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ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag

Hey guys! It’s getting colder every single day. For my sanity, the tree is up and half of the presents are all wrapped and stuck under the tree. Yes, a reindeer died cause of that but guess what? I won’t have time to put up the tree after Thanksgiving. I just wanted it out of the way. I’m waiting for more stuff to come in to wrap them up when I stumbled upon another problem — I ran out of wrapping paper. Oh! How did this ever happen?! I have hundreds of ribbons and bows but no wrapping paper. I’m guessing I didn’t see it as a high priority item when I shopped from the after Christmas sales last year and I should’ve. Lesson learned. So with that happening, I had time in my hands to take a few pictures of what I got in my ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag.

ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag

The first item that caught my eye is the Elizabeth Mott you’re so FINE Eyeliner. The shade I got is Glitterati. The packaging caught my eye and while I’m eager to try this out, I have many products already in this category so I’ll toss this as an add-on to a Christmas gift for one of my nieces. Next item up is the TEMPTU S/B Highlighter. The packaging makes me think of baby milk bottles — it’s so cute! The shade I got is Pink Pearl. I have used highlighters before just to see how it works and I’ll be sure to try this one out. Then we have L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil. The shade I got is Wine. I saw this and immediately thought of my niece that loves lip products, so I’ll be saving this one up for her. The consistency is said to be between a lipstick and a lip gloss, which reminds me of the Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain. I wasn’t too happy when I saw that I got the Demeter Pixie Dust Roll On Perfume Oil. While I loved some of their scents, they usually give me a headache shortly after application. I’ll save this one up for an extra in a gift or something. The last item in my bag is my favorite out of everything I got this month. I got the Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in Guys & Galaxies, which is an ipsy exclusive shade. I love this shade! It’s glitter and very pretty. The bag this month is a cute silver glitter zip top made by clothing and accessories brand Forever21 for ipsy. Material is like a plastic coated type where liquids roll of easily — a bonus feature to me.

Elizabeth Mott you’re so FINE Eyeliner

TEMPTU S/B Highlighter

L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil

Demeter Pixie Dust Roll On Perfume Oil

Nicole by OPI Nail Polish

While this bag has been the most disappointing one in months I’m still a huge fan of ipsy. I mean, I did like some of the products I got and it’s just a matter of what I can use more sometimes. This month’s offering just doesn’t apply to me as much, but with such great bags for months now….I can’t really get mad at ipsy for missing the mark in terms of personalization with this one. I can’t wait now for next month’s bag!


NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052

Today’s blog post is on something new I’ve tried from NYC. If you remember my post on their fantastic lipstick here, this is basically a “wetter” or more moist version of that product. It’s not a lipstick but it’s not fully a lip gloss either. Here’s NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color.

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052

This is described as the following on their website:

“Just twist, glide and go! NYC New York Color City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color is here to give your lips a modern and fresh touch. Treat yourself to intense colors for hours with its wide range of amazing shades. With its shiny, stay-put finish, this lip color will become your go-to for an instant twist of color. You will love its beyond-cool pen format for an easy application. Feel the touch of silk on your lips!”

Swatches shown below shows a lone swipe then 2 and then 3 from left to right to show how buildable it is with more layers and pigmentation.

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 (in shade)

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 (direct sunlight)

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 (with flash)

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 (lighting changed)

Verdict? The shade I got is Roosevelt Island Red 052. While I love red shades this just simply does not hold a candle to their NYC Expert Last Lip Color line. With that said, I kind of mentioned earlier that this is almost like a cross between a lipstick and lip gloss. Formula is very moisturizing and slick. The slip is more than one would encounter with most lipsticks. It’s not sticky at all and is lightly scented just like the shade I got from their other line. Again, I can’t nail down what the scent is really but it reminds me of candy. Just like the lipstick, it’s not too strong and it dissipates pretty quick. I get about 4 hours of wear from this before having to reapply it. That’s not bad really for this type of product. I get less though if I eat or drink something. Color payoff is surprisingly better than expected for this type of product and the shine is simply amazing. Another thing I like with this is that I don’t experience as much feathering as I would when using a lipstick. It’s very easy to use and convenient — just apply and go.

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here what it looks like on me with several coats.

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color Roosevelt Island Red 052 IG Post

It retails for about $2.99 or so and you can get them for an even cheaper price when they go on sale or you use coupons on them. This can be found in chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

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


ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Steals: Fall 2014 Makeup Sale

I always end up not getting anything from ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty Steals, which started yesterday. Not this time though! I got into Laura Geller makeup recently (because they’re soooo pretty and no….I haven’t used any of it except one item out of 20+ or so) and couldn’t pass up on this deal for $15:

ULTA 21 Days of Beauty Steals: Fall 2014 Laura Geller Smoldering Skies Eyes & Lips Kit

I’m very excited on that lip shade and the eye shadow/liner. If you go to their link for these beauty steals, you can see what’s coming up and which deals are available both in-stores and online and which ones are online only (like the one I just caved to). I hate paying for shipping (wish they have a free shipping with $25 purchase right now) so I got 2 of these and added another item to my cart to bump my total purchase price up (I’ve been eyeing it anyway). You also get a free full-size Laura Geller I-Care Eyeliner with a $30 purchase from the brand (which I did get since I bought 2 of these). The only other beauty steals that caught my eye are the Stila and Cargo palettes, but the Holiday palettes are all coming out so I’ll most likely pass on them. If I do remember on the day the deal goes live, I’ll probably grab an Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel (finally!). I don’t really do anything for my brows and this may change everything I’ve thought about brow care (which is basically non-existent in my life).

Anything catching you eye from ULTA’s 21 Days of Beauty Steals?


NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441

I haven’t been this excited about a NYC product until this. I got it in the mail and didn’t think much of it. When it was time to try it out, I regret overlooking it earlier. In fact, this is the best product I have ever tried from them to date I think. Here’s NYC Expert Last Lip Color.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441

This is described as the following on their website:

“Time for a COLOR SHOCK THERAPY!
The New NYC Expert Last Lipstick is moisturizing, comfortable and longwearing, it stays on up to 6 hours. Discover the wide range of shades developed to match your every mood and style! You’ll find perfect plummy shades standing alongside true reds, next to creamy peaches. There’s one here for every look, outfit and situation you could dream of.
The all-new Expert Last Lipstick . Who knew you could feel this way about a lipstick?”

Swatches shown below shows a lone swipe then 2 and then 3 from left to right to show how buildable it is with more layers and pigmentation.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (in shade)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (lighting changed)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (direct sunlight)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (with flash)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (lighting changed again)

Verdict? The shade I got is Traffic Jam 441. I absolutely love this classic red shade. I wasn’t excited at first because I actually didn’t think the formula would blow me away. It goes on very smooth and creamy on the lips. There is more color payoff than I imagined there would be. I only needed one coat of this on my lips and I’m set. Formula is very moisturizing — not dry at all as one would expect sort of from what a lipstick would be. It feels almost like it’s a matte formula when worn on my lips, but it’s not matte at all. I can’t nail down what the scent is really but it reminds me of candy. It’s not too strong and it dissipates pretty quick. I get at least 5 hours of wear from this throughout the day without having to reapply it. That’s good for a lipstick since it’s not a lip stain. I experienced some feathering when I checked it at the end of the day. Not bad for not using this with a lip liner, but lip liner is still a must-have with lipsticks in general. There are 20 shades you can choose from with this lipstick line of theirs. For the price it sells for, it’s a guaranteed steal in my opinion. The only negative I can find has to do with the product packaging. How you see it in the shots above is what you’ll get. The lipstick sticks out of the lower tube casing. I like my lipsticks to be protected in the tube casing in case the lid pops off. I do keep my lipsticks in my makeup bag, but once in a while I’d just toss a new shade directly in my purse. It would be a disaster if the lid pops off while in my purse. The product would just get over everything. Lipsticks I’ve seen from other brands actually retract all the way into the tube, but not all so it’s not something I’d take points off from them or anything like that. A couple of other brands package their lipstick the exact same way they do. Just keep that in mind when you’re carrying it around.

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here what it looks like on me with just one coat.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 IG Post

It retails for about $1.99 or so and you can get them for an even cheaper price when they go on sale or you use coupons on them. This can be found in chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

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


Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color

Hey guys! I got the chance to test everything but the nail lacquer so far from Milani’s Limited Edition Bella Blue Collection as seen in the press release post here. Today’s post is on the lipstick that boasts to be this bright blue. The name of the shade is the same as the name of the collection, Bella Blue. Here’s Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color.

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color Detail

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color Detail (with flash)

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color Detail (another shot)

This is described as:

  • Full-coverage, one-stroke lip color
  • Limited Edition
  • Made in USA

The product packaging is different from all the other lipsticks they have, so I thought there was a 50% chance that it’s not made with the same formulation. I was right. I even compared the ingredient listing online to check it. But I didn’t even need to do that to know this. I can feel it when I applied it onto my lips. It’s slicker than the lipsticks from their Color Statement line and it smells different from those. It has a strange almost chemical lipstick smell that is NOT found with their other lipsticks. I will definitely be trying this in an attempt to “de-scent” this shade. Scent is a very personal thing and while some may not find this scent in any negative light, it doesn’t do it for me. I LOVE the scent of Milani’s lip products and this is the first time it has missed the mark for me in that department. The packaging is different too, but the product is housed in a typical lipstick twist tube. Aside from being slicker when applied on the lips, formula is more sheer. I can get decent coverage with one stroke, but I wouldn’t say it’s full coverage. The color is metallic or frosty in nature and only slightly buildable, but if you’re hoping the color you see in the tube to translate onto the lips then you’re in for disappointment. I tried applying more coats to achieve the color I see in the tube and failed miserably. It got streaky and I ended up almost trying to pat the product already on my lips in place. For this lip color, fewer strokes the better. Swatches shown below is one stroke on the left and 2 strokes on the right.

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color (in shade)

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color (lighting changed)

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color (direct sunlight)

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color (with flash)

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here on what it looks like with several coats for maximum color payoff.

Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color IG Post

This retails for $3.99 each and should now be available in select Walgreens, KMart and Fred Meyer stores as well as online on their website.

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