Ipsy January Bag Review

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Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eye Liner in Storm – This is a dark grey eyeliner that has a little bit of sparkle to it. The formula is a little bit waxy, which made it difficult to apply. At $13 this product is a bit over priced for the quality it produces.

Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Treasure – I received a sample of Pacifica eye shadow in another Ipsy bag that is a similar shade that I use quite often. The shadow goes on smoothly but, it isn’t very pigmented. The other downside is that the Pacifica shadows are only available in a palette and cannot be purchased separately.

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo Luminizer – This luminizer is very thin and liquidity. I’d recommend mixing it with some of your foundation before you apply it. It gives your skin a little bit of “glow” which is great for my dull winter skin.

La Fresh Eco-Beauty Be Good. Good Day. Day Moisturizer – I immediately noticed the unpleasant smell when I opened up this product. It is medicinal smelling, greasy, and very watery. After applying the moisturizer I did not notice a substantial difference in my skin.
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm – I rolled my eyes when I saw another lip balm sample but, after trying it was pleasantly surprised! The smell/taste kind of reminds me of honey lemon Halls throat drops. The lip balm is very soothing to my over chapped lips. Unfortunately, it does not provide sun protection so I’d have to use it with a product that does or if I’m staying in doors.
Ipsy is beginning to disappoint me! I’ve had a Birchbox subscription before but, cancelled because I preferred Ipsy. Are there any other subscription services available out there? The Fortune Cookie Soap Box is so much fun but, it comes out quarterly. The Spring box ships on February 9th and it appears it may be Alice in Wonderland themed! If you like soap/lotion/body wash, their boxes are worth checking out!
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Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour Palette Review

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Recently released by Kat Von D, the Shade + Light Contour Palette features three highlighting shades and three darker shades for contouring. It is comparable to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. Anastasia’s kit has been on my wish list for quite some time but, I was a little hesitant to purchase it because of the price and the fact that I am still unable to get the right look when I try to contour. So far the best combination I’ve found is adding a darker foundation to contour areas and add a little bit of bronzer to the areas once the darker foundation is blended into my usual foundation. I like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind and Naked Flushed. Unless I’m going out somewhere at night I prefer to make a subtle contour during the work day.

My thoughts about the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette:

PROS

  • Sturdy packaging
  • Clear Mirror (unlike some palettes that have a cheap plastic one)
  • Blends Easily
  • Smooth Finish

CONS

  • Colors may be a little too light for some skin tones
  • Too much sparkle in the darker colors

Overall this is a quality palette that I am happy to add to my collection. Kat Von D also released a contour brush along with this palette, that I plan to purchase. At $36 the brush is pricey but, I have other Kat Von D brushes and they are super soft and durable. I’m in need of a really good contour brush!

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Does anyone have both the Anastasia & Kat Von D palette? How do they compare?

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Best of 2014

Is it too late to post a “Best of” list for 2014? It was so hard to get up on Monday and go back to work for a full week as well as start another class at school. Getting up and out of bed the past few days have been a challenge. It is freezing here in Pennsylvania and no matter how many layers you wear, going outside is literally painful.  Anyway, here are my favorites from last year.

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DressModCloth I love your dress I love these dresses so much that I have one in 3 colors. ModCloth just released two new colors Burgundy and Cobalt. The Burgundy keeps going out of stock, but I was lucky enough to order one earlier today. The dress is very versatile and can be worn in spring, summer, and fall. Although the fabric is thin, I still am wearing it this winter. Heavier tights, sweater, and boots make it work.

Boots – G by GUESS Gadget Bootie In the beginning of fall I looked everywhere for a good pair of black booties. I now have 3 pairs and these by far have been my favorite. They are comfortable and actually warm. It looks like DSW is almost sold out online though.

Lip GlossL’Oreal Colour Riche Balm & NYX xtreme lip cream Both of these products are incredibly affordable, which is why I have several and always keep one of each in my purse. I prefer these over lipstick when I’m at work or just doing something casual.

NailsGelous Nail Gel This isn’t really much of a substitute for gel polish. It removes just like regular polish but, does seem to keep it from chipping right away. I think it also keeps my nails a little stronger.

Skinboscia Purifying Cleansing Gel I added this to my skin care routine later this year after experiencing several break outs. After using it nightly for a few weeks I did see an improvement in my skin and will purchase it again. The price is a bit high but, it is very gentle on sensitive skin and a bottle will last you a few months.

BookNot That Kind of Girl by Leena Dunham In 2014 I really got into the Girls show and once I heard Leena was releasing a book anxiously waited for the release date. The book was incredibly entertaining up until the end. I enjoy Leena’s raw, gritty, truthfulness and the fact that she is so comfortable and confident with herself.

PaletteToo Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette Also high up on my list of favorites is Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2 Both of these palettes offer high quality shadows in neutral colors that can easily be toned down or vamped up. I picked the Chocolate Bar palette over Naked Basics 2 because I just cannot get over the fact how amazing it smells when you open it up.

Thanks to everyone who posted a favorites list, I have several products on my 2015 list to purchase!

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review

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Typical gel manicures last a few weeks but, I don’t get them often anymore because no matter how I remove the gel, my nails get weak and brittle. Someone recommended Gelous because it is similar to gel but, removes like a regular polish. Since I bought it I have used it religiously every time I paint my nails. It does help extend the life of some polishes. I saw Sally Hansen’s new Miracle Gel product on sale at the drug store so, I decided to try to out. It claims that it is like gel polish that removes like regular polish and no light is required. This is a two step process. First, you apply the color and then the top coat. I chose the color Rosey Riviter which is an orange coral color.

The product directions indicate that you apply 2 coats of the color. For me 2 coats were not enough so I ended up doing 3. I’m not sure if it is the color I chose but even after 3 coats I didn’t think it was enough.

 

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This is a photo of what my nails looked like after painting them. Please ignore my poorly manicured cuticles.

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Here is a photo of 3 days after application. As you can see there is minimal chipping, but enough for me to want to take the polish off. When my nail polish begins to chip I have a bad habit of picking it off.

Considering the fact that you must buy two bottles of polish for about $10 each, I wouldn’t recommend this product. I was very disappointed with how sheer the color was. If it is on sale again I may try another color but, I rather spend the money on two bottles of Gelous.

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Friday Favorites January 2nd!

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Wow, is it really 2015? I feel like the older you get, the quicker the years seem to fly by. I wanted to get back on track and do some Friday Favorites again. Usually over Christmas time I avoid the malls and other shopping centers because of all the craziness. Some people enjoy Holiday shopping, but I am not one of them. After all the Christmas posts I’ve seen, there are several products I’m dying to try! Here are a few of my favorites:

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1.) Shea-Infused Lounge Socks – These socks are so incredibly soft and comfortable. I love wearing them when I’m just lounging around the house. I bought this particular pair at Bath & Body Works, but drug stores, Target, Walmart, etc. all carry them as well. In those stores you can usually find them in the foot care section.

2.) Eucalyptus Spearmint Aromatherapy Body Mist, Body Wash, and Body Cream from Bath & Body Works -I received the Body Lotion & Body Wash as a gift. The scent is very fresh and it is not too strong like some aromatherapy products. Bath and Body Works sells a whole line of products so I picked up the body cream and body mist. Does it really relieve stress? I have no idea, but it smells awesome.

3.) Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade – After 4 years my Anastasia Brow powder hit pan so, I finally went out and bought this product. The consistency reminds me of gel eyeliner. The staying power is excellent and definitely prefer this over the powder.

4.) Vaseline Lip Therapy Lip Balm – In the winter time my lips are constantly chapped despite the various products I’ve tried to prevent it from happening. After doing some research, I read that Vaseline was actually the best treatment for chapped lips. Putting it on right before bed and sleeping with it on overnight really helps your lips absorb the moisture. The size of the package is perfect! It is a mini version of the typical Vaseline container that can easy be carried anywhere.

5.) Target Metallic Infinity Scarf – This is my very first infinity scarf and I love it! It is incredibly warm and has silver threading throughout the knitting. I’m a bit disappointed though because the weather has not been cold enough to wear it this winter. It’s too bulky and warm to wear as just an accessory.

That’s it for this week! Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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