POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review | Video

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Kendra Scott Jewelry Paddywax Candle Goodbyn Mason Jar Cookie Company Lollia Shower Gel Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014

The POPSUGAR Must Have Box is one of my favorite boxes to look at reviews of, because I love how they curate a box that covers beauty, fashion, and lifestyle that is well worth the $39.95 price tag. Although I wouldn’t splurge out on it monthly (broke college student, much?), it is such a lovely gift to give yourself every once in a while! As I’m a part of PopSugar’s Select Beauty Bloggers, I was sent a box this month- perfect timing as it was my birthday month! Let’s take a peek inside:

As you can see in the video, the 6 items (plus a bonus item) totaled a whopping $124 value! That’s over 3 times what the box costs- amazing, right? In the video I share my initial reactions, but keep reading for my full reviews & additional photos!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat's Eye

Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye

  •  Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye ($50)- I sneaked a peek at Allison Anderson’s unboxing blog post and saw she got a pair of earrings from this brand, which weren’t my style (I don’t even wear earrings), so I was pleasantly surprised with this dainty little necklace. It didn’t fit my neck, so I needed to use an extender, but it is a beauty! It’s so simple and elegant.
  • Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle ($10)- I always see them include candles in these boxes, so I was so pleased to get one this time around! Waiting to burn this until I get back from Europe, but it smells lovely. It is a fresh smelling, but not what I was expecting! It smells a bit floral to me. Would love to try more from this brand, so glad to have the option to with this box!
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate Cookies

The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate! Cookies

  •  The Mason Jar Cookie Company Festive Celebrate Cookie Mix ($12)- I was elated to find a baking related item in the box, because I am an avid baker! If I wasn’t in the beauty industry, I’d probably be a pastry chef. I had a bit of sticker-shock with the price of this mix, so I doubt I’d buy it again, but the mason jar packaging is adorable and the mix was so easy to make. Plus, the cookies are delish!
  • Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set ($8)- This mini meal box is perfect for people who go to school or work and want to bring along a snack to save money. I could see this housing peanut butter, hummus, or any other dip with the fruit, vegetable, or dipper of your choosing! Not sure if I’ll get much use out of it, as I always tend to buy lunch and snacks on the go, or buy prepackaged food.
POPSUGAR Must Have Box August 2014 Unboxing Review Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Popsugar Pink Swatch

Bite Beauty Popsugar Lush Fruit Lip Gloss Swatch

  • Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss ($22)- I was so excited to see Bite Beauty in this box, because I have always wanted to try more products from their brand, especially after using their Agave Lip Mask I reviewed a while back. I’m not a huge gloss gal, but I loved the fruity scent and the sheer pink that adds the most subtle tint. You can’t find this shade, as it was an exclusive PopSugar pink- how cool is that! It’s a bit sticky, but it’s manageable because it gives the glossiest look ever!
  • Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel ($22)- Another beauty product, yay! I have never heard of this brand, but the packaging is too cute. The shower gel seemed very liquidy and has a pretty strong scent. It is supposed to smell floral, but, to me, it reminds me of baby body wash. Would never buy such a pricy body wash, I swear by Caress and go through it like water!
  • thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar- this was a free “special extra,” which I wasn’t nuts about. I really just don’t care for these type of bars!

Overall I really thought this box was impressive. Way more so than the last box I received almost a year ago. Such great brands featured! I like mixing it up from beauty-exclusive subscription boxes because I have enough makeup to last me a lifetime.

Want your own Must Have Box? Save $10 on a 3 month subscription with code AUG14SELECT until 9/10/14!

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**This post contains products that I have received for free. POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder Review

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder Review

Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

Make Up For Ever’s HD Powder has been a cult classic for years, and with good reason. This year, they finally released a pressed version ideal for on the go and traveling! This is the same great powder, just pressed. I love this powder because the silica is great for making fine lines and pores go away, making it amazing for video or filming. Although it is transparent (talc-free), it can leave a white cast in flash photography, so I avoid using it at events!

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Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder

My favorite way to use it is in my t-zone to prevent shine throughout the day & set my foundation (I get less oily with this than with any other powder!). I also love using it underneath my eyes to set my under eye concealer, as it feels silky smooth. It comes in 2 sizes: .07oz ($22) and .21oz ($36). I have the small size, but after continual use over my entire face for a month, I’ve already hit pan! The full size is definitely worth the splurge.

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**This post contains products that I have received for free– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

Follow Me Around BeautyCon LA 2014! | Video

This year was the 2nd BeautyCon LA (technically 3rd or 4th if you count the YouTube-only ones!), and I was super excited to see how much it had grown. Follow me around on my mini adventure and check out all the booths with me!

Will edit the rest of this ASAP- had to get the video up at least!

 

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Back To School Yearbook Picture Day Makeup Tutorial | Video

Back To School Yearbook Picture Day Makeup Tutorial

It’s time to get back to school and you know what that means: picture day. I always felt so unprepared for school photos, even though I knew about them well in advance. So, to spare you from an embarrassing yearbook photo that will remain for all of eternity, watch this video to learn how to get this natural makeup look!

I tried to use the most cost friendly products I had, but in a few categories I only had pricy products. So, I’d recommend you to use what you have, or find something similar at the drug store! I know not all school-aged teenagers don’t have enough money for higher end brands like NARS, Anastasia, and Urban Decay, but they’re all brands that I love. I used a lot of NYX products because they are some of the most affordable and high performance as well!

Products used:

Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
NYX Invincible Foundation (shade: Ivory)
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade: Vanilla)
NYX Blotting Powder (shade: Light Medium)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder (shade: taupe and dark brown/brunette)
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (shades: Foxy, WOS, Naked 2, Venus, Crave)
Urban Decay Gunmetal 24/7 Eyeliner (discontinued)
NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner (shade: Rue Bonaparte)
NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara
NYX Powder Blush (shade: Bittersweet)
NYX Butter Lipstick (shade: Pops)

Back To School Yearbook Picture Day Makeup Tutorial Before After

My look today & My freshman year photo from 2006!

How about that throwback? The eyeliner only look, the tank top, the hair with the middle part…thankful I’m no longer 14 and awkward.

What’s your go-to school look?

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**This post contains products that I have received for free– for more information, please read my Disclosure Policy**

Los Angeles: RUSK & Nancy O’Dell Event at Ulta 8/27

RUSK Nancy O Dell ULTA Event LA August 27 2014 RSVP ALS

Join me at ULTA, Midtown Crossing, next Wednesday, August 27th for a night of beauty! Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell has partnered with RUSK and will be there for a special meet and greet. Make sure to arrive early for the chance to get your hair & makeup done! There will be refreshments, giveaways, and a RUSK gift with purchase. A portion of all the RUSK proceeds from that night will go to the ALS Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

RSVP to receive your free ticket to the event ASAP! Hope to see some of you then!

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