My FIRST Boxycharm Review

“I have a new reason to write about makeup on a monthly basis.”

IMG_20171119_134117_904

So I tried Ipsy for a year – loved it. Have nothing but positive things to say about it. My “problem,” or rather, reason for switching over was mainly to receive full-size products. Having samples is fabulous, don’t get me wrong. Small samples of high-end makeup is perfect for experimentation before you splurge.

HOWEVER.

However… I was extremely excited to sign up for Boxycharm. I do want to put it out there, it took about 5 weeks to get off the waitlist. Based on my experience, you can’t just sign up and expect that month’s box. Might not be the case for everyone, but that’s just what happened to me.

Boxycharm is a box of 4-5 full-sized makeup products and costs you $21/month. Most of the time a single item will already cover the cost of the box, but if not then two products will definitely exceed the $21 you pay.

I received a beautiful full-size eyeshadow palette, setting mist, lipstick, travel set of four eyeshadow brushes, and three lips masks. GREAT brands too, by the way! Luxie and Cover Fx are pretty popular atm.

So let’s get to the good stuff, what did I think?!

  1. Winky Lux Kitten Eyeshadow Palette – retails for $25.00

 

This palette is awesome. I really like it. The quality is there, and you better believe the pigment is too. I really like the color selection, and think you can get a nice combination of natural and bold looks with this palette. There is a perfect shade for me to set my eyeshadow primer, as well as several darker colors to bolden an eye look.

IMG_20171203_211842

The metallic gold shade (second row, right-hand side) is out of this world – see swatches below. This 9-shade palette has a crease shade, deeper colors for the outer-v and crazy pops of color with the gold and blue. Everything blends incredibly well and creates a flawless finish on your eye look.

 

2. Cover Fx Illuminating Setting Spray – retails for $31.00

IMG_20171203_212643

You must shake this up first. I repeat: you need to shake this. Otherwise, you will have a pile of glitter on your face. Attractive, right? No, not unless you’re trying to look like a New Year’s Eve explosion at midnight.

With that being said, the mist on this is extremely fine – and I really like that. No one really wants a squirt to the face. This lays nicely on the skin and does give a dewy glow. I’m particularly oily, so I’d only use this before going out at night when I won’t be wearing makeup for a full day.

3. Luxie Brush Travel Quad – I can’t find this on their website

IMG_20171203_212616

These are fabulous. I can’t say enough positive things about Luxie’s brushes. They blend nicely, travel easily, and don’t disappoint. Ever. You can tell in the picture above that I get good use out of them (yes, they need cleaned).

4. KNC All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask (set of 3) – a set of 5 retails for $25.00

These.. okay these. I would not recommend. I didn’t notice a difference, they are SO BIG over my mouth and chin, and the tingly sensation skeeved me out. For $5 a pop and no real improvements in the moisture/plumpness of my lips, they’re not worth it in my opinion.

5. Laq A & Co Cloud Lips in Storm – retails for $17.00

IMG_20171203_212711

This is a gorgeous stormy shade of a deep reddish purply plum. Does that make sense? Okay good. This is super comfortable to wear on the lips but I highly recommend a lip liner underneath. She is not easy to apply without one and you need to draw a line before you color inside, capisce??? I like this though; it transfers, but the color is gorgeous and well worth it.

Would look fabulous paired with a vampy eye look.

IMG_20171209_145454.jpg

And that’s everything for my first Boxycharm box! I LOVE IT ALL. I’m very happy with my first box. I could leave out the lip masks and still be completely satisfied with the remaining four products for $21/month.

Have you tried Boxycharm or Ipsy? Do you have a preference? Is Boxycharm worth the extra $10/month for you? I’d love to know!

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white

Connect with me!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Red Clay deep cleanser

“Thank you Ipsy for granting me another holy grail skincare product.”

IMG_20171001_165147

This cleanser is good. In both quality and price-wise. The First Aid Beauty red clay deep cleanser retails for $24.00 full size (which is 4.7 oz of product). That’s a lot of face cleanser, and you don’t need to use this every single day – unless you want to.

It comes out of the tube as a gel, but once you add water it quickly foams into a silky lather on your face. Not a foamy lather, but a silky one, like it’s replenishing moisture while drawing out your excess oils.

The red clay cleanser works to target:

  • oiliness
  • blemishes/blackheads
  • & pores

Here’s how I’d recommend its use based on your skin type:

  • once weekly for those with normal skin
  • every other night for those with combination/oily skin
  • OR the “recommended” by First Aid Beauty is as much as twice daily for those with oily skin and blemishes they’d like to target

IMG_20171001_165041

I have been using this cleanser every other night for two weeks now, and I have loved the way my skin feels after each use. *My skin is oily and I do have problem areas, but wouldn’t consider my skin to be covered in blemishes.* It provides a very deep clean yet is gentle at the same time. I don’t feel like it misses any trace of makeup, as my face feels completely refreshed and squeaky clean after each use. I almost feel like it does the work of a toner yet lacks the “drying” properties we often see in toners.

Bottom line: would I repurchase this? Definitely!
I think the price is right and the product is great. I am very intrigued by my first First Aid Beauty skincare item and this might be the gateway into trying other products.

Have you tried any items from this line of skincare? What are your thoughts? Any holy grail’s I need to get my hands on? Let me know in the comments below!

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white

Connect with me!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

August/September IPSY Bag Reviews!

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

IMG_20170914_211744

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.
    IMG_20170914_211817
  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.

    IMG_20170914_211907

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?

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white

Connect with me!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

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.

Snapchat-261111581

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.

IMG_20170710_195202

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!

IMG_20170710_200124

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

IMG_20170710_200317

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.

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white

Connect with me!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

April/May IPSY Bag Review

“Two bag reviews in one post what the…”

I know. How TF did I miss April’s Ipsy bag review? Well, my friends, I have had a lot going on! LIFE was ringing at my doorbell.

But who cares about that – surely not my readers stopping by to check out some Ipsy bag reviews 😉

Combining two bag reviews into one post has the potential to make for a very long read, and that’s not what I’m about – so, here comes the mega summary.

APRIL’S BAG
*disclaimer: I don’t have pictures of these products,
but feel free to see my review of each item below!*

 1. Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel ($30 full size) – this cooling gel was.. ok. Honestly, it felt exactly like putting aloe vera gel onto my skin. That’s right, the same aloe vera you can buy in the store for like $5.00. The Hanalei brand is pretty sticky when applied to the face, similar to regular aloe gel.
Bottom line: would I buy this from Hanalei? No, definitely not.

2. Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer ($28 full size) – this bronzer is nice! Definitely not a bad product, but nothing outstanding either. It blends nicely and the color selection was great for my skin tone (which is very light). Do I think it beats Physician Formula’s Butter Bronzer for $15? Absolutely not.
Bottom line: would I buy this from Ciate? No. You can get a similar bronzer at a more affordable price.

3. Hey Honey Besame Mucho lip balm ($14 full size) – I was not a fan of this lip balm. There are waaaay better lip balms on the market at a fraction of the price. When I put this on my lips, it felt slippery and almost slimy. This did not have a nice thick coating of moisture, as other lip balms do.
Bottom line: would I buy this from Hey Honey? No, but I would recommend Hanalei Lip Treatment or the Milani Oil Infused Lip Treatment as a great alternative!

4. Luxie Beauty Precision Foundation brush ($23) – I love these brushes! They never disappoint. Super soft, adorable colors (which make a great statement on any vanity), and always provide a great application.
Bottom line: would I buy other brushes from Luxie Beauty? Certainly!

5. Elizabeth Mott Show me your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter ($25 full size) – this is a fabulous product. The shade of highlight is spot on and the glow up is real.
Bottom line: would I buy this from Elizabeth Mott? I am considering it! For the size of the product, I think $25 is more on the reasonable side of pricing. Will continue to use my sample and mull it over.

MAY’S BAG

4

1. Beauty & Pin-ups Fearless Hair Masque ($32 full size) – I really love this hair mask! It is luxurious, the scent is delicious but not overwhelming, and it left me with incredibly soft/silky hair. I felt like I had taken a trip to the spa.
Bottom line: would I buy this from Beauty & Pin-ups? If I was looking to splurge and gift myself a little prezzy, I most definitely would. I see this as worth the $$

5

2. Caked Makeup Lip Fondant in Low Key ($16 full size – and I think we received full size!) – this matte lip cream was awesome! Dried down completely matte, passed the kiss-proof test, and wore very well. It took a couple swipes to get the color looking opaque, but once you built it up it looked like a dream. Enjoyable cupcake scent as well.
Bottom line: would I buy this from Caked Makeup? For the price point, yes!!

3. Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Intense Eyeshadow ($22.95) – this eyeshadow surprised me! I liked it a lot more than I thought I would, and the color payoff is very real. Pleasantly surprised with this brand, as usually I’m a little “meh” about their items. Not this time, happy to have received this!
Bottom line: would I buy this from Jelly Pong Pong? I’d have to think about it, but for $22.95 and how small the pan is, probably not.

4. Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin ($26 full size) – this is a very nice, kind of powdery highlight from Urban Decay. Is it anything special and extraordinary? Not really. But definitely great quality and I would like to play around more with it on the tops of my cheekbones.
Bottom line: would I buy this from Urban Decay? Answer would be based on more experimentation.

12

5. Pixi in Petra Silky Eye Pen ($12) – gotta be honest, haven’t tried this yet. If it weren’t for Googling it just now and seeing the incredible price point, I might never have picked it up again. If it’s anything to call home about, you better believe I’ll let you know!

11
As always, thank you for reading! Did you receive any of the same products and have similar/different thoughts? Please let me know in the comments below! I love hearing about new makeup and other opinions.

Xoxo,

KS red lips isolated in white

Connect with me!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

The Best of IPSY

“I will continue to repurchase and repurchase.. and repurchase these items.”

These are my tried and true, my most reliable products I’ve received from Ipsy. These are also the products Ipsy has successfully sold me on, which I imagine is their game plan considering they offer monthly discounts for certain beauty brands they promote.

There are a mix of drugstore/high end in this round-up, which I think my readers will appreciate. Some prices are low whereas others take a few paychecks to save up (unless you’re like me and willing to wait for a holiday and a Sephora gift card).

Enough about the intro.. let’s get into this!

  1. Tarte Maracuja Oilfull size retails for $48.00
    This was an absolute sell for me. I wholeheartedly love this product and received the travel size in my December 2016 Ipsy bag. I have used this product mostly every night since I received it (probably 90% of the time), and am just now halfway through it. The travel size retails at $15, well worth spending your money. This oil soothes, hydrates, and balances out my skin in ways I didn’t know possible. Full review here if you want to know all of the benefits I’ve seen and how to use it!

    img_20170115_142756

  2. Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasionfull size retails for $79.00
    It pains me to include this product because.. well.. $$$ but, I simply must! Dr. Brandt knows what the f*#k they’re doing. I have not found another exfoliator on the market with such finely milled exfoliating beads as this one. The light peppermint scent is enough to relax and soothe your mind. After washing off this product, you’ll notice the softness in your skin as it seems the exfoliator doubles as a hydrator. I love the feeling. I’m not sure that there is a travel size, but if there is that is what I’ll be repurchasing b/c a little goes a long way – and I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to justify $80 on a skincare product (LOL).

    IMG_20170326_210008

  3. IT Cosmetics Superhero mascarafull size retails at $24.00
    Let me just say this: you can get a sample size of this mascara to try at Ulta for $10 in the checkout aisle. Let me then say this: do it!! You pay almost $10 or more at the drugstore for mascara anyways, so spend the $10 on a high-end brand in Ulta that has a decent amount of product as well. This mascara does the best job at creating a look full of luxurious lashes. When I wear this mascara, my eyes make a statement. I can’t get enough of it.

  4. Verb Ghost Oilfull size retails  at $14.00
    This product is amazing, smells amazing, and has an amazing price point. I do not try hair oils often (because, like most, I’m afraid it’s going to leave my hair greasy) but alas this hair oil has stuck with me. I continually reach for this after washing my hair to disperse through my ends. The light scent is very nice and feminine, but not overwhelming. This product does a great job at sealing in moisture and repairing damaged hair. I will certainly repurchase once I finish the tube.

  5. NYX Butter Lipstickfull size retails at $6.00
    This is one of the creamiest lipstick formulas. I’m also a huge fan of the e.l.f. moisturizing lipsticks ($3 and decent wear time), but there’s something about these butter lipsticks that are so soothing on the lips. It’s like giving your lips a drink of water. That being said, they are pretty slippery, so application takes a bit longer than slapping on a liquid lippie, but it’s well worth the time for the color payoff and hydrating formula.

  6. Any of the lip scrubs I’ve received. I am totally new to this type of product and I LOVE it! I’m loving exfoliating my lips before slapping on a hydrating lip balm.
    Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut lip scrub ($19.00) this scrub has a little bit of a “wet” texture to it. It’s less gritty than your typical lip scrubs, and might be best for the people just starting out exfoliating their lips.
    Indi Beauty Buttercream lip scrub ($11.99) this scrub is a lot grittier and definitely does a great job at exfoliating your lips prior to moisturizer. It primes them perfectly.

    untitled63

    So that’s a round-up of my all time favorite Ipsy products thus far! Do some of these match your list of favs? What have you gone out and repurchased? I want to know!

Xoxo,

KS red lips isolated in white

Connect with me!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

Magical Makeup Monday: March IPSY Review

“Depending on how you look at this bag, the glass if half full vs half empty.”

IMG_20170326_205140

Hey friends! This month’s bag had a decent variety of products inside. We have some makeup and some skincare, as well as a hair conditioning treatment! If you’re interested in learning what Ipsy is all about, I’ve linked their website here.

IMG_20170326_210008
Full size retails for $79.00.

I’m going to start with my favorite product, and this may come as no surprise: the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator. This is the most gentle exfoliant I have ever used. EVER. It actually comes out as a cream, but has the tiniest “gritty” feeling (for lack of better wording). The grainy-ness of this product is so gentle and it feels amazing when applied to the face. Once I rinsed this off, my skin felt squeaky clean and instantly softer as if I had moisturized at the same time!

I know the full-size is incredibly pricey, but I may be considering it should it prove its worth in the long run.

My second favorite product was the deep repair hair conditioning treatment by Marc Anthony. This treatment contains aloe, jasmine, and sea kelp to help detangle and strengthen your hair throughout a 3-7 minute time span. I’ve used this twice and haven’t necessarily noticed a huge improvement, but you can’t beat the scent. This leaves my hair smelling fresh and easy to run my brush through.

IMG_20170326_210021
A sample packet retails for $2.99.

Next on the list is the Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Vibin. I have mixed feelings about this product. It could just be the shade, but I’m not sure. The color isn’t my favorite, it’s a deep red with brownish hints to it. It seemed to apply just a tad streaky, and took a couple swipes to become opaque. I will say this: it doesn’t budge. You will need a certified liquid lip remover to get this off.
This retails for $20.00.

Next is the mPrincess pressed eyeshadow in the shade Chestnut. Gotta be honest here, I’m typically underwhelmed with this brand. Furthermore, I could carry on with Ipsy bags without this brand. I just don’t feel they offer anything better than their competition. I am never overly impressed or feel the urge to reach for their shadows. Personally, I feel that they lack pigment and blendability.
This retails for $15.45.

Lastly is the Beau Gachis Tapered Blending Brush. This brand is low-key and doesn’t disappoint! I have loved every brush I’ve received of theirs from Ipsy and will continue to use them. Since this one is a longer brush, it’s a little more “flimsy” so I have to work it a little for blending in the crease. Overall, solid brand with dependable brushes.

IMG_20170326_210039
This retails for $12.00.

So that’s this month’s Ipsy bag! Have you found anything worth purchasing later on? Did you receive any of the same products I did? Please share your thoughts in the comments below! I’m always interested to see what others thought/received.

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!

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white

Connect with me!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

Magical Makeup Monday: February IPSY Review

“Give me all the makeup!”

untitled34

For this month’s Ipsy bag, I got a lot of variety! We have some skincare, a face tool, and three different makeup products. For those of you wondering, Ipsy is a $10/month makeup bag subscription tailored to suit your wants/needs! It is perfect for experimenting with new brands and products, as well as skincare items. I have yet to be disappointed with Ipsy’s services, though I will admit I’ve been considering Boxycharm as of late – but that’s a whole other story.

Let’s jump into this:

  1. NYX Butter Lipstick in Ripe Berry I quite enjoy this lipstick, and the color is right down my alley! True to its name, when applied, this lipstick has a smooth velvety and buttery glide to it. It feels SO comfortable on the lips, and the color applies nicely. You definitely have to layer it for full-coverage on the lips, but the color turns out nicely. I can’t speak to the longevity of this lipstick, but I can report that it does transfer and really doesn’t dry down to a matte finish (for those of you wondering).
    This retails for $6.00.

2. IBY Beauty Highlighter in Bubbly I am kinda “ehhhh” about this product. I should disclaim: I’m not a huge highlighter fanatic, I’m really not experienced when it comes to this product. That being said, this highlighter didn’t seem to have much color payoff, and came off very pinky as opposed to a real “shine factor.” This wasn’t my cup of tea, but presumably fits other’s interests?
This retails for $12.00.

3. Promise Organic Nourishing Coconut Milk Daily Facial Scrub This might’ve been the winner for me this month! I’m already a huge skincare geek, and this daily exfoliator feeds right into my obsession. Currently, I use the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub, which is super gentle on my skin, but much less gritty. This Promise Organic scrub, blended with organic walnuts and sugar, contains much more beads for a deeper exfoliation. Don’t let this scare you, as it claims to be safe for sensitive skin as well as daily use. I am really loving this so far.
This retails for $9.99.

untitled26
4. Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer LADIES. This might be the creamiest, smoothest bronzer I have ever swatched. That being said, they gave me a sample the size of a nickel, and I am hardly impressed with that. The color is a match and the formula is v blendable. I can hardly get my brush in this enough to give a solid review, and would love to get my hands on the full-sized item, though it comes at a pretty penny.
This retails for $25.00.

5. Luxie Beauty Brush 514 I really like this blush brush. This might’ve been my second favorite item in my bag this month. The brush applies product nicely, and picks up a good amount of color in my blushes. This is a very soft brush, and I’m hesitant to say “flimsy,” but it certainly isn’t as sturdy as some of my other brushes. It gives a lot as far as movement of a brush. I quite enjoy it and have officially added it to my collection!
This retails for $18.00.

untitled23

 

 

So that’s it for my Ipsy bag review this month! Did you get any of the same products? What did you like and what didn’t tickle your fancy? Is there anything I need to spend my money on soon?!

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white

Connect with me!
Instagram: ksloves
Twitter: ksloves_
Pinterest: ksloves_

Magical Makeup Monday: January IPSY Bag Review

“Let’s talk girl stuff.”

 img_20170129_174019

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.

 
img_20170124_192547


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.

img_20170124_192412
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,
KS red lips isolated in white

Magical Makeup Monday: Maracuja Oil Review

“I wish I could put into words what magical effects this has on the skin.”

img_20170115_142756

We need to address the blessing that is Maracuja Oil from Tarte. I have nothing but positive things to say about this oil, except for the price tag. WHICH, I must say, I’m willing to debate because this will last you a long time.

I’ve been using this oil every other night (on the same night I exfoliate) in place of my moisturizer. The first time I used it, I felt rather awkward. You have to load the dropper with oil prior to pressing it into your skin. The bottle tells you to put 2-3 drops onto a clean face/neck and massage into your skin. I’m not sure why, but I got the impression you should load 2-3 drops into the palm of your hands first, then apply to the face. No, don’t do this.

Instead, try dotting a drop directly onto your forehead, each cheek, nose, and chin. That is five drops total. I’m not sure if that would be a lot for others, but for me it helps to get an even coverage over my face and neck. I mean, we’re talking drops, not a pump or squeeze of something. Then I try to make this last as much as I can, massaging it into the skin for a minute and patting it onto my neck as well.

img_20161218_185253

The results I have seen have been magnificent. This is a product where my skin feels instantly plump, smooth, and hydrated. Not sticky or greasy whatsoever. It dries within minutes to a soft moisturized touch. As I stated, I use this in place of my nightly moisturizer, and it has proved to be a valuable substitute.

I wake up in the morning with extremely soft skin and little to no texture, which is an awesome benefit if you’re someone who struggles with bumps. I have noticed a little improvement with redness, but nothing show stopping yet. This is just an incredible product to try out if you’re interested in a nighttime oil to soothe your skin while you sleep.

I would highly recommend this and will be repurchasing, despite the rather high price tag. If you’re someone who is considering a higher end oil, give the travel size a chance! With a $15.00 price tag, it might help persuade you it’s worth the splurge. We are talking about preserving the youth of your skin.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried something similar at a more affordable price! I’d definitely give something else a try if there is a good ploy behind it.

Xoxo,
KS red lips isolated in white