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Target Spring 2014 Beauty Box

Some of you guys saw that I got my Target Beauty Box about a week ago on my Instagram account here. I thought about skipping it this time around, but I’m glad I didn’t! There is a good number of things in here for me to try out. I had to call to get my shipping waived because it was supposed to come with free shipping in the first place (but this was not the case when I checked out online). This deal is available online only and is gone by now (you really gotta be quick with this as it goes fast), but definitely keep your eyes peeled cause it’s worth it! Here’s what I got with mine:

Target Spring 2014 Beauty Box

Everything came in a white reusable sturdy cardboard box. Everyone else I know that got this received the same exact things in it with the exception of the CoverGirl lip gloss. Some got it in a pink color.

L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

CoverGirl Lipslicks Smoochies Sizzle Gloss

Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray

When I was inspecting the contents of the box, my man exclaimed that it’s worth it for the L’Oréal Voluminous Butterfly mascara alone. Why he said that? I don’t know. Did he know that it’s true? It’s a 50-50 chance with that guess, but I think he did guess that the mascara alone costs more than $5 plus tax (and he’s right at that). There’s also a $3 off $15 on beauty purchases at Target coupon included in the box, which makes this deal even sweeter. I’ve never used a texturizing spray before, so I’m curious if I’ll like it or not. I’ve never used a dry shampoo before either. I just never got around to picking one up after doing some research, but this saves me the time and effort for it. The Jergens item….I know and have seen what a BB cream can do for the face in terms of makeup; I’m just not quite convinced it’s just as effective for the body. But sure, I’ll give it a shot anyway. I grew up with this brand and haven’t gotten anything from them since I came to the US (2000).

Stick around for some reviews (eventually) on some of these items. Were you able to get the box and if so, which is your favorite item?


My Physicians Formula #PFGoBronze Contest Prize

Christmas came early for me! I started to be a fan of Physicians Formula thanks to their Happy Booster line mostly. All those cute hearts in their blushes, bronzers and face powders sucked me into being a die-hard addict of their products. I entered their Instagram contest during the summer on a whim and won! I’m one of the 10 winners of their #PFGoBronze contest! I was so excited and couldn’t wait to get my prize. I actually forgot about it recently due to work being so hectic and then a box showed up at the door yesterday when I got home. It was like Christmas to me! :) Here’s my loot….

Physicians Formula #PFGoBronze Contest Prize

And here’s the winning shot for the contest…

Physicians Formula #PFGoBronze Contest Entry

You can see my other entries too to this contest on my Instagram. I already started using the lip gloss and am about to play with the face powder. I couldn’t believe my luck….I only already own one thing from the entire set. Which one? The bronzer of course! :)


ipsy November 2013 Glam Bag

Hey guys! It’s that time of the month again! I was going to blog about this maybe next week, but I got so excited about it that I just couldn’t wait. This is probably my favorite ipsy Glam Bag to date! I love the contents, I kept all but one item for my personal use, and I love the bag a lot. So, here’s my take on the ipsy November 2013 Glam Bag.

ipsy November 2013 Glam Bag

First off, I LOVE the bag! I can use it as a clutch and it’s perfect for this Holiday season! Next, I am keeping every single item but one for my personal use. That’s a first! I’ll be passing on the Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil. I have too many eye pencils from a handful of brands already that are not getting enough use (and love) from me. I can’t justify opening up this pretty, so I’ll add it to my next giveaway. The shade I got for that is Amethyst. I’m keeping the GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment cause I’ve never heard of it and I love trying new things like this especially from a new-to-me brand. The retail of this particular item is actually pretty crazy, so color me intrigued. I have a lot of bronzers already (hello Physicians Formula!) but I still couldn’t resist the Pixi Beauty Bronzer I got in Subtly Suntouched. Not bad, but I still prefer the cuter packaging and presentation of my favorite bronzer brand Physicians Formula. It does give me a light, subtle sunny glow. I’m familiar with Nailtini so I’m keeping this shade. It will make my total number of Nailtini lacquers 3 and it’s a good shade for this time of the year too with all the Holiday parties and such. I haven’t tried the em michelle phan mascara yet, but it’s on my list to do so. I have read several reviews about it and it’s pretty mixed, so I’ll reserve judgment until I try it. Last item in my glam bag is from another new-to-me brand called Be A Bombshell. It’s catchy and I like it! I was nervous that I wouldn’t like the lip crayon, but it is instant love! It goes on so smooth and creamy. Pigmentation is like from a lipstick or those pigmented lip balms that every brand is releasing now. The shade I got is Hot Damn and I think it would suit me better than the other shade they have that went to other people’s glam bags (purple one I think). It’s a great bag overall and I am ecstatic about it!

Starlooks Gem Eye Pencil

GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment

Pixi Beauty Bronzer

Nailtini Straight Up Color Nail Lacquer

em michelle phan Lash Gallery Mascara

Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon

Overall, great bag! I love pretty much everything I got and I can’t wait to use the bag itself for some of the holiday events and parties I’ll be attending. I can’t wait for next month’s bag now!


ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag

Hey guys! I was out sick yesterday, so I didn’t even bother getting a post out on the blog. I’m better now though and just got my ipsy October 2013 Glam Bag. I then realized that I took pictures of the September 2013 one and never posted about it! So here’s a late post on the ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag.

ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag

ipsy September 2013 Glam Bag (close-up)

For my first ipsy Glam Bag, not bad. I would’ve been bummed if the bag wasn’t the one that was included in that month cause there’s nothing special for me in everything I got. The brand I am most familiar with from this bag is John Frieda. I didn’t even bother to try it out much. It’s a nice shampoo brand. I’m in it with this subscription service for things other than shampoo and conditioners though. I’m familiar with NYX as well. I own about 30 of their nail polish shades. Good stuff really, but sadly a pass for me when it comes to anything else other than nail polish for now. I already own too many makeup from various other brands that I don’t want to start with NYX too. The 2 brands I have never heard of is Elizabeth Mott and Starlooks. I haven’t tried the Elizabeth Mott one since I’ve been trying to finish up all the opened mascara tubes I have. I’ve read some good and some bad reviews on this, so I’ll reserve any judgment until I try it. I did try the Starlooks eye pencil and I gotta say it rocks! It’s more pigmented than I thought and very easy to use. I use it on my lower water line and it stays there for a good while. I still like my Milani and Urban Decay pencils better, but this is a good one to keep an eye out for.

Starlooks Obsidian Kohl Eye Pencil

Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara

NYX Eye Shadow

John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo & Conditioner

Overall, not bad for the first bag. The item I liked most though is the blue makeup bag itself. Is that kinda sad? Well…..it’s still a better option than Birch Box in my opinion. I got a one year subscription so we’ll see how this plays out as it goes! Also included is a sample of a few eye shadow shades and one blush from Michelle Phan’s Em line. It’s like one of those cardboard sampler things where a little bit of the product is on. I felt it and it’s decent, but I’m still not sold on plunking down the cash for it. I already have a lot of makeup and it’s not something that I must have.


Mattese Elite Clearance

Hey guys! It’s Friday and I really don’t have time to put together a post on any new beauty items, so I’m just going to leave you with the news that Mattese Elite items on Ricky’s NYC is on some super clearance right now. They were marked down a while back when the brand is being discontinued at least for various makeup items. Not sure if prices are going to get lower than these, but this is already dirt cheap for what they retail for ($1 per piece!). I picked up some eye liners, eye shadows, blushes, a number of these pigments they have, 2 lipsticks and a mascara as well as a bronzer. As seen on my Instagram account here, here’s my recent haul….

Mattese Elite Clearance Haul

Get them while there’s still some left!


Mary Kay Influenster Glamour VoxBox 2013

I have gotten the chance to take part in Influenster’s Mary Kay Glamour VoxBox program and here’s an overall summary on my detailed reviews for each component of this particular program.

Mary Kay Influenster Glamour VoxBox 2013

I started my reviews with the Mary Kay Cream Eye Color Violet Storm here. Final verdict? Not bad for the price at all and lasts a very long time as promised.

I moved on next with the Mary Kay Lash Primer here. Final verdict? Clear formula is the winning factor with this one. I’d choose this lash primer over those with white bases gladly.

I continued on with the Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick Pink Chérie here. Final verdict? Meh performance out of all products I got in the box. A darker shade will have to be tried to test on pigmentation for the final verdict on that aspect.

I closed my reviews with the Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara here. Final verdict? A sure winner, but do shop around and compare with other brands as you may find one that performs the same for a more affordable price.

And final verdict for the brand as a whole? Mary Kay is a trusted and well-known brand worldwide. It boasts of high quality products and have a loyal customer base to back that up. With that said, you can’t really go wrong with most of the products they offer. It’s a brand where I would not hesitate to shell out some of my hard earned money to purchase something that interests me even if there may be another brand offering the same thing for a cheaper price. All of the products I have tried speak of high quality and performs as promised for the most part. Even the eye shadow brush I tried was great. The bristles are soft and gentle. It worked perfectly for the eye shadow application. It’s definitely a good quality brush compared to a lot that I’ve tried in the past. I personally am eyeing a few of their products right now (Special-Edition† Beauty That Counts® Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick in particular – I can’t resist the swirls and a good cause is a sure bonus in my book!). I just gotta either bite the bullet and purchase from their site or look for a local Mary Kay consultant in my area now!

All these products are available through their website (they help hook you up with a representative in your area) or can be purchased from your local Mary Kay representative.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program provided by Mary Kay.*


Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara

Hey guys, the last item I’m reviewing from the Influenster Glamour VoxBox by Mary Kay 2013 that I got is the Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara

The Influenster insert described this product as “LASHlicious! Long. Strong. Seriously separated lashes.” and the catalog that came with my box states “.28 oz. Creates bold, instantly intensified length of lashes. Lifts, curls and perfectly separates lashes. Conditions and strengthens lashes. Nonclumping, flake-free formula wears all day for over 10 hours.” Description on the box are as follows: “Create bold length and exaggerate the look of lashes with this long-wearing, nonflaking formula. New curved, sculpted brush fans lashes from corner to corner, emphasizing even the tiniest lashes with precise definition. Ophthalmologist-tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes.” This is again great news for me since I do wear contacts during the weekdays and I have found some eye liner and mascara formulas irritate my eye when a little bit comes into contact with my eyes. A little more on the brush from the catalog: “Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara features an innovative brush specifically engineered to precisely apply the formula to each and every little lash with clean definition. The brush works to adhere the formula’s fibers to lashes and then gently extend the fibers beyond the ends of the lashes.”

Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara Brush

Verdict? This product comes in the typical twist open tube that’s expected of a tube of mascara. The brush does perform what it claims to do by distributing product evenly from root to tip of my lashes with more precision and ease than I have experienced from all the other mascaras I’ve tried. This product comes in 2 shades, i ♡ brown and i ♡ black. The one that came with my box is i ♡ black. The pigmentation is very good and initially I was wary that it won’t come close to performing as a good mascara. It definitely does lengthen the lashes, but only a little bit. I followed the mascara tip that was cited in the catalog for this product: “Gently wiggle your mascara wand in a back-and-forth motion from root to tip to separate lashes while helping them look longer and thicker. If applying more than one coat of mascara, do one eye at a time to ensure the mascara doesn’t dry between coats.” I have only applied more than one coat of mascara less than a handful of times because there is a tendency to clump. I figured it out with this tip that my error was I move to the other eye after one coat instead of staying with it for the second coat. What happens is that the mascara doesn’t dry completely (but even if it does) and when you try to apply a fresh coat on top of that, clumping occurs. It’s kind of like dragging when it comes to nail polish application. If the first layer isn’t completely dry and you apply a second coat, the fresh coat “drags” the first coat. Letting it dry completely before applying the second coat of lacquer prevents this from happening as it’s basically like applying a first coat all over again. Same thing with mascara except that you can’t let the first coat dry or come close to it since mascara is different from lacquer in terms of the lacquer being a clear, complete seal that can’t flake as easily like mascara. The brush is very easy to use and application is a breeze for me with it. Formula is light even with more than one layer on and the look is evident while bordering subtle. I personally prefer it this way. It gives a more natural look longer lashes. Lasting power is great and there is barely any flaking at all at 10 hours. Overall, this is product is a winner in my book. If you can find another mascara that is cheaper and will deliver the same, go for it! I definitely will revisit some of the mascaras I’ve tried to compare to this keeper.

This retails for $15 and is available through their website (they help hook you up with a representative in your area) or can be purchased from your local Mary Kay representative.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program provided by Mary Kay.*


Influenster Glamour VoxBox by Mary Kay 2013

The last Influenster Vox Box program I’ve received is the Influenster Glamour VoxBox by Mary Kay 2013. This round is different from all the previous ones I’ve participated in with the exception of the Palmolive one. It contains all items from just one brand, Mary Kay. Here are the contents of the box:

Influenster Glamour VoxBox by Mary Kay 2013

I’ve already started with 3 items in this box and so far….not bad at all! I can’t wait to feature most of them here on my blog, so stay tuned!

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*


Hard Candy Shiny When Wet Duo

Hey guys! I’ve had lots of time to test this product extensively. It got my seal of approval, but read on to see if it’s for you or not. Here’s Hard Candy Shiny When Wet Duo.

Hard Candy Shiny When Wet Duo

Hard Candy’s Shiny When Wet Duo is both waterproof mascara and waterproof liquid eye liner in one nifty tube container. Easy peasy, eh? It’s so convenient! The liquid eye liner is contained in the mascara applicator. Genius! Just twist the mascara handle and it’s an eye liner applicator! The back of the metallic blue tube packaging states the following: “SHINY WHEN WET! Waterproof mascara plus liquid eye liner. Patent Gloss Black finish with unshakeable staying power. Swim, workout, cry, dance ’til you drop. It won’t budge. Lashes and liner stays glossy all day!”

What I love about this product? It works as it claimed to as a whole. Mascara and eye liner formula is indeed waterproof. The only time it smudged a little and I started getting the raccoon eye syndrome was at the end of the day when my eye lids start to get oily. We all know what oil does to waterproof formulas, so that’s not the product’s fault at all. The pigmentation is very dark and glossy. I love it. One thing I eventually got used to is the application method with this product. I’ve come to realize a while back that different mascara formulas have different application methods. I’m speaking strictly of the time it takes before you do a second coating. Some other brands dry really fast with a thin formula and you can immediately apply a second coating while others you can’t. This is one of the ones that I have to wait because the formula is thicker than most other mascaras I’ve tried. The eye liner part is where it really shines for me. I’ve always had a hard time applying liquid eye liner. This is the first time I’ve had no problems at all. Zero. It glided on smoothly and the applicator is fine and thin for that. I caked on too much the first time and got some flaking after a few hours, so take a note of that during application.

What I don’t like about this product? None really. Once I know how much to apply and the wait time in between coats, it worked flawlessly.

This item retails for about $7 is available exclusively at Walmart.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara

One of the few makeup products I use every few days is mascara. A good mascara is hard to find. I have tried many and there are still lots to go. Recently, I tried one from Jordana. Enter Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara.

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara

This is described as:

  • Immediate Extreme Volume
  • Buildable Formula Without Clumping
  • Long-Lasting Power
  • Made in Italy

The shade is a pretty dark black. It is easy to use – just apply like regular mascara. The effect I got from using this mascara is a little bit on the clumpier side. It does provide volume, but the thicker formula may not be for those that don’t want any volume due to slight clumpiness at all. I like the look it provided me. Lasting power is pretty impressive. It survived a whole work day for me without having to reapply it. No raccoon eyes at the end of the day – definitely a good thing!

This retails for $2.99 – a great price for this mascara! This product is available in one shade only (black) right now, but I’m hoping they’ll come up with a brown one at least for those that prefer a lighter shade for your lashes. You can get this on their website or at your local Walgreens. A reader mentioned that Jordana is also available at KMart.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*


Illamasqua Theatre Of The Nameless Collection

A little late with this posting for you guys. Their photography is just stunning. I have yet to try their products though, but enjoy this press release!

Illamasqua Theatre Of The Nameless

Descend into the riotous scene of erotic adventure that is THE THEATRE OF THE NAMELESS.

In this nocturnal den of the dissident leaders of underworld subcultures, exotic dancers rub shoulders with actors and anarchists. Exhibitionists and Boot Girls openly compete for the Master of Ceremonies’ eye, and all participate in the Club’s endless, pleasure-seeking rituals, baptising their senses in an exquisite hedonistic frenzy.

Teased by the sweet pungent tang of opium, the air throbs with the electric shock of naked flesh. Dare to feel the intensity of the club’s intimate caress by abandoning yourself to the glorious wonders of unfettered night-time make-up.

“Theatre of the Nameless is a heady mixture of opulent hues, decadent pigments and fearless application. A bruised and burnished palette that gives a sensual slip, that bleeds color into color, worn through and kissed off.” Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director

“This collection brings us back to the brand’s heritage, inspired by the essence of self-expression that transformed 1920s Berlin” Joseph Corré, Illamasqua Joint Managing Director

This rich and indulgent collection envelops the senses. Darkly sophisticated tones are accompanied by shocks of dazzling iridescence, creating a breathtakingly modern interpretation of the most illicit nightlife in history.

It’s time to cross the threshold and embrace a world of unadulterated decadence.

Illamasqua Theatre Of The Nameless Makeup

Theatre of the Nameless Product Range _

Pure Pigment $24
These versatile performers were made to be played with, giving a high-shine metallic finish of pure color in shimmering Zeitgeist (dark shimmer) and Beguile (light shimmer).

Precision Ink $27.50
Our most exotic colored Precision Ink yet, Havoc (aubergine) lets you scrawl hidden messages across your naked flesh, to be discovered at midnight by your secret lover.

Shimmer Powder Blusher $24
Mirroring the glimmer of starlight that illuminates this insomniac’s lair of unending night-time pleasures, the dusting of shimmer in our new blushers, Ambition (neutral) and Morale (rosed flush), adds a rich radiance to your face.

Intense Lipgloss $20
Full, glossy lips in dark, sultry Façade (grey pink) and Belladonna (deep pink) give you the ultimate high-shine power-pout that will stop them in their tracks at a hundred paces.

Lipstick $22
Color-intense lipstick with a highly pigmented formula in the dark, sultry and powerful shade of Kontrol (blue violet), gives you the deep-down confidence to dominate any situation.

Illasmaqua Theatre Of The Nameless Nail Varnish

Nail Varnish $14
Taking a lead from the color-coded specialities of the Wittenberg Platz’s domineering Boot Girls, Illamasqua introduces confident new shades in Taint (stone brown), Kink (bottle green), Vice (deep cerise), and Faux Pas (blue violet). Parading a kinky new waxy ‘rubber-look’ finish, each Theatre of the Nameless Nail Varnish bottle comes with a limited edition rubber lid.

Masquara $23
If the eyes are the windows of the soul, Illamasqua’s new Masquara in Raven (midnight black) reveals a heart of darkness with a new formula that lengthens, defines and dramatises lashes to extremes. The happy union of our unique brush design and smudge-proof formula ensures lashes can last the whole night through.

The Theatre of the Nameless Collection is available in the US from September 8 2011 on Sephora.com, and at select Sephora stores on Thursday September 15th.


Curtain Call: Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! Waterproof Mascara

I was on the search for the perfect waterproof mascara 2 years ago. I participant in a Secret Santa deal on a forum I belong to and I got a set of several waterproof mascaras sold at Sephora. One of the first ones that caught my eye and made a lasting impression was Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Splashes! 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes! 4-in-1 Waterproof Mascara

This baby lasts all day! The formula was smooth and wet, perfect for trouble-free application on my lashes. It does give that polished look to my lashes while adding volume. The waterproof part? You bet it works! It stays on and lasts all day. You will need a waterproof makeup remover to get this off your lashes. Regular face washing works for the most part. If you’re a person who cleanses your face quite gently though, there will be some residue left over from your face washing ritual. Waterproof makeup remover is still the best way to go and there are various kinds out there in different price ranges to choose from. Mascara tube indicates the expected life of the product is 6 months from first use.

Verdict? Will definitely buy again! That is, after I’ve gone through the rest of the mascaras I’m trying. You can purchase this mascara at various retail and online stores such as Sephora or ULTA for $19 before taxes.