Monday, February 16, 2015

Benefit Reviews: Ultra Radiance, Agent Zero Shine and NEW Roller Lash

My latest Ulta order came on Valentine's Day -- the best and only present I got! Lucky for me, it came with a few freebies so it absolutely made my day.

I ordered Ultra Radiance and Agent Zero Shine and got for free:

  • Deluxe sample of Benefit Fake Up
  • Deluxe sample of the NEW Benefit Roller Lash
  • A bareMinerals bag with blush, veil, lip gloss, and foundation primer. The bag quality as well as the items were nicer than most stuff in my monthly Ipsy bags! Ha!

I absolutely adore the Ultra Radiance facial spray. It works great as a makeup setter or just an overall refresher. I do have oily, sensitive skin and this doesn't bother it at all. It makes my skin feel great and it smells awesome.

I've only used Agent Zero Shine twice. As stated earlier, I do have oily skin. I don't think this will last ALL day for matte skin *but* it did last over four hours and for my oily skin, that's a miracle. I don't mind having to touch up once in the middle of the day. It's also a great product because it's self contained: you open the lid, tap powder into the lid, remove the bottom which is a push up brush, apply the powder, then cap it all back together into one neat little stick. I will definitely use this item regularly.

The new Roller Lash was a hit too. I tried it first without even pre-curling my lashes and was amazed at the results. I've tried many "curling" mascaras and didn't see half the results that this gave me - BUT. It smudged more quickly than my favorite mascara by tarte. Again, I have oily skin. It's a curse and a blessing. All mascara seems to smudge on me more quickly than others. The curling and separation powers of Roller Lash, though, are quite nice.

The FakeUp sample is A.MA.ZING. This little push up concealer stick has a ring of clear, creamy moisturizer around it to hydrate your skin as you conceal. A little goes a long way, much like their Erase Paste. Love it.

I haven't yet used my bareMinerals set but I'm sure it'll happen soon. I'll update you as soon as I do :)

February 2015 Ipsy Bag

I'll be honest, the only thing I really love this month about my Ipsy bag so far is the brush by Luxie Beauty. The bag is cute...but dare I say I'm running out of things to do with empty makeup bags? 

The items I received are:

  • Creamy Lip Stain by City Color Cosmetics 
    I do not like this. The color could be nice, but it goes on with a texture that reminds me of my Grandma's lipstick. Highlights every crease or imperfection in your lips. Not much of a "stain" factor to me; the color lasted maybe an hour. I love stains for absorbing into my lips and being a bit sheer as well as buildable.
  • Composition No. 1 Parfum Oil by JOYA
    Tiny. VERY tiny. Rollerball. Honestly reminds me of a toilet cleaner scent. Not a fan.
  • Large Angled Face Brush 504 by Luxie Beauty My favorite item this month. Very soft angled brush that will definitely be a staple item in my makeup bag. Ipsy is pretty good at sending nice brushes and this one is no exception.
  • Fine Radiance Face Oil by Mitchell and Peach 
    I haven't used this yet. I have a pretty set skincare routine and I'm scared to deviate from it as I seem to break out whenever I do. But I was happy to see that Ipsy decided to put this in a zippered plastic bag - the last item I got that was similar to this leaked all over my other items.
  • BLUSH Cheek Powder by ModelCo
    To be fair, this is a nice color. It isn't "sparkly", but it has a bit of a bronzer-like glow or shimmer to it. I can see myself using this in the future, but I'm addicted to Benefit's Majorette and this isn't quite perfect enough for me to switch as my go-to blush. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

January 2015 Ipsy Bag

This is a stock image because I've been traveling and I left my bag at home.

I got:

  • J. Cat Beauty FANTABULOUS Gel Eye Liner 
    I have yet to use this and need to give it to my fabulous nieces who both master the art of ANY kind of eyeliner!
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo
    This is a quality product but I'm not a fan. I don't like adding shimmer to my face, and Benefit has such amazing highlighters (watt's up; girl meets pearl) that I can't see myself making a switch to this - but I would use it as an eyeshadow.
  • Nourish Organic Renewing Eye Cream 
    I actually didn't get this. It was listed as sent in my bag but I didn't get it and I'm a bit disappointed. I'm addicted to eye creams.
  • Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow 
    LOVE this shadow. Goes on well, doesn't crease easily (even without a primer) and is a lovely color for my complexion.
  • Real Techniques fine liner brush
    This is a great brush for gel eye liners. I fell in love with my Tattooed eyeliner from a previous Ipsy bag, so I don't use gel eyeliner much, but Ipsy sends out great brushes so far. Happy with this one.

Monday, January 5, 2015


Fabric swatch samples

Jeep Calendar

Chaco Sticker

Abba Paleo Bars

**HOT** Sample of philosophy's Hope in a Jar

Southern Shirt Company Stickers

Flavored Latex Gloves (let your imagination run wild. But not here. Do that alone, in your own house.)

Free Lapel Pin

Stickers from Sticker Genius


Ohhhhh my goodness. Benefit has a ton of stuff on sale right now! You can use the code SALE for free shipping and handling on any order, or use the code HAPPYJANUARY to get a free "Real Turnons" set, which includes watt's up! deluxe sample and a they're real deluxe sample. These are great sizes for makeup bags and last a super long time.

Not only are there a lot of great individual items on sale, but Benefit's famous kits are up there as well as some gorgeous bags if you're behind on your collection. I also spotted a few tools, a keychain pouch, and a ton more. I'm going to need an intervention.