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November Makeup Bag

We are half way through November, so I feel like I’m late coming to the party with this. I’m going to do it anyway though. I haven’t been using any of the eye makeup. I got pink eye and then caught a bit of a cold from my son. I’m feeling better, so hopefully I can dabble more into the makeup that I have set aside for the month. Before I get into this month’s picks, I’m going to recap on what happened in October.

I used this blush 5 days a week all month long and I barely scratched the surface of it. I thought for sure that I could pan it or at the very least wear down the imprint. I will bring it back for my December bag, because I really love this blush. It is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. I hit pan on my eye gloss and I found out that it wore better without eye primer. I love how this looked on my eyes. It was a nice and easy eye look that was very pretty. It paired great with bold lips. I used up my Cover FX drops. I didn’t make a noticeable dent on the Nars concealer or the Tarte lip paint. I made a bit of progress on the perfume, but I don’t mind because I love the scent on it.

I have used all of these products a few times. I have dabbled in the Hourglass 2016 Holiday Palette and used the finishing powder and blush a few times. I’m trying to use up the Caitlyn lip gloss, because I don’t like lip glosses that are pigmented in dark colors. It smears around like crazy. I only use this at home. I want to use up some perfume samples and work on my Vampire perfume that I love. I’m kinda getting sick of it though. I’ve used the eye shadow once and then got pink eye. I threw out my Benefit Gimmie Brow, because they have been on the news as having TOXIC ingredients. Could be the reason why I got pink eye. I also got rid of my mascara since I got pink eye and I had used that on my eyes that day. I’ve used the foundation once and liked it. It did flake up my moisturizer though. I’m going to try it with primer this week.


Above is what my daily makeup cabinet looks like. I have a few of my other daily supplies in there like primer, lip treatments, and a purple corrector. I like that it’s not too busy and I can easily reach in for things without knocking anything over.

What do you have in your makeup bag?

With Love,


First Impressions, Lifestyle, My Life, Octoberfest

Street Style: September Ipsy

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I know that I am a month late with my glam bag, but I have decided that I am going to wait to write my review. I want to actually have something more to say than “I hope it works”. This will be sort of like first impressions after a month of use. I hope you enjoy it. Let me know. Do you like this style or do you want me to go back to my old ways?

The Theme:

Street StyleStreet Style

I really do not understand how the theme of street style relates to any of the products that I got in my bag, not even the rock n’ roll bag goes with the theme. I really don’t. I am not a fan of this theme or this bag this month. It just wasn’t really my style and some of the products turned out to really not suit me.

The Bag:

September bag

I love the actual bag this month! I really like the square shape and the studs on it. I can really coordinate my makeup bags with my purses now. I can keep a bag with makeup goodies in each purse and only have to take my wallet out of one and put it in another. So simple when I am rushing out the door.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser With Cucumber & Watercress, 2.33 USD for 1 fl oz

face cleanser

Although this is 100% USDA certified organic, it smells like Ivory soap, not a flattering scent at all. Because of the smell, I haven’t wanted to use this cleanser. I will to tell you how I think of it though, in the long run. So far, I haven’t liked the way it feels on my skin. It is a good sized sample to try, so I will be using this on the weekends or in the shower to give my face a break from all of the acne medicine that I use during the week on it to keep my skin presentable.

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush, 17.50 USD for C476


This is such a soft brush and I have used it a few times without any shedding whatsoever, which is pretty amazing to get in an Ipsy bag. This helps my eye shadows be more bendable and create a flawless finish. I am still not anywhere near really good with applying makeup, but I am getting there. That is for sure.

Pacifica Natural Minerals Eyeliner in O3F4 Gunmetal, 2.75 USD for 0.26 oz


The formula is very smooth, but the color is very shimmery. It does not hold up on my waterline. Maybe it would if it were more matte? It does match the color of my eyes though and it enhances them as well. I feel like this would make a great subtle cat eye. I am still looking for the perfect waterline eyeliner though. This is a nice creamy consistency. I just wish that they would send me a sharpener already. I need one for all of my dull pencils. Lol. I always forget to buy one at the store.

Mitchell & Peach English Growers Luxury Hand Cream in Flora No. 1, 13.61 USD for 1.1 fl oz

Hand cream

This is a real expensive sample!!! So excited! The formula of the lotion is really nice and is fast absorbing without a sticky, greasy feel to it, just a moisturized feel if you know what I mean. The sent itself is spicy at first and I do not like it at all. One I rub it into my hands, the scent changes, getting less spicy and more floral. I like the more floral, slightly tea scented smell of the hands better than that initial spiciness. That being said, I am not really a fan of the scent either way. I really enjoy the formula though.

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in 08 Love Affair, 19 USD for 0.14 fl oz

Lip Gloss

This one is even more expensive! I feel like I just got the best deal with this bag. This is not hooker red like I first thought it would look like. It is a flattering dark berry red with blue undertones. I love the way my lips look with this on. It is not an everyday shade for work, but it is a great shade for a night out or hanging out with friends. You still need a mirror to apply this, because it is a pretty opaque gloss that you do not want to mess up. It feels very moisturizing and light on the lips. I feel very comfortable wearing it and it has quickly become a Fall staple of mine. I would consider buying another one of these in a nude color. It has a satin finish.

I would give this bag two stars, since I only really like two of the products and I do not really like the rest. Ipsy needs to wow me by New Years or I am switching to Birchbox. I don’t want to have a lot of stuff that I don’t want/use. It is different if its a flavor, so I give it to a friend than if the product preforms poorly. The value of this bag was 55.19 USD. An amazing value, but I just wish that I loved everything.

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo


Beauty, First Impressions, My Life

Fresh Picks: May Ipsy

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I have been subscribed to Ipsy for 5 months now and I can absolutely say that the bag just gets better and better with my feedback on the things I liked and the things I didn’t care for. I love that the bag comes predictably on the same day every month. When it gets close to the Saturday it gets delivered, I get super excited and hope that it gets to my apartment a day earlier than expected. Last month, I got my bag super late, because it got lost in shipping. Has this happened to anyone else? So, I got May’s bag just two weeks after I received April’s bag. I didn’t mind, though. It was like getting two presents! I do wish that Ipsy had added something special in my April bag to “makeup” for the incident.

Now, onto my May Fresh Picks:

The Bag:

A beautiful burlap canvas bag with greenery accents. The bag was spot on for a fresh face for May. It fits with their Fresh Picks theme. I really love the bag. I cannot wait to use it at the beach to hold the few essential items that I do take with me. (ooh! That should be an upcoming blog post: Beach essentials! I love inspiring ideas from Ipsy.) Anyways, this really is a quality little bag to stash my goodies in.

The Contents:

Pacifica Natural Beauty Eyeshadow Duo in #2, 0.07 oz:

Based on other products on the Pacifica, I would guess that the value of this eyeshadow is $10, since it is as full sized item. So, counting only this, I did get my bag’s worth of product on this eyeshadow alone. This compact has the prettiest highlight color in white gold and a nice semi-matte smoky purple for a crease color. I will definitely get some good use out of these colors, but I will doubt I would purchase it. I rarely buy makeup and when I do, it is hardly ever eye shadow. I just can never use them up and Ipsy allows me to stock up on them without breaking the bank.

Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer in Medium, 0.34 oz:

Based on the Boo-Boo site, this concealer is full-sized and it cost 19.99. So, this is worth 20 dollars basically. I am super excited to try such a high end concealer! I am not sure that I would purchase this even if I really liked it….who am I kidding? If it is a miracle worker, I will be repurchasing. This is the perfect medium color for my skin tone. It blends nicely and seems to cover well. We will see in time just how well this performs for me. I cannot judge it by wearing it once for like ten minutes.

Eau Thermale Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water, 1.76 oz:

I looked this up online and the sample that I have is worth around 2 dollars. The full-sized is worth 18 dollars at 10.58 oz. I will be purchasing the full-size version of this as soon as I am out of my current facial toner and the new Lush one that I recently purchased. Maybe, I will buy with in June or July by the earliest. I am in love with this! This super cooling water is a great alternative morning/night toner for when my skin is irritated. I am really excited about this one. Is anyone else excited that they got this in their bag?

Hang Ten Classic Sport 50, 1 fl oz:

This sample is around 2.50 USD based on the full-sized product. This stuff smells good, not great, but good. It smells like my childhood at the lake with my family, chasing the family german shepherd. It dries to a glowy (not greasy) finish and leaves skin feeling moisturized as well as protected. I would not purchase this, because I really love Hawaii Tropics so much and this does not hold a candle to how I feel about that sunscreen.

Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, 0.5 fl oz:

This size retails for 13 dollars on the Guru Balanced website. I love how this stuff is USDA organic and cruelty free. It also smells like candy, (with a bit of lemon grass after scent) the lemon starbursts kind. I haven’t tried this on my hair yet, but even if I did, a single use is not enough to make a proper judgment for a hair or skincare product. I will definitely review this when I finish it though.

I give this bag a strong 4 and a half stars. The half star is for the sunscreen, because I wish it was either bigger or could have been used on the face, instead of body. The overall price of this Ipsy bag was 47.50 USD for the subscription price of 10 USD. I have to say that it was really worth it.

With Love,

Selena Hannah xoxoxo