With Christmas only days away, I’m sharing a eyeshadow look with you that is perfect for any holiday parties you have planned. 🙂 Thanks for checking it out, gals!
Need to find a last-minute gift for a girlfriend, best friend, or wife? This palette would make a great present! You get three products in one, it works on all skintones, and it has super-cute packaging. How can you go wrong?! 😉
It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette
brightening, bronzing, and blushing. Each anti-aging powder includes
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your natural skin tone while adding the perfect sun-kissed bronze, the
complexion brightening blush, and an all over-skin brightening radiance
that will boost the warmth and radiance of your skin while blurring the
look of fine lines and pores.Why is it different: At IT
Cosmetics they believe great makeup can give you great skin. CC+
Radiance Palette is infused with anti-aging ingredients and is
formulated to do the work for you. CC+ Radiance Palette is talc-free and
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If you feel like you just saw a BoxyCharm Unboxing post….it’s because you kind of did. 😉 A little over a week ago we unboxed BoxyCharm’s November box together. The highlight of that box would have to have been the MICA eye primer. But let’s dive into this new box for December and see which product stands out the most!
A Little Bit About BoxyCharm
month with name-brand beauty essentials. Our goal is to enhance your
current cosmetic collection by delivering trendy and popular beauty
items right to your front door. Our beauty experts have years of
experience in the health and beauty industry and are dedicated to
selecting the essentials that they know you will love. Each month, you
will receive a beautifully crafted box with full size and luxury size
beauty products. The beauty items are carefully selected to promote
creativity and glamour. Your BOXYCHARM also includes a card with a
description of the beauty items received, keeping you savvy and excited
about your new items. It’s also a great idea for a gift! Our BOXYCHARM
can be delivered to your friends and family for any special occasion. So
what are you waiting for? Be charmed!
And just to add, the boxes are $21 a month and you get 5 full size products.
What’s Inside BoxyCharm’s December Box [Read more…]
Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler for Her
This set contains:
– Sample in Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline (Scent certificate redeems for 1.3 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, $65)
– Sample in CLEAN Rain (Scent certificate redeems for 2.14 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $69)
– Sample in Gucci Guilty Black (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, $58)
– Sample in Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir (Scent certificate redeems for 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $72)
– Sample in Marc Jacobs Honey (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $52)
– Sample in MARCHESA PARFUM D’EXTASE (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $60)
– Sample in Narciso Rodriguez for her (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Toilette Spray, $54)
– Sample in Prada Candy (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $64)
– Sample in Ralph Lauren Romance (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $50)
– Sample in STELLA MCCARTNEY Stella (Scent certificate redeems for 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $50)
– Bonus Item: 8 1/4″ W x 1/4″ D x 5 1/2″ H Beauty Pouch
The Fragrance Sampler for Her came in a really attractive packaging. They’re all securely held in this shiny, pink box that has a decorative sleeve with pretty cut-out designs on it. The box could definitely be reused for something — I don’t know what, but it’s way too nice to just throw out! If you weren’t gifting this set, you could definitely use the pink box to hold another present. Just an idea.
Practicality and Usability:
The sample vials that all of the fragrances come in are the same size as those you would typically get for free in your Sephora order. I kind of wish that they were a little more ‘deluxe’ size. All but two of the sample vials have little sprays — the ones that do not have a stopper you just pop off. I appreciate that the majority of them have sprays, as this makes it easier to use. From experience, the sample has about two uses from it. Which isn’t bad, I suppose, but I do wish it had a little more.
The pouch that comes with this set is really nice. It doesn’t feel cheap or plastic — the material of this pouch is really soft to the touch. It zips close and has a good bit of room inside. Would make a perfect touch-up bag to throw in your purse.
First we’ll talk about the bad. I’ve seen several reviews that complain about the price for some fragrances being cheaper than this kit. And that is true — 4 fragrances out of the 10 retail at roughly $5 cheaper than this kit. Why Sephora did this, I do not know. My thoughts on that would be…know which fragrance you are looking into before deciding on a kit. I knew I was really interested in the Viva La Juicy Noir bottle, which is $72, so there’s no question for me if this collection is worth it or not. If you’re more interested in Marc Jacobs Honey then, yes, I would agree with the other reviewers in saying this sampler isn’t worth it for you. Unless, of course, you really want that pouch. 😉
Now that that’s out of the way, we’ll talk about the good. For me, the value of this set really makes it totally worth the purchase. If you saw my Sephora VIB Sale haul, than you know I got this set for only $44. Which, since I want to get the fragrance that cost $72…the savings was huge. I don’t know where else you could get almost a $30 discount on high-end fragrances.
Another thing I appreciated about this set was that they packaged it up so well and included a very nice pouch. It’s not like they just threw some samples in a bag and sent it off with a free voucher — they took the time to design this beautiful box and also include a pretty makeup pouch that any woman can use.
I would say that you should have in mind which fragrance you might want to buy. Sephora has several different Fragrance Sampler sets — all with different fragrances and pricetags. If the fragrance you are interested in is cheaper than the set, I would say just take a trip into Sephora and test the fragrance there.
But if the fragrance you want is more expensive, then I would definitely recommend you purchasing this set. Not only will you get a fancy pouch, but you can also try out other fragrances. I know sample fragrances can sometimes seem not worth it — but they really are. And they come in REALLY handy when you have to go on a trip. No worries about breaking that full-size bottle!
So, in short, it really depends on what you are looking for. 🙂 For me, this sampler set saved me almost $30, which was huge! And not only do I get my perfume at a reduced price, but I get to enjoy trying out 9 other fragrances and I can’t wait to use the makeup bag!
I purchased the products mentioned above with my own personal money. I was not compensated for posting this review. I only recommend products that I have used personally and believe will be beneficial for my readers.
Who wants to see what I got during the 20% off Sephora VIB/VIB Rouge sale??? This is the first year I’ve participated and received the coupon, so I had fun daydreaming about all the products I would love to get (which you can see here). But these products are the ones that I actually ended up purchasing.
My Sephora VIB Sale Purchases
Sephora Favorites Sephora
I didn’t mention this set in my Sephora, but I really wish I had. It’s such an incredible value and a big reason why I had to shrink my wishlist so I could accommodate this purchase.
This set gives you 10 fragrance samples to try out…but the best part is that this set also includes a voucher to redeem a full-size bottle of your choice from the set for FREE. So….if you do the math like I did, I paid $44 to (potentially) get a fragrance bottle that retails at $72.
Talk about some savings! And you also get a bunch of sample fragrances from high-end, really luxurious brands. I love getting sample perfumes as they’re perfect to throw in your purchase or take while traveling. And I like to mix up my fragrances. 🙂
TooFaced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
I’ve been wanting to expand my (very) small collection of bronzers. I’ve eyed the TooFaced Chocolate Soleil bronzer before, loving the idea that it smells nice and (from what I hear) looks very natural on our skin. So what better time to try it out than when I can get it at a discounted price! 🙂
I haven’t had the opportunity to try it out yet, but I can’t wait!
Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix
This is actually the only item that I ended up getting from my Sephora Wish List post last week. How funny how that all turned out!
These lip pencils look so beautiful! I love the pigmentation that Bite Beauty always gives, so I know I won’t be disappointed in that area. The value for this set is really awesome. The price for a full size is $24, and the fact that you get 4 decent sized lip pencils…just made this a no brainer for me! 🙂
Keep an eye on my Instagram for more picture love and swatches.
This was an impulse buy, but I was really intrigued by the claims of this lip product. I’ve been on the hunt for a product that will dry on my lips and not budge the entire day. Like the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks. This color really seemed right up my alley.
I’ve worn it once since purchasing it, and loved how it dried onto my lips so quickly and with a lot of pigmentation. Now I just have to try it out and see how many hours it lasts!
Sephora Collections Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color
I just realized how many lip product’s I purchased in this haul! Wow! Well, I can no longer say that I don’t have a large lip collection. 😛
I haven’t tried this one out yet, but it’s claims are similar to the Stila lipstick that I mentioned above. I’ve tested it out in the stores before, and it seemed to dry and stay in place. So I have high hopes for this one!
I purchased it in a lighter color than the Stila lipstick because I wanted a longwearing lip color that I could wear for an every day look. Because if you’re like me….I enjoy wearing lipstick every day, but it isn’t very practically when the hubby comes home and doesn’t want to get any lipstick on his own lips. 😛
Out of the five different holiday gift sets that LORAC has brought out this season (that I have seen), I have three of them to share with you today. 🙂 I was fortunate enough to receive them just yesterday to try out and share some awesome pictures with you gals. This isn’t my official review, but just some initial thoughts and close-up pictures to see if they’re worth the price. 🙂
LORAC The Royal Collection 2014 Holiday Gift Sets
I am not a hoarder — as my hubby, I throw out anything that’s not useful (especially product boxes). But with these boxes….I honestly am going to have a hard time throwing them away. They’re so pretty and they feel so special! Good job, LORAC!!
The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set – $25 (value $90)
The Details: LORAC rules this season with The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set. Give your lips the Royal treatment with our luxuriously creamy and delightfully smooth Lip Glosses that are loaded with antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamins A,C & E to help protect and
soothe your luscious, regal pout. This Royal family of Lip Lustre Cremes comes complete with 6 magnificent, high-shine shades that are fit for a Queen. Own the throne with The Royal Lip Lustre Creme Set!
Colors included are…
Empress – exclusive Pink Mauve
Princess – exclusive Pink
Enchanted – exclusive Peach Nude
Reign – Berry
Crown Jewel – Cherry Red
Tiara – Nude
My Initial Thoughts: The first obvious perk to this set is that it’s the least expensive out of the three I’m mentioning today and you receive the most products. I like that this set covers just about the whole color wheel when it comes to mandatory lip colors. From nude, to pink, to red, to mauve…it’s all here in this collection.
I noticed that three of these colors are exclusive. If you’re a collector and a lip junkie…than that’s instantly a major plus to this collection. I got excited when I saw that this was a lustre creme lipgloss. I love creamy lip products! But while this lip product is very pigmented, it still has the sheerness and feel of a regular lipgloss. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t like a liquid lipstick. But for lipglosses, these are great products. They have a really nice smell to them, too. Not overpowering, but definitely a fruity fragrance. Call my weird, but I love for my lip products to smell fruity!
THE BOTTOM LINE: If you’re a lip junkie…you really can’t ask for a better deal. It’s like getting these six glosses (regularly $15 each) for a little over $4 a piece. That’s a crazy deal — that’s cheaper than some drugstore lip glosses! Need I say more? 🙂
The Royal 3D Liquid Luster Set – Limited Edition – $28 (Value $64)
The Details: LORAC rules this season with The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set. Give your eyes the Royal treatment with our pastel, princess-inspired,
long-lasting, shimmering top coat. These shades can be applied over eye shadow or worn individually on eyes and cheeks for luminous, prismatic, 3-Dimensional sparkle and shine. Own the throne with The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set!
Colors included are…
My Initial Thoughts: I saw Tati from Glam Life Guru talk about LORAC’s 3D Liquid Luster set last season and was really intrigued. (Side Note: If you’re not watching Tati’s videos….stop now and go subscribe to her channel. She does awesome makeup reviews!) While you know I am a big “matte shadows” fan, I do like some sparkle in my life every now and then. So I’m really excited about this collection.
It was really hard to try to get these liquid lusters to show up in pictures, but just take my word for it — they’re 100% more beautiful in person. 🙂 And keep in mind that this is also without any shadow underneath them. If I review these in depth on my blog, I will share pictures of my eyes before and after applying these liquid lusters. I think this set is really beautiful — and you’re getting a great value for the price! The only thing I can not vouch for is how well they hold up throughout the day and if they crease. But since I’ve heard Tati give these a thumbs up more than once in her videos, I’m pretty sure they’ll do great.
THE BOTTOM LINE: It’s a great set, for the price, especially if you’re all about the eyes. 🙂 The one drawback I noticed is that some of these colors are rather similar. Different, but very close. One idea to consider would be to purchase the gift set for yourself and 3 friends. (If you don’t like having excess makeup, that is. 🙂
The Royal Pro Eye Collection – $28 (Value $103)
The Details: LORAC rules this season with The Royal PRO Eye Collection. Give your eyes the Royal treatment and go PRO with products that are fit for a Queen. The Royal Pocket Pro includes Gold from the original Pro Palette, Cocoa from the Pro Palette 2, and an exclusive pro shade in Ivory, all in our velvety-smooth, long-lasting formula. Own the throne with The Royal Pro Eye Collection!
Items included are…
Royal Pocket Pro Eyeshadow Palette – exclusive
Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner
My Initial Thoughts: The practical side of me definitely comes out when I view this palette. Since mascara and eyeliner are products that everyone needs and goes through rather quickly, Mrs. Practicality instantly piped up and said “Totally worth the money!”. And she’s right. 🙂 I’ve gone through a Front of the Lines Pro Liquid Liner in the past, and loved it. I had it in the color Brown, so I’m excited to see how pigmented and dark their Black is. I’ve never tried out their mascara or the pocket palette (of course, lol), but this 3-piece collection is just a few dollars more than purchasing a single liquid liner. So…yeah, that’s a pretty good deal.
And the pocket palette looks very promising! As you can see in the swatches, they’re very creamy and pigmented — in tried-and-true, Lorac Pro fashion. 🙂 So I honestly don’t see myself not liking this palette. I like that it only has 3 shadows. I think this will come in handy when traveling. The colors are very neutral and could make a complete eyelook by themselves if needed. I can’t wait to use it — especially CoCoa and Ivory, since I don’t own the Lorac Pro 2 palette.
THE BOTTOM LINE: If you’re a practical gal — or buying a gift for a practical gal — than this is definitely the gift set for you. It has products you will definitely put to good use and also an exclusive mini palette. 🙂
Question for My Readers: If you were to purchase one of these gift sets….which would you pick? Or if you have already purchased a gift set from LORAC’s 2014 Holiday gift set, which set did you buy?
I received one or more of the products mentioned above from Lorac Cosmetics in the hopes that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless,
this does not guarantee a review or feature on my blog. I only share information that I think will be useful for my readers and I only recommend products I have personally used and liked.
About Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
The Chocolate Bar experience begins as soon as you open the palette and the smell of sweet chocolate envelops you. The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums. Includes our signature how-to Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started.
My Review of the Chocolate Bar
Before I begin, let me just say that I think I am the only one who feels this way about this palette. Not sure why I’m the odd ball out, lol, but this is my honest opinion.
There is NO mistaking that the packaging for this palette is spot on — deserves 5 gold stars! It’s designed like a chocolate bar and has a really sturdy metal case. And since my all-time favorite color is brown and I LOVE chocolate…yeah, the packaging made me really happy. 🙂 The magnetic clasp is fairly strong, too, so there is no fear of it falling open accidentally.
Applying them onto my eyes looked and felt a bit better. The shadows with glitter had some pretty significant fall out (I do my face after my eyes, thankfully) but the finished results still looked great. The matte browns that I used for blending were beautiful. Definitely my favorite 3 out of the whole palette!
The darker shades that had glitter — Candied Violet and Gilded Ganache — felt pretty dry to the touch. The pretty shimmery pink shade was very soft, so soft that one corner broke off. And I’m not rough on my shadows at all.
My favorite aspect of this palette would have to be that it smells like chocolate and the matte brown shades! Considering this is almost a $50 palette, I found it hard to justify owning this palette when I have other palettes that have matte browns and shimmery pinks.
This palette is very unique in that it’s a neutral palette, but has many colors that other neutral palettes do not. (the beautiful green, violet, burgundy, golden brown). I think if you are looking for your first neutral palette to invest in, this would definitely be a good one to get, as it will give you more variety in colors and finishes than the other high-end neutral palettes that I’ve seen.
For me, though, I just found that I had a dupe for just about every shade in here that I already owned. So when I would do my makeup, I often would just pull out my other shadows or palettes. If you don’t own many neutral palettes, however, I think this is a great one to start off with. The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette has pigmented shadows and some pops of color to play with. For me, however, I just don’t find myself reaching for this as much as I had expected/envisioned. Maybe I hyped it up too much in my mind
Are you an avid makeup collector, or do you only like to own makeup products that you use? I find myself *wishing* I was a collector, but when it comes down to it…it bothers me when I have makeup I don’t use.
I purchased the products mentioned above with my own personal money. I was not compensated in any way for posting this review. I only recommend products that I have used personally and believe will be beneficial for my readers.