April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Posted in Beauty, Ipsy on May 18, 2017 | 12 Comments »


April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

April 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag

Swatches: Palm Island, Honey Dew, Peach Blush

I’m officially back! I’m so sorry! This move took longer than I excepted. I kept trying to make it over to my computer to at least respond to comments, but then I’d get sidetracked. I’m just one of those people who needs to have everything put away and neatly organized/clean or I won’t be able to focus on work. I’ll be thinking of those boxes stacked along the wall that need unpacking. I feel so much better now that everything is very neatly put away. Of course I now have a pile of work on my desk. And I’m sure that I’ve already run out of makeup storage. So it looks like I’ll need to make another trip to Ikea.

I’ll have to post all about the new place. I still have to get a few more organizers mainly for the kitchen and pantry. I also have to figure out how to effectively mount curtain rods to these walls. They don’t take to nails or screws as easily as I’d hoped. Even the screws with built in anchors. I’m tempted to just skip the curtains in the living room because the last thing I need is another stripped hole in the wall. I should probably just stick to blogging. Either way, I’ll try and get some photos up soon.

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, here is last month’s Ipsy Glam Bag. An Instagram friend had sent me a bag and I was so impressed with it that I decided to sign back up. Seriously, this one is a winner! The actual bag is super cute. I love the little ticket stub!

First up is Hey Honey Bésame Mucho. I guess it’s a lip balm that doubles as an overnight lip mask.

I was most excited about the OFRA Cosmetics Peach Blush. I’ve heard SO much about the brand and their products that I couldn’t wait to try something. Only I didn’t know where to start. This blush was a great introduction. This nifty blush can also be used as a highlighter or eyeshadow. It can also be applied wet. It swatched beautifully! It’s so soft and buttery! And the shade is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to try it!

The Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel sounds like it’ll come in handy. Ipsy says that aloe is naturally regenerative so it will help balance out any redness or uneven skin tone. It also claims that the gel texture makes for a killer makeup primer.

I don’t think I’ve tried much from Ciaté London. So I was also excited to see the Ciaté London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in Palm Island included in my bag. The packaging is really cute and the bronzer itself is really pretty and nicely pigmented.

The Hikari Cosmetics Cream Pigment Eyeshadow in Honey Dew is gorgeous! It’s so creamy! This gorgeous eyeshadow can also be used as a highlighter. And it sure does look like it would make for a beautiful highlighter!

Overall, I’m very impressed with this bag. I’m happy with everything I received and I seriously can’t wait to try out each and every item.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Posted in Anastasia Beverly Hills, Beauty on May 1, 2017 | 12 Comments »


Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

Swatches: Kitty Kat, Forever Young, Daydream, Forever Lit, Glo Getter, 143

At this point I’ve got a pretty decent highlighter collection. I really didn’t need another highlighter palette. Except that I did. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit was just too darn pretty to pass up!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

The packaging is just your typical cardboard packaging, but it’s a really pretty sparkly pink! I love it! The kit includes 6 highlighters in the shades Kitty Kat which is a pink with platinum shimmer, Forever Young which is a pink pearl with silver shimmer, Daydream which is a coral with white gold shimmer, Forever Lit which is a platinum with lavender shimmer, Glo Getter which is a champagne with rose shimmer, and 143 which is a rose gold with bronze shimmer.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

I found them all to be very pigmented. I did swatch them wet so that they’d pop more for the photos, but even when applied dry they’re still very pigmented. If you’re looking for a more natural highlight, this kit isn’t for you. This baby is going to give you some serious glow! I did get a bit of glitter everywhere when I applied some of the shades, but it wasn’t that big of a deal to me. I just figured I’d mention it because I know that some might find that to be bothersome.

I really love this Glow Kit and I’ve been using it ever since I purchased it. You can see it in action below. I used Kitty Kat to highlight my cheeks and used Forever Lit on the inner corner of my eyes, nose, and cupid’s bow.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

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Play! by Sephora: April 2017

Posted in Beauty, Play! by Sephora on April 27, 2017 | 14 Comments »


Play! by Sephora: April 2017

Play! by Sephora: April 2017

I feel like my Play boxes are getting less and less interesting. I just feel like there’s so much that could be done here yet they somehow miss the mark.

First up is the philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser. I actually like Philosophy and I just ran out of my go-to cleanser so this will definitely come in handy. It’s a one-step facial cleanser that is said to tone and hydrate your skin. I’ll definitely try this one out soon!

I’ve got quite a few samples of the Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer in my sample drawer. For some reason I keep getting these. It’s a translucent primer gel that smooths skin and blurs flaws. I guess I can finally give it a try to see if I like it. It’ll be a good thing if I do because I have so many of them laying around!

I’m not sure if I’ve tried anything from Peter Thomas Roth. The Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream sounds interesting. It’s a 30% hyaluronic acid cream that transforms atmospheric vapor into fresh, pure water, providing your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Aside from the cleanser I think this is the only other item I’m sort of excited about.

I already have so many makeup removers (seriously I have an entire drawer full!) so I’ll probably pass the Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover onto someone else.

I don’t think I’d mind receiving eyeliners if I was sent different shades. There are only so many black eyeliners you can have laying around. I’ll probably pass the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner onto someone else as well. I would have loved to receive one of the blue or green shades. This is what I mean about missing the mark. They could have increased my excitement with a bit of color!

The perfume sample this month is Miu Miu MIU MIU L’eau Bleue. It’s a little too ‘woodsy’ for my liking. It reminds me more of a cologne than a perfume. It’s not the worst scent in the world, it’s just not something I’d wear. I’ll be passing this one along too.

I’m really hoping for better items next month. I really want something I can get excited about! Take a page from your own book, Sephora, and um… step it up!

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