I am so excited to have a new tutorial up, as it feels like ages since my last one. I pulled out my second most used makeup palette to create a simple purple, charcoal smokey which would be perfect for winter. To be honest, I do like to wear this all year round and switch it up a bit with a different lip color.
What I used for this look:
Tarte Lifted Eye Primer
Tarte Eye Couture Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics 24/7 Eyeliner in Crave and Venus
Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
Wet n Wild Fergie Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow
Physician's Formula Organicwear Black Mascara
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer
Mary Kay Lipstick in Rosette
My face was already flushed so I skipped the blush. I would have used the Nyx Cream Blush in Boho Chic.
FTC: ALL PRODUCTS WERE BOUGHT WITH MY MONEY (UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE) AND I AM IN NO WAY BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANIES FOR THIS VIDEO. MY THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED.
I WAS SENT THE MARY KAY LIPSTICK FREE COURTESY OF INFLUENSTER AND MARY KAY. AGAIN I STILL ALWAYS GIVE MY HONEST OPINION 100%.
I must confess, from the spoilers release for this month's Ipsy bag, I wasn't too excited about any one product. One polish, the textured one, peaked my interest, as I have never tried one before, however, that was all. Oh, and the bag looked very nice. I favored the design for this month; a quilted style in black will go nicely with most of my handbags. Personally, I love it when a makeup bag doesn't clash with the print or style of a handbag I am using in the moment.
Despite my expectations, I found that majority of my items for December, turned out quite lovely. I could have done without the falsies. I generally use those for going out with girl friends, on a date with hubby, or for an elaborate makeup tutorial. I have tried everything except the false lashes. I make note, my thoughts expressed are first impressions, since I have not used these products for a long enough period of time to give a definite opinion. So without further a do, here are the items I received in this month's Ipsy bag....
Julie G Textured Nail Polish in Sugar Plum Fairy
I used this color as an accent on my ring fingers. This polish is gorgeous!! I can definitely see what all the fuss is about over textured nail polishes now. This one looked so beautiful with flecks of silver and even hot pink. I am looking forward to doing more with it. I don't own many purple nail polishes, and this shade is just perfect for me.
This Julie G polish can be found on Jesse's Girl Cosmetics' website and .35 fl oz is sold for $3.99.
Be A Bombshell Cosmetics The One Stick In Flustered
I really enjoyed the Be A Bombshell Cosmetics products I have tried so far. The lip crayon I was sent of theirs in last month's Ipsy bag was wonderful. This one stick is supposed to be for multiple purposes- eyelids, cheeks, and lips. I have tried it for all three. I don't like using it as a color for my lids. Red eye shadow, for me anyways, is difficult to pull off, but it did work nicely for blush and on my lips. A LITTLE goes a long way, when used as a blush. I noticed many girls had complained it made them look like a clown, on Ipsy's website. I would advise to use sparingly and apply with your fingers a little at a time, buffing it in the apples of your cheeks. It does have a dye-or bleed to it when used on the lips. Thus, I have to use great care during application for this. This product is sold on Be A Bombshell Cosmetics' website for sixteen dollars (and just in this product there is the price of this month's Ipsy bag,... plus more!).
Nyx Cosmetics Extra Creamy Round Lipstick In LSS 565
True to it's name the consistency of this lipstick is very creamy. The color payoff is good; a nice mauve pink. I don't normally wear mauve, but this seemed to work well with my skin tone. It will make a lovely color to wear for fall and even winter, I think. These lipsticks can be found on Nyx Cosmetics' website, Ulta's website, and even some drugstores. They are sold for around four dollars.
Swatches: Top- Be A Bombshell One Stick in Flustered, Bottom-Nyx Cosmetics Creamy Round Lipstick in LSS565
Pop Beauty "Smokin' Hot" Eye Shadows
This eyeshadow trio most certainly works better than the Pop Beauty's lip crayon, I once tried from Ipsy. The colors blended nicely together. The first two shades seem a bit buttery, while the darkest one is a bit chalky. When applied over a good primer (I used Tarte's lifted) they lasted all afternoon in to the evening. This trio, I believe, is a sample of the "Smokin' Hot" twenty eye shadows palette. That palette is being sold on Pop Beauty's Website for twenty-four dollars.
Andrea Strip Lashes in 33 Black
Used in this look from this month's Ipsy bag: on the eyes-Pop Beauty Trio in "Smokin' Hot," on the cheeks-Be A Bombshell Cosmetics One Stick in Flustered, and on the Lips Nyx Cosmetics Creamy Round Lipstick in LSS565. To complete this look, other products were also used.
And the last item in December's Ipsy bag is a pair of Andrea false lashes. As stated, I have yet to try them, so I don't even have first impressions to offer as of yet.
These lashes are sold at drugstores and Ulta for around $3.99.
Are you an Ipsy subscriber? What was your favorite item(s) this month? I would love to hear your thoughts about the products you are giving a try! If you're not a subscriber, I would still enjoy reading comments about what new products or even current loves you are using.
Thanks for stopping by!!!
FTC: I BOUGHT ALL PRODUCTS MENTIONED WITH MY OWN MONEY THROUGH A BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION. I AM IN NO WAY BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANIES FOR THIS POST. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED.
I did miss October favorites, and have decided to just start my monthly favorites in November (combining the last two months would make a VERY long blog post and video). This month I was reaching for various things; some old and some very new.
Taylor Swift's Wonderstruck fragrance was marked down to twenty-five dollars at my local Walmart! :D
I purchased a new fragrance, Wonderstruck, this month. It smells delightful! I bought it in the size one fluid ounce. While I love its scent, my husband unfortunately, does not. Due to his displeasure, after I finish it, I will be buying a different perfume. I am a hopeless case when it comes to packaging and the design for this bottle looks so elegant. The perfume's scent is light and floral. The staying power, for me anyways, is about three to four hours. Wonderstruck's notes include Freesia, Green Tea, Apple Blossom, Raspberry, and Dewberry.
This fragrance smells great AND doesn't have toxin and chemicals in it. AWESOME!
Recently, I did a review on the Harvey Prince's Ageless perfume samples I had received from beautystat. While I will not reiterate all the details again, I do want make note that it had indeed made this month's favorites. Its scent is a luscious blend of fruits. Their fragrances do not harbor any toxins in the ingredients used and are cruelty free. This is a definite winner to me.
A great moisturizer for my dry skin.
In October, Ipsy had sent me a sample of h20+ face oasis hydrating treatment in my glam bag. It is exactly what they named it--hydrating. I used it as a moisturizer after cleansing my face in the evening and as needed throughout the day. I deal with dry skin, so after a day or two of use, I do begin to see those dry patches disappear. As you can see in the photo I have used most of it up. This does have a strange house cleaning agent smell. I don't know if I will be replacing it, however it has worked well for me. I like to use these shades together :)
Since its initial release, I have been eyeing the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette. Feeling the discount code Ipsy provided this month provided a good deal for it, I decided to purchase the palette.
It is even more gorgeous in person! I love baked cosmetics. And this eighteen eyeshadow palette really hit it out of the park. Thus far, I have tried the shades Jupiter and Saturn together (Saturn on the lid, and Jupiter applied in the crease) for a glowy, peach look I was wanting to achieve. These shadows are stunning metallics. I am so glad BH Cosmetics created such a palette. The shadows I have tried lasted all day, and when applied over a base and primer they have a nice creamy appearance. They are very pigmented.
Nyx butter glosses have to be some of my favorite glosses to use!
In addition to the shadows from the BH Galaxy palette, to create my look, I also used two other products that made November favorites. The first is my NYX butter lip gloss in Peaches and Cream and the second is my Maybelline bouncy blush in Candy Coral.
I am quite fond of my NYX butter glosses. I even did a rave review on them months ago. They are so much fun! They can be used for a quick glaze of color or be built on for a matte, bold pout; and they have a yummy, sweet scent.
I wanted a subtle orange flush in my cheeks, so I made use of my Candy Coral bouncy blush. It did the job splendidly.
Sadly, I haven't been able to locate my Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renwal; so lately, I have been using my Nume finish serum as a leave-in-conditioner. It helps with the frizz, adds a glossy shine, and is supposed to treat split ends. It has been a nice alternative, though, I must say that it seems a little bit more heavy than my Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal.
Lastly, my recent acquisition of pink, hair feather extensions made November favorites. I purchased a set of these off of ebay. I have yet to try hot tools them, but I have brushed, washed, and conditioned my hair many times and the five I put in still look fabulous. Long have I wanted to add pink color to my hair, but to dye it would mean more upkeep than I would like. Feather extensions have been a nice trade off.
I would like to thank my readers for dropping by to check on what's new with me, and would love to hear what you all are enjoying this month. Please, feel free to leave a comment below!
FTC: ALL ITEMS MENTIONED (EXCEPT THE AGELESS PERFUME) I HAVE PURCHASED WITH MY OWN MONEY. I AM IN NO WAY OBLIGATED TO DISCUSS ANY OF SAID PRODUCTS. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED. I AM NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY OF THE SAID COMPANIES. I AM IN NO WAY BEING PAID BY ANY OF THE SAID COMPANIES. I GIVE MY HONEST OPINION 100%. WHILE I DID RECEIVE THE AGELESS PERFUME AS A GIFT, I WAS NOT OBLIGATED TO WRITE A REVIEW OR ANY POST ABOUT IT.
I MAKE NOTE THAT WHILE I AM NOT AFFILIATED OR PAID BY IPSY, I DO RECEIVE BONUS ITEMS DEPENDING ON HOW MANY REFERRALS I PROVIDE FROM THOSE USING MY LINK TO SIGN UP.
For those of you who have been following me on my youtube channel, and/or know me personally, you may be aware that I am subscribed to a beauty subscription called Ipsy. This subscription has enabled me to try products that I normally wouldn't have thought of trying, for a very low price. Months ago, I received a cream blush produced by NYX Cosmetics (a drugstore makeup brand) via this subscription. Since then it has been one of my most often reached for blushes. In fact, it even made my June favorites.
As you can see from the fading in the print on top, and the usage inside, this product has been used quite often. ;)
I received the shade Boho Chic, which is a soft, nude pink color. I have found that this tone works well with most looks that I try. It has a soft shimmer that is not too over powering. True to its name, it has a creamy consistency and blends very nicely in the skin, leaving a subtle flush of pink.
Left: Swatch of product Right: Swatch of product blended into the skin
It does seem to last quite a while. I apply it in the morning and still have a nice soft color by the end of the day. My skin type is dry and I like to wear stains and cream blushes, that really stay in my skin.
This product is sold for $6.99 on Ulta's website. I definitely recommend this product and I hope to try other shades from this line someday. I love the quality, consistency, and color payoff.
FTC: I BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT WITH MY OWN MONEY THROUGH THE IPSY SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM. I AM IN NO WAY BEING COMPENSATED BY SAID COMPANY FOR THIS REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED.
Last weekend, I tried a look with more of my loose minerals from HoneyXO Cosmetics . I like how it turned out. The minerals are so vibrant, and very pigmented. I am looking forward to reviewing them in the near future. To check out how I created this look, click on the video tutorial below!
What was used...
Peaches N Creme Eyeshadow/Highlight
Just Win Baby Eyeshadow - Could not locate on site. Contact seller to request.
Sweet Nothings Eyeshadow
Butter Creme Eyeshadow
Love Me Lipgloss
(NOT HoneyXO Cosmetics):
Too faced Eye Primer
Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara
Nyx Eyeshadow Base in Skintone
Mary Kay Lash Primer
Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in SHOCKING coral
Cailyn Gel Eyeliner in Iron
FTC: ALL PRODUCTS EXCEPT FOR THE MARY KAY LASH PRIMER AND HONEYXO COSMETICS WERE PURCHASED BY ME WITH MY OWN MONEY. I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH ANY OF THE SAID COMPANIES. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN, UNBIASED.
I RECEIVED THE MARY KAY LASH PRIMER FOR TESTING AND REVIEW COURTESY OF INFLUENSTER AND MARY KAY COSMETICS.
When a sweetie subbie of mine, LesChampis, asked almost a month ago, that I do a "Saturday Night Shimmer Look" for a tutorial, I was uncertain how I really wanted to go about it. I remembered one of my favorite music videos I liked to watch when I first started doing makeup tutorials on a previous channel. In this video, Edward Maya and Mia Martina - Stereo Love, the young lady had a bronzed gold cateye. I have always wanted to do that particular look, but put my own spin on it.
After playing around with my Color Theory, I came up with this look. It is everything I imagine a glitzy Saturday Night makeup look would be.
I love pairing dramatic eyes with a nude lip, but a red lip would look just as refined.
Up close shot.
What did I use?
Eyes- Nyx Eye Shadow Primer, Gold, Gunmetal, Cream, and Gold Cream Eyeshadows from the Color Theory, Maybelline Mega Plush Volum Mascara, Too Faced Waterproof Black Eyeliner.
Face- Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer, Hard Candy Baked Blush in Living Doll, Hard Candy Face Illuminizer in Doll Face.
Lips-Nyx Lipgloss Butter in Creme Brulee.
FTC: I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH ANY OF THE SAID COMPANIES. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED.