Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September Glam Bag 2

Hey guys! This month's Glam Bag marks a full year of Glam Bags for me! I've been using Ipsy's monthly service since September of last year, and my bags keep getting better and better! I'd like to take a moment to thank Ipsy for their amazing service, and I can't wait for my next year of products!

This month's bag is called Street Style, and it preps your beauty routine for the transition from Summer to Fall. There are some fantastic Fall products in this bag, and the thing I'd like to start with is the bag! The bag designs themselves are amazing, and I've honestly kept every single makeup bag they've sent me over this past year. They're always so chic and go really well with the theme of the bag!
To begin my product reviews, I'll start with an eyeshadow brush by Crown Brush. This is their Infinity Shadow/Crease Brush, and it's a dual-ended brush that can be used for looks that have a simple basis or a more in-depth look. I love the soft fibers used in this brush because it makes it much easier on your eyelids and generally has a better overall turnout. You can use this brush dry for an everyday look or wet the tip for a detailed nighttime look.

Next, I'd like to address the only downfall of this bag, the Nourish Organic Moisturizing Cream Face Cleanser. Ipsy sent me a lotion by Nourish Organic in my October bag last year that I didn't like, and this product really didn't change my opinion on the brand. It was an okay cleanser, but I hated the smell yet again. Even though I'm a lover of natural products, this one just wasn't for me.
Next up is one of my favorite beauty products in the book: Eyeliner. I use eyeliner every day because I love the definition it adds to my looks. The eyeliner I received in this bag was Pacifica's Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil in Fringe. Ipsy introduced me to Pacifica a few months ago, and I've been in love with it ever since. Their products are always highlights in my Glam Bags, and this was no exception. This liner had soft lead for easy application and a bold color. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the fact that the liner is in brown rather than black. I've always felt like black looks better on my eyes.
Next it Alterna Haircare's Caviar CC Cream 10-in-One Complete Correction. This is a hair cream that can be applied to damp or dry hair before styling. The solitary formula has ten useful benefits:

  1. Moisture
  2. Shine
  3. Smoothness
  4. Softness
  5. UV Protection
  6. Manageability
  7. Strength
  8. Anti-Breakage
  9. Heat Protection
  10. Light Hold
The product completely delivered, and my hair looked exactly how I needed it to after I dried it. I'll certainly be using this again!
Lastly, we have my favorite item in this bag. This is Hikari's Lipstick in the shade Cabernet. This deep red is a perfect transition color from the pale shades of summer to the deep, luscious lip colors worn in the fall and winter months. The color lasts a long time and doesn't dry your lips out. I'll be wearing this color nonstop in the coming months!
That's it for this Glam Bag! To purchase your own monthly Ipsy subscription, head over to ipsy.com and sign up. I'd like to remind you that this is not a sponsored post. I pay for my monthly bags myself, and I have no agreement with Ipsy! All of my opinions are my own :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Polyvore With Landry

Hey guys! I know it's been quite a while since my last post, and that's because I've been on study overdrive for the past week. I'm taking the ACT for the first time tomorrow, and I'm pretty nervous, so I've really been hitting the textbooks. I'm excited about it, but I'm definitely pretty nervous.

I decided to fit in a quick post tonight since it's due time you guys had something new, and something earlier today presented the perfect opportunity. It's been ages since I've done a Polyvore outfit post, and my younger cousin Landry was begging me to let her make a few sets. Our theme for these sets was dressy, so all of these are relatively formal and can be used on dressier occasions. These are a few that we made together and published to my Polyvore profile. To see my previous sets, check out my profile at mbbamagirl.polyvore.com.
Prom Time: By Landry



Red Carpet Ready: By Landry


$50 - cute.si




Summer Sweetheart




She's such a little fashionista :) Loves stealing my hoodies too!

That's it for this post! I hope you enjoyed, and hopefully I can get back on track with posting after I get this test finished tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Beauty Tag

Hey guys! One of my fellow bloggers, Rachel from rachforthestarsx.blogspot.ie, did the beauty tag on her blog a couple of days ago (link to her post here), and ever since then, I've been reading other people's beauty tag posts! It's so interesting to see how our beauty routines vary! I decided to do the beauty tag myself, so here we go!
What's your current favorite foundation?
I love Yaby's concealer in Buff. It's the closest color I can find to match my skin tone, and it blends perfectly! It's very light and fits my needs perfectly.

How About Concealer?
I use Neutrogena's Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer in Fair. Believe it or not, this can also be used under your eyes! It works wonders on dark circles.

Do you use a primer? If so, which one?
I don't use primer.

Strip or individual lashes?
I prefer mascara, but if I had to choose, I'd say strip.

Lipstick or lipgloss?
Lipgloss all the way! I like the shine and natural look.

What's your favorite drugstore makeup brand?
I adore NYX cosmetics. Their Love In Paris eyeshadow palette is my go-to makeup palette.

Cream or powder blush?
I've always used powder. Cream always looks more unnatural than powder for some reason. I also have fairly oily skin, so powder works best for me.

You're only allowed one makeup product for the rest of your life. What would it be?
Believe it or not, powder! I have problems with shine, and it makes me look more alert.

Pencil or powder to fill in your brows?
I have really thick brows naturally, so I usually don't use either, but when I do, I always go for powder. It's easier to get that really full look.

What's the best makeup tip you've ever heard?
When applying undereye concealer, don't just do a line under your eye. Use the triangle. It gives better coverage and looks better overall.

How long do you spend doing your makeup for a night out?
Maybe 20-25 minutes. Long enough to get that perfect smokey eye!

Is there any makeup product/tool that you don't use?
I don't use eyelash curlers. I've found that mascara does the job for me.

You're given $10 to spend only in Boots. What do you buy?
Lipgloss! You can never go wrong there!

What's your favorite eyeshadow?
I really love the shade Creep from the Naked palette by Urban Decay. The dark tone looks perfect for filling in a crease.

Would you ever consider getting permanent makeup?
Wow, I'm embarassed to say that I didn't know this was a thing! But definitely no. There's always that possibility I'll end up hating it. Also, I love changing up my makeup routine! Trying new things is always fun!

I tag Olivia from ollynash.blogspot.ieKatie from beautybycaitlin.comand lastly, I tag all of my lovely blogger/vlogger readers out there! Any of you who try this post out for yourselves, make sure you leave a link in the comments to your post so I can check it out!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Matte Nail Polish DIY

Hey guys! I was thinking earlier this week that it's been way too long since I've done a DIY post, and I've decided to turn that around! It's mani Monday, and today I decided to DIY my own matte nail polish in one of my favorite colors, turquoise.
This is a really easy DIY, and It doesn't take too much time to do. All you need is a toothpick or wooden stirrer, cornstarch, parchment paper, and nail polish (I used a shade by Zoya). Put some cornstarch and nail polish on the parchment paper and mix them together with the stirrer or toothpick. Don't make it too thick, or it won't spread across your nail smoothly. You don't want clumpy polish.

Apply the polish to each nail. I had to use two coats on my nails because the color wasn't dark enough with one coat since it was mixed with the cornstarch.
Once you finish, make sure it dries completely. The color and matte effect won't show fully until they're dried. It'll give you a really neat, matte look that's fun and unique.

That's it for this DIY! I hope you guys liked it, and let me know how this works for you in the comments below!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Claire's Temporary Hair Color Fail

Last Saturday, Me and my friend Sky were messing around at the mall being crazy teenage girls. We decided to go in Claire's to look around because Claire's always has some fun little inexpensive thing to do. We found some temporary hair dye that looked pretty promising, so we grabbed a bottle of the blue dye and headed home to try it out. 
The six dollar price tag probably should've been a hint, but I tried it out first on a piece near the bottom of my head. The instructions said to apply the dye to the portion of your hair you wanted to color and to let it dry. The goopy substance didn't show up whatsoever on my brown hair, but putting that aside, I wouldn't have liked it if it had showed up because of the horrible texture of my hair once the dye had dried! My hair felt hard, sticky, and gross even when it had fully dried. No matter how much I brushed my hair, it stuck together and wouldn't budge. It felt and looked like your hair does after a long swim in chlorinated water- tangled, brittle, and the opposite of what healthy hair should look and feel like. 
I give this product the lowest rating possible. The product didn't do what it was supposed to and left me wanting to wash my hair instantly. Talk about a fail! Thank goodness it was only temporary and washed out in one wash! Have you tried another brand of temporary hair dye that you like? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Back To School With Mariposa Couture

Hey guys! One of my favorite clothing brands, Mariposa Couture, just came out with their new back to school collection, and I'm loving everything in this new line! Mariposa Couture prides themselves on having gorgeous clothes without the high price tag. Nearly everything in their whole shop is $25 or less! Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish, and Mariposa Couture sees their name as a metaphor for a girl earning her wings, as displayed in their logo. They just sent me one of my favorite pieces to review for you guys, their Striped Long Sleeve Knit Top

This is a simple striped top that's absolutely perfect for the fall months. One of my favorite things about it is the simplicity of the top but the touch of elegance from the crochet applique going over the shoulders.

This top is a great choice for back to school because it fits any dress code, is comfy and stylish, and makes the perfect outfit to kick off your week.
Mariposa Couture is also running a coupon code! The code is MYSTYLE, and all you have to do is enter it at checkout to get $5 off your next purchase! Make sure to check out the rest of the back to school collection by visiting mariposacouture.com and following them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Looks Collection By One Direction

Hey guys! For the One Direction obsessors out there, I can't wait to share this post! A few weeks ago, I announced in the 1D Makeup Giveaway post that I was collaborating with One Direction to kick-start their new makeup line, The Looks Collection. I was so excited to be working with One Direction to release this amazing new line, and I can't wait to share it with you! Let's get started!

The first item in this collection is the Last First Kiss lipstick. I had pretty low expectations for this lipstick because I'm usually not a lipstick person. They always seem to dry out my lips, and I end up wiping it off and exchanging it for chapstick. I had a very pleasant surprise with this lipstick because it was exactly the opposite. It was extremely moisturizing, and the color looked perfect! It doesn't show up quite as vibrant as the color initially portrays, and it gives your lips a fresh, natural looking tint.
Now for the next lip product, the Liquilights Glow Gloss. I was very curious about this one. This lip gloss is unique because it glows in UV light! It's also a shimmer gloss, so it glows in and out of the light! The color is a pale orange that gives your lips a really sweet look, living up to its name, Kiss You.
Now for the nail polish in this set! This polish is called Live While We're Young, and it's a glittery, fun sparkle polish to put over base color. It's made for long wear and quick drying, just what a girl needs on the go! I tried this varnish over classic black nails, and it completely took the color to the next level. I really love the awesome texture and random look it gives. 
Next is the stencil set for yourself, your friends, or anything! Put the stencil down and fill in the empty spaces to get the exact shape you want. These are great for taking things like school supplies to the next level!

Now it's time to head over to the eye products! First off is the I Wish chubby eye pencil. This can be used in your crease as a bold shadow or along your waterline as a liner. The soft brown gives a really natural, smooth finish that goes perfectly with the eyeshadow palette next!
This eyeshadow contains five soft colors: 

  1. Back For You is a natural, nude color that's perfect for highlighting your brow or just lightening up the look.
  2. Change My Mind is one of my favorite colors in this palette. It's a really sweet peach that shimmers in the light and adds a really pretty, girly touch to your look.
  3. C'mon C'mon is a soft grey that enhances the look by adding definition to the other colors. It gives the look more of a smooth finish and disrupts some of the harshness from other colors.
  4. Little Things is a deep brown that is ideal for a smokey eye. It's by far the darkest color in the palette, and it looks best when paired with the I Wish eyeliner. Both of those beautiful browns in one look completes it.
  5. Lastly is the center color, Take Me Home. The shimmery gold shadow is good for adding a bit of sparkle to any look, and the gold color gives it a really unique touch.
I saved the best for last with this set, and that is the Little Black Dress mascara. The name couldn't be more perfect because this mascara is truly blacker than black. The deep color adds a daring look and ties the look together. It's extremely volumizing, and with two coats, my lashes look long, healthy, and amazing.

The set also comes with a few pictures of looks that can be achieved with a combination of these eye products. My favorite is the first one with Little Things and C'mon C'mon blended in the outer corner. Back for you looks perfect right above Little Things and just below the brow, and the I Wish eye pencil looks perfect on the inner corner, bringing deep tones to that part of the eye as well.
This makeup collection is already on sale in the US at Macy's, and it'll be coming to the US at Stage Stores, Dillards, Beauty Brands, and Lord and Taylor on the 25th of this month! International release dates have yet to be released. To get updates on dates, looks, and reviews, check out the Makeup By 1D Facebook page!

Another announcement: I'll also be attending a One Direction concert with my cousin Emme for her twelfth birthday! I'm going to their Nashville show on the nineteenth, and I can't wait to see them with Five Seconds Of Summer! I'll be doing a concert outfit post for the occasion and pictures from the concert, so keep an eye out!
This review is in no way influenced by One Direction. All of my opinions are my own.