Thursday, August 21, 2014

July Ipsy Bag: First Impressions/Review

So, two things to briefly talk about before we get started. First of all, sorry that this is both late and all smashed into one post. There's a reason though! And that reason is that this is the last Ipsy bag that I'll be talking about. I felt like the boxes were declining in quality, at least for me. They just weren't giving me things that I was excited about or impressed by after I tried them out. That being said, from now on I'll be doing Birchbox reviews as I thought I would give that a try. Now that that's out of the way, onto the review!

"Sensationally Sunkissed"



Another cute bag this month! Bright pink, faux leather, square shaped. It was an overall good bag, aside from the scalloped edges just because I don't like the way that looks. Obviously that doesn't affect the bag or anything, so no big deal. (:

Pur~lisse pur~protect essential daily moisturizer spf 30

First impression: I was both excited and hesitant. Excited, because I like trying new sunscreens and having one built into a moisturizer I already know I like sounds like a win-win to me. I was a little hesitant about it because I have yet to find a sunscreen that I like that doesn't burn my eyes. Normally I can just get it near my eyes and it'll turn them red and watery and awful for hours. It's to the point that I usually just don't wear SPF on my face because I don't want to go blind. I thought this might be different because this seems like a pretty gentle brand.

Review: It was a winner! I've only used it a handful of times but it hasn't bothered my eyes at all! Other than that, it's a good moisturizer just like the one without the SPF that I got a couple of boxes ago. If it wasn't so expensive ($55), I'd probably think about buying the full size.


First impression: Anything that says "split end mender" can't be fully trusted. Split ends can't be fixed (even though this product makes that claim), they can only look like they're fixed. So I guess in that respect, this could be a "mender" of sorts. The smell is interesting. I don't know if this makes sense, but it smells like it looks. It has the Indian looking theme going on and I kind of think it smells exotic and earthy. I don't really know what India smells like, but that's the impression I got. Same as all hair products, it was something I was looking forward to trying out.

Review: I don't know how I feel. I've used it many times, every time I've washed my hair, in fact. I don't know if it's really making any difference, but it makes me feel like I'm making a difference, which I know is stupid. I like the smell though, so that's a plus. I'm going to keep using it until it's gone, which seems like it'll be several more washes, to see if it actually does anything. It ranges from $5.99-$17.99 depending on ounces.


First impression: Brand appeal? High for most people, I'm sure. Personally though, I'm not a bareMinerals fan. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I have dry skin which doesn't mix too well with minerals, but that's a whole different story. Anyways, I don't know in what world this color is wine, but whatever. I've never tried a bareMinerals eyeshadow before, so this is as good a place to start as any.

Review: Don't like it. The color is fine, I could see it being a nice transition shade once its blended out. I just can't really figure out how to use it without making a mess on my whole face. I want to give it another shot, but it'll have to be a time when I'm not trying to actually get ready to go somewhere. I put it on my eye with the applicator, then I tried to blend it with my finger. That wasn't precise at all. On the other eye I tried blending with a brush. That just didn't work. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, which is totally possible. Full size is $18 and can be found at Ulta.


First impression: I was excited because I've been wanting a lip tint and this is a really pretty one. The Benefit one makes my lips tingle and I'm pretty sure that's not supposed to happen. This also smells like cherries, which is super fun. Then there's the name, which is just edgy enough to be funny, lol.

Review: It tastes just as good as it smells, which is awesome. The color was pretty too, even once it was blended out on my lips. It didn't make them tingle either, which I find to be a really good thing. My only complaint is that it didn't last a remarkably long time like I had hoped it would. Full size retails for $22.99.


First impression: I'm never excited about getting a nail polish because I have about a hundred and fifty million already. That being said however, this is a really beautiful color. It smells kind of strong, but I'm not too bothered by that.

Review: Just as pretty on the nails as in the bottle. I wasn't aware that its supposed to be a topcoat, since it was opaque in a couple coats. As expected, the smell went away once it dried. The only bad thing was the wear time. It lasted a little over 12 hours before it chipped off. When it chipped, it actually more or less peeled off my nail. I'm not sure if that's the polish or my top coat, but since I only have the one top coat, I can't really experiment too much. At any rate, it was really pretty and I'll definitely use it again. Apparently this is a British company, so their price of £4.99 comes out to be about $8.27 USD.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

June Ipsy Bag: Review

Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser: I absolutely love this stuff. I'm really into all natural face stuff, but this was so great. It smells like an orange creamsicle and it took everything, including mascara and liner, off of my face. It wasn't the best for waterproof mascara, but I didn't expect it to be. I'm not sure if I will be buying this product, but that's only because I have so much face stuff that needs to be used. Otherwise, I would buy it in a heartbeat. I've also been using it pretty consistently and there's a ton left.

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray: As predicted, this didn't work for me. My hair is wavy, long, and really thick, and I have yet to find any kind of beach spray that does anything for it. I tried this spray on wet hair, damp hair, and dry hair, and nothing happened. It actually kind of made it look worse than it does when it dries naturally with no help at all. I'm not sure if it didn't work because of my hair or something that I didn't do right, but I've also heard that this product just isn't that great in general either. I'll probably hang onto it and give it a try whenever I head to the beach. Sometimes things like this work better for me in that kind of weather.

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel: I already have this, so I knew I would love it. I haven't opened the new one yet because I actually have this exact same color, but I've used my old one several times this month and I like it just as much as ever. It's smooth and pigmented and long lasting. I don't even like lip gloss that much and I love these ones.

Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in Green: This stuff was surprisingly good! My eyes water like crazy, especially in the warm months, so I didn't think this was going to work that well. To my surprise, it stayed on all day without smudging or fading much. It did wear away in the inner corners a little (I've been wearing it on the top), but that's basically any eyeliner for me. I really like it, especially with browns and more muted teal colored shadows. It's very mermaidy and summery. I could definitely see myself getting some more of these liners in whatever other colors they have.

Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: I don't have a review for this item because I refused to put it on my eyes. It smelled really horrible, so I threw it away.

Friday, June 20, 2014

NYX Macaron Lippies


I know these aren't exactly new, but we just got them at my Ulta...well, I'm not sure when we got them, but they just went on the shelves probably about a month ago. I've had my eye on these for awhile, mostly because they're so fun and unique. The only one that I thought I would actually wear (aside from the pink one because blah, another pink) was Lavender. So I picked that one up and since they were buy one get one 50% off, I grabbed Violet for a friend who I knew was interested as well.

Sorry my lips are gross- I suck at exfoliating them.
I knew that this was going to be a bold color, but wow! It's so vibrant and pretty! As much as I don't mind wearing whatever I want as far as makeup goes, it didn't look quite right on my face as is, so every time I've worn it I've either blotted it a lot (like in the second picture) or layered something else on top of it to calm it down. I know that this isn't for everyone, but if you like vibrant, unique colors at a super affordable price, then I would definitely check these out!
 
You can pick these up at nyxcosmetics.com, Ulta, and I believe a few drugstores for around $6.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June Ipsy Bag: First Impressions

"Pretty in Paradise"

 (Before I get started, yep, I know that my bag only has four items with it. I also received the Be A Bombshell mascara, but I'll let you know what happened with that later on in this post.)
Another cute bag! I wasn't sure I was going to like it when I saw pictures of it online, but it's actually pretty cute. And for those of you who are into designer names, this is by Rebecca Minkoff, as stated on the red tag on the side. I'm not really into that kind of thing, but even I think that's kind of neat. (:

This smells so freaking delicious. It smells like oranges and citrus and it's just the best smelling stuff. It actually smells just like this high end cleanser that I was using when I was still in school, which really nice because I liked that stuff, but it wasn't for my skin type so all I could do was smell it. The fact that I can smell this one and use it? Awesome! 4oz is $24.

Everyone likes beachy hair, including me, but I don't have high hopes. This smells exactly like a pina coloda, which is really nice, but I don't think it's going to do anything for my super thick hair. I have yet to meet a beach spray that does work for me, but if nothing else, at least it'll make my hair smell delicious. 4.2oz is between $7 and $9 depending on where you get it.

Sorry I didn't exfoliate my lips before, lol.
I was really excited to see that Ipsy was including one of my favorite lip glosses this month. Unfortunately, I already have this color, but that's okay because I'll either give it away to a friend or just hang onto it for when I use mine up. It's the number one lip gloss that I use, so I'm sure that won't be long. Not to spoil the review later, but I can safely say that I already love this product, especially this shade. This is full size and is $5.


Shimmer eyeliners are notorious for not working. I assumed this would be pretty, but not long lasting or that it would be clear with random glitter chunks here and there. As you can see though, it swatched so pretty! It also stained my wrist in the thirty seconds it was on my skin, so hopefully that says something about it's staying power. I have super watery eyes, so I'll be interested to see just how water resistant it really is. This is also full size and is $4.99.

Photo from ipsy.com
So the reason why I don't have my own picture for this product is because I threw it away without thinking about the fact that I needed to write this post. I threw it away because it smells absolutely awful. It's somewhere between a drawer full of loose change and burning rubber. I threw it away because the smell was so strong that I could smell it the second that I opened it. I have sensitive eyes, but even I didn't, there was no chance that I was going to put this near my eyeballs. In addition to the smell, it also had a lot of ingredients that I'm not crazy about, again, especially in the eye area. Not that it would have affected the performance (which I hear isn't good anyway), but the tube itself felt cheap and very lightweight. I'm also super put off by the fact that everybody on ipsy and other places online have said that it sucks and smells terrible, yet all the reviews on the Be A Bombshell site are raving about it. Seems a little fishy to me. This is full size and is $15.

Monday, June 2, 2014

May Ipsy Bag: Review

Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50: Every single time I get in the car in the summer, I risk burning my arms. It sucks, but it is what it is. I had intended to try this sunscreen on my face, but I just haven't yet because...no excuse. I did try it on my arms though, and I didn't burn, so I guess that's a success! The only thing is that it was a lot more watery than I expected, so I ended up using way more than I needed. That could totally be my fault though, because I didn't bother shaking it up or anything. Regardless, it seemed to do its job!

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Celestial and Opal: Dislike very much. It was pretty in the packaging and the lighter color was even pretty when I swatched it. It was all iridescent and looked like something with potential. I tried these on my eyes and it was a huge disappointment. Even with using a base, the color just didn't show up. No matter how much I used, it looked like I had barely put anything on my eyes. In fact, the more I tried to get it to show up, the more powdery looking it got, just without any color payoff. It was a disappointing experience that leaves me unable to recommend this product.

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub: I'm glad to report that this didn't irritate my skin at all! I was a little wary of the citrus aspect, but it didn't bother me even a little. I actually like this one a lot better than the microdermabrasion scrub from last month, and it's something I would consider purchasing once I'm out of school (less than a week!) and unable to get real microderm whenever I want.

Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask: This didn't really impress me very much. It was fun because it was one of those masks that dried and then look like you're ripping your face off when you remove it, but otherwise I didn't see much results. My skin was softer after I used it, but it didn't last any longer than anything else. Also, i used about half the sample to cover my whole face, so I was kind of disappointed about that. Of course I know samples are meant to be small, but I don't feel like you could really get a handle on a product that's meant to show results after only using it twice.

Pur~lisse pur~moist hydra balance moisturizer: I like this a lot! It's unscented and really mild, which, as a person with sensitive skin, I really appreciate. I have another moisturizer that is specifically for "ultra-sensitive" skin, but I would have to say that this Pur~lisse one is even more gentle. I'm just really sad that it's so expensive!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Too Faced Pardon My French Set Review


Remember when I bought the A La Mode palette and said I was trying to branch out with different brands? Yeah, I got obsessed and here's another one of these super cute little tins from Too Faced (there's already another one that hasn't been released yet, but I know I want it!) To be fair though, I didn't buy this. My mom got it for me as part of my graduation gift, which was super cool of her. She totally understands (tolerates?) my makeup obsession, haha.



Like the A La Mode palette, and some of their other ones, this one has nine coordinating shades that are meant to be worn with the day/classic/fashion theme. Of course you could mix and match if you wanted, but they look really pretty when paired the way they were intended.


Top row
Seashell | Plumeria | Cocoa Beach
Seashell is a dusty, baby pink color with the mildest shimmer possible. I'm really not even sure if it has shimmer or if that's just some of the glitters from another color getting into it. If it is shimmery though, you can't tell when you apply it.
Plumeria is a bright, cool toned pink with a moderate amount of shimmer.
Cocoa Beach is a shimmery, medium brown. Sephora describes it as having a plum tone, but I don't see that at all.


Middle row
Sand Dollar | Firefly | Chocolate Sun
Sand Dollar is a matte, creamy shade with a warm undertone.
Firefly is a rich, copper color with a lot of shimmer.
Chocolate Sun is probably the most appropriately named color as it's a rich chocolaty brown with golden shimmer. If anything was ever chocolate sun, this is. Probably one of my favorite shades in the palette.


Bottom row
Sunbeam | Mermaid | Toasted Coconut
Sunbeam is another favorite. Its a sheer, ultra shimmery champagne color that makes for a beautiful highlight color.
Mermaid is a unique color in that its meant to be a murkier shade of teal. I'm sure lots of people will call it muddy, but I think that it kind of embodies what a mermaid color would be, what with the ocean not exactly being the cleanest thing in the world. 
Toasted Coconut is a matte caramel-brown color. 

In addition to the palette, this set also comes with the blackest, smoothest eyeliner I've ever used, as well as a mini-sized mascara and Shadow Insurance eye primer. This is available here as a limited edition Sephora exclusive for $49.

Friday, May 30, 2014

May Ipsy Bag: First Impressions

"Fresh Picks"


This bag is adorable! It's definitely my favorite one that I've gotten so far. It's a worn, burlap kind of material that I really love. I also like that its simple with the leaves and plain background. A+!



Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF50
I know that most everyone isn't happy about getting sunscreen, but hey, it's something you should have so your face doesn't shrivel up and fall off. Personally, I was happy to see a sunscreen. I assumed I would just use it on my arms or something because they like to burn in the car when I'm driving, but when I smelled this and found that it didn't smell like normal sunscreen, I thought I might tryt for my face. I have some kind of serious issue with 99% of sunscreens because whether they touch my eyes or not, they make them water and burn and turn blood red for hours. Yes, even the face ones. This one smells different and seems to have different ingredients than I'm used to seeing, so hopefully that means I found something for my face. The only thing is that I wish it was a higher SPF because I'm the color of paper, lol. 6oz is $12.99.



Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Celestial and Opal
There were two different duos that you could get in this month's bag and I got the Celestial/Opal one. You can't buy these colors separately or as duos, but the set I got was from the Mystical Supernatural Eye Shadow Palette. I don't know anything about Pacifica makeup, but I recently bought a roll-on perfume from them that I adore, so I was excited to see that I was getting these. As usual, the colors as neutral and pretty but nothing too special. I will say that the lighter one is much better after you swatch it, because instead of being a boring white, it's an iridescent duo-chrome that would be a fun inner corner color. The full sized palette retails for $14.

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub
I was surprised yet glad to see that I was getting a microderm product twice in a row. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I'm in esthetics school and I can get real microdermabrasion whenever I want it. I like products like this though because I only have about a month left of school, so I'm going to be needing something practical to replace that luxury. Sigh, haha. The only thing that has me concerned about this product is the fact that it smells like lemons, because my skin can be a little sensitive to citrus. That being said though, it smells absolutely awesome. I was reading comments on the derma e site, and I saw several people comment that it helped with their redness. I have a lot of redness because I'm really fair, so if that claim is true, I'll be super happy. Full size, 2oz, retails for $32.50, but as of me writing this today, ipsy is offering a special coupon code.


Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask
Masks are always fun to try out, especially when they peel off and smell like honey. This one smells mostly like honey, but also kind of like rubbing alcohol at the same time. It's not bad unless you're really against that very sterile scent. I was surprised to see that it was clear, but I guess that makes sense since it's supposed to dry and peel off. 1.7oz retails for $35.


Pur~lisse pur~moist hydra balance moisturizer
So...this is a moisturizer. I don't feel like there's really anything for me to say yet, because it's just plain white, doesn't feel greasy on my hand, and doesn't smell like anything. The only other thing I can say without trying it is that it's on the expensive side, with 1.7oz going for $55.


 
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