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Halloween Costumes made easy with Q-tips! #BeautyQtips

qtip halloween in a box

Last week the mailman brought me something extra special. My Halloween Costume in a Box from Q-tips. My kit included makeup to create my looks, falsies, Pond’s cream cleanser and Precision Tip Q-Tips to create my look. The Q-Tip style guide had lots of great makeup looks but I decided to try a sugar skull after falling in love with the Book of Life movie.

halloween in a box inside 

I followed a YouTube tutorial to create my first sugar skull look. I love Q-tips for regular makeup clean ups but the Precision Tip applicators were amazing for clean ups as well as application. It was easy to wet them for more intense look from my shadow. And I like I could use multiple Q-Tips so I wasn’t cleaning brushes every two minutes.

qtip sugar skull

The Q-Tips made for much easier detail work and I love how well I could apply my eye shadow with them. Being my first sugar skull look I had a few errors and the Precision Tips were perfect for cleaning up just the mistake and not taking off makeup I wanted to keep.

 

sugar skull 2

I didn’t have any flowers to create an authentic dia de los muertos headpieces. So I found a black lace scarf to improvise my look. It all came together much faster than I thought and I am excited to try more fun looks with Q-Tips.

qtip after sugar skull

After all those layers of makeup I was a bit worried I was going to have a heck of time removing it all. I took a dollop of the Pond’s Cream Cleanser and after working it around my face with a bit of water no more makeup. My skin felt and looked great without any harsh scrubbing. Before you start your Halloween makeup look be sure to grab some Q-Tips to make the job easier.

Q-Tips can be purchased local drugstore, market or mass retailer.

 

Disclosure: I received product samples and items used to create my Halloween look. I was not paid to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Enter the Zoya Color Laboratory!

zoya color lab

Are you “MAD” for Zoya?! Now’s your chance to bring the color of your dreams to life! Step inside our virtual color labooooooratory (muahahaha) to experiment with color and finishes to “mix” your very own shade. The Zoya color animator offers various pieces and parts (finishes, opacity and hues) to play with – feel free to use the description section to elaborate on your masterpiece. Give your creation a name, submit it, and there’s a chance we will bring it to life!

Thursday, October 31st (10:00am ET) Piece together your creation for a chance to have it custom created just for you! The highest voted shade will win, so don’t forget to share your creation with your friends and family after it’s been submitted!

http://www.zoya.com/content/category/Halloween_Color_Lab_2014

How It Works:

  • Go CRAZY! (You know we are) Create a custom shade using the Zoya Polish Animator
  • Name your creation and describe any additional elements you would add to the polish.
  • Submit (and don’t forget to share!) your custom shade for a chance to bring it to life!
  • Have more than one color you’re mad about? Create as many as you’d like!

One winner will be selected on October 31, 2014 at 9am EST

 

Zoya The Undertaker

This is seriously so fun! I won’t tell you how long I have been playing with colors today. I just created a custom color, head over an make one before its too late!

The Undertaker
Finish – Cream
Opacity – Opaque
A purple so dark its nearly black! The Undertaker looks and wears so well her mani still looks amazing after digging her next victims grave.

REVIEW: Vegan Anti-Aging Hand Cream

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Out of Africa’s Pure Shea Butter Hand Cream in Vanilla (1oz or 2.5oz) will revive parched hands, providing a silky smooth finish that absorbs quickly and is never greasy to the touch. This cruelty-free, vegan formula can be used as a daily moisturizer or as an intense treatment to repair chapped skin. Made with 20% pure, unrefined shea butter naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants A, E and F, it also shield hands from premature aging by fading fine lines and wrinkles. Hands will instantly feel baby soft and supple.

I’ve been using it for the past week – as the weather shifts from warm to COLD. My hands are the first thing that changes with the weather, so I was super excited to see this in the mail. The quickly-absorbed vegan lotion is JUST what I needed! If there’s one thing I hate about hand lotion – it’s the greasy feeling you get after. This is NOT one of those lotions. It quickly soaks into your skin, leaving it feeling softer and hydrated!

I highly recommend this lotion! Follow the link about to purchase your own! $6.99 – $10.99


Ipsy October 2014 : Beauty Candy

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is a subscription service co-founded by a YouTube beauty sensation, Michelle Phan. According to Ipsy, “Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month.” And its the only makeup subscription I gladly pay for each month. From all the subscriptions I have tried Ipsy by far gives you the most for your money and at $10 I am surprised monthly how many great things I get not to mention the gorgeous bags.

This month, the Ipsy team curated a Beauty Candy bag filled with the most delicious beauty confections with colorful and eye-catching eye-candy that everyone can see…

 

ipsy oct 14 city color

I was surprised how great this lipstick is. I figured being a matte shade it would dry my lops out but the texture was creamy and felt great on my lips. And the Cappuccino shade is the most gorgeous neutral shade.

City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino (Full Size)
Be Matte Lipstick is every girl’s must-have secret. Its rich formula is highly pigmented and enhanced with Vitamin E to nourish your lips and provide long-lasting color. Available in 36 stunning shades, your lips will never feel dry and maintain the perfect shade throughout your day

ipsy oct 14 mango

Love this hand cream its perfect for my purse. The formula is so hyrdrating and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth without any greasiness. And the Mango scent is out of this world, its all I can do to not bite my own hand.

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango (Full Size)
Figs & Rouge Shea Butter Enriched Limited Edition Hand Creams are deliciously fragrant & indulgent. These delectable creams soften, nourish & thoroughly pamper hands throughout the day, quickly absorbing to provide super-soft skin. Apply Figs & Rouge Hand Cream onto your hands and massage into skin throughout the day as needed.

ips oct 14 skyn

I love the Skyn Iceland Cleansing cloths. They wash away all my makeup without any irritation and leave my skin feeling soft and smooth.

Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths (Deluxe Sample)
When you’re too tired to deal with the whole cleanser and wash cloth routine, these on-the-go foaming cloths are the ultimate skin savior. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial natural extracts, they sweep away makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities while refreshing and soothing stressed skin. Best of all, there’s no water required. It has a clean scent, never tacky. Great for travel or every day!

ipsy oct 14 nourish

The Nourish Organic is a gel cleanser that works to remove even the most stubborn makeup and grime. I am not a huge fan of the Cucumber & Watercress scent but will say this works wonders for removing waterproof makeup.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser (Deluxe sample)
This gentle cleanser washes away impurities without drying, irritating or causing redness. Cucumber hydrates and soothes. Watercress, rich in antioxidants, helps protect skin from free radical damage. Alcohol-Free. Gluten-Free. Vegan.
• Fragrance-free formula cleanses without drying or irritating
• Penetrates deep into pores to dissolve dirt, oil and makeup
• Packed with vitamins and antioxidants to nourish skin
My overall satisfaction of my October 2014 Ipsy Bag exceeded my expectations thus has a rating of more than just 5 stars! I love every single product that I received. I also got all (except for one) full size products which totally blows my mind! The contents of the bag is worth at least $33 USD while I paid only $10 USD for this entire bag. Don’t you think the bag is to die for? I am proud to say that this month’s bag is the best one I’ve received to date.

ipsy oct 14 mica

I tend to shy away from loose shadow as I make such a mess with it. But this shadow was incredibly gorgeous, very good pigment and with primer stay put all day.

MicaBeauty Mineral Eye Shadow in Reluctance (full size)
MicaBeauty® Mineral Eye Shadows’ glamorous shimmers will give you the look you always wanted. MicaBeauty® Mineral Makeup is extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers. With this unique formula, your Eye Shadows will look ultra-smooth and stay put for hours without creasing or pulling the delicate eye area.

Overall I am really impressed with the October 2014 Ipsy Glam bag. The City Color lipstick and Mica Eye Shadow are definite stand outs for me. If you are looking for a beauty subscription I highly recommend Ipsy. For just $10 you get a great little makeup bag filled with products every month. If you want to sign up you can follow this link, I don’t get paid for referrals but can earn points towards products.