January Ipsy Bag

Alright y’all! Ipsy bag time! I’m pretty excited about this months products. There’s a few brands that I’ve tried before and some newbies. Let’s jump right in!

Initial thoughts..this color looks beautiful! I love a lip stain but they usually dry out my lips. Just by swatching it on my hand, it is so smooth and creamy! It did dry down and has stayed put on my hand. I’m really interested to see how this holds up on the lips. I’m ready to put this through the ringer to see how it holds up!

By now, yall know that I love a good mask but, I’m usually not a fan of anything that exfoliates my face. I just find that that the exfoliants are too rough for my facial skin but I will give this one a try. It says that it’s a gentle and good for sensitive skin so maybe it won’t be too rough for me. It is made with kaolin clay, coconut and avocado oils, and Vitamin C. This masque is designed to purify pores, absorb excess oils, nourish, and get skin glowing. We’ll see! I have two other masks that I’m trying to use up so I’ll be adding this into the rotation soon.

Serums have become a staple item in my skincare routine over the past couple years. I’m currently using one by Burt’s Bees and I really love it but I’m interested to give this one a try. This serum has argan stem cells that are designed to hydrate the skin and provide the skin with vitamins and minerals. It is supposed to help with how the skin regenerates as well as restore firmness and elasticity. This all sounds great to me! I’m excited to try it out.

I’ve tried Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics before so I’m excited to try this shadow out. There were two color options that were sent out, bikini or Sangria. Out of the two, I’m definitely happy with getting Bikini, it’s a more wearable color for me. The Sangria shade looked beautiful but was not a color I tend to gravitate towards for daily looks. Bikini is a beautiful bronze metallic shimmer that will be beautiful for summer! Excited to add this into my make up collection. The formula feels so smooth and buttery. It looks like it will be a great for blending and will have very little fall out!

YESSSSSSSSSS!!! I LOVE the Mary-Lou Manizer! I had this before I used every last bit that I could scrape out of the pan. I’m so excited to have another one! This a gorgeous warm honey highlight that looks great on the eye, cheekbones, down the nose…anywhere that you want to highlight, you can’t go wrong with this. It has a slight shimmer but not too much and is just one of the most perfect highlighters on the market. If you need a highlighter, this one is fantastic.

 

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this month’s bag. I’m always excited to get skincare and got products from some great brands! Keep checking back to see how these products check out!

 

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The Baby Dry Skin Dream Team!

I love when inspiration strikes out of nowhere! This post wasn’t originally planned but I came across two products that I just can’t say enough good things about! I posted about them on my personal Instastory and was flooded with messages and questions.

Being from the south, I’ve never had to really worry about dry skin in the winter. We get some cold temperatures but nothing ever too crazy (we’re lucky if we get one snow day every two years) but this year we had a major cold snap and it has lasted off and on for a few weeks.

 

 

Pre-baby Molly would have been in heaven! Give me all the boots, scarves, and big sweatshirts! I love bundling up and my skin doesn’t really dry out so it’s never been an issue for me.

Post-baby Molly? WINTER IS EXHAUSTING! And…why wasn’t it this cold last year when I was pregnant?! Dressing myself is still easy but trying to dress a baby?! My goodness, it’s just easier to stay home. Even worse then trying to get out and about is that the cold weather reeked havoc on poor Anderson’s skin. He woke up one morning with dry patches on his arms and legs and his poor cheeks were chapped and so so red!

 

 

When I realized how dried out his skin was, I began doubling up on his lotion and using Aquaphor on his cheeks. Initially, the Aquaphor was helping but seemed to be keeping his cheeks from getting worse but not really helping them get better. I tired a mix of lotions, Aquaphor, and coconut oil and nothing seemed to do the trick. I found myself constantly lathering him up with lotion (which he hated) and just not really seeing any improvement.

A couple of years ago I learned about a lot of products that can be your personal care products that are actually really bad for your skin! The main ingredient that is HORRIBLE for your skin is Mineral Oil (also known as petrolatum). You would think that something called mineral oil would be beneficial but there is nothing farther from the truth. Mineral Oil actually prevents your skin from being able to breath. It will clog your pores and damages the water layer of your skin that allows products to absorb. Basically, it suffocates the skin! I try to always check products for mineral oil or petrolatum before purchasing and I will not purchase it if it contains mineral oil.

As I began looking at the few baby products that I had on hand, I realized….THEY ALL HAVE MINERAL OIL IN THEM! I immediately stopped using them. I’d rather not use anything at all on his skin than use something that has mineral oil in it. The next day, we ventured to Target to see what alternatives we could find. I specifically wanted something that I felt comfortable using on his face.

 

As soon as we were on the baby care aisle, I started reading labels. I started to get frustrated because everything had mineral oil or petrolatum listed as an ingredient. Finally, I look up and see The Honest Company. Surely, they were safe right? And even better, there was big, bold print that said face and body! I snatched the bottle and scanned the ingredients.….NO MINERAL OIL! SOLD! In the buggy it went. My sister had also recommended using an eczema cream. I scanned the aisle and saw the Aveeno Baby Eczema Night Therapy balm. Again, I scanned through the ingredients and we were clear of Mineral oil so to the check out we went!

 

 

Anderson got his usual nighttime bath and I sat down to test out these new products. As first I was put off with The Honest Company Lotion just because the consistency seemed thin so I began thinking that this might not be the answer to our problems but I figured I would give it a shot anyway. It went over Anderson’s skin so nicely! I absorbed quickly and felt really nice on his skin. Ok, maybe I judged too quickly!

I used a little bit on his face but before he went to bed, I decided to try the Aveeno. I figured it wouldn’t hurt anything. As soon as I felt this product, I knew we had a winner. This stuff feels so good! It’s nice and creamy and thick! But the thickness doesn’t feel heavy at all. It glides over the skin so smoothly and just feels like a little bit of heaven! I put this all over Anderson’s cheeks and put him to bed.

The next morning, Anderson’s skin looked and felt so much better! The redness and dryness on his cheeks was a total night and day difference. And the dry patches on his arms and legs had greatly improved as well. I’m so impressed with these two products that I have put everything else that I had tried out in the back of the cabinet and will only be using these from now on. We’ve been using these two products for less than three days and it has completely transformed his skin. I would recommend these to anyone and everyone and not even just for kids. I love the Aveeno so much, I want to purchase the big tub for myself to use! If you or your child is suffering from dry skin, I would strongly recommend trying these out!

What are your favorite baby care products? What products have worked out and what haven’t?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Buy The Honest Company Face & Body Lotion Here!

Buy Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Nighttime Balm Here

2018: The No Buy Year

 

After months of putting off organizing my newly remodeled bathroom, I finally got some organizing containers and stayed up until midnight sorting, organizing, and cleaning out the abundance of products that I have been hoarding!

When we unexpectedly had to remodel our bathroom, I was 5-6 months pregnant and completely overwhelmed! We went away to visit my family for Christmas and were having our bedroom floors refinished while we were out of town. We came back to the contractor saying that something didn’t look right underneath our master bathroom. After further investigation, turns out our shower had not been properly sealed and had been leaking pretty much the whole 10 years that we had been living in the house. Every support beam holding up our bathroom was completely damaged and needed to be replaced. This was only validated when my husbands foot literally went through the tile floor when he got out of the shower one morning. We took this as an opportunity to remodel the bathroom! Which normally, I would be ecstatic about but the damage was so extensive that within 48 hours, our bathroom was just a gaping hole in our house. To top it off, of course there was mold from the water leaking for 10 + years so being pregnant, I couldn’t even walk into our bedroom to get our items out.

The contractors had to tear out the existing bathroom as soon as possible which meant they also did the cleaning out of all of our personal items. Let’s just say our house looked like a combination of Hoarders and Extreme Home Make Over. Being the Type A personality that I am, y’all can imagine that my anxiety was through the roof! On top of living in a construction zone, being pregnant, and completely drowning in work at my job, I left most of the designing and remodeling to my Husband. My only requirement was that we add additional storage. Other than that, I gave my Husband complete freedom with the bathroom design. Which again, for this Type A girl, was not an easy task for me to do but he came through big time!

Our new bathroom has been great and was finished JUST in time for us to get moved back in and be ready for Baby! But since we cut the timeline pretty close, I didn’t have a chance to do much organizing and then baby arrived and everything just got pushed off to the wayside. Finally a couple of weeks ago, I was determined to get everything into a rightful place. As I was sorting and organizing I was able to take an inventory of the amount of beauty products that I have. I wasn’t even aware that I had back up upon back ups of items and other things I never even knew I had! I love trying all kinds of products so I decided to use 2018 as a Year Of No Buy!

A Year of No Buy? What does that even mean?

What it means is, that I won’t be purchasing any beauty products unless I am totally out and don’t have a comparable product to use. This will allow me to thoroughly use up and review products and maybe find some new holy grail items! The only time I will purchase a product is if I don’t have anything else that will do the job. For example, I’m on my last can of hairspray. So once I use up the last of this can, I will purchase more because I don’t have anything else in my collection that is hairspray related. And let’s be real, I’m a proper southern girl and we don’t function without a can of hairspray in our bathroom cabinets at all times.

My one exception will be my subscription boxes, Ipsy and Bumpbox. I will continue to receive these mainly because it would be too complicated to try and suspend them and I really, really look forward to getting them each month. So it’s my one treat for myself. 🙂

I’m really excited to for this challenge and to work through the products that are in my bathroom!

December Beauty Empties

 

Anyone else feel like they run out of all their beauty products at the same time? December was an especially productive month for “empties”. I collected the items that I used up over the month of December and have put together mini reviews. I’ll let you know what I think and if it’s something I would repurchase or not. So here we go, December Empties!

Just be prepared to see this one in pretty much and empties post. This is my favorite brand of hairspray of all time. I discovered this hair spray in college and have never looked back! This can is the strongest hold that they make, which I bought because finding the Level 5 hold is actually really hard! So when I found it, I scooped up two cans. But I have to say, that the level 5 hold isn’t my favorite. I prefer the Level 4 so once I use up my other can of the Level 5, I’ll be going back to my old faithful of the Level 4. The Level 5 had great hold and is considered a “touchable” hairspray but, for me, it makes my hair just a little too crunchy. The level 4 is the perfect amount of hold and touchability but overall this is a great spray and I recommend it for all hair types!

 

Thayers Witch Hazel Toner is an alcohol-free toner with aloe vera, rose petal water, witch hazel extract, and Vitamin E. I purchased this out of convince and have since fallen in love! I wanted a travel size toner for when I was in the hospital giving birth and this was the only one I could find in a travel size at my local Target so I purchased it without a second thought and threw it in my hospital bag. Once I started using this, I noticed a significant difference in my skin and have dreaded the day that I would run out. Sadly, that day has come and they have been out of the Rose Petal scent every time I’ve gone to my local Target! I will purchase this ten times over and it will be a new staple in my skin care. At the moment, I am using a different toner that I had purchased previously but once I have used that one up, I’ll be ordering this one in bulk! The travel size has lasted me almost six months so I can’t wait to purchase the full size which is 12 oz versus the 3 oz travel size.

 

So this is a boring one but it takes forever to use up one of the bottles of contact lens solution so I always feel accomplished when I use one up. I won’t spend a lot of time on this one…it’s your basic contact lens solution, it’s what I’ve always used 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ moving on!

 

If you’ve never hear of Arbonne, you’re missing out!! I normally don’t buy into the direct sales companies but Arbonne is one that I can get behind and have purchased from several times over. Only draw back…it can be pretty pricy so I don’t it purchase often, it’s definitely a splurge but well worth it. The products are amazing and if I could afford it, I would throw out all my skincare and strictly use these products! The corrective eye cream is great and reduces puffiness, under eye circles, and is anti-aging. I’ve purchased this 3 times and if I could afford to buy it every time, I would!

 

I got this in an Ipsy bag a couple of months ago and was hesitant to use it. I love Smashbox and their products but every Smashbox primer I’ve tried has never worked for me! People rave about them and the primer oil is a cult classic with my favorite YouTubers but it broke me out like crazy and my make up slip all over the place. This primer was ok for me. Again, Smashbox primers just aren’t my thing. I used this up, it did a decent job but I prefer my drugstore primers to this any day. It’s slightly tinted and supposed to create a “glow” but I didn’t really get anything from it. All in all, not bad but not for me

 

I got this little guy in my most recent Ipsy bag and based off of the description, I couldn’t wait to try it! I opened it immediately and started using it. It takes a lot for me not to use up an entire product even if I don’t care for it but this one is being tossed without finishing! The first couple of days were good but after day 2-3, I noticed some weird patches on my face and small breakouts. It wasn’t anything crazy but it was enough that I was concerned. I don’t break out easy and this was the only thing I had changed in my skincare so I stopped using it for a couple days and used my original nighttime moisturizer. My skin immediately cleared up. I thought maybe it was coincidence so I tried the Chok Chok cream again for a couple days and immediately had the same results 😫 so this one is going in the trash bin without being completed. It was a small sample so it’s not worth giving to someone or donating. I’m so disappointed! I wanted to love this product and get on the Korean beauty bandwagon but this one was a fail for me. However, the scent is lovely and the consistency is really nice.

 

This little guy, I really enjoyed using. I didn’t notice any amazing results but it was nice to use something a little different in my skincare/nighttime routine. The BirchJuice Hydro Sleeping Pack is a mask that you put on as the last step in your nighttime routine and rinse off in the morning. Let’s be real, with an infant that wakes up at random hours in the morning, I almost always forgot to actually rinse my face in the morning but I never noticed any issues with leaving it on my skin. When I remembered, I would at least use some micellar water and a cotton pad to cleanse my skin. I didn’t use this every night. I would use it a couple times a week until it ran out. On the nights I used this, I used it in place of my nighttime moisturizer.  Overall, it was a nice product! Not something I feel necessary to repurchase but was fun to try and would use again in the future.

 

This conditioner was so so for me. I received this in a Redkin gift set sometime ago and it sat in my bathroom for a long time before I actually used it. It’s a basic conditioner, I don’t really have anything good or bad to say about it. It did the job but I didn’t notice any big changes in my hair. Overall, I would not repurchase this. I have another condition that is my favorite that I’ll be going back to!

 

This product is so good! This was just a sample size that I used up but I have a huge tub of it sitting in my cabinet. Gelee is a gel that can ease tired muscles and also hydrate the skin. It’s also great for sunburns and mosquito bites. When I was running consistently, I would use gelee all over my legs and then use a foam roller and I could tell a huge difference anytime I used it. LOVE LOVE LOVE this product.

 

I received this in a BumpBox subscription box while I was pregnant and I have to say, it’s very nice! Towards the end of my pregnancy, I had awful swelling and terrible terrible joint pain in my hands and feet. I had this in my cabinet and used it out of desperation one night and it did ease my joint pain. It didn’t do much for my swelling but I did feel better after a nice soak with this. You can use as much of the product as you want in your soaks so it’s up to you how quickly you go through it. For me, I did my soaks in my oversized bathtub so I only got a few uses. Overall, I enjoyed this product but probably would not purchase again on my own. I prefer a full body soak as opposed to something that is just specific to my feet.

 

Hey Honey has become a brand that I really enjoy! I was first introduced to the brand through Ipsy and this mask has been one of my favorites! I normally stray away from exfoliating face products just because I often find exfoliants are too harsh on my face but this isn’t your traditional exfoliant. It’s an exfoliant in the sense that it exfoliates with the peel off component. I haven’t found many peel off masks that are true peel off masks but this one fits the bill. A thin layer is all you need and as soon as it’s dry, you can peel away. It peels off easy and doesn’t irritate the skin and leaves the skin feeling clean and smooth. I noticed a big difference in the size of my pores once I started using this. I would definitely purchase this mask again.

 

I bought this on a whim right after I had my baby. The packaging originally drew me in (I’m a sucker for good packaging) and as a new mom who barely got a shower let alone had time (or energy) to dry my hair, this sounded like a life saver. The Air Dry It Cream is designed to minimize heat use by working with your natural hair textures to smooth and shine the hair without using heat. I used up the whole bottle but I didn’t notice any real difference :/ Not much to say other than it didn’t hurt my hair but didn’t really help it either. Overall..not a bad product, just not for me.

 

My Sister gave me this for my birthday . I love dry shampoo and I think it’s the greatest invention butttt this brand was not my style. I like my dry shampoos to be pretty powdery. This doesn’t leave the dreaded white cast but I didn’t feel like this did what I needed it to do as a dry shampoo. I felt like this left a residue in my hair and didn’t really dry up the excess oils. I was happy when I finally used this bottle up and could go back to my old faithful dry shampoo.

 

If you watch any Beauty Guru on YouTube, you’ve likely heard of Josie Marin so when I got this foundation sample I was so excited. I had never tired any Josie Marin products before and had only ever heard great things. When I first used this foundation, I loved it! It was a medium coverage that could be built up and when I could catch my reflection I felt like it had a beautiful finish. I was sold and thought about purchasing a full size bottle. After using it a couple more times, it just quit working for me! The next few times I used it, it wouldn’t sink into my skin, it slipped everywhere, and took forever to blend. I would catch my reflection throughout the day and it looked awful! It clung to dry patches and showed every little bit of peach fuzz on my face.  I continued to use up the sample and some days it worked and some days it didn’t. I couldn’t figure out why some days I loved it and why some days it looked awful! It’s a mystery and I was glad to finally use the last pump of the bottle. I’ve heard amazing things about other products from Josie Marin but I would skip on this foundation. There’s plenty of great contenders at the drug store.

 

What I’m taking away from December’s empties is I’ll be going back to a lot of my old faithful’s. While I have a set list of go to products, I still love testing out new things. If you would like more detailed reviews about any of the products listed above, let me know in the comments! I’m happy to do more extensive reviews and will always take suggestions for new products to try!

December BumpBox

Y’all…what did we do before subscription boxes? Seriously, I LOVE LOVE LOVE getting my subscription boxes in the mail every month. One of my favorite ones is BumpBox!

My mom ordered me a subscription to BumpBox at the beginning of my pregnancy. I had never heard of Bumpbox so when it showed up on my door step I was so excited and I realized what it was.

 

BumpBox is a curated subscription box that caters to you and your pregnancy. But the exciting thing is, you can continue to receive BumpBox even after you little one has arrived! Each box that I received during pregnancy was designed for the stages of pregnancy. For example, the first box I received had things to ease morning sickness but by the end of my pregnancy, I was getting foot soaks and other items to help calm your mind and body for final weeks before baby arrived.

Now, I get items that are related to Anderson’s growth and development as well as feel good items for me! This months box contained Mom feel good items! Let’s jump into this months box…

First up….Glow Organics 9 Charcoal Face and Body Mask. I’m so excited about this! I love a good mask and charcoal masks are my favorite. I can’t wait to give this a try. I’ve been sent other Glow Organics products in previous boxes and have really enjoyed them. My only complaint with Glow Organics is so superficial, I hate to even mention it but the packaging! It’s so big and bulky. Granted, you get a ton of product which is great but I have a hard time find places to store them that’s convenient so I remember to use their products.

 

This mask is said to be a detoxifying mask for the face and body that keeps your skin glowing! The mask contains charcoal and avocado oil that clear away impurities and also exfoliates. The Glow Organics 9 Charcoal Face and Body Mask is $24.99.

 

Glow Organcis 9 Charcoal Mask

 

I love a good up of coffee or tea and this months box is only adding to my addiction. This month comes with Earth Mama Peaceful Mama Tea. The Peaceful Mama Tea is a chamomile and red raspberry blend that aids with stress and insomnia. I’ve had the Earth Mama Milk Maid Tea and really liked it so I’m excited to try this one….especially since… the next item was….

 

Bumplife “Tired As A Mother” Mug! This mug is ADORABLE and I immediately rinsed it out and used it! It’s actually smaller size mug than I’m used to but I found that I really enjoyed the size of it. I was able to brew 8oz of coffee comfortably and still have enough room for my splash of creamer and almond milk. I foresee this mug and I becoming good friends. ❤️

 

Earth Mama Peaceful Mama Tea is $5.99

Earth Mama Peaceful Mama Tea

 

The Bumplife mug is $9.99, however, I’ve searched the internet and can’t find this exact mug 🙁 but I have linked to Bumplife’s website. They have lots of fun pregnancy products to check out!

Bump Life

 

Who doesn’t love a good candle? I do that’s for sure! I can’t get enough candles so when I saw No. 6 Soy Candle I did a happy dance. It’s in the scent lavender which means it will be finding a home in my bathroom. Lavender is my favorite sent to burn when I’m able to take a relaxing bath.

 

Again, I couldn’t find a link for the exact candle provided in the box but I have linked to the parent company for the brand.

Aroma Naturals

 

I was intrigued when I saw the Berkley Spray in the box and reached for it first. It’s a idea neutralizing spray that’s organic and safe to use around baby! It comes with a spritzer and I immediately screwed it in and went to the nursery! I sprayed down the crib and the bathroom and I have to say, this stuff really works! It doesn’t have an odor itself but it did completely take away and odors that were in Anderson’s room! Can I buy this stuff in bulk?! I want to have a bottle in every room!

 

Berkley Spray is $7.99

Berkley Green Baby Odor Nursery Remover

 

The last main item in the box this month are Bumplife Hair Ties! I LOVE these kinds of hair ties and you won’t find me without one these days. Again, sadly, I couldn’t find the exact ones I received but I’ve linked to a great alternative from Amazon.

 

Kenz Laurenz Elastic Pony Tail Holders

 

The last couple items that were in this months BumpBox are considered bonus items! Usually, BumpBox includes coupon codes or discounts for other items and this month was no different 🙂 This month included a $10 off and $40 purchase with Glow Organics as well as a code for a free gift with Parabo Press. The last bonus item was a Laughing Giraffe Snackaroon. I had actually tried these before so it was a fun surprise to see! Laughing Giraffe is an organic, plant based, gluten-free, all natural snack company with lots of different products. And they are DELICIOUS! They are a great healthy snack.

 

The Laughing Giraffe

 

Overall, I’m so happy with the month’s box and ready to dig into these products! Keep checking back to see updates for how these products worked out!

 

Interested in getting BumpBox or giving it as a gift? Check out the link below!

 

Get Bump Box Here!

IPSY December 2017

Ok people, if you aren’t on the beauty subscription bandwagon you need to be! Beauty subscriptions have helped me build a make up collection, try out new products, and keep me from having to buy a ton of new products. For $10.00/month, I get to test out skin care, make up, make up tools, and have a stock pile of mini bags for traveling!

Like most subscription services, you complete a questionnaire to determine your beauty profile and then a bag is curated specifically for you each month. At any time, you can go in and adjust your preferences. You can also review each product to adjust what types of products you receive.

Here are my thoughts on December’s Bag….

First of all, the bag itself might be one of my favorites! The blue-silver sparkle is not only perfect for the holidays but just plain pretty! I will happily carry this in my purse (AKA diaper bag) anytime of the year.

The first product  received is The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream from TonyMoly. I wasn’t familiar with this brand so I did a little research. TonyMoly is a Korean based beauty company that was one of the trailblazers in the Korean beauty trend. They have a wide range of products from skincare to make up to body products. TonyMoly also has a great variety of products that range from just a few dollars to around the $50.00 range.

The Chok Chok Green Tea Water Cream is a daily moisturizer that is describes as “…a protective layer over your skin to help shield it from pollution, free radicals, and other skin-damaging elements.”  Sounds like everything I’ve ever dreamed of!!

I’ll have to test this out for a while to see how I really feel but here are my initial thoughts. The consistency is very nice! It’s creamy consistency without feeling heavy, dries very quickly, and is not heavily scented. I’m excited to work this into my skincare routine. Stay tuned for my thoughts in a later post!

Initial impression: Super Excited to try!

The Chok Chok Green Tea Water Cream is $25.00.

Next up is the City Color Cosmetics shimmer shadow in the shade It’s A Girl. There were two shade options that I could have received. It’s a Girl is described as a metallic plum while All Eyes On Me is a smoky mauve. I’ve used City Color Cosmetics before and I was happy to receive either one of these colors as they weren’t colors I would typically purchase on my own.

So first of all, the size of the product is HUGE! You get a ton a shadow to work with and the packaging is nice and sturdy. The color isn’t probably isn’t something that I would have picked for myself but I’m excited to try something new. The pigmentation is really beautiful. It’s a metallic shadow without being overly shiny and is very wearable when swatched however, the consistency is pretty dry and chalky. I’ll definitely have to play around with this to determine the quality and bendability of the shadow.

Initial impression: Meh…We’ll see

City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadows are $3.99 and come in 24 different colors!

This girl loves a good mascara and I was so excited to try this one! It’s the MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension 3D Lash Mascara in Black Extreme. Believe it or not but I don’t have any MAC Cosmetics! I’ve used MAC before but have never purchased any of my own so I was excited to add this to my collection and test it out. This mascara is a whipped formula that is supposed to give volume, curl, and lengthen but not clump…sounds like the holy grail of mascaras to me! It also says that you can use an angled brush and use this mascara in place of liquid liner. Hmmm…liquid liner is usually not my thing but I might give it a shot.

I have to say, I love the packaging of the sample size! I’ve looked up the full size product and it comes as your standard mascara tube but the sample comes as a squeeze tube which I just think is so clever! I’m picky when it comes to the wand on a mascara and this one doesn’t look like it will disappoint. And the name Black Extreme does the color of the mascara justice! It’s one of the blackest mascaras I’ve seen and the formulation looks nice and think. Definitely dropping this into my mascara rotation ASAP>

Initial impression: I want to go re-do my make up right now just to test this out!

MAC Cosmetics In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara is $23.00

My weakness is good skincare so having a good cleanser is crucial! I’ve tested out several things from First Aid Beauty so I was excited to see their Face Cleanser. This cleanser is supposed to refresh, take off your make up, and clean our your pores without leaving your skin feeling tight. It’s a whipped formula that is supposed to work for all skin types.

It’s fragrance free which I love when it comes to skin care! It’s a very nice thick formula and feels like it will really do the job with getting dirt and grime off your face. I’m always interested to see how well cleansers remove make up and this one seems promising!

Initial impression: Is it time to wash my face yet?!

First Aid Beauty Facial Cleanser is $20.00

Lastly, as much as I love testing out new products, I LOVE getting beauty tools in my Ipsy bags! This month I got the Precision Shader Onyx Brush 239 from Luxie Beauty. I have several different types of brushes from Luxie all of which I’ve received from Ipsy and I really, really like them! Out of the ones I’ve received, their shadow brushes are definitely my favorite so I was really excited to play with this.  This is an angled brush that is supposed to evenly blend shadows into your crease and has synthetic bristles.

The quality of the brush is really nice. The onyx handle has a nice texture that allows for a good grip and the bristles are very soft. The bristles are not packed super tight so it looks like you can use this brush to blend easily as well as still be able to pack on color.

Initial impression: No shade here! Adding to my make up routine tomorrow!

Luxie Beauty Precision Shader Onyx Brush 239 is $14.00

Overall, I’m very happy with this months Ipsy bag and can’t wait to really give these products a test run! Keep checking back to see if any of these products make it into my monthly favorites or empties posts!

 

 

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