Friday, August 1, 2014

Ipsy July '14

Okay friends..... finally another ipsy bag to report on! I have been AWFUL at doing ipsy posts since last year. Wow that is bad to say. haha

So, July's bag was definitely not my favorite. Just hot pink and it smelled funny. Someone will probably get their Christmas present in this bag! However it was nice and big. 

First, I got this Hang Ten tanning oil SPF 8. Now, if I would have gotten this and I were still in high school? I would have been all over it. But I don't even really get a 'base tan' in the summer anymore so I will not be using this. I'll probably give it to my tan friends. haha I also got this small Lord & Berry kajal liner in black silk. It's a pretty stiff pencil, and in the photo below this, the right line is the first swipe, and the left is layering it a few times. Not super great payoff but it's just another black liner laying around.

The nail polish is by Model's Own, in the shade Red Sea. I haven't worn it yet but it looks amazing. By looking at the bottle, I think it will turn out to be a nice red orange jelly like squishy color with glitter shards in it. Then I saw the BareMinerals 5 in 1 BB cream eyeshadow. I was a little put off with the color I received. I think I got Barely Nude for a shade because the other option was Divine Wine and this doesn't look very wine-y. I don't mind this stuff... but a little really does go a long way. It's really hard for me to use only on the eyelid and nowhere else because I like to use primers that have no color or are skin toned and put them from brow to under eye. I would never ever ever wear this alone because the color is not very flattering on me but it helps with neutral or darker looks. I'll use this until it runs out but I will not be purchasing the full size unless I swatched a different color in the store and fell in love. 

Last is probably my favorite thing I've gotten from ipsy in a while. It's Clear Clinics Labratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment. That is a mouthful and I was like wow that is one tiny sample. This has salicylic acid, so I can use it. The bottle says you can apply up to 4 times a day. 

This stuff smells super strong but it works. It does a great job especially with those blemishes you can just feel are starting to form. 

natural light, bb eyeshadow and lord & berry eyeliner

Monday, July 21, 2014

Empties #1

No. 1 - I should be doing homework right now. For reals. I am the worst student. haha

No. 2 - I LOVE empties posts/videos... I don't know why. I know for myself, I love the feeling of using something up, especially makeup because it's a rare moment. haha

It just feels good to use up stuff. I guess. And I'm super interested in what everyone else uses as well [I mean, nothing like too personal, but you know what I mean]

So here it is, my first empties post.

Ignore the hideous nature of my photos, as I am burnt out on making photographs so these were a little quick.

First is my makeup removing staple, don't judge! These are so perfect and don't sting my eyes. The blue pack is my favorite.. I can't handle the purple/lavender ones. However I am trying some new ones that I may like even more. 

Ugh, Lush is the best ever. This scrub was amazing and smelled like ....the ocean. haha Duh. But those ocean-y, salty, fresh, almost cologne type smells are some of my favorites... not too girly but not totally manly. They are my favorite smells for bathrooms and my car [is that weird?]. And hooray for saving up empty Lush containers for a free fresh mask! If I ever get there... 

My Urban Decay things! I love this setting spray to death. I surprisingly can't use the De-Slick one as it seemed to amp up  my oil production and I had to pass it on to friends. I believe this is the regular one, and it's great. Funny enough, the same friends that I passed the setting spray onto passed this face primer onto me. It was nice and did the job, but wasn't my hands down favorite. 

This was a generous sample from a Sephora set or perk, I can't remember. But it smelled great and did make my hair feel nice and healthy. I got about two uses out of this.. I may purchase a full size. 

I had two of these bad boys from an Ipsy bag. These scrubs were nice, they both were the same scent and I forgot to photograph both of them so whatever. They had almost the same smell as the Lush scrub so naturally I loved it. These packets had a pretty good amount for a full body scrub down but weren't abrasive enough for me; I love abrasive body scrubs. I don't think I will purchase a full size or whatever but these were very nice to try. 

Apologies if you think this is an odd/gross addition but I was blown away by one of these guys. I can't remember which color the Genius Gel was, but it was slightly too yellow for me, so I mixed it and it was a nice feeling foundation, but you know with these types of samples, you get nowhere near a full face application. 
Now... the Remedy concealer came in shade 1 - Rendezvous. This was amazing. I wasn't into it the first time I used it when I put it under my eyes over foundation as it creased and seemed to sheer out too much when I blended. BUT, when I applied it under my eyes before foundation, let it dry and then blended a little foundation around it, it looked amazing. I bought the shade 0 - Bright Idea in a full size and this was a free sample, so I wish I would have bought the Rendezvous shade now! Once I run out of a few more under eye concealers, I will most likely buy Rendezvous. Love it. And this sample lasted forever. Woo!

I thought I used the conditioner as well, but maybe not. This was a nice shampoo but eh. I don't think I'd buy the full size. 

I meant to photograph this with my other wipes but alas, I didn't. I usually love everything Kat Von D products but I wasn't too pleased with these. They seemed to not take off all of my makeup. I loved the container though. 

Love Spell is a perfume I will probably repurchase forever. I wore this even back in middle school and even Sean loves it.. so besides it smelling amazing always, it's a nice scent for both of us to remember our high school memories as well. hahaha How old are we? 

Ralph Lauren Romance has lasted me a long time. I really do love this scent. I will probably repurchase this again. It's so different from what I usually wear and doesn't smell too girly on me and lasts a long time, so it's nice when you know you'll be gone all day. 

Finally, some real makeups. haha. Okay... This jar of eye cream was the CUTEST thing ever. I almost saved it, but I am well on my way to being a hoarder so I let it go. But really, the cutest mini jar in the universe. The eye cream however was just an eye cream to me. I have favorites. Moving onto the mascara, They're Real is one of my top favorites. I get compliments all the time when I wear this. I love getting these little samples. 

The Sugar Rose lip balm was nice. I'm glad I got a set of mini balms around the holidays because the full sized ones are huge! This was nice to wear at any time to keep my lips hydrated and when I only wore this, my lips got a cute tint. 

This Nars Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates lasted forever as well as it was not my favorite. The color was so inky that it would look blue when it faded or was washed off, but not like inky blackest black, if you know what I mean. This liner made me realize that I definitely am not a fan of the felt tipped liners. I could have kept using this but it was at that point where it would go good on the first eye, and then the other eye it would start to poop out on me. 

Well... that's all folks! Hope you enjoyed.. haha

Monday, July 14, 2014


........I've done it again.

Super bad blogger me. AH!

Well... I had a really good break. Kinda. Just not long enough and I was super lazy for most of it.

Today I started my Summer quarter at school. I only had 2 classes today and I'm already overwhelmed.  This is going to be a stressful quarter but I need to get some hard classes out of the way before this fall which is filled with weddings.

Tonight I'm going to get some posts scheduled.. probably only photo heavy posts, just showing what I've been up to at school.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Bulu Box May '14

I can't remember where I saw it, but I have joined another subscription box service.

I signed up for 3 months of Bulu Box, also choosing the weight loss option.

May was my first month and I was pretty impressed.

First up, was a sample of these chocolate mint soft chews which are supposed to help with skin, hair and nails. Now, I already take these amazingly yummy hair skin and nail gummies, but I was interested in a chocolate version. These did not have a very pleasurable taste or texture.. sad to say. I ate it as fast as I could. 

These are herbal allergy pills, which I admittedly took with my regular Claritin because my allergies are super severe right now.. it's pretty awful. Can't win this year with Minnesotan weather! So... when I opened one packet, one of the capsules was broken and so the powder was all over, but one was intact so I took it. The next day, I opened the other one with the same result. 

If I would have known one was broken in each, I would have just taken both perfect capsules on the same day. I don't know if it was a placebo effect or what, but I did feel a slight difference in how my allergies affected me. My sinuses weren't as horrible feeling as usual, but I'm not sure if I'd want to buy a full size jar of these... I'd definitely be worried that some of the capsules would be broken. 

More gummies! Okay, so I think it was kinda funny they gave me gummy vitamins for adults and kids. I did not like the taste or texture of the adult ones... they were like those candies, Dots, but with a harder exterior. I don't really like the taste of orange [unless it's from a real orange] nor do I like Dots. The kiddo gummies weren't AS bad, even though they had the same flavor, but these had a textured coating like gumdrops or sour patch kids minus the sour. Now, I'm not sure how well these 'worked' but I do like to try to be regular with a general supplement so it's always nice to have something new to try. 

Next up was a protein shake/meal. I've never really had a real protein shake before, but I was super pumped when I saw I received the Chai flavor. I love Chai!!! So I prepared this in Sean's protein shake ..shaker... with the whisk-like ball in it. Despite the weird aftertaste that I've heard is usually associated with protein shakes, this wasn't bad. The flavor was really good and after I drank it, I did feel full and satisfied for a good few hours. I may order this in a full size. The vegan aspect didn't appeal nor repel me in any way. 

HUMMUS. Always good. Brought this to school instead of eating junk and yum. Hummus is just heaven. 

Green coffee bean is one of the 'it' things right now, which I do have a bottle of it from Target hiding somewhere in my closet. I did feel these little buggers [1 taken each day, so 2 days worth] gave me a little boost in the morning when I woke up. I should have tried both in the same day, but I always worry with caffeinated pills like this as I used to try that QuickTrim crap the Kardashians endorsed for like a year and those gave me the shakes and [pretty much] insomnia. 

I feel like as I wrote this, it's a pretty neutral or even not so good review, but really I was impressed with my first box and I can't wait to see what June's box has inside! 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Perspective on a Monday

Today has been a weird Monday.

I feel like I've had a crazy roller coaster ride all day today.

I listened to some great music on my way to school, only to have my red bull spill in my cup holder, so tomorrow I will be cleaning that mess up...

School just seemed to drag on today.

I registered for Summer quarter, and needless to say, I'm going to be in for a doozy of a schedule. So far all 5 week days will have at least one class. However, I feel like this will be just fine as August through November will be crazy with wedding shenanigans for my cousins and friends. Also, Sean's cabin is getting a bunch of stuff worked on it this summer and so it would be hard to get up there in general or get up there for a weekend alone with Sean.

I was really bummed out over my midterm grades this quarter. I feel like they are always disappointing though... I just don't feel like midterm grades are good representation of how things are really going.

Even though my afternoon was crap, there was some amazing news today.

Sean's newest nephew, Finn Thomas was born this morning! With such a rough year, Sean's family really needed this little blessing to come into the world. I'm really hoping Sean and I can go visit in a month or so once things have settled and I'm on school break.

Just tonight, I've felt the strong urge to start writing in my journal again... I usually end up writing such negative things that I don't want to look back on, that I rip the pages out and get rid of them. So I'm going to try to be as positive as I can with my blog posts, and with my journal entries.

Although I have had a trying and boring day, it has been a good one.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Werewolf Fur [EOTD]

Wednesday while I was skipping school, I wanted to create a fun eye look.

I've been deeply neglecting my blue and silver shadows lately, and especially my favorite indies from Victorian Disco Cosmetics!

And lately, I've been interested in mixing different bases with shadows to create really fun colors/finishes.

So mainly what I used [not mentioning primer/eyebrows/black eyeliner because I feel you can really use any brand] was:

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Blue Paradise for a base
Victorian Disco Cosmetics eyeshadow in Werewolf Fur [part of her awesome Harry Potter collection!] on top of the color tattoo
Kat von D's eyeliner in Wonderchild on the bottom lash line/waterline
Smashbox's Dark Matte Blue from the Santigolden Age palette to top/smudge the KvD eyeliner
Lancome's Liner Design in Indigo Darling to line the upper lash line and create wing
Kat von D's liquid liner pen in Trooper in a tiny thin line along the lash line, defines the wing a bit
Kat von D's Immortal Lash 24 hour mascara in Puro Amor
Too Faced shadow in White Chocolate [matte, on bottom lid, under and to set the liner] and Champagne Truffle [shimmery, to highlight brow bone] from the Chocolate Bar palette

Is this palette not the most gorgeous thing ever?! I've used it a couple times and it breaks my heart to use it, but that's what I bought it for!

Detail shots of the mascara.... it's not my favorite. The formula is okay, but I hate the brush. It's very poky.

Not the greatest photo of the Victorian Disco shadow, but I love it. I love anything she creates! Again, this is Werewolf Fur. A very shimmery/glittery grey/silver.


Natural light

hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Spring Quarter

Oh my god I really need to stop posting once a month. So I am taking initiative to fix that.

I just got finished with Midterms... and I skipped school all day today.

I am a great student, obviously.

My Studio midterms didn't go as well as I was hoping, but honestly, I sort of just gave up after shooting half of them. I'll make posts for those in a few days.

Random, but I am finding Sriracha all over myself today. I made some macaroni and cheese [boxed] and went to put Sriracha on it because it's addicting, and it squirted everywhere and then when I cleaned that up, opened it back up to put more on my mac, it exploded and thankfully none got in my eye, but it came prettttttty close. IT BURNNNSSSSS haha

OKAY, time to go edit some photos and get some posts scheduled. =]