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Surprise!

Surprise!  Spring is nearly here.  Well, at least I keep pretending it is.  We finally got winter here in Northern California, and it’s cold and rainy.  But here is something to brighten your day beauties!

Tarte will have their next TSV on March 16th.  You can call it an early St. Patrick’s Day present.  In this kit, called Miracle of Maracuja, you will see old favorites and new tricks for your makeup bag.

You get:

  • Maracuja Oil – this is a personal fave.  I use it on my face, but also on my very dry winter skin.  it’ s oozing with Vitamin C so it’s a great anti oxidant and moisturizer.  This is a FULL SIZED product, so you really get the rest of the kit for free!
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara – while this was ousted by the Tarte Gifted Mascara as my holy grail, it’s still very high on my list of faves
  • Maracuja Creseless Waterproof Concealer – yes, we’re still stocked up from the Glow Your Way to Gorgeous kits.  It’s not my favorite for winter, because it’s a bit too dewy, but we’ll see how it holds up in warmer weather
  • Bamboo Blush Brush – this is different than the blush brush that comes with the Amazonian Clay blushes, and it can also be used as a great powder brush.
  • **NEW** Amazonian Clay Beauty in the Box Eyeshadow Quad – One of these boxes is already available at Sephora, and it looks like they are rehashing the Benefit trend.  Jury is still out but I will keep you posted.  This box has Cloud Pink, Silver Mist, Purple Fog, and Dark Ash.
  • **NEW*** Maracuja Lipgloss – we’ve seen these recently in a set on the Q, and this is a color exclusive to the kit.  These glosses match the colors of the cult fave blushes, and this first introduction is Peaceful.
  • **NEW** Cashmere Waterproof Gliding Eyeliner – I’m a fan of the Amazonian Clay liners, so I’m not sure I want a new one, but this is another black liner.  Realy, who can’t have enough black liners?
  • **NEW** Maracuja Airbrush Bouncy Blush – Ok I’m not clear on what the trend in bouncy facial products is, but this is another one, similar to Maybelline Dream Bounce Blush and the new Mally Face Defender Blush.    This is Shimmering Poppy and the color looks beautiful.  THe spring trend is for a POP of color on the cheeks,a n this certainly looks like it will do it.


Single Shipments are available NOW for Insiders, and will be available March16th for everyone else.
The Auto Delivery is available HERE, with kits shipping in July and November with seasonal shades.

I’ve ordered mine and since I just got my big fat payment from Ebates, I upped the shipping so I should get it by Friday.

A Star is Born!

I admit it,  am powerless against the draw of a TSV!  When I first read about this Laura Geller kit, I wasn’t sure I really wanted to invest my money because I have so much Balance & Brighten, I could open a store.  But, when I looked at the gorgeous blush and the eye primer, I couldn’t resist.  This All Stars kit was designed for the Geller Girl who has everything already, and wants to pump it up.

In this kit, you get:

  • Champagne Spackle, a primer with a light glow
  • Balance and Brighten, a baked powder foundation
  • Blush and Brighten in Pink Grapefruit, a gorgeous light pink blush
  • Waterproof Eye Spackle
  • Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Amethyst/Starburst
  • makeup bag

Laura Geller is known for her primer, which she named Spackle because it “smooths over” the imperfections on your face and creates a flawless base.  The Champagne version is a light, airy glow, with teeny sparkles.  It’s very similar to Ethereal, which is slightly darker and not as sparkly.  Spackle hasn’t made my Top 5 primer list yet, but I need to play with it a bit more.  I find it very slick and slippery, and not my favorite.  C+

The Balance and Brighten is something I use almost every day these days, and it’s a rich, creamy powder foundation that can provide as little or as much coverage as you want.  I use it over my favorite BB cream for a flawless finish, or on it’s own for a light layer on a lazy day.  If you apply it with a damp makeup sponge, or a beauty blender, you get more of a creamy medium coverage.   I currently use Fair, but generally I am Regular (Medium).  The great thing about this product is that there are many colors in one, and you can pick out the colors you need or swirl them together to provide a multi toned product. A-

The Pink Grapefruit Blush and Brighten is gorgeous!  I love this color and I had seen it in another kit at Ulta and was looking all over for it.  This is not a full size, but it will still last you forever.  It’s a pretty bright pink in the pan but when you dust it on the apples of your cheeks, it is a sweet, natural flush.  Remember, a LITTLE goes a long way here!  A

One of my favorite items in the kit is the Waterproof Eye Spackle.  I am constantly looking for the perfect eye primer, as I have super sensitive eyes and many products don’t work for me.  Until recently, Too Faced Shadow Insurance was my fave, but recently, it has been causing me some irritation so I had to search for a new primer.  The eye spackle is in a clicker pen, which makes applying it a breeze.  Just a little dab, blended on your eye, will brighten it up and make it look awake and open, while providing a great base.  Use this, and your makeup will stay all day.  The only down side for this, is that sadly, it contains parabens.  Hopefully, they will be eliminated in the future.  B

The last item in this kit is an eyeshadow duo in Starburst/Amethyst.  The marble eyeshadows are always fun because they have so many colors swirled in to the one.  The Starburst is a pink, gold, bronze int he pan, but when you apply it you get a dark gold bronze glow.  The Amathyst is a purple and gold marble, and when applied it is a darker purple with a golden background.  These are girlie colors and the gold really warms them up.  Again, sadly, there are parabens in the eyeshadow.    B

This kit is $55 on QVC right now, and the TSV had an Auto Delivery option that will give us a new color of blush, eyeshadow and spackle in the future.

This kit is a great value, even if you only keep 2 of the pieces.  While I really didn’t need any more Balance & Brighten, it’s easy to sell that to a fellow makeup lover and make this kit worth every penny.  I have become a bit of a collector of Laura’s eyeshadows, because they are simploy beautiful and the marble effect gives you multiple colors in one.

Over all, I have to give this kit a B because several of the products contains parabens.  If they were eliminated, then this would be an A in my book!  The staying power of the blush and eyeshadow is phenomenal, and I love the baked effect.

Happy glossing!

 

Ho Ho Ho! The HOlidays are here!

If you’re like me, I’ve been overwhelmed with all the holiday newness and it keeps rolling in.  Luckily, there are plenty of sales to take advantage of, and you can slowly build your holiday collection over time.  That said, it’s the time of year when the Auto Delivery selection from QVC becomes overwhelming.  Specifically, Bare Escentauls is offering the first auto delivery Today’s Special Value that contains a Ready Shadow Compact.

I got your attention with that did I?

But wait!  There’s more!  Not only do you get a brand new, QVC exclusive Ready Duo in Golden Irish & Azure Iris, you also get two more brand spanking new products that have not launched yet.

First, there is the new Round the Clock Eyeliners.  While these are available in the RSVP and Away We Glow holiday kits, there are not yet available elsewhere. I  am super excited about these because if you are like me, I cannot use the B&B eyeliners because they are quite emollient and drip down my face.  My current addiction to UD 24/7 liners and Mally liners might be broken if these are anything like they promise.  In this  kit you get not one, but two liners – 10pm, a mocha color and Noon, a navy.

Next, we have a brand new lip gloss called Marvelous Moxie.  Leslie has been teasing us with this product on Facebook for a couple of months, but it will be great to add a new formulation to my collection.  I love my Buxom glosses, but I am not a fan of the 100% Natural Lipglosses.  I hope these hold up!  You will be getting two glosses, Wild Peach and Daredevil.

Let’s round out the kit with Rose Gold Radiance, a take on Rose Radiance with more shimmer for those holiday parties; you also get a shadow brush, a face brush and a bag.

Oh la la!

The best part, is that the TSV price is only $49.98 on early ordering and – there is Sleazy Easy Pay available, making this kit a bit over $20 (3 payments) which is easy for me to absorb; I will get off my butt 2 days a week and I’ve more than paid for that by not paying for parking.  You will also get new kits in April, July and October with new colors, to round out your READY collection.

Considering that you get a shadow duo, 2 liners, 2 glosses, an AOFC AND brushes, it’s a steal!

I can’t wait to get mien and share more with you!

 

 

 

It’s Perfect!

September marks the changing of the seasons, the start of fall, and, sadly, the last Auto Delivery shipment of Bare Escentauls’ The Perfect Gift.  It was a little bitter sweet to see the last kit arrived, but in true BE form, it was beautiful!

Packaged in the trademark The Perfect Gift style, a cute hatbox showed up with:

  • Silver Lining eyeshadow, a medium grey silver shimmer
  • The Bright Side eyeshadow, a pale yellow linen matte
  • Rosy Outlook blush, a bright pink rose, which looks like a baby’s blush
  • Midnight Moon eyeliner, a deep dark blue
  • Fearless Pretty Amazing Lipcolor, a pinkish natural nude
  • Tinted Hydrating Mineral Veil
  • Full Defintion Flawless Mascara
When I first saw other gals wearing this kit, I knew I’d love it.  I haven’t broken in to my PG2 or 3, because the colors turned me off a bit, but now I know I need to.
For this look I started with Missha Cho Bo Yang BB Cream in #2 Calm Beige, followed by BE Fairly Medium in original.  I skipped primer, in order to test the wearability of the BB cream.  Fortunately, it was a great primer, foundation, moisturizer and cover in one!  See my full revie here.  The result was a flawless face to start with!
On my eyes, I used Bright Side from lash to crease dry, and then foiled  on the lid.  Silver lining was added on the outer third up in to the crease.  Finally, to add a bit of definition, I used Queen Tiffany Matte in the crease and lined with Buxom Lashliner in Suede, with Benefit They’re Real Mascara.
On my lips, Fearless Pretty Amazing was followed by Holly Buxom.  Love it!
This is my favorite Perfect Gift Shipment.  I really liked the first one, however I think the colors of this kit suit me more.  It can me worn as a smokey eye, or you can make it a simple day time look.
All in all, I’m glad I got in on this AD and I can’t wait to see the next one that is coming up sooN!
Happy Glossing!

Perfect in green

Today, I am wearing the third installment of the Holiday 2011 Auto Delivery Collection from Bare Escentuals, The Perfect Gift.  In this shipment, you will get, in that cute little hatbox:

  • Tinted Hydrating Mineral Veil
  • Appreciate Blush
  • Enjoy Eyecolor, a golden yellow chiffon
  • Savor Eyecolor, a deep sage shimmer
  • Big & Bright eyeliner in Bronze
  • Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in black
  • Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Courage, a warm strawberry and one of my favorite PAs.

I don’t use the B&B liners, so that was tossed in my swap bin right away.

On my face:

  • Too Faced Primed & Poreless
  • BE Original in Light
  • Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Faux Tan to contour
  • tarte natural eye primer
  • blush and eye colors from the kit
  • Buxom Suede Lashliner
  • tarte Amazonian Clay liner in Shimmering Sage (I think!)
  • Buxom Amplified Mascara
  • Pretty Amazing lin Courage
  • Brandi Buxom

With my golden fair skin and blue eyes, I wasn’t sure that the green tones would for me.  Happily, I love the gold and the green is a nice accent color.

I foiled the Enjoy all over the lid, and buffed it out with Enjoy dry to just above the crease.  Using a small brush, I applied Savor in the crease.  For liner, I started with Buxom Suede lashliner, followed by the sage tarte liner, finishing off with the Amplifed mascara.  I love the way it brings out my eyes!

What do YOU think of PG3?