Unboxing! April 2019 Ipsy

Hey there guys! I hope you guys are having a fantastic Thursday afternoon! Today is a lazy day for me, because since I lost my job I have been running like I’m on fire. I know this post comes way late, since we have the May ipsy now, but better late than never! This particular shipment wasn’t too impressive, sadly. In any event, let’s get to it!

Ready for Adventure! Here’s my Travel Kit, What’s Yours?

         Hey, guys! How are ya? As I make the final preparations for the youtube channel we make the preparations for our adventure to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My camera batteries are charged and my makeup bag is curated! Most of this was stuff I was able to decide on immediately, with one item being a final addition and replacing its predecessor. Now guys, before I get into it, can I emote for a minute?

     I’m literally so incredibly excited. Things are kind of looking up and if they weren’t, it’s okay for one reason: adventureWe haven’t gone on a big trip since our impromptu trip to North Carolina before I had this blog. So of course, we have to go back… for the content and in no way because I want to. I’ve never been to Tennessee and my one gripe is how far away Gatlinburg is from Nashville. I imagine we’ll head there eventually, too!

Travel Kit spread
Shamelessly using Java’s Bunny Chair for a Travel Kit holder

       On to the essentials for our trip… y’know, if you can consider cosmetics as essential. I want to feel pretty, okay? My little travel kit turned out more robust than I had intended… I really didn’t know I used that many things on a near daily basis and once I figure out how to do lashes quickly, they might find their way into the kit too. Let’s get to it! 

For the sheer volume of items, I’m going to tackle this as a list!

Too Faced Hangover Prime/Set/Refresh Spray

I got this so long ago, or it feels like a long time ago. When I absolutely first got started in this little cosmetic thing. I literally haven’t used it since I got it, because I also got the other primer from Too Faced at the same time and quickly decided I preferred the cream. Now I much prefer my Tatcha Silk Canvas, but I don’t want to take the chance of losing their weird little disk. I suppose the cream primer from Too Faced irritates my skin, because of the itching, but I haven’t noticed the same with this spray primer.  
     This one actually makes me curious about the Mac Fix Plus I’ve heard so much about! This one made it into my kit because the size is perfect! So far over the course of my test runs with my kit, I’m not disappointed!

Anastasia Foundation Stick (banana)

      This is a very new find. In fact, I’ve seen it at TJ Maxx for months and passed over it for so long. The thought of a stick foundation didn’t appeal to me, and surely they never had my shade. Right? They only had this weird shade called “banana” and eventually, I got curious. I swatched it on my jawline and… I was shook. Legitimately shocked that it was a nice match for my skin. It makes me look nicely awake and conceals the redness in my cheeks. Best of all for my travel kit, it’s very compact. It blends out well with my paddle brush up there, and fairly effortlessly too. I regret not picking this up before because I can’t find them anywhere now. 

Tarte Shapetape

     You guys have probably heard how loved this particular concealer is. You can’t browse youtube Gurus without hearing about this one at least 10 times. I caved and had to try it. The shade I have is a little light for my skin (surprisingly), so I transitioned to using this under my eyes to just priming with it. Something about that ecstatic look of super bright under-eyes doesn’t appeal to me. This works as a great lid primer and gives (most) of my palettes great lasting power. I also like to highlight my forehead and nose with this a little to add a touch of dimension.

      I want to offer a quick word of warning; don’t bake this with Bare Minerals Loose Powder. I’m totally open to the fact that this a huge learning experience for me, and this has been one of my most noticeable mishaps. The bare minerals powder severely oxidized and darkened the heck out of my undereye. It was not flattering. I tried to bake it, because it creases fairly badly on my skin. And, not only did it darken the area… it still creased! 

Natasha  Denona Sunset Mini Palette

      I think I do my makeup in a strange order right now, since I’m listing this out in the order I use it you can probably guess that I interrupt my face routine to do my eyes. This one is my late addition, I had been playing with the Kathleen Lights x Colorpop Collab, but despite how much I love that palette, I found the lasting power severely lacking. Something had to be done- how I can go on vacation and look drab? This little palette makes some gorgeous looks with some amazing lasting power. I found the application so mind-blowing in comparison to some of my other palettes. I will say that you need to be gentle with this one. It deposits a lot of pigment really quickly. 

     This was my first experience with Natasha Denona, and my curiosity with their other palettes is only getting worse. For now, I’m okay with my little workhorse here! 

Urban Decay Naked Skin

        This one actually replaced my Shapetape as my general use concealer. I like how close it is to my skin tone and makes me look alive without making me look insane. It’s a super down-played concealer look and looks nice and natural. I generally do my concealer after my shadow. I really don’t know why I do it in this order, but hey, it works for me. This one also creases, sadly, but I still prefer the tone under my eyes, so I make do. I’m super open to any tips on making concealer or not crease!

MUA Brow Gel/Makeup Revolution Brow Pencil

      I’m going to be honest- like with most things makeup related, I have no idea what I’m doing with my brows. I’m absolutely confused. Do I fill in the natural shape? Do I make a new one? I’ve been filling in the front of my brows with the gel and using the pencil on the tail. It looks decent, or I think it does. Definitely passable, at least until I start getting hate on Youtube for my admittedly abysmal brow-game. 

Kat Von D Dagger Liner

       I know there’s a lot animosity for KVD lately, and I definitely don’t want to insert myself into anything as far as that’s concerned. I purchased this before I was aware and, guys, I’m going to get my money’s worth. Also, this is the liner I learned I can use my non-dominant hand to apply liner. It has nothing to do with the liner, I’m just proud. I find that this liner has nice lasting power and doesn’t smudge. Being supr black, it adds a great emphasis to my lash line and looks great with mascara filling in the rest. I literally couldn’t not include it since it’s my favorite for the moment- I do intend to get the Benefit Roller Liner as soon as I’m able to, because from the sounds of it that one might replace this KVD liner!

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes

     This is literally my favorite mascara right now. I found it and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Better than sex, who now? Prior to LCL I was using Lash Paradise, and this one blew it away. There’s no way this one wouldn’t be in my travel kit. I find this one holds the curl beautifully and lasts all day, assuming I have the wherewithal to apply this after my setting spray, it doesn’t transfer. If I neglect that and put it on whenever, like I usually do, it leaves an obvious shadow under my eyes. I’m not too mad, because, as strange as it may sound it never mattered to me before.

     Though I will admit to a bit of agitation when I see the transferrence whenever I pass a mirror. Talk about going to a 10 to a 0 in no time flat.

Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer

   I don’t always do this, but when I do my incentive is the scent. Too faced is so irresistible to me with their candy scented products. You guys might have picked up that I have quite the sweet tooth on me. I love sweet scents, sugar… anything sweet. I… also don’t know how to bronze. I’m trying to figure out what I like with it. I like to keep my face looking really youthful, so I don’t carve out my cheeks or anything. I just use a light dusting around the borders and under my chin. It’s subtle but looks really good to me sometimes. 

Lancome x Sonya Rykiel blush

     I found this blush at TJ Maxx and was kind of obsessed the moment I saw it. Admittedly, it was the design got me. I really like a hand-drawn aesthetic, and this is right up my alley. The blush color is gorgeous and much, much lighter than it looks in the compact. I will say that it’s really, really easy to go too strongly with this due to the formula. I, for some reason, like a little blush across my nose, so I won’t use this for that purpose. I think I like to apply this with my fingers and then blend it out with my paddle brush, because I generally don’t like the applicators that come with things like this.

 

Laura Gellar Highlighter

      My recent favorite step to my routine is highlight, and guys, I’ve amassed a fair collection of highlighting palettes with little standalone ones sprinkled in. This particular one, is a gorgeous champagne color that’s nice and subtle but can be built up. I didn’t include it in the picture just above since it’s visible in the first picture and has a transparent top. I remember being so pumped to get this, and then I stopped using it. Since I’m getting ready for youtube, I’m planning to try to make use of a lot more of my collection. 

     I think this little highlight is one of their travel sized one? It’s definitely pretty tiny, especially in comparison to the Anastasia Amrezy highlight. I wouldn’t call it a slouch!

All-Nighter Setting Spray

       This one was suggested by one of my best friends during Ulta’s 21 days of Beauty. I snagged it the moment it went on sale for 15 dollars, and I haven’t looked back since. I love this. I was lucky enough to get a sample size to throw into my travel kit, since the larger bottle won’t fit in my bag. I have no idea what I’m going to do when my sample bottle is empty… unless I pour some of the other bottle into it, but who wants to take the chance of spilling this holy grail?

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lips

     I have 2 colors of this right now, big bang, which is a gorgeous glittery pink, and backtalk, which is a perfect light pink. Backtalk is almost kind of a nude for my lips. The color on backtalk lasts an insanely lont time. I will never regret buying either of these because they’re stunning. I included both for our adventure for a day and night thing. I might add a more red-toned one before out trip for our inevitable date nights. I just have literally no idea which red to pick. Why do I have so many red lipsticks???

Estee Lauder Translucent Powder

    This is literally something I don’t use on the daily. I got it on a whim because in my head, I associate Estee Lauder with basically something akin to the lap of luxury. Who doesn’t like luxury? I feel like I’ve used it once or twice to control the oil that pops up in my T zone through out the day. If I recall correctly, that’s how it earned a place in my travel kit! It doesn’t oxidize or darken, it just controls the shine.

     I did include a Neutrogena Lip Gloss there too, but not for any special reason. Just for the times when I want to just wear a gloss. I can’t wait to share our trip with you guys, so be sure to follow on Instagram @Java_and_Jeans so you don’t miss any of the fun! I have no idea what’s in store for us in Tennesee, but I’m so incredibly ready! If you guys have a dedicated travel kit for your beauty routine, share that in the comments below! 

 

Holiday Roundup! Products to Add to Your Repertoire!

Hey guys! Another day, another post for Blogmas! Today’s a super different, in that the bulk of it is a video format! I rounded up my favorite (and not so favorite) items from the 2018 holiday releases in the video below!

I apologize for the overall quality of the video, I tried to make it as palatable as humanly possible. This is going to be fun to learn, I think!

My Top 11 Products of 2018!

Welcome to day 2 of our 12 days of Christmas here at Java and Jeans! Yesterday we explored my personal wishlist and invited you to share your own, today we’re going to break down my top products for the past year!

2018 was the year I started to explore the wonderful (and confusing) world of cosmetics in earnest and I picked up a few proucts from older releases to holiday sets! Let’s get to it!

11.  Tarteist Pro Remix

    This was a product I was so on the hype train for. Literally. I tried to preorder it but was met with an out of stock notification. Dejected,  had to wait. On my first experiment with this palette I found that the red shadow, ‘grafitti’ didn’t seem to have the lasting power of the green ‘color explosion’ I paired it with for a holiday look.

That minor disappointment aside, the other shades perform admirably and blend nicely. There’s lovely pigment and the formula, in Tarte fashion, is phenomenal. 

10. Lights Camera Lashes Mascara

I can’t mention Tarte without bringing up my new holy grail mascara. Lights Camera lashes gives definition and curl that is unparalleled by any product I’ve tried previously. On top of that praise, the packaging is adorable. I highly recommend this mascara if you can spare the cost!

9.  ABH Norvina Palette

   At first, I wasn’t sure which of the ABH palettes I should put on this list, and after a recent day-wear of Norvina its position on this list was cemented. I love the buttery formula of these shadows and they build so well. I was able to build wild child, the bright shimmery pink, to a very nice level. It’s a nicely versatile palette that I recommend for those who like shimmer and champagne hues!

8. ABH Dream Glow Kit

This glow kit was on my list for such a long time. I wanted it so bad because of the ethereal shimmers and I finally got my hands on it for black friday. I couldn’t believe my luck that the one glow kit from  ABH that was dying for was half off. On playing with it, I found it right up my alley. I love colored highlights and while I usually prefer warmer champagne toned glow, this kit is perfect for cool toned looks and adding some ice for the winter.

7. Ciate` Glitterflips

These. are. amazing. I first heard of these on Tati’s channel. I think during a collab with James Charles or something… maybe Thomas Halbert? Anyway, I thought the price point was excessive but for the quality of product you get, I think it’s worth it! On one swipe you have opaque color that initially dries down almost matte. If you press your lips together while it’s still tacky, this beautiful, fine glitter appears. Their colors are gorgeous too!

6. ABH Sultry Palette

I was on the fence with adding this one, but with as much a I obsessed over this bridal looking palette, I figured it deserved a spot. This palette is lowkey, except for ‘Bloom”. I see this as less of an everyday wear, and more of a wedding or date palette. You can make gorgeous looks with or without the pop of color and go as glam as you’d like.

5. Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

This is definitely not for the faint of heart. Urban decay delivered 10 stunning pressed pigments that deliver vibrant, long-lasting colors and a multitude of possibilities. Admittedly, I’m a little late on the train with this one since it’s on the way out. I may be more timely next year! If you like super bright neon looks, definitely look into this palette. Right now, at the time of writing, it’s on sale on Urban Decay’s website for $15.

4. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This is one of the end-all-be-alls for a reason. It’s phenomenal. After finding it, I use this almost everyday and every time I apply my makeup. I try other ones, but just fall flat of All Nighter’s staying power. I love the subtle scent and the matte finish. This one is worth a try if you want more out of your setting spray!

3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

I tried Tarte’s shapetape and I think I got a shade too light for me, because it makes me look frantic when I use it under my eyes. I opted to try a new concealer rather than buy another full Shapetape. Naked Skin was the one that caught my eye. The color is perfect for evening out my under eyes and makes me look alert as well as adds some warmth. I like to use the two in conjunction, but Naked Skin is my favorite!

2. Too Faced Born this way Foundation

I spent years wearing Ivory foundation without giving a thought to the fact that it was far too yellow for my skin and that it aged me significantly. Finally, I went to Ulta, disheartened after realizing the shade was so wrong. I was thrilled to shade matched with the shade “Snow”.

Wow. The difference it made. It adds a beautiful, natural finish to my skin that looks gorgeous. It doesn’t feel heavy or confining over my primer. All around my favorite foundation!

1.  Eyelure lashes in #005

I was at a loss for what to put at the number one spot, when it finally hit me. My favorite falsies. I always have a terrible time trying to apply strip lashes with the end results not working out. Until I found these gorgeous accent lashes. 

I can actually get these to apply well, in about 15 minute. Which is a far cry from the half an hour spent on other methods and 3 days with the magnetic lashes. 

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   We’ve made it through our top products of 2018! I know some of them were old news, but they were all new to me regardless. What were some of your favorite releases or finds of 2018? Comment your items below, or your experiences with anything in today’s post!

Check out day one if you missed it!

 

Unboxing; Let’s Ipsy again!

     Hey, guys! It’s time for another Ipsy unboxing! Ipsy has been my favorite subscription box for a couple of years, and they hold that title still. To be perfectly fair, I wasn’t able to post about this particular bag sooner due to the 7 days of Halloween and after that I had content planned. So, we’re going to start our catch up with this.

     

     Okay, so that’s what we got in the bag this month. I’ll go in order of excitement and end on my #1 item! We got that vampy nail polish, it’s the brand Sundays in #18. I haven’t had a chance to test this, but I’ll come out and admit that it’s what I’m the least excited about. I’m not too big into nail polish right now, because I’m using acrylics. But, even if I were using polish this color is way too dark for me. I may throw it into a giveaway or something, once I get more items!

     I think if I had to pick my next least favorite thing, I’d have to go with the sleep masks. I’m getting into masks lately, and my skin is grateful. But, I’m not sure how I feel about sleeping in one. I tend to toss and turn in my sleep, so I’d have it all over my pillows. I’ll still try it, because I do love masks. These are my favorite kind too! Mud masks are my jam! So aside from the whole sleep thing, I’m at least a little excited for these!theBalm Bronzer in Oliver

    They also sent me bronzer from Thebalm. This is a brand I’m not really too familiar with. I know that my best friend owns one of  their palettes that she likes quite a lot. I will say that I do like the way they do their designs. It looks almost like a booklet. I believe that they gave me a really good shade for me. I played with it a little bit and di make it looks okay (by my standards, at least). This is something I was a little hype about, because I really want to figure out contouring.

     Nomad shadow in Norrsken N04Okay, so, the shadow. I looked at the app so I could cheat and see what I had coming, I saw that they were sending me another eyeshadow. If you guys could see my bathroom, you’d know that I love shadows. Ipsy has a bad habit of sending me pink shadows that I typically don’t wear. When I saw there were two possible colors I could get, my immediate thought was that I was going to get another pink. But, they picked better this time! This blue is a beautiful cerulean color, seriously, just check it out. On second thought, it might be a little less cerulean and more plain ol’ blue. I think I’ll actually be using this, and I was actually really excited to see that it was blue and not pink this time!

     Are you sitting down? This next thing knocked my socks off, no joke. Or, well, it would have had I been wearing socks! I’ve been considering buying Tarte’s shape tape concealer but can’t stop buying palettes long enough to grab it. That and apparently the price tag is a little steep to me for a small tube. Now, I know why the hype. This is fantastic. Not only is it the product I’ve been looking at for a few months, but it’s the perfect color for me. Once this sample is gone, I may be able to finally justify the purchase!

     Quick update time! I do plan to begin doing unboxings on Youtube so I can expand my reach a little. I’m brainstorming other things I can do there, too. So keep an eye out for updates on that! Also, I did just add a whole new page to the site! If you click on my Discounts link, you’ll find my affiliate codes. You guys can score some pretty good loot at a discount, so be sure to check that out!

   I also got Allure, Sephora Play!, Lip Monthly and I want to say there’s another, off the top of my head, I want to say it was Yes oh Yas.Those will be in an October Masterpost that is planned to go up before the end of the month but after my Black Friday post!