Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag: April 2014

I cheated a little on this month's glam bag and looked around at all the teaser posts. So I knew for sure that I was getting one item. And I knew for sure that there was something I didn't want. But, as always with Ipsy, I didn't know exactly what I would end up with. And since I've been teetering on the idea of canceling all of my subscriptions, this was an especially crucial month for Ipsy. So...will I be keeping Ipsy around? 

  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant: I've never tried a Dr. Brandt product, so I'm pretty curious about this. Given my recent skin care catastrophe, I'm a little hesitant to try it. But this seems to be a well-trusted brand, so I'm gonna go for it and give it a shot. 
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Black Velvet (swatched below): This was the one for sure item I knew I would get, because they included it in every bag this month. I do like these liners, and this is actually a really pretty black, with almost a satin finish. I don't think these liners are as great as some people do...they move around a lot on me. But I still use them whenever I get one in a kit or as a trial/sample so this will not go to waste. 
  • Starlooks lip liner in Naked (swatched below): This is a really pretty peachy-nude. I can see myself wearing this to death! I have a couple products from this brand, and I really love them. I've only gotten them from Ipsy and Wantable so far, but it's a brand I wouldn't mind purchasing myself. 
  • Elizabeth Mott eye shadow in Champagne (swatched below): this is a really pretty shade. Very pale and has a frosty finish. Just from the swatch, I noticed it feels velvety smooth and has pretty good color payoff. I'll get quite a bit of wear from's a color I've been wanting in my brain, and I don't have anything like it. So I'm happy!
  • Coastal Scents eye shadow brush: This is similar in size and shape to ELF's C Brush. The bristles are surprisingly soft. I'll definitely get some use out of this brush. I don't like brands like Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics for eye shadow anymore, but I may have to look into their brushes if I like this one. 

The verdict? Good show, Ipsy! You will live to see my mail box another month. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What's In My Shower? (New Video)

Hey everyone! My whole schedule got thrown of this weekend because my parents are in town! I'll be playing catch-up all week! But I did pre-record a video to release today...and almost forgot to post it. But it's up now! Here's a quick run-down, for those of you who don't like hearing my voice! ;)

  • Organix Shampoo: I only showed the Coconut Milk Shampoo in the video & photo, but I use all kinds! I love these shampoos. They're so creamy and delicious! I love that the bottle tells you what their function is: Nourishing, hydrating, repairing, etc. I keep a rotation in my shower, so I feel like I'm getting all the benefits. Lol. That may or may not do anything, but I'm happy with my little system!
  • Organix Conditioner & Deep Conditioner: Again...I keep a couple different ones in my shower. I also have stock pile of different varieties. I switch them out whenever they're empty, or when I get bored. The only thing I don't like about some of their conditioners, is that they're SO thick, they're almost impossible to squeeze out of the bottle! The deep conditioner, I use once a week. I usually keep it on for about five minutes. Sometimes, I apply it in the morning, throw my hair up, and rinse it out in the evening. Just depends on what I have to do that day!
  • Nivea Touch of Happiness Body Wash: I've purchased and repurchased this stuff several times now! I never used to buy the same body wash twice, because I never loved anything. Until I found this little guy! I love the orange scent, and it leaves my skin so soft! I rarely use lotion, except on my legs when I'm wearing shorts. But people tell me all the time I have the softest skin they've ever felt! Not that people feel me that much, but you know. 
  • Philosophy Purity Face Wash/Makeup Remover: I live for this stuff! Nevermind that the tube has lasted me for freaking really works well. I love that it lathers so much (I'm a sucker for suds), and removes every trace of my matter how much I'm wearing!
  • H2O Sea Moss Body Scrub: I use this about once a week mixed with my face wash for a bit of exfoliation.  This is actually my husband's body scrub, but I only use a tiny bit at a time. So he doesn't mind sharing! I just don't like to use my exfoliator brush every day, so I use this in between for a little extra oomph.
  • Lush Bath Bombs: I live for these! I love baths!! I take at least 30 minutes in the shower, and longer in the bath. I just love being in hot's just so relaxing to me! I'm ultra cheap, so I do use like half a bomb at a time. That way, they last me a little longer. Plus, I found that when I use an entire bomb, it's a bit too much. The girl at my Lush looked at me like I was crazy when I told her that. I'm sharing it with you guys in confidence! ;) No judgement!
And that's it! That's all I need to have a happy life! I've been using all of these products for a really long time, so I wanted to share. Sometimes, when I review things or talk about things in my favorites, they're relatively new products to me. These are different because they've really stood the test of time. Even when I try other products here and there, I always go back to these. I don't know if this is helpful at all to anyone, but if you're in the market for something new, or if you were just curious about what goes on in my shower, I hope y'all enjoyed this post and video! 

Friday, April 11, 2014


For my latest mani, I knew I wanted to do something new (for me), but I didn't know exactly what. I'm starting to get more comfortable at work, so I knew I wanted black, too. This is what I finally came up with:

I't s a pretty subtle ombre. You really can't tell until you see my thumbs, actually, because the darker grey looks almost black. But once the thumb is in the mix, you can tell there's a gradient. I thought about doing a different shade on every finger, but I didn't want to make my nail lady hate me. So I stuck with this. I really like the end result! I'm thinking of doing something similar with another color at some point. We'll see!! On my toes this week, I decided to do a neon gradient to go with my mani.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Product Review & Video: Kat Von D Lock-It Foundations & Rehab Primer

Hey everyone! I know I've talked about reviewing these before...I just dragged my feet on them because first, I ran out of my first bottle of foundation. Then, when I bought the second bottle, it turned out to be WAY too dark for my skin tone. THEN, I finally got a new bottle which matches me...but I've been super busy and battling allergies like no other! So here it is...FINALLY!

Lock-It Liquid Foundation:
I use shade Medium 54. For reference, I use MAC NC30, which is a little more yellow. The only thing I don't like about this foundation is their numbering system. I used to use Medium 58...when I got a little less tan, I thought, "I'll just buy #56." NO. It was soooo dark and red-toned! I don't know how their numbering system works, so this is a must-try IN STORES. Don't just order online because you're guaranteed to end up with the wrong shade. This is FULL coverage, folks. If you like light or medium coverage, you may want to steer clear of this foundation! For's amazing. I don't use it on a daily basis. On the days I do use it for work, I mix it with MAC's Studio Fix Fluid to thin it out a little. And you know something is THICK when you use Studio Fix Fluid to thin it out! I always apply it with a damp Beauty Blender (or other sponge). A little goes a loooooong way with this stuff. So start off with a tiny bit of product and work up from there. You definitely do NOT want to use as much foundation as you normally do, because once it's on's on there. I love this foundation because it covers my dark spots and my redness. It doesn't look like I have naturally flawless skin up close. You can definitely tell I have foundation on! But when I know I'm going to be in pictures, or when I'm going to be out all day/night and I don't want to worry about my foundation sliding around, this is the best foundation I've found for that.

Lock-It Powder Foundation:
I  use shade Medium 57, which is actually a little lighter than the liquid foundation in Medium 54. See what I mean about crazy numbering systems? Confusing. But I do like this powder a lot. It's another full coverage item, so layering the two may seem excessive to some people. If you like just using powder, this is a great one! Again...try it in the store first!!  This is super comparable to MAC Studio Fix Powder, but I do like the KVD one a little better. My Studio Fix powder ends up looking like fish scales after a know what I'm talking about? That hasn't happened at all with my Lock-It powder. If you're using this combined with the liquid foundation, just use it with a VERY light hand. I only apply it in my t-zone when I'm using the Lock-It liquid foundation. I only apply it all over when I use it with any other foundation.

Rehab Priming Elixer:
I did a video using all three of these products to see if the primer actually works or not. I've always secretly thought that face primers are a hoax. But I got this one because the powder and liquid foundations were so amazing, that I thought it would be equally great. So in the video, I used Rehab on only half of my face and went about my day. The result? The non-primer side actually won with this one! I'll keep using the primer, just because I have it, so why not. But I was super surprised to see that the primer side of my face looked more oily than the side with foundation and powder alone. So of all three products, this is the only one I don't really recommend. BUT, like I said, I never believed that primers did much anyway. So it's my dumb fault for buying one.

Please excuse the fact that I look like a convict. The left side of the photo is with zero makeup. The right side is with the liquid foundation. You can tell I have a couple of dark spots from blemishes on the left side of the photo, which are not noticeable at all in the photos below:

On the left is my full face with the primer, foundation, and powder, with bronzer (because I forgot to take a picture pre-bronzer). The right side is with full makeup. Just so you know how long I've been trying to do this post...this makeup was from the weekend before St. Patrick's Day. Back when I still had an arch in my brows ;)

My makeup from the actual video. I listed everything I used in the video, so make sure you watch!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Product Review & Discount Code: Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream

Hey guys! Thanks again to Brand Backer for treating me to another sample of Studio Gear's CC Cream. You can find my previous review here.  I asked Studio Gear if this was the same CC cream or a more hydrating formula, but I'm still waiting for a response from them! So when I hear something, I will let you know. For now, I'm just going to review this as a separate product, because the last one did not say it was I think it may be different. I could be wrong!

Image property of Studio Gear Cosmetics

The Pros:

  • Light weight! I love that this adds a layer of hydration and correction without adding bulk to your face makeup.
  • It works! Since I started using Studio Gear's CC creams, I really do notice that my blemishes do not stay as dark for as long as they  used to. I get hormonal breakouts which last forEVER, but they don't have that dark pigmentation anymore, which makes them easier to cover with foundation.
  • Helps my makeup stay put. This doesn't provide much coverage, but I just treat it as a primer. I notice that my foundation lasts a lot longer when I use this than on the days I forget.
The Cons:
  • Like I mentioned, not a lot of coverage. I wish it was something I could use by itself on the days I'm not going to really wear makeup. I would like to apply it and then run out the door. But I do use Tarte's BB Cream on top and that gives me coverage. Although I feel a little silly applying a CC cream, then a BB cream.

Image property of Studio Gear Cosmetics

The Verdict:
Whether this is a different product than I tried before or not, I do still recommend it. They are available at Ulta and through Studio Gear's website, and the price range is pretty reasonable. It's not one of the cheaper brands, but it's not the most expensive, either. I'm also pretty excited to share a discount code with you! Visit their website: and use code: bloggercc for 15% off! Click Here for a direct link to the CC Cream!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Favorites/Unfavorites and New Video: March 2014

  • Makeup Geek Eye Shadows (pictured: Cocoa Bear). I've gotten a ton of use out of these. They're so pretty and blendable. If you've been on the fence about purchasing MUG shadows, let me just tell you...they're awesome!! 
  • Organix Shampoo/Conditioner in Sea Mineral Moisture. I am so in love with this shampoo & conditioner!! Before you buy these, let me just warn you about the scent. I happen to LOVE it, but it's not for everyone. It's a strong saltwater/beachy smell. This is the only shampoo I've ever tried that still has a scent the next day. I just adore it. The only issue is that my husband doesn't like the smell! So sadly, I won't be repurchasing it. Unless hubs suddenly loses his sense of smell :(
  • Maybelline Color Tatto in Stroke of Midnight. I think I'm the first person that doesn't like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils as a shadow base. I've tried everything, but they crease like crazy for me! For a black base, I had been using their Black Bean JEP. But now that I found this little treasure, it's changed my life! My shadows do not crease over this whatsoever. I can see myself getting a TON of use out of this. 
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics pencil in Trick. You guys may already know but I have so much trouble finding a good nude! This pencil is IT! And good timing, because I'm still not comfortable going very bold with my lips at work. I use it to line and fill in my lips and then top it with MAC's Creme de Nude. It's my favorite work-safe combo at the moment.

  • Smashbox Always Sharp Liner in Raven. I actually bought this in February, but I was still trying to make it work when I did my Feb Faves, so I didn't include it back then. I'm surprised I don't like this as much as I expected to. I tested it out on my hand for a day next to Stila's Stay All Day liner, and it won by a landslide. However, it didn't last on my waterline at all. It ended up all in the corners, and very quickly! It moved around like crazy! I'm just upset I spent the money on it. I'll continue to use it, but I revoke my previous endorsement of this product!! 
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation in 200/Soft Beige. I just didn't like this very much. Never mind the fact that the color was off...the staying power of this foundation is somewhere in the neighborhood of three and a half minutes. By lunch time, my nose looks like I forgot to apply foundation for the day. And it applies so cakey...worse than any other foundation I've tried. Definitely not going on my list of things to ever buy again. 
  • Wet N Wild lipsticks in Sugar Plum & Smokin' Hot Pink. I feel like whenever there's a product out there with a ton of hype, I end up being that one girl that's like, "ummmm this sucks." Prior to these lipsticks, I had only owned one WnW lippy, which is from the Fergie collection. The formula on these, however, is sooo different. They're almost not worth wearing due to the effort it takes to apply them. The shades are really pretty. The formula is just junk. I don't get the hype surrounding these. 
  • Milani nail polish in Sugar Rush. I think this is the first time I've ever had a nail polish in my favorites or unfavorites. But like I mentioned in my review of this polish, it was just soooo hard to apply nicely. It was a pain! I would have to think long & hard before trying to use it again.

Watch on YouTube!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Julep Maven Box: April 2014

Hey everyone! I received another Maven box...still on the fence about how long I'll be subscribed to these. But for now, I'm happy to add to my collection. Like I've mentioned before with these boxes, they let you choose the content to an extent. When they notified me that it was time to choose a box, this is what they had picked out for me:

I would've actually been pretty happy with this box, except I had gotten a similar blue polish in last month's box so I opted to change my "It Girl" box out in favor of the "Classic With a Twist" box. I also was intrigued because it comes with two polishes and a blush:

Plus when one of the polishes is described as "shocking," you know that has my name written all over it!! The blush choices were:

Obviously, I chose Peach Bellini. I like more of the orangey shades for spring and summer, so I knew I would get a lot of use out of it right away. 

Now that my box is I love it?!

The polishes are absolutely gorgeous. The only thing I'm worried about is that the gold shimmer in Caitlin looks a lot like the gold shimmer in another Julep polish I have called Bunny (white with gold shimmer). When I painted my toes using Bunny, the gold did not show up AT ALL. So I'm hoping the same thing doesn't happen with Caitlin, but sadly, it probably will. Mariska is such stunning orange. It's perfect for Spring and Summer! I'm in love! The blush is verrrrry shimmery. I'm going to attempt to use it on my cheeks, but I'm afraid it will have way too much shimmer. I'm not sure if I can apply it very lightly in my highlight-adjacent area? Haha. Otherwise, I'll just use it as a shadow. I've been looking for the perfect peach eye shadow, so this may have to do.

Peach Bellini Blush.
Don't mind my extremely dry hand!!

And the surprise "Maven exclusive" this month? Freakin candy. AGAIN! I'm so bummed. I've really been on the fence about whether or not I want to continue with this subscription, but I think I'll keep it for one more month. They do give you points each month, basically just for getting the box. And the points are redeemable for bonus items. So I'll probably spend my points next month and see what happens. Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Haul & New Video

Hey everyone...I surprised myself with a little haul this weekend! I actually meant to go grocery shopping, but as soon as I stepped out of my car, it started raining. I will NOT go grocery shopping when it's raining, because that's not something I care to deal with. So I got back in my car and headed home. Once I was back on my side of town, I was happy to see that the sun was bright an shiny, so I swung by Ulta. I needed one item, and I walked out with a bagful. Oopsie!

These are all brand new products for me! I won't go into too much depth about them, because I talked about it all a lot in the video. But I wanted to show you guys swatches of everything. I've already used a few things, and I can safely say that this little haul was a success! Reviews coming up soon :)

Nyx Liquid Liners L to R:
Crystal Onyx, Crystal  Gold, Extreme Gold, Extreme Green, Extreme Blue, Extreme Purple

Tarte Amazonian Blush in Adored

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ebony

FOTD from the video