Ipsy April ‘Sideshow’🎪🎟🤹🏽‍♀️

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with school and finals, but finally here is my Ipsy bag for this month! The theme is Sideshow and the bag is a large red/orange ticket that’s actually more sturdy and well made than most bags. However the inside is a little small and while unique, I just overall don’t like the look of this month’s bag.

🎪 Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner Black  ($6.99)

I tried this eyeliner awhile ago when it was in a silver packaging. I loved it because it went on so easily and was long lasting. They have a calligraphy style applicator that’s gentle on the eyelids which is a big problem a lot of other liners have. 
🎪 Hey Honey Besame Mucho Shea Butter & Propolis Lip Balm  ($14, for full size)

 The shea butter and propolis in this lip balm hydrate and have antibacterial properties. While lip balms and glosses aren’t my favorite to receive or use in general, this one was very moisturizing and not very glossy feeling. I’ve been using it lately as I’m applying my makeup as sort of a conditioner for my lips before applying lipstick.

🎪 Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel ($30, for full size size)

This aloe gel has natural regenerative properties and can help balance redness and uneven skin. Along with aloe’s many uses this gel can also be used as a makeup base and actually worked really well that way for me. It also smells amazing and has a lightweight, cooling feeling that dries down pretty quickly.

🎪 Luxie Beauty 660 Precision Foundation Brush ($23)

I am loving my little Luxie Beauty brush collection that is slowly growing thanks to Ipsy. The brushes are really good quality, soft bristles that pick up up a lot of product with really pretty handles. I was excited that they finally sent out a foundation brush! But this one is a lot smaller than I expected-but still good. The brush is more of a fluffy, flat shape and it’s a bit difficult to apply the foundation quickly with this. But it did leave my foundation looking flawless with no streaks.

🎪 TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter ($24, for full size)

Even though this is a very popular highlighter in the beauty world, I’ve actually never used it before! The color is a perfect champagne color with the perfect amount of glow for a natural highlighted look. It’s buildable and has no glitters which is definitely what I prefer, soft, and opaque.

Ipsy March ‘Tres Jolie’🎀

  This month’s bag is a classy, light pink with a black net-like design on the front with a rose gold zipper. I really like this one, it’s different and can fold back up to become an extra big makeup bag!

🎀Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow Marisa 

This is a single shadow from Doucce’s Freematic line where they have a selection of matte and shimmer shadows to build your own quad palette ($35). The shade Marisa is a rosy-gold color and is pretty soft when applied dry but becomes very opaque and almost metallic looking when applied wet. The shade is pretty however, unless applied wet the gold flecks spread easily and get into the crease.

🎀Elizabeth Mott Blending Brush ($15)

This is a cruelty-free, vegan brush with synthetic fibers. It feels sturdy and good quality-the bristles are very soft yet pick up a lot of product and just makes for a perfect crease brush.

🎀Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint Delish ($20, for full size)

This liquid lipstick in Delish is described as a rosy mauve color, it’ll suit many people and is perfect for day or night wear. The formula of this liquid lipstick is thin, dries fast, and actually very comfortable. It didn’t dry out my lips and lasted awhile before beginning to fade in the inner part of the lips. 

🎀Model Co. Eye Define Crayon Liner ($14, for full size)

This retractable black eyeliner is cruelty free and vegan and described as highly pigmented, water resistant formula, and with a soft, silky texture. It is quite pigmented and doesn’t rub off easily even with water but, the texture is pretty stiff and I had a hard time getting a pigmented upper eyeliner even with squishing the tip down. It glided on the water line a lot easier, though I hardly wear eyeliner in the water line.

🎀Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask ($74, for full size)

This detox mask is made to refine, brighten the skin while keeping it hydrated and smooth. You are supposed to apply a thin layer and leave it on for: 7 min/dry skin, 9 min/normal-combo skin, 11 min/oily skin. It’s great that they give us this info so that each person can cater to their skin type’s needs. The mask is very thin and a little rough to apply with the granules it has in it but it dries quickly and removes easily. My skin did feel purified without the dryness that most leave behind. They also say to wait 10 min. to apply moisturizer.



 

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation ▫️Review

Details

  • $5.99-1 fl. oz/30 mL
  • 20 shades
  • Lightweight, thin consistency 
  • Medium-High medium coverage

Wet n Wild says: Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under seven different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection. 

Product: This foundation comes in a glass bottle with a plastic spatula applicator. There are 20 shades in the line but unfortunately most stores I’ve been to carry about 10 shades. It has a runny texture and so doesn’t dry right away. The best tools I’ve used to apply this has been a beauty blender or flat-topped buffing brush such as the Elf Powder brush and the Real Techniques Expert Face brush.

Application: I’ve been using this foundation for weeks now and I love it! It feeels very lightweight when applied yet gives me high medium coverage. I’ve been able to also spot conceal pretty well. I’ve been wearing this over primer with no powder and get about 6 hours wear-even gone kayaking and was shocked with how nice my foundation still looked! I have combo/dry skin and have never really gotten oily while wearing this foundation. I didn’t really test the claims about photo lighting, but most reviews I’ve read say it does looks nice in photos and different lighting.

Overall I was really impressed with this new foundation–packaging and finish, and I was looking for something more affordable to use everyday that still gave good coverage. It’s definitely worth a try if you are looking for a simple, everyday foundation!

Wet n Wild Spring 2017 Queen of My Heart ♥️⚜️♥️

Wet n Wild’s Spring Collection for 2017 had arrived in stores! I always look forward to their limited edition Spring/Summer/Fall collections and to seeing the new products! This year’s spring collection has soft, romantic colors with some golds and browns to create a complete eye look. They’ve also included highlighters, a lip palette (missing from display), cheek + lip tints, and a kabuki brush.

Details 

  • 3  Coloricon Eyeshadow Palettes ($2.99): Heiroglyphic Heart, Will You Marina Me, Heart and Heavy
  • 2 Megaglo Highlighting Powders ($4.99): Lilac to Reality, The Sweetest Bling
  • Kabuki makeup brush ($3.99)
  • 3 Megaglo Cheek & Lip Tints ($4.99): Crush Upon a Time, Flirt on the Street, Kiss Me If You Can
  • Perfect Pout Lip Palette ($5.99)

Both highlighters are just so pretty to look at! I was really excited to try these out and they did not fail! They’re opaque, buildable, and have no chunky glitters.

    🌷Lilac To Reality

    Lilac to Reality is a trendy holographic lavender/light bluish shade that’s very unique and pigmented. You have to use a light hand with this one if you want it to be more wearable but it easily builds up very brightly. Pictures just don’t do this one justice!(outer portion, heart portion, mixed, mixed swatched w/brush) 

    🌷The Sweetest Bling 

    The Sweetest Bling is a light, sort of muted pink. This color is also pretty unique and I think will suit many skin tones, it’s definitely softer than Lilac to Reality but buildable. It just looks beautiful applied and I find myself using this everyday lately-may need a backup!(outer portion, heart portion, mixed, mixed swatched w/brush)


    🌷Hieroglyphic Heart 

    This trio contains a yellow gold browbone shade, a matte mauve crease shade, and a brown w/gold shimmer eyelid shade. The colors are soft and pigmented and can create a really pretty romantic eye look.

    🌷Will You Marina Me

    This trio contains a paler yellow gold browbone shade, a mauve-gold brown crease shade, and an aqua blue eyelid shade, also soft and pigmented. This will work great for spring and summer!🌷🌷🌷


    So that is what I picked up from the Queen Of My Heart collection! I would definitely recommend getting the highlighters.The eyeshadow palettes are great also, and I know I always take Wet n Wild palettes when I’m doing my makeup on the go!

    🖤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. 

    Swatches

    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!