Valentine's Day Eye Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! I had so much fun creating this eye makeup look for Valentine’s Day, and I wanted to share it with you all! In my January Ipsy Glam Bag Ultimate, I received a new eyeshadow palette by theBalm Cosmetics, and I have been obsessed with it! This is the “What’s the Tea?® Ice Tea Eyeshadow Palette” ($36). I decided that I could create the perfect V-Day makeup look using this, and that is what I am going to be sharing with you today! This is a somewhat natural eye with a pop of pink!

When I first saw this palette, I thought that the theme was adorable. The palette as well as the colors all relate to gossip. If I am being honest, I probably would not buy this palette if I were walking through an Ulta or Sephora because I do not typically go for bold colors. I definitely prefer browns, golds, or taupes. This palette includes three matte brown shades, and six shimmer shades. Although I would not buy this for myself, the different shades of pink and blue are gorgeous. If you have read a couple of my other makeup tutorials, you may know that I am a little afraid of using bold colors in my eyeshadow looks, but I’ve been trying to get more experimental, and I have actually been having a lot of fun with it! I used to do the same eyeshadow look every single day, but thankfully that is not the case anymore (thanks to Ipsy)!

The eye makeup tutorial:

  • I started off by applying the neutral eyelid primer that comes in this palette. I gently blended this onto my eyelids. You want to ensure that your eye makeup lasts all day and night for Valentine’s Day, so primer is essential! I also feel that primer makes applying eyeshadows a bit easier because it gives the color a smooth base to stick to!
  • The first color I took was this beautiful pink color in the shade, “The 411”. I simply applied this onto my eyelids. I was immediately impressed by the color payoff with all of the shades!
  • Then, I took the light brown shade, “Oh Snap” and blended this into my crease as a transition shade using windshield wiper motions.
  • I then took the middle brown in the shade, “The Run Down” and applied this to the outer “V” of my eyes. Make sure to blend out the shadows after this step. These shadows are incredibly easy to blend (with just a little bit of fallout when applying them).
  • The last step for the eyeshadow is highlight. I took the shade “He Said, She Said” and lightly applied this to my inner corners and my brow bones. In my opinion, highlighting these areas complete an eyeshadow look beautifully. It brightens up the eyes and makes you look more awake. I love this shade because it seems to be a mix of light purple and gold, making it more unique (and stunning).
  • Next, I lined the outer half of my lower lashline with “The Run Down”, and then lined the inner half of my lower lashline with “The 411”.
  • Next, I took my L’oreal Voluminous Lash Primer, and my Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude mascara and applied a few coats. I love this mascara because it always does a beautiful job of lengthening and separating my lashes. If you prefer to wear false lashes, you can do this as well!
  • Lastly, I took my usual black eyeliner by Essence and lined my waterline and tightline. I do this pretty much every time I do my makeup because it adds a bit more drama to any makeup look, which I love!

Thank you so much for reading! I am so in love with this eyeshadow palette, and if you are interested, I highly recommend looking into buying it! Let me know how you’re planning on doing your Valentine’s Day makeup in a comment below!

What's In My January Ipsy Glam Bag + Glam Bag Ultimate

Hey everyone! As you are probably aware by now, I have an obsession with Ipsy. I love sharing what I get in my monthly glam bags, and I love trying out new beauty products! This month’s post is going to be a little different! If you couldn’t already tell from the title, I am trying out the glam bag ultimate for a few months! Since I received so many products this month, I will not be reviewing every single one of them today. I will most likely update this post as I try out all of the products because it can take time to see if certain products work well for me!

For this month, Ipsy wanted its members to start the year off with a clean slate. I love that the theme is all about a fresh start (and fresh beauty products) for the New Year! This glam bag might be my favorite one I have received so far! I absolutely love the marble print with the pink detail. I rated my overall bag 4/5 stars! There was really only one product I felt that I didn’t need, but for the most part I love the products!

Inside the glam bag:

  • Bellapierre Cosmetics: Mineral Lipstick in Envy

I absolutely love this lipstick. It is a beautiful shade that is perfect for any day or occasion! I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Morphe: Fluidity Full-Coverage Concealer in 1.55

I was thrilled to receive this concealer because Morphe is a very well-known and loved brand. The concealer is just a tiny bit light for me, but it should be ok for this time of year! When I first used this, I found it a bit difficult to blend. Once I got it blended, it seemed to cover my spots and my under eyes beautifully. I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • Nomad Cosmetics: NOMAD x Marrakesh Medina Intense Eyeshadow in Desert Sands (my pick)

This is the product that I chose for this month. I love receiving eyeshadows, and although I love the color, it is a bit more orange toned than I thought it would be. It is very pigmented as well. I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • H2O+: Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream

To be honest, I really haven’t had too much time to try this product out. I have used it a few times, and it seems to work well for my skin!

  • Cela: Seed to Skin Scrub Natural Grain Polish

I have never really tried many body scrubs, but it is safe to say I am in love! I used this product to exfoliate my legs and my legs were so smooth afterward! This scrub has a sweet smell to it, and hopefully I will be getting more body scrubs from Ipsy in the future!

If you are unaware of what the glam bag ultimate is, it is a new bag that Ipsy has created! Members can pay $50 a month to receive 8 full-sized products, and 4 deluxe samples at a $250 value! If I did my math correctly, the total of my bag comes out to about $300 which is insane! You can also choose 1 product each month just like you would for the glam bag and the glam bag plus!

For my glam bag ultimate, I rated it a 3/5 stars. I do update my beauty preferences often, but I felt that I received a few skin care/facial products that I did not necessarily want or need such as the face masks (I prefer wash-off masks, but I don’t use them too often).

Inside the glam bag ultimate:

  • Tarte: Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Front Row (my pick)

This color is perfect for the fall/winter time! I love trying out liquid lipsticks, and this one did not disappoint! It is very long-lasting. I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • This Works: Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

I haven’t had too much time to try out this product, but I have used it two or three times already. I don’t really have trouble falling to sleep at night, so I am not too sure if this product works or not. It does have a very natural scent (it is made with lavender, and it is made with chamomile and vetiver) which is relaxing. I simply spray this a couple times over my bed and fall asleep.

  • Thann: Eden Breeze Body Butter

I did not necessarily need another lotion, but I have been enjoying this one. I like the smell, and I like to apply this after I shower at night. I rated this product a 4/5 stars.

  • F.A.R.A.H Brushes: 160F Face Brush

I did not need another makeup brush, but I like that the brush matched the glam bag with the pink and marble print.

  • Pretty Woman: Nail Polish in Don’t Be Jelly

I really do not care to receive nail polishes very often because I prefer to get my nails done at a salon. I actually received a color very similar to this one in my April 2019 glam bag, so I will be giving this nail polish to my sister.

  • TheBalm Cosmetics: What’s The Tea® Ice Tea Eyeshadow Palette

I was SO excited to receive this! I was not expecting to receive a full sized eyeshadow palette! I’ve heard great things about TheBalm Cosmetics, and this is the first product that I tried from them! The palette is adorable, and the colors are stunning. I love that the names all relate to gossip! I plan on using this palette for an upcoming makeup tutorial, so be on the lookout for that! 😉 I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Sweet Chef: Beet + Vitamin A Serum Shot

This was my first time trying out a serum. I am always nervous about trying new skincare products because I have acne prone skin. I tried out this product, and I don’t think I have been using it long enough to say whether or not it is working well for me. It hasn’t caused any breakouts and it does make my skin feel supple and hydrated, so I am going to continue using it!

  • Flesh: Touch Flesh Highlighter Balm in Pinky

I have never tried a cream highlighter before, so I was excited to see what this one was like! It is a beautiful rose gold shade, and I found that it was easy to blend. I just applied this above my cheekbones, and I love the glow that it gives me. I rated this product a 5/5 stars!

  • Essenherb: Tea Tree 90 Toner Pad

I have not had the time to use this just yet!

  • Ahava: Essential Day Moisturizer

I have been using this moisturizer since the day I got it, and I have been enjoying it a lot. I like trying out different skin care products and I mostly use this product at night after I shower. The best way I could describe the smell of this product is clean/fresh. I find that my skin feels softer in the mornings, and I am trying to get into the habit of moisturizing more often, especially during the colder months. I rated this product a 5/5 stars.

  • Hey Honey: Take Away The Drama Youth Boosting Honey & Copper Peel Off Mask

I have not had the time to use this just yet!

  • Avette: Daily Fresh Squeeze Sheet Mask Duo in Grape and Lycheee

I have not had the time to use this just yet!

Thank you all so much for reading! Getting my glam bags in the mail can always put a smile on my face, and I am always looking forward to receiving them. For the next couple of months, I plan to continue sharing the products that come in my glam bag ultimates! If you are subscribed to Ipsy, leave me a comment below and tell me what you received in your January glam bags! Until next time!

BH Cosmetics "Love in London" Eyeshadow Palette Review + Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! I was recently out shopping and I was looking around Ulta for nothing in particular when I came across this eyeshadow palette. I had never tried any products from BH Cosmetics so I was excited to see if I liked it! This is the “Love in London” eyeshadow palette ($16). The brand has a collection of palettes all relating to beautiful places around the world. Some of the other palettes were called, “Beautiful in Barcelona”, “Hangin’ in Hawaii”, and “Summer in St. Tropez”. I plan on buying a couple of these other palettes because the colors are stunning (but to be honest, it was the names that sold me)!

Of all of these eye shadow palettes, I chose the “Love in London” one because I liked the colors in this palette the most! This palette is absolutely perfect for people like me. I’m not the biggest fan of color, and many of these are neutral shades that could be worn daily! The palette includes a mix of matte and shimmer shades as well. The colors are incredibly pigmented and easily blendable. When I first applied one of the shadows to my lids, I was surprised and very impressed by the pigmentation. One thing I love about this collection is that the names of the shadows relate to the destination. In this palette, some of the colors are, ”Big Ben”, “Duchess”, “Piccadilly”, and “Tea”. A couple of my favorite colors are “Prestige” and “Palace”.

When I first sat down to create this look, I had no idea what it would end up looking like. I knew I wanted to use the shade “Prestige” because I think it is my favorite color in the palette, but other than that I was just going to experiment! The look is a bit dramatic, but it could be worn for a nice dinner or a night out with the girls!

The Makeup Tutorial:

  • The first step to any makeup tutorial is eye primer. This goes all over my eyelid to ensure that the color lasts all day long.
  • Next, I took my new palette by BH Cosmetics, “Love in London”, and applied the color “Prestige” all over my lids. I then took the color “Cheers” and used this as a crease shade.
  • Then I applied the shade “Crumpet” in the outer “V” of my eyes (make sure to blend). As I mentioned, I’m not the biggest fan of color, but I do try to incorporate it in small, subtle ways. So, I took the shade “Duchess” and applied this on the outer half of my upper and lower lash line. And the last step for the eyeshadow is highlight. I used the shade “Cheeky” on my brow bones and inner corners to brighten up my eyes.
  • Next up: mascara! If you have read any of my previous makeup tutorials, you may know that Maybelline mascaras are some of my favorites (particularly the Lash Sensational mascara). For this look, I started off by applying the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Primer. I recently tried the Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude mascara for the first time and I fell in love with it so that is what I used on my lashes. This mascara does an amazing job at separating and lengthening my lashes. I highly recommend this combo of the lash primer and the mascara.
  • The last step for the eyes was eyeliner. I used my go-to black eyeliner by Essence and lined my waterline and tightline.
  • Next, I took my Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer and used my clean hands to gently apply this onto my face. I used my favorite foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me foundation and blended this into my skin. I applied my Banana Setting Powder by BellaPierre Cosmetics by lightly sweeping it across my face.
  • Then, I used my Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in “Park Ave Princess” and applied a small amount to my cheekbones and forehead. I took my new highlighter by Wet n Wild in the shade “Botanic Dream” and applied this right above my cheekbones.
  • Lastly, I applied a simple nude lip plumping gloss to my lips. I am unsure of the color, but the gloss is by the brand NYC Makeup.

For this look, I skipped my brows and blush, and I did not contour. If you would like to include these steps, go for it! I would recommend using a more neutral blush color!

If you are interested in purchasing this palette, I highly recommend it. I would also recommend looking into the other palettes from this collection if this one is not your cup of tea 😉 Thank you so much for reading! Cheers!

What’s in My November Ipsy Glam Bag + A Fall Eye Makeup Tutorial

I seriously cannot believe that November is almost over! Every month seems to fly by, but the good news is that I receive my Ipsy bags every month, so I am always looking forward to that! Today I wanted to share what was in my November glam bag and review it for you all. I also wanted to include a fall eye makeup tutorial using the eyeshadow duo that I received in my glam bag this month!

This month, Ipsy wanted its members to embrace their wild side (hence, the print on the bag). I think this month’s bag is adorable and the print is definitely on trend right now! I rated the overall bag a 4/5 stars because there was one item that I felt I did not necessarily need.

Inside the bag:

  • Gigi Gorgeous: Living Lip Balm in Natalia

This lip balm is perfect to throw in your bag as you’re leaving your house, and it smells like vanilla, which is my favorite scent! Although I love lip balms, I really did not need another one! I rated this products a 3/5 stars.

  • Pixi by Petra: Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Mineral Bronze

I love getting eyeshadows in my glam bags, and when I saw this duo I thought the colors were beautiful and perfect for fall. I really like the brand Pixi by Petra, so I was excited to find that I had gotten this product. While the colors are beautiful, I did find it just a little bit difficult to blend them, but other than that, I love the duo! The colors are perfect for a more dramatic eye look! (This duo is also an exclusive product for Ipsy members!)  I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • Vasanti Cosmetics: Power Oils Lip Gloss in Super Mom

I think that when it comes to makeup, for me personally, I can never get enough lip products! I find that lip products (particularly lipsticks and liquid lipsticks) are my favorite things in the world. This lip gloss keeps my lips moisturized while adding a beautiful pop of pink. I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • Eva NYC: Freshen Up Dry Shampoo

I loved receiving this product because I was just recently telling a friend of mine how much I love dry shampoos. Dry shampoos can be extraordinarily helpful when you just don’t have the time to wash your hair. If I am up really late one night cramming for a test, and I didn’t exactly have the time to wash my hair the night before, I will get ready for the day and right before I walk out the door I will spray a bit of dry shampoo on my roots and rub it in. This dry shampoo works really well on my hair, and I may or may not have used it a few times already! It just keeps your hair looking fresh rather than greasy! I rated this product a 4/5 stars!

  • IT Cosmetics: Confidence in a Cream

This is the product that I chose to receive in my November glam bag. I don’t use it every night since it is only a sample size, but when I do use it I immediately feel like my skin can breathe. I just put a small amount on my fingers and gently rub it into my skin. I love using this product after washing my face at night, and it leaves my skin feeling light and clean. I also rated this product a 4/5 stars.

Eye Makeup Tutorial:

I created this eye makeup look using my Pixi by Petra eyeshadow duo from my glam bag this month, as well as a couple other products that I will mention below! This eye look is perfect for the fall and winter time, or just a night out with friends. I wasn’t planning on having the look turn out so dramatic, but I ended up really liking it!

  • I started this look off by applying an eyeshadow primer all over my lids.
  • I then took my Pixi by Petra eyeshadow duo in “Mineral Bronze” and applied the lighter brown/taupe color all over my eyelids.
  • Next, I took a single eyeshadow by IBY Beauty in the shade “Headliner” and applied this to the outer “V” of my eyes (don’t get too sloppy with this shade. Keep the color right in the outer “V”. Don’t blend it too much just yet). I also took this same color, and lined my lower lash line.
  • Then I took the darker bronze color in the Pixi eyeshadow duo, and applied this into my crease. The eyeshadow duo is VERY pigmented, so be sure that if you use it, you gradually build the color. Remember it is much easier to apply more of a color than to have to remove it.
  • BLEND. You should always blend your eyeshadows to avoid harsh lines. Blending will make the look come together beautifully, especially when using more than one color or darker eyeshadows. As I mentioned before, these shadows were just a bit difficult to blend, so I had to work on this for a little longer than usual.
  • Once the shadows were well blended, I took my OFRA Cosmetics OFRA x Madison Moondance Highlighter and applied this to my inner corners as well as my brow bones.
  • Next, I curled my lashes and took my favorite mascara, the Thrive Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara in Brynn, and coated my top and bottom lashes.
  • I then applied a small amount of my Benefit Cosmetics: Gimme Brow  + Volumizing Eyebrow Gel in 4.5. After this, I simply brushed my brows up and over.
  • Lastly, I lined my waterline and tightline with a black eyeliner by Essence.

That is the completed eye makeup tutorial! I hope you enjoyed this blog post! My next couple posts will be a bit more fall themed as well, but once December comes I plan on sharing quite a few holiday related posts. I may be posting a little more often next month as well! Thank you so much for reading!

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!