Why I Cancelled Birchbox Canada …

I haven’t talked about Birchbox Canada since April’s missing box mix up. I decided I needed to give Birchbox a minimum of three more months to really get a feel for their products, designs, and business in general. In the end, I decided to cancel. Would I go back? Possibly. Would I recommend them to others? Yes. So why did I cancel? I’ll drop it down low, break it down month by month. Grab your popcorn. This is going to be a long one …

May’s Cupcakes and Cashmere Box

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My box arrived in a complete mess. My Laqa & Co Lip Lube was smeared all over my products. I was able to clean and salvage 4 of the 5 items I was sent. I immediately contacted Birchbox Canada via email. They responded promptly and solved the issue by sending me a brand new box. I though this was unbelievable customer service!! They put a huge effort into making sure to fix the damaged items. Two weeks passed, and no replacement. I emailed them again to get a tracking number on the replacement. They apologized and said it hadn’t been sent out yet (It was now June) and for the inconvenience, they were paying for my July box. Again, amazing customer service. Mistakes happen, and I understand. I love a company that can own up to their mistakes and go above and beyond to make their customers happy and satisfied.

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My May replacement box finally arrived, only a few days before my June box. I got a couple of repeats between the two boxes, but that’s more than ok!!! I got a few different items too. Before we get into my products, I just want to comment on how CUTE these themed boxes are! I absolutely loving finding ways to reuse them.

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First Box
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Products I Received:
• Rusk Paste
• W3LL People The Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara
• Raw Spirit Fragrance Desert Blush (not pictured, damaged)
• BeeKind Body Lotion
• Laqa & Co Lip Lube in Menatour

I loved everything in this box, except the fragrance (Raw Spirit Fragrance Desert Blush). This was my 3rd Birchbox and already my 2nd fragrance. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again. I’m sensitive to fragrance. I’m picky with my scents. I’m not impressed by receiving samples of things I can get for free with any Sephora order. Birchbox claims to only send a maximum of 6 fragrances in a year, so far they have used up 33% of that promise … Plus, I hated this scent. I’m a citrus, fruity kind of girl. Floral, earthy scents are so NOT my thing. This was the item that was completely damaged for me. The effort to clean it was not worth it to me. Especially since the card it was in was a death trap of purple Menatour stain.

The Rusk Paste is great for taming flyaways in an updo. However, I feel this product would be a better fit for someone with a short hairstyle. It claims to “set” all styles. I have such fine, thin hair, that I found it extremely difficult to find a balance and not appear greasy.

The W3LL People mascara is an awesome all natural mascara. It’s so nice to have a product free of chemicals and dyes. Don’t expect this mascara to mimic the look of falsies!! It’s all natural and gives an “all natural” look. It made my blonde lashes pop and helped to define my eyes, but it didn’t give me extreme, night out worthy lashes. This mascara is perfect for a quick swipe and go, a minimalist look, or an all around easy, daily mascara. The mascara lasted through out the day, but on one day in particular I was out sunning and was wearing sunscreen. The oils in the sunscreen made the mascara smudge under my eyes. Not a huge deal for me, but this mascara will not hold up in any heat/humidity type of situation. I’d suspect the same would happen with oily skin, as sunscreened faces tend to mimic oily complexions.

The BeeKind Body Lotion was a pleasant surprise. I used the tube up almost immediately. It smelled like the most heavenly lemon zest oasis. It absorbed quickly. And it helps support the world’s bee population! My inital reaction was “another lotion …”. But I was quickly turned to “another Fanfuckingtastic lotion that I NEED in my life”. The end.

Last but not least, I finally received a Laqa & Co Lip Lube. I have watched these make the rounds in the subscription box world, but I somehow managed to miss getting them, every time. I received the shade Menatour, a gorgeous purple. I was super excited to get this shade because purple and blue are so hot right now! These pencils are convenient and perfect for on the go, no sharpener needed. They have a light minty scent and are “sheer”. I use the word “sheer” very lightly. I personally found AMAZING color payoff from this Lip Lube. They are glossy and moisturizing. I absolutely love the formula, they are so awesome for an easy no fuss lip without any color compromise. I totally recommend them. In fact, I bought FIVE full size Lip Lubes because I was so in love.

Second (Replacement) Box
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Products I Received:
• Rusk Paste
• W3LL People The Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara
• Raw Spirit Fragrance Desert Blush
• Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer
• Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol

The Raw Spirit Fragrance Desert Blush is pictured above; this box arrived without any issues or problems. Even though the fragrance arrived without any mess, I still won’t be using it, duh. As for the other items, I’ll just be talking about the two different products that I received.

The Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer is so nice. It’s made with avacado and olive oils. You can use it on your face or even your body if you find yourself in need of extra moisture. I love how thick this cream is, but it doesn’t leave skin greasy. I brought this mini with me on my trip to Mexico to keep my sun parched skin extra happy.

I’m all about serums lately. I feel like I get so many more benefits out of my moisturizer if I use a serum first. I live in a ridiculously dry climate, and sometimes the most hydrating of moisturizers are still not enough for my skin. I was thrilled to receive the Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol. This is a great all around serum, providing anti aging benefits. It also claims to shrink the look of pores, however I don’t have large pores and didn’t really notice a difference. I would be interested to see if anyone did notice a difference??

Overall, May had a few issues but they were resolved and I got a few extra products out of it. Fair! The inital box I was sent was a good fit for me. I had an even mix of makeup versus other beauty products (excluding the fragrance). I was thrilled to finally receive a mini Laqa & Co Lip Lube, even though I had to clean it off of everything. My replacement box was great as a replacement, but I’m happy it wasn’t my inital box pick, too much skincare and not enough makeup for this blondie.

June’s Adventure Box

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I loved (LOVED) the three box designs for June. I loved the sayings and the ombre colors! I was secretly hoping for the “Say Yes” box, even though I loved them all. I’m not engaged yet, but when the day comes, I already know that this box will make an amazing keepsake box. I will save it for years to come, if need be, just to fill it with memories. I was also thrilled that this box arrived without a hitch. That is if you discount the fact that we were all promised a FULL SIZE Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner. A liner that I was very excited to receive. Disappointment arrived a few weeks before my box when I found out that Eyeko was stuck at the border due to “customs issues” and we wouldn’t be receiving it. Naturally, I had hoped Birchbox would send a different full size item, but they didn’t.

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They did send a “bonus” item, a stretchy headband. Although this was a nice addition, it didn’t make up for the Eyeko in my opinion.

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Products I Received:
• Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser
• Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Eyeshadow Quad in Desert Bloom
• PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray
• Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel
• Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
• Pura Vida Lace Headband with Charm

Another box with mainly skincare and haircare, and minimal makeup. The Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser came in a super cute white bottle with pink detail. I totally plan to refill this for use when travelling or at the gym. The body wash itself was sub par. It had a slightly sweet scent and did it’s job. I prefer frothy, foamy, sudsy glory. A rich lather and a strong yummy scent. I felt like the wash only semi preformed in those two categories. Yes, I was clean. But I didn’t get to play in mounds of foamy bubbles first.

I was thrilled to receive the Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Eyeshadow Quad in Desert Bloom. First, because I loved my Coastal Scents Blush and Bronzer duo that I received in a past ipsy bag. I have wanted to try something else by this brand for a while now. And second, because I have been dying to try the so called “Naked” dupe Coastal Scents palettes. Now the Revealed 3, specifically, has not been compared as a “dupe” (1 & 2 were), but it would allow me to get an idea of the quality of the shadows. I love the colors included in this quad. Beautiful gold, brown, and burgundy/mauve shades. The quality is decent given the price point. But let’s be real, if the other palettes are a “dupe”, they are really just a budget friendly alternative. These by no means compare to the smooth, extremely pigmented, amazing quality of my Urban Decay babies. The Coastal Scents shadows were still nicely pigmented, went on easily and lasted through out the day. Would I buy the palette? No. I would save my cash for the next UD beauty. Would I recommend the palette to a budget conscious babe? Absolutely.

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PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray, Birchbox did you read my mind?!?! I wanted a Sea Salt Spray. Perfect for effortless beachy waves, and even more perfect for when you don’t want to fight with your hair over the heat and humidity of the summer months. The spray was exactly what I was looking for. A non drying product that turned me into a beachy sex goddess. A++++ Birchbox – a hair product that I’m super excited for!!

I’m so nervous to try the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel!! I have super sensitive skin and I’m worried about what this “peel” will do to it. It is acid free and claims to be gentle, but I’m still scared. Has anyone tried it??? I’m also curious if it will take my summer glow away, aka peel off my tan. I’m giving myself a few more months to work up the courage to try the peel. And if I still haven’t tried it, I’ll pass it on to a brave friend. I have a feeling the product will be wonderful and I don’t want it to go to waste.

Finally, I received Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. These are sooooo refreshing. They are a must for DIY spa days. I feel that they would be AMAZING for relaxing after little sleep. Like on a Red Eye flight, or after pulling an all nighter due to university papers, too much tequila, or newborn babies … (hopefully not all at once). I feel like my eyes instantly looked refreshed and hydrated after use. Eyes are the first to show signs of stress and aging. All the more reason to give them a little extra special love and treatment.

As for my bonus item, the Pura Vida Lace Headband, it is actually super cute. I swear I have an odd shaped head, because headbands never stay on (except for the hard “U” shaped ones). I put the band on, even secure it with bobby pins, and it will just fly off. Legit, fly off. Like pop of the back of my head and hit whatever poor soul is checking out my ass walking behind me. But it was still soooo adorable, so I re gifted it!!

June’s box arrived without any issues, but it was met with extreme disappointment that I (we) wouldn’t be receiving the Eyeko. Overall, I feel meh about my box. I loved 3/5 products (3/6 if you count the headband), and that’s not a high enough ratio for me to be satisfied, especially when my other beauty subscriptions are knocking it out of the park.

July’s Best Health Box

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For the month of July, Birchbox teamed up with Best Health Magazine, even offering a subscription offer. Again, another super cute box design. I think the themed boxes are becoming one of my favorite Birchbox features. It’s a unique twist, exclusive to Birchbox.

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The Best Health Magazine offer was a discount on their subscription service. The promotion was an offer for a year of monthly magazines for $18.97 (45% off the cover price of $34.93). I was expecting a free issue or special deal. This was basically the deal card they include in the pages of the magazine. In other words, available to ANYONE simply by opening up the pages.

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Products I Received:
• Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo
• Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
• Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara
• Acure Organics Sensitive Facial Cleanser
• Bain de Terre Argan Oil & Passion Flower Color Therapy Styling Oil

Right off the bat I thought I had a repeat item. Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo. A repeat after only 5 boxes?! No, it isn’t a repeat, but rather a different type of shampoo. I didn’t like the Number 4 Hydrating Shampoo I got in my March box. The smell was terrible. The shampoo was meh. I’m not overly thrilled to try another type by the same company. However, major points for the cute elephant on the front of the bottle.

Vasanti!! Yes I LOVE Vasanti. This is another item I have seen making the rounds in subscription boxes. I’m thrilled (beyond thrilled actually) that I received the Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator in my box. They are such an amazing Canadian brand! They have great makeup and skincare products. This scrub was just as phenomenal as I had hoped it would be. The micro crystals are so fine and smooth. They polish away dull and dry skin in no time. This scrub didn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all. It left my face looking and feeling fresh and healthy. The recommendation was to use it 3 to 5 times per week. But for sensitive, fair skin like mine, I wouldn’t use it more than twice a week tops.

A scrub and a cleanser this month. Another cleanser to blend into the mix of cleansers I have accumulated. This is a really nice cleanser though! Acure Organics Sensitive Facial Cleanser is, well, organic, surprise. It is also fine to use on sensitive skin and focuses on not striping the skin of its moisture. So so so important for me to find in a cleanser. This is the perfect size to take on a trip or in an overnight bag.

A product I know and love. A “Holy Grail” kind of product for me. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara, my absolute favorite mascara. If I had to pick only one mascara to use for the rest of my life, it would be this one. I love the brush. It’s a plastic brush, but I absolutely love what it does for my lashes. Lifts, separates, volumizes, and lengthens. They really do look like falsies. I have read that people have a really hard time removing this mascara. I personally have never had that problem. A wet cotton pad and waterproof remover works wonders. Coconut oil or cold cream works well in a pinch.

My final item was a mini vial of Bain de Terre Argan Oil & Passion Flower Color Therapy Styling Oil. Another oil from another subscription box. This works to smooth flyaways and can be put into hair wet or dry. I prefer to style my hair by adding it wet. On static filled days I will rub a teeny TINY amount between my hands and quickly run through my dry styled hair. It’s a great product, but it’s a great one among many.

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This was and will be my final Birchbox. I love two of the products I got this month but the other three were just mediocre. It’s not that they were bad products, they just weren’t for me or the types of products I’m looking for in a subscription service.

Here is an overview of the things I found during my five months with Birchbox Canada. The good and the not so good.

The love mes:
• The price ($10 CAD + $4.95 CAD shipping) is in Canadian Dollars. Meaning the price is fixed. Right now with the low CAD to USD, it’s nice to know exactly what the charge will be every month.
• Birchbox has started making themed boxes. They are so cute and so nice to reuse for storage or gifting.
• All boxes come with a detailed card outlining the products with descriptions and full size prices.
• Birchbox has an amazing shop. They have great items available, and you get points for the money you spend. Every month the featured items from boxes ship for free. This is a great deal for Canadian members.
• The points system is one of the best programs available in a subscription service. 10 points for every review (5 items in a box!). 1 point for every $1 spent in the shop. 50 points for every referral. Every 100 points gets you $10 to use in the shop. It’s that easy. And you can use it on any full size product they offer (you can’t use it for your subscription service).
• They have amazing customer service. If there is a problem they will fix it for you. And not just fix it, they make up for the inconvenience. I always heard back in a timely manner. No email went unanswered. Cancelling your subscription is also super easy to do. Literally a click of a button.

The love me nots:
• A missing designer box, a box that was damaged and all over the contents inside, a promised Eyeko that never made it into our box … all of these things were an annoyance. Yes, they were resolved, but it’s easier when everything goes smoothly.
• Birchbox is much more geared to a wide selection of beauty products. Skincare, hair care, and at least one makeup item. I prefer makeup, so this is only a “love me not” because of my personal preferences. If I’m going to get more skincare type items, I prefer higher end brands, to brands I have never heard of. In Canada, finding these unique brands, and having them not cost a fortune to ship, can be pretty difficult.
• Although the shop has amazing products, and a phenomenal points program, there is a hidden fee when Canadians purchase over $20 CAD, an International Handling Fee. It can turn a cheap purchase into a splurge. However, if you save up your points and wait for something you like to be a featured monthly item, you can get a great deal and end up only paying the CAD handling fee. In addition, they sometimes have combo packs for featured products that allow you to get multiple products and save.
• Birchbox CA recently stopped operating a separate social media account. They have now merged with Birchbox’s sites. This can be confusing and frustrating to Canadian customers because not all of the options for US customers available to us. Like products offered or the ability to pick your samples.

Overall, I think Birchbox Canada is an amazing subscription service. Especially if you are looking for a wide range of beauty products and tools. I mean we can’t forget that EVERYBODY got a Beauty Blender. I would totally resubscribe for another amazing offer like that. You can also have faith giving your money to this company. They will make it right no matter what, and you can cancel at anytime with no issues.

So that, my beauty bitches, is why I would “say yes” to anyone who asks if they should try Birchbox CA. But it is also why this girly cancelled!! ♡♡

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Topbox is STILL Top Box

Topbox. The most amazing beauty subscription service. The best. My favorite. Phenomenal. Their customer service is always A+. Their products are high end. And they have wonderful little bonuses that you can take part in (like a “wishlist” for a Prive Topbox; a special brand exclusive box!!).

So who or what is Topbox? It’s a Canadian beauty subscription service that sends 4 personalized items to your mailbox. And it’s only $12 CAD!! That’s it! No shipping. No handling. No hidden fees (you just pay the GST/PST applicable in your province). You can chose to get your subscription sent in a printed tube that is adorable and totally reusable. Or an eco friendly organza bag. Every month I continue to be amazed by the high end samples I receive: Deborah Lippmann, Buxom, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Benefit, The Balm, Eyeko, Elizabeth Arden, … I could keep going, but you get my point.

For the last three months, Topbox has been pushing all of my happy buttons. It’s like my subscription keeps getting better! Here’s my summer Topbox breakdown!!

May Topbox

For May’s box, all subscribers had the option to add on a $10 Beauty Surprise. I opted in. You never know what you are going to get, it could be a product worth $15 CAD or one worth well over $100 CAD. My surprise this month came from Bobbi Brown. I found this so ironic because I had just had my first Bobbi Brown experience EVER, in April, at Nordstrom’s Beauty Trend Event. And it wasn’t a great first impression. I feel like I was gifted a do over!!

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The Bobbi Brown box came complete with my choice of makeover at Bobbi Brown in Holt Renfrew, a coupon for a free mini Instant Long Wear Makeup Remover, and five mini BB products.

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I’m very excited to have an opportunity for another makeover from Bobbi Brown. I would love the second chance to fall in love with a different, new to me, makeup brand. I also got a nice range of samples and minis. This will allow me to play my way and get a better feel for the products.

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The products I received:

• Soothing Cleansing Oil
• Smokey Eye Mascara
• Hydrating Eye Cream
• High Shimmer Lip Gloss
• Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Sample Card (includes Black Ink and Steel Ink)

This box is currently being sold in the Topbox Shop for $27 CAD. So at $10 CAD for a beauty add on, I would say it was a great surprise!!

This was just my add on! I also got my regular monthly Topbox. I didn’t “wish” for any of the offered Prive boxes this month. I chose the regular Topbox with surprise contents.
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The products I received:

The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Foam Aloe – The Face Shop has recently been brought to my attention. I have seen their products popping up and then I found a retail location in passing. So I’m beyond thrilled to have some products to try. The Face Shop is a South Korean based beauty company. They have a wide range of skin care (and makeup?) products available. I plan to visit the store soon to get a closer look!! About this product, from The Face Shop, “This cleanser will leave your skin supple and soft to the touch. Its formula is enriched with aloe and its soft foaming texture soothes irritated skin and provides the epidermis with intense hydration.”
The Face Shop Seaweeds Moisturizing Pack – The perfect follow up for the Aloe Cleanser! “This sleeping pack contains seaweed extract, providing vitality and moisture to tired and dry skin.” These products compliment each other so well. I’m thrilled to have them both. You get a much better feel for a brand and their products when you can try a few things from their line. #teamwork
Medusa’s Makeup Eyeshadow – This shadow is a mineral shadow. It is highly pigmented and glittery. Perfect for an intense eye on a big night out. I’m loving the smoky grey shade. It seems ipsy always sends me the champagne shades and Topbox sends me the smoky grey shades (see April’s Topbox). I’m starting to crave a little variety though!! I’m excited to have an eyeshadow to try from Medusa’s Makeup. I was extremely surprised (I’m a great way) with the Lipgloss I received in a past Topbox.
D:fi Reshapable Spray – This is a styling spray. Much like a flexible hairspray. You can use it on dry or wet hair to reshape or maintain style. It’s very versatile. Perfect for travel or the office … or your purse. Basically, anywhere that you are on the go and could need (or want) a style change.
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All together now. So many great products to sample and try for May!! It’s hard to believe that June got even better

June Topbox

As if May’s Topbox wasn’t amazing enough, June came with a HUGE surprise bonus! I was 1 of 500 (very lucky) women who were chosen to try 3 FULL SIZE Vichy products for FREE. It appears to me that our Topbox personalized quiz answers might have been taken into consideration, as different women got different product lines. The product line I received, Idealia, fits my skin concerns exactly!! The products were sent out in collaboration with Topbox, Vichy, and Lou Lou Magazine. Click Here to read my in depth review and personal skin story on the Vichy Idealia line.
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In addition to the (ah-MAZE-ing) BONUS, I still received my monthly Topbox. Again, I opted out of any Prive Topbox options.
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The products I received:

Deborah Lippmann Luxurious Nail Color – This is the second Deborah Lippmann nail color that I have received (see April’s Topbox). The shade is different so I’m assuming that means it isn’t considered a repeat item. Not that I would complain anyways, I mean it’s a FULL size DL polish. I also received a coupon for a complimentary Smooth Operator Nail File from Holt Renfrew. Yes!!!
Paula’s Choice Clinical KP Treatment Cloths – I suffer from KP. And I hate it. Being fair, I feel the redness and bumps are always super obvious. If I get cold they can turn purple hued. This is a product that I didn’t know existed and am thrilled to have found (been sent). Unfortunately, I need to actually use these clothes long term to tell you if they work, but I can tell you that I felt a reduction in redness after only one use. Side note, if you also have KP, coconut oil works amazing at helping to clear it up. I’m starting a routine with these cloths, followed by slathering on some coconut oil.
Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation – I love Buxom. It’s one of my top five favorite brands. I’m thrilled to have this sample of foundation shades to try and find my perfect match. My only negative is that I received this sample for free from Sephora. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed in the sample size given that I pay for this subscription service.
Fruits & Passion Aloe Face Mask – How interesting that I received a Fruits & Passion Aloe Face Mask a month after I received The Face Shop products (The Face Shop locations replaced the Fruits & Passion locations). I also received a coupon for a face treatment FREE from Fruits & Passion. Except there are no longer Fruits & Passion locations in my province. I could order online, but it seems pointless to pay for shipping on such a small item. I don’t see myself using the coupon unless I surprise myself with a trip across eastern Canada. The Aloe mask is made to hydrate and refresh skin. It is a single use sheet mask. I haven’t used this mask yet as I intend to use it in Mexico, in August, on my sun drenched skin. What could be a better, travel friendly, soothing, DIY, face treatment?!!?

Another killer month. I’m starting to wonder what miracles Topbox has hidden up their tiny $12 sleeves …

July Topbox

For July, Topbox was offering (again) their $10 Beauty Surprise Add On. This time (for the first time ever) I chose not to partake. This was a budget based decision, not a preference. I have yet to see a bad beauty surprise. I’m not sure what the “surprises” were for July but I saw a few Instagram shots of a 4 pack of Marsk Mineral Eyeshadows and a Yaby Palette, I’m sooo jealous!!

I (once again) chose the Regular Topbox. I have yet to not like a single box. And I love the surprise!!

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The products I received:

OFRA Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil – Yes!! Another OFRA product. And brows are definitely having their moment in the spotlight. Being a natural blonde, I was worried about how “universal” this product would actually be. However, how heavy you apply the pencil, determines the shade. Even applied with a very light hand, the color is still a bit darker than I’m used to. Not over the top darker, just a few shades darker. I’m excited to have a shade to make my brows big and bold when the mood strikes. Also, it’s full size!!
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat – Another full size item. Another GREAT item. Another reason to continue my love affair with Topbox. I don’t own this but I always see it at my nail salon. I love that it is fast dry. Perfect for my busy lifestyle. The formula adheres, through the color, to the base coat for a flawless durable finish.
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Medium/Dark – St. Tropez is everybody’s favorite self tanning brand. I have already owed and tried this exact product. I loved it. And I love that I now have more. A perfect item for these summer months! This is a daily (gradual) self tanner. It not only gives you a bronzed look, but it also has super nourishing skin benefits.
Bare Minerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara – This mascara is “10-in-1”. It is volumizing, lengthening, thickening, separating, and long-wearing. It has an exclusive “ProTwist180 Wand” that is spiraled 180 degree. It curves around each lash to coat from ALL angles. The formula contains nourishing minerals and quinoa protein complex. I’m very excited to try this mascara as I love many other Bare Minerals products.

July’s Topbox might be my favorite one EVER. Each item was a 10/10 on the “fuck yes”, “impress me” scale. But honestly, it’s a tough call. It’s like they know me. Every box thrills me. Every item has been awesome.

If you are interested in subscribing to Topbox, comment and I’ll send you my referral link via invitation email!! Unfortunately for some of you, they only offer their subscribtion to Canadians at this time. But if you are a Non Canadian, you can just continue drooling over my reviews! ♡♡♡

Sweet, Sweet Summer

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Ipsy’s July sneak peeks are here!!! And the theme is Summer Lovin’. And I’m lovin’ this theme!!! It so bright and fun. The perfect compliment to June’s Swim into Beauty theme.

☆ EMAIL SNEAK PEEK
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☆ EARLY ACCESS SNEAK PEEK
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Every ipster will get one of these fabulous summer products with their July bag!

Products Are:
▪ TARTE Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
▪ Essie Nail Polish
▪ AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish
▪ Nude Stix Magnetic Eye Color
▪ Teeez Trend Cosmetics Love Triangle Lipstick
▪ Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner

Some great summer products! I will happily take the Nude Stix (I’m dying to try any of their products) or the Tarte Bronzer (even though I already own and love it).

☆ SNEAK PEEK VIDEO
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I love watching the behind the scenes peek into the monthly ipsy themes. If you haven’t seen the video yet, Click Here to watch it. The ipsy stylists are so beyond adorable!! This month we get a pretty generous peek in the video! Here is a screenshot with all of the products!!

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Products Are:
▪ Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner
▪ Octavio Molina La Playa Salt Spray
▪ Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo
▪ Lulu Blossom Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm
▪ AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish
▪ Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick
▪ ‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Swizzle Stick Eyeliner
▪ Nicka K HQ Quad Eyeshadow
▪ Nude Stix Magnetic Eye Color
▪ Ole Henrikson The Clean Truth™ Cleansing Cloths: Brightening
▪ AURORA Intensive Eyeliner Pen
▪ NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel
▪ Bare Republic Naturals SPF 30 Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion
▪ Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
▪ Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser

There are so many great products being offered this month. I’m in love with the Canadian beauty brand, Vasanti, and would really love to try their exfoliating scrub.

☆ SNAPCHAT GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK
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☆ OFFICIAL GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK
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It’s getting hot, hot, hot.‬”

How cute it this bright and colorful bag. It’s the perfect summer “throw and go”!! I’m totally pairing this with last month’s bag, for all my summer necessities.

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #1
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☆ OFFICIAL IPSY SNEAK PEEK #1
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Summer nights sizzle with one of these pretty picks. Bright or bronze, which one are you planning to simmer down with?

Products Are:
▪ TARTE Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer
▪ Essie Nail Polish
▪ AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish
▪ Nude Stix Magnetic Eye Color
▪ Teeez Trend Cosmetics Love Triangle Lipstick
▪ Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner

I’m sticking to my first impulse. Send me the Nude Stix or the Tarte!!! Please.

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #2
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☆ OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #2
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Think outside! We’re warming up with one of these fantastic finds. Are you ready to soak up the summer sun this 4th of July weekend?

Products Are:
▪ Crown Pink Tweezers
▪ Crown Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush
▪ Bellapierre Mineral Lipstick
▪ City Color Cosmetics HD Powder
▪ Be A Bombshell Lip Balm
▪ Jor’el Parker Fragrance Classico

I know ipsy doesn’t send repeat items, but if somehow the Duet Crown Brush found it’s way into my bag, I would be elated. The tweezers and lipstick would also be warmly welcomed!! But please, no fragrance!!!

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #3
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☆ OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #3
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Only bright things ahead with one of these! Stellar eyes or a new mani? Which one do you want to reclaim your free time with?

Products Are:
▪ Nicka K New York HQ Quad Eyeshadow
▪ ‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Swizzle Stick Eyeliner
▪ Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 2-in-1 Shadow/Liner
▪ City Color Cosmetics HD Powder
▪ AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish
▪ OFRA Cosmetics Bliss Eyeshadow

I hate to say it, but I want the OFRA eyeshadow/highlighter. I have received so many champagne colored shadows from ipsy, but I have only had a taste of OFRA Cosmetics and so far I’m loving what I have tried.

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #4
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☆ OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #4
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Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Cleanser, scrub or balm? Which one will help you get into the summer groove?

Products Are:
▪ pūr~lisse pūr~delicate gentle soymilk cleanser & makeup remover
▪ pūr~lisse pur-bright ultra skin brightening serum
▪ Jersey Shore Cosmetics Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner
▪ Lulu Blossom Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm
▪ Vasanti Cosmetics Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser
▪ Bare Republic Naturals SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion
▪ Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Gel Soapless Cleanser
▪ OLEHENRIKSEN the clean truth™ cleansing cloths

I have been dying to get my hands on the Vasanti scrub (as I already said!!). Given that I’m receiving it in my July Birchbox, I would love the pūr~lisse serum or Bare Republic Naturals tinted SPF. Tinted SPF is my go to for hot summer days. I can’t stand feeling like my makeup is sliding off so I ditch the foundation in favor of some tinted protection.

☆ SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #5
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☆ OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #5
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Summer vacation forever! We’re walking on sunshine with one of these delightful finds. Which one is your summer pick?

Products Are:
▪ Octavio Molina Hair La Playa Salt Spray
▪ Bare Republic Naturals SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion
▪ Coolway Beachy Salt Spray
▪ Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo
▪ Jor’el Parker Classico

Send me the beachy waves!!! I’m dying for a good salt spray! I love a little texture. Especially for summer styles!

I’m loving the summer fun!!! I’m so excited to see what I’m getting this month! I’m so in love with my ipsy subscription! I keeps me smiling all month long. Click Here to get your own Glam Bag. Or Click Here to see last month’s Swim into Beauty theme.

July Birchbox Sneak Peek

Birchbox Canada is teaming up with Best Health for July!! How cute is this box? I love the colors!! I’m really loving these themed boxes, I have reused every box I have received so far.

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This July we’re partnering with the health and wellness experts at Best Health Magazine! All ‪#‎BirchboxCA‬ subscribers will receive this beautifully curated box, filled with samples personalized to her beauty profile, PLUS a special subscription offer to Best Health Magazine!

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For the first time, Birchbox Canada released a sneak peek video. Click Here to watch it. All July boxes will include a Best Health Magazine offer and either a mini Benefit They’re Real Mascara or a mini The Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush.

Doesn’t look like they will send us the Eyeko Liner that we all DIDN’T receive in our June boxes, #sadface. Click Here to subscribe to Birchbox Canada.

Swim, Swim

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All ipsy Sneak Peeks have been revealed, Glam Rooms are open, and Glam Bags have shipped. We all know I can’t help myself from sneaking a peek and knowing exactly what I’ll be receiving.
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I’m loving the theme for June “Swim into Beauty“. I’m really hoping the bag is waterproof, or at the very least water resistant. I like that it’s black, it’s perfect for outdoor use, it won’t appear dirty or stained after a long summer of sweat, sunscreen, and sangria.
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My Products:

• Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
• tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon
• J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain
• BioRepublic SkinCare Sheet Mask Trio
• LAVANILA LABORATORIES The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla

I’m super excited about every single product I’m receiving!! I was really hoping for the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick instead of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. But that’s only because I have backup of my backups of this primer. It’s a great product, that’s why I have sooooo many!! What are you getting this month? Click Here to see the rest of the products available this month. Click Here to get your own Glam Bag!! ♡♡

Jetsetter

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June Glam Bags are one their way, and I haven’t even posted about May!! I guess I had my head in clouds!! The theme for May was Jetsetter – definitely one of my favorite themes since I subscribed nearly a year ago! If you aren’t familiar with Ipsy, you need to be. They offer an amazing beauty subscription service that sends you 5 personalized products right to your door. And for only $10 US!! Ipsy is one of my favorite services, mainly because I am a total makeup whore junkie. Although ipsy sends all beauty related items (skin care, hair products, body care etc.) they tend to send the highest percentage of makeup items (in comparison to other subscription services that I have tried).

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I was thrilled with all of the items that I received, but first, I have to talk about the bag. It is amazing!! Ipsy collaborated with Breakups to Makeup to design their Glam Bags this month. They had three different designs offered. This is the first time I have seen different bags available, and what’s more? All three were available for ipsters to cash in their ipsy points (cost 500 points)!! I totally redeemed for the “Contents: My Life” bag!! These were just too cute to not own more than one!!

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I received the above pictured bag (Contents: Pretty Important Stuff) with my ipsy products this month. All the designs were adorable, and so witty, it’s impossible for me to chose a favorite. I just knew that I needed more than one (haha!!)

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I was thrilled with ALL of my products. IT Cosmetics AND Urban Decay. My panties are officially soaked. AND a Breakups to Makeup bag?! Seriously, I’m still in awe.

What I Got:

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in Medium – I love this brand and I love BB creams (CC creams). I find they work so much better for me than foundation. I have minimal skin concerns, so I find foundations to be too heavy for daily wear. The coverage of the IT Cosmetics is perfect, it provides true color correction and effortlessly covers redness and uneven skin tone. That said, ipsy sent me ANOTHER medium sample shade. How hard is it for them to understand that I am a fair skinned blonde?!?!?! This shade will work fine on me now, because is summer. But come winter, this cream maybe to dark for my light skin.

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches – Does anyone else notice that when you get one type of product in a subscription box, it seems that all of your other subscription services will simultaneously send you very similar products?? Such is the case with these eye pads and treatment masks (stay tuned to my blog to see what I mean!!). I’m not complaining, in fact I’m thrilled, I have enough “treatments” to last me weeks of Spa-like pampering. Two of the Klorane patches arrived, perfect for trying the product more than once to really get an understanding of if it works for you. I love Klorane hair products so I’m very excited to try something from their skin care line. My main area of concern for my 27 year old face, is the start of aging – especially around the eyes. These patches soothe the eye area, helping them appear rested and youthful.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray – LOVE this product! It’s so great for the summer months when the sun can totally dry out your strands. My favorite way to use this product is to spritz it on the mid shaft to the ends, on towel dried hair. It’s my go to product if I’m letting my hair air dry, throwing it up into bun while it’s still wet, or even as a boost to my ends for when I blow-dry it sleek and straight.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Clear + BONUS Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in FailBait and BittersweetUrban Decay is hands down one of my FAVORITE beauty brands of ALL time. I am a true UD Junkie in every sense of the word. Seeing UD in my Glam Bag always makes me squeal with delight. Believe it or not this is my first UD lip liner, and how amazing that I received it in Clear?!?! I can use it with any lipstick, no matter how crazy the shade is. And it works great as a primer too!! I fully line my lips (and fill them in) before applying any lipstick, lip gloss, lip stain, etc. it works for them all!! It holds lipstick in place, prolonging wear, no bleeding or fading. Another amazing product by UD. I’ll totally be buying this in full size!! And as a bonus we also received two (generous) samples of UD’S new Revolution High-Color Lipgloss in two different shades. This lipgloss is so pigmented (not at all sheer) and bold. But it isn’t sticky at all!! Purple lips are totally a thing now, and I’m falling hard for Bittersweet!

Skone Cosmetics Pretty Eyes Automatic Eyeliner in Navy – This is my first product from Skone Cosmetics!! I have heard good things and the eyeliner confirmed them. The liner is creamy and applies smoothly. It also lasts all day and doesn’t fade or lose it’s brilliance. The shade is called Navy, but definitely shows more of a bright blue on my skin tone (not a dark deep blue like I was expecting). I have a love hate with automatic liners. I love how travel friendly and maintenance free they are, however, you can never again get that sharp point you see on a new product. With a regular pencil, you can sharpen it to get a fresh, fine point, anytime.

Ipsy totally nailed it this month. I loved the theme. I loved (LOVED) the bag. I loved the products. And I love ipsy. It’s such an awesome surprise to send myself every month!! When you realize that you need ipsy in your life, Click Here to sign up. You can see my Glam Bag for April Here.

Let’s Be Mermaids

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Ipsy has started releasing their sneak peeks for June!! This month, they are (once again) releasing early peeks on Snapchat (ipsyofficial)! I will be posting those here, as they become available. I was right about them doing a “pool” theme this month!!! Swim into Beauty!!

EMAIL SNEAK PEEK
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EARLY ACCESS SNEAK PEEK
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Every ipster will receive one of these fabulous items!

Products Are:
• Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
• Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

It sure looks to me like the background could be light reflections in a pool!! Are they doing a SUMMER SPLASH theme?!?!?!? I already own and love both of these products. However, I have a ton of back ups of the Smashbox, so I’m really, REALLY hoping for the Too Faced. I haven’t gotten a lipstick in a while from ipsy, so I think I’m due for one!!

SNEAK PEEK VIDEO
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Click Here to watch ipsy stylists go behind the scenes for Swim into Beauty!!

Products Are:
• Formula X Nail Polish in Power Source
• NYC New York Color Liquid Eyeliner
• Tre’StiQue Color and Smudge Eye Crayon
• OGX Vitamin E Penetrating Hair Oil
• Selfie Tan ‘n Go Instant Face Bronzer
• Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
• SheaMoisture Lip Crayon
• IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil Mini
• Absolute New York Nail Polish

SNAPCHAT GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK
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OFFICIAL GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK
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Just Add Water.

I’m loving this bag. It appears to be neoprene – so hopefully water resistant?! Black is always a safe bet, especially for a swim bag. It won’t show stains or dirt!!

SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #1
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OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #1
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Catch the wave with one of these summer-ready sensations. Lipstick or primer?

Products Are:
• Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick
• Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Please send me the Melted!! I have so many Smashbox Primers. I do love the product but, seriously, I have a ton.

SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #2
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Live deep with one of these lovely shades. Which one are you hoping for?

Products Are:
• tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon

This products looks great! I’m open to all of the shades!!! This a new to me brand. Has anyone else tried anything be them?!? We will all receive one of these shades: Marimoto Pink Pearl (pinky-nude with subtle pearl finish), Venetian Gold (soft metallic gold), Kona Coffee (classic brown in a cream finish), or Aspen Pine (deep earthy green with shimmering gold pearl).

SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #3
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OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #3
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Products Are:
• J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain
• Absolute New York Nail Lacquer
• FORMULA X Power Source Nail Color
• AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish
• SheaMoisture Shea Butter Lip Crayon
• IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil

So many great options!!! I would love to try the J. Cat OR Shea lippie. Of course anything IT Cosmetics is always an instant love!!!

SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #4
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OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #4
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Products Are:
• AURORA Intensive Eyeliner Pen
• Jules and Esther Vitamin C Serum
• OFRA Cosmetics Turquoise Eyeliner
• NUXE Gentle Exfoliating Gel
• BioRepublic SkinCare Sheet Mask Trio
• Dr. Brandt® Skincare pores no more® vacuum cleaner
• derma e® Natural Skincare Microdermabrasion Scrub
• IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
• Swissco Electroplated Eyelash Curler
• NYC New York Color Liquid Eyeliner
• Glamierre Flat Top Concealer Brush
• Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Concealer

Ooooo!!! More great products. I’m still loving the IT Cosmetics, but I love me some beauty tools!! I would totally love the eyelash curler or brush!!!

SNAPCHAT SNEAK PEEK #5
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OFFICIAL SNEAK PEEK #5
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Products Are:
• ALTCHEK MD Eye Gel Pads
• Keratherapy Daily Smoothing Cream
• Pure Brazilian Miracle Leave-In Conditioner
• BeFine Cucumber Facial Mask
• LAVANILA LABORATORIES The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla
• Selfie Tan ‘N Go Instant Face Bronzer
• Key West Aloe Mango Moisturizing Lotion
• OGX Healing + Vitamin E Penetrating Oil
• BioRepublic SkinCare Sheet Mask Trio

All skin care and hair care products. Gimme Makeup!!!!!! Lots of makeup!!! But I’ll take the LAVANILA or Pure Brazilian … please. ♡

What do you want? Click Here to see what I’m getting in my June Glam Bag!! Click Here to get your own Glam Bag!! And p.s Early Access is up! Log into your ipsy account to see what you’re getting this month!!