Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask Review

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Every once in a while, you come across a beauty product that you just aren’t sure how you lived without up until that point. The kind of thing you find yourself using each and every day since the moment you took it home, until you really do wonder what the hell you did before it entered your life.

For me, one of those products is Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask.

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Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings Kit Review

Too Faced Beauty Blogger Favs

“Tried, tested, proven, and adored—these are the four products bloggers and vloggers simply can’t resist. Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and signature bronzing pigments to create a unique matte bronzer that neutralizes red and evens skintone. Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer is a one-of-a-kind makeup primer scientifically formulated to glide on sheer, keeping powders, foundations and bronzers looking fresh and in place all-day while minimizing the appearance of pores and imperfections. In one easy coat, Better Than Sex Mascara’s carbon black, collagen-fueled formula creates full, defined lashes that are stretched to unbelievable lengths.” 

I’m a sucker for sets, kits, etc. And also for palettes, lip glosses, eyeliners, anything green…

Okay, so I have a lot of beauty weaknesses.

I ran out of my Too Faced Shadow Insurance a few weeks ago, so I had intended to pick some up on my next trip to Sephora. (Mind you, I have half a dozen other eyeshadow primers. But that one is my current fav, so to not have it was killing me. Told you I had a beauty addiction!) When I got there I noticed they had this set–Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings. This set contains four of Too Faced’s best selling products, as rated by “the brand’s favorite beauty bloggers and vloggers.”

First thought in my head was, “Hey, I’m a beauty blogger–this has to go up on my blog!” Followed by what I think is a completely appropriate mental ::facepalm::. Sometimes I embarrass even myself with my love of all things beauty.

Now, of course the Shadow Insurance in this isn’t full sized, but the chance to try out three other products that I had been curious about for a long time was too good to pass up. (And, as I already said, I have a bunch of other eye primer options so I didn’t really need the full size.)

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Memebox Special #6 Whole Grain Box Review

Memebox Special #6 Whole Grain Open

This is a sponsored post.

“Be au natural with our Whole Grain Box! Whole Grains are the ultimate gift from Mother Nature because it provides all around beauty benefits from head to toe. Gentle enough for the most sensitive types of skin, yet powerful enough to buff away dead skin cells and encourage surface cell turnover, whole grains will leave skin feeling soft, smooth, and radiant. Rich in vitamin A and E, whole grains are full of antioxidants that promote cell respiration and also stimulate the production of anti-inflammatory compounds, slowing down the aging process.”

How funny; I had had my eye on this box and was tempted to order it. I love using oatmeal based products to soothe my skin when its feeling particularly inflamed (especially when my spring/summer hives pop up), so I was very curious to see what kind of products a box dedicated to Whole Grains would contain.

Lucky for me, Memebox was kind enough to send me one to review for you guys and gals. Yay!

Let’s see what goodies this box held…

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Wantable Accessories Box Review ~ July 2014

Wantable Accessories Box July 2014

Its been a minute since I last reviewed a Wantable Box. I cancelled my subscription to their Makeup Box in March, as I just wasn’t happy with the service. The brands I was receiving didn’t wow me, their quiz had changed in ways I didn’t like, and–to be frank–I just didn’t feel that that particular kind of box had anything I needed at the time. I had tried their Accessories Box once in the past and liked it, but also did not feel it was something I needed at the time. My day job is in fine jewelry, so I actually don’t wear much jewelry to the office. I feel kind of silly accessorizing there, ya know? (I know; I’m weird.)

I decided to splurge a little and order an Accessories Box for July, as a little birthday present to myself. I had some referral credits to use, so the box only wound up costing me $16.00–hard to sneeze at that, right? I figured, if I didn’t like it, it wouldn’t have been a big expenditure and I could just cancel again. Thankfully, that was not the case after all!

I have to say, Wantable really hit it out of the park! The previous box I got was nice–a hit or two among some more mediocre pieces. This time, I loved each and every thing in this box. Hell, this spur of the moment box was the best subscription box I received this month, after getting big disappointments from both POPSUGAR and Ipsy!

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Ipsy Review – July 2014

Ipsy July 2014

“Here comes the sun and a Glam Bag full of beauty products so good that even the sun would worship it. There isn’t a gray cloud in sight this summer as we give you an amazing selection of brands and products fit to help keep you looking your best during summer’s brightest days and warm long nights.”

Nice try, Ipsy, but there isn’t a single thing in this bag I would use to “look my best.”

I am sad to say that both of my favorite subscriptions were a bust this July. First POPSUGAR disappointed me, and now I have to say, Ipsy was even worse. Its rare that I dislike my Ipsy bag but this month I didn’t like a single thing about it, from the products that I was sent to the bag itself (which really looks like a giant, hot pink ravioli made from some strange, foamy feeling material).

It was like they took their Ipsy Match quiz and threw it right out the window when selecting the bag for me this month–I got nothing I have marked as a like, and only things I have marked as dislikes or that I have consistently reviewed poorly.

I was so displeased with this bag that I almost didn’t bother posting it, but I felt it would be dishonest to shower praise upon them most months of the year and then skip over the lackluster ones. Please excuse the meh photos; I used my iPhone as I was so disappointed I just couldn’t bring myself to trot out and set up the Rebel for this review.

Anyhow, let’s take a quick peek at the stuff that I got in this month’s bag…

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Lorac Pro To Go Eye/Cheek Palette Review

LORAC Pro To Go Palette

“Go PRO with LORAC! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette includes 3 shimmer and 3 matte eye shadows, 2 eye shadow brushes, 2 blushes, and a bronzer – everything you need to look glamorous on the go. LORAC’S velvety-smooth Eye Shadows and Blushes are ultra-pigmented and packed with long-lasting PRO power so you can easily contour, shade, line and define, just like a PRO!” 

I was a late-comer to the party on this one. Having so many eyeshadow palettes containing neutrals, I really didn’t feel I needed this one, despite the good press it has received since it first came out. I adore Lorac’s eyeshadows (owning and loving both the Unzipped and original Pro palettes)–but, as lovely as they are, I couldn’t justify buying yet another palette containing a selection of browns and creams, even if I loved the quality. So, for the longest time I passed this one by.

Then one day, when I was being particularly cranky (and lazy), I ran off to work with nothing more than BB cream on my face. When I took a look in the mirror later, I realized I looked pale and, well, dead. I badly needed some makeup to make me look less like a corpse dragged out of the river. I keep a pretty decent stash in my purse, but eyeliner and mascara alone weren’t cutting it. I needed color; something to bring a little life to my pale, flat complexion.

And, suddenly, the Lorac Pro-To-Go Palette had a place in my collection. Or more accurately, it found a place in my office desk drawer. This super compact, fold-able palette doesn’t take up a lot of space, which was perfect for my workplace needs–but despite its small size, it contains six complimentary neutral eyeshadows with both shimmer and matte finishes, plus two blushes, a bronzer, and a decent sized mirror of its own.

Well, well, well now. Wasn’t this the perfect solution for my troubles on those days when I was running late (or just too lazy) to do my makeup before getting to work?

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Palette Review

Anastasia Contour Palette

“Sculpt and define your features with 6 powders designed to contour and highlight. 
Palette includes removable powders that expertly emphasize your eyes, cheekbones, nose, and jawline.”

This is another one of those products that everyone and their mother seems to have reviewed–and raved about. I am nowhere near to being a contouring maven myself. I watch Youtube videos of ladies working their contouring magic with my jaw hanging open. I’ve always wanted to make that sort of mystical slimming wonderment happen on my own round, pale face. So when I heard how wonderful the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit was–with three highlight shades and three bronzer/contour shades–and that even paler skinned ladies were loving it, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

The only problem was, the rest of the world seemed to have decided that very same thing. Both of my local Sephoras were out of it, each time I checked. Even the website was out of stock. I waited months and months for it to come. (Or maybe I’m exaggerating. It might only have been weeks–but it sure as hell felt like a lifetime.) I was so happy when I got the in stock email; I was finally going to get my hands on it! The next day I went to place my order… And it was back out of stock already.

Can you imagine the unhappy face I had on, over here?

Fed up with waiting, I went right to the source–to the Anastasia Beverly Hills website and ordered it up there. When it finally arrived, I ripped open that package like a mad woman. Was it worth the wait?

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