Saucebox Cosmetics: A Review & a Special Offer!

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Hi Dolls!
I hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday night. I’m taking a quick break from studying (it never ends!) to share a couple of great products that I ordered from an up and coming cosmetics company here in LA called SauceBox Cosmetics. I heard about them through my makeup artistry school and decided to pick up a blush and some new shadows. Alla, one of their awesome reps, has extended a discount to my readers that I’ll share at at the end of the post.

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The banner at the top of the post is the artwork on the boxes their products come in, isn’t it adorable? The blush and shadows I ordered come in sleek black snap shut containers that are lightweight and portable.

On to the products:

-Blush in Cocktail: A cool toned candy pink with just a hint of frost. Very pigmented and soft powder that blends really easily. Loved the pop of color this provided. A little goes a long way and as you can see, it photographs well without being grainy/powdery.

-Bold Effect Shadow in Queen Bee: A bright, pigmented yellow with just a tiny bit of frost finish. Also really soft texture that blends very easily. I didn’t have any true yellows before, and I cannot wait to use this!

-Bold Effect Shadow in Torch: My favorite out of the bunch, this is a true orange shadow that’s beautifully pigmented, blends like a dream, and just stole my heart. I’ve been leaning toward citrus colors recently and I’m excited to use this with Queen Bee in an EOTD post.

Pricing:
Blush $15
Shadow $14

I’m really happy with my purchases and I’m looking forward to trying more of SauceBox’s products soon. The customer service was fantastic and thanks to Miss Alla, I’m happy to share a 30% off code with all of you lovely ladies. The code is NLM30 and shipping is free right now with every purchase (will find out how much longer that’s going for). Try them out and let me know what you think!

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Z Palette Review

Happy Tuesday Dolls!
How’s your week going? Ready for the turkey day festivities? I’m counting down to the delish feast that my best friend is putting together :).
On to the good stuff! As my kit/makeup collection grows, I’ve found myself buying shadows that don’t come in a little box/container–they’re the loose metal pans that are meant to be in palettes. I was getting pretty tired of having to keep the shadows in the plastic packaging because they were a pain to open up and they were easily damaged in my purse. I looked around for a while because I didn’t want to limit myself to one company’s shadow pan shape/size, I wanted to throw all of my loose pans together and keep them in one place. I found the Z Palette and couldn’t be happier with my purchase! The case is made out of sturdy cardboard, has a clear cover so I can see all of my colors, and it’s lightweight/easy to carry. The magnetic base grips the metal shadow pans really well, I’ve shaken it open and flipped it upside down and the shadows haven’t fallen out once. If you have non-metal shadow pans, you can just stick a little magnet to it (also sold on the site).

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I love the sleek look of the palette so much. They come in a large (above) and small size, and are available in different colors. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a freestyle magnetic palette.  Click here to visit the company website.

Have you tried Z Palette products?

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Inglot Mini Haul and Swatches

Hi Babes,
Happy Monday! I’m so excited that this is a short work week, looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner at bffs house and sleeping in all 4 days of my weekend. I’m heading out to LA/Hollywood this weekend to pick up some things for my makeup kit as well, so I’m excited to share those with you :).
I was in Vegas for Halloween weekend with my girlfriends, and while walking around the forum shops, I found the Inglot store. After a quick happy dance and some excited squeals, I headed in and picked out some shadows in colors that I didn’t already have in my kit.

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In natural light:
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With flash:
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-Pearl 423- a shimmery deep brown with copper and purple tones depending on where the light hits.
-AMC Shine 09- a gold with a slightly peach/pink shimmer to it.
-Double Shimmer 504- beautiful teal/aquamarine blue. LOVE this one so much.
-Double Shimmer 483- a deep shimmery navy blue.
-Double Shimmer 481- my favorite of the bunch, this is a khaki green that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Creates a beautiful subtle smokey eye.

I’m officially Inglot crazy and cant wait to pick more up at the store in Newport Beach soon. The colors are intensely pigmented, blend like a dream, and last all day long. I picked up the pans for their Freedom System and they came out to $5 each :)–seriously, how could you say no?! I’d recommend these to the newbies and the serious makeup artist looking to build up an amazing shadow collection. Click here to visit their website.

Have you tried Inglot before?

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Mini Zoya Haul!

Happy Friday!
I’m so ready for my weekend, this week has kicked my butt! Zoya had a promo going a few weeks ago, if you bought any item, you’d get two polishes for free. I picked up Riley, Anja, and Bela:

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Riley (2 coats), Anja (2 coats), and Bela (3 coats).

Riley- Beautiful. I was in a rush, but the formula is lovely and opaque in 2 coats when you’re not balancing your laptop while you’re painting lol. This would be great any time of year, but perfect for xmas.

Anja- Vampy and sexy. This formula was the best out of the three and completely opaque in two fast coats. Cannot wait to wear this in the fall. Actually, wearing it this weekend, I literally couldn’t wait lol.

Bela- Classic and pretty. A very sheer polish, perfect for a subtle color that is decently opaque in 3 coats. Not runny and goes on like a dream. Perfect any time of year. Will be wearing this on my hands with Anja on my toes this weekend :).

Did you pick anything up during the promo?

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Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara Review


Hi Babes!
I know, I’ve been MIA, I’m sorry :/. I go through periods of writers block and it makes me frustrated to type anything other than work documents and those are done because I HAVE to lol. I’ve been working on quite a few posts for the next few days though, here’s the first and the one I’m so very excited about!

One of my best friends, Liz, spent the weekend at my house a few weekends ago and we went out for drinks with the girls. While getting ready, I noticed her gorgeous lashes and asked what mascara she was wearing. She pulled out the Neutrogena Healthy Volume mascara and let me try it (I know, you’re not supposed to share mascaras…but I’ve known her for almost 20 years and we pretty much have the same cooties). I looooved how full and long my lashes looked after a few coats.
All of my regular readers know how devoted I am to my Covergirl Lashblast, so this is a big deal. The formula isn’t clumpy, it doesn’t have a weird smell, and it leaves my lashes really soft, even after many coats. It’s really easy to build up this mascara, so it’s great for a soft daytime look or dramatic lashes for a night out. The brush large, but it’s a pretty standard mascara brush, not a rubbery one like Lashblast’s.
Healthy Volume washes off easily and doesn’t leave smudgies, and it doesn’t irritate my eyes, even when I’ve slept in it. For about $7, it’s pretty amazing and I’d recommend it to anyone.
For extra drama, I alternate coats of Healthy Volume with coats of Lashblast and can build up really dramatic clump free lashes that look like falsies :). Check out the pictures below:

Sad, sad, naked lashes. They’re decent in length, just really light colored…you can’t even see the tips -_-.
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One Coat:
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Two Coats:
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Three Coats:
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What’s your favorite mascara?

Aaand a new beauty item! This was my bday gift from my bf last week and I’m very excited about it. I’ve been wearing Fantasy by Britney Spears for years and wanted a more grown up fragrance that isn’t too grandma or floral. This has Citrus Accord, Peony, Rose, Osmanthus Flower, Pink Pepper, Sandalwood. I smells very faintly sweet, kind of like a muskier vanilla without being vanilla. Okay, I’m awful at describing fragrances, but this one makes me feel seductive, pretty, and a little grown up.
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All Brown Smokey Eyes + A Mini Haul

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Hi Lovelies,
Happy Tuesday! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I love my black pencil and liquid eyeliner, I wear at least the liquid every day. I’m trying to step out of my comfort zone and decided to do a smokey eye without any black shadow/liner this weekend. Part of the inspiration came from Drop Dead Diva; Jane always has lovely smokey brown eyes that warm up her fair complexion. I played around with some MAC shadows and Ulta liner to create this:
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Products Used:
-UDPP all over the eyelid and along lower lashes.
-MAC Wedge e/s applied all over the lid, halfway to the brow past the crease.
-MAC Corduroy e/s blended into the crease.
-MAC Embark e/s blended into the crease and outer corner of the lid. Also applied along lower lashes and blended with a fluffy brush.
-MAC Mylar e/s blended into the inner corners of the eyes and along brows.
-Ulta Extreme Wear Gel Eyeliner in Perfection applied along upper lashes and winged out.
-Covergirl Lashblast mascara.

My birthday’s on the 10th, but I picked up some goodies with bday coupons my favorite stores sent last week. Check it out:
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-Victorias Secret Rockin’ Body Luminous Perfecting Cream. Price was $12, I paid $2 with my bday coupon.
-Philosophy Happy Birthday Beautiful body wash/bubble bath/shampoo. It smells like cake :D. This was free.
-Torrid earrings. Price was $10.50, I paid $.50 with my bday coupon.
-OPI InStyle Red. This was free with my subscription that I got myself for my bday.
-MAC Ample Pink Plushglass. This wasn’t for my bday, but it was new so I included it in the haul :P. MAC sells it for $18.50, I paid $13 for it on Ebay.

What have you picked up recently?

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Pink & Purple EOTD + New Bag

Happy Monday Lovelies!
I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I’m typing this from my family’s home computer, which is one of the slowest machines on the face of the earth, but I couldn’t stay away from blogging :). It’ll be at least a week before I get another charger for my laptop. Here’s a pink and purple EOTD from last week. Pink is kind of intimidating to me, so I have to use it in small doses. I included a rough outline of where I place the colors (hope it helps, Rayleen!).

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Products Used (all shadows are from MAC):
-UDPP original all over lid and along lower lashes.
-Sunset B. in the inner corner of the eyelid.
-Hepcat blended into the edge of Sunset B., moving towards outer corner of eyelid.
-Nocturnelle blended into the outer corner of the lid. Also blended along lower lashes.
-Naked Lunch blended above the crease along the edge of all the pink/purples.
-Dazzelight blended along brow as highlight.
-Revlon Colorstay liquid and pencil liners in blackest black.
-Covergirl Lashblast mascara.

How do you wear pink eyeshadow?

One more thing. For those of you that don’t follow me on Twitter, I bought my first Coach bag :). I had seen the purse at the Coach store for about $498 a few months ago and just couldn’t rationalize spending that much on a bag right now; that’s saying a lot, because I can talk anyone and myself into buying just about anything lol. Well, I was at the Ontario Mills mall and by chance, walked into the Coach factory store and spotted the bag for $219. This sales lady comes up to me and hands me a 30% off coupon to use on any purchase. I had to drag myself out of the store, pouting like a little kid. I slept on it, consulted my bff (all the way in Italy lol), and decided to pick up the bag the next day after work. At the end of it, I paid $165 and don’t regret it one bit! I had to give up shopping for any other clothes/shoes in July , but I’m so happy that I don’t care. This is the large leather Ashley Satchel; it’s timeless, chic, and goes with everything. ¬†LOVE!
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I hope you all have a great week :).

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