House of Lashes│Bambie + Iconic

June 18, 2015

I have become quite fond of lashes over the years. I pretty much incorporate them into almost all of my eye makeup looks. I simply can't get enough. They come in so many fun styles, and they add a glamorous touch to the eyes.

I have always wanted to try lashes from House of lashes, since I often read amazing things about them. A few months ago I finally placed an order on their website and I picked up a couple of lovely pairs. I got a pair that are on the more flirty side, and three pairs of a bold and ultra-glam style. Needless to say, I am super pleased with my purchases from House of Lashes. The lashes are top notch, trendy, and they definitely shine from the rest. I can't wait to pick up more!


Bambie: I absolutely love these lashes! Bambie has become my go-to pair since they compliment any look. These are fuller and longer towards the center and shorter on the ends, to create a more eye-opening look. They contain a blend of black and brown human hairs, which are100% human. I love how easy these lashes are to apply. They also feel really lightweight on.


Iconic: If you are looking for a pair of lashes that are on the more dramatic end of the spectrum, the iconic is a great contender. These multi-layered lashes (made of 100% cruelty-free synthetic hair) were made to stand out with their gorgeous criss-cross pattern, which adds an intense effect and a heavy dose of showstopping volume. These lashes don't have that weightless feel like the bambie lashes do, but they aren't overly uncomfortable to wear. Also, the band is a little thicker than I am used to. It's not something that I can't work with, though.

Price
Bambie: 1 pair ($9), 3 pack ($22)
Iconic: 1 pair ($12), 3 pack ($30)

Availability


What do you all think of the lashes from House of Lashes? Which are your favorite lashes?


Disclaimer: Purchased by me.

MAC│266 Small Angle Brush

June 16, 2015

MAC's 266 Small Angle brush is one of my absolute favorites to use for gel eyeliner application. It's so easy to work with, and the near-perfect results can't be beat. It doesn't matter if you are going for a thin or thick eyeliner look, the 266 brush effortlessly helps create the sharpest, and most precise lines. Drawing a winged out, cat eye has never been easier. I don't just limit the 266 brush for gel eyeliner. It also works fabulously for applying brow powders and creams.


The 266 Small Angle brush is very sturdy and well-made. The brush hairs are amazingly soft and glide on the lids without any pulling or tugging on the skin. I have had this brush for quite some time now, and the hairs have not lost their shape. The 266 brush is super easy to cleanse too, with a very quick drying time.

Overall
If you are on the market for a superb, multi-tasking angled eye brush, give MAC's 266 Small Angle brush a try. Yes, it is a little on the pricier side but honestly, this is undoubtedly an investment that's worth making.

Price
$20

Availability


What do you all think of MAC's 266 Small Angle brush? Which are your favorite eyeliner brushes?


Disclaimer: Purchased by me. 

Ipsy│June 2015

June 15, 2015

 
Ipsy hardly ever disappoints. And June's glam bag is no exception. Not only is this month's bag super cute with the neon zipper color pop against the black, but my bag contained a fun assortment of beauty and skincare products that I am really looking forward to trying out. I have a feeling I am going to discover a couple of new favorites, which is always nice.


Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer: This face primer has been a cult favorite for years, and I can't wait to see what all the hype is about. Smashbox's Photo Finish Foundation Primer helps blur out skin imperfections by reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores, creating the perfect base for foundation application. It's also oil free, and infused with vitamins A and E.

It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil: I have always snubbed eyebrow pencils because I was always afraid that they would look too obvious on, and not natural. Well, ever since discovering Anastasia's Brow Wiz and the wonders it can do for my eyebrows, my fear of eyebrow pencils have completely diminished. It Cosmetics is a brand that I have always wanted to familiarize myself with since their products are highly raved about. And I think this eyebrow pencil is just the perfect start. Brow Power is comprised of a universal transforming shade that will suit any hair color, depending on how soft or hard you press the pencil. Applying softer strokes will match lighter hair colors like blonde and silver. And a harder press will match darker hair colors like medium brown to black. Along with the oval shaped tip-that's great for thin or thick brows, the other end of the pencil contains a handy spooley brush, to polish the brows for a more natural look. This eyebrow pencil is paraben free, and promises to be long-wearing and smudge resistant.

Formula X Power Source Nail Color: This bright, hot coral pink nail color is gorgeous. So perfect for the summer months. Power Source is going to be my next pedi color, for sure. Love it!

tre'StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon: I think this paraben free eyeshadow will be great to sport on days when I am going for a minimal makeup look, since it's such an easy product to work with. Just swipe the shadow on the lids, blend it out, and done. This shadow would also make a nice base for my powdered shadows, to make the colors more vibrant and intense. I received the shade Marimoto Pink Pearl, a pretty pinky-nude with a soft pearl finish. I have oily eyelids, so the fact that this eyeshadow is crease resistant and long lasting-12 hours, is a huge plus for me.


BioRepublic Sheet Mask Trio: Face masks are one of my favorite ways to pamper myself. Not to mention, they make a fabulous addition to a skincare routine. The masks I received are Aloe Rescue (revitalizing), Green Tea Detox (purifying), and Cucumber Breeze (soothing). These nutrient and antioxidant infused face masks are good for all skin types, and they are paraben free.


If you want to sign up for a monthly Ipsy subscription, you can do so here.


What did you all receive in your June Ipsy bags?


Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Ipsy subscription. This post contains referral links.

Julep│June 2015

June 12, 2015

 
This month's Julep Maven box is among one of my favorites that I have received. For June, I decided to go with the boho glam box which contained two gorgeous nail colors that I already can't get enough of, a tinted lip conditioning treatment that soothes and hydrates my lips like nobody's business, and of course, a couple of treats to satisfy my sweet tooth.


Isabela: I am on a serious blue nail polish kick right now, so of course I was happy to see this Amparo blue cremè hue in my box. The formula is really nice (two coats provide opaque and even coverage), and I love how the color pops on the nails.

Manda: Another blue nail color! But this isn't just any light blue polish, it's taken up a notch thanks to the golden shimmers it contains. I don't have anything like Manda in my collection, and it makes for a really fun new addition. Formula-wise, it's a little thinner than Isabela, but totally workable. Two-three coats will do for opaque, even, and streak free results. 


Luxe Your Lips Tinted Conditioning Lip Treatment: This paraben-free lip treatment (I have the shade "poppy") couldn't have arrived at a better time. My lips have been on the dry side lately, so they were in dire need of moisture. This conditioning lip treatment contains ingredients like pumpkin seed oil to help retain elasticity, and vitamin e to prevent collagen loss. The cooling applicator tip-which I love, boosts circulation and soothes the lips. My lips not only feel moisturized after applying this conditioning lip treatment, they look healthier, and the sheer hint of color this imparts on my lips is a nice bonus.


If you want to sign up for a monthly Julep Maven subscription of your own, you can do so here.


What did you all receive in your June Julep Maven boxes?


Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Julep Maven subscription. This post contains referral links. 

Scentbird

June 11, 2015

 
A few months ago, I was pleasantly introduced to Scentbird, a new perfume subscription service. For just $14.95 a month you receive a generously sized, 30 day supply, 0.27 OZ / 8 ML vial of a designer fragrance of your choice. With over 350 fragrances to pick from-we are talking popular brand names here, you are bound to find a favorite one to try each month. How cool is that?


When first signing up, there is a short quiz that helps find the best perfume match for you by analyzing your preferences. There is a monthly queue where you can add your personal perfume recommendations, or any other of the fragrances offered, of your own choosing.

The first shipment contains a sleek reusable case, along with the vial that contains the fragrance chosen. Included is also a felt drawstring pouch, to securely store the case in. So perfect for when traveling and on the go. Each month's shipment from then on will contain a vial with you perfume pick.


Using the purse spray is quite simple. Just twist to spray, and twist to close. To replace the vial with a new one, just pull up the old vial to remove it, drop in the new vial, then twist.


My perfume pick was Escada's Born in Paradise. I am a huge fan of Escada fragrances and Born in Paradise has been on my wishlist for quite some time, so thanks to Scentbird, I finally had the opportunity to give it a try. Born in Paradise is right up my alley with it's fruity notes of pineapple, watermelon, guava, and coconut. It's a very fresh and crisp fragrance, and it makes for a nice everyday scent that's perfect to sport during the warm summer months. Love it!

Overall
Scentbird is a really neat, top-notch subscription service that I think many will enjoy. It's a fun and affordable way to try out a variety of fragrances without committing to the full size bottles. Plus, you can discover new fragrance favorites along the way, which is always nice.

Price
$14.95/month

Availability


What do you all think of Scentbird? Interested in a fragrance subscription service?


This post has been sponsored by Scentbird. Press Sample received for review consideration. My thoughts and opinions are always honest, never influenced, and my own.
 
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