BEAUTY BOX 5 Photos, Swatches & Review – April 2014

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Beauty Box 5 April 2014 Shades of BeautyThe theme for the April 2014 Beauty Box 5 is Shades of Beauty! The focus of this months box is to take some time on yourself. Play around with your beauty items and enjoy the routine or change it up a little bit!

Beauty Box 5 April 2014 contentsBeauty Box 5 April 2014 whats insideBeauty Box 5 April 2014 Swatches Review PhotosFrom BH Cosmetics, California Collection Eyeshadow Palette. You may recognize this one from it’s first appearance on my blog in my July 2013 ipsy bag. Not super crazy about the quality overall, but I do like the Malibu shade.

From Bonne Bell, Lip Definer in Boysenberry. Right off I knew this wasn’t my color, however formula wise it was easy to use. It layers well with the lipstick sent, which made me very happy. It’s swatched below on the left side of the pic.

From Nicka K New York, Hydro Lipstick in Concerto. I thought this lippie was smooth to wear and the color was perfect for me. Below this lipstick is swatched alone in the middle and to the right it’s layered over-top of the Bonne Bell Lip Definer, which surprisingly made a gorgeous rose mauve shade!

Beauty Box 5 April 2014 SwatchesFrom Jergens, Natural Glow – 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer. This sample is a fantastic way to intro yourself to a buildable color to your skin that is natural and gradual . I used this last year and will definitely go back to it this year.

From Blum Naturals, All Purpose Cleansing Wipes. I got a citrus scent that is so yummy. These wipes are perfect for face makeup removal and I’m loving the ball chain attachment that makes it perfect for travel!

Beauty Box 5 April 2014 product photosThis months box was an excellent mix on makeup and skincare, with more of an emphasis on the makeup end. Last month was so skin care/body care heavy that it was nice to see a focus on makeup for this one and I was really happy to get to try the full sized lipstick from Nicka K.

Based off of this box it’s clear that the service is worth the $12.00 price tag.  I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store for May! There was also a small card included stating that if you share a pic of this month’s box on Instagram you can win full-sized versions of this months products! Make sure to use the hashtag #bb5fave and tag @beautybox5!

What is Beauty Box 5 Beauty Box 5 is a monthly beauty subscription service that is curated by a team of beauty experts.  With each shipment you’ll receive 5 samples for $12.00 (monthly).  You can also choose to save some cash and sign up for $30.00 and be billed quarterly or $99.00 and be billed yearly.  Shipping is FREE and your membership also gets you exclusive discounts from partner brands.

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Into to Vincent Longo Brows & Eyes

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The brand Vincent Longo goes back to the 90′s. 1995 to be exact and maybe even before you were born?! At the risk of sounding ancient I was a sophomore in high school in 1995 and too young to really know about beauty brands that weren’t drugstore or counter ready (hey, we didn’t have YouTube. It was considered impressive if you had an email address back then).

I’d have been a lucky girl to know about them way back when. They have some fantastic products as well as some interesting tools/gadgets for brows and eyes. I got the opportunity to test a few out below, so keep scrolling for pretty words and pictures ;)

Vincent Longo Brow Products Review

  • Volume Plus Mascara ($20.00). This mascara is pretty good. It definitely gives lift and a bit of volume. I’m so used to ridiculous sized lashes that this is a great option to have a more toned down but still big lash day.
  • Eyebrow Micro Pencil ($20.00). The shade used in this post is Blonde. Right off, I’m actually panicking that I don’t currently have any backups of this. What I love most about this pencil is that it’s not waxy at all. Sometimes the pencils with wax leave too much residue behind making for weirdness. Oh, and don’t worry about not having anything to sharpen this skinny guy with, the appropriate sized sharpener is included!
  • Mini Eyelash Curler. So, this is kind of cool looking. I’ve really only ever noticed full size lash curlers laying around, but this is a mini size – perfect for getting into the corners to add some extra curl.
  • Bi-Brow Powder and Pomade ($22.00). The shade used in this post is Blonde. At first I thought the pomade side would be waxy, but it’s slick and pliable. Very easy to use. The duo is much better than I anticipated at first glance and easy to work with.
  • Brow/Lash Comb #10 ($10.00). I wasn’t too crazy about this. The bristle side was okay for brows (I prefer a spooly) but the comb side didn’t do much for my lashes.
  • Liner/Eyebrow Brush #12 ($18.00). Normally I’m not a fan of a flat top brush for things like lining eyes and brows (I go for angled), but this one is just firm enough and it’s easy to make precise marks and shading.

Vincent Longo Eyes & Brows Swatches ReviewVincent Longo Brow products swatchesWhat have you tried or are you wanting to try from Vincent Longo? I’m totally going to need backups of that Eyebrow Micro Pencil and I want to try out the gel liners and cheek products next!

Vincent Longo Cosmetics can be purchased at Nordstrom and vincentlongo.com.

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MAC Mangrove Lipstick Swatches & Review – Proenza Schouler #PSMAC

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For April 2014 MAC is finally giving us the much anticipated Proenza Schouler Collection! I am obsessed with this collaboration because I’m a huge fan of Proenza Schouler and feel with their esthetic they are the perfect choice for a collection with MAC. Four lipsticks will be released within this collection and there will definitely be something for everyone. Of the four shades I have one to share with you today in Mangrove.

MAC Mangrove Lipstick Swatches Review Proenza Schouler

For the first time, the cool cleverness of the Proenza Schouler woman is captured in a collection of confident colour, featuring specially designed, limited-edition packaging.Lipstick bullets, square compacts and Pro Longwear pencils gleam with a unique, luxurious, metallic finish. Four Nail Lacquers glide on in creamy, urban hues.Introducing NEW shades of Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach and Ocean City – face powders in cool pink and warm peach, fused into fuchsia and coral gradients.

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick packagingThe outer box has an oil slick ombre effect that is going to make fashion fans and MAC collectors go wild. The lipstick tube for this collection matches the outer box in color and shape (a nice change from the round tubes). The casing feels sturdy and metal.

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick ReviewMAC Mangrove Matte Lipstick Swatches Review Proenza SchoulerMAC Mangrove Lipstick Swatches Proenza SchoulerMangrove (bright clean orange-red) is a vivid with a matte finish. The formula was a little dry but it’s a matte so that wasn’t too shocking. It applied completely opaque and lasted about 4-5 hours, leaving a slight stain behind. I didn’t use a lip liner for the lip swatch below, but I do recommend it since you can see a bit of feathering.

MAC Mangrove Lipstick Lip Swatches Proenza SchoulerAre you picking anything up from the MAC Proenza Schouler Collection? I’m definitely getting Woodrose Lipstick and the blushes!

MAC Proenza Schouler Lipstick retails for $22.00 and is available beginning April 21, 2014 (online) and April 24, 2014 (in store) at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and maccosmetics.com.

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Rimmel Sweetie Crush Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review

If you’re awesome and follow me via the Instagram you may have seen a few pics of the Rimmel Sweetie Crush Nail Polish Collection (here & here). Now, wait no longer, it’s time for swatches!

Rimmel London Sweetie Crush Nail Polish Collection Swatches Review PhotosBelow I did three coats of each shade for full coverage, all have a rough & textured finish (like sugar!).

Rimmel Sweetie Crush Nail Polish Collection Swatches

  • Candyfloss Cutie is a raspberry pink texture.
  • Sherbet Sweetheart is a light yellow texture with some golden and holo shimmers mixed in.
  • Fizzy Applelicious is a mint green texture.
  • Blueberry Whizz is a cerulean blue texture.
  • Violet Swizzle is a lavender texture.

Rimmel Violet Swizzle Nail Polish SwatchesI thought these fun, candy colored pastel polishes would make for the perfect Easter post. I hope you’re having an awesome weekend, whether you’re celebrating Easter or not. Make it a good one, eat some ham ;)

The Rimmel Sweetie Crush Nail Polishes retail for $2.25 each and I found mine at Rite-Aid. Even though that was a month ago my local Rite-Aid still has every color in stock, so you can still find these!

OPI Spotlight on Glitter Nail Polish Collection Swatches & Review

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When you have something as amazing as OPI Glitter Off there absolutely has to be a mini collection of all glitter polishes accompanying it! OPI Spotlight on Glitter is that collection. Six bling-tastic shades you can wear to your hearts content and then push off easily when you’re over them.

OPI Spotlight on Glitter Swatches ReviewYou Pink Too Much has a clear base with large pink hex glitter and small specks of silver holo glitters. Three coats.

OPI You Pink Too Much Nail Polish SwatchesDesperately Seeking Sequins has a clear base with silver holo glitter of small sizes, large and even bar glitter! Love this! Three coats.

OPI Desperately Seeking Sequins Nail Polish SwatchesRose of Light has a clear base with large silver glitter and small rose gold glitters. Three coats

OPI Rose of Light Nail Polish SwatchesI Reached My Gold! has a sheer base with large & crumpled gold hex glitter and smaller silver holo hex glitters. Identical to When Monkeys Fly from OPI Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful Collection. One coat shown because that glitter is a PITA and needs placed. At least it’s easy to get out of the bottle.

OPI I Reached My Gold Nail Polish SwatchesChasing Rainbows is a rainbow of different sized hex glitters in every color of the rainbow and some silver. Near identical to Rainbow Connection from OPI The Muppets Collection Holiday 2011 but I think this one has more silver. Three coats.

OPI Chasing Rainbows Nail Polish SwatchesBlush Hour has a sheer raspberry jelly base and a truck load of different sized fuchsia and purple hex glitters. Three coats.

OPI Blush Hour Nail Polish SwatchesThey’re all so fun but Desperately Seeking Sequins and Blush Hour are totally my faves! Which ones is yours?

Spotlight on Glitter by OPI nail lacquers will be available March 2014 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

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