5 Awesome On-The-Go Items From This Month's Ipsy Bag

5 Awesome On-The-Go Items From This Month's Ipsy Bag

"The bags are genuinely made for you and your preferences"

I'm not sure how this sort of trend started but monthly subscription boxes are a huge thing these days. Personally, I am a huge fan of them because it gives you the chance to treat yourself and it's also like Christmas every month when you get your special subscription box in the mail. A subscription service that I am currently a part of at the moment is Ipsy. Ipsy is a makeup subscription box that was created by one of the first makeup youtube guru's I ever learned some wonderful makeup skills from, Michelle Phan.

With Ipsy you pay $10 a month for up to 5 sometimes full and sometimes sample size makeup products from well known makeup providers (Tarte, Benefit, Ciate). Which seems way to good to be true if you are a makeup lover like me.

One of the coolest things about Ipsy is that the bags are genuinely made for you and your preferences while following a fun little theme each month. Take my account for example:

this is my coloring and skin concerns that I gave them to follow so they do not give me something that totally conflicts with it. After I gave them that information, I told them what I wanted out of my Ipsy experience by answering a couple more of their questions.

From there on out they give you fabulous products that actually follow what you want.

Let's take a look at the items that I got this month to give you an idea of what exactly I'm talking about.

As mentioned earlier, each month has a designated theme to it and this month's theme was "Metropolis".

Each bag comes with it's own little makeup bag and they are all different designs each month. For this month I really loved the look it had going and, not to sound to nerdy, it reminded me of something you would see out of "Divergent".

The whole point behind this month's theme was to rock a look that is meant for the kind of days where you are out and about while maintaining a rocking good look that you can easily touch up within minutes.

1. Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss in Method to the Madness or Blame Game

Here we have a nice almost nude colored lip gloss that does a good job of the whole no makeup, but it's still there look.

As someone who loves to wear more bright lipstick colors this one was a bit out of my makeup comfort zone for me because I don't like it when neutral colors just make it look like I really don't have lips. Luckily this one proved me wrong about trying out nude lip colors though, because it gave me a nice light rosey coloring that makes my own natural lip coloring kind of pop out as well.

2. Pacifica BLUSHIOUS in Wildrose

I am still a bit iffy on whether I like this shade or not, since my skin tone is a weird mixture of super pale but red faced all the time. Which means I have to be careful when it comes to blushes. With this blush a little goes a long way and I keep forgetting that when I see how red it will make my cheeks look if I pile to much on.However, I do love how it easily it just glides on as well. Plus it's 100% vegan and cruelty free, which is awesome to know

3. theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama

Contouring is still a thing I am trying to master and this bronzer has helped me out a lot on trying to perfect that skill, with how easily it blends. If you are like me and have been afraid of bronzers because you don't want to end up accidentally looking like your on the Jersey Shore, I think this would make a great starter bronzer. The only downside is that you get what feels like less than a thimble amount, so use it sparingly.

4. Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub

Oh my gosh the smell of this lip scrub is amazing! The scent reminds me of drinking a nice sweet coffee in Hawaii. Granted I've never been to Hawaii so that's only guess work, but anyways all I'm saying is that if I could get a perfume in this scent I would never stop wearing it.Plus it actually taste really good when you put it on your lips. This was the first lip scrub I've ever used and with that in mind it makes me really glad that this was the first one I've ever used.

I like to use it help get off any chapped or dried skin on my lips before putting on any lipstick to make my lips look a bit smoother and get a more matte look, and it does do its intended job of that very well.

5. Ciaté London GELOLOGY Top Coat

I am one of those people who has fake gel nails and gets them done about every three weeks. With that in mind that means I really don't have an opinion about this item because I haven't been able to use it at all. According to the website's description of this product all you have to do is "paint on this top coat and you’ll get the same salon-worthy shine, long-lasting wear, and that plump and full look that you just can’t get from plain polish".

Say for instance though, that you get something that you don't want from your monthly bag, like how I received the top coat gel nail polish. You can actually go in and review your products that you received and let them know what you like and do not like about those products. In return you get points that you can use to try and purchase reward items with and you can actually notice in your next month's bag that they listened to your review.

If you're curious about what other kind of subscription boxes are out there you should check out Cratejoy, a website that provides info on tons of other subscription boxes ranging from receiving candies from around the world, book club boxes, and more beauty boxes once a month from a service.

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Pens, Pencils, & Planners = Perfection

The obsession with office supplies is real

Just writing this article made me smile ear to ear thinking about all of the amazing office supplies I own. It also made me a little sad thinking about all of the office supplies I still haven't bought!!

Buying office supplies is the most relaxing and perfect thing you can do, I am sure of it.

I love when I find a new pen that writes smooth, a new pencil that glides perfectly, or a new planner that has all the good vibes flowing!

I hate to admit that I buy more than one planner a year, that sounds crazy when I think about it, but I can not be the only one that will stumble past a planner that is just slightly better than my current one for one or more reasons and I just have to have it. I spend an hour or so copying all of my important dates, birthdays, and info into the new planner. That being said- I think I finally hit the jackpot with the Erin Condren planner I got as a gift for Christmas, I may never switch again.

If I took all of the money I've spend on new pens, pencils, highlighters, and markers and invest it somewhere, I would be so well off. Instead I have a pencil bag in my purse, a container on my home desk, a huge container on my work desk, and plenty scattered around my car.

I've also developed a bad habit of liking a certain brand of pen or marker and having to have the newest ones when they release them. There is never a target trip that doesn't involve looking at the latest and greatest pens and such....... Now this being said, there really is a difference in pens, do not argue with me on this. A good pen and a great pen are totally different. It is all about the glide and slide in a pen, and when you find that pen you have to buy it in every color it comes in.

Does having this obsession mean I am the most organized and planned person ever? Well I would love for that to be true. I do love plans and having my appointments, to-dos, and birthdays planned out and planned for, but sometimes life gets a little messy.

Please tell me I am not the only person obsessed with pens, pencils, and planners?

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6 Splurge-Worthy Makeup Brands & Products For People Of Color

Here are some products that are worth emptying your wallet for.

Being a black woman, it is hard for me to find the right product that works well with my skin tone. Whether it's a drugstore or Sephora, I am troubled by the low amount of shades for deeper skin tones. While there are some brands that do have darker skin tones, they don't go any deeper in having shades for different undertones.

There may be many shades of tan and caramel-tone but not enough of shades that are similar to Gabourey Sidibe's or Lupita Nyong'o's skin tone. Makeup brands are finally catering to people of color since Rihanna, Iman, and others decided that one can not wait around for the mainstream brands to do it for them, so they did it themselves

Here are some makeup brands that are worth every penny:

Eyeshadow: Urban Decay


Out of all makeup products you would expect to be the most expensive, eyeshadow might not have been at the top of the list. Urban Decay’s Naked pallets are pricey but they work wonders with their high-pigmented colors against deep skin tones that stay on for long hours. There are endless eyeshadow styles to work with on each palette.

Concealer: NARS


Nars will always be a cult favorite for people of color. If not the foundation, then it will be their concealer that has no competition. With 22 shades, Nars gives people options to contour or correct small imperfections with their Radiant Creamy Concealer. It has a buildable coverage that easily blends into your skin. The price of $30 may seem steep for concealer but it is worth it since it gets the job done.

Foundation: Fenty


This list wouldn't be complete without adding the most talked about makeup brand of the year: Fenty. Rihanna blessed not only people of color but the whole spectrum of beautiful shades with her makeup brand. Fenty's foundation has 40 shades to match undertones and leave a matte finish. The foundation may not be ideal for those with naturally dry skin, so I suggest you have a moisturizing primer before applying. I must warn you that Sephora sells out quickly (especially the darker shades), so I advise you to buy Fenty on the actual website.

Customizer: Cover FX


We have all had that problem when a foundation is either too light or too dark or makes our skin appear dull. Cover FX fixes the problem with their cover and enhancer drops. This product was not made to be worn alone. Mix in the product with your foundation or tinted moisturizer and it will give you your desired shade. There are many possibilities to choose from with either a dewy finish or mattifying finish depends on what you blend in with the drops. With the enhancing drops, they will bless you with a glowing sun-kissed skin. This product is perfect for fixing dull skin in this winter weather.

Setting Powder: Laura Mercier


Laura Mercier has developed a setting powder that is worth every penny. Having setting powder is a must especially when you have full makeup on. There are two shades of setting powder that are both translucent. Long ago, there was only one shade that was great for ‘baking’ when contouring but now she blessed us with a deep shade of setting powder that blends perfectly with darker skin tones. It is perfect for use with or without makeup that blurs your pores and any other imperfections.

Lipstick: Kat Von D


For people with darker skin tones, it can be hard to find a lipstick that pops, but Kat Von D made it easy for you. She created a line of 43 vibrant shades. From a simple light nude color to a vibrant purple, you can find any shade for any occasion with Kat Von D. This liquid lipstick lasts through eating and drinking with its 24-hour long-lasting color.

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