October Glam Bag

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The bag:
The makeup bag this month is definitely one of my favorites. Though my camera makes it look a brighter red than it actually is, it has a nice lace design and a little bat on the zipper. It’s an awesome gothic-style bag that you can use year-round if you want. Although this style is one of my most favorites, I prefer the design of last year’s October bag, which is still my #1 favorite. If you’ve forgotten what that one looks like, you can see it here.

Fall Makeup Look: Bonfire

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I felt like doing another Fall makeup look this weekend. You can see last week’s look here if you missed it. This week, I was feeling inspired by bonfire’s, so I tried to incorporate that into the look.

Here are the products I used:

  • Makeup Revolution – Pro Base Blur Primer
  • Makeup Revolution – Eye Primer
  • Chella – Eyebrow Cream in shade Tantalizing Taupe
  • NYX – BB Cream in shade Nude
  • NYX – No Filter Finishing Powder in shade Alabaster
  • Mannakadar Beauty – Blush in shade Paradise
  • ColourPop – Highlighter in shade Glazed
  • Make Up For Ever – Mascara
  • Makeup Revolution – Selfie Eyeshadow Palette
  • Makeup Revolution – Love the Revolution Palette
  • Shany – Color Rainbow Eyeshadow Palette

I did not use any lipsticks or lip creams. I used eyeshadows instead to represent smoke and ash.

September Glam Bag

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ColourPop: Ultra Glossy Lip in shade Ipsy VIP
While I absolutely love ColourPop’s creamy highlighters, I was not impressed with their matte lip creams that I’ve tried. So when I received this Ultra Glossy Lip in my bag, I wasn’t sure what to think. I do think it’s better than their matte lip creams, but it’s still not one of my most favorite items. The shade is wonderful, and it’s slightly creamy and not too sticky, which is good. I think my main issue is that I just hardly ever wear glosses anymore.

Tarte: Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
This is the second month in a row that Ipsy sent me a mascara, so I wasn’t too thrilled about it. I do like the Tarte brand though, but I am not overly impressed with this mascara. It does not seem to make my lashes look as long or as thick as certain other mascara’s I’ve used. (In case you’re wondering, my current favorite mascara is Smashbox X-Rated).

Z Skin: Acne Spot Treatment
I love the fact that this is all natural. It features ingredients such as almond, tea tree, and witch hazel. I’ve used this on some of my blemishes, and they were completely dried up over night.

SKINFOOD: Egg White Perfect Pore Cleanser
I was excited to get this in my bag because I’ve heard of Skinfood and was wanting to try some of their products. This cleanser is just okay though. It removes makeup pretty well, but it doesn’t have the greatest smell. It’s not a bad smell either, it just smells really soapy. It’s also supposed to help minimize pores, but I haven’t noticed a difference in mine, and I’ve been using it for a week now.

Pixi by Petra: Blush in shade Beach Rose
I really like this brand. I got one of their lipsticks in my bag quite a while ago, and it’s one of my favorites. Though I wasn’t super excited to get this blush because it’s practically identical to one I already own. However, it is a pretty nice product. It blends really well on the skin for a flawless finish.

Witchy Vibes

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There’s still a little less than a week left until the Autumnal Equinox, but I am getting really excited for Fall and could not resist dressing up and doing a Fall makeup look. I started out with clear gloss on my lips and then vamped it up a bit with a darker lip color. The main items I used included BH Cosmetics’ Wild & Radiant Palette, Makeup Revolution’s Love the Revolution palette, and ColourPop’s Matte Lip Cream in shade Viper, which are pictured below. Other items I used that aren’t pictured include NYX BB Cream in shade Nude, Makeup Revolution’s Eye Primer, Makeup Revolution’s Pro Base Blur Primer, Chella’s Tantalizing Taupe Eyebrow Cream, Ciaté London’s Wonderwand Gel Kohl Eyeliner, Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes Mascara, Maybelline’s Shine Sensational Gloss, and ColourPop’s Highlighter in shade Glazed.

100 Followers! + Shopping Trip

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First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed me so far! I have now passed 100 followers! I opened this blog two and a half months ago, and I was nervous that nobody would be interested and I would be talking to myself. I didn’t think I would gain this many followers in such a short time. I do admit I get down on myself sometimes because I see other bloggers who started theirs around the same time (or even after me), and they have twice as many followers now. I have to remind myself that it’s not a competition or a popularity contest. As long as I’m having fun doing what I’m doing (which I am), then that’s what matters. Of course I want people to like and be interested in what I have to say. I think that’s something we all want. I’m just glad I’ve been able to continually grow my blog.

Yesterday, I went to the mall on a little shopping trip. I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to the mall. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a bit of a homebody. I also like shopping at stores that we don’t have in the mall here, so I tend to buy everything online. Well, I attempted to buy jeans online a while back too, and that didn’t work out so well. It’s a shame too because I absolutely loved those jeans, but despite being the size I normally wear, I couldn’t pull them up over my butt. From that moment, I decided any time I needed new jeans I would have to try them on before I bought them. That’s what triggered my trip to the mall. I’ve been wearing the same jeans for about a decade now. They got to the point where I couldn’t wear them much longer. There were big holes in the butt (where I had to wear a long shirt to cover it), and rips up the leg. I needed new jeans, asap.

August Glam Bag

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Here are my thoughts on this months Ipsy Glam Bag.

The bag itself: This month Ipsy was sending out three different bags instead of just one. I was curious as to which one I would get, and they actually sent me the one I liked the best. The other two said Peace Love Lipstick and Wild & Free. Although I would have been fine with any of them, but I just liked the purple and pink gradient color of this bag best.

AURORA Concealer (in shade Pale Ecru): Not a fan of this concealer at all. I tried using it on blemishes as well as dark circles under my eye. It provided very little coverage. It seemed to become somewhat translucent as it dried.

Crown Brush: This is a nice brush, but I already have a very similar one, so I didn’t really need it. I’ve been using it to apply highlighter.

theBALM Eyeshadow (in shade Kuwakaribisha): This is a very pale shade, which basically blends in with my skin, so I can’t use it as an eyeshadow. It works okay as a highlighter, but I already have multiple highlighters in this same shade.

EYEKO Black Magic Mascara: This mascara is okay. I didn’t really find anything special about it. I’ve used better mascara’s that made my lashes look longer and thicker.

Vitamasques Face Food Yoghurt Masks (Strawberry and Kiwi Fruit): I love these! I love face masks in general, but I thought these were nice. It has a nice fruity smell without being too strong, and I really liked the yogurt-like texture. It felt soothing on my skin, and my face felt smooth and hydrated after rinsing it off.

Overall: Ipsy definitely let me down this month. The only products I was excited to try was the face masks. Everything else I could have done without. When looking at the August product selection that they were choosing from, there were many other items I would have loved to have received. Hopefully I will enjoy next months bag more.

 

Love the Skin You’re In

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I’ve seen this going around on a few blogs, and blogger Kittyp0p has nominated anyone who’s interested to also participate.

The rules are to thank your tagger and link their blog, be truthful when answering the questions, and don’t judge others. Feel free to add any body positivity related questions, and nominate as many people as you can to spread the love and acceptance and self-worth/esteem boost.

One (or more) features you love about yourself:
My eyes. I have central heterochromia, so while the majority of my iris is blue, the pupil is outlined in a hazel color. I especially like the way they light up in the sunlight.