.95 full sized)- My hair is very oily and has gotten worse here lately (anyone have tips on how to fix that?), so I don’t use hair masks much. I’m sure it helps dry and damaged hair. It smells good too.

3. Butter Lip Balm by NYX Cosmetics in Marshmallow ($4.00)- I love NYX. LOVE it. I was disappointed at first when I saw the color of this balm in my bag. However, I was in for a surprise. The color and feel is wonderful, and the color allows for me to wear it to work or out at night. This is easily a staple for me.

4. Fairy Dust by Pixi by Petra ($10)- This product was full sized, but I had no idea what it was until going on Ipsy. Apparently this is used to make shadow pop, but the applicator sucks and does nothing but make a mess. I haven’t tried it yet to get a full report, but it seems like a frivolous beauty product.

5. deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara by tart ($20 full sized)- Let’s just have a moment of silence for how freaking awesome this product is. Oh. My. God. My lashes looked fake they were so long! I am so pleased with this product and it will make it’s way into my shopping cart!

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The coconut candies, kettle corn, and cookie chips were the best part of my box this month. Want to sign up and receive gluten free, non-GMO, organic snacks every month PLUS donate a meal to a hungry child? Click below:

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Ipsy Bag August 2014

I know, August is almost over. I almost missed the deadline to write this blog post. This month has just been crazy, between signing for my first ever big girl apartment, dating, un-dating (is that a word?), work stress, and a car accident in the work van, I have hardly had time to think straight (that’s my sort of apology)!

Anyway, back to the blog post.

This month’s theme was Beauty Schooled. I loved the bag it came in so much. It’s different from any other bag we’ve gotten, and it works perfectly in my purse to hold my random beauty odds and ends.

 

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Dr. Brandt “Pores No More” Pores Refiner ($45 full sized)- I already fell in love with this brand from a previous Ipsy bag. This primer went on silky smooth and gave my make up some extra lasting power. I didn’t notice a huge difference with my pore size, but it’s a great primer. 

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22 full sized)- Y’all already know how much I freaking love Urban Decay, and this mascara is another major winner. It makes my lashes dark and full and super long. Once I finish my Calvin Klein mascara and this mini guy, I will be buying a full sized. 

J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow in Half Naked ($2.99 full sized)- Y’all also know I love full sized samples. This was a very pretty, subtle shade of peach. I enjoyed how sleek it was when you put it on. It’s perfect for me when I’m in uniform at work; nothing too intense!

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner ($5.50 full sized)- Another full sized product! I will admit, I am not one who looks at beauty products to be organic. I just haven’t had good luck with organic products; they just don’t seem to work well. So I love it when I stumble upon an organic product that works. This chapstick is so smooth and has major staying power. I will love this product in the winter months. 

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk ($19.50 full sized)- I have already tried this product, which was sent to me previously in my Birchbox subscription. I liked it then, and I like it now. Mini dry shampoos are awesome to keep in my desk or take with me on mini trips. This one smells amazing and leaves little to no residue in my hair. Major win.

How was your Ipsy box this month?!

 

Ipsy Bag May 2014

I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. I feel rejuvenated and back to my old self. I’ve been in a funk lately, and a fun weekend filled with laughter, sun, and some adult beverages are just what the doctor ordered.

I got my Ipsy bag this weekend, and I am, once again, obsessed. If you’re new to this, Ipsy bags are $10 a month and are filled with a bunch of make up and beauty goodies.

 

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This months theme was “fresh picks.” I love the burlap-esque bag everything came in.
1. Therapy Session Hair Mask by Eva NYC ($12 full sized)- I LOVE it when I get a full sized product that pays for the entire bag. I will definitely be using this product once the summer is in full swing. My hair can use some rejuvenation after being attacked by salt, chlorine, and sun.
2. Mineral Eyeshadow Duo by Pacifica in Celestial and Opal ($14 full sized)- The colors in this duo are so pretty and sheer. These are perfect for a soft look for work, where I tend to go minimal most days of the week.
3. Microdermabrasion Scrub by derma e ($29.25 full sized)- As I’ve said before, I love scrubs. This one smells amazing. What’s even better is that I’ll be able to use this a few times to see if it actually works. It’s hard to commit to a product when you’re not sure about it.
4. Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask by Hey Honey ($35 full sized)- Yep. I love peel off masks. There’s something fun about peeling off dirt from your face, literally. I was very excited to find this in my bag.
5. Sans Tan Anti-aging Sunscreen by Jersey Shore Sun ($40 full sized)- I really disliked this product. It had a strange consistency and left my face feeling gross. There’s also no way in hell I’m paying $40 for 2 oz. of sunscreen. No thanks.

Although I didn’t like the sunscreen, Ipsy doesn’t disappoint me, just like every month. Are you convinced yet?

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. We’re having a retirement luncheon on Friday for one of my coworkers, so I’m looking forward to that. I’m going to work on an arrangement to give to her as a remembrance. Next weekend, I get to see one of my sorority sisters in Ocean City, MD, and have a Memorial Day Party to go to on Sunday. So instead, here’s to hoping this week goes by fast!