Monday, October 20, 2014

October 2014 Ipsy Bag Review

I'm going to say it. I hated this months Ipsy bag. I wanted to like it, but I didn't. Theres not much I like about it at all. I'm not going to lie to you guys. I saw most of the sneak peeks of the bag for this month, and the products just weren't appealing at all. I feel like this month in general, the product choices were not good. Anyway, just to show you what I got and my thoughts, lets begin this review.

This months theme was "Beauty Candy", and I really don't know why that is the theme. I guess in a way the bag looks like candy, but otherwise the only thing that remotely reminds me of candy would probably be the hand lotion I got. This months bag is pretty cute though I must say. 

At this point I don't know how effective the Ipsy beauty quiz is. I specifically made it so I said I don't like hair products or hair tools, yet I keep getting hair products! It's not that I hate getting hair products (well kind of), it's because I know I will never get around to using them. URGHHHH. Anyways, this product is basically a BB cream for your hair. It's suppose to be applied after you shower, to provide body and shine.

This is probably the only product I like in the whole bag. This hand cream is a nice mix of mango and mandarin. Who would of known the two scents would work well with each other? Anyways, this hand cream is a very light, non greasy cream that spreads on like a liquid. In a few seconds its completely dry and the scent is not at all overpowering. I can definitely see myself using this daily. 

I wasn't excited to see another skin care item in my Ipsy bag because they're just products I'm less likely to use. I began reading the reviews on it on Ipsy and everyone seems to love it. I exfoliate my skin maybe 1-2 times a month, only when I remember. I guess I'll give this a shot and get back to you guys on this. 

 I've grown to love lipglosses, but this one just doesn't work for me. On the website it says a non-sticky formula, and this one feels extremely sticky. I feel like it wouldn't be comfortable on my lips, or my lips would stick together. What a shame since I do enjoy the Starlooks brand. 

 I am not a huge fan of grey eyeshadows, so.... don't know if I will use this at all. 

Swatches:
On the left we have the baked eyeshadow. Very shimmery, not that pigmented. On the right we have the Starlooks lip gloss. Its a nice colour, but the lip gloss was very goopy.

Verdict:
Full Size Products: 3
Deluxe Size Products: 2
Samples: 0
Price for Bag: $10+tax/shipping=$17
Value of this months bag: $32.14
Mel's Rating: 1.5/5
The worst. 

 I would have to say, this is probably one of the worst Ipsy bags I've ever gotten. So disappointing. I'm honestly not a very picky person, but this bag just didn't "wow" me at all. All of the products in the bag seemed pretty generic, or mediocre. None of them stood out to me at all. Ipsy is currently my only beauty subscription I'm subscribed to, and I've stayed because I loved them the most. I made a vow to myself with subscription boxes/bags: if I get two disappointing months in a row, then I unsubscribe. That is why I have unsubscribed from Topbox twice already!

Anyways, maybe there was something that caught your eye about this months Ipsy bag. If you're interested in signing up for your own Ipsy bag, and hope we get awesome bags next month, just click here.

The one thing I do love about Ipsy bags is being able to try out products from brands I've never heard of. Do you enjoy trying out smaller brands? Whats your favourite?

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Motives Cosmetics Custom Blend Foundation - My Experience

Am I the only one who has trouble finding the perfect foundation to suit my needs? Or maybe you have difficulty finding a shade that matches your skin tone? I don't know about you but I've found my solution. Motives Cosmetics Custom Blend Foundations. If you haven't heard of Motives Cosmetics, or would like to know more about the brand, check out my Motives Cosmetics post here.

A few weeks ago I attended a Motives training seminar for two days with my mom. In this seminar, we learned more about Motives Cosmetics, but mainly about their Custom Blend products. Be prepared for a picture heavy post! 


Before we begin, I would like to give you a little insight into what a custom blend foundation is. This seminar was created to learn how to make custom foundations (liquid and powder) for people looking to find the perfect foundation. We add what YOU want and what YOU are looking for. 

Whether you want sheer, medium, full coverage. We can do that. 
Dewy, matte, natural or luminous finish? We can do that too.
Too much redness? Skin looks a little dull? We can fix that.
Anti-aging? Moisturizing? We can add that as well.
And my favourite? We can add modifiers for oil control for oily skinned people like me.
Custom blend lives up to its name. its CUSTOM! 

 It was definitely a full house for the two days. Me and my mom sat all the way at the back haha. 

 We were trained by celebrity make-up artist Tiffiny Luong, and man she was just as enthusiastic as the first time I took the training seminars. Here we have her prepping to give this lucky girl a makeover. 

 Here is a super blurry picture of the model. It was hard getting a good picture since she kept moving. Of course, this is the before pic with no make-up on. If you can't tell, she has a few blemishes and redness on her cheeks, and dark circles under her eyes.

Bam and just like that she has make-up on. 

 Gorgeous! OH, and guess what? HER LIPSTICK IS MADE FROM THE CUSTOM MINERAL POWDERS!! More on that later :)

Custom Blend Liquid Foundation
Here are all the products for making liquid foundation. Looks like we're about to do a science experiment! Looks difficult, but its all about getting the right measurements and the right colours. 

The bases.
 Here we have all 7 base colours. Don't worry if you don't think any of these colours will suit you. That is what the toners are for! 

Swatches:

Custom Blend Mineral Foundation
 I found learning the custom mineral foundation to be a lot harder than the liquid. Theres a lot more precise measurements, and a lot more steps to it. 

The toners. 
 What I love about the custom mineral powders is that these toners can also be used for: lipsticks, eyeshadow, blush and bronzer. You just have to mix it with Motives 10 Years Younger spray and apply! 

Swatches of the toners.
The mineral powders are VERY pigmented, so a little goes a long way. 

The mixing begins.
If you haven't noticed, the background changed and I mixed my own foundation in my room haha. Here are the ingredients that I need to make my own custom blend foundation. 

 Each custom blend foundation is put into a 30ml (1fl oz.) bottle. 

 Adding the toners in.

Voila! 
My own custom blend foundation. 

Look forward to a full review of the foundation soon :) 

If you're interested in getting a custom blend liquid/mineral foundation, and are in the Toronto/Woodbridge/Vaughan area, send me an email at melissa.truong18@gmail.com and I'll give you all the information on where you can get colour matched and finally have the foundation made just for you! 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments below!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Beauty Wishlist (#2) - Holiday Edition

Its been a while friends. Today I am back with my beauty wishlist! I would of called it my Christmas wishlist because these are items I hope to receive for Christmas, but knowing me, I will probably be buying these eventually on my own hehehehe. Most of these items are actually or have been released for the holiday season and I'm super stoked for it. This is my favourite time of the year because its fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all jam packed in the next 3 months, so I'm all for making a bunch of wishlists! Here are the products I'm looking to purchase soon, and maybe you will want to as well.

1. Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick -  I follow Kat Von D on Instagram and man, I've been looking forward to trying one of these lipsticks since I've seen her prototypes for the packaging. I absolutely love the packaging for her studded kiss lipsticks and there is also a huge variety in shades. If you're in the market to purchase one of her full sized lipsticks, but aren't willing to spend the full price on it, this set is for you. I was planning to purchase a full sized lipstick but I couldn't decide which colour I wanted. This set gives me the opportunity to try different colours and maybe one day purchase one in full size.
2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette -  I have a rather large blush collection as it is, but this is one blush palette I believe is worth buying. I've heard amazing things about Hourglass' Ambient Blushes in general, and what a better way to try out their blushes than this blush palette? First of all, who finishes a whole blush that quickly anyways? This blush palette is really worth the value, considering one Ambient Blush is already $41. It contains two colours from their regular line and one limited edition colour to the palette. 
3. Too Faced Melted Kisses Set - Another lipstick set you're going to want to purchase for the holidays. I already own Too Faced Melted Lipstick in "Melted Candy" and I absolutely love it. If you want to see how it looks on me, check out this post here. I love the formula for the liquified lipsticks and the fact they are long lasting. I was planning to purchase 2 of the 4 colours in this set by themselves, so I was happy to see that they came out with a set! Of course they aren't full sized, but I take a while to finish my lipsticks so this set is a must buy in my books.
4. Lorac Mega Pro Palette - I'm super disappointed that Sephora does not sell Lorac anymore because I want this Mega Pro Palette. I've seen the swatches of the shades and they are very pigmented. It comes with a vast amount of warm toned shades and many neutral colours. I need this in my lifeeee. Unfortunately, with the link I provided its currently sold out on Amazon and even on the Lorac website, but keep checking back, or even add your email to get notified when its back in stock! 

Do you have your eye on any beauty products for this holiday season?