Ipsy Glam Bag Review ! June!

Bu Juquinthe Norman

I have been a Ipsy Glam Subscriber for almost 3 years this Fall. I love receiving samples of beauty products from nail polish, mascara, lotion, lipstick, dry shampoo & a lot more. Therefore, another cute aspect of receiving my Ipsy Glam Bag is that it came in  cute shiny pink bubble wrap packaging.
 I enjoy getting different samples of quality name brand beauty products already established or new upcoming brands. Trust Fund Beauty and The Balm are 2 of the many brand you can receive in your monthly bag.
 I also love getting a new cute makeup bag every month for the cost of $10.86 a month billed on the 1st of every month and receive your bag usually between the 9th -15th of the month.
 My Ipsy Glam June 2017 bag is a polka dot and kiss design. This month’s samples I received were The Balm’s Instain Blush (Full Size) $22, Hey Honey Uncover Detoxifying Mud Mask (Full Size) $54, Pur Fully Charged Black Mascara $22, Green Daylilly Margaret Dabbs Nail polish $22, & Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion $14.
 My fave products in this month’s bag is the nail polish & mascara. I love painting my nails and wearing mascara.
 Therefore, to me,  these Ipsy Glam Bags is a great deal to me for $10.86! .Receiving beauty products whose  total actual retail price is $134 plus a cute makeup bag is $10.86 well spent.
The Ipsy Glam Bag is a great reasonably  priced monthly treat to yourself or and is also great to use as a gift to a family member or a friend.
 Any beauty lovers interested treating yourself & giving Ipsy Glam Bag a chance you can go here to sign up.


The Perfect Spring Shadow For Casual or Date night looks!!!

By Juquinthe Norman
The Nude collection eyeshadow palette by Pure Cosmetics is great for Spring. The palette comes with 12 different shades & is $50 at the Pure Cosmetics site.
I posted a swatch of some of the colors. However, as a woman of color, some of the colors are even more light & subdued on my deep skin tone. The colors that are very light on my tone I would apply a little more  and then blend more and apply another color if needed or black eyeliner to make it pop more. I used this technique in the picture below when I used to two of the colors from the eyeshadow palette.
I love the pigmentation of the light and dark colors. I love the smoothness of applying the eyeshadow . I used the 2 sided eyeshadow brush that comes with the palette. The eyeshadow colors are great to mix and blend to together for a casual look for work or a more exotic look for date night.
I adore this nude palette.  I recommend it to for those who want to try to new eyeshadow colors or want to expand their makeup collection and already love the Nude makeup trend.
I also want to give a cheaper more budget friendly recommendation. My cheaper recommendation is E.L.F. cosmetics Prism Eyeshadow Palette for $10.

The Ordinary Review

By Josie Coffman

When my friend first asked me if I had heard of the Ordinary Skincare line I thought she was doing that thing you do when you can’t remember the right name. Turned out that really is the name. It’s a Deciem product and debuted last year to a whole lot of buzz.
I won’t lie, the biggest draw for me was the price. The most expensive product under the Ordinary line is the ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate solution 20% in Vitamin F at $17.80. That mouthful is a Vitamin C solution. Most other products are under ten dollars with many under six dollars. When you’ve been fighting off sensitive skin symptoms and wrinkles with ninety dollar Vitamin C serum and eighty dollar Retinoid those prices could almost made a girl giddy. So I went to their site at theordinary.com, had a look at their very helpful product guide and ordered a few things.

The products are not fancy. The name is not just a marketing ploy Not only is the packaging quite plain but so are the actual names of the products. The only one that doesn’t look like an answer on a chem final is the Buffet. And you’d need a degree to fully understand the product descriptions but you can get the gist amongst all the sciency language, and that product guide will help a lot when you’re planning a regimen.
The products themselves don’t have colors or scents and they don’t have the nice silky smooth feel of more expensive products but…so cheap! They are all vegan and cruelty free and made in Canada which has all those nice comforting regulations. Below are the products I’ve purchased and have been using for a couple of months. I have to say the results are as good or better than the expensive products I had been using.
Morning routine:

After cleansing (they do not have a cleanser and I don’t see any plans in the works to make one) I use the Buffet ($14.80) which is The Ordinary’s cocktail of helpful chemicals which is meant to target multiple signs of aging. Which is handy since I have them all. It’s clear and has a gel-like texture. My aging signs seem to be held at bay as well as could be expected without surgery.

 I let that dry a bit and then smooth on the Hyalruronic Acid 2% plus B5 ($6.80) which is also a clear gel and supports hydration. I have dry skin but with the HA it’s nice and hydrated.

When these are dry I finish with the 100% Plant-Derived Squalane ($7.90) which sounds like something a Bond villain would use to poison the world’s water supply but is actually a very light, clear oil. If you haven’t used facial oils I highly recommend them if your skin can tolerate them. The Ordinary has several to choose from. The squalane makes my skin dewy and soft but not greasy.

Night Routine

Again after cleansing I use the Advanced Retinoid 2% ($9.80). This is a milky, thin serum and has almost no texture once on the skin. Retinoids can be irritating so if you haven’t used one before read the info they provide. They have a 1% as well. Retinol is great for wrinkles and skin texture.

After this I follow with the Vitamin C Suspension 23% Plus HA Spheres 2% ($5.80). That name barely fits on the tiny container, but it works as well as the stuff for which I was paying ninety bucks. The problem for some here will be the texture—it’s vitamin C powder in a white, slightly oily suspension and it is a bit gritty. As you rub it in the sandy texture disappears but this could be a deal breaker for some. Since I only use it at night the texture doesn’t bother me. And there’s that low price. There are other C products in the line that wouldn’t have this texture but might not be as effective. Vitamin C can also be irritating so consider a different option if your skin is very sensitive but if you can use it, it works miracles for skin texture and elasticity.

Once this has been absorbed I follow with the squalane again. About three nights a week after cleansing I use the Lactic Acid 5% plus HA 2% ($6.50) —this a peel—simply followed by the squalane. It makes the skin very soft and helps with cell turnover but if you’re a sun person you might want to avoid it as it does increase sun sensitivity. I’m a pasty hermit so no problem for me.

The Ordinary does have a caffeine solution for dark circles and puffiness ($6.70) but not an eye cream which I need for hydration so I use a different brand’s product for that. And full disclosure, the one product I didn’t care for was the Natural Moisturizing Factors plus HA ($5.80). I found it a bit too waxy and not hydrating enough but it might work better for more oily and/or less mature skin.

I’ve been very happy with the results from these products and for me the lack of color or scent is a plus. And at these prices you can experiment and not feel too bad if something doesn’t work out, plus from what I hear they will happily refund your money if you’re not satisfied. They also have great customer service by phone and will help you find a routine that works for you. I’ve ordered a couple more products including a primer and I’m now eagerly awaiting the release of their ‘Colours’ line which is their version of foundation.

So if you want fancy packaging and products with a luxurious feel this won’t be for you, but if you’re just interested in better skin for a shockingly low cost–give The Ordinary a try.



The Perfect Lip Palette

By Juquinthe Norman

I love Elf Cosmetics. I love trying new lip colors. Therefore, when I was looking on ulta.com last week I found the perfect find.  I was very excited when I saw Elf Cosmetics new Mis Amores lip palette collaboration they did with Iris Beilin.
Iris Beilin is a popular Beauty YouTube vlogger from Panama. I love the name too Iris picked for the palette too Mis Amores is the Spanish word for My Loves. The perfect name for pretty lip colors.
 I love the lip palette was the affordable price of $16 & comes with a Elf cosmetics magenta makeup bag which also could be used a clutch bag too.
The lip palette & makeup bag have Iris’s  signature on it. The lip palette comes with a lip brush, mirror, & 6 colors that vary from red to coral to berry. I find all of the colors a great for Spring!
I love the smoothness of the lip colors, the brightness, and how my lips felt after wearing for few hours. I found after I ate or drank I’d add a little more back to my lips & then I was good to go.
My personal fav color was the 1st color was the Berry color. I do love all of the lip colors overall as well.  This palette is the perfect buy for yourself or to gift to someone else this Spring. The Iris Beilin  Mis Amores Elf Cosmetics lip palette can be bought at elfcosmetics.com or at ulta.com.



Let’s Talk About… The Tartiest Pro To Go Palette!

My Michele Villery

Recently, I  decided to update my look a bit. Just freshen up the makeup. I do this every couple of years.

I’ve been watching a bunch of you tube tutorials and wanted to try out some cruelty free cosmetics and skin care.

I started with Tarte Cosmetics, who is known for their cruelty free and excellent products.   I bought their Tartiest Pro To Go Palette  for travel.   It came out several months ago, looked great so I decided to give it try.

This mini palette is great!   There are 6 shades in all.  There is Hype,  Drive,  Styling,  Boss, Hype, Crisp and Dominate.

So 3 shimmers, 3 mattes and you can make several looks.  Including a smokey eye if you want.  These are neutral enough to wear every day as well.

If you look at this swatch,  (sorry about the sun people! 🙂 )   these are very pigmented and buttery.  Also, there is very little fallout.  These also blend great.

Here’s my final look.


I am so happy with this mini palette that I ordered the larger  palette that I’ll be reviewing soon!

Tarte, you have me as a customer.  What is everyone else using these days?




Got Caked Lip Fondant???

By Juquinthe Norman
I first of heard of the Tampa, Florida based Caked Makeup Vegan Lip Fondant through the Ipsy Glam Bag deals last month. Caked was selling 3 of their top selling  lip fondants for as a set of 3 for $18. Amazing deal. The normal price for one lip fondant is $16.
 Caked matte dry lip fondants have 9 colors to select from & vary from shades of reds, purples, pinks, & nudes. I find that the  colors dry fast  are long lasting even after eating & drinking throughout the day.
 I received the 3 colors Low Key, Creme De La Creme, & Legit through the Ipsy Glam bag deal.
In my photo, I’m wearing the gorgeous Low Key.
I just ordered a new color, Copy Paste, from them today. I would recommend to beauty lovers to give this new makeup line of a year run by 2 sisters a try!
Go out find the color that fits your style & personality best.
Find your inner Caked ladies & gents!




Shell’s Favorite Things

By Michele Villery

Raindrops and rainbows and nail polish and body washes,  argan oil and facial scrub are beautiful additions!

Hot rollers and thermal protectant and perfume is a must.  These are a few of Shell’s favorite things…

Ok,  that sucked.  If you were attempting to sing the song,  I hope you got the drift. 😉

Let’s get real here.  Since  work from home,  a lot of my time is spent makeup free.  In fact,  I’m writing this post in my pjs that have a coffee stain on them from this morning. The only time I wear makeup is when I go on errands or spend it with friends and family to avoid looking like one of the walkers from “The Walking Dead”.

It’s now a treat and to be honest, I love makeup and skin care! Which is a little known fact about me.

One of my favorite memories and traditions was spending time with my mom getting my hair and nails done.   It was how we bonded and she loves the fact that not only can women be smart and strong, but believes to this day,  that there is nothing that a little nail polish, a good book, and lipstick can’t fix.  (My mom is a southern chick through and through)

She instilled in me that  a great beauty care routine regardless of how often you get to wear makeup or not is essential.

So, what are some of the things I use?   I’ll be honest, this is only  some of them.   And before I go any further, I will say and I’m not being paid to endorse any of these products.   They work for me and have kept this mid 40’s skin in top condition for the last decade. I use these nearly every day and I swear by them.

What’s even better,  you can buy them at your local drugstore or at Sephora or Ulta.   So, let’s get on with it, shall we?

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub.

I love this stuff!!!    It’s gentle enough to use every day,  and it’s perfect for the harsh winters we have in the Northeast.   I use it before blemishes start or when they have already appeared.  It literally takes a couple of uses for the blemishes to disappear.   It’s great for sloughing off dead, dry skin as well.  It’s my go to product and I  use it all over. Especially in the shower.  Perfection.   $3.99.

St Ives Smooth & Nourished Oatmeal Scrub and Mask – Notice a pattern?   I really dig St. Ives. I’m not even going to lie about it.   This formula can be used either as a scrub or as a mask.   I primarily use  it as a mask and my face feels is so soft and firm  afterwards.  $2.99

St. Ives  Timeless Skin Mineral Clay Mask –  Who else sits home on a Friday night and puts on a mask on their face  for a little me time after a crazy work week?  **Raises Hand** This girl does!   I love to use this mask in the summer months since my skin is prone to breakouts in warm weather.  Let me tell you, it’s great.  It deep cleans and unclogs pores quite well.  You apply this in a thin layer and leave it on for about 15-20 min and your skin feels amazing.  By the way, you can’t buy this at the stores anymore. But, you can purchase it in a 2 pack at amazon.com  (although, I see at the time of this writing, it’s out of stock! 😦 )

Oil Of Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid .   I love a lot of the Olay products, but it’s the one in the classic pink bottle that is my tried and true.   The minute, I wash my face,  I slather this on and it’s as if my skin has had a tall, glass of water.   $8.49

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter – My love affair of all things Josie began when I decided to try a travel size version of her Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter  for my trip to Florida.   I have been obsessed with her products ever since.   The Oils come in many scents. I personally love the jasmine and the vanilla the most.    Your skin feels amazing and you don’t have to re-apply later on during the day if you skin gets dry, because.  simply put,  your skin doesn’t dry out.   $12 for the small size at sephora.com.

Sally Hansen Insta Dry Nail Polish– If you are in a pinch and in between nail appointments, give yourself a quick manicure with these fun shades.  This is a pretty pink version and no lie, I bought it for  $3 at Target.  Put on your base,  polish, top coat and your hands look like a million bucks and the polish dries fast!

Dove Body Wash – Here comes the probably my most favorite part of my routine.   I have pretty sensitive skin.  So much so that the only soap my dermatologist recommended is Dove products. Literally, every other soap and body wash after a couple of washes, breaks me out.   Lately, I’m addicted to their luxurious body wash formulas. They are so rich and hydrating on your skin.   It’s like a daily trip to the spa.  My favorites currently are the shea butter/vanilla and the peony formula.  It’s a great way to  either start your day off right or wind down feeling amazing and relaxed.   $5.49


Clean -Skin Perfume – Hi, my name is Shell and I’m a perfume addict.   Well, let me rephrase that.  I love fresh, clean scents!    All of them!   A couple of years ago in one of my sephora.com hauls,  I got a sample of this perfume and I’ve been hooked ever since on their entire line!  Skin, is my all time favorite.  It’s cozy, warm and has a light scent.  I wear it pretty regularly. It’s available in full-size or if you want to give it a go,  try out the roller ball size . $20.

Tresemme  Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray  If you use a lot of heat on your hair,  you definitely should use a heat protectant to prevent your hair from damage.  One of my favorites is Tresemme. It’s not expensive. I think I paid $5 for it at my supermarket last week. It not only protects your hair, but smells great too!  Just spray  it evenly throughout your hair prior to straightening or curling it.   A little of this goes a long way.

Conair Xtreme Jumbo Hot Rollers – Okay,  I know what you are thinking.  Hot rollers are so 80’s.   But hear me out,  these particular rollers give you a beach wave look.   Hot rollers also don’t damage your hair from the heat. They, in fact don’t use a lot of heat so that helps your hair in the long run.   One other thing about Hot Rollers,  while they are in your hair,  you can do other things. For example, you can put on makeup, get ready for work or school,  eat breakfast.   By the time, they have cooled,  (which is usually 15-30 min depending on the length and thickness of  your hair) you are already set for the day.   $29.99

Tell me, what are some of your favorite things?