New: February Ipsy Bag Review

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Hi, babes!

One of the subscription boxes/bags that I have wanted to try for the longest time (literally years!) is ipsy. If you don’t know what ipsy is, it is a monthly subscription service that sends its subscribers a hot pink bag that contains 4 to 5 mini beauty and/or skincare items. Each bag is $10 and you truly get awesome items.

I got this bag free because one of my lovely blogger ladies had a free bag to give away. Just to be clear, this is in no way a sponsored post! All opinions are my own.

Klorane Dry Shampoo

Truthfully, when I saw in the email that I was getting a dry shampoo, I was pretty disappointed. I’m not really a fan of dry shampoo because it makes my scalp feel really clogged up and overall a lot more dirty than before I used it. However, this dry shampoo from Klorane is great! It has oat milk so it doesn’t dry out your scalp. It took a bit of brushing out to get the white powder to simmer down and not look like I had bride of Frankenstein hair going on! I used it yesterday and it has been three days since I washed my hair. My hair feels great!

Biobelle Mask

While this mask looks great, I haven’t tried it yet. I don’t typically do a full face of makeup and when I do, I forget that I have this mask. The mask claims to work as a primer to prep your face and then you put on your makeup for a flawless look. It is gluten free, paraben free, and non GMO, plus it has tea tree oil and rosehip extract with a bit of vitamin C, so your face is sure to feel fresh. I did do a full face today (Tuesday) but I totally forgot to try the mask and it is still sitting on my desk. Once I try it, I’ll probably do a mini review on my Instagram stories. (Follow here!)

F.A.R.A.H. Brush

The third product in my ipsy bag is a vibrant purple makeup brush from F.A.R.A.H. I received the large angled contour brush (30F) and let me tell you, it is so nice! The bristles are super soft and it is perfect to chisel out your cheeks or bronze up your face. The brush bristles are also vegan! It is said to work on dry or liquid products, but I only use it on dry products.

IT Cosmetics Concealer

I was very happy to see that the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer in my ipsy bag was in the shade Light! Most of the time, concealers and foundations are too dark for my skin and this one is a great color for me. I haven’t tried this concealer yet (just swatched it) but it feels very full coverage and I’ve heard decent things about it. The package said that it can be worn as a foundation, too, so I may try that. Again, I’ll post a mini review on the product on my Insta stories! I tend to stick to my main products and I have a concealer I really like, but next time I do my makeup, I’ll try this out!

Estate Highlighter

I did not expect to find a purple highlighter when I opened up the makeup box! The Estate Dew Me “After Glow” purple highlighter is so gorgeous and I love it! If you got this highlighter and it intimidates you, try using it as an eyeshadow. I think this highlighter would make any look instantly pop!

I got five mini items in my February bag and I love them. The bag is super cute also and I will be using this all the time! Did you like your February ipsy bag? Have you tried any of the products mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!

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Fall Inspired Makeup Looks

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Hello, babes!

I am so excited for this post because 1) it is in collaboration with the absolutely amazing Bella and 2) it’s all about fall!  Today (September 29th, as I write this) is so gorgeous and it is finally starting to feel like fall! Yesterday was the first day in a very long time that I was able to wear jeans and boots comfortably!

Bella and I started talking about this collaboration a while ago and it was actually supposed to be published a few weeks ago, but things got really hectic and it is just now coming out. Thank you so much for being so understand, Bella babe! Muah!

One of my go-to looks for fall is a brown/nude eye with simple face makeup and a nude lip. It’s very easy and since I stopped wearing foundation,  I have knocked off some time from my makeup routine.

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I don’t have any specific colors or palettes that I used for this look.  You can just take whatever light cremes, browns, and one or two slightly darker shades, blend them all together, and there you have it! I used the L.A. Colors Chunky Lip crayon in the shade “Warm Caramel” but any nude lip shade that you prefer will work just as well! I am all about nude lipsticks and this one was the one that I grabbed. All I did for the face makeup was use some concealer, powder, contour, and highlight.  Again, I have stopped using foundation, but if you use it, that’s fine! It is up to you!

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The next look is the same eye but with lighter shades and an orange lip.  As I am sure you can already tell, I tend to go for a more natural makeup look, so the majority of these makeup looks are quite minimalistic.  The lip color is Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in “Orange Obsession”. I am absolutely obsessed with it!

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The third and final look is a dark brown eye with a bit of black eyeshadow blended in to smoke it out.  It is way more pigmented in person than it is in the photo (and I just got a new phone and the camera is not the best in the world). For this look I used the Ulta eyeshadows in Smoke and Soul and the shades “Color 1” and “Color 10”  in the Wet N Wild Au Naturel palette.  “Color 1” is a basic creme shade and “Color 10” is the black shadow.  Any brand will work!

I purchased an eyeshadow palette earlier this month that I was going to use specifically for this collaboration but the colors were not pigmented and it wasn’t working well at all, so these are the three basic fall looks that I go for. The last one is definitely the most dramatic out of the 3.

I hope you enjoyed this post and don’t forget to check out Bella’s post over at her blog!

Coming up next week is Blogtober!! I have the entire month planned out with 4 blogger collabs and a few other festive posts, so make sure to check back in!

I hope you have an absolutely fabulous weekend!

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Essence & Makeup Revolution review | Recent Ulta Buy

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Hello, babes!

We are so so close to fall and I am already feeling the fall vibes! I’ve been trying new makeup looks for a fall collaboration coming soon and I am so excited to show it to you guys! It will be out sometime this month, so be on the lookout for that! Also: I am going to be doing a small Blogmas series in December and I am already have a few ideas going for that! There is already one collaboration planned out for that, BUT I am looking for more bloggers to collaborate with! If you would like to collaborate with me for a Blogmas post that is all things festive and glitzy, please leave a comment below with your information or send me an email at glitzandglitterblog@gmail.com! I would love to work with you!

Okay, now that the announcements are out of the way, let’s jump into the reviews!

I went to Ulta this past Thursday and I was looking for a few things that were affordable and good quality. Granted I have never tried any products from Essence before now, so I had no clue if their products were great, but when I saw the display and how affordable the products were, I knew I had to give them a try! I picked out the Essence Cover Stick in “10 Matt Naturelle” and the gel nail polish in “53 Rock My World”. The cover stick was around $3 and the nail polish was $2, so they are really affordable!

The cover stick is fantastic! I was in desperate need of a good concealer and while I am not really a huge fan of concealer sticks, this one is one of my favorites now. It has great coverage without feeling super heavy and it is buildable. I just put some on my under eyes, nose, chin, and some on my forehead and blend out for great coverage and a good look. I don’t wear foundation much anymore, so a good concealer is great for me. Essence has done a marvelous job! The formula is really creamy and smooth, not streaky or too thick.

The nail polish is a dark grey/charcoal color that I am now in love with. I do recommend using two coats and not just one, like I did. It does cover really nicely, but there are a few streaky spots. If you are in a rush and only have time for one coat, be generous and you’ll do fine!

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Next up is the Lip Amplification lip gloss from Makeup Revolution! The Makeup Revolution glosses were on sale for $2.49 that day, so I figured I should pick one up! I purchased the shade “Conviction” and while it looks like a dark brown in the package, it is actually a dark berry shade. When you build it up, it almost looks brown/black, but I rather like it. The formula is pretty good and it goes on smoothly. I had to apply it twice to make sure I had an even look and zero streaks. I’m a big fan of Makeup Revolution and I loved this gloss!

All of the products are absolutely awesome and I hope you check them out the next time you are at Ulta!

Have a great weekend, my loves! Don’t forget to smile and take your fabulous sass wherever you go!

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My Favorite E.L.F. Products!

Hello, loves!

One of my favorite drugstore brands that is affordable and cruelty-free is E.L.F. (eyes, lips, face). They have a lot of wonderful products and today I am sharing my favorites with you!

There won't be any foundations, concealers, or powders because they don't carry my shade. I'm too pale for all of the lightest colors!

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Just recently, I purchased the E.L.F. baked highlighter in Moonlight Pearls and all I have to say is "WOW!". The highlight is buildable, has a great glow, and is really soft on the skin. The highlighter takes a while to build up when using a brush, so when I'm in a rush, I will literally just swipe the highlighter right onto my cheekbones and blend it with my fingertips. That probably isn't a great technique, but it works in a pinch!

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The E.L.F. HD Cream Blush in "Superstar" is so pigmented! (Any Mannyacs out there? 😉 ) You just need a small dot of the product and it goes a long way! I use my beauty sponge to blend it out onto the apples of my cheeks to get a natural rosy glow.

The E.L.F. Matte Lip Colors are some of my favorite lip products that I have ever purchased! They are all creamy and rich formulas with a lot of color! I have three (a red and two nude colors) of their Matte Lip Colors and I live for all three of them! My current favorite is the shade Natural, a nude pink color.

For my lips, I love the Mint Maniac exfoliator to get my lips scrubbed and fresh! Two of my favorite moisturizing lipsticks from E.L.F. are the shades Berry Black and Ravishing Rose. Both shades are darker colors and I absolutely love them. I can't wait for fall to get here so I can wear these lipsticks with scarves, leggings, and cozy sweaters! A helpful hint: on the bottom of every E.L.F. lip product that comes in a lipstick tube (this includes the exfoliators, which I just found out a moment ago!) is a lip balm! If you pop out the little clear square bottom, there is a bit of lip balm! For the lipsticks, it is the shade of your lipstick and for the exoliators, it is clear!

Cool, right?!

Another E.L.F. product that I love is the Gotta Glow Lip Tint (not pictured) in the shade Perfect Pink. The lip tint is supposed to work with your lip chemistry to get the perfect shade for you! On my lips, this product comes out as a Barbie doll hot pink, so I use this product when I want a pop of pink!

Onto the eyes and eyebrows!

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The Intense Ink Eyeliner was part of my most recent E.L.F. purchase. The precision tip makes flicking out a winged liner simple and clean! If you are in need of a good eyeliner, I would give this a try!

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For my brows, I use the E.L.F. gel pomade and powder duo (I use the shade Medium), the E.L.F. small angled brush, the clear brow gel and mascara duo, and a small artist brush that I have. On days where I don't feel like messing around with the gel pomade, I will simply take the small artist brush and use the powder to fill in my brows after running a spooly brush through them. I then set my brows with the clear eyebrow gel. It is an easy look that works with natural makeup or just to make your brows more noticeable for a no-makeup kind of day.

Next up: Brushes!

Some of my favorite makeup brushes are from E.L.F.! They are affordable, good quality brushes that last!

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The Beautifully Bare Blending Brush is used a lot in my makeup routine, mainly for blending out contour and bronzing powders. The brush is super soft and blends out makeup beautifully (surprise, surprise!).

The two brushes I use for contour and bronzer are the E.L.F. bronzing brush and the E.L.F. Professional Fan Brush (I use it to contour my nose). The bronzing brush really carves out my cheeks and applies the contour powder evenly.

I use a lot of E.L.F. brushes when I work with eyeshadow! The flat Eyeshadow Brush works well for packing shadows onto the eyelid and it is a staple in my eyeshadow brush collection.

The small Blending Eye Brush and the Professional Eye Defining Brush are two of my favorite makeup brushes! The blending brush blends out eyeshadow seamlessly and the eye defining brush fits into the crease of the eyelid to define (I am so original) and cut your crease! Both were around $1, so if you come across these brushes, buy them!

Other small brushes from E.L.F. that I love are the Lip Defining Brush (which I have honestly never used on my lips! I use it on my eyes and it would work really well for smoking out your lower lashes!), the Concealer Brush (for highlighting eyebrows), and the Small Angled Brush (I use it for my brows).

I have used E.L.F. face primers before and in my experiences, they worked pretty well. Their foundation was also really good. I actually wore it for around a year before realizing that the shade Porcelain was, indeed, much too tan for me!

I hope you guys enjoyed my E.L.F. favorites! Like I said before, E.L.F. is a cruelty-free drugstore brand that sells affordable products and I highly recommend that you try out their brand!

There is going to be a new post on Saturday, August 12th: a review for Perfectly Posh products!

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I hope you have an amazing week!

 

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