Shop My Stash — December 2019

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Hi all!  It’s  time for my December Shop My Stash! I’m looking forward to the holidays.

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

This month I have chosen one palette that I have barely used, if at all.  And one palette that I used a lot last year at holiday time, but haven’t used much since. Plus a fairly new cheek palette and lipsticks that I haven’t played with in a few months.

Here are close ups of the products:

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The Urban Decay Elements Eyeshadow Palette was their holiday palette from last year. I got it last year for the holidays and used it a lot then.  But I haven’t really touched it since (I really have too many palettes).  I’ve already used the browns and purples, but I’ll didp in to the greens, golds and pinks for the holidays.  I don’t know about those blues…we’ll see!

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette — I just realized that I never reviewed this palette.  I got it on sale earlier this year, I think.  And since it is no longer for sale, I can’t link it. I opened it up and realized how stunning it is!  Today I used Birch in the crease, Twig in the outer corner and under my eye, Rose Quartz on the lid and pearl in my inner corner.  So gorgeous!  I will be using this one a lot!  I might combine this with my Tati Beauty palette for a holiday look!

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This is the Ofra x Madison Miller Miller Squad Midi Palette.  I got this in my September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  It’s very pretty.

Here’s a swatch:

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The highlighters seem like they would be too dark for me, but they do work. The left one is a little more pink and the right one is little more peachy gold.   The blush is a pretty matte rosy pink. I think these shades will be perfect for the holidays.

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Sorry these are messy! They are the BAREPRO Longwear Lipsticks in Peony and Spicel  They go on very creamy, but dry down matte.  They are pretty on their own or with a gloss over them.  Here’s swatches: IMG-2220

They are pretty on their own or mixed together.  They also work nicely over a lip liner.


I’m really excited for this month!  I have already started using all of these and intend to use them as much as I can.  I do have two new palettes (hauls coming), but I will use these, too.

Next year I hope to shop less and use more of what I have.  And, I think I’m changing my Shop my Stash a bit.  I might add complexion products and make it every two months instead of monthly. What do you think?  Any other suggestions?  I’m up for a change.

Do you do a Shop My Stash?  How do you do it?

 

Shop My Stash November 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

Hi All!  I’m back with my November Shop My Stash results!  I enjoy dipping into my collection and using products I haven’t used in a long time, or just haven’t given much of a chance.

My rule with this is if I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room and let someone else enjoy it! You can check out my first Shop My Stash post for November.

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I have been feeling much better this month, so I tried to wear makeup as much as possible in November. 

I’m happy to say that I used all of these products a good amount. 

I really enjoyed using the lip products.  The Becca lipgloss is so creamy and hydrating.  And, the color is a little out of my comfort zone, which is good.  I usually wear nudes. The Profusion lip pencil is a perfect match for the gloss!

Here’s photos with the  palettes open:

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I really have enjoyed this (and all of these palettes) more than I thought I would. I used the Terracotta and Desert bronzer/contour almost every day! I used all of the shadows at least once.  I think this is an essential neutral matte palette and I’ll be keeping it.

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I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this palette.  Most of the shadows are shimmers. But, I did test it out and I like it!  It pairs really nicely with the tarte palette, or with another matte palette.  But, it can also be used alone.  One of the shimmers can be popped all over the lid.  I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of this, so if I don’t use it at least a few times in the next few months, I’m giving it away.

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I really enjoy this highlighter formula!  I’ve been mixing Santorini and Azores, and it makes a really pretty shade for my fair skintone.  Ibiza is a nice blush topper for me.  I’ll keep it for now and see if I use it often.

On to my empties:

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I had a lot of empties this month!  There are three lip balm/masks.  My lips have been so dry.  Most of these products are skincare, as usual!  The makeup items are a  face primer, mascara primer and mascara.

I have a backup of the Laneige mask, the Pixi Vitamin-C lotion and have one of the Kopari Lip Glossy on it’s way to me.  I would also repurchase the Laneige lip balm in the tube.  I am also using a full size of the Thrive Causemetics mascara.  Thrive is now in some Ulta stores, so I’m happy that I can purchase it and get my points!  Hopefully it will be online soon!


That was a successful Shop My Stash!  I used everything and used up a lot of products!  I’m ready to use some makeup and skincare in December!  I’ll be posting my new Shop My Stash soon!

 

November 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!    Can you believe the first of December is tomorrow?  The year is almost over!

Below are my beauty faves for November. As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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I think this was the first time in months that I was loving more makeup than skincare!

Here’s the star of the month:

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The stunning Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Volume 1 palette.  I love this palette and have been enjoying it this month.  I definitely recommend this when it goes back in stock.  Plus, I’m excited for Tati’s next release whenever it comes out!

IMG-2199 I’m obsessed with all of these products!  For my makeup base each day, I use the Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in Rose Beige,  the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer in No. 2 and the Urban Decay The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

I love this combination!  They give a natural finish, which is my favorite! The foundation is gorgeous!  I will probably be reviewing that and the concealer soon.

The lipgloss is the Iconic London Lip Plumping Gloss in Nearly Nude. I received this in my October BoxyCharm and fell in love!  It’s lightly minty and plumping, but my favorite thing about it is the gorgeous nude shade.

I picked up the Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define at the Ulta Faul 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  It’s such a popular product, but my first time trying it.  I have the shade 5, Warm Black Brown.  It might be a bit too dark for me, but I like it anyway!

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My favorite skincare this month are hydrating and refreshing!  On top is the Skinfood Peach Sake Toner.  It smells just like peaches and sake. I got this in the Ulta Fall Haul (the one with drugstore products on sale).  Yes, I shop at Ulta a lot!

The Innisfree Green Tea Seed Intensive Hydrating Serum is lovely!  I won it in a giveaway in September and have been using it ever since.  I still have a ton left because it’s a whopping 2.7 oz!  So much for a serum.  It’s light in texture and scent.

I just received the QMS Medicosmetics Intensive Eye Care Cream in my November BoxyCharm Premium. It’s very hydrating which is perfect because with this cold weather, my eyelids are dry.  So weird, but I really love this cream to hydrate them.


So let’s bring on December!  I’m trying not to shop as much (yes a couple of small Black Friday hauls are coming LOL), so I don’t know what my favorites will be for this month…but that’s fun!

What have you been loving lately?

Morgan Taylor’s Champagne & Moonbeams Holiday/Winter 2019 Collection

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Hi all! I’m excited to share Morgan Taylor’s new collection.  I was sent this for my honest review. It’s Champagne & Moonbeams for Holiday/Winter 2019.  Silver, gold, reds, and nudes in metallics, cremes and glitters … you can change your look with every festive outfit!

 

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  • Tell Her She’s Stellar – Nude Crème
  • Let There Be Moonlight – Soft Gray Crème
  • Sprinkle Of Twinkle – Silver Glitter
  • A Starry Sight – Indigo Pearl
  • Walking On Stardust – Red Glitter
  • See You In My Dreams – Red Crème
  • From Dusk Til Dawn – Mauve Crème
  • Dancing & Romancing – Soft Pink Crème
  • Copper Dream – Copper Metallic
  • Gilded In Gold – Gold Metallic
  • Shooting Star – Chocolate Pearl
  • A Kiss In The Dark – Black Purple Crème

Here are close up photos of the shades:

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From left to right —  Tell Her She’s Stellar, Let There Be Moonlight, Shooting Star, Sprinkle Of Twinkle and Walking On Stardust.

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From left to right From Dusk Til Dawn, A Starry Sight, A Kiss In The Dark, Gilded In Gold, See You In My Dreams and Copper Dream.

I didn’t receive the shade Dancing & Romancing, but it’s very pretty too!

I have been wearing some of these and will be giving others as gifts. These would make a gorgeous gift for the nail polish lover in your life!

Morgan Taylor has such a gorgeous formula.  It is free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, and DBP, plus it’s so smooth to apply and looks gorgeous for days!


Have you tried Morgan Taylor Lacquer?  Which shades do you have?

 

Skincare Sunday — Derma E Fall Skincare

Hi all!  Happy Sunday! I hope you have been able to enjoy a long weekend. Can you believe it’s December???

I recently received a box of amazing Derma E skincare for my honest review.  Derma E is such an affordable brand that has such effective skincare for so many skin types and issues.  Here’s what I received:

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These are such cute products to use this fall, or to give as a gift. Here’s more info:

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The Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Treatment Oil ($13.95) — Formulated with skin-renewing Vitamin A plus antioxidant-rich Vitamin E helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful glow. This fragrance-free, potent concentrated oil blend absorbs quickly to soften and smooth the appearance of dry, aging skin.IMG-2164IMG-2167

The Perfect Travel Kit ($12.95) — This TSA-approved mini travel case includes three top selling travel-friendly products and a compact mirror for on-the-go quick fixes. Purifying Daily Detox Scrub gently exfoliates skin while removing impurities. The Vitamin C Concentrated Serum brightens while boosting hydration. Hydrating Night Cream replenishes and nourishes your skin while you sleep! Travel with DERMA E to maintain beautiful skin.

Derma E is currently having sales for Black Friday and Cyber Monday so check out their website at https://dermae.com/.  You can also find Derma E at Ulta.


Have you tried Derma E before?  Which products do you love?

Walmart Beauty Box Review — Fall 2019

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Hi all!  I’m here with a review of a beauty box that I have been getting for a couple of years, but haven’t reviewed it on my blog before.

It’s the Walmart Beauty Box.  It’s a $5 quarterly subscription box. This review is of the Fall 2019 box.  Here’s what I received:

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Here’s a closer look at the products:

IMG-2172IMG-2173 This is a bright and pretty palette.  I can’t believe I got it in a Walmart box and it was basically free!  I’ve never heard of this brand, but it looks really pretty.

I don’t know if these are shades I would reach for, so I will probably gift this to a friend this Christmas.

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I was also happily surprised to see a full size lip product!  I haven’t tried this yet, I don’t wear many liquid lips, but I might try the formula out.  And I love the Jergens lotion, plus this is perfect travel size.

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I am very impressed with this month’s Walmart Beauty Box! For $5 — what a great deal!  I might continue reviewing these in the future, if they are fun and exciting.


Do you get Walmart Beauty Box each quarter?  What did you get in your Fall box?

 

 

VIIcode Oxygen Eye Mask Review

 

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Hi all! I’m back with my first sponsored post!  I’m excited to share a product I have been using and enjoying.

The product is the VIIcode (pronounced ‘vee too code’) Oxygen Eye Mask. A box of 6 masks retail for $55.

 

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The claim of these masks is that they help increase blood flow and lymphatic circulation and boost oxygen intake to combat wrinkled and over-pigmentation. They fight dark circles and puffiness and give plump, smooth skin.

Here are the key ingredients in the masks:

  • Grapeseed Oil: Extremely rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, which have performed well in clinical anti-wrinkle trials. It is also rich in OPC. These flavonoids remove free radicals and promote the restoration of collagen at the cellular level, making your skin feel firmer and minimizing signs of damage.
  • Seaweed: Helps the skin cells in fighting free radicals produced because of radiation and chemical exposure, food metabolic activities, and exposure to sun. Also helps in restoring the normal hydration of skin cells that prevents the signs of aging and protects against wrinkle formation.
  • White Tea: Helps body stay hydrated and encourages longer moisture retention for your skin. Combine with potent anti-aging compounds, and it’s an option to consider for keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.

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These masks are so easy to apply and to wear.  You press it under your eye, and they are cooling and comfortable. They can be worn up to 8 hours.  You can also wear them overnight, if you’d like. If you can’t keep them on for that long, 2-4 hours will still give smoother skin and help with the dark circles.

I have very sensitive skin, so I didn’t want to wear them overnight.  I did wear them for various times in the day and evening.  The longest I had the masks on was 6 hours, and I have to say that the longer you wear them, the less pigmentation appears under the eye and it is so smooth and hydrated! I could really see a difference!

It’s recommended to use the masks up to three times a week, and not to use them over serums or creams so they will stick well. And they stick very well.  They never fell off!

I find that it seems to help the appearance of dark circles a little more each time I used them.  Now, I don’t have puffy under eyes, but I also noticed that the area looks smoother and younger.

I really recommend these eye patches.  I have seen such a difference in the look and feel of my under eye area. And the are the perfect way to get ready for a night out (my anniversary is in a few weeks) and holidays.  The eyes are prepped for glam makeup!

And there is a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale coming! 10% OFF AMAZON SHOP NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 2:

Have you tried the VIIcode Oxygen Eye Masks? Do you enjoy using eye masks?