Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 2014 Ipsy Bag Review

Hey guys,

When I got on the Ipsy website to check what I was getting this month I wasn't as excited to get it as I was with the last two months. Well this is what I got:


Before I get into talking about the products I want to talk about the make up bag. It is cute right??!! As cute as it maybe when I first got the bag out of the package, I smelled this horrible scent and I wasn't sure where it was coming from. I realized that it was coming from this bag and its unfortunate. I might throw it out because of it! 



Back to the products I am going to start with my most favorite product in this bag. This is the Briogeo Don't Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask. 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product! First of all, lets start with the smell, it smells like vanilla. Secondly, after just using it once, it made my hair feel super soft. I cannot stop running my hands through my hair. Its supposed to help with breakage, but I am not sure if it helps with that. I love that it has natural ingredients like rosehip, avocado, and argan oils. I highly recommend this product. The only thing that sucks is that its kinda pricey. It's $26. 

Next product is Faith Aroma Therapy Tahitian Monoi Anti-Aging Sugar Scrub. 

This product has a very citrus-floral scent to it. It says that this anti-aging sugar scrub uses fine granules to exfoliate cells, while Monoi Oil increases collagen production, lock in moisture and fight free radical damage for smoother, brighter skin. I used it in the shower on my face and it made my face feel smooth and very moisturized. Only thing I didn't like was that when I rinsed it off my face felt oily and I had to wash my face with soap a couple of times. 

Next product is Mojito Lip Balm.

I hate getting lip balms in my bag mainly because my lips are super stubborn and only moisturize with the Carmex lip balm. I decided to
go ahead and try it since I received it in the bag. It has a very gel like texture and I don't like it. Its very sticky and it dries my lips. 

Next product is Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow.

The color I received is called Penny. Its a very pretty shimmery copper color. You can use it all over the lid or as a liner. I tried using it as a lid color and it failed for me. I always have bad luck with shadow pencils. It went on smooth, was very easy to blend, and after I did a swatch on my hand I rubbed my fingers on it and it will not budge. My problem with it was that it creased on me. Lesson learned: only use it as a liner. 

Last product in the bag is Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads.

To me adding this to my bag was pointless. This is part of a 3-step system and if you are adding this why not add the other 2?! On the back it says to use after using step 1 so I didn't even try these. Actually I might give them to my brother. 

Overall I think this month's bag was so and so. It didn't impress me like the last two bags did, but I am glad I got to try out these products. For your information the bag normally doesn't stink.  Its only $10 a month. You get 5 products and a different make up bag each month. Products are normally either full size or decent sample sizes. If anyone is interested here's the link: http://www.ipsy.com/r/3lha

Saturday, January 25, 2014

88 Original Palette by Coastal Scents

Hey guys!!!

When I first Started out with make up at 15 I got make up as birthday gifts that year. I was glad I didn't have to purchase any of it myself. Once I got a job a couple years later I wanted to get more and start experimenting with make up a little bit more. It was a low paying job so I was on a budget. I was looking for an affordable eyeshadow palette because I wanted to play around with colors on my eyes. I decided to purchase the Coastal Scents Original Palette:   



I actually heard about this palette from my friend Nikki also known as Nix92585 on YouTube.* She was talking about it on her Facebook and I thought "that's a pretty palette" so I decided to go check it out on the website. I love that everything on there is very affordable and I have had this palette for a couple years now and I barely hit pan on one color. It lasts you a long time for such a reasonable price. 

Here are swatches: 




As you can see these colors are very pigmented, you get matte and shimmery eyeshadows, and I love the fact that you get different shades of blues, reds, greens, and etc. They're very easy to blend. You can do different eye looks with this palette from a natural eye look to a smokey eyes. This is a great palette to travel with if you don't want to take a lot of make up with you.

I purchased this palette for around $15 I believe. Right now its on sale for $10.95 on their website in case anyone is interested. http://www.coastalscents.com/pl-001.html 

*If you are not subscribed to my friend Nikki: http://www.youtube.com/nix92585 
She does great reviews on high end and drugstore make up and she reviews monthly subscription boxes as well. She's great at what she does. She's one of the reason why I was inspired to do this blog. You should go check her out!

Monday, January 20, 2014

My Skin Care Routine

Hey guys!!!
For a very long time I didn't care about my skin care whatsoever. The biggest reason why was because I was too lazy to do it! Last year I started watching beauty gurus on YouTube and not only were they talking about make up, but also about how important taking care of your skin is. That's when i decided to take care of my skin. I really wasn't liking the way mine was feeling at the time.

Sooooo.....in October I went to Target to purchase a couple of products to try out:

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser ($4)

In the morning right after I wake up I get one pump of product and massage it all over my face till it foams up.  Then rinse it off and dry my face with a towel. My face feels very refreshed, clean, and awake. It also wakes me up a little bit especially since I am so not a morning person. 


St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub ($6)

I only use this every couple of days while I'm taking a shower because I have Normal to Dry Skin and if I use it everyday I will get dry patches on my skin. I get a little bit of it and I massage it into my skin for 2 minutes then I rinse it off. My face feels clean and if I have a breakout it will help dry it out.

 

Clean & Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Toner ($4)

Every night before bed I get a cotton round and put some product on it and I wipe it all over my face very gently. It helps to remove any dirt I have on my face or even any make up that didn't come off in the shower. 





Queen Helene The Original Mint Julep Masque ($4)

I only use this face mask once or twice a week. I apply the product all over my face and leave it on for 15 minutes then I rinse it off and dry my face with a towel. When you first apply the mask it smells minty and it burns a little bit. After a couple minutes you will feel it getting tight on your face. It helps with drying up any pimples and shrink enlarged pores.




Tips:

  • Anytime you dry your face with your towel make sure you pat your face dry. Especially around your eye area since it's a really sensitive area.
  • You should wash your face with your soap before you use any skin care products. I believe that with a clean face the products work better. At least for me it did. 
After a few months using these products my face has never felt better!! I'm so happy with the way my skin is feeling right now. I am definitely going to try other Clean & Clear products once I'm done with these.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Maybelline New York EYESTUDIO eyeshadow quad in Sapphire Siren

Hey guys!! Welcome to my first blog!
I had seen these quads being recommended on a lot of YouTube videos so I decided to go pick one up and see what all the hype is about! There are so many different colors in every since quad and I couldn't decide which one to get!! i decided to get one with my favorite color(blue):


Even before i swatched these colors I was in love with them!! LOOK HOW GORGEOUS!!
Now time to swatch......


I was very IMPRESSED!! They are very pigmented and this is without a primer!! 


These colors are very blendable and very easy to work with. I have to use a primer because of my oily eyelids and these shadows looked even more beautiful and pigmented. I love the fact that you can do a couple of eye looks with these quads. I highly recommend them.

 I got mine at Target for $7.99!! You can pick these up at your local drugstores. I cannot wait to pick up more of these quads!!