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MAC Playland Collection for Spring & Summer 2014

4-55ba97ba86483c604cff627755fc437c_39c334MAC+Playland+Collection+for+Spring+2014Anyone else excited for this bright, fun collection? ๐Ÿ™‚ “Welcome to Mโˆ™Aโˆ™C Playland, a funtastical wonderland where spring becomes a fabulous whirlwind of creativity and amusement. Make merry in luscious shades of Lipstick and Lipglass in playful pinks, brilliant purples and bright corals, and toy around with a carousel of Casual Colour pots in neon orange and hot pink. Pigments offer the promise of leisure and mirth, and Chromagraphic Pencil adds a cascade of colour to this seasonโ€™s most fun-packed fantasy.
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Etsy Shop LynBDesigns Polish Review!

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Hey everyone! Another indie polish review for you today, the lovely Jenna from LynBDesigns on Etsy, sent me some more polishes for you to see!! I’ve been a fan of her polishes for a bit now, and I absolutely LOVE these colors! Very fun and unique. Absolutely love the blue glitter polish!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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The first one is Christmas Kitsch, which is part of her holiday collection. “Each of my polishes are made with love and is a unique formulation. All of my polishes are blends made from multiple glitters, pigments, and pre-made polishes. The majority of pre-made polishes used are 3-free.”

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This polish is a fun blend of multi-colored matte and glitter squares, pretty much with every size and color you can imagine. They are all suspended on a clear base so you can layer this over any color you would like! It does take a little maneuvering to place the glitter where you want them, but overall, really like this!

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Swatch: Christmas Kitsch

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This next one is The Banker from her Monopoly Collection, “it’s a shimmery white bade loaded with multi-colored shreds and and multi-colored satin hexes. It’s a tradition in my house to play Monopoly every year during the Holidays. We have vicious battles that sometimes end in tears. We have high stakes games that take hours on end to play, and we’ve even combined two boards to create the perfect frankened game.”

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Swatch: The Banker

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Last but certainly not least, is Duwop!! This is my favorite of the bunch, I LOVE the color and the effect it has, and it is from her Glitter Galore Collection. “It’s a gorgeous teal blue with color shifting capabilities, and tons of glitter. It can change green, gold, or even more blue depending on the light. It has gold and teal medium hexagons, silver holographic strips, and a generous helping of medium blue glitter.”

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Swatch: Duwop

Check out her shop!: LynBDesigns

What do you guys think?! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyone Wanna Makeup Swap?? :)

Hi everyone!!!!! Sorry I’ve been away for a bit, I’ve been really busy with work and I had some technical issues with WordPress, but it seems to be working now!!! I’ve beenย  “hmm”ing and “hah”ing lately and I think it’s because I want to do another makeup swap!!! I’ve had really great experiences with makeup swapping (Check out my other swap posts here and here) and I feel an urge coming on. I’m open to swapping within the U.S. and International! Leave a comment below if you are interested! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Here’s a good blog site explaining how to swap!

Thanks! XO

June 2012 Birchbox vs. MyGlam!

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Hey everyone!! So I got my MyGlam bag and by Birchbox on the same day! I was really excited this month to see what I would get, especially MyGlam since I’ve heard that they’ve stepped it up in terms of products!! Birchbox was a total surprise since they don’t really tell you what you’re going to get. I though this was a good opportunity to compare the two beauty services, and see which one wins this month!

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This month’s MyGlam bag was the “Out All Night” theme. It has the beautiful Andrea on the front, looks like she’s at the club? MyGlam has been a hit or miss service for me in the past, but was very excited to give this month a try to see if they would redeem themselves!

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Here are all the products we are getting this month!!! SO happy with this months bag!! I even actually like the bag itself! Very cute and sparkly, and caneven see myself using it in the future! We got the Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oxygen Gel Moisturizer, the NYX Round Lipstick (awesome!!), Living Proof Mourishing Styling cream (amazing!!) and the Marbella Permanent Eyeliner Pen. Can’t wait to use these!!!

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We also got these promotional cards, one for Living Proof and the other for Philosophy products. Great little deals if you like the products and decide to get the full size! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here are the cards for Birchbox, the theme this month is Jet Set, so I’m guessing this box is filled with on the go items useful for travel! The other card is a promotion for ModCloth.com, maybe there is a ModCloth item???

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Here’s the back of the card with all the samples this month, there are actually quite a bit!! The Beauty Blender Cleanser, Comodynes Self-Tanning Towelettes, COOLA Cucumber Matte Mineral SPF 30, Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tine (excited for this one!), theBalm Stainiac (yay!), and a couple lifestyle extras: Modcloth Headbans, and a Colonge sample promoting Birchbox Man. I’d say the value in this month’s box is definitely there!! The headband alone retails for $14!!

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Here are the products for MyGlam!! OMG SO happy with this bag! It’s an amazing step up from the past few months, and since I didn’t get the chance to get the amazing December launch bag, I was waiting and waiting for a bag to excite me as much as that one did, and this one does!! I can actually see myself using every single one of these products on a daily basis, so glad I hung in there and gave them another chance! The Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream has got to be my fav so far, although the other products are fab also!! I’ve been a fan of the NYX Round Lipsticks, and I got the shade Iced Honey which is a frosty nude shade. Applied lightly it can be flattering. The Marbella Eyeliner is a great addition as I LOVE eyeliners. This ones claims to be “permanent” and is in fact a very long lasting liner! Definitely smudge proof, but note not waterproof!

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Here is the Birchbox box. The samples at first didn’t really wow me, and the things I actually liked and wanted to try were TINY!! aka theBalm Stainiac and Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint. The Beauty Blender Cleanser I really have no use for, and the cologne I just passed on to my husband. The headband is very cute and was a surprise! I has a bendy metal piece throughout it so you can bend it to hold it’s shape on your head, which is pretty cool! The COOLA SPF 30 I will use up when I go to the pool probably, and the self tanning wipes I’ll give a try. Overall, happy with this month’s box but not ecstatic. I heard some people got full size Stila One Step Bronzers!!!! Wish I had gotten that ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Overall: MyGlam wins this month!!!!!!

What did you guys get?! ๐Ÿ™‚

US/UK Makeup Swap with Love212!

Waahhh I love makeup swapping! This is my second makeup swap and from Love212 from the UK! Yay! I’ve never experienced any makeup products from there, and am SO excited to try them after hearing all the good things around! We exchanged a few e-mails and decided to do a quick swap. Here is what I got from the UK! ๐Ÿ™‚

So neat!! We don’t have a monarchy here in the U.S. so it’s a little fun to see the “Royal Mail” sticker on the postage! lol

The box is gorgeous, it’s a Joliebox, I think it’s a beauty subscription service in the UK, same as Birchbox or MyGlam. There’s looks so much better though!!

Inside was a cute note from her, so nice!! There was a small bag with the Joliebox logo on it,so I’m guessing this came with her Joliebox! I’m so going to keep them around as I always need things to put stuff in!

Bright purple shreds, so cute!! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is everything I got in the swap, I am so happy with all the products!! So happy nothing was broken or damaged. The Sleek palette I am especially excited about since I’ve heard so many great things about it, but just never had the chance to try it! The nail polishes and TopShop items look gorgeous, and of course that famous Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer!!!! The pink 17 Mascara look so cute, love the packaging can’t wait to try it!

This is the Sleek Storm Palette, which is a mineral based eyeshadow palette, so excited about this! It’s a sleek black eyeshadow palette with a subtle Sleek logo on the front, it comes with 12 eyeshadow shades, and the company is originally from the UK.

The colors in this palette are gorgeous, and the texture of the eyeshadows are silky smooth with lots of pigmentation. This is something you can use during the day, then smoke it up a bit during the night with these fun darker colors. It has a mix of shimmer and matte, but mostly shimmer, which I like!!It also comes with a long applicator which is nice to have around. Overall, LOVE this palette, can’t wait to use it!

Swatches: Sleek Storm Eyeshadow Palette

This is the GOSH nail polish in Peachy and Topshop Nail Polish in Rainy Day. Love both colors, can’t wait to try them!!

This is the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer, I’ve been wanting to try this for the longest time, but never been able to find it in the states!! It’s a light/med matte bronzer that smells like chocolate!! LOVE this! I wish products here were a bit more fun like this, can’t wait to use this as a contour, and just smell it all day! Thank you Elena!

This is the MUA Blush in shade 2 and Rimmel Glam Eyes Palette in Black Cab. I’ve seen these Rimmel palettes around but never had the chance to try them, and I’ve a lot of things about MUA that I wanted to try!! MUA is an affordable makeup line based in the UK and they have all sorts of beauty items. They are notorious for being very pigmented and very affordable. I really want to check out their website and try some of their eyeshadows and palettes! The Blush is gorgeous, applied with a brush it really does go on very pigmented, you only need a light swipe. It a pretty pink color, perfect for me everyday looks. The Glam Eyes palette comes with 4 B/W colors, perfect for a smokey eye, or days where I want to wear a powder liner. Love it!

This is the Barry M Dazzle Dust in 3, I’ve heard a lot about BarryM as well, so happy to have this in the swap! it a pretty pink shimmery and iridescent pigment, it looks so gorgeous on the skin. You definitely need a base for this, but otherwise it is so very cute!

Yaay! Topshop! This is a Topshop Twist Up Eye Crayon in a light milky white color, I can use this under the BarryM dazzle dust to make it stick! Perfect! By itself, it’s very easy to glide on, and has a lot of pigment. It’s also easily blendable, I really like this!

This is the Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Liner in Black Glamour. I love eyeliner, especially liquid liners as they give me that nice black opaque line. This one has a very fine pointed synthetic brush, it bends with ease as you can really follow the shape of your eye. The formula is very wet, so you have to be careful before it dries or else it’ll get all over your eye! Overall, I really like this, gives a great finish!

This is the 17 Peep Show Mascara in Brown/Black, it is SO gorgeous! I absolutely love the packaging, it’s so frilly and girly. I’ve never heard of 17, but their products seem to be very good. This mascara has a fibrous wand with a neat shape. It tapers in the center so you’re getting more lash on the ends on the wand! It has a great formula, and makes my lashes look great. I really like this, will happily add it to my mascara arsenal!!

This is the MUA Out There Plumping Lip Gloss in Buff, it’s a great everyday nude color, and come in the thin/long tube. The gloss isn’t sticky, and the color looks good on my lips. There is a slight tingling/burning sensation when applied, probably since it is a plumping gloss!! Haven’t seen any improvement to my lips, but the color and finish look good! ๐Ÿ™‚

Swatches: Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer, MUA Blush in Shade 2, Topshop Crayon, Rimmel Glam Eyes Palette in Black Cab, Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner in Black, BarryM Dazzle Dust in 3, and MUA Plumping Out There Lipgloss in Buff

I love everything I got, thank you so much Elena!! I must visit the UK sometime in the future to really get a grasp on the culture and everything they have to offer! So excited for my future makeup swaps!

And Below is what I sent over to her!:

Read her post here!: http://love212.org/2012/04/06/beauty-swap-with-blissno9/

What do you think?! ๐Ÿ™‚

Cutest Blog Award Tag!

Thank you Fancieland and to Chromamesilly for tagging me! This is my first ever blog award, so happy to pass this on to my other fav blogs!ย  I’m also excited!!

1. What is your go to makeup brand? I’d say Nars or Makeup Forever, but there are so many, don’t have a favorite!!

2. What was your favorite fashion trend of 2011? Bright colors and florals!

3. What is your favorite dessert? Lavender Creme Brulee

4. Favorite color? Green or Blue or a combination of the two. ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Middle name? Don’t have one!!! lol

6. Whatโ€™s the last song you listed to? Lemongrass – Bonjour

7. Cats or dogs? Cats!

8. Something you didnโ€™t know about me: I’m an only child!!

Tag Winners:

Pearlessence

MostlySunny

Fancieland

Love212

Kyo1986

Angel and Things

Yay!! ๐Ÿ˜€

CLOSED**Another Mini Beauty Giveaway!!! :D

Ok!! I’m nearing 70 followers, and I’m ecstatic. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks to everyone who has supported me, you really do make my day. I’ve decided to do another mini giveaway since my first giveaway just ended (Congrats Fancieland!! :D), and I really wanted to open another one up for my new and old followers!! Open until April 20th, 2012.

What you can win: Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover, Wet N’ Wild Pink Glitter Polish, Zeno Heat Treat Acne Prevention Gel, Hard Candy Baked Blush in Honeymoon, Custom Night Sky Glitter Mix for Nails, Hello Kitty Emery Board, Custom Vintage Blue TKB Pigment Eyesahdow, Kawaii Peach Eraser, Collegen Moistful Sample, Perfume Samples, Vitamin E Capsules, Detail Makeup Brush, Lancome Genefique Sample, and Tazo Calm Tea.

What you have to do:

1.ย Must follow my blog!

2. Re-blog or post this on your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

3. Leave a comment below on why you think you should win!!

That’s it!! Good luck!!!

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What’s In My Closet Tag!

My wedding dress! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sigh. My closet is always just a cluttered mess. I’m always taking things in and out, adding and selling. But for the most part, I LOVE printed tees, flirty dresses, and a good pair of heels! I also have my wedding dress from last year that I look at once in a while. ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to figure out something I can turn it into!! The mirrored dresser is where I keep all my jewelry, (that the movers broke :/) and my shoes I usually just keep on the floor so it’s easy to see and slip on. My bags and accessories I keep above my clothes on the racks. Like my beauty collection, I like to have a mix of high end and low end, just so I can mix and match and always have a variety. I love casual/trendy/sophisticated looks!

How do you organize your closet???

Upcoming US/UK Makeup Swap with Love212!

Yeee!!! We another swap is scheduled!! This time from the UK with Love212! I’m so excited because I’ve heard so many great things about UK drugstore brands like MUA, Sleek, Topshop, GOSH, 17, and Barry M. I’ve always wanted to travel to the UK someday, I can’t wait to see all the items and vise versa! ๐Ÿ˜€

Upcoming US/Canada Makeup Swap with Pearlessence!

Photo above is just an example!

I’m so excited for my first international makeup swap with Pearlessence! ๐Ÿ˜€ I reached out to her after looking at all the great beauty items I wasn’t able to get here in the states, and we decided to do a swap. We went back and forth and decided to ship out before the end of March with high end and drugstore items. Can’t wait to post what I got her and vise versa! Yay!!

**Also coming up soon is a US/UK and a US/Taiwan Swap!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Have you ever done a makeup swap or want to?!