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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hip Hip Hooray....another Sephora Haul

Hello Beauties <3

It's time to share a few Sephora hauls from the last month or so. I always seem to take forever to take pictures and load to compete blog posts......but as I always say, better late than never!!

This is the time of the year when Sephora has some sort of deal going on that is too good to pass up, hence the many duplicates. A girl always needs beauty backups.

Here is a close up of this gorgeous lip set. Click below for full review and swatches  

And a closeup of the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip set
Urban Decay Vice 4 palette
Belif Winter Moisture Land set 
Beautyblender Makeup's Best Friend set
Beautyblender Solid cleanser x2
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Sand x2
Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer x2
Wen Deluxe Healthy Hair kit
Bite Beauty Best Bite Rewind set
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony x2
Sephora CC cream
Sephora hair ties


and some samples

Stacey <3

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ipsy Subscription Glam Bag Review - November 2015

Hello Beauties <3

If you subscribe to Ipsy, each month you will receive a cute Glam Bag filled with a mix of 5 full sized beauty products or deluxe samples all for just $10.

This month's theme is Beauty Blast - The Stars Are Aligning. The Glam Bag has a blast of pinks, purples, reds and blues all over it. Twinkle, twinkle it's time to light up the sky.

Here is a peek of the November Glam Bag, a universe of brilliant beauties:

SLMiss Glam Boutique Blush Brush - Full Size $14.50
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara - 0.14 oz $7.50 value (full size 0.38 oz $20)
Hey Honey Come Clean Propolis & Minerals Facial Scrub - 0.50 oz $6 value (full size 2.2 oz $23) 
Demeter Fragrance Library Twilight Orchid Roll On Perfume Oil - 0.33 oz $7 value
J Cat Beauty Skinny & Long Eye Pencil in Ash Silver - Full Size 0.08 oz $2.99

Total value of this Glam Bag is approximately $38

Stacey <3

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review - November 2015

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month.

Here is a peek of the November box of beauties........

This month's theme is Beauty Par-Tea. All the products in this box are FULL SIZE!

Luxie Rose Gold Concealer Eye Brush - Full Size $12
Pur'Lisse Pur'Eye Adore Quadra Benefit Eye Serum -Full Size $65 for 0.50 oz
Manna Kadar's Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in All of Me - Full Size $24 for 0.18 oz
Coolway Leave In Treatment - Full Size $14.95 for 2.0 oz
StudioMakeup Soft Blend Blush in Wildflower - Full Size $17 for 0.17 oz

Total value of this box is approximately $132.95

Each month BoxyCharm continues to impress me with the products they include and especially the value that is always over $100.

I love getting makeup tools and brushes in my subscription boxes, you know a girl can never have too many makeup brushes especially pretty pink ones.

Speaking of pink, the Manna Kadar's Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in All of Me is described as a nude rose pink. Personally, I don't think its "nude" but rather a gorgeous light mauve/rosey pink color. After a few minutes of application, it dries to a nice matte stain and lasts many hours.

As far as value in this box, the Pur'Lisse Pur'Eye Adore Quadra Benefit Eye Serum wins hands down!

From their site:

Active ingredients like soy protein and French marine plants bring 4X the power against aging in this intensive eye serum. Our breakthrough Peptide Eye Complex and exclusive peptide complex, Lotus Lupine 5, have been clinically proven to work together against wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, while hydrating and lifting the delicate eye area.
Apply day/night after cleansing. Using your ring finger, lightly tap on small amount of serum, to reduce tugging on delicate eye tissue.

Until next month.............

Stacey <3

Sunday, November 15, 2015

GlossyBox Subscription Box Review - November 2015

Hello Beauties <3

GlossyBox is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and deluxe size beauty items for $21 a month.

Here is a peek at the November box of beauties........

Flora-Py Flora Therapy Facial Sheet Mask - Full Size $8.00 for 0.80 oz (1 mask)
Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Ultra Moisturizing Hand Therapy - 0.09 oz  $9 value
    Full Sizes available are 3.5 oz and 8.8 oz and retails for $22 and $32 respectively
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme - 0.17 oz  $8.50 value
    Full Size 1.0 oz and retails for $50
Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in You're Toast - Full Size 0.04 oz for $22.50
Beauty For Real D-Fine Perfect Lip Pencil Universal Shade - Full Size 0.12 oz for $14

Total value for this box is approximately $62

Stacey <3

Friday, November 6, 2015

October Empties - Yay or Nay

Hello Beauties <3

Another month is behind us and that means more beauty products have been used and it's time to talk about the yays and nays of my October empties.

You may see a pattern this month with my empties and the common denominator is none other eyes. I go crazy for eye creams and I used up quite a few different ones this month.

Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Triple Peptide Eye Cream - Retail Price $80 for 0.50 oz

This ultra-rich formula glides on to rejuvenate, illuminate, and reverse signs of time. The cream helps restore and replenish moisture while reducing puffiness and fading dark circles. The formula diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles as it recharges tired eyes and creates a more rested look. This eye cream is a definite YAY for me (if you didn't notice, I went through 2 deluxe size)

Dr. Brandt Needles No More Instant Wrinkle Relaxing Cream - Retail Price $89 for 0.50 oz

This "gem" targets lines & wrinkles on the forehead, between brows and crow's feet. A powerful tri-blend of wrinkle relaxers provide a targeted delivery of the wrinkle relaxing ingredients to where they are most needed. Instantly relaxing and smoothing expression lines, while helping to soften and reduce the appearance of lines & wrinkles and defend against future expression lines. Another definite YAY for me. I already purchased the full size bottle.

SK-II Essential Power Eye Cream - Retail Price $125 for 0.50 oz

A soft and light cream that is easily absorbed by your skin. It provides radical firmness on three crucial points around the eyes: the eyelids, the under eye area and the eye corners. This groundbreaking formula enhances the appearance of firmness and resilience in the skin around the eyes, which leads to an improvement in the appearance of multiple aging concerns. Although this product is a YAY for me, I'm still on the fence if I'd purchase it based solely on the price.

Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate - Retail Price $85 for 0.50 oz

A cooling formula that diminishes and prevents signs of aging while moisturizing and visibly firming the eye area. This formula also works to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness and illuminates and revives tired eyes. I didn't really notice any difference while using this eye cream so I couldn't justify buying the full size. However, since I didn't have any negative effects, I'll continue to use the remaining samples I have....and I must tell you I have at least 12 more.

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Eye Cream - Retail Price $51 for 0.50 oz

A lightweight, whipped eye cream that works to hydrate, brighten, and retexturize the delicate eye area. Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye is specially formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes and the multiple concerns affecting it. It features the clinically-proven, non-stop skin renewal technology that continuously hydrates, brightens dark circles, reduces puffiness, and smooths the look of fine lines. Asian fruit extract energizes tired-looking eye, algae extracts brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness, and a yeast complex retexturizes skin to smooth the look of fine lines. This was another product where I didn't see any noticeable differences to the area under my eyes but I will continue to use the last 3 deluxe samples I have.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster - This is available in 3 different sizes 
Retail Price $48. $72, and $128 for 1.0 oz, 1.7 oz and 3.4 oz respectively 

Let me just say I adore this serum and have tons of it, so I'm set for awhile. It's funny because I'm not a huge fan of "liquidy" serums (I prefer more of a creamy formula) but this one stole my heart...or should I say my skin. Like a daily vitamin for your face, this high powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage. Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected, this aromatic serum is absorbed instantly and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to provide long term results. Sensitive skin prone to irritation will benefit immensely from the calming properties of this oil-free serum. Obviously this is a huge YAY for me.

Kate Somerville RetAsphere 2 in 1 Retinol Night Cream - Retail Price $85 for 1.0 oz

I always look forward to trying products that say "retinol" or "anti-aging" so I was excited to receive this night cream. This two-in-one night cream is designed to gently infuse the skin with pure Retinol and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and evens out skin texture and tone. It increases your skin's elasticity and firmness making it look and feel smooth and firm. A definite YAY for me and I still have 2 more deluxe samples left.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Perfecting Face Primer - Retail Price $30 for 1.0 oz

This makeup primer helps create a flawless canvas alone or under your foundation for a bright and fresh look that lasts all day. Vitamins A & C, Mulberry Extract and a powerful dose of Retinol virtually banish pores while tired skin is left hydrated, firmer, and detoxified.This is my HG face primer and as you can see in my picture, I had to cut the bottom so I can use every last ounce of product! A tremendous YAY for me!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Light Beige - Retail Price $39 for 1.0 oz

Born This Way is a full coverage oil-free foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin. For coverage so undetectable, you can’t see the makeup or the imperfections—just a natural-looking, luminous, flawless complexion. The revolutionary formula is infused with a potent combination of coconut water to naturally replenish moisture levels; nature’s resilient alpine rose to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity and hyaluronic acid for a smoother, more youthful appearance. 

I'm starting to really like this foundation more and more but this shade was a little too light for me. It's still in my top 3 along with Estee Lauder Double Wear and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD. So, it's no surprise this is a YAY for me.

Ole Henriksen Sugar Glow Face Scrub - Retail price $38 for 3.5 oz

Let me start of by saying this is a definite YAY for me. I love, love, LOVE this face scrub. (yes I have backups, 3 to be exact) It is recommended that you use Sugar Glow about 3 times a week but I sometimes use it more. I do not have sensitive skin so I can enjoy what it does to my skin more often, Oh and I must tell you, it smells so good!

From their site:
This invigorating scrub deep cleanses, smoothes and refines the skin as it polishes away impurities. Packed with the antioxidant power of african red tea, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin and honey, this sweet scrub awakens skin to a smoother and brighter skin tone.
African red tea Strengthens the skin’s outer layer, slows the aging process and soothes the skin
Raw, organic sugar Gently exfoliates and moisturizes dry lackluster skin
Honey Natural humectant; antimicrobial
Pomegranate seeds Exfoliates dead skin; high in polyphenols
Pumpkin extract Brightens, exfoliates and refines
Rose hips Soothes and tones with vitamins A and C
Tangerine, Grapefruit, Orange Purifies and brightens; astringent and antiseptic

Kirkland Signature Daily Facial Towelettes - Retail price $11.99 for 150 count
Included in this box are 4 - 30 count flip top recloseable lid packs and 2 - 15 count resealable travel packs. I absolutely love these makeup wipes from Costco. I use them every night to remove my makeup although I still pour a little makeup remover on them just to help remove my waterproof mascara with ease. I do not like tugging on my eyes and lashes if I don't have to.

Pamper yourself with an effective and complete skin care solution that offers a deep clean and will not irritate your skin. This mild formula has cucumber, chamomile flower extract and aloe and will remove all traces of makeup, dirt and oil leaving your skin glowing and refreshed, No need to rinse your face afterwards. A definite YAY for me. If you couldn't tell from my previous blog posts, I use these daily so they usually show up in my empties.

Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover - Retail price $19 for 4.2 oz

This makeup remover is great for lids, lashes and lips (think of those hard to remove lipsticks).  It dissolves and "lifts away" long-wearing makeup, even waterproof mascara. A perfect everyday go-to makeup remover gentle enough to remove the toughest of makeup without the harsh tugging of your skin. I do not wear contacts, but for those beauties that do, rest assured, this makeup remover has been tested and is safe to use according to Clinique. To me, this was just ok. It got the job done but I wasn't like OMG. I still love my Sephora makeup remover!

Stacey <3

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip Review + Swatches

Hello Beauties <3

Look at this gorgeous lip set that I am so excited to play with!!!!

I always (well almost always, I'd say about 99 % of the time)  buy the Sephora Favorites sets. If you are like me, then you love a great deal and adorable mini lip products, something I can not pass up.

This year Sephora released their Give Me More Lip set that includes lipsticks, lip glosses and lip creams valued at whopping $197 but.............. retails for $59. You get a total of 15 products - 4 full size and 11 deluxe size in a range of colors from mauves and berries to nudes and reds.

Granted every color may not work for you but you can always gift the ones you won't wear or mix and match them with other lip colors to create your very own unique lipstick.

This set contains: 

- 0.22 oz Ciate London Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Risque - tomato red (full size) $19 
- 0.12 oz Nars Lipstick in Scarlet Empress - semi matte blue red (full size) $27
- 0.1 oz Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Magenta Matte (full size) $20
- 0.09 oz Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak - coral pink (full size) $22
- 0.03 oz Bite Matte Creme in Cognoc - dark brown (deluxe size) 
- 0.04 oz Kat Von D Studded Kiss in Homegirl (deluxe size) 
- 0.07 oz Fresh Sugar Tulip Tinted Lip Treatment (deluxe size) 
- 0.16 oz Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Peony (deluxe size) 
- 0.10 oz LancĂ´me Lip Lover in 355 Framboise Etoile (deluxe size) 
- 0.07 oz Buxom Lip Cream in Berry Blast (deluxe size) 
- 0.04 oz Clinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Strawberry (deluxe size) 
- 0.07 oz Buxom Lip Polish in Sophia (deluxe size) 
- 0.07 oz Laura Mercier Creme Smooth in Milkyway (deluxe size) 
- 0.05 oz Tarte Energy Gloss in Clear (deluxe size) 
- 0.03 oz Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Le Rouge in No 1 (deluxe size)

These are 2 of my favorite Fall colors from this set, Although pretty similar in color, the Bite is more of a brown and the Nars is more of a deep burgundy. 

Here are the swatches of all the beauties from this set.

Stacey <3