January Lip Monthly

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Hey lovelies,

I’m here today with another unbagging! Last week, I unbagged my January Ipsy bag, and soon after, my Lip Monthly bag arrived.

If you’re unfamiliar with Lip Monthly, they’re a beauty subscription that arrives monthly at $12 per month. Their bags have been very high value the past few months, and most items included are lip products. So, this is the ideal subscription for someone that wants all the lippies…like me.

I’ve discovered a few brands thanks to Lip Monthly!

This month, there were 4 full sized products. Three lip products and a “makeup mix up” which was actually a hair product this month.

  1. Starlooks Lip Liner $6- This lip liner is a darker pink shade, which is really lovely! It’s a retractable liner, and when I swatched it, it felt smooth and was pigmented. I’m impressed considering I have despised a few Starlooks products sent to me in the past.
  2. Coastal Scents Lipstick $5.95 (shade 15)- I have never tried a Coastal Scents lipstick before! This shade is a lovely deeper red though, and we all know I love red lipstick. The packaging is pretty cute as well.
  3. City Colour Be Matte Lipstick “Latte” $4.99- I’ve reviewed the City Color lipsticks before if you want to read it click here. In a nutshell, I love this formula. Very comparable to Melt Cosmetics, and Latte is a really lovely nude shade! I think I might have to pair it with a darker liner so it won’t wash me out, but it’s a nice cool toned nude.
  4. Oscar Blandi Hair Masque $25+– This was a full sized deep hair conditioner! Mine was a bit busted at the bottom, but it’s no big deal. I was actually in need of some deep conditioner, so it’s as if Lip Monthly read my mind this month.

Total Value of the bag- 41.94+

Overall thoughts- I love that there were two lipsticks in this month’s bag. Sometimes I’ll get lip balms and chapstick, and I don’t personally use those often. I like being able to try out lipsticks and lip liners for less than going to individual sites. I do love Lip Monthly as a whole, and I have personally never had an issue with them. I think that they have grown a lot in terms of products over the past year, though I can tell on social media that their customer service might need a bit more developing.

You all know I try to keep it as honest as possible, and I’m just being honest. Do your research and ask questions, especially if you’re thinking about signing up for anything that could be long term.

However, if you’re wanting to subscribe, I do have a referral link: https://lipmonthly.com//referral/VOTA7OjQCCz1

You can use the code “LipLover” to get your first bag for $5 as well!

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Swatches: Milani Bare Necessities Palette

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Hey lovelies,

Long time no swatch. I was browsing around a Walgreens a few weeks ago and stumbled upon the new makeup randomly. Okay, it wasn’t random. I went looking for some new drugstore makeup. I picked a few things up and thought I was done, and then I saw the display with these new Milani eyeshadow palettes. Many are already familiar with Milani’s single shadows, but palettes? Game changing.

I think there were 4 palette choices in all, and I ended up snagging the bare necessities one because it was very neutral. The other one I wanted was already gone, and I’m guessing it’s because there’s a pretty orange shade in the palette.

This palette was $9.99 in Walgreens. There are 6 shades in this, so that amounts to about $1.65 per shade. That’s still very cheap, but I have said this before, drugstore makeup is getting more and more expensive it seems. I will say that I love the packaging right off the bat. I am forever a huge fan of Milani’s gold packaging.

Other than the packaging, the fact that there is a light matte shade and a dark matte shade is promising to me. The reason why is because that means this palette can be used alone to create daytime and nighttime eye looks that have dimension using a matte transition shade and darker outer corner shade. It’s more of a personal preference, but I think palettes that have both mattes and shimmers are the best and most versatile in general.

Another cool thing is that on the back there are 3 pictures of potential looks you can create using this palette. There are a few high end brands that do this as well, including Too Faced and Kat Von D, and I’ve read that people find this helpful, especially if they’re just starting out with makeup. The little brush that comes in this palette is useless and it’s not even worthy of being in the photo. That’s pretty typical of drugstore eyeshadow palettes though. It’s like a tradition. 

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These are the swatches taken in natural daylight.

The only shade that gave me some trouble was the second matte shade, it took me a few times to get that one to show up. The rest of the shades swatches beautifully. The shimmer shades felt awesome, and I was really impressed with the formula. The gold shade crumbled a bit, but that’s also a bit typical for shimmer shades with very buttery formulas. The darker matte shade swatched awesomely as well! Look at that pigmentation!

Okay, but how did it perform on your eyeballs? Not the best quality eyeshadows I have ever worked with, but I was able to create a pretty day time look. The shimmer shades are awesome though! I found them way more pigmented and easier to apply even above the bella eye shimmer singles.

The mattes aren’t my favorite though. The dark brown was okay, but blending it can be tricky. It’s pigmented, but if you blend even a bit too much you risk making the look appear muddy or blending the shade away almost completely.

I will say this palette would be awesome for anyone just starting into makeup. It’s got two mattes and several shimmers to choose from. So, it’s not going to be overwhelming or over complicated for the casual makeup enthusiast.

Will I be picking up any more? I’m not sure. I might wait until I see some more reviews and swatches of a few of the other ones to see, but for right now, I feel underwhelmed. Because only the shimmer shades performed really well for me, I’m not sure if I will be picking this palette up too often. We’ll see. I have some of the new Morphe single shadows on the way, so I might pair this with those.

 

If you have this palette, what are your thoughts on it? Will you be picking this up if you don’t have it yet? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you all found this to be helpful in some way. As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all having great days!

 

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Nyx Lipstick Collection Pt. 2

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Okay, so it’s time for part two of this giant installment in my “shop my stash” series. More people voted to see my Nyx lipstick collection, and well, I didn’t expect it to be such a huge collection.

If you’re interested in Part one just click here.

Now, today I will be swatching my current collection of simply nude, red, and vamp jumbo pencils, liquid suedes, and my latest additions to my matte lipstick collection. I did a prior post about my Nyx Matte lipsticks that you can ready here if you fancy.

I’ve used the simply vamp lip creams often on my blog, but they’re ones that I always forget to reach for. I own all of the simply vamp lip creams, a couple of the simply ones, and a couple of the simply red ones. The Simply Vamp line is a must have for me. I truly love these, and the shades are amazing! I feel that the shades from the simply nude and red lines can be found in other lines from Nyx though.

I’m not too fond of the packaging, honestly. I feel these could be nicer, but when it comes to Nyx lipsticks, my main concern is the product, and the product is nice.

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From top to bottom: She Devil, Temptress, Bewitched, Enamored, Aphrodisiac, Covet, Maraschino Cherry, Leading Lady, Sable, Exposed

My personal favorites are Enamored, Covet, and Bewitched. These are must have shades for me. Enamored and Covet have shimmer to them, so if you’re a vampy soul that loves touches of glamour, these will be perfect for you.

Next up is my current liquid suede collection. I did a youtube review of these that can be watched here.

I added Sway to my collection since that video. However, I forgot to swatch Stone Fox for this post. I knew I was forgetting one. That video includes a lip swatch of Stone Fox though. For the most part, I enjoy these. They don’t dry down completely matte, so they’re not transfer proof, but they are comfortable and the shades are gorgeous. The only one I find to be patchy when applied to the lips is Sway. It’s a very pretty neon lavender, but it doesn’t work well on my lips.

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From top to bottom: Kitten Heels, Cherry Skies, Vintage, Soft Spoken, Sway, Amethyst

My personal favorites from this line are Vintage, Soft Spoken, and Amethyst. I have a thing for blurples, and Amethyst is a gorgeous blurple color that makes me teeth look white. Vintage is a shade that everyone needs. It flatters everyone!

Last, I have my couple of soft matte lip creams and new Matte lipsticks. I only have two of the matte lip creams because I’m not a huge fan of them. I find them patchy and I rarely wear them. They also dry up quickly, so if you’re someone that collects lipsticks, you may want to pass on these for that reason alone.

However, Copenhagen and Cannes are two that I have kept, and are very pretty shades. As for my matte ones, I recently added four more, two of them being from the 2016 line! That’s right, Nyx is releasing a plethora of new shades to their matte lipstick and soft matte lip cream line.

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Top to bottom: Ultra Dare (NEW!), Up the Bass (NEW!), Aria, Siren, Copenhagen, Cannes

Up the Bass and Ultra Dare are my favorites, as well as Siren. However, I’m a huge fan of all of the matte lipsticks by Nyx. I will probably end up adding most of the new shades to my collection since I already know I love the formula. Not too sure about the soft lip creams. If anyone tries the new ones…let me know if there’s been a formula change!

Anyway, that’s it for today’s shop my stash post! I didn’t include my glosses and lip liners since they’re technically not lipsticks, but I can add another post with those if anyone would be interested.

I hope you all enjoyed this, and as always, thanks for reading!

Oh, and Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is swell to each and every one of you, and please be safe tonight. If you have too much fun and you’re without a ride, you can download Uber and get a discount on your first ride I believe.

Until next time, beauties.

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December Ipsy Bag

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Another month, another Ipsy bag. Okay, I know that’s not a thing at all, but just go with it. 2015 is coming to a close and I have no idea where this hell this year went, but I’m trying to cheer myself up with makeup. Alright, I do that in a lot of situations.

Anyway, before this turns into some weird Makeup Addicts Anonymous post, let’s get into why I’m really sitting here today. I received my Ipsy glam bag in the mail at last! Usually I get my Ipsy bag a week before now, but I think with all the holiday stuff going on everything has been slowed down a wee bit.

First off, the bag is very festive. It’s just a shiny red bag, but I actually dig it. I think red is such a classic shade, and the material is the kind that will make this bag toddler proof so I can put it in my purse.

So, what’s in my last Ipsy bag of 2015? Continue reading if you want to find out…

First off, if you’re unfamiliar with Ipsy, they’re a beauty subscription that arrives every month and costs $10. Typically, there’s a mixture of high end and indie brand makeup, some full sized and some deluxe sample sized. My biggest tip is to review your products every month. It does make a difference in your bags. I’ve been getting more high end samples the past few months, and I think it’s because I consistently review all products. I’ve personally been subscribed for a little over 2 years now.

Clark’s Botanicals deep moisture mask- This is a pretty decent sized sample for a mask. I know I have mentioned my skin type before, but my skin gets dryer than a snake’s in Winter. I can’t wait to try this mask out!

Peter Lama’s Hand Cream- Not gonna lie, Peter Lama sounds like a former celebrity name that I should be seeing in weird late night infomercials. This hand cream smells nice, but I already have so many hand creams to use up. However, I will probably end up using this one. Have you ever felt your hands in the winter after washing dishes for 30 mins straight? It’s awful, and I feel uncomfortable thinking about it.

Tarte Cosmetics Smooth Operator Powder- I was really happy to see this in my bag! I love Tarte cosmetics, but I don’t always have the money to splurge on their face products. I’ve been wanting to try this baking thing all the kids have been raving about, so I may get to try it now!

Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick- This is a full sized product that everyone received this month, and I got the shade Nudie Red, which is a lovely brownish red color. I haven’t tried many natural lipsticks, but I love Pacifica! The packaging is really freakin’ cute too. I love the hearts all over the tube.

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Primer- I have so many eye primers, but it is something I use everyday. I’ve never been disappointed with any Elizabeth Mott product I’ve received, so I will try this one out as well. Maybe this one can replace my Too Faced one once I use it up. The Too faced primer is raved about, but it dries my eyelids out terribly.

Colourpop Shadow in Stereo- I had some points to redeem, and was able to snag a Colourpop shadow before everyone else got one! I almost always miss out on cool rewards, so I was happy to get this one since I already love Colourpop so much. I also got a Luxie shadow single, but I put that in my z palette and forgot to include it in the photo. Whoops. Stereo is a really shimmery dark burgundy though, which is a shade I wear very often.

Well, that’s everything I got in my bag this month!

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If you are subscribed to Ipsy, what did you get in your bag this month?

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Quick Review: City Color Shimmer Shadows

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Hey lovelies,

If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably already seen this picture. I put together a short and sweet little swatch post, but I also wanted to touch on a few other things here on the blog because I personally don’t like having 100 line Instagram captions.

To be clear, even though I am an affiliate with City Color, I purchased these shadows myself last weekend during a sale. City Color had a sale every week last month, and one weekend these shimmer shadows were 50% off. These are already very affordable at $6.99 each, so when I saw they were $3.50 I snagged the shades I’ve been wanting to try.

If you follow Dupe That on Instagram, you’ve more than likely seen these compared to the Kat Von D shimmer shadows which are a whopping $21 each. Don’t get me wrong, they’re gorgeous, but single shadows have never been something I’ve felt inclined to spend that much money on.

The City Color ones are $6.99 each at regular price, and there is 3.65 grams of product in each pan. That is a lot of product. You’re definitely getting a lot for your money with this.

I do enjoy the packaging. The lettering rubs off after a bit, but I have found these easy to store in my acrylic organizers on my vanity. Because they’re flatter, they can be stacked by twos in the little containers that found from Ross.

I don’t know what I was expecting when I got these, but the first time I swatched them, my heart nearly stopped. These are so buttery. Like to the point where I feel as if I poke my finger too hard in the pan the product would crumble. I don’t believe it would, but I don’t know what other way to describe how soft the texture is.

These do not crumble though. That is actually a pet peeve of mine with shimmery shadows. I don’t enjoy the little crumbles that some can leave behind, and these don’t do that. In my opinion, the closest comparison makeup wise I can make regarding texture would be to the Makeup Geek shadows.

Very smooth. Super pigmented. Not a pain in the ass to work with.

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Swatches from top to bottom: Cheers to Life, Marsala, New Year New Me, Bubble Bath, Homecoming Queen

I have seen Marsala compared to KVD’s Raw Power, and they are almost spot on dupes. Marsala and Cheers to Life are probably my current favorites because they are amazing Fall shades, but New Year New Me is gorgeous as well, and doubles as an awesome highlight! It’s a very pale white-gold type of shade, making it a highlight that multiple skin tones can use, including fair skin tones like myself.

I like to put a few shades over top of my tattoo because it truly shows how pigmented products are, and these shadows are no exception. These were all swatched in natural light and with no primer underneath. 

There are so many more affordable brands that are stepping up their game and bringing out some high quality products. It’s really exciting to me! I love splurging, but I also love saving a bit of money when I can, which is why I follow so many pages that find dupes. Ha!

I do have a coupon code that will save you 10% on top of every sale City Color has, and you get free shipping at $25. My code is lunafayebeauty 🙂

Though I am now affiliated with this brand, my opinions are still very honest. I’ve been a huge fan of City Color for a long time now, so naturally I was excited to have my own coupon code to share with you all in case you’ve been wanting to try a few things.

If you have these shadows, what are your thoughts on them? What are some of your favorite shades? Comment and tell me all about it!

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October Lip Monthly Unbagging

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I know I’m doing two unbaggings in a row, but next week is the week of Halloween so I want to save that week for some cute makeup looks and more Fall tutorials! So, today I want to share with you all what I received in my Lip Monthly bag.

Lip Monthly is a monthly beauty subscription that now costs $12.95 per month. You get 4 full sized products, 3 being lip products and there’s always a “makeup mix up” that isn’t a lip product. On average, their bags are high value and most I’ve gotten have been worth $40+. There is almost always a code to get your first bag for $5 floating around as well on Instagram!

Even better, starting in November subscribers will be able to choose the shades they get in their bag, and they’re starting a rewards program! I’m stoked about this new addition to their service. I’m a bit picky when it comes to the shades I wear, and being able to choose will be awesome. Give me all the reds.
Okay, let’s get on to the unbagging:

1. Pencil Me in Eyeliner in One Cent This is a full sized product that retails at $6.99. I’ve received an eyeliner from this brand before, but I wasn’t a fan of the color. However, I really love this color. I like this formula and it doesn’t tug on my eyes at all, and this shade is right up my alley! It’s a shimmery copper shade which is very flattering for green eyes, so I can’t wait to include this in a few fall looks!

2. Lord & Berry Lip Crayon in Sensual This crayon retails at $16, which is a lot for this tiny lip crayon. However, this color, like it’s name, is pretty sensual. It’s a really pretty muted red shade, so if you’re someone that doesn’t like bright reds but enjoys the look of a sultry muted red for Fall, this is a good one! I do have another one from this brand, and now that I have two I might do an official review, what do you all think?

3. Hikari Crayon in Mandarin This chubby lip crayon retails at $14, but I don’t quite understand this shade being in the October bag. It’s orange-y but more in a Summer sense and not in a Fall sense. I don’t really see myself pulling this out until Spring, but it is a lovely shade and it swatched very smoothly, which means it will probably be very hydrating.

4. J.Cat Lipstick in Auburn This is the lowest value item at $2.99, but probably the product I love the most in this bag. Weird, right? I’ve been wanting to try more J.Cat lipsticks ever since the concealer shade Lip Monthly sent everyone (no fiascos like that since then, thankfully) because these seem promising. I adore this shade. It’s so beautiful, and I nearly gasped when I swatched it. Okay, I do that often because I have a serious lipstick addiction and when something swatches smoothly and is a gorgeous shade, my heart flutters. Don’t judge me.

Well, that’s everything I got in my Lip Monthly bag! If you’re curious about past bags, I do have quite a few reviews of their brand that include things about their customer service on my blog as well, just use the search bar on the right hand side of my page and search “Lip Monthly.” I’ve gotten some pretty awesome things in this bag, and some duds. That’s the risk I take with loving beauty subscriptions so much though. This month’s bag retails at $39.98, which is pretty high value, but not as high as usual.

I am really happy overall with this bag. Let me know if there’s anything you all would love to see a lip swatch or short mini review of!

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My Favorite MLBB Shades

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Today I am going to be talking about lipstick again! If you’re wondering what “MLBB” stands for, it stands for “My Lips but Better” and not something odd like “My luscious big booty.” This is supposed to be a tag post of some sort, but no one tagged me and I just felt like doing this. I did a post last week about my favorite affordable red lipsticks, so today I want to touch on my favorite nude lipsticks.

For reference: I am very fair and my skin is cool toned. Cool toned mauve colored shades suite my skin tone the best. My lips are also naturally very pigmented, and pull a bit more mauve to begin with. For me, pink nudes with a bit of a brown tone to them are the way to go in terms of nude lipsticks on fair skin. I find it to be very flattering and a striking contrast. I tend to avoid very light pink and super pale nude shades, because many times it just looks like I put concealer on my lips. I mean, there is a time and place for concealer lips, but not when I want something pretty that will go with about any eye look I’m wearing that day.

To answer your question, yes, I have bought so many mauve lipsticks since every makeup company keeps coming out with various mauve and dark nude lipstick shades. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I love this mauve and brown lipstick trend. This is also the picture that I’m going to forever send to creepy people that ask me for nudes. “Oh, okay, here are all my favorite nudes in one photo!” On to the lipsticks of the hour:

Stila “Patina” I lusted over this shade from the moment I saw it on Thataylaa until I finally ordered it during a Stila sale a few months back. This is a liquid to matte lipstick, and it is glorious. It smells like cupcakes and it lasts on my lips for a very long time. I do find that the smell of these lasts for a bit longer than most, so if that kind of thing bothers you, you might not like this formula. I find that the applicator on the Stila liquid lipsticks are very nice and give a precise application. I highly recommend this shade if you love mauve liquid lipsticks.

Nyx Matte “Whipped Caviar” I have mentioned the Nyx Matte formula before, and I will probably continue to do so because I love them so much. Very affordable at $5-6, and whipped caviar is the perfect nude shade for anyone looking for a beautiful mauve shade that’s budget friendly.

Nyx “Thalia” This is an old and constant favorite of mine. The shade is much like “Whipped Caviar” but it’s a glossier formula. I love the round case lipsticks, and I believe I own way too many of them. Thalia is one of those lipsticks that you can throw on with a dewy base and bit of mascara and it somehow glams up the entire look while looking natural. It’s a power shade, in my opinion.

LaSplash “Charmed” This is a more recent addition to my collection, and I have raved about the LaSplash liquid lipsticks very often on my blog. Charmed is from the mousse collection, so this formula is different from the lip couture line. These dry very quickly, and they have an intense staying power. Charmed is a lighter pink-ish nude shade that is very flattering on my skin tone. It’s light and flirty, but it doesn’t wash me out. I do find that this pulls a bit more grey on my lips somedays than pink or mauve, which is nice. It’s a very different shade.

Nyx Butter Lipstick “Pops” The Nyx butter lipsticks pop up often in my lipstick posts. Pops is more of a brown toned mauve, but it is so flattering on multiple skin tones. I highly recommend this color, and the Nyx butter lipsticks in general. They are incredible, and I wear them often, especially in the Summer. I can apply this shade without even looking in a mirror if I need to.

Kat Von D Studded Lipstick “Lovecraft” This is probably one of the most worn lipsticks in my collection. I actually put it down for awhile because I was afraid of running out, and these are on the pricier side at $21 a piece. So worth it. The studded lipsticks are very matte. You will probably need to apply a bit of balm a little while before applying one to make the application smoother. Lovecraft is an absolutely stunning shade. I always get compliments on it when I wear it out. Maybe it’s the confidence it gives me, or maybe it’s how flattering this shade is on my skin…who knows. I just know that if you are looking to buy a few shades from this line, pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

That’s it for today’s post! I hope you all enjoyed this quick little blurb about some of my favorite MLBB shades of lipstick. What are some of your favorite shades of nude? Let me know in the comments section!

Also, if you have any requests for my next “my favorites” lipstick/blush/whatever else post…please let me know! I thoroughly enjoy these types of posts.

I hope you’re all having wonderful days, and thanks for stopping by!

*typical disclaimer- I bought all these products myself, and all opinions are my own!

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J.Cat Beauty Lip Paints: Review + Lip Swatches

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Today for Swatch Saturday I actually have a video! I have been trying out the J.Cat Beauty lip paints that I ordered for a bit now, and I finally sat down and did a review with lip swatches for my Youtube channel! Lip swatch videos are very intense, so I apologize if a few of the darker colors are not very pretty looking. My mouth was on fire towards the end.

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Anyway, just a little tidbit: J.Cat is a cruelty free and very affordable brand. They seem to have a ton of lip products, and I am impressed with almost everything I have tried, and I want to order more.

In the lip paint line, there are 36 colors. The packaging and color range is very reminiscent of the OCC lip tars. They are pretty different though. I would say the J.Cat lip paints are similar in concept and shade range, but pretty different in terms of the finish and lasting power. A few of these do go on patchy and need building up, but the ones that are patchy make incredible mixing shades! Overall, I do enjoy these lip paints and they are fun to play around with!

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I’m considering doing a separate video with all of my favorite mixing combinations using these. Please let me know if you would be interested in something like that, and what colors you would want to see me create! I do know a bit about color theory. Not enough to brag about, but enough to get by.

Everything else that you may need/want to know is in the description underneath the video! Please watch it and let me know what you think. Also, if you’re not subscribed to me please do so! I’m so close to 300 subscribers! So close, yet so far away.

PS- I know I spelled “review” wrong in the opening credit. Way to start a video, right? It was late, and I was tired. It happens, and I’m too lazy to delete a video and re-upload over one letter. That’s precious time that could be spent listening to music in my underwear. I’m totally kidding…

I hope you’re all having amazing days! I do plan on sitting down and catching up on comments very soon, so please don’t think I’m ignoring you! My daughters joint birthday party is this weekend and I’ve been fairly busy with that.

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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.

Have a great day, lovelies.

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Unboxing: Target Summer Beauty Box

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Hey beauties,

Today I have an unboxing! I will be showing you all what I got in my Target Beauty Box this Summer. Every season, Target releases beauty boxes that have deluxe sample sizes and full sized products, and are pretty high value. They are usually $7, and the shipping is free, and if you have a Target debit card you can snag an extra 5% off! There is no true “subscription” with this box, and it’s on a first come, first serve basis. I will say that these boxes sell out very quickly every time they’re released, so if you ever see one in stock and want it, just get it.

This season’s bag was valued at $40, and I received 5 items in my bag. I think that for the most part everyone received the same scheme of products with some variances here and there.

Without further adieu, let’s get on to the the unboxing!

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1. Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Styling Creme– Deluxe sample size valued at about $6. I love Fekkai products! They’re a bit out of my price range, so getting big samples like these makes me so happy. I’m really excited to try this one because it claims to tame frizzy hair, and boy do I need that in the Summer time in the humid South. This is one of the products that I’ve seen vary between boxes.

2. Olay Regenerist Luminous Hydraswirl Eye Cream– This is actually the product that caught my eye the most when I ordered this box online. This is a full sized product and retails at $23! I have tried this out a few times, and I do like it. It’s unscented and gives a nice glow to my under eyes, cancelling out the purple that’s naturally under my eyes.

3. Sinful Colors Nail Polish “Boom Boom”– The retail value of this is $1.99, and though this is a lovely pink shade, I don’t wear pink nail polishes often. I may be setting this one aside for an upcoming giveaway *wink wink*

4. Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in “Gladiolus-” Retail of this is $8, and it’s full sized! I haven’t had a chance to wear this shade on my lips yet, but I have swatched it and it felt very smooth and buttery!

5. Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Wipes– There are 3 of these in the box and that comes to about a little over $1. I have used one the pads already, and I put it to the test with a deep burgundy shade, and it cleared all the polish off in with one pad! I was impressed, and I will use these up. Will I repurchase? Probably not for awhile since I have loads of acetone stored away, but these are very nice.

Total Box Value: $40

There were also 2 coupons in this box, one for $3 off a $15 beauty purchase at Target (can also be stacked with manufacturers coupons as well) and a $1 off a Revlon product.

Overall, I’m really happy with this seasons beauty box! Did you snag one or more of these boxes? What did you get? Will you be getting one in the future?

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

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