January Glam Bag From Ipsy

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This months ipsy bag had some cute, useful stuff in it! The bag itself is so-so for me. I’ll probably donate it or something. Anyways, on to the makeup!

  1. Hanalei’s Sugar Lip Scrub. I was in desperate need of a new lip scrub, so I was very excited to try this! It doesn’t have as much “scrub” part as I’m used to. It’s more of a balm with some rough bits in it. I felt like I had to use a lot more to actually exfoliate my lips. I don’t think I’d by this product myself.
  2. Pixi by Petra’s Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Lavender Bloom. I LOVE Pixi products, so I expected to love this eyeshadow. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a pretty, neutral purple color and a bronz-y color, as well. I liked using the purple shade on the lid and the brown in the crease. It creates a very subtle, pretty look.
  3. theBalm Cosmetics’ Mr. Write (Now). This was your average eyeliner. It’s brown, which I won’t really use. I like black eyeliner or colors, but never brown. I feel like if you had a very fair complexion, this would be great.
  4. Burt’s Bees’ Cleansing Oil. Wow, I loved this! It felt amazing on my dry-combination skin and got off all my make up. I was a bit worried it’d cause me to break out or something, but I haven’t noticed any significant changes in my skin.
  5. Skone Cosmetics’ Smudger Brush. I didn’t know I needed a small smudger brush, but I totally did! This is tiny and great for getting in there and smudging out liner. I also really liked it for under the eye, as well. I don’t use liner down there, but I often use eyeshadow to “line” my lower lashes.

YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ECLAT Neutralizer Review


I was selected by Influenster to try out the new YVES SAINT LAURENT TOUCHE ECLAT Neutralizer line. I was sent the violet shade, which is meant to correct dull, yellow skin.
I have yellow undertones, so I decided to use it as a highlighter. It took some clicks of the pen to get the product in the brush when I first took it out. It is easy to use – you just paint on the color corrector where you want it. I used it on my cheekbones, middle of forehead, bridge of my nose, cuspids bow, and middle of my chin.

Then I used my beauty blender and blended it out. It felt good on my skin and I think it gave my skin a subtle pick-me-up. I’m curious about the other shades, I really wish they’d sent the green one, as well, which is for counteracting red skin.

Here’s some on my hand. It’s a very pale pinkish-purple color. The packaging is cute and efficient. It’s nice having the built in brush. We’ll see how long it lasts, because new, they retail for $38, which is a nice chunk of change for color correcting concealer.  Here’s me opening and trying out the product for the very first time:



Overall, I’d give it an 8/10.

December Glam Bag from Ipsy

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It seemed like my December Glam Bag took longer to arrive than usual. I’m blaming the holidays, which is totally fine. Not really into the look of this bag, but I did enjoy the products quite a bit.

  1. Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask. This was nice. My dry-combination skin soaked this up. I used it once as just moisturizer, which felt nice on my skin. I finished it off with a mask while I took a bath. This made my skin super soft and it felt very moisturized.
  2. ModelCo LIP ENHANCER Illusion Lip Liner. This was very close to my natural lip colors, which I liked a lot. I’ve been needing a new nude lip pencil. Other than that, this was your standard lip pencil. Nothing amazing, but nothing bad either. It is exactly what you’d expect.
  3. Marc Anthony Hair Care Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Treatment. Alright, this stuff smells AMAZING! It makes my hair very soft. I haven’t noticed anything different than my other super moisturizing conditioners, but the scent is so great, I’d get this again.
  4. Pacifica Power Of Love Natural Lipstick. This was okay. It felt very drying when I put it on and was super noticeable while wearing it to me. I added some balm and that helped tremendously. It lasted an hour or so. I probably wouldn’t purchase myself, but it was alright to try.
  5. tarte cosmetics smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder. I know this stuff basically had a cult following, so I had high expectations – and it lived up to them! I love this powder. I’m finding that finishing and foundation powders can be super noticeable on my dry skin, especially in the winter. I’ve been having a hard time lately, because my go to powder from the summer isn’t really working anymore. This sets my makeup but does not make my skin look all flaky and dry. I think I’m going to have to get some of this after my sample runs out.

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Bye 2015, Hello 2016

What a year! It seems like it went by very quickly for me. I continued to date the love of my life; started a “big girl job” in February, left for a different one in October; went through and registered my photography as a legit business with the state; jumped into being a homeowner; just a whirlwind of a year!

To celebrate, Tyler and I got dressed up (cause we like that shit) and headed downtown for some drinks at Martini’s before heading to my friend’s house for drinking games until midnight. Just a fantastic time with some of my favorite people.

My favorite part of my New Years was definitely the kiss. I’m looking forward to 2016 and one of Tyler and my goals is for him to move in. He’s got to get this album out *cough coming cough very soon cough cough* and get the initial tour in before we can sit down and make a game plan, but I’m so ridiculously excited. I’ve never lived with a boyfriend before, but he’s over here all the time as it is now and we balance each other out. He’s simply fantastic and I’m still head over heels.

Here’s some photos from the night. Can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!

Most Liked Photos on Instagram in 2015

Here are my nine most liked photos on Instagram this year – all concert photos!

My top nine featured letlive, Zella Day, Starset, Rob Zombie, OTHERWISE, Taking Back Sunday, and Maria Brinks Wonderland of In This Moment!

Thanks for following and supporting my work! Can’t wait for 2016!

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Guest Blog from Tyler of Flannel Mouth : Top Albums of 2015

In lieu of Music Monday this week, I thought I’d change it up and invite my boyfriend to do a guest blog again! The rest of the blog are Tyler’s picks for 2015.

2014 was an awesome year for music, if I do say myself. Here’s my top ten, in order, with a suggested listen from it. Here’s to 2015 and a new Flannel Mouth soon, eh?!

Tyler’s top ten for the year that was 2015:
1. I the Mighty – “Connector”
“Psychomachia”

2. The Ongoing Concept – “Handmade”
“Amends”

3. Zella Day – “Kicker”
“Compass”

4. TesseracT – “Polaris”
“Messenger”

5. Icarus The Owl – “Pilot Waves”
“Werewolf Tea Party”

6. For Today – “Wake”
“Broken Lens”

7. Lana Del Rey – “Honeymoon”
“Music to Watch Boys To”

8. Twinsmith – “Alligator Years”
“Shut Me Out”

9. Pomegranate Tiger – “Boundless”
“Cyclic”

10. Atlas Genius – “Inanimate Objects”
“Friendly Apes”

With additional nods to: Marian Hill (“One Time”), Alina Baraz (“Maybe”), Coheed and Cambria (“Here to Mars”), The Front Bottoms (“Summer Shandy”), and Big Data (“Big Dater”).

Be sure to follow Tyler and his band Flannel Mouth, which are set for their album Prisoner’s Cinema to release next year. I’m eagerly awaiting for the world to hear their newest, because it’s their best – truly!

Tyler : twitter | instagram

Flannel Mouth : facebook | twitter | instagram | tumblr

Covergirl VoxBox

  
I was one of 5,000 lucky people who was selected by Influenster to test some brand new Covergirl items! These are new product lines coming out in January, but we were sent them a little early to try them out and give our honest opinions on them. I’m a little bummed I didn’t receive one of the eyeshadow palettes that a few hundred people got. Womp womp.

I’m already a fan of Covergirl’s mascaras, so I was pumped that I was selected to receive one from the brand new Plumpify line. It’s supposed to offer 50x (okay, that seems a bit much, but whatever) volume. They sent it in the color very black, which is perfect. The rubber applicator is twisted in a spiral, so I was curious about the performance as soon as I got it out of the box. It definitely made my lashes longer and fuller! It goes on pretty smoothly and clump free. 

  
I still prefer using at least a couple different mascaras to get the thickest look possible, but this did an amazing job! 

The other item I received was the vitamin infused lip balm from the new Oh Sugar line. I got the shade caramel. It smells nice and looks more like a lipstick than lip balm. Once it’s on the lips, though, you can tell it’s a balm. I like that it was sheer and shimmery.

   
 

Here’s me wearing both products!