What’s in My February Ipsy GlamBag + Eye and Lip Tutorials

I chose to create this blog post today, because, as some of you may know, I am a brand ambassador for the Yes Oh Yas! subscription box, and I post about this box on both the blog and on YouTube. The Yes Oh Yas! catch phrase is, “Stop paying for samples, and make the switch.”

I personally feel like they are kind of “@-ing” Ipsy with their little motto there, so I thought I would start posting about the products in my Ipsy bags, so that readers and viewers alike will be able to reference this post, and compare the Ipsy samples to the Yes Oh Yas! bag. Plus, I LOVE Ipsy, so this was fun to share!

1. KNC Beauty Star Eye Mask:

I was very excited to receive two of the eye masks because I have some crazy under eye circles, but they do contain retinol, which I have been sensitive to in the past.

I’m not quite sure if I will use these yet or not, but I was glad to see them in the bag because they are personalized to my skin needs.

2. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in “NC30”:

I was really happy to be able to try out this powder foundation. The shade is a bit dark for me, so I won’t be able to apply it to my entire face and thoroughly test the formula, but I did find a really great use for this, that proves that this product is medium to full coverage! Keep reading😘

3. Belle En Argent Auteur CrΓ¨me Lip Color in “I’ll Bring Dessert”:

You guys!!! I have been loving the lip gloss that I got from this brand in my January Ipsy, and this one is just as great! The pink berry shade is really pretty, and this is a very moisturizing, glossy formula. Love!

4. Meech N Mia Pressed Eyeshadow In “Caramel”:

This is a beautiful single shadow, which really appears to be full sized, by the way. It translates as a soft nude shimmer shade when applied to the lid. It’s beautiful, applied well with minimal fallout, and wears nicely as well. Love this one, too!

5. Chella Eyeliner Pen in “Purple”:

First of all, IT’S PURPLE! I absolutely love the color! It also seems to be pretty close to, if not, a full sized product. The formula is not drying at all, which is really nice, but I did notice some slight bleeding when applied to the eyes. I am sure it is a bit more difficult to formulate a colored liquid liner as opposed to a black one, but I wish there was no bleeding. Still like this one, though.

As far as the products go, I liked all five!

The bag was really cute, too!

Eye Look (My camera angle was super weird for the first few shots.πŸ˜‚)

1. Apply a berry shade into the crease. (I did this to tie in the same berry tone as the lip shade, into the eye look to make things more cohesive.)

2. Apply a gold-toned nude shimmer to the entire lids. (I used the Meech N Mia pressed eyeshadow.)

3. Add a deep purple shade to the outer corners of the eyes. (I did this to tie in the purple color of the liquid liner.)

4. Buff that same berry shade along the lower lash line.

5. Lightly apply the deep purple shade to the outer third of the lower lash line.

6. Apply a purple liquid liner to the upper lash line, creating a very small wing. (I used the Chella one. You can see that the liner bleeds slightly.)

7. Apply a brown pencil liner to the lower lash line, and waterline. (I used brown because I felt that a black liner would be overpowering and take away from the purple liner on the upper lash line.)

8. Apply mascara. I went for very clumpy, spider lashes today.😘

After I applied the purple shadow to my eyes, I felt like my under eye circles were accentuated, so I applied some of the MAC powder foundation to the under eye area. LOOK AT THE COVERAGE!!😍😍😍

Lip Look (The lipstick was very pretty, but I felt like it was too much when paired with the eye look, so I attempted a glossy ombrΓ©/gradient lip look.)

1. Apply a berry shade to the inner part of the lips only. (I used the Belle En Argent lipstick.)

2. Apply chapstick all over the lips. (This softens the color, and moisturizes the lips, so that the next shade will apply more softly.)

3. Apply a pinky nude lipstick to the outer part of the lips. (I recommend using a lipstick that has the same finish as the first shade that you used.)

We’re all done guys!! Overall, I was really happy with the products in my Ipsy GlamBag, and very happy with the finished makeup look.

I hope this post was helpful to you, whether to get some makeup inspiration or just to see what was in my February Ipsy GlamBag!

Todays Verse:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

-John 3:16 KJB

With Love, Leigh-AnnπŸ’–

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Easy Red Valentine’s Eye Look with Only Two Shadows | Plus, a Dupe!

I recently posted a soft pink Valentine’s Day eye look, with a statement duo chrome all over the lid. I wanted to try something different that is easy to create for the ladies who don’t want to spend forever doing their makeup, but still want something festive. So, I went with a simple red look, only using two eyeshadows!

For this look, I used the Modern Renaissance palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, which I love. If you are looking for a low cost alternative I recommend the Rimmel Magnifies Crimson Edition Palette. I picked this up for about $8, versus the $42 ABH price tag.

Rimmel palettes usually have a strange resemblance to popular high end palettes, and I personally feel like this one was designed to dupe the Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette, but it also has some similarities to the ABH one that I used today.

You can see that with the Rimmel palette you are missing a few of the orange toned shadows that are in the Modern Renaissance, but you get all of the pinks, and reds, which you need for the look today.

This look is seriously so easy!

1. Pack a red shade on to the lid. (I am using Venetian Red from ABH. It has a tad bit of shimmer in it, but it really translates more matte on the eye.)

2. Blend that same shade up into the crease.

3. Buff that same shade on to the lower lashline.

4. Apply a matte cream shade to the inner corner. (I am using Tempera from ABH. The dupe shade in the Rimmel palette has shimmer in it, but translates more satin on the eye.)

5. Use that same cream shade to blend out the crease even further.

6. Apply mascara and liner.

7. Apply false lashes, if desired. I used the Sephora Collection #LASHSTORIES “Lashaway” style ($8). This step adds an extra bit of drama, and makes you look like you took more time on your makeup than you actually did.😘

That’s all there is to it guys!!

I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!! I’m so excited just to spend some time with my husband!

If you don’t have a Valentine, you can be mine.😘

Today’s verse:

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

-1 John 4:8 KJB

With Love, Leigh-AnnπŸ’–

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STORY TIME: I USED TO HATE MAKEUP!!! + WHY I LOVE IT NOW | WE’RE GETTIN’ REAL DEEP

I just thought I would share a video that I filmed today in case any of you find it interesting.

Love our “morning chats”😘

STORY TIME: I USED TO HATE MAKEUP!!! + WHY I LOVE IT NOW | WERE GETTIN’ REAL DEEPπŸ‘•πŸ§¦πŸ˜˜

Yes, I know it’s just makeup.

Yes, I know this is deep.

Yes, I know my bronzer looks orange.

#chatty #analytical πŸ‘‡πŸ»

#makeup #ilovemakeup #storytime #realdeep #chatty #leighannkeybeauty #lkbunedited

With Love, Leigh-AnnπŸ’–

Trying Beauty Sponges from Amazon

My beauty sponges were getting reeeeeeealllyyyyy nasty, so I gave them a deep cleaning, and they just wouldn’t come clean, so I decided to buy some new ones. I am a huge fan of the orange Real Techniques sponge (about $5), so when I saw this set (about $8) with a sponge that had a similar shape, for only $3.00 more, I decided to give it a go! I needed some travel cases anyway, so what could I lose?

I purchased this set by Energy Cosmetics on Amazon, and I don’t think it is half bad! It comes with three different shaped sponges (all the same color and texture), three travel sponge cases, and a rose gold stand to hold the sponge while drying.

I thought the stand was a nice touch, as I don’t like putting a damp, dirty makeup sponge onto my makeup desk. The travel cases were also a great addition, because an icky sponge in a travel bag means getting all of your makeup packaging dirty (..and germs.. ewwwww).

As far as the texture of the sponges go, it’s not too dense, and you can blend pretty easily, but it’s not quite as light and bouncy as the Real Techniques sponge. With the Real Techniques sponge, I could kind of rub the product into my skin, but with these, you really need to use more of a patting motion to blend. I was also able to use the Real Techniques sponge dry, while these definitely need to be wet to work well. You can achieve a nice finished look without any extra work, so it’s a win for me!

I do like the variation of shapes in this set. If you haven’t noticed, I am a really BIG fan of the Real Techniques sponge, one reason being the shape. Just like this sponge above, there is a flat side that is nice for blending product on the cheeks and forehead, and a pointed tip that I love to use to blend out my under eye concealer.

There is also a sponge that is reminiscent of the purple Flower Beauty sponge. I personally think this shape would work well for applying liquid blush and bronzer. I really appreciate the fact that this set has multiple sponges so I can use separate sponges for my base and blush products, and not have to worry about getting pink on my face when I’m applying my bb cream!

At first glance, the brown color of these sponges was a bit boring to me, but now that I have used them, I really like the color! The sponge pictured in the middle is dirty, while the two on the edges are clean. I can still tell which sponge needs to be washed, but it doesn’t look super disgusting! (And trust me, there is a LOT of product on that sponge.)

Overall, I think this set is great for the price! You get three very functional sponges, and some nice, and cute I might add, extras. It only cost me $3.00 more than my go-to makeup sponge, and I get six more items! I hope this review was helpful to those of you who, like me, are very skeptical when purchasing lesser known beauty products from Amazon. This one did not let me down.

Today’s verse:

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

-John 15:13 KJB

With Love, Leigh-AnnπŸ’–

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Yadah Cleansing Nose Pack.. Not Bad

I have very oily, very clogged pores, and I was in need of some pore strips, so when I came across this product half price at Marshall’s, I bought two boxes.

This is your standard pore strip, and I don’t have a whole lot to say about this product, but I thought it was worth mentioning today because I have really been enjoying these lately.

You apply the strip to your nose after dampening the skin, let the strip harden to a paper mache texture, and then gently peel it off of your nose.

The strip peels excess sebum and oils from your pores, leaving you with fewer blackheads.

I can say that this product does work. If you have extremely oily skin, like myself, then these probably won’t remove every last blackhead, but it will help!

I personally feel like the Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips remove blackheads just a little bit better. However, they are also a bit rougher on the skin, and are harder to pull off. So, if you are looking for the deepest clean you can possibly get, I recommend the Biore strips. They have also come out with a witch hazel variety that is supposed to be more gentle on the skin than their original formula. (I haven’t tried these, so I don’t know how well they remove blackheads.)

I do like the Yadah Cleansing Nose Pack, and if I see them at a discount price, I won’t hesitate to buy them again, but when purchasing at full price, I think I will just stick with Biore. The prices of both products are relatively the same and Biore just does it a teensy bit better in my opinion. They also have fun options like witch hazel, citrus, and charcoal pore strips! Really want to try those!

So that’s my two cents on the Yadah Cleansing Nose Pack… not bad, but when it’s compared to the Biore, I’ll just stick with my old favorite.

Today’s verse:

For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

-2 Corinthians 10:12 KJB

With Love, Leigh-AnnπŸ’–

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Living Proof Hair Care: Restore Perfecting Spray and Prime Style Extender

I have been trying out these two sample size products from Living Proof, and I have finally come to my conclusion on these products.

Restore Perfecting Spray

Product claim on Sephora’s website:

“What it is: A featherweight conditioning detangler that delivers all the benefits dry, damaged hair needs to look and feel healthier, featuring heat and UV protection.

This product is a GREAT detangler! I haven’t noticed that it adds any moisturization to my hair, but that being said, I have very oily skin, so my scalp and hair are usually over moisturized.

This product may be more beneficial for those with a drier hair type. Personally, I don’t see a dramatic enough difference to justify spending $30 on the full size of this product, but I will use up the sample that I have.

Prime Style Extender

Product claim on Sephora’s website:

“What it is: A lightweight cream to prime hair and extend the life of styles up to two times longer.

This product does make my hair softer and smoother, and it helps my style hold a little longer, but, again, I just don’t see a dramatic enough difference to justify the $20 price tag.

I don’t blow dry my hair, so I haven’t used this for doing a blowout, but I did test this on adding waves to flat, thin hair. I applied this product to the right side of my hair when damp, braided my hair, and let it dry. There is a slight difference, but I am just now WOWed.

Without

With

I don’t think I will be repurchasing this one, but it makes my hair a bit shinier and smells nice, so I will use up the sample.

I hope these little mini reviews were helpful to those of you that have been curious about these Living Proof products, and maybe if your hair is thicker or drier than mine, you will notice a more noticeable difference with these products.

Today’s verse:

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

-2 Corinthians 12:9 KJB

With Love, Leigh-AnnπŸ’–

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My First β€œYes, Oh Yas!” Box! | January 2019

You guys!!! I am SO excited to be an official influencer/ambassador for Yes, Oh Yas! I just received my first subscription package from them, and as a loyal Ipsy glam bag subscriber, I am ECSTATIC to receive five full size products that seem like excellent quality (minus one product that I will get into below)!

Yes, Oh Yas! is an up and coming subscription box brand ($15 a month) that always includes 3-7 full size beauty products. January’s Box/Bag has a total retail value of $70!

REMEMBER: I have promised to hold these products to the same standard of quality as the other products that I review, whether that be here on the blog, YouTube or my social media (leighann key beauty everywhere).

Keep in mind that I have only swatched these products thus far, and these first impressions are based upon those swatches (up on my Instagram now😘).

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First Impressions (Swatches):

1. Crown Pro (Crown Brushes) “OMG” (disclaimer: I do not like that expression) Palette:

Retail Value- $10

This palette is BEAUTIFUL and right up my alley! My favorite shades to wear are warm and jewel tones, so this is just 😍😍😍! This swatched beautifully! From the swatches I can tell that the shadows are very soft and buttery, and have a bright, yet buildable pigmentation. If this applies and wears well, this will be my new favorite palette!!

2. NCLA Luxury Gold Glitter Lacquer:

Retail Value- $21.00

This was my second favorite item in the bag! The glitter is beautiful and suspended in a clear nail polish, making it perfect for layering on top of any color. It is really just your standard glitter polish, but I really like it, and I can tell that it is good quality.

3. Inmo Cosmetics Universe’s Star Highlighter In “Twilight”:

Retail Value- $10

I was very happy to see this product because I have really been wanting to try some products from this brand! This swatched really nicely. It was soft and buttery, and can be built up for an intense highlight. The orange-y peach shade is a bit dark for my very light skin tone, but I think I will get some use out of this product because I like to push the envelope with color sometimes (I mean, guys, occasionally I wear purple highlighter!). So I counted this product as a plus.πŸ™‚

{I just wanted to stop here and say -> You cannot customize the shades of these products to fit your skin tone, like you can with Ipsy. There is no customer profile. I am assuming this is because Yes, Oh Yas! is a smaller brand and just may not have those capabilities yet. That said, I don’t think they typically include products like foundations in their subscriptions.}

4. Appeal Cosmetics Loose Pigment in “Charcoal”:

Retail Value- $21

I have been loving playing and experimenting with loose and pressed pigments lately, so I was happy to receive this product as well. This is a very pretty charcoal gray shade, with glitter in it! This swatched very smoothly, and looks gorgeous, but I don’t think I will personally get a lot of use out of this product, just because I don’t typically wear smoky eyes or colors that are this dark. This will be incorporated into the look in my wear test video, so stay tuned.

5. Beauty Creations Longwear Matte Lip Gloss In “Mocha”:

Retail Value- $8

This is basically a liquid lipstick. This was my least favorite product in the bag. I am not totally opposed to the color (as it is an orangish, brownish nude), but the way this swatched was not the greatest. Well, really the swatch was fine until I tried to remove it. This stuff STUCK to my hand. When it finally started to come off, the product started to peel and ball up. (This makes me think that it would crack while being worn on the lips.) It also left a stain on my hand. I am not crazy about the smell of this one either; it has a slight strawberry smell… it’s just not my favorite. But, who knows, maybe this product will be super smooth and long wearing!?

For your reference, this card was included in my subscription bag this month.πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ»

πŸ’–If you are interested in trying this subscription you can purchase through my referral link below:

http://www.yesohyas.com?rfsn=2208701.182331

Use code YOY at checkout for 10% off your first box!

I do receive a small commission for each sale so, THANK YOU for your support!πŸ˜˜πŸ’–

As always, I hope you guys enjoyed!!

Today’s verse:

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

-Matthew 11:29 KJB

With Love, Leigh-AnnπŸ’–

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