Friday, October 17, 2014

VLOG: LA Weekend with Friends!

I usually vlog whenever I go out with my friends, but I upload the videos on my personal channel. I thought I would share this vlog from last month when my friends from college decided to drive up to visit Andrew, and me! :)

P.S. Excuse my horrible off-beat and pitchy singing at the end!

ENJOY! :) 





<3


Thursday, October 16, 2014

SWATCHES: LORAC Mega Pro Palette!

Hi everyone!
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the limited edition holiday LORAC Mega Pro Palette ($59) last week, and I am here to bring you the swatches! From my understanding, this palette is sold out on the LORAC website; however, Amazon is supposed to have another shipment coming soon. You can sign up through Amazon HERE to get an update whenever the palette is available for purchase again. I heard rumors that it's coming back in stock again on the 18th? I have no clue, but sign up if you want to grab your hands on this palette! Do I think this palette is worth it? Yes. If you own any LORAC Pro Palettes, this is another must-have. Quality, buttery shadows for an amazing price. This would also be a great holiday gift.

Click on any photo to enlarge.
 The palette itself has the same rubber-matte texture like the other two pro palettes. This is exactly twice the size of one pro palette.

The top two rows are matte (16 shadows), and the bottom two rows are shimmer (16 shadows). The only colors that are repeated from the other two pro palettes that you see in the mega are: cream, white, and black.

Swatches below for each row.


The last one is not supposed to be "espresso," but "indigo."



My favorite rows? The 2nd and 4th ones! :) I've been using this palette almost every time I do my makeup now! 



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

List of Current Beauty Deals!

Last Updated 10/16 @ 11:05 PST
Just some deals you may want to take advantage of! :)
  • Beauty Brands - Lash Blast event where select high end mascaras are on sale for $10.99; Select hair sprays on sale for $9.99
  • Benefit Cosmetics - Free shipping with any order with promo code: FALLSHIP
  • Bobbi Brown - Spend $100, get $25 Beauty Bonus card towards your next purchase. Offer ends 10/19
  • DermStore - 30% off your purchase including LORAC and Laura Geller holiday sets with promo code: SAVE30 + free shipping *brand exclusions apply*
  • Em Cosmetics - 20% off when you buy three products from a Halloween look
  • Laura Geller - 15% off your order of $50+
  • Lord & Taylor -  Friends & Family event, 10% off most Beauty & Fragrances. Offer ends 10/26
  • Shu Uemmura - Free shipping with any order with promo code: KARLXSHU
  • Too Faced - Cocoa Filter Limited Edition Set - $90, regularly $134
  • Urban Decay - Friends & Fanatics event, get 20% off your entire purchase with promo code: UDFANATICS14

At the drugstores:
  • Rite Aid:
    • 40% off Revlon Cosmetics (excludes tools)
    • 40% off Physicians Formula Face Cosmetics
    • 40% off NYC Cosmetics + $2 in rewards when you spend $5
  • CVS:
    • 40% off NYC Cosmetics
  • Walgreens:
    • Sinful Colors Nail Polish - $0.99

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Holiday 2014 Sweet Dreams - Chic to Cheek Blush Set

Hi everyone! This review will be on the Tarte Cosmetics Holiday 2014 Sweet Dreams "Chic to Cheek" deluxe Amazonian clay blush set available at Ulta, Macy's, and online on the Tarte Cosmetics website,


The blush products as described online on the Tarte website:

An exclusive deluxe gift set featuring tarte’s award-winning, celebrity-favorite blushes in 4 limited-edition shades.
Includes 4 deluxe, limited-edition blushes:
• amour (candy pink)
• classic (soft apricot pink)
• prim (plum nude)
• daydream (rosy pink)
 *Please note, this item is not eligible for discounts/promotions.
Product Performance: Dance “chic to cheek” with this delightful, 4-piece set of best-selling, long-wearing blushes infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay. The heavenly, limited-edition shades deliver up to 12 hours of fade-free, flawless wear, even as you’re up in the clouds, dancing the night away. This romantically designed set also comes in gorgeous gift box packaging and is ideal for any blush enthusiast on your gift list.
Powered By:
  • Amazonian clay: nature’s most perfect ingredient for better, longer, truer wear
  • vitamin E: natural preservative that also acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and antioxidant
  • mineral pigments: soothe and soften skin



"Amour" - candy pink (shimmer)
Bright, and flirty!

"Prim" - plum nude (matte)
It looks more nude in its packaging, but when swatched it appears more plum nude. This one is my favorite out of the bunch!

"Daydream" - rosy pink (matte)

"Classic" - apricot pink (matte)
Peachy pink! Very pretty for the spring season too!

Swatches without flash.

Swatches with flash.


Three out of the four blushes are shades of pinks, and I find them to be very different from each other, which is a good thing! It's quite a nice versatile set. Although these deluxe blushes are half the size of the full size ones, you definitely get a decent amount of product. Each blush is 0.05 oz. which seems very little, but these blushes are very rich and pigmented that you won't need much to get your cheeks looking bright! This is a preference, but I like that most of the shades are matte, which is what I normally wear during the fall/winter. As usual, these blushes have long lasting staying power, and this set is good to try out Tarte's blushes if you've never tried them before. :)





Sunday, October 12, 2014

Juicy Couture Web- 50% Off Regular Prices (includes FRAGRANCES)!

We are approaching mid-October, and more and more holiday decor and gift sets are being released as the December holidays draw closer. With less time this year to complete my Christmas shopping due to schooling, I am starting my holiday shopping now, since there are usually good deals here and there that I can take advantage of that won't break my bank.

My signature scent is Juicy Couture Eau de Parfum, and the holiday set is on sale on the Juicy Couture website for a very inexpensive price of $48 after using the promo code: JCWEEKEND . I didn't purchase this since I do still have a bottle that is pretty full, but you can take 50% off any full price items on the JC website including all of their fragrances with the above promo code! Start taking advantage of the sales now! I already see something that would make a great gift for someone I know! ;)


Happy savings! :) 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LORAC Mega PRO Palette - STILL AVAILABLE!

Everyone has been waiting to get their hands on the new limited edition holiday LORAC Mega Pro ($59) that was officially released yesterday, and I know that it sold out on the LORAC website and on Amazon. However, it seems like Amazon has restocked, so if you missed out yesterday, now is the time to get it if you've been eyeing this. LORAC has stated that they will not be restocking once the palette is sold out on their website, so hurry! I am sure that it will sell out soon again on Amazon, since Amazon ships internationally also.




Happy shopping! :)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ulta 21 Days Deal - Tarte Maracuja Oil for $25!

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today's Ulta 21 Days deal is my favorite skin product yet, and it's the Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Oil! Normally it retails for $46, but today only in-store and online, you can get this 50 mL bottle for $25! That is almost half off, and I can guarantee you that you won't see a deal like this for a while.



I've talked about this oil before, and it's amazing! I typically have dry skin, and this oil makes my face feel so hydrated throughout the night and in the morning whenever I wake up. All you need is 2-3 drops, and that should cover your face. I've recommended this product to two of my aunts and my sister, and they love it too! My sister has oily skin, but this product doesn't make her feel gross or extra oily. Don't be afraid of oil! The oil absorbs fairly quickly once you pat it down into your face without making you feel greasy! I highly recommend this product!



Friday, September 26, 2014

September Beauty Favorites!

September is coming to an end! YES! I'm too excited for fall, but first, here are my favorites for the month of September! :)



Listed below are my beauty favorites mentioned in the video:
- Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder
- Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer
- L'Oreal Perfect Match Concealer
- Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Eye Booster Liquid Eyeliner & Serum
- Real Techniques Shading Brush
- L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire
- Tarte Cosmetics Sweet Dreams 2014 LipSurgence Duo Set


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dermstore - 20% Off TODAY ONLY!

Happy Fall!!! Today is officially the first day of fall, and that makes me super happy! Too bad it's going to be 90 degrees today... *sigh*

While I'll be in class for three hours later in the afternoon and evening, Dermstore is celebrating the first day of fall though by giving us a 20% off our entire purchase (some exclusions may apply) for today only with the promo code: FALL20 .



Dermstore carries many brands including LORAC, Stila, Tarte, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and so forth. You can find the LORAC Pro Palettes on their site and even the new Anastasia Maya Mia palette! Happy savings! :)



REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics Sweet Dreams Holiday 2014 - Deluxe LipSurgence Duo

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year, and as my best friend says, "It's close to Christmas once you hit the "'-ber" months!" It is SeptemBER, and you can bet that I got super excited when Tarte Cosmetics released their Sweet Dreams Holiday 2014 line just recently! Eeks! I purchased their blush set, lip set, and this really cute $5 deluxe LipSurgence Duo, which this review will be on!

This deluxe size duo set includes one LipSurgence Lip Creme in "Wishful," and one LipSurgence Lip Gloss in "Magic."

The box is deceiving, since it's twice as big as the products.



L: LipSurgence Creme in "Wishful"
R: LipSurgence Lip Gloss in "Magic"
The packaging is so darn cute. I love the purple caps with the shiny gold details! These deluxe mini are great to travel with this holiday season!

The amount of product you get! Not much, but you get for what you pay for.


LipSurgence Creme in "Wishful" - No flash (top); flash (bottom)
Pinky nude color; retractable 


LipSurgence Lip Gloss in "Magic" - No flash (top); flash (bottom)
A coral pink gloss with gold flecks of glitter; doe foot applicator
You can see that this lip gloss is milky looking. It's not sticky like most lip glosses.


LipSurgence Lip Gloss in "Magic" and
LipSurgence Creme in "Wishful"

I love these two together! It makes my lips look lush and full!


Note: The lip creme smells minty and the lip gloss smells like vanilla.

PROS:
  • $5 for two deluxe size samples! I say that's a steal. Unfortunately I don't see it on the website right now?! I'm not sure if they ran out, but I hope it'll be back in stock because it's such a good deal, and it's a great way to try out Tarte's lip products!
  • The colors are pretty!
  • Decent wear time. Approximately 3 hours without eating or drinking. CON: Gloss does wear off though!
CONS:
  • It makes my lips taste weird. I'm not sure if it's me, but when I wiped off the lip products at the end of the day with a tissue, my lips tasted so nasty. I don't even know how to describe it!
  • The gloss is lovely, but it doesn't have long staying power, most likely due to the fact that it isn't as sticky, so it doesn't adhere to the lips.
  • Not moisturizing. 
Overall I like this duo set, especially when worn together.  :) 
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