Tetris x Ipsy Game On Palette | is it better than Block Party?

If you follow my blog, you would know I have started a subscription box product win or whomp series. This is part of that series.

I really wanted to see if the Game On palette was any better than the Block Party palette. If you read that post you would know that little palette would left me with much to be desired.

Let’s get to applying and swatching and see if Game On is an improvement, the same, or some how even worse!

The Swatches

  • Game changer: a matte light orange. Appears better on the eye than swatched.
  • Game Day: A metallic light pink.
  • Game Night: A metallic green based gold

  • Stack it up: A matte cream shade
  • Block Party: A metallic rose gold
  • Game Over: A matte Navy

Thoughts?

The palette is slightly better than its counter part. I enjoy the metallic shades. The mattes really aren’t anything special. I may end up depoting the metallics. The packaging itself is cute with a nice sized mirror, so they did good again on that aspect. It could be a little smaller though. The palettes are pretty large for just 6 shadows.

For me this is still a whomp. It is only a 6 pan palette. I want to enjoy all the shades, not just half.

Have you tried this palette? What would you like me to review next?

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8 Recent Beauty Empties

I have been religiously saving my empties. I have found that splitting them up into smaller posts like this works best for me.

Enjoy a view at my trash!

Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple Candle

Winter Candy Apple is my favorite B&BW scent. I think I have other back ups of this candle, at least I hope.

RP? I don’t think BBW is cruelty free, I need to do more research on this topic. If it is cruelty free I will always repurchase multiples at a time.

Amika Soul Food Nourishing Mask

I got this sample in an Ipsy bag and I loved it. It smelled amazing and made my hair feel really soft and healthy.

RP? Yes! I have seen this mask at TJMaxx for like $13. So, I will probably pick it up there.

Fortune Cookie Soap Rosy Cheeks Twinkle Tonic

I love FCS. You all know this. These toning pads were great. They smelled very nice and made my skin look more glowy and feel fresh. I do wish that they made it in just a liquid so I could use reusable pads with it.

RP? Not unless they make it as just a liquid toner. I don’t like the waste of the pads.

Holika Holika Aloe Facial Cleansing Foam

This cleanser came from TJMaxx for like $4. It did its job, but didn’t make my skin feel super clean. It also had quite a strong scent for a facial cleanser.

RP? No, I also don’t think it is CF so I probably shouldn’t have gotten it in the first place.

Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Anti Pollution detoxifying charcoal bubble sheet mask

I love the regular yes to tomatoes detox mask. It works great for my skin. This one worked well too! However, I just don’t like bubble masks. It’s messy and I actually don’t like how it feels on my face when it bubbles up. Something about it makes me anxious.

RP? No, not this particular sheet mask from yes to.

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

This is a setting spray I really enjoy. I do notice that it makes my makeup last longer, and helps powders to really melt into the skin.

RP? I already have! Plus a back up.

Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Eye Masks

I did not notice any difference in my under eye after using this mask. Some thing in it also made my eyes sting.

RP? No, never.

Essence Make Me Brow

Just like the Ulta version, the Essence make me brow is a good dupe for the Benefit give me brow. I use the shade Blondy Brows. I think I have gone through two or three of this bad boy!

RP? Yes! It’s super inexpensive and works well.

That is it for my empties!

What is your opinion on any of these products?

Thank you for reading 🐰

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Ipsy x Tetris Block Party Palette | Sub Box Win or Whomp

I love Tetris. It is a nice way to relieve anxiety and relax after a long day. Of course, a Tetris themed makeup collaboration was super exciting to me. While I was excited, life got in the way and I had not been able to play with the palettes.

Well, I finally played around with Block Party, and I have some two cents to throw at y’all.

The packaging

The packing is made of a sturdy card board. The out side sports Tetris shapes in different shades of purple and pink. There is a magnetic closure.

Fun fact: purple is my favorite color! As well as my Mama Tams, and my Mama Kathy’s who recently passed away. Please expect a post discussing Lupus and how it has affected my family. I want to spread awareness, she would want me to.

Back to the point.

The inside is decorated with different colored hearts, the palette name and a nice mirror. The shade names are also included.

Over all, super cute packaging and it isn’t too bulky.

The Swatches

  • Skyline: A matte cool brown. I would say it is right in the middle of a basic transition and a defined shade. It did work for both of these purposes.
  • T-Spin: A Metallic silver. Very pretty swatched, but I had a lot of trouble working with it. Wet or dry. It just wanted to fall all over the place.
  • Top out: A royal blue metallic. This ended up being my favorite shade. A bit difficult to work with, but it looks beautiful on the eyes.

  • Back-to-back: A matte cream shade. I think this is a great staple shade for palettes to have. Great for setting primer, great for blending.
  • Line Clear: A Metallic hot pink. This shade works best with the fingers and is very pretty. The fallout is crazy though. Other metallic shadows I have do not do that.
  • High Score: A metallic Purple. This is the shade my eye draws to, however, I could not get it to appear on my eye as it does in the pan and the swatch. Disappointed.

The Look

The look I did was super simple.

  • I primed my eyes with concealer and set it with Back-to-back. I would continue to use this shade to blend out harsh edges.
  • I used a fluffy brush with Skyline to create a transition, I also used a more packed brush to define the crease using the same shade.
  • Using my finger I placed High Score on the outer part of my lid.
  • Using a different finger I placed Line Clear on the rest of my lid.

  • I placed t-spin on my inner corner.
  • For my lower lash line I applied Top Out, which really popped!

Over All Thoughts?

I have to say, for me, this is a whomp. The color story is beautiful and I love the nostalgia of Tetris, but I just had to much trouble working with this palette. The lattes are great, and the blue is a dream, but I have all these shades in other palettes, in formulas that work for me. I will be passing this palette along to a friend or family member. I am currently unable to find the price of the palette, but if my memory serves me right, I believe it was in the mid $20 range.

That being said. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. If it sparks your interest, people are selling theirs on eBay and Mercari and much lower price points. Just because someone else doesn’t like something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a go if you are interested!

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading 🦇

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Primer Declutter | Clean up 2019

Guys, I am running out of space for makeup and beauty products, and that just won’t do. So, I figured it was time to do a declutter.

We are going to go in the order that I apply my makeup, so we are going to start with primers!

What you are seeing above is a lazy Susan type thing that I got at a whole sale place. For the most part it holds products that I am trying to use up, or find my self reaching for frequently.

On the top are most of my primers. They just fit nicely there.

Let’s get into this declutter.

Serum primers

Keeping

Physicians Formula 24 Karat Collagen Serum:

I really enjoy this serum as a primer. It hydrates a plumps skin, making for a great base.

Cosmetica Illuminating Rose Gold Serum:

If you want glowy skin with out the glitter, this will do it. It also creates a somewhat tacky base, which helps the make up stick. You can also use it as a highlighter, if you like that sweaty highlight look.

Touch N Soul No Poreblem Priming Essence:

I received this primer in a BoxyCharm and really enjoy it. It hydrates skin, which creating a smooth base. I have noticed that it also blues some of my more problem pores.

The Declutters

NYX Honey Dew Me Up:

This primer is way too sticky for me. Every time I try to use it, it gets every where! It feels like literally putting honey on my face and I just can’t handle it.

Wet N Wild Rose Primer Serum

I actually enjoy this primer. But, after Wet N Wilds immoral lies, I just don’t want to keep anything from them in my collection.

Pore Filling Primers

As you can tell I have two of the Touch N Soul No Poreblem Primers. The unused one will be going. But that is the only declutter.

Cover FX Blurring Primer:

I really enjoy the feel and look of this primer. It blurs out my pores, helping to create a flawless base.

Touch N Soul No Poreblem:

This was my favorite blurring primer, before I started using the Cover FX one. I do still use this primer a lot, because I can use it all over my face, with out creating a break out.

Smash Box Photo Finish Smooth and Blur Primer:

This particular tube is from holiday last year. This is a tried and true primer for many people. It creates a soft smooth canvas on the skin and really helps foundation last.

Illuminating Primers

I only have two of these and they are both staying!

Physicians Formula Spotlight Primer:

Beware! If you spread this primer with your fingers your hands will be covered in glitter. But, this primer does not make it look like a glitter bomb exploded on your face. Nor does it make you look like the tin man. It is a great drug store alternative to the recent trend of priming with liquid highlighter- without looking over the top.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer:

This primer performs just like the Physicians formula one, just more expensive and has a nice smell. I am almost done with this one. Once it is gone I will not repurchase, because I do have the other one!

Primer Samples

The ones the Survived:

Smashbox Primerizer:

This one is also in the packaging from holiday last year. I enjoy this primer on days that I am too lazy to do my skin care routine. I am still toying with the idea of purchasing the full size once the mini is gone.

Ciaté Watermelon Burst Primer:

I just got this primer in Ipsy. I have to try it before I just pass it along!

Tarte Base Tape:

This is another one that I am yet to try, so it is staying until I get to try it and see what I think.

Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smootie Priming Moisturizer:

This one serves the same purchase of the smashbox one, but smells like coconut. I am almost done with this sample, and I am considering buying the full size.

Smashbox Radiance And Pore minimizing primers:

I have two little one use sample of smash box primers. I have really enjoyed the one I have used, so I wanted to sample more to see if there are others I want to purchase. I just haven’t gotten around to this yet.

The declutters:

MAC Strobe Cream in Pink Lite:

I am only decluttering this primer because MAC isn’t cruelty free.

Benefit Porefessional:

I never fell for this primer like other people did. I tended to really clog my pores. It also isn’t cruelty free. So, I won’t use it anyway.

Kevin Aucoin The Sensual Skin Primer:

It would be fun to try such a high end brand. But, it isn’t cruelty free, so I am not going to tease myself.

So, how much did I declutter!!

Over all, I decluttered 6 Primers and kept 14. I don’t feel too bad about this, because I will use up Primers. I use a porefilling and another type of primer everyday, so they will get used up.

What is your favorite and your least favorite primer?

Thank you for reading 🌷

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You can also find me on Mercari @ Manda Price

December Beauty Empties

Better late than never right? Let’s just jump in.

Skincare

Mustus (?) Daily Harvest Squeeze Energy Up Mask Pack Vitality/Health

I think this either came in an Ipsy or an Ipsy offer. Didn’t break me out and made my skin nice and soft.

Repurchase? I would if I saw it again, but wouldn’t go out of my way for it. I think I have another though.

Pretty Animalz by Masque Bar Purifying Sheet Mask

This was cute. It made me look like a penguin. I actually got this in my Christmas stocking.

Repurchase? No! There is a warning on the back to not use on blemishes or pimples…

Callyssee Caffeine Rush Nourishing Sheet Mask

I liked this mask. It made my skin glow. Did not give me any energy though. Haha. I think this also came with Ipsy.

Repurchase? If it was on Ipsy offer, probably.

Younique Exfoliating Mask Sample

A girl I know, who did some really bad things to the company I manage, sells Younique. She gave me this sample. Didn’t do much on the single use, but what does?

Repurchase? No, it is pricey for what it is. I have a ton of other I enjoy.

Clinique Moisturizing Gel Sample

This was actually really nice. I slathered it on and slept in it and my skin felt so nice the next morning.

Repurchase? No, but I would like a Cruelty Free alternative if anyone has one!

Makeup

ELF Powder Brush

This was like $3 and lasted me ages. I recommend it!

Repurchase? No, ONLY because I have a ton of other powder brushes.

Wander Beauty Unleashed Mascara

This was a decent mascara. It came from a BoxyCharm. I have others I like more though.

Repurchase? No, but I wouldn’t be mad if another made its way to me.

Bobby Brown Eye Opening Mascara Deluxe Sample

This came in one of those Sephora Favorites kits. Let’s just say it was not what I used my coupon to get the full size of.

Repurchase? No, I hated this. Getting through it was a struggle. Did nothing for my lashes and my lashes aren’t that bad.

That is all that I used up in December 2018!

Do you know a Cruelty Free alternate to the Clinique moisturizer?

Thank you for reading 🐙

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Ipsy December 2018

I am finally getting this up!

I am always super busy at the end of the year. With Christmas, New Years, and my Birthday all in a two week period I don’t get much time to get stuff done.

Let’s jump into this while I do have a second.

The bag it’s self is really nice. I like it a lot and think I may start using it as my makeup bag.

Farrah Blending Brush And Luxie Precision Blender

I have never tried a Farrah brush before, but it seems sturdy and soft. Luxie brushes are my favorite, I am always happy to receive one.

Creme Sheet Masks let it Go, Peppermint Cocoa, Oh Deer!

I have never tried sheet masks from this brand before. I am excited to give them a go. The packaging is so cute!

Pacifica Liquid Mineral Strobe “Unicorn”

I don’t like these. I have received a couple and have given them all away.

This one is going away too.

Steve Laurent Pigment “Antique Olive”

I like pigments, but this packaging is unnecessarily bulky. It took forever for me to get the top screwed back on.

The shade is really pretty. I may depot some into one of those clamshell containers and pass the rest in the packaging on.

Ciate London Glitter Flip “Infamous”

I have wanted to try these, literally just to watch it “flip”. Other than that. Eh.

The shade is pretty. I’m going to give it a try before I make a decision.

Over all, I think this is the most disappointing Ipsy bag I have gotten. Not a great way to end the year, Ipsy.

What was in your Ipsy bag?

Thank you for reading and Happy New Year!

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Ipsy September 2018

I want to put make up on my face so bad, but I have strep throat and don’t want to risk infecting my brushes or products. So, I am stuck with unboxing Ipsy for y’all.

By the way. I am very ready for Ipsy to come out with Glam Bag plus. I am definitely going to take advantage of it when the waiting list is opens.

But for now, the basic Ipsy is $10 a month, and contains 5 full or deluxe sample sized beauty products.

Let’s jump in.

Luxie x D.C. 110 Brush

I love Luxie brushes and this is a neat Harley Quinn one. The brush itself is a little weird, I suppose it would be good for blending out eye primer, setting it, or blending rough outer edges.

Luna By Luna Cosmetics Translucent Powder

This is a baked translucent powder…mine arrived broken. I ha w already let Ipsy know and they are sending a replacement.

The powder feels really soft and I think it will be really nice for setting the under eyes.

IBY City Limits Shadow “Fire and Ice”

I love IBY shadows. They are creamy, easy to work with, and pigmented. I did purchase the City Limits palette when it was on the Ipsy shop.

I love this palette!

Here is fire and ice swatched. Beautiful! I will be giving the single I got in my Ipsy bag to a friend, I do already have the palette after all.

Noyah Organic Peppermint Lip Balm

I really don’t need another lip balm, but at least it is organic. Honestly, I don’t like peppermint, I’ll be passing this along to a friend.

Glamour Dolls Blue Eyeliner

I am always up for a color liner. I tend to use a lot of color shadows.

Really pretty sky blue.

That is it for my Ipsy bag!

I will be honest, I’m kind of disappointed. I got a brush, which is nice, but it’s a weird one. A liner I’ll use. A balm I won’t use, a shadow I already own, and a broken powder. At least the bag itself is really cute!

What was in your Ipsy bag?

Thank you for reading💜

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