Hair + Beauty

March Glam Bag from Ipsy

This months ipsy bag was cute! I like the bag itself and the contents were right up my alley. If you don’t have ipsy, you’re missing out. Only $10 a month for 5 beauty items in a cute little bag delivered right to your door. Sign up here!

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Mini – This stuff is great. It’s not too rough but I can still tell it’s exfoliating.

Marc Anthony True Professional Deep Repair Aloe Vera & Jasmine Oil Deep Repairing Conditioning Treatment – Smells amazing and made my hair feel soft.

theBalm Cosmetics Bahama Mama – Solid bronzer! I can see why it’s loved by so many. I took it with me on vacation to maximize space in my makeup bag.

mPrincess Pressed Eyeshadow in Chestnut – Pretty color, good pigmentation, and easy to blend! Solid eyeshadow.

VASANTI COSMETICS Professional Contour Eyeshadow Brush – Love this! I always use a fluffy brush for my crease and this is perfect.

February Glam Bag from Ipsy

Luna By Luna Cosmetics Highlighter in Calypso – I didn’t have a highlighter in this color, so this was fun to try! I don’t know how often I’ll use it, though. It is more subtle, which makes it more wearable.

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in $12 Latte – I like Trust Fund Beauty nail polishes a lot. Not super excited about this shade, just cause brown isn’t usually my thing. It was better on your nails than in the bottle, though. I’ll hang onto it for the right occasion.

NYX Professional Makeup Butter™ Lipstick in Ripe Berry – Love this formula of the NYX butter lipsticks! They’re creamy and feel great on your lips. They aren’t transfer proof or the most long-wearing, but if comfort is what you need, these are fantastic.

Lord & Berry LINE/SHADE Eye Pencil in Black – This goes on very smoothly and is long lasting! It didn’t fade or travel throughout the day, either.

Promise Organic NOURISHING COCONUT MILK DAILY FACIAL SCRUB WITH WALNUTS & SUGAR – Love this! I’ve never heard of this brand before, but this scrub is great. I like to feel the exfoliants in my scrubs, as opposed to the super fine ones. It smells nice and left my skin feeling super smooth.

January Glam Bag from Ipsy

Pretty Woman Nail Polish in I Can’t Deal – I love me a good grey nail polish! This is cute and not too dark or too light.

Trust Fund Beauty Lip Gloss – This feels great on the lips and is a pretty nude shade. I threw this in my purse for when I need some shine on the go.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Rose Gold Tweezers – Never thought I’d say that a pair of tweezers was gorgeous, but these are! I love the color and they work really well!

Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 in Light – I LOVE this BB cream! This was my first time trying it out and I loved it so much, I bought the full-size. It’s very comfortable and perfect for when you don’t want to wear a full face of makeup, but want a little coverage.

Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub – I was in need of a lip scrub, so I was very excited to receive this. Until I saw the flavor. I hate coffee and this smells exactly like coffee. I still tried it out and it works well enough that I’ll deal with the smell. I wish it was a different flavor, though.

 

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November Glam Bag from Ipsy

So, again, Ipsy has been on point with the actual bags lately. This one is SO cute! I was in need of some new mascara, so I was super excited when I saw my sneak peak of my bag. Here’s what I thought about my items:

 

Luxie Beauty’s Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush 524T – This is a cute little brush! Very soft and I love the rose gold color.

FORMULA X’s Nail Polish in Huntress – Love the color! Very subtle sparkles, but a great, dark, fall and winter color.

Verb’s Ghost Oil™ – I love this! I put it on damp hair before I air dry or use the blowdryer. It’s not too greasy, but leaves my hair soft and shiny.

‘Tini Beauty’s Eyetini Eyeshadow in Firestarter – This shade is really pretty, but I’m torn about this eyeshadow. It’s not super pigmented, but it’s very wearable and did look quite pretty on. I was just expecting that exact shade in the pot to be what goes on your eye, but that’s not the case.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – I’ve had this mascara before, so I was excited to try it out again. I like starting with this mascara and then using my CoverGirl LashBlast mascara to sort of comb and separate my lashes afterwards.

Makeup Gift Guide 2016

So, I’ve had a few friends and friends-of-friends ask me about buying makeup for themselves or a loved one. I guess I am THAT makeup person in my circle, which I’m totally okay with. It got me thinking that this could be a really good blog post! So here’s some goodies for that special someone OR if you just want to treat yourself this holiday season. ;) One thing I would stay away from, is trying to guess someone else’s foundation and concealer colors. If they’re wanting a good foundation, just get them a gift certificate.

 

FOR THE MAKEUP NEWBIES

If they’re interested in makeup, but aren’t aficionados yet, start here.

A beauty blender. These are magical. After wetting it before use, you dab your foundation/makeup onto your skin, then tap the beauty blender on your skin to blend. It works for all kinds of face make up, but I prefer mine for my foundation and concealer. This helps create that flawless, streak-free look. I’ve tried some of the other-brand blenders, but they just aren’t quite as good as this one.

Urban Decay’s Naked eye shadow palette. The Naked palettes are so popular, because they’re universally flattering, great quality, and extremely versatile. There are other versions (Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Smokey, Naked Basics 1 + 2, and Naked Ultimate Basics), so even if she has one, you can always add to this collection.

Too Faced Let It Glow Highlight & Blush Kit. Mini versions of their popular blush, bronzer, and highlighter. This is a great set to start off with.

tarte’s Tartelette Tease eye shadow palette. This is a great neutral eye shadow palette for every day looks. It’s got both matte and shimmer shades to suit your taste.

A brush set. A nice brush set that features some eye and face brushes would be great for someone just dipping their toes into makeup. The one linked isn’t the one you necessarily have to get, but any beauty store will have some value sets to choose from.

 

FOR THE MAKEUP LOVERS

See if you can double check that they don’t already have something mentioned below, cause they might! But if they don’t, I’d definitely look into some of these. Many of them have a “cult following” and a great reputation.

Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Modern Renaissance eye shadow palette. This is actually one of my most recent purchases. I held off on buying this for a long time, but finally gave in. And now I’m mad I didn’t sooner! These colors are gorgeous and the formula is truly outstanding.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop highlighter. This is supposed to be amazing and it’s actually on my wishlist! I just cant bring myself to spend $38 on it, but I’d LOVE it as a gift.

Nars Blush in Orgasm. This shade you guys. There’s a reason so many people love this shade. It’s buildable and universally flattering. Seriously, it looks good on everybody. Highly, highly recommend.

Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita. Liquid Lips are all the rage right now and this chestnut-rose shade in particular is quite popular. It looks different from person to person, but it always looks good. It’s long-lasting and kiss proof, a must for liquid lips!

NARS Audacious Lipstick. These lipsticks get amazing reviews and come in a plethora of shades. You’ll delight your makeup lover with this choice, no doubt.

 

FOR THE MAKEUP OBSESSED

You’re going to have to think a little outside the box for your makeup obsessed loved one. This might mean getting an unusual item or dropping some serious dough on something luxurious.

Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick Stockpile. Why not go all out and get UD’s 30 most popular lipstick shades all at once? It’s limited edition and saves you about $200 than if you bought each shade individually.

Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette. This palette features 3 contour and 3 highlighter colors, all matte finish. And it’s refillable!

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette. These eyeshadow palettes are pricey, but get amazing reviews. There are plenty of different palettes to choose from, from bright and bold to neutrals and sultry dark colors.

Hourglass’ Ambient® Lighting Edit – Surreal Light. This is a limited-edition palette of gorgeous powder, bronzer, blushes, and a highlighter. The Hourglass brand is amazing, I love my finishing powder by them. I can only imagine a whole face using this brand!

Bitch Slap! Cosmetics pressed highlighters and eye shadows. Bitch Slap! cracks me up! They have so many options of pressed powders that are done in small batches. Warning: there are a lot of penis and vagina powders, if you’re faint of heart. I, for one, would die laughing and LOVE any of their powders. They also have some Prince, David Bowie, skull, and even Pokemon powders. Oh, and they have penis-shaped lipsticks which I’m dying to get for a bachelorette party gift.

Jouer’s Lip Toppers. These shimmery lip toppers go over your lipstick to transform the shade. This is on my personal wishlist, for sure!

 

This isn’t all-encompassing by any means, but I hope this gives you some ideas! If you have some more recommendations, I’d love to hear them in the comments!

October Glam Bag from Ipsy

Uh, this bag is ADORABLE! I love it! This is right up behind the galaxy bag that I got last November or October, I believe. And I got a lot of good products in this one. I had a little meh spot with ipsy, but it’s been picking up lately!

Ciaté London’s Fierce Flicks Eyeliner – This reminds me of Kat Von D’s tattoo eyeliner. It goes on smooth, it goes on dark, and it goes on evenly. Which is exactly what you want with a felt liquid liner. It’s new, though, so we’ll have to see how it holds up over time.
theBalm Cosmetics’ Hot Mama Blush – Love this! Reminds me of Nars’ Orgasm blush. I think I’m going to stick this in my car for blush touch ups.
noyah’s Natural Lipstick in Smoke – I like the color itself, but it wasn’t quite right on me. It’s a “greige.” The formula is okay – long-lasting, but not the most comfortable or uncomfortable on the lips.
pūr~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters – I’m obsessed with lip balm, so I was pretty excited to get this. Makes my lips feel great and smells good. You can never have too many lip balms!
MeMeMe Blush Brush – A simple blush brush. Gets the job done and is soft. I tend to gravitate towards brushes with a little bit more personality, like colors or patterns, but overall this is a good brush.

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Favorite Liquid Lipsticks For Fall

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Autumn brings bold, dark makeup looks and the easiest place to pull it off is on your lips! For extreme staying-power, I prefer liquid lipstick formulas. I’d like to point out that I wasn’t sent any of these products – I bought them all on my own. Here are some of my favorite liquid lipsticks for fall!

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ColourPop’s Beeper (Warm Taupe) – A great neutral-brown shade. I purged a bunch of my CP liquid lipsticks that I didn’t reach for or if I had a similar color in a better brand. This one, though, has remained a favorite of mine.

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Lime Crime’s Saddle (Brown) – A rusty-brown color. I was a little nervous how this one would look on me, but I actually love it.

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Aromi’s Vamptastic Plum (Dark Plum) – I loooove purple lips. This is probably the shade that I rock the most.

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Makeup Monstor’s Bewitched (Burgundy) – Just got this one, but I love it already! Makeup Monster’s formula is soooo good and their price is unbeatable. Seriously, check them out.

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Aromi’s Red Dahlia (Deep Red) – A nice, vampy red is a must for fall. I love my Red Dahlia shade from Aromi. And the tubes are different, because they upgraded the packaging. This is the newer look.

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Lime Crime’s Pumpkin (Red-Orange) – What would fall be without some pumpkin orange? This is surprisingly wear-able.

What are some of your favorite liquid lipsticks to rock in the fall? I’d love to hear some of yours!