Get a Life (Palette)!

A few weeks ago, I made a purchase from em Cosmetics by Michelle Phan. If you have never heard of Michelle Phan, you may have heard of ipsy, a beauty subscription curated by Michelle Phan. Anyway, Michelle is a serious make-up artist. She can pretty much become anyone or anything she wants with the flick of a mascara wand. Her talent did not go unnoticed and she was able to create her own cosmetics line. Through my ipsy subscription I was able to get a deal and since her products are expensive, I figured it seemed like a good way to try out her cosmetics. I was also automatically entered to win a Life Palette. A Life Palette is the signature em Cosmetics product. There are four “lives” to choose from, each containing four palettes that include eye, cheek, and lip colors.

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Imagine my surprise when with my measly $27 purchase, I won. I chose the “Love Life” palette, which I thought to be most versatile.

Love Life Palette

Love Life Palette

Just a quick description- the center of each mini-palette is a blush. If you move clockwise from the top, you hit two lip colors and six eye shadow colors.

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The packaging is sturdy and I love that I can also easily depot each palette as needed. Do you see the little indentation on the right side of each pan? Included in the set is a nifty tool that slides right into that indentation, making it easy to depot and put in a special compact included with the palette. It makes every single pan travel friendly. The four lives of the Love Life Palette are:

Warm Fuzzies (neutrals with a pops of color and shimmer)

Warm Fuzzies

Warm Fuzzies

The Real Me (natural neutrals)

The Real Me

The Real Me

Girl Time (more color- purples, blues, pink!),

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Girl Time

 All Yours (smokey shades)

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All Yours

Each look has instructions. I found the step-by-step directions easy to follow and I loved my final look.

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I have used Warm Fuzzies and The Real Me and found the eye shadows and blushes to be of good quality. (I honestly did not try the lip colors in the palette yet.)

I am hoping to play around with my Love Life Palette and try more faces.

Would you purchase a palette like this?

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

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Stuff I Tried This Week: BA Star Zebra Lip Gloss

As a member of BrandBacker.com, I sometimes receive free products to try. A few months back, I reviewed an eye shadow palette from BA Star Make-Up (check it out here). BA Star caters mostly to dance teams and cheerleaders. I take this as a good sign since that usually means kids and teenagers use the products, so their quality is great and not harmful. The products are also inexpensive so you can try a lot of things without breaking the bank.

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I was supposed to receive BA Star’s Stardust, a loose pigment that can be used on the eyes and I am sure more creatively. Instead, I got a Zebra Gloss from the Zebra Lip Gloss Duo. The gloss I received is clear with iridescent glitter suspended throughout. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed but as you know I will try anything in the cosmetics department.

They have tutorials on their website.

They have tutorials on their website.

The glitter is very small and there is not a lot of it when you take out the doe foot applicator. I was a bit concerned it might be too “young” for me but I was pleasantly surprised.

Left is with flash.

Left is with flash.

When applied it is light and not terribly goopy. It actually feels quite soft on the lips but is a little gritty from the sparkles. Since it is clear, the glitter doesn’t make your lips look like a disco ball. Instead, the glitter catches the light here and there without making it obvious there is glitter on your lips.  It’s actually not really noticeable.

Glitter Lips

Glitter Lips

I decided to put on a lip stain and then put the Zebra Lip Gloss on top. It is more noticeable over color and would be great  for a night on the town.

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Though not incredibly long lasting, the Zebra Lip Gloss is a fun addition to your cosmetics bag. I also have a coupon code for 50% off all Stardusts. Just enter BBDUST at checkout. The discount is available until September 30th so get to it!  I also  hope that BA Star gets back to me so I can actually review a Stardust!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

This is a sponsored post, powered by BrandBacker. The complimentary sample had no influence on my review.

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

Stuff I Tried This Week

I have been cleaning out my beauty stash. A few weeks ago, we learned that we would have to move by the end of the year and so I decided that I would start by purging clothes and beauty items. With that said, I figured I would try out a few things that I probably would have given away without using. Let’s get started.

I am still pasty, despite it being almost the end of July. Over the past few weeks, I received a bunch of self-tanners. My experience with self tanner is the one by Jergen’s, which works just fine on my legs and arms but I haven’t been using it. I was heading out and decided I needed a quick tan so I pulled out Infinity Sun Glow on the Go. I received the can in my FabFitFun delivery and it seemed easy enough.

Spray on. Glow on.

Spray on. Glow on.

I made sure that I used a body scrub in the shower and shaved, since I was wearing shorts. Once I was dry, I started to apply. It was easy enough- hold the can 4-6 inches away from the skin and spray in long, even mists. I did my right leg and then my left. Then a little water dripped from my semi-wet head, so I just rubbed it evenly over the spot. Then I sprayed each leg again. The verdict: my right leg looks good. My left leg is a little splotchy but not enough that I think people would notice. I will be using this product again because it literally took no effort and dried really fast. (I wore a junky night shirt while applying and waited about 15-20 minutes before I got dressed, just in case. The can does not say anything about drying time but you never know.

That is kind of a big splotch. And I don't have chicken legs.

That is kind of a big splotch. And I don’t have chicken legs.

Along with a million self tanners, I have beach hair spray coming out of the wazoo. The other morning I sprayed Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Beach Spray. I received a small spray bottle in July’s ipsy bag (which I really need to look at.) After washing and then using my usual hair oil, I sprayed some on my hair while it was still damp. I didn’t scrunch as usual and just let my hair air-dry. Yeah. I was hoping for looser curls. I knew I would not get beach waves but a looser curl would be pretty. Well, that did not happen. My hair looked pretty much the same and then just felt like I washed it with salt water. I had another bottle that was in my FabFitFun box and I gave it to my aunt. Since she is a hair stylist, I am sure she will find some use for it on someone. Beach Spray + Curly Hair= Don’t do it

Not for me.

Not for me.

Lindz, my favorite Girl in the Glasses, sent me a bunch of goodies from Germany. She had been singing the praises of Bioderma Solution Micellaire. Micellaire water basically takes all the make-up off of your face- it is a jack of all trades in make-up removal. Since I use waterproof eyeliner and mascara in the summer, I was excited to try this. I have to say that it works really well, even on some of the stubborn eye make-up. I put some on a cotton pad and then hold it over my eye for a few seconds, then wipe. It cleaned up the eye area quite nicely and  did not sting or burn my peepers. I then wiped by entire face and it cleaned off my foundation. Being of oily skin, I still washed my face afterwards but you really don’t have to.

It cleans up everything!

It cleans up everything!

In the warmer months, I like to use colorful eyeliner as opposed to full on eye shadow, liner, mascara, primer, etc. On a recent trip to Sephora, I almost picked up an Urban Decay 24/7  Glide-On Eye Pencil in Chaos ($19 US), a cobalt blue matte with a bit of pearl. I then walked over to the Sephora Collection display and one of the salespeople pointed out the Sephora Collection 12 Hour Wear & Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil in No. 29 My Boyfriend’s Jeans (electric blue).

My Boyfriend's Jeans

My Boyfriend’s Jeans- can you see how vibrant the color is?

I tested the pencil on my hand and was pleasantly surprised. It was just as pigmented as the UD pencil that I had swatched on my hand AND when I was wiping both swatches off, I found the Sephora pencil was a bit harder to remove. Now, you may not like that, but if you know NYC humidity, you know that this is good for eye liner. At $9 US, I could have bought two colors for the price of one UD pencil but I did not. I tried it out Saturday night. It lasted all night!

On my way to the city for a birthday party...

On my way to the city for a birthday party…

My next picture is with an Instgram filter.

My eyes look really prominent.

My eyes look really prominent.

I am really happy with the eye liner. I may have a hard time not using it everyday.

What are some of your summer picks? Have you tried any of these products?

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

Summer Lids & Lips

Hey all! I hope that the week went well for you. I had a fabulous getaway with the hubs this week. We went to Atlantic City, NJ. It is a small city beside the Atlantic Ocean and there is great outlet shopping and gambling. Not that I think gambling is necessarily good but is great fun in moderation, especially if you win! While we were away, I only brought one eye shadow palette (shocking!) and four different lip products to vary up my look.

An entry in the annual Sand Sculpting Competition- Atlantic City, NJ.

An entry in the annual Sand Sculpting Competition- Atlantic City, NJ.

First up is Too Faced Summer Eyes palette ($36 US).  I picked it up at the Brooklyn Make-Up Studio at their last event and have been meaning to write a review about it for quite some time.  I even have pictures ready-  but just kept waiting. Anyway, I really got some great use out of it this week. I actually have no swatches (bad PH!) but I have a dupe for some of the colors.

Summer Eyes!

Summer Eyes!

Back of the pack.

Back of the pack.

There are three sets of colors (DAY, CLASSIC, & FASHION) with three colors each. The largest pan in usually for the lid all the way up to the brow, the color next to it for the lid, and the third color for the crease and lower lashes. Using the colors in each row makes for an easy eye look or you can mix and match. The palette also comes with a pamphlet that demonstrates different looks you can create using the eye shadows.

Easy Eye Looks

Easy Eye Looks

Do you like how the shirt you see in the reflection has a tropical drink print?

Do you like how the shirt you see in the reflection has a tropical drink print?

My personal favorite is CLASSIC but I think DAY is a lot of fun and for a daily look, is a bit different from my usual neutrals. I wore FASHION one night and my husband commented on how glittery I was. Sunbeam is very glittery but not so much that it falls all over your face. Application is good, I had no trouble with fallout, and I like how put together the shades are. Well done, Too Faced! As for a dupe, Avon True Color Eye Shadow Sunkissed Duo with Shell & Refreshing Coral reminds me of the CLASSIC colors. I also paid about $3 US for it.

Not bad for 3 bucks.

Not bad for 3 bucks.

On my lips, I constantly had Almay’s Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm ($5.99 US) in either Rosy Lipped (which is the perfect glossy barely-there nude for me) or Just Plum Good.

Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Rosy Lipped & Just Plum Good.

Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in Rosy Lipped & Just Plum Good.

I found that I could apply Rosy Lipped at any point in time with no mirror and I got a hint of color and great shine. Just Plum Good reminded me of Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, though a bit more purple. I found that I needed to apply a lot, as the sheer formula can fade, especially the lighter color. Either way, both colors are great and I can’t wait to try a few more.

Top picture without flash- Rosy Lipped (top color) & Just Plum Good (Bottom Color)

Top picture without flash- Rosy Lipped (top swatch) & Just Plum Good

If I wanted more lasting power or pigment, I reached for Rimmel London’s Show Off Lip Laquer (called Apocalips in Europe if you have seen them floating around other blogs)  in Luna or Aurora. You can see the color at the very bottom of the tube so you have an idea of what you are buying.

Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in Luna (L) & Aurora (R).

Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer in Luna (L) & Aurora (R).

I wore Aurora to a wedding last weekend and got a few compliments. I found Luna to be a bit more day friendly. The feel is very comfortable and soft. It is also not super glossy so the lasting power was better than Almay’s liquid lip balm but it did need to be reapplied after drinks or dinner. Oh! The doe foot applicator has a well that holds more product so you don’t have to constantly re-dip for more product. I think it works well but you need to wipe the wand a little to make application a little neater.

All's well that ends well. (This is Luna.)

All’s well that ends well. (This is Luna.)

For about $4.99 US, it is worth a try.

Top without flash. Luna (top swatch) and Aurora.

Top without flash. Luna (top swatch) and Aurora.

What do you think of some of my summer picks? I also need to get a new waterproof mascara. I am using Maybelline Falsies but it is drying up fast. I also have to finish my Giorgio Armany Eyes to Kill- can’t waste that!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Purple Eyelid Eater

Last night, I had a wedding to attend. I love big, fancy parties, even semi-fancy parties, because I can really do up my make-up. I have a kind of tutorial for you today that uses two eye shadow colors that create a smokey yet vibrant look and a few products to give your skin a flawless finish.

My naked face.

My naked face.

When I know I have a big night out, I start off by spritzing my face with a setting spray. I used (and still use) Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray. While my face is still damp, I apply Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer with a sponge. (Shout out to Lindz at Girl in the Glasses for reminding me of my Beauty Blender.) I love this primer! On a casual day, I can just use this on its own for a little bit of coverage and an even skin tone.

Wet it and set it.

Wet it and set it. (Counter-clockwise from top left: UD De-Slick Setting Spray, Too Faced Primer, my face has on some clothes, bareMinerals Foundation)

Using a stippling brush, I applied bareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Fairly Light. I have recently started using a stippling brush and actually watched a tutorial to make sure I was using it correctly. Basically, I dip the brush in the foundation and apply in light, circular motions on my face. The trick is to not push the brush into your skin. My powder foundation goes on so easily and the coverage has an air-brushed quality.

The eyes are the window to the soul and I want mine to be clear! I started with Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer. It is a light nude which is great because it will keep the color of the shadow vibrant. I spread a small dollop over the entire lid, to the crease, and all the way to the brow bone. It literally takes a few seconds to set and then I got to the eye shadow. Using an eye shadow brush, I took a generous amount of Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Super Shimmer in Taupe. Unfortunately, it is from a limited edition palette, so unless Clinique decided to keep the shade around, you are out of luck- as am I. I applied the shadow from the lid, into the crease, and up to the brow bone. Since it is shimmery, it highlighted the brow bone nicely without any extra work.

Insure your shadow. The brush is pointed towards the taupe eye shadow.

Insure your shadow. The brush is pointed towards the taupe eye shadow.

Now, for the fun. I happened to catch a sale on Sugarpill Cosmetics a few weeks ago. They have some pretty fantastic colors. The thing with me is that although I love color, I have a hard time using super bright shades on my eyes. I chose safer Sugarpill shades and for pressed shadow, they have some serious pigment THAT I LOVE. Using an angled brush, I took a very small amount of Sugarpill Pressed Eye Shadow in Poison Plum. I applied it in the crease and around the outer corners and on roughly a third of the lid. A little goes a long way and I really concentrated the color in the crease so it wouldn’t be super strong all over my eyelid.

That is a drop of shadow on the brush.

That is a drop of shadow on the brush.

I really worked the color in and added a bit more in small increments. I didn’t want to look like I was in a boxing match. To lighten the look, I took a blending brush and softened the color a little.

Mixing it up.

Mixing it up. By the way, that is Sarah Happ lip balm on my lips. I really wanted to hate it but I don’t.

Now, for the liner. I am a Smashbox Eye Liner fanatic. I purchased a set of four or five mini pencils during the holiday season for around $29. I used Imperial for this look and it is no longer available on their website. Hmmm… Anway, I applied the liner about a third in on from the outer corner of my eyelid. I then lined under the eye.

I am watching you.

I am watching you.

I finally curled my lashes and since I was going to a wedding, I used Maybelline Falsies Waterproof Mascara. My Eyes to Kill will have to wait.

My lashes stay up without any support. Gravitational miracle.

My lashes stay up without any support. Gravitational miracle.

Now, here is where I am so mad at myself. I did not take a picture of my final look BUT I did do the same eye for a party last month…

Hello, it's me.

Hello, it’s me.

And for a party last Friday…

No sleep 'til...

No sleep ’til…

In case you need to know, the lipstick is Lipstick Queen Hot Rose Sinner. It is serious pigmentation. Read my review here. The shirt is from Forever 21. I wore it with a lace backed blazer and that ginormous necklace.

I think you should amp up eye looks with a little color once in awhile, right? I think I did a decent job balancing the look, even with a heavy lip.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Party With Product Hoochie!

Okay, not really party with me but CELEBRATE! Product Hoochie celebrates its first birthday in two weeks and I want YOU to participate in the festivities. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to have people read my musings about beauty products. It has been a lifelong obsession and it is fabulous knowing that my readers keep coming back.

I have two giveaways that I put together that will help you stay gorgeous. I purchased the items myself. They include brands that I L-O-V-E!

The first is Flawlessly Fierce.  It includes:

Flawlessly Fierce!

Flawlessly Fierce!

Mirabella Prime for Face & Eyes makes it easy to get on the go.

Coastal Scents Camouflage Palette with 10 Shades of Concealer. Great for blending your perfect shade.

E.L.F. Lip Stain in Nude Necter for all day color.

E.L.F. Liquid Eyeliner in Black  to create sleek eye looks.

NYX  Ultra Pearl Mania Eyeshadow in 02 Pearl  to make your peepers glisten.

E.L.F. Dramatic (False) Lashes (not shown)

Pop Beauty Mascara (Deluxe Sample) in 01 Smokey Black so you can bat your lashes

The second giveaway is Flawlessly Fun. It includes:

Flawlessly Fun!

Flawlessly Fun!

E.L.F. 100 Piece Eyeshadow Palette because you need options.

E.L.F. Conditioning Lip Balm in Nice & Natural to pucker, pout, and protect with SPF 15.

Go Smile On the Go Pen to shine up those whites.

Pixi Flawless & Poreless Primer to prep your canvas.

Da Vinci Cosmetics Shimmer Powder to illuminate your face.

an “I ❤ New York” mirror.

This giveaway is open internationally BUT if there is a mailing “issue” with liquids, I may have to substitute a product or two. This won’t be a problem for US residents.

Enter via the Giveaway Tab on my Facebook Page for your chance to win!

Keep Calm & Primp On!

E.L.F. Studio Store in NYC!

Last week, I googled E.L.F. cosmetics for no good reason. I soon discovered they opened a store in Greenwich Village. Greenwich Village is in the lower part of Manhattan, not exactly downtown and near SoHo. I have a love/hate relationship with that area now, as it has become very commercialized. It used to be the place to go for vintage clothes at Canal Jeans or one of the other boutiques that offered unique items. I don’t mean to go back in time- we will never get the 90s back (not that everything about the 90s was good.) Anyway, when I heard about the E.L.F. Studio Store, I decided that I could make an exception and go shopping on my old stomping grounds.

My sister and I visited on the Monday of Memorial Day weekend. The store has a cool white facade with black lettering.

Looks very sleek and cool.

Looks very sleek and cool.

Upon entering, we were greeted by a make-up artist that was very helpful. I asked if I could take a few pictures and met with the store manager. She was very accomodating. I explained that this was the “little blog that could” and she laughed and told me to photograph what I needed. I just want to point out that some photos were taken by my sister, Shazzer.

All about eyes!

All about eyes!

I think the store pretty much carried the entire line. Products start at $1 US and I found a few items that ran over $6 US. Most of the E.L.F. Studio range runs between $3 US-$6 US. I picked up some tinted moisturizer and an SPF powder for $6 each and some Long-Lasting Luminous Eye Shadows for $3 each.

Saving Face.

Saving Face.

E.L.F. powders are excellent- especially for the price!

Brushing off on me.

Brushing me off.

I find the E.L.F. Studio Brushes to be good quality for roughly $3 US a piece.

Eye got to have it.

Eye got to have it.

I have been using their Cream Eyeliner for a long time and am very impressed with it and its price tag.

Nailed.

Nailed.

E.L.F. nail polish is 3-Free! Not bad for $2 US.

An array of DIY.

An array of DIY.

There are great pre-made kits you can switch up out of a compact or you can buy eye shadow singles to customize your own palette. Refill pans are $1 US each.

To the moon!

To the moon!

With great palettes with colors that blend together easily,  E.L.F. also carries trendy cosmetics, like moon-baked eye shadow, blush, bronzer, and powder.

Started to get lippy.

Started to get lippy.

Clearly taken by Shazzer, I check out the wide range of lipstick and lip gloss that cost about $3 US each.

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I am clearly concentrating.

I was very happy with the great selection and friendly staff at the E.L.F. Studio Store. Be on the look out for one near you!

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If you were wondering if I got any compensation for the post, that is a no. I spent $52! There will be an additional post on the haul.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Sunday Funday and Brooklyn Make-Up Studio!

It is no secret that I love the local Brooklyn Make-Up Studio. It is a gem in the midst of commercialized beauty- the people that work in the store are not only make-up artists; they know every single product they sell. Every. Single. Product. Stacey Catapano, lead make-up artist, makes sure that her fellow MUAs are comfortable and patient with customers, while providing professional services.

At the end of April. Brooklyn Make-Up Studio hosted a fabulous event for Mother’s Day. I took a few quick snapshots of the event:

Brooklyn Make-Up Studio 447 Avenue P (Bet. East 2nd & 3rd Streets) Gravesend, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Make-Up Studio
447 Avenue P (Bet. East 2nd & 3rd Streets) Gravesend, Brooklyn

There were plenty of goods on hand. Among the Smashbox, Stila, and Too Faced, there were Sweet Treats by Christina, who not only makes beautiful desserts but also makes up beautiful faces.

Sweet Treats!

Sweet Treats!

Someone also brought in these…

Chocolate mousse cones!

Chocolate mousse cones!

A dizzying array of colors greet you in every corner…

Decisions, decisions.

Decisions, decisions. (Photo by Shazzer)

Nailing it!

Nailing it! (Photo by Shazzer)

Start Pouting!

Start Pouting! (Photo by Shazzer)

The studio bustled all day. Makeovers were doled out, along with friendly advice and gifts with purchase.

Looking Fab!

Looking Fab!

I didn’t have time to get made over but I did get a mini-facial with Caudalie products. I left looking refreshed and glowing. I also left with two Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks and Caudalie skincare. More on those another day…

Me in my Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal. I also love Fuchsia Flash.

Me in my Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal. I also love Fuchsia Flash.

If you are ever in the neighborhood, you should pop on by! From lips to tips, the  make-up artists are so welcoming and knowledgeable. You won’t be disappointed!

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For more information about Brooklyn Make-Up Studio, visit their website and their Facebook Page.

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Cupcakes courtesy of Sweet Treats by Christina (Photo by Shazzer)

For Sweet Treats by Christina, check her out here.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Disclaimer: I receive a discount from the Brooklyn Make-Up Studio. The discount has no influence on my review.