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.