Lips

Milani Color Statement Lipstick

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It’s been a little while since I posted a beauty post! When getting my Riddler costume together for Halloween this year, I knew I wanted to pickup a bright purple lipstick. I found a shade I was happy with at my local walgreens in the Milani Color Statement Lipstick #34 Violet Volt. Although VV wasn’t on sale, a few of the other shades were so I scooped up two other fabulous shades as well: #22 Chilled Brandy and #16 Flirty Fuchsia. I’m very happy with all three!

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I had never purchased any products by Milani before this but I’ve heard some fabulous things about their stuff from my friend over at Fancieland.

 

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Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

 

Nars Lip Glosses


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As part of my recent birthday beauty splurge, I bought two new lip glosses from Nars off of Sephora.com. The two shades I chose were Bad Education and Coup De Coeur.

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Bad Education is the perfect red gloss to top off a bold red lip. The other night I paired this gloss with my Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in Kiss of Life. (This is one of my favorite red lipsticks mostly because it has “Kate” written on it all pretty.) It look fantastic. A couple of reapplies though out the night, but a fabulous red lip!

Coup De Coeur is a warm medium brown color with some red tones mixed in. I haven’t put this color to any “real” use yet but I can’t wait to do so.

Both of these glosses were only $10 on sephora so I’m thinking Nars may be discontinuing them. Kind of a bummer, if thats the case, since both of these colors are fantastic.  Below is a quick swatch on my very fair skin.

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Thanks for reading, as always! Love, GK

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December 2012 :: GlossyBox :: Glamour, Glitz and Gloss

Ok, ok… late again. retro-dating, again.

December 2012 Glossy Box :: Glamour, Glitz and Gloss

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Alrighty, first up, my favorite product in this months box: Lipclick Luxe Lipstick by Mark. I love the color and I love the tube itself. The cool thing about this Lipclick is the magnetic closure. Less chance of this opening up in your purse.

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My second favorite in this box was the ZOYA nail laquer. I own another ZOYA polish and I like the brand. The quality is good and last a while without chipping. I love this glittery gold but it was kind of a bitch to take off.

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A small frangrance sample of Pleats Please by Issey Miyake. It smells nice.

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Tiny, aluminum tear-open sample of Wella Velvet Amplifier hair primer. I haven’t used this but I’m interested in the theory…

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The next two products are definitely my least favorites only because I will rarely get a chance to use products like these, bath and shower additives, and thus don’t care to sample them all that frequently and I got two in one box.

Forrest Essentials Luxurious Ayurveda replenishing bath and shower oil.

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and Heartland Fragrance Co. Bath Salts in White Ginger. These will sit on my tub until I one miraculous day have time to just sit and soak in a lovely therapeutic bath… “aint nobody got time for that!”

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As an awesome extra, GlossyBox through in this dainty necklace from JewelMint. I am extremely allergic to nickel and when buying costume jewelry I have to make sure it’s nickel-free or I get a weird, nasty, bumpy rash wherever the cheap jewelry was… I was very happy that I did not react to this piece. I’m not sure how long the lovely sparkle will last before it tarnishes so I’m going to get some wear out of it now.

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There ya have it! My December 2012 GlossyBox!! (Fingers crossed that I get my January, Manrepeller box, review done in better time.)

Thanks for Reading! Love, GK

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!

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

If you’d like to BECOME AN IPSY GLAM BAG SUBSCRIBER please use my referral link. (Ipsy is, in my opinion, the best subscription cosmetics service for the best value!)

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

August 2012 :: Birchbox #4

OK, I’ve been super busy so I’m just now getting around to posting this month’s Birchbox review but here goes! The theme for August was Back To School. In addition to the products, the box included a fold-out full of helpful beauty and makeup tips.

This box had 4 products (20 possible ♥s) and 1 extra.

Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur perfume – Full Size: $70 – I love this scent. Not only would I buy the full size of this fragrance, I will buy this. It’s fabulous! It’s sweet, flowery and citrusy (just my kind of perfume!) ♥♥♥♥♥

Miss Jessie’s Original Stretch Silkening Creme – Full Size: $22 – This curl creme works pretty well. When applied to soaking wet hair, it should loosen tight curls and add tons of shine. I used this one once so far but I didn’t trust it to not use my other products. I’ll have to give this one another shot and definitely post results pics. ♥♥♥

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream – Full Size: $16 – Definitely NOT for everyday use but on damaged skin like chapped lips and cracked hands, it’s great. I applied it to a particularly dry patch of skin and it worked really well. It’s a bestselling Japanese medicated cream and it seems to do the job. I just think there’s already plenty of other options available. ♥♥

Pixi Beauty Lip & Line – Full Size: $18 – I really do love this lipstick and waterproof lipliner. This shade is Bare Berry and it’s perfect! In fact, this very pale, very tired-looking picture of me trying it out before washing my face to crash for the night, doesn’t quite do this color justice. I’ll definitely check out Pixi’s other shades and maybe pick up a couple of others. ♥♥♥♥

14/20 ♥s. Pretty good. I was pleased with everything in this box.As an extra, they threw in one of these:

Schick Hyrdo Silk Razor – Not my brand but I’ll use it. Thanks, Birchbox!

Thanks so much for reading! Check out my next Birchbox review!

Love, GK

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