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Hauls, Make-up

Glitz & Glam… (swatches, pics, first impressions)

This was the third Christmas running that I meant to pick up Sephora’s Gllitz & Glam kit whilst in Chicago. The first year I forgot, the second year they were sold out but finally this Christmas I got my hands on one.

If you haven’t heard of this kit it’s basically Sephora’s best selling glitzy products. One look at all that shimmer and highlighting and I was sold!

What’s in the kit? It includes an array of  bronze shades and complexion-illuminating products. Not for lovers of matte skin.

  • 0.13 oz Benefit High Beam
  • 0.12 oz Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow in Pug (smoky pewter)
  • 0.02 oz Bare Escentuals bareMinerals All Over Color in Glee (soft mauve plum)
  • 0.07 oz Sephora Collection Eye Shadow in Starry Sky 07 (black with silver glitter)
  • 0.125 oz Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Charge It! (opaque metallic 24k gold)
  • 0.24 oz Tarte Celebutante Dry Oil Shimmer (champagne)
  • 0.07 oz Josie Maran Argan Oil Illuminizer (light bronze)
  • 0.10 oz Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gloss in Paiette (sheer light pink with iridescent shimmer)
  • 0.12 oz Ultraflesh Gold Standard Mascara in black
  • 0.08 oz Stila Lip Glaze in Vanilla (pearly nude)


Stila Lip Glaze in Vanilla, Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gloss in Paiette


Stila Lip Glaze in Vanilla (top), Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Gloss in Paiette


Tarte Celebutante, Benefit High Beam, Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil

And some swatches….

Left to right: Tarte Celebutante, Benefit High Beam, Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil

Ultraflesh Gold Standard Mascara in black


Left to right: Bare Escentuals BareMinerals in Glee, Buxom  Pug, Sephora Starry Sky 07

And the swatches…

Left to right: Bare Escentuals BareMinerals in Glee, Buxom  Pug, Sephora Starry Sky 07


I am thoroughly enjoying this set. As I said, not one for the matte lovers obviously. The stand-out products for me are the Buxom eyeshadow in Pug, Tarte Celebutante Dry Oil and the Josie Maran Argan Oil Illuminizer. I love Stila Lip Glazes and have quite a few in my collection but I will definitely use Vanilla. The Tarina gloss is so pretty but based on first impressions it reminds me of Victoria Secret Beauty Rush glosses (which I love so no harm). Although this is a sampler kit, there is plenty of product. I would imagine that I may not even get through some of these before the expire.

At $40 this is a complete steal. Don’t be mad that it’s not available in Ireland :) I had a few questions about the kit so I thought I would do this post despite it being a Christmas kit. I have also picked up sephora kits after Christmas on ebay – unwanted gifts I assume. This one is worth a look.

Bring on the disco ball!!


Hauls, Skin Care

Glossy Box delivery…

I completely forgot to share my Glossy Box October haul. If you don’t know what Glossy Box is – it’s a subscription service where you pay £10 each month and you are sent a beatiful box with five luxury beauty products. (I have already blogged about it so click on the link if you want to read. Link!)

In October’s box I received three dermalogica products – Multivitamin Thermafoliant, Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque and lip cream. I have never tried any products from the Age Smart range before.

I have already tried these three products. They are gorgeous! I particularly like the scrub. The lip cream is extremely nourishing. I’ll continue to use this at night and I may purchase the full size when it’s gone. I always find it hard to review face masks – it’s hard to tell how well they work, at least for a few days. Even then, if my skin looks great at that stage it could be down to a variety of factors but for now let me say that they mask is lovely to use and my skin felt hydrated afterwards.

I also got Leighton Denny nail polish is Babydoll….

Love this!! It’s creamy, opaque and beautiful of fair skin. Win.

And lastly I received Stila kajal in Moray…

Moray is a rich forest green. I love the Stila liners – creamy, easy to blend but lasts well. The green is still neutral enough to wear on a day to day basis and it’s nice to have a break from black and brown.

I’m happy. Can’t wait til the November Box arrives.


Other Glossy Box posts:


Stila Gerbera Trio

I really like Stila shadows so I was delighted to get my hands on this trio in Gerbera. The shadows are smooth and soft. The colours are so pretty…


Stila is not available in Europe anymore which is a little annoying. But this one came from and costs €10, also on for those living in the UK.

What are your thoughts on Stila?

Reviews, Swatches

Stila Charmed Eyeshadow Palette

I found an absolute bargain! These jewel tone eyeshadows are silky smooth. They are inspired by India and are adorned with Indian bindis. According to the information on the packaging they are infused with 24kt gold which apparently helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines. I don’t know about that!

All colours are wet to dry:

* Intense teal blue with green and gold shimmer
* Mid tone copper with gold shimmer Continue Reading

General, Hauls, Make-up

Sephora: Kat Von D Palette


Well ladies, I have to admit that until today I was a Sephora virgin. I had my very first experience today. Let me tell ya, I’m very glad we don’t have one Ireland because I would be poor!

I bought a few goodies, thanks to everyone who recommended products. And on with the yapping…

kat von dThe first thing I put in my basket was a Kat Von D eye-shadow palette. I haven’t heard a whisper about these.

I know there are probably oodles of reviews on YT but I didn’t have time to check :) I chose the Beethoven one, the other palettes were lovely but I already owned similar shades. And here it is…

I haven’t a clue what to expect from these shadows. Have you tried them?

I was feeling brave when I chose it since I often stick to neutrals. But this morning when I was doing my make-up I decided to go with the blue and navy shades from the Barbie Loves Stila Palette, very brave :) It looks quite soft and pretty though so I’m a happy girl.

I’ll post swatches of the shadows tomorrow. I will also post a photo of me wearing some of the shadows just for the heck of it! And of course I will share the rest of my make-up and beauty buys.

Is there anything else I need to get in Sephora?

I hope you’re all having a great weekend

Amy x