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Kat Von D Everlasting Flash: Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Gray Trio

7 Jun

EXCLUSIVE NEW LIMITED EDITION ONLINE ONLY for 48 hours! The Kat Von D Everlasting Flash: Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Gray Trio

For those that like Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick or Gray Lipstick this is for you! This limited edition matte set is available for the next 48 hours only! Going by the photos the color payoff appears to be a purplish gray.

I am in no way affiliated with them, just saw this was available, haven’t posted in quite a while and wanted to share with all you lovely ones! 🙂





Photos by Sephora


Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Review

9 Aug

Tatcha Pure One-Step Camellia Cleansing Oil is a gentle, two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser. This beautiful blend of botanical oils is formulated to thoroughly cleanses the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture, an essential first step for any skincare ritual. The product is formulated without mineral oil to remove even water-resistant sunscreen, long-wear makeup formulas, and BB creams, it emulsifies completely and leaves no oily residue. It is rich in oleic and linoleic acids, along with vitamins A, B, and E to nourish dry skin, calm sensitive skin and decongest oily skin. Tatcha Pure is free of  parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

0.8 OZ Tatcha Camellia Oil

I received a free small sample of Tatcha Camellia Oil as part of my Sephora sample choices with a recent purchase from their site. I have to admit I’ve always been a bit skeptical of washing my face with oil cleansers, so I was really eager to put this product to the test.

How to use:
With dry hands and a dry face gently massage the oil onto your face. One to two pumps is all you will need. Rinse with water, I prefer warm water, and the oil turns milky/silky and washes off all your grime or makeup residue. It melts away the day.

The Gamut of Experiments and Tests:

How well can it remove Makeup?
The first test was to see how well it would fair at dissolving and removing a normal day of make-up. Other brands have not stacked up as well and would leave me grabbing a makeup remover cloth or having to wash my face again, which is obviously quite annoying. This was not the case at all with the Tatcha oil. I am pleased to say that the Camellia oil passed this test with flying colors. I didn’t have to worry about spending extra time to clean my face, it knocks the competition out of the park and does an amazing job without leaving any residue.


5.1 OZ Tatcha Camellia Oil


Will Dry Skin be an issue?
The second test was for dry skin. Normally at night I have to use a moisturizer/night cream on my face to help combat skin dryness. That night I decided to skip the cream. The next morning after my daily cleansing and toning routine, when I looked in the mirror I was amazed at how great my skin looked. I couldn’t believe it, my skin wasn’t flaky or dry like it normally is, even without the use of a night cream the previous evening. Another bonus point for tatcha camellia oil. Being able to save money and time by skipping that nightly ritual of moisturizing cream was a wonderful and unexpected surprise.

Will I have any skin reactions?
The third test was how would my skin react to the product. I have very sensitive skin as well as acne. I am pleased to say that neither were an issue while using this cleansing oil. I didn’t have any acne flare ups, rashes, or allergic reactions which are always a worry for me when trying new products.

How will it smell?
The fourth test was regarding the scent. Most products I find have sickly scents that I can’t stand, but luckily this was not the case with the Tatcha Pure One Step Oil. Their isn’t an overwhelming scent, it’s light, clean and pretty much non-existent which is really a plus here.

Lasting Impressions:
I have had nothing but a positive experience with this cleansing oil. I am thrilled with the product, and the meaningful gifts associated with our purchases. Each purchase helps empower girls by sending them to school through their “Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership.” When washed off  the oil emulsifies into a milk and melts off any makeup and daily grime residue you may have. Even waterproof makeup! I was astonished as I’ve tried other cleansing oils in the past, and they failed on so many levels. Using an oil instead of a foam or a gel soap seems a bit foreign to me and took getting used to, however that is not a bad thing. Any hesistanchesitancies I may have had due to past bad experiences have been eradicated and my faith in cleansing oil has been restored. This product is non-sensitizing, non-irritating, dermatologist-tested, and cruelty-free.

Overall Thoughts:
-Effective: No need for other makeup removers to step in to do the job.
-Time and Money Saver: No need for me to spend extra of either for moisturizer.
-Noticeably Soft and balanced skin even after one use.
-Giving Back: Purchase of the product empowers girls

Additional Product Info:
“Camellia Oil has been one of the geisha’s most treasured secrets for centuries, used to remove their iconic performance makeup without drying or damaging the skin. I am honored to bring new life to this ritual with our Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, and even more delighted to tell you that your purchase of a Tatcha skincare item will send an incredible girl to school for day through our Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership.”—Victoria Tsai, Founder

Final Thoughts:
I am very pleased.  I will definitely be making a full size purchase!!

Excellent quality
Safe and gentle for even the most sensitive skin
Removes waterproof makeup
Negates the need for extra moisturizes or creams

A bit spendy however a little goes a long way, and the product is well worth the purchase.


At the time of this writing: the 0.8 OZ runs for $12 US dollars, and the 5.1 OZ $48 US dollars.
To purchase, click on any of the above photos.

Formula X System NailPolish Review

10 Jan

Formula X is exclusive to Sephora.

Over the winter 2014 holidays I spent some of those VIP Insider beauty points we all covet on a mini trial sample of this Formula X revolutionary nail polish system. The kit included the mini-sized bottles of the system. The color that came with the kit was Cocoa Bisque.


For those unfamiliar, the systems four steps are as follows:

  • Step One: Cleanse
  • Step Two: Prime
  • Step Three: Color
  • Step Four: Shine

“Prep, Perfect, Shine”.

In more detail the steps:
The Nail Cleanser is reminiscent of an acetone / nail polish remover. Its quite effective, meaning if you spill a few drops on an already completed nail well you’ll have to re-do that nail. Its an “essential step that frees nails of residue and oil, optimizing base coat and lacquer adherence”.

The Base Coat is a tacky primer for better color adhesion / bonding. Its “An advanced adhesive primer containing essential bonding agents that form a sticky layer to fuse with your lacquer”.

Nail Color Of Your Choice from the line– Choose from over 200 Formula X shades and effects;

The Top Coat – glossy shiny topcoat. Really gives your manacure/pedicure that professional look. “A super glossy, state-of-the-art, long-wearing final step that enhances your lacquer’s shine and performance”.

Overall Thoughts:
Each step in the process was easy peasy, and dried in record time. I was amazed at how quickly everything set and dried! I finally ended up with a home manicure that was not smudged, and had that great shine we all desire. I couldn’t believe the results. It looked like a more professional manicure/pedicure. In step 3, the nail polish colors went on opaque, so I only needed one coat of the polish, where as with other polishes I need two. This turned into fastest self manicure ever for me, even with all 4 steps!!

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I wanted to give this kit a run for the money and really put it to the test. For the 1.5 weeks I left it on I did housework, cleaning, scrubbing, mini home construction projects by way of hammer and nails, computer work, lots of hand washing, exercising, yoga, furniture building, shipping/receiving, dishes, multiple showers, and cooking. I expected with all this that with in the first few 3 days I would have some sorry looking nails but guess what….NO Chips!!! Amazing right?! The color endures, I didn’t get my first small [hardly noticeable] chip until day 6 days in. some of the shiny top coat by that point started looking dull due to normal wear and tear if you will. And I was not wearing gloves for any of this work.

I currently reside in a cold winter climate, my hands are taking a beating but hey my nail polish sure lasted well! By 1.5 weeks my nails needed a trim and the top coat was looking a little dull in some spots. Some of the nail polish was cracked by this point, and there were a few chips. Off it came for experiment #2.


As an experiment, I decided to try the system with with my own non-formula x color, as I have many bottles to use up and would hate to just toss them for the new and shiny. I hate to waste things. The non-formula x brand I used was a bottle of “for the twill of it” by Essie. The manicure came out nearly as good as the formula x polish. I had to add an extra coat of polish since the color is not as opaque as formula x. I had to let my nails dry a wee bit however not nearly as long as I would have sans formula x system. They still dried very fast. I’m glad I can utilize the system to help use up these already owned polishes so that I can start purchasing Formula X its-self.

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Additional Product Info:
Formula X does offer other products to compliment the system. There is a hydrator, strengthener, cuticle cream, cuticle oil, appliques, press-pods, quench-to-go, nail polish remover, nail drying drops, nail drying spray, hand cream, etc…

The line offers over 200 colors, so plenty of options to choose from. Of the numerous colors, there is a wide array of collections to choose from. To name a few:

  • Translucents
  • Brillants
  • Shifters
  • Xplosives
  • SuperWatts
  • Sparklers
  • New Clasics
  • New Neutrals
  • Lusters
  • Transformers
  • Chromes
  • Electrics
  • Sea glass
  • Liquid Crystals
  • Brushed Metalics
  • Ombre Glitters

Final Thoughts:
I am very pleased with this system. My nails felt stronger, the flexibility of so many shades, I will definitely buy again!! Color me impressed. I can’t recommend this enough. Great buy! Try it!! High Endurance Color.

Excellent quality
Long lasting
Cheaper than a mani/pedi
Dries lightening fast
Strengthened nails
Worked even with non formula x polish

Nail polish bottles are pricier than your standard nail enamel.


The full size system runs for $32 US dollars.

To purchase, click the below photo:

PoshFest New Items have been added!

14 Aug
Closet Items

Posh[Mark]Fest: New Items From The Closet

15 Sep

New items curated from my closet. On sale now in poshmark. All orders come with a free beauty gift from Sephora!

Keep checking back for more items, you never know when something new will strike your fancy!


Ribbet collage


PoshFest: More Items From My Closet

23 Aug

New items curated from my closet. On sale now in poshmark. All orders come with a free beauty gift from Sephora!

Keep checking back for more items, you never know when something new will strike your fancy!



Giveaway Winner Announcement

18 Jan

Thank you to everyone who is following me and for those who stopped by to participate in the first [of more to come] cupboard cleanout giveaway! I entered in all those who liked the post [in the various places I posted] and helped spread the word. Using a randomizer I input all the names, drumroll please…and our winner is:





Hey LesleyCarter , please email me the shipping address to where I can send your goodies to! =)

Get ready for the ReaCurry Beauty Giveaway! Cupboard Cleanout #1! – [Now Closed]

16 Dec

It’s the holiday season, a time for caring, and a time for sharing. It’s also time for a beauty giveaway!!  I only wish I would have been able to get this up sooner so they could perhaps be stocking stuffers… The thought premise behind this is due to an overabundance of products in my cupboards hence the name cupboard clean-out.


The prizes up for grabs this round [yes there will be others in the future] is a Fragrance Sampler Kit from Sephora:

  • Bliss – Bliss Rollerball For Women
  • Clean – Warm Cotton
  • Juicy Coture – Coture
  • Juicy Coture – Viva La Juicy
  • DKNY – Pure
  • Michael Kors – Very Hollywood
  • Michael Kors – Gold
  • Dior – Capture
  • Paco Rabanne – Lady Million
  • Kate Walsh – Billionaire Boyfriend
  • Kim Kardashian – Kim Kardashian For Women
  • BVLGARI – Omnia
  • Yves Saint Laurent YSL -La Nuit De L’Homme


  • To enter, reblog & share this post. Spread the word.
  • You must be following me.
  •  You must like this post.

Winner picked using randomizer.org, and I will show a screen shot of the results.

Once selected, if the winner doesn’t contact me back after 24 hours another will be selected via randomizer.

USA entrants only please as the shipping funds are coming out of my own pocket =).  If you are under age make sure it is okay with your parents/guardians.

Please bear in mind these rules if you enter.  I have tried my best to keep them as simple and fair as possible. All items are brand new.

This will last one month, beginning 12/16/12 and ending 1/16/12.

Enjoy and good luck!

Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara Review

4 Nov

Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara is a thickening and lengthening mascara formulated to help lashes actually grow longer. I picked this up from one of my favorite makeup boutiques, Sephora. The packaging was not only quite attractive in an almost iridescent purple with scrawling designs, but I looked forward to having “lush lashes” like they promise. The price point was a bit steep at $20.00 a tube but that’s about on par with prices sold at the higher end boutiques. I gave this tube a fair chance and used it for several months.

Regrettably I didn’t feel or see any positive results from this. My lashes weren’t any longer or fuller, which is something I have been able to achieve with other brands. My lashes weren’t lush and this mascara would easily clump. I didn’t feel like the tube lasted very long compared to other brands I have tried. This is not a waterproof mascara however that was neither a problem or a concern for me. I even wore this in the heat of India believe it or not and it stayed put just fine for my needs.

The mascara wasn’t volumizing and really didn’t shape my lashes very well. I don’t use an eye lash curler but with this I felt like I would need to invest in one. My lashes were not defined and even after several months I did not notice any lash enhancing and lengthening qualities like I have with other brands. The mascara does flake off at times and

The wand was a bit odd compared to most I tried and can’t say I ever really fell in love with it or the product. My lashes would look at bit flat when I used this product. I would have returned this product but I was staying in another country for a while and unable to either get to a Sephora and did not want to pay shipping for mailing from overseas. Sephora has a great return policy so I wasn’t worried about that being an issue, but I ended up using the product up to a) fairly give the “lengthening” growth serum a chance & b) lack of being able to get something else when I was overseas. Nothing special about this product at all, in fact I’d even go as far as to say its less than average.

So disappointing, save your money.


To purchase, click here

Beauty Product Giveaways – Win Free Beauty Products

3 Jul

As this site grows and evolves, I would like to introduce something fun. As we gain more readership and followers I would like to start doing Beauty Product Giveaways!

I think it would be fun, and goddess knows I can’t use all these products. Some just weren’t meant for my skin type for example I am quite fair and therefore would not use a foundation made for someone who is Tan. I hate for these professional beauty products to just sit lonely in my cupboard so I thought best to give them a new home where they can be loved. Once we have at least 50 followers I can start so that I have a sizable amount of readers who would quite possibly be interested in entering in the raffle. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted when that time is upon us.


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