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Shop My Stash January 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  Can you believe January is almost over?  I’m ready for spring, so I’m okay with it!

I started a monthly Shop My Stash this year. Here is the link to the post from the beginning of the month.  I go over each product with photos.  I also link if I have reviewed them in the past.

I really enjoyed this and tried to use all of these products at least a few times to see how much I like them.  It’s fun to focus on products since I have so many (especially Eye shadows).

The products this month were Urban Decay Born to Run Palette, Tartiest Pro Glow Palette. Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Palette, Pretty Vulgar Blush in Hush Blush and two BUXOM Cosmetics PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder in Cuddle Me (Rose) and Cozy Up (Mauve Nude).

I probably used the Born to Run palette the most, confirming why it was my favorite palette last year (see my 2018 faves here). My challenge was to use other shades than the bronzes.  And I did!  I tried the blues, gray and purple shades.  I’m not a fan of bright pink eyeshadow, but I think I used almost all of the shades.  The quality is gorgeous!

I also loved the You Had Me At Hello Palette. It’s a plummy, reddish brown sort of palette with a bunch of beautiful metallic shades. I did a few varied looks with this.

The tarte contour palette and the Pretty Vulgar blush weren’t my favorites. I decided to choose them because I got them both in subscription boxes this year and I never really used them.  The contour palette is a bit dark for me, both the contour and the highlighters.  My skin is so fair right now that they really don’t show up. The blush is very powdery and so pigmented.  It’s too bright for me.  I think I am going to hold on to them and try them again in the summer.  Or I might just give them away to my daughter!

Th Buxom PillowPouts are really nice.  They are creamy, but are matte when applied.  I like to wear lip glosses over them. I’ll continue using them!

I also am going to include any empties in this post each month:

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This month I only had three — The Robin McGraw Revelation Live Life Lifted Neck Cream, Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Leave in Mask, and Philosophy Purity Made Simple Eye Gel. I’ve been using the skincare since early fall and I got the Briogeo in a subscription box a few months ago.  I use neck cream morning and night (and eye cream, too).  This neck cream really firmed up my neck area, and the eye cream was super hydrating.  I definitely recommend them both.  I like the hair mask, but I just got the Briogeo Rosarco one and I like that one a bit better.  If you over use this one, hair gets greasy.

So I have chosen my Shop My Stash products for February and will be revealing those soon.  I’m enjoying this series so far!  Stay tuned!

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Shop My Stash — January 2019

Hey all!  I hope your 2019 has started off well!

This year I’m trying something new (again). Last year I did four quarterly Project Pans.  This was the first time I’ve tried this and I learned a lot.  Especially that skincare is easy to use up if you use it everyday and makeup is not!  I have so much color cosmetics that i need to use.

So, this year, I am going to do a Shop My Stash each month. The products I’m going to choose will be color cosmetics that I have forgot about or just want to use more. I probably won’t use anything up, but I need to play with more products in my collection.

I’m not going to choose foundation, concealer or powders.  This year I’m going to try to just purchase what I need in base products when I run out.  It took me a long time to use them up in my pans last year.

Here are the products I will be focusing on in January:

IMG_2781I’ve chosen two eyeshadow palettes, a sculpting palette, a blush and two shades of the same lip product. Here’s a close up of each product.  If I’ve reviewed them before, I’ll include the link.

img_2782img_2783 Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette —  This was in my favorites of the year.  I think it’s the prettiest and most color diverse palette that I bought in 2018.  I purchased this in the summer and used it a lot when I first got it, but I haven’t really used it much since.

I usually do a bronzey look with this palette and want to experiment with the blues, greens, purples and pinks!

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ColourPop You Had Me At Hello —  This is such a pretty plummy-neutral palette.  I got it last year around this time and used it, and then put it away.  It’s time to give it some love.

I want to experiment with some of the gorgeous metallics and shimmers. I think it will compliment the Born to Run palette, too, if I want to use shades out of both for one use.

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tarte tarteist™ PRO glow highlight & contour palette —  I received this in a FabFitFun box this summer.  I used it a couple of times, but I haven’t really given it a fair chance.

I love the sculpt shade and some of the lighter highlighters.  I think I will get good use out of this!

img_2787img_2788Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush Powder Blush in Hush Blush — I received this in my March 2018 BoxyCharm.  It’s such a pigmented blush that I never really used it.  I like sheerer, glowy blushes in the spring and summer.  I think it will give my some much needed color in the winter.  If I really don’t like it, I’ll pass it on at the end of the month.

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BUXOM Cosmetics PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder in Cuddle Me (Rose) and Cozy Up (Mauve Nude). I should have swatched these, but they are pretty similar in  color.  I reviewed the entire collection this summer and really liked them.  I’ve been using up glosses in my last Project Pan, so I haven’t been using these. I will probably wear them alone and with a gloss over them.

So there’s the items I am going to try to use this month.  I will be posting an update on how it went.  I will probably included it when I post my February Shop My Stash so stay tuned!

Have you done a Shop My Stash before? How did it go?

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Last Minute Beauty Gift Ideas

Hey all! I’m here with my last gift guide of the year (I think).  I have a few last minute gift ideas.  You can get almost everything by Christmas if you shop online in the next day or two, and you can also go in to stores to pick up lots of great gifts!

Below are skincare, body care and makeup sets that will make amazing gifts:

Laneige Dream and Glow Set
Laneige Dream and Glow Set
Laneige Dream and Glow Set ($39 USD) — With the dry winter season upon us, everyone needs to add some extra hydration to their skin care routine. The newest gift set from Laneige is SURE to give you intense hydration to your skin and lips all winter long. The Dream and Glow Set includes a full size Water Sleeping Mask, a travel size Moisture Cream and, of course, our #1 selling Lip Sleeping Mask!
Where to Buy: us.laneige.com,
Burt's Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Personalized Beeswax Lip Balm (4 Pack for $20) — For the holiday season, Burt’s Bees are making things PERSONAL! Create a custom gift for your family and friends that everyone will be raving about. Simply go on www.BurtsBees.com, pick your flavor and customize with a name or message!
Where to Buy: www.BurtsBees.com
Buxom Cosmetics Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault
Buxom Cosmetics Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault
Who doesn’t love Mini Lip Glosses? Buxom Cosmetics has launched their Party All Night Mini Lip Plumping Vault ($49 USD, on sale now for less at the stores below) for the holidays and it is flying off the shelves! The limited edition vault comes with 12 pieces including four lip liners and eight shimmery glosses. Get the $125 value vault for only $49!
C.O. Bigelow Hand Wash Body Lotion Duo Gift Set - Lime & Coriander
C.O. Bigelow Hand Wash/Body Lotion Duo Gift Set – Lime & Coriander

 

Bigelow Chemist Hand Wash & Body Lotion Duo Set features two of their top selling
formulas infused with the scent of Lime & Coriander.  You can purchase this in other scents as well.
Are you still shopping?  Any tips for last minute shoppers?
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September 2018 Beauty Favorites

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Hi all!  Can you believe it’s the end of September?  Tomorrow is October and I am so ready for fall and the holidays!

I’ve had a fun month trying and reviewing some new products, and products that are new to me:

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette ($49 USD) — I purchased this during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty (haul post to come this week).  This is an older palette, but I haven’t tried it yet.  This smells like sweet chocolate — it’s so nice! The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of browns, pinks and plums. I’ve really been liking this!

Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence ($23 USD) — This is another product I need to review!  Klairs is a Korean beauty brand and I was excited to receive this for review! This is light and creamy SPF essence! It has SPF 50 and is formulated for sensitive skin. It has a water-based it gel texture and sinks right into the skin once applied.

YourGoodSkin Balancing Skin Concentrate ($19.99 USD) — This is YourGoodSkin’s hero product. I use this as a serum under my Klairs essence or my night cream.  It it so light and absorbs into my skin so quickly.  The claim is that it restores and maintains skin’s natural balance for clinically proven visibly healthier skin in just 28 days. For all skin types. Designed to improve the 5 key signs of visibly healthy skin:

Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Face Primer ($30 USD) —  I received a tiny sample of this in this month’s Ipsy bag and I LOVE it!  I have been hoarding it by using a little at a time. It is a creamy pore filler and looks amazing under all of my foundations!

Buxom Cosmetics Full-On Plumping Lip Cream in Hot Toddy ($21 USD) — This is such a beautiful product.  This one doesn’t have a shimmer and it is very glossy. It’s plumping, hydrating and so shiny at the same time!  And it has a beauty color payoff. 

Buxom Cosmetics Lash Volumizing Mascara ($22 USD) I have been wearing this mascara for a couple of weeks and am loving it. It’s a  volumizing mascara that dramatically defines, lengthens, and instantly lifts for fuller looking, ultra-black lashes minus any clumps. I love it for an every day look, but it can be built up for more drama!

Last but not least is the Natasha Denona Super Glow Highlighter ($38 USD) — This super-soft, lightweight formula melts into the skin. It gives a glass-like strobing effect thanks to its high concentration of crushed and milled chroma crystals mixed with crushed pearls.

I have this in the fair shade, Icy Ivory.  It’s so gorgeous!  But, it’s not really an every day glow.  But I want to use it everyday because the glow looks healthy as well as booming!  So I like to brush a little translucent powder on top to tone it down. I kind of want this in Light Medium – nude champagne next.

What products have you been loving this month?

 

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Buxom Cosmetics — Brand Review

Hi all!  I was recently sent some amazing Buxom Cosmetics products for my honest review.  I love trying new makeup and was so excited! I have already reviewed the new PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powders.  You can check that out here.

I put together my favorite products that I received.  Here they are:

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From left to right are —SexySmoky Kajal Powder Liner,  Buxom Lash Volumizing MascaraPowerPlump Lip BalmDivine Goddess LuminizerFull-On Plumping Lip Cream in White Russian and Hot Toddy,  Full-On Plumping Lip Polish in Dolly and Suede Seduction Eyeshadow Palette.

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This eyeliner is a new release for Buxom. It’s an intensely pigmented eyeliner with wet powder, lasting wear technology. Tapered sponge tip applicator creates either a precise line or smoky look. Formula-infused cap reloads color with every twist.

I like this because it’s such a cool idea.  It comes in two shades — Sultry Black and Smoldering Brown.  I like the brown because I rarely wear black eyeliner.  It’s two severe on me.  This is very dark, so it does give a dramatic look.  It does take a little work to make a nice line, but it looks pretty on!

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I have been wearing this mascara for a couple of weeks and am loving it. It’s a  volumizing mascara that dramatically defines, lengthens, and instantly lifts for fuller looking, ultra-black lashes minus any clumps. I love it for an every day look, but it can be built up for more drama!

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Sorry that this is so blurry!  You can see the shade though. It’s a plumping and hydrating lip balm that blooms to your custom shade by reacting with the pH level of your lips. This comes in four shades, this one is Glowing, it’s a beautiful mauvey nude shade on me. It has a light plumping effect. The size of this is huge for a balm, but it will last a long time.

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This is a gorgeous lightweight cream luminizer in Venus, a nude glow shade. The formula blends out easily, delivering a sheer, shimmering finish perfect for all skin tones, and feels refreshing on.  I like to use it before I powder my face, it works well under powder highlighter.  And it looks gorgeous on shoulders and decollete.

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The two shades on the left are the plumping lip cream in White Russian (Nude Pink) and Hot Toddy (toasty nude).  This is such a beautiful product.  This one doesn’t have a shimmer and it is very glossy. A unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster helps to plumps your pout to new levels, while hyaluronic spheres moisturize and fill. Vitamins A and E provide lasting moisture for soft lips.  This feels and looks amazing on!

On the right is the bestselling plumping lip gloss.  This is in the color Dolly which is a shimmering mauve.  It’s really pretty on and does plump my lips! It is high that boldly plumps the appearance of lips with a tantalizing tingle in a high-shine, shimmering finish.

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This palette has six matte suede eyeshadows.  It contains primer-infused technology to help keep color locked in place.  Shades include:

  • Social Scene (matte mocha)
  • Trendsetter (matte putty)
  • Hot or Yacht (matte ash)
  • Beachfront (matte sand)
  • Invite Only (matte terracotta)
  • Cashmere Craving (matte almond)

This is the first time that I’ve tried Buxom shadows. These are really pretty and are very easy to blend.  You can use them alone for a soft or smoky look, or with a metallic shadow or pigment for some shimmer on top.  And you can open it and change out the shades. Single shadows are available to be purchased for the compact.

I am really loving these products!  Have you tried anything by Buxom?  What products do you like?

 

 

 

 

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BUXOM Cosmetics PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder Review

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Hi All!  I hope your weekend is amazing!

I was recently sent the new BUXOM Cosmetics PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powders ($22 each).  These are plumping  powders that are a comfortable matte finish. Here’s the description from the Buxom website:

Thanks to its innovative wet powder technology and mess-free sponge applicator, this weightless, pout-plumping pigment glides seamlessly across lips to deliver rich color that never feels dry or tight. The smudge-proof formula provides a soft and sexy stained effect that stays put for up to eight hours-no matter what you get up to during the day or night. Available in ten vivid shades designed to build to your perfect coverage, ranging from subtle nudes to bold berries.

 

Here is a close up of the lip powder.

HOW TO USE
1. Twist off cap to reveal the product-coated, sponge-tip applicator.
2. Apply sponge tip directly to lips
3. Reload sponge tip with more product by twisting cap back on.
4. Repeat application to build coverage.

Here are swatches:

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From left to right is Soft Whisper, Cuddle Me, Darling Dolly, Cozy Up, So Spicy, Want You, Spoil Me, Turn Me On, Kiss Me  and Seduce Me.

The first five are the shades I love.  I wear softer colors like nudes and pinks.  The bolder shades will be fun for the fall and winter.

I really like the formula.  It is really creamy, for a powder.  I feel that it doesn’t make my lips bigger, but it does plump them up and help fill out the lines, which I love.  It doesn’t tingle like Buxom’s lip glosses.

I have been wearing these every day.  They are amazing for pulling a makeup look together. They also look nice under a gloss.  I definitely recommend these lip powders!

Have you tried the new Buxom lip powders?   What do you think?