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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

March 2014 :: Ipsy Glam Bag :: Destination Beauty

Destination Beauty

March 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

This month’s glam bag only contained 4 products. That in itself is a bit of a disappointment. However, the 4 products I received are all products I’m pretty happy to get. From what I can see of other Ipsy subscriber’s bags, they also received 4 good products. This month I also received one of the products I redeemed ipsy points for: the NYX kit. The theme, Destination Beauty, is meant to inspire upcoming travels and use with ease on vacay. I love that the bag showcases the work of an up-and-coming San Francisco based artist, Klari Reis.

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Here’s what my bag contained:

  • bareMinerals – Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready I’m a fan of the Marvelous Moxie lip glosses but this is the first MM lipstick I’ve tried. I really like it. It applies well, stays nicely and the color is a natural, subtle color thats perfect for anytime. I only wish the sample were bigger.

 

  • Nicole by O.P.I. – Roughles in On What Grounds Very similar to the O.P.I. Liquid Sand polishes with a grainy (sandy), rough texture. I like the color, a bit of an easter egg/tiffanys blue and the testured polishes are fun to play with. The only thing I don’t like bout this polish is how long it took to dry.

 

  • Be a Bombshell – Eyeshadow Quad in Bora Bora I’m always happy to try another Be a Bombshell product and I’m loving the colors in this quad. A golden shimmer dark brown, a bright teal, gold and copper. This quad only exacerbates my desire to go on vacation.

 

  • Pixi Beauty – Flawless Beauty Primer – I’ve only used this primer once so far but I liked it. It feels light and holds the makeup. It has a very very subtle tint to it and leaves a light golden glow so I’m planing on trying this without any foundation on top. I feel like this primer can provide enough correction and coverage with the assistance of a light concealer.

 

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As mentioned, I redeemed 1000 tipsy points for an additional item. This month, I got the NYX Bronze Smokey Look Kit. The kit contains 9 neutral tones shadows; a tan/gold/brown palette. The kit also contains two lip glosses: 1, a rosey pink and 2, a golden shimmer.

 

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Another satisfactory month for me. I redeemed another 1000 tipsy points and along with my April 2014 Glam Bag, I’ll be receiving TokyoMILK Dark by Margot Elena Salted Caramel Lip Elixir.

In other news, I’ve been dealing with a broken collarbone for the last 4 weeks. This is the first week I am not using my figure eight brace; the first week was HORRIBLE! It hurt so badly. Everything hurt so badly. I got into a car accident and when the seatbelt tightened up, it snapped my clavicle. No fun. Now that I’m mostly healed, it’s time to buy another new car. Needless to say, it’s been a stressful month. I do have a bunch of neat tips on how to dress yourself as well as do your hair and makeup with one arm. Maybe I’ll have to share some of my tested tactics.

As always, thank you for reading. And a special thank you to some of you wonderful readers who signed up for your own tipsy glam bags by using my link. You helped me earn the tipsy points I’ve been happily cashing in recently: Lisa, Allison, Caroline, Susan, Kenya, Morgan, Erica, Melanie, Abbigail and everyone else!!

Love, GK

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December 2013 :: Ipsy Glam Bag :: Celebration

Ipsy’s December 2013 Glam Bag

Celebration

 

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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

September 2013 :: Ipsy :: Classic Beauty

September 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag :: Classic Beauty

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I’m so jealous of all the other Ipsy glam bags this month! Why couldn’t I get some Butter London or some Cailyn?! Instead I got stuck with JCats crap lipstick and NYX… NYX! Here’s my bag this month:

  • Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara

I try to view these monthly mascara samples as a good thing but come on, Ipsy! I’m tired of mascara!! I do, however really like this wand and the results are quite nice. But, more mascara?!

  • NYX single eyeshadow in purple

Yeah, I’ll use it. But NYX? Come oooooon. Give me new! Give me exciting! Give me more than mediocre quality! I’m not knocking the NYX brand, it’s decent stuff; it’s not amazing stuff but its decent stuff (especially for its price) but I expect more from a subscription service and I’ve received too many NYX products over the past year from Ipsy.

Also, I happen to love purple eye makeup but whats “classic” about that?

  • Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in K01 Obsidian

I do love a good eye pencil and this one stays well while also smudging well when creating my look.

  • JCats Beauty Fantabulous Lipstick in FL107 Honeycrisp

First of all: at this point, I know JCats is crap products. Body shimmer and false lashes (that I received previously from Ipsy) are one thing, it’s not regular, everyday-use supplies, but this lipstick is atrocious. It feels cheap to hold and twist up and when applied it feels even cheaper! And of all colors, beige?! A like a nude lip every now and then but really? This is horrid.

  • Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels

I’ll be happy to give these a try, especially after a particularly intoxicating evening.

Not thrilled this month. especially after seeing some if the fantastic products in others’ bags. I feel slided.

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Thanks for reading!!
Love, GK

NYX BOGO sale

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, when I recently paid a visit to Ulta, I walked away with a pretty sweet haul. In addition to the Smashbox Complexion Try It Kit that I posted about yesterday, I also took advantage of Ulta’s BOGO 1/2 off sale on NYX products.

Now, I’ve never really been a huge fan of NYX but I’ve used a few of their products that I liked. However, I’m a sucker for a sale and couldn’t pass up their deal. Here’s what I picked up: NYX Roll On Eye Shimmer, NYX Blush, NYX Cream Eye Shadows.

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If you were to purchase a pale pink or more neutral shade of the roll on shimmer, you could also use it for added glam for a night out on your chest/clavicle area… but the Onyx that I purchased would just make me look dirty if I did that…

NYX Roll On Eye Shimmer in Onyx

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NYX Powder Blusher

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When I was picking out a couple of Cream Eye Shadows, I decided to go bold and fun with the colors since I don’t wear NYX all that often; I figured, it’d be nice to have some funky colors to play with on the right occassion.

NYX Cream Shadow in Deep Purple (CRS04)

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NYX Cream Shadow in Deep Blue (CRS13)

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There you have it. My NYX BOGO 1/2 Off purchases from Ulta.