YSL Black Opium Voxbox

I received a sample of Yves Saint Lauren’s Black Opium perfume courtesy of Influenster! I was super impressed by the packaging. It’s very edgy, yet very girly. The description mentioned scents of vanilla bean, white flowers, and coffee. This made me a little nervous because I HATE coffee. The taste, the smell, everything. I crossed my fingers and hoped the coffee scent wasn’t too strong and thankfully I couldn’t really pick up on any. 

I normally go for very sweet, fruity scents. This was still sweet, but a subtler scent that j think would be perfect for the cooler months. I’m looking fotward to wearing this!

September Glam Bag from ipsy

  1. ย Pixi by Petra – Brow Powder Trio. I love this eyebrow powder! The case is a little hard to open, but I love blending the colors to find that perfect shade. I’m curious about this brand. I guess it’s sold at Target now and this little mini kit was only for ipsy. Sort of a shame, because I love how tiny it is!
  2. Crown Brush – Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush. Soft, efficient, doesn’t feel “cheap.” No complaints here. I don’t usually go for double ended brushes since I store them upright in a cup, but I sure don’t mind being sent one in my Glam Bag!
  3. NYX Cosmetics – ipsy Eye Shadow Trio. I actually liked this a lot more than I expected. Goes on easily and is more pigmented than I assumed it would be, but still very build-able. It also has just the right amount of shimmer. These shades are definitely a must-have for just about anyone!
  4. J. Cat Beauty – #MOTD Waterproof Slide on Pencil for Eyes in Bronze. Everything I expect from an eye liner pencil. I probably wouldn’t have picked this out for myself, but I like the color a lot. It has a subtle, metallic finish. I’m going to try to incorporate this more. It looked awesome with the NYX eye shadow for a all neutral look.
  5. Vasanti Cosmetics – Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser. Okay, this stuff rules. It’s a super, super fineย exfoliate that gets rid of all that dead skin on top and makes your skin super soft and smooth. It was a little hard to wash it all off. I felt like I was rinsing my face forever. I used a normal cleanser afterwards to make sure I got it all. I was happy with how it made my skin feel afterwards. Definitely like this product!


Below is a look I did with the NYX ipsy palette. Used the lightest shade on the lid, the brown in the crease, blended up towards the brow bone. Then the black shade in the crease and outer corners to really accentuate. I used Bootycall by Urban Decay under my brows to finish off the look. It looks very natural and can definitely qualify as a “no make up” make up look, if you know what I mean. Even with primer, it seemed like the lightest shade seemed toย disappear after a few hours, though. Maybe I need to double layer that one or something. Oh, andย I used some Bare Escentuals, Covergirl, and Benefit Cosmetics mascaras to get the long lash look, too.

My Favorite Point + Shoot Cameras

I have an DSLR and a mirrorless camera AND a point and shoot. There are some really nice point and shoot cameras out there that if I had endless amounts of money, I would totally get. Currently, I use the Sony WX300 point and shoot camera. This is what I usually have in my purse and pull out with friends for snapshots or selfies. You know, the usual. I will be straight up, though, you get exactly what you pay for with a point and shoot. I know this for a fact from my two and a half years at Peoria Camera Shop. If you get the cheapest camera out there, don’t be surprised by the poor quality of the photos and the camera itself. Expect that $100 camera to last about a year or two. That’s it. Just wanted to throw that out there and make it clear. If you invest in a better camera, you’ll get more out of it and it’ll last longer.

Anyways, here are some of the point and shoot cameras that I drool over for various reasons. I will say, too, that almost all of these models are made with professionals in mind that want the quality, but don’t want the size.


Nikon Coolpix AW130. I like this camera simply because of it’s durability. Waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof. I’m mainly interested in the waterproof aspect, but an almost indestructible camera sounds pretty great, too! The zoom is pretty much non-existent, but that’s to be expected with a waterproof camera. It runs about $300 before any rebates.


Fujifilm XQ2. I won’t lie, the biggest draw for me here is the aesthetic of the camera. It’s beautiful. And so inconspicuous. This would be perfect for sight seeing and people watching without drawing any attention to you. They’ll think you’re just a hipster with a film camera haha. It’s got a 25-100mm zoom lens with a f/1.8-4.9 aperture. Not bad at all. And only $400 before rebates.


Canon Powershot S120. This little guy has a f/1.8 5x zoom on it and I just love it. It’s small and compact, easy to use and performs well in low light. It’s $450 before any rebates.


Sony Cybershot RX 100 IV. Oh baby. All the Sony’s R line is amazing, I must say. What draws me the most is the 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 Ziess lens. Oh man. The bokeh (blurred out background) and low light potential is insane! This has an eyepiece, too, which would definitely come in handy. And it’s tiny! It’ll fit in your pocket! $950 before any rebates.


Sony Cybershot RX 10 II. This is my absolute favorite. If I had an extra $1,399 to spend, I’d get this. It’s a 24-200mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens! 2.8 all the way through! It is bigger, like the super zoom point and shoots or the small DSLRs. So, it’s not going in your purse or pocket. The potential, though! I’d love this for shows that I’m not approved for, because this lens does not detach and could be taken into any venue. Ah, the possibilities!

There you have it! These are all my “if only” cameras that are produce amazing photos, mainly due to their quality lenses. Are there any others I should know about? Let me know!