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September 2017 Ipsy Bag

I’ve broken free of the black eyeliner and concealer hell!

I should have, because I complained to a few people and took black eyeliner and concealer off my ipsy quiz.

What’s in my bag
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LUXIE ROSE GOLD MEDIUM ANGLED SHADING EYE BRUSH 207 by Luxie Beauty
It’s inexplicably capslocked on the website, that is not me yelling at you. I also don’t wear eyeshadow. There is not an eyeshadow or primer on this earth that will stay on my eyelids.
Purchase or pass: I’ve had it for an hour and I’ve already given it away.

Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey by Pixi by Petra
I swatched it for you! Both colors. Promise.
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It’s fucking highlighter.
Purchase or pass: I don’t understand how you make a blush that does not show up on my ghost skin.

PHOTO FINISH RADIANCE PRIMER by Smashbox Cosmetics
Also inexplicably capslocked because RADIANCE okay. Not that you can tell, but it is also swatched in that picture of my wrist. Have you ever wanted to use highlighter as primer? Because you can. Or you could pay $30 for the full version of this and pretend you’re wearing primer.
Purchase or pass: I don’t understand.

Beauty Planner Mask – Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care and Beauty Planner Mask – Lily, Whitening + Brightening by Manefit
Two masks! I love masks! I would not have picked these specific masks, but ipsy has beaten me down so much the past three months that I am THRILLED. Stay tuned for this month’s “Weird Stuff on my Face” because I don’t know what mugwort is and a whitening mask might actually erase me.
Purchase or pass: Astringents aren’t typically great for your skin and the colorism of whitening products bothers me, so I’m going to pass. Maybe they’re great, though! Still excited to try them.
EDIT: These were the least relaxing masks I’ve ever used.

Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer in Deception by Adesse New York
It’s so watery and nowhere near opaque. What did I do to hurt you, ipsy? I painted one coat on half of my toenails and gave up.
Purchase or pass: *weeps*

Do you know what’s not in my bag? This red matte lipstick. What beasts must I slay to have ipsy enable my red matte lipstick fixation?

I could email and complain and have them send me the lipstick, but I honestly can’t handle the disappointment.

I’ve preemptively removed highlighter from my preferences.

There’s a referral code if you love everything that I hate.

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August 2017 Ipsy Bag

This is my second month of Ipsy. I’m already wondering what I’m going to do with all of these bags.
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I don’t have the personality for this one. Grumpy or get out.

What’s in my bag

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Here’s all of it on my face. At 6 am.

AURORA Pro Cover Up Concealer in Pale Ecru
Swatching this for you because the swatches on the website are waaaay off. I think they’re trying to show that it isn’t orange, but it is also not that terrible greige color.

Pros: Creamy! Decent coverage. Blends easily.
Cons: I rubbed that swatch after it dried and the whole thing peeled off my wrist. Not full coverage, even if you layer it on.

Purchase or pass: I’m on the fence. I also currently have enough concealer to outlast our inevitable nuclear winter.

Crown Brush SS035 – Medium Face Contour Brush
It has little contours so your fingers fit nicely in the handle! I don’t know why you’re contouring so long that you need an ergonomic brush, but it’s a nice touch. The bristles are soft and seem like they wont fall out.

Purchase or pass: I’d buy another brush from them if e.l.f didn’t have what I wanted.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
This stuff is infuriating.
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Yes, there is probably the advertised 2 mL in this container. I wont argue that. What I will argue is that 2mL is a useless amount of mascara, particularly when the package design requires you to mash the tube and coat the sides of it to get any on the wand. The amount of mascara I can get on the wand is usually the amount that comes out of my regular mascara when it’s time to trash it. I managed to get a little on my eyelashes. If this is water resistant, I’d hate to see their mascara that isn’t.

Purchase or pass: I’m so mad.

Juara Rice Facial Cleanser
It does a great job at removing my eye makeup. Unfortunately, it also smells so vividly of the sunscreen I used to wear in elementary school that I have trouble using it.

Purchase or pass: Pass. I’ll take the little bit of raccoon eye I get from CeraVe.

Steve Laurant Precision Tip Liner in Black
This goes on even smoother than last month’s EYEKO eyeliner. It’s also thinner, so I have the option to be a more casual goth princess when I wear it. I was pretty happy to get a full sized product, but I never want to receive a black felt tip liner again. When will I be free? I’ve started listening to Evanescence again. Please send help.

Purchase or pass: This is just black eyeliner. I have to wear a primer with it. I would never ever pay $24 for this.

 

I’ve, uh, got a referral code if this didn’t deter you.

What did you get this month? Am I just subconsciously rebelling against my bag’s wish for good vibes only, or were you also disappointed?

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Lazy Lipstick: Hard Candy Metallic Mousse

I was very firmly against metallic lipstick for a while. I’m not sure what changed, but now I want all of the shiny things and glitter lipsticks. Is it because Kesha is back? Probably.

Also, fun fact, I originally typed “mouse” and it took me an embarrassing amount of time to figure out how to fix the word.

Anyway. Metallic lipstick. I got curious and picked up Hard Candy’s Metallic Mousse in Queen of Hearts.

I included the side view because this lipstick comes in a giant metallic tin that makes it look HUGE. It’s not huge. You only need to apply a really thin coat, so I’m not as irritated as I was when I first opened it. I hate intentionally misleading packaging. These people know I can’t visualize a fluid ounce.

This is me at the beginning of the day.

And me at the end.

Thoughts:
This formula isn’t the greatest. It doesn’t streak or peel, but it’s sticky ALL DAY and comes off on my water bottle like no other.
A pro for the color is that it matches my natural lip color enough that when it inevitably disappears from the bottom half of my top lip, I don’t look like I’m walking around with just an outline of old lipstick.

Rating: 3/5.
I’m going to wear it until I run out, but I’m not getting any more colors or repurchasing.

I also think this may be a gateway lipstick for purple glitter lipstick territory. Send help.

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July 2017 Ipsy Bag

I finally bought my Ipsy subscription! (And yes, I have a referral link.)

Ipsy is a subscription service that sends you a little makeup bag with a handful of samples and sometimes full sized products every month in exchange for $10. I had ten bucks and love getting mail, especially if there’s a chance that I’ll get something weird to put on my face. Sold.

What’s in my bag

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Trestique Mini Porcelain Concealer
Buildable coverage, downright adorable packaging (A STICK CAP THAT LOOKS LIKE A PENCIL), and truly pasty colored instead of yellow/orange. I’m pasty. Porcelain fits my ghost skin perfectly. I forgive them for the weird capitalization in their brand name.
Purchase or pass: Will consider purchasing after I blow through my weird yellow toned concealer.

EYEKO Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Travel Size in Black
This stuff is currently letting me live out my goth princess dreams. Wings for miles! I was hoping that since they advertise that it’s smudge and fade proof that I wouldn’t need a primer, but no. It’s a pen, but it goes on smooth.
Purchase or pass: I still have dreams of finding an eyeliner that doesn’t require primer, so I’m going to pass. If you don’t have my oil problem, I recommend.

Winky Lux Double Matte Whip in Angel Food


I hate this lipstick so much. I thought it was just the color at first, because I’m profoundly uncomfortable wearing lipstick that is lighter than my natural lip color, but no. The formula is also sticky as hell. All day. It does stay all day, but at what cost? The above picture is after twelve hours. Can you see me regretting my life choices?
Purchase or pass: I said I hate it. If you’re looking for a long wearing nude liquid matte, I like the NYX Lingerie line. It doesn’t make me feel like my lips are chewing gum.

Hanalei Lip Treatment in Rose
I’m happy that I got this. I enjoy using it. BUT it lasts about three hours and my lips are still flaky afterwards. Not impressed.
Purchase or pass:
Chapstick is better.

tarte cosmetics Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer
I don’t usually wear bronzer…so..it doesn’t make me look orange and it goes on my face? I dunno guys, it’s powder. It’s hard to mess up powder for me.
Purchase or pass: 
I would never pay $30 for this, but I’ll wear this until I use it all.

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Lazy Lipstick: City Color Be Matte Red Reviews

Why lazy lipstick? Because I’m going to put this on in the morning and then ignore my face for the rest of the day. Pictures are right after application and then about 12 hours later.

First up is a selection of City Color Cosmetic’s Be Matte dark reds. I got a five pack for ~$8. I don’t think this pack is up for sale anymore, so the links go to less official resellers of the individual colors.

A note: These lipsticks are rounded and are nearly impossible to apply to my tiny lips from the tube. You’re going to want a lipstick brush (though those little angular eyeliner brushes will do the trick if you’re not ready to commit). I’ve been using this one for about six months: E.l.f. Retractable Lip Brush

Swatches!
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Colors from top to bottom are: Samy (M22), Lola (M20), Lana (M23), Brianda (M24), Francesca (M21). I can’t tell much of a difference between most of the colors, either, it’s not your monitor.

And now the wear tests! I wear chapstick under my lipstick because matte lipsticks tend to dry your lips out. These aren’t the worst about it, but it’s still noticeable. Your lipstick will look nicer for longer if you have magical moist lips. I have regular mortal lips.

Samy Before (Top) & After (Bottom)

I was extra impressed with this one because I went to an ice cream event this day and ate 10 cups more of ice cream than on any of these wear tests. I didn’t wear chapstick this day. Magic. I hope you don’t like this color, because I can’t find a link to it for you.

Lola Before & After


(3 Pack) CITY COLOR Be Matte Lipstick – Lola
Lana Before & After


CITY COLOR Be Matte Lipstick Lana
Brianda Before & After


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Francesca Before & After

I don’t wear this color often, because it doesn’t apply evenly no matter what black magic ritual I perform. You might have better luck if your lips are naturally not a ghost color like mine.
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Thoughts:
This lipstick is a great, cheap option as an introduction to matte lipstick. I picked it up to figure out what kind of reds I should wear..and have since decided to just keep wearing whatever I want regardless of my undertones.

It’s somewhat drying, but doesn’t flake off or feel disgusting like some other matte lipsticks I’ve worn. You’re a little aware of something being on your lips, but don’t feel like a clown.

It doesn’t quite last all day. If you touch up your lipstick after lunch you will be way cuter than me at the end of the day. These lipsticks are pretty pigmented for the price and don’t feather. They do transfer onto cups.

Solid 4/5.