Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Lure Review

Urban Decay 24 7 Velvet Eye Liner in Lure

“The perfect liner to complement the UD smoky eye, this exclusive waterproof formula provides the same long-lasting wear you’ve come to expect from 24/7—but with a soft, smoky, matte finish. Ultra-velvety and plush-textured, it’s the ultimate smoky tool for smudging. It’s formula provides intense color payoff, and it’s blendable with a quick dry-down. More powdery than Urban Decay’s bestselling 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, 24/7 Velvet smudges easily to create soft, smoky edges. With its easy-to-blend, waterproof formula, it achieves perfectly blended-out, or rich, defined eye looks—and once it dries down, it lasts all day. “

Urban Decay’s 24/7 Eye Liners are, hands down, my favorite pencil liner. They have a gorgeous array of colors, stunning finishes, and lasting power like nothing else I have ever used.

When Ipsy sent us a same of the 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil (in black), I was super excited to try it and it did not disappoint. Though not as opaque and black as either the Zero 24/7 liner or the ultra black Perversion 24/7 liner, the Black Velvet quickly found a place in my liner arsenal. And, as soon as I finished singing the old Alannah Myles song, I had to go look for other colors. Unfortunately, at that time, black was all that was available.

It was a month or two before they finally released other colors in the Velvet line but I was on that like whoa as soon as they did!

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Memebox Special #45 Chocolate Mania Review

Memebox 45 ChocolateThis is a sponsored review.

If you’re a sucker for chocolatey treats like us, and want to see your everyday beauty products look, feel, or smell like real chocolate, this is the perfect box for you! Indulge yourself with all the benefits that chocolate has to offer without all the guilt and calories! Chocolate, known to be loaded with minerals and antioxidants, provides beauty benefits that will make you feel and look your best! I mean, who hasn’t felt loads better after biting down into a chunk of chocolate!”

Mmmm, chocolate!

Now, to be honest, I am one of the three people on the planet who doesn’t go ga-ga for chocolate. I can take it or leave it, personally. I do like a piece of dark chocolate now and again, and I’m pretty fond of that yummy peppermint bark bar that Ghirardelli puts out around this time of year, but all in all I’m not much of a sweets fan at all, really. (With the exception of gummies. I have a distinct weakness for gummy bears.) But, just because I don’t care to eat it, doesn’t mean I don’t like the scent (which I do), or that I don’t care for the skin care benefits.

I’m not talking Hershey’s here, of course, but the actual cacao itself; the seed chocolate comes from. Cacao (and its well known skin care derivative cocoa butter) are fabulous for the skin, especially dry, aging skin. It is highly moisturizing and is also high in antioxidants like vitamin E, which is a fantastic anti-aging ingredient that helps to fight the activity of free radicals on your skin to help keep you looking supple and young. All of that–I love, of course! Which is why I was pretty darn excited when Memebox sent me their Memebox Special #45 Chocolate Mania, chock full of cacao enriched, full-sized skin care and makeup products!

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Benefit Sugarbomb Blush Review

Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb Box Blush“Gimme some sugar—with Sugarbomb! These four unique shades of rose, shimmering pink, soft plum, and peach blend together perfectly for a delicious “sugar rush flush.”

I tend to get brand-obsessed now and then. I find a product I love from a brand and its like a light-bulb goes on in my head–“Hey, they make good stuff!” So, once I love one thing then I just need to try more and more from them.

Right now, the obsession is Benefit Cosmetics. It started when I fell in love with their ‘Hello Flawless!’ Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation. Then, I had to try their Dandelion Blush. I loved that one so much–and was so digging new blushes at the time–that I just had to try another color. The next one that drew my eye was the lovely Sugarbomb

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The Final Ipsy Review ~ November 2014

Ipsy November 2014

“Why wait for festive fetes and fancy galas to take things up a sparkle or two? Just add glitter, or a generous pinch of shimmer and shine, to elevate your everyday routine and keep you looking and feeling brilliant. That’s why we packed this month’s Glam Bag with everything you need to leave a little sparkle wherever YOU go. Get ready for your daily grind to “glitterly” dazzle and daze this November!”

There is nothing festive, fancy, or fun about this bag–and I’m certainly not going to dazzle anyone with the products that I received.

Ugh.

Thank god this was my last month with Ipsy. I cancelled before receiving the November bag, and after opening up that hot pink bubble mailer for the last time, I’m so glad that I did. This month’s bag was full of crap. Seriously; I didn’t care for a single thing in it. Not one thing.

::sigh:: Okay; so, fair warning: this is going to be an overwhelmingly negative and probably quite bitchy review. Looking at this crap in this bag has ruined my morning and put me in a foul mood, so I’m not going to pull punches and be nice here. I’ve been told my ranting and raving is funny (or cute, according to my husband), so maybe you’ll find this review amusing. Or maybe my potty mouth and creative ways of slamming each product will offend you. Who knows.

Either way, you’ve been warned. Continue on at your own risk…

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GlamGlow Gift Sexy Set Review

GlamGlow Gift Sexy Set

“This trio of products reveals smooth, hydrated, healthy-looking skin. The non-drying Hydrating Treatment mask delivers instant, extreme hydration while replenishing, restoring, and calming the skin. The multitasking Clearing Treatment helps fight all common skin concerns for mind-blowing results, leaving you with seemingly poreless skin. The Tinglexfoliate Treatment contains super antioxidants and minerals that work together to tingle, exfoliate, brighten, tighten, and resurface in as little as 10 minutes, leaving you with a youthful radiant complexion.”

I didn’t do much hauling this year when the VIB Sale came around. I always say I don’t really need anything, but this time I really didn’t need anything. I have an overabundance of products waiting to be tested and reviewed right now, and so little time to get through all of them. (First world problems, right?) Conversely, I don’t exactly have a whole lot of $$$ to burn right now anyway, so it all worked out in the end.

I couldn’t resist picking up one little thing (or, well, set of things) though, as I have had my eye on it for a very long time and it was just too good of a set to not use my 20% off on: GlamGlow Gift Sexy.

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Birchbox Review ~ November 2014

Birchbox November 2014

“November isn’t just about pumpkin pie and holiday shopping, though we support both traditions (see the fun gift giving guide in this box!).

It’s also about giving back. This moth we’re partnering with (RED) to raise money and awareness for the global fight against AIDS–and we need your help! We’ll donate $1 every time you share a photo of the facts on your box and tag it with #shaRED.

We can’t wait to see what the power of the Birchbox community can do.”

I get a little antsy any time anyone (or thing) reminds me that we’re in the thick of the holiday shopping season already. Once upon a time I was that person who had all her shopping done before Black Friday, if not by the end of October! I’ve gotten much more lax over the past few years (and much more busy), and as of right now I haven’t given a single thought to what to get anyone. ::sigh:: I really should get on that…

Anywho; its a great thing Birchbox is doing this month. I’m a little late to the hashtag craze (and the 90-year-old woman that dwells in the depths of my soul still scowls and shakes her cane at the whole idea) but that’s definitely a cause I can get behind. Good on you Birchbox!

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POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review ~ November 2014

POPSUGAR November 2014

What inspired us for November?

Gratitude. Gourmet treats. Indulging. Hosting. Giving. Gathering.

~ Lisa Sugar, POPSUGAR Founder & Editor in Chief

This box marks my one year anniversary with POPSUGAR Must Have.

This subscription was my reigning favorite for a long time, but we hit a rocky patch in the middle of this year (pretty much JuneJuly, and August) that had me wondering if we could ever recover and get back to the honeymoon period where everything was sunshine and rainbows between us. For a pricey, nearly $40.00/month subscription, I expected more and was getting tired of wasting my money on a bunch of things I was giving away to friends and family. I mean, I love spoiling my friends, but I wanted to like at least some of the box contents!

Then, in September, POPSUGAR wowed me again. I loved that box. It was very “me” and almost every single item in it was a win for me. So, my hopes rose–maybe POPSUGAR and I would be okay!

The October struck. October is my favorite month and I had really high hopes for a fall/Halloween themed box…but POPSUGAR dropped the ball again. I was pretty close to heartbroken. I decided to give it one last shot in November, to make it a full year of being a subscriber, but I had pretty much made my mind up to cancel after that box.

Then, November arrived…

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