September 2017 Empties

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Today I have my monthly empties – I’m pretty happy with the amount that I managed to finish this month. Some are sample-sized and some are full sized.

Sept 2017 Empties

Briogeo Curl Charisma (leave in defining creme sample size) – I have a full size of this already and love it. The original review is here.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer (sample size) – I think that I got this either from Ipsy or from Sephora. I really liked this moisturizer, it is light and hydrating. I’ve never reviewed this one.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector (full size) – I already repurchased this, I use it daily and it helps hide my dark circles. The original review is here.

Sept 2017 Empties

Schmidt’s Deodorant Lavender Tips Sensitive Skin Formula (full size) – I love this natural deodorant. It is baking soda free so it doesn’t trigger a reaction. I’m using up a few deodorants right now, but plan on repurchasing this one. Review is here.

Biokem Purifying Shampoo with Grapefruit Seed (full size, PR sample) – This was a great clarifying shampoo, it lathered well and smelled amazing. If I could buy this locally, I would repurchase. Review is here.

Sept 2017 Empties

Ingenium Naturals Sensi-Net Exfoliate (full size / PR sample) – I really liked this facial scrub, it worked well for my sensitive skin. I have a few scrubs to use up, so I won’t be purchasing a new one for awhile. Review is here.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Daily Defense Cream SPF17 (full size / PR sample) – I love the sunscreens from MyChelle Dermaceuticals! I still have a few more sunscreens from MyChelle in my stash so I don’t need to repurchase yet. Review is here.

NuWorld Botanicals Sun-Kissed Skin Facial Oil (full size / PR sample) – This is a beautiful facial oil, but I have several to use up in my stash, so I won’t be purchasing a replacement right now. Review is here.

Sept 2017 Empties

Pur-Lisse Blue Lotus Eye Serum (sample size) – I got this in the loot bag from the 2016 Ipsy Genereation Beauty Event. This was a nice eye cream, but I have a few in my stash to use up, so I won’t be purchasing a full size of this. Review is here.

Herbivore Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask (sample size) – I absolutely loved this mask! It is on my list to purchase once I finish up a few more masks in my stash. Review is here.

Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask (sample size) – Another mask that I really love. It works similar to the Herbivore one for my skin. Review is here.

There you have it! All the stuff I’ve managed to use up this month. Did you finish up much? Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: This post contains some PR samples – all are identified.


Weekly Re-cap (Jan 23rd to 29th)

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Just a little re-cap of the week’s blog posts in case you’ve missed out!

Monday Jan 23rd – Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme Review

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection

Wednesday Jan 25th – Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask Review

Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Friday, nope, Saturday Jan 26th – Pur~lisse Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant Review

Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant

So there you have it, hope you have a great week ahead! Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: All products are samples from Ipsy Glam Bag monthly subscription that I pay for.

Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant Review

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Today I’m reviewing another one of my recent Ipsy Glam Bag products – the Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant from Pur~lisse. I’ve gotten several products from the Blue Lotus line and they agreed with my sensitive skin, so I was rather excited to try this one out!

Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant

Here’s a little info about the product from the Pur~lisse website:

A 10 minute facial treatment designed with Blue Lotus Seeds, White Clay, Bamboo, Ginger, White Tea and Mushroom Extract. This miracle multi-tasker instantly brightens, detoxifies, tightens and soothes skin while providing gentle exfoliation. Our power blend improves skin texture and leaves it visibly youthful & glowing.


~Blue Lotus extract is a powerful antioxidant known for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits ~White Clay tightens skin & purifies pores ~Bamboo improves skin texture ~Ginger detoxifies ~Mushroom extract helps to brightening skin tone ~White Tea soothes skin~Rice Bran Water improves skin texture

Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant

I love facial masks, especially mud based ones, but there is something in this mask that does not quite agree with my skin. I did a patch test on my neck without any problem, but on my face, it felt a little tingly – not a burning tingle, but more like the start of itchiness. It did not turn into full on itchiness, thankfully, but definitely felt like I was on the cusp of a skin reaction.

I also found that this mask was super hard to rinse off, it took forever to get it all off my face. Afterwards, my skin did not look any better than it did before applying the mask.

Sadly this one did not work for my sensitive skin. I was surprised since everything else that I’ve tried from this range were great and worked well for me.

Have you tried this facial mask? Did it work for you?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: Product from monthly subscription box that I pay for.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017 Unboxing & First Impressions

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Just a little unboxing and first impressions for you today for January’s Ipsy Glam Bag. This month’s theme was Metropolis, and the bag is a silvery blue perforated faux leather with a silver lining (visible through the cut outs).


Let’s take a look inside this month’s bag! *Descriptions in Italics are from the Ipsy website*

Up first is theBalm’s Bahama Mama Bronzer:

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

When you get back from a beach vaycay, your skin looks sun-kissed, not orange, right? Point being, any natural-looking bronzer is going to have brown undertones, and this one nails it. And since it’s matte, you can also use it to contour, as shadow, or to fill in brows.


I was surprised that I liked this one, but it is a nice natural looking, matte bronzer – even on my pale face! I just have to be careful and apply with a light hand. A cruelty free brand!

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

The second product is the Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème:

This silicone-free hotshot smoothes, boosts shine, tames frizz, and protects hair up to 425°F. Plus the ingredient list is totally hair care #SquadGoals: Rosehip oil shields hair from UV damage, argan oil combats frizz, coconut oil seals in moisture, and algae extract strengthens hair.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

I was super happy to get this one as it was on my wishlist after trying the Don’t Despair, Repair Hair Mask. I try not to heat style my hair, but I occasionally use my hair dryer in the winter time, so this is perfect. Review to follow once I’ve used tested it out! Another cruelty free brand!

The third product is the Pur~lisse Blue Lotus Seed 5-in-1 Mud Mask & Exfoliant:

As a rule, mud masks can be well, messy, but this one makes you feel more like you’re at the spa than running a tough mudder. It also does about 10 million amazing things for your complexion (we’re talking brighten, detoxify, tighten, and soothe, all while gently exfoliating), thanks to a power combo of ingredients including blue lotus seeds, bamboo, white clay, ginger, and mushroom.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

I’m not testing out any new skin care products until next weekend, but I can tell you that my skin liked everything that I’ve tried thus far from Pur~lisse. Review to follow once I’ve tested it out! Another cruelty brand!

The fourth product is the Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment in Desert Sunset #02:

Made with the most vivid pigments, so we get more color on our lids. And the gorgeous shimmery champagne shade is still giving us a buzz.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017


Ok, this loose shadow pigment is GORGEOUS! Although the Ipsy description is champagne, on me it pulls more rose gold in tone! I’m not 100% sure of this company’s cruelty free status – still researching. If you know, please tell me!

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

And the fifth and final product is the SLMissGlam Blend Beauty Brush L34:

No boring brushes here! Of course we totally love the purple handle (side note: it’s not only pretty, but much easier to find in an overcrowded makeup bag). The ombré bristles are made of a super soft synthetic material, and the shape is ideal for applying color either just in the crease, or all over your lid.

Ipsy Glam Bag Jan 2017

I love getting brushed in my Ipsy Glam Bag, it is a great way to expand your brush collection, and test out different brands. This brush has super soft synthetic bristles. The brushes are hand crafted and cruelty free!

I was super happy with this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. Were you happy with yours?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I pay for this monthly subscription. And, as always, my opinions are my own!

Ipsy Glam Bag November 2016 Unboxing & First Impressions

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This month’s Glam Bag theme was Rockstarlette, and the bag design this month is pretty cute – with constellations in the shape of makeup products, available in silver and in gold. The outer fabric is neoprene (aka scuba) with the inside lined with a metallic fabric. I especially like the star zipper pull.

First up is the Adesse New York Brightening Base Coat (description from the Ipsy page):

  • Protect and serve. Antioxidants keep nails safe from damage caused by the environment and any heavy colors or glitters applied on top.

  • White tea and bamboo extracts help give tips natural-looking shine and luster

  • Tough love. Keratin proteins and vitamin E make nails stronger.
I was happy to get this, as it is 5 Free (free of the nasties – toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor) AND cruelty free.
Second up is the Elizabeth Mott Color is Bae Lip Lacquer in Moxie Mauve (description from Ipsy):
the formula dries as a satin finish, but doesn’t leave lips parched.

Despite the unfortunate name, I was initially excited about this liquid lipstick as it is a satin finish. The colour is great, but it applies streaky and when the liquid lipstick dries down, it feels tacky / sticky on my lips. This is a cruelty free brand!

Third up is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (description from Ipsy):

Big. Bigger. Biggest. The hourglass-shaped wand grabs onto every single lash while the collagen-infused formula gives us a dramatic va-va-va volume effect.

  • Back in black. Unique peptides produce the deepest noir-worthy shade.

  • One-swipe wonder. A single coat creates both length and curl.

  • Long-distance winner. Film-forming polymers ensure smudge-proof, all-day wear.
I was happy to finally try this mascara. It is a nice deep dark mascara and does give pretty good but not amazing volume to my lashes. ANd definitely not 1944% more volume – where do they come up with these numbers? However, it does smudge on me after a few hours. I’d like to try out the waterproof version of this mascara at some point. Too Faced is cruelty free – and will supposedly remain so after being purchased by Estée Lauder.
Fourthly is the pur~lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer (description from Ipsy):
  • The anti-inflammatory properties of the Blue Lotus date back to Ancient Greece and Homer’s Lotus Eaters (who lived off of the tranquil plants).  

  • White tea and vitamin E help prevent fine lines and wrinkles

  • Absorbs and hydrates quickly, so we look dewy in an instant
I haven’t gotten around to trying this one out yet, but I’ve tried the eye cream and sheet mask from the Blue Lotus line and both agreed with my skin, so I’m looking to trying this one out in a few weeks. Another cruelty-free brand!
The fifth and final product is the Luxie Beauty Luxie Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush 524T (description from Ipsy):
  • Double down. Duo fibers give us greater control over how we apply.

  • Lighten up. Synthetic white fibers on the end of the brush lay down pigments more gently than a denser brush would (which means zero risk of overdoing it).

  • Friends with everyone. Plays well with powders, creams and liquids.

I really like Luxie’s brushes AND they are vegan and cruelty free. I haven’t had a chance to play with this brush yet, but it is super soft to the touch.

All in all, I thought that this this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag was way better than last month! Were you happy with what you got?

Ipsy Glam Bag Nov 2016

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I pay for this subscription. And as always, my opinions are very much my own!

Masks + Eye Serum – Pur-Lisse and Pixi Beauty

Hello, hello! Happy June everyone!

Today I’m reviewing a few skincare products from my Generation Beauty haul.

First up is the Blue Lotus + Seaweed Treatment Sheet Mask from Pur-Lisse. *Gift Bag Swag freebie from Generation Beauty*

This natural fiber mask infused with Blue Lotus, Seaweed and restorative Asian botanicals delivers antioxidants and minerals to your skin.  This power blend fights soothes & nourishes while White Mulberry brightens and Anise fruit provides continuous moisture, leaving skin healthy, beautiful and radiant.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Water,Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Laminaria Japonica Extract,Phenoxyethanol,Carbomer,Triethanolamine,Allantoin,Betaine,PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin ,Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract ,Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract,1,2-Hexanediol,Propanediol,Caprylyl Glycol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Disodium EDTA,Sodium Polyacrylate, Fragrance

My Experience: This sheet mask is super cooling and refreshing on my skin. The mask contains lots of essence, leaving my skin moisturized and radiant. I really liked this one.

Up next is the Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum, also from Pur-Lisse. *This was a freebie sample from the Pur-Lisse booth at Generation Beauty*

Blue Lotus eye serum enhanced with active ingredients like French marine plants, Matrixyl 3000 and Haloxyl bring 4x the power against aging in this intensive eye serum. This proven complex work together against wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, while hydrating and lifting the delicate eye area.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water (Aqua), Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Laureth -7, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein Octenylsuccinate, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, Steareth-20, Chrysin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, PVP, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491).

My Experience: This eye cream is super hydrating, and really does help with my seasonal allergy eye puffiness. Most importantly, this did not irritate my sensitive skin. It is a little on the pricy side at $65,  so I don’t know if I would purchase this when my sample is finished, but I really like this one!

The final facial skincare product is the Glow Mud Mask from Pixi Beauty. *Freebie from the Pixi Beauty booth at Generation Beauty*

Stimulate, clarify, and brighten skin with this revitalizing mask. The mineral-rich treatment absorbs oil, draws out impurities, and fights breakouts while giving an energizing boost to the complexion. Kaolin & sea salt purify while ginseng & aloe vera balance.

Here’s the ingredient list:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Kaolin, Sea Silt (Mediterranean and Dead Sea Mud), Diatomaceous Earth, Bentonite, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Squalane, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Arctium Lappa Root (Burdock) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Panax (Ginseng) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polysorbate 20, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Dead Sea Salt, Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Citric Acid.

My Experience: This mask is dark blue, I was so sure that my skin would be stained smurf blue after using it! I’ve been using this as a spot mask on my nose and chin as these areas tend to get a little greasy when the weather first gets hot and my skin freaks out until it adjusts. It doesn’t irritate my super sensitive skin either. I really liked this facial mask.

Pixi Beauty

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: See individual products for each product disclosure. I’m under no obligation to review any of these products and my opinion is my own.