Sunday Social — 2/2/2014

Sunday Social

Linking up for today’s Sunday Social!

This week’s questions are all about the number 4.

1. 4 Favorite Bands You Loved in High School

Geez. My music taste was incredibly different back then. I was more into individual artists than complete bands, but I’d say Avril Lavigne, BarlowGirl, Shawn McDonald, and Flyleaf. And Mat Kearney. I couldn’t narrow it down.

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2. 4 Go-To Meals You’d Love to Learn to Cook or Can Cook Really Well

Homemade Veggie Patties. Chicken in Lemon Butter Sauce. Homemade Pasta. French Onion Soup.

3. 4 Necessities to Your Daily Life

Devotional. iPhone. Laptop. Erin Condren Life Planner.

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4. 4 Makeup Necessities You Must Have (If You Could Only Wear 4)

If we’re talking 4 products: Naked 3 Palette. E.L.F. Blush/Bronzer Combo. Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lucky. Naked Basics Palette.

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If we’re talking only 4 things on the face: eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, and concealer)

5. 4 Favorite Apps on Your iPhone or iPad

Assuming we’re not including standards (iTunes, iBooks, Newsstand, Kindle), I’d have to say MoviePop, goodreads, hukkster, and the YouVersion Bible app.


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I’d love to hear your answers! Leave a comment with your replies or a link to your Sunday Social post!


Sunday Social — 1/26/14

Sunday Social


Linking up for today’s Sunday Social!

This week’s questions:

1. How old were you when you started wearing makeup?

I was 12! My mom gave me a purse full of age-appropriate makeup products the next year, which got stolen from my athletic locker. Still, I’ll always remember the beginning: blue eyeshadow and pink lip gloss.

2. What are your top 3 favorite beauty products?

Eye shadow, lipstick, blush

3. What is one makeup product you don’t leave home without?

A lip product of some sort–usually Dermstore Lip Quench or a universal matte pink/red that can double as blush or eye shadow if necessary (Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Lucky, Besame Cosmetics Crimson Cream Rouge)

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4. What is your daily beauty routine?

Wash face with gentle foaming cleanser, lather on a thick moisturizer, immediately follow with michael todd true organics knu facial serum. [+Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Mask once a week]


5. What is your favorite hair/makeup product you’ve discovered in the last year?

Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tints or Besame Cosmetics Lipstick in Exotic Pink

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Next Weeks Questions:


All about the number 4

1. 4 Favorite bands you loved in high school
2. 4 go to meals you’d love to learn to cook or can cook really well
3. 4 necessities to your daily life
4. 4 makeup necessities you must have if you could only have 4 on
5. 4 favorite apps on your phone or iPad

I’d love to hear your answers! Leave a comment with your replies or a link to your Sunday Social post!

B A Star Holiday Red Lip Pencil + Code

B A Star is a performance makeup brand. They create products for performers. “Sing, Dance, Strut, Perform–Shine Like a Star!”

The Holiday Red Lip Pencil applies all over lips for the perfect runway red, stays on all day, and you can add glitter or gloss for extra shine!

This product is pretty bright. It can also be used for everyday wear if you love a bold lip! I had no problems with the lip pencil feathering or settling into fine lines. (I had a lovely model for these pictures!)

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B A Star

The pencil is $8.75, but the price drops to $5 if you buy 6 or more. You can also use this code: BBLIPS to receive 50% off!! Buy the lip pencil here.

*Disclaimer: I received this product free through BrandBacker in exchange for an honest review.

Studio Gear Cosmetics Holiday Smokey Eye Palette + Code

Studio Gear Cosmetics has a holiday palette this year! Take a look!

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In the first picture, the palette is on the left and the sleeve is on the right.

The second picture shows the palette laying open.

The third is a close up of the four shadows and blush. The top left shadow makes a great highlight color. All four shadows are light on application at first, but they’re very buildable. All had good staying power without primer. It’s easy to create light or darker looks with this palette. The blush is a great winter pink!

The fourth picture is a closeup of the top half of the palette, which has step-by-step directions for the look shown on the palette.

Here’s a soft winter look I did using the palette.

Soft Winter Look Using Studio Gear Holiday Palette

I like this palette. My only complaint is the shadows aren’t labelled on the palette itself. The instructions refer to the shadows by name, but it’s difficult to figure out which is which. This palette is currently priced at $40 on You can save 10% off your entire order by using this code: SGHOLIDAY

Disclosure: I received this product free through BrandBacker in exchange for an honest review.

HauteLook Best of Beauty Bags ONLY $10!!

HauteLook has their Best of Beauty bags on sale for only $10 today!! These bags pack a pretty good value. They have 2 bags available–HauteLook Crown Brush Beauty Bag & HauteLook Summer Beauty Bag. The Summer Beauty Bag includes an array of products, including Jane Iredale Lip & Cheek Stain, Supergoop CC Cream, a cosmetic bag, & Aveda hand lotion. HauteLook lists all the included products on their website. The Crown Brush Beauty Bag includes a cosmetic bag, eyeliner, 36 color eyeshadow palette in leopard case, 12 foam wedges, 4 disposable kabuki brushes, and a 12 piece professional brush set. Each bag is $10. Shipping is free if you spend $100. I ordered both bags and had a total of just under $30. I’ll do full reviews after they arrive. These bags are a great value!! If you’d like to order, please use my link here. Thanks! 

August 2013 Birchbox Review

The theme of this month’s Birchbox was Finishing School. I was VERY happy with my August Birchbox!!August Birchbox

I received these products:

Whish Exfoliating Body Wash – This body wash is amazing! It smells wonderful (coconut milk) and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. I didn’t find it to be quite as harsh as some exfoliating products, which was nice. I received Whish shave cream in last month’s Birchbox. I’m loving Whish products!

It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product – I was really excited to receive this product as I see it advertised in EVERY magazine. It’s a really good sized sample and feels weightless on my hair. I can never have enough leave-in products!

(MALIN+GOETZ) vitamin e face moisturizer – This moisturizer hydrated my super dry skin. It’s safe for sensitive skin and can also be used as a primer.

stila stay all day liquid lipstick – I was super excited to receive this product in my birchbox. It is extremely pigmented. I like the formula–it goes on as a liquid and dries immediately. It’s a bit hard to work with…if you don’t put in on perfectly, you may spend awhile cleaning up a mess. This red is a little much for me, but I think it’d be great in a nude shade.

Whish hair inhibiting deodorant swipes – I haven’t tried these yet, but I’m expecting great things since they’re a Whish product. They claim to “tackle odor and slow hair growth in one swipe.”

More about these products:

Birchbox info

My rating for the August Birchbox: A

The Finishing School Birchbox really impressed me! I’d been getting frustrated with Birchbox because their boxes have been paling in comparison to ipsy, but this month they pleasantly surprised me! (Check out my August ipsy review here.) Birchbox only costs $10 a month and you can sign up for a subscription here.

Birchbox subscribers: What’d you receive in your August Birchbox? Were you happy with the products?


August 2013 ipsy glam bag Review

The theme for this month’s ipsy glam bag was Glamour Academy. The bag itself is purple with gold decoration.Image

My bag consisted of the following products:

Michael Todd True Organics Jojoba Charcoal Gentle Exfoliating Facial Scrub

Pacifica Alight Mulit-Mineral BB Cream

Pixi Lash Booster Mascara in Blackest Black

noya cherry lip balm

Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Eyebrow Color PencilImage

My rating for the August ipsy glam bag: C+

I’m usually VERY happy with my ipsy glam bag. It only costs $10 and usually gives really great deluxe or full sized products. This month I was disappointed. I was really hoping for an Urban Decay lipstick sample and the Michael Todd Pumpkin Mask. This bag still boasted a great value, but I won’t be able to use all of the products. The eyebrow pencil is much too dark for me, and the BB cream has an odd scent and looks almost yellow on my skin. I’m not a fan of pixi products–I think they’re overpriced and not the best quality. I’m excited about trying the Michael Todd True Organics Charcoal Scrub, and who doesn’t love cherry lip balm? Overall, the ipsy Glamour Academy bag rates at about a C+ on my scale. One of the best subscription boxes around, but not a great month.

Any other ipsy subscribers out there? How’d you like your August bag?

If you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up here: ipsy glam bag