I know it’s been a while…but hey! I’m back even if it’s just for a few posts here and there. When I started this blog, it has always been something that I put my energy towards to on my free time as I like nail polish and beauty products. Free time has been harder to come by since the year started. Don’t get me wrong, I do have free time but I choose to spend it doing other things than blogging. If I had more free time then I would’ve eventually put in more posts than I currently do, but this will have to do for now. Thanks for sticking with me still! Anyway, in playing catch up with some posts here, here’s what I got in my ipsy January 2018 Glam Bag.
I like the bag more than I thought I would. In fact, it’s my favorite one for this year so far (since I’ve gotten my February and March one as well). First item that caught my eye is the Befine Exfoliating Cleanser. I’ve actually used this item before I believe. I’m currently using it in my facial cleanser rotation. Next item that caught my eye is the Vasanti Kajal Waterline Eyeliner Pencil. The shade I got this in is called Intense Black. I’ve heard that this product is awesome so I’m definitely keeping it to try it out. Then we have theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer. I’ve been collecting these theBalm minis cause I thought they were so cute! Next we have the Bellápierre Cosmetics StayPut Brow Gel in Licorice. I thought this was a liquid eyeliner or something like that. Not sure if I will keep it as I don’t really do anything with my brows. Last up is the NYX Faux Blacks Eyeliner. I’m actually excited to try this out. The packaging makes me think of unicorns!
Not bad at all and a colorful start to the New Year I say!
Hey y’all! How as this month for you guys? It just flew right on by for me. I know I didn’t get to post much but better late than never! Here’s my take on the ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag.
The bag is very cute and useful for summer! It’s the perfect size to toss in summer essentials like sunscreen, hair ties and lip balm. First item that caught my eye is the Briogeo Rosarco Milk™ Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray. I’m really into leave-in conditioners during the summer season especially if I’m swimming a lot. Next up is the IT Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara. I have a lot of mascaras open right now but I’ll save it for later. The shade I got this in is Black. Then we have Urban Decay Afterglow. The shade I got this in is Sin. While I like this brand, I don’t really have a need for highlighter but I know one of my nieces uses it so I’ll pass this on to her. Next we have the Starlooks Artist Edition – Luxe Longwear Star Stamp + Liner Pen. I wish that they just gave more product instead of putting the cost towards the star stamp end. I don’t really see a use for it except for Halloween or a night out maybe. It’s not something I’d sport everyday (unless I’m Rainbow Brite!). Last up is Caked Makeup Lip Fondant. The shade I got this in is Low Key.
Overall, I think taking the quiz again helped. I liked this month’s offerings better than last month (which I didn’t even bother to blog about). I hope they keep it up for next month!
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.
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.
The bag wowed me more than the contents but that’s alright. I hope next month’s bag is better!
Hey guys! We got some good rain the past few days with a warm Spring this year. I’ve been very busy with stuff related to my 2 best girlfriends that I consider as my sisters so it’s been relatively slow here. But I do intend to pick things up soon! This arrived in my mailbox a few days ago and I was going to blog about it yesterday but I had to go to one of their birthday parties. It’s a special one cause her parents, brother and aunt flew in from India for her upcoming wedding in a few days. She hasn’t been with them for any of her birthdays in a good number of years. They’re the absolute sweetest people ever! I can’t wait to see them again in a few days. Anyway, here’s what I got in my ipsy April 2016 Glam Bag.
I knew after getting last month’s bag, this one most likely isn’t going to be as great. Last month’s makeup bag was just so, so pretty! This one’s not bad but it certainly didn’t have the wow factor that I got from last month’s makeup bag. Anyway, first item that caught my eye is the pur~lisse Beauty Blue Lotus + White Tea Sheet Mask and Blue Lotus + Seaweed Sheet Mask. I originally thought that I got 2 of the same thing but it’s actually 2 different ones. I LOVE face masks and actually have a ton of them that I’ll be blogging about eventually — so naturally I can’t wait to try these out. I have tried an item or 2 from this brand and while it didn’t blow me away it performed as expected. Next up is the City Color Cosmetics Highlight Trio. While I think this is an awesome palette, I’ll be giving this away as an extra gift item to one of my nieces probably. I have enough highlighters AND I don’t even use any of them! Then we have my favorite item from this month’s bag: Tarte LipSurgence™ Lip Crème. The shade I got is called Wonder. I don’t have this shade and I’m definitely keeping this one. I love Tarte products — their products are of good quality in my opinion. I have to retake the quiz again cause I keep getting makeup brushes and I don’t really need more. I don’t even use anything that requires a makeup brush really. I got the Luxie Beauty Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522. The bristles are so soft though and I’ve read that people love it. I’ll set it aside as an extra item in a beauty gift bag for someone. Last up is the Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer. The shade I got is called Irina. It’s a gel polish, no need for base coat it says and it won’t stain your nails. I might keep this but it’s not really a shade I usually go for, so we’ll see.
Overall, not bad but I hope next month’s makeup bag is cuter than this. I do like the shape and size of it though as it holds my phone and cards in it. I find that very handy.
Hey guys! I’ve been gone for the past few days due to some life stuff. It didn’t help that the first tornado of the season for me came along last Wednesday. It was surreal because the sirens did not go off until after my FIL called us to ask if we were in a safe spot already. But while it did land in our town, it wasn’t in my immediate area. I’m just glad it wasn’t a strong one like the May 20th one from 2 years ago. Moving on, today’s post is on an eye shadow palette that I’ve been testing for the past few days. Here’s theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette.
The packaging for this is the nice version. There is a naughty version too with girls on the palette with the eye shadow shades strategically placed over their bodies. Both versions contain the same shades, only the packaging appearance is different. At $36 for 0.382 oz of product in 12 different shades, this palette is actually more versatile and affordable than I originally thought. It’s much bigger too. I balked at the price of this for the longest time because I thought the sizing of this palette is about half of what it really is. I thought it’s a more compact palette and didn’t think that it warranted the price tag. When I got it, it was larger than the regular size Hershey’s chocolate bar. This slim palette comes with a dual-ended eye shadow and liner brush. I actually liked that it’s not a foam applicator but an actual brush. The palette itself is made of sturdy cardboard. I just make a note to avoid getting it in contact with any liquids as it’s something I don’t think about with non-cardboard palettes. The first shot above shows the palette in a cardboard sleeve bearing the same design as the actual palette. I kept it to provide more protection to the palette. The palette has a magnet enclosure. While most of the shades are quite pigmented, they are inconsistent in terms of texture. Some are slightly sheerer than others and little bit on the chalky side. I have this issue with Sultry for sure. Silly applied a little patchy for me when swatched on the arm but fared better when I applied it on my eyelids. I was originally worried about Sexy and Serious but it proved to be unwarranted (at least as a liner). Both performed nicely as a liner on my water line. I was actually very impressed that at the end of the day they stayed put with minimal wear. The way it wears actually gave me more of a smoky look than the dreaded raccoon eyes. I’m sold at this point. The lighter shades like Sassy, Stubborn and Stand-offish can definitely be used to highlight. Swatches below are shown from left to right and top row then bottom row. I used 2 swipes of each shade to show texture differences and consistencies.
Overall, a good palette for the price you’re paying and the quality you’re getting. This palette is available at wherever theBalm products are sold including Beauty Bridge.
*Products featured here are received complimentary to test from Beauty Bridge.*
Hey guys! I got this month’s offerings from ipsy a few days ago and I’m happy to say things are looking up! I had a great run with ipsy for a long time and then the stuff I got from the last few bags just didn’t really do it for me. The bags itself were more misses than hits lately too although I tried to stay positive about them all. This month’s a whole different story! Here’s what I got in my ipsy March 2015 Glam Bag.
While I ‘m not a huge fan of floral prints, I absolutely adore this month’s bag! The colors are so pretty and soothing. It’s refreshing and I think I’m going to pass this cute number along to one of my nieces. The colors in this just reminds me of her. I’ve never heard of the brand Chella so I was curious as to what the product could be. I thought it was an eye shadow pencil initially, but it’s actually a highlighter. I don’t highlight at all, so I’ll save this to pass it on to someone who does. Next item is from a brand I am very familiar with. I’ve never tried anything from Sexy Hair before until I got one of my favorite hair care items to date (Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner) in my ipsy January 2014 Glam Bag. With that said, I’ve been looking for another leave-in hair treatment and the Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil fits the bill. The NYX Butter Lipstick shade I got is called Little Susie. It’s a very pretty shade that I actually like — I’m keeping this one. I heard the formula is quite lovely, so I’m looking forward to providing a full review here soon. I also got the MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow this month and like most eye shadows I get from my past ipsy glam bags….I’ll be passing this one to someone else who can use it. The last item I got is the dr. brandt® pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion. This item intrigues me and I’ll be trying it out starting tomorrow. I don’t wear any makeup at all usually (just moisturize and go!) and I’d like to see if this actually works. I have pretty big pores that I detest, but I like the ease of not wearing much makeup at all (aka moisturizer only).
Now that this bag got me all excited about ipsy again, I can’t wait for the next month’s bag! 🙂
Hey guys! It’s been a while! I do apologize but life gets in the way and it always comes before the blog. Aside from general life stuff, I have been going candle crazy lately at Bath & Body Works’ semi-annual sale that ended recently. I LOVE candles, but have refrained from really getting into them until I saw stuff about their Sweet Shop line released last year. I was bummed that I missed out on them but I found out that some stores still had some of those scents! It’s basically me playing catch up with a year’s worth of released candle scents that I like. I even got my co-worker sis Renu to pick some up for me when she was in Dallas. Some are White Barn (candle brand and sister company of BBW) exclusives and that’s the closest one to us. Her brother is in the Dallas area so she picked some up for me when she happened to stop by. I didn’t realize she was a huge fan of candles too until recently. I remember her stating she likes candles but I thought it was more like just liking something in general. I’m so happy to have someone around me that appreciates the joy a scented candle brings! I got this in the mail a few days ago and I’ll be honest….I just left it on my kitchen counter for a few days. I did open it but nothing wowed me (versus shipments of scented candles, that is). I got the chance to go through it 2 days ago and wow….I am unexpectedly surprised by the most unexpected item I got. Here’s what I got in my ipsy January 2015 Glam Bag.
My first thoughts are on the bag….not bad. I like this one much better than a few of their recent ones. I do love the material it is made out of. It will provide some protection from stuff like water droplets on a rainy day. The first item that caught my eye was the Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eye Liner. I do have a decent amount of this kind of product on hand from other brands, but there’s something about this that makes me want to try it out. I’m hoping it’s a winner since eye liners can be hit or miss really. I tend to like the ones that have a creamier formula in stick form like from Milani. The shade I got is in Storm, which is described as slate grey. The next item I looked at made me scratch my head for a moment because of the product packaging. I’m cycling though my facial moisturizer soon, so I’ll give this a try I think. My only concern is with the scent of this product. I read some reviews from fellow ipsy subscribers and they mentioned a cucumber type of smell. I don’t tolerate cucumber type scents well in beauty products especially on my face. I don’t know….I may just pass this on for someone else to try. The Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo made me think of the Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer I have. It’s a product that I’d use in a similar manner. I’m not sure if I’ll get to try this as I have several of this type of product open at the moment from various brands. Next item is the Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow. The shade I got is in Treasure. It looks to be a nice shade but I’ll be passing it on to one of my nieces since I have too many of this type of product (yet again) open already. This is the first time I actually thought about canceling my subscription. I keep getting stuff that I already have a ton of! The last item is my favorite from this month’s bag. That actually surprised me because I overlooked it due to its super simple packaging. It’s the gem in my bag this month. I already tried it and I love it! It’s slightly minty and fresh. It goes on clear and reminds me of Neosporin Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy but a little more viscous.
Lesson learned for this month is to not judge a product solely by its packaging! I’m ready for next month’s bag now. 🙂
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.
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.
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!
I have never been a fan of nude palettes. I personally prefer jewel tone colors and shimmer in palettes. So imagine my surprise that I actually considered picking this beauty up when I saw it in CVS. I considered, but never did. I usually get all my makeup at CVS only if there’s a good deal going either with their ECB deals or with the red machine coupons combined with the weekly sales. When I finally got my hands on this it was a moment of “I can’t believe I didn’t get this sooner!” and just pure amazement. Note that this is definitely not a product for everyone. Read on to see why. Here’s my take on Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette.
The front of the box packaging it came in states the following:
Create the Perfect Nude Glow!
How-To-Guide + Mirror & Applicators Included”
The product packaging is extremely adorable. It’s so pretty and sexy as well with the lace details and ribbon. The color scheme they chose for the packaging goes really well with the colors found in the palette. This product comes in 2 shades, Natural Nude and Warm Nude. The one I have is Natural Nude. Each palette houses 16 different nude shades that are all shimmer in nature. Here’s the first indicator if this palette is for you or not. The shades are all shimmer regardless of which palette you choose. If you are NOT a fan of owning an all shimmer nude palette, it’s best to pass on this. The shimmer isn’t subtle at all even though it’s not a full on glitter bomb type of shimmer. The instructional guide is located in the back flap of the square cardboard packaging. I didn’t think much of it in the beginning, but it does actually contain very useful information for me at least. It gives suggestions on how to use the 12 shades in the palette. For the eyes: row 1 is suggested to use to highlight, row 2 as base on eyelid, row 3 used to contour and row 4 as eye liner. For nude contouring, the guide just breaks it down as row 2 for blush and rows 3 and 4 for bronzer. I didn’t follow the instructional guide to a T being that I did find it a bit ridiculous that such shimmery shades are used to highlight. I used it only as a highlight for the inner corner rims of my eyes and that works well. My personal opinion is this product is too shimmery for my use for that purpose. Still doable depending on where you’re trying to apply it to highlight. BUT with that said, I think this palette’s strong suit is that it’s wonderful as a nude eye shadow palette. I find the formula to be very pigmented and powdery. You will experience some fall out with this. This doesn’t bother me at all though for the product price point. If this was a high end brand, then yeah….I have a big problem with that. I did end up using the foam tip applicator it came with along with the mirror and gently packed the product onto the eyelids on the first try. It stayed on nicely for 5 hours with minimal wear. It definitely would’ve lasted longer (maybe through the entire day) with a primer. As a blush and bronzer, it’s on the shimmery side. If you’re not a fan of shimmery blush or bronzers, only get this if you are strictly using this as shimmery eye shadows then (or try working with this as a highlighter, which I have minimal success with). I did try the shades for blush and bronzer and it almost was too shimmery for my taste. I’m glad that I still find it usable or else this palette would be a no-go for me. As eye shadows alone they’re great but I didn’t want to be stuck with a palette of 12 shades that’s just for eye shadows, so this is still a win in my book. I didn’t use the brush that came with this since the bristles are a little bit on the rough side, but it will definitely work in a pinch if you decide to carry this palette around. Swatches shown below are one swipe of the product with the foam applicator from left to right and top to bottom of the palette.
I do intend on picking up the Warm Nude palette later on when CVS runs a good deal for this.
This retails for about $13.95 and should now be available at various mass retail and drugstores as well as online on their website.
*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
Hey guys! I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve taken time to do some of the DIY stuff for my upcoming wedding. I’ll share some of it later on in the future. I also finally took the time to paint my toenails a pretty shade of blue (Sephora Blue Strass) while watching Amityville. I’ve been on an old horror movies kick lately. I watched The Initiation the other night and man, I find old horror movies better than the ones we get these days (maybe with the exception of ones like Insidious). Even though the movie quality isn’t as good, the props and editing are subpar compared to movies of current times….they’re so much better in terms of concept and thought and even execution on some! But anyway, today’s post is on another new offering from Milani for 2014! Here’s Milani Brow & Eye Highlighters.
These are described as:
- Perfect duo for a luminous effect around the eyes
- Can be used as a brightener, highlighter & eye shadow
- Brow lifting, light diffusing pigments
- Defines the eyebrows
- Emphasizes a fresh complexion under the brow arch
- Easy to use and blend
- Sharpens with Milani’s Duo Pencil Sharpener
- Made in Gemany
I wasn’t sure how to use this product initially, but after reading the text on the packaging and experimenting a little — it’s not that hard really. Each pencil comes with 2 shades on the 2 different ends. There are 3 shades to choose from and you can decide based on the swatches which ones might work on you best if you’re not getting all 3. For the price though, they’re pretty affordable. For the first 2 shades, one end is matte and the other has a light tinge of shimmer. The last shade (03) has 2 non-shimmery shades with one end that’s light and one end that’s dark. It’s the only shade, for me, that I can use the dark end directly on my eyebrow as an eyebrow pencil. The other 2 shades (01 and 02) are strictly everything but on the eyebrow use for me. I’ve used the lightly shimmery end on the inner corners of my eye to make my eyes pop as well as on my eyelid as an eye shadow. I’ve used the matte end of these purely as an eye shadow base and a highlighter underneath the brow bone. Do apply a light stroke and blend as my mistake the first time was applying too much. I tried blending it out, but no dice. I’ve put on too much product and it definitely gave my brow a new look let me tell ya! Formula was a dream. They’re so creamy and pigmented. Lasting time was long. I got at least 8 full hours from it before I removed it when I got home. It doesn’t give a fine line for the thinner and sharp end of the eyebrows unless you get use out of it to a point where you need to sharpen them, but that’s alright with me — I don’t really intend to use this on my eyebrows at all. If you only intend to stick to one shade only, I’d go with either 01 or 02 in whatever shade goes with your skin tone more. In swatches shown below, I gently swiped the pencil ends twice onto my arm for each shade to show how creamy and pigmented they are.
These retail for $6.49 each and should now be available in retail stores where Milani is sold. Otherwise, try nabbing it online on their website.
*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*