Friday, April 20, 2012

Punch Bracelets Discount

Photo © Punch Bracelets

Special shout out to Leanne and Chrissy of Punch Bracelets.  They have offered my friends and I a discount for the next week on their super adorable punch bracelets.  I know you ladies remember these as a kid, but now, the new and improved have chains incorporated in them.

Order yours today with code: " Ashley0419 " at their Etsy Store.  They offer gold or silver chain and they come in a full rainbow of colors.  They also do custom orders, so if there is something you want but don't see, just ask!!

Shop Punch Bracelets Etsy Store.
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Make-up Tutorial

Makeup from the Dreamwater follow-up post.

    Too Faced Beauty Balm - Vanilla Glow

    MAC Concealer - NW20
    Benefit - Boi-ing Concealer 02

    Temptu S/B Foundation - Shade 3

    MAC Eyeshadow - Shroom
    Plā Beauty - Super Wear Eyebrow Definer - Light Taupe
    Lime Crime China Doll Palette : Parasol, Jade-o-lade, Lotus Noir

    Plā Beauty - Onyx

    Merle Norman - Ultra Powder Foundation - Ultra Cameo

    Benefit - High Beam
    Plā Beauty - Blush - Pink-a-Boo
    Smashbox - Soft Lights - Smashing Hightlight

    Plā Beauty - Lash Primer
    Plā Beauty - Black Mascara

    Rimmel - East End Snob

    Lime Crime Lipstick - Airborne Unicorn
    Plā Beauty Lipstick - Kinky Girl

    MAC Brush 217

Make-up Tutorial

    Lime Crime - Eyeshadow Helper

    MAC - Select Cover-up - NW20
    Benefit - Boi-ing Concealer 02

    Mary Kay - Medium Coverage Foundation

    Mary Kay - Honey Spice
    Lime Crime China Doll Palette : Parasol, Jade-o-lade, Lotus Noir, Goldfish

    DUO Adhesive - Dark
    Ardell - Wispie Lashes

    NYC Brow Blender & Liner - Blonde

    Revlon Colorstay - Liquid Liner - Black
    Mac Eye Kohl Pencil - Smolder

    Colorescience - Mineral Powder Foundation

    Benefit - High Beam
    Lime Crime China Doll Palette : Fly Dragon Fly

    Benefit - Bad Gal

    Rimmel - East End Snob

    Lime Crime Lip Gloss - Cherry on Top


Lime Crime Review - Part III - Lipstick

The lipsticks were what I was most excited about trying from Lime Crime.  As you can see from the pictures below, I took a picture of every lipstick and what it looked like on my lips.  Each color had it's own personality and it actually surprised me which ones I liked most and least.  I had read reviews from people saying they thought the lipsticks were drying, but I did not find them drying.  My lips were not chapped during testing, but I would suggest using a moisturizer before application if your lips are dry.  I did notice some of them went on smoother than others, but that could be due to different formulas when creating the colors.  They are all long lasting, but the "Airborne Unicorn", "Centrifuchsia" and "Retrofuturist" are a prolonged wear formula, meaning it is made from a combination of lipstick and lipstain, meaning the color will linger long after the lipstick has dissipated.  I personally like this, but everyone has their own preference.

I think the packaging on all of the products is super cute and you can tell a lot of thought has gone into each piece, from the hexagon lip gloss boxes to the matching unicorn on the lipstick well.  I have heard a lot of people say they think the packaging looks cheap and immature and maybe to some, yes, but I find it super cute and I have no problem pulling out my sparkly unicorn in the middle of everyone.  I have been using one of them almost everyday for the past two weeks and I did notice it has become a tiny bit wobbly. After further inspecting it I concluded it is the white bottom piece that holds the lipstick in that is a little loose.  But this doesn't bother me, as I usually end up melting my lipsticks down into containers.

I do wish they would create matching lip liners to go with all the colors, as I think it would be a perfect compliment to each of the colors or create a Lime Crime universal lip liner.  I did find that the lipsticks will feather but not as much as the lip glosses.  In the pictures below I did apply each lipstick fairly thick, so that my pictures would turn out good, but like with the glosses, you can apply a thin layer of lipstick to create a more subdued look if desired.  I did not find these lipsticks as opaque as I would have imagined, since it is stated in the title.  In the pictures below I only had to swipe three to five times to get the appropriate color for photos.  Even with one swipe, you can see color with any of them. 
The Airborne Unicorn took me on a magical ride.
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This color is amazing.  When I first starting browsing through the lipsticks, I thought, "ughh purple...not for me."  Well, well, well, much to my surprise, it was my favorite one out of all of them.  I sometimes mix a little pink with it, to give it a little extra highlight, but it has been put into my makeup purse bag, so I can grab it anytime.  I would have never imagined I'd be here typing that I love a purple lipstick, but I am so happy to have ventured out and I will be ordering one to go in my model make-up kit.
Be the center of attention with Centrifuchsia.
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I thought this was going to be my favorite, but it couldn't beat out the unicorn.  It goes on so easily and lasts a long time, but like I said above it will stain your lips, and will be with you all night long.  It is a bright deep pink, without looking neon 80's pink.  This color is the one I'm wearing in the video above.
Be sassy and classy with a touch of Retrofuturist.
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I have never been able to pull off wearing red lipstick without feeling self conscious.  So I usually shy away from reds, but since I do a variety of model makeup, I know this red will be put to good use.  I did love this shade of red on my lips, so maybe I'll just have to find an excuse to wear it out one night.  It is a true classy red that has blue undertones and applies a tad darker than what it looks like in the lip stick well.  I was actually really pleased at how pretty it looked on my lips and how pigmented the tone of red was.  This is another color that has the lasting power of all night.
Do it better with Coquette.
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When I first saw this color, it reminded me of one of my old school favorites from MAC that has now been discontinued, "Myself", but this one has a bit more of a peachy tone.  Coquette is considered the "nude" lipstick of the line and it definitely didn't disappoint.  It could be used as an everyday lipstick or mixed with other colors to create a new shade.  The color actually reminded me of the peach colored silly putty that comes in the little egg.  (...random, I know.)
Cosmopop did not pop off my socks...
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I keep getting this one and "Coquette" confused when I was first playing around.  But after doing swatches it was very clear to distinguish the two apart, as this one is the one with the light orange tint.  I think this shade would make a good compliment to the right makeup look.  The color vaguely reminds me of the old school orange sherbet push up pops and I do prefer this orange shade over the bright orange (My Beautiful Rocket) least for myself.
Chinchilla is not the killa.
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After trying the Airborne Unicorn, I had high hopes for the darker shade of purple, but it didn't live up to the unicorn.  Chinchilla is a grey-purple color, but it seemed to be more purple on my lips than grey.  It definitely is a unique color and a perfect shade to use as a layering color, but personally for me, putting this color on didn't give me the oh la la effect. 
My Beautiful Rocket didn't take me to the moon.
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This was my least favorite color on my lips and for some reason this color was the hardest to apply and stay even on my lips.  The formula seemed more waxy than creamy.  I think you can almost tell from the picture too, it seems a bit shiner than the others.  I will say though if you are looking for a bright orange lipstick, with no red undertones, this is it.  I've had unique requests for model makeup, so I always appreciate non-standard colors.

The lipsticks are priced at $15.99 each. For more information on other colors, visit Lime Crime.

Click here to view a pantone color chart.

Click here to read "Part I - Eyes" or "Part II - Lip Gloss".

Lime Crime Review - Part II - Lip Gloss

I have mixed opinions on the Carousel Glitter Lip Glosses.  The gold, Golden Ticket came in second over the red and I personally don't think it looked good on my lips.  It didn't spread evenly and it pooled around the edges.  The lip shot for this image was the hardest one to get.  If you wear them over lipstick the uneven spread isn't as noticeable, so maybe that's the trick, but I didn't want to dilute the color for the picture by wearing color underneath.
The red, Cherry on Top was better and I like the fact that I can apply a small bit and it blends into my lips, without making them gooey and/or sticky, but still getting strong color on my lips.  I tried this with the Golden Ticket as well, and it worked, but not as well as the Cherry on Top. Of course, you can reapply the gloss several times to get the super gloss of normal glosses, but I really like that a tiny bit can go such a long way with this color.  Even after several applications, the gloss is not sticky, it's more of a slippery gloss, rather than sticky.  Both glosses are definitely glittery, but I actually didn't notice the glitter as much in the red as the gold.  There definitely was not any grittiness from grains of glitter in either gloss nor did the glosses leave left over crusties on my lip after the gloss had worn off.  I will note, the red did stain my lips, but I actually like the pigment, as it gives my lips color for much, much longer.

These glosses are available in 3 other colors as well blue, Loop-de-Loop, purple, Kaleidoscope and dark red, Candy Apple.  They are 100% vegan and animal cruelty-free and are $16.99 each.

Click here to read "Part I - Eyes" or "Part III - Lipstick"

Lime Crime Review - Part I - Eyes

First and foremost, thank you very much to Lime Crime for sending me such a wonderful goodie box.  I was so excited to get my purple box and when I opened it up I got even more excited when I saw all the contents of the box, as you can see in the video above.  I also photographed each item, wrote my conclusion for each product below and in two more posts linked at the bottom.

I would also like to note, apparently Lime Crime has had a lot of controversy in the past concerning their products and customer service.   If you have negative feelings towards them, please take your negative energy and focus it elsewhere.  I base my opinion on my personal experience with a company and my personal use with their products.  I will say, the Lime Crime representative that I have been in contact with was more than great to work with and was in constant communication with me.  Which to me, communication especially speedy communication is so very important and I always appreciate people who feel the same way.

I had actually never tried any Lime Crime cosmetics before and honestly I was a little scared of all the bright colors, as I tend to usually stick to more neutral colors.  But after playing around and testing them out, I'm not scared anymore and I want to order more colors.  Thank you again to Lime Crime for giving me this opportunity....I had so much fun.
This little sticker was the first thing I saw when I removed the tissue paper.  I'm a sucker for stickers so now I have to find a cool place to stick this rad little unicorn.  It is holographic, so depending on where the light hits it, it changes colors.  
A sample size jar of the Eyeshadow Helper.  It blends in very nice and helps hold your shadow on.  I haven't had the chance to try it on a model yet, but that will be the true test.  Personally, I rarely use eyeshadow primer.

Lime Crime's latest palette, China Doll.  I thought the yellow was going to be my favorite, but the blue (Parasol) and the green (Jade-o-lade) ended up being my favorites.  As you can see from these make-up tutorials: (Tutorial 01) (Tutorial 02) I used the palette in various ways....especially the red (Fly Dragon Fly).  The shadows are pressed powder but have a slight cream like feel when you apply them.  They blend fairly easily.  To have such va va voom in color I wouldn't expect them to be the easiest to blend, but they were much easier than I had anticipated.  Also to be so pigmented, the shadows came off very easily with make-up remover and did not stain my skin.  I thought for sure the red would stain, but much to my surprise, it did not at all.

After taking pictures, the color palette slightly reminds me of the Olympic ring colors....of course a bit brighter and much more sparkly!  The other great thing about this palette is it contains the three primary colors, red, blue and yellow....meaning you can make the rainbow.  All in all, after using the shadows I would buy future palettes from Lime Crime.  I actually love the colors in the new palette coming out May 1st, the "Palette D'Antoinette".  I know after testing the shadows out for myself, that the colors don't disappoint and are just as bright and bold when applied to skin.

As far as pricing, I do believe their prices compete with luxury brands.  To have branded packaging, highly pigmented colors and quality products, I think they are in an acceptable price range.  I think they also offer a 40% off Pro Discount. Lime Crime also offers random promotional codes on Facebook & Twitter! For instance like 15% off everything RIGHT NOW 04/20/12 till 2:30 PM PST with code "UnicornsRule15".

This palette is available for $34.99.

Click here to read "Part II - Lip Gloss" or "Part III - Lipstick"

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New #bblogger button

Just wanted to do a quick post, to tell all my fellow beauty bloggers about the new #bblogger button that I made.  If you don't know what #bblogger Sunday is, definitely go check it out at

Make sure to grab the button as well to put on your blog.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Punch Bracelets

Photo © Punch Bracelets

I came across another beauty blogger, Karen, who did a video featuring Punch Bracelets. At first, I was like what in the heck are Punch Bracelets and then...when I saw them, it instantly brought back memories of making bracelets at girl scout camp. But the new and improved 2012 Punch bracelets have a gold or silver chain attaching the two ends. Pretty nifty!! :D

You can purchase your own Punch Bracelet from their Etsy Store. My favorite is the "Cotton Candy Neon Bracelet".   They are also having a sale this weekend for Easter, just enter the word "EASTERSALE" and you get 20% off your purchase. Also follow them on twitter. @punchbracelets

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Too Faced #BBOM

I just wanted to write a post and thank Too Faced Cosmetics for choosing me for Beauty Blogger of the Month, Level 2, this month for April.  I feel so honored.  Here is the review that got me nominated: Too Faced Cosmetics - Tinted Beauty Balm.  So naturally, next month's giveaway will feature Too Faced Cosmetics!! So excited!

Also congratulations to Jacqueline Frahm, A Brilliant Brunette and Casey Yee, Beauty 101 for also winning #BBOM.  ♥♥♥

Clinique Almost Lipstick Review first not so good review.

This is a picture of the display that I took.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

April #bbloggerLove

Each day this month I will post a featured Beauty or Fashion Blogger.  Thank you to everyone who has helped me create this post.  With such a large response to the original post, I have created left the original post up so I can collect interest inquiries to do this again for a future month. If you would like to be featured, please fill free to go ahead and fill out the submission form. Ultimately my goal would be to create a monthly post, every month featuring other bloggers.  As with previous monthly posts, if you retweet the daily #bbloggerLove tweet, it will count as [ +2 entries ] in the April giveaway. Only one #bbloggerLove retweet per day, per person.

*NOTE: If you are a follower of one or more of the featured #bbloggers, you automatically have an entry in the giveaway. Just make sure to verify it in the rafflecopter giveaway app.

Added: 05/1/2012 - I would like to do another monthly #bblogger feature.  If you would be interested please fill out the this form.

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Blonde Ambition
April 30, 2012: - Blonde Ambition
Blonde Ambition is a blog dedicated mainly to beauty & fashion, including hauls, reviews & tips. It is written by 22 year old Lauren, posts aim to be informative & interesting.

" Check out today's featured #bblogger ( @laurenjw89 ) in @alElizabeth's April #bbloggerLove by @alElizabeth "

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April 29, 2012: - Urhappybunnie
Blurbs on anything beauty-related and self-appreciation.

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Tristan's Beauty Box
April 28, 2012: - Tristan's Beauty Box
Tristan is a licensed Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist sharing her love for all things beauty! Video tutorials, product reviews and other fun beauty stuff.

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April 27, 2012: - Pashonista
My blog is a beauty blog where I talk about my favorite beauty favorites as well as other miscellaneous things.

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Style Candi
April 26, 2012: - Style Candi
A UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog. A place where a shopaholic & complete beauty product junkie can ramble on about all things fashion and beauty related, rather than bore her boyfriend!

" Check out today's featured #bblogger ( @hayleysworld101 ) in @alElizabeth's April #bbloggerLove by @alElizabeth "

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Soup for the Girly Soul
April 25, 2012: - Soup for the Girly Soul
This blog is all about everything girly--fashion, trends, makeup, DIY crafts and more! Run by a college student, it is also full of little comments about college life! :)

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Sheer Beauty Blog
April 24, 2012: - Sheer Beauty Blog
What is Sheer Beauty Blog? Anything that has to do with BEAUTY and FASHION!

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Pretty and PinKK
April 23, 2012: - Pretty and PinKK
Pretty and PinKK is all about Beauty products! Beauty defined by Pretty and PinKK is what makes you FEEL pretty, and for that, there are no rules.

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Penelope's beauty Obsessions
April 22, 2012: 
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Penelope's beauty obsessions is all about the obsession kelsey has with make-up and everything hair and beauty related, she hopes you enjoy reading her blog as much as she enjoys writting.

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April 21, 2012: - Noradaisy
A Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle blog. Focusing mainly on high street/ drug store brands.

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Nina's Bargain Beauty
April 20, 2012: - Nina's Bargain Beauty
Welcome to Nina's bargain beauty :) Where Nina blog's about bargains she finds, whether it be cosmetics, clothes, jewelry, etc. She has plans for her blog for the future, so she hopes you enjoy and stick around.

" Check out today's featured #bblogger ( @ninacarry ) in April Admire #monDaily by @alElizabeth "

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Nykki's Mane Blog
April 19, 2012: - Nykki's Mane Blog
You can find anything Beauty related at Nykki's Mane Blog. The blog focuses on beauty products, beauty reviews, and just about anything else beauty.

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Makeupholic World
April 18, 2012: 
Makeupholic World...Scrappin' my heart out...
All about beauty, makeup, product reviews of world's famous and not so famous brands...

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Make Me Up Pink
April 17, 2012: - MakeMeUpPink
Just an ordinary girl who loves to blog about makeup. Rina loves doing makeup tutorials, hauls, beauty product reviews and occasional random rants about her everyday life. <3

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JoJo's Beauty Guide
April 16, 2012: - JoJo's Beauty Guide
JoJo's Beauty Guide is created by JoJo with the intention of guiding and captivating beauty and fashion lovers, in hopes of introducing new products and style trends as well as feeding her beauty and fashion craze.

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April 15, 2012: - le'LOVE
le'LOVE is a mix of lifestyle, fashion, design and beauty. Promoting Australian designers and blogs; All about sharing the love.

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Glitter Smitter
April 14, 2012: - Glitter Smitter
22 year old, married, personal shopper with love of fashion, make up and shopping!

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Geniabeme Beauty Blog
April 13, 2012: - Geniabeme Beauty Blog
Geniabeme Beauty Blog posts can do with anything related to beauty and pretty things! Eugenia does a lot of product reviews, some tutorials, and a few DIYs when she feels a little crafty!

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FaceTime Magazine
April 12, 2012: - FaceTime Magazine
FaceTime Magazine is a beauty and fashion Blog from the Netherlands.

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Elaine's Beauty Boudoir xo
April 11, 2012: - Elaine's Beauty Boudoir xo
18, tea drinker, clothes and makeup hoarder, extensions obsessed. Blog consists of make-up tutorials, fashion looks, reviews, blog sales. Everything I have a love for.

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Diane Cristi
April 10, 2012: - Diane Cristi
Diane Cristi is a beauty blog where I give tips and tricks on products on the market. Specializing in doing lots of FOTD, NOTD, product reviews, and some fashion posts.

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April 9, 2012: - Brikasia
A beauty, fashion, and personal blog written by a somewhat narcissistic and occasionally witty young lady.

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Boho Vanity
April 8, 2012: 
Boho Vanity
A modern beauty and fashion blog with vintage and bohemian influences. Quirky posts, product reviews, creative inspirations and high definition photos are what you will find there.

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April 7, 2012: - Blushworks
Blushworks is a new blog specialising in requested beauty product reviews and how-to guides. Tutorials and Hauls from the blog can be found on the Blushworks YouTube channel.

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Beauty Patootie
April 6, 2012: - Beauty Patootie
Dedicated to all things beauty. Product reviews, tips, tutorials, trends, as well as contests and giveaways!

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April 5, 2012: - Beauty101
Beauty101 was started by Casey who has been a hairstylist & makeup artist since 2005. She started Beauty101 as a way to link up with other beauty enthusiasts & share her current obsessions.

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April 4, 2012: - Endear
Endear is a fashion blog created to provide you with daily Beauty and Fashion insights, tips, reviews, and ideas, as well as discussions and posts on Life, Health, and Love.

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The Beauty Belle
April 3, 2012: - The Beauty Belle
The ramblings of a beauty and fashion mad 20 year old from the North-East of England.

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All Things Beauty
April 2, 2012: - All Things Beauty
All Things Beauty blog is written by Maria Alejandra, a makeup artist, esthetician, and fashionista! She does product reviews, makeup tutorials, and fashion looks!

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Beauty Affairs
April 1, 2012: - Beauty Affairs
Beauty Affairs Magazine loves beauty and fashion. Take a look at the beauty product reviews, trends, nail trends, hair trends, and body love!!

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