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Ipsy Sept. 2018 Glambag Review

Hello!

I haven’t posted in awhile.  I hope everyone is doing well.  I’m reviewing the September 2018 Ipsy glam  bag.  Ipsy costs $10USD per month.  I have had my subscription for a number of years.  You get a lot of bang for your buck.  You receive 5 items, mostly deluxe samples.  Most months you will receive a full size product.  I have changed my profile over the years, and have been very happy thus far.

The value of your bag usually exceeds the $10 cost. Luxie Detail Tapered Blender Brush retails for $20USD.  Ipsy is great for sending full size make up brushes.  I have accumulated quite a few great brushes from Ipsy .

I got two Avocado Masks from Botanicfarm.  The website has the cost in Korean currency, so sorry, I don’t have a price for you. Benefit Hoola Bronzer is a deluxe sample, it is a bit smaller than the $16 mini at Ulta. I’ll be giving this away, as it’s too dark for me.

Katherine Natural Cosmetics does not sell this color by itself. The  five color palette is $48USD. I got Expresso, which is a dark brown matte color.  I think it will work well on my blue eyes. Eva-NYC Satin Dream Leave in Cream  this is a deluxe sample, the full price for 5 ounces is $12USD.  My hair is very dry right now, so I’m anxious to try this.

Every month you get a cute make  up bag. This one is super cute. Check it out.

Ipsy Sept. 2018 Glam cosmetic bag 9-15-18

Ipsy Sept. 2018 Glam bag 9-15-18

Ipsy Sept. 2018 Glam colors 9-15-18

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Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner-Crayon Review

Hello and happy Friday! Today I am reviewing Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner-Crayon .  I received this liner in either a Ipsy bag or Sephora Play.   It’s available at Ulta for $17 USD.  The color I got is Hush Hush which is a cinnamon color.   I have so many lip products that this pencil was relegated to the nail polish bin on my dresser.

I used this for the first time a a few days ago.  This liner is thicker than most pencils.  It’s easy to apply and very pigmented.  The best part is the attached brush. After applying you simply use the brush to smooth over your lips.  It has a matte finish and be worn alone.  I topped it with Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Gloss in Sugar Cane , I got in a Ipsy bag, and it’s $19 USD.  It’s a peachy rose color.

So I wore this pretty lip color  duo to a function on Weds.  I had two drinks and never had to touch up my lips.  When I got home, the liner was very intact.  That was four hours after I put it on!  This never happens to me.  I’m not a fan of long wearing lipstick as they tend to be very drying.  Both the colors are so pretty together.

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Ipsy Glam Bag July 2018

Hello, and happy Sunday!  July’s Ipsy glam bag has some great items this month.

Here’s what I got:

Sundays full size nail polish #45-a pretty light blue shade. I threw on some dark blue polka dots for fun.  It’s a 10 free product, non toxic, vegan, cruelty free just to name a few. It’s valued at $18 USD.

Ipsy July 2018-polish

Pacifica Coconut Blush in Beaming and Tenderheart full size. The darker shade would be nice for contouring and the rosy shade will look nice on my pale skin.

Ipsy July 2018-swatches

I got a deluxe size of Juliette has a gun perfume by Romano Ricci.  It’s a light floral fragrance which smells very much like my favorite, Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana.  From what I read, you can mix this with other fragrances.  It faded very quickly after I applied it.

I got some Whipped Argan Oil face butter by Josie Maran. I don’t know how whipped it is, but I’m a fan of argan oil overall.

Last but not least I received Eyeko London Travel size skinny liquid eyeliner in black.  I’ll be giving this to a friend, as the black is to dark for me.

Ipsy is $10 a month, which includes shipping.  You can change your profile, which I have several times over the years.  My July bag was valued well over the $10 I spent.  As with all of Ipsy glam bags, I got a shimmery teal cosmetic bag too.

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Ipsy July 2018

Ulta Haul 7-8-18

Well hello there!  I’ve been gone from my blog for a few months.  I had some health issues to contend with.

If you follow my blog at all, you may be aware that I’m somewhat obsessed with Ulta.  As I near a milestone birthday within the next six months, I’m trying to cut back on my spending.

I popped into my local Ulta today as I had some coupons, and Ulta sent me an email for a free gift with purchase.

I use to go to Ulta at least once a week. I might go monthly now.  I was sad to see that my local Ulta has greatly reduced there boxed hair color. They have added some prestige make up lines recently, and had to make room.

I really got a great deal, check out what I got for a whopping $11.58 below, a $35 value:

Ulta Haul 7-8-18

I had $10 in manufacturer’s coupons and a $3.50 rewards credit as well.  I got the Biolage hair care kit for free.

I have never used the Color Crave before, but had a $3 off coupon.  It’s actually quite nice and I think I’m going to go back and get some more, as these were on clearance. I’ve tried hair chalk, but it makes my hair feel like straw.  The Color Crave actually made my hair shiny.   I got rose gold.  I’ve been using the Neutrogena Moisture Smooth color in Almond Nude for a few years. The regular price is $8.99 US, and I paid $4.31.  It’s a great neutral color, and you don’t need a mirror to apply.

I love Clairol’s Root Touch up, super easy to use and I paid $2.47 for each of them. This really is a great color for gray roots.  Works every time.

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Zenni Optical Review

Hello, and happy Sunday!  I’ve haven’t posted in ages.  Busy at work and life in general.

This is my fourth pair of  Zenni’s Optical glasses.  You simply upload a photo of yourself to virtually try on glasses.  I purchased this pair that has magnetic clip on sun shades.  I have progressive lenses that are thin and super light weight.  For less than $2, I had my phone number engraved on one of the arms.

Here are the glasses without the sun shades, they are half rims. They are a tad bigger than I thought they would be, but I love them anyway.

Zenni 7-8-18

 

With sun shades.

Zenni 7-8-18 sun shades

Here’s a breakdown of what I got:

Frames-$35.95

1.61 Digital Free Form Progressive Beyond UV Blue Blocker lenses-$73.95

Water Resistant Easy to clean (Super Hydrophobic) Anti reflect coating-$4 (regular anti reflective coating is free)

Custom engraving-$1.95

Expedited shipping-$7.45

Grand total-$123.30 US dollars!

Zenni ships worldwide!  I’ll never buy glasses in a optical shop again!  Check out Zenni Optical, you won’t be disappointed.

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Natural White 5 Minute Tooth Whitening System-Review

Happy Sunday! First let me say I’m a big bargain shopper.  I have found a lot of great products at Dollar Tree.  On my last visit, I bought various teeth whitening products and candy.  If you have ever been to a dollar store, they have really fresh candy, just saying.

I purchased Natural White 5 Minute Tooth Whitening System for a whopping dollar at my local Dollar Tree. I just saw the same item for sale on Amazon for $5.50.  It comes with a duplex mouth tray and a tube of whitening gel that is .75 ounces.  When I first showed it to my husband he was convinced it must have contained lead or something since I got it from the dollar store. Not only did it not contain lead, but it’s made in the United States.

This stuff works great! I’ve got quite a few crowns so I wouldn’t spend the money to have a professional bleaching done at the dentist’s office. Plus my dentist charges $300!

I would have to say I’ve lightened my teeth several shades. It works fine even with me having all of these crowns.  If you are expecting paper white teeth, it’s not going to happen, besides on what planet does that look natural????

Natural White 5 Minute Tooth Whitening System 4-1-18

One thing about items purchased from Dollar Tree, if you see something you like, buy them all. Well, no try it first, then go back and buy all of them. Seriously, they usually only have items like this once. I snatched up about five of them on my last trip.

Oh, and don’t forget the candy!

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Philosophy The Ultimate Fix for Eyes- Review

Happy Easter!  I have to laugh when I see studies for different skin care products that use really small groups. This eye cream by Philosophy was tested on a whopping 31 women. I was really excited to try this when I saw it advertised at Ulta.

It made some hefty promises, “after 12 days, 97% saw a creaseless eye area that looked ironed flat.” Um, hell to the no.

Next, “after one month crepiness reduced by 94%.” Double hell to the no! “After 1 week skin looks smoother and more youthful.”  Liar lair pants on fire!

Here is more hype: “In 31 days hollowness reduced by 64%”. I wonder what kind of drugs these testers were using, and where can I get some.

This eye cream which is .5 ounces and cost $68USD is a complete and utter waste of money.  I’ve been using it twice daily as directed for over a month and have not seen any improvement. I would have returned it, but when I bought it, I had returned some items so I spent $45 USD, which was $45 way too much for an eye cream that didn’t produce any results.

I’ve used Philosophy products in the past, and was happy with the results.  Don’t waste your money on this.

Philosophy Ultimate Worker Fix Eye cream 4-1-18

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