MAC Candy Yum Yum for All Your Neon Pink Dreams

Oh man. I didn’t realize how badly neon pink has been missing from my collection till now.

MAC’s Candy Yum Yum lipstick is an in-your-face matte neon pink. It is crazy bright and one of MAC’s most popular shades. It is so popular that even Kelly Osbourne had her own take on it in her collab with MAC called Kelly Yum Yum.

In the new Pencilled In collection, MAC has taken some of their best-selling lipsticks and FINALLY created matching lip liners and glosses.

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick, lip glass and lip liner.

MAC Candy Yum Yum lipstick, lip glass and lip liner.

I have a number of pink lipsticks in my collection, but not a blue-based hot pink like this. This lipstick is a matte finish which I really think makes it look brighter. The lipglass is of moderate opacity and I think it would look great over just the lip liner for a high shine look.

From L to R: Lipstick, lipglass and lip liner.

From L to R: Lipstick, lipglass and lip liner.

For an overall look, I decided to go with sheer foundation and concealer and a simple, matte eye with a bit of a wing so the lipstick would really stand out.

Clean and simple. Except for the lips.

Clean and simple. Except for the lips. Wearing only the liner and lipstick here.

 

View of the eye makeup

View of the eye makeup

Candy Yum Yum liner and lipstick

Candy Yum Yum liner and lipstick

OH MAN I LOVE THIS COLOR SO MUCH.

This time with GLOSS!

This time with GLOSS!

Candy Yum Yum lip liner, lipstick and lipglass.

Candy Yum Yum lip liner, lipstick and lipglass.

I like MAC’s lipglass formula because it’s not super sticky and it stays in place even over lipstick.

Product List

  • Ulta Matte Prime primer
  • L’Oreal True Match Lumi foundation in N3
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge concealer in Medium
    • I used a damp blender sponge to apply the foundation and concealer so that I could get a sheer, luminous glow
  • NYX Stay Matte, Not Flat mineral finishing powder
  • Highlighter and matte pale pink blush from NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette (LE)
  • Highlighter and contour from Ulta Sculpting Palette in Rosette
  • LORAC Behind The Scenes eye primer
  • Tarte be MATTEnificent eyeshadow palette
  • Benefit They’re Real Push-Up liner
  • Ulta Voluptuous Volume Mascara in Jet Black
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown
  • Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear (to set brows)

MAC’s Pencilled In collection is available now online and in MAC stores and counters. This is not a sponsored post! I bought all of this with my own money because I <3 it so much. And Candy Yum Yum takes pretty pictures.

Jamberry Nail Wraps Review + GIVEAWAY!

As much as I love doing my nails and figuring out what colors to wear (and buying new ones…), it’s such a process when it comes to painting them. I always use a base and top coat, because I almost always keep the color on for about a week. But I have to paint my nails so that they have time to dry completely because too many times have I waited too long only to wake up the next morning with bumpy, smudged nails that have the texture of my sheets.

That’s one of the main reason why I love nail decals and strips. In the past, I have used almost exclusively Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips, which I LOVE. Over the past year, I have heard many great things about Jamberry Nail Wraps and the designs were pretty damn cute. Also, people who had them were really impressed by their staying power. My friend Calee, who is a Jamberry consultant, was kind enough to send me* two nail wraps of my choice to review! So away we gooooo…

Leopard and glitter, would you expect anything less?

Leopard and glitter, would you expect anything less?

For my two wraps, I selected Gold Leopard and Gold Sparkle. I was quite surprised to discover that these are very different from the Sally Hansen strips in that they are made of acrylates copolymer rather than actual nail polish. The wraps are noticeably thicker and feel much sturdier.

What you get in the sleeves

What you get in the sleeves

Each set of wraps can be used multiple times! That is definitely impressive to me. You should be able to get two full manicures and a pedicure out of each sheet because the wraps themselves can be trimmed to fit.

Wild!

Wild!

I couldn’t get the camera to pick it up, but the leopard wraps have a shiny, gold metallic look to them.

Sparkles!

Sparkles!

And these are just super sparkly, just how I like it.

Jamberry Nail Wraps take a little more effort to apply. You definitely need a good, very sharp pair of nail scissors, a file and a hair dryer. Yes, a hair dryer. Jamberrys need a heat source to activate the adhesive so they stick to your nails. I’m not going to go into the actual application process, because I only did it once and I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it exactly right. There are a ton of tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube and I suggest watching a few of those first (shout-out to Calee for passing that bit of advice to me!).

I got them on my nails, but the only thing I couldn’t figure out was how to get a clean edge with no over-hang. I tried to cut them as close as I could to the edge of my tips and I didn’t have a coarse enough nail file to file it down, so there was just the slightest little bit that went past the edge of my nail and it drove me nuts. The polymer is so thick that it doesn’t file off easily like the Sally Hansen strips. Again, I totally cop this up to user error on my part. I think the Jamberry Nail Wraps have a bit of a learning curve in applying, so hopefully I’ll figure it out in the future. What I did like is that I didn’t have to trim the sides at all, since my nailbeds are narrow and most strips and fake nails are too wide. The Jamberrys were a perfect fit.

Finished product!

Finished product!

But they did look fantastic! I kept them on for about six days. They can definitely go longer, but as I had a bit of a problem applying them they had started to lift on the sides and edges, so I eventually peeled them all off. They can be taken off with acetone, which is what I would suggest doing.

I think Jamberry Nail Wraps are a fantastic product that come in a crazy amount of colors and designs. You can literally find anything you’re into in a Jamberry design. Personally, I love all the glitter wraps because glitter polish is a pain in the butt to take off. If you are interested in purchasing some Jamberry Nail Wraps for yourself, check out Calee’s online store at caleebeissner.jamberry.com or here on her Facebook page.

Now for the best part: GIVEAWAY TIME! You can win a set of Gold Leopard and Gold Sparkle nail wraps for yourself! This prize will include a half sheet of each design, which you give you about two manicures  or a mani/pedi. Entering is easy, just comment below with your favorite way to have your nails done (colorful polish, all the glitter, french tips, whatever you’re into!). I’ll select a random winner two weeks from today on February 28. One entry per person please! Good luck :)

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Congratulations to xoxsarai, please check your email!

*DISCLAIMER: Jamberry Nail Wraps were sent gratis for my review and all opinions are my own. I am receiving no compensation for this post.

The Influenster Frosty VoxBox

It’s another edition of Influenster reviews! Influenster is a community that anyone can join and they send you free stuff to review, which is what I will be doing today. As always, although everything below was sent gratis, all opinions are my own and I am receiving no compensation for this post.

All the stuff I got in my Influenster Frosty VoxBox, definitely quite the mix.

All the stuff I got in my Influenster Frosty VoxBox, definitely quite the mix.

This particular box was quite the mish-mash of different stuff, so there are a few things that are off-theme with my blog in general but we’re going to go through it anyway because I like getting free stuff in the mail. We’ll continue after the jump because this going to be a little long and very picture-heavy.

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How to Fix a Broken Pressed Powder Product

Hi ya’ll! Today’s post is a bit of an experiment that we are both embarking on, as I have never done this until I was photographing the pictures below. But I figured it would make for an informative post and also, let’s see if this really works.

What you need.

What you need.

So I’ve had this bronzer compact for I literally don’t even know how long. I use it almost daily and I’m pretty sure Ulta magicked it into a regenerating never-ending bronzer because no matter how often I use it, I can’t seem to get to the end of it! It’s become a mission. I will completely finish this bronzer. Someday.

It only recently broke the other day, so it was a good opportunity to try the rubbing alcohol method of fixing broken pressed powders that I see so often suggested on Pinterest and Reddit’s Makeup Addiction sub.

Step 1

Step 1

The first step is to crush up all the big chunks. I just used a spoon, but use whatever utensil you don’t mind getting some makeup on and that can withstand alcohol.

Step 2

Step 2

After crushing up what’s left, smooth it all out as evenly as you can.

Step 3 & 4

Step 3 & 4

Add some rubbing alcohol. I don’t think it matters the percentage of isopropyl, as the alcohol will dissipate as it dries (supposedly). I used just enough to wet the leftover bronzer and spread it out again. After that, just let it dry overnight. I left the lid open on mine.

One day later...

One day later…

So after approximately 24 hours have passed (or when it looks like the powder is dried), you’ll have your finished product! At this point, there is no alcohol smell at all as it has all dissipated while drying.

I thought it looked a little dull initially, but after I swatched it I noticed that the pigment was not affected in any way. It’s just they way the product dries after being mixed.

Left is unblended, right is blended

Left is unblended, right is blended

I hope this is a helpful tutorial that will result in less wasted product for you! Now the next time you accidentally break an eyeshadow or even if you hit major pan on a compact, you know you can salvage it into a useful (and not messy!) product again.

New Year’s Eve Glitter Eyes

I’m back with a fun look for your New Year’s Eve festivities that are coming up! I was inspired by similar looks I had seen on Pinterest and this was something I had never actually attempted, so it looks a little wonky in the close up but I think it gets the point across.

Sparkly and smoky!

Sparkly and smoky!

So to get this look, I applied matte eyeshadow to my lid and crease first, then some glitter glue and then applied loose glitter with a stiff, flat brush. And yes, there is now glitter EVERYWHERE, including all over my face. But it’s great for a fun occasion!

Drama!

Drama!

Here’s the step-by-step. For the matte eyeshadows, I used the LORAC Pro 2 palette but use whatever you like!

  1. Start with an eyeshadow primer of your choice.
  2. Over your entire lid (brow to lash line) sweep a matte nude color.
  3. In the crease and lower lash line, use a matte purple and blend out any harsh lines.
  4. In the outer part of your crease, use a matte black and blend that in for a little definition.
  5. Now we’re ready for glitter! For the glitter to stay on your lid, you need a stick base. I used e.l.f. Glitter Primer, which is an eye-safe product that is very affordable and made to specifically to adhere glitter and loose pigments to your skin safely and gently. Also, use a cosmetics grade glitter for this, I used Hard Candy Poppin Pigments in City Chic. It’s $6 for two vials. Pop off the sifter and pour a small amount onto a tissue.
  6. Spread the glitter primer on your lid, below your eyeshadow crease.
  7. Using a small, flat, stiff brush, press the glitter onto the glue and keep your eye closed until the glue sets (it’s pretty quick).
  8. Finish up with a smudgy black eyeliner and black mascara.

For the rest of your face, keep it simple. A little bit of light pink blush and illuminizer and some pink lipgloss is all you really need.

Eh, not sure what happened here... just pretend they're even.

Eh, not sure what happened here… just pretend they’re even.

Again, just imagine they look the same!

Again, just imagine they look the same!

Product list!

FACE

  • Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in 04 Nude
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Medium
  • NYX Mineral “Set It & Don’t Fret It” Matte Finishing Powder in Light/Medium
  • bareMinerals Ready Luminizer in The Love Affair
  • Korres Magic Light/Face Contouring Powder Trio in Mykonos

EYES

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (original formula)
  • LORAC Pro 2 Palette (Buff, Plum, Black and Beige were used)
  • e.l.f. Glitter Primer
  • Hard Candy Poppin Pigments in City Chic
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering eyeliner in Black
  • LORAC Special Effects Mascara in Black/Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam mascara in Black (I’ve got about a million sample and freebie mascaras I’m trying to use up!)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade in Medium Brown

LIPS

  • Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Lovechild

Holiday Glam Eyes and Red Lips

Heyo! We are in the midst of Christmas Party season! I’ve already had one last night and I’ve got a total of THREE next week. As in, I am going to be out three nights IN A ROW. That never happens, ha ha. Anyway, as I was getting ready last night, I thought my makeup turned out really nicely and would be the perfect look for any holiday party on your schedule. I hurried as quickly as I could to snap some pictures while the light outside was still good! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the foresight to do step-by-step pictures like I’ve done in the past but I’ll describe as best as I can.

Sparkly eyes and red lips

Sparkly eyes and red lips

I’m just going to go through the steps on the eye makeup, but as far as the rest of your face goes I would suggest adding a highlighter on your cheekbones and maybe some light contouring if you have no visible cheekbones like myself. A good tip I picked up from Karen at makeupandbeautyblog.com is to apply your highlighter (either powder or creme, I prefer powder myself) first and then your blush. The highlighter will glow through the blush, making it and your face look more dimensional and like a glow from within rather than sitting on your face. If that makes any sense at all, hah.

Gold is the reason for the season

Gold is the reason for the season

  • First step is to use an eyeshadow base. I’ve mentioned many times on here my love for Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin and I’ve used it here too. Seriously, it’s the best. If you don’t have a tinted primer, that’s fine, just use your favorite matte or shimmer base color shadow on top of the primer. The base color should be neutral and close to your skintone.
  • On the lid of your eye, apply the shimmeryest, sparkliest gold shadow you can get your hands on. To give it a foiled, metallic effect, load up your brush with the color then spritz with a makeup setting spray and apply to your lid. I use ELF’s Makeup Mist & Set because it’s cheap and it works. If you don’t have setting spray, just spritz with water. The moisture will foil your color and make it more intense. Also, apply a little bit of gold to the inner corners of your eyes.
  • In in crease of your lid, apply a medium matte brown shadow. The matte finish is key, as it will add depth especially if your eyes lack a noticeable crease or if you have hooded eyes like me. Take the color from your crease to just above, really blending out the edges with your brush. Take a little bit more of the medium matte brown and line your lower lash line from the outer corner to about a 1/3 of the way in.
  • Using a darker matte brown shadow, apply it just in the crease from the outside to about halfway in. This will add even more depth and a little smokiness.
  • Apply a neutral shimmer shade to your brown bone and finish with your favorite liquid or gel liner and lots of mascara. I used a black gel liner that had a bit of gold shimmer in it, but a jet black liner will look fab as well. Go for wings if you can (I’ve only recently semi-mastered my technique).
Perfect for the holidays.

Perfect for the holidays.

Here’s the product list, however I realize almost all the color products are pretty much discontinued limited editions. Oops. But it’s all pretty dupable! I didn’t use anything particularly unique in terms of color or finish.

FACE

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
  • MAC Matchmaster liquid foundation in 2.0
  • Hard Candy Glamoflage concealer in Medium
  • Nars Light Reflecting loose powder to set under eye concealer
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus
  • MAC Sculpt & Shape Powder in Bone Beige/Emphasize (LE)
  • MAC Blush in Crazed Imagination (LE)

EYES

  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin
  • Urban Decay Oz (gold eyeshadow from Glinda palette, LE)
  • Urban Decay Naked and Buck mixed in crease (from Naked palette)
  • Urban Decay Vengeance in crease (from Pulp Fiction palette, LE)
  • Urban Decay Virgin on browbone (from Naked & Naked Basics palette)
  • Nars Eye Paint in Baalbek for liner
  • Smashbox Full Exposure mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown for brows
  • Maybelline Great Lash in Clear for brows

LIPS

  • NYX Automatic Lip Liner in Red
  • MAC Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick (LE)
  • MAC Viva Glam Rihanna lipglass (LE)
Sparkle and shine ya'll!

Sparkle and shine ya’ll!

If I can get my act together, I’ll try to post some fun NYE looks in the next week or so. I hope ya’ll have a great holiday!

Haus of Gloi – Indie Fragrances & Body Products

The last couple of months, I’ve been lurking around Reddit’s beauty subs, mostly Makeup Addiction and Indie Makeup and More. It turns out there is a whole world of independent makeup and fragrance companies that sell their own creations online at pretty affordable prices! It is really interesting. Although I am planning on purchasing some indie makeup (I’ve gotten a start with ColourPop and looking into purchasing from Fyrinnae and Shiro Cosmetics as well), I went ahead and ordered some fragrance and body products from Haus of Gloi, an independent vegan shop based in Gresham, Oregan.

My order - it came packed in tissue paper (and newsprint) and included a handwritten note and a piece of Asian candy.

My order – it came packed in tissue paper (and newsprint) and included a handwritten note and a piece of Asian candy.

Along with perfume oils, the Haus also produces soaps, scrubs, hair oil and body lotions. They have a catalog of year-round scents, as well as limited edition seasonal scents. Although it would seem counter-intuitive to order scented products online without the chance to smell them first, most indie shops including the Haus offer sample sizes so you can essentially “try before you buy” without making quite a financial commitment. For my initial order, I got four perfume oil samples and a bubbling scrub sample, all from the general catalog. With my order, I also received a free perfume oil sample of an autumn seasonal scent! With shipping, my entire order came out to about $13.00.

The perfume oils came packaged in a small linen pouch.

The perfume oils came packaged in a small linen pouch.

Apothecary

Old books, bubbling concoctions, herbs and creaking floor boards! A pure essential oil blend of: Lemongrass, rosemary, blood cedar, sweet basil, lavender and the tiniest drop of vetiver.

On first smell in the vial, it comes off as very sharp, medicinal and herbal. On the skin, it mellows out a bit and loses it’s sharpness but it smells exactly what you’d think an apothecary would smell like. It comes off a little bit soapy as well, so I think it would make a good bath product. About three hours after I put it on, it faded quite a bit and smelled more herbal rather than medicinal. Another three hours later and I couldn’t smell it at all, it had totally faded.

Cozy Sweater

Pale skin musk, faded perfume, Egyptian amber, softly burning nag champa incense and a fine aged vanilla.

It really does remind me of a soft cashmere sweater. The nag champa incense is most prominent in this, it what I can smell first in the bottle and on my skin. It has better sillage, but I don’t think it’s too strong. On the dry down, I can still pick out the incense but it’s mixed well with the other notes and just is a nice perfume-y scent that is indeterminable.

The longer it wears, the muskier it smells. Smells like a vintage oriental fragrance. Definitely one for the cooler months (which won’t be happening here for awhile). About eight hours after I initially put it on, it’s faded a lot and smells a bit more powdery. I couldn’t smell the nag champa or musk at all.

Insalata Nocturna

Italian lemon, rubbed tomato leaf, olive leaf, black fig syrup and basil.

In the vial, it smells earthy and herbal, like gardening in wet soil (in a good way). I can really pick out the basil and tomato leaves. On the skin, it smells totally different! The herbal and earthy notes totally disappate into a soft, almost powdery perfume where I can’t really pick out any specific notes. It smells really nice and it was quite surprising. Although the description of this seemed a little too earthy and foodie, it’s actually quite pleasant. Sits very close to the skin, not much sillage.

Vice

Steam billows rolling off a vessel of fresh made Turkish coffee, marshmallow goo tainted by graham cracker crumbs, toasted hazelnuts and blanketed in black chocolate.

In the vial, all I could smell was chocolate and something sort of caramel-y. On the skin, I could catch the Turkish coffee, graham cracker (I think that was the caramel note I was sensing) and only a little bit of chocolate. On the dry down, it’s just chocolate, I can’t smell anything else. I think I would like this better as a bath product rather than a perfume. In general, I just don’t like the smell of chocolate on my skin. However, on a second wear I could pick out more caramel notes, the chocolate didn’t seem so heavy and I liked it a lot more.

Pumpkin Queen (my free sample! This is a seasonal fragrance only available for Autumn)

Gentle hay pillows, pumpkin, ripe peaches dusted with clove and nutmeg, dried summer herbs, and lastly, a lovely crown of amber.
In the vial and initially on the skin, it smells very creamy, warm and cinnamony. It’s quite strong, but not over powering. I was able to smell it on myself all morning. A few hours later, it faded a bit and lost some of the cinnamon. It smelled a littler muskier, but still had a sweetness and creaminess in the background. It’s very much a straightforward fall scent, in a good way and makes me wish that San Antonio had real fall weather!
This was such a unique product! And smelled OM NOM NOM DELICIOUS.

This was such a unique product! And smelled OM NOM NOM DELICIOUS.

Mango Sticky Rice Bubbling Scrub

Sweet mango, coconut infused rice and toasted sesame
Our soft bubbling scrub is made from scratch and never a base! A delightfully scrubby and lightly foaming confection.Our foaming base is whipped until it produces soft peaks, similar to that of whipped cream. A blend of two sugars is then folded in, both fine and medium grain for  fantastic scrubbing and polish it off with a heaping scoop of shea butter to leave you cleansed and smooth but never dried out. We use Optiphen, a paraben and formaldehyde-free preservative system. 100% vegan, always.
In the jar was OMG LOVE. It smells warm and toasty, and I can totally pick out the rice, with the sweet mango in the background. Knowing what the notes are (rice and mango, duh) it totally smells like the real thing, but I think it’s blended well enough that it could be a wonderful perfume without people thinking you smell like dessert.
As a scrub, it had a really interesting texture. Sort of spongy and thick, it’s foams up nicely and the sugars are really nice exfoliators. I prefer sugar scrubs because the sugar dissolves as you work it in and it won’t leave your tub gritty. My only complaint about this product is that the wonderful scent doesn’t stay on my skin after the shower. I would definitely purchase in every available product! It really smells so good.
Close up of the scrub after I used it once. It came to me completely filled to the top.

Close up of the scrub after I used it once. It came to me completely filled to the top.

I am so excited to have discovered this company! I’m looking forward to trying more of their scents and products, especially the seasonal scents. They seem to have a pretty big following, even though it’s just a two-person team handling all aspects of the operation. This is definitely a company you can feel good about buying from.