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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NOTD: Berry Champagne

Hey Beauties!

This is my first attempt at blogging from my phone. We’ll see how it works! Today’s post is another NOTD. Still festive, but a little bit more subtle than the last two. I am in love with these colours though!

The main colour is Merry Berry from China Glaze. It is a beautiful rich berry red creme. I can see wearing this colour all through the season! (if I wasn’t so fickle with my nail polish). The accent nail is Champagne Kisses, also by China Glaze. With this colour I think I have found my perfect glitter! It is a beautiful champagne gold colour. Not overly gold and cool toned, it really works like a neutral. It suits my skintone perfectly and is stunning with the red!

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In bright daylight

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In natural light (a more accurate colour representation)

 

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Different design with the same colours

When it started to chip badly (I’m on holiday and didn’t bring base/top coat with me, just the two colours for touch-ups) I took it all off and started from scratch.  This is what I came up with!  I used Merry Berry (2 coats) as a base on all of my nails.  Once it was fully dried I used scotch tape cut into points to make an outline of the shape that I wanted to stay red.  I then painted on a thick layer of Champagne Kisses and removed the tape while it was still wet.  That’s how I got the triangle shapes!

What do you think? Are these colours you would wear? Do you like more subtle holiday looks like this one? Or do you prefer to rock nails like this or this during the holiday season?

(I did everything but add the photo from my phone, that part wouldn’t cooperate)
xoxo

NOTD: Berries and Champagne

Hey Beauties!

Here is my next Christmas NOTD: Berries and Champagne!

The main colour is China Glaze “Merry Berry” and the accent nail is “Champagne Kisses”.  Both are from this year’s holiday collection.

Merry Berry is a gorgeous deep red berry colour and Champagne Kisses is my perfect glitter colour!  It’s a pretty gold, but very warm toned, so it goes very nicely with my skin colour.  =)  Together I think they are very festive, but in an understated and classic way.

What do you think?  Did you get any colours from the new collection?

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The photo on the left shows the colour of “Merry Berry” the most accurately.

xoxo

Nail Polish for Holiday 2012! <3

Hey Beauties!

I hope you enjoyed my post on my Favourite Fall/Winter nail polishes for 2012 =)

Here is my promised post on my favourite Holiday polishes for 2012!  When it gets into December I like to start wearing nail polish that puts me in the holiday mood =).  That usually includes rich reds, glittery golds, and gorgeous greens.  This year I even tossed in a beautiful blue!  (Yay alliteration =D).  So this post will cover my favourite Christmasy nail polishes, as well as my favourite New Years polishes.  Enjoy!

The Colour Wheel

The Colour Wheel

The Reds!

The Reds!

Orly - Bus Stop CrimsonChina Glaze - Ruby Pumps

Orly – Bus Stop Crimson
China Glaze – Ruby Pumps

Bus Stop Crimson is a beautiful deep true red colour.  I don’t tend to wear reds of this shade on my hands ever, but it lives on my toes through the fall and winter!  To make it feel a bit more festive I like to top it off with a coat of Ruby Pumps to make my toes all glittery =)

China Glaze - Ruby Pumps

China Glaze – Ruby Pumps

Ruby Pumps is a beautiful red glitter suspended in a slightly red base.  The glitter is very dense, and if you are using it over another polish, one coat is plenty!

China Glaze - Phat Santa

China Glaze – Phat Santa

Phat Santa is my perfect red creme polish for Christmas.  It reminds me of the colour of holly berries!  Nothing is more festive than a good red nail =)

The Golds and Top Coats

The Metallics and Top Coats

Sally Hansen - Disco Ball

Sally Hansen – Disco Ball

I used Disco Ball to make the snow in my Blue Christmas nail look here.  It is a beautiful fine holographic glitter suspended in a clear base.  Great to give any look a hint of “bling”!

Essie - As Gold As It Gets

Essie – As Gold As It Gets

As Gold As It Gets is one of my favourite top coats for this season.  It is an extremely fine gold flake top coat.  Just one coat of this adds a subtle gold sheen to any polish colour.

Orly - Luxe

Orly – Luxe

Luxe is a bit of a shape shifter for me.  On first glance it is a beautiful shimmety metallic gold polish, but upon closer inspection there is some silver in there too!  It is almost a mixed-metal type polish.  It looks mostly gold on the nail, but when the light hits it it can reflect that beautiful silver.  Nothing is more festive than silver and gold! (yes yes I know I contradict myself…)

The Greens and Blues

The Greens and Blues

China Glaze - Winter HollyButter London - British Racing Green

China Glaze – Winter Holly
Butter London – British Racing Green

Winter Holly is a really nice green glitter with flecks of gold in a clear base, I love to layer it over British Racing Green!  BRG is a beautiful hunter green creme polish that also featured in my favourite fall/winter polishes =)

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Essie – Aruba Blue

Aruba Blue is such a gorgeous colour.  I lusted after it for almost a year before finally getting it a few weeks ago.  I’ve used this already for a holiday look, and it is the perfect winter blue!  A deep blue shimmer that looks like the sea =)

Orly - Disco BallEssie - Aruba Blue

Orly – Disco Ball
Essie – Aruba Blue

This is the combination I used to make the snow in this nail look!

The Greys/Blacks

The Greys/Blacks

The Greys/Blacks

The Greys/Blacks

This is 4 coats of the the grey glitter, and then two coats of black topped with one coat each of Winter Holly, Snow Globe, and As Gold As It Gets.

China Glaze - Some Like It Haute

China Glaze – Some Like It Haute

Some Like It Haute is an amazing polish that I bought about this time last year.  It is a medium-dark grey base with holographic glitter PACKED into it!  It goes on really gritty, so a good thick top coat is a must, but the finished look is so worth it!  One thing I will say: if you are going to hang on to this polish, make sure you have a thinner because it does dry out as it’s so thick!

Be sure to check out the video for live-views of the polishes!

What are you favourite holiday polishes?  Do you tend to wear festive nails?  Or do you just wear whatever you want to?

xoxo