Julep Maven Unboxing | December 2016

Can y’all believe that it is already DECEMBER!?! This year has flown by! It’s time for me to share what I received in my Julep subscription box this month. Julep is a subscription box service where you are able to handpick 3 products you would like each month. You can also add on products for a discounted price. The box is $24.99/month or $19.99/month with a 3-month prepaid subscription. You can click here to use my referral link to subscribe.

This month I really, really tried to switch up the products I picked. I really tried to stay away from nail polishes…I failed. LOL! I had to get one as an add on. I couldn’t help myself! I did manage to get some other goodies, so let’s see what I got!

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It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse in Swoon, $20.00

This is the second lip mousse I have tried from Julep. This formula is amazing! It’s very creamy which makes it very comfortable on your lips. My lips never feel dry wearing this even though it is a matte lipstick. I was expecting this shade to be darker on me since it is described as “heathered wine matte” on the site. Instead, it it just a dusty rose shade on me. It’s still pretty and I will definitely wear it!

Don’t Leave Your Brows at Home in Rich Brown, $24.00

I normally stick to brow pencils because, for me, they are much easier to use and I like to keep my makeup as simple and natural looking as possible. But, I decided to try something new, so I selected this for my box this month. I like that one end of the tube has the brow gel in it and the other end is the brush, now I don’t have to keep up with so much. I used this product to just fill in my brows because I don’t prefer the over defined brows. The gel is really smooth and easy to apply. It is somewhat difficult to get product on the brush since the part that it is in is kind of small. Overall, I liked the look and feel of this. I can’t say if I will be replacing my Ofra Universal Brow Pencil or not, but I will use this if I just want to do something different.

Oxygen Bonding Base Coat, $18.00

I got this base coat in a subscription box several months ago and really loved it. Once I ran out, I decided that I would get different products and use the base coats I already had at home. Over time I realized that no base coat was quite like this one. This base coat literally grips your nail polish to your nails and allows the polish to last longer. It also allows your nails to grow healthier and stronger. I do notice a difference in the health of my nails when using this base coat versus others.

Wonder Maven Nail Polish in Krystle, $14.00


Krystle is a dark green shade with a little shimmer. Julep’s nail polishes last at least 4 days without chipping. The polishes are also 5-free and vegan friendly.


Which product would you like to try? Let me know in the comments!

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Play! by Sephora Subscription Box | November 2016

Alright, so it’s time to PLAYYYY…Sephora style! I look forward to receiving this box every month! Each month, the box is filled with 5 handpicked samples (plus a fragrance) for $10! I can do without the fragrances because I don’t wear perfume. You also get a cute bag every single month. Also with this subscription, if you are a member of the Sephora Rewards Program, you will be able to use the card received in each box for 50 bonus rewards points on your next in store purchase. You also get free one-on-one tutorials on how to use the products in your box. In the few months that I’ve had this box, I haven’t used the tutorials. I should probably make some time to try one out.

Anyway, this month’s theme was “Best in Glow.” When I received the email announcing the theme, I was super excited because I have been on a mad hunt trying to find products that give my skin the “glow from within” look. So, did any of the products achieve this? Let’s see below!

Are you a glow getter??? 

Cover FX Illuminating Primer, $38.00

This primer preps skin for makeup application. It has a light reflecting mineral complex and it helps eliminate dullness. You apply this product onto clean, moisturized skin since this is not a moisturizer. If you view the video at the bottom of this post, you will see that it has a nice glowing effect. Looking at it on my forearm, I’m thinking that it will be too light light for my complexion since it has a pearly tint. I need products with a golden tint.  I will try it on my face one day. A little goes a long way, so you will not need a lot of product for a full face.

Also, according to the product details, Cover FX’s complexion perfecting formulas are a go to for sensitive skin because they are irritant and paraben-free.

Sephora Collection Ultra Shine Lip Gel in Pin Up Ink, $12.00

I used to wear glosses all the time before lipstick became my go to. I am trying to get back into wearing glosses just to change up my look. This gloss is not sticky and is very hydrating. It has a hot pink hue, so I am not sure if I will ever really wear this color. I am not really a pink lip kind of girl. If glosses are your thing, I would recommend this one! It comes in 38 other colors, so you will definitely find one that you love!

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rose Gold, $29.00

I like eyeshadow sticks because they are multipurpose. You can use them as a shadow, liner, or even a highlighter depending on the shade. Since this one is a rose gold, you can use it for all purposes. The shadow is very pigmented. It glides on so smoothly and blends easily. It is also buildable, which will allow you to apply multiple layers to give you an opaque glimmer. This shadow stick comes in 10 other shades.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, $39.00

Who doesn’t love a good moisturizer!?! I know I do because I HATE having dry skin! This moisturizer leaves me skin feeling hydrated and soft! This product leaves your skin looking healthy and luminous.

GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment, $69.00

I was not able to try this product out because it is not for sensitive skin. It is good for normal, oily, combination, or dry skin. According to the product details, it is a non-drying hydrating mask that leaves your skin instantly moisturized. “It moisturizes, restores, replenishes, and calms the skin. Dewdration™ boosts and locks in moisture for a dewy and youthful result while HydraPack™ leaves skin with an instant silky, soft, and supple feel. GreenEnergy™ smooths and energizes the skin, giving you a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.” Also, from looking at the reviews, it is worth the $69 price tag because about 65% of the 1,241 reviews give it 5 stars!


Have you tried any of these products? If so, what were your thoughts?

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Fall. Is. Hereeee!!!

If you know me, you know that Fall is my favorite season! I can wear all of my dark lippies and nail polishes. I can finally pull out my scarves, cardigans, and booties! All of these positives just puts a huge smile on face! Lol!

In honor of the season change, let me share with you my go to lippies for this season! It should be no surprise that every lippie is from my favorite brand, COLOURPOP!!! ColourPop has been dropping shades perfect for this season left and right for the past month and I’m HERE for them all! Let’s get into my new faves!

Ultra Satin Lip in Hutch, $6.00

I love this color! It’s a very deep purple and it is gorgeous for the fall! It is a liquid formula, but it dries very smooth and creamy. It does smudge a little if you accidentally touch your lips, so be careful of that. But, other than that, it lasts pretty much all day without having to really be touched up!

Ultra Matte Lip in Notion, $6.00

This shade may be favorite out of all of my fall lip colors. It’s a reddish violet. The color payoff in this liquid to matte formula is so rich! I just love it! The only time you have to worry about this product fading is if you eat something greasy, like pizza. I really feel like it’s the perfect fall color! Just look at my picture below! How can you not love this shade! From what I have seen on ColourPop’s social media, this color is beautiful on every skin tone! So, it’s definitely a must to add to your collection! This color is so beautiful, I’ll probably end up wearing it year round! LOL!

Matte Lippie Stix in Dukes, $5.00

This deep berry is so beautiful and so fall! When I saw it on the site, I knew I had to get it! This lipstick has a matte finish, but it’s not drying at all. The application is also very smooth, compared to their Matte X formulas.

Matte X Lippie Stix in Chateau, $5.00

I love this brick red color. What I’m not a huge fan of is the matte x finish. It applies very dry and actually feels weird on your lips, even with a lip primer (I use this one). When I wear the matte x formulas, it’s usually for a short period of time. They are still beautiful though!

Matte X Lippie Stix in Chateau


What are your favorite lipsticks for Fall? Let me know in my comments!

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SquareHue The Adventure Collection: Gondola Venice | October 2016

Ahhhh!!!! My favorite monthly subscription box is here! I am so excited to review this box again! My last review was in March, so it’s been a while! For those who don’t know, SquareHue is a nail polish subscription where you can receive either 3 full size polishes a month for $21 or 2 polishes for $16 a month, depending on your preference. Every month, I am pleasantly surprised with the color variety that is always spot on with the theme of the year/month. With every subscription, a portion of the proceeds are contributed to prevention awareness of human trafficking.

Okay, now that we have the business out of the way, let’s talk about nail polishhhh!!!! Fall is officially here and SquareHue is fully aware of that from the shades in this box. If you followed my blog earlier this year, you know that each box this year fit in with the overarching adventure theme and the colors chosen matched that individual location theme. The theme for this month is “Gondola Venice.” I’ve never been to Venice, Italy, but it’s definitely on my bucket list to visit soon! As you can see from the picture on the card included with the box below, every color in the box was pulled from the picture!

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My favorite polish in this box is called Santa Marie del Giglio. It is a mushroom grey shade and a perfect neutral for the cooler months. This polish has a high gloss creme finish. Next up we have a gorgeous berry red shade called Campo San Moise! I love any shade of red, whether its for my nails or my lip! So, I’m definitely excited to have a red in this box! My least favorite color in this box is Canal Grande. It is a teal shade with what looks like blue, silver, and maybe purple shimmer. The only reason I’m not super excited about this shade is because I feel like there has been a shade of blue in half of the boxes this year! Lol! Either way, I will still wear it at some point! 

 


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Fall Eyes: Studio 1400 | Review + Swatches

The jewel tones have officially arrived and they are stunning! Studio 1400 is the perfect fall eye set! And because it’s the perfect fall eye set, I am giving one set away. Click here for entry instructions!

The set includes four of the most beautiful eyeshadows I have ever laid eyes on!

The four shades are:

8 Track: A dirty antique gold in a Pearlized finish

Static: A deepened burgundy in a Pearlized finish

Donna: A rich emerald green in a Pearlized finish

White Rabbit: A bright true copper in a Pearlized finish

Each shade is sooooo beautiful!!! I can’t decide which color is my favorite! If I had to choose, I think it would be White Rabbit because it’s so unique and the color just pops when applied!

Aren’t they stunning!?! 😍😍😍

What I love about the super shock shadows is how smooth they are. I like to apply them with my finger instead of a brush to get all of the pigment and they literally glide on! After it is applied, I use a fluffy brush to diffuse the color across my lid if I want to soften to shadow some.

Each shadow is also extremely pigmented. A little product goes a long way! In the photo above, I only had to swipe the product across my forearm one time to get all of that magic to show up!

The set can be purchased here for $18 or individually here for $5 each!

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What is your favorite shadow from this set?

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ColourPop Cosmetics Ultra Matte Lip Color Review + Swatches

Last month I got a chance to try out ColourPop Cosmetics lipsticks for the first time and I fell in absolute LOVE with them! The quality was fantastic for the price and the color range is so broad! There is a literally a color that will look good on anybody’s complexion and will be perfect for any occasion. So after that purchase, of course I had to buy more lip products!

This time, in addition to their lippie stix (there will be a review of these later), I had to try out the Ultra Matte Lip Colors. The ultra matte lip colors come in a liquid to matte formula. They have a doe foot wand applicator which makes applying the lip color super easy and precise. The formula is not drying like other liquid to matte formulas and the color payoff is super rich and opaque! Also, the color lasts forever without fading! I ate and drank and really didn’t have to reapply. It’s best that you exfoliate your lips prior to applying and apply a lip primer to make the application smooth and less drying on your lips.

Now, on to the good stuff! I purchased these in the colors LAX and Guess. LAX is a deep blackened red…almost like a rust color. It is so beautiful on! It looks great on all complexions! I have been looking for a deep red like this and am so glad I finally found a winner! I have worn this color so many times within the last couple of weeks. It is my new go to!

Guess is a blackened purple. Super vampy and super sexy! I love a dark purple lip and this one is definitely it! I used to wear Cyber by MAC as my go to dark lip, but over time, it just seemed to not be as dark as I wanted it to be. Enter Guess by ColourPop and I am sold! It is my new go to color for a night out! I cannot wait to wear it on my next night out on the town.

Ultra Matte Lip Color in LAX

Ultra Matte Lip Color in Guess

What do you think about these colors? I think I will give them away for my next giveaway! Thoughts? 

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