Ipsy Unboxing & Review, Dec. 2016


Hey, everyone! I’m playing catch-up, yet again.

This is my final Ipsy Glam Bag review. As mentioned in the last one, we are saving for a downpayment on a house, and I cancelled a bunch of subscriptions to save some cash—including Ipsy.

I’m not too heartbroken about it; I was collecting too many makeup bags, and the samples I was receiving as of late weren’t thrilling me.

So without further ado, here are the last samples I was sent.:

  • Aurora Intensely Precise liquid eyeliner in “Cinnamon”—this stuff does NOT come off, which can either be good or bad. You decide. I’ve only worn this once, and it irritated my eyes a little. Plus, I don’t really wear brown liner ever.
  • NYX purple prismatic eye shadow—This was a giant NOPE for me. The color isn’t flattering to my skin tone, and it was way too sparkly for my taste.
  • Jersey Shore Cosmetics peppermint lip balm—This is an alright product. I do enjoy a good peppermint lip balm, but, man, I don’t need so many lip balms.
  • Royal & Langnickel MODA angle shader brush—This was probably the best thing I received. I use this brush all the time for blending.
  • Smashbox Insta-Matte lipstick transformer—I was really excited to receive this, but I’ve yet to try it. And it is now February. I’m sure it works great, but I already have a lot of matte lipsticks and haven’t found an occasion where I’ve felt like I needed it.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even like the makeup bag for this month either. I can tell Ipsy was trying to channel the iconic pink envelope it sends its samples out in, but I don’t love it or the faux-fur fabric its crafted from. It looks tacky, in my opinion. This one is going to my Poshmark. Buh-bye.

What do you think of beauty subscriptions? Yay or nay?

 

 

 

 

 

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & Review, Nov. 2016

Hey, everyone!

After the last Ipsy Glam Bag I got, I wasn’t sure if November’s bag could top how cute October’s was. It came pretty dang close, though!

November’s bag is made of a navy blue neoprene material and features a pattern boasting constellations made of cosmetics. How cute, right?

In my bag, I received:

Three Botanical face masks—These were super refreshing. I liked how they were cold when I put them on.

Ciate London liquid lipstick—I FINALLY received a red lipstick from Ipsy. It took forever, but I really like this formula! The wand’s tip is more of pointed cone shape, so it’s super easy to apply precisely. And the color lasts all dang day.

The Balm Mad Lash mascara—While I love the formula and the curved shape of the brush, I’m not a fan of the click-on cap, much like the Tarte one from a few months ago.

Tarte maracuja oil—I’ll be honest, I still haven’t gotten around to trying this one. I’m a little “meh” about putting oil on my face.

Formula X nail polish in “Huntress”—Though this looks black, it’s actually a dark blue/green. I only had to apply one coat of this polish because it’s so thick.

Overall I was pretty pleased with what I got (especially the lipstick), but I think the time has finally come for me to cancel my subscription.

I know, right?

But I got a preview of what’s in my December bag, and I can’t say I’m super thrilled. And (big news) we’ve decided to start saving for a downpayment on a house.

Ten bucks per month for Ipsy might not seem like a lot, but it’s starting to feel like a waste when every little bit of extra cash adds up. I’ll just have to live vicariously through everyone else’s reviews.

So excuse my ramble, and now let me know what you got in your November Glam Bag! I’m dying to hear!

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & Review Oct. 2016


Happy 30 days of Halloween, everyone! I thought I’d take a break from my horror movie binging and candy corn guzzling to give you the what’s what regarding my October Glam Bag.

If you couldn’t already tell, Halloween is my favorite holiday, and this month’s Glam Bag feeds my spooky little soul. It’s so cute it hurts. It is hands-down my favorite Ipsy bag ever because:

  1. It’s pink, my favorite color.
  2. It’s covered in lipsticks, Ouija boards, ghosties, crystal balls…sigh. It’s perfect.

So, you’re probably wondering about the samples. Ahem. In October I received:

Ciate Fierce Flicks liquid eyeliner—I was so dubious of this. Liquid eyeliner from a brand I’d barely heard of? But I’m SO glad I received it; this eyeliner is amazing, making winged liner a cinch.

It applies easily, the felt tip is soft, and it stays put all damn day. No bleeding, no flaking, and no fading, all of which are usually problems for me because my eyes water so much. I will definitely be buying more of this when it runs out!

Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind eye shadow duo—This duo applies smoothly and is quite pigmented, but the shades were pretty “meh” for my taste (and I guarantee I have similar shades in my Naked Smokey palette already).

If you travel a lot, this is a nice little set that takes up hardly any space and is perfect for throwing in your carry-on bag or weekend bag. If you don’t travel a lot, then this might just clutter your makeup drawer.

The Balm’s Hot Mama blush—I should have known by The Balm’s reputation how great this blush was going to be, and I’m not one bit disappointed! It applies on my skin as a gorgeous peachy pick with a subtle shimmer. And such a little sample goes a long way! 100% not disappointed!

Pure Brazilian leave-in miracle hair treatment—While I don’t think this tops the leave-in treatment I got back in September, I does untangle my nest of hair, and it smells quite nice. Plus, the pump makes it easy to apply right to your hair without getting it all over your hands.

Trestique matte lip crayon in Florence Fig—Ipsy FINALLY sent me a lip color that is not paler than my natural lips or is an ungodly pink shade. Though this doesn’t fall into the bright red spectrum (my signature color), it is nonetheless a beautiful matte fig color perfect for fall—and long lasting, too!

What did you get in your Ipsy this month?

Marge’s Monthly Must-Haves, Sept. 2016

Hello, everyone! My apologies for such a late September favorites post; I’m still playing catch-up from the wedding.

OGX coconut oil hydrating hair mist—I got this to tame and smooth my frizzy hair, hoping for the best because I haven’t had much luck with hair oils in the past. But this! This will keep my hair straightened and sleek all day, and it makes it look so much healthier. And it smells incredible.

Lush products gifted to me at my bridal shower—My dear bridesmaid Lisa spoiled me with a plethora of Lush products for my bridal shower, namely Mask of Magnaminty, Charity Pot hand lotion, Vanillary perfume, and two bath bombs.

This was by no means my introduction to Lush; rather, she fed my addiction because I hadn’t tried any of these products. I mean, I frequently buy their bath bombs, but she got me some I’d never tried before.

However, the Mask of Magnaminty is definitely my favorite out of everything. It smells so fresh, feels good on my skin, and seems to calm my acne. An A++ in my book.

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Little Lush bundle!
Gelous nail gel & Gelous ridge filler—Purchased these weekend before our wedding on a whim after reading a Pinterest tutorial, hoping to achieve gel-like nails for the big day because I didn’t want to absolutely destroy my nails with a real gel manicure.

The tutorial claimed it’s like the real thing and will last a whole week, and all I can say about my own results is wow. I will never not use this when I paint my nails. Not only did my polish last the whole week with very minimal chipping, but it achieved that “plumping” effect that many gel-like polishes claim to possess but typically don’t.

Seche Vite fast-dry top coat—This was also suggested in the tutorial. It smells horrible, but your nails will be dry in like two seconds. For someone as restless as me who always fucks up their polish when it’s wet, this is a miracle product. I’m never going without this top coat ever again!

The Balm’s timeBalm® foundation—My new favorite lazy-day foundation. I apply this with a beauty blender and it looks great. It has excellent coverage and stays in place all day.

What were your favorite products in September?

Dollar Tree Beauty Haul

Dollar Tree is a treasure trove of undiscovered beauty essentials (I could probably do a whole post on what to buy and what not to buy, honestly), and I thought I’d share a few beauty items I picked up recently that you guys might be interested in reading about.

First up is a beauty blender! They have these in a variety of colors and are surprisingly soft. I was a little nervous it would be rough on my face, but it’s not. If you’re interested in trying a beauty blender but don’t want to spend $10+ to see if it works for you, then head over to Dollar Tree, my friend.

Next are some LA Colors matte lipsticks. They had this impressive endcap set up when I was there, with all sorts of LA Colors products. I picked out these matte lipsticks (ok, one says lip gloss, but how can a gloss be matte?). The “gloss” is more burgundy and the lipstick is a bright red.

The red lipstick, unfortunately, looked cheap when I applied it, and it looked semi-translucent when applied. Not a good look. I’d advise staying away from these. The “gloss” was ridiculously difficult to get off. It felt super sticky on my lips, but didn’t transfer a whole lot when I touched them with my fingertips. They were both difficult to apply, as you can probably see in the pictures below. They’re both patchy and uneven, and I couldn’t get my lower lip defined right. 

Cheapo matte red lippie

Sticky, patchy matte lippie

And the last thing I picked up is an eyebrow stencil (also from the LA Colors endcap) that has three different styles to choose from. These, surprisingly, work pretty dang well. I cut out the little piece of plastic in the middle so it was a little more user friendly. I used it in the picture above, but it’s not a great view, so I’m sorry! I will say I did like it enough to use for my wedding, though. 

And that’s all for now—thanks for reading! 

Ipsy Unboxing & Review Aug. & Sept. 2016


Hey, everyone! It’s been lurking in the back of my head that I’ve neglected to post Ipsy unboxings and reviews for the past month. Whoops! We were crazy busy getting everything ready for the wedding that it unfortunately became a lesser priority. Now that all the craziness is over, I finally have some time to sit down and take a deep breath, so let’s delve into this!

August:

This was a pretty good month, but I wasn’t crazy about the bag. It will likely go in a bundle of Ipsy bags on my Poshmark account.

It Haircare 12-in-1 leave-in hair repair treatment—LOVE. It does wonders for my tangled mess of hair, and it smells so good. I even took it on our honeymoon—that’s how much I love it! I’d compare it to the It’s a 10 brand.

Face masks—ok, I’ll be honest: I haven’t used these yet. I’ve been holding off because I want to use them with my sister  for some much-needed girl time. But how can you go wrong with a face mask?

Ciate nail polish in the color Spinning Teacups—this nail polish has a fat little brush, which I love because it’s easier to handle and I’m less likely to make a mess. The color is pretty, and it stayed on my nails for quite a while.

Rodial eyeliner—I’ve been using this every day. So hooked. It glides on so smoothly.

NYX liquid highlighter—this was one giant NOPE for me. It’s a mess as soon as you take the cap off, and it left my face splotchy and streaky no matter how much I blended.

September:

I didn’t think I’d like this bag, but then it arrived and it’s so chic! I love it!

Tarte mascara—I thought I had a flawed mascara because the cap snaps off instead of twisting, which is pretty messy. Turns out it’s not a flaw. I can overlook it, though, because the formula is great—it doesn’t flake, doesn’t clump, and the brush separates my lashes well.

Pixie lipstick—not too crazy about this. It was practically the same color as my natural lips when I applied it.

Bella pierre loose powder blush in Autumn Glow—I didn’t think I’d like this as much as I do. Ok, and the name certainly helps. I’m a sucker for anything fall related. It’s this beautiful bronze that’s pretty by itself or layered on top of another blush—and works for contouring too!

Epice toner—I’ve only used this a few times, and it’s alright. Nothing too great or too horrible.

Befine brown sugar exfoliating cleanser—I was dubious of this because I get so many exfoliators, and they all seem the same. But I really loved this one—it smells amazing and felt so scrubby on my skin!

What did you get in your ipsy Glam Bag last month?

Unboxing — Make Up For Ever Sephora 500-Point Reward


The editor in me really hates that “Make Up For Ever” is not written as “Makeup Forever”. But I guess I have to deal with it because it was probably intentional and has a different meaning when written as four words versus two words.

Anywho, you don’t care about my editorial ramblings—let’s get down to business: I got this 500-point reward from Sephora near the end of August (yes, I’m still playing catch up). I was surprised that this whole box was 500 points total—usually the items in the little display cases at Sephora are 500 points apiece.

This box came with a matte lipstick, a mascara, a pink lipgloss, an eyeshadow, and a blue eyeliner. And do you see that packaging? To die for.

Here are some swatches (with no filter). From left to right: eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipgloss.

Loves: the lipstick, mascara, and eye shadow

The lipstick is matte and stays on for a long time. I hardly had to touch it up after eating lunch. The shadow has a nice pigment and applies so smoothly!

Not for me: the eyeliner and lipgloss.

I’m not really one for colored eyeliner, and lipgloss has never been a fave of mine—especially when it’s pink. I will say, though, that when I tried to wash of the swatches, the eyeliner would NOT budge. If you’re looking for a durable, waterproof eyeliner, this is probably it.

Overall I’m very pleased with this reward—3/5 products isn’t bad!

Did any of you choose this reward? If so, what were your thoughts?

Five Drugstore Greige Lipsticks You Need for Fall

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Say so long to burgundy and wine lipsticks this fall, and say hello to shades of greige. Greige (gray + beige with a touch of mauve) is going to be the biggest lip trend this fall, you guys. I can feel it in my heart’s soul.

Greige is grungy. Greige stands out while remaining soft and mauvey. It’s the perfect lip color for fall as the seasons change and we begin to wind down for winter.

And if you’re a lipstick fanatic like me, you probably already have a few greige shades or close-to-greige shades in your lippie drawer but don’t even know it — greige is nothing but a slightly ridiculous funny name for a color that’s been around for a while, after all.

Here are my five favorite drugstore greige and almost-greige lipsticks (that I actually wear pretty regularly and just had no idea greige was a thing):

  1. NYX Euro Trash (matte)
  2. Maybelline Touch of Spice (matte)
  3. NYX Thalia
  4. Revlon Rose Velvet
  5. LA Girl Snuggle (matte)

  1. NYX’s Euro Trash might be my favorite greige I own. It looks pink in the tube, but once applied is a beautiful light mauve with a hint of gray. I think it looks different throughout the day, depending on what kind of lighting you’re in, and depending on how it contrasts with what you’re wearing.

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2. Maybelline’s Touch of Spice is a close second fave. I accidentally smashed this one in the cap and about cried when I had to go buy another—that’s how frequently I wear this beautiful deep mauvey shade. It’s matte and not drying, so your lips don’t feel horrible by the end of the day. It will add the slightest touch of grunge to your look.

3. NYX’s Thalia isn’t matte, but is still a beautiful nude-gray shade with a touch of lavender —it’s not quite a greige, but it comes very close. This one doesn’t stay as well on my lips and has much more transfer than the above lipsticks, but it is still a beautiful color nonetheless.

4. Revlon’s Rose Velvet is much like Thalia in terms of wear and transfer, but it’s a touch darker in color—more light mauvey than lavender. It’s another almost-greige that many of you might already have in your lipstick hoards.

5. Lastly, we have LA Girl’s Snuggle, which is a creamy matte lippie I can’t get enough of. This one is less widely available but can be purchased at CVS stores or online through various vendors. Snuggle is almost nude with a very slight touch of gray, and it doesn’t transfer a whole lot or dry your lips out—if anything, my lips feel softer and more hydrated when I wear this one, and it complements practically any outfit.

The great thing about greige shades is that they can look super professional but also a little edgy—they’re almost nude, but not quite, and your coworkers can’t put their finger on why it’s a little different.

The above pictures document a week’s worth of greige lipsticks that I wore to work—and I work in a professional environment. Each shade was lined with Ofra’s lip liner in the color Silk (which is a very versatile shade, if you’re looking for a higher-end liner).

I hope this inspires you to hop on the bandwagon try out some new colors.  Raise your hand if you’d like to see a higher-end greige lipstick post!

—Marge 💋

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): Lip Chic Lipstick Sealer


Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a product that acted as a topcoat for your lipstick—prolonging its color all day and preventing bleeding? Well, there is. It’s called Lip Chic, and it’s kind of amazing.

I ordered this from Amazon to try for August’s Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science) because it couldn’t find it in any gosh dang store. It had really good reviews and seemed a bit like a miracle product, promising all-day lip color free from smudging and transfer after a few measly coats.

And it sort of does, depending on how well you apply it. Which does take a bit of time and a steady hand. And a LOT of experimentation.

It is $12 and comes in a small, clear bottle that looks a bit like nail polish—the brush even looks like a nail polish brush (but it’s surprisingly not bristly feeling on your lips). Inside the box is a sheet of “lip tips” and instructions for applying.


Since the tips suggest lining your lips with Lip Chic prior to full application to prevent bleeding, I opted for dipping a small liner brush in the bottle rather than lining with the not-so-pointy brush attached to the lid. And this worked pretty well–you just have to remember to wash the liner brush off afterward!

I’ve worn Lip Chic twice so far and have been mostly impressed. The first time was over Urban Decay’s Matte Temper (which already stays on pretty well), and then over a Mary Kay cream lipstick in Really Red, which seemed to transfer a bit more.


This doesn’t dry matte—it has more of a satin finish (not to be confused with glossy!). Which was all right with me, though I’d prefer matte. It felt a tad sticky after application, which, according to the Lip Tips, means I either need to apply more or less, or keep my lips apart for longer after application. This stuff is tricky.


Will I wear this for the wedding? Unless I continue to play with it and find an application strategy that works better, probably not. I will likely stick with Meet Matt(e) Hughes.

Was this a waste of money? Not at all. I know I’ll wear this in the future—but for events that require significantly less kissing.

Well, this concludes The Great Lipstick Hunt of 2016. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the unflattering pictures of my face. Stay tuned in early September for an overview of my bridal shower look, and again in late September for a breakdown of my wedding day cosmetics bag!

T-minus 36days, guys!

Until then, stay fab!

—Marge 💋

Things I’m Going to Put on My Face (For Science): Makeup Revolution’s Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer


Wow, guys, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, right? This summer has zipped right by.

Toward the end of July I tested Makeup Revolution’s Salvation Velvet Lacquer in the color Attract (for wedding science, of course). This was $5 at Ulta, so I figured, why not? My cousin had tweeted me about it quite a few months back, and it looked pretty decent.


I really liked it upon initial application. It’s creamy and not drying—and the color is super vibrant. It dries matte and isn’t sticky feeling.

Been workin’ on that wedding wing.
But after a bit it started flaking. So I touched it up and headed to the store to run some errands. No biggie.

Fast-forward 10 minutes later: I’m sitting in the parking lot, peering at my lipstick in the rearview mirror of my car, wondering why it feels like my lipstick is pilling. You read that right: pilling, not peeling—like what your cardigans do when they start to wear out.

Pardon the horrible lighting & unflattering angle.
I can only conclude that it was the touch-up that caused this. So I wiped it off and proceeded about my day, sans lipstick. Bummer. I really liked the color.

At this point, Meet Matt(e) Huges is still in the lead for wedding day lipstick of choice. I probably won’t get around to trying the rest on my list, since we are now officially two months away from the event, but I suppose anything is possible.

I know for sure I want to try Lip Chic this August, though. It’s technically not a lipstick, but it could broaden my options.

Anyway, until next time!

—Marge 💋