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Thursday, September 6, 2012

ULTA Haul Photos

Here are some photos from my recent Ulta and Smashbox hauls!

To see the haul video, visit my YouTube: My YouTube Channel

Stila kit at Ulta $32

Blackberry lip glaze by Stila

Brush #30 from Stila kit (also sold seperately)

From Stila kit at Ulta: blackberry lip glaze (top) and black smudge crayon (both sold seperately)

From Stila kit at Ulta: eye shadows in poise (purple) and sun (golden champagne); custom color self-adjusting blush in coral (not sure if eye shadows are limited edition, but blush is available seperately)

Swatches of Stila colors: eye shadows in poise (purple) and sun (golden champagne); custom color self-adjusting blush in coral

Smashbox Kit at Ulta. $29 (plus free gift)

Bottom photo: Smashbox brushes / smudge brush # 20 and travel size fan brush

Julep Maven September Box

Thursday, August 16, 2012

August 2012 Myglam Bag--Endless Summer

Myglam Bag August 2012 Video Yay, my first myglam bag! I also took a photo of my nails with the polish on. I like it--no streaking and it dried fast. Overall, very happy with this bag!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My latest YouTube Video--Perfume Collection!!

Hey Sailor! Haul by MAC Cosmetics (What I purchased)

Hey Sailor! is this year's beach/summer inspired collection by MAC Cosmetics.

I purchased two things...yes, just two things. Had to control myself--I really wanted to go back and get the highlighting powder, but I didn't because I thought (swatched) it looked similar to the blush I purchased. 

The first thing I got, I knew I wanted before I went to the MAC counter--the to the beach bronzing oil in Seaside. I have the Bronze color which came out with the to the beach collection (May 2010), and I love shimmery/glittery stuff. Plus, I get dry skin all year, so the body oil is really great for me. They also have another color, Man Rays, but it's similar enough to the bronze color which came out two years ago, and since I have that I didn't think it was necessary.

Seaside To The Beach Body Oil

Retails for $22 (USD)

So far, I'm loving this product and am very happy I purchased it!

Next, and last, I purchased the blush in Launch Away. It's a satin finish, though it almost looks matte. Temptalia has a great description of it here.  It's a light pink color and stays on my cheeks all day!

Launch Away Blush 

  Retails for $21 (USD)

Click this link to view products on MAC'S website.  I purchased through Macy's MAC counter.

(In case you're wondering, the first three of me are not posed.  My fiance was testing the camera on his new phone and decided to take shots of me shopping.  Then I made him send me them for my blog...everybody wins)

**All products were purchased by me.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, March 19, 2012

My March Birchbox

My March Birchbox was pretty awesome! I opted in for the Teen Vogue box and I'm really glad I did.

It came with five products--two of which were FULL SIZE!

Here's what was in my Birchbox:

  • Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in the color "Lucky"
  • Kerastase Elixir Ultime 
  • Essie Luxeffects Nail Polish in the color "as gold as it gets"
  • Kate Spade New York perfume in "Twirl"
  • Twistband hair tie in orange 

Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint
I got this product in the color "Lucky."  This is one of the two FULL SIZED products.  

Birchbox Breakdown
"It took us a while to learn how to draw inside the lines, but our childhood addiction to coloring books is finally paying off. These user-friendly chubby lip pencils are a goofproof way to lasting, moisturizing color. A cross between a stain and a gloss, each gel-based tint goes on sheer yet stays true for hours. The wearable shades include peaceful, a beige-toned neutral tint; lucky, a soft pink matte tint; and joy, a juicy peach tint. Naturally, our favorite is amused, a bright fuchsia tint."

 My thoughts

I've tried a few of these lipsurgences and I love them.  This one was great because it was a matte tint and I haven't tried any of the matte ones before.  It's a pretty pink color--great for the upcoming spring and summer months.

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Kerastase Elixir Ultime
This product is a deluxe sample for your hair.

Birchbox Breakdown

"It took us a while to hop on the hair oil bandwagon, but boy were we missing out. This lightweight elixir is fortified with a unique combo of four essential oils to leave strands super shiny and manageable—whether your hair is curly, straight, or in between. Plus, we can use it as a pre-shampoo treatment or leave-in conditioner. What more can a girl ask for?"

My thoughts

I've used this product a few times and it's a great hair oil for softening and adding shine.

**this is a sample size

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Essie Luxeffects Nail Polish
This is a glittery polish by Essie-- one of my favorite nail polish brands

Birchbox Breakdown
"Looking like a disco ball in public is a major don't, which is why we tend to tread softly when it comes to adding shimmer to our looks. After much trial and error (and a few sequin-related disasters), we've discovered that the best way to wear sparkle is on our nails. Enter essie®'s new range of Luxeffects top coats. Worn solo or layered, these multi-dimensional polishes will make you look, feel, and shine like a million bucks."
My thoughts
I like this polish.  I was glad to get the color I received because I have this product in another color.

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Kate Spade New York Twirl
A perfume by Kate Spade.

Birchbox Breakdown
"Kate Spade New York’s charming designs are meant to be playful, feminine, and joyful — the same goes for the brand’s signature scent. Attention-getting without being overpowering, Twirl is an incredibly versatile fragrance. The fruity floral is as suitable for the office as it is for a cocktail party. And just like everything else in the kate spade new york universe, Twirl makes you feel instantly more pulled together and ladylike."

My thoughts

This is a nice, light fruity and floral scent.  Great for the warmer weather.

**this is a sample size

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Twistband Hair Tie
They are sold on as a set, but the monthly birchbox came with one.

Birchbox Breakdown
"Back in the day, we used to rock scrunchies like they were our job. But now that we’re grown-ups (kind of), it’s time to graduate to something a bit more sophisticated. These chic hair ties keep hair secure without snagging strands or leaving ugly creases. Best of all, they look as good on our wrists as they do in our ponytail."

My thoughts

Not a bad product, but I just cut my hair so it's a little too short for hair ties right now.

**box contained one hair tie

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Final thoughts
I really enjoyed this month's birchbox.  The products I received were ones I will use and I'm glad to try them.

Keep it up, birchbox!

**Free shipping is available to birchbox members on products featured in each month's box.  You don't have to receive the product sample in your box to purchase it.  You just have to be a member.  Items available for free shipping vary each month.