theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude Palette Photos and Review

A few weeks ago I purchase theBalm’s Nude ‘Tude palette on Hautelook. They have big sales where you can usually get at least 50% off of the regular price. Well I have been wanting this palette for awhile so I took the plunge finally. Here are some photos:

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Above: In Sunlight. Below: Indoors

PTnudetude7Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish
Sophisticated, Sexy, Serious

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Above: In Sunlight. Below: Indoors

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Snobby, Stand-offish, Sultry
Seductive, Silly, Sleek

I am really impressed with this palette. Actually I am really impressed with all theBalm products. I have yet to get a bad one. These shadows are super pigmented and very soft. This is definitely worth the purchase.

Birchbox January 2013 Photos and Review

I am a member of Birchbox, a monthly subscription service for beauty products. Here is what I received in my January box.

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Description of our goodies

Description of our goodies

After removing the card, this is what I saw

After removing the card, this is what I saw

BirchboxThis is Ojon damage reverse™ Instant Restorative Hair Serum. It is a decent hair oil to tame down unruly and dry hair. It is a nice light oil with a subtle scent. Not sure if I would purchase again because I don’t have unruly hair.

BirchboxThis is Harvey Prince Skinny Chic Eau de Toilette. This stuff smells absolutely amazing! It has been a really long time since I said that about a perfume. It smells like pears, apples and something else sweet and light. It isn’t sickeningly sweet like some perfumes though. I am definitely buying this one again.

BirchboxThis is alessandro Nail Polish in Blue Lagoon. The formula was a bit thick but I didn’t have a problem getting it on. As you can see it is a nice medium blue. It’s a pretty color but I have others like it already.

BirchboxThis is theBalm® cosmetics Put a Lid On It™ Eyelid Primer. You put this on before your eye products to help them stay longer. It works really well and doesn’t irritate my skin so I can recommend this one as well.

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This is Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream. It is a rich face cream that isn’t greasy. It does have a very strong scent of cucumbers that I don’t like but it dissipates quickly. I would love to purchase this again but am not sure if I will do so because it is a bit pricey.

All in all this was a great box. It was probably the best Birchbox I have received so far.

 

Ipsy November Box 2012 Photos and Review

I am subscribed to IPSY, a monthly beauty sampling service. Here is what I received for November:

These always come shipped in a bright pink mailer but for some reason I couldn’t find mine when I went to photograph it. Most of you have seen them on my previous Ipsy (formerly MyGlam) posts. Everything came tucked into this shiny brown bag.

This is Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel. The gel is clear and goes on smooth. It makes your brows look darker while keeping them in place.I didn’t even realize I wanted this stuff but I have to admit, it makes my brows look nicer.

In my original bag I received this and it appeared to be empty. At the prompting of a Makeup Talk forum member, I removed the stopper in the top to see if that was just brushing it all off. It wasn’t, it was empty. I notified Ipsy and they sent me out a new one right away that is nice and full. +1 for great customer service.

This is theBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow. It is a medium brown that is buildable. Perfect for a brown smokey eye. Adorable packaging too!

This is Nailtini’s Nail Lacquer in Millionaire.  I wasn’t even aware of this brand before I received this. Let me tell you the picture does not do this justice. This is a clear base with rose gold micro glitter along with gold and teal long bars of glitter. It is just gorgeous.

This is Starlet’s Intense Eyeliner in Chocolate. It is pretty straightforward. Medium brown eye liner that lasts quite well. Nice product.

This is bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie in Dare Devil. It has a sweet scent but I can’t decide if it is fruity or slightly chocolatey. Either way it smells nice. It feels minty on your lips and goes on quite smoothly. I actually stuck this in my purse for on the go use.

Interesting in trying Ipsy? Visit their site here.