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June Ipsy!

18 Jun


Ipsy! $10/month


Urban Decay eyeshadow in Lounge.



Crown 3 tone blush. Bronzer, blush, highlighter. The bronzer and highlighter are super shimmery. The pink blush color is a lot less shimmery. Can’t wait to try it out!


Be a bombshell cosmetics pout potion in Secret. Pale pink color. I’m not confident this color will look good on me,  but I do like this brand a lot.


BioRepublic face masks in cucumber breeze and in pomegranate crush.


Formula X mini nail polish in like a watermelon color. No color name is listed. BTW the color I’m wearing is Isabella by Julep with Essie good to go topcoat.

This is a pretty good Ipsy bag this month! Yay!

Here’s my Ipsy referral link if anyone wants to sign up for a subscription


Stila hautelook haul

22 Jul

Yay my Hautelook.com order arrived!
I ordered on 7/2 when they had Stila on sale. Arrived on Saturday 7/20.


Positively Pink blush and lip glaze set $8

Brighten and Correct Concealer in Medium $10. I couldn’t decide between this color and the one a shade lighter. It’s so hard to tell how concealer shades will look on my face based on internet pictures. I hope I got the right color. I’m interested to try this concealer with the click up brush applicator, the same idea as the Stila lip glazes.



Flushed (top & left), Parmour (bottom & right)

x2 Long Wear Lip Color in Paramour. I bought these fir a friend that strictly wears this color. It seems like this is being discontinued so I bought 2 to stock up! $8 each, regularly $20 each.

Long Wear Lip Color in Flushed $8


Concealer on left, Flushed in middle, Paramour on right

$42 + tax and shipping= about $52 for 5 Stila products.  It is a very good deal for this brand….but I can’t help but think about the measly $5 I paid for 11 NYX products on sale the other day!!!! I love them all 🙂

Big Lots Finds

17 Jul


I scored a few new makeup items last weekend at Big Lots. I paid $11.50 + tax for these three.


Almay Blush in Natural, Physician’s Formula Baked eyeshadow trio in Baked Spices, Almay Smart Shade Makeup with SPF 15 in Medium.



The Physician’s Formula package says this shadow trio can be used either wet or dry. I tried wetting the applicator after trying the shadow dry first with hardly any color show up. This MUST be used wet, dry is not an option unless you are new to makeup and timid about having any eye color, then by all means apply with a dry brush and it will be a very sheer layer of shimmer.

I applied with wet applicator that is included in the compact, no primer. I also used Physician’s Formula mineral eye liner pencil in Black, then lightly dabbed the smudger side of the pencil across the top of the lash line to smooth out the line. BTW, this eyeshadow lasted all day and night since it was appplied wet.

I have a few other blushes that I love love love, so at first I thought this one was a waste and becsuse it was an impulse bargain purchase. But! I have found myself using the Almay blush in Natural everyday since I bought it. It has a toasty glow to it. The included brush is not very good for blending in the color on my cheeks. I’ve been applying this right before walking out the door to work in the morning, so I swipe it on with the little brush in the compact and blend with my fingers as I rush to my car. I could seed this blush color working on almost everyone. Doesn’t look shimmery when on my skin even though it looks shimmery in the pan.

Big Lots should rename its store “impulse shoppers unite” there’s always a deal in these stores that I can’t resist.

Don’t buy this eye shadow in these colors.

8 Jul

Revlon Colorstay 16hr Eyeshadow Quad in Free Spirit – $7.99 online, $8.49 at my local CVS

I ordered the Total Beauty Revlon Collection (no longer available) recently and even though I was skeptical of drug stores quality eyeshadow, I was pretty impressed with the Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Sea Mist, so I opened to the idea of picking up the same quad in more playful colors. I have grown an affinity over the last two years towards Urban Decay, Stila, and especially theBalm’s amazing eyeshadow quality that I never considered buying drugstore brands’ eyeshadow (unless they are uber uber discounted, then the bargain shopping monster in me takes over my body and wallet), I own too much eyeshadow to wantonly add more to my collection.


I liked the colors in the Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad in Free Spirit, this was part of the same seasonal Revlon collection as the items I received in the Total Beauty Box. It came with a little pamphlet with a combination of looks to make with the new shadows and lip butters. When I saw the Revlon display at CVS I couldn’t talk myself out of buying the Free Spirit quad, with its matte blue and periwinkle colors. It was $8.49 with no special offers going on and I had no coupons, I impulsively just bought it.
In the swatch above I had to slather on many many layers to get the pigment to show in 3 of the 4 colors, the beige color only one swipe. Can we say CHALKY color or what? My medium skin tone does the chalky quality no favors, either.


Oops, these are swatched backwards! This is MUCH better with a shimmery creme shadow as a base, though I still had to apply many many times to get this pigmentation and can still see the bottom shimmer through the applied colors.

It seems like my pricier eyeshadows must have a built in primer, along with more pigment and much silkier texture. I wish I could return this Revlon palette, I was okay with the quality of the Sea Mist quad from the Total Beauty Revlon box, but Free Spirit really sucked. I am convincing myself not to throw it out and I can just use the beige color for an everyday-going-to-work look. That was the winner of the 4. Even though I bought this to try out the playful blue shades, I got one good beige out of it. Ironic? Maybe the universe is telling me to stop spending $$ on makeup. Never! Hahaha.

On to my 2nd bad review:
Revlon Lip Butters in Sorbet and Pink Lemonade. Both colors were swiped a few times to get the darker colors to show up since they are intended to be a sheer application of color. If you are a fan of wearing lip color, I highly recommend you avoid from this same collection the Pink Lemonade shade Lip Butter (bottom color swatch in photo). It basically shows up invisible since it’s such a sheer light pink, and feels like a thick, heavy mouthful of chapstick if you try to layer it enough to achieve any hint of color. If you don’t like wearing lip color, then you are the intended target for Pink Lemonade. Sorbet (top fuscia color), however, is…how should I phrase this…amazeballs!! as much as I dislike Pink Lemonade, I love Sorbet times three!!!

If you have different opinions, let me know if you are applying a shadow primer for better effect, which brand? and if you have a review or photos that I can check out on your blog!

Does Revlon have a shadow primer? Has anyone tried it? I’ve only used Urban Decay’s awesome primer, can anyone recommend a drugstore brand that works as well?

Guys + Makeup

7 Jul

I saw this buzzfeed picture story and it brought on a joyful laughter that I just had to share it with fellow makeup lovers. Adds a new perspective to our morning routine, doesn’t it?

Guys doing their makeup.

Have you guys seen the youtube videos “boyfriend does my makeup”? Done of those are funny, too. I need a montage for some instant gratification!

Ipsy bag – June 2013

21 Jun


Ipsy myglam bag – $10/month

My June glam bag FINALLY arrived. I think it was lost for a while, but I had faith it would find its way home. My neighbor ordered her first Ipsy bag this month, we kept tracking our orders and they were suppose to arrive at the same time. Nope. Mine decided to keep me in suspense almost a week longer!! It totally killed the thrill since I thought I knew what I was getting since I could see it online when I logged in to my Ipsy.com account. Plus, they did a sneak peak of everything this month, what happened to the mystery of a monthly subscription? Haha I guess it’s my fault for stalking their Facebook and other blogs for hints, but I didn’t think they would give it all away, sheesh.


Yeah! Animal print bag with neon zipper! I was in too much of a hurry to take individual photos of each item, but at this point everyone else has already received their bag and posted photos off what they received, I feel like this is the tall end of this month’s Ipsy excitement.

I have to say I was hoping to get any other color than the NYX Cream Blush in Bronze Goddess. Apply this color lightly out it will look like a dirty tan. I like the cream texture, though, it does blend easily without having to mash your face with pressure, know what I mean? I thought about wearing this over the weekend, but it’s redundant to wear bronzer if you’re in the sun anyway, getting darker without product that will probably wash off in the pool. Ilk be wearing sunblock. I just don’t think I will ever use this NYX Bronze Goddess Cream Blush. Oh well, can’t win them all!

The Starlooks lip pencil in Bare I traded with my neighbor; she got the color Tipsy which is a pinkish coral color. Bare was too dark for me. It looked blue-ish lavendar on my lips, nit “bare”. I would’ve never used it, glad I traded!

Loving the Ivory Lace Chella highlighter pencil!!! This is awesome to use as a brow highlight, I have been wanting something like this. This bad boy is going to be used up for sure!

I saw the pictures in my “glam room” on Ipsy’s website and I thought I was getting the Cailyn Gel Fix Liner with built in brush in purple (!!!) But I got the color Iron. It’s like a pewter grey with a metallic glint. Oh, how smart! Built in brush attached to the handle off the container! Ooo, like that. I’ve seen this in other reviews for other subscription boxes and it gave me box envy. I am thinking this gel liner is coming in my bag with me this weekend. I will need a sturdy eyeliner for Saturday night! Hmm, the black Xtreme Lashes liner I got in Glossybox has really great staying quality, too. It will be a tough decision. Or do I pull out my liquid Urban Decay color liners?? Must decide!

The J Cat Sparkling Cream Glitter Palette in Volta is an interesting idea, but this had to be targeted at a clubbing type, I bet most people will never use this other than to swatch the colors. It’s basically 5 different colors of glitter but with the glue built in! Maybe I can put it on all the girls this weekend. There will be 8 co-workers with me in Palm Desert this weekend at the Marriott resort for a girls only trip. Poolside all day tomorrow, dinner and dancing at night. That’s what glitter was made for, right?


Because I referred friends to subscribe to Ipsy I got an additional item in my bag this month. Last month the extra item was an Urban Decay eyeshadow, this month it was an o ring bracelet from Bubble Bar with a unique 20% off coupon code (sorry, I will be using this one). It’s cute, it feels way nicer in person than it looks in photos.

Okay, even though I was bummed about the blush color, who am I kidding thinking that I needed another blush anyway. This month’s Ipsy bag was a score! the Cailyn Gel Liner and the Chella highlighter pencil are sooo worth more than the $10 paid for my subscription. I am loving Ipsy more and more, this is only my 3rd month so I hope they keep it up!

If you haven’t tried Ipsy, I highly recommend you get a subscription here.

Total Beauty Revlon and Mystery Collection Coupon Codes!

14 Jun

total beauty

Total Beauty – Revlon Collection $15

Okay, so I caved. I have been eying this all month. It’s a great deal to try two colors of Revlon’s lip butters that all the bloggers everywhere have mentioned at least once. Sheesh, talk about feeding the need! I found a coupon code: RETAILMENOT20 for 20% off the Revlon collection, so it is only $12 to buy this collection, no tax or shipping charge!!

Also, they just released a Total Beauty Mystery Collection $20 – 13+ full and deluxe size products worth $100+. Use coupon code: RETAILMENOT15 to get $3 off = $17!

**UPDATE: USE CODE TBC20 FOR 20% off = $16 for the Mystery Collection** (I tried this and it didn’t work for me, but other have tried it and it DID work! Worth a shot!)

I’ve definitely blown through my “fun” budget this month with all these extra little purchases adding up. Will you give in to temptation and buy the Mystery Collection? Mysteries are so sexy. Rawr.