Ipsy December 2017

This month’s ipsy theme was Snowglobe, which came in a beautiful silver and mint bag that I adored. Following are my first impression reviews of the items that I got. Coming on Friday will be my one-month re-review of my November bag, and one month from now you can see how I feel about all these products after trying them out for a while. If you prefer, you can watch my unbagging for December 2017 on YouTube.

pixi by petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Orchid Ornament (I could not find this item, but the Mineral Palettes are $12)


This looks like a very pretty light pink-gold and brown-purple duo, but it swatches out much closer to just gold and brown with some pink-purple undertones. Despite being more neutral than they looked in the palette, they do swatch nicely and the colors are still pretty. There is something of a powdery sensation when you touch the shadow but it isn’t too bad.


Ignore the black, I was swatching something else earlier.

Nyx Slide on Pencil in Black Sparkle ($8)


This was a little bit of a disappointment just because there were four different shades available and even though I list in my beauty profile that I prefer adventurous colors, I got the black. However, when I thought more about it, it’s looking like I’m going to get some use out of this soon (New Year’s parties, anyone?) so I’m trying not to be unreasonable.

The swatch doesn’t look great but my eyelids don’t exactly have the lines my hand does for the liner to settle in, so I’m not really worried. The sparkle shows up really nice and shiny, and the pencil is smooth. It seems like it might be so creamy it disappears, but I’m going to try to use a lighter hand and not go too hard on the product in hopes that I can prevent it from just crumbling away.


Rodial Glamolash XXL in Black ($28 for Full-Size)


Mascara! Not something that really excites me much, but I actually just changed my beauty profile to include mascara as an item I want because I’m really trying to find my go-to holy grail product; I want to love something! This mascara is promising to me. It looks very true black, and it has the type of very full-bristle wand that I tend to prefer.


Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Legendary (Full-Size $21)


Not important but, I love tiny sample size lipsticks. I don’t know why. The mini bullet is just so hilarious and adorable to me. I’m a weirdo, I know. This lipstick looks like it’s going to be a true red, but it’s a little more blue-toned in my opinion. It took three swipes to get the full swatch I have below, which isn’t promising but also isn’t a huge deal. The sensation of the lipstick is a little tacky and I’m not sure how it’s going to feel on my lips. I have mixed feelings on first impression and I’ll really have to use it to know how I feel.


Seraphine Botanicals Lip Polish in Orange + Cream ($18)


Okay, looking this up I truly did not believe it would be over, like $10. Or maybe $15. This is because I am cheap and don’t buy nice things. So it’s kind of actually cool to get a weirdly expensive lip scrub. And my lips are a disaster because of winter and my inability to remember to put on lip balm. I am liking the smell of this and it feels like it’s going to be a good balance of abrasive and moisturizing.


The Verdict

I don’t know guys. There’s really nothing wrong with this bag. But also, I’m not feeling really excited about it. Mostly, I think it’s just my mood and not ipsy’s fault. This was generally a good match for me as a bag, and I’m going to get good use from these products. The value of the bag is decent, as always. Remember to check in in a month to see what I think after usig these products.


Black Moon Cosmetics Autumn Lip Trio Review


Note: My photos may appear edited because they are, however, all editing was done in an effort to make the lipstick looks as true to life in the photo as possible.

Black Moon Cosmetics is an independent makeup brand that released a beautiful liquid lip trio for autumn that is limited edition. We’re going to review the colors and performance here, but if you are interested in seeing the packaging, you can see it in my video for the product.


Top to bottom: Harvest, Hazel, Cider




This color is a great muted orange-red that looks good with the warm tones that are really popular right now and matches most fall looks. That said, it’s definitely the safest of the colors in here. I think it’s nice that the trio included a more wearable color like this.



Hazel is an olive green that turns out to be surprisingly wearable if you are willing to give it a chance. While a strange color for the lips, this is a neutral in clothing, and therefore will match many outfits and eye looks if you go for something simple. It’s a unique color that is surprisingly easy to match, so if you are looking for something different but workable, I would really suggest it.



This is my favorite, and probably the hardest to pair. It is a beautiful mustard yellow that will look surprisingly good if you have pale neutral to cool skin tones. It might take some effort to match but it really is such a gorgeous color I find it worth the effort.

The Verdict

Overall, these are good quality lipsticks. I wore Hazel all day and it lasted through some eating, but didn’t make it through more greasy food. However, despite not standing up to food it didn’t transfer onto cups or straws when I drank. My lips wanted to be moisturized after a while of wear, but they didn’t feel very damaged or suffering from the wear. In terms of application, one dip into the tube was enough color, however, it did take two coats to overcome some streaking. The second coat goes on just as easily as the first coat, so I don’t view this as much of a problem.

I would say, if you are interested in the more different colors I would go get this now before it’s gone. However, even if you miss out on this, the quality of Black Moon Cosmetics lipsticks is good and you should certainly check out what else they have.

ColourPop Mini-Haul October 2017

I recently made a large purchase from ColourPop so I’m going to share some brief first impressions of everything I purchased. Watch out for full reviews of these products coming up!

I Think I Love You and Yes, Please! Pressed Shadow Palettes

I needed to include pictures of all of the packaging because ColourPop’s packaging is always amazing. I Think I Love You has a metallic pink box and palette while Yes, Please! has this amazing bright yellow box and a grey and yellow palette with the cutest phrase “Cute AF” on it.

I swatched these the moment that I got my hands on them, and the formulation of the pressed powders was amazingly silky and buttery. The color payoff is also great. The shimmery shadows come off with a beautiful shines and the mattes are true mattes.



I actually got the chance to use the Yes, Please! palette already and the shadows are super blendable, which is really important for the bright colors of the palette.



Overall, I’m impressed. I only had used ColourPop’s Super Shock Shadows in the past and had loved that formulation, so I was wary about the shift to pressed powders, but they did a great job. I will be doing a full review and swatching for each of these palettes in the future. Let me know what you want first!

The palettes are available for $16 each.

Moments of Weekness

Let me tell you, I have been waiting forever to get this lipstick set; I’ve wanted it from the moment it came out and was finally able to purchase it. As always, the packaging is adorable.

I knew I would love this, but I was still happy when I wore Tuesday for the first time and it lived up to my expectations. All of the lipsticks are ColourPops Ultra Matte liquid lipsticks. Their formulation dries quickly and perfectly matte and it stays put. I have never had a transfer problem with these lipsticks, and they have passed the kiss-proof test.

I’m going to do a week of these lips in the future and let you know about it. Stay tuned! This set is available for $35.

Aventurine Crystal Setting Spray

Fun fact about me: I owned neither setting powder nor setting spray until I got this spray from ColourPop. Because of that, I needed to be able to rely heavily on this spray.


The spray has a nice, fresh smell. However, the spray mechanism for this bottle isn’t very good; it doesn’t come out as a thin enough mist, so it has to be held far from the face to avoid getting soaked. I will say, though, that other than the application problem, the spray works and kept my face on through a night of raving.

The mist is available for $6.

Brush Bundle with Roll


Another thing I was lacking: enough brushes. The only brush I have used before this are a flat eye shader, an eye blending brush, an angled face brush, a foundation brush, and a (not a brush) beauty blender.

These brushes are great and soft, and the large powder brush made a beautiful powder applicator as well as a great blender. I didn’t love the fan brush; it doesn’t deposit much powder and I am so obsessed with highlighter that it just doesn’t work for me.

Now, here I really reveal my newbie-ness but holy crap I was not prepared for how much actually having a variety of eye brushes would up my eyeshadow game. I did the best eyeshadow of my life with these brushes. They pick up and deposit product well without holding too much onto themselves, and all the shadow brushes were soft but firm enough to perform their functions.

The whole set is available for $86 (at time of writing, on sale for $55).

The Verdict

Colourpop remains one of my favorites. There were a couple small misses in this, but even the misses were still generally functional and even useful. For the price, ColourPop can never be beat.