February Beauty Favorites plus $10 Nars Orgasm Dupe!!

February Beauty Favorites
I’ve been reaching for these two eyeshadows a lot. Almond is a great crease color with a ton of different looks and Chrystalline is a good go to highlight shade. I really am loving the Mary Kay Mineral eyeshadows.
Color Me Coral lipstick is one of the colors from their new line called True Dimensions. SUPER creamy and moisturizing lipsticks. I am in LOVE with them, but I especially love this color with the Revlon Peach Petal gloss over the top. Really pretty look.
Of course, you all know I love my EOS balm. This one is in Honeydew. Love love it.
Clear Shampoo & Conditioner leave my hair smelling amazing! I just grabbed it while in CVS because I was out of my Healthy Sexy kind and I surprisingly really like it.
The Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer came in my February Ipsy Bag and I really love the texture of it and the way it feels on my skin. It’s thicker than your typical primer and feels almost like a thicker moisturizer yet it doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy. Liking it a lot lately.
Versace Bright Crystal is just a really nice clean scent that I love and just recently got.
You all know I am picky picky picky about my mascaras. I’ve been looking for that perfect one and up until now it was a toss up between Physicians Formula Jumbo Lash and my Lash Blast Volume in the orange tube. Then, I tried the Lash Love Mascara and I LOVE IT! However, I don’t love it quite as much on it’s own but I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it with the Mary Kay Lash Primer! Perfect duo. For long thick black lashes! Definitely worth a try if you’re looking for a good mascara!
Last but not least a $10 that’s right, TEN DOLLAR Nars Orgasm Blush DUPE! It’s Mary Kay Shy Blush and it is a great color for all skin tones! I mean why buy the Nars blush for $29 when you can get this one for $10?! Love it. Here is a swatch I found online comparing the two!
Orgasm vs. Shy Blush
[Photo credit: elinathemakeupartist.blogspot.com]

Wondering what we might see in our March Ipsy (formerly My Glam) Bag? Check this out! 🙂

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WARNING: IPSY MARCH 2013 SPOILERS BELOW

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Ok I’ll admit it. I was always the kid who tried to sneak a peak of my Christmas gifts, before Christmas. As I’ve gotten older, I do enjoy a surprise now and then, but I LIVE for Ipsy sneak peaks!! I got these pictures from makeuptalk.com, a forum which I frequent daily. If you haven’t you should check them out. It’s a lot of fun. Anyway, on to the peaking.

***UPDATE: Ipsy has said this is NOT the bag apparently, so this may be a secret 5th item since they have said no more hints!! I’ve heard the words “makeup kit” mentioned. Excited to find out what this is!

So there you have it! What do you think about the possible contents? I am really excited for that GlamRx palette! Also always excited for eyeshadow. I love Ipsy!

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December Faves!

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Yay it’s that time again for a monthly favorites post! I did forget a couple things in the picture which is my beloved eos Lip Balm and my Mary Kay Satin Lips set. I have a blog review on both of those products if you want to know more about why I love them. Now, on to what is pictured…

elf HD Powder – eyeslipsface.com
This is a super light powder that is perfect for setting makeup. I use the fluff pad that came with it and dab it all over my face to set my foundation. I have the translucent shade which is white. I have heard if you get too crazy with it it can lighten your makeup look some. I am really fair skin toned so I haven’t noticed an issue. I did notice some bigger specks that did not seem as powder but I just got a big fluffy brush and brushed them away.

elf Blush Brush – eyeslipsface.com
I needed a good contouring brush and picked this one up for that reason. It is perfect for contouring. I don’t think it would be as good for blush but that is only my opinion. I like a fluffier bigger brush for blush. For the price this brush has been great!

elf Eye Smudger Brush – eyslipsface.com
This was only a buck! Does the job so I can’t complain!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Foundation – Walmart $11.97
As I have mentioned several times before, I have really dry skin. Especially during the winter months so I have started using this by itself instead of my Revlon Colorstay. The Healthy Skin is a little more luminous or dewy so it is working better for the cold weather. I also have been applying with mostly my fingers and then blending a little better with a MAC foundation brush for a little fuller coverage. There are only 10 shades so not much of a color choice. Mine is Classic Ivory (yes I’m very pale). I do love this foundation, which is why I have included it in my December Faves but I do feel like it is overpriced for the drugstore, as are a lot of other foundations.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment – $7.94 Walmartw
I have pretty bad dark circles under my eyes and am always looking for a good concealer. I used Mary Kay before and it had always been my favorite but I didn’t have a consultant that I knew to buy from for awhile so haven’t used it in years. I picked this up a few weeks ago after hearing such good reviews about it and I’m glad that I did! I really do love how well it conceals the circles. It comes in 7 different shades, mine is fair but I’m going to also try the “brightening” shade as its more of a peachy tone and will counteract with the bluish tint under my eyes.

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in Sunny- Walmart $2.99?
I found mine at Walmart but cannot remember the price. I found it listed on KMarts website for 2.99 and that sounds about right. I picked this up after seeing a lot of people say that it is a dupe for Benefit’s Hoola. There are mixed opinions on that and I can’t really have one since I do not own Benefits Hoola Bronzer but I can say that I like this one. I like it because I can use it for contouring and it does not have any shimmer which a lot of drugstore bronzers tend to have.

DoTerra Hydrating Cream $46
My good friend and fellow Linewife, Jody sent me this and I must say I really like it. I didn’t love the smell at first but I have gotten used to it. It contains essential oils that fight aging and moisturize the skin WITHOUT leaving it feeling oily. I hate moisturizers on my face that feel greasy afterwards. This one soaks right in and leaves my skin feeling moisturized but not greasy or heavy with product. It only takes a little and I especially like this under my makeup because of the lightness of it. If you’re interested in this or other products from DoTerra check Jody’s site: http://www.mydoterra.com/jodysimmer/

MAC Studio Mist Blush in Peach Spritz
I almost didn’t include this because it is discontinued. 😦 They aren’t selling any of the studio mist line anymore. I got this years ago and used it everyday for awhile and then just got it back out last month. I really like it and the color. Sad you can’t get them anymore… I did find it listed on eBay for $50 but I think I’ll just mourn the loss once its empty and move on to something else. 😉

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow
This has been another one of those products that I have had for quite sometime but just now started using again. I looked online and these seem to run about $5. I use this under my powder shadows as a good base of color and a lid primer. I got the quad that had the most skin tone shades and I’ve used all of them under different eyeshadow looks. Under the shadows it does not crease or cake up.

Urban Decay Naked Palette Sephora $50
Saved the best for last. I finally got the oh-so-popular Naked Palette. I now see what all the hype was about. LOVE it. Super pigmented, creamy, blendable shadows. There are supposedly several dupes out there for this and color wise I’m sure there is but product wise I doubt it. I really love the formula of Urban Decay shadows. My favorite so far. If I ran out of this I would definitely buy another.

REVIEW: December Ipsy Bag

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I got my first Ipsy bag in the mail the other day. I was SO excited about this bag! First let me start off by explaining what Ipsy (formerly My Glam) is.

From the Ipsy website: “Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using.All for only $10 a month.”

So, why I think this is amazing: I paid $10 for the bag you see above. It came in a cute hot pink bubble pack in the mail. How fun is that? Then I open it to find the small makeup bag. They send you a different makeup bag every month. To me it doesn’t feel like a cheaply made bag at all. It’s something that can definitely be reused and tossed into another bag or purse. They aren’t always solid prints either.

Then, inside the bag is where it got exciting. Right away I saw the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner pencil. I’ve been wanting to try these! They retail for $18. The one I received does seem to be a travel size but, it’s still a great size! Then, I got a red lipgloss from be a…Bombshell in the shade Hot Mess. Super pigmented, although slightly sticky and I don’t like sticky glosses. I probably won’t repurchase but if you have a tolerance for slightly sticky glosses, I would check the other shades out. The color is gorgeous though, and I got a full size which retails for $14! Next, a FULL SIZE  Mirabella’s face primer. I like it a lot. It feels like my Prime Time from Bare Minerals but you need even less of it to get all over the face. Mirabella retails for $29!! Next, the Mai Couture Highlighter Papier. I have seen these but never tried them and still haven’t yet. I’m interested though. They’re sheets that you tear off and can use to highlight the face and the body vs. using a pressed powder highlighter.  The booklet I got contains 25 sheets. You can get 50 sheets from Nordstrom for $28! Lastly, another product I was excited about, the NYX loose pearl shadow. Mine came in gold. SOMETIMES everyone gets the same color in products and sometimes they send out different colors in each bag. Everyone got black for the eyeliner and everyone got red for the lipgloss. The loose shadow was the only thing that could be different this month, I believe.

So my bag retails for over $60 but I paid $10! I can’t wait to see what next months bag is going to contain!! To sign up for your own Ipsy bag visit their website!

I am not affiliatied with Ipsy or any of the brands mentioned above. I bought the Ipsy bag with my own money and the reviews of products are my personal opinion. I do not recieve anything for you signing up for your own Ipsy subscription.