FOTD: Sample Edition

Hey guys! Normally I limit my beauty blogging to product reviews, but today I have something a little different to show you! I’ve been hanging around my house over break playing with makeup that I haven’t gotten to properly test out yet, and I decided to show you guys what I came up with. This is my face of the day, created using only sample sized products! All of these products were sent to me in Ipsy bags, but many of them can be sampled online or from stores like Sephora as well. This look was a fun challenge to create! I didn’t allow myself to use anything besides the products you see here 🙂


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The Face: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Pur-Lisse BB Cream, Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer.

I’ve already previously reviewed all 3 of these products (here, here, and here respectively) if you’d like to read a little more! I primed my T-zone with the Smashbox primer, then used the BB cream to even out my skin tone. Then I dusted the bronzer on the sides of my nose, at my temples, and a little to contour my cheekbones 🙂

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The Eyes: NYX Eyeshadow Palette, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Crown Brush Crease Brush, Absolute New York Nano Eyeliner.

The mascara, brush, and eyeliner all were in my November Ipsy Bag as well! I really love this brush, it’s so soft and fluffy and does a great job! I used the middle shade on my lid and the left shade on my browbone, then blended with the brush. I used the liner on my waterline and finished the eyes off with a swipe of the Smashbox mascara.

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The Lips: Mongongo Lip Conditioner, Ofra Lip Liner, Hikari Lip Stain.

This lip stain is my new favorite lip product! It’s such a gorgeous berry shade, I can’t wait to wear it to a holiday party soon! I lined my lips with the pencil and went over them with the stain to finish it off.

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I had a lot of fun playing around with these samples to create this look! It’s pretty simple, with a bronze eye and berry lip, with some bronzer dusted here and there. Ignore my messy hair please!

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What do you think? Ever tried to use your samples like this? Are there any products you’re just dying to sample? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Love Kiki

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What’s In My October Ipsy Bag?

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Happy Saturday! I’m home in Vermont on October break, and it’s so nice to be home 🙂 I’m excited to share with you what I got in my Ipsy bag this month! If you’re not familiar with Ipsy, it’s a subscription bag service that sends you 5 higher-end makeup products for just $10 a month! To get an idea of past bags, you can check out my May or August bags, or visit the Ipsy site. The theme this month was Alter Ego, kind of a Jekyll and Hyde makeup idea. The bag was gold on one side a black vinyl on the other. However, other than a dark purple nail polish and a pink lipstick, I didn’t get anything that really reflected this theme. This month’s bag was really heavy on skincare! Let’s dive in, shall we?

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First up: a BB cream with SPF 30, made by Purlisse. I was super excited to receive this, as it was the first foundation/bb type product I’d received in an Ipsy bag. It claims to have “natural looking coverage and a flawless finish”, and the high SPF is a great plus! I can’t wait to try it. It retails for $32 for 2.4 oz. Find it here!

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 Next, two more skin products: a hand cream and an exfoliant. The hand cream, by Be Delectable, contains shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera. It comes in both scented and unscented versions. I have the coconut and cream scented version and it smells divine. Pick it up for only $12 here!

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The exfoliant is Dr Brandt’s Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant. This is probably the most expensive product I received this month. To purchase this from Sephora, it’s $78 for 2 oz or $99 for 3.5 oz. Talk about expensive! I can’t wait to try this out. You can find it here.

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This is my favorite out of this month’s picks: The Balm’s Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Charming, a mauve shade. This is the definition of long-lasting! I swatched it for review yesterday when I took these photos, and it’s still on my hand! I’d definitely recommend a good makeup remover with this. I love the color and I can’t wait to wear it. Pick one up over at The Balm for $17.

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I got another nail polish this month, and I was a bit disappointed. It seems like every bag I get lately has another nail polish! I’m not a huge fan of the color, although it is very pigmented and lasts well. I couldn’t find a price for this, but apparently you can get it directly from Ipsy here. If you like these types of shades though, I would recommend it.

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Overall, I enjoyed this month’s bag, but I’d like some more variety next time! It really was a bit heavy on the skincare. (And no more nail polish please haha.) Do you subscribe to a subscription service? What do you think? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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