- NYX Faux Blacks in Obsidian is my surprising favorite of the month. In high school, I definitely wore an aggressively amount of liner in my tight line and waterline, as proven by this Insta. Since then, I’ve switched to top liquid liner only. Since then, my stick and gel liner consumption has seriously dropped. The cool part of this faux blacks liner is that they go on really dark and smudgy (in a good way) but have a fun colorful edge. I’ve been wearing this daily on my lash line and tight line. I love how the deep navy hue make my dark brown eyes pop.
- First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is an old favorite. Every Christmas for the past 5-ish years, I buy the First Aid Beauty set and fall in love again. I ran out of makeup remover, and this cleanser takes off my makeup without being too stripping.
- Derma-E Radiant Glow Face Oil was my biggest disappointment of this Ipsy. In the winter, I love being able to use a face oil. In Texas, for 9 months out of the year, my super oily skin can’t handle the oil. However, I hate the smell of this face oil. Obviously, if its on your face, it tends to linger. I have to alternate recommendations: Tarte Maracuja Oil and the Trader Joe’s Vitamin E OIl.
- MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara in Black was surprisingly good. If you watched Youtube videos in 2008/2009, everyone had all MAC everything but never the mascaras. This time around they have honestly killed it. I think the mascara, and the formula is great. I didn’t even have to wait for it to dry out before it started doing what I wanted it todo.
- Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Orchid Ornament was my “indifferent” pick of the bag. I don’t love the lighter color particularly, and sometimes use it to highlight. The darker color is pretty, but I prefer matte crease colors.
Hey guys! We’re back with a new start to the new year. Today is the start of a new series. Every month, around the 15th, I get my Ipsy bags, and I want to share with you the things I get. So, the following month, I’ll share my opinions on the products after a month of use. If you don’t know, Ipsy is a subscription service that is $10 a month and they send you a mix of makeup, skincare, and haircare products. I’ve found some of my favorite things in the world through Ipsy and realized that some fan-favs are not made for me. Every month, you get five products in a small bag that comes packaged in the cutest pink bubble wrap envelope. It makes every month like Christmas all over again.
Besides foundation, I feel like I never need to buy new products again. Mostly, you get sample-sized items, but many eyeliners are full-sized. Also, I’m not sure how they do this, but they deliver exactly what I need when I need it. For example, for the month of July, I needed a new face wash and BAM. I consider myself a “conscious consumer.” Before I buy any skincare or makeup products, I usually conduct extensive research, so this really saves me some time. Also, I’m not really a hair care gal, and their small samples have allowed me to branch out. Also, you can buy your Ipsy products and other high and low-end beauty products at a discount on the website.
This month’s bag was Gudetama themed. Gudetama is this adorable depressed egg. He’s just adorable, I promise. My five products are
Beau Gâchis Illuminator Brush is weirdly what my brush collection was missing. I usually wear either no makeup or a full face of makeup. Due to a recent stress induced breakout, I have some acne scars that I want to cover up on a daily basis. To not look weird with just one cheek concealed, I usually pop on some concealer under my eye and some mascara as well. This brush is perfect for any concealing. Before using it as a concealing brush, I used it for highlighter and an all-over-the-lid brush. It worked pretty well for both.
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet was the disappointing to the say the least. As a moisturizer, it was insufficient. As an oily skin girl, I use pretty stripping face washes to get my face feeling clean. Afterwards, I like to rehydrate my skin in the mornings with moisturizer and in the evening with night cream. This product goes on my skin and feels just kinda eh. It feels like I put a bad serum on. Also, this must be personally preference, but I hate how this smells. It smells like raw calabash, or bottle gourd.
When I first received the Ciate London Wondewarnd Gel-Kohl Hybrid Liner in Black, I fully intended on giving it to my mom. I haven’t worn eyeliner in about four years when I realized that heavy eyeliner all around my eyes wasn’t the look for me. However, this eyeliner is double ended with eyeliner on one side and a smudging brush on another. The eyeliner is dark if you build it up and perfectly smudge-y if you want a smokey look.
Nomad Cosmetics Illuminating Highlighter in Midnight Sun is the next level highlighter. I have two other highlighters I use. One is more subtle and every day but can be considered more glam if I apply it with a wet or dense brush. The other highlighter I use is one I discovered from Ipsy, and it’s a natural gel based highlighter. Both are gorgeous and serve a purpose, but this one is really my more glam highlighter. I feel like taking approximately 15 billion selfies while wearing this highlighter. To be fair, for me, this is not the best highlighter. I have this thing called a natural glow, oily skin and sweaty face, but I’m excited to use this when it won’t melt off of my face. Together, the highlighter on my lids and the smudgy liner give me my best Delia Banai from Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleaning Gel is a really interesting product. It was perfecting timing because I wanted a new cleanser. My face was clean but not tight after washing. The gel is a liquid-y consistency and does a decent job cleansing my face. It doesn’t work too well for removing any eye makeup, and I don’t wearing anything waterproof. I don’t think I would repurchase this, but it did a decent job.
Overall, I liked 4/5 products, and I loved the physical bag. I think this is the usual split for most of Ipsy bags. I just got this month’s bag today, and I can’t wait to chat with y’all about it.
Do y’all get Ipsy? Do y’all use Birchbox? Have you used both? Which one do you prefer?
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Today, I’m here to bring you a really exciting post with Evian for their new #AnytimeSpa campaign. The holidays are coming up, which generally means avoiding conversations about politics with people you see maybe one or two times a year. At some point, it just becomes awkward when everyone under the age of 25 is lumped together. Luckily, instead of going to watch some PG-rated movie about 15 times, you can just put on a little DIY spa. Get everyone in your family involved and try to help mend that stressed out skin.
Part I: Face
I would start off with a clean face followed by the Evian spray for some renewed moisture. Recently, I’ve been loving this mud mask from Formula 10.0.6. that I got in my Ipsy, which helps draw out impurities. It makes your skin feels so clean afterwards and is suprisingly affordable. Your skin will then be ready for a really moisturizing mask like the First Aid Beauty mask or just normal moisturizer. A quick DIY mask is yogurt mixed with honey. If you want to really go the extra step, add some turmeric for glowing skin!
Part II: Hair
The holidays are a time where you want to look your best. With all the heat and styling, don’t forget to give your hair some ~extra~ love. On a regular basis, I use the Aussie 3-Minute Miracle, which is maybe $3 at the drugstore. In my Ipsy, I also received the Briogeo deep conditioning hair mask and have been loving that for an extra moisture boost. For a quick DIY mask, just slather a bunch of warm coconut oil in your hair and leave it in for as long or as little as you desire! While your hair mask is in, spray your face with some Evian spray and exfoliate your lips gently with a DIY scrub of honey and sugar.
Part III: Nails
Nails are so easy and fun to do for every age range. The Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover literally makes your hand look like they worked the scary cuticle scissor magic at the salon. After that, you just need an array of nail polish, base coat, and base coat. If you want to make it pedicure appropriate, just get one of these little feet grater things to make your feet soft af.
Have an amazing holiday season! If you aren’t celebrating anything this time of the year, just enjoy the cold weather and furry blankets!
What are your favorite at-home spa treatment? Who would you want to do a DIY spa with?
So, today, I’m really excited to talk to y’all about a product I’ve been using for about 3 years now. I love that this foundation is available in like a gazillion colors and undertones. A big downside is the price, but honestly, I only invest in my base and buy about two foundations a year. Luckily, about a week after I finished my last bottle of the MakeUp Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, Influenster sent me both the liquid and stick foundation. Also, on Sephora, you can get a FREE sample of this foundation with a $25 purchase!
So a few general foundation things first. I apply my foundation with the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge. Also, I like to wear buildable foundations because I wear foundation maybe once a week because that’s about how often I go out. I am looking for a fuss-free foundation because I don’t have time to sit there blending it out and worry about how it’s going to look in every light.
First of all, the first thing I noticed was the repackaging. It looks the exact same besides adding the “Ultra HD” to the title. In the old bottle, the lid would pop off really easily, and I had so many foundations explosions. The finish of this foundation is absolutely gorgeous. It ups your selfie game like no ones business. I’m still shocked by how flawless my skin looks in photos when I wear this foundation.
Also, I have combination skin with oiliness in my t-zone and dryness on the tops of my cheeks. Basically, my skin always looks greasy af, but makeup catches on some random dry spots. This effortless glides over all my imperfections and to blur them out. However, it tends to get a bit slick after wearing it for a while. In Austin, it’s still in the 80s during the day and evenings, so I do use a primer and set it with a powder.
Like many people with dry patches, I’m weary of stick foundations. I can imagine the cake-y faced mistake of years past. Right now, the stick foundation is more a winter shade, so I use it to “highlight” under my eyes. It surprisingly wasn’t cake-y at all and didn’t settle into fine lines. Also, it didn’t stick to any dry patches. It stayed all day on my face during a game, the fair, and a few tears (because we lost).
This definitely isn’t going to be an every day product for me. It blends effortlessly, but as a I ranted before, I rarely wear any makeup. If I’m trying to look extra nice, I will use this. Also, this covered up my under eye circles like no ones business. Usually, I use the color correcting concealer with a normal concealer on top, and it helps brighten up the area a bit. I didn’t even need to with this gem, so #blessed to have one less step to do.
What’s your favorite foundation? Have you used any Makeup Forever foundations?
It’s been a long time, but we are back and blogging with a vengeance. I wanted to do a quick catch up post with my current favorite products. I’ve had a busy semester, and I feel like I’m always in a rush. I’ve perfected the art of getting ready in the back of an Uber. I can easily carry these five products in my small purse and still look put together, and I’m ready to go in three minutes!
I’ve been working on being more punctual, so this five product face has helped me cut the fat out of my makeup routine especially for more of an every day look.
- Smashbox “X-Rated” Mascara is my new mascara staple. It makes me look like I just got eyelash extensions because they look naturally long and fluttery.
- NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Black is one of the only drugstore eyebrow pencil that I have found that are a true black. I have naturally black hair making every other color look super artificial. Also, I love the slanted tip!
- Sleek Face Form Palette in Dark is the perfect powder bronzer/highlight trio.While in a rush, these palette is a contour, highlight, and eyeshadow. I got this from London, and it is pretty hard to get a hold of in the US unfortunately.
- NARS Creamy Concealer in Biscuit has been my savior these days as I’m still recovering from my finals lack of sleep. I use it under my eyes and to cover any acne and acne scarring to even out my skin tone.
- Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss Gloss Black lasts all day and even the next day (oops) and stays super dark. It’s basically painting your lids with the blackness of your heart. Even done sloppily, my eyeliner makes me look super put together.
What are your five most essential products? Do y’all recommend any other multi-purpose products?