So…Ipsy?

Well, (1)

So one night, I was feeling a spending spree surging through me, and after watching one of my favorite YouTubers (Alexandria Ryan), I decided, hey, what the hex, let’s give that bad boy a try.

So I did, and here’s…what came in the mail.

For starters; the bag. It was…nice? Where I work (a thrift store), we receive occasional Ipsy bags and they seem to have nice quality, but whether it be the sequence or the way her face was printed, it definitely felt like some dollar quality stuff?

WHAT CAME IN THE BAG…

Nomad Highlighter…

I mean, this stuffs nice, I still have no idea what to do with Highlighter, it seemed, to be nice, online it runs for roughly 17 dollars, which is already more than what I paid for the bag. It was a lovely color, (Kiss of Sun in Balmoral Beach). It seemed to swatch pretty well, I did use it when getting ready…not properly-but then nothing’s going to look proper because I’m cheap and I REFUSE to buy a new bottle of foundation even if I am noticeably paler (I didn’t think that was possible, I thought I reached all levels of pale after being out of the sun for two years, but my skin decided otherwise-ANYWAYS).

Ipsy’s Betty Boop Eyeliner.

I DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE THIS.

It makes a mess (not specifically this one, just all eyeliner), and I can’t get anything to go on my eyelid besides eyeshadow, but it seems cool so we’ll see.

FIRST OF ALL.

This picture flipped itself, and I can’t fix it.

SECOND OF ALL.

This “It Cosmetics CC+” was something I really liked? It mixed well enough with my skin, and honestly it smelled good? I’m used to make-up smelling, well, make-upy, but this stuff smelled like the quality fruity shampoo/hair product stuff they sell in stores. So, big win. I’d honestly use it as perfume.

SO.

I have a confession to make.

I may or may not have…lost some of this stuff after I opened the bag, and took the photos, so I didn’t get to try this particular product-HOWEVER, I was excited to have this, and a few Youtubers I watch did say this stuff was really nice.

And let’s be real, Winter and Fall is actual murder on my skin.

So anything to help this mess (Acne), is a win-win.

Except Burt’s Bees.

And Neutrogena.

Those quite working and now my face doesn’t know what to do.

On Animal Jams, I was a Panda, and then they got rid of my account after they got rid of Pandas, so now I’m not anything at all.

On Animal Jams, I mean.

But anyway, I’ve read reviews where they say this doesn’t fit an adults face, and this concerns me, because I am 90% certain that my head/face is slightly larger then most. That being said, I’m excited to try these with my mom (they sent two), because I’ve been looking for some fun face-masks for a good self-care day. And here they are, so it’s really a win-win.

Overall Thoughts:

The concepts cool. The customer service is GREAT, they’re really helpful and friendly (I was concerned about my order on something, and the response was fast and reassuring). The products, I’m not sure how they equal over 50+ dollars, though I’m still new to makeup, and I just googled the Murad and just realized where most of the money comes from, that aside (HOLY ACTUAL COW).

UPDATE: I’ve just googled the IT cream.

SIR HAVE SEVERAL SEATS.

TAKE THEM ALL.

Because with money like that you could actually buy a movie ticket.

Maybe two.

I’m retracting what I said, I see where they calculate the money.

Anyway, the concept for Ipsy? Fun, it’s like a gift to yourself (unless you regift samples, in which case-same, so, a great gift for others), not to mention it’s a little exciting to receive packages, though I have been doing a lot more of that after I’ve developed a reclusive state in which I binge watch Youtubers and eat food that’s not OKAY.

The product quality is over-all pretty excellent, again, I…did personalize the bag so that I received eyeliners and highlights, but I’m not actually sure HOW to use them, no matter how many tutorials I watch.

The bag was a slight disappointment, it felt cheap, but then, I wouldn’t expect it to be like a money wallet.

Overall, it was exciting, and if you have a little extra money to spend, the surprise is definitely worth the twelve dollars.

So; final score:

95%

I was raised to be a tough grader.

What do you want from me?

So have you tried Ipsy? What did you receive, and what are your thoughts? I’d love to hear! 20190413_235924_00008132386945157892677.png

A BUTT TON of Make-up (Nyx Everyday Glow Look Kit Review)

Today’s Post is Sponsored by FabFitFun Box. Get your discount and fun little box down below.

Well

So, I recently had a birthday, and have approximately 359 days until I’m a whole grown adult. That being said, I also lost my make-up (catastrophically) in the midst of house renovations (and moving rooms around), so I decided, what better excuses to burn my hard-earned money on beauty enhancing things, other than my birthday.

So, here’s a little run-down on what I got (just the basics, I’m not a beauty guru-I barely mastered the hand of applying mascara).

Nyx, Everyday Glow (Look Set)

Place of Purchase: Kohls

Total: $16.00 (On Sale)

Thoughts:

I do love this set, I really do.

Mainly the eyeshadow.

Basically the eyeshadow.

Anyway,

I have this great Asian skin, that once tanned, but then, my Italian side started to play a role, and now, I just…sweat…when I’m in the sun.

The point is, I can’t wear lipstick very well, it interacts with my skin color in a funny way, gives my this strange illusion of being a dollar store goth girl (I wish I could pull off the goth look). And if not, I just, don’t have lips, and they are a naturally more pink color, and it’s really just a bunch of factors that make the lipstick TERRIBLE for me, but luckily, there is one color that really matches my skin-and forgive my babbling.

Here are the swatches.

The color that I found looked the best on me was the top color, it was just the right pink with a hint of a darker color that I needed.

On other thoughts-this lipstick does last a good amount of time. I put it on when I went to work, and it lasted until lunch (so roughly five hours), and then I went to my party (I went bowling with a few friends and my family-good times) and it lasted well into the evening, and my TV binging following, so I do suggest this lipstick, in general, if you’re looking for something that lasts.

Now, for the highlight.

(I’m still learning how to use the camera function on my phone, apparently.)

Listen.

I don’t understand highlight.

I have oily skin-the whole point of concealer and foundation for me is to be less of the shining sun and more of a lightning bolt.

So why am I whipping more shiny juice on my face?

I digress, I do sometimes put it on-and then regret it because people can see me a mile away, and I just want to make friends-not blind other drivers.

But for highlight, and from other people’s ideas on highlight- I would say it’s really nice all things considered, it’s very sparkly and bright. I do appreciate the way it swatched across my hairy arms (are you supposed to shave your arms-the juries still out on that, but even then-winters coming, and I’m not getting rid of my built-in coat anytime soon). I also appreciate the color variety, I don’t know how highlight works, but it seems okay. I do have to say that I can use two colors on a normal look, and then maybe one or two if I’m feeling wild, and I don’t have to go out for another two hours (give them time to cool off before they meet the real world). The other colors are darker, but I guess anyone can wear them?

Again, I don’t watch beauty gurus, I watch health & fitness channels and mukbang channels (you know, balance).

The Eyeshadow-

(I I these pictures aren’t phenomenal, but I was SO excited to try this new makeup, nothing was stopping me from these types of photos).

She’s gorgeous. Seriously, my favorite eyeshadow. I have a huge E.L.F pallet from Christmas, but I do love this pallet-just one problem.

I can’t get it to layer/blend like I want. I know how to layer two-to-three colors and make it look consistent (sort of), but with this pallet, the colors are so over-powering that it actually will cancel out any other color that it’s paired with, and it doesn’t really work as an under-eye color. But I still do love it, and the colors. It works really well for a natural look, and I still am very excited to use it.

All that set aside, I am very excited to announce, that along with my attempt at make-up (it says part one, so let’s hope I actually make a part two) post, I actually have a sponsor to go along with all my lifestyle folk (including myself).

*I also want to note that before I jump into this pitch, that by having sponsors this will help me to keep ads off my blog. I know I’ve been adding them a lot, and it can get annoying, but I do appreciate the patience you all have exercised. As a high school/college student, I’m hoping to be able to put more time into this, but in order to do that, I have to pull a little bit more revenue. I actively reached out with these sponsors, because I knew of their brands, and found them to be something I personally am very interested in. Please don’t let this affect your interactions with my blog, this is very exciting, as, after three years, we’re finally doing really well. My content won’t change because of the sponsors, and again, I do appreciate your patience!*

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So, now, my question stands-what exactly are some key parts of make-up? Is setting spray important, and most of all? If my eyebrows are bushy, are they still something I’m supposed to fill-in? I’d love to know!

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Back to School Lurnin’ Looks (Collab)

So school has or is starting back for most of us lernin’ children, and getting ready in the mornings can be…complicated. If you’re like me, you sleep in until thirty minutes to go. I don’t have attention to waste on a morning routine.

Or on anything, really. But that’s beside the point; it can be hard to find what to do, in a short amount of time-so, here I am, to give you everything you’ve ever asked for…in hair and make-up.

BUT before we continue, I want to say this blog is in collaboration with Bayance, and Aditi, both of whom, I highly suggest checking out. These girls are cool as hex, and this is a back to school COLLAB, so by checking out their blogs, you’ll unlock other Back To School tips, on how to survive making yourself look fashionable, and awake-when you’re actually half asleep.

Make-Up

Listen, I can’t do make-up. My foundation never matches my neck or actual skin tone (being half Asian has some flaws). I also have no balance, and my eyes usually end up…looking a little bit wonky.

I digress, the point is, Make-up; it can be complicated.

But it is a useful thing to have again, the art of confidence, the grace.

The ability to change your face. Maybe make yourself look like a celebrity. Get out of school.

I don’t have help for that, but I do have basic make-up ideas for my girls who are a little extra, and my girls who like to keep things natural.

Now, naturally, I want to state that you should use your foundation, and whatnot, that you find best for YOUR personal skin. I also want to say that this took some work to find some quality make-up ideas.

Au Natural

Simple, clean, probably takes ten minutes or so, and you can’t die with an eyeliner pen.

Again, pure, clean, natural. And my favorite, no death by eyeliner.

Now this one does have a bit more to it, but still embraces the more casual/natural look.

I do want to say that when it comes to this type of make-up, its definitely a little less stressful, and shouldn’t take as long. The outcome will naturally vary, but a general break down is…

Eyebrows:

Eyebrows are filled in ever so slightly, and with the natural shape of the brow.

Eyes:

Stick with the more natural eyeshadow. Browns, Beiges, blacks, and greys. To brighten it up a bit, do a light shimmery color, or spice it up with some highlight. Mascara should be your go-to, and if you feel like it, go a little daring with your eyeliner. In the picture above, she has rather thick lashes and a wing. Eyeliner is suggested to be kept at a minimum, don’t fly away with your makeup.

Cheeks: Highlight should be done in moderation, and bronzer or blush should be used in moderation.

Lipstick:

Keeping it neutral, go with a gloss, or just plan chapstick. Keeping the colors toward colors of your natural lip shade will help to give a guideline.

A Little Bit Wild

Sometimes, in make-up, you might find yourself feeling years-and, that’s great! Trying to keep bright colors that might really pop off your skin tone, is an excellent idea. Having it flow with your outfit will help complete the elaborate look.

When working on bold looks, having it flow, or focusing on specific areas are definitely options. As you can see, the eyes are the focus on this one, but it still draws attention to the rest of the look.

Eyebrows might be more detailed, and lipstick is more common in these looks. It doesn’t have to be the way you go, but matte lipstick is definitely a popular choice.

In Other Words…

Going a little bit funky on your make-up is far from bizarre, and can definitely express yourself in ways you verbally might not be feeling at the moment.

Eyebrows:

Eyebrows are to have distinctive shapes, and a bit more defined. They are more prominent in the way they are filled in, and of course, as stated, in shape.

Eyes: Consistently, Eyes are the center of focus, finding the right type of glue on (or even magnetic)eyelashes would help improve, or lengthening/thickening mascara. Go with bold colors that enhance the skin, but also offer a slight contrast. For eyeliner, try going for a colored liner, or a thick winged black liner. Going under your eyes will help to enhance the look.

Cheeks: Go with a strong highlight, and maybe even contour. Use more noticeable blush, or even spice it up with glitter.

Lips: Choosing a more subdued color is highly suggested, but not necessary. Matte or lipglosses lip glosses that have different colors are commonly used to bring consistency into the look, without overpowering it.

HAIR

So I’m a hair girl.

I have scrunchies up the wazoo, it’s a signature thing for me.

Mainly because I have two go-to hairstyles:

The half Up

(Not me but because my photos are problematic).

And of course, the high ponytail. Why, you may ask?

Because if I can’t allude energy, at least my hair will, and so help me if my hair will look like a cheerleader on an Energy drink.

The point is, I take pride in my hair and its many styles, and I have some styles if that’s your fancy, too.

So I give you, there versatile hairstyles, no matter what make-up you choose.

BONUS

A little bit classy, but casual all at once.

So, for hair, a few extra bonus tips:

So, with all these tips, I hope you find yourself ready to take on (or continue) with the school year in half-asleep confidence. What are your go-to styles and make-up looks? I’d love to know!

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I’m A Make Up Artist Part 2

Okay, and for the third time that I’ve written this post (WordPress is not letting me enter the draft for this post-aurghhh!!!), I proudly introduce the next part to my concerningly large face care collection.

So anywhozzles, today we’re going to be going over Foundation/concealors and brushes.

But not this brush, because this is a hair brush, and I’m talking about these brushes:

Maybe we should talk about the hair brush, because these clearly need to be cleaned.

However, depsite the clear factor that I am killing my face with bacteria, can we talk about how soft these fellas are? Seriously, I have spent a worrisome amount of time getting myself with these. I don’t know what it is about these brushes, but they are soft. To be technical, apparently the top one is suppose to mimick your fingertips, but I just like that it’s soft.

And the bottom one…

Did I mention how soft they are?

Of course, I would be really strange if I just stroked my faces with the brushes all the time, and didn’t apply at least some make up, like my foundations.

More specifically, these foundations:

Also, if you can’t tell from the color, I look beige.

Not tan, not pale (my parents), but beige.

I don’t understand.

Okay, so the point is, though, that the second foundation has been with me since the very begining, in fact, it’s what I used to always wear, just because it brought my skin relief. I would wake up some mornings and my skin would hurt sooo bad, and if you couldn’t tell, it really helped.

The top one was what this beautiful gal got to graduate to this past month. This is big news, because I hate putting on makeup, and genuinely can’t concentrate on putting it on to save my life.

No really, I got distracted and started to watch a YouTube video, do some school work, and play a game.

I don’t know how I got there, but I did.

Or how I got to this point in the post, when we were talking about foundation, but usually, what I follow up with is this:

Not exactly at the same time, but geez the bottom tube is dirty.

My makeup got in my makeup drawer (a drawer in my jewelry box) had some foundation spill, and mess it up.

No matters! The point is that both of them work well, the bottom one is used to reduce redness, and the top one I use when I’m trying to act like I totally didn’t get four hours of sleep because I stayed up late writing.

(All good thing become a problem outside of moderation-said no Hazi ever. People just get really judgemental, and I have really puffy Asian eyes, so, the less puffy-bags, the better).

With those comes the finale to this beautiful trilogy!

My make-up collection will be complete.

*Laughs evily*

Next time, good friends, and remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

I’m a Make-Up Artist, Part One

Guys, I haven’t had more than six hours of sleep every time I drove with my driver’s ed teacher.

But I survived!

Anyways, putting exhaustion and fear of the fact that I’m legally allowed to drive on my own January, let’s jump into something that has nothing to do with my introductory paragraph:

Makeup.

More specifically, what I use for this drop-dead gorgeous face of mine, and how I enhance this beauty.

So recently, as mentioned in a post earlier -talking about my skincare journey (that may or may not have considered taping other peoples faces to my own)- I found a helping hand to my acne problems, and I’m not talking about my grandmother who had a tendency to pat/slap my face.

Or even my other grandmother’s solution, of not using hands on my face at all (which made sense, it just didn’t work).

Actually, it was this Bare Minerals Gold.

Actually its Vegan, and Cruelty-Free, and even though I have no intentions of eating my make-up, it’s good to know that it doesn’t have dairy in it. The good Lord Himself knows that I do not want to be in more awkward situations than the ones I intentionally put myself in.

Anyway, before, I didn’t like to take selfies of myself, and now? I don’t like to take selfies of myself, but when I take them with others, I look gorgeous, I mean, come on, could you say no to this babe if she asked you for some extra cash to buy more books?

Anywhozzles, I’m getting off topic again (surprised?), because this blog post is about the products I use to make me closer to my Audry Hepburn level of class.

So let’s just get this party started (also this is a trilogy series because it takes a lot to make me gorgeous).

So let’s just start off with the things I’m more-or-less required to use daily (I may or may not be a lazy person)

1. Skin Longevity

Just look at that beautiful bottle, and the gorgeous blanket background (Seriously, my mom made me two blankets, both of which I could cocoon myself in four times).

I try to use this stuff three times a day, but sometimes, its a two-times the only type of deal, because as mentioned before, despite what I say about being busy, I’m really just lazy.

It feels so light on my skin and is a part of my routine I don’t dread (those days where I decide to do eye liner…gracious I have an unsteady hand). Adding that alone has helped, immensely with my acne.

2. True Oasis Replenishing Gel Cream

So this has been a part of my routine since I started to use these products last year. I’m supposed to use it twice a day, once in the morning, once at night.

And I could be all science-y, but to be honest, I just know that it made my tired feeling skin, awake (sight the above remark about the previous product).

3. Acne Treatment Gelée cleaner.

Okay, but for real though, this stuff feels weird on the skin, kinda gross. It’s like slim, but not in the DIY galaxy slime way.

That being said, this is one of my favorites, I use it to wash my face (and it smells good).

4. Blemish Remedy

This one is a pain to maneuver in the shower. I probably shouldn’t use it like that, but hey, I’ve never been conventional.

Interestingly enough, this is my all-time favorite product, because it works the most.

So that’s all I’ve got for this skincare post! Let me know down below what you think of Bare Minerals-do you ever use their products? What products do you use? I’m genuinely curious to know.

Thanks for reading!

Remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords