Birchbox October 2015

Hello my lovely ladies and gents! Today I have an exciting new subscription box to share with you guys! It’s my Birchbox subscription for October 2015! It might not be new to most people. I’m sure a lot of you have heard about Birchbox. But it is new to me.

I never considered Birchbox because I always wanted more full size products when it came to subscription boxes. For those of you not familiar with Birchbox, they are a subscription box company that sends out samples sized products every month for $10 a box. Lately I’ve been seeing more and more people post their Birchbox with samples of items that I want to try with a decent amount of product despite the fact that they are sample sizes. So I decided to give it a try and it turned out better than I could have hoped. This is probably my 4th box now and I have loved every box so far. I’ve ended up trying everything in the box and loved most if not all things that I received.

So I guess it goes without saying that I am very satisfied with Birchbox! Anyways, here’s what I recieved for the month of October.

Alright, I know it doesn’t look like much but there’s a bunch of awesome things in this box. And it’s really pretty!

This is the Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. I have heard so many amazing things about this dry shampoo. I’ve been so curious about it but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much money when my favorite dry shampoo (Batiste) is only $7. Less if I have coupons. I want to see if it can really beat my Batiste and if it’s worth the splurge.

Next is the Eyeko Black Magic Mascara. I have never heard of this brand before but it does spark my interest. I’ve never seen a mascara in a tube before and I do like the brush at first glance. So I hope I end up liking this mascara.

This one is called ModelCo Ultra Long-Lasting Lipstick in Kitty. Personally, I don’t have high hopes for this. I’ve been way too disappointed by this brand. I’ve yet to find a product I like from this brand. But it is a nice color. I did swatch it but I lost the picture of the swatch. Swatching it went smoothly. It was creamy and felt hydrating on my hand but the pigmentation was lackluster. I’ll leave it at that.

This is the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. Good thing they have a description on the Birchbox flier because the description on the product was in french. This moisturizer claims that it heals dryness and preps the skin for makeup. So I guess it’s a primer and a moisturizer too? Those are huge claims for a moisturizer though.

Last but not the least is the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. I’m always excited when I get samples like these. I have panda eyes and always looking for ways to treat them or make them appear better. These types of pads are usually hard to come by and when they do, they cost a fortune and only have 5 packs in one set which usually means 5 uses. So I’m excited to try it!

Anyways thanks for stopping by!

Until next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Cumulative Sephora Haul 2015

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For about half the year, I’ve been meaning to do this haul but kept putting it off. Now I’m finally doing it. So just be warned: I have a lot of stuff that I purchased from Sephora. I did not purchase this all at once. This is a very cumulative haul.

Anyways, I’m just gonna get into it and hope you guys enjoy. Please let me know if you are interested in a review for specific items.

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Clinique came out with their lip and cheek pop a while ago and I’ve been dying to try them. I finally picked some up over the summer. They are worth definitely worth the hype. Wow pop is a beautiful color specially over the summer but I would still wear it since it’s still been sunny. The lip pop is very creamy and pigmented. But it grips my lip nicely and stays on all day. Fig Pop looks coral on the swatch but it actually has some red-pink tones to it. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure it’s still going to look great even after summer. The red-pink tones make it wearable for all seasons. Pansy Pop is more of a lavender color even though it looks pink in the swatch. This would look amazing on people that have fair skin tones but it can still look great on people with darker skin tones but it’ll take a while to build it up on the cheeks. It actually looks better now that it’s fall on my skin tones because I pair it with either a dark red, berry or purple lip color and it gives me such a beautiful fall look.

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I got Sephora’s newest blush collection in Love at First Sight. Despite what it appears on the picture, this blush is pink with peach undertones. It’s basically an everyday easy to wear blush color for me. I just wanted to try it out after hearing great thing about it. I’m glad I did because it’s a great blush for a reasonable price tag. It’s pigmented, blendable, and light-weight. I also the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight. I find it weird that a highlight can be Matte but I wore this and it actually does kind of look matte. It’s really weird especially when I wear matte foundation with it. It’s a beautiful highlight that makes me look like I have a glow or the light is just hitting my face but I still look matte. Does any of this make sense?

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I didn’t swatch these because I am planning to do something big about lip products. So I will have swatches for these soon, so watch out for a big announcement about lip products. But I will still name these (from left to right) Marc Jacobs Long Wear Lip Pencil in Primrose, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow n Arrow, Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Beloved

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I just recently got this. I’ve been wanting it since it first came out but I wanted to finish some of my foundations first. So now I finally have it! This is the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation and I am in the color Sand. I’m not gonna say much about it. I plan to do a review in the future. I’m just gonna leave it at the fact that I like it.

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I saved the best for last! This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler Palette! I’ve been seeing so many beautiful and edgy looks with this that I had to have it myself and make my own edgy and fun looks. What I love the most about it is that you can still create neutral everyday looks but also make crazy, bold, fun looks or have a pop of color and still keep it neutral. Definitely excited to play around with this more.

Alright, you guys made it! I hope you enjoyed my haul! Let me know if you want more info on anything I just hauled.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Fall Tag 2015

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Hey guys! Lately Fall Tags have been going around and I’ve been wanting to do a lifestyle post for quite a while so I decided what better topic to do than a Fall relate post. I am tagging everyone that reads this post. You can post your link below of your Fall tag and I would love to read it but I’m also tagging specific people below.

Anyways! Enjoy!

Favorite Candle – This honor goes to Bath & Body’s Marshamallow Fireside candle. I discovered this late last year around the holidays and burned through about 4 of them in the 3-wick sizes before I even made it to spring. Sadly, I only had that many. I love this scent because it’s subtle, sweet and warm which is exactly how I feel fall and winter candles is supposed to smell like.

Favorite Lip Color – Anything bold, dark, and red fits this category for me through the fall and these are also my favorite colors for lip shades overall. Here are some of my ultimate favs for fall that fits this category.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Vera
Colourpop Lippie Stix in Ellaire and Lady
Colourpop Liquid Lipstick in Avenue

Favorite Drink – Hands down, it has to be Raspberry Hot Chocolate from Starbucks. Overall, when fall starts, I just feel like things should cooling down, people should be wearing sweaters and drinking hot cocoa. I just like the added raspberry to it.

Favorite Blush – I never really thought about this but if I had to pick one then probably Colourpop’s Super Shock Cheek blush in Cheerio. This color may be daunting to a lot of people and it’s not one that will look good on everyone. I think it may be too dark for people that have very fair skin. But I personally really like it for the fall just because it goes with a lot of the typical fall colors like reds, purples, and warm shimmery browns.

Favorite Clothing Item – Ummmm hmmm….have to think about this…Oh no wait. I’m kidding myself, it’s definitely sweaters. One of the many reason I love fall is because it is the season of sweaters.

Favorite Fall Movie – It has to be a Harry Potter movie. Any one of them, I always watch during this time of year because of a wonderful fall memory. There was this one Thanksgiving that was hosted at my aunt’s house and I was sitting by their fireplace with a hot cocoa in my hand while watching a movie. It was cold that day and I was wearing my favorite sweater. At that moment, everything was bliss and perfect. The movie that I was watching was a Harry Potter movie. So whenever I watch a Harry Potter movie around this time of year, I always go back to the happy and beautiful memory.

Favorite Fall TV Show – With Halloween around the corner, I like watching Charmed for the show. I grew up watching this right after school starts and as soon as I would come home during the fall. It was on around 4 PM everyday and I still hold that tradition of watching this show around this time of year. But on Netflix instead of the television.

Favorite Thanksgiving Food – I think it’s hilarious reading and watching people that do this tag because most people when it comes to this question answers Mashed Potatoes. That’s my exact same answer too but Mashed Potatoes with gravy. Yes, I need the gravy.

Favorite Halloween Costume – I love being a fairy for Halloween just because I the overall costume and versatility of it. Like I’ve probably been a fairy 5 times for Halloween or maybe more. There’s not just one fairy, there’s water fairies, dark fairies, etc. All of these can look different and have different makeup. Plus, I’m obsessed with fairies and who doesn’t like fairies?

Anyways here are the people I’m tagging!

Whazzup Wasabi
Curly Spring Blossom
Stash Matters
Sarah Loves Makeup
Miss White’s Makeup Desk
Bflyrenee
Always, Bree
Jayde Danielle
Thank God For Chai
Repressing the Crazy
Confetti and Curves
Anything Under the Sun
The Crystal Chronicles

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Ipsy Box September 2015

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I’ve had good run with Ipsy for probably a year now but it’s time for me to let go. This will be my last Ipsy box. There’s nothing wrong with Ipsy but for a few months now, I haven’t been getting anything that I’ve been interested in. I tried changing up my quiz and even doing more surveys of the products that I have received the past few months but sadly, nothing’s worked. Ironically, I decided to unsubscribe last month, but the last box they sent me ended up being a box that I would love. However, that has not changed my decision. I don’t want to get 4 month’s worth of boxes to be all misses then have the 5th box to be hit. It’s just not worth it anymore.

Since it’s my last box, I decided to share it with you guys! Enjoy!

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ipsy nyx palette
Even though, I love nyx palettes, this might go to my mom. I have too many colors like this and I don’t need more but my mom will certainly enjoy it.

face scrub and moisturizing cream
Can’t wait to try these and very timely too. With fall and winter coming, my skin is gonna be as dry as the desert.

nail polish
I love nail polishes like these! Especially for the fall! There’s just something so fun about having a dark blood red nail polish. This nail polish is called Ignite.

city color lipstick
I’ve received something from this company before and honestly, I can’t remember if I liked it or not. But I’m guessing since I don’t remember, it was either a miss or mediocre. However, this one is not. I love the color and definitely something I would wear. I was also surprised about the swatch. The swatch was very creamy, smooth and pigmented. This color is called One Night Stand.

Thanks for reading!

As always,
Nicole ❤

Gerard Cosmetics Haul September 2015

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Hello everyone! Today, I have a mini Gerard Cosmetics Haul. These are the first products that I’ve ever purchased from Gerard Cosmetics, so I’m super psyched to try them. I did get these a while ago, maybe a month ago. So you might notice that one of them is actually in my favorites from last month. But I still wanted to show you guys this haul because I’ve heard so many great things about these lip glosses and I can’t wait to finally try them myself.

Tip of the day! Of course, I have to have one. I can’t really remember who told me this but someone told me that if you want to buy these lip glosses, don’t buy them full price. It took me a while before I finally decided to try these out and whoever told me that was right. GC has a different sale every week and usually these are in a pack together when they go on sale but they are $10. So just wait until you find a sale that you like and then get these lip glosses.’

Anyways! On to the haul! These are Color Your Smile Lip Glosses.

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I had to show you guys the box even if it’s not an unboxing because let’s face it, their packaging is gorgeous! It’s so sleek, clean and classy! I’m not just talking about the box. I’m also talking about the packaging for lip glosses too!

Alright! Here they are! My picture taking skills were nonexistent this day, so please bear with me. From left to right: Salmon >> Buttercream >> Wild Orchid >> Jewel >> Rose Hill.

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lipgloss tube mirror

So it does come with a mirror which is very convenient and it also comes with a built in light for when try to put on lip gloss in the dark.

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I have mixed feelings about the lights. I like the idea because it is convenient when you’re out at night and you’re trying to retouch your lip gloss. You won’t have to sneak away to the bathroom to see if you’re putting on your lip gloss on your lips. But then again, during daytime, I find the lights distracting. When I put this on in the morning, I tend to panic when I see that the color looks a lot different because the light is shining on it and it makes the color look different. But after you put it down, then you can see the actual color. To me, I really could have done without the lights. It’s a great idea but it’s a little gimmicky to me.

Anyways, thank you so much for stopping by!

I’ll catch you guys next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

August and Summer Favorites 2015

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Hello everyone! I’m back and this time it’s for real! So my hiatus took waaay longer than expected but I’m ecstatic to be blogging again and I can’t wait to catch up with everyone.

For today, I am showing you all my favorites for August and pretty much all the other months that I’ve been on my hiatus which was probably the whole summer. So I’ll try to keep my explanations brief because I have a lot to show you guys.

Face favs

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating – This was pretty much the only liquid face makeup I could wear during the summer. It’s light and it does not feel like makeup is melting on my face even when it’s hot out. It has light-medium coverage. For me, this is a great product and have been enjoying it throughout the summer.

Elf Baked Blush in Pink Tastic – First of all, this is not a blush. I don’t know why they consider this a blush because it’s not going to give anyone any color at all on their cheeks. BUT it is a beautiful highlighter! It’s also very inexpensive, so it came in handy when I went to New York and I didn’t want to bring my expensive highlighters.

Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla – This is another beautiful highlighter and it looks very natural on the skin. It’s one of those highlighters that give you a glow from the inside but you need a light hand with it. I love highlighters and I can easily go crazy with them and brush them all over my face like there’s no tomorrow but if I do that with this highlighter, then it can make me look ashy very quickly.

Elf Smudge Pot in Crusin’ Chic – This is basically a cream eye shadow. There’s not much that I can say about this other than it’s a great color, it’s cheap, and it doesn’t crease with an eye primer underneath. It’s perfect for those lazy days that you still want your eye lids to look bright and alive but you don’t want to do any work on them.

lip favs

Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Eat Cake – The perfect summer nude lip color for people who have darker skin tones. I’m sure it’ll look great on those that have lighter skin tone but this is a really nice nude peachy color. It’s also very hydrating and easy to wear. It was surprisingly pigmented as well.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss in Butter Cream – I will have a more in depth review of these lip glosses. In fact, I have a haul coming up for these lip glosses. But for now, I will just talk about the color. This color is a beautiful everyday nude and I love the fact that it’s a lighter nude color but it doesn’t wash me out.

Elf Extra Lip Gloss in Michael – The color comes off burgandy in the picture but it is more of a mauve color. Just a beautiful color in general that you can wear any time of the year. It’s very pigmented for a lip gloss and I use it as a substitute for lipstick on those days where I just want to carry a lip product and can easily be applied without any worries.

Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Paradise Pink Number 15 – Unlike the other two lip glosses that are super pigmented and can be substituted for a lipstick, this one is more of a traditional lip gloss. It’s sheer but it’s pigmented enough for the color to show through. I haven’t liked a lip gloss like this in a while, so I’m very impressed at Sephora. This is one of those rare lip glosses that aren’t as sticky as others (to me all lip glosses are sticky) and still pigmented. Plus, I think it’s a fun color for summer.

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Berry Me – Even if it’s summer, I still have to have that one crazy and super fun color. This is a liquid lipstick, so it is a little drying but it’s tolerable. Overall, I just love the color. It’s very flattering.

palette and brush fav

Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist’s Palette – There’s a very beautiful intricate design on the palette but it’s not showing on the picture and I forgot to take a picture of the inside. I’m going to have a more in depth review in the future, so I won’t go into this too much. This is pretty much the only palette I’ve been using for most of my hiatus. It’s more flattering on lighter skin tones but it still looks great on people who have darker skin tones like me. It’s very easy to work with which is basically my theme for this whole post.

Blame it on Nars Cheek Palette – I’m sorry that this is so late but I bought this during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and it is limited edition. But it’s what I’ve been using throughout the summer. I’ve gotten very tan during the summer and my bronzers don’t suit my skin tone anymore but Casino does. I also love the other two blushes. They’re perfect for the summer.

Hakuhodo S J110 Brush – I look back on all the times that I’ve heard people say that a new brush they got is super soft or is the softest brush in the world and I have probably said that too but guys, you have not felt soft, until you have felt this brush or probably anything from the Hakuhodo brushes. I haven’t touched any of my other blush brushes every since I’ve started using this. It picks up just the right amount of blush, it’s very easy to work with and it is VERY SOFT!

eye liner favs

Kat Van D Tattoo Liner in Trooper – When I bought this liner, I actually meant to buy the newer one that people have been saying replaced their all time favorite Stila liner. BUT I have actually fallen in love with this liner and is now my favorite liquid liner. I love the brush on this. It’s something different but for me, it’s easier to work with based on my application style. I still want to try the new Kat Von D liner but currently, I’m very impressed with this one.

Elf Waterproof Eye Liner Pen – So by now, you might be wondering, what’s with all the Elf products? I’m actually going to start a new series on my blog where I give recommendations, best and worst advice for products from a single makeup brand. That’s why I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts about Elf products. I think this eye liner is great. It’s not as dark as the Stila or Kat Von D liner but it does the job. It’s easy to apply, last all day and inexpensive. I took this to New York with me also and it lasted through the heat and humidity which is very impressive.

hair and body favs

Victoria Secret Pink Hair & Body Mist in Surf Days – This was my best friend on those really humid and hot days. I carried this everywhere I went and just sprayed it whenever I felt like I needed to. It cooled me down and gave a me a sense of relief. Plus it smells so refreshing.

Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant Stick in Royal and Rogue – I’ve been looking for a natural deodorant for a while that would stay on for a long period of time and my search ended when I found this. Most natural deodorants that I’ve tried usually lasted 3-4 hours which was disappointing because I didn’t want to have to carry around my deodorant everywhere I went. It was even worse on super hot days. This one lasts 12 hours on normal days and on super hot sticky days, I would say it lasts about 8 hours.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray – I received this as a free mini gift from Ulta who knows how long ago but I found it a couple of months ago and decided to give it a try. I naturally have way hair which I blow dry but during the summer days, I usually get lazy. So I just sprayed this on my hair and let it air dry and my hair looked amazing! Best of all, my hair hair wasn’t sticky.

If you made it through this post then congrats and thank you! I know it was a very long post but thank you reading and I will catch you guys next time.

As always,
Nicole ❤

The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Hey guys! So I know I’ve been M.I.A for a while. After IMATS, I pretty much went into finals mode. I finally finished them but now I’m going on a trip to New York! So stay tuned for my NYC posts! But today! I was tagged for the Versatile Blogger Award by Stash Matters . First of all, thank you so much for tagging me! She’s going on a no buy rule for 2015 which is unheard of for a shopaholic like me. Nonetheless, she has an IMPRESSIVE make up stash. She posts reviews and blogs about the beauty products from her stash without adding to it. So make sure you go check her out 🙂

Rules:
-Be sure to thank the person that awarded you.
-Include a link to their blog in your posts.
-Select 15 bloggers that you have recently discovered or already follow.
-Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award!
-Then! Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself!

The Nominees (A lot of people have gotten this award already, so if you’ve already gotten it, then it’s up to you if you want to tell me 7 things about yourself.)
Whazzup Wasabi
Miss White’s MakeUp Desk
Curly Spring Blossom
Anything Under the Sun
Always, Bree
Bflyrenee
Exceptionally Ordinary
Ymorebeauty
Style Domination
Beauty by Burdess
Queen Denise
Sarah Loves Makeup
Hello Kaily
Playing Dress Up
Living Disrobed

1. I love playing video games! I play both console and pc games especially the online ones. I play wide range of games from steam games, blizzard, moba, mmo, etc.

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2. I hate the heat! Summer is actually my least favorite season of the year.
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3. But I love the fall season! I love everything about it. The weather, the fashion, makeup trends, vampy matte lips and the anticipation of the holidays!
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4. I’m a big Charmed fanatic! I’ve re-watched all 8 seasons probably more than a dozen times already.
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5. My favorite guilty pleasure dessert are cocoa kisses.
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6. I’m a scarf hoarder! Seriously, I have a problem with scarves.
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7. I can’t ride a bike. I was traumatized when I got my foot caught on a bicycle wheel when I was a kid. I never tried to learn to ride a bike after that.

Thanks for reading! Hope you guys enjoyed! Have a beautiful day!

As always,
Nicole ❤