Friday, 19 May 2017

8 Ways To Reuse Ipsy Glam Bags

I've been a loyal Ipsy subscriber for over a year now and I can see how it's so easy for a subscription addiction get out of hand. One of the reasons I love Ipsy is because its a great way to build your makeup collection and get a cute bag each month. When I first started my makeup journey, I didn't realize that I would get so many bags collecting dust so quickly. 

For those who don’t know, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service. When you sign up, you are asked to fill out a series of questions and each month you will get a bag based off of your answers. I've been very happy with the service Ipsy provides even though some months are better than others. The Ipsy Glam Bag is filled with about 4-5 goodies that fit your answers and the bag designs are always trendy. For just under $20 per month, its a fantastic deal :)

As much as I love most of the Ipsy bags, let’s be honest, at this point they are just taking up space. Sure, the most obvious repurposing would be to use them to organize your makeup, but today I want to share with you creative ways to reuse your Ipsy Glam Bags that you might not have thought of.


As much as I love to claim that I'm an organized person I still somehow have a ton of hair ties and bobby pins that I am always losing because they pretty much just get tossed around. They are in my purse, on my dresser, in a drawer, on the floor and pretty much everywhere in between. Having a bag to put them in makes all the difference! 


If you like to carry big purses, you know how awful it can be to find items that sometimes get lost in the abyss that is the bottom of your bag! Everything in my purse needs a home — my makeup, my coupons, my snacks, etc. and the Ipsy bags are a fun way to keep everything within reach.  You can also stash pads and tampons that might be laying at the bottom of your purse so they're all in one place and easy to locate in case of an emergency. No rummaging through your purse when you are freaking out!


If you're a cosmetics junkie like me, you probably have a ton of samples stashed away in a drawer somewhere that you probably forgot about. I like looking through my sample stash to find some goodies for short trips. The Glam Bag is perfect for toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and any other essentials you might need for short travels. 


I'm always one to ask the "what ifs" so I do my best to prepare for emergencies by making emergency kits from the Ipsy glam bags.  You can put anything you might want in an emergency- like tampons, spare chargers, mini flashlights, bandaids, matches, floss etc. and stash them in places you might need in the event of an emergency like your car, your desk at work, a friend’s house, anywhere! 


I am a pretty creative person but purse making isn’t something I would be good at (remember my terrible denim bag story UGH!) If you're crafty, take one of your favorite Ipsy Glam Bags and give it a brand new look by turning it into an awesome and stylish purse or wallet! And if you need some inspiration....


Some of Ipsy’s Glam Bags are chic, and others...not so much. They're the perfect size for small gifts and look pretty when you add some tissue paper. Set aside the bags you don’t like and save them for birthdays and holidays. You can even throw in some of those samples that you'll never use but would never dare throw away- no extra gift bag needed!


I hate getting stuck in a situation where I desperately need a charger or headphones. I used to have a charger and headphones just tossed in my purse where they get all tangled and knotted. When I needed them I would get annoyed because they were just a mess. You can use a Glam Bag to hold these wires and help keep them knot free!


An easy way to glam up your work space is by keeping all your office supplies organized in a glam bag. Instead of throwing all your pens and paper clips in your drawer to be lost forever, give them their own little bag so you’ll always know exactly where they are. 

These are my favourite everyday ways to reuse Ipsy Glam Bags. How do you like to repurpose your subscription bags? Let me know in the comments :)

Monday, 15 May 2017

May 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

My current makeup subscription box is from Ipsy. I was a bit skeptical about a monthly beauty and makeup subscription box because I didn't want to end up with a bunch of products I couldn't use or didn't know how to use. Each month you get full size or deluxe-sized products in a cute makeup bag, and I was sold after checking out their previous bags. If you're not very adventurous with makeup like me, it's a great way to build your makeup collection on the cheap and expand your makeup expertise!

The May 2017 glam bag theme is Summer Friday and I think the bag design is super cute. This was the first time I got a clear bag from Ipsy and the pattern is perfect for summer :) The bag did feel cheap so I'm hoping it doesn't fall apart before I get the chance to use it 😛

In my bag:

Manna Kadar bronzer and highlighter duo

Pixi by Petra silky eye pen in Opal Overcoat
Hempz pomegranate body moisturizer
Luxie Beauty precision foundation brush 
Benefit gimme brow fibre gel

I was most happy to see that there was a wide variety of products in the bag.  I've been a huge fan of Benefit products for a while now and I was thrilled to see the gimme brow sample this month. Too bad it wasn't the full size! I rate the May Ipsy Glam Bag a 3/5 since I was very pleased with the variety but not so much with what was inside.

Click here to sign up with Ipsy and get your very own Glam Bag! 

More about the products inside:

Manna Kadar bronzer and highlighter duo- I was first introduced to the Manna Kadar brand from Ipsy last year. I really liked the blush I got and this bronzer and highlighter duo is another fantastic product. I like the formula of Manna Kadar products because it feels really soft and spreads well. That's really important to me since I love blending my makeup to get that "barely there" look. This little compact is perfect for travelling too! I liiiiike :)

Pixi by Petra silky eye pen in Opal Overcoat- I was so thrilled when I saw this product in my Sneak Peek from Ipsy but I'm sad to say I'm super disappointed. I guess Pixi by Petra takes the word 'silky' seriously because this eye pen was so soft I couldn't even swatch it without it falling apart. I suppose I could stop complaining and smudge the product on my face with my fingers...just a word of caution not to fall for the "pen" part LOL!! The colour was incredibly pretty and I did like the way it looked on my skin, just not the biggest fan of the delivery. 

Hempz pomegranate body moisturizer- I really liked how moisturizing this body lotion is. It smells fantastic and absorbed quickly. This was my first experience with the Hempz brand and I must say...I'm impressed :) I'll need to use it a bit longer to see if the 'skin-saving' benefits of hemp seed oil ring true, but so far so good!

Luxie Beauty precision foundation brush- I've gotten so many brushes from Ipsy, and I'm always pleased to get Luxie brushes. I like the quality of the brushes and I love how they're super soft. Luxie brushes are vegan and cruelty free and that's something I always support :)

Benefit gimme brow fibre gel- I've been a huge fan of Benefit products for quite some time now and I've been using Gimme Brow as part of my regular brow routine since it first launched. I love how you can use this gel on its own or over makeup (I use KaBrow first, Gimme Brow second) and can be layered with other products. I've always hated brows that look too well done or too dark, and this brow gel has tiny fibres to make your brows look tame and filled in but still natural. It's definitely worth the splurge if you're looking to take your brow game up a notch. Highly recommended!!

I can't wait to see what Ipsy has to offer next month. What did you get in your May Glam Bag? I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Eyeliner 101

Just taking a quick peek at the eyeliner sections at your local makeup store might be a daunting task if you aren't sure what to look for. The first use of eyeliner was in Ancient Egypt as early as 10,000 BC and it wasn't only for aesthetics. In fact, eyeliner also protected the skin from the desert sun. Now, eyeliner is almost exclusively used for cosmetic purposes and there are more options now than ever before.  
Depending on its texture, eye liner can be softly smudged or clearly defined. There are many different types of eye liner available on the market: each produces a different effect.

Pencil Eyeliner

A basic eye pencil should be a makeup bag staple of every woman. Pencils are quick and easy to work with, and they’re the gold standard when it comes to versatility. Use pencil eyeliner to add definition to the top and bottom lash lines, line the waterline, or smudge it out to create a dramatic smoky eye. To get as close to the lash line as possible, make sure your pencil is always sharpened to a point. Look for a high-pigment pencil that is soft enough that it will not tug the skin. For the smoothest application, start by warming the tip of the pencil between your fingers and apply in short strokes across the eye. 

Pencil liners are easy to apply. A standard pencil liner will create a very thin precise line. If you are looking for something more intense and wider, go with a gel liner pencil. Choose a kajal formula, if you prefer a slightly smudged, sexy look. Look for long-wear formulas to keep your makeup in place all day.

Cream and Gel Eyeliner

Creams and gels are a great alternative to liquid liner. They can be used to create the same precise lines, but the formulas are thicker allowing for an application that is more forgiving of shaky hands. Use potted cream and gel eyeliners with an angled brush to craft your cat eye or choose a smaller precision brush to create an ultra thin line. Cream and gel formulas are also ideal for tightlining the waterline because an eyeliner brush can really push the color into the base of the lashes. Whether you go defined and precise or smudged and smoky, choose a long wearing formula and set it by pressing eye shadow on top of the liner to ensure its staying power. 

Gel liner can also provide an intense crisp line. It is also smudge-proof, water-resistant, and long-wearing. Gel liners usually come in a small pot, along with a thin brush applicator. For newbies gel pencil versions are an easier-to-apply option.

Liquid Eyeliner

The coveted winged eyeliner look can be achieved using any of the options above, but for the cleanest, most precise line, liquid liner is a must. Liquids tend to be the favorite of women with hooded eyelids and oily skin because although wet when applying, once dry they won’t budge. With that in mind, keep pointed q-tips handy to clean up mistakes as you go. With liquids, you can choose a formula that dries to a matte finish or a patent leather-like gloss. Look for a product with a small, thin brush or applicator. That will give you the most control, allowing you to create subtle definition as well as bolder lines. If you want a thicker line, apply more pressure to the brush or build up the line by layering your strokes. 

Liquid liner will give you an intense rich line. However, it requires some patience and practice to get it right. For that retro glamour winged liner or a cat-eye look, liquid is a good choice.

Step 1. Starting from the outer corner of the eye, line your way across the lash line until your it looks smooth and even.
Step 2. Repeat and make sure there are no gaps between the liner and lash line.

Step 3. If you want a softer effect, use your finger or a brush to smudge.

Winged liner adds a little extra drama and is surprisingly easy to create. It can be done with any eyeliner formula, but I find it is easiest with a pot of gel eyeliner and a thin tapered brush. 
Step 1. Apply liner from the outer corner all the way across the upper lash line to the inner corner.
Step 2. Going from the inner to outer corner in smooth long strokes draw over the line filling in any gaps. The liner should get wider as you go across, so the widest point is in outer corner. 
Step 3. To create the wing, extend the line from the outer corner so that it goes up and out tapering to a soft point.
Step 4. How long the wing is, is up to you. You can draw it farther out and straighter, or create an upward flick. Make sure the two sides are mirrors of each other. 

If you want added definition, try lining the lower lash line too.
Step 1. Gel and liquid liner are often too intense for the lower lash line.  I recommend using a pencil or powder. Using a pencil or powder brush, draw a thin line very close to the lashes from the outer corner in.
Step 2. It’s up to you how far across you go. I recommend either keeping the bottom line very short and just connected to the upper lash line, or going all the way across. Never line halfway.
Step 3. It is important that you connect the upper and lower lines at the outer corner of your eye.
Note: If you have a lot of undereye darkness, lining the lower lash line will highlight the issue. A better option is to use waterproof mascara on the lower lashes.

You don’t have to stick with just one type of liner. Combining two formulas can give you a unique look. Here’s what to try: 
  • Powder liner can soften the look of gel liner. Try lining with a gel liner and a brush first. Layer a dry powder liner applied with a thicker liner brush or a smudge brush for a party-ready look.
  • Try a thin pencil liner followed by dry powder. It creates a slightly more intense look than just pencil alone and is highlighted by the softness of powder. 
  • Gel or ink pen liner on top of a powder helps create a sexy, smoky eye with a cool, sharp edge.
  • If you make a mistake, a Q-tip dipped in eye makeup remover is an instant fix.
  • Never line halfway, always line all the way across.
  • If your line appears too harsh or intense, just use your finger or a cotton swab to smudge slightly.
  • Always apply liner after eye shadow. 
  • Always make the thickest part of your liner be on the outside corner. The line should taper a bit as you go across with the thinnest point being in the inner corner. This will visually lift the eye and highlight your eye shape. 
What type of eyeliner are you wearing today? Tell me below!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

My First Time using the Flawless by Friday system

In the past few years, sheet masks have made huge waves in the beauty community.  Originating from South Korea, sheet masks have been very popular in Asia and are gaining in popularity and changing the beauty industry in North America; partly due to social media. You can find all sorts of shapes and sizes of sheet masks that are usually soaked in a nutrition-packed solution called essence or serum.

The sheet is made from a variety of materials including papers, fibres or gel types. The main difference between a sheet mask and a traditional wash off or peel off mask is that you only need to apply the sheet mask to your face and then take off or pat in the extra serum. Sheet masks are generally used once and since it is individually packaged, it's fast, convenient, and easy to use. 

Diverse types of fabric are used for the sheet masks. 
  • Non-woven fibre – Inexpensive, difficult mobility, low capacity to deliver serum into the skin      
  • Cottons – Inexpensive, difficult mobility, low capacity to deliver serum into the skin (but better than the non-woven fibre)
  • Hydrogel – Little pricey, great absorption system, gel-type consistency, sometimes two separate parts (top and bottom) to apply on face, difficult mobility
  • Bio cellulose – Expensive, all-natural material, adheres to the skin well, better absorption properties, comfortable mobility.
I discovered sheet masks only after seeing the hype on social media so I was thrilled when I got a lovely care package from the Flawless by Friday team (thanks a million!) You can find all sorts of masks to address specific concerns and the Flawless by Friday system has something for everyone. I tried the Flawless 5 Day system and AM/PM serum duo.

Moisture Monday- This intensive hydrating mask will deliver moisture to dry areas and maximize the effectiveness of the system for the rest of the week. 
Toning Tuesday-  Containing Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), this formula will improve the look of skin tone and help moisturize dry skin from environmental stressors, age spots, and acne scars, leaving your skin feeling softer and more energized!
Wrinkle Wednesday- Providing the invigorating effects of green tea, this formula reduces the signs of aging and helps to tone the skin with antioxidants and essential moisture.
Tightening Thursday- Containing collagen, found naturally in your skin, this formula helps promote elasticity and firmness. 
Flawless Friday- Honey will refresh and invigorate your complexion while soothing your skin and leaving you with the perfect glow

First let me point out that these gel masks were the worst fitting masks I've ever used. I found that the eye holes were too small (and I don't even have big eyes) so I had to rip the mask a bit so I wouldn't get the serum in my eyes. Maybe it's meant to be used with your eyes closed??? That makes sense then *totally sarcastic here*  I'm also not a fan of hydrogel masks because they always slip off my face. If I'm not laying down, the mask wouldn't stay on, and if you like to multitask like me...staying still isn't always ideal. I know that there are many benefits to using hydrogel, but I will always prefer fibre, that's just me :)

Aside from that, I did really love the way my skin looked after using the five day system. My skin did feel fabulous and looked fantastic. I've always struggled with dry spots and when I used the masks right before bed, I woke up with flawless skin! After masking I used the serum and did notice a huge difference with the texture of my skin. I noticed that my face was soft and supple and that my dry spots had vanished. The forever flawless serum kit is sulphate and cruelty free, so I felt great knowing that I was using products that were not only good for my skin but also good for the environment. I was very happy with the results and if you want to learn more about what Flawless by Friday has to offer, you can visit their website at

What are your favourite sheet masks? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, 5 May 2017

My First Time using CelleClé

A while back I asked you about your holy grail makeup or skincare product. Since my blogging journey began I’ve tried many products and have discovered many brands, but one brand stood out from the rest. I got a lovely package from CelleClĂ© team ( thanks so much guys!) and I was hooked after the first use. In the package was a gel cleanser, black mud mask, serum, and moisturizer- all the essentials for flawless skin :)

DetoxySmooth mild foaming gel cleanser- The cleanser is simply fab! It’s a gel cleanser that is gentle enough for sensitive skin but still does a great job of cleansing the skin of impurities. Some gel cleansers don’t foam very well or sometimes not at all, but the CelleClĂ© gel cleanser created just enough foam to get a deep clean. The gel is almost odourless and colourless and you only need a small amount to get the job done. This is my go to cleanser after using makeup remover to make sure I get everything all squeaky clean.

What’s in it?
Betaine Salicylate- This natural sugar beet humectant delivers beta hydroxyl acids to gently lift dead cells and unwanted pigment, dissolving polluted sebum and purifying pores.
Lactic Acid- A mild exfoliating and hydrating acid that gently releases dry, damaged and polluted cells from the skin's surface, helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, irregular pigmentation, age spots and dehydration.
Lemon & Passionflower- Natural fruit sources of citric, lactic and tartaric acid gently exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal, promoting a healthy, radiant skin tone.
Cotton Stem Cells- By protecting the skin's vital cells from the aging effects of urban pollution, inflammation and dehydration are reduced, while firmness, suppleness and moisture are increased.
DexPanthenol-Pro-Vitamin B5 normalizes the skin's moisture levels and increases water retention, while instantly smoothing fine lines and other signs of surface aging.
Kola, Matte and Guarana- Calming plant extracts protect the skin from dehydration and irritation during the cleansing process.

Phyto-Silt Extreme masque- For a long time I thought the Glam Glow Mud Mask was the greatest thing ever created and I think I’ve found a mud mask that works even better! This is my favourite mask to use when I want to pamper myself and get a luxurious treatment at home. I used this mask after cleansing and the results were undeniable. After the first minute, I experienced a gentle tingle that did intensify- but still felt great. I imagined all the impurities that were being lifted out of my skin as the tingle was a sure sign the mask was working.  My skin was left feeling soft and looking rejuvenated. I was amazed  that after only one use, my face looked brighter. This is definitely my holy grail mask, I’m so obsessed  *my preeeeeecioussssss*

What’s in it?
Black Silt-This natural mud derived from European lakes contains minerals and amino acids that help condition and nourish the skin while detoxifying, calming inflamma­tion and reducing microbial growth, resulting in clearer skin tone and fewer clogged pores.
Phytic Acid-Provides gentle pore softening properties and aids in cell turnover while impeding pigment formation, restoring skin radiance and minimizing dark spots.
Charcoal- Draws out pore clogging impurities and environmental toxins from congested pores, minimizing large pores and fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin looking pure, fresh, dewy, and radiant.
Pentavitin- A plant-derived hydrator with the unique ability to bind moisture to the skin, mimicking the skin's Natural Moisturizing Factor and instantly replenishing lost hydration.
DexPanthenol-Pro-Vitamin B5 normalizes the skin's moisture levels and increases water retention, while instantly smoothing fine lines and other signs of surface aging.
Glycerin- A vegetable derived hydrating molecule with superior water holding capabilities that attracts moisture into the cell membranes, rehydrating dry, dehydrated skin for a more volumized look.
Safflower Oil-Protects from moisture loss, revives essential skin lipids and encourages barrier protection and repair, revitalizing the surface complexion.
Bisabolol-This soothing molecule, derived from chamomile, calms signs of irritation that can occur during the resurfacing process.

MicroSmooth AHA resurfacing serum- The serum absorbed well and left my skin feeling nourished. I wasn’t left with any sticky residue, which I loved since that's my biggest pet peeve about serums. This serum is great at clearing blackheads and keeping breakouts under control. You can use this serum under makeup since it’s fast acting. It feels like a primer and I like to use this under makeup when I want to replace my usual primer :)

What’s in it?
MicroDelivered Glycolic Acid-Slowly delivered to the skin over a period of several minutes, aiding in the removal of dead cells by speeding up cellular turnover, encouraging healthier, younger cells to emerge for a bright, laminated finish.
TimeReleased Lactic Acid-Blended with an amino acid complex to ensure maximum delivery to skin cells with minimum discomfort, reducing surface cell build up, while infusing plumping moisture to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
Mandelic Acid- A larger, almond derived acid with purifying and brightening properties, ideal for speeding up cell turnover, sloughing dead cells and enhancing skin complexion and radiance.
BioFermented Sugar (Rhamnosoft)-Biotechnologically produced for soothing, protective, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity, causing skin to look and feel calm and balanced.
SMART Biosaccharide-Exceptionally soothing as a hydrator, cell communicator and modulator of inflammation caused by environmental aggression, it softens, hydrates and gives comfort to skin.
ActiSoothe -A bioactivated mushroom extract used in traditional Chinese medicine, this compound regulates signal proteins responsible for inflammation, helping to soothe UV damage and reduce skin sensitivity and irritation.

LustreRefine Ultra treatment moisturizer- I love that this moisturizer is lightweight and absorbed well over the serum. I’ve always struggled with dry patches on my face and this moisturizer did a fantastic job of keeping my skin hydrated. I liked the subtle fragrance and formula of this product very much.

What’s in it?
BioMarine Saccharide-A bioengineered resurfacing complex that encourages cellular turnover in skin, while at the same time calming and strengthening barrier integrity, as well as brightening, smoothing, hydrating and firming the skin's structure.
Bakuchiol (Sytenol A)-A Retinol-like molecule that delivers broad-spectrum anti-aging benefits, promoting new firming proteins that refine textures, revitalize aging structures, and return skin to a youthful, healthy glow; soothes irritation, reduces breakouts, fights pigmentation and signs of aging.
Niacinamide (4%)- A multifunctional form of Vitamin B3 that restructures the epidermal barrier, energizing skin tone and increasing firmness and radiance, adding to the skin's youthful look and feel, while suppressing hostile skin flora, keeping the skin clear and breakout-free; soothes signs of redness and normalizes pigmentation.
Rubixyl®-Restores cell signaling mechanisms, activating processes crucial for the repair of epidermal structures, while helping to reduce smoke and pollution-related aging.
Matrixyl® Synthe'6® -A facial architecture peptide essential for rebuilding facial contours from the inside out by creating a firmer matrix and smoother, stronger, plumper, line-free skin.
Aquaxyl™ -Cellulose derived sugars optimize water reserves, limiting water loss and providing smooth surface micro-relief, leaving skin better equipped to combat external aggressions.
SMART Biosaccharide -Exceptionally soothing as a hydrator, cell communicator and modulator of inflammation caused by environmental aggression, it softens, hydrates and gives comfort to skin.
Liquid Crystals- “Skin-like” molecules that mimic the skin's own tridimensional structure, integral for maintaining healthy moisture levels, reinforcing barrier strength and resilience, and ensuring better delivery of actives to the skin.
MicroAlgae (Astaxanthin)- A potent antioxidant 1000 times stronger than Vitamin E that protects against inflammation, dryness and UV radiation damage, interrupting the aging process and boosting youthfulness.

I'm a sucker for pretty packaging 😍

I really love the CelleClĂ© range, not only for it’s cruelty-free practices, but also because these products really work. I also like that these products are formulated without formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, sulphates, synthetic dyes or fragrances, nanoparticles, or polyethylene beads. You might remember that last year I had to ditch some of my skin care products (looking at you Clean and Clear!!) because of the polyethylene beads I used to love in their scrubs and cleansers. I’m happy to find other ways that are environmentally friendly to get my exfoliating fix.   As you can see from some of the key ingredients that CelleClĂ© uses, no expense was spared in the formulation of these products. If you’re looking for a layered approach to skin care, the CelleClĂ© range offers something for everyone. You can read more about what CelleClĂ© has to offer on their website

Thursday, 4 May 2017

My First Time using Rimmel Shake it Fresh Mascara

On really lazy days I love wearing a very simple makeup look, usually just filled in brows and mascara. I'm a bit of a mascara junkie really, that's why I was thrilled when I got the new Shake it Fresh mascara from Rimmel to try from Influenster. The idea is fantastic- avoid clumpy and dried out mascara by shaking it fresh every time you use it. One of my biggest pet peeves is dried out mascara before you finish the tube so I had high hopes for this product. My first impression was that the mascara tube was heavy, which made sense since there had to be a mechanism inside to refresh the formula. This mascara promises clump-free volume from first to last use as well as smudge-free and flawless volume. Hmmmmm...ok. 

I found the formula to be much too watery for my taste. If I could wipe off some of the excess I might have liked using this better. My eyelashes were left so wet, that I couldn't blink after applying or else I'd make a huge mess. Smudge-free my butt!! I shouldn't have to wait ten minutes for my mascara to dry... but once the mascara finally dried, I did't see the volume that was promised and on the contrary; I felt like Yzma from Emperor's New Groove 😖 I don't like sparse lashes, and as you can see from the before and after picture, this mascara made my lashes look sparse AF! As much as I wanted to love this mascara, I can't say that I would ever spend money on this. I do not recommend this mascara unless you're looking for spaced out lashes and don't mind waiting for the mascara to dry. 

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