18 November 2014

Holiday Nail Polish Favorites - Zoya, Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, KB Shimmer, Mineral Fusion & theBalm

I can’t believe how rapidly the Holidays are approaching here in the US. It’s only a bit over a week until Thanksgiving, which is basically the unofficial start of the festive season! In my Fall Polish Picks (check them out here) I said that I may do another round of picks for the Holiday season and here I am to share my Holiday Nail Polish Favs with you! I am considering the Holidays to begin with American Thanksgiving and ending with New Years. I’ve tried to come up with at least one idea for most of the holidays in that time frame. Not gonna lie, I had trouble with ideas outside of Christmas and New Years, but it’s not for a lack of trying! Basically, anything metallic or sparkly screams Holiday to me, so be prepared for some seriously dazzling shades in the photos ahead! J And please excuse the condition of my nails as well as the rushed and messy polishing - the crazy weather is killing my hands and I was rushing to paint each polish! J

13 November 2014

Flower Beauty's New Quick Dry Top Coat - Better Than the Rest?

Probably the only types of nail products I ever completely use up are a base and top coat. Given how important they can be to the end appearance of your nails, I’m willing to spend a bit more on them than a polish, but I’d rather not since I go through them rather quickly. I’m always on the hunt for a better top coat, and lately have been trying some that are on the lower end of the price scale. Well, I believe my search has ended thanks to Flower Beauty’s relatively new Quick Dry Top Coat!

11 November 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick - What's All The Buzz About?!?!

I have seen tons and tons of hype surrounding the NARS Audacious Lipsticks. Save but one by the lovely Louise from Lilting-Grace, I’ve also not seen or heard a bad review. Originally I had no intention of shelling out $32 for a single lipstick, plus I never like the way any NARS lip colors swatch so none of the shades really appealed to me. But alas, I caved. I gave in to the buzz and decided to check out Anita. To hear my thoughts, just keep on readin’! J

06 November 2014

Sephora VIB & VIB Rouge Sale 2014 - Strategies & Suggestions

Starting today at Sephora, VIBs and VIB Rouge members will receive 20% off EVERYTHING!!! This happens but once a year and is not only a fantastic time to stock up on necessities, but with the Holidays just around the corner, it’s an excellent time to save a bit on beauty gifts. It can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide what to buy, so I thought I’d offer some tips and suggestions, as well as point out some of the cruelty free brands available at Sephora. 

If you are a VIB Member, use the code "GIFTVIB" and for VIB Rouge Members, use the code "ROUGEGIFT" from November 6th through November 10th for 20% off of EVERYTHING!!! Also, remember to access Sephora through eBates first for additional cash back. (Yes it's legit - I use it all the time!!!) 

04 November 2014

October Favorites - Acure, Hourglass, Milani, Butter London, Sibu Beauty, Josie Maran, Urban Decay & EcoTools

Seriously can’t believe it’s already November. I can’t say that October flew past, but seriously, November? That’s nearly Christmas!!! How?! Anyway, since another month has passed, it’s time for yet another Favorites post. I’ve had an interesting month skin-wise, which I may go into more in a separate post depending on how it progresses. Basically, I decided to ditch all of the prescription products I’ve been using for years because I thought they might actually be making things worse. Still kind of on the fence about whether that smart or not. Anyway, because of that I have a good amount of skin care favorites, but fear not! There’s still some makeup as well! Let’s dive right in, shall we? J

30 October 2014

Ipsy for October 2014

It’s a bit late, but I haven’t had a chance to share my October Ipsy Bag with you! The “theme” appears to be “Beauty Candy,” though I must say that I never notice any actual consistent theme to Ipsy’s picks. Actually, I don’t notice much of a theme with any of these sample boxes. I find that completely unimportant anyway, so let’s get back to this month’s Ipsy bag. And can I just say that I really like the beautiful teal color of the bag! It looks kind of cheap thanks to it’s shiny plastic quilted texture, but I still have to admit that something about it I really like! The actual contents, well, let’s see about those! J

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