Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July Lip Monthly Box

Since I heard about a new subscription service called Lip Monthly I have loved the concept.....a beauty subscription service with all lip products, with a range from drug store to high end? Yes please! So I was more then excited to see my July Lip Monthly Box in the mail today.

These boxes did not have themes like most beauty boxes, I said did because that is all about to change next month. Not only will boxes have themes but they are getting ready to open up and online shop.

The items I received for the month of July are:

Outside of the box:
  • City Color Cosmetics Lip Lush Luscious Lip Crayon in Wine ($2.99)- This is such a gorgeous purple shade. The texture is that of a moisturizing matte lipstick. I love the shade!
  • Revlon Color Burst Lip Gloss in Sun Baked ($6.99)- This is a great Fall time lip gloss. It is on the deeper side of Pink. I actually own this already so I will be handing this beauty off to someone else.
  • MONTHLY MIXUP super cute concept this is when they throw in a non lip items to shake things up a bit. This month it is the John Frieda Straight Fixation Smoothing Crème 1.5 ounces of product is around $3.50 worth of product.

In the box:
  • City Color Cosmetics Lip Balm in Bright Red ($2.99)- This is unbelievably pigmented for a Lip Balm it is a gorgeous Pinky Red shade. I am sure I will get use out of this.
  • Appeal Cosmetics Lipstick in Red Light District ($22.00)- This shade is a magnificent Scarlet Red shade. It is mind boggling pigmented and the texture is supple and it cocoons your lips in this shade.
Swatches (1 swipe only L-R): City Color Cosmetics Wine, City Color Cosmetics Bright Red, Appeal Cosmetics Red Light District

Total for this months box:

That is a great box and nothing I got is discontinued or unavailable. If you guys have not checked out Lip Monthly here and use the code SUMMERLIPS to get your first box for $5.00

Also, if you would like to see live swatched check out my unboxing video on YouTube here

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Monday, July 14, 2014

July Ipsy Glam Bag: Sensationally Sunkissed

I love this time of month because my subscription bags are rolling in and this first one for the month has to be my favorite subscription service. Ipsy has been hands down trend setting with its ability to include a vast array of beauty products. I started receiving my bags back in April and have not been disappointed once.  So with that said, lets jump right in to my bag for the month of July.

I was so excited when I opened my bag for the month because I got in essence products to almost complete a full face of makeup. I love when that happens.
The items in my July Ipsy bag consisted of:
  • Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Inspiration: which contains the shades Muse & Passion in the cutest mini I have ever seen in my beauty existence. I love the duo they sent, the name of the shades screams Michelle Phan's mission statement about empowering women to realize their own inner power and strength and strive to be the best versions of themselves that they can be and that no dream is unattainable...yes I got that all from one shadow duo name.

  • Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer in Secret Sunshine: This bronzer is a satin finish and can easily be worn lightly or full on bronze goddess. It is very velvety in texture and even with my light skin tone can be worn easily. It reminds me of  MAC Superb when built up.

  • Derma E BB Cream: A very nicely textured BB Cream. You all know I am about texture when it comes to testing any sort of BB cream, Tinted Moisturizer, or Foundation. I have dry skin and I know right down to the touch if I will like a product on my skin. Right off I loved the texture of this product. So high hopes for this. I will update you all on my final verdict.

  • Pur Lisse Pur-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30: The texture of this is slightly thicker for a day cream, but I love that. I have dry skin so a good daily moisturizer is a must have in my beauty bag. So I will for sure be using this.

  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink: I believe this is a self adjusting lip balm when I swatched it on my arm not to much happened. Then I swatched it on my lips and it had a vibrancy that was not present on my arm. It has a very nice slight mint scent. Great for day to day wear.
 Top lip no product, Bottom lip Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm
I loved everything in my bag this month. I am always pleased with my bags from Ipsy and this is another home run for them. My video will be up shortly on my YouTube channel here, so keep an eye out. Let me know what you received in your bags this month in the comment section below, or leave me links to your blog post or videos.


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Friday, July 11, 2014

First Impressions: Tarte Rainforest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Today my new palette arrived in the mail and I thought you guys would like a first impressions of it. I am talking about the new Limited Edition palette from Tarte, the RainForest After Dark Colored Clay Eye & Cheek Palette.

I passed on the Aqualillies palette and after seeing it in a lot of favorites videos I was a bit put out because it was so gorgeous. But, I am almost glad I did. I am a neutral girl at heart so when I saw this on Sephora's website I jumped for joy. Everything from the packaging to the color selections inside this palette scream STEPHANIE!

First, off the packaging is a heavy faux wood texture on the cover with a gorgeous gold snake embossed on the packaging with a beautiful purple gem as the eye. Even the box it came in is outstanding. The snake pattern in the gorgeous ombre purple box is just hypnotizing.

Then you open it and all your neutral dreams come true!

Clockwise from top: Park Ave Princess, Don't Turn a-Brown, Tan-gled up in you, Up to no gold, Plum away with me, Make a Mauve, Bare to Explore, Champagne, & Unleashed in the center.
  (L-R) Bare to explore, Make A Mauve, Plum away with me, Up to no gold, Tan-gled up in you, Don't turn a-brown, Unleashed blush, Champagne, Park Ave Princess 
The shades are all so beautiful and there is a range from matte, to shimmer. I love that everything is in one palette. So simple but so elegant and exotic. Such a gorgeous palette. So far my first impressions are all positive. I will make sure to do an update on my YouTube Channel Here

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

MUA Kit Essentials: MaqPro Palette (lightest shades)

If you guys saw my latest YouTube video, you know I promised to have this post up so you guys could get a better look at one of my most loved palettes from my MUA kit. I figured I would turn this into a series seeing as I have a few of these palettes and they are a staple in my kit.

The palettes I am talking about are my Maq Pro Palettes, otherwise known as Le Maquillage Professionnel Palettes by Maq Pro Paris.

To begin I am going to start with the lightest palettes in my kit. The lightest palettes consist of:

  • Fard Crème Palette in E.7 or Caucasian 1. This palette is great for almost all shade ranges in the light skin tone range. It contains 30 ml of product which is your standard foundation size. With the convenience of being able to adjust and create your own unique foundation shade.
  • Fard Crème Palette in PP01. This palette is tiny, it is smaller then the palm of my hand. But, the wells are deep. With the versatility of the Foundation palette but with more options for custom shades & correcting abilities. This is a great addition to have to the main foundation palette. This also contains 30 ml of product, so don't let the size of it fool you. It has just as much power as its big sister.


  • Fard Crème Palette in E.7: 198,170,118,1989,124,TL2
  • Fard Crème Palette in PP01: 170,TL2,111,52,41,124,131,91,CI,101

Fard Crème Palette in E.7 Caucasian 1
Fard Crème Palette in PP01


These are truly a dream to work with. They are a waxed based foundation. Which you think wax and you are like...? But, these foundations can literally last up to 12 hours on the skin. They can be applied with brushes or sponges. I prefer brushes. Versatility of wear is exceptional, they even make products to thin this out, I find it works beautifully just the way it is. It is easily layered. Coverage range varies from light-high coverage without developing the dreaded cake face.

The convenience is phenomenal. To be able to do so much with simply one palette is invaluable. They take up such little room in your kit. I highly recommend them and think they are worth every single cent.

If you want to see E.7 in action head over to my YouTube channel and check out my latest video:Here

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

MakeupGeek EyeShadow Swatches

The latest and greatest eyeshadow finds in my current collection are handsdown MakeupGeek eyeshadows. When Marlena (MakeupGeekTv) announced her makeup line I was so excited to try out anything she released. She was one of the first YouTube gurus I began watching years ago. She has a genuine love for beauty, not just outside but more importantly inside. She is relatable on a life level and I love supporting her in anyway possible. She brings such joy to all of her subscribers.....and yes she is that sweet in person as well! I had the honor of meeting her at IMATS 2013 still a major highlight to this day.

MakeupGeek Eyeshadows:
  • 60 shade range and continuing to grow.
  • Inexpensive for outstanding quality.
  • Low cost/fast shipping.
  • Options; you can buy either single pans, pots, or sets.
  •  Great pigmentation.


If you have or pick up a Z Palette, know that you do not need magnets because they go right in. This does not work with a MAC palette as you will need magnets.  Here I have mine stored in a Medium 4 U Z Palette and I can easily fit 15 MUG shadows.

(L-R) Cupcake, Latte, Preppy, Crème Brulee, Beaches & Cream,
Corrupt, Beach Blonde, Barcelona Beach, Ba-da Bing.


The quality and texture is out of this world for $5.99 per pan. I seriously have no clue how she does it. What I love is actually the difference of texture in certain shades. Out of the 9 in the photo 7 are velvety smooth. Corrupt & Ba-Da Bing feel drier in texture. But do not be discouraged because one dip and you pick up bold, sensational color. They remind me or NARS shadows in the way the texture can change depending on the shade. Which is saying something if you consider the price difference.

(L-R) Ba-Da Bing, Barcelona Beach, Beach Blonde, Corrupt, Beaches & Cream, Crème Brulee, Preppy, Latte, Cupcake 

Versatility in Wear:

The shade range is already so immense that you can take ordinary neutral looks to extraordinary. For example, here I took a basic smokey night time look, which most people wear, black shadow and transition with something in the neutral brown family. Here I used Preppy which I see as an Olive Green/Taupe shade to transition instead and it just takes it to a different level, I get so many compliments when I wear this look. I love the difference between the bold black and the underestimated green shade. It is exquisite, it also makes the green in my eyes pop.

I hope you guys found this post helpful in your search to begin or add more MakeupGeek shadows to your beauty arsenal. They are a must have in my opinion.

If you have any MUG favorites, anything from the line. Leave me a comment and I will check it out.


Purchase MUG eyeshadows: Here
Marlena's YouTube Channel: Here
My Channel ShadesOfSteph: Here

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Friday, May 9, 2014

City Color Cosmetics Be Matte Blushes!

Ipsy truly stumbled upon a beauty gem in February's Glam Bag! City Color Cosmetics has a line of blushes rightfully labeled Be Matte Blushes. After that bag is when a fellow YouTuber Catarina Smith released her Be Matte Blush swatch video she purchased a lot of the collection and made a enabling video for us all, instantly I ordered some. So I thought I would share the ones I am loving with you guys!
(Clockwise)  Fresh Melon, Guava, BlackBerry, Papaya

First off can I just tell you how enormous these blushes are They are seriously bigger then my palm. You get 8.5 grams of product for only $2.99 that is almost criminal.

 The quality of these blushes is marvelous. They are velvety soft, the color saturation is mindboggling. Again, I say for only $2.99

Bendability is smooth and seamless. Although, these are super pigmented and a few are a tad powdery they are easy to blend and the powder causes no issue.

The packaging is thin feeling but like I noted in my April Favorites, I would rather they put the money into the product and they certainly have.

Now on a side note; if you are allergic to Talc you may want to avoid these. I know in some it causes breakouts. So just know that Talc is the number one ingredient in the product which means that it contains the most of that substance.

(L-R) BlackBerry, Fresh Melon, Guava, Papaya
These are just an example of the shade range that they carry. They have shades for every skin tone. These are my favorite, and I highly recommend these for anyone with a light to medium skin tone. If you have a darker skin tone do not even fret my beauty babes, they have shades I wish I could wear but I am simply to light.

If you have watched my April Favorites video these made the list...easily.  I have tried a few more items from City Color Cosmetics, so believe me if I find anymore gems I will let you guys know.

As you can see from the swatches below. The pigmentation is outstanding. I have to say these are my favorite drug store blushes out of the ones I have tried.
 So please pop by City Color Cosmetics website and pick up a few of these wonderful blushes!

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Milani: What Do Your Lips Say About You?

Milani latest contest is all about you! What Do Your Lips Say About You?

This contest sounds exciting because it lets you express yourself, your lips can speak louder then your words! So express yourself and enter this amazing contest.

How Do I Enter?

  • Snap your photo
Describe it using hashtags, and listing which Milani Products you used to achieve your look.

Enter it:

Upload your photo on Milani's Facebook Page
Upload on Milani's Website
Share on Twitter using #MyMilaniLips
Share on Instagram using the #MyMilaniLips

Share It
With your Friends & Family


Grand Prize of $2,000 Cash...That's a lot of lipstick!
$1,000 worth of Milani swag

The Contest has two rounds. First round starting today May 6, 2014.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Best Of Bronzers!

There are so many bronzers on the market these days. You can find really nice bronzers no matter if they come from the Drugstore or Specialty stores. In the years I have used bronzers I have tried quite a few. So I thought I would share with you all my thoughts on a few of my favorites!

What made me want to share my thoughts on these bronzers was my recent purchase of the Maybelline Master Bronze Matte Bronzing Powder in Paradise Bronze. So lets start with that one.

Maybelline Master Bronze in Paradise Bronze:

The pigmentation on this bronzer is AMAZING! The texture is so velvety and you have to be careful when dipping your brush into the product. Especially if you are pale like me. It says it is a Matte bronzer, but I can see a very slight shimmer and I do mean SLIGHT, nothing I would be worried about. I will still contour with this. Bendability is nice and melds with the skin. In comparison to the NYC Sunny bronzer, which is a treasured staple in a lot of beauty vloggers collections this one is more of a true bronze shade. On my skin the NYC Sunny bronzer always pulled more Orange in tone. The range has three shades and this is the darkest of the 3.

NARS Laguna Bronzer:

This has been a cherished part of my collection for years. I know this one categorized as shimmery. But I do not contour with this one. I use it to warm up my complexion. Notably when the weather is on the cooler side. But, during the Summer it makes your tan radiate. The texture is smooth and plush. The tone is beautiful. Yes, it is on the more extravagant side of the price point spectrum, but it lasts forever, even if you use it on a daily basis. For $38.00 you get 8grams of product.

 NYX Matte Bronzer in Light:

Easily one of the, if not best bronzers I have ever purchased at drug store prices. I can use the shade all year long and even at my tannest it still shows up. This and the Sleek bronzer are products I know I can use anytime of the day, anytime of year, with any look, & never be disappointed. The pigmentation is immensely wonderful, not overpowering, not under pigmented, just a perfect beauty median when it comes to hue, so you will never be afraid of your bronzer. The line has 5 shades & comes with 9.5grams of product.

Sleek Contour Kit in Light:

This is what I like to call my impervious bronzer. I know that if I reach for this, I am good to go. The product has a lot of the same qualities as the NYX Matte bronzer as it is smooth in texture and the perfect median in pigmentation. The best part it comes with a gorgeous champagne highlighter and the price point is jaw dropping. Sleek is a UK brand, but they have incredible shipping prices. I seriously pay way more in shipping for items 100 miles away from me....unreal right? It comes in 3 shades. The highlighter shade alters as the bronzer gets deeper, to give you a coordinating set. You get 14grams for $9.99.

TooFaced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer:

This is what I like to call a safe bronzer. In texture, pigmentation, quality, you simply can not go wrong. It is a very netural based tan shade. It is smooth and blends like a dream. If you want a subtle warmth or a stark definition of your features. This can do it all. It retails for $30 at Sephora.


Bourjois Delice de Poudre:

I love this bronzer for warming up my complexion without the shimmer of NARS Laguna. I am in shade 52, it is a beautiful tan shade. The texture is substantially more firm than the other bronzers. But, it does not take away from the pigmentation. Along with that it smells devine. It is harder to get a hold of. I purchased mine from ASOS, which currently does not have the product listed on the US site. You get 16.5grams of product.

NYC Sunny Bronzer:

As mentioned in my video this is the bronzer that I simply don't like. Mainly based off of the shade. With me having such fair skin, this sadly pulls Orange/Red on me. I am NW20-NW30 in MAC coloring and have neutral based skin. So if you are in that range you may want to avoid this.

Swatches: (L-R)

TooFaced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, Bourjois Delice De Poudre #52, Sleek Contour Kit in Light,  NYX Matte Bronzer in Light, NARS Laguna, Maybelline Master Bronze in Paradise Bronze
I hope this post helps with your search to find your best bronzer for your skin tone. They are a essential part of any makeup collection. Happy hunting.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Blog Sale.....

It is that time again when I make myself go through my stock of makeup items and sell the ones I know I no longer use or are no longer working with my skin tone...So far I have been really good about not keeping make up I will not use. So far so good.

Sleek Au Naturel Palette $3.00
 Sleek ShowStoppers Palette $3.00 SOLD
Inglot Freedom Palette with 4 Inglot shadows $10 SOLD
Benefit Peek-A-Bright Eyes $6.00
Loreal Project Runway (LE) Palette in Sultry Raven's Gaze $2.50, Wet N Wild (LE) Camera Obscura Trio $1.00, Wet N Wild We're Blasting Off Trio $1.00
 (STILL AVAILABLE) LORAC Starry-Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in LORACstar $4.00, Too Faced Eye Shadow Collection Quad with shades Teddy Bear, Blonde Ambition, Totally Toasted, & Satin Sheets $5.00 SOLD
Rock & Republic Single Shadows in Skintight, & Saturate $3.00 each (Pending)
LORAC Single Shadows in Social & Posh $1.50 each (SOLD)
Cynthia Rowley Liquid Eye Liner in Black $2.50
Skin Food Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake in #2 $2.00
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows in Bikini-Tini & Bronze Have More Fun $3.00 Each,
Maybelline Color Tattoo in SeaShore Frosts (LE) $1.50, Anastasia Brow Pomade in Chocolate (love this but went a shade lighter) $10.00 ALL SOLD
L'Oreal Project Runway (LE) Blushes in Watchful Owl's Blush (SOLD) & Sultry Raven's Blush $2.50 each
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Glisten SOLD $4.00
Milani Baked Blush (matte) SOLD in Bella Rosa $2.00
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque SOLD $4.00

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 in No 13 Full Size $4.00 SOLD
Inglot Slim Gel Lipstick in #51 3.00
(Had to take these two pics without flash because it washed out the shades) 
Too Faced La Crème Lipstick in Nude Beach (Pending)
Flower Beauty Kiss Stick Luxury Lip Color in Petunia Petal $1.50
 Maybelline Intoxicating Spice $1.50

Julep Kendra $1.50, Zoya Dannii $1.50, Zoya Gemma $1.50

 Essie No More Film & Armed and Ready $2.00 Each
Orly Fowl Play $1.50, China Glaze Ultimate Holiday $1.25,
Nicole by OPI Back to Reality $1.50
Revlon Brilliant Strength in Enthrall $1.00, Revlon Chroma Chameleon in Pink Quartz $1.50
Julie G Polish in You-Niverse $1.00, Julie G Light it Up $1.25, L.A. Girl Hologram Nail Polish in 3D Silver $1.00
All Items are negotiable, It is just overflow from my collection and needs a home. I have given my friends & family so many makeup items. I don't think they can take anymore. They aren't avid makeup lovers like me=D 
Payment will be accepted through PayPal only, Payment must be made within 5 hours of hold.
Shipping will very between 1.00 to 5.00 depending on weight of shipment. US Customers only. All items are as is and non returnable.
Thank you for checking out my blog sale,

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