September Sephora Play & Ipsy!

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As always, if you don’t know was Ipsy is, it’s a monthly beauty subscription service. For only $10/mo, you get five products and a makeup bag! If you want to sign up, you can do so here.

This month, I have to say is one of my favorite months. There is actually only one product that I am not at all excited about, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out which one. If you are new to my blog, then my reviews start from least favorite to most favorite! Keep on reading!

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme
This product is meant to make the lips look more plump. I already have plump lips so I don’t need any help in that category. Not to mention, people complained about burning lips when they used this. So, to the bottom of the list this goes.

EYEKO Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner in Black
It was hard trying to find an order for the next four items, but this liner is next on the list. I admit, it would have been higher had I not received Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Sephora’s box. BUT, I am always looking to compare liners. I have very hooded eyes, so it creates an extra challenge during application of liners.

GLOW for a cause BODY BUTTER Inspire
The body butter actually feels amazing! It’s not greasy and would work well on both hands and face. I don’t think it’s heavy enough for those hard hitting areas (knees, elbows, etc), but I’d love to toss this in my bag right now! (PS, it smells great!)

Onomie Powerful Priming Serum in Truth
I’ve never heard of a toning primer, but I’m intrigued enough to put this higher on my list. Not to mention, the primers I have been getting so far have been A+! Apparently, this can be used on it’s own or as a base for foundation so it’s versatile as well.

ToGoSpa Eyes by ToGoSpa in Green Tea EYES
Ah! I cannot wait to try these out! Lately, my eye bags have gotten out of control, so these will be thrown right into the thick of things. I’ve been enjoying my skincare routine and I am excited to see where these fit in and compliment that routine.

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Sephora Play is also a $10 monthly beauty subscription box! This box comes with 6 products instead of the 5 in Ipsy. And again, I am going to start with my least favorite and work my way to most favorite! Starting with…..!

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Shine Lipstick: Love Spell
I struggled with what to put first and finally decided on the lipstick. It’s really pink, and because of that, I don’t think it’ll look good on me. It’ll definitely take some gymnastics and creativity to make it work. It’s also really shear, so I’m not sure that it’ll play well with my vibrant, matte, lipsticks. Some good points, it seems really long lasting, and not sticky at all.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day® Night Cap Overnight Perfector
I like hair products, but they rate low because I assume they aren’t made for my hair. Reading the description, it seems like a night time hair masque that you wash out in the morning. It sounds like it’s meant for people who wash, or at least, rinse their hair daily. Despite that, it smells really amazing and feels like it might actually have some pretty good slip. It might not be a stand alone detangler, but might compliment my current routine by providing some more yummy hair nutrition.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel
Even now, I wonder if I should have really rated this under the hair cream, but I boosted it up because it’s a product that I have never tried. I’m really a minimalist when it comes to my brows and have never really cared for a brow gel. That being said, I’m eager to see if this helps in cutting down time needed to do my brows!

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation
I tried this on and this product is really deceiving! It looks really thick, but because it’s whipped, it goes on so thin and light! It’s oil free, so it would make my already oily skin any oilier and it actually settles really nicely without giving me that “shine” that other moisturizers sometimes cause. On top of that, it says that it can also be used as a primer/base for foundation.

Atelier Cologne Collection Azur – Sud Magnolia
Omg this is going to be my signature scent for the fall! It smells so, so good! I know perfume scents are 100% subjective, so reading a review of it is somewhat pointless. But it has “notes of magnolia from Louisiana, bitter orange from Seville, and atlas cedarwood from Morocco“. If there are two things in life that I love smelling, fresh scent and wood are it!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
I had to rate this highly because I was a day out from buying this before finding out this came in my box. I’ve used this liner a million times in the past and it’s extremely easy to apply (even with my hooded eyes) and it’s very black! The fast drying ability is what I love the most. What more can I say?!

Well, that wraps up September’s boxes rundown! What were your favorites for the month? Have you tried any of the products listed?”

August Ipsy: Skin Care Jackpot!

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Hey everyone! It’s a little late but here is my Ipsy for August! As usual, I am going to do my rundown from least favorite to most excited!

FORMULA X Nail Polish in Dollface
If you follow my blog at all, you probably know that I do not like getting nail polish! I almost never do my nails, and if I do, I just go to the salon. So, needless to say, not only am I not excited to get this polish, but I hate this color.

Peter Lamas Supreme Radiance Complexion Booster
I know. I know. What am I thinking putting a skin care product so low on the list?! Well, I don’t really have complexion issues! I’m sorry guys! I never even opened this, since I traded with a buddy for her NYX Professional Makeup BORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATOR in Sunbeam.

Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye
This is in the middle because I am on the fence about this lipstick. Reason being, I feel like this is a little glossier than I’d prefer in a lipstick. I also worry that I can’t pull this shade off. But, that being said. I’m really to give it a try!

IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Mini Gel Eyeliner
I have plenty of eyeliners, so I don’t know why I’m so excited to try this out. My swatch of this wasn’t quite as pigmented as I was expecting, but I feel like this would be perfect for tight lining or even a light, daytime smoky look! It’s creamy and blends out really well.

NEOGEN CODE 9 GOLD BLACK CAVIAR ESSENCE GOLD TOX TIGHTENING PACK
Despite rating the other skincare item from this bag much lower, I’ve been so excited to try this out! I’ve seen a few people using this and it looked so soothing, and guess what! It was! I actually decided to use this after my 5 and a half hour bike ride in order to test it out and it felt amazing. If you’d like a full review of this item, comment and let me know! Check out my demo here!

Thank you for reading! If you’d like to see swatches of anything let me know. What did you get in your bag?

BH Cosmetics Haul and Ipsy Offer!

Omg! Why do I keep buying makeup!?

Ofra Professional Make Up

This is a 20 shade palette and I am so in love with some of these colors. This is an Ipsy Offer that I splurged on. I am solidly somewhere between ooh and meh with some of these colors. So, let me start by saying that the shimmery bronze (top row, 2nd from right) and the shimmery pink (bottom row, 3 from right) are my total favorites. And I got it just in time for valentine’s day, so that will be happening! Some of the lighter shades are a little ashy looking during the swatching, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to make it work. If you are interested in a video of this palette, comment and let me know!

Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter

This palette is all the rave on YouTube, right now and was really hard to come by. So, this is sold by BH Cosmetics, which is an affordable online make-up shop. Now, this is an affordable palette, so don’t go expecting Urban Decay Naked level of pigmentation. That being said, I was very impressed by most of the shades. They were buttery and felt very good when swatching. The downside is that there is some flakiness (especially…mostly?) from the matte colors. I’d definitely say this is chocolate girl friendly, but since there are no transition colors, it is somewhat lacking. If you’d like to see some a video including this palette, let me know!

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My two lipsticks are the ever popular Missy Lynn Color Lock in Serenity and the BH Cosmetics Color Lock Matte in Rapture. Let me start with Missy Lynn. These lipsticks sell out so fast! O.M.Gooodnessss! So, I actually didn’t want this color, and really wanted the shade Missy Lynn, but that stays sold out! So, instead, I (nervously) got this nude color. But boy let me tell you how pleasantly shocked I was when I swatched this! It wasn’t ashy and tan like I thought it was. Instead it had nice hints of pink, which can definitely be worked with. Now, on to the BH Cosmetics Rapture. Let. Me. Tell. You. About. This. COLOR! It was so beautiful. I really wish I had bought this so I could have enjoyed it all fall and winter. (What was I thinking!?). I have this line of lipstick in a more red shade. (Rapture is a deep purple). It’s long lasting and not drying at all!

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Up next are my three BH Costmetics Waterproof Lip Liner in Nude, Spiced, and Rouge. The plan was to use Nude with my new nude Missy Lynn SerenityRouge with Rapture, and Spiced with some other reds that I have around the house. I don’t know how I did it, but I was spot on with my Nude and Rouge pairing! They compliment my lipsticks so well! It’s amazing! As for how well they apply, very little pressure is needed to get a good payout. They are very soft, so they’ll probably need constant sharpening. Hopefully they hold up well to sharpening. W’ll see.

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Last but not least, I bought a blending brush (#12) and a lip brush (#2). The blending brush seems a tad scratchy and stiff, but not horrible. I don’t feel that it can be as versatile as some fluffier brushes, but I’ll be able to get the use out of it that I need. Also, there are some “fly aways” so I wonder how well this brush will hold up to cleaning. On the flip side of this review, I’m pleasantly surprised how well the fibers of the lip brush lay. It’s soft and stiff, which is what I was hoping for. Now, this is my first lip brush, so I have to admit that I don’t know what to expect. Otherwise, this brush comes with a removable cap that you snap onto the end of the brush to make it a standard brush length, meaning this is the perfect travel brush!

This little palette was a free gift with purchase from BH Cosmetics. As far as I know, there is no other way to get this palette. It’s called the Essential Eyes To Go 6 color eye-shadow palette. Coincidentally, it comes with shades that are some of my favorite go-to shades. The two middle shades are probably my favorite. It’s a gift that I’m happy to get since I’ll actually use it!

 

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(Left->Right) Carli Bybel (first 5), Rapture lipstick, Serenity lipstick, Nude liner.

The first two (most left) colors are the large highlighter shades.Note: That purple did not swatch well from the Carli Bybel palette.

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(Left->Right) Rouge liner, Spiced liner, Ofra swatches (last 5).

That gold (3rd from left) and the pink (5th from left) swatched well, but they are not that pigmented. It would definitely take some building to get some payoff, ESPECIALLY with the matte shades.Note the most right shade? Yea, barely.

Guys! Do you have examples using any of the products listed? If so, post a link to them! Also, if you’d like to see more about these products, let me know!

Target Haul: Sonia Kashuk and More

I recently have been looking for “better” brushes to add to my collection. Prior to my haul, I only had two that I loved and the rest were just a necessity. Anyway, in my search for brushes, of course I come across a lot of Mac reviews, Sigma reviews and Sephora reviews, but I am 1. frugal and don’t want to spend that much money on a single brush and 2. impatient and wanted something I could either have shipped to me immediately or go to the store a pick up. I eventually came across the Kabuki brush set from BH Cosmetics which of course were sold out. So, put that on the back burner and save that for another time.

But, another name (new to me) popped up in my search: Sonia Kashuk. People were raving over her brushes and not to mention they are available at Target! So, of course, I leave Target with more than just the brushes.
Synthetic Flat Top Multi-Purpose Brush (No. 4): $15.79
Medium Angled Multi-Purpose Brush (No. 17): $17.39
Synthetic Crease Shadow Brush (No. 8): $10.79
Synthetic Angled Eye Shower Liner Brush (No. 27): $9.19

Covergirl Trublend Fix Stick Concealer (Deep): $7.59
NYX Studio Perfect Primer (Clear): $11.99
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream (Deep): $7.59

NYX Sex Bomb (Femme Fatale): $7.49
Up & Up Kabuki Brush (Not Pictured): $6.99

Express Haul: Jeggings Galore!

Hey all! This is my very first Express haul!! I have honestly never bought anything from Express, but after a dish washing mishap, she gave me a pair of her jeans that didn’t look quite right on her. The moment I put them on, I was in love. Fast forward about two years, the jeans are getting to the end of their usefulness. /oh no/ So, it’s time for new ones! /oh yea/ So, I found an amazing sale and bought four pairs (yes four, I have a problem) of leggings/jeggings/jeans.

Pair #1: Mid Rise
Tag Price: $79.90
Sale Price: $24.00

I started with this pair because out of the four, total, these are just average in terms of my expectations. I love, love, love the deep blue color of these. In fact, I bought these jeans to directly replace the jeans my cousin gave me. They’ll look amazing with a rich colored boot or any autumn/fall colors. The reason these are just “average” for me is because, they are what I wanted them to be, a replacement for a pair of pants that I already love. In short, I already loved these pants, and there are no surprises about these.

Pair #2: Super High Rise
Tag Price: $79.90
Sale Price: $24.00

These are my first pair of super high rise pants, and I LOVE them. The color looks amazing and I love the acid wash down the center of the thighs. They give my thighs a nice round look while making them look thin as well. (Crazy, I know.) There are small destroyed areas on the waistband and rear pockets. It’s enough to give the pants character, but not enough to change the actual feel of them.

Pair #3: Mid Rise Destroyed
Tag Price: $88.00
Sale Price: $26.43
 
I’ve never bought destroyed jeans before, but for the price, I decided to give them a change. Something about that acid wash makes these jeans feel amazing! They feel…dare I say, supple? I’m so in love with the high rise fit at Express, that I wish I had gotten these in high rise. Also, I am not sure how I like the destroyed knee (not shown). As a bigger girl, I’m wondering ho these will work when I move around a lot or sit down, cross my legs, etc.
Pair #4:  High Rise Acid Wash
Tag Price: $88.00
Sale Price: $26.43
 
These are, hands down, my favorite of the four jeans. They are edgy and the color looks great against my skin tone. I was worried I’d look like a tween in these, but they actually show off my shape well enough to give me that sexy, edgy look that I was hoping for. I really want to get a pair of combat boots (I’m in need of some new ones) and rock out downtown this fall.
Overall:
As I said before, I loved the last pair of pants that my cousin gave me. The only complaint was that I’m not a bootcut type of girl. I prefer to show off my ankles, and these jeans actually hug my angles, which a lot of pants don’t do unless you’re a size 0. So, I really appreciate how tight the leggings/jeggings are. Because of the tight ankles, I’m sure you can guess, that these pants have plenty of stretch. They mold around you wonderfully to make an easy, effortless fit.
If you don’t feel like doing the math, the pants would have totaled: $335.80. But I only paid $100.86 (for a savings of $234.94). That’s a 70% savings!!