Palette Bingo! – Morphe 35B Glam

Welcome back!

Today’s post will be a little different than what I normally write about, we’re playing a game of Palette Bingo!

I got the idea to do this post from Emilynoel83 on YouTube, who made a really fun video on this, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it out! Basically, this is a way to use those big palettes you have sitting around in your collection, and a way to challenge yourself to be creative.

I chose the Morphe 35B Glam Palette to use with this, as I’ve been neglecting it lately and the color selection is so bold, I figured it would definitely be challenging to get a full, somewhat wearable look out of this.

So, on to the rules of the game!

The object of this challenge is to randomly choose 5 different shades from the palette (for the letters B-I-N-G-O), using two sets of numbers for the number of rows and columns in the palette. For me, I had 7 columns and 5 rows.

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To get the numbers for each letter, I wrote the two sets of numbers on a few pieces of paper and put them into two separate containers and had my boyfriend’s mom pull one out of each to get my “coordinates” for the shades, and go “x” across and “x” down depending on the numbers pulled.

 

20160420_010039.jpgThe shades indicated with the heart are the shades that were selected! We have a matte orange, matte bright pink, shimmery yellow gold (appears to be nude in the palette, definitely isn’t), a light baby pink, and a purple with a blue duochrome.  In the rules, you’re allowed to pull in any other products you see fit, but I chose to use JUST these shades to create my look!

So with all of that out of the way, let’s get into the look!

The first thing I did was blend the matte orange into my crease to create a transition shade, which will help all of the other colors blend together, while giving the finished look a hint of orange.

orange in crease (Let’s ignore my somewhat dry eyelids. This Montana air is hard on my skin.)   

For my next step, I packed the yellowish shade all over my eyelid, and went back with the orange from the last step to blend it out.

PicMonkey Collage.jpg (So far, so good.) 

Next, I used the bright matte pink and blended that into my crease and outer lid, and blended a little more of that orange shade near my browbone.

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After I had this blended to the point where I was happy with it, I lined my waterline with the Essence Long Lasting Eyeliner in “Berry Merry”, and smudged that out using the purple duochrome shade, pulling it down pretty far for a dramatic lower lash line. (because we really needed more drama in this look…..)  

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After this, I used the Elf Cosmetics Smudge Pot in “Poppin’ Party” to create a winged liner, and topped that with the same shadow I used on my lower lash line, and popped the final shadow for the challenge (iridescent baby pink) on the inner corner of my eye.

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To finish up, I applied some mascara to my top and bottom lashes, and put on a pair of my favorite lashes, the Ardell Demi Wispies, and that completes the look!

PicMonkey Collage3.jpg (My lash application isn’t perfect. It is what it is.) 

So I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this, and actually really liked the look! This was a lot of fun to do, and definitely challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and try something new, and maybe we’ll have a part 2 some day soon!

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-Samantha

 

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April 2016 Ipsy Unbagging + Review

Welcome back!

Today I bring you yet another look at my  *Ipsy from this month! I’ve done several of these posts so far, but in case you’re new, Ipsy is a $10 per month subscription service that sends 4-5 deluxe to full size products to your mailbox every month. So with the details out of the way, let’s get into the bag.

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This month’s theme was “Dreamers”, so the watercolor bag is cute, and I much prefer it to the bag from last month.

The first product I was really excited to see was the Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Creme in the shade “Wonder”. tarte lipsutgenec wonder.jpg (This is a deluxe sample size, full size retails for $24) 

This is a really nice lip pencil, with excellent staying power and a very refreshing minty taste / feel.

tarte lipsurgence.jpg (Do you prefer lip swatches to typical swatches? Let me know!)  

The color is beautiful, and has really nice staying power for what it is. This is definitely a product I would consider buying a full size of. Really like this!

I’m always excited to see nail polish in my bag, and this month I received the Adesse New York Organic Infused Gel Effect Nail Lacquer  in the shade “Irina”.

adesse.jpg ($18) 

Right from the jump, I was NOT impressed with this in the slightest. The application was very streaky and patchy, and took about 3 coats to get a decent look on the nails. Not ideal at all, but I can get past that. But the smell? Completely rancid. I know nail polish isn’t exactly the best smell in the world, but this is next level disgusting, and the smell lingers for a long time.

I didn’t even get a chance to take a fancy picture with this polish on, because it chipped IMMEDIATELY. I didn’t do anything to cause my nails to chip and even used my regular top coat, and still had a ridiculous amount of chipping.

Snapchat-8149387933995986883.jpg (Very professional photo from my Snapchat [makeupinmontana…add me!]) 

This photo was after having it on for 1 day, without doing anything strenuous to chip it.

So with the struggle in application, disgusting smell, and immediate chipping, this is a total fail. I appreciate the organic nature of this product, but think it is WILDLY overpriced for the quality. Really unhappy with this product, and will never purchase another.

Moving on from that, my next product I received was the Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Cream Highlighting Stick.

that glo tho.jpg ($20) 

I love highlighting, as I like to add a little bit of life back in to my dry, dull skin. But this product really didn’t impress me at all.

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This has a really nice creamy texture, but unfortunately just deposits silver glitter onto my face, with no trace of the beautiful rose gold shade shown in the swatch.

I recently tried a nail polish from Trust Fund that I was very impressed by, but this one just really didn’t work for me. I prefer my highlighter to give me a natural glow with no glitter.

On to something that I did like, the Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighting Brush. 

luxie tapered highlighter.jpg ($24)

This is a really good quality brush that works well for highlighting, as well as contouring, and blush application.

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I have nothing bad to say about this brush, but it is relatively expensive for what it is. I always use my Elf Studio Blush Brush for my highlight, and it works just as well as this, and costs $21 less.

The last product I received in my bag this month was the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask.

briogio.jpg (Sample size. Full size retails for $36) 

I honestly saw no difference in my hair after using this. Maybe it was a tiny bit softer, but not enough to go through the hassle of using this product. Not to mention the size of the sample. The instructions recommend using 1-2 “nickel sized amounts”. My hair is down to the small of my back, so I had to use almost this entire sample in my hair. So perhaps my thoughts would have been different had I been able to try it more than once. But upon first impression, I’m really not impressed.

That concludes this somewhat somber Ipsy bag review. I was so disappointed with over half of my bag this month, and only had 2 items I enjoyed. Typically, my bags are MUCH better than this, so this one was incredibly underwhelming. However, I did appreciate that I received so many full sized products. Let’s hope for a better bag in May!

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Thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

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**This post is NOT sponsored. All products were purchased myself.

Top Ten Elf Cosmetics Products!

Welcome back!

Today’s post was requested from a friend of mine who is beginning to get into makeup, and what better brand to start with than Elf Cosmetics, one of the most affordable brands on the market (and my personal favorite).

With that being said, let’s get into my top ten must have Elf Cosmetics products!

 

These are in no particular order when it comes to 1-10, so we’ll start with face products, beginning with the Daily Moisture Stick.

Elf Daily Moisture Stick (2) ($6)  

This is a clear stick that can be used as a primer,  moisturizer, or dabbed on any dry spots on the face that need a touch up during the day.

For someone with very dry skin, this product is something I just cannot go without. The texture is thin, but very moisturizing, so many skin types can benefit from this product. This is great to have at home or on the go, and I couldn’t recommend it more.

 

Sticking with colorless cosmetics, my next must have is the Makeup Mist & Set.

Elf Mist + Set (WATERMARKED) ($3) 

This is a setting spray, used to set your makeup in place and add a little extra hydration at the same time. I also use this frequently to refresh my makeup and avoid that midday cakiness that can happen, especially in the hotter months.

There are three versions of this product, a matte, illuminating, and the standard version. Personally, I don’t see a difference between the formulas, and recommend going with the original Mist & Set!

Our last colorless product we’ll talk about today, the High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder.

Elf High Definition Undereye Setting Powder (WATERMARKED) ($3) 

This is a powder specifically for setting concealer on the under eye. It has a very finely milled texture,so it keeps your concealer from creasing, as well as preventing a cakey appearance under eye.

There are very small particles of shimmer in this product, but don’t let that scare you, as they really don’t transfer to the under eye at all, and instead leave a bit of luminosity that keeps the area from looking completely flat and matte. This is by far my favorite setting powder, as it never looks too heavy on my skin, making it perfect for all skin types, especially dry and mature skin.

Finally on to some of the fun stuff, the Contour Palette.

Elf Contour Kit ($6) 

This is a four piece palette consisting of a shimmery white gold highlight, a matte beige-yellow highlight, a warm bronzer, and a cool toned contour.

Elf Contour Kit Swatches(WATERMARKED)

The shades don’t appear too pigmented in the swatch, which is actually a good thing, as it keeps you from depositing too much color onto your face immediately.

This is also a great kit for travel, as you have pretty much everything you need, a large mirror, and the shades can be popped out and substituted with any of the products in Elf’s other 4 pan palettes like this. I use this product nearly every day, and I have yet to try a contour product I like more!

To finish up the face products, my next pick are the Baked Blushes.

Elf Baked Blushes ($3) [Well loved, as you may be able to tell….]

These are very shimmery, highlighting blushes. I personally don’t use much blush on myself, as I already have naturally rosy cheeks, but I love using these on the occasional client as a blush, or the deeper shades as a highlighter for darker skin tones.

Elf Baked Blushes swatched.jpg (Top to bottom: “Passion Pink”, “Peachy Cheeky”, “Pinktastic”) 

I don’t know anyone pale enough to use Pinktastic as a blush, but it is one of my favorite highlights ever. It just brings such a beautiful champagne glow to the high points of the face. All of these can potentially be used as highlights if used with a light hand. But any way you choose to use them, they’re absolutely stunning, and far surpass their worth.

Finally, we’re done with the face products. Now, on to eyes, starting with the Smudge Pots.

smudge pots.jpg ($3)

As you can tell, I REALLY love these cream shadows! I have all but 3 of the shades, and I intend on completing my collection.

These come in an array of beautiful shades, and have fantastic lasting power on my eyes.

smudge pot swatches.jpg (Top to bottom: “Wine Not”, “Cruisin’ Chic”,”Ain’t That Sweet”, “Gotta Glow”, “Back To Basics”, Pearls Of Wisdom”, “Brownie Points”, “Poppin’ Party”) 

These can be worn alone and blended into the crease for an easy one shadow look, or used as a cream base and topped with any powder eyeshadow. These last all day for me and never crease. Highly, highly recommend these to everyone!

Next eye products we’ll talk about are the 10 Pan Eyeshadow Palettes.

elf palettes 2.jpg ($10) 

I’ve raved about the Mad For Matte palette endlessly on here, but just for a refresher, these are Elf’s latest eyeshadow palettes. There are 5 different color varieties, but the two I’ve pictured here are Mad For Matte (left) and Need It Nude (right).

mad4matte swatches (My favorite Mad For Matte shades) 

needitnude .jpg (My favorite Need It Nude shades) 

These are really nicely pigmented, very blendable, have several palettes to choose from, and are great palettes for beginners and experts alike.

We’ll finish this section about eyes with the Mineral Infused Mascara.

mineral infused mascara.jpg ($3) 

I had never heard of this mascara until I received it as a freebie from an Elf order I placed, and was so incredibly surprised at how much I liked this.

mineral infused wand.jpg

The wand is very easily managed, and works well for both the upper and lower lashes. I got a lot of great volume and length for this, and for $3, it’s an absolute steal! If you’re in the market for a new mascara, I strongly suggest you give this one a chance.

Finally on to our last 2 products, lips.

First up, the EXtra Lip Glosses.

Elf Ex-Tra Lip Gloss ($2) 

These are some of the best lip glosses I’ve ever used, and for only $2, you definitely need them!

EX-tra Lip Gloss Swatches (Top to bottom: “Michael”, “Brian”, “Luke”) 

These are very pigmented, super creamy, smooth and moisturizing, and are not sticky at all, while having great lasting power (for a lip gloss, that is).

And finally, the last product. I know this has been a long one, but you’ve made it this far. Congratulations.

We’re gonna finish up this post with the Matte Lip Colors.

Matte Lip Color.jpg ($3)

These are matte, without being drying at all. So if you love the matte look, but not the matte feel, these are for you!

Actually did some lip swatches for these, since they’ve been pretty requested!

Natural swatch.jpg (Natural) 

praline .jpg (Praline) 

Berry Sorbet.jpg (Berry Sorbet) 

Cranberry.jpg (Cranberry) 

There’s not too much to say about these, other than that you really need to try these. Some of the best lip pencils ever, not just for the price, and I definitely intend to expand my collection of these!

 

And FINALLY, we are done! I could talk about Elf Cosmetics all day long, but we’ll end it here.

 

As always, thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my ramblings, and I hope if you’ve liked it, you’ll stick around and subscribe!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

-Samantha

 
*All products were purchased myself, post is NOT sponsored.

 

 

The Monthly Meow: KONG Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher

Welcome back to our third installment of The Monthly Meow!

This has been such a fun series to do, I’m so glad it’s gotten great feedback from my readers, and I’m very thankful for Chewy giving me the opportunity to do this each month!

So, without further ado, let’s get into our product for this month!

20151126_090605oijuydf.jpg (It’s been a pretty chill month, perfect for casual recliner lounging)

Our April product is the Kong Naturals Incline Cat Scratcher.

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This scratcher is made with renewable resources, is completely recyclable, ingrained with North American mountain grown catnip, and is very affordable!

So right off the bat, it sounds pretty great.

The scratching pad itself is made of double sided densely packed corrugated cardboard, and is surprisingly durable for what it is.

scratchy

My cat basically went nuts the minute this thing came out of the box, and is still loving it! Which shocks me, because she is very picky when it comes to toys, and would much rather scratch the arm of my couch than anything like this.

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As you can see in this photo, the scratcher has a very enticing little hole on each side that opens to a crinkle ball hanging on an elastic string.

little ball thing inside.jpg (Much more difficult to photograph than it seems) 

Anyone with a cat knows that something like this is pretty much impossible for your cat to ignore, mine included. She loves the scratcher, but this little thing drives her wild, as you can see in this video from my Instagram.

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The cardboard scratcher is actually an insert that can be flipped to the other side when one side is worn out, and its life extended for much longer. Once your cat has thoroughly destroyed the insert, you can pitch it and purchase a single refill that will fit directly into the cardboard shell. So for less than $6, you’re basically getting two scratchers and a refillable incline, which I think is a great deal.

In some reviews I read before receiving the product, some people had complained about this not being sturdy enough for their large cats.  Daechir weighs around 4 lbs, so this really hasn’t been a concern for me. But in other reviews, some with large cats had no issue with it. But for less than $6, it’s not a huge loss if it’s not heavy enough for your cat, and you could add something into the base to weigh it down if need be.

 

From an owner perspective, I love this product for its price ($5.79 on Chewy.com!) and the refillable concept. This is a total win in my book, and I know Daechir loves it just as much as I do!

datass.jpg (I had no idea it was even possible for her to do that with her tail….)

That’ll be the end of this installment of The Monthly Meow! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and if you have, please subscribe to receive email notifications for my posts!

Thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

 

*This product was sent to me by Chewy.com for review purposes. I am not being compensated for this post, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

NYC Lovatics By Demi Natural Eyeshadow Palette – Review

Welcome back!

Today I bring you a review on a palette I was so excited to see hit stores, the NYC Lovatics By Demi Natural Eyeshadow Palette.

NYC (New York Color), is a drugstore brand with very low prices, this palette being no exception, weighing in at $6.99.  However, NYC hasn’t been known to bring the highest quality to the drugstore in the past, so I was very interested to try this out and see if it measures up to other drugstore palettes in the same price range.

This palette was done in collaboration with the brand’s ambassador, Demi Lovato, and I believe it’s a Target exclusive.

So with all of the details out of the way, let’s get into the actual palette.

NYC Lovatics

The first thing most people who are well acquainted with makeup will notice is this palette’s likeness to the cult classic Urban Decay Naked Palette, which undoubtedly was a large contributor to the neutral shadow palette craze we’ve experienced in the past decade or so.

I don’t have that one to compare, but this video by YouTuber Emilynoel83 does a full comparison between the Naked palette and this one, if you’re interested in that aspect of this palette.

This has an array of 12 neutral shadows, consisting of mattes, satins, and shimmer finishes.

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As for the texture, these are decently pigmented, albeit a little powdery, but they definitely requires some sort of base to really pop and show up really well.

My biggest gripe with this palette is that there isn’t enough contrast in the matte shades. The first two mattes are so similar that they’re virtually indistinguishable when on the eyes. The other mattes are really nice, but I just wish there was a dark brown matte shade to really deepen up the outer v of my eye without having to go in with the shimmery black from this palette. This may not be a big deal for most, I think that comes down to your personal preference with shadow textures.

With that being said, I really do like this palette, especially for a quick every day look. I find it to be pretty versatile, and for only $7, it’s a good addition to your collection, especially for a beginner.

For the purpose of this review, I did a 3 totally different looks using this palette to share some different ways to use this with you!

smokey collage For this look, I used only the mattes for this dark plummy smokey eye.

(The light beige shade as a transition, the slightly darker brown in my crease, and the plum brown all over my lid)

natural collage.jpg This look uses only 2 shades for a super easy, natural, every day look.

(Light brown shade in the crease, pinky-champagne on the lid)

halo collage.jpg This one is a little more dramatic, with a black and gray halo eye.   (Let’s not talk about my questionable lash glue application)

(Light beige as a transition, black in the inner and outer corners, pinky-champagne in the center of the lid)

So ultimately, I’m happy to have this palette in my collection, and will continue to use it. Definitely a good buy for $7!

 

That’ll do it for this post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and please subscribe!

 

-Samantha

 

 

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. All products were purchased myself. Some links are affiliates.