LA Girl VIP Desert Dream look

These are the two latest palettes from LA Girl, VIP Desert Dream and Main Stage Desert Dream.

(what’s a PRE-PS? I’m not a color expert) The Main Stage palette has a nice colorful color story with some pastel and darker jewel tones. The VIP palette has warm, neutral tones which are more my style.

Of the three mattes I used for this look, thr yellow and rust were pigmented and easy to blend. The dark brown that I used in the outer corner took more layers to build up to the darkness I wanted.

The metallic shade I used has an interesting texture. I think the best way to describe it is like soft chunky glitter. I found the best way to apply this is to go in with you finger, lightly rubbing the pan to get product on your finger, then applying it to the lid. I used NYX glitter primer on the area where I applied that shade to get it to stick on better and reduce fallout through the day.

Overall, I like these larger LA Girl palettes. They usually retail for $15.99US and are available at Ulta, Target, CVS and Walmart to name a few stores and they go on sale pretty often for 40-50% off.

The only think I would change, and this is a personal preference, is the front of the palette has a plastic, jelly like texture.

Have you tried any of the LA Girl 16 pan palettes? What do you think of these two palettes?

Both palettes were gifted but reviews and thoughts are my own honest opinions.

Subscription box look

This year I decided to cancel my boxycharm subscription so I can focus on the products I have, including all the products I’ve received via boxycharm and Ipsy; the only two subscriptions I’ve had for several years.

I am keeping my ipsy subscription because you can skip months and I like the sample subscription.

Using January’s products and a palette previously received in Boxycharm I came up with this look

The Ace Beauté Scarlet Dusk palette came in the January 2020 boxycharm box but I hadn’t used it at all so I pulled it out for this look. The a Kevyn Aucoin mascara came in the Boxycharm premium May 2020 box.

I like the formula of Ace Beauté’s shadows and I have a palette that I purchased on my own. The shadows apply pigmented and are easy to blend. Using a glitter primer I was able to apply a shimmer shade (Hibiscus) without having to wet my brush.

I think the Kevyn Aucoin mascara is ok. I like it but I wouldn’t pay full price for it. The brush is small with tight bristles that seperates lashes nicely and with a couple of layers it made my lashes look nice.

The January ipsy bag came with a blush and highlighter and blush, along with some face masks, a color correcting cream and a hyradte and glow oil. I didn’t think to use the color corrector but I did use the highlighter and blush.

I was surprised at how much I liked the Ciaté London Glow to Illuminating Blush in Matchmaker. Overall I have not been impressed with this brand so I didn’t have high hopes, plus I prefer matte blushes but this was a nice blush. The pigment is perfect for a blush and it isn’t glittery.

The highlighter is Catrice Luminous Highlighter in Lumi and it gives a beautiful wet highlight look.

I haven’t used the other products I received in the ipsy bag but I’m happy about the products I received.

I liked being able to use the products in my bag and enjoyed shopping my subscription box stash for this look.

Colourpop Sandstone V2

Returning to work after a nice long break has thrown me off balance so today is the first day I’ve done a full face of makeup.

I’ve been wanting to revisit CP Sandstone since the color story is easy to use

For skincare, today I used:

  • Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash
  • Saturday Skin Pore Clarifying Toner and Wide Awake Brightening Eye Cream
  • FRUDIA Citrus Brightening Toner
  • Fresh Kombucha Treatment Essence
  • Dr Denese HydroShield Moisturizing Face Serum
  • Tatcha Indigo Cream
  • Dr Jardt+ Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment (works amazing for redness!)

I like to switch up my face wash, toner, essence serums and creams but I usually try to incorporate what I listed above.

For makeup I used:

  • P Louise base in Rumour 2
  • Colourpop Santstone palette (I indicted the colors used in the picture above)
  • Natasha Denona Magic Primer
  • Tatcha The Pearl in Soft Light
  • Makeup Forever
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette
  • Elf putty blush in Bali
  • Maybelline Fit Me Age Rewind Concealer in
  • Laura Mercier Loose setting powder in Translucent
  • Wet n Wild Photofocus Loose powder in Medium (my favorite!)
  • KimChi Bronzer in
  • Colourpop blush in Parakeet and highlighter in Made Me Do It
  • Pat McGrath Dark Star Volumizing Mascara