It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette: Review

I recently purchased the It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette, it was an impulse buy that I do not regret! It currently retails for about $38 at Ulta. I got mine when it was first released on QVC.com and was on sale in a bundle. I love that this palette encompasses /almost/ everything I would need to complete an everyday look. It’s perfect for travel since it is all confined in a slim case. The palette includes CC+ Bronzer, Blush, and Brightening Powder.

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My favorite product out of the 3 is definitely the blush! It’s a gorgeous matte pink shade that can be warn to look natural, or built up to your preference. Same with the bronzer, I’m very fair so I don’t like bronzers that are SUPER dark. This bronzer is perfect for that, especially on days I’m just going to school and don’t want to appear too over done. As for the brightening finishing powder, I don’t really notice anything, as seen in the swatch below you can’t see it much. But I do still use it under my eyes and other places I might want a subtle highlight. It doesn’t make my concealer crease or anything like that, so I like to use it as a setting powder over concealer in places that tend to become cakey.

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Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription: October 2014

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I LOVE ipsy, it’s by far my favorite and best makeup subscription website. I’ve been subscribed for a little over a year now, and have gotten so many goodies that are definitely worth the money! If you don’t know what ipsy is, basically you pay $10 a month for a custom glambag filled with 4-5 products based on your taste profile. Sometimes you get products you love, and sometimes you don’t. But, I love trying new products and I feel like for only $10, it’s worth it to me. I also love the little collection of makeup bags that I have now! If you want to check out and join ipsy, whether you ever subscribe or not, please click HERE so I will gain points! There is a waiting list, so i suggest signing up now rather than later. Thank you in advance! wink

Here is what I received in my October 2014 ipsy bag:

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KISS – iENVYbyKISS Lashes, Beyond Naturale Demi Wispies:

I was SO HAPPY when I saw these in my bag! There were other lashes that were being given out that were really unnatural looking and thick. I never would have worn them. So when I saw I got these, I was excited. I don’t wear falsies too often but when I do I will definitely be picking up these!

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Ayres – Patagonia Body Butter:

I like the smell of this body butter. It’s not really scented, it just has a natural fresh smell to it. I like the cute little jar it came in too!

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Starlooks Lip Gloss, Guilty Pleasure:

I was a little disappointed by the size of this product. In the past, Starlooks has always given full size items. But still, the lip gloss is a cute pink shade that I will certainly use.

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Épicé International – Purifying Exfoliant:

I loveeeeeee exfoliators! I’ve gotten a few from ipsy and have used them all. I tend to get dry skin on my nose, which can make my makeup look bad around that area. So I’m really glad I got this in my bag!

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MicaBeauty – Mineral Eye Shadow, Harlequin:

I really do like the formula and pigment of these eyeshadows. I’m just not a fan of this color. It’s like…a metallic-y grey/green. I can see myself using it in small doses, though! I love the shimmer in the eyeshadow too.

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Wantable Makeup Subscription Box: October 2014

I’ve been seeing advertisements for this new subscription box, Wantable, over the past few months. After viewing the website dozens of times, I decided to try a box with a 50% coupon they were advertising. Usually, the boxes are $40 a month, so I only paid $20 for mine. Forty bucks is reallllllllly steep….especially for 4 products that I could definitely live without! Personally, I don’t even think they were worth the $20 I paid. You are able to get partial refunds with Wantable, so you can send back the products you are not happy with. I will be returning the lip liner and nail polish for a $10 refund. Which means I am keeping the highlighter and mineral foundation, which I ‘technically’ now paid $10 for. The boxes they had in the past looked way better, so maybe this one just wasn’t for me? I wouldn’t be against trying them again, but like I said $40 is super expensive (to me at least) for items that I could possibly not even like! Even after filling out a 10 minute survey on my likes and dislikes, I’m just really disappointed!

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☻ Liberty Republic Nail polish – Premonition ($14)

☻  Three Custom Color Lip Liner – Salmon ($16.50)

☻ Medusa’s Makeup Loose Highlighter ($12)

☻ Marsk Mineral Foundation – Nude ($55.20)

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Marsk Mineral Foundation – Nude ($55.20)

I do like this product, it reminds me a lot of the Bare Minerals products, just for about double the price. I would consider actually buying it if it were sold in a drug store, but for $55? HA, no way! I use it more as a setting powder over blemishes than an actual foundation. It does have good coverage, which is why I like using it in certain areas!

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Medusa’s Makeup Loose Highlighter ($12)

This is definitely my favorite product from my box. It reminds me a lot of the TheBalm highlighters. I use it mostly on my cheekbones, nose, and cupids bow. It makes for a beautiful eyeshadow too! Especially on the inner tear duct. I had never heard of this brand before, but after looking them up their products are all cruelty free, made in the USA, and vegan!

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☻  Three Custom Color Lip Liner – Salmon ($16.50)

Ugh….I was so so so excited when I saw I was getting a SALMON colored lip liner. Now, does this look salmon to you? I would have expected a peachy color…not this horrendous brownish red thing! I will never ever use this color, I even tried it on and it just looked awful! I’m beyond disappointed. I feel like it was just thrown in the box because no one would actually buy it! It’s so disappointing because the formula is so creamy and smooth, I love that part of it. Just very let down by the color.

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Liberty Republic Nail polish – Premonition ($14)

Okay, I understand its fall and halloween is approaching. But I would have appreciated something I would actually wear. I’m not even sure what color this is, its mainly black with a tiny tint of blue. Again, something I would never even use. It seems as if all the colors from this collection are very dark too. They have a bunch of super cute colors that I would love to try one day, it just would have been nice to get one in my box!

I hope my post didn’t come off as too negative.. Like I said, I was just really disappointed. I was expecting to have a much different experience with Wantable based on their past boxes and what they were advertising. If the price wasn’t as steep, I wouldn’t be apposed to trying them out again!