Sunday, June 15, 2014

Swatches and Stuff - June 2014 and a BBW Giveaway!!!

Hi friends,

To celebrate my big 3000+ YouTube subscribers, I am launching a new series: Swatches and Stuff, in which I go over some products and items I have (and sometimes have not) enjoyed over the past few weeks. This is a mix of "Bash it or Buy it" and "Monthly Favorites".
I really hope you will enjoy this series, and for the launch, I am also doing a giveaway (scroll down to bottom of this post for information about the giveaway).

Here is the video:


Let's begin:

1. Too Faced - Chocolate Bar - Eye Shadow Palette:


Chocolate Bar by Too Faced Cosmetics

Chocolate Bar (Too Faced) Swatches
 This is by far the most versatile palette I own, not to mention the delicious and oh so decadent chocolate aroma each time you use the shadows (it's infused with cocoa). I love it, there is nothing bad to say about this palette.

2. NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss and
3. Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain





let me start with the NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss . I have Lala and Tea Rose. The formula is amazing, they have great staying power without being goopey or tacky. There is a drawback though, they stink (at least to me they do). I am not sure whether it is banana or bubble gum or perhaps banana gum. But I really do not like the smell, thankfully it dissipate after a few minutes! Both colors are very pretty for fair skin, I do like Tea Rose much better though.

Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Exclusive is a total fail for me. The formula is very heavy and thick. I also do not care for the doe foot, which looks like a miniature cake spatula. Not to mention that the color is not accurate as opposed to the tube. I don't care for it.

4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Natural Beauty:




I was so excited when I finally had the funds to purchase this! Unfortunately, It is not my favorite for both color and staying power. I found it to be too pigmented for my fair skin and requiring too much blending (I just do not have time in the morning). Also, this formula does not stick around my skin too long and it is generally gone within 3 hours. I find that if I use a cream blush as a base, I will extend its longevity, but overall, I feel this is too expensive for the results I am getting out of it (very sad since I wanted to love it).

5. Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Checkmate and 
6. Covergirl Xl Nail Gel in Whole Lotta Guava (pink) and Plumped Up Plum (purple)




For some reason the Revlon polish crackled by the second day. It did not chip or flake, but crackled. Not a good look for that price ($9.99). It also took forever to dry (over 5 hours and I could still make a dent in it). Another fail for me!
On the other end, both Covergirl Xl Nail Gel gave me amazing results: they are beautiful colors, lasted an entire week without chipping or peeling (no crackle either) and dried relatively fast. I just wish there was a larger availability of colors for this formula (Sadly, I think there are only 10).

7. Organic India Tulsi - Sweet Rose Tea and
8. traditional Medicinals - Organic Chamomile with Lavender Tea




If I were to pick a favorite, the Sweet Rose would definitely win. It is unbelievably aromatic and delicious. I also found that it tastes great as an iced tea as well. The Chamomile Lavender tea is also very good, more chamomile than lavender, but a more subtle tea to drink at bed time.


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And now for the giveaway!!!!




French Lavender and Honey Giveaway from Bath and Body Works

I am giving away this set of three (full size) products from Bath and Body Works in the scent French Lavender and Honey.
If you win, you will receive one (1) shower gel, one (1) body lotion and one (1) Body Spray.
These are brand new and still sealed.

Rule:

You must be a subscriber to my YouTube Channel and
You must follow me on Facebook or Twitter (see below for addresses).
Open Internationally
You must be 18 years old or older otherwise you will need parental approval.

This giveaway is open for one week and will end on 
Sunday June 22, 2014 at 10 PM Eastern Time

Just follow the instructions below. Sometimes Rafflecopter encounters some issues with upsloading - just reload the page.

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