Saturday, November 30, 2013

Studio Gear Holiday Smokey Eye Palette Review & Swatches





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 Frost, Coal, Platinum, Glimmer, Snowy Glow 
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I have never tried anything from Studio Gear so when given the chance to do a review I jumped at the chance :)

Studio Gear Smokey Eye Holiday palette was a fabulous choice to be my first item to try from the line because I really like the colors.

Frost and Glimmer don't swatch very well when applied with fingers and feel a little gritty, but when used with a brush are very smooth and have no fallout, to my surprise.  I did use a color tattoo in "Just Beige" as a primer and those really help any shadow not to budge.

Coal and Platinum on the other hand feel smooth to the touch and blend very well when applied with fingers or a brush.

Snowy Glow is a gorgeous peachy coral, and reminds me of Nars orgasm. It blended pretty well too.

I like that you can wear it as a day time look and spice it up for a smokey eye for evening.

Overall I am really happy with this palette and would definitely buy Studio Gear in the future.

Studio Gear has graciously offered my readers a 10% code which does  not expire : SGHOLIDAY and you can order here


It is also on sale for $25.00 right now so don't miss out a chance to get an additional 10% off that!

XOXO,

Vicki


*This product was sent to me by Brand Backer . I DO NOT get commission if you buy from the link,  I do not accept monetary compensation , All reviews are 100% honest and my own opinions*

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thankgiving Everyone!



I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Those of you who are celebrating it :)

Be safe and Happy Shopping on Black Friday

XOXO,

Vicki

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Em Holiday Life Mini Palette New Year's Countdown Edition Review and Swatches
















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 After receiving my November Ipsy bag,  I saw that it had a 30% off code for Em Cosmetics, so I decided to try the new mini life moment palette in New Year's Eve Countdown.

I love the colors in this palette and they a great for fall and winter.

However, I will say that the pigmentation is hit or miss.  Additionally, the lip gloss doesn't have very much product. This might actually might be a good thing because you know how lipgloss in palettes get all gross after awhile anyway.

I love the blush it's a gorgeous plum color.

The the eyeshadows are pretty too.

Sequin Dress is very chunky with glitter and not very blendable. 

Good Cheers is a very light color that needs some layering.

The rest of the colors are good.

They have two limited edition mini palettes and they Retail for $29.00 (Got it for $20.30)

I also bought a lipstick, which I really like, and I own an eyeliner which is awesome!!

I like how the colors are listed on the back of palette, so you know what color you are using and may want to reorder later.

I do feel that unless you can get a sale on Em Cosmetics , full retail price is too high.
 See my first post here on the beach life palette for more details.

You all know I don't mind splurging on makeup , but the quality has to be good and not hit or miss like Em Cosmetics.



Have you ordered anything from Em Cosmetics yet??  I would love to know your thoughts about the brand?

XOXO,

Vicki











Sunday, November 24, 2013

Bare Minerals Glamour Now Collection TSV from QVC Swatches



bareMinerals Glamour Now Collection Auto-Delivery
You get everything pictured in this fabulous set!

 B.E. Ready Shadow 4.0 in The Main Event 


 Mini Bare Mineral Luminizer in The Magic Moment 

Marvelous Moxie in Dazzler

Liquid liner in Black / Kohl liner in Brown ( Double Liner pencil)

Glamour Blush & Brightening Pearl light mineral veil ( Both loose formula)

Here is what you get:

0.23-oz Brightening Pearl Perfect Light Mineral Veil; 
0.17-oz Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in The Main Event; 
0.005-oz and 0.03-fl-oz Smoke & Define Double- Ended Kohl & Liquid Eyeliner;
 0.37-fl-oz Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara;
 0.03-oz Glamour Blush;
 0.16-oz Ready Luminizer in The Magic Moment (warm gilded sheen);
 0.15-fl-oz Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Dazzler (melon hue); 
contour blush brush and a tapered shadow brush.

You get all this for the low TSV price, which will be $49.98!

This would make a great set for any makeup lover on your list!

I was lucky enough to order mine early :)

I have been using the ready shadows for the past few weeks and love them.

This will be available November 25th on QVC!


XOXO,

Vicki







Thursday, November 21, 2013

Smashbox Must-Have Metallics Rose Gold Set Review and Swatches


All the goodies included in this set!


The shadows



Highlighter goodness



Metallics are Hot right now, and not just any metallics , Rose Gold!!

Smashbox has the perfect gift for the makeup and rose good lover.

  The Set includes:
    • Fusion Soft Lights
    • Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio
    • Shadow Brush
    • Lip Enhancing Gloss
  • You get all 4 items for just $39.00 , what a great deal!
You can pick it up at Ulta

XOXO,

Vicki


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

IT COMETICS Friends & Family Sale 2013





It cosmetics is having their Friends and Family 25% off sale on everything!

You can also double your codes and get up to 40% off.

You must be a registered user to double up the coupon codes.

I love It cosmetics and highly recommend if you gave been on the fence about them or have never tried their products , now is a great time to jump at this opportunity!!

Use code: Friends2013 and Insider for the additional discount!!

You can start shopping here


XOXO,

Vicki




Monday, November 18, 2013

Nars Guy Bourdin Larger Than Life Eyeliner Coffret Review & Swatches



I love how they put Nars on the zipper pull, it is a nice touch



studio lighting
Santa Monica, Via Veneto, Most Wanted, Blue Dahlia, Via Applia

Indoor lighting


  Can you believe I have never tried Nars Larger than life eyeliners.

I saw this set last week at Nordstrom and picked it up while they were still honoring the Sephora FF 20% discount.

The colors in this set are:

- Via Veneto, a jet black.
- Via Applia, a copper brown.
- Santa Monica Blvd, a white.
- Blue Dahlia, a deep violet.
- Most Wanted, a cyan blue.

I am super impressed with these liners. 

They're long lasting, super vibrant colors and easy to travel with. Love the bag that is included, it is good quality too, not some flimsy cheap one like some holiday sets include.

I believe two colors are exclusive to this particular set.

Most Wanted is my favorite in the bunch , it is the cyan blue color.

It really makes my brown eyes pop.

Retail is $49.00

Have you ever tried Nars eyeliners before? What are your thoughts on them?

XOXO,

Vicki



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Allure Winter Beauty Box is coming…………….




The Beauty Box will be available 11/19 at 12:01pm EST / 9:01am PST!

I get one usually every season and they never disappoint!

The price is $39.99 and $10.00 for shipping plus tax.

Which is a bargain because you get around $250-$300 in products.

Click here to get it that day and make sure you register early! 

It usually sells out with 45 minutes!!

Good Luck :)


XOXO,

Vicki

Friday, November 15, 2013

Laura Mercier White Magic Swatches/Holiday 2013




ILLUMINATING EYE COLORS PEARL FANTASY, OPAL FANTASY, CRYSTAL FANTASY

Sterling & Twilight Caviar color sticks

Brilliant Glace in Rose Prism,  Pink Prism,  Nude Prism

 Laura Mercier has knocked it out of the park with her White Magic collection for Holiday 2013.

All three glosses are duo-chrome and they are all gorgeous! I got all three colors!

Rose Prism is very subtle you can't really see the duo-chrome effect but Pink Prism is very noticeable on the lips , it looks green and pink! love love love :)  Nude Prism is sheer nude with hints of duo-chrome reflection.

All three shadows are nice but my absolute favorite is Opal Fantasy , it gives a very pretty pink-green effect.
Pearl Fantasy is a lavender grey color and Crystal Fantasy is a gorgeous mint green.

They're all buttery soft and easy to blend , great color payoff.

Retail is $24.00 each for Eyeshadow and Glosses.

Do you plan to pick up anything from this collection?

XOXO,

Vicki






Thursday, November 14, 2013

Influenster The Rose Vox Box Overview



The Rose Vox Box includes:

Rimmel London Sandal eyes Retro Glam Mascara - $5.99

Kiss Gradation Polishies- $6.99

Dr. Scholl's for hr Cozy Cushion- $12.49

Lindt Lindor milk chocolate sample & $1.00 off coupon

Belvita crunchy breakfast biscuit sample



It has been a while since I have received a Vox box from Influenster. 

I really like this one , especially since it has two color items and  a chocolate sample  so what is not to like :)

Anyone cab join and if you are chosen to get one, they are free.

I am not too crazy about the Kiss gradation nail polishes but I do like the concept.

I still have to try the Rimmel mascara but will report back to you on my thoughts.

The Dr. Scholl's will come in handy once the cold and rainy weather hits California.

What did you you think of The Vox Box??

XOXO,

Vicki





Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Guerlain Crazy Pearls Illuminating Powder - Pure Radiance Limited Edition







When I first saw the  preview of the Guerlain Crazy Pearls, it was love at first sight!!

I love the black packaging and neon letters. 

I have all three meteorites from this collection. Yes I know a bit over board but two of the items I got for 20% off :)

The pink swatch is done with a sponge, yes it looks bright pink but have no fear , it does translate on your face like that using a brush.

You can even take a few of the dark pink pearls out and take a swirl to double as a blush.

I highly recommend you take a look at these, they are stunning in person.

Retail is $58.00 on this, while it is pricey they last so long and the limited edition packaging is stunning!

XOXO,

Vicki