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”.

IPSY August 2016 Glam Bag


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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IPSY Glam Bag | July 2016

July 2016 Glam Bag | Ingrid Nicole

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 ❤

The theme of July’s Ipsy glam bag is “Hot Summer Nights,” an accurate description for the Southern California weather that I’m currently experiencing. The inspirations behind this month’s bag according to Ipsy’s website were “Bonfires, BBQS, and Pool parties.” As you can see below, the bag itself has many mini umbrellas on the front (which reminds me of peppermints lol) and a chrome/oil spill pattern on the back.


The products I received July 2016:

  1. Ms. Amazing & Queen Bee Masks by SHRAY – Although I have never heard of this particular brand, the sheet masks both look promising. The first mask, Ms. Amazing, is catered for sensitive and dry skin (something I personally struggle with). I’m excited to try out this moisturizing mask and the second mask, Queen Bee, since it’s an acne-treating mask.
  2. Delectable Lemon & Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream from Delectable by Cake Beauty – I typically don’t care for hand creams in the summer because the heat makes lotions feel extra greasy. Luckily, I sampled this hand cream on a cool (indoors) day and found this product has some nourishing skin benefits. The fragrance “lemon & cream” lingers a bit though and is pretty strong.
  3. Professional Contour Eyeshadow Brush (4) by VASANTI COSMETICS – I. love. brushes. I enjoy receiving them in my glam bag and so was looking forward to trying this one out. The long bristles are meant to make contouring your eyes easier and I feel like it will work well for the crease.
  4. Hangover Replenishing Face Primer by Too Faced – Too Faced is one of my favorite high end, cruelty-free makeup brands out there. One of their most talked about products in the beauty community is the Hangover Face Primer. I’m excited to finally try this beauty out and share if it;s worth purchasing full-size in the future.
  5. Meet Matt(e) Trimony Eyeshadow (in Matt Moskowitz) by theBalm Cosmetics – theBalm Cosmetics is (also) a cruelty-free brand and one I wish to explore more of. I heard (and read) raving reviews on several of their products in the past, so I was thrilled when I discovered I was going to be able to try one of their eyeshadows. The color I received is a moody purple, plum and it’s quite blendable.July 2016 Glam Bag Sheet Mask (1)July 2016 Glam Bag Sheet Mask (2)July 2016 Glam Bag Hand LotionJuly 2016 Glam Bag BrushJuly 2016 Glam Bag PrimerJuly 2016 Glam Bag Eyeshadow

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
P.S. I post every Wednesday and Friday now!

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Kiko Milano Haul – PART TWO

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

I have been away for some time now… I think we all experience a blogging hiccup at some point and need to keep away from the brightly lit-screens in order to recharge. Since I am feeling better than ever after my (relatively “short”) break, I will be posting on Wednesdays AND Fridays from here on out.

Today, I bring you part two of my Kiko Milano Haul! (You can find part one here my friend.) As I mentioned before, I picked up goodies from a Kiko Milano store during my time in Rome. The goodies shown below can best be categorized as lip products, which range from pinky lip liners to exfoliating lip scrubs.

Kiko Haul Pt. 2


Lip Liners

I’ve actually never been big on lip liners until recently. In the past, most of the lip liners I came across were not very creamy, which made application pretty unpleasant. After trying celebrity Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kit in Candy K, I came to the conclusion that creamy lip liners exist and are out there.

I picked up the CREAMY COLOUR Comfort Lip Liner (302) in Warm Rose from a Kiko Milano stand because it’s a pretty color and claims to “glide on” the lips easily. I also found another product with the same promise but in a waterproof formula, the EVERLASTING COLOUR Precision Lip Liner (406) in Pink. What is interesting about this automatic lip liner is there’s a built-in sharpener on the tail of the pencil.Kiko Milano Lip Liners

Lipsticks

Since the brand Kiko Milano carries a wide selection of lipsticks, I chose my favorite lip shades in different finishes. I picked up two COLOUR CLICK Lipsticks in Impressionist Red (04) and Brilliant Pink (01). These lipsticks have a creamy sheen finish and also have lip liners that correspond to each shade (which is sold separately).

Another lipstick I picked is the ULTRA GLOSSY STYLO (809) in Ruby Red. I was intrigued by this particular lipstick because it contains SPF 15. I realized at the store that the lip products I chose were glossy, sheer, and creamy. It took some time, but I found a lipstick with a matte finish! The VELVET PASSION Matte Lipstick (303) in Rose felt high-end because of it’s incredible pigmentation and lovely packaging. This lipstick as the brand’s logo pressed and has a magnetic closure to ensure preservation.

Kiko Milano Lipsticks

Skin Care

The last two products in my Kiko Milano Haul is under the realm of skin care. I struggle with dry lips seasonally and lately no balm has been able to moisturize my lips fully. The Night Balm by Kiko Milano serves to repair lips overnight and after reading great reviews online, I decided to try it out. Another product that stood out to me was the Lip Scrub Stick, a best selling lip exfoliator.

Kiko Milano Skin Care

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Wednesday and Friday now!

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IT Cosmetics: Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream (First Impressions)

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on making my makeup collection 100% cruelty-free. I found IT Cosmetics (a high-end brand) is bunny friendly and decided to try out some of their best sellers. Since summer is upon us, I felt that their CC+ cream with SPF 50+ was the perfect first product to start with!

IT Cosmetics CC+ creamWhat is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream?

The Your Skin But Better is a full coverage color-correcting cream that promises to both hydrate and brighten skin. According to the IT Cosmetics website, this “multi-tasking [cream] will not crease or crack in fine lines.” The product itself retails for $38.00 and comes in five different shades, which includes: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich.

This truly is an all-in-one, multi-tasking beauty miracle for your most beautiful skin! If you can’t decide between light and medium, definitely choose medium, I wear medium everyday, it really adjusts to your skin tone perfectly!  -Jamie Kern Lima (founder)

Your Skin But Better

Product Review

Doesn’t this CC cream sound great? (I mean, it is called Your Skin But Better.)

I would like to point out that this product comes with a pump. I personally prefer this kind of lovely packaging because you’re able to better control the amount of product that comes out. A little seems to go a long way with the CC+ cream and I found it applies best with my fingers. The product itself has a very potent citrusy smell, so this may be a deal-breaker for some people.

The shade range for this CC+ cream is quite small (only five shades). I took Jamie Lima’s advice about choosing medium and surprisingly found it matched really well! However, I wouldn’t exactly say its full coverage. It’s more medium to full coverage and the formula may pose a problem for oily skin people. My t-zone is primarily the area where I need to blot, so I had to do a little extra blotting when I wore the cream. Overall, I really do like the finish (which is in between dewy and matte) and have been reaching for this product for my everyday ‘natural’ look.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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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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Wet ‘n Wild Beauty | Hits or Misses

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

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!

Wet 'n Wild Beauty | Alive & Living


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

WetnWild Photo Focus Setting Spray

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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February Favorites 2016 – Beauty

Hello everyone! Happy Monday ❤

Today, I’m sharing beauty products I’ve come to love in the month of February. Some of these products are old favorites and others can be best described as new discoveries. After placing my February favorites into four little categories (skincare, hair, makeup, and tools), I realized that I didn’t have any nail related favorites this month. I’m currently loving pinky nude tones though and found some great nail inspiration on Pinterest for March.

Feb Fav

It has been getting much warmer here in California, so I had to make some minor adjustments to my skincare routine. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water is an oil-free cleanser that removes dirt, oil, and makeup. This cleansing water is fragrance-free and I find that it doesn’t over-dry my skin. The drawback of this product is you sometimes need to use MANY facial cotton pads to remove stubborn make-up, which can make the process very tiresome. It’s still a favorite product though because cleaning up any mascara or eyeshadow mishaps with q-tips can be done effortlessly.

Since there has been less cloudy rainy days and more sunshine, I was in search for a moisturizer with SPF and rediscovered the Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer (an old favorite!). The formula is hydrating, oily skin friendly, and provides SPF 15 without the strong sunscreen scent. It helps with shine control and has become my go-to daily moisturizer. My t-zone is primarily the area where I get oily so I use Daiso Japan Oil Blotting Paper, which is made from traditional Japanese “Mino-Washi” (paper) that contains natural clay to gently absorb excess oil. There’s 100 blotting papers in each package and it’s less than two dollars. The Daiso Japan store doesn’t seem to carry it online, so it might be difficult to get your hands on the product if you don’t have a site near you.

My absolute favorite hair product that I’ve used since February is the Pantene Advanced Care Conditioner. This conditioner has a lovely fragrance and leaves my hair incredibly soft. I highly recommend this product if you’re looking for something that moistures, strengths, and color protects your hair.

As for makeup, I’ve been reaching for Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Palette by Too Faced Cosmetics because of the rich pigmentation and color selection. I find the shadows in this palette blend beautiful, so you can pretty much create any look with it easily. My favorite foundation currently is Dream Velvet by Maybelline (even though the shade I picked up wasn’t an exact color match… oops). It comes out of the bottle slightly moussey in texture but the formula is lightweight and doesn’t just sit on the surface of the skin. For my brows, I love using Universal Eyebrow Pencil by OFRA Cosmetics. I received it in my January IPSY glam bag and adored the shade, quality, and formula of the brow pencil. I tend to rotate face primers but one that has stuck out to me in February is the Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser by Maybelline. The last makeup product, the Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara by IT Cosmetics, is only a sample size (which I also received from my IPSY glam bag) but makes my lashes thicker and longer.

I finally caved and purchased the Original Beauty Bender. It is on the pricier side but I got a great deal with Birchbox and received many other goodies along with it. I love the airbrushed finish it provides and I feel that in makes all the difference when I apply any foundation. Another beauty tool I’ve come to love is the super affordable Eye Crease Brush by e.l.f. Cosmetics. The brush comes in handy when you want to blend and contour corners of your eyes (for only $1!). I also use the Blush Brush from the e.l.f. Studio line, which is vegan friendly and a slightly more durable brush.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

What are your February favorite beauty products?

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