Spring Makeup Look

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Hello lovelies!! Things have been crazy lately, which is why I haven't been posting so much. I know that I'm constantly saying "I'm so busy, pls forgive me!!" but honestly, I have been. It's all about finding that balance between life and blogging, y'know?

Spring has been coming around here, slowly but surely. Last week, we were having some lovely weather, like 14C-18C, which is great for spring here. But next week we're apparently set to have some really nice weather, more like 20C to even 26C, which is veryy exciting! I'm hoping to maybe shoot and post a spring lookbook sort of post sometime next week (weather permitting - fingers crossed!), so look out for that!! :)

For now, I thought I'd write up a post talking about my typical spring makeup look.

Jumping right in. I always start off with my eyebrows for some reason haha. I've been using the E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit for about a year now and I'm obsessed. I totally ignore the powder side (lol) and instead use the cream to just fill in the sparse bits of my brows with an angled brush, then I run a spoolie brush through them to disperse the product. The cream is really long-lasting and stays in place, whereas other cream brow products tend to shift on your face which is a no-no.

Next up, I prime my face. I much prefer cream-based primers as opposed to sprays. One of my fav cream primers is the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Prime Blur + Illuminate Face Primer (phew, whatta mouthful). Before I apply any face makeup, I just apply this to my entire face, rubbing it all in until it's absorbed. This one, in particular, makes for a really dewy makeup look, which I love for the spring and summer seasons.

Moving on from face, for now, I move onto eye products. I've been really loving the E.l.f. Cosmetics Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette (which is now being called the "Mad for Matte Nude Bloom" palette). I love the warm tones of this palette, especially the burnt-orange shade and the pink-y sort of shades. I take that burnt-orange and blend it into my crease, then blend a bit of the dark brown into the outer v. I finish it all off with that pink shade on my lid. Once I've finished with the shadows, I go for a thin cat-eye with my Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. I used to do cat-eye looks all the time in high school, but stopped for awhile, and now I'm back doing it again I guess! Haha.

While I let my liner dry a bit, I go onto my face. I've been using the Rimmel London 25hr Breathable Foundation for the past couple months, which I reviewed here. I blend that all over my face with a blending sponge - I use the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - and then I cover up all my spots and such with the Maybelline New York Better Skin Concealer. Once I've finished up with all that, I go in with a bit of bronzer and blush - for bronzer, lately I've been getting a lot of use out of my Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer which I've had for ages, and for blush, I use my fav E.l.f. Cosmetics Candid Coral Blush which I'm sure I've talked about before. After, I brush on some Too Faced Translucent Smoothing Finishing Powder so soften the harshness of my blush and bronzer. And I pop on some E.l.f. Cosmetics Shimmer in Gold on my cheekbones and Cupid's bow.

Going back to my eyes, I like to brush a bit of that orange-y shade from before just under my eyes, with a thin angled brush just to add some depth to the look. Then I go in with an eyelash curler and finish up with a coat of the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. 

And that's it! Here's the final look...

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(Don't mind my bangs as they seriously need to be trimmed, haha) So there ya have it. Very simple to do, doesn't take very long at all, and it's a bright look for spring!

Happy last day of April y'all! 

Felicia x

5 Holy Grail Beauty Products

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Hello everybody! Today, I thought I'd talk about five of my holy grail beauty products, mostly from drugstore brands. I've been using these products consistently for a very long time, some for a couple years now, and they have never failed me. These are pretty much my all-time favourite products, ones that I use pretty much on a daily basis!

Let's just jump right in then, shall we?

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA

I've heard many a beauty blogger rave about this bad boy and about a year ago, I decided to give it a shot. At first, I found it quite clumpy and heavy on the lashes, but I find it just takes some getting used to. If you apply it with a light hand, you should easily be able to get a clump-free look! I love this mascara in particular because it separates my lashes (again, light handedness necessary!!) and really darkens them. Personally, length isn't an issue for me as I have very long natural eyelashes, but I've found this makes them appear even longer.

MAYBELLINE SUPERSTAY BETTER SKIN CONCEALER

I've been a die-hard fan of the Better Skin concealer for some time now. I think it's a lovely, lightweight concealer for brightening and also covering up blemishes, without being too harsh and heavy on the skin. What I love best about it, however, is that it's considered safe for sensitive eyes and skin, both of which I have and dealing with them is a nightmare. I've def had far less of an issue with irritated eyes or skin whilst using this!

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS GLOW KIT

This one is an oldie, but a goodie!! I actually first purchased this original ABH Glow Kit in my senior year of high school, as a bit of a post-exam treat for myself, and I immediately fell in love. I know it was sorta hyped up back when it came out, but it is a lovely product nonetheless. I love the shades in this kit, as they are more gold/pink, which is more up my alley than the white or metallic shades of other palettes. My personal fav is "Dripping in Gold" which I've sadly recently hit pan on :(

COLOURPOP ULTRA SATIN LIP

I love ColourPop. They're by far one of my favourite inexpensive makeup brands of all-time. And $6 is a small price to pay for their incredible liquid lippies. The formula of their Ultra Satin Lip is really quite nice. Personally, I don't find it very drying on the lips, and it's definitely long-lasting. Not to mention the shades are absolutely beautiful!!! I find that they have so many options, which makes this range so versatile.

MAYBELLINE FACESTUDIO MASTER PRIME FACE PRIMER BLUR + ILLUMINATE

This doubles as a highlighting product and a primer, which is pretty cool. If I want just a pop of highlight, I'll just blend in a spot of this on my cheekbones and on my brow bone. But if I want a really dewy overall look, I'll use this as a primer and apply it all over my face, before putting on my foundation. I think it gives the perfect amount of glow for a spring or summer makeup look, so I use this a lot during the summer season!

What are your favourite/holy grail products? 

Felicia x

5 Lipsticks for Springtime

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Springtime is officially here!! I cannot express how excited I am for warm weather, the blooming flowers, and finally being able to wash my car - priorities y'all. Although spring isn't my #1 favourite season, it is up there. I love that everything starts to thaw and come back to life. But, most importantly, I love the chance to lighten up my makeup. Throughout the winter, I tend to wear darker eyeshadows and lipsticks. But spring is when all the pinks come out to play.

So, today I thought I'd share some of my fav spring lippy shades!

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REVLON ULTRA HD MATTE LIPCOLOUR - "SEDUCTION"

The first lipstick is one of my top shades ever. This was actually the lipstick that I wore to my senior prom a couple years ago and I loved wearing it. It's a very subtle, natural shade and it lasted the entire night, through a meal, drinks, and dancing, with only having to reapply once. For a matte liquid lipstick, it doesn't dry out your lips which makes it easier to reapply as you won't have chapped lips to bother with. As a bonus, it has a lovely fruit punch scent - although, after reading reviews, I've learned that half of the people loved it and half hated it, so that's something to be cautious of!!

Ulta, $9.99

RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH BY KATE MOSS - "45"

Do you guys remember when these Kate Moss lippies first came out?? They were sooo popular. And I was hella obsessed haha. One of the ones that I've continued to regularly reach for over time is the shade 45. It's from the Nude collection and it's quite honestly a perfect pink-nude. It's a lovely cream formula, very long-lasting too. I love me a natural pink lip shade and this certainly delivers!

Walmart, $5.98

TOPSHOP LIPS - "MINK"

I may have mentioned before (maybe?? who knows) that I love the Topshop lipstick line. It's not something I've come by easily - the first one I bought was in London and the second in NYC - but whenever I get the chance, I take the opportunity to buy a new shade. In NYC, I picked up the shade "Mink". This is a lighter shade compared to the two I just mentioned, but very lovely all the same. The only problem is that this shade doesn't appear to be available online anymore... However, the shade "Coven" appears to be a very close match, so I've linked that below!

Topshop, $15

L'OREAL INFALLIBLE MEGA GLOSS - "GIRL ON TOP"

This is more of a lip gloss than a lipstick, and though I don't typically like lip glosses, this one isn't particularly sticky so it's all good. I love the baby pink shade of it and that it's quite sheer. I think it's a very girly colour, which would go really well with a flowy skirt or dressing for going out on a lovely spring night (can you tell I'm eager for warm weather?? lol). The only issue is that it's not very long-lasting or transfer-proof, so it requires a lot of reapplications.

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L'OREAL PARIS COLOUR RICHE SERUM - "BEAMY PLUM"

Overall, I love the L'Oreal Colour Riche line. I have a couple of shades, but "Beamy Plum" is for sure one of my favourites. It's a very balmy, hydrating formula in a mauve pink. It kinda gives you that bare lip look without having a bare lip - which, idk about you, but I love it. It's really long-lasting and personally, it compliments my skin haha. Although this shade doesn't appear to be available anymore, I would def recommend basically any shade from this range.

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SWATCHES

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Top to bottom: "Seduction", "45", "Mink", "Girl on Top", "Beamy Plum"

Hope your first day of spring was lovely! 

Felicia x

Review: Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Breathable Foundation

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Hello everyone! Snowy weather has officially slithered its way back in southern Ontario. Whyyyyyyyyyyyy. I was almost certain that spring was near, or at least on its way, but now I'm thinking that it's a long way off. Last night, our power went off and back on five times, and this morning, our town is COVERED in snow. Warm weather, where you at? Today, I thought I'd do a little review of the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hr Breathable Foundation. Prior to this foundation, I have tried two other foundations by Rimmel. First, the Wake Me Up Foundation, which is very illuminating and dewy, and then more recently the Match Perfection Foundation, which is invisible coverage and with more of a matte finish. I was in the market for a fair foundation with medium to full coverage, and I came across this one so I thought I'd give it a shot!

This foundation is available in 15 different shades. I picked up the shade 101 Classic Ivory, which is one of the lightest shades in the range. It costs just under $10 at Walmart, and the same or a couple dollars more at drugstores.

According to the Rimmel London website, the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25hr Breathable Foundation is:

"an ultra air light texture that lets your skin breathe. The unique air-light serum formula defies the expectations of long-wear foundation, delivering medium natural coverage with a soft to touch weightless feel that allows skin to breathe. The cushion applicator helps to gently tap on the non-transfer, humidity and sweat resistant formula to give your complexion an even and flawless finish for up to 25 hours."

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PACKAGING & APPLICATION

The packaging of this foundation is quite nice. The bottle is quite cute and the twist-on cap seems pretty tight so I won't have to worry about it spilling or leaking while I travel.

The application is interesting. As opposed to a pump, the Lasting Finish has a doe foot applicator. At first, I was really put off by it. I thought it was kinda weird to apply foundation that way. Although I've gotten used to it now, it's still not my favourite way to apply foundation.

FORMULA

The formula itself on the skin is nice. It is medium coverage, as they claim, which is exactly what I was looking for. It doesn't look caked on at all and with a bit of concealer, I can easily disguise any blemishes that need hiding. It's very lightweight and although I haven't been able to test the "humidity and sweat-proof" claims yet, it so far seems to be pretty transfer-proof plus it is quite long-lasting. Maybe not for 25 hours, but still for quite awhile. Lately, I've been pairing the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge with this foundation. I find that it does a good job of blending and dispersing the product evenly over my face. I haven't tried this foundation with a brush yet and I wonder if I'd get different results that way.

However, I find that the formula is quite watery. When you remove the applicator from the bottle, you have to be quite careful to wipe all excess makeup off on the rim or else it will literally drip all over the place. I didn't love that about this foundation, especially after the tester bottle in the store dripped watery foundation all over my boots.

All things considered, I think that this is a good foundation for the price. I love the natural, medium-coverage finish and how long-lasting it is. I think that if there wasn't a wand applicator and if the foundation was not so watery, it would be a fantastic drugstore foundation. Hopefully they will fix that up in the future!

Have you guys tried the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr foundation? What did you think?

Felicia x

Chit-Chat Update

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Hello lovelies! As I'm writing this, it is 8 o'clock on a Monday morning and I'm awake, which is something that hasn't occurred in a very long time, possibly not since high school. Typically, when it's up to me, like it is today, I'm in bed until at least ten o'clock, sometimes even noon when my boyfriend has to come upstairs and drag my sorry ass out of bed. Yes, he even does the 'pull the covers off me and yank me by the legs' bit. I'm NOT a morning person. But for some reason, I've been up since seven and oddly enough.... now don't quote me on this.... but I'm enjoying it!! I've got my coffee, I've done some reading, and I'm ready to get on with my day.

With all this free time to sit and stare out the window from my fav chair and ~think~, it occurred to me for the first time that I have not written a Friday Thoughts post in uhhhh ages. Hell, I can't even remember the last time I posted one?? As it turns out, my life isn't especially exciting and I can't justify posting weekly updates anymore. Only so many ways you can say, 'This week, I drank a lot of coffee and read a bunch of books'. Sooooo instead, I thought that today I'd do a bit of a chit-chatty post to update you all with what's been going on with my life recently. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and get cozy!

My family has been busy as ever with booking our triad of mini vacays for the summer. Lately, it's been all talk about flights, and hotel bookings, and all that jazz. As usual, we'll be spending the summer in our vacation home in Florida, but we like to take one or two - or three!!! - little trips while we're down there. When in Rome, am I right??? As a travel agent, my dad gets pretty awesome hotel rates for my family, so we like to take advantage of that. My mum and I are actually the ones starting off with our own short mother-daughter trip to Nashville in June. I love Nashville. Have ever since I first visited last summer. But this time is going to be even more special because I'll be seeing the great Paul Simon perform on his farewell tour - a literal once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I cannot wait for that. And then in August, my whole family, including my bf, are doing a two-part trip for my 20th birthday. We'll be starting off with a stay at Walt Disney World's Port Orleans French Quarter resort for a few days, over my birthday. My bf and I loved our staycation there last summer so much that we decided to return again, this time with my parents! After that, we'll be off to Miami to spend a few days at my fav, the Grand Beach Hotel which is right by the ocean. I stayed there in 2014 and fell in love. I'm sooooo ready to get back there and just soak in the sun for a few days!!

The Oscar's are coming up very soon, as you probably know. For the first time like ever, I've been trying to watch as many nominated films as I can before the awards air. This year, I'll actually watch the Oscar's with an opinion instead of rooting for films because I like the actors in it. So far, I've watched Lady Bird and I, Tonya, which were both at the top of my must-see list. I quite liked them both, although I'd probably be more likely to watch I, Tonya again, than Lady Bird. I thought Allison Janney was FANTASTIC in it. Though I mayyyy be biased. She is one of my fav actresses, after all.

February is my bf's birthday month and on the 24th, he turned 20!!! We celebrated at home, watching films and having some pizza - his idea of a perfect evening, which got ZERO complaints outta me. He got full discretion of movie selections, so he chose Hercules and The Fate of the Furious which I just bought him for Christmas. We ended the night with an Oreo Blizzard bday cake from Dairy Queen - his fav - and the finale episode of The Office (which I had serious FEELINGS about, ok!?!?). I can't believe he's already in his twenties. Whereas I'm still in my teens. How strange is that? I've still got 6 months till I catch up to him!

I've been listening to Taylor Swift's Red album a lot lately. Unlike basically the entire world, I'm not into her new album. Don't hate me!!! But god, do I love Red. My returning obsession started when I was doing a reorg of my bookcase the other day - I had the vinyl of Red on in the background. I'm loving it just as much as I did when it first came out when I was in high school. So I'll prob be listening to that for the next, like, three months haha

My boyfriend and I have been working on a special project of sorts lately. It sounds SO bizarre, but we've been working on collecting Disney film dvd's.... For our future kid. Right??? It's so weird. I'm buying dvd's for a person that won't even exist for, like, ten years. It's not as weird as collecting baby clothes, which I've been told is too weird and that I'm not allowed to do that (lol). But it's still pretty high up there. My parents did it for me before I was born, with Disney VHS tapes. And I got to thinking - with Disney putting their movies away in the vault so often, who knows when the classics will come out again?? What if my kid doesn't see The Little Mermaid or Hercules all because I left things up to chance?? As a Disney fanatic, I ain't letting that happen. So, with that in mind, we've just ordered The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Lilo & Stitch, Moana, and Tangled. It's gunna take a long time to get them all, but I'm willing to wait and I'm so glad we thought of it!! No kid of mine is growing up without access to all the Disney films their heart desires!!

Well, that's all for now. I certainly think I've rambled on long enough, don't ya think? These past couple months have been busy, but I have a sneaky suspicion that things won't be slowing down anytime soon. Hope all is well for you guys!!!

Felicia x

Mini Homeware, Bath + Clothing Haul

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Looking back on the history of this blog, I am fairly certain that I have never written a haul blog post. Isn't that crazy??? I mean, I rarely have the money to buy myself that many things anyway, so I guess it's not that much of a surprise lol but still!!! Today, however, I've got a mini haul post to share with you all after taking a successful trip down to the mall.

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The first thing I picked up were these candle holders from Bath & Body Works. My mum and I have been on the hunt for candle holders for about a month or so, as we needed a lil something to decorate the mantlepiece and these were just perfect!! They easily fit Bath & Body Works candles, as well as candles from other brands that are the same size. Definitely a nice addition to our living room.

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Next up, I grabbed these Ultra High Rise Jeggings from Garage. I promise they're different shades of blue!!! Garage jeans are by far my fav for two reasons: 1) they're SUPER high-waisted which I find flatters me way better than low-rise jeans and 2) they're stretchy and crazy comfortable. They were actually having a BOGO 50% off sale, so it was the perf time to buy some new jeans which I needed so badly.

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My last purchases were from Lush. The first thing I picked up was the Pink Bath Bomb, which is shimmery and has a wonderful candy & vanilla scent. Kinda worried about the shimmer, just because I don't want the sparkles clinging to my tub, but hopefully it will be ok. I seriously cannot wait to hop into a bath and just soak in this!!! I also grabbed the Eau Roma Water, which I've heard a lot about and have been dying to try out. It's a toner with rose water and lavender in it, which is geared towards 'mature, sensitive or dry skin' which is perf for me. I'm v excited to give this a try!

Have you tried any of these products before? Lemme know in the comments!

Felicia x

Winter Skincare Routine

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Winter is a total bitch for your skin, eh?? It's only mid-February and I'm so ready for winter to be over. I don't care what Punxsutawney Phil says - this week, it's gonna be double digits in southern Ontario and I'm taking that as a sign of early spring. Unfortunately, that's more than likely a blip and I'm sure we'll be back to the regularly scheduled winter mayhem any day now. With that in mind, I thought I'd share my Canadian winter-proof skincare routine to help you guys get through this terrible cold.

STEP 1: CLEANSER

I've been recently using the Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser which I discovered in Florida and have since fallen into a serious love affair with. I'm not even exaggerating when I say that it made MAJOR improvements to the overall quality of my skin in like three days. After even one use, my skin is glowing. It's hella good.

STEP 2: TONER

Lately, I've been getting good use out of the Olay Oil Minimizing Clean Toner. I've had issues before with toners being too harsh and doing damage to my ever-so-sensitive skin, but this one is really gentle and doesn't cause any irritation in the slightest. What I really like about it is that it has witch hazel in it, which is a great remedy for acne. I just put a bit of this on a cotton pad and swipe it all over my face after cleansing.

STEP 3: MOISTURIZER

For moisturizer, I've been using the Nivea Nourishing Day Cream during these cold winter months. It's very hydrating and as it's pretty thick in consistency, it's much better to use in the winter as opposed to the summer when you need your skin to be able to breathe in the heat. It has really done battle with the dryness that I usually struggle with during the winter and for that, I've been extremely grateful!!!

EXTRA STEP: FACE MASK

Using a face mask in the winter is crucial. It gets all the dead dry skin out of your skin so that it's not clogging up your pores, and also really refreshes your skin. I've personally been loving the Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin, which I received as a gift this Christmas. I have never come across a face mask so nourishing and cleansing before. Use this a couple times a week during the winter and you'll def see your skin looking amazing in no time!

Here's hoping for a very early spring!

Felicia x

Valentine's Day Makeup

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Happy Valentine's Day to all! I know that a lot of people see today as being ~super tacky~. Which is so understandable. I'm totally against the traditional "guy gives his girlfriend flowers and chocolates and a diamond necklace bc it's the 14th day of the 2nd month" Valentine's Day. Blegh. Not my style, and not my boyfriend's either. I look at today as more of an opportunity to take a step back from the craziness of your day-to-day life and remember to show some love & appreciation to those in your life who deserve it! My boyfriend and I didn't do our usual for Valentine's Day this year - which is dinner or a movie - because my boyfriend has midterms tomorrow. Instead, we did a card exchange and a very small prezzie exchange (he got me a little stuffed dog and I surprised him with 8 strategically placed funny Valentine's cards throughout the house). It's a chill night for us!

Buuuuut, I will always take any excuse to do a rosy eye look and Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity for that! So I thought I'd share my look today with you guys. :)

Products

  • Too Faced Natural Love Palette - Honey Butter as a base, Makeup & Chill in the crease, Honeymoon on the lid
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
  • Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
  • Tarte Blush Bazaar Palette - Dainty
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit That Glow - Sunburst
  • Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint - Delish
  • E.l.f. Cosmetics Eyebrow Kit - Medium

How did you guys celebrate Valentine's Day?

Felicia x

Why I Cancelled My Ipsy Subscription

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After months of disappointment and a constant nagging in the back of my mind, last month I finally made the decision to cancel my Ipsy subscription. In my six months of being a member, I came across a few issues that ultimately led me to make the decision to close my account and I wanted to go through them one-by-one.

PERSONALIZED PRODUCTS - OR NOT?

As anyone with a subscription would know when you first sign up for Ipsy, you fill out a questionnaire about your preferences and physical traits that help to personalise the products that you receive in each Glambag. After filling out the questionnaire, I feel like it didn't really make much of a difference to the products I received. I'd specified that I didn't want to receive hair products (knowing that sample-sized goodies weren't going to do anything for my thick hair) but I got at least one hair product per month anyway.

DIMINISHING QUALITY

As the months went on, the quality of the products I received got visibly worse and worse. I started to notice the quality was going down when I received a matte liquid lipstick that made my lips crack and dry out immediately after putting on the product. But the last straw was all the bristles falling out of a brand new face brush in my May bag. It was extremely disappointing, honestly.

MONEY

One of the biggest issues that lead me to end my Ipsy subscription was the cost. Although it costs $10/month for most since I'm Canadian there is an extra shipping fee attached and altogether I was paying $20/month in Canadian dollars. A few months back, I started to think about if the price I was paying was worth the products, and I realised it wasn't. Out of the products I was receiving per month, I only really loved a few and it would have been cheaper to buy them full-sized individually.

OVERALL

Overall, I just fell out of love with my monthly bag of Ipsy goodies, although I wish it wasn't so. As a university student, I have a lot of things to be concerned about, particularly money-wise (food, gas, school supplies) and even if I were to allow $20 for make-up every month, I could certainly get more for money if I were buying from the drugstore as opposed to from the Ipsy subscription.

None of this is to say that I had a necessarily bad experience with Ipsy. In all six months of my membership, I never had a problem with being billed or with shipping. For the most part, the products were pretty good and although they weren't suited for me, they could've been suited for someone else. I'm a firm believer in doing research before committing to a service or product (hence why I made this post), but I definitely think that a service can be experienced in many different ways, and it's up to you to figure out if it suits your own personal needs!