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December 21, 2012

New Makeup Finds! (Including Maybelline, Covergirl, and Revlon)

I wanted to do a quick post about what I picked up today at CVS. There were so many new products! Or new to me since I haven't been going to drugstores lately. I took this picture and posted it right away on my Instagram since I can never wait to show what new makeup finds I purchased. I will briefly mention each one and a short description of them below!

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation - Review

A good full coverage foundation is always hard for me to find. I need something that's not going to make my skin look more dry than it already is. I've heard good things about this foundation from others, so I figured I would give it a try. First match at one Sephora was completely wrong, so I had to take it back and match it myself. I've been using this foundation for weeks now, did I love it? See my review below!
December 18, 2012

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in 260 Always Autumn - Swatch and Review

A few weeks ago, I got a package from Covergirl challenging me to try out their Nail Gloss and see if it would last 7 days. These nail polishes are a new formula that combine base coat, high gloss color, and a chip-resistant top coat all in one. I decided to take on the challenge! See below on how it went.

December 17, 2012

P&G eStore Everyday deals and Covergirl

 The P&G eStore has some amazing deals going on for the holidays. Specifically, deals for Covergirl Cosmetics that you will want to know about. P&G eStore has great everyday deals going on, and you can find all the products you need from Covergirl. I shop online for makeup all the time, even when there are times I can't find what I want in the drugstores. Read on to find out the deals below!

December 7, 2012

Review - Nuance Salma Hayek AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Lotion

This is the last post out of three of the Nuance Salma Hayek products that I will be reviewing. This one is the AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Lotion. I've been using this product for weeks now and feel I'm ready to give a good review. In the past, I was never really consistent with my skin care products. So my skin was really dry, flaky, and very sensitive. Now, I've been using these Nuance products everyday morning and night. See more information and my thoughts on this Super Lotion below!

December 6, 2012

Review - Nuance Salma Hayek AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Eye Treatment

This is the second post out of three of the Nuance Salma Hayek products that I will be reviewing. This one is the AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Eye Treatment. I've been using this product for weeks now and feel I'm ready to give a good review. In the past, I was never really consistent with my skin care products. So my skin was really dry, flaky, and very sensitive. Now, I've been using these Nuance products everyday morning and night. See more information and my thoughts on this eye treatment below!

December 5, 2012

Review - Nuance Salma Hayek AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Serum Concentrate

This is the first post out of three of the Nuance Salma Hayek products that I will be reviewing. This one is the AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Serum Concentrate. I've been using this product for weeks now and feel I'm ready to give a good review. In the past, I was never really consistent with my skin care products. So my skin was really dry, flaky, and very sensitive. Now, I've been using these Nuance products everyday morning and night. See more information and my thoughts on this serum below!
December 4, 2012

NOTD: Orly Liquid Vinyl and American Apparel Light Year

I did this NOTD a while ago, and now I have a chance to post about it. I went to a No Doubt concert last week and I wanted to do something fun with my nails. I really suck at nail art, so I figured if I did a nail look with glitter, that would at least stand out some. See more pics below!
December 2, 2012

Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette - Photos, Swatches, and Review

Hi! Today I have a review on the Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette. I purchased this recently with a $20 gift certificate from Sephora. I kept debating between this palette and the Too Faced Sweet Indulgence Palette. Sweet Indulgence comes with eye shadows and face products like bronzer and blush. I already have my usual face products that I use, so I figured this palette was more for me. See what I thought about it below!

November 29, 2012

Preview: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Urban Decay launches Naked Basics—the long-awaited, multi-purpose MATTE companion
to Naked. This is the palette that belongs in every woman’s makeup bag—from fans of a
neutral matte eye to color fanatics looking for base shades to pair with their bolder shadows.
These über-wearable shades look great on literally EVERYONE. Richer than other mattes, the
color goes on with a smooth, luxe finish (never chalky or powdery). They included one
demi-matte shade, Venus, which has the tiniest touch of satin—perfect for highlighting and
adding dimension.
November 23, 2012

ghd Pink Cherry Blossom Styler - Review

Today I have a review of the ghd Pink Cherry Blossom Styler. Any time that I decide to straighten or curl my hair, I need something that can be durable. I have a lot of hair, so I always make sure I use something that will be hot enough and will make it easy to style. Did this do everything I needed? See my review below.
November 20, 2012

Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors Collection - Photos and Swatches

Today I have swatches of the new Cult Nails Behind Closed Doors collection. I've never tried Cult Nails before, so I was excited to order them and see how I would like them. I really love the quality of these nail polishes, and plan on ordering some more in the future. Read on to see more photos and swatches of these gorgeous polishes!

November 16, 2012

Recap: CVS Event for Nuance Salma Hayek Newest Products

 Yesterday I attended a CVS event to show some of the new Nuance Salma Hayek products. It was great to see so many new Nuance products that are going to be coming out to CVS stores. Nuance Salma Hayek is a full beauty line offering high-quality products that range between $2.99 and $19.99. Below are more pictures and descriptions of what to look forward to from Nuance Salma Hayek.
November 13, 2012

Revlon ColorStay Suede Lip Colors (2 Shades) - Swatches and Review

A new lip product from Revlon has recently came out and I found them at my local Walgreens. From the hype of Revlon lip butters, I almost wanted to pounce the whole display and buy them all. Instead, I decided to only get two and see how I would like them first. Glad I did because they.. well.. you will read below in my review.
November 9, 2012

Sephora Favorites Draw The Line Eyeliner Sampler - Swatches and Review

Sephora Favorite sets are the perfect way to try out a product from different brands at a reasonable price. I will usually be drawn to the Sephora Favorites Lip sets, but this time I decided to go with a liner set. I use liquid liner every day, so you can imagine I run out of it fast. I figured this would be a great way to try out different liners and see which I really liked. More info and pictures below!

November 6, 2012

MAC Cosmetics Glamour Daze Lipsticks (3 Shades) - Photos and Swatches

I've had these MAC lipsticks from the Glamour Daze collection for a few weeks. I decided to just post a few pictures and swatches in case anyone is curious about them. There are 5 lipstick shades available and I bought 3. The three I got were: Glamourdaze, Dramatic Encounter, and Outrageously Fun. I knew the other two were going to be too light for me, so I skipped them. Here are photos and swatches below!
November 2, 2012

CoverGirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher Mascara - Photos and Review

Today I have a review on the new Covergirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher. I found this mascara weeks ago at Walmart and knew I had to try it out. Covergirl mascaras for me have been good, but never one that I would buy over and over. I would use the tube I opened and not usually repurchase it. I think this one is going to change my mind. See my review and photos below!
October 31, 2012

NOTD: China Glaze Glitter Goblin and Orly Liquid Vinyl

I wanted to do a quick post before I take my daughter out trick or treating and post my NOTD today. This is China Glaze Glitter Goblin over Orly Liquid Vinyl. The glitter was so hard to capture but I love Glitter Goblin so much. Perfect for a Halloween mani! See more pics below!
October 29, 2012

October 2012 Favorites!

October is coming to an end and I have a few favorite products that I wanted to share. I've only done a full review on one of these products, but plan to do reviews on the others soon. I will just briefly discuss below why these have been amazing products and things I have been using every day in October.
October 27, 2012

L’Oreal Project Runway Electric Fantasie “The Wise Mystic” Nail Stickers

I saw these at Walgreens a few weeks ago and I decided to give them a try. I usually have no trouble with nail stickers and I've never tried any from L'Oreal before. I had endless trouble with these, it was such a disappointment. Read on to see what happened.
October 24, 2012

Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara - Review

Today I have a short review of the Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara. I love the leopard spotted detail the packaging has, and really wanted to love the mascara formula. Sadly I can't say that this mascara did much for my lashes. I did like a few things, which I will go over in my review below. 
October 22, 2012

Wantable Personalized Makeup Kit - Review

I have a review of this makeup box from a company named Wantable. They contacted me to see if I would review one of their boxes and I said sure. Wantable is not a subscription service, you order a box when they become available. I will give more details down below and you can also see what was included and my overall thoughts of Wantable.

October 18, 2012

Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox 2012 - See What's Inside

I'm very excited that I was picked to receive a Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox! I couldn't wait to show you what is inside and let you know what are the things that I am ready to try out. Thank you to Influenster and the sponsors that were able to put this lovely box together.  Let's see what's inside!

October 17, 2012

Julep Trick or Treat Mystery Box - See What's Inside

 I received my Julep Trick or Treat Mystery Box today and I was excited to open it and see what I got. I was hoping for either the skull bracelet or scarf that they were offering, but I ended up getting the nail decals. It was still fun to get and I'm happy with the polishes I received. See what polishes were in my box below!
October 16, 2012

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup - Review

After hearing that this product was good for people with dry skin, I knew I had to give it a try. This foundation has a mousse like texture and claims it will stay on for 24 hours. I don't usually need my makeup to stay on for 24 hours, just as long as it stays on by time I want to take it off. Let's see if this is something that I will continue to use or not at all.
October 10, 2012

Chella Beauty Heated Eyelash Curler - Review

I have always been curious about heated eyelash curlers, but I will be honest and say that some of them look scary to use. They are usually bulky and you have to crimp your lashes into the curler as it heats your lashes. I was introduced to this heated eyelash curler by Chella Beauty at the Bewell Expo I went to a couple weekends ago. I tested it there and immediately after using it, I knew I needed it. Read on to see more pictures and my review!
October 9, 2012

Tarte statement lips 5-piece LipSurgence collector's set - Photos and Swatches

In addition to buying the Tarte blush set, I bought the Tarte LipSurgence Set. I've never tried any of these, but I have always heard good things about LipSurgence. I love lip products so I knew I would love these. You get a variety with sheer, matte, and shimmer LipSurgence included. More info and photos below!

October 8, 2012

Revlon Nail Art Style Strips in Splatter Paint - Photos and Review

I recently saw a Revlon display full of these Nail Art Style Strips and I knew I had to try them out. I bought Splatter Paint because I liked the blue with black design. I love nail stickers since they are easy to apply and no waiting around for my nails to dry. These from Revlon claim to last for 10 days. How did these hold up? Let's see!

October 3, 2012

Tarte Fantastic Foursome 4-Piece Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Enthusiast Set - Swatches and Review

I was super excited to get this new limited edition set from Tarte. I absolutely love these Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes, I can't get enough. They are so pigmented, long lasting, and they come in great colors. I ordered this set online from Sephora about a week ago and I received it yesterday. Let's see more pictures and swatches!
September 30, 2012

Youngblood Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation Review

I have never tried a creme powder foundation before, so I was really excited to try this one from Youngblood cosmetics. The company has been around for over 15 years, and was founded by Pauline Youngblood. Today, her Youngblood carries on her original values: a passion for providing the healthiest, highest quality products, while empowering women to look and feel their best. Today I have a review of the Youngblood Mineral Radiance Crème Powder Foundation in Honey. 
September 27, 2012

Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Glosses - Swatches and Review (2 Shades)

Today I have swatches and a review of some of the new Maybelline Color Sensational High Shine Lip Glosses. The two shades I bought were Plum Luster and Iced Chocolate. I was really excited to try these and hoped I would love them. Also, sorry for the picture not being that clear of the glosses. The blinds on my window made them looked striped. Once I noticed I had ripped the packaging off. See how excited I was! Okay, let's get to swatches! 

September 24, 2012

Sonia Kashuk Extreme Wear Eye Base - Review

I haven't done a lot of reviews on eye bases/primers, and there is a reason for that. I always use the same two primers: MAC Painterly or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I wasn't even looking to buy a new eye primer, but this one from Sonia Kashuk looked interesting. I put it to the test to see how long lasting it would be and if it's worth buying. See my review below!

September 20, 2012

NOTD: Butter London All Hail The Queen

Today I have a NOTD post featuring a polish from Butter London. This one (and 2 others) are actually my very first Butter London polishes and I really like them. I received them from Coterie through a deal they had with iFabbo for their members. I have to thank them both for these polishes. I will feature the others soon. Let see swatches of Butter London All Hail The Queen!

This was 3 coats and the color is so gorgeous! I decided to put no top coat to see how it would wear, and absolutely no chips on day 2. Now that I have tried Butter London polishes, I would definitely buy these for the quality.

What is your favorite Butter London polish?

♥ Stephanie

Product was provided through promotional opportunity.
September 17, 2012

Anastasia Kisses On My List 2012 Holiday Set - Swatches and Review

In addition to the Anastasia Want You To Want Me holiday kit, there is also this new set of Anastasia high-shine glosses. It is a set of six glosses that are to have all day wear. I have never tried glosses from Anastasia, so I was excited to see how they were, and if I would enjoy them. If you go for pink/nude glosses on a daily basis, this set is definitely for you. Let's see swatches!
September 15, 2012

EOS Alice In Wonderland Limited Edition Lip Balm Collection

I just wanted to do a quick post of what I picked up at Target recently. EOS came out with new lip balms, but Alice in Wonderland style! I knew I needed these as soon as I seen they were Alice in Wonderland. I love EOS lip balms already, so I knew these wouldn't disappoint. So cute!
September 13, 2012

Anastasia Want You To Want Me Holiday 2012 Kit - Swatches, Photos, and Review

You are definitely going to want this new palette from Anastasia. It's a kit within a clutch. A nod to the glam and decadence of the 1970’s. This is a kit styled like a clutch and features a removable eye shadow palette for touch-ups on the go whenever you need it. Nine long-wearing eye shadows create a range of looks from neutral to dramatic to smokey. Let's see what it looks like inside and swatches!
September 12, 2012

Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner - Review



Today I have a review on a conditioner from Dove that they recently sent me to give my opinion on. I ended up receiving the Daily Moisture conditioner, I didn't take a picture of the actual bottle since the label came off when I removed the plastic. My hair is so difficult to manage, I didn't think I would enjoy this conditioner. I have even tried a different Dove conditioner in the past, and it made my hair feel worse than better. This was so much better! Read on to see what else I thought..

September 10, 2012

Billion Dollar Brows Announces Launch of New Website While Offering Exclusive Discount

Beverly Hills, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2012) — Beverly Hills hotspot brow bar Billion Dollar Brows receives a much needed "brow lift" for their website www.billiondollarbrows.com. To kickoff the launch, BDB is offering fans an exclusive 30% discount code available through Facebook on their popular brow kit, Three Steps to Beautiful Brows.

The breakthrough website offers an exciting shopping experience complete with the entire line of Billion Dollar Brows product offerings, customer testimonials that include an interactive slider to show before/after brow transformations and a full menu of flagship salon services.

“We have an incredible following of loyal customers, both with our products and with our salon. We knew if we could hit a wider audience we could continue that success by taking steps to continually grow that customer base starting with an innovative website that better reflects who we are as a brand,” said Billion Dollar Brows Co-Founder Bob Plain. “We're at the point now where we can look back and see all of the steps we took to get to this position, knowing that we have laid the groundwork to reach a larger consumer audience.”

A one-stop shop for all things brows, BDB’s most in-demand products include:
 
Brow Boost: Billion Dollar Brows’ signature product is a brow restoration and conditioning treatment that helps to strengthen and enhance thin, overly plucked brows.

Brow Buddy Shaping Kit: An ingenious, patented tool that uses the symmetry of your face to help shape brows perfectly. The kit includes the handy tool and a white pencil to show where to start, arch and end your brows allowing you to pluck and shape with precision and ease. 

Three Steps to Beautiful Brows Kit: Designed to condition, color and control brows, the kit contains three of Billion Dollar Brows’ most popular products including bonus sizes of Brow Boost and Clear Brow Gel, along with a Universal Brow Pencil.

The complete product range includes powders, pencils, gels, and tools, all priced $20 and under, for both personal and professional use.

ABOUT BILLION DOLLAR BROWS
As the “only cosmetics company exclusively dedicated to eyebrows,” Billion Dollar Brows boasts a cosmetics line just for brows that includes powders, pencils, gels, tools and their signature Brow Boost. With a salon based in the heart of Beverly Hills, BDB Brow Artists have shaped the arches of Los Angeles' most powerful tastemakers on a daily basis. For more information, please visit www.billiondollarbrows.com

Press Release was provided by company's PR.
September 6, 2012

Pixi Beauty New Fall Nail Colours - Swatches

Pixi Beauty did not disappoint with these new fall nail polishes. The three new shades are named: Amazing Amethyst, Evening Emerald, and Classy Cocoa. I did swatches on a nail wheel because I'm testing out something new on my nails that I can't take off. I hope they are okay! Also want to mention that the purple was so hard to photograph, so it may not be the exact color. Now to the swatches!
September 3, 2012

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation in 4.0 - Photos, Swatch, and Review

Today I have a review of the new Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation. I couldn't wait to buy the full size since I had been using a sample that I received at IMATS LA. I've been ready to switch from my usual tinted moisturizer to a good foundation, and this was a great pick. See more photos below!

August 29, 2012

Preview - Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

 
Introducing Ocho Loco, a rainbow collection of eight full sized 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils
by Urban Decay. The set mixes four new and exclusive brights and shimmers with some
of our best-selling, sexy shades. There is also a Grind House Double Barrel Sharpener, for
the ultimate 24/7 set!
August 28, 2012

Maybelline Limited Edition Fall 2012 Color Tattoo Eyeshadows - Photos and Swatches

I was lucky enough to find the new Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows at my local Walgreens. I was even more lucky because they ended up being buy one get one half off, so I totally scored on all four. I did a review before on a few of the permanent shades, so you know I love the long lasting wear and how smudge proof they are . Let's take a look of a few more photos and swatches of these 4 shades.
August 26, 2012

NOTD: China Glaze Jungle Queen

I recently went to my local Sally's Beauty Supply and picked up a few nail polishes from the China Glaze On Safari collection. Jungle Queen was the first one I was drawn to and immediately wanted to wear it. I love this color! 

I've heard this one is a close dupe to Chanel Paradoxal, which I don't own. I do own the other dupe that Revlon (Perplex) came out with a while back, and I really enjoy that one as well.

Did you buy any colors from the China Glaze On Safari collection?

Any favorites?

♥ Stephanie
August 23, 2012

SensatioNail Invincible Gel Polish by Nailene Starter Kit - Review

I like to go get my nails done at a nail salon like anyone else. Sometimes though, I like to do my nails at home. I have done gel nails before in a salon, and I loved the way they looked and lasted. I didn't have to worry about drying time or chipping for around 2 weeks with gel polish. What I didn't like, however, was how much it would cost me to get gel nails done when I can have the option of doing them at home. Did my gel manicure last up to two weeks with the SensatioNail starter kit? Keep reading for my review!
August 21, 2012

Milani Cosmetics Eye Tech Extreme in Blackest Black - Review

Finding a good black liquid eye liner can be a challenge. I have went through so many different liquid liners. Some were just okay, others were downright horrible. I have never found one that did everything I needed and wanted, until now. I have used this one by Milani for about 3 months and can finally give a good review on what I think about it.

August 16, 2012

L'Oreal Paris Colour Caresse by Colour Riche - Swatches (4 Shades)

Today I have a review of the newest lip colours from L'Oreal. There are 16 shades available, and I have swatches of 4. I tried to step out of my normal buying of only "nude" lip shades and bought colors that would carry me into Fall. I have really been enjoying these lip colors and they feel comfortable on the lips. 
August 14, 2012

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette - Photos, Swatches, and Review

This Fall, I'm determined to wear more dramatic eye looks and this palette will definitely help me do that. This palette comes with 10 eye shadows, a full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion, for creating a range of smoky eye looks. This is one of my favorite palettes that I own, including the Naked palette. To see more photos and swatches, keep reading!

August 13, 2012

Anastasia She Wears It Well Eye Shadow Palette - Swatches and Review

Anastasia always has some of the best eye shadows, and with this new She Wears It Well Eye Shadow Palette, it does not disappoint. This is going to be for someone that uses neutral shades, and uses them all the time. You can definitely take your daytime nude eye look and transform it to a smoky night eye look easy with this palette. Swatches and more photos below!
August 12, 2012

Glossybox US July 2012 - Overview

Time for another Glossybox! August has a great selection of different products that are definitely interesting to me. I always love when I get Glossybox in the mail, makes my day so much better! I always re-use the boxes so they come in handy too. Let's see what there was this month.