Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best High End Makeup Products of 2014

Welcome to the third and final installment of my "best of 2014" series!  I saved the best for last...my favorite high end makeup products.  Let's just get started!

Best High End Makeup



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best Drugstore Makeup Products of 2014

Today I continue my "best of" series with my favorite drugstore products.  Before I started blogging I was kind of against drugstore products, I was convinced that they were just not good quality.  It wasn't until I started reading other beauty blogs raving about drugstore products that I figured I'd give them a shot.  Now there's so many affordable drugstore products that I love and here are my faves!

Best Drugstore makeup


Monday, December 29, 2014

Best Hair & Skin Products of 2014

Hi beauties!

Now that the year is winding down, I wanted to share some of the best products I've discovered throughout the year.  Throughout the week I'll be sharing with you my favorite products in several different categories.  Today's post will feature my skin and hair product favorites.  


Fave hair and skincare 2014



Friday, December 26, 2014

Sigma Beauty Haul*

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and if you don't celebrate, then I hope you had a nice relaxing day off! :)

Today I bring to you a few new-to-me items from Sigma Beauty.  Sigma is very well known for their high quality brushes and they are becoming more well known for their cosmetics.  I recently became a Sigma Affiliate and was sent an introductory welcome gift.  I'd like to discuss the items I received in this kit since they are new to me and might be new to you too!

I received a silicone brush cleanser, 3 brushes, a lip pencil, gloss, and a blush.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette - Review + Swatches

Hi beauties!

Today I bring you the Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Luxe Palette which is a limited edition holiday eye shadow palette that has fallen under the radar.  In fact, most Smashbox items fall under the radar in my opinion.  Although I know Smashbox to be a good high end makeup brand, for some reason, I just don't own anything from them.  I received this palette from my blogging bestie Tanya as a Christmas gift and this girl knows me well!  I prefer bold jewel tones over neutrals and this palette has just that!

I will admit, the packaging of this palette is rather bulky.  It's about a half an inch thick and fairly heavy.  It's really pretty though with the silver lettering and the pictures of jewels.

Smashbox On the Rocks Eye Shadow Palette

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Best and Worst Beauty Products of 2014

Hi everyone!

Today I bring you the #1 best and worst beauty products that I've discovered in 2014.  As beauty bloggers we try TONS of products through the year so we've definitely done our research and for us to pick a fave, you know we've REALLY got to love it.  I know that I love learning other blogger's favorite products and their advice on what to stay away from.  Diane over at Style Context invited me to join her on a blogger collaboration so that we can all share our favorite and worst products of the year.  Also joining us is Monica from Jersey Girl Texan Heart and Simone from Fashion Runs The World.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag - December

Hi beauties!

I can't believe that this is the last Ipsy bag of 2014!  For those that don't know, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service.  For just $10 you get 4-6 deluxe sample size or full size beauty items.  These items are typically hair, skincare, and makeup products.  They can range from high end to affordable brands.  Everything comes in a pretty makeup bag that is different each month.

The theme for this month's bag is "Thinking of You" and the card I got says Fearless Heroine.  Umm, ok.  The makeup bag is plain black with a plastic pink heart charm on the zipper that says "Ipsy".

Ipsy December Glam Bag

Friday, December 19, 2014

Frugal Friday - L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints - Review

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I'll be talking about the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints.  L.A. Girl products aren't sold in drugstores by me but can be found online at Walgreens and drugstore.com.  Around here I've only ever seen them in a store called Five Below which is where I purchased 3 of these lippies for $3 each.  On the L.A. Girl website these are sold for $4 and on drugstore.com they are $3.49.

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Paula Dorf Aztec City Eyeshadow Pallete* - Review

Happy Monday Beauties!

Paula Dorf Cosmetics are well known in the beauty industry for their high quality brushes and color cosmetics.  The products have been featured in In Style, Allure, Elle, and on many celebrities including Jessica Simpson and Sandra Bullock.  Paula Dorf Cosmetics has received a number of recognitions including several "Allure Best of Beauty" awards and Self Magazine's Healthy Beauty Award.

I received the Aztec City Eye Shadow Palette which gets it's name from the dessert sand and the blue sky.  "With just the right balance of professional and flirty, this palette lets you decide between knockout nudes, classy colors or a mesmerizing mix of both."  - Paula Dorf

I also received a sample size of the Teal Mascara.

Paula Dorf Aztec City Eyeshadow Pallete

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CambridgeSide Galleria Blogger Holiday Glamour Swap Event*

Hi beauties!

I was recently invited to participate in a holiday blogger Yankee Swap event organized through Blog and Tweet Boston.  The event took place at the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall.

We were provided champagne and yummy goodies from California Pizza Kitchen.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Resolute Beauty Blogger - December Updates

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Welcome to the December updates of the beauty blogger resolution series called the Resolute Beauty Blogger.  This is will be the last post in this series since 2014 is coming to an end.

Today I will be giving updates on the goals I set for myself back in January. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

December Boxycharm Unboxing*

I know it was only last week that I discussed my November Boxycharm Box but I've already received my December box and this one is my favorite so far!

Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription box that features mainly cosmetics but also includes nail, hair, and skin products.  Each box includes high end and/or affordable brands that are full size or deluxe sample sizes.

The theme of December's box is Jingle Belles.

December Boxycharm Box

Monday, December 8, 2014

Old Factory Candle Gift Set Review + Giveaway*

Happy Monday!

Today I will be discussing candle gift sets from Old Factory Candles.

Old Factory Candle Gift Sets come in sets of 3 candles with many different themes as shown below.  Each of the 3 candles has a different sent according to the theme.

 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Frugal Friday - Colour Pop Super Shock Eye Shadow Review + Swatches

TGIF Beauties!

Today I bring you a review of Colour Pop Super Shock Eye Shadows.  These are hugely popular in the beauty community right now. 

Colour Pop is a cosmetics company which sells eye shadows, lip pencils, and lipsticks.  Their products are made in the US and are cruelty free.  The best part though...ALL of their products are only $5!  That's right, their lip pencils, lipsticks (called Lippie Stix), and their amazing eye shadows...all 5 bucks!  Oh, and each order comes with a personal hand written note!

Colour Pop Eye Shadows

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

November Boxycharm Unboxing*

Hi Beauties!

I'm back with another Boxycharm unboxing.  Boxycharm is a monthly beauty subscription box that features nail, hair, and skin products, but mainly cosmetics.  Each box includes high end and/or affordable brands that are full size or deluxe sample sizes. You can see my thoughts about my September Boxycharm box HERE.

The theme of the November Boxycharm Box is Sparkle and Shine...definitely appropriate for the upcoming holiday season.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Too Faced La Belle Carousel* - Review + Swatches

Hi Beauties!

On this Cyber Monday I bring you another limited edition holiday makeup item, the Too Faced La Belle Carousel.  This is a gift box that looks like a carousel and features 5 palettes and a deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara.  Three of the palettes include 4 eye shadows each, and 2 palettes each include a bronzer and a blush.  Each section may be split apart to and given as a gift to 6 people on your list, or you can give the entire thing to one person, or of course you can just keep it all to yourself!  I recently received this from Dermstore.

This post will consist mostly of photos so you can really see what you're getting with this set.

The packaging is obviously a really huge selling point for the La Belle Carousel!

Too Faced La Belle Carousel

Friday, November 28, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Lovers

Happy Black Friday Beauties!

With all the great sales and specials today, I thought now is the best time to bring you my top gift picks for the beauty lovers in your life.  I always think that us beauty junkies are super easy to buy for but in case you're not on top of the latest tends in beauty right now, here is a handy gift guide including some limited edition holiday items as well as some classics.  Enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guide


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Dermstore Haul* - Too Faced, Tarte, Becca

Hi Beauties!

Today I have a little haul for you but first I want to tell you about a new-to-me website called Dermstore. Dermstore consists of 3 sites, Dermstore.com (skincare), Hairenvy.com (hair care), and Blush.com (cosmetics).

Hands down my favorite thing about Dermstore is that they offer free shipping on all orders all the time.  I for one HATE paying for shipping and often end up spending more money than I want to just to qualify for free shipping.  With Dermstore, you don't have to worry about that!  Dermstore carries 700 brands of products.  And since I know my readers I can tell you that my (and probably your) favorite brands on the site are Too Faced, Becca, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Stila, and Tarte.  They also carry my 2 favorite skincare brands, GlamGlow, and Murad.

Here's my little haul!

dermstore haul

Monday, November 24, 2014

Murad Skin Smoothing Polish* - Review

Hi Beauties!

Today I bring you another product from my favorite skincare brand, Murad.  The Murad Skin Smoothing Polish is from the Pore Reform Line.  The Pore Reform Regimen works to create healthy, clear skin that’s free of shine, blackheads and clogged pores.

Murad Skin Smooth Polish 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Frugal Friday - Essence Cosmetics* - Review

TGIF Beauties!

Today I bring you some goodies that I received from Essence Cosmetics.  Essence Cosmetics features on trend high quality makeup at affordable prices.

I've heard about this brand and saw them sold at Ulta but I never tried them until now and spoiler alert...wow!  These are amazing products at insanely low prices.

essence cosmetics

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sephora VIB Haul - YSL, Kat Von D, GlamGlow, Urban Decay, and More!

Hi beauties!

I'm back with another Sephora haul!  I know, I just did one for the Friends and Family Sale (read that post HERE) but there was still a few things had my eye on so I had to partake in this sale too.

Sephora gave this super cute bag with every order (while supplies lasted).

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag - November

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I can't believe the holidays are almost here!

For those that don't know, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service.  For just $10 you get 4-6 deluxe sample size or full size beauty items.  These items are typically hair, skincare, and makeup products.  They can range from high end to affordable brands.  Everything comes in a pretty makeup bag that is different each month.

Ipsy Glam Bag November

Friday, November 14, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick - Anna - Review

Happy almost weekend everyone!

The NARS Audacious Lipsticks are HUGE right now in the online beauty community.  I knew I had to get my hands on one after hearing all of the excellent reviews.  I chose the shade Anna which is an everyday wearable color and one of the most popular.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Anna

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Eddie Funkhouser Cosmetics + Giveaway*

Happy Monday beauties!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Today's post is a long one since it includes a few reviews and a giveaway at the end so please hang in there!  Eddie Funkhouser is a well known makeup artist.  He has created his own makeup line comprised of high quality cosmetics with designer brand quality formulas at affordable prices.

I first learned of Eddie Funkhouser and his cosmetic line during a Twitter chat.  He participated and interacted with each of us, answering our general makeup questions as well as our questions about his own products.  He was so approachable and knowledgeable!

Eddie sent me a few of his products to try out.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette - Review

Happy Sunday beauties!

I wanted to get my review of this palette up before the Sephora VIB sale ended in case anyone has this item on their wishlist!

Hourglass released their Ambient Lighting Blushes earlier this year and they are hugely popular.  In September they released this Limited Edition Ambient Lighting Blush Palette which features 3 blush shades.  Two of the shades (the ones on each end - Luminous Flush, Mood Exposure) are permanent to the collection and one (the one in the middle - Incandescent Electra) is only found in this palette.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette L-R: Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra, Mood Exposure

Friday, November 7, 2014

Memebox Scentbox #5 Tropical Fruits*

Hi beauties!  It's time to talk about one of my fave beauty boxes again...Memebox!

Memeboxes (pronounced "Mi-Mi-box") are Korea's best selling beauty box.  Korean cosmetics and skincare are known to be the best in the world and these boxes are the perfect way to try lots of different products.  Memeboxes include hair, body, and skin products as well as cosmetics.  Each box contains 4-8 deluxe samples and full size products.  There are also special edition and themed boxes.

The box I received is the Scentbox #5 Tropical Fruits.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Kit - Review

There are so many new makeup kits and limited edition products for the holidays this year.  One of the most popular ones is the Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Kit.  I bought this in my last Sephora haul which you can read about HERE.

Bite Beauty is known for their highly pigmented and creamy lipsticks, crayons, and pencils.  Their lip products are made with natural "food-grade" ingredients.  What this means is that they are safe to eat and let's be real, where you do you think your lip products go once they disappear from your lips?  Answer: in your belly! :)

The Best Bite Remix Kit includes 4 mini versions of the High Pigment Lip Crayons and a cute red tin.  The tin is about the size of an Altoids container and is perfect to keep in your purse.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Kit
Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Kit

Monday, November 3, 2014

Beauty Products I Used Up - October Empties

I hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend!  I can NOT believe that it's already November.  This year has just been flying by like crazy.  Before we know it, it will be 2015, yikes!

Here are all the beauty products I finished in the month of October and mini reviews of each.


Friday, October 31, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette

Happy Halloween everyone!

In the past several months, Anastasia Beverly Hills has collaborated with some amazing makeup artists to release eye shadow palettes like the Amrezy and Maya Mia palettes.  Most recently she collaborated with celebrity hair and makeup artist Tamanna Roashan (@dressyourface) to create the Tamanna Palette.

I saw photos of this palette and actually wasn't even very excited about it.  That is until I was in a Sephora and swatched it and discovered how gorgeous the eye shadows are! 

Let's start with the packaging...I love the Mediterranean ethnic look of it.  The mix of red and gold is beautiful.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tea MD Daily Facial Cleanser + Giveaway*

Today I'm going to talk to you about a new skincare brand called Tea MD.

Tea MD was created by Board Certified Physician, Dr. Sameer Ismailjee.  Throughout his training and career, Dr. Ismailjee treated some of the most severe skin infections caused by bacteria and viruses.  He's found there's not enough options to treat these types of skin problems that don't include chemicals.  So he set to create a gentle, effective solution to complex skin infections and acne.

Tea MD Daily Facial Cleanser is currently the only product in the Tea MD line.  It is formulated for normal and acne prone skin to provide safe, natural, and healthy ingredients for the skin.

Tea MD is made from a proprietary blend of all natural ingredients–it contains no additives, no preservatives, no artificial colors or perfumes and, most importantly, no toxins.  Tea MD treats your skin the way nature intended. - Tea MD


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NovaWhite Teeth Whitening Products*

I think we can all agree that healthy, clean, and white teeth are an essential part of beauty.  A sparkling smile can make anyone look and feel 1000X more beautiful!  Today I'll be talking about a teeth whitening system from NovaWhite.

NovaWhite has been selling teeth whitening for over 5 years and has been named as one of AOL's top 10 at home whitening companies. We use the same carbamide peroxide solution as dentists use in their office. Studies have shown that stained teeth can prevent you from getting a job or obtaining that special someone. Don't let it happen to you! - Nova White


Monday, October 27, 2014

Sephora Friends & Family Sale Haul - Hourglass, Bite, YSL, Anastasia & More!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  It's been a hot minute since I posted a haul so here's a big one!

The beautiful Brigette who blogs over at Brigette Ramos, works at Sephora and shared a 20% off code with some of her Facebook followers during Sephora Employee Appreciation.  Please go check out her blog, her reviews are very thorough and she takes awesome photos.  I love her blog!

Here's everything I purchased.

Sephora Haul

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag - October

TGIF!

It's the Ipsy time of the month again!  Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service.  For just $10 a month you get 4-6 full size or deluxe sample sized beauty products from high end to drugstore items.  Everything comes in a cute makeup bag which is different each month.

Ipsy October Bag

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kushyfoot Socks & Tights*

Hi everyone!

Today I bring you information on a new-to-me company named Kushyfoot

Kushyfoot legwear products are one of North America’s finest hosiery manufacturers.  Available in over 10,000 doors around the nation and online, and in more than 50 styles, they deliver unheard-of comfort and high-end quality at affordable price points ranging from $3.99 to $9.99 retail. Flats-to-go(R), tights, trouser socks, anklets/crews, foot and toe covers, shoe cushions, sport socks (including pedicure and yoga socks) and home/dorm socks comprise the collection. - Kushyfoot

Kushyfoot sent me a pair of the Flats To Go, Fleece Trouser Socks, Shaping Tights, and a 2 pack of massaging Knee Highs.

Kushyfoot

Monday, October 20, 2014

Boston Fashion Week 2014: Emerging Trends Runway Show - Part 2


In the past year blogging has given me so many great and fun opportunities and today I'm going to talk about the most exciting opportunity that has come my way.  I was able to cover the Emerging Trends Runway Show as press.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Frugal Friday - Revlon Lash Potion Mascara - Review

Happy Friday!

Today's Frugal Friday will feature the Revlon Lash Potion Mascara.  I will be discussing the waterproof version in the shade Blackest Black.  This mascara boasts "spellbinding" volume and length.  (spellbinding...potion...haha)

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara

Monday, October 13, 2014

Memebox Superbox #45* Korea's Most Wanted

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I bring you the Memebox Superbox #45 Korea's Most Wanted.  Memeboxes (pronounced "Mi-Mi-box") are Korea's best selling beauty box.  Korean cosmetics and skincare are known to be the best in the world and these boxes are the perfect way to try lots of different products.  Memeboxes include hair, body, and skin products as well as cosmetics.  Each box contains 4-8 deluxe samples and full size products.  There are also special edition and themed boxes.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall into Fashion, Cruise & Lunch at Cambridgeside Galleria*

Hi Beauties!

I recently attended a fun filled day of cruising, lunching, fashion, and shopping courtesy of Boston Brunchers and the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall.

Our entire day took place at the mall.  I actually work in the same neighborhood as the Galleria so I go to this mall pretty often.  This is a great mall and has all the stores you need as well as great restaurants like Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, and P.F. Changs.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Murad Acne & Pore Reform Products*

Today we'll be talking about skincare.  In case you didn't know, I recently became a Murad Brand Ambassador.  What this means for you is that I get to bring you information on the newest and best Murad skincare products.  Of course I will still be giving my 100% honest opinion on everything I talk about!

I'd like to introduce you to a few products from 2 lines that are geared towards the skin concerns of those with acne, the Acne Line and the Pore Reform Line.

Murad Acne Products

Monday, October 6, 2014

Boston Fashion Week 2014: Emerging Trends Fashion Show - Part 1

Hi Beauties! 

Boy, do I have some exciting news to share with you today!  Me and my good friend Tanya (Leopard Lace and Cheesecake) are going to be covering the 7th Annual Emerging Trends Runway Show during Boston Fashion Week!

Unless you live under a rock, you were subjected to the wonder of New York Fashion Week on the news and entertainments shows and media last month.  Many people may not know this, but Bostonians have Fashion Week too!  Sure, it's not as "big" as NYFW or as filled with celebs but it's a wonderful opportunity for established and up and coming local and international designers to showcase their designs.  Boston Fashion Week takes place October 5-11 and you can see the show schedule HERE.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Frugal Friday - Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color - Review

TGIF beauties!

Today's Frugal Friday will feature the Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Colors.   I'm not quite sure what took me so long to try these, but I'm sure glad I did!  The 3 I have I purchased separately over the past several months.

Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Beauty Products I Used Up - September Empties

Hi Beauties!  How the heck is it October??  I'm not enjoying the colder weather but looking forward to some fun and exciting things happening this month.  Of course I love all the Halloween and fall decor, candles, and food goodies!  October is also also my mom's and 2 sister's birthdays.  And I've got some very cool things going on blog-wise this month... so stay tuned!

We're talking about my trash today!  Check out mini-reviews of all the beauty products I used up in September.


Monday, September 29, 2014

September Ipsy Bag

Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service.  For just $10 a month you get 4-6 full size or deluxe sample sized beauty products from high end to drugstore items.  Everything comes in a cute makeup bag which is different each month.

This month's theme is Street Style.  I actually really love this month's makeup bag, it's a nice pewter color with studs.  I received 5 products this month.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ten Foods and Drinks that Kill Beauty

Hi beauties!

Today I bring you the very first guest post on The Beauty Isle!  This post will focus on how to stay beautiful starting with what you put into your body.  Today's post is brought to you by health consultant and personal trainer, Ashley Erikson.

Skin problems can be discouraging, but the truth is there’s hope for those who want better skin. It will take a little self discipline, like all great things in life, many of your skin problems can be minimized with a proper diet. A better diet or healthy lifestyle can lead to a happier you, a more positive you, with good skin.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Memebox Special #30 Tea Cosmetics*

Today I'll be sharing with you my second Memebox.  You can read about my first one HERE.  Memeboxes (pronounced "Mi-Mi-box") are Korea's best selling beauty box.  Korean cosmetics and skincare are known to be the best in the world and these boxes are the perfect way to try lots of different products.  Memeboxes include hair, body, and skin products as well as cosmetics.  Each box contains 4-8 deluxe samples and full size products.  There are also special edition and themed boxes.

The box I received is the Special #30 Tea CosmeticsBox.

Memebox

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