Category Archives: Holidays

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

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Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

I picked up a few of these Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos from Sephora for the Holidays, and I wanted to swatch them for you in case you were interested in them too.  I have been impressed with the limited exposure that I have had to Bite Beauty products.  I find that these Luminous Crème Lipstick duos are very comfortable on the lips, and beautifully pigmented.  I do have one full sized Luminous Crème Lipstick in Shiraz that was a gift, but the line runs a little expensive for my taste.  That’s why I jumped on these Mix and Mingle Duos.  I can explore more shades in the line for a fraction of the cost.

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

There are six Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos available this year, and I chose three of them.  The three duos that I chose are in the shades:

  • Latte/Cortado: This coffee themed duo features Latte, a warm nude, and Cortado, a nude pink.
  • Holly/Tannin: Holly is a bright, warm red while Tannin is a deeper, more Christmas red.
  • Mulberry/Scarlet: Mulberry is a deep berry shade and Scarlet is a dark red wine shade that is just a touch sheer.
Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duo Swatches

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duo Swatches

The swatches are from left to right: Latte, Cortado, Holly, Tannin, Mulberry, and Scarlet.  These duos are small, .05 oz on each side, two-thirds of a full size Luminous Crème Lipstick.  However, they are also only $14 instead of the $24 that a full size will set you back. I am someone who likes to experiment, so I never get through an entire tube of lipstick anyway.  The Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos are perfect for me, and I am so glad that I got them.  These duos are just here for the Holidays, and they are going fast.  If you see that a duo you wanted is sold out online, don’t despair.  It may still be available in your local store.  I definitely recommend giving them a try.

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LORAC Mega Pro 2 Review and Swatches

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LORAC Mega Pro 2

LORAC Mega Pro 2

I finally broke down and bought the LORAC Mega Pro 2 Palette and have it to show you today.  I really went back and forth when it came to deciding whether or not to buy this palette.  I’ll discuss my reservations later, but ultimately the LORAC Pro formula and some truly beautiful shades finally won me over.  Luckily, unlike the first Mega Pro palette, the Mega Pro 2 was made in a much bigger batch, so people could actually easily get their hands on it.  The palette is exclusive to Ulta, but it is still definitely available.  I was bummed to have missed out on the first Mega Pro palette.  I personally love the LORAC Pro shadow formula.  I think that they are pigmented, silky, and blend like a dream.  As I have mentioned several times on this blog, the LORAC Pro 2 palette is probably my favorite of all the palettes that I own.  I finally decided that I would regret it if I missed out on this one as well.  So let’s take a look.

LORAC Mega Pro 2

LORAC Mega Pro 2

The LORAC Mega Pro 2 is twice the size of the regular Pro palettes.  It comes in the same type of sturdy cardboard packaging as previous Pro palettes, and it has that rubberized NARS-like coating on the outside.  There is a large mirror on the inside flap, and it is good quality so you could definitely use it to do your makeup.  LORAC chose dark blue theming for their Holiday 2015 collection, and the Mega Pro 2 is no exception.  I think LORAC made a mistake making the inside packaging blue.  It does the shadows a real disservice and makes the palette look much more cool toned than it actually is.  I think the color was off-putting for a lot of people, and I think they would have been more inspired if the shadows were set against a black background instead.  The palette has 16 matte shades and 16 shimmer shades.  As far as I know, there are no repeat shades from previous Pro palettes with the exception of Black (which is in all of them).

LORAC Mega Pro 2

LORAC Mega Pro 2

LORAC really knows how to do matte shadows, and the 16 matte shadows in this palette are fantastic.  They are silky smooth and very finley milled.  LORAC is known for their super soft shadows kicking up a lot of powder.  You do have to use a gentle hand and not dig into the shadows.  If you are rough with your palettes, you may want to steer clear of this formula.  I don’t usually have an issue with it though, because I find the shadows so pigmented that I can use a light hand to still achieve an intense look.  The shimmer shades range from satin shimmer to full-on metallic, with two micro-glitter shades.  There are two shades that needed some building up, Cabernet and Gold Leaf.  Otherwise, the shadows are fantastic.  The real issue that I had with this palette, and the reason it took me so long to decide to buy it, is that there are so many light shades.  The shimmery highlight shades are especially redundant.  At least three of the light shades could have been scrapped for something else and no one would have missed them.  I would have loved to see a matte cobalt blue shade, as well as shimmery emerald and cranberry shades to round off what we did get.  That being said, I am in love with a good portion of the shades in this palette.  Take a look.

Porcelain, Custard, Tawny and Burlap

Porcelain, Custard, Tawny and Burlap

  • Porcelain- Matte, very light skin tone shade
  • Custard- Creamy matte shade with yellow undertones
  • Tawny- Warm orangey brown matte shade
  • Burlap- Matte, warm, light camel color, comes off lighter than it looks in the pan
Melon, Tangerine, Saddle, and Forest

Melon, Tangerine, Saddle, and Forest

  • Melon- Peachy orange matte shade
  • Tangerine- Warm, burnt orange matte shade
  • Saddle- Cool-toned matte brown
  • Forest- Matte blackened green shade, comes off darker than it looks in the pan
Bisque, Lavender, Purple, and Sorbet

Bisque, Lavender, Purple, and Sorbet

  • Bisque- Matte, very light creamy pink shade
  • Lavender- Matte cool-toned lavender
  • Purple- Matte, mid-tone smoky purple
  • Sorbet- Light pink-toned mauve

Gogi, Cabernet, Ash, and Black

  • Goji- Medium pink/berry-toned mauve.  This shade has more of a matte/satin finish.
  • Cabernet- Dark plum with brown undertones.  This shade needed to be built up.
  • Ash- Deep charcoal gray
  • Black- Matte black
Sugar, Chiffon, Prosecco, and Soft Plum

Sugar, Chiffon, Prosecco, and Soft PlumSugar, Chiffon, Prosecco, and Soft Plum

  • Sugar- Shimmery cream shade
  • Chiffon- Light shimmery pink
  • Prosecco- Metallic champagne shade with silver undertones
  • Soft Plum- Metallic taupey-mauve shade with plum undertones
Cinnamon, Sandstone, Gunmetal, and Blue Quartz

Cinnamon, Sandstone, Gunmetal, and Blue Quartz

  • Cinnamon- Metallic copper shade
  • Sandstone- Warm, metallic taupe
  • Gunmetal- Medium metallic gray
  • Blue Quartz- Shimmery electric blue
Moonlight, Seashell, Peony, and Dk. Sienna

Moonlight, Seashell, Peony, and Dk. Sienna

  • Moonlight- Shimmery cream shade with subtle yellow undertones
  • Seashell- Shimmery blush shade
  • Peony- Warm, metallic peachy pink
  • Dk. Sienna- Very deep, warm-toned brown satin finish with very subtle micro-glitter
 Penny, Olivine, Gold Leaf, and Black Ivy

Penny, Olivine, Gold Leaf, and Black Ivy

  • Penny- Metallic bronze
  • Olivin- Metallic taupe with subtle olive undertones
  • Gold Leaf- Shimmery yellow gold.  This shade needed to be built up.
  • Black Ivy- Blackened green? (looks black) satin finish with very subtle gold micro-glitter

There are some gorgeous shades in this palette.  It is a good mix of cool and warm toned shades and is quite versatile.  There are more light shades than I would like, but there are only three or four shades in the whole palette of 32 that I can’t really see myself using.  That’s not bad.  I should point out here that I did not pay full price for the LORAC Mega Pro 2.  I got a 20% off coupon from Ulta right before I left for vacation and I had $9 worth of Rewards Points to redeem.  I ended up saving around $20, so the palette cost me $38 instead of $59.  I am not sure if I would have still gotten the palette if I had to pay full price.  I do really love it and I am so glad that I decided to buy it, but the far left side of the palette leaves a lot to be desired.  What are your thoughts?  Did you buy the LORAC Mega Pro 2?  Are you enjoying it?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Halloween Tutorial: Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

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Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Halloween is almost upon us, but if you are like me you may still be unsure of your costume.  I was wandering the Halloween aisles at Target, and saw this adorable giraffe headband.  It was only $3, and I knew that I had to get it for a Sweet and Sassy Giraffe Halloween tutorial.  This makeup is not as hard as it looks, but it is really time consuming.  Make sure that you have at least an hour (if not more, depending on your skill level) to dedicate to the makeup look.  Once you have the makeup done, the rest of the costume can be as simple or as complicated as you desire, but we will discuss that later.  Also be sure to check out my previous Halloween tutorials to learn how to transform in to a Glamour Cat and a Totally Outrageous 80’s Jem-style Rocker.  Let’s get into the makeup.

Tools

Tools

Before we start, I want to stress that you do not have to use the exact products that I used.  There aren’t any unusual products here, so you should be able to use what you already have in your collection. Here is what you will need:

  • A good eye primer. I used a sample of Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer.  If you have NYX Jumbo Eye pencil in Milk or a similar white base, then you may want to use that all over the lid and around your eye area to save yourself a step later.  Unfortunately I misplaced my Milk, so I had to do without it.
  • Eyeshadow in matte dark brown, matte white, and matte black.  I used the Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette for almost the entire look, but any shadows will do.
  • Brown Eyeliner.  I chose the Rimmel Scandaleyes Khol Kajal Liner because I wanted that subtle sparkle.
  • Black Eyeliner.  I chose the e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen for my lid and the NYX Slide On Glide On Pencil liner for my lower lash line, but any black liner will work.
  • Gold Eyeliner.  This may be the only item that you don’t already have.  You can find gold liner pretty easily this time of year.  I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in El Dorado.
  • Optional False lashes.  I tried.  I really did.  I think this look would be great with false lashes because giraffes have long lashes, but I couldn’t make them work for me.  Falsies, you are my nemesis and I conceded my defeat.  Those ever elusive long fluttery lashes were not in the cards for me this time.  Perhaps you will have better luck.

Start with your normal primer and foundation routine.  If you want to, you can use a light bronzer to warm up the edges of your face.  Do not contour, but a little around the temples and jaw line is good.  Prime your entire eye area (and use your white base if you have it).  I also recommend filling in your brows at this point so that you have a good frame for the eye makeup.  I filled my brows in with the same mix of brown shades from the 88 Warm Palette that I used for the giraffe spots.

Giraffe Step 1

Giraffe Step 1

Step 1:  Lightly dust some dark brown shadow on the lid and low on the crease.  I used the same shade that I will be using for the giraffe spots.  Blend the edges with a tan or peach shade but be sure not to go too high.  This step is just to get some color on the lid, but it will be overshadowed by the rest of the look, so don’t worry too much about getting it perfect.

Giraffe Step 2

Giraffe Step 2

Step 2:  Using a small detailed brush and dark brown shadow, create small square-ish shapes.  Leave a small space between the brown spots, and vary the size and shape.  Giraffes have asymmetrical spots, so you are not looking for perfection.

Giraffe Step 3

Giraffe Step 3

Step 3: Continue the pattern all around your eye area including above the brow, under the eye, and toward the nose.  You want the spots on the inside of your face and on the eye to start small, gradually getting larger as you approach the outside of the face and the cheek.

Giraffe Step 4

Giraffe Step 4

Step 4: If you do not have NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk or another white base, take a matte white eyeshadow and fill in the area between the spots.  This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but it adds a lot to the overall look.  If you are pressed for time, you can skip it, but I think it is worth the effort.  I used the white in the Wet n Wild I (Heart) Matte palette.

Giraffe Step 4

Giraffe Step 5

Step 5: With the gold eyeliner, place a dot/dash in the center of each brown square.  Again, this step adds a ton of dimension to the look and makes a huge difference.  I warned you in the beginning that this look was time consuming, but you will love how the gold liner transforms everything and takes it to the next level.

Giraffe Step 6

Giraffe Step 6

Step 6: Line your eyes and add mascara.  I used the e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen for my upper lash line and the NYX Slide On Glide On Pencil liner for my lower lash line and waterline.  I also smudged some black eyeshadow on my lower lash line.  I flicked my liner out for a baby wing.  I don’t recommend a dramatic wing for this look, but if you are comfortable with false lashes, more power to you.

Giraffe Eyes

Giraffe Eyes

Congratulations, the eyes are done!  Make yourself some coffee or tea.  Have a cookie.

Giraffe Step 7

Giraffe Step 7

Step 7: On the forehead we are going for a subtle triangular shape.  Make the spots that are closest to the nose smaller, getting larger as you go up the forehead.  These spots should be less square shaped than the spots on the eye, but it is essentially the same thing.  Instead of adding gold to these spots, you want to take the brown liner and outline the shape of the spots.  I chose to do a partial outline on the inside spots and fully outlined the ones on the edge to make the transition more subtle.

Giraffe Step 8

Giraffe Step 8

Step 8: Starting on outer edge of the cheek, make medium sized spots with a flat shader brush, gradually getting larger as you move toward the jaw and neck.  You don’t want to bring them in too much because you want the center of the face and neck to be empty.  You can move toward the center over the collarbone and chest, but you never want the sides to meet.  The spots/squares on the neck and chest should be quite large.  Your spot pattern will depend on your outfit.  Make sure to carry the pattern over your shoulders and down your arms if they are exposed.  Just remember, larger spots on the chest and shoulders getting gradually smaller and more sparse down the arm toward the wrist.  Leave the inner arm bare, and you don’t have to do your hands.  If you are in a colder climate and will have your skin covered, you can stop at the neck and chest area.

Giraffe Step 9

Giraffe Step 9

Step 9: Outline your spot pattern with the brown liner.  By this point I was really pressed for time so I was not as careful as I should have been.  I’ll admit that I got a little sloppy with this step, but I was running so late.  It also may be hard to see the edges of all of your spots, so if you have a buddy willing to help you out with reaching all of the spots on your neck, it may help.  When you are done, lightly spray yourself with setting spray.

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline

Step 10: Choose a lip color.  I opted for a medium nude gloss, though you can do any color that sings to you.  This is NYX Butter Gloss in Praline.

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Makeup is done.  Yay!!!  Put on your super cute Giraffe ears and snap a selfie.  You earned it.

For the rest of the costume, if you have anything with a giraffe print on it then you are ahead of the class.  But really, a tan or brown shirt or tank top paired with a brown or black skirt or pants is all you need.  The makeup is elaborate and is the real star of the show, so the costume is less important. Personally, I had everything I needed to put this costume together already.  I only bought the ears, so my total giraffe look cost me $3.  Hopefully most of you will also already have most of these items and can replicate the look pretty easily.  I love the way it came out.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.  I am very happy with it, and it really is easier than it looks.  It’s just time consuming.  I hope I explained myself thoroughly and that you find this tutorial easy to follow.  People will be pretty impressed with your mad skills if you show up with this makeup look.  I would love to know if you try this Sweet and Sassy Giraffe look for yourself, so be sure to let me know in the comments below.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case Swatches

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Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case

Today I have something very exciting to show you, the Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case.  I am a big fan of Tarte’s Holiday palettes, and this year the Sephora exclusive Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case caught my attention.  I haven’t had the palette for very long and have only used it a couple times, so this isn’t really a proper review.  But I know that the Sephora VIB sale is right around the corner, so I wanted to at least show it to you and swatch it for you so that you could get a sense of whether or not you want to add it to your Sephora Loves list to pounce on when the sale opens up.  So let’s take a look.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case

Here is what Sephora has to say about the Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case: “Be the center of the room with this festive, limited-edition collection, feautring tarte’s beauty favorites, designed to create smoldering makeup looks for any celebration. Create an eye-catching statement wherever you go with the travel-size takeaway palette, featuring shadow, cheek and contouring shades. The trendy collector’s case features a full-size, built-in eye shadow palette with 30 shades, including 24 brilliant, never before seen shades in mixed mattes and shimmers. With a travel-friendly eye shadow brush and deluxe-size mascara, this set is perfect for achieving seamless, on-the-go touch-ups for alluring, party-perfect looks.”  I love that there is a travel face and eye palette withing this Holiday palette.  It’s like getting a two for one deal, and I think it really raises the value of the overall palette.  The travel brush is not my favorite thing, but it will do in a pinch and is a good size for traveling.  Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara is a long-time favorite and it is always welcome as far as I am concerned.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case

When you remove the gold travel palette you can see that the Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case has a large mirror.  The lid is too heavy to stand up on its own, but if you can lean it against something the mirror is very useful for application.  The palette itself is heavy cardboard with a rose gold finish, so I think it is quite durable.  It does not lift out of the case.  The case zips up for extra security.  The lid is covered in sequins that remind me of an Aztec or Santa Fe style design.  The photograph doesn’t do it justice.  In real life the mixed metals look is really beautiful.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case Travel Palette

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case Travel Palette

The travel palette comes with a bronzer in Social Butterfly, a blush in Amazed, and a Highlight in Pink Champagne.  It also comes with six eyeshadows.  You can absolutely do a full face with this travel palette.  The bronzer is a nice color for those with light skin, though it may pull a little to warm with certain undertones.  The blush is an everyday warm pink that will flatter almost anyone.  Pink Champagne is a little more highlight that I usually go for, so I have to use a very light hand when I use it.  To be fair, though, I am very conservative with my highlight.  Most people will probably love it.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case Travel Palette Face

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case Travel Palette Face

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case Travel Palette Eye

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case Travel Palette Eye

The six eyeshadows in the travel palette have a good range of neutral tones.  You will find a good mix of matte and shimmer in taupe, brown, and plum shades.  Popcorn Strand is a great matte browbone shade, while Yule be Surprised and Mulberry and Bright make great liners.  The two metallic shimmer shades are absolutely gorgeous.  I am very pleased with the travel palette, and like I said before, I think it adds a lot of value to the case.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case

The main palette of the Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case contains 24 shades.  Tarte is not Urban Decay or Kat Von D, so all the shades in this palette are going to be easy, wearable colors that a person can wear to the office as well as a night out.  I love looking at those rainbow palettes and my inner unicorn wants to snatch them up, but as I get older I find that I get a lot more use out of brands like Tarte and Lorac that give me these beautiful user friendly shades.  That being said, this isn’t any old neutrals palette.  The shadows are gorgeous, the shade names are adorable, and I get a lot of inspiration for different looks from this palette.  I think that it is a smart palette.  Tarte chose well when it came to which shades to make shimmer and which ones to make matte.  It’s a great mix of mid tones and dark tones, plenty of highlights, and the shades are pretty evenly spit between warm and cool undertones.  I swatched the shadows in columns moving from left to right.

Top-Bottom: Sugar Cookie, Miracle of Light, Under the Mistle-Taupe, Sleigh Watch

Top-Bottom: Sugar Cookie, Miracle of Light, Under the Mistle-Taupe, Sleigh Watch

  • Sugar Cookie
  • Miracle of Light
  • Under the Mistle-Taupe
  • Sleigh Watch
Top-Bottom: In a Flurry, Rum Pum Plum, Ring-a-ling, Mulled Wine

Top-Bottom: In a Flurry, Rum Pum Plum, Ring-a-ling, Mulled Wine

  • In a Flurry
  • Rum Pum Plum
  • Ring-a-ling
  • Mulled Wine
Top-Bottom: Fizz the Season, Tartetini, Fireside Chat, Cocoa What Fun

Top-Bottom: Fizz the Season, Tartetini, Fireside Chat, Cocoa What Fun

  • Fizz the Season
  • Tartetini
  • Fireside Chat
  • Cocoa What Fun
Top-Bottom: It's Snow Time, baby it's Gold Outside, Party Favored, Black Velvet

Top-Bottom: It’s Snow Time, Baby it’s Gold Outside, Party Favored, Black Velvet

  • It’s Snow Time
  • Baby it’s Gold Outside
  • Party Favored
  • Black Velvet
Top-Bottom: Eggnog, Peach on Earth, Gingerbread Mansion, Haute Chocolate

Top-Bottom: Eggnog, Peach on Earth, Gingerbread Mansion, Haute Chocolate

  • Eggnog
  • Peach on Earth
  • Gingerbread Mansion
  • Haute Chocolate
Top-Bottom: What a Wonderful Pearl, Come What Grey, Chrome for the Holidays, Midnight Kiss

Top-Bottom: What a Wonderful Pearl, Come What Grey, Chrome for the Holidays, Midnight Kiss

  • What a Wonderful Pearl
  • Come What Grey
  • Chrome for the Holidays
  • Midnight Kiss

There are some truly lovely shades in this palette, and I can not recommend it enough.  The Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case is a Holiday palette that anyone could get good use of.  The shades are universally flattering across all ages and skin tones.  This would make an amazing gift for both an establishes makeup lover or a beauty beginner.  The Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case is $59 for the 30 shadows, 3 face products, brush and mascara, and that lovely sequined case.  It may not be the most inexpensive Holiday palette out there, but I think that it is a pretty good deal for what you actually get.  I like Tarte’s shadow formula, and you can’t beat their Amazonian Clay formula for their face products.  Again it is a Sephora exclusive.  Like all Holiday palettes, it is Limited Edition.  If you can snag it during the VIB sale, then I definitely would.  Just don’t wait too long because you don’t want it to sell out before you can get your hands on it.

NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set

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NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set

NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set

While at Target last week, I went ahead and picked up the NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set that was released for the Holidays and want to show it to you while there is still time to get it for yourself.  You may remember last month when I showed you a bunch of NYX Holiday 2014 sets that are available at Ulta.  Well, some of them have made their way to Target, and the NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set is one of them.  Here is what NYX says about the Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set: “Bask in decadence with three lustrous dessert shades from NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipgloss Pure Decadence Set! Whatever you’re in the mood for, these sweets serve up sheer to medium coverage in three luscious shades: Red Velvet, Tiramisu, and Devil’s Food Cake.”

NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set

NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set

If you have not tried NYX Butter Glosses for yourself, you really should give them a shot.  The formula is creamy and very hydrating on the lips.  I don’t think that they are sticky, but there is a tiny bit of tackiness that helps the color last for hours.  They feel so comfortable that you may forget that you are even wearing them.  The glosses have great pigmentation, but they are not opaque.  Even the deep shades will have a certain transparency or sheer quality to them.  They can be built up, though, so you actually get a pretty nice shade range based on how thin or thickly you apply the product.  I find that extremely helpful with shades like Devil’s Food Cake that look pretty intense in the tube, but turn out quite wearable in reality.  The Butter Glosses have a sugar cookie scent, but no discernible taste.

NYX Butter Gloss wand applicator

NYX Butter Gloss wand applicator

NYX Butter Glosses have a traditional doe foot applicator.  There isn’t a very steep angle at all to the tip, which for me means a less precise application.  I do not find that they feather or migrate, but getting a precise lip line is very difficult.  Using a lip liner underneath can help with that, allowing for a clean edge if you so desire.  The lighter shades can have issues with streaking (which is often the case, no matter the brand) but the medium and dark shades are generally streak free and have a very even application.  I am not a big lip gloss fan, but the NYX Butter Glosses are a great find.

L-R: Red Velvet, Tiramisu, and Devil’s Food Cake

L-R: Red Velvet, Tiramisu, and Devil’s Food Cake

The NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set contains three shades: Red Velvet, Tiramisu, and Devil’s Food Cake.  Red Velvet is a bright cherry red.  A thin application will pull a little pink, but regular or thick application will give you a lovely Christmas Red look.  Tiramisu is a pink-toned nude.  This shade is a little lighter than my natural lip color, and not really a great shade on me.  It’s lovely for those who love a nude or natural look, though, and would also layer very well over another lip color.  Devil’s Food Cake is a simply gorgeous deep berry shade.  Though it can be built up for a dark, vampy lip, it can also be sheered out for a very wearable berry lip.  Devil’s Food Cake has wonderful staying power, and even after it fades your lips are left with what looks like a light berry stain.

The NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set is a really good collection and is priced at just under $10.  The Butter Gloss formula is a winner, and this shade selection is beautiful and perfect for this time of year.  I am especially going to get a lot of use out of Red Velvet and Devil’s Food Cake.  The NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set is sold out on Ulta’s website, but you can still find it in some Ulta stores and Target stores.  I found mine at Target.  Be sure to call before you go to see if your local store has the set in stock.  If the NYX Pure Decadence Butter Gloss Set is a little too dark for your taste, there is also the Sugar Rush Butter Gloss set for those who like lighter and brighter shades.  Keep in mind that the sets are Holiday releases and Limited Edition.  You can find the individual shades as part of the regular NYX Butter Gloss line.

Ulta Black Friday Preview 2014

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Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

The Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview is up online so that you can plan what deals you are going to want to take advantage of this year.  There are some great beauty steals available, and I am definitely going to try to snag a few of these items.  I see some great options from bareMinerals, Benefit, Philosophy, Lorac, and more.  Here are all of the Black Friday offers Ulta has going for 2014, and if you want a closer look, you can find them at Ulta’s Black Friday page ulta.com/blackfriday.

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

Ulta 2014 Black Friday Preview

I am really looking forward to getting my hands on some of these items.  The Black Friday event starts 11/27 online at 7:00 PM CST and in-store at 8:00 PM.  It goes through 11/29.  I wish Ulta sold the 5 for $5 items online and not just in-store.  Thy make great stocking stuffers.  I am not sure what Ulta has in store for Cyber Monday, but I can say that they will be releasing a $15 limited edition Lorac eyeshadow palette.  This is part of the Lorac Royal Collection for Holiday 2014.  The palette, called Champagne Dreams, features seven romantic shades that are universally flattering.  Be sure to check Ulta’s website and Facebook page for more details on Holiday savings.

 

The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set Review

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The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set

The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set

Today I have The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set for review.  The Body Shop often has pretty good Black Friday sales, so I wanted to get this review up before then in case you wanted to take advantage.  I first mentioned The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set in my The Body Shop Holiday 2014 post.  I have always wanted to try the Lip butters from The Body Shop, so I couldn’t resist this set.  I am a lip balm junkie, and a fan of The Body Shop body butters, so I figured that it was a safe bet.  I really enjoy several of these scents, and the adorable packaging finally won me over.

The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set

The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set

Here is what The Body Shop has to say: “Get ready for mistletoe mischief with this cute candy-cane shaped gift. Sweeten up your kisses with five luscious Lip Butters in some of our favorite fruity, nutty and gourmand flavors.”  This set includes Strawberry, Honeymania, Coconut, Shea, and Mango lip butters.  The Body Shop Lip Butters are $6 each, so you save $10 on buying these six in a set instead of buying them individually.  Each lip butter is individually wrapped in a safety seal, so the set can easily be broken up.

The Body Shop Honeymania Lip Balm

The Body Shop Honeymania Lip Balm

I was very excited to see that Honeymania was included in this set.  If you look at the packaging, the Honeymania is labeled as a lip balm.  It is sold under the heading of lip butter on The Body Shop’s website, but the consistency is a little different that the other four.  Honeymania lip balm is a little less creamy than the lip butters.  It has a wonderful honeysuckle scent that has become one of my favorites from The Body Shop.  It does not have a noticeable taste in my opinion.  It is moisturizing and makes my lips feel amazing, but it does not last quite as long as the other four.  They are subtle, but there are definitely differences in the lip balm formula than the lip butters.  Still, I am enjoying the Honeymania lip balm.

The Body Shop Strawberry Lip Butter

The Body Shop Strawberry Lip Butter

The remaining four lip butters have a very creamy, buttery formula.  You do have to break through a thin top layer that is slightly dryer, but under that is the true butter formula.  They melt on the skin instantly and feel silky and lovely.  The butters have strong scents and mild flavors to coordinate with their names.  Just like the lotions and shower gels from The Body Shop, the scents are pure and not horribly artificial.  They feel great on the lips and are quite moisturizing.  The one thing is that I wish the feeling lasted a little longer.  If you have very dry lips in the winter, you may need to re-apply frequently.  If your lips are less dry, or you live in a warmer climate, these may be perfect for you.  These lip butters would be perfect under a different lip color because they are not greasy and will not interfere with the staying power of your lip product.

I am glad that I got The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set.  The Body Shop lip butters will probably not replace my favorite Nivea “Kiss of…” Soothing Lip Care, but I am enjoying them.  I think The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set would make a great gift for someone, or would work well broken up for stocking stuffers.  It’s a great way to experience several scents from The Body Shop.  And can we just pause for a moment to marvel at how freaking adorable that candy cane is?  I am such a sucker for Holiday packaging.  🙂  You can find The Body Shop Candy Kisses Holiday Set at Ulta, The Body Shop stores, and thebodyshop-usa.com.  This Holiday season, they are teaming up with War Child, the global charity for children affected by war, to grant children the wish of education.  If you order directly from The Body Shop, they will make a small contribution to War Child that funds a class for a child.  If you are as big of a lip balm junkie as I am, you definitely want to check out the Candy Kisses Holiday Set from The Body Shop.