Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Ipsy Bag!

     It's time for my Ipsy bag review! I can't believe April is almost halfway gone, feels like it just started! But the best part of it being the middle of the month, is that I receive my Ipsy bag! This months theme is "Beauty Rocks", so I of course assumed dark, rocker type products. 

     First off is the cute little travel makeup bag you get! I don't know about you, but I always try to find ways to use my travel bags from Ipsy, whether I'm using it to store any makeup products, or to take traveling with me. 

Products time! My favorite part of this post! 

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet- Glide on Pencil: Black Velvet

     I recently just found out about this new eyeliner that Urban Decay has come out with, and I've been interested to try it. When I found that it was in my Ipsy bag, I got really excited, never thought I'd get it! The application is very smooth, very nice matte black color pay-off. It doesn't come off as black and creamy as Urban Decay's Perversion, but it is velvety, just like the name! 

MaryKay- Jelly Lip Gloss: Teddy Bear

     Unfortunately this lip gloss was a big disappointment. Lately I've been very into wearing lip gloss, so when I noticed a lip gloss in my Ipsy bag, I was excited to try it out. The color wasn't very intriguing, but I thought I'd give it a try. But this lip gloss is not easy to apply, it's extremely thick, and far too sticky. The color looks darker than it is in the tube. It made my lips look a lot lighter, not a very attractive look. I'm pretty bummed this lip gloss didn't work out, but I'm glad I got the chance to test it out. 

Dr. Brandt- Microdermabrasion: Skin Exfoliate

     I love getting new skincare products in my Ipsy bag, I have pretty normal skin, so I'm always looking for products that will keep my skin looking young and healthy. Microdermabrasion is a very good exfoliating treatment, and microdermabrasion products are just as good. I haven't gotten the chance to test out this exfoliate, but I will definitely do a "Saturday Reviews" with it.

Demeter Fragrance- Roll on Perfume Oil: Jasmine

     I'm not a big fan of sample perfumes that I don't get to choose. Mainly because I usually don't like the scents, but surprisingly enough, I actually like this scent. It smells very fresh, and not too sweet. Perfect for putting in your purse for an "on-the-go" scent.

Rainbow Honey Cosmetics- Nail Polish: Midnight Fountain

     I love this color! And it's a color I don't actually have in my nail polish collection, which is great. It's highly pigmented, I tested it out, and noticed I only needed 2 coats to get a full color pay-off. It dries very nicely, and fast. 

(This is with 1 coat)

I can't wait to continue trying out all of these products for the next few weeks, and I will keep you updated with some "in-depth" reviews! 

*You can sign up for your own Ipsy bag @ Ipsy.com!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ardell Individual Lashes

     Lately I've been on a "Lashes Kick", I just feel like I want to vamp-up my regular makeup looks. And I have come to the conclusion that the best way to add a subtle depth to your look, is to use individual false lashes. They are perfect for extending your eye, they pair well if you're planning on adding wing eyeliner to your look. 

The ones I've been loving and using at the moment are the: Ardell Individual Lashes-Flare Medium Black. 

     I was always fearful of lashes, mainly because I didn't want to put them on wrong, or have them fall off in the middle of the day. But just sucking it up and trying it out a few times helped me realize that applying false lashes is easy. It takes a few extra minutes to get the lashes just right, but time is beauty... 

The best glue to use for applying false lashes is Duo Lash Glue

     I find that this particular lash glue dries very nice, and clear. And a lot goes a long way, so I know I will have my lash glue for a good amount of time. 

     There are a few techniques with applying lashes, whether its individual or band lashes. They do sell special lash applicators, they're basically strange looking tweezers. I prefer to use my fingers, that way I can feel where exactly I'm putting them, and I can squeeze my lashes together with the false ones without accidentally poking myself in the eye with a metal object. 

This is what a lash applicator looks like.

     The Ardell Individual lashes: Flare Medium length's are the perfect matching-color and length for my natural lashes. They blend in very well, especially after applying mascara. Since they are individual, they are more delicate then strip lashes, so I wouldn't suggest curling them. I tried curling the lashes to help them blend, but since they are too delicate, they curled more than my natural lashes did. And that didn't look very good. 

     If you're looking to try out false lashes for the first time, I suggest individual ones, perfect for slowly adding depth to any makeup look. And after you've felt that you have accomplished applying individual lashes, you can move towards strip lashes. Or go straight for strip lashes, it's all up to you, and how comfortable you feel. Besides that, remember makeup is an art, there really aren't any wrongs in makeup. There will always be "do's" and "don'ts", but makeup is something I feel like every girl and even guys will keeping learning about throughout the years. 

In this picture you can clearly see that the end lashes are longer than the others, that's the placement of the individual lashes. In person it is a lot less noticeable, but for pictures I wanted you all to be able to see the difference.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Real Techniques (Core Collection) Review

     Once again Real Techniques still makes the best brushes in my opinion, they are so multi-functional, and they last long and I haven't had one shed on me yet! When I found out about the core collection, I thought it was a great deal, only $18.00 for 4 multi-use brushes. This collection also comes with a travel case, that can also be a brush stand! 

So let's get on with the brushes in this collection! 

Detailer Brush: This is the smallest brush in this collection, the bristles are strong enough to pack on color to the lid. I personally like the size of this brush because it's perfect for inner corner highlighting, and detailed color underneath the lash-line. 

Pointed Foundation Brush: This is the only brush I haven't really touched, mainly because I think it's used for concealer, and I don't use concealer. If you do use concealer, this brush is dense enough and perfect size for covering up blemishes. 

Buffing Brush: This is my favorite brush out of this collection, I use it for my liquid foundation. The bristles are extremely soft, but stiff enough to blend evenly. The brush is big enough to cover larger areas of the face, that way you can apply your foundation with your brush much faster. 

Contour Brush: This is meant to be a contour brush, but like I said before, Real Techniques brushes are multi-functional. So I use this brush for my blush, the bristles are soft enough to add a light amount of pigment to the cheeks. And since the brush is smaller, I can control where my blush goes much better. 

Real Techniques Brushes are, in my opinion: a bargain, they're cheap, soft, easy to use, and very high quality. If you're in the market for new brushes, I suggest you try these out! 

*If you want to learn more about Real Technique Brushes and get tutorials on how to use them go to Realtechniques.com.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March Ipsy Bag!

My March Ipsy Bag has finally arrived! This time with 4 new products for me to test out. This months bag is focused on makeup products, my favorite part. 

First off you always get a makeup bag each month full of your Ipsy goodies. This months bag is very different, it was specially picked by artist Klari Reis', who's from San Francisco, same place that the Ipsy Headquarters is based. 

So let's get started with the products!

BareMinerals: Marlvelous Moxie Lipstick- Get Ready  

To me this color is very mature, but a beautiful everyday lipstick. First off I love the smell of this lipstick, most lipsticks don't smell like anything. It's very sweet smelling, kind of like candy. It's highly pigmented and applies very smoothly. 

Chella: Eyeliner Pen- Bleu Indigo 

I love getting new eyeliners in my Ipsy bag! Especially when it's different from black. This color eyeliner is extremely pigmented, the long tip helps with faster application on the lid. I swatched it on my hand, it went on smoothly, and wasn't easy to remove, which is a good sign for long lasting.

NYX: Love in Rio- Meet Me At The Copa

One of my favorite products to get in my Ipsy bag is always something from NYX. They never have failed me before, and I love eye shadows! This palette is perfect for everyday, and full of shimmer. When I swatched these three colors, I noticed they weren't as pigmented as I had hope. But under a primer and base they might apply better. 

Pixi: Flawless Face Primer

A face primer is perfect when you have oily or slightly oily skin, it helps keep your skin matte and helps with even application of your foundation. I haven't gotten a chance to use this primer, but I will be doing a review on it soon, after I've gotten a chance to really test it out. 

If you would like your very own Ipsy Bag personalized to your taste, go to Ipsy.com only $10/month. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Saturday Reviews! Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup

I ran out of my go-to foundation: Maybelline-Fit Me Foundation, and when I got to Target they were completely out of my color! I figured since Neutrogena has a lot of skin-condition based products, that it would be a good choice to test out a new foundation from their line. Unfortunately I was wrong. I tried out the Neutrogena Shine Control Makeup in Classic Ivory (10) foundation for about 1 and 1/2 weeks, I kept trying to give it a chance, but I wasn't impressed at all. 

     This foundation's number one focus is Shine Control, up to 8 hours. My skins been all over the place lately, being in an Esthetics program gives you a chance to get a lot of different facials that change your skin in so many ways. Lately I've had pretty dry skin, with a slightly oily T-Zone, and unfortunately this foundation did not control the oil or shine throughout the day. Along with the foundation not staying matte, it would adhere strongly to my dry patches on my face, and that's not attractive. Settling on dry patches wasn't the only place it stayed, the foundation also would settle right into the creases of my nose, which has never happened with any other foundation I used before. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that it doesn't set, even with a setting/blotting powder. It's a philosophy to place powder on top of a foundation, I have always done it because my skin has always had an oiliness to it.  

     I would highly suggest this foundation for normal skin, I believe it would be too harsh for sensitive skin, and not matte enough for oily skin. Since my skin can rarely be sensitive, it surprised me when I found that I started breaking out on my forehead, I have pretty sturdy skin, so it takes a big change for my skin to react in a bad way. I would suggest the minute you get a breakout or small allergic reaction to makeup, that you stop using it right away. It's your skins way of telling you it doesn't want/nor can handle that certain product. 

  • SPF 20
  • Price ($11.99) That is a little pricey for drugstore, but much cheaper than department 

  • Doesn't last 8 hours
  • Does not control shine
  • Not easy to blend
  • Settles in creases
  • Sticks more to dry patches
  • Doesn't easily set, even with a powder
  • Looks cakey on the skin, even with one thin layer 

     If you're in the market for a new foundation I suggest you do a lot of research, whether it's online or if you go consult with someone that works in a makeup store. Picking the right foundation is key, your skin is your canvas. Having flawless looking skin helps create the perfect base for the rest of your makeup. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

February Ipsy Bag! The Look Of Love..

Since February has Valentine's Day in it, it would be very appropriate that this months Ipsy Bag would have a lot of pinkish products. Along with the pink/purple products, the monthly Ipsy Bag is pink as well! 

Nu Me: Intense Renewal Mask

This is the only product in the Ipsy Bag that I haven't gotten a chance to test out yet. But I was able to test out the texture and smell on the back of my hand. It's a medium thickness cream, which will be perfect for an easy spread all over your hair. I'm not a big fan of the smell, it's pretty earthy smelling. I will keep you updated when I fully test this out on my hair. 

Zoya: Odette Nail Polish

I got excited when I saw that there was a nail polish in my bag this month, and that its a beautiful purple color! I was a little skeptical about how the color payoff was going to be, but to my surprise it's pretty well pigmented. 

(One Coat ^) 

Tini Beauty: Violette- Eye Shadow + Base

When I first swatched this color on the back of my hand, I was not expecting it to be so opaque. And so shiny! This is perfect for an everyday look, you can use it on its own, or as a base to fully intensify a powdered  eye shadow. 

City Color: Fresh Melon-Blush

I'm always up for trying new blushes, mainly because that use to be a product I never bought. Most of the blushes I own are a very light pink, this blush is more of a melon/coral color. Its highly pigmented, and perfect for light to medium skin tones. 

Pop Beauty: Peony Petal-Plump Pout Mini

I absolutely love this lip gloss, it's so pretty! I'm not use to lip glosses having the color payoff like most lipsticks. It's more of a cream finish then iridescent or shimmery. It feels very nice of the lips, and didn't dry out my lips. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Laura Mercier Reviews! Blush/Eyeliner/Eye Crayon

     I have three products from Laura Mercier to review for you today! I'm so excited! I've wanted to try this brand for a long time, but never had the budget for it. Luckily my boyfriends coworker has connections with someone that works for the company. So she gave him products for me to try and have! 

First product is: Creme Cheek Color- Rose Tulle

     When I first saw the color, I was afraid it was going to be a very vibrant rose/coral color, but since this blush is a creme its very light. You can still see the color that's in the pan on your skin, it applies very smoothly and it blends really easily. I wouldn't suggest this product for those with oily skin, especially since creme blushes don't typically set right away. If you did have oily skin and wanted to use this product, I would recommend setting this blush with a powder blush to help it last longer. 

Second product is: Caviar Stick Eye Color- Cocoa

     This is the smoothest and creamiest eye crayon I have ever used. And it's so pigmented! I've been wearing my ItsJudyTime Palette a lot lately, especially the darker brown colors in the palette. So this eye pencil is perfect for my every day look. It also has a little bit of shimmer, which really emphasizes the shimmer in the shadows I've been using. Since this product is very creamy I suggest using an eye primer underneath to ensure nothing moves around. 

Third product: Precision Liquid Eyeliner- Bleu

     I love wearing blue eyeliner on my waterline, it gives my look something new! I'm not a big liquid liner fan, so I usually play it safe and stick with my black liners. When I saw that this was a blue liner I got excited, something new and very different. When I tested this liner out I loved how bright it comes out, perfect for adding color to your eyeshadow looks or for an easy/simple look on its own. It applies very smoothly, and the felt tip helps with hand control. Perfect for beginners.