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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


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.


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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November 2013 :: Ipsy Glam Bag :: Glam It Up


November 2013 Ipsy MyGlam Bag

Glam It Up!

Oh, Ipsy, you’ve done it again! Another fantastic bag this month! This months bag included SIX products and each one is pretty stellar!

  • Nailtini – Nail Laquer in Caviar Cocktail A beautiful silver, this color with get a lot of use for me and the upcoming holidays!
  • EM by Michelle Phan – Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara This is a new line of products by Michelle Phan. The packaging is cute yet simple. Seems like a decent quality mascara; I’ll definitely use it up. Not waterproof though and i get some runny-smudging going on after long-wear.
  • Be A Bombshell – Lip Crayon in Hot Damn It’s red and I love a red lip. Must reapply pretty regularly but this color is nice to layer with under gloss. I do love Be A Bombshell products and am happy to add this to my lip collection.
  • Pixi – Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched Great subtle bronzer for colder months and cooler looks. I’m a fan of Pixi and was happy to find this in my bag this month.
  • BH Cosmetics – Baked Eyeshadow in Asteroid – I’ve tried some other BH products in the past and have been fairly happy with their results. This shadow is pairs perfectly with the eye pencil and nail polish I received this month! Absolutely perfect for a glamorous holiday look!
  • Starlooks – Gem Pencil in Topaz The color is more of a silvery periwinkle and I can’t wait to use it in a glammed-up eye!

Another great Glam Bag from Ipsy! This month, I am so happy with all the products I received! If you’d like to become an Ipsy Subscriber, CLICK HERE.

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

ImageHere’s a closer look at the Pixi Beauty Bronzer and the BH Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow.

February 2013 :: Ipsy :: Red Carpet Ready


February’s MyGlam Bag by Ipsy was a fabulous one! 3 out of the 5 samples are amazing and new favorites of mine! I’ll definitely give the lash guards a try, but don’t see myself using these regularly and the Coastal Scents eyeshadow samples will, of course, be used as I am already a fan of their shadows but the other products really “wowed” me! Here’s what my box contained:

Coastal Scents – Shadow Palette Sample ($24.95/252 Shadows*)
Coastal Scents Shadow Palette Samples are an ideal way to try these highly pigmented, stunning shadows.  These miniature-sized samples contain four hand-selected shadows by Ipsy, making it easy to create a variety of looks. Wear these pressed powders dry or wet for a more intese, dramatic look.


Pixi – Flawless & Poreless Primer ($29.00/1.01 oz)
The Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer creates a beautiful no-shine finish for flawless, long-lasting makeup application.  This shine controlling, oil-free primer smooths out fine lines and hydrates while making pores instantly disappear.  It is the perfect skin primer for all complexions and all skin types.

POP Beauty – Smokey Lash Kapow Mascara ($18.50/0.25 oz)
This lash-POP-ing mascara makes lashes plump, long and lusciously flirty!  Smudge proof formula adds volume while curling lashes up and out for a look that truly POPs your peepers!

Lash Card – The Lash Card ($6.99/10 pack)
Apply your mascara perfectly with the Lash Card!  Say goodbye to smudging, clumping, and messy mascara application.  The Lash Card has two curves on each side that fit a variety of eye shapes, making it easy to get those hard-to-reach lashes.

MicaBeauty – Gel Eyeliner ($35.00/0.18 oz)
Define eyes and apply eyeliner like a pro with the MicaBeauty Gel Eyeliner!  This smooth, highly pigmented gel eyeliner glides over the lid evenly and dries quickly for a long-wearing, smudge-proof finish.

I’m super stoked to use that Gel Eyeliner! I don’t have a lot of experience with gel liners, but this black is the perfect addition to my eye collection! My fondness for Pop Cosmetics as well as Pixi grows more and more every time I use a new product of each of theres.

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Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

August 2012 :: Birchbox #4

OK, I’ve been super busy so I’m just now getting around to posting this month’s Birchbox review but here goes! The theme for August was Back To School. In addition to the products, the box included a fold-out full of helpful beauty and makeup tips.

This box had 4 products (20 possible ♥s) and 1 extra.

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur perfume – Full Size: $70 – I love this scent. Not only would I buy the full size of this fragrance, I will buy this. It’s fabulous! It’s sweet, flowery and citrusy (just my kind of perfume!) ♥♥♥♥♥

Miss Jessie’s Original Stretch Silkening Creme – Full Size: $22 – This curl creme works pretty well. When applied to soaking wet hair, it should loosen tight curls and add tons of shine. I used this one once so far but I didn’t trust it to not use my other products. I’ll have to give this one another shot and definitely post results pics. ♥♥♥

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream – Full Size: $16 – Definitely NOT for everyday use but on damaged skin like chapped lips and cracked hands, it’s great. I applied it to a particularly dry patch of skin and it worked really well. It’s a bestselling Japanese medicated cream and it seems to do the job. I just think there’s already plenty of other options available. ♥♥

Pixi Beauty Lip & Line – Full Size: $18 – I really do love this lipstick and waterproof lipliner. This shade is Bare Berry and it’s perfect! In fact, this very pale, very tired-looking picture of me trying it out before washing my face to crash for the night, doesn’t quite do this color justice. I’ll definitely check out Pixi’s other shades and maybe pick up a couple of others. ♥♥♥♥

14/20 ♥s. Pretty good. I was pleased with everything in this box.As an extra, they threw in one of these:

Schick Hyrdo Silk Razor – Not my brand but I’ll use it. Thanks, Birchbox!

Thanks so much for reading! Check out my next Birchbox review!

Love, GK

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