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Rihanna & MAC  have teamed up for a MAJOR collaboration!

Four distinct color lines are set to debut throughout 2013 and will kick off with a signature red lipstick based on their infamous, Ruby Woo, which happens to be her favorite shade. RiRi Woo will debut in a MAC pop up shop in NY on May 4th & 5th. After the launch of her lipstick, she will release a Summer, Fall & Holiday collection. Her Holiday collection will feature Lipsticks, Nail Polishes, makeup bags and more.

MAC was asked whether Rihanna’s controversial personal life would pose a problem to the collaboration’s image, which they’re calling a truly organic creative endeavor “based on mutual admiration and respect,” MAC was quick to the point: “She’s a grown woman, and whatever makes her happy makes us happy. Life’s complicated. Far be it for us to judge.”

This collection is sure to sell out & I’m so excited to see the full line!

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This month’s BirchBox is: Red Carpet Ready

Here is what was in this month’s box.

  • Jouer – Matte Moisture Tint
  • Lancome – Hypnose Drama Mascara
  • Twistband – Thick Headband
  • Vasanti – Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
  • Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel Square

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This is by far my favorite Ghiradelli Square flavor – the blend of chocolate and caramel is so rich! It didn’t stand a chance in my household and was gobbled up in seconds!

Hypnôse Drama Mascara by Lancome gives your lashes instant volume & boost with just a single coat. This mascara has an S-shaped curved brush and has intense black pigments for max volume and color. I personally love this mascara! Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?

I’m new to the Vasantoi brand and this is one of the things that makes me stick with Birchbox. I love finding out about brands I am unfamiliar with. Their website states this product will: Dramatically improve your skin’s texture to reveal softer, brighter and younger looking skin! Brightens with powerful papaya enzymes to give radiance, exfoliates with dermatologist grade micro-crystals and gently cleanses with aloe vera, coconut and panthenol. That all sounds good to me! I will have to do a full review after a few times of using the product.

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Jouer Matte Moisture Tint is lightweight and that to me is the best quality in a beauty product. It also gives a very smooth finish and is a great alternative for when running out the house and you don’t want to have to put on a full face of makeup or throw foundation on.

I try so hard to like the Twistband products but they just fall short for me. Maybe it’s just the way my hair is but the smaller ones don’t hold my hair at all and the head band is just blah for me.

What do you think about this month’s BirchBox?

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Product: Talika Lipocils Expert

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Description from Talika website:

Discover the absolutely safe solution to naturally enhance the beauty of your lashes in just 28 days.
This amazing lash enhancer is composed of a blend of natural actives from the inventor of the original eyelash grooming product in 1948 in France. Whether you feel your lashes look too short, sparse, brittle or lack shine and curl, or if you just dream of longer, shinier, sexier looking lashes, Lipocils Expert is your answer…. without side effects.

Application :
The application is simple. Lipocils Expert has a double applicator made of a mascara brush and a sponge applicator. Use the sponge applicator to apply the product on the eyelids, at the root of the lashes, tehn, use the brush to apply on your lashes. Apply every morning and every evening for 28 days, then once a day.

Warning: a slight irritation or sensation of irritation might occur if the product enters the eye. No side effect other than mild irritation have been noted. In case of irritation, rinse the eye and discontinue use of the product.

Efficiency tests:
Independent clinical studies show a clear improvement in the appearance of the lashes length (+36%), color (+50%), and curl (+50%).

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So after 28 days you get fuller, darker and longer eyelashes? What woman doesn’t want that? So – I did the 28 day challenge. Pictured below is some frames of my lashes before and after both with no makeup and also with mascara. (Please excuse the undereye bags & messy brows lol)

Before

After 28 days

Results: From the photos, I don’t think many people can tell too  much of a difference. I know my eyelashes though and I can see the changes in them. They have more of a natural curl to them and are slightly longer and when I add mascara – they really pop now. The company claims after the 28 days you can continue to use daily – but only once a day compared to the twice a day I did throughout the 28 days. I have also heard from other people who have used this product that say it takes some time but after a few months you really see the big difference. I also appreciated that this product does not have any negative side effects like other lash growth products on the market and when I got a little gel by my eye – there was no irritation.

Note* This can also be used on your eyebrows.

You can purchase this product directly through the Lipocils website  or through Birchbox which is where I found out about this product.

Retailing at $55, what are your thoughts on this product? Have you tried it? If so – is this a hit or miss for you?

Urban Decay has come out with 2 makeup palettes inspired by Disney’s Movie: Oz – The Great and Powerful.

The Glinda Palette

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The Theodora Palette

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They are both valued at $49 and each contain eyeliner, colored lip pencil, a variety of shadows  and a card with step-by-step instructions on how to get each look from the film. My personal favorite is the palette inspired by Glinda.

They can be purchased at Sephora or on the Urban Decay website.

My monthly Beauty Boxes are starting to roll in for the month of January

1st up – BIRCHBOX!

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This month’s box includes a fold-out poster with 25 ideas for ways to maximize your personal happiness such as not swearing off all carbs and eating breakfast. I actually LOVED this detail of the box and I plan to share some of the “25 ways to make 2013 awesome” with you all throughout the month.

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My deluxe beauty samples this month were:

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1. (2) Kérastase’s Masque Chroma Riche Treat conditioner packets

2. Frownies Eye Gels Under Eye & Eyelid Treatment

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I am so excited to try the Frownies Eye Gels. In each pack you get 1 reusable set that can be used up to 4 times. You wear the pair of patches for  half hour and refrigerate after each use. Initially you should wear these for 3 nights in a row, then continue with treatment once a week. I will review these when I get a chance to test them out. If I see a difference I plan to continue using them.

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3. DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum

4. Harvey Prince Skinny Chic

At the age of 27 I do worry about the prevention of wrinkles so DDF Wrinkle Resist will be worth the try, especially since it includes a pore minimizer.

I instantly laughed when I read about the Harvey Prince Skinny Chic. This fragrance basically says that a spritz curbs cravings as well as gives an instant energy life. I am doubtful that it actually does what it states but I will say that it smells amazing!

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5. theBalm Cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One

The color swatched on my skin was a very pretty shade and I can see it being a beautiful color for both blush and shadow.

Overall I was not thrilled about this box. It did have some highlights such as the Frownies but I am so over receiving Perfume Samples in my monthly boxes. I will say that this particular months fragrance sample was my favorite though just because it was different. For $10 a month though, I have no complaints and I am excited to see what goodies next month’s will bring!

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