Ipsy February 2019

Guess what $10 subscription service finally got it together and included an insert with the products? Ipsy!!! Still no prices though.

This months bag is pretty cute and it seems really well made. It would make a fantastic makeup bag for your purse or backpack.

What’s inside?

Marc Anthony Strengthening Grow Long Anti-breakage Mask

My hair is the worst, so I am always appreciative to get a hair mask. This one smells really good. Keep a look out for it in an empties post!

Huda Beauty Lip Contour “Gossip Girl”

This more than covers the price of the bag, so the four other items are just a bonus! This lip contour feels really creamy and is a shade that will go with a lot of the lip colors that I own. Sweet!

Kokie Cosmetics Be Bright Illuminating Concealer in Light

I have wanted to try the Komi brand for a while now, and a concealer seems like a nice place to start. I am sure I will include this in an upcoming review. I have been putting all the products that I want to review together.

Meech and Mia pressed shadow “Caramel”

This presses shadow is a basic shimmery gold that I have 1244827 of. I may pass this on, but I want to try it first. It seems like it is really nice quality. I do enjoy Meech and Mia moose shadows after all.

Hanalei Lip Treatment “Peach Pink”

Just what I needed, another lip treatment. I have dry lips, believe me, but I have so many treatments now. At least I will never have to purchase one again. Neither will anyone else I know. I will give this one a try though, it seems nice.

Overall, I am really happy with my Ipsy this month. $10 very well spent.

What was in your Ipsy this month?

Thank you for reading 🐧

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ILuvSarahii x Colourpop Collection | Review and Swatches

I have to say. I love Colorpop. Their formulas, packaging- everything!

To be honest, I haven’t watched much of ILuvSarahii, but the collaborations I have seen her put out just speak to me.

I bought the bundle on Colourpops website for $39, it is currently on sale for $31.20!

You can also purchase all of the products separately.

Through My Eyes 16 pan eye palette $23 currently on sale for $18.40

First and foremost, the packaging is really cute, and totally my aesthetic. It is they typical sturdy cardboard packaging.

There are a variety of shades. You can get a ton of looks out of this palette. Neutral, blue looks, red looks. It has everything you need in a palette, in my opinion anyway. I have traveled with it and it was perfect.

Row one:

  • Lúcido: A champagne metallic.
  • Wild Soul: A matte mustard
  • Mesmer-eyez: A metallic Gold
  • Sandalwood: A light matte brown

Row two

  • In a wink: A matte cream
  • Euphoric: A matte red orange
  • Canela: A warm brown with some glitter
  • Lomo: A shimmery red

Row Three

  • Emerald Dream: A metallic emerald
  • Muze: A metallic Copper
  • Divina: A deep matte purple
  • Flecks: A cool brown metallic

Row Four

  • Nostalgia: A matte dusty rose pan, it when used pulls orange, no idea how it manages this.
  • Moody: A matte teal
  • Nocturne: A metallic Cranberry
  • Misbehave: A matte cranberry

The shades are all pigmented and buttery, true to the Colourpop formula.

I did want to show a comparison to the little ILuvSarahii x Dose of Colors palette. I think that they work great in conjugation. The Colourpop one really looks like a larger version. If you were thinking of getting the Dose of Colors palette, I would recommend skipping it for the Colourpop one. It has more options, works just as well, and is less pricey.

Lip Bundle #3 $16 on sale for $12.80 you can also get them individually for $5.20

This is ILuvSarahii’s third lip bundle with Colourpop. (I may pick up the other two.)

It contains two Ultra Matte Lips and one Ultra glossy lip.

  • Sueño De Coco: A matte light brown.
  • Glass Lip: A neutral glittery gloss
  • Dulcet: A matte orange red

I think Sueño De Coco is my new favorite liquid lip. The CP matte liquid lip formula is great. It is long lasting and inexpensive!

The look

  • To prime my eyes I used the original Urban Decay primer potion. I set it with In a Wink.
  • I used a fluffy brush used Sandal Wood as a transition. I just placed it all over.
  • I used a bit smaller of a brush and used Wild Soul to add warmth to the look.
  • I then used a pointed crease brush and placed Euphoric on my outer corner and into my outer crease.
  • I then put some glitter primer on my lid and and put Emerald Dream all over my lid.
  • Lastly I popped Lúcido on my inner corner

  • I lined my lower lash line with Moody
  • I blended it out with Sandal Wood and Wild Soul.

For my lips I used Sueño De Coco and layered Glass Lip over it.

Over all:

I love this collection! I can’t stop using it. If the colors speak to you like they did me, I would pick it up while it is on sale. You will not be disappointed!

What is your favorite ColourPop palette?

Thank you for reading🐧

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Boxy Charm Oct 2018 | Alter Ego

I don’t know how to start this post. I have no motivation today. Work was a struggle to get through and I just want to sleep.

But, I wanted to get this post up so that I could get the contents of my BoxyCharm put away.

BoxyCharm is $21 a month, it contains five full sized makeup and beauty products.

It Cosmetics Super Hero Mascara $24

I have gone through a few sample sizes of this mascara and I really like it. I never buy high end mascaras so I love getting them in boxes, especially when it is one that I know I enjoy.

It is Cruelty Free

Get 10% off the It Cosmetics website plus 3 free samples until 11/15/18 with code JUST4YOUBOXY

Dermovia Lace A Peel black bamboo charcoal peel off mask $30

This mask seems pretty neat. You apply the product to your face then use the lace masks to compress it into your skin for 15-20 minuets.

I will have to give it a try and let you know if it is worth the $30 price tag.

Brand claims to be cruelty free

Pür Midnight Masquerade Palette $38

This palette claims to be a full face palette. The large pans are the face products and the the small ones are shadows. FYI, the only matte is a dark brown shadow.

I am going to try to do a full face with this in a future post.

Above are some of the shades swatched. Searches aren’t reliable when it comes to how a product will look on your face, but right now I don’t think I will get a nice look with this on my fair skin.

Pür is Cruelty Free and this palette is vegan friendly.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick “K-Dub” $20

Thankfully, I got a shade I didn’t already have a full size of. I did have an unopened sample size that I am going to throw in with my best friends birthday gift.

It isn’t a shade I would gravitate toward, but I will definitely try it sense I love the formula.

I really want to pick up the shade “Bow N’ Arrow” and “Tank Girl”

Kat Von D is Cruelty Free

Farmacy Beauty Green Clean Makeup melting balm $22

I am quite happy to have gotten this in the box, I have been wanting to give it a try. I like the color of it and it smells nice. I hope it works well.

Farmacy is Cruelty Free

Over all, this isn’t the best or worst box. If the palette works or is at least good quality it will be a good box.

The Green Clean and mascara make the box worth it for me. I wish I would have gotten a different lip shade. I don’t much like pink. As for the face mask, I am going to have to try it to form any type of feelings towards it.

What was in your Boxy Charm?

Thank you for reading 🎃

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Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation | All day wear test + Review

Do fall allergies just destroy anyone else? All the stuff in the air here in Missouri just ruins me. I apologize for how TERRIBLE i look in these pictures a head of time.

I purchased the Tarte Shape Tape foundation while it was on sale for $23 at Ulta. Which is the only reason I bought it. I love the concealer, but didn’t really have interest in the foundation- until the stupid sale. Always gets me.

It usually retails for $39 at Ulta.

I wasn’t even going to review the foundation. Then I forgot to put primer on the other day and figured why not? So I have tried it with and with out primer and setting it. You have actually already seen it in most of my recent pictures with primer. ( Look at the most recent selfie on my Instagram @manda_janette)

7:19 AM

I like the doe foot applicators on foundation. It isn’t hygienic, but I’m lazy. I like buffing it in with a brush or with a beauty blinder- either way works. As I said I forgot a primer, I did sent my under eyes though. Nothing else.

It is super easy to apply and I find that porcelain is a great match for me. I am pretty fair.

I also want to mention that I have combination, scared up blemish prone skin. This foundation has pretty decent coverage.

11:44 AM

I apologize for the picture quality, I was in my office.

Not much break down besides under my eyes. It’s normal for break down under my eyes. My nose and chin aren’t looking too shabby. Coverage is still good. Impressed so far.

3:13 PM

I apologize for what you just had to see!

As you can see, everything, including my Liquid Cat Suit liquid lip, is broken down.

My nose, eyes and for head have really deteriorated. The sides of my face aren’t looking too good either.

Please ignore my watery eyes and hives, like I said, ALLERGIES.

Thoughts w/o primer and setting:

It held up for a good four or five hours. I was surprised it held up that long. Never again will I got with out primer and setting though. I just don’t like doing that. Yes foundations break down, but the way this one hardcore broke down around 7-8 hours, just not happy with that.

W/ Primer and Setting:

I didn’t want to like this foundation, but I do. A lot.

I have it on in the above pictures and it looks great, and it stayed that way the entire night out.

It is easy to apply, doesn’t feel heavy, and wears very well ( with primer and being set) for a hydrating foundation.

Will I repurchase? If it is on sale yes. Full price, no. I have too many inexpensive foundations that I enjoy just as much.

🎃🎃🎃🎃 out of five pumpkins. Lost a pumpkin for the shade range that they threw at the world and the fact that it is nearly $40..but there are drugstore foundations I like just as much.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading 🎃

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The most BASIC Halloween Makeup!

I love spooky season. Honestly though, all year is spooky season to me!

I found a shirt I bought ages ago with Freddy and Jason on it and it inspired me to do the most basic AF and easy Halloween look.

Literally SO easy!

I used two inexpensive eye palettes to do this, and any higher end products I used can easily be replaced with drug store products.

The palettes I used

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill “Ring the alarm” $15

I used Access as my transition and Secure to deepen the crease a bit.

BH cosmetics Festival Palette currently $10.80 at Ulta!!

I placed Hippie all over my lid.

I used Spirit to high light my brow bone.

I used Kandi as my inner corner high light.

I then used Access and Secure on my water line. I also tried to pack Hippie closer to the last line.

I lined my eyes and did a TRASH wing with the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. (The NYC Epic Ink liner is a good replacement at the drugstore.)

Crazy easy, but still Halloweeny, as Coty called it.

I hope you enjoyed this short post and easy AF eye look!!

What is your favorite fall eyeshadow palette?

Thank you for reading 🖤

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B.H. Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette | 2 Looks and a Review!

Today…has been a day. But, I have found a new to me YouTuber that is awesome! Her name is Lacie and her Channel is Spooky Lips and Fat Hips. You need to check her out!

Now to the point. The Desert Oasis palette from B.H. Cosmetics.

This palette retails for $22 at Ulta, but is currently 25% off on the BH Cosmetics site for only $16.50.

Here for 25% off!

This palette has 15 shadows and 4 highlights. It is cruelty free, and lets get to the reason I actually picked it up- Tati was raving about it on her YouTube channel.

The palette itself is beautiful. There are 5 matte shades, which are really the only matte shades you need, as well a some beautiful shimmers and lovely pops of color. The highlights vary from light to darker, which is nice as well.

The Shadows

  • Moonscape- a shimmery champagne
  • Quartz- a light shimmery rose
  • Canyon- a matte warm brown
  • Sand- a matte bone shade
  • Terrain- a shimmery gold
  • Prickly Pear- a duo chrome red brown

  • Cactus- a duo chrome green brown
  • Dune- a darker matte brown
  • Nightscape- a chocolate brown
  • Turquoise- an icy blue
  • Mineral- a shimmery light pink
  • Sandstone- a matte orange pulling a bit brown. I am not sure what descriptive words I am looking for right now!
  • Heatwave- a metallic bronze red
  • Hot Spring- a metallic blue

As you can see, all of the shades are very pigmented and those mattes are amazing. But, do not let finger swatches speak for how well a shadow will perform.

The Highlights

  • Serenity- a very light pink
  • Bliss- a light gold
  • Mirage- a darker gold
  • Utopia- a bronze
  • Hideaway- a darker bronze

I am sure you can tell that the highlights have a lot of glitter in them..

Look # 1

  • I started off by priming my eyes and setting it with Sand. I think Sand is my new favorite thing to set my lids with.
  • I pulled it a lighter random transition shade to give a bit better of a gradient and blended it into my crease starting with the middle then going out.
  • I repeated this step with Sandstone
  • After that I went in with canyon the same way I did with the other shades but didn’t go as high up.
  • I went back in with Sandstone and placed in on my inner and outer lid.
  • I repeated the previous step with Nighscape a blended a bit into the crease.
  • I placed Cactus on to the center of my lid.
  • I popped Moonscape into my inner corner.

I went on my lower lash line with all the matte shades going from lightest more blown out, to the darkest right on the lash line.

I am also sure you can tell, I got tired of blending. Not that these shades don’t blend well, I was just tired and it was 6 in the morning.

The highlight I used this day was bliss, I did not spray a setting spray on before applying.

Look # 2

  • After I primed my eyes, I used Bone again to set it.
  • I started with Sandstone as my transition to really make the Look warm. I blended all all through my crease, on some of my lid and blew it out.
  • I then went in a little tighter into my crease with Canyon.
  • I used Nighscape on my outer V
  • I placed Hot Spring on my lid, leaving the inner lid open.
  • I placed Turquoise on my inner lid, inner corner, and down to my inner lower lash line.

  • I used the mattes on my lower lash line in the same order as before.

This day my highlight was Serenity and Mirage. I sprayed setting spray before and after I applied them.

Thoughts- Shadows

The mattes are pigmented and easy to work with. The shimmer and metallic shades are really pretty and don’t require a wet brush to show up boldly.

When you dip your brush into the shadows there is a lot of kick up. This isn’t too big of a deal to me, just tap your brush off.

There is quite a bit of fall out on the face during application. This isn’t an issue for me, I always do eyes first.

I am very impressed with the shadows for how inexpensive the palette is.

Is it a must purchase for the shadows? No. It isn’t exactly unique to the market now a days. But they are nice and if Desert Oasis does strike your fancy the shadows are great.

Thoughts- Highlights

I am disappointed. I was really excited for these because of how much Tati and a few other people raves about them.

I think they are chunky and a bit too glittery to me. They added some texture to my skin as well.

I DO like the shade Mirage, which is the largest pan. I am not sure why, but it isn’t as chunky as the others.

The highlights do make good shadows though.

Over all

If this Palette is already on your radar, I would try for the shadows. Especially since it is 25% off right now. Hell, you may love the highlighters as well-other people love them I just don’t.

For me this palette gets 🌵🌵🌵 out of 5 Cactuses. For me the highlights were a huge pull, and they were duds. But, they shadows are great, so they earned back some of the Cactuses.

What drugstore products should I try or Review next?

Thank you so much for reading 🌵

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BoxyCharm Aug 2018 |Life of the Party

This has been the longest week of my life. I swear it has been Thursday for three days.

But, thankfully tomorrow is Friday! Unthankfully, I work in the morning-per usual. However, I can not sleep, so I am finally going to unbox my Boxy Charm!

Laura Lee Los Angels Party Animal Palette $19

I was very excited to see that this palette would be included in this months Box. I love Laura and have wanted to buy her products badly, but tend to forget about products that aren’t at Sephora or Ulta. I am going to make it a point to purchase from Indie brands, not that this is completely an indie brand..but, you get what I mean.

If you love playing with color you will love this palette! There is an assortment of mattes, shimmer, and Even a metallic shade.

Upon swatching the shadows I promptly went on her site and ordered Cats Pajamas and Boss Babe, Nudie Patootie was sold out other wise I would have purchased it also.

Use code LLACHARM25 for 25% off her site until 9/15/18 I legit save like $17!

House of Lashes “Siren” $9-12

I am not sure why the past month has been a month full of falsies for me. I have found some I really love, and learned what styles I like.

This is not that. I am sure they will look great on someone but they are way too full for me.

SmashBox Be Legendary Lipstick “Bombtastic” $21-24

I do love smash box, so I was glad to see one of their products in the box.

Then I saw the color…

Holy bubble gum pink. I might wear this, but highly unlikely. The first swatch is it layered a few times, the bottom is one swatch.

Bang Beauty Gel Liner “Chocolate” $22

I don’t have a brown gel liner, and I have been wanting to pick one up! Now I don’t have to.

I apologize for the swatch, I was too lazy to grab a brush, so I tried to use my fat finger.

Anyway, the product feels nice and I like the shade!

Wander Baggae Claim Gold Eye Masks $13

What can I say, I love eye masks. They are so relaxing, this is a win for me.

Adesse Sweet Almond Cuticle Oil $18

I will be honest, I take crap care of my nails. I’m a manager at a vacation rental company, but my nails look like I work with my hands all day.

Now that I have a Cuticle oil that is easy to use, I had one in a pot, I am more likely to start treating them better. I also really like the brand Adesse for nail polish, so that is a plus.

That’s it for the box! I have to say, another $21 well spent! I got something I already wanted, something I needed, something I enjoy, and something I need to use. There are two duds in the box, but they will be easy to pass on, I have friends who will love the lipstick and lashes.

Man, I love BoxyCharm 💜

What was in your box? What would you like to see reviewed? Comment below or on my social media!

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