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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

December 2013 :: Ipsy Glam Bag :: Celebration

Ipsy’s December 2013 Glam Bag

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This month’s bag is a fun one for me. Nothing inside is particularly “must-have” but it’ll be nice having them about, I suppose.  Here’s what was included in my bag:

  • Be A Bombshell Cosmetics – The One Stick in Girl Crush – Cheeks, lips, even eyes, The One Stick is good for it all. Girl Crush is a very soft, iridescent pink. I love doing a bold eye and this color is perfect for a complimentary subtle cheek.
  • Nicka K New York – Nail Polis in NY112 – It’s a deep mauve, a favorite nail color of mine. I’ve yet to properly access it’s durability but I’ll definitely get the chance soon when I give this polish a try.
  • NYX – Lipstick in Iced Honey – Very sheer, peachy-pink. Not a lot to this lip color, just gives a nice shimmer.
  • Pop Beauty – Eye Shadow Trio in Bright Up Your Life – Pretty decently pigmented, this trio is perfect for building a classic smokey eye.
  • Ardell – False Demi Eyelashes in Black – I’m no flasies professional, but as far as I can tell, eyelashes are eyelashes and the secret is in the application… which I happen to suck at. I’m willing to give it another try this new years, though.

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A closer look

I’m going to have some fun with my New Year’s Even look and just might include one or two of these. Thanks for reading! If you’re interested in becoming an Ipsy Subscriber, you can CLICK HERE and do so. (Clicking my link earns me Ipsy points so thank you in advance!)

Thanks for reading!

Love GK

July 2013 :: Glossybox :: Le Grand Bleu

July 2013 Glossybox USA :: Le Grand Bleu

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Recently, I’ve been becoming quite disappointed with my monthly Glossyboxes. This month wasn’t any different. The theme was inspired by the ocean and time spent at the beach. Here’s what my box contained:

  • – Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Masque

I’ll give this a try eventually but with my humidity-prone ringlets.

  • – Bvlgari Shampoo & Shower Gel

Enough with the Bvlgari shower and bath crap already! Not excited about this at all. Smells great I just don’t care about trying this.

  • Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm

This was a nice find in this months box. I’ll definitely put this lip balm to good use! Feels great and i like the subtle color.

  • Nails Inc Baker Street Nail Polish

Love the color but I have a very similar one already in Essie’s Butler Please and the quality of Nails Inc is nothing like Essie’s.

  • – Nicka K New York ABSOLUTE! Make-up Cleansing Tissues

Once again, I’ll use this but I’m not happy, excited or impressed at receiving it.

  • -Eveologie Intensive Blemish Serum

Applied before bed, my skin felt a bit tight but fresh.

This months box was kind if a busy for me. After reading some other reviews, I would’ve definitely preferred to swap a few of my products for others features in Julys box. Not impressed, Glossybox. (Again)

Thanks for reading!! Love, GK

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(Comparison photo of essie’s butler please and nails inc’s baker street)

May 2013 :: Glossybox :: 1yr Anniversary Box

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Glossybox USA celebrates it’s 1st birthday this month! I’m not exactly flipping over this box but it’s also not the worst I’ve received.   Here’s what the May 2013 1 year Anniversary Glossybox contained:

  • Être Belle – Collagen & Aloe Vera Hydro Mask ($39.50/10 packs) This restructuring and moisturizing Collagen & Aloe Vera mask provides skin with an extreme moisture boost that improves elasticity and promotes hydration.  Tip: Use it just before bedtime to reap optimum benefits.
  • European Wax Center – Slow it Body Wash ($20.00/ 8 oz) and Slow it Body Lotion ($20.00/8 oz) (Slow it Body Wash) Prevents ingrown hair, leaves skin clear, deters bumps and blemishes while hydrating the skin.  (Slow it Body Lotion) Nourishes and softens skin while decreasing hair density to allow for softer, thinner hair growth.
  • My Prime – Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer ($68.00/60 ml) My Prime’s lightweight moisturizer packs a double punch with intense hydration and superior anti-aging benefits while delivering a flawless, matte finish.  It also doubles as a primer that keeps your makeup on all day long.

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  • Nicka K New York – Absolute! Perfume Stick ($14.99/0.29 oz) Absolute! Solid Perfumes embody the spirit and passion of New York, the city that never sleeps.  Escape the everyday with evocative scents, both refined and seductive, and each with a different secret to discover.  Parceled in beautiful, boutique-inspired packaging, these addictive perfumes are perfectly sized to slip into your purse and transform your world.
  • Sebastian Professional – Volupt Spray ($19.95/5.07 oz) The Volupt Spray is a volume-building spray gel with the cushion particle technology that best combines full volume and sensual softness.  Shake well to activate its two-phase formula and spray on damp hair.  Blowdry for extra body or air-dry to enhance waves and curls.

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  • Amorepacific – Color Control Cushion Compact ($60/30 g) This Color Control Cushion Compact is a multitasking wonder.  It contains powerful broad-spectrum SPF protection to combat free radicals, deep hydration for replenished skin, and complete coverage for smooth skin all in one lightweight, portable compact.

The Sebastian Volupt Spray will get used, but I don’t exactly new to add volume to my hair. I really like the way the Amorepacific color control feels on my skin but I feel it’s a bit too dark for my fair skin which is uber disappointing. I’ll definitely use the MyPrime, but failed to be wowed by it. I do really like the perfume stick! It smells fresh and clean and lemony.

A bit disappointing for any month but a huge let down for the 1 year anniversary box.

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK