Loving Lately: Smashbox Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Can we get an Amen for this?!?

Can we get an Amen for this?!?


This product has changed my makeup life as I knew it. See, I have pretty dry undereyes as well as **cough** fine lines **cough** under my eyes. (I like to think they are there because I laugh a lot…but I digress. I’ve tried every kind of undereye concealer from high end, to drugstore, to thick, thin, setting it with powder, not setting it…everything Girls! Nothing I’ve ever used has ever REALLY made me completely happy. It either would crease or look too chalky or just simply not cover enough of my undereye circles. Enter this little gem from Smashbox! The Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer is just was Savy ordered. This stuff seriously works miracles. It comes out of the tube a little pink but when you spread it is transparent. When I put this under my eyes, it literally seems to make my undereye ‘fine lines’ disappear and my concealer goes on smoothly and beautifully with no caking or creasing. WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! Needless to say, it is worth every penny of the $29 and is something that I will be repurchasing for a long time to come. TRY IT!

PS: While we are on the undereye subject: Does anyone have any undereye creams that they love? I’m always on the hunt for the ‘miracle’ undereye cream. Leave me your recommendations!

Ipsy Glam Bag: August

August Glam Bag

August Glam Bag


Hey there Glam Bag Fans! I finally got around to testing out some of the products in my August Ipsy bag. Here’s what I got in August:

First off, the Bag itself is super cute. It’s a pretty magenta color with a gold ‘Glamour Academy’ crest on it. After last month’s ‘plain’ bag, this one was a pleasant surprise.

Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub: This is the one thing out of the bag that I haven’t tried yet but I’ve never heard anything but good things about Michael Todd Products so I’m sure it will be great. Plus, charcoal is all the rage right now and I love being trendy. I look forward to scrubbing my face.

Mica Beauty Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in Bronze: I was ready to not like this because I’m not a big fan of loose pigment eyeshadows but I was pretty surprised. The shimmer is super fine and color gorgeous. I used it on my eyes over a creme shadow and it looked applied really well. It would also be really pretty if you used it really lightly as a highlight or add a small amount to your liquid foundation to give it a bronzy glow.

Pixi Lash Booster Mascara: I really wanted to like this but I just don’t. It didn’t do my lashes any favors. I like to load on mascara and after one coat it started getting clumpy. It didn’t smudge or flake so it does get points in that department.

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream: Now if you’re thinking that this is going to give you flawless coverage, you’re not going to be impressed. BUT, as a primer it’s pretty darn good. It seemed to make my skin more even and blurred my pores and lines. It actually made my face feel pretty smooth. I dig it.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy: First of all, is this not the cutest nugget lipstick ever! This is my fave thing in the bag. It’s hard to impress me with lipsticks, just because I think that they are all more or less the same. I tend not to buy higher end lipsticks because, let’s be serious, they are all going to wear off sooner or later. This lipstick is kind of the bomb. It feels great on the lips, looks smooth and wears like crazy. The Anarchy color is really pretty on me also. I’m going to have to try out some others in full size.

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Loving Lately: Pixi Soft Focus Fresh

Pixi Soft Focus Fresh Palette

Pixi Soft Focus Fresh Palette


Every time I’m in Target I’m always drawn to the Pixi section with it’s pretty green and pink packaging and fairy motif. But then I look at the price tags….and I walk away. Enter Hautelook.com. HauteLook is a website that sells higher end makeup, shoes, clothes, housewares, etc. in flash sales. I’ve gotten some excellent deals. When they had a Pixi event I decided to pick up the Soft Focus Fresh Palette for $9. From $34. (Like I said, DEALS!) I’m really glad I purchased it because I’ve been obsessed with the palette ever since it came in.
Pixi Goodness

Pixi Goodness


What’s Included:
12 Neutral Colored Eyeshadows – Most have a shimmer but there are 3 that are completely Matte
6 Blush and Highlight Colors
4 Lip Glosses

What I Love:
The eyeshadows are actually very good quality. There is a great range of light to dark shades so that you can create everything from an everyday easy look to a nice neutral smokey eye. I feel like the shimmer in the shadows is somehow different from other shadows. I don’t know how to explain it but the shimmers give off a more dewy look than other shimmers….if that makes any sense.
The face products are my favorite part of the palette. The blushes and highlighters are fabulous. All but one have a subtle shimmer to them that gives off the most beautiful ethereal glow on the skin. They really do make your face look ‘fresh’.

What I don’t Love:
The palette overall is great but there are a couple of flaws, in my opinion. Number one is the size. This thing is a honker! I mean, you could have dinner on it! It’s about 8×8 inches which doesn’t make it great for travel and storage. The next con is a personal problem. I just don’t like lip products in palettes with powder products. Unless they have some sort of cover over the lip products, powder will inevitably get into the lip glosses, making them gross. And that’s annoying. Also, while I like the glosses and colors, they don’t seem to last too long on my lips and since I’m not taking the huge palette with me, I have to carry a different lip product to reapply on the go.

Overall, I really love the product and will definitely check out some more things by the Pixi line. Would I pay the full $34 price tag for it? Maybe….but I’m leaning towards yes. The quality is there, for sure and despite the little problems I have with it, I’m getting tons of use out of it. Have you tried the Pixi line? Thoughts? Product Recommendations?

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Ipsy Glam Bag: July

July Glam Bag

July Glam Bag


Happy Ipsy Time! This month’s theme for the Glam Bag was Beach Beauty and the contents reflected all things summer. From hot pink lips, to bright nails to facial sunscreen, the bag had everything for a fun summer day. After last month’s SUPER fab leopard/neon bag, the clear, plastic bag was a bit of a disappointment. I don’t hate it, but I’ve liked the previous two more. I guess the plastic neon does go along with the summer ‘being around water’ theme. Anyway, here’s what was inside:

Nailtini Polish in Mai Tai: Pretty bright Orange polish that I think I’m going to put on my toes next. I think that this color would look especially fierce if you had a tan going on.

Coola Mineral Facial Sunscreen SPF 20: I used this on Saturday when I spent some time at the pool and I didn’t burn. So that’s good for me. Because I always burn. It also didn’t irritate my skin and didn’t have a really strong smell. I love the smell of sunscreen but not when I’m going to be putting it on my face. I’ll probably be investing in a full size for our upcoming trip to Vegas.

POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Fuchsia Flirt: First, I love the color of this. But unfortunately, that’s the only thing I like about it. It applies patchy to my lips whether or not I apply a balm under it or not. I feel like it really settles into the lines on my lips and doesn’t wear off evenly. It’s a bummer because I really do love the color. This is my first POP Beauty experience and unfortunately it’s a bit of a disappointment.

BH Cosmetics California Palette Sampler: This cute little eyeshadow sample has one color from each of the BH California themed pallets: Hollywood, Malibu, and San Francisco. I’ve read people not liking the shadows but I say: Use a primer and life is good. I have all three of the California Palettes already so I’ll be giving this away. Seeing as that I have the Palettes already means that I obviously like the products.

Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray: Truth be told, I haven’t used this yet. BUT, I like the Sexy Hair line and have been wanting to try out a Beach Spray so bring it on! The bottle says it’s ‘Beach look conditioning and texturizing spray with Argan oil.’ Hopefully I’ll like it. It’s a pretty good size so I’ll be able to get a good feel for the product.

Overall, I’m again happy with my Ipsy Bag. You have to realize that with these subscription services, you are not always going to LOVE everything that you get. The fun is in getting to try out new products. As always, I can’t wait to see what I get next Month!

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June Favorites

June Faves

June Faves


Since we are halfway(!) through the year, I thought now would be a good time to reflect on some of the makeup products and tools that I have been getting some good, hard use out of in the past month. I think it’s only proper to give a shout out to the things that have been helping me be the most fierce lately.

Inglot YSM Foundation: I know I just picked this up on my recent trip to Ireland but I can already tell you it’s going to be my favorite foundation. I can’t lie, I don’t think I had a favorite foundation before this…but I do now and I see myself repurchasing it for quite some time. Love the finish, love the lasting power, love the coverage. Love it!

NYX Push-Up Bra for Eyebrows: Silly Name. Awesome Product. I find most brow pencils to be either too hard or too soft. But I’m telling you Goldilocks would use this pencil because it’s Just Right. It also doesn’t have too much red in it, which is another problem with brown brow pencils. The highlighter end, like I said before, is a dupe for Benefit High Beam which is a product I’ve used and loved for a long time.

Cream Products for Face: There are so many cream products that I’ve been using for my face that it was hard for me to pick a specific one. I love using cream blushes/bronzers/highlighters during the Summer for that fresh Summer Glow! They are especially awesome when you have a bit of a tan. Some specific ones to mention are Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer in Warm Tan and the ELF All Over Color Sticks.

Makeup Setting Sprays: I live in Texas. It’s hot. I sweat. A lot. Not a good combination of factors for lasting makeup. Setting Sprays to the rescue. A mist from one of these bad boys give my makeup at least a fighting chance in the Texas Heat. I’ve been using ELF Makeup Mist & Set, Urban Decay All-Nighter, and NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray

Dishonorable Mention: ELF Triple Tip Waterproof Eyeliner Pen. I Love ELF. 9 times out of 10 their products are ah-mazing and perform as good if not better than their high end counter-part. And for a mere fraction of the price. This let me down. It looked like a dupe for the Too Faced 3 Way Eyeliner Pen, which I have and love. The Too Faced is $22 while the ELF Pen is $2. I’m sold! I should have known we were in trouble when the tip of the pen was hard….like scratch my eye hard. How can a felt tip pen be so hard?, I asked. But for only $2, I perservered. It applied ok, other than the hardness, but after I finished my whole face, I noticed that the inner corner of my upper lash line was creeping. Creeping up. Creeping to where eyeliner need not be. My eyes were not watery either. So I did an experiement where I put a swatch on my hand and let it sit. Then I wet my finger and rubbed across it. NOT. WATERPROOF. Sadly, that was the end for ELF’s poor little Waterproof Eyeliner Pen and he will now live out his days in the trash bin.

Ireland/Scotland Haul!

Hauling

Hauling


Husband and I were in The UK/Ireland for 10 glorious days. The scenery, the beer, the climate, the accents, the tartan…and of course, the cosmetics! I had made a list of things that I definitely wanted and managed to track those down (and more) on a quick trip to Boots. I had also wanted to try out some Inglot products so I made it a point to track one of those down in Dublin. I’m actually SERIOUSLY loving some of the products that I picked up…like…may have become new favorites, loving.

Here’s an overview of what I got:

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation and Concealer: I know we have Rimmel in the States but this foundation is not available here, as far as I’ve seen. I have fairly dry skin and don’t care much for really matte foundations and I must say that the finish on this is just gorgeous. It claims to have an Anti-Fatigue Effect and Radiant Glow. I’m not so sure about Anti-Fatigue but it sure has a great glowy finish. Savy likes.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: I had heard nothing but raves about this product and I tell you what, it does not disappoint. SUPER coverage, not cakey, long wearing, perfect.

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze: This was an impulse purchase. The color was real pretty and it reminded me of the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Bricks that I love. The product is a little chalky but the color is just as gorgeous as I thought it would be. A great Summer highlight.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Yummy Plum and Half Naked: I’m pretty sure you can get these in Sephora but I spotted them and HAD to have them because of the name. Plus: They are like a party on your lips. The plumping tingling is like nothing I’ve ever felt. I’m a little obsessed.

Inglot YSM Foundation: Seriously my new favorite foundation. It’s great for all skin types, has a great natural finish, and lasts like a dream. Pretty much everything you want in a foundation. There are a few Inglot stores in the US, but nowhere near me and their website is a little bit of a mess to navigate. I decided to check the stuff out in person in Dublin and I seriously wanted everything but I settled for the Foundation and:

Inglot Freedom System Eye Shadow Palette with Shadows: These are great shadows. Greatly pigmented and easy to blend. They have a crazy amount of colors and at only $6/shadow, they are super affordable. You can either buy them individually to put them in something like a Z Palette or get their Freedom Palettes that come in all kind of configurations. More. Needed.

Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang: Let’s have a moment of silence for the other Apocalips that I purchased but some how managed to not make it back with me! šŸ˜¦ BUT! All is not lost because right when I got home, I discovered that they released them here in the US at Walgreens under the name Rimmel Show Offs. I can’t lie, I like the name Apocalips better! But seriously, my new fave lip product! The pigment of a lipstick with the feeling and shine of a gloss. Go get you some!

Urban Decay We Don’t Do Animal Testing Palette: I picked this up in the Duty Free Shop on the ferry to Scotland mostly because of the cute packaging. Apparently it’s a kind of old palette but UD Shadows are pretty good and something that I don’t have too much of. The Palette included a half size Zero 24/7 liner and a mini Primer Potion. The 6 Shadow Palette includes: Mink, Urb, Gunmetal, Twice Baked, Smog and Half Baked. Pretty Stuff!

We Don't Test on Animals Palette

We Don’t Test on Animals Palette

Bonus Body Product: Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash: This stuff smells like key lime pie…that’s pretty much all I have to say.

So there are my UK Goodies that I was so excited about I had to share! If you guys are close to an Inglot store, I highly recommend going and checking out their products. From what I’ve tried, the products are amazing and VERY reasonably priced.

I miss the British Isles already!

Ipsy Glam Bag: June

Hey everyone! We are back from our UK Vacay and back to the disgusting heat of Texas in the summer. We had an awesome time and I picked up quite a few beauty items on the trip that I’ll share with you guys in a future post. BUT FIRST! Waiting patiently in the mail when we returned was my Ipsy Glam Bag for June and it did not disappoint at all.

Ipsy Glam Bag: June

Ipsy Glam Bag: June


Here’s the breakdown:

Let’s first start with the bag itself. Animal print and neon? Duh! Super cute and it feels more durable than the bag last month. (Not that I’ve had a problem with the bag from last month, just an observation!).

1. J. Cat Eyelashes and Glue Style EL99. These look really nice for a super glam look. The are long and a little flared at the ends, which will be great for a cat eye look. The band doesn’t look bulky or thick so I have high hopes that they will go on nicely. They also say they are 100% human hair….which I can’t lie, kind of creeps me out…are all lashes human hair? I don’t know. Anyway, I’ll try to remember to do a post when I wear them…maybe that false eyelash post that I’ve been meaning to do forever!

2. J. Cat Sparkling Cream Palette in Volta. Another J. Cat product. I’ve never heard of the brand but I’m going to go check out the line for sure. I’m not sure what to think about this glitter palette. It says to use caution around the eye area and I can see why since the glitter comes out super chunky. I’ll stick to my eye-safe Eye Kandy glitters for eye looks. So I guess it’s supposed to be a body glitter product? I’m not quite sure what I’ll use it for but I’ll put it in my professional kit and see if I can come up with a use for it there.

3. Cailyn Line Fix Gel Eyeliner in Iron. I actually have heard super good things about the Cailyn liners and had wanted to purchase one myself. So thanks Ipsy! I got the color Iron which is a pretty gunmetal grey. This stuff lasts for sure. I swatched it on my hand and literally had to scrub to get it off! The only thing to take into consideration is that it dries super fast so you have to work quick. Other than that, I love it and will have to invest in some more colors for super long wear.

4. Starlooks Tickle Me Pink Lip Pencil. I have heard of the Starlooks brand and had been cruising their site not to long ago so I was happy to see something from the brand in my bag. Lip pencils are something that are seriously lacking in my collection. I don’t really wear them as often as I should and never find myself gravitating to them at the store. So many more exciting things than lip liner. Tickle Me Pink is a really pretty true pink color and the pencil glides on very smooth. Not much other to say than it’s a lip pencil, and I like it.

5. NYX Mosaic Powder in Dare. Loves me some NYX and I don’t have any of their blushes so holler again to Ipsy! The Mosaic Powder is a powder blush comprised of 5 colors that you swirl together. The color that Dare comes out being is quite lovely. Not sparkly or matte but a nice satin finish that turns out peachy pink. Savy Likes!

So again, my Ipsy experience is a win! I also got a bonus Bauble Bar Bracelet for having 2 people sign up for the service! Shout out to Monica and Kymberli! If you want to join in on the fun too, click the link below! I’m happy to be back in the blogging groove…even if not happy to be back in America.

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Ipsy Glam Bag: May

I’ve been wanting to try a beauty subscription service for a while now. (I do get the Beauty Test Tube from QVC but it only comes 4 times a year) I went and did some research and after coming across one too many unfavorable reviews on BirchBox, I decided to go with Ipsy! Ipsy was started by beauty bloggers and YouTube beauty Gurus so of course, I had to throw my support their way. They have partnerships with some great brands that include Urban Decay, NYX, Josie Maran, and The Balm, just to name a few. And as an extra bonus, your items come in a different cute little cosmetic bag and you get special discounts on full sizes of products featured that month. I just received my first bag and I am not disappointed.

Ipsy May Glam Bag

Ipsy May Glam Bag


Here’s what I got in my first “Glam Bag”:
Pacifica: Island Vanilla Perfume Roll-on:
This smells amazing. I used to have a Blood Orange Body Butter from the brand that I loved so I’m excited to try something else from the brand. Plus it’s not just a little, teeny sample, but an actual roll-on size product.
Anastasia: Travel Size Clear Brow Gel:
I’ve heard great things about the Anastasia line’s brow products. Brow Gel is not something I would spend a lot of money on so it’s nice to have a small ‘fancy’ one.
Mirabella: Colour Sheers Lipstick in Posy
A full size lipstick ya’ll! This has the consistancy of a lip butter and feels very good on the lips. I love the color too! It comes off pretty sheer and says it has a mango butter base to nourish your lips. Oh La La! I’ve never heard of the brand but that’s why I do this, to try new things!
Yaby: Concealer Refill in Honey:
Let me start off by saying that the actual product seems awesome. I swatched it on my hand, and the consistancy and coverage is amazing. I’m only disappointed because they sent me totally the wrong color. Like, I had to go back to my profile to make sure I didn’t screw something up….but it definitely says FAIR. Honey is the brand’s second to darkest color. NOT for a fair skinned person. Oh well, I’ll put in in my kit and I’m sure it will work great on someone with the right skintone. I’ll probably end up purchasing it in my color though, maybe even a range of colors to put in my professional kit. I liked it that much.
Zoya: Nail Polish in Gie Gie:
Again, I’ve heard great things about this brand of polish and was so excited to see another full size product in my bag! It’s a precious baby pink color with silver sparkle. Perfect for the season and I can’t wait to try it out!

All in all, I’m thrilled with my first Ipsy experience! Super cute bag, (because who can’t have enough cosmetics bags), a couple full size products and some new brands to try. Everything I was hoping for. Use the link below if you want to try out Ipsy for yourself. For only $10 a month, you can’t go wrong!!!!

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{Color} Tattoo Mania

#tattoos

#tattoos


I loves me a good cream shadow. I like to use them as a base for powder shadows or just a sweep of color on its own for a really easy look. I’ve never had any luck with any drugstore cream shadows. They never seemed to have the staying power and anti-crease formula as my faves from MAC and Benefit….until I discovered the Maybelline Color Tattoos. These things are the business! They have a great selection of mattes, shimmers, metallics, nudes, colors: EVERYTHING Girl! The staying power on these is hella good and I have never had a problem with creasing. They are marketed as a ’24 hour’ wear product and I might even believe it. Here are some swatches of some of the ones I have.
#purdy

#purdy


Left to Right: Inked in Pink, Tough as Taupe, Too Cool, Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline just recently put out their Limited Edition Spring shades and I seriously want all of them. They are pastel, irridecent/duo-chrome and downright precious.

#blueparadise

#blueparadise

If you are a fan of cream shadow, I say get thee to a drugstore and check out some of these bad boys! For about $6-7 a piece, you can’t go wrong!

Wild about Wet n’ Wild

Ok Ladies, don’t laugh. I’m seriously digging Wet n’ Wild eyeshadows lately. No really, don’t laugh. I started hearing a lot about the Wet n’ Wild Color Icon trios and pallets on the ‘beauty blogosphere.’ Everyone had nothing but crazy good things to say about them. Watching videos, the color payoff and blendability of these products seemed to be pretty awesome. Now, I don’t know about you, but I had been under the impression for quite some time that Wet n’ Wild was a throwaway brand. We all know the Revlons, Maybellines, Loreals and Cover Girls are the main drugstore brands that could produce some quality….but Wet n’ Wild?! Only teenyboppers bought that business. But for $2.99, what was the harm in trying. I can’t tell a lie, I was a little ashamed going up to the register with my Wet n’ Wild “Walking on Eggshells” trio. I might have hidden it under my other purchases. But I’m here to tell you, I’m a believer! These eyeshadows are awesome. Like, rival my MAC eyeshadow collection, awesome. The colors are amazing and pigmented, and the shadows blend and build well. I seriously have no bad things to say about them. And for $2.99 for the trios and $4.99 for the 8 pan pallets, you can’t beat it. I’ve even gone so far as to try a blush and bronzer from them as well. I was impressed with those purchases. I’ve even heard good things about their lip products. Moral of the Story: Wet n’ Wild has come a LONG way from being the ‘trash’ makeup brand at the drugstore. They have really upped the quality of their products while maintaining their SUPER affordable pricetag. I now buy my Wet n’ Wild products with pride!