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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Kylie Lip Kit Reviews

{Candy K, Dolce K, Posie K, 22} 

The hype is real, and the buzz hasn't stopped!
I bought the Kylie Lip Kits a few weeks ago, and in the post I posted about them I promised a review on them. So here is the review, plus swatches of all the colors that I have!
When I originally picked up these lip kits, I only picked up Dolce K and Candy K. I didn't want to go over board with ordering because I didn't want to spend a ton, and I didn't want to buy too many if I didn't end up liking them.
But to say the least I am obsessed with these liquid lipsticks. They are the best liquid lipsticks I have tried so far. And I am not going to lie, when these first launched I didn't want to buy them because I didn't want to fall into yet another "hyped" beauty item. But after watching countless hauls and swatch videos showcasing them I knew I had to have one.
After placing my first order, and seeing how amazing it is, I waited patiently for the next restock and ordered Kylie's newest shades Posie K and 22.
Candy K, Dolce K, and Posie K are great everyday colors and depending on you skin tone they will either look darker or lighter. Originally, I thought I would like Dolce K the best, but my favorite of the four I own is Candy K. It is the perfect nude for my skin tone. I like Dolce K but it is much darker and browner on me. It looks great, but I don't think it is the best everyday shade for me personally. But for someone who is a little bit darker than me, it'll be perfect. Posie K is a great purply, rose, mauve pink. It actually is great for everyday. I wore it to work a few times and received really nice compliments. 22 is a firey orange shade, and is perfect for special occasions! I am not a red lipstick wearer so this is the perfect bold color for me! I think orangey colors looks great on every skin color.
If you haven't tried any of these liquid lipsticks I highly recommend it! Stalk either Kylie's, trendmood1, or kyliecosmetics insta pages. They will keep you up to date with any restocking releases!

  • Long lasting (very long lasting)
  • Unique color variety
  • Kit comes with matching lip liner
  • Easy to apply
  • Great scent
  • Durable, not cheap feeling packaging
  • Doesn't make my lips feel super dry
  • Price-- $29 plus $8.95 is a lot 
  • Can't buy lip liner or lipstick separately 
  • Waiting for the restock can be annoying
  • Sells out so quickly
  • Trying to buy a kit is competitive, and you must be quick
Overall, all the cons I have for these kits have nothing to do with the products themselves. I personally don't think all the cons of the kits are complete deal breakers, but for some it might be so I just wanted to point them out! 
The pro's of these kits are about the products themselves, so I think if you were thinking about purchasing any of the kits definitely listen to the pro's before the con's.
Let me know what you think of the lipsticks and lip pencils if you have them! And if you haven't had a change to get one yet, don't give up!! Kylie has said multiple times that she is going to be restocking every week to every other week.
And recently, Kylie released glosses which look amazing, and I need to get my hands on one! I am waiting for them to restock, and improve the brush because I saw bad reviews on the brush. She has also released metallic liquid lipsticks, which isn't for me, but they look like amazing colors! But who knows! I may fall into that hype and get one or two of them!
I hope she releases a line of highlighters, or even lashes! What do you think Kylie will come up with next?

xo, Amy 

Monday, April 18, 2016

VIB Rouge Haul Part 2

This is a little late, and the sale is now over, but I wanted to post it anyways for future shopping trip ideas. 
Here are the things I picked up on the last day of the sale!

The first thing I picked up is the Sephora Favorites 'Power of the Petal' set. It is a set of skincare products all made with or from plants, flowers, and fruits. To be honest, I only bought it because I wanted the Tsubaki beauty oil from boscia. I am glad I have that beauty oil because I have heard rave reviews on it. And I love miniature sized products for travel so having this set is great! Sadly this set is sold out now, but sometimes the Sephora favorites are sold out online but are still in stores. If you want this set check your local Sephora!
Like I mentioned in my last Sephora haul post I recently got a z palette and I want to fill it up so I bought two more Anastasia Beverly Hills shades. This time I got a beautiful matte shade called 'caramel'. It's a nice warm toned brown and will be perfect for the crease. I picked up another metallic shimmery shade called 'metal'. I think it'll look great when I am tan this summer!
Speaking of summer, I had to buy the Hourglass Ambient bronzer in Luminous Bronze. Kathleen Lights talked about how this bronzer was amazing and made her skin look glowy and bronzed like J Lo. So if Kathleen recommended it I had to pick it up!
Color correcting is all the rage these days so I had to pick up some kind of color correcting product. Since I am new to the color correcting world, and I don't have really any problem areas so I got the Color Correcting Stick by Smashbox. I got the 'look less tired' pencil in the peach color to see if I can cover my light dark circles. Hoping it works!
I have been really interested in Korres skincare since I had a sample of their Greek Yoghurt facial cleanser. Again, like mentioned in my last Sephora post I am obsessing over rose scents so I bought the Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. I want to improve my skincare routine and help my skin be at it's best. So since I usually like to use gels at night, and not creams I only bought the sample size of this to test it before I commit to the full size!
The last things I picked up were lipsticks! I picked up the new Amuse Bouche lipstick in 'Honeycomb'. The hype around these lipsticks is so real so I wanted to be apart of the hype. The other lipstick I bought was Olivia Palermo x Ciate London Satin Kiss Lipstick in 'Praline'. I bought this because Joanna from BronzedBeautyyy on YouTube spoke so highly of it. No one speaks of the Ciate beauty line so I am eager to try it out! I even ordered one of their eyeshadow palettes to do a Ciate brand review post.

I will be reviewing all of these products in the next couple weeks! If you have tried anything I bought let me know your thoughts on it!
And let me know what you picked up in the Sephora sale!

xo, Amy