Monday, September 15, 2014

Swatch and Review: Butter London The Full Monty

Today I have a swatch and review post of Butter London's The Full Monty. The Full Monty is a beautiful light gold foil. I bought this and Champers during Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty promotion, where you could get two Butter London polishes for $15 (they're normally $15 each).

I used three coats for the swatch. I could have gotten away with two coats if I was careful but I preferred how opaque it was at three coats. Normally I don't bother with polishes that are three coaters but I love the formula for this color because it dries very quickly (without a top coat), is never goopy, and levels well. I applied three coats and took a nap about an hour afterwards and didn't encounter any sheet marks.

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I prefer purchasing my Butter London's on sale or with a gift card (and that happened to be both for me) so despite the $15, I adore my polishes.

Do you own any Butter London polishes or is the price point a little much for you?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Line: Event Preview with Swatches, Photos, and Thoughts

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of taking a study break to drive down to Santa Monica to preview and swatch Charlotte Tilbury's makeup line thanks to Beautylish. I have been extremely excited for the launch of Charlotte Tilbury ever since it was released and have waited patiently for it to come to the US.

charlotte tilbury photos

In the post, I have included swatches of a few products, written my thoughts on some, and included a look using one of the Blushers and three of the Lip Products.

Since the post is a long one, I've put everything behind a read more tag!

Friday, September 5, 2014

August 2014 Rocksbox Photos and Thoughts

I Purchased This

Today I wanted to steer away from makeup for the day to talk about this subscription and rental service for jewelry, Rocksbox (referral link). For $19, you get three pieces of jewelry to wear and you can return them for another set as many times as you want during the month. You can also purchase the pieces you receive in your box for 20% off.

I'm usually unadventurous with my jewelry so I appreciate the ability to try out jewelry and then return it when I'm done! I received a three month subscription so I'll be trying it out for three months and reassessing whether I will stay subscribed.

Since I don't have my ears pierced and have very slender wrists, I opted to stick with rings and necklaces but wasn't sure how restricted the selection would be. Thankfully I got three stylish pieces that I'd actually wear!

August 2014 Rocksbox (1 of 4)

The first piece is a necklace from House of Harlow. It retails for $75 and Rocksbox members can purchase it for $60.

August 2014 Rocksbox (3 of 4)

The necklace in the picture is coming off more blue than it actually is, it's more robin's egg blue like in the first picture. I really liked the color of the necklace but I did find that the silver beads in between the blue pieces made it a little difficult for the necklace to lie flat against my skin.

The second piece is a necklace from Urban Gem . It retails for $50 and Rocksbox members can get it for $40.

August 2014 Rocksbox (4 of 4)

The necklace is coming off super bright but the stones are more color accurate in the first picture. The stones in the picture are beveled and the different facets catch the light in a pretty way. I liked the chain of this necklace a lot better than the House of Harlow necklace.

The last piece is a midi ring from Gordana, it retails for $25 and Rocksbox members can purchase it for $20. Midi rings are actually supposed to go on your knuckle but since I have slender fingers, they work perfectly as regular rings. The ring is a spiral gold and is delicately stylish!

(The nail polish is Butter London Wallis) 

August 2014 Rocksbox (2 of 4)

I liked the contents for this first month's Rocksbox! I'll be reviewing the next two months' boxes and decide whether I'll subscribe.

If you'd like to sign up, feel free to use my referral link to get a month of the box for free! (I get $25 in referral credit).

Would you ever sign up for a jewelry subscription service like this?

Disclaimer: I received a three month subscription courtesy of the brand. All opinions are my own, I wasn't paid for this review.

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Layout, Upcoming School Year, and Blog Status

Hi everyone!

As you may have noticed if you visit the blog home page or from the picture, I got a new layout. I wanted a cleaner and minimal layout so I decided on this one. I'm really happy with the change and hopefully everything is working well. If there are any broken links or broken widgets, feel free to email me (by clicking the Contact Me/PR tab in the navigation bar) and I can fix them!
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I wanted to mention that I'm starting school again (year two of my three-year program! I'm 1/3 of the way to a Master's Degree!!). This Fall semester is going to be busy between working as a graduate assistant, taking two clinics, and taking two classes. I've got a lot of posts that I've been working on which I'll hopefully get up soon. After those posts run out, I don't want to say I'll be going on the h-word (h i a t u s) because every time I say it, I end up not sticking to it. So I'll say I'll get posts in when I can but I'll definitely not be sticking to a schedule. Feel free to follow me on Instagram and Twitter where I'll be more active.

If you're going to be starting school soon too, I wish you luck for the upcoming semester!!
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