Sponsored Link

Sponsored Link

wholesale makeup
Sammydress Eye Makeup Makes You Become More Beautiful.

Sponsored Link

The Ipsy Report : April 2014

By Sheila Arkee

Oh, Ipsy. How glorious you are.

Ipsy April 2014 Beauty Rocks

The second biggest thrill related to Ipsy, besides getting an email notification that my bag is on the way, is actually receiving the shiny, metallic pink mailer bag that contains my $10 monthly subscription of beauty loot.

Ipsy April 2014 Beauty Rocks 1

The March installment was awesome and this month is even more so, and includes all the kinds of beauty items I adore. The theme is Beauty Rocks, as evidenced by the supremely adorable makeup bag.

For April’s shipment, I received 2 full-sized products and 3 deluxe sample-sized products.

Ipsy April 2014 Beauty Rocks 3

- Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Scrub, sample-size, which is something I’ve wanted to try for years.

- Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Apple Pink, full-size. This is a product I’ve received in a previous Ipsy bag, but it’s such a great color I don’t mind.

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm Apple Pink Ipsy April 2014

- Rainbow Honey nail polish, sample-size. Glittery goodness.

Ipsy April 2014 Beauty Rocks 5

- Such A Tease So Seductive false lashes. Fun!

Ipsy April 2014 Beauty Rocks 4

- Urban Decay Velvet Glide-On Pencil in Black Velvet, sample-size.

Ipsy April 2014 Beauty Rocks 2

In addition, I cashed in some of my referral points for a full-sized Tokyo Milk lip balm in Salted Caramel. This lip balm smells and tastes divine, so thank you to all who subscribed with my referral link. I sure do appreciate it!

Tokyo Milk Salted Caramel Lip Balm Ipsy April 2014

Overall, I’m happy with my loot and will definitely use everything I received. If you’re an Ipsy subscriber and would like to order  more of what you’ve got, make sure to check out the special offers and discounts in your Ipsy glam room.

My Final Thoughts: I have a makeup addiction, and my $10 monthly Ipsy bag is a sure prescription to fulfill my needs. The contents of my Ipsy bags are rarely a disappointment, and it’s definitely worth signing up for (and waiting for, if you’re waitlisted!). If you’d like to sign up, here’s my referral link. Thank you!

Rating: A

Price: $10 per month

303/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Sketch MAC Cranberry MAC Vapour NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes 2

MAC Sketch MAC Cranberry MAC Vapour NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes 1

MAC Sketch MAC Cranberry MAC Vapour 1

MAC Sketch MAC Cranberry MAC Vapour 2

MAC Mahogany NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Physician Formula Airbrush Blush in Rose

Sweet Libertine Divine Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Lid: MAC Vapour

Outer Lid: MAC Cranberry

Outer Corner: MAC Sketch

Browbone: MAC Vapour

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Demolition

Liner (lower lid): NYX Glitzy Gold

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Mahogany Lip Liner

NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes

Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner and Curl Shaping Creme Are Curly Hair Heros

By Sheila Arkee

While I was perusing the beauty aisles of my local Sprouts store, I happened upon two very interesting discoveries. Well, three if you count the shampoo, but I am an avid no poo-er so I ultimately purchased the Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner and Royal Curl Curl Shaping Creme.

Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture  Rich Conditioner and Curl Shaping Creme 1

Sprouts is a chain of grocery stores that sell fresh produce and health foods. In my mind, it’s Whole Foods light, but better, and I am always there for produce and goodies from the bulk bins. My son and I are in the middle of a raging banana chip addiction, and Sprouts is there to meet our needs. Sprouts also heavily advocates for Autism awareness, so they’ll always be a personal favorite.

Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner and Curl Shaping Creme 2

I was slightly surprised to see these curly hair specific products in Sprouts, but very intrigued and excited to try them out. Both products are around $7 and are free from alcohol, sulfates, petrolatum, parabens and phthalates. Both products contain Royal Jelly, which is a nutrient packed super-food  secreted from the glands of honey bees that contains 17 amino acids, vitamins A, C, D, K and multiple B-vitamins.

The Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner contains Jojoba Oil and Green Tea antioxidants in addition to Royal Jelly. I rinse the conditioner right out, but if you have thick, coarse hair you can leave it in, per the instructions. The conditioner doesn’t exactly glide through  my curls like others I use, but the results are very good and I emerge from the shower with defined, non-frizzy curls.

Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner

The Queen Helene Royal Curl Curl Shaping Creme is formulated with pure Aloe Vera gel, Agave Nectar, and Green Tea antioxidants. Queen Helene Royal Curl Shaping Creme 1This product has a very light texture and a lot is required for ultimate hold. In fact, I prefer it best when combined with a separate stronger hold hair gel.Queen Helene Royal Curl Shaping Creme 2

Of course I put the Curl Shaping Creme to the test, a process I documented on Instagram. Here is my hair when I first woke up after just using the Curl Shaping Creme alone and I’m really happy with the definition in my curls. It’s also a #nomakeup #selfie.

Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner and Curl Shaping Creme 3

Here’s how my hair fared hours after, and I’m not exactly thrilled by how flat my curls turned out. #mommyattheparkrealness

Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner and Curl Shaping Creme 4

I went back to the test and combined the Curl Shaping Creme with a gel for fantastic results. #yes!!!

Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner and Curl Shaping Creme 5

This is second day hair, and it’s my curly hair dream come true.  If products can pass the second day hair tests, they’re true winners. #curlyhaireddreamscometrue

Queen Helene Royal Curl Moisture Rich Conditioner and Curl Shaping Creme 6

My Final Thoughts: I’m really glad I decided to pick up Queen Helene Royal Curl Conditioner and Curl Shaping Creme which leave my curls looking defined and feeling great. The only downfall is that I prefer one-stop shopping with my products instead of having to mix them with additional products.

Rating: A-

Price: $6.99

Availability: Queenhelene.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? The Moisture Rich Conditioner is, but Curl Shaping Creme contains Tocopherol Acetate.

302/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Printcess Forest Lorac Pro Garnet 1

Printcess Forest Lorac Pro Garnet 2

Face

MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC40

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Vincent Longo Angel Touch

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Lid: Printcess Forest

Outer Lid: Lorac Pro Garnet

Outer Corner: Lorac Pro Black

Browbone: Lorac Pro White

Liner: Urban Decay Smoke

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover Mascara

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Liner

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

Swatching Sunday: Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics Blushes

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

I recently received a slew of sample bags containing some lovely blushes by Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics.

Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics Blush 1

These are all so pretty!

Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics Blush 2

Blind Date, Luscious, No Salvation, Dusty Roads

Blind Date, Luscious, No Salvation, Dusty Roads

Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics Blush 3

Happy, Foxy, Cosmopolitan

Happy, Foxy, Cosmopolitan

Divine, Dewy, Radiant

Divine, Dewy, Radiant

I think Dewy is my new favorite highlighter – gorgeous on the high planes of your cheeks! I’ll definitely be using it a lot. If you need help with contouring and highlighting, I’ve broken it all down for you in a Breaking Down Beauty post.

Sweet Libertine Mineral Cosmetics are available online.

301/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Sugarpill Subterranean MAC Contrast MAC Vapour 3

Sugarpill Subterranean MAC Contrast MAC Vapour 4

Sugarpill Subterranean MAC Contrast MAC Vapour 1

Sugarpill Subterranean MAC Contrast MAC Vapour 2

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Vincent Longo Sandalwood Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Lid: Sugarpill Subterranean

Outer Corner: MAC Contrast

Browbone: MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

Liner (upper lid): Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Electric

Liner (lower lid): NYX Glitzy Gold

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Liner

Hourglass No. 5 Nude Lip Stilo

Toss The Gloss by Andrea Q. Robinson Is A Must Read Book For Ladies Aged 50+

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to a book covering beauty for women aged 50 and over, I can’t imagine a better person to author that book than Andrea Q. Robinson.

Toss The Gloss Book 1

With a career in the professional beauty industry of over forty years, Andrea is a business leader and innovator who has earned her reputation for always being the first. She worked with the best of the best and even discovered the late makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin and gave him his first editorial credit at Vogue, where she was the beauty editor. Andrea was president of Ralph Lauren Fragrances, launched Tom Ford Beauty for Estee Lauder, and was Chief Marketing Officer for Estee Lauder.

Toss The Gloss Book 4

Andrea certainly knows her stuff and it was a sheer delight to spend time reading Toss The Gloss, Beauty Tips, Tricks, & Truths For Women 50+, which is appropriately described as part memoir, part how-to-guide, and part industry expose

Toss The Gloss Book 2

This book is filled with beautiful illustrations and clear diagrams to accomplish the mission of making the most of a woman’s natural beauty and enhance her natural features. From false lashes, eye makeup, specific product recommendations and even covering plastic surgery, Andrea talks about it all. Toss The Gloss is an extremely enjoyable read and one I’ll love referring back to on a regular basis.

Toss The Gloss Book 5

My Final Thoughts: As a beauty blogger, makeup artist, and beauty industry enthusiast, I really enjoyed reading Andrea Q. Robinson’s peeks behind the scenes and her well-informed advice. It’s definitely a keeper, and one you’ll enjoy as well, no matter what your age!

Rating: A

Price: $15.18 (hardback), $12.99 (Kindle edition)

Availability: Amazon.com 

 

300/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Sugarpill Subterranean Makeup Geek Corrupt BFTE Dragon Slayer 4

Sugarpill Subterranean Makeup Geek Corrupt BFTE Dragon Slayer 5

Sugarpill Subterranean Makeup Geek Corrupt BFTE Dragon Slayer 2

Sugarpill Subterranean Makeup Geek Corrupt BFTE Dragon Slayer 3

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Nars Exhibit A Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: BFTE Dragon Slayer

Outer Lid: Sugarpill Subterranean

Outer Corner: Makeup Geek Corrupt

Browbone: MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

Liner (upper lid): Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Immortal

Liner (lower lid): Urban Decay Empire

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Liner

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Nude Touch

Top 9 Drugstore Eye Makeup Must Haves

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Although I got my start as a makeup lover buying products at the drugstore, it wasn’t until recently that I began to really appreciate items that cost around $10 and under.

Top 9 Drugstore Eye Makeup Must Haves

The quality and value of drugstore makeup has definitely come a long way in recent times, and there are many must-haves that are just as great (and sometimes even more so) than products costing beaucoup bucks. Here are my top 9 must have eye makeup beauty products that are readily available at mass market retailers, including CVS, Rite Aid, Target, and Ulta stores.

1. Target Up and Up Crease Brush
Target Up And Up Crease Brush (1)

This $2 brush is one of the best brushes I have ever used for blending color in the crease of my eye and the outer “v”, or what I call the outer corner. Admittedly the brush isn’t that well constructed and I’ve had to glue the handle back, but it’s just $2 so it’s easily to replace and stock up on these brushes.

2. Prestige Primed & Ready Eyeshadow Primer

Prestige Primd & Ready Eyeshadow Primer

Before this eyeshadow primer, I thought the only options for making my eye shadow last all day and night were strictly higher end. You won’t fail with Primed & Ready, and your eyeshadow will stay vivid and true for hours on end.

3. L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

loreal-voluminous-butterfly-mascara-4-286x300

I never believed a drugstore mascara could provide such incredibly lush lashes, but it’s true, this is absolutely fantastic. The brush is easier to navigate around your lashes than you’d think!

4. Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara

Milani-Total-Lash-Cover-3

Sporting another interesting looking brush, this mascara is $5 and worth every single penny and more. Lush lashes guaranteed!

5. Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadows

Wet-n-Wild-Eyeshadow-Palette-In-Walking-The-Red-Carpet-1-903x1024

Although there have been some pigmentation issues with limited edition releases, you cannot fail with the permanent Wet n Wild Color Icon trios or 8-pan palettes.Also, the single Color Icon shadow in Nutty is a must have for every makeup user!

6. NYX Cosmetics Slide-On Eye Liners 

Lorac-Pro-Palette-Unzipped-Eddie-Funkhouser-Dreamcatcher-Eyeshadow-NYX-Slide-On-Liner-in-Epic-1-300x248

These are dupes for Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Liners in terms of consistence and performance. You will not be disappointed with these liners that slide right on and give great color.

7. Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows

Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Godl Rush

Oh, how I adore these cream shadows which do not fade or crease, unlike the ones from Revlon which are just plain awful. Wear Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows on their own, or layered with coordinating powder eyeshadow.

8. Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencils

Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencils

I love and depend on chubby shadow pencils to help enhance the look of my eyeshadow looks and you can’t get much better than Milani’s versions which are also great to wear alone or layered with powder shadows.

9. Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohls

Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Liners

Creamy, pigmented, and so easy to apply, these are kohl eyeliners that blow higher-end versions out of the water. I am constantly gravitating towards Sparkling Black, a deep black with a fine silver glitter
What are your drugstore eye makeup must haves?

299/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 3

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 4

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 1

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 2

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Enchanting

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: NYX Primal Colors in Hot Orange

Outer Lid: MAC Folie

Outer Corner: MAC Print

Lower Lid: NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green

Browbone: MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

Liner (upper lid): Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Electric

Liner (lower lid): Kat Von D Autograph Pencil in Eyegasm

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Liner

Hourglass Lip Stilo No. 5