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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A Quick Guide to Black Friday Beauty Sales – 2016

Gray Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are nearly upon us. They’re events many people look forward to each year and marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season here in the U.S. I decided to compile a list of sales related to all things beauty and hope it will help. Please note that this list consists of cruelty-free and/or vegan brands only. Also, updates will be made frequently and displayed at the bottom. Happy shopping!


Sephora‘s “BLACK FRIDAY Preview” is now active on their website and includes exclusive offers. (Join “Sephora FLASH” for free 2-Day Shipping; it’s only $10 USD and good for an entire year!) There are new additions on the site!

Ulta Beauty released their  “BLACK FRIDAY Beauty Busters” deals on its website as well, and their doors will open on (gray) Thursday at 6 PM.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cosmetics & Beauty (11/25 @ 12 ET – 11/28)

  • 10% off – Glow Kits
  • 20% off – Brows Products, Stick Foundation, and Illuminators
  • 25% off – Darkside Liner and Pro Brushes (NEW product!)
  • 30% off – Metallic Luster Liner and Lip Gloss
  • 40% off – Contour Cream Kits and Contour Kits
  • 50% off – Waterproof Crème Color and Concealer

Bath & Body Works (11/24 @ 6 AM online)

  • Buy 3, Get 3 FREE! Anything!
  • 2016 V.I.P . Tote w/seven products (with any $30 purchase; code “TOTELOVE”

ColourPop (11/22 and 11/25)

  • 20% off all Liquid Lipsticks
  • free domestic shipping on $30+ orders
  • free international shipping on $50+ orders

Dose of Colors (11/25 – 11/28)

  • 20% off site wide (w/code “BLACKFRIDAY”)

Drunk Elephant (11/24 – 11/28)

  • 20% off all orders (w/code “STUFFED”)

Essence Cosmetics (11/24 – 11/28 on U.S. Site)

  • 11/24 – 30% off Neutral Collection
  • 11/25 – 50% off entire site!
  • 11/28 – free shipping

Jeffree Star Cosmetics (11/25 and 11/28)

  • Velour Liquid Lipsticks $15 each
  • 20% off Skin Frost
  • 45% off the Beauty Killer Palette
  • 45% off Lip Ammunition
  • Free U.S. Shipping!

Juvia’s Place (now to 11/25)

  • Eyeshadow Palettes on sale now!
  • Brush Set (NEW) launching on Black Friday!

L.A. Girl (11/25)

  • 40% off entire purchase with code “LAGBLACKFRIDAY40”

Milani Cosmetics (11/25 – 111/28)

  • Spend $50 to get 20% off (code “THANKS”)
  • All orders receive one free nail polish
  • Free shipping on orders $25+

Morphe Brushes (11/25)

  • 25% off morphs products (w/code “FRIDAY25”)
  • NEW Glided Limited Edition Collection launch
  • Free shipping on orders $100+

OFRA Cosmetics (11/25 – 11/28)

  • 50% off sitewide

Tarte (now!)

  • 20% off and free shipping on orders $25+ (w/code FRIYAY)

Tatcha (now to 11/30)

  • 20% off sitewide (w/code FF2016)
  • Free shipping

Too Faced (11/25)

  • NEW Chocolate Chip Palette for $26
  • Get 50% second item (when purchasing mascaras)
  • 2 for $30 any melted lip products

Urban Decay (11/25)

  • 20% off sitewide
  • Free shipping on orders $50+

Wet n Wild (11/25)

  • Peace, Love & Joy- Full Palette for $10 USD
  • Beauty Book for $15 USD
  • Free shipping on orders $35+

Last Updated: November 25 at 3:20 AM (PT)

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole
P.S. I post every week (well, I try too! lol).

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Morphe 35O Eyeshadow Palette: First Impressions + Swatches

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

Morphe is a cosmetics brand known for their quality makeup brushes and sought after eyeshadow palettes. After hearing raving reviews from (several) YouTube Beauty Gurus, I purchased one of Morphe‘s best-sellers to see what the hype was all about. The 35O – 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette was a difficult product to get ahold of. Although it’s an affordable palette and contains an array of colors, is this palette really worth the hassle and price?

Palette Details

The 35O palette contains 35 natural matte and shimmery eyeshadows. It retails for $22.99 USD (but there are discount codes online!) and it comes in black 9 x 6 1/2 inch case. The case itself is hard plastic and does not include a mirror or any other additional accessories. Also, the eyeshadows in this palette are not labelled on the front or back.


Note: The images below are arranged according to the order of eyeshadows in the palette.


First Impressions

Since the 35O – 35 Color Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette contains a wide range of shadows to choose from, you can create several different looks with a single palette. The palette is compact and perfect for on the go and travel. The price of the product is one of its best attributes, however, there are some inconsistencies with the formulation. Some of the matte eyeshadows are patchy and others aren’t as blendable.

Have you tried or reviewed this product? Share your experiences below!

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole




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BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel Palette: First Impressions + Swatches!

Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday ❤

I have a hand-full of beauty products on my wish list (don’t we all?), which range from drugstore must-haves to high-end exclusives. One product on my list stood out to me several months ago because of its lovely array of eyeshadows and highlighters. Carli Bybel, a YouTube Personalty and Beauty Guru, collaborated with BH Cosmetics and released a palette that has gained notable attention from the beauty community. I finally got ahold of this palette and included my thoughts (AND swatches!) below.

Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette .JPG

Carli Bybel designed this versatile 14 Color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette to dial up the drama and add excitement to your look. Carli’s taste for chic refinement and modern elegance inspired her to select a collection of earthy neutrals and plummy brown shadows with four face highlighters that complement every skin tone. (bhcosmetics.com)

Palette Details

The 14 Color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette by Carli Bybel, in collaboration with BH Cosmetics, is a vegan and cruelty-free product. The design of the packaging resembles that of a pearl loveseat with tight diamond tufting. There isn’t much weight to the product (1.68 oz), however, there’s a commendable sized mirror inside. The palette itself can be purchased at Ulta Beauty (both in stores and online!) and on BH Cosmetics’s website, retailing at $14.50Carli Bybel Palette (inside1)

The quote located inside of the palette reads: Aspire to Inspire. This is the only text visible when you open the palette and I realized the eyeshadows do not have names. The eyeshadow pans are about the size of a quarter (U.S. coin) and the highlighters are relatively larger with a flowery stamp design. This palette has a magnetic closure and does not include any additional accessories, such as a brush.

Carli Bybel Palette (inside2)


As I mentioned before, the eyeshadows and highlighters in this particular palette are not named. The first row contains four matte eyeshadows and one shimmery eyeshadow. The following row has four shimmery eyeshadows and one matte eyeshadow. Lastly, the third row is composed of four highlighters that can also be used as eyeshadows.

*Note: The images below are arranged according to the order of eyeshadows and highlighters in the palette.

Carli Bybel Palette (Row 1 Swatch)Carli Bybel Palette (Row 2 Swatch)Carli Bybel Palette (Row 3 Swatch)

Final Thoughts

I don’t personally own anything from BH Cosmetics other than this palette, so I can’t compare this eyeshadow/highlight formula with some of their other products. There are a couple of eyeshadows that are not as pigmented as I would like, specifically the fourth shadow in the first row and fifth shadow in the second row, but they do all blend easily. I love the shades created for this palette and I feel they work well for many looks.

Overall, I’m fairly impressed with the quality of the eyeshadows and highlighters in this palette. The mirror inside the palette was a pleasant surprise and although there is a bit of eyeshadow fall-out, the palette is a great value (I purchased it for $11 w/a coupon!). Most of the eyeshadows have great pigmentation and its convenient having highlighters all in one palette. I look forward to trying more products from BH Cosmetics and Carli Bybel in the future.
Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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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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IT Cosmetics: Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream (First Impressions)

Hello everyone! Happy Friday ❤

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on making my makeup collection 100% cruelty-free. I found IT Cosmetics (a high-end brand) is bunny friendly and decided to try out some of their best sellers. Since summer is upon us, I felt that their CC+ cream with SPF 50+ was the perfect first product to start with!

IT Cosmetics CC+ creamWhat is IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream?

The Your Skin But Better is a full coverage color-correcting cream that promises to both hydrate and brighten skin. According to the IT Cosmetics website, this “multi-tasking [cream] will not crease or crack in fine lines.” The product itself retails for $38.00 and comes in five different shades, which includes: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich.

This truly is an all-in-one, multi-tasking beauty miracle for your most beautiful skin! If you can’t decide between light and medium, definitely choose medium, I wear medium everyday, it really adjusts to your skin tone perfectly!  -Jamie Kern Lima (founder)

Your Skin But Better

Product Review

Doesn’t this CC cream sound great? (I mean, it is called Your Skin But Better.)

I would like to point out that this product comes with a pump. I personally prefer this kind of lovely packaging because you’re able to better control the amount of product that comes out. A little seems to go a long way with the CC+ cream and I found it applies best with my fingers. The product itself has a very potent citrusy smell, so this may be a deal-breaker for some people.

The shade range for this CC+ cream is quite small (only five shades). I took Jamie Lima’s advice about choosing medium and surprisingly found it matched really well! However, I wouldn’t exactly say its full coverage. It’s more medium to full coverage and the formula may pose a problem for oily skin people. My t-zone is primarily the area where I need to blot, so I had to do a little extra blotting when I wore the cream. Overall, I really do like the finish (which is in between dewy and matte) and have been reaching for this product for my everyday ‘natural’ look.

Sincerely, Ingrid Nicole

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