Ulta Lip Haul

Recently, I saw an IG Live stream from Makeup Revolution in which some of their Retro Luxe Lip Kits were being demonstrated. I was so impressed that I immediately went onto my Ulta app and ordered two of them. I also somehow ended up getting six other NYX lippies in the process. So, I figured- why not swatch them for you guys, right?

All of the items swatched below are less than $10 each. As you will see in the below pictures, some of these products are a bit better in quality than others. Some are patchy (Subversive Socialite), while others will have you beaming to the high heavens. Since this is a Midweek Mini, I will just let the pictures speak for themselves.

Makeup Revolution, Retro Luxe Matte Lip Kit in Vampire Night

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Makeup Revolution, Retro Luxe Gloss Lip Kit in Unicorn Dream 

 

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NYX, Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Exposed

 

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NYX, Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Biker Babe

 

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NYX, Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Pure Society 

 

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NYX, Liquid Suede Metallic Matte in Buzzkill

 

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NYX, Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Subversive Socialite

 

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NYX, Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Speed of Light

 

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To keep my lips from falling off my face while trying all of these lip products, I conditioned my lips before and after with the Hey, Honey Bésame Mucho Shea Butter & Propolis Lip Balm

 

 

 

 

 


Happy Hump Day guys! 💜

October 2017 Glam Bag Review

My monthly Ipsy Glam Bag reivew. Was it worth the money? Did Ipsy get anything right? Check it out to see.

Welcome to my monthly Ipsy Glam Bag Review

(If you want an overview of how Ipsy works and how I got into it, read my first review here.)

Here are the profile settings I used for this month. There was no change from last month, but since my hair is now significantly darker I will definitely be changing my preferences for next month’s bag. If you already read last week’s post, you can just skip to the review below it.

My Current Profile Preferences

Hair Red
Eyes Brown
Comfort level with Makeup Very
Brands (that you love or are willing to try) BareMinerals, Benefit, Charlotte Tillbury, Ciaté, Clinique, Colour Pop, Dose of Colors, E.L.F., Estée Lauder, Glam Glow, Glossier., IT Cosmetics, Lime Crime, L’Oreal, Luxie, Makeup Geek, Makeup Forever, Marc Anthony, Maybelline, Milani, Nars, Nyx, Ofra, Origins, Ouai, Ahu Uemura, Smashbox, Tarte, the Balm, Tom Ford, Tony Moly, Too Faced, Trust Fund, Urban Decay, YSL
Types of Makeup Products mascara , eye shadow, eye liner, brows, lipstick, liquid lipstick, lip gloss, lip liner, primer, concealer, foundation, powder, blush, highlighter, bronzer & contour, brushes & tools
Tpyes of skincare, haircare, nailcare that you love cleanser, cleansing oil, moisturizer, sheet masks, serum, face oil, toner & mist, eye treatment, hand cream, lip balm, fragrance
Shade preference Eyeshadows: neutrals, smokey, blues, greens, plums, adventurous
Eyeliner: black, brown, plum, gold/bronze, adventurous
Lips: Berries, neutrals
Nail polish: (None)
Blush: pinks, peaches
Fragrance notes fresh, floral, gourmand, spicy
Where do you usually shop for beauty products Sephora, Ulta, Walmart, Target
Skin Concerns redness, fine lines & wrinkles, oiliness & large pores, acne & blemishes, dryness & dehydration, hyperpigmentation
Describe your hair (None)

 

Every month, Ipsy releases a new Glam Bag design. This month’s was a crimson lace-print bag with a bat zipper pull to coincide with the “Spellbound” theme for October.

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It’s not one of my favorites, but it’s not a big deal at all. It is still a nice little cosmetic bag that I can use to help organize makeup in my makeup drawers or throw it into a bigger

purse or work bag. (As you can see in the first picture, it’s in one of my drawers. It’s holding all of my individual concealers and color correctors.)

Using the above preferences, along with my reviews of my previous months’ Glam Bags, Ipsy decided to send me the following items:

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion

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This eyeliner gets a solid 5 out of 5 stars from me. I am obsessed with black eyeliner. It is the one thing I feel like you can never have enough of, and this one is a must-have. The formula is smooth and creamy, so it glides on like a dream. The color is a rich black (I’ve had black liners that were not truly black in color or weren’t opaque enough), and smudges out better than any gel or pencil liner I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t slide or move around everywhere and goes only exactly where you move it. Then, once it sets (which happens quickly so do one eye at a time), it does not budge. Like… not at all—which makes it perfect to use for special events, hot days, swimming, or even just in your water line on a regular Tuesday at the office. I like this liner so much that I plan on buying the full-size, and possibly even getting it in other colors (it comes in 41 shades).

Furless Black Beauty Blending Crease Brush

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This brush is fantastic. The bristles are incredibly soft for any brush, but especially a synthetic one. They are not tightly packed, so it really just blends everything out for a gorgeous, soft diffused look. It is also cruelty free and vegan (YAY!), so you don’t have to feel bad about using it. Five stars and two thumbs up for the Furless ME3 brush.

MEECH AND MIA Loose Eyeshadow in Beige

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Of all of my many years of using eye shadows, I have never tried a loose one. I expected them to be just completely messy, and too much of a hassle to bother with. Surprisingly, this was not that. The container has a sifter in it, so you aren’t dipping your finger into a small jar full of powder. (FYI-fingers work better for application with this shadow than even a brush dampened with setting spray.)

I honestly really like this shadow. It’s not an “OMG I’m using this everyday” kind of thing, but it is nice. I don’t know that I will actively look for a loose eye shadow, but this has at least made me willing to try them if I see a color that I like. Because the formula on this one was so smooth and easy to blend, I would definitely give this brand another try. I do want to note that the color is not beige. It is the peachy color you see in the picture. I’m not sure why they named it beige, even on the eyelids it is a shimmery light-peach color.

JM Solution Water Luminous Jelly Cleanser

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I am constantly on the lookout for new skincare products, especially cleansers to help with my oily/combo, acnes-prone skin. This cleanser is really nice. It is a gel that turns to foam as you rub it between your damp palms. It isn’t overly scented, which is nice. It just has a nice, clean scent. I felt that it did a good job of cleaning my face, and even taking off the day’s makeup. My skin felt clean and cool after drying it off (the cool, tingling was surprising since I could not smell any menthol). It did feel very slightly tight, but that wore off quickly as I sat around and did some work before going to bed. It is a great way to cleanse my face of the day before putting on my serums and night creams. I definitely will be using this regularly (not daily, but a few times per week) or when my skin is being particularly annoying.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder

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Guys…….listen to me…..yes. That is all I have to say about this product—Y E S.

Well… that’s not all I have to say, but you get my sentiment. This powder is EVERYTHING. When I first looked at it, the first thing I thought (honestly) was “Did Ipsy forget I have deep skin or no?” because the powder is pure white. However, I took a deep breath and patted it gently on the parts of my face where I have pronounced pores using a sponge, and OMG I am so glad that I did. While yes, the powder is white, it is so finely milled that it doesn’t leave any more of a cast than my Laura Mercier Translucent Powder (original). I use this product in the morning to set under my eyes and over my pores and it literally makes my fine lines and large pores disappear. They really just vanish. I took this with me to work one day. It is amazing for touch ups on the go, whether your makeup is looking oily or dry, this fixes it right up. I was trying a new combination of base face makeup and it was looking dry and positively gross. I sprayed a rehydrating spray and lightly pat this powder on, and it seriously looked brand new. I love this (can you tell) and will be purchasing the full-size.


As you can see by how I ranted and raved about these products, this October’s Ipsy bag was a solid 5 out of 5 stars for me. Aside from the eye shadow, I have already started incorporating all of the items into my regular rotation. Even the shadow was a nice color and formula that is different for me, but that I can definitely see myself reaching for in the future. Good job, Ipsy. Good job.

I hope you guys enjoyed this month’s Glam Bag review! Come back on Wednesday for a mid-week bonus post.

Have a great weekend guys!♥

Face Fridays v. 1: Target Face Mask Haul featuring Que Bella

My Target face mask haul featuring the Que Bella brand of masks. Affordable and effective. See which ones I loved, and how they all worked out for me.

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Happy Friday and welcome to my Face Fridays series! As I may have mentioned in previous posts, I have recently become obsessed with skincare. As I approach my thirties, I realize the importance of taking care of your skin before you are stuck trying to fix it. So, one Friday per month, I will dedicate a post to sharing some facial skin care products so we can all glow up together.

When I first started my skincare journey sheet masks,  a K-beauty staple, were some of the first additions to my routine. The first ones I purchased were from Ipsy, and I had no clue where to get them because no US retailers (that I was aware of at the time) sold them. So, imagine my surprise when, walking through my local Target, I stumbled upon some sheet masks. (I low-key did a dance in the aisle.) Since then, Target’s face mask selection has grown to include not only sheet masks, but also mud and peel-off mask packs. I have never tried them until this point, but in an effort to expand my skincare routine even more (especially since the cooler weather means back to the heavier makeup) I decided to give some of them a try… and not just one at a time here and there. Nope…I grabbed seven and decided to try them all over a week’s time. So here it is, my Target face mask haul featuring Que Bella brand masks.

Deep Cleansing: Aloe Vera Cream Mask

Initial thoughts: Could feel my skin really tightening while wearing the mask. Afterwards, my skin felt clean and verrrrrry dry, but looked brighter.

Next day: Surprisingly, my skin felt extremely oily. I suspect that my skin overcompensated for the dryness by producing excess oil.


Moisturizing: Gel Eye Masks

Initial thoughts: These eye masks were super easy to apply while I was getting ready for a wedding last weekend. I left them on for twenty minutes as I was getting  dressed, and as soon as I took them off, I could see that my under eye area was moisturized and plump.

Next day: I didn’t evaluate my under eye area the next day because I had been at the wedding until extremely late, but I will say that my makeup went on really nicely after using the masks. Unlike the other masks from Que Bella that I tried, this one came with three mask packs. I would definitely use these again in preparing for a big event.


Refreshing: Pomegranate Peel-off Mask

Initial thoughts: I noticed that if you put on too thick of a layer, it will don’t totally dry down properly. Taking the mask off, certain areas hurt a bit as the mask was pulling pretty firmly on my skin. After taking it off, I could clearly see that my pores were much smaller and my skin was brighter.

Next day: The irritation remained for a little while after taking the mask off, but by the next morning it was gone. My pores still looked fantastic.


Relieving: Watermelon Peel-off Mask

Initial thoughts: Smelled like candy. Unlike the pomegranate mask, this one did not hurt as much coming off. My face felt smooth and soft, and my pores looked pretty good..

Next day: My face still felt and looked as good as the previous night.


Repairing: Charcoal Mud Mask

Initial thoughts: This mask was very cooling while on and it lasted even after the mask was washed off. My skin was left tingling and refreshed, but felt a little dry.

Next day: This mask was THE most amazing of all of them. I was dealing with a terrible hormonal breakout, and this mask noticeably reduced both the size of my pores AND my breakout. My skin felt really balanced.


For my final two masks, I decided to use them together. In order to effectively use two masks at the same time and reap the benefits of both masks, you have to make sure you use masks whose effects complement each other. You wouldn’t want to use two masks that are drying because you’ll dry out your skin. If you use two moisturizing masks, your face can become oily. Also, you have to make sure to use them in the same order that you would use your non-mask skincare products. You wouldn’t put on a serum then use a cleanser. So, I used my purifying mask to cleanse my skin. Then, used a perfecting mask afterwards to balance and moisturize my face.

Purifying: Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Mud Mask

Initial thoughts: Very strong tea tree smell. After I took the mask off, I was a bit taken aback. The mask had drawn the oil from my skin to the surface, but it was left at the surface. My nose was covered in white heads, but not ones that could just be washed off. Other areas of my face were extremely dry. There were visible dry patches on areas of my face that were not usually dry.

Perfecting: Superberry Mud Mask

Initial thoughts: This mask smelled like candy-scented Play-Doh. It was a bit odd. After taking the mask off, I could feel that the tightness/dryness from the other mask was gone although the dry patched were still there. My face overall felt firm, and the whiteheads were still there.

Next day (for both masks): Some blemishes that I had been fighting to fully get rid of were gone. My skin looked balanced and the overall tone was markedly improved.


What are my overall thoughts of the Que Bella face mask line? I would definitely purchase them again. I didn’t even grab the entire line, so I would even get some of the others and try those out. I definitely want to stock up on the Charcoal masks as a great way to keep my skin under control during the Red Lady when my hormonal breakouts are in full effect. At only a couple of dollars per mask, I think these are a great value and would definitely recommend them to someone looking for some mask additions to their skincare routine. Besides the charcoal mask, my favorite was the moisturizing gel eye masks. A perfect day-off treatment to make your under eye area looking great, they were super simple and convenient and exceeded my expectations.

Do you guys have any face masks that you’re loving right now? I’d love for any suggestions on masks or other skincare products to feature in one of my next Face Fridays posts. So, comment below!

Have a great weekend!♥

 

 

 

 

Splurge-worthy? v.1 : YSL Beauty Review

Ever see a product that you are dying to try, but the price tag gives you serious reason to pause? Well, in my Splurge-worthy series, I’m here to tell if you if it may actually be worth your while to spend your hard-earned cash. Of course, all reviews are subjective, but here you will get all my pros and cons to these bigger ticket items to help you along in your decision.

In this premier post of the series, I am reviewing THREE products from the Yves Saint Laurent beauty line. I’ve heard rave reviews of all three from some top YouTubers, but I wanted to know if they would actually work for a real woman like myself.

All Hours Foundation, $58, sephora.com

YSL foundationThe claims

  • 24-hour wear with no need for touch-ups
  • Transfer-proof
  • Blurs and erases pores and imperfections
  • Soft-matte finish
  • Full-coverage

La vérité

I wore this foundation for several days, including a full work day (7am application to a 10pm makeup removal) and to a wedding with lots of dancing (12pm application to 2am makeup removal). The easiest part of the claims to confirm is the finish. This foundation definitely had a soft matte finish that looked very natural, like healthy skin. This is also a full-coverage foundation. Two and a half full pumps fully covered my face and most major blemishes (and I was suffering from a terrible breakout at the time).

Now, how does it wear? It did last an entire work day without fading at all. With many foundations, if I touch my face at work, I can see foundation residue on my hands– not so with this foundation. When I got ready to take off my makeup, over 15 hours later, I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it had held up. Just looking at my face, I would’ve never guessed the wear time. I do have very oily skin, and for the most part, even dancing hard and sweating profusely at a wedding, my face was pretty solid. The foundation did not melt off, there was very minimal shine, with just a little bit above my lip and next to my nose. A quick blot with a blotting paper was all I needed.

This foundation is definitely splurge-worthy. It has a hefty price tag, but it stands up to its claims. The only con- shade range. YSL can definitely do better with their deeper skin tone offerings.

Touche Éclat Blur Primer, $52, sephora.com

YSL primer

The claims

  • Illuminating
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Makes foundation more radiant

La vérité

I picked up this primer because I was tired of looking at my large pores. I wanted a primer that smoothed out my skin without clogging my pores, and that helped keep my makeup on all day. When I smoothed it on the back of my hand at Sephora, the fine lines disappeared before my eyes and my hand felt like satin.

But how did it wear on your face? Valid question. It wore exactly the same. As I mentioned, I have very large pores. This primer smoothed and blurred like a satin cover. My pores were minimized and my foundation applied much more smoothly over it. Unlike many pore-filling primers, this one did not feel heavy on my skin, and my pores did not feel clogged.

I think the gold flecks in the primer are the illuminating and radiating element of the product. I honestly can’t say that they did anything once the foundation went on, but I will keep an eye out over time to see if my skin becomes more radiant over time. The verdict? This primer is definitely splurge-worthy. It is something that can be worn everyday without causing breakouts from clogged pores, and makes your base makeup look fantastic.

Tatouage Couture, $36, sephora.com

YSL lip stain

The claims

  • 8-hours wear
  • Ultra-matte
  • Light-weight, naked feel

La vérité

I can honestly say that if you are a lip stain wearer, you will likely love this. First, the applicator is genius. More like a spatula than a lipstick applicator, the shape makes it as easy as it could ever be to apply right up to the edge of your lips without making a mess or worrying about bleeding. The formula is hyper pigmented, so one swipe provides rich color BUT, it is a lip STAIN, not a super opaque lipstick. The color does dry down to matte (I’m not sure what ultra matte even means). But, it is not transfer resistant like some other matte lip colors. Like other matte lip products, it is a bit drying, but it isn’t heavy– probably because it’s a stain and not a lipstick. The wear time is very long, so long, in fact, that I have worn it as a base to extend the life of my other lip colors. I will say that there have been times when it faded after eating and drinking , but there are also times when it did not. So, it isn’t consistent in that way. Honestly, overall, it MOSTLY lives up to its claims, but not 100%. So, while it is great, and I may purchase more colors, it’s is expensive AF, and unless you are a true makeup lover, particularly of lipsticks, I will say you can save your money on this.


Well, there you have it folks, two products to add to your splurge list and one you can pass on. I hope this review was helpful and gets you through Hump Day.

Come back this Friday for two brand new posts!♥