A Pretty Fabulous Ulta Haul ft. Benefit and NYX!

Hi Beauties!

So I went shopping at my local Ulta the other day and also placed an online order which was just delivered yesterday! I am so beyond excited about everything since its been a while since I have bought any new makeup and just had to share all of my amazing new goodies with you! I plan on doing a review of the products mentioned in this haul in a about a month or once I have formed a solid opinion of everything.

Its Haul Time!

Woot Woot!

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1.) Benefit’s “Glamboree” Gift With Purchase

I love Benefit and really wanted to take advantage of this awesome mini set free with a $40 purchase so I got a few things from the brand I have been wanting to try. I already know I love the They’re Real mascara and the Porefessional and am excited to try out the Hoola bronzer and Coralista lip gloss!

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2.) Benefit Dallas box powder blush

I have always wanted to own a box powder from Benefit and Dallas looks like the perfect combination of a blush and bronze shade for summer!

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3.) Benefit Gimme Brow in light/medium

I was looking for an easier way to give my brows some definition on days where I don’t feel like going through my usual routine.

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4.) Benefit “Laugh With Me Lee-Lee” perfume

You guys, I am already obsessed. This smells so freaking good! & that packaging? beyond adorbs! lol

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 5.) Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

This is a travel size. Although I have naturally curly hair, I thought this would be fun to use on second or third day flat-ironed-straight hair for a slightly wavy beachy look!

6.) Ojon Damage Reverse Hair Oil

A tried and true favorite hair oil! This is the full size but it lasts FOREVER. I just ran out of my old one and cant even remember how long ago I bought it!

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7.) NYX High Definition Concealer

I needed an affordable, full-coverage concealer for blemishes and minor imperfections that would stay put. So far, so good!

8.) Smashbox Photofinish, More Than Primer- Blemish Control travel size primer

I was super stoked to find the mini version of this at checkout as the full size is quite pricey and I wanted to be sure it was worth it before taking the plunge.

9.) L’Oreal Infalliable eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe

Such a pretty bronzey shade for summer. These are great for creating a one-shadow eye look as they have a ton of dimension and can be applied both sheer and intense or even wet.

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10.) Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in LA Exclusive

These are new from Revlon and look pretty interesting. I like the packaging and the color is a nice every day pink!

11.) Maybelline Color Elixir in Nude Illusion

I am already a fan of the color elixirs and wanted to add a nude to my collection.

12.) NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa

I just discovered how much I freaking love these. This is only my second color from the collection but they are quite possibly one of my favorite drugstore lippies of all time. This pink color is AMAZING for summer. NYX usually nails it when it comes to lip products and these are no exception!

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Free Samples with Online Order

I just wanted to mention how generous these samples are! I was expecting tiny packets or perfume samples like you usually get from Sephora. I selected the “variety pack” of samples at checkout and am excited to test them out!

1.) Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Shampoo and Conditioner packets

2.) Anastasia Brow Powder Duo card sample

3.) John Frieda Frizz Ease travel size 3-Day Straight styling spray

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Have you tried any of the products I hauled? If so, what did you think?

Which products would you like to see swatches and/or reviews of? I am going to do an update in about a month sharing my opinions of everything  but I can do a more detailed post on an individual product(s) if anyone is interested!

Let me know in the comments below!

XoXo

Michelle

Small Brand Spotlight: Nie-cy Polish Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I have a quick review of a small independent company called Nie-cy Polish owned by a woman named Jeanice Hendricks who has just recently launched this 5-free nail polish brand.

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Quoted From her Website:

“Nie-cy Polish is a “5 Free” nail lacquer collection that doesn’t include five toxins that are found in most other nail polis lines: toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor.  My colors are always on-trend with current fashions and there is a color that works for everyone.  My polish is long-lasting and won’t harm your nails.

Nail polish puts me in a good mood and makes me feel better. The inspiration for my nail polish brand is definitely my friends and family.  My dream has always been to help women feel better about themselves and starting this nail polish line is just what I think this will do!”

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She contacted me about reviewing some polishes from her spring and summer line and since I love supporting small business and love all things nail polish I was happy to test these out. The Orange (Jade) and Red (Give it to Me Baby) colors are from her Summer Fling collection and the Pink (Le’le Girl) and Purple (Mates Before Dates) colors are from her Spring line.

Each polish regularly retails for $8.00

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Give it to me Baby– a cool toned cherry red

This is a great red polish. The formula is a jelly consistency so it is thinner than a cream polish but not streaky at all. It is a bit sheer on the first coat but after 2 coats becomes completely opaque, shiny, and vivid. It applied evenly with no pooling and lasted a really long time on my toes.

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Mates Before Dates- a periwinkle lilac purple

Mates Before Dates is a very unique purple shade that is gorgeous for spring and summer. The formula of this one is a cream consistency that was opaque in two coats and was super easy to apply. It applied evenly with no streaking and was very shiny.

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Jade- a bright creamsicle orange with gold shimmer

Jade may be my favorite color out of the 4 polishes I sampled. The color is super unique and the gold shimmer really makes it pop. The formula is perfection, super smooth not streaky, opaque and shiny in two coats.

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Le’le girl- a neutral pale pink

This is a cream based pale pink, almost white polish. The formula of this was a bit tricky to work with, but was not thick or goopy like some other light pink polishes I have tried from other brands. Unfortunately, it took 3-4 coats to reach a semi-opaque finish and even then the nail line was still visible. This is a pretty color but would probably work best when layered under a french manicure or glitter top coat.

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OVERALL IMPRESSION

Although I was pleased with these polishes, there are a few minor downsides to the line. First of all it is clear that Nie-cy polish is a super new and independent brand as the website, although functional, isn’t the most professional. Also, the packaging is not my favorite. The square bottles are nice but the logo is too small for the bottle size and is placed too far down the bottle, in my opinion. It could use a small graphic or design to liven it up a bit. Also, the grey tops are a bit cheap as I had one completely twist off of the inner brush when opening the polish. I was able to put it back on but had to be sure to open it with care so that it wouldn’t separate again.

Now, I am being critical with the downsides listed above and do think that for such a new and independent brand, the polishes are great quality. I was extremely impressed with the formula and color of each polish I tried besides the light pink, which was my least favorite for reasons stated above. If you like supporting small business, have a knack for independent or indie polish brands, appreciate 5-free nail polishes, or are just a polish lover/collector, I would check out this brand.

http://www.niecypolish.com/

Michelle

 

 

Makeup Through the Ages: 1970’s inspired look!

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Hello Beauties!

Today’s post is part of a super exciting blogger collaboration called Makeup Through the Ages! Each participating blogger has created a makeup look inspired by a particular decade or era and I excitedly chose to do the 1970s!

Be sure to take peek at the looks everyone else came up with as we have collectively covered makeup from Egyptian to futuristic and everything in between! Links will be at the bottom of this post.

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I took inspiration from a number of vintage makeup advertisements and pictures. After browsing through a ton of photos and doing some research, I found that one of the most popular trends or looks consisted of pastel eyeshadow, defined lashes, subtle rosy cheeks, and a light pink/nude lip. Of course, there are many other looks I could have chosen from the 70s, but this one was my favorite and seemed to be a trend that lasted for the majority of the decade!

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The eyes were the focus in this particular look. Blush and lips were kept soft, feminine, and natural while a pop of color on the lid gave the look some pizazz!

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It seems that blue eyeshadow was all the rage in the 70s! However, pastel colored eyeshadow in general was definitely a hit. The shadow was often applied from the lid all the way up to the brow bone or combined with other colors for a rainbow effect.

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I also noticed that pink shadow was commonly used to blend the pastel colored shadow to the brow bone for a slightly more subtle effect.

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Now that you are familiar with my inspiration, lets move on!

Products Used

NOTE: I did not take pictures of my “base” products used as I went about my usual foundation and concealer routine, not specific to the 1970s.

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LIPS

1.) Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Cream Lipstick in Fergie Daily

2.) Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm

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3.) Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Sunset

4.) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed

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EYES & BROWS

5.) Maybelline Volum’ Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara

6.) It Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Pencil in Universal Taupe

6.) Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eye Liner in Black

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EYESHADOW

7.) BH Cosmetics Day & Night 60 Color Palette

8.) Stila Refillable 4 Pan Palette (I used the color Shell for this look)

9.) The Balm Cosmetics Meet Matte

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COLORS USED

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A.) All over the lid

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C.) Outer corner and crease

D.) Crease to just below brow bone

The Inspired Look

STEP BY STEP

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1.) I started with a clean slate- a base of Maybelline Fit Me Stick Foundation, It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye used as spot concealer, Sephora Brightening Undereye Concealer, Milani Multi Tasker Powder, and Lorac Behind the Scenes Eyeshadow Primer.

2.) I applied Stila’s Shell eyeshadow, a neutral light pink with subtle shimmer, in and above my crease to just below my brow bone

3.) Then, I used the lighter sea foam green/blue from the BH Day to Night palette all over my lid.

4.) I then applied a bit of the medium blue color from the BH Day to Night palette on top to create a perfect pastel blue shade and used Matt Horowitz from the Meet Matte palette, a smoky deep navy blue, in my outer corner and crease to darken the look a bit. I wanted to keep the eyeshadow pretty subtle for a more wearable look.

**If I was going for a disco glam look, I would have applied the shadows wet to intensify the colors and used some serious sparkle and winged liquid liner. Instead, I was going for a more casual, day-time 70s ‘music in the park on a sunny day’ type of look 🙂

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5.) Next up were the cheeks. To recreate that neutral pink feminine flush, I first applied the Be a Bombshell One Stick in Sunset, a muted coral cream blush, with my ELF small stippling brush. Then, I layered it with a swipe of Tarte’s blush in Exposed. I used a clean powder brush to slightly blend out the colors to ensure my cheeks looked as natural as possible. I also very lightly filled in my brows using the It Cosmetics YBBB pencil to help frame my face but still keep the brows looking natural.

6.) To finish off my eyes, I used my Cynthia Rowley liner on my lower water line and upper tightline followed by 3-4 coats of Maybelline Pumped Up mascara on the top lashes to make them super long and defined. I also used one coat on the bottom lashes to really make them pop.

7.) For lips I  combined Wet n Wild’s Fergie Daily, a great medium nude pink lipstick (it looks way paler on my lips than in the hand swatch) and warmed it up a bit by applying a layer of Revlon’s Balm Stain in Charm, a peachy nude with a bit of shine. I loved this combo and think it finished off the look perfectly!

8.) As a final touch, I threw on an old green and blue abstract floral printed head band that I would have totally rocked in the 70s with some bell bottoms and a crochet top 🙂 Its a bit more modern than your typical 70’s floral print, however, it was what I had on hand and I think it added to the look.

The Final Look

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I hope you enjoyed my 1970’s inspired makeup look! Be sure to checkout the rest of the “Makeup Through the Ages” brought to you by myself and these other lovely bloggers:

Egyptians/Cleopatra Angela from Your Beauty Whisperer

1920 Soph from Little Bit Soph 

1930 Meagan from A Beauty Obsession

1940 Olivia from Eye Have A Lot of Feelings

1950 Heather from Coconut & Cotton

1960 Brittany from The Beauty Deputy

1970 Michelle from Pretty in the East (ME 🙂

1980 Christina from a casual beauty

1990 Jacquelyn from the Little Scottish Corner 

2000 Stephanie Wright

Present Day Barbe from Fashionista in Surburbia 

Futuristic  Becky from Makeup and Freckles

PEACE, LOVE, & MAKEUP.

peace

Michelle