Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: December 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Bath & Body Works December Haul 2011

AH I HAVE MISSED YOU GUYS! We drove out to Texas for our holiday vacation & computer did not like it there. It was honestly one thing after another. But, I'm not going to get into that too much because all it does is make me mad. So on that note, here is my Bath & Body Works haul!

What I got:
2 Packages of 5 Mentha Lip Shines from CO Bigelow
Coconut Mango Fragrance Mist 8 oz.
Vanilla Bean Noel Fragrance Mist 3 oz
Winter Candy Apple Fragrance Mist 3 oz
& 18 Pocket Bac Anti-Bacterial Hand Gels!

Mentha Lip Shines from CO Bigelow- 5 Classic Minis
Flavors are Cinnamint, Mentha, Ultra, Spearmint, & my favorite, Vanillamint.
Although these are minis, they're still .25oz, which is an awesome amount. Sometimes the regular sizes feel too big in a smaller handbag.

Mentha Minis- Originial Price was $15.00, on sale for $3.75. Doesn't get much better than that!

Bath & Body Works Fragrance Mists
I love the holiday scents, these 2 being my favorites over the past few years. Coconut Mango was an unexpected purchase, but I love it. I really love wearing tropical scents through summer, but I always smell them all through the year. Great deal too!
Coconut Mango Fragrance Mist (full size)- Originally $12.00, on sale for $3.00.
Holiday Mini Fragrance Mists- Originally  $5.00, on sale for $2.50.

Pocket Bac Anti-Bacterial Hand Gels
So let me explain, no really give me a chance! I'm not some psycho, although I am a bit germ obsessive, but my jobs eat this stuff up. I beauty blog (duh), teach preschool, & dog sit. I keep this stuff on me at all times, usually multiple bottles. So I am not insane, just...clean. Plus, I am a sucker for all of these scents.

Fresh Picked Strawberries- My favorite from this summer! There was only 1 left, but honestly, I already stockpiled this a bit. I am such a sucker for this scent though.
Winter Candy Apple- Sweet apple, but it isn't super sugary.
Eat Ham- Smells like canned cranberry sauce. I adore cranberries in all forms, but my husband sits & eats entire cans of it. Clearly a popular scent in my house.
Vanilla Bean Noel- Good ol natural vanilla. Clean & comforting.
Winter Cranberry- More of a cranberry fragrance than Eat Ham, but still intensely cranberry.
These are originally $1.50 but I normally get them on sale for $1.00. These were all 50 cents a piece.

Total cost for everything? $26.78. Love!

Did you guys get a chance to pick anything up? Would love to hear about it!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Holiday Vox Box December 2011

This is running a little late, but I needed to give it the time it deserved. Here we go, my Holiday Vox Box from Influenster! If you aren't aware of what Influenster is, please feel free to refer back to my first Vox Box Post Here & that will lay it out. As always, these items were sent for review by Influenster, thus making it a Vox Box! haha

Here's my video of the unboxing & beneath that is the product info, enjoy!

imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails
What they say: Introducing imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails, the revolutionary way to apply polish! Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon-perfect manicure in seconds – simply peel off, press on, and you're done. There's no drying, a killer shine and a manicure that lasts up to a week! And, imPress is so easy to remove, you can change it up to match your mood as often as you want. Check out all 36 colors and patterns, including trendy brights, classic darks and animal prints. With imPress, your nails will always be your best accessory.
First Impressions: I absolutely adore this packaging! I can even see me buying more of these & using the bottles as decorations in my makeup room! The shade I recieved is "Working Girl", a silver glitter & black crackle combo. I will do a full review soon! 
Where to buy: imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, K-Mart, Walgreens, Walmart and more.

Winter Wonders: Barielle Holiday Hustle Nail Lacquers

Remember back to my Dermstore order? Well I now have the Barielle Holiday Hustle Collection, a grouping of 4 nail lacquers in varying shades. There are 3 metallic/chrome shades and one flakie. Keep in mind these are minis, about the size of the Sally Hansen minis actually. Although this collection is from 2010, I still found myself deciding to buy them to add to my collection. Plus, there's a flakie. 'Nuff said.

 I'll give you the run down on Gelt Me to the Party, Wrap Me in Ribbon, & Snow Day first.
So these are all metallic in my opinion, with a chrome/frosty finish. I had issues with these honestly, the brush strokes never felt like they gelled together to make the perfect manicure. Frosty.

 Left to right are Gelt Me to the Party, Wrap Me in Ribbon, Snow Day, & Elle's Spell, 2 coats each no top coat. 
Gelt Me to the Party is a deep bronze, when held to the light it clearly separates into a light (where the light hits) and dark shade (the edges). Its actually pretty unique as far as polish goes, usually bronzes involve sparkle in my experience. Weird but true.
Wrap Me in Ribbon is one I would actually like to have in a full size. Its a deep lavendar/lighter plum, definitely on the mauve side. Although frosty, I definitely love the shade. Why? Maybe I haven't been rocking my usual purples or enough pinks lately?
Snow Day Meh, the usual icy blue with silver tones. This one DID NOT like me. At all. I'm serious. It went on all kinds of weird and the consistency was strange. It also took forever to dry! Why? It just wasn't working.
Now let's get into Elle's Spell. I love flakies. If you ever read my blog, you know this. I was excited for this because I thought it was going to be a gorgeous burgundy wine jelly base. Unfortunately, it was really thin and didn't dry like the jelly within the bottle. The flakes are gorgeous though, red & orange toned. I'm thinking that layered over something like a black or true red, it will be flaming gorgeous.
 Overall, not completely satisfied. Application was off, even for mini bottles. Not what I expected from Barielle. However, another flakie to add to my collection & a lovely mauve shade. That'll do pig, that'll do.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Nail Polish from NYC & Sally Hansen Spotted at Dollar Tree!

 So quick post for my nail polish lovers! A lot of you expressed interest in the Sally Hansen Quick Manicure Pens I reviewed HERE & HERE. I personally like them, but won't pay much for them because of the issues I had, but $1? Oh yeah, I can swing that! I saw these at my local Dollar Tree in all of these shades & more. Stocking stuffers perhaps?

I also saw almost the entire NYC Broadway collection in duo packs, which means 2 for $1. I really like a few of them & will be adding a few to Christmas gifts this year. I especially love the beige, navy, & burgundy shades so far. More info on those to come!

What have you guys spotted? 

I'm sorry I haven't been able to get much posting done pictures on blogger are NOT cooporating! 

Happy Holidays to All!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Finger Paints Special Effects Flakie Nail Polishes 2011

I want to start with how I came across these little beauties. So if you saw the Finger Paints Special Effects Announcement I posted, then you know how thrilled I am to have my little claws on them. How I managed to get them kind of still makes me giggle. So I walked in & immediately went to the nail polish display area. Not seeing them, I walked around looking high & low. Granted, I'm in a new area so I'm not 100% in the groove with this Sally's & the items they do & don't get so I didn't know if they would be there anyway. So I did the smart thing...I asked.
She kind of laughed & shrugged, telling me they had them in the back & had gotten an e-mail telling them bloggers have been going wild for this collection. Darn right! Then she went back & got the display which is when it got reallllllly difficult for me to hold in my excitement. She told me they looked like "dirty dish water" which made me laugh. I guess if you aren't a flakie obsessed blogger like me that might be true. Then I started holding each one up to the light & explained their fabulocity. Ah, a convert. So I bought all 5 & here they are!

 Asylum- Looks blue/purple & red/orange. I'll be interested to see how this is transferred onto the nail. It reminds me of purple & orange (my favorite Halloween shades) inside the bottle but I'm sure it will translate more firey onto the nail.
 Flecked- Beautiful green, but it doesn't appear to have anything else. Perhaps on the nail it will happily surprise me? Either way, I'm a sucker for green in all its forms.


Motley- Appears blue, green, & hints of a deeper blue as well. I'll have to see how this one plays out on the nail especially with its varying shades of blue.
Twisted- The rainbow of the group. A true mix of all shades showing flecks of every color of the rainbow. I am most excited to swatch this as I haven't seen one this concentrated or vibrant.

Flashy- Appears most like my other flakies I currently have within my collection. This looks orange to green which is something I've said before, but this is gorgeous & once again, will likely appear different on the nail.
I'll be swatching them all in the next few days & providing some comparisons, but I wanted to make sure you could see the differences between bottle shots in case you didn't want all 5. I love the pro shots I got sent (which are above) but they didn't exactly show all the differences. Which ones are YOU lemming for?

If you didn't read the beginning, you might want to in case your Sally's doesn't know what the heck these gems are either! Anyway, they retail for $5.49 but they were only $5 with my Sally's card! Keep in mind these are exclusive to Sally's & limited edition, when they're gone... they're gone! Swatches coming know I'm not patient!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

CVS Mega Haul 2011: Nails + Spoiled from Wet n Wild

 I love nail polsih. Most of my friends, family, & people I meet on the street will not understand this addiction. I'm so glad you're all here, really I am. I could've bought more, so so much more. I have an illness, but I am going down with gorgeous manicured claws people, make no mistake!

Left to right: 10 Profession Nail Lacquer in Bewitched, Cloud 10, Spring Awakening, Showtime, Old Hollywood, Casablanca, & Spoiled Nail Color in Trust Fund Baby.

 Left to right: Rimmel Lasting Finsh Pro in Gold Silk, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in Blue Streak, Revlon Nail Enamel in Tuscan Sun, Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Cherry Red, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color in Tyin' the Knot, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Nail Color inLilac Chantilly, Spoiled Nail Color in Steel the Show & Shuffle the Deck.

So I know I've been laying out all of  the shades & descriptions throughout these 3 posts, but I know I'll eventually swatch every one with great detail. If there are any you specifically want to see sooner rather than later, drop me a comment & I'll get on it!

 From left to right: Spoiled Nail Color by Wet n Wild in Trust Fund Baby, Steel the Show, & Shuffle the Deck. I had to get the dupe for Correction Tape, which I totally danced about, Steel the Show made the cut because its a gray/taupe blend, & Shuffle the Deck...ok I am a card fanatic PLUS this had black glitter which seems really rare & strikes me as awesome.

My final installment of my CVS Mega Haul! All in all I spent $67 & saved around $200. I feel quite lucky about this, I've missed out pretty much every year! What do you think of the items I got? How about the new Spoiled line of nail polishes? Have you spotted or even tried them yet? If not, these are CVS EXCLUSIVE so check them out there! I haven't seen an awesome CVS exclusive from Wet n Wild in awhile so I am psyched! Way to fill the void guys!I know I'll be picking up more, its a sweet sick addiction!

CVS Mega Haul 2011: Lips

If you saw my haul from the big CVS sale, then you know I scored some sweet deals. Normally, I'm a big time gloss girl, but this time I picked up more lipsticks than glosses! Read on to see swatches & color descriptions!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

CVS Mega Haul 2011: Eyes

 So here are the eye products I picked up yesterday when I did my mega haul. I didn't pick up very many oddly enough, & the only new ones to me are the 3 Revlon shades. You guys have seen the Wet N Wild items before, but if you have any questions let me know! They're gorgeous, as always. Now onto the Revlon singles!

 These 3 shades are from Revlon's single shadow collections, 2 perles & a satin. I have here Glistening Snow (a white mixed with tons of silver toned shimmer), Peacock Lustre ( deep teal), & Violet Starlet (plum packed with silver shimmer).

Natural Light


Glistening Snow
 This was the shade I was most looking forward to, after all, tis the season. The picture above shows how soft these are after one swipe. It definitely sheered out to be more of a highlight, but with quite a bit of fallout.
Peacock Lustre
 This is a great teal, blue toned in one light and green toned in another. I love that its not shimmery like the others, but the satin type. It holds up MUCH better. Although soft, I'm most willing to work with this shade as I think its gorgeous.
Violet Starlet
 My least favorite sadly, especially since I am such a purple lover. Gorgeous shade in theory, but it had crazy fallout. The silver shimmer in this is larger than in the others which I think is a big part of the issue. It also kind of stained my arm....with only one swipe. I'll try it with a good primer, but its not one I'm very excited about. Oddly enough, the least soft of the 3 but that also means it seems less pigmented.

So all in all, these shades take a lot of work! Pretty shades, especially Glistening Snow. Did you pick any of these up or have you tried them?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

HUGE CVS Haul Sneak Peek!

I went right before work and came home with a ridiculous amount of stuff. Its more than I need & less than I want. Now that we have that out of the way, get ready! I'm going to haul this in 3 ways: Eyes, Lips, & Nails. Look forward to these posts tomorrow or maybe even tonight! Any guess on how much I spent?

& yes, those are 2 Infallible Eyeshadows from Loreal & 2 Tattoo Eyeshadows from Maybelline! I'm so excited to swatch & compare, the shades look gorgeous!

Until tonight....

Monday, December 19, 2011

Purses That Do More for 2012 from Upcycled to Natural

When I think about organic products & natural ingredients, the first thing I think about is my makeup. I guess that's no surprise considering what I do right? Well, now I'm thinking about something new! Purses! I haven't done a collection video or post on all of my purses but trust me what I say...I have far too many. This got me thinking about purses like I do my makeup collection. Next time I have a hankering to buy a new purse, how can I make a better choice?

So here's what I've discovered. I went in search of something new, not just the seat belt bags of my youth that were once so popular. I wanted unique, upcycled, & gorgeous. Let's be clear & honest from the beginning: I don't carry ugly purses, even if it plants trees or recycles my bottles for me. Its simply not happening. So here are the purses I decided to show you. Pay special attention not just to the purse itself, but the companies as well. How a purse is packaged is just as important to me. As long as it gets to me in great shape, it can be packaged in whatever works. Here are my top 5 picks, in no specific order.

This was a purse sent to me for review. I was planning on using it in an outfit of the day or something similar but after doing my research it was the inspiration of this post. Its a gorgeous clutch, classy but not overly glitz. It arrived a bit flattened, but that was to be expected since it was shipped. A customer review on the site states its too big, but I like that I can fit more in it. The color is off online as well, its more of a blue with a slight reflective quality. The interior picture on the website is more accurate than the exterior.

What Gaiam says: "Take romance from day into evening with our fabulously feminine Rose Silk Clutch with wrist strap. Fold-over flap is beautifully embellished with silk rosettes with a magnetic snap closure. Holds all of the essentials. Zipper pocket. Each purchase provides a fair trade group with much needed income to help improve its community’s quality of life. 100% eco-conscious silk. Lining: 60% silk, 40% rayon. Vietnam."

Things to Take Note of: Gaiam has a pretty cool  way of shipping. I'm really digging how they lay it all out on their site HERE as well.
-“Ugly” reused boxes – 100% reclaimed, 100% recyclable
-Renature® packing “peanuts” – 100% natural, 100% biodegradable
- Recycled-content catalogs – 30% recycled, 100% recyclable
- Mailers – 95% or 35% recycled, 100% recyclable
- Zero out the carbon impact of shipping your Gaiam order, and do something simple yet significant to help slow global warming. Your contribution of just $2 helps our partner The Conservation Fund® to plant new forests that absorb thousands of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through its Go ZeroSM program. Over its lifetime, each new tree planted by the Fund will absorb more than one ton of carbon dioxide. That's enough to offset the emissions resulting from shipping a 200-pound package from Los Angeles to New York. 100% of your donation goes directly to The Conservation Fund, the nation's top-rated charity for low administrative costs, to plant trees through the Go Zero program.

I would have never thought of this! I'm a crafter but am constantly suprised and excited by the ideas out there. How beautiful is this? Someone out there took a simple household item and made it something I would carry year round & feel good about.

What Celery Street says: Rice Bag Purse in Pink.  Light weight, fashionable, and Fair Trade…what more could you ask?! Using creatively recycled material from Cambodian rice feed bags, landmine and polio disabled artisans crafted this bright, fun, pink and environmentally responsible rice bag purse to benefit Cambodia’s most under-served and impoverished citizens.

Things to Take Note of: Not only is it a re-purposed item, but it is also provides work for artisans in Cambodia. If this isn't your thing, check out other items available from Celery Street, they have a wide selection.

I grew up dating skateboarders so this was an awesome find. A clutch made from a discarded skateboard! Skateboards are sturdy but malleable when submerged in water for hours, so I'm not surprised they were able to form it into a gorgeous clutch.

What Eco-Handbags says: A clutch bag made from recycled skateboards. Usually covered with scratches and stickers. Lined with silk satin. Nickel closure.

Things to Take Note of: A one of a kind bag made right here in the USA. All unique, no two are the same.

What a cool take on the chain mail trend of the 90s right? Shiny & modern, plus its origins are not completely unrecognizable. What a great conversation starter!

What Ecoist says: Stand out in the crowd. Perfect for days when you don't have much to carry or nights out on the town. Hand crocheted with 700 recycled aluminum pop-tops. Comes with silver satin lining and YKK zipper closure.

Things to Take Note of: Made from recycled pull-tabs. Nylon fabric liner and zipper closure. Handmade in Brazil by Women's Cooperatives. Keep in mink the YKK zipper is one of the best on the market, made to last & used by many top brands.

This is one of the coolest upcycles ever, & I've been saving it till I found a worthy post to add it to. Many of the issues with replaces leather handbags with something more animal friendly is there just wasn't anything. I mean, leather is durable & resists the elements making it perfect for everyday use. Ah, but tires! Why didn't I think of that?

What Uncommon Goods says: Yes, these cutting-edge bags are actually made of recycled tires - real retreads, rescued form the tires of trucks and tractors from a landfill. So if you're a conscientious consumer, then these purses are an absolute must - the ne plus ultra of recycled goods. The "Mini" (right) is accented with Army Green twill tape handles, decorative cutouts, and metal grommets, while the larger "Model T" (left) comes with actual seat belts for handles and three outer snaps for added security. The "Model T" also features an inside security pocket.

Things to Take Note of: Brilliant for animal lovers looking for a leather alternative that is better than fabric itself. Eco friendly while still being chic. Lots of options for something edgier as well, the tires look great with fringe or grommets as detailing.

Those are my picks! What do think? Will you look into a stylish but natural or upcycled option this year?

 *Item(s) sent to me for review are featured in this post. This in no way guarantees coverage. All of my reviews and reactions are honest, I would never recommend something that didn’t deserve it. For more information, please see my disclosure policy in the top bar.*

Freeman Beauty Winner!

Congratulations Kendall! Normally I let you guys know another winner could be chosen if I haven't received a response within 72 hours...but she responded right away!

Bummed you didn't win? I have another contest coming soon from Physician's Formula! 


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Review: Maybelline Baby Lips

 So I realize I'm behind, but I wanted to really use these. See, I have a love-hate relationship with tinted lip balms. I find they're either waxy, not tinted enough, or nearly a gloss so they slide around. 

Let me straight up lay out what I was looking for so you know what kind I like:
-Moisturizing enough that it smooths and soothes my winter chapped lips but not oily.
-Tinted enough that I can see it on but not so tinted that I have to use mirror precision like with lipstick.
-Easy to throw in my bag since I love to take tinted balms with me.

So, now that you know what I like in a tinted balm, I can honestly say these delivered! 
 Here are the 5 I recieved from my BzzAgent campaign to review:

Peppermint- Clear & peppermint scented. Love peppermint year round so I've been using it a lot.
Quenched- Also clear but with a very slight scent, almost like a super light candy smell. I use this one the most out of the two clear balms.

Peach Kiss- Love this shade! A healthy peach with a super subtle silver sheen. I could be imagining that I suppose, but I really think it has it on. Gorgeous pigmentation!
Pink Punch- I call this one "Barbie pink" because, well, look at it! Very pigmented but more sheer than a lipstick. If you have been tempted to go bright, this is a wonderful first step! Everyone can rock this pink.
Cherry Pie- Out of the 3 colors I received, this was the most disappointing. The pigmentation just wasn't as good and I would've loved a darker, redder shade. Its still pretty, but compared to Peach Kiss & Pink Punch it doesn't look like its on par.

Overall: The packaging on these was what I was most concerned about. Usually this type of plastic cap tends to wander in my bag but it stayed clicked and closed. The colors are cute I think & stand out, although clearly geared towards a younger age range than most Maybelline products. I find that very interesting, new marketing perhaps? The names are cute without being too OPI or boring. The best part is how moisturizing they are & how they actually look moisturizing BUT aren't slick or overly shiny. All in all, they got the texture right for this product, not something I see often with tinted balms. On top of all that, it seems to last longer than most of my balms because it has more to it.

These are available from drugstores & mega stores for under $5! I have seen them under $3 so shop around and keep an eye out for coupons!

*Item(s) sent to me for review are featured in this post. This in no way guarantees coverage. All of my reviews and reactions are honest, I would never recommend something that didn’t deserve it. For more information, please see my disclosure policy in the top bar.*

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Finger Paints Special Effects Collection‏

I shall preface this post with...WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT. Thank you very much. Now that I have that out of my system, is anyone else shocked more nail polish companies aren't coming out with affordable flakies considering the popularity? If you're an avid reader, then you know flakies are a lot like an addiction for me. So, clearly, this will be a very popular collection. Exclusive to Sally's (who can do no wrong) I'm predicting this to be the beginning of a beautiful awakening of the flakie to hit the mainstream.
I put the name below each bottle of polish for reference.

Look for these starting in January, exclusive to Sally's Beauty Supply, for only $5.49.
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