Girls Just Wanna…

Have no nail lines. Seriously. Having OCD, I tend to get weird and often silly obsessions. One thing I can’t stand is chipped nails. When I get a chip, I either touch it up or all of the polish is removed. Another is visible nail lines. Makes me insane.  With that said, I want to discuss Deborah Lippmann. Usually her nail polishes are very appealing. The colors are like jewels and I love looking at a Deborah Lippmann display. When I saw Girls Just Want to Have Fun, I believed it was kismet. I love anything coral and Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a beautiful coral creme. Cyndi Lauper is also one of my idols. I swear. Even with all of the orange and pink polishes I have, I needed it. I spent $17 US on nail polish. My name is Jessica and I am a Product Hoochie.

Crush on coral

Crush on coral

My friend, Lindz of Girl in the Glasses, and I were discussing nail polish and she mentioned that she thought some of the Lippmann glitter polishes and metallics are really good. I told her I would send her a few unused bottles. Why, you ask? Because I have a few Lippmann polishes that are less than stellar. (I fully disclosed this to my buddy and she might just have more luck!) Girls Just Want to Have Fun was really a snap decision. I was using a coupon, it caught my eye, and I had my usual “what the heck?” echoing in my head. When I got home that afternoon, I gave myself a manicure and sent Lindz a picture via Facebook. After three coats, I still had visible nail lines. Still. Three coats of $17 nail polish. Talk about waste. We agreed that Lippmann cremes are not the best choice.

Picture I sent Lindz!

Picture I sent Lindz!

Being fair, I gave myself another manicure today. I started with NailTek Foundation II Ridge-Filling Base Coat. A great base coat, it smooths the nails out and is a bit white so color is more vibrant. Then I applied my first coat of Girls Just Want to Have Fun…

Photo taken with flash.

Photo taken with flash.

Now, with one coat of polish, seeing the nail lines is acceptable. Onto coat number two…

With flash!

With flash!

The color gets brighter and the nail lines are less visible but I can still see them. Insert aggravation here. Onto numero tres.

Still flashing.

Still flashing. Pardon the mess.

I still spy nail lines. But at this point, three coats later on a late Friday afternoon, I really have had enough. I need to pee. I need to write this post. I need to live! I applied my favorite Nails Inc. Caviar Top Coat and hope for the best.  And to be fair, here are two more pictures of my complete manicure. I still need to clean them up but you decide if this polish is worth $17 US. I know what I think!

With flash

With flash

Without flash

Without flash

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

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Help Meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

This is just a quick post because I need some advice. I have a plethora of products to try this week and I don’t know what to work on next!

An 1889 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painting of ...

An 1889 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec painting of a woman applying cosmetics to her face (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On my To Do List:

-the latest Lipstick Queen Color

-More skin care from the Face Shop

-Deborah Lippman Nail Polish (I am not happy with this one…)

Parallels and price of beauty

Parallels and price of beauty (Photo credit: Swamibu)

-Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick

-Smashbox Eyelash Primer

-The newest Caress body wash (This one will happen for sure. I just need a push!)

My naked face.

Decisions, decisions…

Let me know what you want to see next and I will try to make a decision!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

I Have A Lot of Beauty Boxes to Recycle

There were more. Trust me.

There were more. Trust me.

And I only mean that after I have opened them and emptied the contents! I got FIVE beauty packages in the mail this week. In this post, we will take a gander at my GlossyBox and Birchbox deliveries. In the next post, we need to discuss the HauteLook Summer Beauty bag and a package all the way from someone Short (and Sweet) in Texas. I will give you a quick rundown of each box and then pick and choose the items I really think you need to know about in future posts.  Here we go!

First up is the July GlossyBox, le Grand Bleu, or the Big Blue, or the Grand Indigo (I made that up.) Very disappointing delivery- probably most disappointing of the lot and there was no magazine! Actually, that’s good news because that means things will be looking up from here. There were five products plus a “bonus.” At $21 a month, I deserve a bonus. Unfortunately, I will not use three of them and only one is a full size product and the cheapest in the box.

Okay, okay, give to my sister, okay, throw in travel bag, give to someone that needs it

Okay, give to Cindy, give to my sister, okay, throw in travel bag, give to someone that needs it

The Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Mask will be used up when I need to deep condition. (Remind me to tell you my Rio acai story sometime. I was fun in my 20s!)  Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au the Blanc Shampoo & Shower Gel is the third product from the white tea fragrance line. Though I like the scent, enough alread, my friend Cindy likes the smell and just like I passed off the soap to her, she will get the shower gel. Nails Inc. Baker Street Nail Polish may look like a regular bottle but it is small and I know because I already own it. My sister is lucky. That girl ends up with everything. Figs & Rouge Cherry Blossom Tinted Balm Tube is full size and is $9 US. I thought it was an L’Occitane hand cream. Nope. I will use it since I like the way the tube looks. My “bonus” is Nicka K New York Absolute! Make-Up Cleansing towelettes. I have said it before and I will say it again- they sell this brand at my local beauty supply and the make-up runs around $3 US on average. Lastly is the Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum. I rarely get acne and I like my good old tea tree to handle that.  I am not impressed with this month’s selections- they are way too run of the mill and small!

Every year, the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) have the Insiders’ Beauty Awards. Birchbox curated two boxes of winners. They were recently on sale- $26 for both. I thought that was pretty good and had some points left, so I managed to score both for $23.31. I’ll start with the Prestige Headliners – Birchbox for CEW. Originally priced at $18 US, this little box had the stuff you could buy at Sephora or a department store.

Birchbox Presige Box

Birchbox Prestige Headliners

Since there are so many, I’ll list:

-IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil (might be a full size- Sam over at Samandro22 got me into filling in my brows!)

-Living Proof Prime Style Extender (Decent sized tube. Eh.)

-Julep Nail Color in Teri (It’s a full bottle!)

-Julep Essential Cuticle Oil (Another biggie! For my dry cuticles, I need a miracle.)

-Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Triple Defense Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (“Deluxe”Sample)

-La Fresh Eco-Beauty Oil-Free Face Cleanser, Scented (2 wipes. I’m cool with that.)

Next is the Birchbox for CEW Mass Market Finalists. This box is a treasure trove of drugstore finds and I have only tried two out of the six! Five of the products are full size, making for a great value.

On the cheap.

On the cheap.

-Olay Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment (Sample tube but it should last a bit because you only use a few drops at a time.)

-Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey (Love these!)

-L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow in #557 Glistening Garnet (I hope it is way better than the Armani Eyes to Kill one I bought.)

-Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream (Full size tube- since I finished my most recent favorite, I will try this next.)

-Nivea A Kiss of Olive OIl & Lemon Moisture Rich Lip Care (Finally! My favorite balm is LaBello- it is Nivea in the States and this flavor is more European!)

-Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On (I love eye rolls…)

What do you think? I have a lot of work ahead of me, huh?

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Friday Night Beauty

Welcome to the weekend!  After writing about my husband’s shaving habits yesterday with #hydformen and knowing I have a pretty jammed packed Saturday and a probably busy enough Sunday, I figured tonight I would take care of some grooming. I started off with my eyebrows. I do them myself- I hate getting them waxed and I prefer to pluck and trim them on my own. I start by combing them up so the longs ones stand out and then I trim with an eyebrow scissor by Sally Hansen. Once I am trimmed on top, I pluck the ends with my beloved Tweezerman. My eyebrows have a decent shape so a good clean up every week or so is all I need. I don’t have a uni-brow so I don’t have to deal with it. I might test out some eyebrow powder tomorrow to fill in the sparse spots which I think are more evident in photos or it could just be the fact that I just ignore them.

Giving myself a haircut.

Giving myself a haircut.

Once I was done plucking, I washed my face with my favorite Moody Sisters Foaming Wash and then applied NUXE Paris Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute. (That is missing all sorts of accent marks. Just saying.) It is a 24 hour soothing mask that hydrates skin. Truth is I was afraid to try it. I will now have to buy it. I applied it and left it on for about 40 minutes (The website says ten minutes. Like I ever pay attention. My little sample tube had no instructions.) It smells like oolong tea and jasmine. As it penetrated my face, it got a bit oily so I got a wash cloth and gently removed it. My skin is so soft right now that I might actually have to buy this.

You do want to touch my face. It's a little scary.

You do want to touch my face. It’s a little scary.

My last step was painting my nails. I did go for a manicure and pedicure this week but the polish started to chip and look blah so I took it all off. At least my cuticles look good and my nails kept their shape. I painted on a coat of NailTek Foundation II and then two coats of Revlon Color Stay Longwear Nail Enamel in Trade Winds. On my ring finger, I applied two coats of P2 Sand Style Polish in Strict. (Thanks to Girl in the Glasses!) I love this sand polish because it had a shiny application and I don’t mind it shiny. Then I used Nails Inc. Nail Caviar Topcooat (dries polish in 45 seconds!)  Here is what I got!

Conservative with a little edge.

Conservative with a little edge.

My hubs put on “Battleship.” I figured out the entire plot in the first five minutes (maybe less) and then the whole reason why I would even watch the movie got killed off. Right now, I see water and smoke on my TV screen. And a pretty blonde.

What did you do tonight? I hope you were out and carousing!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

FabFitFun and Fantastic!

Earlier this week I wrote a post about the HauteLook & Nordstrom Summer Beauty Bag (click here to read the post). I was very disappointed. Luckily, I received my FabFitFun (fff) box by Giliana Rancic, too, and this delivery did not disappoint! Though it is $49.95 a box, it only comes quarterly and this being my second box, I find the contents are valued way beyond the cost. Here are the goods:

Five full size products, sunnies, and something good for travel.

Five full size products, sunnies, and something good for travel.

I will start off with skincare. First up is Purlisse-Pur-Delicate Gentle Soy Milk Cleanser ($36 US). A Vogue favorite, it is a gentle, soap-free cleanser that does double duty as an eye make-up remover. I am currently using a soap-free ultra gentle cleanser and I do like them since I find they cut the oil in my skin enough without drying me out. I can’t wait to try it!

Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray ($12 US) has been around forever. I currently am using Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir but I am close to finishing it up. I will use this first before I buy another.

Cleanser, face spray, cleansing wipes

Cleanser, face spray, cleansing wipes

Usually fff throws in a surprise. My first box had two- a Butter London Nail Polish and a GoSmile Pen. In this package, there is a travel pack of Yes to Cucumber Facial Towelettes ($2.99 US). There are ten towelettes of all- natural, hypoallergenic goodness and at this size, will fit into my purse for quick clean up. Though not as expensive as the previous surprises, I know I will get use out of these.

But I’m not finished with surprises! The next is a bottle of Orly Nail Polish in Mayhem Mentality ($8.50 US). It is a neon orange and since orange is my favorite color, I am loving this, The application is only okay and it dries matte, which is easily fixed with a shiny topcoat. It also needs three coats or it is streaky, so this is definitely only for when I go for a manicure and pedicure. I would botch the color up if I used this color myself.

Pardon my foot.

Pardon my foot.

For a perfect pucker, there is a Catalina Su Lip Gloss ($14 US).  Catalina Su is Giuliana Rancic’s male-up artist. This is not normally a shade I would wear but I am trying more nudes as of late and will give this a try. I also think this is the only color in the collection so it must be universally flattering. We will see!

Flip flop friendly!

Flip flop friendly!

The big ticket item in the box is a pair of Ivory Mason Sunglasses in the Trudel Sunwear Style (On sale $135 US). They are very chic but the style is too small for my face. I also wear glasses and prescription sunglasses so I probably wouldn’t be able to use these. There is a way to exchange the sunglasses but I think I will pass these off  to my mom.

It Hair Care Surf Spray ($6.99 US)is supposed to create beachy waves. This is probably the third or fourth beach wave spray I have received (I got another in my ipsy delivery, too) and I just can’t use it. I don’t like the way my hair looks after a day at the beach. It looks like a mess.

As for sunless tanning, I need to get on the train. My legs are still pasty! Infinity Sun Glow on the Go ($40 US) is an aerosol spray with anti-aging properties. I will give it a whirl.

Beach Essentials?

Beach Essentials?

KIND Bar in Dark Chocolate Chili Almond & Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt is great to throw in a bag for a snack. KIND bars are delish and this sounds ridiculously tasty.

The retail value of the FabFitFun box is $235. I think it was a fabulous buy for the money AND I have a coupon code for $10 off your first FabFitFun VIP box. Just visit their website, sign up, and type 647993 in the coupon code box. The offer expires on August 11th.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

I’m a Model. You know what I mean.

Hey dolls! In my last post, I showed you a bunch of cosmetics that my mom and sister bought me while they were in London. Today I have my first review! After reading a bunch of blogs over the past year, I was especially loving Models Own nail polish and super jealous I can’t find it stateside. One of my requests was a Models Own polish, though I wrote “Models Inc.” and eventually realized that was a bad TV show geared toward tweens and teens in the early 90s. Anyway, my sister picked up  Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duo in Utopia Ocean. I gave myself a very quick manicure on Wednesday.

Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duos are dual ended and combine popular colors with popular nail effects. The Paint it! side is the base color and the Cover it! side is the special effects topcoat.

Utopia Ocean- Paint It! in Utopia and Cover It! in Indian Ocean

Utopia Ocean- Paint it! in Utopia and Cover it! in Indian Ocean

I started with a base coat of NailTek Ridge Filling Base Coat Foundation II. My nails are very brittle and can have ridges so this helps smooth them out. I topped off my full manicure with my favorite Nails Inc. London Caviar Topcoat. I put them together in the picture because I have a few photos for you.

From bottom to top.

From bottom to top.

I then did one coat of Utopia on my nails.The color is a light gray but with a bit of lilac so it really doesn’t look like cement- it is softer. It was a little streaky but I was pressed for time and figured the Cover it! side would hide a bit of the streakiness. (Is “streakiness” even a word? It should be!) I gave it a minute or two of dry time and then started to apply the nail effects Cover it! in Indian Ocean. I loved the effect of the topcoat and though it covered a great deal of streaks, I did need to retouch a few nails. Why not do it right the first time, Jessica?!

Left is only Utopia and the right is Utopia with Indian Ocean topcoat

Left is only Utopia and the right is Utopia with Indian Ocean topcoat

They were total Monets- looked good from far away but up close…

Anyhoo, take a look at my thumbnail. Half is just Utopia and the other is Utopia with Indian Ocean. Indian Ocean adds some great shimmer and this picture gives it no justice.

I'm all thumbs.

I’m all thumbs.

I topped my nails with Caviar Topcoat because I have no patience and nails that dry in 45 seconds are my style. Here is the final look. Mind you, I did not clean them up.

Flash on top (Get it? Teehee)

Flash on top (Get it? Teehee) Bottom picture is a bit prudish.

Since it is Saturday, I want to tell you that I did notice a few chips yesterday but not really awful. Besides, I need to get over chipped polish. I really do. It’s terrible.

This is my right hand. My left held up a bit better.

This is my right hand. My left held up a bit better.

Okay, I’ll give you my left!

See?

See?

I love the color of this polish. Shazzer, my sister, and I went to see Cyndi Lauper that same Wednesday and I showed her my manicure. She said, “It is so pretty and caught my eye. I should have bought myself one!”

I think Models Own Artstix Nail Polish Duos are really great and offer creative combinations. If you can get ’em, buy ’em!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Wanna-Be London Girl

My sister, Shazzer, and my Mom, returned from their trip to London last week. My mom came over yesterday and brought me a bunch of goodies from across the pond. I just took some quick pictures and I really can’t wait to start trying everything! Shazzer and Mom are the best!

When I visited England in 2005, I got to visit Portobello Market. I loved all of the cool items they had for sale and bought a military jacket and great amber earrings. My mom remembered my fondness for the colorful street and brought my presents in this…

Kids did the designs for the bag. As a teacher, I can really appreciate their talent.

A 9 year old created the design. As a teacher, I can really appreciate their talent. Note my thigh. At least I shaved.

Portobello Market is in Notting Hill, I think!

Portobello Market is in Notting Hill, I think!

I had a few cosmetic requests and almost fainted when I saw Shannon was in Poundland. She picked me up a few things from there, as well as some Barry M. and a lipstick from 17.

I'm so glad I have this sparkly goodness in another color, too. There is a Barry M. eye pencil, 17 lipstick, a lip balm, and nail polish. I need to use one. NOW.

I’m so glad I have this sparkly goodness in another color, too. There is a Barry M. eye pencil, 17 lipstick, a lip balm, and nail polish. I need to use one. NOW.

More glitter!

More glitter!

I don’t know what Chit-Chat Mascara is but I will soon find out!

Cheaper than Armani- even with the exchange.

Cheaper than Armani- even with the exchange.

I also got some pretty eye shadows. The neutral palette looks like it has a primer with two colors. I had a powder from Collection 2000 from my trip to Ireland. It is long since gone but I can’t wait to try this lime eye shadow.

Mix and match?

Mix and match?

For my nails, a Bewitched glitter polish and Barry M. polish that mimics a lightening bug.

Glitter and glow.

Glitter and glow.

I requested a magazine, too, and when I can pick up British Glamour here in the States, I do. They picked up Glamour for me. It was two British pound sterling, which comes to $2.99 USD. Magazines are at least $3.99 US AND they never come with ModelCo. Lip Gloss which retails for $16 US. US publications better get a clue. Just sayin’.

And Daniel Radcliffe.

And Daniel Radcliffe.

When I was in Dublin, I bought a purse by Paul’s Boutique. My sister knows I love the fun and quirky style of Paul’s Boutique bags so she picked up this really cute wallet. The chain is just really funky and I can’t wait to use all of the crazy buttons. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

We finally get Paul's Boutique in the USA. The original PB website ships to the US and ASOS also carries the line.

We finally get Paul’s Boutique in the USA. The original PB website ships to the US and ASOS also carries the line.

My sister had a few things on her “bucket list.” One was riding the London Eye. I scored a mirror on a key chain. It will get a lot of use. More than I should admit.

Eye told you.

Eye told you.

And then… Shazzer and Mom went to see Robbie Williams! He very rarely plays in NYC and my sister managed to purchase tickets.

And all I got was this lousy key chain...

And all I got was this lousy key chain…

I love all of my presents! I am sure there will be a few reviews soon. A special thanks to Shazzer and Mom for going on a make-up hunt and fueling my product hoochie-ness!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

GLOSSYBOX and I are Exclusive- Almost.

Hello, gorgeous! I hope the week as treated you well and that the weekend treats you even better. I have some interesting PH news to share. It actually isn’t that interesting but after months of complaining and disappointment, I have cancelled my Birchbox subscription. I really thought about it, considering it has started to get a little better but when I received the email that it would be renewed on July 1st, I took the plunge and bid Birchbox adieu. I would post pictures of some of my monthly boxes but why live in the past? Besides. my ipsy and GLOSSYBOX subscriptions should keep me busy enough. I also decided to keep up with FabFitFun, since the first box was excellent and they only ship four times a year.

And after waiting a looooong month, I did get my June GLOSSYBOX today. Curated by Dallas Shaw, the theme is “American Beauty Box.” (You can read more about Dallas Shaw by visiting her website. I really had no clue about her until I read a bit about her today.) I purchased a six month subscription to GLOSSYBOX for $90 US, which was a decent discount. The June box is better than those I have gotten recently. Are you ready?

Pull tab here.

Pull tab here.

On top is the GLOSSYBOX magazine. I really wish they would save a tree. I always find typos and it takes all of five minutes to read.

Good things come in small packages.

Good things come in small packages.

The box has an illustration by Dallas Shaw and this one might be a keeper. Inside there is an insert with the same illustration, a note, and a listing of products.

She hopes I love her selections. I do, too!

She hopes I love her selections. I do, too!

The body and hair care portion of the box is actually quite nice. First up is c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist (2 oz. bottle, $4 US value): An oil that can be used on the body and the face, it absorbs quickly and leaves a “light, lasting glow.” I am attending a wedding tonight and I will try this out of the shower. (Full Size 8 oz., $8 US).

For my tresses, there is Philip B. Lovin’ Leave-In Conditioner (2 fl oz tube, $8 US) which seems to be a frizz fighting, color saving, heat protector for you tresses. My two ounce tube will come in handy since I am running out of my usual hair cream. It is also a Paraben & Phthalate Free Formula.

I will smell so nice.

I will smell so nice.

I got an email from GLOSSYBOX about two weeks ago stating that some product was unavailable but that there would be a great replacement. I don’t really remember if these Essential Luxuries by Oscar de la Renta are the consolation prize or if it is another product in the box. Whatever the case, I like three out of the six samples. This is Uncle Oscar’s tailored line of six scents that are “imbued with his love of beauty and luxury.” They are: Granada (love it), Oriental Lace (smells divine), Sargasso (I can’t even- delicious), Coralina (yeah, no), Santo Domingo (for those of a certain age), and Mi Corazon (gardenia- a lot of gardenia). A 3.4 ounce bottle of one is $150 US. Pure peanuts in my book, especially if I love it.

Lips and tips weren’t left out either. I have been itching to try SpaRitual Favorites Nail Polish, as it is vegan, certified organic, and made with fair-trade ingredients. Clay Creme was in my box and though I am not particularly fond of the color, it will make for a nice autumn shade. (Full Size bottle $12 US)

Tarte’s Complexion Enhancing Lipstick in Medium to Tan is an interesting addition. I am kind of on the light to medium skintone side, though maybe with a little sun, more medium. I will give this a try in about a week after I get a little more sun (and yes, I use SPF and I never bake myself.) It is a jelly core lipstick in a nude shade that will give the appearance of more youthful lips. I am hoping this works for me because I love a good nude lip. (Full Size Tube $14.50 US).

Lips and my tips!

Lips and my tips!

This month’s GLOSSYBOX retail value is roughly $36 US, which isn’t bad since six months was 90 bucks.

Spoiler. Or just spoiled?

Spoiler. Or just spoiled?

I think the lipstick and nail polish are my favorites though the oil and hair cream will be useful. If you would like to try GLOSSYBOX, use my referral code by clicking here.

See you soon!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Crazy for Korean Cosmetics!

As I continue to hack up a lung, I thought I’d share the cosmetics I ordered from KollectionK.com.

I have always wanted to try Korean beauty products and found an article on XOJane that led me to this wonderland of a website. I spent about $70 US with shipping and when I received the package yesterday, I was so excited. The packaging alone made me super happy and I almost felt like my six year old self at a candy store. I bought 12 products, 11 of which are by Etude House and one by Holika Holika.

I’ll start with nail polish. I ordered three, two of which look like ice cream cones.

Etude Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nail Nail Polishes and Etude Pink Prism Nail Color Polish #6 Love Love Love

Etude House Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nail Nail Polishes in Blue & Orange ($2.84 US) and Etude House Pink Prism Nail Color Polish #6 Love Love Love ($2.92 US)

I have a skin obsession (among other things) and bought Etude House It is Real #1 Pumpkin Mask (I hear the enzymes are good for the face.)

It's a Pumpkin Mask and they are all individual doses. ($1.43 US on sale)

It’s a Pumpkin Mask and they are all individual doses. ($1.43 US on sale)

Keeping with a tasty face, I ordered Etude House Eye’s Cream Mint Cooling Eye Cream has SPF 30. I can’t wait to try this!

You Scream...

You Scream, I Scream…

I scream for Eye's Cream1 ($8.80 US)

We all scream for Eye’s Cream! ($8.80 US)

In keeping with cute packaging, Etude House created Missing U Hand Cream I Can Fly (Endangered Birds) in Screech Owl. I can’t stand how adorable it is ($7.20 US).

Etude House Sweet Recipe Cupcake All Over Multi-Tint for Eyes is so pretty. ($7.10 US)

Owls, cupcakes, chocolate, and free face wash. I am in.

Owls, cupcakes, chocolate, and free face wash. I am in.

Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Smudge Liner is so tasty and I can’t wait to try it. ($6.52 US)

I almost bought this Baking Powder Wash but they sent me one for free. I will bring it with me on my mini-vacation next week.

My order could never be complete without some sort of lip products. I bought myself Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Tint Bar, as I have been itching to try a jelly lipstick. I hope I found a replacement for the Sephora Neon Lip Balm I loved and that was discontinued. ($8.90 US)

Etude House Magic Tint Lip Balm in #4 Cherry Red may be the stuff my lips have been looking for. ($4.60 US)

Licking my lips in anticipation.

Licking my lips in anticipation.

The little candy cane is Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Stick Lips Tint Gloss and I guess, it is from the same line as the ice cream nail polish. ($4.86 US)

I am very impressed with KollectionK. The website was fairly easy to navigate and there was enough information to understand what the products are used for. The only frustrating part was picking colors but there are picture swatches with the numbers so you can pick what you like. If you plan to order, be sure to check all of the additional pictures for swatches. Shipping was $3.99 to NYC. I ordered on June 10 and received my package June 21. I was also able to track the package because KollectionK sent me a tracking number, a rarity in my experience when dealing with international shipping.

Shopping KollectionK was a fabulous experience. Though I pretty much shopped exclusively Etude House and Holika Holika, they carry Missha, Nature Republic, Innisfree, Skin Food, and too cool for school. They also carry music, DVDs, and all sorts of stationary, bath and body products, and gadgets. I definitely will be ordering again!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Would You Rather…

Would You Rather ...

(Photo credit: Enokson)

Hey Pretties! It has been a long while since I have done a tag post but I caught this one over at Deb’s blog and I wanted to share!

Tag–Would You Rather: Beauty Edition

1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, and lip glosses or lose all of your palettes and eye shadows?

This is a killer. If I had to choose, I would say I’d lose the eye stuff. I can’t live without lipstick or gloss (they can double as eye shadow or highlighter) and if I had some Vaseline, I could gloss up my lashes!

2. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

The beauty of hair- it grows back. I have always said I wanted to shave my head. I really want to see my scalp! (I am so serious.) Since my hair is curly, it is difficult to keep it too short but a chopping might be good.

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?

I think pink is more flattering on me. I have natural rosiness anyway.

4. If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?

Make-up. Hands down. I have too much of both but Brooklyn apartments don’t have enough closet space.

Sephora Store, Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan

Sephora Store, Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?

Eyeliner as lipstick. Doesn’t anyone remember when dark liner went along with a pale lip? No? You’re lucky.

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

Sephora- there are way more options.

Lipstick

Lipstick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Would you rather only use one eye shadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

I would say eye color. The lip really can change a face- the rest of the face doesn’t necessarily need a lot of color.

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

Summer clothes in winter. Just layer it up!

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

Bright! I veer towards bright red as opposed to dark.

10. Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?

I don’t have a favorite but I find lip products to be more interchangeable and easier to buy. Lippies it is!

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?

Messy bun- it still looks better.

12. Would your rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?

Paint my nails. They chip anyway.

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?

I would rather Sharpie on a mustache.

Sharpie (marker)

Sharpie (marker) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?

Nail polish- too much work.

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