Learning to Love Leah

May Ipsy Glam Bag Review


I love the design of the bag this month! I thought a travel theme was very fun and the bag is absolutely gorgeous. (I took this month’s picture on a pool floaty to try and stay with the vacation theme but you can’t even really tell – haha!). I love that it snaps shut to look like an envelope. I will definitely be reusing this bag in the future!

BellaPierre Cosmetics Nude Gel Lip Liner Pencil

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I have heard rave reviews about this pencil on YouTube so I was very excited to receive it in this month’s bag. I am totally in love with this pencil! It is creamy, extremely pigmented, long lasting, and doesn’t dry out my lips. It is also supposedly water proof which I will be testing soon! I will definitely be purchasing more of these in the future!

Full size $18

Check out BellaPierre Cosmetics here

FORMULA 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin – Clarifying Mud Mask

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Most mud masks I’ve used in the past are black or brown so I was actually quite surprised when this one came out white! I am a big fan of masks so I am always game to try something new. This one was nice but nothing special.

Full size $6.99 for 3.4 ounces                             Sample Size: $2.05 for 1 ounce

Check out FORMULA 10.0.6 here

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio

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I wasn’t sad about getting this eye shadow this month but not that excited either. The colors are all shimmery so I won’t be able to use them for one complete look (since I prefer to have mattes as well). However, I do like this trio. The pigmentation is nice and it is long lasting but I just don’t see myself reaching for it as much as I hoped.

Full sized: $12

Check out Pacifica here

PEEK Beauty Nom Nom Natural Lip Plumping Balm in Miracle

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I wasn’t sure what to think about this balm when I tried it for the first time. I have never tried anything like it but was happily surprised that it did give a nice color to the lips. It didn’t burn my lips like some lip plumpers but I also saw no change in my lip size whatsoever. I like wearing this balm on a more natural makeup day but don’t expect it to magically make your lips bigger or fuller.

Full sized: $22*    (I could not find the amount of product that is actually in this product sold off the PEEK Beauty website. The packaging looks exactly the same but I’m not 100% sure if the sample I received was full sized or not. However, I am assuming it is for the sake of a price comparison)

Check out PEEK Beauty here

Shashbox Cosmetics – X-Rated Mascara

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I have to be completely honest here… I hate this mascara. It makes my lashes so clumpy and the formula is so wet that I constantly have smearing under my eyes. I will not be using this product again. However, I do absolutely love Smashbox Full Exposure mascara which seems to be the exact opposite of the one I received in my bag this month. I read a lot of reviews saying how much people love this mascara so maybe I got a bad one? Not sure… let me know if you have this mascara what you think!!

Full Sized: $22 at 0.3 ounces                             Sample Size $7.33 at .1 ounces

Check out Smashbox here

Total price I paid for the bag: $10

Total value of the bag this month: $61.38

I am happy with this month’s bag! I would have been happy if all I had gotten was the lip liner which in itself paid for the whole bag and more! If you want to sign up for a monthly subscription with Ipsy, please use my referral link here and we both get points toward an extra product in our bags 🙂


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April Ipsy Bag Review – Biltmore Edition!


This month, I decided it would be fun to take pictures of my Ipsy bag at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC!  I will have many blog posts up showing what I wore while we were there and showing the inside of this massive mansion. Make sure to subscribe below so you don’t miss those posts!! Now on to the bag… I don’t love the design of the bag this month. For some reason it looks cheaper than bags from previous months. I’ll probably pass it on or donate it because I have quite a large collection now! However, just because the bag was a dud doesn’t mean that I didn’t absolutely love my bag this month!!



I’m wearing the nail polish, Lip Surgence and eyeshadow that I received in these pictures!

Tarte Cosmetics – LipSurgence lip crème in Wonder


I am a big fan of Tarte lip products and was happy to get this in my bag. It is creamy and the color is perfect for summer! However, with the matte and liquid lip trend it is quite odd wearing a lipstick that is creamy and will actually wear off after eating! I definitely have been reaching for it often though and am thinking about purchasing another LipSurgence lip creme!

Sample size – 0.05 ounces $12

Full size – 0.1 ounces for $24

Check out this lip creme here

Luxie Beauty – Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522


I almost screamed when I saw I would be receiving this brush!! I fell head over heels in love with Luxie brushes when I got one in a previous Ipsy bag and I can’t believe I was lucky enough to get this highlighting brush! Once again, it is super soft, blends like a dream and I can’t wait to use it every day!

Full size- $24

Check out this highlighter brush in rose gold here

Probelle – Nail Lacquer in “In Or Out”


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This color is really beautiful (it is also my favorite color so I may be a bit biased :P). I was very impressed with how the polish applied and lasted on my nails. I have been wearing it for about two weeks to see how well it would last and while they are chipped, a lot of color still remains on my nails! I already have a large nail polish collection but for those of you looking for a good quality nail polish on a budget, I’d suggest checking out Probelle.

Full size – $6

Check out this polish here

Nomad Cosmetics – NOMAD X Marrakesh Intense Eyeshadow in Desert Sands



I was quite skeptical when I saw this product because it was much smaller in person than I expected. However, that being said, I am so in love with this eyeshadow!! You HAVE to use it wet and it is amazingly gorgeous! I put it all over my lid and blended it into my crease and there was so much dimension in that one shadow that I just used this one color. I cannot wait to purchase more of their shadows in the future and watch their brand grow!

Sample size – 0.05 ounces ~$3.72

This product comes in a palette with six other eyeshadows, travel size mascara, kohl eyeliner and a dual-ended brush sold for $47. The eyeshadows in the palette are 0.07 ounces

Check out Nomad cosmetic’s collaboration with Marrakesh here

Moroccanoil – Moroccanoil Treatment


This product just didn’t work for me. Adding extra oil to my already naturally oily hair just made it look worse. I used it a few times on the ends of my hair and every time I felt as if I needed to wash my hair by the end of the night. I could see this product being great for someone that has dry or heat damaged hair but I would advise skipping it otherwise.

Sample size – 0.33 ounces $4.27

Full size – 3.4 ounces $44

Check out Moroccanoil here

This isn’t my favorite bag that I’ve ever received, since I can’t use one of the products, but I still got my money’s worth! The total worth of products that I got was almost five times the amount that I payed which makes me very happy. 🙂 This would honestly have been the best Ipsy bag ever if I could have just swapped out that hair oil!!

Total price I paid for the bag: $10

Total value of the bag: $49.99

If you want to sign up for a monthly subscription with Ipsy, please use my referral link here and we both get points toward an extra product in our bags 🙂


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