Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Glamour Doll Eyes OTM - December 2013

GLAMOUR DOLL EYES
"OF THE MONTH" DECEMBER 2013

Looks like I got my wish from last month's GDE post....it's COLD! Well, okay, it's cold to me...if you live in, oh, Maine or Michigan you may scoff at my idea of cold. Don't get me wrong, I loooooove it. I seriously do HATE the heat (says the girl who lives in a 6 month summer city with temperatures up to 100 degrees and humidity that'll sit on you like a fleece blanket). I've lived in this city my whole life, you'd think I'd get used to it by now!

Moving on! So wooooooooooooow....did Glamour Doll Eyes SPOIL us this month! Not only did subscribers receive TWO "Of the Month" eyeshadows, but not one, not two, not three, not even four...but FIVE Beauty Extras! ::shock, stagger, gasp!:: You heard that right....2 eyeshadows plus 5 beauty extras! Glamour Doll Eyes....you spoiled me rotten for Christmas!


How adorable is this little snowman bag? Look how happy he is to be delivering the GDE goodies! On to the long, full of awesomeness, review!...


CHRISTMAS CALORIES DON'T COUNT


Soooooo pretty. It's not the typical color I think of during the Holidays, but that's why I love it so much! Plus the name....absolutely PERFECT.

Christmas Calories Don't Count: a matte-ish burgundy with a purple sheen and a slight turquoise twinkle

Safe For: eyes, lips, nails, face


LOOK AT THAT COLOR! Swiped dry, it is a bit more on the matte side, kind of reminding me of a suede finish with slight shimmer. Over NYX's Jumbo Pencil in Milk, though, it turns into this gorgeous satiny plum that is SO divine. It's not much for just soft blending, though, it turns a bit chalky and fades out, but WHY would you want to blend it when you could get that rich, vibrant color? 

It swipes on nicely just with fingertips, super soft and easily workable. When working dry, the more you add, the darker the burgundy becomes. When applying over a primer such as Milk, the purple becomes very vivid and is opaque pretty much right away. 





MISTLETOE MAKE OUT


Another absolutely stunning shade. Look how positively cashmere it appears. It seriously feels just as soft.

Mistletoe Make Out: a shimmery green with dark green and copper undertones and golden sparkle

Safe For: eyes, nails, face


Swiped dry it's nicely pigmented and smooth, almost even creamy feeling since it's so soft. You definitely don't need a primer to get some rich color. Over NYX's Milk it brightens up the green slightly and gives it a deep ivy shade, however you don't see the golden shimmer quite as much this way. Applying as blended it's still lovely! It blends easily, even with fingertips, with no patchiness or flaking. I'd say this shade can be worn any way, either dry, over primer, wet, or blended and can be worked with fingers or brushes! A perfect shade for the season! 





OTM EXTRAS! 

EXTRA #1
SEDONA LACE
SYNTHETIC BLENDER BRUSH (EB 13)


"Sedona Lace is my favorite brush company and they were nice enough to send along their EB 13 Synthetic Blender Brush this month! This brush is not only great for eyeshadow, but concealer as well. This brush was formulated with synthetic bristles to apply the perfect amount of product." - from GDE December 2013 card

One of my absolute favorite things to receive in a beauty sub other than eyeshadow and eyeliner, is makeup brushes. A girl can never have too many makeup brushes! Heaven knows only yesterday I washed about 25 of them that were long overdue! Having backups is the best thing ever. 


 This brush is fantastic! It's very densely packed with the perfect dome shape for getting into creases and making it easy to blend for both powder and liquid products. It's a great shape for getting under the eye area for those dark circles or in the outside crease of your nostrils to cancel the redness. Of course, it also is an amazing eyeshadow brush, it made blending SO super easy and quick! I was so very impressed with the quality and the prices of the bushes isn't bad at all! I'll certainly be looking into purchasing some soon. 





EXTRA #2
SUDS N SASS
OATMEAL SOAP - PUMPKIN SPICE


"Next we have a soap sample from Suds n Sass. You may know Beth from Kiss My Sass who contributes to the GDE OTM often. This time she is sending along a soap sample from her other business!" - from GDE December 2013 card

First of all...oh my word, it is the CUTEST little pumpkin soap EVER...and you...you seriously need to SMELL THIS THING. ::sniff, sniff:: Mmmmmmmmmmm......it is the most DELICIOUS smelling little soap. It smells like fresh, warm oatmeal with some holiday spices sprinkled on top. I've had to stop myself from eating it, that's how delicious it smells.

It's lathers well, although lathering it up on a loofah is a bit trickier. If you want a bit of exfoliation rather than just using your hands to wash, then I'd recommend lathering it up all over your body THEN taking a loofah and gently scrub in what's already on your skin. 

The smell does linger for a bit after wash, although I do wish it would last a bit longer, it smells divine! I went perusing their website and I noticed that they have a Gingerbread Man soap, a Spice Pumpkin Mocha soap and Peppermint Fluff Whipped Sugar Scrub.......I think I've died and gone to tasty cleansing heaven.....





EXTRA #3
GLAMOUR DOLL EYES
BLUSH
in My First Time
  

"On January 20th, 2014 we will be releasing some new colors into the permanent line (as well as 3 of the OTM colors from this year, which will be voted on) and 3 blushes. We wanted to give you a chance to test out one of these blushes...while we understand that not all blushes are good for every skin tone, these can be used as shadows as well!" - from GDE December 2013 card

My First Time: light lavender with gold shimmer

I was so super thrilled to see that I received the lavender shade! The other two shades were a darker pink and light pink. I'm all for unusual colors!


The color is simply lovely. It has great pigmentation and is very smooth and soft to work with. Built up dry the lavender really pops and would look stunning on the eye. Blended it becomes a soft, hazy lavender sheen, with no patchiness at all. It blends very easily and can be built up as needed. I didn't even bother swatching it over NYX's Milk, you can see how quite pigmented it is by itself!

As an eyeshadow I absolutely love it, it's a sweet, girly color that can be combined with so many other shades for a beautiful smoky eye. As a blush, it's a bit trickier to work with, but worth it in the end if you use it right. Because of my very fair, pale skin, it went a little grey-toned on me, which dulled me out a bit. You just have to blend it well and keep the rest of the makeup fairly warm, with a nice lip color with some pink tones to balance it out. With a nude lip, it can look too dull. Blended right with good colors paired with it on your eyes and lips, it has a very sweet, slightly candy-toned effect! Gorgeous!






EXTRA #4
GLAMOUR DOLL EYES
SAMPLE SHADOWS
in Fire Breather & Burlesque


"We're also including a few samples of hte new colors that will be releasing on January 20th. There a 8 colors and you're receiving 2 in sample baggies. Some people have already received some of these colors, so fi you have, I apologize!" - from GDE December 2013 card

Well I definitely have not received these shades! And oh my, they are SO PURDY!

Fire Breather: a vibrant red with orange undertones and gold shimmer

Safe For: eyes, lips, nails and face


Burlesque: a deep shimmery purple with blue and green sparkles

Safe For: eyes, lips, nails and face


I'm afraid I don't have swatches for you (do forgive me) but the color are so stunning I didn't want to waste any since the baggies are smaller than the jars! If I do try any looks with these colors, I'll be sure to add the photos to this post and update my social media platforms with a note on the new photos, though! STUNNING colors!





EXTRA #5
BLACK LUNA LACQUER
NAIL POLISH
in Christmas Morning


"The last extra of the year is another nail polish from Black Luna Lacquer. She provided a polish for August and we are super happy to have her back in December with this gorgeous color!" - from GDE December 2013 card

Christmas Morning: dark cherry red with a holo shine


The color is so beautiful, with a very light holo sparkle throughout. This swatch was done with two coats and no top coat and as you can see it's very glossy just by itself! Of course, I always recommend base and top coat for less chipping and better longevity. It went on very smooth, and spreads evenly. I think it's darling color for both the Holiday Season and to wear throughout the year! A very feminine, chic shade!






TASTY TREAT!

BLOW POP MINIS
in Cherry
 


For those of you who always wanted to get the blow pops WITHOUT it being on a stick....there ya go! Hahaha! How cute are these? They're so darn tiny, it's just little gum balls! I haven't eaten any since I'm on a strict diet, but I did pass them out to my students after class for a little treat and they loved them!





FINALE

I was very inspired by Christmas Calories Don't Count, since I'm supposed to be dieting but, of course, on Christmas with all the good food everywhere...it's IMPOSSIBLE to be good. So I say: here, here! Christmas Calories most certainly DO NOT count! ::giggles:: and here's what I wore to my family get-together on Christmas!....


I used Mistletoe Make Out over my eyelid, then blended Christmas Calories Don't Count in the crease. I also used My First Time (blush) on my cheeks, a teensy bit on my chin and nose to give me a slightly flushes out-in-the-cold look and blended it also in my inner corners of my eyes and below the eyebrows. I applied Christmas Calories Don't Count wet under my bottom lashes to about half-way in, then used a dark green eyeliner for a thin cat-eye. 



I hope you enjoyed the review! I HIGHLY recommend giving Glamour Doll Eyes a try! Here's their website - 
   

Check them out and their products and be sure to keep the OTM in mind! 

I believe new OTM slots will be available for purchase on January 8th at 12PM PST. So if you were thinking of trying OTM out, be sure to hop on your computer at that time since the slots go fast!


Happy Makeuping! 





   

Monday, December 30, 2013

Glossybox - Limited Edition Holiday Box 2013

LIMITED EDITION
2013 HOLIDAY GOLD BOX


How absolutely STUNNING is this box! There's just something special about all of the boxes, bags, etc. for the holidays that frankly....makes me say: "Gimme, gimme, gimme!". Haha, I swear, I will control the little five year old Cookie inside of me who's super excited about the Holiday Season.

 Every so often, Glossybox features a special Limited Edition box with a special theme. These LE boxes are purchased separately from your monthly subscription and do cost a bit more, HOWEVER, they're also FILLED with more goodies! Well who was I to turn down a golden box? Take a look!....
   

Sparkly ribbon bow? YES PLEASE! I usually give the Glossybox ribbon that comes inside each box to my kitties since they love to play with ribbons....but this glittery ribbon was too darn pretty! I have hidden it away from sneaky little paws.

The elegance of the box is absolutely gorgeous, and as you might be able to see, the way it opens is different as well. Instead of just a lid that pops right off, it's a magnetic flap that opens up. The sad thing is, the glue lost it's tackiness on my box and it fell apart after I opened it. ::tear:: I can probably glue the pretty thing back together though! Heaven knows I must!

Here's what I received in this little golden box of wonder!....

A body scrub, a body wash, a face mask, a lip liner, a nail polish, a highlighter and a lipgloss


As you can see, quite a lot! Everyone who ordered this box received the same body scrub, the same face mask, the same luminizer and the same lip liner, but a variation in color for the nail polish and lip gloss. 

On to the review!...


NUXE
FONDANT BODY SCRUB

   
"With 100% plant exfoliants in various grain sizes, this creamy fondant scrub is your key to soft, smooth skin." - from 2013 Holiday Gold Box card

What's funny is I'm currently reviewing two products from the Nuxe brand without ever having tried it before and ohhhhhhhhhh my goodness....j'adore! The quality of the brand is fantastic from the two that I'm using. I won't spoil the surprise of the 2nd product, so I'll just stick to the current...
   

I just love having a good exfoliating body scrub and this one is fantastic. Notice the size of the different grains and how packed they are! Listen to how delicious and fabulous this sounds...the active ingredients:

100% plant exfoliants (Orange, Lychee and Walnut Extracts), and Almond and Orange Flower Petals in a rich cream for smooth, soft skin. - from us.nuxe.com

Couldn't you just die? It smells SO good to me. Very light, fragrant but natural with a softly sweet aroma. I think this is the perfect mix for those people who love natural earthy scents and those that love floral. 

For use, it works great with a loofah, but I do prefer just using my hands since I get fully control the exfoliation in circular motions. It isn't rough on the skin, even with the grains, the richness of the cream helps moisturize and soften the skin during exfoliation. On warmer days you may not even need to moisturize with lotion after you finish showering (which I typically recommend after heavy exfoliating) but on colder days a light moisturizer would work fine since this body scrub doesn't irritate the skin. As far as the product lasting, as with most exfoliators that have grains or beads in them, you do end up going through the product a tad faster than usual since you need more grains/beads to scrub with, but this still seems to be lasting me quite some time! I still have most of the bottle left after a few weeks of use.

I HIGHLY recommend trying this product out if you need a good exfoliator! It's probably one of the best I've ever tried.






PHILLIP B
BODY WASH
in Chocolate Milk

  
"A warming, energizing body wash that revives your senses and leaves skin silky and glowing." - from 2013 Holiday Gold Box card

THIS RIGHT HERE was pretty much the whole reason I wanted this box. What? You didn't know I am a chocoholic? Psh....let me put it this way...if a dessert isn't at least 78% chocolate, I won't eat it. My that sounds so snobby ::giggle:: but it's quite true. That also goes for chocolate smells! I love, love, LOVE the smell of chocolate. I'm super excited to say that Philip B got it absolutely right! I've smelled chocolate scents/fragrances before that don't smell like chocolate at all, but the moment I smelled this body wash I was taken back to my childhood. My sweet Mom used to bring me a glass of chocolate milk every morning when she woke me up (a tradition I will definitely be carrying on when I have a little girl of my own) and it smells JUST like the chocolate milk Mom used to make. If I remember correctly it was milk and Hersheys syrup but she mixed it JUST right so it wasn't overly sweet but it was good and chocolatey. 

The body wash is scrumptious! It's that perfect mix of sweet chocolate with a light milky air. It's not overly lathery, but it gives great body coverage when washing with a loofah, towel or hands and although the smell doesn't linger as long as I'd like it too, it gives me just enough yummy goodness throughout the shower and a little after. It's infused with  pure chocolate and vanilla extracts that give it that tasty fragrance and also has milk proteins, cocoa butter and aloe to keep your skin soft and smooth.

You'd better believe I'm going to be buying more of this when I run out! It's the most realistic chocolate scented beauty product I've ever smelled!






BODYOGRAPHY
LIP LINER
in Crimson

   
"Create the perfect pout for any holiday party with this amazing lip liner. It contains chamomile oil for effortless application and ultra smooth texture." - from 2013 Holiday Gold Box card

This girl apparently can't get away from red lip products. I know, I know, it's the Holidays, I should have expected a rid lippy or two...but a girl can dream, right? 

I definitely do like this lip liner, though! As far as lip liners go, it's very creamy, glides on super smooth and doesn't pull or tug the skin at all.


It's a typical lip liner pencil that needs a beauty pencil sharpener to get to a fine point. The shade Crimson is a slightly pink-toned red so it's not quite as vivid and rich as a true red is.
   

The color is lovely and very vibrant. Because of it's creaminess, it doesn't make a very crisp, thin single line, but I'd rather have that than have a pencil that pulls and tugs the skin. As you can see from the swirly line it glides so easily. 

I wore this liner under a red lipstick for a day and it did help with no feathering but because it's so soft, it did smudge a TEENSY bit after a few hours. However, it didn't dry my lips out like some liners tend to do and the color stayed nice and vibrant for at least 4 hours before needing major touch-ups.

I will be continuing use of this liner since I do think the color is lovely if I don't want a heavy rich red and I love the softness of the formula. I have another red lip liner that's somewhat similar in color, but it's formula is a bit harder and dries out my lips somewhat. 






KORA ORGANICS
CLAY PURIFYING MASK

   
"A purifying and cleansing mask especially formulated to gently detox, purify and refine the texture of the skin." - from 2013 Holiday Gold Box card

A face mask! This box is just full of all sorts of happiness for me. I can NEVER get enough face masks. Be it charcoal, pumpkin, mud, clay, chocolate, snail slime, you name it...I want to try it! 

The KORA Organics line states it's dedication to using only the highest quality certified organic and natural ingredients. This mask itself is listed as being free from sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., glycols, silicones, PEGS, ethoxylate and formaldehyde.

The formula contains lavender and noni extracts - which is great for anti-aging. It also contains aloe vera, kaolin (a white clay used in some skincare for exfoliating dead skin cells and dirt from the surface and cleansing the skin), cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl oleate, glyceryl stearate (emulsifiers typically), sunflower oil, silica, glycerine (a great emollient) natural vitamin E, avocado oil, lemon myrtle oil, bergamot oil and rose hip oil,  just to name a few.


The product itself is a teensy bit on the watery side for a clay mask, but not messy at all once applied to the face. You just have to be a bit careful when squeezing it from the bottle into your hands. It doesn't completely become opaque on the skin once spread, but it does give full coverage that is visible. The tube suggests a 5 minute waiting period before rinsing off for sensitive skin and up to 10 minutes for normal skin. I do have rosacea, but I usually don't have to worry about a product irritating my skin. With a 10 minute waiting period, it does sliiiiiightly sting, but really it's not much at all. It's not even to the point of tingling, you can just feel the alcohol. I would recommend trying this on the back of your hand, though, if you tend to have sensitive skin, then test a small amount on a small spot on your jawline before doing a full face mask.

It has a very light natural clay aroma, nothing too overpowering, though, really once it's all over your face and you let it dry, you can hardly smell it. It does begin to dry fairly quickly after application and it rinses off very easily with tepid water. It did very lightly aggravate my rosacea as my cheeks were a bit pink after I rinsed it off, but it quickly subsided. If you can take the time, you can easily use a wet hand towel to light dab off the mask if you have severe rosacea that becomes easily inflamed. 

For results, I must say, looking at my skin after I removed the mask was awesome. My skin had that taunt, squeaky-clean look to it that a good cleansing can provide. It was smooth, tight and bright. I'm not entirely sure how much assistance this product provided, but I will say this, I used it again last night and I noticed that I had a pimple forming on my chin so after I used the mask I applied a hot damp towel to the area and the next morning the pimple had come to a perfect head! Mine typically never come to a head that fast. It could be that the clay mask assisting in drawing the impurities out and helped speed up the healing process. Hard to say, but as I said, that rarely happens so quickly for me. 

The mask, in my opinion, gives great results. It's not entirely moisturizing so you will need a good moisturizer after use, but the great clean feeling after use is worth it and from what I've seen, it does a fabulous job of pulling impurities out and getting deep into the epidermis. I would definitely recommend trying this out if you have oily to normal skin! If you have slightly sensitive skin you may want to see if you can try a sample of it first as it is not cheap. 






BUTTER LONDON
NAIL LACQUER
in Henley Regatta

   
"Long lasting and rich in color, this high-performing nail polish leaves a smooth and glossy finish. It will be the perfect glamorous accessory on your fingertips this holiday season." - from 2013 Holiday Gold Box card

Hooray, nail polish! and what a GORGEOUS one at that! I seriously have nothing in my stash that looks like this, it's so darling. The name absolutely cracks me up (as most Butter London names do) as it's name is referring to a rowing event held annually on the River Thames in England. Haha, it puts a WHOLE different perspective on the polish, doesn't it? Before you were thinking: "Oh! What an absolutely lovely Christmas polish! So glittery green and festive!" and now..."Oh yes, indeed, that IS reminiscent of a river, how unusual and adorable!". Isn't is fantastic what a naming of a polish can do?


Here we have a swatch with two coats of polish and no topcoat. It's made up of very fine teal-green microglitters. It's ALMOST opaque with two coats, but not quite. You may need three or four for full opacity, but really it's quite lovely on it's own even with two. It makes a gorgeous shimmery topper with a single coat over a color. Over a really dark teal it is absolutely STUNNING. Because of the decently packed glitters it applies very easily and spreads nicely. You really don't have to work hard to get the glitter to evenly spread at all, just brush it right on in a few strokes. It's fairly shiny without a topcoat but, of course, I would recommend a nice glossy one to really get this glitter to pop!






SO SUSAN
LUMINIZER

   
"Look radiant for your end of the year soirees with this water-based luminizer - apply on cheekbones, along the brow bone, and above the cupid's bow for a lit-from-within glow." - from 2013 Holiday Gold Box card

I've never been a huge fan of luminizers or highlighters since my face tends to get oily in the day and I'm so ridiculously pale, they never look quite right on me...I just end up looking too dewy and have on occasion blinded someone when I walked past them outside....OK, maybe that part isn't exactly true...but my Hubby would say so, too ::giggles::. 

 HOWEVER, with that in mind, I actually quite like this product! I was very surprised at how pretty it really is.
  

I think what does it for me is the pink tone. The pink tone makes a world of difference on my skin tone. It's just beautifully luminescent. As you can see it spread excellently with use of fingertips, with no smudging or smearing, but I typically prefer to dab on with fingers, then blend with a brush for a more natural finish. 

I've used this product both as a simple highlighter on my cheeks, top of nose, cupid's bow, etc. as well as mixing it with my foundation for a soft all-over glow and I do love both applications. If you're adding this to a foundation it's best to add very little in, blend it on the back of your hand and add more luminizer as needed. It gets glow-y pretty fast, so very little is needed. TIP! - I prefer to lightly pull it down onto the neck and then blend over the collar bone so it's not just your face that's all aglow! 





BEAUTY ADDICTS
LIP ADDICTION
in Tease

   
"A luxurious, high-shine lip glaze that provides intense, opulent color while nourishing lips with vitamins and plumping lips with peptides." - from 2013 Holiday Gold Box card

If there's one thing I don't need any more than a red lippy, it's probably a pink lip gloss, but I absolutely ADORE the design of the tube! It's got a modern 80's vibe to it that I'm totally digging. 

The gloss is in the shade Tease, which as you can see is a slightly muted babydoll pink.

The applicator is a standard flocked wand brush, which isn't usually my favorite, but I do like that the neck of the bottle does catch most of the gloss on the outside of the brush and pulls it off as it's being drawn out, leaving just product on the tip.
  

The formula is a TEENSY bit sticky, but not overly so. It is a little thick but it gets slightly tacky once applied which is nice for longevity. It's also nicely pigmented for a gloss, and even blended (as you can see), it still provides a gorgeous color. On the lips, the color does last quite some time compared to other glosses, about 3-4 hours before needing major touch-ups with color still lasting on the lips. It looks absolutely gorgeous both normally applied for full color opacity or blended out with the fingers. I really didn't feel like the product was too heavy on my lips or was so sticky that my lips stuck together when closed. It was also heavy enough to not get that wet gloss look that rubs off so easily.

Amazingly enough, I'm very tempted to try out their others shades and I really am not a huge fan of lip glosses! Well done Beauty Addicts!




WORTH AND PURCHASE:

1) Nuxe Fondant Body Scrub:
  • Full-size (6.7 oz) - $28
  • I received a 1.6 oz sample tube - $6.69 



2) Philip B Body Wash in Chocolate Milk:
  • Travel Size (2 fl oz) - $8
  • I received a travel size!


3) Bodyography Lip Liner in Crimson:
  • Full-size (.04 oz) - $13
  • I received a full-size!


4) Kora Organics Clay Purifying Mask:
  • Full-size (3.38 fl oz) - $53
  • I received a 3.30 fl oz sample tube - $51.75


5) Butter London Nail Lacquer in Henley Regatta:
  • Full-size (0.4 fl oz) - $15
  • I received a full-size! 


6) So Susan Luminizer:
  • Full-size (0.53 oz) - $40
  • I received a full-size!


7) Beauty Addicts Lip Addiction in Tease:
  • Full-size (0.19 oz) - $17
  • I received a full-size!



TOTAL PAID FOR BOX:  $30*


TOTAL WORTH OF BOX:  $151.44


WOW! What a high worth Limited Edition box! I'm definitely QUITE pleased with this purchase, especially since 5 items were full-sized (almost 6!) and two of the items each were well worth over what I paid. The normal price for this particular box was $50 but I found a promotion code that took 40% off, making the total $30! I do apologize that I did not share this deal with everyone, at the time I was unable to write any posts, and I may not be able to write full posts for all limited edition boxes but I probably CAN share the deals quickly on The Charming Cheshire Facebook Page, so be sure to follow on that platform! 






FINALE

Not TOO many makeup products in this box, but enough to where I wanted to go ahead and do a look anyhow, I went for a lip showcase. 


I know ombre has begun to go soooooo out of Vogue, but since I've never really done one for my Finales, I decided to go for it! I used the lip liner in Crimson and drew in from the outer corners of my mouth (both top and bottom) and faded it just below the edge of where my cupid's bow begins. I then brushed Beauty Addicts Tease over the entire lip focusing it more heavily on the center of my lips where I had no lip liner. I also used the Luminizer on my upper cheekbones, nose and center of my bottom lip. I SWEAR I used the Luminizer. Upon reviewing these photos and selecting which to use I really could not SEE the Luminizer as I'm sure neither can you. If you had seen my face in real life you would have definitely seen it! I really could not have added any more since I was going out that day and I didn't want to look like the goddess of the glowing sun (in a really, really bad way, not a gorgeous way). You can see it on my nose more than my cheeks, but at least you can see it there!


After adding these photos I realized...I totally could have done a Gold look to go with the gold box! I was actually on my way to pick up my Hubby from the airport so I went for a more girly, romantic daytime look. Let me know if ya'll would prefer to see a golden holiday look and I can add it in!




Happy Makeuping and Happy Holidays!

     

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ipsy - December 2013

CELEBRATION!
   
   

Holiday season is ALWAYS a time to celebrate! Ending of the year with good cheer and the fresh start to a whole new chapter. Time to start writing resolutions and ::ahem:: sticking to them....am I right? ::wink, wink:: This month Ipsy decided to provide some fabulous products that will not only be amazing for Christmas, but also be useful for a fabulous and fresh New Years look! If you missed my Sneak Peaks and Previews for this month's Ipsy, don't worry, you actually didn't miss it...I didn't get a chance to write one for this month. Oh the sadness! I know, I'm sorry. HOWEVER, we should be getting some Ipsy Sneak Peeks for January starting next week and I'd like to jump on those right away as soon as they come out!

So let's start celebrating and jump into this review of my Ipsy Glam Bag!....

 I received: a nail polish, cosmetic stick, lip pencil, eyeshadow trio and false eyelashes

Everyone received one of two color combos of the Pop Beauty eyeshadow trio (brown/nudes or grey/silvers), a Be a Bombshell One Stick (in different shades), a lippy (either J Cat Beauty lip pencil or NYX lipstick) and the nail polish and falsies were some of many variation items. 

I love, love, LOVE this month's actual bag! It's a classy somewhat textured quilted pattern made from a soft plastic, however, I one that doesn't feel cheap, in my opinion. It has a side zipper as you can see, which I think makes it a bit snazzier and a crimson inner lining. Haha, I almost feel as though the February and June 2013 Glam Bags got together and had this baby! The February bag was a black fake patent leather bag with a red inside as well and the June bag was leapard print with a size zipper (same design)! 
 



STARRILY
NAIL POLISH
in Bzzz Bzzz


"This nail polish is seriously all the buzz." - from etsy.com/shop/Starrily

This is SUCH an adorable glitter polish! First of all, the bottle is their mini-sized, which I find irresistibly cute, and I just have such a fondness for black and single colored glitter. It's so festive and party-ish! I also have way too much fun saying the name....Bzzz Bzzz. Because I don't pronounce it as Buzz Buzz, oh no, it's Bzzz Bzzz. Go on, you say it.....see what I mean? ::grin:: 


As you can see it's a mixed pattern glitter with square, hexagon and dot yellow-gold glitter as well as square, dot, hexagon and bar black glitter. The yellow-gold dot glitters appear to be a bit shinier while the rest of the glitters are more satin. The black glitters are matte. Here we have a swatch of two coats (no top coat). It spreads out nicely, the glitter doesn't clump in any space. Two coats is absolutely perfect for even glitter distribution without completely covering the nail so this could easily be paired with a color underneath. 

I think it'd look gorgeous over white or grey for a more toned down party nail, or you could go full throttle and brush it over a purple for a bright complimentary colors effect, or even pink for a girly bright funky look! I'd even wear it over a bare nail as an accent finger with maybe black or yellow polish on the other fingers. Definitely a fun and exciting product that I'm more than pleased with!

 



BE A BOMBSHELL
THE ONE STICK
in Sunset


"An all-in-one multiple stick with a smooth texture. Apply to eyelids, cheeks or lips for the perfect pop of color anywhere!" - from beabombshellcosmetics.com

I always love experimenting with a multi-use product. I must say, this one did NOT disappoint! 


The design is a twist-up stick and I'm so happy that there IS actually quite a bit of product inside if you twist it up all the way. It's almost as long as the small cylinder on top that it's encased in. I've tried twist-up products before that don't even reach half way down the upper cylinder. What a cheat, right?! Not The One Stick, though!


How GORGEOUS is this? The formula is super creamy, and look how beautifully it blends, with no patchiness at all. What's great about it is how extremely pigmented it can be if you want it to, but it easily blends out into a very natural shade. Sunset is listed on Be a Bombshell's website as a deep coral with a light shimmer. They have six other sticks ranging in a shimmering white, pinks, coral, plum and copper. I personally think Sunset is a very flattering shade that would like nice on a range of skintones. 

For application on the cheeks, this product is perfect, you just lightly dab or swipe it on where you're wanting color and you can either blend with your fingers (which I found very easy) or with a fluffy cheek blending brush. Along with a face primer and setting spray the color lasted 10+ hours with minimal fading. What's awesome, though, is the stick is very convenient to just pop on into your purse if you feel you might need touch-ups later or if you want to deepen the color for a richer nighttime look!

For application on the lips, it's a bit trickier to handle and most people may not like it. The color payoff is great, you can still build it up or wear it more natural, however, it's very drying and has an almost powdery finish feeling when you press your lips together. This is partially good for the color lasting but it may be slightly uncomfortable. I preferred to lightly dab on a lip balm with my finger on top of the color so my lips didn't feel quite as dry (which incidentally causes you to lick your lips, which in turn causes the product color to fade). I still do recommend using this as a lip shade, though, it's really lovely and when used properly, can last a good 3-4 hours before needing major touch-ups.

Application on the eyes was the only application I wasn't as fond of. The color does go on nicely and it's also buildable but because my eyes tend to get a bit oily during the day, the color began to crease since it IS creamy. I believe once the creamy product begins drying on a dry skin surface, it changes to a slightly drying/powdery finish so it lasts, but if you apply it to an oilier surface, it won't finish as nicely. If you don't have any problems with oily eyelids, though, this may work for you! I did use it over an eye primer and with a setting spray, as well and I had about 3-4 hours of decent color before it started fading and creasing. 

All in all, I did like The One Stick, especially as a blush! I think if my eyelids wouldn't get quite so oily, it'd be absolutely perfect for all uses!





POP BEAUTY
BRIGHT UP YOUR LIFE
EYESHADOW SAMPLE TRIO
in Naturally Bare


"This palette of bare pigments adds definition & intensity to lids, creating a broad range of shadow looks that complement all eye colours....these hues blend smoothly onto the lid, adding a veil of silky luster that will outlive the day or night!" - from popbeauty.co.uk (describing entire palette)

There were two eyeshadow trios that went out, this one which is called Naturally Bare, and a trio of black, grey and silver, called Smoking Hot. Pop Beauty doesn't sell these trios exactly, but these three shades are three of ten shadows that are part of actual eyeshadow palettes called Naturally Bare and Smoking Hot. Basically these are three sample colors from those palettes. 


I was superdupes excited to see I received the brown/nude shades, as I thought those looked absolutely gorgeous...and to my surprise I find out they're not exactly nude...they're shimmery with gold! LOVE IT!

As you can see, three swipes dry wasn't too bad. This is with no primer, whatsoever, and I must admit I was fairly impressed with the formula and color payoff. They're not patchy at all, and blend beautifully. They're also very buildable if you want more pigmentation.

Over NYX's Jumbo Pencil in Milk, the brown deepens significantly and has a bit of a rust undertone, the coppery gold looks richer and the champagne yellow-gold shows up a bit better and is more even in color across the area.

I preferred using eyeshadow brushes for the coppery gold and brown, but then just using my fingertip for the light gold. I find using the fingertips for a very shimmery light shade gives me a better pigmentation because I can pack it on easier with little to no blending. 

Along with primer and a setting spray the colors lasted a good 10 hours before needing major touch-ups! I've been wearing them quite a bit over the Holiday season as they're SO fabulous for parties or even just a bright daytime Holiday look. I may even go ahead and purchase the ten shade palette that these colors are from. It comes with this list of colors:

 white, faded taupe, eggshell, bare nude, pinky taupe, faded charcoal, bright bronze, toasted taupe, cinnamon, deep brown. 





J CAT BEAUTY
THE BIG LIP PENCIL
in Caramel Mocha

   
"The Big Lip Pencil is another staple in our bigger and better collection! Versatile as a hydrating and vibrant lipstick as well as a sculpting lip liner.  It’s destined to be in your makeup collection!" - from jcatbeauty.com

Can I take a moment please? HALLELUIAH! I DIDN'T RECEIVE A RED LIP PRODUCT! Ohhhhh my goodness. When I saw that they were sending out a red shade in this pencil as well I was terrified I would receive it. I don't know what is up with beauty subs loving to send out red lip products, but I'm seriously good with red lippies for...oh...I dunno.....years....decades possibly. ::giggles::

This Big Lip Pencil was quite a happy surprise! I was a tad bit hesistant when I saw how very caramel it looked, but once I swatched it, I was in love...


How beautiful is THAT!? It leans to just the right amount of pink in a stunning mocha shade. It's nicely pigmented and can be either lightly applied and blended on with fingers or applied straight from the pencil for a deeper, full coverage color.


The formula is awesome, it dries just enough to lock onto your lips but not to where it makes your lips feel dehydrated and dry. Just to note, though, if you have very pink lips such as me, you WILL need to apply some foundation, concealer or BB Cream over your lips before applying the pencil as the color will change. It was the funniest thing. Without lightening the color of my lips first, the lip pencil went on pretty much pink! Even here in the picture above which I put on my BB Cream over my lips to cancel the pink tone of them, it still goes on more of a pink than a nude caramel. I think it's gorgeous though! It's like a super pigmented version of my natural lip color. So pretty!





ARDELL
FASHION LASHES
in 120 Demi Black


"Ardell Natural Lashes are popular lashes because women love that they're lightweight, reusable, easy-to-apply and give the desired, natural look of full, beautiful lashes." - from ardelllashes.com

Alas, the one item in my Ipsy Glam Bag I was not excited about....false lashes. I simply just...don't wear them. I know HOW to, I was trained since I was 12 how to apply falsies since I took ballet but I have the type of eyes that just really don't like them. I always have to trim my falsies because my eyes are smaller, and I have to finagle the direction of the lashes while applying since my eyes and eyelashes slant down so much. They never look quite right on me, even when I apply them correctly, so I prefer not to wear them. 

I'm sorry to say I don't have a photo of them on for you. I had a ballet recital at my studio before Christmas so I brought them to the show and gifted them to one of my students to wear for the performance. I applied them on her, and they really are lovely lashes (yes, yes I forgot take a photo ::slaps wrist::). The curve on the outer edge does a fantastic job of lifting the eye and giving it a bit of a cat-eye flair. The spacing of the lashes makes it appear very natural as well. The only thing I did not like about this set of lashes was the adhesive. It came in a foil-like packet that has to be ripped open on the top so it's not going to last long at all before drying out. I'd much rather have seen a twist top tube. It didn't dry completely clear, as well. My absolute favorite lash glue I've ever used was a black glue believe it or not. It was slightly harder to see when applying, especially when making sure if I covered the edges enough, but when the lashes were on it looked absolutely seamless! 
 



WORTH AND PURCHASE:

1) Starrily Nail Polish in Bzzz Bzzz:
  • Mini Bottle (5 ml) - $5
 
2) Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset:
  •  Full-size (7.3 g) - $16
  • I received a full-size!

3) Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eyeshadow Sample Trio in Naturally Bare:
  • Full-size (palette of 10 shades) - $24
  • Sample Trio (3 shades) - $8

4) J Cat Beauty The Big Lip Pencil is Caramel Mocha:
  • Full-size (5 g) - $3.99
  • I received a full-size!

5) Ardell Fashion Lashes in 120 Demi Black:
  • Full-size (1 set) - $3.99
  • I received a full-size!
 
Total Paid for Bag:  $10
 
Total Worth of Bag:  $36.98
 
 
Not quite the lowest worth Glam Bag I've received, but definitely on the lower end. Not that I'm complaining, it's still almost four times what I paid, and I didn't even account for the bag itself! I'm really happy with the price of each individual item as well! 
 




FINALE
   
Holiday makeup finale! I went for a natural daytime look that could easily be darkened for a night look as well. I just wanted fresh, bright, and glowy.


NOW you can see what I mean about the Lip Pencil looking pink without a foundation, concealer or BB Cream on the lips....I didn't put some on underneath that day so the color looked quite pink! Very natural looking though, in my opinion!


For this look I started with a primer, then BB Cream all over my face. I used concealer where needed (under eyes, chin, nose), then a matte setting powder all over. I then used an eye primer along with blending NYX's Jumbo Pencil in Milk all over the eyelid. I blended the lighter gold eyeshadow on my entire eyelid first, stopping just outside of the outer edge of my eyelid, then softly blended the coppery gold towards the outer edge and finishing with the darker brown on the outside. I then patted some of the light gold with my fingertip on the inner part of the eyelid both on top and on the bottom to highlight the inner corners of my eyes. I used a red-tinted brown eyeliner for the wing of the cat-eye and a gold eyeliner for the inner part of liner towards the inner corners of my eyes. I finished the look up with light contouring with a bronzer, lightly darkening my eyebrows with a brown eyeshadow and setting gel, blending on The One Stick for my blush and applying the Lip Pencil on my lips! I finished it all up with a setting spray. 

I felt like it added just the right amount of shimmer and glow for a Holiday look! LOVE the eyeshadow trio and shades!


Well that's it for this month's Ipsy Glam Bag review, I hope you enjoyed! I can't wait to see what's in store for us for next month! Did you receive a Glam Bag this month? What products did you love?  Thinking of joining Ipsy? Please feel free to use my referral code to sign up! Click HERE to start to subscription sign-up process!


Happy Holidays and Happy Makeuping!