NEW! Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette

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I am BEYOND excited to be sharing this post with you today! While I was watching one of CoffeeBreakWithDani‘s YouTube videos, I browsed through the comments and someone had mentioned a palette called Revealed 2. Curious me got to researching and I found the Revealed 2 palette by Coastal Scents. I’ve heard of Coastal Scents before but never purchased anything. I think I’d received them in an Ipsy bag before but without having to research I honestly can’t remember, so whatever I received must have been forgettable (most likely due to color). After watching reviews and looking at swatches, I gave in. Mind you this was all early in the morning last Friday and there was a promotion going on to get this palette for less than $10 — regular price is $19.95.

Tuesday came and there in a pretty yellow box were my palettes, yes, I bought two of them. Imagine my excitement when I got home! It came very well packaged, the palettes were wrapped in large bubble wrap then wrapped in paper all in a good sized box.

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The palette is made of cardboard. One of the things it is lacking is a mirror on the cover. For some people, that is a deal breaker. For me, the presence of a mirror is just an added bonus so I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything. The palette contains 20 matte and shimmer eyeshadows in rectangular pans the same size as those in the Urban Decay Naked palettes that the Revealed palettes are getting compared to. Most of the reviews that I’ve read and claimed that most of these shadows are dupes of colors in Naked 2 and 3. Unfortunately, I never could bring myself to purchase those (I only have the first Naked palette) so I can’t confirm those claims but based on everyone else’s pictures, many of them definitely do look like dupes. So, if you’re like me and the UD palettes are out of your budget, then Revealed 2 is a great alternative.

Quite a few of the shadows are pink toned similar to Naked 3 along with a couple more bronze and taupe shades. Here is my first set of swatches. No primer was used and these are dry swatched and a single swipe. I tend to be lighthanded when swatching so mine may not look at “vibrant” as others you see but, rest assured, pigmentation of these eyeshadows is amazing.

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And let’s take a look at each section since the colors are not named.

Top left:

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The color second from the right from this set seemed a bit more chalky when swatching.

Top right:

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Bottom left:

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Bottom right:

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The shade second to the left in this set was a bit harder to swatch.

Overall, I think this a great palette. Only a small handful gave me issues when I did my swatches. The colors are absolutely beautiful. I haven’t yet used them on an eye look but I will definitely keep you all updated and let you know how they are in the long run. At under $10 each plus shipping there was no hesitation for me to purchase this palette at all, but even at the regular price of $19.95, you’re still getting a great deal– you’re basically paying $1 per eyeshadow. The colors are beautiful and the quality overall is really good for a discount makeup brand. For the most part, the eyeshadows are very silky with little fallout. If you choose to purchase this palette, you will NOT be disappointed. You can purchase the palette here!

Have you purchased Revealed2? What do you think about it?

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October Ipsy Glambag – “The Art of Beauty”

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It’s about that time again! As usual, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription. For $10 USD (plus tax in some states), you get a makeup bag filled with on average 4-5 deluxe sized samples and some full-size beauty products. You take a short quiz and based on your answers, you are “matched” up with products that are “personally” chosen for you. The accuracy of IpsyMatch is iffy to some subscribers. To subscribe or just to read more about Ipsy, you can click here.

This month’s bag theme is “The Art of Beauty.” The artwork on the card is very eyecatching this time around. Nothing overdone, just simple with pops of color.

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And the brands that participated in this month’s bag:

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The bag looks a bit juvenile. It is white with a pink zipper and inner lining. I would have liked the bag more if it either had more of a design on it or if it didn’t have the writing.  The quote featured on the bag is from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Some people will recognize it; unfortunately, it went uncredited on the bag nor is there any reference to it on the information card. Too bad.

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If you’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for a few months, you’ll find the bag to be similar to one we received in April. I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for one year and the April makeup bag is perhaps my favorite.

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The white outer material of the October bag (right) feels thinner and not as durable as that of the April bag (left). Another difference is that the October bag (right) has a plain pink inner lining whereas April’s (left) had a striped pink and white lining.

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And onto the products I received!

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1. Zoya nail polish in Neve (Zoya, full size, $8)

Zoya is a very popular nail polish brand that, for me, is very hard to come by so I always get excited when I find out we’ll be receiving it in our Ipsy glambags. Zoya is big 5 free (no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl pthalate, or camphor). The formulas are very long lasting.

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This month, I received Neve from the Fall 2013 Cashmeres and Satins Collection. I’ve been into blue nail polishes as of late so I’m extremely happy that I received this gorgeous metallic blue.

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I just did my mani last night and I’m not quite ready to take it off so I will not be swatching this Zoya polish for this post. I will in a future post to keep an eye out for that!

 

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2. SexyHair texturizing spray clay (Ulta, full-size, $18.95)

We seem to have been getting SexyHair products quite often and most times I don’t use them. This month one of our five items was guaranteed to be a SexyHair product, either a blow dry gel or texturizing spray clay– I received the spray clay. It is a 1.4 oz deluxe sample sized aerosol can.

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I will say that one of the things I do like about this is the packaging. There’s something about black packaging that draws me in. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be using this product. My husband did just get his hair cut so I will be giving to him to try out.

 

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3. Nourish Organic coconut & argan body lotion (Nourish Organic, full size, $11.99)

One of the items that I could never get enough of, especially in the colder months, is lotion. My hands get ridiculously dry so I was crossing my fingers for lotion or hand cream. Ipsy was also giving out Be Delectable by Cake Beauty which I was kind of hoping for since they posted a pre-spoiler (?) of cupcakes for it. I have a thing for cupcakes. I didn’t get the Be Delectable cream; I instead received Nourish Organic. The formula is 100% certified organic and contains Moroccan Argan oil, coconut oil, and hibiscus. It has a very pleasant scent, not at all overpowering.

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Just as the back of the tube says, it absorbed very quickly and did not leave a greasy feeling on my hands. The size of the tube is very convenient and fits into my Phillip Lim for Target mini gusset bag perfectly.

 

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4. Bella Terra mineral shimmer in Emotion  (Bella Terra, full size $14.99)

Every month Ipsy has any kind of loose powder as an “or” item, I get it. This month was no exception. The containers sent out were just short of full size (container in our glambags is 2.0g, full size is 2.5g).

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It is very finely milled and applied smooth. It’s also extremely easy to blend. I don’ typically wear dark or bold colors on my eyes during the daytime but this will definitely get lots of wear during evening events especially now with the holiday season right around the corner.

 

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5. Coastal Scents medium shadow brush (Coastal Scents, $2.49)

I’m going to be honest, I was NOT happy when my glam room showed that I’d be getting an eyeshadow brush. I mean, I can get makeup brushes anywhere! With that said, I am quite pleased I received one in my bag, hah. I received Coastal Scents’ natural classic medium shadow brush.

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One of the things that I don’t like about some brushes is that the hairs shed easily or they are too stiff or hard and hurt my eyelids when I apply eyeshadow with them. The head on this brush is soooo soft. The size of the brush is perfect for my application. The handle of the brush is plain black and silver just the way I like them with the name and brush number written on it. The only downside so far is that there is excess glue on the silver part of the brush. Not a big deal for me.

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When I first peaked into my glam room before I received my bag, I really wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it. Sure, I was looking forward to the Zoya polish and I was happy that I’d be getting a lotion but the other three products didn’t get me excited. I was pleasantly surprised. Out of the products I received, four I will find myself using often. The other product (the texturizing spray clay) sadly has no place on my vanity but hopefully it will find a happy home with my hair product junky of a husband. If you aren’t a current subscriber, I think you should definitely give it a try at only $10 a month. You can always cancel at anytime. Subcribe now here!

Did you receive the October Ipsy glambag? What did you receive in yours? How do you like the products?

February Ipsy Glambag

For months, I debated whether or not to sign up for Birchbox, which is a monthly beauty subscription. Then while browsing Instagram I saw a few pictures from people who had received their monthly beauty subscriptions and it included a gorgeous black and white chevron makeup bag with red details. But it wasn’t Birchbox. It was from Ipsy. So, again, I sat on my butt for a few days before I bit the bullet and signed up. It’s $10 a month which includes shipping ($10 + tax in atleast CA now). It includes a makeup bag and beauty samples that follow a specific theme. I got by first bag in December.

It’s now February and I received my glambag themed Red Carpet Ready. The makeup bag is a simple, shiny, black vinyl pouch with a red lining. The bag smells exactly like a beach ball, plastic-y and very cheap.

 

Here is what I received in my glambag.

Take a closer look at what I received after the jump!

I received Coastal Scents in In the Spotlight. I’d always read about Coastal Scents and their humongous eyeshadow pallets for a really cheap price but I never actually bought any mainly because on a daily basis at most I’ll do is a neutral eye. This is my first CS eyeshadow.
When I opened the package,one of the little pots popped right out.
 

Swatched on my arm, left to right: sunbeam (matte), dark golden olive (shimmer), golden globe (shimmer), and dark goldenrod (shimmer). The texture of the eyeshadows is velvety smooth and they’re quite pigmented. But to be honest, I can really only see myself wearing the dark golden olive and dark goldenrod. Anyone want the other two? They pop right out of the container.

The next item I received is this Mica Beauty Cosmetics gel eyeliner. I think this is the brand that I usually pass right on by their kiosk at the mall. I usually use liquid eyeliner for my daily makeup; my current HG of eyeliners is the Milani Eye Tech liquid eyeliner in black, mostly due to the applicator tip. For nights out, I tend to use my Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining long wear gel liner in ebony applied with an angled eyeliner brush. I’m currently wearing this Mica Beauty eyeliner and am curious to see how it holds up against the Sonia Kashuk.

 It also included Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer. I had received a sample of this a couple months ago in a Target beauty bag and the sample I received in my glambag is definitely a deluxe sized sample. I have lots of old acne scaring from high school and when worn under makeup it looked UH-mazing and flawless. The downside is that I broke out after I used it. To be honest, I can’t remember if I had changed anything else about my beauty routine at the time so I’m willing to give it another try. I’m currently wearing this underneath my Revlon Photoready liquid foundation.

 It’s a light beige color but it blends into my skin wonderfully.

Next up are these Lash Cards. The first thing that came to my mind was, “why is the writing backwards?” Duh, when you use them looking in the mirror the writing magically is the right way.

It came with four individually wrapped lash cards. Both ends can be used, one labeled “small curve” and the other labeled “large curve.” You basically hold them between your eye/face and your eyelashes while you apply your mascara to prevent it from smearing all over the place. Great idea and I kind of wish I’d thought of it but I wouldn’t buy them. They don’t do anything different than a small piece or paper or tissue can do.

Speaking of mascara, a sample tube of Pop Beauty Smokey Lash Kapow!!! in No. 1 smoky black was also in the bag. You can never have too much mascara… or can you? Really rich, deep black color which I absolutely love. It noticeably lengthened my eyelashes but it applied a little clumpy for me. I had to go over my eyelashes a few times to brush out the little chunks.

  
Overall,  I’m pleased with what I got in my February glambag, minus the Lash Cards. But for what I received that I can use (the primer, eyeliner, and mascara), it was worth the $10.90 price tag. Do you receive any monthly beauty subscriptions in the mail? What did you get? What do you think about them?