Sephora Play Box- August 2016

Am I the only person who didn’t know Sephora had a subscription box?!

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you would know I was subscribed to Ipsy Glam Bags for months and I would do reviews each month. I was staring to get bored of the products that Ipsy was sending, so when I saw the Play Box on Instagram I immediately looked it up on Google.

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For the same price as Ipsy, only $10 a month, I decided to cancel my Ipsy subscription and subscribe for Sephora’s makeup box. I am so happy that I did! The August box is my second from Play, sorry I didn’t review the first!

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First of all, the box it comes in is adorable with black and white stripes! When you first open the box, you get a pamphlet with 50 free rewards the next time you are at a Sephora store.

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When you open the pamphlet, you find all the information about the products and tips on how to use them.

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Like Ipsy, you get a little makeup bag or pouch with each box. This month the bag says “Wink outside the box” with some winking eyes. Last month was a cute popsicle for summer.

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The first item I pulled out was the Urban Decay Perversion mascara. I love trying new mascaras! I am pretty sure I haven’t tried the Perversion mascara yet, but I know Urban Decay has amazing mascaras that I have loved in the past.

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The next product I received was the Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear in Love Affair. I am so excited to try this waterproof eyeliner. The pretty plum color is great for a colorful smokey eye.

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Next is Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow in I-544. This color is going to look so beautiful with the Sephora eyeliner, mentioned above. I have never tried Make Up For Ever eye shadows but I have heard the are extremely pigmented.

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I love trying out new eye creams. This Algenis Eye Renewal Balm is suppose to help reduce dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles. While I don’t suffer with most of those, I believe it is important to start protecting your skin early.

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I know Lancome has great makeup, but I never tried their skin care. This Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer is infused with goji berries and lemon balm to help your skin. I can’t wait to try this instead of my normal moisturizer.

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Along with the 4-5 products you receive, you will always receive a perfume to try out. This month was the Clean Reserve Warm Cotton scent. I love clean and fresh scents, so this scent is right up my alley.

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So far, I am loving my Sephora Play Boxes and can’t wait to see what the September box has in store, stay tuned for my review of that box. Again, it only cost $10 a month!

Let me know what your favorite subscription box is, I would love to try some new ones.

Xo

Jami

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Vacation Diaries: Beach Essentials

While spending the last few days on the beach, while on vacation, I have found some things that I don’t think I could live without down the shore.

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Everyone loves the Victoria Secret Semi-Annual sale, including myself. Before heading on vacation, I found this canvas backpack for only $5! It was such a great deal for a beach bag, I couldn’t resist. You also need a pair of Old Navy flip flops for the beach, as well as a cute beach towel.

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First thing you always need at the beach is sunscreen. As often as I put on sunscreen, my pale skin always seems to get burnt. I also always like to bring a hair brush to the beach in case the wind tangles my hair. My favorite brush for the beach is my Tangle Teezer, its great for wet hair after a swim in the ocean.

A book is great to have on the beach. I have been reading “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero this week on vacation and so far I am loving it.

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I hate applying heat to my hair during the summer. I just started using Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturing Hair Cream, you apply it when your hair is wet and it adds volume and texture for be achy waves. Waterproof mascara is also a must. This Maybelline mascara has been great to add length and volume to my eyelashes without looking cakey. SPF chapstick is also a must to prevent your lips from burning. You might be thinking that lips don’t burn, but oh yes they can and it can be painful! I also carry gum in my bag just to keep my breath fresh.

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Xo

Jami

May Glam Bag Review

I finally received my May Glam Bag from Ipsy. If you haven’t read my past reviews make sure to check them out, I review and give my first impression of each product.

Click from March and April Reviews!

If you haven’t heard about Ipsy before, it is $10 a month and you receive 4-6 products to test and a makeup bag. For the next 48 hours, there is no wait list to subscribe, so sign up for next months bag.

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This months bag was travel themed and a new shape. Instead of the normal makeup bag, Ipsy decided to go for an envelope bag with images of the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, an elephant, and other fun places.

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This first product is something I have tried before. The Smashbox X-Rated mascara. I love Smashbox products especially their mascaras. This will be perfect to have for vacation this summer, I’ll have to keep myself from using it until then!

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The second product in my bag was the BelláPierre Cosmetics Nude Gel Lip Liner Pencil. When I first opened this lip liner to swatch, the tip of the product broke off, so I wasn’t very impressed with that. But after resharpening the pencil and swatching it, the pencil seemed very creamy and was a your lips but better color. Apparently this product is waterproof, so I hope it will be a nice liner for nude summer lips.

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I am super excited about this next product I received in my bag, the Épicé International Hydrating Mask. My skin gets super dry during the end of spring and summer, so having hydrating masks around is always nice. This is the perfect size to bring with you on any trip you have coming up to pamper you and your girlfriends. I can’t wait to try this mask.

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If you have read my past Ipsy posts, you know how much I love receiving brushes. This Slmissglam Small Contour W07 Brush will be great to apply bronzer for a natural bronzed look. I might also try this brush for highlighter. I love the white and pink bristles and gold detail, its so cute and super soft!

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I’m not sure how I feel about this last lip product. The PEEK Beauty
nom nom natural lip plumping balm in Miracle is a gluten and cruelty-free product. I don’t normally go for plumping lip products, but I am interested to see if this will actually make my lips look fuller. It smells really good though, so that is a plus.

In total, this isn’t my favorite Glam Bag… I am excited for the brush and face mask, but the other products didn’t excited me too much. Maybe once I try them I will change my mind.

I would love to know what you go in your Glam Bag this month or if you aren’t subscribed, let me know if you are interested in trying it out!

Xo

Jami

Colour Pop First Impression

You probably have heard about the makeup brand Colour Pop, every blogger and youtuber has talked about the makeup brand. They are known for their low price points, amazing color range, and great quality.

I finally decided to give this brand a try and bought a few products from their website.

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I decided to try two of the Lippie Stixs, a Sculpting Stix, an Ultra Mate Lip, and a Creme Gel Colour.

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This first Lippie Stix is in the color Hype Girl, which is a matte finish.

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The second Lippie Stix is in the color BFF, which is a glossy finish.

I have tried both of these Lippie Stixs, and for a first impression I didn’t love how they applied onto the lips. I really want to love these, especially since they are only $5 each! I am going to continue to try wearing them for longer periods of time and see how I like them. Hopefully I will have a better review of them in the future.

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Colour Pop has two Sculpting Stixs, one for contour and this one for high light, each for only $5! I decided to try the high light shade called Releve. So far I have only tried this as an inner corner highlight, but I love it! The size of the tip is perfect for the inner corner of the eye. It is a great color to brighten and open the eyes.

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Another lip product, but unlike the Lippie Stix, I absolutely love this Ultra Matte Lip in Midi. This matte lip is not drying and dries down super quick. The color does not exactly match the color shown on the website, it is a little darker, but none the less a beautiful color. For only $6, this ultra matte lip is an amazing buy!

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I wanted to try something a little different for spring and summer, so right before I checked out online, I decided to but the Creme Gel Colour in Cry Baby. For just $6, I thought this would be a fun replacement to the harsh black eyeliner I typically like to wear.

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Here are some swatches of the products on my fair skin.

From top to bottom: Cry Baby, Revere, Midi, Hype Girl, and BFF

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I ordered my makeup on a Wednesday and got my package by Monday, which is super quick shipping. I have heard others weren’t happy with Colour Pop’s shipping and customer service, but I have no bad words for the brand.

Overall, I think Colour Pop is going to become a favorite brand and I am excited to order more products from them.

Xo

Jami

April Glam Bag Review

It’s that time of the month! I’m talking about my Ipsy Glam Bag, not what you’re probably thinking… If you don’t know Ipsy bags are only $10 a month and you get a bag as well as 4-5 products.

This is my second blog post review, if you haven’t read my March review be sure to check it out here!

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First let me say how cuuuutttee this bag is! I will be carrying this as my new makeup bag that I carry everyday in my handbag.

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The first product in this month’s bag was a Luxie Beauty brush. This is a 522 Tapered Highlighter. I have already started using this brush and I am already in love! I love how soft the bristles are and how it applies my highlight without going too heavy. This brush on the website retails for $24, thats double the cost of the Ipsy bag! This brush alone made the bag great, for me, this month.

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This next product I haven’t had the chance to test yet. The JOr’el Parker Fango Mud Therapy mask is infused with a blend of moisturizing and exfoliating antioxidants, leaving you with super soft skin. I am probably going to try this mask tonight and see if it helps with my clogged pores.

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Who doesn’t love a good highlight? I have just tried this Trust Fund Beauty That Glo Tho Highlighter this morning. So far I liked the application, but I feel the color wasn’t great for me at the moment… Maybe once I hit the beach and get a nice tan it’ll suit my skin much better. I love the packaging, the cream stick makes it so easy to throw in your handbag and touch up throughout the day.

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Everyone has heard of the Moroccan Oil Treatment, but I had never tried it until receiving it this month. I have tried it twice so far and I am not sure how I feel about it yet. I am not a huge fan of the smell and it is very thick. My hair does look nice after applying it, but I don’t think this is a product that I would go and purchase myself.

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I love this last product! The Tarte LipSurgence lip creme in Wonder is such an amazing product. Crayon lipsticks are one of my favorite lip products and this color is just so beautiful. Its a great mix between a bright red and a berry.

This was a really good bag this month. I love testing new products without having to spend so much money on the full size.

I want to hear about some of your favorite products, whether you got a glam bag this month or just discovered a new makeup favorite.

Xo

Jami

March Glam Bag Review

If there’s one thing I love almost as much as fashion, it’s beauty. I once asked my mom why I loved makeup so much and she said it’s because “Makeup has no size”. While a cute top may not fit, or a store my not have your size jeans… the beauty counter will always have something that will work on you.

I love trying new products and I found that subscription bags are the easiest way to try new brands. I have been subscribed to Ipsy for a few years now, but have only now gotten to sharing the products with you.

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This month was called “Hello Spring”. Every month, you receive a makeup bag with products. This month the bag was a super cute combo of teal and hot pink, perfect for spring. I also received 5 products ranging from hair to makeup and tools.

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The first product is the NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in 08. I love how creamy and pigmented this lipstick is, I can’t wait to wear this color on my next night out. It is suppose to be waterproof and infused with avocado oil and vitamin E.

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The next product is the Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil . I am very excited to try this, but so far I love the smell and the texture seems very rich on the back of my hand. Since it is spring break, I plan on using this while curling my hair for the perfect beachy waves. It supposedly maintains frizz-free hair for 3 days, so those waves will stay beautiful for the rest of break.

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This next product I am not as excited about, the Beau Gâchis® Paris’ Cosmetic Eyeshadow Brush. I have a lot of makeup brushes, some I prefer to use more than others. I love a shadow brush that is dense and packs shadow on really well. As far as I can see, this brush isn’t very dense. But maybe it will be good for blending shadow, I still need to give it a try. According to the Ipsy review, this brush is handmade and can be used for liquid, cream, and powders.

This Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover is a gorgeous pink-peach. I don’t normally wear pink eyeshadows, but I would love to give this a try. If it doesn’t work on me as an eyeshadow, I would also use this as a blush. This is the perfect travel size product to throw in your handbag for touch ups during spring break.

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Last but certainly not least, the Pixi by Petra Blush Duo in Rose Gold. This blush duo is perfect for a spring and summer glow. I would wear both colors together for an all over cheek glow or use the rose gold as a blush and the champagne color as a highlight.

I am excited to try all of these products this month and can’t wait to see what the April bag has in store for me. If you are interested in subscribing to Ipsy, which I forgot to mention is only $10 a month, you can click here!

Let me know if you liked this review of this month’s Glam Bag because I can certainly start doing these monthly.

Xo

Jami

Beauty Favorites

Getting dressed up and looking cute doesn’t always rely on a cute outfit, sometimes makeup and hair are a huge part of the process. Today I want to share some of my beauty favorites with you all!

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My first favorite is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. This is a recent purchase from Sephora. The weather has been crazy here in New York City, and my skin is suffering and becoming super dry. I like to keep this in my handbag or school bag to help with my dry hands, but this cream is also sensitive enough to use on your face. I love the fact that this is formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and other harsh chemicals.

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This next favorite is a bit of a splurge, the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick in the color 9 Nude in Private. I bought this as a birthday gift to myself back in October and it has been my go-to since then. The light pink color is beautiful for daily wear at school or work, or when I am out with friends. I love the creamy texture of this lipstick and how moisturized my lips feel while I am wearing it. I definitely believe this lipstick is worth the money.

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On my nails, I have been wearing Essie’s Off Tropic polish. This color is from their new Spring 2016 line. Essie describes this color as “lush grove green”. I have been painting my nails none stop with this color since buying it. It is the perfects transition from winter to spring.

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This month I decided to invest and start my morphe brush collection. I have bought cheaper brushes that weren’t as great quality before, and they either fell apart or the bristles would fall out after a few months of use. I started with the M458 Flat Contour brush, which is the perfect brush to get a chiseled contour. I loved the quality of the brush so much that I went out and bought the M333 Chisel Shader brush and M441 Pro Firm Blending Crease brush. My favorite of the 3 would have to be the M441 brush, I use it everyday to blend my eyeshadow. I can’t say how much I love these brushes and I can’t wait to try more of them in the future.

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I want to know what your favorites have been recently! Or if you have tried any of my favorites?

Xo

Jami

Renting Sunglasses?!

As a college student, especially one who has an obsession for all things accessories, it’s difficult to splurge on designer items. A bag or shoes can be gorgeous, but us students can’t shell out hundreds of dollars for these luxury goods. We have other expenses, like textbooks, supplies, food, etc…

I recently discovered a site, Ditto.com,  where you can rent designer sunglasses for $24 a month, basically Netflix for sunglasses. These sunglasses range from Rayban to Mui Mui. I just got my first pair in the mail, which are these gorgeous Prada 0 PR 09 QS in black. These sunglasses retail for $385, but only cost $24 a month to rent.

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The best thing about Ditto, you can keep the glasses as long as you’d like! When you’re ready to exchange them for a new pair, swap them for a new pair. The new pair will arrive with a shipping label and you can send the old pair back.

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Let me know you’re thoughts on the idea of renting sunglasses! So far, I am in love!

Keep an eye out for my next post where I will be styling these sunglasses with a fun spring outfit.

Xo

Jami

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