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ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag

I got this in a few days ago. While I knew I’d like the bag, I didn’t know that I’d like it this much! It’s quite beautiful really and I appreciate it even though it’s not my typical style. Here’s what I got with my ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag.

ipsy August 2016 Glam Bag

The bag is much, much prettier in person. The first item that caught my eye is the Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash Off Mask. I love face masks especially mud type ones. I haven’t been using any lately though as I introduced the use of the PMD in my skin care regimen so I pretty much kept my facial routine very simple while my skin gets adjusted to it. Next item that caught my eye is the Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer. The shade I got this in is called Sunkissed. The packaging is so cute but I have too many bronzers open already and I don’t even use them so I’ll be tucking this into my extra gifting pile. Then we have Ciaté Paint Pot. The shade I got is in Dangerous Affair. It’s not really my type of shade so I’ll be throwing this in as an extra gift as well. Next we have OFRA x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter. Another item that I don’t really use as is so to the same pile it goes. Last up is the Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner. The shade I got is called Black Magic.

Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash Off Mask

Pacifica Sundreams Lotus Infused Bronzer

Ciaté Paint Pot

OFRA x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter

Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner

The bag wowed me more than the contents but that’s alright. I hope next month’s bag is better!

L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Primer

Hey guys! Long time no write! I’ve just been busy on the last few weeks before the Fall semester starts. I’m really heavy into snail mailing right now and recently got in the latest stamps. The Pet ones are so cute! The last ones I’m waiting for are the Star Trek ones. They didn’t wow me as much so I didn’t wait for that pre-order to become available when I placed my massive order. Today’s post is on something I got from my latest Influenster Vox Box. Here’s L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Primer.

L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Primer

The Influenster insert states the following about the product:

  • INSTANTLY FULLER & LONGER LASHES
  • NOURISHES & CONDITIONS
  • WORKS WITH YOUR MASCARA

PRO TIP: APPLY PRIMER THEN MASCARA TO ONE EYE AT A TIME, BEFORE THE PRIMER DRIES.

What I love about this product? I love that the tube is the same size as the mascara they’re promoting to use with this. The OCD in me is very pleased with that. I also love that the formula is very easy to work with. Just following the directions yielded great results. I was able to see a big difference consistently with using this product. My co-workers noticed the difference and so did my husband. Work fast and with a light, steady hand. Note that the formula is white in color. I haven’t had a problem with that but if you apply mascara too light the white may peek through in that case.

What I don’t like about this product? If you get heavy-handed, you might end up with clumping and the spidery lashes effect. I find that the more I use it though the better I am at gauging how to apply it for best results.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.* #LorealMakeup

Zoya Seashells Swatches

Hey Guys! Today’s post is a longer one as it’s on an entire nail polish collection released for the summer. We’re still in summer so get these shades on! And if you know me by now, you will know that I’ll tell you to wear what you want no matter what time of the year. Here are swatches for the Zoya Seashells Collection.

First up is Levi.

Zoya Levi

Levi is a beautiful pale or light gold shade. It is described as “a beige gold, textured PixieDust with medium holographic hex glitter”. This is my favorite shade in this collection. Formula is good as with the rest of this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Levi (in shade)

Zoya Levi (direct sunlight)

Zoya Levi (close-up)

Just to show how shiny and jelly-ish squishy it looks like with top coat on, here’s Levi with one coat of top coat over it.

Zoya Levi with top coat (in shade)

Zoya Levi with top coat (close-up)

Next is Zooey.

Zoya Zooey

Zooey is a pretty pink shade. This is described as “a classic pink, textured PixieDust laced with a fine thread of gold and medium-sized holographic hexes for an added layer of dimension”. Formula is very nice and the golden flash gives its stunning duochrome property. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Zooey (in shade)

Zoya Zooey (lighting changed)

Zoya Zooey (direct sunlight)

Zoya Zooey (close-up)

Then we have Tilly.

Zoya Tilly

Tilly is the one I thought would be my favorite but it got beaten by Levi. It’s a stunning silver shade that is described as “a starry grey, textured PixieDust with a small holographic glitter interwoven with a darker gunmetal” and “perfect for hot nights out on the town!”. It makes me think of other super glittery shades like Color Club Magic Attraction except that’s purple. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tilly (in shade)

Zoya Tilly (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tilly (close-up)

Next we have Bay.

Zoya Bay

Bay is a an odd one. I like it in the bottle then didn’t really feel it when I applied it on my nails and I liked it even less in pictures. Thank goodness though it looks better in person than in pictures. The shade itself made me think or Frozen’s Elsa. It is described as “a sky blue, textured PixieDust with fine silver and gold glitter creating a dreamy effect”. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Zoya Bay (in shade)

Zoya Bay (direct sunlight)

Zoya Bay (close-up)

Here comes Linds.

Zoya Linds

Linds is a red that — I’ll be honest — pictures horribly. I hated how it looks in the pictures under direct sunlight but it looks much better in person. In the picture, it makes me think of bright red candy and blood ala what you see in cartoons. It is described as “a red PixieDust with red and fuchsia glitter to mimic the look of maraschino cherries dipped in sugar!”. It doesn’t look as red as in the bottle really. This is actually one of my favorites in this collection (it just pictures horribly in my experience). Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Linds (in shade)

Zoya Linds (direct sunlight)

Zoya Linds (close-up)

Last up is Cece.

Zoya Cece

Cece is a meadow green shade that makes me think of cartoon frogs like Kerokerokeroppi from Sanrio. It is described as ” a full impact green, textured PixieDust with a thin vein of gold creating a fizzy lemon-lime effect”. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Cece (in shade)

Zoya Cece (direct sunlight)

Zoya Cece (close-up)

Zoya Cece (different angle)

There are some shades here that I don’t recall them having, so I find this to be a balanced collection. I do wish there was something more that pops with these shades but it could’ve been worse so I’m satisfied with these!

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

frank body Original Coffee Scrub

Well, well, well. The heat has become slightly (HAHA! says everyone else but I like being warm and warmer weather) oppressive now since it’s the middle of summer. I decided to give something I got this from my ipsy June 2016 Glam Bag a try. Here’s my take on the frank body Original Coffee Scrub.

frank body Original Coffee Scrub

What I love about this product? I love the scent. Unless you hate coffee scent, this smells so good to me. I’m not a coffee drinker but I LOVE the scent of coffee and this makes the whole experience lovely. Using this the best way possible is to get your body wet then turn off the shower and then rubbing a little bit of the product onto your body. I decided to go wild and wanted it to feel luxurious so I used the entire bag in 2 showers. I like the scrubbiness although if you have sensitive skin this is probably not for you. My body feels clean and refreshed with the lingering scent of coffee that fades eventually. Ingredient list is as natural and you can get for a coffee scrub.

What I don’t like about this product? Honestly, I do find the leftover residue a little more oily than I’d like. You can definitely skip the lotion when using this.

More information on this item is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried by selected online retailers such as Amazon.com.

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You

Hey guys! Today I have a shade from Finger Paints. It’s one of the new shades they released earlier this year as part of their core collection. Here’s Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You.

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You is such a pretty glitter shade. I was thinking it’s like any other glitter shade I have (and I have tons of them) but this manages to stand on its own still. This shade is made up of gold and purple larger sized hex glitters sprinkled with some iridescent pinkish smaller hex glitter in a slightly purple tinted base. Formula is good but note that glitter pieces can go on pretty sparse even though it evens out with a thicker coat. Shown is one with no top coat.

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You (in shade)

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You (lighting changed)

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints I Am So Enameled By You (close-up)

I would layer this shade over something like fuchsia or magenta. I think all the glitter pieces in this shade will pop against that color.

These should be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for around $4.99 each or less if it’s on sale.

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

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