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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Ipsy Subscription Glam Bag Review - March 2016

Hello Beauties <3

If you subscribe to Ipsy, each month you will receive a cute Glam Bag filled with a mix of 5 full sized beauty products or deluxe samples all for just $10.

This month's theme is Hello Spring. The Glam Bag is adorable and the colors really make you think of Spring.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti Aging Concealer - Value $10 for 0.11 oz (full size $24 for 0.28 oz)
Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover - Value unknown (part of a palette)
Nude Skincare ProGenius Treatment Oil - Value $13 for 0.16 oz (full size $78 for 1 oz)
Mellow Cosmetics Powder Blush in Bronze - Retail Price $10 for 0.17 oz
Global Beauty Care Collagen Spa Treatment Mask - Valued at $4 ($2 per mask)

I redeemed some points for this Michelle Phan Em Shade Play Lip Color Mixing Palette in Mix It Up Roses. It retails for $28 and comes with a mirror, lip brush and mixing well to create your own creative lip color.

Stacey <3

Saturday, March 19, 2016

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review - February and March 2016

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month. Unfortunately I just received my February box today, yes today March 19th. Oddly enough my March box arrived a few days prior. Apparently my box was lost in space somewhere so I was able to post a blog until now.

Here is a peek of the February box of beauties........

The theme was Rush to Relax - from stilettos to slippers, get ready to work hard and rest easy.

Spongelle You Have My Heart On A String - Retail Price $15
Beauty For Real Blush in Coral Crush + Luminizer in Hi Beam - Retail Price $24 for 0.32 oz
Shray Ms. Amazing Facial Mask - Retail Price $12
Ofra Banana Powder Godet - Retail Price $12 for 0.14 oz
Freeze 24/7 Anti Aging Eye Serum - Retail Price $58 for 0.50 oz. Valued at $29 for 0.23 oz
Realtree For Her eau de parfum travel spray - Valued at $12.99 for 0.30 oz

Approximate value of this box is $104.99

Here is a peek of the March box of beauties........

The theme was Sweet Treats - sugar is sweet, but this box is sweeter. Unfortunately there was no card with the details and prices of each product.

Makeup Geek Pressed Eyeshadow Pan in Frappe - Retail Price $6 for 0.064 oz
Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadow Pan in Mai Tai - Retail Price $6 for 0.064 oz
Luxie Rose Gold Small Contour Brush 512 - Retail Price $16
Catherine Malandrino CM Style de Paris Travel Spray - Valued at $16 for 0.30 oz
Chella Eyebrow Pencil in Tantalizing Taupe - Retail Price $18 for 0.003 oz
Ofra Body Illuminizer Charmer - Retail Price $39.95 for 4 oz

Approximate value of this box is $101.95

Stacey <3

Monday, March 14, 2016

February Empties

Hello Beauties <3

Another month is behind us and it's time to share some products that were used during the month of February. Since I have so many perfume samples, I am trying to use a handful of them each month going forward.

Belif Witch Hazel Herbal Extract Toner - Retail price $28 for 6.75 oz

I was so excited to try more products from this Korean Skincare line ever since I tested their Aqua Bomb moisturizer. I needed a new toner so I decided to give this a try and I must say I was impressed. I liked that this toner had a thicker, more creamier consistency than other toners I tried. It definitely left my skin feeling clean, toned and hydrated.

Details from their site: A toner formulated with witch hazel to hydrate dry, dull skin, leaving it hydrated, soothed, and balanced after cleansing. This botanical toner is formulated to hydrate dry, dull skin, leaving it even and deeply moisturized after cleansing. It contains a blend of apothecary herbs, including witch hazel, to help clarify and hydrate skin by sealing in moisture. Skin appears supple and revitalized over time. 

Kate Somerville Age Arrest Anti Wrinkle Cream - Retail Price $90 for 1.7 oz

Like most skin care products, you have to use them over a period of time to see results. I don't always get that opportunity because I have so many different products in my stash waiting patiently to get used. With that said, I have one more deluxe sample to use but I'm not running to Sephora to buy the full size.

According to information found on their official website, here are the clinical results I found:

After 4 weeks:

  • 90% of women showed highly significant improvement in skin firmness and elasticity
  • 93% of women showed highly significant improvement in skin discoloration and skin tone evenness
After 6 weeks:
  • 93% of women said their skin felt hydrated and moisturized
  • Crow’s feet and fine lines are significantly improved
Clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin. Clinical results based on an independent Clinical Study

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay - Retail Price $30 for 3 oz

My skin really enjoys this mask. It is a peel off mask that is meant to stay on your face for 20 minutes but I leave it on for closer to 30 minutes. I can see an instant difference in my skin when I remove it. 
This mask treatment delivers immediately visible results akin to a professional treatment. In just 20 minutes the mask detoxifies and deeply purifies the complexion by drawing out skin impurities with a potent concentration of red clay. It regulates excess sebum, and eliminates clogged pores. In addition, mineral rich red clay reduces congestive pigmentation in problem areas where pimples previously formed and improves the skin’s texture. As the mask is peeled away, skin looks smoother, softer, and refreshed while pores appear visibly reduced. I would definitely buy the full size of this mask. 

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover -  Retail price $14 for 6.76 oz

I have tried may different makeup removers and although most get the job done, this one removes my waterproof mascara the quickest and the easiest with very little tugging of my lashes. It does not sting or irritate my eyes at all. Give it a few shakes, pour a little onto a makeup wipe and you're good to go..... bye bye makeup. Oh and of course the price is a major plus.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation - Retail price $38 for 1 oz
I wear Ivory Beige 3N1 which is described as ivory beige (that's a shocker :) ) with warm neutral undertones. Although I find this shade a little too light for my skin,  I have been wearing it for about two years mostly during the winter months with some bronzer. The formula is described as a 15-hour, flawless foundation that stays looking fresh and natural through heat, humidity, and nonstop activity. EstÄ“e Lauder’s Double Wear Makeup delivers flawless, 15-hour staying power, and it is natural-looking for carefree coverage. A lightweight, oil-free, and buildable formula, it doesn’t change color, leaving your makeup looking as fresh as when you first applied it. 

Nars Audacious Mascara - Retail price $26 for 0.32 oz
I did a full review on this mascara back in August. Click here for the details: Nars Audacious Mascara Review

Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial - Retail price $48 for 2.5 oz

A one-minute mask that firms, tones, and smooths the skin with 10 percent vitamin C that turns a dull complexion bright. Formulated with potent water-activated vitamin C, this one-minute mask instantly revitalizes and visibly rejuvenates the skin. It reduces signs of fatigue, photo-aging, and skin imperfections, and leaves skin looking firm, toned, and smoothed. Skin instantly glows with renewed health and radiance. 

Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes - Retail price $11.99 for 150 count
Included in this box are 4 - 30 count flip top recloseable lid packs and 2 - 15 count resealable travel packs. I absolutely love these makeup wipes from Costco. I use them every night to remove my makeup although I still pour a little makeup remover on them just to help remove my waterproof mascara with ease. I do not like tugging on my eyes and lashes if I don't have to.

Pamper yourself with an effective and complete skin care solution that offers a deep clean and will not irritate your skin. This mild formula has cucumber, chamomile flower extract and aloe and will remove all traces of makeup, dirt and oil leaving your skin glowing and refreshed, No need to rinse your face afterwards. A definite YAY for me. If you couldn't tell from my previous blog posts, I use these daily so they usually show up in my empties. Sadly this was my last package I need to get to Costco!

Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 - Retail price $48 for 1.7 oz

An all-in-one antiaging treatment, sunscreen, complexion corrector, moisturizer, and tint. This multifunctional complexion corrector is formulated with arbutin and camu camu, an Amazonian superfruit that has 30 times the vitamin C of an average orange. Vitamin C evens out the skintone and supports natural collagen, creating the appearance of firmer, brighter, younger-looking skin over time. It instantly minimizes the look of imperfections, while broad spectrum SPF 30 protects skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Antioxidant vitamins C and E help fight free radical attack and keep skin healthy, radiant, and beautiful. 

Chanel Chance eau de parfum - Retail price $94 for 1.7 oz or $124 for 3.4 oz

Floral notes merge with sweet and spicy elements to embody the most powerful, concentrated and long-lasting form of fragrance.For those who dare to dream, the decidedly young scent of CHANCE, an unexpected floral, pulls out all the stops.

Chanel Coco eau de parfum - Retail price $94 for 1.7 oz

An elegant, luxurious spray closest in strength and character to the parfum form. Spray lightly on pulse points morning and evening. The classic signature bottle is a sophisticated addition to any dressing table.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream eau de toilette - variety of sizes

 $25 for 0.33 oz rollerball
 $54 for 1.0 oz bottle
 $78 for 1.7 oz bottle
 $96 for 3.4 oz bottle

Inspired by the boundless spirit of daisies and blue skies, Daisy Dream reflects Marc Jacobs’ irresistible mix of intricate details, elegance, and femininity for a fresh interpretation of the iconic Daisy motif. The fruity-floral fragrance has a light and airy touch, bursting with top notes of blackberry, grapefruit, and pear. The heart notes are introduced with a bouquet of jasmine, lychee, and blue wisteria, and a medley of white woods, musks, and coconut water reveal the base notes. 

The glass bottle is enveloped in a shawl of laced daisies, topped with a silver cap, and adorned with gold hues and daisy accents. 

Blackberry, Grapefruit, Pear, Jasmine, Lychee, Blue Wisteria, White Woods, Musks, Coconut Water. 
Ethereal. Free-spirited. Luminous.

Lancome La Vie Est Belle eau de parfum - variety of sizes

 $25 for 0.34 oz rollerball
 $66 for 1.0 oz bottle
 $86 for 1.7 oz bottle
 $110 for 2.5 oz bottle
 $198 for 6.76 oz bottle (never saw a bottle this big)

La vie est belle or life is beautiful—the expression of a new era. It represents a choice; the choice to break free from convention, the choice to create your own path to happiness. La vie est belle introduces a new story, the first ever iris gourmand. 

The juice is made with the most precious natural ingredients, a modern interpretation of an oriental fragrance with a twist of gourmand. It entwines the elegance of iris with the strength of patchouli and the sweetness of a gourmand blend for an incredible scent with depth and complexity. 

Iris, Patchouli, Gourmand. 
Free. Happy. Deep.

Stacey <3