ittse Fall Color Collection

December 21, 2017 | Beauty, ittse | 4 Comments »

ittse Fall Color Collection

ittse Fall Color Collection

ittse Fall Color Collection

ittse Fall Color Collection

ittse Fall Color Collection

Swatches: Barbados, Aphrodite, Bare Canvas, Gold Coast, Grace

ittse Fall Color Collection

Swatches: Montmartre, Roman Holiday, Russian Hill

ittse Fall Color Collection

Swatches: Suede Booties, Tan Lines, Treasure Island

Last month I talked about a giveaway I had won. I said I would split it up into two posts. Here is part two!

I’ve mentioned ittse on the blog once or twice. And I was blown away every time! I really feel like receiving products from them is an experience. They come in the cutest packaging. Unpacking the products and placing them in your palette is exciting. Saying that out loud I can imagine people wondering how lame my life is. I assure you that I have fun. I’m doing laundry right now while drinking a Mexican Coke. Ok so maybe our idea of fun differs, but I’m sure you get my point. I love receiving packages from them. I’ll have to place more orders next year to keep things exciting.

ittse Fall Color Collection
ittse Fall Color Collection

Winners of this giveaway received products from ittse’s Fall Color Collection which included 9 of their shadow refills, 1 of their illuminating powder refills, 1 of their cheek color refills, and 1 of their palettes.

  • Barbados Illuminating Powder Refill
  • Aphrodite Cheek Color Refill
  • Bare Canvas Shadow Refill
  • Gold Coast Shadow Refill
  • Grace Shadow Refill
  • Montmartre Shadow Refill
  • Roman Holiday Shadow Refill
  • Russian Hill Shadow Refill
  • Suede Booties Shadow Refill
  • Tan Lines Shadow Refill
  • Treasure Island Shadow Refill

As you can probably tell from the swatches they’re all very nicely pigmented. They applied and blended beautifully! I love their shadows, but their blushes and highlighters are easily some of my favorites! Even though this palette consists of their Fall friendly shades, you can easily wear these throughout the year. They’re all very wearable too. You can wear these to work or out to a holiday party!

While you can’t purchase this collection as a whole (unless I missed it), you can purchase the items separately. Last I checked they were all in stock. I love how easily customizable their palettes are too. You can fill up a palette with all blushes, all highlighters, or all shadows. Or you can create a nice combination of the 3! They also have bronzers, setting power, foundation, and lipstick. So you could very easily customize a full face palette! I can definitely see that coming in handy for travel.

ittse Fall Color Collection

You can see a look I created with the ittse Fall Color Collection below. I used Barbados, Aphrodite, Bare Canvas, Montmartre, Roman Holiday, and Tan Lines.

ittse Fall Color Collection

Overall, I’m very happy with all of the products included in this collection. The shades are pretty and compliment each other beautifully. It was such an amazing giveaway win and very much appreciated. Thank you again, Kiesque and ittse!

*I received these products from a giveaway. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.


Product: ittse Fall Color Collection
Price: $9.00 – $24.00

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Holiday 2017 Haul

December 18, 2017 | Beauty | 14 Comments »

I didn’t think I did much shopping for myself this holiday season, but as I started listing everything I realized how wrong I was. I mean I did get some great deals on everything. I don’t think I paid retail for any of it. Let’s break it all down.

Holiday 2017 Haul


The old $20.00 off of $50.00 coupon! Would you believe me if I told you I didn’t even use mine this year? I got everything I needed during the 20% off sale. My husband did take me back to Sephora to look around, coupon in hand. But we walked out empty-handed. I just didn’t see anything that I needed or wanted. I think he was just as surprised as me. Here’s what I picked up during the 20% off sale.

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings Tame & Shape Kit in #4
I’m pretty sure I’m one of the only people who just doesn’t like Benefit’s brow products. I just can’t seem to make the products work for me. However, when I tested this little duo I quickly fell in love. I love that it comes with both wax and powder. It’s very easy to work with and the mini brow brush is perfect! I wish that it came with a spoolie rather than tweezers, but I can definitely see it coming in handy for traveling.

Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set in Silverfox / Enchanting
By now I’m sure you’ve seen my review for the Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set in Silverfox / Enchanting. My husband purchased the Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set in Trophy Wife / Shameless for me a week prior to the sale. I loved it so much that I had to get another one.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
My go-to liner. These sales are perfect for replenishing your essentials.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief
My go-to moisturizer. It’s light and super moisturizing. I usually purchase a nice big jar 2-3 times a year.

Holiday 2017 Haul


Have y’all heard of the Dote shopping app? Well, I haven’t until recently. I know. Have I been living under a rock? Apparently. In my defense it has been a rough year. Anyway, I first heard about it on Instagram through someone I follow. She shared her promo code which got me $5.00 off my first order and another $5.00 promo code for a promotion that was going on. And since I was a first time app user I even got free shipping. I was also in luck as most of the stores listed were having crazy Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Things were crazy cheap!

If you’d like $5.00 off your order feel free to use my promo code VMR6. Unfortunately the extra $5.00 off promotion has ended, but if you’re a first time user of the app you can still get free shipping on top of the $5.00 off using my promo code. So that’s like an $11.00 savings! Still not bad!

Also, you probably won’t get these items for the prices I paid. Like I said, I shopped during the sales and I was able to use a promo code that is no longer available. I also used some credits I received from referrals. Just figured I’d mention that.

ColourPop All I See Is Magic
Original Price: $20.00 Paid: $6.69
It’s gorgeous and I’ve already used it in a few looks. I still have my issues with ColourPop, but I can’t stay away from their gorgeous palettes! Be on the lookout for the review.

ColourPop NKLA X Laura Lee Bundle
Original Price: $18.00 Paid: $5.63
I can’t say that I’m a fan of Laura Lee. I don’t even know who she is. I’ve obviously heard OF her, but I don’t know anything about her. The lip trio looked cute as heck though and I knew I needed to make it mine. Regardless of whose name was plastered on it.

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Trinket
Original Price: $18.00 Paid: $3.39.
I’ve had my eye on this lipstick ever since I first saw it. I hate placing orders where I only purchase one item so I held off until I planned to order something more. Like back when I placed my Valentine’s Day order. It was sold out. Or when I placed my Beautylish order. It was sold out. The timing was never right. I guess patience paid off because not only did I finally get my hands on this beauty, but I didn’t even have to pay full price. Although I gladly would have because it’s perfect!

Lime Crime Metallic Velvetines in Siren
Original Price: $20.00 Paid: $5.63
Of course I had to get some Lime Crime. I decided I needed to add Siren to my collection. It’s the prettiest sunset peach gold.

ColourPop X Kathleen Lights Dream Collection PR Collection
Original Price: $34.00 Paid: $31.13
Another collection I couldn’t pass up. Everything looked so pretty! The packaging, the colors… they really go all out for their collections. I’ll be reviewing this soon!

Holiday 2017 Haul

Shop Hush

Another shopping app I stumbled upon on Instagram. I’m actually really glad that I found this app. You can find lots of gorgeous dupes for many popular palettes. I’m not going to lie. I’d much rather have the real thing. I have no problem paying for it either. But sometimes you’re left disappointed. That’s what started my Shop Hush addiction. I saw swatches of the Bad Habit Retro Love Palette which is a dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. I decided to test it out and was pleasantly surprised. I haven’t been able to stop shopping there yet.

You get rewards for shopping with them as well as a daily reward that you have to physically claim when you log in. You can use these rewards for purchases or save them for bigger purchases later on. Also, if something isn’t in stock, keep checking. They’re always restocking! And everything ships for free!

Bad Habit Retro Love Palette
Original Price: $10.00 Paid: $10.00
A dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette.

Bad Habit Aura Palette
Original Price: $12.00 Paid: $11.50
A dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette.

Bad Habit Athena Palette
Original Price: $12.00 Paid: $9.96
A dupe for the Huda Beauty Desert Husk Palette.

Face Candy Milkshake Palette
Original Price: $12.00 Paid: $10.00
I’m not really sure if this is a dupe for anything, but it definitely resembles a lot of those peach type palettes.

Okalan Glowing Palette Shimmer Kit (Moonlight)
Original Price: $12.00 Paid: $3.90
I’m not really sure if this is a dupe for anything, but it caught my eye and it was only $3.90.

Holiday 2017 Haul


Ultra Soft Legging
Original Price: $18.00 Paid: $11.60

Hacci Legging In Fair Isle Print
Original Price: $20.00 Paid: $12.89

That’s all of it! I’ll be reviewing everything soon. I’ve already taken photos and swatches. Most of the posts have even been drafted. They won’t go live until after the holidays though. There is only room for two more posts this year. So check back next year! Be sure to let me know if there’s something you’re looking forward to seeing. I’ll make that a priority!

What have you hauled this holiday season? Did you get any great deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

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Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette

December 14, 2017 | Beauty, Gerard Cosmetics | 12 Comments »

Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette

Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette

Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette

Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette

Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette

Swatches: Lucy, Marilyn, Grace

How pretty is the Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette? This is actually my first time experimenting with the brand. I’m so glad that I got to try their highlighters because aside from lipstick and blush, highlighters are my favorite! Oh who am I kidding? They’re all my favorite! But my eyes sure do light up whenever I see a fancy new highlighter.

The Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette contains 3 of the brand’s most popular Star Powders. Lucy which is described as a rosy highlight with a hint of golden shimmer. Marilyn which is described as an ultra luxurious golden shade reminiscent of crushed diamonds. And Grace which is described as a pearlescent, frosted white gold with a beautiful sheen.

These Star Powders can be used as eyeshadow, a blush topper, or highlighter. They’re incredibly soft and almost creamy. They’re also very pigmented. These definitely offer some serious glow, but you can just as easily tone it down for a more natural look. I’ve actually been using Marilyn the most because I feel like it’s a happy medium. While Lucy is a more vibrant and upbeat shade and Grace is a more subtle shade, Marilyn sits right in the middle. Literally too.

You can see Marilyn in action below. I also used Lucy on the inner corner of my eye and Grace on my cupid’s bow and tip of my nose. Yeah, I went there. I know a lot of people frown upon that, but I didn’t get too carried away.

Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette

Overall, I’d have to say the Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette is a winner. Everything about it is perfect. The shades, the placement of the shades, even the names! It was very well thought out.

Have you tried anything from Gerard Cosmetics? What highlighters are you loving lately?

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.


Product: Gerard Cosmetics Starlet Palette
Price: $39.00

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