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    January 2016 Sephora Play! Box Review

    January Sephora Play! Box // The Geeky Fashionista

    Sorry this post is up so late, but better late than never – right? This is my second Sephora Play box and the theme is “Beauty, Set, Go” featuring products that’ll give your beauty routine a fresh start! Keep reading to see what was inside along with my first impressions!

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    April 2016 Ipsy Bag Unboxing

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    Time for another Ipsy bag Unboxing/First Impressions post! This month’s theme is “Dreamers“.

    If you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a beauty subscription service that sends you a cute little “glam bag” filled with 5-6 full or deluxe-sized products each month for just $10. The bags are catered towards your preferences (through a “beauty quiz” you take when you sign up and later through how you “rate” the products you receive) so the products in the bags vary from person to person. I have been an Ipsy subscriber for several years and have been very happy with the various items I have received. If you would like to sign up for your own Ipsy bag, you can sign up HERE.

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    December 2015 Ipsy Bag Unboxing

     
    I haven’t done an Ipsy unboxing/unbagging post in a while and this December bag was just too good not to write about! I’m definitely going to use each and every product in this month’s amazing bag!
     
    If you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a beauty subscription service that sends you a cute little “glam bag” filled with 5-6 full or deluxe-sized products each month for $10. The bags are catered towards your preferences (through a “beauty quiz” you take when you sign up) so the products in the bags vary from person to person. I have been an Ipsy subscriber pretty much since it started and have been very happy with the various products I have received from them. If you would like to sign up for your own Ipsy bag, click HERE (referral link).
     
     
    I like the idea of a quilted bag and the red is nice and appropriate for the holidays, but I wish it was executed a bit better. Ipsy can be hit or miss with the quality of their actual bags and this month was a miss as it felt pretty cheap, but fortunately they more than made up for it with the awesome products inside!
     
     
    Inside the Bag
     
     
    Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick
    The super cute packaging immediately caught my eye! The red lip color is perfect for the holidays. The 100% vegan and cruelty-free formula is super creamy and moisturizing made with coconut oil, shea butter, and Vitamen E – just what you need on those cold days that dry up your lips. Use code POWEROFLOVE at pacificbeauty.com for 20% off any purchase.
     
    Lather honey moisture mask with propolis extract
    This paraben-free, super-hydrating mask smells lovely, goes on smooth and feels wonderful on the skin. It’s specifically made to revitalize stressed skin with propolis extract, natural honey, and other nutrients nourishing to the skin. Use code IPSYHONEY at lather.com for 20% off any purchase + free gift.

     

     
    Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer
    I don’t wear eyeshadow too often anymore but the holidays is definitely a time I do, and I certainly would use a primer! I haven’t tried this product yet but it claims to dry transparent, smooth and prep your lids, and keep your eyeshadow bold and crease-free all day! Also love the classy packaging. Use code THANKIPSY at elizabethmott.com for 30% off any purchase.
     
     
    RickyCare by Ricky’s NYC Classic 3D Blender
    Yes, yes, yes!! I was so happy when I saw this in my bag! Beauty blenders are my preferred method of applying foundation – I already have two and love them both but am more than happy to add another to my collection, especially one in such a pretty soft blue color. Like other beauty blenders, it is reusable and can be used wet or dry (I recommend using it wet though). Unlike other beauty blenders, it’s supposed to have a denser texture to give it a longer life cycle and to fit the contours of the face. Use code IPSY at rickysnyc.com for 10% off this product.
     
    FORMULA X Nail Polish in Revved Up
    Absolutely gorgeous rose gold metallic color that’s great for the holidays! Super cute packaging and the mini size is perfect for travel.

     

     
    Em Cosmetics by Michelle Phan Shade Play Artistic Eye Color Palette *BONUS GIFT*
    As excited as I was about the beauty blender, I was even more excited about this awesome bonus gift! It came with a note saying these were sent to subscribers of over 3 years and like I mentioned earlier, I’ve been with Ipsy since they started (whoo, go me!). I thought it was incredibly thoughtful to show their appreciation and make their long-time subscribers feel special. Plus, it’s an awesome palette! The colors are beautiful and I LOVE that they’re neutrals and can be worn everyday. It’s also the perfect size for your purse, feels high quality, and comes with a handy mirror and two little eye brushes. Boom.
     
    Well done, Ipsy. I’m looking forward to another year of great service and products!
     
    Are you subscribed to Ipsy? If so, what did you get in your December bag?
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    December 2014 Ipsy Bag Unboxing

    My final Ipsy bag of the year arrived early this month – yay!! The past couple of months it’s been coming the twenty-somethingth of the month so it was a nice surprise to receive it so early this time especially since I’ll be leaving soon to visit home for the holidays and wouldn’t want it sitting in my mailbox for 2 weeks.

    If you are unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is a $10 beauty subscription service where you receive 4-6 deluxe sample and full-sized products inside a cute makeup bag each month. To learn more about Ipsy and/or sign up for your own bag, click HERE.

     
    This month’s bag isn’t as creative as some of the recent past bags have been. It reminds me more of a pencil bag or a much earlier Ipsy bag I received. I do still think it’s cute with its little heart charm and like the simplicity of it and will definitely use it! The front of the card inside said “You are a: Talented Being” which I thought was cute. Apparently, people received different sayings on theirs.

    INSIDE THE BAG
     
    Boost Repair Treatment by Cool Way
    This hair serum is for repairing damaged hair. It’s made of a non-toxic formula that contains no formaldehyde, sulfates, parabens, phthalates or synthetic color. Never heard of the brand before. It has a nice almost peppermint-like scent.
     
    Butter Lip Balm by NYX in “Lady Fingers”
    Yes! Love seeing full-sized products in my bag! Even more so when they have the word “butter” in them. This lip balm is very moisturizing and has a pleasant scent. It’s sheer but has a nice hint of mauve color. Very pretty.
     
    Fairy Dust by Pixi
    Wasn’t sure what this was at first, but it looks like it’s a shimmery powdery pigment that you can use on your eyes/cheeks/wherever can use a little brightening/shimmer. I like the sponge tip that makes for easy application although it can still get a little messy.
     
    lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara by tarte
    Very excited to see this in my bag as I’ve heard SO many great things about this mascara! The 4-in-1 comes from the fact that it claims to lengthen, curl, volumize, and condition your lashes. I currently have far too many mascara so I’ve held off on buying any new ones, but this and the Manga mascara have been at the top of my “to try/buy” list – hoping it lives up to my expectations!
     
    Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush by Crown Brush
    I can never have too many brushes! This is a dual sided brush made of synthetic fibers. One side is perfect for applying eyeshadow and the other for defining the eye. Nice, soft bristles. While I’ve heard of Crown Brush before, I’ve never actually used them.
    CONCLUSION
    Another great bag well worth it’s price! I love the variety of products – they covered makeup (high end and drugstore, deluxe sample and full-sized), hair, and beauty tools!

     
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    October 2014 Ipsy Bag Unboxing

     
    Whoo!! I haven’t done an Ipsy Unboxing/Unbagging video in a while!! I’ve been stalking my bag via tracking code really hoping I’d get it early this month, but it came late! 🙁 Still wanted to do an unboxing video though so this was filmed, edited, and uploaded all in one day! Phew! Go me! That’s something else I haven’t done in a while! Hence also why I am wearing minimal makeup and my hair is a nightmare in this video >.< 
     
     
    This is probably my favorite bag (the actual bag itself) that I’ve received thus far. What I particularly love about this bag is quite simple. I love it’s color (this teal is probably my favorite color at the moment) and the chic quilted pattern. I love the Ipsy bags and save all of them using them to store things like pencils to chargers to, of course, makeup. When Ipsy first started, I remember thinking the bags were so tacky and cheap, but now I look forward to seeing what kind of bag I will get almost as much as what products are inside of it. I’ve really been impressed with the last few bags as they’ve all been so different and unique and nicely made. 
     
    INSIDE THE BAG
     
    “Deeply in Mauve” Lipstick by noyah
    Really liked the noyah lip balm I had received previously so I was very happy to see this lipstick in it’s oh so adorable mini packaging! The shade is perfect for fall and I love the creamy formula. Knowing that it’s all-natural, synthetics-free, and never tested on animals makes it even better! Use FALLinLOVE at noyah.com to get 15% OFF + a FREE lip balm.
     
    Mango Mandarin Hand Cream by Figs & Rouge
    This pure and natural UK made hand cream smells great and feels wonderful! It also has the cutest colorful packaging!
     
    Purifying Exfoliant by Épicé International
    Can’t say much about it at first glance without trying it, but SUPER RANDOM – this fancy-sounding product was made in my definitely-not-fancy-at-all small hometown. When I saw that I was like ‘WUT?’
     
    TATTOOED Waterproof Eyeliner by Skone Cosmetics 
    I can already tell I’m going to get a lot of use out of this. I don’t have a waterproof eyeliner or one with a felt tip at the moment so I already like that about it. Also, I swatched it and not only does it not smudge, it has MAJOR staying power. Definitely going to have to break out the makeup remover to get this stuff off.
     
    “XX” Nail Lacquer by Cirque Colors
    Not a fan of glitter polish since they are a PAIN to take off, but this one is indeed very pretty and festive. If a special occasion arises where festive polish is needed, I’m ready.
     
     
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    August 2013 Ipsy Bag Unboxing

     
    It’s August so you know what that means! Everyone is getting ready to go “Back to School” including this month’s Ipsy bag. The theme is Glamour Academy which Ipsy claims is “full of beauty essentials that are perfect for stashing in your school bag or when you’re prepping for your next big party.” Well, let’s check it out.
     
     
    This month’s bag is pretty standard especially after last month’s cylinder vinyl bag. It’s a purple color with gold “Ipsy Glamour Academy” crests printed all over it. Usually I hate it when companies plaster their logo all over a product but here it works with the theme and I think it’s actually a cute design with the various makeup products in the coat of arms (I think that’s the right term) design. As with past bags, the outside of the bag is made with a satin-like material and the lining at the top is a reinforcing vinyl strip.
    In the Bag:
     
    Noya Cherry Lip Balm – I’m not a big cherry lip balm fan, but I’m definitely intrigued by this product – especially because it’s made of all-natural ingredients (Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, etc) and preservative-free. It also has a very nice scent that I’m sure if I liked the smell of cherries more I would be all over. Finally, while the box with its water splashes make it look extra refreshing, I can’t help but think it’s a bit unnecessary and waste of resources. Receive 20% off any purchase at noyabeauty.com with code: IPSTER.

    Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara in Blacket Black – Gave this mascara a try and while it certainly didn’t “boost” my lashes or give much volume like I was expecting, it didn’t clump and gave a very natural “my lashes but better (and darker)” look. Receive 20% off any purchase at pixibeauty.com with code: PIXI+IPSY.

    Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Pencil – I have only used powder on my brows, but have been considering buying a pencil so I was very happy to see this in my bag. My brows are VERY dark and this was a bit lighter but actually blended pretty well to give a natural look. The formula is very smooth and creamy and the mechanical design ensures an always defined tip. Also, while I’m not used to seeing such a skinny brow pencil, I do love the size – makes it very easy to handle and create precise brows. Receive 20% off any purchase at chella.com with code: BROWPENCIL.

    Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream – I’ve been getting a lot of Pacifica in my bags recently, but I don’t really mind because so far I’ve liked everything I’ve received. This BB Cream claims to have “specialized mineral pigments that instantly adjust to your skin shade” – well, it’s not instant, but with some good blending it eventually does. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated and with a natural and dewey look, but there’s VERY light coverage and it leaves a little bit too much shimmer for my liking. Would have been nice if it came in a slightly bigger tube (I’ll probably only get 2-3 uses out of this) and included SPF as well. Receive 20% off any purchase at pacificaperfume.com with code: IPSY20.

    Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub – I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some Michael Todd Skincare products so I was probably most excited about this product. I’ve heard people say Michael Todd products are the best thing since sliced bread and also that they’re overhyped and not all they’re cracked up to be. Who’s right? Well, I haven’t tried this out yet because I’m saving this for my second California trip in two weeks, but I’ll definitely let you all know. What I can say is that it’s a decent sample size, has no overpowering fragrance, and claims to gently exfoliate, remove impurities, and leave skin feeling fresh and smooth. We shall see… Receive 30% off any purchase at michaeltoddtrueorganics.com with code: AUGIPSY.

     
     
     
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