Ipsy June 2014

Yay! My first Ipsy bag has arrived!! For those of you who don’t know, Ipsy is a $10/month beauty bag that includes samples and full-sized products. I was on a wait-list for about 3-4 weeks until I was sent an email saying my first bag would arrive the middle of June. It was delivered in gorgeous pink shipping material and opened up to this lovely bag. The bag itself probably costs $10, and the beauty products are amazing. The theme is all about summer and the products seem to all correlate to create one main look. Overall, I was really impressed with my first bag and plan to use all of the products included. Let’s begin!

June Ipsy Bag www.lustforlipgloss.com

The first product is Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in Blue. This is a full-size liquid liner that is super shimmery. The bright teal color adds a nice pop for a winged look. I applied this and it went on fairly smooth. One thing that did catch my eye was even though it doesn’t say it is waterproof, it sort of is. I wore this liner for about an hour then tried to take it off, but after scrubbing with a makeup wipe it was still somewhat on my lids. This is good for beach or pool wear because it won’t glide off after jumping in.

June Ipsy Bag www.lustforlipgloss.com

Next is NYX Butter Gloss in Éclair. This is a full-size gloss that is the most creamy gloss of the century! It is a bit thick so be mindful when building up. The color is a lovely nude/baby pink and works great with all skin tones. If you were wanting to stick with a waterproof theme, like with the eyeliner, I wouldn’t recommend this, but would rather go for a lipstain. Still, this is a great product!

June Ipsy Bag www.lustforlipgloss.com

Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage & Anti-Frizz Styling Cream is the only hair product of the bag. This sample-sized product is used for blow-drying or flat ironing in order to prevent breakage. It smells like fresh flowers and has a medium consistency. I haven’t heard of this product before, but am excited to try it out.
June Ipsy Bag www.lustforlipgloss.com
Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil is next and is a light-brown matte color. This pencil is supposed to match all skin tones, hence “universal”, and is a waxy texture in order to keep hairs in their place. The pencil is full-size and isn’t retractable.
June Ipsy Bag www.lustforlipgloss.com
The final product is Realtree for Her Eau de Parfum. At first when I smelled this sample-size perfume, I was a bit turned off. It has a strong floral scent, but fades into a sweet smell. My go-to perfume is Daisy by Marc Jacobs, and so I typically go more towards the crisp scents. This product may get used, or it may not. I will test it by wearing a full, busy day and then decide it’s true fate.
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Ulta 14 Piece Gift Review!

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Ulta is offering a free gift of this completely filled makeup bag with a purchase of $19.50 or more of Ulta beauty products. I bought a Kabuki brush to replace my broken powder brush and a liquid liner pen that equated $19.99. Getting right on the $19.50 mark takes talent, but I tried as hard as I could to get the bargain. Within 5 days my package came and included this makeup bag that was filled with 14 makeup items. The bag was avilable in a turquoise-blue and hot pink. I would assume the products in both bags would be the same colors, but this bag had more neutral-pink toned colors. Let’s begin!
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First off, it comes with 3 quads of eyeshadow. The quad on the left is called Chic and contains 4 shimmer colors. The middle one is named Dramatic with 3 shimmer and one matte grey color. The last one is named Classic and is broken! I used this shimmery quad once and tried to put the complicated packaging back together and now the top won’t come off. The color pay off is pretty potent, but I was expecting more mattes just because I feel like they’re cheaper to just put into a quad.

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Next are cosmetic brushes! I was really happy that Ulta counted this set of brushes as one product from the 14 piece kit and not individual. The first brush on the left is an eyeshadow brush and is great for blending out the crease. The middle brush says sponge tip brush and I always get these brushes, yet never use them. Every now and again I will use it to get large amounts of a cheap shadow out. I know it can be used to make ombre nail designs as well. The blush brush on the far right is pretty good, somewhat small compared to my typical blush brush. It does apply a lot of product at once!

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This teeny tiny nail polish is the next product in the bag. It is in the color Fuchsiamania and the color basin is about the size of a quarter. The color matches the bag, going along with the pink theme. It has decent nail coverage; not as amazing as an Essie or O-P-I. It takes two coats to have full coverage and is a shiny solution.

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This blush is crazy sparkly and is named Sweet Cheeks. The color is fairly sheen except for the sparkle. If you apply enough it has a peach tint. I found that it went on better with the supplied blush brush as opposed to one of my fluffy brushes. The color payoff doesn’t really excite me, but I might combine it with some other brushes to add more shimmer.

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Next is the Voluptuous Volume mascara in Jet Black. I really love this mascara! This is probably one of my favorite products from the bunch. The mascara pieces out your eye lashes and fans them out. It builds up easily and doesn’t smudge off the lower lashes. Smudging is always a big no-no for me because my lower lashes have a tendency of rubbing off onto my under eyes with bad mascara.

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When I saw there was eyeliner included, I was overjoyed because I ran out of my everyday liner. I typically stick with retractable liners because they smudge easier and don’t have to be sharpened. This pencils are pretty good, though. One side is black and the other is deep brown.

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The next product is Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Illusion. This lip gloss matches the blush which matches the lip butter included. I never was a huge fan of lip gloss because of bad sticky experiences, but this one is not a super sticky consistency. It doesn’t have a smell and is a little shimmery.

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This product was another one where it is smaller than it should be. It kinda feels like it is half full… Nevertheless, it is a decent primer and helps my makeup go on easier. It reminds me of my Neutrogena Shine Control Primer and has nearly the same packaging. It only has enough primer for a month of faces, maybe.

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The final product is the Super Shiny Lip Butter in Vienna and I previously wrote about this in my last post.  I ADORE this lip butter so much! It doesn’t dry me out, has a light pink/nude with gold flecked color, and is so creamy. I will definitely keep Ulta lip butters in mind when searching for a new lipstick. This lip butter is easy to just slip on any day and works every time.

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Overall, these products are fairly decent. If you are new to makeup or have a minimal collection, I would say get this because all the products are supposed to work together and create one main look. If you are experienced and have a large collection of makeup, I would have to say skip it. Unless you need something worth $19.50 from Ulta, I wouldn’t intentionally buy this. The products are good and some are great, but I just feel like it is a collection that half of it might not even get used that often…

Stocking Stuffers for the Makeup Lover Under $5!

The holidays are right around the corner which means buying gifts for all your loved ones. Using Naked palettes, Nars lipsticks, and Benefit blushes as stocking stuffers can really add up. Below are 5 products that equal to be $20.27 all together and can be used to create full faces of makeup. Let’s begin!

e.l.f. Essential Holiday Get The Look Set – Limited Edition $5.00

This holiday set is perfect for the makeup newbie! It comes with one eye shadow brush, black pencil eyeliner, black mascara, an eyelash curler, and one shadow available in two colors.

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Essence Beauty Secrets Fancy Lashes (Ulta, $1.79)

These lashes are sure to stand out and come in a thin packaging for easy stocking storing. They are perfect for holiday parties!

Makeup Sponge Blender $3.48

Beauty Blenders are all the rage in the world of makeup, but who want to spend $20 for a little sponge? These are knock-off beauty blenders that are the same formula and under $5!

NYX Butter Gloss  $5.00

NYX Butter Glosses are highly pigmented lip glosses that are so moisturizing it is like butta! These can be ordered online or at your nearest drugstore. NYX glosses have received several awards for being high quality at a low price.

e.l.f. Essential Beauty Book Eye Sets $5.00

The final product a full eyeshadow palette under $5! This e.l.f. palette comes in 3 colors: Natural, Bronzed, and Smokey, along with a primer, eye shadow brush, and eyeliner. This Beauty Book also comes with step-by-step instructions how to apply for day and night looks.

Celebrity Inspired Makeup~ Selena Gomez

  

Selena Gomez’s song “Come and Get It” is at the top of the charts and Selena looks absolutely gorgeous in her video. This fast-beat song pairs well with the sultry eye and red lips that Selena wears throughout the video. Someone actually requested that I do a celebrity inspired makeup tutorial, so if you have any preferences be sure to comment your desire below. This will explain her eye, face, and lips. Let’s begin!

 To begin with the face, prime your whole face with Mac Prep + Prime. Using a foundation brush, blend Revlon Colorstay Foundation all over for an even tone. Apply concealer to under-eye areas and any red spots or blemishes. Brush a translucent Covergirl Loose Powder evenly across your face. This process will ensure that you will have the even and flawless look of Selena’s. Sweep Hot Mama by The Balm across the cheekbones with an angled blush brush. As you can see above, she doesn’t have a pinkish cheek, so apply Solar Riche by MAC into the blush and Gentle by MAC for the highlight. This will give a warm, earthy cheek tone. I filled in my brows to be thicker like Selena’s with the Brow Bar. 

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Now on to the eyes! Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion to my eyelids to prime them. Brush Copper Craze by Maybelline into the corners of the eyes and onto the middle of the lid. Now apply Half Baked from the Naked Palette into the inner corner of the eye. If you want to wet your brush while you apply this gold it will make it stand out more. With a smaller brush, sweep dark horse from the Naked Palette into the crease and blend it out. Taking an angled brush, slowly blend Black out into the deepest part of the crease. Use any light shadow and highlight the brow bone and clean up any stray eye shadow. Using a thick black pencil, line the water line and smudge it out onto the lower lash line. I prefer using Smolder by MAC, but any thick pencil will do. Apply a gel eye liner onto the upper lash line, and don’t wing it out. My false lashes are 105 by Ardel and I used Falsies mascara over them afterwards and onto my bottom lashes. 

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Finally, lips! I am using Ruby Woo by MAC. This lipstick is very matte, so I suggest exfoliating previously and wearing lip balm before applying. If you do make a mistake, then you can go over that with a concealer brush. And that’s it! I will try and do celebrity inspired looks in the future. 

Products I Regret Buying In Spring!

It’s sitting there on the store shelf, starring into your soul. You take a look and fall into the captivating product. It promises so much! Yet once used, it merely sits there. Now it sits in the dark corner of the bathroom pantry, collecting dust. Yes, I am dramatically talking about the products I wish I hadn’t wasted my money on. Now these products are based on my experience and to warn other beauties that this isn’t as great as it looks. It does not dictate whether or not it will work for you. I will be explaining my hair, makeup, and facial products that never worked for me. Let’s begin!

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First I will start with hair products. To begin, I bought these spiral hair rollers from Sally’s Beauty Supply awhile ago and have tried them hundreds of times and not once did they work. They’re by HairArt and I only bought these because the Conair Spiral Rollers were out of stock and I was in a hurry. They come in packs of 10 and so I bought two packs because it usually takes about 15-20 regular rollers for my hair. One pack costs $6.59. I opened one, watched the videos, read the instructions, and yet it still wouldn’t stay in my hair. I tried clipping it, trying with wet and dry hair, applied product to try and hold it, nothing worked. My hair would get caught in the little white circles, and when I took them out it would rip my hair out. Definitely regret buying this. I returned the other bag, but the opened one is never used.

The Pantene Beautiful Lengths shampoo + conditioner are also products I wish I hadn’t bought. I really like the idea of this product because they are donating hair to cancer victims because I had donated inches and inches to Locks of Love in the past, but focusing on the product it just didn’t do anything. I have used Pantene Medium-Thick shampoo + conditioner and I really liked that, but the conditioner wasn’t even moisturizing my hair and made it feel heavy. Each bottle costs $4.99.

 

Now onto makeup! The next product isn’t necessarily a regret because I still used it, but I do think I waste money on it: the Physicians Formula Twins Concealer. With this product it has two different types, one that has facial and under-eye concealer, and this one that has facial and the extra green cover-up. The directions said to apply the green and then the facial concealer side, but the process just made completing my makeup twice as long. The green never blended well either, but on the positive side the facial concealer was great. I never used the green side, so it just was a waste until I used up the facial one. I now use the double skin tone concealer for under-eyes and facial and it’s marvelous. It costs $7.99.

The Wet’N’Wild H2O Proof Pencil Liner is the next regretful product. I bought this not necessarily for the proof, but I thought the color was a gorgeous royal blue. It literally took me 10 minutes to open it, maybe mine was defected but I had to cut off the top and sharp plastic went every where. Once I tried to use it, the product wouldn’t even rub on my eye. I sharpened it, used a lighter, and tried smudging it. Still nothing worked.  The pencil eventually split down the side so now it can’t even be salvaged. It costs $1.49.

This product is a lot like the concealer where I didn’t like it, but I just used it to use it up. That would be the Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder. I used 210 Classic Ivory. This powder was alright, decent coverage, but after a few weeks of using it the powder starting to smell weird. It smelled like something was wrong with the mixture, and it wasn’t my home because I keep all makeup products clean. The mirror on the inside eventually broke off so I would use them as separates. It costs $5.94.

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My next product is the Covergirl Shadow Blast. With this eye-set, you are supposed to easily be able to sweep these across your eye lids and it would blend together for that sultry look. Well, I never experienced this. The product was just really heavy and greasy on my lids. I do use the silver separately, but never the dark purple. For this one stick, it costs $6.94.

 

For my facial products, these can vary from skin type, but these are the ones I truly regret. The first is the Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser + Scrub. It’s not that this product caused facial damage, it just didn’t do a single thing. I liked how it was a cleanser and a scrub, so it would lather and scrub my face. The scrub didn’t clean anything out, and after weeks of usage I never saw a change. It costs $6.09 and won’t be repurchased.

The next facial product is the Keep Me Clean Facial Wipes, and I would use these to help get my foundation and eye makeup off at the end of the day. These wipes smelled really good and I love the Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask, but this literally didn’t take anything off. A normal makeup wipe would take 1-2 wipes for full eye makeup and foundation, this took probably 3-5 per day. This was because I would have to keep scrubbing to get it off with the wipe. One pack is $5.99.

This final product is one that I truly regret ever using it. This is the Clean & Clear Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste. I have always loved Clean & Clear and use them daily, but this actually caused my face to break-out more due to the spreading of blemish bacteria. My skin reacted so harshly to this product that I had to go to the doctor and get it under control. My forehead looked like it had been set on fire, which is never common for my skin. This product is probably the one I regret buying the most. It costs $7.79.

I hope this helped shed a light on that beauty aisle. I will try and do this after a season ends!

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