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August Ipsy Glam Bag Review

26 Aug

Hey guys!

The August Ipsy Glam Bag was quite different this month, although I haven’t tried most of these items as of yet. I have a new busy schedule, but I still wanted to let you guys know what I got, along with personal thoughts on these items, as I will be reviewing some.

The theme was “Sugar Highness”, which shows all of the Ipsy girls in colorful wigs, and dreamy settings. The bag was illustrated by Michelle Phan herself, and I absolutely love it. It’s one of my favorite bags in a long time, because it’s so original!

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I haven’t received a hair care product in a long time from Ipsy, not since my Garnier Primer spray which was such a generous full-size, and I quite enjoyed it while it lasted. This time, I received a product that I thought would be a dupe for It’s A 10 Leave-In Treatment Spray. Even the brand/product name were closely similar. The It Haircare 12-in-one Amazing Leave-In Treatment, claims to achieve 12 tasks while it does work on your hair.

The description promises to: Get rid of Frizz; De-tangle; Treats brittle ends; Adds body; Leaves hair shiny; Maintains hair health; Repairs dry hair; Repairs damaged hair; Protects hair; Works on color-treated hair; Protects against heat; Protects against split-ends; Protects against breakage. Whew, that was a mouthful. If a product claims to do so much, I expect a lot from it once I test it out. I have yet to see any results indicating that this treatment is anything spectacular. Though I can say, it made my hair feel soft, and it smells delicious. As a leave-in conditioning treatment, it’s actually decent.

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I got to try a primer, mask, and moisturizer all in one for the first time as well. This Works in-transit camera close-up is pricey in regular size, at $60 a bottle. It’s raved about by magazine brands such like Elle, and celebrities such as a Victoria Beckham. It’s supposed to give your skin a lively look, as it contains caffeine. It also claims to erase signs of fatigue, and it has an SPF of 30. I haven’t used this one yet, but seeing as I easily break out into skin allergies, I might be passing this one along in the end.

OFRA Cosmetics came out with highlighters this year, and I’ve wondered when I should purchase one to try out. Luckily, I received a sample size of the OFRA and @DupeThat collaboration product, “You Glow Girl”! Their highlighters go for around $25, so I was pleased that I didn’t have to spend that much for a full-size. The highlighter is a rosy pink, and claims to be long-lasting. I’m a sucker for highlighters, and this one is gorgeous!

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I always like receiving nail polishes from Ipsy, because they’ve all been of good quality so far. This month, I got to try my first Ciate London Gelology nail polish in Spinning Teacups. Ciate London carries an expensive line, starting at $15 per polish. That’s more than OPI or Essie, so I told myself I wouldn’t invest in a bottle unless it came in a sample. The gel formula is made to last long, but I’ve had my hopes crushed by polishes that claimed the same thing this year (you’ll read about it in an upcoming post).

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You can read the descriptions of polishes all you want, but you’ll never know how it performs, unless you try it out for a few days on yourself. This color, is a bright lilac, and I loved it so much. The brush on this nail polish make for a very easy application. Just check out the result!

Finally, Ipsy sent me a $17 palette sample in my $10 bag, which had me intrigued to try it. I discovered Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics, and their Neapolitan Palette. This is a limited edition palette, that includes hues to enhance the eyes, with a base, highlight, and contour shade included. Check out the pigmentation on these babies. I will probably be grabbing for these colors more often than not during the Fall season.IMG_0523

With everything I was sent this month, quality and price wise, I was pleasantly content. This is why I love Ipsy so much, because you get to try items that might have been costlier on their own, but yet only pay a minimum fee for a few more items included as well. Make sure to check Ipsy out, if you like to save on money, while receiving all new products each month to try out.

Thanks so much for reading, and enjoy the rest of your August!

Products Listed

Ipsy Bag Subscription

It Haircare 12-In-One Amazing Leave-In Treatment

This Works in-transit camera close-up

OFRA Cosmetics x @DupeThat “You Glow Girl” Highlighter

Ciate London Paint Pot in Dangerous Affair/Spinning Teacups

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Neapolitan Palette

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow vs. Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation Demo + Review

22 Aug
Hey there!
This is an interesting video post, because I’ll be comparing and contrasting the original L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, along with the new Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation.
I’ve worn the original Pro-Matte for almost two years now off and on, and found that I had to mix it with other products in order to achieve the effect I wanted. Meanwhile, the Pro-Glow has total different attributes, and I’ll expose them today.
If you’re someone with oily skin, and wants to try this foundation out because of your love for the matte one, I suggest you watch this video in its entirety, and find out my results. They just may surprise you!
For more reviews such as these, be the first to see them when you subscribe to my channel!

Products Listed

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in Creamy Natural

L’Oreal Infallbile Pro-Matte Foundation in Shell Beige

L’Oreal Voluminous Voxbox Review + Demo

15 Aug
Hey everyone!
Today’s blog post is all about my L’Oreal Voxbox that I received for FREE thanks to Influenster. I could go in depth about Influenster on this post, but if you’re truly curious to find out how you too can earn a chance to receive your own Voxbox, then check this post out.
I was able to try not just one, but SIX different products by L’Oreal Paris, and was fortunate enough to create a look using all of them for you guys on my YouTube channel! I love when I’m able to demonstrate any product for the first time on my channel, because my audience gets to see how the products perform for themselves before making any type of purchase.
So if you want to know which ones are worth it, and which ones you can skip out on, make sure you watch my demo below. Also subscribe to my YouTube channel for more product demos coming up in the near future. Thanks so much for reading and watching!

Products Mentioned

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit

L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris Beach

L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Pain Au Chocolat

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Liner

L’Oreal Voluminous Primer

L’Oreal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara

Walmart Summer 2016 Beauty Box Review

8 Aug

Hey guys!

It’s time for another Walmart Beauty Box review, and this time for the Summer of 2016! I received some of my favorite products of all time, along with not so great ones. If you don’t know about the Walmart Beauty Box, I explain it at the beginning of all of my reviews for those unfamiliar with it.

My opinions are solely mine, and no one pays me for them, therefore they are 100% honest. Remember, what doesn’t work for me, might be working for you!

So please check it out for yourselves, and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

July Ipsy Glam Bag Review

25 Jul

Hey there!

July’s Glam Bag was lovely! The theme was “Hot Summer Nights” and I didn’t really get why the bag went with the theme. It’s silver, with small prints of asterisk stars and a half moon around it. I guess the retro silver background, added a party feel to it. The items in my bag just keep getting better and better, and this month, I got to try some new products that just hit the market as well!

Recently, BareMinerals came out with a matte liquid lipstick line, and I received a mini size one in the shade Swag. The formula is very mousey, and light weight. Swag is a very cool-toned pink, and goes great with almost every look. If you can see the comparison, I also received my first eyeshadow by TheBalm Cosmetics from their Meet Matt(e) Trimoney line in Matt Kumar.

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Matt Kumar is completely matte, and extremely rich, so it’s very easy to apply more than you would like to. I suggest building this color up, because of its extreme pigmentation. I think the maroon tone to it is beautiful, and makes it ideal for everyday wear in the day time, as well as create a dramatic brick colored smokey eye in the night time.

Jumping into the skincare items I received, I will be passing one on, as I don’t like to use trial moisturizers too much because I never know how my skin is going to react. You can expect to see the Skyn Iceland The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion listed on my Poshmark and Mercari boutiques! The Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask was actually nice.

Though the beads never melt completely, the mask is relatively scentless, and soft on the skin. It is recommended for night time use, because it claims to cause redness. I didn’t notice much redness, then again I’ve only had it on for 10 minutes at a time. I will continue to use it, and see how much I end up liking it. I do love the tube it comes in, making it the perfect trial mask for travel!

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The most surprising item I received, that I thought wouldn’t be my favorite but is, is the Sedona Lace EB 13 Blender brush. Wow, this brush completely blends like the magic wand it is. I would say it’s the best blending brush I own now. I love how big it is, and even how it looks aesthetically. The bristles are synthetic, and the black and purple gradient is gorgeous. I hope to one day own more Sedona Lace brushes, because from the brush that I received, I can tell they’re amazing quality!

Guys, I can’t stress enough that each month Ipsy keeps getting better and better as far as the items they send me. If you’d like to sign up to receive quality brand samples/full sized items, for just $10, be sure to use my link. Thanks so much for reading, and hope you’ve all enjoyed your own bags this month!

Products Listed

Ipsy Bag Subscription

TheBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow in Matt Kumar

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Swag

Sedona Lace Synthetic Blender EB 13

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask

Skyn Iceland The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion

2016 Summer Bath & Body Works Candle Haul

18 Jul

Hey everyone!

I’m excited to share with you my first BBW haul video! I have made blog posts in the past about my purchases at BBW, but this time I get into an in-depth review on each candle I purchased during their semi-annual sale in early June.

I’ve tried all of these candles out since purchasing. I also discuss what they’ve claimed to do, and how I rate them each. So if you’re thinking about purchasing any candles at BBW this summer, you should really check this one out.

Make sure to subscribe and give it a like if you’d like to see more videos like this featured on my channel. Have a wonderful week!

 

Products Mentioned

Oahu Coconut Sunset 3-Wick Candle

White Tea & Ginger 3-Wick Candle

Sugared Peony Petals Mini Candle

London Tea & Lemon Mini Candle

Endless Weekend Mini Candle

New York Beautiful Day Mini Candle

Lemon Mint Tea Mini Candle

White Gardenia Mini Candle

Urban Decay Spectrum Palette + Gwen Stefani Lipstick Review/Demo

1 Jul

Hey makeup lovers!

I got to test out the Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow palette, as well as the Gwen Stefani Lipstick in Bright Red! Granted, these were both on sale at a fair price, so I suggest you guys check out the description box on my channel of this video for more details to see if the sale is still on!

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I demonstrated how the pigmentation, durability, and application of these products were in the video, and also have been testing out these products prior to filming, to get a sense of my final opinion. I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial/review, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Thanks so much for watching!

June Ipsy Glam Bag Review

24 Jun

Hey guys!

I’m finally back with another Ipsy Glam Bag review. I know I skipped out on last month’s but I am SO excited for June’s bag. I was instantly ecstatic when I saw the type of products I was receiving which were a highlighter, concealer, eyeliner, makeup remover, and an eyeshadow. How perfect does that combo sound?

June’s Glam Bag theme is “Rebel Rebel”, and features a graffiti style art print on the bag. If I were in middle school, I’d probably be feeling this bag a little more than I do. It’s a fun and creative way for Ipsy to get original prints, as the bag does say Ipsy on it at least. I’ll probably be passing the bag along, but don’t expect me to hand out the products, because they are truly bomb.com this month!

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Urban Decay graced Ipsy with its presents in this month’s bag, and included the eyeshadow in the shade Lounge, which is a reddish-brown topped with teal-green shimmer. What’s so neat about this shadow, is that I noticed it had a metallic texture to it, and in the light the teal is reflected, but in normal lighting it looks like a brown shadow. It’s buildable, and would work best with a primer. I have yet to try this shadow with a wet brush for a foiled effect, but I’m so sure it would be gorgeous. Definitely going to use this to create some smokey looks!

I am running out of my Sephora Makeup Remover Water, so when I received the Klorane Floral Water Remover with Cornflower, I was relieved to say the least. It came in a nice sized sample, which usually is all I need for a long time. This product claims to be a 3-in-1 micellar cleanser, toner and eye make-up remover, and should be gentle on the face. Makeup was instantly removed, without any struggle or tugging of the skin and my skin felt smooth afterwards, with no oil residuals. I’m glad I own a trial sized to use on my eyes, because that’s what I usually use anyways!

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The Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Eyeliner in Black is super creamy, and perfect for creating dramatic looks. It’s claimed to work as an eyeshadow, and in your water line while blending in nicely. I found it works best in the waterline for me, and I’m sure if you smudge it on the top lid, it will make for a great base for a smoked out look. It’s for sure going to come in handy in my future tutorials as well!

You can never have too many concealers, especially one you can use for multiple purposes. I got the Boo-Boo Baby Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer in the shade, and it claims to cover up dark circles, bug bites, scars, wounds, acne and more. While that’s a nice concept, it also has properties such as green tea, chamomile, and aloe vera to help heal any rough blemishes you might have. Speaking of bruises, I happened to have had a huge one just as my June Glam Bag arrived. I was excited (not about the bruise) to use this concealer on it, in order to truly test out the product’s claims. Take a look for yourselves at my results. Almost completely covered!

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Finally, when I saw I was receiving a baked highlighter from Ipsy, I was a bit hesitant. The last baked highlighter I got was from Be a Bombshell Cosmetics, and that was a total fail. So after trying out the Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Illuminating Baked Highlighter in Bellisima, I preferred this one much better. It also reminded me so much of the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso!

This shade is a rose gold shimmer with an icy finish. Being someone who loves bold highlighter all over my face (yes I’m that girl), I was going to write this one off, when I realized, this makes for a wonderful blush. This is in no way a true highlighter, and yet I can still appreciate that.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag review, and if you’d like to join as well, there’s always the links below. Enjoy your day!

Products Listed

Ipsy Bag Subscription

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fireball or Lounge

Klorane Floral Water Make-up Remover with Soothing Cornflower

Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Eyeliner in Black

Boo-Boo Baby Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Illuminating Baked Highlighter in Bellisima

Walmart Spring 2016 Beauty Box Review

13 Jun

Hey everyone!

It’s about that time to give my two cents on the last Beauty Box of 2015 from Walmart, their Winter Beauty Box! Now if you’re unfamiliar with the Walmart Beauty Box subscription, let me fill you in real quick.

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Its $5 for four boxes a year, and these boxes are marked by season starting with Spring, Summer, and then into Fall and Winter. In total, you’ll spend $20 in subscription boxes for each season. I’ll have the link below along with the information of all the other products mentioned in this box.

My initial thoughts and product reviews can be viewed on my YouTube channel. I wanted to do a recorded review, rather than an unboxing, as I’ve had ample time to try these products out already.

Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!

Products Listed

Walmart Beauty Box Subscription

Burt’s Bees BB Cream with SPF 15 in Light/Medium

Curel Itch Defense Body Wash

Colgate Optic Platinum White 3 Day Express Toothpaste

Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser

John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer

CeraVe Healing Ointment

 

23andMe.com DNA Genetic Test Review

10 Jun

Hey guys,

Ready for a detailed post all about me? Well, about my genetics at least. I felt this experience was a fun one, and to learn about myself, is the best gift I felt I could have given myself. So what did I do? I ordered a DNA Test Kit!

I ordered a genetic DNA test kit from a company called 23andMe for $199 a few months back. With 23andMe, you’re able to identify what traits you have, what genetic health markers you possess, as well as examine your ancestry back to around 500 years ago.

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So the initial process begins when they send you’re your testing kit. Something a lot of people hesitate to do when they first receive it, is to register it. I would SUGGEST to go online before even beginning to put your DNA sample into the kit, and register the bar code number to your account.

Once the kit is sealed, you can no longer see the bar code. It was a relatively easy process, and the package already came with a return shipping label. It didn’t take the labs long to receive my specimen, but what did take long is the entire test analysis in general.

When I first ordered the kit, the wait time to receive your results was around 6-8 weeks. Due to popular demand, this wait limit has been increased to 9-12 weeks. Who would have thought all of these 23andMe commercials, would have business booming? I guess it’s a catch twenty-two, because great marketing can lead to higher sales, but when you can’t deliver at the promised time anymore, customers are bound to get impatient.

General

I finally received my results at the 9-week mark, and I was surprised to say the least. My results showed I was everything, but of Asian descent. I have African, European, and Native American ancestry genetics, which I found to be fascinating. Being of Hispanic ethnicity, I found this was helpful in order to understand what it means to be Hispanic/Latino genetically.

I was also able to piece the puzzle together. My ancestors come from everywhere to the Caribbean islands such as Cuba and the Dominican Republic, all the way to Southern Europe, along with a bit of Northern Europe, such as French from one of my great, great, great grandmothers. It just made me realize what a small world this is.

Ancestry Results

The Native American is only 1%, but this 1% is significant, and I’ll tell you why. A Haplogroup is the group of ancestor’s where your mother’s, mother’s, mother originated from. Basically all of the females on your mother’s side have the same Haplogroup. My Haplogroup turns out to be part of the B4’5 group, and my subgroup was B2. That means one of my female great grandmother ancestors on my mother’s side was Native American.

Many other people around the world can share a Haplogroup and never have met. This is because at one point in time, we all stemmed from the same woman. This Native American woman was the true root of why we are here today. I did some research on 23andMe and found that others with my same Haplogroup are of Mexican and South American descent due to common migration patterns.

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Since most of my family ended up in the Caribbean from Europe, it’s clear that someone strayed in the pattern of migration, and it could have been one of this woman’s female children. Very awesome to know where the women on my mother’s side originated from.

A while ago, 23andMe got into some trouble for exposing whether or not a person is genetically predisposed to have certain autoimmune diseases, and even cancer. The technology to determine whether or not you can develop diseases such as Alzheimer’s DOES exist, but the FDA doesn’t want people to know (surprise).

Carrier Status Report

So after the FDA and 23andMe had their altercation, they were able to come to an agreement on what genetically predisposed disease 23andMe can disclose to their customers. I was fortunate to learn of the diseases listed on their website, I had no variant genes. As far as that list goes, I’m a healthy girl.

What’s cool about continuing to log on to 23andMe, is your contribution to research. If you give your consent to let them create case studies by comparing your DNA to you answers, you could be contributing to their top research motives such as major diseases, and if certain traits are linked to a certain gender, ethnicity, or race.

Insights

I did opt-in, and now I am able to take survey’s and help contribute information to their labs. I find that the questions are really neat too, as sometimes they ask me things that I already knew about myself, but didn’t expect them to through my DNA sample.

In retrospect, I’m happy I did this DNA genetic test. I haven’t had experiences with other companies such as Ancestry, but from the research I’ve done on my own, I learned that 23andMe.com is the best choice to discover a variety of information about yourself, and not just in the general aspect. If you’ve been looking for the right DNA genetic test, I highly recommend this one.

Have you guys done any genetic testing for yourselves? I hope you’ve found this read helpful, and have a great day!

Products Mentioned

Genetic Ancestry DNA Test from 23andMe.com

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