Beauty, cosmetics

NARS Makeup Your Mind Eye & Cheek Palette Review

Hi All!  I’m here with a palette review – The NARS Makeup Your Mind Eye & Cheek Palette.  I’ve had this for over a month now and really love it!

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I purchased this at Ulta for $35 a few weeks ago, the original price was $49. Here’s a photo of the inside of the palette:

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The palette includes three blushes, one bronzer and 8 shadows.  The blushes from clockwise are Luster, Orgasm and Dolce Vita.  The bronzer is Laguna.  These are all classic shades, but the only one I own is a sample of Orgasm blush.

The eyeshadows going in rows of two from the top are Hammamet I and Nepal, Pattaya and Fuse, Fex and Tropical Express I, and Sophia and Mekong.

Unfortunately, this is no longer for sale on Ulta.com, and it was an Ulta Exclusive.  But, maybe they’ll restock it at Ulta.

Here’s swatches of the blushes and bronzer:

IMG_1572 From Left to Right — Luster, Laguna, Orgasm a Dulce Vita. I love all of these products! Laguna is such a gorgeous blusher and all three blushes are so pretty! The powders are very easy to blend.

Here are the shadows:

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The shimmers and glitters obviously swatch better than the darker mattes.  But the mattes do work nicely on the eyes.  You can build them up nicely.


I use this palette everyday! I at least use the bronzer and blushes and I use the eye shadows often.  LOVE!  And it was such a good deal at $35.

Did you pick this up?  What did you think?

 

 

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Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

Allure Beauty Box September 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my September 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 September box:

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The Nutrafol Core For Women is a bonus item.

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These are the two makeup items I got in my box this month.  I’ve never tried a NARS lip product, so I’m excited to use this.  I really like the shade.

I’ve heard a lot about the Dewy Stick and it is really nice.  It gives a glow without shimmer and it doesn’t emphasize texture.

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Here’s a closeup of the skin and hair care.  The Nutrafol is a bonus.  I don’t take supplements so I will pass it along to someone.  I will keep the shampoo and conditioner for traveling.

I’m also going to try the Brightening Facial Scrub.  I don’t have a scrub right now and need one.  I’ll give the Eczema cream to my daughter.


This was a pretty good box.  I’ll use at least half of the products.  I liked getting two full sized makeup product, too! Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  What did you get this month?

 

Beauty, cosmetics

NARS Summer Lights Face Palette Review

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Hi all! Happy Saturday! I hope you are having a great weekend!

I’m back with a face palette review!  I gifted myself this gorgeous NARS palette for my birthday last month.   It’s the NARS Summer Lights Face Palette ($59 USD) and it’s available online at Ulta.com.

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Gorgeous!  I like the packaging.  It is simple and elegant.  It’s made from sturdy plastic and it has a nice mirror.

What I don’t like is that the shades aren’t printed on the inside of the palette.  They are on the back.  The shadow shades from left to right are Rainwater, Hibiscus, Papeete and Hei.  The highlighter is Paper Flower and the bronzer is Destination Unknown.

Here are the swatches:

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I’ve swatched the four shadows first, then the highlighter and bronzer.

The eye shadows are my favorite shades in the palette.  They are nicely pigmented and very easy to blend.  I can make a complete eye look with them.  I put one of the left two shadows all over my lid.  The brown matte shadow is nice in the crease. The darkest shade is perfect to deepen the outer corner, create a smoky eye or use under the eye.

The highlighter doesn’t swatch the best, but it’s really glow on.  It can also be used on the eye.  The bronzer is light, but it’s nice for a subtle bronze look and also as a transition shade on the eyes.  I wouldn’t recommend it for deeper skin tones, though.

I also wanted to share the free gift I received with this and share a tip.  If you purchase online from Ulta, the are frequently offering free gifts with purchase.  I usually wait until one is available to shop online. The gift this time was a free Beauty Bag with any $30 online purchase:

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The bag says Talk Beauty to Me, which is so cute!  And it has all these great goodies inside.  I bought this in June, but they are often doing cute gifts with purchase if you are thinking of placing an order with Ulta. Also, don’t forget their points program.  I’m a Platinum member and there’s always fun deals.


I do really love this palette!  I think it’s great for travel and easy summer looks.  The quality is great, too!  This is my first NARS palette and definitely not my last!

What’s your current summer palette?  Do you have any from NARS?

Black Friday, cosmetics, Cyber Monday, Gifts

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2018 Makeup Deals!

Hi all!  Are you ready for some great deals?! Black Friday is just a few days away, so I thought I’d put together some guides to help with the upcoming sales.

This one contains deals for some of my favorite cosmetic companies like IT Cosmetics, bareMinerals, jane iredale and more:

IT Cosmetics

It Cosmetics deals:

Available 11/22 – 11/25 – Promo Code: ITFRIDAY

o   20% Off Your Order

o   Doorbuster All About Eyes Skincare Set for $18 (set includes Bye Bye Makeup Melting Balm travel size + Superhero Mascara deluxe sample + Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream deluxe sample – $36 value!!!)

Available 11/26 – Promo Code: CYBER25

o   25% Off $30 + FREE Hello Lashes Mascara if you spend $70 (after discount)

Available 11/28 – 12/2 – Promo Code: GIFT4U

o   Cyber Week Continues! Enjoy FREE Vitality Flush Lip Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi if you spend $50 + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS

Josie Maran

Josie Maran:
Black Friday
WHAT: 25% off core products
WHEN: 11/21 – 11/25
*excludes gifts sets, good buys and sale items.
Cyber Monday
WHAT: 25% off entire site
WHERE: josiemarancosmetics.com
WHEN: 11/26
*excludes gifts sets, good buys and sale items.

 

 

Bare Minerals

bareMinerals:
Black Friday
WHAT: Solar Spectrum Owned Exclusive Blockbuster Kit – retails for $98, with an $183 value, marked down to $49!
WHERE: bareminerals.com
WHEN: 11/22-11/23

Cyber Monday
WHAT: 25% off sitewide plus free shipping, no exclusions! Plus, receive a Crystalline Glow Palette with any $75 purchase.
WHERE: bareminerals.com
WHEN: 11/25-11/26

WHAT: Skincare 25% off and $10 Lashtopia
WHERE: Sephora, and sephora.com
WHEN: 11/25-11/26

Jane Iredale

jane iredale: During Black Friday weekend (11/23-11/25) jane iredale is offering a 20% savings on orders of $100 or more and a 25% savings on orders of $150 or more at janeiredale.com. Additionally, for Cyber Monday from 11/26-11/28, jane iredale will be giving away a nine-piece gift set with $150 purchase. The gift set includes 8 best-sellers in mini sizes in our canvas gift with purchase bags.

(Minis include: Forever Pink Just Kissed® Lip and Cheek Stain, Sheer LipDrink® Lip Balm, BeautyPrep™ Face Cleanser, BeautyPrep™ Face Moisturizer, HandDrink® Hand Cream, Smooth Affair® Facial Primer & Brightener, PureLash® Lash Extender & Conditioner, Black Ice Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara.)

Nanacoco: The Black Friday promotion will start on Thanksgiving morning 8AM EST (November 22nd to 26th). The promotion will be as follows: Nanacoco’s Annual Friendsgiving Sale. Spend $50 and get free shipping (along with a surprise Nanacoco Pro. freegift with purchase if the customer spends $50 and over).  Use code FRIENDSGIVING on BBfull.com.

The Cyber Monday promotion will start on start 11/26/2018 – 12AM EST to 11/26/2018 11:59PM EST and will be as follows: Get 25% off of your entire order if you spend $50 (including free shipping). Use code Cyber25 on BBfull.com.

Milk Makeup The Cool Kids
Milk Makeup The Cool Kids

Milk Makeup November 23RD-25TH

25% OFF Sitewide

  • $35 Minimum

  • Exclusions include Wu-Tang Collection, Meet The Fam, The ‘Rents, The Cool Kids

GWP at $65: One FREE Full-Size Lip Color  O.G. Red, C.R.E.A.M., or FRESHHH

  • Codes for Lip Colors: OGRED, CREAM, FRESHHH

CYBER MONDAY, November 26TH

35% OFF Sitewide

  • $35 Minimum

  • Exclusions include Wu-Tang Collection, Meet The Fam, The ‘Rents, The Cool Kids

GWP at $75: One FREE Full-Size Holographic Stick in Mars, Supernova or Stardust

  • Codes for Holographic Stick: MARS, NOVA, STAR

Available at MilkMakeup.com

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NARS Give & Take Event:

  • Event info: All online purchases site-wide on narscosmetics.com will be 20% off*
  • Exclusivity: Narscosmetics.com features several items that are unavailable at any other retailer – including lashes, brushes, and our cult favorite 413 BLKR collection. You can find images of our narscosmetics.comexclusives here.
  • Event start date: November 22nd at 12:00AM EST
  • Event end date: November 27th at 11:59 PM EST

This is the only time of year narscosmetics.com offers any discounts site-wide.

 

bath products, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

June 2018 Beauty Favorites

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I can’t believe tomorrow is July!  June (and the first half of the year) has just flown by! That means it’s time for my June favorites!

Since this was my birthday month, I got a lot of new products.  Most of them I haven’t used enough to include in my favorites, but a few I instantly loved!

I loved two hydrating sprays this month, the Smashbox So Chill Coconut primer water and the Pacifica Crystal Power Hydro Mist.  They both smell so nice and I like using them before makeup and for refreshing during the day.  The Pacifica one is a bit lower in price, but the Smashbox one is my fave.  It smells so amazing!

I bought the Fenty Beauty lip gloss in a set with a highlighter.  The highlighter is pretty, but not really a shade I wear, it’s kind of peachy.  But the gloss is amazing! It gives such a pretty shine and it’s sticky or goopy.  I wear it almost every day either over lipstick or alone.

The NARS Orgasm mini blush was my birthday gift from Ulta.  I’ve never really tried this and I love the shade. It’s shimmery and a coral-pink shade, which is perfect for summer.

The TATCHA The Silk Canvas Protective Primer was the item I’ve been wanting the most.  It glides on and blurs my pores and fine lines.  Plus it looks amazing under makeup and helps my foundation last.  I don’t use it every day, because I want to make it last, but I love how I look when I do.

PIXI Beauty Jasmine Oil Blend smells amazing!  It smells just like fresh jasmine flowers. I love this at night.  It contains a jasmine flower extract, evening primrose and grape seed oil.  It is so hydrating and it calms my red skin.  In the morning my skin is bright and smooth.

My last favorite is Jergen’s  Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer.  I’ve been using this in the lighter shade (which is in my shower), but I’m ready to go darker and use the medium to tan one shown.  This is SO easy to use.  You put it on when your skin is wet and pat it dry with your towel.

What are your faves for June?

 

 

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Drugstore Haul and My Ulta Birthday Gift!

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A couple of weeks ago, I went into Ulta to get my birthday gift, a min Nars Orgasm blush. I picked up a few other drugstore products (of course).

This is my Ulta birthday gift this year.  I think I’ve tried a sample of this blush years ago when it was first popular, but I haven’t tried it since them.  It’s really pretty on and perfect for the summer.

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CoverGirl Katy Kat Gloss ($7.99 USD) is a lip gloss created by CoverGirl Katy Perry. I have it in the color Cateloup. This claims to give shiny lips, but it is is moussey and shimmery.  I purchased it to wear over the L’Oreal lipstick, and I do, but it is opaque enough to wear on it’s own.  I like the shade a lot, and of course, the cat on the applicator!  There are 11 shades.  Most of them are brights, so this is probably the only shade I would wear.

Enhanced with an indulgent chocolate aroma, Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipstick Les Chocolats scented provides all day full, matte coverage.  I purchased this in Dose of Cocoa after I saw Youtuber Tati review it.  I love the formula and applicator, but the color I chose isn’t for me.  When I first wore it, my husband said I had blue lips!  It’s not blue, but it is very cool toned.  I do want to purchase this in a warmer shade.

Here are lip swatches:

unnamed (1) The L’Oreal one in on the left and the CoverGirl is on the right.

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Wet n Wild Megaglo Loose Highlighting Powder in Moon Tears. This was $6.99. I could only find it in my nearby Ulta store, and it was the only one left.  I got this because it has received rave reviews and is not easy to find.  I like it.  It’s really sparkly, thought.  I’m going to use it a little more, but might pass it on to one of my daughters.

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Baked Blush in Don’t Flutter Yourself.  This was $4.99 and it’s limited edition.  It’s a shimmery peachy-pink.  It’s a great blush topper and I also like using it on my eyes.

Swatches of the face products:

 

 

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At the left is the highlighter, the middle is the Wet n Wild blush and on the right is the Nars.

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Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Quad in Flock Party — $2.99.  This is pretty, but not as pigmented as I would like:

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The first two are a bit light on my skin, but the other two look okay.  I’m still playing with this palette.  For the price, it’s a great deal!

I did not take individual photos of the Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Lip Scrub in Citrus Elixir ($3.99) or the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender ($7 for 4 oz), but I am loving both products.  The lips scrub smells and tastes amazing and the spray is so hydrating with a relaxing scent.

Have you picked up any fund drugstore products lately?

 

Beauty, Black Friday, cosmetics, Cyber Monday, Holiday Makeup Sets

Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2017 Makeup Deals!

It’s almost her, Black Friday (and Cyber Monday)!  There are so many great deals going on now, and even better deals coming!

Here are some of my makeup picks for Black Friday/Cyber Monday:

Buxom Cosmetics

Black Friday/Cyber Monday —  Shown are some of the great sets they have available.

Date: November 24th – November 27th

Deal: Use code BFCM25 for 25% off + free shipping on www.BuxomCosmetics.com

 

Milk Makeup

Back Friday 11/24 — Liquid Strobe 3 for $30 (each is MSRP $24)

Cyber Monday 11/27 — $10 OFF ALL KITS

In addition, they will be running stellar deals every single day until midnight starting Tuesday, 11/21 through Tuesday, 11/28. Customers can check back at MilkMakeup.com or sign up for our emails to be the first to know about each awesome deal. And the deals are juicy – one day is $50 off their hairdryer!

JINsoon

Black Friday – 30% off entire order with code: FR130

Cyber Monday – Receive free bottle of JINsoon Soiree with any $32 purchase

PLUS free shipping on all online orders for the first week of December. Use your free shipping on the discounted box sets.

Antonym Cosmetics

ANTONYM: Starting Friday November 24th to Monday November 27th midnight you will receive 30% off any Antonym products and FREE shipping

https://www.antonymcosmetics.com

Sassy Lips Make The Moment Collection

SASSY LIPS: Starting Friday November 24th to Tuesday November 28th when you buy 2 Make the Moment Flower Lipsticks you will receive 2 FREE matte Keep em Guessing Lipsticks and FREE shipping.

http://www.sassylips.us

NARS Give & Take Event on narscosmetics.com beings next week! Please see below for all details:

  • Event info: All online purchases site-wide on narscosmetics.com will be 20% off*
  • Exclusivity: Narscosmetics.com features several items that are unavailable at any other retailer, including exclusive shades of Powermatte Lip Pigment, Audacious Lipstick, and cult favorite 413 BLKR collection. You can find images of  narscosmetics.com exclusives here.
  • Fun fact: This is the only time of year narscosmetics.com offers any discounts site-wide!
  • Event start date: November 23rd at 12:00AM EST
  • Event end date: November 28th at 11:59 PM EST

Lipstick Queen Cyber Monday deal.  As you binge on all the holiday deals and leftover turkey, make sure to check out Ulta.com for some great discounts on your fave beauty brands like Lipstick Queen! Receive this adorable makeup pouch and mini nude lip liner when you spend $30 or more on Lipstick Queen product.