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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ipsy Subscription Glam Bag - December 2016

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 Carpe P.M. The glam bag is a holiday inspired red clutch with a handle to carry around.

Here is a peek inside the December bag of goodies...........




Ciate London Liquid Velvet Matte Lipstick in Pin Up - $6 for 0.067 oz (full size $19 for 0.22 oz)

NYX Cosmetics Prismatic Eyeshadow in Bedroom Eyes - $6 for 0.043 oz

Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Face Primer - $4.50 for 0.10 oz (full size $31 for 0.75 oz)

Mica Beauty Cosmetics Angle Eye Shadow Brush - $22.95

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum - $9 for 0.60 oz (full size $14.95 for 1 oz)

Approximate value $49


Stacey <3

GlossyBox Subscription Box - December 2016

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 December box of beauties........




MDM Flow Semi Matte Lipstick in Bossy - $18 for 0.13 oz

Luxie Beauty Onyx Noir Small Tapered Blending Brush 231 - $16

MeMeMe Cosmetics Beat The Blues Skin Illuminator in Oyster Gold - $7 for 0.30 oz (full size $9 0.41 oz)

Harajuku Lovers Pop Electric Music by Gwen Stefani eau de parfum spray - $25 for 0.50 oz

Vichy Laboratories Liftactiv Retinal HA Eye Cream - $43 for 0.51 oz

Approximate value of this box is $109

Stacey <3

BoxyCharm Subscription Box - December 2016

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month. This month's theme is Makeup on Pointe.

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




Pure Cosmetics Buff Collection Eyeshadow Palette - 12 x 0.04 oz  $50

This palette includes 12 rose hued colors ranging from shimmers to mattes. Colors are Quartz, Sahara, Mesa, Dune, Mojave, Sandstone, Clay, Canyon, Desert, Dust, Barren and Mirage.

Makeup Eraser - $12

Wet the cloth and remove makeup then you can use the other side of the cloth to exfoliate.

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Ruby Murray - $15 for 0.40 oz

Ofra Cosmetics Metallic Liquid Lipstick in Napa Valley - $19.90 for 0.27 oz

IBY Beauty Lip Liner in Rosebud - $14 for 0.05 oz

Swatches of the Ofra Liquid Lipstick and IBY Beauty Lip Liner



Approximate value of this box is $111

Stacey <3

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box - November 2016

Hello Beauties <3

PLAY! by SEPHORA is a subscription box program. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples (plus a fragrance bonus) from the same prestige brands that you can find in Sephora stores, a PLAY! BOOK packed with tips, tricks, and helpful advice, a PLAY! PASS to redeem in-store for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase during the same store visit (each ticket may only be used once and expires after 30 days), a collectible makeup bag and an invitation by email to attend PLAY! DATE, a subscriber meetup held at select Sephora locations across the country. All this for $10 a month!

This month's theme is Best in Glow - Meet Your Partners in Shine.



Glamglow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment - Value $23 for 0.50 oz

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet - Value $10 for 0.33 oz

Cover Fx Illuminating Primer - Value $6 for 0.16 oz

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Pink - Value $11 for 0.10 oz

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Rose Gold - Value $17 for 0.03 oz

Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace eau de toilette sample

Approximate value $67

Stacey <3

Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription - November 2016

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 Rock Starlet - Rock Out Like A Knockout. The glam bag is navy blue with silver pictures of makeup items topped with stars.

Here is a peek inside the November bag of goodies...........



Doucce Freematic Blush in Zen Orange $14 value? I'm guessing it's half the size

Tarte Maracuja Oil - Value $7.50 for 0.23 oz

The Balm Mad Lash Mascara - Value $6 for 0.08 oz

Adesse New York Brightening Base Coat - $18 for 0.37 oz

Delectable by Cake Beauty Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Sweet Mint - $5.50 for 2 oz

Approximate value $51


Stacey <3

GlossyBox Subscription Box - November 2016

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........




Lycopene Skin Care Moisturizer - Value $22 for 0.50 oz

De Bruyere Beaute Jumbo Eye Pencil in Bubble - $17 for 0.05 oz

Beautiful Nutrition Grapefruit Detox Shine Repair Shampoo - Value $2 for 2 oz

Palmetto Derma Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask - Value $12.50 for 0.34 oz

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Honeymoon - $20 for 0.059 oz

Approximate value $73.50

Stacey <3

BoxyCharm Subscription Box - November 2016

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month. This month's theme is Groovy Town.

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



Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind Illuminating Face Highlighter in Rose Gold - $32 for 0.29 oz

Studio Makeup Eyeshadow Palette - $49.95 for 0.45 oz

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream Pen - $20 for 0.14 oz

Bellapierre Kiss Proof Lip Crème in Antique Pink - $20 for 0.13 oz

Crown Brush C513 Pro Detail Crease - $12.99

Approximate value - $135

Stacey <3

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box - October 2016

Hello Beauties <3

PLAY! by SEPHORA is a subscription box program. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples (plus a fragrance bonus) from the same prestige brands that you can find in Sephora stores, a PLAY! BOOK packed with tips, tricks, and helpful advice, a PLAY! PASS to redeem in-store for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase during the same store visit (each ticket may only be used once and expires after 30 days), a collectible makeup bag and an invitation by email to attend PLAY! DATE, a subscriber meetup held at select Sephora locations across the country. All this for $10 a month!

This month's theme is The Cool Cut - The Next Big Things.



The Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss - $7 for 0.10 oz Full Size $20 for 0.27 oz

Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray - $9 for 0.68 oz Full Size $44 for 3.3 oz

Erborian Bamboo Creme Frappe Skin Reviving Fresh Gel - $4 for 0.17 oz Full Size $43 for 1.7 oz

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick in Driver's Seat - $8 Full Size $24 for 0.13 oz

Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil - $14 for 1.7 oz Full Size $71 for 8.33 oz

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris eau de parfum sample

Approximate value is $42 

Stacey <3

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Ipsy Subscription Glam Bag - October 2016

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 Black Magic. The glam bag is adorable and sticking to the Halloween theme, includes ghosts, goblins, witches and black cats.

Here is a peek inside the October bag of treats...........





theBalm Cabana Boy Blush - $2 for 0.02 oz $21 for 0.30 oz

Ciate London Fierce Flicks Eyeliner - $19 for 0.05 oz

MeMeMe Blush Brush - $10

Trust Fund Beauty Gimme Good Face Primer - $6 for 0.34 oz

Ziaja Natural Olive Oil Light Formula Cream - Value $2 for 0.35 oz Full Size $12.99 for 3.5 oz

Approximate value of this bag is $39

Stacey <3

GlossyBox Subscription Box - October 2016

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 October box of beauties........




Unani Illuminate Milk Cleanser - $18 for 6.75 oz

Chuda Healing Hydrating Cream - Value $15 for 0.17 Full Size $150 for 1.7 oz

Decleor Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum - Value $24 for 0.17 Full Size $73 for 0.50 oz

Masque Bar by Look Beauty Pore Refining Mask - Value $3 for 1 mask $10 for 3 masks

Emite Makeup Lip & Cheek Tint - $19 for 0.20 oz

Approximate value of this box is $79


Stacey <3

BoxyCharm Subscription Box - October 2016

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month. This month's theme is Boxy Bazaar - Come One, Come All.

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





Luxie Beauty Eye Blender Brush Set of 3 - $36

  • 237 Blending
  • 229 Tapered Blending
  • 205 Tapered Blending


Temptu Shimmer Bronzer - $29.50 for 1.0 oz

Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Cream - $24 for 4.0 oz

Starlooks Ultra Matte Lip Paint in Piquant - $19 for 0.25 oz

IBY Beauty Three's Company Trio Eyeshadow Palette - $19

Approximate value of this box is $127.50


Stacey <3

Friday, September 30, 2016

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box - September 2016

Hello Beauties <3

PLAY! by SEPHORA is a subscription box program. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples (plus a fragrance bonus) from the same prestige brands that you can find in Sephora stores, a PLAY! BOOK packed with tips, tricks, and helpful advice, a PLAY! PASS to redeem in-store for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase during the same store visit (each ticket may only be used once and expires after 30 days), a collectible makeup bag and an invitation by email to attend PLAY! DATE, a subscriber meetup held at select Sephora locations across the country. All this for $10 a month!

This month's theme is The Unbasic Basics - An Anything But Ordinary Assortment. 



Dr. Jart Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer - Value $12 for 1.0 oz Full Size $36 for 3.3 oz

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector - Value $7 for 1.0 oz  Full Size $28 for 4.0 oz

Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel - Value $7 for 0.085 oz Full Size $22 for 0.28 oz

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper - Value $7 for 0.007 oz Full Size $20 for 0.02 oz   

Sephora Collection Rouge Shine Lipstick in Love Spell - Value $4 for 0.035 oz Full Size $12.50 for 0.13 oz

Tory Burch Jolie Fleur eau de parfum - sample 

Approximate value $37

Stacey <3

GlossyBox Subscription Box - September 2016

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 September box of beauties........




Korres Twist Lipstick in Raspberry - Full Size $18 for 0.09 oz

Borghese Superiore State of the Art Mascara - Value $ 7 for 0.10 oz Full Size $19.50 for 0.30 oz

Phyto Huile Supreme Rich Smoothing Oil - Value $12 for 1 oz Full Size $40 for 3.4 oz

ModelLauncher Brow Duo Pencil in Taupe - Full Size $12

Sesderma Sensyses Cleanser - Value $2 for 0.50 oz  Full Size $20 for 6.8 oz

Sesderma C-Vit Moisturizing Serum - Value $5 for 0.10 oz  Full Size $52 for 1.0 oz

Approximate value of this box is $56

Stacey <3


Ipsy Subscription Glam Bag - September 2016

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.




Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme - Value $14 for 0.05 oz   Full Size $28 for 0.14 oz

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Nail Polish in Va Voom - Full Size $6 for 0.46 oz

Bellapierre Mineral Blush in Autumn Glow Full Size $20 for 0.21 oz (site says 0.14 oz)

BeFine Food Skin Care Exfoliating Cleanser - Value $6 for 1.0 oz Full Size $24 for 4.0 oz

Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum - Value $4 for 0.10 oz Full Size $28 for 1.01 oz

Approximate value of this Glam Bag is $50


Stacey <3

BoxyCharm Subscription Box - September 2016

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month. This month's theme is Camp Glam. Let's go glamping!

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



Project Beauty Hairgurt Smoothing Yogurt Hair Mask - Full Size $11 for 4 oz

This strawberry banana hair mask is perfect for dry frizzy hair and it smells really really good. I left it on for about 15 minutes, then rinsed it out. My hair felt soft and smooth after blow drying.

Butter London Nail Polish in Yummy Mummy - Full Size $15 for 0.40 oz

Yummy Mummy is a pretty medium beige polish that can be worn all year round.

Pur Cosmetics Lip Lure in Belle - Full Size $22 for 0.05 oz

Belle is a coral liquid lipstick with a unique sponge applicator that you must twist up to apply. It is opaque and dries down nicely but isn't completely kiss proof.

Hikari Cosmetics Eyeliner in Raven - Full Size $13 for 0.01 oz

A nice black liner that glides on smoothly and is great for tight lining.

Studio Makeup On The Go Palette - Full Size $49.95 for 0.45 oz

This on the go palette consists of 9 matte and shimmery neutral shadows.


Approximate value of this box is $110.95


Stacey <3 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Peter Thomas Roth Mini Haul

Hello Beauties <3

Every year around this time, Peter Thomas Roth has an amazing sale on travel size products. Blockbuster and deeply discounted prices on so many great items, it's hard to pass them up. There is a maximum limit of 6 per product and I make sure I stock up!

This year I ordered the Un-Wrinkle eye cream, Laser-Free Regenerator moisturizing gel cream and Laser-Free Resurfacer face serum.



Un-Wrinkle Eye Cream - Sale $7 for 0.30 oz (full size $100 for 0.50 oz) - Amazing Deal

As the name suggests, this eye cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles leaving your skin firmer and smoother. 

Laser-Free Regenerator moisturizing gel cream - Sale $5 for 0.50 oz (full size $68 for 1.0 oz)

My skin really loves a gel cream moisturizer especially one that diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This moisturizer improves your skin's texture while firming and brightening for an overall radiant look.  

Laser-Free Resurfacer face serum - Sale $7 for 0.50 oz (full size $75 for 1.0 oz)

It's an odd feeling when you read the description and you see "Dragon's Blood" in it. Since I already have the Laser-Free Resurfacer eye serum (which I stocked up on at the last sale), I didn't hesitate to purchase this. Like the other products in this line, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while evening out your skin tone.


As an added bonus there was a deluxe sample of the Cucumber Gel Mask along with 3 foil samples of the 24K Gold Lift & Firm Prism Cream, Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel and Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane.

Until next year's sale!

Stacey <3

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

July & August Empties - 2016

Hello Beauties <3

I really didn't use a lot of foils or deluxe samples in July, so I vowed to step it up in August. Some were staple items and some I tried for the first time. Aside from the Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo and conditioner, I loved everything.




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.


Kat Von D Unlock It Makeup Remover Wipes - Retail Price $10 for 30 wipes


A pack of powerful yet gentle, oil-free makeup remover wipes that effectively eliminate long-wear, high-pigment makeup. Bold formulas begone - this pack of 30 wipes effortlessly unlocks makeup for a clean, refreshed complexion so skin is left ready for your next artistic adventure. The gentle texture is safe for use on face, eyes, and lips, and the smooth fibers promise not to irritate even the most sensitive skin. The antibacterial formula absorbs all moisture, eliminating potential for build-up. Fragrance-free and bio-degradable, this pack makes for a great travel companion.

Ulta Exfoliating Round Cotton Pads - Retail Price $3.49 for 80 pads

These round pads have 2 different surfaces, a soft side and exfoliating side. Both are great for removing eye and face makeup. I like to use these with cleansing water after removing my makeup with a wipe. I do not use the exfoliating side on my eyes, but its great on the face and around the nose. 
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water - Retail Price $28 for 6.7 oz

A soap-free micellar water that attracts and traps dirt, oil, and makeup to gently remove impurities and cleanse your complexion without drying out the skin. This micellar water uses molecules like magnets to lift dirt, oil, and makeup from the face and eyes, as it soothes, moisturizes, and softens skin. There’s no need to rub for a thorough cleanse, just a quick swipe and makeup easily clings to the formula. Enjoy the refreshing feeling on skin and the uplifting fragrance from orange and lemon blossom, watermelon, and mint leaves. 

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo - Retail Price $22 for 5.3 oz

Whether you’re in need of a quick no-wash cleanse or an extra boost of volume, a swift mist of this dry shampoo leaves hair soft and refreshed, while a spray to the roots adds instant amplification. Apply before bed to beat greasiness to the punch, and extend that coveted “just left the salon” look for days. A dry shampoo that absorbs oil, creates volume, and refreshes hair between shampoos, minus the chalky residue. The Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo contains the lightweight natural rice starch to absorb excess oil and dirt that weighs hair down. The lightweight, cleansing formula creates texture, adds volume, and deodorizes to refresh hair between shampoos. As an added bonus, it smells awesome. 

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Retail Price $38 for 1.0 oz

A silky, lightweight setting powder with sheer coverage for a natural-looking matte finish. This translucent powder sets your makeup for longer wear. Perfectly for nearly all skin tones, the soft-focus effect subtly blurs the look of fine lines and imperfections, and it doesn’t settle into lines or pores. This powder ca be applied with a puff, sponge or brush.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Setting Powder - Retail Price $35 for 0.25 oz

For the longest time, I only used loose powder to set my makeup. That was until this pressed powder came into my life. It minimizes the appearance of pores leaving my skin with a soft focus matte finish. My foundation lasts all day without the need for a touch up.



YourMinerals Transparent Veil Setting Powder - Retail Price $29 for 0.25 oz

Transparent Veil is a transparent setting powder that settles like a soft transparent veil over skin. The ultralight silk texture gives a nice smooth surface by minimizing fine lines and pores. The skin is kept matte and will help your makeup last longer. Apply over your foundation for a flawless finish. I found this powder to be extremely powdery almost to the point of choking on it.

Algenist Algae Brightening Mask - Retail Price $62 for 2.0 oz

Pamper your skin with this hydrating green algae mask and your face will be bright, smooth, radiant and even toned. It is a thick clay mask with gritty particles that exfoliates and tightens your skin. It is lightly scented and did not dry out my face.

Tatcha Indigo Smoothing Triple Recovery Cream - Retail Price $135 for 1.7 oz

I love the purple packaging and the color of the moisturizer. This luxurious cream is rich in anti-inflammatory indigo and moisturizing liquid silk to soothe and firm skin, calming and restoring youthful beauty. It is a little pricey but I am happy that I have a bunch of deluxe samples of this moisturizer so I can continue to use it.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub Almond & Honey - Retail Price $7 for 18 oz

Experience an intense exfoliation with Tree Hut Sugar Body Scrub with the rich, sweet scent of Almond and Honey. Natural sweet Almond Oil and real Honey condition damaged and neglected skin that has become unhealthy over time. This gentle sugar scrub is infused with Certified Organic Shea Butter, real Honey and an array of natural oils, including Evening Primrose, sweet Almond, Avocado, Macadamia Seed and Orange Oil. The real sugar grains and Almond bits will softly buff away dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth all day.

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil shampoo $31 for 8.5 oz and conditioner $34 for 6.7 oz 

It is a sulfate free shampoo that hydrates dry, coarse and brittle hair. It is infused with oils that makes hair softer, smoother and silkier while taming frizziness. Personally,  I did not like this shampoo mostly because I prefer one that gives a nice lather. The conditioner was okay and it is safe for color treated hair,

Stacey <3


















Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ipsy Subscription Glam Bag - August 2016

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 Sugar Highness - Live That Fantasy. Usually the bags are adorable, but this month's glam bag is by far my favorite. It was illustrated by Michelle Phan, founder of Ipsy, to inspire the dreamer in all of us.



It Cosmetics No Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner - Value $15 for 0.012 oz (full size $22 for 0.017 oz)

Ciate London Paint Pot in Dangerous Affair - Full Size $17 for 0.46 oz

Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment - $2.99 for 1.69 oz

Beaute Basics 3 Tone Bronzer

Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics Neapolitan Palette - $17.95 for 0.11 oz


Stacey <3

GlossyBox Subscription Box - August 2016

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 August box of beauties........



Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Smoothing Oil - Full Size $20 for 1.0 oz

De Bruyere After Sun Lotion - Full Size $12 for 1.76 oz

Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil - Value $3 for 0.04 oz (full size $17 for 0.23 oz)

Invisibobble The Traceless Hair Rings (Pinking of You) - $8 for a set of 3

Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait Buttery Lip Cream (Guilty Pug) - Full Size $19 for 0.12 oz

Borghese Fango Body Refining Polish - Value $3 for 0.50 oz (full size $49 for 8.0 oz)

Approximate value of this box - $65


Stacey <3

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box - August 2016

Hello Beauties <3

PLAY! by SEPHORA is a subscription box program. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples (plus a fragrance bonus) from the same prestige brands that you can find in Sephora stores, a PLAY! BOOK packed with tips, tricks, and helpful advice, a PLAY! PASS to redeem in-store for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase during the same store visit (each ticket may only be used once and expires after 30 days), a collectible makeup bag and an invitation by email to attend PLAY! DATE, a subscriber meetup held at select Sephora locations across the country. All this for $10 a month!

This month's theme is the Eye Openers - If Looks Could Thrill. The adorable drawstring beauty bag reads Wink Outside The Box. 



Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - Value $32 for 0.23 oz (full size $65 for 0.50 oz)

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara - Value $6 for 0.10 oz (full size $22 for 0.40 oz)

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in I-544 Pink Granite - Value $7 for 0.02 oz (full size $21 for 0.07 oz)

Lancome Energie de Vie Smoothing & Glowing Booster Liquid Moisturizer - Value $6 for 0.16 oz
(full size $55 for 1.69 oz)

Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear in Love Affair  (Plum) - Value $4 for 0.017 oz (full size $10 for 0.04 oz)

Clean Warm Cotton eau de parfum - Value $1 for 0.05 oz

Approximate value - $56


Stacey <3

BoxyCharm Subscription Box - August 2016

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month. This month's theme is Express Yourself.

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




Beauty For Real Eyeshadow Stx in All Day Latte - Full Size $19 for 0.049 oz

These water resistant cream to powder eyeshadow sticks blend really well when first applied but you only have around 10-15 seconds before it sets. It will stay put until you remove it with some good makeup remover and a wipe. All Day Latte is described as a soft brown with a hint of burgundy but to me a see more a pretty lilac.

Dirty Little Secret Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Phantom - Full Size $10 for 0.10 oz

Phantom is described as a fire red with orange undertones and is a limited edition color. The packaging is cute and reminds me of Minnie Mouse.

Doucce Cosmetics Maxlash Volumizer Mascara - Full Size $22 for 0.45 oz

Maximizes and defines lashes with instant volume with no clumping or smudging.

Aloette Skincare Time Repair Serum - Full Size $48 for 1 oz

This silky soft serum minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with age defying green tea extracts and alpha and beta hydroxy acids.

Coastal Scents Blush & Bronzer Mini Palette (includes brush) Value $13.95 + $6 


Approximate value of this box - $118.95


Stacey <3

Saturday, July 30, 2016

GlossyBox Subscription Box - July 2016

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 July box of beauties........




Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist - $16 for 2.53 oz

Sinful Colors Sinfulshine Top Coat - $3 for 0.50 oz

Eyeko Fat Stick in Satin - $12 for 0.14 oz

Fango Essenziali Moisture Treatment Sheet Mask - $7

Glov Quick Treatment Pad - $5

Sabon Shower Oil in Delicate Jasmine - Value $2 for 1.7 oz  Full Size $23 for 16.9 oz


Stacey <3

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ipsy Subscription Glam Bag - July 2016

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 Hot Summer Nights and includes a super cute bag with cool peppermint candies.





the Balm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Trimony in Matt Kumar - $5

Vasanti Cosmetics Professional Eyeshadow Brush - $21

Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara - Value $7 for 0.08 oz  Full Size $25 for 0.29 oz

skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion - Value $12.80 for 0.50 oz Full Size $45 for 1.76 oz

Palmetto Dermo Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask - Value $12 for 0.34 oz  Full Size $64 for 1.75 oz


Stacey <3

Saturday, July 23, 2016

BoxyCharm Subscription Box - July 2016

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month. This month's theme is Modern Merbabes - Let's Makes Waves.

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



PYT Hair Argan Oil Treatment - $30 for 1.01 oz

Noyah Lip Gloss in Malbec - $16 for 0.19 oz

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in Ice Blue - $18

Ofra Professional Magnetic Palette - $59 (six shadows included)
Bohemian, Buttercup, Smoke, Iron, Truffle and Millennium Gold


Buttercup and Millennium Gold were pretty light in the picture. Keep in mind it was one swipe with no primer


Stacey <3

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box - July 2016

Hello Beauties <3

PLAY! by SEPHORA is a subscription box program. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples (plus a fragrance bonus) from the same prestige brands that you can find in Sephora stores, a PLAY! BOOK packed with tips, tricks, and helpful advice, a PLAY! PASS to redeem in-store for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase during the same store visit (each ticket may only be used once and expires after 30 days), a collectible makeup bag and an invitation by email to attend PLAY! DATE, a subscriber meetup held at select Sephora locations across the country. All this for $10 a month!

This month's theme is Effortless Summer



Ouai Wave Spray - 1.7 oz $8 value  Full Size  $26 for 5.0 oz

Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer - 0.16 oz  $4.50 value Full Size $28 for 1.0 oz

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer - 0.25 oz  $9 value  Full Size $36 for 1.0 oz

Nest Fragrances Citrine eau de parfum sample

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser - $5.50 for 1.0 oz  
Other available sizes  2 oz $10  5 oz $20  8 oz $30  

Blotterazzi by beauty blender 

Stacey <3

Thursday, July 14, 2016

June Empties

Hello Beauties <3

It's that time again! Another month has passed and I am happy to report that I continue to use more and more products in my beauty stash.



Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face & Neck Creme - $100 for 2.5 oz

This face and neck cream is ideal for normal to combination skin and contains Broad Spectrum SPF 15. If you are looking for a youthful, lifted, sculpted and firmer look - you may want to try this moisturizer. Skin looks radiant and it is said to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles after continuous use.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - $23 for 0.27 oz

This is by far my holy grail mascara. Even if I use a different mascara in my stash, I always have to finish my lashes off with this Too Faced mascara, An intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection. Inspired by the curves of a woman’s body, the hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this carbon black, collagen-fueled formula. One coat and lashes are full and defined. Two coats and lashes are even more luscious, curled, and dramatic. Three coats help you achieve the most intense, black, multidimensional lashes possible.

Josie Maran Black Argan Oil Mascara - $22 for 0.27 oz

Treat your lashes to the nourishing lash-softening effect of 100 percent pure argan oil mixed with blackest-black iron mineral pigments, and infused with the lash strengthening properties of bamboo. Creamy and 91 percent natural, Argan Black Oil Mascara conditions as it coats, lengthens, volumizes, lifts, and curls, for eyes that sparkle and invite the world in. The unique formula is delivered by an innovative five-ball brush that reaches every lash.


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. As I mentioned in previous blogs, this has been is my holy grail face primer for some time.

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Face Primer - $31 for 0.75 oz

Since I have so many face primers in my beauty stash, I decided to give some of them a good honest try. First up was this primer from Benefit Cosmetics. To me, it is very similar to my HG primer from Too Faced. It's silky and lightweight formula minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines and creates a smooth canvas for your makeup application.


GlamGlow Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment - $69 for 1.7 oz

First and foremost I must say this mask smells divine. I love to apply it at night (do not rinse it off) and wake up with hydrated silky smooth skin. It moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. Give yourself an energized and glowing complexion with this mask.

Erborian Pate au Ginseng Black Concentrated Mask - $61 for 1.7 oz

A syrup-like black mask enriched with six-year old red ginseng to help fight visible signs of aging for skin that feels firmer and smoother. This mask helps skin to appear smoother and feel more elastic. The distinctive "tensor" effect gives skin the sensation of being plumped and firmed while Erborian’s unique complex containing six-year old red panax ginseng works to fight visible signs of aging—providing comfort and vitality for tired complexions. Skin appears more luminous and plumped, and feels firmer for a youthful-looking complexion.

BioRepublic Pomegranate Crush Illuminating Fiber Mask - $5 per mask



A brightening facial mask infused with natural pomegranate and green tea extract:

  • Brightens and energizes skin tone.
  • Evens and smoothes complexion.
  • For radiant, fresh and balanced skin.
This biodegradable sheet mask snugly fits the contours of your face,
ensuring optimal delivery of vital nutrients to the skin.

Rahua Shampoo - $34 for 9.3 oz

A 100 percent natural shampoo for color-treated hair that cleanses and supports healthy, lustrous, bouncy hair. The purity of these ingredients support the health and well-being of your hair and scalp. Coconut and shea butter betaines safely, gently, and effectively remove oil, dirt, and bacteria without stripping hair of its essential oils. Infused with a natural, chemical-detergent free and sulfate-free formula, it cleanses hair with fewer suds, so that it does not remove color or previously applied treatments. It’s packed with organic and 100 percent natural ingredients, including rahua oil to fortify weak, damaged strands while helping to nourish and revive the scalp and hair follicles—allowing for hair to grow longer and stronger. It leaves your tresses with the delicate fragrance of Palo Santo for a soothing aromatherapy experience while shampooing. 

Rahua Conditioner - $36 for 9.3 oz

A 100 percent natural conditioner for color-treated hair that protects to create manageable, soft hair without any build-up. This conditioner is infused with rahua oil, which fortifies weak, damaged strands while nourishing and reviving the scalp and hair follicles. Formulated with quinoa, a gluten free super-food that’s indigenous to South America, it promotes healing and moisture retention, while green tea leaf extract mitigates damage from UV-ray exposure. Aloe barbadensis moisturizes, energizes, and regenerates lackluster hair, transforming it into renewed vibrancy. A double-duty hair beautifier, the conditioner can be used while styling to add control and prevent frizz. It leaves your tresses with the delicate fragrance of Palo Santo for a soothing aromatherapy experience while conditioning. 

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo - $25 for 8 oz or $59 for 24 oz

This weightlessly hydrating formula gently cleanses the hair and effectively blocks humidity for truly sleek locks. Its key ingredient, PolyfluoroEster, creates an invisible shield on the hair to lock in moisture-proof smoothness and repel dirt and oil, so you can go longer between washes to break the frizz and damage cycle.

Living Proof No Frizz Conditioner - $25 for 8 oz or $59 for 24 oz

This formula weightlessly hydrates the hair, effectively blocks humidity, and enhances shine for truly sleek locks. Its key ingredient, PolyfluoroEster, creates an invisible shield on the hair to lock in moisture-proof smoothness and repel dirt and oil, so you can go longer between washes to break the frizz and damage cycle.


Stacey <3


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sephora Hauls and Promos - June 2016 (part 2)


Hello Beauties <3

I picked up a few items on sale in June, some things I really wanted and some items were an impulse purchase for the sake of a good promo.



Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette - 15 x 0.05 oz each
  •  Protest (golden forest green shimmer)
  • Junkie (green teal shimmer)
  • Deep End (bright teal shimmer)
  • Madness (bright metallic blue shimmer with micro-glitter)
  • Evidence (deep navy blue shimmer)
  • Prank (deep navy matte with turquoise pearl)
  • Omen (bright metallic purple with blue shift)
  • Flashback (bright deep purple with pink sparkle)
  • Voodoo (metallic purple shimmer with micro-glitter)
  • Flatline (metallic pale pink)
  • Bordello (pale mauve shimmer with micro-glitter)
  • Backlash (bright pink with orange pearl)
  • Daybreak (soft bronze with silver glitter)
  • Burn (medium golden brown shimmer)
  • West (medium golden brown shimmer) 

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette - 15 x 0.04 oz each

  • Blonde (pale beige/pink iridescent shift)
  • Bathwater (pale beige with gold pearl)
  • Skimp (pale nude satin)
  • Steady (medium rose/metallic gold shift)
  • Punk (reddish brown matte)
  • Baby (cool metallic rose)
  • Anaheim (light taupe-brown matte)
  • Stark (nude-pink matte)
  • Zone (medium brown matte)
  • Serious (smoky gray with iridescent floating pearl)
  • Pop (pale coral with iridescent sparkle)
  • Harajuku (metallic blue-pink/iridescent micro-shimmer)
  • Danger (deep metallic royal blue/blue micro-sparkle)
  • 1987 (bright metallic yellow-gold)
  • Blackout (blackest black matte) 

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick in Rock Steady
Sephora Collection Ombre Obsession Face Palette
Sephora Collection Master Cleanse Daily Brush Cleaner
Sephora Collection Perfect Condition Brush Conditioner
Sephora Collection Tweezers
Caudalie Grape Water

And of course the lovely promos and samples



Stacey <3

Friday, July 1, 2016

Play! by Sephora Subscription Box - June 2016

Hello Beauties <3

PLAY! by SEPHORA is a subscription box program. Each month you will receive five deluxe samples (plus a fragrance bonus) from the same prestige brands that you can find in Sephora stores, a PLAY! BOOK packed with tips, tricks, and helpful advice, a PLAY! PASS to redeem in-store for a free one-on-one tutorial and 50 bonus Beauty Insider points with any product purchase during the same store visit (each ticket may only be used once and expires after 30 days), a collectible makeup bag and an invitation by email to attend PLAY! DATE, a subscriber meetup held at select Sephora locations across the country. All this for $10 a month!

This month's theme is the Minimalists - Effortless is More. Nudes and naturals for an understated style that proves less is more. 



Benefit They're Real Mascara - $24 for 0.30 oz  Value $8 for 0.10 oz

Bumble & Bumble Don't Blow It - $31 for 5 oz   Value $3 for 0.50 oz

Tocca Florence eau de parfum

Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 30 - $32 for 1.7 oz   Value $4.50 for 0.23 oz

Becca Backlight Priming Filter Radiant Finish - $38 for 1.0 oz  Value $7 for 0.20 oz

Bareminerals bareSkin Sheer Sun Serum Bronzer Radiant Finish - $28 for 1.0 oz Value $3 for 0.10 oz


Approximate value $25

Stacey <3

GlossyBox Subscription Box Review - June 2016

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 June box of beauties........




Caolion Freshly Hydro Sheet Mask - $7 per mask

Sebastian Professional Finishing Spray $19 for 10.6 oz   Value $3 for 1.5 oz
Dark Oil hair oil

Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara - $19 for 0.34 oz

LA Splash Lip Lacquer High Pigment in Sugar Rush - $18 for 0.28 oz

Tan Towel Half Body Classic - $27 for 10 towelettes    Value $5 for 2 towelettes

Vichy Laboratories Thermal Spa Water - $14 for 5.0 oz   Value $4 for 1.69 oz


Approximate value of this box is $56


Stacey <3

Ipsy Subscription Glam Bag - June 2016

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 Rebel Rebel and the super cute Glam Bag reminds me old school yard graffiti.




Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Lounge - $19 for 0.05 oz   Value $10 for 0.03 oz

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Cheeks in Peach Pink - $23 for 0.18 oz   Value $10 for 0.08 oz

Formula X Nail Polish in Wingwoman - $10.50 for 0.40 oz   Value $3.50 for 0.13 oz

BioRepublic Skincare Fiber Mask Set - $5 per mask
Pomegranate Crush - Illuminating
Cucumber Breeze - Soothing

Royal & Langnickel MODA Crease/Smudge Brush - $5.99


Approximate value of this Glam Bag is $40

Stacey <3

Sunday, June 26, 2016

BoxyCharm Subscription Box - June 2016

Hello Beauties <3

BoxyCharm is a monthly subscription box that includes 5 full and luxury size beauty items for $21 a month. This month's theme is Girls Just Wanna Have Sun - Salt in the Air and Sand in our Hair.

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



Ofra Oil Control Pressed Powder - $39.95 for 0.35 oz

LVX Nail Lacquer in Serene - $18 for 0.50 oz Whimsical Sky Blue

Girlactik Precise Eyeliner Marker in Black Noir - $20 for 0.041 oz

Cougar Beauty Mineral Face & Body Shimmer in Diamond Kiss - $16 for 0.14 oz

Farmacy Coconut Gel Mask Brightening Purple Broccoli - $24 for 3 pack

Approximate value of this box is $118


Stacey <3

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

May Empties

Hello Beauties <3

Here are my mini May empties - not too many but at least I used up a few more products.



Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Instant Infusion Treatment Toner - Retail price $49 for 4 oz

I really enjoyed this toner. As I mentioned in previous blogs, I prefer a thicker toner so this one was perfect. It was not drying at all and in fact it hydrated my skin to the point where moisturizer was not even necessary before applying my makeup. During my nighttime skin routine, I still use a good night cream just because I like more hydration overnight. According to the description on Fresh' s website, this toner provides 24 hours of moisture and offers significant protection from environmental stressors while evening skin tone and refining skin texture. The radiance-boosting formula also softens the skin which allows ingredients to penetrate more deeply, enhancing the efficacy of your complete skincare ritual.

Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water - Retail Price $32 for 8.4 oz

A pure and natural all-in-one cleansing water that removes makeup and impurities while toning and brightening skin. Dermaclear Micro Water is made with 85 percent active hydrogen mineral water instead of refined water and is formulated with 90 percent natural ingredients. This unique formula allows it to remove all impurities, makeup, and even mascara without irritation while it provides nutrients and superior moisturizing. Suitable for hypersensitive skins, the Derma Toning Complex leaves a fresh, clean feeling while toning and brightening.

Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water - Retail price $6 for 1.69 oz, $12 for 6.76, $20 for 13.5 oz

I bought this on a whim, probably as a "filler" on a Sephora order. I felt this was an okay cleansing water, it did remove any left over product left on my face after using a makeup wipe. This no rinse micellar product cleanses the face and eyes effectively in one simple step. Its soap-free formula features cleansing spheres that effectively capture and eliminate impurities and makeup. One of the ingredients, HydroSenn+ is said to be a proven factor in providing long lasting hydration, however I did not feel this was moisturizing at all.

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

This is still my everyday go to foundation. I apply it with a Sigma F80 brush and sometimes I blend it out with a moistened beautyblender. An oil-free foundation for natural-looking, full coverage and a beautiful, radiant finish. Born This Way 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. 


Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask
Retail Price $63 for a box of 12 packs (each pack contains 2 eye masks)

I love these eye masks, they are so concentrated and practically show visible results instantly. If you are looking for an eye treatment that reduces the appearance of fine lines, brightens your skin, minimizes the look of dark circle, plumps and hydrates the skin, then try these eye masks. Your skin will feel softer and look smoother and healthier. Here is the description:

Pure Retinol Micro-Infusion technology penetrates skin instantly to smooth away the look of wrinkles. The mask conforms to skin to seal in essence and refine texture for 24-hour hydration. It also features Benefiance’s powerful WrinkleResist technology to prevent new wrinkle formation and help treat existing wrinkles. This product addresses three types of eye area wrinkles: corner crinkling, under eye wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Pure Retinol Micro-Infusion Technology delivers ultra small particles of retinol in an essence, providing an easily-absorbed formula with a higher concentration of the active ingredient. Wrinkle-Retouching Sheet is thicker, more adherent, and more flexible. It stays in place on the skin while physically stretching wrinkles and smoothing them out. It holds 20 percent more essence than the previous version. Smoothness-holding polymers in the essence stay on the skin surface for hours after mask removal, maintaining skin’s smoothness. 

Mirabella Face Primer - Retail price $29 for 0.45 oz

I received this primer in one of my beauty subscription boxes so I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, it was a decent primer. It is a silicone clear primer that evens out your skin's texture and acts as a pore filler creating a nice canvas for foundation. I probably would not purchase this since there are so many other good primers in that price range.


Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Milk - Retail price $58 for 1.0 oz

This sample lasted 3 uses for me. Some serums have more of a liquidy consistency but this is a cream serum and I actually prefer this type. A skin-quenching serum packed with omega-rich super foods that promotes smooth, luminous, healthy-looking skin. This lightweight, fast absorbing but intense serum delivers instant hydration and nourishment to thirsty skin and can be used both day and night

Results from their website:
Immediately after use:
  • 100% said it quickly absorbs into skin*
  • 90.3% said skin feels revitalized*
  • 90.3% said skin feels instantly hydrated*
  • 83.9% said it helps even skin tone*
After 2 weeks of use:
  • 100% said skin feels smoother*
  • 83.9% said skin feels hydrated throughout the day*
  • 83.9% said skin appears rejuvenated after use*
  • 80.6% said skin feels more youthful*

*Results observed in a consumer panel survey on 31 subjects.

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Serum - Retail Price $128.50 for 1.0 oz

 A highly concentrated serum that contains 30% hyaluronic acid to enable skin to attract and retain maximum moisture. It maximizes skin's moisture capacity while dual-action peptides stimulate natural collagen production and antioxidants to help protect skin from damaging free radicals. This serum is especially for those with dryness or dullness and who want an immediate improvement in the appearance of fine lines with cumulative improvements over time.

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Advanced Repair Retinol Eye Cream - Retail Price $125.50 - 0.50 oz

A potent anti-aging treatment containing the highest non-prescription concentration of retinol, which works in synergy with the powerful antioxidant resveratrol and moisture-binding hyaluronic acid. It helps repair damage while reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles in addition to firming loose skin, smoothing texture and restoring radiance.

Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream - Retail Price $22 for 1.0 oz

This lightweight hydrating oil free night cream plumps, firms and nourishes all skin types. Elastin, Collagen, and Hyaluronic Acid combine with the vitamins and minerals found in Bladderwrack Extract to nourish dehydrated skin. The result is smooth, dewy, younger-looking skin overnight.

Mario Badescu Dermonectin Eye Cream - Retail Price $18 for 0.50 oz

This eye cream is formulated with antioxidant oils including Vitamin A and E along with a special blend of Vegetable, Peanut, and Coconut Oils. Super concentrated and richly moisturizing for overnight use. It provides intense moisture for very dry skin while diminishing crows feet and lines.


Stacey <3