Ipsy Glam Bag April 2013

My Pretty In Pink Ipsy Glam Bag for April ’13 finally arrived (about 2 weeks late, but whatever). It was worth the wait! This is my favorite Glam Bag so far since I started my subscription in January. If you are not a fan of pink things, well, you probably won’t like these products with the exception of the hair powder. I LOVE me some pink, so I couldn’t be more thrilled. According to Ipsy, this month’s bag has a $30 value. I’m loving ALL of these products – no duds this month! Seriously.

Powder Play Voluminizing & Texturizing Powder by SexyHair: A great boost to my ultra fine/thin hair. Gives my hair a little lift by itself, or enables the tease to last.
Sation Nail Lacquer in Love At First Byte: My FAVORITE polish this Spring. A peachy-pink, high quality, glossy-sheer, yet buildable nail enamel.
Be a Bombshell Blush in Beach Please: Bright fuschia-pink blush that is super pigmented. Normally pink blushes don’t even show up on my skin. This one definitely does – a little goes a long way.
Mica Beauty Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow/Shimmer Powder in Earth: The most gorgeous shimmer powder that really shines! Use as eyeshadow or mix with lipgloss or blow onto nail polish. So many options for this versatile product.

Garnier Olia Hair Color Review

Hello! This morning I decided it was time to eliminate those pesky little gray hairs of mine and make a change from a subtle ombre to solid color. I’ve been sporting a modified ombre since November, meaning that I lightened my tips to a caramel shade, but only on the underneath panel of my hair. I enjoyed the look, but I’m ready for a little change back to normal. I decided to give Garnier’s new oil-based hair color a try in 4.3 Dark Golden Brown. Continue reading

Ipsy Glam Bag March 2013

Oh my word, is it March already? Here is the low-down on Ipsy’s “The Great Escape” Glam Bag for March 2013. LA Fresh Travel-lite Makeup Remover Wipes: 8 moisturizing wipes that dissolve face and eye makeup. Beware of parabens in the ingredients.
Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist: Yipee, it’s an organic hydrating spray to tone and refresh your skin.
Glam Rx Mini Freestyle Palette: Mirror compact with a magnetic strip to house your eyeshadows. You could also stash your bobby/safety pins in there!
Yaby Eyeshadows in So Vein and Sand Dune: Beautiful beachy shades that click right into your new palette!

These products are tucked away in an adorable nautical themed cosmetic bag. I really love this month’s products – they are making me so excited for warm weather! For more information on Ipsy click here. Speaking of Ipsy, did you watch the Bachelor finale last night?! I know, nice segway. I’ll admit, I was glued to the TV for THREE entire hours. I was routing for Catherine, so I’m thrilled, although I liked Lindsey also. Is it sad that I can’t wait to watch their fairy tale, over-the-top-because-ABC-is-paying-for-it TV wedding? Did you hear, Sean is going to be on Dancing with the Stars? Oh man, that says Jake Pavelka all over it. Smart move? We shall see.

DIY Nail Decals

Do you or someone you love have a problem with drawing designs on your nails? You are not alone. I’m elated with joy as I bring you this mind-blowing tutorial on how to make your own nail decals. My nails are rocking the fleur-de-lis like no one’s business. Let me show you how easy this is to do. Continue reading

Sharpie Nail Art

Psssst! Did you know that you can use a Sharpie permanent marker to jazz up your nails? I love using metallic Sharpies to create different patterns, and they show up against dark polish colors. French tips, chevrons, dots, and hearts just got a whole lot easier. Apply your base coat of polish and let dry. Draw your design using your Sharpie and LET DRY COMPLETELY. Seal with a clear top coat. You’re welcome. Spread the word.

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2013

It’s time to get “Red Carpet Ready” with Ipsy’s official February 2013 Glam Bag! Let’s cut to the chase and see what’s inside.

Lash Cards: Pretty much useless for me. They give you 4 individually wrapped cards (2 small and 2 large). I don’t see why you just can’t use a business card or a plastic spoon.
Coastal Scents eyeshadows: I received the “Glitz & Glamour” set which includes the shades Candlelight, Gunmetal, Incognito, and Ashen. Love these! I have the metallic Coast Scents palette already, and these shadows are high quality.
Pop Beauty Smokey Lash Kapow Mascara in Smokey Black: Great mascara, but I only wear waterproof. This mascara will smudge and run on me. Going to give away to a friend with non-oily skin.
Micabeauty Gel Eyeliner: You really can’t go wrong with gel liner like this. This is full-sized, and did you know that it retails for $30?
Pixi Flawless and Poreless primer: Not bad. Makeup looks smooth and flawless and lasts all day.

Not a bad bag, although not as good as January. You can’t expect to like everything. I’m still very pleased with my subscription so far. For more information on Ipsy click here.

Valentine’s Day Heart Nails

Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Hearts are going to be pretty much everywhere this week, and fingernails are no exception. I managed to successfully form tiny red hearts with the help of a dull pencil tip and some patience. I’ll admit, my right hand does not look as good as my left one, and I had to settle for a red blob on my right pinky nail that looks more like a drop of blood than anything else. Oh well, it’s always the non-dominant hand that counts! I used 925 Gold Coin from Revlon and from my January Ipsy glam bag, Nailtini’s Bloody Mary. Wishing you all a wonderful Love Day this week!

Revlon Nail Enamel in Heavenly & Girly

Introducing Revlon’s newest glittery nail colors, 770 Heavenly and 260 Girly. Aren’t they such pretty little bottles? Revlon nail enamels are affordable with great quality, and best of all, they are coming out with the most creative concoctions! Heavenly is full of tiny opalescent square and hexagonal glitter pieces with a clear jelly-like base. Girly has a sheer pink-purple base with fuschia, indigo, and peachy-pink glitter specks (some big and some tiny).

I used about three coats of polish in both pictures. They are beautiful colors on their own, but I’m sure they would look amazing layered on top of other colors too! Enjoy your Sunday funday, and I’ll see you soon.

Ipsy Glam Bag January 2013

I received my very first Glam bag from Ipsy (formerly MyGlam) this month, and pictured above are the products for January 2013. I discontinued my Birchbox subscription over the summer after receiving a few “blah” and “meh” boxes. Being the huge Michelle Phan fan that I am, I finally just bit the bullet and signed up for a little monthly Glam.

The Official January 2013 Ipsy “Super Stars” Glam Bag products:
1.5 oz. Bigsexyhair Spray & Play voluminizing hairspray
.5 fl. oz. Nailtini Nail Lacquer in Bloody Mary
.17fl. oz. Josie Maran 100%Pure Argan Oil
2.5 fl. oz. Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange body butter
SOHO Beauty concealer makeup brush

Can I get a “What, what!” This is an awesome mix of quality products all wrapped up in a sleek black cosmetic bag. I mean, come on, you get a makeup brush! To learn more about Ipsy or to start your official Glam Bag subscription, click here.

Elizabeth Grant The Socializer Z.I.T. Zapper Review

So let’s talk about acne, shall we? My friend Acne has seen me through middle school (we met in 6th grade), high school (we were pretty much inseparable), college (we were the on-again off-again couple), and adulthood (yes we are STILL together, although a less volatile relationship). I was given the opportunity to test out Elizabeth Grant’s The Socializer Z.I.T. Zapper, a unique spot treatment that was able to vanish my stubborn blemishes.  Continue reading

NOTD: Dotted Tips

Using the end of a bobby pin, I dotted silver polish along the tip instead of painting the usual line. From a far, it looks like little tiny gem stones. The base is Revlon’s Colorstay nail enamel in Midnight which left me in mental conflict. I’m not sure if it is just this color or the entire line, but I found it messy and streaky to work with. It dries faster and glossier than most nail polishes, but geez, it looked like a 3-year-old’s handywork before I cleaned it up. Have a great rest of the week all, and I’ll see you soon!