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May ipsy Glam Bag Review 2015

JETSETTER May Glam Bag

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 GOODIES:
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip pencil (+ Revolution High color Lip gloss)
  • Chella Eyebrow color pencil
  • Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing eye mask patches (2 pair)
  • Luxie Beauty Tappered Blending eye brush 205
  • CoTz Face Natural SPF 40

POSITIVES: I LOVE getting brushes. No I don’t care that I have enough already, you always need more because they are continually dirty! This one from Luxie Beauty is super soft and the rose gold and pink is adorable. The Chella eyebrow pencil works great for mimicking eyebrow hairs too! It seems really flimsy when I first handled this, but it really gets the job done great. The Klorane eye patches were a GODSEND after a long night of birthday celebrations!

TIP: pop the pouch of eye masks in the fridge for a few seconds and get the most REFRESHING feeling after a long day or nigh!

NEGATIVES: I still can’t figure out what the COTZ Face Natural ‘STUFF’ is truly meant for. Its tinted, and has SPF but is supposed to be natural? Eh, no thanks. Did nothing to my skin and its texture was awkward. I had the same nonchalant feeling towards the  Urban Decay Priming lip liner it has good intentions I believe it, but not with my lips. My lip color still wore off like normal, but left a very pigmented ring around my mouth. Not cute. Plus the Revolution High color lip gloss….really?!? The one time use packaging?! I could have skipped that all together, not to mention the boring pink and crazy purple shades, and my heaven were they STICKY!! On to the Next one!

OVERALL: Meh, not so great, but still got some really useful things out of this months goodies. I will definitely be using the brush and eyebrow pencil! And the different versions of the monthly Bag were AWESOME! keep it coming Ipsy!

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 with a unique bag to boot!!. Michelle Phan curates the bags!

Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/3lov

Thanks for the lookie loos lovelies!
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LOOT CRATE APRIL 2015: FANTASY

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Tickle your Fantasy LootCrate April 2015

This month was all about Fantasy things in the gaming world. TOTALLY ME! If I were loot, I would be this! Maybe even more HP stuff. #addicted #noshame!! All of the items are really useful too! I hated getting the S.H.I.E.L.D ID and NOT getting access to the headquarters too! (C’mon man!)

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The box this month was super creative as well! I loved the one that turned into a game board! I seriously fell in love with the goblin-like house-elfish figure! Even though it looked more like Kreacher, I am partial to Dobby.

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The Princess Bride deck of cards, are really well made, and feel very sturdy. Plus the face cards have hilarious quotes from the actual movie. If I could just post these up everywhere I would, because yes, I DO want a peanut! (LOL)

The Stark House Dire wolf USB storage holds 4 GB of data. Different house options would have been great I think since I’m already partial to the dragons, but we got all the houses in the magnets. Definable putting this in my school pack, along with my 9 3/4 luggage tag. It just makes me want to travel even more!

The crate also included an inflatable crown and Dungeons and Dragons shirt, and bow tie.

We opened the box with all my family home, and my 5-year-old (who is very prepared for our wedding next April) saw the bow tie and exclaimed “AWE Mommy, FOR THE WEDDING!” I died. So adorable! thankfully I convinced him otherwise, due to the color scheme. Seriously so cute that he thinks of these things though!

I could not HELP but taking a Prince John reference photo with the little man.

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If you want to sign up here’s our link: http://looted.by/bWpGV

Or you can simply sign up by going to the website: http://www.lootcrate.com/

$40+ Retail Value in every crate! Membership in an active, growing community. Change to win Mega Crates worth $2000+ in value. All for only $13.84/month with $6 Shipping/Handling.

as always, thanks for the lookie lous!

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April ipsy Glam Bag Review 2015

Beautifully Bohemian April Glambag

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 GOODIES:
  • Redken WIND BLOWN 05 Dry-finishing spray
  • Julie G Nail color in Damsel
  • Pandora’s Makeup box blush in Pink Carnation
  • theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Fit
  • Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip/cheek tint

POSITIVES: BAG: This month’s bag has got to be the CUTEST and MOST useful one in the past 12+ months! its big and adorable! Definitely condensing my 3 smaller makeup bags for this one! LOVE IT!! NAIL POLISH: You gotta know this is a major + for me! The color choice is average, but a really nice opaque and bright berry pink. TINT: The scent is the only positive for me here, it smells of cocoa or a bakery and I’m normally a sucker cute packaging, but for a lip product, no thanks. I’ll be re-purposing this tin, eventually…

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Nail Polish Swatch: Lovely rich pink shade. The brush is decent, I will never let go of the Wet N Wild Megalast brush width, Its Numba One! Although I know I have millions of these mid-toned pink shades, but you won’t catch me saying no to more!!

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Eyeshadow Swatch: This is a nice bronzey brown shade, although when I blend the color out on my lid, it gives off this great tan ~slightly peachy~ feel and it works for blending into the crease.

NEGATIVES: BLUSH: The color is great, wonderfully pigmented, BUT~ the fallout was ridiculous! I barely touched my blush brush, which is pretty soft people, and it GOT all over me! I lost so much product from having to shake out the fallout 😦 TINT: color and case, the shade does nothing but look like a shiny lip balm and I can’t get over how unsanitary tins are for long term use! I HATE putting my fingers in products, this would have been way better in chap-stick form.

Lip Stain Cheat Code: Since I’ve taken to only using this for my mouth, who wants shiny sticky cheeks?! (You Go Glen CoCo if its you, cuz it AIN’T me)

Application Fix: open tin, make “duck face”, put lips in tin. TADA!! Yes this is cheating and still not the cleanest but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

OVERALL: Loving the theme, the products and the bag itself! Too bad we didn’t get a jewelry sample since the sneak peeks were filled with them Eh??, maybe we’ll get discount code when they send the rest. Still SO pleased with this month’s stash! The eye shadow is a great neutral but not boring shade, and I’ve never had a Dry-finishing spray, gonna have to play around with this one.

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I hope everyone is having/had a fun “festival season” Is this over yet? I only care about Crawfish season LOL Although I seriously LOVE every crochet top I see on these flower-crown wearing babes! BUT~ I can’t help but picture this ever time i think of it>>>>>>>

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 with a unique bag to boot!!. Michelle Phan curates the bags!

Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/3lov

Thanks for the lookie loos lovelies!
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LOOT CRATE: April 2015 FANTASY Preview

LOOTCRATE THEME: April 2015 FANTASY

Check out the preview for Aprils Fantasy theme for the upcoming lootcrate! I can’t wait for this box to get here, this theme is right up my alley!

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Here is a sneak peek of April’s MEGA CRATE (fingers crossed!!):

This month’s Mega Crate not only includes the most anticipated FANTASY game title of the year, it also includes aCustom-built Gaming PC and all the accessories you need!
Mega Crate Items:
Monitors: Two (2) Asus 24-ing Full-HD LED-backlit LCD Monitorcap 1
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Chroma
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Chroma
Glasses: Gunnar Intercept Colors
Game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

I can’t wait to see what we get! Stayed tuned for a review of we get this month!

Sign up here: http://looted.by/bWpGV if you want to get your very own box in the mail.

$40+ Retail Value in every crate! Membership in an active, growing community. Chance to win Mega Crates worth $2000+ in value. All for only $13.84/month with $6 Shipping/Handling.

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LOOT CRATE March 2015: COVERT

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Shaken not Stirred LootCrate March 2015

This is our third month of getting LOOTCRATE. So far, being in a house full of boys, we’ve made use of every item we’ve received so far. This month was especially fun, included a shirt, Mad Libs, Field notes, Stealth watch, Shield Access, Tactical bracelet, Orphan Black comic, and a digital download of Ninjak #1

This month my 5 year old LOVED the S.H.I.E.L.D.lanyard and the CaptureStealth watch as well as the tactical rope bracelet (its a bit scratchy, but I won’t complain when the Zombie Apocalypse makes use of this).

My fiance loved the James Bond Shirt and I can’t explain why I was so excited for the CONFIDENTIAL Field Notes. Seriously, I still love seeing the notebook in my purse and we’ve had it for nearly a week already.

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We still haven’t won the MEGA Crate yet (LOL!!) Although I am loving seeing what it comes with every month, even if I only dream about it.

Although it works out since we bought a Moto 360 watch already, I guess I can live without an extra!

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Sign up here: http://looted.by/bWpGV

$40+ Retail Value in every crate! Membership in an active, growing community. Change to win Mega Crates worth $2000+ in value. All for only $13.84/month with $6 Shipping/Handling.

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March ipsy Glam Bag Review 2015

 FLORAL FANTASY March Glambag

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 GOODIES:

  • BOO BOO Cover-Up Camouflage Concealer
  • Pur~lisse Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser
  • Dr. Brandt anti-aging Mattifying Lotion
  • Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind Highlighter in Crystal Pink
  • NYX Butter Lipstick in Hunk

POSITIVES: HIGHLIGHTER: This is a gorgeous shade, with the perfect amount of simmer. No lie. using this as a eyebrow-highlight or eyeshadow, glitter on my cheeks makes me feel like I got carried away with my shadow and didn’t care to clean up the fallout.CONCEALER: this sucker is SO thick! Not suitable for everyday use I feel. But for those out of control blemishes-perfection! BAG: Loving the top placed zip and the abstract floral design, very chic, very posh, not at all teeny-bopper! ❤

NEGATIVES: MATTIFYING LOTION: This seems to mattify well (if that’s even a word..spell-check seems to think otherwise), compared to a sample I had of Olay Fresh Effects Swirled Mattifier. My issue is the scent. This is intended for the first layer under makeup…so I would prefer no scent at all. LIPSTICK: Just the color is a no for me. Don’t fret. I love me some NYX Cosmetics. But Hello Ipsy. Purple?! Its like you don’t even know me! Or my skin tone!? Except you DO!! It may work, with strong emphasis on MAY. But I know me and I know I won’t wear it. And I don’t want to waste a lipstick on just a swatch. Anyone up for tradsies??

NOTE: I have yet to use the cleanser, although I’ve got reservations about sample cleansers in general…

You need more than just a few washes to know if your face will react to these, and this 1 oz size is hardly enough for 3 washes at most, who likes to skimp? Good traveling cleanser I suppose. But what if you have a reaction? And get pimply while your on vaca?? I’ll PASS, thanks.

OVERALL: Not the worst bag I’ve gotten, I’ll use 75% of the samples received, May retake the personality quiz to mix things up a bit. Still definitely worth the money spent.

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 with a unique bag to boot!!. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/3lov

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February ipsy Glam Bag Review 2015

 IPSY LOVE February Glambag

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 GOODIES:

  • City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini
  • Demeter Fragrance Library First Love Roll-on Oil
  • GLAMGLOW Bright Mud eye treatment
  • ModelCo. Blush In Peachy
  • ‘Tini Beauty Rob Scheppy Eyeshadow

POSITIVES: Blush: very pretty color, especially for the coming Spring, packaging on this blush is super fancy as well, feels very sturdy. Eye-shadow: LOVE shimmery champagne colors. Who doesn’t?! It gives off a lovely shimmer and is a great yellowy gold shade. Lip-stain: This stuff is SO nice! almost a dupe for the NYX Soft Matte Lip creams. Thankfully its pale nude-pink shade goes well with my skin tone!

NEGATIVES: Bag: very mundane….with V-day I would have thought it could have been more creative, but I guess its decent for everyday use. I hate the front zip. It shrinks the bag size by inches! Fragrance: This oil got everywhere. I am clumsy. Yes. But I swear it was not human error. I smelt like a flower pot for hours. (lasting power could be a slight positive though!? Maybe?!)

Feb. Bag

This bag nearly completed an entire makeup look with what I received! It makes me want to wear all the products at the same time….ALL the time!

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LOVED using the GlamGlow eye treatments!! These felt very cooling and tingling on the skin. Although I have to say that the chucks of whatever kind of herb/grass/lint-looking specks were pretty off putting. But not so much that I didn’t use them, and I still plan to use them again!

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 with a unique bag to boot!!. Michelle Phan curates the bags! Check it out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/3lov

Thanks for the lookie loos lovelies!
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