Friday, June 28, 2013

June 2013 Ipsy Bag

Cutting it close posting this so late.  It almost isn't June!  Can you believe that?  I can't believe the year is almost half over!

The theme this month was Into the Wild.  But other than the bag, I didn't think the products really fit with this theme.  Anyway, as you can see, the bag is a leopard print with neon yellow accents.  Personally, I'm not a fan of this bag and I feel like I'm the only one, lol.  I've watched a few review videos and everyone seems to loooove this bag.  I like leopard print and I like neon, but I just don't seem to like them together.  Oh well.

My bag came with 5 items this month: false eyelashes, a Chella highlighter pencil, a glitter cream palette, a Starlooks lip pencil, and a NYX Mosaic Powder.  The eyelashes I got are in style 747M and are quite natural looking, which I like.  I don't wear false lashes all that much, but when I do, I do prefer natural looking ones.  

The Chella highlighter pencil came in the shade Ivory Lace.  It seems like everyone who received this in their bag got the same shade.  But I checked the Chella website and they do have their highlighter pencil in two other shades, one called Cinnamon, for dark skin tones, and one called Latte, for medium skin tones.  I'm not really a fan of beauty subscriptions sending face products that have to match the color of your face.  I know we filled out a survey to let them know what skin tone we are, but that doesn't mean it's going to match us because we have different undertones.  Anyway, back on topic...The next product is...

My least liked product.  This is the Sparkling Cream Palette.  I got the one in Volta, and would have preferred the other more neutral one.  But even if I had received the more neutral one, I would probably still not like this product.  When I first saw this, I thought it was cream glitter eyeshadow palette, but actually, the company cautions against using this around the eye.  

After swatching it, I definitely recommend keeping it away from the eyes.  Some of the glitters are quite big and might cause major problems were they to fall into your eyes.  These were kind of dry when I swatched them, and they became messy quickly.  You have to dig past the top layer of glitter to actually get any creamy texture.  This product is basically a clear gel with glitter, and it did not apply well with a finger.  Most of it stayed on my finger and did not transfer to my hand, where I wanted it.  I did the swatches above with Q-Tips and had the same experience, a lot of the product stayed on the Q-Tip instead of transferring to my arm.  I think the second and third glitters swatched pretty well, but overall it's very disappointing product.   I don't know what to do with this one, but I know I'm probably not going to use it.  :(

And just wanted to show that I hit pan already, from just swatching, lol.

Another product I received was the Starlooks lip pencil in Bare.  I know other people got some other colors, like a pink and a coral, which were pretty, but I'm happy I got this one.  It's a rosy nude color, like a my lips but better color.  I've been looking for a lip pencil like this, so I'm really excited to give this a try.

And my last product is the NYX Mosaic Powder in Truth.  I numbered it so you know which swatch goes with what.  Honestly, I was hoping for a NYX blush instead.  I'm not a fan of shimmery bronzer and this one looks like it's going to be orangey on my skin.  But I'll give it a try and see how it goes...

Even though this bag had some good products, it's a bit disappointing compared to the past few bags I've received recently.  Still I think it's a great value for the $10 I paid for this bag.

Also, I wanted to say sorry it's been 3 weeks since I last posted.  I wasn't feeling well for a while, and I've found out that I have a serious health issue.  So I'm dealing with that now, but I'm still going to try and post at least once a week...hopefully more!  Until next time~

Friday, June 7, 2013

SWATCH: Zoya - Blu

Third time's the charm!  The first time I tried to swatch this, the pictures came out tinted green. >.<;  The second time, fuzzies (from I don't know where) seemed to be get stuck in the polish on my fingers while I was applying top coat.  That was frustrating, but it finally looks like it's going to work out!

I received Zoya Blu in my May ipsy bag and was really happy because it was one of the colors I've wanted since the Lovely collection was released.

I feel like I've had a big influx of light blues like this to my polish collection lately, but that doesn't stop this from being a pretty color.  Even though it's not that unique of a color, I still like it.  Application was okay.  I had a bit of a problem with streaking and the polish did not self-level, but I fixed that with a coat of Seche Vite (my mani saver!).  I used 2 coats of polish and 1 coat of polish for the swatch.

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