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December 29, 2014

Dermalogica Active Moist Gift Set - Review

Dermalogica has some amazing skin care products and currently they have a few gift sets to get more value for the price of one product. The one set I have to show is the Active Moist Gift Set which includes: Active Moist, Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover, and Intensive Eye Repair. Find out more details on the products below!
December 22, 2014

NOTD - Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Color in Lavish

I recently saw these new Sally Hansen Velvet polishes at CVS and I bought the color that stood out the most to me called Lavish. It's the perfect fall/winter shade and I actually really love the velvet texture finish. While wearing this mani, I got many compliments from people that wanted to know what brand it was and the texture finish. 

December 16, 2014

CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara by LashBlast - Review

Today I have a review of the newest mascara from CoverGirl. This is from their Spring 2015 new releases. The mascara reminds me of a pumped up version of CoverGirl Clump Crusher, which happens to be one of my favorite mascaras. Did I end up liking this formula in Full Lash Bloom? Find out below!
December 12, 2014

Cover FX Illuminating Primer - Review

Today I have a review on a new primer from Cover FX. This is a new Illuminating Primer that provides a luminous glow instantly. I have been using this since last week and I can give you my thoughts on this primer. It can be used for all skin types, but I personally think it would work best on normal to dry skin. Find out my review below!
December 10, 2014

SinfulColors Holiday 2014 Collection (4 Shades) - Swatches

There are 22 must-have shades from SinfulColors are perfect stocking stuffers and are a sure-fire way to up your mistletoe appeal. The four shades I have are: Decadent, Ice Dream, Pine Away, and Twilight Twinkles. See more below!
December 9, 2014

Gift Ideas: Hard Candy Holiday 2014 Collection - Nail Polishes and Eye Shadows

Today I have a look at a few things from Hard Candy that are available now for the holidays this year. They have about 24 gift sets out at Walmart ranging from $1-$19.88. The gift sets are a great value and I love a lot of products from Hard Candy. See a few things below!
December 8, 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have December 2014 Box

Today I have a look at the POPSUGAR December box and everything in the box is quite nice. POPSUGAR was inspired by many things for the December box: party ready, holiday treats, sparkle, glamour, indulgence, and cheers. See what’s inside below!
December 3, 2014

Current Skin Care Favorites

Today I am talking about my current favorite skin care products. There are a few days where I might change it up, but these have been my go-to products that my skin has been loving. Just so you know, I have dry and sensitive skin. Probably more dry now that the weather has been colder. Also I am sensitive to certain fragrances that can trigger my allergies, so I always need to use products with little to no fragrance. Find out more on my favorite products..
November 29, 2014

E.L.F. Cosmetics Eyeshadow Duo Holiday 2014 Set - Photos and Swatches

Today I have swatches of the E.L.F. Eyeshadow Duo Set that is out now for the holidays at Target stores. The set includes 7 eyeshadow duos ranging with mattes and shimmer shades. I wasn't sure how well the shadows were going to work, but I found most of them to be quite pigmented. See swatches of the set below!
November 26, 2014

L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencil 6 Piece Set - Photos and Swatches

Today I have swatches of a holiday set from L.A. Colors that I recently picked up from Rite-Aid. This is not a new set, but it’s back for the holidays. The set comes with 6 L.A. Colors Chunky Lip Pencils. I haven’t tried them before, so it’s a good value to try them out. See swatches below!
November 22, 2014

E.L.F. Cosmetics 10 Piece Lipstick and Lip Gloss Set Holiday 2014 - Photos and Swatches

There are a lot of holiday makeup sets that are out in stores right now, but E.L.F. really has a great selection of sets. This is the holiday lip set that includes 5 lipsticks and 5 lip glosses for $10! What a great deal and the products are good quality for the price. See swatches and more below!
November 20, 2014

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - Review

There is a new mascara in the beauty department from Maybelline called Lash Sensational. It is a volume mascara to give a full fan effect to your lashes. I ended up buying Blackest Black since I want dark lashes. Did I like this new mascara? Find out below!

Allure Beauty Box On Sale November 25th

I just wanted to share this information about the newest Allure Beauty Box in case anyone is interested. On November 25th, you can get the beauty box for just $44.95! The sale will start at 12:01PM ET so make sure if you want to get the box, you are ready right on time. I have heard about these boxes selling out fast. Also, $5 from each box will be donated to the Melanoma Research Alliance. Click on the image above to make it bigger, so you can see everything that will be in the box. I hope this information helps!

Find out about the Allure Beauty Box at Allurebeautyboxpromo.com

♥ Stephanie
November 19, 2014

Beauty Collection Holiday Gift Ideas

Beauty Collection has some great gifts for the holidays and I have a few to show you today. If you don’t know about beauty Collection, they are a Los Angeles based beauty retailer with locations in California and an online store. They have a lot of awesome brands and I have shopped on their website in the past with ease. Take a look at a few things for the holiday from Beauty Collection below!
November 18, 2014

Chapstick Total Hydration 3 in 1 Lip Care in Sweet Peach - Review

Today I have a review of a new lip balm from Chapstick. There are three different Total Hydrations and I bought it in Sweet Peach. The lip balm is supposed to moisturize, renew, and transforms. Read more information and my thoughts below!
November 16, 2014

NOTD: Pixi Beauty Nude Dazzle

Pixi has a new nail color for the month of November and it’s called Nude Dazzle. This shade is a gold silver foil like polish and gorgeous for the holidays. I used two coats and it was really easy to apply as are all Pixi nail polishes. They are some of my favorite nail polishes since they are really great quality.

This polish came out with Pixi's Holiday 2014 Collection. I also have swatches of a new eyeshadow palette and a lip balm trio.

Pixi Nude Dazzle retails for $8 and can be found exclusively online.

♥ Stephanie
November 14, 2014

Covergirl and the #GirlsCan Campaign + Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

Covergirl has a #GirlsCan campaign which promotes the empowerment of women by encouraging them to break down barriers and turn “Can’t” into “can”. This is a great campaign to shows girls that anything is possible in life and they can follow their dreams. Find out more and enter a giveaway below!
November 13, 2014

Beauty Collection and Beauty Bus Collaboration

 There is an exciting new collaboration between Beauty Collection and the Beauty Bus Foundation that I thought you would want to know about.  Just in time for the holidays and the season of giving, customers who shop at all Beauty Collection locations are invited to donate to the Beauty Bus Foundation, an organization that delivers dignity, hope and beauty to chronically or terminally ill people and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products. 

November 12, 2014

Preview: Inglot HD Foundation

INGLOT announces the launch of HD Perfect Coverup Foundation in 8 shades. This hypoallergenic foundation provides long lasting coverage and conceals discoloration or any other imperfections. The product will ensure natural, flawless finish adjusting to each skin tone and preventing excess shine. Enriched with white truffle extract, it will keep your skin moisture balanced. Suitable for sensitive skin. More below!

Preview: Inglot Fall In Love Collection


FALL IN LOVE, the latest collection from INGLOT, is an extraordinary collection of iridescent metallic shades designed to evoke a balance between the delicate, peaceful and calm fall colors with the frosty, crisp and exhilarating colors of winter. The collection creates an atmosphere that is gorgeous to look at. Compounded with a perfect equilibrium between the earthiness of beige and warmth of orange, the nude misty pink serves as a subtle passage to the serenity of blue winter skies and the refreshing energy of evergreen trees. More below!

November 11, 2014

Pixi Ultimate Beauty Kit 2nd Edition - Photos and Swatches

Today I have a new kit for the holidays to show you from Pixi. The eye and cheek palette comes with 40 eyeshadows, 6 highlighters, and 6 cheek powders. This is a palette that would be great as a gift or to own in your makeup collection. There is a nice range of matte, shimmer, and satins that will not be disappointing. See swatches and more photos below!

November 10, 2014

Glitter Gal - Flash Sale Week 1

Glitter Gal will have flash sales each week leading up to Christmas and I just wanted to let you know in case you want to order some great polishes. This is week 1, which is 40% off Glitter Gal new cremes range.The coupon code AUSSIESLANG will work on November 13th and 14th, 2014. 

I will announce another “flash” sale next week and stay tuned for more massive savings on the Glitter Gal ranges.
November 6, 2014

ChapStick Hydration Lock Day & Night - Review


Today I have a review of a new lip balm that is dual ended for night and day. It is the new Chapstick Hydration Lock and I got this in my Beauty Box 5 last month. Ever since then, I have been using this and have been really pleased with how the balm works. Find out more below!
November 5, 2014

KBShimmer Winter Collection 2014 (3 Shades) - Photos and Swatches

KBShimmer makes indie nail polishes that are different and unique. Today I have a few shades from the newest winter collection that I swatched. The polishes I have are: Holly Back Girl, Let’s Sleigh Together, and Pine-ing For Yule. The polishes gave loads of glitter goodness, and they weren't difficult to work with. See swatches of these below!
November 1, 2014

Event Preview: Citadel Outlets 13th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Concert

The holiday season is officially kicking off at Citadel Outlets on Nov. 8 with the much-anticipated 13th Annual Tree Lighting Concert.  Over 20 thousand attendees are expected to attend the lighting of the World's Tallest Live Cut Christmas Tree (115-ft), see the World's Largest Bow atop the Citadel wall and enjoy the free, outdoor concert headlined by country star Jana Kramer, The Voice's Christina Grimmie, YouTube sensation Cimorelli, pop boy band After Romeo and X Factor's Josh Levi. More information below!

October 30, 2014

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio Balmy Winter Holiday 2014 - Photos and Swatches

Something fun and a great stocking stuffer for the holidays is this Lip Balm Set from Pixi Beauty. I’ve actually never tried the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balms before, but these are lightweight and give the right amount of color and moisture. Find out more and see swatches below!
October 27, 2014

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review

I have went through many different skin care products, but this one has definitely been a fast favorite. This is a daily exfoliant powder from Dermalogica that removes surface debris and evens skin tone. I need to use an exfoliant that will be gentle enough for my sensitive skin, but also take care of my dry skin. Find out more in my review below!

October 24, 2014

SinfulColors Wicked Color Halloween 2014 Collection (4 Shades) - Photos and Swatches

 SinfulColors has a new collection for Halloween which includes 14 shades. I have 3 of the 4 of the tricked out top coats to show you. I have layered them so you can get a better look at how they are over another polish. The polishes I have are: Mystery Moonshine, Splatter Spell, Pumpkin Spice, and Cauldron Couture. See more photos below!
October 20, 2014

Preview: OCC Pro's Picks Portables – Lip Tar: Test Tube x 12 Set

For the holidays this year, OCC has a new set that comes with 12 all new Test Tube Lip Tar shades in both matte and metallic textures. The Pros Picks: Portables Set has been expertly coordinated by the artists at OCC who selected a range of colors to create whatever lip shade you want. These Test Tubes are great for longtime Lip Tar lovers who want their favorite shades on the go, or for kick-starting a brand new obsession. More on the shades and pricing below!

Teadora Beauty Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Lip Balm Review

Exfoliating your skin is so important now that it is starting to get cooler. One important part of exfoliating is to not forget your lips. My lips tend to get quite dry so exfoliating them is a must a least once a day. I always make sure my lips are ready for lipstick so I exfoliate and apply a lip balm for moisture. This Teadora Lip Balm is kind of both in one which is great. Find out more below!
October 17, 2014

Event: Citadel Outlets 9th Annual Shopping Extravaganza

Tomorrow there will be a shopping extravaganza at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce. It is the 9th annual event that helps out 38 local charities. You can buy a ticket for $25 either online or there at Citadel. More info and details are below!
October 14, 2014

What’s Inside - Beauty Box 5 October 2014

Today I have a look at what’s inside the October Beauty Box 5. Once I opened the box, I was really excited about most of the items inside. This month’s theme of the box is Effortless Allure. To find out more about each product, read more below!
October 11, 2014

Pixi Beauty Nail Colour in Matte Black

For the month of October, Pixi Beauty has a new nail polish and it is a matte black that is perfect for Halloween and Fall. I only have one black nail polish and it isn't matte, so this is something different for me to try and I really liked how the polish looked. 

Pixi nail colours always apply opaque and with ease. I only needed two coats for this one, but I did need to be more precise since it is matte. If not you can definitely see the lines in the polish where I dragged the polish. Other than that, this is a great shade to have in your nail collection. 

Pixi Beauty Nail Colour in Matte Black retails for $8 and can be found online.

♥ Stephanie

Product mentioned was provided by company for review consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.
October 7, 2014

Breakups to Makeup Announces New Slogans‏

Breakups to Makeup, known for its quirky products featuring empowering, makeup-related slogans, is launching its 3rd campaign.  Rather than releasing a standard line of product however, Breakups to Makeup is taking an interactive approach and asking its biggest fans to select the next statement to join the Breakups to Makeup collection of accessories.

Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15

Today I have a review on a moisturizer from Simple Skin Care. This is a lightweight moisturizer that has SPF 15. My skin is already dry, but can get worse during fall/winter. This moisturizer has been great for my skin and now apart of my daily skin care routine. Find out more below!
October 4, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish in B Girl - Review

Today I have a review of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish and Top Coat. I bought this set at CVS and ended up choosing the shade B Girl. This is a newer gel type of polish from Sally Hansen where you don't need a light to set the gel. It only takes a few steps and you are done! I have used many nail gel kits at home and they have a lot of steps to achieve a gel mani, so this is something I was excited to use. Find out how my mani went below!
September 30, 2014

Jesse's Girl Cauldron

Something that is new to me are these satin finish nail polishes from Jesse's Girl Cosmetics. I ended up getting the shade Cauldron at a local Rite-Aid. The satin finish is really interesting on its own, but once you throw a top coat on, it completely changes the polish. See a better look at the two photos below!
September 29, 2014

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara - Review

Something new for brows from Maybelline! Well, new for us in the U.S. since this has been put for those in the U.K. already. I found this recently at Rite-Aid and could not be more pleased that I picked this up. I ended up with the shade Deep Brown and it's perfect since I have dark brow hair. See my review below! 
September 23, 2014

Special Delivery From The Bouqs

I recently was able to get a nice delivery from The Bouqs, which is an online flower service that offers great deals on many bouquets. There are various flowers to choose from and most of them are shipped from the farm The Bouqs packages their flowers at. Find out more info below! 
September 22, 2014

What's Inside The September Beauty Box 5

Today I have photos of what is in the new Beauty Box 5 for this month. The theme for September is "balancing act", which is talking about transitioning to fall and getting your regular routine back in balance with these products. Read on to find out more on the products in the box! 

September 18, 2014

Milani Cosmetics Fall 2014 Bedazzled Collection Lipsticks (2 Shades) - Photos and Swatches

Today I have photos and swatches of some new lipsticks from Milani. These are from the Fall Bedazzled Collection and they are limited edition. I saw them recently at a local CVS and I am so excited that I did actually find them so quickly. There are three shades available and the two I bought are Enchanted Topaz and Enchanted Amethyst. See swatches and photos below!
September 16, 2014

Info: Urban Decay Vice3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay has a new Vice3 eyeshadow palette which is apart of their new holiday collection for 2014. The palette comes with 20 eye catching shadows with quite a few different finishes. It comes with a Vice3 bag and a two sided crease and shadow brush. See the shades closer and the names below!
September 15, 2014

Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser - Review

Today I have a review of the Vichy 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser. This is a cleaner specifically for those with dry to normal skin types and/or with sensitive skin. This has been my favorite cleanser ever since I received it and I have been using it everyday. It is a lightweight formula that is a cleansing milk, toner, and eye makeup remover all in one. The price on this is amazing for the quality. Find out more info below!
September 12, 2014

Back to School with Mabel's Labels

It's time for kids to go back to school and I am usually prepared for what's to come in the new school year. Since my daughter starts first grade this year, it has been completely different than when she was in Kindergarten. This year we (the parents) need to supply most of the supplies and I was worried about her taking stuff and getting it lost without realizing it was gone. I honestly had no need to label her stuff before until now. So once I found out about Mabel's Labels and how easy their products are, I knew I needed them to get through the school year. See more below!
September 11, 2014

Pixi Beauty Fairy Dust (4 Shades) - Swatches and Review

Something new for Fall from Pixi Beauty are these loose pigments called Fairy Dust. These shades are neutrals but can highlight the eyes and make them have more of a glow. They darker shades also give color on your lids with still giving some shimmer. There are 6 shades available and I have four: Gold Dust, Honey Glaze, Brightening Bare, and Mocha Magic. See more photos and Swatches below!

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Makeup Sponge - Review

It definitely looks like a dupe for the well known Beauty Blender, but is it? I ended up buying this a couple of weeks ago and have been trying it out to see how well it can blend my makeup and how it compares to the Beauty Blender. I expected this to be useful and something that I can switch between when using my other sponge. Find out my thoughts below!
September 10, 2014

OPI Nordic Fall/Winter 2014 Collection - Swatches

I have finally got around to swatching the OPI Nordic Collection. There are 12 new polishes and they range from a few brights, dark shades, neutrals and one glitter top coat. I was really pleased with this collection and the shades. See more below!
September 8, 2014

NOTD: Ellison's Organics 3-Free Nail Lacquer

Today I have a NOTD post and the polish is from Ellison’s Organics, which is a indie brand I found out about at the Summer Soiree event I attended. Their Etsy store has handmade organic and natural bath, body and nail products. I ended up getting the shade Steppin’ Out With My Baby. This is a gorgeous plum shimmery shade that is great for fall. The polish was easy to work with and I only needed two coats to make it opaque.

You can find out more about Ellison's Organics at their Etsy Shop.

Product was provided by company for review consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.
September 4, 2014

Pixi Beauty Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Silver Sky - Photos and Swatches

One of the newest eyeshadow palettes for fall is from Pixi Beauty and it's called Silver Sky. There are 6 shades ranging from a dark smokey blue to a light shimmery white. These shadows are super pigmented and the quality is amazing for the affordable price. I'm not sure why I haven't picked these up before, but I definitely will always be on the look out for other shades. See swatches of Silver Sky below!

Pixi Beauty Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Rich Gold - Photos and Swatches

Pixi Beauty has two new eyeshadow palettes that are part of their Fall collection. This is the Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Rich Gold. It has a combination of gold, khaki, and moss green shades. I’ve never tried these palettes from Pixi, but wow! They are really pigmented and the shadows are easy to work with. See my swatches below!