December 20, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2014 Review

As always, my Ipsy Glam bag was amazing this month.  I'm constantly impressed by the samples they give me for only $10 a month...they're almost never boring and they tend to include newer products I've been wanting to try which is just so great.

This month's bag included:

Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry- This is a really new product that I've been wanting to try and I'm so glad I didn't buy it yet because now I can try it for free!  It's supposed to be a serum-in-cream for dry and damaged hair that seals split ends...perfect for my hair type!

NYX Butter Lip Balm- I love NYX and this is a full-sized product which is great.  This butter lip balm is so soft and gives a sheer wash of color that really pops.  The shade they sent me, Parfait is a fuchsia with blue undertones an it's actually pretty pigmented yet it still allows my lips to show through a little bit so it's not an intimidating color.  I'm in love with how easy it is to just swipe on and go!

Nourish Organic Eye Cream- This eye cream is perfect for my dry skin.  It has no scent and contains avocado oil, argan oil and shea butter.  I can't wait to use it tonight!

Cailyn Just Mineral Eye Polish- This is a full size product and it's a loose eyeshadow in the base with a sponge-tipped applicator in the handle.  This shade, Orchid, is a beautiful shimmery pinky taupe that goes on smooth and pigmented.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara- This is an old favorite of mine and I'm super happy to get a travel size!  You can never have too many mascaras.

Here are swatches of the NYX Butter Lip Balm and Cailyn Just Mineral Eye Polish...I was really surprised at how much color is in this lip balm...I really want to try more shades now!

Coupon Codes:

Free Gift and 20% off any purchase at Cailyn Cosmetics using code IPSYCAILYN.

30% off any purchase at Nourish Organic using code LOVEIPSY30.

25% off NYX Glam Collection at NYX Cosmetics using code NYXGLITZ.

20% off at Tarte using code IPSYDEC

Overall, I'm super happy with this month's Glam Bag.  There were two full sized products and it had a total value of $31.99 not including the eye cream because I don't know how much it costs yet (it's going to be released in January). I always feel like they send me products that are tailored to my skin type and makeup preferences.  So many other subscription boxes have you take the quiz but then ignore your answers.  I've never found that to be the case with Ipsy.  If you're thinking about trying a  beauty subscription, I highly recommend Ipsy!  Click here to sign up (you can cancel any time- there's no long term commitment).

Beauty Box 5 December 2014 Review and Unboxing

I got my Beauty Box 5 in the mail this week and I was excited as always, to see what was inside.  For those of you who don't know about Beauty Box 5, it's a monthly beauty subscription box that gives you 5 curated beauty samples for $12 a month (or $8.25 a month if you sign up for a 1 year subscription!).

The first product in the box is Lucky #6 by Lucky Brand.  I love their jeans, but I'm not head-over-heels for this fragrance, which is described as lotus, tiger lily, cashmere woods and jasmine.  It kind of smells old-lady to me- floral and a bit powdery. I feel like fragrance is very hit or miss in a subscription box because of the personal nature of it.  I don't find this scent offensive in any way, it's just not for me.

Body Drench Lip Drench (full size $4.99) is a nice lip balm that's pomegranate scented.  It contains Vitamin E and other moisturizing ingredients and feels moisturizing on the lips.  It's not super exciting but you can never have too many lip balms, especially in the winter!

New Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Smashed

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask is my holy grail lip product.  I've been wearing it to bed every night since I bought it last January (see my review here).  Then over the summer, they made it even better by releasing a Champagne pink, rose-gold tinted version (see my review here) which I wear it all the time when I want just a hint of color. As a stay-at-home Mom, I don't really wear lip products with much color to them on a daily basis so the Champagne is my go-to when I'm just out running errands or around the house. Still, I always thought it would be nice if they'd make a darker tinted version for those days when I do want a little more color.

Well, I was just browsing the Sephora website last night and freaked out when I saw Smashed, the newest Agave Lip Mask shade!

"The leave-on Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask imparts a universal red-wine tint while healing and softening lips with its blend of lanolin, vanilla extract, natural olive fruit, and jojoba oil. Its infusion of the powerful antioxidant resveratrol improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, banishes dryness, and lets you achieve irresistible lips". 

I love that all the lip masks are petroleum free and made with all food grade ingredients.  It's pricey, but definitely a splurge that's worth it for me.  You only need a tiny bit and it lasts forever.  The original clear version I bought last January is only a little over half gone!

I ordered one last night as soon as I saw it so I'll be posting a review soon!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Review and Swatches

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation ($6.29 at Bed, Bath and Beyond) is a brand new launch for Spring 2015 and joins the Fit Me line as an option for normal to oily skin.  When the original Fit Me came out a few years ago, it didn't really specify a skin type that it was meant for, but a lot of people felt that it was too dewy for oily skin. They've since renamed the original Fit Me "Dewy and Smooth" for normal to dry skin types.  I actually have dry skin myself, but I still wanted to try this one out because a lot of you have been requesting a review on it.  So here goes! 
Fit Me Matte + Poreless makes several claims including:

  • Mattifies and refines pores
  • Matches natural tone
  • Natural, seamless finish

It comes in a glass bottle, almost identical to the original Fit Me, except the writing on the bottle is blue instead of white. My one major complaint with the packaging is that there's no pump on the bottle.  It has to be poured out on the back of my hand and I always end up wasting a lot that way as I tend to overestimate how much I'm going to need (plus it comes out really fast and it's a wide opening).

December 19, 2014

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine Review and Swatches

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine is a new product for Spring 2015 that comes in 4 different color quads. I paid $11.49 for each of them at CVS, which I thought was really expensive for a drugstore eyeshadow palette (especially since they're not that large). 
The packaging is beautiful, shiny, and gold- it's definitely eye-catching. I picked up 2 of the 4 quads, 01 Milan and 02 Rome.

These are described as "groundbreaking gloss technology formulated especially for your eyes".

Sephora and Pantone Marsala Collection-Color of the Year 2015

A few weeks ago, Pantone announced the Color of the Year for 2015- Marsala.  This warm, earthy red-brown shade is going to be popping up in cosmetics everywhere (just like Radiant Orchid last year), and Sephora has just released their own collection of Marsala makeup and accessories.  Take a look!

This vitamin-enriched mascara boosts length and curl with every layer, delivering a dramatic effect with bold color payoff. It is formulated with a combination of synthetic and natural waxes to create flexible and buildable coverage and keep lashes from breaking. The formula utilizes the natural properties of jojoba oil to keep lashes silky, but is versatile enough to be used on brows as well. 

This light and easy-to-use cooling stick provides Immediate skin relief and de-puffs with caffeine, providing an instant soothing effect. It is slightly pigmented to add a hint of Marsala to cheeks for highlighting or contouring. The coconut oil-based stick allows for quick application and provides light moisturizing for dry or irritated skin. 

December 18, 2014

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Effect Foundation Review and Swatches

Revlon Photoready Airbrush Effect Foundation ($10.99 at Target)  is a new release for Spring 2015 and is not to be confused with their Photoready Airbrush Mousse.  This is a new liquid formula that promises complexion perfection.  Let's take a look...
First and foremost, I love that this comes in a pump.  Seriously, all foundations's so much neater and cleaner to use.  Airbrush Effect comes in 9 shades and I chose the third-lightest "Shell" even though I probably should have gone with "Vanilla" which is a shade lighter (but that one looked more yellow and I have pink undertones).

Look flawless in any light with Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect™ Makeup. The makeup features a light filtering technology that delivers a poreless, airbrushed look. The Soft Focus pigments in the makeup create a flawless and luminous complexion. The Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effect™ Makeup protects with SPF 20 and provides Medium to Full Coverage.