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If you are like me and adore M.A.C’s back to MAC program AND have way too many lipsticks then you will need to get yourself a lipstick palette. The palette I am going to show you today is my first lipstick palette. It has served me well. It holds 12 lipsticks. I need to either make another palette or change to a bigger palette. I am considering trying out the Japonesque 35 well pro lipstick palette for $32.00.I have not purchased it yet because of the cost but I really like the look of it and I need the space.

O.K. onto my current lipstick palette. It is actually a bead organizer and was purchased on Amazon.com for only $4.39.You can get it here

http://www.amazon.com/12pc-Clear-Bead-Storage-Display/dp/B007QV0B1E/ref=sr_1_3?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1368906232&sr=1-3&keywords=12+bead+storage

This is my palette as it looks now.

DIY Lipstick Palette

DIY Lipstick Palette

DIY Lipstick Palette

DIY Lipstick Palette

Basically what you want to do is grab one of the empty round jars and remove the lid.Grab your lipstick and roll it all the way up…Find some kind of long skinny utensil to get all the lipstick from the tube and place all of this on a paper towel for easy clean up. Here is my set up. The lipstick I depotted here was Makeup Forever’s 506. #506 is a Matte intense red. The shade has been discontinued unfortunately.

My set up

My set up

I think this is pretty self explanatory but just in case somebody does not know I will explain. Roll up the lipstick and use your toolto cut off the top and place it in your bead container. Then use the tool to scoop out the inside of the tube. There is a LOT hidden inside the tube. Place that inside your bead container as well. Put the clear lid on and remove the sticker from your lipstick and place that on the bottom of your bead container. You now have one labeled depotted lipstick. YAY! Some people like to place the lipstick in a large spoon and melt it or place it in a microwave safe container and melt it that way. I do not. I find that it changes the consistency of my lipstick whenI do that as well as you run the risk of melting the bead container like the one in my picture below.Here are pictures of my depotting of the Makeup Forever 506 and my completed lipstick palette. Enjoy…

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DIY Lipstick Palette

DIY Lipstick Palette

DIY Lipstick Palette

DIY Lipstick Palette

Do you have a lipstick palette? Do you prefer it over individual tubes? Will you be depotting after reading this? Please share..I love to read your comments…..

 

 

 

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Urban Decay does it again. Every palette I have ever owned by Urban Decay has been a hit in my book. I picked up the Vice Palette for Christmas last year and have pulled it out a few times but it has mostly sat unused in my makeup drawers. A shame I know. I thought to myself this morning as I was getting ready that I really should do a review on it. So I got my butt in gear and got to swatching.

My number 1 complaint with this palette is that the outside case is IMPOSSIBLE to keep clean. As you will see in my pics. I can deal with it though because the quality of the shadows is as usual with Urban Decay amazing! The palette itself is stunning to look at. All those colors….Neutrals and brights mixed into one amazing perfect for travel palette. I do believe this is a gift from the gods…

O.K. lets talk about application. For a base I always use the same thing . Either a MAC paint pot or Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Lately I have used my MAC Paint Pots exclusively. So most of the shadows in this palette apply smooth and blend like a dream. With the exception of Jagged, Muse and Provocateur. The 3 I just named are great as well but they do contain large chunks of glitter that for some will bother them. For me it is a non issue. I always apply my shadow BEFORE my face makeup. Thanks Wayne Goss for getting me in the habit of that!! That allows me to wipe away the fallout without ruining my foundation and the rest of my face makeup.

As for the length of wear that these shadows provide I am able to apply my eye makeup at 8 a.m. and when I come home at 6 p.m. in the evening my eyes are as fresh as  when I applied my makeup that morning….Pretty freaking awesome. I have left my eye makeup on till 10 p.m. just to see if it would last that long and guess what? It did!

Blending is not an issue at all. I am able to blend my crease out perfectly to whatever look I desire that particular day. As for pigmentation these shadows perform amazingly well. As you will see in my swatches there are only a couple that lack pigmentation and those colors are the lighter shades and so it may actually not be a pigmentation issue at all but rather that the shade is just a lighter shade. The Urban Decay Vice Palette is sadly no longer available as it was a limited edition item. I did not even realize that they were no longer being sold intill I started to write this review and wanted to supply a link for purchase,

This is an amazing Palette and if you can get your hands on one you really should. It will be a welcome addition to any makeup junkies collection for sure. You can shop Urban Decay here http://www.urbandecay.com/

Lets get on to the swatches shall we…

Vice Palette

L-R Desperation, Muse, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane

Vice Palette

L-R Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market

Vice Palette

L-R Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor

Vice Palette

L-R Nevermind, Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced

STANDOUT SHADES: BLITZ, CHAOS, UNHINGED, VICE, NOISE, NEVERMIND, ECHO BEACH AND LACED….

Those above are my top faves from this palette. I am now going to show some pics of the rest of the actual palette. I will also show the brush. The brush it comes with has an all over shadow end and a blending end. It is a rather decent brush for a palette to come with. Especially if you think of the dinky little sponge tips Dior provides. Someone tell me what is up with that!

 

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You can see all the finger prints on the outside of the palette. That is hard to prevent with this material and can not really be helped. All in all it does not really bother me though.

Here are pics of todays eye look using Blitz on the lid and Muse in my crease.

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RAMBLINGS GRADE: A+

THIS REVIEW IS MY OWN HONEST OPINION AND PRODUCTS MENTIONED WERE BOUGHT WITH MY OWN  MONEY. I WAS NOT PAID FOR THIS REVIEW IN ANY WAY.

HAVE A GREAT NIGHT  EVERYONE AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.

 

 

My top beauty products do change from time to time so this is my top products of April 2013. My number 1 can’t live with out beauty product would have to be my trusty Z palette. Anyone who does makeup professionally in any fashion will benefit from owning 1 or many of these. There is nothing quite like an afternoon spent depotting products and seeing the end results of your favorite items neatly stored in a Z Palette. The space you save is amazing. Here is what my Z Palette Pro looks like. It is currently housing some MAC blushes and a MAC MSF in Whisper of Guilt (lovely by the way).

Z Palette Pro

Z Palette Pro

You can pick up one of these bad boys here for only $25.00!

http://zpalette.com/makeup-z-palette/pro-black-palette.html

The Z Palette is made out of eco-friendly cardboard but with the strength of a plastic palette. The top has a clear window and a space-saving design the clear top can be folded under the bottom part of the palette. These palette come in awesome colors and designs like hot pink and zebra print! I am implementing a grading system for all my reviews from here on out. RAMBLINGS GRADE: A+

M y #2 must have beauty item is a well known and loved item by many beauty junkies. The MAC 217 brush. Whats not to love? This brush is phenomenal at blending out crease work, powdering/setting under eye concealer, it fits perfectly into my outer v and inner tear duct! basically all your hard to reach spots as the soft goat fiber head is the perfect not to big nor to small. This brush retails for $23.00 you can get it online at http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/145/380/217-Blending-Brush/index.tmpl

Check it out in these pics. I apologize for the dirty brush LOL. This brush is used daily and today being Monday it is not due for its weekly bath till Sunday.  I also recommend picking up some brush guards to keep your brushes in top shape while drying. RAMBLINGS GRADE: A+

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MAC 217

MAC 217

Must have #3 is actually a double as I could not pick just one. Trust me you need both! Of course I am talking about Urban Decay‘s Naked Palette and Naked 2 Palette. Both give you an amazing array of 12 neutrals that are buttery soft and a dream to work with. You can do so many amazing looks. I could literally work out of either of these palettes every day and not get board for years. That is an amazing feat for any company. You get all these beautiful shadows at only $50 for each Palette. A steal if you consider the amount of product you are getting. I am not going to swatch these as I don’t have enough room on my arm for all these colors LOL. You can find a ton of swatches on google images. RAMBLINGS GRADE: A+

Buy them here  http://www.urbandecay.com/naked-palette-eyeshadow-by-urban-decay/245,default,pd.html

UD Naked

UD Naked

UD Naked

UD Naked

UD Naked 2

UD Naked 2

UD Naked 2

UD Naked 2

For must have #4 I chose MAC Embrace Me Lipstick. You probably all know by now how much I adore this color so this should not be a big surprise. This is the PERFECT summer hot pink lipstick. It is described as a bright fuchsia cream. It is a medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones. YOU NEED THIS LIPSTICK!! Trust me…This lipstick was released with the Fashion Sets for Summer 2013 Collection. I have yet to find anywhere they are in stock. I need a back up or 10! If anyone knows of anywhere or anyone with extras for sale then let me know I must have more.LOL. RAMBLINGS GRADE:A++++++

M.A.C. Embrace Me

M.A.C. Embrace Me

MAC Embrace Me Swatch

M.A.C Embrace Me

Last but definitely not least in my Top 5 beauty products is … Benefit Badgal Lash. This mascara is my go to mascara for eyes that scream “LOOK AT ME”. It really makes my lashes look incredibly full and thick. Of course being a beauty junkie I know the value of a great set of false lashes and I do wear them often but on the days that I don’t  want to deal with my falsies I reach  for this awesomeness in a tube!!!! This amazing stuff will only cost you $19.00 and with results like these you can’t beat that price! RAMBLINGS GRADE: A+

http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/badgal-lash-mascara?ext_id=psad_googleplas

*The 2 pictures below are not mine.

BADgal Lash

BADgal Lash

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As it gets hotter outside my desire for a full face of makeup and false lashes begins to dwindle a tiny bit.(but only a smidgen) I can still be found more often than not with a full face.  The sun will never defeat me!! I may be hot enough to be admitted to the hospital for dehydration and my foundation might have relocated to my breasts but I will be DAMNED if I give up my glorious flawless full face of makeup for the 2 good hours I can still squeeze in during the heat wave. I will never be the girl who is OK with just tinted moisturizer…

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What are your go-to beauty must haves?? Is there 1 thing that you just cant live without??

For anyone who has never contoured and highlighted their face you MUST try it !!! It photographs beautifully and can transform your entire face and look. What I am going to talk about today is the technique my all time favorite makeup artist uses..Wayne Goss from http://gossmakeupartist.blogspot.com/ . Check him out if you have not done so because he is awesomeness at its best! Anyway if you are looking to hide a feature than those are the areas you want to use the darker contour color on.

O.K. let’s get started. The first thing I typically do is my eyes. Fall out is much easier to wipe away when your face is bare and not covered in foundation and powder. All you end up doing is ruining your foundation otherwise.

Next you want to apply your moisturizer and primer or whatever your morning skin care routine consists of. I prefer M.A.C. Prep++Prime. Here is a link to buy this item if you want to experience it awesomeness for yourself!!
http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/160/967/Prep-Primemac/index.tmpl

mac prep+ prime

Mac prep + prime

After I am all done with my skin care I pull out my trusty BH Cosmetics 10 Color Camouflage and Concealer Palette. It looks like this…

 

BH Cosmetics

BH Cosmetics Concealer Palette

You can buy this Palette for only $12.95 !!! Get it here  http://www.bhcosmetics.com/products/10-color-camouflage-and-concealer-palette/

 

What you want to do is take 2 clean concealer brushes..1 for the light color and 1 for the dark color. You need a color that is much lighter than your skin tone and use that to highlight the areas of your face you want to stand out. Your cheek bones, under your eyes, down your nose, your cupids bow. Then take a darker color that is at least 2 or 3 colors darker than your skin tone and use that to contour or to push back the features you do not want to stand out. The hollows of your cheeks, down both sides of your nose, and the perimeter of your face is what I do. We are trying to create shadows and not have our face be one flat color. This is what it should look like at this point.

contoured and highlighted face

Contoured and highlighted face

side view

side view

Other Side

Other Side

I know that if you have never seen this done before that you probably think i have lost my mind but just wait till you see the finishes results. Amazing!! This WILL change your life(for the better LOL) just give it a try.

After you have finished placing your concealer grab a brush my favorite by far for this kind of work is Shiseido‘s Perfect Foundation Brush. It is flat-out amazing and I can not say enough good things about this brush. It really is perfect! The size is great. It is rather short and I love it because it allows me to really get the control I want. The head is compact and nice and dense. Just perfect! It keeps the colors in the same area you applied them while blending like a dream. So you end up with just what you want. I find using a brush with a large head moves the product around too much and muddies my look instead of just blending the colors out.
Here is a link to this amazing brush..http://www.shiseido.com/foundation-brush/0729238108165,en_US,pd.html

A pic as well…

Shiseido Brush

Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

Top View

Top View

Best of all for a brush of this quality it will only cost you $30.00!! Pretty great really.

O.K. now that you have chosen your brush and you look like you are a mad woman or man LOL we can start blending. Before you pick up your brush though you need to get a liquid foundation that matches your skin tone. I am currently using Estee Lauder Double Wear maxim Cover camouflage makeup for face and Body SPF 15. I do like it. I was not sure I would but it actually covers great and is really nice to blend with. A little goes a long way..This is what it looks like..

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Estee lauder Double Wear

You can pick this foundation up here for $ $33.50.

http://www.esteelauder.com/product/643/13015/Product-Catalog/Makeup/Face/Foundations/Double-Wear/Maximum-Cover-Camouflage-Makeup-for-Face-and-Body-Broad-Spectrum-SPF15/index.tmpl

I use a small pea sized amount and dot this all over my face on top of the concealer. It looks something like this..

Looking crazy.LOL

Concealer with dotted foundation on top.

Now it is time to take your brush and in small circle motions start to blend. Taking care to keep the colors in the general area that you placed them. This really does do wonders for pictures. If you have photos ahead you really should give this a try.It is life changing!! In the next photo you are going to see the finished results. keep in mind that this is NOT natural light and I have added powder in 2 different shades after the blending.  Before we get to the photo of the finished photos let me show you what powders I used. To be honest my absolute favorite powder in the world is M.A.C Studio Fix Powder plus Foundation it is the best I have found. You can use it on its own in a pinch as well. I also use it for mid day touch ups too. M.A.C has a ton of shades and that makes it nice for the really pale women and the really dark women too. It will cost you $27.00 and you can pick it up on M.A.C’s website here

http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/158/251/Studio-Fix-Powder-Plus-Foundation/index.tmpl

In the next pic the M.A.C Studio Fix Powder is the round powder and the square one is Cargo Blue_Ray Pressed Powder. The Cargo powder is also very good and comes in a close 2nd in my book. I have tried to use up this powder for a while now and have gone through 4 of the Studio Fix powders by M.A.C in the same time span. Obviously M.A.C is my preference. However, for this look I need a slightly darker powder for the area’s that I added the darker Concealer. The cargo Powder was perfect for this. You can pick up the Cargo Powder for $32.00 here

http://www.cargocosmetics.com/products/face/blu_ray-pressed-powder

Here is what both powders look like and I hope you can see in the picture that the Cargo is darker.

Powders used

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M.A.C(R)

Cargo(L) M.A.C(R)

Cargo(L)
M.A.C(R)

After applying my powder I used a blush by The Balm in Hot Mama. I love love this blush and will review it for you all soon. I also used a small amount of M.A.C blush in Trace Gold and on my eyes I have M.A.C’s Quite Natural Paint Pot with Haux  on the lid and cranberry(my new go to) and Swiss Chocolate in the crease. All Shadows are also by M.A.C. As a highlight under my brow I used Urban Decay’s Virgin and in my inner tear duct I used Sin. Both shadows are from my Urban Decay Naked Palette. If you are going to buy just 1 palette then I seriously suggest you buy this one. It is the BOMB!! I can review it if anyone would like. Just comment below. If you do want to buy it you can pick it up for $50.00 at Sephora or online from Urban Decay at http://www.urbandecay.com/naked-palette-eyeshadow-by-urban-decay/245,default,pd.html?start=5&cgid=12_1

The last thing i have on is my Embrace Me lipstick by M.A.C and if you read my earlier posts then you know how much I LOVE it!! Anyway onto the indoor pictures.

Finished Look

Finished Look

Side View

Side View

Side View

Side View

And for a picture outside in natural light….

Outside

Outside in Natural Light

If you made it this far reading well then Thanks!!! I hope this was helpful for everyone and showed you a new way to do your face and helped you find some really great products.

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What do you think of this look? Is it something you would try? What is your favorite foundation? Do you use a brush or beauty blender?

 

 

 

 

 

M.A.C. Embrace Me

M.A.C. Embrace Me

It has finally happened.I have found my Holy Grail Lipstick!! Of course my very first thought was sharing it with all of you here.  M.A.C Embrace Me lipstick was released with part of the Fashion Set Collections for Summer of 2013. If you were luckily enough to snag yourself one for the short time they were available before quickly selling out online and in stores well then you go girl!!! If you were lucky enough to snag more then 1 well then let me know ASAP I will be needing backups LOL. M.A.C Limited Edition lippies are one of my most favorite things in the world I must admit. I also have a real love for bright pink lipsticks so this was perfect for me. The moment I saw this beautiful lipstick i knew I had to have it but of course it was sold out…I was lucky enough to snag one on a blog sale however. I did pay over retail of course but not too awfully high compared to EBAY prices. This lipstick is described as a medium-dark fuchsia pink with blue undertones. It is absolutely stunning !!! Here is a swatch…

M.A.C Embrace Me

M.A.C Embrace Me

Me wearing Embrace Me

Me wearing Embrace Me

This lipstick is a matte formula and not too drying in my opinion. I applied this before work at 9am and re-applied after lunch at 2 pm although it was not because it was necessary more so because I wanted to experience the awesomeness of this lipstick again. I did not need to reapply before leaving the office at 6:20 pm. Basically if applied correctly this lipstick will last all day and then some…If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one of these babies then do it you wont regret it(unless you hate bright pink lips). And of course grab one for me too!!

Has anyone tried this lipstick and if not do you want too?

 

I know this post is extremely late and I am deeply sorry… I am just getting over a nasty cold. Anyway on to the review!!! Last week I opened my mailbox to find April’s Birchbox waiting for me. Well I was extremly excited as Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services that I am a member of. Only topped by the amazing Glossybox! So if you are a Beauty Box Virgin then get your butt in gear already and sign up for a service! I promise you will not regret it. Every month wont be equal of course but hey that’s part f the fun of it! You never know what you will find inside your box! Ok lets get on to Aprils’s Birchbox already.

Here is what the box looks like when you pull it out of your mailbox.

Birchbox Package

Birchbox Package

After you open the box you will remove another box. This month Birchbox teamed up with Women’sHealth Magazine. All items in this month’s box were hand picked by the editors of Women’sHealth.  According to the advertising the box is supposed to focus on wellness Here is what the actual box looked like.

Birchbox April 2013

Birchbox April 2013

And here is the box opened and the tissue paper opened as well.

Inside of April Birchbox

Inside of April Birchbox

Now lets get to this month’s items! First thing that I pulled from the box was a very generous sample of Firm Hold Hair Gel by Number 4 Hair Care. I have had a chance to use this item 3 times and i must say that I love it. It is very thick and feels like super thick glue in your hands but once you have it in your hair and give a little scrunch it coats the hair nicely. I use a diffuser on my blow dryer and the results are awesome. It has the perfect hold and lasts all day without wearing down and my hair turning frizzy. I do wash it out before bed as sleeping with it in your hair would probably not be very comfortable  If you are someone who like a light hold this is NOT for you. Full size is $32.00. I would say the sample they gave us will last me for at least 10-15 times.

 

Firm Hold Gel by Number 4 Hair Care

Firm Hold Gel by Number 4 Hair Care

The next item I will review is a Sumita Full size eye shadow pencil that also arrived in April’s box. It is in the color Prairna and is a grassy green with micro shimmer. I have not tried it as of yet but I did swatch it for you all. I am just not one for green eye shadow but if you are then I am sure this would make an awesome base for your shadow.  A full size is $11.00. Keep in mind that the monthly price for this service is only $10.00!!! That one product was worth the cost of the entire box of items!! Here is the swatch and photo.

Sumita Eye shadow pencil in Prairna

Sumita Eye shadow pencil in Prairna

Swatch of Sumita Pencil

Swatch of Sumita Pencil

Next we have a product that I really really loved. That is the Yes to Cucumbers On-the-Go Facial Towelette. I received 3 single size packets an boy are they awesome. I would totally purchase the full size product and more then likely will. They have the most amazing cucumber smell. They just smell fresh and clean. They take off all your makeup including gel eyeliner. I have found with other makeup wipes that they do not remove my eye makeup or heavy foundations/concealers. I did not have that problem with these what so ever. I completely recommend these wipes. These would be perfect for travel and to keep in your purse or desk. I will get them for my kit as well. i know a lot of makeup artist like to use baby wipes as they are cost effective but I find they are rougher on the skin and I have problems removing gel liner and mascara with them. These are like heaven for your face!! Best of all the full size package is only $9.99!

Yes to Cucumbers On-the-Go facial Towelette

Yes to Cucumbers On-the-Go facial Towelette

We also received a sample card with 2 samples on it. The first side was Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Daily Facial Scrub. I really did enjoy this as well. Although it was only enough for 1 use. It smelled divine and did not dry out my already dry skin. A BIG plus. The second side of the card contained Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Dark Spot Correcting Serum. The directions said that after cleaning to apply a layer to face and neck for smooth, even and glowing skin. I did give that a try and can not really tell you how it works as it would take longer then 1 use to see those results. It did however feel nice on my face and smell good. Full size is $19.99 and a full size of the face scrub is $9.99.

Sample Card- Yes to Grapefruit

Sample Card- Yes to Grapefruit

And the final product I received is a sample packet of Pure Advanced Antioxidant Therapy Vitivia Pro Vitamin. These are capsules that squeeze out and apply to your face.  It contains 3 brown capsules of Vitamin C 10% used to reduce hyper pigmentation  fight wrinkles and age spots. These capsules are applied in the morning before your moisturizer and makeup. It also contained 3 orange capsules of Vitamin A(retinol) at 0.15%. these capsules are used for refining pore, smoothing fine lines to reveal more youthful looking skin and also reduces skin inflammation. They are applied in the evening and followed after by your moisturizer. I did try these and did enjoy them. I love serums and Vitamins so this was a win win for me. Again I do believe I would need longer then 3 days to give accurate results. Full size is $55.00 per vitamin type.

Vitivia Vitamins

Vitivia Vitamins

There was also a subscription card at the bottom of my box for a free $10 subscription to Women’sHeath Magazine and in fine print it states that if you do not want it you can opt to receive a $10 check instead.  So let’s get this straight. I paid $10 for this box and I can receive from Women’sHealth Magazine a $10 check….So my box was free!!! And I get all these amazing goodies!!! Really if you were not a believer in Beauty Boxes before this review I sure hope you are now….here is a link to sign up for your own Birchbox.

https://www.birchbox.com?raf=9vbp2

Subscription Card From Women'sHealth Magazine

Subscription Card From Women’sHealth Magazine

Thanks for reading and please let me know what you all think? Will you be subscribing  And if you are currently a member of another subscription service that is amazing please share …

 

April IPSY Bag Review….

If you have not yet jumped on the beauty box band wagon then what the heck are you waiting for?? I can now honestly say that I love my beauty box subscriptions. Each month I put out a minimal fee and in my mailbox I get a nice package with 4-6 deluxe size products. The brands can range from Tarte, Pixi and  Benifit to all natural beauty products. For the small fee that these services charge I can not help but tell you all that this is one hell of a deal. So tonight lets jump right into April 2013’s  IPSY Bag.

First off April’s bag arrived like all IPSY bags do. In an adorable metalic pink bubble mailer. Which just happened to fit in perfectly with this months theme “Pink”. Each month IPSY has a different theme for the items you receive. Lets take a look at how my bag arrived…

Ipsy Mailer April 2013

Ipsy Mailer April 2013

One of the things that I just adore about IPSY is that not only is the service only $10 a month ( yes I really said only $10) your items also ship free. So the idea here is that each month you will get something new and exciting in your mail. You never know what the months’ bag is going to hold. Also the items come stored nicely in a cute little makeup bag. Each month you also get a makeup bag and that alone I am sure is worth $5.

Contents of April 2013 IPSY Bag

Contents of April 2013 IPSY Bag

Lets take a look at each item now. First off I received a deluxe sample of bigsexyhair powder play. Full size retail is $15.95 at Ulta.

bigsexyhair powder play

bigsexyhair powder play

Next we have a Full Size Be a Bombshell blush in Sweet Cheeks. Retail is $16 at beabombshellcosmetics.com. Which is more than I paid for the entire bag of products!! Can you say Great Value!!! This blush is a gorgeous pink color and very pigmented. It goes on smooth and blends like a dream. I totally would say this is worth the $16 retail price.

Be a Bombshell blush in Sweet Cheeks

Be a Bombshell blush in Sweet Cheeks

Sweet Cheeks

Sweet Cheeks

Swatch of Sweet Cheeks blush by Be a Bombshell

Swatch of Sweet Cheeks blush by Be a Bombshell

Next up is another full size product! This on a Dou eyeshadow by Two Cosmetics. This brand I am not familiar with but a quick google search tells me that retail for this shadow is $5.75 at twocosmetics.com. This eyeshadow was not my favorite. They are just OK. They have decent pigmentation but they are a little chalky. Fall out was not an issue. The left side of the duo holds a shimmer light pink and the right side an almost rose matte shadow. Both could double as a blush in a pinch…

Two Cosmetics Duo in Heartache

Two Cosmetics Duo in Heartache

heartache

heartache

swatches of heartache duo. far left and middle.

swatches of heartache duo. far left and middle.

 

 

Ok and yes another full size product! Remember everyone I only paid $10 for this service! At this point in opening my bag I was already extremely pleased with April’s bag and to see yet another full size item just cemented for me that I will definitely be subscribing to IPSY for a long while.The final item I got was a full size polish from Sation nail lacquer for ipsy as the box reads. I have never heard of this brand and I am not a huge polish freak but it is a nice color non the less.

Sation Nail Lacquer in Of Courset i'll call you

Sation Nail Lacquer in Of Courset i’ll call you

Sation Nail Lacquer in Of Courset i'll call you

Sation Nail Lacquer in Of Courset i’ll call you

Sation Nail Lacquer in Of Courset i'll call you

Sation Nail Lacquer in Of Courset i’ll call you

Swatch of Sation Nail Lacquer

Swatch of Sation Nail Lacquer

Inside the bubble mailer were 2 cards with discount codes for various things. I would love to take advantage of the VIP special access invite to Generation Beauty in LA on May 31-June 2, 2013. My birthday is May 30th So maybe I can pull that off. Oh honey are you reading this….Although I really wanted to save up for the next IMATS.

Please comment and let me know if you are an IPSY subscriber? Did you like April’s bag? And if you are not an IPSY subscriber do you want to be? I would love to read and answer your comments and questions so don’t be shy….Lastly here are some pics of the included cards…Don’t forget to follow me here and like my Facebook page for a chance to win my first giveaway when I reach 1000 followers. 130129131

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