Halloween Mystery Bag

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As I mentioned in my 13 Things on Etsy You Need If You Love Halloween post, I ordered this Halloween mystery bag from SugarMilkCo and told you I would post my thoughts once I received it. I was absolutely excited to receive this and see what goodies I got. It was also my first time ordering from this little vegan bath and body shop, and if you continue reading, you’ll find it was a bit of a hit and a miss.

October Glam Bag

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The bag:
The makeup bag this month is definitely one of my favorites. Though my camera makes it look a brighter red than it actually is, it has a nice lace design and a little bat on the zipper. It’s an awesome gothic-style bag that you can use year-round if you want. Although this style is one of my most favorites, I prefer the design of last year’s October bag, which is still my #1 favorite. If you’ve forgotten what that one looks like, you can see it here.

Review: Hey Honey, A Brand I Love

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I’m a huge fan of Hey Honey! Basically everything of theirs that I’ve tried so far I have loved. I definitely want to try some more of their products in the future. The only issue is that their products are kind of pricey, but you’re actually paying for quality. Here are some of my thoughts on the products I’ve tried so far.

Hands On: Honey and Propolis Hand Cream
I absolutely swear by this hand lotion! Ever since I first tried it, I don’t even use anything else. I was suffering from dry hands during the Winter. My skin was cracking leaving little painful cuts on my hands, and I also had these really rough patches of skin on my knuckles. I could tell a difference from the first time I used this, but within a few days my dry skin was completely cleared up! This lotion also smells like honeysuckles, which I absolutely love.

Walk the Walk: Propolis Foot Cream
I loved the hand cream so much that I thought I would try this foot cream as well. Unfortunately, I do not like this as much as the hand cream. That’s not to say it’s a bad product though. I could tell my feet were softer after using this, but it didn’t clear up the rough skin on my heel as much as I was hoping it would. Of course it’s probably hard for any product to clear that up completely since we’re always wearing shoes and walking on our feet. I love the smell of this cream as well (though I do think the hand cream smells better). This one smells like mint mixed with honey.

24Seven: Honey Day & Night Cream
This is one of my top two favorite moisturizers. It has anti-aging properties, and it’s good for wearing under makeup or at night before you go to bed. With this, a little really does go a long way. I only need a pea-sized amount to cover my whole face, and my face feels so soft, like silk, afterwards!

Take It Off: Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask
This isn’t my favorite Hey Honey mask or even one of my favorite face masks in general, but I do still like it. Like the other products, this too has a nice smell. I also love peel-off masks because they’re fun to peel off. Unlike charcoal masks, this doesn’t hurt at all to peel off. I also like that it doesn’t seem to dry my skin out. I don’t notice a huge difference in my skin when I use this though. I like to use this one to exfoliate and prep my skin before putting on another hydrating mask afterwards.

Uncover: Detoxifying Mud Mask
This is one of my favorite face masks I’ve ever used, and definitely my most favorite mud mask. I’ve never been particularly keen on mud masks because they always seem to dry out my skin. Not this one. I was so absolutely amazed at how soft and hydrated my skin felt using this. In fact, I don’t think my skin has ever felt so soft after using a face mask as it does when I use this product. I also love the gritty texture of the mask as well as the smell. Keep in mind, the smell of this mask isn’t for everyone and I can see how some might not like it. It has a very earthy scent to it, similar to dirt/mud. (Well duh, it is a mud mask). I personally like that though, since I love nature in general.

Good Morning: Honey Silk Facial Serum
This is a great serum to put on your face when you’re getting ready to head out for the day. It works as a moisturizer and primer both. Makeup seems to apply pretty well on top of it. I really like the silky texture this has, and it leaves my skin feeling silky as well. Just be careful to only use a little bit. (Again, a little bit goes a long way). If you use too much, you might find your skin is a little sticky.

After writing this post, I discovered that Ipsy is sending me the Hey Honey Propolis Cream Concealer in my glam bag this month, so I am excited to try yet another Hey Honey product. I’ll give my thoughts on that one in my October Glam Bag post coming later this month.

 

September Glam Bag

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ColourPop: Ultra Glossy Lip in shade Ipsy VIP
While I absolutely love ColourPop’s creamy highlighters, I was not impressed with their matte lip creams that I’ve tried. So when I received this Ultra Glossy Lip in my bag, I wasn’t sure what to think. I do think it’s better than their matte lip creams, but it’s still not one of my most favorite items. The shade is wonderful, and it’s slightly creamy and not too sticky, which is good. I think my main issue is that I just hardly ever wear glosses anymore.

Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
This is the second month in a row that Ipsy sent me a mascara, so I wasn’t too thrilled about it. I do like the Tarte brand though, but I am not overly impressed with this mascara. It does not seem to make my lashes look as long or as thick as certain other mascara’s I’ve used. (In case you’re wondering, my current favorite mascara is Smashbox X-Rated).

Z Skin: Acne Spot Treatment
I love the fact that this is all natural. It features ingredients such as almond, tea tree, and witch hazel. I’ve used this on some of my blemishes, and they were completely dried up over night.

SKINFOOD: Egg White Perfect Pore Cleanser
I was excited to get this in my bag because I’ve heard of Skinfood and was wanting to try some of their products. This cleanser is just okay though. It removes makeup pretty well, but it doesn’t have the greatest smell. It’s not a bad smell either, it just smells really soapy. It’s also supposed to help minimize pores, but I haven’t noticed a difference in mine, and I’ve been using it for a week now.

Pixi by Petra: Blush in shade Beach Rose
I really like this brand. I got one of their lipsticks in my bag quite a while ago, and it’s one of my favorites. Though I wasn’t super excited to get this blush because it’s practically identical to one I already own. However, it is a pretty nice product. It blends really well on the skin for a flawless finish.

Five Faves on Friday #8: Essential Oils

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Some people seem to think that roll-on essential oils are like perfumes. That is not the case. In fact, I really only smell the oils for a very short time after applying them, and then I can’t smell them anymore. They actually work by penetrating your skin. You apply them to pulse points, such as your wrist, temples, neck, and even the bottoms of your feet. Since pure essential oils are really strong and are not supposed to be put on your skin, they are diluted with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil), which you can rub on your skin. Your body then absorbs the natural oils which can have physical and mental benefits.

There are the skeptics who think that essential oils are pointless, but I personally like them and think they have benefited me by using them. Of course, they’re not a miracle cure by any means, but I think they can be helpful to an extent. Below are five of my favorite blends I like to use, all purchased from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Mythic Mist.

Review: Peter Thomas Roth Masks

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I bought this Peter Thomas Roth mask sampler set from Ulta quite a while ago. Considering if you buy one of these full-size masks solo, they run anywhere from $50 to $80 USD. This sampler set only cost $25, which is an awesome deal! It allows you to try out the different masks to see how you like each of them. Despite the tubes being small sample sizes, this set can still last you a while. I’ve had this set about 4 or 5 months now and I’ve only used about half out of each tube. Even though I like some more than others, I will probably just purchase this sampler set again once I run out. Below is info on each mask in the set and what I think about them.

Five Faves on Friday #6: Wax Melts

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit obsessed with wax melts. I’m constantly burning them, which makes my room smell amazing. This weeks Five Favorites on Friday will feature some of my favorite scents from one of my favorite shops on Etsy, House Warming Wax Melts. Not only are the scents amazing, but she decorates each of her wax melts, which makes them even more awesome. Plus, they’re super affordable at only $3.50 a pack. (The seller only ships within the United States though).

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Hippie Chick
This is an Earthy scent. The best way to describe it is that it smells similar to incense. I believe this one is my favorite out of all of them. The smell is incredibly calming for me.

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Scramblin’ Spiders
Despite the name and decoration, this is a very light scent. It reminds me of freshly washed laundry or being at a spa.

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Circus Magic
This wax melt is the perfect level of sweet without being too overbearing. It’s a perfect blend of cotton candy and apples.

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Coconut Rose
If you love the smell of coconut, and you love the smell of roses, then you will love this. It’s the perfect blend of both.

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Fruity Pebbles
This literally smells just like the cereal. If you’re a fruity pebbles fan, you will love it.