Glossybox | June and July

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Hi everyone! I am back from my trip! I had a great time exploring NYC, and I actually had some time to relax too. It was the best of both worlds!  Now, I'm trying to easy myself back into blogging. I can't promise that I'll be any better about posting regularly, though. Posting might still be a little slow for now, but I don't plan on going anywhere. 

I have my June and July Glossyboxes today! I got the June box at the end of the month and never posted about it. I wasn't going to because it's so late, but I don't think it hurts to lump it in with the July box. It had a Tony Awards theme, which I absolutely love! 

Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce Hairspray and sample vial of the Dark Oil - This is a good size hairspray for travel. I don't use hairspray all that often, but I do use it when I curl my hair. This does a good job of holding a curl. I'm glad that included a Dark Oil sample. Maybe this hair oil won't weigh down my hair.

Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo - I haven't seen this before, but evidently it's available at Sephora! This is a two part mask. Begin with the Blackhead Steam Pore Pack to clarify and follow with the Premium Pore Original Pack. I haven't tried this yet, but I love purifying and pore tightening masks. This may have to have it's own blog post! 

SinfulColors Kylie Jenner Denim & Bling Collection - After Dark - It was surprising to see this color in the June box because it isn't a summery color at all. After Dark is a dark metallic gray. It's a shade that I would wear, but I don't see myself reaching for it until the fall. 

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LA Splash Lip Lacquer High Pigment Collection - Sugar Rush - This product was created exclusively for Glossybox. I haven't tried anything from LA Splash in a long time. This lip lacquer is extremely pigmented and has good lasting power. Again, this brick red color isn't a color I would expect in a summer box. It is a flattering shade, and I'll reach for it more later on in the year.

Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara - This is a waterproof mascara, and I don't like to wear those. I will be passing this along to someone else.

TanTowel Half Body Classic - I like self tanner, but we all know that it is something you have to devote time and energy to maintaining. Having it in a towelette form does seem easier. I think I'll try this soon.

The June box is pretty good. There's only one item that I know I won't use. The color items were confusing in the shade choices, but I will use them eventually. Now, on to the July box!

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua - I got this very same item in my March Glossybox, so I have no idea why it's in the July box. It's a pretty color, but I don't want two of them. I'm passing this along to a friend.

Eyeko Fat Stick in Satin - This is a cream eyeshadow in stick form. I love this type of product, and I appreciate that they sent a wearable taupe shade.

Fango Essenziali Moisturize Treatment Sheet Mask - It's for parched, dry skin, and I used it this morning. I have combination skin, but it was feeling quite dry from my nightly retinol serum. It provided hydration without feeling too heavy or oily. I liked this sheet mask.

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist - This is a speed drying spray for nail polish. I love to do my nails, but I'm not crazy about waiting on my nail polish to dry. I will get a lot of use out of this!

Nuxe Shimmering Huile Prodigieuse - I love Nuxe products, and not only is this a full size, it's the big size! This product has 6 botanical oils, vitamin E, and some shimmer. It's a multi-purpose oil that can be used on face, body, or hair. I sprayed some in my hair, but I think I used too much. It weighed my hair down a bit. I would use this on my body, especially my shoulders and legs, but I don't think I would use this on my face. Maybe if I had dry skin. The large size that came in the box retails for $54, so I was amazed to see it in here!

Glov Quick Treat - At first, I thought this was going to be one of those makeup removing cloths. In a way, it is, but it fits over your finger. I have some other makeup removing cloths, but they don't fit over your hand. It's an interesting concept. I would have liked the full size one that fits over your entire hand, though. I don't think a finger-size cloth is going to remove much. 

Aside from getting the same product that was sent in an earlier box, the July box was really good! The Nuxe oil and the Eyeko eye stick were my favorites. What do you think? 
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YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil | Peach Me Love

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I don't know what the weather's like where you live, but it's crazy hot in Texas! It's hard to not break a sweat just getting into the car. As for makeup, I've been keeping it to a minimum. There are only a couple of products I have worn consistently, and today, I'm reviewing one of them! The YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil in 6 Peach Me Love is my most-used lip product of the moment.

As much as I love a dramatic lip, it hasn't been practical for my lifestyle this summer. The YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil is perfect for low key summer makeup. Originally, I got this to apply over a YSL Glossy Stain (reviews here and here) as it wore off later on in the day, but I've ended up only wearing this on its own. 

The YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil is an oily gloss that has a hint of color, some of the shades more than others. To me, it feels more like an oil than a gloss, and that might be because it contains a blend of four oils - apricot kernel oil, coriander fruit oil, jojoba seed oil, and possiflora edulis seed oil. I'm not familiar with all of those oils, but at any rate, it feels lightweight and non-sticky on my lips. It has a sweet, candy-like scent to it. I like the way it smells, but I am suspicious of added fragrances lately. They aren't worth adding to products because they can cause a great deal of irritation. 

The applicator is quite unique. If you look at it from above, it's shaped like a pair of lips. From the side you can see how it's curved. I thought this was a bit strange at first, but I do like the way it applies. There's something about the shape that provides control over your application. I've even successfully put this on without a mirror. That's really saying something because I tend to make a mess!

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several layers of product

One swipe leaves a sheer, glossy wash of color. With each added layer, the color gets brighter, and a stain is left behind once the glossy finish wears away.

This is the only lip oil type product that I have, but I would like to try more. A red color would be nice. I would love to try one of these from another brand, preferably a bit less expensive.

What's your take on lip oils? Which ones have you tried? Leave your recommendations in the comments! 

I wanted to add a bit about where I've been. Those of you who follow me on Snapchat know I've had a lot of personal things going on this summer, from the slightly serious to the flat out wacky. (Not a ploy to get more Snapchat followers. I simply like the platform and feel more at ease opening up there.) Believe it or not, I haven't even shared everything on there. Everything is fine or going to be fine. I thought I was dealing with so many unexpected concerns well, but then I had some bad nights of insomnia. That's the main reason why I didn't put a blog post up last week. I didn't mean for that to happen, but it did. Next week, I will be taking a planned week off of blogging and blog reading to go on vacation. I hope to reset and get back into it all when I get back. The posts have been down to once a week this summer, and I would like to start posting more when I return. Thank you to everyone who has noticed my absence. I can't tell you how nice it made me feel to know that I was missed here. It made my day! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being such kind friends to me! I'm off to enjoy my vacation, and I'll see you when I get back! 

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Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color | Golden Peach

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As much as I try, I cannot quit luxury makeup products. Nope. Just can't do it. I'll even get a new product home and think, "this can't possibly be any better than my similar items." Then, I end up wearing said new product every day like an addict because I love it that much. Such is the case with the Tom Ford Cream and Powder Eye Color in Golden Peach. 

You have to admit, the packaging on luxury makeup is rather alluring. While packaging alone doesn't make the product any better, it does attract my attention. This product has the powder eyeshadow on top which twists off to reveal the cream underneath. The white lid and gold print is really pretty, but the TF on the top doesn't quite line up when twisted back on to the Tom Ford printed on the side. It's only a minor detail, but it does bother me a little that it doesn't line up. Also, it makes for strange blog pictures, and we cannot have that! 

The cream shadow has a thin consistency but applies opaque. I prefer to apply the cream with my fingers. It is easier to blend out that way, and I can get a more precise application on my lids. The powder eyeshadow is a glitter-topper formula just like the glitter shades included in many of the Tom Ford eyeshadow quads. Having used this type of eyeshadow before, I knew that grabbing an eyeshadow brush and applying it like any other eyeshadow was not going to work. It would get glitter all over my face! My first method of application was to dab it on my lids using my ring finger. It did deposit the color on my eyes, but I still got some glittery bits under my eyes and on my cheeks. Next, I tried using a wet eyeshadow brush. (I like the Sonia Kashuk No. 106 brush for this.) I swiped the damp brush lightly through the eyeshadow and tapped the powder over the cream color on my lids without any fallout this time. I didn't notice any glitter flaking off throughout the day, either.

Swatches top - bottom: cream shadow with powder on top, powder, cream
On my eyes: cream shadow with powder layered on top 

The sales associate told me to not use a primer under the cream shadow. I did try that at first, but there was a bit of creasing at the end of a long and rather hot day. Using a little eyeshadow primer does help it stay in place and not crease by the end of the day. I've been using it with the Tarte Clean Slate eye primer.

So far, I've enjoyed wearing this on it's own, but the cream shadow would make a beautiful base to use with other powder eyeshadows. Of what I have in my own collection, I can see this working really well with the Lorac Unzipped and Unzipped Gold palettes. 

Have you tried any of the Tom Ford eyeshadows?

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