IPSY Glam Bag – December 2016

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Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (e.g. mascara, eyeshadows, etc.) mailed in a collectible bag. There’s a lovely theme each month and products you receive are personalized according to your answers in a quiz, which is taken at the beginning of the subscription.

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

For the month of December, Ipsy encourages you to go out and make the most of the night with the theme “Carpe P.M.” Smokey eye looks, bold liner, and glitter everywhere are all part of seizing the night, so this month’s chic glam bag includes products meant for the occasion. From jewel-toned eyeshadows to post-adventuring skincare, Ipsy has a wide selection of beauty necessities for (a night out!) this time of the year.glam-bag-december-2016


The products I received December 2016:

  1. Be Matte Blush (in Melon, Blackberry, and Guava) by City Color Cosmetics  I appreciate how this cheek palette is cruelty-free and has three different shades to choose from. Each blush swatched well and felt soft. Blackberry, the middle shade, is a bit out of my comfort zone; however, I’ll try mixing it with the other shade(s) and experiment.
  2. Aqua Gel Masque by Privai – This masque, which is cruelty-free and paraben-free, was formulated to reduce redness and quench dry skin. Since the weather has been colder here, I feel that this will come in handy. It can be used up to three times a week and plan to try it soon.
  3. Deluxe Maracuja Oil by Tarte Cosmetics – The oil is quite the multitasker… It can be used to nourish skin, tame hair, and as cuticle care. The bottle may seem small, but a little product may go a long way. I like the design of the bottle, especially since comes with a built-in dropper!
  4. Prismatic Shadow (in Jaded) by NYX Professional Makeup – I don’t think I have a shadow like this in my collection. This new addition is great since the eyeshadow’s formula is soft and has silver toned reflects. I worry that with oily eyelids it won’t hold up during a night out though (more info to come).
  5. Beauty Blending Sponge by MintPear – I was most excited for this beauty blending sponge because it is a product I have never received in a beauty subscription service; it was something different and unexpected. The creators claim the sponge won’t soak up product while creating a flawless complexion. I’ll have to put it to the test and compare it with other sponges on the market.

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
P.S. I post every week (well, I try too! lol).

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Kiko Milano Haul – PART ONE

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

I traveled to Italy recently and shared some of my favorite places I visited in last week’s post (view “A Week In Rome” here!). While in Rome, I did a bit of shopping and came across a Kiko Milano store. Kiko Milano is an Italian cosmetics brand that strives to develop quality makeup and skin care. I’ve heard wonderful things about this brand and since I don’t have a Kiko store near me back home, I splurged on some of their bestsellers and products that stood out to me.

Kiko Milano Haul


Mascaras

The first mascara I picked up was the Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara, a highly recommended  mascara by YouTuber/Beauty Guru Kathleen Lights. Since summer is around the corner, I decided to pick up this same mascara with a waterproof formula. The packaging of both mascaras are nearly identical, but the Extra Sculpt Waterproof Mascara has a lovely blue streak on it.

Kiko Milano Extra Sculpt

Eye Base & Eyeliner

I finished the eye primer I had by Elizabeth Mott, so I decided to try out Kiko’s Eye Base Primer. This primer is more affordable, promises to make eyeshadows last longer, and provide a better color pay-off. I picked up the Deep Black Eye Marker because I wanted a liquid eyeliner with a thicker tip to fill in bold winged cat eyes.

Kiko Milano Eye Base and Liner

Nail Polishes

The Kiko Milano store I went to had a wide selection of nail polishes. The first nail polish I picked up was Candy Sprinkles Nail Lacquer (20), which I feel can be worn over other polishes or on its own. The second nail polish I got was Frozen Smoothies Nail Lacquer (10), an off white polish with a hint of light blue/gray.

Kiko Milano Nail Polishes

Have you tried any Kiko Milano products? Any recommendations?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Friday (well I try too! lol).

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10 Things You Should Bring To Prom (or any formal event!)

Exactly one year ago, I attended my senior prom with my very best friend. Since the theme was “Enchanted Forest,” inspiration for my prom look came from A) the TV show Once Upon A Time and B) almost every Disney princess movie I had ever seen. Overall, my prom was the kind that you see in the movies. I was surrounded by wonderful people and danced the night away in a beautiful location. Not many people can say that, so I feel fortunate to have such a lovely memory. In honor of my prom, I decided to share today 10 Things You Should Bring To Prom (or any formal event really), which can come in handy if you experience any mishaps and unforeseen events.

10 Things You Must Bring To Prom

1) Beauty essentials (for touch-ups)

Since we all have different skin types and beauty routines, it’s difficult to name a universal beauty product that will work for us all. So, for beauty essentials I suggest bringing the makeup products you may need to use for touch-ups later in the day. For example, it may be your signature red lipstick or simply eyelash glue for your glamorous lashes.

2) Bobby Pins

Bobby pins are the small clips I buy in bulk but one by one magically disappear without a trace. These little hair clips come in handy though, keeping any hairstyle in place. Some stores sell bobby pins in a travel size container, so they don’t run around inside your purse/clutch. You can also pack other types of hair clips and hair ties for your event.

3) Cash

Having cash to spend may be a given, but I feel it’s necessary to mention. Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe you and your people want to take professional pictures at prom (since your school hired a photographer) OR you guys are feeling munchies after the dance is over. You can do those things now because I reminded you to bring money, your welcome.

4) Comfortable Shoes 

Chances are you’re going to be tired after all the standing, walking, and/or dancing. Whether you’re in heels or dress shoes, bring along some comfortable shoes. I know there are some flats that you can fold and store in your purse. It might be worth checking out. You also have the option of placing comfy shoes in your car.

5) Gum or mints

We all like a fresh minty breath, so packing gum or mints may be a good idea.

6) Lip balm

Dry, chapped lips are the worst. If you already carry around your favorite lip moisturizer, kudos to you my friend. Don’t forget to bring lip balm to prom, or any event for that matter, so you don’t have to experience the pain that can comes from chapped lips.

7) Oil blotting Sheets

Since my t-zone is more on the oily side, I make sure to carry blotting sheets wherever I go. When you’re out and about, specifically dancing away at prom, you may get sweaty and run your makeup off. I highly recommend taking some blotting sheets to keep oil at bay and maintain that flawless complexion.

8) Portable phone charger

During prom, there are lots of pictures taken by both parents and friends. You may also take pictures from your phone and have them posted on social media that same night. In order to do so, keep your battery power high with a portable phone charger.

9) Safety pins

I have heard so many prom wardrobe malfunctions stories, such as zippers breaking and gowns tearing. Safety pins will be your best friend in these situations,  so packing a few for prom and other events can save you and/or a friend.

10) Travel-sized deodorant

I feel that no one can go wrong with packing a travel-sized deodorant wherever they go. Just remember to tightly seal the product so it doesn’t open and possibly stain something. The purpose of taking deodorant to events is to smell nice, but this can be accomplished with perfume or cologne. So, pack whatever you like the most my friend.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Friday (well I try to! lol).

What lifesaving essentials do you pack for formal events? Share them below!

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