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April 20, 2015

Creating a Glam Gift Basket with Betsey Johnson #KleenexStyle

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I love Gift Baskets. Even those pre-made ones you get during the Holidays are just so much fun to dig in to. I put together this gift basket as a special surprise Thank You for a girl friend of mine. Giving it a Glam theme by styling it around the feminine and whimsical designs of the KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs. The bright colors and eccentric designs are sure to brighten anyone's day. I know this first hand because my better half bought these for me before I even knew about them and I was like OMG! Betsey!

Betsey Johnson is synonymous with hot pink, animal print, roses, and feminity. She has been on of my favorite designers for years, inspiring me to embrace my own creative side. I started my DIY basket by first picking up some materials that would compliment the boxes. A pink basket, pink roses, pink filler, and leopard print ribbon.

Next, I purchased the KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs (74ct.). One to include in the box, and one for myself, you can see how I use it later!

The KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs (74ct.) and KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Wallet 3 Packs are available now at Kroger stores. I found mine at Fred Meyer in the personal care aisle. They were located on the top shelf, with such attention grabbing patterns you can't miss them! They are also available at a banner store like Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fry's Food, Harris-Teeter, King Soopers, Quality Food Centers, and Smith's & Ralphs.

Keeping with the Betsey Johnson theme I stopped by TJ's to find a few accessories. An edgy little makeup bag with skulls and roses. Can I keep this bag for myself? That print is so awesome! Aviator sunglasses with pink leopard print, a set of leopard drop earrings, and the signature perfume.
What girl doesn't love chocolate? Ghiradelli Sea Salt Soiree is deliciously amaaaazing as is my other favorite chocolates, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette and Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.

Another item I think every one enjoys getting in a basket is Spa products. I included pink exfoliating gloves, cherry-almond hand cream, cupcake bath bomb, Udderly Smooth body moisturizer, Evian Brumisateur Face Spray, and some sheek masks. Most luxurious of all are these Geluxury Leopard Print Spa Slippers. I own a pair of these and they are amazing. They have a gel like interior with infused oils that moisturize your feet while you wear them.

For hair and beauty I centered it around that bold electric shade of pink Betsey is known for. 

A baby kabuki, angled liner, & blending sponge. Be My Baby nail polish from Madam Glam, Essence mini lipgloss trio, Violent Lips Leopard Glitter Lip Tattoo's, and Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara. Finishing it off with the Rock Your Hair hairspray because that packaging is everything.

There we have it, my finished Betsey-fied Glam Gift Basket. Being able to style a basket around the KLEENEX® Betsey Styled Single Packs (74ct.) was a ton of fun! I think it has such a personal and over the top touch, I know she'll love it!

Even after the tissues are gone you can re-purpose them. The Kleenex® boxes make stylish DIY Makeup Brush holders. Just add in some plastic beads to the bottom of the box and you have inexpensive funky brush holders. Add a handle to the top and make the box the basket itself, or cut it up to make a decorative personalized card to include in your gift basket.

Be sure to check out this awesome Fandango promotion! Available in select Kroger and Kroger banner stores. Purchase two specially marked packages of Kleenex® Tissues in one transaction at Kroger stores and receive a reward code valid for a $5 Visa Digital Rewards. 

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 I hope you enjoyed my Glam Gift Basket idea today. You can find more gift inspiration with KLEENEX® at Who will you create a gift basket for?

April 09, 2015

This Season's Ultimate Styling Collection: Redken's Fashion Collection

Redken Global Styling Director Guido is the fashion world’s most visionary stylist and the creative force behind the runway’s most iconic hairstyles. Now, you can recreate his must-have looks from Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Week with four NEW runway-ready products in Redken’s Fashion Collection!
The Fashion Collection includes: Stay High 18 high-hold gel mousse, Short Sculpt 19 touchable texturizing gel, Braid Aid 03 Braid defining lotion, and Metal Fix 08 metallic liquid pomade.

There are some pretty awesome products in the Fashion Collection that I haven't seen before, like a fix to those slipping braids and metallic pomade's that looks like a flash tattoo for your hair! Redken is always keeping us on the cutting edge of what's next in hair.

Keep Reading for the REDKEN Fashion Collection Review

April 07, 2015

COLOURPOP Lippie Stix Lip Pencils Review & Swatches

I had the chance to check out COLOURPOP before they even launched to the public so I have a bit of a soft spot for this chill budget friendly brand. I wear one of their eye shadows in some form nearly ever day (see my review here). Colourpop has since introduced a ton more colors to their eyeshadow lineup, new blushes, and lip products. Being a lip girl I wanted to try out the lippie stix because well they're cheap and the descriptions made them sound pretty awesome. I bought six I could get the free shipping of course :)
Lippie Stix are lip "stix" that each have a coordinating lip pencil so that you can get perfectly done lips. Available in Glossy, Matte, and Satin finish with colors from nude to dark, even some crazier ones like mint! Just $5 a pop.

Keep Reading for the Colourpop Lippie Stix & Lip Pencils Review

April 05, 2015

Try the World Marrakesh Subscription Box Review

My first Try The World experience was with the Paris Box and it was délicieux. I've already re-purchased some of the items from that box. This month we meet Morocco with the Marrakesh Box. Not being familiar with the cuisine this was all a surprise to get in to. Having cut my subscription boxes down to just a select few this is one I still love to get and to give as gifts. Try the World is such an enjoyable way to discover the cuisine of different places around the world and take a break from beauty products.

With Try The World, get a beautiful box every two months full of 6-9 gourmet, international products from around the world. Curating the most delicious and unique foods from destinations such as Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Rio and more!

For a limited time when you Sign up for Try The World you'll receive a FREE PARIS BOX plus your Marrakesh Box. Such a sweet deal! You can also save 30% off your first box with code "MONROETRAVELS".

Keep Reading for Try The World Marrakesh Review

March 25, 2015

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

My first makeup purchase of 2015! I took a much needed break from buying or receiving makeup over the last few months. Not so good for beauty blogging, but now I feel like I can be much more selective in my product choices. Only choosing a few each month that I feel would be an asset to my makeup collection or blog. Excess just creates clutter in the mind and space. The Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette is what I wanted for Xmas, didn't get, then couldn't buy! Talk about beauty is torture.

I had been eyeing Innerstellar since the release. The cosmic theme, spacey packaging, cool neutral metallics, just every thing about it said YOU NEED THIS. Even the purple wasn't a deal breaker. Wasn't it about time we got a cool toned palette from KvD? I've passed on most of the recent KvD releases because they tend to run very warm.
Experience the bolder side of neutral with this lunar-inspired palette of cool, cosmic colors. These 12 new provocative shades are brilliantly arranged into three quads, each featuring a large, versatile base or highlighter shade with a corresponding trio of accent hues—from irresistible silvers to moon-dust nudes and smoldering earth tones in pearl and matte finishes. These ultra smooth eye shadows are milled with a triple-jet process to yield rich pigment in just one swipe while delivering ultimate blendablity and crease-free wear.
KvD eye shadow palettes are consistently awesome in quality. The eye shadows have high pigmentation, silky smooth blendability, and wear all day with out fading.

Eye shadows in Gravitron (soft iridescent pink), Vast (pearlized taupe), Lycan (matte cream) 

Night Crawler (matte dusty beige), Dios (silvery gray iridescence), Lunacy (rich pearlized purple), Astrological (pale lilac sheen), Darkstar (purplish pewter), Orion (matte chocolate brown), 3am (metallic champagne), Moonshine (metallic silver), Killing Moon (matte black).

Innerstellar is one stellar palette for many reasons. One, Lycan is that perfect matte cream highlight shade that is often left out of palettes. You can put together multiple neutral eye combinations. I am especially fond of 3am on the the lid, Night Crawler in crease, Orion to intensify, and Lycan to highlight. Then it moonlights as a smokey eye palette, with Moonshine being a gorgeous metallic lid color and Killing Moon a no fallout smokin matte black. Purple is usually not for me, but the lilac shades are beautiful lid colors against green eyes. There isn't one shade in this palette that I wouldn't use, so much versatility. I bought two other palettes that day and Innerstellar has been getting all the love to the moon and back.

Totally satisfied with this palette purchase, Innerstellar is a kicked up neutrals to night palette that I know I will get a lot of use out of. If you want some edgy neutrals with cool toned flare GET IT.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye is also looking very tempting! Get KvD Shade & Light Eye Palette HERE

March 21, 2015

Trying On: Budget Velvet Matte Lips with Me Now Generation Liquid Lipstick

Lately I've been loving velvety matte lips. Lime Crime, Kat Von D, Anastasia, Dose of Colors, even Jeffree Star all have liquid matte lipsticks that are pretty rockin. However they do run $20 or more a tube. When I saw these inexpensive versions on Born Pretty I thought what the heck...under $4 with 36 shades? If they suck it won't be much of a loss and if they don't, buy them all :)

Born Pretty lists these as 12 Colors Lip Gloss Waterproof Matte Velvet Long Lasting Lip Pencils and the prices range from $1.99-$3.34 depending on the shade range. When I checked today they were on sale for $2.51. The brand is "M.I. Me Now Generation II". With 36 shades in total from pale nude, bright pink, to a range of reds.
#26 (tawny nude), #25 (blue based fuchsia), #28 (vivid orange red)

#26 is a pretty tawny nude shade. It pulls a little warm on me, I was hoping for a mauve, but I think I'll find that in #2.

#25  Killer shade of fuchsia. I have worn this color three times already, such a super flattering deep blue based pink. Out of the three shades #25 dries down to a soft velvety finish the quickest. 

#28 Beautiful pouty orange red. This is what I wanted Lime Crime Suedeberry to look like but it was overly orange. Love being able to wear a red lip with out the worry of lipstick on my teeth or glass. These are very date night friendly lipsticks :)

Me Now Generation liquid lipstick far exceeded my expectations. I never expect much from "no brand" generic makeup, but these rival high end liquid lipsticks. The formula is light and dries down to a matte finish quickly. They are water-proof,  kiss-proof, and transfer-proof. Your lips also aren't left super dry after removal and feel comfortable even with many hours of wear. Being quick in application is important. A thin layer and make it fast or it will stay tacky like your lips are being glue sticked together. Once you figure out the application tricks though these are some really nice lip colors.

Here is a comparison next to a few of my Lime Crime Velvetines. I think they are different enough to not compare color wise.

#26, #25, #28, Lime Crime Red Velvet, Lime Crime Suedeberry, Lime Crime Pink Velvet

This liquid lipstick formula is so on lock down that you will need an oil based makeup remover to fully take them off. As you can see the Lime Crime were wiped away but Me Gen were still very much there, crazy crazy staying power.

Count me in for many more shades of Me Gen Liquid Lipstick. Born Pretty even does a wholesale set of 12 for $18.00, that's like a dozen for the price of one high end version. There are some shades that these just can't dupe like Lime Crime Black Velvet and Kat Von D Lolita, but other than that they are just as nice with a huge flattering shade range and a price that can't be beat.

 At my readers will get 10% off with code MM10K31 
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March 17, 2015

Lucky Charms with March BOXYCHARM Subscription Box

Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you received your March BOXYCHARM * in the mail today as I did you are probably feeling pretty lucky too! I loved this box so much I wanted to review it right away so that you could still get in on the March box if you'd like. I think you'll like :)

 BOXYCHARM is a beauty box subscription that surprises you each month with 4 full sized items and one travel sized item all for $21/mo. and free shipping. From nail care, to the hottest hair products, to the top skin care and cosmetics, your head-to-toe beauty needs are covered!

For March BoxyCharm searched high and low to reach the end of the rainbow for your Boxy pot of gold. In with the fresh and out with the old. So, bring out your pastels and prepare that dewy skin, your March BoxyCharm is here to release that lucky charm within.

Oscar Blandi Hair Products - Travel Size ($11)
Refresh, Revive, and recharge hair without water. Pronto Dry Shampoo is perfect for use between shampoo's or as a midday hair pick me up. This dry shampoo increases volume and removed dirt and buildup from the root area in seconds.

I had this in my SEPHORA cart to buy so I could not believe it came in my box! It was even the right version for my hair and travel size. I've heard such great things about this dry shampoo so I can't wait to try it.
Water resistant and perfect for the eye and lip area. Created with synthetic beeswax base for a smooth, soft, and long lasting application. The color I received was light beige. This is the perfect shade for the waterline. The pinky beige is brightening and not harsh like white can be. It could also be used for a nude lip. I love flesh toned pencils and this one is a beautiful one.
LVX Nail Lacquer in shade LemonDrop
LVX are fashion forward nail polish shades that are 5 free, have a gel like finish, cruelty free, and vegan. When I saw this color it made me smile! Lemondrop is like Easter and sunshine and baby chicks. I don't own a color like this at all so I'm happy to have it in my nail polish collection amongst all the pink and red.
Lipsurgence delivers the benefits of a lipstick with creamy rich pigment and the ease and moisure of a balm. tarte lipsurgence are one of my favorite lip products for fast or on the go lips. They are fool proof to apply even with out a mirror and they have a refreshing minty taste to them. This is another product I had in my SEPHORA cart and the right shade too! Charmed is a gorgeous sheer warm pink. A glossy natural pink color that will be lovely for the lightened up Spring makeup routine.

Nutrify Skin Type 1-6 is the most expensive item in this months box at $48. This tonic hydrates skin and speeds healing while fighting free radicals and surface irritants. It has a very interesting ingredient.. daisy extract. Which is a non-bleaching botanical to stop brown spots. I am a skincare serum junkie so I will be putting this on my face asap and if it is good I'll review this in a separate post. Just like every month, completely happy with the selections from BoxyCharm :)
Get BOXYCHARM ($21/mo.)