January’s Ipsy Glam Bag

As always, the myglam/ipsy team didn’t disappoint.  To think, they’ve only been around about a year, but they have just gotten better and better each month. Sure, they had a rough start in the beginning, but as of late, I can’t say enough good things.  I got my sister into myglam/ipsy and she also subscribed to another monthly program and says ipsy is definitely much better.

Anyway, here are this month’s bag contents:


I can’t wait to get that red nail polish on.  It’s Bloody Mary by Nailtini.  It actually opened/leaked a little, but I think it’s because it was below freezing out and sitting in our mailbox all day…real feel of 14 degrees anyone?  In addition, it has Body Butter by Pacifica in Tuscan Blood Orange,  trial/travel size of Big Sexy Hair – hairspray – which I actually have been wanting to try out.  It also has an ergonomic eyeliner brush by SoHo and the big surprise was Josie Maran’s Argan Oil.  All I hear is good things about that and I actually bought it last year, but couldn’t get into it.  They say it’s a good moisturizer, but I have oily skin.  They say it is still good b/c it will balance oil production.  I guess I can try again.  I just need to get used to it’s scent.  It’s rather “earthy”.  I’m not sure what term to use, but that’s the closest and I’m not a big fan of scents in that realm, but I guess that means it doesn’t have a whole lot of other junk added to it to make it smell pretty so that’s always good.

For $10 a month, this is beyond excellent.  If you’re not a member, what are you waiting for?  Sign Up!  I’m not sure if there’s a waiting list, but you can try.  If not, you can still be part of the ipsy community without the bag subscription.  www.ipsy.com  I’m on there as “bzmomma”, of course.

*no, I was not paid to tell you about ipsy…they don’t even have a referral program, but I just love them to pieces.*

**I don’t know why I never posted about my bags before…better late than never.  I always took pics of the products, just never had the time to post, I guess.**

In Love w/Rouge in Love…and Lancome

It should go on record that it took me a few days to write up this post due to all the links, apprehension of posting so many shots of my face (almost sickening, right? um yeah, ALMOST. lol) and well, life happens… Thing is, I liked talking about beauty and skincare and my finds…so hmm…will be the 1st or the last? Only time will tell, right? Because again, LIFE HAPPENS. I’m now a Mom to 4 – 3 girls (ages 6, 4 and 18 months) and 1 7wk old puppy…

Emma Watson for Lancome's Rouge in Love lipstick line

Emma Watson for Lancome's Rouge in Love lipstick line

Thanks to In Style magazine, Emma Watson’s ad pictured on the left ( (aka “Hermione” in “Harry Potter”) and Michelle Phan, I’m now more aware of Lancome products and decided to give their new lipstick line, Rouge in Love, a try. Doesn’t hurt that our local department store was also giving away free gifts with purchase.

At first, I wanted a springy color and so I tried on and liked “Roses in Love”, but, they didn’t have any in stock so I’m waiting for my order to arrive (actually, just got delivered). I remember it’s a brighter pink that I’m used to, but a nice pop of color change for spring.

Then, I came back the couple of days later and tried other colors and fell in love with “Cocoa Couture”.
Lancome's Rouge in Love in "Cocoa Couture"

It’s hard to see from the picture, but it’s a brownish-red or reddish-brown. I’ve been on a hunt for a deep red or brick red and this seems to have hit the nail on the head. Of course, depending on the lighting, it’s either more brown or more red, but I still like it. It’s almost like a throwback to the 90s. Who remembers Brenda Walsh on 90210? Or Tejana sensation Selena? I haven’t found her red in 1 tube (I can combine 2 sephora shades to get it) so my search is still kind of on, but for now, I’m happy with this one.

Me w/Lancome's "Rouge in Love" in "Cocoa Couture"
Natural light inside the bathroom (yes, I know I have dark circles under my eyes… not fond of using concealer…mainly b/c I haven’t found my right match and I’m usually rushing).

Bathroom mirror.

Outside natural light (car visor).

After a few hours and drinking tea
After a few hours and drinking tea and water.

crooked sunglasses...thanks uneven ears!  lol

Wore off a bit and you can see my dry lips coming out from under, but it’s more red than brown now.

Still, I’m in love w/Rouge in Love 🙂 It goes on nicely and is creamy and soft (my dry lips were dry already prior to using Rouge in Love) and it lasts a long time…not quite 6 hours, but long enough.

Also, I’m using their Dual Finish powder as my foundation…not bad, but again, my face is oily so I need to use a whole bunch of other stuff to control it still. So, here’s a pic of that w/the freebies.

L-R: Blue bag in the back, Dual Finish powder (NOT a freebie), Visionnaire, Moisturizer, Eyelash Primer, Eyeshadow Quad and the pic below has the lippie.

Lancome Color Design in Love It
Color Design in “Love it” (which, I also love, by the way)…

And, not even 1 day old, here’s Shrimp’s artwork. Apparently, lipstick needs to be lip-shaped as well:

I think I’m turning into a Lancome convert…Not pictured in the freebie above is the face wash it came with…Creme Mousse Confort. It’s for dry skin, but I tried and I love it! Love, LOVE, LOOOOVE the smell! I also ended up getting the toner too – Tonique Radiance – which also smells sooo good!

Still pretty oily though…probably need a different cleanser. The only thing is, I hope my aesthetician lets me use all of these Lancome products. She was kind of keen me using their products 😦 Guess we’ll find out.

I never thought of myself as Lancome loving, but I believe I am now.

Foundation: Lancome Dual Finish in “Buff II” via Bergner’s
Eyebrows: Anastasia – Beauty Express in “Brunette” via Sephora
Eyeliner: Jordana retractable in “Smokey” via Walgreens
Eyebrow Shape: waxed by some girl I will never go back to. Not used to them being that thin AND super un-even!
Mascara: Maybelline Falsies in “Blackest Black”
Lip Color: Lancome Rouge in Love in “Cocoa Couture” via Bergner’s department store
Nails (orange): Sally Hansen “Crushed” via Target
Nails (dark): Opi “I’m Fondue of You” via nail salon 😉
Sunnies: Ray Ban – Cockpit via Sunglass Hut
Earrings: Pearls from Street Vendor on “The Boulevard” – Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Visayas – Philippines
Sweatshirt: Blue Hoodie – Polo by Ralph Lauren circa 2007
Orange Longsleeve: Old Navy circa 2006
Green Contacts: Fresh Look Colorblends – Green via 1800contacts.com
Necklace: Tiffany’s – Elsa Perreti Cross