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Hi Friends.  I’m excited to share a new video with all of you.  Check out a few new things I found at the drugstore and some PR Goodies I received recently.  All information, as well as purchase links, can be found in the description of the video.  Have a wonderful day.

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Looking back at the calendar, I have been with Ipsy for almost 5 years (just under 5) and I have seen Ipsy in all its glory.  Having been with them for so long, I figured it was time to move on since I wasn’t quite getting the same experience out of my monthly bags as I once used to.  So, today I bring you my March Ipsy Glam Bag Reveal and my reasoning for unsubscribing.

March Ipsy Glam Bag 2015March’s Glam Bag – themed Floral Fantasy was based around gearing us all up for Spring.  For just $10 a month, Ipsy sends out a monthly subscription that includes everything from Indie and Drugstore brands to samples of highend cosmetics.  This month, my bag included a combination of all and I received two full sized products.

“Wake up your imagination with a crazy beautiful explosion of flowers.  Vivid shades and inviting textures collide this March.  Let the blooms begin.”

The bag itself is cute, though I would have loved to see more pink in the mix of the bag.  I had been seeing images from Ipsy Photoshoots including some of their brand ambassadors and would have loved to receive a bag with similar floral creations.  I wished the bag had included bolder floral pattern as those in the backdrops for the photoshoots, but nonetheless, this bag is still cute and I’m sure I’ll get use out of it.

Check out the video below for all the details 😀 Click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Included in my bag this month – I received:

Coolway Glow Oil Treatment – a sample size

NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk – I failed to find this in my video so I didn’t mention it.  I have a swatch of this on my blog already – so you can check that out here.  This was a full sized product.  I have seen others get different shades, though I would have liked to see a color that looked a little bit more pink and on the Spring-like side.  I use this lippy for Fall, so I felt it was too dark for a spring look… just my opinion, though it can be used for spring months.

Marykay at Play teal me more eye crayon

MaryKay at Play Eye Crayon in Teal Me More – This product is full sized and I love the color.  It’s a little too creamy and will need to be set with a powder for longevity purposes but I enjoy it.

Marykay at Play teal me more eye crayon

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – I love the brand Skyn Iceland and was introduced to this brand through Ipsy.  I haven’t used these eye gels yet, but I’m very excited to try them out and I wish there were more than just 2 pairs in our Ipsy bag.  Being a Skyn fan, I’m sure I’ll be getting these in the future.

Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50 – I just recently seen these at my local Target.  Ipsy provided four samples, though I probably could only use one since they are all based on my skintone and provided in color range.  I haven’t tested this product before, but still found it interesting it made it into my bag considering I had marked foundation, concealers and BB’s, etc. as “Not For Me” at least a handful of times.

Overall I know I’ll get some use out of the products I got in my March Ipsy bag.  Since I already have the Hunk lippy I’ll be giving that to someone or putting in a future giveaway.  Should I test out the products, I’ll be sure to talk about them here in a future update.  Having been with Ipsy for so long, I think my subscription has run its course.  The monthly cost is just $10 – a total steal considering you will usually get over $30 worth of products each month.  But, after so many years, I think I found that a lot of the products I used to enjoy, I’m no longer wearing and some of the brands and I are not compatible.  Should Ipsy change in the future, I will definitely look into signing up again, but for now – I think I am happy that I have unsubscribed… no more samples that I need to find homes for.  Shipping for Ipsy took its toll as well.  At one time, I received my Ipsy bag on time and over the last year, I was getting it six to eight weeks after it was shipped.  While it wasn’t issues from Ipsy – I had noticed that anytime I received a bag with nail polish, perfume or aerosol, it slowed the shipment down as it needed to be sent parcel (by barge).  It was a challenge to ensure I was no longer getting these items and sometimes I just didn’t want to deal with it.  As mentioned before, I learned about a lot of brands I enjoy because of this subscription service – Skyn Iceland, Healthy Sexy Hair and many others were brands I tried for the first time because of Ipsy – so I’m glad I was a part of it while I was.

So – what subscription services do you have?  I find that because I live in Hawaii, shipping is always a challenge and in some cases, many of them do not send boxes to me.  But, I’m always interested in checking them out.  Leave you favorites below so I can see if they’re a match.

Signature Honey

 

Disclaimer:  I purchased the products discussed in this post, however – I do have affiliate links through out.

 

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It’s been forever since I posted an Ipsy Glam Bag via my blog or YouTube channel and lately I haven’t been in the mood to share.  But I figured I would share what I received this month.  This month’s theme was focused around “Love” with a theme called “Ipsy Love”.  I was impressed with some of the goodies I got in my bag and glad I didn’t get other products I had seen were available.  Overall, I think I’ll get use out of most of what I received.  Here are the details of my February Ipsy Glam Bag.

February Ipsy Glam Bag - Ipsy Love

This February Ipsy is celebrating warm hugs, butterflies in your stomach, a new favorite blush and your best friend’s tweets – LOVE in all its wondrous forms and ways to express it.  Overall I really like the cute bag this month… it is pink and definitely has a Valentine’s Day Love vibe.  There are some products in this month’s bag that I was excited to try and some not so much – here are my thoughts.

EVA-NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray ($24.00 full size 8oz) – This product gives you added volume and texture, protects from heat styling and is for all hair types.  I love the scent of this product and have used 2 products from Eva-NYC that I have received from past Ipsy bags.  This spray has a light hold but I don’t like the stickiness it leaves in my hair.  I’ll continue to try this product though.

Cargo Lip Gloss in Anguilla (I could not find this product on the site, but their glosses retail for $16.00 full size) – this cargo lip gloss is a baby pink shade.  I love Cargo cosmetics and I’m always excited to try new products from their line.  This lip gloss is slightly thick, opaque and not as sticky as I thought it would be.  The color is not a favorite as mine and not one I will get mileage from without mixing with other shades – but overall, I like the gloss.

Model Co Blush in Peach Bellini 02 ($22.00 Full Size – unsure of the full size amount as it was not listed on site – blush I received was 3.6g/0.12oz) – This is a pretty and shimmery type blush that would be great for Spring and Summer months.  The shade is quite shimmery but still offers great pigmentation and I like that it offers a highlight when applied to the cheeks.  I’m a fan of blushes that have gold in them for this reason.  I think I’ll get some good use out of this blush.

Pencil Me In Eye Accent Pencil in Amethyst ($6.99 Full Size pencil with sharpener) – I love purple eye liners because they bring out my natural eye color, the shade on this particular line is nice but I feel like it tugs on my eyes a bit.  I definitely can’t wear this in my waterline and feel like I may have to constantly warm this pencil up to get any use out of it.

Hey Honey Take It off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask ($29.00 full size 1.70oz) – This product has a cute name and I have seen other products from previous Ipsy bags from this line but this is the first I’m receiving it in my bag.  I haven’t used this product yet as my skin is really sensitive during the winter months and I didn’t want to have a flare up with a new product.

February Ipsy Glam Bag - Ipsy Love

Overall I know I definitely got a pretty cool bag.  Retail value for the bag if it were all full size products would be about $98.00  That I know of the Blush was full sized and the eye liner pencil.  The rest were deluxe size samples bringing the bags worth about $45.  Still not bad for a bag that only costs $10 a month.

If you are interested in checking out Ipsy or signing up – click here.

Do you get Ipsy each month?  If so – what were your thoughts on your bag?  If you don’t, is this something you would be interested in signing up for?

Signature Honey

 

Disclaimer:  I purchased this bag as a subscription service each month.  If you click on the links – they are my referral links and I will receive free products in exchange for points.

This is my third Lip Monthly bag I received so far and I am sharing it with you.  Lip Monthly is another subscription beauty bag that includes majority of lip goodies that you can enjoy.  Here’s what I got in this month’s bag.

Lip Monthly October 2014

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I really enjoyed the fact that they included a new bag this month – which they stated on their card included in their bag.  It reminds me of a blend between Summer and Halloween for some reason and I think it’s cute.  This month I received five products in my bag – I think I would have gotten one more if I reviewed my September bag, but I didn’t get around to doing so.

This month Lip Monthly wanted to celebrate fall with the perfect shade of nude that you could pair with a smoky eye.  Four lip products and one eye pencil were included and I liked that a lip sugar scrub was included also since winter is when your skin and lips get the most dry.  The monthly subscription costs $10 and there have been a few changes in their packaging since first heard of them.  This month majority of the products included were for the lips, Here is the break down of the products:

Starlook’s Lip Scrub – These lip scrubs retail for 5 for $10 so that means that this one lip scrub we received would be $2.00

Noyah Lip Balm – This balm retails for $3.99 and we received the retail size of this product.

J. Cat Nude Lipstick in Honey Crisp – we received the full size lipstick which retails for $2.99

deVine Lip Shimmer – we received the full size pinot noir which retails for $4.95

LA Girl Eyeliner in Brown black – we received the full size which retails for $3.00

Overall retail value of the bag: $16.93

While the products in the bag still outweigh the cost you pay each month, I am in hopes that future bags will have an increase of value in the products received.  I’m quite excited to try out some of the products, I’ve been using the deVine Lip Shimmer which has a hint of color but is still pretty sheer on me as well as the Noyah Lip Balm which I am liking.  But I think I still expect a little more.  Since this bag is in the early stages, I hope to see some improvement in future bags.

If you are interested in learning more about the subscription service or to sign up – click herehttps://lipmonthly.com//referral/lePnS52EPMb8abN

Don’t forget to stop by my other post where I talk about my October Ipsy Glam Bag (which was mentioned in the video).  Check out that post here.

Have you tried Lip Monthly?  What do you think of this monthly subscription?

Signature Honey

 

I posted on my Instagram a few weeks ago that I would have a review and swatches up of the new L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints, but I just didn’t get around to posting it so I’m doing it now.  A few months ago I posted my review and swatches of the original six glazed lip paints which you can read here, and while these little tubes of colors are certainly affordable, that doesn’t take away from how nice they are.  I introduce to you the additional 12 shades that was added to the line about 2 months ago which includes shades that I have been wearing a lot lately.

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints

I’ve been enjoying myself with all the shades and love that they are easily layered and mix nicely.  Overall I think that the new shades offer much more selection which is great.  Check out my live swatches in the video embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints new colors
Whisper, Elude, Flirt, Whimsical, Tango and Peony (left to right).

For the first set of Glazed Lip Paints are the softer shades.

As you can see from the shades, these tones have white hues to them, making them easy to use year round but what I love to do is take these shades and blend them with the darker hues to offer a customized color blend but also making the darker shades a little more wearable.

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints new colors
Left to Right – Top to Bottom: Peony, Tango, Whimsical, Flirt, Elude & Whisper

 

My favorite from this set of six would be Elude.  This is not a shade I would use often and in fact, if I did it would probably be something I would use more during the Spring and Summer months, but it applies nicely on my lips and I can easily soften the look for an every day lip look.  I didn’t think I would like this Nude/Coral blend, but I have been enjoying it.

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints New Shades
Feisty, Seduce, Gleam, Tease, Daring, Tempt (pictured left to right)

Next are the six shades that are a little more on the bold side.  I love the colors in this set because they are bold, most of them offer that gorgeous rich deep purples that I love and the colors are perfect for Fall.  If I had to select one shade that would be my absolute favorite it would be a mix between Seduce, Daring and Tempt but Daring would be my absolute favorite.  I am not a huge fan of Tease because it does have small silver glitters within it and I feel like it just doesn’t look good on my lips, though I’m sure someone would rock it out better than me.

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints new colors
Pictured Left to Right – Top to Bottom: Tempt, Daring, Tease, Gleam, Seduce, Feisty

Just like the original six that was released in Spring, these offer a gloss like texture without the sticky feeling and have that tingle minty feel that I like because it is not overpowering and nice on the lips.  I love how these glide on and found that when applying with a doe foot applicator, they actually apply much nicer on the lips than with a lip brush or directly from the glazed lip paint tube.  Just as before in my original review, these just didn’t have the longevity on my lips and if I drink or eat anything, they wipe off quite easily… I get probably 2 hours max use out of these if I’m talking quite a bit.  Does that stop me from using them?  No, especially with these new additions (the deep plum/purple shades) I have become even more of a fan.

LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint Daring

 

I wish these had a little longer lasting power on my lips, but like I mentioned, I do love them.  I have been using Daring and Tempt pretty often in the last couple of weeks.  While the deeper shades do not stain, I do notice that they live a light hue on my lips with remnants of the shade.  I love that my lips do not feel dry and when the product is on my lips, it feels really nice.  I do recommend a lip liner because these don’t really bleed, but do have slip so without a liner, the color does move.  Overall though, I’m still impressed and enjoy them.  For $4.00 – that’s a steal.

Each tube has 0.40 fl oz / 12 mL included and can be purchased at LA Girl’s Website or at select retail locations that sell the brand.  Shipping to Hawaii is very expensive from the site and I haven’t been able to find this brand here so I purchased these from a reputable seller on ebay for a discount.

Have you tried any of these Glazed Lip Paints?  Are the new additions to the collection shades that you would be interested in?  Comment and let me know.

Signature Honey

Lip Monthly

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I am an OG Monthly Subscription box/bag person… having been one of the first subscribers to Birchbox, Ipsy (then My Glam) and even one of the first for Glossy Box in the US, so I’m always stoked and excited to try out new Monthly Subscription services, especially if they are beauty related and offer Full Size goodies.  This month I had the opportunity to get a new Monthly Box in my mail and I was definitely excited since we all know I’m a lip product junkie.

Lip Monthly is a $10 a month beauty subscription.  You can select to have your Lip Monthly membership be monthly, every 4 months or yearly.  You will receive approximately 3-4 Full Sized Lip Products or Beauty Products and 1-2 Sample Sized products.  This box includes primarily lip products, but they are looking to include at least one bonus item that may not be a lip product in future bags.  Keep in mind, this subscription is just a couple of months old and still working out all the processes so at their early stage, we can expect a couple of small hiccups.

 

This month’s theme is Lips 101 – focused on getting ready to go back to school and enjoying the lovely summer weather.  There were a total of five products in the August Lip Monthly Bag… however, I did receive an extra product as an additional Press Sample to show you other products that you can get in your bag.  Check out my Open Box Video embedded below (and the excitement as I see each product) or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Every month LipMonthly’s experts travel across the country to find the best products in retail stores, so you don’t have to. We will bring you the best deals on the market, in our beautifully designed packaged boxes. All that’s left for you to do is try them on!


Lip Monthly August 2014
I was super excited to see that Lip Monthly had City Color Cosmetics – since I am not able to easily get my hands on this brand.  This is the City Color Cosmetics Be Matte Lipstick in Phoebe and retails for $3.99.  This product is a full sized item.

Lip Monthly August 2014

The next item I received was the City Color Glossy Kiss Lip Gloss.  I could not find the name of the product or the actual product or cost on City Color Cosmetics website.  This was a bonus item sent to me, so not everyone who got a Lip Monthly bag would have received this.  The lip gloss is really nice, has a nice color to it and I love that it smells like Jolly Ranchers.  I’m not sure if this product is new to City Color Cosmetics or not yet released or a discontinued item.  But, I’ll be sure to update once I know more.

Lip Monthly August 2014

The next goodie I got in my bag is the City Color Cosmetics Lip Balm in Ultra Pink.  This lip balm retails on the site for 2.99 and is a moisturizing lip balm with a lipstick-like texture.  It also has a lot of pigment and offers a bold color on the lips.

Lip Monthly August 2014

The City Color Magic Balm was an interesting find in this August bag.  It retails for $3.99 and is not available on CCC website just yet.  I have been told this is a new product not yet released.  It is a moisturizing balm and at first I thought that it just offered a sheer wash of color on the lips but after using it on my lips and waiting a minute, I looked at my lips to find that the color pigment actually increased and became a deeper shade.  I guess that is where they got the “magic” part from.

Lip Monthly August 2014

I also got a Jesse’s Girl product in my bag this month.  This Jesse’s Girl Lip Gloss Lip Lock retails for $4.99 and is a sheer pink with light shimmer.  It’s a gorgeous gloss but a little on the sticky side (definitely not a fan of sticky), but overall – it’s a fun shade that I can definitely make use of or pass on to my sissy for her fun.  This lip gloss is in the shade Lickity  Split.

Lip Monthly August 2014

Last but not least is the Monthly Mix Up item.  It is a Pixi by Petra Lid Last Shadow Pen in Gentle Gold and retails for $18.00.  The shade is one I know I’ll get some use out of I love the high price point.

Overall, I think this bag is pretty cool – so much so I actually subscribed and signed up.  I love that it offers you a collection of lip goodies, which is great.  This will make it much more favorable for me knowing that there shouldn’t be much of an issue with shipping as other Monthly Subscriptions have had in the past due to items that include Hasmat items that cannot be shipped air to me in Hawaii.  I have heard from a few people that they had issues with Lip Monthly the first few months, but as I mentioned in the beginning, like any subscription service, you can expect to be a few kinks as they work everything out to be much smoothly.  When I first started with Ipsy (then My Glam), shipping and products were an issue back then and it took some time to really get things running smoothly.

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I love that Lip Monthly has a little card that lists the products in the bag as well as the price point so you know the value of your bag.  I also like that they sent a little cosmetic bag as a part of this month’s bag… because I have seen that others have gotten little boxes to hold their products in previous months.  While it does remind me of Ipsy a bit, I do like the personal touch and appreciate it.  Since you can cancel this box at any time, I think it would be worth it to try it out at least a month or two and see if this is something you’d be interested in.

Signature Honey

 

I was super duper excited to find out I qualified for another Voxbox from Influenster.  This is my third box that I have received over the last 3 years or so – because up until recently, they didn’t ship to Hawaii.  I always look forward to testing out new products and this is a fun way to try new things out, share with the brands your thoughts on the items and take part in future VoxBox campaigns.

GoVoxBox Influenster

The GoVoxBox is a box that is geared towards those who enjoy the outdoors, exercise and staying active.  Being a busy mom who is consistently running around after my littles and one who is consistently on a path and journey to a healthier lifestyle and weight loss – this box includes some fun goodies that I am putting some good use to.  Check out my open box reveal embedded in the video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

I apologize that the order I list and talk about each product is different from that in the video :/

PROFOOT Triad Orthotic: $10.49

“This original, three zone everyday orthotic is clinically proven to relieve knee, leg and back pain when worn in your favorite shoes.”  

I go walking with my sons daily, if not running… and I have been enjoying these orthotics in my shoes.  Having worked for a Podiatrist before, I know that the proper cushioning of your feet helps to align your feet, knees and back for good back posture and better walking.  I am loving these and they do really nicely considering they are a small percentage of the cost of my custom fit Orthotics I got from the doctor.

PROFOOT Triad Orthotic

PROFOOT Pedi-Rock: $8.99

“The PROFOOT Pedi-Rock is the first soft foot file ergonomically designed delivering the ultimate foot file experience.  The silicon carbide crystals gently remove even the toughest calluses in the shortest amount of time.  Can be used wet or dry.”

I don’t think I will ever use anything else after using this product.  I will have a complete review posted on my blog here later, but if you have the chance to get your hands on this product – get it, because it definitely “rocks”.  I love that even if my feet are super sensitive, it leaves them smooth and feeling and looking great.  I use a lot of flip flops – daily basically, and these are just awesome to help with my feet when they are dry and need a little TLC.  I have been using it daily since getting it in my box.

PRO-FOOT Pedi-Rock

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance – $3.99-$4.99

“Introducing NEW Playtex Sport Fresh Balance with Odor Shield technology.  Designed to neutralize odors for ultimate freshness on and off the field.  Combined with a 360 degree design for Sport Level Protection you can go the distance and play on.”

Now – honestly, it is not that time of the month for me so I haven’t had the chance to try these out yet… but I have used the brand before and it definitely is comfortable.  I think finding the right feminine products to use while staying active, whether it be to work out or other, is definitely important to be comfortable and to avoid accidents.

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance

Blue Diamond Fruit Flavored Almonds:  $3.19 for a 4oz bag

“Loaded with antioxidant Vitamin E, our Fruit-Flavored Almonds combine the delicious crunch of almonds with the subtly sweet flavors of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.”

I am a huge fan of Blue Diamond Almonds… but never tried the fruit flavored ones until now.  I’m completely hooked and can’t wait to try the other flavors.  If you are one that likes to stay healthy and is looking for a great snack for on the go – these would be a great choice.  If you want a little sweet with your plain almonds, simply take a packet of these and mix them in with your plain ones to help keep your plain almonds from being boring.

Blue Diamond Fruit Flavored Almonds

 

Muller Greek Corner and Corner yogurts:  $1.29 / Muller FruitUp: $0.99

“Muller Yogurt is known for its delicious, silky smooth texture and playful mix-ins, and it comes in three unique varieties.  Muller Greek Corner is a thick and creamy Greek-style lowfat yogurt that comes with fruit or crunchy mix-ins.”

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to make use of my coupon for this goodie yet because I haven’t been able to find them in my local stores, but I’m surely excited to try it.

Muller Greek Corner Yogurts

The Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Shaker Cup:  $7.99

“Unique Jaxx mixer thoroughly blends smooth shakes.  Patented mixing technology completely mixes all types of powders.  BPA Free”

Yay – I was sold at purple, seriously, lol.  I have quite a few shaker bottles at home because I do drink protein shakes or mix them in with my green juice.  I love them a lot but love that this one is perfect because it is the right serving for my needs.  Did I mention it had purple on it – hello, love it.

the Vitamin Shoppe shaker

 

The Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit and Full Shakes – Swiss Chocolate, French Vanilla, Fresh Berries: $24.99 for a box of 14 packs (I received a sample of each flavor)

“A quick healthy meal that supports reduction of body fat, reduces hunger and cravings (as a part of a healthy diet and exercise program), clinically studied ingredient.  Use as a meal replacement, add a packet to a 8fl oz of cold water and mix well.  Does not contain: Yeast, Citrus, Fish, Animal Derivatives, Artificial colors.”

I tried the French Vanilla and Fresh Berries packets out and I did enjoy them. I am very picky about my shake mixes, so what I did is add it with my Silk Coconut Milk (French Vanilla) because mixing it with water is never something I enjoy.  It tasted great and definitely curbed my appetite.  I then took the Fresh Berries and added it to my Green Juice – which was delicious as well.

 

Next Step Weight Management System Shakes

 

Aqua Spa Relax Collection – Lavender+Chamomile Bath Soak: $9.99

“Aqua Spa Relax Collection gives you a hydrating beauty boost when you need it most so you can skip the spa and bliss out at home, leaving your skin and mood all a-glow. “

I have used this in my bath once and I enjoyed it.  I’m not huge on Lavender scents that are over powering or too strong – but this was not as strong as I had thought it would be.  The chamomile helped to calm me after a long day and I felt rejuvenated, relaxed and ready to hit the hay for a busy day the next morning.

 

Aqua Spa Relax Collection Lavender+Chamomile Bath Soak

 

Overall this box averaged about $50 worth of products and I’m enjoying all of them.  I’ll be having a full review on some of the products listed on my blog here so you can see what the hype is all about.  If you are someone like me that stays active with your children or just loves the outdoors, many of these products will be an awesome fit into your busy lifestyle.

Thank you Influenster for considering me again for another VoxBox – I’m surely enjoying it.

March Ipsy Glam Bag - Destination Beauty

I have been subscribed to Ipsy now for about 3 years – since they were My Glam.  I took a break for about 6 months but have been really enjoyed the subscription now for the most part of the 3 years I have been signed up.  March’s Glam Bag is a very nice selection of products.  Included in this month’s bag I got the following items:

If you can’t see the video embedded above, check it out and watch it directly on YouTube here.  Don’t forget to Subscribe, Comment & Like! 😉

Ipsy provides you with 4-5 deluxe/sample size goodies in each bag and in some cases you also get a full sized item (or two or more) in your bag.  I have received products from brands like Urban Decay, bareMineral, Juice Beauty, NYX. Pixi Beauty and so much more.  I have also had the opportunity to try out new brands I have only heard of and never tried before.  Ipsy is just $10 a month (cancel anytime) and shipping is included.  It is the one sample subscription I have had the longest.  I used to be with Birchbox, Julep, NewBeauty Test Tube, Glossybox and BeautyFix (which is now Dermstore Beauty Fix) and I cancelled all but Ipsy.  I just like the goodies I get every month and for just $10 a month, it’s pretty worth it.  I can’t wait to do an eye look using the BoraBora palette.

Overall I’m very pleased with the products in this months bag.  Considering I got at least one full size product (Bora Bora Quad – $16.00) that already paid for the entire bag itself.  Ipsy bags can be a miss for me from time to time, but I am usually very pleased with what I receive each month.

Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/1o41

Do You have Ipsy?  What did you get this month?  I hope you enjoyed my March Ipsy Glam Bag Reveal for the Destination Beauty Glam Bag.

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Smashbox released the Full Exposure Palette in December 2013.  I have had this palette for a couple of months and wanted to share my thoughts with you.

This palette is a neutral based tone palette that is perfect for anyone looking to have a palette that can be used from day to night and all year round.  If you are a neutral color lover when it comes to eye makeup – this palette offers a wide range of shades to create those gorgeous every day looks and smoky eyes.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Check out my video review embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.


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Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

The Full Exposure Palette comes with 14 shades, 7 matte and 7 shimmer and come in a range of nudes to blacks.  I especially love that the Matte shades are fairly easy to blend considering they are matte and many mattes can be difficult.  While the shimmer shades are absolutely gorgeous – they do provide a significant amount of fall out because of the type of shimmer in the eye shadows, so patting motions when applying the shadows are suggested.  Also – I think it’s best to use them over a sticky base.

This set contains:
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in shimmer shades (top row): Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl, Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl, Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl, Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl, Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl, Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl, Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in matte shades (bottom row): Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Matte Midtone Brown, Soft Matte Midtone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Soft Light Taupe, Ashy Dark Brown, Suede Black
– 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample
– Get-the-look eye shape chart

This palette / set retails for $49US and can be found at Sephora.com, Sephora stores, Smashbox.com, Ulta and Ulta.com

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Swatches

Swatches were done on bare skin and are dry.  As you can see from the swatches – the shimmer shades, while pigmented and vibrant do have micro glitter in them that can cause the fall out mentioned previously.  Overall – I think it has great staying power, of course – over a base or primer, it will last all day.  I love that this palette is one I can grab for any day of the week and utilize it to create a number of looks.

Be My Valentine: Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial feat Ipsy & Smashbox

Tutorial for this look can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFcprP9KdlE.  And photos for this look can also be found here.

The Full Exposure Palette was created because the pros at Smashbox Studios something like it. While on set, they have seen and worked with every single skin tone and eye shape imaginable, so they wanted a palette that could be used universally, on anyone and anywhere.  The artists created the how-to’s to use this palette based on eye shapes so that you could create the most gorgeous eyes possible using this palette.

Overall – I am still pretty impressed, even with the cons I did find in this palette.  I will continue to use it in looks to come.

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What an awesome way to kick off 2014 – with the team going behind the scenes and reporting directly from all the best red carpet events this season as well as sharing all the info on how to keep fit for the Summer months that are soon approaching.  Looking for the latest fashion trends, celebrity inspired looks and exercise to keep fit and trim?  You’ll find it all here on POPSUGAR Now.  Isn’t this exciting?  I’m definitely going to be setting my DVR to check out POPSUGAR Now on TVGN.  Be sure to check all your local listings to make sure you have the right times.

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There are several Milani Cosmetics products that are to be launching in just a few short weeks.  I have also been told that you can order some of the new additions via Milani’s website – milanicosmetics.com.  Right now, I have some new lippies to share with you.  I am not sure what else they have coming out but as soon as it is released or as soon as I receive anything – I’ll be sure to let you know.

Here are two videos of the new releases with swatches.  I’ll be posting the final release of the Brilliant Shine glosses in the next 24 hours and will list that video here as well.  I was going to do them all on one video but decided I would split it up so you could decide which would be the best buy – or get all of them.  I hope to have photos with swatches and my thoughts on the products once I have had the chance to use them.  I’ve been wearing them all week so hopefully I’ll have some reviews up in the next week!