Hello Beautifuls. If you read my last Beauty Favorites post then you know how crazy I am about monthly makeup subscriptions. I signed up with Ipsy at the beginning of the summer and have been pleasantly surprised at the quality and quantity of products I have been getting from them for about $19 Canadian ($10 US if you’re lucky). This month the Ipsy makeup fairy brought me some products to literally die for! Okay maybe not literally, but a few of them are now in my daily makeup look.
Summer isn’t over yet and neither are the shines and shimmers of illuminated skin or flushed cheeks. This month, my glam bag was sugary sweet and my first two favorites made it worth the flop items. (I say flops because I didn’t necessarily want or need them, but you’ll see for yourself.) I also took a trip to Sephora which turned out to be an amazing haul where I found two lip products that I suddenly can’t live without. Funny how that happens.
NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam
I wanted this, I hoped for this, and I got it. Yes! When I first tried it I admit I wasn’t instantly as excited as I thought I would be. What I have learned though is that this works much better with minimal makeup on underneath. Too many powders and I find it sits weird on top of the make up. That being said, when I got the amount and application right, I felt like an absolute Goddess. Perfect for dabbing on cheek bones, cupids bow, brow line, chin and collar bones. It gives your face a beautiful, glowy, almost angelic look. Will be buying again.
Japanesque Velvet Touch Blush 02
The packaging of this blush doesn’t scream fantastic quality at you but it doesn’t have to. Trust me when I say that they named this very appropriately “Velvet Touch”. It is the softest blush I have ever felt. My cheeks have taken a lot of abuse from bad quality brushes and blushes but not anymore! Beautifully blendable and the perfect shade for my skin. Thankfully Ipsy asks about your skin colour, eye colour and style so you’ll always get something that looks good on you.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid Exfoliant
When I first got this I was utterly confused as to what it was. What it claims to do is even skin tone, reduce redness, build collagen and unclog pores. I used it a few times reluctantly as my skin is pretty sensitive, but I had no bad reactions to it. I don’t think I used it long enough to see any results but I do give it credit for aiding in fighting a stubborn breakout. I would much rather use natural products and pure essential oils to achieve the same results with a much gentler approach, but I am aware that this has helped some people with breakouts.
Beauty For Real I-Line 24-7 Eyeliner in Black Magic
Flop. I was excited for this and then very disappointed. In my humble opinion, it applies terribly, not smooth at all in fact almost crumbley. This was my experience with it. I’m sure if you’re a makeup artist you can apply this and pull it off but not me, this was a mess and a half. So, Flop. I went out and bought a new eyeliner at Sephora to make up for this one, which brings us to the next item.
Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner
Now this is the real deal. This is an amazing gel liner with an ultra precision angled rubber tip for perfect application. It’s thick, smooth, and lasts all day with literally no touch ups. I feel like a bawse and it really fools people into thinking I’m amazing at doing my eyeliner. There’s nothing more to say except that I will be buying it again. And again.
Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out
This is such a beautiful shade, it’s actually a little more pink in the bottle than on your lips, which I’m not mad at because it comes off as a sexy subtle beige/nude shade. It applies wonderfully smooth and dries matte for a super sophisticated look. I wore this all day long, eating and drinking without a care and to my surprise it lasted through it all. Always on is right. Smells pretty as well. Bought at Sephora.
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien
Not to sound like a hipster or anything, but I’ve been a fan of NARS before it was even on the shelves (no lie). This product however really didn’t look like anything special, until I put it on my lips. I would describe this shade as my natural lip colour if I had perfect lips all the time. And was a cartoon. My point being it enhances my lip colour for a beautiful, naturally rosy pout. Again, I can’t get over how natural this looks, if natural was perfect, which it’s not, but now my lips are! Bought at Sephora.
Now, back to my Ipsy Glam Bag.
The last item I received was the Olive Face moisturiser but I will not be reviewing it because I never used it. As you probably know by now, I have no need for face moisturizers because Pure Essential Oils work so much better and aren’t filled with unnecessary additives.