Sunday, March 25, 2012

MyGlam Bag

My GlamBag
$10.00 per month US Via

I have to say just a little bit about this new beauty sample subscription program that came out in December of 2011. Subscriptions for this company, created by Michelle Phan and a couple other youtube beauty guru's, sold out quickly out in December. More subscriptions became available in January for a limited time. This service promoted that each month for $10 you will receive 3 - 4 deluxe size beauty samples. I wasn't sure what to expect from them so I waited to see what their first bag had, thinking it would be a good representation of bags to follow. Their first bag was AMAZING! The first bag had 2 deluxe size samples and 4 full size samples and the enticing part was it was ALL makeup! Makeup junkies dream! I jumped at the chance after I saw their first bag and saw that more subscriptions had opened up in January. Now I understand that they never promised the bag would have all makeup products, deluxe or full size makeup samples, or even that makeup would be in the bag. They advertised the bags as having beauty products in them. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Smashbox Shades of Fame Pallet

SmashBox Shades of Fame Pallet and Brush
$48.00 US at Sephora

This pallet is just in time for spring. The color selection is very neutral, with just a few colors to brighten it up and make it fun. It comes with nine shadows, two cream liners, and a double-ended brush with a flat, fluffy blending brush and a flat liner brush. Out of the nine shadows all are warm toned except Pacific, which looks to be cool toned. Most of the colors show true from pan to swatch and some just don't have the same effect swatched as it does in the pan.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Benefit The POREfessional

Benefit's The POREfessional
.75 fl oz. $29.00 US
Available at Sephora

(Picture is of a smaller size)

Benefit's The POREfessional says it's a PRO balm to minimize the appearance of pores. The POREfessional is oil-free but if you tend to have oily skin you may want to use a product that controls oil and shine along with it. It is super lightweight, it isn't heavy when using it with other products or on it's own. The product is a creamy natural beige color but thins out to be translucent. This isn't like a face brightener so it doesn't have any shine or sparkle to it. It's a bit on the matte side of finishes. The creamy formula finishes silky smooth like velvet and just like most of benefit's products (at least the ones I have used) it has a fruity smell to it. The green tube packaging has a velvety feel to it as well and is flexible with good construction. You can use it under makeup, over makeup, as a touch up during the day, and on it's own.While applying it pat it on so it can settle into your pores and remember a little goes a long way with this stuff.

I have fairly large pores in places like my T-zone and chin, and I found it to work pretty good on minimizing the appearance of them. I enjoy using it when I don't put on any makeup so I have a barrier against dirt trying to clog my pores and my skin has a smoother finish to it. I find that I have to touch up at least twice during the day. Only once if I'm not going anywhere that night so it has about a 5 hour wear without makeup on oily skin. It's a good product but doesn't eliminate the appearance of pores. (Which it doesn't claim to, so don't expect it to.) It does minimize the appearance of pores which it DOES claim to! I give this product a thumbs up for Winter and Spring but I am not sure about Summer since I don't think it will survive sweatier the days.

Enjoy your day my Cuties!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Smashbox Shades of Fame Launch Party

Sephora's private VIB Party last night was pretty awesome! It was launching Smashbox's new pallet Shades of Fame, and was held at Smashbox Studios in LA. Take a look at how the night went!

Also check out my review of the Shades of Fame Pallet

Jenni (my sister in law) and I were the first people there! Nerds? Maybe! Wanting not to wait in long lines or get caught in traffic? Yes! ha ha But we were REALLY early, like they weren't even completely set up when we got there at 5! haha

Once they started letting us in a lady escorted us over to the bar first and we grabbed some pink drinks and then over to the makeup stations to get our makeovers done by the amazing Smashbox and Sephora makeup artists.

This was my makeup artist Tuesday! (Loved her name!)

Then off to get our professional head shots taken. The photos were eventually taken by Davis Factor, world famous photographer but since we were the first people to get them done he wasn't there yet. The guy who took our photos is one of the photographers for the studio and was awesome! They gave us a CD right on the spot of all the photos they took for us to keep.

After the photos we mingled and met two really nice women Marieke and Danielle. We laughed and got to know each other over mini kobe beef burgers and other yummy stuff.

Here is the debuting pallet Shades of Fame. Super pretty colors! Nine powders and two creams.

I had to take a picture of this lady. She was dressed so cute in her vintage dress. She got it from Elsewhere Vintage in Orange she told me.

This was our swag bag. It came with a $10 Sephora gift card, a sample size Smashbox Lid Primer, and a sample size Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara. Pretty cool!

We had so much fun joking with the waiters, nibbling on the hors 'd'oeuvres and getting to know new people. They had this awesome spinach pesto feta cheese pizza thing that was to die for and warm chocolate chip cookies! YUM! So yummy one lady pushed another girl out of the way just to get to the food! Sephora promises to do more of these events and I would recommend if you have a chance to go, do it! You'll have a blast! There were about 200 people there that kind of filtered in and out through the night so it was never crowded.
This next part really has nothing to do with the actually pallet. I was a bit disappointed with Sephora's staff. I was told by the ladies who work for Sephora selling the pallets that this pallet was not going to be released to the general public till April, yet they have it for sale on their website RIGHT NOW! So maybe I heard them wrong and they meant to say it wasn't going to be sold by any other companies to the general public till April... But wait, another beauty store online is selling it already too! ha ha, I am not disappointed that all you cuties out there can buy this pallet already but I am disappointed with the ill informed staff they had there. Unless it was a marketing ploy to sell more pallets that night to the attendees that thought we were "so cool" (ha ha) to be able to buy it a couple weeks before the general public. HAHA, WOW They saw me coming! =( 

I hope you enjoyed coming to the party with me (well in photos.)
One Tired American Cutie Beauty.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Launch Party

Hello my Beauties! I have super exciting news to tell you all about.

 Me and My Sister-in-law Jenni will be going to a VIB Launch party tonight sponsored by Sephora, for the launch of Smashbox's new eyeshadow pallet Shades of Fame. *SQUEALS* I was lucky enough to be one of the few to get on the guest list for this event. I hope I'll be able to take pictures and take you all with me to the party. This will be a first for me so wish me luck I don't trip on my way in the door!

Have a great night from an Excited 
American Cutie Beauty!