November 2012 :: Ipsy Glam Bag :: Party Perfect

My very first Ipsy Glam Bag!! I am so excited to post this just as I was so excited to receive these fantastic goodies. For the same monthly subscription fee as the-box-that-shall-not-be-named, Ipsy packs your delightful little cosmetics bag with true deluxe samples! I can’t wait, so let’s dive straight in!


Dah-Dah-Dah-DAAAAHHH. My November 2012 Ipsy Bag! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the five products I received!


Nailtini :: Nail Lacquer :: Millionaire – A full size bottle of nail polish? You sure know how to win this girl over, Ipsy! As my readers know, I am a complete nail polish junkie and this positively peppy glitter coat from Nailtini is perfect for fun, holiday nails. Gold and Teal flecks of glitter reflect pinks, blues, purples and of course GOLD. Covers really well with a substantial amount of glitter. If you are looking to add a hint of glitz, this is not your polish. The same makers have lines called Liptini and Eyetini as well and I’d love to give some of those products a try!


The Balm Cosmetics :: Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow :: Matt Batali – This is my first experience with any of the products from The Balm Cosmetics. First impression: I adore their kitschy, 50’s nostalgia inspired packaging. This line of matte eyeshadows has fun with their names and each color in the line is named “Matt ____”. Matt Batali is a dark, smokey, purpley-brown-grey… best way to describe the color… and I do love a nice smokey eye so I will use this baby up! The packaging is cute with a magnetic close hidden away in there somewhere so the sample snaps shut when you’re not using it.


bareMinerals :: Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss :: Dare Devil – This isn’t my first experience with a Marvelous Moxie gloss. I’m actually a huge fan so receiving this is just awesome! This is a product that I would/have/will buy so I was thrilled when it was included in my November 2012 Ipsy bag. This color is Dare Devil and it is a beautiful, glossy, merlot-esque color, perfect for mine and many complexions.


Starlet Cosmetics :: Intensen Eyeliner :: Chocolate – Apparently, this is NOT a full size sample. (Seems full size to me.) Its a chocolate brown pencil and I will put this to some real good use. When I use a pencil to line my lids, I usually opt for brown. (Liquids I usually use black and “fun” colors). Great for everyday wear. It applies smooth and stays put all day. I’d never heard of Starlet Cosmetics before but now that they are on my radar, I will certainly consider buying more of their pencils in the future.

This month, each Ipster received one of two other samples along with the above featured. They either received the Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel or the product I received:


benefit :: They’re Real beyond mascara – a highly coveted item this month, I was very pleased to find this mascara sample tucked inside my Ipsy bag. Although, I would have been happy to receive the brow gel, when I received the email about the two choices, I was hoping to receive the mascara. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to try the Chella brow gel in a future bag!

That was it. My very first Ipsy Bag! I can’t wait for my December bag! I am so pleased that I have cancelled my Birchbox subscription and signed up for Ipsy. I’m a very, VERY happy beauty subscriber. Way to hit it out of the park, Ipsy! And thanks to the other bloggers whose Ipsy review posts pushed me to sign up.

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Thanks for reading! Love, GK


Storytellers – Cee Lo

Tonight, VH1’s Storytellers presented Cee Lo Green.

Not only was Cee Lo rockin’ the all white trend (from sweaty head to toe), but he’s a man who’s not affraid to get a little glittery! His sunglasses and shirt were covered in rhinestones and his set was equipted with multiple mirror balls to make the room sparkle! And as you all know, I’m a girl who loves glitter.

Half Moon Nails & GLITTER!!!

I’ve been seeing them in various magazines recently, including the December issue of Glamour:

Half Moon Nails.

Dita Von Teese talks about them in her book, Burlesque/Fetish, as well. (The book was published years before this trend started appearing in fashion magazines by the way). It was very popular in the 1940s to leave the lower portion of the nail bare in a “moon” shape. I decided to try the modern version of this style using two contrasting nail colours.

Images from Dita’s book.

1.) Start by painting your nails the lighter of the two colors.
I chose a glittery silver. Wait for nails to dry.

2.) Next apply manicure stickers above the bottom portion of your nails.
(you can find these at just about any drugstore/beauty supply store).

3.) Then, paint either above or below the sticker.
I chose a dark purple above the sticker, leaving the lower portion the glittering silver.

4.) Once dry, remove the stickers to reveal your modern-day Half Moon Nails.
5.) Finish with a clear top coat.
Here’s how mine came out.

(A little sloppy, I still need to touch up the mess-ups)
I love them. I really like the way the Dark Purple looks next to the Glittery Silver Sparkles.

ALSO: If you’d like to try the 1940’s classic Half Moon Nails: Apply clear base, wait to dry.
Apply maicure stickers (apply pretty low, you don’t wan’t more than a small portion left bare).
Leave the bottom of the sticker bare, paint above the sticker.
Remove stickers once dry and finish with top coat.

TREND ALERT: GLITTER NAIL POLISH. I love glitter and just about anything else that sparkles, so you can imagine how happy I am to no longer feel tacky with my glitter polishes.

[another] TREND ALERT: SEQUINS!!! I want a sequin mini dress for New Years this year! Maybe even a pair of sequin stilettos… too much? I don’t think so!

And since I’m talking so much about glitter… When I picked up the December issue of Glamour I saw the beautiful face of my favorite actress (at the moment) Christina Hendricks on the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Surrounded by RED GLITTER!!!

I ♥ This Lady!

I only buy Harper’s Bazaar if I’ve already bought my magazine favorites for the month… InStyle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan… But I HAD to buy this issue! While perusing the inside, I stumbled across this contest:

Port St Lucie, Florida?! Random… But I was excited to see it.

Oh, yeah. And, uh… before I forget… I also just wanted to mention that….