Ipsy Glam Bag: November

November Glam Bag

November Glam Bag


It’s that Ipsy time of the month again. I’m on the fence on whether or not I’m happy with this month’s bag. On one hand, the bag itself is great and I’m not mad at any of the products but it seems like I’ve gotten a few of these things before. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Starlooks Gem Pencil in Topaz – In my 7 months with Ipsy, this has been my 3rd Starlooks Pencil. I mean, there are worse pencils, but there are certainly better. This one in Topaz is a SUPER glittery silver. In a lot of glitter eye pencils, the glitter gets clumpy and the pencil is hard to apply but this one applys pretty smooth. So that’s good, but I’m just not sure how often I’ll wear a super glittery pencil like this. It could be a fun accent on the bottom lash line or good as a super sparkly base for a Holiday look.

BH Cosmetics Baked Galaxy Chic Eyeshadow in Aphrodite – Again, this is the 2nd time I’ve gotten a BH shadow sample in my bag…but this one, I’m not complaining about. I’m a big fan of BH Cosmetics and had been eyeballing the Galaxy Chic Baked Shadow Palette for a while but I’m just not generally a fan of baked shadows. This one, is gorgeous. It’s a beautiful shimmery rusty color that is perfect for the season and the color payoff is fab. Ok BH, I’ll buy your palette!

Nailtini Nail Polish in Champagne – My second Nailtini polish in 7 months. (Are we seeing a pattern here?) The color is a beautiful rose gold. I’ll wear it and if the formula is like the last Nailtini polish I got, I’ll like it.

Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched – I have very fair skin, and this hardly shows up on ME so for them to call it a bronzer is a bit of a stretch. It has a nice satin finish, so I apply it heavily, could probably use it as a nice natural blush. If i just dust it all over my face, it could probably be good to just warm up my complexion. The moral of this is, it will work for me, because I’m so fair, but on people with darker skin tones, this will probably be a bust product.

Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn – I love this. That’s it. I love the color, (a pretty pinky red). I love the formula. I love the name. I love the lip crayon form. Love and Win!

Em Cosmetics Lipstick in Don’t Tell Mom – Em is the new cosmetic line from Michelle Phan who is a popular YouTube Beauty Guru. I’ve heard mixed reviews of her line on the internets so I was happy to get something to try out for myself. The color I got is a BRIGHT hot pink and something that I have a lot of already in my collection. There is no lack of color payoff with this bad boy. You put it on your lips and BAM! It feels good on the lips and the wear is average but I’m not going: WOW! I’m going to go pay $16.50 for another one of these lipsticks. Yeah, a bit pricey. But in my $10 Ipsy bag, I’ll take it!

(Top to Bottom) Be a Bombshell, Em Lipstick, Starlooks Pencil, BH Shadow

(Top to Bottom) Be a Bombshell, Em Lipstick, Starlooks Pencil, BH Shadow

So overall, not a bad $10 investment for, if nothing else, a super cute bag and a LOVE lip crayon.

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Ipsy Glam Bag: September

Glam Bag September

Glam Bag September


Ipsy Time Everyone! My favorite $10 surprise of the month. This month’s theme was classic beauty and the bag was one of my favorites so far. The quality of the bags are getting better and better as the months go on. It’s a pretty royal blue with black butterfly pattern. I’m starting quite a collection of little bags! But let’s get to the good stuff, what’s inside!

Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in Obsidian: This is not my favorite eye pencil but definitely not my least favorite. It’s a bit on the dry side but not dry enough to tug. Because it’s a little on the dry side, it actually stays pretty well on the waterline. Not bad and you can always use another black liner.

NYX Single Eyeshadow in Lanikai: When I took this out of the bag, I LOVED the color. It’s a beautiful dusty blue color. NYX eyeshadows are notoriously hit or miss…and I’m afraid this one is a miss. Even with a primer, the color didn’t go on as nice as it could have.

SKYN Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: I got two sets of these and man, I wish I got more. You put these little gel-like pads under your eyes and they de-puff and cool. They feel SOOO good on the skin and visibly make a difference on your under-eye area. These are the win of the bag for me and I’m going to be looking into purchasing more.

De-Puff Time!

De-Puff Time!


It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara by Elizabeth Mott: It’s so Big: That’s a lofty claim. Unfortunately, it falls short. The formula of this mascara is odd. You take the wand out and it’s almost stringy. When I put it on my lashes, it does nothing more than define it. No length, no volume and doesn’t really build on itself. I guess it’s good for natural days but for day to day wear, I like a little more out of my mascara.

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Big Apple: I wouldn’t go on calling this a tinted lip balm. It’s more like a lip stain. It goes on dry…something I don’t think of when I think Lip Balm. But, this stuff STAINS! I put it on with a balm over it and the color lasted all day. And the color I got is gorgeous. So I like it, and I’ll continue to wear it, but I don’t think of it as a tinted lip balm.

So there’s the goodies I got this month. What did you get? Haven’t gotten on the Ipsy train yet? What you waiting for?! GET ON BOARD: http://www.ipsy.com/?refer=u-hgj5grwiit6y1fo9

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.

Overall, Another great Glam Bag! You can get the fun goodies too! Click the link:
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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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On Cloud 9

Blue Eyes

Blue Eyes


Am I the only one who actually loves wearing blue eyeshadow? A lot of people say it’s dated and 80’s but when done right, I think it can be lovely. I’ve used the On Cloud 9 Wet n’ Wild trio in pieces but never done a look using all three colors together. Here’s the look:
On Cloud Nine

On Cloud Nine


Eyes:
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded
Wet n’ Wild On Cloud 9 Trio
Cover Girl Sapphire Eyeliner
Cover Girl Clump Crusher in Brown
Face:
Flower Tinted Moisturizer
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
L’Oreal Lumi Concealer
Wet n’ Wild Coverall Concealer
ELF Golden Bronzer
theBalm Down Bow Blush
Lips:
Rimmel Show Off in Nude Eclipse

Don’t let anyone tell you what colors to wear. You wanna wear blue? WEAR BLUE!

Naked Week: Day 1

NAKED?!

NAKED?!

First off: GET YOUR MINDS OUT OF THE GUTTER!! I’m not posting nudie pictures all week.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me explain what Naked Week is. Two things I’m not really into/comfortable wearing on myself are nude and matte eyeshadows. Other people, I think can pull off the look beautifully but on me, I’m never satisfied with the result. I think it’s because I’m drawn to bright colors and shimmer finishes so I’m not used to the look of nude mattes on myself. Enter the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette. I bought this a few weeks ago in an effort to try to dip my toe into the nude/matte eyeshadow world but have used it only once. Well this was just unacceptable. So Naked Week was born. I’m going to post a new look everyday this week featuring the Naked Basics Palette on my eyes. This is going to help me become more comfortable with using these shades/finishes and hopefully give you guys some ideas for looks if you have the palette also.

Naked Monday

Naked Monday

Day 1 Eye Look Breakdown:
Today’s look is what I think is a pretty natural nude look. I used my Too Faced Shadow Insurance as a base. Then divided my lid pretty much into 3rds using Foxy, Naked 2 and then Faint from inner corner to out. I used W.O.S. in the crease to blend all of the shades together and finished up the eye with a little bit of Venus in the tear duct area. I lined the lower lash line with Venus in the inner half then faint on the outer half. Then I used my Mally Evercolor Automatic Waterproof Eyeliner in Onyx to tightline the upper lash line and on the waterline. A couple coats of Maybelline The Colossal Volume Mascara on the top and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on the bottom pulled everything together.

Day 1

Day 1


**please excuse my unruly brows** **get thee to a threader stat!!**

What I used on the rest of my face:
Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in Ivory
Revlon Nearly Naked Powder in Fair
Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer in Warm Tan
Benefit Benetint
Benefit High Beam
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant
Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Light
ELF Lash & Brow Clear Mascara
NYX Megashine Lip Gloss in Crystal Soda

So there’s Day 1 of Naked Week. Check back everyday thru Friday to see what I come up with from the Naked Basics Palette!

{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!