august ’17 // Ipsy Glam Bag


I know I just posted my July Ipsy bag review but it was because I received it super late and it was my first glam bag ever. I just received the August edition for this year and I’m excited to show you guys the goodies this month.

Vitamin C Derma E  Concentrated Serum w/ Hyaluronic AcidIMG_3491_Fotor.jpg

Interesting product-I’m very happy I got this because I’ve seen this brand at Ultra but never tried any of their products. This one in particular claims to help with fine lines and wrinkles. It also boosts the skin and leaves it feeling supple and plump. I’ve also heard it evens out the texture and tone of your skin throughout time. It’s a clear, very runny serum that you can apply to the face and neck. It absorbed into my skin instantly with no oily or sticky residue. The scent is pleasant, a very natural smell. Right off the bat, I agree with people saying that it instantly hydrates and moisturizes without making you feel oily. I’m actually really excited to continue using this sample size, especially since it contains hyaluronic acid! The full size is only around $15 at Ulta so if I really do see a difference with my skin, will have to purchase it!

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When I saw this, I appreciated how small this blending brush was since I do have very small lids and eyes. I didn’t try applying any shadows to my lid but I did run it across them just to see how soft it is. I can confirm, it’s a very soft brush that fits perfectly into the socket of my eye. We will have to how it works with actual shadows but so far it looks great. I can also see myself using this as a highlighter brush.

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Okay, very pumped for this one! It’s actually full-sized and usually retails for around $22 on the website so good deal. More pluses are that this liner is completely vegan, cruelty-free, and 93% natural with no parabens or phthalates. Impressive. I swatched this on my hand and it is very black and pigmented. It has a felt tip liner that is super easy to use-I have a lot of control over it. It also dries quickly and is indeed waterproof. I tried running some  water over my swatches and they didn’t budge. I did try actually rubbing it with water and it did smudge but I don’t think I let it dry long enough so not sure about that. So far, so good. I can’t wait to test this on my eyes!

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This one seems to be a Korean brand and claims to be a light, moisturizing cream that is great for oily skin and can be comfortably worn underneath makeup. Let me tell you, the smell is DIVINE. I’ve always loved the scent of Korean beauty products but this one is so fresh and clean. It definitely sinks into the skin nicely and dries quickly. There is so no residue so I can see this being a great daily moisturizer underneath makeup. I really like this product as well!

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I’ve heard some reviews about this foundation so pretty excited to see this in this month’s glam bag. I didn’t put this on my face but I could already tell that it’s simply not for me by swatching and blending it on my hand. It’s a very sheer, oil-based foundation that literally never dries down. If you have oily skin, I really doubt you will like this. If you have dry skin, it seems like a “your skin but better” type of foundation. It reminds me more of a tinted moisturizer rather than a foundation. I had the foundation on my hand for a long time and it will still slick. I could not imagine having this on my face for even a few hours…I will be gifting this to a friend who will hopefully enjoy it!

All in all, I liked 4 out of the 5 products this month so that’s awesome! I hope you enjoyed my post on this month’s Ipsy glam bag. If you are subscribed to Ipsy, do we share any favorites?

 

paige x

 

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new stuff i’ve been trying


I got some new products I’ve been trying and wanted to do a lil blog post on them. Enjoy!

 

 Revlon ColorStay Eyebrow Pencil

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I ran out of my beloved Colourpop brow pencil and I needed something quick so I found this guy at Target and it looked really promising! Unfortunately, the formula is just not for me. It’s incredibly waxy and splotchy during application. The pigment is there but the wax somehow makes it less pigmented? Haha. Hard to explain. The brush on the other end does help with blending this out but it still looked so bad. It took me double the time to do my brows and they still didn’t look very nice. I’ve realized that I look for pigmentation and less waxiness in my brow pencils.

Tarte Blush in Paarty

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I got this sample size at Sephora and I am so in love with the shade and formula of this blush. I’m not much of a blush gal so I really like the shade of this particular one. It’s natural, subtle, and great for everyday wear. So far, I really like how buttery it is and how it lasts on my cheeks!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

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So far, I like this! Do I feel like it makes a difference with how long my makeup lasts? Not really. Honestly, I just like how this makes my face feel and I also love the ingredients. My skin does feel hydrated and supple whenever I mist this. I actually prefer to spray this on my bare face rather than using it as a makeup setting spray. For $7 a pop, I think it’s worth it and will continue to use it.

Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit

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Another sample from Sephora and I actually really enjoy this! It’s a matte lip paint but doesn’t dry out the lips. Kind of reminds me of the NYX soft matte cremes. This shade in particular is a beautiful soft pinkish nude. I am not sure how long it wears as I have only worn this a few times and it was just for an hour or two. I will continue to use this and I have to check out the other colors in this range.

 I hope you had a nice little read.

 

paige x

 

july ’17 Ipsy bag


yay I finally subscribed to the Ipsy bag! I got my July bag quite late but I still wanted to post a little somethin’ somethin’ on what I got.

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The star of the show HAS to be the Gudetama bag that all the sample products came in. I’ve always been a fan of Gudetama and absolutely adore this little egg. The bag is sturdy and a great size for makeup or toiletries. Most importantly, it’s just so darn cute! I will definitely be using this when I am travelling next month.

Beau Gachis Illuminator Brush

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The first item from the bag is an “illuminator brush” by the brand, Beau Gachis. I have never heard of it but my first impression of the brush is that it’s just a normal, synthetic, soft brush haha. It’s hard to review brushes right off the bat, I will have to play with this one and see how it applies and blends out my concealer.

TreStiQue Mini Crayon Concealer

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Super cute packaging. I am not a huge fan of this concealer-it’s definitely a light coverage concealer in my opinion. It is buildable but the formula is just not for me. It sat on my skin and didn’t really blend out. The shaded matched me perfectly though! I might give this another try…

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

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I tried applying this over my hands and face a few times actually. Not a big fan, to be honest. It is, indeed, a very light moisturizer which I appreciate but the texture was almost watery. Maybe a little too light for my taste. I can see how some people would enjoy this. It’s simply not for me. I might gift this to a friend!

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel

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This is the only one I have not tried yet. I was looking up reviews and this product did okay. I do like the fresh scent and the concept of a cleansing gel. I mostly stick to micellar waters, but will give this a go!

Ciate Gel-Kohl Pencil Liner

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I don’t use pencil liners very often anymore but I thought this one was pretty decent. It applies like butter and it does come with a smudging application on the other end. The downside is that it is not waterproof. My eyelids are naturally oily so this would not work for me. But I think it would be great for people who don’t greasy lids haha.

 

All in all, I thought the products were decent. Again, I am just in love with the Gudetama bag-it is obviously my favorite thing from Ipsy this month haha. But I do love trying new products and giving my take on them. Can’t wait for the next one!

 

paige, xx

 

 

 

IT Cosmetics CC Cream / In-Depth Review


Woo wee I finally got my greedy hands on this highly reviewed and adored by everyone product: the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. I was so excited when I got it from Ulta that I immediately slathered it all over my face so I can see what all the hype was about. Let’s just say I found my new go-to face product for this summer!

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Price/Packaging

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I got mine from Ulta for $38 and it comes with 1.08 oz of product. I LOVE the packaging. It comes with a pump so it’s very sanitary and it’s attached to a squeeze tube. It’s very reliable, easy-to-use, and clean. I feel like I could easily travel with this.

Claims

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  • gives full coverage
  • brightening and color-correcting
  • anti-aging benefits
  • SPF 50+ (woot!)
  • hydrating and moisturizing
  • gives a “your skin but better” effect

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Coverage

Coverage depends on what you are applying with. I like using a dense, flat-top brush to buff the product in. I get better coverage using a brush than with a damp sponge. It also depends on how damp the sponge is. The wetter (that’s what she said) the sponge, the more it’s going to absorb. I would say the coverage is a medium with my brush. You can layer another coat to make it a more full coverage but I like the medium coverage it gives me. Like it advertises, this is a “your skin but better” CC cream so I don’t think it’s supposed to give you a cake-faced coverage look. The finish is beautifully natural-it almost gave a blurred effect to my face.

Brightening and Color Correcting

YES for the brightening. It makes dull skin look more radiant and healthy. Especially during hot summer days, I do not want to be layering multiple products on my face so the fact that this CC cream can give this to you in one product is amazing and a time-saver! Color-correcting wise, I think it does do the job with the dark circles under my eyes but it’s not the same as using a high coverage concealer. Again, this is a CC cream so I didn’t expect it to completely cover all my dark spot. I’m not sure about redness as I don’t have much of that on my skin. From other reviews, it seems to cover redness nicely.

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Anti-Aging and SPF 50+

It’s far too early for me to see any anti-aging benefits but I am DIGGING the the SPF 50+. I keep repeating this, but this was seriously made for summer weather. I was a little worried that the high SPF would irritate my eyes as they do tend to get very agitated if I get even a little SPF in them but I was dandy even when buffing the product over the lids and eye area. Again, another quality that makes this CC cream an all in one product.

Hydration

This was another aspect I was worried about. I have very oily skin so BB and CC creams are not my favorite as they leave me more greasy/oily than dewy lol. I also tend to break out more. When I first applied this CC cream, it was dewy so I got anxious that I wouldn’t like it. I did apply some mattifying powder and I was surprised that within 15-20 minutes, I felt like I didn’t have anything on my face. If this was any other CC cream, I would start getting oily again. So it seems as if it actually dried nicely on my skin and complemented the powder I was using (Rimmel Stay Matte Powder). I wore it all day in mid-80 degree weather and I got a little shiny but it was still very comfortable on the skin. So good for a CC cream with a high SPF! Another thing to note: it does not crease into fine lines and wrinkles- at least for me it doesn’t. I have pretty prominent smile lines and almost every foundation, concealer, cream, etc… sinks into them (gotta step up my anti-aging game) but this one didn’t. Woop! Overall, people with dry skin will loveee this and people with oily skin will just need to use a good powder to finish off.

Your Skin But Better

I totally agree with the name of this product. It feels light, great coverage, protects the skin, moisturizes, and basically enhances your skin. I believe I spent my ~$40 on a goodie and will be using this for quite some time. I am so happy that I finally got this product after having my eye on it for months. I can see it becoming an everyday staple for me! Have you tried this CC cream? What did you think?

 

paige xx