Monday, September 22, 2014

September's ipsy Glam Bag: "Street Style"

My September ipsy Glam Bag arrived this past Saturday, September 13th! This month's theme is "Street Style". ipsy is about inspiring women around the world to express their unique beauty. This month's bag theme embraces that same idea. Every day, women, especially those in the ipsy community, express themselves through their personal style. Using this month's amazing Glam Bag goodies, ipsters can enhance their personal "Street Style"!

September's "Street Style" Glam Bag & postcard, featuring ipsy Stylists: Desi Perkins, Christen Dominique, Chrisspy, & LustreLux

Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil - Fringe

The first item I received was the Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil in Fringe. The pencil glides on my waterline and tight line effortlessly, without any tugging, which you may know is known to cause those tiny wrinkles on your eyelids or around your eye area. I love brown eye liner for every day eye looks. It's a great alternative to black. It makes your eyes look bright and awake without looking too intense or smokey like some black eye liners do. 

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss - Basic Instinct

The next item I received was the Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Basic Instinct. As you can see in the picture above, it is a very light, nude yet almost baby pink shade. Although this color is a bit too light for my particular skin tone, I plan on layering this with other lip colors I have in my collection, by dabbing a tiny bit of this on the center of my bottom lip. If you don't know, placing gloss on the center of your bottom lip creates a look of fullness and more dimension for a gorgeous pucker. 

Be a Bombshell Smooth Criminal Powder

Next, I have the Be a Bomshell Smooth Criminal Powder. This light-weight silica powder is perfect for finishing your face. If you have a light to medium skintone, you can lightly dust this all over your face to set your face makeup for a flawless finish. If you're more tan, you can still use this powder by lightly dusting it over your T-zones where you get oiliest. Your T-zones include the center of your forehead, nose, sides of nose, upper lip, and chin. 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel - Pretty Piggy

Now, for the item I was most excited about receiving this month, here's the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Pretty Piggy. Typing on a computer all day and washing dishes, usually wreck havoc on a regular mani, so I was very eager to get this. I love gel polish, since they last so much longer than standard polishes. Unlike other gel manicures I've gotten at a nail salon, this particular polish doesn't need a UV light to set itself. I can't wait to stat saving money by doing my own gel manicures at home! :)

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

The last item I got this month was the Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. In case you guys don't already know, I like to use a deep conditioning mask on my hair once a week, to keep my hair looking, strong, shiny, and healthy overall. A small tub like this is perfect for when I'm traveling. I never like to skip a deep conditioning day. 

Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain & Illuminating Mineral Bronzer

Lastly, I redeemed 1,000 ipsyPoints last month to get the Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain & Illuminating Mineral Bronzer. The Cheek and Lip Stain was a very pretty pink. With my particular skin tone, I think the cheek and lip stain will give a great natural looking flush to my cheeks or a great pinkish nude tint to my lips without making look too pale or zombie-ish.  The bronzer is too light for me, but I think it'll work great as a golden highlighter when dusted on my cheekbones. Check out the swatches below! 

Swatches(Left to Right) : Bellapierre Illuminating Mineral Bronzer, Bellapierre Cheek and Lip Stain, Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss - Basic Instinct, & Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil - Fringe

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with my items. Even though some shades may have not been the perfect macth for my skin tone, I'm sure to still try them out and worst-case scenario, if they don't work out, I have plenty of friends and family who would gladly take the goodies off my hands! ;)

Denise Joyce

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove & Dry'n Shape

I always tell my friends and family that great makeup begins with great skin. Deep cleaning your makeup brushes is very important, to prevent oil and dirt being transferred from your tools to your face. Clogged pores lead to breakouts, and if you're not careful, bacteria can begin to grow deep within your brush! GROSS!

This past Sunday, I gathered my brushes for deep cleaning. I was especially eager, because this was the first time I got to use my Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove & Dry'n Shape.

Large Brush Side

Small Brush Side

The Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove is AMAZING! It was designed specifically for deep cleaning your entire makeup collection, quickly and easily. It has two sides for large, face and small, eye makeup brushes. There's also three specific areas, with varying textures and surfaces, to easily guide you through the cleaning process. Compared to previous deep cleaning days, I was able to wash all of my brushes in half the time! :) 

After completing the washing process, I placed as many brushes as I could in my Sigma Dry'n Shape. I love how I can roll it up and dry the brushes upside down. The Dry'n Shape was great! As promised, my brushes were dry within 4-6 hours. I only wish that I had another one for all of my brushes to fit and more slots for smaller eye brushes. The remaining majority of my brushes had to be left to dry in a downward position on a towel. 

Lastly, if you were wondering how I was able to return my incredibly dirty, brown makeup brushes from the top picture, back to the white, white tipped, or vibrant green bristles showing in the 2nd picture from the bottom, I use the Beauty Blender Cleanser. It's definitely not just for cleaning your makeup sponges. I LOVE using this to clean all of my tools! <3 

Denise Joyce

Monday, September 15, 2014

Boy... Oh Boy!

Oh Boy...

Inspired by my friend Luis, who generally doesn't give a $#!+ about Fashion, I created the outfit above. I always get jealous of how guys can simply throw together a few casual pieces from their closet without much time and effort, and they'll still look somewhat stylish and put together. I kept this in mind when choosing these items. I decided to pick pieces that were similar to what I already have in my wardrobe.

These distressed boyfriend jeans, a black & white striped t-shirt, a canvas utility jack with faux-leather sleeves, and cut-out ankle boots are staples that I think most girls already have in their closets. Although it's still pretty warm here in San Francisco, I can't wait for the weather to cool down! I think it's perfect for Fall, sweater weather. :)

Denise Joyce