Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween





Happy Halloween

Hope you all have a fun, safe and spooktified day and night :)


XOXO,

Vicki

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's New at the Drugstore for Holiday 2014 / Walgreen's Edition





This is such a steal! 

 Just a head's up if you have not been to Walgreen's lately , here is some pretty cool new holiday items they have in store.

They had so much more at mine but the S.A. didn't have room for them so the sales floor so I will show you more on a later post.

These are so affordable and great for friends, family and coworkers.

This is not a sponsored post , I am just showing you a few new goodies that I think you would like.

Stay tuned for more deals.

XOXO,

Vicki 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers Review and Swatches


Pink Ruby, Strawberry Topaz, Carneilian, Garnet





Revlon has just released these Ultra HD Lip Lacquers.

I really don't get the HD behind the name and I haven't seen much information about these either on the web.

Let me just say the pigmentation is phenomenal on these babies.

These do come with a brush applicator which I like but you need to be very careful applying these because the applicator gives a lot of product at once.

It can get messy if you are not careful.

I am super impressed with the formula of these.

I believe these come in two formulations; shimmer and cream.

I think the shimmer is nice and even though you can feel the grittiness, it is very minimal and not uncomfortable.

The cream formulation is perfection!! It is super smooth and feels great on the lips.

I found mine at Target for $7.99 each.

These are permanent to the line so no need to rush out and buy them.

The packaging has a cute gem stone looking design on the cap, which is super cute.

Let me know what you think of these?

XOXO,

Vicki






Friday, October 24, 2014

Tarte Pin Up Girl Blush Palette Review, Swatches and Comparisons




Breathless, Embraced. Whimsy, Bashful, Irreplaceable 


Holiday palette's and sets are popping up everywhere and here is one I look forward to every year!

Tarte Cosmetics Holiday collections are always fun and have really cute packaging.

Tarte Pin Up Girl blush palette is a MUST HAVE this year.

The blushes are nicely pigmented and are almost full size which, makes this product a fabulous deal. 

I love that it comes with two really cute hair pins that are functional.  My only gripe is that the clasp is a bit flimsy and loose.

Retail is $42.00 for this palette but the value is $110.

I think you should definitely take a look if you are interested.

It will sell out as all the good sets do early in the season.

Now onto the comparisons!


Left- 2014 Palette & Right- 2013 Palette

Top Row- 2014 Palette & Bottom Row-2013 Palette



I have put last year's Tarte holiday Cheek palette to show you the comparisons to this year's. I am so happy to see there are no repeat shades this year which is always a plus.

I did write the names on last year's palette because I really don't like the flimsy plastic covers with the names on it. I will probably do it to the new one as well.

What do you think? Will you be picking this up?

XOXO,

Vicki 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Target Beauty Box Review / October 2014



It is that time of year again!

Target Beauty Box is here and still available to purchase .

Box Contents:

L'Oreal Elnett Extra Strong Hairspray  (2.2 oz)

L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraodinaire Lipstick Nude Ballet ( Full size)

Laneige BB Cushion Samples 

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk ( Full size)

Fekkai Professional Blowout Hair Refreshner Dry Shampoo (1.7 oz)

Plus a $3.00 off coupon of $15.00 or more in Target beauty dept.

This box is a great deal , they did raise the price from $5.00 to $7.00 dollars, but the value is awesome!

This box contains over $30.00 in product.

Check out previous boxes here and here .

Did you buy your's yet??

XOXO,

Vicki 

Monday, October 20, 2014

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pots Swatches and Review


 Ain't That Sweet?, Gotta Glow, Back to Basics, Cruisin Chic, Hit the Town


Today I am sharing these little diamonds in the rough from e.l.f. cosmetics.

I think many of us over look  e.l.f Cosmetics because it's such an inexpensive drugstore brand.

I know I used to, mostly because their lower priced items that I tried in the past were not good in my opinion.  Over the past few years they have really vamped up their line.

For $3.00 you can't go wrong with these.

I do use a base under these and they literally last all day.

e.l.f. is always having some type of sale of their website so you should check them out, if you have not recently.

I think you will be surprised by all their new products.

XOXO,

Vicki




Friday, October 17, 2014

Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick Review and Swatches




Swatched idividually
All mixed together

Click to enlarge


 Can you tell I'm on a Bobbi Brown kick lately?

 Which isn't too bad since her products are awesome!

Sandstone shimmer brick is gorgeous!! 
I thought I bought this when it was first released a few years back but I couldn't find it, so maybe I didn't.

I am glad it is back as a re promote, so if you want it now you should pick it up soon.

The design on the front reminds me of tortoise shell design.

These colors are so gorgeous and are very versatile, you can use them individually or swirled together on your eyes, face, and decollete.

Retail is $45.00.

Shimmer bricks literally will last years so you are getting your money's worth here.

XOXO,

Vicki







Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bobbi Brown / Bobbi's Chocolates Long Wear Eye Trio Review and Swatches




natural indoor lighting


Bobbi Brown has come out with this great eye trio set for the holidays.

The set includes:
Bronze Sugar Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow: shimmering golden bronze.
- Praline Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow: neutral beige brown.
- Dark Chocolate Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner: rich black chocolate.
- Mini Dual-Ended Cream Shadow/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.

  Bronze Sugar is my favorite item in the trio and I really love the brush it comes with.

I use Praline as a base color and the dark brown liner is a great long lasting formula. It is nice to take a break from the usual black eye liner that most of us like to wear.

The set is $65.00 ($100 Value) and the products will last a long time.

Everything is full size except for the mini dual ended brush.

Bobbi Brown has out done herself this year with her 2014 Holiday collection! So you will definitely be seeing more reviews from the collection.


XOXO,

Vicki

Monday, October 13, 2014

It Cosmetics Your Most Radiant You! 5 Piece Collection / TSV on QVC October 14, 2014







 Je Ne Sais Quoi Blush in AMAZING!!!
Swatched individual than swatched together


The Five Piece set includes:


Celebration Foundation® Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Foundation provides full coverage and illumination to your skin. Infused with peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients to nourish your skin and to help skin appear younger-looking, Celebration Foundation Illumination will never crease or crack and is also infused with Drops of Light Technology®.


New! CC+® Radiance Ombré Blush is the perfect balance of color and luminosity, blending from matte to pearlized radiance – it's a blush and highlighter in one compact. Formulated to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines, this anti-aging, color correcting formula in the perfect pink shade of Je Ne Sais Quoi® is beautiful on all skin tones.


New! Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara helps you achieve the look of false lashes. This five-in-one, clinically proven 24-hour wear mascara features the blackest black melted nylon fibers infused into our volumizing and lash-loving Hello Lashes Mascara to help you achieve long, thick and dramatic lashes in one quick coat application! Infused with lash-enhancing and conditioning ingredients, including vitamin B5, peptides, collagen, proteins and green tea.


No-Tug® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner is clinically proven to remain waterproof for up to 12 hours without tugging the delicate eyelids. Highly pigmented and anti-aging in both its application and its ingredients, this eyeliner is formulated with skin-loving hydrolyzed collagen, silk, rose and antioxidants.

Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush features dual fiber brush hairs that flawlessly work to blend foundation onto your skin and help blur away imperfections. You don’t need to be an expert – IT does the work for you!

I have been using this set for the past few days , and I honestly can say that I LOVE it!!

I have tried several of It Cosmetics items in the past and they are truly one of my favorite brands.

This set will be available on QVC October 14, 2014 for only $54.96 plus $3.00 shipping! That is a total bargain for all you get!!

The blush is my absolute favorite item in this kit as well as the brush!

Order yours here 

I was sent this from pr , but have bought several It Cosmetics items in the past with my own money and am always 100% honest about my reviews!

So will you be picking this up??

XOXO,

Vicki


Sunday, October 12, 2014

My Free Ulta Haul / October 2014





I really like that Ulta let's their customers acquire points from purchases and basically let's us use them as cash towards future purchases.

I usually let my points build up pretty high so I can get the most use out of them , when I want to make a big purchase.

Two weeks ago I went to Ulta to check out what new products they had.

I was super happy to see that the NEW Benefit holiday sets were in stock, so I picked up Cheeky Sweet Spot and Sweet Tintations.

I also got the new limited edition Rachel Roy eos lip balm trio in A ray of holiday Sunshine and the new Revlon luxe creme eyeshadow.

I decided to use $80.00 of my points , so yes all this was free. 

Good news is I still have points left over. ( I will be saving those for a rainy day)

Do you save your points or spend them right away??

XOXO,

Vicki





Thursday, October 9, 2014

Billion Dollar Brows Best Seller Kit Review and Swatches




concealer/highlight and the last three is the universal pencil, just showing different amount of product

Clear brow gel



  • Today I am showing you the Billion Dollar Brows best seller kit.

    Set includes;

     Universal Brow Pencil: Formulated to work with all skin tones & hair colors, this amazing eyebrow pencil goes on smooth and natural. Perfect for creating beautiful, natural brows whether you are a blonde or a brunette. Best of all, The Billion Dollar Brow Pencil is automatic, it always stays sharp and requires no pencil sharpener.
  • Brow Duo Pencil: Our Brow Duo Highlighter allows you to highlight your brow bone to add gorgeous definition and warmth. Works with any skin tone. Plus, for those on-the-go touchups, we’ve also added a handy universal concealer to the opposite end of the pencil.
  • Brow Gel: Our Brow Gel will lock in your look, giving your eyebrows a long-lasting, radiant glow while keeping them perfectly in place all day.
  • Smudge Brush: This flat, synthetic brush is the ideal mate for applying creamy cosmetics.

    I was recently given the chance to try this product out.

    I have heard good and bad things about this brand, so I was excited to give it a try.

    I actually really liked all the products in this set , except for the brush.

    The pencil gives good color and you can go light or heavy to achieve the color you want.

    The concealer combo is very creamy which I like.

    Retail is $34.99 for the set ( which is $68.00 Value).

    I am pretty happy with this product and will continue to use it.

    You can purchase his set at  Billion dollar brows or kohls

    XOXO,

    Vicki

    These were provided by Brand Backer but all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Lorac Mega Pro First Impressions and Swatches





Top two rows are matte
Cream, Fawn, Camel, Sepia, Dusty Plum, Orchid, Mulberry, Espresso 

White, Khaki , Brown , Stone, Lilac, Wisteria, Gray, Black

Bottom two rows are shimmer 
Opal, Sand, Copper, Sienna, Apricot, Blush, Merlot, Indigo 

Vanilla, Cashmere, Smokey Topaz, Dusty Rose, Granite, Maroon, Deep Teal, Caviar

I am pretty sure Lorac Pro Mega will be on every ones most wanted list this holiday season!!

As soon as I heard about the release of this glorious palette, I knew it would be mine.

I have always been such a huge Lorac fan for several years, the quality is superb and I never really had a let down from the brand.

This went up on their website for a few hours October 1st and after several attempts to order (I think their servers were on overload) , I was finally able to place my order.

My first impressions:

The shadows are all very nice and smooth , great quality.

The colors may look a little similar in the swatches but the top two rows are matte and the bottom two rows are shimmer.

Swatches are with no base and most are only 1 swipe. only a few of the lighter shades are 2 swipes because they didn't show up that well on my skin.

I am very pleased with this purchase!

Retail is $59.00, which for all these shadows is a great deal.

I believe today it will available only on the Lorac website and Amazon.

What do you think of this palette?? Are you getting it?

XOXO,

Vicki