Wet ‘n Wild Vegan Makeup Brushes Review

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday ❤

Cruelty-free cosmetic brand Wet ‘n Wild released a vegan brush set designed for effortless makeup application at an affordable price. These brushes have been all over social media and many beauty influencers have raved about them. After trying them out myself for several weeks, I learned whether or not each brush in this vegan line is truly worth the hype. Have you tried any of the brushes? What are your thoughts on them?

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Product Details

There are 17 vegan brushes in this collection. You are able to purchase them individually at select drugstores or in a bundle on the Wet ‘n Wild websiteThe cosmetics brand states that their “cruelty-free brushes have innovative bristles and an ergonomic design making any look quick and easy to perfect” (wetnwildbeauty.com). The “Brush Bundle,” which includes all 17 brushes from the collection, retails for $28.99 USD on the brand’s site and each individual brush varies in price.

Featuring two-toned synthetic Polymax fibers made of an exclusive thermoplastic polymer complex that mimics the consistency of natural hairs to pick up formula effortlessly. Holds any cream, powder, or liquid formula without absorption (wetnwildbeauty).

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Review*

I made sure to test out these brushes with different products (e.g. liquids, powders, etc.) from different cosmetics brands. I found that the quality and longevity for the majority of the brushes is superb; they work well with most of my beauty favorites. After a few washes, the pink on the bristles fade but not drastically. The design and color scheme is lovely and stands out when displayed. Each brush was designed for a particular purpose, so I’ll go more in-depth about which ones work best and how I use them.

These are the brush evaluations:

  1. Angled Liner Brush C781B ($0.99 USD) – The brush has angled bristles meant to work with the shape of the eye; however, I found that the brush is rather thick and may work best for the brows.
  2. Bent Liner Brush C783B ($0.99 USD) – I personally have not mastered the wing liner and this brush made it slightly more difficult to do. The bent brush is supposed to create a perfect angle for liner, but I find that and the bristles unsuitable for my preferences.
  3. Blush Brush C796 ($2.99 USD) – The size of the blush brush is ideal and picks up a decent amount of pigment. It is definitely one of the most affordable brushes for blusher on the market and does a proficient job.
  4. Brow and Lash Comb C784C ($0.99 USD) – This brush has a side meant for brushing the brows in place, which it unfortunately does poorly, and a side with a lash comb. I did not reach for this brush at first since it the brow side had thick bristles. After using it to separate my lashes once, I reach for it all the time now to avoid mascara from clumping together.
  5. Contour Brush C790 ($1.99 USD) – Since the brush has an angle, the shape allows for easy sculpting of the face. This particular brush feels soft and is one of my favorites from the vegan makeup brush line.
  6. Crease Brush C787 ($0.99 USD)- Although I believe this crease brush is somewhat larger than it should be, it does a great job blending and diffusing eyeshadows. It is another soft brush at an incredible price.
  7. Fan Brush C791A ($2.99 USD) – I for one am into a subtle everyday highlight and occasionally participate in a stronger glow on special occasions. The bristles on the brush feel too synthetic and don’t pick up much powder. It is my least favorite brush from this line.
  8. Flat Top Brush C792A ($2.99 USD) – The bristles on this brush are densely packed and mixes well with some foundations. It does tend to shed, but it does not leave foundation looking streaky.
  9. Foundation Brush C795A ($2.99 USD) – I am not a big fan of this foundation brush, for the bristles are too synthetic (similar to the fan brush) and does not blend liquids well. It can, however, be used to apply foundation on to the face.
  10. Large Concealer Brush C789 ($0.99 USD) – It really is a large brush and can apply concealer well. I do not find myself reaching for this though, since there are better brush that can blend concealer under the eyes more seamlessly.
  11. Large Eyeshadow Brush C786 ($0.99 USD) – The eyeshade brush has soft bristles that I enjoy. The rounded bristles compliments my eye shape. The price is very generous and is overall a good brush to keep at hand.
  12. Large Stipple Brush C794A ($2.99 USD) – Stipple brushes can sometimes make foundation look streaky, but this foundation accomplishes a vibrant completion. There are two bristles lengths where the shorter fibers absorb excess product and the long fibers blend away.
  13. Powder Brush C797 ($2.99 USD) – I prefer a brush with more bristles to pick up finely milled powders; the brush is not as dense as I would like. It is on the larger side though and is good for touch-ups.
  14. Small Concealer Brush C788 ($0.99 USD) – The not head over heals for the large or small concealer brushes. The smaller brush is much to big for pin point concealing blemishes. It does crave out the brows rather well and can be used for concealing larger areas.
  15. Small Eyeshadow Brush C785 ($0.99 USD) – The bristles on the brush are stiffer than I anticipated, but it packs on color fairly well. The price of these brushes are incredibly. The small eyeshadow brush doe not give me trouble, even with shimmery and glittery shadows.
  16. Small Stipple Brush C793A ($2.99 USD) – This brush is very similar to the larger stipple brush. They both produce the same streak-free finish, work well with different foundations, and absorb any excess product.
  17. Smoky Liner Brush C782B ($0.99 USD) – Smoking out the bottom lash line is made easy with this brush. Like other brushes for this cruelty-free line, this brush is firm but soft and does the job well at a great price.

*Note: The price I included after every brush is what it goes for if you purchase each brush individually on the Wet ‘n Wild Beauty website (as of February 16, 2017).

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of these affordable brushes. They are all cruelty-free and vegan (which is always a plus!). When I purchased the “Brush Bundle,” it was $23.99 USD. The price has gone up since then, but the quality and chic design remains the same. I enjoy the majority of the brushes in this line and recommend them to fellow beauty lovers and artists.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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IPSY Glam Bag – January 2017

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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 ❤

I have been subscribed to Ipsy for over a year now and continue to receive tons of beauty products I enjoy. This month’s theme is “metropolis,” and it evokes your inner “city babe” style. The colors of the collective bag seems to be designed to reflect the skyscrapers of the city life. This bag also has a series of circular cut outs, or mesh fabric, and contains what are perceived as an urban dwellers belongings.

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The products I received January 2016:

  1. Beaute Basics C405 Contour Blush Brush by Crown Brush  Draping, a technique similar to contouring, is when you sculpt your cheek bones with different hues of blusher. The C405 brush may come in handy for this because the shape of the bristles align well with key areas of the face. I’m impressed by the quality of this brush in my bag this month. (I will be trying it out soon and updating here.)
  2. Rosarco™ Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème by Briogeo – I received a handful of different sample-sized products of this brand before and LOVE what they do for my hair. I’m especially excited for this heat protectant since I will be experimenting with different hairstyles in the near future.
  3. Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 (in Light Medium) by Smashbox Cosmetics – My eye has been on the Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation by Smashbox, but this BB Cream seems more practical for everyday wear. The shade range is not the best and can be troublesome for oily skin. It does have SPF, which is a plus in my book,  with (very!) minimal coverage.
  4. Hand Moisturizer by -417 – This brand is unknown territory for me, and the packaging was not very appealing. I do tend to have drier hands in the winter time, so I place hand lotions all around the house and make sure to always have one with me when I go out. This hand lotion is proficient at the moment and serves its purpose.
  5. Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination™ Anti-Aging Concealer (in Neutral Medium) by IT Cosmetics – A lot of people seem to like this concealer and that makes me question if I have been using it wrong somehow. I prefer the coverage and consitency of the Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer more than this one. The shade also liked very white for a neutral medium. (I’ll be trying out different application methods and updating here.)

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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KL Polish in ZOEY: Review + Swatches!

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Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Kathleen Lights is a beauty vlogger with almost 3 million subscribers on YouTube and 1.6 followers on Instagram. Lights is among the select few beauty gurus I follow for all things makeup. Late last year, she released her own cruelty-free nail polish line known as KL Polish. 

The 2016 winter release of KL Polish included six different nail polish shades, which are Brick Sidewalk, Broccoli & Chocolate, Caramello, Gumption!, Snickerdoodle, and Zoey. One of the shades that stood out most to me is Zoey, a delicate mauve tone, and it is the first nail polish I have tried from her line.

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Product Details*

This vegan nail polish by Kathleen Lights is in ZOEY, a creme finish shade, and named after her best friend’s daughter. According to KL Polish’s website, the shade is described as a “mauve” that will add “subtle style to your nails.” It retails for $8.50 USD and contains 12 ml/0.41 fl. oz. The brush on the wand is flat, wide, and rounded.

*It is a “5-free” nail polish, meaning it does not contain the harmful chemicals Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.
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Swatches 

There are two generous coats of ZOEY polish on these nails. The mauve toned nail polish is also swatched on three different skin tones on the KL Polish website.

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Final Thoughts

When I first received the nail polish, the shade looked slightly darker than what I had in my head. Nonetheless, it is a great dusty mauve with a slight purple undertone that compliments many skin tones. I like the simple packaging, especially the chic black soft matte cap, and love the wide brush on the wand.

The rounded point brush makes application easier and in order to get true opaque color, I only needed about two coats of polish. Initially, I felt the product was a bit pricey but had a change of heart after considering the quality of the formula. The nail polish is cruelty-free, vegan, and 5-free. I love the creme color on my nails and the longevity of the polish. Overall, I give this nail polish in ZOEY my stamp of approval and will be reviewing more shades from KL Polish in the future.

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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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
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Morphe 35O Eyeshadow Palette: First Impressions + Swatches

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Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

Morphe is a cosmetics brand known for their quality makeup brushes and sought after eyeshadow palettes. After hearing raving reviews from (several) YouTube Beauty Gurus, I purchased one of Morphe‘s best-sellers to see what the hype was all about. The 35O – 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette was a difficult product to get ahold of. Although it’s an affordable palette and contains an array of colors, is this palette really worth the hassle and price?


Palette Details

The 35O palette contains 35 natural matte and shimmery eyeshadows. It retails for $22.99 USD (but there are discount codes online!) and it comes in black 9 x 6 1/2 inch case. The case itself is hard plastic and does not include a mirror or any other additional accessories. Also, the eyeshadows in this palette are not labelled on the front or back.
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Swatches

Note: The images below are arranged according to the order of eyeshadows in the palette.

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First Impressions

Since the 35O – 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette contains a wide range of shadows to choose from, you can create several different looks with a single palette. The palette is compact and perfect for on the go and travel. The price of the product is one of its best attributes, however, there are some inconsistencies with the formulation. Some of the matte eyeshadows are patchy and others aren’t as blendable.

Have you tried or reviewed this product? Share your experiences below!

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

 

 

 

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Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in CANDY K: Review + Color Dupe!

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

Reality TV personality Kylie Jenner launched her own makeup line, known as Kylie Cosmetics, earlier this year. After successfully releasing the “Kylie Lip Kit,” which included a liquid lipstick and lip liner, Kylie Jenner introduced a collection of different beauty products. Her makeup line is cruelty-free and most of her lip kits are vegan.

Kylie Cosmetics is a fairly new brand, but there are countless of mixed reviews on the products. I’ve personally never invested much time on the TV personality before; however, I enjoy trying new products and got a hold of one of her liquid lipsticks. I wanted to form an opinion of my own on the product that started it all — THE Kylie Lip Kit.

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Product Details*

This “Kylie Lip Kit” in CANDY K includes a matte liquid lipstick and lipliner. According to the brand’s website, the shade is described as “warm pinky nude” and retails for $29.00 USD. The matte liquid lipstick claims it will not dry out your lips, will be long wearing, and will glide on smoothly with its doe footer applicator. The lip liner is not retractable and must be sharpened.

*Each lip product can now be purchased individually and are sold as “Matte Singles”. The CANDY K Liquid Lipstick is $17.00 USD and the Lip Liner is $14.00 USD. If you purchase the singles inside of the Lip Kit, you will be paying two dollars more.
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Swatches & Dupe

The top (heart-shaped) swatch shown below is the Matte Liquid Lipstick in CANDY K by Kylie Cosmetics. The second swatch is the matching Lip Liner in CANDY K, which has a more brownish undertone than the liquid lipstick.

Getting a hold of products by this particular brand can be difficult. I learned of a color dupe for the CANDY K Liquid Lipstick through Ipsy, a monthly beauty subscription service (check out my last post on it here!). They sent over the K, Bye Liquid Lipstick by Trust Fund Beauty, which I must point out has an interesting name. The last (heart-shaped) swatch below shows how K,Bye doesn’t dry down as matte compared to Candy K, but resembles the shade closely.

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Final Thoughts

When I initially tried the CANDY K Lip Liner, it went on smoothly and was creamier than I expected. The liquid lipstick has a prominent artificial cupcake… vanilla… frosting… scent. I’m not one for heavy fragrances, but this one scent went away after some time and didn’t linger. Applying a thin layer of the lipstick ontop of the lip liner worked well for me and once the lipstick dried, it felt like I had nothing on.

Since it is a MATTE Liquid Lipstick, the formula was a little drying after a while. Luckily, it didn’t transfer and it somewhat lasted after I snacked. I found that the CANDY K shade has a more purple than pink undertone and would like a lighter shade for my complexion. The Lip Kit is practical and includes what you’ll need to complete any look. However, it is at a higher price point and within the range of some higher-end brands.

When it comes to lip products, I don’t always wear the same shade, formula, and finish. Also, depending on the season, my preferences change often. I was impressed by the Lip Liner and will be purchasing a lighter shade from Kylie Cosmetics in the future. As far as liquid lipsticks go, I’ll be looking into different brands and Kylie’s new releases.

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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IPSY Glam Bag | August 2016

IPSY Glam Bag | August 2016

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 the products you receive are personalized according to your answers in a quiz, which is taken at the beginning of the subscription.

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday ❤

It’s the last day of August, which means I’ve been subscribed to Ipsy for an entire year! I continue to enjoy the monthly gift in the mail and haven’t (*knocks on wood*) had any major issues with the subscription service. This twelfth glam bag was designed by Michelle Phan herself and I must say, it’s one of my favorites. The theme for August is “Sugar Highness” and Ipsy encourages us to “Live That Fantasy”.

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The products I received August 2016:

  1. Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment by Marc Anthony True Professional 
  2. 20100 maximatte crayon lipstick (in Intimacy) by Lord&Berry 
  3. Neapolitan Palette by Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics 
  4. Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator (in Gleam) by NYX Professional Makeup
  5. Secret Garden Ampoule Masks by Sally’s Box Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment20100 maximatte crayon lipstick in IntimacyJelly Pong Pong CosmeticsNeapolitan PaletteBORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATORSecret Garden Ampoule Masks

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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