Bad Habit Aura Palette

January 29, 2018 | Bad Habit, Beauty | 16 Comments »


Bad Habit Aura Palette

Bad Habit Aura Palette

Bad Habit Aura Palette

Bad Habit Aura Palette

Bad Habit Aura Palette

Swatches: Phenomenon, Awakening, Ethereal, Soul

Bad Habit Aura Palette

Swatches: Manifest, Energy, Haze, Dreamstate, Vibe

Bad Habit Aura Palette

Swatches: Ecstasy, Mystique, Destiny, Radiate, Immortal

I know things have slowed down a bit around here lately. I assure you that I have not lost interest. I have been working behind the scenes a bit, but I admit that my blog just hasn’t had my full attention. First, one of my oldest (childhood) friends got me hooked on a new game. Then my sister-in-law had her baby. He’s the cutest little guy and I just can’t get enough of him! He arrived at the perfect time and was just what I needed to drag me out of the good old Winter Blues. Seriously, I hate Winter! Mostly, I’ve been trying to get back into shape. I’ve been doing more exercises that my body is no longer used to so I end up getting hurt. I know they say the best thing to do is push through it so I kind of go back and forth. One day I’ll push through it and the other day I’m laying on the couch unable to move. Good times.

To sum it up, I’ve been juggling a lot and I need to manage my time better. The problem is that there’s just so much that I want to do and so little time. I’ll try harder though.

Today I’m going to be talking about one of my Hush App purchases that I mentioned in my Holiday Haul post. It’s the Bad Habit Aura Palette. It’s said to be a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette. It’s not an exact dupe, but most of the shades are very similar. I was even able to recreate a look someone made using the Prism Palette.

Bad Habit claims it features unique textures ranging from intensely pigmented mattes to ultra pearled metallics to shade shifting duo-chromes. I’m really digging the different textures as well as the shade selection. When I first opened this palette the first looks to come to mind were bold. However, you could just as easily tone it down and create a few neutral looks as well. Now onto my thoughts!

The Aura Palette is beautiful! I was very impressed with it. Not only did it swatch nicely, but the shadows applied and blended beautifully. Even some of the darker matte shades! Some of the mattes were a little on the powdery side, but I didn’t experience any issues. My only real complaint would be the shade Energy. It wasn’t anywhere near as vibrant as the yellow shade in the Prism Palette. I used this shade on the inner corner of my eye and had to build it up quite a bit to even get that kind of intensity. Which still isn’t much. Also, the shimmery shades apply much better with a dampened brush. I applied Ecstasy on my lid and when I applied it with a dampened brush that shade just popped! It makes a huge difference! You can see a look I created with Bad Habit Aura Palette below. I used Awakening in my crease, Vibe in my outer crease, Ecstasy on my lid, Energy on the inner corner of my eye, and Dreamstate on my brown bone.

Bad Habit Aura Palette

I really want to collect all of their palettes. Even the dupe for the Modern Renaissance Palette (which I already own and love). I just think that they’re surprisingly great quality for the price. I wasn’t expecting to love these palettes as much as I do. So be on the look out for more Bad Habit reviews.

Info

Product: Bad Habit Aura Palette
Price: $12.00
Purchase: badhabitbeauty.com

Sky Organics Bubble Box: January 2018

January 15, 2018 | Beauty, Sky Organics | 16 Comments »


Sky Organics Bubble Box: January 2018

Sky Organics Bubble Box: January 2018

Last month I mentioned on my Instagram how excited I was about Sky Organics new Bubble Box. Bubble Box is a monthly subscription of bath goodies delivered right to your door! Every month you will receive 1 bath bomb, 1 shower steamer, 1 bubble bar, and a surprise. Sometimes it’s a bath bomb, sometimes it’s a bubble bar, and sometimes it’s both! It costs $16.95 a month and you can cancel at any time! Let’s take a look at what’s inside a typical Bubble Box!

January’s box is called the Champagne Box. This is what was inside…

  • Bath Bomb: 5 oz Lavender Champagne – A sparkling mix of lavender oil, effervescent citrus notes, and sweet vanilla.
  • Shower Steamer: Lavender Luxury – Lavender lover’s dream.
  • Bubble Scoop: Strawberry Shake – Vine ripened strawberries combined with notes of juicy orange and peach nectar.
  • Mini Bath Bomb: Love Potion – A sweet bouquet of citrus and berries.

I love Sky Organics bath bombs. I’ve had the pleasure of trying them on a few occasions. And let me tell you, I was pretty sad when I ran out. What I love about them is that they’re hand made, 100% natural, they don’t contain a lot of ingredients, and they smell amazing! My skin always feels so soft after soaking in the tub with one of their bath bombs. They’re not that messy either. Of course you’ll have to rinse the tub afterward, but it didn’t stain or anything.

I like that they include shower steamers and bubble bars as well. It’s a nice variety of bath goodies to keep things interesting. My only real complaint is that when the box arrives you really don’t know what’s what. I have to visit their website to get a break down of what’s inside the box. It’s not really a big deal, but I think it would be helpful if they included a card so that you know what kind of bath bomb/shower steamer/bubble bar is inside.

I love the idea of a monthly subscription box for bath goodies. I always seem to run out of bath bombs or bubbles and forget to replenish my stash when I’m out. So it’s always a pleasant surprise to open my mail box to one of these wonderful boxes.

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Info

Product: Sky Organics Bubble Box Monthly Subscription
Price: $16.95
Purchase: skyorganics.us

Esqido Lashes

January 11, 2018 | Beauty | 10 Comments »


Esqido Lashes

Esqido Lashes

Esqido Lashes

Esqido Lashes

I’ve been applying makeup for as long as I can remember. I’m definitely not a pro and I’m sure I make a lot of mistakes in a lot of people’s eyes. Personally, I’ve always viewed makeup as a form of art. And as my grade school art teacher once told me, there are no mistakes in art! It’s something that has always stayed with me. So I just do what feels right for ME. Mostly I play it safe. I do experiment with a lot of color, but for the most part I play it safe. Lately I’ve been stepping outside of my comfort zone and have been practicing applying false lashes. Some days I glue my eyelashes together and other days I manage to apply them just right. I guess it takes some getting used to?

I have managed to successfully apply false lashes a few times. I’m sure you can tell which looks I’ve used them in because my lashes are fuller and more dramatic. I have always loved looks that include false lashes and I’m hoping to start including more of my own. Starting with Esqido Mink Lashes!

Esqido Lashes

I’m going to start off talking about the website. For a beginner like myself, I found their lash guide to be extremely helpful. They ask a series of questions about your eyes and natural lashes as well as how you plan to use your lashes. Then they list a few they think would fit your style and needs. I’d have to say it was pretty spot on for me. The lashes they suggested ended up being the perfect fit.

I also appreciate how they list details for each set of lashes including volume and length. They even include photos so that you can get an idea of how each set of lashes would look on you. There are also customer reviews just in case you need a little more help deciding.

I ended up choosing one of the lashes the lash guide suggested. Night Bouquet just seemed like the perfect fit. These were very easy to apply even for a beginner like myself. They felt very comfortable and fairly lightweight. I also think they look more natural. Obviously my natural lashes aren’t that long and full, but the quality of these lashes really shows and that’s what I mean by more natural.

Esqido Lashes
Esqido Lashes

I’m also really digging their Companion Eyelash Glue. I love that it comes with a wand for easy application. It’s also thin enough that it doesn’t apply a ton of glue. It really does help you to apply the perfect amount. It’s also latex free and I didn’t detect a scent.

You can see the Esqido Night Bouquet Mink Lashes in action below. So far I have used them in 2 separate looks (both shown below).

Esqido Lashes
Esqido Lashes

Overall, I’d have to say that I love these lashes. I love everything about them. The packaging is pretty and elegant. The lashes are great quality and really do look and feel more natural. And even though I’m still just a beginner, I didn’t have any issues applying these.

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Info

Product: Esqido Mink Lashes – Night Bouquet
Price: $29.00
Purchase: esqido.com

Product: Esqido Companion Eyelash Glue
Price: $10.00
Purchase: esqido.com

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