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July 2014 :: Ipsy Glam Bag :: Sensationally Sunkissed

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There won’t be a lot of break-down for each product this month. Mostly because I’m just not that thrilled with this month’s glam bag from Ipsy. Maybe Ipsy has just lost it’s appeal for me or something but I find myself underwhelmed in recent months. I’ve been redeeming a lot of my Ipsy points for extra products and I’ve found that Ipsy has been better about offer more products more frequently for redeeming. (Which is nice because it’s been a complaint of mine for several months.) Without any further ado, here is what I received in my July Glam Bag:

  • BareMinerals – 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Barely Nude – It’s a neutral cream eyesahdow. BareMinerals is one of my favorite brands and I’ll definitely put this to use. But still: *snore*
  • Pixi Beauty Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm in Pretty Pink – I’m really digging this lip balm. My only complaint is that it’s a mini version and, in the past, Ipsy has featured full size Pixi products (including lipsticks)
  • Pur-lisse Pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf 30 – Another f*cking moisturizer/sunscreen. Yay.
  • Marrakesh Hair Care Marrakesh Endz – Is there really such a thing as a split end fixer?
  • Models Own Nail Polish in Red Sea – I paired this transparent red with glitter polish over Essie’s Serial Shopper (a coral shade) and I like the bright results. My over all opinion, though, is that this product (and maybe even this brand) is a bit cheap and cheesy. 11 year old me would’ve had no problem at all with it.

There it is. Thanks for reading! If you’re interested in becoming a Ipsy Subscriber, please CLICK HERE to sign up. Once a member, you’ll receive your own personalized link to share with others (and be able to collect those Ipsy Points redeemable for goodies!)

Love, GK

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Surfs Up! :: Influenster VoxBox

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Recently, I signed up with the Influenster community and was selected to receive June’s VoxBox, Surfs Up. In case you don’t already know, Influenster is an online community where members share their thoughts and reviews on beauty and lifestyle products. Members are selected to receive VoxBoxes full of free sample products to try out. Being a Florida girl, I guess Influenster thought June’s Surfs Up VoxBox would be a good fit for me since it’s all about having fun in the sun while remaining healthy and beautiful.

I initially filmed an unboxing video (which I will share below) but now that I’ve had the chance to give all these products a proper try I’d like to report my findings. So here goes:

  • Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit – I received a coupon for a FREE Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit as well as a second coupon for $1 off of another kit. I looked for these at my local Publix but didn’t see them so I haven’t been able to try these kits out. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for them.
  • Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion – I’ve been using this lotion after days having fun in the sun since receiving this sample bottle and I really do quite like it. This lotion smells like coconut and papaya which is really nice. It applies and hydrates nicely without feeling heavy or greasy. I’ll most likely continuing purchasing this one in the future in replace of my usual after sun aloe gel-lotion. This one combines “ribbons” of gel and lotion; the perfect combination.
  • First Aid Shot Therapy – This liquid pain reliever was very useful and effective at fighting a serious bout of cramps this month. Quick and easy, it did the trick. I doubt I’ll go out of my way to find a purchase these again though.
  • SinfulColors Professional Nail Polish – I received #10 Aqua. I’ve purchased SinfulColors many times in the past from my local Walgreens so it’s safe to say that I’m a fan of this brand. They apply and cover well but aren’t extremely resilient to chipping. Great for vastly expanding your nail color arsenal at only $1.99 a bottle but as a bartender working with my hands, I try to go for higher-end polishes that have passed my harsh professional conditions tests.
  • Covergirl Bombshell Curvaceous by Lashblast Mascara – I’m not a fan of Covergirl mascaras. In fact, I’m not a fan of Covergirl at all. I find their products to be the lowest of quality and this mascara was no different. I’m not particularly picky about mascaras and try a lot of different brands with various styles of wands and I haven’t been this disappointed/unimpressed with a mascara in a long while. This mascara has dual wands, one for curling and the second for intensifying. The first brush is curved and promises to add thickness and volume but I noticed neither. The second side has a straight brush that is expected to “seal” the look like a topcoat for lashes. This is just stupid. Both wands are so short that it makes application quite awkward and I doubt the formula for side one and two is different. If they are two different formulas, my apologies for my ignorance but this crap still does’t work well. My lashes looked like I barely applied any mascara at all unless I applied coat after coat after coat and it ran from basic daily functioning giving me black raccoon eyes (and not the glamorous sexy kind). Skip this mascara.

Thanks for reading! I’m excited to find out what Influenster has in store for me in the future! Below I’m sharing my unboxing video. This is my very first video!!! I cringe while watching it and have a list a mile long of mental notes for future videos but I’d still like to share it with you anyway. (Be gentle in your judging of my videography, please!)

Thanks again! Love, GK

Sally Hansen’s Double Duty review

It’s horrible. Sally Hansen’s Double Duty top & base coat is just horrible! Absolutely atrocious.

After picking this up for the first time a couple of days ago, I’ve used it twice. Twice because I had to completely redo my mani after a positively shitty first go ’round with this craptastic top & base coat. It just wasn’t hardening/drying. I did the ice water trick. I did the cooking spray trick. The hair dryer. The waving my hands around in the air like I just don’t care method. But I did care; I cared a lot that this was ruining my new nail color’s maiden voyage. (Essie‘s limited edition neon collection’s Serial Shopper. – I love it.)

I removed it all and started again the next day, yesterday. This time, I used exceptionally thin coats each and every layer. I even waited a substantial amount of time in between each coat. Still, after applying that final layer, the top coat, it wouldn’t dry!!! I ended up applying a coat of acrylic sealer I had laying around from forever ago. It worked and I was able to enjoy celebrating my best friends birthday on the beach all day. No thanks to Sally.

Long story, short: skip this “Double Duty” base & top coat from Sally Hansen’s.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

 

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Essie’s limited edition Neon Collection 2014

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birthday beach bash babes

Today’s Target Haul & VersaSpa


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I just got home from Target and Tanning and wanted to share with you my beauty haul and tell you a little bit about my first experience with VersaSpa at my local Boca Tanning Club. First, here’s what I picked up at Target:

  • St Ives Naturally Indulgent Body Lotion with Coconut Milk & Orchid Extracts
  • Jergens Shea Butter Moisturizer – travel size (for my purse)
  • Earth Therapeutics Soothing Bead Gel beauty mask
  • Yes To Cucumber Facial Towelettes – travel size (also for my purse since I’ll need to remove my makeup before each of my upcoming tanning sessions.)
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair
  • EOS Lip Balm in Summer Fruit
  • Sally Hansen nail files
  • Sally Hansen Double Duty base and top coat
  • Que Bella Purifying Mud Mask with Teatree & Witchhazel
  • Que Bella Refreshing Peel-off Mask with Pomegranate
  • Soho London Kabuki Brush (I actually snagged this at TJ Maxx for $6.99 along with a few soy candles.)

I recently ran out of my go-to concealer (Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer) and needed to pick one up so I went with the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. I like the Maybelline Fit Me line of products and it’ll hold me over just fine until I get another tube of the Tarte. I had never tried the eos lip balms until today but they came highly recommended so at check-out I threw one of these babies in my basket and I’m happy I did. I don’t necessarily believe this will become one of my must-have items but I definitely like it a lot. I like the little egg-like shape but I know, after a few drinks, i’m going to have trouble sealing it again and destroy my lip balm. The cold face mask, mud mask and peel-off masks I picked-up because, hey, why not? I grabbed some nail equipment because my mind was on the new bottle of essie I bought yesterday, at walgreens, and I’m about to mani-it-up when I’m done with this post.

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Ok. So onto the tanning. As a ginger, I don’t do well in the sun. If I can somehow manage to enjoy more than a couple of hours under the sun, I can’t even dream for one second enjoying a beautiful dose of color… unless it’s a beautiful dose of shades ranging from the mild, blush to the painful, bright crimson. My best result is just pink and the worst result could kill me. Of course, like a lot of other people, I do enjoy the way I look (in a bathing suit, especially) with a little bit of a glow. Naturally, over the years I’ve experienced some of the worst results of self tanning but I’ve also had some good results. Recently I’ve been researching VersaSpa spray tanning and reading/hearing a lot of really positive things. I checked out a few youtube videos of other fair skinned girls discussing their results and I liked that those results weren’t extreme; The VersaSpa is subtle but can be easily built up. The process is super fast! After my tutorial from the salon girl, I only spent about five minutes being sprayed. I could see a slight difference immediately and in the past hour and half, I’ve noticed it developing a bit. After about 6-8 hours, the color should be fully developed. (I’ll post an update on how I like the color as well as some of the other products I’ve been using to self tan recently in a future post.) 

I decide upon buying a month package at Boca Tanning specifically for the VersaSpa. For a month, I can get unlimited sprays for the price of 3 sprays. Even if I only go once a week, it’s still worth it but since it’s unlimited this month, I might build myself a darker than usual tan for the Fourth of July! Again, why not?

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

June 2014 :: Ipsy Glam Bag :: Pretty In Paradise

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My June Ipsy Glam Bag is fantastic! It’s really one of my favorite bags ever! I was super disappointed with last month’s bag and found myself, once again, on the brink of cancellation. It’s bags like this that make me remember everything I love about being an Ipsy subscriber: the products I received this month are all products I can and will use and (more than likely) would not have discovered on my own.

June’s bag, which was designed by Rebecca Minkoff, included some pretty fabulous products. My bag included:

  • Be A Bombshell – Lash Out Mascara : I’m a fan of B.A.B. products and have high hopes for this mascara.
  • Nicka K New York – Shimmer Eyeliner in Blue : The color is beautiful and the texture is superb. Easy to apply, long-lasting. Gorgeous
  • NYX – Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel : A simple pinky-peach. Feels a bit heavy on lips but looks nice.
  • Dove – Pure care Dry Oil
  • Realtree – for Her perfume : Not one of my favorite scents.

This month, I also received two products that I redeemed tipsy points for. It’s safe to say, these two products are my favorites that I have been able to claim with tipsy points. (This month’s delivery is just FULL of favorites!!)

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I was able to score a full size tube of bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Light It Up and four different face masks from Baksshi Botanicals: 1.) Aloe Vera for Moisture 2.) Vitamin C for Brightening 3.) Honey for Hydro Balance 4.) Marine Algae for Collagen

Here’s a closer look at the beautiful Light It Up lipstick. I really love the tube itself with its unique locking mechanism.

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I’m so happy with my delivery this month and all the amazing goodies I can play around with.

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK