Unboxing March’s Ipsy Bag

It’s that time of the month… no not my period. My Ipsy package has FINALLY come in. I subscribed to Ipsy over the summer and I am so thankful. I had Birchbox before but honestly I prefer Ipsy more. I go into detail as to why in this Ipsy vs Birchbox post so if you are curious to see what’s the hype check that out.

For those who don’t know, Ipsy is a glam bag subscription service. For $10 a month you get a diverse range of beauty, skincare, and tools that go with your preference. I like a little more skin care in my bags because I love trying out new beauty and makeup products. So if you want to try Ipsy and learn more please visit ipsy.com ALSO this is not sponsored. I do love Ipsy and would love to work with them on a collaboration but my opinions on these products are authentic and no one is paying me for it.

GREAT, now we got past all of that. Let’s see what I got…

This month’s theme is surrounded around adding color into your life and creation. I think that since festival season is approaching they wanted to offer products that add a little more sparkle. I’m not a very sparkly person personally but I’m always curious to see what Ipsy has in store for me. You can even color in the bag too which I think is super cute. Shoutout to Ipsy for having girls with different hair colors, textures, and ethnicities on their bag. I am loving the inclusive touch.

The first product I opened was the Steve Laurant oil in the shade orchid. This little baby is retailed at $18 but I got a full sized bottle for free. I never have tried a lip oil and honestly it doesn’t sound too appealing because who wants greasy lips? But it feels more like a gloss on the lips and it is super hydrating. I would find myself wearing this on days where I want a little gloss but nothing too crazy so this is a win.

The next item is a single eyeshadow pigment by Furless in the shade Sinister . This is not a color I would typically go for. It’s a darker bronze. I might give this item away to someone who will actually use a darker bronze shadow because that isn’t really my style. Overall, it is super pigmented and isn’t chunky as I know some single shadow pigments can be. This isn’t my fave.

The item is a black eyeliner from Tarte . It is the mini version of it and it goes on super smooth. I go for a liquid eyeliner for a good wing but I think I am going to try this one out to see how it performs because it went on SO smoothly. I would use this 🙂

What I love about Ipsy is that they sometimes include brushes. So this month they gave this rainbow fan brush from Moda. I couldn’t find the exact link but below is a picture. You can never have too many brushes and it’s super soft to the touch so I would use this.

The last item in the Ipsy bag was the Nip+Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix  retailing at $10. You can find this in the drug store. For scrubs, I use them about once a week. I love the Pixi Beauty Peel and Polish Scrub so much but this is becoming a close second. It has a refreshing scent to it and does a really good job at hydrating and removing any additional oil or skin off your face. I used this in the shower and it works.

Out of the 5 items in the bag, I enjoyed 4 of them and that’s because I don’t usually wear a bronzy eye pigment. If you are into that then you may really want to test this out. I love that I received products from brands I didn’t know but also one or two that I am familiar with. This is pretty common with my Ipsy glam bags. I usually like most of the items and some of the others are not my favorite but they may work for someone else.

March’s Glam Bag was ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Would you try Ipsy? Let me know in the comments 🙂


Base Makeup Routine

** This is an updated version since my old one somehow got deleted! Enjoy 😄

Before I get into some details of what I put on my face, I do some things BEFORE I even get started. I invest into skin care a lot because that is the base of how your makeup looks and feels. Incorporating some skincare into your makeup regime allows it to act as a barrier especially if you have a long day of wearing makeup, being out, or sweating.

Along with water, eating healthy, and trial & error I curated what I found to work for me. This may not work for you, you may use other products than I do, that’s ok! If there are any new products you want me to try out or that you like LET ME KNOW in the comments. I have combination skin but I tend to be more dry during the winter months (duh) so I go heavy with thick moisturizers at nighttime and a little bit during the day.

Regardless on the day whether I do a full glam or just the basics, I do the prep every single time.

Before the makeup. 

I prep my skin with 3 things: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream , Glow Serum , and lastly the Smashbox Photofinish Primer . The moisturizer is thick so if you don’t like thick moisturizers use a gel or water based moisturizer. I love a good thick cream on my face because the foundation I wear tends to be a bit over drying.

Now for the base

Foundation: Fenty Beauty Pro Filter Soft Matte Foundation or the NARS Longwear Radiant Foundation . The Fenty Beauty foundation is super drying for me so if you have combination but tend to be more dry keep that in mind! T

Concealer: NARS Creamy Radiant in shade creme brulee OR Shape Tape in the color light medium

Powder: BareMinerals Originals Foundation Powder. This is a go to powder that I use to set my makeup and add a little more evenness to my skin.

Bronzer: Two Faced Chocolate Soleil. I use this to softly contour my cheeks. I do want to try the Hula Bronzer by Benefit or a drugstore bronzer because I notice that this particular shade that I have forgot the name is more cool toned.

Blush/highlight: NARS Orgasm Blush. OR  the Fenty Beauty Killawat Highlighter I apply a swipe of the blush on my eyes too to add a little color and shine. The orgasm blush has some gold reflects in it as well so it’s super pretty with every skin tone.

Brows: I use a lot of different eyebrow products. I haven’t found one I absolutely love so I am still experimenting. What I do is I get a spoolie and put some dark eyeshadow on it and swipe it through my brows then I go in with an angled eyebrow brush and clean up the top. I love darker eyebrows because they frame the face super well. Swipe on some clear eyebrow gel and you are good to go. I’m trying to go more weeks between eyebrow threading appointments and am starting to embrace my bushy brows more but it’s so hard 😫 I am so tempted to just tweeze them away!

Eyes: like I said before, I use blush and my bronzer to add some definition to my eyes. Sometimes I’ll add some Fenty highlight but my go to mascara is the roller lash from benefit. I LOVE this stuff. I used to always opt for drugstore mascara cause I go through it so often but I’ve transitioned to this product because the brush separates each and every lash and just lengthens them so much.

My daily makeup routine is really simple. I keep emphasizing the importance of good skin and right now for some reason by under eyes are looking more tired than usual so I am wearing more full coverage makeup and concealer. Usually I put on some concealer, mascara, blush, and a light contour. Giving the chance for my skin to breathe while looking awake and refreshed.

If you know of a good eye creams comment below please! See any products you are trying to try or any of your favorites? SOUND OFF BELOW ⬇️⬇️⬇️⬇️

Monday Skin Revival

Monday’s aren’t always the easiest especially if you had a long weekend of eating, drinking, and other shenanigans. After a weekend of going out, my skin hates me. It is STRUGGLING. All of that makeup and lack of sleep leaves my skin needing some TLC but I always don’t have the time. I was inspired to write this post by @amyserrano. She did a video on this on Youtube and I was like “oh my gosh! MONDAYS SUCK FOR ME TOO!”, so here we are.

To kickstart my Monday and to feel my very best, I try to focus on my skin before I move on to any sort of makeup or anything. When my skin feels good, I feel good. Now no mask or moisturizer is going to bring your skin back to life right away but at least all the attention to it will rebuild that barrier.

Since we are in the winter months, my skin is DRY. I tend to be a combination but lately, I’ve been very dry.  But before any serum or moisturizer sits on my skin, I open my blinds/window, put on some Jorja Smith, and make some coffee.

First, I take of any residual makeup I had with a makeup wipe. I know in my skin care favorites post I used to Micellar Water but I got annoyed of having to buy the cotton rounds and I felt like I had to really scrub at my face. Now I just lean towards the Neutrogena face makeup removing wipes and I like that a lot better because I feel an overall clean.

Next, I wash my face with my Eucerin Face wash and silicone face scrubber (see my skin care routine post for all the links!). Pat my skin dry and I go in with my glow serum.

I’m super extra, you do not need to do this.  so if I have an extra 10-20 minutes I pop on my Tony Moly Face Masks (the lavender hydrating one is my absolute favorite) and dance around my room, I wish I was joking. The face masks really allows for the serums to sit in. While everything absorbs I usually pick out my outfit for the day, which if you know me, is a pair of leggings and a tshirt or a clunky sweater.

Once that’s all done, I pat the residual serum into my skin and let it get tacky. Once my skin has soaked all of that serum in, I go in with a moisturizer. If you have oily prone skin, skip this step or use a water or gel based moisturizer.

As I sip on my coffee and belch out some Jorja, I take a few moments to be thankful for everything and everyone around me. I talk to the man above and just get my mind into a constructive, productive state. Positive self-talk and affirmation works for me so give yourself some love!

Then I go in with my Smashbox primer (love this stuff) and go through my day.

What do you do to bring your skin back to life? Comment below some products I should try.

Ipsy vs Birchbox

Disclaimer: This is not an ad. I am not being paid in anyway or am not partnered with either brand. This is not intended to throw shade or be negative towards any brand, product, or affiliates of these brands. If you like it, GREAT it works for you but some things just don’t work for others 🙂

In 2017 I was looking to improve my makeup/beauty regime and I wanted to try different products. I saw that there were tons of beauty subscription services out there and I wanted one that was cheap, no commitment (meaning I can cancel at anytime), and offered me the best array of products. I stumbled upon BirchBox in an ad on Instagram and decided to give it a try.

Both BirchBox and Ipsy are $10 a month + you can cancel at anytime which is great in case you are over it or don’t like the service.

I tried Birchbox for about 6 months I believe and found that despite me changing my preferences I wasn’t getting products I could use. I was getting a lot of unfamiliar brands which is fine with me because I love trying products from less popular brands but most of what I was getting wasn’t useful for me. Now there were some holy grail products that I LOVE but it was few and far between. The packaging of Birchbox was so cute but also kind of a waste because I had no use for the physical box it came in. I decided to break up with Birchbox and try another subscription box.

I know that Sephora has their Play! Box which is the same thing but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m sure it’s amazing because its Sephora but I’m the kind of gal that if I like something I stick to it. I have product/brand loyalty…sorry.

ANYWAYS, so I decide to go with Ipsy over the summer and I am so happy I did. I love the products that come in every month so much. I get brushes, makeup, face masks, eye products, cleansers, etc. Just an array of amazing products of familiar and unfamiliar brands. They included OUAI, Tarte, Mac, etc and they come in these cute pouches that you can travel with. I even used one of them has a little wallet. I travel and use these pouches ALL. THE. TIME. I have a stash under my sink of unopened samplers for products that I travel with because they are so tiny and are the perfect amount. Also I get to try something new which is great!

I’ve never bought products off of Ipsy itself but I may start doing that. I will continue to stick with Ipsy until I get bored or want to try another subscription box but I do love love love it. I recommend it to everyone I know because the products really do suit you and I love getting new brushes to try because I never want to commit to buying a brush because its popular and end up not liking it.

Let me know what your favorite beauty subscription box is!
Do you think you will try it?

My skin care routine

Your skin is your biggest organ so you need to treat it like such. What you put in your body and how you treat your skin are key indicators of your overall health. To me, the biggest pet peeve of mine is when my skin or my lips are dry. I have combination skin but during the winter months I am more dry. I am pretty blessed to not be stuck with any acne or cystic acne marks. I am no expert but this is what works for me so hopefully you can draw something from it.

So if you want to start a skin care routine or anything above resonates with you keeeppp on reading…

Overall Tips

  • Skin care doesn’t need to be intimidating. It can be as easy as you make it to be. Yes, you too fellas. Spend time on your skin!
  • You really only need two things: a good face wash and a good moisturizer. Drug store options work great so you don’t need to spend a lot of $$$ for beautiful healthy skin
  • Your diet and how much water you consume play a huge role in your overall skin health. Dairy can cause acne because of all the hormones. I have gone dairy free and I have noticed my skin has gotten so much better.
  • Some people say that going gluten free is good for your skin. It makes sense because gluten is sugar and sugar is bad for your skin especially if it sits in your digestive system for a really long time. I try to reach for healthier carbs so that my body isn’t missing any nutrients it needs so I don’t have a lot of gluten in my diet at this moment. I have noticed a difference in how puffy my face is.

My Actual Routine 

I do my skin care routine in the evening mostly. I will put down below how I prep my skin for the day or on days where I wear makeup. But this is all night time. Again, my routine may be a little excessive. In bold are what I think are the skin care essentials.

  1. Take off your makeup: I take off all my makeup using a cotton round + the Garnier Micellar Water I go through this so often. It does a really good job to take off your makeup even stubborn eye makeup.
  2. Use a gentle face wash: I use a silicone face scrubber (in my favorite products of 2017 list) + Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Face Wash   .  It comes out like a sticky gel but softly foams as you rub it around your skin with water. You can buy a 3 pack on Amazon to stay stocked up, I gently scrub my face using the face scrubber in circular motions, rinse it off, and pat my face dry. I have sensitive skin so I do not use the face scrubber every day. I use it 2-3 times a week so every other day. It cleans out any leftover makeup that may be on your face that the cleanser did not get.
  3. Moisturize: I use the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. I think it is a dupe for the Kiehls Ultra Cream that is super popular. This moisturizer is thick and super creamy which is why I use it at night so it can really get into my skin and pores. There is no fragrance to it and when I wear it throughout the day, I do notice my skin feeling consistently hydrated even in my T-zone where I tend to get oily.
  4. Serum: I use two for different reasons. The first one is Vitamin C (which is AMAZING for your skin) + Magnesium, it’s the Glow serum. I found it at TJMaxx for $5. I use it on the high points on my face and pat it into my skin. It leaves it radiant and glow. The other one I use is high end it’s the Kiehl’s Hydro-Pumping Retexturizing Serum . I love this serum so much. One pump is more than enough! It glides on and feels like water seeping into your skin. It isn’t sticky or greasy it is so great and works wonders
  5. Gentle exfoliator: I recently started using this Pixi Peel and Polish  it has gritty pieces of sugar in it that really take away any dead skin or extra makeup you have. I use this once a week and I LOVE IT. My skin is so soft after I use it. You only need a small amount for your whole face. I like to put more on the perimeter of my face because thats where I have the most dead skin and it takes it away in one use. PLEASE moisturize and serum after this though otherwise your skin will be soooo dry.

Prepping my skin before makeup 

I prep my skin before I put on any foundation, concealer, mascara, etc. I think of it as an extra layer protecting my skin from my long wear makeup. It also makes my makeup look so smooth. Sometimes my foundations can be over drying so these steps are crucial in order to make sure my skin doesn’t look cakey.

  1. Moisturize with the CeraVe moisturizer. I wait a little bit before I put on anything onto of it so I can let it absorb into my skin.
  2. Optional: The glow serum. Depending on the look I put the glow serum all over my face to give my face a brighter finish to it when my foundation goes on.
  3. For primer, I use the SmashBox Photo Finish Primer . I just started to use this and I love the consistency of the primer. It isn’t too tacky or sticky and I notice it really adhering to my makeup wonderfully!

Face Masks I LOVE

I thought I’d include this because I do use face masks often. I love trying new ones but the one I absolutely love is the Tony Moly Lavender Mask. For $6 you get 2 if you order off their website directly. Leave this on for 20 minutes and rub that serum in your face and your skin is HYDRATED. I love the other ones from this line but this my far my favorite

I hope you found this useful!