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

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