• Finally Got My May Ipsy Bag

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    I FINALLY got my May Ipsy Bag. For those of you that follow my social media you know that this was a huge pain. I signed up in April, no bag. May came and the post office lost my bag. Emailed the company, after 4 emails they agreed to re-send the bag. No bag sent. Canceled my account. Finally after another round of emails, they shipped out a bag. I was really hoping that they would send me the June bag (the reviews of that one have been awesome), but to be honest at this point I am just happy that I got a bag.

    I should have taken a picture of the packaging that it came in, before I ripped it open like a child at Christmas. It came in a shiny pink package. To see that in my box was pretty great. It was so screaming, “I’m for Kat”. The size of the bag, had me a bit disappointed. It was much smaller then I was thinking that it would be. Even though it was small, it was so cute! I love the cream background with the dark green vines/leaves. It is the perfect size for all my trial sized items or small items in my daily makeup routine. But wow it was PACKED with stuff.

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    What I got:

    • Hang 10 Sunscreen– I have received so much sunscreen this summer in different bags, offers, and giveaways; so I am a bit sunscreen-ed out. But this one has a great scent to it. And it applies very easily. Out of all of the ones that I have gotten, this one is by far my favorite.
    • City Color: White Gold– A white glitter cream eyeshadow. This will be a lot of fun for a night out. When applied there is no color payout, but massive amounts of white/silver glitter. Not shimmer, but actual glitter. Can’t wait to try it out.. Hint Hint.. Hubby we need to go out.
    • Avene: Thermal Spring Water- This was an item that I have never used before. It is kinda odd. It sprays a fine mist of water on your face. Living in the desert it is very refreshing, but it does have a tendency to make my makeup run. Not a good look. But the girls LOVE it. So into the purse it goes.
    • Nailtini– This is a great nail color. It is a shimmery champagne color. You do need to use two coats to get it to show, but really how many of us only apply one coat? It is a very nude, but better color. Perfect for summer.
    • Pur-Lisse– This is my absolute favorite item in the bag. It is a moisturizer for dry-aging-sensitive skin (so basically designed for me). It smells amazing and makes my skin look amazing. I am always worried about trying new moisturizer cause it normally breaks me out, but not with this one!

    This was a great little bag. Packed with all kinds of great goodies. While they are not all full sized items, none of them are tiny sample sizes. Since May was such a disaster Ipsy has agreed to send me July’s bag to try. Hopefully next month will go more smoothly and I will have a great review. If you are interested in learning more about Ipsy or are interested in their services check out here: http://www.ipsy.com/r/a9ma

  • LOTW- Simple Natural Summer Look

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    I am loving summer time. Everything from being outside, to sticky popsicle hands, to seeing the stars, lets not forget about amazing BBQ’s and the parties centered around the BBQ. With all this time outdoors, the last thing you need is a face-full of heavy makeup that will melt in the humid heat. SO here is my simple natural summer look.

    Materials Used:

    Step 1-
    Line lower waterline with the Rimmel Nude color liner. For those of us who are use to lining our eyes with black or another dark color, this look takes a little getting use to. I kept hearing bloggers and makeup artists swear by this technique to make their eyes look more open and awake. To be completely honest, the first few times that I did it, I thought that I looked like something out of the 80’s. Everyone told me how great I looked and asked if I was sleeping better; I was very confused. Now that I am more use to the look, I have to say, the other bloggers were right. This really does make my eyes look bigger, and way less red (meaning more awake). It is a worth a try (and more then once).

    Step 2-
    Apply Burle from lashline to eyebrow.

    Step 3-
    Apply Copperplate on the outer corners of your eyes. From lash line to crease. The key is to blend, blend, blend.

    Step 4-
    Apply Omega in the crease and slightly above it.

    Step 5-
    Line upper lash-line, from outer corners in about two thirds of the way, with Dark Slate. This will give your eyes great definition but not has harsh as a black liner. You can wing it a little bit; or have it thicker at the outer corners of the eyes and narrowing as you move towards the inner corner. Even a simple line looks great with this look.

    Step 6-
    Stipple DD cream under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. Blend in with large circular motions. Making sure that you apply it all the way to the hairlines, ears and blending down your neck.

    Step 7-
    Apply tarte cheek stain by stippling it (straight from the tube) onto the high points of the apples of your cheek. Then using your buffing brush from EcoTools (see here for my review on this brush) blend it all in with small curricular motions up your cheek bone. Normally, I am not a fan of this method of application for blush. But with this particular blush, it is easy to achieve and blend upwards. Don’t be scared by the color of this blush (it is a very dark berry color), I was totally turned off by it. After trying it, I am a total convert. It is a great sheer, light berry color; that looks like a natural flush of the cheeks.

    Step 8-
    Apply a little bit of lipgloss. I am a huge fan of the BellaPierre lipgloss in Chocolate Cream. A very light nude color, lots of shine, but no stickiness.

    Step 9-
    Last but not least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    A very simple natural summer look. What are your thoughts? Is this something that you would wear? Have you used any of these products before?

  • Worlds Best Eyelash Curler

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    The eyelash curler. Lets be honest for a moment, this tool is the least talked about tool in our arsenal. Often it is referred to as the “mid-evil torture device”, or at least that is how it is referred to in our house. They are all the same, they all look the same, they all work about the same, so why spend much time worrying about them. Right? Wrong….

    First they are a mid-evil torture tool. If you do it wrong, it pinches the crap out of your eyelid. If you do it wrong, you can (and easily) pull out your eyelashes. There is not much to make me change away from that. Maybe one to many pinched eyelids.

    And onto all the amazing things that this tool does. It opens your eyes by lifting the lashes. It also makes your eyes look bigger by creating more space around your eyes. Curling your lashes also makes you look more awake. It draws the line up and away from your eye, instead of having them hang down.

    With everything that it does, it deserves some talk time. Out of all of the tools we use every day, this is one of the best tools we use. It is simple to use: you place your lashes in the opening and close. Hold for a three to five seconds, repeat if you want and your done. Apply a bit of mascara and you are ready to rock. There are so many different kinds to choose from now: traditional metal, heated, tiny, you name it there is an option for it. I have tried so many on the market, and honestly I think the traditional metal clamp ones work the best. They give a great curl that lasts a long time. And I really did think that they were all the same…. until….. I tried Whiplash Pink Eyelash Curler By Crave Naturals

    There just is so much that I am loving about this curler. First lets talk about the packaging. To me, packing is huge. I like things to come in a pretty wrapping. This box is just so cool. It is edgy, kinda retro cartoony, bold girlie colors. Even with as great as the packaging is, that’s not the part that does the curling. The eyelash curler looks about the same as other metal traditional, other then the pink cushions, but wow it does an amazing job. It is able to grab all of your lashes, with the first curl, all the way down at the root. Without any pinching. Giving you the most eye opening look possible. Then the curl lasts all day long. This curler is worth giving a try.

    What are your thoughts? What do you look for in a curler? Do you curl your lashes every day?

  • LOTW- Chasing Life

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    Did anyone see the premier of this show, Chasing Life? It aired last week, and I have total mix feelings about it. This is odd, normally I know pretty quick if I am going to like something or not. But this show, I liked parts of it. I really disliked other parts of it.

    The show is about April (Italia Ricci), a twenty something reporter that is working her way up the corporate ladder. She lives with her widowed mother and her troublesome younger sister. It follows her life and her trials. Then an uncle, that is not well liked, had to break the worst news possible: April has cancer.

    The one thing that I LOVED about this show, was how they did April’s makeup. It is dramatic and brings all the attention to her eyes. Without being heavy. It actually is a pretty natural look. Talk about natural but better look!! It is soft and romantic; all while being totally day time wearable. Actually, I have been trying to perfect this look all weekend. Not only have I been able to nail it; I was able to duplicate it with my Too Faced- Chocolate Bar pallet!!! (See I told ya that this was the best pallet ever)

    MakeUp Needed (I linked these to Amazon if you want the exact product that I used):

    Step 1-
    Apply “White Chocolate” all over your eyelid; lash-line to brow.

    Step 2-
    Apply “Milk Chocolate” in your crease.

    Step 3-
    Apply “Salted Caramel” over your eyelid; the football shaped area from your lash-line to crease.

    Step 4-
    Apply “Triple Fudge” in a V-shape on the outer corners of your eye. You will do this by lining your lower lash line; then follow up into your crease. Take it in about a third of the way through your crease.

    Step 5-
    Apply the BB Cream to your face by stippling it under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin and on your forehead. Then blend with large circular motions. Be sure to blend under your chin and down your neck too.

    Step 6-
    Apply the bronzer under your cheek bones. When looking straight into the mirror, trace from the edge of your eye down your cheek till you reach just under your cheek bone. Then sweep it along the bone, to your hairline. Blend in with circular motions. Apply a small amount to your temples, blending in with circular motion. And finally, apply some along your jaw line.

    Step 7-
    Apply blush to your cheek bones. Starting at your hair line, sweep down your cheek bone (staying on the cheek bone). Be sure to stop no close then two finger widths to your nose. Then blend using circular motions, back up your cheek bone.

    Step 8-
    Apply lipstick, make sure that you cover your entire lip so no pink is showing through.

    Step 9-
    Then to achieve her shiny pouty look, apply the lipgloss on top.

    Step 10-
    Like always, last but not least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    There you go!! Let me know your thoughts. Do you like this look? Is this something that you would be able to wear out and about?

     

  • Benefit Big Easy… Not So Easy

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    I have been looking for a really great BB Cream for this summer. Something that is way lighter then a foundation, but still has some coverage. I have tried a lot of the drugstore ones, and I really like Maybelline BB Cream. But it is not world altering, if you know what I mean. Just good, I want great.

    Benefit has a Bigger Than a BB- Big Easy. Which is a liquid to powder formula, exactly what I am looking for. (Sorry but I am just not a fan of all this dewey look. As someone who battles shine, I like a matte powder look much better) To say I was excited to try it, is a major understatement. Then on my last trip to Sephora, when at check out they ask if you would like to use your points or save them, I saw it! They had a sample of this product. There may have been some jumping in the store. I eagerly scooped it up. To me this was a sign, it was the universe saying that I had found my product.

    The next day, I was so happy as I was trying this for the first time. And immediately after applying it looked amazing. Great coverage without being heavy, it did dry into a wonderful powder look, I was so pleased. And off I went, thinking that I looked sexy as all get out. A little spring in my step.

    When I returned home, only a few hours later, I saw a reflection of myself walking in. What I saw horrified me. It had sunken into ALL of my little lines (even ones that I did not know that I had), I had spots on my nose/chin that were just gone (where they went is anyone guess but it was very evident that it was gone), then it had like bubbled up on my cheeks (like the oil from my skin was trying to get out, but was trapped under a film). Seriously I looked like I was about 30 years older then I really am. Then to make it sting just a little bit more, I broke out like no other then next day.

    While I am happy that I did not sink the $30 into getting a full size of this product, I am quite bummed to lose 150 points to get it. Has anyone else tried this? Did you have a better result? Let me know what your thoughts are.

  • Chocolate Bar In Depth

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    I just realized that, I had an intro to this pallet and a tutorial on it, but I never actually listed the colors or done any actual review on it. No idea how that happened. I guess in all my excited it just slipped my mind. That is how much I am loving this pallet!! Well no fear, I caught my mistake and here is my full review on all the colors/shades/and textures of this fantastic makeup.

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    Starting on the top left corner, moving across the right top row, then going down to the middle far left color, moving across the middle row, then finishing up on the bottom left and moving across the bottom row. Make sense? Okay lets go……

    1. Gilded Ganache– A dark shimmery green-brown.
    2. White Chocolate– A matte white. This is my most used color, I use it as a base color to every look I do with this pallet. Even though it is a matte light color, it covers all the little veins on my eyelid creating a nice blank canvas.
    3. Milk Chocolate– A matte light brown.
    4. Black Forest Truffle– A dark shimmer reddish-brown.
    5. Triple Fudge– A very dark matte brown.
    6. Salted Caramel– A medium orange brown. While at first, I did not think that I was going to love this color, it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
    7. Marzipan– A shimmery light brown, with a hint of pink. This looks great with Salted Caramel.
    8. Semi-Sweet– A matte medium brown.
    9. Strawberry Bon-Bon– A matte light pink. This was another color that I thought that I was not going to like, but turns out I really love it. It works well with ALL of the colors in the pallet.
    10. Candied Violet– This is a glittery purplish shade. Not one of my favorites, and it has the most fallout of the lot, but it is a really pretty shade. It gives the browns a nice little subtle color.
    11. Amaretto– A dark shimmery burgundy brown.
    12. Hazelnut– A medium shimmery brown.
    13. Creme-Brulee– A light shimmery golden brown. This colors looks amazing over anything, and with all the shades in the pallet.
    14. Haute Chocolate– A dark shimmery brown.
    15. Cherry Cordial– A dark shimmery red.
    16. Champagne Truffle– A light shimmery white with a tinge of pink.

    As you can see there is a huge range of colors and textures to work with. The possibilities are endless. All of the colors are so creamy, and they are so easy to blend. I am not sure if the cocoa powder in them melts with your body heat or what, but they seem to melt into a perfect consistency making them a dream to work with. And lets not forget the amazing chocolate smell that you get with this shadow. Even after using it everyday, I still LOVE that smell. If you only get one new pallet this year, I would HIGHLY recommend this one.

    What are you thoughts on this pallet? Did I miss anything important?

     

  • LOTW- Chocolatier

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    I am so in love with Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection. So the next few tutorials I will be using it, because I have yet to use any other makeup since I got it. Hehe. It really is a fantastic pallet, if you are looking for a great natural colored pallet. Many people like having some more “pop” of colors in theirs and I understand that. For me, personally, I like more natural colors; browns and earthy tones are what I typically wear. You can have a wide range of looks from those. Everything from light nude looks to dark smokey eyes. While this pallet has some pops, they are still in the earthy range.

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    Today’s look will be quite simple using only this pallet (at least on the eyes). It will be a matte light look, very natural. We will only be using four colors: White Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, and Milk Chocolate.

    MakeUp Needed:

    Step 1-
    Apply White Chocolate all over eyelid, from lash line to eyebrow

    Step 2-
    Apply Semi-Sweet to the outer third of your eye, from Lash line to crease.

    Step 3-
    Also apply Semi-Sweet under your eye, from your outer corner in about a third.

    Step 4-
    Apply Strawberry Bon-Bon in the middle of your eyelid, from lash line to crease. You are going to want to overlap the colors Semi-Sweet and Strawberry Bon-Bon a little so they are blended well and there is no line from the two colors.

    Step 5-
    Apply Milk Chocolate into your crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply your foundation in a stippling motion under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. Then blend in with large circular motions.

    Step 7-
    Apply Bobbi Brown blush to your cheek bones, very lightly. Then blend in circular motions.

    Step 8-
    Apply lipstick to your lips.

    Step 9-
    Last and final step, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara.

    Super easy look, using very minimal product and giving you a fresh looking face. Has anyone else tried this pallet? What are your thoughts or favorite colors to put together?

  • LOTW- Maleficent Inspiration

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    Has anyone had a chance to see this yet? I am so looking forward to seeing it. Maybe I will take Tink out, and have a mommy-daughter date. It has been a while since we had one and I know that this movie is a bit to dark for the little girls.

    Today’s look is inspired by this movie. Those chiseled cheeks, those red lips, and the perfectly heavy lined eyeliner. While we will never have Angelina’s bone structure, we can copy this look. This look will be a bit more intensive than some of the other looks, but won’t be any harder to accomplish.

    MakeUp Used-

    • Black Eyeliner- Both in a pencil and in a gel
    • Mascara
    • MAC- Brule (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Omega (eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Brun (Eyeshadow)
    • MAC- Shroom (Eyeshadow but we will be using as a highlighter for your cheeks)
    • MAC- CopperPlate (Eyeshadow)
    • Clinique Better than MakeUp (Foundation)
    • Too Faced- Chocolate Soleil (Bronzer)
    • Clinique- Sugared Maple (Lipstick)

    Step 1-
    Line both your upper and lower water-lines (that rim around your eye) with the black eyeliner.

    Step 2-
    Line your upper eyelashes with the black pencil as well. This will give you a guide for later when we apply the black gel liner.

    Step 3-
    Apply Brule all over lid, from lash line to eyebrow.

    Step 4-
    Apply Copperplate over lid, being careful not to go above the crease.

    Step 5-
    Blend Omega into the crease and slightly above it.

    Step 6-
    Apply Brun heavily along both the upper and lower lashes.

    Step 7-
    Apply your gel eyeliner along the top lash line.

    Step 8-
    Apply your foundation all over your face by stippling it on (under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin and on your forehead) then blending with large circular motions. (I am on vaca and totally left this foundation at home. Please forgive me that it is not in the picture.)

    Step 9-
    We are going to apply quite a bit of bronzer, the look will be harsh and dramatic. You want to apply this just under your cheek bones. It will accentuate your cheek bones making them pop a bit. The darker the bronzer the more they will pop.

    Step 10-
    Now we want to highlight the tops of your cheek bones, again to help make those bone pop. Apply Shroom to the tops of your cheek bones. (The great thing about highlighter, is that you don’t need to go out and buy any additional product. Any light, slightly shimmer eyeshadow color will work)

    (Note- we are going to skip on the blush with this look)

    Step 11-
    Apply a dark red lipstick. Personally I like Sugared Maple.

    Step 12-
    Last but never least, curl your lashes and apply mascara.

    What are you thoughts. Do you ever wear this much makeup? Is this a look that you might wear on a date night out?

  • Soniclear Review

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    *This is a sponsored post. I received the Soniclear Antimicrobial Cleaning System
    at no cost for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions
    are as always, mine and mine alone*

    Let me start this by saying that before getting this opportunity, this was an item that I have been looking at already. There are many cleaning brushes on the market at the moment. All offering a better clean then hands and a washcloth alone. They are all on the pricey side, so I have yet to bite the bullet and invest in one. Then this opportunity showed up on my doorstep (or rather in my email). The universe is obviously telling me that I need to give it a whirl.

    I am in LOVE with this system. It came with two brush heads; a smaller one for your face and a large one for your body. What is great is it can auto switch the modes when the different heads are put on. No need to try to figure out how to get the modes switched. Very easy to use this. Per the instructions I use it every other day on my face and use it once a day on my body. For my face I have been using the fourth speed. That speed is designed for sensitive skin, and since it is a new product for me, I thought better safe then sorry and go easy. I have seen some improvement in my skin after using this several times. The little lines on my face are diminishing, I am noticing that my skin tone is improving, and I am getting a much better clean.

    The real improvement I have noticed is on my body. For the last year I have been dealing with breakouts on my chest. So pretty, thanks changing hormones, I swear now in my thirties I am dealing with it way more then I ever had to in my teens. Ugh. For my body I am using third speed this is the top speed for your body. After using this for a week, all of the breakout on my girls is gone. G. O. N. E. Gone. To me this is huge, if I would have know that it would have been so easy to get rid of it, I would have bought this a while a go.

    This particular model has major perks that are not offered in other models. First, it is the only cleaning system on the market that has an antimicrobial component to it. During the manufacturing process it undergoes a treatment that will keep those bristles on the brushes extra clean. Second, it is actually a bit cheaper then the other brushes on the market (huge perk for my wallet). Third, it has 6 cleaning speeds; three for your face and three for your body. And last, it comes with a lifetime warranty. You can check it out here.

    Do any of you guys use a cleaning system like this? Are you interested in it?

  • Chocolate Bar… For Your Face

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    Thanks to my amazing grandma, I was finally able to get my hands on Too Faced Chocolate Bar. YEA!!! I was seriously jumping in the store, so giddy to get my hands on it. She has to be the coolest grandma ever, I can always count on her to indulge my addiction. My grandma was happy to be able to give me a gift that I was so excited about. Even though, I think I may have embarrassed my kinda reserved grandma. Ohwell, I was that happy and excited. Like the two year old that I am; I ran home, washed my faced and began to play with this AMAZING pallet. (So I will fully admit and disclose that I am already a little biased. I love Too Faced; they can do no wrong and I love all the names of colors)

    First, lets start with this packaging. How incredibly cute is this box? I am so loving this. While all the Too Faced products are cute, this one takes the cake. Not only is the box adorable, the actual makeup tin is genius. It looks just like a chocolate bar. Fun!

    Next, when you open it, the makeup actually smells like chocolate. And not in that weird chemical way some chocolate scented items do. You know the ones that say they smell like chocolate, you open it up, take a whiff and are like in what universe is this chocolate. Nothing like that. It really does have a delicious scent. My hubby made the mistake of trying to get ready when I was in there playing with this for the first time. I was just standing there enjoying this amazing smell and my hubby looked at me with the strangest look on his face. When I finally got enough courage to look at him, he blankly asked what in the world I was doing. So yup made him smell my makeup too. I think, he thinks that I need a padded room and some serious help.

    Like all Too Faced products, they are incredibly pigmented. I have been in a MAC phase, and while I love MAC they are wonderful. I forgot how much more pigmented Too Faced is. So that first time, whoops a bit to much. Good thing it is just makeup and I could wash it off and start over. And even better, even with all this pigment, there is no fall out!! LOVE that!! All of the shadows are so creamy and dreamy to blend. There are no harsh lines when working with any of the colors, even the darkest ones in the set. It is made out of actual cocoa powder so I think that may have something to do with how blend-able it is.

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    The color names are to fun!! And they kinda make me hungry lol. I think that I am going to break this post into two posts, since it is already a small book. Come check in next week for a break out of all of the colors in this pallet!! They are totally worth their own post!

    Do you guys have this pallet yet? What are you thoughts? Do you have any other Too Faced makeup?

     

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