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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ariel & Snow White Beauty Book Winner!

So who won the two e.l.f. Beauty Books?
eyes lips face beauty books

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lancer Eye Cream $95 - Did It Work?

I think we may all have at least one thing about ourselves that we wish we could improve.
For me, that would be my under eyes. I would even consider surgery (lower blepharoplasty) to fix my ever-present baggage...if it didn't cost $3K.
(OK, truth...also if it didn't look like such a painful & gross surgery.)
But, if there was some way to fix what genetics has given me that didn't require all that? Sign me up!
So, for now, I try the latest, (supposedly) greatest, most touted eye creams to see if they help.
The latest I tried?
Lancer Eye Contour Lifting Cream with MDCP Complex.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Urban Decay's NEW Perversion Mascara vs. Better Than Sex Mascara

In my August Ipsy Glambag
I got several cool items...
Cool cylindrical polka dot bag this month!

  I was very excited that we got to sample Urban Decay's NEW Perversion mascara so SOON after it just came out. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, Ipsy!
Anyways, I did my unboxing video:
You can see all the things I got, plus, watch as I apply UD's Perversion on one eye while I follow up with Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara on the other eye.
What were the results?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Makeup By One Direction..."Up All Night" Collection Review & Tutorial

I've been stuck in a makeup rut.
Brown, gold, beige, taupe, bronze.
I don't often venture into bold, bright colors when it comes to makeup. Sometimes my lips get a little wild and colorful...but not my eyes. At least not often.
I had the opportunity to get out of that rut with the fun, playful new Makeup By One Direction. I had a blast creating some club-worthy looks with the "Up All Night" collection.
Up All Night Collection

Watch the video to see the peacock-inspired eye look I created with these gorgeous, quality shadows:

In the video, I also give all the details on the performance of each item in the collection: eye shadow palette, liner/crayon, lipgloss, lipstick, mascara, nail polish and vinyl stencil set.
Up All Night Makeup Set

Here's my swatching of the colors of this collection:
Up All Night Makeup Swatches

Check out these shots of a more tame, everyday look I also created with this same palette.
Neutral Eye with Up All Night Collection

And here's one look that's a bit between the two, using the neutrals above with that gorgeous, deep blue.
One Direction Mid Look

If you're interested in finding out more about these collections, check out the Makeup By One Direction Facebook page.

US RELEASE DATES: Macy's - August 11th Stage Stores – August 25th Dillards – August 25th Beauty Brands – August 25th Lord and Taylor - August 25th

I really like all the stuff in this collection, though the pink shade of the lipstick isn't really right for my complexion.
One Direction Lipstick is Extremely Pink
 I did find that when I put the lipgloss over the lipstick, it suited me a little bit better.

I'm more comfortable in neutrals/browns, though I will sometimes go bolder for fun. How about you?
Do you like to wear bold colors or neutrals best?

Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes from BrandBacker. I received no other compensation for this review, and my opinion is, as always, my own.

Friday, August 1, 2014

e.l.f. Ariel Beauty Book Review, Demo & Giveaway!

Disney elf giveaway
I am a fan of e.l.f. cosmetics...and I also have 2 little girls, so I'm a Disney Princess fan, too.
Of course I was attracted to these awesome new e.l.f. Disney collaboration products!
I picked up 2 of the Ariel palettes (aka Beauty Books), and one of the Snow White palettes.
Ariel and Snow White Beauty Book