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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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

Nyx Cosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencils Collection & Review!

I just wanted to share with you my collection of Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencils that I have. If you don’t know about these, I suggest you check them out. Nyx Cosmetics is a very affordable brand, yet great quality! They have a wide array of products such as: eye shadows, mascaras, eye liners, lip pencils, lip sticks, lip glosses, and many more. But, these jumbo eye pencils have to my favorite product that Nyx Cosmetics makes!

What I use mine for? 

I love using these as eye shadow bases. I feel like using a colorful base underneath helps the eye shadows pop. My most used one is the white one called, “Milk.” That one is the most popular and I always hear Youtubers rave about that one! I would have to say that I bought Milk because of YouTube. Since I loved it so much I decided to buy more. I don’t usually use these as stand alone shadows, but they can be used that way also.

What Nyx says about them? 

“A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder, our creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly—no pulling, tugging or fading—and come in a rainbow of vivid hues. Some call her chubby. We say voluptuous.”

Price & Websites

$4.49 at Ulta

$4.50 at Nyx’s website

My Collection

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  • 617 or Iced Mocha
  • 604 or Milk
  • 603 or Pots & Pans
  • 630 or Cashmere
  • 605 or Strawberry Milk
  • 624A or Rocky Mountain Green

The Swatches

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The descriptions below are from Nyx Cosmetics’s Website.
I do agree with their descriptions on the colors swatched in this picture.

  • Iced Mocha: frosty deep bronze
  • Milk: white
  • Pots & Pans: frosty silver
  • Cashmere: shimmery champagne
  • Strawberry Milk: pearly pink
  • Rocky Mountain Green: pure green

The Packaging 

The packaging itself isn’t my favorite. I would rather it be a twist up instead on having to use a sharpener. They do have a sharpener that they sell, you can get it here. I have an Urban Decay one that it fits and I can sharpen them no problem. Tip: since they’re so creamy throw the eye pencils into the freezer for a bit before sharpening. This helps prevent wasting product and makes for easier sharpening. You don’t have to follow the tip, I didn’t, but I thought it was a good idea that I wanted to share.

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Another thing that I don’t like about the packaging is the plastic top! It is so cheap! Pretty much all the caps of all my jumbo eye pencils are cracked! You can see some of it in the picture above and a close up in the picture below.

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Cruelty Free!!! 

Yay! Hats off to Nyx for being cruelty free!

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Overview

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Nice array of colors
  • Creamy
  • Doesn’t crease (I also use a eye primer underneath such as: Urban Decay Primer Potion)
  • Blendable
  • Easy to sharpen! (Just got the have the correct size)
  • Cruelty Free
  • Seem to almost always be buy 1, get 1 50% off at Ulta!

Cons (I don’t have many cons from these because…well…I think they’re great products!!!)

  • Packaging

An Eye Look Using Rocky Mountain Green

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Have you tried any Nyx Jumbo Pencils? Or have you tried any Nyx Cosmetics products? Comment and let me know!!!

Xoxo

Brittany

The Beauty Deputy