Monday, March 25, 2013

March Ipsy Review

So this is my 5th Ipsy Bag and the nautical theme bag is by far the cutest one I have received. Seriously I LOVE it. The contents are a mixed result for me though.

LA Fresh Towelettes- I was very excited to receive this because I just ran out of my current makeup remover towels and I have yet to find my go to brand. Unfortunately this brand isn't it for me either. The wipes work fine but the sheets are a little thin so they were starting to break apart before I was done using them. They also stung my eyes a little.

Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist- I have never used a mist like this before so I was interested in trying it. The size of the bottle is what has me the most excited, the spray itself is alright. I feel like the way it sprays out isn't quite right so I tend to blend out the product on my face. This would be nice if you find yourself with a very dry face since it is quick to use.

Yaby Eye shadows  These are my least favorite thing from the bag. I got seashell which is a cream color with shimmer and azalea petal which looks like a nice brownish-purple in the pan but no color shows up on my skin.

Glam RX magnetic palette- I was the most excited to receive this since I have been wanting a Z-palette but they are so much money to invest and I wasn't sure how it would work out. This is a great chance to try the concept and buy a larger palette if I like the whole de-potting my eye shadows  The size of the palette is a bit small but great if you have mini eye shadows like Yaby or last month’s Coast Scents. I am looking forward to trying to de-pot some of my single eye shadows and put them in my Glam RX.

Overall I liked the bag. Not quite as exciting as other months but the cute nautical themed bag and the Glam RX magnetic palette made up for that! 

For more info about Ipsy go here!

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XOXO Katie 

*I pay for the monthly subscription myself, this is my honest opinion of the bag. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jasmine Eyeshadow Palette's

I LOVE Disney, I always have and I always will. I dropped the ball with the Cinderella collection and was only able to get the Midnight Hour Eyeshadow Palette from Sephora. For the Jasmine collection I jumped at the chance to buy the two eyeshadow palette's.
This is the outside cardboard packaging for both palette's

I bought the Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette ($30 from Sephora) and the Storylook Palette Vol. 2 ($55 from Sephora).
Storylook Palette Vol. 2
Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette
I think the interior packaging for both of these sets are so cute, I will have these out on display. 

Here is a look at the colors inside the Storylook palette
                                                    Here is a look at the colors in the Magic Carpet Ride Palette 

Both palettes have lots of shimmer. I haven't had a chance to play too much with these. I decided to swatch the Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette to see what the color pay off is like. I was surprised how the colors look, this will be great for the spring! 

I am hoping to get a lot of use from these eyeshadows but lets be honest I bought these for the novelty not the actual wear of the shadows. If the eyeshadows look great then that is a bonus in my opinion. 

For the complete collection go to Sephora's site or to your local Sephora. 

What do you think of the Disney collections from Sephora?

XOXO Katie 

*I bought these products with my own money and all of the opinions are my own! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Fresh Brewed Beauty by Laura Geller

As many of you probably know Ulta is doing their 21 days of beauty. I love a good deal and they have a lot of other items at good prices as well that aren’t part of their daily specials. I couldn't resist Laura Geller’s Fresh Brewed Beauty set for $39. It comes with Balance-n-Brighten in the shade medium, Baked Impressions Blush in Mauve Mocha Latte, Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla with a two sided sponge brush, Baked Impressions Eye Palette in Espresso Yourself and Color Drench Lip Gloss in Café au Lait. Plus the packaging looks just like a bag of coffee beans which is so stinking cute. 

Looks just like a bag of coffee beans!! So cute. 

I have a few of LG’s products and I have always been impressed and I knew that $39 for this kit was an amazing deal plus I LOVE coffee so how could this kit be wrong. Let me tell you I did my whole face in this set the next day after I got it and was so impressed with the look, it is such a natural look which is something I never thought I would like. Usually when people create natural or no makeup type looks I am not that interested. This is a gorgeous look that really works for my coloring. 
The Blush and Eye shadow have coffee bean impressions on them. So cute. 

I already own Balance-n-Brighten in Medium which is a shade too dark so I have to use this powder foundation lightly.
Mauve Mocha latte- wears on the skin like a soft mauve. 

The Baked Impression Blush in Mauve Mocha Latte is gorgeous, this shade for me is the perfect blushing shade that looks really natural and can be built up. I sometimes like a bolder blush look it makes  me look more awake. This is a matte blush shade which I don’t have many of so this is a great one for any collection. 
The shades read like a soft cream, medium brown and a soft dark espresso brown

The Baked Impressions Eye Palette in Espresso Yourself is three neutral brown and cream shades. The three shades are matte and make a great everyday look or would be great to pair with shimmer colors as well to make a more dynamic eye color. I see this palette being great for travel because it will help create any look you may need.

The Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla with the brush was the big reason why I wanted this set. I had heard about her highlighters before as a great multi-tasker. I am so glad to have gotten it in the set because it is exactly what I wanted. It gives a very subtle highlight. I have a few highlighters and they are all very shimmery which is great but not for everyday. The sponge applicator is something I have never seen before and I think what makes this highlighter system very unique. Since this powder is baked it looks creamy on the face which I think is flattering
The color here looks much pinker then it does in person.

The Color Drench Lip Gloss in Café au Lait is a deeper nude lip shade which like the rest of the kit is great for work and everyday wear. The color also lasted pretty well on my lips, it leaves marks on cups but it almost seemed to stain my lips so even after drinking some coffee I had the gloss color left on my lips. Which was a pleasant surprise and I will likely wear this on its own or layered with other glosses for varied looks.
L-R highlighter, blush, the three eye shadow shades and the lip gloss is beneath the powder swatches

Overall this kit creates a beautiful everyday or work day look. I would encourage anyone to give this one a closer look because the deal is amazing and the products create such a beautiful look that is one that I haven’t seen before. If you haven’t tried Laura Geller cosmetics I think this would be a great way to see the range of her products and how they work. If you are like me and don’t have a lot of matte shades in your collection this will be a nice way to add them in.

This kit is also on LG’s site for $60 but you can choose your foundation shade so that is also a place to consider buying this if you don’t think the medium shade is right for you. I decided just to buy if from Ulta since I know that the medium shade is use-able for me and if I get color over the summer it should be a better match for me. I also will use the darker veins in the foundation as a contour. is out of this collection but I bought this kit on Tuesday and my store had 10+ sets left. I would suggest calling your local Ulta to see if they still have it. 

Please let me know if you have this kit or what you think about it! 

XOXO Katie 

*This kit was bought with my own money and this is my honest opinion of the kit.