Chronicled Beauty

One girl's journey through the makeup industry

March ipsy Glam Bag March 12, 2013

In my hundreds of hours looking at makeup videos, articles on Beautylish and following some AMAZINGLY talented makeup artists on Instagram I came across the monthly beauty bag subscription craze!  

Obviously I’m a little late to this bandwagon but once I got the jist of how it works I immediately jumped right on board!!  I did research on a few different options from Birchbox, Beauty Bar, Glossy Box, etc.  I narrowed my choice down, finally, to the ipsy Glam Bag!  

After signing up online I found that I was FOR SURE behind on the craze because I was on the waiting list for close to two months before my subscription was official and my first bag was shipped.

So, after lots of anxious and excited waiting, I received my first Glam Bag yesterday in the mail!  Not only was this wrapped in HOT PINK bubble wrapping but the bag that all the beauty goodies come in was so friggin’ cute!



The theme for this months Glam Bag was “The Great Escape” – all of the products included are great for on-the-go ladies (and gents!) heading to Spring Break or vacation with the weather warming up.

I think the bag is so cute!  It’s the perfect size for taking all of your “essential” makeup and beauty products with you on-the-go.  I, being the indecisive person I am, would pack this little bag FULL.

Now, onto the actual goodies inside!



Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist

Juice Beauty products are made with certified organic ingredients – which give them their slogan “The Organic Solution”.  This hydrating mist tones and refreshes the skin with a blend of rosehip, ylang ylang, resveratrol grapeseed oil and antioxidant-rich organic juices for a fresh radiant complexion.  It says to mist on freshly cleaned skin and throughout the day for exhilarating refreshment.

I did just that – I cleaned my skin thoroughly and applied the mist before any moisturizer or eye cream and let it really sink into the skin.  I honestly noticed my skin looked so radiant after it dried and the texture of my skin was extremely smooth.  I will definitely be using this stuff throughout the spring and summer months for a refreshing, cool feeling!

Get this amazing hydrating mist at


yaby eye shadows in shade sand due (left) and so vein (right)


Top – so vein
Bottom – sand dune – which is BARELY visible but it’s there!

After swatching these shadows my first impression was they are a little chalky.  It took me 4 swipes of each color to get any kind of vibrancy on my hand when swatching.  They are beautiful colors but it takes some working with it and patience to get any color payoff.  Stay tuned for a look including “so vein” and “sand dune”.

Check out for a HUGE range of shadows and much more.


La Fresh Makeup Remover Wipes

This travel size package of makeup remover wipes dissolves makeup from eyes, lips and face with a moisturizing formula that has vitamin E included in the ingredients.

You can get these great wipes at


GLAMRX palette

This travel-size palette is great for small-pan eye shadows that have been depotted from their original packaging.  If you would like a tutorial on how to depot any kind of makeup leave a comment below and I can make a pictorial on easy ways to get eyeshadows, blushes, pressed powders and even lipsticks all into one convenient palette.




I was so happy to find this card included 20%-30% off the products I received in my Glam Bag.

Overall, I am so happy with the items I got in my first GlamBag.  I would highly recommend you sign up for this subscription – at just $10 per month it’s a great deal!  I love the idea of trying some luxury size samples and some full-size products for this price because I can try them out before actually purchasing for full-price.

If you have a subscription to ipsy or any other monthly beauty bag/box program, tell me which one you are getting in the comments below!

Check back each month as I will show you all everything that comes in my ipsy Glam Bag!

Head over to to sign up for your monthly Glam Bag!



Rodan + Fields Skincare February 4, 2013

Honestly, I had never heard of this brand and am always skeptical of ANY skincare brand because there are countless products on the market that claim “this” and claim “that” but  ultimately do not deliver, for me at least.  When I arrived at a recent Rodan + Fields skincare party I was blown away by the information provided.  This company is owned and operated by the same two ingenious women that created Proactive – and we all know how well Proactive works for most who try it!

“Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields founded Rodan + Fields® Dermatologists in 2002 to extend their vision of bringing dermatology-based skin treatment to everyone. Originally available as a top-selling clinical skincare brand in high-end department stores, the company realized the Doctors’ vision could never be fully realized when confined to the department store counter.In an unprecedented move, Rodan + Fields became the first prestige skincare line to exit the department store for the world of direct selling. And today, there are numerous Rodan + Fields independent business owners experiencing the income associated with sales volume that far exceeds what leading department store chains were able to achieve.  The power of the individual, combined with Rodan + Fields’ brand legacy, clinically proven products and a proprietary systematic approach to independent business management, makes Rodan + Fields an opportunity like no other.”


The idea behind Rodan + Fields is to categorize skincare needs on a personal level.  There are 4 categories of skincare treatments – Anti-Age, Reverse, Soothe and Unblemish.  Aside from the main 4 categories of skincare, there is also an Enhancement line and Essentials line.

Below I will describe each category.

  • Anti-Age: regimen for wrinkles, pores and loss of firmness.  This line includes a daily cleansing mask, a pore minimizing toner, a triple defense treatment and an overnight restorative cream.


  • Reverse: regimen for brown spots, dullness and sun damage.  This includes a deep exfoliating wash, skin lightening toner, skin lightening treatment and broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen.


  • Soothe: regimen for sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness.  Included are a gentle cream wash, sensitive skin treatment, moisture replenishing cream, and a mineral sunscreen.


  • Unblemish: regimen for acne and post-acne marks.  Line includes acne treatment sulfur wash, spot fading/clarifying toner, and a dual intensive acne treatment.


I explained to the ladies hosting the event that my main problems are sensitivity, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.  If I were to target all of my skin issues I would have had to buy all four of the regimen’s, and I couldn’t bring myself to make such a purchase.  So I decided to purchase a few of the anti-age products just to give it a shot!  I was splitting at the seams to get this package in the mail as I’m always cautious but excited to give a new skincare product a try.

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I decided to purchase the Anti-Age Daily Cleansing Mask and the Anti-Age Overnight Restorative Cream

The cleansing mask is supposed to be used twice a day, in the morning and at night.  You apply a quarter-sized amount with wet fingers to your DRY skin and leave on for two minutes, rinsing afterwards and patting dry.  The overnight cream is, of course, only used at night after cleansing with the mask.  You place a dime-sized amount evenly on clean skin and let absorb.  I have used both products twice and I’m not sure if these are SUPER products or if my mind is playing tricks on me but I feel like I can already tell this stuff works wonders.  I took all my makeup off tonight and looked in the mirror before cleansing completely with the mask and I thought to myself “Wow, you’re skin looks better without all that makeup on!” and wow, as a makeup artist, those are some strong words to come out of my mouth!

I did take a couple of pictures in between uses but unfortunately you can’t see much of a difference on my camera so I will post more as time goes and I use the products more!

In conclusion, I’m going to be doing a weekly follow-up review of these two products for a month so you all can follow my results and decide for yourself how you think it’s working!

If you’re interested in try any of the products I’ve explained PLEASE contact Amy Hooper at or Ashley Ullstein at (clever email, huh?)

Go visit for more information on all products and much more!

See you all back in a few days with an update on how my skin likes these Rodan + Fields products…. I have a good feeling! 🙂