Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Beauty Blast Glam Bag

This month, my glam bag from Ipsy is justly called Beauty Blast. This bag had products that really make my face pop, and several of these items were surprising in a great way. Let's take a peek!
First this month is a Mattifying Emulsion and Pore Refiner by Figs & Rouge, and I was very surprised at how much I loved this formula. The primer turned my skin into a nice, clean canvas for my foundation, and it kept my skin's oiliness in check perfectly.
Next up is another favorite, Jelly Pong Pong's Liquid Gossamer. This is a lightweight, moisturizing highlighter that really lights up your face. I've used so many highlighters before, but what struck me as unique about this one was that it didn't just highlight my features, it gave them a really gorgeous sun-kissed glow. I've been using this nonstop since I received it, and it's perfect for winter when that fresh-off-the-beach glow is so hard to come by!
This product wasn't my favorite, despite my familiarity with the brand. This is Crown Brush's Deluxe Pointed Crease Brush, and those that have read my How Much is My Face Worth? post from last week know that I have a love for this brand's shadow/crease duet brush, so I definitely had high hopes for this brush as well. The thing I didn't love about it is the brush's very singular purpose: adding a subtle tint to the crease. I could do that and several other things with any brush by just using a light hand, but that was really all there is to do with this one. I'm not really able to get too much pigment with it because the brush is so light, and it isn't the easiest to control.
Now for an eye product! This is Absolute New York's Nano Liner, and I really love this one. It's by far the most precise eye liner pen I've ever used, the tip being extremely thin and precise. It was a bit tricky to get used to, but after using it a few times, I was used to it and realized how much creative freedom a small tip provides. I can get an extremely precise cat eye, and I never accidentally make my line too thick because the tip covers such a small area at one time. 
This is actually the first time Ipsy has sent me a product I've used before in the two years I've been ordering glam bags! This is the Full Exposure Mascara by Smashbox, and it just so happens to be my daily mascara (Ipsy really does know my taste well- spooky, but kinda awesome). This mascara is one of my favorites, giving me just enough drama for an everyday look with a coat or two. It gives my lashes a long, lush appearance and is one of my all-time favorite eye products. 
Did I mention how much I love this month's bag? It's so lovely! I love the bright colors, and it's probably my favorite makeup bag I've had from Ipsy. The products were also winners, and it was one of the better experiences I've had with glam bags! If you want to get your own $10 bag of beauty every month, head over to ipsy.com and sign up.

Remember, I pay for all of my monthly glam bags myself, and this review is in no way influenced by ipsy. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

How Much is My Face Worth?

I saw these posts drifting around a few years back, but recently I've seen several blogs start trying them again and thought I'd share! Today's post is the How Much is Your face Worth challenge where I grab the makeup I use on a daily basis and add prices to all of it, then total up how much everything would cost in all. Keep in mind that I'm extremely spontaneous with my makeup and I change things up all the time, so these are basically the go-to products I would toss in my bag if I were going out of town for a night.

Neutrogena Visibly Even BB Cream SPF 30 in Fair to Light $16

Neutrogena SkinClearing Blemish Concealer in Buff $10

Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder in Classic Ivory $13

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Natural Radiance Bronzer in Sunkissed $13
Anyone who has followed ChromoBeauty for a while knows about my love for Neutrogena. I have really acne-prone skin, and this brand has been the best for my skin since I started wearing makeup in sixth grade. I start with the BB cream since it isn't as heavy as foundation, then follow that with the blemish concealer under my eyes and on any pimples or discolored areas. This is one of my favorite items because it's formulated to cover and treat blemishes, plus it doubles as an under eye concealer. I use the stick concealer in a shade lighter than my natural skintone on my cheeks, nose, and forehead to highlight those areas, then cover my face in powder and lightly contour my nose and cheekbones with bronzer and blend it out for an even finish.
Hikari Powder Blush in Tango $15
This is the one facial product I use that isn't Neutrogena. I've found that this color is ideal for my skin tone, and the formula hasn't had any negative effects on my skin. I just add a light dusting on the apples of my cheeks and bring it up a bit towards my ears for a natural flush.

NYX Cosmetics Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette in Madelines and Macaroons $10
Despite its low price point, this palette has been a staple product for me for years. The shades are very pigmented and so versatile that barring crazy color looks, I can create any look I could want.

Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen in Black $20

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black $20

Ulta Brow Expert Palette in Light $12

(MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm $12

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready $18
I use this balm + lipstick combo very often because it really enhances my natural lip color and suits any look, but it's pretty interchangeable with any other balm or lipstick. I wear different formulas regularly and change up my lip routine a lot, but these are two of my favorites.

Ecotools Large Powder Brush $8

i on Beauty Eco-Friendly Blush Brush $16

Royal Care Cosmetics Pink Blender Sponge $2
Obviously this sponge is a knockoff considering that it's only 10% of the price of a real Beauty Blender, but I've found that any cheap teardrop-shaped sponge does the job for me. I use it to blend my concealer and BB cream, and it works like a charm.
Crown Shadow Deluxe Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush $7

Coastal Scents Classic Shadow Medium Natural Brush $2.50

e.l.f Cosmetics Eyebrow Brush and Comb $4

e.l.f Cosmetics Eyelash and Brow Wand $4

Ulta Brow Brush $10

Total: $220.50

This number alone isn't so horrible, but considering how much other makeup I have and how much it would cost altogether makes me question my life choices. Let's just be thankful today's post only consists of go-to products, or I think I'd have to give up makeup completely. Have any of you ever done this challenge? If you have, post your total below, and if you're a blogger, I challenge you to post how much your face is worth and leave a link in the comments! Good luck :)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Why So Serious?

Top: Hot Topic, Jeans: Wet Seal, Boots: Top Moda
The day I've been waiting on is finally here! Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I knew I had to share this year's costume with you. I found this perfect corset top at Hot Topic, and I paired it with jeans and combat boots for a feminine take on the Joker. For my makeup, I just used white face paint from Spirit Halloween, Fishnet and Graffiti eyeshadows by Urban Decay on my eyes and eyebrows, black liquid eyeliner from Starlooks, Perversion mascara by Urban Decay, and a bright red lipstick for my lips and scars.

I'm beyond thrilled with how this came together. I'm spending my Halloween at home with a few friends tonight eating Halloween desserts and watching horror films. What are your plans for tonight? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Alter Ego Glam Bag

After waiting for what seemed like ages, my October Glam Bag, Alter Ego, finally arrived last week! I've found several products that I love in this bag, but it doesn't really live up to its title. I read the label expecting bright, bold colors, and although I love my neutrals, I was a bit disappointed that this month's selection didn't have more variety. Let's look inside!
First this month is a Soothing Moisture Mask by Eau Thermale Avene. I'm normally not the biggest fan of face masks, but I really enjoyed this one. I happened to have a patch on my skin that's been really dry when this came in, and after using this mask, the redness had noticeably faded, and the area felt a lot smoother. It has a fresh, clean scent, and I enjoyed using it.
The second product this month is theBalm Cosmetics' Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Committed. This little guy was definitely one of my favorites in this bag, especially since I'm a huge theBalm fan. The first thing I noticed was this product's fantastic vanilla-y scent. It's absolutely fantastic, and it made me that much more excited to try it out! The color was absolutely gorgeous, and the matte effect stays flawless all day. I highly recommend this!
Next is an Xpress Line Cosmetic Pencil by Coastal Scents. I found this to be a really unique eye pencil, mainly because it was actually like using a typical pencil. It has really stiff lead, which makes it a little more difficult to apply, but it stays on much longer than most pencils since the lead doesn't smear as much. 
There's usually one letdown in every bag, and this month it was Ayres' Pampas Sunrise Hand Cream. Honestly, the first word that comes to mind when describing this product is average. There just wasn't anything special about it. It was a sufficient moisturizer, but it didn't give me the silky smooth hands that my favorite lotions do. To top it all off, I hated the smell. It was just an okay product all around.
Lastly this month is MicaBeauty's Ipsy Exclusive Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze. I really love cream eyeshadows, mainly because they're so fun to play around with using different formulas. This product glides on easily, and a little really goes a long way! It's gorgeous when layered with black or grey eyeshadow, and I've been using it lately as a base for a subtle smokey eye.
That's it for this month! If you'd like to receive your own Ipsy bag each month, you can sign up at ipsy.com. Have a great week lovelies :)
Remember, I pay for all of my monthly glam bags myself, and I am not in any way influenced by ipsy. All of my opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It's Sweater Weather

Top: Von Maur, Jeans: Wet Seal, Earrings: Claire's, Boots: Top Moda
It's October. FINALLY. This has to be my favorite month of the year. I can't get enough of the gorgeous weather, the changing colors of everything outside, and don't even get me started on the pumpkin spice treats (admit it, we're all basic white girls on the inside).
But of all of the great things about fall, fashion is what I love the most. I love wearing comfy sweaters and having an excuse to break out the boots that have been hiding in the back of my closet for the past few months! For today's OOTD, I'm wearing a pale purple striped sweater with a knit back, making it heavy enough to keep me warm in the mornings and light enough that I won't burn up later on when it gets a bit warmer. I'm also wearing my favorite pair of Top Moda combat boots. I can't recommend these boots enough. I've had my first pair for over two years, and I loved them so much that I had to buy a new pair this year since my old ones had started getting some scuff marks on the toes. At only about $20, they're some of the most durable shoes I've ever worn.
What fall pieces are your favorites this year? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Purple and Pineapples

Top- Hot Topic, Jeans- Wet Seal, Shoes- Maurices, Earrings- Earthbound
I love wearing tops with graphics from my favorite shows, but most of them aren't even remotely appropriate for any semi-formal event. When I found this sleeveless Doctor Who top, I was instantly smitten. I love the graphic, and it really gives a dressier take on TV-inspired clothing.

These wedges are also a favorite of mine. They're so colorful, and they go with everything! I love how the pinks and greens match so perfectly with the top.

I'm such a sucker for unique pieces. I found this mismatched bow-and-arrow earring pair at Earthbound, and I've been wearing them nonstop. They're absolutely gorgeous, and they add a twist to any look.
Where are your favorite places to buy merch for your favorite TV shows and movies? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Monochromatic Summer OOTD

Top- Rue 21, Shorts- Hot Topic, Shoes- JC Penneys, Bracelet- Claire's
I love traveling. One major goal for me in life is to travel to all of the places I've dreamed of growing up: Italy, France, New Zealand... I get dreamy-eyed just thinking about it. To end my summer vacation, I crossed one location off my bucket list and took a trip to the Dominican Republic with my family. 

We stayed at a jaw-dropping resort that was absolutely beautiful. It was filled with stunning architecture and plant life, and I took advantage of this to give you one of my favorite end-of-summer OOTDs. I paired this beachy, aztec-printed raglan top with my favorite pair of black high-waisted shorts and summery wedges, and it gives me a perfect look to beat the heat while still adopting a few fall trends into my ensemble, making it an ideal transition look.

For my fellow travel fiends, what locations are on your bucket lists? Sound off in the comments below!