Beauty Review: Smashbox

Hello everyone!

I have a fun, little beauty review to share with you all today!

A few days ago, I received a few new Smashbox beauty products from Influenster to sample and review.  I was provided these items for free but all opinions are my own.

Beauty Review: Smashbox - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Box Contents:

  • Be Legendary Liquid Metal – Brains ‘N Bronze
  • Cover Shot Eye Palette – Matte

Beauty Review: Smashbox - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Be Legendary Liquid Metal – Brains ‘N Bronze – Retail Value $24

As you know, I love sampling lip products! When I saw this liquid lip in my box, I was very excited.

I haven’t tried very many liquid lipsticks, and I haven’t tried a single metallic lip product before.  So this liquid metal lipstick was quite intriguing for me! I have determined that I like the formula and the shine, but the actual color of this lipstick isn’t for me.

I have very fair skin and don’t see myself wearing this bronze shade too often.  I may be able to pull it off during a fancy, evening party but not any other time.  Unfortunately, I don’t go to too many fancy, evening parties!

Beauty Review: Smashbox - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Cover Shot Eye Palette – Matte – Retail Value $29

Eye shadow palettes are my other favorite to test out!  I went through a faze two years ago and bought at least 10 palettes over the course of a few months!  Excessive, I know!  During that time, I did, however, discover what kind of shadows I like and what kinds I don’t.

I’m usually drawn to champagne colored shimmer shadows.  They’re so pretty, natural, and versatile.  I have so many of them already, that it’s probably for the best that there wasn’t a single one in this palette.  Up until now, I really didn’t like matte shadows.  I found them more difficult to blend and not as exciting.

Since receiving this palette, I have discovered that I do indeed enjoy matte eye shadows!  Imagine that!

I love how this palette has two different looks to choose from.  There’s there browner tones of the left and the pink berry tones on the right.  I’ve used them both multiple times and prefer the browns.  That dark purple shadow on the right seems to get away from me and sometimes it looks like I’ve given myself a black eye! Whoopsie!!

Beauty Review: Smashbox - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I’ve loved sampling these new releases from Smashbox this last week.  I’m definitely adding this matte palette into my weekly line up of eye shadows!

I’m going to try to find a time and place to wear the liquid lip.  Perhaps I’ll try mixing it with something a little lighter?

Have you tried either of these products before?

If so, what did you think of them?

<3 Natalie

**These items were sent to me for free from Influenster for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.**





Julep Maven Review & Coupon – August 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Julep Maven review!


To receive fun boxes like I do each month, click here!

IMG_4138Box Contents:

  • Skip the Brush – Peony Pink
  • Feels Like Velvet – Champagne & Caviar
  • Ann – Classic with a Twist
  • Penny – Classic with a Twist
  • Blush Brush
  • Metallic Tattoos
  • Coupon

IMG_4151Skip the Brush – Peony Pink

I’ve had trouble with blush sticks before (think of a clown), so I was a little leery when I saw this stick was the featured beauty product for August.

IMG_4156I haven’t had much time for experimentation in the last few days, but I have tried the blush once.

It had the opposite pigmentation effect than the last one I tried.  I couldn’t seem to get enough color on my cheeks.  I think part of the problem was that I wasn’t sure exactly how hard to press the blush into my face.

I think with a little practice I will learn to love this product!

What little color I did manage to get was very pretty.  The peony shade is a natural pink that’s perfect for me!

IMG_4147Feels Like Velvet – Champagne & Caviar – Add On

I really liked the eye shadows that I got in my May Maven box, so I picked up another this month.

IMG_4148This photo makes the shadows look a lot more orangey than they are in real life.  I experimented with different lighting and the pictures all came out the same. 🙁

In reality, the left shadow is a dusty pink and the right is a chocolate brown.  They’re very pretty and natural.  Right up my alley!

IMG_4141Ann – Classic with a Twist – Passion Punch Ghost Shimmer Crème
I love this polish color!  It’s bright and fun!

I haven’t been able to use it yet, but I can’t wait to give it a try!  It’s going to be very pretty!

Penny – Classic with a Twist – Burnished Bronze Metallic

I’ve gotten quite a few metallic polishes since subscribing to Julep last year.  They’ve all been so pretty!

I think this one might be a touch too bronze for me though.  I don’t think it’s going to look good with my skin tone, but I’ll give it a try anyway!

IMG_4144Blush Brush – Add On

I’ve been wanting this brush for several months now.  I have quite a few other Julep makeup brushes, and they are fantastic!

I would choose the month they debut a brushless blush to buy a blush brush!  Delightfully ironic!

IMG_4160Julep debuted their Brave Pretty campaign this month.

I think it’s a great campaign, but I didn’t do my part! Whoopsie!

I was supposed to fill out that little white card and share it on social media.  Maybe I’ll do it later in the month!

IMG_4164Julep sent out a little freebie this month!  Metallic temporary tattoos. Fun fun!

Julep also included their monthly coupon!

I really like my box this month!  I think the products are great, and I can’t wait to use them some more!

Do you subscribe to Julep Maven?

What do you think of the August box?!

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Ipsy Review – March 2015

Hi everyone!

It’s time for my monthly Ipsy review! IMG_8845If you’d like to receive a pretty, pink envelope each month, click here! IMG_8848When I saw the sneak peek of the March makeup bag online, I wasn’t too impressed.  I’m happy to say that the bag is much cuter in person! IMG_8850“Floral Fantasy” is the theme for March. IMG_8856Bag Contents:

  • NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick
  • Chella – Ivory Lace Highlighter
  • Pixi by Petra – Mesmerizing Mineral Duo
  • Skyn ICELAND – Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
  • ACURE – Day Cream

Bonus Item:

  • Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer

IMG_8858NYX Cosmetics – Butter Lipstick – Pops

When I first opened my bag, I was a little disappointed by the lipstick color I received.  This lipstick looks very dull and old lady like.  I was pleased to find out that it is much prettier when applied! IMG_8861 It’s a nice neutral, rose color.

The formula is also great! It’s very smooth and creamy! IMG_8879Chella – Ivory Lace Highlighter

I don’t really use highlighters, so I don’t have much use for this product.

I will say that it goes on very smooth and seems easy enough to blend.

IMG_8871Pixi by Petra – Mesmerizing Mineral Duo – Apricot Glow

I can’t tell you how excited I was to see this eye shadow in my bag!  I always get eyeshadow from Ipsy, but I always end up with the weird purple colors!  Gross!!

This month’s shadow palette was very promising!

IMG_8875I really love the lighter, apricot shadow on the left, but I’m not a huge fan of the bronze shadow on the right.  Unfortunately, the bronze is too orange for my skin tone.

I still think I’ll get plenty of use out of the apricot shadow though!

IMG_8870Skyn ICELAND – Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – 2 pairs

I’ve received quite a few eye gels in my subscription boxes lately, so I decided to go ahead and give these a try.

I put them on and let them sit for 10 minutes.  Unfortunately, I didn’t notice any results after removing them.  I know I have a little bit of bagginess under my eyes, so I’m not quite sure why I didn’t notice any difference.

I’m really glad that Ipsy provided me with two pairs!  Hopefully, my second application will prove more fruitful than my first!

IMG_8865ACURE – Day Cream

This cream has the best light, fruity scent!  I love it!

The directions say to apply the cream each morning.  I can’t think of anything better than surrounding yourself with this yummy scent to start your day!

IMG_8864BONUS ITEM – Smashbox – Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Pore Minimizing

I finally earned enough IpsyPoints to get a reward!  I’ve been holding out for a good one, and I was super excited to snag one from Smashbox!

I love Benefit’s The POREfessional, and this primer is just like it.  Since I already have a full-sized POREfessional, I’ll be packing this sample the next time I go on a trip.

IMG_8882Just when I was starting to give up on Ipsy, they curated a pretty good bag!

What do you think of the March Ipsy bag?!

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