Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing and First Impressions August 2017

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Today I’m unboxing my Ipsy Glam Bag for August – it arrived on the 17th, the same day that I returned home from my vacation. All info in italics is taken from the Ipsy website.

Here’s what was in this month’s bag:

The Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Shadow in Kuwakaribisha

  • Our fave new way to get glowing: this pale peachy powder is super pigmented, shimmery but not sparkly, and is totally buildable (in case you want your highlight to be extra extra).
  • We apply this underneath our brow bones and at the inner corners of our eyes whenever we need to wake things up a lil bit (AKA every day).
  • Looking for a neutral eyeshadow to balance out cat eyes, cut creases, and all that fun stuff? Look no further.

Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2017

This is a really pretty shadow / luminizer, so I’m happy to add it to my single shadow collection! *Cruelty free*

Naked Cosmetics HD Finishing Transluscent Powder

  • This finely milled powder is super lightweight so you’ll never look chalky or cakey.
  • We dusted it on before heading to ipsy HQ in the AM and our foundation looked mysteriously good all day. It definitely helps lengthen the wear of other makeup.
  • You can also wear it alone (just dust allover, no foundation needed) to quickly even things out, brighten, and tone down shine.
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
  • This water-resistant, cruelty-free mascara manages to help curl even the straightest lashes. And if you apply after using a lash curler, it’s even crazier!
  • The curvy brush grabs onto every last lash coating it in jet black pigment.
  • It’s got Keratin and shea butter, which conditions your lashes.
  • The unique squeezy tube packaging means less waste!
This mascara is actually pretty good for a non-waterproof formulation, it doesn’t leave me with racoon eyes. The water resistant claim is true. It is a super dark black mascara (always my fave) and doesn’t make my eyelashes feel dry. However, I don’t think that it holds a curl very well for my stubborn long yet stick straight lashes. I have to curl my lashes, apply the mascara and then re-curl my lashes once the mascara dries.
Vitamasques Face Food Yoghurt Mask Duo
Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2017

  • Call the crew over for a spa night in because these amazing masks are too good not to share.
  • The Strawberry Yoghurt Mask has (you guessed it) strawberry and yoghurt extract to smooth and illuminate.  
  • The Kiwi Yoghurt Mask works to soften and revitalize thanks to (mhm) kiwi and yoghurt extracts.
Crown Brush SS035 Medium Face Contour Brush
Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2017
  • The synthetic bristles are insanely soft. Like, cuddling with puppies soft.
  • It really holds onto product which makes application way more precise and way less messy. (No need to clean up your vanity after!)
  • The versatile size works great for blush, contour, highlight, foundation, setting, and more.

Brushes are one of my fave things to receive from Ipsy, so I was super happy with this super soft synthetic brush. *Cruelty free*

Ipsy Glam Bag Aug 2017

This month’s bag was way better than last month! I’m happy that I received mostly cruelty free products.

Were you happy with your GlamBag this month? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription.

Weekly Re-cap x2 – Jul 31st to Aug 20th

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Here’s a little re-cap of the past two weeks worth of blog posts…

July 31st –  July 2017 Empties

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August 3rd – July 2017 Faves

The Ordinary Buffet

August 7th – August 2017 Wish List

August 10th What’s in My Carry-On

I just returned from my vacation – a two week trip to Estonia. I’m still dealing with jet lag due to the 7 hour time difference, but I’m hoping to return to my regular blogging schedule asap.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original blog posts for product disclosures.

What’s In My Carry-On?

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By the time you read this, I will be on vacation! This will be my last post until I return the following week. I’m hoping to be able to reply to comments and keep up with all of you while travelling.

I always enjoy seeing what people have in their purses or carry-on bags, so I thought I would show you what I’m bringing in my carry-on…

First off – a little water-resistant cross-body bag / purse. This is where I’ll be keeping my plane ticket, passport and wallet.

Up next, my electronics – my kindle and Ipad, with chargers and voltage adapter plug.

What's in my carry on?

A small makeup bag with non-liquid essential products for freshening up after flying. All my other makeup will be packed in my checked baggage.

My bag with essential liquid / gel / cream products:

What's in my carry on?

Not pictured – a change of clothes, a sweater and pair of socks (in case the plane is cold), a pair of flip flops, a pen, and a small notebook.

What are your flight essentials? What do you put in your carry on bag?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

August 2017 Wish List

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Today I’d like to share my wishlist for August since it has been awhile since I’ve made one!

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Wishlist Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Balm

What is on your wish list this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose, this is just a wish list!

July 2017 Faves

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Today I’d like to share this month’s fave products in skincare, haircare and makeup. I’m going to limit myself to two products per category.

Skincare:

The Ordinary “Buffet” Serum – I just finished my first bottle of this serum and I’ll be ordering a new one after my upcoming vacation. Original review is here.

Farmacy Clear Bloom Cleansing Oil – I’ve recently rediscovered this gem of a cleansing oil in my stash and have been using this one quite a bit over the past month. Original review is here.

Haircare:

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Maui Mositure Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner – This shampoo and conditioner set really has helped keep my hair under control during the summer months. Original review is here.

Makeup:

Bite Beauty Everday Agave Lip Mask – I apply this every night before I go to bed and wake up with the softest / smoothest lips. Original review is here.

Maison Jacynthe Illuminator *- I am so in love with this beautiful highlighter. I think that I’ve worn it every single time I’ve worn makeup this month! Original review is here.

There you have it, my faves for the month of July. What were your faves this month?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: All purchased by me except for item marked with an asterix* All opinions are my own.

July 2017 Empties

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I did not finish up as many products as I had hoped for July, but some progress is better than no progress!

July 2017 Empties

As you can see, I’ve mostly finished hair care products this month. I was super close to finishing up several skin care products, but I guess that they will be in my August empties.

July 2017 Empties

Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Shampoo & Conditioner* – originally reviewed here. I really loved this shampoo and conditioner, and would definitely buy it again, but I purchased the Shea Butter formulation to try out as its replacement.

CO LAB Dry Shampoo in Tokyo Scent – If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, you will see the CO LAB Dry Shampoo appear in my empties on a fairly regular basis.  I usually buy the Rio scent, but it wasn’t in stock when I went to repurchase it, so I go this one instead. I’ll be repurchasing this one (or the Rio) soon.

July 2017 Empties

The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi Technology Peptide Serum – Originally reviewed here. I love this serum – it worked well for my skin. I plan on repurchasing this one along with a few new products to try out from The Ordinary.

Did you finish up many products this month? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Products marked with an asterix * are PR samples, the rest have been purchased by me.

Weekly Recap July 24th to 30th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out on anything and want to catch up…

Monday, July 24th – Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner Review

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Friday, July 28th – Choupette Chocolat Review

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Can you believe that July is almost over? This month has passed by so quickly for me!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Please see original reviews for product disclosures.

Choupette Chocolat Review

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Today I have something a little different – an artisanal chocolate review. I was recently contacted by one of the owners of Choupette Chocolat and asked if I wanted to try their newly launched chocolate bars. Of course I said yes!

Choupette Chocolat

A few days later, a little package arrived. Let’s take a look inside:

Choupette Chocolat is made in Montreal, QC (Canada). They made fine chocolate with fun and original flavours. They currently have four different flavoured bars, ranging from 45% to 50% cocoa, sold in 35 gram bars (185 calories).

Chocolat Fin & Croustilles (Fine Chocolate & Chips)

This one is flavoured with kettle chips, maple flakes and sea salt. I didn’t think that I was going to like this one, but it is a perfect blend of salty, sweet and crunchy!

Chocolat fin & Mais Souffleé (Fine Chocolate & Popcorn)

Flavoured with popcorn, maple flakes and sea salt, this one was my favourite of the four, as the popcorn added a buttery note to the salty sweet blend.

Chocolat Fin & Bretzels (Fine Chocolate & Pretzels)

This one is flavoured with pretzels, caramel, maple flakes and sea salt. The flavour of this one is hard to describe, it was sweeter than I expected it to be, but still had a salty sweet crunch.

Chocolat Fin & Érable Croquant (Fine Chocolate & Maple Crunch)

This one is flavoured with maple taffy, maple flakes, and sea salt. This is the sweetest one of the four, but the addition of sea salt kept it from being too overly sweet. Again, this was one of my favourites.

Choupette Chocolat can be found on facebook and instagram (@choupettechocolat).

Merci Choupette Chocolat!

Disclosure: PR samples, however my chocolate snobbery is entirely my own!

 

Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner Review

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Today I have a review of the Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner from Maui Moisture. I attended the Montreal launch for the brand back in October 2016, where I received the Nourish & Moisture Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner set (review is here). Information in italics is taken from the Maui Moisture website.

The Shampoo:

Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter

Creamy shea butter is whipped into this hydrating shampoo blend along with rich coconut and macadamia oils help deeply quench, nourish, and soften strands to get your hair back to looking healthy.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-6, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methyl Gluceth-10, Tapioca Starch, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

The Conditioner:

Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter

Creamy shea butter is whipped into this hydrating conditioner blend along with rich coconut and macadamia oils help deeply quench, nourish, and soften strands to get your hair back to looking healthy.

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water (Aqua), Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Polyquaternium-37, Diheptyl Succinate, Caprylyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Tapioca Starch, Propylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance (Parfum).

 
The review:
Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter
I decided to purchase the Heal & Moisturize + Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner as I was nearly finished using up my Coconut Milk set and wanted to try another one from their line. Since my hair is thick, wavy and frizz prone in the the summer months (well, MORE frizz prone), I wanted something that would be super hydrating in the hopes to help tame my hair and keep it nice and soft.
The shampoo really lathers well for a sulfate free shampoo. It makes my hair feel clean without feeling stripped. The conditioner really helps tame and detangle my unruly hair. My hair is less frizzy when I let it air dry. I do think that this one might be too heavy for fine hair, or hair that gets oily easily.
Both the shampoo and conditioner have a mild pleasant scent which is likely due to the combination of shea and macadamia nut. This set really works for my hair type.
Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter
About Maui Moisture:

MAUI MOISTURE® starts with a unique blend of aloe vera juice and is infused with pure coconut water, unlike some other shampoos that start with deionized water as their first ingredient listed. The results? Moisturized strands, mended split-ends, and a healthy glow with every use.

  • No mineral oil
  • No silicones
  • No parabens
  • No gluten
  • No SLS
  • No sulfated surfactants
  • No synthetic dye
  • YES eco-friendly
  • YES pure coconut water
  • YES pure aloe juice

Cruelty free?

MAUI MOISTURE® products are NOT tested on animals. MAUI MOISTURE® does not initiate animal tests on either finished products or ingredients whether directly or indirectly. All ingredients used are carefully monitored. All suppliers are requested to confirm that their materials have not been tested on animals. Ingredients which do not have this data supplied for them are not used in any products. MAUI MOISTURE® is against the suffering endured by animals when ingredients and products are tested. We support suppliers and organizations that are developing alternative methods of testing without using animals.

Have you tried anything from Maui Moisture?

Disclosure: I purchased these things!