Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What's in my Ipsy Glam Bag - September '14

Wow, this is probably the best Ipsy bag I've received so far, I love everything inside!! I kinda wish the bag didn't have studs, I really dislike accessories with studs, but I'll still use it. I'm so excited about every item, especially the nail polish (which I just drafted a swatch post on this brand so I'll have to add this one in soon), it's so gorgeous for Fall!

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush
Crown Brush is my favorite brush brand of all time, affordable and great quality, plus they always do sales and deals on their website, so you're always saving money! The Infinity line is my go-to, they are dense, soft, synthetic and the shape variety is fantastic. I actually don't own any double ended brushes, so I'm completely happy about this baby being in my bag this month!
Value $17.50
30% off any purchase of $25+ on crownbrush.us, code: CROWNIPSY30 (exp. 12/31/14)

NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow - Velvet
I haven't had a NYX single shadow in forever, and seeing it in my bag totally had a nostalgic effect on me, I just flash-backed to when I first started blogging and filming videos, using NYX products I'd bought online - so affordable and great really great products. This shade is described as "matte suede" on the NYX website, but it's more of a satin finish. I like it. I'll use it. Win!
Value $4.50
35% off NYX Proof it! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer on nyxcosmetics.com, code: FALLPROOF (exp. 10/31/14)

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
I live for hair masks, my super dry scalp and dry hair need masks to look and feel normal. I'll definitely use this up, I actually put it in my shower already. It smells nice by the way, that's always appreciated. I like the ingredients, featuring rosehip, argan oil, and avocado - and sans the bad stuff like parabens, silicone, and phthalates.
Value $4.95
Free shipping on briogehair.com, code: IPSTSEP14 (exp. 10/15/14)

CAILYN Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss - Basic Instint
I just saw Cailyn Cosmetics at the Face & Body Expo I attended in August, and didn't notice any lipglosses so me thinks this is a new product?? If so, YAY! If not, YAY because I really like it! It's a legit pigmented "tinted" lip gloss, not as opaque as a liquid lipstick, but not sheer like most glosses. It feels comfortable, a medium level on the stick meter, and no crazy scent - actually it smells like Inglot glosses. I got this coral-nude shade, and I really don't like how it looks on me, I wish I got the red one instead.
Value $19.00
20% off any purchase + 2 FREE deluxe samples of Pure Lust Lip Tint on cailyncosmetics.com, code: IPSYGIFT (exp. 10/31/14)

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish - Red Red Wine
YES!! I love Pacifica products and I love their nail polishes! I have been working on a swatch post of the shades I have so far, so I'll be adding this one into that post for a full mani swatch, but here's a single nail swatch I did for this post.
Value $9.00
20% off any purchase on pacificabeauty.com, code: FALLBEAUTY (exp. 10/31/14)

The total value in this month's bag came to $54, that's super awesome for a $10 bag of goodies :) I'm so happy with everything I got, even the funky colored lipgloss because now I want to buy more shades!
What did you get in your Ipsy bag this month?

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Full Face Look with ELF - Kylie Jenner Inspired

Today I have makeup tutorial video (yay!) to share with you all, a full face look using all ELF Cosmetics. I have been seeing a lot of Kylie Jenner inspired looks on Youtube and bloggers going crazy trying to find the "Kylie" lip combo. Sooo, I just started following Kylie Jenner on Instagram, and ya, she's so cute and her iconic lip look is so chic and feminine but not loud and bold - totally opposite of my go-to lip style. I rarely do celebrity inspired looks, but her look is so polished and simple - lashes and lips LOVE!

The main product I wanted to feature was this new 18 Eyeshadow Palette from the ELF Beauty School (click here for my review) and the new Studio Blending Brush (click here for my review) section on their website, I'll be posting an official review and swatchfest soon, but I had to show you guys how awesome it is ASAP! I already posted an arm swatch pic on my IG, so you can check that out (here), but I must say it is worth the $8 to go and buy it right now. The eye look I do in the video, I used three matte shades, they built up beautiful and blend very nicely together, A+ in my book. I also worked very hard rummaging through my ELF lippie archive of products, swatching shades, mixing shades, trying to find a good combo to mimic Kylie's matte mauve brown lips. I finally settled on four products, two liners and two lipsticks to get a similar look. And I'm liking it! :)

Overall, this look costs $66.00, all products used are listed below with their unique links directly to their product pages on the ELF website. I hope you enjoy my choppy makeup tutorial (still getting used to this new editing program), and if you like it, please give it a thumbs up and leave me a comment - I'm currently planning my next full face ELF look, so any suggestions are welcome! :)

Studio Poreless Face Primer ($6.00)
Essential Eyelid Primer ($1.00)
Studio HD Lifting Concealer - Brightening, Light ($3.00 ea)
Studio HD Mattifying Cream Foundaion Oil-Free - Sand ($6.00)
Studio HD Undereye Setting Powder ($3.00)
Studio Translucent Mattifying Powder - Translucent ($3.00)
Pressed Mineral Bronzer - Tan Toffee ($5.00)
Pressed Mineral Blush - Sweet Retreat ($5.00) *not shown in the video
Studio Eyebrow Kit - Dark ($3.00)
Essential Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara ($1.00)
18 Eyeshadow Palette (LE Beauty School Edition, $8.00)
Essential Regular & Waterproof Mascara Duo - Black ($1.00)
Studio Precision Liquid Eyeliner ($3.00)
Studio Lash Collection - Everyday ($3.00)
Essential Lip Balm Tint - Nude ($2.00)
Essential Long Wear Lip Liner - Natural Blush, Spice ($1.00 ea)
Essential Lipstick - Voodoo, Fantasy ($1.00 ea)
Studio HD Powder - Sheer ($6.00)

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Face & Body Expo - HAUL!

Here's my haul from the Face & Body Spa Conference & Expo (click here for my event coverage) that I attended in August, I originally planned on photographing each product individually and chatting about why I purchased it, but I obviously didn't realize how much I brought home... so, here's a group photo instead :) Let's call it a teaser for future reviews!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Swatch-fest with Mrs. P's Nail Potions - Thermals & Shiftys

A while ago I shopped Mrs. P's Nail Potions clearance sale and picked up some thermals and shifty polishes to complete my little collection of her creations. First up is Diamonds in the Rough, a thermal polish that looks transparent when cold and black when warm. It also has micro iridescent hex glitters and iridescent flakes - I did two coats here without top coat.

This is Pea-cocky, another thermal polish that looks pearly white when warm and teal when cold. There are micro gold hex glitters, medium holo gold hex glitters, and micro holo purple hex glitters - I did two coats here without top coat.

This last thermal polish is Caribbean Cove, which looks sea foam green when warm and aqua when cold, this one doesn't really look color changing on me - maybe I should have done more than two coats. There's also a faint shimmer to it and some micro holo teal glitters - so pretty!!

Next are the Shifty polishes, this first one is Pink/Blue, it's a soft petal pink with a light blue glow. These shifty polishes are sheer, so building them up with coats still shows my nail line, which isn't bad, but I prefer to wear these on top of other colors to make them pop. Swatches are two coats over a stark white base, no top coat.

This one is Blue/Purple, a violet blue with a light pink glow, this one is my favorite!! Swatches of two coats over a stark white base, no top coat.

Last one is Green/Blue, a light jade green with a teal blue glow, very aquatic looking. Swatches of two coats over a stark white base, no top coat.