Saturday, January 31, 2015

Walgreens Haul - Maybelline Rebel Bloom, Covergirl Lip Lavas, Colorlicious Lipsticks, and More

Who doesn't love new lipsticks?

Covergirl, Maybelline, and Rimmel all have new lipsticks out for Spring and they are all must haves.

While at my local Walgreens recently I went a little lipstick crazy, just a little.

Covergirl has new shades of their Colorlicious lipsticks available in rich reds, luscious pinks, smooth nudes, and yummy plums.

I picked up two,  415 - Delight Blush and 240 - Caramel Kiss.

These are my first Colorlicious lipsticks from Covergirl and I am smitten.

They have great color payoff and the colors are gorgeous.

I can't wait to pick up more.

They retail for $8.99 each, but a lot of the drugstores have a buy one, get one 50% off.


I also picked up two of Covergirl's Lip Lavas in 800 - Lava Luster and 880 - Lava Glow.

I haven't yet used these, but they are stunners. Very shimmery and glittery if that's your thing. 

These are $7.99 each, but can also be found on sale.


I was most excited to find Maybelline's Rebel Bloom Collection.

I picked up 700 - Barley Bloomed, 705 - Blushing Bud, and 745 Peach Poppy.

I haven't yet tried these either, but I have some tons of swatches and these are the three that I was most drawn to. They have been getting great reviews so I am convinced they will be a hit.

Unfortunately, these were $7.79 each and not on sale.

I happened to find that Rimmel's Provocalips were back in stock so I snatched up 700 - Skinny Dipping.

Provocalips are $6.99 each.

Wet n Wild had a bunch of stuff too for Spring.

I just picked up a Nude Eyeliner in 607A - Calling Your Buff.

Check out all of these lippies via the links below


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Have you picked up any of these lippies? Which is your favorite? Colorlicious or Rebel Bloom?






Forever 21 Beauty Haul - Part 1

Forever 21 has some Valentine's Day beauty items available now on their website.

Many of the items are from their Love & Beauty line.

I have to confess that is the same story for me.

The packaging.

It gets me every time.

The Valentine's Love & Beauty items have roses cascading down the box packaging.

It's so adorable that I wish it was on the actual item.

I have decided to keep the lipstick and lip glosses in their packaging when I am not using them.

I actually ordered more items than are pictured below.

9 more items were shipped separately (look for part two of this haul in about a week).

Side note - How come Forever 21 is now splitting orders in various shipments? I never had that happen to me until recently. The other order won't be here until next week (sigh).




Until then, here is what arrived.

Love & Beauty Heart Print Makeup Brush Set - $4.90.

Love & Beauty Lips Amour Lipstick in Bitter Sweet - $3.90.

Love & Beauty Lip Amour Lip Gloss in Tomato - $3.90.

Strawberry Lip Balms in Pink and Red - $3.90 each.

Pig-shaped Lip Balm - $3.90.

It is official I am addicted to Forever 21's adorable beauty items. They get me every time.

A lot of the items sell out quickly so if you see something you like, head over to Forever 21's website and grab your goodies (link below).


What's on your wishlist?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2 Looks with the Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette

I have only had the pleasure of knowing the Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette for about a week and already I am in love with it.

It has surpassed a lot of my other palettes that are my favorites.

I have already used it to create two looks.

Look1

Brow bone and in the crease - Undressed

Crease - Undeniable

Outer corner - Unedited

Lid and under the eye - Unleashed

Inner corner - Uninhibited






2nd look

Brow bone and in the crease - Undressed

Crease - Unedited

Outer Corner - Unafraid

Lid - Unpredictable

Under the eye - Unlimited

Inner Corner - Unlocked


I love both of these looks.

All of the shades in the Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette are pigmented, blend easily, and are buttery smooth. They all compliment each other nicely.

I don't think a bad look could be created with these shades.

Do have the Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette? Thoughts?

Lorac Unzipped Gold

I was beyond elated when I first heard that Lorac would be releasing a follow-up palette to their successful Unzipped Palette.

I was ecstatic and overwhelmed with joy when I found out that it was a gold version called Lorac Unzipped Gold.

Gold is my favorite eyeshadow color.

It felt like it took forever for the palette to be released after I learned of its existence (of course I am exaggerating).

Here's what the box looks like.


The back of the box with the ingredients and shades.


The outside of the palette which looks like the Unzipped Palette except that one is beige and this one is white.


A close-up of the inside of the palette in natural light.


A close-up of the inside of the palette with flash.

This is where I have to stop for a moment and take in all of the glory and gorgeousness that is the shade Unleashed (2nd row, 3rd shade). When I saw it, it was love at first sight. I knew we would have an eternal relationship.


The Lorac Unzipped Palette comes with the same number of shades as the original Unzipped Palette.

This being 10 shades.

4 of the shades are matte and the other 6 are shimmer.


The Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette retails for $42 (same price as the original Unzipped Palette).

It is available online at loraccosmetics.com, Kohl's, and at Ulta.


I prefer the Lorac Unzipped Gold to the original Unzipped Palette.

Which is your favorite?

Two Look using the Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette

The Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette is a nice cool toned palette.

Using it you can create some nice purple smokey looks.

I used it to create two looks, which are different yet very similar. One with a nude lip and a pink cheek and the other with a red lip and a bronze cheek.

1st look

Brow bone and inner corner - Lycan (1st row, 3rd shade)

Transition shade in the crease - Night Crawler (2nd row, 1st shade)

Crease and under the eye- Darkstar (2nd row, 5th shade)

Lid - Moonshine (2nd row, 8th shade)








2nd look

Brow bone and inner corner - Lycan (1st row, 3rd shade)

Transition shade in the crease -  Night Crawler  (2nd row, 1st shade) and Orion (2nd row, 6th shade)

Crease and under the eye- Darkstar (2nd row, 5th shade)

Lid - Moonshine (2nd row, 8th shade)





Which look do you like?

Did you pick up the Innerstellar Palette from Kat Von D, which is exclusive to Sephora? 









Naked Chocolate Palette - Eyes of the day

I could hardly wait to jump into the yummy I Heart Chocolate Naked Chocolate Palette from Makeup Revolution.

It is a whole heap of gorgeousness with its rose and rose gold mattes and shimmers.

Here is the first look that I have created with the palette.


Brow bone - Smoothly (1st row, 1st shade)

Transition shade in the crease - Milky (3rd row, 4th shade)

Crease - Choc-fest (1st row, 5th shade)

Lid - Divine (1st row, 2nd shade)

Inner corner - Way (3rd row, 5th shade)

Under the eye - Buttons (2nd row, 2nd shade)



Did you get a chance to pick up the Naked Chocolate Palette before it sold out? Thoughts?


Disney e.l.f. Collections

Who else is obsessed with the e.l.f. Disney Collections?

As a makeup lover and Disney lover it is a no brainer to collect these items when they are released.

I have opened all of the items and tried most of them at least once.

My main reason for getting them though is for the packaging they are just so pretty.


My favorites so far have been the Ariel and Snow White Collections.

I am patiently awaiting for the Alice and Belle Collections.

Which is your favorite?

I Heart Chocolate - Naked Chocolate Palette


I love chocolate.

White chocolate is my favorite.

When Makeup Revolution released the third palette, Naked Chocolate, in their line of I Heart Chocolate Palettes, I had to get it.

It looks scrumptious with its white chocolate packaging, good enough to eat.


Just like the other I Heart Chocolate Palettes it comes with 16 eyeshadows.

How adorable is this packaging?


I am honestly craving white chocolate now. Look at this. Who wouldn't?


Here is a close-up of the palette with lighting.

Am I the only one or does this one resemble Urban Decay's Naked 3 or Lorac's Unzipped Palette?

I see a lot of rose and rose gold shades.


Close-up with flash.


I am a huge supporter of Makeup Revolution or maybe I should say investor as I am constantly ordering their products.

I have said it before and I will say it again. They offer great quality products/dupes for higher end makeup brands at a fraction of the cost.



The shadows are buttery smooth, blend easily, and are pigmented. 

They honestly stand up to the higher end makeup brands. 


It retails for $12.62 US.

It has shimmer and matte shades that are perfect for neutral looks and well as smokey looks.

It is currently sold out on Makeup Revolution's website, but it should be restocked in the future. Below is the link to stock the palette until it is in stock again.


Have you picked up the Naked Chocolate Palette from Makeup Revolution? Thoughts?

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus

MAC released their Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick this past week.

It's a beauty.

It is a hot pink that is very flattering.

The collection has the lipstick as well as the lipglass.

The lipstick is in an amplified formula and the lipglass is also hot pink with sparkling pearl shimmer.



The lipstick retails for $16 and the lipglass retails for $15.

As with other Viva Glam products, the proceeds go to helping women, men, and children that are living with and affected with HIV/AIDS.

Knowing that by buying these products the proceeds go to a great cause I didn't hesitate in buying them.

They are available online and in store at MAC, Macy's, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Belk and Dillard's.





Will you be picking up MAC's Viva Glam Miley Cyrus?




PHAMExpo 2015

After IMATS comes PHAMExpo.

It's that time of year when people are recuperating from IMATS and are starting to prepare for the next big makeup show known as PHAMExpo.

PHAMExpo is the Professional Hair & Makeup Expo.

Tickets went on sale on this past Friday January 23rd.

PHAMExpo is held at the Pasadena Convention Center.

This year it is on Saturday June 27th and Sunday June 28th from 10:30 AM - 5 PM.

I waited to long this year to purchase my IMATS tickets and unfortunately wasn't able to go.

I attended PHAMExpo last year for the first time and had a great experience.

Last year it wasn't that crowded which made shopping easier and lines were not that long. It was a much more enjoyable experience than IMATS can be.

IMATS has gotten so much popularity that makes it overcrowded and hard to walk around with some lines being 5 + hours.


Tickets for PHAMExpo are currently $45 for a one day ticket and $65 for a two day ticket.

Some of the exhibitors for this year's PHAMExpo are:

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Beauty Blender

Bobbi Brown

Elessa Jade/Violet Voss

Flutter Lashes

J. Cat Beauty 

Kryolan 

Lady Moss Beauty

Laura Mercier

Lime Crime

Lorac 

Make Up For Ever

Makeup Geek

Morphe Brushes

Naimie's Beauty Center

Nigel Beauty Emporium

Saucebox

Sedona Lace

Smashbox

Too Faced

Vera Mona

Z Palette


For a complete list of exhibitors/floorpaln, here is the link https://www.phamexpo.com/exhibitors/exhibitor-list-floor-plan/

There are still many booths available, so check back for more exhibitors that will be added.

To purchase tickets, visit this link on PHAMExpo's website https://www.phamexpo.com/store/

I will be attending this year on Saturday. Who else is going?

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

Contouring and highlighting is all the rage these days in the makeup world.

With that comes contouring and highlighting palettes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has one, Kat Von D has one, Sephora has one, and now NYX has one.

NYX's Palette is called the Highlight & Contour Pro Palette.

It comes with 8 refillable shades.

Pearly Pale White

Matte Nude

Matte Soft Yellow

Pearly Soft Peach

Matte Soft Brown with slight Red Undertone

Matte Neutral Brown

Matte Taupe

Matte Deep Brown


Contouring is great for enhancing and emphasizing your facial features. 

It retails for $30 and can be purchased on NYX's website .

Below is the link to get yours.


It is also available via this link at Ulta  www.ulta.com

I am torn between getting this one or Kat Von D's Shade + Light Contour Palette.

Will you be picking up NYX's Highlight & Contour Pro Palette?

Vice LTD Palette is back and Available at Ulta!!!

The Urban Decay Vice LTD Palette has been released previously at Sephora and Urban Decay.com, but has sold out with only limited amounts available.

It has now been released at Ulta.

If you have been looking for the palette now may be the time to pick it up before its gone for good.


Just like the other three Vice Palettes, the Vice LTD Palette comes with 20 shades.

Some shades in LTD have been released in other Urban Decay Palettes and some shades are new.

Here are the listings of the shades directly from Ulta's website:

  • Nameless (medium taupe satin)
  • Backdoor (cool dark brown matte)
  • Deeper (metallic medium bronze)
  • Disco (pale metallic gold w/iridescent glitter)
  • Heat (bright metallic copper)
  • Crystal (icy metallic blue shimmer)
  • Goddess (deep smoky blue w/micro-glitter)
  • Vaporize (medium metallic gray-taupe)
  • Floss (deep metallic emerald w/micro-glitter)
  • Perversion (soft black matte)
  • Provocateur (icy metallic pink w/micro-glitter)
  • Hoodoo (medium metallic violet w/pink shift)
  • Freakshow (bright purple satin)
  • Junkshow (bright pink satin)
  • Blitz (bright metallic gold)
  • Chase (soft metallic bronze)
  • Last Sin (pale champagne shimmer)
  • Roadstripe (iridescent white w/blue-violet shift)
  • Anonymous (pale peachy cream matte)
  • Laced (soft pink-nude matte)




I was one of the lucky ones that was able to get this palette when it was first released through Sephora.

I can honestly say that for me it is one of my favorite Vice Palettes.

It retails for $58.

Below is the direct link to Ulta's website to order the palette.


Do already own Vice LTD? Thoughts?

Forever 21 Love & Beauty Bow Applique Palette

I like bows.

They are very girly.

When I see anything with bows I instantly want it.

Recently Forever 21 had lipsticks, lipgloss, and even an eyeshadow palette all adorned with a cute gold bow.

The eyeshadow palette is called the Bow Applique Palette and it comes with 14 eyeshadows.




The eyeshadows range from everyday neutrals to smokey colors perfect for after hours.





The shadows have various finishes, including matte, shimmer, satin, and glitter.

Close up of the palette with lighting.





Close-up with flash.



The packaging is sturdy with a big sized mirror.

It is a great palette for travel.



The Bow Applique Palette is listed as being top rated on Forever 21's website.


It is still available and is only $8.90.

Here is the link to check out the palette online at Forever 21.


Are you also a lover of bows?


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Forever 21 Ultimate Natural Lipstick Collection and Swatches

I am obsessed with a lot of beauty items from Forever 21.

They have so many great items available on their website.

One such item that I had my eye on, but it had sold out so quickly, was the Ultimate Natural Lipstick Collection.

When it was restocked, I didn't hesitate in buying it.

It is no longer available on their website.

It comes with 5 mini natural/neutral/nude lipsticks.

 It was only $7.90 (insert shocked emoji here).


They are so cute in their miniature size and are yet elegant at the same time with their gold packaging.


How cute are the lip swatches on the inside of the box?


The lipsticks are in the shades Dusty Pink, Nude, Natural, Bittersweet, and Oatmeal.


Here are the lipsticks in lighting.

A couple of them look matte, but after swatching them, they all seem to be more of a satin with a sheen.

Nude Beige and Oatmeal may be more closer to a matte.


Lipsticks with flash, which sort of washes out the color.


Swatches of the lipsticks in lighting.

Left to right - Dusty Pink, Bittersweet, Natural, Nude, and Oatmeal.



Same swatches with flash.




Have you tried any lipsticks from Forever 21? Thoughts?