Natasha Denona Holiday 2018: Aeris

I feel like Natasha Denona eye shadow palettes are the Porsche of the beauty world. They are stunning, high quality and way beyond most peoples’ price range. When the Lila Pallet was first released, I wanted it so bad. Luckily, I found the the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette satisfied my need for purple shades. However, since the first press photo of the Aeris pallet, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I have to be honest, it was mostly the blue shade. Luckily, the Sephora VIB sale came around and the palette was in stock at my local store.

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This is a five pan palette and is said to consist of “metallics, mattes, duo-chromes and sparkling chroma crystals.”

To me, I see only three formulas. Burnt Terracotta is a matte while Ice Blue, Red Bronze and Nude are metallics. The final shade, Peach Bronze, is a sheer glitter and I believe it is considered a chroma crystal. All of these were swatched dry with no base or primer.

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When I review palettes, I try to make looks using only the shades that are in the palette. All of these looks were created only using a mix of the five shades in the Aeris palette.

I LOVE this look! I started with Burnt Terracotta in the crease. I went in lightly at first and built it up lower in the crease. I went in with a tiny flat brush and Red Bronze on the outer two thirds. On the inner one third, I laid down NYX glitter primer and topped that with Peach Bronze. I took Ice Blue on a pencil brush and took it all across the lower lash line. For the inner corner, I wanted to brighten things up with a little Nude.

For this look, I wanted something more daytime but still glam. The best part? It is SO EASY to replicate. I started with Burnt Terracotta lightly in the cease and then packed all over the lid. I also smoked it on the lower lash line. I took a little concealer and blended it on the center of my lid. Then, I topped that with Nude and blended the edges with Burnt Terracotta. I added more Nude on the inner corner and the center of the lower lash line. Add some winged liner and you’re done!

As I mentioned, I am in love with Ice Blue and I wanted to use it in a different way. I took Burnt Terracotta and fluffed it all over the lid and blended into the crease. I applied NYX Glitter Primer on the inner two thirds of the lid and topped it with Peach Bronze. For the lower lash line I used Burnt Terracotta and added more Peach Bronze to the inner third. The look is finished with Ice Blue on the inner corner.

This final look I wanted something festive for a holiday party. I look Burnt Terracotta lightly in the crease, outer corner and on the lower lash line. I used my KVD Tattoo Liner to create a wing and topped it with NYX Glitter Primer. I then took Red Bronze to create a metallic red wing. I finished with Nude on the inner corner. This look is beautiful with a red or nude lip.T (2)I really enjoy the colors in this palette. That being said, it isn’t really a stand alone palette. There is only one matte, so you are limited there. Luckily, the colors all work well together.

The one matte shade is beautiful. It is smooth, blendable, and buildable. It works great as a transition and to create a warm smokey look. Nude and Red Bronze are beautiful metallic shades. They apply best with a damp flat brush or with your finger. Ice Blue is a little more sheer and needs to be built up a bit. I definitely prefer to use my finger or a small, stiff brush with the blue. The final shade is Peach Bronze. At first this shade was disappointing because it was so sheer. However, now that I know how to use it, I like it. It works best topped over another shadow. Also, you will want to use a tacky base and your finger to get the most opaque application. I love using it on the inner corner, lid and lower lash line.

Do you own anything from Natasha Denona?

Xoxo Sammie

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Kiko Milano Cosmetics

It seems like makeup keeps getting more and more expensive. Especially when you are a fanatic, it is too easy to fall into the trap that price indicates quality. Next thing you know, you are justifying buying a $60 foundation. Or is that just me?

Luckily, I have found a brand that is not only great quality but budget friendly as well! Thanks to Octoly, I had to opportunity to try some products for free in exchange for my review. I have to say, I was not sure what to expect at first. Luckily, I was beyond impressed.

When it comes to mascara, I look for something that will define and volumize. The Luxurious Lashes Mascara ($12) formula definitely fits my needs. I am left with lashes that are black, volumized and fluffy. They hold a curl all day and I have had no problems with flaking or smudging. My only other thing I like in a mascara is for it to be waterproof. That being said, I find myself reaching for this mascara multiple times a week.

I have always been a fan of colored liner. I remember the first time my mom gave me a blue one, I was so excited! Now that I am older, that has not changed. I love a little color on the lower lash line or a bold wing. The Metallic Liquid Eyeliners ($10) are so fun! I got mine in a grey/gun metal color and I am in love. The pop of color is fun, wearable and perfect for the holidays. The formula was pigmented and I had no trouble creating a wing with the brush tip. It stayed all day with no cracking, smudging or feathering.

The final product that was sent to me through Octoly was the Velvet Passion Matte Lipstick ($12) in shade 316 which is a beautiful rose color. The first thing I noticed is that the cap in magnetized which I find so cool! I have carried this in my backpack and have had no problems with the cap sliding off. The next thing is the tip of the lipstick. It is slanted, which might look strange but is so useful! I use the tip to line my lips and the apply the lipstick like normal. It is so comfortable to wear and is long wearing. I had no problems with the formula becoming too dry or feathering. That being said, it is important to know that it is a traditional lipstick formula which means it is not transfer proof.

Overall, I am so impressed with all of these products! I have used the mascara and lipstick so many times over the last few weeks. I have not used the liner as much, but enjoy wearing it for a fun fall look or a night out with the girls. All of the products have been fantastic quality and are so affordable! I cannot wait to try more from Kiko Milano.

Have you tried anything from Kiko Milano? What are your favorite products?

Xoxo Sammie

I received this product complimentary from KIKO Milano U.S.A.. All opinions are 100% my own #gifted #honestreview #octolyfamily

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Review: Tarte Double Duty Beauty

I am always on the hunt for something new and interesting. Makeup is supposed to be fun and exciting. Even in the midst of looking for the next new thing, I have my go-to products that I always come back to. I recently realized that a lot of these products just happen to be from the Tarte Double Duty Beauty line. My love affair first started with the Hybrid Gel Foundation. This foundation was a God send after my skin dried out from taking isotretinoin. Since then, I have tried a lot of other products and Tarte has become one of my favorite brands.

One of the most popular items from Tarte’s Double Duty Beauty line is the Shape Tape Concealer. Though it is a little pricey at $25 a tube, it is so worth it! The formula is creamy, pigmented and blendable. It is perfect for covering blemishes as well as concealing under the eyes. The only problem is that it can be a little drying under the eyes if you have dryer skin. Currently, I like to layer it with my Maybelline Age Rewind and it is the perfect combo.

I am all about products that have dual purposes because I travel so much. They just make things easier and free up space in my bag. One of the newer Tarte products is their Blush & Glow highlighter and blush duo. I love the formula of this. The products are smooth and blend easily. The blush is not too pigmented, but buildable. I love the highlighter because it gives me a glow without being sparkly or accentuating texture. Beyond that, the packaging is beautiful, sleek and compact.

To help blend out concealer and foundation, there is the Double Duty Beauty Quickie Blending Sponge. I have to say, this isn’t my favorite sponge. It is just a little too stiff for my liking. I much prefer the Eco Tools sponge.

One of my all time favorite mascaras is the Light, Camera, Lashes from Tarte. So, I was more than happy to try out their Maneater Mascara. On their website, It claims to curl, lengthen and to give lashes 23x more volume. I have to say, I think it does all of the above. I love using this because it gives me the volume I want and keeps my lashes curled all day without any smudging or flaking.

Another awesome product to travel with is the Tarte Lip Sculptor lipstick and gloss duo. I love a glossy lip. With my skin being so dry, I need as many moisturizing products as possible. I love this because the formulas are pigmented and comfortable to wear. You can layer them or wear them on their own. The lipstick is so creamy and the gloss is not too sticky. Being that they are so compact, it is a great product to keep in your purse.
A similar concept to the lip sculptor is the Tarte Lip Architect. This is perfect for the girl on the go that does not want a glossy lip. It is a cream finish and it super moisturizing. One side is a lip liner and the other is a coordinating lipstick. While I enjoy the application, these are not the longest wearing but they are very comfortable.

The final product for today is the Sweet Tarte Fragrance Rollerball. This is a nice sweet fragrance. I like to keep this roller ball in my purse to use after going to the gym.

Over the last year, Tarte has become a favorite brand. Their double duty line has so many amazing products! Right now, Ulta even has a set with the full size highlighter/blush compact, lip architect, mini mascara and roller ball perfume. The whole kit is only $36!

What are some of your favorite Tarte products?

Xoxo Sammie

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YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain

While I LOVE makeup, I have my limits. I can walk up and down the aisles of my local Sephora and swatch anything that looks appealing. However, when it comes to buying some products I just can’t. What I am talking about is the luxury brands like YSL, Guerlain and Bobbi Brown. While the products may look stunning, it is hard to bring myself to spend $48 on a highlighter. So, when I received the notification that I was in the YSL voxbox from Influenster and would be receiving a YSL product for free, I was ecstatic! I would finally be able to put one of these luxury products to the test.


If you haven’t heard of Influenster before, it is a network of people that like to review products. When you are selected for a campaign, they send you product for free which you then get to review. There is no requirement for a positive review. While I did receive this lippie for free, all of my thoughts are honest and true.

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The product we received was the YSL Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain ($36). I received color 8 Black Red Code which is a deep burgundy color and let me tell you, I was worried. I had never used a dark lip stain that actually left an even stain on my lips. Usually, they wear off and leave my lips looking patchy.


This product claims to give “lips matte tattoo-like color that is lightweight and non-drying, making it ultra-comfortable to wear. The high-pigment color dries instantly, stays fresh, and moves with your lips for up to eight hours of wear. The exclusive liner-like applicator allows for precision outlining and filling in—creating perfectly defined lips every time. The color never feathers or spills over the lip line.” Sounds pretty perfect, right?

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While the packaging is beautiful and the applicator is interesting, what really matters is how the product wears. At $36, I was expecting perfection.


When I first applied the product at 12:30, I was impressed. The color was beautiful, pigmented and went on smoothly. The applicator was also great at lining the lips. However, I let it dry for about 10 minutes and was still getting a little bit of transfer. After eating, very carefully, around 1:15 I started to get the line on my inner lips. By 3:30, it was so bad that I decided to reapply. I put the product only where it had worn off and it layered really well.


After reapplying, my lips look great again. This time, I was determined to not eat or anything to see how the color would last. Unfortunately, it was about the same. In only two hours, I had the wear line again. I left it alone this time for about 30 minutes when I decided to see how the product stained. I lightly rubber the product, and to my surprised there really wasn’t any stain.

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This color is beautiful. I love the color and the formula is comfortable to wear, but unfortunately I do not think that it meets all of the claims. While lightweight and not too drying, the formula does not dry instantly on me nor do I get 8 hours of wear. Since my initial test, I have worn it three times and had the same results. That being said, the applicator is great for lining the lips and I had no problem with feathering.


Sadly, I would not recommend this product. I do like it, but I would never pay $36 for it. If you are looking for a comfortable lip stain, I definitely prefer the Revlon Balm Stains and they are much more affordable.

Do you ever purchase luxury brands? What are your favorite luxury products?

Xoxo Sammie

 

Are you interested in becoming and Influenster? Check out how to get your own VoxBox here.

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Hit or Miss: Lipsense

By now, we have all heard of lipsense. The supposed miracle lip color that “lasts until you take it off.” With claims that it is kiss, smudge and budge proof, who wouldn’t be interested? Add in the fact that there are over 50 available shades, it is more than a little tempting.


When deciding to purchase lipsense, I had two big issues. The first being that you can’t swatch the product or try it before buying it. At around $25 per lip color, it was hard to commit. My second big issues was the high alcohol content. To me, they seemed like alcohol paints but in a lip gloss tube. I even had one seller tell me my lips would look terrible for the first 2 weeks as they adjusted to the product because the product would “exfoliate them.” That totally did not sound appealing.


So, due to the starter set being $55 I held off from buying anything for a long time. That is until I ran into a seller that was getting rid of all her stock. I ended up purchasing the color Aussie Rose and the Pearl Gloss. I figured I would skip the Oops Remover and try to remove with oil. With her clearance discount, I ended up paying $32 for the two.


When you use this product, they suggest to use three layers. Apply a thin layer going in one direction across lips and let dry 5 seconds in between layers. After the third layer, apply the gloss.

So I put on the product at 9:45 in the morning. It was fairly comfortable and I was ok without adding more gloss until about 1:45 in the afternoon. At that time, I started to get the dreaded ring. I found that I was able to reapply the product in the patchy area without a problem. I ended up keeping the lip color on until 8 pm.


I have used this product about 6 times now and feel I have a pretty good understanding. As for the pros: it is long wearing and can be removed easily with micellar water or olive oil. For the cons: it is expensive, you have to buy the gloss and carry it with you, there is a chemically taste when you first apply and it can be difficult to get a precise application.


In the end, the product is long wearing but it is expensive and high maintenance. I only have the one color, but I worry that darker colors would be patchy and not as long wearing. In the end, I would much rather wear my Wet n Wild Catsuit Liquid Lips.

Have you tried lipsense before?

Xoxo Sammie

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NYX In Your Element Palettes

When I first saw the images for the NYX In You Element Palettes, I was instantly drawn to both Earth and Metal. Something about them just spoke to me and they were so different from the reds, oranges and yellows that everyone seems to be coming out with. The best part,l is NYX is a drugstore brand so I figured that I would be able to pick up both for somewhere between $30 and $40 USD. Sadly, that wasn’t the case.


On launch day, I rushed to my computer and anxiously waited for the NYX Cosmetics website to load. When it did, I was shocked. They were changing $30 PER PALETTE! Considering they sell $5 single shadows and other affordable products, I was dumbfounded. I decided that I would be much better off saving my money and picking up one higher end palette instead of spending $60 on two drugstore palettes.


So I waited and I am so glad I did. Right now, Ulta is having a sale September 24-30 and the NYX In Your Element Palettes are on sale. With the $3.50 coupon, they are only $17.50 before tax. Still a little pricey, but a bargain considering what they cost before the sale. So, I decided it was time I picked up both the Metal and Earth Palette.


The Earth In Your Element Palette was the first one that caught my eye in the press release pictures. The color selection screamed fall to me and gave me ABH Subculture vibes. While this is most certainly not a dupe, it is a good alternative if you had problems with the ABH formula or you were too concerned to purchase it.


When I swatched this palette in store, I was concerned. The colors seemed to be patchy and ill pigmented. I didn’t even pick it up at first and almost talked myself out of it. But, I kept thinking of how pretty the colors where and how it was on sale. I told myself that worse come to worse, I could always return the palette if I didn’t like it.


In the end, the palette performed much better than it swatched. The mattes were buildable and blended well. In the first look, I used colors 1, 3, 10, 4, 6 and 11. For the second look, I used colors 1, 8, 7, 2, 9, and 5. I didn’t have any problems with any shade in particular. The shimmer shades apply best with a stiff or damp brush and the green shades need to be packed on to show their true color.


Out of all six element palettes, Metal seemed to be the most fun. It is a palette of 12 different shimmer shades. So, obviously this is not a stand alone palette. But the colors seemed fun and unique.


When swatching all the colors, it became apparent that a couple of them would be used best as a topper or inner corner highlight as opposed to a stand alone shadow. The two that would be best as toppers are 1 and 5.


Also, I found that the shades did not work well with a brush. I tried with a dry flat brush, damp flat brush and with my finger. I decided to show how two different colors applied with each method. These can be placed directly on the lid, but will benefit being placed over the top of glitter glue or a tacky base. I found that there was a little bit of glitter fallout.


I do enjoy both of these palettes and think they are pretty. The colors definitely perform better than I expected after swatching in store. Both palettes did have a little bit of fallout but nothing too crazy. So the big question, are they worth the price?


In short, the answer would be no. At full price, it is ridiculous to pay so much for something from a historically drugstore brand. Where I think NXY went wrong is by partnering with social media influencers. Each palette was designed by a different influencer and the price reflects that. I wish NYX had created the palettes without the collaborations and kept the price around $20. However, if you see one that you like then I would definitely pick it up while it is on sale.

Do you plan on picking any of these palettes up?

Xoxo Sammie

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Fashion Nova Curve Haul

A few months ago my husband and I moved to a new state for his work. We were lucky enough that his company paid to have all of our stuff packed and moved to our new apartment. I was so excited and found this to be the perfect time to go through my high school/college closet at my parent’s house. So I finally went and organized things to keep and take to my new home as well as things to donate. It was almost like going shopping since I rediscovered so many items. I packed them all in a giant suit case and left them in my apartment to be packed up by the movers. Unfortunately, that 60+ pound suitcase did not make it to our new home.


Fast forward to the end of July and I see an ad for Fashion Nova. I quickly fall into a black hole of online window shopping and creating a long list of favorites. At first I wasn’t going to buy anything, but then my husband surprised me with a trip to Punta Cana for our 2 year anniversary. I figured this was the perfect time to pick up some new clothes to replace the ones that were lost. So, I made 3 separate orders including everything from sandals and sunglasses to dresses and lingerie. I figured why not show what I got and give a little review of each item.


I needed this mermaid swimsuit the moment I saw it because holo and mermaids. The only problem, the legs are cut so high. So I will only wear this with some type of shorts. It also runs a little small.


The lingerie is so good! I love this Overdosed on Confidence Lace Teddy. It is so pretty, fits true to size and has snaps. The lace also covers the nipples so it would be so cute with black jeans for going out. The Chantal Bralette is cute, but a little too big in the band and small in the cup.


This Dope in Rope dress is so pretty. It has double slits and beautiful rope detailing. The best part is that even though it is white, it is not see through because it is double lined.


I bought this Mia Draped Dress to wear for one of the formal dinners on our vacation as well as for my cousin’s wedding. I love how it can be worn two different ways and it perfectly accentuates my curves.


I love the Avenue Romper! It fits my body and isn’t too short. I also love how you can play with how to tie it to change up the look.


The A View to Kill Floral Jumpsuit is so unique, but so cool. It is super comfortable and almost looks like a maxi dress. I get compliments each time I wear it.


Talk about a sexy little black dress! I love the Maura Mesh Dress, though I think it runs a little small. I have been loosing weight, so I am not too worried as it will continue to look better the more I loose. However, I would recommend buying it one size bigger.


The final things I got are these Lilia Knot slider and the Kelly sunglasses. I love the look of the slides, but they are way too small. Definitely get one size larger, especially if you tend to run in between sizes. I love the glasses, they are cute, comfortable and not too heavy.

Overall, I am really happy with all of my orders. They only things that did not work for me are the slides and the mesh dress. Overall, I love it and surfing their site has become my new morning coffee routine. Before you buy, always look for a 30% off code. Right now you can use the code EXCLUSIVE to get 30% off.

Have you tried Fashion Nova? Where are your favorite places to shop online?

Xoxo Sammie,

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Anastasia Subculture Palette

I know, if you’re apart of the beauty community then you are probably sick to death of this topic. It is something that has been shaking our part of the world for a couple of weeks now: the Anastasia Subculture Palette. Now, I first recieved this product 2 days after it launched and I had to use it right away. By that Monday, I was ready to post my review and thoughts. But, I made the mistake of starting to watch YouTube videos. I was shocked at the absolutely terrible reviews this palette was getting and I started to second guess my opinion. So, I decided to use it for a full two weeks before sharing my thoughts with you. Spoiler alert: I actually really like it.


So, I am going to start by telling you why I like it so much and then I will get into my thoughts on the whole ordeal. When I first saw the previews for this palette, I knew I had to have it. I was captivated by the color choices. Everyone has so been into the red and orange warm tones for the last year that this palette was a welcome change.


As for how they swatched, I was fairly impressed. The mattes were all beautiful and EXTREMELY pigmented. However, I was not too impressed with the shimmer shades.

Cube swatches terribly. It also does not show up on the eye very well. If anything, I would call it a eyeshadow topper. If you really love the idea of this shade, it is very similar to Pink Heart in the Moonchild Glow Kit.

Electric is better than Cube, but I am still not a huge fan. It does show up better, but it is very glittery and has glitter fallout. This shade is best used with a glitter glue.

The final non-matte shade is Adorn. This shade is a pretty coppery metallic, but it is nothing new. I find it works best when used with your finger or a damp brush.


Now, drumroll please, here is my opinion. I really love this palette. I find that I do not have a problem with blending or fallout. I have loved every look I have created except for one. There are two major flaws in my opinion.

First, the shades are soft pressed. This is why people can get so much fallout. Also, this can put too much pigment on your brush which will make it hard to blend on the eye. The solution to this is to use soft, fluffy brushes and barely touch your brush into the product.

The second major flaw is the opposite colors. While this isn’t really a flaw, it can cause problems people aren’t used too. Because the shadows have so much pigment, colors can blend together very easily on the eye. This becomes a problem when you use two colors that are opposite on the color wheel, such as New Wave and All Star, in the same look. This can cause the shadows to muddy together and neutralize into a gray tone. The solution to this is to place each color where you want it without going over the top of the opposing color and lightly blend together. It was because of this I created the one look I did not like.


One thing that I have seen a lot of is that people like the colors but are unsure of how to create looks. The palette came be divided into quads. Here are some examples of shades you can use to create some quick looks.

Now, it wouldn’t be a Anastasia Subculture Palette review if I didn’t weigh in on the drama. People are upset by the way the shadows are pressed. They also believe that there was a problem at the lab. Personally, I am not sure what to think. I have noticed that a lot of YouTubers who likes the palette had one from the P7 batch, and mine is from that batch as well. However, I think that the real problem is that this is a formula different from what people are use to and one that people were not expecting. Everyone thought it would be the same as the Modern Renaissance but it is much softer.


MUG Dupes (left to right): Phantom, Beaches & Cream, High Tea, Legend, Cherry Cola, Faux Fur, Time TravelPoppy, Karma, Mocha, Chickadee, Enchanted Forest, Desert Sands, Taboo

Honestly, I think that this is something you will have to try for yourself. If you are the type of person who generally goes in with a light hand and slowly builds up color, you might really like this. I recommend checking this out in store or purchasing from Sephora ($42) so that it can be easily returned in case it does not suit you. If you are just too worried to take the plunge, here are some dupes that you can purchase in singles from Makeup Geek.

Did this palette catch your eye? What would you like to see different in the coming year, as far as eye shadow palettes?

Xoxo Sammie

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July 2017 Boxycharm

Although it is already August, I still wanted to get my Boxycharm review up for July. Even though it came in late, I can’t deny that I was happy with almost all of the products.


In July’s box there was a sunscreen, eyeshadow palette, eyebrow pencil, liquid lip and body illuminizer. All products that are perfect for summer. 


The first product is the Bare Minerals Prep Step SPF 50. Now, I am really really pale. Between my complexion and being on isotretinoin, I burn so easily. I really enjoyed this sun screen. It is very liquidy, but it dries down to a powder like finish. I doesn’t clog pores and is perfect for wearing under makeup.


The next product was good in theory, but not so much in practice. It is the Body Illumizier from Ofra. I have a similar product the I DIYed myself, you can check it out here. My only problem with this product is that it is a little too dark for my skin tone. It works, but I have to be very careful to make sure I rub it in all the way and take care that there are no streaks. This would be beautiful for darker skin tones.


From Colour Pop, everyone received a liquid lipstick. Mine was the Ultra Matte Liquid Lip in Monday. It is a beautiful pinkie brown shade. I can’t wait to wear it, but it is just a little too drying for me right now.


A few months ago we received a brow powder trio and I have to say I prefer it to this month’s brow pencil. The color was the right shade for me and I really like the packaging. However, the formula was really dry. I feel like I had to press so hard and to warm up the product to get it to work.


The final product in this month’s box was a Blinc Electric Eyes Eyeshadow Palette. I have to say, I LOVE this! The colors are beautiful and pigmented. They also blend well and are so shimmery. The only thing I dislike is that there is no matte shade to set primer or use as a transition. So you will need another palette, but in my opinion it is still beautiful and worth it.

Overall, I am happy with this box. I love the eye shadow palette and the sunscreen. The body illumizier and liquid lip are pretty and I will use them. As for the brow pencil, I am going to try and work with it before giving up. At the very least, it’ll be nice to travel with.

What are some of your favorite summer items?

Xoxo Sammie

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It Cosmetics: Confidence In Your Glow

It Cosmetics is known for their good for your skin makeup products. They do everything from foundation to eyeshadows to skin care. If you are looking for a product, chances are they have it. I first fell in love with the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact. Since then, I have also fallen in love with their CC+ Cream. When I first saw their take on the neapolitan face palette, I knew I had to have one. Originally, I bought the Instant Natural Glow. But, I recently won the entire collection, including the special brush, from Serein Wu. So, I just want to give a big shoutout to her! She is an amazing Youtuber and blogger. You can check her out here.


Here is the description of the products according to the It Cosmetics website, “from the sensorial experience of the fresh orange scent to the powerful vitamin C-infused radiance-boosting and brightening formula, Confidence in Your Glow™ transforms the look of your complexion with high-performance, anti-aging ingredients and talc-free, ultra-luxe pigments. Combined with proprietary Drops of Light Technology™, your skin will feel instantly softer and smoother with a younger, airbrushed appearance! Developed with plastic surgeons and perfect for all skin types and tones, this compact is truly your one-step wonder for your most beautiful-looking skin.” There are three different shades in this collection as well as the Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705.


The first, and lightest, of the compacts is Instant Nude Glow. The website describes this product as being perfect for achieving “the softest, sheerest naturally pretty glow.” I would describe the highlight as a light champagne color. The blush is a nice peachy pink and the bronzer is a soft warm bronze.


The only palette that I bought myself was the Instant Natural Glow. This compact is perfect “for a natural rosy kiss of radiance and natural boost of warmth.” The highlighter here is a little more pink tones. The blush is definitely rosey with a light, more cool toned bronzer.


Finally, we have Instant Warm Glow. On their website, it is described as “your richest shade of bronzer for the deepest color payoff, with a gorgeous peachy-pink flush for your brightening radiance.” This really says it all. The blush is a brighter pink with a darker bronzer and the highlight is a cream color.


The It Cosmetics brushes are unique because they are infused with skin care ingredients. The hair of the brushes are “infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin and antioxidants.” The Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705 was made specifically to go with these palettes. You are supposed to be able to sweep the brush across the palette, from bronzer to highlight, and then sweep the brush across your cheeks back towards the hairline.


While this method does work, it is not my favorite. It is fast and looks pretty on the cheeks, but it does not work to well for bronzing the face. In actuality, I best like the brush for applying the bronzer by itself. It is so soft and blends the product like a dream. After applying the bronzer, I will go back in with other brushed to apply the blush and highlight.


Overall, I really love these products. They are pigmented, creamy and easy  to blend. You only have to barely touch your brush to pick up product. Just make sure to use lightly as the product does have some kick up. On the It Cosmetics website, each palette retails for $32 and the brush for $48. At those prices, I definitely think the palettes are worth it, but the brush is not necessary. However, if you head over to the QVC site, you can get a palette and brush combo for only $35.92. 

Which palette is your favorite? Mine has to be the Instant Nude Glow.

Xoxo Sammie

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