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Makeup Geek Shadows - Part 1

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By cristalena56 · April 3, 2016
As Thrift Thicke would sing on YT, "Youtube made me buy it and now i'm going to try it". In January of last year after watching a Jaclyn Hill makeup geek favorite shadows video, I  decided to buy some of these shadows. I have since made a few orders since that initial order. I think I own now 40 shadows of theirs (38 pans and 2 pigments). 
 
Makeup Geek Cosmetics is a makeup company started by Youtuber Marlena. She considers herself a makeup teacher rather then a makeup artist. I have been following her yt channel for quite a few years now. I think she was my second youtube subscription after Leesha (xsparkage). I don't know why I was so late joining the bandwagon on these shadows because they are amazing.
The shadows are pigmented, blend easily, and last all day. Plus they only cost $6 a Pan or $10 for their Foiled shadow pans. I noticed recently MAC reduced their price of their pro single refill pans to $6.00 and I think it's probably because they were losing business to this company since their shadows were $10 compared to MUG $6.00. I actually put my mug shadows in mac pro duo palettes with inserts. 
 
These are the shadows I bought recently when they were having a bundle sale. From time to time they will put bundles of 9 shadows for a certain price. They are made up from their regular, duochrome, and foiled lined shadows. This set was on sale for $25 and i also bought one extra shadow. They currently have the Spring Fever Set for $30. 
All their shadows come in these thin cardboard squares. I recently ordered some mac ones and they came in similar packaging. 
I'll start with the 2 duochromes and 2 foiled shadows. Duochromes are when you have one color but when you move it around in the light it can reflect 1 or more other colors. The foiled shadows give you that wet (foiled) look without having to wet your brush. 
Duochromes on the left and foiled on right. Took these outside with no flash.
Shade: Mai Tai
Description: Apricot Base with Orchid Reflects 
Thoughts: I think it's a dark peach color that in certain angles it looks more pink. It reminds me a little of the duochrome shadow from the morphe jaclyn hills favorite palette (ES67).  
Price: $6.00
  Next
Desscription: Buff Base with Peachy-Pink Reflects.
Thoughts: 
Price: $6.00
Foiled...
Description: Soft Pink with Coral Undertones and a Foiled Finish.
Thoughts: It looks like a  peachy-coral to me with a golden foiled finish.
Price: $9.99
and then... lol
 Name: Daydreamer
Description: Light lilac purple with cool undertones and a foiled finish
Thoughts: Light lavendar purple with a silvery foiled finish.
Price: $9.99
do be do be do...
 These shadows are from their normal line. 
 Here there are 3 mattes and 1 shimmer.
Description: Metallic Champagne 
Thoughts: Light beige with a frosted golden sheen. I mainly use this color as a inner corner highlight. This was one of the first shadows i bought. This one will be a backup. 
Price: $6.00
 I didn't swatch this one or the next one because I already own them. I'll have swatch them from my other ones and add them later...
Description: A Light Peach Beige with a Soft Matte Finish
Thoughts: A light peachy orange matte. I mainly use this as a transition shade in my crease. 
Price: $6.00
 It's a little more orange then it shows in the picture above... When I post the pictures of another haul, you will see what I am talking about.. 
 Name: Sorbet
Description: Pastel Melon Pink with a Matte Finish
Thoughts: Dusty Light Corally Pink Matte. It didn't want to swatch very well so this one I had to swatch over a primer. 
Price: $6.00
lalalala..
 Name: Bedrock
Description: Medium Gray with Strong Brown Undertones and a Matte Finish.
Thoughts: This was another one I had to apply over a primer because it was patchy. It's a brownish gray color.
Price: $6.00

 
 

August 2015 Glam Bag - Prep School

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By cristalena56 · September 3, 2015
I have fallen behind posting these... Ok I think I have just neglected my blog all year... It's not that I haven't had anything to post, it's just I  haven't gotten around to it... :p Anyways... Since soon I will be getting a sneak peak of my entire September Bag, I might as well post this past month's bag. :p I know this month so far we are either getting a sample of the Glam Glow Tinglemud Mask or Voodoo Love Spells. 
September Sneak Peak
Now for my first bag. I have 2 subscriptions. I don't know why, but I do. lol

This is the makeup bag this month. :) I usually take a picture of the card insert but they both were wet (it was raining the day I got them) and so I just threw them away.

Teaser :p

The Loot!!

Product: La Fresh Group Good Night. Night Cream
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Description: This highly natural La Fresh® Eco-Beauty® Good Night. Night Cream provides super hydration and restores your skin making it visibly smoother and plumper. It will also rescue your skin from fine wrinkles on the forehead and crow's feet around your eyes. Say bye-bye to damaging elements that age your skin and say hello to recovered, recharged, and youthful!
Size: 0.5 fl oz Full Size: 1.7 fl oz
Value: $13.99 Full Size: $40.00
Where to Buy: La Fresh

Product: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush
Description: Batiste Dry Shampoo is the #1 dry shampoo in the UK. Why? Because it revitalizes your hair, leaving it feeling clean and smelling fresh, so your style lasts longer between washes. We all wake up sometimes, look in the mirror, and know that our hair needs a little pick me up. This dry shampoo offers an instant fix by removing excess oil and grease while adding body and texture to your locks.
ipsters who sample Batiste will either receive the scent Blush or Original.
Size: Travel Size 1.6 fl oz Full Size: 6.73 fl oz
Value: $3.99 Full Size: $8.99
Where to Buy: Drugstore


Product: Doucce Ultra Precision Eye Liner in Black
Description: The Liner is an ultra precise moulded plastic eye pencil that provides a soft application that lasts. The smooth and velvety waterproof formula glides on easily for seamless blending.
Size: Full Size: 0.03 fl oz
Value: $22.00
Where to Buy: Skone Cosmetics


Product: Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted
Description: "If you enjoy yourself, it's not really a waste - it's your prerogative." Trust Fund Beauty is a quick-drying, chip resistant polish comes in cute bottles complete with some seriously sassy names. Plus, it's 7-free, non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. Don't mind if we do!
Size: Full Size: 0.5 oz
Value: $15.00
Where to Buy: Trust Fund Beauty

Product: Hikari Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Merlot
Description: Check out Hikari's collection of gorgeous, high-shine matte lip glosses. With these high-pigment lip glosses you can wear them alone or layer them over your favorite lipstick to create intense new colors. They will give you the perfect sultry lip with just the right amount of shine!
ipsters who sample Hikari Cosmetics will either receive the shade Salsa (classic red) or Merlot (intense red mauve).
Size: Full Size: 0.1 fl oz
Value: $13.00
Where to Buy: Hikari


I took pictures with my camera and phone.

P<strong><span style="font-size: medium;">rice of Bag: $10.00
Value of Bag: $67.98
Where to Subscribe: Ipsy
Thoughts on Bag: My bag was ok this month. The eyeliner applies nice and I will probably use it for a waterline eyeliner. I'm not sure if I like the red shade of lip gloss on me. It's a nice lip gloss though. I have yet to try the nail polish but I'm sure I will like it. I've been using the night time moisturizer every night since I got it. I got the daily moisturizer sample in one of my past month's ipsy bags. I already went through both samples. :p I don't know about th shampoo though... I've never tried one of those before. My hair get's oily, so I  just wash my hair. I'm not sure if I can use the dry shampoo with my colored hair. 

Here are the other items that were featured this month:

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Avengers: Age of Ultron - Hulk

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By cristalena56 · June 8, 2015
This look in't really based on the character from the movie but it's the eye makeup I wore to see the movie opening weekend. It's more inspired by the colors from the comic book rather then the character in the movie. I did a hulk look years ago when i first started wearing makeup before i knew about blending and all that. :p The cartoon/comic hulk has brighter colors compared to the movie hulk, which i prefer. Also using the brighter colors gave me an excuse to use my Urban Decay Electric Palette. 

Items Used:
*Urban Decay Electric Palette
*NYX HD Base White
*BH Cosmetics 120 Palette 2nd edition
*Star Crushed Cosmetics Electric Lime
*Inglot #318
*Elf Studio Cream Liner in Black
*UD 24/7 Liner Black Velvet
*Mayebelline Lash Sensational Mascara

*Apply an Ey Primer. (UDPP)
*Apply a light pink transition shade to the crease. (Too Faced Kiss the Bride)
*Blended in a fuschia/hot pink shade into the crease. (I mixed UD Savage and Jilted)
*Then using a pencil brush I applied a purple shade to the crease. (UD Urban)
*Then i applied a purple shade from my 120 palette.
*Blend
*Then I applied a white base to my lid. (NYX HD Base White)
*I patted a lighter lime green shade to the inner 1/2 of my lid. (Mixed UD Thrash and Star Crushed Electric lime)
*Then pat on a darker bright lime green shade. (I mixed UD Freak and a few green shadows from the 120 palette)
*I then applied the lighter lime green shade to the lower lashline.  (UD Thrash)
 *Then I blended in the purple shade. (UD Urban)
*I applied some white base to the inner corner. (NYX HD Base White)
*Then applied a matte white shade over. (Inglot #318)
*Lined eyes with a black cream/gel liner. (Elf Studio Black Cream Liner)
*Applied a black liner to waterline. (UD Black Velvet)
*Then applied 2 coats of Mascara (Maybelline Lash Sensational)
*Applied a flesh color to my brow bone. (Too Faced Bouquet Toss)
*** I had recreated the look i wore for my blog and i prefered the original because instead of using just the lighter green shade i used for the lower lashline, I also applied the darker lime green shade. 


When i took a couple pictures outside, is when i noticed the big difference of my lower lashline compared to when i first originally wore it. I love how the purple looks though. :)


My skin has been really dry lately, and hate how it looks in natural lighting. :/

Heres a few more full face pictures.


Hope you enjoyed this look. :) I hope you had a chance to check out the new Avengers movie. I really liked it but I can't decide which one i liked more. 

Morphe Brushes Jaclyn Hill Favorites Palette

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By cristalena56 · February 8, 2015

So I've been following Morphe Brushes on Instagram for over a year now but i've never made a purchase from them. I think I started following them because they were sponsoring a contest at some point in time and to earn an extra entry you followed their instagram page. I remember some posts at the end of december about a palette that was coming out that was hand picked by a girl named Jacyln Hill. I had no idea to be honest who she was. I was like who is this person and what's the big hoopla over this palette. lol I remember just reading comments about people being mad because they couldn't get on the site and then when they did it was sold out. I guess someone was hacking their site at the time of the launch. Well during the next week I was looking up swatches for makeup geek shadows because I was wanting to buy some and that is how i found Jaclyn hill's blog/yt channel. It was watching her videos the first week of January that i found out what her palette was all about. I had actually been wanting some warmer colors since all my shadows are more brighter shades and this seemed like a good one for me to get for those brown/cranberry shades i was looking for. Alas though when i went to purchase it from their site they hadn't restocked it yet but then my hubby reminded me that he was working a beauty show at the end of january in Long Beach. I immediately checked the website for the show and found that morphe brushes was going to be there and only a few booths over. Score!! So I had him pick it up for me while he was there. :)

I forgot to take pictures of the box when i first got it so now there is icky water spots/fingerprints on it...

These shadows are sooo amazingly pigmented. I can't believe individually these only cost $2.00 each, because that is such a good deal. The palette retails for $27.99 which makes them a $1.00 a piece.
 
I think the last row is my favorite. :)
No Flash
ES4 - OFF WHITE (FRO
ST)
ES54 - PEACHY GOLD W/SHIMMER (LUSTRE)
ES6 - SOFT GOLDEN PEACHY BROWN (MATTE)
ES76 - BEIGE CHAMPAGNE (SHIMMER)
ES64 - PEACHY BROWN W/SHIMMER (VELVET)
ES75 - SHINY RUST (SHIMMER)
Outdoors Flash
I've been using a couple of the first ones as an inner corner highlight.


ES67 - DUAL-INTENSITY PEACH/PINK (PEARL)
ES13 - SOFT GOLD-PEACH W/PEARL (SATIN)
ES62 - MUTED TAUPE BROWN (MATTE)
ES63 - MUTED BROWN (MATTE)
ES20 - INTENSE BROWN/GOLD W/SHIMMER (FROST)
ES47 - GOLDEN APRICOT (SHIMMER)
ES66 - VIBRANT CORAL (MATTE)

Favorites: I love both oranges. I think the first shade is pretty and can't wait to figure out a look to use it. I've been using the browns for my crease area.

Outdoors No Flash
ES33 - SOFT BABY PINK (PEARL)
ES68 - METALLIC RASPBERRY (SHIMMER)
ES16 - SOFT MUTED ROSY BROWN (SATIN)
ES15 - GOLDEN ORANGE BROWN (MATTE)
ES61 - LIGHT GOLDEN BROWN (MATTE)
ES24 - INTENSE REDDISH BROWN (MATTE)
ES74 - COPPER (SHIMMER)

Favorites: Loving the pinks. I've been using 33 and mixing with 66 to make a shiny peachy color for my lids and then pairing it with a couple of the browns. 

Outdoors No Flash
ES11 - ORANGE COPPER (VELUXE PEARL)
ES59 - VIBRANT CRAN-PURPLE (MATTE)
ES38 - PINK W/BLUE PEARL (LUSTRE)
ES53 - SOFT PURPLE (PEARL)
ES48 - AMETHYST (SHIMMER)
ES71 - DEEP MAROON RED (MATTE)
ES19 - INTENSE GREEN W/SHIMMER (LUSTRE)
Outdoors Flash
Favorites: I love all of them, especially the purples and the pink shade. 

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Thoughts: I love this palette. For the most part the shadows are super pigmented and the ones that aren't can be built up. h colors I have used so far blend easily without much trouble wich is also a plus. I work in the stock room and coming home after 8 to 9 hours working my shadows look pretty good with minor fading in the crease area. I highly recommend this palette if you were looking for some warm shades and some pops of color as well. I can see myself using this palette for everyday looks. I'm also interested in trying out some of their brushes. Anybody have any recommendations??

<p>Editing Notes: All the swatches were dry swatches. I didn't use any primer or anything like that. I just swatched each shadow with my fingers. 

January Ipsy 2015 Glam Bag - Fresh Start Bag 2

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By cristalena56 · January 15, 2015

Same bag as in my other. 

Theme is Fresh Start since it's the first bag of the year.

a teaser :p

sometimes when you get multiple bags you get the same products like the moisturizer. Every bag this month got a pacifica shadow.

Product: (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm 
Description: (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm is as soothing to the lips as it is to the senses. Flavored with (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito, this lip balm is scientifically blended to restore and replenish. This hydrating lip gel easily integrates for daily maintenance, prevention and treatment of dry, irritated lips. Color and paraben free. 
Sample Size: .2oz/7g (Fullsize 11g)
Where to Buy: Malin+Goetz
Value: $8.40 (Fullsize $12.00)

Product: La Fresh Eco-Beauty Be Good. Good Day. Day Moisturizer
Description: This highly natural day moisturizer provides ample hydration and helps bring back a fresher & happier looking skin appearance. Made with collagen-producing peptides, super-hydrating hyaluronic acid, natural cucumber, aloe, antioxidant panthenol (Vitamin B), Vitamin C & E and a natural anti-aging botanical complex of maqui berry, licorice root, ginko leaf, grape seed and hickory bark.
Sample Size: .5oz (Fullsize 1.7oz)
Where to Buy: La Fresh
Value: $11.76

Product: Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo 
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Desciption: Sheer Glo is an incandescent liquid that lights up skin with all over radiance. Mix with foundation or wear alone to provide a luminous glow for all skin types. An especially amazing product for mature or dry skin. Sheer Glo provides a youthful glow and dewy finish. Use on face and/or body and get glowing.
Key Benefits:
• Universal Shade
• Mix with foundation for a dewy glow
• Use as highlighter on cheeks
• Mix with lotion for an all over body glow
Sample Size: .27 oz (Fullsize 1oz)
Where to Buy: Manna Kadar Cosmetics
Value $7.83 (Fullsize $29.00 )

my picture for the bottle is way off. the swatches however are more like the color in real life. 

Product: Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Treasure.
Description: 
An incredibly innovative formula that pushes natural makeup and mineral color to new bounds. Rich, lasting, creaseless eye shadows are infused with coconut water for a velvety, cream-like finish. 
Formulated without: Phthalates, parabens, carmine, beeswax, lanolin, mineral oils, propylene glycol, petroleum and FD& C colors (along with other nasties you do not want on your skin). No animal testing. Gluten-free, 100% vegan and cruelty-free. 
ipsters who sample Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow will either receive the shade Ethereal or Treasure.
Size: 0.08 oz (these shades are sold in palettes not individual)
Where to Buy: Pacifica
Value: $5 (im going off by the value of the stellar eye trio set)


It has a little more pigmentation then the ethereal shade. Not a special color or anything though. 

Product: Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eye Liner in Storm.
Description: What it is: Mechanical eyeliner with a smooth formula for easy application.
What it does: The perfect mechanical eyeliner that you can smudge for a smoky look or use to define your eyes. 
<strong style="font-size: medium;">ipsters who sample Mechanical Eye Liner will receive the shade Storm (Slate Grey).
Sample Size: Fullsize .2g
Where to Buy: Hikari Cosmetics
Value: $13.00


It's a grayish silver shade.

Bag Price: $10 for a monthly subscription
Number of Items: 5
Value of Bag: $45.89
Thoughts on bag: I love my lip balm. It's moisutrizing and i use it with some of my matte lipsticks to give them a more glossy finish. I'm hoping i like the moisturizer and that it doesn't effect my picky sensitive skin because i really need to find a good one since my skin is also dry. I probably won't ever use the bronze shadow since i already have plenty of those. I'm on the fence of the liner because i mainly wear black liner. I have another one of the sheer glo things from a past bag and yet to even use that one. There was a few misses but that lip balm is awesome!! 


These were the other products sent out this month.
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*Lash Food Phyto Medic Lash Enhancer $40 .5oz (FS $80.00 1oz)
*Astrida Orange Mint Lip Balm $4.00 .15oz
*Coastal Scents Liquid Eye Liner $2.95 .2oz/6ml
*Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Mask $7.00 10ml (FS $35.00 50 ml)
*J.cat Beauty Fantabulous Gel Liner Blue Black FS $5.99 .12oz
*Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Moisturizer $9.94 0.26oz (FS $65.00 1.7oz)
*Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer $7.27 .15oz (FS $16.00 .33oz)
*Laura Mercier Foundation Primer $9.71 .5oz (FS $33.00 1.7oz)
*Real Techniques Finer Liner Brush $6.00
*Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream .5oz (not available yet for pricing)
*Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Cream TS $8 2oz (FS $26.00 8oz)
*Swissco Electroplated Eyelash curler $5.00
<strong><span style="font-size: medium;">*Velvet 59 Velvet Rose Lipgloss Noisette $4.56 1.2ml (FS $19.00 5ml)

Past Months Bags:
*March 2014 *February 2014 *January 2014 *December 2013 *November 2013 *October 2013 *September 2013 *August 2013 *July 2013 *June 2013 *May 2013 *April 2013 *March 2013 *February 2013 *January 2013 *December 2012 *November 2012 *October 2012 *September 2012 *August 2012 *July 2012 *June 2012 *May 2012 *April 2012

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January Ipsy 2015 Glam Bag - Fresh Start Bag 1

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By cristalena56 · January 15, 2015

This month our makeup bag is blue on one side, white on the other, and with a pink ipsy tag/zipper. The theme for this month is Fresh Start (it's the first month of the year after all).

I never read these but I noticed that they were giving out a free year subscription and alll you had to do is post your bag on instagram, tag them and a couple hashtags. That's cool. 


a little teaser.. :p


Ipsy Bag number 1

Product: La Fresh Eco-Beauty Be Good. Good Day. Day Moisturizer
Description: This highly natural day moisturizer provides ample hydration and helps bring back a fresher & happier looking skin appearance. Made with collagen-producing peptides, super-hydrating hyaluronic acid, natural cucumber, aloe, antioxidant panthenol (Vitamin B), Vitamin C & E and a natural anti-aging botanical complex of maqui berry, licorice root, ginko leaf, grape seed and hickory bark.
Sample Size: .5oz (Fullsize 1.7oz)
Where to Buy: La Fresh
Value: $11.76

Product: Probelle Into The Blue Nail Lacquer
Description: Top quality, high gloss, long lasting nail lacquer in Into the Blue, a cool blue cream shade. DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde Free. 
Size: .5oz (Full Size)
Where to Buy:  Pro Belle
Value: $6.00

My nails have been yucky from work so i just swatched it on a nail wheel.

When I first saw this i thought it was going to be a similar color to Zoya Yummy but yummy is darker. 

Product: Bella Pierre Shimmer Powder in Celebration
Description: 
Using 100% pure Mineral powder, these beautiful shimmer powders will provide long lasting, vibrant color without any additional filler that can often smear, crease, fade and even cause allergic reaction. Recommended by make-up artists and dermatologists, BelláPierre shimmer powders are 100% Hypoallergenic and are suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive. </p>

ipsters who sample BelláPierre will receive one of the following shades: Celebration, Excite, Whesek.
Sample Size: 2.3g (Fullsize)
Where to Buy: Bella Pierre
Value: $14.99


It's an ordinary bronze shade, not a unique shade of any kind. 

Product: Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Ethereal
Description: 
An incredibly innovative formula that pushes natural makeup and mineral color to new bounds. Rich, lasting, creaseless eye shadows are infused with coconut water for a velvety, cream-like finish. 
Formulated without: Phthalates, parabens, carmine, beeswax, lanolin, mineral oils, propylene glycol, petroleum and FD& C colors (along with other nasties you do not want on your skin). No animal testing. Gluten-free, 100% vegan and cruelty-free. 
ipsters who sample Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow will either receive the shade Ethereal or Treasure.
Size: 0.08 oz (these shades are sold in palettes not individual)
Where to Buy: Pacifica
Value: $5 (im going off by the value of the stellar eye trio set)


This shade can either be used as a inner corner highlight or brow bone shade.

Product: Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush 
Description: Don't miss a spot with this ridiculously soft shadow brush. This brush with its 100% synthetic bristles is the perfect multitasker. Use it to highlight your brow bone and place the right amount of color for perfect and even application! Your lids will thank you later!
Size: Fullsize
Where to Buy: Elizabeth Mott
Value: $9.99

Bag Cost: $10 for a monthly sibscription
Number of items: 5
Value: $47.64
Thoughts on Bag: I will get use out of the moisturizer, polish, and makeup brush but the shadows not so much. I have plenty of bronze shades and inner highlights i use on a daily basis. 

These were the other products sent out this month:
*Lash Food Phyto Medic Lash Enhancer $40 .5oz (FS $80.00 1oz)
*Astrida Orange Mint Lip Balm $4.00 .15oz
*Coastal Scents Liquid Eye Liner $2.95 .2oz/6ml
*Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Mask $7.00 10ml (FS $35.00 50 ml)
*J.cat Beauty Fantabulous Gel Liner Blue Black FS $5.99 .12oz
*Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Moisturizer $9.94 0.26oz (FS $65.00 1.7oz)
*Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer $7.27 .15oz (FS $16.00 .33oz)
*Laura Mercier Foundation Primer $9.71 .5oz (FS $33.00 1.7oz)
*Real Techniques Finer Liner Brush $6.00
*Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream .5oz (not available yet for pricing)
*Teadora Rainforest at Dusk Body Cream TS $8 2oz (FS $26.00 8oz)
*Swissco Electroplated Eyelash curler $5.00
<strong style="font-size: medium;">*Velvet 59 Velvet Rose Lipgloss Noisette $4.56 1.2ml (FS $19.00 5ml)

Past Months Bags:
*March 2014 *February 2014 *January 2014 *December 2013 *November 2013 *October 2013 *September 2013 *August 2013 *July 2013 *June 2013 *May 2013 *April 2013 *March 2013 *February 2013 *January 2013 *December 2012 *November 2012 *October 2012 *September 2012 *August 2012 *July 2012 *June 2012 *May 2012 *April 2012

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Ipsy December 2014 Glam Bag - Creative Genius Bag 2

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By cristalena56 · December 18, 2014

This month's makeup bag is just a shiny black case. 

Theme of December is Creative Genius.

I wonder why they don't show the featured brands anymore.

Teaser picture. :)

Goodies!!

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Product: Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush
Description: This dual-ended brush offers the best of both worlds. The shadow brush is perfect for applying eye shadow or contouring the eye, while the crease brush is designed to be used dry for defining the eye, or wet for precision concealing.
Size: Full size
Value: $6.99 (says it has a retail value of $17.50)
Where to Buy: Crown Brush

Product: Bumble and bumble. All-Style Blow Dry
Description: This one-step wonder crème adds oomph, shine and swoosh, fights frizz, prevents heat damage and has oil-absorbing powders to help keep all styles flawlessly fresh. To create your perfect style, work evenly through damp hair then blow-dry with your favorite Bb.Brush. Start small (try a dime-sized amount) then build as necessary.
Size: .5oz (FS 5oz or TS 2oz)
Value: $3.00 (FS $30.00 or TS $14.00)
Where to Buy: BumbleandBumble

Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream 
Description: Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream provides rich hydration to the delicate skin around the eyes. This powerful product will leave your eyes looking brighter, smoother and younger looking. 
Key Ingredients: 
• Avocado Oil - Restores and protects skin, while helping retain clarity and brightness. 
• Moroccan Argan Oil - Packed with restorative omega fatty acids to intensely hydrate and replenish. 
• Shea Butter - Deeply moisturizes and softens skin.
Size: .5 oz (fs??)
Value: 19.99 (??)
Where to Buy: Nourish Organic

tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara
Description: Like a pushup bra for your lashes, tarte's best-selling mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions to deliver a 330% increase in lash volume instantly. The high-performance formula is also infused with naturally-derived olive esters to help nourish and protect lashes.
Size: 3 mL / 0.10 oz. (FS .24oz)
Value: $8.33 (FS $20.00)
Where to Buy: Tarte

Product: NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm
Description: Dip your lips in a sheer wash of color with NYX Butter Lip Balm. One swipe leaves dry lips feeling supple and hydrated.
This Buttery Lip Balm is addictively soft and scrumptious and perfect for adding a subtle hint of color for a naturally flirtatious pout. Apply directly to bare lips or apply it over lip liner for more intense color.
ipsters who sample NYX Butter Lip Balm will either receive: Red Velvet (pure red), Parfait (fuchsia with blue undertones), Marshmallow (pure nude) or Lady Fingers (mauve).
Size: FS 0.14oz
Value: $4.00
Where to Buy: NYX

This shade is a tiny bit darker then my lip color. This will be a good lip balm for those minimal makeup days. 

Price of Bag: $10
Where to Subscribe: Ipsy
Value of Bag: $42.31
Thoughts on Bag: This bag had more items to use then my first bag. I like the lip balm, brush, mascara, and i will try out the eye cream since my foundation has been clinging to dry patches under my eyes. I think the lip balm is a nice color for everyday looks and you can never go wrong having extra makeup brushes. I like that its 2 brushes in 1. It has a nice pencil brush on one side and a fluffy side for blending or sweeping some color onto lid/crease. 

Heres the other items featured in this month's bag:

*Bumble and bumble. Straight Blow Dry $3.00 .5oz 
*Bumble and bumble. Repair Blow Dry $3.00 .5oz
*Coolway Boost Repair Treatment $4.87 1.3oz 
*Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust 0.02oz FS $10.00
<span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>*Swissco Electroplated Eyelash curler $5.00

Past Month's Bags
*November 2014 *October 2014 *September 2014 *October 2014 *August 2014 *July 2014 *June 2014 *May 2014 *April 2014*March 2014 *February 2014 *January 2014 
*December 2013 *November 2013 *October 2013 *September 2013 *August 2013 
*July 2013 *June 2013 *May 2013 *April 2013 *March 2013 *February 2013 
*January 2013 *December 2012 *November 2012 *October 2012 
*September 2012 *August 2012 *July 2012 *June 2012 *May 2012 *April 2012

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Ipsy December 2014 Glam Bag - Creative Genius Bag 1

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By cristalena56 · December 16, 2014

This month's makeup bag is just a shiny black case. 

Theme of December is Creative Genius.

They used to include the brands featured but not anymore i guess.

Teaser Picture... :)

I didnt take a teaser inside the bag pic.. oh well.. Here's this month's goodies.

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Product: Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser
Description: Beauty Without Cruelty 3% A.H.A. Facial Cleanser is a lightly-foaming, soap-free cleanser that removes dead surface skin cells, daily impurities, and excess oil without over-cleaning your skin. Nature's own alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) gently and deeply clean and actively clarify your skin without disturbing it's natural balance. Pure premium Oshadhi aroma-therapeutic essential oils tone, condition, and calm, leaving your skin clean, clear, and refreshed.
Sample Size: TravelSize 2 oz (Fullsize 8.5oz)
Value: $2.99 (Fullsize $11.95)
Where to buy: Beauty Without Cruelty Ts or FS

Product: Sexy Hair 450° Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray Mini
Description: Protect those tresses! Sexy Hair's 450° Blow Out Heat Defense Blow Dry Spray protects hair from heat damage up to 450°F. In addition to outstanding thermal protection, it also conditions for smooth, sleek styles, detangles for improved manageability and strengthens hair. Helps to decrease blow dry time and adds weightless shine. 
Sample Size: 1.7oz (Fullsize 4.2oz)
Value: $7.67 ((Fullsize $18.95)
Where to Buy: Ulta

Product: CAILYN Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid. 
Description: Made with 100% raw mineral powder, this highly pigmented satiny powder not only colors your eyes with shimmery, gorgeous hues, but is also safe to wear long hours.
The easy to use built-in sponge tip allows smooth application and seamless blending of colors. Whether you want to give a subtle wash of color or go for dramatic smokey makeup, CAILYN Just Mineral Eye Polish will be a girl's best friend.
ipsters who sample the Just Mineral Eye Polish will receive the Orchid shade.
Size: FS 0.09oz
Value: $15.00
Where to Buy: Cailyn Cosmetics

The applicator is totally useless....

Applicator, Dry Swatch with brush, and Over primer

Product: Tarte Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 Mascara
Description: Like a pushup bra for your lashes, tarte's best-selling mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes and conditions to deliver a 330% increase in lash volume instantly. The high-performance formula is also infused with naturally-derived olive esters to help nourish and protect lashes.
Size: 3 mL / 0.10 oz. (FS .24oz)
Value: $8.33 (FS $20.00)
<span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>Where to Buy: Tarte


</strong>Product: NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm in Marshmellow
</span>Description: Dip your lips in a sheer wash of color with NYX Butter Lip Balm. One swipe leaves dry lips feeling supple and hydrated.
This Buttery Lip Balm is addictively soft and scrumptious and perfect for adding a subtle hint of color for a naturally flirtatious pout. Apply directly to bare lips or apply it over lip liner for more intense color. 
ipsters who sample NYX Butter Lip Balm will either receive: Red Velvet (pure red), Parfait (fuchsia with blue undertones), Marshmallow (pure nude) or Lady Fingers (mauve). 
Size: FS 0.14oz
Value: $4.00 
<strong><span style="font-size: medium;">Where to Buy: NYX

This looks totally ugly on fair skin...


I don't know who would look good in this color. It looks like i put concealer on my lips..


This will never be worn by me.. ick...


Price of Bag: $10
Where to Subscribe: Ipsy
Value of Bag: $37.99
Thoughts on Bag: The only item I will be using in this whole bag is the mascara. It's one of my top 5 mascaras. The lip balm was totally ugly and looked like i had applied concealer on my lips. It was not attractive at all. I remember showing my hubby and he gave me a "what the heck" is on your lips look. lol I might try out the cleanser but my face is really picky with cleansers and also many of them dry out my already very dry skin. The eyeshadow was some dull sheer bronze shade. That shade is totally not worth it's price. I also don't use hair products, so the spray won't be used either. I decided im just going to put all my hair products in a basket in the guest bathroom when we get a house. Maybe then if someone stays/comes over and needs a hair product to use i will have plenty. :p I could though go the route of others and just sell them on ebay. I have at least 30 hair samples from my ipsy bags that have never been used.
 

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Here's the other products featured in this month's bag:

*Bumble and bumble. Straight Blow Dry $3.00 .5oz (FS $30.00 5oz or TS $14.00 for 2oz)
*Bumble and bumble. Repair Blow Dry $3.00 .5oz (FS $30.00 5oz or TS $14.00 for 2oz)
*Coolway Boost Repair Treatment $4.87 1.3oz (FS $29.95 8oz)
*Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust 0.02oz FS $10.00
<span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>*Swissco Electroplated Eyelash curler $5.00

Past Months Bags:
*March 2014 *February 2014 *January 2014 *December 2013 *November 2013 *October 2013 *September 2013 *August 2013 *July 2013 *June 2013 *May 2013 *April 2013 *March 2013 *February 2013 *January 2013 *December 2012 *November 2012 *October 2012 *September 2012 *August 2012 *July 2012 *June 2012 *May 2012 *April 2012

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Ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag - Girl Meets Glitter Bag 2

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By cristalena56 · November 18, 2014

Contents in the Bag


Monthly post card showing the theme of this month's bag. I wonder why they stopped listing the brands featured for the month... 

This month's bag is a shiny, sparkly silver. 

Teaser.. :)

The Goodies!! :)

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Product: Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray
Description: Get extra volume, shine and hold with this dual purpose hairspray; nourishing and styling in one! This argan oil, keratin and grape seed oil infused hairspray gives you strong and flexible hold plus deep nourishment, strengthening and conditioning as you style.
The non-water based, fast drying formula freeze-frames your volume and hold without stickiness or flaking and it's flexible finish creates workable styles for easy re-styling without crunch or heavy build-up. It creates a luminous finish and shields against humidity for longer lasting styles. Sun Protectors keep the sun and other elements from damaging your full bodied mane. What more could you want from a hairspray?
Size: Travel Size 1.5oz (Full Size 9oz)
Value: Travel Size $2.99 (Full Size $8.99)
Where to Buy: Ulta or Ulta

Product: Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Ultra Orchid.
Description: Starlooks' extremely popular Gem Eye Pencils are soft, creamy and highly-pigmented with a metallic, micro-glitter finish. This one-of-a-kind, versatile formula can be used as both an eye liner and an eye shadow base.
ipsters who sample with Starlooks will receive the Gem Eye Pencil in either Ultra Olive or Ultra Orchid.
Size: Full Size .1oz
Value: $16.00
Where to Buy: Starlooks


Pretty Purple liner with decent pigmentation.

Product: J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint
Description: For invincible color and impeccable wear, the Wonder Lip Paint serves justice! With the twofold blend of endurance and delivery of intense pigmentation, this will become your heroine of lip colors. Paint your lips to perfection for your day and nighttime adventures!
ipsters who sample J. Cat Beauty will either receive the shade Mad Splatter, or Red Potion.
Size: Full Size .33oz
Value: $4.99
Where to Buy: J.Cat Beauty

it's a dark red wine color.

Product: TEMPTU S/B Highlighter
Description: Put your Best Face Forward with S/B Highlighter!

A cult favorite of makeup artists around the globe, TEMPTU S/B Highlighter is the perfect product that goes on sheer for an overall illuminating and contouring effect. Light-reflecting and transfer resistant, S/B Highlighter glides on effortlessly for a brilliant complexion boost that contours to highlight your best features.

Here are 3 quick and simple tips using just a few drops of S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl:

CONTOURING HIGHLIGHTS for Cheeks
STEP ONE: Place a couple drops on your fingertips.
STEP TWO: Lightly dab onto the apples of the cheeks to highlight the cheekbone area.
STEP THREE: Blend upward, toward the temples, for a glowing look.

CONTOURING HIGHLIGHTS for Nose & Forehead
STEP ONE: Place a drop in-between your eyebrows.
STEP TWO: Sweep up toward the hairline blending outward from the central point.
STEP THREE: Apply down the bridge of the nose a light-reflecting contour to define and sculpt.

BODY ILLUMINATION
STEP ONE: Add three drops to a pump of body lotion.
STEP TWO: Rub between your hands to blend together.
STEP THREE: Apply where you normally would, paying special attention to your best assets.
Size: .1oz (Full Size 1oz)
Value: $2.75 (Full Size $27.50)
Where to Buy: Temptu

Product: Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base
Description: This eye base is a highly pigmented, long-lasting product that can be used as a single cream color or used as an eye base to build color.
• Bombshell Application: Apply lightly with fingertip to create a natural finish. Layer for added color.
• Bombshell Tip: Create a more intense look by layering with a powder eyeshadow.
ipsters who sample Be A Bombshell Cosmetics will receive an eye base in the shade Submissive.
Size: Full Size 0.09oz
Value: $14.00
Where to Buy: BeaBombshell Cosmetics

I don't like this color at all.. It looks muddy on my eyelids.


Price of Bag: $10
Items in Bag: 5
Where to Subscribe: Ipsy
Value of Bag: $40.73
Thoughts on Bag: There was only 1 item different from my first bag and that was the eyeliner. I wasn't too thrilled about this month's bag. I love the purple liner which was definitely the highlight of this bag. I'm not sure though if I see myself using it though.. I might use it for the waterline or to use under an eyeshadow on my lower lashline. The highlighter is ok but pretty sheer. I hate the cream shadow. I think the color is just ugly and not a good color for my porcelain complexion. I won't use the hairspray. Hairspray i so hard to get out of my fine hair that tangles easily and for the most part I wear my hair up year round because  of the weather. I also work in the stock room at my job so i always have my hair up for that too. I don't really use hair products when i curl/straighten my hair except a spray used to prevent damaging my hair from the heat of curling irons/straighteners. Also I have used argon oil in my hair and it made my hair super oily (i have natural oily hair). 


Other Featured Products This Month:

*SeaRx Skincare Micro-Dermabrasion Face & Beauty Scrub .3oz/8.5g $2.72 
*SeaRx Skincare the SeaRx Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion .3oz $2.40
*be Delectable from Cake Beauty supremely rich body wash 2oz $2.50 
*be Delectable from Cake Beauty ultra nourishing hand cream Mini $5.50 2oz
*ck one color Lip Gloss $11.09 .17oz 
*clariSEA Sea Salt Solutions Instant Glow Powder Exfoliant $4.50 1oz 
*Demeter Pixie Dust Roll On Perfume Oil $10.00 .29oz
*Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant $3.09 .25oz 
*Love & Beauty by Forever 21 Crème Lipstick FS $3.80 .105oz
*GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ DUALCLEANSE TREATMENT $20.29 .5oz 
*IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye® $9.43 .11oz 
*L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil Wine FS $3.50 .095oz
*Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder + Mini Fan Brush $2.78 .03oz 
*Rouge Underground Makeup Sealant $7.24 .5oz 
*Nicole by OPI Nail Polish Guys and Galaxies FS $6.99 .5oz
*Starlooks Lip Gloss Guilty Pleasure $2.79 .03oz 
*tarte deluxe maracuja oil 7mL/.23oz 
<span style="font-size: medium;"><strong>*Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain FS $2.99 .10oz

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Past Month's Bags:
*October 2014 *September 2014 *October 2014 *August 2014 *July 2014 *June 2014 *May 2014 *April 2014*March 2014 *February 2014 *January 2014 


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Ipsy November 2014 Glam Bag - Girl Meets Glitter Bag 1

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By cristalena56 · November 16, 2014

Contents in the Bag


Monthly post card showing the theme of this month's bag. I wonder why they stopped listing the brands featured for the month... 

This month's bag is a shiny, sparkly silver. 

Teaser.. :p


The Goodies!! :)

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Product: Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray
Description: Get extra volume, shine and hold with this dual purpose hairspray; nourishing and styling in one! This argan oil, keratin and grape seed oil infused hairspray gives you strong and flexible hold plus deep nourishment, strengthening and conditioning as you style.
The non-water based, fast drying formula freeze-frames your volume and hold without stickiness or flaking and it's flexible finish creates workable styles for easy re-styling without crunch or heavy build-up. It creates a luminous finish and shields against humidity for longer lasting styles. Sun Protectors keep the sun and other elements from damaging your full bodied mane. What more could you want from a hairspray?
Size: Travel Size 1.5oz (Full Size 9oz)
Value: Travel Size $2.99 (Full Size $8.99)
Where to Buy: Ulta or Ulta

Product: Elizabeth Mott you're so FINE Eyeliner in Glitterati.
Description: It's not just any liquid eyeliner. With you're so FINE's micro-tipped brush, you can control your strokes to create dramatic, and sharp cat eyes! This brush is so control friendly that creating precise, symmetrical lines is ridiculously easy, so it's perfect for first time liquid eyeliner users too.
The specialized, quick drying formula has intense, inky pigmentation that's waterproof, meaning it lasts all day without smudging. Just in time for the holidays, the super flirty Glitterati formula will make you the center of attention. All eyes on you, gorgeous!
Size: Full Size 0.1oz
Value: $17.99
Where to Buy: Elizabeth Mott


It's jet black with silver sparkles.

Product: J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion.
Description: For invincible color and impeccable wear, the Wonder Lip Paint serves justice! With the twofold blend of endurance and delivery of intense pigmentation, this will become your heroine of lip colors. Paint your lips to perfection for your day and nighttime adventures!
ipsters who sample J. Cat Beauty will either receive the shade Mad Splatter, or Red Potion.
Size: Full Size .33oz
Value: $4.99
Where to Buy: J.Cat Beauty

It's  a dark red wine shade. Good color for halloween, maybe...

Product: TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl.
Description: Put your Best Face Forward with S/B Highlighter!

A cult favorite of makeup artists around the globe, TEMPTU S/B Highlighter is the perfect product that goes on sheer for an overall illuminating and contouring effect. Light-reflecting and transfer resistant, S/B Highlighter glides on effortlessly for a brilliant complexion boost that contours to highlight your best features.

Here are 3 quick and simple tips using just a few drops of S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl:

CONTOURING HIGHLIGHTS for Cheeks
STEP ONE: Place a couple drops on your fingertips.
STEP TWO: Lightly dab onto the apples of the cheeks to highlight the cheekbone area.
STEP THREE: Blend upward, toward the temples, for a glowing look.

CONTOURING HIGHLIGHTS for Nose & Forehead
STEP ONE: Place a drop in-between your eyebrows.
STEP TWO: Sweep up toward the hairline blending outward from the central point.
STEP THREE: Apply down the bridge of the nose a light-reflecting contour to define and sculpt.

BODY ILLUMINATION
STEP ONE: Add three drops to a pump of body lotion.
STEP TWO: Rub between your hands to blend together.
STEP THREE: Apply where you normally would, paying special attention to your best assets.
Size: .1oz (Full Size 1oz)
Value: $2.75 (Full Size $27.50)
Where to Buy: Temptu

Product: Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base
Description: This eye base is a highly pigmented, long-lasting product that can be used as a single cream color or used as an eye base to build color.
• Bombshell Application: Apply lightly with fingertip to create a natural finish. Layer for added color.
• Bombshell Tip: Create a more intense look by layering with a powder eyeshadow.
ipsters who sample Be A Bombshell Cosmetics will receive an eye base in the shade Submissive.
Size: Full Size 0.09oz
Value: $14.00
Where to Buy: BeaBombshell Cosmetics

I found this shade to be a little too dark and muddy for my porcelain complexion.. The swatch is a little washed out from the flash. 

 Price of Bag: $10
Number of Items: 5
Where to Subscribe: Ipsy
Value of Bag: $42.72
Thoughts on Bag: This bag was a miss for me. I won't use the hairspray and the cream shadow is an ugly muddy brown color. The highlighter is an ok shade. I have worn in a couple times and it's really sheer but it's ok I guess. :p I love the eyeliner!! This is the only  item i see myself using. It has good pigmentation, lasts all day without smudging or fading, and also a bonus that it dries quickly so it doesn't irritate my eyes. I have used this liner a handful of times and i think it's pretty awesome. It reminds me of the urban decay 24/7 liquid liners (which are amazing!!). The lip shade is a little darker then i like but it might be a shade i can use for halloween.

Other Featured Products This Month:
*SeaRx Skincare Micro-Dermabrasion Face & Beauty Scrub .3oz/8.5g $2.72 
*SeaRx Skincare the SeaRx Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion .3oz $2.40
*be Delectable from Cake Beauty supremely rich body wash 2oz $2.50 
*be Delectable from Cake Beauty ultra nourishing hand cream Mini $5.50 2oz
*ck one color Lip Gloss $11.09 .17oz 
*clariSEA Sea Salt Solutions Instant Glow Powder Exfoliant $4.50 1oz 
*Demeter Pixie Dust Roll On Perfume Oil $10.00 .29oz
*Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant $3.09 .25oz 
*Love & Beauty by Forever 21 Crème Lipstick FS $3.80 .105oz
*GLAMGLOW POWERMUD™ DUALCLEANSE TREATMENT $20.29 .5oz 
*IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye® $9.43 .11oz 
*L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil Wine FS $3.50 .095oz
*Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder + Mini Fan Brush $2.78 .03oz 
*Rouge Underground Makeup Sealant $7.24 .5oz 
*Nicole by OPI Nail Polish Guys and Galaxies FS $6.99 .5oz
*Starlooks Lip Gloss Guilty Pleasure $2.79 .03oz 
*tarte deluxe maracuja oil 7mL/.23oz 
*Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain FS $2.99 .10oz</p> <p>


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