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{what's in my} ipsy october 2016 glam bag!

My October Glam Bag is heeeere, and all I can say is Valfre did such a bomb job on this ipsy bag - definitely my all-time fave in terms of illustrations; and that ghost zipper pull is. the. cutest!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with ipsy, it is a beauty subscription service that costs $10 per month {awesome deal IMO}, and consists of a collectible makeup bag {can also double as a clutch} along with 5 beauty samples that are customized to your personal beauty profile {which you can change/update at anytime}. I love getting subscription boxes, but don't have a ton of extra cash to spare, so I find ipsy to be the best value as each month's bags are adorable, the products are of fantastic quality, and their stylists are top-notch {and some of my fave beauty bloggers}. That being said, let's get to the bag!

While I'm not supercalifragifeeling the cleansing oil or face cream; I am dyiiing over the Adesse New York Organic Infused Liquid Chrome Nail Polish in GRAND CENTRAL {full-size boos!}.

October's theme was BLACK MAGIC {so necessary for the month featuring All Hallows Eve!}. Inside my bag was a full size Adesse New York Organic Infused Liquid Chrome Nail Polish in GRAND CENTRAL, full size essence cosmetics Superfine Eyeliner Pen Waterproof in BLACK, mini size trèStiQue Matte Lip Crayon in BELIZE BORDEAUX, sample size TATCHA Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, and sample size ZIAJA Natural Olive Cream Light Formula.

Polish in my bag two months in a row FTW boos! I love a duochrome for fall, and Adesse New York's Organic Infused Liquid Chrome Nail Polish in GRAND CENTRAL does not disappoint. Grand Central is v reminiscent of OPI's 2013 Peace & Love & OPI, featuring a multifaceted holographic shift of sage and eggplant that is positively yum to look at. Like most duochromes, the formula here is thin, but builds to opacity with a trio of easy to apply coats. This isn't a color that I would ordinarily select for myself; but I did enjoy it for a change from my typical cremes.

I have v little experience with cleansing oils, so I didn't know what to expect when I tried TATCHA's Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, but I was pleasantly surprised. I used this to remove makeup {which I ordinarily do using a combination of a Neutrogena Mask Wash and Vaseline}, and found that it removed my eye makeup {including a waterproof mascara} in mere moments. While that was impressive, what I think this product is really phenomenal at is hydrating dry skin, so it will def come in handy during the colder months. Out of every face product I have received since subscribing, I would say that this is the only one that I would consider purchasing the full-size of.

If the title of this blog didn't tip you off, I'm a massive fan of cat eyes, and rarely leave the house without them myself; so finding essence cosmetics' Superfine Eyeliner Pen Waterproof in BLACK in my bag this month was such a brilliant treat! I love eyeliner pens for their ease of control, and this one gave me exactly that, allowing me to create a sharp, pointy wing without difficulty. The downside, however, is that the color is too faint, making it necessary to retrace my lines multiple times for a rich, black hue. Womp womp. It's still a great one to try for $2.99; but I wouldn't rebuy.

While nude lips are my one true love year-round; I do occasionally go for a darker pout for fall; and trèStiQue's Matte Lip Crayon in BELIZE BORDEAUX looked lush for October! TBH, I was expecting a more wine-toned hue when I heard the name of this one; but, in reality, it wears more like a pink/fuchsia-based cherry - beautiful to look at, and v wearable on a multitude of skintones; but not really autumn-esque. I did enjoy the application {smooth and not patchy}, and wear-time; but the color didn't suit me. Additionally, at $28 for the full-size, I'm not impressed, as this is nearly identical to e.l.f.'s Matte Lip Color, which retails for just $3.00!

Moisturizers are not a part of my skin routine, as I'm really not comfortable with using too many face products for risk of breakout. That said, I read a lot of great things about ZIAJA Natural Olive Cream Light Formula prior to trying it, so I was kind of excited about giving it a whirl. I don't like heavy face products, so I found that this one was soothing to use, as it's v lightweight and feels hydrating without making your skin feel oily. While my experience with this product was a good one; I can honestly say that I would never buy a full-size version, as I don't need a product like this. I do think that if you like moisturizers, you would def love this one.

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BRB, currently being won over by all of the fall hues!



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{beauty board} copper eyes

'Tis the season for copper eyes that harness the essence of autumn and add a decadent glow to green, blue, brown, hazel, and all other eye colors in between! To start, apply a seashell-hued eye color to the inner corners of eyes to highlight {Rimmel London's ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bulletrpoof Beige is my go-to}; then, using a flat shadow brush, pat a fiery copper pigment {I've linked to 3 below!} all over the lid and lower lashline. To finish, apply two coats of black mascara {my current fave is tarte's Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara} to top and bottom lashes to make eyes pop like crazy! Pick your favorite pigment in 3, 2, 1...

1} Laura Mercier Baked Eye Color in TERRACOTTA {$25.00}

2} e.l.f. Cosmetics Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow in BROWNIE POINTS {$3.00}

3} tarte Tarteist Metallic Shadow in SCANDAL {$14.00}




NOTD: Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in All Dolled Up

Two coats of Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in All Dolled Up. Hot Pink with Blue Shimmer.

Yowza! Talk about a shade that sizzles!

All Dolled Up is one of those bright, playful, fun-loving shades that makes you nostalgic for summer, and deserves a place in everyone's polish stash.

I was blown away by the perfection of this formula. It is such a complete breeze to work with - it practically paints itself!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

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