October Beauty Unboxing and Catchup!

Hey guys, welcome to another beauty post in a one week period! This time I decided to catch up on the beauty boxes from last month since we’re nearing December. I think I prefer this format, honestly, because this time I played with the items! What I did, and plan to continue doing, is this: I created a full face using items from all of the boxes together. I’ll put the complete look down at the bottom! Now, let’s go ahead and get started!

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     The first one I’m going to go into is Lip Monthly. It’s a $12.95 a month subscription service that offers 5 full-size products each month. While I think samples are adorable, I rather like full-size because I get more bang with that. This was my first Lip Monthly shipment, and I was so excited! Not only about the prospect of full-size products, but also the super cute bag!

     This first Lip Monthly bag was stocked with a Nude Lip, an Orange Lip from Stiks Cosmetics, a Lip Oil, holographic lip gloss from Bella Pierre and an orange lip pencil. The Nude, is, of course, good with any look. The lip oil is perfect for the cooler weather we’re getting and I didn’t even know there was lip oil. The holographic lip gloss is self-explanatory, and the orange pair is odd and was perfect for the spooky times. I thought this bag was great. I’d give my first Lip Monthly a 5/5 for variety!

   Next up, we had Sephora play! I’ve been so many people on reddit.com/r/beautyboxes get this subscription and I wanted in on the fun. Especially since I discovered Sephora close by. My first Sephora play provided a few essentials for a full face. Dr. Brandt pore minimizing primer, which I was really excited for. I recently came across from Dr. Brandt cleanser at Marshall’s and realized that it’s pretty up there in price. Sephora also gave me a moisturizer, foundation from Makeup Forever, Clinique lip crayon and Urban Decay All Nighter.

     I’ll include a quick review on the items I chose below, so let’s move right along! My first Sephora play box gets a 4/5, because of the foundation being the wrong shade. Not a bad rating by any stretch!

     Allure is up next! This is another one I’ve been envious of for while, and finally decided to get. This first box included a dry shampoo, lip balm/treatment, Hourglass mascara, cleanser, lotion, glitter gel and Claudelie serum. I think this box performed pretty fairly, with it’s counterparts. Hourglass is a brand I’ve been curious about for a time, but have been unable to find locally. I was pretty hype about the First Aid Beauty lotion, becaus I had a great experience with them years ago!

      My first Allure box gets a 4/5 for usability! I can’t justify a 5 for these items, sadly.

    For the last new box, we have Birchbox. Birchbox has always been really hit or miss with me previously. Don’t get me wrong, I like Birchbox. I don’t love it though. The items I got in October was a leave-in conditioner, small bar of natural soap, winky lux cream highlight, a facial moisturizer and nail polish. 

     Some of this will be useful, but I was generally underwhelmed by this box. I think I’ll throw the conditioner into a travel bag with the dry shampoo from allure. For the rating, I think this one gets a 3/5 because I was unimpressed but it did have some usefulness.

   I did include ipsy in that slideshow above, if you want a quick rundown of those items, click here

The Winners!

Alright! We got that out of the way! Like I said, I did decide to do a full face of makeup with just the items from these boxes. From Lip Monthly, I picked the orange lip and pencil duo, because  I thought that color was so unusual and pretty. I’ve never worn orange- that changes now. From sephora, I borrowed the primer and foundation. The primer was tinted a tan color and the scent was somehow medical? It was a fairly strong scent that I wasn’t too crazy about. I will say that a little goes a long way though. The foundation was the incorrect shade, but did seem to blend out nicely with a beauty blender.

From allure I took the ritzy Hourglass mascara, I felt so fancy! It had a great lifting and curing effect on my lashes that I absolutely love. I might end up splurging and ordering this offline! 

     I took the bronzer, eyeko liner as well as both shadows from Ipsy. The Winky Lux highlight from Birchbox. 

     The pink shadow was almost a mousse, the texture was really interesting to play with since I’m so used to pressed powders. I swept that onto my lid with my finger and followed that with some of the Nomad blue shadow in my crease and at the outer corner. I made an attempt to wing my liner- the eyeko liner performed very well.  Honestly, I was thrilled- not by my ‘wing’ though.

   As I said, the mascara was amazing. Though I’m kind of wishing that I had gone more crazy with the colors on my eyes to make the black pop more.  

     For my face, I used the moisturizer from Birchbox first. It was unscented and my skin seemed to love it, and it felt nice and hydrating. I dabbed on the Dr. Brandt primer which is when I noticed the smell. At first I liked how rejuvenating it smelled but quickly decided I didn’t actually like it. I quickly layered the foundation on top of it and I’m thrilled to report that I didn’t notice any heaviness on the skin like I do with some foundations. The only thing I notice is that it’s a bit too bronze for me.

    I swept on the Bronzer. I like how it’s subtle and not too pigmented. It gives me a little bit of a sunkissed look that I’m enjoying. I think my second favorite thing from this entire haul is probably the high light. The highlighter is pretty much right up my alley. I love it. Just look at that highlight. I’m still learning, but I’m definitely pleased with the application. It blended out beautifully and applied flawlessly. Because my cheeks still looked naked, I patted a little bit of the pink eyeshadow onto my cheeks and blended it outwards. I think I actually kind of prefer the eye shadow as a blush.

     The rest is just the lips, which I lined and followed up with the orange lipstick. I’m sure you can tell that I didn’t leave it at that- I used my favorite lashes that I talk about all the time to finish off the look. 

     Let me know what you guys think of this type of posts. I really enjoy tooling around with makeup and sharing these boxes with you! Do you guys have any subcriptions that you’d recommend?

[Haul] My Fabulous Black Friday Haul!

    Hey guys! I hope this Monday finds you all well (and not terribly broke, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming back-to-back). I know that Black Friday is the perfect time to not only make questionable choices, but also score some ah-mazing deals, I went out and did just that! 

Beauty Products

    My first steps into this (holiday?) event, was straight to Ulta. I promised myself I was there for lotion, but quickly broke that promise upon entering as I saw all of the Sale signs. I ran all over the store, careful not to trample the other guests, and found what I was low-key there for. Three words: Ten. Dollar. Mascara.

   I was hopeful that my recently discovered holy grail, lights camera lashes was apart of this promo. But it wasn’t- so I ended up grabbing Maneater and Troublemaker to test out. I had my arms full, but unfortunately was unable to actually drop the dough to get all that I wanted. I even had to leave a backup pair of Eyelure #005 lashes.

Black friday part one!
Isn’t it beautiful?

    The rest of my trip at Ulta for Thanksgiving’s early shopping, was Laura Gellar Highlighter, and Urban Decay’s Petite Heat Palette. I also managed to get my hands on apparently, the last James Charles x Morphe palette that they had. I’m pretty sister shook that they even had it, since the app told it was out of stock.

   And you guys know, I couldn’t just leave it a one day thing, I went back Friday to see what was left and managed to snag the Tarte Life of the Party clutch for 20 dollars. I got one more thing from Ulta this year that I had been dying for! The Dream Glow Palette from Anastasia. I adore the microglittery, ethereal look that these hi-lighters have, and I had to have them since they were 45%-ish off.

Black friday part two!
Because I don’t know how to stop…

   Since I really like a deal, I took myself over to TJ Maxx and continued my hunt. I came across two Cargo Palettes, both of which I’ve heard great things about, All that Glitters and Wanderlust. I’m pretty sure I have some of the colors duped in my current dragon’s hoard, so I’ll probably be doing a comparison.

   The last thing from Friday was a 4 pack of Anastasia lippies in different berry pink hues- I’ve been wanting more pinks since I more or less default to reds and deep colors. 

Anastasia Swatches
A little pink for my taste, but I kinda like it.

 

    Then, because, I’m not kidding, I don’t know when to stop. I took myself to the mall on Saturday. You probably know where this is going by now, but I didn’t. I had it in my head to grab some work-appropriate clothes. Instead, I got sidetracked by lots of makeup. Again. I meandered into Sephora, and grabbed yet another Glitter Flip for my growing stash, and the Becca Glow and Primer kit.

   When I walked by Bath and Body Works, I saw that there was another sale. Every body mist was $5.50. Are you kidding me? I love body spray. So, I grabbed a few!

Black Friday Body Mist
My favorite of these is the Hot Cocoa- it literally is such a warm scent! 

    After wandering around looking for clothes (cheap ones) I was unimpressed and made my way back to the car. First, I noticed an Anastasia Vanilla Lip Gloss (in Luna), at Dillard’s. I swear, I wasn’t really looking, but it kind of jumped out at me.

Mall Friday Mall feat Java
My Mall Loot- featuring Java!

    I love vanilla- so I needed it. I began the treacherous walk through Dillards… Again.  And toward my car. I was rushing by the M.A.C. counter with my will starting to waver. You know? I’ve never really looked at M.A.C. products? I always kind of associated it with the… elderly? Somehow? I don’t get the association- but I had it. A worker came up and let me know that if I needed help, just to ask and I felt obligated to at least look (or pretend to). I pretended too hard and found this gorgeous liquid lip gloss in the shade ‘it’s just candy“. Of course, it’s a red.

    Then I found this amazing liquid eyeshadow in diamond crumblesGuys. Guys. Guys. It reminds me of unicorns. Of course, I swatched it. I loved it. I brought it home. 

    Even more stuff in tow. I was in the home stretch. On my way through JC Penny, when I found two more things. A makeup caddy and a cup. Each for 5 dollars. I gotta organize this stuff, y’know?

 

Fashion

Since I kind of went a little trigger happy with the beauty aspect of my haul, that left me with limited room to splurge on the fashion side. I did drag myself into the Posh Peach on Saturday to see what they had going on. Though Black Friday is technically over, they have their 20% on the entire store still, as well as adorable cookies.

Posh Peach Cookies for Black Friday
Yum!

    Walking into their shop is a dilemma for me, almost immediately. I pretty much love everything I lay my hands on. To my surprise, I found another rainbow cardigan, this one fuzzy and warm feeling. I almost bought that on principle, who doesn’t love a good rainbow cardigan? I meandered over to their Last Ones rack and found this adorable ombre` sweater dress in pastels. I don’t have anything similar, so I opted for it.  Since I had to spend 50 dollars, I decided to pair it with a pair of mildly cat-eye sunnies. I think I’ll match this up with my neutral brown booties from Clothes Mentor!

    Since I spent just over 50 dollars at the Posh Peach, I got to pop a balloon. Again, I got the 20% off coupon, which went straight into my wallet for next time. I think I’ll use that on that rainbow cardigan if it’s there next time!

Announcement

I have some big plans in regards to some of this loot- be on the lookout for an update on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram! I don’t want to say too much here until I’ve figured a little more out, but suffice to say, I’m both nervous and excited!

 

VIP Treatment with Wine Women and Shoes

VIP Treatment with Wine Women and Shoes

   Greetings, everyone. I hope you guys have your opera glasses and champagne (assuming you’re 21 or older). On November the 8th, I splurged a lottle (like a little, but a lot) and went to Wine, Women and Shoes– and guys, you know I had to be extra. I went all the way and went for the VIP treatment. VIP guests got the same perks as those who got the general admission:     

General Admission tickets include entrance to the marketplace, wine tastings, culinary bites, a seat at the fashion show, plus a swag bag and wine glass to take home. *Price increase on September 16 to $100.

    There was a slight difference between the VIP and general admission.

VIP tickets include all of the perks of a general admission ticket plus premier seating during the fashion show so you can kick up your heels and enjoy the show. In addition to the swag bag and wine glass to take home, there will also be a little something extra waiting for you at your seat!

     When I first walked into the venue, I noticed how crowded it was. I think it took me 20 minutes to get my ticket situated. I’m pretty happy that they were able to have such a great turn out for this event, they certainly deserve it. There was a woman perched in the air making languid movements while balanced in a ribbon, I’m probably butchering what was actually happening, but I thought she was perfect for the ambience. I wanted to commend her on not losing her grip and taking a tumble, because I’m fairly certain that I would!

 

 

     The fashion show bit didn’t begin until about 8 PM, so I had plenty of time to peruse the vendors that were kind enough to come show their support for a good cause. There were several booths selling gorgeous jewelry, some of which was out of my price range, which broke my heart. There was food, but as I had been ill most of the day I decided to completely forego even getting within smelling distance of it in favor of indulging myself to grab a whole new outfit. These were the vendors I was able to photograph! There were some others, but I didn’t want to get a photo with the guests and risk getting a photo with an unwilling model. I will link all merchants at the bottom, for the curious!

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     Once I was done wandering around the impressively large library filled to the brim with vendors, I made my way outside to the large tent that would be housing the main festivities. It was really a little surreal for me as I made my way to my table. I’ve never been to a fashion show of any sort, let alone as a VIP sitting right by the stage. It was an incredible feeling!

 

   I wanted to make sure to get you guys some pictures worth looking at of the gorgeous models, you can check out the models in the slideshow below! Don’t worry, I got permission from the hosts to bring my camera! These are (almost) guilt-free photos! I have them in a random order down below, because I didn’t realize that they did the fashion in blocks of retailers. It hit me that there were 2-3 outfits per shop when I looked at a model and thought “Huh… that reminds me of the style of the Posh Peach.”

     My obliviousness aside, enjoy the photos and fashions!

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      I know you may be wondering what was in the goody bag, and what my special VIP surprise was! I’ll end the intrigue here and tell you! The goodies were a Tsys wine-bag, that was stuffed with pink tissue paper. Under the paper was a wine spritzer, bath bomb and loofah! I passed off the wine to my partner, but he’s not getting the bath bomb. 

    When I saw this event was coming, I knew I wanted to go. I wasn’t sure what to even wear. I’ve never even been to a Fashion Show, I’ve never been a VIP or anything. What do people even where to those? Am I even fancy enough? Can I be? I went on the hunt for the perfect dress, and the search was a month long. 

     

The one photo I got of my dress- I had another person take it, and it came out super dark. I swear I tried to salvage it.

     I eventually settled on sporting emerald green, I wasn’t sure on the cut of the dress. Glamorous? Casual? I ended up going to elegance. Guys, this dress made me literally so happy the moment I saw it. I knew it was the one, and it was so fairly priced at 18.99! 

    My gorgeous, and affordable, dress was paired it with black shoes. For my makeup, I settled on a red lip from NYX and a smokey eye courtesy of Urban Decay’s Naked palette with accents from my Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette. The gorgeous ladies over at Ulta trimmed my do so I could look as sleek as possible- I think they did a great job! 

     All in all, the Wine Women and Shoes event was fantastic! I did end up shopping just a little, and to be honest it was a little less than I thought I would buy. I was so excited to see Sassy and Southern there, since I never got to go back for the dress I loved. I ended up grabbing two items from them! A cold-shoulder black shift dress, and some suede tan booties. I did have to throw on some tights and my favorite Marshall’s cardigan to make it feel more work appropriate, but I adore it! I also grabbed a wine colored scalloped skirt that’s definitely too short for work, once I pair it with the perfect fall top I’ll share it with you!

Vendors!

Sassy and Southen

Robin’s Nest

Psherrod

Behind the Glass

Bent by Courtney

Dena Lyons Couture

Misayo House

Tuli Rita

Last Minute Makeup? I’m Here for 4 You!

  Hey there, guys! Welcome to day four of our first Seven days of Halloween! I was a little at a loss for what to do for Today’s post, until I spoke to one of my Barista friends over at Origin, she suggested that I do a side by side with a few tutorials! So like some of the amazing BeauTubers that I follow, I’m going to try to follow along with some Halloween Tutorials. 

     Now, keep in mind that are simple, by my figuring. I tried to pick things within my skill level and one of these I’ve been watching for years. So, let’s look over a Four selected Halloween makeup looks for those of us who waited until the last minute to figure out just what we are going to do with our face!

A little Catty

   This one is the one that I mentioned watching for a while. It’s cute to me. I love cats, and really any animal, so this is right up my alley. If I didn’t have my costume and stuff picked out, I probably would have done something with this. 

      I found a tutorial on Pinterest, because that’s where I default to when my search is mainly for images. I found this gorgeous picture of a girl rocking this look, and decided it was my turn. It looks to me like it’s not too demanding, which makes it a great candidate to start with.

     To mimic this look I used a black Kohl liner from [NYX], a liquid liner for the whiskers, Black Heart black Matte Liquid Lip, and the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette.

     I feel like you could pretty much get away with wearing anything with this and call it a costume, from a full-body leopard suit to a little black dress.

halloween cat makeup tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Worst Nightmare

     When I was a little girl, I always had a fear of dolls and ventriloquist dummies. Something about them was always so unsettling and unnatural. Flat out Uncanny Valley and nightmare inducing little monsters. What better way to face my fears than by turning myself into one of these terrible things?

     This is another one that I found on Pinterest, something about the way she deadpans into the camera just spooks me a bit, but it’s not too bad. 

    To get this look, I used that same Kohl liner, some red eye shadow from my Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette, White liquid liner from NYX, a White Kohl liner, Falsies from Ardell, and Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Porcelain, I finished it off with pink lips from TreStique!

      With this one, to make it costume-y, I’d go with a suit looking ensemble. A white buttonup collared shirt and some black slacks should do fine!

23 Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Makeup Looks: #7. CREEPY DOLL MAKEUP; #halloweenmakeup 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gonna Scare Some Crows Tonight

    If you’ve ever been into plaid flannel shirts, you should have a few lying around. Which would make this totally unthreatening scarecrow an easy costume for you to throw together! I thought it was actually pretty cute. More like something you’d get from the Halloween Aisle to throw in a Kiddie maze than anything spooky. But, it’s still cool, regardless.

     To pull off this look, I grabbed an orange face crayon from Walmart, that same black Kohl Liner, a black face crayon for the bigger areas, my Kiss Firery Faeries lashes and orange shadow from my Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette.

    I did have to head to the store to grab a straw hat, for this, all in all I think it’s pretty cute. You can pretty much do any color flannel for this and make it look decent. Of course, I didn’t have the colored contacts, which I don’t feel like that hurts the look too much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Catch More Flies…

     This last one is less costume and more for parties, if you feel like you’re too “grown up” to do anything colorful for Halloween. I really, really dig this look. It looks simple but requires a tiny bit of artsiness. I did make one change just for personal preference.

    To recreate this look, I used my usual Kohl liner, MUA brow gel, Snow White Lip from Colourpop and my MAC cosmetics foundation in NC10 (if there was any doubt of how pale I am). I wanted to go with red to allude to a blood sucking spider, and I felt like most of these didn’t have enough color for me. 

     Since this one isn’t too much of a costume, I’m going to default on a black dress for this. Not a little black dress, mind you, but a slinky, long number like this. Really lean into that dark look, y’know.  And since this one is monochromatic, I did edited mine to be b/w. I actually really like my deviation on the shadow!

23 Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Makeup Looks: #11. SIMPLE SPIDER WEB MAKEUP; #halloweenmakeup 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you guys enjoyed our Fourth day of consecutive posts for our personal favorite holiday. If you guys have any suggestions for future posts or even want to submit your own, reach out to us at submissions@javaandjeans.com. Just a reminder that we’re open to guest posts in all of our categories, and I did just add beauty to the category list that you can view on the Submission Guidelines page!

     I will admit I had a lot of fun trying to do these looks, at my current skill level I think I did decent. I need better white liners, for sure but my palettes appear to be up to snuff (with what I’ve spent on them, they’d better be!). I hope to up the ante next year and do some more complex things, I hope you’ll forgive for going kind of easy on myself this year! Also, this whole post was practice on putting on falsies, at this rate I’ll be a pro in no time!

     We’ll see you tomorrow for our 5th post in the countdown!

What’s new: Revisting The Posh Peach!

     Hey guys! I know I did a what’s new on the Posh Peach a little more recently than most! But, proximity really makes it a consistent target for me. There’s going to be a what’s new on Lizard Thicket and Sassy and Southern, here very shortly! Maybe I’ll even visit The Blushing Brunette again. Who knows? I’m planning a whirlwind Weekend of content leading up to the Masquerade

     As usual, I’ll display my runners up and then save the victor for last! Because, there is a victor. I only did three full outfits for this post, so it should be a somewhat quick one!

     The Posh Peach has some amazing bell bottoms, and you guys know I love me some flare. I’m also a big fan of oversized sweaters. So this outfit is way  up my alley. These sunny yellow bell bottoms were on their new arrivals rack, and as luck would have it, they had some in my size. To my great pleasure, they’re not your typical button up pants. They have a wide elastic band in the waist and the fabric itself has a nice amount of give. 

     I paired this with a pastel large pink sweater. I’ll be honest with you, I love love love this sweater. It’s so soft and light, it’s perfect for the fall. I really liked it with these pants.

 

     This next one is a little out there, I found a Kimono and some white bell bottoms. The white ones, I had seen on their site and subsequently got obsessed with. I love the flare leg and the fit. The only thing I didn’t love was the kimono. I tried three different ways to wear this thing, and while I think it looked okay I don’t think it was something that really suited me. It was super comfy though. And had I been able to make it work for it, it would have been my choice.

 

                                                                    

   Neither of those looked quite right, and I wasn’t in love with the Kimono alone. So this was definitely a hard pass for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving on to the winner and runner-upin one! I found this adorable dress on their rack outside, I knew I had to layer it. But with what? I scoured the racks inside to find a viable option and landed on this starry shirt. It fit comfortably, but too comfortably. It was a little bigger and less flattering than I felt like it should have been with this dress. 

     Disheartened, I had an idea. That pink sweater that I love so much. So I gave that a go. It works! I think this is my perfect fall outfit. Just throw on some grey tights and maybe white flats, and you’re good to go! It’s a little oversized, but that just adds some charm. It’s cute, feminine and (best of all) modest.

     This outfit now sits in my house, waiting for the temperature to dip into the 60s, so I can break it out. Speaking of the temperature dipping, I did get one more thing. Though on a separate trip. Really, I didn’t want to leave you with just 3 measley outfits, y’know? I made my way to the Posh Peach while on my lunch break, which may have been a lapse of judgment, honestly. Since I’m on the lookout for that new Anastasia Palette that I’m dying for. 

     But, go in I did and I found something. Well, some things. I  found a front tie purple shirt that I loved, and I had found this really cozy cardigan. Though it’s technically a S/M, it fits larger. I think it might be warmer than my usual black coat, actually. The moment I found it on the rack, I knew I’d love it if I tried it on. I tried to put it back, I really did. But there was a voice whispering to me, “it’s the last one, so it’ll be 20% off“. And that did it. With that thought, I took it to the dressing room and tried it on. 

 It’s generally more color that I usually go for. But, guys, I’m feeling it. I’m kind of obsessed. At the point, it was the sweater or the shirt. At $19 dollars for the shirt and the somewhat heftier tag on the sweater, I could only get one. I asked the cashier up front if they were going to get any more of these cardigans, in a last ditch effort to have some self-control, and she responded with “Most likely not”. So… The sweater won, due to it’s amazing versatility. I can wear this with (almost) anything and it would add a cute, quirky energy that I’m kind of living for.

 

Unboxing; This Box is a Birch

      Hey, there guys! I finally got my Birchbox a little bit late! This one was for the month of September, and this was another case where I thought I had signed up too late to get the goods. It’s okay! Any goodies are good goodies, right? Especially where makeup is concerned! 

     If you’re not familiar, Birchbox is another monthly beauty box service, like Ipsy. Unlike Ipsy, Birchbox doesn’t provide a cute or fashionable makeup bag for your purse, they give you a colorful box instead. I did test everything, so let’s have a look!

     At first, I was completely underwhelmed by this delivery. It was a real rollercoaster. I was excited to get the package but once I opened it, I was hit with an “oh, is that it?”.  What we have here is, from right to left, leave in conditioner, Arrow color enhancing balm, Collagen eye pads, Mac 3D mascara and dry shampoo.

     If you’re saying “Is that it?”, believe me, I totally shared that sentiment until I starting playing with it. The first thing I broke into was the M.A.Cscara. It took two applications to get some decent length from it, but true to the advertising my lashes weren’t clumpy. It provided some nice lift and in no way weighed my lashes down. I give this product a 4/5 because it could have been a little more pigmented.

     That color enhancing balm from Arrow, is really an understated thing that had me a little disappointed. I did put it on and got some subtle shine and it did bring out the pink in my lips a little more. It kind of makes them pop. I will say that it doesn’t really smell like much, which was a disappointment. Because, I really like scented balms, but I can live without scent. I think this may be a staple in my purse soon, just because you can never have too many balms. I’d rate this a 4/5 too, I’m detracting a point for scent because that irks me just a little.

     I think I’ll combine the Shampoo and leave in conditioner here. The dry shampoo smells really good, I sprayed it on my roots from the recommended 8 inches and brushed it through. My hair’s on day 2, so I’m due for a wash. This did bring some life back to my hair, so I may be using it in travel emergencies when we find ourselves on the road. On another plus, both of these are the perfect travel size to keep stashed in my purse! Score! This conditioner honestly smells so good, the closest I can get is Vanilla which is great. I can’t wait to break this out during a vacation. I’d rate these at a 5/5.

     The last thing in this box was the Collagen Mask from Wilma Schumann. I’ve never used any Collagen items before now, so I wasn’t sure what to do. I slapped these under my eyes at the end of the day and I felt them working almost immediately. At first, I thought it was burning, but what was happening was an intense cooling and hydrating effect. I kept them there for the recommended 20 minutes (I think). When I took it off, I honestly didn’t notice any real difference. I’m wondering if maybe it takes multiple applications to see results? I’d rate this a 4.5/5, I’m not sure if it even did what it was supposed to but I felt dang fancy using these.

    I think out of this box, I’d be most likely to stock up on the leave in conditioner, just because of the way it smells. While I liked the mascara, I don’t like it enough to spend 24 dollars on it. My Rimmel London ScandalEyes treats me just as well at a fraction of the price.

  If I had to give this box a rating in its entirety, I’d give it a 4.5/5 for looking pretty underwhelming but overall performing remarkably. I really enjoyed everything in this box and I can’t wait for the next one to come in!

     

  

Unboxing; Ipsy With Me

Unboxing; Ipsy With Me

Who doesn’t love monthly presents? Pretty dang affordable gifts to yourself that you get on a monthly basis? I know that I’m definitely among that number. Guys, I love month subscription boxes. I like when their makeup, geek culture, treats… Currently, I really want one that’s clothing, but I don’t know if I can trust myself to return the items I don’t want. The moment I’m able though, I totally intend to get Stitch Fix. Right now though, I’m only subscribed to makeup boxes. Birchbox, Ipsy, Lip Monthly and Sephora Play. Well…. Lip Monthly I’m just doing a trial run this month. But for sure I’m all on board with the other three. 

     I wasn’t going to sub to the makeup boxes again because I had stopped doing any makeup at all. Now I’m starting to get back into it in a big way, I figured ‘why not?’ But I wasn’t sold on it until I saw September’s Ipsy bag. Just… it’s so unbelievably cute. I caved and subscribed but Ipsy had told me it was too late to get the bag I wanted.

     Lucky me when I got the email letting me know it had shipped! This bag is pretty awesome, guys. Not the best, really, but I did get a really nice blending brush. The first thing I noticed when opening my bag was this amazing quote. I love it and immediately stuck it on Instagram.

Moving on the meat of the bag…

Two sheet face masks! I’m so excited! I really love masks and I’m just starting to amass a huge collection of them in my miscellaneous makeup drawer. I usually prefer mud masks because the sheets are a little hard to match to my face and keep them there. Preference aside, I’m pretty hype to use these!

       

When I saw this on the Ipsy app, I wasn’t too excited. Pinks are generally a bad color on me. Seeing it in person is a little different, it looks soft enough to be passable. That apparently doesn’t concern me too much, because I just bought the Norvina palette which has a few shimmery pinks that I quite like. I’ll do a tester of it and hope for the best!

This. I don’t think I like this. The Thank Me Later primer is definitely not an item I intend to purchase. I feel like it goes on with an oily texture and then dries to a powder. My fingers felt incredibly greasy after using this. I may give it another chance and see how it goes, but as of right this moment, I don’t think that I like this. If it works for you, great!

Ipsy has spoken, and they want me to use TreStique- I’m not offended. I actually really like these. They sent me one ages ago and I still use it. They have such a great, smooth formula and the pigmentation is lovely. The color doesn’t last super long, but that’s okay because it’s so small that I don’t mind carrying it with me to do touch ups if needed. 

Check out that brush! Isn’t it adorable? I haven’t tried it quite yet, beyond blending shadows on my wrists. It’s super soft and flexible. It does its job well so far. The fact that it’s DC-related with the Harley Quinn diamonds doesn’t matter much to me beyond aesthetics.

I’d probably rate this bag a…

3/5

Really, I can’t give it higher based on the fact that they missed their marks with the colors for the most part. I prefer nudes, browns and a few bold colors here and there. I generally reach for red lipsticks rather than pink. So while this lippy is cute, it’s not really all the way up my alley. It’s not a bad bag, I just didn’t jive with their color choices.They weren’t far off their mark.

I hope they get closer next month!

Shop Event; Clothes Mentor Grab Bag Treasure!

     Hey guys! I have a serious addiction to retail therapy lately. I spent my week gathering a tiny (but moderately expensive) cosmetics haul as well as some light shopping for lace garments. I’ve been super into lace for the last month or so, and I have no idea what happened. To round off my week, and possibly month of spending, I attended the Grab Bag event at Clothes Mentor. 

     A lot of people had the same idea and showed up before they opened to get first dibs on the incredible deals they had hanging out on the sidewalk. The picture below should give you a little glimpse of what was going on when I shoved my bags into my car. There were boxes and shoes lined up against the outer wall, and 5 long tables covered in clothes that had been rifled through by the curious.

     If you don’t follow Clothes Mentor on Instagram or live locally, the event was basically stuffing a bag with as much as you can and if it fits you’re good. Each bag cost 20 dollars, or 21.50 if you used your card. I had the notion to get two bags, which worked out great for me.  My curiousity did get the best of me, so I did go inside and do some more damage, since I was searching for my Masquerade dress! I ended up not finding my dress there, but just look at all of this loot!

Clothes Mentor Haul
In total I spent 80 bucks- one item alone made up the majority of that. Score!

     I managed to make at least 3 cohesive outfits- the rest is just kind of incomplete. Before we get to it, I want to note that I picked all of this without trying it on. It’s pure luck that some of this fits, because some items didn’t even have a size on it. With that being said, let’s dive in! I’ll start with my favorite outfit that I put together

     Seriously, guys. I was so hyped to find these shoes. They’ve been sitting at Clothes Mentor for a few months at least. They were about 16 dollars, if memory serves. So getting to throw them in my grab bag was so welcome, since apparently, I don’t like to spend that much on a single item (makeup evidently not included in that).

    I just love the little skinny heel and the combination of houndstooth and florals. I wasn’t initially sure what to pair with these shoes since they already have a lot going on. And, seriously, whoever thought of pairing houndstooth and floral? They’re weird, but I love them.

     I paired the shoes with a chocolate skirt, purple droop-neck striped tank, and champagne infinity scarf. I can totally see this outfit pretty much anywhere. It would especially be at-home at a cafe. I will admit that the shoes are a little weird to walk in, but that aside I adore them.

     As much as these patterns don’t really mesh, I think they somehow go together pretty well. I can’t wait to wear this to a bookstore, cafe or a casual date! I wish I could wear it to work but unfortunately, I don’t think it would be quite work-appropriate.

 

     This next outfit I wasn’t totally sold on once I put it together. That was at least until I throw on the Mossimo grey striped sweater, turquoise mini-skirt, Talbot’s pink tee and my wedges that I got for 16 bucks (and 20% off). I’m really feeling the way these colors work together. 

     The skirt makes this outfit a contender for a bar outfit, or going out drinking with my Fiance`. I’d probably wear the heck out of this with some tights! As everyone probably knows by now, especially if you’ve been following Instagram, I’m crazy for tights! They can pretty much make any outfit about 60% more modest.  

    The worst part about this, is that it’s not something I can wear out in the coming seasons. That’s far too much leg for the cooler weather, y’know? My heart breaks for you, turquoise skirt. You’ll be packed into the closet, out of sight but not out of mind. I’ll try not to forget about you.

     Alright, we’re two down! So far, it’s been stuff I was just kind of haphazardly put together. The rest is dresses, and pretty much fleshed out.

     Like I’ve mentioned on Instagram, I’ve been completely obsessed with lace. Case in point right there in that slideshow. Today I skipped out of my shopping trip with 4 lace dresses and one item that was just accented with lace. 

    That first item is really similar to a floor-length lace dress I found at Ross. It has similar pleats to this one. It gives it a fantastic twirl, guys. I can see this with some nude heels and pearls. Really class it up, y’know? This is lace we’re talking about. Really that sentiment would work with both dresses up there. 

     I can also see turquoise working well, but it would have to be pumps. That would steer it more to the cute side, or you could go with red and lean more into the vixen aesthetic. With turquoise, I don’t see why pearls wouldn’t work, just as well as with the nude heels. But with red, I’d say more a choker and hoops. With the right accessories, lace can go from chaste, to seductive to flat-out edgy.

    Lace also has an elegant and refined side! I’m sure you already know that, though. Just look at that dress!

     When I shoved it in my bag, there was a tag that valued it at 50 dollars. These shoes, based on the quality, would range from 14-22 dollars. I don’t know about you, but I’d consider my trip a huge success so far. This one item, was valued over half of the total amount spent on my shopping spree.

      If I didn’t already have my Wine Women and Shoes dress chosen, this would have been my choice! With a pair of silvery, subtly glittery tights, this would make a gorgeous fashion show outfit! Classy and understated with a shimmery eyeshadow and nude lip.

    I can see this with a really sleek, straight hairstyle. For jewelry, I’d probably go with silver to keep some cohesion in the shiny bits. I mean, who knows, I may go with this. But I may stick with my emerald green number once I nail down shoes, accessories and makeup.

     For this next dress, I had forgotten that I grabbed it. I think I thought I had stuck it back on the table. I guess I’m not too sad about this. This dress is adorable!

 

     I usually don’t like floral patterns, but I thought that this dress went fantastic with the wedges. It’s black which is way up my alley, even though I’m trying to incorporate more colors into my somewhat substantial wardrobe. I feel like I’m doing so much better with adding some colors. This is a great spring dress, on the occasional warm day. It can pass as business casual, too. It’s versatile and cute. I want to say this is a lucky find!

     I’m super hype about this next find! I have a soft spot for sweater dresses, really. I think they’re so timeless. There’s something so cute and stylish about them. This one especially. I think this entire ensemble is perfect for the fall. The quarter sleeves and lace are great for about 60 or 70 degrees. I can see this being totally at home at a little hole-in-the-wall cafe or a college campus. 

     So, on my hunt for a masquerade dress, I thought I got lucky and found one for my bag. I picked up a pile of lace, that I quickly figured out was a hi-low dress. Score! I was excited, but it didn’t have a size on it. After putting it on, my bet is on a modern 10, since the waist droops. I’ll probably have to use a belt with this to cinch in the waist. I also want to put some tulle on the inside of the skirt to give it some body and shape.

    One of the last things I brought home with me was another sweater dress, this one in mauve. I like the cut out on the chest and the wideness of the skirt. I feel like I’ll be pairing this with my grey tights and trusty brown boots. It’s a great fall and (temeperate) winter dress. I’m looking forward to wearing this the most, I think. It’s such a pretty color! 

     The legit last things that crept into my bag was a couple pairs of workout pants (one of which was galaxy print!), a cable-knit thick sweater-shirt thing and a long mid-calf grey sweater dress. That one was particularly not very cute, but I just got it for comfort. My long, expensive weekend ended with going to Dillards to scope out dresses and stopping by Sephora. 

     My Cosmetics post is coming a little later!

     I think for my rating of Clothes Mentors Grab Bag event, I’d give it a pretty solid rating.

/5

     That seems fair enough. I don’t feel like I can rate it higher, due to it being a general sort of shopping event. I don’t know if it was exceptional, but I did get some exceptional deals! In all, I got 3 pairs of shoes (12-16 dollars a piece), 7 dresses (at least 12 bucks apiece, one valued at 50) 1 scarf, 2 workout pants, 2 skirts, and 3 shirts. I spent less than 100 and left with a fair bit of stuff. 

 Thank you for the swag Clothes Mentor!

Fashionable Findings; Francesca’s Debut! (mini-haul!)

     Hey guys! I must confess something. I’ve been sitting on the knowledge that Francesca’s exists for a few months, and have yet to do something about it. This weekend, I cracked. Hard. I got an email that I could come in and get a freebie (which is one “F” word that I love). I did make my way into their adorable shop on the last day to get my goodie, which was either a candle or bath fizzer.

     Before making my way to the counter to redeem my email, I made the grievous error of perusing the shelves. They had some adorable unicorn planners, which, had they not started in July would have gone home with me. They had a gorgeous kimono, which didn’t go with any of my items or anything in my current wardrobe. I would love to link it for you, but I’m not seeing it on their site.

     When I saw the display for the shorts, I immediately knew that I wanted a pair. I needed a pair; I absolutely had to have one. After trying probably 5 pairs of shorts and not liking them with any of the tops I was selected- I did end up leaving with 3 items in total. I do want to share some knowledge that you may find useful- they have 10 dollar shorts and cover-ups right now. Use that how you will- they have some insanely cute distressed shorts with lace detailing and some with a slightly bleached look. I wasn’t lucky enough to be able to get the lace ones, maybe you will be!

       On the rack, I did also find a cute cover-up that would have made a nice tank, but I passed up on it due to not knowing when my wedding is going to be. Initially tried a pair of lace shorts, but on finding that they didn’t fit I started my hunt for one that did. Francesca’s sizing is a bit odd to me, but I did end up finding shorts that fit. The only pair in my size- no joke. 

     Sadly (for me) I wasn’t able to snag the dainty lace detailed shorts. But, I was able to find these adorable subtly bleached and distressed shorts with darker detailing. These are just so cute and comfy! I’m a little miffed that I found them at the end of Summer. I have a feeling I won’t be able to enjoy these for very long this year. 

     Lucky me that these go perfect with the aesthetic of my Festival shirt from Plato’s Closet! I’ve been aching for another thing to pair with that tank! Now if only I could wear it to an actual festival, that would be way too perfect.

     This second thing, I almost passed up on. I wasn’t planning to do too much shopping, it was supposed to be an introductory post for Francesca’s, after all. Initially I thought this was a dress, and that was way too cute (but a bit short for my taste). Imagine my surprise when I found that it was a flippin’ romper. Guys. I love rompers- though, with how tall I am it’s hard to find some that cover enough to maintain my modest style.

    This mint green look is perfect for the Spring and Summer. I can’t wait for the right season to roll around for me to sport this. Look at this lace, and the off-shoulder band. This color is so cheerful and full of energy. I was dead-set on getting it and there was no way I could tell myself ‘no’ after learning it was a romper.

mint green romper from Franceca's
The first picture up from the new house! I installed (nailed to the door) a full-length mirror. I should have gone with a different color in retrospect.

   My last find was really an afterthought- though I think I really love it. It’s great to wear to work to break up my parade of dark clothes. Francesca’s has a great deal going on right now! You can buy a clearance dress and get one for 10 dollars. I almost declined, but my need for more colors drowned out my reason. I made my way to the rack hesitantly. All I had to do was make sure to find something of equal or lesser value (that’s the caveat, right?). I eventually landed on this lacy blue dress and a little black number to try on.

    The black one had me feeling (and looking) a little frumpy. But, once I got this  dress on, I knew it was the one. It fits great and is just my size. The lace is cute and dainty, with a nice swish. The color is one that doesn’t appear in my wardrobe very often, for some reason. My only gripe is the high neckline, which I ordinarily don’t go for. When something fits so nicely though, I’m willing to overlook a usual preference.

     This is perfect for work, picnic, date or just going to a fair or something. It’s a versatile dress that can pretty much be for anything if you accessorize. 

      My basic feeling about Francesca’s is that I love the variety. The bright, colorful clothing mixed in with knickknacks and notebooks, really matches what I love in a shop. Every time I’ve been there, the ladies have been fantastic and so encouraging to others who go there to peruse. I love hearing their cheery voices over the dressing room walls, “that looks great on you!”. 

     They really seem to know what they’re doing with their own style, too. They have a real grasp on layering, which admittedly is something I need to get better at. Every time I go in, there’s always something new to look at. 

     I will note that there seems to be a trend- they seem to regularly have Bachelorette party gifts and #Bride gear. It doesn’t appear that it’s there and is gone, they seem to have a rotating stock in it. So I recommend checking out Francesca’s if you or someone you know is a bride-to-be. I’ll definitely have to return to grab some party swag for me and the girls!

      I’ll definitely say that their price point a little on the mid-high side, as usual, nothing you wouldn’t expect from a boutique of this nature. It’s in tier with my favorite local boutique, The Posh Peach.

     They’re a little industrial in the interior design area- not all the way, but enough to be up my alley. It’s warm and welcoming with a great variety of items and looks and top-notch clearance. To close up this review, I’ll say I’d give it a….

/5

   We’re bringing back the rating system for boutiques with Francesca’s. I’m so pleased that I was able to actually bring something home with me this time. I’ve been in and out of here a few times over the course of the last 6 months and had to include them! If you guys head there, tag us on instagram so we can see your haul!

Beauty Debut! Makeup Sale Loot! (Haul!)

Beauty Debut! Makeup Sale Loot! (Haul!)

Hey guys! Welcome back to Java and Jeans, as you may have seen, I have plans to include Beauty here. Since I mentioned it, I’ve been wildly trying to figure out exactly how to go about that. I was told by a co-worker that there was a huge makeup wholesale sale coming to Columbus, hosted by this group! 

     The moment I got wind of it, I knew it was going to be my first adventure into adding beauty to the blog. I reached out to everyone I knew and dragged a good friend of mine out to enjoy it with me! 

    When we walked in, I knew the loot potential was through the roof. Guys. I have a little bit of an issue with self-control when in the face of cosmetics, which you can see by that preview image over there.

 I absolutely had to know how this wholesale makeup stacks up against my recently acquired brand names. We meandered around the giant conference room, taking in the huge selection of colors, palettes, kits and everything else you can imagine. Some of which, I had no idea how to use. One thing I ended up getting, I had no idea how to use at all., and it now lives in my bathroom taunting me for my ignorance.

 

Tease Me

     This first Palette had some fairly risque names, which makes sense based off the name of the palette. The Tease Me palette from Beauty Creations has some wonderful pigmentations and the shimmer shades are gorgeous and reflective. I can definitely see this as something that you would have to smoke out and mix with a matte to make it more relaxed. This slideshow has the palette in all its glory, along with the swatches I did. As you can see, they have lovely pigment. As for longevity, I can’t speak for that. Though I will definitely be testing these colors in more situations!

Rating; 4/5

    I really liked the pink packaging and I loved the aesthetic. While swatching, I did try to blend it on my arm and it blended nicely, so I’m excited to try this with a look. I don’t think I can give it a solid 5/5 due to my inexperience, in the future when I’m more knowledgeable I will amend it some way. But, for the current moment, I like this palette and would recommend it. The color selection is versatile for night or day!

 

Sugar Sweets

    This second Palette is the Sugar Sweets palette from Beauty Creations, also. All of my palettes are from this brand, because none of the other ones really spoke to me. I loved the name, and look at this container. It is the absolute cutest thing I’ve seen (makeup-wise) and I had to have it. I’m really feeling like this may be a knockoff of  Too Faced, though I’m not sure which palette. I don’t know enough to say for certain though. 

     I am pleased to announce that this palette performed very well! First, I threw on my primer, that small pot seen in that preview, and the subtle smokey eye I threw together lasted the entire day. This was also after spritzing it with my new setting spray. All in all, I’m pleased with the pigmentation of these colors.

Rating 4/5

I don’t know if I can justify giving this product a 5/5 rating so 4/5 is about the best I can do. I think it could improve in the blending department and maybe pigmentation could be a little better. In the end, I don’t know too much about makeup at this juncture, maybe I’ll re-rate it in the future and amend it one way or another.

 

BarelyNude2

This last palette appears to be trying to knockoff Urban Decay’s Naked line of palettes. I hate to say that it does not perform as admirably as the Sweets or Tease Me, as far as pigmentation. Even the paler colors from earlier showed up against my skin, and as you can see from the swatches in the slideshow below, these did not. 

    The darker shades do show up, which makes sense, but I’m super disappointed with those light nudes which are my go-to colors most of the time. To its credit, the palette does seem to be made of sturdy material and the brush looks to be useful. So it’s not a complete wash.

2.5/5

    Most of these points come from the construction of the palette itself. This thing feels nice and has a lovely weight to it. The mirror on the inside seems to be fair quality and the brush that’s included is very similar to the one included in the Naked palettes. The color being weak really docks the points a fair bit. 

My Lucky Day

The other items I grabbed on impulse from the wholesale makeup blowout, were

  1. a Twist-up Concealer- Strange barrel, but nothing too weird. I don’t think it works too well for an under-eye concealer, based off of my experience today. But it was decent for the whole whopping 4 dollars it cost. Also pictured, is a concealer tube with a built in brush (untested) and the primer I mentioned earlier. Honestly, the primer smells like the lip gloss that is included with children’s makeup kits, but seems to deliver well.
  2. The white bottle up above is the setting spray, I’ve never used it before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I gave it a chance after my friend tested it and gave it her seal of approval. I tested it today and my makeup didn’t move all day. This was 8 dollars well spent, as far as I’m concerned!
  3. These last couple items are that blending sponge and 5 lip treatments. I purchased the lip treatments to cross into 60 dollars so that I could spin their prize wheel.

     Now that we’re onto the prize wheel- after I was told that my purchase was 5 dollars short from spinning the wheel, I hurriedly searched for something to total that extra 5. It took me only a second of internal debate on whether or not it was necessary to spend 60 dollars. In the end, I decided why would I come here if I’m not going to experience it? 

     I threw those 5 lip treatment tubes on the counter and handed over the payment, with that I made my way to the wheel and uncertainly flicked it. I didn’t do well, it moved three spaces and came to a stop on Eye Shadow. Not the best, I thought, but I’ll take it. It’s a win, so it works. The cashier called out to me to go ahead and spin it- this bolstered my confidence so I gave it a decent spin. This time….

     It stopped on Jack-Pot. But only just. If I’d have spun it just a little harder, it would have rocketed past the Jack-Pot and most likely right back to the eye shadow.

    What happened next was surreal- the gentleman at the table behind me shouted Jackpot, the woman behind by the register doubled down on his cry. A voice floated over the crowd in an echo of the people behind me. I was confused, and startled. Are they giving me my money back? After what felt like a few minutes, but was actually probably less than a minute, a man approached with this expensive looking gold box. 

     I did find the product on their manufacturers web page just now, and I just had a heart attack. Click here to see the store page of Jewels Cosmetics, this item specifically. That cost- are you telling me that I spent 60 bucks to win a $600 dollar item? I guess it really was my lucky day.

   After that reveal, I’m honestly not sure what to say. I’m surprised! Why is that so expensive? What does it do? As Grav3yardgirl asks, does this thing really work? My big question is, what situation is important enough to use this? At what point can I justify slathering a product that is half a grand on my face? Is there even a time where that’s appropriate? Literally, the only thing I can think of that would do the price point justice is the night before my wedding.

     

 

 

Consensus!

   I had a blast at this Sale. And really, where there’s great prices and lots of makeup, how could I possibly be sad? In the end, it was a surprising and worthwhile experience. The event was a little more cramped than I expected, with the tables set up in a maze-like formation that funneled us to the checkout line, before we were ready. The workers there were lovely and  I would definitely recommend checking them out if they’re in your area. Follow their facebook page linked in the first paragraph to keep on top of their stops!