Finally back to reviewing my monthly beauty subscriptions. Life sometimes just takes you in a different route, ya know? Happy to have received  July’s Ipsy glambag and thought this was the perfect month to jump back in!


FIRMA BEAUTY 204 Wide Blender

I always love getting brushes. This is the first full size item of the bag! Tools  of any kind get used often. Receiving this brush feels like getting the most bang for my buck This is a thicker shader brush with synthetic bristles. Meaning, it is very soft and meant for packing color on the lid. I used this today and it worked great. Also, the more brushes I have the less often I have to wash them. Lazy girl win! 

MÍDFLOWER Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Mask

Sheet masks are great for getting a dose of skincare FAST. Hyaluronic acid also happens to be one of my favorite skincare ingredients. It does an incredible job of hydrating the skin. My dry skin needs all the moisturizing it can get, so these masks are a total hit for me. Plus, we get two in the bag!


This product seems to be full sized and the packaging is so pretty! When I first applied this I was a bit bummed, it is not very pigmented. However, after working with it more I now appreciate that it needs to be built up, ensuring I don’t overdo it. The bronzer shade is matte and gives a natural bronzed appearance to the skin. The dusty rose blush is shimmery and creates a glowy flush. Both went on very smoothly and looked great throughout the day. Being on the more natural side made me enjoy this more than I initially thought. How perfect for travel would this be too?!

CIATÉ LONDON Watermelon Burst Hydrating Primer

I am OBSESSED with primer, like seriously obsessed. I never do my makeup without it. I even double prime to match my skin needs the best! The gel consistency of this primer hydrates the skin, smells amazing (like watermelon, perfect for waking you up in the morning) and has tiny beads that dissolve when you work it into the skin. What these tiny beads actually do is beyond me. This primer does not fully dry down, leaving the skin a bit tacky which really grips onto your makeup. I thoroughly enjoyed using this primer and could see myself picking this up in the full size.


THEBALM COSMETICS Eyeshadow in He Said, She Said

Single eyeshadows kind of annoy me, especially sample size ones. Is it just me? I feel like they get lost in my collection too easily. For the person who doesn’t hoard makeup as much as I do, this would be a great product to receive, i’m sure. This shimmery lavender shade is quite pretty, and would look great with those of you with green eyes. I do enjoy The Balm’s packaging as well, I just think somebody else will get more use out of this. 


Overall, I am pleased with this month’s bag. Four products (five if you include BOTH sheet masks) that will be certainly used up, all for ten dollars. Nothing wrong with that! What products did you get? Let me know down below!



If your makeup station looks anything like mine, your brush collection is full to the brim. So why am I always reaching for the SAME brushes? I enjoy a routine, the tools we choose to use ensure we get the desired outcome. These are the brushes I use when I need my makeup to be ON POINT.  The brands are not necessary info – the shape, density etc is the point I’m trying to get across. Look for similar styles in your collection!


A rounded brush with DENSE bristles. I seriously use this brush everyday, in some way. This is typically how I apply my foundation. The density of the bristles ensures I get the highest coverage from my cream products but would work for powder foundation as well.


I either use the same brush as above (work smarter not harder, right?!) OR a small stipple brush to get into the small nooks of the eye area.


A large fluffy brush. The larger the better in my opinion just make sure it still is able to pick up product regardless of how soft it is.

Contour/ bronzer

I use the same brush for creating a contour and bronzing up the face. I start contouring with an over-sized fan brush. This gives a diffused appearance, covers a good amount of space and blends  product out like a dream (no patchiness here). I then take a lighter bronzer shade and blend with the same brush to make sure there are no harsh lines.


I use a medium size duo fiber brush. I enjoy a soft blush look, I want it to be noticeable but not resemble clown cheeks. A looser packed brush makes this happen.


A domed brush is ideal for applying highlighter. The shape allows you to have more precision at the tip and if more coverage is needed you can utilize the wider bristles as well.

What are your must have makeup brushes? Do you reach for the same ones everyday? Are you more of a makeup sponge gal? Let me know everything and shop down below!

We could all use more time in the morning. Things can feel rushed and the last thing we want to worry about is a long makeup routine. I enjoy doing my makeup and playing with new products when I have the time to do so. The days I just need to get out the door? I enjoy having an easy routine to look pulled together fast. I have been doing this exact regimen every day for work for a while now. I will recommend products but i’m sure you have similar items in your collection that will work perfectly!

Somebody want to start the timer?

  1. I always prime my face. You could skip this step if you applied a nourishing moisturizer first. I use a pore filling primer around my nose, my forehead and smile lines. Just tap it in and you are set.  This ensures you have a smooth canvas for the rest of the products.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  2. Apply a tinted moisturizer with a dense brush. You will get the most coverage when using this type of brush. Since it is a tinted moisturizer (a bb or cc cream would work too) you don’t need to be meticulous with the blending. This evens out the complexion but doesn’t make you look like you are wearing makeup.
  3. Apply a translucent powder all over the face with a large fluffy brush. A pressed powder in your shade would work too. This sets the cream in place and makes it last all day.                                                                                
  4. For a bit more coverage, I apply a banana toned powder underneath my eyes since I skipped concealer. You could use a powder that is a couple shades lighter than your complexion as well. This may not be necessary step if you don’t have severe dark circles.                                                                                     
  5. Apply blush! Any blush! I tend to opt for a slightly shimmery finish because I am skipping highlighter. Blush instantly adds life back to the face.                                                                                                              
  6. Apply a tinted brow gel and brush through with a spoolie. Filling in your brows with a pencil takes too much accuracy and time. A gel is fast and adds quick definition.                                                                            
  7. Apply mascara. Your favorite mascara will do just fine.  Two coats will really make your eyes pop!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  8.  Use a setting spray to get rid of excess powder and keep everything in place all day!  I reach for an illuminating one to give my skin a glow. If you have dry skin opt for a mattifying formula.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Timers down!

Most of these steps take less than a minute. You could always swipe on lipstick or even easier, a tinted lip balm as well! I do not feel the need to do this step most days. If I need to spice up my look for a night out I will then add lipstick to take this easy look to the next level.

A lot of these products I cannot link but you can buy them for ONE DOLLAR, yes you read that correctly, at They work great and have become some of my everyday essentials.

What is your go-to routine? Do you like something quick or more full glam? I love learning new tips & tricks, so drop yours down below! Let me know what you think of my five minute face and don’t forget to shop my top picks!





Boxycharm time! It has been a while since I’ve been consistent with posting these unboxings. I still get this subscription and am still obsessed with it. For $21 a month you get 4-6 FULL SIZE products. A great value and usually chock full of awesome products.


ACE Beaute – Grandoise Palette

Another Boxycharm, another eyeshadow palette. With eight warm toned shadows that feature shimmer and matte finishes, this palette is all you need to create an eye look. These colors are perfect for the holidays (especially Thanksgiving). Everything about this product is stunning, from the color story to the packaging. I cannot wait to try this out and create some bold looks.

CoverFX – Glitter Drops in “Nova”

CoverFX is a fun, high-end brand to receive an item from. This bottle of pigmented, glittery gold liquid features a dropper applicator (which I find very fun for some reason). These drops can be used as a highlighter or under/mixed in with foundation. I personally do not love the look of large glitter on my face. I am thinking about mixing this in with a body lotion to get an all over glow. I’m excited to have this item I just have to figure out how I want to use it.

LUXIE – Luminous Eye Set

Bring on the eye brushes, The more the merrier! This set of four soft brushes are small enough for detail work and getting into the crease. The gold sparkle handles will look beautiful on anybody’s vanity. These will be used like crazy!

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My fake lashes of choice for a while now have been that of the magnetic variety. I find them so easy to use. My traditional strip lash collection is growing however and I need to start wearing them. These lashes are fluttery and long but not too thick so they will still look natural. These will be incorporated into a look very soon. Also, can we also talk about this packaging? SO CUTE!


JonteBlu – Glittering Star Eyeliner

I don’t need another black eyeliner. Especially not a pencil one with glitter in it. Gel twist-up liners are easier to apply and last better on the waterline. I’ve tried a liner from this brand before and it was much too dry for my liking. It hurt to put on the eye but did end up looking okay. Not a terrible product, I’m sure somebody will scoop it up out of my giveaway bag and be happy!

Overall, I am pleased. Boxycharm just knows what they are doing. I will get use out of almost everything in this month’s box. The theme was “Gold Digger” and for once, I think they really nailed it in matching that. What products did you receive? What did you think of my box? Let me know & shop down below.

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Beauty subscriptions are rolling out, which is the best time of the month! This month’s theme is “Altar Ego.” Something that is somewhat spooky for October? How fitting! Here’s hoping this month knocks it out of the park.




Who doesn’t always need another mascara? I have used this in the past and remember  enjoying it. This product both lengthens and volumizes the lashes. Two coats of this stuff and you are good to go!



Palettes come standard in Boxycharm these days and I do not hear anybody complaining. This double sided palette features four face shades on one side and eight eye shadows on the other. However, all could be worn beautifully on the eyes. While they are pretty, they are not my favorite formula. The eye shadows needed a lot of work to create a decent look and I had to build up the face shades a ton in order for them to appear. Not my favorite palette but not the worst. The selection of colors is fun, they just take a bit of patience.



Skin care? I’ll take that! High end skin care at that! This cleansing balm should be applied to dry skin, rubbed on making up heavy parts (including the eyes) and then wiped away with a cotton round. This will hopefully melt off all residue and leave you squeaky clean. This stuff smells bomb and has skin loving benefits. I have been wanting to try more products from the Farmacy line, so I am enthused.



 Another skin care item? We lucked out this month! This product comes with two parts. A charcoal paste mask that you apply to the skin and a thin lace material mask you put on over top. You secure the lace mask around your ears (so it really does stay in place) and then peel the lace off once the charcoal mask has dried. I can’t wait to try this!!! An exciting, nontraditional face mask that gives you enough for two applications.



Another long wear liquid lipstick. This one is FINALLY not a brown shade though, so i’m happy about that. Lovesick is a mauve color that really is transfer proof. Does this mean it dries out the lips and emphasizes lines? Yes, but nothing a little chapstick underneath won’t help. I really like the shade on me and how it wears for about four or five hours. After that time, it is best to take off and completely re-apply.

Overall, I am pretty stoked with this box. All awesome brands and items that I will use. The theme was very on point for the month of October. Every single product had a Halloween element to it between the packaging or the use of the item. What did you think of this month’s Boxycharm? Did you receive the same products? Let me know and shop down below!


Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Dermovia Lace A Peel Black Bamboo Charcoal Peel Off Mask

Farmacy – Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm with Echinacea GreenEnvy

It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara

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