Tuesday, November 18, 2014

November 2014 Ipsy Bag Review

Ipsy has won this time. If you don't remember my last month's October Ipsy Bag, I talked about how much I disliked that bag and how if this bag was just as bad, I would unsubscribe. They have definitely redeemed themselves.

November 2014 Ipsy Bag
 I definitely love the products I got for this bag.

The Bag: 
 The theme this month was "girl meets glitter", so we got a cute glittery bag. Definitely cute and I would probably use it. 

 I'm never ecstatic about hair products but I was excited to see a hairspray. Hairspray is a hair product that any girl can use because it has a purpose, at least for me. I don't do much to my hair often, but I can use hairspray whenever I tie up my hair and want to avoid flyaways, or when I want big volume. This product also doubles as a nourishing hair care product. Awesome.

 I don't know why my camera made the bottle yellow, but it was suppose to look more like an iridescent pink. Can you believe this tiny little bottle is worth almost 30 bucks? Thats crazy! I love highlighters but I always forget to use them. This highlighter is absolutely gorgeous and pearl like. 

 I've been a fan of OCC Lip Tars for a while now, so I was excited to see a lip paint from another brand. It has the same consistency as a lip tar, and you do need a brush to apply this product. That was the downside to this, that they didn't provide a brush. Otherwise, I love the shade I got. At first, I thought it was going to be a deep purple/brown, but it comes out very blood red, even better.

 I was kind of disappointed that it was a glitter liner, but surprisingly the glitter isn't too noticable. I'm just waiting for the day I receive a black liquid liner in my Ipsy bag because I could use some more! This liner is black, but not super black, so a few coats is needed to get it darker. I'm glad the glitter isn't that crazy so I definitely could see myself using this on a regular day. 

 Upon opening this product, I was not a fan of the colour. I was confused to see a very dark, brown, green looking colour inside the pot. Once I swatched it, I fell in love. It comes out as a gorgeous shimmery gold colour. This eye base is comparable to the Maybelline Colour Tattoos which are also awesome cream eyeshadows. 

 From left to right: Be A Bombshell "Submissive" Eye Base, Elizabeth Mott "Glitterati" Liquid Liner, J Cat "Red Potion" Lip Paint, and Temptu "Pink Pearl" S/B Highlighter.

Full Size Products: 4
Deluxe Size Products: 1
Samples: 0
Price for Bag: $10+tax/shipping=$17
Value of this months bag: $65.83!!
Mel's Rating: 4.5/5
One of the best in a while!!

I absolutely loved this months Ipsy bag. They have redeemed themselves in my heart! I am still on the fence with staying with them, and December's bag will determine whether I stay or not. I actually found/been waiting to sign up for a different beauty subscription, but only will if I don't like Ipsy anymore. So far, Ipsy and I are on good terms again! 

If you are looking to sign up for Ipsy and receive awesome products like this every month, click here!

What was your favourite product? 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tarte Bon Voyage Collectors Set Review

Are you just as excited about Christmas as I am? The moment it hit November 1st, my store started playing Christmas music. Everyone is getting ready for the holidays and so am I! Here we are today with another great gift set that rolled out for the 2014 holiday season. Todays blog post is a review on the Tarte Bon Voyage Collectors Set.

My main reason for purchasing this was that eyeshadow palette. This is the first time I've owned or used Tarte eyeshadows so I definitely did not know what to expect. For $71, this collectors set is jam packed full of goodies, bringing it up to a value of $501! 

The bag
 I love the make-up bag. I love all the Tarte collectors set bags. I purchased a set of Tarte stuff on Hautelook before, that came with a make-up bag, and it's awesome. This make-up bag is big enough to hold all the make-up I need and more for when I go to my boyfriend's house. 

Close up.
Gold and purple. You can't go wrong with that combination. 

The goods.
From left to right: You get a full size Tarte Lip Surgence Lip Tint, a full size lip gloss, a deluxe size Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, a deluxe size cheek stain, deluxe size maracuja oil, and a deluxe size smooth operator finishing powder.

I've never been a huge fan of the LipSurgence by Tarte, or any crayon/stick lipsticks. This one is a cute shade of coral pink. It is a lot more pigmented than I expected, since most lip crayons I've used have been really sheer. The one thing about the lip tints is that it has a weird, mint scent to it. Almost similar, if not exactly like.. dental floss haha. 
In the tube, the lip gloss colour looks extremely opaque, but it comes off a lot more transparent when swatched. Its a beautiful peachy colour that works well with the lip tint. It also has a nice warm vanilla scent.

 Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
I've received one of these mascaras in the past before and the packaging used to look exactly like the packaging of the full size one. For this year they changed it up and made the packaging resembling giraffe, or maybe aligator skin? haha I have no idea but it's cute. The mascara itself is wonderful and adds a lot of depth and volume to my lashes. 

If I'm not mistaken, this shade is made exclusively for the Bon Voyage set. Along with the lip tint and lip gloss. So what reason do you have to not get this set? I'm not a huge fan of wet blushes, or stains I suppose, but this colour is so pretty. Its a very pale pink, leaning towards a light brown, with an iridescence. 

I'd like to say that the first two times I've received a deluxe sample of this, I never used it. Receiving it now as well, I'm going to try to use it. I stay away from anything that has the word "oil" in it because I have extremely oily skin. Upon reading the reviews of this it apparently helps control oil, so I'm definitely going to give this product a shot. 

I've heard amazing things about this finishing powder, and as someone with oily skin, I was excited to receive this. It leaves your skin looking matte with no white overcast. 

From left to right: Tarte "Romantic" Lip Tint, Tarte "Visionary" Lip Gloss, and Tarte "Muse" Cheek Stain.

The Eyeshadow Palette
My favourite item in this whole set. I stood in Sephora for about an hour deciding between this whole set and just picking up a different limited edition eyeshadow palette from Tarte. I'm so happy I chose this because you get way more for your money. I tried to find a link to the palette I was going to purchase but I have no success in my search. Definitely must've been limited edition then if it's already gone! It was similar to this palette but with 16 shades instead of 20 (I think). 

Overall view:
I love the colours in this palette. You get such a huge variety of shades, and they're all rather large (full size I believe) shadows. 

You can go from an everyday look to a dramatic look easily with this palette. 

Look at the swirls I made with my fingers hehe.

First row:
My favourite row because its all colours I would wear daily. I can see why people complained about the eyeshadows being chalky. I can definitely see what they mean, but it's still wearable. I've worn the eyeshadows for about 8 hours with primer, and it lasted the full 8 hours no problem. The texture is velvety, but not creamy. The formula is quite amazing to me though. I feel like this whole row is very similar to the colours in the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, but instead of a rose gold undertone, these are more of a pink/purple undertone. 

Second row:
Brown eyeshadow colours are probably my go to shadows. These shades are perfect for everyday wear and creating a dramatic smokey eye. This row is comparable to the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics.

Third Row:
If you haven't noticed already, a lot of the eyeshadow names are of places and monuments! These colours remind me of the Wet N Wild "Comfort Zone" eyeshadow palette. 

Last row:
Besides the first row, the last row of shadows are extremely pigmented. The black went on beautifully which is amazing. The only colour in this whole palette that I disliked would probably be "C'est la vie" because it was very glittery and transparent compared to the rest. 

Overall, I feel like this is one of the best valued gift sets from Sephora right now. You get a huge eyeshadow palette with a large variety of shades to work with. You also get two full size lip products, a skin care product, two face products, and also a mascara! It also comes with a nifty carrying case for all your make-up. This is the current make-up bag that I'm using, and I absolutely love it. Its the perfect size to fit in my backpack without making my bag into such an oblong shape, which I get with most of my bulky make-up bags. Effectiveness? All the products have worked well for me, so I don't see any issues at all. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set Review

Are you ready for this? This is going to be the most descriptive, photo heavy blog post I have ever made. Luckily for you guys, I put almost all the pictures into a collage format so it's not going to be an endless scrolling post haha.

This is a full review of the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set. This set was created for the 2014 holiday season at Sephora, and boy oh boy was I happy to see it. I've been wanting to try one of the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks for the longest time, but there was just too many colours I wanted! This set offers me the opportunity to try out 9 of the 31 shades, see if I love the formula, and make my decision to buy a full sized lipstick. Similar to my Origins post, I will be rating on the price, quality and effectiveness.

In this set, you get 9 0.04oz mini lipsticks. This is about half the size of the full sized lipsticks, which is worth it considering you get 9 shades. The set is $47 and for one full sized lipstick it's $26. 

The Packaging
One thing that has caught my attention to purchase one of these lipsticks, or the set, was the packaging. The attention to detail, and the unique design. Some people have said that the packaging for this set was poorly made, but it seems fine to me. Though it is plastic, it doesn't feel too cheap. 

The colours:
I love the variety of shades you get in this set. It kind of looks like we have 4 red shades, but all are of different undertones, so they all look fairly different once you put them on. All the shades are matte, with a couple of them that have some iridescence/glitter to them. 

This one has got to be my favourite shade of the whole set. I would describe this lipstick as a mauve/pale pink. If you are still on the hunt for Kylie Jenner's lip shade, this one comes pretty close to it. I absolutely love it. I would definitely wear some blush and bronzer though if you wear this, especially if you're pale because I feel the colour kind of washes you out. Well, at least it made me look kind of dead. Still love the colour though! (5/5)

This one is one of the better lipsticks in the whole set. And by better I mean it had no issues when I applied it. There was minimal tugging and the colour was pigmented and went on smoothly. Hexagram is described as a matte blood red, perfect for fall/winter. (5/5)

A very pale peach nude shade that I wanted to love, but didn't. This is such a gorgeous nude shade but it looked horrible on me. It definitely made my dry lips look even more dry. If you are looking to buy this set, make sure your lips are extremely moisturized and maybe even exfoliated. Least favourite. (1/5)

I think I received this shade from last year's Sephora Give Me More Lip set, and I didn't like it because of the gold glitter flakes. (Just doubled checked, and it was.) Upon applying the colour, the glitter doesn't show too much so it is definitely wearable. Its described as a metallic golden red. (2/5)

I have a love-hate relationship with this shade. I LOVE what it looks like in the tube and swatched, but I hate how it looks on my lips. From the swatch, you can already tell it doesn't go on smoothly. It tugs on your lips because the formula is extremely matte/drying? I don't know. This is one shade I wanted to buy a full size of until I tried this mini version. I hope that the full sized one isn't like this one because I love this colour! (2.5/5)

To my surprise, I actually love this shade. Described as a hot orange red, I never thought this would be one of the colours I would lean towards to. Usually orange/corals look really bad with my skin tone, but this one looks great on me. My teeth look even whiter when I wear this lipstick. Awesome colour. (5/5)

This iridescent pink colour is the perfect Barbie pink. Its not too overdrying, but the colour isn't as pigmented as the rest of the shades. Its not as glittery as the other iridescent colours which makes it look more matte than anything. (3/5)

Described as an iridescent neon lilac, this gorgeous shade looks like it came out of a fantasy novel. It honestly reminds me of unicorns for some reason haha. This was one of the colours I was excited to try, and honestly, not that amazing. The colour of course is beautiful, but the fact that its iridescent makes it pretty transparent, so you have to apply a lot of layers for a full, pigmented lip. (3/5)

This bright reddish fuchsia is at the top of the list as well. The lipstick glided on smoothly, and the colour is true to its shade. The pink undertone of it makes it a great spring lipstick, for a pretty pop of colour. (5/5)

Swatches under room lighting:
From left to right: Bachelorette, Wonderchilde, Sexer, Countess, Motorhead, Adora, Agatha, Hexagram, and Lovecraft.

Under room lighting with natural light.
From left to right: Bachelorette, Wonderchilde, Sexer, Countess, Motorhead, Adora, Agatha, Hexagram, and Lovecraft.

Under natural light only:
From left to right: Bachelorette, Wonderchilde, Sexer, Countess, Motorhead, Adora, Agatha, Hexagram, and Lovecraft.

Don't ask me why I was looking up LOL. I didn't want to look directly at the camera.
Excuse my shiny face, I decided it would be a great time to try on these lipsticks after work at midnight. My favourite colours would have to be: Bachelorette, Lovecraft, Hexagram, and Countess.

You can see how some of them look really drying and splotchy on my lips. I have a problem with picking my lips, especially during the colder months, and you can definitely see the discolouration on my lips when I'm wearing Wonderchilde and I think Motorhead as well. 


I like this set, but I definitely don't love it. Some of the shades were just terrible (Agatha and Motorhead), but the rest of them worked great. The matte finish formula they have is fairly different from any matte lipsticks I've tried in the past. They're a lot more thinner, and the physical lipstick itself is hard, which requires you to have to drag the lipstick on your lips. Is that a good or bad thing? I don't know. I'm quite happy that I did purchase it because it shows me which colours work and which don't. I learned about colours I wouldn't have thought of buying at all too! Now the question is, should you buy it? Yes and no. Yes, if you're planning on purchasing any full sized Kat Von D lipstick, this is a great way to test out the colours and see if you like the formula. No, if you're just looking for a lipstick set to buy this Christmas. 

What is your favourite shade out of this lip set?