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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sigma Precision Tapered P86 Brush Review & 10% Off!

I just recently got around to ordering the Precision kit from Sigma, I wanted to take advantage of the 10% off sale as well!

I wanted to let you all know about the Tapered P86 brush, because it is wonderful!



I am in love with this brush! I wish I would have ordered this sooner! I have been using this for everything! I've used it for concealer, highlighter, and my new loves, the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows.

I had originally really wanted this brush for concealer, which it's great for, but I'm finding that I'm using it more for cream shadows. Because of the tapered tip, you can really pat and blend cream shadows onto your lid and inner corners really nicely.

It's a really dense brush, but so soft at the same time. It didn't shed any hair either.


You can see the very nice tapered point, here. Also I noticed that on these new brushes, it is engraved with 'Sigma' at the base of the ferrule. I thought this was so cute. 

You can't go wrong with the P86 brush or the Precision Kit. These are fabulous brushes!

I definitely recommend them!

Also just a reminder today is the last day to use the 10% off code! Make sure you take advantage of this coupon before it expires!!!

Code ~ 0112XJML 

You can find these brushes and more here http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=144 .

I'll have a review on the full precision kit soon!

What are your thoughts on the Precision kit? 

Monday, January 30, 2012

HANA Professional Flat Iron 1" Review, With Hair Pictures!

I received the HANA Professional 1" Flat Iron a few months ago, but with all hair tools, I have to give it a good go before I feel like I can write an honest review on it. I'll also be comparing this to a ghd, because I have one.

As always Misikko sent over a wonderfully packaged flat iron! You can order these sets packaged like this on their website, it would make a great Valentine's Day gift!!



The packaging is great, it comes in a really nice tin and inside that it comes in a leather like pouch.


Top of the HANA Professional 1" Flat Iron


Profile of the HANA Professional 1" Flat Iron


The HANA Professional 1" has an adjustable heat setting which is really nice, because the ghd does not have one. I like this because I don't wash my hair everyday, and on day two hair if there is a few spots I need to go over, I don't need to use full heat, I can set it to a lower temperature, reducing damage to my hair.

As you can see on the ghd, there is just a on/off switch.


Here is the HANA Professional 1" Flat Iron compared to the ghd 1" Flat Iron. They are about the same shape. The ghd is a bit longer than the HANA. The ghd is also a bit heavier.

Also the ghd, has a safety cord with a auto shut off, and the HANA has a regular plug and no auto shut off, so that can be a downer if you forget to turn off your hair straighteners. I have done this once with my ghd, so luckily it shut off! Now with the HANA I always double check to make sure I shut it off!


Some of the features of the HANA Professional 1"
~ Heats up from 140 - 450 degrees
~ Has Tourmaline Ceramic Plates
~ Curved Plate edges alloying you to straighten, flip, or curl
~ Swivel cord
~ Heats up in seconds
~ Two year warranty


My thoughts on how well it actually works
When I got this flat iron I had high expectations because I already had a ghd, that I have had for 4 years, and it works just as good as the day I got it. Well the HANA Professional 1" is one of the best flat irons I have used. It really holds up against my ghd.

I have only used the HANA Professional Flat Iron since I got it, and it has been great. I have to mention I have naturally curly/wavy hair, so I have been using flat irons for years, since I was maybe 11 or so, and I have gone through so many of them. I would buy cheap ones over and over again and they would break, stop working, or not straighten my hair very well. I finally decided to invest in a good hair straightener and bought my ghd years ago, and it's the best one I have ever used, but after using the HANA for a few months I feel confident in saying it's just as good as a ghd at a fraction of the cost.

It was very easy to use. It glided over my hair and didn't snag any of my hair! I hate when flat irons do that, but this one has not since I have been using it.

It left my hair just as smooth and shiny as my ghd, and I didn't have any frizz.


Day 1
When I first used it I wanted to test out how well it straightened along with it's curling abilities, so I straightened it and curled the ends and here's how it turned out. As you can see in this photo above my hair is silky smooth! Love it!


Day 2
Here is a shot from the back on day two, all the curls are still in tact! There is NO touch ups here in this photo, I woke up and combed through my hair with a wide tooth comb. My hair doesn't hold a curl very well, so this is great! I didn't even use hairspray on my hair, just heat protectant and the HANA Professional 1" flat iron, I am impressed!

Overall thoughts
I am very happy with the HANA Professional 1" flat iron. It works very well, and heats up quickly. I would definitely recommend it if your in the market for a new flat iron.

You can find it on http://www.misikko.com/ for $119.98.

Use coupon code ~ LIPGLOSSGOSSIP for $10 off!

Disclaimer ~ HANA Professional 1" Flat Iron provided for review by Misikko. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Blog Sale!! 10% Off!!!

Hey everyone I'm having another sale on the blog sale!

Now til 2/1/12 get 10% off your blog sale order! Orders must be placed and paid for by this time in order to get the 10% off.

Here's a link to the blog sale
http://www.lipglossgossip.com/2009/10/blog-sale.html

Email me and let me know if there's anything you want.

Thanks

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadows ~ Review & Swatches

These New Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows seem to be all the rage right now, so of course being the Beauty Blogger ( ahem...beauty junkie) that I am, I had to pick up a few and try them for myself.

 
The colors I picked up are from top, L to R, Bad To The Bronze, Tough As Taupe, and below those is Too Cool.


Flash ~ Bad To The Bronze, Tough As Taupe, and Too Cool


Natural light, Both photos swatched with NO primer beneath

I'm gonna have to jump on the band wagon with everyone else in saying that I love these! They are really creamy, and easy to blend. And as you can see the pigmentation is fabulous. 

I have found these to be long lasting and got no creasing, but I wore them with Urban Decay Primer Potion, so I'm not sure how well they would wear on their own. You can use them with or without shadow on top. I like using them both ways.

The packaging is really great as well. It's about the same as the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Shadow Cremes. 

I absolutely love the colors I picked up, they are so beautiful. I honestly didn't think I was going to like these so I just stuck with neutrals, but I really love them. I'm thinking about getting a couple of the colors now, maybe the purple one! :)

I highly recommend these, if you need some long lasting shadows.

I got these at Walmart for $5.94 each, so you can't really go wrong with that! They are currently all in-stock at ulta.com .

What do you think of the Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows? Which colors are you going to get?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Stila In The Garden Palette Review & Swatches!

After getting the Stila In The Light palette and loving it, I knew I wanted the new In The Garden palette from Stila's Spring collection! I saw it at my Macy's but they didn't have it in stock, but the tester palette was out on display, so I swatched it and instantly fell in love! I came home and ordered it right away from Sephora! :)


I love LOVE this palette! You get a great set of colors and neutrals all in one palette! Just like the In The Light palette, the colors are velvety smooth, and highly pigmented. They are long wearing and blend easily. You can also use these wet to really intensify the color.

Flash ~ Colors from L to R
Top Row ~ Chinois, Breeze, Bark, Freesia, & Rosette 
Bottom Row ~ Nectar, Honey, Sage, Moss, & Juniper
Natural Light Colors in same order
Colors swatched dry, with no pimer in both photos.


This is the Smudge Stick Waterproof eyeliner in Starfish that is included in the palette. I have done reviews on these liners before, they are some of my favorite pencil liners, because they do not budge! This particular color is very beautiful, they describe it as a black with gold and green pearl, but it comes off as a beautiful dark olive green. It's super easy to apply, and you do have some time to smudge it before it sets. I love it.

The only downside I see with this is that I wish there was a matte medium brown color for blending in the crease, but overall it's a great palette. The colors work really well together. Stila did a fantastic job with this one!

There's another palette called In The Moment, I think I need that one now too! :D

Definitely check it out if you can.

You can find this online at stilacosmetics.com , or sephora.com for $39.

What do you think of the In The Garden Palette from Stila's Spring Collection?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Revlon Color Burst Lipsticks Sale at CVS, Swatches & Review

I went to CVS this past week to pick up some stuff, and of course I had to browse the cosmetics section. I noticed they had a lot of Revlon products on sale. The Color Burst lipsticks were 75% off, so I picked up two. 
The colors I bought are Crimson (left) and Soft Rose (right). I have never used these lipsticks before and am actually surprised that I haven't because the Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are my favorite from the drugstore. I should have known I would have liked these as well.

They are very pigmented and moisturizing and glide on your lips! They last quite awhile on your lips if you aren't eating or drinking, but if you are they will fade, and they do transfer on to your cup or if you kiss someone.

The packaging is great. I love the quilted design, it makes the lipstick feel very chic.
Flash ~ Crimson & Soft Rose
Natural Light ~ Crimson & Soft Rose

These were only $2.49 at my CVS, so definitely check to see if they're on sale at your CVS. You can't go wrong with these at $2.49 each and there are lots of colors to choose from.

I might go pick up some more! There's a couple pink shades that I want! :D

Have you used the Revlon Color Burst lipsticks? Which are your favorites?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sigma Beauty 10% Off Reminder!

Hi just wanted to remind everyone that the Sigma 10% off coupon code is still running!

There's only 10 days left to use the code, so make sure you place an order before the code expires!

This is a good time to pick up a gift for Valentines Day. This set is SO cute and perfect for Valentines Day!


You can find this set here
http://www.sigmabeauty.com/Sigma_12_Brush_kit_Make_me_Crazy_Purple_p/ckc02.htm?Click=144

Don't forget you get a free gift on orders over $30!

Code ~ 0112XJML


Happy Shopping!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Wet N Wild Megalast I Need A Refresh-Mint, Nail Of The Day

A few weeks ago while I was at Rite Aid, I noticed some new nail polishes from Wet n Wild and picked one up in the shade, I Need A Refreshment.

Flash

I had never used Wet n Wild nail polish before, but I'm pretty impressed. The application was great, I got even coverage in two coats, it was a bit thick but not difficult to work with.

I wore this for about a week and had very minimal chipping, so I'm happy with it.


Natural light

These polishes have the rounded brush which makes application a bit easier. I really like these brushes, they're similar to the Sally Hansen brushes.

Just in case you were wondering here is a swatch of I need A Refresh-Mint on the left vs China Glaze For Audrey on the right. I Need A Refresh-Mint is a bit more green than For Audrey.

Have I mentioned that the Wet N Wild Megalast nail polishes are only $1.99! There were maybe 12 different colors, so check them out and pick one up or a few, for $1.99 you can't go wrong!

Have you seen these in your drugstore? Will you be picking any up?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks ~ Fuchsia Flash Matte & Pink Petal Review & Swatches

I noticed a couple weeks ago some new lipsticks from Smashbox on the Sephora website and I had to try two colors that stood out to me.

These are pure love! Aren't they beautiful!?! The colors I ordered are Fuchsia Flash Matte and Pink Petal.

These are full color lipsticks that come in cream and matte formulas. They contain Vitamins C and E and are very moisturizing. They glide on very easily and make your lips feel so smooth. Even with the matte formula, it is still moisturizing, somehow, it doesn't dry out my lips which is nice, because most matte formulas are very drying.

The packaging is great. I usually prefer round tubes of lipstick but I don't mind the square packaging on these.


Fuchsia Flash Matte & Pink Petal, Flash
Fuchsia Flash Matte & Pink Petal, Natural light

As you can see Fuchsia Flash Matte still has a bit of shine to it and Pink Petal is very creamy. 

They are both long lasting, but Pink Petal faded a bit because of it's creamery texture. 

If you haven't noticed these look very similar to the MAC Iris Apfel lipsticks I just posted about, so if you weren't able to get your hands on those definitely check these Smashbox shades out.

I am on a total lipstick kick right now. I mean I love lip products, obviously, but I have been buying even more lip products recently, so expect more lipstick posts soon! :).

These come in a ton of colors, so there's a shade out there for everyone! I definitely recommend them if your looking for some new lipsticks.

The Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks can be found on Sephora.com , Smashbox.com and in Sephora stores for $19.

What do you think of Smashbox Be Legendary lipsticks? Will you be picking any up?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Zoya Kierra, Nail Of The Day

Here is a nail of the day, in the color Kierra by Zoya.

I wore this color once before, but didn't really care for it, this time around I love it. I really don't know why the change of heart, but now I'm enjoying it. Lol

It's just a gorgeous color for this time of year, but I also love that it's not too dark or too light, it's just the perfect shade of berry/plum.

Flash

Natural light


The application was great, and I got even coverage in two coats.

These photos were taken after I had been wearing this for two days, and there is some minor fading at the tips, but no chipping.

It dries a little flat and definitely needs a top coat, but overall it's a great color.

What do you think of Kierra?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MAC Pink Pigeon & Party Parrot Lipsticks, Iris Apfel Collection Swatches

I was up late a few nights ago, browsing online and I saw MAC had a new collection up. I noticed these two lipsticks and new, sight unseen, that I had to have them.

I placed my order and to my surprise when I woke up they were already sold out! I was really glad I placed my order when I did.

Pink Pigeon & Party Parrot

As you know I love my bright lips. Pink, Fuchsia, and Red, are colors I wear daily on my lips, so I knew I would get lots of use out of these.

Pink Pigeon & Party Parrot, Flash

Pink Pigeon & Party Parrot, Natural light


How gorgeous are these colors!

These are not for the timid! If you love bold, bright lip colors, these are must haves! You can always sheer these out with some lip balm, but be forewarned, they are bold.

These are currently sold out online, but check your MAC stores near you.

Were you able to snatch these up before they sold out? What do you think of Pink Pigeon and Party Parrot?

Monday, January 9, 2012

Orly Shine, Nail of The Day

This is a quick nail of the day, which I wore on New Years. When I think of New Years, I always think of flashy silver colors, so I just threw this color on. I wasn't sure how I was going to like the color on my skin tone but I like how it turned out.



Orly Shine, two coats

The formula is great, so application was a breeze.

I got full coverage in two coats, but this shade was a bit streaky because of the metallic finish.

I got mine at Sally's but you  can also find it on various online retailers for various prices.

What do you think of silver nail colors?

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Zoya Nail Polish Get Two Free Promo!

Zoya is running a great promo, right now you can get two nail polishes of your choice for FREE! All you have to pay is standard shipping & handling. BUT if you spend $25 you get Free shipping as well, along with the two free nail polishes!

This offer is good until 11:59 EST on 1/9/12.

Use Code ZOYA2012


I took advantage of the free shipping and ordered a couple extra nail polishes and the Remove Plus nail polish remover. I'm looking forward to trying the Remove Plus because I have heard good things about it. :)

I think the hardest thing about Zoya's awesome promos is always choosing which colors to order, they have so many! Luckily there are a lot of great nail bloggers out there with awesome swatches! I usually go to Scrangie.com for Zoya swatches.

Will you be taking advantage of the Free nail polish or placing an order as well? What colors did you order?

Promo excludes True and Fleck Effect collection

Sunday, January 1, 2012

10% Off Sigma Beauty!!! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I have a 10% Off coupon code for all of you from Sigma Beauty!

Use code 0112XJML to receive 10% off your entire order!

Don't forget orders over $30 receive a free gift

Valid today, January 1 through January 31.

http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=144

What will you be getting, What's on your list?

Happy Shopping!