Shop My Stash January 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  Can you believe January is almost over?  I’m ready for spring, so I’m okay with it!

I started a monthly Shop My Stash this year. Here is the link to the post from the beginning of the month.  I go over each product with photos.  I also link if I have reviewed them in the past.

I really enjoyed this and tried to use all of these products at least a few times to see how much I like them.  It’s fun to focus on products since I have so many (especially Eye shadows).

The products this month were Urban Decay Born to Run Palette, Tartiest Pro Glow Palette. Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Palette, Pretty Vulgar Blush in Hush Blush and two BUXOM Cosmetics PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder in Cuddle Me (Rose) and Cozy Up (Mauve Nude).

I probably used the Born to Run palette the most, confirming why it was my favorite palette last year (see my 2018 faves here). My challenge was to use other shades than the bronzes.  And I did!  I tried the blues, gray and purple shades.  I’m not a fan of bright pink eyeshadow, but I think I used almost all of the shades.  The quality is gorgeous!

I also loved the You Had Me At Hello Palette. It’s a plummy, reddish brown sort of palette with a bunch of beautiful metallic shades. I did a few varied looks with this.

The tarte contour palette and the Pretty Vulgar blush weren’t my favorites. I decided to choose them because I got them both in subscription boxes this year and I never really used them.  The contour palette is a bit dark for me, both the contour and the highlighters.  My skin is so fair right now that they really don’t show up. The blush is very powdery and so pigmented.  It’s too bright for me.  I think I am going to hold on to them and try them again in the summer.  Or I might just give them away to my daughter!

Th Buxom PillowPouts are really nice.  They are creamy, but are matte when applied.  I like to wear lip glosses over them. I’ll continue using them!

I also am going to include any empties in this post each month:

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This month I only had three — The Robin McGraw Revelation Live Life Lifted Neck Cream, Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Leave in Mask, and Philosophy Purity Made Simple Eye Gel. I’ve been using the skincare since early fall and I got the Briogeo in a subscription box a few months ago.  I use neck cream morning and night (and eye cream, too).  This neck cream really firmed up my neck area, and the eye cream was super hydrating.  I definitely recommend them both.  I like the hair mask, but I just got the Briogeo Rosarco one and I like that one a bit better.  If you over use this one, hair gets greasy.

So I have chosen my Shop My Stash products for February and will be revealing those soon.  I’m enjoying this series so far!  Stay tuned!

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Ipsy Glam Bag Subsription Box Review – January 2019

Hi all!  I hope you’re doing well and having a great weekend!  I signed up for Ipsy again at the beginning of January and was told my subscription would start with the February bag, but I also went on the waiting list for Glam Bag Plus (I’m going to try it again).  I got off of that waiting list and will now be charged and receive February’s Glam Bag Plus, so they just sent me a January Glam Bag!

Ipsy Glam Bag is only $10 a month (Glam Bag Plus is $25)  It’s deluxe samples and some full sized products. You can sign up for these at ipsy.com.

Here’s what I got:

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YENSA PUMPKIN TURMERIC 2-in-1 Radiance Polishing Mask

LUXIE BEAUTY 1010 Small Contour Brush

KASCA Nail Polish in Velvet Black Matte

FLUIDE Lip Gloss in Elsewhere

CIATÉ LONDON Wonderwand Mascara in Black Magic
This is an okay bag.  I think since they packed it last minute, I got the strange leftovers. My favorite items is the Luxie Brush.  It’s really soft and blends contour nicely. I haven’t tried the Ciate mascara yet, because I want to save it for later or if I travel this year.  I will also try the Yensa mask.  I did try the Fluide lip gloss and it is very shiny and minty.  I don’t know how often I use it.  I will give the black nail polish to one of my daughters.
I am excited to get my Glam Bag Plus in February.  I will be posting a review once I do!
Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag or Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get in your January Bag?

Hydrate Your Lips and Hands With Products By Mamonde, Sun Bum and NaturaBrasil

Hi all!  I hope you are doing well this cold winter.  Are your lips and hands chapped like mine are? I feel that I’m always slathering on lip balms and hand cream.  I’m always on the lookout for products that keep me hydrated, not leave me needing more moisture!

Below are some of my current favorites — a gentle lip mask, a tropical lip balm and an all-natural hand cream:

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Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask

The Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask ($14 USD) is a staple for people with dry and cracked lips. This multi-purpose lip sleeping mask & moisturizing balm gently exfoliates lips while creating a beauty satin finish as it keeps your lips fully hydrated. The plum extract helps exfoliate the lips while leaving lips looking smooth and dewy.

What I think: This is such an interesting lip mask. It claims to exfoliate and hydrate the lips at the same time. I do know that when I apply it at night, my lips are soft and smooth in the morning. This has a very soft floral scent, it’s very nice.  This is the first time I’ve tried Mamonde, which is a Korean brand, and I’m impressed.  I’ll have to try more!

Available at select ULTA stores and ULTA.com

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Sun Bum CocoBalm Moisturizing Lip Balms

Are you someone that ALWAYS has a lip balm in your pocket? Look no further! Sun Bum has a balm that is perfect for anyone on the go. The Sun Bum CocoBalm Moisturizing Lip Balms ($3.99 USD) are naturally flavored and infused with aloe vera and coconut oil to moisturizing your dry lips. With three fun flavors, Pina Colada, Groove Berry and Ocean Mint, you are sure to find one you LOVE.

What I think:  First of all, this smells (and tastes) delicious! It’s smells like a tropical vacation (as well as a tropical drink). It is also very hydrating and is so nice for chapped lips.  I’ll definitely have to try the other flavors!

Available at TrustTheBum.com

 

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NaturaBrasil Ucuuba Hand Cream

NaturaBrasil Ucuuba Hand Cream ($19.50 USD) — Enriched with a blend of repairing Ucuuba Butter and Murumuru Butter, this extremely effective hand cream softens and smooths skin for up to 30 hours and provides a protective barrier against the elements. The rich texture absorbs quickly to leave hands feeling comfortable, not greasy.

What I think: I’m always looking for a hydrating hand cream.  This one is very creamy without being greasy.  It has such a nice, soft scent, too. I also love the tube packaging, it’s great to throw in my purse.

Purchase at naturabrasil.com

What products are helping you keep hydrated this winter?

 

 

 

Products To Help Clogged Skin and Breakouts in the Winter

Hi All! My skin is so weird right now.  I have combination, aging skin (that can be sensitive) and its both dry and breaking out right now.  So frustrating!

I have been making sure to hydrate my skin every night and morning, but I’m also using scrubs and products to keep it clear.

I’ve been sent the following products for my honest review:

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Oxygenetix Acne-Control Foundation

Clear & Conceal acne with Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation ($76 USD)  — This revolutionary formula was three years in the making. Oxygenetix founder Barry Knapp is widely respected in the cosmetic industry and has identified the need for a treatment foundation for medical professionals with acne patients, created Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation. Like the original formula, Oxygenetix Acne Control is Aloe Vera Barbadensis gel based and does not contain added water. It is transfer and water-resistant, so it to stays on for hours even in humid environments. Its oxygen enriched and natural ingredients make it act like a second skin. This Acne Control Foundation at SPF 25 features maximum strength time released with 2% salicylic acid combined with a proprietary patented breathable matrix delivery system. The prime ingredient in all Oxygenetix products is Ceravitae. This super-charged oxygen peptide helps support the skins collagen cell production and connective tissue growth. It attracts oxygen to the skin helping it to breathe keeping it strong and healthy. Ceravitae works synergistically with the time released 2% salicylic acid maintaining effective treatment levels throughout the day.

What I think: I really like this foundation.  I have the shade Ivory.  There are 14 shades.  Ivory is a pretty good match for me.   This has a natural to soft matte finish, but doesn’t looking drying on my skin.  It actually just looks like skin!  Just flawless, healthy skin!  I have been breaking out lately and I use this during breakouts. I do find it helps clear them up, but it also applies so smoothly over blemishes and helps conceal them so nicely!  This foundation wears all day.  I don’t have a lot of oils, so I don’t have to worry about oils coming through.  I will test it in the summer, when I do get sweaty and a bit oily. I definitely will continue to use this.

From my Derma E PR Box this month, I received the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask.

Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50 USD) — Gentle enough for daily use, this detox scrub lifts away micro-pollutants and impurities while promoting oxygenation for a fresh, healthy radiance. Doctor developed and clinically tested, this revitalizing formula contains some of the most powerful minerals and natural toxin fighters from the earth and from the sea. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, helps remove toxins from the skin’s surface. Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micro-pollutants, and Green Tea delivers potent antioxidant defense. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), this formula boosts skin purity for a refreshed, glowing complexion. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, GMO-free.

Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50 USD) deeply detoxifies skin of harmful micropollutants in two ways: (1) Natural clays infused with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladerwrack and Activated Charcoal lift out dirt, oil and bacteria to decongest pores as the mask dries; (2) Apricot Seed Powder exfoliates away dead skin cells and captured debris upon removal. Kaolin and Bentonite Clays absorb excess oils and impurities, relieving skin congestion. Kimarine® Wakame is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, heavy metals). Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration and nourishment. Activated Charcoal, known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, purges pores of deeply rooted toxins, then Apricot Seed Powder gently exfoliates away micropollutants. Ideal for oily, active or urban skin types, even safe for reactive skin (minimal ingredients and allergy-tested), used this formula once or twice a week for skin that looks dramatically fresher, healthier and purely glowing.

What I think:  I already had the scrub and I really enjoy using it.  It’s a pearly dark gray and is not harsh at all.  It actually feels hydrating and scrubbing at the same time. It leaves my skin very soft.  I use it every day and it doesn’t irritate my skin.

The mask gives a deeper clean and is nice to use when I feel that my pores are clogged and my skin looks dull.   It really deep cleans, but also hydrates the skin.  My skin glows afterwards!  And, luckily, it doesn’t irritate my skin.

How’s your skin been this winter?  What do you like to use?

 

Brand Review — Nanacoco

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Hi all!  I hope you are doing well! I have another brand review!  I love doing these because it’s so much fun exploring what a brand has to offer.  This one is new to me.  It’s call Nanacoco.  Here is info on the brand:

Founded in 2014, Nanacoco continues to evolve and update its cruelty-free products to match the ever-changing beauty trends. It was essential to create an iconic color cosmetics brand that would have a lasting cult following in today’s digital world. Nanacoco represents someone who is carefree, loving, and isn’t afraid to push boundaries, while constantly moving towards innovation, trendiness, and diversity.

I love that the brand is cruelty free and is so affordable. It’s available on http://www.bbfull.com.

img_2837 These are the Eyeshadow Quad Palette in Elegant ($11.99), The Classic Auto Eye and Lip Pencil in Black ($2.99) and the Outlash Mascara ($10.50).  My photo isn’t great, but this quad is gorgeous!  The colors are all shimmers, but I did a look with the lower left brown shade in my crease, the pink shade on the outer half of the lid, the gold shade on the inner half of the lid, the dark brown shadow on my lower lash, and I tight lined with the the black liner.  It was gorgeous!

The mascara is nice, too.  They have many different kinds, but this one is for length. And it does give great length, but not a lot of volume.  I need length so this is a nice everyday mascara.

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Here’s a swatch of the eyeliner and shadow quad.  The colors are so gorgeous and you can do some fun, neutral looks with it.  There are also a few different palettes with brighter shades. The eyeliner is very creamy, but not super black.  It is good to tight line.

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These beauties are the Glitzn Face & Body Pigment ($7.50) in Lilac and Lemon.  These are so pretty on the eyes.  They will also work as highlighter, they do blend out.  They come in 12 shimmery shades.

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The photo didn’t turn out very well, but these are gorgeous and you get a lot of pigment in the little jar.  They are so nice on the eyelid.  I used the Lemon one with my eyeshadow quad and it added brightness and shimmer to my look!

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For face products, I tried the HD Cover Concealer ($8.50) in Eggshell and the HD Pressed Blush ($8.50) in Shimmery Dusty Rose.

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I think the pigments were under these, sorry about that!  The concealer is a bit dark for me now, but will work well in the summer.  It’s creamy and is a lighter coverage, but it’s buildable.

The blush is a pretty rose color and is a bit shimmery.  I think this will be gorgeous in the spring!

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And finally, here’s lips.  The are the Lipfinity Long Lasting Matte Lip Creme ($8.50) in Unveiled, Magnu-Matte Lip Crayon ($7.50) in Fever, and the Shimmertallics Metallic Lip Gloss ($8.50) in Sunkissed.

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Here are the swatches of the matte cream, crayon and lip gloss. These are all pretty nude shades.  The matte liquid lipstick is moussey when applied, but it dries down so much and is a bit uncomfortable on.  I can wear it with gloss over it.

The matte crayon is really comfortable.  I think this is the item I will use the most.  The gloss is pretty, but is so metallic.  Maybe it will be good for a night out.

All in all, I am very impressed with Nanacoco.  The products are really great quality for the price.  My favorites are the eyeshadow quad, the pigments, the mascara and the blush.  I will keep using them to see how I continue enjoying them.

Have you tried Nanacoco?  What do you think of the brand?

 

IT Cosmetics’ New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin! 4-Piece Skincare & Complexion Collection on QVC!

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It’s time for a new IT Cosmetics and QVC Today’s Special Value! The New Year, Your Most Beautiful Skin! 4-Piece Skincare & Complexion Collection gives you the power to reveal your most beautiful skin! This Today’s Special Value will only be offered for one day only! As a reminder, each day, QVC picks one special item they believe shoppers will love, and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 p.m. (PT) that day.

This one actually is on presale now and will be over January 12 that at 11:59 p.m (PT). It is $69.96 +Free Standard S&H.  The value is $174, which is amazing!

This exclusive four-piece collection features the worldwide launch of two new confidence-boosting skincare essentials and one new complexion must-have—plus a perfectly paired brush! Prep your skin for makeup application with new Confidence in a Gel Lotion to hydrate and smooth the look of fine lines. Then, apply new Confidence in a Neck Cream to your neck, décolleté and chest for an instantly younger-looking appearance. Use your included Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush to apply Bye Bye Lines Foundation for your most skin-perfecting finish!

Includes:

  • 2.6-oz Confidence in a Neck Cream
  • 2.5-oz Confidence in a Gel Lotion
  • 1-fl oz Bye Bye Lines Foundation
  • Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush

Here’s a photo of my products:

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I am loving these products!  My favorite is the Gel Lotion because it is so light and is amazing under makeup! My makeup applies so smoothly over it.  The neck cream is so hydrating.  It is orange, which is fun, but the color doesn’t show on the neck, it actually helps the tone of my skin look more even.

I have tried the foundation before and really like it.  The shade I have is Light.  It think it’s a bit dark for me in the winter, but it will be nice in the summer.  The brush is so nice!  So soft.  I love a paddle brush for applying foundation.

You can purchase this on qvc.com or you can watch and call in!

Do you love IT Cosmetics, too?  Are you picking this up?

 

Brand Review — Higher Education Skincare

Hi all! We have made it through the first week of 2019.  Yay us!

I was recently sent products from Higher Education Skincare for my honest review. This brand was developed specifically for the Gen Z and Millennial audiences as a clean, cruelty free, education-centric line with high quality, dermatologist-approved products.
Each product aligns with one of the core essential skincare categories: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, treat or protect and when used daily help correct a variety of skin conditions such as acne, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, sun damage, dryness and sensitivity.
Although I am more Gen X, I enjoyed trying these out and think it’s so important for younger people to start their skin routine early!
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PRE-REQ Invigorating Foaming Cleanser

PRE-REQ Invigorating Foaming Cleanser ($19 USD) — Delivers an invigorating gentle foaming cleanser for normal to oily and combination skin that cleans impurities and removes excess oil while removing all traces of makeup. Exfoliates without stripping the skin of essential moisture. Tea Tree Oil provides benefits for skin that is prone to breakouts. Skin feels clean and refreshed.

What I think: I have combination skin that’s a bit sensitive, and this is very gentle on my skin.  It foams up nicely and has a fresh scent.  I notice after I wash my skin, it’s clean, but not dry or tight.  That’s really important for all skin types (and ages).

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EASY A Gentle Resurfacing Pads

EASY A Gentle Resurfacing Pads ($24 USD) — Exfoliating pads help remove dead skin cells, replenish moisture, and visibly minimize pore size. Skin looks vibrant, smooth, and refreshed. Skin never feels dehydrated.

What I think: I am a huge fan of exfoliating pads.  And I do really love these! You can use them day and night, but since I have sensitive skin I use them once a day or every other day and they don’t irritate my skin. I use these after cleansing and I notice my skin is so smooth and soft.

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SPRING BREAK Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

SPRING BREAK Oil-Free Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30 ($25 USD) — This oil-free sunscreen with sheer solar protection defends against prolonged skin damage from UV light and environmental assaults that cause skin to age faster. Microfine zinc offers broad spectrum physical sunscreen protection from both UVA (the aging rays) and UVB (the burning rays) and leaves the skin feeling silky soft. Contains aloe vera and super antioxidants to help soothe and balance the skin. Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), fragrance-free, and safe for sensitive skin.

Make sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen to your face, and other exposed area. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, wait at least 15 minutes for your sunscreen to properly absorb into your skin. After that, you can go ahead and put on makeup.

What I think: When I first squeezed this out of the tube, I noticed how thick it is.  It does absorb pretty well and makeup goes over it nicely.  I think a thicker primer would be too heavy with it, but maybe a light or glowy primer would work.  I use this almost as a primer and it works well.  My skin is very hydrated with it on.

 

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DOUBLE MAJOR Moisture Relief Gel

DOUBLE MAJOR Moisture Relief Gel ($28 USD) — This double duty lightweight, oil free hydra gel, for all skin types, helps strengthen skin’s own natural moisture balance using lush humectants and super moisture binding skin replenishers for all-day comfort, radiance, and hydration. Skin soothing ginger extract, sea kelp and vitamins help to visibly improve the appearance of dryness, dullness, and uneven texture, leaving skin feeling silky soft and smooth.

What I think: This is a very light moisturizer.  It sinks right into the skin, but hydrates really well.  It has a light, fresh scent.  This is nice in the morning before SPF and makeup.  It hydrates without adding weight to the skin.

You can purchase all of these and more at http://www.highereducationskincare.com.

Have you tried any Higher Education Skincare?  What do you think?