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Allure Beauty Box May 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my May Allure Beauty Box.  The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

Here’s the May box:

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LUE by Jean Seo Erase Cleansing, Exfoliating & Brightening Powder (full size)

Laneige Waterbank Moisture Cream

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel & Applicator Mitt

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

Model Co Rose Gold Eyelite in St. Barth’s (full size)

Laritzy Lip Gloss in Vibe (full size)

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I enjoy Laneige.  I have the lip sleeping mask, the face sleeping mask and a serum.  I am looking forward to trying this cream.

I’m not sure about the Anti-Frizz hair sheets.  I might try them in the summer when it’s humid.

The LUE powder looks interesting.  I’ll probably give it a go.

IMG_0767 I will be using this.  I have tried the St. Tropez tanning mousse and really liked it.  I’ve never tried a product like this before, so I hope it works well.

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The lighting on this photo is a little off.  They are more warm nude products.  You can see in the swatch below:

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The Laritzy gloss is a nice sheer nude. It’s very glossy and just a little bit sticky.  I like it, though.  I think it will be really nice in the summer.

The eye shadow is so pretty!  I tried it out and it dries down fast and is very glittery!  It’s nice for days where you want a little drama, but want a quick look.

I’m happy with this box.   I think it’s worth the $15.  I’ll definitely use the lip gloss, eye shadow, Laneige cream and bronzing water gel.  I will also try the cleansing powder and the hair sheets.  I love it when everything in a box is useful!


Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  What did you receive this month?

 

 

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Brand Review — Lit Cosmetics

Hi all!  I hope you had a great week.  I’m ready for the weekend!

I recently received a credit to pick out some fun Lit Cosmetics products for my honest review. Lit Cosmetics offers one of the largest selection of glitter products sold in the market today.  Check out what I chose to try:

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The products I received are:

Lit Metal Kit in Risque + Gold ($28 USD)

Afternoon Delight Size #2 Glitter (Shimmer) ($16 USD)

Spring Flin Size #2 Glitter ($16 USD)

Glitter Camo “Commander in Glitter” (Silver) ($34 USD)

You can purchase Lit Cosmetics at http://www.litcosmetics.com.

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This photo has the Glitter Camo open, you can see a closer pic below:

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LIT COSMETICS, the authority in glitter has just launched GLITTER CAMO, a new single-step, aloe-based glitter product designed to highlight show-stopping facial looks and acts as a stunning body glitter.

The launch starts swith three shades:

Sergeant Sparkle – multi-sized rainbow shimmer with pink silica base

Commander in Glitter – multi-sized holographic silver with blue silica base

Major Gold – multi-sized gold glitter with silica base

I have Commander in Glitter.  It’s so pretty.  Great for festivals, going out, costumes, or if you just want to sparkle!

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Spring Fling and Afternoon Delight are their size two glitters.

The lit kit includes A metallic eye shadow, a Daily Wear Glitter Base to adhere loose product to the eyes with ease and a the Mini Application Brush

The liquid base works so well with these loose glitters.  I dip my brush in the liquid, then the glitter, and it creates almost a cream glitter eye shadow, or highlighter, whatever you want to use it for.

Swatches are below:

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The first one is the Camo Glitter.  It is blue and silver with various glitters.

I mixed the other 3 glitters/metallic with the mixing base to create a liquid.  It makes it easier to swatch and easier to apply on eyes.  All of these shades are so fun for spring and summer looks!

I’m really impressed with Lit Cosmetics!  Their glitters are stunning and the new Glitter Camo is so much fun to use!

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Do you like to play with glitter makeup?  What products do you like to use?

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BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — May 2019

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Hi all! I received my May BoxyCharm this week! I always watch for the spoilers so I basically knew what I am getting. But, there were a few different variations this month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for about a year and a half now and really enjoy it. Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

My version is 2. This month I received:

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Alamar Cosmetics Colorette Blush Trio ($22 USD)

GLAMGLOW GENTLEBUBBLE Daily Conditioning Cleanser – ($28 USD)

Mellow Cosmetics Brow Definer – Chocolate ($18 USD)

Ciate London Eye Lustre Creme Eyeshadow in ‘Cupid’, ($22 USD)

Dose of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick – ($18 USD)

Box value — $108

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My photo makes this looks very orange, but the shade Paraiso is more pink in person.  I have swatched these below with some of the other products, so hopefully you will be able to see the difference.

This is a really nice formula.  Castaway and Scorcher are shimmery and Paraiso is more of a satin.   I think these will be really gorgeous in the summer.  I love the packaging, too!

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First of all, the packaging for this is stunning!  I love the rainbow metallic pattern.  I haven’t tried much by GlAMGLOW and I’m looking forward to testing this out.

IMG_0720 I have been trying to get better at doing my brows, so I love receiving brow products, especially when they are the correct color for me. I have very dark brown hair, and I usually get lighter colors in boxes.  So I definitely will try this out!

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This is such a pretty cream shadow.  In some light it looks purple or pink and in some gold.

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The shade I received is Kiss of Fire.  It’s a very bright red.  I don’t wear red lipstick, but I tried it on to test the formula.  It’s very comfortable matte formula.  I would like to try it in a nude.  It’s really nice.  I’ll probably keep this just in case I need a red.  It is a gorgeous shade.

Here are swatches of the products I received:

IMG_E0723 From left to right is the Mellow Cosmetics brow pencil, the Dose of Colors lippie, the Ciate London cream eye shadow, and the Alamar blush trio. I’m loving the products this month!

So this was a great box for me.  I will use everything in the box, except for the red lipstick.  It is so pretty, though, so I’ll keep it.  I’m planning on choosing between BoxyCharm and Ipsy Glam Bag Plus next month, but both boxes were so good this month.  I may end up keeping both!


Do you get BoxyCharm?  What did you get this month?

 

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Spring Makeup From Jane Iredale and Nanacoco!

Hi all! I hope you are having a great spring, and it’s not too cold or wet where you are.

Looking for inspiration for fun spring looks?  I’m highlighting looks with gorgeous products from clean beauty brand, jane iredale and the cruelty-free, luxurious and affordable cosmetic line – Nanacoco.

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jane iredale Spiced Peach PureGloss Lip Gloss ($26 USD) — This long-lasting, sheer tint of coral color features an ultra-glossy finish  without feeling tacky. Hydrating moringa butter and avocado oil make lips feel conditioned, moisturized, quenched and nourished.

jane iredale Sunset PurePressed Blush ($30 USD) — This pigmented guava with gold shimmer shade defines and highlights cheekbones and is formulated with minerals and antioxidants. Provides a soft wash of just-blushed color.

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jane iredale Solar Flare Eye Shadow Kit ($59 USD) This highly pigmented, crease-resistant and long-lasting shadow kit features shades of metallic ivory; metallic peachy beige; metallic deep taupe; metallic deep gold red and metallic burgundy brown.  Packaged in a sleek mirrored rose gold compact with a dual-ended wand for effortless application. Use each shade alone, layer or blend together. Formulated with minerals, botanical extracts and silica.

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jane iredale Deep GreatShape Contour Kit ($49 USD) — These easily blendable, pressed powders feature three matte shades in each kit to sculpt and enhance all your best features. Contour shade give a natural, shadow-effected, sculpted look. Highlight shade illuminates and enhances features. Blush shade adds a lit-from-within finishing touch. Includes an easy-to-follow, illustrated application guide.

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Nanacoco Glitzn Face & Body Pigment in Orange Gold ($7.50 USD) — Add a pop of shine to lips with just a sprinkle of this Glitzn Pigment in orange gold for a shimmering and glamorous look! The pigment offers multidimensional shimmer formulated to stay put. Adding a radiant and illuminating sparkle to any look.

Nanacoco Shimmertallics Metallic Lip Gloss in Fall Rush ($8.50 USD) — Get the perfect amount of shimmer and shine on the lips for a show-stopping, light-reflecting effect. This water-based formula is filled with iridescent and long-lasting shimmer that is perfect for any occasion.


Have you tried any of these products? What makeup shades are you wearing this spring?

 

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Shop My Stash — May 2019

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Hi all!  Happy May! It’s time for a new month and a new Shop My Stash! I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) products 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.

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As you can see, I haven’t used these much at all!  I chose some brighter colors this month, along with some neutrals, of course! Here’s more info on all of the products:

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This is the BH Cosmetics Festival Palette that came out last year.  There’s a newer one out now, but I haven’t picked it up.  I need to get some use out of this one! I only used it a few times last year and need to give it some love!  I can do neutral as well as colorful looks with this, which I am happy about.  But I am going to make myself dip into the colors!

IMG_E0649IMG_E0650I won the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill vault in a giveaway, and haven’t used the palettes much at all.  This is the Armed and Gorgeous palette. I think the color scheme is pretty, and not usually what I wear.  I usually go for pinks, browns and purples.  The is very warm and it should be fun to try it out.  Those golds and bronzes are calling to me!

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I purchased this Smashbox Cali Contour palette in the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty.  I’ve been wanting it since last year, but I’m glad I waited because it was half off! I have used this a few times and really enjoy it.  I can see using this every day!

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These are the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Roach and the Julep Full Coverage Cream Lipstick in Pirouette. I haven’t been wearing eyeliners for well over a year.  I usually use shadows on my lower lash and I only tightline my top lash line.  I thought it might be time to try a liner again.  this one is so creamy and I love the color!

I used to be a Julep Maven, but since they cancelled the subscription, I haven’t used much of their products.  I found this in it’s box still and thought I would try it out.  It’s a pretty mauve shade.    IMG_0641 Sorry for the blurry swatches! The left is the liner and right is the lipstick.  We’ll see how I like them!

So these are the products I am playing with this month.  It sure looks like I am ready for summer with such bright and shimmery shades! I’ll share at the end of the month how much use I got out of these products and how I enjoyed them.  I’m going to try not to purchase much this month (Ulta has been taking my money with all of their sales), so I should be using a lot of my existing products.  Plus, June is my birthday month, and I will probably treat myself then.

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Are you doing a Shop My Stash this month?  Are you on a low or no buy?  Let me know how it’s going!

 

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Shop My Stash April 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my April 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 April. Here’s a photo with the palettes open:

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As I’ve been saying this week, I’ve been suffering severe allergies in April, so I didn’t wear as much makeup as I had hoped.  I do have to say that when I did do my makeup, I tried to use the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette and the Cover FX face palette.  They were my most used this month.

The Violet Voss palette is so beautiful!  It’s perfect for warm toned, neutral looks.  I mostly used the browns and bronzes and really loved them.  I tried to dip into most of the shades.  I will definitely be keeping this beauty!

The Cover FX All in One Perfector Face Palette is really nice.  I love bronzing and contouring with the same powder, but this contour is too cool for me to do that.  So I just used it in the hollows of my cheeks and my nose.  I had to use a different bronzer for the rest of my face.  The blush is nice, but a bit too bright for me.  I did really love the highlighters, brightener and finishing powder.  I will keep this and probably use it more in the summer.

The Rimmel London MAGNIF’EYES Eyeshadow Palette in Electric Violet is so pretty.  The mattes are very easy to blend.  The shimmers are nice, but you need to wet them to get any metallic payoff. My favorite shade is the second from the left.  It’s a nice transition shade.  I also love the lighter purple shimmers.  I didn’t use this too much, but I did get a chance to try most of the shades.  I will keep this because of the few shades I love. I also have a few of these palettes and am starting a little collection of them!

The bareMineral Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer in Can’t Even and Bae are such great spring colors.  They are a bit sticky, which I didn’t realize before.  I will continue to use them because I like the shades, but I don’t know if I would purchase more.

So I’m keeping everything!  What a successful month!

It’s on to my April Empties:

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I had six this month!  I think this is the most I’ve had this year.  Last year I did Project Pan’s instead of Shop My Stash, and I definitely haven’t been going through as many products this year.  But I’m proud of myself this month.  And I hopefully will have as many next month, too.

Of course, it’s mostly skincare.  I used up the H2O+ Elements Jelly Cleanser, The Higher Education Easy A Gentle Resurfacing Pads, The Reclaim Botanical Radiant Recovery Smooth Skin Scrub and the Radiant Recovery Day Cream, Pixi Beauty Rose Ceramide Cream, and the Tarte Maneater Mascara. I liked all of these, but the one I would probably repurchase is the Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream.  It’s so gentle and hydrating!  But I have lots of skincare to go through before I purchase anything new!

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Are you doing a Shop Your Stash or Project Pan this year?  How’s it going?

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My Current Favorite Urban Decay Lippies!

Hi all!  I hope you are having gorgeous spring weather like I am.  I think it’s going to be in the 70’s today in Kansas City.  Although my allergies are bad and I don’t spend much time outside, I do enjoy the nice weather!

I’ve received some wonderful Urban Decay products for my honest review lately, including some gorgeous lip products. I wanted to share my favorites!

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Such gorgeous packaging!  I love Urban Decays innovative packaging.  Here’s a shot of the lippies open:

IMG_0609 HI-FI SHINE ULTRA CUSHION LIP GLOSS –($20 each) The top shade is Fuel (light neutral nude cream) and the bottom is Rapture (rose-mauve cream)

LO-FI LIP MOUSSE–($22 USD) The shade is Halo (warm baby pink)

VICE LIPSTICK–($19 USD) On the left is Lovelight (pale peach w/pink shimmer – sheer shimmer) and Oblivion (gray-taupe mega matte)

As you can see, I like lighter shades.  These are all very different, though.  Close up photos below, followed by swatches.

img_0616.jpg The top and left is Fuel and bottom right is Rapture.  These are both beautiful and semi-sheer.  These are gorgeous on their own or over lipstick.  They are shiny, but not sticky at all!  Which I love!

IMG_0614 This is a bit messy, but I have been testing it out.  This is more of a putty formula than a mousse.  This does take a little bit of work to get good coverage, but a lip liner and using the little applicator sponge helps.  It is very matte on.  I’m not the biggest matte fan, but this looks pretty.  It also is nice with one of the glosses layered on.

IMG_0612 The left is the Ultra Matte in Oblivion and the right is the Sheer Shimmer in Lovelight.

Oblivion is very matte, but it’s comfortable on.  Even a bit moisturizing.  Plus, it looks amazing with the Rapture gloss over it!  Lovelight is gorgeous all by itself!  Very sheer and shimmery.  Perfect for spring and summer.

IMG_0617 Here are the swatches — Fuel, Rapture, Oblivion, Lovelight and Halo.  Such different formulas — but all really fun!  I’ll probably be picking up more glosses, lipsticks and if they put out lighter shades in the Lo-Fi, I will be trying those, too!

You can purchase Urban Decay online at http://www.urbandecay.com and at Ulta and Sephora.

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Do you love Urban Decay lippies?  Which are your favorites?