Double Ipsy Unboxing 

Last month I didn’t do an Ipsy unboxing because I was taking a little break, but when I came back around, I figured I’d wait to do a double. So today, I will be showing you two separate packages I received from my Ipsy subscription, one from last month and the one for this month. I’m not sure if I have a favorite out of the two, but I do know I got a LOAD of good stuff. And I got a little surprise for y’all at the end. 


Last month:

As always I’ll start with the bag. When I reached in and discovered this bag I instantly smiled. I think it’s really cute, the glitter is adorable, and I love the colors. I think the shape of this bag is really unique and although there is no use for it right now, I believe I will definitely find a way to utilize it. 

The first product I looked at was this facial cleanser. Y’all know how I am about my face. However, everything I’ve gotten from Ipsy that was skin care related as so far been a success. I’m excited to try this out because it’s an exfoliating cleanser, so I hope it will help me get rid of a few trouble spots. Also, it smells like honey. I don’t know if I told you this but over the summer my scent was vanilla. Perfume, lotion, leave in conditioner, everything smelled like vanilla. For the fall though, I’ve slowly been changing it to honey. Ipsy reads my mind every time. 

Recently, I’ve revamped my love affair with eyeliner. Eyeliner is like an occasional thing for me. It mostly has to do with how much work goes into it. Personally, for one eyeliner look, I use 3 completely different types of eyeliners. 3! I have a gel pencil for my waterline, a stiff pen for my lids, and a brush for my wings. Writing this now I’m realizing how insane it sounds. Anyways, I’m hoping this Steve Laurant eyeliner will come through for me. 

All my Ipsy items have the cutest packaging ever. I can never tell what it is though. 

Here we are with another nail polish. Just like eyeliner, I’ve also recently gotten back into doing my nails. Although I love this cloudy purple, it is not fall-enough so unfortunately I will not be wearing this any time soon. It will be beautiful in the winter and spring time, but for right now, it will remain untouched. 

How adorable is this? It’s like a tiny little matchbook. 

But surprise!! It’s just the same old champagne color as per usual. “Shadow/luminator” yeah, yeah we know. I have soooooo many of these exact shades, I just don’t bother anymore. 

Now THIS though. I pulled this out and was blown away. I’ve heard of Make Up Forever, but never had a chance to buy any products. So finding this was a nice surprise. I love how sleek the bottle is. I could keep this with me all the time. 

This month:

Studs? Really, studs? I may be totally grunge. I may be into vintage. But I am NOT reviving gothic stud culture. I just can’t. I mean it is pretty cute I love the black. OKAY, I’LL USE IT!!

I assume this is a face mask. It says mask on it and that’s what it seems like to me. I like face masks, wait let me rephrase that: I like the IDEA of face masks. Face masks give the sense of “I have nothing more important to do than sit here and take care of my skin”. I ventured down the Pore Minimizing mask route a few times, which if you go deep enough in my archives you’ll find it. I wish I had that sense of relaxation. I’m getting there. Slowly. Maybe I can use this while I do other things. Hopefully, this and the exfoliating cream I got will work well together. Maybe soon I’ll have a full new skincare routine to show you. 

Brushes!!!! I love brushes!!! This brush is perfect. I need all the eyeshadow brushes I can get. Building up my makeup brush collection has been really fun. I feel like I have one from nearly every brand now. This little pink and copper one will fit in my collection just fine. 

Poppable, portable eyeshadow. That’s something I could get behind. I like the thought of this product, however, I hate single shadows. I could totally recommend this to someone else, but for me, I love palettes. 

COLOURPOP! This is not a drill. COLOURPOP PRODUCT HERE GUYS. I have been dying to get something from Colourpop foreverrrrrrrr. And here it is. In my hands. 

I bought a little eyebrow duo like this from Revlon I think, not too long ago. These little nifty guys are my favorite way to do my eyebrows by far. I’m glad I got this one because once my Revlon one is all gone, I can easily just switch over. Definitely excited to try this bad boy out. 

I really like this. I love the packaging and to me, the colors of this blush are great for fall. There’s a more maroon pink and an orangish warm highlight. I’m impressed. You could easily swirl these two colors together, swipe it on your cheek, and Wah-Bam! Fall glam. And check it out:

Peach honey. Honey, honey, honey. It’s like it was destined to be. Super excited to get try this out. 

And for that surprise:

I wanted to put a few of these to the test and show y’all the look I came up with. For this look I used the LUXIE brush, and it worked like a dream. It made it so easy to work with the All Star (purple) shade from my ABH Subculture palette. I also tried out the Colourpop Boss Brow, and I must say the spoolie doesn’t play around. It kind of hurt lol, but nothing to complain about. I love how it filled my brows in. I definitely need to get them shaped up. Next I used the Laurant eyeliner pen and it was much more stiff than I had anticipated. It is a very durable matte black, and it would be perfect for people who like to do tiny wings. I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who is new at doing makeup because I had a pretty hard time with it. However, I think with some more use, I can really get the hang of it, which will make it perfect for everyday looks. Lastly, I tried out the Make Up Forever mascara. If you love natural looking lashes, this is the mascara for you. If you’re someone who prefers falsies, stay far far away. I put it on, and on any other given day when I wear my nuetrals, it would’ve been great. But since I was being adventurous with these colors, it just didn’t do enough for me. So I went back in with my Better Than Sex mascara to finish off this look. The lip is my Kat Von D liquid matte lipstick in the shade Lolita  (thanks Hailey). 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I love Ipsy so much. Give them a try if you haven’t already. 

Until next time,

Emma Katy

The BEST Autumn Eyeshadow Palettes

My favorite makeup product of all time is eyeshadow. I love creating eye looks on the daily. It’s just the route of empowerment I love to take. It’s the one thing I go into Sephora for, but leave with others too (if I can afford it). And even though I love eyeshadow year round, there is something about the fall time that really gets my creativity going. In today’s post, I’m showing you 3 looks I created combining the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette I was obsessed with last year, and the ABH Subculture palette I got the other day. And I couldn’t leave out a dark lip. To see how you can create these yourself, keep reading until the end!!

For the first eye look, I decided to go with a traditional autumn vibe and do an orange with deep burgundy. I love the way the ABH colors stand out. The deep red comes from the Shade and Light palette

Pumpkin:

The orange is just so vibrant, it compliments my eyes really well. And the lipstick I’m wearing is just a brown from a Sephora collection. 

Princess Peach:

This look I got really adventurous. I used an electric pink, softened by a light brown, and my favorite part: underlined with a bold yellow. I’ve never really thought about putting a completely different color on my lower lids. I really liked this. 

At first I was having so much trouble trying to get a really good look, but these colors are so nice together. I will definitely keep going with this trend. It just goes to show you that even though you’re struggling during application, you could still come out with a great look. 

Medusa

I find it extremely hard to wear dark eye looks. I worry so much about having “racoon eyes”. But it’s time to get over that. And I’m loving this progression I feel happening. 

The dark green blended into this brown. I was really surprised with how this shade worked into my skin. I didn’t even need to put on a transition shade. I used a light golden shade to lighten my lid, and the only shade I used for this look from the Shade and Light palette was a white for my inner eye highlight. 

A look like this is completely out of my comfort zone, but this look is by far my favorite. It’s so dark but can go with so many outfits and lipstick. Greens and golds are such an iconic duo. 

Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette:

Colors used: 

Look 1: Succubus 

Look 2: Solas

Look 3: Liberatus

ABH SUBCULTURE:

Colors used: 

Look 1: New Wave

Look 2: Roxy and Edge 

Look 3: Destiny and Adorn

These 3 looks are by far my favorite I’ve ever created. I really hope they inspire some of your beauty looks in season. The ABH Subculture palette was such a great buy, and I recommend it for anyone who needs diverse fall shades. 

Thank you for reading. Until next time,

Emma Katy 

College Savings Can Exist

We are all aware of the broke college student stereotype. But I have a few tips to help you out with that. First, let’s take a look at where our money goes.

  1. Books/Classes
  2. Coffee
  3. Food
  4. Gas
  5. Social interactions

Books: Obviously books and classes are a given if you’re in school. You have to huy those things. But there are a lot of sites you could go to in order to get those things cheaper. I always check Chegg to buy textbooks, and there’s also the option of renting your books. There are a lot of different sources to get your books from, so be weary of your college bookstores.

Coffee: oh the addiction of coffee. It never ends. But what if I told you there was still a way to get your coffee fix without breaking the bank. My most favorite option- coldbrew. If you like cold drinks like me, coldbrew is like water sent from above. You can order coldbrew with some flavoring, along with some milk of your choice and it’s usually a few bucks cheaper than an iced latte. Or an iced Americano prepared the way you like. You could do the same thing with an original Americano, for those of you who like hot drinks and the taste of espresso. But if you find drinks are still too expensive, there is hope. You could also get some energy by getting some dark chocolate covered espresso beans. This is a good option because you could keep these with you throughout the day.

Food: I am guilty of buying convenient food, as I’m sure the majority of us are. We are never quite sure where we are going to end up, so its easier to just get things to eat along the way. I’ve started to think ahead, and buy canned foods, or cereals, things that are much cheaper and slightly healthier than fast-food. This way I don’t end up mindlessly buying foods, and I can keep track of where my money is going.

Gas: Gas is one those things that it just needs to be done. I go to school on campus 4 days a week, and work about 5 days a week. My gas tank is thirsty on the daily. So I’ve been saving small bills and coins, or filling up my gas tank instead of putting in 5 dollars one day, and ten dollars the next. Also, it helps to get all of your errands done at one time. So if your last class ends at 12:30. but you don’t work until 2:00, instead of driving all the way home, you could figure out a way to stay close to work, to save gas.

Social Interactions: I think the hardest thing to maintain during school is a social life. I spend most of my free time with my boyfriend, and try to make time with my friends. But we are all getting to the point where we don’t want to just go out dinner. So we’ve started staying home. My boyfriend and I rent movies from the RedBox, we also play card games, or dominoes, and my friends and I actually get together to watch Netflix or even do laundry together. Trust me, you don’t need much to have a good time. My advice is to find cheap ways to have a good time, whether its board games, movies, or other small activities. This will save money, and you’ll be surprised at how much fun free things can be.