Sephora Play! August Subscription!

Hi friends! I finally got around to taking pictures of my subscription haul for August! I’m pretty sure you might have seen that Makeup Geek was pretty upset over the bag this month but I have no idea if Sephora comment back to it or not. Overall, I was pretty impressed with my samples this month and I can’t wait to share them with all of you! *enter the best gif ever*

Here is the bag and the fold-out featuring this month’s products and a fun periodic table of good ingredients in makeup and skincare. Note the bag saying “Makeup Geek” 🐸🍵

The front side of the fold-out has the Elements of Beauty. This features powerhouse ingredients that will help your beauty routine. There are different minerals, proteins, oils and butters, plant extracts, vitamins, and acids. It is a pretty comprehensive list and if you would like me to, send me a message and I’ll go into detail with it.

The back of the pamphlet features all the items included this month, a small description, and how to use each item.

For the items, I took pictures of the front and back, how-to booklets, and included boxes. Enjoy!

Here is a quick look at all the items for this month. A baby blender, coconut oil, mascara remover, concealer, perfume samples, and not pictured is a can of dry shampoo.

The first item is a coconut mini melt by Kopari. This product is 2 fluid ounces and 100% premium oil. You can use this all over your body and it contains fatty acids to seal in moisture.

This side of the box details it’s uses. They suggest under-eye, for hair conditioner, and to smooth out skin.

This side of the box has the social media platforms this company uses, the website and directions on how to use it.

This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and recyclable! Yay!

The only ingredient in this product is coconut oil and it is organic. The bottom of the box also states that in warm weather the product will liquify and the change in consistency does not affect the quality. This has a 12-month shelf-life and was made in the Philippines.

The unfortunate issue with coconut oil being delivered by the mailman on 90 degree days is that it liquefied and the product broke through the seal getting it all over the directions and box. This side of the instructions details the background of this product and how to use this oil to its full potential. For a hair mask, make sure your hair is dry and coat with the oil. Keep in for 40 minutes or overnight and wash out in the morning. Body Moisturizer, just rub on the skin! Makeup remover? Sure! Just melt some on a cotton ball and wipe away! If you need dry shave oil, just rub on the legs and shave away! They say you can add it to a bath but I picture a slippery surface and blood :/ if you have under-eye issues, just dab a bit and it will brighten. It says you can put some on your baby! Rub some on your stretch marks! Yass! BOOM!

This side has their social media handles @koparibeauty or #beautyinanutshell. This side states that the oil will go back to a solid state when put in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.

This is the top of the actual product. It comes in a nice sized jar for a sample. Coconut oil’s molecular structure allows it to penetrate skin and hair deeper than other oils.

To use this product, scoop some out of the jar and rub it on your hands to melt it. After that, apply for its suggested use. A little of this product goes a long way.

The bottom of the jar just reiterates the product turning to liquid when it reaches 76 degrees.

Yay! A Beauty Blender! But a baby!

This Beauty Blender is useful for contour, concealer, and highlighter. The shape helps reach the smaller parts of the face.

This is a quick set of instructions on how to use a Beauty Blender. First you wet it, next you squeeze out the excess water, and then you apply your makeup by bouncing the sponge. Wiping it across the area will make your makeup streaky.

Look how cute this baby is! I have two but I’ll never complain about more Beauty Blenders!

This is a sample of Too Faced’s Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil. This cleaner gets rid of waterproof and regular mascara with ease. Or so it says. Apparently, this product has green tea extract which helps condition the lashes and add antioxidants.

This product has a 12-month shelf life and is 0.01 fluid ounces. It has the company website and distribution information printed on it.

To apply this product, use the wand to coat the lashes and let it sit for about 60 seconds. After that, just wipe away with a damp cloth. For me, this product streaked the mascara all over the place. I didn’t like it but that’s okay.

I was excited to try this but I never find a concealer that I’m happy with. This is Kat Von D’s Lock-It Concealer Crème #19. This product is a 24-hour nourishing concealer that brightens, color corrects, and fixes your complexion. This is super pigmented and does not crease.

To apply this concealer, swipe it on the area to cover up or all-over for coverage. You can blend this out with your fingers or a sponge.

Here is the applicator for this concealer. I like how it is shaped to cover smaller areas and large areas. I’m not a fan of the smell of this product though.

Here’s a swatch of the shade that I was sent. This is M19 Cool. It covers but it is not really my skin tone.

The last product is Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Dry Shampoo. I adore Living Proof products. I use their leave-in conditioner and wow. Yes. 🙂 anyway, this product absorbs extra oil and volumizes your hair.

The back of the bottle says to shake well and spray 6-10 inches away from your head. You can apply to your roots by lifting your hair in sections. Wait for 30 seconds and then brush through to remove excess product.

I was so excited to test the perfume of the month! These are samples of Kat Von D’s Saint and Sinner.

I’m always scared to purchase perfumes before I test them so I’m very thankful. I love the bottle design.

This side has the ingredients of each sample, notes that they are recyclable, the batch code, and these are vegan fragrances! Very cool. My favorite vegan brand of perfume is Ghoulish Bath Shop. They’re scented after spooky themes!

The packaging is flawless like all her products. For Saint, the top note is mandarin, the middle note is Jasmine and Tiare Flower, and the base note is musk. Sinner has orange blossom for the top note, cinnamon as the middle note, and patchouli and vanilla as the base notes.

There you all go! What products are you interested in? What did you receive? Xo

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Ipsy August Glambag!

Hi friends! I received my Glambag over the weekend and wanted to share it with you all! The theme this month was Good Vibes. As with the current events happening, I wish you all safety and good vibes to get you through. I know it doesn’t mean much, but positivity and love are everything.

Okay, soooo Ipsy has a new money back program. I’ll go into it as much as I can.

To be honest, I did not want to get up and take pictures at my table so my fox blanket will be the background today. This was one of the bag designs out of three. The big pamphlet behind the bag details the new reward program.

This is the front cover of the reward program booklet. It has Gabriel Zamora and a pink poodle on it. It also says Lavish Life on the side. To be honest, I don’t know much about Gabriel, I don’t pine and obsess over people on Instagram so I have no clue as to what he does or has done. Sorry.

These pages describe the Ipsy Cash and how it works. Basically, you earn cash back when you purchase from your favorite makeup brands and you can get the rebate in the mail or through PayPal.

I included these pages as examples of which brands are available in this program. MAC, Smashbox, and Bobbi Brown are three major brands included in this new service.

Next, I have my five products for the month and I included swatches of the eyeliner and the eyeshadow. Enjoy!

I was pretty happy with the variety this month, there was a Glamour Dolls brush, green tea moisturizer, The Balm eyeshadow, a new brand eyeliner, and a First Aid Beauty face cleaner. I love that cleaner! I think I first tried it before I started blogging and missed it dearly! Welcome home, cleaner!

The first item is the First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser with red clay. This is safe for sensitive skin, removes excess oils, unclog pores, and purified skin. This sample is one ounce of product.

The back of the product has the ingredient list and you need to avoid contact with your eyes. This is allergy tested and hypoallergenic. It says to use this only twice a day, and to use it just lather it together and gently rub onto your face. After you cover your face, just rinse. Ta T’s!

This is a moisturizer from A-True Spring Green Tea Watery Calming Cream. That isb a mouthful but smells amazing. This cream is 70% Black Tea water and it states that this heritage is from France and rediscovered in Korea. Sounds epic.

The back of the sample has the ingredient list and the directions. After you clean your face, massage this on your face and neck. This sample is 1.5 ounces and is made in Korea.

The third product is this rosy blending eyeshadow brush. I love these brushes and they’re so affordable. I snagged one of the Lisa Frank angled brushes before and wow. Such fluffy. So blend.

Here’s a pretty close-up shot of the bristles. This brush reminds me of the blending brush from Sugarpill. Or maybe I just like white and pink synthetic bristles. 🙂

This is a new precision tip eyeliner by Steve Laurant. This is waterproof and does not fade to grey. Yay!!!

There’s the tip of the eyeliner. It glides and applies easily and does not run or smear. I enjoyed this.

This is a sample shadow from The Balm Voyage Volume Two. I love the design for the sample shadow.

This eyeshadow has a 12 month shelf-life and has a lot number of 16L1. This side of the sample has the website, distribution information and the ingredients.

The shade I received was Willkommen. This is a buttery and shimmery brown shade. It is super pigmented.

Next, I have a finger swatch and a test of the new eyeliner for you all! Check these out!

I seriously love this liner. I have such problems finding actual waterproof eyeliners that last. I’m so happy I got the opportunity to test this one out! You can see how pigmented the eyeshadow is also. I’m impressed. However, it is nothing new to the eyeshadow game.

There you all have it! Next post will be about Sephora Play and their August bag! Xo!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eyeshadow Swatches!

Hi readers and friends! I was going to wait until a lot of drama subsided with this palette but I wanted to show swatches for it. We all know this palette and we all know that a lot of people hate it, love it or are on the fence about it. This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. As we all know, this palette was marketed as the sultry and night-loving sister palette to Modern Renaissance. For some awkward reason, when I saw the marketing for these two palettes, I immediately thought of Daria and Quinn.

This is just how my mind works, I suppose. Anyways, I purchased this palette right off of Anastasia’s website before it glitched out and I snagged a P7 batch which I hear is the better performing palette. Yay! 🎉🎉🎉 Let’s check out the pictures and swatches I took for you all!

This is the palette in the box. I apologize how this box looks but because of the felt on the palette, I tend to keep it in the box for storage. I also have used this palette religiously for the last two weeks just to check out pigmentation and how each shade performs.

The back of the box has the batch code which is P7F2O. From what I watched and read online, the P7 batch performs better than the others that were originally launched. The box also has the main ingredients, distribution information, cruelty-free bunny, the layout of the shadows, and it shows a six month shelf life. Don’t get it twisted. All of ABH’s eyeshadow palettes have a six month life, while their glow kits have a 12 month shelf life. Please check my other posts for my verification on this.

Here is my actual palette. I love how it is a darker color than the Modern Renaissance palette. It will still get dirty but I don’t think it would be as noticeable.

The back of the actual palette has the same information as the back of the box. It has a note that says the eyeshadows were made in the United States. The brush includes in the palette was manufactured in China. Please note that these shadows have talc as the main ingredient instead of mica. I’m describing a lot of the details because there are dupes of this palette all over Wish and eBay already. *sigh*

Here’s the inside of the palette. It has a mirror that comes with a peel-off sticker and two rows of shades. There are eleven ultra-matte shades, two duochrome shades, and one shimmer shade. As you can see, I have used this palette a little bit.

Here is a close-up of all the shades in the palette. Since this palette is more of a pigment palette than an eyeshadow palette, please use these colors with caution and just dab a bit on each application and don’t be scared to build up color. 🙂 A little of this guy goes a long way.

Here is a picture of the brush included with the palette. It does have nice blendability and the bristles were soft. I used this brush for all the brush swatches today.

Okay, it’s swatch time! Please note how much pigment are in these swatches. I promise that I haven’t hit pan yet on any of these shades and I have used all of them in my two week use experiment. I swatched these in quads. Also, the quads are shades that would compliment each other to make eye looks.

The first four shades being swatched are Cube, Dawn, Roxy, and Electric. Cube reminds me of the Pink Heart highlighter from their Moonchild Glow Kit. You do need to work this shade but it adds a beautiful inner corner tone. Dawn is a peachy beige matte that works as a great base shade. Roxy is a pastel orange-pink shade. I love this shade and how pigmented it is. Electric is a pretty duochrome that is a brownish green that is super pretty.

The next four reminds me of camo colors. Destiny is a matte olive green that is lighter wirh brush application but can be built up. Adorn is that token copper shimmer shade that has been in every palette for the past two years. It blends well but nothing new. Fudge is a matte chocolate brown. New Wave is one of my favorite shades in this palette. This is a matte light-orange yellow and so pretty. This shade is highly blendable.

This third swatch set starts off with All Star. I love this shade but it lacked in pigment with both application techniques. This shade can be built up into something beautiful. Mercury is a dark beige-gray matte shade. Untamed is a dark bluish-green that needs to be built up when using a brush. Edge is a matte mustard shade that can be found in Lime Crime’s Venus 2 palette.

The last two shades are Axis and Rowdy. Axis is a dark matte blue. It looks nicer muted with the brush technique, in my opinion. Rowdy is a matte browinsh-burgundy shade. Please take note, while pretty, use lightly because it takes over a look quickly.

There is the overview of the palette for you. I’m happy with this purchase, but everyone is different with their preferences. If you are unsure, wait until Sephora carries it to swatch and check the shadows out on your own 🙂 xo

SauceBox Cosmetics Mermaid Life Eyeshadow Palette!

Hi friends! Today I’m going to show you this beauty of a palette. To be honest, I was sitting on purchasing this beauty for a while because it is normally $75. Seventy-five dollars. I had no idea how their shadows performed or if the price point was way too high (which is thought it was for nine eyeshadows). On Instagram, SauceBox Cosmetics had a bunch of damaged palettes and discounted them significantly. I purchased mine for $45 dollars (the price includes shipping and a 10% off discount code). I checked for damage and there wasn’t any to the actual palette. There was only a ding in the one eyeshadow. Basically, my face looked like this:

I’m going to show you all some pretty palette pictures and finger and brush swatches of all the shadows. Let’s begin!

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Ta-da! This is the front of the Mermaid Life palette. I love the design of the mermaid and how the palette its self is shaped like a clam shell. Adorable. ❤❤❤ By the way, this palette is huge. You’ll see what I mean.

The back of palette mentions that all of these shadows are vegan and cruelty-free. All the shadow names are located in illustrated pearls and it was made entirely in the United States. Each eyeshadow is four grams so there is a total of 36 grams of shadows. This side has the ingredient list and distribution information.

Check out how big this palette is! There’s a decent sized mirror with a very subtle underwater design around the mirror that consists of coral, seaweed, and seahorses. The bottom of the palette has the clam shell design.

Here’s a close-up shot of the mirror for you to check out. Look at all the pretty design detail.

For this part of the palette, I wanted to show you all the shades included. I labeled them all with the appropriate name for you.

Another fun feature of the palette is that it is magnetic and each shade is labeled by the name and the lot number. This is important because duped palettes will not have that information on the bottom of the metal pans. The majority of the time the pans are glued in and not magnetized.

Next up, we have all the pretty swatches of all these shades. All of these shades swatched beautifully and I had no issue with dryness or crumbly eyeshadow.

The top row of shadows had three shimmery and colored shades. La Sirena is a frosted lilac shade that had the same intensity with the finger and brush swatches. Seaside is a pretty sea blue frosted shade that reminds me of the ocean with the sun shining off of it. This shade was more pigmented with the finger swatch than the brush swatch but not by much. Kelp It Real is a very pigmented frosted emerald green shade that has a gorgeous shimmer. This shade applies better with your finger.

The middle row of the palette featured four shades that varied in shimmers and intensity. Pirates Gold is one of the best gold shades that I’ve ever used and swatched before. The good news is that it swatched beautifully using both techniques. Treasure Chest is an awesome frosted copper-orange shade that is very pigmented and swatched beautifully using both techniques. Merman is a dark-beige shade with a subtle silver shimmer. Shell We Dance is supposed to mimic the inside of seashells and is a light-beige with a gold and silver shimmer.

The last row had two shades in it. Warm Sand is a light peach shade and it is the only matte shadow. I was impressed with how pigmented this shade was for a light matte shade. Moonshadows is a light beige that has a frosted silver look. This shade fully describes how pretty the moonlight looks.

Overall, I believe that this palette is one of my new favorites. However, I still believe that $75 is a bit expensive. For the price that I paid, this was a great price for a sturdy palette that excelled in design, layout, and pigmentation. Grab this while you can! Xo

Mont Bleu Product Review!

Hi friends and readers! I thought it would be cute to rhyme the subject title today. Mont Bleu was kind enough to send me some awesome products to review for you all! Mont Bleu was also totally rad and gave me a 20% off code to give to all my readers and viewers! At checkout, use the code BLOG to redeem your discount! Thank you Mont Bleu! ❤❤❤

Here are all the items that I'm going to review for you today!Here are all the items I’m going to review for you today! The items pictured here are a tweezer, two glass nail files, a glass cuticle pusher, and a foot file. I personally liked how every item was black, dark purple and silver.

The first item to show you all is the dual-end cuticle pusher. One side is slanted and the other is pointed. This product can be used for manicures or pedicures. It is also dark purple and glass.

Here is a close-up shot of how to use the slanted side of the pusher. I found the area of my cuticles that needed help and used the tool to push gently to help the area. I liked the hard rubber ends of this tool because it made the job easy.

I used my pointer finger for the pointed side. I like how this item is nicely made and has a bit of weight to it. The pointed side worked just as well as the slanted side.

The second item to check out is their slanted tweezer. I used these the second that I opened the box for two reasons. The first being that I haven’t touched up my eyebrows in a long time and because I had to see how they stood up to my favorite Tweezerman tweezers.

This picture shows how much the ends slant on this set of tweezers. Yes! I hate when ends are pointed or completely straight.

Another favorite feature is the comfort grip on these tweezers. It makes them comfortable to hold and easier to use. I seriously don’t have a pair of tweezers that have this feature. Awesome!

I decided to review both of the nail files together. I absolutely adore the smaller nail file because I can take it with me and I’m a tiny person that enjoys smaller sized things. Both of these files have weight to them and feel lovely. The grip is smooth and the actual file is a tinier grain texture. Each file is adorned with Swarovski Crystals.

Here’s a closeup on the pretty crystals. Oooo shiny. I love shiny things.

This is a picture showing the long file. It has a frosted white glass with a dark gradient going to the grip. This reminds me of a pretty cake knife lol.

This is the smaller file. I love how it fits in my hand and is like the smaller sister to the bigger nail file. This one has the same dark gradient and the same frosted white file.

When I first opened the package, I honestly never saw anything like this before. I looked it up and this is a foot file. This first side has a frosted white textured file part with a rough bumpy section to get rid of dead or rough skin.

The second side of the foot file has smoother surface on the darker side to help smooth your skin after exfoliating it with the other side.

Overall, I was very impressed to try out these products for this company and all my readers. It was an honor! If you are all interested in their products, check out their e-shop here. If you like to purchase items off of Amazon, their Amazon store is listed right here. Also, if you would like to purchase any of their items wholesale, please check out their website located here. Please give this company a try! Their products are awesome quality! Xo!

I Dew Care Disco Kitten Face Mask!

Hi friends! Today before my tattoo appointment I figured that I should post about some things that I’ve been playing with and getting ready to post. As you know, this is the first time I’ve been working from home, blogging, and taking care of my six-year old during the day. Phew.

When I saw the videos of other people using this mask I had to try it because I have such a huge love for Korean skincare and Memebox products. The I Dew Care Disco Kitten mask is fun. I love the chrome look and how I feel like a bright and shiny soul of light when I use it. I have pictures of the box and the product for you!

The box states that this is an illuminating diamond peel-off mask. My first impression was, I wonder if this is like that painful black peel-off mask all over the internet? Hmmm 🤔🤔

This side of the box has your ingredients and usage warnings. This notes that this is for external use only and do not use if you have any open wounds, scabs, eczema, or dermatitis.

This side of the box describes the product and gives you the how-to use instructions. This mask is formulated with pearl powder (to brighten skin), diamond powder (to purify and improve elasticity), rice bran extract (to moisturize and add vitamins), oats (to add antioxidants), and a complex of Lily, orange flower, elder flower, Jasmine, and Magnolia (to hydrate and nourish skin).

I’m pretty sure this side says, DANGER! DON’T STACK ME SO HIGH!

The bottom of the box shows the barcode and expiration date.

The top of the box has a cute little winking face 😉😉😉 right back at you, cutie.

Here is the product out of the box. Mine did not come with the silicone brush to apply the mask so I either use my Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding spoon or my fingers.

The other side of the product has the directions and ingredient list just in case you threw the box away.

Here’s a pretty shot of how smooth the mask is. It has this pretty silver sheen and is pretty tacky.

Before you apply the mask, make sure to clean it first and pat dry. This is what the mask looks like when it is first applied. It says to keep this mask on for 20 to 30 minutes. Try not to touch it or get it in your hair. It hurts and is a pain to get out.

I had the mask on for the full 30 minutes and you can see how much it dried and how creepy it gets when you scrunch up your face.

Here is how it looks when you try and peel it off. I like to try and peel the full mask off in on piece. You don’t have to, I just like to. 😃

Here’s what my skin looks like after. My cheeks are a bit red but went away. It makes my skin so soft and it seems brighter. I love it.

I absolutely loved this product. ULTA carries it but it has been sold out for a while. If you can, grab it and love it. Xo

Hollywood Enzyme Orchid Face Mask!

Hi friends! It has definitely been a while since my last post. I had a shoulder injury that made it very difficult to move. I am back finally haha. I promise that this week I’ll be swatching the Kat Von D Shade & Light Glimmer Eye Palette and I’ll be doing a review on Mont Bleu and some of the products they were kind enough to send me.

I decided to do a post on a face mask because it has been quite some time since I did a new brand or type. This product I received in my Nomakenolife July subscription box. This is the Hollywood Enzyme Orchid mask.

The Hollywood Enzyme Orchid mask has been around for almost 50 years and uses enzymes to clean and soften skin at home.

I see that pictures are disabled in the new Android update right now so I guess we’re waiting for the bugs to be fixed. As you can see, the packaging that the mask comes in is a lot longer than other face mask packs.

This product is made in Japan and all the writing is in Japanese. Have no fear, I’m going to walkthrough this mask step-by-step so you know what to do! Please note that the company has their website on the back.

The first step for this treatment is to tear open the package. I’m sorry I had to tear your head, miss enzyme model 😭😭

When you get the package open, there is… another package! Wait, what? Exactly. This purple package two sides. The top is full of powder and the bottom is a cream that gets mixed into the powder.

The back of the packaging shows the directions on how to fully combine both parts without making too much of a mess.

As you can see, you want to mix the cream part into the powder by pushing up to the powder section of the pack. I moved it up there by curling the package up like a tube of toothpaste.

When your cream is in the powder section, it will puff up like the picture above. I’m really sorry but updating is hard because the pictures disappear and I can’t use them for reference.

Next, you want to tear where the powder portion of the package is…

The inside of the package should look something like this! The directions say to take a small spoon and mix both powder and cream together.

I used my Boscia Charcoal Pudding mask spoon to mix this together but I recommend a spoon with a longer handle. 😂 I made a mess.

After washing your face, you can apply the mixture. The consistency reminds me of a whipped butter. The smell is floral and very faint.

This is what the mask looks like completely applied. There was more than enough product in this package and it says to keep the mask on for 3-6 minutes for sensitive to dry skin and 7-10 minutes for normal to oily skin. I kept mine on for 10 minutes because the summer months turn me into an oil slick.

After the 10 minutes, you can see how the mask absorbed into my skin and during the time it was on it felt kind of tingly.

This is what my face looks like after I rinsed it off with warm water. It did make my face look brighter but my skin was so smooth. It’s been a while since I took the mask off and my face still has the refreshing tingle and looks just as nice. Xo