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Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Haul-idays Giveaway!

Hey guys! Myself and 19 amazing bloggers have teamed up to bring a humungo giveaway - a $100 gift card to Sephora or Ulta (your choice!) Giveaway runs until December 4th at 12:01AM and is open internationally!

Make sure to give some love and thank these wonderful ladies:
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

November Ipsy Bag - Swatches & Review

Hey dolls! Guess what time it is? It's my Ipsy bag review time! Whoop whoop! Unfortunately, I lost my Ipsy postcard that shows the theme and what came in the bag. I swear I always lose those things.

This month's theme is "Glam It Up" - As invites to holiday events and parties start pouring in, we are excited to say that your November "Glam it Up" Glam Bag will be filled with some go-to products to help you get glam.

The Bag - A gold quilt print wristlet with a hot pink interior. I think this is my most favorite bag from Ipsy EVER and probably the one I'll get the most use out of. I've already used it as a wristlet for my money and stuff for a night out.

em Michelle Phan Pillow Plush Cushiony Lip Balm in Sorbet
This lip balm is the craziest thing ever. It's soft and cushiony to touch like Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush but for your lips. While this left my lips feeling pretty hydrated, Sorbet was very sheer coloring-wise and had a weird sweet plastic scent.

Nailtini Straight Up Nail Lacquer in Champagne
Merp. Another Nailtini polish. I love nail polish, don't get me wrong and I also think Nailtini is fabulous but I'd love to try other brands. This polish is in the color Champagne which is a nice rose gold color. I haven't tried this one yet!
Tresemme Two Extra Hold Hairspray
Oh hey, I already have this but this is awesome to have in a to-go size! This hairspray is great as it doesn't weigh my thin hair down and also holds for the whole night.

Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Hot Damn
Oh hot damn, this is my jam! I love, love, love this color! It's the brightest, most universal pinky-cherry red. I feel like this would look amazing on all skin tones. Formula is super smooth and lasts for a long time.

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil in Topaz
This. is. gorgeous! It's the perfect metallic silver pewter eye pencil that can be used as an eyeliner or even a base for your eyeshadow. This is incredibly pigmented and super soft so be careful. I went to swatch it on my hand and it started to crumble.

Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
This bronzer is very silky smooth and pretty pigmented although it is a lighter bronzer that I would use as a highlighter rather than to bronze up my face with. This contains Vitamin E to protect the skin.

Pixi Beauty Bronzer | Starlooks Gem Pencil | Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon | em Michelle Phan Pillow Plush Cushiony Lip Balm

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

LCN Homecoming Collection - Swatches & Review

Hi lovebugs! Yup, it's definitely that time of year. As much as I say Halloween is my favorite holiday, Christmas is a close second and nothing gets me quite excited as holiday collections rolling out.

The first to hit my house is the LCN Homecoming Collection bringing the warmth of cozy knit sweaters, cups of hot cocoa and laughter of loves ones all to our fingertips.

LCN Homecoming Collection

 Knitting Wool - a pale yellowy cream
This is such a gorgeous color that I surprisingly don't have in my nail polish collection. Unfortunately, I experienced some streaking with this as you can see in the picture. Next time, I think I'll try a thin first layer, let dry and then a thicker second layer and see if that helps.

Chocolate Fudge - a deliciously rich dark chocolate
This is so, so yummy! I'm sure I have something like this but not with as great of a formula as this one. No streaking or bubbling here!

Home Sweet Home - a dark inky blue
I love a good navy blue for the winter. Honestly, the color is nothing special but the formula is what makes it a keeper! 

 Berry Punch - a warm plum
This is hands down my favorite out of the bunch. Sure, it's a warm plum but it's so multi-faceted with purple shimmer in it. Formula was perfect and this could've been a one coater but I always have to do two just in case.

Overall: This collection is so holiday appropriate! I like that this wasn't your typical blues or greens and reds thrown together. The creamy pale yellow is an unexpected surprise; I only wish it wasn't so streaky! My two faves were Home Sweet Home and Berry Punch. What are yours?

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Monday, November 25, 2013

it Cosmetics Live Love Laugh Vitality Face Disc, Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and Luxe High Performance Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches & Review

Happy Monday everyone! Ever find a product that makes you want to scream from the rooftops how much you love it? Ahh. That is so me right now but with three products from It Cosmetics. WAIT until you guys see these babies!

it Cosmetics Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Face Disc

First up is the it Cosmetics Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Face Disc. While I do small hands to show for scale, it is massive, guys! Packaging is super simple and all black rubber (like NARS). Sometimes less is more! 

 (I started playing with it before I took pictures! Oopsies!)
This disc contains an anti-aging vitality blush, a waterproof bronzer, an illuminating highlighter and a jumbo sized mirror built in. Infused into them are hydrating ingredients like hydrolyzed collagen, acai, green tea, and vitamins A, C, and E. The pigment from the blush, bronzer and highlighter are fantastic and are incredibly easy to blend. 

Pale like me? With a light hand, this bronzer is the perfect chocolate matte to contour or just bronze up with without ever looking muddy or orange. The blush is a gorgeous coral with subtle golden shimmer and is super pigmented so I recommend a light hand if you want a natural pink cheek. Last (but certainly not least), the highlighter is out of this world. I use this going down my nose, cheekbones and above my lip in the cupids bow to get a healthy glow. I'm convinced putting this down my nose made it look way more narrow but my mom thinks I'm crazy. I mean, really, who's the one with the beauty blog here? ;)

Right off the bat, the bronzer and blush looked familiar. Digging through my beauty drawer, I found MAC Hibiscus Kiss (from the RiRi collection) and NARS Orgasm. Swatching them next to each other, I found that none of them are quite like it Cosmetics Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Disc. 

MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer in comparison to the it Cosmetics Bronzer is lighter and more orange-toned. MAC Hibiscus Kiss Blush versus it Cosmetics Blush is lighter and more pink while it Cosmetics is more pinky-coral. NARS Orgasm is probably the closest color wise but no cigar being more sheer, a bit more coral and way more sparkly.

The Bye Bye Under Eye Anti- Aging Concealer is a force to be reckoned with. This full-coverage, EXTREMELY pigmented contains high concentrations of Vitamins K, A, C, E and Collagen which are supposed to reduce under eye puffiness while strengthening the skin underneath the eye. 

Now you guys know I love you, right? I'm always looking out for you all. I'm telling you, you NEED to go out and get this right now. This is the holy grail of all full-coverage concealers. Now, a little goes a very, very, very long way with this product. I recommend using a pin-prick sized amount for both eyes. This stuff will cover any redness, discolorations, fine lines, age spots and blemishes.  I can honestly almost guarantee this will cover tattoos but unfortunately, I don't have any to test out that theory. The consistency is very thick and creamy which usually screams out cakey-ness and creasing but I experienced none of that.

it Cosmetics Luxe High Performance Eyeshadow Palette is a vacation in a box with 12 desert island-inspired eyeshadows. Each eyeshadow is water-proof, finely milled and incredibly pigmented (noticing a trend here?) with or without primer. All are infused with anti-aging and ultra-hydrating hydrolyzed collagen, acai, green tea and Vitamins A, C and E. I can't rave enough about how beautiful these really are. I had no issues blending or creasing after about 8 hours of wear!

It Cosmetics Luxe High Performance Eyeshadow Palette

 It Cosmetics Luxe High Performance Eyeshadow Palette
  • Heavenly - a pearl white
  • Cashmere - a matte cream
  • Satin Sunshine - a pearl light yellow
  • Je Ne Sais Quoi - a shimmery nude pink
  • Earth Angel - a matte beige cashmere
  • Ipanema - a golden beige pearl
  • Romance - a satin rich taupe
  • Venus Love - a pearl coppery rust
  • Azure - a midnight navy (I'd say more a bright cobalt) 
  • Plum Passion - a rich matte purple
  • Espresso - a matte deep brown 
  • Jet Black - a matte jet black
(L-R): Heavenly, Cashmere, Satin Sunshine & Je Ne Sais Quoi

 (L-R): Earth Angel, Ipanema, Romance & Venus Love

 (L-R): Azure, Plum Passion, Espresso & Jet Black

Lid: Je ne sais quoi | Outer Lid: Romance | Crease: Venus Love | Inner Corner: Satin Cashmere

Overall: I'm blown away by the quality of these products! The Live, Love, Laugh Face Disc is beautiful and gives you the prettiest natural glow. The Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer is what dreams are made of. With it's slightly thicker consistency then other concealers, it'll give you that "I totally slept for a week" look. The Luxe High Performance Eyeshadow Palette is stunning with 12 eyeshadows ranging from bold mattes to gorgeous pearls and satins. 

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Rite Aid Gold For A Day!

Hey guys! Now through Wednesday, November 27th Rite Aid is offering their customers to be "Gold For A Day" with a 20% off coupon!

(Make sure to print this off and bring it with you!)

*Usually Gold Status is the top tier in Rite Aid's wellness+ Rewards Program and can be achieved by hitting 1000 wellness+ points on your card. Members who have reached the gold status get 20% off every time they shop from when they hit the gold status until the end of the following year.
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The Beauty Blogazons $500 Holiday Giveaway

The Beauty Blogazons want to wish you Happy Holidays and what better way to do that than enter a giveaway to win a little cold card cash? The Blogazons are back for another year of giving and this time we have sweetened the pot! All you have to do is follow some of your favorite bloggers to enter to win $500 (Paypal or Visa Giftcard, your choice). Think of all the makeup you could buy! 

Let's thank all the bloggers that are involved and get started shall we?
Pretty In Pink                          
Polish Etc.                                 
Peek & Ponder                        
Big Time Beauty                     
Midnight Manicures                     
Makeup, Life and Love                
Pretty Squared                        
Makeup Mom 123                     

Everyone in the world is free to enter! Giveaway starts right now (November 25) and ends December 9, 2013. Official contest rules below in the rafflecopter widget. Thanks for supporting us!!

Good luck, babydolls! :) I almost wish I wasn't apart of this so I could enter. $500!? Holy crap.
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Friday, November 22, 2013

A Few of My Favorite Things - Holiday Gift Guide

Hey babes! So the holidays are right around the corner (silent scream). I can't believe I just said that. Are you ready? If not, I'm your girl! I scoured the internet and compiled a list of a few of my favorite things that'll be perfect for any girl on your list. 

*Note: If any of my family is reading this, any of the following would be perfectly acceptable for me to find under the tree! ;)

Nothing's worse than not knowing what to buy a girl. No worries, I got you covered!

Kat Von D Spellbinding Kit - Price: $59 - OH. MY. GOODNESS. I need this! Not only does it include the True Romance Palette which I've heard nothing but amazing things about but also includes minis of Foiled Love Lipstick in F.T.W., Sin-full Lash Mascara Puro Amour, Autograph Pencil Eyeliner in Puro Amor and Autograph Pencil Eyeliner in Immortal Love. 

Typo Knit Headphones - Price: $29.95 - I don't even use headphones and think these are adorable! You can choose from a bunny, blue kitty or a fox!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette - Price: $52 - Definitely the most sought-after palette this Christmas with it's rose hued eyeshadows. I heard it sold out in 4 hours. Holy toledo! Make sure to sign up at Urban Decay for e-mail notifications when it'll be back in stock.

Typo Le Mental Case - Price: $9.95 - I first saw these a few months ago and bookmarked them because I knew they'd make an awesome present for someone! You can use them as a make-up case (they're pretty big) or just a case to hold whatever you want in.
Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette - Price: $59 - Unfortunately, I don't have this palette but I've heard only amazing things! 20 unique eyeshadows that have never been released plus brush? That's a total steal!

Too Faced A Few Of My Favorite Things Palette / Joy To The Girls Palette - Price: $56 / $45 - A Few Of My Favorite Things Palette is a 28 piece palette hand-picked by TooFaced co-founder Jerrod Blandino. It includes 20 gorgeous eyeshadows, two bronzers, two blushes, Better Than Sex Mascara and a Lip Injection Bomb! in Bee Sting. Joy To The Girls Palette includes 15 eyesadows and a Lashgasm Mascara. Both of these palettes are perfect for someone who may want to try out some new stuff.

Sephora Favorites Draw The Line / Lash Stash - Price: $30 / $45 - Another couple of sets that are perfect for someone who wants to try out a whole bunch of new products. Draw The Line contains:
- 0.025 oz Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner in Black
- 0.082 oz Sephora Collection Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner in 02 Glitter Black
- 0.01 oz Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black
- 0.04 oz Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black
- 0.01 oz Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray
- 0.01 oz Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil in Perversion and 

Lash Stash contains:
- 0.10 oz Benefit They're Real Mascara 
- 0.141 oz Blinc Mascara
- 0.2 oz BUXOM Lash Mascara 
- 0.14 oz Clinique High Impact Mascara 
- 0.135 oz Lancôme Hypnôse Drama 
- 0.13 oz Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant 
- 1 x Sephora Collection False Eye Lashes in Celebrity 
- 0.5 oz Sephora Collection Outrageous Mascara 
- 0.31 oz Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes™ Statement Mascara 
- 0.17 oz Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara 
- 0.06 oz Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils Baby Doll

Bath & Body Works White Barn Candles - Price: $20 - My list wouldn't be complete unless these babies were on it! Now I know $20 is pretty pricey for a candle, so if you can, hold out until they have their 2 for $22 sale! My favorite scents are Mahogany Teakwood and Flannel!

Guy Bourdain Holiday Collection One Night Stand Cheek Palette - Price: $65 - Le sigh! Super stunning cheek palette equipped with favorites like Laguna and Orgasm!

Kiel James Patrick Bracelets - Price: $40 - How cute are these bracelets? I'm dying for a bow one! A friend recently posted about these and I just about freaked over them. With over five different types of bracelets (they even have one with an anchor!), different colors and designs and even ones for me, this is the perfect gift for anyone!

Looking for cute stocking stuffers? Or perhaps a few little gifts to put together in a box? 

LUSH Christmas Bath Bombs - Price: $4-9 | Each are in the range of $4-9 which isn't too bad and they all smell amazing so you can't really go wrong, especially if you might not know the person's fave type of scent.

Julie G. Nail Polish - Price: $2.99 | At $2.99 each, you can't go wrong! Doesn't help that these are amazing quality at a cheap price so grab one - or ten! Exclusively sold at Rite Aid. 

OCC Lip Tar All-Star Mini x 4 Set -  Price: $20 - You couldn't honestly expect me to not include this into this list after reviewing it and falling in love. Usually, these tubes go for $18 each. Granted these are minis, but a little goes such a long way with these that getting four for $20 is a steal! 

Caudalie Hand Cream Trio - Price: $25 - Cult hand cream classic Caudalie gives you three one ounce lotions - Hand and Nail Cream in Feuille De Cassis, Hand and Nail Cream in Pamplemousse Rose and Hand and Nail Cream in Miel De Vigne all in a cute set! 

Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings - Price: $20 - This set is perfect for the girl who wants everything! It comes with a mini Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (one of my favorites and it smells like chocolate!), mini Primed & Poreless Face Primer, mini Better Than Sex Mascara and and a mini Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer. 

A Beautiful Life Mermaid's Kiss Sparkling Body Scrub - Price: $24 - Get yummy smelling and soft skin with this sugar and salt scrub. Smells like lime, pineapple and French cypress. Yum!

Typo Chain Purse - Price: $4.95 - I think these are the cutest little chain purses ever! Of course you can use them for so much more - bobby pin holder, wristlet, etc.

Too Faced Jingle All The Way - Price: $25 - A palette AND an iPhone 5 case? How cute! This set includes 11 eyeshadows, a bronzer and a blush plus an iPhone 5 case designed by celebrity decorator and TV personality Mary McDonald.

Bath & Body Works Anti-Bac Holiday Pack - Price: $5 - Now we all know how addicted I am to these things. I have the biggest collection of them! 5 for $5 is a total steal and they all small pretty amazing too!

Pinch Provisions Monogrammed Minimergency Kit - Price: $20 - If this is not the most GENIUS gift ever, I don't know what is! This kit comes with a monogrammed bag with either WTF or OMG and contains 52 essential items: 1 breath freshener, 1 lip balm, 3 single-use dental floss, 1 hairspray, 4 clear elastics, 1 clear nail polish, 3 nail polish remover pads, 1 emery board, 3 stain removing towelettes, 2 mending kits, 2 safety pins, 4 earring backs, 15 Shemergency(r) tape strips, 3 deodorant towelettes, 3 adhesive bandages, 2 doses of pain reliever, 2 regular tampons, and 1 Minimergency bag.

Batiste Mini Dry Shampoo Set - Price: $12 - I swear by this dry shampoo. It's absolutely amazing! This definitely freshens up (for me) 2nd day hair and make it look just like my 1st day hair - plus they smell great!

Alrighty guys. Those are some of my favorite things that I think would be perfect for any girl on your list! Anything you will be purchasing or perhaps want for yourself? Let me know! Xx
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