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December 30, 2013

Top 10 Polishes of 2013

A new year is fast approaching so I thought I would post my favorite nail polishes of 2013. These are not in any order, just some of my favorites that I've swatched and worn. I also want to take this time to thank each and every one of you, my readers, for commenting and even stopping by my blog in 2013. I hope for another amazing year in 2014 for blogging and more. See which polishes made my top 10 below!

December 28, 2013

Sample Saturday - MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash Mascara

Today for Sample Saturday I have a quick review of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash Mascara in Rich Black. I've heard a lot of great things about this, and I was happy to try a sample first. Even more because this is a high end mascara and for the price, I want to make sure I love it before I buy it. Find out my thoughts on this mascara and if I would buy the full size below!
December 23, 2013

Get The Herbal Essences Naked Hair Care Set!

I have something new to share from Herbal Essences. They have recently came out with this Naked Hair Care Collection and you could be one of the first (like me) to try it. I'm really excited about this collection and I can't wait to try it out. I haven't tried it just yet, but once I do I will have a review post up about my thoughts. Find out more below about how you can order your own kit and even enter to win a $50 Walmart giftcard!

SinfulColors Holiday Tinsel and Glitter Topcoats (4 shades) - Photos and Swatches

Today I have a few photos and swatches of the newest nail polishes from Sinful Colors. Two of these (on the left) are Sheer Lustre Glitter Topcoats and the other two are from the Holiday Tinsel Collection. See more photos and swatches below!

Holiday Tinsel & Glitter Topcoat from SinfulColors for Holiday 2013‏

Holiday is the time to shine. Embellish the little black dress with glitz and glimmer collections from SinfulColors that put you in the spotlight for the New Year. Decide deliberately, decorate decadently.

Holiday Tinsel - Bring on the bling! These Holiday Tinsel shades from SinfulColors offer a festive flourish that's worth celebrating. Each holiday-inspired shade is infused with glitter that gives nails a just-tinseled touch. Choose from six shimmery shades for all-out shine:
Silver Rainbows: Slivers of silver        Spiked Ice: Black dazzle               
Pink Icicles: Confetti concoction         Cold As Ice: Winter white                    
Tinsel Town: Blue sparkle                   Gold Tinsel: The gift of gold
             
 Sheer Lustre Glitter Topcoat - These glitter shades are designed to be worn over any SinfulColors nail polish to add extra bling to any look. Choose from six sheer glittery topcoats designed to transform your fave shades to instant glitz and glam:


24 Karat: Gold Gilt                                        Diamonds Are Forever: Silver confetti 
Top Me Off: Prismatic Frills                         Girls Best Friend: Pink Baubles
     Sapphired Up: Turquoise glitz                   Glittery in Pink: Psychedelic Blush



December 18, 2013

Beauty Box 5 December 2013 - Photos and Review

Today's post is about the December Beauty Box 5. This month’s theme was about celebrating yourself and giving the products you would need to focus on you. See more info and photos below on my thoughts of what was in the box!
December 10, 2013

Glitter Gal Newest Top Coats and Polishes - Photos and Swatches

 Today I have a few swatches of some of the new polishes from Glitter Gal Cosmetics. There are two holiday collections that are new and three top coats. Glitter Gal Australia has created a creme formula that is like no other with superior Glitter Gal ingredients with Australian names. Also, the three new top coats with two being holographic! See more info and photos below!

December 4, 2013

NOTD: Revlon Perfumerie Scented Nail Polish in Bordeaux


December 3, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide 2013

If you haven't started Christmas shopping, it's about time! This year I have decided to put together a holiday gift guide to give you some ideas of either my favorite things that I have tried this year or just fun things to add on your shopping list. See my selections below!
December 2, 2013

SinfulColors Mirror Metallics Holiday 2013 Collection (4 Shades) - Swatches

Today I have swatches of some of the Mirror Metallics from SinfulColors. These are shimmery fun for the holidays. There are 7 metallic polishes in the collection to choose from. You should be able to find these soon at Walgreens. See more info and swatches below!

NOTD: China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine

China Glaze Don't Make Me Wine is from the Autumn Nights collection. I used two coats.
November 30, 2013

SinfulColors Leather Luxe & Crystal Crushes Collection (4 Shades) - Swatches

Today I have a couple of swatches of SinfulColors nail polishes from two different collections. The two shades I have from the Leather Luxe collection are Whipped and Cold Leather. From Crystal Crushes I have Emerald Envy and Got a Blush on You. Both of these collections came out for Fall this year. I have swatched them on a nail wheel to make it easier to see them. See more below!

November 29, 2013

BeautyADDICTS GlimmerSHEERS (2 Shades) - Photos, Swatches, and Review

Today I have photos and swatches of these new GlimmerSHEERS. BeautyADDICTS have Formulated with a mix of the best minerals, botanicals, vitamins, & advanced scientific anti-aging technology tailored for every women's lifestyle. These GlimmerSHEERS are used to highlight eyes, cheeks, and face. Find out more below!

November 26, 2013

OCC Makeup Debuts new Stained Gloss on Black Friday

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS DEBUTS “LITTLE BLACK DRESS” STAINED GLOSS ON BLACK FRIDAY!
 
'LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ Stained Gloss, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics newest colour innovation, imparts high-impact shine and subtly defines lips with a sheer veil of black pigment. This unexpectedly wearable shade creates the perfect neutral lip colour, that hydrates and softens lips, while maintaining a slick, glossy finish that lasts throughout the day. 
 
Little Black Dress on model.
Debuting right in time for Black Friday and continuing through Cyber Monday, all orders $50.00 USD and over will receive complimentary domestic shipping within the contiguous United States. Want more? All orders over $75.00 USD and over will receive a free ‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ Stained Gloss (limit one per customer) in addition to complimentary ground shipping. ‘LITTLE BLACK DRESS’ will also be available permanently future forward at OCCMAKEUP.COM.

Milani Cosmetics Sparkling Mascara Top Coat in Silver Gaze - Photos and Review

This is a product that is fun and exciting for the holiday season. This is a new sparkling mascara top coat from Milani and the one I have is Silver Gaze. There are two other colors available as well: a gold (Golden Eyes) and a bronze (Bronze Glare). Find out how I liked this mascara below!
November 25, 2013

Preview: SINFULCOLORS Holiday 2013 Mirror Metallics Collection

Slivers of tinsel, glittery ornaments, festive wrapping paper that sparkles 'round the tree...these are a few of our favorite metallic things. New this season: The Mirror Metallics nail polish collection from SinfulColors features seven sparkling shades guaranteed to steal the spotlight. Infused with sensuous shimmer, these luminous tints will light up your holiday celebration. The Mirror Metallics collection covers the color scheme from seductive purple to bold gold. Each is designed to bring a sweeping holiday spirit to all who partake in the festivities.

Sincerely sparkly and subtly sexy, these seven metallic SinfulColors hues make haute holiday gifts:


Pine Away: A glittery X-mas tree green
Red Eye: A sprinkle of crimson by candlelight
Purple Heart: A royal rush of rich purple
Gold Metal: A golden, glimmer goddess
 Blue Steel: A brilliant blue gush of gift-wrap
Triple Platinum: A light shade of lilac tinted with tinsel
 Simply Silver: A sparkling ornamental shade of silver (not shown)


SinfulColors Mirror Metallics, $1.99 each exclusively at Walgreens for Holiday 2013.

Becca Cosmetics The One Perfecting Brush - Review

Today I have a review of the Becca Cosmetics The One Perfecting Brush. I haven't seen anything like this brush, which makes it more interesting and exciting to use. It claims to be cut makeup application in half by replacing 10 other brushes! Now, that seems like a stretch and kind of crazy to think one brush can do what 10 would do. So I tested it on everything it can be used with: creams, liquids, and powders. Find out how it went and more information below!

November 23, 2013

Sample Saturday - Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder

I was excited to get my hands on a sample of this Tarte finishing powder. I don't use a finishing powder as much as I should. Mostly because when I use certain types of powders, they make my dry skin looks more dry. Since this does have amazonian clay, it's supposed to be more hydrating and suitable for all skin types. Find out below if I would buy the full size!

November 21, 2013

All About The New Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette


 
The Naked palette revolutionized neutrals forever—and went on to become one of the best-selling palettes EVER. When fans demanded more, Naked2 delivered. Even now, three years after the frenzy first started, the requests for “MORE Naked palettes!” keep coming. Now, Urban Decay launches Naked3, featuring 12 TOTALLY NEW (and insanely beautiful!) rose-hued neutrals. The previous Naked palettes have always included new shades, but this is the first time they have done a Naked palette with 12 never-before-seen shades that aren’t available anywhere else. Choose from every finish imaginable: ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. From the palest, shimmery pink to deep, warm black, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again. More info below!

NOTD: Essie Sable Collar

This is one of the newest nail polishes from the Essie Winter collection. This is described as a luxurious pearlescent cocoa plum. I love this shade and it's one of favorites from Essie. Let me know what you think of this color!

♥ Stephanie
November 20, 2013

Favorite Fall Lipsticks (Revlon, MAC, Milani, Etc.) - Swatches

I posted about my favorite Fall lipsticks a while ago on my Instagram, but I haven't posted them here on my blog. I tried to pick a range of different plum/purple, red shades with some lighter and others darker. I have so many more plum lipstick shades more than any other shades, even red. I have swatches below and a description of each lipstick.

November 18, 2013

Beauty Box 5 November 2013 - Photos and Review

Hi! Today I have a review of the November Beauty Box 5. I was excited to see what would be in the box this month, since the October box was pretty good. If you don't know what Beauty Box 5 is, let me tell you a little bit about it. Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month. It costs $12 and that includes shipping. Find out more about what was in the box for this month below!

November 16, 2013

Sample Saturday - NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

Today I have a sample of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer to review. I prefer to use tinted moisturizers in the Summer since it's so hot. I've now noticed that it can be great to use a tinted moisturizer in the Winter as well since it gives great moisture and a lighter coverage than foundation. Find out more below!

November 13, 2013

Preview: INGLOT Introduces A New Fusion Blush And Illuminator

INGLOT Fusion Blush and Illuminator is a perfect combination for face modelling. Matte facial blush is ideal for defining selected parts of the face, while the illuminator provides delicate highlights. A silky formula enables easy application for a long-lasting fresh and subtle look.  INGLOT Fusion Blush and Illuminator will be available in four new shades.

#201- Intense blue based fuchsia pink paired with a muted illuminating pastel
#202- Rose colored blush with a complementing musky highlighting pink
#203- Rusty apricot and a frosted soft peach highlighter
#204- Natural pink/beige with pink/beige highlighter

SRP:     US – $13.00 each

Availability: November 16th, 2013, Online: INGLOTUSA.com

INGLOT Boutiques: New York City, Las Vegas, Miami, Newport Beach, New Jersey and select Macy’s Department Stores on January 2014.

Preview: INGLOT HD Illuminizing Loose Powder

Available in five subtle colours, INGLOT’s new HD Illuminizing Loose Powder will let your face glow like never before. The skin loving ingredients include premium silicone powder and diamond dust, perfect to hide skin’s little imperfections and leave you looking refreshed and rejuvenated. Outstanding film-forming agents will provide a smooth and long-lasting finish. Ideal for everyday use, this product may also be used for filming in high definition and will ensure the face looks flawless even on a big screen. Find out more below!
November 11, 2013

Beauty Box 5 October 2013 - Photos and Review

This post is a little late since this is the October box, but I still wanted to post a short review of this new subscription box. Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month. There are so many different samples boxes out there, it's good to know what kind of options there are and which one fits you the best. Read on to find out more and get a closer look at what was in the box below.
November 5, 2013

Preview: Secret Society ORLY Holiday 2013 Collection

This holiday season, dare to take a dip on the dark side. Embrace the risqué, dramatic and avant-garde grandeur. Become immersed in the aristocratic world of lavish extravagance and glamour with Secret Society, the new Holiday 2013 color collection from ORLY. The Secret Society collection offers shades in edgy jewel tones and majestic metallics for a look that is too seductive to believe.

Wet N Wild In The Spotlight Holiday 2013 Eyeshadow Palettes (2 Palettes) - Swatches and Review

I saw these new Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Palettes at Walgreens and knew I had to try them out and see how the quality of the shadows were going to be. I haven't bought Wet N Wild palettes in a while, but the ones I do have are amazing quality and have good pigmentation. I was just hoping that these would be just as good. There are three palettes in the collection and I bought the two that I knew I would actually use. See more below!

November 4, 2013

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless - Photos and Review

Today I have photos and a review of one of the newest Revlon lip products to hit the drugstores. I found the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balms at a local Rite-Aid and knew I had to try at least one. I don't usually love a matte lip product since my lips seem to not love the dryness that will come with a matte lip color. I figured I wanted to try this one out though and see if it would be any different. Find out how I liked the matte balm below!

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Enticing - Photos and Review

I was excited to find these new Revlon balms at Rite Aid a couple of weeks ago. I have a bunch of the original Revlon Balm Stains and seeing that they came out with matte and lacquer balms was interesting. I knew I had to at least try one of each finish. This post will focus on the Revlon Lacquer balm in Enticing. See more photos and my review below!

November 2, 2013

Sample Saturday - Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Soft Focus Highlighter

Another Sample Saturday and this time it's the Benefit Watt's Up! Highlighter. I don't use a highlighter on my cheeks everyday, but sometimes I do want to add glow on my face without looking shiny or shimmery. I will usually use a powder highlighter so this is the first one that I've used that is a cream. Find out what I think and if I would buy the full size below!
October 30, 2013

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara - Photos and Review

Today I have a review of the new L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara in Blackest Black. I don't use L'Oreal mascara that often, so I wanted to see how this one was going to be. It claims to lift the outer corner lashes to give a winged-out effect and instantly volumize the lashes. Find out how it worked for me below!

October 28, 2013

Popsugar Must Have Box - October 2013

Today I have a post about the newest Popsugar Must Have Box for the month of October. I received mine a bit late this month, but I decided to post on it anyways. If you don't know, this is a subscription box much like Birchbox, Glossybox, etc. Now, this box is $35 a month which sounds like a lot, but every box comes with free shipping and full-size products. There is hand selected items in beauty, fashion, fitness, and food. Find out what was inside below!

October 24, 2013

Pixi Beauty Nail Polish (Fall 2013 Shades) - Photos and Swatches

I'm excited to share these new shades that are now apart of the Pixi nail polish collection. There are three new shades for Fall: Charcoal Celebration, Deepest Dahlia, and Precious Pewter. The formula with Pixi polishes are very opaque and last weeks when I wear them. They are amazing quality and I usually will buy them at my local Target. See more photos and swatches below!

October 21, 2013

Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lip Color in Amethyst Potion - Review

Lip products are my most purchased makeup product, so it's no surprise when I saw these I just had to buy one to try out. I found an almost full display at CVS recently and I ended up with the shade Amethyst Potion. I knew this color would be great for Fall, but I was really curious about how the formula was going to be. Find out more and see photos below!

October 18, 2013

Covergirl Flamed Out Curling Mascara - Review

Finding out that this new Covergirl mascara was a curling mascara, I thought this is it. This is going to be my HG mascara of all time. My lashes are so stick straight that if I can get them to keep curl all day long with a mascara, it will be a true miracle. I found this one on the new Covergirl Hunger Games Collection display. Find out more below!
October 17, 2013

Inglot Cosmetics Ventures into Skincare

 
INGLOT Cosmetics is set to launch into skincare with the introduction of three new facial toners. Whether you have dry, normal, or combination to oily skin there will be a toner just for you! The three variations will each be offered in a different colour and formula, perfectly suited for your skin type. Each toner also boasts profound anti-aging effects complemented by special ingredients.

Dry skin will be generously treated with lily extract that has a rich moisturizing and regenerating effect. For the normal skin black pearl extract is used in order to provide natural rejuvenation, balance skin tone, and brighten the skin. Whilst ginkgo extract will provide anti-inflammatory treatment and diffuse reddening of the oily skin, followed by sebum absorption due to the special mattifying ingredients.

SRP: US – $18.00 each
 
Availability: October 18, 2013

 Online: INGLOTUSA.com, INGLOT Boutiques: New York City, Las Vegas, Miami, Newport Beach, New Jersey and select Macy’s Department Stores.
October 15, 2013

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters in Provocative and Invite Only - Photos and Swatches

Today I have photos and swatches of the newest Revlon Lip butters to hit the drugstores. I found these at CVS recently on the Evening Opulence Collection display. There was only one of each so I was lucky enough to snatch them up. I'm a sucker for Revlon Lip Butters and since these are limited edition I figured they are awesome to keep in my collection. See more info and photos below!
October 14, 2013

SinfulColors Introduces Leather Luxe & Crystal Crushes for Fall 2013

LEATHER LUXE
Lustrous Leather Looks that Lure for Fall

Tease, taunt and turn heads this fall with the SinfulColors Leather Luxe Collection. A texture rich, trend-setting collection of stylish matte finish nail polish shades which are richly pigmented to provide a flirtatious way to flaunt your style.  The Leather Luxe Collection features eight weather-warming shades with leather-inspired finishes. The best part: they come in every popular base color so there's a leather-icious look for everyone.

     Laced Upenthralling orange                   Leather Loosesafari sinful brown 
                     Whipped: beguiling black                          Get It On: bravely berry
                     Strappedscintillating seafoam                 My Turnstunning steel
                     Cold Leather: enchanting night sky



SinfulColors Leather Luxe, $1.99 exclusively at Walgreens for Fall 2013.


CRYSTAL CRUSHES
A Daring Way to Dazzle for Fall


Sparkle and glimmer this fall with SinfulColors shade collection: Crystal Crushes. It is a brilliant collection of gem-inspired nail polish shades with multifaceted 3D texture. Gorgeous matte colors flecked with a reflective pearl finish sure to dazzle your digits and make your heart skip a beat.  The Crystal Crushes collection features eight vivid shades sprinkled with an angel dust finish.  The colorful trend shades you love from SinfulColors!


       Got a Blush on You: flirty fuchsia               Blue Persuasion: sapphire-d up!
       Orange Crush: twinkling tangerine             Treasure Chest: sea worthy bling
       Emerald Envy: a glint of green                    Purple Gleam: glistening lavender
       Ruby Mine: ravishing red                             Face the Facets: banana bling


 SinfulColors Crystal Crushes, $2.99 exclusively at Walgreens for Fall 2013.
October 12, 2013

Sample Saturday - Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara

I have been using a sample of Benefit They're Real! mascara and I now understand why people are loving this mascara. I received this sample in a Sephora order a while ago and I have kept this in my makeup bag since I got it. I used it for weeks straight, then I needed to try out other mascaras so I stopped. Now I went back to it and can see why I always reach for it. Find out more below!
October 8, 2013

Wet N Wild Fergie Heavy Metal Centerstage Nail Collection (3 Shades) - Swatches

I found this new display of Wet N Wild Fergie nail polishes at Rite-Aid recently, so I picked up 3 shades. These are from the new holiday collection which has 7 shades available. I have bought other Wet N Wild Fergie polishes in the past and they were pretty good quality. They are quite opaque and last through the week with minimal chipping. This post is just to show you swatches of these on a nail wheel. See below!

October 7, 2013

L'Oreal Color Riche La Laque Shiny Full Coverage Lipcolour in Never Lacque-ing - Swatch and Review

Today I have a review of one of the newest lip products from L'Oreal. I found these (along with the matte ones) at Target weeks ago and I have been trying them both out. I was really excited to see how well I would enjoy each formula and which one I would end up using more. The La Laque was the one I seemed to reach for the most, but the color was a bit off for me. Find out more of my thoughts below.
October 3, 2013

NOTD: Covergirl Seared Bronze

Covergirl has launched a new Hunger Games Catching Fire collection. It has new products like mascara, Glosstini nail polishes, lipsticks, and glosses. I found one of the displays recently at Walgreens and I bought a few items.

I ended up getting this new Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstini in Seared Bronze. It was quite sheer, but I used two coats and it was just enough to cover. I not sure how I like this color yet, but I do like how different it is. I don't own anything like this shade. 

♥ Stephanie
October 1, 2013

New Drugstore Makeup Display Sightings - Sinful Colors, Covergirl, etc.

When I see new makeup displays at the drugstore, I will usually take pics and post them on my Instagram. But, I thought it would also be somewhat useful to post them on here as well. Let me know if these kind of posts are something you like so that I can try and post them more often. Lately I've seen a few new displays and I want to share what they are and where I saw them. The Sinful Colors one above was seen at Walgreens. See a few more displays below!
September 30, 2013

NOTD: Revlon Seductive

My NOTD is a new shade from Revlon and it's from the Evening Opulence Collection. This is Revlon Seductive and there are 3 other nail shades in the collection as well. It's definitely one of my favorites right now to wear since Fall is finally here. It doesn't feel like Fall here just yet, but soon enough it will be cold, sweaters, pumpkin everything, and dark polish so this is perfect.
September 27, 2013

Birchbox September 2013 - What's Inside

Today I have a quick review of the September Birchbox. I signed up just recently but now I'm not entirely sure if I should keep it. The theme of this month's Birchbox box is Heritage. They wanted to focus on the brand's stories and about the anniversary for the company. See what was inside below!

September 24, 2013

Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Eye Shadow Palette - Swatches and Review

When I heard Sigma was going to come out with a Macaron inspired makeup collection, I knew I just had to get something from it. I ended up buying the eye shadow palette and I am please with what it came with. There are 16 different shades and all of them are matte finish. This excited me even more since I don't own a lot of bright matte shadows so this is something fun to have. See more pics and swatches below!