Tuesday, March 25, 2014

December Ipsy Bag: The Lost Post

This post was (sadly) long forgotten. I am gearing up to get this site active and full of makeup and style goodness. In the mean time- enjoy!

This month I wanted to change it up and not only share my initial thoughts on the products that I received in my Ipsy beauty bag but share a makeup look inspired by the goodies inside.

Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Smokin Hot
Full pallet of 10 shadows for $24.00.
I like the quality of these shadows so far, but the color selection is not something I would reach for on a regular basis. But, that's part of what makes Ipsy fun. You get out of your comfort zone. I like the dark navy color a lot and will make a point to use this in place of black shadow as liner.

Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset
This brand makes nice products to apply and blend, but the ingredient list is less than savory. The color is really nice, very pigmented. I have just applied it to my cheeks and I really like the red, orange, gold shimmer that shows up even under powder over to set.

Mirabella Eye Blender Brush
I love this brush, it's soft to the touch but the weight of it is so unexpected. It feels great to hold. I'm purposing this brush to be my constantly clean pure blending brush. I've used this every day since receiving this very pricey brush and I'm very happy about how it is working.

Salon Perfect Perfectly Natural Strip Eyeylashes in #53
This are pretty sparce false lashes, which I like. I don't want to bat my lashes with a set of boy entrances (ode to Georgia Nicolson) and have a tornado start up due to an updraft, which is very scientifically accurate with those crazy falsies. While these lashes are natural, they are very sparse. The hairs are very spread out which is a bit frustrating with many slap and go lashes.

J. Cat Beauty Big Lip Pencil in Red Rose
The more I learn about this brand the more pleasantly surprised I am to have received this and even more excited to try other things from the brand. The color is okay, just a bit to bright, true red for daily use, but with a deeper color layered on top I'll be just fine.

Before we get into the look, I just want to make a quick note that the bag for this month is such a nice one.

Now for the fun part! I got a bit carried away. I wanted a simple under-eye, smokey look and wound up looking like a dramatic blue eyed, red lipped vamp.

Monday, December 9, 2013

November Ipsy Bag: Glam It Up

(Massively late post, I apologize)

I am not one to shy away from spoilers. I sometimes like knowing what is going to happen in the future of a TV show or movie, or occasionally books. There is one place I will not stand for spoilers: Ipsy. I love the surprise of "What's in the bag?" in my most dramatic Brad Pit impression. (Extra points if you catch the reference I'm trying to make there.) My sister and I have gotten into the habit of texting each other when we get the mail in, so we don't go instagraming pictures and spoiling the others fun. So, hopefully you have looked away by now, if you're bag has not yet come in.

em Cosmetics Lash Gallery
I'm fairly excited to try this, as em has obviously gotten a lot of online buzz. It is supposed to be dramatically volumizing, unfortunately I can tell as I am still working through a good deal of other mascaras.

Be a... Bombshell Cosmetics Lip Crayon in Shameless
This is a annoying product because it is a nice red with decent staying power and mineral oil. The color is a little bit like that unnatural pink that red lipsticks often stain your lips, so I do prefer this layer rather than alone. So far, it's nice but I don't think I'll be using this up anytime soon.

Nailtini Nail Lacquer  in Champagne 
This is the champion in the bag, I do believe I already did a posting about this a few weeks back. I wore this color for a few weeks in a row, so that will tell you how much I like it. The downside is that it smell very strongly, headache inducing strong, so paint with a fan on.

Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
$18.00 with Kabuki
I have come to like this brand through my introduction of it via Ipsy. I haven't tried much, just a polish that I picked up after receiving a mascara in my Ipsy bag, but I was quite impressed with the quality and I am happy to see another product fall into my collection. This looks like a blush bronzer combo once applied. Definitely a good way to condense on the go.

Starlooks Gem Pencil in Amethyst 
This is okay. It's the second liner pencil I've gotten from Starlooks in my Ipsy bag and, if this is their ambassador product, it's not doing much for my want to shell out cash on the brand. They're okay for liner, if you want something smudgy and smokey, but they wear off so easily, even with a primer underneath. As a shadow base, it fades, as I said, plus who has the time to fill in their eyelid with a slim pencil?

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic Backed Eyeshadow in Sun
$22.95 for full pallet.
This color looks very unappealing in the packaging, a bright orange-red, but after I swatches it I realized it's a lovely warm bronze. A well done surprise. I cant see myself needing the whole pallet, as some BH shadows have proven to be flops, but I think this shadow will be nice for simple days and the summer, though that seems ages away.

I really enjoyed this November bag. So now that it's almost December Ipsy time, what did you think of your products?


Friday, December 6, 2013

Sugar Plum Polish

Zoya has quickly become my go to, must have, and most worn digit accessory. The colors are so rich, they are often a one and done or two layers to get to perfectly streak free. I can't go into an Ulta without picking up one of these beauties, and I can't go grocery shopping without stopping into Ulta. It's right next door! It's too convenient, I can't not.

The Ulta nearest to me, and my grocers, is always pretty horribly stock with Zoya. You can tell that Essie and OPI are queen bee's. Employees and, more importantly, management hardly restock Zoya and I guess the other local customers don't demand the color options the way I do. I'm just one girl screaming about formaldehyde free polish in a town full of traditional lacquer lovers. Usually, I'm lucky to see 11 or so colors. Five I already own, five that have no color appeal to me, and the last one is (cross your fingers) one I want to try.

Stopping into Ulta, this past cyber Monday, I was horrified to see a display of polishes that was pretty much licked clean. The selection was slimmer than usually, but it quickly clicked as to why. By two, get one free. Oh yes, I was very pleased. Even more of a mood lifter was the four polishes I was drawn too. Budget meant only three for me, that day. And boy, am I happy with my choices.

ERIKAA pink, gold, frosty shimmer.

FAYEA gold, pink, burgundy, bronze shimmering beauty.

KELLYA charcoal meets slate purple matte.

In the picture above, I am also wearing Marley, a matte lilac, that I already owned from Zoya. Under my polish I am wearing my manicure staples: two coats of NutraNail Naturals Nail Strengthener and an application of Orly Bonder Rubberized Basecoat. To top the polish off I am wearing Orly Glosser High Shine Topcoat

I think these four colors pair really well together. They make me think of sugar plums, so I'm saying they are perfect for winter, but Kelly is the most winter-y and Faye is saying fall to me. Who really cares about what's in season, though.

I love Erika because, well, one can never have enough pink nail polish. It is always in style, always looks good, and makes you look clean and pulled together. Due to my polish clean out, I have lost all but one pink color. This was a necessary and wonderful purchase. 

Faye and Kelly are so unique to my collection. Faye it is just so sparkly and streak free. I wont even mind the removal process, its that pretty. I could have gotten away with two coats, but I went with three to make it really opaque. Out of the three polishes, this one lasted the longest on my chip prone nails. Kelly is a color I have been eyeballing for a long while. I didn't know if I would like the way it would look on my hands. A silly hesitation now that I see it on. I love it. It was the first to chip on my hand, but that's the way with matte colors in my findings. Kelly had me at the first coat. By the second coat, I was writing our vows.

Help me pick my next polish! What is a must have Zoya color?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Empties of the Week

Up & Up Unscented Baby Wipes
$0.99 for 20 wipes.
These are pretty basic wipes that I picked up in the dollar bin at Target. I didn't use them on my face, just to wipe my hands off after applying foundation with my fingers or to wipe off self tanner.

J.R. Watkins Body Butter in Apricot and Pequi Oil
$11.99 for .6 oz./170 g.
This was a very nice body butter, it hydrated well. I did fell like it was a bit waxy in texture, though it absorbed into the skin very well. The smell was very perfumed, not in a good way. I would consider picking this up again, but defiantly in a different scent.

Thayers Alcohol-Free Cucumber Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera
$9.95 for 12 fl oz/355 ml.
This was another great product with a horrible smell. I mix my own toner with witch hazel, and Thayers is the only brand I have been able to find with out alcohol. I will absolutely repurchase this brand, but I defiantly will be trying the other scents in the line before I come back to this one.

Model Co Fibre Lashxtend Extreme Black Lengthening Mascara
This was a pass off from my sister's Birtchbox subscription. It's one of those mascaras with fibers built in. I really loved how long my lashes looked with this, and I would coat another mascara over this one to thicken them. I really enjoyed it while it lasted. It was on the dryer side, so it became very difficult to work with towards the end. I don't see myself shelling out the cash for this, but I would like to find a fiber mascara at a better price point.

Jordana Fabuliner Bold Felt-Tip Liquid Eyeliner in 01/Black
$2.99 for .08 fl oz./2.5 ml.
I picked this up for a Halloween costume, Amy Pond, and needed tally marks drawn all over my arms. I used this for eyeliner as well and was quite impressed with it both ways. It isn't water proof, but it does stick very well. I had marks on my arm through the next day. I will be picking this up again, and I'm sure I'll be trying more from the brand down the road.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Girl On Fire

Inspired by the Catching Fire, the second movie Hunger Games series, upcoming release I have put together this eye look. I am so excited for this movie release. The second book was my favorite of the three, which may sound odd to many. I think this a perfect dramatic look if you want to doll up for the show, but maybe not look entirely capitol.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowCreme in 13 - Applied on lid and under brow.
Bare Escentuals Eyecolor in Soul - Applied above the crease to the brow and in the inner corner.
NYX Eye Shadow in ES02/White - Applied to the highest point under the brow and in the inner corner.
Bare Escentuals Eyecolor in Joy - Applied to the inner half of the lid.
MAC Pigment in Rose - Applied in the outter half of the lid and through the V.
Ecco Bella FlowerColor Eyeshadow in Earth - Applied to the deepest part of the V and as liner, top and bottom.
Essence Kajal Pencil in 04/White - Applied to the waterline.



What is the scene you are most looking forward too? Tick tock!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

September & October Beauty Box Five Update

I am in the middle of a love/frustration, but not quite hate, relationship with Beauty Box Five. I'll give you a quick update, but defiantly this month is going to be a make or break box.

From September's box:
From October's box:

  • Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, (Not Cruelty Free) Nope. Haven't used this and I don't plan to.
  • Model Co Lipstick Lip Couture in Sunset, (Cruelty Free) I have yet to use this because the Mineral Oil has freaked me out. Still unsure if I ever will.
  • Swissco Glitter Toe Separators I used these, they felt uncomfortable and did nothing but get little flakes of glitter in my polish. How are they supposed to help make application easier?
  • La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes, (Cruelty Free) I like these, though I liked the ones in my Ipsy bag better, as they are bigger. These are to small to remove face makeup and they sting my eyes, so their out for that. They are also really moist, which I know some might love, but they are so drenched the cleanser covers my arms.
  • Nubar Alter Ego Nail Lacquer in Kristal, (Cruelty Free) This is okay. As most glitter polishes it's hard to remove and it's not always my thing to have sparkly nails.

DIY Bath Soak

It's been a long week and it's time to let your body detox. There is nothing more wonderful than a hot soak in the tub. The best part of this soak is that it is made with simple ingredients. Your body does well without all the chemicals and soaps that we often slather it in. This mixture will help nourish your body and give your skin a break from some harsher potions and lotions we often reach for. Oh, and you can usually find these ingredients at your local grocery store, if they aren't already in your pantry.

Get a cup of tea, a glass of ice water, or a tall glass of the bubbly stuff, if you are of age, light a candle, and get the water running.

Into the mix:

Two cups of Epsom salt. Epsom salt is a mineral compound that works as the miracle ingredient in any relaxing bath. There are a whole lot of benefits that an Epsom soak can help with, the things that I love it in the bath because it eases stress and pain while helping to eliminate toxins from the body.

1/4 cup of oatmeal. I would recommend you grind down the oatmeal to a fine powder, because you must remember that this will be going down the drain. Oatmeal is a must for a relaxing tub because it is so calming to the skin and it has healing benefits.

1/4 cup of coconut oil. Coconut oil is the king of oils right now, it seems like everyone and their mother is using it. It is my favorite oil to add to a bath because of it's wonderful smell and inexpensive price. It is an amazing hydrater that will leave your skin soft, a much needed benefit in this winter months.

One bag of green tea, in the bag is best for clean up. Green tea has antioxidants and helps reduce inflammation. Anyone with swollen feet will love adding this.

Two or three drops of an essential oil. You can pick this for either the oils scent or it's benefits. I always reach for tea tree oil because it is such a great antiseptic and, if I'm going to sit in steam, I want my acne prone skin to get a treatment as well. Lavender is a great for calming and inducing sleep. Lemon will help cleans toxins. So, shop your oil closet or do some research and find one that will help heal what ails you.

While you are enjoying this DIY soak, make sure to rub your sore muscles. When working on your limbs, rub towards the heart. When you finally pry yourself out of the tub you will feel relaxed and ready for bed! Before your sleepy eyes take you off, you may want to wipe down the tub so the next person in doesn't slip.

Gift Idea: Mix everything in a mason jar and put a bow on it!