Review: Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

I have tried quite a few mascaras since getting into makeup. I have always loved Maybelline mascaras, particularly the Lash Sensational mascara (my favorite up until now). In my August Ipsy Glam Bag, I received the Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions MascaraTM and I was surprised to find my new favorite. I did not expect to fall completely in love with this mascara, but I absolutely did.

Thrive Causemetics is a brand that supports women who are overcoming challenges such as cancer, domestic abuse, and homelessness among many other things. The brand is all about uplifting women, so with every purchase that you make on thrivecausemetics.com, the brand donates to charities to support women to thrive. Their products are also 100% vegan and cruelty free (check out their website for more details)!

I love the meaning behind the brand, and although I have only tried one product from Thrive, it definitely stood out. As I previously mentioned, Maybelline mascaras have ALWAYS been my favorite, and even though I still plan on purchasing Maybelline mascaras, I have a new favorite mascara that tops any other one that I have ever tried.

This is the Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brynn (Rich Black) and it is $24 (full size). I am always looking for mascaras that will lengthen my lashes, give them volume, and keep them separated. No one likes mascaras that clump your lashes, or ones that don’t give you the length that you want. This mascara exceeded my expectations. It is a long-wearing tubing formula, so when you want to grab your makeup remover and remove this mascara, it will come right off and it won’t leave any black residue on your eyes at all! If possible, I would try to find a sample size of this product before you purchase the full size since, at least in my opinion, it costs a lot for a mascara.

As you can see, there is an incredible difference in my lashes from before and after. In the “before” photo, I have no makeup on my lashes whatsoever; I simply took a photo of my natural lashes. In the “after” photo, I applied a couple coats of the Thrive Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara.

I love trying out different mascaras, and I am so glad that Ipsy included this mascara in my August glam bag because it is now a product that I plan on continuously buying! Thank you for checking out my newest blog post! I plan on doing more product reviews in the future, so stick around! Until next time!

What’s in My October Ipsy Glam Bag

I am so excited to share what is in my October glam bag with you! If you follow me on Instagram (@sacchere14), you may have already seen a sneak peek on my story. This has been one of my favorite bags that I have gotten so far!

This month, Ipsy collabed with the confidence queen herself, Betty Boop! The bag is absolutely adorable, and as you can see, Betty Boop is right on the front! The back has black sequins all over it, and I love that they chose to collab with a cartoon character for the month of October!

Inside the bag:

  • Betty BoopTM X Ipsy: Matte Lipstick in Boop-Oop-a-DoopTM

I do not typically wear red lipstick, but when I do I feel so confident. I have to say, I think I found the perfect, true red lipstick and I am obsessed with it! It does go on a bit dry, so I would recommend applying a chapstick or moisturizing balm beforehand. This red is so beautiful, and it is perfect for this time of year! I rated it a 4/5 stars!

  • Kaleido Cosmetics: Diamond Foils Eyeshadow in Sizzle

I was so excited to get this shadow in my bag, and the color is gorgeous and so pigmented, however I do not typically go for silvers. I prefer to wear golds and browns on my eyes but this coIor will be perfect for this time of year. I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • Seraphine Botanicals: Camelina + Strobe Luminizing Primer

I actually only started using face primers last year (crazy, I know)! Now that I know how they can help create a flawless makeup look, I use some every time I do my makeup. That being said, I love receiving them in my bags, and this one worked great for me. I rated this a 4/5 stars!

  • Space Case Cosmetics: Highlighter in Seen From Space 1B

This highlighter is great for an everyday natural makeup look or a look where you want a subtle glow on your cheekbones. It is a very neutral color, but I often prefer very bright and pigmented highlighters. I rated this product a 3/5 stars.

  • Benefit Cosmetics: They’re Real Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black (my pick)

This month, Ipsy members were able to choose one product in our glam bags for the first time! I was excited to be able to do this, and I chose this mascara because I had heard great things about it and I love the brand Benefit. This mascara did lengthen and separate my lashes quite a bit, however it is not my favorite mascara! I rated it a 4/5 stars.

Because I had enough points, I decided to add another product to my bag this month, and I chose the most beautiful highlighter (that can also be used as an eye shadow).

  • Daisy and Pearl Natural Radiance Booster

I could not find a name on the product, but it is a stunning, shimmery rose gold. I rated this product a 5/5 stars!  It is beautifully pigmented and I am just obsessed with the color!

This is the makeup look that I created using the products in my glam bag this month (plus a few others to complete the look)! When I received the bag, I was not sure how to create a makeup look using a silver eye shadow and a red lipstick without making it look too Christmas-like (I plan on creating a holiday/Christmas makeup tutorial in December, and I just might use the eye shadow and the lipstick from this glam bag, so keep an eye out for that)! For now, I kept it simple by applying the silver eye shadow in the inner corners of my eyes and the inner part of my lower lash line. I created a simple black wing, I used the Benefit mascara, and the natural highlighter as well. And of course, the beautiful red lip. (Tip: If you want to create the perfect red lip, apply the lipstick to the center of your mouth, then use a lip defining brush to neatly fill in the rest of your lips. Apply your concealer around your lip line and blend it out to clean up the edges. Blot with some tissue, and you’re good to go!)

I’ve decided that I will not be doing makeup tutorials every month like I originally planned. Since this look was so simple, I decided that I will post makeup tutorials whenever I feel like I have a new and exciting look/products to share with you! As I mentioned, I plan on creating a Christmas one, but I may also post an everyday Fall makeup tutorial sometime soon!

Thank you so much for reading! If you are subscribed to Ipsy, leave me a comment below and tell me what you got in your October glam bag!

What’s in My September Ipsy Glam Bag + A Makeup Tutorial

As some of you may know, I subscribed to Ipsy, a beauty subscription service, earlier this year and I have been obsessed! I know that Ipsy has been around for quite a few years now, but it is sort of a recent discovery for me! Today, I wanted to share what is in my September glam bag with you (I know it’s already October, but I wanted to share this anyway!  I will try to post these sooner and during the actual month that I get them)!

Before we get into the makeup tutorial, I quickly wanted to show you the bag and the products that I received! I rated this bag a 4/5 stars! The bag is adorable, and I love that there is a different theme every month!

Inside the bag:

  • Benefit Cosmetics: Gimme Brow  + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in 4.5 – Neutral Deep Brown

Although it is a very small sample size, and I do not typically do my brows, I actually did like the product. I rated it a 3/5 stars.

  • IBOM: Lemon Verbena Clay Mask

I do not really care to receive facial masks, however I will try this one out!

Update: I actually love this product! It seems to be clearing up my skin a bit, and I plan on finding the product to purchase it myself!

  • Too Faced: Damn Girl! Mascara

I love receiving mascaras in my bags, and this one did not disappoint, however the wand is a bit big! I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • Ofra Cosmetics: Ofra x Madison Moondance Highlighter

I absolutely love this highlighter, and I think it may be my new favorite! I rated this product a 5/5 stars! It is such a gorgeous shade!

  • C’est Moi Beauty: Reflect Lip Gloss in Bliss

I actually prefer lipsticks over glosses, but the color is beautiful and it applied nicely! I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

And now for the makeup tutorial!

I wanted to share this look that I created using the products in my glam bag (plus a few others to complete the look)! It is a very simple eyeshadow look with a bold wing and a glossy lip.

  • I started off by priming my eyelids and then I took the single eyeshadow by Suva Beauty in the shade Coriander, and I applied it to my lids and blended it up into my crease.  You can’t really see it in the photo above, but I applied an eyeshadow by IBY Beauty to my lower lash line (the outer half) and it is in the shade Headliner, which is a medium purple shade. Then I took an eyeshadow from Nomad in the shade Champagne Reef, a yellow gold shade, and applied this to my lower lash line as well (the inner half).
  • Next, I took a liquid eyeliner by the brand Jonteblu, and created a somewhat dramatic wing. (If you have trouble creating a wing like I do at times, grab a piece of tape and line it up from the outer corner of your eye, to the end of your eyebrow, then draw and fill in your wings).
  • I curled my lashes and applied the Damn Girl! Mascara by Too Faced, and coated my top and bottom lashes. Then, I lined my waterline and tightline with a black eyeliner by Essence.
  • Next, I took a small amount of my Base Tape Primer by Tarte and applied this all over my face. I took my favorite foundation, the Fit Me Foundation by Maybelline, and used my clean hands to apply this onto my face and neck. I added a tiny bit of my foundation to my under eye area, and gently blended it out. After this, I took my Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder, and sweeped this over my foundation.
  • I used a small amount of my Bronze Booster by Physicians Formula in the shade Light to Medium, and applied this to the hollows of my cheeks to give my face a bit of a bronzed appearance. Then I took my new favorite highlighter by Ofra Cosmetics (it is a part of the Ofra x Madison collaboration) in the shade Moondance, and applied this to my cheekbones, nose, the inner corners of my eyes, and my brow bones.
  • I then used a little chapstick and applied my new lip gloss by C’est Moi Beauty in the shade Bliss to add some shine to my lips.
  • Lastly, I took my Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow + Volumizing Brow Gel and lightly brushed it through my brows.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post! I always used to do the same exact makeup look EVERY DAY, but because of Ipsy and having my own blog, I am getting a bit more experimental with my makeup and I am having so much fun doing it!  I am very excited to share more makeup looks with you in the future, and if you like this look or want to try it out, leave me a comment below! Thank you for reading!

Ipsy Glam Bags: Are They Worth It?

Before Ipsy, I had never tried any beauty subscription services. My best friend was telling me about Ipsy and I was very quickly convinced. After all, it is very affordable, and for someone as obsessed with makeup as me, I figured it was worth a try. Ipsy is a monthly subscription service where users (now) pay $12 a month and they will be sent a bag of 5 sample sized (and sometimes full-sized) beauty products to try. (Ipsy just made a few changes to their memberships, so the price went from $10 a month to $12 and users will now get to choose one item that will come in their glam bag. Members can also choose to receive the glam bag plus which is $25 a month for 5 full-sized products, or the glam bag ultimate which is $50 a month for 12 full-sized products and a deluxe bag.) Members may receive makeup, skin care, nail polish, fragrances, and/or hair products in their monthly bags depending on what they say in their beauty quiz. The quiz will ask you questions such as: “What is your skin tone?” “How comfortable are you with makeup?” and “Which of these brands do you love (or would love to try?”) The quiz will also ask you how often you would like to receive certain products. I still can’t get over the fact that for $12 a month, you can score some really great beauty products by very popular and loved brands such as Benefit, Tarte, and Smashbox. I am and have always been a drugstore makeup kind of girl. I don’t really have a ton of money to spend, and makeup can get ridiculously expensive at times, so Ipsy is perfect for people like me and for those who just want to try out some new beauty products. I’ve seen some people complain about not getting what they want in their Ipsy bags, however updating your beauty preferences and reviewing your products and overall bag can help you get the glam bag you will love!

My March 2019 Glam Bag: I somehow got VERY lucky with my first bag because I absolutely loved it! I rated this bag a 5/5 stars! The products were great and Ipsy seemed to have paid great attention to my beauty preferences!

My April 2019 Glam Bag: After LOVING my first glam bag, this one was sort of a letdown. I rated this bag a 2/5 stars because I received a few items that I really did not want or need. I was excited about a couple of the products, but overall this was probably my least favorite bag so far.

My May 2019 Glam Bag: This months bag was not incredible but it was not terrible either. I was extremely happy with some of the products. I rated this bag a 3/5 stars. My absolute favorite product in this bag was a liquid lipstick, however I did not really care for a couple of the other products (part of this was my fault because I hadn’t updated my beauty preferences and received a concealer that was too light for my skin tone, so always make sure to update frequently).

My June 2019 Glam Bag: I was very happy to see what was in my June glam bag and I really was not disappointed! I rated this bag a 4/5 stars! I was SO EXCITED to receive the most gorgeous eyeshadow and I got lucky with a foundation that matched me perfectly! There was really only one product that I did not necessarily need but I plan on using it occasionally anyway!

My July 2019 Glam Bag: Since this was my birthday month bag, I was hoping that it would be a good one! I rated this bag a 4/5 stars! I couldn’t wait to try some of the products, and there was really only one item I did not care for!

My August 2019 Glam Bag: I rated this bag a 3/5 stars because I received two facial products and I really did not need both! Everything else in the bag was great and I think I found my new favorite mascara!

My September 2019 Glam Bag: I plan on making a post all about my September glam bag plus a makeup tutorial, so be on the lookout for that this month! This is something that I hope to do for every glam bag I receive!

In my personal opinion, I do feel that Ipsy is worth it based on my experience so far. As you can tell, I have really enjoyed almost all of my Ipsy glam bag products (plus, the bags are really cute and can be used for many different things)! Although I feel that Ipsy is worth it, they did recently make some changes to the memberships which caused some people to get upset. If Ipsy were to raise the price anymore, I think a lot of people will cancel their glam bags, but for me, $12 is still doable! Because of Ipsy, I have found some new makeup brands and products that I adore, and my glam bags are something that I look forward to every month!

Thank you so much for reading! Leave me a comment below, and tell me if you feel like Ipsy is worth it!

Wearable Pink Makeup Look

Afraid of using bold and bright colors in your makeup looks? You are not alone! Today I wanted to share a gorgeous pink makeup look that I created recently. It is not incredibly bold and colorful, but it is subtle and simple (baby steps)!

  • I first primed my eyelids and applied the single eyeshadow by Coloured Raine in the shade “Who, Me?” all over my lids, and then I blended it up into my crease.
  • This next step is something that I do with most of my makeup looks, and that is lining my upper and lower lash line with a matte, medium/dark brown shadow. (I only apply this half way on my upper and lower lash line.) Then I took the same Coloured Raine eyeshadow from before, and lined the other half of my lower lash line with this color.
  • Next, I curled my lashes and I used the Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara, coating my top and bottom lashes.
  • Then, I lined my waterline and tightline with a black eyeliner by Essence. (I do this EVERY time I do a full face of makeup!)
  • Next, I used a small amount of my Base Tape primer by Tarte and I applied my all time favorite foundation (which you will see me mention all the time) and that is the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. I usually use my clean hands (or sometimes a beauty blender), and gently blend it into my face and down to my neck as well. (You may notice that I skipped concealer for this look. I actually used a bit of extra foundation to substitute for a concealer.) After this, I took a fluffy brush and sweeped a bit of my Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder across my face.
  • I then took my highliter by Ciaté London in the shade “Moondust” and applied this to my cheekbones, inner corners of my eyes, and the brow bone.
  • Lastly, I applied some chapstick and then used a lipstick by Milani in the color “Naturally Chic”. (Another thing you may notice is that I skipped contour, bronzer, blush, and my brows. I do not really contour my face often, and for this look I decided I did not want to use bronzer or blush. All I like to do for my brows is to brush them up and over and I am good to go! If you would like to add these steps to this look, go right ahead! I would recommend using a more neutral blush color!)

I absolutely adore this makeup look and if you love it or try it out, leave a comment below! Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and share with your friends! Thank you for reading!

OOTD: End-of-Summer Blues

Hey everyone! Today I just wanted to share an ootd (outfit of the day) with you since I recently bought the most beautiful dress!

This is the “Someday Swoon Royal Blue Embroidered Midi Dress” from Lulus.com! I found this dress on sale for $12! It is the perfect end-of-summer dress, and it comes in royal blue and coral red. What drew me to this dress was the fact that it reminded me of my recent trip to Alaska, where the state flower is the “Forget-Me-Not”.

Since the dress reminded me of Alaska, I figured that I should wear my Forget-Me-Not earrings that I purchased at a souvenir store in Seward for around $15.

And lastly, I paired this beautiful dress with these adorable color block heels. I felt that the nude, white, and navy blue complimented the dress perfectly, and I bought these at Gabes for $10!

 (Something that you will eventually notice is that I switch up my outfits VERY often, but when it comes to accessories, I will typically reach for the same pairs of shoes or bags that I already own. I think that when it comes to fashion, you can create so many different looks using the same accessories. You do not always have to spend extra money on accessories to complete an outfit. As long as you have basic pieces in your wardrobe, almost all of your outfits should match!)

Thank you for reading! I have so much more planned for this website and I am so excited to share everything! I would appreciate it if you shared with your friends and subscribed to my blog!

Creating “Compass to Confidence”

Those closest to me know that I have always had a passion for writing. As a little girl I would write in a diary often and before I could even fill up one journal, I had already bought my next one (I am almost positive that none of those journals were ever filled completely). I would write about my days; what I did, the friends I saw, etc. As I have gotten older, I have changed so much and so has my writing. For me personally, writing has been my way of reflecting on the things that I have learned/am learning. We are human, and we are always growing and learning. No matter what I am going through, I always like to keep a positive mindset and writing has helped me with this so much. Have you ever read something and it stuck with you? Or you felt like you understood exactly what the author was saying? When I read poetry or work written by other people, I often feel a connection. The thing I love the most about writing is that you don’t have to speak to connect with people. This connection that I often feel has inspired me and made me want to help others as well. If I could live my life helping people through my writing, I would feel extremely fulfilled. I decided to call my blog “Compass to Confidence” because something that I’ve struggled with, and continue to struggle with at times, is self confidence. Although I am a much more confident person than I used to be, I am not where I would like to be just yet. I created this blog to help others and to share the ways that my passions have led me to become a more confident woman. I am still becoming the person that I am meant to be, and I would love it if we helped guide each other in the direction of confidence and self-love.

What I Wear:

I have loved beauty and fashion for as long as I can remember, and it is still something I adore to this day. Over the years I have learned how to dress myself properly for any and all occasions. On a budget? No problem! Don’t forget that I am a college student who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on my clothing (although I do still want to look put together and fashionable). My main focus will be on my favorite affordable clothing stores! I plan on sharing new purchases, ootds (outfit of the days), styling tips, and so much more!

Here and There:

There is absolutely no feeling like traveling somewhere new, and I am grateful to get to experience that feeling often. Over the years I have been lucky enough to travel with my family and I have seen so many beautiful places. I plan on sharing travel tips and tricks, and telling stories about my past vacations. It is a goal of mine to travel as much as I can in my life, and my dream vacation is Paris! Although travel may not seem like it can make a person that much more confident, seeing the world has definitely made me feel very appreciative and more aware of other cultures.

Makeup and Hair:

I fell in love with makeup at a very young age. Every Christmas I was given a Barbie or Bratz makeup kit and my go-to look was chalky blue eye shadow, bright pink blush, and a deep red lip (thank god things have changed)! Around the age of 10 I discovered the beauty community on YouTube and learned everything I needed to know from the popular beauty gurus. (Anyone remember Juicystar07 or Macbarbie07?!) I began to wear makeup more often, and I have made all of the beginner mistakes. I wore foundation that was too dark and too light. I did not blend my eyeshadows enough. I was way too rough when removing my makeup. Skip to present day, where I am still just as makeup obsessed, however, I now feel much more confident in my makeup abilities (granted, I am still learning how to perfect a few different looks). I will be giving beauty tips, reviewing beauty products, and teaching you how to create the perfect everyday makeup look (among many other things)!

I would also like to mention that drugstore brands are typically what I purchase, so the products that I share with you will be affordable!

Entertainment to Share:

I am very much in tune with pop culture and I love following celebrities and keeping up to date on new music and movies/TV shows. I am constantly listening to music and finding new songs to workout to, and I love the way that art can connect with so many people across the world.  I plan to share posts that relate to my current music faves, movies/TV shows, and books I’ve been loving! Entertainment is another interest of mine that may not bring me a ton of confidence, however I think it will be fun to share my interests and find people out there who are interested in similar music, books, movies/TV shows as me! (I am a big Top 40s fan, and pop music is my favorite, but I do listen to and enjoy many different genres of music, so stick around!)

Fitness and Self-Care:

 In February of 2016, I began my fitness journey and I fell in love with weight lifting thanks to my Dad. He taught me everything that I needed to know about training.  My overall health has become very important to me over the past few years and it has changed my life for the better. I want to share my fitness journey with you, and I plan on giving tips for my fellow gym goers, healthy meal ideas, and ways to take care of your mind, body, and soul. (Focusing on my overall health has been one of the biggest steps I took that led me to becoming much more confident!)

Grab a Chair:

For this section of my blog, I plan on sharing many of my random thoughts. When I write about my feelings, I could go on forever, but I’ll try to keep it somewhat short for you. I sometimes feel that I have a better way with words when I am writing rather than speaking. If you care to read some of my deeper and slightly more personal thoughts, feel free to check this section out, and I hope that you feel a connection.

Thank you for taking the time to read my first post, “Creating ‘Compass to Confidence’”! I would appreciate it if you would like this post and share with your friends! Don’t forget to subscribe to be notified when I post something new! I can’t wait for you to come on this journey with me!