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.

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Beautifully Bohemian

Ipsy. I love ipsy. I love the themes. Love the monthly custom bags. Love the samples. Love the pink shiny mailer. If you are from the US, you love the $10 USD price and free shipping. If you are from Canada, the love ends at the pink mailer (with the current dollar, ipsy is about $20 CAD a month – $10 USD for the Glam Bag + $5 USD Shipping). Even for $20 CAD, I still find immense value in my bags. Ipsy will send 5 personalized beauty products each month with a mix of full size products and luxury samples. In addition to the items sent, ipsters can participate in the points system to earn more free products!! I have redeemed my points for 6 or so items already since I joined in July 2014. Ipsy also has giveaways monthly (US and Canada) and ipsyMe; deals to buy featured products (US only).

It’s no news that I was feeling Boohoo over my Boho Glam Bag from ipsy this April (Out of the loop? Click Here to catch up!). Pair that with the loads of ipsters who received their bag with multiple problems (I was supposed to receive 4 of the 5 troubled products), and it’s safe to say I was NOT excited for April. What happened to all of that ipsyLove?

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I was very happy to see that all of my products were in mint condition! My blush was in perfect condition, not a crumbly, hot pink mess. My face lotion was still completely sealed, not exploded (read below). My primer was mold-free (read below) and my lip tint was perfectly earthy (read below). My love for ipsy had quickly returned. I received some great products, and I can forgive for being excluded from the EA elite.

What I Got:

• Hikari Cosmetics Blush in Tango – This shade is just as gorgeous as I thought it would be. It is a beautiful, bright, true pink. The blush applies evenly and is super buildable. It is so easy to customize the depth of the color. Plus, it is FULL size! The color lasts all day, especially with a good base/primer (I used Smashbox Oil Free Photo Finish Foundation Primer). This was the item that I was most excited for! With so many broken and crumbly blushes, I was elated to have mine in pristine condition. I might have only tried their blush and lipstick, I’m really loving Hikari Cosmetics.

• LATHER Ultra Light Face Lotion – This lotion is definitely light. I prefer a thicker creamier lotion, but if you like a light, quick absorbing feel, you will love this lotion. The scent was also light, not at all overwhelming. I will keep this for a spare lotion for travel or the gym. It is not my favorite facial moisturizer but it will definitely do in a pinch. I am very happy that my lotion arrived safe and sealed!! At least ipsy had a backup plan by putting the lotion in a separate bag. If you did receive an exploded lotion, at least it wouldn’t have leaked EVERYWHERE!
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• theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Flirty – Initially, I was hoping to receive the copper shade (Fit) over the purple gold shade (Flirty). I’m actually very happy that I received Flirty. It is unlike any shade I currently own. It is gorgeous worn on it’s own, or used as a smokey eye with a pop. The shade is a beautiful hue for spring. It has the slightest hint of purple which accents other gold shadows perfectly. Kudos to ipsy for knowing what I would like better than I do!! The shadow didn’t crease on me and stayed beautiful all night. I had no problems with fall out and it blended like a dream, no chalky or powdery shadow here!! I love TheBalm products and this eyeshadow is no exception.

• MicaBeauty Eye Primer – Poor MicaBeauty was having a hell of a time with their Eye Primer this month. Tons of ipsters reported having mold in their product!! Yikes!!! Ipsy responded with this: “Mica Beauty has reported that the ipsy sample production was officially micro-tested and passed all inspections. No mold was found. The brand believes any blemishes appearing on the product are due to air bubbles rising to the surface, and is confident there is no health or safety risk in using their product”. I was worried. And once I received my product, I noticed that it had the dreaded green hued “spots” like so many others!! But I trust ipsy so I decided to do a little of my own investigating. I lightly poked one of the spots. It INSTANTLY “popped” leaving nothing green or moldy behind. You can see in my close up picture, exactly where the spot had been. My product had no off smell and no discoloration (after being popped). I truly believe that the “spots” are nothing more than air bubbles from when the product settled. If you received this primer, I urge you to try the “pop test” for yourself. As for the product itself, I haven’t tried it yet. But I will update as soon as I try it!!
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• Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip & Cheek – This item is new to me (both product and brand), I also found it to be the most “Beautifully Bohemian” to me. Unfortunately, this was another product that people were complaining about. They said it also appeared to have mold and had a terrible “earthy” smell. Once again, ipsy responded: “We’re sorry about this! Since the Mullein & Sparrow Lip & Cheek Tint is an all-natural, product that contains alkanet root, which can create some grittiness and gives the product a natural, earthy scent. We can assure you that this is safe to use, and we apologize if you’re not a fan!”. My tint arrived with slight discoloration (most visible in the picture of all my Glam Bag items based on the way the flash reflected in the picture) but no mold to be seen. Although the tint did have an “earthy” scent, it was not overwhelming or off putting. It’s amazing the way things smell when they aren’t jam packed full of chemicals or artificial fragrances. The tint itself is very light and sheer. Adding more of a dewy fresh look vs. a high pigment statement look. I love that this product is all natural, the less crap, the better!!

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Last, but not least, the bag. The Glam Bag itself. What a glorious bag it was this month. It is woven straw (or at least feels and looks that way) and sooo colorful. This bag screams Boho Chic!! I loved this bag in the preview, but fell so much deeper in love once I held it for myself. And it’s lined!! Yay!! This will be a summer staple in my beach bag!

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Poor ipsy. Between my bitterness over missing out on one of my favorite lipsticks, and the slew of troubled products this month, I feel like April was a bumpy month. Luckily for me, my bag was mint and I ended up loving everything in it. How did your April Glam Bag pan out?? And tell me, did any of you get the Red Door Red??? Click Here to see what I got last month. Click Here to get your own Glam Bag!!

Second Chances

Remember when you read a few weeks ago, that EVERYONE subscribed to Birchbox Canada got a Beauty Blender in their box?! Remember how that meant that you got the little pink BB for only $15 CAD? And remember when you were super sad that you missed the March 17th deadline??

Well pout no more!!! If you missed out, Birchbox Canada is offering the same thing this month. No, that does not mean that we all get a Beauty Blender again. But it does mean that all NEW subscribers will get one in their first box!!

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For all new subscribers, Birchbox Canada (yes, Birchbox CANADA. Note: NOT Birchbox US) is including a Beauty Blender AND cleansing Solid, in addition to 4 other beauty samples. The total for the box with shipping comes to $14.95 CAD.

Click Here to subscribe now, using my link. I did tell you about the deal (again). And I’m still thinking that you should hook a bitch up with some points. You have until April 17th to take advantage of this steal!

Dollarama Daze

It’s no secret that Dollarama has amazing deals on everything, especially beauty items. It’s also not a secret that I have a Dollaramaddiction. I kind of wish it was a secret because I still haven’t been able to hunt down more of the Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational Lipsticks. I only bought one, loved it, went back for more, and they were sold out. Figures. But I did find all of these goodies!!

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Huggies Pure Wipes
Retail: $4.99 CAD
Steal: $2 CAD

I love using these wipes to use with eye makeup remover to take off my eye makeup, a quick wipe after the gym or a workout, and for wiping my brushes after every use.

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Griffin Universal Charger Protect Kit (** Not pictured in haul)
Retail: $19.99 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

I needed a new car charger and cable so this was a definite steal! The screen protectors are far too small to use on modern smartphones (more for Blackberry’s), but I needed a screen protector for my Canon Rebel T5; these will be perfect once I cut them down to size (they are universal and are intended to be cut).

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Post-it Portable Note Holder
Retail: $8.99 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

How cute are these? Not only does the durable cardboard cover keep the notes from bending and crumpling, but it also comes with an adorable pen.

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Nivea Creme
Retail: $10.99 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

You have heard me mention my love of Nivea before. This Creme is a staple. It is super thick, greasy, and moisturizing. In other words, it’s for those intense emergency jobs. Overnight hydration, cream and socks, or even soothing for a healing sunburn (Aloe first to repair, Nivea later to prevent peeling).
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OPI Nail Lacquer in
Retail: $14.50 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

OPI makes awesome nail polish, especially for $3 CAD. Dollarama really isn’t your typical dollar store!! This is a beautiful dark espresso brown perfect for winter.

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Essie Magnetic Nail Lacquer in Sssssexy
Retail: $11.25 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

I’m really loving the magnetic snakeskin print of this polish. I wanted to add the red to my collection because, come on? $3 CAD?? Plus I find Essie is one of the polishes that last the longest on me (which is still only a day chip free!). Regular nail polish only really goes on my toes for this reason, where I will get much longer wear.

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Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Lip Balm in Pink Shock & Oh! Orange
Retail: $4.99 CAD
Steal: $3 CAD

I love Baby Lips! These were a great addition to my collection. They have a lot of pigment in them which is great when you don’t have the time to apply lip liner and lipstick. Plus they are moisturizing! The pink is definitely my favorite of the two. I’m totally loving colored balms, they are so effortless.

Love love love Dollarama hauls!! ♡ Anyone else love them as much as me??

Staying Organized with Kate Spade

2015 brings about a new year, new resolutions, and new organizers! And who better to keep you organized than klassy classy Kate Spade?

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Indigo was having a great sale (isn’t this getting redundant?) on all 2015 organizers and calendars during the beginning of January. I picked up an adorable black and white polka dot agenda and a pair of small notebooks.

Kate Spade Pencil It In 12 Month Agenda Deco Dot
Retail: $40 USD
Steal: $24 CAD

Kate Spade Notebook Set
Retail: $12 USD
Steal: $8 CAD

The agenda is so practical, with monthly calendars that have laminated, labelled tabs and daily slots for more detailed descriptions. There is also a ribbon for easily finding your place, note pages, celebration pages, and inspirational monthly messages. The quality of this agenda is high, not detail has been left out. The book itself is durable, with a leather type feel, and the pages are thick so ink doesn’t bleed through.

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The notebooks are lined and perfect for taking quick notes, addresses, phone numbers, lists etc. and still small enough to store in your purse. These covers have a “file folderesque feel to them, so they would get bent if not stored properly (as in do not just toss in your purse, putting it in a slot or zipper). I love the cute title on the front. I’m notorious for saying “p.s“, and I’m a pink addict, so these were a must have.

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I’m loving these trendy, designer staples!! They are keeping me so orgainized! Plus, who doesn’t love Kate Spade?!?! What are your must haves for staying orgainized in 2015?

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Star Studded Surprise

Thanks to an amazing giveaway from Beauty + Babes, I got my hands on a ton of Kat Von D Star Studded Lipsticks AND a super cute makeup bag!

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Talk about a “kiss of death” Talk about a killer giveaway. She definitely knows how to tickle my fancy, NINE new lipsticks?! I had been eyeing this set for weeks, such a beautiful collection of traditional nudes, pinks, and reds, as well as some shades with an edge (sparkley bright purple, a dark vampy red? Yes please!). This set retails for $47 CAD, with a value of $151 CAD!! Even though I already own some of the KVD lipsticks, I didn’t own any of the shades included in this set, yay!!! Shades include (pictured from left to right): Motorhead (matte black cherry), Lovecraft (matte mauve pink nude), Agatha (matte pale nude), Countless (matte bright orange), Sexer (iridescent hot pink), Bachelorette (matte pink fuchsia), Hexagram (matte true red), Wonderchilde (iridescent neon purple), Adora (metallic sparkley red).

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Drench your lips with bold color and unstoppable femininity. Designed to look as rock ‘n roll as its wearer, this revolutionary, hybrid lipstick is formulated with Color Cushion Technology that combines 10-hour wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet touch comfort. This color-true lipstick leaves lips supple, and its wide color spectrum offers stunning shades, including red for every skintone, statement-making colors, and classic, everyday neutrals. 

Many of the reviews I have read said that these lipsticks tend to be drying and patchy when applied. The only color that I found applied unevenly, was Motorhead. But given the extremely dark pigment, I think lips would need to be fully prepped to rock such a dark shade. As for the other shades, they all applied smoothly, evenly, creamy, and pigment rich. I’m thrilled to add these to my collection! The shades Adora and Sexer are my favorite in the set. I don’t own any iridescent lipsticks like this, but a shimmering red is perfect to finsh off a festive holiday look.

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This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning how adorable this bag is! It’s surprisingly spacious, big enough to fit more than just the essentials plus some full size brushes! It will be the perfect makeup bag to throw in my holiday clutch! Literally, grab and GLOW.

Thanks again to Beauty + Babes for such an awesome giveaway prize! I highly recommend you check out her blog. She has such a great mix of beauty, fashion, hauls, and celebrity babes!!