June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

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June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

June 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Swatches: Balm Springs Blush, Pink Cloud

1. NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé in Pink Cloud
2. Margaret Dabbs London Treatment-Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily
3. theBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush
4. Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream
5. DOUCCE Maxlash Volumizer Mascara

I’m not too crazy about my June Ipsy Glam Bag. The bag itself is cute and there are a few items that will get some use, but nothing really stood out to me.

First up is the NYX Professional Makeup Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé in Pink Cloud. It can be used on your lips or cheeks. It looks really pretty and pigmented in the swatch, but applies rather sheer on the lips. It also applied very streaky and made for a really bad look. I haven’t tested this on my cheeks yet, but so far I’m not that impressed.

The Margaret Dabbs London Treatment-Enriched Nail Polish in Green Daylily is a really pretty nail polish. And you can never have enough nail polish. Am I right?

I’m pretty sure I already have a sample of theBalm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush. Their little samples are so cute. And it’s always nice to have a nice neutral rose shade to pop in your makeup bag when you’re on the go.

The Dr. Lili Fan Probiotic Recovery Cream doesn’t really sound like something I’d use. I might be passing this one along.

Last up is the DOUCCE Maxlash Volumizer Mascara. I’ve seriously got so many mascara samples laying around that I might have to pass this one along too. So that at least someone will use it.

The blush and nail polish will definitely get some use. So it’s not all bad. What did you get in your June bag?

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Play! by Sephora: June 2017

Posted in Beauty, Play! by Sephora on July 17, 2017 | 3 Comments »


Play! by Sephora: June 2017

Play! by Sephora: June 2017

Play! by Sephora: June 2017

Swatch: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub

After quite a few disappointing Play! boxes I’m really happy to report that the June box is a winner! I’m digging the Summer Starters theme.

Ok so I wasn’t too excited to receive another Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer, but at least it’s something I can use. Not that I’ll get much use from Benefit’s super tiny samples.

I was very excited to see Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in K-Dub though! Kat Von D’s liquid lipsticks are some of the first I’ve tried and fell in love with. And I don’t already own K-Dub. It’s a gorgeous bold fuchsia that will really stand out this Summer.

The First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer is an oil-free priming moisturizer. It claims to brighten, smooth, and visibly blur pores and imperfections leaving your skin with a natural, dewy glow. I can definitely get some use from this.

I’m really digging the packaging on the IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel. It’s a coconut oil-infused gel. I assumed it would smell like coconut, but instead it smells like perfume. I don’t really wear gel, but maybe one of the guys can get some use of it.

I was also very excited to see the Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil. I loved the past few Ouai products I’ve received. The Rose Hair & Body Oil claims to be a luxurious, fast absorbing oil that is rich in nutrients to illuminate and hydrate. I’ve only quickly tested it out and the smell isn’t so strong. I get a faint floral scent which is very nice if you’re sensitive to the stronger scents.

Last, but certainly not least is Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. My only complaint here is that my sample bottle was only like 1/3 way full. And that’s a bummer because I really love this perfume.

Overall, I’d have to say the June box was a real winner. I was happy with everything and for the most part they’ll all get used up. No duds here!

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ittse The Glambition Collection

Posted in Beauty, ittse on June 26, 2017 | 20 Comments »


ittse The Glambition Collection

ittse The Glambition Collection

ittse The Glambition Collection

Swatches: #Girlboss, Goal Digger, Hustle $ Glow, Run The World

So y’all are probably like ‘So much for finally being caught up!’ I am. I was. But guess who forgot to set all of my posts to PUBLISH? Now that I’m finally settled and getting into a new routine, I’ve been sort of taking it easy. I’m just trying to just enjoy things. I should have at least checked in. Oops?

ittse The Glambition Collection

Anyway, back in December I was first introduced to the brand ittse. I’m still loving my Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection. It’s surprisingly still available. I highly suggest scooping it up while you still can! I was so impressed with the collection and how beautifully put together it was that I jumped at the chance to scoop up another fun collab. This one is The Glambition Collection which is a collab between Jess of Love for Lacquer and ittse.

Unlike The Lotus Collection, The Glambition Collection is full of face products. It includes a beautiful blush, 2 universal illuminating powders, and a multi-tasking all over glow powder. #Girlboss is a beautiful pinky peach blush with a satin finish. Hustle & Glow is a champagne gold highlighter. Run The World is a light champagne highlighter. I’m getting some serious rose gold vibes from Goal Digger. All of the shades are nicely pigmented. They’re so soft and buttery. They applied and blended beautifully.

ittse The Glambition Collection

This collection really is versatile. I’ve used Goal Digger on my eyelid and #Girlboss in my crease. The highlighters offer some serious glow too. Of course you can just as easily tone it down and opt for a more natural look. I think it would have been cool if the collection included a bronzer as well for a complete face look. But then that would mean parting with one of the highlighters and I just couldn’t give one of these up.

You can see this collection in action below!

ittse The Glambition Collection

Overall, I’d have to say it was another wonderful collab that was very beautifully put together. And it’s refreshingly different from the typical face collections that are out there now.

ittse The Glambition Collection

You can purchase The Glambition Collection here for $35.00. For an extra $15.00 you can add a palette to your order which is a great deal since the palettes cost $24.00. I really love their palettes. They come in 6 pretty shades and it includes a mirror. ittse ships within the US and Canada!

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