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AUTHOR'S NOTE: JUST TO CLARIFY- THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL REVIEW! RATHER, A FIRST IMPRESSIONS;  A SHOW AND TELL.


      Yesterday afternoon, I was quite antsy after reading the tracking information online said my first Ipsy bag was to arrive any minute.  I waited for the mail man to rap on the door like he normally does with a box, but after a few hours I decided to check the mail, regardless. To my sheer delight, I was greeted by a gorgeous, metallic pink parcel in front of my door. In a mad dash, I threw my hair to the side, up out of my way, and grabbed my equipment to record my open reveal, so I could see what I was sent. 
   For those of you who do not know, Ipsy is a ten dollar monthly subscription, where Ipsy sends you products to try out and keep.  The value of the products far exceeds the ten dollar monthly fee.  Shipping is free, however in some states, tax is being charged, also.  I was told extensively about this program from my dear friend Honey (at http://www.youtube.com/desnte146 and http://www.honeygirlsworld.com), and was excited to give it a go.  I signed up a few weeks ago, and luckily made it in right before they started up the waiting list again. 
  I believe I picked a good time to sign up. I saw some of the sneak peeks released on Ipsy's fan page, and then some of the products were even leaked on other blogs.  This month's theme is "Pretty in Pink."  Which I find most appropriate, being that pastels often are the trend in the spring season.  I love pastels; thus it is lovely they were showcasing some products that I would more than likely use and wear. 


What I got in this months bag...
   I was a little apprehensive when I saw a picture of  a blush, that was posted on a blog for a possible product.  I am very fair, and while I do have some pink blushes, I have to be careful as to how deep the shade is, so I don't look like a painted clown.  I was very pleased to find that the one sent could be carefully be built .  In their photo, it looked as if there was a possibility it was too dark for me. 

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I love the cute packaging! It is so compact, and fits nicely in my hand.
      I received, in full size,  Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Blush in the shade Sweet Cheeks.  After swatching it on my hand, I believed when used lightly it will work well with my skin tone.  But this is a gorgeous hue, and I am looking forward to incorporating it in some tutorials I have planned for my youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/pearlznlacebybeth).  On the website it is described as being a "medium rosie pink with shimmer." This particular blush can be found at be a bombshell's website and is sold for sixteen dollars (!). So, with this product alone, I more than got my money's worth!!
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Loose eye shadow pigment from Mica Beauty.
PictureSwatches: On the left is a swatch of the blush, and the right the eyeshadow.











     I originally thought the beauty above was a full sized eyeshadow, however after checking Ipsy's site, I found that it is actually a generous deluxe sample from Mica Beauty Cosmetics.  I was sent this stunning rose gold shadow in the shade Earth. While it is a shimmer eyeshadow, it can be functional in many uses such as being mixed with a clear lipgloss (I want to try that out!), mixed with a clear mascara, and even clear nail polish (as noted by Ipsy on their website in regards to this product).  Mica Beauty Cosmetics not only sells natural makeup but even more products ranging from skin to hair care.  If I was to buy this eye shadow in a full size it would cost me $14.95; so I am guessing that the deluxe sample maybe worth around about seven dollars.  You can find this shadow and others at Mica Beauty's website. They are said on the website to be "extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers."  

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I have one oil product I have been using for years; it will be nice to switch things up a bit.
    Also enclosed in this bag, is the Sexy Hair Soy Renewal in sample/travel size. It has argon oil in it, and reminds me of some oils that you use as leave-in serums. It is supposed to help with frizziness, and to help speed up the drying process if you are using a hair dryer. I don't blow dry my hair. However, after washing my hair last night, my hair became quite frizzy, as it does after being washed on the first day, and I did try it.  It worked very well, my only complaint thus far, is that if I squeeze out the product it does hurt my hands. The plastic isn't very pliable and is hard.  I will have to take the top off and shake out the product. I might add, this is not a formal review; just a first impression.  This product can be found at Ulta online and at some drugstores.  I am not not really sure how much this would sell for, but the full size at Ulta is going for $21.95 

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This was supposed to be a peachy pink, but in the bottle it looks a bit more on the peach side...
    I love nude polishes. They are classic and can go with just about any outfit, and are the safest fit for all occasions.  I am delighted to take this beauty for a spin.  This nail polish from Sation is in the shade Love at First Byte, and it is a full size product.  I am very pleased it is a three free formula (Formaldehyde, DBP & Toluene Free)!  This polish can be found at their website and is sold for five dollars.    I did try applying it today, and the formula seems more runny than other polishes I am used to.  I will play with it some more, and see what I can do with it.
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The bag the products and the offers came in is just darling! It seems pretty sturdy.  It has a white exterior with a hot pink stripe near the base of the zipper.  The inside was designed with white and pink stripes and the Ipsy logo.  I will have to keep an attentive eye, being that it is white and white bags seem to display more dirt and residue than other colors.

  This month's bag is a very exciting one for me. Thank you for checking out this blog post, and feel free to leave any questions or comments!

<3 Beth.
FTC: I RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS FROM A SUBSCRIPTION THAT I PAID FOR WITH MY OWN MONEY.  ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED. I AM NOT BEING COMPENSATED BY IPSY OR ANY OF SAID COMPANIES FOR THIS VIDEO AND/OR BLOG POST.

 
 
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So exciting! I got some more goodies to try for the Spring season!
  I was very disappointed when I had to pass up on Elf cosmetics winter sale.  Their cube of nail polish, at that time, was half off, and I had really wanted to try it out.  I thought it was such a cute idea for trying different colors, from just one purchase-one set. 
  The reader can only imagine my delight, when my friend Honey (CHECK HER OUT LADIES- at http://www.youtube.com/destne146 and http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/) contacted me via facebook, to let me know that not only was their nail cubes half off, but they were having a fifty percent off sale on their new Spring items.  I decided to buy some other things as well, keeping to budget.  
  I had also wondered about their "beauty books." Once I spoke with my hubby's cousin about them, as she has one. She had some complaints, but I have still wanted to try them. They look to me, so perfect for those still learning makeup; and I love nothing more than a quick how-to if I am going somewhere, to take the guess work out of trying new colors.  Thus, I was ecstatic to see a few of them in the Spring line.   

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      The pink and purple hues look   beautiful for soft day looks, and I love how they included some dark shades to smoke it out for evenings. There were two beautybooks  to choose from: Nude and Classic.  I purchased the Nude.

   

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The elf polishes I got in the cube sit perfectly on top of my makeshift nail polish shelf! :)
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Also in the Spring Sale were a set of four shimmer lipglosses.  As many of you know I am obsessed with lip glosses, and I was dazzled by the beautiful nudes and pinks in this set.  Truth be told, when I saw the glittery deep pink on the right in person, I was reminded of the first and only time I went to a makeup counter. For my fourteenth birthday, some ladies at our church decide to treat us (I and another lady-we share the same birth month) to a girls day out. We walked around the mall, ate at Hacienda, and got our makeup done for free at a makeup counter (I cannot recall the name of the place we had our makeup done). Point being, when the lady at the counter did my makeup she used a similar colored gloss.  It was beautiful; I wish I had written down the brand and the name she used. However, this has been the closest I have seen to it. After this set arrived today, I opened the glosses, to see if they had a scent; they do smell very delicious sweet.
  Though it wasn't on sale, I also purchased a new bronzing brush.  The one I have been using--I HATE IT. I would imagine the one I use, is what it would feel like using the tail of a donkey on your face.  It is so harsh, and it looks like someone took some bad, dull scissors to it; all choppy.  I will be more than happy to dispose of it now.  The elf brush, I had bought is much more soft.  It doesn't seem as full as other brushes I have tried, but I am sure it will the do the job amply and will not be so abrasive as the one I had been using. 

    I am really looking forward to trying everything out.  If any of my readers want to see reviews or tutorials using this products please let me know! All items mentioned can be found on elf cosmetic's website and in certain drugstores.
   Thanks again, Honey for letting me know about their sale!! :)



<3Beth.

FCT: I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH WWW.EYESLIPSFACE.COM. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED; I PAID FOR SAID PRODUCTS WITH MY OWN MONEY. I AM NOT BEING PAID OR COMPENSATED BY SAID COMPANY FOR THIS POST.
 

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