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Sunday, May 28, 2017

What's in My May Ipsy Glam Bag!

Happy Weekend, Beauties!

If you're here in the states, I hope you're attending lots of fun Memorial Day barbecues this weekend! I for one, am just excited to have a three day weekend. YAY! 😚

This month may be coming to an end in just a few days, (which blows my mind), however I still thought it'd be fun to share what I received in my May Ipsy Glam Bag this month! 

First off, let's talk about how cute this month's bag is? Perfect way to kick off the summer season! The bag is pretty much the same material as any beach ball/pool float you're used to using in the summer! I thought that was a really clever touch. Not only does it look like a cute summer beach ball with little ice cream cones & pops all over it, but it actually is the same material! I appreciate the little details.

FYI - That means the bag is water resistant, so you're safe to bring it to all your pool parties/beach days!

Let's take a peak inside the bag to see the goodies we got...

First product is a beautiful mauvey-nude creamy matte lipstick from the brand Mellow, in the shade Posh (also my favorite Spice Girl, if you're wondering).

I really love when I receive lipsticks in my Ipsy bags! The lipstick, though matte, is super moisturizing and creamy. Also, it's infused with Vitamin E so get those nutrients, guuuurl!

The shade is a littleeeeeee basic and 'ehhhh'. I wish it would have been a more fun, summery color to go with the theme of the bag, but it's always a great shade to have!

Next, we've got the Global Beauty Care Charcoal Mask!

Charcoal masks are very popular in the world of beauty for their deep cleaning effect! Leave this mask on for 15 minutes, and it digs down, deep into your pores, and drags out all the ick we don't want clogging our beautiful skin!

 These types of masks scare me a bit, because they can make me breakout (since they're literally bringing all the dirt to the surface). We'll see if this is gentle enough to not have such an effect!

Our next goodie is the Radiance Split-Pan Bronzer & Highlighter Duo by Manna Kadar Cosmetics!

When I first saw this, I totally thought it was an eye shadow duo. Derp! I've never tried this brand before, but the shades look lovely. Shimmer in a bronzer scares me a little, but you just need to know where to apply! Any bronzer with such shimmer should not be used to contour and sculpt. A bronzer like that should only be used to warm up the face.

The product is very velvety & pigmented. Perfect to give you that "I just came back from the beach or a tropical vacay" glow. I'm excited to try!

Up next is the Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 by Luxie Beauty!

Not going to lie... I was a little disappointed I received another brush in my glam bag. I think I've received brushes in my last 4 bags. Don't get me wrong, I love a good brush, but I would have loved to have been able to try a fun new product in its place.

It's a super cute brush. I love the periwinkle handle & it seems to be super high quality. This brush seems to be very versatile. You can use it for blending concealer, liquid foundation, powder foundations, applying highlighter, etc. I'm sure I'll put it to good use! 😉

Finally, my last goodie is the Cream Pigment Eyeshadow by Hikari Cosmetics in the shade Honey Dew. 

I'm soooo excited to try this pressed cream shadow! It seems really pigmented and I think the color is STUNNING. It's a mix of metallic coral & blush pink. Perfection! I think this is my favorite product I received this month. I'd also like to try it as a highlight? Hmmmmmm!

And there you have it! Overall, I liked the array of products I received this month, and I'm super excited to see what's waiting for me in June's glam bag! What fun things did you get in your Ipsy bag this month? Share with me!

As you may or may not know, Korean beauty products are all the rage right now. Next week, I'll share my thoughts on some Korean skincare masks I picked up a few weeks ago! Get excited!
Until then, stay beautiful,
Christina Bracco

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Top 8 Wardrobe Basics Every Girl Needs in Her Closet!

Hello, Beauties!

How are we all doing?! I hope everyone had a great week. The summer weather is finally upon us, and I am in full planning mode for my first beach day!

I'm very excited about today's post, because I'm finally doing my first ever fashion piece!

I predominantly focus on beauty products here on this blog, but I have such a passion for fashion, and it's something that I love so much, I thought I'd test the waters and branch out to some fashion pieces as well! Sound good?

I'd love to share clothing hauls, deals I've found, and tips! Let me know your thoughts, and if you have any fun suggestions as well!

For today's blog, I wanted to start with some basic fashion necessities.

I decided that I wanted my first fashion blog to be something fun, practical, and full of tips! (Though, aren’t all of my posts?) 😋

You may recall, a few weeks ago I shared a beauty post detailing my top 6 makeup products every girl needs in her collection. You can read that HERE:

Today, I'm doing something in similar fashion, (pun intended), where I'm sharing my top 8 wardrobe basics every girl needs in her wardrobe!

Let's jump right in, shall we?

1. Black Blazer

I live for a black blazer! This is such a classic staple for any girl's wardrobe. It’s so versatile!
You can wear a good blazer to the office, on a job interview, on a dinner date… so many options! Pair it with some dress pants or over a cute knee-length dress with heels for the office, or pair it with some jeans and heels for date night! You can snag a classic black blazer anywhere. 

Check out this perfect black blazer at Macy's HERE

2. Classic White Tee

Classic white tee shirts are another versatile piece that you can use to switch up different looks depending on the style you're going for!

Pair this with some black jeans and converse sneakers, or tuck it into a cute skater skirt with sandals. White tees are perfect for spring & summer looks. One should always have it on deck!

Check out this perfect white tee (for a super good deal) from Forever 21 HERE

3. Leather Jacket

One of my favorites for fall, maybe even early winter or spring, is a classic chic black leather jacket. I love a black leather jacket, with some cool shades, denim jeans, and a pair of heels. Hey, pair it with your classic white tee and you're set to look cooler than cool.

Check out this chic leather jacket from Lord & Taylor (currently on sale) HERE

4. Denim Shirt

Another one of my favorites is a cute denim button down top! I love wearing these over maxi dresses, or colorful tee shirt dresses. I also love them with a pair of crochet shorts, or black jeans! This is a great feminine & fun look for spring and summer.

Check out this super simple & clean denim button down from Forever 21 HERE

5. Black Heels

Black heels... need I say more? Every girl needs a pair of black heels in their closet! Wear them in the evening, wear them in the day, wear them to any event! I mean, maybe don't wear them to a day at the zoo... unless you're really brave.

Patent leather, suede, leather... no matter what the style, no matter the heel size you're comfortable with, you must own a black heel. Do it for me!!!

Check out these adorable black pumps from DSW HERE

6. Denim Jacket

Probably my favorite in this entire blog. I pretty much wear my denim jacket every day in the spring/summer. Put it on over a cute shirt, or wear it over a beautiful sundress & pair it with some cute sandals or wedges. I just love how denim jackets make any look cute and classically feminine.

Snag this perfect denim jacket from Macy's HERE

7. Waist Belts

Waist belts are a perfect staple to give you some extra shape at the waist. If you have a looser fitting dress on, or even a tighter dress that you'd like to break up, pop on a cute belt around your waist and it really changes up the look!

Shop this cute & simple belt from Forever 21 HERE

8. Ripped Jeans

Ripped jeans aren't just for the rocker-chic looks anymore. If you play with them the right way, you can really do a lot with this look! Wear a pair of ripped jeans with a pair of cute heels, or sandals, and a floral top! That can take away the edge of the jeans and bring them to a more feminine look.

Get these incredible ripped jeans from Express HERE

And there you have it, beauties! I hope you learned something, and I hope you're excited to hear more. Let me know what your necessities are, and let me know some of your favorite places to shop!

Next week, I'm sharing what was in my May Ipsy glam bag! Be sure to stay tuned for that, because I'm really excited about this batch of goodies! 😍

Until then, stay beautiful,
Christina Bracco 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

New Beauty Haul - Sephora, Ulta, & More!!

Happy Monday, beauties!!

What better way to end this lovely day than to share my new makeup haul with you all!

I've been buying all kinds of new products within the past two weeks, all things I haven't tried before, so I thought I'd share what I purchased and give some first impressions.

In the "How Much?" section at the end of this post, I'll share links & prices for you to snag these for your own!
Let's dive right in! 😉

Last week, I wrote a whole post about the Jeffree Star x Manny MUA collab. Two of those products are featured above. I won't dive into those, since they've already been chatted about, so please click here if you'd like to read my thoughts on those two products! (Hint, I think very great things of them!)

Let's first chat about the Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Illuminator!

I happened to turn on QVC one day, and the host had mentioned that the highly anticipated Diamond Dust was back in stock, and I wasted not a moment in quickly snagging it up! 

Laura Geller is famous for her Baked Gelato Swirls, and after receiving mine, I can see why!

This diamond dust highlight is so incredibly unique! The product feels like a creme when applied, but it is a powder. It looks like an icy white highlight, but when you apply it, there is a gorgeous pink, holographic undertone to it. You can spot a touch of the pink in the photo above.

I love wearing this shade! It's so different, so fun! If you're looking for something really different, something that you're sure to get a lot of questions and compliments about, try this! 

QVC is currently selling this at a featured price, that comes with a free brush! To be honest, I feel like the brush doesn't necessarily pick up the product well, but I still think it calls for a great deal for the price (listed below). I'll give the brush another try before I totally write it off, but so far I can't get it to pick up product how I'd like.

Let's chat about the new Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia blush next! 

I was really excited to try this blush after seeing it in the store. Photos that I've seen online of this blush do not do it justice to how beautiful it looks in person! 

It's an incredibly pigmented pinky/peach blush with a gorgeous, gold shimmer on top (the sun portion of the pan above). Also, can we talk about how cute Benefit's packaging always is? I love it so much! This a really stunning shade, perfect for all skin-tone's! 

I'm curious about whether or not the gold portion of the blush is present as you get deeper into the product and closer to pan, or if it'll wear off after being used a few times. I'll have to give an update on that as it's used more. Regardless, so far, I'm really loving this!

Next, we have the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade Bacca! 

I realized while walking through Ulta, that I've never purchased any Stila products. I feel like people don't really talk about Stila too often, so I decided to walk over to their display and do some browsing.

Since I've been really into the liquid lipstick trend lately, I settled upon purchasing one of the gorgeous Stay All Day liquid lipsticks in the shade Bacca. Stila has some really beautiful shades in this liquid lip collection (you can browse them via the link I provide at the end of the post).

The pigmentation is really nice, and the doe-foot applicator helps the product apply really smoothly and evenly. The formula is a little drying, but I think if you apply some lip balm beforehand, you should be alright!

So far, I'm really pleased with my first Stila purchase, and I will definitely be making an effort to browse their products much more! Maybe I can do a post with a full-face Stila tutorial? Hmmm!

Let's cut to hair care for a moment with the It's a 10 Hair Mask & Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin!

Hair care is something that I don't talk about too often on my page, but will be incorporating more, as it's something that's grown more and more important to me lately! 

I have a really bad habit of going long periods of time without getting my hair trimmed. I'm one of those people that hates to trim it and make it shorter (especially as I'm growing it out currently), but this just causes me to get split ends, stops the hair from growing faster, and gives me dead ends. Make it stop!!!! 

As I try to get better with my haircut game, I've also been trying to preserve my hair as best I can in the interim. 

As someone who is constantly using heat styling tools, I've been really into anything that can keep my hair safe from the heat, strong, and shiny. So, I picked up these two products from the popular It's a 10 brand and so far, I've been loving them! 

Benefits of the It's a 10 Hair Mask
Conditioning treatment for color treated, heat process, and processed hair. Made to enhance softness & smoothness. Deep-treatment conditioner, can be use daily. 

Benefits of the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin 
Restorative treatment. Make hair stronger, improve luster, replace protien & shine. Protects against heat, restores hydration, defrizzes, detangles, seals cuticles. 

Next up, the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer!

I was DYING to try this concealer for the longest time. It's been such a buzz in the beauty community, and I can't believe it took this long to get my hands on it.

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer has been my ride or die for the last year or so, but now, I think it's a toss up between UD & Shape Tape!

It refines the look of fine lines and pores, covers redness, blemishes, dark spots, dark circles... ANYTHING. It's a creamy, hydrating texture, full of benefits & nutrients! 

This concealer is amazing. No creasing, no cracking, all coverage! It's a thicker concealer. Thicker than I expected, so make sure not to pack on too much initially. A little goes a long way with this! It's really great for under-eye, or spot concealing any pesky spots! I'm really loving it, and highly, highly recommend. 

Let's chat about the Sephora Collection Contour Blush Palette next, shall we?!

While browsing around on during their Spring VIB sale, I stumbled upon this palette from the Sephora collection, and it just spoke to me. I usually don't buy anything from the Sephora collection, but I've been really into blushes/contours/highlights lately, and for the price... I had to give it a try!

The deal on this palette is great. The blushes in this palette are all warm, darker blushes, but I'm as pale as a ghost, and they all work well with my skin tone, so all skin tones rest assured!

It's a lovely mix of mattes, satin's, and shimmers. Six really unique blush shades with beautiful pigmentation. Check out the price below... you won't be believe. First impression, really impressed.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, you're up!

Let's start by saying the packaging for this mascara is super cute. I love the water drops on the tube. Very creative & clever!

I had been having some trouble with my eyes (allergies, I hate you), and they kept watering and burning throughout the days, causing all of my mascara to come off. When you're sitting at your desk at work with raccoon eyes, people will stare. So, I thought I'd invest in a waterproof mascara... since I did not previously own one.

Taking advantage of the Sephora VIB Spring sale once again, I picked up this mascara from Too Faced. If you're familiar with the original Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, then you know if you'll love this mascara or not. I do like it, except, it's super hard to take off. Of course, it's waterproof... but still. Even with a cream makeup remover, it will not budge without taking some of your own lashes with it. That... I do not like. I shall continue to use it, however, and give it a try!

Finally, we have the Anastasia Beverly Hills #23 Brush! 

I had heard about this brush through Jeffree Star, who said it was his favorite brush to apply highlighter with, so I thought I'd give it a try. So far, I'm really loving it!

It's a large, round brush with really soft, natural tapered bristles. It really picks up the product without having to dip into the pan too much. So far, I'm loving it!

Now that we've gone into detail about all the products I've picked up, here are the price/purchase details for you to get your hands on them yourself!
How Much?
  • Laura Geller Diamond Dust Baked Gelato Illuminator w/Brush: $24.96 / Buy Here
  • Benefit GALifornia Sunny Golden Pink Blush: $29 / Buy Here
  •  Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: $24 / Buy Here
  • It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin: $20 / Buy Here
  • It's a 10 Miracle Hair Mask: $12 / Buy Here
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer: $25 / Buy Here
  • Sephora Collection Contour Blush Palette: $28 / Buy Here
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara: $23 / Buy Here
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #23: $25Buy Here

There you have it, everyone! Let me know what products I should be trying out, or if you've tried any of these products yourselves! Share your thoughts!

Next week, I'll be coming to you with a new FASHION post! So excited, as this will be my first! Be sure to check it out! 

Until then, stay beautiful,
Christina Bracco 

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA Collaboration Review

Happy Monday, Beauties!

I know I had mentioned in my last post that I would be coming to you with a makeup haul, but I decided to switch things up! I purchased some products from the Jeffree Star Cosmetics x Manny MUA collaboration, received them last week, and I felt they deserved their own post!

For those who do not know, let me break it down!

Manny MUA on the left. Jeffree Star on the right.
 Jeffree Star and Manny MUA are two major influencers in the beauty community, predominantly, on YouTube & Social Media. They're also besties!

Jeffree & Manny teamed up to launch an incredible collab of two liquid lipsticks, and a highlighter.

When the collab first launched, they offered a sweet deal on a bundle, in which you get all 3 products in the collab for an amazing price. The bundles quickly sold out, despite the large number of units they ordered for the launch... no surprise here. SLAY.

I still really wanted to try the products & show support, especially since I'm a huge fan of both of these guys, and have never owned any Jeffree Star Cosmetics products before! And so I placed my order.

Let's first start with the packaging.

I am kind of obsessed. How sick is this packaging? It only got better as I kept unboxing...

The packaging alone had me shook. I would expect no less from JSC, as he would only produce the best of the best, but I was genuinely so excited and blown away!

Let's talk about the three products available, and then I'll dive into the two that I purchased!

As mentioned earlier, the collaboration includes two beautiful liquid lipsticks in Jeffree's classic velour formula, and a beautiful Skin Frost (JSC name for highlighters).

Daddy on the left. I'm Shook on the right.

Eclipse Skin Frost

There are two stunning Velour Liquid Lipsticks available in the names I'm Shook and Daddy.

Daddy is a gorgeous mauve/brown nude. I don't really wear these types of shades, so I skipped out. However, if I were quick enough to have gotten the bundle, I would have totally been excited to try it! Daddy is currently sold out, but you can always check or Jeffree's Twitter for announcements of restocks.

What I purchased:

I'm Shook is the liquid lipstick I purchased. This is such a unique shade, it's hard to describe it! It comes off more red in the photos, but in person, I'd describe it as watermelon.

The Skin Frost shade, Eclipse, is a gorgeous rosy/golden sunlight. The pigmentation is incredible! One application and you're glowing to the heavens! I, however, like to layer as much highlight as possible because you can never have enough of a glow.

How Much?

All of Jeffree's liquid lips go for $18. That is an epic price. In my opinion, this liquid lip is 10x better than several high-end brands I've tried, and for way less money.

The skin frost goes for $29. Another STEAL in my opinion! The compact, you guys. It's huge. How does Jeffree make money? You will never run out of these skin frosts! It's 2x's your average compact size!

Not only are the prices incredible, but the quality is as well. I am beyond blown away and pleased with my purchases. I cannot wait to try more of Jeffree's products. He and Manny totally blew it out of the water with this collection.

Be sure to use the code MANNYMUA at checkout to save 10% on any of the collab products you may wish to purchase! This code is only good for the three collab products. So, even if you'd like to purchase all three products before they restock the bundles, you can still save some dollars!

Not only are the prices incredible, but the quality as well. I am beyong blown away and pleased with my purchases. I cannot wait to try more of Jeffree's products. He and Manny totally blew it out of the water with this collection.

Let me know what other Jeffree Star Cosmetics products I should try! After being so happy with my two purchases, I can't wait to try more!

I promise I will post my haul next week! I've purchased a lot of great products from Ulta & Sephora lately that I'm super excited about, so I can't wait to share! 

Until then, stay beautiful,
Christina Bracco 

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