2016 Favorites

December 28, 2016 | Beauty | 32 Comments »


Sorry about the lack of posts these past 2 weeks. I took a little time off to spend with my family. In fact this will be my last post of the year. I will return to my regular schedule starting January 2nd. I’m working on so many things and have quite a few posts lined up.

I wanted to end the year with a bit of a roundup. While a favorites of the year post is nothing new to many of you, it’s very new around here. I don’t usually do roundups or favorites posts. But this year has been pretty great beauty-wise. There were quite a few products that have wowed me and made it to my favorites list. So here are my 2016 favorites! I tried to narrow it down to my top 10 (in no particular order), but added a few extras at the end.

Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream

Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream
This cream has quickly become a favorite. While it’s not something I turn to for daily use, it’s still a favorite. Any time my skin dries up I whip this cream out and apply it before bed. By morning my skin feels more hydrated with no visible dry patches. If I have to take photographs I always make sure to use this cream the night before. It’s not the most comfortable feeling face cream, but it works wonders for dry skin! And it truly does leave me with a fresh smooth base come morning.

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette

It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette
This contour palette was a favorite from the very beginning. It’s one of the easiest contour palettes I’ve worked with. It applies and blends beautifully. I love that I can easily create a more natural looking contoured look with it. It also contains 2 highlighters in matte and shimmer. So you get the best of both worlds!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette
This is hands down my most favorite/reached for palette of the year! I love the combination of neutral and berry tones. And the quality of the shadows is everything I expected it to be and more!

ColourPop Hello Kitty Collection

ColourPop Hello Kitty Collection
I have a lot of issues with ColourPop and I will get around to speaking my mind on the topic. But I have to set my personal issues aside and be completely honest. This is one of the most exciting collections of the year for me. I really feel like it was nicely done. The packaging is simple, but super cute! And the shades were as colorful and sparkly as I’d expect it to be. I can’t even tell you how bummed I am to learn that they added more to this collection after I decided to ban them for life. Because I would have been all over it!

Wet n Wild Autumn Lush Collection

Wet n Wild Autumn Lush Collection
Is it just me or was Wet n Wild on a roll this year? I usually feel like their products are very hit or miss, but this year they really brought on the hits! This collection was a definite hit! The Coloricon Matte Liquid Lipsticks were pretty awesome. Well, most of them were. But the Coloricon Eyeshadow Trio in Velour Vixen is what really wowed me! I was really impressed with the quality of the shadows and the look I created with them is easily one of my favorites of the year.

It Cosmetics Holiday 2016 Collection

It Cosmetics Holiday 2016 Collection
Picking a favorite holiday collection is really difficult because there were so many great releases this year. But the 2 brush sets from the It Cosmetics Holiday 2016 Collection stand out the most. They’re all kinds of glamorous and the brushes are amazing quality!

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
This mask is a little on the messy side, but it’s an amazing mask! It gently exfoliates my skin as I wash it off leaving me with incredibly smooth skin. It has a bit of a cooling sensation which always leaves my skin feeling so refreshed.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection
This is another one of my most reached for products of the year. The blushes and highlighters are beautiful! And so is the packaging! I’m so glad that I skipped the first Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Collection because this one is so much nicer! 3 beautiful blushes and 2 beautiful highlighters all wrapped up in an equally beautiful package.

Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection
Even though I just received this beauty, I feel like it deserves to be here on this list. It’s a gorgeous collection and you can just tell that a lot of thought was put into it. The shadows are beautiful and unlike anything else in my collection. And the quality of the shadows really took me by surprise. They’re so pigmented! And sparkly! And wow!

Derma E Purifying Collection

Derma E Purifying Gel Cleanser
When I first reviewed the Derma E Purifying Collection I mentioned that the 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask was my favorite of the bunch. While I do still love the mask, I find myself reaching for this cleanser more than anything. It does a great job at removing my makeup, is fragrance free, and gentle on my sensitive skin. I’m really digging Derma E’s skincare products. It’s really difficult finding products that play nice with sensitive skin and I find that their more natural approach is gentle enough for me to use.

There were a few more products that wowed me this year. And they also happen to be items I find myself reaching for quite often. The Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color was a really nice find. They really surprised me with their fun shades and comfortable wear. And they only cost $4.99!

The IPKN Moist & Firm Beauty Balm is easily one of the better items I’ve received in my Bichboxes this year. I don’t really care much for BB Creams, but this one really surprised me. There aren’t many shades to choose from, but the shade I received was a good match for me. I love the way it looks and feels on my skin. It does a great job at covering imperfections and evening out my skin. All while feeling incredibly lightweight!

The It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment is easily the most effective lip balm I’ve ever used. It’s a nice thick formula, but doesn’t feel heavy or tacky. It’s incredibly moisturizing and lasts forever and a day! No kidding. When I apply this at night it’s still there come morning. Another huge plus is that it doesn’t have a strong scent. I do detect a faint scent, but it’s pleasant and not at all bothersome. I’m also digging the cute pink packaging.

And last, but certainly not least is my personalized fragrance thanks to Fragrance By Me. I was really impressed with the concept of creating your own fragrance as well as the end result. I finally received my personalized bottle which I will be sharing very soon!

There you have it! My 2016 favorites! What are some of your favorites from this year?

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year! <3

*I received some of these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this post. All opinions are completely my own.
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Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

December 19, 2016 | Beauty, ittse | 34 Comments »


Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

Pssst… it’s empty.

Coffee break with me! WOOO! Did y’all know that Coffee Break With Dani is one of my favorite beauty vloggers? I’ve been following her since the very beginning. I’ve always felt she brought a little something different to the table. She has such an upbeat personality which is something I admire! I also appreciate how she keeps it real. And I always get a laugh or two out of her videos. You can easily tell that she loves what she does because it shines through her work. So you just know that any collab with her name attached to it would have to be pretty amazing!

Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection
Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

This is my first time experimenting with the brand ittse. And what a wonderful way to start, huh? The Lotus Collection is very beautifully put together. The collection contains 4 Foiling Pigments in the shades Better which is the prettiest emerald shade ever, Determined which is an antique gold, Stronger which is a pink with duochrome microglitter, and Wiser which is a sapphire blue, but totally looks purple on my skin due to the purple and pink microglitter. The pans are tucked inside the cutest box. The black and gold was a very nice choice. The collection name, the shadow names, and the color scheme really do flow very nicely together.

Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection
Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

Swatches: Better, Determined, Stronger, Wiser

The Foiled Pigments are super pigmented! I swatched them with a little MAC Fix+. All I had to do was gently glide my finger across the top and it picked up more than enough product. To apply on my lids I wet my shader brush with a little MAC Fix+ and picked up some product and pat it onto my lids. I didn’t experience too much fallout either. A few specks of shimmer here and there, but nothing bothersome.

Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

If you’re like me and love all things color and sparkly, then you’ll love this collection! I’m all about color! And I’m totally digging the color choices in this collection. These will make for some glamorous Christmas and New Year celebration looks. Or it’ll make for a glamorous every day look. Because I’d totally rock these on a coffee run. That’s how I roll in the Midwest!

Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

You can purchase The Lotus Collection here. They ship to the US and Canada. The collection costs $35.00. If you want you can purchase a bundle which comes with the palette of your choice for $50.00. The palette shown here is Florentine Gold. There are 6 pretty shades to choose from. I might have to purchase a few more palettes. They’re the perfect size and I like how it stays open when I open it. I hate having to fuss with those palettes that just won’t stay open. Of course this means I’ll also have to purchase a few of those blushes because holy hell do they look HOT!

You can see a look I created with the shade Stronger below. It was really difficult choosing which shade to work with first, but I think I like Stronger the most. It’s a really beautiful sparkly pink! I also want to note that aside from my white base it’s just the shade Stronger on my lids. Depending on my angle and lighting the color shifts which I think is pretty cool. So I included a few extra photos to really try and show this baby off.

Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection
Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection
Dani X ittse The Lotus Collection

So what do you think of The Lotus Collection? Do any of the shades catch your eye?

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.
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Play! by Sephora: December 2016

December 15, 2016 | Beauty, Play! by Sephora | 22 Comments »


Play! by Sephora: December 2016

Play! by Sephora: December 2016

Play! by Sephora: December 2016

Play! by Sephora: December 2016

Play! by Sephora: December 2016

Swatch

I was so excited about this month’s Play! by Sephora box. That is until it arrived and I ripped it open. The bag is cute as heck! The black and rose gold is so pretty! I was way too excited to dig in. Unfortunately, that’s where the excitement came to a screeching halt.

Believe it or not, I’ve never tried the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. I keep meaning to pick one up, but never do. I mostly stick to my MAC Fix+ and not much of anything else. Ok nothing else. But I have always wanted to try the Urban Decay Setting Spray so I was very excited to see this included in the box.

I usually don’t mind getting mascara in my boxes, but I feel like that’s all I’ve been getting lately. I haven’t tried the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara yet so at least this is another new to me item. But it’s not one I really need at the moment. I’ll still give it a try though.

I think I’d be more excited about the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer if the sample were maybe big enough for at least 2 uses.

I don’t really care much for dry shampoo, but I guess they do come in rather handy when you’re traveling. Which I’m hoping to do a bit of next year. So I guess I’ll tuck the Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo away until then.

Another product I would have been more excited about had the sample been big enough to at least coat both my upper and lower lip is the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain. Seriously, what am I going to do with that teeny tiny sample? I probably used half of it in my swatch. I received the shade Always Red which is a matte bold classic red. It is a very pretty red though. Too bad about the tiny size.

The fragrance included in this month’s box is the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon. It’s a blend of vanilla bourbon and spice wood with a delicate floral note. I actually really like this fragrance. It’s very light and warm. I can see myself purchasing the full size.

So there you have it. I guess it’s not a total dud because I can at least get some use out of all of the items. Even if I’m not that excited about all of them.

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