Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ipsy Dec 2014 Review

I received my Ipsy Gam Bag just before Christmas and I am pleased with what I have. The NYX lip stick has a red tint to it, actually it is quite a strong colour. The eye shadow brush is a perfect travel size and lovely. I haven't used the Pixi fairy dust yet but it will make a nice highlighter. The bag it came is is a little small so can't carry much but I like it for when I am out carrying a smaller purse, it will keep my make-up pieces in one place and I will have to choose carefully with what I take out with me.

You can see what brands I had here.

Merry Christmas!

 Images by Stephanie Matthews

Images by Stephanie Matthews

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Christmas Gift Idea.

iHeat Wear  Hand Warmer 1, on sale for $69.99 plus tax.

The iHeat Wear products have to be one of the best investments our there for everyone and could potentially be the most talked about Christmas present. 

I suffer with cold hands, I am often tucking my hands into my pockets or wearing cumbersome big gloves when I am outdoors. Something as simple as picking up my keys from my bag can become a challenge when wearing thick gloves but the hand warmer allows for greater freedom.  Even when I am indoors, typing on the computer,  or watching the TV I am often pulling at my sleeves to cover my poor freezing hands. 

Hand Warmer 2. $89.99 plus tax.

Wearing gloves in an office can be unsightly but the hand warmer is a great alternative. The hand warmer and gloves are excellent for cyclists, dog walkers, office workers, outdoor workers and sports folk alike. I have been using the hand warmer from iHeat Wear . I have the black one which is now on sale for $69.99 plus tax.

The iHeat products have controllable heated elements inside. Soft and oh, so cozy. It comes with  a rechargeable battery which is attached inside and concealed in the hidden zipper compartment . The adjustable strap as seen in the image goes around your waist, it also acts as a belt, I say this because my black long coat looks great pulled in at the waist and having access to something that warms my hands is an added bonus.

 I am in love with this product, my hands quickly heat up inside the warmer and I can easily release my hands when I need them to be free. My kids also loves sneaking in their hands.

This is a new Canadian company which ships worldwide and they have other available products like heated inner-liner gloves which I hope to get at a later date to go over my normal gloves, great for winter bike rides, hikes etc. They also have ski gloves which I am seriously looking at purchasing for when I go skiing. 

I highly recommend this product. Check out their website and order as soon as possible these babies run out fast.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Consignment Store

I love to browse through gently used clothing and furniture stores. I don't know what it is but it is fun rummaging through things. Perhaps it has something to do with when I was a kid, I would often go to jumble sales (a UK term) with my mum. Not as sophisticated as the second hand shops are today. You really have to know which ones to go to, there are some great charity shops that house great clothes and accessories then there are others that have tat in them. However, the independent owned consignment stores are more selective in what they take and you tend to find designer names and barely used clothes and jewelry.

I have found two stores in my area that sell lovely clothing. I have bought a fabulous black party dress from Fabulous for Less and in La Boutique Consignment I got a lovely Coach clutch bag with a nice Coach coin purse to go with.  The clutch bag and coin purse came with a gift, a necklace, the store has a promotion on, well it is the season.

My lovely Coach clutch. It looks much better in person. I don't normally go for animal prints but this has a lovely glittery sheen and has a lilac inner lining. It is barely used. I will be using it for the Christmas party.

This is the necklace I got from La Boutique. It will go with everything, it has a slight hint of brown to it and the colour can look darker or lighter depending on the lighting and what it is being worn with. This will go great with my black polo beck top which will be worn the day after the party event.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag December Issue 2014

You received the below items in your December Glam Bag, crafted for you via ipsyMatchLearn more

Beauty Without Cruelty
A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser

Crown Brush
Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush

NYX Cosmetics
Butter Lip Balm

Pixi by Petra
Fairy Dust

deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara
See the rest of this month's official products (and click each to reveal offers)

BWC: Facial Cleanser. I have facial cleansers, Bioderma, The cult of all cleansers and the best I have ever used so BWC has a lot to live up to if it gets anywhere near the list. 

Crown Brush: This is meant to be highly sort after. I have a similar brush but you can't have too many.

NYX: Super excited trying this brand have always coveted it and a lip balm at this time of year is always a nice to have. I also use EOS lip balms so we shall see how this compares.

Pixi by Petra: Love this brand and I can't wait to receive this.

Tarte: Excellent brand but I wished it was something other than a mascara, I have too many travel sized mascara's already. The fact that it is a 4-1 mascara makes me highly suspicious, I have never needed to put four products on my eyelashes, have you?  The Tarte mascara boldly declares that it makes the eyelashes curl, I question how this is possible without the help of an eyelash curler. It volumizes which is not a real word(if you put a few layers on any mascara will do that job). It lengthens, well of course it does, most dark coloured mascara's do this. Conditions! Well I have yet to know whether a mascara does this or not and do my lashes really need conditioner?  I am skeptical to say the least.

Very happy with what is in this bag, I only hope the sizes are not as pathetic as my November Glam Bag. The black make-up bag looks good too.

I look forward to reviewing it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag November 2014 Review

I have had this Ipsy Glam Bag November edition for a few weeks. I have held off writing a review because I felt it was a bit meh! My blog post will reflect my attitude towards this months bag, lackluster.

The lip paint is very good, the pigmentation is strong and holds its colour, a little darker to my normal but nice. The eye pencil is nice too not sure the green shade really goes with my blue eyes but I liked the consistency.  The black package contains a very tinyincy, wincy, not even as big as my thumb, sample sized eye concealer, it is nice and I am impressed by the product it isn't cake-like once applied and a little goes a long way, just as well really because this product size will only last three applications. The Marc Anthony hairspray is fine. can't say it makes my hair shine all that much, it will travel nicely in a small purse/bag. I have yet to try the moisturiser SeaRx, again it is a small sample and will only last two maybe three applications so it will be impossible to say how good this product really is, I find you need at least a week to see how a moisuriser works on the skin. The storage bag itself is more for a young girl I will not be going out in public with it, I am too old for this style, it looks plastic and cheap. I know a little girl who would love it. It looks like Forever 21 collaborated with Ipsy on this one, it doesn't make me want to step into the Forever 21 store.

The reason for being so underwhelmed by this months Ipsy Glam Bag is simply the size of the products. They are truly sample sizes except for the eyelinerm maybe the lip paint is full sized but it is still small. As you can see from the photo the eyeliner is the biggest item and just fits in the bag,

I will be interested to see what December has to offer. I have had this subscription for three months now which is my marker for deciding whether I will continue or cancel so I am giving it one more month. 

You can see more about the product brands in this package here.