Sephora Birthday Gift 2017 (Tarte)

I picked up the Sephora birthday gift the other day and I was super excited because it was my first time picking up their birthday freebie. I chose the Tarte set because I’m not really into skincare and I’ve always wanted to try out some Tarte products.

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Sephora Tarte Birthday set

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L to R: Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit, Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty

The two samples included are a liquid lipstick and a blush. They’re both universally flattering warm, nude peach shades. The blush, Paaarty, is a new shade. I’ve never tried the blushes before, I was surprised by what a dry texture it has. Paaarty is matte and strongly pigmented. It’s a very muted shade. I love how versatile and natural looking it is, I’m not normally a blush girl.

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The Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Birthday suit is a dark, muted apricot. It’s a nice, safe nude for fair to medium skin tones. It never fully dries down so I’m not crazy about this formula. I prefer liquid lipsticks to dry down to a smudge-proof finish. It’s a very emollient mousse-y formula and does not feel drying on the lips. I like it enough but I would not repurchase it.

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Tarte Birthday Suit on my lips

I’m glad I picked this up, it gives me hope for future Tarte purchases! Let me know your favorite Tarte products below!

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In the Dressing Room: Lovesick

Y’all, Lovesick is closing. It might be temporary but as of now, there is no certain set date for their (potential) return. I’m so sad, I’ve barely had the chance to buy anything from them! I just made an order online, but I thought I’d post these photos from my very first Lovesick trip a couple months ago. As a short plus-sized person, it’s often hard to picture what clothing will look like on me when the model is a tall, amazonian warrior woman and I look like a rolypoly. I hope this helps someone out, rolypoly or not. The bralettes are still available, but the other items might be buried in clearance in-store only. Either way, if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, get yourself over to their website and buy something!

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I wear a size 14 in bottoms and a 1X in tops. I can sometimes fit into L/XL straight-sized clothing, depending on the fabric or cut. I am apple-shaped, I carry most of my weight in my belly, thighs and upper arms. I am 5′ 2″ and have a short torso. I wear a 36 DDD.

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Sweater: H&M Divided size medium (it’s supposed to be oversized) Β  Β Jeans: size 16, the legs are very baggy but the waist fits comfortably

In this photo, I was a bit heavier than I am now. Size 14 fit correctly on my legs but too tight in the belly so I’m wearing size 16 jeans. Now I can fit comfortably into a size 14 and 1X sits right on my belly and arms.

Bras

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Lovesick racerback bralette in size 1

This bralette fit really nicely, it was comfortable and secure. The longline part didn’t roll up while moving around and my chest didn’t look too low.

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Lovesick racerback bralette in size 1

The only problem I had with it was how low it went down on my back, it almost felt like a crop top. I feel like with jeans that aren’t so high-waisted in the back this will actually be comfortable. I was definitely interested in buying this one.

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Lovesick halter bralette in size 1

I had some trouble finding the right size in this bralette. Size 1 felt too loose, too big, and unsupportive. It didn’t feel like it fit right on my torso, the cups were really low and made my boobs look like sad little mounds on my chest. The halter strap was too long so it didn’t pull them up to a normal height.

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Lovesick halter bralette in size 1

The back was loose and shifted around as I moved, it offered no support. It also felt too low on my back.

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Lovesick halter bralette in size 0

The next size down was sold out in black so I tried on the cream version. The band felt like it was sitting correctly on my torso, it wasn’t loose and felt like it would actually have supported my boobs if the rest had fit right. This halter strap was shorter but still didn’t fit my body. The cups were still way too roomy on me, you can see where the bottom part of my breast is and how far down the cups go.

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Lovesick halter bralette in size 0

From the side, you can really see how empty the bottom of the cup is on me. The top of my thumbnail is where the top of the band starts on the front of the bralette. You can also see that the band isn’t too snug, it fits just right.

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Lovesick halter bralette in size 00

Lastly, I tried the 00 on for size. The cups fit perfectly, the halter was lifting me up nicely. I wasn’t spilling out of the cup and my boobs were being held at a good height for my torso.

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Lovesick halter bralette in size 00

The band was definitely cutting into me and spotlighting my back fat. It rolled up in the front and pinched in the back.

If you have a short torso and carry most of your weight in your mid-section, this bralette is probably not for you. Keep looking for that elusive one.

Tops

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Lovesick lace up shirt in size 1

I picked this shirt up because I wanted to run with the trendy lace up look and had yet to see it in my size. That’s what I love about Lovesick, that they make actually fashionable, trendy clothing! I liked how the sleeves fit, the stretch of the material was really flattering to them.

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Close up of the shirt + top of halter bra

I ended up getting this shirt and while I really like it, the rivets came out after 2 washes so either baby your clothes or be wary. Honestly, I should probably baby my clothes more, I just throw everything in the wash and hope for the best.

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Lovesick cutout t-shirt in size 1

I didn’t like this shirt, it was too drapey and tent-like. It was just a weird cut on me. I liked how the sleeves fit and the placement of the cutouts, I’d never seen dainty cutouts there.

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This shirt just made me look bigger than I am. A-line shirts are very hit or miss for me.

Dress

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Lovesick mauve dress in size 1

This dress was huge one me. It was the very first item I picked out to try on, I loved the color. Nothing about this dress was right on me; it was too long, too loose, too wide.

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showing where my waist actually is

These were all the items I tried on a few months ago, I put off trying their jeans and bottoms until I had more money and now they’re closing. Thankfully I have more spendable money now so I can try a few other items in their range until they possibly go away forever. Why does this always happen? I did end up being two shirts this trip, I just can’t find pictures of the other shirt. It was a striped jersey t-shirt, it was very cute and gave me 70s vibes so I had to snatch it up. I’m going to try and go to the physical store near me one last time but in the mean time, I’m super excited for my order to come in.

Have you tried Lovesick? Are you upset that they’re closing? Let me know in the comments below! 😊

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Weekly Nail Polish Challenge + January Week 1 Check In

During 2016 I tried my best to use every single one of my nail polishes but I had wayyyy more than I realized so I’m going to continue going through my collection in 2017. The last time I counted I had well over 100 nail polishes so I still have a ways to go.Β I wear 1-2 nail polishes a week, every week. Last year I wore a few for more than a week just out of sheer laziness. I also took a week off once because my nails felt super ridge-y and fragile. That was before I started a nail care routine and I haven’t had that problem since.

I painted my nails around 11pm New Year’s Eve so the first polish of 2017 was technically carried off over from 2016. Whatever, I still count OPI By the Light of the Moon as my last 2016 mani.

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Sally Hansen “Jaded” + a lettuce bowl of pasta

For the first week of 2017 I wore a light sea foam jade color, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Jaded. My boyfriend randomly bought this shade for me and it looked so pretty in the bottle. At first glance it looks like an average creme, but it’s actually a sheer jelly and takes a lot of layers to get full opacity. I stopped at three and I still had visible smile lines and some slightly patchy coverage. I suggest wearing white underneath to get the look in the bottle. I love the Complete Salon Manicure formula, they last so long and so well. That thumb shot is after 6 days of wear with NO topcoat. Yeah, I almost don’t believe myself either. I had some minor chips on my index fingers and minimal tip wear on the rest of my fingers.

Would I wear this again?

Hell yeah, I LOVE this color.

Would I recommend it?

Pretty much. The formula is a little work and you should probably wear underwear with it (especially if your nails are even a little bit yellow).

Have you tried Jaded? What’s your favorite Sally Hansen formula? Let me know in the comments below!

Colourpop Holiday Collection Review

Hello, guys! I’ve been trying to cut back on purchasing makeup. I know, I know, so what am I doing buying makeup anyway? I’ve only been buying stuff I really think is unique. There were two shades from the Now Playing collection that really interested me, the Supershock Shadow called Tinsel and the Ultra Matte Lip called Wild Nothing.

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Colourpop Supershock Shadow in Tinsel (LE)

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Tinsel (LE)Β 

Tinsel is so unique, a lilac mauve with silver shimmer. I don’t have anything even remotely similar to it. I feel like it really brings out my brown eyes. It builds up in a swipe or two, and blends nicely.

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CP Koosh all over lid & inner corner, CP Tinsel in crease, Β CP Wild Nothing on lips.

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Colourpop Koosh

Koosh is a limited edition rerelease, it originally launched in the fall of 2015. It’s been an everyday staple for me since last year, it is the most metallic champagne I’ve ever seen. It seriously looks like liquid foil on your lids. It lasts FOREVER, too.

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Colourpop CrimperΒ 

Crimper is also a limited edition rerelease from last fall’s Forever Freshman collection. It’s available as part of the Peachy Keen value set. It’s not my favorite, it’s a little prone to fallout. According to the website it’s a metallic finish (which it is), but it feels more like a shadow topper. You have to really build up the shade to get a solid color, I’m not sure if it’s a problem with the pigmentation or the formula itself. It feels dustier than other Supershock shadows. Crimper is a nice color but I feel like I have better gold shadows.

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L to R: Tinsel, Koosh, Crimper

I absolutely love Tinsel and Koosh, you should definitely pick them up if you love metallic eyeshadows. Colourpop usually hits it out of the park with their metallic shadows and these two are no exception. I would recommend Crimper if you like a more subtle metallic. The number 1 product I wanted to recommend was the Ultra Matte Lip in Wild Nothing but it has sadly sold out in both the value set and single item. It’s really smooth and not at all drying, a very flattering muted burgundy. They usually bring back popular items, though, so there’s a chance it may be available in the future.

Have you picked up any of Colourpop’s holiday collection? Any of these colors calling your name? Let me know in the comments below!

5 Fall Nail Polishes

Hello, everyone! I have not been posting as much because I’m in my yearly fall funk, you can read about how I’ve been dealing with it here. Anyway, now that the fall season is coming to an end, here are some of my favorite fall shades I have to wedge into the last real month of autumn.

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L to R: Color Club, Essie, Pixi Beauty, China Glaze, Aila Cosmetics

Don’t you love how two of these are basically the same color, just different finishes?

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Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi

1.) Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi: A beautiful mustard yellow creme. Took 3 coats to even out streaks, I still think it’s worth it as it’s a fairly unique color.

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Essie Playing Koi

2.) Essie Playing Koi: A burnt pumpkin creme. Part of the Fall 2016 LE collection, it’s a beautiful color. It reminds me of piles of leaves and pumpkin pie. ❀️

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Pixi Beauty Olive Gold

3.) Pixi Beauty Olive Gold:Β  A slightly metallic olive green with a gold sheen. I love how ‘lit from within’ this color looks. Β The formula is a little hard to work with, it doesn’t build well.

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China Glaze Soft Sienna Silks

4.) China Glaze Soft Sienna Silks: A warm metallic copper. This formula is super thin and easy to work with, a solid two-coater. Like having pennies on your fingertips.

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Aila Cosmetics Mister Pookies

5.) Aila Cosmetics Mister Pookies: A blackened cool plum. A moodier, sexier color for fall. It’s super shiny and 8-free.

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I’ve managed to wear almost all of these this fall season, I’m hoping to squeeze in Je Ne Sais Quoi and Mister Pookies before December rolls around. That’s when all the glitters and metallics come out to play! (Except I actually rock those year round….).

What are your favorite fall polishes? Did any of these catch your eye? Let me know in the comments below! Help me build my nail polish horde even more.

Colourpop Fall Releases: Ultra Matte Lip & Super Shock Shadows Review + Swatches

Hello, everyone! If you read my last Colourpop post, I said I wouldn’t be buying anything Colourpop until they released a new lip product…cue to their September weekly fall releases and I’m weak in the knees. I caved the first week when they released the terracotta edit and I saw what seemed like the world’s most perfect burnt orange. I picked up said shade and two eyeshadows, so lets get swatchin’!

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First Impressions: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

Hello, everyone! Today I’m just sharing a short & sweet review on the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation. It’s been out for awhile now but I recently picked up a sample of it and thought I just had to share my thoughts on it.

Claims: for all skin types, sheer to medium coverage, luminous finish

Pros: delivers luminous finish, convenient packaging

Cons: formula is too wet, coverage is NOT buildable, best for dry skin

It’s funny, all of its pros come with subsequent cons. It is totally dewy, like it claims, but to a fault. It never dries down, it feels slick and wet on the face and transfers. Yes, the packaging is convenient and portable but the formula is to wet on its own, it needs to be set with powder, which isn’t always convenient to carry around. Yes, the formula is sheer but it does not build up to medium coverage. It’s sheer vs. slightly less sheer. Finally, this is definitely not for all skin types. I have oily-combination skin and this stuff made me feel like a puddle all day. Do not recommend even for combination skin types, I really feel like the only people who might enjoy this are people with dry/dehydrated skin as their skin might absorb the extra moisture, and last longer on their skin.

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@7:30am, freshly applied

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@12pm, after blotting

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@5pm, no touchups

While I like how natural & skin-like it looks, it wore away really fast. By the end of the day, all of my skin blemishes and freckles had come out to play, as well as the redness on my cheeks being visible.

I only tried this once and I’m not interested in trying it again, it just wasn’t ideal for my skin type.

Best For: dry, untextured, skin that needs low coverage

 

Have you tried the Lumi Cushion? How did it fare for you? Sound off in the comments below! πŸ™‚

Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder Review

Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for review purposes. All opinions are my own, as my other blog posts always are.Β 

Hey, guys! Today I want to talk about the new Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder. I feel like I don’t have much to say about it, but I always think that and always end up with lengthy blog posts anyway sooo…let’s get into it!

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L to R: MAC Prep + Prime, Maybelline Better Skin Powder, Sonia Kashuk KO Beauty brush

I have very mixed thoughts about this powder. Overall, I do like it but it doesn’t stay matte for long and it’s kind of expensive. The compact holds 0.32 oz of product, and costs $10.99. Rimmel Stay Matte is 0.49 oz and costs less than $4. I mean, I’m just saying. Yes, the Better Skin comes in a much nicer compact with a mirror and applicator, but I still wouldn’t pay more than $10 for it. I feel like drugstore brands are just getting ballsier and ballsier with their increasing prices. Maybe I’m just a cheapskate, though.

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Claims: “all day oil control and lasting coverage”, “achieve better looking skin in 3 weeks”*

Other: matte finish, unscented, plastic packaging, 8 shades

Pros: extremely pigmented, sturdy packaging, smooth texture, very natural matte finish, lasts through light sweating

Cons: doesn’t stay matte, small amount of product, useless applicator

Overall: I like the texture and finish of this, even though it eventually becomes a satin finish. I love how natural and skin-like it looks, it doesn’t look powdery and dry. Unfortunately, I picked the wrong color so I haven’t used it beyond about a week for review purposes. I wish it lasted more than a couple hours. I bring this with me to use the mirror for other touch ups (it’s a really nice compact), but I don’t touch up this powder. I don’t care for the sponge applicator, it applies the powder unevenly. I don’t like carrying around a huge powder brush so I can’t reapply this powder on the go. Ultimately, if I can buy this on sale or with a coupon, I will totally snatch it up. I just think $11 is pushing it a bit, especially for the small amount of product. I could save up a dollars more and buy a nice mid-end powder. This isn’t me knocking it, it’s a good powder, but the lack of longevity stops it from pushing it into the great category and making it worth those couple extra bucks.

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Wearing the shade Rich Tan.

* I didn’t touch on this in my review because…c’mon, Maybelline, who ya trying to fool?

Have you tried the new Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder? Do you think it’s worth the money? Let me know in the comments below! Β πŸ™‚

 

 

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August 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Hello, everyone! Long time, no blog. I feel like I say that at the start of every blog post but I spend forever on these blog posts trying to make them perfect, but excuses, excuses! I was very excited about the August Glam Bag from the very first sneak peek Ipsy shared, so let’s get into it, shall we?

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First sneak peek of the bag.

This is going to be a long, winded review. Skip down to the bottom for a quick overview and the products used on my face.

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August 2016: Sugar Highness

 

1.) Organic Surge Perfecting Face Polish: An organic physical exfoliant from a British cruelty-free brand, the full size (75mL) will run you $9.11 USD. I hate this stuff. It’s made from “finely ground olive stones”, which basically means large chunky pieces of olive pit. It’s very similar to those terrible St. Ives scrubs that shred your skin to bits. I only used this on my face once, the rest of the tube will be saved for rough spots of my body that can take the abrasive bits of olive pit, like my knees or elbows. Also, it’s fragrance-free but smells overwhelmingly of lemons (from the lemon oil, obvi). Pass on the product, still interested in the brand. I saw this lavender night cream and ooh….

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See the chunkiness?

2.) Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in Black Magic: A black automatic gel liner from a cruelty-free brand. The full size (maybe 0.28g?*) will set you back $14 USD. I’ve never heard of this brand but that’s usually the case with Ipsy. This eyeliner is so soft, it falls apart as I’m applying it. I’ll be sweeping it across my lash line and it’ll leave behind little chunks of eyeliner. You’re supposed to be able to smudge it for about 10 seconds but I found that it doesn’t smudge beyond a certain point, it doesn’t blend further away from the original smudge (if that makes ANY sense at all). I didn’t like this on my lower lashline, even smudged it looked too harsh. It is super pigmented, though, I will give it that.

*I can’t find any information on the brand’s website about this, so this measurement comes from the Ipsy website. I THINK this sample might be full sized but sometimes it’s hard to tell with pencil eyeliners.
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Smudged on the left.

3.) NYX Born to Glow Illuminator in Gleam: A pink toned liquid highlighter from a cruelty-free brand, the full size (18 mL) costs $7.50 USD. I was super excited when I saw this in the bag because I’ve always wanted to try these. I really liked the texture of this and how easily it spread without disturbing my foundation. This shade isn’t very flattering on me because of how cool-toned it is. It’s an easy shimmer with no messy glitter, good for someone who wants to highlight without making a fuss.

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NYX Born to Glow Illuminator in Gleam

4.) Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye: Β A mousse-y liquid lipstick from a cruelty-free brand, the full size (8 mL?*) retails for $22 USD. I was very pleasantly surprised by this shade, I thought it would be too cool-toned for me but it pulls more neutral on me. It’s described as a mauve nude** but on me it looks like a muted rose pink with an undercurrent of plum. Not at all what I was expecting from the tube. The formula is really creamy and never really dries down, it’s not transfer proof at all. That being said I actually really like this product. It’s very moisturizing and the color lasts a long time on my lips, about 4-6 hours. It didn’t bleed out of my lip line; it does leave a stain behind when it wears away.

*Again, could not find measurement on brand’s website, took it instead from the Ipsy website because I am pretty sure the sample is full size, too. Trust Fund Beauty nail polish samples are always full sized.
**The mauve nude color description for K, Bye comes from Ipsy’s website, Trust Fund Beauty’s website describes it as “dusty dessert rose, with a hint of brown”. Yes, that typo is really on their site. I don’t find either color description accurate so….

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5.) Sally’s BoxΒ Secret Garden Ampoule Masks: Two Korean two-step face sheet masks, Olive Oil/Camellia Oil. So far I’ve only tried the olive oil mask and I LOVED it. It left my skin feeling soooo baby soft, I actually think I’m going to purchase these. I have oily-combination skin and these weren’t oily in the slightest, or overly hydrating. The little ampoule in the first step is plenty for your full face and the sheet mask in step two stays on very well. The mask seriously covers your entire face, it even extended into my hairline and covered about half of my upper lip. Way to cover your bases, Sally. The mask is super drenched in goo but oh, that goo. It has a very slight olive oil scent to it, which I found pleasing.

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Friday the 13th vibes, amirite? Also LOL @ my 1 painted nail.

I’m in love with this mask so I’m gonna keep going. The packaging is super cute, and feels sturdy and secure. I like that the two steps are conveniently together and the packaging rips nicely, which is great when you’ve got them sticky fingers. The instructions are in English on the back as well, thankfully. I would have had no idea what to do otherwise (what internet?).

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Side note: Could not find any info regarding whether or not this brand is cruelty-free.

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Okay, so maybe you scrolled past the majority of this picture heavy post and want a TL;DR version?

1.) Stay away. // 2.) Eh, pass. // 3.) Good for beginners, simple & affordable. // 4.) Doesn’t dry down but super creamy and longlasting. // 5.) LOVE, buying a 3 pack rn.

The first 4 products reviewed are cruelty-free.

I really loved this month’s bag design but wish 1 side wasn’t completely plain. What gives, Michelle Phan?

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Using the eyeliner on my lower lashline only, the highlight on my cheeks, and the liquid lipstick.

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Side view trying to capture the subtle glow from the NYX Born to Glow.

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Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye

So what did you think of this month’s Ipsy bag? Love or hate this month’s theme? Did we get any of the same samples? Let me know in the comments below! πŸ™‚

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