My September Ipsy Glam Bag

For a year now, I have been sharing what I receive in my Ipsy glam bags! I still enjoy sharing the products and reviewing them for you, so this is what I will be doing today!

For this month, Ipsy focused on the changing of the seasons. The bag is absolutely perfect for fall, and it goes along with this month’s “cozy” theme! It a mustard color on one side, and a burgundy on the other. While I wouldn’t say it is the cutest bag I have received, it is a fun seasonal bag! I rated my overall bag 5/5 stars because I was very happy with the types of products that I had!

Inside the bag:

  • Benefit Cosmetics – The POREfessional: Hydrate Primer

I love Benefit Cosmetics and I love a good primer, so I was happy to see that this was in my bag! I have tried another POREfessional primer by the brand, and fell in love with it, so I knew I would love this one too! I just love the way that this primer glides onto my skin, and it feels so weightless! I rated this primer 4/5 stars.

  • Doucee – Freematic Blush Mono in Daydream

I have become a big fan of using blush this year, so I was excited to try a new one! I enjoy wearing pink on my cheeks, but this shade is a bit more neutral. It is perfect when you are going for a dramatic or colorful eye look, however, I tend to go more neutral on the eyes and I like to add color to my cheeks and lips. I ended up liking this blush much more than I thought I would! I definitely plan on using this product, but it won’t be my go-to. I rated this blush 4/5 stars.

  • Maelle Beauty – Clearly Brilliant Tinted Lips in Berry

I have a slight obsession with lip colors! The shade of this crayon is beautiful for this time of year, and it is so easy to apply. The color payoff is amazing as well! I have never heard of this brand before, but I will definitely check out more of their products! I rated this 5/5 stars.

  • P/Y/T Beauty – Day-To-Night Eyeshadow / Cool Mini Quad (my pick)

This is the product I chose to receive this month, and I am so glad that I did! The colors in this mini quad are absolutely stunning and perfect for fall! You can create a variety of looks using this quad whether it is simple or full glam! The colors are pigmented and somewhat easy to blend. I rated this product 4/5 stars.

  • Tarte – Big Ego Mascara in Black

I am a big fan of the brand Tarte, so I was thrilled to receive a mascara by them! I have never tried this one before, so I was curious as to how well it would work for me. As usual, this is a sample size, and because of this, it was a little bit difficult to apply the product. Besides this, I did really like the mascara. It didn’t give me an incredibly dramatic look, but it did separate and lengthen my lashes nicely. I would say that this is the perfect everyday mascara. I rated this product 4/5 stars.

Thank you so much for reading! Leave me a comment and tell me what you received in your September glam bag, and be sure to check out my Instagram: @sacchere14 to see a quick little video I put together using these products!

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What’s in my August Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey everyone! This past week, my summer ended and I began my final year of college. I took a little time away from blogging to get into my new routine, but I am back with more content to share!

For today, I am sharing what is in my August Ipsy glam bag! This month, Ipsy shared that “the future is bright… look inside and see what kind of beauty tomorrow holds for you.” While I don’t necessarily think that this bag is the cutest, I do think that the holographic finish is pretty cool, and it goes perfectly with this month’s theme of the future.

Inside the bag:

Check out my Instagram, @sacchere14, to see a video of the makeup look I created using this month’s products!
  • Estate Cosmetics – Going Nutty Bronzer in Coco

I have been loving bronzers this summer, so I was really happy to see that this product was in my bag! This bronzer is the perfect color for my skin tone, and it was easily blendable as well! It didn’t look too harsh or muddy on my skin, which I appreciated. I didn’t expect this product to have a scent, but it smells amazing and it reminds me of the summer time! I rated this 5/5 stars.

  • Kaleido Cosmetics – Muse Skin – Ultra-Fine Pearl Illuminator in Goddess

I own a couple products from this brand, so I was hopeful when I saw that I received another! I have a slight obsession with glowing skin, and I feel that this is the perfect summer highlighter!  The golden shimmer completes a makeup look beautifully, and it is pigmented as well! I rated this product 4/5 stars.

  • Illamasqua – Powder Eyeshadow in Invoke

When I first saw this silver/charcoal color, I thought it was going to be a bit too dramatic for me. After applying it, I realized this wasn’t exactly the case. I love applying shimmer shades on my lids, and this one was gorgeous. It is not the most pigmented eyeshadow, but it worked really well for the look I was going for! I think it is the perfect shadow for special occasions and/or holidays! I rated this 4/5 stars.

  • Murad – Clarifying Cleanser

I was in need of a new cleanser, so I was happy to receive this. I have tried a couple products by Murad before, so I was looking forward to trying this one. I especially enjoy cleansing my face after wearing makeup or sweating during the day. While this one does not have the greatest scent, it does cleanse my face well, and I still plan on using it. It is not my favorite cleanser. I rated this 3/5 stars.

  • Glamglow – BRIGHTEYES Illuminating Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream (my pick)

I chose to receive this product this month because I have very dark under eye circles, so I am always looking for new eye creams to try. This is the kind of product that you need to use for a little while before fully reviewing it. I have been using this since I received my glam bag, however I can’t really say if I have noticed a difference with my under eye area. With this product, a little goes a very long way, and it does take a while to settle into the skin. If I had to rate this product at the moment, I would give it 3/5 stars (however this may change as I continue to use it.)

Thank you so much for reading! If you are an Ipsy member, comment below and tell me what you received in your August glam bag!

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What’s in my May Ipsy Glam Bag

Hey everyone! I’m excited to share my May glam bag with you all today! I feel like lately my glam bags haven’t been that great but I did enjoy this one a bit more, so let’s get into it!

This month, Ipsy wanted its members to glow for magic hour, and I think that this is the perfect theme to start off the summer! I really love the bag this month. It is a beautiful ombré of pink, yellow, and orange, reminding me of a summer sunset. I rated the overall bag 4/5 stars. If there was a half star system I would have given it 3 ½ stars!

Inside the glam bag:

  • Thebalm Cosmetics – AUTOBALM ® Day 2 NITE in Wall St

I always love receiving eyeshadows in my glam bags and this one did not disappoint! I tend to go for browns, golds, and taupes when it comes to eyeshadows, so this one is perfect for me. I love doing very natural, glowy makeup looks. This shadow is a gorgeous champagne/gold color and it is very pigmented. This is the perfect everyday color. I rated this shadow 5/5 stars (though I would like to receive more browns in the future).

  • SLMISSGLAM – SS57 Brush

I never really care to receive makeup brushes because I already have quite a few. Though this was not needed, it is a cute makeup brush. I like that the handle is sparkly and pink with 2 small diamonds at the top. I’ve been using this brush to add shadows in my crease and it blends the colors beautifully. I rated this 2/5 stars (simply because I didn’t want the product but if you’re looking for a new crease/blending brush this one is great).

  • Pure Brazilian – Daily Anti-Frizz Serum

I was happy to see that this was in my glam bag because I always struggle with frizzy hair, but especially in the hotter months! I have a leave-in conditioner by Pure Brazilian and I love how smooth and shiny it makes my hair, so I was hopeful when trying this. The directions say to apply a quarter size amount onto towel dried hair from root to tip. I think I applied it while my hair was still too wet because it made my hair even more frizzy when I woke up the next morning! I tried using it again, but this time I waited until my hair was a bit more dry, and it still made my hair pretty frizzy. The only good thing about this serum is that it makes my hair softer.  I’m not sure if it didn’t work for me because of my hair type (wavy/curly) but I was disappointed in this product overall. I rated this 2/5 stars.

  • Purlisse Beauty – Matcha Green Tea + Lemon Detoxifying Charcoal Mask

I prefer wash-off masks over sheet masks (which I have a lot of), so I was ok with receiving this product. I like that it is a detoxifying charcoal mask because I have found that using products containing charcoal works pretty great for my skin.  As I was applying this face mask, I realized that it included tiny beads meant to exfoliate the skin.  I am always hesitant to try exfoliants because I had a bad experience when I tried exfoliating my skin a while ago. I don’t know if I was being too rough, or if I just wasn’t using the right products, but ever since, I’ve been a bit nervous to exfoliate. I tried to be super careful when applying this onto my face. I let it sit for around 10 minutes, and then I washed it off with warm water. I’d say that I didn’t really care for the smell, and I would like it even more if it were just a face mask and not a combination of a face mask and exfoliant! I rated this 3/5 stars.

  • Tarte – SEA H2O Gloss Lip Gloss in Below Deck (my pick)

I absolutely LOVE the brand Tarte, so when I saw that I could choose this item for myself, I was excited! The color is absolutely stunning, and it is perfect for summer. The gloss is not too sticky, and it doesn’t have an incredibly strong scent. I typically go for lipsticks over glosses but because I love the brand, I wanted to try it out! The one downside to this product is the fact that it is a pretty small sample size! I rated this 4/5 stars.

Let me know what you received in your May glam bags in a comment below! As always, thank you so much for reading!

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What’s In My April Ipsy Glam Bag

I always look forward to receiving my glam bags, however this is especially true lately. Being stuck at home all the time due to the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult some days. Not going to lie, online shopping and beauty subscriptions like Ipsy have been boosting my mood a lot lately!

So, this month, the theme was “full bloom”. Ipsy wanted its members to get glam for the spring time, and I am all about it! I absolutely adore this months bag! The floral design is perfect for spring, and the lilac and pink are gorgeous. I also love the circular wooden zipper. While I do love the design, I did not really love the products I received this month. I rated my overall bag a 2/5 stars. As usual, I did not peek at what I was going to receive until I actually got the bag in the mail (I like to be surprised)!

Inside the glam bag:

So, this is the product I chose to receive this month! I was in need of a new setting powder, so when I saw this I knew I needed to try it. I never feel like I have much to say when it comes to setting powders, but I do like this one a lot! With loose powders, I feel like I am never applying too much, which is good. I rated this 4/5 stars.

I had a VERY bad experience using a face scrub in the past. As someone who has struggled with acne, I have learned that facial scrubs are NOT my friend. I once tried using a facial scrub and brush to exfoliate and well, it made my acne flare up and spread. I was hesitant to use this product, so I applied a tiny bit to my fingers and very gently applied this on my face. I don’t plan on using it often, though it is gentle compared to other exfoliants I’ve tried. I rated this 2/5 stars (mostly because I am not a fan of face scrubs).

I do not really use face masks very often, but when I do, I definitely prefer the kind you can wash off! I love the fact that this one is gold! I haven’t really had a chance to use it, but I don’t think that I will have an issue with it. I will hold off on rating this for now.

I was really excited to try out this mascara because I have heard great things about this brand. I really like the wand of this mascara, however the product itself is not my favorite. I found that it gave my lashes a very natural look. It did lengthen them a bit, but it really did not give me the volume I like. I think this mascara is perfect for a more natural/everyday makeup look. I will continue to use this product, but it is not a favorite of mine. I rated this 3/5 stars.

I used to use liquid eyeliner ALL THE TIME. Now, I rarely ever use it; partly because I still struggle to create the perfect wings, but also because it can be really difficult to take off. I didn’t really want to use this product, but I did swatch it on my hand. It appeared to be very pigmented, though I am not sure how long it would last. I tried a mascara by this brand last month and it was not the best. If I do decide to use liquid eyeliner soon, I will try this one out, however I was not thrilled to receive this. I rated this 3/5 stars.

Sadly, this months bag was not the best for me, however I am excited to see what I get in my May glam bag! Let me know what you received in your April glam bags in a comment below! Thank you for reading!

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Fresh Face for Spring: My Skincare + Everyday Makeup Routine

It has taken me quite a while to get a solid skincare routine down. Even now, my routine is not perfect (so don’t judge too harshly). I have found quite a few products that I have fallen in love with and I wanted to share them with you today! I am not only going to be sharing my skincare routine with you, but also a very simple and fresh makeup look for the spring time!

Since I have been staying home due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, I rarely wear makeup. I like to get glammed up once a week for fun (and for pictures). What I’ve noticed is just how clear my skin is getting! I think that it is a combination of not wearing makeup and using the right products for my skin. I have struggled with acne since I was about 12 years old, and I am 20 now. While in school or working, I like to wear a bit of makeup because I feel that I look more presentable and it gives me a bit of confidence. I also do it to cover up my blemishes. I think I’ve finally realized what part of the problem is… my skin HATES makeup. For someone who loves makeup so much, this realization has been frustrating, to say the least!

I’ve been taking much better care of my skin now. I change my pillow case frequently, I clean my makeup brushes once a week, I try not to touch my face, and I’ve been using some amazing skincare products.

My skincare routine:

If I am wearing makeup, I normally take it off once I am home for the day (this is usually earlier than when I do my full skincare routine). Anytime I see people rubbing their skin harshly to either remove or apply their makeup, a part of me is cringing! Honestly though, I used to do this too. Now I try to be super careful. After removing my makeup, I will usually cleanse my face quickly because I feel like it helps to remove whatever makeup is left on my skin. Then, if I feel like my skin needs it, I’ll apply a bit of moisturizer or hydrating cream.

Now onto my daily routine! As I mentioned, my skincare routine is not perfect, and I am still learning. This is just what I like to do!

At night, after washing my face in the shower, I like to use an acne cleanser. My favorite is the Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser. This does dry out my skin a bit, so it is important that I hydrate!

 Next, I use my new favorite cleanser by Youth to the People. It is the Kale and Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Superfood Cleanser. I have been loving this product lately, so I wanted to share it with you! This product smells so good (the best way I can describe it is fresh), and I truly feel that it does an amazing job of deeply cleansing my skin. I highly recommend trying this product out for yourself!

The next step is serum. I got this serum trio from Artnaturals. I have spoken about this brand on my blog before, but I had never tried their skincare products! I was excited to try these out and they did NOT disappoint! This trio comes with a Vitamin C serum (reduces wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles), a Retinol Serum (age defying), and a hydrating serum (moisturizing). I wasn’t sure what to expect , and to be honest I did not have high hopes. It is safe to say that I have fallen head over heels with this trio. My blemishes are disappearing, the texture of my skin has improved, and I truly feel like my skin is glowing. And this is after only 2 weeks of using the serums! I believe that the retinol serum has helped me the most, but I enjoy using the other 2 as well. I use the retinol serum at night. I absolutely love these products, and I would recommend them to everyone!

Occasionally, I will apply face oil next (I do not do this too often though). I have been using the face oil by Go-To Skincare. Typically, after this I will apply a moisturizer. My favorite one at the moment is the Dr. Frog Water Fullcharge All In One. This moisturizer is amazing, and it has quickly become a part of my everyday routine. I gently blend this into my skin and I bring it down to my neck as well. This does not have a very strong scent, but it is subtle and it smells nice. This product makes my skin INCREDIBLY soft, and it feels refreshing and hydrating. This is another product I would recommend!

After, I will move onto my eyes. Lately, I have been using both an eye serum as well as an eye cream (sometimes I’ll use one or the other). I have pretty dark under eye circles, but because of my big eyes, I feel like I have always had them! I don’t believe that anything can necessarily get rid of under eye circles, but there are products that may lessen the appearance. I have been using the Dermadeli Nourishing Eye Serum. I don’t have much to say about this product because I have not seen a difference yet. I apply a tiny drop of this and very gently dab this under and around my eyes. Then I go in with my Murad Renewing Eye Cream and once again, gently dab this under my eyes.

In the morning, I don’t like to go too crazy. I will first wash my face with my Bioré acne cleanser. Then I use the Artnaturals Vitamin C Serum, and follow up with the Moisturizing serum!

My fresh face makeup routine:

Now, I know I said that my skin has been clearing up and I really do believe not wearing makeup has been a major help! However, I did want to share a simple, fresh makeup look today. This look is perfect for those warm spring days.

  • First, I like to prime my eyelids to keep the shadow on all day long. On days when I am doing a natural look, I will either not apply eyeshadow, or I’ll apply a very neutral color. Today, I decided to wear a single eyeshadow by Phase Zero, in the shade “Banana Beige”. This is the perfect color to brighten up the eyes without overdoing it, and it adds a bit of sparkle! I simply applied this all over my lids, and lightly blended it up into my crease.
  • Then, I curled my lashes and I took one of my absolute favorite mascaras, the Maybelline Lash Sensational Curvitude mascara in black. I applied this to my top and bottom lashes. What I love about this mascara is the fact that it makes my lashes very long, but it does not give me too much volume. It appears very natural, and I love the look of long, natural lashes.
  • Next, I used my Hydra Veil face primer by the brand Illamasqua. I applied my go-to foundation, the Maybelline Fit Me foundation, with a sponge. If you have a BB Cream or a Tinted Moisturizer, I would actually recommend this. It is much lighter than foundation, so If I had one, that is what I would use instead! I then applied my loose setting powder by YC Collection, and I sweeped this across my face.
  • I have been obsessed with cream highlighters lately, and this was my next step. I love nothing more than a blinding highlighter, and this one does the job perfectly in my opinion. I used my highlighter by the brand Flesh, in the shade “Pinky” and applied it right above my cheekbones, my brow bones, the inner corners of my eyes, and the tip of my nose.
  • I then took a blush by Kaleido Cosmetics in the shade “Primadonna” and brushed this onto the apples of my cheeks. I love this shade because it is the most beautiful pink. It is not too light or too dark, and it gives me glowing, rosy cheeks.
  • I applied some chapstick, and then took one of my favorite glosses by Vasanti Cosmetics in the shade “Super Mom”. I love doing a glossy lip when I do natural makeup looks. It also added to the glow that I was going for!
  • Lastly, I sprayed my Pixi by Petra Glow Mist to complete the look!

That is it for the fresh, glowy makeup look! It is very simple, and it literally took me 5 minutes to do!

Thank you so much for reading! If you try any of the skincare or makeup products, let me know what you think! Until next time!

What’s In My March Ipsy Glam Bag + Glam Bag Ultimate

Hey beauty lovers! Today I am sharing what is in my march Ipsy glam bag and glam bag ultimate! This month’s glam bag ultimate will be my last, but I still plan on receiving the regular glam bags every month.

This month, Ipsy celebrated their 100th glam bag! Ipsy decided to gift members with a $2 credit toward an add-on, and a personalized product in all glam bags! I love the bag this month! I think that the turquoise and lime green are a beautiful combination for the spring time, and the studs are a nice touch.

For my glam bag, I rated it a 4/5 stars! I liked many of the products I received this month.

Inside the glam bag:

  • Girlactik – Precise Marker Liner in Black Noir

I do not wear liquid eyeliner all that often (partly because creating the perfect wing can be a struggle at times), however I created a makeup look using this eyeliner this month. This product worked really well for me, and I found it to be very pigmented and easy to use. I rated this 4/5 stars.

  • FoxyBae – Replenishing Hair Mask

I was only able to use this a couple times so I can’t give a real in depth review of it right now, but I did notice that my hair felt softer after using it! I will hold off on rating this for now!

  • Ofra Cosmetics – Bronzer in Americano

I am such a big fan of Ofra Cosmetics! I do not wear bronzer very much but I was looking forward to trying this one. For some reason, I do not love the look of bronzer on me, but I do think this would be beautiful to wear in the summer time! I rated this product 4/5 stars.

  • Wander Beauty – Eyeshadow in Bouquet  (my pick)

I am in LOVE with this eyeshadow! I knew the second I saw it I was going to love it. The champagne color is stunning and can be included in many different makeup looks. I applied this all over my lids and then blended it up into my crease for a more natural/everyday look. I rated this shadow 5/5 stars!

  • Hanalei Company – Kukui Lip Balm in Tropical Citrus

The smell of this lip balm reminds me of something I used to eat from my childhood. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I am not mad at it at all! It smells tropical, which I really enjoy. While I do love hydrating my lips and using lip balms daily, I did not really need another one! I rated this product 3/5 stars.

  • Sugar Cosmetics – Uptown Girl Lengthening Mascara in Black

I really like trying out different mascaras though this one did not impress me. I felt that it did not give me the length or volume that I want, and it did clump my lashes a bit. I would rate this mascara 3/5 stars.

And now for my glam bag ultimate! I rated it 3/5 stars this month.

Inside the glam bag ultimate:

  • Pixi by Petra – Glow Mist Setting Spray

I was never really one to use setting sprays, however I really like this one! Thanks to ipsy, Pixi by Petra has become a favorite brand of mine. I spray this on my face after finishing my makeup and it gives me a subtle glow. I rated this product 4/5 stars.

  • Go-To – Face Hero

I am always hesitant to try face oils. I have acne prone skin, so face oil is not necessarily something I like to use often. While I did not really like the smell of this product, I did use it a few times this month. I have to say, I have not noticed much of a difference with my skin just yet, but this may be the kind of product you need to use for a while before seeing results.

  • Dermadeli – Nourishing Eye Serum

As someone with dark under eye circles, I get really excited when I receive eye products! With this serum, a little goes a VERY long way! A small drop of this serum is plenty! I apply this all around the area of my eyes and gently dab it into my skin. I will continue to use this product and hopefully I will see a difference.

  • Hey Honey – Show Your Glow Colloidal Gold & Honey Beauty Mask

I love the fact that this mask is gold! It honestly looked like I brushed a ton of highlight all over my face! I only used it once, but I do really enjoy wash-off masks, so I will continue to use this! I rated this 4/5 stars!

  • 111Skin – Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Sheet Mask & Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask Set

I am really not a fan of sheet masks, so this was not my favorite product to try! I do like receiving eye masks but I haven’t had the chance to use this just yet!

  • Sunday Riley – C.E.O 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum (my pick)

I have fallen in love with this serum! My skincare routine has been coming together lately and this product is now a favorite! It smells like oranges and makes me feel refreshed! I am going to continue to use it, but at this point I would like to rate it 5/5 stars (if this were to change for some reason, I will update).

  • Chella – La Vie Eyeshadow Palette Deluxe

This eyeshadow palette is absolutely beautiful! The colors are gorgeous and can be worn daily! The palette includes 2 matte shades and 2 shimmer shades. The shadows are very pigmented and I think that I will be reaching for this palette often! I rated this 5/5 stars.

  • Christophe Robin – Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

I had never used a product like this before! I replaced my usual shampoo with this. The first thing I noticed was the texture. It was very grainy and definitely felt like a scrub. Then, as I was using it, I noticed the scent. This smelled like men’s deodorant which is not my absolute favorite smell, so I didn’t love that! I feel like this is a product I would need to use more than once to see if I like it, so I will update if I end up really enjoying or really disliking it!

  • Library of Flowers – Honeycomb Handcreme

I do not use hand creams that much, so I did not really care to receive this product. It does smell nice and it made my hands feel very soft, so I will be using this product occasionally. I rated this 3/5 stars.

  • Moon Oral Care – Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen in Vanilla Mint

If I am being honest, I am still hesitant to use this product. If I do, I will let you know what I think of it!

  • Complex Culture – Angled Foundation Brush

I prefer to use my hands or a sponge to apply my foundation, so this brush will probably not be used very often! I rated this brush 2/5 stars.

  • Illamasqua – Hydro Veil Primer

When I first received this product, I did not really know what it was. I read about it, and saw that it was a makeup primer. I applied this before applying my foundation. It was strange because I had never tried a gel face primer before. It almost felt like a moisturizer because it was hydrating!  I only got to use this a couple times so I am not sure if I should rate it just yet.

  • Youth to the People – Superfood Cleanser

I love trying out cleansers and this one did not disappoint! This product smelled and felt very clean. I don’t use it every day because I like switching out my products, but I did use this a few times this month and I really enjoyed it. I rated this 5/5 stars!

Thank you all so much for reading! I know that I have been doing these “what’s in my glam bag” posts for a while now, so I am trying to find a way to change it up for you all. This way, it won’t be too repetitive! I am open to any suggestions you may have, so leave a comment below!

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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!