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April 23, 2015

GLAMBOT Review - Anastasia, Stila, Urban Decay, & Laura Mercier

If you haven't heard of GLAMBOT yet you'll want to! They are an online marketplace that features "gently pre-owned" high end beauty products as well as new products at up to 50% off of the retail price. I had the opportunity to give them a whirl and here's what I bought!

Anastasia Dip Brow, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick, bare Minerals 5 in 1 eyeshadow, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick, and Stila Smudge stick ALL for under $60!

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April 20, 2015

Creating a Glam Gift Basket with Betsey Johnson #KleenexStyle

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KleenexStyle #CollectiveBias
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!

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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