Ipsy October 2014 : Beauty Candy

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is a subscription service co-founded by a YouTube beauty sensation, Michelle Phan. According to Ipsy, “Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month.” And its the only makeup subscription I gladly pay for each month. From all the subscriptions I have tried Ipsy by far gives you the most for your money and at $10 I am surprised monthly how many great things I get not to mention the gorgeous bags.

This month, the Ipsy team curated a Beauty Candy bag filled with the most delicious beauty confections with colorful and eye-catching eye-candy that everyone can see…

 

ipsy oct 14 city color

I was surprised how great this lipstick is. I figured being a matte shade it would dry my lops out but the texture was creamy and felt great on my lips. And the Cappuccino shade is the most gorgeous neutral shade.

City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino (Full Size)
Be Matte Lipstick is every girl’s must-have secret. Its rich formula is highly pigmented and enhanced with Vitamin E to nourish your lips and provide long-lasting color. Available in 36 stunning shades, your lips will never feel dry and maintain the perfect shade throughout your day

ipsy oct 14 mango

Love this hand cream its perfect for my purse. The formula is so hyrdrating and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth without any greasiness. And the Mango scent is out of this world, its all I can do to not bite my own hand.

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango (Full Size)
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.

ips oct 14 skyn

I love the Skyn Iceland Cleansing cloths. They wash away all my makeup without any irritation and leave my skin feeling soft and smooth.

Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths (Deluxe Sample)
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!

ipsy oct 14 nourish

The Nourish Organic is a gel cleanser that works to remove even the most stubborn makeup and grime. I am not a huge fan of the Cucumber & Watercress scent but will say this works wonders for removing waterproof makeup.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser (Deluxe sample)
This gentle cleanser washes away impurities without drying, irritating or causing redness. Cucumber hydrates and soothes. Watercress, rich in antioxidants, helps protect skin from free radical damage. Alcohol-Free. Gluten-Free. Vegan.
• Fragrance-free formula cleanses without drying or irritating
• Penetrates deep into pores to dissolve dirt, oil and makeup
• Packed with vitamins and antioxidants to nourish skin
My overall satisfaction of my October 2014 Ipsy Bag exceeded my expectations thus has a rating of more than just 5 stars! I love every single product that I received. I also got all (except for one) full size products which totally blows my mind! The contents of the bag is worth at least $33 USD while I paid only $10 USD for this entire bag. Don’t you think the bag is to die for? I am proud to say that this month’s bag is the best one I’ve received to date.

ipsy oct 14 mica

I tend to shy away from loose shadow as I make such a mess with it. But this shadow was incredibly gorgeous, very good pigment and with primer stay put all day.

MicaBeauty Mineral Eye Shadow in Reluctance (full size)
MicaBeauty® Mineral Eye Shadows’ glamorous shimmers will give you the look you always wanted. MicaBeauty® Mineral Makeup is extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers. With this unique formula, your Eye Shadows will look ultra-smooth and stay put for hours without creasing or pulling the delicate eye area.

Overall I am really impressed with the October 2014 Ipsy Glam bag. The City Color lipstick and Mica Eye Shadow are definite stand outs for me. If you are looking for a beauty subscription I highly recommend Ipsy. For just $10 you get a great little makeup bag filled with products every month. If you want to sign up you can follow this link, I don’t get paid for referrals but can earn points towards products.


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Have you seen Renee Zellweger’s shocking new look??

Renée Zellweger has an all-new face! I don’t know what she’s done – but she does NOT look like she used to! I’m guessing it’s the eyes. It’s the eyes, right?

More from People:

The actress, 45, made a rare red carpet appearance Monday at the Elle Women in Hollywood party in Beverly Hills – and quickly incited widespread chatter online with what many viewed as a new look.

Looking fit in a dress by her longtime favorite designer, Carolina Herrera, Zellweger was upbeat as she posed for photographers and mingled at the event, where she introduced actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, her costar in the upcoming thriller The Whole Truth – and raised a few eyebrows.

Among the guests there, “some almost didn’t recognize her,” an attendee tells PEOPLE.

It was the second high-profile event in as many days for the Oscar winner, who has been stepping back into the spotlight after staying largely under the radar for the past few years.

What do you think of her new ….. look?


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Celebrate National Oatmeal Day on October 29th with #AveenoLovesOat

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Dontcha just LOVE oatmeal? The health benefits seem to be endless!

  • They are full of fiber – which helps lower cholesterol.
  • They are FULL of healthy minerals.
  • They are low in calories.
  • They reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.
  • They reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • They lower blood pressure.

And that’s just what’s on the INSIDE!

Here are five ways to reap the beauty benefits of oatmeal:

  • Bath soak: For a truly relaxing bath, pour a cup of plain oatmeal into your tub as it fills up with warm water. Then add a few drops of lavender oil or a pinch of dried lavender. Soak in this aromatherapy solution for 15 to 30 minutes. The oatmeal will cleanse your skin and lock in moisture, while the lavender produces a calming, soothing scent.
  • Itchy skin remedy: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “itchy, dry skin often has a high pH level, but oatmeal can help normalize your skin’s pH, which can relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin. Oatmeal baths also soften and moisturize your skin, which helps lock in moisture and protect skin from exterior irritants.”
  • Face wash: Oatmeal contains chemicals known as saponins that are characterized by their intense cleansing properties. Saponins are commonly added to shampoos and detergents for it’s emulsifying and foaming abilities that create a rich lather. Dr. Stuart believes this makes oatmeal ideal to use as a face mask, cleanser or soap for every skin type, especially sensitive skin. For a simple homemade recipe, mix whole oatmeal with warm water into a paste and add a teaspoon of honey. Rub the cleanser onto your skin in circular motions to cleanse face. The antibacterial action of honeywill also help to relieve inflamed skin and alleviate dryness.
  • Exfoliator treatment: If over-the-counter scrubs tend to leave your skin raw and red, try exfoliating with a do-it-yourself treatment with blended colloidal oatmeal, coconut oil, brown sugar and lukewarm water. You’ll get the same cleansing and buffering properties without all the unnecessary harshness. Plus, the coconut oil will give your skin a healthy-looking glow.
  • Dry shampoo: Just as oatmeal works wonders at removing excess dirt and debris from the body, it can also help to reduce the appearance of dirty hair. Blondes can brush through a light dusting of finely ground oats throughout their strands to soak up excess oils. Your homemade oatmeal dry shampoo will also help to relieve an itchy scalp.

Good thing Aveeno is here to provide all the amazing beauty benefits of oatmeal!!

Did you know that October 29th is National Oatmeal Day? In collaboration with Aveeno as an Ambassador, they provided me with this gorgeous Mochila Bag – and a bunch of goodies! #AveenoLovesOat!

How gorgeous is this hand-woven bag?

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Inside my Mochila bag was a bunch of Aveeno Goodies! I have their Daily Moisturizing Lotion – which is AMAZING. I’m super excited to try their soothing bath treatment which uses 100% natural oatmeal for soothing aching skin. I can’t wait to use it next time my son comes home from playing a long football game!

They also sent along a MixMyOwn.com oatmeal, in Aveeno’s special blend! YUM! I had never checked out MixMyOwn.com before – what a cool site! Go check it out!

What is your favorite oatmeal product? Hashtag your answers to #AveenoLovesOat!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post – the products were sent for review purposes only. Opinions here are 100% my own.


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Tarte Away Oui Go Palette & Collector’s Set

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Love this time of year, is there anything more exciting than holiday palettes?  I am in love with Tarte’s Away Oui Go Collector’s Set & Portable Palette, its by far one of my favorite holiday collections from Tarte. This palette includes four removable eye and cheek palettes (which includes 16 full-sized Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows and four full sized Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes!), three deluxe sized Maracuja Lip Glosses, a Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, and a light blue collector’s compact, which you can insert the removable palettes into. It has a mirror inside and the outside has a tufted-stitch pattern with white pearls on it.

 

tarte away oui go inside

I love the four custom color palettes, gorgeous neutrals with lots of pigments perfect for any holiday look. I can’t decided which of the sets I like most and its so great I can switch them out to make an easy to-go makeup palette. I found all of the colors highly pigmented and with my eye shadow primer they stay put all day.

A $410 value!

The exclusive, limited-edition set includes:

  • 16 full size, French-inspired Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows (0.07 oz. each)
  • 4 full size Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes: Irresistible (soft melon), Envisioned (sheer coral), Limitless (peach rose), Intrigue (rose petal) (0.158 oz. each)
  • 3 deluxe Maracuja Lip Glosses: Paris (raspberry), Cannes (light pink), Nice (nude mauve) (0.06 fl. oz. each)
  • Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • Portable collector’s compact (0.14 oz.)

The tufted mini-palette is so cute, I was in love at first look. Each palette has a magnet to keep it in the main box the just pop it out with the ribbon and drop it into the portable compact.

 

tarte away we go mini palette

The portable compact has a small mirror makes on the go touch-ups a snap.

tarte away oui go pallete inside

The Away Oui Go Collection came with three deluxe size Maracuja Lip glosses. I love the three shades included, Paris is my favorite a beautiful raspberry creme it goes with every look. I’m not a huge fan of the applicator brush. I personally like soft wand tips better and found the bristles a bit stiff for application but the rest of the palette is so fantastic its easy to overlook my gloss wand issues.

tarte away oui go lipgloss

 

A beautiful collection for yourself or as a gift. I think this palette is a great bang for your buck with very wearable colors and the portable palette is unique and so cute you won’t want to leave home without it!

You can learn more about this palette and purchase at www.ulta.com.

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. We were not compensated for this post and all thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


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