Haul from VanityBox Makeup Artistry Store


Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday ❤

A small cosmetics store known as VanityBox Makeup Artistry in La Puente, California, caught my eye, for they carried beauty products from brands I had not been able to get a hold of. The studio offers PRO discounts to qualified beauty professionals and is open to fellow makeup enthusiasts like myself. I visited VanityBox with my dear cousin and purchased a few things I had my eye on.

Even though the store is on the smaller size, there is a generous amount of prominent cosmetics brands to choose from. They have an entire wall dedicated to Morphe Brushes and eyeshadow palettes (yes! I got my 35O here!). I picked up the M158 – Angle Liner/Spoolie for my brows and the M441 – Pro Firm Blending Crease brush. I also picked up two pairs of false lashes from the cruelty-free brand Koko LashesThe first pair of lashes is in 104, which is on the more natural side, and the second pair in Queen B is rather dramatic. To my surprise, VanityBox had the new L.A. Girl Cosmetics foundation in stock during a time when it was sold out everywhere else. The last two products I purchased was the Pro Coverage HD Long wear Illuminating foundation in Natural and the Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Light Ivory from L.A. Girl Cosmetics.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Tuesday (well, I try too! lol).

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Kiko Milano Haul – PART TWO

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

I have been away for some time now… I think we all experience a blogging hiccup at some point and need to keep away from the brightly lit-screens in order to recharge. Since I am feeling better than ever after my (relatively “short”) break, I will be posting on Wednesdays AND Fridays from here on out.

Today, I bring you part two of my Kiko Milano Haul! (You can find part one here my friend.) As I mentioned before, I picked up goodies from a Kiko Milano store during my time in Rome. The goodies shown below can best be categorized as lip products, which range from pinky lip liners to exfoliating lip scrubs.

Kiko Haul Pt. 2

Lip Liners

I’ve actually never been big on lip liners until recently. In the past, most of the lip liners I came across were not very creamy, which made application pretty unpleasant. After trying celebrity Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kit in Candy K, I came to the conclusion that creamy lip liners exist and are out there.

I picked up the CREAMY COLOUR Comfort Lip Liner (302) in Warm Rose from a Kiko Milano stand because it’s a pretty color and claims to “glide on” the lips easily. I also found another product with the same promise but in a waterproof formula, the EVERLASTING COLOUR Precision Lip Liner (406) in Pink. What is interesting about this automatic lip liner is there’s a built-in sharpener on the tail of the pencil.Kiko Milano Lip Liners


Since the brand Kiko Milano carries a wide selection of lipsticks, I chose my favorite lip shades in different finishes. I picked up two COLOUR CLICK Lipsticks in Impressionist Red (04) and Brilliant Pink (01). These lipsticks have a creamy sheen finish and also have lip liners that correspond to each shade (which is sold separately).

Another lipstick I picked is the ULTRA GLOSSY STYLO (809) in Ruby Red. I was intrigued by this particular lipstick because it contains SPF 15. I realized at the store that the lip products I chose were glossy, sheer, and creamy. It took some time, but I found a lipstick with a matte finish! The VELVET PASSION Matte Lipstick (303) in Rose felt high-end because of it’s incredible pigmentation and lovely packaging. This lipstick as the brand’s logo pressed and has a magnetic closure to ensure preservation.

Kiko Milano Lipsticks

Skin Care

The last two products in my Kiko Milano Haul is under the realm of skin care. I struggle with dry lips seasonally and lately no balm has been able to moisturize my lips fully. The Night Balm by Kiko Milano serves to repair lips overnight and after reading great reviews online, I decided to try it out. Another product that stood out to me was the Lip Scrub Stick, a best selling lip exfoliator.

Kiko Milano Skin Care

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Wednesday and Friday now!

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Kiko Milano Haul – PART ONE

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

I traveled to Italy recently and shared some of my favorite places I visited in last week’s post (view “A Week In Rome” here!). While in Rome, I did a bit of shopping and came across a Kiko Milano store. Kiko Milano is an Italian cosmetics brand that strives to develop quality makeup and skin care. I’ve heard wonderful things about this brand and since I don’t have a Kiko store near me back home, I splurged on some of their bestsellers and products that stood out to me.

Kiko Milano Haul


The first mascara I picked up was the Extra Sculpt Volume Mascara, a highly recommended  mascara by YouTuber/Beauty Guru Kathleen Lights. Since summer is around the corner, I decided to pick up this same mascara with a waterproof formula. The packaging of both mascaras are nearly identical, but the Extra Sculpt Waterproof Mascara has a lovely blue streak on it.

Kiko Milano Extra Sculpt

Eye Base & Eyeliner

I finished the eye primer I had by Elizabeth Mott, so I decided to try out Kiko’s Eye Base Primer. This primer is more affordable, promises to make eyeshadows last longer, and provide a better color pay-off. I picked up the Deep Black Eye Marker because I wanted a liquid eyeliner with a thicker tip to fill in bold winged cat eyes.

Kiko Milano Eye Base and Liner

Nail Polishes

The Kiko Milano store I went to had a wide selection of nail polishes. The first nail polish I picked up was Candy Sprinkles Nail Lacquer (20), which I feel can be worn over other polishes or on its own. The second nail polish I got was Frozen Smoothies Nail Lacquer (10), an off white polish with a hint of light blue/gray.

Kiko Milano Nail Polishes

Have you tried any Kiko Milano products? Any recommendations?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

P.S. I post every Friday (well I try too! lol).

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Wet ‘n Wild Beauty | Hits or Misses

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

With temperatures slowly rising here in Southern California (and summer around the corner!), I felt that my go-to makeup routine needed some updating. Summer, for me, tends to be the ideal time for more natural, glowy looks. Wet ‘n Wildan affordable cruelty-free makeup brand, released several new products in their spring/summer collection and also reformulated some of their original products. I picked up a few of their goodies from my local drugstore and after trying them out for a couple of weeks, I’m here to share if they’re hits or misses!

Wet 'n Wild Beauty | Alive & Living

Au Naturel EyeShadow Palette – Bare Necessities 753A

I picked up this eyeshadow palette mainly because it was under five (or six?) dollars. I didn’t swatch it at the store or anything, but the colors were pretty enough to make it into my shopping basket. The packaging is sleek and the palette includes a double-sided eyeshadow applicator inside (the kind that doesn’t last very long though). There are 10 shadows in total, eight of which are shimmery. There are two brown toned mattes shades and each shade is labelled as a number (from left to right). These shadows are pretty pigmented, blend fairly very well, but are more powdery than buttery.

Photo Focus Setting Spray

WetnWild Photo Focus Setting Spray

According to the Wet ‘n Wild website, this makeup setting spray claims to be a “weightless formula” that will “extend makeup wear.” I used this spray multiple times, sometimes switching out products to test out the longevity, and must agree that this product does what it says it will. The spray nozzle releases product evenly and the formula doesn’t make your face feel sticky or dry. For less than five dollars, your makeup will last most of the day with this setting spray (it’s amazing!).

MegaGlo Illuminating Palette – Catwalk Pink 320

I’m all for that twinkling highlighted skin, especially during the spring and summer. This Illuminating Palette reminded me of Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips and since it’s more affordable, I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, there isn’t much color payoff with this product, even with the new formula. It was much to sheer to me and I found it wasn’t very visible on the skin. I tried mixing all the shades together but it still wasn’t enough to make a noticeable difference.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I feel that Wet ‘n Wild is a promising brand that has some great products. I was pleasantly surprised by the Au Naturel Eyeshadow palette in Bare Necessities 753A and think the colors are absolutely lovely. It’s definitely a hit. Another product that I particularly enjoy (more like love!) is the Photo Focus Setting Spray. Seriously, track it down and try it. It’s a hit for me! Lastly, the MegaGlo Illuminating palette didn’t do much for me so it’s a miss in my book, but maybe it could work for you.

What Wet ‘n Wild products have you tried? Any recommendations?

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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Bath & Body Works Haul – PART THREE


   PART THREE – Aromatherapy Body Wash and Lotion


Whenever I pay a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store, they’ve either launched a new line or released seasonal exclusives. During their Semi-Annual sale, products from their new lines AND seasonal exclusives were up for grabs. It was quite exciting. I found some pretty great deals (details in Part One and Part Two) and will share the last two products I bought, wrapping up this B&BW Haul segment.

The Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy line includes products that range from stress relief body washes to sensual lotions. For the longest time, I’ve wanted the Sleep Body Wash and Sleep Body Lotion because 1) The Black Chamomile [soothing] fragrance is AMAZING, and 2) The packaging is so sleek. I bought and tried this duo for the first time and I must say, I’m very pleased with it. I don’t know if it’s thè reason why I slept so well that night, but it left my skin so incredibly soft.

This limited edition formula is infused with Bamboo Charcoal Extract to help detoxify before sleep and Chamomile Essential Oil to Enhance sleep.


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Bath & Body Works Haul – PART TWO


    PART TWO – Shower Gel and Body Lotion


Happy Monday everyone! Last week I shared Part One of my Bath & Body Works haul and as promised, today will be part two! During the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale, I purchased some old favorites (details in part one) and a few NEW products I never tried before.

At the time of the Semi-Annual Sale, most of their seasonal winter line products were on sale, so there wasn’t much left by the time I got there. I stumbled upon the Snowkissed Sugar line though and instantly fell in love with its sweet wintery scent. It’s a great mixture of sugar, chilled coconut, and vanilla orchid. There was just a single bottle of the shower gel remaining and something along the lines of, “I am the chosen one,” and “It’s meant to be,” crossed my mind when I picked it up.

I purchased both the Snowkissed Sugar Shower Gel and Snowkissed Body Lotion, which is now my go-to winter dynamic duo, during the sale. These products are great for the skin since they’re both infused with Shea and Vitamin E. The shower gel provides a bubbly lather and a pleasant fragrance when in use. And Unlike other lotions, the Snowkissed Sugar Body Lotion doesn’t leave my skin sticky or greasy. The formula is soft on the skin and keeps it hydrated for most of the day after application. These products are part of the seasonal lines though, so it could be difficult to track down now if you’re interested. Good luck!


Next time: Part 3 of the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale haul

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Bath & Body Works Haul – PART ONE


    PART ONE – Hand Soaps and Candles


Hello everyone and welcome to the Ingrid Nicole: Alive & Living blog! During the holidays, I took a much needed break from the (occasionally stressful!) college life by traveling to the great Salt Lake City, Utah. I was able to spend quality time with family and experienced magical snowy winter days. I live in a part of California where snow is rarely seen, so waking up to a lovely town covered in a blanket of snow was quite exciting.

While in Utah, I did a “little” shopping with family relatives. Station Park, a plaza filled with different attractions, was by far one of the greatest shopping destinations during my visit. There was a wide range of shops at Station Park, but Bath & Body Works’ large and bright “Semi-Annual Sale” signs drew me in. The store was up to 75% off select items and I found myself purchasing some old favorites and picking up new things.


My all-time favorite hand soaps are from Bath & Body Work’s Gentle Foaming line, which contains Aloe and Vitamin E. The formula washes away impurities without drying out my skin (great for the winter) and there’s several fragrances to choose from. It looks like a liquid hand soap but when you go to pump the product out, it turns into foam. Above are the three fragrances I routinely purchase: Kitchen LemonEucalyptus Mint, and Peach Bellini. I picked up two of each during the semi-annual sale and discovered they also carry these same fragrances in a different line, Deep Cleansing, which is an exfoliating bead-like soap.

The Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale also included some of their three-wick candles. I had purchased the Oahu Coconut Sunset last summer because of it’s subtle sweet tiger lily scent. I thought the ombre design was unique and so wanted to buy another one. My Bath & Body Works store back home didn’t carry the Hawaii line anymore so when I found it hidden behind other candles during the sale, I was thrilled! I’m not sure if Bath & Body Works will continue the Hawaii line but you can find some great deals here!


Next week: Part 2 of the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale haul

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