What I’m Packing

Hello loves!  Tomorrow, March 1, is my birthday!  To celebrate, hubby and I are going to a resort in Sedona, Arizona for a week.  We’ve never visited the state, and were looking to go somewhere warm.  Naturally, with all this crazy, unseasonably cold crap we’ve been getting, it looks like Arizona isn’t going to be much warmer.  Oh well.  We’ll make the best of it!  I was trying to organize what all I would be taking, and thought I’d share what I’m packing – in terms of makeup and skincare stuff.

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What I’m Packing

I am pretty proud of the fact that I do not over pack.  I have always traveled for business, so I’ve learned over the years to keep things to a minimum, as half the stuff I used to lug around didn’t get used.  I like to go through my sample stash and find things to try out while I’m away.  Especially since I don’t have travel sizes of the products I use every day.  And I’m too lazy to transfer stuff from the full size into the little plastic travel containers.  Besides, it’s fun to rummage through the tiny bottles and foil packs to see what treasures I can try out.  Sort of like shopping.

Skincare:

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Origins Skincare Samples

I got this Origins sample set as a points perk from Sephora a while back.  It has the Checks and Balances face wash, GinZing eye cream and moisturizer, and Night-A-Mins night cream.  Basic skincare covered.

Cleansers:

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Additional Cleansing Products

I’m also bringing the Bi-Facil eye makeup remover, Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, and the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser.  I’m really excited to try the Liz Earle.

Skin Treatments:

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Skincare Treatments

I’m also trying some Kate Somerville, Dr. Dennis Gross, Caudalie, and the Dermalogica daily microfoliant powder.  Gotta keep exfoliated!

Hair:

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Hair Products

I don’t wash my hair everyday, so hair stuff isn’t a big deal.  I will use the hotel shampoo, but I do need a good conditioner.  I love the way the Bvlgari White Tea smells, so it’ll be nice to have my hair lightly scented with that gorgeous scent.  Add a volumizing cream, and I should be good to go.  I’ll throw my trusted Elnett hairspray in my bag as well.

Miscellaneous Fun Stuff:

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Miscellaneous Random Stuff

I’ve got tons of Supergoop sunscreen from subscription boxes.  Thank goodness, because the sample size is just right for travel.  I’ve been anxious to try the Le Volume De Chanel mascara, Soap & Glory body butter, and the Amazing Concealer (it’s pretty pricey, so glad to be able to try it out first).  This Fresh Sugar Lip Polish mini has lasted me through several trips now.  I’m not super crazy about it, but the teeny size is perfect.

Makeup:

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Makeup

Going with the minimum.  Our resort is supposed to have an absolutely heavenly spa, and our package allows daily access – until 10pm!!  So I am planning on taking full advantage of that (and indulging in some treatments as well!).  And that is makeup optional of course.  The resort is nestled amongst some amazing canyons and offers daily hikes, yoga, meditation, and various types of fitness and exercise classes.  Again, makeup optional.  So I figured I wouldn’t need to be super glammed up on this trip, thus decided to keep it simple:  Ettusais BB cream, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Anastasia DipBrow, Tarte MultiplEye liquid liner, baby sized Benefit Coralista blush, and the original Lorac Pro palette.  I love how versatile the Pro palette is.  I’m covered whether I want to keep it neutral or smoky.

I am so looking forward to our getaway!  And trying out some new products.  I’ll let you know if there are any standouts!

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Jetoy Choo Choo Kitty Makeup Bag

Oh, and I’m using this adorable makeup bag!

Do you pack samples, or do you take your regular products with you when you travel?

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Baby-Tini

My photography assistant today was Baby-Tini.  He says hi!

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

By the way, check my new friend’s blog – Baby car seat stroller combo reviews

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NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream Enamored

Hello Loves!  I hope everyone survived the holiday season, and brought in the New Year with great panache!  With no hangovers!  Hubs and I attended the Belk Bowl Game in Charlotte, NC at the Panther’s stadium on Dec. 30th to cheer on our Georgia Bulldogs (against the Louisville Cardinals).  We were actually in the Club Level seats, so that was an unexpected surprise.  Nice wine bistro, beer snob selections approved by my husband – all good!  Plus we won, 37/14.    And got to experience Uber Cab for the first time.  It definitely is the way to go!  Wish it was available in Augusta.  Works like a charm, with no worries of drinking and driving.  All that being said, I did over imbibe, and pretty much felt yucky New Year’s Eve.  We just took it easy on the couch, watched more football, made an easy gourmet dinner, and watched the ball drop.  Then off to bed.  I think this is the first time in my entire life I was not capable of having champagne to ring in the New Year!  And December 31st was our anniversary!  Happy 17 years of marriage (I was a child bride)!  I’m still a bit wonky today.  Did manage the traditional New Year’s Day lunch of black eyed peas & collard greens to set us up for luck in 2015.  It’s a totally southern thing (I should do a post on it).

Anyways, on to my review of the NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream Enamored!

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NYX Vamp Lip Cream Enamored

I didn’t even know this collection was in existence until I ordered some NYX Wicked Lipies on the NYX site.  I usually prefer ordering NYX lip products direct; as they are a hot, opened up, smushed up everywhere mess at my Ulta store (as well as CVS that just started carrying them).  They are great products, but I don’t want one that’s been opened up and used.  I ordered my last batch of Butter Glosses direct also.  So nice to have them arrive in a shipping box hermetically sealed, as I bitch about how to tear the plastic zipped casings off and try not to break a nail!  How those people manage it in Ulta, I don’t know?  Because I have to use a tool.

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NYX Simply Vamp Enamored Lip Cream

The “Simply” line comes in Simply Red, Simply Pink, Simply Nude, and Simply Vamp; each with six different color options.

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NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in Enamored Closeup

I chose Vamp “Enamored”, described as a “deep brown with burgundy pearl”.  You can so see it in the tube.  *Plus* – it is a retractable pencil, with no need to sharpen!

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NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream Enamored Swatch

On me, the swatch is a bit of a copper-y brown, with a bit of a pearl – maybe burgundy?

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NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream Enamored Finger Swatch

I LOVE the shade, and it really is more “metallic” on me than “pearl”, but with definite shades of burgundy.

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NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream Lip Swatch

The lip crayon was super easy to apply/work with, but I did have to do some finger smudging/setting along the edges of my lips because it did leave some patchiness.

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NYX Simply Vampy Lip Cream Enamored

(Selfie in action).

The formula is really thin, and lightweight.  This shade was not drying.  But it was a sort of a pain, because I had to either check where it was on my lips, or reapply where it got patchy.  I would assume because I am used to total opaque/matte lip crayons.   If you manage a good application, you’re good (for around 3 hours).

I would put this lip cream for special occasions/parties.  I am not sure it’s practical for day-to-day, though I could wear this shade everyday.  If you haven’t checked out the other “Simply” lines from NYX, they might be worth your while.  I chose the “Simply Vamp” line, because that is what I usually gravitate towards;  but again, not for work/daily. I do love “Enamored”, and will more than likely get more shades from this color selection!

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Lorac AfterGlo Eye Shadow Palette Review

Hello Sweeties!  I forgot to mention in my last post that I am on a makeup/beauty product spending ban the entire month of June.  I have entirely too much stuff I need to test and review and it’s turning into a major backlog.  The only thing I already had earmarked is the Lorde Pure Heroine lipstick that releases online this Thursday.  I highly doubt I will be able to snag it online as the collections sell out so quickly.  And it isn’t available in stores.  So, maybe I will have a successful no-spend after all!

I finally got to test out the (not so new now!) summer palette from Lorac.  Here is my Lorac Afterglo Eye Shadow Palette Review!

It makes me think of the beach!

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Lorac Afterglo Eye Shadow Palette

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Lorac Afterglo Eye Shadow Palette

This baby is packed with bright, gorgeous colors on trend for Spring/Summer.  It retails for $24.00 (which I think is a great value), and is only available at Ulta.

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Lorac Afterglo Eye Shadow Palette Colors

There are eight matte/shimmer shadows, and two larger pans of neutrals (the white is matte, the other is shimmer).

While the colors are indeed vibrant, I didn’t find them very pigmented.  Not to say that’s a bad thing!  They are very buildable, and the mattes are not chalky.  I was expecting the same pigmentation you find with the Pro Palette, which is like, “BAM!”.  So my fairer complected sisters need not fear these jewel tones.  They will not be scary on you.  However, my darker ladies, like myself, will have to work a bit to get some color to show.

Swatches (left side of the compact first, neutral shade on top), no primer:

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Lorac Afterglo Eye Shadow Palette Swatches (left compartment)

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Lorac Afterglo Eye Shadow Palette Swatches (right compartment)

I had to keep dipping into the pan and apply several swipes to get them dark enough to show up for the photo.  For me, that’s not really a big deal, as I really love the colors.

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Lorac Afterglo Eye Shadow Look

The colors don’t have names, but I used the two browns and coral on the right side, and lined the lower lash line with the dark teal on the left side.

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Lorac Afterglo Eye Shadow Palette

Overall, I think this little palette is worth the extra work.  I am looking forward to using it this season!  Have you tried this palette?  I’d love to know your thoughts.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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BECCA The One Perfecting Brush Review

Happy New Year my lovely people!!!  I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday, and wish every good thing for you all in 2014!  I’m sure we are all on the diet/detox train now after all the pigging out and drinking, but I’m not going to talk about that.  That will be another post on another day ;) – or maybe not…..

I have been a huge fan of BECCA forever.  One of my holy grail products is from them.  Their foundations are oh so lovely as well.  So, when they introduced a makeup brush, I was excited to try it out.  I present to you, my BECCA The One Perfecting Brush Review ($49.00).

They claim to be able to replace the foundation brush, powder brush, highlighter brush, contour brush, precision brush, and THE sponge.

This is a pretty hefty size brush.

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BECCA The One Perfecting Brush

It is approximately 3.5 inches across (the handle is plastic):

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Top of the BECCA The One Perfecting Brush

Look at all the fluffiness!  They are natural bristles.  I really didn’t understand how I could use a liquid foundation, finishing powder, blush (powder or liquid) and bronzer.  I did not attempt to use if for undereye concealer.  I’ll stick to my small brush/finger for that.

My first use, I used liquid foundation, powder bronzer, powder blush, and finishing powder.  How it all didn’t end up a hot mess I don’t know. Each time I used the brush for a different type of makeup.  It didn’t end up in strange colors all over my face.

The next day, I used a different liquid foundation, powder bronzer, cream blush, and finishing powder.

You use the broad side of the brush for foundation, narrow surface of the brush for highligher, narrow surface again for contour/bronzer, and the corner of the blush for blush.

It takes a bit of practice, but it does work well.  I am still scratching my head as to why I don’t end up with all sorts of weird textures on my face, but miraculously this brush can handle all consistencies.  Wonderful!  It really does take the place of a few major brushes.

I have been using this for about four weeks, with various kinds of makeup.  It is amazing.  I wash it out, shape it, and let it dry naturally.  It has held it’s shape with minimal shedding.

I do love this brush, and would recommend to anyone who has a lot of experience with brushes.  If you are new, maybe practice on the standard brushes, and later incorporate this beauty into your collection.

BECCA does it again!

What are your favorite brushes?  Have you tried this BECCA brush?

Again, thanks for reading! kxoxo

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YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Review

My blog is nearing it’s 2 month anniversary!  My last YSL lipstick review has been one of my most popular posts, so in giving the people what they want, I present my new review of another YSL lipstick:  YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick!

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Yves St. Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick

This lipstick ($34.00) combines the shine of a gloss with awesome pigmentation.  It is not gloppy or sticky.  The packaging is Oh So Luxe!  It has a really nice apricot-like fragrance, and is extremely comfortable to wear.  Of course, it  does require re-application quite frequently, but not nearly as much as a “traditional” gloss.  And you can’t beat the color payoff!  It provides a mirror-like shine but still colors the lips!  Also very easy to apply, directly from the gorgeous tube!

Of course, I chose the darkest colors:  02 Pourpre Intouchable (a brown/red shade) and 03 Violet Incognito (a purple).  Are you starting to notice a pattern?

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Yves St. Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Pourpre Intouchable, Violet Incognito

Swatches below:

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Yves St. Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick swatches, (l) Pourpre Intouchable, (r) Violet Incognito

If you’ve been a regular visitor to KPsays.com, you know I am not a huge fan of lip gloss.  However, I adore this “lipstick”.  It is absolutely gorgeous on, and gives you all the benefits of a gloss without what I consider the negatives.

On me, shade 02, Pourpre Intouchable:

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Yves St. Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Poupre Intouchable

Shade 03, Violet Incognito:

 

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Yves St. Laurent Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick Violet Incognito

I really LOVE these lipsticks.  Let me know if you love this lipstick as well, and what shades you’ve tried!

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Current Evening Skincare Routine

Hello Lovelies!  After the (ho-hum) Golden Globes, and the announcement of the Oscar nominated movies this year, I realized I had not seen any of the said films.  I hate when that happens.  Must correct.  Hubs and I are planning to see “American Sniper” this weekend (NO spoilers please!!!!).  Last night, we watched “Boyhood”.  While I think the concept of filming actors over a twelve year period is absolute genius, the almost three hour story left me me wanting a bit more.  I do love me some Patricia Arquette though!

Onto my current evening skincare routine!

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Current Evening Skincare Routine

Much like my morning ritual, I am a bit of a stickler in terms of staying with the tried and true.  I don’t change my skincare up that much.

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Current Evening Skincare Routine

First thing at night, makeup removal.

I have been using the Maybelline Clean Express eye makeup remover for a while. You can’t really see it in the photo, but there is a bottom layer and top layer that requires shaking up to blend, although the formula is oil free.  I am not sure exactly how that works, but it works.  Pour it on a cotton pad, hold it against your lashes for a few seconds to melt away the mascara, then swipe away the rest of your eye makeup.  It does not sting, and is very gentle.  And you can actually see afterwards because you don’t have heavy, oily makeup remover in your eyes.

That being said, I am totally in love with cleansing oils for the rest of my face.  I had been using Philosophy’s “Purity Made Simple” (liquid) cleanser for years.  When they came out with an oil version (mineral oil free), I was all about it.  You simply apply this ultra lightweight oil all over your face, massage it it in, apply a bit of warm water to emulsify, rinse off, and you’re good!

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Clarisonic Luxe Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head

However, I do use my Clarisonic  Mia at night (after emulsifying the Philosophy cleansing oil).  The Luxe Cashmere Cleanse brush is the reason why.  I know the photo looks like the brush is wacky out-of-focus, but it is so luxe soft, it really looks like that (like the top of the actual brush head box!).  I used the Sensitive skin brush initially, but found it tended to make my skin a little pink.  This brush is extremely gentle but still cleans really well.  I do love my Clarisonic, but use it only at night.

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Current Evening Skincare Routine

After the cleansing ritual, I apply my prescription skincare eye cream, and Renova.

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Shiseido Bio Performance Advanced Super Revatilizing Cream

Final step is my beloved Shiseido Bio-Perfromance Advanced Super Revitalizing Cream.  Especially when it’s cold.

I am still testing out a few new products.  Stay tuned!

Thank you for reading!

Love,

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Loreal Collection Privee Evas Nude

Hello my gorgeous people!  Earlier this evening, I went outside to water my flower pots, and got totally eaten up by mosquitoes.  They love, love, love me.  I usually spray up with OFF! even for a 5 minute jaunt outside in the evening.  Totally forgot this time, and I was the equivalent of a Las Vegas deluxe buffet for those stupid bloodsuckers.  I honestly got about 15 bites in 15 minutes.  Ugh!  You know how we stash lip balm/hand sanitizer/gum all over the place, and always have some with us?  That is how I am with mosquito repellent.  Seriously.  I get gigantic welts all over my body from their bites, and they itch like crazy!!!

Sorry for the whining, but the struggle is real.  Onto my review at hand – the L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude!

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L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

Or, Private Collection.  L’Oreal occasionally does collaborations with various celebrities to create a shade to match different skintones/complexions/ethnicities.  This go round was a range of nudes.  The packaging:  A sleek, black, matte lipstick case with gold accents.  Really glam!

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L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

I chose Eva’s Nude (Eva Longoria), created for light to medium skintones.  Is it not gorgeous?

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L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

JLo also created a shade for medium/olive complexions (more me), but when I saw it in person at the drugstore, it looked a bit cool/beige (so can’t do beige).  Eva’s looked more warm/pink, so that’s what I chose!

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L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I struggle with nude lipsticks.  I think it is because my lips are not very pigmented.  I think all of the color on my face is in my skin.  I have a true medium/olive complexion, and my lips are pretty pale in comparison.  Therefore, nude lipsticks wash me out.

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L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude Swatch

Generally what you see on my arm is not what you see on my lips (pigmentation!!).

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L’oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude Closeup

See what I mean?  The formula is what I would consider a satin – good pigmentation, though not opaque, with a bit of shimmer.  The lipstick is very soft, and easy to apply.  It does have the “signature” Colour Riche baby powder scent that some people find offensive.  Doesn’t bother me.

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L’Oreal Collection Privee Eva’s Nude

See, it doesn’t really do much for me.  I think it washes me out, as most nudes do.  There was a nude for “deep” skintones, but you know me.  I’d rather wear my usual vibrant, dark colors.  Because they work for me.  I do have some “lighter” colors I like that may qualify as nudes for someone with my coloring.  Future post!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish Review

Hello darlings!  I cannot believe this Saturday is the Kentucky Derby!!!!  I so want to experience the whole Churchill Downs spectacular-ness!!!!  One of my sweet bestie’s Mom (Hey Tif’s Mom!!) lives in Louisville, so I guess it’s all on me to get my behind over there and just do it!!  I know nothing about the rudiments of horse race betting, but Mr. Tif’s Mom is totally qualified to teach me all there is to know (Trifecta???).  I think horses are one of the most majestic creatures ever (second to cats).  The Derby is, honestly, the most exciting two minutes in sports, EVER!!!!

I am posting this MAC Fairly Precious Extra Dimension Skinfinish Review because highlighters are my new thing.  I’ve yet to meet a liquid highlighter that I like, and most powders are too sparkly.  Until now!

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MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Fairly Precious

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MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Fairly Precious Closeup

MAC calls their Extra Dimension Skinfinishes a “liquid-to-powder” formula.  It really is!  This particular shade is from the “Magnetic Nude” collection.  Sooo last year, but it is still available.  It is a gorgeous peachy/gold.  It is a fabulous highlighter for your cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, chin, brow bone.  Wherever you need a bit of boost.

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MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Fairly Precious Swatch

The powder is very buttery/blends into the skin.  It lasts pretty much all day on me.  It added a little bit of softness/kindness to my face.  Without looking like a greasy/disco ball crazy person.

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MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish Fairly Precious Swatch

I could probably use a shade a tad bit more tan, but I love this!!  I think it would be flattering on all complexions.  If you need a little boost, check it out!  Rumor has it, there are new Extra Dimension Skinfinishes coming soon with the next MAC collection!!!!

 

Again, thanks for reading! kxoxo

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Sephora VIB Haul

Hello everyone!  I wanted to bring you this quick post on my Sephora VIB haul!  I have been feeling a bit under the weather this week, so this is my first post.  I am behind, big time!  Actually, this is more like a mini-haul, as I usually use the 20% off to justify big expeditures.  So, I am patting myself on the back!

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Sephora VIB Haul

One of my Beauty Blender Sponges mysteriously got chewed up.  Hmmm…?

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Replacement purchase

I used the sale opportunity to purchase the full size Make Up Forever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder and try their glitter eyeshadow in Metallic Gold.

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Pro Finish Powder and Eye Glitter

I am obsessed with Christina Aguilera’s eye makeup up this season on “The Voice”, so I got the gold glitter.  I am looking forward to playing around with this, and I think it will come in handy for any upcoming holiday parties (if, of course, I can make it work!).

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Make Up Forever Glitter in Metallic Gold

Another eye glitter purchase I made was Sephora’s Glittering Eye Duo in Aqua.  It has a glitter eyeshadow base and glitter all in one.

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Sephora Eye Glitter + Primer

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Sephora Collection Glittering Eye Duo

In keeping with the sparkly theme, I got another Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Glitter in “Across the Universe” (blue).  I am currently loving “Shake Your Money Maker” (green), so I figured I’d buy another polish.  I wish I would have gotten a red or a pink shade, as I think the blue is very close to the green.  I am still testing it before I give a review.

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer Glitter Across The Universe

I am really excited to try the NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection “Promiscuous” Lip Pencil Coffret!

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NARS “Promiscuous” Lip Pencils

There are four Velvet Matte lip pencils and one Velvet Gloss pencil in a cute cosmetic bag.

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NARS Velvet Matte/Gloss lip pencils

Last, but not least, an impulse purchase.  I was checking out the sale section, and saw this Hello Kitty compact mirror.  I am a total sucker for all things Hello Kitty.  I think with the sale and the 20% off, it came to $6.00.  It is adorable, and it is pretty hefty.  It two-sided with a magnified side, and a regular side.

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. My impulse purchase

I have some new things to field test, so stay tuned for the reviews!

I really wanted to get the BECCA Universal Makeup Brush and a Marc Jacobs Beauty lip gel in “Little Pretty”, but they were sold out.  Oh well.  Maybe next time.

Did you splurge during the VIB sale?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Kat Von D Bachelorette, Wonderchilde, Motorhead Lipstick Review

Hello My Lovely People!!  For those of you who watch “American Horror Story” – what about this creepy season?????  I am really into it, especially since Halloween is right around the corner.  I have always had a crazy fear of clowns, even before Stephen King’s “It”.  I really enjoyed last season, since it was witch-y (homage to my favorite Anne Rice novels, starting with “The Witching Hour”), and my gal Stevie Nicks was on it (and her songs!!!!).  I’m excited that this year looks like it’s  going to be more scary, and, well, creeeepy!!  Damn clowns.

Again, I am going to jump right into my Kat Von D Bachelorette, Wonderchilde, Motorhead Lipstick Review!!!

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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

I purchased the “Studded Kiss Lipstick Set” from Sephora that includes 9 fabulous mini-lipsticks that are a part of Kat’s permanent line.  I knew there was no way I could do a single post and feature all 9 lipsticks (too much of my mug at one time), so I randomly picked 3 for this post.  I will do 2 more posts of 3 shades to cover the rest of these babies.

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Packaging of Kat Von D Studded Lipsticks

The lipsticks come in a “studded” black case, as you can see.  Awesome packaging!

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Kat Von D Motorhead, Wonderchilde, Bachelorette Lipsticks

And these colors!!! DOPE.  Meet “Motorhead”, “Wonderchilde”, and “Bachelorette”.  The descriptions from Sephora:

Motorhead – “Matte black cherry”.  I know it looks black in the tube, but it is not.

Wonderchilde – “Iridescent neon lilac”.

Bachelorette – “Matte reddish fuchsia”.

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Kat Von D Motorhead, Wonderchilde, Bachelorette Swatches

For once, I completely agree that the written descriptions are right on.  I cannot believe I’ve waited so long to try these!  They are truly one of the best lipsticks I’ve ever used with the sweetest Creme Brulee smell (not overwhelming at all).

Motorhead:

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Kat Von D Motorhead Lipstick

Of course, this is my favorite of the 3!

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Kat Von D Motorhead Lipstick

Being the darkest out of the whole set, this did apply a bit patchy, like most super dark lipsticks do (on me at least).  I think you can sort of see from the arm swatch.  But with a little smoothing out with my fingers, it was all good.  I can honestly say this is the most comfortable matte formula ever.  You can’t even feel it on.  It applies without skipping and feels like a lip balm when you’re applying.  The staying power is unreal.  This actually lasted through eating lunch and drinking (water) all day.  When it finally does start to fade, it leaves behind a nice stain.  L-O-V-E this one!

Wonderchilde:

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Kat Von D Wonderchilde Lipstick

I worried this would pull a weird pinky/lavender craziness on me.  You might be thinking, “Um, yeah it did Karen”.  I don’t think so though.

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Kat Von D Wonderchilde Lipstick

I actually like this one!  This is more like a satin formula.  It actually retains it’s iridescence after applying.  This was just as great, but naturally it didn’t last nearly as long as the matte formula.  Don’t get me wrong, it has great longevity considering the formulation, but didn’t last through eating.  It faded evenly, and left behind a nice shimmer.

Bachelorette:

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Kat Von D Bachelorette

Another fantastic matte!  And it truly is a “matte reddish fuchsia”.

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Kat Von D Bachelorette Lipstick

Bachelorette has the same wonderful-ness as Motorhead.  So ditto that paragraph.  I think this color would be flattering on many different skin tones.

So there you go.  There are 2 nude shades in this set that I am not sure will be great on me.  Stay tuned!  I really did just pick 3 tubes out of the bunch, and I think it just so happens I got the vampy-est/crazy colors out of the way.  So far, I am really in love with these!  I noticed they are no longer available on the Sephora site, but if you find this in your local store, definitely check it out.  It’s a great way to test out a bunch of different colors and a great formula.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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MAC Syrup, Up the Amp Lipstick Review

Hello everyone!  I hope my US peeps had a great 4th, and continue to enjoy the long weekend.  My doggies did not dig the fireworks going on last night.  Last year, it didn’t bother them.  Maybe because they were only a year old?  This year was a whole different story.  Glad that’s all over with!!!  It was pandemonium at KP’s for sure!!!!

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MAC Syrup, Up the Amp Lipstick Review

It’s all about pink on the blog today!  This is my MAC Syrup and Up the Amp Lipstick Review.

My favorite color is pink, but not when it comes to my lip products.  I love MAC lipsticks, and chose two of their pinks to help me in my on-going quest to embrace lighter lip colors.

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MAC Syrup and Up the Amp Lipstick Review

I chose Syrup, a Lustre formula, and Up the Amp, an Amplified Creme formula.

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MAC Up the Amp on top, MAC Syrup below

Different ends of the spectrum for sure, but gorgeous colors!

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MAC Up the Amp swatch on top, MAC Syrup swatch below

Here’s where it gets wonky – like it often does with my lipstick reviews.  The colors in the tube and the colors in the swatches do not translate onto my lips.  I don’t know why????  My lips aren’t super pigmented (or maybe they are, and I’m a dummy?).  I swatch on my inner arm, which closely resembles my face.  But when I put colors on my lips, they are totally not like the swatches!  I take my lip/face photos and the makeup/swatches under the same lighting, with the same camera, with the same settings.  But with darker shades, they translate true (so maybe that’s where I should stay!!!).  So here we go:

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MAC Syrup Lipstick Closeup

Does that look like the tube/swatch?

On me:

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MAC Syrup Lipstick Review

The color in the tube is gorgeous, as well as the swatch.  I don’t hate this on me, but I don’t think it is very flattering either.  Maybe it’s the vampy lipstick lover in me?

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MAC Up the Amp Lipstick Closeup

Does that look like the tube/swatch?

On me:

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MAC Up the Amp Lipstick Review

Like the swatch on my arm, I was hoping for a pinky-violet shade on me.  Don’t get me wrong, I do like this on me, but was hoping more for a result like my pink lipstick DIVA Anoushka.  We have similar coloring, but Up the Amp looks totally different on her!

So, maybe KP needs to stay on her dark lipstick path???  They do me right.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Review

Hello my lovely people!  Tiny confession – I tried to take photos to encompass this post along with my last post about the BEST redness camouflage in the world (I usually nail it, as I take photos in bulk).  Um, it didn’t work out so well (I’m generally a good multi-tasker?).  I wanted naked brow, half-brow, and full-brow pics for this post (got some, not all).  So, to make up for what I didn’t get before, I ran outside to my front porch to get “fill-in” photos.  In a ratchet sweatshirt.  Didn’t do my hair (slept in it wet last night).  I thought I could just do a quickie brow photo.  NO.  So, there is a bit of disconnect from last post photos to this one.  I know you’ll forgive me.  Please????  Because I really want to share my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Review!!!!!! (This was purchased before my trip, and it also got banged up in my luggage!!!!).

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Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade ($18.00) comes in 5 shades, from Blonde to Ebony.  Chocolate worked best for me, as I am a natural brunette.  I know for you blonde/combo girls, you may have to mix a couple of shades.  There are a couple three options for brown brows.

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Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Chocolate

“Chocolate”. I usually take photos before I test product out to get a pristine picture, but this product was already on the road with me.  So there are dings in the pot.

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Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate.

I also picked up the Anastasia brow/spoolie brush, as this was my first non-powder brow cosmetic.  I chose it because I have eyebrow brushes for powders (that need washing on their own).  I wanted one just for the Dipbrow, as it is a “cream” formula, much like an eye liner gel.

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Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade brush

It does take working with it to get a feel for how it works.  If you have spare brows like me, that need “painting” on, this is perfect for you.  If you are blessed with naturally shaped, full brows, this would be over-kill for you.

So, my bare, sparse eyebrows before:

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My sparse eyebrows!

Filling in one of my eyebrows with Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade:

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Half of my eyebrow filled in with Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade

Full brows!!!!

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My brows filled in!

I must say, the Dipbrow is more “work”.  You really have to practice with it to get a handle on it.  Once you do, It is a color, shaper, wax, all-in-one product.  It lasts all day on your face, and is waterproof!  Well worth the effort.

I LOVE Anastasia’s brow products.  My usual go to is the “Beauty Express for Brows” (a powder).  It has two shades of brow powder in the compact.  They really work for me.  I have been meaning to do a review on the powder – sit tight!!!

I DO love this pomade.  When I use the powder, I still have to set it with a gel. This is a one-stop-shop. But there is a learning curve.  If you’ve been on the fence, just do it!!!!  Ipurchased my Dipbrow at my local Ulta.

Also wanted to share how my cats love to participate in blog photos.  They see me drag my stuff out, and they think it’s fun time, and it really gets crazy.  This is my Murphy, who gets the most in my blog photo shoots.  He was batting around my brow pomade.  That’s probably why my pics were so out of sorts!!!

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What is this crazy woman doing?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Anastasia Lavish Palette Review

Hey everyone!  The cooler fall temps have yet to arrive here in Georgia (not that I am complaining!).  It is always hard to get into the spirit of autumn when you are still wearing shorts and flip flops (again, not complaining!).  So while I may not be digging out the flannel sheets and changing out my home fragrances to anything pumpkin/cinnamon scented, I have been checking out all the pretty makeup collections being launched for the season. I LOVE the new Anastasia Beverly Hills “Lavish”eye palette!!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish Palette

It is a well constructed cardboard palette with a mirror in the lid and magnetic closure.  The bottom layer holds a pair of tweezers, small brow pencil in brown/black, waterproof eyeliner crayon in black, and a dual sided shadow brush.  The next layer is the eye shadow palette (10 shades) enclosed in a plastic sleeve, as well as an instructional booklet to create various eye looks for the season ($38.00).

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish Palette

I prefer brow powder to pencils, so I have not tried the brow pencil.  The eyeliner is creamy and long lasting, but nothing “rooftop singing” worthy.  The tweezers are actually very well made with a slanted tip and a nice heft to them.  Will they replace my Tweezerman?  No.  But they are a good backup.  The brush is nice.

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Top to bottom: Eyebrow pencil, tweezers, waterproof eyeliner crayon, dual ended shadow brush.

The standouts of this palette are the eye shadows!  I hate my camera can’t capture how rich and beautiful the colors are.  I’m hoping if I’m extra good, Santa will bring me a better camera :)

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Anastasia Lavish Palette Colors

If you have been curious about this palette, definitely try to see the colors in person.  The three matte colors are Cream, Orange Soda, and Sienna.  Antique and Rum Cake are more of a shimmer/frost.  Ballet, Moss, Truffle, Pink Sapphire, and Black Diamond are definitely extremely sparkly, flecked with gold sparkles, especially the Black Diamond.  There really wasn’t heavy “glitter fallout” on me when I applied.  Swatches are top row of palette to bottom row.  Again, my photos are not great.  I considered not including them, but thought, “What the heck?”.

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Colors correspond from bottom to top on photo to left to right on top row of palette.

Bottom row of palette:

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Colors correspond from bottom to top on photo to left to right on bottom row of palette.

Ballet is a very pale pink.  It is more sparkle than color, but if you look REALLY hard you can see the sparkles.  The shadows are not super pigmented, but easy to build.

I look forward to experimenting more with this palette.  Hopefully I will do a post soon featuring a look created with this palette.

Again, thank you so much for reading!  kxoxo

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

I am going to jump right into today’s post because I have found my FAVORITE lipstick!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne!  Well, NARS Audacious Lipstick period.  Not for the color (which I do LOVE), but this formula!  It is everything!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

I am very late to the party for these newly formulated lipsticks.  I was super excited when they launched back in September, but all the shades I was interested in were sold out when I went to purchase online.  So, I trudged to the mall to visit Sephora in person, only to be disappointed to discover they didn’t carry the full shade range in store.  Then I got distracted by the next bright, shiny object, and sorta forgot about them.  Tsk Tsk.

PS: This article has contribution of Sarah, a mom blogger from kidfriendlyhome.com. Visit her latest reviews – Best outdoor playhouse for kids

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

Fast forward a couple of months, and my misplaced thought about this lipstick resurfaced while walking around in Sephora.  Which is remarkable, as I am usually in makeup sensory overload/trance when I’m there.  After much hemming and hawing, I chose Jeanne.  Still not my first choice, as the color range was limited, but I was anxious to see what the fuss was about, so she came home with me.  Better late than never!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

NARS describes Jeanne as “cherry red”.  I think it is sort of a deep red with a hint of brown.

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NARS Audacious Lipstick Jeanne Swatch

As usual with me, the arm swatch looks very different than how it ends up on my lips.

And can I just say, I am a horrible swatcher.  How do people get such pretty, uniform swatch lines?  It looks like I am coloring outside the lines.  If you have any tips, please comment below!

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Jeanne

This is honestly the best formula I have ever experienced.  It delivers full opacity in one swipe.  It is super creamy and applies oh-so-smoothly.  You cannot even feel it on your lips.  It really feels like you are putting on your favorite lip balm (cue angels singing).  Wear time is about 4 hours for me.  It does require a small touch up after eating/drinking.  It doesn’t completely wear off after a meal.  You can still tell what color lipstick you are wearing.  The formula is not drying at all, nor does it settle into lip lines.  And it has no fragrance.

And the packaging!  It is a square, metal case with a magnetic lid that snaps it closed.  Magnetic closures are a major plus in my book.  It is super sleek and very chic, with the NARS logo etched into the base.

You can bet your sweet honey buns I will be getting more shades.  NARS Audacious is my jam.  Stay tuned!

Do you have a favorite, ride-or-die lipstick?

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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Make Up For Ever Star Powder

Hello my lovely people!  I have been trying to write this post all evening, but have been distracted by the all of the exciting football games going on!  All in all, it was a GREAT day for my Dawgs.  So I am going to jump right into my review of the incredible Make Up For Ever Star Powder.  I don’t even know where to begin with this baby.

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Make Up Forever Star Powder in White/Orange

Star Powder is a super, super, finely milled shimmer powder that can be used as an eye shadow, highlighter – even on top of lipstick.  Wet or dry.  So versatile, there is really no single way to use it.

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MUFE Star Powder in White/Orange

They come in a variety of colors from bright to neutral.  I chose White/Orange, shade 940.  It comes in a tiny jar with a sifter to dispense the product.

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MUFE Star Powder in Orange/White

You are probably looking at this plain ole powder thinking it looks like nothing special.  Maybe even kinda boring.  Well, hold on to your underpants!

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Make Up Forever Star Powder in White/Orange

Can you see that teeny bit of iridescence towards the top of the jar?

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MUFE Star Powder in White/Orange

This is what that unassuming flour looking stuff does when it hits the light!  I’m not sure about the other shades, but this particular one is like a duo-chrome.

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MUFE Star Powder White/Orange Swatch

I typically use this as an inner corner highlight (and on my  inner lower lash line).  When you look at it straight on, it is indeed a white shimmer.

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MUFE Star Powder Orange/White Swatch

When it hits a different angle of light, it becomes this gorgeous shade.  Though it is White “Orange”, it is a really peachy/golden color on me.

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MUFE Star Powder White/Orange Swatch

The left is the powder swatched directly on my arm, the right over primer.  I realize I tried so hard to capture the “orange” shade, I totally neglected the “white” part.  But that was too uninteresting to me.

I think the arm swatches are a more realistic representation of the Star Powder.  It only takes a teeny bit to get a beautiful finish.  The swatches on my fingertips are more than you would ever need to use.  I was just trying to capture the gorgeous iridescence.  I am planning to play with this as an eye shadow and cheek highlighter.  Though it has “orange” in the name, I think it would look beautiful on all complexions.

Have you ever tried a Star Powder?  How do you like them?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss Beso

Hello lovelies!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I don’t know about you, but mine just flew by.  I’m trying to remember what all I did, but can’t seem to recall.  That should tell you it wasn’t anything fun.  I spent the majority of my time on household chores.  However, as soon as I publish this, it’s “Game of Thrones” with the hubby!

As you know, I am on a quest to find a lip gloss that I enjoy wearing.  I have discovered a couple (and I mean two) that I like, so the search continues.  I just tried the Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Beso, and wanted to share my thoughts.

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Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Beso

The packaging is a beautiful rose gold tube with the actual color showing at the bottom.

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Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Beso

This is an “ultra nourishing gloss”, and according to UD:

“In a clinical study:

  • 86% of participants had a significant improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • 76% had a significant improvement in volume and hydration.
  • 86% said their lips felt nourhished.”

So far, sounded good to me!  Most of the shades were very light.  Duh!  It guess that’s why it’s called “Naked”.  I impress myself with my keen observances sometimes.

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Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Beso

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Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Beso

I am a huge fan of Urban Decay, and love their lipsticks and their Super Saturated Lip Pencils.  So I figured I would love their lip gloss as well.  I chose the darkest shade, “Beso”, described as a “deep pink mauve”.    Doesn’t it look like it would have a bit of color?

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Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Beso Swatch

Unfortunately, the color barely showed up on my lips.  I should have figured as much, it  being from the “Naked” line.  Despite that, I really love the formula!  It is very light, not sticky, and it feels really good on my lips.  Sort of like a lip treatment.  It has a minty scent which reminds me of the way Revlon’s Matte Balms smell.  It is super shiny, and as with most glosses, lasted a couple of hours.  When it faded, it felt like a lip balm.

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Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Beso Closeup

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Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Beso

I will definitely continue using this gloss.  If you are a huge fan of shiny and barely there color, this would be perfect for you.  However, with a $20 price tag, I’m sure you could find something comparable for less.  I am not knocking this product at all, but I sort of feel like it is an expensive lip treatment that is shiny.

If i could find a gloss with this formula and great pigmentation, it would be a home run for me!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eye Shadow Review

Happy Sunday everyone!  I reckon everyone is getting back to semi-reality next week, but at least the week is broken up by New Years Day!

I have treated myself to some “Merry Christmas to Me” things.  I purchased some pretties from Chanel’s Holiday line, “Collection Nuit Infinie De Chanel”.  An eye shadow and lipstick, and another eye shadow from their permanent line.  The two shadows are the same texture, so I give you my Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eye Shadow Review!

The Illusion D’Ombre formula is a cream to powder formulation that is “bouncy” to the touch and easy to apply.  The limited edition holiday shade is “Initiation (827)” and the regular line is “Ebloui (86)”.  How gorgeous are these?

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Initiation (L) and Ebloui (R)

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Swatch Initiation (top), Ebloui (bottom)

The shadows come with a brush that can both line your eyes as well as shadow them.  I just used my finger ;)

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Initiation

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Ebloui

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Initiation

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Ebloui

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Chanel Illusion D’ombre Initiation

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Ebloui

“Initiation” is a shimmery/glittery color, but due to the formula, there is NO fall out.  I LOVE this color!  It lasted on me for about ten hours, again, without fall out.

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Initiation

Don’t fret, I am planning to do a post about the “Ebloui”, which is a gorgeous cranberry/brown, that is just as beautiful as “Initiation”.  Also, the lipstick, which is “La Desiree”.

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Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Initiation

Did you buy yourself any Christmas presents?

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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July Favorites!

July seemed to fly by!  So I’m a bit late with my July Favorites (as well as other blog posts I have in my noggin).  I say, better late than never!  I’ve got a good mix of drugstore and high-end this month.  Of course, I did find a Holy Grail item (finally) that I posted earlier, so I didn’t include it in this entry. And due to the rush to get these photos, I don’t have a lovely, furry, four-legged assistant for this post (though many of them are underfoot, hanging out with their Mom).  Hopefully next post!

So, on with my July Favorites!!

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Maybelline Clean Express! Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($4.97):  I do use waterproof Japanese mascaras that curl my lashes (future post!).  And I clump a lot of it on.  This DISSOLVES that tough mascara, without excessive pulling on my wrinkleddelicate eye area or losing valuable lashes.  Also rinses off easily, with no oily residue.  I did use the “best selling” eye makeup remover pads for years, and they did work, but after I took my eye makeup off, it felt like I put 3 drops of mineral oil into my eyeballs, as everything was extremely fuzzy. But it did do the job of taking my stubborn-ass mascara off.  With this new Maybelline remover, I get the mascara off, it rinses clean, and I can still watch TV with the hubs in bed without fuzzy vision :)

Zoya 3-in-1 formula remove + nail polish remover ($9.99):  This is probably my second Holy Grail product.  BEST NAIL POLISH REMOVER EVER.  Flip the lid, pump the top with a cotton ball/pad, and it will annihilate dark polish, “dust/sand” polish, even GLITTER polish.  It does take a few attempts (way easier than traditional removers), but for me it is the best at getting glitter off.  Plus it cleans your nails, gets rid of all the residue on the sides, doesn’t dry your nails out.  This is for “regular” nail polish.  I haven’t tried gel nail polish yet.

Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes:  I ALWAYS take my makeup off before bed.  No matter what.  Even if I do 15 tequila shots (exaggerating!), I would take my makeup off before I passed out. Ask anyone who knows me.  KP takes the makeup off before bed.  On those rare occasions where I’ve had 15 tequila shots (exaggerating!) and I don’t want to do my full cleansing routine, these babies have totally helped me out.  Maybe not so good at removing *said* Asian mascara, but it does totally clean off all of my face makeup, lipstick, etc.  In an emergency situation, it has totally cleansed my face, left it feeling great, all the gunk on my face came off on the towelette, and I was fresh faced in the morning.  I just bought a travel size somewhere random in the impulse isle, so I have no idea what it cost??  They are not very expensive.  They do have the travel size, so you can test them out first to see if they work for you.

Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser + Balm ($6.99):  This is the best cuticle cream I have used in a long time.  I had a favorite that got discontinued, and I have been searching for a good replacement. This is it.  It really softens your cuticles, and if you use it daily, no hangnails!

 

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Le-Rouge-Givenchy,Hourglass-Ambient-Lighting-Powder,Urban-Decay-247-LSD

Le Rouge Givenchy Grenate Initie ($36.00):  Again, I’m a  sucker for luxe packaging.  This lipstick has a genuine leather lipstick case, silver accents/studs, and is the perfect shade of red.  Very rocker chic.  It is semi-matte with great pigmentation, smooth application/wear, and fairly decent staying power (definitely needs reapplication after eating/drinking).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45.00):  I purchased the shade, “Diffused Light”.  It is a pale yellow, reduces redness (problem of mine), eliminates shine, and gives skin clarity.  It really makes my complexion look perfect.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in LSD ($19.00):  LSD is a truly groovy shade.  It does have uber-sparkle/glitter, and it is blue, but doesn’t look ’70’s disco tacky.  I actually wear this liner to work.  As you can see from the swatch below, the base looks sort of gray, and then you have the blue/teal sparkles.  It looks a bit fuzzy, but it is actually a good swatch.

Swatches and how the Le Rouge Givenchy looks on me below:

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Le-Rouge-Givenchy-Grenat-Initie-swatch,Urban-Decay-LSD-swatch

All items above purchased from www.sephora.com.  I had gift cards, and took advantage when Ebates had 8% cash back from Sephora, so I paid a fraction of full price

Last, but not least, a hair item.  I have super fine hair.  I did not get my hair from my Asian side.  It is really thin, and again, really fine.  However, I still get the “frizzies”.  Not as bad as you ladies that have bona-fide, gorgeous, thick hair.  This product tames/eliminates my frizzy ends without making my hair even flatter than it is.  I really do love it.  After I wash my hair, I spritz it on my ends, and halfway up (not going anywhere the roots!), comb through, and it makes my hair really smooth. Again, without making it oily looking/flat.  So, if you have fine/thin hair, this product should work for you as well.  Just don’t overdo!

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Bamboo-Smooth-Kendi-Oil-Dry-Oil-Mist

What were some of your favorite products for July?  Are you as blown away as me as to how fast this year is going by?

Thanks for reading! xoxo

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Caudalie Make Up Remover Cleansing Water

Hello Everyone!  My blog got a makeover!  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  I also got a new camera for Christmas that I am still trying to figure out.  Lots of exciting things going on here at KP Says!

I have always been curious about micellar cleansing waters.  However, they aren’t readily available here in the US.  So I checked out my options, and decided to try out the  Caudalie Make Up Remover Cleansing Water.

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Caudalie Make Up Remover Cleansing Water

Bioderma seems to be the holy grail amongst these waters.  I am too paranoid about counterfeit product to order from Amazon or Ebay; which is the only way we can get Bioderma here.

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Caudalie Make Up Remover Cleansing Water

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of micellar water, it is a one-step, no water/no soap method of cleansing.  You apply the water with cotton pads to remove your makeup and treat your skin.

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Caudalie Make Up Remover Cleansing Water

Caudalie is a French brand that is easily accessible here, so I thought it was a great choice.  They began their journey into skincare from a vineyard, basing their line on the many antioxidant benefits of grapes and grape-seed – which equals WINE, which is a-okay with me.

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Caudalie Make Up Remover Cleansing Water

As you can see, this water contains organic grape water and camomile; and is hypoallergenic.

I love the fragrance – very fresh and spa-like.  Not overwhelming or irritating.  I really love the scent.  It also did not sting my eyes – big plus!

I did find that it takes a lot of cotton rounds and product to completely remove ALL of my makeup.  And I don’t wear a TON.

I also found that on the occasion I wore multiple coats of mascara, it took a lot of effort (and product) to dissolve it.  No aggressive tugging.  Just a lot of time.

However, it did leave my skin feeling soft and supple with no tightness or stickiness.

Nothing against this cleansing water, but I feel a need to “wash” my face after using it.  I think it is all about personal preference.  I think I require water for my face to feel clean.

For me, it is a good alternative for times when I simply can’t do my usual routine (for whatever reason).  I would rather do my normal multi-step makeup removal before bed.

Have you tried water cleansing?

Again, thanks for reading!

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Aubergine

Hello Sweetpeas!  I am going to just jump right into my Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Aubergine review.  Bite Beauty has just introduced several new shades into their Matte Creme line.

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Aubergine

My first Bite Beauty lip product was their High Pigment Pencil, and I fell in love.  This line uses natural food grade ingredients, and is full of resveratrol; again, a natural antioxidant.

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Aubergine

My color of choice was Aubergine, which Bite describes as “Eggplant”.  (Bonus French lesson – the vegetable we Americans call eggplant is an aubergine in France!!!).  No matter which language, PURPLE!

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Aubergine

My camera isn’t the best at capturing true colors, but it really does look more “purple” than in my photos.

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Aubergine

The formula is very creamy.  I did notice a difference in texture compared to the High Pigment Pencil. But is it a real matte lipstick???

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Aubergine Swatch

Ah, not the true purple/aubergine/eggplant I’d hoped for, but I DO love the color.  The formula isn’t what you may be used to in the matte lipstick arena; unlike a MAC retro matte, or NARS matte…this has a bit of “shine” to it….

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Aubergine

As you can see, this photo does not look like a matte lipstick.  Though super pigmented, it is easy to apply, moisturizing, and comfortable to wear – without lip balm.  I got about 3-4 hours of wear, eating/drinking.

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Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon Aubergine

In my opinion, this is not a true matte lipstick.  I think the formula is similar to the High Pigment Pencil.  A touch on the shiny side.  But, I do love Bite Beauty!  And I am a fan of their lip products!!  I find this matte a bit lacking as a true matte formula.  It may be my color choice.  However, I will be using more Bite Beauty, and trying more matte pencils.

Regardless, is it a great pen!

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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