Ipsy Glam Bag Sneak Peek / Early Access: August 2015

Ipsy August 2015

Early Access to view your August 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag is live!  I didn’t receive my 2 NYX eyeshadows that I redeemed last month, so I’m hoping they will come in this months bag! If you aren’t familiar with Ipsy, feel free to check them out by clicking HERE. It’s a monthly subscription service that costs $10, and you receive 4-5 beauty products each month. Ipsy is awesome for anyone who wants to try out new beauty products, and I love my little collection of makeup bags that I get every month!

Here is what I’ll be getting in my August 2015 Ipsy Bag :

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Yay, pretty excited for this bag! I hope the nude lip liner will work well with my complexion! Also super stoked to try out the gel blush and skin hydrator.

These are other items you might be receiving in your August 2015 Glam Bag :

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There are some AWESOME products this month! Super jealous of anyone who may be getting some of these goodies. If you aren’t happy with what you are getting, remember to rate your bag and products at the end of the month! Eventually products you don’t like/want will appear less often.

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BirchBox Sneak Peek: August 2015

August 2015 BirchBox

So, I really like how BirchBox gives you the option to either pick one sample for your box, a special edition box, or just be completely surprised. I decided to claim this month’s Guest Editor Box, “Candidly Nicole”. If you want to check out BirchBox please do so using my referral link, HERE! For $10 a month you receive 4-6 sample/full size products!

Here is what I’ll be receiving in my August 2015 BirchBox :

»dr. brandt® microdermabrasion skin exfoliant
at-home treatment for a smooth, glowing complexion

»Rene Furterer LISSEA Leave-In Smoothing Fluid
nourishing formula that protects against heat and tames frizz

»OPI Venice
a brand new hue from the polish brand’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection
~You’ll get one of four colors of OPI Polish. We’ll surprise you with either a dusty pink, a glittery rose gold, a deep navy, or a classic red.~

»St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion
innovative self-tanner for a convenient, natural-looking color

»LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip Tint in Humble Brag
creamy crayon for rich, easy-to-apply cheek color (it works on lips too!)

I’m PRAYINGGGGG I get the nail color shown in the picture, or at least the glittery rose gold. I will be kind of bummed if I end up getting the red, but its the risk I’m taking! I’m super excited about the Cheek/Lip tint too, it’s such a pretty color! Overall this box should be a hit, and I can’t wait for it to arrive….in like 3 weeks!

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BirchBox Sneak Peek: June 2015

June 2015 BirchBox

I’ve been subscribed to BirchBox for a few months now…and haven’t been too thrilled with the boxes I’ve received. When I took a peek into my BirchBox page this month though, I was so happy with what I was getting! If you want to check out BirchBox please do so using my referral link, HERE! For $10 a month you receive 4-6 sample/full size products!

Here is what I will be getting in my June 2015 BirchBox :

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whoooooo! Cant wait for it to come in and play with these goodies! Most excited for the Revealed Palette, Eyeliner Kit, Beauty Balm, and yes…the hair ties. Hope you are as excited about your June 2015 Birch Box as I am!

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Ipsy Glam Bag Sneak Peek / Early Access: June 2015

IPSY June 2015

It’s finally time for the June 2015 Ipsy sneak peek / early glamroom access! I have to say, I’m a LITTLE disappointed that I’m getting another Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer, I really wanted to try the Too Faced Melted Lipstick…I was also really hoping for the It Cosmetics Brow Power Pencil, but sadly I won’t be getting it this time. Overall, I still an happy with what I’m getting and hopefully I will use some of it. If you aren’t familiar with Ipsy, feel free to check them out by clicking HERE. It’s a monthly subscription service that costs $10, and you receive 4-5 beauty products each month. I absolutely love ipsy and its a great way to try out new brands and products!

Here is what I’ll be receiving in my June 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag:

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• Smashbox Cosmetics – Photo Finish Foundation Primer
• tre’StiQue – Mini Shadow Crayon
• Keratherapy – Daily Smoothing Cream
• Dr. Brandt Skincare – Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner
• J. Cat Beauty – Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain

I’m REALLY hoping that I receive a normal color of the shadow crayon, if its the green one I might actually cry…I’ve gotten so many weird colored shadows/eyeliners that are just rotting in my collection..

I went ahead & decided to post what other people could potentially get in their bags this month too! Everyone will be getting either the Too Faced Melted Lipstick or the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer as one of their items!

Here are the other products you might receive in your Ipsy June 2015 Bag:

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Hopefully your bag includes products you like and will use! I know it can easily be a hit or miss!

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ColourPop Eyeshadow, Highlighter, & Lippie Stix: Review + Swatches

 After seeing ColourPop all over youtube & various blogs, I decided to finally order some of their products for myself. Their products are decently priced, but it adds up quickly, trust me! I wish I could have recorded my reaction to swatching these for the first time, the consistency and texture of the eyeshadows/highlighters are just so different & creamy…yet powdery? I literally said “oh my GOD” out loud the first time I swatched an eyeshadow.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows: $5.00 Each

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow – Tassel (Metallic), Girly (Pearlized), Fringe (Metallic)

My favorite out of the 3 is definitely Tassel, its the most beautiful inner corner/lid color ever! I also love Girly as a brow highlight and base color, its a little less shimmery, as you can see.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow – Liberty (Ultra-Metallic), I Heart This (Metallic), Get Lucky (Metallic)

If you like a subtle shimmer without the BAM in your face eyeshadow look, I Heart This is for you! It gives off just the perfect nude shimmer look. I’ve also been loving Get Lucky & Liberty to add that pop of color to the center of the lids!

Don’t get me wrong, these highlights are great & I do think they are worth the $8. But, in retrospect I probably should have splurged else where since I already have tons of highlighters. I don’t see these ever replacing my Mac Soft and Gentle or Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I will use them, just probably not super often. If you are looking for a cheaper, good quality highlighter, I definitely recommend checking these out!

ColourPop Highlighters: $8.00 Each

ColourPop Highliter – Stole The Show (Pearlized), Lunch Money (Pearlized), Highly Waited (Pearlized)

Stole The Show definitely stole the show for me! It’s my favorite out of the 3 with Lunch Money following closely behind. I feel like Highly Waisted is just not the right color for my skin tone, it would be really beautiful on someone who was a little darker or tan.

Yes, the famous ColourPop Lippie Stix. These were the first products I had heard of from ColourPop & I’ve been wanting to try them out for so long. I’m not really a bright lipstick kind of girl, i’m usually always wearing a nude lipstick or a pale pink. I wanted to try and step outside my comfort zone a little bit with these. But as you can see, most of them are still pretty nude or muted.

ColourPop Lippie Stix: $5.00 Each

ColourPop Lippie Stix – Cookie (Matte), Skimpy (Glossy), Bound (Glossy), BFF (Glossy), Easy (Glossy), Cupid (Hyper-Glossy)

My Favorites out of group are Skimpy, Cupid, and Easy. But I also really do like BFF and Bound. I find that Cookie is very dark looking on my pale skin. So again, if you had a darker complexion it would be fantastic for you. Often I mix Skimpy & Cupid/Easy together to get a pretty nude peachy/pink lip. I love love love the formula and pigmentation of these lippies!

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Ipsy Glam Bag Sneak Peek: May 2015

IPSY May 2015 Glam Bag

I know…it’s been SO long since I last posted a blog. I’m really sorry, I’ve just been caught up with school. Hopefully I can get back into blogging this summer and share all the goodies I’ve gotten recently with you all. I couldn’t pass up sharing this months Ipsy Glam Bag though, I’m totally loving basically everything that I’m getting this month!  If you aren’t familiar with Ipsy, feel free to check them out by clicking HERE. It’s a monthly subscription service that costs $10, and you receive 4-6 beauty products each month. I absolutely love ipsy and have been subscribed for two years now!

Here is what I’ll be receiving in my May 2015 Ipsy Bag:

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IPSY May 2015 Glam Bag

IPSY May 2015 Glam Bag

I would have to say I’m most excited for the Briogeo Leave-In Conditioner, Chella Eyebrow Pencil, and Urban Decay Lip Primer Pencil & Lipgloss! Heck, I’m also excited for the Luxie Beauty Eyeshadow Brush! Can’t wait to get this months bag in the mail in just a few weeks! I’ll get back to posting frequently soon, I promise.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow & Blush Review & Swatches


Back in November, I purchased 14 Makeup Geek Eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and a large Z Palette to put them in. It ended up being a pretty big purchase, $130. After hearing so many people rave about these shadows and seeing them in almost every single one of Jaclyn Hill’s Youtube videos, I decided to finally get some myself. I really had no idea of what I wanted, I looked at every single color and looked up swatches and favorites from other bloggers/youtubers. I’m really happy with the ones I picked out, and I have marked a few of my favorites for you all below. My “favorites” have a heart above the swatch, most of them I use every single day. I do love all of the colors though, just some are better for everyday wear. For some reason, I didn’t take a picture of the blushes in this palette before I started using it, but there is a swatch of them at the bottom!

Eyeshadow Pans: $5.99 each
Blush Pans: $9.99 each
Large, Black Z Palette: $20.00

firstIce Queen: Love this shade for inner corner and under the brow highlight!
Peach Smoothie: One of my all time favorites! I use this almost everyday as a transition and blending color.
Glamorous: Beautiful bronzy-shimmer color for the lid!
Cocoa Bear: Another all time fav, I personally use it in the outer edges of the eye. It’s the perfect warm-tone brown.

secondMocha: Usually use this color in my crease, and to create the “outer v” shape on smokey eyes.
Vanilla Bean: Gorgeous off-white color, looks beautiful on the inner half of the lid and under the brow.
Beaches & Cream: LOVE THIS SHADE. It’s few shades lighter than Peach Smoothie, I use this one too as a transition/all over lid color.
Creme Brulee: Another perfect warm brown color. It’s not as dark as Cocoa Bear, but very similar.

ThirdLatte: Yet another warm toned brown. Although these all seem similar, they each give a very different look when applied onto the eye.
Barcelona Beach: This one isn’t as warm in tone, and it looks really good when going for a darker eye look.
Shimma Shimma: FAVORITE inner corner highlight. It’s just so beautiful and shimmery, I LOVE it.
Cinderella: Very similar to Shimma Shimma, just tinted pink. It’s very beautiful and girly.

fourthCosmopolitan: I’ve gotten SO many compliments on this eyeshadow. I use my Mac Fix+ to wet it after I have some on a brush, and just pack it onto my lid. It looks beautiful in combination with Coca Bear!
Mercury: Although I don’t personally use this shade much, it is a really pretty space grey/silver color. I have been trying to stay away from super dark colors and black…since that is all I used to wear in high school!
Spell Bound (Blush): I fell in love with this blush the first time I used it. Its the most perfect shade for me and looks really good with the shadows I marked as favorites.
First Love (Blush): When I ordered this, I expected it to look different when actually wearing it. Personally, I don’t think this blush can be worn alone. Sometimes I mix it with a little bit of Spell Bound, or use it as a soft highlight right above Spell Bound, but never alone. It’s just way too pale in my opinion.

I’m so glad I finally ended up purchasing these. Although it can start to add up in price, in the long run you will save money because you are just buying shades that you want. I know I have tons of palettes that have 8+ colors in them and I only use 2-4. Now I can pick exactly what colors I want and when I hit pan, I can just order another one for $5.99! Can’t beat that!


All Over Lid & Crease: Peach Smoothie, Beaches & Cream
Inner Corner/Lid: Vanilla Bean & Shimma Shimma
Outer Lid & Crease: Creme Brulee & Cocoa Bear
Liner: Stila Stay All Day WaterProof Liquid Liner & Urban Decay Perversion
Mascara: L’Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black