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!

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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?

IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Season to Give Love! 7pc Grand Collection — QVC TSV

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Hi all! QVC and IT Cosmetics are having another amazing Today’s Special Value! It begins Saturday, November 9, 2019 at midnight (ET).  The price is $69.96. After the sale the price will be $97 and the retail value is $243.33.  That’s an amazing deal.

This 7-piece collection features one complexion favorite, two color essentials and one lip must-have in a brand-new Love shade, plus a game-changing mascara and two Heavenly Luxe brushes! Experience natural-looking full coverage that moves with your skin by applying Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50+ all over your face with your new Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush. Add a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks with Bye Bye Pores Blush, then instantly add warmth and highlight to areas you’d like to bring forward by sweeping Hello Cheekbones onto your skin using the included Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush. Transform the look of your lashes with Superhero Mascara, and give your lips a naturally pretty flush of color with Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment Serum.

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About Each Product:

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara — Transform the look of your lashes! Formulated with unique Elastic Stretch Technology to wrap lashes, making them look fuller and longer.

Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush — Featuring ultra-plush Heavenly Luxe hair, this innovative foundation brush reaches every corner of your face—and is so easy to use, it does the work for you to help deliver an even application of your color-infused skincare and foundation products, including your Bye Bye Foundation

Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer™ with SPF 50+ — The first-ever full coverage moisturizer from IT Cosmetics gives you the power to say “bye bye” to beauty imperfections and hello to instant complexion perfection! Infused with full-coverage pigments and SPF 50+ sunscreen, Bye Bye Foundation is formulated to give you weightless-feeling, natural-looking coverage that moves with your skin.

NEW SHADE! Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum — now in a new shade, Love! It’s infused with nourishing butters and oils and hyaluronic acid, plus it hydrates to help give you soft, smooth lips.

Bye Bye Pores Blush Poreless Finish Airbrush Brightening Blush —  Featured in a brand-new Love shade, this blush delivers buildable color, and helps give your skin a flawless-looking finish. Suitable for all skin types, it’s time to discover the look of airbrushed skin with a natural-looking soft pink hue!

Hello Cheekbones Matte Bronzer & Highlighter Contouring Duo — Discover your life-changing duo, featuring a matte bronzer and highlighter in a new Love shade! Suitable for all skin types and tones, this two-in-one compact instantly defines and lifts the appearance of your cheekbones for natural-looking results.

Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush — Your revolutionary dual-headed brush does the work for you to apply your highlighter and bronzer exactly where you want it—in one sweep! The custom-cut brush heads and shortened handle help give you the power to contour effortlessly, and it pairs perfectly with your included Hello Cheekbones Matte Bronzer & Highlighter Contouring Duo. While the angled “Highlight” brush head reaches the curves of your face to deliver a flawless, soft-focus effect, the rounded “Contour” brush head helps to evenly and smoothly apply your bronzer for an airbrushed-looking finish.

Here’s close up pics of the products:

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These products are gorgeous for holiday makeup looks, or for gifting to someone special. And the brushes are so soft and amazing quality!

Superhero is one of my favorite mascaras, and the blush formula is gorgeous.  This is almost like a full face of makeup and it would be so nice for any beauty lover!

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Are you picking this up today?  What’s your favorite IT Cosmetics product?

BoxyCharm Premium Subscription Box Review — November 2019

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Hi all! I’ve just received my very first BoxyCharm Premium! This is a new subscription from BoxyCharm.  It’s a little more products than the regular and a little less than the BoxyLuxe.  Here’s the details:

  • It’s $35 a month
  • 6-7 beauty items a box
  • $175+ Value
  • You get to pick one of the items
  • The items will be different from BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe – you can subscribe to both with no product overlap.

The products I received are:

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Natasha Denona Bloom Blush and Glow Palette – $55
Dragun Beauty Dragunfire Skin Perfecting Potion – $25
Becca Cosmetics Glow Gloss in Champagne Creme – $22
QMS Medicosmetics Intensive Eye Care Cream – $150
Kopari Beauty Coconut Rose Toner – $25
BoxyCharm 5 Piece Brush Set — $65

My total this month is $342!  That’s crazy for spending only $35!

Here’s another photo:

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I do think this feels like a luxury box.  Here’s some close ups of the products:

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I’ve been interested in this palette since it came out.  I love Natasha Denona products and thinks this looks so pretty, especially for the fall with my pale skin tone.  I haven’t swatched it yet, but I will do a separate review of this with swatches.

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These BoxyCharm brushes are really interesting.  They are very soft.  The oval shape of the larger brushes are not something I’ve tried before.  I think I’ll use those for foundation and cream products, like the blush in the palette.

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Here’s the skincare from the box.  These are some of my favorite products this month.

The eye cream is very expensive ($150!). But, I’m looking forward to trying it.  I think I’ll use it after I’m done with my current night eye cream.  It better make me look 10 years younger at least! LOL!

The Kopari toner smells amazing.  It’s supposed to make my pores look smaller, so I hope that’s true.  I’ll use it once my current rose toner spray is used up.

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These last two products are my least favorites in the box.  The Dragun Beauty corrector is so dark!  I’ve seen light skin gals use it, but it’s still a bit scary.  I’m going to give it a go, but I’m going to read up on how to use it.

The Becca gloss is in Champagne Creme.  It’s really pretty, especially for the fall and holidays.  But I have so many glosses that I need to use.  I think I’ll give this away to someone for Christmas.

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I think this was a great first month for BoxyCharm Premium!  I will use almost every product in the box, which is pretty rare.  I’m looking forward to what next month brings!

Did you get BoxyCharm Premium this month?  What did you think?

I’ll be reviewing my regular November BoxyCharm soon, so we’ll see how it compares to Premium.

Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation Review and More!

Hi all!  I have been testing out some new Urban Decay products that were sent for my honest review!

I love Urban Decay (I have also just purchased the Urban Decay Naked Honey palette and will be reviewing it next week).  Their products are innovative and cruelty free, and the ingredients are good for you! Here’s what I received:

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The main product I wanted to review is the Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation ($39 USD) — The claims for this foundation are:

This lineup of 50 shades with 9 shade intensities, 3 mastertones, and 7 undertones to dial in precise color match. The waterproof, longwear foundation feels like wearing nothing, thanks to a breathable, flexible formula that moves with you (all day and all night, up to 24 hours!). It not only feels better, it even looks better with its stay-true color, which minimizes the appearance of pores—so you always look like you.

My shade is 20CP, so it is light with a cool pink undertone.  It might be a little light for me, but I make it work with bronzer and blush.  I LOVE the finish of this foundation on me.  At 51 (yep), it’s important that I achieve a natural finish that doesn’t settle in wrinkles and pores.  This glides on my skin and makes me look flawless, but not like I’m wearing makeup. And it feels so light on (I hate greasy feeling foundation).  It’s so good and I’ve been wearing it everyday.  I need to start reviewing another foundation, but I only want to wear this.  LOL!

I also really love the The Ultimate Brush Off Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($36 USD)  — a finely-milled vegan powder that blends seamlessly to extend the wear of your foundation without adding any weight or texture (forget that old-school cakey feel). It sets makeup while absorbing oil and shine for a totally blurred-out effect, blending seamlessly without causing flashback, so you can take as many selfies as you want. Touch-ups on the go are easy thanks to the portable powder and its built-in, cruelty-free brush.

This powder is so good, it really is smooth and doesn’t cake at all.  I like using a sponge for my under eye area, but I do use this brush on the rest of my face.  It buffs in the powder and makes everything smooth and even.  I sometimes use a fluffier brush for a lighter application.  It’s lovely either way.

The last two items are lippies — Vice Lip Chemistry Lasting Glassy Tint in Pink Slip ($22 USD) and the Lip Plumper in Honey.

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On the left is the Lip Chemistry and on the right is the lip plumper.  Here’s more info about the lippies:

Vice Lip Chemistry is a vegan, high-gloss lip tint that reacts to your pH and creates a custom shade unique to your tone. Its lightweight, balm-like texture gives your lips a hit of hydration, so they feel moisturized. The lasting glassy tint adjusts to you; the color fully develops and reveals itself after just a few minutes and lasts up to 5 hours. Vice Lip Chemistry’s vegan formula goes on smooth and glossy (never sticky!) and does not transfer.

The vegan lip plumper gloss combines high shine with microfine, multidimensional glitter and a tantalizing scent. This formula has an almost-instant, refreshing tingly effect, creating fuller-looking lips minus that sticky feel. Caffeine, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil combine to give you smooth, intense shine with a cooling and plumping sensation.

My favorite of the two formulas is the lip plumper.  It’s a little tingly, but doesn’t hurt. It’s glittery, but will be nice for the holidays. It tastes like honey, too! The Lip Chemistry is cool.  It does change color and it feels really comfortable on.  I don’t think I will wear it everyday, but I’m having fun testing it out.

Purchase these at https://www.urbandecay.com/, Ulta, Sephora and other great beauty stores and websites.

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Have you tried any of these Urban Decay products?  What do you think?

Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 Palette Review!

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Hi all!  I’m back with a palette review.  I was excited to pick up the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol 1 ($48 USD) when it launched.

I really enjoy Tati’s YouTube channel and was so happy to see when she launched this.

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So gorgeous!  This is such a pretty, everyday palette!  There are 6 tones and 4 textures.  You can make so many different looks!

Here are swatches by the tones:

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This is Memory and Ritual in the Glitter, Metallic, Sequin and Matte.  They all swatched really nicely.

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Story and Soothe in Glitter, Metallic, Sequin and Matte

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Aura and Poet in glitter, Metallic, Sequin and Matte.

I can see myself using the Ritual, Soothe and Aura shades the most.  But I will play with all of them.  I love the metallic texture and the mattes are beautiful and so easy to blend. I’m not the biggest glitter fan, but these are so pretty!

I really think Tati did an amazing job with this palette, especially for her first makeup launch.  The shades are universal and so nice for all different looks.  I’ve only used it a couple of times, but I really like it so far!

What do you think of the palette?  Did you pick it up?