ColourPop Spring Deals + Swatches

ColourPop launched their Spring collection in three phases: Nectar, Pink, and Sand! Starting today, you can purchase their liquid lippies bundle and pressed shadow quad together as a set at a discounted price! Read below for more information and swatches!

Photo from ColourPop’s website

There are three deals, one with each the Sand, Pink, and Nectar phases. Each deal consists of 3 liquid lippies (1 matte, 1 satin, and 1 glossy lip) plus 4 pressed shadows in a ColourPop palette! Purchasing these separately would cost $38 but you can get each set for $30! That’s a savings of $8 and US shoppers get free shipping on orders $30+!

Here’s a look at some swatches:

Will you be purchasing any of these Spring Deals? If so, which one(s)? Let me know!


ABH Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit Swatches + Mini Review

Let’s just start by saying I bought this palette three days ago and am ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED.

As someone who owns a hundred other highlighters, not including the 3 ABH glow kits, I convinced myself I did not need it. 
Well I didn’t do a great job convincing myself since I grabbed one instantly after swatching it in Sephora the other day.
Let’s talk about this palette before diving into the swatches.
Anastasia Beverly Hills collaborated with youtuber, Nicole Guerriero to create this palette. It features six metallic powder highlighters to provide a stunning, luminous glow. You can use a damp beauty sponge or brush to get an even more intense highlight!
The cost: $40 and you can grab this palette on the ABH website (free shipping on orders $25+) or Sephora (free shipping on orders $50+ if you order online – unless you have Sephora Flash – if you don’t I highly recommend getting it – $10/year for free shipping on all orders!)
Formula: The formula is really fine, smooth and blendable. These don’t look chalky or powdery at all and the shimmers don’t look chunky on the skin either. 

Here’s a better description of the 6 shades:

  • Kitty Kat: pink with a platinum shimmer
  • Daydream: coral with white gold shimmer
  • Forever Young: pink pearl with silver shimmer
  • Forever Lit: platinum with lavender shimmer
  • Glo Getter: champagne with rose shimmer
  • 143: rose gold with bronze shimmer
What I really love about this palette is how wonderful the shades will look on so many different skin tones! I feel like I can rock all six shades with my medium/warm/olive skin tone. Plus, the possibilities are endless since you can create so many fun shades by mixing them up!
I’ve been mixing Glo Getter and Daydream the past three days and LOVE it the combination! 
I highly recommend this palette to anyone who’s looking for fun, new shades to try out. Or if you want to add a new palette to your collection – THIS. IS. IT.
Grab yours at a local Sephora or purchase it online here!
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Sephora VIB Rouge Flash Your Card Event Haul | 2017

I love a good Sephora haul so when I received an email about the latest VIB Rouge event, I made a quick trip to my local Sephora – seriously..it was quick, I was in and out within 10 minutes!

This event is specifically for VIB Rouge members and is running from March 10-11 in all Sephora stores. 
Basically, you get a free Selfie Light with a $35 purchase. I love free things and don’t anticipate being VIB Rouge every year so I definitely wanted to take advantage of everything possible!
I decided to stick to the theme of this event and hauled a bunch of highlighters I wanted to try!

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Here’s what the Selfie Light looks like if you’re interested – it has 3 different light adjustments!

First highlighter I picked out is Stila’s Heaven’s Hue Highlighter in Bronze. I LOVE the texture of this highlight and the shade is beyond stunning. I really wanted Kitten also but unfortunately they were sold out. 

The next ones I picked up are the Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters. I had originally thought I’d only buy one but after swatching them in store, I had to have all three! The formula is silky smooth and the pigmentation is just wonderful! Btw, how cute is the packaging?!

The last thing I bought is the ABH Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit. I was iffy on this because the last glow kit I bought (The Ultimate Glow Kit) was not as great as the other ones I have. Thankfully though, the formula of these highlighters are just as amazing as the ones in the original glow kits! 
Well there ya have it! Have any of you hauled any fun items lately? Let me know if you have any recommendations, highlighters and anything else!

Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette First Impressions + Swatches

Too Faced launched two palettes in time for the holidays recently – their Matte Chocolate Chip Palette and White Chocolate Chip Palette. I picked up the latter when it was available to VIB Rouge members on the Sephora site. I thought I’d do a quick first impressions and show some swatches before they restocked their website since I’ve seen many people show interest in wanting to get their hands on this palette!

This palette is available on Sephora’s website for $26 and comes with 11 cocoa powder infused pastel, creamy nudes, and a pop of black shades. It’s currently sold out but they should be restocking soon. 
The first thing I noticed about this palette is that it’s small and sleek.

Like REALLY small. It’s smaller than my mom’s iphone 5.
And the pan sizes are insanely small. The big pan holds 1.5 grams of product while the 10 smaller pans have 0.5 grams each making the total amount of product in this palette 6.5 grams. This is about a third of the amount included in the original Chocolate Bar which has 18.9 grams of product for $49. 
Simply comparing the amount of product in each palette doesn’t make the White Chocolate Chip Palette worth it to me. You get less than half the amount of product while the cost is more than half of what the original Chocolate Bar. At first I tried to justify the small pan sizes with the fact that I hardly ever go hit pan on my shadows but my view changed once I swatched these shadows. I used very little product in my swatches and feel like I already used up a ton of product. Hopefully that isn’t the case but seeing the dents I made with one use doesn’t keep my hopes up.
Shades top to bottom: Glaze, Ambriosa, Exotica, Pearl Candy, Raspberry Rose, Indulge, Guilt Free, Cake Batter, Cookie Dough, Sugared Raisin, Black Sugar
I do like the color range of the shadows, however, I feel like there are more nudes than pastels. Before I played around with the shadows, I expected the shimmers to outperform the mattes but it was the opposite. I had to layer up the shimmer shades to build up the swatches. Most of the mattes are good in my opinion, but not impressive. They’re extremely powdery and a few had to be built up. 
Final Thoughts
Pros: Cute packaging, the cocoa scent is great, and color range is something I’d use
Cons: Amount of product provided, formula isn’t as great as I hoped it to be, especially the shimmery shades. 
If you’re a beauty enthusiast who wants this in your collection, then I’d say why not – but don’t have your hopes up. If you’re someone who’s on the market for a new palette, I’d say skip this and splurge on a Lorac Palette, especially if their holiday ones are still available ($18 only!) or even an Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
If you’re willing to try something new, I’d say go with an indie brand such as Touch of Glam BeautyDevinah Cosmetics, or JD Glow Cosmetics!
What are your thoughts on the White Chocolate Chip Palette? Will you be purchasing it if you have not already?
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Life Updates + My Goals As A Blogger For 2017

It’s been a few months since I last did a personal post and turning 25 recently has really got me thinking about tons of things with my personal life, blog, and more! Below I’ll be answering a few questions I’ve asked myself and questions I get asked by others.

Are you where you thought or expected you’d be at this age?
Heck no! In my late teens/early twenties I thought or hoped I would already be in the process of finding my life companion by I was 24 and have kids by 26-27 and that has definitely not happened. I know it’s totally okay and normal not to be married at this age and it’ll all happen when the time is right for me but still .-.
Career wise, however, I’m not disappointed nor content if that makes any sense. I never really had any professional goals growing up – all I knew is that I wanted to get a degree (no one in my immediate family went to college) and I wanted to help people. I have a Bachelors in History and recently completed graduate studies and have a Masters in Health Administration so yay – I’m not a complete failure! Moreover, I think I’m meeting my goal in helping people with the current position I have in the healthcare field so double yay! The reason I say I’m not content is that there are so many fields to experience in this world – tying myself down to one specific area doesn’t feel right for me and my goals. 
Why don’t you post more frequently?
I haven’t been motivated to blog these past few months and as disappointed as I am with myself on that, I didn’t think it would have been right to post for the sake of posting – I want all my content on here to have a meaning behind it. That being said – I really hope to be active here on out!
Favorite TV show?
Usually I would name a dozen crime shows but right now my heart completely belongs to an Indian dance show – Super Dancer! Super Dancer’s aim is to find a child who has the potential to become the future of dance. What makes this show so special is that it’s full of positivity and warms your heart from the hosts to the judges to the contestants and their choreographers! Moreover, many of the choreographers on the show were contestants on other dance shows so it’s so so amazing to see them on TV again and watch how they’ve grown, especially with their own unique styles. 
Each contestant on the show is immensely talented – I think they’re all worthy of being called “dance ka kal” (future of dance). Also, I have to say that their performances are so so amazing – the show has been airing since September and there has not been a single performance that was dull or lacking. Last thing I’ll say about Super Dancer is that I’ve never cried so much – whether it’s from their emotional performances or from comedy acts – everyone is so talented on this show – I hope it continues on for a long time! You can check out some of their episodes here!
Have you ever considered becoming a full time beauty blogger?
Yes! I love sharing my experiences with all things beauty and hope I can pursue a full time career as a blogger someday. I don’t that happening anytime soon but it is one of my ultimate goals at this moment. 
Will you share your entire makeup collection at some point?
Yes! My mom and I plan to move into a new home in Spring 2017 so it’ll have to wait until then. All my makeup is currently in boxes but I have plans for creating a beauty room/office when we make the big move so that’s when I plan to show my full collection!
What types of posts should Glamour and Giggles readers expect?
Besides product reviews and hauls, I hope to start doing some spotlight features on indie brands. I have a directory on indie brands/small shops here if you’re interested! I also hope to bring more of the “lifestyle-ness” to Glamour and Giggles – I have a few ideas how but nothing definite yet. I am totally open to suggestions! Lastly, I hope to create resources for those who want to blog but are not sure how or where to start. The possibilities are endless!
Anything new or exciting happen in your life lately?
I feel like I have the most boring life ever – the only new or exciting thing I can think of is my latest splurge. I got my first camera on my birthday – a Canon PowerShot SX610 HS! I am so camera illiterate I don’t see myself starting to use it until early 2017. 
Well there you have it! I hope you all found this interesting or learned something new about me! If you’re new to the blog I first thank you for visiting lil old me and welcome you to check out my “About” page along with my latest beauty review!

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ColourPop Blues Baby Ultra Matte Lip Collection Review and Swatches

If you’re looking for a bundle of affordable, stunning, holiday friendly matte liquid lipsticks then you’ve come to the right place! ColourPop’s Blues Baby Collection includes 5 gorgeous Ultra Matte Lips and is currently on sale for $20 (regular price is $25)!

ColourPop’s Blues Baby includes 5 full size Ultra Matte Lips in the shades:
  • Mink – Deep greyed out mauve brown
  • Play Date – Rich blackened magenta
  • Notion – Rich red violet
  • Avenue – Deep yellow red
  • Smitten – Dark blackened violet red

The set costs $25 but like I said above, their Black Friday sale is still up (ends 12AM PST 11/26) and running so you can get this bundle for 20% off – no code needed!

Shipping is free on orders $30+ within the USA and $50+ internationally.
I knew I had to have this collection because every shade is suitable for my skin tone! Plus, I love the holiday packaging – the frosted tube and black cap is a nice change!
ColourPop is definitely one of the more affordable brands out there and I think they outperform many drugstore brands and even a few high end companies. Their Lippie Stix in the Matte X formula are my favorite products by them but their Ultra Matte Lips are definitely my second favorite! I really wish their Ultra Matte Lip formula was consistent though, some of them are great and some just plain suck. I’ll talk more about the formula of these 5 below!
I adore all 5 shades! I already own Avenue and Notion but the packaging really got me – yes I know I have issues.
In my defense, Avenue’s formula did not work for me when I bought my first one ages ago – and since it was one of the first Ultra Mattes ColourPop had released, I was curious to see if they changed it over time. Unfortunately, it seems like they did not – the formula of the new one is still super patchy and doesn’t dry down to that concrete feeling ultra matte finish I’d like it to.
Mink and Play Date were the ones that dried down the quickest, which was interesting since I had swatched those two the last. Their formulas seem similar to Notion’s which I do like! I’m one of those gals that like the super drying matte liquid lipsticks and Smitten seems to dry down like that as well. However, I noticed Smitten had one of those formulas that crumbled easily when on the lips – something similar to what I’ve experienced with Love Bug.
Despite my critiques on some of the formulas, I still think they’re MUCH better than nearly all the matte liquid lipsticks I’ve tried that are in the same price range, even more pricer ones on the market. Plus, my experiences and preferences be different from yours. I know many people who have no issues with Avenue!
All in all, I absolutely LOVE Blues Baby and think it would be a great addition to your makeup collection + it would make a great stocking stuffer!

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales 2016

If you’re looking for amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from indie cosmetics along with mainstream brands, you have come to the right place! Below will be an alphabetized list of brands, companies, and small shops that are offering great savings!

*****If you want to save extra $$ on top of these sales, I highly recommend signing up for Ebates! You get a certain percent of cash back with every order from TONS of retailers and many places will be offering more, if not double the amount of cash back! Signing up is free and super easy – you can do so here! I’ve been using Ebates for years now and cannot stress enough how wonderful and easy it is to use!

I will constantly be updating this post several times a day so please check back for more savings! If you are a brand who would like your sale to be posted here, please email me at glamourandgiggles@yahoo.com and I will gladly include it below!

Anastasia Beverly Hills: Sale begins 11/25 12AM EST

  • 10% off Glow Kits
  • 20% off Brows, Stick Foundations, and Illuminators
  • 25% off New Pro Brushes and Darkside Liners
  • 30% off Metallic Luster Liner and Lip Glosses
  • 40% off Contour Kits and Contour Cream Kits
  • 50% off Waterproof Cream Colors and Concealers 
  • 60% off Eyeshadow Singles and Contour Refills
Baby Bat Beauty – 30% off entire store with coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY” – Begins 11/24 9AM EST through 11/28! Free random highlighter pan and free shipping with all orders over $30 – no code needed!

Beauty Bar Baby – 20% to 40% entire shop starting 11/25 noon EST until midnight on Cyber Monday

Beauty Escape Cosmetics

  • Black Friday Deals
    • Free Domestic Shipping on orders $15+
    • Free International Shipping on orders $75+
  • Small Business Saturday Deals 11/26
    • 35% all orders $75+ with code “THANKYOU35”
    • 45% off all orders $100+ with code “THANKYOU100”
  • Deals Valid All Weekend
    • $25 bundles
    • $10 highlighters
    • $5 eyeshadows
  • Cyber Monday Deals
    • Free Domestic Shipping on orders $15+
    • Free International Shipping on orders $75+

Beauty For Real – 40% off site wide with coupon code “FRI40”

Bellegant Cosmetics – Sale begins Friday, 12AM EST

  • Liquid Satins: $7.99
  • Liquid Mattes: $10.99
  • Chocolate Bundle (5 lipsticks): $40 
  • Pressed Glitters: $3.99 
  • Eyeshadows: $3.49-$3.99, 
  • Highlighters: $11.99
  • Highlighter Trios: $24.99
  • Lip Scrubs: $3
  • Body Scrubs: $6
  • Free domestic shipping on orders $50+,  free Moonlight Highlighter (37mm pan) on orders $60+, and free Moonlight Highlighter (37 mm pan) + lipstick (random matte or satin shade will be chosen) on orders $75+
Chuusi – 20% off site wide with code “FIRSTDIBS” now through 11/28 11:59PM! A great sale if you’re looking to purchase Asian skincare/beauty products!

Colleen Rothschild Beauty – 30% off site wide with code “BLKFRI” Now through 11/25

ColourPop – free international shipping on all orders now through 11/24. 20% off all liquid lipsticks on Black Friday (11/25) + Ultra Matte “Friday” will be available to purchase again – it’s a black shade. 20% off site wide on Cyber Monday 11/28

Cosbellus – K Beauty Retailer – the Symphony Beauty Makeup Wipes I shared on Instagram a few weeks back can be found here! 20% off site wide now through 11/28 with coupon code “BF20”

CoverFx – 25% off all orders $20+ from 11/24 to 11/28

DBenoit Cosmetics – 40% off site wide now through 11/25 11:509 EST – no code needed! Orders $40+ will receive a Lip Creme in the shade Sweater Weather!

Devinah Cosmetics – 50% off site wide – excludes palettes, those are 20% off! Valid now through Monday with coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY2016”

DNA Cosmetics – 25% off site wide with code “BLACKFRIDAY” + free shipping! International orders must be $50 to receive free shipping

e.l.f. Cosmetics – 50% off site wide on orders $30+ beginning 11/23 with code “BLACKFRIDAY” + free domestic shipping on all orders – no code needed!

Give Me Glow Cosmetics – Sale begins 11/25 12AM CST (no code needed!)

  • Matte Lipsticks: $10.25
  • Lip Paints: $8.25
  • Magnetic Palettes: $12.25
  • Highlighters: $14.25
  • Pressed Glitters will be restocked + 1-% off on Cyber Monday along with 4 new shades – no code needed!
JD Glow Cosmetics –

  • pre Black Friday Sale: 25% off site wide! Starts midnight 11/21 and ends midnight 11/24 CST 
  • Black Friday Sale: 30% off site wide with code “BLACKFRIDAY30” midnight 11/25 to midnight 11/26 CST

Jouer Cosmetics – 25% off on all orders $25+ with code “FRIDAY” begins 11/23 3PM PST

Kit and Hooks – 20% off with coupon code “BFCM20”

Love Luxe Beauty –

  • Black Friday deals: Starts 9PM CST 11/24L free shipping on all US orders, 15% off almost everything, 4 new releases, and first 100 shoppers will receive a free highlighter!
  • Cyber Monday deals: free domestic shipping on all orders, Dramatizer Drop Bundles will be $75 (7 shades), and Pressed Highlighter Bundle $50 (8 shades)

Makeup Geek – This link will take you to their Black Friday sales – they are now live!

Makeup Revolution USA – 30% off all orders from 11/25 to 11/28!

MemeBox – Lots of vaults, value sets, and products will be on sale + doorbusters begin 11/24 1PM PT

Morphe Brushes – 25% off site wide with code “Friday25” valid 8PM PST 11/24 through 11:59 PST 11/25
Ofra Cosmetics – 50% off site wide beginning 11PM EST 11/24 – 1AM EST 11/26 and 11PM EST 11/27 – 1AM EST 11/29

Profusion Cosmetics – 40% off site wide now through 11/28!

Sigma Beauty – 25% off site wide and free worldwide shipping with code “BLACKFRIDAY25”

TAM Beauty – Up to 80% off select products! This includes Makeup Revolution, I Heart Makeup, and more!

Tarte Cosmetics – 25% off your order with code “FRIYAY”

The Balm Cosmetics – 50% off site wide on Cyber Monday 11/28! Starts 7AM PST and ends 7PM PST 11/29

Touch of Glam Beauty – 40% off site wide with code “BLACKFRIDAY40” + a surprise freebie will be included with all purchases! Coupon is valid now through (will update with end date)
Ulta Beauty

  •  Black Friday preview can be seen here and sale begins online at 5PM CT 11/24 and in stores 6PM 11/24
  • Thanksgiving sale is NOW LIVE HERE! This sale is online only and will run through 11/24 3PM CST!
ZPalette – 30% off site wide with code “ZP-HOLIDAY” now through 11/28! Excludes accessories, Mini Z, and Z Potter

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