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ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I got my goodies from ipsy for this month over the weekend and I’m loving the cute theme. The bag does seem to fit it somewhat too and it’s not flat this time around (a completely flat makeup bag doesn’t sit well with me…like last month’s — don’t get me wrong, they have made others that are flat but they’re not completely flat at all…more like envelope style). Here’s everything that I got from my ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag

First, about the bag…..as I mentioned above it kind of fits the back-to-school theme. I love that it actually has enough space to hold a decent amount of makeup and maybe even use it as a pencil case instead. The bag did get a little squished up in the metallic pink envelope during shipping but fill it out and it’s good to go. The material makes it good to prevent from spills compared to a cloth makeup bag. Beads of water will just run off on it. The first item that caught my eye is the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. It caught my eye for 2 main reasons: 1) it didn’t fit in the makeup bag so it was the only product not enclosed in it and 2) it’s something I want to try but not willing to shell out the money since I have a million mascaras already laying around and about half are open. I hemmed and hawed on whether to open it or not to try it out and decided to wait as I go through a few more of the currently open tubes I have. First item I grabbed when I opened the makeup bag is the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. I’ve found the hair products I’ve been receiving from my monthly ipsy Glam Bags more appealing lately. I really don’t do much to my hair but I keep thinking I should one of these days, so I guess hair products pique my interest a lot. Next item I plucked out of the bag is the J.Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow. The shade I got is called Half Naked and I’ll be passing this along as I’ve been an impulsive shopper lately and have gotten eye shadows in my last beauty purchase (HauteLook takes a while to ship so I’m still waiting). Next item is something I should be more excited about than I was since I have huge pores. I don’t wear makeup to cover pores at all. I usually just have moisturizer on and go. If I wear makeup at all, it’s makeup on top of my moisturized face. Foundation isn’t my thing at all and if I choose to wear any at all, it’s in powder form. But I do have large pores so I will definitely be trying this Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner. Stay tuned for a post on that soon. Last item I got is the Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner. The scent and flavor is citrusy from what I gather. Reading reviews on this, it’s seems to be just as good as any other lip balm and I have about 10 of those currently laying around so I’ll be passing this on. Maybe to my father-in-law since he seems to love lip balms and loses them occasionally.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

J.Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner

Overall, not bad still. I’m very glad that the makeup bag isn’t flat this time around (I still have that one, just trying to figure out what to use it for since it’s very flat). I can’t wait to see what next month’s bag brings!

Zoya Ignite Swatches

This collection showed up at my doorstep recently and it gave me the same feeling as their Wicked Collection from Fall 2010. Seeing Zoya Sansa reminded me of Edyta a lot, but I knew right off the bat that they’re not the same at all. Edyta is still pretty unique to this day. In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Ignite Collection.

First up is my favorite, Teigen.

Zoya Teigen

Teigen caught my eye immediately along with Sansa. Now this one looks more pink on their website than it did for me in person. It was more red. It is described as “a full-coverage pink toned violet with a copper liquid metal”. The coppery gold sparkles in it stands out beautifully when in shade. Formula is very pleasant to work with — almost perfect really. I included several extra shots to show how it looks in all kinds of lighting. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Teigen (in shade)

Zoya Teigen (direct sunlight)

Zoya Teigen (another shot)

Zoya Teigen (close-up)

Zoya Teigen (pink….or red?)

Next up is Remy.

Zoya Remy

Remy is a gorgeous blue that made me think of shades that are fondly referred to as mermaid blue. It is described as “a brilliant indigo with copper and gold liquid metallic”. The coppery gold sparkle is simply stunning in this shade. Formula is very good — just like most of the other shades in this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Remy (in shade)

Zoya Remy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Remy (close-up)

Next we have Autumn.

Zoya Autumn

Among all 6, I feel this screams fall the most. It is described as “a varnished copper liquid metal”. This shade makes me think of red and brown leaves as well as pumpkins. This is the most watery in terms of formula among the 6 shades. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Autumn (in shade)

Zoya Autumn (lighting changed)

Zoya Autumn (another angle)

Zoya Autumn (direct sunlight)

Zoya Autumn (close-up)

Zoya Autumn (lighting changed again)

Zoya Autumn (last shot)

Up next is probably the most talked about shade in this collection, Sansa.

Zoya Sansa

Sansa is a beautiful shade that gave me the pitter patter effect. Make no mistake though — it is not even close to Edyta in color. But the color did take my breath away just like Edyta did. It is described as “a deep eggplant with a gold metallic sparkle, in the flawless full-coverage, liquid metal formula”. Formula is beautiful as with most from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Sansa (in shade)

Zoya Sansa (direct sunlight)

Zoya Sansa (close-up)

Zoya Sansa (look at that glow)

Then we have Yuna.

Zoya Yuna

Yuna is what’s on my nails at the moment. I found this grey to be quite likeable, which is rare because grey is one of my least liked colors. I love the coppery gold flakes in this shade so much that it made it different from all other grey shades for me. This is described as “a full-coverage warm grey with copper and gold liquid metal”. The formula was a little bit on the watery side but it thickened up nicely when I didn’t screw the top shut for a few minutes during application. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Yuna (in shade)

Zoya Yuna (lighting changed)

Zoya Yuna (direct sunlight)

Zoya Yuna (close-up)

Last up is India.

Zoya India

While I love this shade, it shows up as being more red on their website than it really is to me in person. It is described as “a deep, luxurious red with a gold liquid metallic shimmer”. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya India (in shade)

Zoya India (direct sunlight)

Zoya India (close-up)

I LOVE the coppery gold in these shades. It makes the shades look like they have glass fleck finish (where the flecks are large) when in shade. While I think their Wicked Collection is still more stunning than these shades, these follow right behind it in my book. I will say that the finish isn’t metallic to me at all even though the description leans towards that.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

INOVA Professional Silk Keratin Pure Shine Luminous Finishing Gloss

Hey guys! It’s Friday again! I hope this week went well for you guys. I had lunch today with my husband and some of our co-worker friends at one of my favorite joints in Campus Corner. It’s the last day before school starts so we wanted to take advantage of avoiding the crowds. It was crowded today as some of them are in the process of moving in and their families are here as well, but it was worth it. The food was good even though service was slow. Today’s post is a detailed review on something I’ve tried 2 years ago and thought it wasn’t bad, but I was not moved to write about it. I recently started using it again and am ready to give my thoughts on this. Here’s INOVA Professional Silk Keratin Pure Shine Luminous Finishing Gloss.

The product comes in a cylindrical frosted glass bottle container with a pump top and clear plastic cap. The back of the bottle states the following:

Silk Keratin Pure Shine,
a luxurious blend of protein rich keratin and silk with conditioning cocoa, is the finishing touch to seal and shine any style. Hair is treated with a non-greasy protective barrier that blocks out humidity and other environmental elements. Using Silk Keratin Pure Shine hair will feel wonderfully soft, silky-smooth, and will beam with reflective shine.
To Use:
Dispense a few drops of Silk Keratin Pure Shine into palm. Rub palms together. Evenly distribute gloss to hair surface. Caution: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes.”

INOVA Professional Silk Keratin Pure Shine Luminous Finishing Gloss

What I love about this product? This is a product where you can see immediate results. Hair is definitely smoother and shinier after use. I just pump a small amount into my palm and rub my palms together before running them over my hair. I am careful to avoid the roots as I usually do with hair products like this even though it doesn’t leave my hair feeling oily or greasy at all. I use a comb to evenly distribute the product into my hair and let it air dry. The scent is on the warm side and can be pretty strong initially. It does dissipate over time. The shine it brings is subtle but evident. A little goes a long way.

What I don’t love about this product? Nothing! Even when the product retails at $33 for 4 fl oz / 120 ml, I feel like the quality and the results I get justifies the price tag — not to mention too that this product will last you forever! While I love this product, my favorite product from this brand is still the INOVA Professional Silk Keratin The Miracle Mask.

INOVA Professional products are available on their website and at various salons.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Throwback Thursday: Handmade Soaps

Hey guys! It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Throwback Thursday post. I haven’t really been as active on Instagram lately as well. Things are busy at work and I have my personal life to take care of, so those come first. But I passed by these in the guest bathroom today and couldn’t resist. As seen on my IG account here, I present to you a few of the handmade soaps on the guest bathroom counter in our house.

Throwback Thursday Handmade Soaps

I LOVE handmade soaps. Up until a few years ago, I was actively making soaps as a hobby. I use 2 methods primarily: cold process (CP) and melt & pour (MP). I started with MP buy change at a Michael’s store. They had the glycerin base and the process is basically melt the base, color and add fragrance before pouring it into molds. I got fancy with it eventually, making full logs of cake soaps and stuff. I then tried CP and loved it. The problem is I produce at least 12 bars with each batch so I participated in soap swaps on this soap forum I belonged to. As you can see in the picture, one of them was from 2005 (which is at the height of my soap making and swapping I think). It was fun as some were themed and some even had non-soap items but fall into the bath and body category like bath bombs and body butters. Some swaps even have the recipes included to share with others. I eventually had to stop because I was producing too much for any swap and even for giving away to people I know that would appreciate them. Sometimes I’d save a few bars of soap from a swap completely because I liked the look or the packaging. Some I’ve used once just to see what the formula is like but then set it to dry so I can keep it still. The recipe booklets come in handy too if I end up liking a formula, so I can make it for myself. I have a base formula I follow and tweak that I’ve stuck to since 2004. I still have my soap making notebook where I log the recipe of each batch of CP soap I’ve ever made. I use them as my inspiration for when I make my next batch of soap. :)

Laura Geller on HauteLook

If you’ve ever wanted to try some items from Laura Geller, now is a good time if you have a HauteLook account and even better if you have enough things you want from this brand or another (hello, Stila!) to reach $100 for free shipping. I caved and placed an order 2 days ago. While I do wish there were more sets (more value and a nice mix), there was enough for me to hit the checkout. Here’s a few items that ended up in my cart:

Laura Geller Portofino Collection

I mentioned I love Laura Geller sets and that was one of the few that appealed to me. I love her baked stuff a lot, especially the marble ones so this ended up in my cart as well:

Laura Geller Ethereal Duo – Berry

I’ve been wanting this eyeshadow duo for about a month now. I love Rome/Milan that I got with my Beauty Brands order and looked up online to see what other shades they have and this one was calling my name:

Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow Duo – Amethyst/Lagoon

The one that almost made it into my cart but didn’t (because I could only justify adding one eyeshadow duo to my order and chose the one above instead):

Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow Duo – Forest Mist/Unearthed

And here’s something I would’ve gotten if I didn’t end up getting some stuff already from this set:

Laura Geller Baked Highlighter Trio

My experience with her products has so far been really good. It actually surpassed another brand in terms of what I’m looking for (something that doesn’t make me feel like I have makeup on at all, but not that I’m not looking for full coverage or anything like that really). I didn’t want to chance what I like selling out by waiting for the Stila event (went live a few hours ago) but looks like I’m not missing much at all. This ends tomorrow at 8 AM Pacific so grab whatever you want before that!

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