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Shop My Stash May 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my May Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it!

You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for May. Here’s a photo with the palettes open:

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I continued my allergy issues this month, and didn’t wear as much eye makeup as I would have liked to.  So my number one used product was the Smashbox Cali Contour palette!

I love this palette!  Especially the bronzer and powder shades.  I also used the lighter highlight and the blush a lot.  This is such a great product to complete my face makeup.  If I take a trip this year, I’ll take it with me!

Towards the end of the month, my allergies are getting better.  So I did get to wear my eyeshadows.  I would say I wore the BH Festival palette the most.  It has such a variety of colors and I was able to create colorful looks and neutral looks with it.  I also used most of the shades on the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Vault Armed and Gorgeous palette.  It’s a nice palette, but the metallics aren’t as buttery as the BH Cosmetics ones.  I am going to keep all three of these palettes.

I didn’t wear the lipstick or eyeliner as much as the other products.  I found that I didn’t care for the lipstick.  I don’t wear this type of shade that much and it kind of feels drying on my lips.  I am going to re-home it.  The eyeliner is a great formula, but I don’t wear eyeliner that often.  I am going to keep it, though.  It’s such a pretty shade.

This was a pretty successful month!

On to my May empties:

IMG_0875I had a lot of empties this month!  I used up makeup wipes by IT Cosmetics and Ariul, a Korean Beauty brand I found at CVS.  They were both nice.  I used them mostly for removing swatches. I might purchase them again.  I actually think I might to a K Beauty haul this summer at CVS and maybe Ulta.

The Merle Norman cleanser is like a scrub.  It is such a nice exfoliator.  I have a lot of cleansers in my stash, but I might repurchase this eventually.

Same with the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.  I might re-purchase it once I go through the creams that I have.  It’s so hydrating!  The Your Good Skin day cream was oily on my skin, so I won’t re-purchase it.

I loved the Nanacoco Outlash mascara!  I have a bunch of new mascaras waiting to be used, but I would buy this again.

I love the Jergens Wet Skin gradual tanner.  I need to either pick this up or the original formula.    The C.O. Bigelow body wash was nice, but I don’t know if I will pick it up again.

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Are you doing a Shop Your Stash or Project Pan this year?  How’s it going?

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IT Cosmetics’ QVC TSV IT’s Your Summer Essentials! 4-Piece Collection

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It’s that time again! IT Cosmetics and QVC are having their May Today’s Special Value IT’s Your Summer Essentials! 4-Piece Collection.  It is a four piece collection that is a value of $129 and is going for $49.98.

I love IT Cosmetics.  It’s such a nice brand and the products have beautiful ingredients and amazing quality!  I think it’s gorgeous for all ages, but I think it’s perfect for older ladies like myself.  The products contain anti-aging ingredients and their shades of color cosmetics are so lovely!

You can purchase this on QVC.com or buy watching and calling in.  It starts today, Friday, May 24, 2019 at midnight (ET) and will 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.

Here’s another  photo of what you get:

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IT Cosmetics’ IT’s Your Summer Essentials! 4-Piece Collection contains life-changing products that transform your complexion, lips and lashes for summer—and beyond!

About Each Product:

NEW! Heavenly Skin Skin-Hugging Foundation Brush No. 707 — This brush features a unique brush head that hugs the contours of your face to flawlessly apply your CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 and other favorite complexion products!  It’s a very soft brush and it’s a fun shape.

Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 Poreless Finish Full Coverage Cream —  hydrating, color-correcting breakthrough is oil-free and available in 12 shades. Plus, it’s infused with charcoal, known for its detoxifying properties, colloidal clay and Moroccan lava clay, known for their oil-absorbing effects, and tea tree extract, known to combat blemishes. I love the SPF 40 and I’d say it’s more of a soft matte.  It’s really comfortable on.

Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment — Featured in a beautiful rose shade, this lip-loving innovation gives you intense hydration, plus a natural-looking pretty flush of color—and is infused with essential butters, oils, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara —  This is one of my favorite mascaras! It gives your lashes the look of super volume, super length and super elastic stretch, all while wrapping them in super black pigment. The effortlessly buildable formula features Elastic Stretch Technology and gives your lashes Superhero powers in just one coat!


This is such a great value!  Are you going to pick this up today?

 

 

 

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April 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  Can you believe April is almost over and May is on it’s way!

With my severe allergies, I didn’t wear a lot of makeup this month.  But I was using a few skincare products that soothed my skin and was testing out some products I purchased in Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.

Here are the products that I have been using.  If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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For skincare, I have been using the Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream every day and night. It’s moisturizing and gentle on my dry, irritated eyes.  The IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Neck Cream has been keeping my neck smooth and tight.  But. my favorite skincare discovery is the G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum.  It contains a combination of high and low hyaluronic acid to provide moisture while an advanced hydrating formula prevents water loss, improves water circulation within the skin, stimulates ceramide production, and boosts skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels.  It makes my dry, uncomfortable skin feel instantly hydrated.  And it sinks right in and doesn’t leave skin greasy.  I’ve been using it day and night!

My fave complexion products include the Beautyblender Selfie Shield primer with SPF 38.  I received all three new primers for review, and I am enjoying them all.  This is my current fave of the three because my sensitive skin has not been liking traditional sunscreen.  This is a dry oil and sinks right into the skin without irritating it.  I also have been loving my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25.  I have it in the shades 1.5 Birch and 2.0 Vanilla. This is creamy and has a nice medium coverage.  I can layer it on for more of a full coverage.

I picked up the Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder (Translucent) the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Painterly (nude beige)) and the Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  I use all three every day now and love them all.  The powder sets without making my skin look cakey.  The paint pot primes my lids very nicely and my shadow lasts all day! I have always loved mascara primers.  It’s nice to use a high end one at half price!

My favorite mascara, which is sadly almost at it’s expiration date is the Nanacoco Outlash Mascara.  It makes my lashes very long and gives some volume and separation, too.  It’s not too bold, so it’s my perfect every day mascara.  The lovely Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette is my favorite palette find of the month. It’s a perfect everyday neutral palette that can be smoked up for evening looks.  And I have also been loving the Urban Decay HI-FI Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss. It is shiny without being sticky, and it smells and tastes minty!


What are you April beauty favorites? Any fun new finds this month?

 

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — April 2018

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Hi All!  It’s time for my April Ipsy Glam Bag Plus review! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the high quality items included.

Here’s what I received:

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Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Highlight & Lift Pencil($22 USD)

IT COSMETICS Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush #704 ($48 USD)

Paris Hilton ProD.N.A. Dual Action Cleansing Gel ($29 USD)

GOLDFADEN MD Bright Eyes ($55 USD)

Laura Sanchez’s Moods Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette($35 USD)

The total value for my box this month is $189.  That’s amazing for $25!

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I haven’t tried many Benefit brow products, but I am excited to try this. The packaging is so cool. The color is a soft pink.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m looking forward to giving it a go!

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I haven’t taken this out of the tube, because I already have it and might give this one away.  It’s a really nice brush for cream or liquid products. IT Cosmetics makes really gorgeous brushes.

img_0444.jpg I honestly didn’t know that Paris Hilton had a skincare line.  I haven’t tried this yet, but it claims to “effectively cleanse and gently exfoliate without stripping the skin of moisture.”

I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this or pass it on, I have a lot of cleansers open right now and won’t really need a new one for at least a couple of months. It’s interesting, though.

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This looks like such a nice eye cream. It’s supposed to brighten under eye circles, depuff eyes and reduce appearance of wrinkles.  That’s a lot of claims!  I’ll probably keep this for when I need a new eye cream and try it out.

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This palette is full of lots of fun colors! Very festival vibe-y. This month, BoxyCharm also has a brightly colored palette.  I’ll be testing that one out and reviewing it, too!

Here are some swatches:

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The two highlighters are on the top and the eye shadows are below.  The shimmers are really pretty, especially the green pink and blue.  The mattes didn’t swatch the best (the yellow isn’t even showing up), but they worked okay on my eyes.  The shimmers just as nice on the lids.  The highlighters didn’t show up well when I swatched them, but they are shimmery on.  I’m going to play with the palette a few more times and then hopefully give a full review.

I’m pretty happy with my box this month.  I will keep the Benefit High Brow and the eyeshadow palette, and will probably keep the eye cream, I might keep the cleanser and I will give away the brush, since I have it already.  I might put it in my 5000 follower Instagram Giveaway that I’m planning, so stay tuned.  My IG is @fortyflirtyfab.

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get?

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IT Cosmetics Palettes That Are New To Me!

Hi all! Happy first day of spring!  Didn’t it feel like it would never come after that cold and snowy winter?!?

I’m excited to be reviewing IT Cosmetics products that I haven’t tried before.  I love the brand, but I have mostly tried their skincare and base products.

I was sent these products for my honest review:

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Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette ($42 USD)

IT Girl Vol. 2 Makeup Palette ($38 on sale for $25)

Hello Cheekbones Contour Palette ($36 USD)

Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush #19 ($48 USD)

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Here are the palettes opened. I did noticed that the eyeshadow shades in both palettes are fairly similar.  But they are pretty and good for every day looks.

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I have been wanting to try this palette and am so glad I did! The top row are eye foundations, which are bases for under shadow.  The first two are matte, and the last one is a shimmer.  The first six shadows are shimmers and metallics and the last three are matte liners.

These are so gorgeous!  The shadows are creamy and blend nice.  The only thing I wish there was is a matte transition shade.  I am going to do a full review on this palette with swatches soon!

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I believe this was It Cosmetic’s limited edition holiday palette.  It is on sale right now so if you want it, it’s the time to pick it up!

This palette has some of the same colors as the Superhero palette, but it does have more mattes.  The left shadows are shimmer and the right shadows are mattes.  The blush is a pretty pink ombre.

It’s a great palette for everyday, or use some of the darker shades for a nice smokey eye!

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This contour palette and brush is so fun!

The brush is very soft, like all IT Cosmetic brushes.  They’re such great quality.  This is easy to use.  Just sweep it as shown above and then apply it to the cheekbone.  It blends out easily.  The bronzer is pretty warm, but can be used as contour.  I also take this with a fluffier brush to bronze my whole face.

The highlighter is pretty, but not very blinding.  It does give a nice glow and for more impact, I wet my brush and it did give more shine.

Have you tried any of these IT Cosmetics products?  What do you love from the brand?

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IT Cosmetics’ QVC TSV IT’s All About You! Your Customer Favorites Collection

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It’s that time again! IT Cosmetics and QVC are having their March Today’s Special Value  IT’s All About You! Your Customer Favorites Collection.  It is a four piece collection that is a value of $187.36 and is going for $59.94.

I love IT Cosmetics.  It’s such a nice brand and the products have beautiful ingredients and amazing quality!  I think it’s gorgeous for all ages, but I think it’s perfect forolder ladies like myself.  The products contain anti-aging ingredients and their shades of color cosmetics are so lovely!

You can purchase this on QVC.com or buy watching and calling in.  It starts today, Saturday, March 9, 2019 at midnight (ET) and will 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.

Here’s a clearer photo of what you get:

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This exclusive four-piece collection features a NEW! brow-transforming essential, a lip-loving favorite in a new shade, an illuminating complexion must-have in new shades—plus a perfectly paired brush! First, create the look of your fullest, most natural-looking brows with the NEW! Brow PowerFULL Universal Volumizing Eyebrow Pencil. Use your included Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin-Perfecting Brush No. 702 to flawlessly apply your Supersize CC+ Cream Illumination with SPF 50+, then apply your NEW SHADE! of Je Ne Sais Quoi all over your lips for your most beautiful finish.

I have tried the wonderful CC+ Cream and brush before.  They are such a nice combo for dewy, hydrated skin.  And the size of the CC+ Cream is huge — 2.53-fl oz!  This will last a long time.

The Brow PowerFULL pencil is brand new.  It is universal for all hair colors, the unique triangular shape allows you to customize your application experience, from the finest line to a fuller-looking brow faster. Brow PowerFULL adheres to skin, covers gray, and looks like real hair!

I like the original pink Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment, but it is a bit bright for my skintone.  This shade in Honey is a pretty nude shade and gives a nice, natural lip look.

This is such a great value!  Are you going to pick this up today?

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BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — March 2019

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Hey all! I received my second BoxyLuxe yesterday!  I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for over a year. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I really enjoyed my December box.  You can see that review here.  I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.

The theme for this month is La Vie En Rose.  Here’s what I received:

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I have tried this cream before.  It’s very nice, especially as a night cream.  It’s extremely hydrating without being greasy.  And my skin always looks beautiful the next morning after use. This is a great product to get in the box!

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These Moda Brushes are gorgeous.  And they are really soft.  They can be used for face powder, highlighter, bronzer — whatever I need them for.  I love getting nice brushes in boxes, so I will definitely use these!

IMG_0101 I have tried a few things from Wander Beauty, but I haven’t tried this mask.  I actually think they created this Rose Gold peel off mask for BoxyCharm. I’m excited to try this!  I’ll test it out this weekend.

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I knew I was getting a Becca Lipstick and was very excited.  But, I got the shade Chocolate — and it’s almost spring. I usually only wear nudes or lighter pinks, so this will not be used.  And, it’s disappointing because I wanted to try the formula, but I don’t want to use it just one.  I will give it away or sell it.

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This is the Cover FX palette.  This was created for BoxyCharm.  This is the Light-Medium shade.  There is also a Medium-Deep I believe. This is my favorite item in the box from my first impressions.  The packaging may not look like it, but it’s really good quality and it has a nice mirror.  The shades are all perfect for my light skin.  But…

Speaking of skin tone, BoxyCharm make an announcement that everyone should fill out the profile questionnaire so that we will get the correct shade for our skin tone.  But, I guess that they sent the incorrect shades to a lot of subscribers.  They did apologize, but they aren’t sending out a new palette, they gave the subscribers charms instead.  So hmmm. I’ll talk more about this at the end of the blog.

IMG_0094IMG_0095 So, this is the Morphe Day Slayer palette.  There were four different palette variations.  These others had purples, corals and pinks.  This one has oranges and browns.  It was the one I didn’t want because it reminds me of fall and it’s almost spring.

I will either keep this until fall and then try it out or give it away.

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These Deborah Lippman polishes look really pretty. The one on the left is Oh Donna, a sparkly rosy mauve and the one on the right is Modern Love, a classic mauve creme. I am going to use these, maybe even together, this weekend.

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These are very pretty, but I don’t wear false lashes.  So I might add these to my Instagram giveaway I’m doing when I hit 5000 followers (follow me @fortyflirtyfab to see that giveaway later, and my fun posts now!).

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I haven’t tried Iconic before, but they are a luxe brand. I am trying out some new brow products, so I don’t know if I’m going to keep this.  That’s why I’ve kept the seal on it.  I love brow pencils, but I’m sure this is nice. The color is Medium, but I’ve seen some photos and it looks pretty dark.  My brows are almost black, so it would be fine for me.

I just realized that I forgot to take a photo of the bag alone. You can kind of see it in the first photo.  It’s too lake to take one now, but I might tomorrow and if I do, I will put it here.  It is a really pretty train case style bag.

So that is a lot of products, whew! The total is $301.98 which is pretty great for spending $49.99.  I think this is a really good deal, if you don’t mind not knowing if you will enjoy the variations you get.  I’m glad I got the correct face palette, but I’m not going to use the lipstick or probably the eye shadow palette.  And I think it stinks that many subscribers can’t use their face palette (or not use it as intended.  It can probably be used for eyeshadows).

I will keep and enjoy the face palette, the brushes, the mask, polishes, train case and maybe the face cream.  I have so many right now, I don’t know if I will keep it.  The other products I will either giveaway or sell.

I have so much makeup and skincare right now, and I am also getting Ipsy Glam Bag Plus soon.  So, I think I’m going to give both of the subscriptions until June (which will give me one more month of BoxyLuxe, plus it’s my birthday month) and then I will choose which one to keep.  These are my only current subscription boxes, but I don’t really think I need both. But we will see…

Do you get BoxyLuxe or BoxyCharm?   What were your variations this month?