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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Kat Von D Lolita Eyeshadow and Blush!

Hi friends! For an early birthday present I bought myself Kat Von D’s super limited Lolita eyeshadow and blush. I bought it for $19 and cashed in some points and picked out the birthday gift. This eyeshadow single doubles as a blush that I’ve swatched for you and took a bunch of pictures. This is vegan and cruelty-free. 

Here is the product in the box. It is a small cardboard box that has a pretty silver lettering on it. 

The back of the box has a more detailed description of what the product is in different languages and ingredients listed. 

The bottom of the box has the barcode and has the vegan stamp of approval! Yay! There are symbols showing that it is eye and face safe and also recyclable.

I was feeling pretty artsy with this so I added my O2 plant and my Cthulhu pop figure. The product is a beautiful dusty chestnut rose type of shade. 

These are the swatches of Lolita. It blends out so well! I’m excited to use it today! I’m not too sure how much to use for blush so that will have to be played around with a bit. 

There you have it, the beautiful eyeshadow single, Lolita. I’m pretty sure they are going to release it again in the future but only time will tell. Xo

Sephora Play! June Box!

Hi friends! Today I have the Sephora Play! June subscription box to share with you all! 

The emphasis for this month are summer items! There is a really cute print for the beach and swimming! 

The first side of the pamphlet tells you some beauty tips for the humid summer weather. It tells you tips on how to moisturize, how to wear the perfect ponytail, to use cream formulas in the summer rather than powders, apply a hair mask before going in sea water, and some other tips for colored hair and chlorine. 

The back side shows you all the products that will hook you up this summer! Yay! There’s two hair creams, tinted moisturizer, a primer sunscreen, lipstick and a scent!

Let’s get started with the products!

Here they all are lined up in a cute little row! 

The first item is from Bumble and Bumble. This is their ‘Don’t Blow It’ hair cream. It enhances your hair’s natural texture and conditions. 

After your shower, you want to towel dry your hair and then add about a some sized portion to your hair and work it in. Allow to dry and rock your day!

The next item is Tarte’s Tarteguard 20 tinted moisturizer in medium. This has lightweight coverage and is packed with vitamin A and E!

This fun item is super easy to use. You apply it with your fingertips and just blend it into your face 🙂 

The third item is Briogeo’s Curl Charisma. It has rice amino acids and avocado for a really natural leave in treatment. This product fights frizz and makes your hair look less sticky. 

To apply this treatment, you put a quarter size amount in your hair and scrunch it with your hands. This is cruelty-free and is completely free of the evil six. 

The fourth item up is Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This product is a primer merged with a sunscreen that blurs lines and blurs pores. I used this last summer and loved it.

Here is the back of the box. It shows all the active ingredients, uses, warnings and instructions. 

For a sample, they give you a decent amount. 

To use this, you rub an even amount on your face, neck and chest. You can wear it under makeup, over makeup or just by its self.

The last product is Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in shade K-Dub. I’m very impressed with the new formula. I wasn’t a fan of the older because the darker shades were patchy and wouldn’t dry down for me. 

Here is a quick picture of the bottom of the lipstick. It has the name of the shade and all the product information. 

Of course I did some swatches for all of you!

Here’s the arm swatch of K-Dub! This formula smells faintly of vanilla and is a beautiful bright pink. 

This is what K-Dub looks like applied to the lips! It went on evenly and dries quickly! I love It!
As for the perfume of the month…

Alien by Thierry Mugler. I know this scent is a huge cult favorite but I hate it so much. I was so completely disappointed. 

The notes for this perfume are listed here: Top Note: Jasmine Sambac, Middle Note: Cashmeran Wood, and Base Note: Ambergris. I don’t like this scent because of how strong it is. It over powers my senses and yikes, it’s just too much.

There you have it for June’s play box! Enjoy! Xo

Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book Swatches!

Hi friends! Today this post is kind of a long one. This palette by Kat Von D was a holiday limited edition back in 2013. It retailed for $55 and is no longer manufactured. This palette includes 24 shadows that vary between matte, shimmer, and sparkle. Another really neat feature is that you can mix two shades to make another. There are going to be a bunch of photos today because I swatched two adjacent shades and what their mix will look like. 

For some reason, WordPress isn’t letting me edit descriptions for my pictures or letting me use the tinier fonts for each picture. I apologize for how this looks in advance because this isn’t okay and isn’t my usual format. This is what the box looks like that the palette fits in. It is a beautiful illustration by Kat Von D with a pretty pattern surrounding it.

Here is what the back of the box looks like. It gives a quick preview of all the shades and their names in the palette. Any shade with a ☆ next to it is a brand new shade.

Here is the palette out of the box. It has the same drawing with just a black background. I like how thin this palette is because you could travel with it and it not be too much of an issue.

Here is the back of the actual palette. It shows you which two shades go together and how to use it. You can also see that there is a serial code on the back. I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen a duplicate of this palette but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Here is a close-up of the how to use portion of the back. You can alternate which way you put them on but in my experience, I found more luck by putting the darker shade down first then following with the lighter shade.

I did the shots of the inside of the palette separate because the top is where Kat describes how to make three different looks with the shadows. Sadly, No mirror.

Here is the bottom of the palette on the inside. It has that sleeve of plastic that I wasn’t a fan of in the Star Studded book. It has all the names of the shadows on it so it is useful bit could have been printed on the actual palette.

And here is just a quick shot of all the pretty shades without the plastic on it. 

I did all the swatches the usual way, with a brush and a finger. I did the two shades mixed with a brush because it made the most logical sense. 

The first two are Dark Throne which is a very nice gray matte which is so dark it is almost black. It is paired with Precious, which is a nice white shimmer shade. As you can see when they’re mixed together, the shades make a gray with a silver and white shimmer. It reminds me of Sugarpill’s Soot and Stars shade.

The next two are Babe which is a bright lavender pink shade and Piaf which looks like the first two mixed. The texture on these are lovely and very blendable. When these two mixed together, it made a very nice shimmery purple shade that has hints of pink in it.

The next two are Sunset Blvd. and 8 Bit. Sunset Blvd. is a shimmery yellow and gold shade that is a bit stiff but still blends well out of the pan. 8 Bit is a shimmery frosted blue with some silver. Mixed together, it creates a fun golden blue green shade. It reminds me almost of an oil slick. 

Holy Bible is the first shade in this duo. This one is a very soft and buttery light blueish white with some shimmer. Oddfellow is a very matte black with green and blue glitter in it. Mixed together, it creates an almost cobalt blue with glitter in it.

Birdcage is a very pretty golden bright green that has a bit of shimmer to it. Gunner is a matte forest green that has a bunch of silver glitter in it. When you mix these together, it makes this really rad frosted green shade and please remember to use primer for these shades!

Both of these two are brand new shades! Instaglam is a frosted white shade and Stupid Autocorrect is a frosted reddish orange. They both blend great and the pigment is definitely there. Mixed together, it makes a frosted grape shade.

These two shades, Galore and Hexagram are stunning. Galore is a very light yellow shimmer shade and Hexagram is my fsvorite shade in the palette. It has so many color notes. It has undertones of dark red and the shimmer is mixed with a golden green. Love. So much love. When they’re mixed together, more of the reddish warm notes come out. 

Smile Now and Cry Later are also two brand new shades! Smile Now is a very light peach shadow with a bit of a pink shift to it. Cry Later is a chocolate brown with light silver sparkles in it. When mixed together it makes a muted brown with a pretty light shift. 

These next two are very pigmented. Arcadia is a shimmery purple and pink that has bright silver shimmer to it. Wonderland reminds me of dried blood. Creepy but a beautiful rusty reddish brown is a necessity in my collection. Mixed together, it makes this fun purple shimmer on top of the red. 

We are almost done! I swear! Queen is a pretty color shift of reddish brown to a green shimmer. Bukowski is a very bright blue that has a tiny shine to it. When these mix together it makes a dark shimmery green and the shimmers come to light more. 

Last but not least we have Countess and WTF. Countless is a very light matte beige shade. WTF is a shimmery bright red. When mixed together, the red gets really muted down and makes an interesting yet subtle color.

This post was a complete swatch fest today! I apologize for the fact that I wouldn’t edit the captions to my photos and the font is very large. Hopefully it will be fixed sometime soon! Xo

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Eyeshadow Palette Swatches!

Hi loves! Today is the second to last day of school for my daughter. She’ll be helping with my posts during the summer so I have am extra set of hands 🙂 today I decided to review Kat Von D’s Mi Vida Loca Remix eyeshadow palette. This was a holiday limited edition for 2015. It cost $59. I think the one for last year was the Too Faced Better Together collaboration. I couldn’t justify spending the money because I would have used the Too Faced side. 

Anyway, this palette has 24 shades that vary in neutrals, bright shades, matte and shimmer. I do enjoy the versatility of this palette but I do recommend using primer for the brights just to enhance them and make sure the color is bolder. These shades also share the names that match her studded kiss lipsticks.

Here is the front of the palette. This is a pretty big one but the packaging is so pretty. I think the main reason I love this brand’s packaging is because Kat does the artwork for each piece.
Here is the back of the palette. The back photo shows you how the palette is going to be set up. It looks like a vintage vinyl record. All the matte neutral shades are in the middle surrounded by a wheel of bright shades.
Here is a close up of the serial number just in case you find one to purchase and are worried about authenticity.
Here is the page of looks that come included in the palette. There are three different looks explained step-by-step for you.
Here is what the palette looks like out of the sleeve. There is no mirror but a lot of colors. Everything is labeled and set up nicely.

For the swatches I did the neutrals first and then in groups of three to really show how pigmented and colorful they are. They were done by finger and brush.

Here are the first four shades. Moulder is a very light beige matte shade that has a nice texture and good blendability. Vox is a middle brown matte that also swatched nicely and has good pigment. Strutter is if Vox and Moulder had a baby shadow. This is a beige shade that shows up great and had a good texture. The last shade, Lyric, is a shimmer white shade with some fun silver micro glitter. It is buttery and blendable. It would be a good inner corner shadow.
Here are the last three neutral shades. Black Metal is a nice and plain matte black shade. It swatched very nice and wasn’t patchy. Skulls is a light gray with silver shimmer in it. I love this shade. Noble is a darker version of Strutter. This is a good crease or base shade. 
Here are the first three shades of the outer circle. Löve is a light pink shade with a bunch of shimmer. Anthem is a matte magenta that you would want to use a primer in when using as you can see with the brush swatch. Muse is a light lavender matte shade that is buttery and nice to blend out.
These next three shades are pretty lovely. Echo is a bluish purple that has some pink sparkles in it. Please use primer for this shade because the brush application wasn’t as good as the finger swatch. Dark Wave is a matte navy blue that was decent with the swatches but primer would enhance it. Synth is a very pigmented electric blue matte shade that blows me away when I see it swatched. I was so excited that it was so pigmented and nicely textured.
Here are the next three in the circle. Hyperballad is a matte teal shade that primer is necessary. It doesn’t do badly but could be more intense. Lemme is a pretty brownish green with a bit of yellow shimmer shade. I enjoy this shade so much. It blended out great and has a great texture. Misfit is the electric green that I wished was in the Star Studded Eyeshadow Book. There isn’t any sparkle in Misfit but it is a beautiful matte electric green. Thanks, Kat!
Here are the next three. Vinyl is a shimmery and frosted version of Misfit. I use this shade for a lot of looks and because it can blend very well. Legend is a shimmery light yellow shade that also blends out very nicely. Fran is an awesome matte goldenrod shade that is a pretty unique shade. 
These three were so nice. They are pigmented, swatched great and are beautiful warm shades. Analogue is a matte light orange and is almost a peach shade. Harpsichord is a orange shade with a bunch of copper shimmer to it. Rewind is a raspberry shade with a bit of copper shimmer in it. I love these and I’m pretty sure you can make some beautiful eye looks with these.

These last two shades in the palette I recommend using a primer on just for more intensity. Destroyer reminds me of a matte strawberry shade. But you can see that it needs some primer to help it along. Swoon is a very pretty matte bright pink. It has the perfect name and performs very well. 

I like this palette a lot more than Star Studded because the shades are better formulated and perform better. Primer is still needed for a bunch of the shades but at least they can work on the eye. Xo

Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book Swatches!

Hi friends! I hope you’re having a good day! Today while I’m waiting for the service electric man to come, I have an internet connection! I swatched the Kat Von D Star Studded Eyeshadow Book for you all! This was a holiday palette for 2015 and cost $55. There are 24 shadows in here and set up as a quad shadows for unique eye looks for you. There are matte, shimmer and sparkle shades. 

Before I start, as a fan of Kat Von D’s eyeshadows, this collection is not like her normal formula. It is chalkier and not as pigmented. There was also so much fallout. To be honest, you’re not missing anything if this isn’t in your collection. The shade, Gothica is the biggest disappointment I’ve ever encountered. I’ll definitely show you in the swatches. Here come my shots of the palette!

Here is the front of the palette. I really do like the design of this one. It has a star embossed with a rivet like design. It also has Kat Von D’s logo on the bottom in the middle. I lost the sleeve to this palette so for that I apologize.
Here is the back of the palette. As you can see, there’s directions on the looks you can make, a serial code that I enlarged for you in the next photo, and all the shades and their names.
Here is the serial code. I’m hoping that it is visible for you all because I heard there are dupes of this palette. Be careful!
On the back of the palette there’s this fun how-to column. It shows you for each quad where is the neutral base, lid shade, crease shade and accent shade. I thought this was pretty rad and helped if somebody was confused. 
Here’s the inside of the palette. It has a piece of plastic with all the shades written on it. There is a nice sized mirror with a fun star cut out shape going on. I thought the plastic cover for the shadows was nice so you know the name but does get in the way a lot.
Here is a better shot of the shadows without the cover. They are all arranged nicely.

I did the swatches with finger and brush like usual and I did them in quad shades so you can see four shades at a time and how they would be used in each look.

Here are the first four shades in the upper left of the palette. I enjoyed all the shades in this look. They all swatched beautifully.  Solar is a pale beige shade that is almost white. Nephilim is a shimmer golden beige shade. Platonic is less shimmery than Nephilim and they almost look like the same shade except Nephilim is a tad darker. Mandala. I love the color. A bright reddish orange is always a good shade. I did a bit of trouble swatching it with my finger because it would kick up a lot of product in slabs and go all over. Brush and primer is recommended for this shade.
This next set is located in the upper right of the palette. This color scheme reminds me of something that would have been in her Innerstellar eyeshadow palette. Damned is a darker beige than in the first quad. This shade is matte and decent in texture. Division is a gray silver with a ton on shimmer. I loved how nice the texture was of this shade. Depeche is a shimmery gold with a honey brown matte. It blends nicely and is pigmented. Brass Knuckles reminds me of an Easter yellow with gold shimmer in it. I wish it was more pigmented and a bit more brass. 
This quad is in the middle on the left. Anti-Star is a very soft and buttery grayish white shade with some light blue shimmer in it. Estrella is a dark navy shade that has a hologram effect shifting it to a bright blue. Black Star is a matte black with a lot of silver glitter in it. This shade has a fallout alert that I’m warning you of because it will go all over the place so primer is a must. Starflyer is a beautiful matte bright blue. I wish it was more vibrant with the brush swatch. It was very chalky and patchy so I did have to go over pigment a bunch of times to get a decent swatch. 
Yikes. This quad in the middle right is a disaster. We will discuss this. Banshee is a matte white shade that I like. It swatched great and I have no complaints about it. Violator I thought was a very pretty pinkish purple shimmer. Gothica. As you can see there was some issues. This shade I guess was supposed to maybe be a pressed purple glitter that was just awful. Nothing swatched with the brush and you can see all the fallout around what did actually swatch. It has the texture of wet sand. I’m so sad. Fascination Street is a matte bluish purple that needs primer and a lot of building up. There is a lot of fallout with this shade also. 
Here is the quad from the bottom left. This one is a decently pigmented smoky eye look. Moz is a matte light beige shade that is pretty pigmented and has good texture. Heaven Knows is pretty powdery so primer and carefulness is a must. This is a dark beige with a tiny silver shimmer to it. Smiths is a very nicely pigmented and textured golden brown with shimmer. Leather is a dark chocolate brown matte shade. This might be my favorite quad just because it is the most workable out of the palette. 
I wanted to love these four shades so much. But I just couldn’t. Crosses is a matte beige shade. Covenant is a shimmery olive green that is pretty dark and swatched very well. Craft looks exactly like Covenant except for some pieces of silver glitter in it. Like…. why? It just made me so sad. Anything would have been better than that. Lastly, we have Cult. I wanted to love this shade with all of my being. It was too chunky and the fallout was awful. This is a bright lime green matte shade with silver sparkle. 

Okay so I’m pretty sure that was one of the most disappointing swatch reviews I’ve ever done. Sometimes when holiday palettes are released, so get a bit paranoid about the quality of them just because everything is so rushed to meet the deadline. I’m pretty sure that holds evident here. A lot of these shadows should have been reformulated so they were usable. Gothica,  specifically. There were some hits in here but I think the misses stand out more. Xo