Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag - Hot Summer Nights - Unboxing & Review!

Apparently everyone is feeling a little holographic this summer; even Ipsy!
Look at that bag! The products are alright, but I'm all about that holo. Okay, that's a little extreme, I'm actually quite pleased with that I got this month, but the holographic bag really adds something. Kind of unfortunate that it has those weird umbrellas on one side, though; I wish they had chosen a different pattern, or even just left it blank. The holo really speaks for itself.

My First Order From Live Love Polish - Color Club and Starrily Holos - Swatch & Review!

It's no secret, I love nail polish! It's my favorite beauty item to purchase and collect, and it's also the one that I wear the most often. I subscribe to quite a few nail polish-centric Youtube channels, one of which is Simply Nailogical. Recently, the channel hit over a million subscribers, so Cristine (the person behind Simply Nailogical) had a holographic nail polish giveaway sponsored by Live Love Polish. I had heard of Live Love Polish before, but for some reason, I had never purchased from them, which I now regret not doing sooner!
They even included a hand written thank you card! I don't have a picture of it, since I spilled pop all over it before I got a chance to take one..., but my polishes came in a sturdy box with a special foam insert that kept each individual polish safe and sound. Definitely a company that knows and understands the needs of us polish addicts!

After exploring the Menchie's Favorite Holos page (Menchie is one of Cristine's cats), I ended up purchasing three Color Club holos and, of course, Menchie The Cat from Starrily.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

July 2016 Julep Maven Box - Into The Sea - Unboxing & Review!

I don't know why, but I'm a little surprised as to how long the mermaid trend has been holding out. Mermaids were huge last summer, and they're still quite popular. Not that that's bad or anything, mermaids are pretty neat, but with the attention span of the internet and social media, I expected some other mythical creature to be all the rage. Why all this talk about mermaids?
Because the Julep Maven box for July 2016 is subtly mermaid-themed! Since I can completely customize it, though, it's more so in name than in content, but it's the thought that counts, right?

Too Faced - Totally Cute Eye Shadow Palette - Swatch & First Impressions!

As I've touched on before, I am not immune to 'gimmicky' products. There are plenty of products that I've purchased solely for the packaging, name, and/or theme, without much thought as to whether or not the product itself was any good. Some gimmicky products that I have tried have been not-so-good, but many, especially products from Asian brands like TonyMoly and Etude House, have been great, with or without the gimmick.
Too Faced is one of those brands that straddles the thin line between 'gimmicky' and 'quality', and more often than not they come out on the 'quality' side. Their newest 9-pan eye shadow palette, Totally Cute, really pushes the boundaries of this line and is one of those 'love it or hate it' type of products.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette - Swatch & First Impressions!

When I think about the brand Anastasia Beverly Hills, the first thing I think of is not eye shadow. I think 'brows', then 'highlighters', then 'liquid lipsticks'...I don't think 'eye shadow'. Which is not to say they can't make good eye shadows/eye shadow palettes, I even own the Artist Palette, but it's not my go-to brand. So it was especially weird for me to fall head over heels for their brand new, first-ever permanent eye shadow palette: the Modern Renaissance palette.
Those colors! It's quite unique, especially in since the makeup palette world is saturated with neutrals, but even though it has some bright and different shades, such as the reds, it's a very wearable palette on it's own. I also loved the inspiration behind this palette; the shades and names are based off of the colors most used in Renaissance paintings. From the moment Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) released teaser images, I knew I had to have this palette. It released on the ABH website shortly after it was announced and I purchased it the first day it was available on Ulta.com.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

June 2016 Play! By Sephora - The Minimalists - Unboxing & Review!

Whenever I hear a theme for a sampler box is going to be 'minimalism' or 'minimalist', I get a little worried. I'm all for minimal makeup --80% of the time I'm wearing only pressed powder, if anything--but I've found that I'm not always fond of what are traditionally labelled as 'minimalist products'. When I heard that the theme for the June 2016 Play! By Sephora was going to be all about 'The Minimalists', I was a little worried.
While there are a couple samples I'm not a fan of (they were the some of the products that are associated with minimalism that make me think negatively about it as a theme, so I'm not surprised), I actually like how Sephora handled this theme and thought they included some interesting products!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

June 2016 Allure Beauty Box - Beauty And The Beach - Unboxing & Review!

We're getting close to the end of our vacation in far back month of June (at least when it comes to subscription services, there are still some things I got in June that I still want to blog about) with the review and unboxing of the...
...June 2016 Allure Beauty Box! Allure has had a lot of ups and downs recently with the Beauty Box service, both product selection-wise and customer servic-wise (I won't get into here, but if you look up the Allure Beauty Box reviews/spoilers on My Subscription Addiction you can read about it). This is not an 'outstanding' box, but it's definitely not as bad as some past boxes have been (I feel like I said almost the exact same thing about my June Ipsy bag; it sounds like June is a good month for being 'average').

This box also includes one of the more controversial products I've seen from this subscription service; I'll touch on it here, but again, if you want to read more, check out the spoiler/review pages for June on My Subscription Addiction.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

June 2016 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month - Indie Subscription - Unboxing & Review!

Let's continue our journey into the past and take a look at another beauty subscription from June that I'm behind on reviewing:
The June 2016 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month! Dark and vampy for the month of June? Very unexpected and very unique; just what you'd expect from an indie subscription service!

I have no idea what the exact theme for June is supposed to be; I'm pretty sure it's based on some kind of fandom, but unfortunately, I have no idea which one. Regardless, this month definitely has a dark, vampy, gothic feel to it, which is in stark contrast to the summer/beachy vibes of all the other boxes I've gotten this summer.

June 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag - Rebel Rebel - Unboxing & Review!

Let's go back in time a little bit, to the month of June 2016; summer was just starting, the weather wasn't too much different, and I had just gotten my June 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag.
I know this is a little late in coming, but life and work happens, plus I was waiting for my new light box to come in! We're stepping up our production values here. I'm still getting used to, and my camera is still a dinosaur, but I'm quite happy with how the majority of my pictures turned out.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Macy's Sun Essentials Kit - Review! - Not Exactly What I Was Promised...

During the dark time when I was waiting for the 2016 Sephora Sun Safety Kit to come out (it has and I have it; I'll get a review up soon-ish), I purchased a couple different sunscreen/sun protection-themed sets, one of which was the Macy's Sun Essentials Kit.
This set was exclusive to Macy's, included a cosmetic case and nine deluxe-sized samples, and originally retailed for $38. I'm not sure when it first came out, but it eventually went on sale for $19.99, and then went on even more sale for $14.99, which is when I heard about it from Nouveau Cheap and when I purchased mine. I was pretty happy with this kit at first; it has products I like from brands I trust and for $14.99 it was a good deal. After doing a little more research, however,  I discovered that there are some discrepancies between the kit I received and the kit I was promised.