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August 2017 IPSY

I’m back with another What’s in my Ipsy! These are my favorite posts, and I absolutely love sharing what I got in my bag each month. This month’s ipsy theme is “good vibes only” and there were actually 3 different bag possibilities which I thought was super cool because even if you peek at what samples you’re getting, the bag is a surprise.

Although I’m not the biggest fan of my bag this month (and it’ll probably be donated), I think the idea of having a surprise bag is super cool.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay

My first sample this month is this First Aid Beauty cleanser. I always say this, but I love when ipsy includes a high end brand! This is specifically for oily skin, which means that ipsy actually customized this to my beauty profile! This cleanser is allergy tested, safe for sensitive skin, and vegan so I’m super excited to try this out!!

Glamour Dolls Romantic Rose Blending Brush

This is a $4 brush from the brand Glamour Dolls and it is an eyeshadow blending brush. This is also cruelty free and vegan. As you can see, mine came bent, but I’ve contacted ipsy support to see if they can send me a replacement. The bag was way too small for a brush to fit into, and I wish they would’ve put it in the mailing envelope instead of jamming it into the bag!

Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo

This is a blush duo from Pacifica which is an awesome brand because they use super natural ingredients. These blushes are actually coconut infused which is super unique. Also, these pans are huge! I’m pretty sure these are full size blushes which is so impressive!

Make Up Forever Excessive Lash Mascara

I’ve heard really awesome things about this mascara, and I’ve never actually tried a mascara from Make Up Forever, so I’m really happy to get this sample.

Paula Dorf Cosmetics Mini Universal Brow Pencil “Taupe”

I don’t know anything about this brand at all, and they actually didn’t even have this brow pencil on their website for me to do research on, which I thought was kind of weird. I won’t be using this Brow Pencil because I typically prefer pomade so this will be passed on.


I hope you enjoyed seeing what I got in this month’s ipsy bag! Did you love your ipsy this month? Did you get any of the same products as me? Let me know in a comment down below! I’ll see you next time!


Haul UPDATE – What Worked and What Didn’t – HUGE Makeup and Beauty Haul June 2017

I'm here with another Haul Update post from my HUGE Makeup and Beauty Haul that I posted in June! This is super late going up, and I had every intention of posting this weeks ago, so I'm so sorry that this is late! I've been using all of these products for a while, and I'm back to let you know what worked and what didn't as well as tell you what was worth the money or not. Let's get into all of the items!

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser

This stuff has been awesome for taking my makeup off! I love that I don't have to pull at my skin with this product, and it leaves my skin feeling SO moisturized after I rinse it off. I found this works best with wet skin and a dry washcloth (I tried dry skin and a wet washcloth and it wasn't as easy) but this is the best after I've been in the shower and my mascara has softened a little bit. There's a reason this is a classic product, and it really does work well to take makeup off.

OGX Coconut Oil Hydrating Oil Mist

I ended up chopping off 9 inches of hair right after I bought this, so I really haven't used it much! 

Physicians Formula Butter Blush

Since this haul is so huge and there's so many products to go over, I'm going to save some time by sending you over to my Physicians Formula Butter Blush Review to hear how this blush worked for me! (Spoiler, I like it.)

Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment

This lip oil has been a GAME CHANGER and I can't believe no one is talking about this! I love this stuff to death and it has such an awesome scent. I like to put this all over my lips before bed and let it sink in while I sleep. I would totally repurchase this, and I love love love it as a lip treatment.

Milani Lipstick "Matte Naked"

I love this lipstick! Everything from the formula to the natural look it gives my lips is so beautiful! 

ELF Glitter Primer

This is another product that I haven't had a chance to play around with too much. Overall, I like it a lot more than my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, so I guess that's saying something. 

ELF Baked Highlighter

This is such a beautiful highlighter! I've been having a hard time putting it down to be honest. I love the glow and shimmer that this gives my cheeks, and the color is perfect on my skintone as well. I would HIGHLY recommend this, especially for the $4 that this will set you back.

Maybelline City Mini Palette "Rooftop Bronzes"

This palette is CRAZY good quality! I love all of the gorgeous shimmers and it's such a beautiful neutral palette. I've been thinking about depotting this into my ZPalette if possible to have the shades side by side with some mattes, but for now I've been loving to pull this in with other palettes.

Clean & Clear Acne Spot Treatment

You guys already know I love this stuff and have been using it for years. Moving on!

Simple Cleansing Wipes

These are my favorite makeup remover wipes! This was a repurchase for me, and I'm not planning on trying out any different makeup wipes for a while. If you find something that works, why switch to something different?

Caress Body Wash "Pure Embrace" and "Evenly Gorgeous"

I have no complaints about these body washes! They do the job and leave my skin feeling clean. 

Essie Quick Drying Drops

I've honestly had a hard time with these quick drying drops. While they do dry your nails immediately, they leave a bunch of oil running all over your nails and hands. I haven't been able to really make this work well for me yet. 

ELF Summer Lip Trio Freebie

I haven't actually worn the lipsticks yet, but I really like the lip scrub!

ELF Nourishing Oil to Foam Cleanser

I did a whole review on this product, but long story short I absolutely hated it.

ELF Hydrating Water Essence

I haven't gotten a ton of use out of this, but I can say that I love the scent and I think that it's very light weight on my skin.

Simply Summer's Eve Foaming Wash and Cleansing Cloths

I'm not going to get too TMI on you here, but I really love these products. They clean really well and smell great.

Wet n Wild Contour Brush

This brush is crazy soft! I've been using a little ELF brush from their $1 line for blush, and I didn't even realize how scratchy it was until I used it side by side with this $1 Wet n Wild brush! This is the perfect shape for blush, and I can't believe that it's so cheap! I've been using this every day since I bought it, and I can't get enough!

Wet n Wild Smoky Eyeliner Brush

I love this brush for my ColourPop Super Shock shadows and I think this would be awesome with any other cream shadows. I think this is a total steal for $1!


I hope you enjoyed hearing my updated thoughts on all of the haul items! I absolutely love this type of post, and I think it's so interesting to hear whether something is actually good or not as opposed to just seeing a bunch of new items in a haul. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'll see you soon!

July Favorites

I'm back with another favorites post! Im going to try to keep July's favorites as short and sweet as I possibly can, so let's get into my super quick rundown.

ELF Baked Highlighter

I love this highlight so much that I could honestly get rid of every other highlighter in my collection and be perfectly content with just this one. It's such a perfect color for my skintone and adds the perfect amount of shimmer to the skin.

Physicians Formula Butter Blush

I have this blush in the shade "Plum Rose", but I love more than just this particular shade of blush. I'm also obsessed with the formula itself! I'm dying to pick up another color in this line because I love the formula so much!!
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

I picked this up on a whim and I'm so obsessed with this powder! I thought I wouldn't like it because it's a finishing powder and not a super mattifying powder, but this works so well with my foundations! This keeps me nice and matte and it's such a high quality finely milled powder. This has definitely replaced my Maybelline Shine Free loose powder as my holy grail.
Wet n Wild Angled Blush Blush

I've been using this angled brush for blush all month long, and I've got to say that this is the best quality brush I've ever picked up for $1! If you can get your hands on this, I highly recommend grabbing it! I love how precise this is for Blush and it really gives me an even, smooth application.
Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet

Despite being super annoyed at how little product came in this sample, I really freaking love the product inside. It's lightweight and super moisturizing, and I've actually been thinking about getting the full size.

I hope you've enjoyed my quick July favorites! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'll see you next time!

My Top 5 Lipsticks

I’m back with another installment in my top 5 series! Today we are going to be talking about lipsticks. I’m not a huge lip product person, and I didn’t really get into lipsticks much until the last year or so, so because of that, most of my lip products are drugstore (because I’d rather not spend a ton of money on lip products and instead splurge on things like eyeshadow palettes and blushes). Let’s get into my list!

5. Milani “Matte Naked” Lipstick

This is a newer lip product to my collection, but I love the formula and the shade. This is from Milani’s matte line, and I really want to pick up some more shades.

4. ColourPop Lippie Stix “Aquarius” + Smashbox Insta Matte Topcoat

This is one of the most gorgeous lipsticks I own, but I have to use it with this Smashbox Insta Matte topcoat, otherwise it would be closer to the top of my list. I love this color, and the formula is awesome when paired with the top coat.

3. ELF Matte Lipstick “Natural”

This is such a beautiful natural color in a very soft matte formula. I say soft matte because it isn’t harsh and drying like a lot of other matte lipsticks. This is extremely comfortable and wears for a very long time.

2. Makeup Forever Artist Rouge “N9”

This is my favorite lipstick that isn’t a liquid lipstick. It’s comfortable and very creamy on the lips. This is probably the most comfortable lip product I own, and I can use this in place of a balm because of how moisturizing it is.

1. Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit “Rebel Rose”

This is my all time favorite lipstick! This is such an incredible formula, and it wears for 10+ hours. It’s comfortable, ultra matte, and lasts longer than anything else I’ve ever tried. I also absolutely adore the color of this as well. It’s like a darker version of my lips, and it’s so beautiful!


I hope you enjoyed seeing my top 5 lipsticks! Be sure to check out all of my other top 5 posts here on my blog, and I’ll see you real soon!

Best and Worst of ELF Cosmetics! 

I’m so excited for today’s post! This is going to be a brand focus on everything I’ve tried from ELf Cosmetics! This is going to be all makeup, and I’m planning on doing another post focusing on skincare and tools, and a third post on their makeup brushes! 

Mad for Matte Palette

First up is the Mad for Matte Palette! For me, this is kind of a hit and miss product. The shadows themselves are super buttery and blendable, but the colors all kind of blend into one color for me (which is saying something because I’m super pale). I wouldn’t buy this again, but I do think it’s worth trying if you have a smaller collection and want to expand your range of mattes. 

Eyeshadow Primer 

As far as eyeshadow primers go, this isn’t my favorite! I find this to be kind of oily on the lids, much like the Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer. It’s only $1, but I would skip this one. 

Clear Brow & Lash Mascara

This is such an awesome brow gel for only a dollar! I used this stuff for YEARS until I got hooked on tinted brow gel, and I would totally recommend this! 

Eyeshadow Quad

I used to use this little eyeshadow quad for years before I could afford to buy high end palettes, and they are pretty good quality shadows! I wouldn’t say they’re as good as the larger palettes that ELF has out now, but they are better than a lot of other drugstore shadows! 

Glitter Primer

I like this primer a lot more than their normal eyeshadow primer! This is a lot tackier and helps hold the shadow on a lot longer! I haven’t tried this with glitter, but I’m sure it would be perfect for that! 

Matte Lip Color

This lipstick is a really good formula! I really like the color range they have, and it’s a super comfortable matte. The shade “Natural” is so beautiful! 

Lip Exfoliator 

This is such a steal from ELF! I love the packaging of this and I love that I don’t have to dip my finger into a little pot and use my finger to scrub my lips. This is so quick and convenient for every day use, and it smells and tastes great too! 
Luscious Liquid Lipstick 

I really like the packaging of this lipstick, but the formula wasn’t my favorite! I probably wouldn’t buy this again, but I think for $1 it’s definitely than any lipsticks you’ll find at the Dollar Tree. 

Mineral Infused Face Primer 

This is kind of a dud for me! I think it’s a good primer if you like silicone primers, but I really don’t! This would probably be a pretty dang close dupe to the Smashbox Primer, and I think a lot of people would like this if you’re okay with silicone. 

Blush & Bronzer Duo

Who didn’t have this back in the day!? I thought this was a perfect little duo to have a compact blush and bronzer when traveling! They’ve come out with multiple colors since I owned this, so you can pick and choose which one works best for you! 

Baked Highlighter “Moonlit Pearls”

This is my most recent buy from ELF, and I’m absolutely obsessed with it! You have to scrape off the top layer to get the “baked” film off, but once that’s gone, this is one of the most beautiful highlights ever! 


What are some of your favorites from ELF? Let me know in a comment down below! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, and I’ll see you soon! 

Products I’ve Used Up – May and June EMPTIES 

I’ve got another empties post for you today, but we’re actually combining everything I finished in May and June. We moved house in the beginning of May, so everything was boxed up and I didn’t really get around to finishing very many things, so I decided to throw them into my June’s empties. Let’s get into the products! 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder 

I finished this powder in early May, and I already had a backup that I was using when this one was gone. I love this powder so much, and I will always repurchase this guy!! 

Essence Lash Princess Mascara

I’m finally calling it quits on my Essence Lash Princess Mascara. I have a whole review post if you want to hear my thoughts on this, but (spoiler alert) I probably won’t be buying this again. 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

I went through another tube of my favorite concealer. Not much to say here, I already repurchased this and will continue to repurchase. 

Garnier Clearly Brighter Moisturizer Sample

I finally finished up this sample moisturizer just in time for the wrap up of my Finish 7 By Summer project Pan! I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. I wouldn’t buy the full size, but I wouldn’t mind having another sample of it. 

Karsashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil

I finally finished up this hair oil! This was pretty average as far as hair oil is concerned, and I would consider repurchasing it in the future. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really anything super special either. 

Be Fine Gentle Cleanser Sample

This was one of the products in my Finish 14 By Fall Project Pan, and I went through this pretty fast. It wasn’t anything special, just a typical cleanser. 

Pantene Moisture Renewal Shampoo

I finished up my big Pantene shampoo right at the end of May. I got this for Christmas, so this bottle has lasted me a good full 5 months. I really liked the smell of this, and I’ll definitely be repurchasing as soon as I finish up the shampoo I’m currently using. 

Beauty Protector Hair Oil

This was one of the products that I added to my Finish 14 By Fall Project, and I’m happy that I got it done early on! I really liked this hair oil, and I would totally consider purchasing the full size at some point. This stuff smelled incredible too. 


A pretty small gathering of products this month, but I hope you enjoyed nonetheless. Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you next time!  

HUGE Makeup and Beauty HAUL – June 2017

I have a collective haul to share with you guys today!! I made a trip to Target and Walmart a few days apart and then I stopped into Walgreens about a week later, and received my Elf.com order about a week after that! I picked up some new beauty and makeup products for summer, and I’m so excited to show you everything! I’m also planning on doing an update post on this haul letting you know how all of the products worked out and what I liked and didn’t like, so stay tuned in the next few weeks for that post! For now, let’s just go ahead and get into what I bought:

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser

I decided to pick up a jar of the Pond’s Cold Cream to take my makeup off with because Jessica Braun talks about it all the time on her YouTube channel. This is a cream cleanser that is supposed to be awesome and fast and removing your makeup, and I’m super excited to give this classic beauty product a try.

OGX Coconut Oil Hydrating Oil Mist

I really wanted to get a spray on hair oil to put in my hair and make it soft and shiny. I decided to pick up the coconut oil one from OGX because it smells absolutely incredible. This is a super exciting product for me because I don’t buy hair products very often!

Physicians Formula Butter Blush

I FINALLY took the plunge and picked up the Physicians Formula Butter Blush in the shade Plum Rose. I did a bunch of swatches and I actually already have a whole review post up on this that you should totally go check out (link is right here)!!!

Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment

I picked this up on a whim because it’s marketed as a cross between a lip balm and a lip oil. I haven’t heard ANYONE talk about this, and it only has 3 reviews on Walmart’s website, so I’m not sure how this is going to work for me.

Milani Lipstick “Matte Naked”

Everyone talks about this shade and how amazing Milani lipsticks are, so I decided to give in and finally pick one up. The shade is so beautiful and natural on my lips, but I’m not too sure how I feel about the formula yet. I’ll update you on this when I do my haul update post!

ELF Glitter Primer

I picked this up on a whim to get my ELF cart to free shipping! I needed an extra couple of dollars, so I decided to try this out since my current eyeshadow primer is included in a Project Pan right now.

ELF Baked Highlighter

I’ve been dying to try this for so long, so I decided to FINALLY pick it up! I’ve heard that you need to scrape the top layer off, so once I did this swatched beautifully! 

Maybelline City Mini Palette “Rooftop Bronzes”

I saw Tati mention this palette in one of her most recent YouTube videos, so I decided that I would pick it up after I saw how amazing her swatches looked. This palette is BEAUTIFUL and so cheap! I never buy drugstore palettes, so for me to go out on a limb and pick this up is a big deal. I’m going to keep playing with it and I’ll update you in a few weeks!

Clean & Clear Deep Action Scrub and Acne Spot Treatment 

I got a couple of skincare items, but they’re both pretty boring. The spot treatment is a repurchase for me that I’ve been buying for years, and the facial scrub is for my hubby! Nothing new for me to try out here.

Simple Cleansing Wipes

This is another boring repurchase for me, but these are my favorite makeup wipes! I absolutely swear by these things. I picked up these wipes as well as the Clean & Clear items when Walgreens was doing a buy 2 get the 3rd free sale on skincare, so I actually got these wipes for free! Woot, woot!

Caress Body Wash “Pure Embrace” and “Evenly Gorgeous”

These were buy one get one free at Walgreens, so I decided to try them out since my Bath & Body Works body wash collection is down to one and a half bottles! I got the scent Pure Embrace which has white flowers and almond oil, and I also picked up Evenly Gorgeous which is burnt brown sugar and karite butter (and it smells absolutely incredible). I’m excited to try out some new body wash since I’ve been using B&BW for so long!

Essie Quick Drying Drops

I found this on sale for $4.49 at Walgreens when these are normally $10!! I was so shocked that they had so many colors and topcoats on sale for so cheap! I’ve been wanting some drying drops, so I’m super excited to try these out!

ELF Summer Lip Trio Freebie

When I placed my ELF order, they were offering a free lip trio bundle. This came with the clear lip exfoliator and two lipsticks in the shade “Blushing Brown” and “Fuchisa Fantasy”. I don’t know how I feel about the lip colors, but I’ll definitely use the lip exfoliator! 

ELF Nourishing Oil to Foam Cleanser

Livloveshermakeup on YouTube recommended this Cleanser, and I thought it would be cool to try out an oil to foam cleanser! The packaging really reminds me of Clinique, and I love how sleek and luxurious it feels. It also smells a LOT like Clinique skincare. 

ELF Hydrating Water Essence

I’m not going to lie, I thought this was a spray on Cleanser and I was super disappointed when I realized that this isn’t. I’m still excited to try it out, but I’ll have to let you know what I think in my haul update. Jury’s still out on this one. 

Simply Summer’s Eve Foaming Wash and Cleansing Cloths

This might be boarding on TMI, but stay with me here! I’ve been wanting to try out Summer’s Eve’s new “Simply” line ever since I saw that they were coming out with a line branded toward all natural ingredients. I decided to go with the coconut scent, and I’m excited to try these out!

Wet n Wild Contour Brush

I was finally able to find this brush at the Dollar Tree, and I thought this would be a lovely blush brush, so I decided to pick it up to try it! I’ve heard such awesome things about these brushes, so I have high hopes. 

Wet n Wild Smoky Liner Brush

I thought this brush looked like it would work well with ColourPop shadows, and it was at the Dollar Tree so even if I don’t love it, it only set me back a buck so it’s not that big of a deal. 


I hope you enjoyed my quick little haul today! Have you tried any of the products I recently picked up? Let me know in a comment down below! Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you next time!