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?

March Ipsy Glambag – “Destination Beauty”

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Guess what time it is. It’s Ipsy time! It feels like it’s been so long since I’ve done an Ipsy unbagging. 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 “Destination Beauty.” I’m a little late with this post– I actually received my bag almost two weeks ago but I was a little underwhelmed this month.

Let’s start with the bag itself. So it looks like Ipsy is doing a series of bags in unique prints for the new Artist Series. This month’s bag was designed by Klari Reis and is from her geography-based series called “Street Anatomy.” I’m going to be honest, I’m not a fan of the bag. It’s nothing against the artist– I took a look at her web portfolio and her work really is amazing, and I love the fact that Ipsy has chosen to reach out to artists because it’s giving them lots of exposure. It is how the artist’s work was printed on the bag that leaves something to be desired. As a non-SF person, it just looks like tons of colorful blobs (the print quality doesn’t help any either). Had the print been smaller and showed more of the work itself, I probably could have appreciated it more.

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With that being said, here are the products I received this month:
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1. bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Get Ready (bareminerals.com, full size $18)

bareMinerals is a repeat brand with Ipsy but we don’t get it often enough for me to be sick of it, thank goodness. This month, subscribers received either the Marvelous Moxie lipstick of lipgloss. The last time I received bareMinerals, I received a lipgloss so I’m glad I received a different product. The lipstick is in the shade Get Ready which is a warm rose pink color. The formula has a satin finish and leaves my lips feeling moisturized. The color is really pretty and I can see it complimenting just about every skin color, yes, even mine.

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It is a pretty decent sized sample, it would be perfect to carry around in your makeup bag or purse or in your travel bag.

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2. Pixi flawless beauty primer (pixibeauty.com, full-size $22)

I always welcome primer samples. My success with primers has been 50/50– Smashbox Photo Finish worked well with my skin as did the Mirabella Prime for face & eyes I got in a previous bag, but some others have caused me to break out, one of which was the Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer that I received in a Target Beauty Box.

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Unlike the Smashbox and Mirabella primers, this primer is not clear/silicone but instead has a tint when dispensed and blends in like a moisturizer. It does leave a bit of a sheen when blended. Unfortunately, I’ve been working really hard to clear any current breakout that I’ve been dealing with to risk another breakout from another Pixi primer.

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3. Chella eyeliner pen in indigo blue (chella.com, full size $24)

I love eyeliner pens. If you ask me if I prefer pencils/kohl, gel, liquid, or pens, I will say pen just about every time. They’re easy to use, no additional brush required, and they allow for precision application– what more could you want? So, yes, I love that I received an eyeliner pen. What I’m on the fence about is that… it’s blue.

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I know many people on forums have been crying out for colored eyeliner and I would have also welcomed color if it were, ohhhhh I don’t know, purple, green, or gold. I’m not much of a blue around the eyes person. In terms of the applicator and formula, the pen tip is very easy to manage, you can draw a thin or thick line depending on how you hold the pen, and the formula is fairly budge proof. The blue color is nice but not for me. It’s too bad that Chella only offers this eyeliner pen in black and indigo blue. It’s also too bad that it’s $24. I’ll stick with Jessie’s Girl.

They do have a visible black band but thankfully it isn’t as thick as others that I’ve seen. These have potential for me… you know, once I actually start wearing false lashes. At $3.99 per pair and they come with a tube of glue, they’re worth giving a try.

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4. NYX Love in Rio eyeshadow palette in the Brazilian (nyxcosmetics.com, full size $6)

I have said it many times, I love NYX. I also love neutral eyeshadows. So, it’s just about a given that I love NYX neutral eyeshadows. I just love NYX. This palette comes with three neutral eyeshadows (and a useless sponge applicator). The packaging is plastic and very lightweight but who care, it’s NYX and I love NYX. I detail I noticed about the packaging that I thought was cute was on the front closure– it looks like a bow. You can’t tell me that’s not cute.

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So here are the shades that are included in the palette:

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They are dark brown, nude pink, and shimmery toffee. All are velvety soft. The dark brown is a matte shade that is perfect for defining the crease. Nude pink is a slightly shimmery shade though you can’t tell in my photos. It has teeny tiny specks of glitter and strikes me more of as a champagne color and looks really pretty in the corners of the eyes or to accentuate the middle of the eyelid. I probably wouldn’t use it as a brow highlight. The shimmery toffee is, well, shimmery toffee and very pretty. It’s a great little palette to add to all of my other neutral palettes.

Here are swatches for the cosmetic items:

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In summary, while the NYX eyeshadow palette and bareMinerals lipstick are pluses in my book, the eyeliner is not something I could see myself using nor purchasing and I don’t want to risk my skin for the Pixi primer due to past experiences with face products from the brand.  I see my time with Ipsy coming to an end soon.

Did you receive your March Ipsy glambag? What did you get?

July Ipsy Glambag – “Beach Beauty”

ipsy_july2013Today, I have for you the July Ipsy Glambag. I’ve posted a few of my bags in the past but if you don’t know what Ipsy, it 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.

The theme for this month’s bag is “Beach Beauty.” The makeup bag this month is a cylinder tube shape which is different from all the typical rectangle shaped bags. It’s vinyl and hot pink and totally screams SUMMER! Here’s what I received in my bag:

ipsy_july2013_011. Pop Beauty pouty pop crayon in Coral Crush (set of 6 for $25.00 at Ulta, $4.17 each)

I was really excited about this product when the sneak preview was released. I’ve wanting to try more lip products besides the lipglosses that I’ve gotten in the past from Ipsy. I received one other pop beauty product which was a mascara that I wasn’t 100% wild about but it was useable.

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I received the lip crayon in Coral Crush. Just reading the name terrified me. I look HORRIBLE in coral colored lip anything. While I waited for my bag to arrive, I read some ladies’ comments on this shade and made said it was more on the pink side versus coral so that calmed me down a bit. I swatched it on my wrist when I got it– it didn’t look that bad, the color is actually very pretty. However, I applied on my lips and I immediately swallowed my words– holy moly, this color is bright! Super disappointed at that.

Since applying it I’ve been rubbing my lips together and typing up this review. It really did apply very nicely, it’s very smooth. The best part about the lip crayon is it’s a twist-up so no annoying fat pencil sharpener required. Anyway, out of curiosity I just stepped into the bathroom to take a look at the color and it’s toned down quite a bit now that I’ve rubbed it like mad and it’s actually left a really pretty slightly pink stain. So, note to self, apply 15 minutes and rub it in like crazy before I need to be in public.

ipsy_july2013_032. Coola unscented mineral face sunscreen, SPF 20 (full size $36.00)

Coola is an organic skincare line which is great for those with allergies or sensitive skin. There were two types of sunscreen being given, the unscented mineral sunscreen which is what I received and the rose essence tinted sunscreen. Both are SPF 20. Here is the website’s description of the product:

Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen; a clear, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. Organic Acai Oil – high in Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3, plus antioxidant Vitamins C and E – delivers a powerful defense against aging. Organic Sunflower Seed Extract promotes elasticity while organic Linseed Oil, containing Alpha-Linolenic Acids, reduces redness and irritation. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates, as organic Cucumber Extract calms skin.

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Paraben Free
  • Ultra Sheer
  • Anti-Aging
  • Water Resistant (40 minutes)
  • No nano-sized particles

Coola website

I’ll admit, I was a little surprised by the size of the sample we received. It’s 0.23 fl oz and about the size of a Carmex tube. I haven’t yet tried the product but I may give it a go this weekend when we go to the fair.
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3. BH Cosmetics California Collection samples (full palettes currently on sale for $9.95 each)
The mini palettes from BH Cosmetics included one eyeshadow from each of the California Collection palettes– Hollywood, San Francisco, and Malibu. For a sample, the packaging is definitely cute. The Hollywood eyeshadow is an eggplant purple, San Francisco a bronze brown. and Malibu a yellow gold. I thought these were going to super pigmented eyeshadows when I first opened the palette but to my surprise they are actually pretty sheer. Swatching them was a delight as they are velvety smooth and don’t crumble up like some other eyeshadows. The sheerness actually works for me. I don’t wear a lot of eyeshadow aside from evenings out or special occassions, so the fact that they are sheer means I can wear them during the daytime without feeling like my makeup is overdone.
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The colors are really pretty and could definitely work together. I’m thinking these are perfect for when basketball season rolls around. Ride or die Lakers fan (just don’t remind me about the train wreck of this past season).
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4. Sexy Hair’s bigsexyhair Weatherproof, humidity resistant spray (full size $18.95 at Ulta)
Out of all the possible products from this month’s bag, this was the product I was desperately hoping for. My natural hair texture is loose curly, somewhat kinky, and coarse. I heat style my hair about 2-3 times a weak and exposure to humidity basically ruins me. This product is supposed to do just as what the product name says– protects your hair against humidity. You are supposed to spray it on your finished look, so I’ll give it a little test run tomorrow and for a real go at the fair this weekend as well. I can’t waiiiiit!
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I love nail polish, there’s no hiding it, but if I had the option of getting nail polish in a color that I didn’t personally choose and trying a different brand new product (i.e., a dermabrasion scrub which was the other item I was hoping for), I would pick the other product. This, sad to say, is probably the product this month that I could have cared less about receiving. I’ve gotten two other Nailtini products in past Ipsy bags that I wasn’t too crazy for, Frappe (which was more nude than pale pink also is more sheer than what I’d like but it works when I want to wear nailpolish but I don’t want it to look like I’m wearing nail polish) and Millionaire (which is a shred/bard glitter polish that I swatched once and haven’t looked at since).
I love mai tais, in fact, I think one of the first mixed drinks I ever ordered was a mai tai… at Mai Tai Bar lol. The color is described as a vibrant sunrise coral. Really? TWO coral products in one bag? I can’t think of anything worse for me besides maybe two hot pink items in the same bag. I’m not too fond of this color. It’s darker than other colors I wear. Perhaps if it was a similar coral color to the Pop Beauty lip crayon I got then it would have been better but, unfortunately, it’s not. If I use this polish, it will probably be on my toes… covered in glitter.
Overall, I got my $10.00 worth. The lip crayon and eyeshadow palettes will likely get lots of wear this summer and I’m crossing my fingers for good results with the humidity resistant spray and mineral sunscreen.
If you are interested in joining Ipsy, you can do so by clicking here. There usually is a waitlist but every so often they will open subscriptions. Next month is my birthday month so I’m crossing my fingers for something reeeally good.
Are you a current Ipsy subscriber? What did you think of this month’s bag?

Physicians Formula Super BB Cream

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BB (blemish balm or beauty balm) creams have been popping up in drugstores everywhere as of late. Primarily sold mainly in Asia, these products claim to do everything your moisturizer, sunscreen, and primer are supposed to do and more. I’d seen some in the smaller Asian accessory and housewares stores in the malls before but never paid much attention to them. I’ve read reviews on many of the drugstore BB creams but I’ve always been hesitant to try them. I have oily screen and breakouts that roll around every month (thanks hormones, thanks) so I’m hesitant to try new products sometimes.

While browsing around the cosmetics at CVS, a pretty holographic silver and white package caught my eye. Low and behold, it’s a BB cream, Super BB cream by Physicians Formula. I stood in front of the display for about 10 minutes looking up reviews before I walked away. Not because I lost interest in the product but because I looked like an idiot standing there staring at my phone. So I did my research that night and the next day, I purchased it.

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It comes in a 1.2 fl oz tube with a screw cap. It makes quite a few claims: smoothing, moisturizing, protecting, firming, priming + filling, perfecting, concealing, brightening, line-softening, and long-wearing. Wowzers! The text on the box calls it an “All-in-1 Miracle Cream.” From the packaging:

• Ultra-blendable and lightweight cream effortlessly glides on, instantly infusing moisture, refining skin’s surface and providing protection from the environment. Skin looks and feels smooth, glowing, and naturally flawless.

• Ultra-versatile beauty balm simplifies your morning beauty routine by delivering the benefits of Moisturizer, Foundation & SPF protection in one easy to use product!

The product contains SPF 30.physiciansformula_superbbcream_03It only comes in two shades, light/medium and medium/deep. I chose the light/medium because, if anything, a lighter shade can always look better with a little bronzer and contouring. You want to be sure to shake and squeeze the tube to mix the product a bit– you do not want to do what I did and squeeze the tube without shaking and end up with a liquidy mess. If you shake up the tube to mix the product, you’ll get a creamy dallop when you dispense it that has a peak that totally reminds me of piping macarons. physiciansformula_superbbcream_04Here’s what it looks like blended into my forearm (sorry for the lighting differences). It blends into the skin very easily and does not feel greasyphysiciansformula_superbbcream_05

After washing my face, I dotted the product on and then simply spread the product with my fingers. I’ll spare you pictures of all of this. I have lots of old acne scaring with some of them being very dark. My darker scars were still visible through the layer of BB cream so it is very light coverage however the light/medium colors was perfect for me (for reference, I am an NC40 with MAC Studio Fix). It did seem to conceal minor imperfections and discolorations. It provided a natural finish, not too matte and not too shiny. And off I went on my day.

Typically, my makeup routine consists of moisturizer, primer, foundation, and powder to set. About 4 hours into my day, I have to blot. When I wore the BB cream I also added a little powder to set. I blotted after 3 hours and the amount of oil was more than what I usually have after 4 hours of my regular makeup routine. I could also see redness peaking out.

So I’m at a bit of a loss here. While I love the idea of wearing one product that takes care of everything that multiple products do, I’m not sure it’s working for me and my skin type or at least not this specific brand. Maybe I just had a bad day. At about $15.00 plus tax at CVS, it’s a bit steep for a drugstore product unless you use a coupon or buy when it’s on sale and I don’t see myself purchasing this again.

Have you tried Physicians Formula Super BB Cream or any of their other Super BB products? What did you think of them? Are there any BB creams that you would recommend?

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?