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

October Ipsy Unboxing

October Ipsy Unboxing

So I know that it wasn’t too long ago that I did an Ipsy unboxing, but due to my recent blog transfer, I didn’t get much time to post content in between these posts, and I wanted to make sure I got my Ipsy post out to y’all as timely as possible.

This bag was really great. Recently, Ipsy has been doing a fantastic job with the products their delivering to my front door. Seeing that little shiny package in the mail just brightens up my whole month. And since it’s only $10 a month, I feel like I don’t even pay for it, so it’s like a randomized present.

As always, we’ll start with the bag. I got a sneak preview of the bag when Ipsy sent me a *spoiler* email. I like whatever I get to be a surprise, so clicking on the email was actually a mistake. However, the peek I got made me super excited, but it turned out even better than I thought.

Bag:

If you look closely enough, you will see the faintest hint of maroon lace layered over the maroon bag. I thought this detailing gave this makeup bag an expensive touch, with a subtle flair. This little guy is honestly the perfect size to hold all of my essentials. But here’s the best part:

Just in case you weren’t sure it was October, they added the most adorable little bat onto the zipper. I love this. I’m switching all my makeup junk into this baggy and carrying it around with me until it’s Christmas!!!

Powder:

I have watched enough Youtube beauty gurus use this stuff that I knew what it was before even reading the package. I have been wanting to invest in a pore erasing powder, (I HATE my pores), but just never have. I guess Ipsy read my mind? This product is supposed to give you an airbrushed, soft focus look. Ugh I’m so excited to try this out.

Mini Review:

Today I used the pore erasing powder to set my concealer. I was really impressed. Like, usually around my eyes and cheekbone area there’s always these large pore spots that I hate. But with this, my pores were certainly minimized. I thought my Wet N’ Wild clear powder was going to be my holy grail, but it looks like I’m going to be rolling out the big bucks to stock up on this stuff.

Skin care:

If there’s one thing you can count on getting in your Ipsy package, it’s lotion. Lotion, lotion, lotion, and more lotion. I may be complaining about it now, but just like lip balms, candles, and food, I love getting all the lotions I can get. This is an Ultra Repair Cream, intended to give hydration to dry patches. I only really tend to get extremely dry on my knees, so I don’t personally think I’d be using much of this. But I can guarantee it’ll hang out in my skin care drawer for probably the rest of my life. I have a lotion problem okay? However, I do also get dry spots on my chin and around my nostrils, so perhaps I’ll put this little fella to the test.

Now this is something I can behind. Recently I’ve been venturing down the path of scrubs due to the last one I got from Ipsy. Now every wash I use is full of exfoliates. I think it’s done the most to remove toxins from my skin.

This is a coffee scrub that is suppose to target cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, acne, and more. I’m excited to use this because I’ve always been self-conscious about cellulite and stretch marks. Like, trust me, I KNOW neither is something to be ashamed of. I KNOW both are beautiful. I just, you know, want smooth skin. And as well as acne. For some reason I’ve been getting a lot of pimples on my cheeks? But don’t worry I’m drinking more water and getting my skin care routine down. Although it says it’s a coffee scrub, it is peppermint scented. For some reason, I’m trying to get everything I use to smell the same. Right now I’m using honey shampoo and conditioner, honey lotion, and honey facial scrub. Next month I”ll be using brown sugar or maple. So I probably won’t be getting to this facial scrub until December, since peppermint reminds me of Christmas. I know that might seem weird, but that’s just me.

Nails:

Next up and yep, you already know. I’m not sure why I don’t expect to get nail polish from Ipsy ever month, but it’s cool because not too long I threw out a whole bunch of old nail polishes. Needless to say, I’m eager to rebuild my collection.

Now this product I think it a gag. It’s a charcoal polish that’s supposed to “protect against toxins/ pollutants, and restore healthy/ beautiful nails.” Um, maybe. We’ll see. I just don’t see why? I didn’t know nails got polluted. By what? Regardless, I’m gonna do a look with this and another color, and hopefully it’ll hold true to it’s claims.

The color that came was actually this pretty grey. Usually it’s like a blue or whatever, but this grey is something I can actually see myself rocking this season. I’m think I’m going to wear this for awhile. I like to pick out one color to wear for a few weeks, and I’m really attracted to this color right now. Just the perfect amount of gloom, but not dull, and definitely neutral.

Eyes:

TARTE!!!! This is not a freaking drill. I got another Tarte product?? No way. Ipsy pulling out the big guns. Last month I got a makeup forever mascara that I absolutely love for everyday looks. So I’m anxious to see how beautiful this mascara is. As my loyal followers know, I love Tarte. They are legitimately my favorite brand as of right now. So exciting!!!!!

Mini Review:

Talk about natural lashes. My mascara collection has nearly doubled in sized in about two weeks. So to say I know my mascara is becoming a huge understatement. I put this on and said “wooowww”. Natural lashes are my absolute favorite look for eyes. Tarte just simply never disappoints. I think I’m swooning.

 

Thank you for reading. It means so much to me, as you all know. Come back Friday for a special type of post. See you soon.

Until next time,

October Monthly Favorites

October Monthly Favorites

This month has probably been one of my favorite months out of the entire year of 2017. Many things have happened, and new things are on the rise. Since I’ve been enjoying the world around me so much lately, I thought I should share the things I’ve been using, watching, wearing, and doing with you. Monthly favorites is a series I want to start doing on my blog, so definitely let me know if you enjoy this post.



FASHION:

Jeans:

Lately, I’ve noticed that I run for the same pair of jeans every opportunity I get. These jeans are from Forever 21. They are high-waisted, light weight, and have a little bit of distressing down the pant. You’ve seen these before in my Fall Haul (P. 2). Click on the picture below to read that post.

I believe these are definitely a must-have, especially with the winter season approaching because you get the luxury of pants, but also the comfortable aspect of loose fitting sweatpants. Since they are high-waisted, these jeans are easy to style with sweaters and flannels.

Purse:

My next October favorite has got to be this purse my mom gave me. I absolutely love the color scheme for the whole month. It fits everything I need: my wallet, makeup bag, keys, my phone, including some extras like gum and receipts I don’t need. I usually go for neutral tone purses so they will match any outfit I happen to be wearing. What I love about this purse is the subtle purple detail. Enough to scream “FALL!!!”, minimal to go with everything.

Shoes:

Last but not least, my running shoes have had me comfy all day, nearly everyday. I got these from Walmart. I’ve been going to the gym lately and decided I needed some new workout shoes. I figured I’d pick up a cheap pair, since I’m not actually running outside or anything. Again, I usually go for neutrals with my shoes. Finding these black and white ones was perfect for me. They’re easy for me to match with any outfit, which has me wearing these to class almost every morning. I like this because it means I’m always somewhat gym-ready, and that motivates me to actually go to the gym. They also have memory foam on the bottom. They’re comfy for me to wear for long periods of time, so I like to slip these on for my day at work.

BEAUTY:

Nail polish:

You’ve seen this nail polish a few times before, and here it is again. I really do like this nail polish. I can say that it is pretty chip resistant. Also, my nails are usually quite brittle and break easily at the length they are now, but so far I haven’t experienced any hang nails. I’m still unsure about the actual restoration or protection of this nail polish, but I love it nonetheless. I thought I’d mention it again because it has become such a staple for me.

Hair Care:

Remember in my Fall Beauty Essentials post I told you that I pick a scent and stick with it. Yeah, I really wasn’t playing around. I have honey lotion, honey lip balm, honey face scrub, and now I show you honey conditioner (I also have the shampoo as well). I love this stuff to no end. It has done so much for me. My hair is incredibly softer since I started using this conditioner. It’s been easier to brush my hair, style my wavy locks, and my hair is noticeably healthier. I’m so glad I found this conditioner.

Makeup (eyeliner):

Last for my beauty favorite this month is this Steve Laurant eyeliner pen. I love this. You saw this in my Double Ipsy Unboxing post. I’m telling y’all, Ipsy stays sending out great stuff. I was unsure about Ipsy when I first started it, but I’m so glad I stayed loyal. This pen is perfect for everyday looks. It’s completely matte black, which I love. I had some trouble with it at first, but ever since I got it down, it’s been winged eyeliner ever since.

LIFESTYLE:

Candle:

This candle, as you can see, has been burning day after day after day. It’s called Purely Pumpkin, and the name is true. It’s almost gone, which is fitting since October is almost over. I got this candle from Hobby Lobby. I love the orange frosted glass, the shape of it, and the smell. Ugh, it’s so sweet. Once this candle is completely burned, I’m excited to think all the different stuff I could use it for. Who doesn’t need empty glass jars lying around? I’m thinking I could probably store some beauty products in here, or make my own body scrub to keep, or something else artsy. I love the little jar so much; I’ll figure something out.

Netflix:

Fairy Tail

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Many of you may not know this, but I love anime. I have been watching Fairy Tail pretty much every evening. I’m currently watching the finale as I write this post this every second. It’s nearing the last episode of the first season and I’m filled with sorrow. I guess I’ll have to move to a different anime once I finish this 48 episode season.

Mini Review:

Characters: The main characters of the first season are illustrated above. On the right: Erza, the baddest b***h in town. She’s definitely a great feminist icon because she’s super strong, serious, sexy, and one of the best fighters all around. The flying cat is Happy. He’s my favorite. He’s definitely sassy, just like me. Then, there’s Natsu. If you’re ever in need of inspiration speech, just watch an episode of Fairy Tail. He’s the type of person that gets everyone motivated. I hope I can inspire people as much as he does. He simply never ever gives up. Next, the blonde is Lucy. She’s pretty cool. She’s nice, but she cries a lot. She’s like the little sister of the entire group. Last is Grey. Gray? Grey? I don’t know how to spell it. He’s kind of rude, but he cares about people too. Him and Natsu don’t get along. Fire and Ice, right? But they’re like brothers, so that makes it hilarious.

Story line: The story line is awesome because the show takes turns highlighting the different characters. You get to learn everyone’s back stories, which for some reason is extremely important to me. I have to know where a character came from and what they’re all about before I can care about them. Obviously I love the story. I’ve watched this so fast.

Food:

For the past month I’ve been drinking smoothies. Smoothie in the morning, smoothie in the evening. Strawberries, bananas, blueberries, yogurt, orange juice, and that’s pretty much it. I don’t add any sugars. And since when do I like orange juice? I don’t. But I can’t even taste it in a smoothie. This means I’m getting all the nutrients from foods I don’t usually consume much faster.

Having a smoothie honestly makes me feel so much better about myself. I always think “Drink your fruit, eat your veggies” because I usually have a smoothie with a salad. I wish I would’ve gotten some pumpkin puree and figured an interesting way to mix it in this October. I guess I still could. But it’s not really the same, you know?



I hope you liked my October Favorites. I’m thinking doing Monthly Favorites is a good way to recap on the things I’ve been enjoying. Thank you for reading. See you Wednesday.