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Nature’s Shea Butter Purchase from HauteLook (the love affair continues)

Hautelook Shea

For me it makes perfect sense to purchase Nature’s Shea Butter products whenever they are on HauteLook. This line support fair trade and the shea butter is of high quality. The affordable prices on HauteLook are hard to resist.

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Hautelook Shea3  The Lavender Vanilla Unrefined Whipped Shea Butter is one of my favorite scents from Nature’s Shea Butter.

Hautelook Shea4  I also purchased the White Tea and Shea Bundle. I really wanted to try the White Tea & Shea Anti-Aging Facial Cream. I am already using the Argan Oil from Nature’s Shea Butter as a part of my skincare routine. The face cream will make a nice addition. You can’t go wrong with the handmade soaps either. I really like these soaps since they don’t dry out my skin.

Sephora After Christmas Purchase

When I initially saw the Sephora All Occasion Eye Ensemble I really wanted this set. I saw a detailed on temptalia.com http://www.temptalia.com/sephora-collection-occasion-eye-ensemble-review-photos-swatches. Even though $49 isn’t a lot of money for ten eyeliners, I was still hoping to get the All Occasion Eye Ensemble marked down. The day after Christmas I visited one of my local Sephora stores and there it was. 🙂

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Sephora Eyeliner4(L-R) Good Mood, Summer Cruise, Tiramisu, Girl Talk, Black Lace, Girls Night Out, Clubbing Stilettos, Welcome to My Loft, Purple Stilettos, Diamonds are Forever

Sephora Eyeliner Swatches

NYX Butter Lipstick Purchase from ULTA

Last week I had a 20% off coupon from ULTA I really wanted to use. On December 24th I was aimlessly walking around ULTA trying to find something to buy. Whatever I wanted in the prestige cosmetics section was already sold out. I decided to see what was available from NYX. I am already a fan of this brand. The quality is great and very affordable.

I ended up buying the NYX Bombshell Butter Lipstick set. There was only one left too!

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NYX Butter5Licorice, Pops, Big Cherry

NYX Butter Swatch Licorice, Pops, Big Cherry

NYX Butter Licorice  Licorice

NYX Butter Pops  Pops

NYX Butter Big Cherry  Big Cherry

Affordable Smoky Eye: Featuring The Nudes Palette from Maybelline

I plan on getting plenty of use out of The Nudes Palette from Maybelline. A nude eyeshadow palette wouldn’t be complete without the colors to do a smoky eye. Here is a smoky eye look to try. I used the third quad in The Nudes Palette.

Smoky Eye


Smoky Jumbo PencilUsed NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean as a base to the lid and crease

Smoky BrownApplied the dark brown eyeshadow to the crease

Smoky BlackApplied the black shadow to the lid

Smoky TanUsed the light brown shadow as a blending color and also applied it to the brow bone

Smoky BeigeUsed the shimmering beige shadow under the highest point of the eyebrow arch

Smoky LinerApplied NYX Slide On Eye Pencil in Jet Black to the upper and lower lash line as well as the water line

Smudged the black eyeshadow to the lower lash line

Smoky MascaraApplied Real Impact! Mascara from Maybelline to the upper and lower lashes

Smoky BlushApplied Maybelline Master Glaze™ Blush in Plums Up to the cheeks

Smoky LipsApplied Maybelline Color Sensational® The Buffs lipstick in Touchable Taupe

Rest of Makeup

Smoky EyebrowNYX Eyebrow Gel – Espresso

Smoky Face Makeup

  • Covergirl Queen Collection 3 in 1 All Day Flawless Foundation – Spicy Brown
  • Maybelline Fit Me™ Concealer – Cafe

Smoky Eye Again

A Closer Look: Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline Nudes Palette

Maybelline released the Nudes Palette this past Summer. I didn’t immediately jump at the opportunity to purchase this palette. I already have nude eyeshadow palettes: Naked, Naked2, Naked Basics, Nude’tude. I bought this palette when it was 40% off at Rite Aid. I also used a $2.00 off coupon.

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The Nudes Palette comes with twelve eyeshadows. I think it’s clever how the eyeshadows in this palette are grouped together. When you look at the palette there are three quads, four trios, and six duos. Thirteen looks can easily be created just by how the eyeshadows are grouped together. The Maybelline website does explain how to create thirteen different looks. This is great for beginners. Those of us who are more experienced the possibilities are endless.

Maybelline Nudes SwatchTop row

Maybelline Nudes Swatch2Bottom row

The Nudes Palette has a nice balance of matte and shimmer eyeshadows. Two of the colors came across really sheer on me when I swatched them. My skin tone is darker though. I can’t wait to play with this palette. 🙂

ULTA Purchase: Featuring NYX Cosmetics and ULTA Beauty

ULTA had a sale on their Automatic Eye Liners for one dollar each. You don’t have to tell me twice to take advantage of this deal.

ULTA Purchase

Here are the eyeliners I purchased:

ULTA Eyeliner

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  • Black Plum – deep purple matte
  • Cobalt – navy blue matte
  • Teal Blue – teal blue metallic shimmer
  • Capri – blue with metallic shimmer and silver glitter

ULTA Eyeliner Swatch  (top to bottom) Capri, Teal Blue, Cobalt, Black Plum

The Teal Blue, Capri, and Cobalt looked similar when I swatched them on my hand. It could be the lighting though.

NYX Eyebrow Gel

I also purchased the NYX Eyebrow Gel in Espresso.

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NYX Eyebrow Gel Swatch

This gel is really pigmented. A little goes a long way. The price of the NYX Eyebrow Gel is $6.99

I also had a $3.50 ULTA coupon to use and $3.00 worth of rewards points. The total price of this purchase came to $4.80 (price including the 7% sales tax).

Nail Design Combo Set from Amazon.com

Both of my daughters get their nail done professionally. One day I saw my youngest putting more rhinestones on her nails. She didn’t want to pay extra for having the rhinestones applied at the nail salon (smart thinking).

She and I were on amazon.com looking for more rhinestones.

Nail Combo Set

We both liked this combo set.

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This set was only $6.92 and the shipping was free! 🙂


Be a Bombshell Purchase from ipsy

Every Tuesday at 12:00pm (EST) ipsy has a different beauty deal. The Tuesday deals don’t last long. I came across the Be a Bombshell Summer Lovin Set for only $20.00. Knowing this deal could sell out I purchased this set without hesitation. Being an ipsy subscriber was my first exposure to the Be a Bombshell brand. I have really liked the products I’ve been receiving from Be a Bombshell in my ipsy bag.

The Be a Bombshell Summer Lovin Set included:

Be a Bombshell Purchase

Bombshell Eyeshadow Package

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Bombshell Eyeshadows(L-R) Southern Sass, Rock Bottom, Toasted

Bombshell Eyeshadow swatch(L-R) Southern Sass, Rock Bottom, Toasted

Bombshell Blush

Bombshell Blush2Tanorexic

Bombshell Blush SwatchTanorexic

Bombshell Lipgloss

Bombshell Lipgloss2Summer Lovin

Bombshell Lipgloss swatchSummer Lovin

I am still amazed all of this was only $20.00! 🙂



NYX Purchase from HauteLook

More and more I find myself gravitating towards the NYX Loose Pearl Eyeshadows. Hautelook was offering sets of the loose pearl eyeshadow during their last NYX sale.

HauteLook NYX Purchase

I purchased the Smokey Metallic Pigment Set and the Color Poppin Pigment set. These sets were $5.50 each.

HauteLook NYX Smoky Shadow Purchase(L-R) Smokey Metallic Set – Mocha, Mink, Charcoal

HauteLook NYX Bright Shadow Purchase(L-R) Color Poppin Pigment – Space, Orange, Turquoise

NYX Smoky Shadow Swatch(L-R) Mocha, Mink, Charcoal

NYX Bright Shadow(L-R) Space, Orange, Turquoise

Charming Charlie Purchase: Scarves

Charming Charlie was having a sale (buy three get one free). This sale applied to everything in the store including clearance items.

This is what I bought.






I can add flair to so many looks with these scarves. I spent only $14.97. 🙂