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.

Kylie Jenner Famous Lip Look!

I have to admit, I am beginning to love Kylie Jenner! Being just 16 years old, her fashion and makeup senses are on overload. A hot topic that beauty gurus are going insane over is her regular lip routine. People have scoured all over makeup shelves in order to find out the mix and I have found the solution! Also, this look will make your lips look a bit more plumpy, much like Kylie’s full pout. This only requires 3 products, let’s begin!

First, line your lips with NYX Natural. Be sure to completely line your lips, this includes a little bit on the outside to create a deep pout. Don’t go so far off the path that you are coloring your skin, but just enough to enhance the fullness of your lips. Color in your lips with the liner. This helps the lipstick to stay in place because it has a base underneath it. If you prefer a more pink outline, then use NYX Peekaboo Neutral.

Next, apply Mac Brave and make sure to blend it with your lips into the lip liner. If you aren’t into spending a lot of money on makeup, Maybelline Warm Me Up is the perfect dupe for this shade.

Now, this lipstick shade is somewhat matte, but not as matte as Kylie’s. To get this extreme matte, simply apply a translucent powder onto your lips. I prefer to use e.l.f. High Definition Powder that is available at any drugstore. Using either a brush or just your fingers, blend a small amount onto your lips.

And that’s it! This lipstick look can be taken to a drugstore to high-end level by either using Mac or Maybelline, but still brings the same Jenner-inspired results.

My Top Lipsticks, Lipstains & Balms!

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My go-to lip looks lately (say that 10x fast) have included lipsticks, balms, and stains that are long lasting and are worth the money. Below is my top 6 lip products that I have been using daily and adore! All except one or two, the Lancome or the Ulta, are available at drugstores. I included Baby Lips Moisturizer in my top picture because this lip balm is perfect to go under any lipstick, whether it is matte or shimmer. Let’s begin!

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First is my absolute favorite matte: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in the color Standout. These are fairly new and cost $6.49. I was surprised that this line only consisted of warm colors (oranges, reds, occasional yellows) and not many pinks or nudes. This was the last red color in stock at the drugstore and I scooped it up! I love the matte because it off-sets a shimmery eye look perfectly.

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Next is the NYX Color Lip Balm in the shade Thank You. If you go to Ulta, make sure to hit up their clearance section because they typically have buckets full of these. Mine was about $1.99 due to being on clearance. This product is in a Chapstick-like packaging so you will have to be careful when applying dark colors. When you put this on it literally feels like buttah! The mix has little beads that moisturize your lips and don’t dry them out.

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This product is the Lancome Color Design in the color Sugared Maple. I actually got this as a present, but it generally costs $22.50. The color is a deep pink-brown mix that is a bit waxy at times. A waxy formula helps the lipstick dry on your lips and stick all day. Lancome is the most luxury my selection gets, but this lipstick is definitely worth it.

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Next, is a new product to my collection! This is the Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in the shade Vienna. I received this as a free gift from purchasing something over $19.50 at Ulta. I believe this promo is still in effect and you receive a 14 piece gift that is pretty much a completely filled makeup bag. I will be hopefully posting my haul review for that soon. This lip butter was included and is a beautiful shimmery light pink with flecks of gold when it hits the light. It costs about $8.00.

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The last two are lipstains. The first stain is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the color Crush. It costs $5.99. I bought this in Fall when the deep berry lips were the trendiest looks going. I still use it to this day even though it is 80 degrees outside. This is a balm stain so it isn’t matte like the first one. I really like Revlon’s lipstain collections because even though they are stains, they are still very moisturizing.

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The final product is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in the color Honey. This balm stain is the same brand as the one prior, but is in this gorgeous light pink color. Honey costs $5.99 as well. For some reason, Honey always seems more shimmery than Crush, even though they are the same formula. I really love this color. It is light and perfect for everyday wear.

Products I Regret Buying in the Fall!

Winter officially started on December 21st, ending a long and enjoyable fall. With every season that passes, more products are added to the list of products that robbed my cash. Most of these products can be bought from a drugstore, but a few are luxury. I typically scouer the internet for reviews on beauty products before I buy them, and these just didn’t cut the mustard. Let’s begin!

The first product is the Nude’ Tude palette by The Balm. This palette costs $36.00 and is known as a “luxury product”. With most luxury products you get what you paid for, but this product was so just so basic. Thankfully, I had a gift certificate so I didn’t have to spend full-price. This palette has 12 colors that go from light to dark. The colors included are highly pigmented, but they just don’t offer much. I would much rather pay a bit more for a Naked palette. The brush included is the typical grade makeup brush that accompanies palettes.

The next item is the Maybelline Big Eyes mascara. This product is an offspring from the Falsies collections and is double-ended for upper and lower lashes. I first saw the commercial for this and thought finally! My bottoms lashes are a lot smaller than my top and so it is difficult to apply with large brushes. Unfortunately, this formula smudges like crazy. I would be wearing the mascara for an hour and it would already be smudged down onto my eyelids. Eventually, I just couldn’t use the product anymore and cleaned off all the product on the brushes to use with other mascaras. The upper lash side made minimal volume. The only real steal was the bottom lash brush. This mascara costs $7.99.

The Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream is an unfortunate regret as well. This costs $12.99 and promises nutrients along with light, natural coverage. After a few uses I decided it was too much work. It did not set, it just sat on top of the skin. I do not have oily skin (quite the opposite) and it looked greasy. It needs powder to set. It does not provide much coverage and is not buildable. It will become orange and cakey looking. I also found the light shade was not light enough for my skin tone.

NYX has always been a great drugstore brand, but this gloss has got to go! This is the NYX Round Gloss and it costs around $3.00. This gloss has a good formula, yet smell like soap. Not the quality, fresh soap. The old, skin-drying soap smell. After a day of wearing it, my mouth started tasting the soap and I had to wipe it off. Old soap smell isn’t the most flattering of scents.

The final product I recieved as a sample, but was so bad it made it on the list. This is the Dove Smooth & Soft Anti-frizz Cream. Dove has started a new line of hair care items that are more than just the usual soap and shampoo. This is probably the worst anti-frizz cream I have ever used. I have naturally curly hair and with these curls comes along lots of frizz. Dove’s product made my un-frizzy hair heavy and greasy, while the frizz shows up within a half hour. Thankfully, I did not buy this product, but I have heard countless bad reviews from other beauties. Will definitely not be buying this!

 

Product Battles: NARS Blush vs. NYX Blush!

NARS Orgasm is one of the company’s best selling blush. So successful that NARS created a line based off of Orgasm. Blush should be applied to the apples of the cheeks with either an angled brush or a thick powder brush. Soon after Orgasm, NYX released Pinched which is nearly the same color, but a fraction of the price. This will find out which blush is worth the money. Let’s begin!

NYX Pinched is a gorgeous pink color with light flecks of shimmer. It is sold in a medium size container and costs $5.00. To get this color I didn’t have to apply much to my finger. The color is a light pink and the shimmer isn’t too noticeable on the skin. I went to my local drugstore to buy this product and was applied with an angled blush brush.

The NARS blush in Orgasm has shimmery pink tone. It is very similar, if not exactly the same to the NYX Pinched blush. This blush is $29.00 and a bit larger than the NYX blush. This casing comes with a mirror and is a compact case. NARS came out on my skin having more shimmer than the NYX. The blush also didn’t seem as pink, but if built-up would have a more pink color. To buy this product  you would have to drive to the mall or your local Sephora. I already had it so I didn’t have to drive there this time.

The winning product is… NYX Pinched! The color was more potent, not overwhelmed with shimmer, and beyond cheaper. Paying $29.00 for blush isn’t really worth it to me when there is a dupe for $5.00 that is even better. NYX Pinched can be purchased at your local drugstore and is well worth it!

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