Saturday, May 14, 2016

April Favorites!

This favorites post is kind of late, but better late than never!
Each month has been flying by, and April came and went too! This month I liked so many new things! Since it was the Sephora VIB sale I got some awesome new things that I have fallen in love with!

I finally used my Hourglass Ambient Bronzer, and I am beyond happy I picked it up during the sale! It adds the perfect tanned glow to my skin. I am so glad I picked it up in my VIB sale haul. If you are a beginner to bronzer like myself this is perfect. I heard the Too Faced 'Sweet Tea' bronzer is pretty similar so I might have to pick it up for a similarity post!

This month I loved 3 different highlights! The first one I loved was a rekindled love, and it was my BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in 'Champage Pop'. This highlighter is a collaboration with Jaclyn Hill, and it is so beautiful. It is the perfect light gold highlight. I am skeptical to see how it looks when I am darker, but for the moment I am loving it! It was limited edition when it first came out but it's now permanent which is great because it is really loved! My next highlight favorite is a new one. It is the highlight trio by City Colors Cosmetics. It came in my ipsy bag and surprisingly it is so amazing! I did a review on it in my April ipsy bag review, so I won't talk too much on it, but it is so great. It's 3 colors, and super thin which makes it the most ideal highlight to travel with! To read my other review on it, click here. And my last highlight favorite has been my Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kit in 'That Glow'. I also have a review on this highlight kit, so read it here. It is amazing, and I really recommend it. Even if you get the kit in 'Gleam' it is such a great value. I have seen preview pictures of another kit coming out, and I really want it too! So far from what I have seen it looks great!

I have slowly been becoming more and more obsessed with blush palettes, and because I missed out on the Tarte holiday blush palette as soon as I saw the tarteist blush palette was released I bought it immediately! I am so glad I picked up this palette because the blush shades are all so beautiful. All of the colors look great on my skin which is amazing because in most palettes there is always one color that I hate. Not in this one! The blushes are super pigmented and you only need to tap your brush in ever so gently. I love the hot pink packaging! It is my favorite color, and really convenient for travel. Go grab it if you don't have it already because it is limited edition!

Matte eyeshadows aren't usually my thing, but I wanted to have some more matte shadows in my collection to use as transitions shades. I decided on the Too Faced Natural Matte palette, and it is the best! It has the right amount of cool and warm matte shades so it's versatile!

I have been wanting to try out more brands that are less talked about on YouTube and one I decided on was Ciate. They are known for their awesome nail polishes, but they also make makeup. I grabbed a lipstick from the brand, and it is in collaboration with Olivia Palermo. I bought the Satin Kiss Lipstick in 'Praline'. I plan on having a full review on the Ciate brand makeup, so I won't get too much into this. But if you haven't tried it, I recommend it!

With all the online orders I make I get more samples than one person actually needs. I am so late to the bandwagon because I literally never hear anyone speak about this primer anymore, it is the Urban Decay Primer Potion. It is in the original formula. I love it so much!! I had been strictly using my NYX eyeshadow base but I am slowly liking it less and I found this sample in my collection. I am glad I started using it because it doesn't feel sticky on my lids. I noticed that primers that feel sticky on my lids tend to make my eyeshadows skip when I apply them. With the primer potion it doesn't skip at all and goes on smoothly. I will probably buy the full size when I run out of my sample!

And the last thing I have been loving is the L'Oreal Brow Stylist Definer. I saw this and got really excited because I already love the brow mascara by L'Oreal, so I figured I would love this too. It is so amazing! The spooly at the end is perfect for brushing out my brows before I fill them in. The actual product is so great too. It is very pigmented, and easily glides on to make my eyebrows look darker, and more defined. I thought at first I wouldn't be that great at filling in my brows, but the tiny pencil makes it really easy, and I love that. I haven't ever tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz, but with this affordable, amazing product I don't plan on it! I just plan on using this great brow pencil!

What did you love in the month of May? I always love to know for recommendations on things I should try! Let me know!

xo, Amy

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Makeup Masterclass by Rae Morris

This was my very first time ordering from Beautylish, and I must say I am very impressed! Not only is it speedy it is also free with purchases over $35! Even if you don't spend $35 shipping is only $5. So that altogether is a huge plus for me!
With Beautylish you can opt in for text alerts regarding your package, so I got texts of when they received my order, when it shipped, and when it was delivered. I love that! It made me feel really valued as a customer. Another great service with Beautylish is after I received my order an employee from Beautylish texted me asking me how I was enjoying my order, and even told me I could text her anytime to ask her questions. It was so helpful because I asked her about some other stuff I ordered (review coming soon!).
My first order I placed was for the Rae Morris Makeup Masterclass. I saw this book on trendmood's snap chat and instantly fell in love. It might is the most beautiful book I own. I call it my makeup bible because it has so much detailed information plus gorgeous pictures. It is helpful as I navigate through my makeup obsession. I think even if you are a makeup artist you can benefit from this book because of all the information and knowledge Rae Morris shares. The book costs $55 which sounds expensive, but considering how big it is it's worth it. The book is quite large in size, but also volume. It has close to 500 colored pages in it! Impressive!
 I haven't read through the whole book yet, but I hope I can improve my makeup skills from reading, and practicing. And I love the images in this book so much I hope it inspires me for my future goals and dreams in life.
Also with my order I got two Bioderma samples! I hear so much hype around Bioderma so I am pumped to try it!

If you haven't ever placed an order with Beautylish I highly recommend it. They ship to so many countries all over the world, and literally have the best customer service I have ever had, and that includes actually shopping in stores too.

If you have the Rae Morris book let me know what you think of it! Or if you have read any other makeup book that is great let me know what they are so I can pick them up!

xo, Amy

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April ipsy Bag Review

April's ipsy bag was so amazing! This is only my second month being subscribed to ipsy, but I am loving it! This month's bag was even better than March bag! I love the bag too! The bright tye dye colors make me so excited for summer!!
This month was filled with 5 items that I have been using like crazy the last week or so, and here is my review of the products!

tarte LipSurgence lip creme
So I had tried tarte lip products in the past so when I saw I got a mini LipSurgence I was too thrilled! I received the shade 'wonder', and it is so pretty. It is the perfect bright red with pink tones. I am not a fan of red lipsticks on myself (still don't have all the confidence to wear it yet!) and this isn't too red. It smells minty, and feels great on my lips. If you haven't tried any of the LipSurgences I recommend them. They feel great, and come in many different shades!
Overall rating: 4.5/5

City Color Cosmetics Highlight Trio
Oh em gee! This is my favorite product in the bag! It so amazing because it's not just one highlight shade, but 3! I was so shocked, and excited when I saw this in my bag. There is a bright golden highlight, a pearly white highlight, and a champagne pinkish highlight. It is really slim and sleek and very ideal for traveling. The highlights are very pigmented and look amazing on. I love the champagne pink highlight the best. I probably won't use the gold shade as an actual highlight because it is too bright, but it would most definitely look great as an eyeshadow!
Overall rating: 5/5! (Hoping to get more items from this brand!!)

SOPHi Nail Polish
Where do I even start with this polish? When I first saw that I got a full size polish I was thrilled. I wasn't sold on the color because I don't like red polish but I decided to give it a try. It is literally the worst polish I have ever used. The instructions say to use a blow drier to dry it, and you have to actually use one to get it to dry. After being painted for about 10 minutes it was still semi sticky. I am not a fan of that because it is just an added, unnecessary step. Then not even 5 hours later the polish had already started to chip. Less than 24 hours later my nails were almost halfway chipped off. So on top of a color I do not like my nails looked horrible half painted. I literally can't think of anything positive to say about this nail polish. So sad to be so negative.
Overall rating: 1/5

C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush
I haven't ever used any brushes by Crown Brush so getting this was a nice surprise. I love getting more brushes to add to my growing brush collection. I have been using this brush the past week and it's so amazing! It is the perfect size to add blush to the apples of my cheeks. It is also really soft. I usually feel like duo fiber brushes feel flimsy and don't add product to my face very well but this one is just dense enough. The handle also feel durable too. Hope to get more from this brand in the future!
Overall rating: 4/5

Don't Despair, Repair! Gel to Oil Overnight Repair Treatment
I hadn't ever heard of the brand Briogeo prior to this product, but I love hair masks and I love anything to help the condition of my hair. At first I was confused by this product because I wasn't sure if I should use it wet or dry. I decided to use it while my hair was wet so that it could not only absorb into my scalp, but also dry into my hair with added moisture. It made my hair feel super soft, and smell amazing! I also added a pinch to the ends of my hair. It worked wonders! I might have to take advantage of the discount code right now that ipsy has for Briogeo products!
Overall rating: 4/5

What did you get in your April ipsy bag? Did you like everything? Let me know in the comments!

xo, Amy