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. ūüėÄ 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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Beauty Blogger Collaboration: Makeup Through The Ages -1960

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Do you see the title of this blog collaboration?!?! I am beyond ecstatic to be doing this wonderful “Makeup Through the Ages” post with a bunch of other amazing beauty bloggers from all over the world! Awhile back I had asked my followers to take part in this awesome collaboration with me! ¬†ūüôā As you may know, makeup has changed quite a bit throughout time. Our blog collaboration will take our readers on a journey through the ages starting with Egyptians, skipping numerous years, then the roaring 1920s to present day, and then of course futuristic! I can’t wait to see what all the other ladies came up with!

My Decade

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I picked the 1960s for a couple of reasons! I love the music! I am a big classic rock fan. I love the song, “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals. I posted a YouTube video just in case you have never heard of it! I, of course, also loved THE BEATLES! They’re one of my favorite bands!

A Little History Lesson! 

1960 JFK (John F. Kennedy) beats Richard Nixon in the¬†presidential¬†election to become the 35th US President. The book “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published.
1961 “West Side Story” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” comes to the big screen.
1962 Marilyn Monroe dies of an overdose. World wide television and cable became a reality. Eleanor Roosevelt dies. My amazing mum is born!
1963 The Beatles take Britain by storm. JFK is assassinated. My amazing dad is born!
1964 Bob Dylan becomes popular. Color television! The first primetime Soap Opera “Peyton¬†Place” appears on¬†television. Martin Luther King Jr. gets the Nobel Peace Prize.
1965¬†“The Sound of Music” premieres. Martin Luther King Jr. works on the Voting Rights Act.
1966 The first “Star Trek” episode aires. Walt Disney dies.
1967 PBS is created. “The Jungle Book” comes out.¬†
1968 “60 Minutes” first airs. The movie rating system starts (PG, PG-13, Rated R, etc.) Martin Luther King Jr. dies.
1969¬†“Sesame Street” was born. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon.

Information found here and here.

The 1960s Beauty Trends

I did do some research online, but I got most of my information from my grandparents who grew up in the 1960s.

  • Dramatic makeup looks.
  • Pedal Pushers! Which in today’s age are known as capris.
  • The mini skirt makes its way into fashion!
  • Big Hair!!!! Lots of volume! Remember the movie “Hairspray” and their crazy volume?!? That takes place in the 1960s.
  • A lot of black liner!
  • Cut creases (mostly used black)
  • Nude lips also became popular in the 1960s. But, my grandma said that in the early 1960s, red lips were super popular!
  • Colorful eye looks!
  • Thick full lashes on both the bottom and top as worn by Twiggy in the 1960s.
  • The Nurses hat! (So glad I don’t have to wear that in my nursing career)!

MAKEUP

When I first decided I was going to do the decade of the 1960s, I of course, wanted to do a blue eye-shadow look because it just screams the 1960s in my opinion. When I was talking to my grandmas, they both said blue eye-shadow was the craze. I have never done a cut crease, so my look is going to be a little softer than the Twiggy version of a cut crease with an intense black line.

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I love my Nyx Jumbo pencil in milk because it definitely helps eyeshadows pop, especially a blue shade. I layered that on top of my Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer.¬†The white base does not need to be perfect because, well, it will be turning blue here soon…

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I recently got the Mac Fix+ because I visited my first ever Mac store and felt like this was a good purchase. Basically, I sprayed my eyeshadow brush with this Mac Fix+ to moisten it and that helped make the shadow more pigmented and  give it a more harsh look.

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There I am adding the crazy blue shadow single which is from the amazing brand of Urban Decay and in the shade Peace. I recently got a new makeup mirror, as you can see in the photo, and I love it! I will be doing a post on that sometime soon.

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I never ever wear winged eyeliner, so I’ll be honest, this was really new to me. Therefore, ….. TAPE! I applied tape so I would get it even. Placement of the winged eyeliner is supposed to follow the bottom lash line into a wing. But, before you add fresh tape onto your poor little delicate under eyes, put it on your hand first to take away some of the stickiness. I used 2 different eyeliners for this look. The first one I used is by Collection and it is their 24 hour felt tip eyeliner. I used that along the lashline and the wing (basically the whole eyeliner part). The second eyeliner was just a little blacker, so I added that eyeliner on top of the one from Collection. That eyeliner is from The Balm and it is their Schwing liquid eyeliner.

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This was probably the hardest part of the look. Making it look like a “cut crease.” As you can see in the photo, I just took the shade Blackout and applied it in the crease. I did blend it a little bit so it isn’t quite the same as Twiggy. But, you get the point. I also applied some Blackout shadow under my lash line as well.

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Time for mascara! I decided to try the Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara. I really wanted dark¬†voluminous¬†lashes and I didn’t want to have to put fakes ones on, so this was the next best thing.

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I wanted to add a little shimmer to my look, therefore, The Balm’s Overshadow in Work is OverRated comes to the stage.

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Apparently in the 1960’s¬†a lot of people would¬†shave off their eyebrows and draw them on. They did draw them in on the heavier side and more of a straight line. Yeah, I’m not going to do that.

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I used the products that I usually use from day to day. In the 1960s they liked more of a matte over a dewy finish. I used Porefessional from Benefit for a primer. Then, my tarte Amazonian clay foundation in Light Sand. Finally, I finished off with my bareMinerals Mineral Veil powder.

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Time for some bronzer, highlighter, and some blush. I hardly ever wear bronzer, ever! But, I decided to use my Pur Minerals Mineral Glow. The highlighter I used is the famous Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm. In the 1960s they wore a lot of coral blush. Hence, I thought that my Sleek blush in the shade coral would be perfect to add to this look.

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I really wish that I would have worn a nude lipstick, because I have the perfect one. I did wear a red lipstick because my grandma had said that in the early 1960s, red was popular and that during that time they came out with more shades: nudes, pinks, etc. I just finally had a reason to wear a red lipstick. I used my Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in the shade Theodora. I got it in my Theodora palette from The Great and Powerful Oz.

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HAIR

1) In the 1960s, they wore a lot of hair accessories. So I decided to use my headband (from Maurices) for some extra 1960s style. I just parted my hair on the side and put the headband into place. Then I combed back the rest of the hair that was behind the headband.
2) Since they ratted their hair a lot to get extreme volume I decided to try this voluminizing powder from Not Your Mothers. It did work pretty well, because I was able to comb through my ratted hair with no difficulty. Do not try ratting your hair without using a powder like this, otherwise it will be a snarly mess.
3) After applying the powder in the roots, I took a comb and started ratting.
4) For some extra volume I decided to have a little mini bun that the ratted hair from step 3 will cover.
5) I just continued to rat all my hair around the headband, until it looked something like this…
6) Pin back the hair with a bobby pin making sure to cover the bun. I did have a flower clip that I placed over the bobby pins. You will be able to see it in the photos below.

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THE COMPLETED LOOK

This is my completed look. I really like that it looks very 1960s. Comment if you agree?!? This eye look is obviously not an everyday look, but they sure loved their blue eyeshadow back then.

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FASHION

This is probably where I had the most fun with this collaboration. Picking out my outfit!! I feel like the neckline of the shirt I’m wearing is perfect! In the 1960s they wore a lot of rounded collar necklines, whether¬†it be a shirt or a dress, that style was in. It is also a perfect blue shade! I of course spotted this shirt at Maurices. No surprise there! My pedal pushers or capris (whatever you prefer to call them) are also from Maurices. They didn’t usually wear blue jean pedal pushers (like in today’s age), but more khaki or colorful ones instead. My black flats I have had forever, but I’m 99.9% sure I got them at Famous Footwear. My necklace I felt was very fitting for this decade with the silver hoops. That is from the jewelry company, “Premier Designs.” Both my earrings and bracelet are from Maurices. They would wear big hoop earrings, but this was the most dangly earring I had.

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SOME SHIBA INU LOVE…
Since hardly anybody has heard of a Shiba Inu in today’s age, I’m sure Shiba Inus were quite rare then. But, that didn’t stop me from taking some photos with my pup Mirya! She is so photogenic!

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That concludes this post! I hope that you enjoyed reading it. Let me know what you think of my makeup, hair, and outfit. I had a lot of fun doing this. Doing 1960s makeup and hair isn’t the easiest, so I am glad that I don’t have to rat my hair like they did back in the day. Also, so glad that I don’t have to wear those white nurses hats. Make sure to check out all the other lovely ladies’ posts that are part of this.

Egyptians/Cleopatra Angela 

1920 Soph from Little Bit Soph

1930 Meagan from A Beauty Obsession 

1940 Olivia from Eye Have A Lot of Feelings

1950 Heather from Coconut & Cotton

1960 Brittany from The Beauty Deputy (Me)

1970 Michelle from Pretty in the East 

1980 Christina from a casual beauty 

1990 Jacquelyn from the Little Scottish Corner

2000 Stephanie Wright 

Present Day Barbe from Fashionista in Surburbia  

Futuristic  Becky from MakeupandFreckles

 

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Day 1: Beauty & Fashion Spring Picks Blog Hop

April 2014

 

It is time for another blog hop!! This time we decided to do Spring Product Picks as our topic, which is very fitting for this time of year. Although, looking outside I feel like Spring is so far away. Even though I see a little (brown) grass, there is mostly snow. I still have been using some products of mine that scream Spring! The Winter colors are long gone and it is time for Spring!  I am going to share with you all a variety of items that I will be using this Spring such as: makeup, clothing, accessories, and much more.

MAKEUP

During the winter months, I tend to wear a lot of neutral colors and I got a lot of use out of my Naked palettes and my Sigma warm neutrals palette. Although, I feel like I could still use those palettes in Spring, I am more excited about colorful eye shadow looks. Bye bye neutrals! Hello color!

Eye-shadow Palettes

My favorite makeup item is eye shadow. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that is no surprise! It is my favorite part of makeup application because I love finding my creativity with my eye looks! If I am going to apply makeup, I will never skip eye shadow. ¬†I do have quite a few makeup palettes. I almost didn’t include all these, but I really think that they’re perfect for Spring. I love the colors in all of them!

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Aren’t the colors gorgeous?!? I feel like all these colors are perfect for Spring.

Stila In The Garden Palette
 I love this palette because I can make a multitude of looks. My favorite shadows in this palette are the green ones, also the purple toned one that reminds me of the color of the year (radiating orchid).
Inglot Freedom System
I picked out the shadows to fill my palette, and as you can see, I went for brighter colors. I have a variety of colors such as: mint green, an orchid color, and many more. 
Urban Decay The Great and Powerful Oz Glinda
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I love this palette! I also love this movie! My favorite shadows include: the purple shadow and the pink shadow.
Kat Von D Esperanza Palette
I got this palette mostly for the purple and mint green shadow. This palette has a variety of colors that end up working together in this palette. I love the purple color making it perfect for Spring!
Sigma Creme De Couture Palette
This was a limited edition palette inspired by macaroons. I feel like they should have waited and released this palette now because it has such bright, fun colors. They released it last year, around Fall time, which didn’t really make sense.
Sigma Flare Palette
I love this palette for the colors that it includes, especially the purple shadows. I haven’t got much use out of the other colors in this palette, but I look forward to finding my creativity with it.

Blush

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A look closer at the colors…

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The Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples?
How adorable is this palette’s packaging? The Balm always does amazing things with packaging! I don’t really use cream blushes that often so there¬†is still learning in process on application. It will be fun using this palette this Spring.
Pixi Beauty Blush in No. 3 Perkiest Pink
Got this blush on clearance at Target. I’m glad that I picked this blush up, because the color is amazing. It is a super nice Springy pink.
Sleek Blusher in Coral
Of course, I needed to include my coral Sleek blush. Love this blusher that I got in my box swap. Such a gorgeous coral blush color!
Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop
If this blush doesn’t scream Spring, than I don’t know what does? It is shaped as a lovely daisy flower and the color is¬†gorgeous!

Lips

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Pacifica Lip Tints ‚̧ ‚̧ ‚̧ ‚̧
I love these! I started out with the color, Guava Berry and I have almost used that one up. I decided to get more of them since I love them so much. I will be doing a review on these lovelies! So make sure to check back! They’re so easy to use and perfect for Spring time. This is a product that I sent to Effie in my box swap!

Lip Glosses

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Maybelline Color Elixir in Dashing Orchid
This is perfect because it is the color of the year. Gives such a nice color to the lips and so far I’m loving the texture.
Nyx Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait
Nyx Butter Glosses are amazing! They also smell amazing as well! I will be posting a review on these soon!
Julep Lip Gloss in Enchanted
Love the color of this gloss! It is sure Enchanted!
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Lovechild
I got this gloss awhile ago when it first came out. I haven’t worn it much because I think that it is more fitting for Spring-time.

FASHION

Clothing

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I got most of¬†this clothing at Maurices or Vanity, except for the scrubs shown. For Spring, I am excited to bring out the fun colors such as: pinks, orange, turquoise, and many more. Of course, I had to show a few Spring dresses (more like Summer) because I can’t wait for the snow to melt. As you can see, I took these photos by the window and you can still see the icky snow! I hear that it is supposed to snow here again, but who knows! Those meteorologists aren’t always right! Working as a nurse on the medical-surgical floor, I supply my own scrubs, so that means I want to wear Spring ones during Spring. I am also into holiday scrubs! I just got that Easter one shown above! Isn’t it adorable!?!? I know I didn’t show any bottoms, but I can’t wait until I can at least wear capris and sandals. Sadly, I think I’ll be wearing pants for awhile and won’t be able to take my sandals out until all the snowy, muddy mess is gone!

Shoes

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Here are my rainbow tennis shoes that I adore. Whenever I wear these, people always compliment me on them. They’re colorful and fun!

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I just got these boots not too long ago. They’re¬†part of the Baretraps new Spring line. I thought they were super cute!

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Sandals! I can’t wait to wear these lovelies! I love wearing sandals! Although, I will have to get my feet ready for sandal season by getting a pedicure! SNOW MELT!!!! Just not too fast, so that it floods!

 ACCESSORIES

Hair

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Wearing headbands like these in my hair is perfect for Spring. Also, these don’t give me a headache like some other headbands. I got all of these at¬†Maurices of course!

Purses

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I got this purse on sale, and I decided that purple would be perfect for Spring. It is also the¬†perfect size and the inside print is adorable! The color in real life is closer to the second photo. ¬†I got this purse at Herberger’s!

Scentsy

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Just thought I should share with you all my favorite Spring Scentsy warmer. I have a ton of these warmers because I am a Scentsy consultant. These warmers melt scented wax using a lightbulb. This one is shaped as an egg and adorable!!! I of course, have a ton of favorite Scentsy bar scents such as: Jumpin’ Jelly Bean and Black Raspberry Vanilla.,

PERFUME ‚̧¬†

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Here are a few (or 6!) of my favorite perfumes that I feel are perfect for Spring! I love perfumes! Although I can’t wear it everyday because of being a¬†nurse, I love wearing it on my days off! ¬†The descriptions start on the top left to top right, and then bottom left to bottom right.

  1. Anna Sui La Vie De¬†Boh√®me. You can find this perfume here. I love the scent of this perfume! According to Sephora the notes include: Turkish Rose, Pear, Red Berries, Dragon Fruit, Magnolia, Peony, Freesia, White Wood, Skin Musk, Red Raspberries, Vanilla, Sandalwood Accord. I think that it has a nice mix of scents: pretty, fresh, and sweet. It isn’t too floral which is always a plus.
  2. ¬†Katy Perry Meow.¬†You can find this perfume here.¬†I really love this perfume! The packaging is adorable for one thing! Who doesn’t love cat packaging!?!?! Notes include: top notes¬†(Tangerine, Pear and Gardenia), middle notes¬†(Honeysuckle, Lily of the Valley and Orange Blossoms),¬†and bottom notes¬†(Vanilla, Musk Amber and Sandalwood). I just think that this scent is very girly. It smells fruity, floral, and fresh. Love it! ‚̧
  3. Mark Night Iris. You can find it on Avon’s site¬†here. What Avon says, “Its dark, mysterious beauty draws you in. Its scent surprises, lighter than you‚Äôd ever expect. This is Night Iris as it‚Äôs never been before, artfully blended with hints of water lily, exotic berries and purple freesia to add to its feminine allure.” I used to sell Avon/Mark and this is one my favorite perfumes from them. It smells amazing with feminine, fruity, and floral hints.
  4. Clinique Happy in Bloom. I got this little sample for Christmas. You can find the perfume at Ulta here. What Ulta says, “Everything we love about spring – in a bottle. Clinique’s upbeat floral fragrance makes your world sweeter, softer, brighter. Captures the feeling of a world suddenly in bloom. But just like the season, it won’t be here forever.” This is my favorite Clinique perfume and it definitely reminds me of Spring when flowers are blooming.
  5. Maurices Myliu. I love this perfume! I got it at my favorite store Maurices awhile ago. I can’t find it online on their site anymore, but if you’re in Maurices and see this perfume, I recommend checking it out. It smells amazing! I don’t even know how to explain this scent, but it is a favorite of mine.
  6. Avon Secrets to Keep. You can find this perfume on Avon’s site here.¬†What Avon says, “A dreamy blend of fruits and florals. Whispers of sweet apple and juicy strawberry with a passionate heart of jasmine, white musk and warm sandalwood.” I love this scent! It smells fruity and floral, but mostly fruity. I¬†definitely can smell the strawberry notes in it.¬†

NAIL POLISHES

Going through my nail polish collection, I picked out these lovely colors. I am horrible at painting my nails so I don’t do it as often as I want. But, this Spring, I want to paint my nails more!

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Julep Lilou
Glinda The Good Witch
Flower Beauty I Lavendare You!
Flower Beauty Good Bud-dy
Flower Beauty May Flowers
Zoya Odette

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Julep Karen
Julep Courtney

So that ends my Spring picks! Comment and let me know if you have tried any of these products! Also, don’t forget to check out all the other lovely blogs listed below that belong to this Facebook group.

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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‚ĄĘ 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‚Äôre ready for anything‚ÄĒand everything. Learn more about Marvelous Moxie‚ĄĘ “

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‚Äôs 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‚ÄĒno pulling, tugging or fading‚ÄĒand 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

 

Ulta Haul October 2013!!

First off I’ll start off by saying…..HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Ulta recently had their 20% off sale so I just wanted to share with you what I got!

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Items

1)  Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5530007&skuId=2263444&_requestid=274410

2)  Too Faced BB Creme in Vanilla Glow

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4980047#

3) Nyx Round Case Lipsticks in the colors Gala and Castle

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod2150072&skuId=2226000&_requestid=276224#

4) Earth Therapeutics Hand Remedy Protective Conditioner

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=prod5504467

5) Stila Masterpiece Series Eye and Cheek Palettes

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5900401

I also got some samples that they included.

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I hope I like this mascara because I got a sample too. Otherwise I got Bareminerals Mineral Veil powder.

So that concludes the haul. Let me know if you have tried any of these products. I do plan on doing a review on the mascara and the palette. Comment down below and let me know if you would like any other review on one of these products!  Also, I hope that everybody has a safe and fun filled Halloween! I plan on staying home and handing out candy to trick or treaters!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

 

***UPDATE*** I returned the Stila palette because I was unhappy with them for starting to test on animals. I also returned the mascara which I did a review on. I also returned the BB creme by Too Faced. So let’s say that haul was unsuccessful!¬†