November Ipsy Reveal

 

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Also – just an FYI, we have an exciting announcement at the end of this post so make sure you stick around for the whole thing. 😉

Ashley –

TOO FACED Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray-

‘TINI BEAUTY Barfly Highlighter in Candlelit 

CROWN BRUSH  C141 Small Chisel Brush – So, this is literally the only thing I’ve used from my Ipsy bag…and as always I freaking love a brush. This particular brush is bomb. The bristles are perfectly dense and soft. I use it for applying contour and it blends my product like a dream.

NAKED COSMETICS  Mother Nature #06 –

TARTE  Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty –

Rhonda –

I am lowkey obsessed with how pretty this bag is.  Pictures truly do not do it justice.  This is one of the few ipsy bags I would actually use as a clutch.

Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Bitten & Bronzed Matte Bronzer – This will be a great matte bronzer for lighter skin tones.

TARTE Deluxe Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Feisty – As I’ve said many times before, I love everything Tarte.  I have had this blush in another shade and it’s super pigmented and blendable.

COLOURPOP COSMETICS Pressed Powder Shadow in Come and Get It or Paper Tiger – I have several of CP’s pressed powders and they are just lovely.  For the price, you can’t beat the blendability.

MANNA KADAR COSMETICS HD Perfecting Powder 

CLARK’S BOTANICALS Deep Moisture Mask – I am a sucker for a moisture mask and this one felt completely decadent on my face!  While I do prefer one that I can sleep in instead of rinsing off, I loved this.

I got these adorable pins with some of my points.  I collect pins so I knew I had to get these!

 

Alright …so now you’re down here and you’re wondering WHAT IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT??? Well, we wanted to let you guys know that we are both canceling our Ipsy subscriptions – so this will be the last Ipsy Reveal Post. Why? Well, we are both Senegence distributors and we want to focus our Makeup monies on that. 😉

More importantly, today is Thanksgiving and we wanted to let you guys know that we are incredibly thankful for all of you. We are thankful that you come back each day to see what we’ve written. We are thankful for your interaction and support. Since we are so thankful we wanted to give back to y’all. So, we will be hosting a giveaway featuring our Ipsy products from this month and some other random goodies we each decided to throw in.


The Low Down:

  • There will be two prizes with two separate winners of each one. All entries will be entered together and drawn from twice to produce the two winners.
  • You will gain an entry for every person that you invite to like our Rage Against the MOMachine Facebook Page (send us a message through FB with a screenshot of you’re invites)
  • You will gain an additional entry for each person that you invite IF they actually like our page.
  • All screenshots and likes must be recieved/completed by 12 am Monday 11/27/2017. The winner will be announced Monday afternoon!

(click the three dots next to ‘Share’ to get this drop down menu to appear)


Easy huh? Now I’m sure you want to see all the giveaway goodies.

Giveaway #1

Giveaway #2

Ok guys! Get to it … go invite all your friends and send us those screen shots!

Ipsy Reveal : October 2017

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Ashley –

Let me first say that I’m really pleased with my bag this time around. I’ve literally been using the items I received every single day since I opened the package. For about a week straight now. For me, that’s worth my ten dollars – more than worth ten dollars actually. 🙂

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion : This eyeliner is great. The pigmentation is on point, and I am pleased with the staying power. The liner lasts about four solid hours on my water line which is better than most eyeliners I’ve tried. It glides on easily and stands out with just one swipe. It is also really easy to blend out for a more smokey eye look. I’m fairly confident that I’ll be picking this one up in brown soon.

Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara :  This is a great everyday mascara. I like it. I’m not IN LOVE with it but I was not disappointed in the coverage and lasting wear – I just usually like a mascara that offers a move voluminous look.

Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser : This cleanser claims to be an ultra gentle exfoliator and I 100% agree with that claim. You just pour a dime sized amount of powder into your palm, mix with a few drops of water, and then massage it all over your face. The powder particles exfoliate your skin, but they eventually all dissolve away which is a major plus for me. I hate cleansers with exfoliating beads that are hard to remove completely from your face during rinsing.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed : To be honest, I was not excited about receiving this shadow. I didn’t need another bronze eye shadow shade – I have a billion. BUT when I swatched and wore this shadow it read more army green. I don’t know if that’s because of my skin tone or if it was actually mislabeled? Either way – I adore it. I’ve worn it several times and can’t get enough. It blends like a dream and is uber pigmented.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush : What can I say? Another brush from Ipsy = another love story. This brush is soft and the bristles are just the right length. I like that the bristles are a little bit of an oval shape rather than a circle, because it allows for more control when doing precise deep crease blending.

Rhonda –

I love love love the design of this bag!  It has a subtle lace brocade and a pretty little bat zipper pull.  It really had good contents, but I won’t be actually trying all of them.  I have decided that November will be my last ipsy bag.  It’s not because I don’t love ipsy, because I totally DO.  However, I work for a skincare and cosmetics brand and am in the process of switching to all their products.  Instead, I’ll take the $10 I spend on the subscription to buy a new brush every month, since that’s my favorite thing anyway!

tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara – I have previously tried this mascara and as much as I am a fan of all things tarte, this one really misses the mark for me.  I didn’t feel like it did much of anything for my lashes.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed – I didn’t open this because I want to be able to sell it since I won’t be using it.  I was tempted though because I love this deep bronze hue!  However, Ashley gave more info on this product in her reveal.

JM Solution Water Luminous Jelly Cleanser – I’m already on a skincare regimen and not introducing new products, but the description of it makes it sound lovely and refreshing.  I love products with hyaluronic acid!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – I would have flipped out over receiving this foundation, because I’ve heard such good things.  However, I once again am just needing to transition to all one brand.  I did swatch it though because I am going to keep it and try it until I order foundation from my company.  When I swatched, I was impressed with the coverage for what is supposed to be a more sheer and natural look.  It doesn’t feel gross and heavy either.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush – Another month, another brush.  And I am not complaining!  I can’t get enough brushes in my life.  The bristles on this one are so soft and have a perfect shape for really defining the crease.

 

Have you enjoyed your October ipsy?  Have you tried any of the products we received?

Weekend Roundup: Top 5 Posts

With a growth in readers and followers, it’s time to once again link you up to our most read posts.  Whether you’re new around here or just missed something, take a moment to go back and read our top 5 posts.

5. Three Years – an ode to Claudia Love on her third birthday

4. The Story of My Tattoo: Ashley – a tale of a spontaneous decision made in the Fort Worth Stockyards

3. From Arrest to Engagement – the story of how poor decisions can lead to something amazing

2. Nipstick – how to find the perfect nude for your lips, while nude

  1. A Drinking Problem – a response to some cowardly and ignorant accusations

 

Which of these posts is your favorite?

Ipsy Reveal: September 2017

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Rhonda –

The bag itself is amazing this month.  Black and spikes?  Yes please.  It’s even lined in a beautiful royal blue.  It’s love and now a staple in my day to day life.

Feel Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanser – Y’all, I don’t pumpkin.  Not a basic bitch here.  The smell alone makes me gag.  So I left this unopened and will contribute it to a giveaway.

 E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack – This left my skin plump and soft. I couldn’t believe how radiant my skin appeared upon waking.  I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who likes waking up looking refreshed. 

Smashbox Cosmetics PHOTO FINISH RADIANCE PRIMER – Y’all, when I got this, I literally thought, “cool, another primer that probably won’t do shit.”  I was wrong, okay?  I am not a fan of any of Smashbox’s primers, but this was amazing.  It evened out my skin tone a lot before I even started the makeup.  I felt like it really prepped my skin.  It has a slight shimmer, which I am usually not into, but by time my makeup was finished, it just gave my skin a glow, not stripper glitter.

Nomad Cosmetics Multi-Perfection Illuminating Bronzer Duo in Principessa – I am kind of over receiving highlighters and bronzers because it’s rare they wow me and I get one almost every month.  This was fine, though.  I loved the rich hue of the bronzer.  The highlight wasn’t anything to write home about, but I think it would work very well for an inner corner or brow highlight.  I definitely appreciate the silky quality of the formula.

Luxie Beauty LUXIE ROSE GOLD MEDIUM ANGLED SHADING EYE BRUSH 207 – Like all Luxie brushes, this one is absolutely beautiful and the synthetic bristles are soft, blending like a dream.  It’s a little of a strange shape for the way that I personally apply my shadow. But you know what it did perfectly?  Nose contour.  It’s love.

Ashley –

I am DYING over this bag. I love it. It speaks to my soul and makes me happy to just look at it. In. Love.

NEOGEN Dermalogy Real Flower Cleansing Water – Calendula : I don’t have an strong feelings about this cleanser either way just yet. Cleansers are really something you have to use for a while with some consistency in order to form a true opinion. First impressions? I like it.

Luxie Beauty LUXIE ROSE GOLD MEDIUM ANGLED SHADING EYE BRUSH 207 : As always I am super happy to receive a brush in my Ipsy bag. I’ve gotten several brushes from the Luxie brand and they are always pretty and of great quality!

Smashbox Cosmetics PHOTO FINISH RADIANCE PRIMER : Soooo, I was totally prepared to hate this primer. Ok. Well not hate – but definitely dislike or not care for. I was wrong though. I’ve been using it everyday since I got my Ipsy bag. It claims to soften lines and even out skin tone. For me, it does both of things while also leaving my dry skin looking very dewy. There are definitely some shimmery glitters in it, because it is meant to double as a highlight. I don’t mind the shimmers when I wear it as primer, because by the time I layer my concealer over it – all you see is the the dewy effect not all the shimmer.

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Toasted or Gunmetal : I am not wowed by this shadow, but I do think it is great quality. It is very soft and blends well. I received Gunmetal which is a silvery color which is why I am most pleased with since I didn’t really have a silvery eye shadow in my collection.

Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception : It’s been so long since I got a nail polish from Ipsy so, I was very happy to get one this time around! This gray/brown color is really my jam. I love it and it is living on my toes as we speak.

What did YOU guys get in your Ipsy bag? 🙂

Smokey/Black Out Eye Shadow Tutorial

Hey there! Ashley here…and today I’ve got another easy peasy makeup tutorial for you guys. This is one of my go to looks. I love a smokey eye, but a black out smokey eye is my absolute favorite. Even though I typically use this look for the everyday, it would also make a great ‘night out’ look if you added some false lashes and smoked out the bottom lash line even more.

I hope you guys enjoy, and as always if you have any questions, please drop them in the comment section and I will respond!

Alright, so this tutorial is focusing on getting a specific eye look; therefore, I’ve already done my face. In reality, if I were doing this look I’d for sure do my eyes first since there tends to be a lot of mess/fall out with the black shadow.

First things first…the products and tools :

Step One: Prime/Set your lids

I used the Mac Paint Pot in Painterly. I apply that with my fingertips all over the lid bringing it up to my eyebrow. Then I used the free spirit shade from my Tartlette palette to set the primer.

Step Two: Blow Out your Crease

To me, what really gives this look some dimension and complexity is that you want to start with a blown out brown crease. First I applied Wanderer from the Tartlette Palette with a compact crease brush and blended that all up in my crease bringing it to my brown bone. Next, I grabbed a bigger crease brush and picked up Crisp from my Tartiest Pro To Go Pallette. I put crisp right on top of where I put the first crease color. I proceeded to blend blend blend blend until my crease was smooth and blown out.

Step Three: Apply Black shadow all over the Lid

Noooow, we get to the black. Are you making heart eyes over there yet? 😉 But yes. This next step is pretty straightforward. You grab a shader brush and pack on that black shadow all over the lid. Then you grab your fluffy crease brush from step two and blend out the edges of where the black shadow meets your crease. This step involves a TON of crease blending. And then. When you crease looks great – go back and add more black to the lid because you probably brushed some of the pigment away during blending. THEN blend out the crease a little more. The black I used is called Fashionista and is from the same Tartlette Pallette.

Step Four: Smudged Liner and Mascara

Now that your eye is blended to perfection, you just need to add liner and mascara. Apply black eyeliner to the outer 2/3 of your waterline and then use a flat dense brush to smudge the liner. I also grabbed some of Crisp shade from my Tarteist Pro Pallete to buff out the bottom edge of my smudged black liner. Last, apply your mascara. I layered two type of mascara for extra volume and drama, but you don’t have to do that.

And that is it! Wanna see a before and after? Of course you do. Who doesn’t love a good side by side before and after???

 

 

 

Ipsy Reveal: August

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Ashley –

When I saw what I was getting in my bag, I wasn’t super excited. TBH I was coveting Rhonda’s bag…however I’m overall pleased with the products I received and will continue to use most of them on a regular basis.

CATRICE COSMETICS Highlighting Powder in Champagne Campaign –  I am always excited to get a highlighter in my Ipsy bag. I am not overly impressed with this one though. It is very subdued and natural looking.  I don’t know if I will reach for it a lot. Cause you know: #extra The product description says that it has a vanilla scent and can sometimes have a pinky hue to it. I honestly never noticed either one of those qualities.

Air Repair Skincare Super-Hydrating Eye Cream – Skin care products are things that you have to use repeatedly over time to really see (or not see) the difference they make. So far I like this eye cream because I love skincare products and it doesn’t have any immediate off putting qualities (like smell or something).  I will definitely continue to use it.

EYEKO Black Magic Mascara Deluxe – Y’all. I was not expecting this BUT I’m in love with this mascara. It doesn’t give over the top volume, but it’s not so natural looking that you don’t appear to have mascara on at all. Today I layered it with my Dior (Diorshow Iconic Overcurl  mascara and was able to achieve more significant volume. Anyway, I’m going to purchase the full size of the mascara. Hands down my fave part of this bag AND I even got a brush this time…

SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush – This is my second SLMissGlam  brush that I’ve received through Ipsy. I am always satisfied with the brushes I receive through Ipsy and this was no exception. It’s a smaller blending brush that is great for more precise blending directly in the crease.

Paula Dorf Cosmetics Mini Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe – I really like this brow pencil. I can’t imagine that it would actually be a universal shade though. It has very strong red hues when I use it which is fine for me because I have red in my hair….I can’t see how this would also look good on someone with black or blonde or basic brown hair… you know? Anyway, I think the color is perfect for me. The product is super soft – I had to sharpen it after using it three times.

 

Rhonda –

I was so pumped when I saw what I was getting in my bag, and then was immediately disappointed by the item I was most excited by. However, ipsy had 3 varieties of the zip bag this month and I got the one I wanted!

Let’s check it.

Lovely, right?!

Vitamasques Yoghurt Mask Duo – I love masks so I was pretty excited about getting a 2-pack this month.  I tried the Kiwi and it smelled AMAZING, like edible.  While I soaked in the tub with the mask on, my face got really HOT, so I decided to look at the ingredients.  Well holy shit, I don’t even know what most of that stuff is, but I don’t think I will be using these again.  Not even opening the strawberry.

AURORA Pro Cover Up Concealer in Balmy Beige – I am a concealer freak and could not wait to try this.  I was so disappointed in it.  The shade was a good match for me, but it didn’t not blend or cover well.  Once dry, it creased under my eyes and was crumbly.  I tried it on a couple blemishes and that wasn’t a success either.  Just terrible.

SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush – This was my second brush from this brand and I can’t get enough!  It is so soft and did a bang-up job blending my crease.

Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo – God, I can not say enough good things about their cheek products.  Every time I get one, it blows my mind.  I did BOTH cheeks with ONE swipe of the rosy color.  These are silky, pigmented, and a dream to apply.  And bonus?  The bottom of the compact is MIRRORED!  This will be my go-to travel blush for sure.

theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Kuwakaribisha – This highlighter blew me away.  I am never impressed with highlighters anymore, but it gave me a gorgeous glow!  theBalm is such a great brand.

Here you see Pacifica and theBalm’s cheek products in use.  I was nervous when I swatched because they barely showed on my arm.  My face was a different story!

Did y’all get you some ipsy action this month?  What did we get in our bags that you would love to try?  One commenter will receive my strawberry mask!  Just because it didn’t work for my old sensitive skin doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.

 

Easy Everyday “Natural” Makeup Look

Heeeeey you guys! So great to see you around here. 🙂 Today I wanted to share with you my go-to makeup look for the everyday. It’s my version of a “natural” look that is quick and easy. And just to preface this with a disclaimer…I said quick and easy – NOT minimal product or tools involved. That’s a challenge for another day. 😉 Ok! To the makeup look…

For my shadow I just used the two bronzer shades from this Physcian’s Formula Palette. I put the redish/orange one in my crease and the cool brown all over my lid. Easy Peasy peeps:

Alright, so next – when I am doing minimal makeup color correcting out all that redness on my skin is super important:

Now that I cancelled out all the redness on my face, I need to color correct those under eyes. I wipe off the fall out from my shadow application and apply my Pixie Pink CC:

All the color correcting is finished – now it’s time to put on some Tarte Shape Tape. I also added a little bit of the NYX Lavender HD Studio Concealer to further brighten my under eye. Apply – then blend it all out with your damp beauty sponge:

Ok – on to the finishing touches. I apply brown liner to my water line and tight line along my upper lashes. I smudge that bottom liner out with a small brush. After liner, I apply mascara to my top and bottom lashes:

The cheeks! My favorite part. I went back to that same Physcician’s Formula Bronzer Pallette and applied the cool tone brown to the hallow of my cheeks. I put some Colourpop SS highlight along the top of my cheek bones. Last, I put blush on my cheeks. Blend Blend Blend people. That is the key:

And now, last but certainly not least….brows and lip:

And there you have it guys! Quick and easy …right? 😉  If you are curious about the products and/or tools I used I’m including a pictures of them here:

You can use whatever you have on hand though. The point of this was to show you that you don’t really need these specific products or tools to create this easy look. Whenever I watch a makeup tutorial I think about the things I already have and pull from different palettes to put together what I just watched…or read. 😉

If you have any questions…drop me a comment and I will get back to you!

 

 

 

 

July Ipsy Reveal

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Ashley –

I really love the bag design this month…do I say that every month? lol Anyway, I think this one is super cute. I like the how the zipper placement is not typical, and the actual fabric of the bag feels much more luxurious than past Ipsy bags. Overall, I was really happy with two of my items…just kind of ok about two others…and one..well. I’m not very pleased with it currently.

Beau Gachis Illuminator Brush – I LOVE getting a brush in my bag. This is a brush meant for applying highlight. IPsy’s website says that you can use it with all powder and cream formulas. So far I’ve just used it with powder – and I think it did a fantastic job. The bristles are super soft.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer – This is the product I’m not so in love with..so far. I will be the first to admit that my opinion of a beauty product can easily change with continued use. The feel and look  of this primer is almost identical to the Smash Box Photo Finish Primer. It definitely leaves a velvety smooth feeling to your face. Does it fill my pores? Nope. Not. At. All. I’ll for sure give it some more tries…but so far I’m not in love.

BRTC Jasmine Waterfall Sleeping Mask – I really love the smell of this mask. I didn’t notice any amazing instant results, but I’m not mad at it. I didn’t use any moisturizer in addition to it and my face didn’t feel dry at all the next morning…so there’s that at least. 🙂

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel – I love all things Tarte that I’ve tried, and I’ve actually been wanting to try this particular product. I think it did a great job at cleansing my skin. I wasn’t blown away by it or anything. Not yet anyway. 😉 It claims to be able to easily dissolve waterproof makeup. I didn’t test that…I should though.

OFRA Gold Rush Eye Shadow – I am in love with this shadow. It is super pigmented. I just put a bronzer in my crease and this shadow all over the lid. It applies well with a brush, but I did use my finger tip to pack on some extra pigment.

Rhonda –

There were some hits and misses, as usual.  There was also a tragedy, but it’s being rectified.  This bag design though. Like, so cute.  I have to show you the back. It’s that special.

I can’t even deal with the cuteness.  And my goodness, the quality of this bag is way better than previous ones.  It’s worth $10 just for the bag.  So on to the contents.

tarte cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea™ deep dive cleansing gel – As a huge fan of Tarte, I was so happy to finally get something from them in an ipsy bag.  I may have done a little happy dance!  Now, as far as the performance, it was good….just didn’t feel like there was anything exceptional about it.  It worked about the same as my other Prestige cleansers.  It is supposed to dissolve makeup, but I used it in the morning, so I can’t say for sure about that.

IBY Beauty Crease Brush – I love receiving brushes in my bag more than anything else and I LIVE for a good crease brush.  The tip of this brush was so pointy that it did NOT make for a good crease brush.  However, it worked really well to shape an outer V.

Chella Eyebrow Cream in Tantalizing Taupe – While I love the idea of this product – it’s budge proof and has a brush applicator – I didn’t even open it.  It’s taupe, totally wrong color for me.  I assume this is because my profile has me listed as blonde.  I still have dark brows, yo.

trèStiQue Mini Concealer Crayon in Porcelain or Bisque – I love a spot concealer in crayon form because it’s so easy to apply.  I was not super impressed with the blemish coverage and laughed when I tried it under my eyes.  I am such a Shape Tape devotee and nothing compares.  I will definitely keep it for blemish purposes though.

Seraphine Botanicals Ginger + Gold – I was so sad when this gorgeous blush arrived shattered.  The color is stunning and it applies beautifully luminous.  I emailed ipsy immediately and they are sending a replacement.  Amazing customer service!

Did you get ipsy for July?  What did you get?

 

 

Weekend Roundup: Our 5 Most Read Posts

We are kicking off this new series to give weekend or new readers a good place to start with what to read!

Today, we give you our top five posts.  These are the five posts that, from our start in February 2017, have gotten the most views.  Have you read them all?

5. 5 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Love – This post, by Rhonda, is a super personal and heartfelt post written for anyone out there who needs some lessons in love.

4. Three Years – An ode to Rhonda’s daughter and a look at how she changed everything.

3. The Story of My Tattoo: Ashley – Ashley got a tattoo on a drunken adventure, but the meaning behind it is a long-held lesson of love.

2. From Arrest to Engagement – How an arrest changed Rhonda’s life for the better.

1. Nipstick – A titillating look at a very personal lip color, by Rhonda and Ashley.

After you read through, share your favorites to social media!  Happy Weekend!

What’s in My ….

Hey hey! It’s Ashley here with another rendition of ‘What’s In My..’ So far we’ve shown you what’s in our purses and what’s in Rhonda’s Carryon. Today, I’m sharing with you ‘What’s In My Make Up Collection’.

That’s my whole set up. That mirror is where I stand erryday to put my face on. 🙂 Looking at this makes me so happy. And makes me want to add more things. Alright…let’s dive in …

So for starters that birdcage storage thingy on the right hand side is full of all my hair products that I use on the daily/weekly…it also has my deodorant and some lotion.

So the tower on the left is filled with my lippie collection – minus the drawer at the bottom:

  1. Traditional lipsticks
  2. Colourpop liquid lips and some other various liquid lips with similar formulas like the Wet N Wild ones.
  3. Revlon, L’Oreal, and NYX Liquid lip creams.
  4. Misc. traditional liquid lips and the three lip liners that I own.
  5. My chapsticks, lip balms, and lip glosses.
  6. This is where I keep my brow and lash products.

The shorter towers..first we have the one on the left:

  1. Blushes
  2. Single Eye Shadows
  3. Eyeliners

Shorter tower on the right:

  1. Concealers / color correctors
  2. Primers
  3. Foundation

Sitting on top of the two shorter towers are all my brushes, beauty sponges, the moisturizer (with SPF) that I’m currently using, and facial sprays.

And above the brushes in the wire basket contraption hanging on the wall are:

  1. Eyeshadow palettes
  2. Face powders
  3. Bronzers, highlighters, and face palettes

And last, but certainly not least, are a few eyeshadow palettes that won’t fit in the hanging wire baskets. The black one is a Morphe Palette and the pink one is a Z Palette that I bought from Ulta. The Z Palette holds some single Colourpop pressed shadows and then some misc. shadows that I got from Ipsy.

And that is it you guys. I’m not going to get super intense and list every.single.product. that I own. I don’t have a huge collection…but it is larger than the average individual…so going into all that detail would take forever. 😉 If you do have any questions about any specific products that you see, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my makeup collection…do we have anything in common??