April 2015 ipsy Bag

I’m a little more on-time with this month’s ipsy bag. This month is called “Beautifully Bohemian” and how perfect is that for my birthday month?!

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First of all, the bag is super cute and it feels pretty well made compared to some other ones I’ve received in the past. And as for the products, I’m super excited about this month! Here’s what I got in my bag this month:

1. Mullein & Sparrow Mini Lip and Cheek Tint
This looks super dark in the pan, but I assure you – it’s like…pretty much clear. I’m not too bummed about that, though, because the product is all-natural and smells really nice AND feels really luxurious and soft on my lips. Also, how adorable is that packaging?

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2. theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single in Flirty
OH my good golly gosh. I’m so happy I received this in my bag. First of all, I adore theBalm and their Nude palettes. Second, this shade is unlike anything I own. ipsy’s website describes it as a “shimmering golden violet” and that’s exactly what it is. It honestly does make me want to go get the actual NUDE Dude palette.

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3. JulieG Nail Color in Damsel
I haven’t tried this nail polish yet, but I’m excited to try it out. Nouveau Cheap did a really good review and swatch of this color, so if you’re interested in seeing how it looks, head over there! I actually love getting nail polish in my ipsy because it’s one thing that I hate buying for myself (don’t ask me why…).

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*also, sorry for the lighting of this picture – it doesn’t give a good representation of the color itself, but I wanted to get this post up as soon as possible. Sorry!*

4. KCO Colors by Beauty Brands Cream Lipstick in Natural Born Beauty
I’m pretty excited about this lipstick. The color is so pretty and it’s never something that I trust myself with buying…anything mauve either looks really good or really bad on me, so I try to avoid buying it, period. This one is a little darker than I was expecting, but it’s really lovely nonetheless. The only downfall of this is the smell – it has that typical “makeup” smell like L’Oréal lipsticks.

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5. Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush
Mehhhhhh. I’ve gotten so many makeup brushes from ipsy, and I really never use concealer brushes (my skin type doesn’t do well when I apply cream makeup with a brush, it just doesn’t) so this one kinda misses the mark for me. I’m sure I can find a use for it, though.

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Again, sorry about the poor lighting here. I tried messing with my camera, but I’m literally technology impaired. As I said in my last ipsy Bag post, it’s a great subscription service for only $10/month and I highly recommend. Just make sure you review your products to make sure your bags get better every time!

Thanks for reading, beautiful people. xooxoxoxxoxxxxxoooo

Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Polish Review

This is a pretty rare post for me. I hardly ever buy nail polish with the intention of reviewing it because no nail polish, even the fanciest, most expensive brand only stays on my nails for about a week maximum. Mostly because I work at a shoe store, where I am constantly ripping up boxes and breaking nails, et cetera.

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I bought these nail polishes for $1.79 at Meijer and they had other cute colors to choose from (but not nearly as many as I would like). I picked up Sugar Coat (a very faint white-pink), Undercover (a mauvey rose shade), and On a Trip (a creamy medium purple). The price is the first major plus of these!

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Second, the formula. I’m on day 8 with this nail polish and it still looks beautiful. I have the lightest color on my fingernails and the purple shade on my toenails. My fingers are starting to wear a little bit around the tips, but it’s in a way where you can’t tell unless you look really closely – no big chips, no peeling, nothing.

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Third plus of this nail polish is the brush. It’s one of those wide brushes that covers almost the entire nail in one swipe, which I find so convenient. I hate when nail polishes have a brush so tiny and thin that you can only do half the nail before it starts to dry. Does that happen to anyone else? Anyway, that doesn’t happen with these.

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The only negative that I’ve found is the opaqueness of the lightest shade – I put two coats on and I think I should have put on a third. However, the two other shades I picked out don’t have this issue at all. In fact, I think I could have gotten away with only one coat of the purple shade on my toes!

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If you come across these nail polishes, I definitely recommend picking a few up!

Naked Palettes Comparison, Swatches, and Review (Picture-Heavy)

This is gonna be a huuuuge post. I’m warning you.

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I guarantee you’ve heard of the Naked palettes at some point in your life, and I’m sure at least some of you own one (or all of them). I got the Naked 3 palette first when it came out like two years ago. Then, like a year later, I picked up the Naked 1 when they had a sale on Urban Decay’s website. Just a few weeks ago, I bought the Naked 2 with some of my rewards points at Ulta.

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I’ll go through the palettes one by one, starting with Naked 1. This palette came with a travel size Primer Potion and a flat shader brush. I’m almost done with the primer (it has lasted me forever) but I never find myself using the brush in this or any of the Naked palettes. They’re very hard and dense and I find them difficult to work with. Just not my style.

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The colors in this palette are described as bronze-hued, but you do get a nice gunmetal, and a few pinky-toned shades. This palette comes with two matte shades and ten shimmer/sparkle shades. The pigmentation on these is a-mazing, as with all of the palettes.

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Now, the Naked 2. I wasn’t really drawn to this palette for the longest time. It never caught my eye and I couldn’t see myself wearing the cooler toned shades. Now that I have it, though, I find myself using it even more than the other two. The shadows in this palette are described as taupe-hued, and it includes two matte shades and ten shimmer/sparkle shades. Also included was a dual-ended shadow brush which, again, I never find myself using.

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I think a major drawback of this palette is the lack of matte shades. I like to use a medium matte shade, then top it off with a darker matte shade in my crease, and I can’t really do that with this palette. I only have the one taupe matte, then the stark black. It’s quite a drastic difference, so I find myself using another palette in addition to this.

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I don’t really find this to be a problem in the other two palettes because they have two matte shades that are closer in color to each other, so I think I can achieve the look that I want with just those, but the Naked 2 has the matte shades at way different ends of the spectrum. Maybe this is just me being picky, but it’s something I notice.

Another thing that annoys me is that my palette seems really hard to open. I have to almost force it open every time I want to use it. The packaging on the Naked 3 is similar, but I don’t have nearly has hard of a time opening it as the 2nd.

Last but not least, the Naked 3! This palette is my one true love. This is my first ever palette, and it inspired the rest of my collection, so it has a special place in my heart. It is described as rose-toned neutrals and has three matte shades and 9 shimmer/sparkle shades. It also came with a dual-ended brush, which I also don’t use (broken record).

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A few of the pans in this palette fell out on mine (which I’ve heard has been a common problem) and I superglued them back in. However, on Blackheart, I added too much superglue and it overflowed into the eyeshadow. It was honestly one of the worst moments of my life. It’s still usable, but if you notice the color difference in the pictures, that is entirely my fault.

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A few of these shades are quite powdery, especially Dust and Buzz, but the majority are smooth and buttery. This palette is actually a nice break from the other two because it’s not a “normal” neutral palette – it’s something a little different.

Another thing that I think is quiiiite ridiculous about these is the price. I understand they’re really good quality, but these each cost $54 (they used to be $52, but they raised the prices, apparently). I would say, if you’re thinking about these, wait to purchase them with rewards points OR wait for an Ulta Prestige or Urban Decay coupon.

I hope you guys enjoyed this and thought it was helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! xoxoxoxoxxxxooooo

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

This week has been a whirlwind.

I had an interview with an early education center and a few days ago they called me to say I got the job! So, now I’ve been doing paperwork and all this stuff that goes along with getting a new job, plus juggling school and my other job…it’s been a little insane (excuses, excuses…).

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Anyway, I have been using my Sonia Kashuk matte palette for some really easy natural looks on days where I’ve been super busy, so I thought I would share my thoughts on it. I got mine a couple months ago from Target and it was $20, which is on the expensive side of “drug store” makeup, but I think it was 100% worth it.

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Overall, the colors are pigmented and, when worn with a primer, they last all day. As with most matte colors, they do have some fallout and some of them are a little patchier than others, especially the lighter shades. I’ve heard some people saying that the colors in this palette are chalky, and I do get that on some of the shades. However, I think that chalkiness is hard to avoid in matte eyeshadows and they blend out nicely once they’re applied.

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As far as matte palettes go, I would say definitely give this one a chance. For the price, you get really quality eyeshadows and a nice array of colors for any kind of look. It’s definitely a staple in my collection!

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Another thing that I wanted to note, this palette is no longer available on Target’s website, but you can purchase it here: http://soniakashuk.com/products/eye-couture/. I’m guessing it just sold out online, because the neutral shimmer palette is still available.

Thanks for reading, beautiful people. xxxooooooxoxoxoxoxoxo

ipsy March 2015

I’ve been subscribed to ipsy for around 5 months now and my bags keep getting better and better each time. Here’s the breakdown: it’s $10/month and they send you a cute little pink package with a reusable zipper bag inside which is then filled with 5 makeup/beauty products (not tea bags or granola bars…*cough* Birchbox…).

I think that the key to getting products best suited to your taste, besides filling out the personalized beauty quiz when you sign up, is rating and reviewing your products each month. The first month I was not too impressed, but I kept filling out my reviews and they’ve gotten substantially better from there on out. Here’s what I got in March’s bag:

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1. Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil
While I don’t love getting hair products in my ipsy bag, this one was nice. I like to run it through my ends after I get out of the shower and it feels nice and hydrating.

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2. Dr. Brandt’s Pores-no-More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion
I was super excited to try this because I have such oily skin and I can never find a good primer/pore-filler that doesn’t make me look even more greasy. This has a faint minty smell and it does quite a good job at keeping my T-zone matte (although, after a while, I have to blot and powder). Also, it dries really quickly when I rub it in, so I feel like I can never get it where I want it to go…

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3. NYX Butter Lipstick in Little Susie
I love NYX products but I have surprisingly never tried the butter lipsticks from them. I really like the formula and it literally does feel like butter on my lips. The color is really beautiful and doesn’t make my teeth look yellow – woo!

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4. Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
The formula for this is s-u-u-uper creamy. Like, I was swatching it on the back of my hand and there was a literal indent in the product. Because it’s so creamy, it’s really easy to apply – I used a little under my brows for a highlight and it was beautiful!

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5. Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Lucky Penny
I haven’t used this on my eyes yet, but the swatch was really metallic and beautiful. I’m really excited to try a few eye looks with this because I don’t own any pigments in this coppery color.

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Are you subscribed to ipsy? What do you think of your products this month?

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows Review and Swatches

My beautiful followers, hello.

I picked up some Milani products a while ago and I’m just getting around to reviewing these Bella Eyes eyeshadows. They were BOGO 1/2 off, so I picked up 4 – Bella Champagne (a shimmery pink-champagne), Bella Cappuccino (a matte light brown), Bella Bronze (a metallic bronze), and Bella Taupe (a matte taupe-y gray).

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Okay, these are described as “gel powder” which, first of all…what does that even mean? And second of all, they literally just feel like a regular eyeshadow. They really overplayed that whole “gel” part.

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The pigmentation on these is, in my opinion, just okay. Especially the two lighter shades, I swear I have to run my brush through it like twenty times before you can see any color. The darker ones are a little better, but I still feel like you can get better results from the NYX single eyeshadows. The swatches look decent, but I can never get them to show up like this on my eyelid, and I always wear a primer.

I still want to try these wet with some MAC Fix+ to see if they show up a little better, so I’ll try to remember to update you guys on how that goes.

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Swatches from left to right: Bella Bronze, Bella Champagne, Bella Cappuccino, Bella Taupe.

Overall, I think these are decent eyeshadows for the price, but nothing that you can’t get from other brands in the drugstore. Not only that, I went to my local grocery store about three times before I found these – they were pretty much all sold out except for really bright colors that I don’t think I would ever purchase or wear.

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If you can find them, I’d say pick up some of the darker shimmer shades and stay away from the light ones. I had higher hopes!

Liebster Award

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I feel so loved! I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Kaui from Maui and by Stash Matters! I’m always so busy that I find it hard to post anything, so I’m blown away and so thankful that someone appreciates what I post! Thank you again, ladies!

The rules of the award:
1. Link back to the person that nominated you
2. Answer the questions asked by the nominator
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees
5. Notify all nominees on their blogs and/or social media

Let me just preface this: I’m still learning about WordPress and how things work, so I don’t know how to find out how many followers somebody has. If any of my nominees has any more than that, I’m sorry! Let’s just say, I like what you post already and I wanna see more

Kaui’s Questions:

  1. If you could pick a career for yourself, what would you choose?
    I’m going to school for elementary education, so ideally I want to be a teacher. I just had an interview with a Learning Center here in MI, so I’m trying to branch out and get a “big girl job” and cut back on my retail job.
  2. How many posts do you have in your drafts?
    Actually none! But, I do have like three posts that I plan on posting that I already took pictures for so that I have something to post later.
  3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
    Graduated! And with a teaching job! Fingers crossed…
  4. What do you like about school?
    I have had a lot of opportunities that I never would have gotten if I hadn’t gone to college, like working with elementary and middle schoolers. I’m very blessed to even have the chance to go to school, so I’m very thankful for that.
  5. If you could create a class for high school students, what would it be?
    I think I would create a class that’s to really prepare them for college. My school had an ACT Prep class, but nothing that actually prepared me for my freshman year of college, which I did absolutely hoooorribly in. College is hard, man!
  6. What’s your favorite hobby (blogging aside)?
    I think I’d have to say going to new places and trying new things in my city, whether it be local shops, fancy drink places, or what have you. That also goes for traveling to new places.
  7. If you could choose something for every person on Earth to agree on, what would it be?
    Diversity is such an important part of our world, so I don’t want to say something like “religion” or something. I guess I would say I want all of us to take care of the Earth, from the type of energy we use, to recycling, to water conservation, etc, etc.
  8. If you could spend a day with a fictional character, who would it be?
    Can I say four characters? The girls from Sex and the City, of course. If I can only choose one, either Samantha or Carrie. Samantha because I guarantee she could show me a good time. Carrie because she’s wise and sassy. I can’t choose!
  9. How do you handle disagreements?
    I wish I could say something like, “I talk through things calmly and discuss the problem” or something, but honestly, I completely shut myself off. I’m so bad with confrontation, I find it easiest for me to just distance myself from the problem.
  10. What’s one of your short term goals?
    I’m trying to go on a no-buy for the rest of March and until my birthday in late-April.
  11. What makes you feel enlightened?
    My plants. I seriously love taking care of something and watching them grow.

Stash Matter’s Questions:

  1. What is your favorite meal to eat?
    Since dessert isn’t technically a meal, I will have to say breakfast. Something about waffles and bacon, man…
  2. What is your favorite subject in school?
    When I was in high school, I loved band class. I played the tenor saxophone and was darn good at it, if I do say so myself. In college, I’d have to say anything science-related. Future science teacher at work, after all!
  3. Do you wear a watch? If no, why not?
    I generally do not. I bought a watch when I was in Paris, but I never seem to wear it… It just seems very bulky on my wrist and I’m bad at reading analog clocks, anyway.
  4. Heels or flats?
    I wear flats on an every-day basis, but I love being fancy with some heels or wedges when I go out.
  5. Favorite game as a child?
    I played the Nancy Drew computer games like nobody’s business. Actually, they’re still kind of fun. No shame!
  6. What is your guilty pleasure?
    Spending my hard-earned money on makeup, shoes, and clothes. I have a problem.
  7. Do you play any musical instruments?
    I play the saxophone and the piano!
  8. Are you an only child? If not, what birth order do you fall in? How do you think that has shaped you?
    I am the youngest of three girls and you’d think I have gotten away with murder. I’m the baby, so my parents will do anything for me (not to mention, my sister is kind of a bad egg so I look like an angel compared to her!).
  9. Which makeup brand do you think is over-hyped?
    The first one that comes to my mind is MAC. I love their products, don’t get me wrong, but there is so much out there that is as good if not better for way less $.
  10. What magazines do you read on a regular basis?
    Ugh, I wish I even had time to read magazines. Do textbooks count?
  11. What is on your keychain?
    Keys (obviously), a sugar skull bottle cap charm, and a Weight Watchers 30-pound award. I’m so lame. I know.

Here are my nominations; make sure to check out their lovely blogs:
Lauren Turner, Sweet Escape, Glam and Glitter, Amanda Wehberg, Charm and Chocolate, Kimberly Loveless, Melissa Meets Makeup, Fangirling Owl, Beauty by Isabeau, Oupiee’s World, and Living Life Curiously.
Again, if you’ve got more than 200 followers or have already been nominated, I’m sorry!

My questions:
1. What is one thing you wish you were more motivated to do?
2. What is the last book you read?
3. What is your dream vacation?
4. Do you have a doppelgänger (look-alike)?
5. What is your favorite Disney movie?
6. What is the first thing you’d buy if you won the lottery?
7. Who was your favorite teacher and why?
8. How many selfies do you have saved on your phone?
9. If you could live in a different era, what would it be?
10. Have you ever been in a car accident?
11. What do you usually order at a restaurant?

*Side note, I told my mom that I was nominated and her whole face lit up and she seriously did a little happy dance. Hahah, she’s so supportive.*