20 Question Beauty Tag

A couple of my blogger friends did this beauty tag and I thought it would be fun to do it as well. I think tags like these are great to get to know other bloggers!

Do you remember your first makeup item? 

I’m not entirely sure but I’m going to say it was a Bath and Body Works lip gloss! I didn’t get super into makeup until about a year and a half ago so all I would really use were glosses!

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

I don’t really use mascara often since my lashes are already thick and long and using it just knocks my glasses off lol! My perfect mascara would be something that lengthens lashes and something that doesn’t clump or feel too heavy! I’ve used numerous mascaras but my favorite one at the moment has to be Urban Decay’s Perversion!

What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation? 

I have TONS of acne scars so I prefer medium to full coverage foundation. I currently use Mac’s Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 but I’m not liking it as much as I used to. It’s a really nice foundation but I want to experiment with other brands to find my holy grail foundation!

Favorite high end brand?

Eeeeek..this is a tough one! I don’t really have a favorite brand because I love tons of different products from various brands! I love Buxom lippies and Too Faced and Urban Decay eyeshadows – just to name a few.

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 

I’ve always wanted to try Givenchy, Bobbi Brown, Laura Geller, and Bite Beauty products!

Favorite drugstore brand? 

My favorite drugstore brand is NYX and Rimmel London!

Do you wear fake eyelashes? 


Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? 

I always need to have a lip balm, lip gloss, and eyeliner with me at all times, I can’t live without them!

What is your most cherished beauty product? 

My Stila Waterproof Eyeliner..although I’m becoming more fond of my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner!

How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?

I tend to do both! I usually pick up items here and there..especially when there’s a sale and I usually get lots of goodies when Sephora sends out their 20% off codes!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? 

Definitely spend freely..I should have a beauty budget but I know I would never stick to it lol!

What type of product do you buy the most of?

In the past it was eyeliners but recently I’ve been purchasing TONS of lippies!

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates? 

Yes! I definitely try to avoid parabens and sulfates in products!

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? 

Definitely Sephora! I was never fond of Ulta but I do go there from time to time!

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 

I prefer trying new products, I can never stick to one certain routine.

Favorite bath and body brand? 

Lush for sure!

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 

Not really, I like the idea of them but they don’t work the way I want them to.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 

Unfortunately yes..but I am getting better!

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 

Yes! I’ve always wanted to just to learn more about makeup..hopefully I find the time to that once I graduate!

What do you love about makeup? 

I love how I can change my appearance and play with so many different styles and colors on a daily basis! It’s so much fun to see and try out so many different looks!


Beauteque Head to Toe Milk Bag Review

Beauteque is by far my favorite website to shop at when it comes to Asian beauty products! They started off 2015 by releasing their limited edition Beauteque Head to Toe Milk Bag and they kindly sent me one for review purposes. Here’s a description of the bag:

Got Milk? Well, we do! Beauteque will help you stay warm, radiant, and beautiful this Winter with milk products. One of the best kept secrets has been to use milk to keep your skin nourished and moisturized, especially during the colder months, so we wanted to share our best and favorite milk products with you. They say that milk does a body good, but it also does your skincare and beauty regimen good! We hope you enjoy trying some of the best kept milk secrets in the industry.”

This limited edition bag is only available until January 31st, 2015 and it comes with 7 FULL SIZED products! Each bag is customizable for the products that have more than one option and it costs $25.00 + shipping.

Each bag comes with a card detailing the products in each bag:

Let’s dig into the products!

Milk Wash Off Sponge – $10.00

Clinic Milk Mask – $3.00

I was really intrigued by the milk mask because I have sensitive skin and I have been looking for a facial cleansing sponge that exfoliates more gently than the current sponge I use! The milk properties in the sponge are supposed to act like an exfoliator and remove dead cells so I think that’s pretty cool and completely new to me!        

If you know me you know I’m completely hooked onto sheet masks! They’re perfect for my lazy days and I was excited to see this one in my bag since I haven’t used Clinic Milk before! This mask is supposed to leave skin super smooth and the milk and protein extract ingredients leave the skin completely moisturized.

Skinfood Milk Creamy Nail Polish: $8.50

Skinfood Shea Butter Milk Lip Care Balm: $7.00

I feel like I’ve tried something from Skinfood before but I’m not totally sure – but I’m super excited for this nail polish! The color is gorgeous and the packaging is too cute! I like that this balm has shea butter and the description says it’s perfect for the cold weather so I’ll probably be opening it up sooner than later!

Secret Key Milk Brightening Toner: $19.00

Skinfood Cleansing Wildberry Milk Cleansing Foam – $12.00

Secret Key Milk Hand Cream – $6.50

I was really really happy to see the toner in this bag because I’m almost out of the one I have now and I’ve been wanting to try a new brand. This toner is effective for skin brightening and the description on the card goes on to say that its abundance of vitamins, minerals, and ions are helpful for enhancing the skins immunity. The vitamins and minerals of the milk will supply your skin with nutrients and moisture.

I’ve never tried a cleansing foam with berry extract so I’m excited to try it out! These moisturizing cleansing foams combine smooth milk extracts and the anti-oxidant agents that will wash away dirt and oil, leaving the skin soft and radiant.

I can never have too many hand creams and I love how this cream is lightweight and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling. This cream is made from donkey milk – which is totally new to me – and it moisturizes the skin and protects it by maintaining the balance between moisture and oil in the skin. 

This bag has a total value of $66.00 and only costs $25.00 + shipping! I think it’s a great value and a fun and inexpensive way to try great products. It’s perfect for the winter and I know I’ll be using every single item that was included in this bag! 

If you’re interested in purchasing the Beauteque Head to Toe Milk Bag, you can do so here! Remember, these bags are only available until the end of January so grab yours before they’re gone!

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.


December 2014 Blind Surprise Review

Happy New Year everyone! I was really hoping to get this review up in December but the box didn’t arrive until after I left for vacation.

Anywho – let’s jump right to it!

Blind surprise kindly sent me a box for review purposes. For those who don’t know – Blind Surprise is a monthly subscription service that costs $25/month and you can get a slightly cheaper price if you purchase 3 or 6 month bundles!

Basically, you can fill out a profile for you or someone you want to gift this box to and Blind Surprise will curate a box based on your interests – and they have a very wide variety of interests you can choose from! Each box will contain 1-3 gifts that have a value of $20-$30. I hope each box has a value of $25 at least so everyone gets their moneys worth!

I was really curious of Blind Surprise since I’ve read many mixed reviews on it and I’m glad to say I had a positive experience with them!

Here is what the inside of my box looked like:

Each box comes with a card that describes Blind Surprise and asks for feedback on your box!

I wasn’t sure what to expect since I chose multiple interests and I honestly did not remember what I chose by the time I came back from my vacation and opened up this box.

Here is what I received:

Kitsch – Raising the Bar Y-Shaped Necklace – $32

I was honestly hoping for more than one item but I’m totally okay with just this one necklace because I am in need of simple jewelry! I’m always so indecisive when choosing necklaces in stores so I’m really glad I got this in my box! This necklace is made of 14K gold plated brass and is currently sold out on Kitsch’s website so I am going to assume this is a popular piece!

Overall I do think this was a nice box! It did go over the $25 price of the subscription and I will be using the necklace often! If you’re interested in Blind Surprise you can check out their website and subscribe here!

What do you think of Blind Surprise? Leave your thoughts in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you!

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.


December 2014 Birchbox Review

I got myBirchbox super early this month but didn’t get a chance to write up a review since I had finals – which are done now so YAY! First semester of grad school is officially over!

For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!

Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in the Birchbox store. These points add up since you can get $5 or more worth of store credit each month!


This month’s theme is “Decked Out” and every review I read so far gave such great feedback on the box and I am totally on the same page as them! The box this month is GORGEOUS! It’s probably my favorite box of theirs ever!


 If you read my past Birchbox reviews you probably know they totally rocked and set my expectations super high, so I wasn’t surprised when I was a little let down with this month’s products.

Each box comes with a detailed card listing the products included:


The first thing I saw in my box this month was a $10 gift card to Gap! I don’t shop there so I’ll be passing it along to someone else but I think it’s neat that every subscriber got it! 


So let’s get onto the products: 


Davines Replumping Superactive – 1.69 oz $19.75

Davines Replumping Duo Shampoo & Conditioner – Bonus Items! 

Holy moly! I took a double take when I realized I got half of the full sized replumping superactive! It’s pretty much worth the cost of two Birchbox’s! I wasn’t super excited for the product when I looked at my sneak peek online but I’ve seen so many great reviews in the past couple of weeks which got me hyped up for it! This product is supposed leave hair looking thick and shiny – I’m excited for the shiny part but my hair is already so thick, I’m hoping it doesn’t add too much volume! Birchbox sent everyone who got this product a sample duo of the shampoo and conditioner as well! I think that’s pretty neat since I could try the whole set now and get an idea of how awesome the duo might or might now be!

imageMirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24Hr Mascara – .14 oz – $1.42

English Laundry Signature for Her – 2mL $2.78

Manna Kadar Lip Locked Priming Gloss Stain in Lucky – .01 oz $0.20

SeaRX Microdermabrasion Face and Body Scrub ??

I could not find an amount for the scrub and looking through other reviews – it seemed like everyone had a difference price amount written – anywhere from $2-$5.

Anywho – the first item in this photo is the mascara and I feel like I say this often but I don’t use mascaras! No worries though, I’ll be adding this to my cousin’s stocking next week! And another perfume sample!? I don’t like the scent of this so it will probably go to the trash unless I find someone to send it to! I wish there was a way to opt out of perfume samples but sadly, I can’t.

The Manna Kadar was the sample choice I picked! I wanted to see why each gloss stain was $24 and honestly – I was not impressed. I tried it and the color wasn’t for me but I also didn’t like the feeling of it and it didn’t last too long on my lips. I definitely prefer Cynthia Rowley Lip Stains and they’re $4 cheaper! My cousin wants to try this so I’ll be giving her the rest of the sample – which is super tiny by the way! I’ve never seen a lippie sample so tiny before! 

I was excited to see the scrub in my box because I was just telling one of my blogger friends about how I wanted to try a micro-dermabrasion scrub and viola – I got a sample of one in my Birchbox!

Overall – the value of this box is a little over $25, without the price of the scrub, so not bad! I’m not super impressed with the contents though – they’re not bad but this box isn’t my favorite considering my past 3 boxes were beyond amazing! I’m glad I’ll be able to give most of the items I don’t like to my cousin so they won’t go to waste!

 I think what I’m most excited about is the actual box for this month – I can’t get over how pretty it is!

Also – I was able to rack up 70 points in the Birchbox store for reviewing all of the products – that’s $7 in store credit! It’s almost as if I paid $3 for this box so I that was another plus!

If you’d like to sign up for Birchbox, you can so here!

What are your thoughts on December’s Birchbox? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Beauteque Tra La La Travel Bag Review + Free Sheet Mask Coupon Code!

Beauteque is one of my favorite websites to shop at when I’m looking for skincare and beauty products from the Eastern side of the world – their theme is “East Meets West”! They have an amazing variety of products – I’m particularly addicted to their sheet masks!

Beauteque currently has three Holiday Bag’s out right now, the Head 2 Toe Spaliday (spa products) , Polished Holiday (variety of nail products and lotion), and Tra La La Travel Bag (skincare products) – which is the one they sent me to review! Each Holiday Bag consists of 7 full sized products and costs $28 + shipping ($4.95 for US shipping, $6.95 for CAN shipping, $10.95 for EUR shipping)

 If you purchase 2 of the 3 Holiday Bags, you will receive a $10 Beauteque gift card for a future purchase in the shipment. If you purchase all 3 Holiday Bags, you will receive a $20 Beauteque gift card for a future purchase in the shipment! What a great deal! The Beauteque team was also super kind enough to create a coupon code for a free sheet mask for my readers! I’ll post it at the end of this review!

Beauteque reached out to me a few days ago and asked me to review one of their Holiday Bags and I asked them to surprise me with any of the three! I’m so glad they chose to send me the Tra La La Travel bag because this bag was just full of amazing goodies!

First of all, let me just say how cute the bag is! It was definitely bigger than I expected and I love the color!


Each Holiday Bag comes with a card detailing the products inside:


Onto the items:


Holika Holika Juicy Mask Sheet – Honey $2.20

Holika Holika Juicy Honey Mask Sheet moisturizes skin while improving the state of wrinkles. Honey contains sugar, minerals, and vitamins that help keep your skin well-moisturized and healthy. It also aides in rejuvenating skin to a supple state, plumping up wrinkles. Suitable for all skin types looking to improve radiance, wrinkles, and texture of skin.

Mizon Ampoule Essential Sheet Mask – Peptide $3.50

Smooth out wrinkles with Mizon Ampoule Essential Sheet Mask Peptide. Powerful peptides in this face mask work to firm and lift your face. Use weekly for a major boost to your skincare regimen. Ideal for all skin types.

 I am a HUGE sheet mask addict, I can’t get enough of them! I’m so glad they included two in this bag since I’m running low. I love the Holika Holika Masks so I know I’ll the Honey one but I’ve never tried any products from Mizon but I’m definitely intrigued by the description they provided!


The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Tissue – Originally $6.00 but on sale for $3.00!

When you need to wipe away the day’s grime, reach for The Face Shop Herb Day Cleansing Tissue. Pumped full of rosemary and herb extracts, each tissue is perfect for those times when you need that extra boost mid-day to keep your skin healthy, clear, and clean. Gentle on the skin and alcohol free. 

It’s Skin Mini Bebe Creamy Foam – $10.00

Gently clean your hands with It’s SKIN Mini BeBe Creamy Foam Banana. A fine and delicate milk-containing protein with enriched cream bubbles are created to help gentle cleansing without Irritation. Aloe Vera leaves and green tea extract moisturise after cleaning. Use it for traveling or daily hand washing. 

Etude House Kissful Lip Care in Peach – $7.00

Perfect the perfect peach pucker. Protect your lips with the Etude House Kissful Lip Care No.1 Peach. Formulated with Macadamia nut oil, Mango butter, Chamonile extract use this on the dryest of lips for ultimate hysration. This product also contains collagen, so also use when plump lips are desired. 

I’ve never tried any face wipes with rosemary or herb extracts so I’m definitely intrigued and excited to try them! The creamy foam sounds really interesting but I’m not too fond of Banana scents and I couldn’t find the Banana one on their website, they only had Pomegranate and Grape, which sound nicer! I’m definitely going to put this to use though – I love how it has aloe vera and green tea extracts! I squealed when I saw the Etude House Lip Balm because I’ve been eyeing this brand for a while! I’ve read great things about them and only tried their sheet masks so I’m really excited to try another product of theirs!


My Beauty Diary Cucumber Soothing Mask – $20.00

Clean your pores with My Beauty Diary Cucumber Soothing Mask. This facial mask soothes dry, flaky and itchy skin, fades dark circles and brightens dull skin. The ingredient of cucumber is perfect for soothing redness and giving a surge of hydration to skin. Use 1-2 times a week. 

Etude House Collagen Moistfull Skin Care Kit – No Price

Pamper skin with this perfectly-sized set! Includes sample sizes of facial freshener, emulsion, essense, and cream.

The Cucumber Mask has got to be my FAVORITE item in this bag! I haven’t tried it yet but I love cucumber sheet masks and other cucumber masks I’ve used so I know I’ll love this as well! It’s perfect for me since my skin’s been dry and flaky lately.  I couldn’t find the skin care kit on their website and their box says it’s meant to be a free gift. I’ve used Korean skin care products since I was a teenager so I’m really happy I got this sample set! I’m excited to try out all of the products included in it!!

 This bag costs about $33 with shipping for US residents and has a value of about $45 without the skin care set! I think it’s an AMAZING deal!

 This Tra La La Travel Holiday Bag has so many fun goodies and I’m totally packing the whole thing in my bag since I’ll be travelling once finals are over! I’ll be using every single product that was in this bag – which rarely happens when I get something like this!

I think this Holiday Bag is a great to purchase if you’re looking to try some new skincare products or it could make an amazing gift, as will the other two Holiday Bags!

You can purchase the Tra La La Travel Bag or the Spaliday or Polished Holiday Bags here! Beauteque also has a sweet deal for my readers – use coupon code “GLAMOURG” when purchasing any of the 3 Holiday bags and receive a free sheet mask! And remember, if you buy 2 bags you will get a $10 Beauteque gift card, and if you purchase all 3, you will get a $20 gift card!

These bags are only available until the end of the month so be sure to place your orders soon!

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.


Target Naturals and For Her Beauty Boxes Review

I’ve seen many people rave about Target beauty boxes but I never actually bought one until recently! Target recently came out with their “Naturals” and “For Her” beauty boxes and I just had to snag them – and I wasn’t the only one considering they sold out super quick!


I’ll be unboxing both boxes in this post, but here’s a little more info on both boxes:

Naturals Beauty Box: Look your party best with our handpicked collection of holiday beauty essentials – all infused with feel-good ingredients – from the top names in natural beauty.”

For Her Beauty Box: Add a little extra sparkle to your holiday season with our handpicked collection of fresh discoveries and trusted classics from the most-wanted names in beauty.

Let’s start with the Naturals Beauty Box first!


This box cost $5 plus FREE SHIPPING! How could anyone say no to this deal?! Each of Target’s beauty boxes comes with a card detailing what is included in each box! Plus there is a coupon of $3 off a $15 purchase for certain beauty brands!


Onto the items:


Skinfix Hand Repair Cream 1 oz – $9

Burt’s Bees Facial Wipes – 10 Towelettes – $3

I’ve never tried Skinfix before so I’m excited to see this included! It’s infused with oatmeal, botanicals, and emollient oils, and it sooths and protects crabby skin. I think this will be perfect for the winter!

I’ve tried Burts Bees balms but I never tried their facial wipes! Their wipes include vitamin-rich white tea, cucumber, and aloe. These will be perfect to take while travelling!


SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Smoothie – 3.2 oz – $2.50

SoapBox Argan Shampoo – 2 oz (Not sure on the value)

These two brands are also completely new to me, I’ve seen great reviews on the SheaMoisture so I’m definitely excited to try their product! Hopefully this will work well with my thick, curly hair – I still haven’t found the right product for it yet!

The SoapBox shampoo includes Moraccan Argan oil and is said to restore hair’s vibrant shine! I think this will be perfect to take for travelling as well!


Acure Organics Facial Cleanser – 1 oz $3.75

Borghese Age Defying Facial Scrub – 1 oz $4

I tried a few Acure Organic products but haven’t tried their facial cleanser yet so I’m super excited to see if I like this as much as their other products! The description says the sea kelp gently exfoliates, French green clay and lemon peel purifies, and organic Chlorella help stimulate new cell growth for a truly day-brightening experience.

Borghese is another brand completely new to me and I always love getting facial scrubs in beauty boxes! This age defying scrub restores radiant glow with a clarifying scrub that refines texture and tone.

 This box was super fun! I still can’t believe I got 6 huge samples for only $5! The samples included are valued over $20 so I’m very pleased with the first Target Beauty Box I bought!

Now let’s check out the For Her Beauty Box! image

This box cost $10 plus FREE SHIPPING! It also includes a card detailing the contents of the box and it also includes coupons – a $10 code for Dermstore.com, 20% Target women’s apparel, and a $3 off $15 beauty items!


Onto the items:


Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – 0.6 oz – $5.75

No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum – 3 mL $2.29

Hair Food Thickening Solution – 3.2 oz FULL SIZE! $11.99

I’ve never used any of these brands before but I’m super excited to try them all! The Laneige Mask is a mineral-rich, ionized gell mask infused with dreamy Sleepscent! I think it’ll be perfect for me since my skin has become dry recently.

I love trying new serums and I’ve heard some good reviews on this one so I’m definitely going to be using it soon! I won’t be using the Hair Food since my hair is already super thick, but I’m sure I’ll find someone to pass it along to! Folks who purchased this box will either get this solution or a moisturizing mask!

Chapstick 3 in 1 Total Hydration Lip Care – FULL SIZE!  $2.99
Revlon HD Lacquer in HD Rose Quartz– FULL SIZE! $7.99

I’m loaded with lip balms at the moment but I don’t mind another extra considering I misplaced 3 of my other Chapsticks I got recently! I’ve never tried a Revlon Lacquer before so I’m excited to use this one, the color is so pretty! 

L’Oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara – FULL SIZE! $7.99

COVERGIRL Eye Enhancers Kit – FULL SIZE! $4.49           

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen – Black Noir – Travel Size – $6 ??

I don’t use mascara but I’ll be sure to pass this along to someone who will, or maybe just add it to my giveaway stash! I’ve never used any COVERGIRL shadows before so I’m still debating on trying it out or giving it to a friend! The colors are so pretty!! My last item, the Pixi Eyeliner, has got to be my favorite! I love how easily this glides on and how dark it is!

I cannot believe this box was only $10!! It has a value of about $50 and I could not have been more pleased! Target definitely knows how curate their beauty boxes! I wish I could link all of you beauties to purchase these beauty boxes but they’re all sold out.

I didn’t mention this above, but their packaging is AMAZING! I am obsessed with the boxes they used! I’ll definitely be keeping them – not sure what I’ll use them for but I know I’ll find something to put in them!

What do you think of Target’s Beauty Boxes?


New Makeup by One Direction Limited-Edition Beauty Collection Review

I was given the opportunity to review One Direction’s new Limited Edition Beauty Collection! I also reviewed their first makeup box, you can read the review here if you’d like!

Here’s a little more info on Markwins who created these kits:

A range of makeup and cosmetic products celebrating youth, style, and the uninhibited lifestyle of a new generation. Celebrating life with bold shades, unique formulae and infused with limited edition collectable packaging, Makeup from One Direction is fun, bold, often irreverent, with a touch of cheeky mischievousness. Offered at prices that every girl and woman can afford.

I thought it was a great idea to have 5 different tins with each of the boys’ faces on them rather than have a group one like their previous sets! This makeup collection comes with pretty much everything you need – eyeshadows, lip glosses, eyeliner, and nail polish!


Here’s a closer look at the contents!


Each of the 5 tins come with the same colors! I think Markwins did a great job of choosing what colors to put into this tin! There’s a great variety and none of them are too overwhelming.

The first thing I tried when I got this tin was the nail polish!


Their facebook page even used my photo when I posted this on Instagram!

Here are swatches of the rest of the makeup!


The lip glosses were lighter than I thought they would be which is totally okay because I can play around and mix them up with some other lip colors I have! I like the eyeliner because it’s dark and has a matte finish!


I was surprised at how pigmented the eyeshadows were! These are without any type of primer so I’m sure they’ll be even richer in color once I use a primer underneath them!

I can’t find an exact price on these sets but I believe they’re around $25 and they can be found at Macys and Kmart!

I received this item in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion. All opinions expressed are my own and I would not promote an item if I did not think it would spark interest to my readers.

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