Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Melisa Michelle Makeup Palette by Ulta Review and Swatches



Ulta recently collaborated with YouTube Vlogger Melisa Michelle to make this palette and this is what they came up with.

As I have mentioned in previous Ulta brand post;  I think Ulta's own makeup line is very hit and miss for me so I was skeptical about this palette.

I would say the line itself is drugstore pricing and quality.

Now onto the review.


It comes in pink cardboard packaging and has a large mirror, which is great for travel.

I am happy to report that I was impressed with this palette, I think maybe Ulta changed their formula on some of these products because they are all good.


Top Row: Teresita, Kades, Alana

Middle Row: Lola, Bing Bing, Harley

Bottom Row: Weezy, Rosemary, Tobo


Liquid Lipstick in Scandy


Highlight Trio blended in Hollerrr

Blush swatched left and blended right in Mahal


The colors are all so pretty and I love the liquid lipstick that is included in this palette.

The matte shadows are pretty dry but they blend out really well, all the metallics in the palette are very creamy and blend effortlessly.

The blush color is gorgeous, it feels dry but blends out great.

This is a great all in one palette and is super affordable.

Retail is $20.00 which is a good deal and you can use a coupon with Ulta brand products.

I think this palette would work on several skin tones which is also a plus.

XOXO,

Vicki




Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lorac LA Palette Venice Beach Review and Swatches





Freckles, Canal , Boardwalk


Boho Beauty, Chill Vibes , Aviators.

Lorac recently launched several makeup palettes and one collection is called "L.A. Experience" which consist of 5 mini palettes named after cities and places within Los Angeles.

Here is what Lorac says about the collection;

LA EXPERIENCE

California girls are more than unforgettable—they’re carefree chameleons, effortless style setters, and as diverse as Los Angeles landscapes. From shades that celebrate the glamour of Beverly Hills to hues that highlight Downtown L.A.’s burgeoning creative scene, Your L.A. Experience palettes bring the magic of L.A. to every woman.


I was drawn immediately to Malibu because of it's beautiful neutral and basic shades , but I already have so many shades like that in my makeup arsenal I really don't need anymore.

So I went with my second favorite which is Venice Beach!

Isn't the palette gorgeous?  I love every shade in the palette, only downside is no matte shades in Venice Beach and I think all the other palettes have a mixture of both. Not really a downside so much to me because shimmer is my jam.  

Although I know some go you would prefer a matte or two in the palette.

Retail is $24.00 which is really reasonable.

I got mine at Ulta a few weeks ago and used a coupon.  Score!!

Have you seen these yet?? Will you be picking any up? Let me know if you do.


XOXO,

Vicki 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2017



This month PopSugar is celebrating their 5th Anniversary and they so kindly sent me a box.

If you are not familiar with Popsugar Must Have box; it is a monthly subscription for $39.95 and you get over $100 dollars worth of merchandise.

I love getting their curated monthly boxes when I am luckily enough to receive them!!

The boxes have a little bit of everything and it is always a fun surprise to see what you get.

Now let's take a look at what comes in the August 2017 box.



First Aid Beauty - $38.00

This 5 in 1 Bouncy mask helps nourish you face and make it your skin look brighter a firmer.


Fringe Studio Journal- $16.00

Not only is this a pretty note book but this rose gold version has a chic ribbon so you can easily open up and start writing where you left off.


Dogeared Friendship bracelet - $34.00

This little open heart friendship bracelet would be a great gift to show a friend how they are appreciated and how much you care.


SHOPTIQUES.COM $25.00 Gift Card

PASTEL - Cheers lacquered tray-$28.00 & Goodie Girl Cookies- $2.95


MERI MERI- $7.50

Look at these awesome glitter and white candles!! 
I mean what girl do you wouldn't love these birthday candles.


So the grand total for this month is $151.45 worth of awesome goodies!!

Pretty AMAZING right!!!

Happy Birthday to POPSUGAR!! 

Plus use code: PARTY for $10.00 off and you can receive this amazing August box for only $29.95!!!

Click here to get yours.

Not an affiliate code just a great code to save you money!!

XOXO,

Vicki 


Monday, August 14, 2017

Nars Velvet Lip Glide Set / Ulta Exclusive



Wow it has been a crazy and fun summer between family vacations, Phamexpo, Cosmoprof North America and Gen Beauty San Francisco.

Now it is back to school for the kids and time for mama to pick things up a bit.

I hadn't been to Ulta in a few weeks ( yes that is along time for me ) and I had a $15.00 off a $50.00 purchase, and it could be used on prestige brands.

So I had to go get something, right?





Rapture, Night Together, Californiacation, Immoral, Staying Alive, Burning Love



This new Nars Velvet lip set wasn't even on my radar but as I was checking out it was displayed between the registers of all places.

I quickly put back another lip color I was going to buy and grabbed this set immediately.

I mean when do we ever get Nars on sale; It is a Ulta exclusive, plus it has all new colors.

Love the color assortment first off and the pigmentation is on point. 

These babies are hella saturated and they glide on the lips like a dream.  They feel like a super smooth gloss but these are a hybrid formulation between a lipgloss and lipstick.

At first they do have high shine but they dry down into a semi matte finish.

I got at least 6 hours of good wear with these.

You get 6 color for only $45.00 dollars and I did use my coupon so I got an even better deal.

I highly recommend you check these out if Nars is your jam, and if you like pigmented lip products.

Let me know if you will be picking these up or have tried them.



XOXO,

Vicki

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Balm Highlight 'N Con Tour Palette Review and Swatches





64Hz , 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz


20db, 10db,  0db,  2db



Today I bring you The Balm Highlight 'N Con Tour palette, it has been on the market for several months now but since this is an all in one palette; I think it is a good back to school makeup option.

Although this is marketed as a highlight and contour palette,  you can easily use it as eyeshadow, contour, bronzer and blush as well for a quick neutral look on the go.

The formulation is pretty good and the powders are easy to blend.

I love the cute names and themes that The Balm always comes out with on their products.

Retail is $36.00, which is a great deal but this brand is on haute look every few months and a few times a year they have a 50% sale on their website. 
Which is the time I usually buy from them, unless it is something I really want to try.

I think this palette is a good value overall and is a great palette.

Have you tried it yet? 


XOXO,

Vicki