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Ah… I’m pretty impressed that my November Ipsy Glam Bag arrived at a reasonable time this month considering the contents.  Check out what I got in my Ipsy Glam Bag and my thoughts on each of the items received.

Ipsy Glam Bag November 2014

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So this month’s theme was Girl Meets Glitter.  With a bag theme as such I kind of expected a lot more glitter products, but honestly, the only true glitter product I got was the makeup bag.  I’ll be honest, it is one of my favorite makeup bags from Ipsy in the five years I’ve been subscribed.  This month’s bag really surprised me much more than I had expected it to.  I had seen sneak peaks of the bag but honestly wasn’t too excited since I seen perfume was included (which usually means Ipsy will send my bag Parcel Post due to hasmat) and my bag can take up to 6 weeks to arrive to me.  I also already own a J.Cat Wonder lip Paint in the same color, so I knew that there were a few items I was not looking forward to.  However, my bag arrived in pretty good time and I actually do like the items I received, minus the lip paint which will be handed over to my lil sis to take advantage of since I already own one.

Check out my video reveal posted below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

This month’s products included a variety of makeup, skin care & fragrance.  I would have loved it if I could have tried some of the other products that were included in this month’s bag like Forever21, Be Delectable from Cake Beauty, IT Cosmetics (especially since I have never tried IT before) or any of the others.  I have received products from J.Cat several times in my Ipsy bag as well as Be A Bombshell and Demeter, so I really felt that this bag didn’t offer me the chance to try anything new.

Ipsy Glam Bag November 2014

Products included:

Overall price of this bag is about $44.00 which is not bad considering that Ipsy costs only $10 a month for the subscription.

Ipsy Glam Bag November 2014

  • SeaRX Beauty Microdermabrasion & Body Scrub – this product while super cute in its little tube is not something I’ll make use of simply because I have to be careful of microdermabrasion products on my sensitive skin.  It’s a white cream like product.
  • Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Submissive this product swatched a really pretty golden bronze shade.  It’s a gorgeous shade but after blending it out I felt like it had a lot of slip and did not have that set texture like you would get from a color tattoo from Maybelline.  It didn’t seem to dry or set in place so I am not sure how it would work as a base or all over shade without creasing.
  • Demeter Roll on Oil in Pixie Dust This scent is very interesting.  On the site, Demeter states that they do not know what Pixie Dust smells like, but they know it should smell like fruity, sugary and airy.  They also used reference to Disney’s version of Peter Pan… as Tink moves she is trailed by small amounts of pixie dust.  “Think Happy Thoughts”.  As many of you know – I’m a huge fairy lover… and this would remind me of Pixie dust and fairies… an almost light vanilla sugar scent with soft hints of fruit definitely explain it.  I really enjoy this and would consider purchasing more.
  • J.Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion Seeing as I already own this shade, it’s obvious I do like it.  I have a review coming soon on these lippies (I know I have been promising it for a long while now), but if you are one that loves rich red and burgundy shades especially this time of year… I suggest this.  Apply with a doe foot applicator for the best application.
  • Tarte Maracuja Oil It’s not secret that I am a lover of oils for skin care… and having only tried a little of this stuff, I really do enjoy it.  I’ll have a full review of it once I get more use out of it.

While I know that Ipsy can be a bit up and down each month when it comes to what I get, I’m pretty impressed with this month’s bag.  I wish I would have gotten a few different things, but majority of what I got I am sure I can make use of.  At the end of the day – I think the Maracuja Oil, Demeter Fragrance and the bag definitely make up for the things I am not too stoked about.  Do you have Ipsy?  What subscription bags or services are you signed up for?  Interested in signing up for Ipsy?  Check out my link below.

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As a child, the holiday season was always my favorite time of year… and it still is.  The scents of delicious food cooking all day, pies and sweet delectable desserts, coffee and teas and everything in between.  Many scents also evoke the memories of my childhood, reminding me that while we didn’t have any money growing up – my parents always made this time special for us and I do my best to translate those memories in our family traditions today.  Since we are still a few days away from really starting the 24 hour cooking sessions the holidays may bring, I love adding candles to our scenery to add warmth and a waft of scents in the air to get us a bit festive.  As a child we didn’t have many candles in our house unless the electricity was out because my mom lost her house to a candle fire when she was little and my siblings and I also have asthma and it made it difficult to breath.  Now that I’m older, I still don’t use candles often due to the asthma, but after trying these Old Factory Candles from the Coffee Shop Set, I’m definitely impressed.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

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Each Old Factory candle is handmade in the USA and retails for about $30 (currently on sale for $25.00) for a set of three candles. Available in 12 sets – I got Coffee Shop which includes Coffee Bean, Hazel Nut and Chai Tea.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

Each candle is made of natural soy wax, cotton paper wicks and pure fragrance oils.  Candles are guaranteed to burn clean and even and true to scent for 20 hours.  Since the fragrance oils are pure, you may notice that the scent is not as strong as a traditional scented candle (or at least that is my opinion – but I’ve been sick lately so it could just be that I’m stuffed up) though I don’t think that to be a bad thing since I like a light fragrance, not something to overpowering. I am definitely loving that the candles are burning evenly which makes it easy to light.  Each candle is of white wax and labeled with the designated scent at the bottom of the jar.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

Since my family and I are asthmatics, we do not burn candles in our house very often due to the lack of oxygen that can be in the air while the candle is burning.  It is however something we enjoy to do during the colder months and holiday season since it not only makes the house smell yummy but it also adds an essence of warmth to the home.  I have been enjoying the clean burning of these candles and noticed that my family did not have issues with breathing while we had a candle lit.  The scent lasts and I love the light scent of coffee, hazel nut or chai tea through out the home.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

With a variety of fragrances from sexy and sultry to holiday themed and delicious delectables, you can easily find a scent range that will fit in your home and if you don’t have a fire place, this is a sure way to add a little warmth to your house.  I especially love the subtle jar as it will allow you to easily match this to any theme or home decor for any time of year.  Since you get three candles, this could easily make a great stocking stuffer or Holiday gift for someone who loves candles.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

Looking to give the entire set away?  Simple tie a cute little ribbon or bow around the box and your set to go.  The box holds all three candles snug and ready for gift delivery.  I personally use the box to store my candles when they are not in use, since I don’t like to keep candles around because the twins are so young I would rather keep it out of reach.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

Have you tried Old Factory Candles before?  If so – what is your favorite scent from this brand?  If you haven’t and love candles, comment and let me know what your favorite candle scents are.

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