Thursday, April 17, 2014

April Ipsy Bag: First Impressions

"Beauty Rocks"

Cute bag. Not a lot to say about it aside from the fact that it smells like new plastic. It'll wear off though, so no big deal.

I'm always happy to get new brushes because it means I don't have to go out and buy them. I've used Coastal Scents eyeshadows before and I haven't been impressed at all. I have higher hopes for the brush though, as it was fluffy and soft to the touch. It also appears to be well made. Price is $2.49 from

Starlooks Luscious Longwear Lip Pencil in Naked
When I read the name of this lip pencil I wasn't impressed. When I think of naked colors, I think of nude, neutral shades. This was a nice, pretty pink though. I actually don't have a lipstick to match it, but I definitely want to get one because I really like this color. I normally just use a clear liner to match all my lipsticks, but I'm not at all opposed to using this. Retails for $14.

dr. brandt® microdermabrasion
I'm usually kind of wary of using new skin care items if I'm not familiar with them because a) I'm pretty sensitive and b) I'm in school to become an esthetician so I pretty much have my personal skin care down to a science. At the same time though, I'm always so curious about new skin products. Either way, I'd be willing to give this a shot though, mostly because I tried a little on my hand and it didn't seem too grainy and abrasive. I know that it's supposed to slough off dead skin cells, but it didn't seem like something that was going to be too much for me. We'll see how it compares to an actual microdermabrasion treatment. The full size is 2oz and $78. 

Oh, how I wish I didn't have so many eyeshadows in this shade. It's so pretty but so generic. It had an interesting texture though, kind of like it was both a powder and creme which I thought was interesting. I like it though, so I'll give it a shot and see if it's anything special with its unique texture. Price is $12.99.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil Travel Size in Black Velvet
And of course I've saved the best for last, the item that everybody was looking forward to. I love love love that Ipsy not only included Urban Decay, but included it for everybody. That was really awesome and I know that probably 99% of people were thrilled. I don't have to use this to know that I like it because I haven't met a UD product that I don't like, and that especially goes for their 24/7 liners. I'm already in love and know that I won't be disappointed. Full size is $20.

Monday, April 14, 2014

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation: Review

A couple of weeks ago when I bought the green NYX primer, I also picked up this foundation. I normally use the Naked foundation, but I think its too expensive for everyday use, especially when I'm just going to school for a few hours. I hadn't used NYX foundation before and it was all buy one get one 50% off, so I thought why not. It was $17.99 (confession, I didn't even look at the price when I bought it because I wasn't expecting that at all!) and I bought it in the lightest shade, Nude 01.

 Photo from NYX Cosmetics.

The verdict? I used it for about a week and then I returned it. For costing nearly $20, it didn't do much of anything special. It really didn't even offer that much coverage, which is saying something for me because I don't even need heavy coverage. Most days I don't even need a medium coverage foundation. It also smelled kind of like it had SPF in it which doesn't work for me because it always manages to get in my eyes and burn for the rest of the day. If it hadn't been so pricy I probably would have kept it and tried to make it work, just because who likes to take things back and go through all of that? It was just too expensive to keep and not like.

Friday, April 11, 2014

NYX Studio Perfect Primer: Review

A couple of weeks ago I was in Ulta looking for a new foundation. I picked one out and decided that I wanted to get a primer too, since I was out and all of the NYX stuff was buy one get one 50% off. I chose the green Studio Perfect Primer because I had heard good things about this line and I'm always looking for a way to counter the redness in my face.

Photo from NYX Cosmetics.

So I bought the primer, got it home, and of course used it right away. It was kind of on the expensive side for a drugstore item, at least in my opinion, so I wanted to make sure that I was going to be happy with it. I shook it up, opened it, and squirted a little out on my hand. The first thing I noticed was the oily, clear substance that came out. I figured I hadn't shook it enough, so I did again. This time it came out green and thicker, just like I expected it would. As promising as it looked though, it didn't do anything when I put it on my face. Regardless of how much I used and whether or not I had foundation on top of it, it didn't do a thing to lessen my redness.

I kept it for about a week and used it every morning when I was putting my makeup on because I wanted to give it a fair chance. It felt really silky and did actually help my makeup go on better and look nicer, but since it didn't do anything for my redness, I ended up returning it. It was nice, but it didn't do what it was supposed to. I feel like there's cheaper primers that work just as well for the silky feeling, so I didn't see any reason to keep this when I already thought it was a little pricy in the first place. So over all, I can't really recommend this product to anybody looking for a primer to help with redness.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

March 2014 Ipsy Bag: Review

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Get Ready: This lipstick went on my lips just as creamy and smooth as it was when I originally swatched it. I'm still not crazy about the color, but I don't think that it's ugly or anything. I just think it's a little more well suited to someone with a warmer complexion than I have. It's nice though, so I'm sure I'll wear it at some point when I'm looking for a fairly tame lip color.

NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow in Voodoo Love Spells: I have yet to use this. After seeing how the colors swatched, I really haven't been interested in trying this on my eyes. I think that I've maybe used the darkest shade one time to set my waterline liner with, but that's not really anything to go off of. I can't give a fair review of something that I haven't used yet, but all I can say is that I don't really have high hopes. Maybe it'll surprise me somehow though.

Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner: This stuff is still so pretty! I've used it a couple of times and it's really easy to apply. I'm not the best with felt tipped eyeliners, but I didn't have any trouble with this. I like that it's a darker shade and that it compliments my eyes without feeling like too much blue. Like it said on the site, it's not exactly waterproof, but it also didn't come off without a little bit of extra effort.

Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer: I'm kind of on the fence about this stuff. I wanted to like it because I need a new primer, but I'm just not sold. I definitely don't hate it or anything and I intend on using it all up, but I'm still really undecided. I don't like the fact that it has a shimmer that does kind of show through my makeup, nor do I like the smell of it. It has a faint scent of sunscreen, which I don't dislike necessarily, it's just that face products with SPF irritate my eyes even without getting in them. It hasn't bothered me like that yet, but I'm worried that it will. Other than those couple of issues, I like it. It's smooth, it helps my makeup last, it pretty much does exactly what a primer is supposed to do.

Monday, March 24, 2014

March 2014 Ipsy Bag: First Impressions

"Destination Beauty"

As always, the bag is the first thing we get to see. I'm sorry, I know this was designed by somebody, but I just think it's so ugly. I don't really understand what it's supposed to be, which makes me feel like its just some kind of abstract art thing. I don't like abstract art at all, so it's definitely not my favorite.

I think that this is a nice lipstick to include in the bag because bareMinerals is a well-known brand that lots of people like. As far as the color goes, I think that it was a safe choice as well. For me personally, it's not the best color, just because I feel like it's boring. I absolutely see the appeal in it for other people though, so I understand why they picked it. When I swatched it on my arm, it was creamy and smooth and very well pigmented. Full size is $18.

Again, I appreciate that it's a well-known and well-liked brand. Unfortunately, I know how I feel about NYX eyeshadows, so I wasn't too excited to get this. I also find the colors to be a bit boring, which is kind of ironic since this is supposed to be a travel inspired bag. I kind of expected more vibrant, fun colors. When I swatched these shadows, I wasn't surprised at the consistency. The sandy color was sparkly and nice, the middle chocolatey shade was chalky and skipped, and the dark gray/brown color was also chalky and not very pigmented. Retails for $6.

This was the product that I was most excited to try. I love eyeliners, especially when they're fun colors. I swatched it like I do everything, and it's absolutely gorgeous. I have blue eyes and while I don't like to wear blue shadows often, I really like using liner as a pop of color. The only downfall is that it's water-resistant rather than waterproof. I'm not sure what that means in terms of eyeliner, but we'll find out. Price is $25.

I'm always up to try out primers, mainly because I like to have them but I don't like to buy them. I'm not sure how I feel about this one yet because it looks like it might be shimmery. I like a matte finish on my face, so I'm hoping that the shimmer doesn't show through my foundation very much. I'm also hoping that it's not tinted because I'm a pretty fair-skinned person, which I like being. I also like my face to match the rest of me, so having extra color in my face won't work too well, haha. The mini size can be bought for $9 and the full size for $22.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

February 2014 Ipsy Bag: Review

Review time!

Jesse's Girl 9 Pan Eye Shadow Compact in Behind Blue Eyes: Honestly, I haven't used this. I haven't even been interested in picking it up and trying to do anything with it. I swatched all of the colors and to be perfectly honest, I would have returned this if if had been something I'd bought. There was barely any color payoff even over a base, and aside from that, the colors were just all too similar after they were swatched. I can't say anything about the other shades, but the blue one isn't anything impressive.

Zoya Nail Polish in Odette: Just as expected, this was a very pretty color. It was a dusty lavender kind of shade which I thought was really nice for this time of year. I also like that it was a creme finish. It stayed on my nails as well as any other Zoya polish, so nothing interesting to report there. It gets a thumbs up for being pretty, though.

Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Starshine: Nothing too exciting to report about this product either. It's a pretty silver and it's very creamy and glides on nicely. I used it once and it was as waterproof as any other waterproof liner.

POPBeauty Plump Pout Mini in Peony Petal: I haven't gotten to try this out yet because I haven't gotten the other shade from my friend yet. I'll be sure to update this ASAP.

Überliss RituOil: I used this every single time I washed my hair after I got out of the shower. The scent was pleasant but didn't linger in my hair, which doesn't really matter much to me. I have thick, coarse hair and this left it feeling soft and smooth. I didn't necessarily find that it did anything different than other oils I have for my hair, but I enjoyed it and used it all up regardless. It's something that I would consider buying if I didn't have other things that need to be used up first.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February 2014 Ipsy Bag: First Impressions

"The Look Of Love"

First things first, here's the bag. The outside is a bright pink, very Valentine's Day looking color with a white zipper, and the inside is a pink leopard print. It's cute and it's definitely one that I'll use for something or other. It's probably my favorite one that I've gotten so far, just because it's so pretty. Unlike the previous one, this one didn't have a bad scent, which is definitely a great thing.
The biggest item in the bag was this full sized eyeshadow palette from Jesse's Girl. I've heard of this brand before but I haven't ever tried any of their products. I believe that it's sold in Rite Aid, but I've never seen it where I live. Because this was a full sized item, I was excited to check it out, probably above all the other products. I knew that I was going to get the blue one because I have blue eyes, but unfortunately, I don't really understand why they chose these colors. Browns and golds are much more practical and wearable for the average blue eyed person. Retails for $3.99.

Zoya isn't my favorite brand, but this is a pretty color. It's a creme finish, cool toned mauve. Like any nail polish, I'll give it a try, but like I said before, I'm not a huge fan of Zoya as a whole. They have gorgeous colors and cute names, but I don't find that they last very long on my nails compared to other brands. Retails for $9.

Okay, Ipsy, you can stop sending me silver eyeliners anytime now. This makes two. On the plus side though, this one says that it's waterproof, which I always appreciate. Like any silver eyeliner, it's pretty and sparkly, but it's also nothing special. I swatched it on my arm and it was really creamy and glided on nicely, which is also a good thing. The real test will be whenever I actually use on my eyes though. I'm interested to see just how waterproof it is. $15.

POPBeauty Plump Pout Mini in Peony Petal

First off, I don't have a picture or swatch of my own because I forgot to take care of that while I still had the product. A friend and I are trading because I got the color she wanted and she got the one I wanted. I did swatch the Peony Petal one on my arm while I still had it, and it had great color payoff. I can't really say anything about the Fuchsia Freesia yet since I don't have it, but I really preferred it in the pictures I've seen. Full size retails for $16.

Anything that says it'll make my hair soft and shiny and prevent split ends is worth a try in my book. I've never used a high end Argan oil on my hair before, so I'm very excited. The description also says that it's a heat protectant and that it prevents moisture loss, and since I straighten my already dry hair, that sounds good to me. It also smells quite light and nice. Full size is 2 ounces and retails for $19.90.

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