Kat Von D | Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette ~ Review & Swatches

Kat Von D recently released the Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette, a companion eyeshadow palette to her very popular original Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette.  When I saw this online, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  As you know, I love myself some glitter and metallic shades.  I don’t own the Shade + Light Eye Contour, so I thought this palette would give me the best of both worlds – glimmery goodness and neutral shades the original is known for.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette_front cover

This palette contains 12 all-glimmer finishes ranging from shimmering satin base colors to glitter top coats.  The eyeshadows are said to be long-wearing and as high-performing as what we’ve come to expect from KVD.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette_

Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Palette_outer box back

Let me take a moment to say how gorgeous is this packaging?!  I know it’s just the outer box, but look at how beautiful the holographic design is.  Kat Von D’s presentations are always amazing to me.

KVD Shade & Light Glimmer Eye Palette_Packaging

Now, let’s take a peek inside and get to the good stuff…the swatches! ☺

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NYX | Soft Matte Lipsticks ~ Review & Swatches

I’m a huge fan of matte lipsticks, so when I saw that NYX released a new line of soft mattes, I had to grab a few to try.

NYX Soft Matte Lipsticks_

These lipsticks are said to have a velvety-soft color and the same powdery-matte finish as the iconic Soft Matte Lip Cream. They also feature a unique bullet shape that is supposed to be ideal for both drawing and filling.

NYX Soft Matte Lipsticks

For me, these lipsticks are kind of hit and miss.  Some are quite patchy and dry and others are not a full matte.  I do have a few faves though (listed below) that are very comfortable, have fairly even pigmentation, and wear well throughout the day.

I’ve noticed that they’ve been recently discounted at Ulta, so if you have an inkling to try one for yourself – now is the time!

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Tarte | Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette (LE) ~ Review & Swatches

Tarte’s Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette (Limited Edition) is currently on sale, and although originally I wasn’t interested in purchasing it, once I saw it was on sale I decided to grab it before it’s gone.

Now through July 21st, Tarte is having their Friends & Family 25% Off Sale (use code: PARTY) so it’s a perfect time to stock up on some of your favorite Tarte products.  Luckily this palette is eligible for the sale too!

Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Palette_Front

Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette

Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Palette_Back

This palette includes 10 eyeshadows, 1 highlighter, and has a pleasant aroma of vanilla.  The eyeshadows all have a shimmer or metallic finish except for 1 matte/transition shade.  The shimmers are beautifully luminous and can be foiled (or used wet) for a more intense color payoff.  Just spritz your brush first with a setting spray before picking up the shadow and apply damp.

Tarte Make Believe in Yourself Eye & Cheek Palette

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Kat Von D | Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist ~ Review

If you’re looking for a good setting spray, or have never tried one before, let me introduce you to Kat Von D’s Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist.  It’s one of my favorites!

Kat Von D Lock-It Makeup Setting Mist

I’m a huge fan of setting sprays; I think they help your makeup last longer and look better.  They take away the powdery look we sometimes get when applying all our setting powders, bronzers and blushes.  Setting sprays are usually the last step in your routine and will lock in your hard work and really create a more refined appearance to the skin.

What I love most about Kat Von D’s Setting Mist is that it’s got a unique aerosol-like sprayer that delivers a soft continuous mist and doesn’t leave splotches or wet spots like some other setting sprays do.  It’s got a pleasant and refreshing fruity smell that I really enjoy, and it makes my makeup last all day long without fail!

Kat Von D Lock It Makeup Setting Mist

My Mom (who is new to the setting spray world) was over the other day chatting with me as I was finishing up my makeup; she noticed the ultra-fine mist and commented on how nice it was spraying.  I told her about this product and she was really impressed.  Even a novice like my Mom can appreciate a good product when she sees it! ☺

The Nitty Gritty

Price: $14 (1.0 fl oz) or $26 (4.0 fl oz)

Available At: Kat Von D and Sephora

Overall Impressions: Kat Von D’s formula is fabulous.  It doesn’t irritate my sensitive, acne-prone skin and it doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue.  It’s smooth and gentle and the best part, it really works!

Did you know I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY for a Globenfeld Super Sport Metal Men’s Watch?  Just click HERE for more details.  The deadline for entry is July 21, 2017.

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Globenfeld Super Sport Metal Men’s Watch | Review & GIVEAWAY!

I’m over the moon to bring you another amazing GIVEAWAY today!  This one is for the hardworking men in our lives; which I thought would be perfect timing for upcoming graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, early Christmas shopping, etc.

I was fortunate enough to be given another opportunity that allows one lucky subscriber to win a Globenfeld Super Sport Metal Men’s Watch worth $700!  Awesome right?!! ☺

Globenfeld Super Sports Metal Mens Watch

Let me start off by saying how absolutely gorgeous I think this watch is.  I gifted it to Mr. LL as an early birthday/anniversary present (they are only 3 days apart ♥) and he’s really enjoying it.  The watch comes beautifully displayed in a luxe case with magnetic closures (which as a makeup lover, I totally appreciate!).

Globenfeld Super Sports Metal Mens Watch and Case

It’s quite weighty and feels well made and very sturdy on the wrist.  It comes with an adjustable metal band that contains removable links so you can easily adjust the watch to his wrist size.

Globenfeld Super Sports Mens Watch Closure

Globenfeld Super Sports Metal Mens Watch Links

The round face is framed with a tachymeter topring and its multifunctional dials allow him to use the calendar, stopwatch, and even an alarm. 

Globenfeld Super Sport Metal Mens Watch - Face

It fits my Hubs perfectly and according to him it’s really comfortable to wear.  I think it looks super stylish and contemporary on him too!  The color is listed as black, however, it changes tone from black to steel grey depending on the lighting.

Globenfeld Super Sport Mens Watch -1

Overall, I think this is an excellent watch and a perfect gift for someone special.  It’s an amazing value and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a high-quality, yet very affordable men’s watch.

I’m really honored to be able to host this giveaway for my loyal subscribers as a THANK YOU for following and supporting me.  Much Love!

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Best Drugstore BB Cream | Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream

I’m not usually a huge BB cream enthusiast, but the Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream is one of the best, in my opinion.  It’s a great foundation for the summertime with just enough coverage and lasting power to handle the hot days ahead, plus it’s affordable and available almost everywhere.

Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream

This BB Cream is lightweight, hides imperfections and blemishes beautifully, evens skin tone and is really long-lasting.  It has a matte finish and keeps shine at bay all day.

I originally purchased the shade light/medium (530) but that was a bit to dark for my skin tone.  I found mixing the lightest shade in fair (510) creates a better color match for me.

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Influenster Darling VoxBox | Review

A few weeks ago I was chosen to receive a complimentary Darling VoxBox from Influenster and I’ve been testing the products for review.  If you’re not familiar with what a VoxBox is or haven’t heard of Influenster, let me take a moment to enlighten you of its awesomeness!

Influenster Darling VoxBox

What is Influenster?  Influenster is an online community of over 3 million social savvy shoppers that test and review products and share their opinions via the Influenster app or website and on social media.  You can earn brand badges, enter to win prizes, browse and review products, ask questions, and much more!  Sometimes you are lucky enough to be chosen for a VoxBox (as I was), which is a curated box of products that Influenster sends to thousands of its subscribers for FREE!

How do I win a VoxBox?  Your best chances to win a VoxBox is to connect all your social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) and have a strong social presence on them and on Influenster as well.  VoxBoxes typically get sent to those that will test, review and share the products they receive on social media.  It’s a selection process based on your activity level, interests and standing.  Now with that being said, since I joined Influenster about a year or so ago I have received 5 VoxBoxes and 4 of those were prior to me starting my blog.

How do I sign up?  It’s fast and easy, just click HERE

Now on to the goodies from the Darling VoxBox…

Live Clean | Baby Gentle Moisture Tearless Shampoo & Wash and Lotion

Live Clean Baby Shampoo Wash and Lotion

Price: $6.99 – $7.86

Available At: Amazon

About the Product(s): The Shampoo & Wash is a clinically tested, mild, tear-free formula that gently cleanses without drying, leaving baby’s skin and hair feeling soft. The Lotion blends certified organic botanicals of Chamomile and Lavender with natural emollients and aloe to gently moisturize delicate skin.

Overall Impressions: A nice eco-friendly product. I like the soft baby powder scent and the way it makes my baby’s skin feel afterward.

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YouCopia | StoreMore WrapStand ~ Review & GIVEAWAY!

Today we’re taking a step away from the beauty world and I’m bringing you something a little different that I hope you’ll like.  I was given an awesome opportunity to host a GIVEAWAY for a product that I was kindly sent for review (see below for details).

The YouCopia StoreMore WrapStand is a great tool to help keep things organized and easily accessible in your kitchen and home.

YouCopia StoreMore WrapStand Organizer

The WrapStand came in just a few pieces that were very simple to put together…even I could do it! ☺

YouCopia StoreMore WrapStand Accessories

The shelves are adjustable so you can place them as near or far apart to suit your needs.  The stand itself is only 11.5 inches tall, so it easily fits in a cabinet or drawer and holds several items at once.

YouCopia WrapStand

What I really like most about this stand is that it’s easy to store in my kitchen or pantry and it helps combat the clutter by organizing things in a way that’s more visible.  I find that you can use an item like this not just in the kitchen but other places as well, particularly with eyeshadow palettes!  See, you knew I would find a way to apply it to makeup didn’t you?! ☺

YouCopia WrapStand - Eyeshadow PalettesYouCopia WrapStand wEyeshadow Palettes

So hopefully you liked my little detour today and are able to get in on the giveaway before it ends.  I think the YouCopia StandMore WrapStand is pretty cool and I’m happy that someone will get to enjoy it as much as I have.

The Nitty Gritty

Price: $15.99

Available At: Amazon

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Urban Decay | Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ~ Review & Swatches

The beauty world is currently being taken over with glitter, sparkle and all things unicorn, and I have to say…I LOVE IT! ☺  Today I’ve got a few of the new Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats to share with you.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Labels

These topcoats are said to be long-lasting, water-resistant, and can transform any lipcolor, whether it be cream or matte, into a duo-chromed and metallic wonderland!

What I like most is that you can pair them with different lipcolors to create custom looks, or you can do what I do and use them on your eyes for extra sparkle and dimension.  Just to be clear, Urban Decay does not promote these for the eyes, but the gel-cream formula is fast drying and stays put, so I find its ideal to layer on top of an eyeshadow or even worn as an eyeliner.  I don’t find it irritating at all and I have very sensitive eyes.  They are incredibly versatile and in my opinion a superb product!

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