5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Fashion, Beauty & More!) – February 2017

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

There are countless of blogs out there, so I began this blogging series in December in hopes to share the incredible sites I come by. This month’s picks happen to include more fashion and beauty related blogs, but you’ll find these bloggers have an array of interests that are seen on their sites. If you have a blog of your own or adore a particular one, please feel free to share it and meet others.

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Each month I feature five of the best lifestyle blogs I come across and follow. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.


One of the first style blogs that stood out in February of 2017 is CIISTAFFAIRS by Minneapolis-based blogger Valentine. Her fashion blog is full of personality and documents her personal style, often featuring outfit combinations that range from casual everyday wear to items fit for the runway.

 

Another stunning blog that will inspire you when you’re in need of some fashion inspiration is The Bottle Blonde. Sydney Wilfley, the blonde behind this welcoming blog, writes she’s a “lover of fashion, beauty, food, and all the fund things in life.” Expect holiday lookbooks, seasonal style trends, and bold lip colors!

 

Heathermoors is a creative space where thoughts are delicately and gracefully expressed through photography. The style blogger also responds to different literature and invites you to discuss them with her. Heather lets her readers into her mind not only by her writing but by her manner of dress.

 

For those who are more interested in all things makeup, Catty Natty Beauty by Natalie is a refreshing cruelty-free beauty blog that provides great insights on bunny friendly makeup options. The Chicago-based blogger reviews products, which range from makeup to skincare, and informs of promising subscription services.

 

Baking can be challenging and prove to be quite the nemesis for many people. Samantha from The Beauty Spyglass shares some of her recipes in a way that both novice and experienced cook can understand. Her lifestyle blog is not solely about the musings of a foodie, but rather a creative outlet that has a little bit of everything.

 

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Missed last month’s picks? View “January’s 5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow” here!

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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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5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow (Travel, Fashion, & Makeup) – January 2017

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

Last month, I started a new blogging series with the goal to share some of the best sites I encounter. There was an overall positive response to the blogging series, and I received tons of support from other bloggers. I will continue showcasing five lifestyle bloggers each month; however, I will be providing more information on the focal point of each one.

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Each month I feature five of the best lifestyle blogs I come across and follow. The blogs featured in this favorites series are directed by individuals who have an incredible niche for fashion, makeup, and/or skincare.


The first blog that stood out in January of 2017 is Arctic Sabrina. This lifestyle blog has everything from travel journals to beauty product reviews. The content creator, Sabrina, is a full-time student who graciously vlogs about her interests and will give you extreme wanderlust with her travels. Speaking of wanderlust, the blog Hello, It’s Jo by a fashion intern has a great series on the kinds of things to do and places to visit in London.

If you are looking for fashion and styling inspiration, Mox and Socks by Devinne is a great site to visit. This simple and chic blog is a creative outlet for Chicago-based blogger Devinne. She has wonderful outfit ideas and easy to follow hair tutorials.

I personally am quite the beauty enthusiast, and there are two bloggers that have this in common with me. Desperately Seeking Lifestyle by Ellie is a fantastic site for makeup and skincare reviews. Based in Scotland, this lifestyle blog also has helpful home improvement/DIYs sprinkled in. Beauty and the Beach is another great blog that sings to a makeup lover and contains creative eye looks.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

Missed last month’s picks? View “December’s 5 Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow” here!

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IPSY Glam Bag – October 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 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 Sunday ❤

October’s Ipsy glam bag is in collaboration with artist Ilse Valfré. The theme this month is “Black Magic” and it’s all about the magic of makeup. The collectible glam bag design includes wonderful illustrations of witches and spell books, which is fitting for the Halloween season. The same print is found on both sides of the bag and there’s a ghost charm for the zipper.

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The products I received October 2016:

  1. Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butter by pūr~lisse  I always seem to misplace my chapsticks and lip balms, so receiving this product in my glam bag came in handy. The lip nourisher does have a faint of mango and glides on the lips smoothly. (I’ll be using it more in the future in order to have a more thorough review.)
  2. PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil by TATCHA – This cleansing oil seems to be a sample size, but a little product goes a long way. Since Tatcha is a cruelty-free brand, I look forward to trying this cleansing oil and any future skincare products.
  3. CabanaBoy Blush by theBalm Cosmetics – This blush is pigmented and the color reminds me of cotton candy. It can be used as an eyeshadow and it’s very blendable.
  4. Natural Lipstick (in Smoke) by noyah – The natural lipstick is cute in size (smaller than my pinky!) and has great color payoff. It’s not a matte finish and stays creamy with a lavender/grey hue. Noyah strives to produce natural cosmetics and the full-size product of this lipstick comes in pretty bamboo packaging.
  5. Kokie Nail Polish (in Heavenly) by Kokie Cosmetics – I have yet to try this formula and see the longevity of the product. The color of the nail polish is between a lilac and lavender color. It’s a full-size product and I like the shade of purple.

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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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Wet ‘n Wild Beauty | Hits or Misses

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With temperatures slowly rising here in Southern California (and summer around the corner!), I felt that my go-to makeup routine needed some updating. Summer, for me, tends to be the ideal time for more natural, glowy looks. Wet ‘n Wildan affordable cruelty-free makeup brand, released several new products in their spring/summer collection and also reformulated some of their original products. I picked up a few of their goodies from my local drugstore and after trying them out for a couple of weeks, I’m here to share if they’re hits or misses!

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Au Naturel EyeShadow Palette – Bare Necessities 753A

I picked up this eyeshadow palette mainly because it was under five (or six?) dollars. I didn’t swatch it at the store or anything, but the colors were pretty enough to make it into my shopping basket. The packaging is sleek and the palette includes a double-sided eyeshadow applicator inside (the kind that doesn’t last very long though). There are 10 shadows in total, eight of which are shimmery. There are two brown toned mattes shades and each shade is labelled as a number (from left to right). These shadows are pretty pigmented, blend fairly very well, but are more powdery than buttery.

Photo Focus Setting Spray

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According to the Wet ‘n Wild website, this makeup setting spray claims to be a “weightless formula” that will “extend makeup wear.” I used this spray multiple times, sometimes switching out products to test out the longevity, and must agree that this product does what it says it will. The spray nozzle releases product evenly and the formula doesn’t make your face feel sticky or dry. For less than five dollars, your makeup will last most of the day with this setting spray (it’s amazing!).

MegaGlo Illuminating Palette – Catwalk Pink 320

I’m all for that twinkling highlighted skin, especially during the spring and summer. This Illuminating Palette reminded me of Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips and since it’s more affordable, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, there isn’t much color payoff with this product, even with the new formula. It was much to sheer to me and I found it wasn’t very visible on the skin. I tried mixing all the shades together but it still wasn’t enough to make a noticeable difference.


Final Thoughts

Overall, I feel that Wet ‘n Wild is a promising brand that has some great products. I was pleasantly surprised by the Au Naturel Eyeshadow palette in Bare Necessities 753A and think the colors are absolutely lovely. It’s definitely a hit. Another product that I particularly enjoy (more like love!) is the Photo Focus Setting Spray. Seriously, track it down and try it. It’s a hit for me! Lastly, the MegaGlo Illuminating palette didn’t do much for me so it’s a miss in my book, but maybe it could work for you.

What Wet ‘n Wild products have you tried? Any recommendations?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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