Beauty, Nail Care

Morgan Taylor’s Forever Marilyn Polish Collection

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I’m so excited to review the Morgan Taylor Lacquer Forever Marilyn fall collection.  I love the quality of Morgan Taylor polishes, and I think these are perfect for the season.

“There is no fashion or beauty icon that is more well-known than Marilyn Monroe,” says Danny Haile, CEO and Founder of Morgan Taylor Lacquer. “We are thrilled that we have the opportunity to release a brand new collection with six shades all inspired by Marilyn. Her timeless glamour and unapologetic attitude fit well with the energy of Morgan Taylor. Forever Marilyn includes:

  • Some Girls Prefer Pearls – White Shimmer
  • All American Beauty – Sheer Soft Nude
  • A Girl and Her Curls – Eggplant Shimmer
  • That’s So Monroe – Cool Brown Shimmer
  • Flirty and Fabulous – Teal Crème
  • Classic Red Lips – Tomato Red Crème

 

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I love these shades!  I especially need to wear Flirty and Fabulous! LOL!  It just needs a Forty and it would be me! I am wearing A Girl and Her Curls on my toes right now and it’s really rich and pretty.

The collection is available now for a limited time at Ulta.com ($9.50) and SallyBeauty.com ($9.50). Are you thinking of picking some of these up?

 

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Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — September 2019

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Hey all!  It’s time for my September Ipsy Glam Bag Plus review! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the high quality items included.

I have pretty much enjoyed this subscription. I have been debating keeping it because a lot of times. Unless I get tired of it, I think I’ll keep it until at least the end of the year.

Here’s what I received for September:

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This is what I received in my main box:

Total — $138.  Pretty good for spending $25.  Last month my value was over $200, though…but I guess each month it varies.

I’m excited to try the Ciate powder.  I’m saving until I am out of my current powders.  I also am so happy about the Wander Beauty brow pencil because it’s in my shade!

I have tried the I Dew Care mask, but I don’t think I need a full sized one.

I also added on three products — the Too Faced Damn Girl Mascara mini, Ofra Cosmetics MADISON MILLER Smiley for Riley Lip Gloss, and a full sized Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara.  I added on a mini of the Thrive mascara last month and LOVE it!  So when I saw that the full size was available this month, I had to get it!

Here’s close ups of the palettes I received:

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I do follow You Tuber Madison Miller, and I’m happy to have received this from her collab with Ofra.  This is really pretty.  I love the blush, but wonder if the highlighters will be too dark for my fair skin tone.  I’m going to try it and see.  Here’s swatches:

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This is a really cool palette, but I don’t know if I will keep it.  It’s mostly shimmers, and I like a few more mattes in my palettes.  I will either give this as a Christmas gift or a part of my next Instagram giveaway.

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I think this is a pretty good month. I’ll use the face palette, the powder and the eyebrow pencil.  I will probably give the mask and palette away.  I am really happy with my add-ons. Next month, I’ll be trying Ipsy’s new subscription, Glam Bag Ultimate instead of Glam Bag Plus, so stay tuned for that review!

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get in your box this month? Are you going to try the Ultimate next month?

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — September 2019

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Hi all! I received my September BoxyLuxe!  This is my fourth one. I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for over two years. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.  I did get to pick some of the items I would receive, which I really liked.

The theme for this month is All Access. There’s a good mix of makeup, skincare and hair care this month.  Here’s what I received:

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Total — $317.95!  That’s so good for spending $49.99.

Here’s a closer look at the items I received:

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I’m not the biggest fan of sleeping masks because they can be heavy and sticky.  I’m not sure if I will keep this one or give it away.

The Pineapple-C Bright Serum was one of the items I chose.  I’m almost out of my current Vitamin C Serum so I’m excited to have a new one to try. I have tried this a couple of times already and it does give a nice glow.

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Everyone received the Mistress Hair Balm.  I’ve tried this and am enjoying it. It smooths my frizzies and leaves my hair soft and shiny.

I haven’t tried the curling iron yet.  This is an item I got to choose — it was between this and a brush set.  I’ve never tried a clipless curling iron before so I’m curious to see how it works.

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These two items were another variation I chose.  I have never tried an infuser water bottle before, so that will be interesting.  And, I love Spongelle products!

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Every charmer received the eyeliner in black and the lipstick in one of three shades.

I don’t wear liquid eyeliner, so I will pass this one along.  I love the lipstick shade. It will be pretty for fall.

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I know this palette has been around for a while.  It was a variation.  At first I wasn’t blown away by this, but I decided to keep it.  I’m recently starting to get into matte shadow looks and I like these shades a lot.  I think it will be perfect for fall.


I’m pretty happy with this box.  I will use almost every item.  The only products I probably won’t use is the eyeliner and the sleeping mask. As good as that is, I think the only item I am really thrilled about is the serum.  I really loved my June BoxyLuxe because I loved every item in the box.  I’m hoping I’m more excited about the December BoxyLuxe!

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

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash August 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  I’m back with my August 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 August.

I am very happy with all of these products.  I used them all a fair bit, and really enjoyed them.

Here’s photos with the palettes open:

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I have decided to keep all of these products as I got good use out of them this mont hand I really like them all.

The Benefit Hoola bronzer worked for me when I had a tan.  I’m kind of letting it fade so it’s becoming too dark for me.  The Galifornia blush is so pretty, great for summer looks.  I’ll keep these and give them a try again in the future.

The Em Cosmetics Infinite Lip Cloud in French Nude is so gorgeous.  I wore it on it’s own  and with a gloss over it and I like how it looks both ways.

Here are the palettes I focused on this month:

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I used this Huda Beauty Coral palette a few times this month and really enjoyed it.  The two shimmers are so gorgeous, and I enjoyed using them with the browns and coral mattes.  This is a very nice quality palette.

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The BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis palette was my most used one this month.  I really love this palette and tried to use most of the shimmers in it, because they are just so stunning.  I love how the mattes Canyon and Dune are larger pans because I did use them with almost every look. I also used the highlighters as highlighters and eye shadows.

I’m really happy with the products I used and had so much fun with my makeup this month.  Now on to my empties:

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Last month I had a ton of empties, but I still think I did pretty well this month.  It’s mostly skincare with one hair care and one makeup item.

I will definitely repurchase the Lancome Cils Booster and the Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel.  I really love both of those products.

I can also see myself repurchasing the Klairs Everyday Sun Protector SPF 50, the Laneige Bright Dew Original Essence and the L&I Apothecary Rose Facial Toner .

I also enjoyed the Briogeo Rosarco Milk.


I am not a fan of the heat, so I’m happy that summer is almost over.  I love fall!

What products do you love to use out of your stash?

 

Beauty, cosmetics

August 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  It’s almost September, which means it’s time for my August favorites!

Below are my beauty faves for August. 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 have really been into skincare the last few months, and I have been continuing trying out new skincare and loving it!

I also have been loving a few makeup products, and some of them have been favorites before:

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These are the skincare products I’ve been enjoying this month.  I purchased the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Juice a few weeks ago. It’s so refreshing!  It’s a bit sticky, but works nicely under makeup.

The Skin & Co Truffle Therapy Face Toner is amazing!  It tones my skin and gives me a glow, but doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.  I’m almost out of it. You can purchase it and other amazing items from Skin & Co here, and by using my code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your purchase!  It is an affiliate code, so I will get something if you do buy!

I am also loving the Pixi Beauty Retinol Eye Cream and the Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment.  The eye cream smooths the area and really helps with fine lines, and the neck cream firms my neck!

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I believe I’ve had the beautyblender Bounce foundation in my favorites before this year.  I had a lighter shade. This is 2.5 and it’s my summer shade.  I have fallen in love with the foundation all over again! It’s so long wearing, even in the summer heat.

I have also had the Urban Decay Brow Blade and Brow Finish in past favorites, but have been using them again recently and love the look they give to my brows. I prefer more natural browns, but I can get a more dramatic look with the Brow Blade if I want.

The Em Cosmetics Infinate Lip Cloud in French Nude is in my August Shop My Stash   I don’t usually wear liquid lipsticks, but I really love the formula of this one.  It feels really light on, but it does dry down matte.  And luckily, it’s not drying on.  I really love the shade, too!

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I purchased the NARS Summer Lights Face Palette in June as a birthday gift to myself and have been enjoying using it. I have used all of the shades.  The bronzer is a little light, but it’s a gorgeous transition shade for the eyes.  The highlighter is very glowy and the eye shadows are very pretty.


That’s my August favorites.  Bring on September! What have you been loving this month?

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Allure Beauty Box August 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my August 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 August box:

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This is such an affordable box and it always introduces me to new brands, which I like!  This month, I received three full sized items.  I will use everything except fr the lip color, which is too bright for me. I may pass along the Laritzy liquid beam to my daughter.

I item I’m most excited about is the Nuria eye cream.  It looks really nice.

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Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  Did we get the same products this month?

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — August 2019

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Hey all!  It’s time for my August Ipsy Glam Bag Plus review! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the high quality items included.

I have pretty much enjoyed this subscription. I usually only use a couple of the items I receive each month, and so I’ve been debating keeping it. Unless I get tired of it, I think I’ll keep it until at least the end of the year.

Here’s what I received for August:

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I realize this is a lot of products for an Ipsy Glam Bag Plus — I got three add-ons this month.  Those are the top three products and I’ll talk about them later.  Here’s what I received in my basic box:

Total — $204.50 — Wow! That’s an amazing value for a $25 box.

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They usually have a little booklet, but this month it was a fold out card.  It does give details of all of the products I received.

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The product of these three I’m most excited about is the Purlisse Blue Lotus Moisturizer. I am almost out of my current SPF moisturizer, so this came at a great time!

I have quite a few peel off masks I’m not using, so I will probably gift this one away.  I do want to try other products from Hey Honey.  It looks like a great brand.

I have been wanting to try the foundation.  The shade is Light which might be a little dark one me normally, but it might be a good summer shade.

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These brushes are gorgeous!  I’m excited to use them. From top to bottom is 10F Concealer, 65EM Mini Shading, 105E Pencil, 15E Angled Brow and 35EM Mini Tapered.

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I am so glad I received this gorgeous palette! I’ve used it a couple of times already and love it.  I’ve never tried a palette from TheBalm, I’ve only had a small sample of the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter.  I was going to swatch it, but forgot, so I’ll do a palette review for it.IMG-1327

These are my three add-ons this month!  I usually don’t do add-ons, but these were $3 each and I have been wanting to try the Coco Cabana Cream and the Thrive Causemetics Mascara. So far, I am LOVING the mascara. It’s a fiber mascara so it doesn’t smudge.

I might try the gorgeous Pixi blush or I might save it for a giveaway…we’ll see!

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I’m really happy with this month! Last month’s box was also good, so I’m on a roll!

I’ll use the palette, the brushes and the moisturizer.  I might try out the foundation and will probably give the mask away.  I am also happy with my add-ons.

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get in your box this month?