Haul from VanityBox Makeup Artistry Store

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Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

A small cosmetics store known as VanityBox Makeup Artistry in La Puente, California, caught my eye, for they carried beauty products from brands I had not been able to get a hold of. The studio offers PRO discounts to qualified beauty professionals and is open to fellow makeup enthusiasts like myself. I visited VanityBox with my dear cousin and purchased a few things I had my eye on.

Even though the store is on the smaller size, there is a generous amount of prominent cosmetics brands to choose from. They have an entire wall dedicated to Morphe Brushes and eyeshadow palettes (yes! I got my 35O here!). I picked up the M158 – Angle Liner/Spoolie for my brows and the M441 – Pro Firm Blending Crease brush. I also picked up two pairs of false lashes from the cruelty-free brand Koko LashesThe first pair of lashes is in 104, which is on the more natural side, and the second pair in Queen B is rather dramatic. To my surprise, VanityBox had the new L.A. Girl Cosmetics foundation in stock during a time when it was sold out everywhere else. The last two products I purchased was the Pro Coverage HD Long wear Illuminating foundation in Natural and the Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Light Ivory from L.A. Girl Cosmetics.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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

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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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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
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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

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

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IPSY Bag | April 2016

IPSY | April 2016 Glam Bag

Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (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 Saturday ❤

Ingrid, where have you been?! I know, I know. I haven’t posted in what feels like an eternity, but fear not my friend. I’m back now with an exciting ipsy bag to share and will be posting every Friday from here on out!

This month’s theme is “The Dreamers” and according to the ipsy website, this glam bag is meant to “create looks that celebrate every side of your unique beauty-from natural and understated to high fashion and ultra-glam.” As you can see below, the glam bag I received has warm tones on the front and cool tones on the back. I noticed the glam bags all have a similar tie-dye design, but there’s slight variations. For example, my lovely mother received her glam bag and it’s completely cool toned on both sides. So, if you received a glam bag from ipsy this month, chances are it’s unique for you.


The products I received April 2016:

  1. C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush by Crown Brush – You should know, I’m a total sucker for quality brushes. Since the two brushes I’ve received from ipsy work great, I was excited to try out this new one [the C427 Crown Brush]. The bristles on the brush serve their purpose for blush (and highlight) application, but the grip on the handle feels odd when in use.
  2. Bright Eyes Eye Enhancing Eyeliner by Skinn Cosmetics – I actually do not own a nude eyeliner, so it was a real treat to find this one in April’s glam bag. The eyeliner is retractable, something I prefer for liners, and it glides on the waterline fairly well. Sadly, I feel the longevity of the product isn’t ideal, lasting only a couple of hours.
  3. LipSurgence lip crème (in Wonder) by Tarte Cosmetics – First off, the shade is absolutely lovely for the spring and summer. Kudos to Tarte for creating this color! The lip crayon is very creamy, glides on the lips beautifully, and lasts for a few hours. There is a bit of transfer with this lippy, but it works well as a cheek stain.
  4. NOMAD x Marrakesh Intense Eyeshadow (in Desert Sands) by Nomad Cosmetics – I honestly wasn’t expecting from this product, because I’ve had terrible luck with glittery eyeshadows in the past. I kept an open mind though and was pleasantly impressed. The color is more on the gold side and the eyeshadow has a great color-payoff.
  5. Argan Oil Extra Deep Hair Care Cream by Novex – (not displayed) The Argan Oil Hair Care Cream comes in a small jar-like container with a reasonable amount of product. The smell was more too prominent for my taste and I found it didn’t do much for my hair. It claims to help with frizz and improve shine, so I’ll continue to try it out and keep you updated.

Crown Brush | C427 Duo Fiber Blush BrushBright Eyes Eye Enhancing EyelinerTarte and Nomad CosmeticsLip Creme in wonder and Desert Sands Eyeshadow

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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IPSY Bag | March 2016

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Ipsy is an online beauty subscription where you sample five different products (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 Thursday ❤

My spring break has come to an end, so I am back at University. I can’t believe there are three months left in the school year! Where has the time gone?! As I mentioned in my last post, I took a mini break from blogging so I could spend time with my family on holiday. I received my lovely Ipsy bag during this break and I’m so excited to share it with you all. The theme this month is “Hello Spring” and the glam bag has a fresh floral print. What’s new this time around though, is the bag comes in three different colors (orange, mint, and blue!). I received the lovely orange with mint glam bag, which you can see below, and various beauty products.

The products I received March 2016:

  1. LIP LACQUER Lip Gloss (Socialite) by ModelCo – I normally reach for matte lip products (in natural shades) on a regular basis. Lip glosses and I just don’t get along very well. But when I received this lippy, which promised to be “non-sticky and long-lasting,” I kept an open mind. Sadly, the lip gloss didn’t wear very well throughout the day and I found it pretty sticky. The gloss smells like a fruity candy though and the color is pretty (more orange than red).
  2. Rose Gold Short Shader (Brush 223) by Luxie Beauty – I absolutely love brushes (especially when they’re durable and have soft bristles)! This brush by Luxie has high quality bristles that applies eyeshadow like a dream and is fully vegan. The pink and rose gold brush is cruelty-free and extremely practical.
  3. Step 1 Skin Equalizer (Hydrating Primer) by MAKE UP FOR EVER – The Make Up For Ever primer I received is ideal for normal skin and works to balance the skin’s texture. This is probably the product I was excited to try the most and I wasn’t disappointed. The formula is lightweight, kept my face hydrated, and made my make-up last longer.
  4. Bake Bronzer (Heat Wave) by Be A Bombshell Cosmetics – I like the idea of a baked bronzer with a more natural tone for the spring time, which is what this product was meant for. Unfortunately, the bronzer doesn’t have a great color-payoff and I personally think its better used as highlighter.
  5. Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco by Marc Anthony – This product is used when blow drying your hair and works to keep hair straight (and eliminate frizz!) for up to three days. I hardly ever blow dry my hair so I don’t see myself using this product often. It has a pleasant smell though and leaves your hair very soft.

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Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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Birchbox: The Complexion Perfection Sampler

Hello everyone! Happy Monday ❤

Sometime ago, I purchased the original beautybender® because I wanted to try out if it really does what is promises, which is to provide flawless makeup application. The original beautybender® is a pink egg-shaped sponge that can be used (wet or dry) to apply primer, foundation, and powder. Personally, I thought $20 for a little sponge was on the pricer side, especially since I’ve never used one before and didn’t know of its capabilities.

Birchbox samplerI scoured the internet though, looking for the best possible deal to get my moneys worth, and found a nice deal from Birchbox. What is Birchbox? Birchbox is a subscription service that delivers customized beauty and grooming samples (for both women and men!) monthly. Interested? More information and how to join Birchbox can be found here. They also have a shop where you can purchase things like makeup and skincare without having to be subscribed to their monthly beauty/grooming service. This is where I found Birchbox: The Complexion Perfection Sampler (the nice Birchbox deal), which includes the original beautyblender® plus four other goodies for $20.
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The Complexion Perfection Sampler gives you a step-by-step regimen for putting your best face forward: from the beautyblender® to a bio-brightening powder, you’ll be giving good face all year ’round. -Birchbox

The products in the Complexion Perfection Sampler include:

  1. beauty blender® original – This beauty product has become my favorite makeup applicator because of its beautiful seamless finish. It’s the perfect size and pretty easy to use. The sponge does tend to absorb a bit of the product though, so cleaning it properly after every use is crucial.
  2. The POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit Cosmetics – The primer is slightly tan in color, oil-free, and truly helps with reducing the appearance of pores. A little goes a long way with this product, which is why the sample size has lasted me quite a while. This is definitely one of the best primers I’ve ever tried, so I’ll be purchasing the full-size product once I finish the sample size.
  3. Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream by The Beauty Crop – I actually never heard of this brand before, let alone their signature highlighting cream, but discovered their products are available online at Urban Outfitters. The highlighting cream is more on the bronzy shimmery side but still provides a long-lasting luminous glow. It has a subtle pineapple-y fragrance but it goes away after application.
  4. Bio Brightener Invisible Powder by W3ll People – The powder is translucent and provides a subtle natural glow to the complexion. They say its best to apply with a kabuki or powder brush for a luminous glow and I noticed less is more when using this product in my case.
  5. BB Cream Golden Glow by Marcelle – I tend to prefer matte over dewy looks for my self, but this product has changed this. The formula leaves my skin smooth and naturally dewy, evening my skin tone and not emphasizing my pores. It’s a BB cream infused with goodness and a perfect fit for my sensitive skin.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
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