Last of Summer

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My Ipsy Bag: August 2014

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Hey everyone!

I received my Ipsy Bag a couple days ago and have spent some time using the products so this time I can give you a more balanced review. Once again, I am very happy with my bag and I think this might be my favorite month!

I received a dry shampoo that I am so excited to continue using it. I sprayed it once when I had gone awhile without a shower, and it made my hair feel absolutely wonderful, and the size of the bottle was pretty big! The smell isn’t spectacular but I don’t mind it that much.

The lip conditioner is honestly just a chap stick, and I only used it once to see how it would feel. I do like the feeling of it and the smell is very tropical!

The blush samples were actually very tiny, and I know it’s hard to see that from the picture. I have already use them by swirling my blush brush on both of them evenly and put it right on the apples of my cheeks, and the color was highly pigmented and beautiful on top of my freckled skin, and I suspect it’ll look good when I’m paler into the fall.

The eyeshadow s a small round compact and I’ve never heard of the company, but it doesn’t seem like a cheap-made eyeshadow. It’s a compressed powder that is so shimmery and would look great for a natural look or even with a swipe of liquid liner. It isn’t quite gold, it has a very iridescent look to it that isn’t glittery, more like a shine. I haven’t used this on my eyes yet but I think when I do it’ll be a great compliment to every skin tone.

The last item was the best item of all, the Urban Decay eye pencil. I saw that I would receive one item from Urban Decay and I was so happy with this eye pencil. It’s in a dark purple color, and I know I used to wear purple eyeshadow in high school to make the green in my eyes stand out. The texture is very soft and easy to blend with your fingers or a brush.

In all, I think this was a great Ipsy bag. It made me really excited for things to come for fall, and the colors are all good transitions for autumn colors as well. I will be posting a makeup look with the specifics on how each of the makeup items perform. I also can’t wait to keep using this dry shampoo as it’s (surprisingly) my first one ever!

How were your makeup boxes this month?

-Heather

 

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5 Nail Polishes To Carry You Into Fall

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Essie’s Cashmere Bathrobe

Nicole by OPI’s Party In The Penthouse

Zoya’s Stevie

Essie’s Lollipop

Maybelline’s Porcelain Party

I thought I’d show you guys some of the polishes I’ve been using all summer that can work perfectly for fall. You’ll notice some of these colors are basic summer colors, but I’ve also been using dark shades like the gray and blue polishes. Each of these colors worked so well with different summer looks, so I thought I’d tell you how they work in summer, and how they’ll work in the fall.

Essie’s Cashmere Bathrobe is a rich gray color that was perfect for some formal events that I had to attend to and weren’t too bright and over the top. It is opaque when applied, but if you look closely at the bottle it has small glittery specks in it. I found this was a very sophisticated color that wasn’t a neon orange (like a typical summer color), but it isn’t quite black, so it isn’t too dark either. I think it’s obvious this would be a great fall color because it’s basically a neutral, but without being too dark. 

Nicole by OPI’s Party In The Penthouse is also one of the darker colors that I used, but the blue was more fun. It is opaque, but you need two coats in order to get a shiny, shimmery blue color that is so unique. Once again, since it’s dark it will work quite nicely with fall colors, and the blue is a bit unexpected while being chic.

Zoya’s Stevie is a new favorite that I got sent to me and I was amazed at the interesting “Pixie Dust” coating that it dries as. It was a pretty pastel lavender for summer, but in the fall it would look beautiful with all black outfits or perhaps lush scarves and mittens.

Essie’s Lollipop has been in my collection for a long time, and it also seems to be very popular for being the perfect, fun red shade. Red is a no brainer for summer months, but in the fall it seems unexpected with your deep maroons and rich browns, and it will compliment those colors very nicely.

Lastly, Maybelline’s Porcelain Party is my favorite white nail color, even though it is such a basic shade. When I wanted to channel Ariana Grande, it was perfect for a summery girly look, and it goes with everything. Usually black is the most popular neutral when fall rolls around, but going for a bright white will make you seem bold without bedazzling your whole hand. 

 

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Makeup Look Using Ipsy Products: July 2014

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Hello there! I hope you’re all enjoying the last weeks of summer.

I promised this about a month ago when my last Ipsy bag came, and here we are now in August (and my August bag just came in the mail) so I knew it was time to share this with you! I did a pretty simple look with what makeup was provided last month in my particular Ipsy bag, which was a cream eyeshadow, a bronzer, and a lip color.

I really enjoyed this look because it is pretty smokey and still very easy to achieve. i did add a bit of pencil liner to my top eyelid to deepen the smoky brown cream shadow, and I loved the way it looked together. The bronzer was very subtle, but I think it’ll be awesome for fall, as well as this great pop of pink on my lips!

I hope you enjoyed this, and my August Ipsy bag post is coming very soon (possibly tomorrow or Monday, as I’m going into Boston tomorrow).

-Heather

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My Lush: August 2014

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Hey guys!

I stopped at Lush for my monthly stash of items. I wanted to get a few before I have to go back to school in September.

I only got 4 items as usual, and I decided if I go into Lush and get more than my usual 4 or 5 bath items, and get more things to experiment with, I’ll call that a haul. For now, these will be my monthly (Mandatory) Lush visits for my bath needs. The one reason I’m not looking forward to going back to college is there are no bath tubs (and if there were, I definitely wouldn’t use them).

The first one I got was Big Blue and I don’t think I’ve used this one before (I would remember the seaweed inside I think). It smelled like the ocean and had lots of salt, so it was really relaxing for summertime, especially since I hadn’t gotten to the beach once this summer!

I got another new purchase with Sunny Side, which is a LOT more sparkly looking online. I think that it must rub off in the store from people touching it. The other new purchase I got was Rose Queen, which is a smaller bath bomb and smells just like roses!

The re-purchased Lush was the Creamy Candy Bubble Bar. I got this when it was freshly spring, and it smelled so sweet like bubblegum! I didn’t really have a theme here, I just got what looked interesting and new to me because I’m sure the next time I go, there will be new fall and autumn themed items I’m going to buy. It was an interesting pick of scents for the end of summer!

My Lush Cocktail this Month: Big Blue & Sunny Side. This was recommended when I was in the store by an employee, who said it makes a “mermaid bath”, and it sure does feel like one with the seaweed and salt mixed with gold glitter in the blue water.

What Lush are you loving this month?

-Heather

 

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Your New Favorite Clogs

Hey everyone!

I came across these amazing clogs at one of the best care-free clothing companies ever: Free People. Every time I stumble into that store I’m so enchanted. They are $168, which seems quite steep, but they are genuine leather and wood, so they’ll carry you through the coming seasons with ease. Go check out the rest of their shoe collection, and enjoy the easy vibes!

There’s a lot coming this week here on my blog, so stay tuned!

-Heather

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Ipsy Bag July 2014

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Hello everyone!

Today I got my Ipsy bag for July. This is my second bag and when I got my first one last month, I totally didn’t think about uploading what was inside. But I thought I’d share with you what I got in the bag, and my first impressions.

Firstly, Ipsy is a beauty bag that comes once a month. It’s very similar to Birchbox (which my mom just started getting and is very pleased with) but I felt Ipsy had trendier and younger beauty finds that I would maybe not buy on my own. The reason I decided to sign up was because I never really go outside the box when it comes to new products (like colored liquid liner or very bright blushes) and this would allow me to try out these things without spending a bunch at Sephora. (Oh yeah, the bag is only $10) I REALLY think Ipsy is a great deal for what you’re paying. The company takes the money from your card on the first of the month, and so far it has been consistent. The bag comes right in the middle of the month, for example, today is the 16th, and last month it came on the 14th.

Firstly, I got the healthy sexy hair beach spray (and it was actually too big to fit in the bag that they gave me). I love these kind of texture sprays, and I actually use a gel one. This is for much beachier waves, and I’m excited to try it. I have two other products from this company, one being the Big Sexy Hair hairspray and the powder play. Those were both around $16 full size, and the size of the beach spray is pretty huge. It seems REALLY worth the money! It also smells nice. The tanning oil is something I’m honestly not going to use much. It has a small amount of SPF for you to “tan naturally” but in my opinion, I wouldn’t want to use a tanning oil because of how pale and sensitive my skin is. For people that would use a tanning oil, it’s an amazing size, and you could easily get five or six uses out of it, maybe more. I was most excited for this bronzer! I’ve never heard of pop beauty, but this bronzer is a gorgeous color for my pale skin (I’m a bit tanned, but honestly not much). You can sort of see in the picture that there is a VERY slight shimmer, but it’s mostly matte looking. This was so exciting for me because I always gravitate towards a shimmery and multi-colored bronzer since they look most natural and seem to be more for the money. Matte one-colored bronzers are usually more expensive, and I was excited to try. The pigmentation is good enough to see when first applied, but not too much that you have to be super careful. It’s easy to build a color onto your skin, and the size of it is great! The 5 in 1 bareMinerals product is actually a cream eyeshadow. As you can see, it’s teeny tiny compared to the other products. I was most disappointed in the size, but it was still a great creamy texture, and it was greatly pigmented. A coupon for a full-size version came in the bag, so you could buy the full size with a discount. I hope I can get a few uses out of this cream! The last product is a pixie lip balm that I enjoyed much more than I thought I would. Firstly, the color and pigmentation is perfect for the summer. It’s not too sheer, but it is also light, and smells like mint! The size of the product is also really good for the $10-in-all price! In all, I was really happy with my bag. Last months was also great, and I’m so happy I signed up for the website. Just to inform you, the items are mostly customizable to your style and body by taking a quiz when you first sign up. You answer questions about your hair color, skin color, skin type, eye color, and what you’d prefer for beauty products and brands. The lineup of brands is also super impressive, like Benefit, Urban Decay, Stila, Mac, and soo much more. If you’re looking for a reliable box that gives you trendy and good-sized product, Ipsy is the way to go. Each month, you also get a little makeup bag. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all those bags, but I love the idea behind each bag having a theme. (This months was a tanned-summer theme, very July appropriate). Also, the whole website was created by bloggers and beauty gurus, like Michelle Phan. One of my favorite Youtubers Andreaschoice is also part of the website. I think the amount of product given really justifies only $10, because when buying at stores like Sephora or Ulta, most of this is over that price anyway. As far as Birchbox goes, my mom is subscribed and really enjoys it so far. They work the same way as far as price and billing. Check out which is best for you!

Let me know if you guys are subscribed to any beauty bags/boxes, and what you think! I don’t enjoy having to remember monthly fees, and would usually NEVER pay for something like this, but if you’re looking to bulk up your makeup collection in an affordable way, I promise this is easy to pay for and very satisfying with what brands and how much product you receive. Another side note, I am using a proper camera now! I know these pictures aren’t perfect, but they sure are better. I’m going to work with my boyfriend to make them even better, so stay with me! I’m excited with what posts I have coming up now that I have a camera. I was also interested in doing a makeup look using the products from this July bag. Tell me what you think! It’d be fun to do a review of all the makeup actually on my face.

Have a great week!

-Heather

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Pretty Easy DIY Manicure for Gold Polish

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Hey guys!

I’m sorry my blog has been full of nail posts lately, but I haven’t really been into any other beauty/fashion related items besides that in awhile. Is anyone else in a mid-summer slump?

This is a pretty self explanatory nail art, so forgive me that it isn’t a groundbreaking design. I used the Formula X nail polish from Sephora in the color “Heroic” for the base of the nail.

I used this polish and let it dry completely after two coats. I then took a basic black polish (specifically from Forever 21 I think) and VERY thin paintbrush to make the star-like design on the two fingers. I will disclaim that even though I cleaned my brush immediately after using it in the black, it kind of messed up the brush, so maybe find a cheap one that you won’t reuse for actual painting. After letting the black dry, I used a top coat, but I really thought this was a easy manicure that jazzes up plain gold polish, since gold has been SO in lately.

If you try this out, comment and let me know so I can see! I was also tagged to do sort of a “About me” type of tag so I’ll be uploading that tomorrow night for you!

 

Thanks for reading,

-Heather

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Zoya Nail Polish: Spring Line Review and Comparison

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Hey everyone!

I recently picked up one of the spring colors from Zoya’s newest line. I bought the glittery color called ” Harper” that is a beautiful pink polish that reminds me of a Barbie pink or bubblegum pink. The main reason I picked the color (besides it being a great spring pink) is that it looked similar to the sparkly shade I bought from the winter Zoya line, which I got in the color “Storm”. I thought the comparison between the formulations and everything would be pretty easy, but turns out, it was quite different. When first putting on the polish, I thought to myself, “it’s just a springy version!”, but that was not actually true!

When first putting on the polish, it goes on pretty smooth. This is only my second polish from Zoya, but the smoothness is very consistent. I think the $10 price tag may be worth it with the easy application and the long lasting strength.

“Harper” was very similar to “storm” glitter wise, as long as it was on the nail. In the light, the sparkles had an iridescent shine to them that looked especially glittery. I actually wore “Storm” after wearing “Harper” to compare a bit better. The only difference I could find was when taking OFF the nail polish. When I removed “Harper”, it took forever. I was scrubbing and scrubbing with a cotton pad and then I tried actually scraping the glitter off with my nails and a nail file (which is VERY unhealthy and I wouldn’t recommend unless you desperately need to get it off). It seemed I should have used a base coat before applying “Harper”, which is kind of a no-brainer, but if I’m being honest, I don’t think I ever apply a base coat. (Do you guys? Haha). When I took off Harper, I immediately put on “Storm” without a base coat, so the comparison is fair. Both polishes lasted me a week, and honestly could have lasted longer, but my cuticle area was growing out too much, so I took both off after a week.

When I took off “Storm”, it came off so smooth that I was literally surprised I wouldn’t need all the utensils I gathered for scraping off the chunks of glitter. Before you start saying it was a difference in formulation, I investigated the sparkles (how pathetic). From what I could see, the spring like has sparkles that are much chunkier, and don’t sit in the polish, but rather on top (which basically just means that you should apply a base coat before using these kinds of sparkle formulations.

The sparkles definitely compliment the brighter colors in the spring collection, and the glitter looked just amazing on the nail and in the light especially. I went and sampled a few of the normal opaque colors and thought they would cover the nail in one coat. These nail polishes are honestly amazing in color and in lasting power, and I think you guys should check these out before going to buy any Butter London or OPI’s.

Have you guys tried Zoya yet?

-Heather

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Butterball Review

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I’m doing a quick little review on a new bath bomb I got in that small haul from Lush. This is a very well known Lush product, I am aware! But I always tried the more “exciting” (colorful) bath bombs before I tried this one, and in my defense, it isn’t the most exciting/entertaining bath bomb. But it IS amazing if you want to repair your skin from being dry in the heat of the summer, and it has chunks of cocoa butter in it that tend to stick to the tub (but I didn’t mind). This bath bomb took about 3 minutes to fizzle out, and it didn’t change my tub any colors, but it smells and feels amazing on your skin, so go ahead and pick this up for a relaxing body treatment!

What is your favorite bath bomb from Lush?

-Heather

 

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