Nutcracker Week – Sugar Plum Fun Palette Review

Hi everyone! It is OFFICIALLY Nutcracker season, and since my Nutcracker performances are this week, expect some dance-related posts! I am so excited to be dancing in my Nutcracker, and I cannot wait to take photos in my costumes and share some Nutcracker history with all of you! Nonetheless, I figured I would start this week by sharing my review of my Sugar Plum Fun palette from TooFaced and HSN.

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If you have no idea what this set is, please refer to my first post (TooFaced SugarPlum Fairy Makeup Set) to get an idea of what this set is and where to buy it. I was so excited for this set, and I am sure y’all are wondering if it lived up to the hype. This set included the Sugar Plum Fun palette, a full-sized 24-hour Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer, a full-sized Better than Sex Mascara, and a full-size Lip Creme in the shade Sugar Fairy.

Of course the packaging is to die for with the foiled writing and the beautiful fairy design! Upon opening the package, I was met with the palette and the three full-sized extras! I took out the palette and immediately looked at the back to the cute description on the back of the palette. Click the images to enlarge them and read what it says.

Inside of the palette I found the beautiful decor around the large mirror (which is amazing!). Then there are four quadrants of different eyeshadows that are curated to be worn together! The colors are pretty neutral minus a few glitters and the dark plum color. I swatched all of the colors below without using the 24-hour Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer that came with the set. I was disappointed that a lot of the pretty matte shades are so powdery that without a primer they are almost not noticeable to the eye. The first image includes the top two rows, and the second image includes the last two.

Most of these eyeshadows are better applied wet and with a great eyeshadow primer or base on. I have found my favorite shades to be Metal Petal, Tutus and Tiaras, and Magic Fairy. They are the ones I reach for the most, and they give a better color payoff then some of the other shades. The 24-hour Eyeshadow Primer is good, but it doesn’t work as well as I hoped. I’ve found drug store eyeshadow primers to work just as well, if not better, than this one. But I will end up using the whole product because I am always using eyeshadow primer.

The matte lip creme in Sugar Fairy has to be the biggest disappointment in this set. I know with gift sets companies like to keep the color scheme neutral, however, this set is Nutcracker themed. And in the Nutcracker, there is no “Sugar Fairy”, the character is the “Sugar PLUM Fairy”. This formula for the lipstick does not sit well with the texture of my lips. Instead of applying smooth, it applies patchy and doesn’t make one cohesive color. It is also so creamy it smudges super easily. I wish they included a PLUM shade in a matte or semi-matte finish because it would make more sense with the set theme (**cough cough SUGAR PLUM cough cough**), and because the darker color is better for winter. This color is nice, but for something this light, the formula falls apart on my actual mouth. I am going to try to apply this lipstick using different lip primers and techniques and see if anything else works. But straight on the mouth, this lipstick is not great.

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As a whole, I would give this set a 3 out of 5 star rating (0 being the worst and 5 being the best). It is ok for a gift set, and for the price (I paid their special doorbuster price of $49 plus free shipping) it is definitely worth buying and checking out for yourself. Some of the shadows require a bit finessing to get them to apply evenly and smooth, and the lipstick may work better with your lip texture than it does with mine.

Nonetheless, if you’re a sucker for packaging and you love dance/ballet/theNutcracker you will be over-joyed to receive this set. It is so fun, and is very festive for the holiday season. This set is also a wonderful gift idea for the beauty-lover in your life, or for someone who is just starting to play with makeup and eyeshadow who wants a neutral set to experiment with. I will continue to play with it, and definitely use it for my Nutcracker performances this weekend! ❤ I will be posting looks and Nutcracker photos on my Instagram, so make sure to follow me @julias_leaps_of_faith!

I hope you enjoyed this in-depth review and have fun playing with your holiday makeup!

Until next time, Happy Nutcracker season!

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Bye for Now Ipsy Subscritpion

I am so sad to be writing this post. I decided I am going to stop my Ipsy subscription for now. I love Ipsy as a service, and they have great customer service representatives who are always more than willing to help fix any problems. As a whole, the business is an AMAZING one. However, I feel like after a year and 8 months (March 2016-November 2017), I’ve been receiving many of the same products, many products in similar colors they already sent me, products in colors I’ve specified in reviews I did not like, or repeats of products I already own. If you’ve noticed, I’ve stopped reviewing my glambags on here because I have not been very excited about the last few bags I received.

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Furthermore, I feel like I have so many of their little bags that I am actually running out of room in my makeup drawer because of it! I love the little bags because some of them are SO CUTE and perfect to throw in a purse. But the bags are hit or miss. Many times, the designs are strange or not cute and I don’t really have a use for it after I’ve opened it to see all of my products for the month.

Nonetheless, Ipsy has introduced me to many new products I love, which led me to go out and buy full-size versions myself! I am very satisfied with my time as a customer, and like I said I will be back to Ipsy eventually! But for now, a break is much needed.

In the meantime, what are your favorite beauty subscriptions? Do you like Ipsy? Which other one’s should I try?

xoxo

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TooFaced SugarPlum Fairy Makeup Set

OMG YOU GUYS! THIS IS THE BEST HOLIDAY PALETTE RELEASE EVER!!!

As we all know, each year TooFaced comes out with a gift set that is their special gift set for the holiday season! Most years the gift sets are available to buy via Home Shopping Network (HSN) and specialty suppliers like Ulta and Sephora. Well this year – TooFaced created the cutest holiday gift set that is specific only to HSN! On the release day, November 2nd, I flipped on the HSN to see what the TooFaced special deal was. And the deal of the day happened to be the TooFaced holiday set!

This year, the set is inspired by the Nutcracker!! Specifically, the Sugar Plum Fairy! This set includes the Sugar Plum Fun palette, which has shades with names inspired by the ballet/land of sweets! Not only does it include this special edition and ADORABLE palette, it includes 3 full-sized extras! Here’s what you get!

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  1.  Sugar Plum Fun Eyeshadow Palette
  2. Full-size Better than Sex Mascara
  3.  Full-size 24-hour Shadow Insurance Eyelid Primer
  4.  Full-size La Creme Color Drenched Lipstick – Sugar Fairy (warm peachy nude)

Because the 2nd was it’s launch day with HSN, the price was $49 with FREE SHIPPING!! The deal was so amazing, and because I am dancing in my first Nutcracker ever this year, I decided to buy it for myself to celebrate all of my hard work! The day of the launch, HSN also had a 4 payment flex-pay option to pay $12.25 a month for four months for the set. So with tax and the flex pay, I spent about $15 and change to get this home to me so I can play with it! I AM SO EXCITED TO GET THIS IN THE MAIL THIS WEEK!

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I cannot forget to mention the adorable packaging! The gift box and palette have this adorable Supar Plum Fairy ballerina on it, and inside the mirror is bordered by a stage curtain, a Nutcracker, and another fairy.  Tell me your inner dance child is not screaming!! The shades look perfect for everyday wear, and it will be nice to have a neutral palette to work with since most palettes I own have really warm red and orange color schemes.

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After the launch day, this set increased in price to $60, and is still available for purchase! The HSN website says that this set is worth over $115, so $60 for everything you get is still an amazing deal! Again, this is an HSN exclusive, so you can only order it on HSN.com! If you want to purchase it, you can do so at this www.hsn.com/products/too-faced-hsn-exclusive-sugar-plum-fun-makeup. (This is not an affiliate link!).

I really hope you all can get your hands on this amazing holiday exclusive like me! If you also ordered it please let me know so we can obssess over it together!

Did you order this palette? Are you going to? What is on your holiday makeup wishlist?

xoxo Happy Nutcracker Season!! ❤

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Discount Dance Fall Order

Hi beauties!

Today I wanted to share with you my recent purchase from DiscountDance.com! Discount Dance is an online store that has literally everything and anything you need as a dancer. Leotards, tights, Therabands, accessories, costumes, rosin – you name it and they probably have it! I’ve written about Discount Dance before on my blog (see Dance Christmas Wishlist), so if you are a dancer and you haven’t visited their online store, I suggest you do so! They have great prices for quality dancewear.

This past week, they had a super awesome promotional code for free shipping and 15% off of your order, so I ordered some new tights and a new leotard! As I’ve raved before, I LOVE Natalie Dancewear. For real if I could be an affiliate for Natalie I would! Their leotards are EXTREMELY well made, long lasting, and super comfortable. Not to mention, they are great for dancers who have boobs. Their leotards compliment, support, and shape bigger breasts as opposed to making them look squished or not being supportive enough.

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I actually own this leotard in a different two-toned color scheme (it is two different purple colors), and I love it so much that I bought it in Navy and Light Pink. This picture doesn’t do it justice – the colors POP and look so nice together! I bought my first one of this style leotard at the beginning of sophomore year of college, and it still works as well and looks brand new today which is over two years later!

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Next, I wanted to try the new Theatricals tights. First of all, I’ve LOVED Theatricals tights since I discovered them freshman year of college. They had this INCREDIBLE elastic waistband that did not dig into your sides and were super flattering to wear. Unfortunately, Theatricals is no longer making them that way, and instead have released a new version of their convertible tights that I wanted to try. They rid of the elastic waistband, and replaced it with a knit waistband similar to Body Wrappers tights.

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Unfortunately, I tried these tights with the new waistband on and I do NOT like them. They are super soft like the old style, but the waist band digs into my sides and is not flattering to wear over or under my leotard. I bought a pink and a black pair thinking I’d like them, and unfortunately I do not see myself wearing them often.

If you are looking for a new leotard to purchase, I highly suggest Natalie dancewear. They are incredible and super cute/stylish for class and rehearsal. As for the Theatricals new tights, I’d say pass if you loved the old style like I did!

xoxo

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Hooked Siren – Halloween Mermaid Makeup

Hi beautiful ghouls!

Yesterday I created a Hooked Siren look, complete with shells from the ocean and a hook straight out of my dad’s tackle box. This look took me about an hour and 45 minutes to complete, and I used a hell of a lot of different beauty products/Halloween sfx products to do it. All products used will be bolded so you can find them easily.

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For my face, I used a moisturizer to prime. Then I added e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation and e.l.f. concealer to prep my skin. Next, I added a cream contour to my face – to my temples and around my forehead, the hollows of my cheeks, and my jaw line. I blended this out and finished with It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores setting powder.

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Next, I created the scales! I put a pair of old fishnet stockings around my head, and created an ombre effect of scales using my Julia’s Leaps of Faith eyeshadows! If you don’t know, those are the shadows I make myself! I used the color Puddles ( a bright blue) and Introspective (a smokey purple) which are both currently available for purchase on my Etsy, and then I used a color that is not released on my Etsy shop yet called Mermaid Lagoon (a black based dark blue) for the darkest scale shade!

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After my scales were on, I created the hook injury using a real fishing hook, flesh liquid latex, and ripped up tissues. I let this set and dry on my face while I completed my eyes! For my eyebrows I used Colourpop’s Supershock Eyeshadow in Rhinestone which is a black-based metallic blue/green color on a small angled brush, and filled my brows in like I normally would. This eyeshadow color gave my eyebrows a blu-ish green hue that is reminscent of the ocean floor! Then I used TooFaced Sugar Pop palette and completed my eye makeup with the purples and blues in the palette. I topped the center of my eyelids with the glitter sheer Supershock eyeshadow from Colourpop in Alchemy.

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I completed my eye look with some winged liner using e.l.f. Expert Liner and Ciate London Fierce Flicks. I created a “mermaid tail” wing instead of a traditional wing. Then I used the Essence Cosmetics False Lash mascara to give my lashes definition and length. By this time, my injury was dry, so I picked at it to give it a distressed effect. Then I added my foundation around the outside to make it flesh-toned. I added red and purple tones to the perimeter using the e.l.f. Mad for Matte 2 palette so the wound appeared bruised and infected. At the end, I dumped some fake blood all over it, and let it run down my neck to give the appearance that it was still bleeding.

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I finished my look with a rhinestone headband, and glued some sea shells to my forehead using more liquid latex (this part was surprisingly difficult!). I finished with the Ulta Matte Lip Cream in the shade Allusive for a dark, moody lip that fit the dark blues and purples of this look!

To complete the costume, I added a blue/green sparkly crocheted light-weight sweater (I borrowed from my mom) that looked like a fishing net. I wore a black crop top camisole underneath the netting. Then I wore pearl earrings, a pearly bracelet, and a pearly necklace (all fake of course) to match my underwater theme!

I had SUCH a fun time creating this look yesterday, and I received many compliments on it whether it was in-person compliments, Instagram, or compliments from DMs on Snapchat! I hope you like this look, and try it for yourself! The great part of this costume idea is that you can use any color scheme!

Until next time, stay scary!

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xoxo

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