🖤Ipsy February “Much Love”🖤

▫️Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches Matte Bronzer ($25, for full size)

I’ve been receiving a lot of bronzers lately! This bronzer/contour is a medium cool-toned matte brown shade and the formula is extremely soft to the touch. It’s buildable and blends easily however this shade would definitely work better for fairer skin tones so I had to build it up a bit. This could also be used as an eyeshadow, but as far as a bronzer/contour it didn’t wow me so much. (color is actually cool toned medium brown)

▫️NYX Butter Lipstick Lifegaurd ($6)

The Nyx Butter lipsticks are described as a delicate satin texture fused with highly saturated color. It is definitely very smooth and pigmented with a slight sheen. Lifeguard is a darker  classic red that suits every skin tone. This won’t be a long-lasting lipstick though and will need to be reapplied after eating.

▫️IBY Beauty Highlighter Bubbly ($12)

This highlighter is soft and pigmented and is a really pretty light pinky-gold color which swatches more pink than when applied. It’s buildable and adds a natural glow to the face.

▫️Luxie Beauty 514 Blush Brush ($18)

Luxie Beauty brushes are vegan and cruelty-free with synthetic bristles. I have two other brushes from Luxie and I think they perform very well and are well-made. I also love the rose gold and pink handle, as well as the soft bristles. I’ve used this brush to apply highlighter and for touching up foundation with powder.

▫️Promise Organic Nourishing Coconut Milk Daily Facial Scrub with Walnuts & Sugar ($9.99, for full size)

This is a gentle exfoliator for normal to combination skin made with organic ingredients. This scrub smells amazing and is very gentle while still exfoliating and deep cleaning the skin. 

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Indigo Rd ▫️ Cray Sneakers

I’ve been searching for dressier sneakers that can go with any outfit and be dressed up or dressed down, I also love the flatform style that’s been popular lately. I came across this pair on the Macy’s website from the brand Indigo Rd and instantly fell in love with this shoe! After purchasing I searched and found no reviews or pictures for these shoes so I decided to do one in case anyone was thinking of purchasing and wanted some extra insight!Indigo Rd is a shoe brand “inspired by a rich American heritage and the desire to discover and wander” and they carry a variety of boots, heels, flats, etc. in a really unique, boho style I really love. The collection is not available to purchase on their website however, but informs you on where you can find a specific shoe. (DSW, Macy’s, Francesca’s…)The Cray Lace-Up Sneaker in Slate: (on sale until 2/26, Macy’s online-$22.12, orig. $59.00) is faux-suede with a rubber traction sole and a 1″ platform. It was also available in black, light blue, and ivory (a lt. camel)-the color slate is a light greige color and has a nice weight to it but is not too heavy. It also looks and feels very well made and the 1-inch platform is the perfect height for someone who wants that flatform look, without the height being too much. It’s a very comfortable wear and goes with almost anything- I think a shoe like this is a staple in anyone’s wardrobe as it is stylish yet comfortable and adds a little height. I’m absolutely loving these shoes right now and I’m so tempted to buy the Ivory color!

Ipsy January “Metropolis” 🏙⭐️⭐️

▪️It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination Medium ($24, for full size)

This is described as a full coverage, anti-aging waterproof concealer with added radiance for a lit-from-within glow and there are 4 shades in the line. I have the original Bye Bye Under Eye and didn’t love it because it did crease a lot on me. This too has a thicker, sticky formula and so you don’t want to use too much, although this one didn’t crease on me at all. Medium was actually quite light and has a pinkish hue to it which is great for covering grayish/dark spots, but for my undereyes I like using a peachy concealer better. I did like this for covering some dark spots on other areas of my face. (All product swatches at end).

▪️Pacifica Blushious Coconut & Rose Infused Cheek Color Wildrose ($12)

This blush is described as a soft, sheer, universally flattering shade. The formula is also of course 100% vegan and formulated without carmine, FD&C color, parabens, or petroleum. I so far haven’t liked any powder Pacifica products I’ve received from Ipsy-eyeshadows, highlighter, because they had barely any pigmentation. Although this is a sheer formula, I really like the subtle blush and glow it gives…you don’t need to apply highlighter when you apply this blush. It looks very natural and is perfect for an everyday light flush and glow. I’m also in love with the unicorn packaging🦄.

▪️Pur-lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask + Exfoliant ($52, for full size)

This mask is described as a 10 minute facial for all skin types to gently resurface, detoxify, brighten, tighten, and smooth and contains many beneficial ingredients (see pic below). Its consistency was quite thin, dried quickly and contains rice granules which exfoliate the skin as well. The first time I applied this, it burned the skin around my mouth and nose for a minute or two, the second time was fine. The only noticeable difference I noticed right away was that my skin felt softer, but a mask needs a couple of weeks to see any real differences in the skin.
▪️The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer ($20, for full size)

This is a much loved product in the beauty community but this is the first time I’ve actually used it. This bronzer is a cool-toned, medium matte brown that can be used as contour and eyeshadow as well. The formula is very soft and opaque and it worked really well for my skin tone as a contour- I like using a cool-toned color to achieve a very natural contour. 
▪️Temptu BASE Smooth & Matte Primer ($35, for full size)

This primer is described as a perfect canvas formula to create a poreless and matte finish, diffuses imperfection and combats shine to make makeup last. I really like the consistency, it feels like a sort of moisturizer-oil hybrid and leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. This didn’t do much for me as far as creating a ‘perfect canvas’, I’ve been using it for more than a week and it’s performed just alright. I’ve definitely used primers that I can see right away make my foundation look flawless and this one was just not working for me.

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