Tuesday, July 16, 2013

E.l.f. Haul and Mini First Impressions

Recently e.l.f. (eyelipsface) had a 50% off sale online. Considering they already have insanely cheap prices, I couldn't resist taking advantage of this offer. Here's my haul and my first impressions when I swatched some products...

The first swatches are the HD Blushes I got which normally cost $3 from elf's studio line. I've been interested in trying them out for a while. They are SUPER pigmented, and I'll have to experiment on how to make that dark shade work for me.
From top to bottom :Superstar, Headliner, and Showstopper.

Next I got the cream blush/bronzer duo. I've been using my Sonia Kashuk cream bronzer every day, so I decided to try this out. It's a little orange for my skin tone, but is pigmented and creamy. The blush is a gorgeous color, however it is almost too soft, and I'll have to be careful not to dig into it when I use it. It is $3 on the website.

I got 3 of the Lip Balm Tints (normally $2 each). They are surprisingly pigmented, considering they are just a tinted lip balm. They are moisturizing and have a slight sweet taste to them. I'm already a fan! From left to right: Nude, Peach, and Berry.

I LOVE elf's studio line of brushes. They are soft, durable, and at $3, the price can't be beat. This is the small tapered brush, which I will probably use for highlighting or contouring. It has a slight paddle shape, so I feel like it'd be perfect for either uses.

The elf essential brushes, for me, are hit or miss. But, because they only cost $1 (and 50% off that...) I threw some in my shopping cart. This is the smudger brush. Seems like not the softest thing, but it'll serve it's purpose.

I actually already have one of elf spoolies. But, I tend to lose these kinds of brushes or they get dirty and can be hard to clean, so it's always good to have an extra handy. These are also part of the essential line, so they are normally only $1.

This is the angled blush brush. I have had my eye on this one for a while. It is part of the studio line, so it is normally $3. It's decently dense, and I think it will lend itself to blush or contouring.

Not swatched: elf brow treat and tame and eyebrow kit. I bought two treat and tames because they tend to dry out, but I really like them for lazy days when I dont want to full out fill in my brows. I also got the eyebrow kit which I have never used before, but I have seen others use it and it's seems like something good to try out. Both products are part of the studio line and normally cost $3. I also got both products in ash- I love that elf has an ash option instead of just a light blonde, because often eyebrow products are too warm for my liking, so it's good that they are clear that this product is cool toned.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

IPSY July 2013 Bag Review

Hey everyone! So today I got my July Ipsy bag in the mail. Wahoo! Something weird happened with shipping so I didn't get my bag last month (but their customer service has been great in trying to get me a new one!) so this month I was particularly excited to receive it.

If you don't know what Ipsy is, it is a subscription site that costs $10 a month, and each month they send you a bag with (usually) 5 makeup/beauty products. There are many other sites like this out there (Birchbox, Beautybox5, etc), but I was interested in this one because 1) it is only 10 bucks a month, and other subscriptions can cost much more and 2) it is run by lots of my favorite Youtube beauty gurus, including AndreasChoice, MichellePhan, and Dope2111 (Promise Tamang).

With this site, you can personalize your account, and they tailor pick things to send you out of a certain group of products, so not everyone receives the same bag. Buuuuut, here's what I received:

1) The bags Ipsy comes in are usually quite cute. This months theme is "beach beauty," and they used a translucent pink cylinder bag. This is honestly probably the first bag I really see myself using for makeup (for travel, purse, etc), because I ADORE that it's see-through so that I can see each product inside. Last month's bag was leopard, yet another reason I was bummed shipping got messed up!

2) Coola tinted moisturizer SPF 20. It's organic and rose essence and all of that, but I'm not really one for tinted moisturizers. I have pretty oily skin, so if I use a product like this it needs to be suited for such skin types (I LOVE Garnier BB Cream for oily/combo skin). I'll give it a try, but meh.

Coola Rose Essence tinted moisturizer- full size (on Coola's website)= 1.7 oz for $36
Sample size from Ipsy= .23 fl oz= $4.87 worth of product

3) POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Fuchsia Flirt. I do love myself a lip crayon, but this one is pretty sheer. It's not something I would pick up at the store, but I will probably use it as a nice day-to-day gloss type o' thang. Plus, it's full size. So that's fun.

POP Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon= ermm, can't seem to find anything online about the individual price. They have a set at Ulta with 6 of them (not sure if they are full-sized or not) for $25. So we'll just say it's worth about $5.

4) BH Collection sample shadows. BH Cosmetics came out with a new line of palettes (Hollywood, San Francisco, and Malibu) and it looks like they took a shadow from each kit and put it into one cute little set. They are pigmented and smooth.

BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Sampler= again, hard to tell. Each palette, when sold in full size, comes with 16 eyeshadows and 4 face products, and are on sale right now for $9.95 online. So I'm going to say this is probably in the $2 range worth of product.

5) Nailtini nail polish in Mai Tai. I have gotten different colors from this brand from Ipsy before, and I have to say, I'm a fan. This is a beautiful coral, however in the picture it looks more orange. Very excited to use this. It's also a full-sized product (always good!)

Nailtini nail polish= $13

6) HealthySexyHair Soy Renewal Beach Spray with argan oil. I've never tried this, and the size they gave is perfect for traveling. Interested to see how this works out (I usually make my own beach spray, click here for the recipe)

HealthySexyHair Beach Spray- full size at Ulta- 5.1 fl oz= $19.95
Ipsy Travel Size- 1.7 fl oz= $6.65 worth of product

All in all, this bag contained about $31.52 worth of product, and some stuff I am very excited to try out! Definitely worth the $10! 

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

DIY surf spray

Here's an super easy, affordable "recipe" I found on youtube from pinksofoxy on making your very own surf spray! I love these types of products in the summer, but buying them at the store can be very hit-or-miss, as well as expensive. By creating your own, you have control over what exactly goes into your product!

What you need:
Aloe vera juice (or water**)
Sea Salt
Hair gel
Spray bottle
**Aloe vera is very good for your hair and will help decrease the drying effects of salt (and can aid in hair growth!). You can find it in most grocery stores in the health and supplement section.

How much you use of each product depends on the size of your bottle/how much you are making. For the size shown here, I filled the bottle about 3/4 of the way with aloe vera juice, used about 1 tablespoon of gel, and about 1 teaspoon of salt. I would err on the side of less salt, as when you add more it can make hair more dry and brittle. 

Then, just shake it all up! Be sure to shake before each use, as product can settle on the bottom. 

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Temporary Claw/Almond Nails

So, I've wanted claw/stiletto/almond nails for a while now. I even have a post a couple months ago about how to create the illusion of that shaped nail. In order to achieve these, most people get acrylic nails, but I just do not have room in my budget for that. Also, I really do not want to have to deal with the damaging affects of acrylics.

So, I decided to try it out with temporary nails. I used the Impress brand. I received a free kit of these when I placed an order with an online clothing store a while back, and found that they stay on your nails pretty darn well.

I just did my nails this way, and I am really digging it! Here's how I did it and what I used:

Here's everything all laid out. The nails came with a teeny nail file (the pink thing on the white paper) and an alcohol prep pad.  I got the Impress kit in "Superstar Scandal" in the medium length. If I were not making this shaped nail, I would have gone with the short length.

1) Select the 10 nails that fit your nails best. 

2) File the nails down (with the provided file or your own- I used a rough one that I have because there was a lot to file away) to desired shape and size. You make hit the glue part, but don't worry, you can file that away once you press on the nails.

3) Remove all nail polish. Use the provided prep pad to clean your nails of all dust and residue that could keep the glue from adhering firmly to your nails. 

4) Peel away the tab on the back of your first nail. I suggest doing the pinky first, and leaving thumbs for last. Press the fake nail onto your real nail. Continue with the rest of your hand. You can also peel away the back of all of the nails first and then place them on. Your choice. 

5) Wait 30 minutes. Then, go back with your file to shape your nails how you would like them.

Then you're done! This is super simple, and if you're careful, can last up to a week. You can also paint these nails if you end up getting bored of the color (although I happen to love this vampy red!)

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