November’s Ipsy Bag

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Ipsy, is one of the many subscription style monthly beauty clubs, similar to the very popular (and my fave) BirchBox. While I do get a BirchBox every month, a beauty addict like myself needs more to stave off the desire to spend all my time in Sephora, online shopping and in Whole Food Beauty, really I do, and of course I love getting mail. Read More

Get your glow on

RMS Living Luminizer

$38.00

More info HERE

The theme this week unintentionally seems to be  ‘things you did not know you needed until you have them, and then you realize you can’t live without them.’

This is one of those things. Read More

100% Pure (Love)

All You Need Gift Box from 100% Pure Cosmetics, $59.00

More info HERE

I am in the process of making my beauty routine non-toxic by eliminating all of the products with sketchy ingredients and this kit seemed like a great start. I am really skeptical about sets in general. Often in these sets some of the colors are good but some are not and you end up loosing out on one or two products. I decided to go for the kit because I was already purchasing the mascara and the Naked Trio. So I decided to just go for it to try some more products, as I am new to the brand. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

Here is what I thought….

Mascara: amazing, really lengthens, is inky black and is totally shocking at how much it works. I have tried so many mascaras and this really is great. However, after extended use it does leave some serious flake under the eye but nothing you cant move away with your fingers. The flake was bad enough that I had to stop using the mascara. One product lost.

The Pretty Naked Trio is also really great. The blush is perfect, it is the barely there, the I just ran/was outside gardening or something and I am flushed for my light to medium skin tone it really worked well. Really great. I usually use just bronzer and this gives me a healthy flush that I am comfortable with not using bronzer. Breaking up with my bronzer is so sad, I really loved my standby bronzer and was on my third purchase of it. I have to say that the blush gives such a great glow that I am no longer using it.  The eye shadows in the trio are wonderful, super subtle, barely there, they just make your eyes look a little bit better, you certainly look more awake. Just a really nice wash of subtle color. The trio worked out really nicely.

The Berry Lip Cream Stick is awesome. The color is subtle berry nude (is a berry nude even possible) that just makes my lips pop and is just the best consistency. I have been using Nars Velvet Gloss lip Pencil and this is quite comparable in both effect and product form. It is a little dark, very mid-90s, but with a bit of clear gloss is super nice for pulling a low key look together. I often put this on when I don’t have time for make up really, it makes me look pulled together without really trying, aka something I am always on the hunt for.

The lip-glosses are very nude and neutral without washing me out. Again a very nice color. One is a perfect match for my lips and looks just like my lips but better, like a whole lot better. The other side of the gloss is a bit of a darker berry, perfect for when you want just a hint of more color. This product is my favorite part of the kit, I even emailed the company to see what the color was so I could replace it, but it only comes in this kit, so sad. I might try there other double-ended lip gloss and see if it’s a close match. I really can’t live without the light color.

The crème stick eyeliner I was most skeptical about. I really thought before getting the kit that this would be one product I gave to a friend. I was so wrong, although it looks silver online and in the package the effect on is more like the perfect grey black eyeliner. Very easy to put on, has a nice glide, does not tug and really looks subtle and not harsh at all. I hate eyeliner but this made me a bit of a convert for special occasions, I have been to a bunch of weddings and used this product and it held up for the whole event. Pretty awesome.

Overall, I have to say that this kit is really great. Every product except for the mascara is just pretty amazing for a kit and all of the products really hold up in terms of color, consistency and performance.

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