Sneak Peek: Ipsy March 2014

Ipsy is probably my favourite subscription box. It’s not only one of the few American boxes that ships to Canada but for under $20 a month you get a new makeup bag filled with around 5 makeup and beauty products both full sized and deluxe samples. Each month has a theme and this month seems to be based around travel.

Here are the sneak peek to what Ipsy members could be getting in their glam bags this month.

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Bare Escentuals’ Double Trouble Mini Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move or Smooth Talker

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NYX Love in Rio trio
Be a Bombshell palette in Bora Bora

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Nicole by OPI Nail Polish
Missha BB Cream
Chella Pencil

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Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter
Klorane Soothing Eye Patches
Pixi Beauty Primer
Vita Liberata Self Tan
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Key West Aloe Review

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On a recent trip to Key West, I made a stop in a little beauty shop and discovered one of my new favourite skincare lines, Key West Aloe. This small unassuming company has been dedicated to skincare since the 1970’s.

The first thing that grabbed my attention was that they use skin soothing aloe vera in all of their products. Like most people, I had used aloe vera on sunburns before but never seen it as an ingredient in other products. I suddenly wondered why not? If it soothed my sunburn and made my skin soft, why wouldn’t it work on regular skin?

Their moisturizing lotion was just the right consistency and the aloe vera was softening my skin before my eyes. I couldn’t decide which scent to buy between their coconut, mango or key lime. Fortunately they have these great little gift sets with all of the moisturizers.

While I was there I snagged a few samples of their other aloe vera skincare products including their after sun, shower gels and eye creams. On one hand I am ecstatic to report that all of their products give you the same smoothing results and have great tropical scents. I am sad to say though that now I will need to head back down to Key West to get more! Actually maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Julep The Party’s Over Glitter Nail Polish Removal Kit Review

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Everyone who wears glitter nail polish knows how difficult it is to remove. I’m not a huge fan of glitter but the few times I’ve worn it, I barely had the patience to deal with it. There are a couple different methods that people swear by online involving foil but when I saw Julep’s Party’s Over kit I decided to give it a try.

The kit comes with 8 regular size nail caps, 2 for your thumbs and 5 packets of 10 mini nail polish remover pads. I was pretty skeptical that it would actually get the glitter off but I went ahead and put a pad and cap on each nail (which gets interesting when one hand is done and you go to do the other) and waited 3 minutes.

After I pulled them all off it looked like I still had glitter stuck to my nails but I realized they were loose enough that I could pull the glitter pieces off with my nail or scrub for a bit with the used pads. My nails weren’t dried out thanks to the aloe infused in the pads.

Even though it’s time consuming and kind of awkward, it’s nice to know there’s a relatively easy way to get glitter polish off.

 

Coming Soon: Smashbox With Santigold – The Santigolden Age

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The newest collaboration between a musician and makeup seems to be The Santigolden Age, a new collection from Smashbox with musician/artist Santigold.

The Santigolden Age collection will include an eye shadow collage, Be Legendary lipgloss, Double Ended Limitless Eye Liner, nail polish art strips and for the first time a Be Legendary lipstick ring, which I personally can’t wait to check out. The collection will be available April 1, 2014.

Lush Cosmetics Most Wanted: Alyssa’s Picks

I’ve been using Lush products since I was in high school, so over 10 years later I’ve pretty much tried everything they make. These are my absolute favourite, can’t live without products from Lush.

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner
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I was have really dry skin so I was skeptical of using an in shower body lotion but once you rinse this off in the shower you really don’t need any other kind of moisturizer. This has seriously saved my skin during the winter. The rose scent is kind of amazing as well.

Rock Star Soap
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It smells like vanilla candy and it’s really creamy and moisturizing for hand soap. I’ve been using this for so many years I’ve lost count.

Celestial Moisturizer
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My face is pretty much a crazy combination of oily and dry depending on the day. This is the first moisturizer I’ve found that balances it out and clears up the dry patches without leaving me greasy.

Happy Happy Joy Joy
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I have fine, wavy, frizzy hair and this conditioner balances it out without leaving it too weighed down. You only need a little, so the smallest bottle lasts a long time. And it makes you want to smell your hair constantly.

Sea Spray
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I love most sea salt hair products but this one is my favourite. Only a couple spritzes and it calms your hair into really nice waves and doesn’t leave them crunchy.

I love most sea salt hair products but this one is my favourite. Only a couple spritzes and it calms your hair into really nice waves and doesn’t leave them crunchy.

Budget Beauty: Pari Beauty

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While I love makeup, I admittedly sometimes have a hard time stomaching the high price tags that come along with the habit of frequenting the beauty aisles. I’m sure that many women sacrifice quality in favour of affordability. Pari Beauty makes it so you don’t have to sacrifice anymore.

Pari Beauty is quality without high price tags. Pari Beauty foundation is just $24, mascara is $15 and lip gloss is $14.

You might think I am joking when I saw that price tag doesn’t determine quality, but it’s true.

The lip gloss is probably the most impressive product I tried in the line. The big, bright, bold colours pop on your lips. They are statement making shades. The lip gloss stays on bright and glossy and doesn’t smudge. The finish when I first applied it seemed too good to be true. When the gloss didn’t come off during my morning coffee, I have to say, I was amazed.

The concealer and face powder are equally as impressive. The concealer is professional grade in my opinion. It is thick and you have to have a light hand with it, but a little is all you need.

Perusing their website, they have so many more products I am interested in trying to see if this quality for less ideal is continued through the entire Pari Beauty line.

Sugar Moon Salon: The Pain & Glory Of My First Sugaring

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I had heard about Sugar Moon Salon and sugaring for a long time, but never taken the plunge. The whole idea of waxing was scary, but sugaring was supposed to be easier. The name sounds nicer at least.

Sugaring is when a trained technician uses a warm ball of sugary paste to remove your hair anywhere you want on your body. Sugar Moon Salon is the place to go in Toronto for sugaring. These ladies are supposed to be the best at getting the smoothest skin. So I made my appointment.

Walking in to Sugar Moon, I have to admit that I was nervous. I hate getting waxed more than the average woman, but not enough to stop doing it. I don’t know why I insist on putting myself through this pain. When I opened the door, I was met by the nicest spa receptionist that I have ever met. She made me feel instantly relaxed as I took of my shoes and waited surrounded by candy coloured walls.

My Sugarist, Cricel, greeted me with a smile and led me downstairs to the room of doom. I was nervous and my stomach in knots while I waited. Cricel was the best though! She explained the whole process to me and how sugaring works, the pain I could expect and the aftercare needed. She didn’t start until she was sure that I was ready.

I have to admit, if people tell you sugaring doesn’t hurt as bad as waxing, they are lying. Sugaring hurts! Badly! But Cricel made it all better. She was my lifesaver. She cracked jokes with me. She distracted me with jokes and stories and we talked about my dinner plans. She made this horribly painful experience actually enjoyable. Once we were done, and I was upstairs waiting to pay, she even gave me a Sugar Moon dark chocolate bar to make it all better.

My skin was a little sore for the rest of day, like she told me to expect, but I made another follow up appointment for a month later. I never do that. I always wait to make my appointment and then “forget”.

Despite all of the pain, Sugar Moon is my new go to spa and I actually can’t wait for my next appointment.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Review

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Like every diligent lady, I’m always on the lookout for the next best moisturizer. Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is a new take on hydration. The first thing that I noticed was that it doesn’t say moisturizer anywhere, it says hydrator. With this dry winter skin, I could definitely go for some hydration.

Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is supposed to be a daily hydrator that reduces signs of stress like fatigue and redness and protects against future stress. They say it will strengthen my skin, soothe, and hydrate leaving me with a fresh face. With all of these perks and the intrigue of a non-moisturizer I gave it a shot.

The first thing I noticed is that Kiehl’s hydrating cream doesn’t have the same pretty smelling and creamy texture as other moisturizers on my shelf. It has more of a chemical scent maybe from the botanical extract and mannose ingredients. Either way, this isn’t a girly moisturizer, but I often take that as a sign that it’s going to be serious!

It may not look like much, but a little goes a long way with this cream. Two or three small pumps are all you need to cover your clean face. It gets absorbed into the skin very quickly. Unlike other moisturizers it doesn’t leave my face feeling dewy or soft. It feels clean and hydrated.

After a few weeks, I’m not sure if my skin is looking less stressed than before. It does feel very nicely hydrated all day long and it doesn’t feel like this Kiehl’s cream is clogging my pores like some other creams. If your regular moisturizer is feeling tired, maybe you need a skin rescue too.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze & Hi-Light Review

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Maybelline is brightening up Spring with their new Face Studio Master Glaze Blush and Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer. I love that Maybelline is offering two different, but equally easy, ways to give my face a little colour early in the season.

I’m instantly drawn to Maybelline’s Master Glaze Blush. There is something about stick blush that gets me excited even though it can go so wrong if used badly. The stick cream blush comes in really vibrant shades that you can imagine looking either amazing or terrifying. Don’t be scared. The stick is soft and creamy, making it easy to apply. The neon shades blend into a natural hue on your cheeks. It gives a dewy pop of colour that is better than my natural blush. My personal favourite is the bright Pink Fever in the vibrant pink because the colour makes me feel young and flirty again.

Next up to get back my summer bronze, we have the Face Studio Mast Hi-Light powder. These palettes have a balance of four shades to give you a bronzed colour that isn’t shimmery. It’s more natural and balanced. There is also a blush version if you prefer a powder to a cream stick, but I like the cream and powder combination. Like most bronzers, you need to apply with a light touch. You don’t want to go from winter pale to dark bronze, because people are going to notice. If you apply a light dusting to your cheeks, forehead and nose those you look like you spent some time on the slopes in sun.

So whether you like a powder or a cream, either way, it’s going to be a rose tinted spring.