Thursday, August 14, 2014

August Ipsy Bag!

This months Ipsy bag is focusing on back to school! School makeup is often times very light, at least it should be. And all of these items are perfect for a simple, fresh, back to school look! 



This months bag is very versatile, not only can it be used as a makeup bag, but also a pencil case for school!






Now it's product time!



Urban Decay: Perversion Mascara


I've been wanting to try out this mascara since it came out! But I just haven't convinced myself to go out and purchase myself, just in case I didn't like it. I really like the texture, it's thick, and very pigmented. Since it's thick, that means you don't have to apply multiple coats to get a good payoff from the mascara. And its easily removable, I was afraid it would be hard to remove because of how thick the product is. 

(One Coat)




Lord & Berry: Kohl-Liner (#1001/Black Silk)


This mini kohl-liner is perfect to throw in your backpack, it won't take up any space! One of the basic makeup products you can have is eyeliner, especially if you're just starting out in makeup. This liner is very dark, so you don't have to worry about over-applying it. 






Dr. Brandt: Pores No More- Pore Refiner Primer


I was expecting this primer to be clear, but it's the perfect skin-tone color. I haven't been able to test this product, since I just got it today! This product is for oily-combination skin, and it will help mattify your skin, perfect for school! This way you don't have to worry about bringing any extra facial products to keep the shine away. 





Coastal Scents: Forever Blush


I've always wanted to try out Coastal Scents products, and I'm glad I'm finally get the chance. The top one is a blush, perfect for any skin-tone! It's a really pretty medium/bright pink, with a slight shimmer. The bottom color is a matte bronzer, perfect for adding some color to your face. 





Absolute New York: You're The Balm- Grape


Whether you're kissing in school, or just needing a little extra hydration, lip balm is the perfect item for you! Especially when the lip balm smells like grape candy! And the amount giving in this container is perfect to last all year! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Naked 3 Palette; Edgy Lines!

Lately I've noticed my makeup has been pretty safe, I use to do more dramatic makeup looks on myself. Well I decided to give a makeup trick a try. I've used this technique once, for a Halloween look. Using my Naked 3 palette I was able to create this wearable, slightly edgy look! 




Let's get started! 


First off gotta always prime the eyelids! You want your makeup lasting long, especially with how much effort you put into it. I used my Urban Decay: Primer Potion




After applying your primer, you want to put down a base. One that will be sticky enough to help shadows adhere better, and appear brighter. For this I used NYX: Jumbo Eye Pencil in Lavender.




The main feature of this look is the sharp edges. Taking two pieces of tape, applying them right underneath your lower lash-line, angling it upward to create a cat-eye look. Keep the tape on until your are finished with your crease colors.



Time to add our shadows on top! For this look I used only my Naked 3 Palette




After applying the tape to both eyes, I applied Factory in my crease using a fluffy dome-shaped brush, blending it right along the tape and in an upward motion. You don't want this shadow on your lid. 

I blended out Factory with Nooner, again using that same dome-shaped brush, only blending upward. To add more depth to the crease, I added Blackheart right into Factory and blended it out. 

Now that all of your crease shadows have been applied and blended out, you can carefully remove the tape. And from here you can add your lid color! I used Buzz, kept it only on the lid, didn't blend it up towards my crease colors. 

To darken up my eyes, I applied Blackheart along my lower lash-line, and blended it just a little, downward. 

Make sure to add a highlight! I did both my brow-bone, and inner-corner. For this I used Strange to add to my brow-bone. For my inner corner highlight, I applied NYX: Jumbo Pencil in Milk. Over the top of that I applied Dust. And now all of your shadows are done! 




To start complete my eye look add some liner! I used Revlon ColorStay: Liquid Eye Pen in Black, I applied a thin line along my top lash-line. 



Now for more eyeliner...Using Urban Decay: 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion, I applied it to my tight-line, and water line. 





To finish off the eyes you need a couple coats of black mascara. Using my favorite mascara; CoverGirl: LashBlast in Black, I applied to coats to both my top and bottom lashes. 




And now the eyes are complete! 




Now to finish off the rest of the face. Apply your favorite foundation, my preference is Maybelline: FitMe in 115. I blend it in using my Real Techniques: Buffing Brush



To set your foundation use either or compact or loose powder. I use Rimmel: Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 005 (Silky Beige).




Now it's time for cheeks! I decided to try out a new product I received from my Ipsy Bag; Elizabeth Mott: Tint & Sass- Lip and cheek tint. I applied a minimum amount to my cheeks, and blended it out with my fingers. 




And now your makeup look is complete! 



Hope you all enjoyed! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July Ipsy Bag!

     This months Ipsy bag was upsetting, not because of the products I got, but all because of the mailman... I only have four items to talk to you about. I received five, but one item broke... I think from the mail man shoving it in the mailbox, fail! Since this item was a nail polish, it broke and spilled on the bag, not any other products. So I had to throw away the bag. But it was really cute! Rubber, pink, and had the cutest shape around all the edges. 


Enough blabbing, let's get to the products! 




Bare Minerals: 5 in 1
















     I really like the color I got, it's like a dark taupe. It seems to have a slight sheen, but no shimmer. It blends very nicely, and seems long lasting. On the website it has this cream eye shadow is: 12-hour long-wear, a primer, brightening benefits, smooths fine lines, has an SPF. 



Elizabeth Mott: Tints & Sass















     I haven't gotten the chance to test out this product, but it smells amazing! Reminds me of the Lip Smackers I used to use when I was little. I love when products are made for multiple things. This is a lip/cheek tint. Seems like a beautiful berry color. Can't wait to test it out! 



Pur-Lisse: Essential Daily Moisturizer
















     I have a beauty flaw that I do in my daily life...I don't remember to wear sunscreen, I know, very bad. Sunscreen should always be an essential in your life, whether it's sunny or cloudy! Sun rays can still come through clouds, always remember that when you're getting ready for the day. This sunscreen has an SPF of 30, which is a perfect amount, especially for your face. 



Marrakesh Endz: Argan & Hemp Oil Therapy















     As you guys know, I love receiving hair treatments! It's one of my favorite products I get in an Ipsy Bag. I haven't tried an argan oil hair treatment yet, mainly because they're usually expensive at the store. But I can't wait to give this product a try! It's suppose to help mend split ends, and prevent split ends as well! 





     I really wish I could have gotten a chance to try out the nail polish I received, but not every bag can be perfect. Hopefully next months bag will help make up for it!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

It'sJudyTime Palette Look!

     I always go through fazes where I use one palette for my everyday look for about a month. And lately I've been picking up my It's Judy Time palette, I stopped using it for a while, not for any particular reason, just been using other palettes. But I really love all the different types of looks you can do with this palette! I created a look that I never really do. It's very simple though, so don't worry! 





It's always a good idea to use an eye-shadow primer, helps shadows last longer, and not crease. For this look I used Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin




Some eyes-shadow primers aren't very sticky, they tend to soak into the skin. So I used a NYX Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha, and blended it all over my lid. 





It's shadow time!





  • Taking the first shadow from the second row (medium bronze), apply it with a small, flat shading brush. Only apply this color to the inner corner, and outer corner of the eyelid, leaving the middle of the eyelid empty. Make sure to blend it out, focus on blending it out in an upward motion, that way to you avoid blending it into the middle of the lid. 


  • Next take the third shadow in the second row (deep purple with pink shimmer), and apply it to the middle of the lid. After that take a fluffy rounded brush, and blend the middle lid color in with the outer and inner corner color. 


  • After everything's been blending out, take more of the first color (medium bronze) and blend it into the crease. 


  • To make sure everything's nice and blended, take the first color in the top row (light cream) and apply it to the brow-bone. 


  • Lastly with the shadows, take the third color in the second row (deep purple with pink shimmer), and apply it along the lower lash-line. 


To start completing the look you need to add some liner. 

Along the top lash-line, line your eyes with any liner you prefer. Personally I like using my L'Oreal Felt Tip Liner in Black


Along the water-line, I applied Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion





And add two coats of mascara to finish the look! I use CoverGirl LashBlast in Black



Here's the completed eye look! 




You can add any lip color to complete the whole look. I went with red lipstick! 





Hope you enjoyed! <3

Friday, June 20, 2014

Plum Eyes!

It has been a while since I posted a makeup look on here, so today I decided to keep the delay from continuing even longer! Today I'll be using my Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay to create a beautiful "plum" eye look. 


Before you get started always apply a base to the eyes. It's important to have a base to help keep shadows from wearing off, creasing, and keeping them vibrant throughout the day! My go-to primer is the Urban Decay Primer Potion




After applying the primer, I wanted to add another base, mainly for color purposes. And this extra base is stickier than the primer potion, so shadows will adhere much better. The base I used is by: Tini Beauty, in Violette. A beautiful, light, shimmery purple. 





It's Shadow application time!








Using my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, I took a flat shading brush and applied Limit (4th color from left) all over the lid, not passing the crease. Make sure to blend it out towards the brow-bone. 

Next I applied Buzz (5th color from left) into the crease, and just blended it out using a small dome-shaped, fluffy brush.

To blend everything out and make everything smooth looking, I took Nooner (7th color from left) with that same dome-shaped, fluffy brush and blended the colors in the crease out. 

To add depth to the look I took Blackheart (last color in the palette) in the outer corner of my eyes, and smudged it half-way along my lower lashes. 

For a highlight for the brow-bone, I used a big fluffy brush, and applied Strange (first color in palette) under my brow-bone for a highlight and to help with any extra blending. 

I like adding an inner-corner highlight to my eye looks, helps your eyes look brighter and more awake. So taking a creamy white pencil (I used Milk by Nyx Cosmetics), apply a small amount in the inner corner, and blend it out slightly. To set it in place I used a tiny lip brush and applied Dust (2nd color in palette)





Now that all the shadows are done and applied it's time to start finishing off the look with some black accents! 


Taking my Urban Decay eyeliner in Prestige, I ran it half way along my top lash-line, winging it out slightly. I also applied to my water-line, both top and bottom to add more depth. 




Finally add two coats of mascara to both top and bottom lashes and your eyes are complete! For my mascara I used Cover-Girl Lashblast in Very Black





And your eyes are complete!





To finish this look completely I would suggest a subtle lip-gloss, without any color. But I felt that it was a little too boring, and I didn't feel like playing it safe, so I went for a vibrant red! Using my Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Theodora (from the OZ collection).




You can apply a lip liner before-hand, but I haven't found a problem with this lip color feathering, or fading too fast. 






And now your look is complete! Hope you enjoyed.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Eva-Nyc: Therapy Session Hair Mask Review!

     I have very difficult hair, it's curly, thick, and frizzy. Let it air dry and I swear it just grows! It has taken me years to discover a hair treatment that actually works for my hair. I have put my hair through a lot, I've dyed too many times, way more than an average person, and I've bleached it...that's the worst. But in a recent Ipsy Bag, I received a hair treatment: Eva-Nyc: Therapy Session Hair Mask, and I was very skeptical, but dove in and tried it anyways! I was so surprised, this is the best hair mask I have ever used! I only received a 2.03 fl. oz. tube, and so far it has lasted me a whole week (been using it every other day), and I still have tons of product left. 




Main Ingredients:
  • Keravis Protein: Extreme conditioning ingredient
  • Argan Oil: Highly moisturizing, helps nourish hair for long periods of time.



Application: Apply a generous amount all over hair, especially the ends. Leave in for up to 2-3 minutes. Personally I leave it in as long as my shower. You can use this treatment as your everyday conditioner, or an extra treatment. I've found that it works perfectly on its own! 


Aftermath: My hair dries a lot faster after I use this treatment, it also tames the frizz. I always take a shower right before I go to sleep, with my curly hair, bed head is actually a benefit for when it comes time to style my hair in the morning. I curl my hair with a curling iron, pretty much every morning, I find it easier than any other styling choice. And this product helps my natural curls be more prominent, that way I don't have to take too much time manually curling my hair each day. 




     I will definitely be purchasing the larger size jar after I run out of the tube I have now. I think I have about a weeks worth left, and that's a lot of product for an item that was in an Ipsy Bag. If you have unmanageable hair, and want a really good product that actually works, I suggest the Eva-Nyc: Therapy Session Hair Mask.   




*You can purchase the 60 ml. size ($12) and the 500 ml. size ($40) at:Eva-nyc.com

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June Ipsy Bag!

     I think this is the first month where I got my Ipsy bag without even realizing it! Mainly because it came a lot earlier than it usually does, which is always a bonus. So let's get started with all the goodies! 



This months bag is very summer-like. And covered in pineapple's, very tropical, makes me think of a summer in Hawaii. 







Product time!



Marc Anthony: Dream Waves- Beach Spray


When I first saw this in my bag I was a little skeptical, mainly because products like this usually don't work well with my hair. This product claims to create sexy, tousled beach waves. Well I tried it on my damp hair, didn't really work. My hair seemed less curly, slightly on the "wavy" side, but my hair still needed lots of taming. If you have straight hair, or hair with a slight wave, I think this would work perfect for you. 




Realtree: Eau De Perfume- For her


I'm not a big fan of getting free samples of perfumes, or surprise perfumes, mainly because I'm very picky when it comes to scents. But this perfume smells amazing! I'm so happy I received it in my bag. The scents includes hints of: pomegranate, persimmon, and orchids. 



be a Bombshell: Mascara- Lash Out


I always love trying out new mascaras! In my opinion mascara is always what pulls a makeup look together. I've used be a Bombshell products in the past, mainly from my previous Ipsy Bags, I didn't know they made a mascara. I haven't gotten the chance to test it out yet, but so far I'm not very pleased with the "generic" style mascara wand it comes with. But other than that, I can't wait to test it out. 


Ofra: Eyebrow Pencil- Universal 


I don't think this is a product I'll be using in the future. Only because I haven't needed to fill in my eyebrows for years, and I'm very proud of that! It's the perfect color match for me though. It's a hard pencil, but glides on very smoothly. I tested it out on my brows, it looked natural and lasted well.


NYX: Butter Gloss- Creme Brulee 


I have never applied a lip gloss more smooth than this one! It didn't even feel like I was wearing lip gloss, it wasn't even sticky. The color is very neutral, perfect for an everyday gloss. And the smell is amazing, smells like candy! 





*If you're interested in getting your own subscription for Ipsy, go to Ipsy.com for only $10/month!