Face of the Day: Warm Eyes + Vampy Lip

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Hey beauties,

Today I have another Face of the Day post! I’m going to try to continue and post these every Thursday, and I also try to use new products mixed with some old favorites. Let me know if you’re all okay with seeing a makeup look every week!

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Today’s face was inspired by my want to slather one of the new shades from the Milani Moisture Matte lipstick line all over my face. I’m not even kidding. I also wanted to do something warm on the eyes, because I honestly love a very warm eye with a dark lip. The contrast is striking, in my opinion.

For my base, I went with Maybelline’s Master Illuminating primer and mixed one pump of Hard Candy’s “porcelain” glamoflauge with a little bit of Loreal’s Magi Lumi foundation (also the lightest shade)

Concealer is my usual NYX lavender and porcelain mixed, and I used it to highlight on the bridge of my nose as well. I set my face with Laura Geller’s balance and brightening powder in “porcelain.” My under eyes were set with physician’s formula correcting powder in “translucent.”

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Brows are Milani’s new brow pomade in “dark brown” set with Nyx’s brow mascara in “black”

I primed my eyes with concealer and used “succubus” from the Kat Von D Shade + Light eye palette to set the primer and help blend the colors out. Okay, I know I used a lot of different eye colors/palettes for this look so please bare with me. The first transition shade I used was from my Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter stack, the shade “unseen.” I’m obsessed with this shade. I then took “laetus” from the Shade+Light palette and lightly blended it with “unseen.”

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I took “sytry” on a flat brush and concentrated that in the crease. I I then took “Queensguard” by Shiro cosmetics on the entire lid, and made sure to clean up the crease a bit in the process. On a small angled brush I took “shax” and placed in concentrated on the outer part of the crease to further cut it a bit more. I took “blurr” from the Dark Matter stack and blended out any harsh lines on the outside shape and used “succubus” to highlight my brow bone.

Liner is physicians formula eye booster and Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in “perversion.” I created the shape with the eye booster pen and filled it in with the liquid liner. I can’t stand the brush on the Urban Decay liner, but it truly is the blackest liquid liner in my collection.

Lower lash line is Stila Stay All Day smudger liner in “damsel” on my water line and all of that is smudged out with “Unseen” “sytry” and “laetus” in that order

Mascara on both upper and lower lash lines is Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. Lashes are Kiss 11.

Contour is Nyx’s HD blush in “taupe” and blush is Milani’s new rose blush in “Awakening Rose.”

Highlight is Nyx’s illuminator in “Ritualistic.” I recently pulled this highlighter back out and fell back in love with it! It’s a very pretty white gold shade that isn’t too overpowering on my fair skin. It’s also what’s on the inner corner of my eye and at the very top of my brow close to the arch.

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Lips are lined with Jordana’s liner in “cabernet” and topped with Milani’s Matte Fearless.

I set my entire face with Pixi’s glow mist setting spray.

Cute little flower band is actually from Rue 21, and they’re only $2 each so you need about 100.

If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask me! I hope you all enjoyed this look, and thanks for reading if you made it this far!

Have a lovely Thursday!

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Tip: Turn Loose Shadow in a Liner

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Hey lovelies,

Today I want to share with you all something I’ve been obsessed with doing lately, and that’s turning my loose eyeshadows into eyeliners! Colorful and different liners are trending at the moment, but not everyone has money to drop on a plethora of different Anastasia waterproof creams and liners.

So, I’m going to show you how I create a few neat liners for very cheap. The price of the spray, brush, and BOTH shadows cost less than one high end cream liner.

Intrigued yet?

Okay, now that I hope have your attention, I’m going to prove just how simple this makeup trick really is.

There are mixing mediums that you can buy from Inglot and MAC that are “made” for this job, but I personally use a setting spray. I don’t like the City Color All Set Setting Spray on my face, so I’ve been using it for creating liners. It works well, in my opinion. I found this setting spray at my local Five Below for $3.

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I take my cute little mixing palette (it’s actually just a gold coaster from Target, nothing fancy) and spray a bit of setting spray on the palette. Then, I take a bit of loose shadow and gently scoop it on top of the setting spray.

Pictured here is Shiro Cosmetics loose shadow in “War of Five Armies” (if you get the reference, let’s be best friends). This size is a sample mini, which still has a good amount of product, and the cost was $3.50. The other color pictured above was “Lingered in Twilight.”

I will start small with the shadow and mix it up with my liner brush (Real Techniques $5.99) and keep gradually adding both setting spray and shadow until my desired pigmentation is achieved. That’s the cool thing about making your own liner, you can go soft or go intense.

Because these are shadows, they’re not going to be completely waterproof, but this is fun to do when you want a fun pop of color on your eyes.

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Personally, I don’t experience much fading/creasing when using these shadows as liners and using setting spray, but results may vary based on your eye shape and skin type.

My eyes are fairly large and my skin is dry. Meaning, everything sticks to me and I generally don’t experience smudging with liner on my upper lash line.

However, for the price to buy everything you would need, you can’t go wrong. And if doesn’t go well, you still have two gorgeous shadows instead of two cream liners sitting around and drying up in a drawer.

I love finding new ways to use makeup! What are some of your favorite alternative ways to your favorite products? Comment and tell me about it!

I hope you all enjoyed this quick tip or found it helpful in some way.

Have a good day, beauties.

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Face of the Day: Elf Cosmetics

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Hey beauties,

Today I have another Face of the Day post, but there’s also a video tutorial on it! A little bit ago I posted a video about my top 10 favorite Elf products and I wanted to follow that up with a video using mostly Elf products. I used a few of my old favorites, and a few new favorites.

I even used and talked more about the new Elf contour palette!

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Isn’t it lovely? In short, I really like this palette so far and I think Elf did a great job with it!

For this tutorial, I did a very dark brown smokey eye…the kind of smokey eye my mom likes to refer to as “bedroom eyes.” Ha! I liked the way this turned out, and it would make my day if anyone that wants to watch it would and let me know what you think about it!

I know I’ve done a lot of bronzey and neutral looks lately, and I promise I will sit down soon and do something a little more colorful. Also, all of the products and brushes used are listed in the description under the video! If anyone has any questions or wants to know my thoughts on anything in particular, please feel free to ask! I promise that on Mondays I am too tired to bite.

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I do hope you all enjoy this very affordable makeup look!

Have a great Monday!

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Face of the Day: Pinup with a Twist

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Hey beauties,

Today I want to do a “Face of the Day” post that was actually inspired by one of my favorite Youtube vloggers, Emma Pickles. She posted a very natural 40’s inspired look that was dainty and flirty, and then turned it up with a bit of glitter and liner. To see what I’m talking about go here.

So, I wanted to do a pinup inspired look with a tiny twist, but with a more dewy and natural looking base versus the usual full coverage matte face that many pinup inspired looks use.

Let’s be real, it’s Summer and it’s too hot for full coverage matte faces, unless you’re into the melting face look. Then rock on, boo.

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For my base I primed with my Laura Mercier hydrating primer. It’s a holy grail of mine. For a little coverage I used the Elf foundation serum in “fair/light” mixed with a little bit of City Color Cosmetics tinted moisturizer in “fair.” This tinted moisturizer is very nice and was only $3! It actually matches my skin tone and gives a really nice dewy finish to the skin without covering up my freckles, which was what I wanted today.

I did spot conceal a bit with Nyx’s HD concealer in “porcelain” because I have a few red scars that I’m trying to treat with Mederma. My under eye concealer is also the Nyx concealer set with Ben Nye’s luxury powder in “Cameo.”  To set my entire face I used my Laura Geller balance and brighten powder in “porcelain.”

Contour is Elf Cosmetics new Contour kit, which has also been a favorite of mine lately. Totally worth the $6. I will talk about it more after I edit and upload my Elf brand focus tutorial though.

Blush is actually Milani’s new (limited edition I believe) addition to their rose blush collection in “Awakening Rose.” This color is stunning and gives a very natural glow to my face, yet it does have a bit of shimmer in it. If you want to see my review of the rose blushes go here. Highlight is my tried and true Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm. I like the highlighting shade from the elf contour kit, but I wanted something a bit more “bam.” Because I love highlighting since it’s the only thing I can get a bit heavy handed with without looking like I was baked and fried in a dorito salad.

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My brows today are new as well! Okay, the product is new. Milani actually came out with their own brow pomade, and I needed it (obviously) and had to try it out immediately. I picked up the shade “dark brown” which is a bit warm for my skin and hair, so I did have to set everything with my Nyx brow gel in “Black.” I’m also trying to grow out and reshape my brows a bit, which is a frustrating process. Bare with these tacky brows for a bit.

I primed my eyes with my Nyx concealer and put a bit of the Ben Nye powder on the lids to prep and prime my lids. I used J.Cat Beauty’s shadow single in “Mud Wrestle” as my transtion shade, and I got this in my Lip Monthly bag this month. It’s a really nice cool toned taupe shade. It reminds me of “Vast” from the Kat Von D Innerstellar palette.

I ordered the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette off of Glambot last week. It was only $10 on clearance, so hell yeah. If you don’t know what Glambot is, I will link my video review of them right here.

Anyway, I ended up taking “Faint” in the crease to define it a bit more, and placed “W.O.S.” all over my lid and brow bone. I used “Venus” as my inner corner highlight and on the very top of my brow arch to lift my brows up a bit more.

Liner is Nyx’s Collection Noir black liquid liner, and I did a very thick wing and line with this. I then went over that line with the glitter half of Revlon’s glitter eye art duo in “Topaz Twinkle.” That’s the twist part to this look, by the way. I think the glitter gave this look a very subtle touch of glam.

Mascara used was Covergirl’s SuperSizer mascara and lashes are Kiss #11.

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On the bottom lash line I used “Mud wrestle” and “faint” to even out the top half of my eyes, and then put Nyx’s Jumbo Pencil in “Milk” on my water line. I then set everything with my Pixi glow mist setting spray.

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My lips are lined on the outside with Ofra Cosmetics “Orchid” liner and on the rest of my lips is Be a Bombshell Cosmetics lipstick in “Hollywood.” This color also came in my Lip Monthly bag this month. I adore this red shade! It’s so bright and pretty. It’s not super matte, but not super glossy. It’s the perfect comfortable semi-matte finish that still has a good lasting power to it.

That’s it for the entire look. I hope you all enjoyed it as much I enjoyed creating it! I felt inspired by Emma in several ways regarding this look. Even though the freckles she sports in her video are fake, mine are not. I used to cover up freckles constantly because I hated being so pale with freckles and a few moles. It’s taken me damaging my skin and a lot of self reflection to become more comfortable with the fact that I’m just a woman with Italian hair and Irish skin. Doesn’t mean that I don’t still love full coverage looks, it just means that I’m more comfortable venturing out with my natural skin peaking through during the warmer months.

I hope you’re all having wonderful days!

-Kayla

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Reviving Colourpop Shadows

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Hey beauties,

Today I have something a bit different for you all today, and that’s a tip on how to revive your Colourpop shadows, or any makeup to be honest!

I have mentioned Colourpop so many times on my blog before. I love their products. However, due to their weirdly enchanting creamy-powder texture they can dry out quicker than most other makeup products in your collection. I have had most of my Colourpop shadows for about 7-8 months and the only ones that have had any issues are the matte ones. It was a bit disheartening, I will admit.

Colourpop claims that the shelf life of their shadows is 1 year, which is something to consider if you plan on placing an order.

However, what if I told you that you can “revive” a shadow that’s a bit dried out? Are you intrigued yet?

I saw Shanon from ShanShortcakeBeauty mention putting Mac’s fix+ in her shadows to rehydrate them, but I don’t have fix+ and I wasn’t about to throw money down on a bottle of vegetable glycerin water just to hydrate my colourpop babies.

I ended up using the Mitchell and Peach face oil that I received from a prior Ipsy bag. I don’t like this on my face, but it has served it’s purpose well in giving life to my dry shadows.

All I did was take the round side of an eyeshadow brush and create little dips in the shadow. I then placed the TINIEST bit of oil in the shadow pan. Seriously, start off slow and then build it up because putting too much oil in at once can separate your shadow and make it a pain in the ass to squish back in.

Once you’re done squishing and hydrating the shadow, you just place the lid back on and let the oil work it’s magic through the product. I was able to use mine the next day.

This really worked, and I’m so happy it did!

“Bill” is one of my all time favorite shades by Colourpop, so seeing Bill dry and unhappy made me sad. Turns out Bill was just thirsty.

Now Bill is smooth and pigmented again and ready for action. Is Bill, or any of the shadows I did this to, as pretty as they once were?

Nope. They have seen better days. They can be used again though, and that’s all that matters to me at the moment. It’s not even that the shadows were unusable before re hydrating them, they just weren’t as pigmented and it was bugging the crap out of me.

This method can work on other makeup items, namely cream shadows. More specifically, Maybelline Color Tattoos. Is it just me, or do those dry out in less than a month? Annoying, and I hate the thought of wasting products even though I don’t really buy Maybelline anymore.

So, I put a little oil in them and let them sit, just like the colourpop shadows. Also worked like a charm, and now as I clean out my shadow collection I think, “Do I trash it or can I revive it?”

However, I will say that if you come across a cream/gel powder product that is very dry and has a weird smell…I would personally always trash it. I don’t always obey the “shelf life” rule, because I keep my makeup stored in a very cool and dark place, but I do make sure everything smells kosher.

I hope you all found this helpful…or entertaining. If you try this on anything, let me know how it worked out for you!

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you’re all having lovely days!

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Lip Monthly June 2015

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Hey beauties,

Another unbagging post! Hells yeah! Today I will be going over what I got in my Lip Monthly bag this month and also giving my thoughts on it. If you’re unfamiliar with Lip Monthly, it’s a lot like Ipsy, but with more lip products. It’s a lipstick addict’s dream subscription, honestly. It’s $10 a month and most of the time I get full sized products and there’s typically a “makeup mix up” with one product that isn’t a lip product, which is nice.

I don’t recommend this subscription if you don’t absolutely love lip products or if you don’t collect and try out different brands often. I have had my months with this subscription where I have been less than satisfied, but lately they seem to have stepped up their game.

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1. Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigment I’ve gotten a little thing from this brand before, and I hated it, so hopefully this little guy will redeem the brand for me. Jelly Pong Pong has to be the oddest brand name I’ve ever heard, but this packaging is adorable. This pigment is a very bright pink and can be used on the cheeks and lips. When I swatched it, it felt very smooth and creamy, and I hope it transfers that well onto my face. This retails at $19.95

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2. J.Cat single eyeshadow “Mud wrestle” This was the “makeup mixup” product. I’ve never tried a J.Cat shadow, but I will sy the color is a very nice cool toned brown, and the texture reminds me of the Nyx single shadows. I don’t reach for single shadows often, but I feel this shade might make for a nice transtition shade. It retails at $2.99.

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3. So Susan Colour Hybrid “Marsala” The last So Susan product I received was a lip dome that I wasn’t too impressed with, but I would like to say that their products are always so adorably packaged. This is a mousse type textured pigment that can be used on the lips or cheeks. The color is a very nice Marsala shade, and I’m more hopeful about this than I was the lip dome. This product retails at $17.50 and is full sized

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4. Be a Bombshell Lipstick “Hollywood” If you’re familiar with me, you’ll know that I live and die over red lipstick. I was extremely happy to see this in my bag. The packaging is awesome. I love bullet shaped tubes, they just give off a vintage vibe. The color is really nice, and is a true bright pin-up type of red. It’s not a matte finish, and it’s not the most pigmented lipstick I’ve ever swatched, but the shade and formula are nice. This retails at $14

Left to right: Jelly Pong Pog "Cakepop," Be a Bombshell "Hollywood," So Susan "Marsala," J.Cat "Mud Wrestle"

Left to right: Jelly Pong Pog “Cakepop,” Be a Bombshell “Hollywood,” So Susan “Marsala,” J.Cat “Mud Wrestle”

That’s everything that I got this month! I’m pretty happy with everything, and I can’t wait to sit down and play with some of these products more. The total retail of this bag was $54.44, which is really high value for a subscription bag.

If there is anything you all are more interested in seeing a full review on alone or used in a look, please let me know!

As always, thanks for reading and I hope you are all having wonderful days!

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The Blush Addict Tag

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Hey lovelies,

Today I have a tag post regarding one of my favorite things to collect and hoard…blushes! I saw this tag on Katie’s page at Plus+ Beauty and knew I had to do this one.

I can’t leave the house with my brows and my blush. I’m super fair, so a bit of color in my cheeks livens my face up a bit and makes me look more awake. I mean, I guess I could do the “cheek pinching” trick, but there’s something about pinching my own cheeks that brings back bad family reunion memories *shudders*

Anyway, on to the questions.

What color blush suits your most?
I feel like cool toned pinks and light peachy nude shades suite me the most.

Pressed, cream or loose blush?
I’ve honestly never cared much for loose blush, and I’m just now dabbling into cream blushes unless you consider Colourpop blushes to be a cream. Most of my collection is pressed.

Favorite shimmery blush?
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Probably my CityColor Cosmetics Baked blushes. They are soooo pretty and pigmented.

Favorite matte blush?
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Kat Von D Everlasting blush in “essex.” It’s such a pretty deep rose shade and is my go to blush in the fall and winter.

Favorite cream blush?
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Colourpop blushes are a very “cream to powder” texture, so I will say them. I really love these blushes. They’re bouncy and pigmented. They’re also very affordable! However, I have been trying a cream blush from Becca that I got off of glambot, and so far I am really impressed by it! I will update on that later!

Favorite drugstore blush?
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This was a bit hard for me because I love Milani blushes, but I also reach for my pearlescent pink by Wet n Wild more than any other blush in my collection. I feel like these blushes need more attention in the blogging world. They’re awesome for the price!

Favorite high end blush?
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My Kat Von D everlasting blushes. These really do last forevvvver on my skin and it doesn’t take much at all. That and the packaging is absolutely stunning. So worth the $25. There’s a reason why so many shades of these are constantly sold out on sephora.com

Biggest blush disappointment?
Probably the elf studio line blushes. Everyone raves about those blushes and I just find them to be underwhelming and they don’t last long on my skin. I do like the $5 mineral line blushes by elf though.

Best blush packaging?
I would have to say the Milani Rose blush packaging or the Too Faced blushing hearts packaging. Both are so cute and end up in so many of my blog photos.

What’s on your blush wishlist?
More Colourpop blushes and more Nyx HD blushes

Holy grail blush?
I guess I would say my Wet n Wild “pearlescent pink” blush because it’s my “go to” but I don’t have one that I love way more than any other. “Love Song” by Kat Von D has been my go to Spring color though along with Nyx’s “Dusty Rose.”
I just really really love blush.

That was it for my blush addict tag! I’m not going to tag anyone in this, so if you want to do it, do it! I would love to see your answers and pictures of your blush stashes if you include them. What are some of your favorite blushes?

I hope you’re all having wonderful days! Later, lovelies.

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Ipsy Unbagging June 2015

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Hey lovelies,

Is everyone staying cool as we march into Summer? Personally, I stay inside a lot during the Summer. I can’t stand the heat. The sweating and burns…it’s just not my idea of fun. I think I will just chill out until Fall arrives.

Anyway, it’s that time of the month where foiled envelopes filled with wee tiny samples arrive at my doorstep! Today I will be doing my Ipsy unbagging. For those that may be unfamiliar with Ipsy, it’s a beauty bag subscription that costs $10 a month and everyone receieves 4-5 deluxe sample and/or full sized products based on their beauty profile. I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for a little over 2 years now, but I did take a 3 month break.

This month the theme was swimming and being poolside, hence the cute snorkeling pig in my photo.

The bag this month is black with a neon orange zipper, and the material feels like a waterproof almost bathing suit like material. I actually like this bag, and it’s small enough to keep in my diaper bag and the material would be nice to put a little bathing suit in if I take my daughters to a splash pad.

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1. Tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon “Kona Coffee” I was a bit confused when I pulled this out because the lid actually looks like a pencil top. I thought I was sent an opened product, but it turns out it was only the lid. This little eyeshadow crayon claims to be long lasting and creamy, and based on my swatch (will show at the end of the post) this little crayon is very smooth and creamy indeed. I’m happy that I got the dark brown color because I know I will use it, probably to smudge out my lash line on days that I want a day time smokey eye.

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2. J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain “Hikilicious” This is a full sized lip product, and I believe it is actually a new release by J. Cat. I will admit that when I saw “lip stain” my first thought was “bleh” because I don’t normally wear lip stains. If I’m not wearing something opaque on my lips there’s nothing on my lips at all. However, this product is EXTREMELY pigmented and hydrating. So far, I’m in love with it. I hope that J. Cat comes out with more colors because this formula is fantastic.

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3. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer This is a deluxe sample size, and I will be honest I will not use this. I’ve sampled this before and it made my foundation look horrendous. It has that weird silicone feeling, and silicone based primers do not work at all on my skin. It looks like I applied my makeup with a stick of butter after a few hours. I’ll probably be passing this one on to someone else.

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4. It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil This sample is one that I was really happy to get this month! I’ve been wanting to try out more things by It Cosmetics for awhile, and this brow pencil looks pretty neat. It comes with two sides, one being a spoolie, which is awesome. The tip of the pencil is not sharp, it’s actually oval shaped which is supposed to give a more “natural” look to the brow. I’m pretty loyal to my pomades, but I will be trying this one out. I’m a bit of a brow product junkie.

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5. LaVanilla Laboratories Pure Vanilla Body Butter This is a pretty good sized sample, and it smells incredible. I put this on my hands and it smelled like I was burped on by a glorious bouquet of vanilla cookies. I prefer body butters over lotions because I find them to be more hydrating on me. Even if this wasn’t hydrating, the smell alone is intoxicating. I have a weird thing for vanilla to begin with…

That’s everything I got in my Ipsy Bag this month! I am excited about 4/5 things this month, which is pretty good in terms of beauty subscriptions.

Do you get Ipsy? What did you get?

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I will see everyone next time with some more fun things! I still have my Lip Monthly bag to review this month, and I have some tips and tricks posts that I will be doing over the next few weeks.

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Lips of the Day: Makeup Monsters

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Hey beauties,

Today I’m doing another Lip of the Day post! The last one I did (will link it at the end of this post) had a lot of positive feedback, so I’m going to try and make this a regular thing.

I know that Mondays can kinda-sorta-really-really suck, so I want to do a fun ombre look.

Personally, I love taking two colors and mixing them together to create new colors and/or doing ombre looks with them, because it’s like having multiple colors without having to buy extra products.

I have done a full review of Makeup Monsters on my Youtube Channel, and I do stand by what I said then. I think this brand is a great one to look into if you’re looking for new indie brands to try. Plus, they’re vegan friendly and pretty affordable in terms of liquid lipstick.

Anyway, the colors I have today are “Blackened Heart” and “Sedona,” and both are stunning colors alone. I actually mentioned “Sedona” in my May Favorites video.

Tip: To avoid getting the applicators muddy looking with different colors, use lip brushes for ombre looks and to mix shades together. I also clean up the outside lip line with my Nyx wonder pencil in “light.”

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I’m really happy with how these look together.

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All of the old and new colors from Makeup Monsters will actually be restocked this Friday! These sell out so quickly, so I highly suggest that if you want one or ten, to make sure you’re on the site when restock happens and order quickly. It’s almost like a limited edition MAC release makeup brawl on that site during restock. I’ve had lipsticks stolen out of my virtual cart. Shit gets real.

What are your thoughts on these? Will you be picking any up during restock this week?

Find the products at makeupmonsters.net

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Milani XL Bronzer: Dolci Collection

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Hey lovelies,

Who’s up for more swatches of new, but limited edition, things from the drugstore?

I have seen pictures floating around instagram of the new Dolci collection by Milani in drugstores, and while I was making a run to CVS I saw the display in my store. On the display there was an eyeshadow, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish, and this big ole bronzer duo. They’re all named Dolci. I only picked up the bronzing duo though, because I actually don’t own many bronzers.

They scare me. I’m so afraid of looking like an orange or that it will look good in my mirror and like shit in natural light that I honestly just don’t use bronzers often. With Summer approaching though, I do want to give them a try again and see if I can find one that warms up my face more than my Body Shop Honey Bronzer without making me look like an orange covered in dorito crumbs.

This bronzer and highlight duo claims to be for all skin types. That’s a pretty big claim. I picked this up for $10, which is expensive in terms of drugstore products, but there is 12 grams of product in this baby and the “shelf life” of it (if you go by that kind of thing) is 36 months. So, I do believe for the amount of product there is and given you can use this for 3+ years…$10 is a pretty decent price.

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Personally, I love the packaging of this duo. It’s so Summery. The little imprinting seems to not go all the way through the product, but pretty far into it. To give an idea of the size, it fits perfectly into the palm of my hand. It’s a pretty decent size.

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On the left is the bronzer and the right is the highlight shade

These swatched very nicely. They didn’t feel powdery or apply unevenly. Both sides were very soft to the touch.

Bronzer: When you look in the pan you can see shimmery flecks in the bronzer, but it doesn’t translate onto the skin very much. This shade is pretty warm, but I have tried it once and it looked great on my skin when I used a very very light hand with it. It’s warm, but it’s not overly warm bordering on orange, if that makes sense. It does look and apply very nicely to the skin.

Highlighter: I’m trying to figure out what I can use this shade for. It’s gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but it’s too dark for me to really use on my face as a highlight or to set anything. I may try it as an eyeshadow. I’m definetely a bit perplexed by it, but I will eventually find a use for it.

Overall thoughts: I’m happy with the bronzing side. It’s still a bit intimidating right now to me to apply, but I feel that as Summer draws nearer and my skin deepens up 1-2 more shades that it will look way better on me and not intimidate me as much. However, I feel that if you’re darker than me you should totally consider this duo! I think the overall quality and price is amazing if you’re looking to add something pretty to your collection.

Have you picked this up at your local drugstore? What are your thoughts on it? If you haven’t gotten it, will you be snagging one? Comment down below!

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