12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 10


Today’s prize is Cargo’s Swimmables Waterproof Pencils set.

To be eligible to win Day 10′s prize, you must follow on Pinterest and go to this link to enter.

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Review & Swatches: NYX Stick Blush in “Hibiscus”


NYX Stick Blush in Hibiscus

Availability: ULTA, NYX
Price: $6.00

Company’s Description

Add a touch of color with our creamy and extremely pigmented Stick Blush! Available in eight rich shades! Apply and receive the perfect glow every day!

NYX’s Stick Blushes are cream blushes that come in stick form and in eight (8) different shades. This review is for the shade Hibiscus–a deep mauve pink shade.

If you would like to see swatches of all eight (8) shades, please see this post.

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 9


Today’s prize is Sunday Riley’s Blush in Honeymoon Night.

To be eligible to win Day 9′s prize, go to this link and follow the instructions.

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Review: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum


Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum

Availability: Sephora
Price: $64.00 (1 ounce)

Company’s Description

An absolutely essential and utterly irresistible perfumed creation. The legendary heart-shaped bottle has been boldly reinterpreted with a modern touch. Its crystalline transparency, fading from black to powdery pink, reveals the silhouette of the little, black dress.

Its simple signature enhances and romances several exceptional materials in a bold overdose—black cherry blinks the first wink. It is illustrated by a clever blend that extends exquisite almond and delicious berries. The second wink takes place as rose enters the stage. Finally, the shadowy temptations of licorice and smoky black tea are ever-so-revealing and lead to irresistible seduction. For the ultimate temptation, the entire creation is wrapped in Guerlinade—fresh, enigmatic, and exhilarating, mischievous and captivating.

Guerlain’s newest perfume–La Petite Robe Noire (The Little Black Dress)–is said to be fresh, enigmatic, and exhilarating with notes of berries, rose, licorice, and black tea.

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Review & Swatches: Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Cleanser & Microderm


Miracle Skin Transformer Hydroactive Cleanser & Microderm

Availability: Sephora
Price: $24.00 (Cleanser) / $34.00 (Microderm)

Company’s Description

Cleanser: Gently cleanses the skin—removing surface oils, make up, dirt and grime—its whipped texture transforms into a soothing foam when blended with water. Skin feels fresh, hydrated and smooth instantly.

Microderm: Combines micro-exfoliants, natural extracts and high-grade micronized magnesium-oxide crystals to smooth, refine and polish skin’s texture. Instantly exfoliate and renew devitalized, dull and flaky skin.

This is for Miracle Skin Transformer’s two cleansing products: their Cleanser and Microderm. The cleanser is said to remove makeup and dirt from the face gently while the Microderm exfoliates the skin to refine its texture. Keep reading for my thoughts on these two skincare items!

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Review & Swatches: Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in “Violet Orchid”


Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Violet Orchid

Availability: Sephora, Macy’s
Price: $24.00

Company’s Description

A velvety powder blush that sweeps sheer color for a naturally blushed look. Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour is a light-as-air, velvety powder blush that sweeps on sheer color easily and evenly. With skin-silkening natural botanicals, your complexion looks naturally blushed and lit from within. Light-diffusing qualities allow a mistake-proof, flawless application that lasts all day.

Laura Mercier’s Second Skin Cheek Colours are said to impart sheer color for a natural look. This blush comes in ten (10) shades. This review is for Violet Orchid–a shimmering light violet with mauve.

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Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection Video

Here is the video overview of Nicole by OPI’s Selena Gomez Collection! The video includes live application of all the colors and my thoughts on their quality.

You can also see pictures of the colors applied here and here.

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