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.*