October 2013 Ipsy Spoiler/Sneak Peek

I can't believe it's already the last day of September. Glad to see such an awesome spoiler for October's Ipsy bag though!!

1. All subscribers will receive one of these museum-worthy products in a precious shade!
Zoya Nail Polish

2. It’s easy to create timeless works of art when you have these products at your fingertips. Some of our subscribers will receive at least one one of these products in their October Glam Bag!

Starlooks Lip Pencil
Bella Terra Cosmetics Mineral Shimmer
H2O Plus Face Oasis Hydrating Treatment
Nourish Organics Deeply Nourishing Coconut & Argan Body Lotion
Orfa Sultry Lipgloss and Plumper

3. All subscribers will receive at least one of these products, which are well-suited for making a big, bold statement!
Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel
Big Sexy Hair Blow It Up Volumizing Gel Foam

4. Some of our subscribers will get the chance to release their inner artist with the help of at least one of these colorful products. Check back this afternoon for another sneak peek!

LA Fresh Oil Free Face Cleanser Wipes
Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection - Desert Festival palette
Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush
Buxom Full-On Lip Polish

5. Some of our subscribers will receive one of these products, which are each perfect for prepping a blank canvas.
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
Ole Henriksen Advanced Hydration Moisturizer

6. Have you guessed this month’s theme yet? How might this item fit in? Check back this afternoon for our final sneak peek of October!

7. Some of our subscribers will receive this super sweet product, the perfect reward for a long week of creative pursuits. Have a great weekend!
Be Delectable Strawberry & Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream

Choose Cheese - Sargento Voxbox


I got into the Influenster VoxBox for Sargento and I am THRILLED. Above is the box they sent. It came with a quirky little cheese stick holder.

Here's the bag I got with my free coupon and the cheese holder in action.

The Colby-Jack sticks were awesome! These are definitely the best cheese sticks/snacks I've ever had. And I'm not just saying that because I got them free. The quality is good and the taste is excellent. They're a pretty good value, too at 12 sticks for something like $3.84 (so less than fifty cents a stick). I'll be buying a bag the next time I have a hankering for cheese (because I've already gone through the one I had).

The only problem? Just eating one!

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Fuzz-Sea

I found this on sale at Target today and decided to pick it up. While this would probably look a lot better with a base coat of another color, I'm not very impressed with this for another reason. The little lines were hard to place, most wound up near the tips of my nails and quite a bit was bare near the cuticles. I had to dab the brush near the cuticles to get this effect. The below picture is 3 coats of polish, with dabbing near the cuticles each time.

Mel's September Ipsy

Anya and I got the same items in our bags this month so I thought I'd actually do mini reviews of the items I will be trying.

1. Cailyn Lip Gloss - I've heard that this product is super pigmented. I also can't help but notice that it's the same packaging as their gel liner, which I find slightly odd.
2. NYX Eye Shadow - I might use this item, I have colors very similar to this one so I'll wait and see.
3. It's So Big - I won't be trying this item since I'm up to my eyeballs in mascara samples right now. I'm trying to only open one at a time so I can go through them.
4. Starlooks Eye Liner in Obsidian - I won't be trying this item, I'm a big fan of liquid eye liner, and pencil always makes me look like a raccoon.
5. Freeman Face Mask(s) - I tried the pink one, I believe it was for face brightening. I opened it and had issues with actually putting the mask on my face. Unless little kids are applying these I don't see how most people will be able to fit the eye holes. It wound up covering about 1/4th of an inch on both outer sides of my eyes. Also the actual mask is dripping wet. Do this over a sink when you first apply or you'll have a mess on your hands. Oh and wash your face immediately after like it says in the instructions or your face will itch like crazy.

Giveaway: Benefit Cosmetics Goodie Bag

Hello lovelies! As promised, I have an extra goodie bag that I want to give to one lucky subscriber on here. The goodies will include a sample size of They're Real Mascara, Benetint, and Sugarbomb (lipgloss).

Rules: The giveaway is going to be USA only, and will run for two weeks (ending on 10/05/13 at 11:59PM CST). Winner will be emailed on 10/06/13 and have 48 hours to reply to the email with their address or another winner will be chosen.

Thank you for visiting our blog, good luck!
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Anya's September Ipsy Bag - photos (no review...yet)


Here's what was in my Ipsy bag this month:

  • Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in "Big Apple"
  • Nyx eye shadow in "Pure Gold"
  • Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in "Obsidian"
  • It's so BIG! volumizing mascara
  • Freeman Feeling Beautiful facial masques
    • Facial brightening
    • Facial purifying
    • Facial hydrating

The lip balm isn't really my color and y'all know what happened the last time I tried one of these face mask things. I likely won't try these. That means they'll go into a nice big pot for a giveaway (if my beauty bag buddies don't claim them first).

I've liked everything I've had from Nyx so far so I suspect I'll adore the gold shadow.

That only leaves the mascara and eye pencil...I suspect it'll take me a few weeks before I get the chance to try them. So, as always, if they're super awesome, I'll do a post devoted to them.

Despite these notes, I'm pleased with this month's bag. Thanks, Ipsy! <3

Ipsy + Benefit LashBash Party

I signed up to be a hostess for the Ipsy + Benefit LashBash party when it opened and got an email saying I was in! I just got all the goodies and can't wait until the party happens :) Here is what came in the box.

Sample sizes of the following items:
Benetint Cheek and Lip Stain
They're Real Mascara
Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Tester products
Peek-A-Bright Eyes - Eye Illuminating Kit
They're Real Mascara
Gimmie Brow (Brow Gel) Light/Medium
Gimmie Brow (Brow Gel) Medium/Deep
Hervana Blush
Creaseless Cream Shadow - Bikini-Tini
Creaseless Cream Shadow - Bronze Have More Fun

I'll be giving away one set of the sample sized goodies to one of the readers. Stay tuned for the giveaway post sometime next week!

Julep - September "Modern Beauty" Box


This month I opted for the Modern Beauty because it seemed like a sweet deal (two $20+ items for $20)

The items were:
  • Bare Face Cleansing Oil
  • Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer

Here's the interior:

And here are the products themselves:

Bare Face Cleansing Oil

The instructions mention putting this on dry hands and dry face and then washing it off. I've tried the usual way and this way. It's a little odd doing it with dry skin and hands but it works. This stuff has an oily consistency but it washes right off. And my skin does feel cleansed afterward.

Blank Canvas Mattifying Face Primer

If your primary concern is shiny skin, this is the primer for you. I've tried it beneath mattifying foundation twice. Once on a Saturday for dinner and a movie and then today while training folks at work and then my usual exercise routine. Even though I was a sweaty mess after exercising, there was hardly any sheen on my forehead. As for how much of that was the primer and how much was the foundation...the foundation does a fairly good job of being matte for a few hours but as the day wears on, the shine comes out. But not with this primer.

In terms of hiding pores, wrinkles, and imperfections...I can't say this primer did much of anything on that front.

Findings: All in all, I'm pleased with these products at the $10 a piece I paid for them but I doubt I'd pay full price for them.