August 2015 Monthly Favorites!

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August is always a fun month here in Minnesota with the Minnesota State Fair and the start of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. These activities mean Fall is coming. Fall is actually my favorite time of the year because of the gorgeous colors, pumpkin pie and apple crisp, and of course being able to wear Fall fashion such as: boots, scarfs, skinny jeans, etc. Although I don’t like what comes after that….Winter. Enough of my blabbing-let me share with you all my monthly favorites of this month!

Stila Got Inked Cushion Liner

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I have never been this excited or blown away by an eyeliner before. I also haven’t bought anything from Stila in a long time. These little pots of eyeliners are so unique- I have never seen anything like them before. These are pretty expensive so at first I decided to pass on them until I kept seeing YouTube videos with high raves and amazing swatches. The shade Smoky Quartz Ink kept catching my eye-it is a shimmery khaki-bronze type shade (yes, I know I am horrible at describing colors :/ ). I decided to pick it up at Ulta. I did not pick up the brush for this because I thought it was extremely over priced. I have some tarte eyeliner brushes that came free with some of their eyeliners-so I just use those brushes. It works just fine-naughty Stila for charging that much for a brush. It is pretty with the feather and all, but still 28 dollars. :0  Basically you dip your brush into the pot and draw it on your eye like any other eyeliner, but the crazy thing about these eyeliners is that it looks like you’re dipping your brush into an ink pad. It was super easy to use which is a big pro for me! It also lasts all day and comes off without any issues using makeup remover. I really want to try more colors from them, but I probably won’t because of the price tag. You can find more information regarding these liners on Stila’s website here.

Jessica Simpson Signature Eau de Parfum

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I was at Herbergers checking out all the perfumes and came across the Jessica Simpson one. I liked Jessica Simpson back when she first came out, but I’m not a crazy fan of hers or anything. I just really liked the scent of this perfume. It is nice and elegant smelling-if that makes sense. I also think the packaging is gorgeous with the feather detail. I was debating on getting a Marc Jacobs perfume, but I ended up getting this one. I just wasn’t really that excited about any of the Marc Jacobs scents at the time. I do have some rollerballs from him, but not any perfume bottles. This perfume has notes of citrus, floral, vanilla, and sandalwood. I am terrible at describing scents- so take a whiff if you’re ever in Ulta or another store that carries it.

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

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Too Faced is one of my favorite brands! They’re always coming out with new and exciting eye shadow palettes-that is not good for the wallet of any makeup lover. This month I have been reaching for my Semi-Sweet palette. It has a lot of neutral shades that can create a variety of looks. I would say that my favorite row is the bottom one out of the palette. You can kind of tell which shades I use the most in the picture above. Rum Raisin is my favorite shade out of the whole palette. These shadows are pigmented and blend-able. They’re perfect for everyday use. Of course the best part is-it smells like chocolate!

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop-Jaclyn Hill

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I have never tried a Becca highlighter until I got this one. They do have quite a few of these shimmering skin perfectors. This is the second Becca product that I have tried (I also have the Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector). The main reason I got this highlighter is because of Jaclyn Hill. I love her YouTube videos! This is the highlighter that she created with Becca Cosmetics. I am in love with this highlighter because it gives such an amazing healthy glow to the skin. It blends into the skin like a dream. It also has a crazy amount of pigmentation. This highlighter can be worn on a multitude of skin tones which is what Jaclyn was striving for. It is the most expensive highlighter I own, but it was well worth it for the quality. This is a Limited Edition shade. It is also a Sephora exclusive. I had to get mine online at Sephora because it was always sold out in stores. So if you want it I recommend buying it before it is too late!

My Favorite Lip Combo- Mac Pet Me, Please Lipstick and Urban Decay Failbait

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This month I have been loving pairing this lipstick with this lip-gloss. The lipstick is my only Mac lipstick I own. Sadly, it was a Limited Edition shade. I mostly got it for the packaging and  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about with Mac lipsticks. I hear that sometimes Mac comes out with the same lipsticks, but in different packaging. Not sure if that is true, but it is something that I have heard. This lipstick is very shimmery so I don’t usually like to wear it by itself, pairing it with the lip-gloss from Urban Decay tones the shimmery-ness down making it more wearable. I wouldn’t say that this lip combo lasts all day, but it is sure pretty.

I hope that you enjoyed my August monthly favorites! I know it has been FOREVER since I’ve been posting on my blog. Life was super busy with my job. I am now at a better job that I can feel more like myself and I will have a little more time and motivation to blog. I still enjoy the makeup world and I’m ready to come back. Comment down below and let me know what your monthly favorites are! Also, what are your plans for the upcoming season?!?

Monthly Beauty Favorites: March 2015

This year has seriously been flying by, but that just means that here in Minnesota we’re closer to warmer weather! I can’t wait to wear summer dresses and sandals! A few weekends back I ditched my winter jacket because it was 60 degrees out! People were jacket-less and grilling in the middle of March. That was a weird feeling, but that is Minnesota for you. This month I found some new beauty loves and some re-discoveries! With that, I hope you enjoy my March monthly favorites!

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1) Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

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This month I have been loving this matte palette from Tarte. This is a very wearable neutral all matte palette. It has 12 shades included; a row of cool tones, a row of warm tones, and a row of purple tones. I am quite surprised with how smooth and blend-able these shadows are. They’re very versatile shades as well. Not only do I like to use this palette alone, I also love pairing it with the Makeup Geek foiled eye-shadows; if I want to add a metallic finish to the matte look.

2) Brilliant & Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette 

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I have had this palette for a little while now, but one day while doing my makeup I was in search of a coral shade. Be hold the amazing Brilliant and Spellbinding palette by Sigma Beauty. I also really love the yellow shade as well. This palette is very “Spring” feeling in my opinion with the pink, yellow, and coral shades. I really love the Sigma Beauty eyeshadow formula in these palettes. They’re very pigmented, blend-able, and smooth. They have four palettes like these all together. I am thinking about de-potting all 4 of these palettes into a z-palette.

3) Urban Decay 24/7 glide-On Eye Pencil in Scorch

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During my last trip to the cities I was looking for a bronze-brown eyeliner shade and ending up finding the shade Scorch. I have been using this shade quite a bit lately. It is a gorgeous shade that works well with neutral looks. I love the Urban Decay’s eyeliner formula and find it to be the best out of any that I have tried. I love how creamy and easy to apply they are.

4) Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha

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I really love my Nyx Jumbo pencils! They work really well as a base. I never use them on their own, but they could be if you wanted to. The shade Iced Mocha is a gorgeous shade and works well underneath any neutral look. I feel like these jumbo pencils help my eyeshadow last longer during the day. I still use Urban Decay’s original eyeshadow primer underneath.

5) Lush Cosmetics Honey Trap Lip Balm

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Recently I re-discovered this lip balm. I had it before and ended up losing it, so when I was at Mall of America’s Lush store I decided to replace it. This stuff is super moisturizing and smells like honey. 😀 I always use it before I go to bed and it keeps my lips moisturized and smooth. It is also made out of natural ingredients which is always a plus.

That concludes this month’s monthly favorites! What have you been loving this month? Have you tried any of these products? Comment and let me know!

xoxo

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Monthly Favorites: August 2014

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August went by way too fast! I can’t honestly believe it is September 1st today (or September 5th, when I post this). August was a busy month for me, especially with starting a new job. I know I haven’t been blogging much lately, so why not come back with a monthly favorites post!

BEAUTY FAVORITES

1) Lorac Pro 2 Palette
When I first saw that Lorac was coming out with a new palette I wasn’t quite sure on if I would want to pick it up or not. I do have the original palette which I do love, but I always forget about using that palette. Well with seeing reviews and some beauty blogger’s creations with this palette, I decided to pick it up with my 20% coupon. I really love the cool tone hues in it and of course the fun colors included. The packaging is the same as the original palette, except this one is gray. The palette is very thin and sleek with a magnetic closure and a mirror as well. The shadows are nice and soft, but powdery. So all you need is a light touch otherwise your palette will be a mess. But, that doesn’t bother me too much because I love how soft they are.

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2) Too Faced Cat Eyes Palette
Another palette in my monthly favorites! Well…why not? I do love myself some eye-shadow palettes. Too Faced came out with a couple new palettes for the Fall collection, but I decided on this one. This palette is a Sephora exclusive, whereas the Country and Rock & Roll palettes are Ulta exculsives. There was just something about the colors in this palette that made me grab it off the shelf at Sephora. Too Faced is one of my favorite makeup brands, and I feel like this palette doesn’t disappoint. I do wish that Kitty Glitter was more pigmented, but in reality I think it completes the palette as a nice shimmer shade. I used the pink shades in the palette for a nice pink look and then added kitty glitter for some extra shimmer.  With Too Faced shadows once you get past the first layer the shades become more pigmented, especially with Kitty Glitter. In the picture below I am wearing Kitty Glitter to add some extra shimmer.

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3) Glo~Minerals Water Resistant Mascara
I have a love-hate relationship with mascara! I seem to be never satisfied with mascara and end up trying new ones all the time. I don’t understand the hype of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara or Benefit They’re Real mascara. I just hate the application process whether it be too wet, too dry, too clumpy, too sticky, etc. Also, it is hard to find a mascara that keeps my stick straight lashes curled. Also, I like to use more natural nourishing mascaras. A lot of the drug store mascaras and even a lot of the high end mascaras use tar in their formula. I hate the feeling of lashes not feeling like lashes after application. I don’t need my lashes to feel/look like a statue because I decided to coat some tar on them. That is not good for lashes! Sorry end of rant! My salon started carrying this Glo Minerals brand and she recommended that I try this mascara after hearing about my love-hate relationship with mascara. This mascara does not have tar in it so I was happy to hear that. The mascara brush is amazing and so easy to use! I can use the brush vertical and horizontally and coat the lashes. No clumps! No spidery looking lashes either. The formula has the perfect wetness needed. I hate those super wet formulas where it takes 10 millions years to dry! Not for me! Also, my lashes feel like lashes. I have been really impressed with this mascara. I am wearing this mascara in the picture above.

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4) Naked 3 Dual Ended Eyeliner Pencil
I love my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette quite a bit! I am always grabbing for it in my makeup collection. When I saw they had a dual sided 24/7 glide on eye pencil dedicated toward the Naked 3, I knew I needed to pick it up. It comes with the shades Darkside and Blackheart. I especially love the Blackheart shade because I love the red shimmer in it. Urban Decay’s eyeliner pencils are my favorite out of all the brands that I have tried. Sure, I have to sharpen them, but no big deal. I just love the creaminess of them and how easy they are to use. I am always grabbing for this eyeliner especially when I use my Naked 3.

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5) Glo Minerals Shimmer Brick in Luster and Texture Brush
I also got this shimmer brick and brush at my local salon. I just wanted something that would give me a natural glow during the summer months. I was recommended by the Glo-Minerals rep to try this. I love it! I can just slightly dust it onto my cheeks and it gives me a healthy glow. It comes with 4 shades in the pan, but I just swirl all 4 shades together with the texture brush. This brush is super soft and it works really well with the application process. I have a Sigma brush like this, but I like this one quite a bit more. It is dense, but not too dense. With that being said, it picks up the perfect amount of product.

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6) Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Rollerball
I have always wanted a full sized (meaning not a rollerball) Marc Jacobs perfume, but I always say no because of the price tag! I love the packaging on his perfumes! Every single one! Especially his newest ones: Daisy Dream, Honey, and Dot. This is my first rollerball from Marc Jacobs as well. I just loved this scent, but couldn’t reason spending the price tag for the full perfume right now. It is nice because I can take it with me because it is travel friendly. I can’t describe the scent very well, but it is very clean and floral smelling. Just go into Sephora or Ulta and see if you like it because everybody has different opinions. But, I quite like it. 🙂 Also, my cousin was here this weekend and she had a rollerball in Honey and omg…amazing! I think that may be the one I get when I get a full sized perfume because the packaging is ADORABLE!

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LIFESTYLE FAVORITES (Movies, Books, Games, and Food)

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1) The Amazing Spiderman 2
I ❤ Spiderman. This is honestly my favorite out of all the Spiderman movies (including the originals as well). I think that the cast did an amazing job. The story line kept my attention.

2) The Count of Monte Cristo 
This is not necessarily a monthly favorite, but my all time favorite movie. I just wanted to share it with you all because you NEED to watch it. It is a little slow in the beginning, but believe me it is amazing. There are many themes in the storyline: friendship, love, betrayal, and revenge.  This is based off of a book written by Alexandre Dumas in 1844. Trust me, go watch it.

3) Aladdin 
Aladdin is a good childhood memory of mine. I always loved that movie. I still do! I may be 25, but there is always some room for Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, Abu, and of course Rajah in my life. Even before hearing that Robin Williams died, I had watched this a few days prior. Genie is one of my favorite characters in this movie. Robin Williams will be missed.

4) Mario Kart 8 
My niece recently came over and we had fun playing this game. I am a big Nintendo fan and one of my favorite games for any Nintendo game system has been Mario Kart. My niece had so much fun playing this game with me.

5) If I Stay Book and Movie
I started this book and was about halfway through it when my friend and I went to the movie. I finished the book afterwards. It was an easy read. Sure, the movie was a little predictable, but it was still a good movie.  Oh how I wish that I could play the cello like that because that was pretty amazing. This book makes a person think about life and how fast it can be changed. Well, it sure made me think about it. Every second in life is important and it is important not to take that for granted. Right now I am reading the second book, “Where She Went.”

6) Trader Joes Chocolate Covered Powerberries
Usually I hate dark chocolate, but in these I love it! They’re sweetened with natural fruit juices such as: acai, pomegranate, blueberry, and cranberry juices. Then they’re covered with smooth dark chocolate. All I can say is….yum!

7) Young & Hungry

I love love love love this show! It makes me laugh! I love those type of shows. This show is aired on ABC Family. The characters in it are awesome together and I just love it.

That concludes this month’s monthly favorites! Comment and let  me know if you have tried any of the products mentioned or if you watch any of the movies or shows I mention. Also, don’t forget to check out the movie “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Hope you all had a wonderful August and have a wonderful September.

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Beauty Box 5: Fresh and Focused

I told myself that I would give Beauty Box 5 one more month to let me decide if I wanted to cancel it or not. I feel like BB5 boxes have been a “sort of” hit or a really big miss. If you don’t know what Beauty Box 5 is then I suggest you keep on reading. Beauty Box 5 or BB5 is a $12 monthly beauty subscription service that sends out 5 products ranging from makeup to skincare to nails. I have had BB5 for quite a few months now so if you’re interested in seeing some other items included in past BB5 boxes then check out my previous blog posts in the menu area of my blog.

Something that I love about BB5 (that I wish Ipsy could learn from) is that they include a card inside. This card describes each product included and has their full retail value and the brand’s social media information as well. Each month also has a theme, which is normal for most subscription boxes.

This month’s theme is….

fresh and focused

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This month is all about getting that beauty boost. Daydreaming about the beach? Need a pick-me-up? Why, Yes BB5 I am daydreaming about the beach. I live in Minnesota (the land of 10,000 lakes) and I’m pretty sure the lakes are quite cold still, we have not had too many warm days yet.

As stated above, this box includes 5 items. The descriptions about each product were found on the card included and are in italics as well.

1) MaskerAide Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask

Retail: $5.99 for 1 mask

Perfect for a quick lunch-time facial, these hydrating sheet masks are paraben-free, vegan friendly, and aren’t messy at all. Bonus: they’re also 100% biodegradable, making them great for your face AND for the planet. #maskeraide

This was the most exciting product this month.  First off, the packaging is adorable! Second, I have never tried a sheet face mask. Usually, I tend to forget about doing face masks. When I do get around to it, I usually go for my Lush Mask of Magnanimity face mask. Third, it is cruelty free, paraben free, and earth friendly. What is not to love?!? I just used up this mask very recently and after application, I decided to go scare a few members of my family with it. My mom said she is going to have nightmares. Lol! My dad just laughed! My brother thought I looked scary! As you can see in the photo below, I even included a scary photo with me trying to make a scary face. My cat looked at me weird and my dogs barked at me. They were probably wondering what was wrong with their human!

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They say application isn’t messy at all. Compared to other face masks, I totally have to agree. I mean there is some of the product from the sheet that will get on your hands, but nothing compared to others. I must have a weird shaped face because I had a hard time getting it to fit properly. But, I got it as a good as it could get. The part between my nose and my chin did not want to stick at all, but the rest of it stuck pretty well. The part around my chin kept wanting to lift up. But, all in all application was easy breezy. It says to use this mask for 10-20 minutes. Well, 20 minutes is a long time to sit with an annoying face mask on the face! Heck no! I made it about 10 minutes before I took the mask off my face. The reason is because it was wet and slimy and just didn’t sit the best on my face so it was a big annoyance. It did make my skin soft at the end, but it wasn’t amazing enough to make me want to go out and buy one. If I would have done the full time, I’m sure my skin would have been even softer! Overall, I think that it was an awesome item to include and I was very happy to try it out!

2) H20 Plus Aqualibrium Marine Cleansing Gel 

Retail: $18.00 for 120 ml

Put your best face forward! Made with sea salt and energizing marine botanicals, this oil-free cleanser gently exfoliates while protecting your pretty cheeks from free radicals and environmental damage. #h2oplus

This isn’t the first time that BB5 included this brand. I really do like the smell of this stuff. It does remind me of the sea which isn’t surprising. I hate that this sample is so small, but hopefully I will be able to get a few uses out of this sample. I did actually like this item. Not enough to go out and buy it right away. But, if I was in need of a facial cleansing gel, I would pick this up. I did like that is was a gel and I did feel like it cleaned my face pretty well. You can see my Jamberry nails in Chalkboard Hearts in case you were wondering what was on my nails.

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Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths

Retail: $2.97 10 cloths

Stay calm and cool! Break out these cloth wipes after the gym, during a long day at work, or before a hot date to ensure you smell fresh and feel smooth! Just unfold and give yourself a quick rub down! #bandeodorant 

I wasn’t that excited about getting this samples in my BB5. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good idea, but still I would have rather got a different item in my BB5. These wipes remind me of baby powder and baby wipes, but when I rubbed it on my arm, the scent did not transmit. There wasn’t a residue on my arm either. It did really feel nice and cold on the skin which would be perfect for a refresh after a warm day or exercise. But, I will have to give these the true test after exercise. So as I type this, I have a flash back to marching band, wearing those uniforms made out of wool (they got new ones my last year of marching band, so much better!). Having these wipes would have been amazing after the parades. Imagine a bunch of sweaty people on a bus taking off wool uniforms during summer. Wouldn’t these have been wonderful?!? Lol, sorry for the image and tmi. Minnesota does get pretty warm during summer months, 80 F  to 100 F.

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Harvey Prince Hello

Retail: $55.00 5.7 oz

This pretty floral is the perfect way to transition from spring to summer! A smile in a bottle, each spritz boasts refreshing notes of mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria for a sunny and subtle signature. #harveyprince

I usually don’t like getting perfume samples at all in my subscription services, but I was actually excited to get this one. I honestly have never heard of Harvey Prince, but I just thought that the packaging was well presented which in the end made me excited for this little sample. It does smell really good as well. It reminds me of a nice summer day! I do smell a lot of lemon and mandarin notes, but it is nice and subtle as long as you use only a tiny bit. I think I will be definitely using this perfume throughout the summer.

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Cattiva Precisione Eye Liner

Retail: $20.00 0.012 oz

Can’t live without the liner? We understand! Waterproof and retractable, this pencil is a must-have for minimalists and smokey eye queens, delivering smooth, smudge-resistant lines. And it’s paraben-free! #cattivacosmetics

I have never heard of this brand before, but it was nice that they included a full size eyeliner. I am actually in need of a black eyeliner, because the black liners that I have are liquid pens or more shimmery. I really do like that this liner is paraben free! I have not used this eyeliner yet so I am not sure how it will be for application and use. It did swatch nice and easily on my arm as shown below. Hopefully, it is a good eyeliner because they charge $20 for this! That is comparable to a lot of prestige cosmetics such as: Urban Decay, Stila,  Smashbox, etc.

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So that concludes my 5 items included in the Beauty Box 5. Overall, I thought it was mediocre. I wasn’t wowed by it, but I didn’t think it was a miss either. I was excited to try out a sheet mask. I like that I got a full eyeliner. Although, I do think that I will be canceling my Beauty Box 5 subscription after this month. I just don’t feel like I need to keep both Ipsy and Beauty Box 5 and well…Ipsy won that battle in my opinion.  Comment and let me know if you liked this post and what you thought of the items I got. Are you going to have nightmares and see the picture of me in my sheet face mask in your dreams now? Are you subscribed to Beauty Box 5?

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Day 28 Box Swap Item: Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner by Collection

I’ve always been in search for the “perfect” black liquid eye-liner. I have tried quite a few black eye-liners throughout my make-up years and I could never find the perfect one. I feel like applying black liquid eyeliner is a hard thing to do.  It is so harsh since it is black meaning  a little mistake could ruin the whole look. There are also numerous different types of liquid eyeliners, but the most common one I see are the pens with a felt tip applicator. I have tried both drug-store and prestige brands. The brand Collection is a drug-store brand that is available in the United Kingdom. I was really excited when I opened this black eyeliner up from Stephanie Wright during our box swap. If you haven’t check out her blog yet, then you NEED to because she is amazing! You can find her blog here.

Collection’s Overview! 

Looking through Collection’s website I find that they’re just like any other makeup brand where they carry numerous different makeup items. The full name of the eyeliner that I was sent is Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner by Collection in the shade Black.

What Collection says about this eyeliner is stated below and in italics. Information was found on their website here.

– Easy-to-apply felt tip nib for all day long lustrous looking eyes.

– The fast-drying versatile felt tipped pens give your makeup look an instant burst of colour.

– Set trends with four intense, high powered hues including purple, blue, teal and black.

*Not suitable for contact lens wearers

My Overview

First of all, I will state that I wear contacts, so I’m not unsure why they say, “Not suitable for contact lens wearers.” Oops! I wear contacts pretty much all the time, except for work. I have been wearing this eyeliner with no issues with my contacts. Comment and let me know if you know what they meant by this??

The packaging of the eyeliner is just like a pen with a felt tip as the applicator. There will be a picture of the applicator down below.

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The ingredients as listed on the pen itself. I know it is hard to read, but it does have parabens in it. I don’t find that surprising because a lot of makeup has parabens in it. Even Lush Cosmetics uses parabens.

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Application & Swatches

 

Here is a picture of some swatches. It does give a really nice black shade that can be more subtle or built up for a more intense black.

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I’m really amazed by the application of this product. The first time I used this eyeliner it felt amazing because it went on so well. I was able to get that perfect eyeliner look that I haven’t found with others I’ve tried! It still does go on really well, but there was just something about that first time. It hasn’t dried up either since opening it, which is always a good thing! Since getting this eyeliner, it has been my “go-to” black eyeliner. The eyeliner lasts all day. It also dries really fast and dries to a matte consistency. Even a coworker/friend of mine even stated, “Your eyeliner always looks so good.” That is probably because this lovely eyeliner came into my life and made makeup application so much easier! If you go all the way back to my first post on this box swap, pretty much all the FOTD pictures featuring a black liquid eyeliner are with this star. If you want to see more pictures than the one below,  make sure to check out my Sleek Storm Palette review. I used this eyeliner is every look shown. You can find that review here.

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Overall, I want to thank you for introducing me to this lovely eyeliner! It has really helped improve my eyeliner skills.

A Comparison between all my liquid eyeliners! 

I thought it would be fun to share with you all the liquid eyeliner pens that I have tried. Comment below if you have tried any of these!

Here is a picture of all my liquid eyeliners in my collection in some sort of black shade.

  • Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner
  • Stila Stay all Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
  • Flower On Your Mark Liquid Eye Liner
  • Tarte multiplEYE Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner
  • The Balm Schwing Black Liquid Eyeliner

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Going from top to bottom on both photos: Collection, Stila, Flower, Tarte, and The Balm.

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The eyeliner from Collection has the thickest applicator of them all. The tip of the applicator is pretty stiff. The eyeliner is the easiest to apply out of all of them. This eyeliner lasts throughout the day.

The eyeliner from Stila is a waterproof formula so it was the hardest to remove out of all of them. I think that this eyeliner is semi-hard to apply. The tip of this applicator is a little flimsy, but not bad at all. The tip is really small for getting a precise application. This eyeliner lasts throughout the day. I feel like this eyeliner tip was a little too thin for me, so I would have to go over it multiple times to get the thickness that I wanted. By doing that there is a bigger chance to screw up.

The eyeliner from Flower is the lightest of them all. It may look blacker in the swatch, but it is quite a light black when applied. The application is mediocre. The tip of the applicator is very flimsy making application a little difficult. This eyeliner lasts most of the day, but it does fade. This eyeliner is from Drew Barrymore’s makeup brand available at Wal-Mart.

The eyeliner from Tarte has the thinnest applicator of all the pens. I really do like this eyeliner because application is easier than the others (besides the Collection one). The tip is a little flexible, but it has the right amount of flexibility without being overboard like the Flower one. This eyeliner lasts throughout the day. As with the Stila eyeliner, I have to go over multiple times over the line to get the thickness I want, making for a possible error.

The eyeliner from The Balm is totally different from the rest, but I felt like it was important to include. This eyeliner is the most liquidy out of all of them, but that makes sense since of the applicator. Because of this, drying time takes longer, but it does dry to a matte finish. The applicator has some flexibility to it, but applying this you need to be super careful since it is super black. This eyeliner lasts throughout the day.

Once again, I am really loving the Collection eyeliner. That just proves that just because it is high end, doesn’t mean it is necessarily better. Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these eyeliners that I have mentioned!

With that,

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Make sure to enter my giveaway! It will end the last day of this month!!!

Also, don’t forget to check out my previous posts from this month during the #30daysofthebeautydeputy

Day 27: An OOTF and FOTD! 

Day 26: Get Ready with Me Blog Hop

Day 25: Pacifica Natural Lip Tint Review

Day 24: Watch Mirya, my Shiba Inu, Grow!

Day 23: My Essie Nail Polish Collection

Day 22: Lush Charity Pot Lotion Review

Day 21: What I would buy if I had $500-$1000 to spend on beauty products…

Day 20: Happy Easter and The Beauty Scenario Tag

Day 19: April 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

Day 18: Easter Goodies!

Day 17: My Niece Does my Makeup

Day 16: Wizard of Oz Collection by Julep

Day 15: Kat Von D Esperanza Palette Review

Day 14: Soap & Glory Endless Glove

Day 13: My Top 10 Youtube Beauty Gurus

Day 12: The Spring Tag

Day 11: Beauty Box 5

Day 10: Discuss with Me #3

Day 9: Fortune Cookie Soap Spring Box

Day 8: No 3 month No-Buy

Day 7: My Weekend & an Ulta Sale

Day 6: Tag 10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

Day 5: Only One Tag

Day 4: GIVEAWAY

Day 3: Miranda’s Tangerine Natural Lip Balm

Day 2: March Favorites

Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

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March Ipsy Glam Bag: Destination Beauty

I can’t believe it is already time for March’s Ipsy bag post! I am still in shock that it is March of 2014 and that means it will soon be April. But, that just means nice weather is coming?!? Here in Minnesota we had a few days of snow melting and 50 degree weather (which I call no jacket weather). Hello Spring!!! Then on Tuesday a snow storm! Come back Spring! My niece’s school was canceled again! This has been a horrible winter. Even my elderly patients at work who have gone through many winters have said that this one just keeps going and going and going! This has been one of the coldest winters that I remember! Sorry for my little rant, but it was well needed!

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No jacket! Decided to check out the Sugar Shack of Alex.

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Melting snow! You can see grass! Well…brown grass.

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Yay it’s melting!!!

Well all that brown grass is now covered with snow again. I am also sporting my winter jacket again.

Onto the fun part!!!

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I’m not really a fan of this month’s bag. I like that it is vinyl and can easily be cleaned if there is a spill (considering this month’s theme is destination beauty). I’m not a fan of the print. It is just too weird and out there for me. I have seen much better Ipsy bags. I think that they could have done something better for this month’s theme.

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Apparently, this print was exclusive to Ipsy, well… sorry Klari Reis, but I’m not a fan.

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This month’s Ipsy came with 4 items, usually there is 5-6.

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Item #1 Love in Rio Eye Shadow Trio  by Nyx
What Ipsy says, “Escape to Rio…if only with your eyes. Inspired by the non-stop action of this exotic city, these 3-color eye shadow palettes give you high-glam, go-anywhere intensity day and night thanks to their highly pigmented formulations. Hit the beach in natural nudes, then dance the night away with a shimmering sweep of juicy color from the dual-ended applicator. “

Let’s just say I would love to visit Rio one day! That would be so much fun! But, I was bummed to see this palette in my bag. I got Cabana Boy as my trio. Not because I have anything against Nyx or their eye shadows. I actually think that Nyx is a nice affordable brand. I do like their makeup but, I already have a palette of theirs like this. It isn’t exact, but would be duplicate shadow colors for me. I really wanted to get the other more colorful palette. I have not opened this one so I will not be showing you swatches. I plan on giving this trio away.

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Item #2 Marvelous Moxie Lipstick  by bareMinerals
What Ipsy says, “Make an impact with Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick. Creamy, super-saturated, ultra-pigmented color glides on like butter for full coverage in a rich satin finish. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous. An infusion of minerals revitalizes lips for a healthy-looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex helps to nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for supple, baby-soft smoothness. All the while, an encapsulated vitamin A, C and E complex helps to deliver antioxidant defense, so you’re ready for anything—and everything. Learn more about Marvelous Moxie™ “

I was really excited to receive this little lipstick! It is adorable! I’ve also never really tried many bareMinerals products so this was a definite must! I got the color, Get Ready, which I find to be a perfect pink. I’m not big on wearing bold lips so this is the perfect color for me. I also think  it is perfect for Spring and Summer! I’ve used it a few times and so far I think that the application is easy, it feels smooth on the lips, and isn’t drying.

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Item #3 Flawless Beauty Primer by Pixi
What Ipsy says, “The Pixi Beauty Flawless Beauty Primer is loaded with skin loving ingredients. Formula contains powerful anti-aging and skin fortifying benefits. Formula suitable for all skin types.”

I have been using the Porefessional primer from Benefit which I have been really liking. It will be interesting to see how this one compares. On the back of the product is promises a youthful glow so it will be interesting to see how it performs. It also promises even skin-tone and hydration. I did swatch it on my hand, and it did give a little bit of a shimmer effect.

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Item #4 Indigo Blue Eyeliner by Chella
What Ipsy says, “Experience Chella’s Eyeliner Pen, a formula so incredible and surprising it almost describes itself. Highly innovative, never-done before – this pigmented, non-staining eyeliner ink provides a sleek, high-intensity eye make-up that lasts all day. This silky eyeliner glides on to define, emphasize and embolden with long lasting vibrant color that stays on until you want it gone!”

Here is another item that I could have gone without, because I don’t generally use blue liquid eyeliner. I will still try it at least. I’ll admit that it is a very pretty blue, I’m just not sure if I could sport the blue eyeliner look. I would have rather received a different item such as the nail polish. But, oh well!

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Overall, I thought my Ipsy bag was ok. I am excited about the lipstick and the Pixi primer, but the other items, not so much.

If I had my choice my bag would look like this….

 http://www.ipsy.com/product/p-hshpdva94blh1bpp/Be_a_Bombshell/Bora_Bora_Eyeshadow_Quad

http://www.ipsy.com/product/p-hshp3ekww1341afw/Nicole_by_OPI/Roughles

http://www.ipsy.com/product/p-hshp97bqrhh41b7s/Pacifica/Body_Butter

http://www.ipsy.com/product/p-hshp15jf60p91a44/bareMinerals/Marvelous_Moxie%E2%84%A2_Lipstick_in_Get_Ready

Comment and let me know what products you got in your Ipsy bag and what you thought of them!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy

February 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

So once again it is time for my Ipsy bag! Hooray!!! Ipsy is a $10 a month subscription service that sends you numerous beauty samples in a cute cosmetic bag. I’ve belonged to Ipsy for awhile now and I do enjoy receiving that little pink package in my mailbox! Although I feel like last month’s Ipsy was a disappointment, I had high hopes while opening this one.

So keep reading if you want to know what I got…

The Bag of the Month

I find this bag to be nothing special. Honestly I feel like it is boring and that it could have had a better design. But, I do love the inside design at least. The bag does seems to be nice quality. It also has its normal Ipsy zipper handle.

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The Inner Cards

Came with an inner card called, “The Look of Love” which is this months theme. I think that the theme is cute and of course perfect for Valentine’s Day!  I doubt I would ever do that to my lips, unless I plan on planting a kiss on my boyfriend’s cheek. Then I would use red lip stick. Muhahaha!

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The Contents

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1)  J-Cat Eyelashes and Eyelash Glue

What Ipsy says, “Cause a ruckus as you bat your voluminous faux eyelashes! Each includes an individual eyelash adhesive for endurance through a night on the town!”

This is my first ever fake eyelashes. Something about putting glue and fake eyelashes that close to my eye freaks me out. I guess I would rather stick to mascara. I do have long eyelashes naturally, they just don’t like to curl. Maybe I will save these for Halloween. But, I must say so myself they do look like really nice ones. Very pretty! They’re also cruelty free! Yay!!!

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2) City Color Be Matte Blush

What Ipsy says, “Available in 4 shades, this silky-smooth, highly pigmented matte blush compliments and blends evenly with your skin’s natural glow. Extremely buildable to create a subtle or dramatic look.”

Yay a full sized blush! I was excited to see this item because it is a matte blush. A lot of my blushes are more shimmery. So this will be fun to try out. It is a nice color in my opinion. It is in the color Fresh Melon. Check out the swatch below. It is also a cruelty free product! Yay!!!

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3) Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner

What Ipsy says, “This creamy formula glides effortlessly onto the lid and locks into lower rim to beautifully define your eyes. Create a fine line or a thicker line with no pulling or tugging. Wear it as a shadow by applying to the lid and smudge. Rich and full, this liner will give a strong coverage that lasts all day. “

I was excited to see this eyeliner in this month’s bag because I hear so  many amazing things about Mally. This product is worth $15 dollars according to Mally’s website so that already in itself succeeds the $10 price tag for the Ipsy bag. I wish that I would have gotten a brown or a charcoal grey instead of this silver color. I don’t wear this color very often, but I will give it a try!

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4) Zoya Nail Polish

What Ipsy says, “This season’s Zoya Nail polish are full of pure pigment, intense color and modern complexity that are a perfect transition into Spring.”

This nail color is the perfect polish for Valentine’s Day! It is in the color Odette. I’ve never tried a Zoya nail polish (I have gotten previous ones in Ipsy bags, but have yet to try it.) I do hear very good things about Zoya nail polishes so I will have to give this one a try.

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5) Pop Beauty Plump Pout Mini

What Ipsy says, “This plumping pout perfector combines the high-shine of a lacquered gloss with the long wear of a stain and is packed full of lip-plumping peptides and avocado and jojoba oils. Lightweight, creamy texture immediately merges with lips & delivers intense glossy color for an extremely long-lasting finish! “

I’ve never tried anything from Pop Beauty so I was excited to receive this. I got mine in the color Peony Petal. This lip pout is super pigmented and is a really nice color.

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Overall, I feel like Ipsy stepped it up compared to last month. I feel like I got a lot of nice products! A lot of full sized items too, so that is always a positive. My favorite item I got was probably the eyeliner. My least favorite was the eyelashes.  Comment down below and let me know what you got in your Ipsy Glam bag!!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy