NEW MAKEUP | ABH liquid glow, Crown Pro eyeshadow, PUR bronze & brighten | Katrina S

DRY SHAMPOO UPDATE: Am I cheating on Batiste? Notes at end of desc. box

ALSO threw a little foundation routine and eyeshadow tutorial in here because why not?! Lmk your thoughts on the final look and if you like the products. There were a few bangers and a few “meh” items. That’s life!

Thanks so much for spending some time with me xoxo

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Not your mother’s dry shampoo in Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon
Sephora 10 HR wear perfection foundation
Urban Decay naked skin concealer
Maybelline fit me concealer
Covergirl clean matte pressed powder
ABH liquid glow in ‘pearla’
PUR cosmetics bronze & brighten cheek palette
Crown Pro fuego collection
Essence mascara in ‘lash princess’
Adesse hi-definition liquid lipstick in ‘haute cocoa’ (I’m pretty sure)

BRUSHES USED (in order):
Sonia kashuk marble makeup blender sponge
Aesthetica p12 powder brush
Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Luxie 504
Real Techniques expert concealer brush
Beau Gâchis tapered blending brush
SL Miss Glam L34
Luxie 207 angled brush

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
DISAPPOINTING PRODUCTS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjvsXwqfgOg&t=117s
GRAB A COFFEE – REINA DEL CARIBE PALETTE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsJ9S…
FIRST IMPRESSION – DIOR BACKSTAGE FOUNDATION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy3st…

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I am very “middle of the road” about this dry shampoo. I would give it 6/10. The scent is incredible and it’s not the worst I have tried. It does better than Herbal Essences but doesn’t hold a candle to Batiste. Solid: 6/10. Thanks for watching!

WEAR TEST | CYO Long Lasting Lifeproof Foundation + foundation routine | Katrina S

HEY THERE – welcome back. This is my very first foundation routine and wear test video – lmk what y’all think! I loved filming it and I think it’ll help out some oily skin gals looking for a few affordable options 😉

WHO LOVES DRUGSTORE MAKEUP?!

FACE: CYO Long Lasting Lifeproof Foundation in 101 – $7.00 found at Walgreen’s
Makeup Revolution Full Coverage Concealer in C1- $7.00 found at Ulta
Coty Airspun Loose Setting Powder
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Essence Cosmetics Satin Blush in Satin Love

BRUSHES (in order mentioned):
Sonia Kashuk makeup blender sponge for foundation/concealer
Aesthetica P12 for loose setting powder
*bronzer brush I found randomly at TJ Maxx – sorry I wish I knew*
Luxie tapered highlighter brush for blush

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Product Feature: Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush

“I can’t get my hands off this blush.”

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I have alternated between this Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush (in hush blush) and just one other product since I received this in my March Boxycharm. Tbh, I am v thankful I didn’t receive the other shade of this product that was distributed, as that hot pink would not have done well for me and my pasty complexion.

The shade I received is hush blush and it. is. perfection. This is a medium-toned rose color that is very flattering and easy to blend out. I get home at 5:30 pm and still see this on my cheeks. It doesn’t fade and honey – IT 👏🏻 WILL 👏🏻 LAST 👏🏻 YOU.

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Retailing at $26, I think the price is very fair. I have used it almost every day for over two months and it’s not showing signs of hitting pan (as it shouldn’t). It is a beautiful color, blends easily for us beginners, and contains a lot of product. I will happily pay the $26 for this.

Would I repurchase? I think when I run out, yes! I really love it and it has become a staple item in my collection (as I sit in our beach house & it’s packed in my makeup bag upstairs). It is great quality and I tip my hat to Pretty Vulgar for making a *blushing* entrance into the world of cosmetics.

RECAP:

  • blends like a dream
  • medium rosey shade
  • decently priced
  • nice packaging & large quantity of product

Do I have any Boxycharm lovers out there? What were your thoughts on this blush – what shade did you get? Has anyone else tried this? Let me know your thoughts so I can ramble on some more about this!

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August/September IPSY Bag Reviews!

“Did I really let this happy again? This is my second 2-in-1 Ipsy review post #lazy”

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Here we are again! Another round of double Ipsy bag reviews. I’m sure y’all don’t mind it tho, right? More products to read about 😉

Anyways, I’m not here to bore you … ZzZzZzZz

Here’s August’s bag:

  1. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clayretails for $24.00
    I am actually loving this cleanser! I am using it every other night after my Philosophy face wash to get a deep clean of my pores and remove any excess oil. It is geared towards those with oily, acne-prone skin to use every day. However, if you have normal skin you can use this every couple days as a “deep cleanse.” I have used this a few times and do notice it tackles under the skin blemishes, and I will continue to include it in my skincare routine!
  2. theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Willkommenretails as part of an eyeshadow palette for $39.50
    I gotta be honest – I threw this right in the trash. It wasn’t a bad shade, it was a rich medium/dark brown, but it had SPARKLES in it. Do I want to put sparkles onto the outer corner of my eye to smoke out a look? Nada.
  3. Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascararetails for $25
    This mascara was OK. It wasn’t anything to write home about. If anything, it’s a great bottom-lash mascara because of the skinny wand. When I use it on my upper lashes, it doesn’t give a lot of volume/length. Then to factor in the cost, no I won’t be repurchasing.
  4. Hikari Shimmer Bronzer in Flushretails for $17
    I only have two things to say about this:
    – I threw this out
    – It looked cheap and I’m not one for bronzer/blush combos
  5. Paula Dorf Mini Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe – I can’t even find this on her website so that’s helpful
    Also, this product was a no for me. I’m not a huge fan of brow pencils, like actual pencils you write with. It was too pointy and stiff for me to disperse product. I’ll be throwing this out.

Onto September’s bag:

  1. Luxie Beauty Angled Shading Eye Brush #207retails for $12
    IPSY CAN SEND ME ALL THE EYE BRUSHES – I’ll never tire of them! And for the price point, Luxie is a steal as far as brushes are concerned. They’re great quality, get the job done, and are marked at a fabulous price point. This brush is great for the blending out crease shades, as it has a flexibility to it that other dense blending brushes don’t have.IMG_20170914_211852
  2. Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herbretails for $41
    I am not sure how to feel about this mask. I mean, shoutout to Ipsy for hooking us up with a decent amount of it (I could probably get 5-7 uses out of this sample). However, I do not really notice any changes/improvements in my skintone/texture after using this mask. In fact, the first morning after I used it I woke up with 3 under the skin blemishes, so.. there’s that.
    If I had to go from my experience with it thus far and the price, I certainly wouldn’t repurchase.IMG_20170914_211842
  3. Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primerretails for $39
    I gave this shizzz to a friend because YA GIRL IS OILY AF. Also, $40 for a primer? I’ll pass.IMG_20170914_211829
  4. Feel Renewed Pumpkin Walnut Facial Cleanserretails for $28
    This pumpkin walnut facial cleanser is a fall scent in a bottle – but not in a bad way! I enjoy all fall scents and am okay with lathering this onto my face. I won’t say it’s a game-changer, but it’s a nice product. I didn’t notice it particularly solving all the world’s skincare issues, so I probably won’t spend $28 to purchase the full size.
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  5. Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes The Shadow in Gunmetalretails for $13
    This shade is cool as shit, and I’m super stoked to use this for a dark/vampy smokey eye this fall (if I ever get the balls to dabble in that realm). It swatches like a dream.

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And that’s everything! 10 product reviews! PHEW. I’m tired. No wonder why I try not to skip Ipsy bag reviews each month. That is work to review ten products in one sitting. Please let me know if you’ve tried any of these products! Did something work out for you that didn’t for me? Should I give something a second try?

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REVIEW: June Ipsy Bag

“I know this review is late please forgive me.”

The June bag was pretty bangin’, not gonna lie. Maybe that’s why it took me so long to post? Obsessed with the products… ya know? Not cutting it? Fine we’ll hop to it.

The bag last month might have created yet another must-have favorite to add to the Ipsy Hall of Fame for me. And honestly, we’ll just jump right into it…

  1. Hey Honey Uncover Detoxifying Mud Mask retails for $54.00
    I’m not going to sugar-coat it, this mask is hella expensive. Some would say way too many dolla bill$ for the product. HOWEVER, please allow me to explain why this could become a new holy grail.
    – does not dry super tight on your skin – it moreso dries to a “glazed” appearance
    – a little product goes a long way, with a rather thick consistency that feels like it is soaking up impurities in the skin
    – there are tiny microbeads that give this mask a gritty feel as you wash it off, allowing for a gentle exfoliation while you massage the mask into your skin
    Cut to the chase, what have you noticed? I have literally noticed better skin the next morning. My pores appear smaller, I don’t see as many blackheads, and my makeup looks incredibly smooth and poreless. It’s a dream of a product and (unfortunate for my wallet) I will be repurchasing.

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ALSO – if you want to buy anything from Hey Honey’s website this month, you can get 20% off with Ipsy’s code: HeyHoneyUncover

2. City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow in “Cheers to Life” retails for $3.99
THIS. IS. SO. PIGMENTED. clap_pzfqtq
I even saved a snapchat I sent my friend right after swatching this. I’m going to also throw this in here: it was one swipe of the shadow on my arm. Incredible color and such a vibrant bronzy shade that I could see being versatile for all skin tones.

3. Beauty For Real I-LINE 24-7 Eyeliner in “Chocolate Fix” retails for $14.00
I actually really like this. It has an intense vibrancy to it and feels very creamy upon application. I received the color Chocolate Fix which is a rich dark brown perfect for tight-lining and/or the water line. I don’t even do either of those techniques on my eyes but this liner makes me want to.

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4. NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé in “Plush” retails for $6.00
I wasn’t a fan of this. Could be because I gravitate towards matte lippies and tend to steer clear of pinky pinks, but I also didn’t enjoy the application of this product. It wasn’t full-blown pigment in your face, it was a little more streaky. I might find better luck using this as a cheek pigment instead!

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5. theBalm Cosmetics Balm Spring Blush retails for $21.00
I wanted to like this more, I really did. The color and tone are everything, nice and nude but enough color for a pale girl (hi, me over here). And it might be the size of the pan or something else but I can’t get into this blush! It doesn’t really show up on my cheeks and it swatched terribly from the small Ipsy sample. Did anyone else have this issue? Idk but for $21.00, I ain’t purchasing it waving-hand-sign.png

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So that was everything in my Ipsy bag for the month of June! Besides a sample size of the Dr. Brandt Pores No More primer – which I finally cashed in some Ipsy points for. Pays to review your products, people! GWylEE2h_400x400.png

Did you get the same product/s in your Ipsy bag? What were your thoughts? Were you happy with the items? Underwhelmed? Let me know – I love to chat about it.

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Magical Makeup Monday: January IPSY Bag Review

“Let’s talk girl stuff.”

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So let’s jump right into this. My Ipsy bag this month contained some things I liked, but was also rather underwhelming.

Here’s what I received:
1. Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub which retails for $19.00/.35 fl. oz.
2. Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer which retails for $35.00.
3. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer which retails for $24.00/.28 fl. oz.
4. Manna Kadar Cosmetics Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow which retails for $19.00.
5. Pacifica BLUSHIOUS in Wildrose which retails for $12.00.

Definitely a great bag as far as bang for your buck. There are a lot of products included that retail at a pretty pricey rate, however, Ipsy sends sample-sized items.

I’m going to start with my favorite items first:

Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub was img_20170124_192516phenomenal. Lately, I’ve been into sugar lip scrubs in general, so I was v pleased to find this in my bag! I think it’s extremely important to exfoliate and moisturize your lips before bed as well as before applying that sexy lipstick for a night out on the town. I find that products apply and soak up so much more effectively after using a lip scrub, and it’s an easy step to incorporate into your nightly routine! For those of you who may not be a fan of lip scrubs, maybe give this one a try, as it is not as “stiff” or “rough” as others can be (not that I mind that). This scrub has more of a jelly consistency that I think certain beauty fans might like better.

 
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Temptu Base Smooth & Matte Primer
is a lot better than I expected! Now, it’s not like… life changing. But it is certainly worth re-purchasing in my opinion. The application is a dream and it feels buttery smooth once it’s on the skin. Final verdict: it keeps me 50% more matte than if I don’t wear primer at all. Could I find a cheaper option that achieves the same results? Probably.

 

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Fantasy 3-in-1 Eyeshadow proved its pigment and color in one swatch, and I am very excited to wear this out on the inner corner of my eye as a nice brightening technique. This is a stunning shimmery pink that would pair well with a light brown in the crease and medium/dark brown on the outer-v.


Now the remaining items I was “meh” about:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Illumination Anti-Aging Concealer was the wrong shade for me. Case closed. Seemed like a thick, full-coverage consistency and I tried using it to cover up blemishes (they gave me medium when I definitely needed light), but even then it was the wrong shade. Therefore, I cannot accurately review this product.

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I thought my sample was so cute and tiny sitting in my elephant’s trunk.

Pacifica BLUSHIOUS in Wildrose was my least favorite product. The product did not hold much pigment, I could barely swatch it on my arm, and when I applied it to the apples of my cheeks I couldn’t even tell I was wearing blush. This was not a win for me, and I will probably give this away to a friend.

Don’t forget to review and rate your Ipsy products as a way to earn points towards choosing a FREE BONUS item in your next bag!

In related news: I’m thinking about giving Boxycharm a go around. Any thoughts or recommendations? I’ve seen KathleenLights reveal her boxes for a few months now, and the intrigue is beginning to overwhelm me. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried Boxycharm or any other beauty subscription you think I should try!

Xoxo,
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