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Zoya Matte Velvet Holiday 2014

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I was exited to get a sample of the Matte Velvet line and check out this beautiful new collection. This 6 color collection of matte polishes are to be worn on their own no base or top coat needed. Once the color dries it finishes with a velvety matte finish. Check out the colors from this collection all the photos are taken with two coats of polish.

zoya harlow and dovima

Dovima is a smoky charcoal-black with strong silver shimmer and a velvety matte finish. I love the way this looks on, it looks like chalkboard paint. Would be a great base for nail art.

Harlow is a rosy plum shade with a metallic shimmer and a velvety matte finish. I thought this shade would be too pinky but it has the most gorgeous plum base. Definitely a standout color from the collection.

zoya savita and verushka

Savita is a bold, vibrant medium with strong red and gold shimmer. I am not usually a fan or purple nail colors but the matte look mixed with the depth of the red and gold shimmer make this a standout purple I would wear anytime.

Veruschka is a deep evergreen shade with a a strong metallic shimmer in a  velvety matte finish. Could this be anymore perfect for Christmas? This is such a beautiful color on and I find myself loving it more every time I wear it.

 

zpya posh and loredana

 

Posh  is a  cool toned wine red shade with metallic red shimmer and a velvet matte finish. This is a classic shade with a matte twist.

Loredana is a medium gunmetal grey packed with silver shimmer and a shimmery matte finish. This is not a shade I was choose on my own so I am suprised how much I love it. I love the depth of the color and found it very wearable.

Overall I am very impressed with the Zoya Matte Velvet collection. I loved the matte finish and found this still wore for 3-4 days without chipping or fading. Some colors even lasted a bit longer. This is a beautiful collection and would make great stocking stuffers or a secret Santa gift.

You can learn more about Zoya and purchase their amazing nail polish as www.zoya.com.

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for potential review. I was not compensated to write this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Glitz and Glamour for the Holidays!

Bath & Body Works is introducing Crystal Confetti Hair and Body Shimmer Spray  as part of its sparkling new Signature Collection fragrance – A Thousand Wishes.

This luminous shimmer spray kisses hair and skin with an irresistible scent and leaves you sparkling from head to toe—just in time for your holiday or New Year’s Eve party. With notes of sparkling pear champagne, crystal peonies and almond crème.

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I was a little worried I would look like a disco ball exploded on me with a product called Crystal Confetti. But after my first use I was happy to say its just the right amount, it gives me a bit of a sparkly glow with just a hint of glitter.

The scent is very pretty its reminds me of Cherry Blossom and Amber Blush. And as you can see from the swatch below it just gives a hint of sparkle and would look great for any holiday party.

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A Thousand Wishes Crystal Confetti Hair & Body Shimmer Spray $14
It’s a sparkling celebration! Infused with luminous shimmer, our festive Crystal Confetti Spray kisses hair and skin with irresistible fragrance and gorgeous glitter from head to toe.
Top Notes: Sparkling Champagne, Twinkling Star Fruit, Golden Quince
Mid Notes: Crystal Peonies, Purple Freesia
Dry Notes: Gilded Amber, Almond Crème, Sugared Sandalwood, Velvet Musk

KEY FRAGRANCE NOTES:
Warm your heart a thousand times over with a festive blend of sparkling champagne, crystal peonies & almond crème
USAGE:
Shake well. Spray over hair & skin wherever you want to shimmer & shine!

 

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If you love vanilla scents this is the pick for you. The Wild Madagascar is a gorgeous vanilla scent that is a little more grown up. All the depth and warmth of vanilla without being overly sweet. I found this scent to be really long wearing for a fragrance mist and it is perfect for Fall.

Signature Collection Wild Madagascar Vanilla $14
Lavishly splash or lightly spritz your favorite fragrance, either way you’ll fall in love at first mist! Our carefully crafted bottle and sophisticated pump delivers great coverage while conditioning aloe mist nourishes skin for the lightest, most refreshing way to fragrance!
Top Notes: African Pear, Sparkling Clementine, Ruby Apple
Mid Notes: Wild Jasmine, Wild Gardenia, Heliotrope Petals, Golden Plumeria
Dry Notes: Madagascar Vanilla, White Sandalwood, Creamy Musk

KEY FRAGRANCE NOTES:
Vanilla like you’ve never experienced! An intoxicating blend of the world’s most desired vanilla, perfectly enhanced with African pear, wild jasmine and white sandalwood
USAGE:
Spritz over skin for a scent-sational way to fragrance all day!

If you are starting your holiday shopping Bath and Body Works has so many great gifts from stocking stuffers to gift sets. My daughter just turned 10 and she and her friends all have one thing on their birthday and Christmas lists this year….Bath and Body Works!

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I bought my daughter her first BBW product a few months ago and now the girls are all but obsessed. As you can see above my kids bathroom counter now looks like a Bath and Body works store post birthday. I love that I can go grab gifts for my daughters and her friends. And candles, soap and other great items for the grown up girls on my list.  At this point I probably need a punch card!

You can learn more about Bath and Body Works products and purchase in their stores or online at www.bathandbodyworks.com.

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. We were not compensated for this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Introducing Urban Decay’s Smoked Eyeshadow Palette!

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Get everything you need to create the perfect smoky eye, Urban Decay style. Zipped inside this sleek, mirrored case are ten decadent shades (five are exclusive), including neutral mattes and shimmering jewel tones for a range of smoky looks. Sure, you can create a smoky eye with a range of gray and black shades. But what about a touch of purple, blue or bronze? The Smoked Palette lets you keep things simple…or get a little more creative. (TIP: If you need a basic daytime look, stick to the range of matte neutrals. Throw the palette in your bag, and add some smoke as you leave the office.) Urban Decay’s secret smoky eye weapon? A blacker-than-black matte pencil. Included with the Smoked Palette is a full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, AND a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Also included is a beautifully illustrated, step-by-step guide to 12 smoky eye looks, written by Urban Decay founding partner Wende Zomnir. Both smoky-eye pros and shadow newbies will benefit from this detailed guide to looks from “iconic” to “smoldering” to “reality star.”

This thing looks amazing! Methinks I’m going to have to run to Ulta and pick it up!

$29


Ipsy October 2014 : Beauty Candy

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ipsy, it is a subscription service co-founded by a YouTube beauty sensation, Michelle Phan. According to Ipsy, “Each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month.” And its the only makeup subscription I gladly pay for each month. From all the subscriptions I have tried Ipsy by far gives you the most for your money and at $10 I am surprised monthly how many great things I get not to mention the gorgeous bags.

This month, the Ipsy team curated a Beauty Candy bag filled with the most delicious beauty confections with colorful and eye-catching eye-candy that everyone can see…

 

ipsy oct 14 city color

I was surprised how great this lipstick is. I figured being a matte shade it would dry my lops out but the texture was creamy and felt great on my lips. And the Cappuccino shade is the most gorgeous neutral shade.

City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino (Full Size)
Be Matte Lipstick is every girl’s must-have secret. Its rich formula is highly pigmented and enhanced with Vitamin E to nourish your lips and provide long-lasting color. Available in 36 stunning shades, your lips will never feel dry and maintain the perfect shade throughout your day

ipsy oct 14 mango

Love this hand cream its perfect for my purse. The formula is so hyrdrating and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth without any greasiness. And the Mango scent is out of this world, its all I can do to not bite my own hand.

Figs & Rouge Hand Cream in Mango (Full Size)
Figs & Rouge Shea Butter Enriched Limited Edition Hand Creams are deliciously fragrant & indulgent. These delectable creams soften, nourish & thoroughly pamper hands throughout the day, quickly absorbing to provide super-soft skin. Apply Figs & Rouge Hand Cream onto your hands and massage into skin throughout the day as needed.

ips oct 14 skyn

I love the Skyn Iceland Cleansing cloths. They wash away all my makeup without any irritation and leave my skin feeling soft and smooth.

Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths (Deluxe Sample)
When you’re too tired to deal with the whole cleanser and wash cloth routine, these on-the-go foaming cloths are the ultimate skin savior. Infused with Icelandic glacial waters and beneficial natural extracts, they sweep away makeup, dirt, oil and other impurities while refreshing and soothing stressed skin. Best of all, there’s no water required. It has a clean scent, never tacky. Great for travel or every day!

ipsy oct 14 nourish

The Nourish Organic is a gel cleanser that works to remove even the most stubborn makeup and grime. I am not a huge fan of the Cucumber & Watercress scent but will say this works wonders for removing waterproof makeup.

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser (Deluxe sample)
This gentle cleanser washes away impurities without drying, irritating or causing redness. Cucumber hydrates and soothes. Watercress, rich in antioxidants, helps protect skin from free radical damage. Alcohol-Free. Gluten-Free. Vegan.
• Fragrance-free formula cleanses without drying or irritating
• Penetrates deep into pores to dissolve dirt, oil and makeup
• Packed with vitamins and antioxidants to nourish skin
My overall satisfaction of my October 2014 Ipsy Bag exceeded my expectations thus has a rating of more than just 5 stars! I love every single product that I received. I also got all (except for one) full size products which totally blows my mind! The contents of the bag is worth at least $33 USD while I paid only $10 USD for this entire bag. Don’t you think the bag is to die for? I am proud to say that this month’s bag is the best one I’ve received to date.

ipsy oct 14 mica

I tend to shy away from loose shadow as I make such a mess with it. But this shadow was incredibly gorgeous, very good pigment and with primer stay put all day.

MicaBeauty Mineral Eye Shadow in Reluctance (full size)
MicaBeauty® Mineral Eye Shadows’ glamorous shimmers will give you the look you always wanted. MicaBeauty® Mineral Makeup is extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers. With this unique formula, your Eye Shadows will look ultra-smooth and stay put for hours without creasing or pulling the delicate eye area.

Overall I am really impressed with the October 2014 Ipsy Glam bag. The City Color lipstick and Mica Eye Shadow are definite stand outs for me. If you are looking for a beauty subscription I highly recommend Ipsy. For just $10 you get a great little makeup bag filled with products every month. If you want to sign up you can follow this link, I don’t get paid for referrals but can earn points towards products.