eyeshadow

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.

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 Oilβ„’ – 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.

July Glam Bag from Ipsy


Another month, another glam bag! July was a good bag! Well the contents, at least. I wasn’t thrilled for the bag itself, but it could be worse! I’m considering doing unboxing videos for these, should I? It’d take a lot for me not to peak, I’m so bad at that!

Here’s what was in this months bag:

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in No Filter – Love this color! It’s a very subtle pinky-grey color. I love bold looks, but I also love subtle manicures, too. They can make your fingers look extra long and elegant.
Mellow Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow in Coco – First off, I’m SO sad I didn’t get the other color. It was this rusty color and just SO pretty! I feel like I have enough brown eyeshadows, ya know?
BeFine Food Skin Care Night Cream
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer – This isn’t new to me, but I’m glad I got some more! This stuff is great! Sometimes I think my skin gets used to certain products, so it’s nice to have some options for face primers.
ML Cosmetics Felt Tip Eyeliner in Emerald Isle – I was excited to get this in my bag! Brown eyes really pop with dark colored liners and I totally didn’t have green, so this is perfect!

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Lime Crime’s Venus + Venus II Eyeshadow Palettes [REVIEW + SWATCHES]

r/MakeupAddiction has been such a blessing and a curse. I first heard about these eyeshadow palettes on that subreddit and constantly found myself drawn to looks posted with them. I didn’t have anything in my collection like the colors in the Venus palette, especially. I decided that the Venus palette would create the perfect look that I had in mind for the night, so I finally got it! And while I was at it, I figured I should just get the bundle and get the Venus II, too! Separately, each palette is $32 and the bundle is $45. That’s roughly $2.80 per shadow if you’re getting the bundle.

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Here are both palettes side-by-side. The Venus palette is a warm palette with lots of peach and red eyeshadows. The Venus II has a less cohesive collection, but still unique and versatile colors. Let’s look at each of them closer.

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The colors included in the Venus palette are:

Venus – the color of bruised fruit aka marsala (matte)
Shell – opalescent shell-pink (shimer)
Aura – pearlescent ivory (shimmer)
Creation – rust brown (matte)
Icon – dark brown (matte)
Rebirth – the color of an over-ripe nectarine (matte)
Divine – dusty stone (matte)
Muse – deep burgundy red (matte)

I love all the colors, honestly. They’re all very smooth, pigmented, and easily blended. I think Venus and Muse are my favorites, though. I’ve seen a lot of amazing grungy looking creations with this palette, so I’m very excited. Here are the shadows swatched on my arm.

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The Venus II palette is much darker and features 8 shades that complimented a lot of eyeshadows I already owned. Mustard, Jam, Fly, and Mud go very well with the original Venus palette, especially.

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The colors included in the Venus II palette are:

Pigeon – brown/green shift (shimmer)
Filter – cornflower blue (matte)
Marsh – mossy grey-green (matte)
Mustard – yellow corduroy (matte)
Fly – ivory/green shift (shimmer)
Jam – pumpkin (matte)
Mud – rich burgandy-brown (matte)
Boot – black with multi-color sparkle (shimmer)

Like I said, this palette doesn’t feel as cohesive in the way that the colors in this palette all go together for looks. Obviously, they can, but they don’t match as easily as Venus. I think of this palette as one to use with others, instead of by itself. Love the quality and unique colors, though. Pigeon, Marsh, and Mud are my favorites from this palette. Fly is a great highlighting shade for under the brow bone and inner corner. Filter is definitely a color that I don’t have anything similar and wouldn’t naturally gravitate towards, but it’s been fun finding ways to incorporate it. Here are the shadows swatched on my arm:

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Overall, I’m super happy with the quality and colors of these palettes. They are unlike anything I previously had in my collection and I’m excited to continue experimenting with new looks.

June Glam Bag from Ipsy


The June glam bag is here! I love the graffiti pattern on this bag, very cute! It seems that I’m finally starting to get bags that are more my taste. 

  1. ColourPop Cosmetics CrΓ¨me Gel Liner in Get Paid or Swerve – I’ve never tried a ColourPop eyeliner before! This is a fun color, especially for summer! I was pleasantly surprised how creamy and easy to apply they were!
  2. theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar or Matt Moskowitz – This is a great matte, plum shade! I love purple shadows and I love the fact that this one is matte. I’ve been using it to smoke up my look a bit by using it in the crease with browns and purples on the lid.
  3. oo-Boo Cover-Up Baby Boo-Boo Cover-Up
  4. A little goes a long way with this stuff! It’s a little too light for me right now with it being summer. It was easy to apply and remained smooth – no settling into fine lines, though.

  5. BioRepublic SkinCare Fiber Mask Set – I love masks, so I was very excited to receive these in my glam bag this month! These were fun! I love the smell and my skin felt refreshed after using them.
  6. Liptini Cream Lip Color in Pinktini – This was okay. The color is pretty, but I don’t like taking the time to use a brush to put on lip products, so I don’t like how this is packaged.

April Glam Bag from Ipsy

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So, I’m in love with this tie-dye bag! So cute! Overall this bag had lots of hits and one dud. Nothing I’d consider mediocre, though, which is good.

tarte cosmetics’ LipSurgenceβ„’ lip crΓ¨me in wonder – Love this! It has a minty, tingly feel to it when you apply it. I like the color, too. It’s not super pigmented, but not too sheer either.

Adesse New York’s Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Irina – Pretty color! I have to admit, I just added this to my collection and did not get a chance to use it yet.

Luxie Beauty’s Dreamcatcher Tapered Highlighter Brush 522 – This is not in the photo, because it was too big for the ipsy bag and I didn’t notice it still in the package. Oops! But, I actually love this brush! It’s perfect for applying highlighter and has a pretty periwinkle handle.

Starlooks’ Cream Eye Shadow in Rose Gold – I love this color, but this stuff sucks. No matter what eyeshadow primer I use (Urban Decay or Too Faced), it does not stay. It creases really bad on me. Disappointed with this one. I might give it one more go as more of a liner than all over shadow and see how it goes.

pur~lisse Beauty’s Blue Lotus + White Tea Sheet Mask & Blue Lotus + Seaweed Sheet Mask – These are great! I love how they smell and they made my skin feel super soft. I put them on while taking a bath and had a nice soak with these on.

Vera Mona Lotus Color Switch Palette [Review + Swatches]

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I had not heard of Vera Mona before my March ipsy bag. I was looking at the brand offers (which I tend to do) and noticed this brand. They are known for their instant brush cleaning. Instead of using 9 eyeshadow brushes to create one look, you can simply clean your brushes with their unique sponge and it removes the current color. Neat, right?! As I got on their website, I saw they had their own palette-sponge combo.

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I have to admit I am a neutral and purple shadow addict. I was instantly drawn to the Lotus Color Switch Palette for both the colors and the overall concept. This palette was only $33 + $5.50 shipping. The sponge itself starts off at $17, so I thought getting a sponge, 8 eyeshadow shades, and a double-ended brush was worth it. Best of all, they had an ipsy code for 25% off AND a free double-ended eyeshadow brush. So, the palette was $25.75 instead. I was sold. I ordered mine and anxiously awaited its arrival.

I’ve had the palette now for a couple weeks and have used it to create different looks. My favorites are Lotus, Hibiscus, and Hydrangea. I think this palette would compliment many skin tones and eye colors, but I adore how the purple looks against dark eyes. The packaging is purple cardboard and shuts magnetically. The mirror is nice and big.

The eyeshadows L-R are:

Caper – matte cream color
Hydrangea – shimmery light tan color
Clover – shimmery peach color
Hibiscus – shimmery brown color
Narcissus – shimmery orange color
Celosia – matte brown color
Lotus – shimmery purple color, leaning slightly more blue
Hollyhock – matte black

As usual, they last longer and look better when you use a primer. I wish the colors were a bit more pigmented, but they are very buildable and blend easily. I think my least favorite shade is Caper, because it doesn’t really show up on me. I tend to use it as a base and put the other colors on top of it. My go-to combo has been Hydrangea on the lid, Hibiscus in the crease, and then layer a bit of Lotus in the crease, as well.

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Below is the extra brush that I got with my ipsy coupon. You can’t have too many eyeshadow brushes, can you? I don’t think so. It’s purple and black, so I like it already. The brush has soft bristles and I’ve found it useful for all my eyeshadows, not just with this palette.

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Overall, I’d give this palette an 7.5/10. I like the colors and the brush cleaner built right into the palette. This would be a great palette to travel with and you’d truly only need maybe 1 other brush besides the one that came with you in the palette.