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December 2013 Ipsy Bag! Review + Pics

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I was so excited to get the bag this month! The christmas packages are aways really special, and have fun products! When opening the bag the first product I received was the greeting card on the inside letting me know I can enter to win a year of free Ipsy bags.

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Then loose in the package (because it is too long to fit in the makeup bag) is the Mirabella Eye blending brush. I was so excited to receive a makeup brush in my bag, brushes and nail polishes are my favorite items to receive. I also needed a good fluffy blending brush, so this was perfect! The brush is amazing quality as well, it has a heavy shiny silver metal handle. It is long and has a good grip to it. The bristles are dense and high quality, with no fiber fall out. This is a really great brush that is soft and perfect for blending eyeshadows out.

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The makeup bag itself, is the best one I have received yet. I loved the last bags gold and pink glamorous look, this months is very dark, edgy, and sleek. It has a deep blood red inside fabric, and the outside has a black reflective studded feel, and is perfect for the winter when darker shades are worn.

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In the bag, I first pulled out a Pop Cosmetics eyeshadow trio, in Bright Up Your Life. The set comes with a bright shimmery white shade, a medium shimmer grey, and lastly a dark shimmer black shade. This set is perfect for a smokey eye, and will look great on the eye when blended out with the brush I also got. I wish that the white shade was shimmery, but the other two were matte. I find an all over shimmery eyeshadow look can be sometimes too much (as you can see in the swatches below) However, I love this brand, and the packaging has adorable flowers on the cover. It also comes with a little dual sides makeup sponge wand.

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Next is the Be a Bombshell facial shimmer stick in Girl Crush. I am happy because this was the color I had wanted, and this brand always makes good products! I love their matte black packaging as well. The product is meant to be an all over kind of product, and can be used as a highlight on the cheeks, lips, etc. The actual shade and light reflects in the shimmer is beautiful, and goes on the skin with a smooth and silky finish, however it is quite messy in the tube, but has a good amount of product.

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I also received the J. Cat Beauty Lip Crayon in Red Rose. I love red lipsticks and they go great with my skin tone, but I am a bit sick of getting the same exact color in every bag. It would be nice to see a dark cherry color or even a light pink. This crayon though has a very nice satin finish on the lips, and is easy to apply. The packaging is pretty cute, and has a lot of product which is great.

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Best saved for last, THE NAILPOLISH. Omg, I love nothing more then getting nail goodies! I love every single Nailtini shade I have received in the past, so was uneasy to receive a polish by a different brand. Boy was I wrong, this is the best nail polish, hands down, I have ever used! It is a textured polish which I didn’t get and was worried it would look like the fuzzy nail polish. This nail polish though is such a gorgeous color and the finish is to die for. The nail polish is deep purple, with light pink and silver reflects of glitter. Mine is in the shade Sugar Plum Fairy, ha ha anyone else loveee looking at the names of the polishes? I want that task as a job, seriously. The amount of polish is great, yet slightly less than the Nailtini’s I believe and is by the brand Julie. I has never herd of the brand but now I just want to check out all their other polishes. The nail lacquer goes on very think, but can easily be cleaned up. I only used one coat, because I didn’t want to affect how the finish would come out (because the crackle ones don’t let you apply multiple layers) You don’t need more than one coat, because it is thick, it gives off great color payoff, and is fully opaque after just one coat. Once the coat dries, it begins to become bumpy and glittery. I was pleased that it was fast drying, and the polish doesn’t finish chunky, but looks as if you dipped your nail into pure purple glitter. This is a really fun polish, and I am happy to have it in my collection now.

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Overall, this bag is one of the best I have ever received It was filled with really great quality and varied makeup products. I used almost all of them right away because I was too excited to wait! I can’t wait to see what we get next month already! Let me guys know what you think of this month’s bag, and if you enjoyed the bag as much as I did. Leave comments below 🙂 Thanks for reading & Love always Pearlsnheels ❤

P.S You can buy your own bag or sign up monthly at www.ipsy.com (It is only $10 a month!) It is a great bargain for great products, considering most products cost $10 or more a piece. They are also great because they include much more than just samples, like Birchbox does. These are mostly filled with full sized products, and actual makeup tools. Best monthly bag I have tried! I am not paid or benefited in anyway by my posts about Ipsy, I just love the bags and wanted to share my thoughts 🙂

Nail Look Of The Day #1! Black & Glitter

Nails! I will be creating some posts with nail looks I create! I have since been inspired by my fellow bloggers, and their gorgeous nails! So, here is my first look is showcasing black and glitter. I am all about the flash! This look wasn’t hard to complete at all. The only challenges were found in painting my right hand with my left, this is one of my biggest life issues ha ha FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS…But I will just show you what my left hand looks like, because it doesn’t look like my right hand at all! lol

I used, of course, a base coat, a fast drive top coat, black skinny brush nail polish, and some glitter!

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I used Spoiled Nail Polish In Jewelry Heist, for the glittery tips! I used Nail Club Black polish with a skinny brush. Then, my favorite top coat, Oh So Wet! This stuff is a fast drying top coat, that literally dries before your eyes and prevents chipping.

All I did to create this look was first apply my base coat, any one will do! Then I turned my hand sideways, to make this step easier, and dragged the tip of the brush along the edge of my nail, applying a thick band of glitter at the end of my finger nails. Then I repeated this step three times, ensuring an opaque glitter effect. Then after that was all dried, I took the black skinny nail polish brush and flicked diagonal lines from the side of my nails to the center, starting thick then tapering off. This took me a couple nails before I got the hang of it so don’t worry if the lines waver a bit, hay it beats salon prices! :p I put these lines above the glitter band on my nails, and gave the look a professional touch 🙂

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Thank you guys so much for reading, please comment down below with ideas for future nail looks I can create for you! Or let me know if you like these types of nail posts and I will be sure to create some more. Please remember to like this post and follow me for some more lovin’ 🙂 Love always Pearlsnheels ❤

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips

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I was inspired by ohloveleslie’s blog  and decided to go out and buy some Sally Hansen nail stickers, in “hot wired” from CVS for $7.

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The Kit comes with two packs of nail strips (with some extra in case of mistakes), a wooden poker, and a nail file.

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Although it took me bit to adjust  to using these, once I figured them out I can’t get enough of them! These guys are great if you want amazing looking nails, that last up to two weeks. I Love having these on my nails when I am trying to grow them out because I am less tempted to pick at them because there are so pretty :p

I first off clean my nails completely, clip my cuticles, and file my nails. Then I go through the strips provided and find which ones best fit my nail shape. Then I’ll take the sticker, rip off the backing, and place it in the top middle of my nail. Then I will smooth the sides to each corner of my nail, and then down to the edge of my nail. Then you can use the nail file and file the excess sticker away. To ensure extra hold, I press down the whole sticker on each nail for a couple of seconds. Then, as an optional step, I apply a clear coat on top for extra shine and to prevent chipping.

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I am super happy with the results, very neon and fun. If you guys would like me to try out more nail styling products like the sugar finish polish or any of the newer ones let me know and I’ll do a review. If you guys like the nail look please like and follow me for more lovin’ 🙂 thanks for reading and Love always Pearlsnheels

My Summer Essentials!

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Love Summer? We all do, it’s the one time we get to slip on our flip flops and drink pink lemonade. If you are  New Englander like I am, you know summer is the pleasant break where there is no shoveling snow and waking up to negative 15 degree weather! lol Where ever you live warm weather is wonderful, so I thought I would create for you my summer essentials and must haves! Shown in the picture above, are my summer needs, and read along if you would like to find out what I need to have on me at all times! If you guys would like a full review post about any of these products in particular, let me know in the comments! 🙂 

#1 Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo for straight/normal hair: I love this product for when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I want to do is get into the shower. So I throw some dry shampoo in and feel refreshed! (From Target For $3)

#2 Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Leave-In Protective Spray: Whether you are curling your hair or just going out for the day, heat damage is never the answer! If you’re like me and are trying to grow out your hair, heat can really damage your hair and cause drying. Using this spray prevents harmful heat from hot tools and the sun! (From Target For $5)

#3 Coppertone Sport Pro Series Duraflex SPF 50+ Spray On Sunscreen: Like your hair your skin is just as important when it comes to protection from harmful heat rays! Being in the sun is wonderful, but too much IS a bad thing. This sunscreen is the best I have found and easiest to apply! With the spray on function and almost odorless finish it makes keeping your skin healthy easy. (From CVS for $4)

#4 Burt’s Bees Miracle Salve: This little tin jar is amazing! This is a little good smelling balm, with a smooth texture that you can apply to your cuticles, elbows, knees, and the ends of your hair! It is pretty much a miracle in a jar. It is filled with a ton of of goodies like pumpkin seed oil and olive oil! This stuff works amazing on my dry heels and elbows! (From Bed Bath and Beyond, For $6)

#5 The Body Shop Mango Body Butter: This stuff smells amazing just like fresh mangos! This stuff is creamy and makes my skin so soft and smell so good. I always keep this mini jar in the bottom of my purse to throw on my hands or legs after shaving! (From a gift, but you can find it at The Body Shop)

#6 EOS Lip balm Egg in Sweet Mint: I love this little blue egg! These lip balms have legit changed my life lol. They are so cute and look like little easter eggs, and make my lips super soft and yummy tasting. (From CVS FOr $4)

#7 My Teal Watch: I got this watch from Target, though I am not sure of the brand, I love it so much. I thing is summer a great thing to have on you is an accent piece! Something that stands out and is a pop of color such as a bubble necklace, or colorful earrings. (From Target For $15)

#8 My Guess Pink Aviators: Eye protection is also important during the summer. Find a pair of cute shades that suit you and rock them! 😉 (From Marshalls For $16.99)

#9 Pixi Flawless & Poreless Face Primer: I love this primer. It is creamy and lays out a smooth canvas for my foundation. In the summer, when the heat flairs up, you need all the help you can get to keep your liquid foundation in place, and this product will definitely due the job. (From My Ipsy Bag, You can buy this one from Target as well)

#10 Elf Facial Mist And Set: A setting spray is an essential for me in summer, because of how well it works to keep my makeup looking good all day long. After applying all my makeup on I spray this all over my face, which leaves my skin feeling refreshed and my skin looking dewy and healthy. (From eyeslipsandface.com For $1)

#11 Revlon Nail Polish in 250 Flirt: I love this shade, it is a cute summery color perfect for June days. I love to pop this on my nails and be looking girly. (From Bed Bath and Beyond For $3)

#12 Sally Hansen VitaSurge Growth Gel: This stuff is totally cool! It is a nail gel filled with little blue beads that burst with vitamins and melts over the top of your nails. This serum is amazing, all you have to do is take a dab out of the bottle and put it on top of your nail and rub it in an instantly your cuticles are moistened and your nails are shiny. This stuff is amazing for when you are trying to grow out your nails, you can apply it before your nail polish and after. (From Cvs For $6)

#13 Beauty Sponge: I picked this cute little purple beauty sponge up from Marshalls: I got this to try out, since I had always wanted one but did not want to spend the money on the original beauty blender from Sephora. I love using this when I don’t want my foundation to be too heavy and just want to apply a light fresh layer with the wetted sponge.  (From Marshalls For $3)

#14 My Old Navy Blue Flip Flops: I love cheep flip flops, they are a must for beach going and camping. There is no sense for me to take my expensive ones with me everywhere, I am too messy, and um 2 for $5 Flip Flops YES PLEASE! (From Old Navy For $2.50)

Let me guys know if you guys liked my post! Please star this, and follow me for some more lovin’ 🙂 Please comment and let me know what your favorite  summer essential products are! I would love to hear what you guys cannot live without on these hot sunny days! Thanks you so much for reading and love always Pearlsnheels ❤