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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. 


I labeled each shadow with the corresponding individual shadow number. 

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??

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 

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. 
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.

*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
*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

 

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. 

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
*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


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Inspired Eye Look (Leonardo)

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By cristalena56 · August 24, 2014

I can't help to sing the theme song everytime I see anything that is teenage mutant ninja turtles related. I decided to do a look when i went to see the new movie with my hubby opening weekend. We even got a mask because we are a AMC Stubs card member. I of course got a Leonardo one since he has been my favorite since I was a kid. I remember playing the game with my brothers and I was always leo (my older brother was donatello and my little brother was michaelangelo). Did anyone else get the VHS tapes from Burger King?? haha I am dating myself saying vhs.. :p 


Now that you are probably humming the song, how about the lyrics. :p
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Heroes in a half shell, turtle power
They're the worlds most fearsome fighting teens
[ we're really hip ] Teenage mutant ninja turtles
They're heroes in a half shell and they're green
[ hey, get a grip ] Teenage mutant ninja turtles
When the evil shredder attacks
These turtle boys don't cut him no slack
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Splinter taught them to be ninja teens
[ he's a radical rat ] Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines
[ that's a fact, Jack ] Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Raphael is K00L but rude
Michaelangelo is a party dude
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Teenage mutant ninja turtles
Heroes in a half shell, turtle power

Products Used:
*NYX Shadow Base White
*Glamour Doll Eyes Going Green
*My Beauty Addiction Lucky
*My Beauty Addiction Champ
*BH Cosmetics 120 Palette 2nd Edition (Green and brown)
*BFTE Crystal
*BFTE Very Vanilla
*Elf Black Cream Liner
*Benefit They're Real Mascara


*Applied Eye Primer (UDPP)
*Applied White Shadow Base to Lid (NYX)
*Applied Yellow Green shade to inner 1/3 of lid (GDE Going Green)
*Blended in a Grassy Green shade to middle of the lid. (BH Cosmetics)
*Blended in a shamrock green to outer 1/3 of lid. (MBA Lucky)
*Applied brown shade to crease (BH cosmetics)
*Defined crease with a gray black shade. (Sleek Candy Palette)
*Applied Blue shade to lower lashline. (MBA Champ)
*Applied a Shiny White shade as a inner corner highlight. (BFTE Crystal)
*Applied a fleshtone color to browbone. (BFTE Very Vanilla)
*Applied Black Liner (ELF Cream Liner)
*2 Coats of Mascara (Benefit They're Real)




I probably could of applied this better but I had 3.5 to 4 hours of asleep since i've had trouble falling asleep lately. I even fell asleep towards the end of the movie... I'm pretty sure we are going to buy the 3d blu ray when it comes out, so i can see what i missed then. :p We took the motorcycle to the theater, and do you know how lame it is to be on that while falling asleep.. lol :p 


You can interchange the lower lashline color to be a different ninja turtle. These are my color suggestions. :)

*Leonardo: My Beauty Addiction Champ
*Donatelloa: My Beauty Addiction After Party
*Michaelangelo: Impulse Cosmetics Minibar Martyr
*Raphael: Lime Crime Fly Dragon Fly



Who was your favorite Turtle?? :)

Wearable Scuttle Inspired Eye Look

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By cristalena56 · June 11, 2014
A couple weeks ago I was watching my Little Mermaid 3D bluray that my hubby got me this past christmas, and decided to do a look from that bird that flounder said "then this seagull came and it was this is this, and that is that..." :p He might not have a singing voice but he's still cute nonetheless. :) 


I haven't really used my Sephora Little Mermaid palette I got last year for my birthday, and thought this was the perfect time to put it to use. :) 


Items Used:
*Inglot #318 (Lid)
*Sephora Unfortunate Souls (Crease)
*Sephora Flotsam (Crease)
*Sephora Jetsam (Crease)
*BH Cosmetics 120 Palette 2nd Edition Yellow and Orange (Lower lashline)
*Dollipop Cosmetics Leeloo (Lower lashline)
*BFTE Very Vanilla (Brow Highlight)
*Elf Black Cream Liner
*Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara



For a reference of the colors used. :)


*Primer (UDPP)
*Draw a line in the crease with a black liner (UD Zero)
*Blend
*Apply Sephora Unfortunate Souls to Crease
*Dab crease brush into Flotsam and Jetsam
*Blend into Crease
*Pat on white shadow to the lid (Inglot #318)
*Apply white liner to lower lashline (NYX White Base)
*Apply yellow shade to inner 1/3 of lower lashline (BH Cosmetics)
*Apply Orange shadw to middle 1/3 of lower lashline (BH Cosmetics)
*Apply Darker Red Orange to outer 1/3 of lower lashline (Dollipop Cosmetics Leeloo)
*Apply Fleshtone shade to brow bone (BFTE Very Vanilla)
*Line eyes and waterline with black liner. (Elf Cream Liner)
*2 coats of Mascara (Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal)




My eyebrows are all funky... lol 



I also did a quick picture tutorial... (I seemed to have forgotten the step of applying the white shadow to the lid)


Star Crushed Minerals Haul Swatches (Picture Heavy)

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By cristalena56 · March 31, 2014
I've been seeing their products a lot lately throughout the beauty community. So around valentine's day they were having a 50% off sale and decided to make an order. I was hoping that I would find the neon shades that swatches had been popping up all over Facebook, but they weren't released yet(as of now they still aren't released and no idea if they will ever... I hope they do..). So i picked out 10 shade samples and a primer sample. Most indy companies send out their samples in the little baggies, but they send theirs all out in jars (BFTE doe the same). I prefer the jars out of the baggies. I find them easier to find the color im looking for verses the baggies. With the baggies, i seem to look at all of them before i find the color i am looking for.  So that's a total plus in my book.


There was a bunch of confetti stars inside the bags and envelope. 




The eye shadow samples I bought were $1.00 to $2.00 each and according to sticker on the jar they are .5 grams.


Product: Eye Shadow Primer
Website Description: This emollient rich eye shadow primer is designed to not only prep your eyes for eye shadow application but to moisturize as it does so. Neutralizes eyelid color.
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Carnauba Wax, Organic Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Micas
Price: $5.00 (on special right now for $2.00)
Size: 5g


Product inside Jar, Indoor Lighting Swatch (Over Primer), and Outdoor Lighting Swatch (Over Primer)




Product: White Lightning
Website Description: Pure White Color. Semi opaque.
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, oxides 




Product Name: Yellow Brick Road
Website Description: Semi opaque golden yellow - with soft gold shimmer
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, micas, oxides, yellow #5




Product Name: Avocado
Website Description: Semi opaque green shadow with slight shimmer and soft iridescent glitter.
(It's more green then it looks in the picture above. Reminds me of the green yellow crayola crayon.)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, micas,oxides,chromium, tin oxide



Product: Neptune Star
Website Description: Green-Blue shimmer color.
(It's more on the green side then green blue. Shamrock Green with green sparkles.)
INGREDIENTS: serecite mica, magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, chromium oxide, mica 



Product: Teal Sparkle
Website Description: Semi opaque teal with silver interference.
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, micas,oxides, chromium, ultramarines






Product: Mulan
Website Description: Semi sheer bright deep pink with fine sparkles throughout.
(Crayola Carnation Pink with yellow, pink, and green sparkles)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, carmine, ultramarines,yellow #5, tin oxide



Product: Candy Apple Red
Website Description: Semi opaque vibrant red - with soft red shimmer
(Makes me think of the Ruby Red Slippers from Wizard of Oz)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, micas, oxides, Red #40




Product: Orchid Shimmer
Website Description: This is matte purple color with pink undertones. Semi opaque.
(the purple shade of orchids with pink sparkles)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, mica




Product: Olive Pink
Website Description: Semi opaque shimmery golden olive with soft pink shimmer / undertone.
(Browntoned Olive with pink and yellow sparkles)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, micas, oxides



Product: Black Sapphire
Website Description: Semi opaque shimmery blue black.
(Blue Toned Black with Blue sparkles)
INGREDIENTS: titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, serecite mica, mica, oxides








I thought these were very pigmented and since I was given a coupon for 65% off, I think i'm going to purchase some more. I've yet to play with these just yet though. I have some ideas for them though. I've only had them about a week so far. :) I noticed some of these can stain like Black Sapphire and Neptune Star. I also think Orchid could be a little more pigmented. I think it might be because its a matte esque shade and thats why it was harder to swatch then the others. You can make a purchase at their etsy shop Star Crushed Minerals. They are still having their spring sale, so check them out. :)

Ipsy - Glam Bag March 2014 Destination Beauty

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By cristalena56 · March 11, 2014

Every Month's bag arrives in the mail in a pink shiny envelope.


This is how the contents came inside the bag.


The "Glam Bag" is a cosmetic bag full of goodies. Every month's makeup bag is different. They usually have a bag that matches that month's theme.



This month's bag was designed by Klari Reis (www.klariart.com).


This month's theme is "Destination Beauty".


Every bag has a card showing that month's featured brands. This month they had a product from brands like Nicole By Opi, Be a Bombshell Cosmetics, NYX, Bare Minerals, Pacifica, Pixi, and a few others..


Every month's bag has 4-5 products. We have been having 5 but this month it was only 4.


Product: Pacifica Body Butter in Indian Coconut Nectar
Description: Smell incredible with our nourishing and anti-oxidant rich ingredients. The Pacifica Body Butter helps fight signs of aging while adding deep moisture and protection. Made with nature's best moisturizers - shea butter, almond oil and safflower oil - Pacifica's paraben-free Body Butter is a skin must-have. Now available in tubes in our best-selling fragrances, making them easy to take with you anywhere.
Size: Mini Size 2.5 oz (Full Size 8 oz)
Where to Buy: Pacifica Perfume or Ulta
Value: $7.00 (Full Size $15.00)
Ipsy Subscriber Discount: Save 20% at www.pacificaperfume.com with code IPSYGIRL


Product: Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready.
Description: Creamy, super-saturated, ultra-pigmented color glides on like butter for full coverage in a rich satin finish. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous. An infusion of minerals revitalizes lips for a healthy-looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex helps to nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for supple, baby-soft smoothness. All the while, an encapsulated vitamin A, C and E complex helps to deliver antioxidant defense.
Size: 1.5g(Full Size 3.4g)
Where to Buy: Bare Minerals
Value: $7.94 (Full Size $18.00)
Ipsy Subscriber Discount: Free 10 in 1 Volumizing Mascara sample plus free shipping at bareminerals.com with unique code included in bag.



swatch with flash (indoor lighting)



Product: Be a Bombshell Bora Bora Eye Shadow Quad
Description: The Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad contains a highly pigmented long lasting formula for all day wear. To use as an eyeliner, wet the tip of your brush and dip end into the shadow and apply on lash line. For base colors, blend shadow from lash line to brow bone with a wide shadow brush using gentle upward strokes. For accent colors, blend shade in the outer crease of your eye gently working inward. Gently blend base and accent colors together using light, feathery strokes. For highlighting, gently brush under brow bone.
Size: Full Size
Where to Buy: BeABombshell
Value: $16.00
Ipsy Subscriber Discount: 40% off any purchase plus Free Fuschia Lip Crayon at beabombshellcosmetics.com.


Dry Swatches



Product: Nicole By Opi Roughies Nail Polish in On What Grounds
Description: Nicole by OPI launches Roughles ("ruffles") - 4 new textured nail lacquers featuring speckled, pastel shades of purple, pink, turquoise and yellow. When the lacquer dries, Roughles lacquers reveal a unique pebbled finish. For the perfect matte effect, skip the top coat!
Size: Full Size (0.5 oz)
Where to Buy: Ulta, CVS, Walmart, Kmart (i've yet to see these in stores)
Value: $7.99


These only need 1 to 2 coats and dry quickly when used alone. I used OTD top coat on my middle nail and 15 minutes later it still wasn't completely dry.. This polish is long lasting.



Price of bag: Monthly subscription of $10 (shipping is included).
Value of Bag:  $38.93
Where to subscribe: Ipsy
Thoughts on Bag: I adore my nail polish. I adore it so much i've been looking for the other 3 shades but can't seem to find the collection anwhere. :( My lipstick is in a shade i get periodically in my ipsy bags, so it will probably just be put in my purse when i need some color added to my lips when im out somewhere. I love the colors of the eye shadow palette, but yet to see how they will work with my fair skintone. They look like the perfect shade for like an arabian eye look. Makes me think of Aladdin. I tried the body butter and it wasn't very moisturizing. I also didn't care for the scent. This bag was a toss up for me. The definite stand out product was the nail polish. :)


These were the other products featured in this month's bag. 

 

Ipsy - Glam Bag February 2014: The Look of Love

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By cristalena56 · February 20, 2014

Every Ipsy bag is shipped in a shiny pink envelope.


This month's theme is fitting for the month of valentine's day, "The Look of Love".


There's a postcard in every bag showing what brands were featured in that month's bag. Some of the brands this month included Zoya, Pop Beauty, City Color, Phyto, NuMe, and Mally.


The bag part of every "Glam Bag" is a makeup bag. Every month is a different one fitting the theme of that month's bag. 


This is how i found the items in the bag. :)


Product: City Color Be Matte Blush in Fresh Melon
Description: Available in 4 shades, this silky-smooth, highly pigmented matte blush compliments and blends evenly with your skin's natural glow. Extremely buildable to create a subtle or dramatic look. Ipsy subscribers who receive this product will receive Fresh Melon, Blackberry, Dragonfruit, or Toasted Coconut. 
Size: Full Size (8.9 grams)
Where to Buy: City Color Beauty
My Thoughts: Its super pigmented and a little goes a long way. To some this color might look scary at first but blends on smoothly giving your cheeks a nice coralish tint to the cheeks. This is a nice color for the summer month's. I live in phoenix, so it seems like summer almost all year round. :) This product is super amazing being how cheap it is to buy. I highly recommend this. I've been wearing it everyday since I received my bag last week. :)
Value
: $2.99
Promo: 20% off purchase at citycolorbeauty.com with code 14IPSY20





Product: Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One in Spiced Rum
Description: Say goodbye to creasing and fading with Eyetini Eye Cordial Shadow Tint & Base. Eye Cordial's revolutionary formula glides on beguiling creamy color and sets to a transfer-resistant finish that doubles as a wear-extending base under powder shadow. ipsy subscribers who receive this product will receive Spiced Rum, Violette (an ipsy exclusive!), or Ambrosia.
Size: Full Size (0.14 oz)
Where to BuyTini Beauty
My Thoughts: I was kind of on the fence with the color, since gold's don't always look the best on me. Also, I'm not really a fan of cream shadows. They can be hard to work with and crease easily. This shade is super pigmented, and applied easily with the felt applicator. It was very opaque. I however have to say to my fellow sensitive eye gals(guys) this stung my eye a lot. However, when I applied a powder shadow over, the stinging subsided. I'm not sure for the wear, since I only had it on for a short time. I was just testing a eye look out using it.
Value: $18.00
Promo: 50% off $12+ purchase at tinibeauty.com and free nail polish with code: IPSYLOVE



Product: Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini in Peony Petal
Description: This plumping pout perfector combines the high-shine of a lacquered gloss with the long wear of a stain and is packed full of lip-plumping peptides and avocado and jojoba oils. Lightweight, creamy texture immediately merges with lips & delivers intense glossy color for an extremely long-lasting finish! ipsy subscribers who receive this product will receive Peony Petal or Fuschia Freesia
Size: 4 grams (Full Size 8 grams)
Where to BuyPop Beauty or Ulta
My Thoughts: I thought this was a nice everyday shade. This gave my lips a rasberry pink tint to it. This doesn't have the stickyness like a lot of other lip glosses have. Nor does it stain the lips like a lip stain. It applied easily with the felt tip wand. I also like how flat the packaging is and can be easily slipped into your pocket of jeans or a pocket in your purse. I didn't notice any plumping, so maybe mine was a dud in that department. :p I noticed on the ipsy website people complaining of an odor, but mine had no odor that i'm aware of. 
Value: $8.00 (full Size $16.00)
Promo: Save 25% with code PoppingPout at popbeauty.com



I didn't realize the product's name didn't show up in my picture..


Product: NuMe Intense Renewal Mask
DescriptionUnleash levels of moisture that make hair more resistant to breakage from future styling and color treatments with the protective properties of NuMe’s Intense Renewal Mask. Your hair will show drastic improvement and superior results after the first treatment. With a special blend of powerful ingredients, the restorative and rejuvenating effects of the Intense Renewal Mask will leave hair feeling replenished, and alive. 
Size: 20 mL (Full Size 177 mL)
Where to Buy: NuMe
My Thoughts: I don't usually use the hair products sent to me, so i'm not sure about this product. Since I work in a stock room, I usually brush my hair and then clip it or put in a ponytail. The only hair products i really use is shampoo and conditioner. I have oily hair, and most hair products make my hair even oilier. If I do test this out, I will add a review at a later date.
Value: $3.39 (Full Size $29.99)
Promo: Receive 50% off plus free shipping and free curling wand with $75+ purchase using code: nipsyparty50






 
Product: Zoya Nail Polish in Odette
Description: This season's Zoya Nail polish are full of pure pigment, intense color and modern complexity that are a perfect transition into Spring. ipsy subscribers who receive this product will receive Odette or Dot.
Size: Full Size 0.5 oz
Where to Buy: Zoya
My Thoughts: I love zoya polishes. They are long lasting and for the most part they apply smoothly. This one applied smoothly and dried quickly. It was opaque with one coat but i like to do at least 2 like shown above in my swatch picture. I'm not a big fan of earthy muted colors. This was a earthy plum color. Its from zoya's new Natural Collection. It might not be a color i would be reaching for, but will use when im feeling like a more muted manicure then my usual colorful or glittery manicures. :p
Value: $9.00
Promo: Buy 2 get 1 Free along with a Free Nail Polish remover at zoya.com using code: IPSYZP4
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Price of Bag: $10.00
Value of Bag: $41.38
Where to Subscribe: Ipsy
Thoughts on Bag:  I enjoyed this bag for the most part. My favorite items are the blush, lip gloss, and nail polish. This is one of the better bag i have gotten in the last few months. The color selection for me was better, then it has been in the past. 


These were the other products that were featured in this month's bags.

Valentine's Day Look #3: SweetHearts

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By cristalena56 · February 14, 2014
This was a look I wore a few times last week to work. I decided to try out my new pink glitter from Eye Kandy Cosmetics (Cotton Candy). When I was going through the pictures I saw my glitter application wasn't that awesome.. lol Oh well.. I didn't use the EK glitter glue but the Voss Glitter Glue. I have tried this with a few more glitters, and have found I prefer my Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue.

Items Used:
*IC Damsel
*DG Obviously a Wig
*BFTE Midnight Kisses
*BFTE Glistening
*Eye Kandy Cotton Candy
*Violet Voss Fair
*Elf Black Liquid Liner
*Benefit They're Real Mascara


*Primer
*Applied IC Damsel to lid.
*Applied DG Obviously a Wig to Crease.
*Blended Midnight Kisses into Crease.
*Patted on Violet Voss Glitter Glue to Lid.
*Dabbed on EK Cotton Candy.
*Applied more glitter glue to lower lashline.
*Applied Violet Voss Fair to lower lashline.
*Applied Glistening as a inner highlight.
*Lined eyes with black liquid liner.
*2 coats of Mascara.
*Swept Very Vanilla onto browbone. 





I don't remember what lip product i use.. My blush is MAC Tippy.




Valentine's Day Look #2 - Be Mine

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By cristalena56 · February 14, 2014
I've been trying out some of my eye kandy glitters (sprinkles) that my hubby got me at the recent salon/beauty show who he worked at in Long Beach for work. I need to go through my swatch pictures and post them. I actually have quite a few swatch pictures from differet brands that i still need to post. One of the brands i've been using a lot lately including in this look, Impulse Cosmetics. I wore this look to my friend's going away dinner. I got quite a few compliments on it. It also matched my new Thor shirt I was wearing. :)


Items Used:
*Impulse Cosmetics Damsel
*Impulse Cosmetics Poison Apple
*Impulse Cosmetics Penny Serenade
*BFTE Starstruck
*BFTE Midnight Kisses
*BFTE Spider Venom
*Eye Kandy Tiny Tart
*Elf Black Cream Liner
*Benefit They're Real Mascara


*Primer (UD Greed)
*Placed piece of tape diagonal starting from outer corner, up towards brow bone.
*Applied IC Damsel to crease.
*Blended in IC Poison Apple to crease.
*Then blended in IC Penny Serenade.
*Applied Elf Primer to lid to clean it up some.
*Applied a L.A. Colors Purple Shadow Pencil to lid.
*Patted on DGC Glitter Glue to my lid so my next color can stick to it.
*Patted on BFTE Starstruck to lid.
*Applied some more glitter glue.
*Patted on EK Tiny Tart.
*Applied BFTE Midnight Kisses to lower lashline, and then applying Spider Venom on top of it.
*Inner highlighted with BFTE Crystal and S.C. Glamazoid
*Lined eyes with black liner. (ELF Cream Liner)
*2 Coats of Mascara (Benefit They're Real)
*Brushed on BFTE Very Vanilla to Brow Bone





This next picture i took before quickly filling in my eyebrow. I filled it in though on gimp.. You can see the blended crease colors better in this picture..


I applied the pink blush from the UD Shattered Face Palette to my cheeks. Then I applied a pink Rimmel lipstick to my lips.




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