Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: Inglot Lipstick in Shade #279

Inglot Lipstick in Shade #279 ($12) was the one lipstick I ended up purchasing while at NYC IMATS and even though I mentioned I didn't really need or want it, I don't regret it at all. I didn't expect much from this product because honestly I haven't heard many people ranting or raving about Inglot lipsticks. However, I was surprised to find that I really liked it and has me considering more Inglot lipsticks.

Packaging: The packaging on this product is extremely boring. It comes in a plain glossy black tube with the words Inglot written on the side of the cap in white letters. One thing I'd like to mention, that stood out to me, is that when you put the cap back on it seems to almost suction itself close instead of the usual click on caps that lipsticks come in. Other than that, it's very ordinary.

Formula: The formula of this lipstick is very soft and smooth. The shade is an orangey-coral with a satin finish and absolutely no glitter.

Application: The lipstick glides on the lips very easily, though I prefer to pat it on since it is such a bright shade. It didn't dry out my lips at all but regardless, I do like to apply a lip balm before I apply my lipstick.

Longevity: It lasts approximately 3-4 hours before you'd need a touch up and it doesn't feather past your lips so don't worry about looking like a three year old trying to put on makeup.

As I  mentioned before, this lipstick took me by surprise. I had no idea how much I was going to love it. It's definitely going to be one of my favorite spring/summer bright lipstick shades and I'm probably going to look into purchasing more Inglot lipsticks.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia

I purchased this ELF Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzer in St. Lucia ($3) back in March when I went to Wal-Mart with my friends to buy some beads to make Kandi with for Ultra. I picked it up while we were waiting on line at the register so I didn't take a very good look at it. Everyone always has good things to say about this blush and bronzer duo and I figured since it's only $3 I wouldn't lose much if it didn't work out for me.

Packaging: The product comes in a plain black case that kind of imitates NARS blush/bronzer packaging. Unlike the NARS packaging however, the case is made of plastic instead of rubber, which is a definite plus since the rubber packaging can get dirty quickly. When you open it up there is a huge mirror on one side and the blush and bronzer duo on the other.

Formula: The blush and bronzer are both very powdery and contain a lot of gold glitter. I sometimes like to have glitter in my blushes but in my bronzer is a big no-no; because of this I would highly suggest not using it as an all over bronzing shade.

Application: The bronzer is definitely very pigmented but the blush is somewhat sheer and leaves much to be desired. I believe it's possible to build up more color on the blush but because of all the glitter I'm afraid I'd look like a disco ball. Also beware of the glitter spreading to other parts of your face and possibly your clothes (or your boyfriends!) if you brush against it.

Longevity: Since it's already very hard to see the blush color on my cheeks I couldn't really tell how long it lasted, but the glitter was definitely there all day. The bronzer shade did fade throughout the day and by night time I could hardly tell I contoured.
Overall I'm definitely not repurchasing this product. Although the packaging makes it very convenient for traveling, the actual quality of the product is definitely not up to my standards. What's the point of having a convenient duo if it does absolutely nothing for you?

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

NYC IMATS Haul! | China Glaze, Ardell, Inglot, OCC + Julie G

This post is way overdue but I finally have the time to sit down and write it. On Saturday, April 6th, I went with my friend Jessy to New York City IMATS. While I'm pretty sure almost all of you already know what IMATS is, in case you don't it stands for "International Makeup Artist Trade Show." It's a makeup convention where you can attend classes, purchase discounted makeup products and meet fellow makeup enthusiasts. IMATS is also known to be a great place to meet beauty gurus from YouTube and while I didn't get to meet anyone (I had to go home early to study for a midterm *booooo*), I did get to see Tracy & Stefanie of 11th Gorgeous and Julie G.

Being our first IMATS, Jessy and I wandered around completely lost and overwhelmed for a good 20 minutes trying to get our bearings and figure out how everything worked. Both of us were aiming to get a BeautyBlender from Alcone but we couldn't find the stand for the life of us and by the time we did they were all sold out. In order to make up for it we stopped off at Ardell where they were selling 5 for $15 China Glaze nail polishes and 4 for $10 Ardell false eyelashes.

From left to right:
1. China Glaze Nail Polish in Nova ($5.00) - A silver glitter top coat that I thought would look beautiful on top of other polishes or used in one of my nail art designs.
2. China Glaze Holographic Nail Polish in Cosmic Dust ($4.95) - I have no idea what it means to be a holographic nail polish so I had to pick this one up just to see. I haven't used it yet but as soon as I do I'll definitely be instagramming a pic! It's a metallic silver gray that looks very reflective.
3. China Glaze Nail Polish in Wicked Style ($4.37) - The only really colorful polish of the bunch. It's a berry pink that I thought would look great for the summer.
4. China Glaze Nail Polish in Avalanche ($2.51) - It looks a lot like the holographic polish I picked up but since it's not labeled as a holographic polish I guess it's not. It's a much darker silver gray than Cosmic Dust but it has the same metallic sheen.
5. China Glaze Nail Polish in Snow Globe ($4.90) - A white glitter topcoat that literally looks like the snow within a snow globe. It was too beautiful to pass up and I thought it'd be perfect for nail art when Winter comes back around.

From top to bottom, left to right:
1. Ardell Color Impact Lashes in Demi Wispies Blue ($3.97) - This was actually my last pick of the bunch and I only got it since I figured it'd be good to get some falsies for when I go to rages. I was planning on going to Electric Zoo later in August but the tickets are so expensive I can't really afford it.
2. Ardell Runway Lashes in Fancy ($5.73) - I got sucked in by the four rhinestones at the ends of the lashes. I thought they'd be perfect for clubbing.
3. Ardell Natural Lashes in Wispies Black ($3.93) - I wanted a natural pair of lashes for everyday use or if I do decide to start making YouTube videos. I was really looking for Demi Wispies but they didn't seem to have any in stock so I went with the closest I could get.
4. Ardell Double Up in 204 Black ($7.99) - Jessy convinced me to get these because I really couldn't decide on anything. I never tried really full and dramatic falsies before so I figured "4 for $10 how could I go wrong?"

Our next stop was Inglot since Jessy was on the hunt for a dark red lipstick. I had been wanting to try the Inglot Freedom System for a while and I always heard their eyeshadows were amazing so I decided to make my own palette.

1. Inglot Lipstick in 279 ($12) - When Jessy was looking for a red lipstick I got suckered into buying THIS coral orange shade for my own collection even though I really didn't need it but it was only $9 so I guess it's not too bad.
2. Inglot Freedom System (Eyeshadows $6 each + Palette $10) - The individual shadows were $5 each and the palette was $8 so my palette came out to a total of $28. From left to right, top to bottom I got the shades 397, 74, 14 and 40. I promise an in-depth review as soon as I use this palette enough times.

Then we headed over to Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics since both of us wanted to try a lip tar for the first time. After we purchased our lip tars we realized neither of us had a lip brush so we headed over to Royal & Langnickel to get a lip brush.
1. Royal & Langnickel Taklon Pointed Lip Brush ($4) - I don't believe these brushes are sold online unfortunately. I've yet to use it but the bristles feel extremely soft and it's the perfect shape.
2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Queen ($18) - I really have a thing for pinks and corals so it came to no surprise that I'd fall for a neon red coral lip tar. What sold me even more was the fact that the product's name was Queen. I only paid $12 for the lip tar as opposed to $18 retail so that made me even happier!

Our last stop was at the Jesse's Girl booth, which we didn't even plan to stop at. It was on our way to the exit and we saw that the Julie G polishes were 3 for $10 so being polish addicts we got sidetracked. I only wanted 2 shades and she only wanted 1 so we ended up going 2 and 1 on the 3 for $10. That's quite a lot of numbers!
1. Julie G Nail Color in You-Niverse ($3.99) - I can't seem to find the individual shade online but I know these are typically sold at Rite Aids. I picked this shade up since it looked like a dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Sugar Daddy. I instagrammed a picture of this on my nails recently and I have to admit it looks really nice! It's a gold duo-chrome polish with a metallic finish.
2. Julie G Nail Color in Mermaid's Tale ($3.99) - A green glitter polish suspended in a blue base, this product looks like the darker sister of Deborah Lippmann's Mermaid's Dream. Is it also a coincidence that both these polishes have the word Mermaid in their name?
I really had a great time at NYC IMATS and hopefully I'll get to go back next year. I'll definitely be more prepared for all the crowds and craziness. Jessy and I are also planning to attend LA IMATS next year if we can afford it so here's to hoping! I've heard that the IMATS in LA is a lot bigger and a lot more brands and YTers show up, if you've ever been to LA IMATS share your experience in a comment below.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Website Spotlight: Yipit

I've decided to start a new blog post series where I feature websites that I think are really cool and that you all would enjoy. I haven't come up with an official series title for it yet so for now I'm calling it "Website Spotlight." If you have any suggestions for a witty name please leave it down in a comment below!

Now on to the real post. I'm a huge bargain and deal hunter, I tend to only shop sales and always research ways to save money. So if you're anything like me, some of your best friends (in terms of websites) are deal sites like Groupon and Livingsocial. But all these sites can get a bit overwhelming and it can be a pain to sort through everything to find a deal that really interests you. Enter Yipit, the website that compiles all these deal sites into one and recommends the top deals for you.

You can search for deals local to your area and Yipit will sort them for you and show you which ones are trending or about to expire. You can categorize the deals by type, such as "Dining & Nightlife," "Fitness," and "Activities & Events." There's also a recommended category where Yipit will suggest deals based on your profile, which you fill out right after you sign up for an account to let the site know what you're looking for.

There's also a "Shop" section of Yipit where it'll show you the latest brands and products that are being featured in flash sale sites like Gilt and Modnique. You can sort by product type like "Women's Apparel," "Home Furnishings," and "Electronics." There's also a "Recommended" category here as well where Yipit will suggest sales based on your brand preferences indicated in your personal profile.
This is definitely one of my favorite website finds at the moment since it really makes it easy to compile and search through all the amazing deal sites that are out there. It's a great time and money saver and the best part is that you can tailor it to suit your deal preferences. You should definitely check it out!

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