Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette Review

Hello lovies!! Welcome to the blog today! I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your day. I am literally sitting in Las Vegas at the Bellagio writing this blog. I have been so busy lately, and only was able to get 2 blogs up last week, so I wanted to start this week off fresh while I had a little bit of downtime today. I am here for work/vacation. I am a nanny for twins, and we go to vegas about every 6 months together, I am very lucky 🙂 It’s been a great trip so far, and I did a lot of shopping yesterday, and of course had to go to both, yes both sephora’s here in Las Vegas on the strip. OMG they were amazing, and one (the main one) was HUGE, I was in makeup heaven!!! These stores carry much higher brands then any of the sephora’s where I live, I pretty much wanted everything lol! Barely made it out of there ha ha! Anyways, I am enjoying my time here in Las Vegas so much, way better than the ice, and snow storm we are having back home, that’s for sure! I was so excited to swatch, and play with this beautiful palette in store, I have been looking forward to this one ever since I saw the first pictures! What a show stopper, it’s so beautiful, I love, and am obsessed with everything holographic as most of you may already know, so I knew this one had to be mine! I was so happy I was able to get it! In store I put it over my eyeshadow look, and it was seriously stunning, and lasted all day, walking around on the strip, so I have definitely tested the wear time, and it lasts!

Let’s check out this amazing palette by Kat Von D! That packaging though, omg the holographic is so pretty, I’m in love, seriously! I do want to mention that the packaging is white, and shiny, and can easily be wiped clean, but it will get very dirty I am sure. The second you dip your brush in, it makes a bit of a mess on the black surrounding the shadows, which is a bummer, but I guess that’s just how it is with black packaging. Now, let’s talk about the amount of product you get in each pan, the small amount is a bit disappointing, but because these are meant for eyeshadow toppers, and highlighters, it shouldn’t be an issue, or will you need to use a lot of product. The 4 colors are beautiful, and very iridescent, and gives a really cool effect! I definetly recommend this beautiful palette! You can purchase it exclusively at Sephora, and the Kat Von D website. 

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What it is:
An eye, lip, and face transformer palette with four holographic shades.

What it does:
Revamp your makeup looks with this innovative, Alchemist Palette, featuring four holographic shades. It’s perfect for achieving a spectrum of radiant, special effects by layering Alchemist over eye shadow and lipstick. Formulated with Double Dimension Technology, this first-of-its-kind formula is packed with 360° refractive pearls, dipped in a prismatic coating, to deliver twice the transforming power. Each of the four shades within the palette catches the light from every angle for a spectrum of luminizing special effects—perfect for customizing finishes and exploring your artistic expression.

The hybrid formula also doubles as a super-shimmery highlighter. Simply sweep product over prepped skin for otherworldly iridescence. Because the formula is packed with high-quality, pearlescent particles, a little goes a long way—even a subtle application imparts bold impact.

Inspired by the ancient science of Alchemy, the art of transforming natural materials into a precious elixir, this hybrid palette is part top coat and part transformer, so it’s perfect for layering and blending to experiment with different makeup effects.

This palette contains:
– 4 x 0.05 oz/ 1.53 g Holographic Shades in Emerald (green), Saphyre (blue), Amethyst (ultra-violet), Opal (pink)  

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Walmart Beauty Box Winter 2016 Review

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Hi there lovies, I hope you are all having a wonderful day, and staying warm, it is really cold here, straight chilly, so I thought it would be a great day to review the walmart beauty box for Winter, if you are unfamiliar with it, it’s a quarterly subscription box that cost $5 per quarter, the box is actually free, but they charge $5 to ship the box. It’s a great way to try new products that are launching, or new to walmart. They send deluxe, and sometimes full size samples, which is great. They really just want to get these products out there for people to try. I love walmart beauty box, and have had an excellent experience with them, I have been subscribed for over 2 years now, ever since they first launched the subscription. I have really enjoyed this subscription, and always end up trying out, and using all the products so it’s a win, win. It’s always great because it comes with coupons to use toward purchasing the full size products, yet another win, win! I definitely will continue to subscribe, review, and let you know what I think about this box! Like I said this is not a monthly box, it is quarterly, so it comes 4 times a year, so basically you are paying $20 a year to get some great samples to try out. I highly recommend subscribing! You have nothing to loose for $5, even if you give it a try, and then cancel right? If you would like to see all the previous box reviews, feel free to search “walmart” in the search bar to check them out. I think I have reviewed all of them so far, maybe not, but I think I have 🙂 Enjoy. Happy Sampling. I also want to mention that there are variations to this box according to your profile, and age. I am not sure which box I get, I think I may have changed my age at some point to see what comes in the different boxes, lol. Thanks for reading! 

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Play by Sephora December Subscription Box Review

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Hello there lovies!! Happy Tuesday, but it really feels like Monday huh? Happy New Year!! I took the last week off, not really intentionally, but I met my goal on Christmas of posting 5 times a week until Christmas, and was ready for a little break, it has been a super busy week with work, pretty  much non stop, but that’s okay, it kept me really busy. This week has literally flown by, no idea how that happened, December is the busiest time of the year for me, busy, busy! I am so proud of myself to have met my goal, and now I am ready to be back at blogging regularly. Yeah, blogging 5 days a week has really taught me a lot, and showed me that I am able to achieve goals, and fall in love with blogging again, which is so exciting! I really do enjoy it, as always my favorite part is interacting with all my readers (you guys rock) so thank you so much for all your support over the past month! 

Today I am here to share with you my Play by Sephora box. I want to say upfront that this will be my last box. I canceled my subscription, I may change my mind, but for now, I decided the best thing to do for me right now to save some money for the 2017 year is to cancel most of my subscription boxes, so I have slowly been picking, and choosing which ones to cancel. I was so sad to cancel this one, because it has been one of my favorites. I feel like the samples aren’t for me anymore. I have so many samples already, and am trying to get through what I have. Another big reason I am canceling is because I feel like the samples are repeating, and are getting small, I think that Sephora is getting comfortable with these play boxes, and what they put in them. Regardless, I don’t think it’s worth the money, the $10 anymore sadly. I also feel like you can get a lot of these samples for free, or as gifts with purchases, etc. Regardless, this is my opinion, let me know what you think about Play by Sephora. The best thing in this month’s box is the dry bar dry shampoo. I like it, and it works well for my hair type, but I only will be able to use it a couple times because it’s so small. Kinda bummed about the sizes of samples in this month’s box. Let’s check out what I got in my box for December. 

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Thanks for reading, if you would like to subscribe to Play by Sephora, go to sephora.com to sign up 🙂

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Mac Cosmetics Selena Collection Review

Just thought I would reblog this since there is now a restock! Get the collection while you can! Mac Selena

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selena3Hello there lovies! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. It’s raining here today, and well just chilly outside, so I decided it was about due time to take some fun pictures, and get some blogs up that have been on my to do list! I know that the mac Selena collection was SUPER popular, and sold out within hours. I really had to search for the items, and have them shipped to me, luckily, I found what I wanted from the collection, (yeah). I do have great news though, if you haven’t heard already, they are rereleasing the collection sometime in January, I hear! I also heard that this collection was the most popular collection they have ever had!!! Yeah for Selena fans, I think that’s so awesome!

So, I know this blog post is a little late on the ball, but wanted to share it anyways, because the…

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Buxom Stone Cold Babe Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Hello, hello lovies!! How is everyone doing on this after day after Christmas day? I can’t believe that Christmas is finally here, it came, and gone, it seems like December has truly flown by, are you with me on that? I guess it’s time to bring on the new year soon, and 2017! I hope you are all enjoying today, and this holiday season. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to post this pretty palette, since it’s so beautiful, and sparkles like ice! This set is available at both Ulta, and Sephora, and here is the best part, it’s on sale right now for $29, down from $42. I was going to purchase this when it was $42, I am really glad I waited, because now the entire line of  the buxom holiday collection is on sale, and more sales are rolling out on other holiday collections as well, yeah for sales! I love good deals, especially on eyeshadow palettes, because they are always expensive! Let’s get right into the review!

The packaging itself on this is absolutely stunning, and so classy, and pretty, I really love it. It’s also high quality, something I definitely expect from buxom. This would make a beautiful gift for any beauty lover. As you may know buxom is a brand that is also owned by bare minerals, so their products are a lot alike, and have the same quality which is awesome. I own a few other buxom eyeshadows, and lip products, and I love them, the brand makes great products! This eyeshadow palette features a 12-shade limited-edition Buxom Eyeshadow Bar palette, including four new diamond-to-coal shades and sultry fan favorites, this collection will give you the must-have, need-now shivers. The primer-infused, powerfully pigmented eyeshadows and mascara for outrageous volume will deliver smoldering looks for eyes that’ll stop them in their snowy tracks. The pigmentation on these shadows are amazing, I have always been impressed by these, they are smooth, buttery, and stay on all day with or without primer! The matte, and shimmer shades are equal, and I love how this palette is split pan, so you can get more of a color selection with just this one palette. My favorite color in the palette is Mink Magnet, it’s the perfect bronze, and perfect for the holiday season! This palette has a value of $95, and for this price it can’t be beat, get it before it’s gone! 

Eyeshadow Shades:

Diamond Darling (shimmering frost)
Champagne Buzz (shimmering pearl)
Trendsetter (matte putty)
Sequin Sparkle (sparking pewter)
Frosted Pewter (sparkling iron)
LBD (matte black)
Velvet Show (sparkling white)
Mink Magnet (metallic bronze)
Haute Couture (metallic java)
Jetsetter (matte griege)
Graphic Glam (sparkling charcoal)
Black Tie (sparkling onxy)

Includes:
Stone Cold Babe Palette (0.03 oz each)
Buxom Lash Mascara mini (blackest black) (0.2 oz)

What do you think of Buxom? Is it a brand that you purchase, or use? Let me know in the comments! Sorry about the bad pictures, the lighting was not in my favor today!! 

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Mac Cosmetics Mariah Carey Collection Haul

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Hello lovies!! Merry Christmas!! I hope your all having a wonderful Christmas so far, and santa treated you all well!! I wanted to save this special post for Christmas, to finish up my goal of posting 5 days a week until Christmas! So, here it is at 11 pm Christmas Eve, and I am sitting in bed with my kitty Pumpkin literally sitting right by me, and the computer (I will insert a pic, so cute) I am determined to meet my goal! Yeah, I can’t believe that I have done it, I am so proud of myself, even if I was late to dinner tonight because I couldn’t get these pictures right, these beauties are so damn reflective, it was doing all kinds of crazy things to my lighting, so sorry if the pictures aren’t the best, it was so difficult, I tried, I really did. 

Let me introduce, okay it needs no introduction, to the beautiful Mariah Carey collection from Mac Cosmetics. I literally was dying when I first saw pictures of this collection, not only am I a huge Mariah Carey fan, always have been, but I am also a total Mac junkie, I have been since high school, one of these days, I will share my mac collection with you all. Mac has been one of my all time favorite brands for over 20 years, and they still amaze me, especially with all of their new collections lately. They have been so impressive, and am so in love I tell ya, still all these years later! Anyways, sorry I got distracted lol, I lost my train of thought, it’s late, okay, so yes I love mac! Everything is always high quality, highly pigmented, and absolutely beautiful. I first saw this collection months ago, and waited so patiently for it to release. This collection had my name all over it!! I was dying, literally dying for this lipstick, I mean come on, it has a butterfly stamped on it!! OMG!! Oh, and the gold, and sparkles, can it get any prettier, and girly? My gosh!! I knew that I wanted a lot from the collection, okay, maybe not as much as I ended up purchasing, but I had to go a little overboard because this collection was selling out SO fast. They are doing restocks though periodically, so you just have to keep checking, I ordered some from Nordstrom, and some from Macy’s, but it’s also available at Mac stores, and online. I just happened to get lucky and order everything I wanted before the restock, and before some products were selling out. I wish I was lucky enough to get the pr package that mac sent out, OMG I would have literally died, maybe someday, I will be lucky enough to be on Mac cosmetics pr list, we can all dream right? 🙂 I hope you enjoy this post, and have a wonderful Christmas. I have got to get my booty in bed! If you are looking for swatches, there are several, I just didn’t have time to do them, sorry 😦 and part of me is afraid to swatch this collection, and actually use them lol, I know it sounds ridiculous, but you know how it is! Let me know what you picked up from this collection, and how you are liking everything! I am in love!!! Here is everything that I purchased, enjoy, and thanks for reading, Merry Christmas, goodnight! Oh, and my favorite from this collection is both of the powders, absolutely stunning!! 

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Pixi by Petra Beauty Skincare (new products launching at Target)

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Hi there everyone!! Happy Friday!! This week has been crazy busy, and I am so tired, my thyroid has been acting up, ugh I feel like I did last December when I was diagnosed with the thyroid disease hashimotos. I have no energy I tell ya, and just so incredibly busy with work, and life this time of year doesn’t help either. I have so much to catch up on, I am looking forward to the weekend. I feel like I am barely hanging on, making it through, I can’t believe it’s Christmas in 2 days, December never has enough time in it, I still have tons of wrapping to do! Anyways, my skin has definitely taken a back burner, which is sad, because I know it only takes a few additional minutes to do the proper skincare, but those extra minutes is sometimes difficult to find. I have been in desperate need of some skincare love, and new products to try. My skin is so different in the winter, I normally have oily, acne prone skin, but in the winter it becomes dryer, and needs more moisture, I loose the suppleness because it gets so dry from the cold weather, and wind, and rain for that matter. It gets frustrating trying to figure out the right skincare routine, and what will  really work. Who is with me on this? Why can’t our skin just stay the same? I would be perfectly happy with that, at least the skin on our face, lol! I guess we just gotta deal with the changes the best we can, and live with it! 

I was so excited to receive this amazing package from one of my favorite drugstore brands Pixi by Petra! I have been a huge fan of this brand for years, and have many of their makeup, and skincare products. They make the best products I have found at the drugstore, and are exclusively available at target, which means they are affordable! The prices are a little more then typical drugstore brands, I like to think of them as the luxury drugstore brand, anyways you know what I mean. My favorite product from the brand is their endless silky eye pen eyeliner. It is so smooth, and glides on perfectly, could go on forever about how great they are, I have every color!! I highly recommend them, so worth the money, and the colors are highly pigmented, and beautiful! This blog post is about skincare though, and my need of it, or maybe your need of it as well. Let’s check out what I got, and am currently trying out in my skincare routine! 

Beauty Sleep Cream $24 

This fast-absorbing, nutrient-rich nighttime essential helps to protect, nourish, and hydrate skin while you sleep. With 100% natural mango butter, plus oils of lavender, lemon & bergamot, this cream calms and balances skintone.

24K Eye Elixir $22

This multitasker is infused with powerful age-defying ingredients to refresh eyes & prevent signs of fatigue. Collagen helps to repair the delicate eye area, peptides plump fine lines, and raspberry tones skin. Cooling rollerball applicator soothes & encourages circulation around the eye.

Glow Mist $15

Gives a glowing, luminous & smooth complexion. Enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts.

Before makeup: hydrates, protects & nourishes.

After makeup: sets makeup, adds a dewy finish and protects skin.

Anytime: refreshes makeup, hydrates and adds glow.

Glowtion Day Dew $22

Advanced illuminating skin-perfector nourishes & soothes while giving a boost to dull skin. Featherlight and hydrating, this moisturizer imparts a natural-looking radiance to skintone, making it look healthier & more even. Lavender oil calms, kaolin purifies, and mica brightens.

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I have been using this entire routine for a week now, every day, and night. These individual products work perfectly together as a skincare routine. I recommend using them together for best results, as with any skincare routine, and brand, they work best when used together, they work as a team for your skin! The only thing I have or would add to this would be a serum, night moisturizer, and face wash. Pixi by Petra makes them as well, and although I haven’t tried them, I am sure they are amazing as well! My favorite product has to be the glow mist, I really like the spray applicator, it doesn’t spray to much, and seems like the perfect amount, which is important with fast mists. The sprayer has to work, not get stuck, and not spray to much, or worse, get in your eyes, right? This one is perfect, just the right amount dispenses, I use 2 sprays for my entire face, it will last a long time, because a little goes a long way. The ingredients are of superb quality, and the oils are rich, and make my skin feel hydrated, soft, and smooth. It provides the perfect boost for when your skin is needing a little love, or after your makeup as a setting spray, it really locks your makeup into place, and helps it last all day. All of these products smell good as well, I forgot to mention that. They smell so fresh, and clean, and you know they contain quality ingredients that are good for your skin! I am so thankful to Pixi by Petra, and can’t wait to try more of their products! I just purchased some of the holiday collection, so a review is coming soon on those, since I wasn’t signed up yet with them to receive them for review, but feel very happy, and lucky to have gotten these, so a big thank you to Pixi by Petra! 

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