I’m Off the Waitlist! Ipsy Glam Bag Plus – April 2019

I am so excited to share this with you guys! I have been waiting months to get off the waitlist for the Ipsy Glam Bag Plus and now a million people and myself can finally show you what’s in the box!

Let’s dive in!

I forgot to take a picture of the box BUT there it is with my lovely face

Here we have a lovely fold out booklet which has a ton of info on the products which I absolutely adore.

First Item: Paris Hilton Skincare Pro DNA Dual Action Cleansing Gel – $29

This cleansing gel is infused with exfoliating caviar lime and pineapple-derived enzymes to brighten skin, cucumber to depute, and white tea extract to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help repair sun damage.

Did y’all know Paris Hilton was still around? I didn’t. I am glad to see this lovely looking bottle in my box though! The size is so great and I love getting skincare anything in a box. This item alone meets the price you pay for the box so that is a great start. I have a few face washes open right now so I am not going to tell you how this is yet – keep an eye out for the review in a Social Saturday update!

Second Item: Goldfadden MD Bright Eyes – $55

This eye cream gets straight to the root of your under-eye issues (because there’s only so much concealer can hide). Formulated with rice bran extract, soy peptide, organic red tea and arnica, it helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.

I am loving the value and items in this box so far! Skincare and eye care?!?! My freaking dream come true. Plus, this is catering to those pesky dark circles which always stay under my eyes. Again, I have a few eye creams I am trying out but I will update as soon as I can. I am so so so excited though!

Third Item: Laura Sanchez Moods Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette – $35

This all-in-one palette is loaded with matte and metallic shades of cheek and eye colors – an option of any mood you’re in.

I am absolutely in love with this palette! It has some colors that are definitely outside of my comfort zone but they are gorgeous! You should check out my video to see the swatches because this picture does not give it justice. They blend so beautifully and are pigmented just enough to not be too crazy. I am shocked this is such an affordable palette!

Fourth Item: Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Eyebrow Highlighter – $22

When your brows need a lift, look no further than this creamy highlighter brow pencil. The matte, linen-pink shade pops on and accentuates your arches for brighter, lifted, younger-looking eyes.

I wasn’t expecting this to be a pencil for some reason. It is very creamy though.

This honestly isn’t something that I would use on my eyebrow highlight BUT I do think it will be great on the waterline. I know that adding white to the waterline is beaming an “in” thing and since I am so hip and cool, I will definitely be doing that with this pencil. Plus, the cap for this is just stunning!

Fifth Item:ITCosmeticsHeavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush – $48

You don’t need an entire drawer of makeup brushes when you have one that does it all. Not only does this brush give makeup products an airbrushed finish, blurring away the appearance of fine lines and pores, it also applies skincare like a dream.

Holy hell this is an expensive brush. It is so expensive that I feel like I wanted to use it to apply my expensive skincare products……but I actually didn’t enjoy it. So. In a future update, I will let y’all know if this actually has any blurring abilities with makeup because it sure as hell better with that price. Hell, it better paint a whole new damn face as far as I am concerned.

Final Thoughts

So here is the final lineup! The final value came out to be $189 which is amazing since they say the value is guaranteed to be at least $120 (if I’m correct). I am so so so so happy with this box and I love each and every product. If it keeps being like this, I will probably end up cutting out BoxyCharm and only having this one next year!!

As always, thank y’all so so much for reading! Remember I have an active giveaway on both my Youtube and Instagram so check those out!

Til next time!

Birchbox March 2019

I did it again – I bought a new subscription because I saw you could get two free gifts. I am a sucker for free things and I don’t know why….like I am still buying something. They always get me. I can pretty much be talked into buying anything. Like literally. It’s a mix between me being too awkward to say no and also I am down to try almost any product at least once.

I also got these two gifts for signing up!

The funny thing is they sent me double which I am really excited about because that pillow spray is the bomb. The little candle is crap though.

I just think this is so cute for an outer box.

And here we can see another box that I will add to my hoarder collection because I have a problem.

This is out little info sheet – I really love this quote. I need to tell myself something like this more often.

Ok, on to the products!

First Item: Manna Kadar Cosmetics Eyedylic Gel Liner – $19

Formulated for long-lasting, budge-proof wear, this jet black eyeliner glides on effortlessly. Dot the color along your lash line, then fill in to create your desired look.

I love this type of pencil eyeliner. I don’t usually buy black so this is nice to have. I have to admit that I suck with liquid eyeliner so I usually take a pencil like this and make everything look like I’m a pro. This specific pencil is so smooth and pigmented. I am really excited to try to add a little more black eyeliner looks to my routine.

Second Item: Purlisse Watermelon Energizing Aqua Balm – $45 for full size

Watermelon hydrates, aloe vera reduces inflammation, and cucumber soothes in this gel moisturizer that instantly energizes skin. Apply a thin, even layer to your face before SPF.

I am so sad this is small because I LOVE IT! Normally, I hate products that have a scent on my face because I am really sensitive. However, this one is so refreshing and delightful that I don’t even mind it. It makes me get all kinds of summer vibes and let’s be real, everyone wants that. The balm itself is really light and it doesn’t take much to drench your face in hydration. I definitely think this is a homerun.

Third Item: Marula Light Hair Oil Treatment – $26 for full size

This sulfate- and paraben-free oil conditions, tames frizz, and adds shine without weighing hair down. Run a dime-sized amount through damp or dry strands.

I have been trying this out for like a week now and I don’t know that I’ve seen any difference. I can tell you this: it is super lightweight and doesn’t weigh down my thin ass hair so that’s a plus. As far as benefits go, I really can’t see any. Also, there is no scent which is unfortunate for me with hair products because I want my hair to smell like a perfumed luscious garden.

Fourth Item: Natura Castanha Hand Cream – $19.50 for full size

This rich, delicately scented hand balm softens and smooths skin while strengthening its natural moisture barrier. It leaves your hands feeling nourished, not greasy.

This is a really great hand cream that is nice and thick but not overbearing. It makes my skin feel nice and hydrated – I have been putting it on before bed and my hands have been feeling soft and refreshed every morning. It doesn’t have much scent which is pleasant. The price point for a full-size seems affordable too!

Fifth Item: Model Co Metallic Eyeshadow Trio in Positano – $18 for full size

Three complimentary shimmery shades of light peach, violet, and chocolate make uptimes this vibrant metallic palette that’ll give you a sultry eye look.

I am pretty sure I got this exact eyeshadow trio in my Feb Allure Beauty Box and I thought it was really lovely. There is something weird though….let me show you!

Similar, right?!?!?! Maybe I am blind.

They have different names but I SWEAR they are the exact same. Regardless, they are beautiful!

Sixth Item: Luxie Brush

I am obsessed with Luxie brushes and this will be a great addition to my collection.

So here is the final lineup!

And here are some swatches!

Overall, I am really excited about this box and I can see myself using every product! I think the price ($10/month) is great BUT I did see that they are increasing to $13/month which I am not thrilled about. I feel like I can get these same type of products in Ipsy which is still $10/month and more personalized. What do you guys think?

As always, thanks for reading! Til next time!

Mini Giveaway!! Thanks for Supporting Me!

Hey you guys! I hope you are having a lovely week. I am having a blah one that is making me super moody so I thought I would do something that makes me happy and give you guys some lovely items for supporting me.

I appreciate so much when I see a new follower, a new comment, and just genuinely want you guys to know how much it means for me that you take the time to support my ramblings. I have put together some items that I personally have enjoyed and thought y’all might as well.

There will be two giveaways! One on YouTube and one on Instagram. They will end in 2 weeks (5.2.19).

Here is the YouTube Giveaway! The Erika Hub (rules in the description box)

Here is the Instagram Giveaway! @erika.b.lathrop

Thank you guys so so much for reading and please feel free to enter on either (or both) platforms. I appreciate everyone so so much and I plan on having a bigger giveaway on my actual blog soon but I am trying out some different products to see what is the most amazing. When I hit 100 followers, I will post that giveaway.

Til next time!

Ipsy vs Ipsy – March 2019

So, here we are again with my love/hate relationship with Ipsy. As I have stated in a previous post, I subscribe to TWO different Ipsy bags so that way I can try out a little more product. I actually got this idea from Alexandria Ryan’s YouTube channel (which you should totally check out here).

One profile is regular (blue eyes, brown hair, natural makeup) and the other is the adventurous other persona I have filled out (colored hair, violet eyes, loves colorful makeup). I have not been able to complete a post about the difference between the two bags because 1) they come SO late and 2) sometimes there is nothing interesting to share. But screw it, we are doing the damn thing the way I meant it, so here we go!

It’s an Ipsy versus Ipsy showdown.

First, let me go ahead and show you the bag- this will be the same for both of them. I absolutely love that this little saying is on the bag and the metallic bronze is very pretty too. Good job Ipsy!

Also, the main part of the Ipsy info card will be the same, so let me show you down below.

Now on to the first bag which is my regular profile (brown hair, blue eyes, comfy with makeup, nothing adventurous and cool with non makeup products). This arrived 3/20/19…that’s 8 days BEFORE my other bag and still super late in the month.

Here is the lineup of the products:

Ok, here we go!

First Item: Lord & Berry Velluto Eye Pencil in Supreme Green

This Milan-based makeup brand is known for high-quality, on-trend products – like this bendable, olive green eyeliner. It’s so rich in pigment and lasts all day, saving you valuable time on touch-ups.

Ugh. Why on earth Ipsy would think I wanted GREEN eyeliner is beyond me. I had to double check my preferences because I literally would never put any other color than brown or bronze. I guess luckily (?) enough for me, this isn’t really that green at all. Really, to me it looked more black than anything and I really didn’t see a green tint to it at all. The formula is nice enough and it went on nicely. I am just really not impressed by this though. I prefer a self sharpening eyeliner and this was nothing extraordinary.

I will swatch this at the end of the descriptions of the items in this first bag.

Second Item: Tarte Maneater Voluptuous Mascara

Tarte’s committed to creating products that are cruelty-free and made with good-for-you ingredients. This inky, black formula features a flexible brush that coats even your teeniest lashes. Jojoba and carnauba wax strengthen and protect your lashes, and help prevent flaking.

I love Tarte. Seriously, this just brings a smile to my face because I know I am getting to sample another product from a brand I love. This is the cutest little mascara and the wand was easy to use. Let me show you how this did on my lashes (excuse my naked, out of control face – I didn’t want to put on makeup today damnit).

God, my natural face is a wreck and I look cross-eyed…ANYWAYS!

On the left is the mascara and on the right is my sad, naked eye lashes (I only put this on the top lashes). There is some really good lengthening and volume added with this mascara from just one coat. I love that I can get this kind of result without using too much product and that there was no clumping. I definitely think I will be looking into purchasing this as a full size in the future. Right now, I use another Tarte mascara.

Third Item: FoxyBae Flaminglow Leave In Conditioner

This brand is all about empowering individuals to be their best (and most unique) selves. We’ve got extra hearts for this biotin-infused treatment that detangles, moisturizes, tames frizz, and helps hair grow long and strong – aka apply and let your hair be healed.

This was kind of meh to me. I guess I can appreciate that this isn’t too scented but what I can smell is nice enough. It kind of has a coconut scent (I think?) and smells fresh. I didn’t notice any real change in my hair using it – no change in texture or softness, no change in frizz control. I wouldn’t say this is a complete dud because at least I got to try it but I won’t be purchasing a full size.

Fourth Item: First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

This 2-in1 formula is a nutrient-rich moisturizer that hydrates skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores, and prepping your skin for makeup. The secret? A blend of superfood, good-for-you ingredients like coconut water, quinoa protein, and minerals.

I really don’t have much to say about this….it feels nice enough and is hydrating but it didn’t really do anything special for my skin. I’m cool with getting primer or skincare in bags but this is just meh.

Fifth Item: REALHER I Am Adaptable Matte Liquid Lipstick

This brand’s mission is to inspire women to love themselves and each product comes with a written reminder to celebrate your individuality. This matter, bright red shade was created with athlete Misty Diaz and is long-lasting, highly-pigmented, and is nourishing for your lips.

Ipsy just has me all wrong with this shade. This is another thing I had to double check because I really prefer pink tones or something more neutral. Don’t get me wrong, a beautiful, bold red lip has its place and time…..but it is rarely on my face. That being said, this formula is magical. There is so much pigment, it applies so smoothly, it dries like a dream and does not make my lips feel tacky or unnatural. I actually really enjoy this – I just wish it was a shade I would go for. Who knows, maybe one day I will feel sassy and bold.

So, here are the swatches of the liquid lip and the eyeliner. The lipstick is still wet in this pic because I am too lazy to wait. I really just wanted to show the color.

Let’s dive into the second bag! I’m not going to show the bag or the card because it’s basically the same. The products are much more interesting to see!

First Item: Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask

This brand was founded by sisters who share a passion for using rare Australian ingredients in skincare. Made with light pink (!) Australian clay, this mask tightens pores, nixes excess oils, and leaves your skin feeling *so* smooth.

I actually really love this mask. If I am not using a sheet mask, then I prefer clay masks. This one really is light pink – even when you wash it off. It left my skin smooth, had this amazing tightening effect, AND I think it may have helped reduce the size of my pores. I am actually interested in trying this again!

Second Item: Estate Cosmetics Dew Me Baked Highlighter in Pearl

Animal lovers, this one’s for you – all of this brand’s formulas are completely cruelty-free. This velvety highlighter has a light pink, pearly finish that’s totally buildable, so you can take your look from a low key lit-from-within sheen to next-level glow.

This is SUCH a pretty highlighter! It is a little more subtle that I usually prefer, but I kinda dig that it is light a more natural glow. I will leave a swatch down below. I think the packaging is super cute too – it reminds me of Legally Blonde for some reason.

Third Item: IBY Beauty Eyeshadow in Headliner

This velvety powder shadow is a staple in our kit for creating a cut crease or using a transition shade for a smoky eye. What’s more, the formula is vegan, free of talc, mineral oil, and paragons, and is infused with rosehip oil to protect the delicate skin of your lids.

This is such a beautiful color. I know it sounds weird to say, but it reminds me of like a deep bruise color (swatch below because I am not crazy) but it is still so shimmery and pigmented. It was super easy to build even though there was great pigment with the first swipe of shade. It blends like a dream and will be a great addition to my makeup collection.

Fourth Item: Royal & Langnickel Mōda Pro Precision Angle Brush

Royal & Langnickel’s brush line MŌDA is known for its stylish, on-trend brushes with waterproof, silk-textured handles. This one’s just the right size for applying highlighter and contour products where you need them. BONUS: This brush is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.

When I saw this in the bag, I was nervous it would be another cheap brush that I would hate. I can’t speak to if this is a great brush BUT the handle is nice and long and heavier than I was expecting. I am actually really excited to try this out. I usually like more natural bristles but even though these are synthetic, they are nice and densely packed.

Fourth Item: Lord & Berry Velluto Eye Pencil in Supreme Green (REPEAT)

This Milan-based makeup brand is known for high-quality, on-trend products – like this bendable, olive green eyeliner. It’s so rich in pigment and lasts all day, saving you valuable time on touch-ups.

So, this is a repeat from the other bag. I am not really a fan and damn this thing is beat up but whatever. Green actually matches this profile more…even if it actually looks black.

Let me go ahead and throw in some swatches!

So here they are! Top is the eyeshadow, then highlighter, then green (?) eyeliner.

I am actually more of a fan of the adventurous profile which seems to match my makeup preferences more than my actual profile. Hopefully, they will upgrade my regular profile to the freaking Glam Bag Plus because that’s what I really want.

Anyways, I hope y’all liked this little Ipsy versus Ipsy. I am happy there was only one repeat item. One month, I literally got the exact same items for both. How that worked out, I have no idea but whatever.

Thanks for reading you guys!!! It makes me happy when I see y’alls comments and likes. I literally talk to a 5 month old all day so this is a nice way to interact.

Til next time!

I May Have Gone Crazy

So I had this weird TREAT YOSELF moment where I bought everything in Sephora I have been wanting. After I received everything, I realized I must have been in a huge skin care mood because I bought a lot of skincare. I also purchase two palettes I needed in my life.

This is my buyer’s remorse therapy.

Let’s dive in!

Dr. Jart Rubber Mask

I bought this for no other reason than it looked weird as hell. I can’t say I have ever used a rubber mask before but it sounds intriguing. I am going to save this one for a bit because it requires 30-45 minutes and I rarely have that kind of time. I did want y’all to see it’s packaging though since it is what made me purchase it. You actually have two components to the mask – the rubber mask and then the little pot of product you put on your face and put the mask on top. It got great reviews and I am excited to see if I look like a baby after this with my new youthful, rejuvenated skin.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mask

I loved this when it came in the jan 2019 Boxycharm I believe. It makes your skin feel so refreshed and moisturized. The smell is divine and instantly improves the feel of your skin. They are just so expensive! I bought a 4-pack since I love them so much and cannot wait to use them….although I will be devastated when they are gone.

Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream

This is simply divine. The most shocking part about this is that you use such small amount of product and it covers your entire face – literally you use a pearl size amount of the product. This seriously has so much hydration that you legit get the most beautiful dewy effect you can dream of. I am in love with everything about this product from the packaging, the insert that comes on this really beautiful paper, to the way it makes my skin feel. The only thing is that this is a very expensive cream…but that’s just Tatcha. I really feel like you are getting what you pay for in this.

I mean look at this cute little gold spatula you get to use to put the product on. Isn’t that motivation enough to buy this?!

Clinique Moisture Surge

I actually got a sample of this from Sephora Play and really loved it. I guess it was a bad idea since I literally just purchased the Tatcha cream, but hey, I can have really nice skin now. The thing I love about this is that it almost feels silicone based which makes your skin feel velvety smooth. I can 100000% say that it really does make your skin feel super hydrated for a decent amount of time. I can’t vouch for 72 hours because I wash my face/do my skincare routine twice a day, but I loved it enough to buy a full size product at full price. That’s saying something.

Clinique All About Eyes Rich

I bought this because I had said a million times that I suffer from severe dark circles. The reviews on Sephora said that it helped other people with their dark circles so hopefully it’ll help mine too!

SK-II Sheet Mask

I’ve heard this brand is a great skincare brand, but I have never tried anything from them and now is my chance. This is SOAKED in product and smells delightful. Is there anything more relaxing than putting a soaking wet sheet mask on your face knowing you’re about to look beautiful? No. There is nothing better. This mask is heaven. It might tie with my Tatcha ones. I actually think I noticed a little bit of a tightening effect from this too which I actually enjoy – give me a nice face lift in a mask and I will be eternally grateful. Everyone should try this mask out! The quality cannot be stated enough in this blog. You seriously just need to put one on your face!

GlamGlow Lace Sheet Mask

Again, I purchased this because I liked how it looked. Is there anything more glamorous than your face being covered in lace? Maybe your face being covered in gold. Anyways, this has hyaluronic acid, green tea, and caffeine. That sounds like a lovely combination for my face – Lord knows I can use an extra boost of caffeine from any source.

This mask is a little annoying for a sheet mask. It comes in two separate parts – an upper eye mask and a lower mouth mask. The lower part kept sliding down my face as I wore it unless I was lying down…..which prevents me from watching Grey’s Anatomy. It was very saturated with product, smells very nice and fresh (I think it might be the green tea). This made my skin feel hydrated but not energized like they claim. Am I mad about it? No. Is this a game changer for me? No, but I am happy to try it out. I just don’t dig the two separate parts.

Next we will get into some makeup I purchased!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Palette

I have been watching this ever since I saw the ads for the launch. I really just wanted this for the blue shade but when I opened and swatched, I fell in love with every shade! No joke, it’s stunning.

I love the texture out the outer packing. I always have such an internal struggle about if I want to keep the box it came in as well, but I have to be an adult and get over it.

Here is the top row from left to right. Can you believe the pigment in these swatches?!?! I AM OBSESSED!

Bottom row from left to right. I still cannot believe the pigment in the matte shades as well.

Let me see if I can throw together a look for y’all!

I really wanted to use the blue shade in this palette but I didn’t want it to be too extravagant! I looked up a tutorial on YouTube and found Makeup by Serena Cleary. OH MY GOD SHES AMAZING!!!

I used the shades: palm (crease), coastline (crease and lid), sails (inner corner), yacht (center of lid), seychelles (bottom lash line).

Ok, this looks nothing like her look BUT I tried! I suck at makeup anyways. I could have probably used more pigment in the lower lashes but I didn’t want it to be too in your face with color. This is a very day to day look I would wear!

And now, on to my next insane purchase.

Huda Beauty New Nude Palette

I have been looking at this palette for quite a while. I love nude shades and the shimmer shades I have seen swatched in this are to die for. Let’s open her up!

Is there anything more glamorous than this packaging? Maybe my face after I put every shade on it.

You guys. The protector is beautiful too!

Can we all just soak this in for a second? I think I might be in love. This might be me in a palette. Classy, glitzy but not too crazy, neutral but glamourous. This is me.

Let’s swatch these!

Here is the top row from left to right. I did two views of this so you can see the dimension and depth of these shades.

Again, the top row with full light.

Middle row from left to right in full light.

Middle row from left to right in more shaded lighting.

Bottom row from left to right in full light. The top shade is actually a concealer (aptly named ‘Concealed’) which is a nice touch to add into palette.

Bottom row from left to right in more shaded lighting.

Let me see if I can throw something on my eyes for y’all.

I think it’s pretty enough and there are so many options for looks in this palette. The pigments are so beautiful and blend like a dream.

And here are the samples I chose for my purchase. I redeemed a lot of points because YOLO.

These are some strong scented things! The Aerin perfume sample is amazingly floral…but I also felt like an old woman wearing it. The Biossance smells like an old ash tray….

So, there it is. My very large (expensive) purchase from Sephora. I don’t know what got into me. I should have probably thought about the amount of facial creams and eye creams I have, but whatever, I need to look beautiful forever.