Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday 2015 Allure Beauty Thrills Box - Unboxing and First Impressions!

Hello! I hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my Holiday 2015 Allure Beauty Thrills Box.
Such a mysterious white box...heavy, too. According to my tracking it was a little over 13 pounds. If you read my post about the last Allure Beauty Thrills box (or if you just know about the Allure Beauty Thrills boxes in general), you'll know how jam packed this box is with goodies! Everything in this box is full size and add up to a total value of over $400. These boxes come out three times a year (approximately every four months) and sell for $49.95 each. Shipping is $10 and, after tax, my total for this box was about $67. For over $400 worth of products, it was totally worth it! This is not a subscription box, though you can pre-order all three of them for the year; I believe it is a little more expensive to do it that way, but it also saves you the headache of trying to order them when they release (since these are high value boxes, they sell out incredibly fast and not everyone is able to get one).

Friday, December 11, 2015

Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Studded Kiss Lip Set - Swatch & Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my swatch and review of the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Studded Kiss Lip Set.
Kat Von D is a Sephora exclusive brand (it's actually made by Sephora; it tends to be higher quality than the Sephora in-house brand so the higher price tag is generally worth it) and for the holidays, they released two Mi Vida Loca Remix special edition sets: this Studded Kiss lipstick set and an eye shadow palette. I purchased this with my VIB Rouge 20% off coupon, and I debated between this set and the eye shadow palette. Unfortunately, the eye shadow palette is no longer available; I believe this is due to the fact that it has bright, vibrant colors that may be made out of pigments that are not FDA approved; these types of pigments are not FDA approved only because they have not been cleared as safe, it does not necessarily mean that they are not safe. They are cleared for eye use in the European Union, which has stricter safety requirements for cosmetics than the US. I love this set and I am happy I purchased it, I just wish I had gotten the eye shadow palette when it was still available!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Beauty Haul Time! - Sephora VIB Sale, Ulta, and More!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I wanted to share some of my recent beauty purchases with you! Over the last month or so, there have been a ton of great deals out there and while I've been able to resist many of them (...or they sell out before I can get them), I have taken advantage of a few here and there.

I know I've been mostly avoiding posting hauls on my blog since they end up being really long and are probably boring to read, but since I haven't been posting videos on YouTube (which is where my hauls usually go), I still wanted a way to share some of my thoughts about my purchases, especially the ones that don't warrant their own posts (though there are some items that I will make separate, more in depth posts about). Hmm, I think that is a run-on sentence. I had a lot of thoughts I wanted to express at once...

Monday, December 7, 2015

OPI Starlight Collection - Winter 2015 - Swatch and Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I wanted to share with you guys my swatches and review of the OPI Starlight collection for Winter 2015!
Pa-pow! How gorge (gorg? What is the proper short form of "gorgeous"?) is this color? This is Ce-Less-Tial Is More and it was the polish I new I needed from this collection the moment I first saw the colors on OPI's website. I ended up purchasing nine out of the eighteen colors, which is a lot for me from one collection. ...Ulta had a lot of good sales on OPI. Actually, I think they still have some deals going on until Christmas, so if you like any of these, go pick them up on sale!

November 2015 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month - Awareness - Indie Subscription - Unboxing & Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my November 2015 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month.
Glamour Doll Eyes is one of my favorite indie cosmetic companies and was my first foray into the world of indie makeup! Glamour Doll Eyes (GDE) is everything you could want; great products, a wide variety of colors, and excellent customer service. Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping to directly support someone and their creativity. GDE also offers a special subscription service called Of The Month (OTM) which always includes a special eye shadow (the Of The Month, if you will). All the OTMs are themed and for November, it revolves around Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness (both are observed in the month of November).

November 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag - Beauty Blast - Unboxing & Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you guys my November 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag!
Interesting products this month; not as great as Birchbox, but still leagues better than my Allure Beauty Box. One dud for sure (which I'll get to shortly), but definitely worth the $10 admittance price. Looks like we're continuing with the short intro trend...

November 2015 Birchbox - Holiday Pampering - Unboxing & Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my November 2015 Birchbox!
Ooo, pretty! This was actually a really good box, despite the fact that I got a dry shampoo (from a brand that I really don't like, no less) and a shower gel; two things that can really bring down a box for me.

November 2015 Allure Beauty Box - Unboxing & Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my November 2015 Allure Beauty Box.
Yeah...going to be up front with you guys; I was pretty disappointed with this box. Considering that this is a $15 a month subscription (plus tax, so it's more like $16 something), not a very good group of products. Especially considering how the theme for this month is "The Glam Life" and in the "Letter From The Editor" intro in the beginning of the info booklet (I guess it's actually called the mini mag), I just don't get it. The only truly glamorous product in this box is the L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil. But we'll get to that in a moment!

Friday, December 4, 2015

October 2015 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month - Indie Subscription! - Unboxing & Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post, I want to share with you my October 2015 Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month subscription bag!
Glamour Doll Eyes is an indie cosmetics company (which is seriously awesome and I can't stress enough the high quality of both their products and their customer service) and each month they release a special subscription pigment called the Of The Month. In the Of The Month (hereafter called the OTM), you are guaranteed the OTM shadow and some extra goodies, either from Glamour Doll Eyes (GDE from now on) or from other indie companies. The OTM is $10 a month, which includes shipping (I think technically the subscription is $8 a month with $2 shipping. It ships internationally, but the shipping increases so it will cost a bit more) and it is very difficult to get since there are only about 120 spots open and people rarely cancel.

For October, Vee (the owner of GDE) decided to go with a Dexter theme! Another awesome thing about the GDE OTM is that all the products adhere quite closely to the theme; they aren't picked willy-nilly as seems to be the case with bigger subscription services.

October 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag - Alter Ego - Unboxing & Review!

Hello! Hope you're having a great day! For this post I want to share with you my October 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag...
...in December. I've been very neglectful for a while now (pretty much ever since I moved), and the longer I put things off, the less I feel motivated to post about them. I haven't made a YouTube video in months as well and, as much as I want to get back in the swing of things, it's been surprisingly difficult. Part of the reason why I've been putting these things off is that, in order to get caught up at this point, I will have to make numerous posts a day and that can be a little overwhelming. I know I can set the date and time for a post to help artificially spread them out, but I really want to get these things off my desk and into my life!