Ipsy Glambag: August

Seeing as I just got my September bag today, I figured it was about time I tried to get the post about my August bag up! I’ve tested and tried all my goodies,  but getting the actual posts done when you have a little one is a bit more of a challenge.

August Glambag

I was pretty pleased with my haul this month, that the bag was cute as hell, too. They were going for a “back to school” vibe, and the pencil case shape of the bag definitely helped them to pull that off.

The only full sized product was the lip balm from Absolute New York. I got the grape flavour, and I must say that I love it. For those of you that have any food sensitivities, be warned: this stuff has aspartame in it for some reason. I try to apply as little as possible, and I don’t lick my lips when I have it on. I do find that it leaves my lips soft, and I’m a sucker for anything that comes in a tin. Because of a few less than stellar ingredients, I don’t know if I would go out of my way to repurchase this, but I will use what I have.

The rest of the samples were tiny. The Silk Kajal from Lord and Berry, while a great little liner, was about the length of my index finger. I didn’t really mind, though, seeing as I have an abundance of liners already. This stuff goes a rich, dark black. It’s great for getting a velvety, precise line, and even better for smudging. I also found it really easy to get off without  making a huge mess all over my face. I don’t own a huge number of kohl liners, but I would go back to this brand again.

Lord&Berry SwatchCoastal Scents is one of those companies that I’ve heard a lot about, but never taken the time to investigate further, so I was really looking forward to trying out the blush duo that I got in my bag. I was surprised at how much pigment got on my brush from one small wipe. When I applied it to my face, I have to admit that it didn’t take a lot of product to make me look like a prostitute from the ’80s. The colours are really nice, but you need a really light hand to apply them. The blush itself, in my opinion, is average, and there are other brands that I can get without having to mail order that I like more, so I probably won’t be repurchasing these in the future.

Coastal Scents Blush Swatch

The Dr. Brandt pores no more was another one I was hopeful about. It feels a little oily when you first apply it, at least it did on my skin, but it does do a great ob of making the large pores on my nose look reduced. The downside? It makes my long wearing foundation not so long wearing. I use Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage, and after a few hours I was noticing areas of shine that wouldn’t normally be there with my regular Smashbox primer. I’m probably going to try a few different modes of application to see if I can get it to perform the way I think it should, but for now, especially for the price of a full size product, this one won’t be a repeat for me either.

The mascara, on the other hand, is lovely. It’s not often that I’m disappointed in an Urban Decay product, and the Perversion Mascara lived up to expectations. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a waterproof, but it doesn’t flake or smudge, even them I sleep on it, yet it’s easy to remove when I want it to come off. It’s rich and black, adding both volume and length, but doesn’t clump. I’m looking forward to trying with with the matching Subversion primer.

The look I put together with this bag was:

photo 1I’m looking forward to getting to play with some of the new goodies I got in my September bag over the weekend, and I still have loads of sample reviews, and a Topbox review, to get to. For now, I hope you enjoyed this look (back) at the August ipsy!

 

 

 

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Beauty on the Cheap: Joe Fresh

Let me start off by saying that I had no idea Joe Fresh did make up. I’ve purchased their clothes in the past, both for myself and my son, and I’ve been more than impressed. The combination of price point and quality is spot on, so naturally I was curious as to whether the make up line would be the same.

I grabbed two items: a palette from the clearance bin and a full priced long-wear lipstick. The palette included a trio of coordinating eye shadows, a matte lipstick, and an eye shadow brush.

Joe Fresh palette in Just Peachy

Joe Fresh palette in Just Peachy

The palette was on sale for $6, which was just over 50% off. For that price, I really couldn’t pass it up. The shadows look like they have a bit of a shimmer in the pan, but I found that they went on with more of a matte finish. The brush was a surprise. Most brushes that come in sets like this are abysmal, but this one is actually decent, and will be good for touch-ups on the go.

The lipstick is a great colour, but I wasn’t sure about the quality when I first applied it. It looked dry, and seemed to gravitate towards the creases in my lips. For me, the mark of a good matte lipstick is that it looks matte and feels cream. This wasn’t really giving me that, so I played around with application a little to make it work. By applying a lip balm first and lining with a MAC lip pencil in Subculture, I found the finish to be quite nice. It lasted fairly well, but I did need to reapply after eating if I wanted the best look.

For my eyes, I used the peach-pink all over my lids, blending up towards my brow bone. I used the brown in the outer corners of my crease, and the vanilla as a highlighter under my brow. The colours work very well together, and I’ve also used them separately to great effect. They blended well and had a nice amount of pigment payoff, but keep in mind that I always use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion when I apply any type of eye colour.

Here is the final look:

Just Peachy Face and Maven NailsI had already been outside for a large chunk of time that day, but sweating and being in the sun had no adverse effects on the products. When you have hot summers, this is always a plus. I don’t know if I would pay full price, but on clearance this palette was a  hell of a deal.

Now, for the long-wear lipstick. I’m a huge fan of long-wear lipsticks; the less I have to worry about what my lip are doing throughout the day, the better. This is especially true now that I have a little grabbing at my face all the time. If I can put something on and know that there’s less chance of him smudging it, all the better. I have several lipsticks already that do the trick; I needed to know how this one compared.

Joe Fresh Fuschia Long Wear

As you can see, the box claims that it will go for six hours. Most long-wear colours that I have claim eight or ten, so this made me curious right off the bat. What was different about this formula that took the time down to six hours? I figured that out right when I applied it the first time. It’s a much creamier formula that similar products I’ve tried, and love, like Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick and Sephora Collection Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Colour. It also does not dry to the touch. Even after having it on for several hours, it will come off if I, or Finn, touches my lips. If I eat or drink there will be colour transfer, but it still hold up well. I didn’t feel the need to reapply. The colour pay out is great, application was smooth, and it didn’t dry my lips. That was a huge bonus.

Here it is in action:

Excuse how crazy my super high prescription glasses make my face look. I am blind; it cant be helped.

Excuse how crazy my super high prescription glasses make my face look. I am blind; it cant be helped.

I really like the colour, and it feels great on my lips. If it didn’t get on my son’s hands so easily, I would definitely go back for more, especially at $8 a tube.

For an impromptu purchase, I’m happy with what I got, and I suggest giving the Joe Fresh line a look-see. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have any of the products up on the website anymore. I’m not sure if this is because they’re going to be discontinuing the collection or because they want the site to be more focused on the clothes. Either way, hit up a Superstore and check it out.

Products used in both looks:

~Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer

~Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original

~Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation in Fair Sand

~Make-up Forever Super Matter Loose Powder in Translucent Natural

Products used in top look:

~L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara in Blackest Black

~Nyx Blush in Pinched

~POP Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer in Secret Sunshine

Products used in bottom look:

~Tarte EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner in Black

~Diorshow Blackout mascara in Kohl Black

~Nyx Blush in Pinky

 

Sh*t I love! Smashbox Photo Finish Primer!

I’ve tried a lot of foundation primers in my day, but I always go back to Smashbox. The original Photo Finish Foundation Primer is the perfect base for any foundation I choose to use (be it my Frankensteined Make Up For Ever combo of Face and Body Liquid Makeup and HD Invisible Cover Foundation or Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation), and always leaves my face looking smooth and perfect.

I always apply my foundation with a flat foundation brush, and one of the risks of using a brush like that is leaving streaks behind. With this awesome primer, I never have to worry about streak, uneven blending or leaving unsightly cakey spots behind. My face is smooth, prepped and ready to go in as little time as it takes to apply moisturizer.

As a bonus, it’s never irritated my sensitive sin, or caused any breakouts. At one point, I decided to give the light version a try, and my skin did no approve. I will be sticking to this primer for the foreseeable future, and if you haven’t tried it (or any primer) get your butt down to your nearest Sephora store and snag a sample. You’ll be glad you did.

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Today’s Face! (Sorry, I was too lazy to fill my eye brows. Yes, I realize it looks odd.)

Sh*t I love! Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

I love liquid eye-liner, I really do, but sometimes I need something that’s going to be fast, vibrant and long lasting. Pencil eye-liners are fast, but it’s difficult to find one that’s also bright and easy to apply. Enter Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils.

These are, by far, the nicest pencil liners I have every used. The glide on with no effort (even less if you warm them up a little and use a primer), smudge beautifully if that’s the look you’re going for, and come in a huge range of colours, from neutrals to brights. My favourite right now, aside from classic black, is LSD, a navy shimmer with a bright turquoise micro-sparkle. On my to-buy list are Abyss, a bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-sparkle, and Woodstock, sparkling hot pink with silver micro-glitter.

I love using different colours to layer and create multiple looks. It’s amazing what a little great eye-liner can do. I recommend prepping with Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion for super smooth application and even longer wear.