Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Matte Black Nail with White Dot Design

I received a Sephora nail art kit for Christmas and have been trying to experiment with all the different tools. Today I decided to use the white polish that comes with a pen fixture, perfect for drawing or dotting!


To get this look I applied Zoya's Noot (I use this so much I might actually run out!) and then put a matte top coat over it.  I use Sally Hansen's Big Matte top coat. I then took the little Sephora dotting pen and dotted away! It was so easy and the result is so cute! I love the minimalism. 
I can't believe those weird bulgy dot things on my nails! Even when I examine my nails close up I can barely make out the raised bumps....my camera plus the lighting must have seriously brought them out. So sorry for their unsightliness.  My nails look flawless in real life I promsie! Haha.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ethereal Smokey Eye

Today's FOTD was completely unplanned.  I woke up and knew I wanted to do something dark but nothing too crazy.  I think I found the perfect combo between interesting, dark, and wearable.


I started by placing Urban from the Electric Palette all over my lid and into my crease.  I then patted Black Out by Urban Decay onto my lid and slightly blended it into the purple. I then attempted to create a slight halo effect by lightly dabbing Mother of Dragons by Shiro Cosmetics onto the center of my eyelid.  I love how it turned out!! Lightly putting Mother of Dragons over a matte black creates this really interesting ethereal shimmer on the eyes.  I will definitely be doing this again! It takes a dark look and makes a bit less heavy and a lot more enchanting.
On my lips is Ches Desire Cat by JCat Beauty applied lightly. 


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fortune Cookie Soap Wonderland Spring 2015 Soap Box



I was alerted via Instagram that a certain indie soap company had just released a Game of Thrones collection with a Mother of Dragons themed item.  Obviously I had to go check it out and ended up subscribing to their seasonal soap box....Oops!
I saw the spring theme would be Alice in Wonderland so I jumped at the opportunity to get some cute Wonderland themed soap items.  Plus spring and fall are my two favorite seasons for scents so I definitely didn't want to miss this!


Here are the contents in all their cute and delicious smelling glory.  It all fit in a small box and was packaged with the green paper bits.  They worked nicely for the photographs! I'm going to go through each item one by one and talk about what I loved about it and how it performed.



Almost Alice Fortune Cookie Soap

Initial Sniff: This soap has a very light, pleasant, fresh, and clean scent to it.  The pear really makes this a lovely soap. Even though its a nice scent, compared to everything else in the box its one of my least favorites. -/ I love the cute fortune cookie shape so much it's going to make me sad using it! But the website said it should keep its shape through 50 washes!

In Action:]=[' While this soap smells awesome, that smell doesn't really transfer to the hands after use.  It lathers up fairly nice and seems to clean as well as one would expect from a hand soap.  However the scent it leaves behind is just...soapy?  I can still pick up a bit of the pear but a lot of the other notes are lost. It does however make my sink area smell like delicious pears, which is nice.

Verdict: This is a pretty light smelling soap to begin with so their heavier scented ones may perform better as far as lingering on the hands.  Personally I prefer liquid soaps so I'm not sure if I'd buy one of these, but I'll enjoy it while it lasts! 

Price: $4.25


Twisted Tea Party Bath Tea

From The Bag:  This is also very refreshing but a bit less light than the fortune cookie soap.  For me the cucumber really stands out but not too strongly.  I love the addition of the green tea.  The spearmint is there but not too overpowering. Overall very invigorating, this would be a good in a morning bath.

In Action: I've never even heard of a bath tea before so using this was pretty exciting! And....I think I might have done something wrong.  I dropped it in my hot bath and waited....and waited....and nothing really happened.  After a bit I tried squeezing it to get the smell to come out faster into the water but I ended up accidentally puncturing the bag and getting the insides everywhere.  Oh well....

Verdict: It doesn't make bubbles and super smelly awesomeness so while this might be good for some people its not really my thing.

Price: $15


Who Are You? Incense Cones

From The Pouch: These smell delicious!!! Aaah! So exotic and mysterious.  I love the lime and pear plus anything with vanilla is going to be a winner with me!

In Action: Well I've never used incense before so this will definitely take some time to master.  I tried lighting one up but it smoked so much I was nervous about it setting off my tiny apartments fire alarm.  I also couldn't smell anything but smoke. I'll be trying this again when I go home for spring break.  In the meantime I'm storing them in the satchel in my medicine cabinet so every time I go to wash my face or grab a q tip I am assaulted by deliciousness.

Verdict:  After sitting in my cupboard for a day or so every time I open it I get blasted by this amazing scent. Even if they don't work out as incense I'm so glad they will be working just as well as an air freshener.  Perhaps I'll buy if I can figure out this incense thing, haha!

Price: $10



It's Only A Dream Whipped Cream

From The Jar:  Oh. My. God.  This scent is freaking wonderful! Beautiful wonderful amazing rose is what I get on the first sniff.  It is mixed with  a lovely array of other florals and citrus...oh god I love it.

In Action:  This moisturizer feels lovely when applying and rubs in effortlessly.  It does not cause any sort of rashes on my hands as some heavily scented moisturizers tend to do. The scent also lasts insanely long! I could still smell this on my hands after 4 hours!! Wow!

Verdict: This is without a doubt my favorite product from the box.  The smell is amazing and the scent sticks around.  I ordered the Mother of Dragons whipped cream so hopefully it performs just as well as this one! Be right back I have to rub more of this into my skin.

Price for full size: $11


Off With Their Heads! Bath Bomb

Initial Sniff: The smell of the oranges is what I notice first but I can also pick up on the lemon.  This is very fruity but pleasant. The egyptian musk makes it a bit more relaxing than the bath tea so I'd probably use this for a nighttime bath.

In Action: I've never used a bath bomb before so once again I was very anxious to try it out. It was almost too cute to toss in the tub! But I did, and it was awesome! It fizzed all over the place and left behind a lovely smell and some little flower petals. I closed my eyes, listened to some Blackmore's Night and enjoyed the aroma.  10/10 would bathe again.

Verdict: This made for a really unique and relaxing bath time experience.  However I can't justify spending upwards of $6 on a single bath! Maybe when I'm not a student I'll have that kind of money to drop frequently, but for now I'll just enjoy them if they come in a future subscription box.

Price: $7


Futterwacken Body Wash

From The Bottle:  Mmmmmm delicious grapefuit! I love grapefruit and have actually recently finished off a grapefuit body wash, so receiving this was perfect! The bright orange color is also really neat.

In Action: It pours out easily and suds up in my shower poof nicely.  A little bit went a long way as far as creating sudsy shower time awesomeness.  It smells wonderful and I'm really going  to enjoy using this for my morning showers.

Verdict: I really love it!  I could definitely see ordering body wash from them in the future.  

Price full size: $11




Eat Me Perfume Oil

From The Bottle: When sniffing from the vial I am overwhelmed by the scent of sweet sweet pineapples.  It actually smells quite nice and I was very excited to try this on.

In Action:  When it is first put on the skin it smells kind of strange.  Not very pleasant at all....However as it sits for about an hour that weird after smell starts to fade and I get a faint scent of pineapple cake. The scent is not too strong, perhaps I'm just used to Possets, but I really have to focus when I smell my wrists in order to pick up on the pineapple and cake undertones. It lasts about 2-3 hours. I could perhaps see myself using this in the summer at the beach or pool when I do not care too much about how I look or smell and just want something subtle.

Verdict: Honestly this is probably my least favorite item in the box.  It just doesn't sit well on the skin. The smell has a weird undertone to it that I can't place but it's something odd....perhaps it's the cilantro note? I'm not really familiar with what cilantro smells like.  Other reviews of this have said its their favorite product from the box so I suppose it just depends on the person.  I've already bought the perfume oil from their Winter is Coming collection so I'm really hoping it performs better than this one....

Price: $6


We're All Mad Here Hand Sanitizer
From the Bottle: The mint is very strong right out of the container.  Even though I'm not a fan of mint the greens and cedarwood help balance it out a bit to create an overall pleasant odor. It also looks like it contains swirls of sparkle.
In Action: I love how this smells on my skin way more than in the bottle!  When you first rub in into your hands all you can smell is the alcohol but of course since alcohol is extremely volatile it evaporates fairly quickly leaving being a decently long lasting scent, about 30 minutes.  Now the musky cedarwood and leafy greens are what takes center stage creating a delightful floral woody scent.  So lovely! Also the sparkle doesn't seem to show on my hands, which I'm totally ok with.
Verdict: I love it! The smells lasts way longer on my hands than my Bath and Body Works hand sanitizers.  I would definitely buy more of these. As someone who works in a lab, has pet rats, and has recently started exercising I use hand sanitizer quite often so this product is perfect for me. 

Price: $2.89- $6.49



Bonus Butterfly!
The box also came with this super cute slightly dilapidated butterfly! I think I'm going to find a way to attach it to my bathroom mirror.


As for the green packaging paper, I think my rats will thoroughly enjoy using it as some pretty colored bedding.

I love that I can 100% use every single product from this  box. After being disappointed by Ipsy one too many times this is a very nice surprise.

I want all the things in It's Only a Dream and Who Are You? Unfortunately everything sold out within minutes of launch....so I'm really really hoping I can get some shampoo, whipped cream, and perfume oils of those two scents once they restock.



Overall: This box is $20 including shipping which means each product cost me about $2.50.  With how long a few of these are going to last, I'd say this subscription is more than worth it! I had so much fun with all these products and I'll definitely be keeping my subscription.
Every box also comes with a $10 coupon code for the store! How awesome is that! Unfortunately shipping is pretty pricey but it still covers shipping plus a few dollars towards a product you really want.  It's meant to be spent to get your favorite full sized box products but I shared mine with a friend and used it early to pick up some items from their Winter is Coming collection.
I can't wait for the summer box!!!!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blackbird Cosmetics Haul

I had heard nothing but wonderful things about indie makeup brand Blackbird cosmetics matte eyeshadow formula.  They recently started a new website blackbirdcosmetics.com and in celebration gave out a 30% off code.  I jumped at the opportunity and made my first purchase!


I bought a full size of their green Magic Trick Super Powder and matte eyeshadow in Vintage.  I also bought a sample of their matte eyeshadows in Imogen and Gravity.  Lucid and Dim Tradition were free!


I'll start my review with the green face powder.  I had bought NYX cosmetic's green concealer which is great for acne spots but when I tr to rub it on my face it gets in my pores and looks weird.  This powder is designed to be used all over the face under foundation or alone.  I was nervous to get a full size but the review I read were positive so I went for it!
And I'm so glad I did! I love it! I dusted it over half my face with a kabuki brush and instantly noticed my skin looked smoother and a bit less red.  You can build up the powder on areas that need extra coverage and it reduces the red even more.  I'm pretty sure I could wear this alone because I could not see any noticeable green, just reduced redness. So far I'm loving this!


It was kinda hard to get a good picture of this stuff in action.  The place I could see the most noticeable difference was on my nose.  The top image is my bare skin with moisturizer and primer.  The bottom is with the addition of the green powder.  Less red and more even skin tone! I'm so excited to use this every day! I put on my liquid foundation and usually I finish with a powder foundation but I had so little red showing through I didn't even feel that I needed to.


Next up are the eyeshadows!  I needed to have vintage as it looked like a super beautiful matte purple.  I also picked Imogen and Gravity because they also looked to have purple in them and I love cool toned mattes. I put a strip of eye primer down the middle so you can see the difference between the shadows over bare skin and primer.
I swear these are the most butter smooth easily blendable mattes I have ever used in my life.  Usually putting a matte shadow in my crease results in patchy blotchyness.  Nope. These are amazing and perfect. I'm so glad I finally understand what the hype is about.


This was a freebie.  I don't really have a use for a matte white as I already have two but oh well.  It is actually pretty light and barely shows up on my skin.  Maybe I'm too pale? I kind of like it as an under my eyebrow highlight as it isn't too obvious.



Imogen looked to be a nice matte pink, which it is.  On my eyes it looks much lighter than when  heavily swatched on my wrist. If I place another order I think I will be getting a full size of this. Its simple, cute, and pretty.



I got a sample of Gravity as it looked to be a taupy purple.  However once its on my skin it is mostly just taupe and loses the purple.  I was a bit bummed until I decided to try it as a contour.  Wouldn't you know it works pretty well with my skin tone.  I may experiment more with this and if I like it enough I might get a full size to use as a contour because it is so hard to find good colors for cool toned pale skin.


I bought Vintage in the full size and I have no regrets! It is a very beautiful deep matte purple.  It is half way between natural and vibrant.  I feel it could easily go both ways depending on what its paired with.  I love this color and can't wait to use it in more eye looks.


Finally, Lucid is a matte black and was another freebie.  Once again I already have two matte blacks so I didn't have a need for this. I may keep it at my parents house so I have an emergency matte black if I need to do my makeup back home.


And here is a quick look I threw together using all my eyeshadows!
On my lid is Imogen, in my crease is Gravity, under my eye and as a crease definer is Vintage, the liner is Gravity, and I used Dim Tradition as a highlight. Gravity is also being used under my cheekbone as a contour. 
I'm loving these shadows and I can't wait to use them some more!
I think next time I'm getting a sample of Ruca, that deep red looks gorgeous.

Where to buy: blackbirdcosmetics.com
Price:
Magic Trick Super Powder: $12
Matte Eyeshadows:  $6.50


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2015


So last month's bag was a total drag so lucky for Ipsy they kicked it up quite a few notches for this month's bag.  I will be using everything in here except for one product, which given their recent track record is good enough for me. I hadn't checked my glam room so I had no idea what I was getting prior to opening my pink mailer.  My friend told me she loved her bag this month so my expectations were high....let's take a look! 


The bag itself is pretty cute.  It's pink for Valentine's Day and has an interesting grey, white, and pink pattern.

City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini

"A hybrid between a lipstick and gloss, our Creamy Lip Stain is a new kind of lip product that applies smooth and creamy like a gloss and sets with a matte finish. This creamy lip stain gives your lips long lasting color while keeping lips moisturized. Available in 6 fun flirty shades. "

There was only one lip product offered this month that I would have hated so I'm really glad I didn't end up with that one.  City Color's lip stain was only offered in this color, which is a bummer because when they announced them I was super excited for the berry shade.  It is getting a 4 because it smells disgusting.

4/5


Overall the color of this is pretty neutral.  It's a flattering pink that would probably look good on almost anybody.  It goes on very opaque and as it fades it leaves behind a my lip but better pink stain.  It's a nice product and even though I wish they had offered it in the shade Blackberry Mojito.

Where to buy: citycolorcosmetics.com
Price: Its out of stock on the website but Amazon says $5


Emite Make Up Eye Lash Curler

"The EMITE MAKE UP Professional Eye Lash curler has a special curved design which angles to suit all eye shapes, without touching your makeup base. Its silicone rubber pad applies the appropriate amount of pressure to curl lashes naturally. Your eye lashes will remain in perfect shape all day!"

This was my first time getting a tool besides a brush in an Ipsy bag so I was pretty surprised to pull this out. I already have an eyelash curler but its a super cheap ELF one that I got in a kit. However because of this, its only the second eyelash curler I've ever used in my life so I do not really have much to base it on. I'm taking off a point because its a bit harder to get at my lashes compared to my ELF curler.

4/5


So as you can see it definitely does its job.  It closes easily and gives a nice noticeable curl with and without mascara.  The left eye is curled and the right eye is left natural.  It even came with replacement red pads, how nice! I think I'll be keeping this one at my apartment and taking my ELF one home to use when I visit my parents and doggies.

Where to buy: emitemakeup.com
Price: $25 + $3 for replacement pads

Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray

"Get the ultimate blowout with this multi-tasking spray! The light-weight formula adds volume and texture to hair, while protecting against heat for healthier styling. "

The last hair product I got was useless because it was only a heat protector and I don't use heat. However this one, while it does offer heat protection, is primarily a volumizer. Yay! I love volume! It can also be used to dry hair which is always a plus.  Its getting a 4 because I feel like it could have offered a bit more volume.

4/5


The spray is a pump nozzle, it comes out easily enough and doesn't smell bad.


Here is my hair fluffed up with no product and then fluffed up again after spraying it.  It definitely adds some extra volume however I don't think it was very long lasting.  However I think this products use lies more in the area of a refresher rather than a first line of styling product.  I can see myself reaching for this a lot when I need to re fluff my hair later in the day, but do not want to use my main hair molder as it will be too heavy.

Where to buy: eva-nyc.com, Ulta, Walgreens, Forever 21
Price: $24 ($3)


Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil

"The Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil is a highly effective face oil packed with powerful natural anti-oxidants and vitamins that are instantly absorbed to leave skin feeling plumper, firmer and glowing with radiance. "

Um...so I don't even know what this is supposed to be for.....when I first pulled it out I saw peach, flora, and oil.  I got super excited as I thought this was a flowery peach perfume oil.  Imagine my disappointment when it wasn't. I guess it goes on the face and makes it more radiant?  Not sure what that means.  I don't like putting oil on my face so I don't have a use for this.

1/5


Yeah I'm not sure what to say about this....its a face oil and it doesn't smell nice.

Where to buy: mitchellandpeach.com
Price: $34 ($17)

ModelCo Blush in Cosmopolitan

"ModelCo’s BLUSH Cheek Powder creates a beaming, rosy glow to brighten every complexion. The micronized color pigments and luxurious, pressed powder delivers a sheer, natural radiance that lasts all day. "

Everyone got a blush this month and while I'm not super crazy about blush I didn't mind adding a new one to my arsenal.  Looking at the product I was afraid it would be too hot pink but when applied lightly it looks very nice and natural.  Taking off a point, not because there is anything wrong with it, but because I don't absolutely love it and perfect scores are reserved for things I love.

4/5



I applied it a bit heavy here so I could get the color in the picture but applied normally it creates a very natural light pink blush.  I won't be wearing this now but I could see reaching for it come spring and summer.

Where to buy: modelcocosmetics.com
Price: Um, the website said I don't have permission to shop on my server? What. Boxycharm says its $18.

Compared to what I've been getting recently this bag was a nice surprise.  While I didn't absolutely love any of the products I can use 4/5 of them which is definitely good.
The total price of this month's bag comes out to $71. Whoa. But because two of them items I couldn't get an official price for, this may vary.  I've never had a bag come out to more than $60.  They really went all out with this month!
Good job Ipsy, I'm satisfied!





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Break From Makeup: Vegetarian Breakfast Pizza

I've been sharing a lot of food lately.....I know this is a makeup blog but oh my gosh I keep cooking these delicious meals and after eating them I feel a strong desire to share them with everyone! Today I want to share the amazing, delicious, low calorie, vegetarian breakfast pizza I made.  Its so easy and so yummy!


Like holy crap just look at how amazing it looks! The best part about this is it is so easy to customize toppings based on what is in your fridge.


So I wasn't going to share the My Fitness Pal ingredient list because its kind of confusing and all over the place but I decided to anyway.  Let me walk you through how I made this.

1. Lay out a small tortilla on some foil
2. Spread your choice of sauce evenly over top.  I had some leftover diced tomatoes so I added a bit less than 1/4 of those then filled up the remaining 1/4 cup with Ragu spaghetti sauce for thickness.  You could of course just use diced tomatoes or just spaghetti sauce.
3. I then placed some fresh spinach on top. Next time I'm definitely adding more! Frozen spinach would also work.
4.  I followed the spinach with some bits of avocado.  I used a bit less than 1/8 of an avocado....which I just realized I calculated incorrectly.  I input 1/4 of an entire avocado instead of 1/4 of a half of one....oops. I would probably also add more avocado next time.
5.  I then cracked an egg in the center of the pizza, taking care not to let it run off the sides. Next you can sprinkle with your desired type and amount of cheese and spices.
6. Finally I stuck it in the toaster oven at 350 for....I wish I would have counted.  I just watched until the whites were set but this also meant my yolk was hard which was a huuuuge disappointment. I read that letting the egg come to room temp helps the whites cook before the yolk so next time I'll be trying that.

The way I made my pizza came out to about 250 calories.  This is a great and healthy way to kick start your morning.  It is filling, has a bit of everything, is low calorie, and contains about 12g of protein!

I hope you enjoy your pizza!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valentine's Day Nails

Ok yeah I know Valentine's Day was a while ago but with my camera dying I kind of have a backlog of posts. Oops! So even though its past here are my nails that I did for Valentine's Day!


For the base I used Formula X in Voodoo which is a absolutely gorgeous light metallic pink.  Then I took Demi by Zoya which is a dark berry shade and tipped each of my nails except for my ring finger where I instead drew a cute little heart.  I couldn't take this picture until a few days after Valentine's Day so I had to do a bit of touching up, that's why they look a little less than perfect.  Regardless I love my nails and I love these two polishes. Combined they make the perfect cute girly nail design.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Spirited Away Inspired FOTD

For Valentine's Day one of my presents from my boyfriend was a Miyazaki shirt from Teefury.  It features Haku and Chihiro from Spirited Away in a cute heart shaped design. Upon wearing it for the first time I of course had to match my makeup to it.  That wasn't even a question.


Here is a close up of the shirt.  So adorable! :3


I am first off going to apologize for the lack of blending but I don't know if it was the eye shadow or my eye lid or even my eye primer but whenever I tried to blend the red it just disappeared and left a bald spot on my eye.  I was so frustrated I just patted it on and left it.  This did not happen the last time I used Hisster Prynne so I have no idea what went wrong.

Anyway to do this look I put Hisster Prynne by Hello Waffle Cosmetics on my lid.  Then I blended Skinny Dip by NYX cosmetics into my crease. Under my eyes I used Comet from BH Cosmetic's Galaxy Chic palette as a liner. I then finished with a wing and mascara!  On my lips is Wine Room by Wet and Wild.


And here is my face with the shirt! I love it so much.  I only wish Teefury shirts weren't so tight around the neck.  :(
I get a women's medium and they just barely fit around my head, shoulders, and bust, but then have tons of baggyness around my waist.  A large would probably fit better up top but then it would be so baggy around my middle I might as well just have gotten a men's shirt.  Oh well. 

Oh also notice my custom made Kamelot earrings from Artscow!  I just ordered a custom Kamelot dress and Nightwish tank top as well.  I'm really really hoping they come out ok! I'm so excited!!