What’s In My January Ipsy Bag?

I can’t stop loving Ipsy! They’re such a great source to introduce you to new makeup brands you may not of heard of before, as they often use little-known companies. This month, I got mostly makeup from brands I hadn’t heard of, except for one big one that I’m excited about! Read on to see what I got!


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This month’s bag’s theme was All Eyes On You, which I thought was cute! It featured all products you can use on or around your eyes. First up, Tucker Ashley Advanced Peptide Eye Complex (what a mouthful!) and Promise Organic Face Lotion. Honestly I had never heard of either of these products before! I really like the look of both of them. The face lotion says it contains argan oil and olive oil, and is recyclable as well!

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Next, this eyeshadow trio from City Color, and the only one from a brand I’d heard of, theBalm’s Mr Write (Now) eyeliner in Jac! The eyeshadow is highly pigmented and I love the colors. The eyeliner may not be in as wearable a color, but I love theBalm and can’t wait to test it out!

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This mascara is from a brand I’d never heard of, but has the CUTEST website ever! Everything has such adorable names and packaging-even the brand name, Jelly Pong Pong, is cute! This is the Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara, and I’ve only briefly tested it, but I really love the brush shape and pretty tube!

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Last but not least! When you’re an Ipsy subscriber, you have the opportunity to earn points by reviewing the products you receive. When you tally up a certain number of points, you can redeem them for free products! I redeemed some for this highlighting trio from Model Co. While I haven’t had much practice using cream contours, I can’t wait to play around with this!

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Overall, I’m really happy with the products I received this month! Not counting the bonus highligthing trio, the value of this bag is $89.88! That’s pretty great, considering that this bag cost me $10 haha. If you’d like to check out Ipsy, click here.


What do you think? Have you tried any of these brands before? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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FOTD: Sample Edition

Hey guys! Normally I limit my beauty blogging to product reviews, but today I have something a little different to show you! I’ve been hanging around my house over break playing with makeup that I haven’t gotten to properly test out yet, and I decided to show you guys what I came up with. This is my face of the day, created using only sample sized products! All of these products were sent to me in Ipsy bags, but many of them can be sampled online or from stores like Sephora as well. This look was a fun challenge to create! I didn’t allow myself to use anything besides the products you see here 🙂


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The Face: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Pur-Lisse BB Cream, Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer.

I’ve already previously reviewed all 3 of these products (here, here, and here respectively) if you’d like to read a little more! I primed my T-zone with the Smashbox primer, then used the BB cream to even out my skin tone. Then I dusted the bronzer on the sides of my nose, at my temples, and a little to contour my cheekbones 🙂

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The Eyes: NYX Eyeshadow Palette, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Crown Brush Crease Brush, Absolute New York Nano Eyeliner.

The mascara, brush, and eyeliner all were in my November Ipsy Bag as well! I really love this brush, it’s so soft and fluffy and does a great job! I used the middle shade on my lid and the left shade on my browbone, then blended with the brush. I used the liner on my waterline and finished the eyes off with a swipe of the Smashbox mascara.

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The Lips: Mongongo Lip Conditioner, Ofra Lip Liner, Hikari Lip Stain.

This lip stain is my new favorite lip product! It’s such a gorgeous berry shade, I can’t wait to wear it to a holiday party soon! I lined my lips with the pencil and went over them with the stain to finish it off.

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I had a lot of fun playing around with these samples to create this look! It’s pretty simple, with a bronze eye and berry lip, with some bronzer dusted here and there. Ignore my messy hair please!

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What do you think? Ever tried to use your samples like this? Are there any products you’re just dying to sample? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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What’s In My November Ipsy Bag?

This month’s Ipsy bag was a big improvement over the last one! If you happened to read last month’s review, you may remember that my bag was almost entirely skincare products. I’m much happier with this one! I received some products that I can’t wait to test out.


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Starting off is the product I’m least excited for, simply because I almost never use hairspray. My hair is too short for updos, and I hardly ever curl it. However, I’m sure it’ll come in handy eventually, since it’s a travel sized sample. Find it here!

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When I saw this Absolute New York Nano Eyeliner I kinda of freaked out a little, because a) the packaging is super pretty, and b) because I’ve been wanting an eyeliner with an extra fine tip for a while, so thanks Ipsy for reading my mind! This super fine felt tip makes it really easy to get a great flick. I can’t wait to use it in a holiday makeup look! When I was swatching it, I realized that it dries almost instantly as well. Hopefully this will translate to being smudge-proof on the eyes.

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I love eyeshadow crayons, so I can’t wait to test out this Beaute Basics Eye Crayon in Sahara Gold. I can definitely see this paired with the eyeliner for a Christmas party look! It’s also an easy product to just throw in your purse for touchups on those busy days, since it’s a light shimmery gold that would work just by itself as well.

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I also received an eyeshadow brush this month, which I found exciting since I had never received any tools from Ipsy before. The Deluxe Pointed Crease brush from Crown Brushes seems to be very soft! As for its other qualities, I’ll be sure to let you know once I test it out.

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Last but not least- Smashbox’s Full Exposure Mascara! I wish this wasn’t just a sample size, because I’m sure I’m going to use it up quickly! I received the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in a previous box and absolutely loved it, so I hope that this product will be just as awesome! The brush seems rather large to apply mascara to lower lashes however. Find it here!

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Overall, I’m very happy with this month’s bag! I received a much better mix of products than last month, in my opinion. If you’d like to sign up for Ipsy, you can do so here.

What do you think? Do you subscribe to any monthly services? Have you tried any of these products out? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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Ofra Eyeliner Review

 Today I want to talk to you about a less widely known brand: Ofra! I discovered them when I was sent an eyeliner in an Ipsy bag a few months ago, and their products are something I think anyone with an interest in makeup should definitely check out, purely based on this one amazing eyeliner.

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I received this in Turquoise, which at first I found odd since I have medium brown eyes. However, as I soon realized and I’m sure most of you already know, applying blue eyeliner around brown eyes really makes them pop from contrasting with the whites! I’ve been wearing it so much it’s all worn down, and I forgot to sharpen it before this photo-oops!

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This eyeliner is made with a synthetic beeswax, so it goes on extremely smoothly, a plus with eyeliners. I hate when they pull at the sensitive eyelid skin. It’s also waterproof, and really long lasting! I find it rare that waterproof eyeliners actually work how they’re supposed to, so this one was a nice surprise!

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As you can see, this eyeliner looks very blue on the skin and in the packaging, but online the photos advertising it look extremely green, so beware before buying this in any other colors! A wide range is available online as well. Get this eyeliner here, for $13.00 USD.

I’ve also recently gotten a lipliner from Ofra, and while I haven’t gotten a chance to test it out throughly yet, it seems great too! What do you think? Have you ever tried anything from Ofra? What are your favorite not-so-well-known makeup companies? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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What’s In My August Ipsy Bag?

Hello lovelies! The August Ipsy bag arrived at my door today, and I’m so excited to share what I received with you! It came in an adorable black and white houndstooth bag with a pink zip, and the best part? The bag is waterproof!

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I received five samples in this bag, and once again Ipsy gave me things I never knew I wanted so much! First up: a face wash and a face mask!

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I received the Ultra Mild Face Wash by LATHER. This is a product designed specifically for sensitive skin, and I can’t wait to try it out! My skin is very dry and can be very sensitive, so I think this will work well for me! I also got an Amino Herbal Hydration Mask. This contains hyaluronic acid, which is supposed to do wonders for evening out your skin tone. I’m excited to have a spa day and treat myself with this!

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Next up: This Hikari lipgloss in a berry/wine color with a matching shade of OFRA Cosmetics lipliner! I absolutely love wearing maroon, berry, and purple lip shades, so I’m super excited to test these out. The lipgloss dries to a lovely satin finish. Sadly though, its scent is rather medicinal, but once it dries that goes away.

I also got this Doucce Ultra Precision Eyeliner in Black. It’s similar to a kohl pencil- it goes on very smoothly and smudges in just the right way! I can’t wait to show you guys a makeup look featuring a smoky eye with this pencil.

I’m very happy with the variety of products I received from Ipsy this month! Any one who would like to sign up for Ipsy can do so here.

What do you think? Do you use Ipsy? Are you signed up for any other subscription services? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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