Friday, October 9, 2015

Vera Wang Embrace Winner!

I just wanted to quickly announce the winner for the Vera Wang Embrace fragrances. 

I chose a winner via random number generator.

The winner is Monica!

I will be contacting you to get your mailing info!

Thank you all for participating! 

I will have more giveaways very soon!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lorac Mega Pro 2 Palette - First Impressions, Review and Swatches!

Oooooh you know the holidays are getting near once all the holiday makeup collections start to release! Like you I have many items on my list. Oddly enough this was not something I was initially interested in. I'm not quite sure why. I have the original Lorac pro and pro two palette and absolutely love them. I passed on the Mega pro last year and kinda regretted it once it was sold out.

I was going to pass on this one too but after seeing pictures of it over and over again on my instagram feed, it started to look like a great palette that I could and would use every day.

I picked this up on Sunday at my Ulta and I'm so glad I did!

The palette is quite pricey at $59 but I think it's definitely worth the price. The regular Lorac Pro palettes are $42 a piece and you're getting two palettes in one here for only $17 more. So I think it's definitely worth it.

I feel like most Lorac palettes I've purchased have come with a eye primer but this one does not, just so you are aware.

The palette in size is not bulky despite being double the size of a Lorac pro palette. The thinness of the palette keeps it from being bulky. I think it would be great for travel. You have every shade you'd need with you. I love that there is a nice size mirror included.

The palette includes sixteen matte shades in the top two rows and sixteen shimmer shades on the bottom rows.

I think you get a great variety of warm and cool tones. There are great blending shades, transition shades, and I love a good shimmery lid shade and there are plenty of them!

The looks that you can create are endless. You can get a great neutral eye, smokey eye, and even a colorful eye look.

If you have never used Lorac eye shadows you don't know what you're missing! Lorac eye shadows are some of the best out there. The formula is like butter...BUTTER!  The pigmentation is amazing. They blend easily. Some of them can kick up a lot of dust but that doesn't hinder the quality, blend-ability, or performance at all.

On to some swatches!

First row - Matte
Second row - Matte

Third row - Shimmer

Fourth row - Shimmer

I've already used this palette and love it! I am so glad that I changed my mind and picked it up. I know I will use this a lot. I highly recommend that you pick up the Lorac Mega Pro 2 for yourself before it sells out. It is a limited edition item so once it's gone, it's gone!

This would be a great gift for anyone this holiday season!

You can find it on ulta now!

Do you plan on getting the Lorac Mega Pro 2? What holiday collections are you looking forward to?

Be sure to enter my giveaway on my last post! It ends in a couple days! Details are in the post but all you have to do is leave a comment to enter!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance Review and Enter to Win your own set!

Here's something fun for a change! A fragrance review! 

I don't review fragrance too often but I do love collecting perfume and trying new scents. 

I do have a few signature scents that I stick to but it's nice to change it up every now and then. 

I received these last week and wore them all weekend long. 

First up I used the Vera Wang Periwinkle and Iris scent.

Here are the notes -
Top:  Bergamot, Mandarin, Violet Petals
Heart: Iris, Blue Jasmine, Periwinkle
Base: Vanilla, Benzoin, Whipped Sugar

This one was my least favorite. I don't love how it starts out when first applied but after it settles it has light sweet scent.

It lasted around four hours or so. By the end of the day I couldn't smell it at all. Not sure why.

Can be purchased here .

Vera Wang Embrace Green Tea and Pear Blossom

Top: Pear Blossom, Bergamot, Green Tea
Heart: Freesia, Peony, Orange Blossom
Base: Skin Musk, Cedarwood, Sandalwood

This was my favorite of the three. It definitely has a more of a muskier scent than the others but I think the green tea balances it out nicely. Of the three this one is more of an evening fragrance. It's a bit richer and more of date night kind of fragrance, yet its fresh and not over powering. 

This one lasted the longest. I could still smell it on my skin at the end of the day.

I honestly can't get enough of this one! I can definitely see myself purchasing this when I run out. 

Definitely recommend this one! 

Can be purchased here .

Top: Rose Buds, Mandarin Oil, Damascene Rose
Heart: Cyclamen, Blue Iris, Sweet Magnolia
Base: Musk, Vanilla, Sandalwood

I honestly didn't think I was going to like this one as I'm not a big fan of rose scented perfumes but I actually really like it. It's my second favorite of the three. 

You can definitely smell rose but with the vanilla and musk it calms the rose scent down. It's not too prevalent after an hour. I smell more of the vanilla and musk after it settles on me. 

This one was about as long lasting as the Green Tea and Pear Blossom.

I can see myself wearing this one is the Spring a lot. If you love floral scents that aren't too strong check this one out.

Can be purchased here .

The packaging on all three is simple yet beautiful. They all come in a square glass bottle with a white linen label.

They each have one ounce of fragrance, which I think is great. I don't like to keep too much fragrance on the shelf.

Overall I've really been enjoying the Vera Wang Embrace fragrances. I would definitely recommend the Green Tea and Pear Blossom and Rose Buds and Vanilla but of course fragrance is your personal preference.

Now onto the fun part!!

One of my lucky readers will win all three fragrances! U.S. only. Sorry to my International folks but I'll have other items for you to win very soon and it will be open to everyone, but for this one it's U.S. only.

All you have to do is be a follower of my blog. If you can't follow me here for whatever reason, you can follow me on Instagram at lipglossgossip.

To enter leave me a comment on this post telling me which fragrance you would love to try or why you would love to win! That's it!! Please include your email in your comment so I can contact you in case you are the chosen winner!

Your comment counts as your entry.

One entry per person.

Giveaway will end October 8 at midnight PST.

Winner will be contacted and I will need your mailing info asap so I can send it over to PR so they can get your prize mailed off to you.

Good luck to everyone!

Fragrance provided by PR. Giveaway hosted by PR. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Makeup Show Pop Up San Francisco Overview

I just wanted to share my experience from The Makeup Show Pop Up shop that I attended in San Francisco a few weeks ago. 

I was so happy to attend the show at the last minute. Special thanks to my mom for watching my kids so I could go! Lol! It's not always easy to go and attend all these beaut events when you have small kids and a baby.

This was my first time going to The Makeup Show.

One of the best parts of attending beauty events is meeting people in the industry and learning about new products. I met Eric Jimenez and learned of his awesome new foundation applicator. Its a very innovative tool and I'm excited to share it with you all soon!

I also learned of this new line called Han Skin Care Cosmetics. They had some really beautiful products. They are 100% natural and made from plant, vegetable, and fruit pigments. To top it off they're made here in the USA!
Loved checking out these Viseart palettes in person. They are such beautiful palettes. Much smaller than I expected though.

This is another new line I learned about at The Makeup Show called CAO Cosmetics, They are cruelty free, paraben free, and made in the USA as well! I can't wait to show you what I picked up from them!
I picked up a few of these Stilazzi eyeshadows and they are quite nice for only $2! I'll review them with swatches soon! 

Gotta love some glitter!!

These are all the goodies I bought including a generous swag bag of new products to try as well!

I had such a great time. Like I said I don't get to go to too many beauty events so when I do I always make the most of it. I met so many awesome people. It's always fun to be in a room full of people who share the same passion as you. 

I love being around top creators in the field to learn and grow.

The event had such a great turnout. I hope they bring it back out to northern California again next year. One thing is I hope the venue is larger and has some air conditioning because it was hot as hell in that room! Lol! All for the sake of beauty, cosmetics, learning, and networking though! :)

Thank you so much to The Makeup Show for having me! I'll have reviews of many of these products coming soon!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Makeup Monsters Cosmetics liquid lipstick review

I am all for trying new brands of products. When I hear of a new line that I haven't tried I'm always eager to get some products to get a feel for the line and see if it's any good.

I learned of Makeup Monsters Cosmetics through Instagram awhile ago. I have so many liquid lipsticks but figured I should try a couple out. They also just revamped their packaging and formula so that itself sold me! 

How cute is this packaging. I know it's not something not everyone will love as it might clash against the lipstick color but I think it's fun! :)

        Redwood and Sassy

Now onto the colors themselves.

I wanted to get something unique and different than what I have already in my liquid lipstick collection so I ordered the shade Redwood. It is a stunning burnt red brown shade. It screams Fall weather! I can totally picture myself wearing this on a cool fall day with warm cozy sweater and some boots. Ugh I love it! 

I wanted to get one other shade and figured why not get my signature bright pink, so I ordered the shade Sassy. Even if I have something similar I thought it would be good to try their formula because all liquid lipsticks are not created equal! 

The formula on both of these is perfection. They are opaque in one swipe. 

In the swatches above Sassy swatched a bit unevenly and I was worried it would be the same when applied to the lips but I had no issues with it at all. They both applied creamy and evenly. I had no patchiness. 

These claim to have a long wearing "touch proof" formula and I'd have to agree. I wore them both for a good nine hours and only had some fading on the inner lip area from eating and drinking. I kissed my hubby and kids and had no transferring at all.

The formula is so good that they didn't dry out my lips at all. My lips felt hydrated throughout the entire time I had it on yet they didn't transfer. Amazing! 
These are $15.95 each for 0.20 oz of product. This is a great price for such a good quality liquid lipstick. I would know, I've tried them all! 

Sephora and Kat Von D liquid lipsticks have always been my top favorites but honestly these might just take over! I'm so happy with these liquid lipsticks. I'm definitely going to get more! 

If you're into more nude shades they have quite a few to choose from along with a ton of other colors! They even have some blues, greens, black and grays! 

I definitely recommend you check these out if you're into liquid lipsticks!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop San Francisco

This coming weekend The Makeup Show will be having a Pop-up Shop in San Francisco! 

The event will be taking place on August 29 and 30 at the Hyatt.

I will be attending this weekend. I am super excited! I've been to a lot of other beauty events over my blogging years but never to The Makeup Show. 

I live in Northern Central California so I usually have to travel down to L.A. for beauty events. I'm happy that we are getting an event up here in Northern California. 

Anyone can attend the Pop Up Shop this weekend, so if your a beauty enthusiast you better get your tickets now!

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at .

One day tickets are $28 and two day tickets are $44. 

You can use the code BEAUTYLISH30 to receive 30% off your tickets. 

Hope to see you there!

Mommy blog - Fisher Price Precious Planet 2 in 1 Projection MobileReview

When I was putting my daughters room together I wasn't sure what theme I was going to go with. As it came together I ended up with a room centered around a princess theme. 

I couldn't really find a mobile that matched or I even liked but it got to the point where I needed something to keep her entertained for a few minutes so I can get things done.

I was browsing baby products as I always do now and came across this Fisher Price Precious Planet mobile and it had great reviews so I ordered it instantly. 
As you can see this no way represents a princess room but this has been one of our best baby purchases! 

This is when we first set it up a couple months ago. We initially placed it on the side of the crib but it sat too low.

On the inside of the canopy/umbrella it projects images of animals, which is super cool and adorable!

Here is a better look at the whole thing. You can see it is rather large, so we moved it on the back of the crib and it gave her a better view since its higher up.
Closer look. It doesn't match her room at all but it is very cute! 

The canopy can be removed so you can project the images on the ceiling. 

The mobile also plays lullabys, nature sounds, and a heartbeat.

Whenever I need to set her down for a few minutes or she's getting fussy I set her in her crib with the lullabys playing and she calms down. 

When I put her to bed, if she's awake when I'm laying her down I'll turn it on the nature sounds with the projection on. She never has any problems falling asleep. She'll stare at it and doze right off. 

There is a two sound volume control and you can also control whether you want just the sound on, the sound with the mobile spinning, or the sound, spinning, and projection on.

The mobile also comes with a remote control. It's a one button control just to power on and off but it comes in handy if you need to turn it back on. 

This mobile has been a life saver! It has allowed me to grab a snack or drink, do something for one of my other kids, get some laundry done, and more. 

If you're a new mom I definitely recommend this mobile! 

You can find it on for $50.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Review and Swatches

Liquid lipsticks are all the rage! It seems like every makeup company has released a line of liquid matte lipsticks. 

I have been a long time lover of the liquid to matte lipsticks. I've raved about Stilas, Sephoras, and even the original Kat Von D liquid lipsticks years ago! I hopped on this band wagon before it was the trend. I was very happy to see this type of lipstick take off like it has because it's given us so many more color options and formulas to choose from. 

My faves have always been Sephoras and of course Kat Von D's. 

I was thrilled to find out that she was releasing new shades. I ended up splurging a bit and bought five of her new shades. I included a few of the others that I have in her newer formula and packaging.
Top to bottom
Double Dare, Nosferatu, Exercism, Ayesha, Echo, L.U.V., Bauhau5, and Bachelorette.

I previously owned L.U.V., Bauhau5, and Bachelorette.  

Swatches outdoor natural light L to R
Double Dare, Nosferatu, Exorcism, Ayesha, Echo, L.U.V., Bauhau5, and Bachelorette.

Double Dare is a shade that is a bit more subdued for my style. You know I love a bright or bold lip, but I've been really enjoying a more neutral lip lately. This shade is so gorgeous. It's one of those "your lips, but better" shades. It makes my lips look nice and full. I just love it! 

Nosferatu is a deep true red. This is another favorite of mine. The color is such a gorgeous classic shade, you really just can't go wrong with it! 

Exorcism is a deep vampy plum. I love this one too. This one needed a bit more of careful application as it required two coats to get even coverage. It was a bit patchy in areas so you just have to be specific with your application. Once applied evenly though it's a beautiful shade. 

Ayesha was the shade I was most excited about but the most disappointed in. I love a purple lip so I was looking forward to this grayed/purple lipstick. The color just doesn't look good with my complexion. Another disappointment was the formula. This one for some reason was much more drying than the others. It dried out my lips and settled in the lines. I got so annoyed by it that I ended up putting gloss over it to smooth my dry looking lips. I wouldn't really recommend this particular shade.

Echo is the last shade that I picked up from the newly released colors. I didn't really have any expectations with this, I just thought it was a cool color, but I was so surprised as to how much I loved it! It's like a deep navy blue. It's dark and vampy but not the traditional plum or black lip. It's just so awesome!! I wore this out and didn't feel weird at all. I got a ton of compliments on it. Definitely check this one out. It's going to be a great Fall lip color! 

L.U.V. is a pretty magenta purple. I've worn this a ton since I've had it for quite awhile. It's a bright fun color. Love wearing it in the Spring! 

Bauhau5 is a beautiful deep raspberry. I love wearing this one in the Fall. Pair it with a chunky cozy sweater and you're good to go! 

Bachelorette is a coral-ly red. I wear this one often. It's one of my easy go to reds. It goes with everything. Love it! 

Double Dare

I definitely recommend you check the new Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipsticks out when you're in Sephora. 

They are long lasting. You can eat and drink and they will stay put! None of them feel overly drying with the exception of Ayesha. 

Tip - I always recommend prepping your lips before wearing a liquid matte lipstick. Apply a thin coat of lip balm to smooth out your lips and to help keep the matte formula from drying out your lips. 

These are just a few of the shades in the collection. There are a bunch of nudes as well if prefer a more neutral lip. 

You can find them at your local sephora or for $20 each. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Saucebox Cosmetics Batalash Palette review and swatches

I hadn't purchased any makeup in such a long time but it didn't really matter since I honestly hadn't worn much makeup since having my baby. 

I was recently feeling kinda blah...about not having the time to do my hair and makeup so I decided to try and change that. 
Of course any way to get out of a makeup rut is to buy new makeup! Lol! 

So I splurged on this new palette from Saucebox Cosmetics.

I hate to say splurge because I feel like if I'm using that word I should have some super luxe makeup from Chanel or something but all I have is this eyeshadow palette from a not very well known indie makeup company.

This palette is a whopping $60 plus tax, and shipping brought it out to $71.50!!

If I had no experience with their products I'd be completely turned off by that price but because I have several of their other palettes and single shadows I felt pretty confidant in getting a good palette.

The palette was made in coordination with batalash, which honestly I know nothing about them other than Samantha. I've seen a couple of her videos but that's about it. I don't really watch YouTube beauty videos. 

The palette consists of eight eye shadows. You get a mix of mattes and shimmery shades.

All of them are buttery smooth and opaque. 

A few of them kick up a bit of color and makeup dust but they all apply evenly and creamy. 

I've used this for a week already and absolutely love this palette. I wish there was a champagne/gold for the lid in this palette instead of the green, so I like to use these shadows in conjunction with other shadows in my collection. 

Depending on your skin tone this palette can be used for other things as well such as highlighting with the matte cream/white shade and contouring with the second matte brown shade, or even for your brows. 

I'm really glad I got this palette. I was put off initially by the price and I still don't like the price but at the same time you're getting a ton of product and the quality is outstanding. 

If they ever have a sale or you can grab this from a makeup show at a discount then don't hesitate because it is a really great palette as are most of the other saucebox palettes. Of course you can always purchase it at full price like I did.

If you've been thinking about getting this grab it as soon as you can because it is limited edition!