Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful: December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Eyeshadow: Think Pink in the New Year!

So for this New Year's eyeshadow look, I thought I'd go pink! I have seen lots & lots of purple looks (my go to shade!) so I thought I'd go with a bright pink instead of glitter. I used a palette I don't use much but really love as well! For everything I've used, just keep reading!

New Years Nails: Confetti + Disco Ball Explosion Manicure!

To kiss 2012 goodbye I had to do some glitter bomb nails right? RIGHT! I honestly pulled both glitters off my nail rack & absolutely couldn't looks like a disco balll...the other like straight confetti...why choose?

Influenster Holiday Vox Box 2012!

So for some reason, mine came really late! If you aren't familiar with Influenster, I have gotten multiple boxes & you can see lots of previous boxes by searching in the search bar in the upper left of the blog. Basically Influenster is a site that matches you with specific boxes which they then send you, you review, & you earn badges, prizes, & other goodies. To check out Influenster, check out their website here.

Here's what I got!:

- NYC New York Color Liquid Lipshine in Nude York City

- Quaker Real Medleys Oatmeal in Peach Almond

- Kiss Nail Dress in the pattern Baby Doll

- Montagne Jennesse Face Mask in Raspberry & Mango

- Eboost in Pink Lemonade

- Goody QuikStype Microfiber Brush

So there we go! This is just giving you a look at what I got altogether & what will be popping up on the blog! Did you get the Influenster Holiday Voxbox? Any items catch your eye?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

NEW Maybelline Color Tattoos Metal Collection Review & Swatches!

PhotobucketIf you have been following me for awhile, then this post will come as no surprise. I'm obsessed with Maybelline Color Tattoos. Their price point is great & these shades have been a total hit. I'm found a few shades I'm not a huge fan of but you can always find a way to use them. From gel liners to eyeshadow bases to a fab eyeshadow on its own, I consider these must haves.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Swatches & Review

 This post has been a long time coming & is probably crazy detailed. I've been wanting to review these for some time but when I do a review I was to be CERTAIN about my convictions. I wanted to use each of these numerous times in different ways so I could fully answer any questions & explain my experiences. Basically, I like to not be full of...well full of it in general.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lilly Brush Has Saved My Sweaters! More Money for Makeup!

Lilly Brush is my newest must have. When it comes to clothing, I seem to have a love/hate relationship with sweaters especially. For those of you who don't know I pet sit as part of my income & also have pet of my own. Hair is everywhere in my house...we replace vacuums pretty regularly & it is a neverending battle. I didn't grow up wearing many least not real sweaters. Now that we live in snow though...I now know the truth. Sweaters are a scam to get me to keep buying more sweaters.

Glossybox USA for December 2012 featuring Zoya, Jewelmint, & More!

This Glossybox was pretty fab! Full size items galore & items I will actually! December & January subscription boxes are always some of my favorites & they seem to go all out. To see what was in this Glossybox, keep reading!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Dobel Tequila & Jane's Addition Giveaway! Special Edition Items!

A few days ago I let you guys know that you can now download the new Jane's Addition album for FREE! Check out that post here! They have been so kind & offered you guys this awesome giveaway which will let you win a special edition leather bracelet & a special edition Perry Farrell photo book both pictured below!

Good luck everyone! lease do notice that you MUST be 21 or over to win because the prizes are being offered from Dobel. Anyone in the 50 states can win! If you're international...enter the Hair Products Pro Karmin Curling Iron Giveaway! You could also enter on their facebook page & snag one as well...there isn't much competition & it ends soon!
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SquareHue December Nail Polish Box (New Subscription Service!)

So besides Julep, I can't think of another worthwhile nail polish subscription. While I like Julep alright, I haven't liked it enough to subscribe. SquarHue is pretty new & also pretty fabulous. This is my first box, but the fabulousity is in the details. Keep reading to find out why I'm giving it a thumbs up!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

NEW Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks Review & Swatches

UPDATE: I found the rest of the shades! I've swatched all 10 shades, see the other 5 which includes a bit more color variation

So if you happened to check out my swatches & review of the original Kate Moss line for Rimmel (the ones in the black tube) then you know I'm a huge fan! Our partners across the pond had these ages before us & they actually have access to more shades...but I snapped up all of the shades availible at my CVS! There are 5 total so stay tuned for thoughts!

Joyful Noise Cosmetics Winter/Holiday Nail Polish Swatches Part 2

So now that Christmas is passed & I feel like I'm running a bit late on these but I decided I wanted to show them off closer to New Years! This part has my favorite polish of all, Bling in the New Year! I hope you love them! Check out Part 1 of the Joyful Noise swatches + review with my favorite Christmas mix possibly of all time!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Starlooks Starbox December Palette Eyeshadow look!

So earlier today I raved about my December Starlooks Starbox & promised to show you a look using the awesome palette inside! I loved this look so much, definitely a fun Christmas look! It was just my hubby & I this year so I didn't play it safe! That white gold I adore so much was oh so lightly dusted on as a highlight.

I didn't take lots of pictures of this look, but I adore the picture before! I think it came out really well even though I just did some quick photos!

This definitely made me think of a holiday season rainbow! What do you think? If you get a Starlooks Starbox, I'd love to see what kind of looks you have created!

December Starlooks Starbox Review + Swatches!

I'm so sorry this has taken so long to get up! My Starbox had to be resent & then the snow delayed it! Darn Nebraska! Anyway, I have swatches on this post & an eye look which I should have up later today! Excited!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Free Jane's Addiction CD Thanks to Dobel Tequila + Video!

Hey guys! I know it is almost Christmas (seriously...that is TOMORROW!) but I have some seriously cool news to share from Dobel Tequila about Jane's Addiction. I grew up listening to Jane's Addiction so I have been keeping up with their new album information.Thanks to their partnership with Dobel Tequila, you can download their entire new album FREE! All you have to do is like their facebook page which shouldn't take you but a second. I'll also be hosting a giveaway for you guys (SCORE!) so stay tuned later on for that! Check out this exclusive video peek below & have a rocking holiday!

5 Days of OCC Lip Tars: Stalker Swatches & Review

The last of my OCC Lip Tar swatches & I thought I'd go out with a festive red! Stalker is a true red & I'm totally loving it to pieces.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

5 Days of OCC Lip Tars: Melange Swatches & Review

I'm ridiculously irritated with the internet lately & since I haven't posted in 2 may have noted that. Oh snow. Luckily we still had power (not everyone here did!) but now that everything is up & running I have lots of catching up to do! Here's the 2nd to last of my 5 Days of OCC Lip Tars post & the last one will be later on today! I'm excited to be back in working order!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

5 Days of OCC Lip Tars: Pretty Boy Review & Swatches

PhotobucketI'm super excited about this week for 5 Days of! I currently own 5 Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tars so they fit in perfectly! Today I'm showing you Pretty Boy, a freakin fantastic fuchsia. Keep reading to see swatches, on my lips, & my thoughts!

Zoya Lovely for Spring 2013 Official Information

You know I LOVE me some Zoya. Seriously, just look for it i my search bar. Ridiculous obsession. Today we're supposed to get a wicked storm here so I am super excited to bring you the Lovely line from Zoya for Spring 2013! These look like a fun take on spring & I can't wait to get my hands on them. 

Lovely, just LOVELY!
Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other....

 Zoya Lovely – spRING 2013 
-Piaf (ZP652) - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)

-GeiGei (ZP651) - Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)

-Julie (ZP650) - Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13)

-Blu (ZP653) - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage

-Neely (ZP655) - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)

-Jacqueline (ZP654) - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)

When the press info for the Zang Toi & Peter Som shows originally rolled in, I took note of Jacqueline, Neely, & GeiGei. I really want to see Piaf in person...I seriously cannot picture it in my head! I love the idea of creamy metallics for spring, gorgeous. Julie is easily going to be is purple. Blu looks so soft & gorgeous. I'm just estatic!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

5 Days of OCC Lip Tars: Grandma Review & Swatches

I'm super excited about this week for 5 Days of! I currently own 5 Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tars so they fit in perfectly! Today I'm showing you Grandma, a creamy coral. Keep reading to see swatches, on my lips, & my thoughts!

Eyes: Dramatic Wet n Wild Shimmer 'Til Morning Look + Tutorial

I'm pretty excited to bring you guys a requested eye look today! I reviewed the Wet n Wild Sparkle 'Til Morning Limited Edition Palette awhile back & got a few requests to do a tutorial for the left side of the palette as well. When I asked if you guys wanted to see something wearable (I consider the tutorial in that post to be pretty wearable) or something more dramatic the consensus was dramatic. Check out my tutorial below!

Nails By Laura (Joyful Noise) Winter Nail Polish Swatches& Review Part #1

PhotobucketI'm SO excited to be bringing you this post today! Yes, these polishes are glorious. But another reason is the technical difficulties I've been experiencing lately have been ridiculous. One thing after another. I'm hoping everything is back in good working order! Now...let's see these swatches! They're bound to put you in the holiday spirit! Laura just makes the most gorgeous combos!

Monday, December 17, 2012

5 Days of OCC Lip Tars: Vintage Review + Swatches

I'm super excited about this week for 5 Days of! I currently own 5 Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Lip Tars so they fit in perfectly! Today I'm showing you Vintage, a sexpot red. Keep reading to see swatches, on my lips, & my thoughts!

P&G Art of Shaving Deals & Steals!

Good morning! Today I have a collection of deals from Art of Shaving to share with you! When it comes to shopping for men I pretty much lose it. I feel like there is always one more makeup product, nail polish, purses, pair of heels...oh you get it? There's always one more thing that someone can gift me. Why is this? Because I am not a man. 

Seriously, my dad & husband just buy what they want when they want it. Video game? Bought it. Clothes? They either think they don't need more or they've bought what they want. Food? Okay you can buy them food but I feed my husband nightly so that isn't special. The trick to holiday shopping for someone like this is to buy them something outside the box. Although they might not think to buy themselves a nice shaving set, they'll definitely like it!

I recommend a full size shaving kit for a nice gift! The Art of Shaving have many to choose from including options in the scents lemon, lavender, sandalwood, & the oh-so-giftable unscented. Unscented is just the easiest to go with for me...I'm so picky abotu scents that I assume everyone else is too!

 Free Ground shipping and $15 off your purchase of any The Art of Shaving Full Size Kit, until 12/30/12 with Promo Code: 15offFSK at checkout

This Kit Comes with:
The 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave® combine The Art of Shaving's high quality products, handcrafted accessories and expert shaving technique to provide optimal shaving results while helping against ingrown hairs, razor burn, and nicks & cuts. The Full Size Kit offers Pre-Shave Oil (2 fl. oz), Shaving Cream (5.0 oz), After-Shave Balm (4 fl. oz), and a Pure Badger Black Shaving Brush.

I love that there is no guess with this kit, you have everything you could possibly need for the perfect shave! This kit looks nice but not too frilly or fussy. My husband never takes that kind of stuff seriously.

**This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Clarisonic MIA 2 One Month Check In + My Skin Now!

Good morning! Today I have my one month check in with my Clarisonic MIA 2 & a look at my skin now! I've really loved using it every morning & evening & definitely see a difference. If you missed my prior Clarisonic posts, check out my Clarisonic MIA 2 First Impressions & my Clarisonic MIA 2  2 Week Check-In!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup!


Birchbox for December 2012 featuring Model Co

This is my December Birchbox! I received a product that I actually got in my Beauty Box 5 box last month which is the Model Co gloss. Everything else is new to me though!Just click on the photos below to enlarge them!

Friday, December 14, 2012

5 Days of Revlon Lip Products: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains Review & Swatches

This week was really fun, I loved showing off my Revlon lippies! Today is day 5 & to go out with a bang I'm reviewing the much requested Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Can we just start with the name? Wouldn't the alphabet have just been shorter? would have been. If you are new to stains though, you might not remember back to the original Revlon Just Bitten stains which were an actual liquid stain much like Benefit. I personally liked those & still own quite a few. This is their way of making a stain easier to wear, apply, & they definitely took some inspiration from Clinique & Tarte.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

5 Days of Revlon Lip Products: Red & Neutral Lip Butters

Wowie, the things I have had to do to get this post up & running! Sheesh! I definitely wanted to make sure to have this all ready for you guys to round out the end of my Lip Butters posts! To see the pink shades click here & the purples/orange shades here! To read my thoughts on the performance, texture, packaging, etc. read my first post here! Now onto the reds & nudes!

Lips: Carmex Pomegranate & Carmex Everyday Lip Conditioner Review!

Photobucket is totally one of THOSE days! Hubby got a new internet router awhile back (even though there was nothing wrong with our other one) & said it would be a lot faster (I've noticed 0 difference). I've literally had in & out internet all morning which is totally killing me. I woke up early much for that. It has thrown off my posts a bit so expect to see my Revlon Lipbutter wrap up (reds & neutrals!) later on & really awesome stuff coming up this evening! Stay tuned!

So now that all of that is out of the way, let's talk about these new Carmex lippies I've been using! I got these awhile back but have been so swamped with work I'm just now getting to cover them! I have two varieties today, Carmex in Pomegranate & Carmex Everyday Lip Conditioner.

The Carmex Pomegranate lip balm is perfect for the winter season. This balm has an SPF of 15 but the best part is that it is water resistant! It says on the tube that it lasts for 80 minutes which is awesome! Rain, snow, water sports (Oh you get to winter in Jamaica? How nice!) this is a must-have. This has your standby classic Carmex scent mixed with Pomegranate which I find to be quite pleasant! I'm surprised it isn't marked as medical because it really helps to help my chapped lips!

The Carmex Everyday Lip Conditioner comes in a handy squeeze tube, one of my favorite forms of balm. I'm pretty much in love, this smells/tastes like an orange dreamsicle! The texture is so different, unlike anything else I've tried. It feels almost like a primer you would use on your face but creamier. It blends right into your lips & they feel wonderfully soft & hydrated!

So there you have it! I didn't grow up using lots of Carmex items but maybe I need to start! What do you think? Have you tried any of the new Carmex items?

**Items provided in hops of review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Softlips Holiday Lip Conditioner Duo Packs Review!

I had been getting some questions about if I was reviewing these & now I have them for you guys! I'm super excited about these because they are just the best stocking stuffers ever! These would be great as a name tag on a gift too! Perfect & really nice looking! I adore the Softlips brand in general but holiday scented lippies have a special place in my heart.

5 Days of Revlon Lip Products: Orange & Purple Colorburst Lip Butters

I'm so glad you guys enjoyed yesterdays post & swatches! I'm also just as excited as you are to review the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm has been a long time coming! Today I'm showing my orange & purple Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter shades! One of these is an absolute must have for me...I have have extras to keep in my purses! Just in case you missed my Pink Revlon Lip Butters review & swatches from yesterday...this is also the post to refer to for the overall feel of the lip butters & their packaging. I urge you to check it out!

Reviva Labs Hawaiian Seaweed Mask Review

When it comes to facial masks, I happen to be addicted. Masks help cure all of my skin ailments...from dry to oily & dull to acne prone! There is always something promising me that my skin could be just a bit better! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MD, OH & PA Readers: Giant Eagle Fall “Fashion Week Makeovers” Freebies!

Look like a runway model with a free makover by in-store beauty experts! Participants receive a FREE Maybelline 4-piece Gift Set ($15 value) while supplies last.
Schedule your appointment today! Please register in advance for this event with your in-store Beauty Expert or send an e-mail to with your store location and best way to be reached.
To see if this event is near you go to and click on View Participating Stores

I am SO jealous of you ladies residing in the areas listed! This sounds so cool & the freebie pack is sweet! I'd love to hear about the event if you end up going! As always, big thanks to Free Beauty Events for letting me know & letting me share it with you guys!

Jurlique Hand Care Essentials Holiday Set Open Box & Review!

 Jurlique has rolled out a few holiday centered gift ideas perfect for the beauty lover on your list. Jurlique was nice enough to send one my way so I can show it off to you guys! If you love hand creams (why yes I do!) then you'll adore this set!

Prestiche Body Products Review...You'll Love Them!

So I was recently given the opportunity to try out some body products from a brand that is new to me called Prestiche. I was excited as it seems much like LUSH...another shop I adore! They actually have more products from Prestiche that are right up my alley though & some great scents I was dying to check out! I went ahead & grabbed 5 different products in 5 different scents! I also have an awesome discount code so check that out below!

5 Days of Revlon Lip Products: Pink Colorburst Lip Butters

I had to break up my Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter collection into 3 parts & today I will be bringing you the pinks! Since this is the first post I'll also delve into the texture & packaging. Pinks are normally the colors I am asked most about when it comes to the Lip Butter range so it was a natural place to start!

Monday, December 10, 2012

China Glaze Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Swatches

So I ended up only picking up 3 polishes from the Cirque Collection from China Glaze. I wanted some of the cremes but I just couldn't decide & ended up passing. I was most excited for the black & white glitter because that is so crazy rare in the mainstream nail world. The other 2 also happen to be glitters.

Cosmo Voxbox for January 2012 from Influenster!

Lucky me! I am part of the Influenster program (just type Influenster into the left search bar to view past boxes!) & happened to be selected for another one! Sweet! This is the Cosmo Voxbox for January 2012. This box contains more random type items as opposed to the Beauty Blogger Voxbox I got last time...which was beauty themed!

5 Days of Revlon Lip Reviews: Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks in Socialite & Couture

So I'm starting a new series called "5 Days of" & I'm planning to start it every week! This will be 5 days of something similar but different. This week, the theme is Revlon Lip Products...a topic I get lots of requests for! Now that I think I have finally bought the majority of the shades I wanted in the various lines, I'm ready to bring you swatches! Throughout the week you'll be seeing shades from the Lip Butters & the Kissable Balm Stains. Not today! Today i have my official review of the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks. & boy do I have a lot to say.

Friday, December 7, 2012

IT Factor Simply It Quick Blowdry Smoothing Lotion Review

I've been using this product for a long time & I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my thoughts with you! Being sick, this has been super helpful in cutting down my wet hair time...yay!

What IT Factor Says: It Factor's proprietary VaporBoost system reduces drying time by up to 50%. With the help of Sunflower Seed Oil & Green Tea Extract, Simply It shields against free radicals, while providing UV and heat protection. The healthy formula features soy protein to smooth and soften hair, wheat and silk amino acids to replenish moisture to damaged and dull hair and to impart shine, and bottlebrush extract to add body and bounce with all-day soft hold.
All It Factor products are free of harsh sulfates and alcohols, parabens and sodium chloride--making them 100% safe for color treated and chemically straightened hair.

How to use: Apply 1-3 pumps of Simply It into your palms, rub together and smooth through wet or dry hair.
Why I Love It: I've been using the IT Factor Quick Blowdry Smoothing Lotion almost every time after washing my hair. I love that it doesn't feel like I've added product to my hair! I mean, you can tell it dries faster, softer, & that it is smoother...but I don't feel product! This is awesome because I never know what else I will add to my hair whether it is heat protectant the next day (this has it inside if you use it that day!), curl activator, hair oils, or what have you. Zero product build up & my hair feels just as clean! I already love the IT Factor Quick Blowdry Shampoo & Conditioner & this was an awesome addition! I can't wait to see what else they come out with, I'd love to see more!To learn more, check out the IT Factor website.

* Product provided in consideration ofreview. All opinions are my own.

Glossybox for November 2012 featuring Illamasqua, Kryolan, & More!

So normally I love to do a video open box for my GLOSSYBOX supscription but that just isn't happening. I am so sick guys. Seriously. No one wants to see this. I'm still working hard to bring you the best in beauty but there is no way you want to see me on camera. A blog post only will simply have to do!
I know some people weren't thrilled with this GLOSSYBOX & while I don't think it was the best I certainly didn't think it was a bad box. With 2 makeup items, one nail item, one hair item, & one skin product I thought it was decently rounded out. One of the products alone nearly paid for the box.

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