Ipsy August “Good Vibes Only”🌻 & Ipsy September “Like A Boss”✖️

Better late than never! Especially since I’ve gotten really good products in these past few bags I really wanted to review them! 🖤

   

🌻Vitamasques Yoghurt Mask Duo 

I love receiving masks and testing them out- we received two : Kiwi Fruit Yoghurt and Strawberry Yoghurt. They both claim to provide smoothness and radiance to your complexion and refine, brighten, and enhance the skin. I’ve only used the Kiwi Fruit so far and it smells really amazing. It sort of has the texture of conditioner and doesn’t completely dry down which is great for people who hate the tightness of some clay masks. It did soften and give enhance my skin a bit and would be great for people with dry skin. 

🌞 Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis & Minerals Facial Scrub ($24, for full size)

This is a cleansing and exfoliating scrub with non-abrasive, crystalline beads to help clear away blackheads and dead skin cells. It’s also good for all skin types and gentle enough for sensitive skin. It has a sort of lemon-y smell  and leaves the skin very soft.

🌻 Catrice Highlighting Powder Champagne Campaign ($5.99)

This highlighter has a soft velvet texture with a pearl effect. It’s a classic highlighting color that looks good on everyone. And while it is pigmented , it’s not that blinding highlighter when first applied, but can be built up. It’s great to use as an everyday highlighter.

🌞 Crown Brush Medium Face Contour ($6.99)

This brush with soft synthetic fibers can be used for liquid, powder, and cream. I’ve never used a Crown brush before but I really like the quality of this brush. The bristles are compact yet soft and I think works best with blending in cream products like liquid contour and highlight. 

🌻 Makeup Forever Excessive Arresting Volume Mascara ($25, for full size)

This mascara claims to create long lasting panoramic volume  for a dramatic eye-opening effect as well as brig a smudge proof formula. I haven’t opened it yet but the wand looks pretty thin which seems to always work best for my lashes

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This faux leather, studded bag might be my favorite I’ve received. Its simple yet classy with just black and gold and it’s the only Ipsy bag I’ve actually used as a clutch.

▪️Nomad Cosmetics Multi-Perfection Illuminating Bronzer Duo Principessa 

This “bronzer” duo is more like a highlighting duo to me. It has a slightly pink-champagne shade and a light gold shade, mixed together is light pinky-gold shade. It’s a small compact but I can get each color separately and so it’s like having 3 highlighters in 1. It’s pigmented but gives a natural highlight that you can build up.

▪️Feel Renewed Pumkin Walnut Facial Cleanser ($28, for full size) 

This cleanser/exfoliator is gentle and just smells like Autumn 🍂 A little goes a long way and the gentle walnut flakes really gently exfoliates the skin.

▪️ Smashbox Photofinish Radiance Foundation Primer ($39, for full size)

This is a satin smooth primer that gives an instant glow while hydrating the skin. I normally don’t like the texture of Smashbox’s other popular primers because they have that silicone-y feeling. This one however is much more like a cream with a slight glow in it that doesn’t come through too strong through the foundation-which is a good thing. It gives a beautiful natural looking glow.

▪️ Luxie Beaut Rose Gold 207 Medium Angled Shading Brush ($12)

Ipsy loves to send these brushes, and I love receiving them! I now have a nice collection of Luxie brushes and they’re all amazing. This is a synthetic, fluffy angled brush that can be used for powder or cream. I don’t use angled brushes much to do my eyeshadow so I have to play with it more but it does pick up and blend very well.

▪️ E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack ($28, for full size)

This is a moisturizer/mask that you apply a generous amount as a final step in your skincare routine and leave on overnight, rinse off the next morning. With birch juice, it is supposed to intently hydrate your skin. It doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin and you don’t wake up with a greasy face at all. I’ve never tried a product like this and I really like it so far!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette🖤


An essential eyeshadow collection, Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette features 14 shades that range from grungy mattes to bold metallics with an underground edge.

There have been an overwhelming amount of new makeup launches in the past year and a lot of it-particularly the eyeshadow palettes are all starting to look the same. But when I first saw the pictures of the Subculture palette I knew I had to have it! It has steered off the path of all the neutral, warm shades and is a cool mix of dark shades, yellows, and colorful blues and greens. This is my first experience with ABH eyeshadows!

(image: @Trendmood1 https://instagram.com/p/BW8tKxXlL9Z/)

Product: Subculture ($42) is in the same size and style of the Modern Renaissance palette. The outside is that same fuzzy texture that can easily get dirty, but maybe the darker blue color will help with that. This definitely caught my attention because of the darker “grungy” shades and the beautiful yellows. The dual-ended brush included has a fluffy crease brush and a flat eyelid brush and is really good quality.

There are 14 shades:         


 Application: All of the shades are extremely pigmented and soft. The two duochrome shades do need water to show up more and I had the most trouble with building up Cube (the first shade) to opacity even with applying wet. There is kickback with some shades especially Fudge (matte brown shade) but that doesn’t bother me too much. My Lorac Pro is one of my most pigmented palettes and it kicks up product as well. I just lightly dip my brush in and tap out the excess back into the pan. These blend very well when you use a light hand and I think you can create many different and unique looks with this one palette.

Edit: I’ve recently seen some reviews where they’ve had trouble with blending and patchiness. But I haven’t experienced that so far. On ABH’s ig stories they explain how with how soft these are you need to pick up very little and start blending in with a light hand and that patches form when you press hard with the brush. This is how I’ve been using it and so far so good.

I know these aren’t the neatest swatches but these were done with a brush over primer. The 2 duochromes and 1 metallic are swatched dry then foiled w/water. As you can see these are extremely pigmented! (L-R; 1st row-2nd row) 


Colourpop Crushed Crystal Liquid Highlighters Amethyst & Aquamarine

I was really excited when I saw this Crystal Collection coming out from Colourpop just because it’s such a unique collection. There are 4 crystals, each with products infused with that specific crystal. Adventurine, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, and Aquamarine. I wanted to try a setting spray but was only able to get the Amethyst & Aquamarine Liquid Highlighters ($9, 0.85 oz/25 mL)

Amethyst – lavender with a pink flip, infused with crushed amethyst crystals

“…a calming stone that opens the third eye and clears the mind, enhancing intuition and inner strength. Attract peace and balance in your mind, body, and spirit.”
Aquamarine – blue with a violet flip infused with crushed aquamarine crystals

“…embodies the energy of the ocean in its crystal clear purity and its calm, relaxing properties. Known for promoting mental clarity and help to inspire truth and wisdom.”

Product: I really love the packaging on the whole crystal collection-the outer packaging as well as the bottles themselves. They are glass, which always makes a product feel more luxurious and has a pump. Now this is one of my cons with these highlighters, it pumps out way too much product no matter how softly you try; and with the way the formula is you really need a tiny amount. The Amethyst shade is actually very wearable and the tiny duochrome glitters in it are more of a magenta color. Aquamarine is a more striking duochrome with lavender-blue glitters.

Application: These highlighters are very liquidy and have a thin, slippery texture that takes some time to blend into the skin with your fingers, but a makeup sponge helps to blend it out faster. You also have to shake these up before using. Both highlighters are very pigmented but can become more wearable if you use a sponge. 

Are these my favorite liquid highlighters/formula- unfortunately, no. I have to work with them a little more and I don’t love its slippery texture. My favorite is still the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector; I just love its creamier, easier to blend formula much more (however it does set you back $41 for the full size 😐). Overall, these are a great buy if you love liquid highlighters and fun, duochrome shades-and you’re getting a huge amount for $9. 

Ipsy July “Over Easy”✖️✖️🍳

This month’s theme and bag is lazy summer and features Gudetama a newer character by Sanrio, some other Sanrio characters being Hello Kitty, Chococat, and My Melody. I think this bag is really cute and quirky and I love the products I received! I’m also seeing some different brands this month which is a great change. 🍳

✖️Trestique Concealer Crayon Bisque ($26, for full size)
This is described as a long-lasting, gel-like cream concealer stick and it definitely does have a creamier texture. It’s very pigmented, has really good coverage, and hasn’t creased in my undereye area. So far I’m loving this concealer! 

✖️Laritzy Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick Nudes ($24)

This is a matte liquid lipstick that at first has a very thin, sort of slippery texture but quickly dries down matte. It’s not very uncomfortable, but does have that powdery feeling which I don’t really like. The color Nudes is a light nude pink color and this shade is literally my exact lip color, but I actually really like this lipstick. According to their website, this lipstick is limited edition and this is actually the only matte liquid lipstick they have on their website.

✖️Nomad x Stockholm Illuminated Highlighting Powder Midnight Sun ($36, for Nomad x Stockholm Palette)

This highlighter is actually part of a 9-piece makeup set by Nomad Cosmetics called the Stolkhom Palette. It is currently on sale on their website. This highlighter has a very soft texture and is very pigmented with no glitters in it and is a universal champagne shade.

✖️Ciate Wonderwand Gel Khol Liner Black ($18, for full size)

This eyeliner is described as having the blendibility of a kohl, with the intense high coverage pigment of a gel. It is a bit more pigmented and smooth than the typical pencil liner. On the other end of this pencil is an angled brush with thin but soft brsitlesto smoke out your eyeliner. Most smudging eyeliner bring a sponge end, but this brush worked really well to precisely smudge out the line nicely.

✖️Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Diving Cleansing Gel ($25, for full size) 

This brightening and waterproof makeup remover cleansing gel contains the Rainforest of the Sea complex, allantoin, provitamin B5, Indian gooseberry extract, and lavender oil to smooth the skin, soften and protect, reduce the appearance of fine lines, etc. I’ve only used this sample a couple of times and it left a nice, clean feeling without drying out my skin. With skin care you need to use a product a good couple of months to notice any real results.


✖️Everyday Makeup Bag✖️

For everyday simple and quick makeup or when I’m doing my makeup on-the-go I noticed I tend to use the same couple of products that work really well for me. I switch a couple of products out depending on the occasion. I’ve also been using this Ipsy bag because not only is it cute but it’s a little bigger than most makeup bags and can fit all the everything  I need and a couple of brushes too! Here’s what’s inside✖️

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For moisturizer/primer I’ve been switching out between the Naked Advanced Aloe Cream and the Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel. These both also work really well under foundation.


For everyday foundation I’ve been using the Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation-its lightweight yet gives me good coverage. If I need my foundation to last longer or need fuller coverage I carry my Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation. 


For a long time now the L.A. Girl Pro Concealer is the only concealer I’ve been using. It’s one of the only ones that don’t crease underneath my eyes and it’s so affordable!

This Absolute New York HD Eyebrow Kit looks worn out for a reason. My favorite eyebrow formula is powder and this kit includes two shades and an eyebrow wax, but it also has a mini angled brush and spoolie which many kits don’t include.


I have a couple of favorite, bulkier contour shades I like, however this Elizabeth Mott Whatup Beaches is the perfect size to carry and is also a perfect cool-toned matte shade.


I’ve been loooving highlighters lately but I tend to switch out between these two in my makeup bag; Urban Decay Afterglow and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Opal. They are mini sizes, but also are the perfect champaigne shade that go with any look.


I don’t wear blush that often but when I do, the one I like bringing is this City Color Cosmetics Trio. The shades are all very different and pigmented and the packaging is very slim and lightweight.


These are my go-to liners that I use everyday and they are both dark brown shades which for me is a much softer look. The felt tip liner is one from the Ulta brand and the pencil is the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil. Compared to some higher end liners I’ve tried, these don’t smudge or move around on me at all.


Eyeshadow is another step I skip over a lot especially if I’m in a hurry but I like to carry this duo from Pixi by Petra or a Wet n Wild palette for any easy eye look. Most palettes definitely cannot fit in a makeup bag so if I’m going to be doing my makeup somewhere else I’ll just carry whatever palette I’m using.


Right now I’m using this Smashbox Full Exposure mascara; the wand is a pretty simple shape but actually works really well to curl and separate my lashes.


I really love the mauve-y nude lip colors on my skin tone and these have been my favorite lately; Flower Lip Velvet Mauve Over, NYX Simply Nude Sable, and Pacifica Power of Love.


For my foundation I mostly use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, for highlight and contour I use the Luxie Beauty Flat Foundation Brush and E.L.F Small Tapered Brush.


 

Ipsy June “Volume Up”🖤💥💋


The bag this month is a really pretty, classy-looking makeup bag, definitely smaller than last month’s however. Unfortunately this isn’t the most positive Ipsy review…I’ve been getting great stuff lately, but this month fell a little flat for me.

💋NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Soufflé Plush ($6)

This is a lip and cheek color in a nude pink color. The formula is a light, whipped formula that I don’t care too much for but what I really don’t like is the color. It’s a very cool-toned light pink that just doesn’t look good on my skin tone. Ipsy was also sending these out in a nude-brown color that would’ve been perfect for me. I really wish when it comes to lip products/concealers that they would let us pick the color that way we can actually use and enjoy the products. As a blush, it blends easily and is thin, but needs to be built up. Would I Repurchase? No, even if I did like the color, I don’t like the thin, slippery consistency this formula has.

💋Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash with White Willow Bark ($30, for full size)

Formulated with the purest Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial botanicals, this mild cleanser detoxifies and purifies without stripping skin of its natural moisture. This cleanser has a very pure, clean scent and foams easily so a little goes a long way. It left a very clean feeling without drying out my skin at all. Repurchase? Maybe, I love skincare and the full size of this would last a long time, I have to continue using this product to really see what it does for my skin.

💋Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara ($22, for full size)

The creamy buildable formula is clump-resistant, flake proof, smudge proof, and resistant to sweat and humidity. I haven’t tried this mascara yet but I loved the last mascara from Doucce I received (Boombastic Lash Volumizer). 

Image: Doucce.com

💋City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow Cheers to Life ($3.99)

This line of eyeshadows from City Color Cosmetics are described as a heavy metallic finish and a cream-powder hybrid. They are very soft and very pigmented. Now I don’t like single eyeshadows because I forget to use them-but I also have this exact gold color repeated so many times from Ipsy! I get that this is a universal shade, but I’m sure many people are tired of receiving this color. Repurchase? No, I like the formula and how pigmented it is, but I just don’t like single eyeshadows.

💋Makeup Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Matte Black ($21, for full size)

This eyeliner promises to be water proof, long-wearing, and ultra resistant. It has a very creamy, yet precise texture and is very pigmented. Edit: I wore this on my top eyelid (tightline) and it ended up  smudged underneath my eyes not too long after! It was a hot day, but I definitely didn’t expect that to happen. It’s probably better suited as an eyeliner for the top lid. Repurchase? No, I liked this eyeliner but I love my holy grail Essence eyeliners that work great and don’t smudge on me!   

💥SwatchesThe NYX swatch comes off here as a rosy mauve but it’s actually a very light nude pink.