Open With Me: December Glam Bag (And Giveaway!)

Hey Beauties!  Here is my December Glam Bag from Ipsy.

Be sure to check out the end for giveaway details!  Enjoy!

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The bag this month is a slender pencil-case shaped makeup bag in a shiny pewter/gunmetal grey colour.  It would work as a small clutch if you just wanted your basics!

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Packed with goodies!

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“The Cards” featuring a $20 discount code for JustFab.com

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I spy a full-sized product!

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Cute Insides!

The inside of the bag is really cute!  It is bright pink with “ipsy” written all over the inside.  As always the inside is an easy-to-clean material, making it ideal for carrying makeup.

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NYX: Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Eyeshadow in #20 “Mocha Pearl”

First up: NYX Ultra Pearl Mania loose eyeshadow in #20: Mocha Pearl.  I have never worked with NYX loose eyeshadows before, and in general I tend to stay away from them (Except for Bare Minerals) because they are so messy!  This was no exception.  The packaging on the sample isn’t the greatest, and upon opening it to examine the colour more closely, it went everywhere! =/

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NYX: Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Eyeshadow in #20 “Mocha Pearl”

It is a beautiful shade though.  A really nice shimmery taupe-gold kind of colour.  It would be a great way to add just a little “something” to a neutral eye look.  I am going to try this out for sure!  I think it would look great just pressed on the lid to complement an otherwise all matte look.

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MAI Couture: St. Bart’s Highlighter Paper

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MAI Couture: St. Bart’s Highlighter Paper

Next Up: MAI Couture St. Barts highlighter paper.  I have gotten blush sheets from them before in another beauty box, and these are the same idea.  This pack contains 25 sheets of highlighter paper that you can tear out and just gently rub wherever you want some shimmer.  They are ideal for traveling or having in your purse for on-the-go touch ups!  They are really pigmented, I think I would only need half a sheet to highlight my entire face.  They are also Talc free and paraben free, which is always a bonus =).

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MAI Couture: St. Bart’s Highlighter Paper

I tried to swatch it for you, but it was tough!  You can kind of see the square outline where I started.  It gives a beautiful peachy-champagne shimmery highlight.  It could easily double as blush for a day of toned-down cheeks.  This was just one gentle sweep, which shows you how much colour comes off!  They have a silky feel to them, and the staying power is pretty good on my arm.  I will try these out and let you know how they do on my face!

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Urban Decay: 24/7 Eyeliner Pencil in “Zero”

This next product is the giveaway product! =D

It is a travel-sized Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner pencil in “Zero” which is black.  The reason I am giving this away is that I already have one!  I love these pencils.  I have a travel set of 4 browns and this black, and I wear them all the time.  They glide on so smoothly, and last for ages (even on my oily eyelids!).  No swatches of this one because I didn’t want to mess it up =).

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Be A Bombshell Cosmetics: lipgloss in “Hot Mess”

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Be A Bombshell Cosmetics: lipgloss in “Hot Mess”

This is by far the most exciting product in this bag for me.  It is Be A Bombshell Cosmetics lip gloss in “Hot Mess”.  This colour, OMG!  It is a bright fire-engine red.  So amazing!!  Perfect for a statement lip, especially over the holidays when this came!  It is smooth, and not too sticky, and extremely pigmented.  And full size products are always awesome!  I have loved everything I have received from Be A Bombshell so far, a new brand that I have been introduced to through my beauty box subscriptions =).  This product doesn’t have any fragrance to it, it just kind of has “makeup-smell”, but only if you stick your nose in it =P

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Be A Bombshell Cosmetics: lipgloss in “Hot Mess”

This will show you how pigmented it is.  This is one swipe with just the product that came out on the applicator.  Love it!

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Mirabella Prime for Face and Eyes

Finally, we have Mirabella Prime For Face and Eyes.  A silicon primer that they say “slides on the skin creating the perfect base for any mirabella foundation”.  This basically exploded everywhere when I opened it.  I’m not sure if the elevation change coming up to Wyoming messed with the pressure inside the tube?  But it wouldn’t stop coming out!  I tried a bit on the back of my hand, and it felt very similar to my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, and it looks the exact same.  If I can figure out how to make it not spew everywhere when I open it it will be perfect to take travelling.

Ok: now for the giveaway details.

I will be giving away the Urban Decay pencil in Zero to one person, anywhere in the US or Canada.  This is my first ever giveaway, so the rules will be simple:

1) Follow this blog

2) Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

3) Leave a comment here with your info so that I know you follow/subscribe, and tell me your favourite makeup product!

4) If you are under 18 please have your parents’ permission, as I will need to ask for your mailing address if you win.

5) For a bonus entry, follow me on twitter!  @wstcoastbeauty

I will leave this open for 2 weeks (We are moving across the country next week, so it will take me a while to get back and check on this!).  You will have until midnight on Monday January 21st (EST) to enter.  Good Luck!!  Please leave only one comment per person, you can have a maximum of 2 entries each (including twitter bonus).

xoxo

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Free Zoya Nail Polish Anyone?

Hey Beauties!

This is just a quick post to let you know about an amazing deal on Zoya nail polish that started this morning!  If you go to their website and enter the code “ZOYA2013” you get 3 polishes for free!  You do have to pay $10s/h, but that is standard on all Zoya orders anyways (unless you purchase 3 additional polishes, then shipping is free!).

I personally have never tried any Zoya polishes, so you can bet that I didn’t miss out on this chance to get my hands on a few!  I ordered 4.  The three I got for free were “Sarah” (after all, isn’t the Zoya rule that you have to have the one that is your own name?), “Kimber” and “Meadow“.  They are all in the reds/pinks colour family, as I don’t really have that much variety in my collection in that area.  I can’t wait to try them out!  The fourth polish that I got wasn’t in the promo because it is from their new “Pixie Dust” collection.  The colour I chose is “Vespa“, a light minty-green.  The special thing about this collection is that the polishes are packed with glitter, but dry with a matte, textured finish.  Something that will be totally unique in my collection!  This collection isn’t released yet, so technically it is a pre-order, and it will ship Feb 1 when they become available.  I will have swatches and reviews on my first impressions of Zoya when they all arrive!

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Zoya – “Kimber”

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Zoya – “Meadow”

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Zoya – “Sarah” (My namesake polish!)

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Zoya – “Vespa”

 

In the mean time, make sure you don’t miss this deal!

Click here: https://www.artofbeauty.com/rd/01682D10

Using any link in this post uses my “Share The Love” code.  If you sign up and order something, I will get points, and you will get a credit for a free nail polish!  You can then create your own code and share with family and friends and get the same deals =).

Let me know which polishes you order!

xoxo

NOTD: Black and Bling

Hey Beauties!

Here is what is on my nails today:

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This is Orly “Liquid Vinyl” (2 coats), which is just a plain black polish, topped with Orly “Atomic Splash” (2 coats).  I have it topped with Orly’s Won’t Chip top coat, last time I paired Orly with Orly like this it lasted well over a week with only minor tip wear!  We shall see if this is a recurring phenomenon…

Atomic Splash

Atomic Splash is from Orly’s Flash Glam FX line.  It is a clear base with small circular and large hexagonal glitter particles.  The glitter itself is a beautiful pewter grey colour.  I wish it was opaque enough to wear on its own!  I think the effect would be really cool, but I also think it would take about 50 coats…  As far as a glitter goes it is quite easy to work with.  I find it similar to OPI’s “Pirouette my Whistle” top coat, in that the glitter goes on really easily, but it is a bit tricky to get it evenly distributed.

I am pleased with the result though, it catches the light nicely!  I think I Instagrammed a photo of this right after I bought it, over a copper colour and I said I wasn’t thrilled with it.  Obviously that was just a poor choice in colour pairing!

Do you like glittery nails?

xoxo

NOTD: NYE Edition

Hey Beauties!  I know this is a little bit late, but life has been hectic lately!  (In a good way =) ).

Here are a couple of photos of the nail polish that I wore for New Years Eve:  It is China Glaze “Some Like It Haute”, 3 coats plus 2 coats of a glossy top coat.  It really needs a thick top coat because the finish is matte and really gritty.  A couple of good coats makes it nice and smooth and brings out the sparkle!  Mine has become very thick (I’ve had it just over a year now) and I have to use Orly’s polish thinner to make it workable.  I think it will be even better once I get a few of those small steel balls to put in the polish to really make sure it all gets mixed up.  It dries very quickly on the nail, but be careful what you do before you put a topcoat on!  The texture makes it really easy to catch on things.

Some Like It Haute

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Indoors with natural and artificial light

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Outdoors in direct sunlight

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Outdoors in direct sunlight.
Deliberately out of focus because it really shows the rainbow of colours that reflect from the holographic glitter!

Our New Years Eve turned into a quiet night in.  Not much was going on in our little town, and the most important thing to us was that we spent our first NYE as a married couple together =)  ❤ .  My favourite midnight kiss so far! =D

What did you get up to for New Years?  Did you wear a special polish for it?

xoxo

p.s. you can check out a makeup tutorial that I did for a NYE look here!

Sigma January Discount Code!

Hey Beauties!

This is just a quick post to update you with the newest discount code from Sigma.  January 1-31, 2013 you can use the code JAN2013 at checkout to receive 10% off your entire purchase!  You also get a free gift with any purchase of $30 or more (as always) =).  These are honestly my favourite brushes and I use them every single time I do my makeup.  They make my foundation flawless!  I have a full review on the Sigmax Essentials collection here.

Click here to check out all Sigma has to offer!

xoxo