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April 28, 2015

Memebox and Nylon It Girl Sweet 16 Palette Review and Swatches

To celebrate Nylon Magazine's 16th birthday, they've teamed up with Memebox to create an exclusive It Girl Palette Sweet 16 palette ($29- see below for a $4 off coupon code). This palette contains 1 highlighter, 6 eyeshadows and probably the most pigmented, brightest blush I've ever come across. Let's take a look!
Memebox and Nylon It Girl Sweet 16 Palette Review and Swatches
The Sweet 16 It Girl Palette comes in a slim black case that's very sturdy and feels high-end. It's a little on the small side, but I guess that makes it a good palette for travel or to keep in your purse.  I have to say..I don't feel like this is an everyday palette- at least not for me since I typically wear more natural looking shades most days. I feel like I would probably break this out for nighttime use only.

April 27, 2015

LA Splash and LA Girl Spotted at Burlington Coat Factory

I was at Burlington Coat Factory today and spotted two brands that have mainly been online-only brands...L.A. Splash and L.A. Girl.
I have seen a few L.A.Girl products here and there like the Glazed Lip Paints at Harmon, Rite Aid, and Kmart and I've also seen the Beauty Brick eyeshadow palettes at Harmon, but today I saw the brand new Blush/Bronzer/Highlighter Beauty Bricks at Burlington. These just came out this Spring and I was planning an online order at L.A Girl since I hadn't seen them anywhere. Now I don't have to!
At my store, they only had Glow and Glam but there are two others online...Pinky and Spice. I'm not sure if they're just sold out at my location or if Burlington's not planning to stock those two.
They also had the eyeshadow Beauty Bricks!

Next, I spotted some L.A. Splash products, which I've never seen anywhere but online. They have a huge following on Social Media...everyone's talking about their lip products. Sadly, there were no lip products here, but there were glitter mascaras and cream eyeshadows. I'm definitely going to check here more often in case lip products start to show up!

So the moral of the story is, don't overlook Burlington Coat Factory for great beauty finds! I always forget to look there but I'm going to start remembering more often.

Have you spotted any great finds out and about? Any hard-to-find stuff?

April 26, 2015

Tarte Park Ave Princess Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review Swatches

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Park Ave Princess ($17 at Sephora) is a brand new shade for Spring 2015. I haven't tried the Amazonian Butter lipsticks before now, so this is my first one. I absolutely love Tarte's Park Ave Princess bronzer...I've been using it for close to 10 years and it's the perfect shade for my fair skin...it's not too orange or muddy and it's matte which is really important to me.  So, I thought this would be a great compliment to it! Let's take a look...
Tarte Park Ave Princess Amazonian Butter Lipstick Review Swatches
When I first heard about this shade, I assumed it would be bronze, but it's actually a nude with a little hint of pink in it.  It's really beautiful and I think it's a great companion to bronzed summer skin. I'm naturally pale and nude lipsticks normally wash me out pretty bad...this one doesn't due to the little hint of pink in it.  But I still think it'll look better when I have a little color in my face.

Mini Sephora Haul

The other day I went to Sephora to spend my Shopkick gift cards. I had earned a $25 one and a $10 one using the app every chance I get.
You can get all the details about Shopkick on my Favorite Beauty Deal Sites page. You can earn virtual gift cards on your phone for doing simple tasks like walking into stores, scanning items with your phone, and making purchases.
This is what they look like...you can use them online or give your phone to the cashier in-store (I'm not going to blur out the numbers since they don't have a balance anymore).

Anyway, I had $35 to spend and I went a little over but I still made out great!

I purchased the Urban Decay Brightening and Tightening Complexion Primer Potion ($31). So far I love it! It makes my skin sooo smooth.
Next, I bought Tarte's new Park Ave Princess shade of their Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($17). It's a new shade for Spring 2015 and I'll be reviewing it very soon.
Finally, because I had 500 VIB Rouge points saved up, I got a Bumble and Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Set for free. It has shampoo,  conditioner, primer spray, and the oil.
I ended up taking all of this home for $13...not bad at all!

Have you hauled any beauty products lately? Or saved money doing it?  I'd love to hear about it...please drop me a comment below! :)

April 25, 2015

CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara Review

CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara ($5.49 at Harmon) is a brand new release this Spring and so far, I've only seen it in Harmon (and not yet in it's sister stores Bed Bath and Beyond or Christmas Tree Shops at the time of this post).  Harmon tends to get new products before the drugstores but I'm sure it won't be too long until this pops up at CVS, Walgreens, Target, etc. 
Let's take a look...
CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara Review
The Super Sizer promises "bold, corner to corner volume for full, fanned out lashes" plus 400% more volume.  That's quite a claim...how can we even measure that? 

April 24, 2015

The Us Project

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Soffe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've never been that comfortable taking selfies. I grew up when cameras still had film and there was no way to delete bad photos or alter them with skin-smoothing, acne-erasing, body-slimming tools. Selfies didn't exist. Today, I can look back at photos that were taken of me in my teenage years and laugh at my awkwardness, but at the time I wasn't laughing. I was bullied and teased by the popular girls at my school, and although I had close friends that helped get me through it, it still hurt and created insecurities that are still with me today.

April 23, 2015

Hard Candy 20th Anniversary Collection Spotted at Walmart

The Hard Candy 20th Anniversary limited edition collection is just starting to hit Walmart stores and this 90's teen just freaked out when I saw those original nail polishes with the ring! 
My love of Hard Candy goes way back to 1995 when I was 16. It girl of the moment Alicia Silverstone went on David Letterman to promote Clueless wearing Sky nail polish, a light blue shade and when he asked her about it, she said it was Sky by Hard Candy and everyone went crazy! Back then, nail polishes were mainly pinks and reds...other colors weren't mainstream like they are now (hard to believe!) plus there were no Sephora's or Ulta's and these nail polishes were sold at Nordstrom for like $12 a bottle...not exactly accessible to a girl who lived in East Bumble upstate NY.
I finally got my hands on my first one when I was at the Jersey Shore on vacation that summer. A surf shop on the boardwalk had a countertop display of Hard Candy nail polish (all they made was nail polish back then). I really wanted Sky but they were out of it, so I bought Trailer Trash, a glittery silver color.

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