Birthday Dinner Makeup

Hello Everyone!

Today is my birthday (ahh!) and I thought I would share with you the birthday dinner makeup look I wore this weekend.

I kept everything pretty low key and went out to a delishhhh dinner – but ya know – any excuse to glam it up, i’ll take it!

I loveee this look. I think it is simple enough for really any occasion, but the red lips really bring some drama and fun. Follow me on my new Instagram page to get more day to day looks and product details – @little.miss.melis :).

 

I hope you like it!

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Makeup Geek – Shadow Swatches

Hello Everybody!

We have made it halfway through the week! I don’t know about you guys but this week has been going by so slowlyyyyyy.  So I thought to celebrate I would jump on here and give you a peak at my makeup geek shadow collection and let you know some of my all time favorite shades!

Makeup geek shadows are amazing! They are such a great value and are in all honesty probably my favorite eyeshadow formula. I also love that they come as single eyeshadows in just the pan because it makes them really mobile and perfect for travel. I have my large z-palette (as you’ll see) that I keep at home, but then I also have a smaller one that fits about 9 shadows that is perfect to take on the go!

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

The shadows are $6 each, which compared to say a $10 MAC shadow is a great price for what I would say is a better formula. They also have literally EVERY shade you could think of – so what more could you want!

Check out some more detailed swatches below 🙂

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Kylie Lip Kit – Review and Swatches

Hello Everybody!

It has been a LONG time since I posted – things have gotten rather busy at work – but these lip kits have inspired me to get back to it.

I’ll be honest, I was a little skeptical on whether or not these would live up to the hype, but I have an obsession with liquid lipsticks, soooo I had to try them.

I know a lot of people think liquid lipsticks are extremely drying – so just as a disclaimer I don’t mind the drying aspect of liquid lipsticks in general. I am more of a if it stays on my lips for as long as possible I am all for it.

Now lets get down to the details. The lip kits come with both the lip liner and the liquid lipstick for $29, which ultimately is actually not a bad price compared to some other liquid lipsticks on the market (should we take a sip of wine every time I say liquid lipstick?).

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Kylie Lip Kits (KoKo K, Candy K, Mary Jo K, Dolce K)

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Urban Decay – Naked Smoky

Hi Everyone!

I just got my hands on the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette. The fourth edition of the Naked palettes. I own the original Naked palette but am super excited to add this one to my collection!

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Urban Decay – Naked Smoky

First of all, we all know how incredible these shadows are. The formula is long lasting, creamy, and highly pigmented. The Naked Smoky palette is no exception. It comes with the standard 12 shadows. The first four shadows are warm bronzes tons with sparkle, the second four are cooler greys and blacks with more of a satin finish, and lastly there are four mattes.

Urban Decay - Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay – Naked Smoky Palette

The palette has updated packaging with a magnetic closure and is extremely sturdy. My personal favorite color is Armor, an extremely unique silver taupe color that almost has deep brown shimmers in it – sooo pretty!

Swatches (left to right): High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Swatches (left to right): High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen

The shades are as follows:

High : A pinky champagne with micro glitter

Dirtysweet : A warm bronze with shimmer

Radar : A metallic deep browny – taupe

Armor : A rich silvery taupe with brown micro glitter

Slanted : A light metallic grey with silver shimmer

Dagger : A charcoal with light silver shimmer

Black Market : A true black with satin finish

Smolder : A deep plum with taupe undertones

Password : A matte deep cool taupe

Whiskey :  A matte true brown

Combust : A matte soft pinky beige

Thirteen: A matte light beige

Urban Decay - Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay – Naked Smoky Palette

Overall – I think Urban Decay hits it out of the park again with this palette. I love the variety of colors and think this is perfect to create tons of different combos- from a daytime neutral look to a sultry night out dramatic look. The possibilities are endless.

You can find this palette online and in stores now! If you’re shopping online don’t forget to use ebates to get some cash back! Check it out here.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Manicure Monday – Julep

Hello Everybody!

Happy Monday! Today I wanted to come on here to talk about a brand I have been LOVING recently. I tend to get gel manicures (because I literally chip my nails in 2 hours), but I saw an ad for them on my facebook page where I could get 3 nail polishes Free for my birthday month. I figured my nails needed a break from the gel polish anyway and the colors all revolved around my birthstone (aquamarine) which is basically my favorite color. So – Long story short, I signed up for the Julep Maven program.

Sign up for Julep’s Maven program here.

Sample options for the Julep Maven Box - image taken from their website.
Sample options for the Julep Maven Box – image taken from their website.

Essentially, the Maven program is a monthly subscription for $24.99/month (they also have a luxe version for $39.99/month). Each box comes with $40+ worth of products, which is a great value. This best part about it that makes it very different from other subscription services. You get to customize exactly what you get in each box! You also have the option to skip a month whenever you want – which I think is great in case you don’t want to spend the $24.99 that month. Being a Maven member also gives you discounts on all their products online!

Check out this month’s selection here – August – Muse Montreal Collection. *

Julep Polish in the shade Poppy.
Julep Polish in the shade Poppy, photo taken from their website.

Whether or not you join the program, you can buy their nail polish online in TONS of colors. I love the formula of these – they are all super opaque and really long lasting. The polishes are also 5 – free and cruelty free! If you are in the market for a new nail polish I highly recommend checking them out!

Random side note – in one of my boxes I got their “When pencil met Gel” Long Lasting Gel Eyeliner and LET ME TELL YOU – this eyeliner DOESN’T MOVE. It is so incredible – truly the longest lasting, smudge proof, eyeliner I have ever owned and I have super watery eyes so I typically end up looking like a raccoon 20 mins after I apply my eyeliner. It comes in a variety of colors and is only $16 (only $12.80 for Maven Members). I personally own the liner in 4 different shades, that’s how much I love it!

Hope you enjoy the post!

xxoo Melissa

Note: None of my posts are sponsored but some of the links in my posts are affiliate links (marked with *) – All opinions are my own

Subscription Week: Boxycharm July 2015

Hi Everybody,

The last beauty subscription box for the month I have to share with you is Boxycharm. Boxycharm is a little different than Ipsy and Birchbox as the price is $21. However, you get A LOT for your money. Each box comes with 5 items and they are usually all full sized (sometimes you get one LARGE deluxe sample). Each box usually has over $100 worth of products in it as well – SO IMPRESSIVE.

July 2015 Boxycharm
July 2015 Boxycharm

Anyway, now for the goodies in this month’s box!

July 2015 Boxycharm : Product Details Below
July 2015 Boxycharm : Product Details Below

This month’s box included the following products:

Vasanti Professional Blush Brush – $29 Value: This brush is pretty small. I don’t know that I will use it for blush but it is a great brush for powder under the eyes or even a contour. I don’t know that I would pay $29 dollars for it but it is extremely soft and seems like a great brush! I always love getting brushes in my boxes 🙂 always so fun to try them out.

yourMinerals Transparent Veil Setting Powder – $26 Value: I have already tried this as a concealer setting powder and it is amazing! It is extremely brightening and made my under eyes look ready to go the entire night out!. Highly recommend – and a great product in this box! It might even be my favorite this month.

OFRA Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil – $13 Value: I tried this product already as well – I am waiting for my brow wiz replacement in the mail! I think this product is ok… not my favorite for a brow pencil because it is pretty creamy. I personally like my brow pencils to be a little waxier. I think this would actually be a great eyeliner and the brown color is ideal for a natural look.

MDMflow Mascara – $35 Value: This product has been in the UK (I thinkkk) and is now being introduced to the US through boxycharm. I used this last night on top of my Loreal telescopic and find it to be a super thin formula. I think this would be great for a “no makeup , makeup” look just as a little eyelash tint. I don’t know that it would really add any volume or length though.

Gorge I’ll Make You Look Amazing Daily Spray – $29.95 Value: I also used this last night and OMG – the smell is sooo good. It has a coconut smell that I could literally bathe in. Sooo yummy. I can’t say as much about the effectiveness of the product. I think it did help to make my hair shiny and was useful as a heat protectant, but I don’t know that it did anything to make my hair softer feeling. Still LOVE the smell and will keep using it as a heat protectant and shine spray. I think my second fave product this month!

I am always sooooo impressed with my Boxycharm boxes. Packing $133 dollars worth of product into a box that costs $21. I call that a win everyday. So impressed and can’t wait to see what they bring next month!

Hope you enjoyed the post – sign up for boxycharm here.

xxoo Melissa

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015 : Nars Haul

Hey Guys,

I just opened up my shipment of Nars goodies and couldn’t wait to show you! I splurged on the Nars “True Nars” lip pencil set and the “Blame it on Nars” Cheek Palette. These are both exclusive to Nordstrom and I just couldn’t resist that packaging. Sooo Pretty!

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Nars “True Nars” Lip Pencil Set and the Nars “Blame it on Nars” Cheek Palette

The Nars “True Nars” lip pencil set includes three lip pencils and a even comes with a pencil sharpener. The set includes two satin shades and one velvet matte shade. The two satin shades are Yu, a “shocking pink” and Luxembourg a “vivid watermelon pink.” The velvet matte shade is Provocative Red a “limited edition fuchsia red.”

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Nars “True Nars” Lip Pencil Set
Swatches (top to bottom): Yu, Luxembourg , Provocative Red
Swatches (top to bottom): Yu, Luxembourg , Provocative Red

These shades are all so pretty! My personal favorite is the Luxembourg shade – it’s the perfect pop of color to brighten up any everyday look this summer! The Provocative Red will be perfect as we transition into fall or even for a more sultry night look and that velvet matte formula is my  favorite! Plus – that case – I mean… so sturdy and looks adorable on my vanity.

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Nars “Blame it on Nars” Cheek Palette

The second Nars product I bought is the “Blame it on Nars” cheek palette. I mainly bought this for the packaging and the mini Nars “Ita” Kabuki brush that it came with, but the blush colors really make this palette worth the money.

The palette comes with four shades – two blushes, one highlight, and one bronzer. It also comes with the travel sized Nars “Ita” Kabuki brush!

Swatches (from top to bottom): Casino, Satellite of Love, New Attitude, Day Dream
Swatches (from top to bottom): Casino, Satellite of Love, New Attitude, Day Dream

The palette has the perfect mix of colors for any everyday look. It comes with Casino, a dark brown bronzer with golden shimmer, Satellite of Love, a sparkling gold sand color blush/highlight, New Attitude, a satin matte cherry blossom pink, and finally Day Dream, a medium coral pink.

I love the Nars blush formula and think Day Dream may become a new staple in my collection! You can shop for these products and even more at Nordstrom or online now! The anniversary sale is going on through July 19th so go check out the deals now before they’re gone!

If you are shopping online don’t forget to use Ebates and get 6% cash back! Sign up for ebates here – you can get cash back almost every time you shop online! So worth it and there is no catch!

xxoo Melissa

Subscription Week: Birchbox July 2015

Hey Everybody!

I just got my July Birchbox in the mail! I know in my previous Ipsy post I had mentioned that I cancelled my subscription – however, I was lucky enough to get a 6 month subscription as a gift :).

July 2015 Birchbox

Sign up for Birchbox here! I will say that while my initial feelings on Birchbox were a little mehh – they too have really upped their game and have started to include some great brands and samples (as you will see below)!

Samples (left to right): amika - texture spray, COOLA - cucmber sunscreen, Stila - stay all day liquid lipstick, dr. brant - microdermabrasion exfoliant, and Juice Beauty - CC Cream
Samples (left to right): amika – texture spray, COOLA – cucmber sunscreen, Stila – stay all day liquid lipstick, dr. brant – microdermabrasion exfoliant, and Juice Beauty – CC Cream

In my box this month – actually can we first talk about how adorable this box is. Sooo pretty! I will def. be holding on to this beauty for storage. Back to the point – in this month’s box I got the following samples:

amika – Un.Done Texture Spray – This product would be ideal for flat or dull hair. I have insanely curly and frizzy hair – so the last thing I need is more texture. I may try using this after flat ironing my hair though, when I want a more Victoria Secret kinda look.

COOLA – Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face – This is a super lightweight sunscreen. Sample size is pretty small but it smells delish!

Stila – Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick (shade Venizia) – I was SO EXCITED when I saw that we were getting one of the stay all day liquid lipsticks! I currently own the shade Bellisima and it is such a great formula I can’t wait to try out this shade! 

Stila - stay all day liquid lipstick - Shade Venizia
Stila – stay all day liquid lipstick – Shade Venizia

This is a bright pinky/red coral shade that fits in perfectly with my current coral obsession this summer. These also smell amazing and have a moussey texture so they are fairly easy to apply and less drying than other liquid lipsticks. I highhhhhly recommend these if you are debating between these and say the Anastasia or Kat Von D versions.

Stila - stay all day liquid lipstick in Venizia
Stila – stay all day liquid lipstick in Venizia

dr. Brant – Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant – I haven’t tried this product out yet but I love skin exfoliants. I have dry skin so anything I can do to bring some life back into it helps! I have heard really great things about this product and can’t wait to try it. A+ to Birchbox from me for this sample!

Juice Beauty – Stem Cellular CC Cream – I love a good CC cream and here is where the sample size gets to me. I like to be able to try out a CC cream / foundation a couple of times before splurging as most are notttt super wallet friendly. I know Juice Beauty is utilizes great ingredients and this product specifically targets anti-aging. (Side Note – if any of you got this product it does say to apply to slightly damp skin for best application) I recommend spraying a little bit of Mac’s fix + (mentioned previously here). I LOVE the lavender limited edition scent of the fix + if you can get your hands on it!

The one con of Birchbox is really the sample size. I do think they give really quality products and all the brands they include are well respected. However, I typically get enough product to try a sample once or twice – which for me kinda sucks. When I compare it to some of the more “deluxe” product samples or even full sized items I receive in my ipsy bag I just feel as though I don’t get as much for my $10. I will say though, for someone who likes skincare – Birchbox may be the box for you. I find that I do get a lot of really amazing skincare products – and the smaller samples are great for travel!

Sign up for Ipsy HERE

Sign up for Birchbox HERE

Hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what samples you guys got this month!

xxoo Melissa

Subscription Week: Ipsy July 2015

Hey Guys!

I just received my ipsy bag (yayy!) and figured I would come on here and show you all what it included. I know before I signed up for any subscription services I did a lot of research into ipsy vs. birchbox vs. boxycharm – so hopefully this will help you out in your decision!

June 2015 Ipsy Bag
June 2015 Ipsy Bag

I ended up subscribing to all three (don’t judge me). After a couple months I unsubscribed from Birchbox – mainly because I got Shampoo in all three of the boxes I got – AFTER rating it 1 star. I have super high maintenance, intensely curly, frizzy and thick hair so a “thickening” shampoo is just not going to work for me. Anyway, I LOVE my Ipsy bag. This months bag is one of the best that I have received. I have found they are really upping their game with the brands and types of products they are giving out. Subscribe to Ipsy here.

June 2015 Ipsy Bag Products - see below for details
June 2015 Ipsy Bag Products – see below for details

In the June 2015 Ipsy Bag I received the following products (clockwise starting with the tweezers – if looking at the picture above):

Crown Brush – Professional Tweezers: I was super excited about these because I figured I could keep them in my purse for emergency touch ups. However, I went to go try them this morning and they are to put it bluntly – very blunt / non effective. I could see myself using them for non tweezing purposes, but the points simply do not come together tight enough to do anything helpful to my eyebrows :(. Sad because they are so cute.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics – Mongongo Vanilla Coconut Cream Lip Conditioner: I have a lot of chapstick so I wasn’t super excited about this product. That being said, can you ever really have too much chapstick. This product smells great and is pretty conditioning on the lips. It also provides UV protection which is HUGE for me – and is 100% cruelty free!

Bare Republic Naturals – SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion: I have a lot of tinted sunscreens/moisturizers that I have gotten in my subscription boxes. They are great for travel and for days you don’t want to put any foundation or heavy makeup on.

Tarte – Park Avenue Princess Bronzer: I was most excited to get this in my bag! I have heard great things about it and was debating buying the full size version anyway. When I saw this I was so excited! The sample size is pretty large and its perfect for travel! I wore this bronzer today in the areas I would normally contour as a way to warm up the face and so far I am loving it.

Ofra Cosmetics – Bliss Eyeshadow: I was actually not super excited about this product but once I saw it in person I was so excited! This is the PERFECT everyday color that I wear non stop. I put it on this morning after popping it into my z palette and I don’t know if I will ever use another shadow again. It is sooo pretty – you could even use it as a highlight on your cheekbones too!  Def exceeded my expectations.

Overall, I was super impressed with getting Tarte in this months bag – I think for $10 the amount of product and quality of product you get is amazing. I am super happy and can’t wait for next months bag!

If you are not yet subscribed and want to try it out – Click Here! I highly recommend Ipsy over other subscription services if you like makeup. The $10 price tag can’t be beat and I think the sample size / quality is better than other services I’ve tried.

If you would like to see any of these products used in a look – or have any questions about Ipsy let me know!

xxoo Melissa

Lipstick of the Moment : Urban Decay Sheer Revolution

Hey Everybody,

As it is summertime now, I have been loving moisturizing lipsticks for everyday wear. I recently fell in love with this lipstick that I have actually had in my collection for a while now. I own a couple shades of the Urban Decay Sheer Revolution lipstick and I will say they are all amazing. They are the perfect lipstick for a wash of color and you can still build them up for a bolder look. The shade I am loving right now – and have practically worn every day this past month is Sheer Streak. It is described as a sheer coral – pink and I think it is the perfect shade for summer.

Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick - in the shade Streak
Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick – in the shade  Sheer Streak

The formula is sheer, with a shiny finish and the lipstick applies extremely creamy and buttery. It has oils and antioxidants in addition to shea butter and jojoba to keep your lips hydrated and naturally plump. I love how moisturizing the formula is especially as I tend to get very dry lips when I am out in the sun. I highly recommend trying out one of the sheer revolution lipsticks! The packaging is beautiful and the product inside is worth every penny.

Swatches of the Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Streak - On the Left - Sheer Streak (one swipe) On the Right - Sheer Streak (built up)
Swatches of the Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Streak – On the Left – One swipe. On the Right – Built up

If you have any questions or requests please let me know!

xxoo Melissa