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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Sephora VIB Sale Top 7 Recommendations

It’s that lovely time of the year where Sephora offers 20% off to VIB and VIB Rouge members! If I’m not mistaken, Beauty Insiders should be getting a coupon code early December – don’t quote me on that though!

Anyways, I’m here to give you my picks and recommendations based on products I personally think are great to own along with gift ideas!

VIB Rouge members can use coupon code 20ROUGE online to receive 20% off all purchases between Nov 4-7

VIB members can use coupon code 20VIB to receive 20% off all purchases between Nov 11-14
Two other things I want to mention before listing my picks:
  • If you’re shopping online for this sale, be sure to use Ebates to receive cash back! At the time of posting this, Sephora is offering 4% cash back all purchases! I’ve been using Ebates for years now and absolutely love it!
  • If you haven’t already, sign up for Sephora Flash! It’s $10/year and so worth it! Free shipping on ALL orders, NO minimum! Rouge members receive this for free but if you’re not Rouge, I highly highly recommend it! I had Flash before I became Rouge and it came in handy every time a new product launched that was under $50!

Now let’s get on with the products!
First of all, if there’s anything you’re interested in the sale section – now is your time to splurge since 20% off applies to everything there as well! There’s TONS of fun products such as the Disney Minnie by Sephora CollectionUrban Decay Electric PaletteTONS of makeup brushes, and more!
Sephora has a great number of products but here are my 10 recommendations in no particular order
  • Your holy grail foundation – in my case that would be the Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector – I always stock up on foundation/concealer and anything else I tend to use daily during these sales – it saves a few bucks in the long run and I don’t have to worry about ever running out!
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Ultimate Glow – ABH glow kits are AMAZING! I have 2 and will definitely be adding this one to my collection! The coupon code will knock off $9 to make the discounted price $36 – that’s $6 a shade!
  • Pretty much anything from the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Collection – I would definitely recommend a Champagne Split or two if you don’t have any Becca products. Heck I’d get them even if you have the face palette – I prefer the formula of the highlights in the splits than the face palette. The slimlights are also super fun to use for a more natural highlight!
  • Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush Color Wheel – this is probably one of the only holiday collections I was impressed with. Considering most holiday products, including this one, aren’t made in the states – quality is usually lacking. This wasn’t the case with the Tarte Color Wheel! i was really impressed that the formula was just as great as the blush singles I own! And how can you beat 10 shades for $44? Buy it during the sale and price will drop to $35.20. This would also make a fab gift!
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Obsession Liquid Lipstick Collectors Edition – I think the coupon should work on this and make the price drop to $198! If I had the funds I would totally snag this – especially since there are some new shades in this collection! If you’re looking for an alternative, try the KVD Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Collection! The price should drop to $39.20 and it’s a great way to try more shades from KVD + it would make a great gift to a lippie lover!
  • KVD Holiday Collection Studded Kiss Lipsticks – These are definitely on my list! All three shades are gorgeous and I love the limited edition packaging! They’ll come down to $16.80 a piece with the coupon!
  • Sephora Favorites Sets – These would be great for gifts or for yourself if you’re into trying a multitude of products! A couple that caught my eye are the Glow For It + Give Me Some Lip Kits
There are so many other products that would be fun to try and gift but these are just a few of my picks based on my likes and style! One thing I didn’t specifically mention was eyeshadow – there are a multitude of great ones out there that I couldn’t decide on a single one to recommend. If you are looking to add a new palette to your collection, I would suggest the ABH Modern Renaissance, any Urban Decay Naked Palette – my favorite is the 3rd, or any palette from KVD! 
This would also be a great time to stock up on other essentials such as hair products and skincare! And eyeliners..beauty blenders..contour refills..mascara..and basically everything. Bye bye money!
What will you be picking up during this sale? I’d love to read about your recommendations!

Daily Goodie Box Review

What’s better than a box of goodies? A FREE box of goodies! Daily Goodie Box is a service that offers free samples and full sized products that are sent straight to your mailbox! I was reached out by them a few weeks ago and received a box to review.

Photo provided by Daily Goodie Box
Daily Goodie Box sends out products free of charge – even shipping is covered! The only thing you would need to do, which is common for all free sampling services, is to review each product you receive! I believe Daily Goodie Box is only offered to US residents. 

Here’s what I received in my box:

Lotus and Luna Handcrafted Accessories + Coupon Code

What’s better than cute accessories? Cute accessories sold by a brand that aims to help others! Not only does Lotus and Luna provide handcrafted artisan accessories, these accessories are create by female artisans in Northern Thailand. The mission behind Lotus and Luna is what initially attracted me to them along with their stunning products!

The photo above shows Lotus and Luna’s Local Girl Choker and is one of the stunning pieces I was sent to showcase. It is made of turquoise and silver stones and the cord is 100% cotton with adjustable options for the button!

I first heard about Lotus and Luna through beauty and lifestyle subscription service – Luxe Pineapple Post – where they included an infinity scarf! Luxe Pineapple Post wrote about Lotus and Luna’s mission and I was so intrigued – I had to know more about them!
Lotus and Luna’s mission is to help women escape the cycle of poverty. They do this by providing female artisans in various villages in Northern Thailand the opportunity create designs from high quality, locally sourced materials. These women are empowered by learning new skills and are able to sustain and grow their village’s economy! 
Let’s take a look at some other items available from Lotus and Luna!

Fun fact: These triple wrap bracelets can be worn as a double anklet or even a boho headband!
These bracelets are so gorgeous and there are dozens of unique designs to choose from! Apart from chokers and bracelets, Lotus and Luna also sells kimonos, tanks, and headbands! They have various collections for their accessories as well!
Lotus and Luna’s products can make fun gifts for friends and family – and they were super kind enough to share a coupon code for my readers! Use coupon code “GIGGLES20” for 20% off your order and shipping is free on orders $25+!
What are your thoughts on Lotus and Luna? Are their any pieces that you’re thinking of picking up?
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Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye and Cheek Palette Review

I’ve had my eye on Tarte’s Rainforest After Dark Eyeshadow Palette for a while now and picked it up at Ulta when they were offering the “Make Today Beautiful” mug as a gift with purchase! Unfortunately 2 of the Ulta’s near me ran out and the third never received any – oh well! Read on below for more information on this palette , swatches, and my thoughts!

This palette costs $40 and contains 6 shadows with a mix of matte and shimmer finishes, 1 highlighter, 1 bronzer, and 1 blush. You can purchase this palette directly from Tarte , Sephora, or Ulta! I personally would recommend purchasing it from Ulta since their rewards system is pretty darn amazing! If not Ulta, I would say Sephora, especially if you’re a Beauty Insider, VIB, or VIB Rouge since all purchases will be 2x, 3x, or 4x points depending on your status through 9/17/2016!

Here is what the inside of the palette looks like:

Each shadow contains 1 gram of product, highlighter and bronzer contain 4 grams of product each, and the blush contains 6 grams of product. Moreover, this palette is formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, gluten, and sodium lauryl sulfates. 
Let’s see some swatches! 
Just as a note, these swatches are done with Smashbox’s Photo Finish Shadow Primer and each shade is swatched twice – the top swatch is done with my finger and bottom swatch is done with a packing brush – for these swatches I used a brush from Coastal Scents – there’s no name or number on the brush. 
Top to bottom: Bare to Explore, Make a Mauve, Plum Away With Me

All three of these shadows are super creamy and blendable – I haven’t had an issue with any of the shades so far!

Top to bottom: Up To No Gold, Tan-gled Up In You, and Don’t Turn A Brown

Tan-gled Up In You is a shadow I had absolutely no issues with from these three shades. Up To No Gold is one of my favorites but it will take a bit of layering to get intense pigment – nothing I haven’t had to do before! Don’t Turn A Brown, however, is the only shade in this palette I had to work with. It’s patchy and doesn’t blend easily. It’s not completely horrible, I’ve seen worse in high end palettes but it’s not the best shadow from Tarte. 
Top to bottom: Champagne, Park Ave Princess, Unleashed

I don’t have any complaints with the face products in this palette. I do wish I used the highlight more – it’s stunning and doesn’t contain an immense amount of shimmer, making it perfect to use daily! I don’t use the bronzer often either but that’s because I don’t incorporate it into my daily makeup routine. The blush is a gorgeous shade as well and the selling point for me as opposed to the Showstopper Palette – the blush in that looks a bit too light for me.

This is my 6th palette from Tarte and I have yet to be disappointed. The formula of their shadows is one of my favorites! I definitely have zero regrets purchasing this palette because the face products are spot on as are all the shadows besides Don’t Turn A Brown. Also, this palette is perfect for traveling – it includes a highlight and blush I would use plus mauves, purples, and browns are my favorite shades of shadows! This might be my 6th palette from Tarte and I have not been disappointed yet! The formula of their shadows is one of my favorites!
Like I mentioned above, this palette is available at Tarte , Sephora, and Ulta! I would recommend purchasing from Ulta, if not Sephora to get the most out of your haul. 
Hope you all have a great rest of your weekend!
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Labor Day 2016 Sales – Beauty Edition

Hello again beauties!

There have been so many great Labor Day sales going on that it’s so hard to keep up! I thought it would be fun to compile a list of deals from Indie brands I’ve seen pop up this weekend!

All photos belong to the shop owners (except for the first one)

Bellegant Cosmetics – 20% off your entire purchase with code LABORDAY valid this weekend only!

JD Glow Cosmetics – 30% off the entire website with code flash30 through 9/6/16 12AM CST!
Devinah Cosmetics – 40% off with code LaborDay all orders through Monday at midnight!
Coloured Raine Cosmetics – 15% off site wide through 10PM PST 9/5 – no code necessary!
D Benoit Cosmetics  – 25% off all orders with code LABORDAY25 all weekend!
Black Moon Cosmetics 20% off all permanent shades – begins 12:01AM PST 9/5 and will end 12:01AM PST 9/6!
Give Me Glow Cosmetics – 15% off your order with code LABORDAY15 this weekend!
Copen26 – 25% off your order with code Laborday this weekend!
Fair Beauty Cosmetics – 25% off your entire order with code LABORDAY25 through 9/5 11:59PM EST

The Beauty Arsenal – 30% off all orders $20 or more with code YASS30 through Monday!

Iviviiv Cosmetics – 40% off all orders with code LABORDAY this weekend!

Cache Appeal – All lippies are $8 a piece!

Klarity Kosmetics – 25% off all products – no code needed!

Nine Three Beauty – 30% off your entire order with code LABORDAY – ends 11:59PM 9/5

Beauty Bar Baby – 25% off all in stock liquid lipsticks until midnight 9/5 – no code needed!

DNA Cosmetics – 15% off all products through 9/5 – no code needed!

BH Cosmetics – 25% off site wide with code 25OFF through 9/5! Some exclusions apply.

Who Is She Cosmetics – 50% off all products with code EndOfSummer through Labor Day at midnight!

Alyse Marie Cosmetics – 10% off all orders with code GLITTERGLAM and get a free pan with purchases $20+!

Touch of Glam Beauty – 30% off everything with code LABORDAY30 through tonight! 

I will continue to update this list tonight and tomorrow – if you know of any shops or are a shop owner that is not listed here, please let me know in the comments, via email <glamourandgiggles@yahoo.com>, or instagram and I will be more than happy to add you!

Happy shopping!
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