Friday, February 13, 2015

Julep Maven Classic with a Twist Box: January 2015 - Maryam, Tilda Metamorphic top coat and Oxygen Nail Treatment

Julep Maven
Classic with a Twist
January 2015

Luxe Lip Conditioning Treatment - Sheer Pink

I love the formula of this gloss!  With conditioning pumpkin seed oil, sunflower wax and vitamin E, it feels so smooth on your lips.  Not sticky at all!  It is very sheer.  On my lips it looks like a shimmery clear gloss.  I don't mind that it doesn't have too much color because it looks nice over anything.  The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the metal tip, but that just may take getting used to.  It is supposed to stimulate circulation to make your lips look fuller... it just fees so cold!  Like really cold!  It might feel more refreshing in the Spring or Summer.   

Oxygen Nail Treatment - Ivory

This nail treatment has anti aging plant cells, a uv filter and nutrients to strengthen your nails.  It has a very slight milky tint because it gives best results when worn alone because the "oxygen" technology allows your nails to breathe.  I just used one coat above because I am using it as a base for the polish below.  If I was wearing it alone I would go for two coats for a little better coverage.  As a base, it worked very well! My polish lasted days without chipping at all.

Maryam - Dark Merlot Shimmer

I really liked this color!  It has a subtle gold shimmer which makes it a bit more interesting than just another burgundy.  This was also easy to apply and covered perfectly with one coat.  It also lasted really well.  My nails looked nice for days!  A lot longer than anything else has lasted recently!

Metamorphic Top Coat - Bjork

I had high hopes for this one because I love a good transforming top coat, but it just wasn't love for me.  I just didn't like that it turned very blue.  Maybe I'll try it over other colors, but it should look good over the color that Julep pairs it with right?  I just wasn't wowed :( 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

IPSY Glam Bag Swatches and Review: January 2015

IPSY Bag January 2015

I really like the bag this month.  It is simple, but cute!  One side is white and the other is blue and it has a geometric square pattern embossed all over it.

This is everything that was in my January Bag.

Pobelle: Nail Laquer - Into the Blue
Full Size .5 fl. oz. $6

I didn't try this one, to be honest.  The color is just... I don't know.  I don't wear blues often and I guess it is just something you have to be in the mood for.  I'm still into my winter darks right now, so maybe when Spring rolls around I'll be feeling more colorful :)  I do like getting polishes in my bag though.  Even ones like this that I probably wouldn't buy myself.  It pushes me to try new things!

Full Size $13

I really like mechanical eye liners and was excited to see this in my bag.  I'm not familiar with this brand and I was excited to try it.  I wasn't too happy with this one though :(  I had to apply a lot of pressure to get this swatch on my hand.  Since I couldn't press so hard on my eye, it hardly showed up at all.  I looked very light grey and was quite uneven and patchy looking.  Sadly, this one is getting tossed.

Pacifica: Natural Mineral Coconut Eyeshadow - Ethereal

I love this eyeshadow!  I love a light, shimmery neutral for a quick all over lid color on those busy mornings and this one is almost perfect!  It does have a very slight pinkish hue that I don't love, but I have been wearing the heck out of this shadow since I got it.  It is not only a lovely all over color, but it is a great highlight on the brow bone or inner eye corner.  I loved it so much, I wanted to check out the other colors in the line, but I can't seem to find them!  I found Pacifica's other eye shadows, but not this one or any with this formula.  If you guys know anything about where to find them, let me know!

Teadora: Body Cream - Rainforest at Dusk
Sample Size 2 oz. - Full Size 8 oz. $26

This brand is new to me.  It is natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free.  Their body cream is packed full of natural ingredients to not only moisturize, but to firm and improve your skins elasticity and appearance.  From what I read of the brand on their web site (linked above) I was really impressed and would certainly recommend checking them out.  I loved the formula.  It feels like it dances the line between a lotion and a cream.  It does not feel heavy on my skin, but it is very moisturizing.  The only thing that's not a win for me is the scent.  It is actually a lovely scent, just not my thing really.  The scent is 100% natural.  I smell rose, geranium, orange... something else... not sure.  It really smells lovely, very spa like.  Just not my jam.  But, they have said that they are working on some new scents, so I'm excited for that :)

Astrida Naturals: Lip Balm - Orange Mint
Sample is Full Size .15 oz $4

Love getting another natural product!  I really loved the formula.  It went on smooth and I really felt the oils melting into my lips.  It did not feel waxy at all.  I wasn't in love with the fragrance.  The mint is very strong with a hint of orange.  I loved the formula so much though and I think I may have to order a different fragrance.  The honey sounds to die for.  Honey is my absolute favorite.  They do also make a fragrance free option.

So, that was my January IPSY bag!  
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