Friday, August 31, 2012

Revlon Eye Shadow Quad in Delightful Swatches and Review

A few weeks ago, Rite-Aid had REVLON for 40% off!  I went in search of some of their new products but when my store was sold out, I decided to try this eye shadow quad.   This was my first eye shadow purchase from REVLON, and I have to say that I am really impressed with the quality.  

Quad in Delightful

Delightful Swatches

All of the colors applied evenly and smooth.  My only issue was with the gold because there was a little fall out and the color was not very pigmented.  But tapping my brush before application took care of that.  The shadows are a little powdery, but for a drug store product I thought the color payoff for all the colors, with the exception of the gold, were great.  When I wore this quad I did use an eye shadow primer which helped the colors show brighter.  

I really enjoyed using this quad.  It gives me a light and airy look, which I found perfect this summer.  

Have you tried any of the new Revlon eye shadow quads?


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Found Love For An Old Favorite: MAC Teddy

MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy

I have been using MAC for so many years.  On one of my very first trips to the MAC counter, I was sold the Teddy eye kohl.  This was part of my everyday makeup routine, until I became practically dependent on using liquid liners.

The other day I decided I needed to go through some of my makeup that I had not used in a while and show it some love.  I am so glad I did.  I have fallen in love with Teddy all over again!!

It is a gorgeous dark brown with copper flecks in it!

Is Teddy in your makeup bag?  Have you started using any old favorites again lately?

Stay Beautiful!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Most Used Summer Items Tag 2012

Happy Monday everyone! I can't believe we are in the last week of August already and summer is officially coming to an end.  It's bitter sweet.  I'm excited for fall makeup, clothing, and trends, but it seems like I wait so long for summer ever year and it's gone before I really get to enjoy it.

I've been seeing this tag video on youtube and decided to turn it into a post just including the makeup portion.  Just something fun to start off the week.

Tag Questions:

Most worn nail polish:  

Essie Camera

Most worn hair product: 

Matrix Miracle Treat 12

Most worn foundation:

Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation

Most worn blush and/or bronzer:

NYX Blush in Pinched

Mark Bronzer in Bronze Pro

Most worn lip product:

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart

MAC Lipglass in Impassioned

Most worn mascara:

Loreal Power Volume Collagen in Waterproof

Most worn eye shadow:

MAC Jaunty

What are some of your most used items this summer?


Friday, August 24, 2012

MAC Cut A Caper

At First Was A Miss, But Now It's A Hit!

 I had been waiting for this lipstick to be re-released from MAC and ordered it the second it went online.  I was actually disappointed with it at first and put it in a drawer until now.  I really believed that this was a bust product for me and I was crushed because I was in love with it's color.  That's why I had to write this post today.

I decided to give it another try but using it up underneath a lip gloss this time.  Before I could even get the lipgloss on, I realized a difference in the lipstick.  I had thought it was drying at first, but now it seems to be creamy and leave a slight glossy finish.  I am now thinking it was just my lips recovering from my dehydration after delivering my son.  

I like to try a product a few times before I write a negative thing about it and I am so glad I did. I will be grabbing for this for the remainder of August and September and possibly layering it for a fall look.  

Cut A Caper has a Lustre finish and was repromoted with MAC's Heavenly Creature Collection.  It is still available on the Nordstrom website.  

Do you have a product that was a bust before it was a lust?  Sorry about the cheesy lines.  Just love it!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

August Sephora Haul

There are so many new products, palettes, and colors coming out for fall that have me so excited.  This was my end of summer purchase from Sephora.  I will now be in the market for fall colors and collections. Unless, ofcourse, I find an awesome deal in the clearance section online.

 I will think everything below for you to check out if you're interested.

Benefit Pretty Commitee
Benefit Coral World
Tarte Clean Slate Deluxe Primer Trio
Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Luster in Pouty - a pretty berry color
Anastasia Hydrafull Gloss in MOI - neutral pink - I got it free with Beauty Insiders.

I am really excited to try the primers and the lip gloss.  I will let you know what I think.

Do you have any of these products? What are your thoughts?


Friday, August 17, 2012

The Wait Is Over: MAC Moth Brown

MAC By Request: Moth Brown

L to R: blended swatch, heavy swatch

This was delivered today and in less than a minute I was in love. This color is amazing! It appears to be a dark grey with some shimmer but it has some purple tones in it and you can see them when the light hits it just right. 

I am so excited that I finally own this color.  I've been hearing about it for a while and was thrilled when I found out that it was voted in the top 3 for the MAC By Request collection.  

As of today this color is still available.  Check it out for yourself on the MAC website.

Did you pick up any of the fan favorites from this collection?


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fall Nail Polish Haul

I'm going to say this is part 1 since I know I will be buying more by the time fall officially arrives.

I ordered the Zoya polishes from and my sister picked up the OPI polishes for me at a professional salon supply store, but I'm sure they are available at Ulta.

Click here to create new zoya account and get a free polish of your choice!

Look for swatches in upcoming NOTW posts!

What colors have you picked up for fall?


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Birchbox August 2012

Overall I was not impressed with this month's box.  But every subscription box can have an off month and some months are just better than others.

Here is what I received this month:

  • 2 packets of Caldrea Hand Soap 
  • 1 Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Fleur perfume sample
  • 1 WEI Golden Root purifying mud mask
  • 1 WEI Pomegranate Buffing Beads
  • 1 Yu-Be Moisturizing Cream ( I will probably not use this because the packaging freaks me out.
  • 1 Stila sample card of HD Beauty Balm, foundation, and concealer (not pictured)
  • 1 Schick Razor

Without trying the products, I would have to say the highlight of this box is the razor.  While I hate receiving perfume samples that I can get on my own from any fragrance counter, this Juicy sample has turned me on to a new fragrance that I will more than likely be purchasing.  

You can get your monthly box of surprise samples at

If you receive Birchbox let me know if you got something different.  



Monday, August 13, 2012

No Longer Subscribed To Beauty Army

After 3 months of becoming completely unsatisfied with the sample selection chosen for me, I have finally canceled my subscription to Beauty Army.  

My first month I was very pleased with the service but in my opinion the sample selection since then has gone down hill.  I logged in everyday during my selection window and no matter how many times I changed my profile, I always had the same samples to choose from.  I tried to wait it out because I really enjoyed the service but it was time to cut it loose and move on to something else.

What beauty subscription boxes do you get?


Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Blogger Tag...Liebster Award

Hey everyone!  I was recently tagged by Kristine from Tales of Teeni to do the Liebster Award blogger tag and answer some questions about myself.  She's a great new blogger and it would be great if you guys checked her out.

Here we go with the tag...

 "This little award is all about discovering new blogs and helping those with less than 200 followers to get recognized."

The rules are as follows.

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.

2. They must also answer the 11 questions the ' tagger ' has set for them.

3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.

4. They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.

5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.

6. There's no tag backs.

11 Things About Me:

1. I am a Christian.
2. I'm originally from Brooklyn, NY.
3. I experienced culture shock at the age of 10 when I moved to TN.
4. I am a die hard NY Yankee Fan. I was born that way.
5. I love Starbuck's Passion Tea Lemonade.
6. I could listen to Christmas music all year long.
7. I met my husband in the 7th grade and told my mother I would marry him when I was 13, and I did!
8. I am currently in school pursuing a BS in Biology.
9. My family is my world.
10. My name means "Follower of Christ"
11. I have a small obsession with cosmetics. =)

My questions from Tales of Teeni:

1. When did you fall in love with makeup?
I always liked makeup but I really fell in love with makeup when I was 20 and discovered MAC.

2. Who inspired you to start blogging?
I had been wanting to start a blog for a long time but it wasn't until an old friend of mine from Tennessee  started making youtube videos to share her passion for makeup inspired me to kick it off.  You can check her out  Melmphs here.  Blogging provides me with a great outlet to share my passion and my thoughts with others. 

3. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Italy.  I visited Rome in April, and I honestly could have stayed there forever.  My second choice would be Hawaii.

4. What is your dream profession?
An actress. 

5. What is your favorite "me time" ritual?
Taking a bubble bath.

6. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully living in Florida, a college graduate, and just enjoying my boys. 

7. Favorite luxury makeup brand?

8. Favorite place to buy clothes?
I live at the beach and love surf brands, so I usually shop at surf shops for summer clothes.  But some of my other favorite stores are Express, Forever 21, H&M, and Victoria's Secret. 

9. What makes you the happiest?
My husband and my 2 little boys, but a trip to Sephora or the MAC counter are close seconds.

10. Favorite book?
I don't know that I have a favorite book, but my favorite fiction author is James Patterson.

11. Guilty pleasure?
Reality tv shows, my favs are The Bachelor and Bachelorette and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

I tag these ladies to answer the following questions:

1. How long have you been blogging?
2. What was the first makeup item you ever used?
3. What's your favorite drug store cosmetic brand?
4. What is your favorite lipgloss?
5. Do your nails and toes have to match if you have them both painted?
6. Do you wear makeup everyday?
7. Is makeup your hobby or profession?
8. What's your dream vacation destination?
9. Do you have an obsession with a specific product?
10. How often do you shop for makeup?
11.  What's the longest you've gone without buying makeup?

Please check these ladies out!!

Thanks for reading more about me!


Tuesday, August 07, 2012

How Do You Pick From Limited Edition Collections?

With so many limited edition collections and products being released and the holiday collections on the horizon, how do you choose?

Here are a few things I look for and consider when buying from any LE collection.

Because shades and color choices can sometimes be redundant among different brands, I usually look for colors that are unique to the brand and unique in general.  I look for colors and products that I can incorporate into my every day routine.  I also take texture and application into consideration. If the product doesn't perform well, it is not worth buying just because it's LE.

I don't purchase too many colors that are outside my comfort zone, but I will jump on the perfect shade that I may only wear once in a while, i.e. MAC Red Racer.

Limited edition packaging, while it can be gimmicky, tends to draw my eye in every time and my purse follows.

What do you look for in LE collections?


Friday, August 03, 2012

MAC By Request Collection Fall 2012

MAC By Request Collection Fall 2012

MAC fans voted on Facebook back in March for their favorite lipsticks, lipglasses, and eye shadows.  The top 3 shades from each category will be released as an exclusive online , limited edition collection.  The collection will be available online in North America in August and internationally in Fall 2012.  

My girlfriend emailed me today what colors won and what we will be seeing online next week.
Lipstick $15.00
  • Candy Yum Yum as seen in Quite Cute – April 2011
  • Moxie as seen in Retro Matte Lipsticks – September 1999
  • Rocker as seen in Time Rocker – Fall 1999
Lipglass $15.00
  • Bait as seen in Lure – June 2006
  • Cult of Cherry as seen in Cult of Cherry – September 2008
  • Flash of Flesh as seen in M•A•C D’Bohemia – May 2005
Eye Shadow $15.00
  • Guacamole as seen in Salsabelle – May 2005
  • Jeté as seen in Danse – January 2006
  • Moth Brown as seen in Madame B. – March 2005

I was really glad to see Moxie, Cult of Cherry, Flash of Flesh, and Moth Brown make a come back!  Did you favorites make it?



Nails Of The Week


Natural light

I recently had to toss some of my old makeup and nail polishes.  Among the nail polishes that were thrown away was Chanel's Blue Satin, a long time favorite of mine.  Blue is my favorite color and I was planning on repurchasing it but the $26 price point had me a bit gun shy.  I stumbled upon this color during a recent Walmart trip and had to pick it up.  It cost less than $3 for .23 fl oz, which is less than a normal bottle of polish which is .5 fl oz.  But I think in price to fl. oz. comparison it evens out.

This color is beautiful! It is super shiny going on but it does loose some of it's luster after it dries.  But you can use a top coat to fix that.  It dried really quick.  I did apply 2 coats but I could have gone with one thick coat.  With just one coat you could see streaks when I held my nails up to the light but otherwise it looked completely opaque.

This is a different color from Chanel's Blue Satin.  Styled Out is slightly lighter in color, has silver shimmer in it, and does not have as shiny of a finish.

I have decided to put my Chanel purchase on hold for now.  I love Styled Out! It reminds me of a dark denim jean and I'm excited to wear it a lot during the fall.

If you love blue polish, I would definitely pick this one up if you see it.

This is gets 5 stars from me!

Have you tried any Maybelline Color Show polishes?


Thursday, August 02, 2012

Deal Alert From The Balm Cosmetics: Triple Play Friday

Triple Play Friday begins 8/3/2012 at 12 am EST.  This is an amazing deal! For 24 hours theBalm will be offering all 3 Shady Lady palettes for the price of one! You get 3 palettes each containing 9 eye shadows for only $39.50 plus shipping.

I took advantage of this deal a few months back.  It is definitely a great way to start or grow your eye shadow collection.  I'm not sure I would have purchased all 3 on their own, so I was thrilled to get them all for the price of what I would have paid for the one that I really wanted.

If you're thinking ahead, these would make awesome Christmas gifts!

Here are photos of the palettes!

This offer expires at 11:59 pm EST on Friday 8/3/12.  There is a limit of one order per household while supplies last.  No codes needed!

Get your Shady Lady's at


Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold

When I was out last week, I randomly picked this up.  I had been looking at it for a while, because I love the color tattoo in Bad to the Bronze so much.

This applies smoothly and it has great pigmentation. I have been wearing it on it's own and also with my Urban Decay Naked palette. This is definitely a yellowish gold, but I think that makes it perfect for summer.

How many Maybelline Color Tattoos do you have?


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Kristen's Beauty Addiction is now Beauty Moxie

I mentioned earlier this week that I would be purchasing a domanin name and I finally did.  Nothing will change for you guys.  I just wanted to let you know so you know you're still reading the same blog. 

There are tabs at the top that will take you to my Twitter and Facebook pages.  Please LIKE Beauty Moxie on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Thank you so much for reading and for your patience as a few of the kinks are still being worked out. 


Wednesday Wishlist

Happy August Everyone!!

This is my current wish list for this month.  I'm sure the list will grow by the day with all of the fall collections coming out.  My birthday is next month, so this is also part of my birthday wishlist.  I probably won't end up getting much from this list until September and by then I'm sure I'll have another list in the works. =)

Stila In The Know Palette
Buxom Lipgloss in White Russian (I have wanted this for months and can never find it)
Chanel Rose Initiale Joues Contraste Blush
Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Spice Spice Baby
MAC eye shadow and blush palettes (I need to depot and conserve space!)

Sultra Color Hair Mascara in Ultra Pink
It's a 10 leave in treatment for blondes

OPI nail polish in Berlin There Done That
OPI  nail polish in My Very First Knockwurst
OPI nail polish in Nein! Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine!
Essie Stylenomics
Zoya Fall Designer Collection ( I wish for all of them but really want Natty, a smoked navy blue)

What is on your wish list this month? I would love to know!