July 2013 Ipsy Bag

Hey Everyone! It’s time again to talk about what came in this months Ipsy Bag!

Big Sexy Hair ‘Weather Proof’ : is a humidity resistant spray that you apply to a finished look to resist humidity and frizz, as well as keep your hair in place (like a hairspray). It smells like a cross between generic hairspray and dental fluoride.

BH Cosmetics ‘California Collection’ Palette : is an eyeshadow trio including the shades ‘Hollywood’, ‘San Francisco’, and ‘Malibu’. ‘Hollywood’ is a deep bright purple, ‘San Francisco’ is a medium sandy brown with gold glitter, and ‘Malibu’ is bright yellow gold. All of these shades are very sheer and blend decently. Unfortunately ‘Hollywood’ is the most poorly pigmented, and ‘San Francisco’ can get a bit muddy. ‘Malibu’ is very similar to Urban Decay’s ‘Half Baked’, but is much more yellow toned.

Coola Mineral Sunscreen : is an organic tinted moisturizer with spf 20. It’s color is that of a light warm bisque, I have “MAC NC20” skin and it gives me a warm glow without getting too orange. It has a very light liquidy consistency, and light but buildable coverage. This product is also green friendly, recycle friendly, and cruelty free.

Pop Beauty ‘Pouty Pop Crayon’ in Fuchsia Flirt : is a twist-up tinted lip balm crayon. ‘Fuchsia Flirt’ is a neutral flamingo pink, and contrary to the name I would not describe this color as fuchsia.

Demeter Roll On Perfume Oil in Salt Air : is an oil based roll on perfume. I got one of these in a previous Ipsy Bag and liked the scent, but unfortunately these are very light, hardly noticeable fragrances and do not last more than a few minutes once applied. ‘Salt Air’ has notes of white sand, ocean salt, and slight mandarin. Although, I love Bobbi Brown ‘Beach’ which has similar notes, I do not care for this fragrance.

 

 

 

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February 2013 Ipsy Bag

Hello! This month’s IPSY (My Glam) Bag wasn’t as great as usual, but I am still excited to try out some of the products. February’s bag came with :

*PICTURES BELOW*

a deluxe sample of Lash Cards

a sample set of Coastal Scents “In The Spotlight” eyeshadow set

a sample of the Pixi Flawless & Poreless face primer

a sample size Pop Beauty Smoky Lash Kapow mascara in Smoky Black

and a large sample of  a MICA Beauty Cosmetics black gel eyeliner

I really like the Coastal Scents eyeshadow set and can’t wait to try it out more. The color sunbeam is really gorgeous and reminds me of MAC’s Woodwinked, but more golden. The MICA gel liner is very black and inky, so I’m excited to try that out even though gel eyeliners aren’t my favorite. The Pop Beauty mascara looks pretty generic; the wand is just a basic volumizing style and the consistency is medium (not wet, not dry). The Pixi primer feels nice in that it is not greasy or extra silicony. I do like that it says it is oil free, hydrating, and hypoallergenic, but I still feel that my Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer is better. I probably will not try the Lash Cards because they seem messy and unnecessary.

Although I have been liking the addition of Coastal Scents eyeshadow samples, I hope that next month’s bag will contain more lip glosses like they did when it was still My Glam. Which bags do you like better? IPSY or the original My Glam?

 

 

MAC Archie’s Girls Collection

Hey Everyone! This post is all about MAC’s Archie’s Girls Collection which is brand new! The theme of this collection is based on the old  Archie’s Girls comics and feature products inspired by  Betty and Veronica. The “Betty” products from this collection are bright, youthful, summery, and bubbly; while the Veronica products are dark, vampy, and sultry. I found myself liking more of the Veronica themed products because they are more for “makeup collectors”, the Betty products are much more basic and neutral. I loved both sides, but if I’m going to buy something that is limited edition, I would rather buy unique products rather than basic ones I can pick up anytime. Here’s what I got :

 

Overall, all of the products I purchased are extremely good quality and highly pigmented. The blushes in particular are extraordinary in color pay-off. The product that stood out to me the most out is the Spoiled Rich quad, the shade Ron Ron Run in particular. If you could get one thing from this collection, I would recommend this. The pigmentation is insanely good and the colors themselves work so well together. Unlike some (most) of MAC’s matte eyeshadows, the matte shade in the quad, Gravel, applies smoothly and blends flawlessly. I would give this quad a 5/5 for it’s quality and originality.

Please let me know which products are your favorites!!

The Top 5 Brown Eyeshadows You Can’t Live Without!

Hey Everyone! Today’s post is about the top five brown eyeshadows that I believe should be in everyones collection. My top five browns just happen to be all MAC eyeshadows but feel free to use this as a guideline for what you already have and or what your favorite brands are. Pictures and swatches are below.

#1.  A Cool Light Brown, such as Wedge, should be an essential in everyone’s makeup collection because it wears so many hats. This type of color can be used as a lid color, brow color, and my personal favorite, the queen of all blending colors! Wedge, for me, is a go-to color for any and every look if i need to add depth to my crease or blend out any harsh edges. It is also an amazing transition color from crease to brow bone.

#2. A Warm Light Brown is another basic must-have for the same reason as a cool light brown. My favorite warm light brown, Cork, is amazing at adding warmth to any look at the same time as blending and transitioning colors. Though I typically prefer more cool to neutral brow colors,  a color like this is excellent if you are trying to add warmth or just naturally have a warm hue to your hair color.

#3. A Medium/Dark Brown is one of the first colors I would recommend picking up as soon as you start collecting makeup. This essential eyeshadow for me is, Espresso, but it’s important for this color in particular to be most suited to your skin tone. I find that Espresso is a neutral brown, but some people could argue it leans more warm or cool; it just depends. The eyeshadow you choose for this category will be a staple color used for many things, so make sure you choose one that you feel works best!

#4. A Warm Red-Brown, like Folie, is a must-have for me because it makes simple, everyday looks seem instantly more high-fashion. I believe this is because most people wouldn’t normally gravitate towards an eyeshadow with red undertones for fear of looking tired or ill. While this is a valid concern when it comes to pink and red eyeshadows, red when mixed with brown correctly, it can be one of the MOST flattering combinations and make you look more editorial and chic. **I like to use this color in the crease and attach to the outer part of the lower lash line**

#5. A Deep Cool Brown is a fundamental piece for all collections, especially for those who love smokey eyes. The most basic and common way to use a color like this is to apply it to the lid/crease and more heavily in the outer corner to add depth for a classic smokey eye. However, I like to use this color with an small angle brush to add insane, natural looking thickness to my lash line. My favorite deep cool brown is Mystery.