‘Tis All Hallows Eve, let’s see what spookiness is lying in wait around here…

(Note the cracks on Mr. Ghosts head. The boy broke him not once, but twice. I refuse to throw him away because he is my favorite.)

Happy Halloween!!!!! :)

 

Hiya! While organizing my makeup desk and area I decided I need to pass on some of my unloved makeup items to someone who will use and appreciate them more than I currently do. I then started digging around and found some other things I have barely touched. Most of the items below have been swatched once or twice unless otherwise noted. I have tried my best to capture the product color and amount left when I can.

Here are the rules:

Thanks, and happy shopping!

 

Stila Garden Bliss Palette- Swatched 1 time- $8

“mini” Stila Lip Glaze- all used 1-2x- $3/each or $10 for the set of 4

Colors L-R: Harmony, Mauvelous, Rose, Guava

 

Benefit Powderflage- 90% remaining (no brush)- $10 SOLD

ELF Eye Brightener- 95% remaining- $2

ELF Mineral Booster large size- 90% remaining- $4

POP Beauty Little Brown Dress palette- Used 1-2 times- $5

LORAC Glam Rocks- Metallic Copper- 95% remaining- $4.50

 

ELF Mineral Concealer- Warm- 95% remaining- $2

ELF Mineral Blush in Coral- 95% remaining- $2.50

ELF Mineral Blush in Peachy- 95% remaining- $2.50

ELF Mineral Blemish Concealer/Treatment- 95% remaining- $2.50

ELF Shimmer Mineral Booster (small size)- 95% remaining- $2.50

Hard Candy Baked Blush in Bombshell- Used 1-2x- $3.00 SOLD

 

Bare Minerals Prime Time Primer- 80-85% remaining- $10

 

LORAC Lipstick in Karma- Used 1-2x, $4

Sonia Kashuk Lipstick in Bordeaux- Used 1-2x $4

Sephora Lipstick Attitude Star- S08 (sparkle fuchsia)- Used 2-3x $4

 

 

When I first spied Essie’s Autumn nail collection, the pale mauve-y light pink shade did not appeal to me. It looked like it would impossibly unflattering and just not a shade I would reach for. However, I have seen several YouTube videos and blog posts where it didn’t look like death hands (technical term) and so I figured I would give it a shot.

L-R: Angora Cardi, Merino Cool, Chinchilly, Lady Like

When I paired it with other charming and muted Essie shades it created a very ‘Lady Like’ palette indeed. The formula on all four of these is as you would expect for Essie, smooth and easy to apply….Lady Like being the most finicky of the group which I have sort of come to expect with lighter shades that aren’t sheer. They tend to require a bit more patience. But Lady Like doesn’t frustrate me like some other light offenders (OPI Mod About You, for example).

*All swatches below are 2 coats of each polish, no top or base coats)

L-R: Lady Like, Chinchilly, Merino Cool, Angora Cardi

All of these shades are formal office appropriate in my opinion. They allow you to sneak in some Autumn shades without having to go super vampy, super dark or super sparkly. These are easy to wear colors and can probably be paired with just about anything in your closet.

Lady Like is surprisingly wearable and offers a nice option to nude nails. I actually quite like it on me. I have a feeling this is a shade you have to try to know if you will like it because how looks is very dependent on skin tone.

L-R: Angora Cardi, Merino Cool, Chinchilly, Lady Like

Lady Like is the only shade here that’s new for fall. I believe Merino Cool was released last fall (along with another favorite of mine, Sew Psyched) and Angora Cardi and Chinchilly were released in fall 2009 (along with 2 other stellar polishes Mink Muffs and Midnight Cami).

Do you have a favorite Essie shade? Would you wear these shades to work and feel comfortable? I sported Angora Cardi this week and loved it!

Hi ladies! By now you all have heard and read that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m partnering with VMV Hypoallergenics to give away some lovely pink items in honor of their support of breast cancer research.

VMV Hypoallergenics will be donating 10% from all purchases in the month of October from their Pinkfest line (look for the pink ribbon), as well as skincare items that have proven to be beneficial to cancer patients to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition to that, with the purchase of two items you get a lovely pink passport wallet. Although October is almost over, you still have time to browse their website and snag some lovely items and know that you are supporting a great cause.

Not only is it awesome that the folks at VMV are donating proceeds of your purchases to breast cancer research, but their line is paraben and preservative free. So no worries about harmful ingredients here!

And, because everyone like a little pink, here is a nice giveaway for you lovely ladies!

Giveaway-

(1) Lucky lady will receive the following prize package:

Here are swatches of the 2 shades you will be receiving:

VMV Lipgloss in Giggle

 

VMV Skin Bloom Blush in Smauve

 

Giveaway Rules:

Is it possible to enter your *own* giveaway….. cause the blush is really calling my name! ;) Good luck ladies!

*This giveaway is sponsored by the company mentioned. The links above are not affiliate links and I am not getting paid to feature or write about their products*

It’s been quite awhile since I first laid eyes on Burberry’s makeup line. It’s also been since August that I haven’t posted about the wonders of the products I have tried so far… thanks to my lovely friend DelytefulSpeaks.

Let me tell you, once you go Burberry, you never go back.

Burberry!

First, let’s discuss the amazing presentation. The packaging is heavy and magnetic. I LOVE that the Burberry design is etched/embossed on the cases. It feels so utterly luxurious. That’s before I have even opened them up, mind you. I squeal with delight on the inside when I look at them because, honestly, this is the prettiest packaging I own. Aside from a Guerlain Rouge G, it doesn’t get more sophisticated than this.

Burberry Lip Mist in Feather Pink

The lipstick-lipgloss hybrid to end all. It’s the single best formula in that arena that I have tried. For me, it was better than Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shines, better than YSL (which I don’t own but have tried at Sephora) and the countless others I hoarded this year. What makes this different is the consistency and the way it applies. Like butter, but not as thin like the Rouge Coco Shines. This feels like actual cream gliding across your lips. The pigmentation is unexpected since most hybrids are sheer. Not here, ladies. It’s got great coverage. Not slippery or wet, but shiny and silky, creamy. The only thing worth noting is that I wasn’t particularly keen on was the perfume scent. It isn’t awful or horribly strong, but it’s there.  The packaging is fun because you can only put the cap on one way (because of the magnet) so I had a play and let the boy try to close it before telling him about the magnet. He loves the packaging now too ;)

Burberry Russet Blush

*sigh* what a thing of beauty. That etched pattern combined with the absolute silkiness of this blush is just breathtaking. The color is fabulous too, unlike anything I already have. You will see in the swatches that although it seems like a neutral shade and nothing super bright, it has such a quality of color that you can’t help but be drawn to it.

Burberry Rosewood Eyeshadow

The eyeshadow is no exception to the rule either. Just as lovely as the blush and lipstick before it, and sweetly unassuming in shade. But again, to swatch it is something of a thrill. It is simple, yet refined and special too. Truly worth having in any makeup collection.

L-R: Russet, Rosewood, Feather Pink

The dimension of Rosewood is slightly lost in this photograph. In real life it is a lighter and less sparkly version of Chanel’s Fauve eyeshadow. It lights up my eyes and makes me feel chic and awake.

Here I am wearing Burberry’s Feather Pink:

I love everything I have….and of course I want more! I dare you to venture into the world of Burberry Beauty, just don’t expect to walk away empty handed ;)