Ipsy October 2014


Its Ipsy time!  If you want keep reading to see what this awesome package of pink had for me.



Figs & Rouge Hand Cream  Full Size: $6.56


Figs & Rouge Shea Butter Enriched Limited Edition Hand Creams are deliciously fragrant & indulgent. These delectable creams soften, nourish & thoroughly pamper hands throughout the day, quickly absorbing to provide super-soft skin. Apply Figs & Rouge Hand Cream onto your hands and massage into skin throughout the day as needed.

15% percent off your purchase with the code Ipsy


H2O+ Face Oasis™ Hydrating Treatment Full Size $36.00


This oil-free moisture gel delivers deep hydration while minimizing the appearance of fine lines with phospholipids, multivitamin complex and moisturizing marine botanicals.

Key Benefits:
• Hydrating marine botanicals rapidly replenish depleted skin and fill surface lines with a surge of moisture
• Multivitamins A and E help skin resist daily damage from environmental stress
• Phospholipid microspheres deliver time-released hydration to keep skin looking revitalized all day

25% off with code Ipsy14


NYC New York Color Big Bold Curl Mascara  Full Size $4.99


Get gorgeous, glam eyes like never before with NYC New York Color’s Big Bold Curl Mascara, designed with our oversized brush to provide 12X more volume and 99% more curl in one just one swipe. The Lash Expand technology delivers quick dry volume to keep lashes flexible and comfortable for all day wear. Kiss those clumps goodbye, it’s just exponential curl as far as the eye can see.


Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths  Full Size $15.00


When you’re too tired to deal with the whole cleanser and wash cloth routine, these on-the-go foaming cloths are the ultimate skin savior. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial natural extracts, they sweep away makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities while refreshing and soothing stressed skin. Best of all, there’s no water required. It has a clean scent, never tacky. Great for travel or every day!

50% of one item and 20% off all additional Products with code IPSYGCC

Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure Full Size $12.00

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Starlooks Lip Glosses are created with a truly moisturizing, luxury, non-sticky formula. This neutral-rose, yet glamorous shade provides the perfect glisten for any lip look and complements any skin tone! Can be worn alone or in combination with other Starlooks lip products for a truly customizable finish.

20% off with code Ipsy


Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Michelle Phan curates the bags! 

Walmart Beauty Box Fall 2014



Want a subscription box but paying $10+ dollars on products that you wouldn’t buy anyway not really your thing?  Then guess what, The Walmart Beauty Box may be for you!!  The box comes out with every season (4 times a year) and costs just $5.00 per box!   I was luck enough to nab the Fall box (which is now sold out :( ) But you can get on the list for the Winter Box that ships at the end of November!!   In this box I received 9 products and 3 of them were full size items that in total were worth $18.00.  So this box tripled in value with just 3 items!!



Dove Advanced Hair Series  Oxygen Moisture for Fine, Flat Hair Shampoo  (Travel Size in box) Full Size $5.00

Dove Advanced Hair Series  Oxygen Moisture for Fine, Flat Hair Conditioner (Travel Size in box) Full Size $5.00 

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil (Travel Size in Box) Full Size $12.00

L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Pore Vanisher (Foil Packet in Box) Full Size $18.00

Secret Clinical Strength Completely Clean Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant Full Size $8.00 

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Eau De Parfun Spray (Sample Size in box) Full Size $30.00

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glossy Days Glosstinis Nail Gloss in LaserLight  Full Size $3.00

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Glossy Lip Balm  in Pink Me Up Full Size $7.00 

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Makeup Sample Card (Coupon for $2.00 off) Full Size $14.00



Maybelline Matte Lipsticks


So unless you live under a rock, you know that the matte lip is really in this fall.  And you probably know that finding a matte lipstick that doesn’t dry out your lips is hard.  And I already have lips that tend to always be dry so I don’t like to use anything on them that will make them even more dry then they already are.


So far I’ve been impressed with the quality of these lipsticks.  They are matte but are creamy and feel great on the lips.


October 2014 Birchbox



Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo


Weightless spray in the brands’s signature Obliphica Scent that refreshes hair sans residue.

Lara Says: Y’all know I’m obsessed with dry shampoo and I’ve written numerous reviews on this blog about the different ones I’ve tried so… Needless to say I am quite happy to give this a whirl and you can be sure I’ll let you know my thoughts!  And the packaging is soo cute!

Brant pores no more vacuum cleaner


Award winning gel that degunks pores for fewer blackheads and smoother skin

Lara Says:  Umm… this sounds amazing!  If I wasn’t wearing a full face of makeup and have meetings for work today, I would totally put this all over right now and let you know the results.

Lord&Berry Paillettes Glitter Eye Pencil in Black

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This blendable pencil from the UK brand is studded with bits of silver shimmer

Lara Says: I received a Lord & Berry Liner in an Ipsy bag and I’ve used it a few times and I like it.   Think this is even better because it has glitter in it!!

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Melon

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This ultrashiney formula acts as a lip gloss, lip primer, lipstick, and liner all in one.

Lara Says: I love the Mally Mascara so when I had the chance to choose one of my samples this month and saw this I knew that was what I wanted.  First off, I love the color and it smells like sweet tarts!  So far after wearing for about 20 minutes it still feels moisturizing on my lips.

Skin and Co Sicilian Light Serum


Rich in vitamin C, this treatment boosts collagen, evens skin tone and minimizes wrinkles.

Lara Says: I put a tiny drop of this on the back of my hand and absorbed quite quickly and let my skin feeling very soft and silky.  I will definitely be using this on my face and let you know.


Ok so if you are not on board with Birchbox what are you waiting for?!  One of the reasons I keep coming back to Birchbox is their points system where you use your points to buy products in the Shop. You can get points a few different ways: One is by referring people (50 points),  buying products in the shop (1 point for every $1 spent), and by reviewing the products you received in your box (10 points for each review).  And… 100 points=$10.  So with a little math you can see that if you review all your products every month, you will get, on average, $5 in points a month.  I like to look at that as getting my box for half price!


Products Mentioned::

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo  $21

Brant pores no more vacuum cleaner  $45

Lord&Berry Paillettes Glitter Eye Pencil in Black  $18

Mally High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Melon  $20

Skin and Co Sicilian Light Serum  $47

Highlighter:: theBalm vs e.l.f.

I’ve used and loved theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer for a few years.  It is one of the best if not the best highlighter in my collection.  A few months ago while filling up my e.l.f. basket I decided to try the Baked Studio Highlighters.  I choose Blush Gems as it seemed to be a dupe for either the Mary-Lou or Cindy-Lou Manizer.


First Lets see what the products have to say for themselves…

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Meet Mary-Lou Manizer, a seemingly innocent honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow.

Lara Says:: This texture of the highlighters from theBalm are so creamy.  I love to use this as it blends out so nicely and the shimmer when blended looks more like a  luminous glow then glitter.

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An all-in-one essential, this smart shadow, beautiful blush and subtle highlighter is tucked inside a go-anywhere compact. The light-reflecting peachy pink hue adds a splash of color to your cheeks and a hint of shimmer to your lids, while illuminating your finest features.

Lara Says::  This Pink toned highlighter is my second favorite highlighter in my collection. It is just as soft and creamy the the Mary-Lou and blends nicely too.  I think I just use the Mary-Lou more because I’ve had it the longest.

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Create a radiant glow with this illuminating powder that highlights the skin with a sheer wash of shimmering color. Infused with Vitamin E, Jojoba, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting baked shimmering color can be applied wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation.

Lara Says:: This is not a dupe for either of theBalm highlighters.  It is not as close in color as I thought and it is definitely not as creamy. And it does not blend out as smoothly as theBalm so it can look more shimmery then luminous.  That being said it isn’t horrible but if given the choice I would choose to use theBalm over this. I’ve used it more as an eyeshadow then a highlight


Products Mentioned:: 

e.l.f. Studio Baked Highlighter $3.00 

theBlam Mary-Lou Manizer $24.00 

theBlam Cindy-Lou Manizer $24.00

ColourPop Fun

Look what I’ve got!  Lots of fun shimmery goodness…


I bought two of the Four Shadow Sets, Beach, Please and Queen For A Day.

Lets first look at the Beach, Please set

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ColourPop Says:: When it comes to attacking the mid-summer days heat with sweat resistant makeup, few products out shine our ColourPop Super Shock Shadows.  FOURSOME INCLUDES: SUMMER LOVIN – Only available in this limited edition kit, a pinky bronze with soft gold and silver sparkled highlights. Your ultimate bronzed beach babe shadow. Swimsuit not required. 3 – Cool-toned starlit bronze with a flash of silvery and multi-coloured glitter. CHIPPER – Mid-tone minty green eyeshadow with multi-coloured glitter. LOVELY – Soft light gold with shimmering flecks of multi- dimensional glitter.


Queen For A Day

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ColourPop Says:: FOURSOME INCLUDES: SHAMELESS / BAE – A duo of shameless black drizzled with multiple shades of green and subtle hints of blue and gold glitter leaving a metallic finish paired with a rich eggplant purple with an emerald, and turquoise, glittery duo chrome metallic finish. GIRLY – Creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duo chrome finish. Girly, the perfect way to class up your stripper heels. SMASH – Neutral medium warm beige with a soft golden satin finish, from beach parties to dancing on tables with your girl gang, Smash is step one to busting out your A- game. SEQUIN – A copper penny like shade with silver and gold glitter. Find a boy, pick him up, all day long you’ll get good…..

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Theses Eyeshadows are sooo good! I love them so much and you can be sure to see a few tutorials using these in the future…

September Favorites



Disclaimer,  Where I live does not look like my picture its more like this…



But a girl can dream right?!

Sally Hansen Salon Complete Manicure in “Mudslide”


Every time I wear this polish I get compliments.  Its the perfect Taupey-pink and it looks so fall!  I like the Sally Hansen Complete Manicure line of polish. It goes on smooth with no streaking and it dries fairly quickly.  Thumps up all around!!

Suave Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion


Not sure how I ended up with this, I think I got a sample in the mall.  It smells great and I keep the sample size in my purse.  This lotion absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling moisturized.

Clarisonic Aria/ Mia 3

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I’ve been using a clarisonic for over 2 years and I really think it made a difference in my skin.  I wouldn’t say that it  cleared up my acne but I think it has help control the issue and more then that it has help with the texture of my skin.  I had the Mia 1 and was perfectly happy with it until it died on me :( But I had had it over 2 years almost 3 years and the warranty was for 1 year. All of that to say, I took to twitter and this happened…




Soooo…. I of course emailed and was sent a Clarisonic for free!  I want to be completely honest with you guys about anything I get for free so that why I included the screen shots.  But I was planning on repurchasing a clarisonic and I was blown away I got one free.  If you want an update with my “clarisconic story” let me know.     To be honest I think the the Mia 1 will fit the majority of peoples needs and that is what I was planning on repurchasing prior to receving the Aria.  I checked the website and it appears that the Aria has been renamed the Mia 3…  Check out this link for a comparison chart of the different devices that Clarisonic offers. 

Not Soap, Radio Happiness Inducing Body Wash


I got a sample size of this body wash/bubble bath in my august birchbox and I love it!! I probably won’t be buying this so I’m enjoying my little sample and stretching it out as long as I can, it smells sooo good!!

Makeup Geek Starter Kit and Z-Palette Bundle


AAHHHH!!! I love Makeup Geek, I have used this palette from MUG almost everytime I did my makeup for the past month.  I’ve talked about these enough and did a 7 days of one palette with theses shades so I think y’all know that I’m obsessed. And if you were wondering, no I have no intention to stop talking and boasting about these products… :)

e.l.f. Essential Eye Shadow Brush


e.l.f. has some good products, some not some good products and then the how is this dirt cheap and still amazing products.  This is the later.  One Buck, did you read that $1 for this brush that is just as good as a mac or sigma LOVE IT!! I have three… no judgement please :)

Products Mentioned::

Sally Hansen Salon Complete Manicure in “Mudslide” $5-7

Suave Moroccan Infusion Body Lotion $5

Clarisonic Aria/ Mia 3 $199.00

Not Soap, Radio Happiness Inducing Body Wash $16

Makeup Geek Starter Kit and Z-Palette Bundle $61.99

e.l.f. Essential Eye Shadow Brush $1