Tuesday, November 27, 2012

November Ipsy Review

               So I don’t know about you but I am new to the concept of the monthly subscription boxes. I don’t know how I missed such a huge trend in beauty! I looked at a few different programs and I decided after watching some You Tube videos to choose Ipsy (previously MyGlam). It is $10 a month and they send you a makeup bag and 5 products to try.

                I just received my first bag (the November collection). After watching so many videos on previous bags I wasn’t sure how I would feel about what I would receive. I have to say I am really happy with this bag. The cosmetic bag is a chocolate brown satin bag with a gold zipper. The size of the bag is perfect for inside a purse or to use as an impromptu clutch.

             Inside was an eye liner from Starlet Cosmetics in Chocolate. Right off the bat I don’t think I will like it. It is a pencil you have to sharpen. I usually find them not soft enough. My initial reaction is that it isn't as bad as I first thought; I probably wouldn't buy it though.

            The next item is Bare Minerals Moxie lip gloss in Dare Devil which is a deep berry. The gloss goes on very sheer but you can build to a darker color if you want. For me one swipe is a great wash of color. This was my first time using the Moxie gloss I have used Buxom in the past and have loved it. Another win for BE

             Next is my favorite product from the bag. Nailtini Nail lacquer in Millionaire. Which is rose gold small sparkle with gold long sparkles and teal long sparkles mixed together. You mostly see the gold. I have never heard of the brand but I love the concept and it is full size and is worth $13. Just this product makes the Ipsy bag so worth it.

            Meet Matt(e) eyeshadow by The Balm. It is a cute one color sample in Matt Batali. It is a deep brown that will be great in the out corner. I have never used any makeup from The Balm so I am excited to try the shadow. The color can be found in a collection called Meet Matt(e) which looks really good especially if you need to add more matte colors to your collection.

             The last item is an eyebrow gel by Chella. With the bag you could have gotten the eyebrow gel or mascara from Benefit (which I wish I would have gotten). My eyebrows are blond and fairly sparce. So I don’t have a great need for a gel. I am curious about this line they have a system to help grown your eye brows called Brow Full- Fillment Eyebrow Treatment for $90. So if any of you have tried this or have any other great eyebrow things let me know

            I was a little unsure about how I would like the products sent to me but overall I am super pleased with everything! I am looking forward to next month!

What do you guys think of monthly beauty subscriptions? Any advice for my blonde eyebrows? I have tried some pencils but I don’t the color looks natural with my red hair. 

Please visit Ipsy for more information about how they work and about the products I mentioned above. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Where to Find Fashion Inspiration

 As a teen I felt alone in finding clothing to fit my body but now with so many amazing blogs, stores, and magazines for plus size women there is inspiration everywhere.

I love to search blogs and online stores for ideas of what is really popular right now. Sometimes seeing an interesting outfit or an aspiration look gets me excited and looking in my closet for a way to recreate the looks, or just out of a rut of wearing the same thing everyday. 
My go to inspiration is also makeup and jewelry. Looking at your own collection or seeing what someone else has worn can begin to shape a whole new look for yourself. I have recently rediscovered my love for my makeup. I found a great blog Beauty Broadcast and You Tube channel by Emily, she has gotten back into drugstore makeup and has good advice about which brand and products are good. As a college student I have a very limited budget so I have been able to buy a few more things then I probably would have at a place like Sephora. Going on sites like Bauble Bar are fun to see trends in jewelry (plus they have great prices).
I also have found Pinterest a great source of inspiration not just for clothing, trends and styling things but also for decorating, recipes, and the holidays. Pinterest is so much fun. Now instead of having to save pages or make lists in word it can all go on different boards on Pinterest. I think it is so much fun to see what friends have pinned but also look things up by category. LOVE it , what did we do before Pinterest?
Looking through magazines is still one of my favorite things to do. All types of magazines give me inspiration, beauty and fashion are my favorites though. Home magazines are my next favorite, Country Living makes me so happy.
So where do you find your fashion inspiration? I would love to hear where you always check.