Saturday, May 16, 2015

Influenster Blossom Box

Earlier this month I received my very first Influenster box! Definitely wasn't expecting it, but here we are! Naturally, I jumped right in the second I opened the box, so let's jump in right now with this review, too!


Beanitos: The two flavors in the box were Chipotle BBQ and Original Black Bean. The chipotle ones were a little spicy, but over all good. I preferred the black bean ones because they weren't spicy at all and actually tasted just like normal tortilla chips. I'd never seen these before getting this box, but just a couple weeks later I saw them for sale at my local health food store. I bought ones that were made from white beans, and they were just as fantastic as the black bean ones, if not better. There's a ton more flavors and I'm really looking forward to trying more of them! I also love the fact that they are so nutritious and natural. I also think its great that they're vegan and gluten free as well, so that just about anybody could enjoy them.

Bear Naked Granola: I got two different flavors, Coconut Almond Curry and Caramel Apple. The caramel apple pack was so good! It was the perfect balance of sweet and salty, and the little chunks of caramel really made it extra delicious. The coconut almond curry package was a little disappointing, to be honest. I thought I would like it, but the curry flavor was just odd with the sweetness and nuttiness. It really didn't even taste like curry, but more like cumin, which I'm not crazy about. If you like cumin though, you'd probably enjoy these more than I did. What I really enjoyed about both products was the fact that the ingredients were really natural and straightforward. I'm becoming more and more conscious of what I eat, so that was a great plus for me.

Nasoya Pasta Zero: This was just...not for me. I thought they might be good because they seemed to be like spaghetti without all the carbs and calories, but they aren't like spaghetti at all. First of all, they have a really odd smell to them. I knew they were supposed to have an earthy scent, but I wasn't really sure what that meant. I'm not sure how to describe the scent, but it wasn't good, at least not to me. The taste wasn't really anything special because I didn't find that they tasted like much of anything. The most off putting thing to me was the texture. When I bit into them, they kind of popped. Nothing came out, but it was just a very odd sensation that I honestly don't want to experience again. I'm sure some people love them, but I just can't stomach them at all.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs: I didn't try this product myself because I don't tan/use self tanners, so I passed it onto a cousin who is very into being bronze in the summertime. I told her to report back to me on what she thought after she'd used it a couple times, which she kindly did. She told me that she liked it a lot, that it added to the tan she'd already been working on this summer. It went on evenly and didn't stain her clothes or sheets, and it didn't come off in the shower as long as she didn't scrub at it and remembered to pat her legs dry afterwards. For as much as she liked it, I would have to say that it is definitely a nice product for its price.

Australian Gold SPF 30 Lotion Sunscreen: I'm a fan! I always like sunscreens because I'm the color of sheet (and I like it that way!). This one had that lovely, signature Australian Gold scent to it which I've always remembered liking over the scent that some of the other brands have. It reminds me of summertime and going to the pool as a kid, which is nice. It says that it's water resistant, but I haven't been in a situation to test that claim out. I've only worn it on a daily basis, mostly on my arms and I'm happy to say that I'm still sunburn free! I would definitely consider purchasing this once I finish this little bottle.

Clairol Root Cleansing Hair Food: I haven't tried this product yet and I'm not sure that I'm going to. I don't want to get into a long story, but my hair is having some issues right now and experimenting with shampoos just doesn't appeal to me right now as I've finally found something that works. Even without having used this product though, I can say that I'm not too crazy about the scent. Its supposed to be strawberry-ginger, but it doesn't really smell like either of those things. I really couldn't tell you exactly what it smells like, but it seems to be a cross somewhere between medicated and herbal, maybe with some kind of menthol/mint thrown in. I liked the fact that it was silicone, paraben, and mineral oil free, but unfortunately, it still contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which means it wouldn't be the best choice for colored hair. It also contains several other ingredients that kind of, for me at least, negate the natural ingredients as well as the things that its free of.

NYC City Proof 24 Hour Waterproof Eyeshadow: I was excited to try this product because I have really watery eyes and somehow, my tears seem to make their way up to my eyelids, where they ruin my eyeshadow. I like the color and staying power, for sure. Because its in stick form, I think its best use would probably be as an eyeshadow base. If you're not into that extra step though, it's also quite pretty and wearable on its own. It would probably crease eventually, though I don't know that for sure. Its only downfall, for me, is that NYC tests on animals. Within the past several months, I've made it a priority to only buy cruelty free products when possible. That being said, because I didn't pay for this nor did I ask for it, I don't see any conflicts with using it rather than being wasteful and throwing it away. However, I wouldn't purchase it myself for that reason.

Overall, this box was really cool! I'm really happy that Influenster chose to send it to me and I had a great time trying the products and discovering new things I really enjoy! There were a couple of misses in there too, so overall, I would give the box's contents a B.

* I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  *

Friday, March 6, 2015

ColourPop Lippie Stix

If you exist in the makeup world at all, then you've heard of ColourPop. They have eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks, and lip liners. As far as I know, they seem to be relatively new, or have at least only recently gained popularity. Basically ever makeup vlogger on YouTube is reviewing their products, so naturally, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. What I heard the most good stuff about were the Lippie Stix, so I got a couple of those. When I ordered them, there was a promotion to get $5 off if you subscribed to their newsletter. I'm not sure if that's still going on, but if it is, that's like getting a free lipstick!

The colors I purchased were Brills and Skimpy.

Brills is described as a cool toned lavender with a satin finish. I don't particularly agree that its a cool tone, at least not in the way that I was hoping for. I definitely like it, but I was under the impression that it was a blue toned lavender rather than being more pink toned. With it being so purple to me, I prefer to blot it pretty well before I go out with it on. Either that, or I like to add a gloss to bring it to the color I wanted.

Skimpy is described as a pale, nude beige with a glossy finish. I'm a pretty pale person, so for me to admit that a color described as pale is actually pale is kind of amazing. I wish that it was just the tiniest bit cooler toned, but it's still the closest I've ever come to finding that perfect nude shade for my skin tone. It's definitely glossy, but you can tone that done by blotting your lips with a tissue.


Both colors were very silky and wear very well. They don't claim to stand up to mild eating and drinking, but I find that if I'm careful, they stay on fairly decently, more so Brills than Skimpy. That's probably due more to the pigmentation than the finish, though of course that's part of it as well.

Over all, I like these! I love the packaging and the shape of the lipstick because that rounded tip makes it so easy to follow the shape of your lips. The two I have are very pigmented and wear wonderfully. I will definitely be getting more of these in the future. At $5 per item, you really can't beat the quality and value!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Too Faced Country Nashville Nudes: Swatches + Review

I know I'm a little (or a lot, haha) late in getting this post up, but I've been really bad about slacking lately. And to be completely honest, I kind of forgot to ever write anything about this palette when I first got it, better late than never, right?

Unfortunately, I can't quite remember when this came out, but I'm thinking that it was over this past summer. I probably got it near the end of summer because I remember having a little trouble finding it since it came out late at my local Ulta. Anyway! I was super stoked to get it because I loved the theme of it. Its not everyday that you see something country, after all. And living in the south, I have to appreciate that. ;)

Like all the other Too Faced palettes that come in the tins, this one follows suite and has the How-To Glamour Guide and the shadows are laid out in the day, classic, and fashion themes. As always, I appreciate this because its a lot easier when you're in a rush to do your makeup when its already figured out for you. And when you're not rushing and feel like experimenting a little, the colors can still be mixed up to be whatever you want. I find that these palettes are very versatile in that way.

My swatches are just on my bare arm with no primer or base underneath.

Top row
Cowboy Take Me Away | Y'all | Dolly

Cowboy Take Me Away is a peach shade with a satin finish. Its really soft and applies wonderfully. I'm pretty pale though, so it doesn't show up too well on me. Props to Too Faced for naming it after an all time favorite song of mine, though!
Y'all is a gold toned champagne satin with a sparkly shimmer to it. The bigger pieces that give it that texture make it the slightest bit gritty and more prone to fallout, which means it needs to be packed on top of a sticky base. Again, I'm loving the name though!
Dolly is a mostly matte chocolate brown with a bronze shimmer overlay. Its the only semi-matte shade in the palette. It also applies well, but isn't as buttery as the other two complimentary shades in the "day" look.

Middle row
Famous In A Small Town | Paper Roses | Rhinestone
Famous In A Small Town is a pearly, satin white that makes a perfect highlight shade.
Paper Roses is a light, warm pink satin that seems to have a goldish sheen to it that almost gives it an iridescent look. Its really soft and blendable as well.
Rhinestone is a very shimmery aubergine color. I like it because if you pack it on the eyelid, it can be intense, but if you blend it out enough, its a soft, springtime-like lavender shade. Like Y'all, it is prone to some fallout. It's probably my favorite color in the palette.

Bottom Row
All American Girl | Nashville | Bluebird
All American Girl is a cool-toned, metallic silver. Its not really anything unique, but its a nice highlight/inner corner color.
Nashville is a soft, easy to apply, muted purple-steel blue satin.
Bluebird is probably my second favorite shade. It's a navy blue matte with a bright blue sparkle on top of it. Its definitely gritty and has fallout, but if you can get past that, I think it's absolutely gorgeous. It applies a little patchy as well when I swatch it, but using a sticky base along with patting the shadow on would definitely help with application on the eyelid. The only thing that disappoints me is that even with the base, the glitters don't show up very well.


Now, this is not my favorite palette I own or even my favorite Too Faced one, but its still decent. I can honestly say, however, that if it wasn't country themed and if the names weren't what they are, I probably wouldn't have bought it. It's just not something I reach for all that often, but I kind of figured that when I saw it and decided to buy it in the first place. As much as I think this style of palette is aimed for beginners, what with the how to guide it comes with and the way it's laid out, I would say that due to the consistency and application of the shadows, this would be better suited to someone more advanced. I could definitely see where it would be frustrating and disappointing to use if you didn't know to use a base or to pack the shadow on rather than sweep, etc. Overall, I would give this a 6.5 out of 10. You can get it here for $36.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Birchbox First Impressions/Review: October 2014

I fell behind again (sorry!!), so this is going to be another first impressions/review all in one. I should be getting November's Birchbox within the next couple days, and I'm really going to try harder to do that one the right way. Promise!

There's the box after I took out the information card and whatever else was in it. Obviously I left the good stuff. (:

suki exfoliate foaming cleanser

First impression: Like most things, the first thing I did was smell it. It smells like most gritty exfoliants do, which is typically a citrusy, lemony scent. What was interesting about it was that it's not just an exfoliant, but it's also a cleanser. That's good and all, but maybe not for someone like me with sensitive skin who can't exfoliate every single day. It was also an odd texture, but I think that was just because it got a little too warm sitting in the mailbox.

Review: I like it! Since I didn't want to use it everyday for obvious reasons, mine dried out before I could finish it up. There was no recovering it either because it got rock solid and nothing would loosen it up. It was nice while it lasted, but I probably wouldn't buy it. It was the kind of thing that was cool to have and try out, and it smelled fantastic, but it wasn't the kind of product I would spend money on when there's other exfoliaters that I like better.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Spray
First impression: Smelled really good, seemed like a good idea. I had been using It's A Ten and I had just ran out when I got this, so that was good timing. I have a friend who raves about it, so I was excited to try it. Besides that, I really like leave in conditioner type things because you never know what's going to work best for your hair.

Review: I liked it alright. The smell was nice in my hair and it felt good after I sprayed it in and combed it through. It was a good product over all, but I found that afterwards, when my hair was dry, it didn't do as well for me as the It's A Ten. I used it several times and there's still a decent amount leftover, which is really great. I'm probably going to pass it on to my cousin though, as there's no sense in it just sitting in my cabinet not getting used when there's nothing wrong with it.

TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe  Hand Cream in Bianca
First impression: Honestly? Not very excited. They tend to send me a lot of hand creams and lotions, and since I haven't used up the other ones I've received, its really just something else to add to the queue. I have to say that it smells really great though, as I like both green tea and lemon scents. Its very fresh and light and, thankfully, not perfumy or floral.

Review: Because I have so many little lotion samples hanging out, I haven't used this a whole lot. I've picked it up and put it on a couple times, and in those couple times, I've enjoyed the scent and the consistency. I like that it's thick, yet it absorbs into my skin quickly. I put some on my arm just now so that I could write this, and its all rubbed it, but I can still feel it. Not in a bad, greasy, sitting on top of the skin way, but I can just tell that the patch of skin where I put it feels more moisturized.

Coastal Scents® Revealed 2 Palette in Ballerina
First impression: I was pretty excited about this one! The colors reminded me a lot of Naked 3 by Urban Decay, which I'm pretty sure is what this is supposed to be a dupe for. When I swatched them, they were nice and smooth and pigmented without needing to put a primer under them.

Review: It's a winner! I wouldn't say that it's a replacement for my beloved Naked 3, but it's absolutely something I'm going to use in place of that when I'm not home and need to do my eyes. I used it a couple times on my eyes and I really liked everything about it. In fact, I have a little bag of travel makeup that I keep packed to make my life easier (I say this like I actually go places, lol), and that's where this lives now. It's perfect for something like that because you've got a lid color, crease color, highlighter, and then a deeper shade to darken the crease more or use as eyeliner. Can't get much simpler than that!

LuMESH Hydrating Lip Gloss in Sadie
First impression: I thought it was pretty in the tube. It's a rosy pinky red shade with a slight shimmer to it. It's small, so it would be another perfect thing to add to my little travel makeup bag. The only thing about it though, and I don't know if this is everyone or just me, but the tube doesn't seem to have a stopper in it. So when you open it, you get more gloss than you need, and when you close it, it kind of oozes back out and makes a mess.

Review: Honestly, I haven't used it but maybe once, and I'm not even really sure I did that. I just don't want to fight with the big mess that it makes from not having a stopper. I might pass it on to my cousin if she doesn't mind that it's a little messy.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ulta Exclusive Urban Decay Shadow Box 2014

Urban Decay recently released their new Shadow Box palette, which is an Ulta exclusive. It contains twelve shades- nine bestsellers and three brand new ones. The packaging is really pretty, with its only downfall being that its cardboard and therefore can't support the mirror on its own. But that's a lot of palettes, so it's not really a huge deal.

The packaging has a really nice black, purple, and pink flowery design on it, with their logo as the magnetic closure. It also has "Urban Decay" written in silver along the bottom edge, and on the inside, the mirror has their slogan, "beauty with an edge" written on it.

As far as the shades go, they have a pretty decent selection. If you don't like shimmers then you probably won't like it very much, but if that isn't an issue, then they have a good range of lights and darks, neutrals and brights. I'm not exactly sure if this is intentional or not, but I feel like the colors on the top row pair very well with their counterparts on the bottom row. Again, I don't know if that was on purpose, but either way it's really helpful if you're in a hurry or new to makeup.

Sin is a shimmery, silky smooth champagne shade. It would make a really nice highlighting color.

Indo is a very pigmented, shimmery emerald green shade.

Bordello is a mauve color with a gold shimmer. It also seems to have a slight purple shimmer as well.

Tornado is a medium-dark purple with a slight dusty, gray tone to it.
Smog is a shimmery, true gold color.

Blackout is a super dark black and is the only matte in the palette. Since it's a matte, it doesn't have the best color payoff, but I honestly don't feel the need to hate on it like a lot of other people seem to.

Flash is a bright purple with an iridescent shimmer to it.

Mushroom is a very warm brown-gray color. To me, it looks like a silver in the pan.

Lost is a warm bronzey brown.

Freelove is a peachy pink and probably my favorite in the palette.

Moonshadow is a deep blue with more sparkle than shimmer. This is another one of the new shades.

Baked Cowboy is a very pigmented gold that reminds me a lot of Half Baked. Also a new shade.

Overall, I like this palette a lot. Its pretty and well pigmented and includes a lot of "wearable" shades as well as more fun ones. While I like it and am not at all disappointed that I bought it, I think that it's probably more well suited to people who are new to makeup and have yet to collect very much. At any rate though, it's definitely a good buy and would be fantastic for travel. It's been out for a little while, but is still available on for $34.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Catching up!

Ahh! Sorry for the super long absence! I had a lot of important life stuff going on these past couple months, plus I was honestly just a little bit lazy, haha. But now I'm back with some stuff to review! This post isn't going to be a review, but rather a little catch up thing.

After my July bag, I unsubscribed from Ipsy and instead have started getting Birchbox. If you don't know what that is, it's another monthly subscription service. It's a lot like Ipsy, but I think that I prefer it because of their points system. With them, the points that you earn by doing reviews add up much more quickly, and there are a lot more options of items to redeem those points on. I've only had it since July and by the time I get the October box, I'll have enough points to get something I've had my eye on. ;)

So, onto the point of this quick post! Because I didn't keep all my boxes and empty product containers, I'm just going to give a quick rundown on the kinds of products I've been receiving these past couple months. All of these links go to full sized products, but of course Birchbox sends you sample sizes in most cases. So far at least one product per box has been full sized though!

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion
Supergoop!® Daily Correct CC Cream ​SPF 35+
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel
Harvey Prince Imperial Gardenia
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner

Dr. Jart+ Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm
Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream
LAQA & Co. Lip Lube Fiver Giftbox Assorted
Neil George Shampoo 3.38 oz
Neil George Conditioner 3.38 oz

Davines OI / Shampoo
Davines OI / Conditioner
Davines OI / Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
Pixi by Petra Breath of Fresh Air Exclusive Lip Balm Set
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit
Tommy Girl Spray Cologne - 3.4 oz.

If you're interested in checking out this box and possibly subscribing, here's my link!

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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.

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