Wednesday, January 4, 2012

[RECAP] Christmas

 I know, I know I'm super tardy for the party but here's my shot at my "Christmas post"...:)

Christmas Eve at my Dad's house.
Traditionally on Christmas I go to my Dad's house, but since he was leaving town to
Palm Springs we celebrated on Christmas Eve.
We usually eat & watch the Christmas day Laker game. However, this year we watched the
50 year history of them. Many memories indeed.
We are ALL HUGE Laker fans, it's actually quite sickening when we get
into our debates how passionate we are. :)

On Christmas Day, it's tradition on my Daughter's side of the family that everyone gets together for Christmas breakfast. Egg Nogg Waffles & Fried Chicken!
My daughter, her little brother & Great Great Grandfather
 A few fab gifts I picked out with my gift cards:
1. LORAC Couture Shine in 'HAUTE'
I've been wanting another pigmented bubble gum pink color for a long time.
Their gloss is AMAZE!

2. Urban Decay's Naked Palette
I LOVE the colors on this baby, seriously perfect 'work' colors.
I know I'm probably the last person on the planet to get this!

3. Clinique's Even Better w/ 15 SPF.
I've been using this since Christmas, and OMG this product is awesome.
LOVE the way it applys, it's considered a medium coverage which is perfect for me!

This is what the Lorac looks like on, with out anything underneath.

My Christmas Nails I did really quick before heading to the breakfast.

The Red is 'Size Matters', the rosy color is from Essie's Luxe Effects in 'A Cut Above'

I hope you had a MAGICAL Christmas!
I'll post a little NEW YEAR post tomorrow.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

December Birchbox: Frolic & Fancy

December's Birchbox arrived in January!
If you didn't know by now, some subscribers received their boxes late due to shipping issues but we were all rewarded for their mishap with birchbox points.

I spent my points on this product:
The Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel is a boosted version of Dr. Gross’s number-one selling anti-aging treatment on pre-soaked towelettes. Delivering professional results without irritation, this patented two-step treatment reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size while diminishing dark spots and improving skin tone and texture.

I will definitely do a review on this later on.

This is how my package arrived.  Got sooo happy to see a benefit product in my box!
The theme was 'frolic & fancy'...Jouer created an exclusive gloss especially for Birchbox members,
in fuchsia of course.
1. Jouer Lip Gloss in 'Birchbox Pink'
Retails| .21 oz. for $20.  I received .06 oz., roughly a $5.71 value

The pigment is pretty average or good I should say, not great w/ a very smooth consistency.
This product claims to camouflage visible pores with this velvety face primer.
The translucent formula works wonders beneath makeup.
2. Benefit Cosmetics| The POREfessional
Retails| .75 fl. oz. for $29. I received .25 fl. oz., roughly a $9.67 value

3. Blinc| Eyeliner in Black
Retails| .21 oz. for $24. Received .02 oz., roughly $2.29 value

Okay, IDK for the life of me why this photo is this way.
 I flipped the image and saved it, but I guess it has a mind of its own! LOL

4. Harvey Prince| Ageless
Described as a youthful scent
Retails| 50 ml for $55; 100ml for $98
I received a sample, no value.

5. Prep| Show Stoppers
Double-sided tape strips.
Retails| 24 strips for $9.99.  I received 1, .42 value. :)

6. Recharge Eboost
Retails| 20 packets for $28. I received 1, $1.40 value.

So my total for December's  Birchbox issss....*drum roll please*

Oh how I love you Birchbox

What did you get in your birchbox? How do you feel about the pink gloss?