July Favorites

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This month went by SO quickly for me! Here is what I ended up using the most :

Revlon Age Defying Foundation : This foundation offers light/medium coverage but feels like nothing is on your skin. It has a serum-like consistency, leaves a slightly dewy finish, and has SPF 20. I use the shade 10 Bare Buff. $12 at drugstores.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Wine : Although I am in the lightest shade range, and this shade was in the section for the deepest skin tones, I absolutely love it! It reminds me of MAC’s Frankly Scarlett, but a bit more plum-y. $4.50 at drugstores.

Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Mascara : This mascara caught my eye at the beginning of this month due to it’s rubber wand that reminded me of the Benefit They’re Real Mascara. Unfortunately its no where near dupe-material like I had hoped, but this is still a decent mascara; though I don’t think I will repurchase it. $8.99 at Ulta.

MAC Studio Finish Concealer : I’ve had more problematic skin than usual this month, and have resorted back to this heavy duty, cover everything concealer. It’s seriously a life-saver. I use the shade NW20. $18 at MAC Stores or Macys.

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment : I have been loving this product this month because not only is it ultra moisturizing and luxurious, but it has SPF 15! $22.50 at Sephora.

Revlon Colorstay Nail Polish in Cafe Pink : I love the Revlon Colorstay line in general, but their nail polishes take the cake. They go on smoothly and evenly, and last forever without chipping. Cafe Pink is a gorgeous baby pink that reminds me of animal crackers! In the bottle it has a pink sheen, but it doesn’t transfer to your nails. $5 at drugstores.

Pacifica Perfume in Tahitian Gardenia : I rediscovered this perfume after getting it in an Ipsy Bag a few months ago, and have been loving it for this month. It’s exotic and fresh. $12 at Target.

Clinique Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel : I said before that my skin was more problematic than usual this past month, so in conjunction with my super concealer, I used this spot treatment to actually fight the blemishes. This product gets a 10/10 from me! $16 at Sephora.

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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.

 

 

 

May 2013 IPSY Bag

Hey Everyone! This month’s IPSY (My Glam) Bag was amazing! It’s theme was “Spring Fling”, and here is what came in it :

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body Butter

Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Perfume

Zoya Nail Polish in Blu

Juice Beauty Lip Gloss in Pink

Yaby Concealer in Buff

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Intergalactic

The Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Luminizing Body Butter is medium in thickness and smells like fruity coconut. It has quite a bit of pearlized sparkle in it, and contains coconut oil, pearls, and sea minerals.

The Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Perfume comes in rollerball packaging and has notes of gardenia, lemongrass, and white sand. It also has a slight note of sweet sugar. I love the scent but unfortunately it does not last more than a few hours once applied.

The Zoya Nail Polish in Blu comes in the BIG5FREE formula and is an opaque pastel light blue.

The Juice Beauty Lipgloss is a sheer raspberry pink with slight silver shimmer. It has a sweet lemon scent and is extremely moisturizing. As with all Juice Beauty products, it is organic and cruelty free. I absolutely love this lipgloss and will be purchasing more!

The Yaby Concealer offers flawless coverage and lasts all day. It is a cream to powder finish and is absolutely incredible.

Unfortunately, I was not completely blown away by the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow. The pigmentation is not great, and I do not care for the texture. Urban Decay eyeshadows are usually very soft and blend well, but this one just didn’t cut it for me. It is best used as a glitter overlay, than an actual eyeshadow.

You can subscribe to IPSY here: http://www.ipsy.com

Get the Pacifica Body Butter here: http://www.pacificaperfume.com/body-care/coconut-crushed-pearl-luminizing-body-butter-8oz

Get the Pacifica Perfume here: http://www.pacificaperfume.com/roll-perfume/tahitian-gardenia-perfume-roll

Get the Zoya Nail Polish here: http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Blu-ZP653.html

Get the Juice Beauty Lipgloss here: http://www.juicebeauty.com/store/makeup/lips/reflecting-gloss.html

Get the Yaby Concealer here: http://www.yabycosmetics.com/concealer-refill/

Get the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow here: http://www.urbandecay.com/moondust-eyeshadow-by-urban-decay/370,default,pd.html?start=6&cgid=1_502

March 2013 IPSY Bag

Hey Everyone! The March 2013 IPSY Glam Bag was a cute navy and white nautical theme with stripes and anchors. Here’s what came inside this months bag  : (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist 

Glam RX Mini Freestyle Palette

La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes

Yaby Eyeshadow Refills in Seashell, and Azalea Petal

 

The Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist is a hydrating toner that promotes a radiant complexion with rose hip, ylang ylang, grapeseed oil and organic juices. It smells light and fresh, and has a rosey aroma. When sprayed it feels refreshing and clean, but leaves a very slight oil feeling on the skin; probably the grapeseed oil.

The Glam RX Mini Freestyle Palette is so tiny and cute! It is just like a Z Palette in that it is a magnetic board style palette that can hold any brand of makeup product. It has a mirror and would fit in even the smallest clutch. However, it is only big enough for about two MAC eyeshadow pans; so its not the idea palette for someone who wants to bring along larger products.

The La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes handy to have if you are traveling or in a pinch. They contain moisturizing vitamin e, and can be used to remove eye, lip, and face makeup. I do  not care at all for the scent or texture of these wipes.

The Yaby Eyeshadow Refills are great in terms of fitting in the Glam RX Palette ( you could fit about 10) ! I received the colors Seashell, and Azalea Petal. Seashell is a light shimmery color that can dupe for MAC’s Shroom. Azalea Petal is a pink toned brown, almost rose gold. Both colors are buildable sheer and gorgeous, with a lovely texture and finish once blended.

 

Lipstick Collection

Hey Everyone!  This post is essentially a Part 2 to my lipstick collection. I have already done a MAC Lipstick Collection, linked here: http://wp.me/p2O2wx-6c , as well as many limited edition and special feature lipstick reviews and swatches. These lipsticks are just the miscellaneous ones that I currently have in my collection.  (PICTURES AND SWATCHES BELOW)

Clinique Different Lipstick in Think Bronze – a rosey bronze with gold sheen. no scent. $15 at Sephora.

Clinique Long Last Lipstick in All Heart – a bronze raspberry red. no scent. $15 at Sephora.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Coralberry – a warm toned true coral. creme finish. no scent. $6.99 at Ulta.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Apricot Fantasy – a warm nude apricot. pearl finish. no scent. $6.99 at Ulta.

Neutrogena Moistureshine in 500 Coral Dream –  a pink toned coral. spf 20. no scent. available on Amazon.

Loreal Endless in 870 Timeless Tawny – a warm neutral brown with gold shimmer. strong baby powder scent. available on amazon.

Maybelline Color Sensational in 825 Fruit Punch – a juicy watermelon poppy color with slight shimmer. slight sweet scent. $7.49 at Ulta.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lipstick in Flawless – a slightly mauve toned nude. pleasant vanilla scent. available on eBay.

Studio Gear Complete Color in Warm & Cozy – a deep caramel with shimmer. standard lipstick scent. $16 at Ulta.

Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Mango – a vibrant pink coral, slightly red. no scent. $26 at Sephora.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupt in 13 – a juicy light peach. pleasant peach scent. $34 at Sephora.

NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors in 556 Iced Honey – a frosted light bronze with shimmer. strange lipstick/chemical scent. available on eBay.

NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday – a cool milky barbie pink. slight chamomile scent. $24 at Sephora.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in 117 Rose Tea – a deep mauve rose. slight sweet lipstick scent. $25 at esteelauder.com

Chanel Rouge Allure in 91 Seduisante a light nude mauve toned pink. slight sweet scent to no scent. $34 at Macy’s.

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?

 

 

October IPSY Bag !

Hey Everyone! I just got my October IPSY (formerly My Glam ) bag yesterday in the mail! So I thought I’d go ahead and blog about the products that came in it. Check out the video I made about them too :

Anyways I love the Pequi Oil Treatment by Couture Color! I’m so buying a big bottle of this stuff! I just rubbed a small amount into my hair after i got out of the shower and it made my hair so soft and shiny. I noticed my hair felt so healthy and soft throughout the day which was nice because I usually have super dry thin hair all the time no matter what products I use. My hair is fine, so I usually stay away from oils because it makes my hair look greasy even if i don’t apply much, but this one just added mega shine and softness with no side effects. Yay!

The Coastal Scents mini quad that came in this months bag was so tiny and cute! I wasn’t crazy about the bright colors because I’m more of a neutrals girl, but the pigmentation and blendability was good. My favorite color is “Paris Green”, it reminds me of the oxidized copper on the tops of very old european buildings. Also, it is kind of a play off of the “Car Key” color  trend right now. The colors are from right to left : Cloud White, Paris Green, Reef Blue, and Thunderous. 

The Mirenesse Lip Bomb in #4 is a glossy laquer stain that is extact dupe for the Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color in pigmentation and consistency. And like the BM, it stays on ALL DAY! I love these lipstick/stain/gloss blends, so I’m thrilled to have discovered another brand that makes them!

The next two things I’m not super excited to write about because I mainly like to focus on the good products, not the bad. But, these two are just that…bad. The “What’s Your Type?” black mascara from The Balm is one of the worst mascaras I’ve ever tried. The wand is a strange blend of lengthening and volumizing bristles that just don’t work. It made my lashes really clumpy and spidery-in-a-bad-way looking. The formula is equally as strange but its mainly liquidy and just BAD! The Be A Bombshell eyeliner in onyx is pretty much the worst idea for an eyeliner ever. It’s the same size as a Crayola marker. Does that sound easy to use on a small area? Unless you go to costume parties everyday I wouldn’t purchase this, let alone attempt to use it ever.