Okay, so it has been a quiet month for me here. I took time to just focus on my life outside of the blog and I’m finally back — refreshed and all. A few sales I took advantage of helped with that too. What did you guys get on Black Friday? I only did minimal online shopping for Christmas. In fact, I have a good amount already wrapped up! Haha! Anyway, before I let November slip away…here’s my post on the ipsy November 2016 Glam Bag.
The bag has a cute pattern and the material makes me think it’s neoprene or something like that. Not my favorite kind of material, but cute still. First item that caught my eye is the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. I’m trying this out next week as I am running out of my current moisturizer. Next up is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I love mascaras. In fact, I have about 7 open ones currently. I just have to get myself to use them more these days. Next we have Absolute New York Matte Stick. The shade I got it in is Dark Red. I thought about keeping this but I already have a few red matte lip colors that I think my nieces would enjoy it more than I would. Then we have the Starlooks Cream Eye Shadow. The shade I got it in is Rose Gold. I honestly don’t care much for cream eye shadows so this will go in my bonus gifting pile. I’m sure one of my nieces would enjoy playing with it. Last up is Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush. I don’t use makeup brushes that much and I already have a ton. Off this goes to the gifting pile! In all fairness though, the brush is super soft to the touch.
I took the test again to eliminate from getting makeup brushes but I’m still getting them about once every 2 months?! But I’ve read complaints on their quiz and how inaccurate it can be. Even so, I can’t wait to see what next month’s bag is like!
I got this in a few days ago. I’m keeping almost everything I got in this bag. A lot of times I would keep only one or 2 items and have the others as stocking stuffers or extras in a gift, but this time I’m keeping and using 4 of them! Here’s what I got with my ipsy October 2016 Glam Bag.
The bag is quite cute and the material strikes me as being waterproof or water-repellent at least. First up is the Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser. The green colored tube stuck out like a sore thumb to me in the group. I’m dying to try out a new cleanser as I’ve been using the same one for about 2 months now and I don’t think I really like it. Next item that caught my eye is the MeMeMe Blush Brush. It has a nice handle and is fluffy but this is the one item I definitely won’t be using so off to the gifting pile it goes. Then we have the noyah Lipstick. The shade I got is in Smoke. I would’ve preferred the other shade available, Currant News, as that one is more “red” than Smoke (which is more “nude”). But I’m still keeping it as my hubby generally likes these kind of shades on me. Next we have Ciate Fierce Flicks Eyeliner. I’m keeping this as I don’t have that many eye liners with the felt tip. Last up is theBalm Blush. The shade I got is called Cabana Boy. I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E this shade! Definitely my favorite item from this month’s bag!
I can’t wait now for next month’s bag!
Hey guys! I’ve been itching to write this post ever since the first day I put it to the test but I needed to use it for at least a few days for a full, comprehensive review. Today’s post is on something I got from my latest Influenster Vox Box. Here’s Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color.
The Influenster insert states the following about the product:
Meet the wonder that stretches the limits of longwear lip color, SuperStay 24® Lip Color. This longwear lip color won’t cake, dry, flake or fade thanks to our unique Microflex technology that leaves lips feeling fresh through 24 hours of wear.
HOW TO USE/APPLY
Step 1. Apply liquid lip color to clean, bare lips.
Step 2. Allow two minutes to dry, then apply the ultra-conditioning balm to seal in moisture.
Step 3. Reapply balm as needed.
Step 4. Remove with an oil-based makeup remover.
What I love about this product? I followed the instructions carefully the first time using the shade Constant Toast 136. First off, this shade does not work on me. I don’t actually know how it would work on anyone else. I’ve tried it a few times, applying it thin and applying it thicker, but the shade always ends up looking streaky or patchy. I gave up on it after a few tries. But what testing that shade did tell me is that it is long-lasting. I moved on to the bold red shade called Keep Up The Flame 025. I LOVE this shade and it actually looks decent on me. This shade is opaque and it applied beautifully compared to Constant Toast 136. I got lots of compliments on it when I wore it to work. My most recent work day of testing it basically lasted me for 11 hours before it started to flake off obviously. I didn’t really care if it did at that point as the work day is way over and it survived through 2 full meals (where I did have food with a decent amount of oil content) on top of constantly drinking water the entire time and some afternoon snacks. I didn’t reapply the color at all, just used the balm whenever I felt that it needed some moisture. The lip color is basically like a stain and it looks matte to me before initial application of the balm to seal in moisture. At the end of the work day, around hour 9, I can see some wear on the inner part of my lips mostly. That is where I would expect it to be with my constant water intake and having 2 full meals on top of some light snacking. I even tested this through a full shower by chance on another day. I put in on about an hour before I needed to hop into the shower and while I didn’t scrub my lips, I did wash my face with a facial scrub. I came out of the shower with it looking just as good and vibrant as I did when I stepped in. For removal, easy peasy with an oil-based makeup remover.
What I don’t like about this product? Aside from the shade Constant Toast 136, maybe the claim that it lasts for 24 hours. I put this claim to the test over the course of 2 weekends and the lip color did not last anything close to 24 hours. I got through 12 hours where some really obvious wear was starting to show but I don’t see this lasting for 24 hours at all. It was all but gone by 17 hours. Also, they should consider portioning the lip balm part more and the lip color less or sell a full stick of the lip balm by itself as you will run out of the balm before the lip color.
More information on this item and other products the brand carries is available on their website here. Products from this brand is carried at other retailers too both online and in-store.
*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.* #SuperStay24
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.
I finally, FINALLY got my Walmart Spring 2016 Beauty Box a few days ago. I was wondering if I was even gonna get one since I’ve seen people get theirs a few weeks ago. I thought maybe there was something wrong with my billing or there was some glitch. But nope, here it is in all its full glory:
Everything came packed securely in the sturdy cardboard box.As usual, this box costs only $5. Can’t beat that really in my opinion. I’m pretty sure the contents of my box differed from those that I’ve seen who got them a week or 2 earlier. Maybe they ran out of some stuff but I like pretty much everything I got so I’m not complaining!
The item I’m most excited about to try is the Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser. I actually almost purchased it when I was at ULTA recently. Now I have a sample to try it out first to see if I like it. Hope y’all are having a great weekend so far and stay tuned for my take on some of the items from this box!