Saturday, November 22, 2014

REVIEW: Tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence Set (Holiday 2014)

I missed out last holiday season on the Tarte LipSurgence set, so I knew I had to get my hands on it when I saw that Tarte released their set this year sometime in September. I am pretty satisfied! Most of the LipSurgence lippies are good, but a few of them are just a-okay. Watch my video below to find out my thoughts on these beauties.

Just want to see the swatches? :) I got'ya! 

Click the images to enlarge in order to view lip product names.

Without flash

With flash.

You can purchase this set on,, and for $34 which is a great price considering this set retails for $100! :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

List of Current Beauty Deals!

Updated 11/22 @ 8:48 AM PST

There are A LOT of pre-Black Friday beauty deals going on right now that has gotten me really curious as to what the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals will be!

Take a look at the current promos:

  • Benefit Cosmetics - Free shipping with promo code: SWEETSHIP, offer ends 11/30 11:59 PM PST
  • Bobbi Brown - Free full size lip gloss, 2 minis, and free shipping with any $75+ order with promo codes: SKIPBF1 or SKIPBF2 (ends 11/23 @ 11:59 PM PST) OR free shipping with any order no minimum
  • clariSEA - 25% off any purchase with promo code: GLOW; offer ends 12/31
  • Costco (online, & must be a member)
    • Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Glossy Stain - $26.99
    • Yves Saint Laurent Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain - $26.99 
    • Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics - $22.99
    • Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick - $32.99
    • Clinique Longlasting Lip Trio - $29.99
  • Em Cosmetics - 50% off select items; offer ends 11/22 @ 11:59 PM PST
  • Estee Lauder - $30 off $100 purchase + free shipping; "RSVP" via GiltCity, and an exclusive coupon code will be sent to you via email that you can use on the Estee Lauder website. Last day to redeem is 11/30
  • GlamGlow - 30% off any purchase (excludes sets, kits, eGift) with promo code: IPSY; free shipping no minimum; offer ends 11/31
  • It Cosmetics - Friends and Family Sale - 25% off your entire purchase with promo code: FRIENDSFAMILY25 + free shipping $25+;  promo ends 11/24 @ 11:59PM EST
  • J.Cat Beauty - 25% off any purchase with promo code: 25JCAT; free shipping on orders $30+; offer ends 12/31
  • Jesse's Girl Cosmetics - 20% off any purchase with promo code: IPSYOCT2014; offer ends 11/30
  • Kiehl's - $20 off $60+ purchase (excludes gift sets) with promo code: JOLLY + free shipping $50+; promo ends 12/3
  • L'Occitane - Free shipping, no minimum.
  • Space NK Apothecary - Free shipping, no minimum.
  • Tarte Cosmetics - 20% off your entire purchase (excludes holiday sets) with promo code: IPSYNOV; free shipping $40+, offer ends 12/10.
  • The Body Shop - 40% off + free shipping with promo code: BEMERRY
  • Ulta - $5 off $30 CK One Color Cosmetics purchase with promo code: 202882 (ends 12/31); Buy 2, Get 1 Free Perfume Rollerballs - TODAY only (11/22)

Monday, November 17, 2014

What is life?

What is life? Well, right now I can tell you that life for me has no brows. See photographic evidence below.

I am wearing "Rhubarb" from the Bite Beauty Remixed set. (Sold out online at Sephora)

But besides the fact that my brow hairs are sparse and has been lacking growth, the seasons are coming! The seasons are coming! Yes, fall has finally arrived as temperatures average around 70 degrees, and continue to slowly drop. Soon enough winter will come too... in February. I noticed that I tend to become less productive as it becomes colder, which isn't good considering the fact that finals are coming in just a mere two weeks. Half of December will be filled with presentations, exams, and assignment deadlines, and then a few days later it will be Christmas time!

I am definitely already in the holiday spirit! 

I drove home Thursday evening to San Diego for the weekend to get a teeth cleaning at the dentist (which by the way was horrible as I found out that the office was closed, despite having an appointment), and it's refreshing to be back home. 

I escorted my uncle with my mother to his post-op eye appointment. He has down syndrome and recently got a cataract surgery. It's unfortunate that he can't speak, but he sure has a lot of personality! Do you see all that paper on the floor and stool of the seat? His favorite activity is tearing paper into little bits and pieces. His favorite paper is shred is tissue paper, oh and a few of my books and coupons have been victimized by my adorable 40-year old uncle too!

Because I am in the holiday spirit, I started decorating the house! :D It's a tradition for my mother and me to put up holiday decor the week of Thanksgiving, but it just felt appropriate to do it sooner since I am no longer living at home. I like having a home where it feels cozy and warm! I think I accomplished just that!

Would you believe me if I told you almost everything in this picture was on super sale (50-90% off) with the exception of Mr. Grinch? ;)

For all you beauty fanatics out there, the CVS beauty clearance sale has begun! Look for the pink 50% off and green 75% off stickers placed on beauty products or if there are none yet, go on Instagram and look up the hashtag "#cvsbeautyclearance" to see what people have found that are ringing up as clearance. I stopped by a local CVS while I was in town and picked up the NYX Mosaic Powder for $3.74. Not bad!

One of the best reasons about going home is being able to hang out with my friends again! We celebrated Thanksgiving a little early by having an "Epic Hot Pot Night!" It was indeed "epic" as we feasted on seafood, meats, veggies, and maybe had a little too much soju and beer to drink. It was great seeing everyone again and having a blast like we used to in our college years. 

Now it's Monday, and Monday means business. I can't wait until it's Thanksgiving and then Christmas! :) Have a happy Monday, and a great week! 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Beauty Haul!

Because there's too many good sales and new products to buy and try! :)

Products mentioned:

- LORAC Mega Pro Palette (sold out)
- Tarte Sweet Dreams LipSurgence Set
- Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Travel Spray Set
- Real Techniques Complexion Sponge
- Real Techniques Shading Brush
- Tarte Liquid Eyeliner
- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
- LORAC Behind the Scenes Primer
- OPI - Oy-Another Nail Joke!
- Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in "Turquoise"
- Eyeko London Black Magic Mascara and Brow Gel
- Tarte Pigment of Imagination Deluxe Cheek Set
- Bite Beauty Remix Set

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nordstrom: Buy 2, Get 1 FREE Mascara!!! TODAY (11/08) ONLY!!!

Wow! This deal is pretty big, and it's being offered today only both in store and online! Nordstrom is having a HUGE mascara sale where if you buy two, you get one free! These are high end AND luxury mascaras ranging from Dior, Lancome, Guerlain, Tom Ford, LORAC, and so forth! Simply add three mascaras of your choice in your basket and the lowest priced mascara will be free. Nordstrom online ships for free with no minimum purchase required.

Buy two mascaras, get one free Saturday, November 8.
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Other beauty deals:
  • Too Faced - 20% off  Friends & Family Sale; Use offer code: TAKEME, offer ends 11/14 @ 11:59 PST
  • - 20% off Friends & Family Sale; No offer code needed, offer ends 11/9 @ 11:59 PST
  • Lord & Taylor - 10% off select Cosmetics and fragrances with promo code: REDCROSS, offer ends 11/9 @ 11:59 EST
  • Bath and Body Works - $10 off your $30+ purchase; Promo code online: SNOW10; Promo code in store: 4648; offer ends 11/11

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Get Ready With Me: My Go-To Look!

My go-to look! :)

What I'm Wearing:

- Eucerin Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
- Revlon ColorStay Foundation in "Medium Beige"
- Almay SmartShade Concealer
- Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder in "Sandy Beige"
- NYC Cosmetics Browser Kit in "Brunette"
- Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette
- Jordana Fabu-Liner in "Black"
- Used Crave Naturals Whip Lash Eyelash Curler
- Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara in "Black"
- Milani Baked Blush in "Luminoso"
- Jordana Matte Lipstick in "Natural"
- Rimmel Lip Lacquer in "Comet"
- NYC Cosmetics Smooth Skin Bronzing Powder in "Sunny"

Friday, October 31, 2014

October Beauty Favorites!

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you all will have a great, fun, and safe Halloween! I will not be dressing up this year, but I will be celebrating the holiday by attending the Lakers game tonight! Yay!

Since it's the end of the month, I bring to you my favorite beauty products that I loved using! :)

Have a good one! :) 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

REVIEW: It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

Within the past several years, I've heard so many people raving about the It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In products, and I admit that I happened to have gotten my hands on the original one a while back. Pricey little thing I must say, but it worked well for my hair making it smooth, soft and shiny in a good and healthy way. I also heard that the one with "plus keratin" was even better than the original, so I picked up a duo set at Target when I saw two for the price of one this past summer. My expectations were high. I loved the original one so much, so this one had to be better right, because it's PLUS keratin?! Keratin is good for your hair!? Well, after trying this product out here and there for the past several months, I have to say that it's not a favorite of mine. Although it smells extremely good, it doesn't do much for my hair with the exception that it detangles it.

The instructions states to apply it to damp hair and comb through. I've done that multiple times, and I've also used it directly on my dry hair alone. Some days I feel like it makes my hair silky and soft, and other days I feel as if my hair is just bland and weighed down with product. I've gone back to my BioSilk Silk Therapy serum, which I love, and I prefer over this. I seriously thought that the Plus Keratin product would take over my love for my BioSilk when I first purchased it, but I was wrong. You know how it seems to work for you the first couple of times and then it kind of stops? Yup, I think that's what happened.

Maybe it's my hair type, or maybe it's because I like another product more, but I will say that it is a very good smelling hair detangler. I was just expecting more out of this four ounce bottle that retails at most stores for $20. What do you guys think about this product? Hit or miss? I so badly wanted to enjoy this product! :\

The 10 things that this product is supposed to do for your hair.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Manicure Monday: Pink/Nude Nails!

This simple manicure is probably one of my favorites that I've done. I always enjoy painting my nails a nude shade that is slightly pink, and I enjoy some shine and glitter with that too! I am wearing Zoya's "Rue," and Butter London's "Dubs." 

Zoya's "Rue" is from the Naturel Collection and can be described as a cool-toned nude pink. It's very opaque, and leaves you with a beautiful cream finish. I absolutely love this shade! (2 coats)

Butter London's "Dubs" contains fine pink and silver glitter with larger circular silver glitter. This is a textured glitter so once it dries it has that rough surface that was once so popular back a year or two ago. This lacquer stays put since the polish eventually hardens on your nail, and if I could, I would wear glitter on my nails all the time, but I hate taking it off because it takes forever! My suggestion to save yourself some time in the future is to wear a base coat or a layer of a cream lacquer underneath the glitter, so that it's easier to take off in the future. It works for me all the time! Save yourself the struggle! (2 coats)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

DEAL: Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation for $2.59!

Alright couponers, and beauty deal seekers alike, Rite Aid has Maybelline Cosmetics for 40% off this week, and to make this deal even sweeter, you can score the Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation for $2.59*! How? Continue reading for the breakdown!

From Rite Aid Weekly Ad 10/26 - 11/01

Here's the breakdown:

*Note that prices may vary regionally and by store.*

You're welcome! ;)

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