Vanity Flair Customs Brush Holders

Happy New Year beauties! For my first post of 2016, I’ll be talking about a new, woman owned, independent business! Kirsten’s business is called Vanity Flair Customs and she creates and sells custom brush holders.

These holders cost anywhere from $20.75 to $25.75 (prices subject to change) depending on the design you want. Shipping within the US is $6.50 for one holder and $8.50 for two – shipping inquiries can be made if you want more than two holders (shipping rates are also subject to change). Vanity Flair Customs does ship worldwide but you would have to send a message to get a shipping estimate first.

Now that we got the pricing/shipping info out there, let’s talk about the size of these bad boys! The neat thing about Vanity Flair Customs‘ holders are that they store more than your average holders. I’ll have individual pictures of each holder I own below, but just to put into context, I can store up to 25 makeup brushes in each holder! That’s almost much double compared to what I was able to hold in my past brush holders/mugs. Also, apart from storing brushes, these are perfect to store lippies, eyeliners, and eyeshadow singles.
Let’s get onto the four holders I have!

I can’t get over how beautiful this brown/bronze glitter looks with the LV decal. I use this one to store my ColourPop Lippie Stix,  Lippie Pencils, and Ultra Matte Lips!

I’m going to say this about every holder but I love the design of this as well. The pink glitter is absolutely gorgeous, it’s not an obnoxious hot pink and it’s not too cool toned. I use this one to store some of my eyeshadow singles.

 Something else I absolutely love about Vanity Flair Customs is that they cater designs for so many personalities. My disney fanatic was super thrilled to get this castle holder. 

The other side of the castle holder above has a Tinker Bell inspired decal.

Gold Solid Holder – Currently Unavailable
Last but not least is this gold glitter holder with no decal. The top of the holder is more transparent than the rest but other than that it’s great! 

I’ve never come across holders like these before so they were definitely a treat and great decor pieces for my room. The only complaint I have is that the inside of the holders look a bit messy at the bottom since there is only paint around the sides, not the bottom. I can understand that painting the bottom is a waste of product since no one really looks there but the OCD side of me wishes it was painted more neatly where the paint stops. But hey, that’s just me!
You can check out all of their designs in their Etsy shop here. Customers in the US can order via the Etsy shop, however, if you are an international customer – email Vanity Flair Customs at the holders you are interested in to get a shipping quote.
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Sephora VIB Sale Wish List

Sephora’s VIB sale is only a few days away and I decided to try and create a list of products to purchase with the 20% of coupon!

Last year was a complete mess when I went into the Sephora with no idea what to get – I ended up forgetting products I was almost out of and got things I barely used. So here’s a few products I’m thinking of buying:

I bought the Lolita Lip Duo and loved this color so I really want a full size before I run out of the deluxe size one!
I don’t own many highlighters and this would be the perfect palette for me since it includes all the shades I want to try – mainly the shade Jaclyn Hill created!
I blame Celina for making me want this ? but in all honesty, this is a beautiful palette and I don’t own anything from Tarte yet.

My holy grail eyeliner – I used mine up about a month ago and have been waiting to replace it. I thought this was $20 when I last bought it but maybe I got it mixed up with another liquid liner.

I’ve seen lots of people prefer this eyeliner to the Stila so with 20% I think it’s worth a try to see what the fuss is about. Hopefully I like it a lot since it’s a few bucks cheaper than my holy grail!
I’ve heard great things about this so I want to give a couple shades a try! Hopefully the ones I want are in stock.

I’m still in search for the perfect foundation that provides full coverage and is suitable for my dry, sensitive skin. I really want to try either this or a Makeup Forever one!
I’ve been wanting to try this for SO long but I refuse to pay such a hefty price for a primer. I’m not sure if I’ll be buying this during the sell but we shall see! 
So these are the products I’d really like to splurge on during the sale at the end of the week! Will I buy all of these? Heck no! I would love to go on a major splurge but that’s not in my budget at the moment. I also had Kat Von D’s Mi Vida Loca palette and a contour kit on my wish list but my wonderful aunt and cousin actually bought both for me for my birthday! I’m so blessed to have them support my crazy makeup madness! 
What are your picks for the VIB sale? If you’re Rouge, what did you purchase this past weekend? I’d love some suggestions on what to check out!
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Black Friday 2015 Beauty Sales

Holy guacamole, we’re just a few weeks away from Black Friday! This year I wanted to gather as many beauty sales on my blog as possible as a resource for me as well as any other beauty lovers who are looking to score great deals!

I’ll be updating this post as I find out about more ads/sales but let’s start the kickoff with Macy’s ad!
I saw this first on Nouveau Cheap’s blog and then went onto bfad’s website to get more detail.
Starts: 6PM Thursday, November 26th – 1PM Friday, November 27th & 7AM-1PM Saturday, Nov 28th. Valid online and in stores. Free shipping on all beauty purchases!

Sephora’s Black Friday $10 sets have been released on the Sephora App! Some of these sets will only be available online – I listed those with “online only” in the caption of the photos. Which ones will you be picking up?

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The day and time for Target deals are still TBA but shoppers can get an early access (online only) to select deals on Monday, Nov 9th, 2015! Be sure to check out their website to see if anything interests you!
Beauty Tools
Walgreens’ Thanksgiving and Black Friday Hours will be 8AM to 10PM.
Nail Polish
Beauty Tools
Kohls’ sale start day is still TBA.
I hope this list of Black Friday deals is helpful and be sure to check back often, I’ll be updating this list often! Let me know if you have any questions and feel free to let me know if I missed any deals that aren’t listed here!
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LuxePineapple Baked Shadow Trios – Review And Swatches!

Hello beauties! LuxePineapple came out with their own line of baked shadow trios a few weeks ago and I bought them all when they were testing out a new feature on their website!

I knew I had to get these once I saw swatches and great reviews from other Pinapple Lovelies! Plus, they are perfect for travelling – I am heading off to California in a few weeks and decided these are the only shadows I will be taking with with me. 

LuxePineapple has great deals on beauty products, super low shipping costs, excellent customer service, and amazing un-subscription boxes of joy! Also, the owner of LuxePineapple, Liz, is a total sweetheart – I adore her so much!
About The LuxePineapple Baked Shadow Trios
There are five trios – Honolulu, Amalfi, Barcelona, Malibu, and Nantucket! Each trio contains 2g/0.07 oz product and are made in the USA.
These baked eyeshadow trios are paraben free and are rich in antioxidants like vitamin E, green tea, chamomile, and ginkgo biloba! They can be worn as they are, wet, or over primer! I, personally, have been wearing them over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. 
Here is a description and ingredient list from LuxePineapple’s website!
Get some glamour in your life! We love these easy-to-blend Baked Eyeshadow Trios. Our baked formulation allows color to go on smoothly, and blend with ease. Use without primer for a pretty wash of color. Use with a primer (or concealer) for a bolder pop of color! 
Ingredients:  Talc, Mica, Triisosterin,  Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, PanaxGinseng Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Disodium Edta, Tocopheryl Acetate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide.

These 5 baked shadow trios are available on their website along with their line of lip glosses, eyeliners, lip liners, and brow products! Plus, they will be releasing matte lippies in the near future.

Each shadow trio is $15 and shipping for all US orders is $2.50, $7.00 for orders in Canada, and international shipping quotes can be obtained by emailing them. 

I think the black and clear packaging is super pretty! It’s not super chunky or anything and I love the simplicity of the logo on the front and name and ingredients on the back. I don’t think it will break anytime soon unless you end up being really rough with it. 
There was a tiny bit of a mess when applying these, some excess product falls around the edges of the packaging sometimes but other than that, applying these are really easy and I haven’t had an issue with fall out on my face thus far!
Pigmentation and Texture

The pigmentation of these shadows are out of this world! They are super buttery and easily blendable. As a matte girl, I was never into shimmery eyeshadows but I have been using these shadows every day since I got them! I use my Too Faced Eye Shadow Insurance under these and the shadow doesn’t budge or crease and it lasts all day for me. 
Note: These swatches are one layer and without primer.
Honolulu is the trio that was in their Beach Babe Box of Joy and I am so happy they released it on its own because the colors are GORGEOUS! This trio has a gold, copper, and chocolate brown. These are the types of colors I have been addicted to lately 
This trio is SO pretty! I think the white would be great for inner corners and the purple and coral/orange would be fun pops of color on the lower lash line! 

Amalfi is the trio I have been using on a daily basis, along with Honolulu sometimes, and I cannot get enough! It comes with a beige/tan/white gold. I’m sad the swatch doesn’t do this trio justice but it is definitely my second favorite out of the five!

Malibu has a darker purple, sky blue, and a white! This white is different from the white in Barcelona – the one in Barcelona is more of an off white but this one is more of a true white..does that make sense? I hope it does. I don’t think I will reach for this trio often but it will be fun to use to add pops of color when I go out! I’m thinking of applying them wet on my lower lash line to get a more intense color.
This trio has a forest green, a brown, and a white gold – more white gold than the one in Amalfi, the one in Amalfi is more bronzey. I like this trio because I find the green to be more wearable than other green eyeshadows I have tried in the past. 
Overall Thoughts
I am a huge fan of these baked shadow trios. I love the variety of colors and although three of the five trios have a brown in them, they are all different! The one in Honolulu is the darkest while the one in Amalfi has more bronzeyness to it and the one in Nantucket is a bit lighter than the the one in Honolulu.
For me, most of the colors are wearable while the bolder colors will be fun to experiment with and use for pops of color! I’m curious to know if LuxePineapple  plans on coming out with more trios in the future as well as other beauty products! 
I recall Liz saying she strives for perfection when creating and formulating LuxePineapple’s products and I think her dedication is truly evident with the amazing quality of the products I have tried so far!
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Summer Ulta Haul – A Collab With Beauty Beyond the Scale!

Hello beauties!

Ulta had a NYX sale and added Makeup Revolution to their website a few days back so I just knew I had to get my hands on some goodies! 

But what makes shopping more fun? When your friend does the same! My friend Denise, over at Beauty Beyond the Scale, and I did some shopping on Ulta’s website the same day last week and we thought it would be fun to do a haul collab! Denise blogs about all things beauty, fitness, fashion, and lifestyle. You should definitely giver her blog a read as she has tons of great, honest reviews and she’s nothing but kind and super sweet!
Ulta had all NYX products 40% off and everything I’ve wanted to try was in stock (for the first time ever!) so that’s what really made me want to pick up a few things. BTW I will have swatches of everything at the end of this post!
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo
Not going to lie, I only bought the NYX Matte Lip Creams because so many people were raving about them last year – especially Copenhagen and Transylvania. It took a while for me to get my hands on these since they were always sold out when I went to Ulta or Target. I think Monte Carlo and Copenhagen are nice colors but I really don’t like Transylvania on me. I also found it really streaky and difficult to work with. I’m debating on trying it out again or putting it in my shop on Edivv

NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Chocolate Crepe
NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Black Cherry Tart
NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Toasted Marshmallow
I wanted to try these when they first came out but was waiting to catch them on a sale like this! My favorite out of these three is Toasted Marshmallow and I do like Black Cherry Tart but Chocolate Crepe is a huge no for me.I seriously don’t remember ordering Chocolate Crepe though, I swear I chose something pink but oh well..I think I’m going to play around with it before putting it up for trade. 
NYX Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish
This finishing spray was always sold out when I looked for it online and in stores. I’m glad I finally got my hands on it – and it came at a perfect time, I’m just about done with my Urban Decay All Nighter Spray so I’m curious to see how this one works compared to that!
NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Pitch Black
Another thing I wanted to try for a long time! I refrained from buying this for a while since it was a pricier drugstore product but I am so happy to finally own it! It’s super dark and creamy and it glides onto my waterline with minimal effort. I’ve used it for about a week now and it stays put ALL day! It does run a tiny bit but I can work with it considering nothing else stays put besides this and my Pacifica Eyeliner.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Medium
Maybelline was buy 1 get 1 50% off and I’ve been wanting to try this for so long since so many people love it. I don’t use concealer often 
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink
I LOVE Maybelline’s color tattoos, they are perfect for a easy, quick look and lazy days – which is pretty much every day for me lol! I ordered a pink since I mainly own browns, blacks, and golds.
Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rebel
I am SO happy Ulta is selling Makeup Revolution because I really like their products but was trying to avoid international shipping costs. I really liked one of their Velvet Lip Lacquers from my last haul and wanted to try this. The formula is really decent for less than $5 – it’s long lasting, doesn’t dry out my lips and it’s super matte! I really want to own more wearable colors from their line but the ones I wanted were either sold out or not sold on Ulta’s website.

Here are swatches of all the lippies, eyeliner, and color tattoo!

So that’s it for my Summer Ulta Haul! Denise has tons of fun products in her haul – lots of goodies from Makeup Revolution and NYX:

  • Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Golden Lights
  • Makeup Revolution Highlighter in Peach Lights
  • Makeup Revolution in Radiant Lights
  • Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette
  • Essence Lip Liner in Satin Mauve
  • NYX Argan Oil All Over Balm
  • NYX Tres Jolie Gel Liner Pencil in Pitch Black
Be sure to check out her haul here!

Top 5 Holy Grail Beauty Products

Hello beauties!

I LOVE to experiment with different beauty products which is why it’s super rare for me to stick to a certain eyeliner, lipstick, face wash, etc. However, there are a few products I cannot live without and I’ll be sharing some of them with you today!

These five products are the ones I consistently use the most and for sure will always repurchase! 

I don’t have a particular shade I’m crazy in love with – there are so many pretty ones out there! I find myself using these so often lately since they’re perfect for a lazy girl’s routine! I usually just apply this on my lid with some eyeliner and am good to go! They stay on my lids all day and Maybelline has tons of gorgeous colors to choose from. Right now I have most of the brown/gold/coppery shades but I’d like to have some pinks and funky colors as well!

If you’ve been following my Instagram or reading my blog for a while you most likely know that this eyeliner is my FAVORITE! It’s the easiest way for me to get a super quick cat eye and 
I can’t get enough of it! I know a few people prefer the Kat Von D one to this but I personally like this one better because the KVD just doesn’t apply as well as the Stila one for me. I always have to go back over and over my liner with the KVD as opposed to the Stila – where I’m done in one swipe. That’s just my experience though and it didn’t stop me from buying the KVD one lol! 
I got this in a holiday set a few years back and it’s my favorite glossy lippie EVER! It’s like a “my lips but better” and I’m freaking out because I don’t see this shade on their website and the one I have is close to this shade not sold anymore?! 
If this and my Mac lippie look familiar – fret not because you probably saw them in my “Most Used Lippies” post a while back! You can see swatches of both lippies over there as well!
Anywho ~ I really like this lipstick because it’s long lasting on me and a gorgeous shade I haven’t experienced with any other brand. I use this as an everyday wear and I’m realizing I only have a little product left – I have to make it last until Sephora has their sale in the fall!
Also, I LOVE the minty sensations Buxom lippies leave on my lips, which is part of the reason I bought their Lip Gloss Roulette last fall! Plus, I find that the slim shape of this lipstick makes it easier to apply!

This mask is holy grail status because it helps my dry skin SO MUCH! I use this 2-3 nights a week and it absorbs into the skin fairly quick and feels non greasy. I can always count on it to help get rid of my flakes and it just makes my skin feel super amazing. 
Well there you have it! I was trying to find more skincare products I love but I don’t feel a super intense connection with anything else yet. What are some of your holy grail products? Is there anything that is an absolute must try? Let me know!
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My Most Used Lippies + Swatches

Hello gorgeous!

Today I’ll be sharing my most used lipsticks and glosses. I have 9 lippies I reach for more often than others so let’s take a look at them!

These are in no specific order – actually, that’s a lie, I just realized my most used lippie is the first one in this photo, I didn’t do that on purpose, I promise! The other 8, however, are in no specific order. I’ll also include links and prices below.

Let’s check out the lipsticks/stains first!

Buxom Full On Lipstick in Acapulco – $19.00

Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Valentine – $20.00

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere – $5.00

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready – $18.00

Hikari Lipstick in Cabernet – $13.00

The Buxom Acapulco was the first lipstick I ever bought! I LOVE the color, when swatched, it looks like a deep lilac color but since my lips are a little more brownish, it shows up a bit more red/pink/burgundy as you can see from my profile photo on the top right of my blog! This is the first lippie I’ll be finishing up completely, and I’m so ready to buy a second one.  I love Buxom lippies because they leave a minty, cooling sensation on the lips!

The Cynthia Rowley Lip Stain was a prize I won in a giveaway and I love the color, it’s a lightweight formula on my lips and although it looks more pinkish in the swatch, it’s actually a lot more of a corally color. I do want to purchase a few more of her lip stains but I’m waiting to rack up some Birchbox points since they’re $20 a piece.

ColourPop’s Lumiere is the shade youtuber Kathleen Lights came out with and I had to get it! I love how it’s super affordable and and such a pretty everyday color! I can sense a ColourPop haul coming in the near future since her new eyeshadow quad is almost out (or is out already? I’m not sure).

Bare Minerals Moxie lippies are super creamy and I love their pigmentation, I originally got a sample size in an Ipsy bag last year and loved it so much that I had to buy the full size!

The Hikari is from November’s Lip Monthly and I think Ipsy had sampled it around then as well. This shade is super pretty and I really like the formula because it’s creamy and applies so smoothly on my lips.

Now for the glosses!

I’m not a huge fan of lip glosses but these four are ones I reach for all the time!

Beauty For Real Lip Cream in Always There – $22.00

Mac Cremesheen Glass in Over Indulgence – $20.00

Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Isabella – $19.00

Buxom Full On Lip Polish in Dominique – $19.00

The Beauty For Real is literally the PERFECT pink for me, I didn’t know it would be as pigmented as it is and it’s just perfection in a lip cream form, I love it!

The Mac Over Indulgence is also PERFECTION in a bottle, I can’t even express how perfect of a nude it is on my lips, I wear it all the time, I don’t know what to say besides P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N! This probably ranks #2 right after my Buxom in Acapulco.

The last two glosses, Buxom Lip Polishes in Isabella and Dominique are not full sizes, I got them last year in the Lip Gloss Roulette. I love these two because they’re great to apply over any lipstick or lipliner I use and like I said about the Buxom Lipstick, I love the cool sensation they leave on my lips!

Well there you have it! My most used lipsticks, I think I’d say the Buxom’s Acapulco would rank #1 and Mac’s Over Indulgence ranks #2 while the rest are equally my favorites!

Do you use any of these lippies? Let me know what your favorite or most used lippies are!