Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sephora Favorites: Give Me More Lip

In my last post, I showed a few things I picked up from Sephora recently. A few of you wanted to know a bit more about the lip set. The Give me More Lip set comes with 16 different lip products. They are separated into 4 categories, Nudes, Pinks, Berries, and Reds. There is a nice mix of glosses and lipsticks. There is a smaller version similar to this set, its called Give Me Lip, both these sets are not available on the site right now, BUT I did see them at my local Sephora. Make sure you check out the Sephora near you, if you really want to get your hands on this set.
This set includes:
 bareMinerals ® Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Never Say Never
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate
BUXOM® Full-Bodied™ Lip Stick in Menance
BUXOM® Full-Bodied™ Lip Cream in White Russian
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon
Kat Von D in Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi
Kat Von D Foiled Love Lipstick in Adora
Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Naked
Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N45
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Strumpet
Smashbox Be Lengendary Lipstick in Nylon Nude
Smashbox Lip Gloss in Pout
Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Sonya
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lip Color in Dolce
Tarte Glmazon™ Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Inspired
Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in Marshmallow Bunny
Let me give you guys a heads up, I temporarily lost my memory card, so I had to take the swatch pictures with my phone. Please forgive the odd picture quality.

The Nudes: I can start off by saying, I hate nude lips on me. I feel like I look dead. I only did lip swatched for two of these, the Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick in Nylon Nude, which I didn't like, and the Stila All Day Liquid Lip Color in Dolce, which I liked. The other two glosses where really sheer and looked like clear gloss on my lips.

L to R: Smashbox (Nylon Nude), Laura Mercier (Bare Naked), Buxom (White Russian)

The Pinks: This was more me. I liked the bareMinerals color BUT I liked the Kat Von D gloss better, they were basically the same color only the Kat Von D is matte. I love the feeling of the Kat gloss, for sure a formula I want to try in other colors.  Again, I didn't swatch the Smashbox gloss because it was clear on my lips.

 L to R: bareMinerals (Never Say Never), Too Face (Marshmallow Bunny), Smashbox (Pout), Kat Von D (Backstage Bambi)

 L to R: bareMinerals (Never Say Never), Too Face (Marshmallow Bunny),Kat Von D (Backstage Bambi), Smashbox (Pout)

The Berries: I was excited to try these because I love berry lips in the fall. My favorite of the bunch was the OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet (the last swatch). OCC Lip Tars are famous for their lasting power, and pigmentation, I only needed the smallest dot to get all that color payoff on my lips. The Buxom lipstick was nice and bold, I can imagine a simple face this bold lip and lots of lashes.

L to R: Tarte Glamazon (Inspired), Buxom (Menance), Stila (Sonya), OCC (Stumpet)

 Loved the Tarte Glamazon lipstick as an everyday lip color.

The Reds: What better color for the holiday season. Red lips is my favorite going out, or holiday party look. My favorite would have to be the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick on Icon, this gloss is so pigmented. Once you let it set, it won't budge. The Bite Beauty pencil is another fav, its just so easy to use, the point gives you a precise line. The Kat Von D lipstick was a bit metallic, and I wasn't very onto that. The MUFE lipstick was a bit more sheer and I think that would be great for a daytime red lip.
L to R: Make Up For Ever (N45), Kat Von D (Adora), Bite Beauty (Pomegranate), Hourglass (Icon)

I would 100% recommend this gift set, if you can find it. I love getting to sample so many colors and textures of lip products from different brands. I think I'm most interested in trying more of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, it was the only one that was matte (other than OCC).  I love matte lips, I think it looks super chic.
On the topic of matte lips, I was also asked about the Tarte Lip Surgence Gift set I got (still available at Sephora) . I'll have a post on those soon.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sephora VIB Haul

My favorite time of the year to buy makeup is during the Holiday season. I love all the holiday gift sets and I love the sales. One sale that always takes a chunk of my money is the Sephora VIB sale. During this sale Beauty Insiders with the VIB or VIB Rouge status get a code to receive 20% off!
This is the time I usually like to pick up any gifts I want to give for Xmas and anything that may cost a bit more and that I wouldn't buy without the discount. This year my budget was not what I wanted it to be BUT I made the best of it. I've also included a few things I bought before the VIB sale, but still got at 10% off with a coupon code.

First of let me just note how adorable the gift boxes are this year. They had three sizes and each had a different design. During the sale they also gave out tote bags. I forgot to take a picture, but I do have a picture on my instagram.

On to the samples! you get 3 samples with every online order, but those usually aren't that great. I love when I get emails about special VIB Rouge codes for gifts. These I received in a cute makeup bag with the code. I love when samples are nicely sized.   

These next ones I got by using my points. I love the mini FlowerBomb bottle. The mini Coach Poppy I got in store.

 I will be doing separate posts for some of these products with swatches. Please let me know if there is anything you would like reviewed or to see swatches of, that way I know what to post first.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Holiday Allure Beauty Box

Just wanted to write a quick post to let everyone know the Allure Beauty Box for this holiday season willbe available November 19.  I got this picture in an email from Allue with everything that will be inside.  As usual, the box will be $ 39.99 plus shipping.  The box will be on sale at noon. If you're interested in ordering a box check out at noon on November 19th.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2014 Blogger Challenge - Hosted by Gaby from Another Girly Blog

Ok guys, I know its only November but, I've decided on my new years resolution. I would like to get back on my blogging kick and be more consistent with uploading.
I read yesterday that Gaby from Another Girly Blog, is hosting a Blogger Challenge all next year. Us bloggers will get 2 topics a month that we all blog about.
The idea is to expand what we blog about and think out of the box. We might get a challenge to write about things other than makeup, we could get a topic about cooking, fitness, fashion, and yes beauty too.
I'm really excited to be a part of it. We will all get a chance to interact with each other and find new blogs we may have not known about, and you can expand your blog up to new readers. Hopefully I'll get a few new blogger buddies along the way.
If you would like to participate in the blogger challenge contact Gaby at with your name and Blog URL and she will get back to you with more info. You can also find more info about it HERE.
Leave me a comment below, let me know if you are going to join in the challenge, I'd like to follow all of you.
Hopefully this kicks my butt back into blogging. I have a Sephora VIB Sale haul post in the works, stay tuned.
Follow me on twitter @sandy_noemy use the hashtag #2014BloggerChallenge to follow our journey.