Saturday, September 28, 2013

Sephora Haul

This is a little bit of an older Sephora haul … but better late than never!

When I had popped into Sephora I noticed they had a few more shades of the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in stock.  When the line first launched and I finally got into Sephora they were completely wiped out and had been wiped out for more than a month.  Finally during this visit they had one option available in the medium.  I tried the tester on my skin and thought it was the wrong shade because I felt the yellow-undertone medium was more my shade.  The sales associate that was there felt this was my exact shade … so I took her advice and purchased it.

Then on the way to the checkout I spotted this fragrance sampler box.  The Prelude to a Kiss box includes 5 “Sephora Favorites” where the box was $20 and contains sample size perfumes for testing. Once I decide what scent is more up my alley, I can bring the little card inside and pick up a roller ball of my choice.  What really pushed me into purchasing this was the fact that Flowerbomb was one of the options.  Within the box the following fragrances are available: Chloe L’eau de Chloe, Gucci Guilty, Ralph Lauren Romance (which I own), Tocca Colette and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb.

Have you tried any of the products mentioned above?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Balm – Just Peachy

I saw the Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Balm display originally posted on Instagram and I knew I had to pick one up. I am a medicated lip balm junkie! I love that tingle/burn on my lips from a medicated balm because I just feel like when it tingles, it means its working and hydrating.

I stumbled upon the display at my local Christmas Tree Shop and sadly the plain shade was not available, so I was in a toss up between Just Peachy and Berry Sorbet.  I ended up going with Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Balm in Just Peachy because I had hoped it would be like the regular Baby Lips in Peach Kiss, which is one of my favorites.  Unfortunately after bringing it home I quickly found that the medicated Just Peachy is actually a LOT more pigmented than the plain ole regular Just Peachy.  The regular just peachy goes on rather sheer against my skin tone and looks like a translucent lip balm when on my lips. The medicated one goes on rather pink, more pale pink instead of peach.  It just looks crazy against my skin tone which completely bums me out.

I’ve been using this by dabbing it against my lips to get the faintest amount of product on my lips and it shows up more translucent than pale pink. Even with the dabbing effect I can feel the cooling/tingling sensation that comes with medicated lip balms.  Now I wish I had picked up Berry Sorbet … but I may end up having to go back at some point to pick it up.

Have you tried out any of the new Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Balms?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mario Badescu Haul

I have heard so many rave reviews about Mario Badescu skin care, so a while back I had requested samples of products tailored to what my skin care regiment should be. I received the samples, tried them out and decided to purchase a few of the recommended products for my skin that I enjoyed.  I didn’t order everything – but just recently (this week) I submitted an order for additional items on the Nordstrom website.

The great thing with this initial order was I was able to obtain free shipping and I also received 15% off with a coupon code.  Mario Badescu products can be rather pricey, especially when you’re buying more than one product at a time, so the coupon codes certainly come in handy.  Depending on how these products work out for my skin in the end, I’ll try to purchase products again whenever those codes are offered by the company.

So this here is what I ordered:

-          16 oz. Enzyme Cleansing Gel
-          16 oz. Special Cucumber Lotion
-          2 oz. Drying Mask
-          2 oz. Healing & Soothing Mask

One of the cool things with ordering from Mario Badescu is with every order you can choose up to 3 samples.  These are the samples I chose:

-          Special Hand Cream with Vitamin E
-          Drying Cream
-          Whitening Mask

Have you tried any Mario Badescu products?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Beauty by Krystal Giveaway Winnings!

Beauty by Krystal was hosting a giveaway on her blog in celebration of receiving 1,000 likes on her Facebook page.   With the giveaway she was awarding one lucky winner $100 in beauty products! I entered using the Rafflecopter app not really anticipating winning.  My luck isn’t always the greatest with giveaways or raffles, but I will say lately my online luck has been changing with online giveaways and raffles.

Anyway, I entered the giveaway and a few weeks later I received an e-mail from Krystal letting me know that I had actually won the giveaway.  It was great and I was excited because the products she was giving away were a lot of items I’d like to try out but had yet to, with the exception of a small few that I had tried.  She also graciously provided a few beauty samples as well.

I have been a longstanding follower of Krystal’s blog – it all started back in the early days of LUUUX where I followed Krystal’s beauty posts and then began following her with Google Friend Connect.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, I highly suggest you do!

Once again - thank you Krystal!

Here’s all the items I won:

·                                 Revlon Lash Potion Mascara
·                                 Nivea Creme travel size
·                                 EOS Lip Balm
·                                 Yes To Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub
·                                 Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer
·                                 Yes To Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment
·                                 Hempz Mini Pomegranate Body Wash
·                                 Mark. Scanda-lash Hook Up Mascara in black
·                                 Mark. Scanda-lash Hook Up Mascara in brown
·                                 Ojon Color Sustain travel shampoo
·                                 Ojon Color Sustain travel conditioner
·                                 Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes
·                                 Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Shower Gel
·                                 Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Lotion
·                                 Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Hand Soap
·                                 Seventh Generation Lavender Lotion

Friday, September 6, 2013

Milani Shadow Eyez Prize

I signed up on the Milani Facebook page about a month back because they were offering up giveaways over a couple week period. I entered my information and didn’t hear anything back so I assumed I didn’t win anything. So needless to say, I was quite surprised when I received a small manila bubble envelope in the mail. Upon opening it I found two Shadow Eyez, surprisingly in one of the shades I was interested in trying out. So yay!  Here’s what I received:

-          Milani Shadow Eyez in Winter White
-          Milani Shadow Eyez in Champagne Toast

Have you tried any of the Milani Shadow Eyez? If so, what were your thoughts?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Jordana Giveaway Winnings - Blues

A while back Jordana was offering a giveaway both on their Facebook and Twitter page. It was, I believe a month long giveaway, where every day different color combinations of products were being given away.  I signed up for the giveaway and received notification on Twitter that I had won.  Interestingly enough I won the blue shades which was coincidental because I have a minor obsession with blue nail polish.  Not sure why, but it’s just a shade of polish I’ve always liked.

I have tried some Jordana products in the past and I have enjoyed what I’ve tried.  I do own the easyliner so I’ll end up giving this back-up away at some point.  But here’s what I won!

-          Jordana Glitters nail polish in Carnival
-          Jordana Color Effects Eye Shadow in Twice the Fun
-          Jordana Easyliner for Eyes in Denim Blue

Have you tried out any Jordana products?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Walmart Bonne Bell Liplites Haul

I have heard rave reviews (and watched a few YouTube videos – shot out to Nicole Guerriero) about Bonne Bell Liplites, particularly about how Strawberry Parfait is a milky-pink dupe for Nars Turkish Delight.  So while at my local super Walmart I made sure to hit up that section of the beauty department.  I admit, if I wasn’t on the lookout for it, I probably would have never noticed them.

After scanning the selection at my store, I decided to pick up two shades – the Nars dupe as well as a creamy shimmery light brown shade.  They’re relatively affordable, if I recall correctly they are $3 each.

Here’s what I picked up:

* Bonne Bell Liplites in Strawberry Parfait
* Bonne Bell Liplites in Cappuccino

Have you tried anything from Bonne Bell?

Mini Dollar Tree Haul!

I popped into the Dollar Tree last week to pick up a few things and to also see what they had. While there I picked up a few things … because frankly, when can I go into a store and not buy something?  I noticed in the beauty aisle they had a few Elf matte lip colors, so I picked up 2 shades I don’t own.  I also spotted these SUPER adorable Disney q-tip tins that had Mickey and Minnie Mouse on them.  I quite honestly didn’t need them, but they were too cute to pass up … plus for $1 why not, right?

Here’s what I snagged:

-          Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cotton Swabs in metaltins
-          Elf Studio Matte Lip Color in Coral
-          Elf Studio Matte Lip Color in Praline

Have you picked up any goodies at the Dollar Tree as of late?