September Sephora Play & Ipsy!


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.


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 Sephora Play: Makeup Mother Load!


Sephora really came for me this month with their August Play box! If you are a regular to my blog, you’ll know that I rate my Ipsy posts from least favorite item, to most excited to try. Well, boy did I have a hard time deciding what to rate what. So, as you read this, know that this whole box is rated very highly overall.

First up!….

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
I put this first only because I have been getting a lot of mascaras lately. This retails for $22 for the standard size. I really like the wand on this and it will probably be opened pretty soon even though I have a two at a time rule for mascaras. The reason I like this wand so much is that I like to use the edges of the wands to get my inner lashes really well and most of the thinner applicators simply can’t do that.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow Eyeshadow (I-544)
It was a toss-up whether I was going to put this first or not. This retails for $21. This shade has a great pink shimmer, but deep toned enough to transition into the coming fall months flawlessly. The only reason I rated this so “low” was because I feel like I have this shade already. Am I still excited to try this out? Of course!

Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Glow Boosting Liquid Moisturizer
I know a lot of people rave over Lancôme skin care products and I’m hoping to find out why with this moisturizer. The full sized product retails for $55. The moisturizer is market as a refresher and hydrator for all skin types while also a good mixer for foundation to achieve a dewy finish. This looks very much like a serum instead of a moisturizer, so that’s my first plan when I use this.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof (Love Affair)
So, I’ll be honest, this and the next item are more or less rated based off of price because I just couldn’t decide. Love Affair is an amazing almost metallic purple. With fall around the corner, I’m bouncing in my seat to make a plum smoky look! The pencil is pretty creamy, but I can’t speak about it’s lasting ability yet.

Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm
I feel like eye creams are usually a scam, but this markets itself less as a “eye cream” and more of a roided up moisturizer. Also a mask that helps to reduce puffiness and dark circles. It retails for $68 and it claims other benefits such as anti-aging and wrinkle reducing, but eh, we’ll see!

CLEAN Reserve Warm Cotton
I love getting fragrances because I’m too cheap to buy them myself. This retails for $25 for .34 oz or $90 for 3.4oz. It is a floral/musky scent and smells like a man wearing fresh laundry (aka delicious). I did test this on my wrists and it’s definitely long lasting. The scent isn’t too overbearing and would be great for any season!

August Ipsy: Skin Care Jackpot!


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.

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?

Day in the Sun: Skin & Food Routine

Saturday, I attended the Peach Pedal, which is a hilly, hot ride out in Weatherford, TX (about 20 minutes west of Fort Worth). I did the 39 mile route and needless to say, spending 3 (or more) hours out in the Texas sun in the middle of July can be hard on the body and skin. It takes a lot of preparation, which I won’t go into much in this post, but I started my day off with a light breakfast.


Two hard boiled eggs and a Lara Bar might not seem like much to sustain 40 miles, but bike rallies are fully supported which means that there are rest stops every 8-10 miles with fruit, sandwiches, cookies, water, Gatorade, and more. So, I only need enough to “get me going”.


On top of a light breakfast, I prepare a recovery drink: Hammer Nutrition Recoverite. I swear by Hammer products and have always noticed good results. I have their protein powder, electrolyte tablets, supplements, and gels! But the Recoverite is probably the best part of my routine. I use this for not only my bike rides, but also as a recovery drink after my normal workouts. It’s helped keep soreness down, prevent charlie horses, and forces me to drink water and rehydrate after a long time in the sun.


Finally, I spoil my face when I’m done. I never use exfoliators after being in the sun for hours, so instead, I swear by Lush’s Coalfact Charcoal Bar. I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s an expensive bar of soal (at $14 for 3.5oz), and I even baulked a little when I bought it. But, it’s done wonders for my face by removing all of that salt, sunblock, and grime without making my face feel stripped. Even though it’s not really an exfoliant, it does have “granules” that are almost massaging. I follow that up with a face mask. Lately, I have been enjoying my Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli. They are expensive masks (at $6 a piece), but they feel really great and it’s so, so soothing to have that cool gel on your face after facing a 100 degree morning.

Finally, I have been using up my samples of Merlot Collection Moisture Day Cream. If you click that link, you’ll see why I only have samples! Haha! I don’t know if it’s worth the price, but it’s definitely one of the better moisturizers that I have ever used.

June Ipsy! Urband Decay, ColorPop, and More!


So, it’s been so long since my last post, too long. But, I was featured on Clarina’s blog! If you haven’t been to her blog, check it out! She provides beauty tips as well as blog advice.

So. I left out a few month of these posts, but this month’s Ipsy was awesome! If you don’t know what Ipsy is, it’s a monthly beauty subscription that comes with (mostly) sample sized beauty products as well as a makeup bag!

IMG_0009This month’s star is the Urban Decay shadow in Lounge. It’s my first Urban Decay eyeshadow and I’m so excited to get a look going with this!

IMG_0011I’ve never heard of Boo-Boo Cover-Up and this concealer is a few shades lighter than my skin tone, but has no chalkiness due to its light tone. It’s thick enough to cover any unfavorable areas. It feels creamy and blendable (probably due to the aloe vera and chamomile) and I’m excited to add this to my highlighting regimen.

IMG_0014I’m not a fan of this color (Secret). On my skin-tone, it’s a pale pink, which I personally don’t think I can pull off. But, what better time to try light pinks than the summertime! It feels smooth and moisturizing, but I have no idea on it’s longevity.

IMG_0016This is my first body scrub from Ipsy and I’m pumped! I love body scrubs and you really can’t go wrong with them, so I’m eager to try it out. I’m not happy with the packaging and wish that it was in a resealable bag. That would have been a nice and thoughtful touch.

IMG_0017Last is the ColorPop Gel Liner in Swerve. This is my first foray into the world of ColorPop, but YouTube has been raving over this company for quite some time. I love the creaminess (I’ve been using that word a lot today) and it just glides on! I will say, that I don’t think it’ll last long on it’s own and might need to be layered with a liquid, but time will tell.


(From Left to Right): Bombshell Secret lipgloss, Boo-Boo Cover-Up, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge

Sorry, no swatch of the ColorPop Gel Liner.


January and February Ipsy!

So I have been slacking and completely forgot to upload my Ipsy bag for January. But, no worries, we’ll just do a combo post today!

January 2016 IpsyThe January bag is so cute! I really have no complaints about the bag itself. It’s sturdy, large capacity, and has a sturdy zipper. As for the products, I’m going to review (as always) from meh to yaass!

Lasting Smiles Lip Balm in Peppermint Creme
“Lasting Smiles® lip balms are organic and fairtrade certified with pure and moisturizing ingredients sourced from small scale global farming cooperatives….With coconut oil, shea, and cocoa butter for soft hydrated and healthy lips.”
That’s all well and good, but let’s be honest, I pay $.99 for my chap stick. (Thank you Blistex). I don’t want chap stick in my $10 monthly bag. Case closed.

City Color Cosmetics Eyeshadow Trio in Falling Leaves
I tend towards brown/bronze eyeshadows, but something about the color seems off enough that I’m not excited about this. I don’t hate this, but I don’t love it. The colors, in the pan, almost seem muted. I wish I could coherently put into words why I am just meh about this travel trio.

theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) (Jack B. Bronze)
This is third on the list, but I am actually really excited about this! This liner might be next on the list, but the excitement levels are so much higher! Okay, I never line my lines in anything other than black. (I should be more adventurous, but I’m not. Sue me.) But I love love looove using liners as eyeshadows because they don’t go anywhere! It provides so much color payoff! Anyway, I’m excited to use this color in the near future.

Coastal Scents Pearl Shadow Angle Large Brush
I struggled with putting this third or second, but since it’s my first brush from Ipsy, I boosted it up a notch. I has a weakness for brushes, and I’ve been wanting to try Coastal Scents’s products for a while. They are pretty comparable to BH Cosmetics which (if you look at my last post here) I really love shopping there. Anyway, my only reservation is that this is on the larger end of the eye brush scale and I have small, hooded eyes, so there might be some learning curve.

skyn ICELAND Travel Size Glacial Cleansing Cloths
This is in my highest spot because of pure luck that I ran out of my other wipes and actually got to use this. I cheated, I know. Anyway, these feel like a soft version of those textured Lysol wipes. One wipe does a great job at removing a full face of makeup (including eye liner and mascara) and it doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy. I would totally buy these for travel purposes only in the future.

February 2016 Ipsy

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil
Why, you might ask, is a Smashbox item on the meh end of my list? Well, let me tell you! My oily ass face does NOT need oil ANYTHING being put on it. That said, there is no way I’d ever use it. I appreciate getting primers and I like Smashbox, but I definitely didn’t come out on top with this one.

Naked Cosmetics Mica Pigment (Espresso Brown)
My swatch of this felt amazing. The pigmentation is there and the color is definitely my cup of tea. If you’ve ready any of my other posts, you’ll know that I’m a bronze girl! Honestly, this isn’t really close to the meh end of the spectrum, but I had to put it somewhere! I decided to put this second ONLY because I am bad with using loose pigment. I get that crap everywhere no matter what I do.

Seraphine Botanicals Carot + Rose Hydrating Creme
This lotion is really good! It smells amazing and is thick enough to properly moisturize, but it’s oily at all. The description claims that it’s long lasting, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I will say, I wash my hands a lot though, so I’m sure it would be longer lasting if I didn’t do that.

Luxie Beauty Flat Definer Brush #221
The description calls this a “tapered blending brush” but the title of the brush is much more accurate. I can never have to many brushes, and currently only have one liner/defining brush, so I am really happy with this! It is described as having a taper, and that is very true! I plan to try this brush out at a brow brush and see how that goes.

OGX Quenching Coconut Curls Curling Butter
“Infused with coconut oil, sweet honey and citrus oils, this versatile hair butter helps to boost your curls’ hydration. Leave it in for a moisturizing treatment or rinse it out for use as a deep conditioner.”
The winner for the omg slot is this curling butter! I LOVE getting hair products to try and this product will definitely be getting some use. First of all, the ingredients are favorable for me and the fact that it is marketed as multi use is a big YES! The butter smells so amazing and, yes, it’s a butter so it’s thicker (think shea butter), but it dissolves really well (think coconut oil). Also, guess who has twists in and will need to be doing a deep condition/moisture treatment when she takes her twists out! That’s right, this girl!

I had really good luck in these past two months! Between the two Ipsy bags, I only got to meh products! What did you get in your bags? Link me to your review/opening!

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!


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!


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.


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!



(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.


(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!

December Ipsy!


My December Ipsy came in and of course I was on my way out the door for holiday vacation back in Philly. So, sorry for the late post. As always, I’ll start with the bag, which I love! It’s actually cute enough to be a little clutch to carry around. It feels really well made.


(From Left to Right)

Peony Cosmetics Shadow Trio, Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick, Briogeo Curl Charisma Leave-In Crème, Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer, Jersey Shore Cosmetics Vanilla Bean Anti-aging Lip & Hand Polish

So, I only tested out a few of these so far….there will be more to follow very soon since my eye primer is running out and I conveniently ran out of my favorite hand lotion.

The Pacifica lipstick honestly looks more impressive in the tube than on. It is really shear and seems as if it will not be long lasting. That being said, I am excited about the color and the layering capabilities of this!

The shadow trio is kind cool because they are colors that I use on a regular basis so I’m excited to have a travel size trio that I will actually use. The gold and brown and creamy and pigmented, though the brown doesn’t seem long lasting. The tan took some rubbing to get some color going, but seems buildable enough.


I am completely in love with this bag! I don’t have any disappointments in this bag like I did the November bag, so just for the sake of choosing the product that I am least excited about, it would probably be the curl cream, because I don’t think it’ll be enough product for me to get a true opinion on.

November Ipsy!

November’s Ipsy came! I got the October one and called myself making a video, but needless to say, it never worked out. Anyway, this month’s bag is totally my style. What aerospace engineer wouldn’t enjoy a galaxy themed makeup bag? So, on to the products!


DERMELECT: ‘ME’ Peptide Infused Lacquer

I am starting from least favorite with this nail polish. I’ll admit that I have been wanting a nude nail polish, but I NEVER paint my nails. I’ll give this a try next time I go get a mani/pedi. But, I’m bummed this took the place of some of the other options available, especially because I do not have nail polish as something that I want.


tucker ashley: Perfecting Moisturizer

You can never have too many moisturizers, but it’s just that, a moisturizer. I am excited that this is oil free as I can try this out as a facial moisturizer. Of course, I have an oily t-zone, but that doesn’t mean no moisturizing. At the very least, I can see how this compares with my current moisturizer. It’s always good to switch it up.


Beaute Basics: Gel Eyeliner with Gel Eyeliner Brush

I am actually excited to try this out only because I have been wanting to try a gel liner. But I really wish this was in black instead of navy. The cool thing is that it came with a brush! So, if I like how this applies and lasts throughout the day, I’ll definitely be picking up a black pot.


Smashbox Cosmetics: Full Exposure Mascara

I can’t say I have been wanting to try this, but I love layering mascara so I’m not going to pass up owning another one! I have always heard good things about Smashbox, so I’m exited to try out one of their products (finally!). It has a basic applicator, but I am going to see how well it layers with other mascaras.


tre’StiQue: Mini Matte Lip Crayon

Last but not least(obviously!), I am pumped to try out some more lip colors! This color is Florence Fig. I am always worried when I get anything of color because I am a PERSON of color and frankly, I feel more things conflict with my skin tone than compliment it. But, I’ve been trying out different lip colors and trying to get more adventurous. So, I’m very excited to try this out and review it in the future.

MOTD: Halloween Style pt 1

I don’t usually do short posts, but what the heck! Live a little! With my numerous Halloween events that I am going to, of course there is going to be some fun makeup to write about. The Mayor of my city hosts a “Spooky” bike ride every year where she and hundreds of other people will dress up and go on a fun bike ride.

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My and Mayor Betsy Price

My and Mayor Betsy Price