Ipsy Glam Bag – April 2014 Review

April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Can I tell you how OBSESSED I am with Ipsy’s April Glam Bag?! Anytime I get an Urban Decay product, the whole bag was worth it to me, but there is SO much more in this bag that I love. So here’s the breakdown of what I got this month:

Urban Decay 247 Black Velvet Ipsy Glam Bag April 2014

Urban Decay Black Velvet Eyeliner Review

Urban Dec 24/7 Black Velvet Eyeliner

Starting out by talking about the Urban Decay eyeliner I got. It is black pencil liner, with matte finish. It is travel sized, so perfect to bring with me when I’m traveling home to Iowa, or to throw in my purse for makeup updates before happy hours!

0.03 oz Sample Size, Approx. Value – $15

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm Ipsy Glam Bag April 2014

Cailyn Apple Pink Tinted Lip Balm Review

Apple Pink Cailyn Lip Balm Color

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Apple Pink

I absolutely LOVE the packaging here and the fact that it comes with an application brush. I have a couple other tinted lip balms that you have to use your finger, or your own separate brush and it just gets messy and/or isn’t as convenient. It is a beautiful color and I was super happy with my Cailyn eyeliner I got in my  June 2013 Ipsy bag, which has helped me perfect my smokey eye.

FULL SIZE, Value – $19.00

dr. brand microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant Ipsy Glam Bag April 2014

dr. brand microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant Ipsy Glam Bag April 2014 review

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant

I am so excited to try this product, as I have been looking into ways to help improve my skin’s texture and get rid of acne scars. It has great reviews on Sephora, so let’s hope it works. It is a really expensive product ($78 for 2 oz) so let’s see if it is worth the pricetag!

0.25 oz Sample, Approx. Value $9.75

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow Ipsy Glam Bag April 2014 Review

Pop! Goes the Shadow in Champagne Ipsy Glam Bag April 2014

Pop! Goes the Shadown _ Elizabeth Mott Champagne Eye Shadow

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Champagne

This shadow came at the perfect time as some of my other neutral colors are running out, which are important for me during the work week and to highlight by the arch of my brow and the inner corners of my eye. This is gorgeous shade, so I can’t wait to play around with it.

FULL SIZE, Value $12.99

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Anti-Ageing Plus

St. Tropez Tanning, Anti-Ageing Face Lotion Ipsy Glam Bag April 2014 Review

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Aging Multi-Action Face

I have been using Jergens face lotion and body + firming lotion for tanning purposes (and to get glowing skin) so far this spring and I have loved it for many years (and it seems to just keep getting better). With that said, I am excited to try this brand because I have heard great things about the St. Tropez tanning mousse. Hopefully the face tanner will be good as well!

0.5 fl oz Sample Size, Approx. Value $10.94

$10 for Bag, Total value of bag: $67.68

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Striped Shirt + Puffer Vest

striped shirt, old navy puffer vest

Yesterday I got to spend the day with my boyfriend’s family, and it was such a fun day with them (and full of delicious food)! Palm Sunday has always been a huge celebration for his family, and I feel so fortunate to have spent the day with them. I wish I would have been wearing some of my spring picks, but what can you do when it is 40 and windy on April 13th?!

This is my second basic piece from Front Row Shop (see my first review here) and I am still impressed. This shirt is a great basic, high quality, soft and warm, and has an amazing sheer detail on the top. I love when you can buy basics that have a unique detail like this. And even with the sheer top, it is still appropriate for work! I would pair it with a blazer and/or with red slacks for a nautical vibe. Stayed tuned, I’m sure this top will be making another appearance on the blog soon!

Striped Mesh Shirt, c/o Front Row Shop (Similar here, here)

Puffer Vest, Old Navy (Similar)

Jeans, 7FAM – Thrifted (Similar)

Heels, JustFab (Last seen here, Similar)

Necklace, c/o Choies (Similar)

Lip Pencil, BITE in Quince (rose berry) c/o Maurices (Similar)

Wearing this eyeliner and this blush.

Striped sheer top

striped top, wedged booties


striped shirt + heeled booties

Beauty Army Review

Beauty Army Review

Well after joining Ipsy and Sample Society, I decided to try out yet another beauty box subscription, but this time with a twist: a box where you get to select your samples! Let’s review:

Furlesse Rows Review

Furlesse Rows (Forehead Line Reducing Patches)

Honestly, I don’t really have a problem with forehead lines (yet), but I was very very curious about how a forehead line-reducing patch would work! I tend to get easily stressed and so I feel like forehead lines will eventually be a problem (because my crows feet are already pretty bad, hopefully that’s because I smile a lot). You can place a patch on before getting ready for a night out, or use them overnight. I think I will probably test them out overnight.

Sample size – 3 patches approx. value = $1.99

Dermis8 exfoliating

DERMIS8 Exfoliating Soap Bar

Unfortunately, I suffer from acne on my chest and back as well as my face. I wanted to try out this exfoliating soap bar because exfoliating can help prevent acne in these areas. It contains eight natural exfoliating and moisturizing ingredients to help make your skin tone even and brighter.

Sample size – 25 g approx. value = $0.99

Argan Oil 7

Nelson J Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask (in Coconut)

Honestly, my hair has always been healthy until I went back to blonde. I love my hair this way though, so I’m slowly but surely figuring out a routine that keeps it shiny, strong and healthy looking. I wanted to try this moisture healing mask after this brutal winter!

Sample size – 0.5 oz approx. value = $2.50

Keratin for Hair

Noven Brazilian Keratin

This is another hair product I’m hoping will help with shine and strength. It also is supposed to help with manageability, which I always need because my hair always gets so tangled! This has good reviews and I’m extremely happy with the sample size.

Sample size – 3.5 oz approx. value = $1.49

IllumiKate CC Cream

Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Kate Somerville, but I honestly have never tried any of the products, so when I saw this CC Cream sample, I had to try it! CC Creams are similar to BB creams, just a step up with more benefits. This CC Cream sounds great because it is formulated with 50+ SPF and has brightening agents to help improve skin’s texture over time. I am excited to try this, but sad that the sample size is so small, I will only get one use out of it. Honestly, I like to at least get a few uses out of something before I commit to buying the full-size product. I guess Kate Somerville better impress on my first use!

Sample size – 0.07 fl oz. approx. value = $3.36

Total approx value of box: $10.33, paid $12

Pros: What I love about Beauty Army is the fact that you get to select your samples, so you don’t have to worry about receiving something you won’t like or use. Like other monthly beauty subscriptions, you take a beauty profile type quiz and select the types of beauty concerns you have and types of products you are interested in, so that helps with the selection process. Also, the packaging. SO CUTE. It came in a black box with Beauty Army on the front, then the pink box has a faint Beauty Army logo and opening up the inside to pink camo print, um yes please! I am a sucker for good packaging.

Cons: When you are selecting your five samples, there are only about 10 options to choose from, so even though you get to choose the samples, there might not be enough variety to get samples you actually want. The value is so low in comparison to other beauty subscriptions I’ve tried. I’ve almost always got double the value of products in comparison to what I paid, but in this sampling, I didn’t even get $12 worth. Perhaps I could have done more research while I was choosing samples to make sure the sample size in comparison to cost of the full size was worth it, but I don’t feel like I should have to do that/ Yes, it is great to sample 5 products for $12, but I’m used to Ipsy and Sample Society where I’m getting $30 – $70 worth of product (at least)!

So I’m not quite sure yet if I will stick with the monthly subscription. I think it will depend on if I actually like the samples once I start to use them because based on value alone, I do not want to continue with Beauty Army. I will give an update as to whether or not I continue with the subscription!
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Sephora Spring’s Hottest Ticket Purchases

Beauty Picks from Sephora


Sephora, you always get me with your sales! I mean, how do you resist a 15% off sale?! The sale ends tomorrow, so make sure to sign up to be a Beauty Insider if you aren’t already to take advantage of the sale!

Hope in a Jar : I spoke about Hope in a Jar here and loved it when I was lucky enough to try it from a friend who left it behind for me to use in Wales when we were studying abroad (her flight left at least a week sooner than mine and she had to get rid of items to travel back… thanks Kaitlin)! I had never even heard of Philosophy at the time, and don’t I feel silly about that now! And so I don’t repeat what I’ve already said in a previous post, I absolutely love it!

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes : Got this as a part of a sample box I purchased back in December and absolutely LOVED it. Best mascara I’ve used in awhile. I recently bought L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara and was extremely disappointed. It is clumpy on the brush before you ever apply it and has done nothing for my lashes. Luckily, this mascara will be on it’s way to save the day soon! I’m not impressed with very many mascaras (basically only impressed with this and Maybelline’s The Falsies), so when I find a winner, I stick with it!

Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush : After obsessively watching beauty YouTube videos last fall and into winter, I finally purchased and used my first foundation brush. It was working well until last week when it started shedding, and eventually died (aka all the hairs fell out)! This brush has great reviews and I have only ever been impressed and completely in love with Tarte products. So crossing my fingers this brush makes my foundation look flawless and the brush lasts a little longer than three months!

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Happy shopping!