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Makeup Of The Day 12 – Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

NYX Fahrenheit Makeup Geek Frappe MAC Folie Lush Santa Baby Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 2

NYX Fahrenheit Makeup Geek Frappe MAC Folie Lush Santa Baby Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 1

NYX Fahrenheit Makeup Geek Frappe MAC Folie Lush Santa Baby Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 3

NYX Fahrenheit Makeup Geek Frappe MAC Folie Lush Santa Baby Urban Decay Perversion Mascara 4

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Milani Even Touch Pressed Foundation in Beige

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Fresh

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: NYX Fahrenheit

Crease: Makeup Geek Frappe

Outer Corner: MAC Folie

Browbone: MAC Vapour

Liner: Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Urban Decay Perversion

Lips

Absolute You’re The Balm in Grape

MAC Brick Lip Liner

Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint

Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag – A Win Or A Skip?

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Hot from my mailbox, it’s a peek at the Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag.

Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag

Ipsy and I are in an interesting part of our relationship. While I was really into this beauty subscription box from the beginning, over time the appeal has faded and I’m not sure whether or not to stick this one out or let it go and move on to greener subscription box pastures.

Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag 1

First, a look at my loot!

  • Absolute You’re The Balm Lip Balm (full sized, $5.99 for a duo)
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner (sample size)
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (sample size)
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush Duo  in Fresh and Elegant (sample size)
  • Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil (sample size)

It’s not the products per se that are the problem, because I’m interested in trying everything in this month’s installment, it’s the fact that my Ipsy bag used to contain 3-4 full sized items and this has diminished over time to 2 and this month only one. Things that make you go hmmmm….. In contrast to this month’s bag of mostly samples, here’s what I received in the December 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag.

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Can you see why it’s a bit of a trip to disappointment-ville?

Pros of the Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag:

  • Urban Decay Perversion mascara sample, of which I will be purchasing a full size.
  • I received all of my items, unlike last month.
  • Coastal Scents Forever blush sampler and 25% coupon code. I love this blush.
  • Cute bag I will definitely utilize.
  • I’ve always wanted to try Dr. Brandt Pores No More.
  • The Lord & Berry pencil liner is creamy as all get up, if a little hard to use because of the size.

Cons of the Ipsy August 2014 Beauty Schooled Glam Bag:

  • Nearly all sample sizes versus nearly all full-sizes from previous bags.
  • The value of the full-size lip balm ($3) doesn’t quite make this a tremendous value. At all.

So, I guess I don’t have that much to complain about, but I do really wish there had been at least another full-sized product, because initially, that is what really distinguished Ipsy from the other subscription bags on the market. Here’s a look I created with some of the products from the Ipsy August 2014 Glam Bag.

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My Final Thoughts: While I’m glad to have the opportunity to try Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara, it’s just a sample size and the price of the lip balm, the only full sized item, isn’t quite worth the $10 cost of the bag. Better luck next time, Ipsy!

If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy yourself,  here’s my referral link. Thank you!

Rating: C-

Price: $10 per month

Value of Full Sized Items: $22.99 (just one full-sized item in this month’s bag).

Here’s a look at my July Ipsy Glam Bag.

Makeup Of The Day 11 – Purple Rain

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

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Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

CoverGirl + Olay Pressed Powder in Light/Medium

Fusion of Color Rose Petal Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid/Outer Lid/Outer Corner/Lower Lid: BH Cosmetics Eyes On The 70s Palette

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner (upper lid): Rimmel Scandaleyes Sparkling Black

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Beet Lip Liner

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia

When Boy Bands Do Beauty: Makeup By One Direction Up All Night Collection

By Sheila Arkee

Upon first glance, a boy band putting out makeup kits doesn’t seem like a great fit, but when you think about it, what a great way to capitalize on their female fan base. I recently had the opportunity to try out the Makeup by One Direction Up All Night Collection.

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These kits are manufactured by Markwins, which is the company that also produces Wet n Wild products. Knowing how much I like Wet n Wild lip and eye products, I was definitely looking forward to trying the Makeup by One Direction Up All Night Collection, which is one of three kits that will be available at Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, and other select retailers mid-August, 2014.

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Housed in a handy tin container, this collection includes a matte lipstick, a glittery lip gloss, a cream eyeshadow stick, a 5-pan eyeshadow compact, nail polish, mascara, and stencils you can use to create designs on your face or body. Cute idea, no?

Makeup by One Direction Up All Night Collection

Let’s talk performance. Unfortunately, this kit as a whole isn’t the be all, end all of makeup products. It just isn’t.  The lipstick is dry, the mascara is nothing to write home about, and the cream shadow pencil is grease city. Let’s take a closer look at the products.

The gloss, Taken, which I actually like, glows to a neon orange under a black light. I Should Have Kissed You is a bubblegum pink matte lipstick which is plain old difficult to work with.

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The mascara, Little Black Dress, is just a plain old mascara, and didn’t provide spectacular results at all.

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Stand Up, the shadow stick, can be used on the eyes and body, but be warned it has very little staying power. It worked best with the stencil and I’d still advise using a translucent powder to set.

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Besides the gloss, I do like the nail color and eyeshadow set, which is well pigmented and smooth sailing like the Wet n Wild shadows I know and love.

Na Na Na is an aqua metallic nail varnish that needs two layers for maximum opaqueness.

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The 4+1 Eyeshadow palette has some seriously creamy shadows that glide on your lids. The glitter … is something I’d avoid, but the powder shadows are a win.

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Makeup by One Direction Up All Night Collection 13

My Final Thoughts: While this kit has some decent pieces, it is by no means a must have. At all. This is a collectible and a must only if you’re a hard core, die hard One Direction fan, otherwise, skip it!

Rating: C

Price: $28.50

Availability: For more information on Makeup By One Direction, visit their Facebook page.

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

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From Like To Blah: Ion Curl Solutions Curl Shaping Cream

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Has this ever happened to you? Girl meets hair product, upon first few tries product seems perfect, then products proves to be an entire fail? That’s pretty much how I feel about Ion Curl Solutions Curl Shaping Cream.

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Yes, it’s true, and I hate to send this to my beauty graveyard, but I just don’t think it’s worth the pain and future potential pain to my hair in the future. As a naturally curly haired individual, I’ve learned it’s best to be safe than sorry and risk a hair catastrophe.

That’s what happened about 4 years ago when I noticed the TIGI Curls Rock that I’d used for years wasn’t working right. In fact, it started gumming up my hair in the worst way, and I had to give myself apple cider vinegar rinses for days in a row to try to un-gum my tender locks. It was rough times, people, and I figured out that ‘cones were the cuplrit.

Yept, that’s right, my hair cannot take repeated exposure to silicones, lest a terrible backup occurs on my hair, and I mean terrible! It’s just not worth the pain. When I first picked up Ion Curl Solutions Curl Shaping Cream at Sally Beauty Supply for $5, it seemed great. It made (and admittedly still makes) my hair look glossy, frizz free, and defined on the first day after I’ve washed my hair.  Alas, appearances are deceiving, and over time I noticed that my 2nd day hair results are in complete contrast to the freshly cleaned results. First day: glossy, gorgeous curls. Second day: complete rats nest.

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If I’d paid closer attention to the ingredients I would have noticed that  Ion Curl Solutions Curl Shaping Cream is chock full of silicone. And so this is being dumped. Unceremoniously. It’s time to move on to greener pastures with silicone-free products that will keep my hair in better condition with no need for multiple apple cider vinegar rinses.

My Final Thoughts: The next time I go hair care shopping, I’ll pay closer attention to labels! While the Ion Curl Solutions Curl Shaping Cream gives great first day shine and control, the ingredient list is worrisome and is apt to cause future hair drama. If your hair can’t handle silicone either, I’d pass on this one.

Rating: D

Price: $7.29

Availability: Online and Sally Beauty Supply stores.

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

2 Minute Beauty Clinic: Brushes For Contouring and Highlighting

By Sheila Arkee

It’s been time for a new 2 Minute Beauty Clinic and so I thought I’d tackle the ever so popular topic of contouring and highlighting, but in a new way. Here is a look at how the most commonly used brushes for contouring and highlighting in my makeup kit, along with a quick video showing you how to get the job done.

2 Minute Beauty Clinic Brushes For Contouring and Highlighting

 While some may argue that a contoured look is too much for every day, I will admit to loving the look of a sculpted cheek even when I’m running to the store for milk in my sweats. There are no rules to makeup, right?

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In all seriousness, contouring doesn’t have to be over the top and with the right tools you can acheive a pretty, glowy look. The three products at my disposal for this task are a contouring color, a blush, and a highlighter.

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Right now I’m loving MAC Harmony blush as my contour shade because it is non-shimmery and has a nice amount of warmth to keep the look from being overdone. I’m using the Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in Peep Show  blush along with Hourglass Ethereal Light Ambient Lighting Powder to highlight.

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My essential brushes are:

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An angled brush to contour. This is perfect for getting into the crevices of your cheekbones and under the jawline. This is the MAC 168.

A small duo fiber brush for highlighting products. The one I use is Make Up Forever Artisan Brush #148.

A fluffy blending brush for contouring the nose. This particular one is discontinued, but you can also use the Pro Blending Fluff Brush by Coastal Scents for this purpose.

A large blush brush. I love the Real Techniques Blush Brush. It looks overwhelming but a dab of blush’ll do ya and the width of this brush really helps blend out colors to perfection!

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I’m experimenting with the sound in the video and I think it’s time I break down and buy an external microphone. Thank you for being patient with me as I work to improve my YouTube game!

Makeup Of The Day 10 – Eddie Funkhouser Belle De Jour

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

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Face

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer in Candlelight

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

CoverGirl + Olay Pressed Powder in Light/Medium

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in Peep Show

MAC Harmony Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

Outer Corner: Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes

Browbone: Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes

Liner (upper lid): Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus and Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze

Liner (lower lid): Eddie Funkhouser Graffiti Creme Eye Pencil

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara in Absolute Black

Lips

Milani Nude Lip Liner

Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Hydrating Lip Gloss in Publicity Stunt

Eddie Funkhouser Belle De Jour Collection

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

Eddie Funkhouser tapped into something pretty powerful when he created his recent Belle De Jour collection, and that is the power of purple hued beauty products. I had the opportunity to try some products from the “Sassy” look, and may I say, they are all quite lovely.

Eddie Funkhouser Belle De Jour Sassy

Purple eyeshadow was the first color I fell in love with in my early makeup days, and it’s always had a special place in my heart since those days when I would pair it with orange lipstick. My tastes have evolved since then, but I still cannot resist any kind of purple anything!

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I’ll be reviewing some pieces of this collection individually in the future, and I’ve already reviewed some in the past, like the Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes, which is a gorgeous collection of neutrals. New to me is the Quattro Variable Lash Mascara, which is pretty much the most fascinating mascara I’ve ever used. The Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze is new to me, as are the Ultra Intensity Cheek Color, Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus, and Graffiti Creme Eye Pencil.

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After trying the eyeliners last week, all I can do is marvel at the intensity by which they perform. They are no joke!

The items in the Belle De Jour collection that I had to review include:

Quattro Variable Lash Mascara in Absolute Black

Hyperreal Eye Color Palette in Bedroom Eyes

Hyperreal Eye Color in Lavender Sky

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Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in Peep Show

Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Intensity Cheek Color in Peep Show

Hyperreal Hydrating Lip Gloss in Publicity Stunt

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Eddie Funkhouser Hyperreal Hydrating Lip Gloss in Publicity Stunt

Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze

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Combined they make for a perfectly lovely subtle smoky eye and a beautiful, fresh look. The possibilities with these colors are endless!

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I recently hosted a Google Hangout and chatted with Eddie about his brand and all things beauty. We had a blast! If you missed it, here it is!

 

My Final Thoughts: For those who are seeking a light and lovely beauty ideas, the Eddie Funkhouser Belle De Jour “Sassy” collection for Summer 2014 is worth a look! I love the way the purple hues play off each other and can be worn together as well as with other products.

Rating: A

Price: $8.99 – $14.99. The complete look is $66.95

Availability: Select Rite Aid stores, eddiefunkhouser.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Inner Beauty: How I Repaired My Skin

By Sheila Arkee

And now for a little more personal post and video talking about how I improved my health and the appearance of my skin.

How I Repaired My Skin

 

Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt, it’s also where I was for a few years about the state of my health and my outer appearance.

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After years of poor eating habits, feeling altogether awful health wise, and seeing those bad health choices reflected in my skin, I made a huge change in my health around the holidays. It was right before Christmas, and as hard as it was to turn down all the holiday food goodies, I was ready and then some to implement huge changes.

I’ll be 36 in a couple of months and the benefit of growing older is that I’ve learned how my body best functions. For me, personally, this means I have to avoid bread, rice, sugar, and other processed carbs. My body needs fruit, vegetables, protein-rich grains like Quinoa, and proteins. After making these dietary changes and increasing my workouts, I noticed a change in a short amount of time.

Here’s my chubbier face and splotchy skin in December.

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Here’s my slimmer face and much clearer skin in March.

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After making these lifestyle changes my skin improved dramatically, my weight dropped, and I feel so much better. No more indigestion, sleep apnea, or wild blood sugar drops. I’d been sneaking in chocolates and candies but dropped them again when I noticed they made me feel lightheaded and that’s just not an experience worth having.

My long term goals are to keep this lifestyle changes permanently. I want to be a grandma who runs after her grandchildren. I want to be an old lady running 5ks. I have to be strong for my son’s sake. He deserves a healthy mama, and I deserve to feel my very best.

The skin care products that also improved my skin include the Ellen Lange Retexurizing Peel and the Painted Earth Skin Care Optimum 20% Vitamin C With Ferulic Acid Serum. I’m ever so grateful for them!

If you have any questions, just let me know! As I said, I’m not a medical professional and I’m not offering any medical advice, these are just my experiences and the changes that improved my life.