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November 16, 2017

Winter Fest OC 2017: Info + Ticket Giveaway!

Get ready for for some fun at Winter Fest OC which is returning to the OC Fair & Event Center, December 21st to January 7th! There will be more than 20 wintry activities that are back by popular demand including outdoor ice skating, ice tubing down Snowflake Summit, snow play area with real snow, Festival of Lights two-million-light-stroll-through display, and so much more.

November 13, 2017

Only at ULTA: L'Oreal Holiday Makeup Kit (Swatches)

 Today I have a closer look at a holiday set from L'Oreal that is exclusively sold at ULTA. There are 5 products in the kit that comes with everything you need to complete your holiday look. You can definitely see there are some classics from L'Oreal mixed in with some trendy shades. This is a great set to gift someone or gift yourself since you get a nice variety. See swatches and more below!

November 8, 2017

FOREO Debuts Limited Edition Holiday Gift Sets with Marvis, Tarte & TONYMOLY

FOREO has some exclusive gift sets that are out for the holidays with beauty favorites like Marvis, Tarte, and TONYMOLY. There are three sets to choose from and I love many FOREO products that I have tried in the past. The sets are a great way to try out many products that you will love. Find out more on these below!
November 4, 2017

e.l.f. Beauty Shield Lipstick (2 Shades) - Swatches and Review

 e.l.f. always has so many new products coming out, it can be hard to choose what to buy. Today I have a review of the e.l.f. Beauty Shield Lipsticks. The two shades I have are Dusty Rose Shield and Red Siren Screen. These have been getting not so good reviews on the e.l.f. website, but I had more of a positive experience when it comes to the lipsticks. Find out more below!

November 1, 2017

Worth It? Esqido Mink Lashes Review

 I am definitely a beginner when it comes to applying false lashes and making them fit right on the eyes. In the past I have struggled with lashes that were too stiff, the glue wouldn't hold, and they just felt really uncomfortable. I usually wear contacts on a daily basis, so I don't like to wear lashes that might be too heavy or bulky. Now that I have tried Esqido Mink Lashes, everything I thought about false lashes has been changed for the better. Find out more about these below!

October 25, 2017

New at ULTA: IT Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush

 Today I have a quick post all about the IT Cosmetics Love Beauty Fully Love is the Foundation Brush. This is a new, limited edition brush that is amazing quality and supports a good cause. Through the Love Beauty Fully initiative, IT Cosmetics is committed to harnessing the power of beauty to support causes that help women everywhere. Find out more info below!
October 20, 2017

Hard Candy Glossing All The Way Lip Collection - Swatches

 Today I have a look at one of the Hard Candy sets that will be out for the holiday season. It has a variety of lip products from Hard Candy including: Bold Hold Lip Lacquer, Matte Lip Color and Matte Metallic Lip Color. You get 20 shades to choose from and they are mini sized but enough to get a more than a few uses out of. See swatches below!

Free Mobile Mammogram Screenings At Citadel Outlets and Other Events (Oct.20 - Oct.22)

Starting today Friday October 20 and through Sunday October 22, Citadel Outlets will host a variety of events that focus on the breast cancer community including on site mammograms, 5K run and pancake breakfast, Health & Wellness Fair and more. You can participate in all the events or one to help raise awareness for breast cancer. I have more information about all the events happening this weekend below!
October 10, 2017

ColourPop x My Little Pony Pressed Powder Shadow Palette - Swatches and Review

ColourPop recently released a My Little Pony Collection that features the retro style ponies and all of the fun colors and rainbows you might remember. From the collection, I picked up the eyeshadow palette since it was something that I could see myself using a lot and I loved the packaging. It comes with 12 shades that range from mattes, metallics and glitters. Find out more and see swatches below!
October 9, 2017

Redbook Red Beauty Box: Beauty Must Haves

This post is sponsored by Redbook. All opinions are honest and my own.
 Today I have a look at some of the season's hottest beauty products courtesy of Redbook. These are products that are easy to incorporate into your daily routine and will keep you feeling your very best. This Redbook Red Beauty Box features 5 different products ranging from skincare to hair care. All of them have been so simple to use and provide some great results. Find out more about these products and my thoughts on each one below!

October 6, 2017

Rimmel Shake It Fresh Mascara - Review

 It's time to shake up your makeup bag with the new Rimmel Shake It Fresh Mascara. It has a new shaker system that refreshes the formula once it starts to dry out. This is a great way to extend the life of your mascara since usually you need to throw them out within 3 months. The packaging is a new idea, but how is the formula? Is it the best mascara out there in the drugstores? Find out my thoughts below!

Squishmallows Will Be On Everyone's Wish List This Year

Squishmallows are the newest stuffed animals to launch recently from Kellytoy and they could not be any cuter. They are "squishy" style, Japanese-inspired collectible plush that launched in September. There are eight styles to choose from and in 4 different sizes. My daughter was able to try out Fifi the Fox and Hans the Hedgehog. Find out more below!

September 27, 2017

Citadel Outlets PINK SAVES Fashion Show - Event Details

Citadel Outlets will be hosting a new campaign this October for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. PINK SAVES is in partnership with Susan G. Komen Los Angeles and there will be a fashion show. It will take place on Sunday October 1st from 4:00-5:00pm in the center court. Find out more below!

September 25, 2017

Kevyn Aucoin The Making Faces Beauty Book - Swatches and Review

 Today I have a closer look at the Kevyn Aucoin The Making Faces Beauty Book. It is a how-to beauty book with chapters of products that are Kevyn Aucoin's cult favorites. There are three palettes to create different and modern looks. All of the products are pigmented and last throughout the day.  I love how the packaging matches the famous Kevyn Aucoin The Making Faces Book. See swatches and more below!

September 21, 2017

4 Products for Softer, Smoother Skin - DERMAdoctor, Kate Somerville, etc.

Post partnership with Nakturnal. All opinions are honest and my own.
Today I have a look at some products that will give your skin a softer and smoother feel while still providing a radiant glow. I tend to switch skin care products quite frequently, but these are my go-to when I feel my dry skin is looking dull or not hydrated enough. I also have sensitive skin and these products don't irritate my face and they are not harsh at all. Find out more about each one below!

September 14, 2017

You Shop, Everyone Wins! Citadel Outlets 12th Annual Shopping Extravaganza

Get ready to shop til you drop while still giving back to some amazing causes all at Citadel Outlets 12th Annual Shopping Extravaganza. It is a one-day, ultimate shopping experience where ticket holders receive exclusive discounts to over 80 stores, a catered lunch, wine tasting, live entertainment and opportunities to win over $90,000 in retailer gift cards and prizes – all while benefiting local charities. It will be hosted on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This is an event that I have attended in the past and it is wonderful to see everyone having a great time and enjoying the day while also giving back to charities. If you are in the LA area, find out more information and how you can attend below!
September 13, 2017

Drugstore Skincare Favorites - e.l.f., Garnier, Simple, etc.

Today I have a look at some of my favorite drugstore skincare products. These are the products that I have in the past repurchased because I have so much love for them. Skincare is one of those things that is personal since everyone has different skin types.  I feel these products have been the best for my dry and sensitive skin. Find out more info on why I picked these 5 below!

August 28, 2017

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealing Pot - Swatches and Review

 Today I have a look at a new concealing pot from IT Cosmetics. This will be your problem solver for those dark circles while still being weightless on the skin. If you have tried the Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer before, then this is not too different. It obviously comes in a pot and is skin smoothing and line-minimizing. Find out more and see swatches of all the shades below!
August 20, 2017

A New Way To Store Your Nail Polish With Color Clutch

Today I have a look at a fun new way to store your nail polishes either on the go or organized on a desk/shelf. The Color Clutch provides a way to safely take your nail polishes with you anywhere with foam and clear top case. The storage cutouts look like they are the same size so I wasn't sure how well it would work with different polish bottles. Once I put everything in its place, the foam conforms to whatever kind of bottle you want to store. Find out more below!

August 19, 2017

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation - Swatches and Review

IT Cosmetics has so many new products coming out for the fall season like the Bye Bye Lines Foundation. It is great for all skin types and has a light/medium coverage that is buildable. There are 7 shades to choose from in the line. The foundation has all kinds of anti-aging peptides, argan oil and more to give your skin a radiant look. Find out more and see swatches below!

August 14, 2017

What's Inside: POPSUGAR Must Have August 2017

This month it is a celebration for Popsugar! It is the 5th year they have curated the Must Have Box and put together some amazing products that everyone always loves. Since the August box is a special anniversary one, there are products that will get you in a celebrating mood. Find out what is inside and how you can save on your first Must Have Box!

August 10, 2017

e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Plumping Gloss (2 Shades) - Photos and Swatches

 Today I have a look at a few of the new e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Plumping glosses. These are made to give a soothing sensation while it will volumize the lips. There are currently 5 shades to choose from and the shades I have are Champagne Glam and Mocha Twist. The glosses are enriched with Vitamin E and Coconut Oil to nourish and hydrate the lips. I am one to enjoy a nice shiny lip gloss, so I was curious to see how much I would like these. See swatches and find out my thoughts below!
August 7, 2017

Review: Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition

 Marc Jacobs Beauty has the perfect mix of finishes in their Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes. There are 6 different palettes to choose from with some having more pops of color than others. The one I have is Glambition, which is more of an everyday neutral palette. It has a great selection of light and dark shades to create a good amount of looks. Find out more below!

August 3, 2017

Anjolee The Art of Jewelry Review

 Today I have a closer look at what Anjolee The Art of Jewelry has to offer. They are the company that originated the diamond tennis bracelet and have expanded to rings, earrings, necklaces, and more. The name and brand known as Anjolee have stood for love, beauty and respect for quality from the very beginning. Find out more info below!


I was sent this lovely six prong solitaire engagement ring that was made with silver and cz. They of course offer the same style with real diamonds and 14k white gold. Everything was nicely packaged with a big blue box and then the ring box that had a small light inside. It really made the ring look gorgeous and shiny. You can customize it the way you want with ease by going through the steps on the website. The diamond engagement ring has a simple look to it but can stand out on its own. This is the kind of style that I prefer and I love how it looks when wearing it.


The band makes it look different and unique since it is a rounded top band giving it more of a smoother design to the solitaire ring. All items on the site come with free shipping, 100% refunds, free returns, and more. If you are interested, you can find out more here.


♥ Stephanie



Product was sent for review consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.

August 1, 2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat Collection - Swatches and Review

 Urban Decay is now bringing the heat with the new Naked Heat Collection. It has everything you need to make a scorching look for summer time. I am so excited to share more about the collection and give you a look at more pics and swatches. The collection has a new eyeshadow palette, new lipsticks, and new eyeliners. Find out more and see swatches below!

July 24, 2017

Kevyn Aucoin Etherealist Super Natural Concealer - Swatches and Review

I have a sneak peek at a new concealer product from Kevyn Aucoin. The Etherealist Super Natural Concealer is a weightless formula that performs to the highest quality. You can achieve a medium to full coverage and building it up is simple. Even when you are wanting it be full coverage, it still looks natural on the skin. Find out more and see swatches of all shades below!

July 23, 2017

Keep Skin Soft and Hydrated with Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt Lotion

 Today I have a closer look at the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt. This is a rich, creamy yogurt-inspired body lotion that goes on lightweight and keeps skin velvety soft. There are two kinds to choose from: Vanilla & Oats and Apricot & Honey. I love using these type of lotions during the summer since they are not heavy or greasy. Find out more about these below!
July 16, 2017

Majesty Diamonds - Custom Diamond Jeweler Review

 Today I have a look at an online jeweler called Majesty Diamonds which is based in Montreal, Canada. I was intrigued to hear more about the company and what they have to offer. By avoiding the costs of maintaining a retail store, they have low prices and pass those savings onto customers. The company is family run and acquires the highest quality diamonds possible. They offer rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. Find out more below!

July 11, 2017

Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II - Swatches and Review

 Today I have a look at a product that has everything you need for contouring, highlighting, and more. The Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book has cream and powder versions of his legendary contour products all in a travel sized kit. It also comes with 4 eyeshadows and highlighting cream/powders. Find out more below and see swatches!

July 6, 2017

POPSUGAR Must Have Box June 2017 - What's Inside

 Today I am excited to share what is inside June's Popsugar Must Have Box. The theme as you can probably guess is all about summer. It comes with a nice variety of products that will have you ready for summer. If you need a good book to read, a snack, or hat to keep you cool, the Popsugar Must Have Box has you covered. Find out what was inside below!

July 5, 2017

Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit - Review

 Today I have a look and review of the Jane Iredale Pure & Simple Makeup Kit. I did receive this for free from Influenster. The kit comes with 2 shades of mineral foundations, blush, 2 eyeshadows, and a lip and cheek stain. This is my first time trying something from Jane Iredale and I love how simple the kit is. It comes with all the basics which is great right now during summer when I don't usually wear a lot of makeup when it's hot out. Find out more below!

June 27, 2017

Beauty Box 5 Adventure Awaits June 2017 - What's Inside

 Today I have a look at this month's box from Beauty Box 5. They have really been stepping up their boxes in a big way. Last month was so great with all full sized products and this month there are 4 full size products. I was really pleased to see there was a good mixture of products from hair to eyeliner to mascara. Find out more about what is inside below!

 The first thing that I noticed when I opened the box, was the Jesse's Girl Liquid Eyeliner in Blue Hawaii. I absolutely love Jesse's Girl Liquid Liner in Black so this is great to have when I want to use something to make my liner pop. The formula dries quickly and has a hard time smudging. (Retail: $6.99, full size)

 Now onto something for lashes, this is the Prestige Cosmetics My Biggest Lashes Mascara. It has a big plushy brush that can grab right at the roots of the lashes and build up volume. I usually don't do too well if a mascara has a huge brush since it can weigh down my lashes. I'm going to have to see how this will work and report back. (Retail: $7.50, full size)

 Next up is this Laritzy Cosmetics Lip Pencil and I have the shade Beau. It is a beautiful brick red color and is nicely pigmented. This is great to pair with a lipstick or wear on its own and top with a gloss.

 To switch it up a little, there is a Jeweled Hair Tie Set from Did Hair. It depends on what you get in your own box, but I received the pink ties. These are super cute and very practical since ribbon hair ties are the kind I use in my hair. They never snag or tug on the hair and are comfortable. (Retail: $7.50, full size)

 Last but not least is this Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette Sampler. It comes with 4 mini eyeshadows that are from the Revealed 3 palette. The shades are a bit on the softer side but it's a great way to try out a few shades from the bigger palette to determine if you are wanting to pick it up. (Sample size)


So there is a look at everything in this month's Beauty Box 5. Let me know which products you are excited to get it your box!


 ♥ Stephanie


Beauty Box 5 was sent for post consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.
June 21, 2017

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Savannah - Review


When I went on my weekly trip to Sephora, I knew I wanted a lip product but not a matte or a liquid lipstick. It was then I stumbled upon this Color Balm Lipstick from Stila. It claimed to be a creamy lip color that nourishes like a balm. Plus it had a peppermint scent so I was sold. I was so excited to find something that would give my lips color while still keeping them moisturized all day long. My results on this though were different than expected. Find out more below!
June 16, 2017

Pur Cosmetics On Point Eyeliner Pencil (All Shades) - Photos and Swatches

 Pur Cosmetics has some new On Point Eyeliner Pencils that glide on with ease while still keeping your liner transfer-resistant.There is also a matte black liquid liner in the collection as well. You can choose from 5 different shades, one with glitter and the others are matte. They are very smooth when you apply and pigmented. Find out more below!


You can always count on these eyeliners to be on point and ready to use since they have a self-sharpening lid. They have 10+ hours of wear, smudge-proof, transfer-resistant, Paraben free and Gluten free.

The Pur Cosmetics On Point Eyeliners are:

- VIP (Matte Black Liquid Liner)
- Hotline (Greenish Brown with Glitter)
- Down to Earth (Brown)
- Heartless (Black)
- Rain (Purple)
- Not Sorry (Gray) 


The liners are pigmented, soft, and don't smudge at all. The liquid liner is something I would definitely use daily. It is a lovely black shade and is easy to use with the pointed tip. When I wore it all day, I didn't notice any fading or flaking. The formula for all of the liners is great.


Pur Cosmetics On Point Eyeliner Pencils and Liquid Liner retail for $19 each. They are available now on purcosmetics.com and ULTA starting August 1st.


Which shades do you love? 


♥ Stephanie


Products mentioned were provided for post consideration. All opinions are honest and my own.
June 12, 2017

End Your Dry Skin with Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EndYourDrySkin #WetSkinIsBestSkin #CollectiveBias
 Dry skin has always been something I have struggled with. It can feel tight and uncomfortable in the winter, while being dry and itchy during the summer. It is a constant skin concern that I think about daily. I have always had short term solutions but nothing that was going to get me hydrated skin for long period of time. I was excited to try Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer because it’s a different way to moisturize skin and is easy to incorporate into my daily routine. Find out more about my experience below!

June 8, 2017

Models Own Is Now Available At Ulta - Eyeshadow Palette, Loose Powder, and Bronzing Powder

Today I have a look at some of the Models Own products that are now available at Ulta. There is a good variety of products to choose from and I love the packaging that Models Own has. I have a closer look a few products like an eyeshadow palette, loose powder, and a bronzing powder. See more below!

June 6, 2017

Sephora Inside JCPenney Sun Safety Kit 2017: A Look at What's Inside

Today I just wanted to share about this year's Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit at Sephora Inside JCPenney. These are always great sets to pick up since your able to try out different products and maybe pick up the full size once you know you love it. You get 10 deluxe sample sized products and they come in a cute bright orange bag. Find out more about what's inside below!

June 4, 2017

Covergirl Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick in Gel-Ful - Review

Today I have a look at a new liquid lipstick from Covergirl called Melting Pout. There are 12 shades available ranging from neutrals to purple and navy blue. The one I picked up is 105 Gel-Ful which is a pink coral shade. I recently found the Covergirl Melting Pout Liquid Lipsticks at Target. So what kind of finish are these and are they long wearing? Find out more below!