Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cosmetique Inc. DIANDRA review and GIVEAWAY!!!

I have recently been given the honor of reviewing Cosmetique Inc.'s Diandra Sun-Kissed Bronzer, Urban Chic Multi Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Sensations and Super Moist Hydrating Lipstick in Pink Champagne

I was so excited to receive these products! I have never tried products from Cosmetique Inc. before and these did not disappoint.  I want to warn everyone a head a time that the pictures Ive taken do not do the products justice. Ive taken these pictures with the camera on my phone and long story short- I NEED to invest in a much better digital camera!

Diandra Urban Chic Multi Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Sensations

 From Cosmetique Inc. website-"Create beautifully captivating eyes with Urban Chic Multi Eyeshadow Palette. The eight blendable shades of this fabulous palette of colors are all it takes. With these alluring colors, you can go from sheer and subtle to depth and drama. These fabulous eyeshadow colors are silky smooth and easy to apply."

 Now, first I have to mention that I am cool toned..and judging by the pictures you'll see I'm pretty pale. So, when I read that the eye shadow palette was called "warm sensations" I was a little nervous.

However, when I started trying out the different colors...I thought to myself..."I like!" All of the colors are very pretty and seem as though they would go with any skin tone. There is a nice golden sheen to most of the colors that isn't over whelming to lighter tones.

The above picture is all 8 colors with out primer. All shades are prefect for the light daytime look!

 And here are the 8 colors with primer. Over primer these colors really pop!

I wanted to try every shade on my eye lids but I also wanted to get this post giveaway started! So, I stuck with trying out just one of the colors on my lids. I really like this golden shade. It has such a pretty sheen to it and goes on smoothly.

       No Primer                                                            Primer

 Diandra Sun-Kissed Bronzer

 From Cosmetique Inc. website-"This universally flattering shade has just a hint of gold shimmer to give you that sexy, sun-kissed glow. Just brush on this gorgeous bronzer to add instant warmth and radiance to your complexion…and look like a sun goddess all year-round!"

I have a confession. I have never in my life worn bronzer, nor have I ever worn blush. I have a nature "pinkness" to my cheeks and just have never bothered with it. But I just had to give this a try.

 Diandra Sun-Kissed Bronzer goes on so effortlessly and blends extremely well. So well that it was really hard for my camera phone to pick up anything. I had to really layer it on my primer hand for proof!  In the end... I think Cosmetique Inc. made a new fan of bronzer.  Absolutely no streaking (unless you try really hard like I had to for photo proof) and looks so natural.


   No Primer                                                            Primer

Super Moist Hydrating Lipstick in Pink Champagne
  From Cosmetique Inc. website- "Super Moist Hydrating Lipstick, in a color selected from the newest fashion shades, is more than just a lipstick. It drenches your lips with conditioners that hydrate, soothe and protect. Your lips will feel as luxurious and beautiful as they look."

I love love looooove this color. This is such a perfect pink color. Its not too dark, its not too light or bright. It has a wonderful shimmer to it without over doing it or looking "frosty". This will now be my "go-to" color when I just need a quick lip color look or when I wear my smokey eyes.

Special Thanks to Cosmetique Inc. for providing these products in exchange for an honest review. Not only was Cosmetique Inc. awesome enough to provide these products to review but they also included duplicates for a giveaway!!

Now on to the GIVEAWAY!!

Open to US residents only.

One winner will receive 1 of the following
Diandra Sun-Kissed Bronzer
Diandra Urban Chic Multi Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Sensations
Diandra Super Moist Hydrating Lipstick in Pink Champagne

The winner will be contact via email and will have 72 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Temptation by Kathryn Barrett



"Laura Hayes has been acting since she was an infant, making Hollywood the only home she has ever known. But when she moves to Pennsylvania's Amish country to film her next movie, she discovers there's more to life than a pair of Jimmy Choos and a Marie Claire cover. 

Intrigued by the Amish simplicity, she's soon gardening and baking plum pies—and enjoying it. And when her neighbor turns out to be the local heartthrob and a talented furniture maker, she realizes that what's missing from her life might be the love of a good man—not to mention the perfect heirloom tomato. 

Jacob fights the urge to question the teachings of his Amish beliefs—despite his desire to create furniture that is beautiful as well as useful—and struggles with his longing for the sexy stranger who makes him feel truly alive for the first time. As his attraction grows, so do his doubts, until he's forced to face temptation and decide once and for all what is truly worth the fight."

Review -
So, I have this weird fascination with Amish reality Amish Mafia and The Hutterites. In fact my husband and I would love to own our own small farm some day. When I saw Temptation on Netgalley I decided to give it a shot. Once I started this I couldn't put this down! I expected Laura to be annoying and spoiled but she wasn't and Jacob was the perfect Amish heartthrob. The characters were well thought of and the story was interesting.

I recommend Temptation to mature readers due to a few steamy explicit moments. :)

Special Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg


"A hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom.
Don't mess with a girl with a Great Personality.

Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).

Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game - and she's in it to win it."

 Being a fan of Toddlers & Tiaras...(well wait..scratch that.. I wouldn't say "Fan" but I am obsessed with watching it.) I really enjoyed this book . It was a quick, fun read. The characters were interesting, realistic and I was instantly hooked from the start. Elizabeth Eulberg did an excellent job and I hope to read more from her.

I definitely recommend Girl With the Great Personality to younger readers!

Special Thanks to NetGalley and Scholastic Inc.for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, February 17, 2013 Sample Society February 2013 Sample Society is yet another subscription box I've subscribed to and this box really impressed me.

I received:

Immunocologie VenoMax Deluxe Sample this is a VERY impressive sample size considering the price for the full size product is $275!!! Whew! I will be making this last a long time because no matter how fantastic the product works, there is no way I will be purchasing the full sized product! Oh, sorry about the picture, my alien like fingers are in the reflection lol
Diptyque Fragrance Sample

Exude Lipstick Gloss in Crimson
I was impressed with the Exude Lipstick Gloss, first my the packaging... I know I'm weird but its not everyday I get a lip gloss in such a fancy package..yes its fancy to me :)    Then second by the picture doesn't do it justice  its a very interesting concept. And then third the color, its a very shear burgundy color that goes on smoothly.

I will definitely be keeping my subscription to Sample Society!

Lip Factory Inc February 2013

Lip Factory Inc is one of the many subscription boxes Ive recently subscribed to and it quickly became one of my top favorites! Not only did my February box have fantastic products but their customer service is AWESOME! They really know how to treat their customers and have made a fan for life!

Here's what I received:

"Long lasting grape seed anti-oxidant enriched moisturizing lipstick.
Helps lips appear smooth and moisturized while visibly easing the signs of aging. $25"
(Stompin’ Grapes)

I LOVE this lipstick! Stompin' Grapes is a fantastic color and the lipstick goes on so smoothly.

"​A combination of beeswax, honey, grape seed extract with a slight shimmer.
Perfect alone or under lipstick. $24"

From 29 Cosmetics website
"Long-lasting grape seed anti-oxidant enriched moisturizing lip therapy with shimmering gold flecks and a touch of honey nourishes and protects the lips from environmental pollutants and the harmful effects of free radicals. The Hint of Honey Lip Treatment nourishes the lips, providing the ultimate in hydration while visibly easing the signs of aging. Hint of Honey Lip Treatment visibly creates fuller and shimmering lips. Apply evenly to the lips for a beautiful shimmering glow. This luxurious new grape seed anti-oxidant enriched formula will keep the lips looking young and vibrant."
 "Contains cream cleanser, serum extract, eye emulsion and night moisture samples.$2"

29 Cosmetics Leather Mirrored Lipstick Case
" Faux chocolate brown leather "key to beauty" lipstick chain conveniently holds your lipstick with a mirror inside for quick and easy lipstick touch ups while you are on the go.$15"

"Long lasting Soft application $1"

LASplash Cosmetics Mineral Eye Shadow in Oyster Shell, Hula Hula, and Black Sea
"Long lasting, weightless, non-irritating and does not contain talc, oil or fragrance.

I tried to copy Maryam's Smokey eyed Valentine look but failed. I'll try again at some other point but here is Hula Hula by itself. (with nothing else..I was just testing it out!

and last but not least a Mini Kabuki Brush

About Lip Factory Inc- "How it works" from their website
"For $22 per month, each month, you will receive your Lip Factory Beauty Kit containing up to 10 sample sizes of your favorite makeup brands. Although your kit may include a full face of makeup products, our focus is on your lips! Your kit will include lip products such as lip glosses, lip sticks, lip liners and lip therapy products. These samples are chosen each month by our expert team of beauty specialists and makeup artists.

Each month your beauty kit, filled with well known and new brands, may also contain a surprise beauty bonus."

I just had to add how they say samples but in the February's box all of the products were full sized except for the skin care samples. Very nice and impressive!

I really enjoyed my February Lip Factory box and can't wait for next month's... I heard a rumor that it might be "all about the lips!"

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara

Time to post a review from one of my many mascaras from my mascara hoarder post.. I decided to pick Physicians Formula this week. I had been dieing to try this out for a long time now and it didn't disappoint!

This is a great mascara that goes on smoothly. My lashes didn't feel heavily coated. I also liked the mascara wand, its "pleasantly plumper" than the usual mascara wand.


My lashes before

(Ewe, ok I really need to start using eye wrinkle cream!)

Lashes after once coat

Second coat and then third coat.

Please excuse the crazy lashes! I couldn't find my eye lash comb. I think its time for a new one.

 I am totally sold on Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara and will be buying this again in the future
 (of course after trying all my other mascaras that Ive hoarded)

Information from Physicians Formula's website
100% of the Total Ingredients are from Natural Origin.
70% of the Total Ingredients are from Organic Farming.
100% Dramatic Volume & Glamour.
OrganiSoy® Moisturizes and helps nourish lashes.
Eco-Olive® a natural antioxidant, shields lashes from harsh environmental aggressors"
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Glycerin*, Iron Oxides, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Beeswax*, Jojoba Esters, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Tapioca Starch*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract*, Stearic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Cellulose Gum, Glycerin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Water, Glyceryl Caprylate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate May Contain: Titanium Dioxide

* Ingredients from Organic Farming"