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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review: Glossybox Subscription Box


I never jumped on the subscription boxes bandwagon. It's sort of like those mystery bags you see in stores, where you pay $15 and don't know what's inside. I never liked those. I just always thought well what if I don't like what's inside? Then I just wasted $15 I could have use to buy something I actually like- or want.
I was sent a Glossybox to review, and I have to admit I was curious and excited to finally experience what all the fuss was about. I have a few blogger and beauty addict friends who are all about the ipsy and julep bags, and seem to enjoy that they have more hits than misses. The Glossybox subscription is $21 a month, and although it may be pricier than other subscription boxes/bags, read on to see why I think it's worth it.
When I received it, my first impression in one word was: LUXURIOUS.
The packaging itself was very classy, it wasn't sugarcoated with a sequined makeup bag, it was a nice box with a pretty ribbon, it came with a very helpful info card that detailed each product. I love that the samples are deluxe sample sizes, this definitely helps in giving us a good amount of time to actually try the product. One thing that annoyed me with samples from other places was that I felt it wasn't a decent amount to actually see whether you would like it or not. I like that you can actually try designer products without breaking the bank.
For instance, the Tarte masacara I received in the box was actually FULL SIZE! That mascara alone is $23 at Sephora, and to subscribe is $21 a month and you get other samples to try out. Another fave was the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, my face has been a bit dry lately, and this brought my skin back to life. I have yet to try the mask, but I am a sucker for masks so I cannot wait to try it out!
Overall: If you are into subscription boxes and want to try luxury, deluxe samples, I suggest giving it a try. You can also cancel at any time- no commitment.
In my box I received:
- Sesha Skin Therapy Mask
- Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara in Black
- Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream
- balanceMe shune on tinted lipgloss salve
- BVLGARI perfume 

Tarte Mascara

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FOTD: Fall Makeup Look


Did a Fall makeup look, here is a list of the products used:

- MAC Full Coverage Foundation in NC 35
- MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC 35

- MAC Bronzing Powder in Soft Sand
- Tarte Darling Blush from the holiday blush palette

- NARS eyeshadow primer
- MAC eyeshadows in Brule, Motif, and Bamboo mixed together and applied all over the lid
- Sleek eyeshadows paperbag and villain from the Ultra Matte v2 palette on the outer corners and crease
- MAC expensive pink eyeshadow on lid
- Inglot gel eyeliner #77
- Tarte lights, camera, lashes mascara
- On lower lashline, MAC pearlglide eye pencil in Designer Purple

- Buxom lipstick in Menace
- NYX lipliner in Deep Purple

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Review: LE Maybelline Matte Color Tattoos


Found these new Limited Edition Matte Maybelline Color Tattoos at my local CVS  (for $6.99) after endlessly searching every single store by me, I finally found them! I love matte finishes, I never used to and always leaned toward shimmery colors, but now that I am older and like more natural, everyday looks, matte finishes are right up my alley!

The shades I picked up are: Nude Pink, Matte Brown, and Just Beige

My favorite shade out of the three is Nude Pink, just because I think it's gorgeous on it's own, and goes well under any eyeshadow. Just Beige is also pretty because it's neutral, and matches my skintone. Matte Brown I like for darker or smokier looks (or even for the brows!) because it has no hint of shimmer.

What are these used for? A lot of people use these pots as an eyeshadow base, to wear under eyeshadows to help them last longer throughout the day and to give your eyeshadows a little more oomph by having a similar color underneath it. You can use them on its own as an eyeshadow though it may be harder to blend since they are creamy. You can definitely even use Matte Brown for the brows or as a liner.

These are similar to the MAC Paint Pots, I did some comparisons below of Nude Pink with MAC Paint Pot in Girl Friendly. The Just Beige is similar to MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre (comparison is in my video).

Overall? If you see them, grab them! These are awesome and have great staying power. Not to mention they are LIMITED EDITION!




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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Tarte Holiday Blush Palette


Went to my local Sephora to check out all the new holiday goodies that are already out, and a few of my instagram buddies were already posting about this gorgeous blush palette by Tarte cosmetics and had to see it for myself. I was definitely NOT disappointed!

This palette retails for $42, it is limited edition and is available in Sephora stores and

It's a nice sleek palette, and has all the sparkly bling that screams that the holidays are around the corner. The "Off the Cuff" palette also comes with a super cute cuff bracelet adorned with a gold bow (and I love bows!); the bracelet has two snap on buttons, which can be a con as it may not fit everyone. But very stylish nonetheless!

There are 4 blushes and 1 matte bronzer, the blushes are: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, and Dollface, and the matte bronzer is called Park Avenue Princess.

From L to R: Crave, Dazzled, Darling

From L to R: Darling, Dollface, and matte bronzer Park Avenue Princess

Swatches from L to R: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface, and Park Avenue Princess

Final thoughts: This is the perfect gift for yourself or for any beauty or blush enthusiast for the holidays. I love that it has a variety of colors to complement many skintones rather than showcasing one color family. It's great for traveling because it's sleek and small enough to fit anywhere without taking up a lot of room. The matte bronzer is great for contouring and is a nice addition to the palette. I love the permanent Tarte blushes so it's a no brainer these have the same amazing quality that Tarte continues to deliver.

From the Sephora website:

What it does:
The perfect gift for the spontaneous blush enthusiast, this palette comes with a range of five full-size shades and a wearable eco-chic bow cuff that’s sure to be the season’s hottest accessory. This limited-edition set complements all skin types and is infused with skin-balancing Amazonian clay that lasts up to 12 hours for fade-free, flawless wear.

This set contains:
- 4 x 0.158 oz Amazonian 12-hour blushes in Dollface (light pink), Dazzled (soft rose), Darling (nude melon), and Crave (pink peach)
- 0.158 oz Amazonian clay bronzer in Park Ave Princess
- Wearable, eco-chic bow bracelet 

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Review: Wet n' Wild Eyeshadow Primer


I recently went to my local Walgreens as you know from my last post and came across the display stand for the Fergie Centerstage collection by Wet n' Wild, and all my lovely Instagram ladies that have already tried this demanded I pick this up! So today I will be reviewing the eyeshadow primer from the line (and will review the lipsticks in another post). As you can see from the top pic, I stocked up! Because this stuff is awesome sauce! Don't worry, I will be doing a giveaway very soon and one lucky reader or instagram follower will receive one in their giveaway set! If you have Instagram, feel free to follow me @nessasarymakeup.

The deets:
Where I bought mine: Walgreens
Price: $4.99 (on sale)
Shade: For my primas (only shade it comes in), it's a neutral, colorless shade and blends in with the skin.

What it's supposed to do: Prevent your eyeshadows from creasing on your lids and keeping it fresh all day.

First impression: When I took off the cap, I noticed the product was just spewing out due to all the pressure in the tube (not a deal breaker), but it's definitely a waste of product because you can't control it and you can't put any of the excess back in, however I am sure once some of it is used up, this will be eliminated. There is no funky smell to it, in fact, it reminded me EXACTLY of my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (UDPP). Same look and feel. I wore it under some Inglot eyeshadows to work when I did a brown smokey look, and 13 hours later (from the time I got ready for work at 6am until 7pm when I got home), it still looks really fresh! No creasing whatsoever! I was highly impressed considering this is probably one of the first drugstore eyeshadow primers I have really seen and it was only $4.99!

- Lots of product in the tube
- Only $4.99
- Actually prevented creasing for me and kept my eyeshadows vibrant

- Hard to find, since I believe these are Limited Edition as it is part of the Fergie Collection, that means when you run out, you most likely won't be able to re-stock.
- Too much product oozes out of the tube first few uses due to all the product pressure in the tube, but should subside once enough product is used.

Final thoughts: This is pretty amazing, and you cannot beat the price as it performs just as good, if not better, than some of the "high-end" eyeshadow primers as you can see from the pics below. I definitely recommend it if you can find it!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Wet n' Wild Beauty-Fergie Centerstage


I love Walgreens; they always have the newest makeup displays before the other stores like CVS and sometimes Rite-Aid, and it's always so well stocked and organized. Today, I had to get cough drops and this beautiful display with Fergie on it caught my eye. It's the new Wet n' Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection.

As you can see, there are a lot of products that went into this collection! I ended up just picking up one palette, the eye primer, and a lot of lipsticks! I have not played with them yet, but enjoy the pics below, the lipsticks are super moisturizing and pigmented! The dark purple lipstick "Ferguson Crest Cabernet" is a good dupe of MAC "Rebel" lipstick, and it's only $3.49 currently at my local Walgreens!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

L'Oreal Caresse Lip Stains (YSL Dupe?)


I have seen the new L'Oreal Displays at my local Walgreens and kept passing by them, not giving them any attention, until I started hearing about a possible YSL dupe of their Caresse lip stains on IG (I am mainly active there due to my laptop being out of commission and can only blog when I am able to borrow one lol).

I decided to buy a couple to see if I liked them, the first two I bought was "Infinite Fuchsia" (which is now one of my favorites), and "Pink Rebellion". At first I didn't like "Pink Rebellion", by itself on my bare lips did nothing for me but make my lips look shiny, however on top of a pink or purple lipstick for example, it was stunning! "Infinite Fuchsia" by itself was just gorgeous- a perfect berry shade in my opinion, and it stayed on! It stayed on TOO well that I was actually panicking on how to remove it! LOL.

I ended up loving them, so went to Target (since it's cheaper there at $7.99 a pop as opposed to Walgreens selling it at $9.99 each), and got the rest of the colors I liked (I skipped getting the paler colors). There are 12 shades total in the line, and I got 9 of them all in all: Endless Red, Stubborn Plum, Infinite Fuchsia, Everlasting Caramel, Coral Tattoo, Pink Rebellion, Berry Persistent, Rose on and on, and Eternally Nude.

***Note: Will be updating this post as soon as I do all the swatches on the lips***

These are brand spanking new on the market, so there isn't a whole lot of info on them yet, even L'Oreal doesn't have them on their website! So, I will be as detailed as I can be in this review:

Quick facts:
- The darker colors seem to stain a bit better (Endless Red, Infinite Fuchsia, and Berry Persistent)
- "Stubborn Plum" and "Pink Rebellion" almost look identical, however I liked that Pink Rebellion, looks more baby pink on my lips, almost like a nice soft lilac.
- All the colors had great staying power, even when I ran water over them numerous times.
- You definitely need an oil based makeup remover to remove these effectively.
- The wand applicator is a paddle shaped doe foot, making it easier to apply and control how much desired product you want to apply.
- To me, there is no funky annoying smell or feel, they are not drying once on your lips.

Colors I highly recommend: Endless Red, Infinite Fuchsia, Coral Tattoo, Pink Rebellion, and Berry Persistent

Colors that are nice to have: Everlasting caramel and Rose on and on

Colors to skip: Pink Perseverance and Lilac Ever After

Wear time: I wore "Pink Rebellion" to work and was able to get about 6 hours of wear, I am sure I would have been able to have gotten more wear out of it, but had lunch which made it toned down. I will update this post with a before and after pic in regards to wear as well as the other colors in the upcoming days. Since these are stains, it's hard to work quickly with them so I would have to do the swatches on the lips on separate days.

YSL Dupes? I do not own any YSL lipglosses, however, I have swatched the YSL ones at Sephora several times and I can say they do seem very similar, but these are below half the cost of ONE YSL lipgloss! I am sure you can find a comparison by another blogger online who may have both.

Overall, I highly recommend these! They are awesome stains and well worth it, especially on nights out on the town where you don't really want to spend time touching up, or if you are looking for a stain that's not drying-- these are perfect!


Wearing "Infinite Fuchsia"

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