Thursday, September 27, 2012

Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday 2012!

When Anastasia Beverly Hills reached out to me to review their holiday 2012 palette and gloss collection I eagerly agreed! I absolutely love Anastasia's holiday collections and this year, which pays tribute to the 70's, is no exception. I received this a few weeks ago, but between being sick, my little guys getting super sick, and now being sick again I haven't had a chance to swatch and post. I finally decided, sick or not, I have to get these up for you guys!


Want You to Want Me Clutch Palette

The Want You to Want Me palette comes in this adorable sleeve. I almost wish the outside of the actual palette looked like this--it's so cute!

Here's the actual palette, which was created in a clute-like style with a magnetic, fold-over clasp. The outside has a velvet feel and as you can see, it's super fun!

The inside holds plenty of goodies ;) While I'm not typically the type to do my makeup using palette mirrors, 2 of my younger sisters do and they love the size of the mirrors on these (they're also both HUGE fans of Anastasia's palettes in general--in fact one swears by last year's holiday palette as THE one to own)! As you can see, this kit includes a separate eyeshadow compact with a similar style exterior, clear brow gel, black eyeliner, and a double-ended shadow brush.

Here are the lovely shadows held within the cute little shadow compact that pops out of the Want You to Want Me clutch case.
Shadow Shades
Left to Right Top row: Platform Wedge, Front Row Center, Ziggy   
Left to Right Middle row: Members Only, Power Ballad, Jellies
Left to Right Bottom row: Graphic T's, Brass in Pocket, Iron On

I know it's a bit difficult to see the neutral on the left, but it's close in color to my skin ;)
Left to Right: Platform Wedge, Front Row Center, Ziggy, Members Only, Power Ballad, Jellies, Graphic T's, Brass in Pocket, Iron On

As usual, these all had amazing consistencies. Anastasia has some of the absolutely silkiest shadows I've ever used--and I've used a lot of different shadows in my lifelong makeup love ;)  As you can see, some are matte (Platform Wedge, Members Only, Graphic T's) and the rest of a mix of either smooth and shimmery or shimmery with a splash of glittery sparks. Iron On (the last on the right) looks black in the picture, but it's actually a super deep black-based purple with plenty of gorgeous flecks. These are definitely perfect for doing some totally fabulous looks!

Anastasia's lovely brow gel. I'm so glad this is clear! I have black brows so if there's any tint at all it generally makes me look a bit odd, so this is great!

Liquid liner in Jet. This is a super black liquid liner. The tip on the brush is actually pretty thin and I had no issues controlling it. Granted I've been using liquid eyeliner for ... well over a decade, I think this is definitely a decent applicator brush!

Look how black this is! I LOVE black eyeliner and this is definitely black. The only thing I'd caution you about is that this is not waterproof from what I could tell. It came off pretty easily with plain water. If that doesn't bother you then this is definitely a fabulous black liner.

Price
This set retails for $34

Where to Buy
You can purchase this now on Anastasia Beverly Hills' website HERE  


Kisses on My List Gloss Set
Oh. My. Gosh. I can't even tell you how much I love Anastasia's Hydrafull glosses. Seriously, they are AMAZING! Granted I'm a total gloss junkie, these are at the top of my long list of must-have glosses. They come in fabulous colors and provide the smoothest overall affect. Ugh so good! So naturally Kisses on My List would have been on my Christmas list if I hadn't gotten a chance to review the set ;)

Here are all of the lovely shades included in the Kisses on My List set. These six lovely glosses have super fun names to match their fabulous colors. Three of these are shimmery glosses and three are what the site refers to as "matte". I wouldn't really consider them matte as they're not flat, they're super-high shine, but they're more opaque than the others and apparently they actually stain your lips. Anastasia Hydrafull glosses are a bit sticky (which I actually prefer), but for those of you that hate sticky glosses (yes you, Alex!) you may want to test one out prior to purchasing a whole set.

Left to Right: Moi, Maggie May, Sharona, Lola, Jolene, Roxanne

I had to give you a closeup of these polishes because they are phenomenal! Left to Right:

Left to Right: Lola, Jolene, Roxanne (these are intentionally blurry so you can see all the gorgeous flecks!)

Price
This set retails for $30.

Where to Buy
This set can be purchased on Anastasia Beverly Hills' website HERE.    

Final Thoughts
I absolutely love the Want You to Want Me clutch set. I actually think I like it even better than last year's palette! *gasp* And the Kisses on my List gloss set? Ugh, to die for! If you love lip products you will love these in my opinion. There's great variety in color and the shine is absolutely insane! I will definitely be wearing these a ton (going into rotation with my other hydrafull fav's) as soon as I'm feeling better. I swear the best cosmetics come out around the holidays ;)

So what do you think? Will you be gifting or requesting either or both of these? 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Glitter Gal Fall 2012 Holos on BeautyPopShop

We are beyond thrilled to add Glitter Gal to our growing lineup of fabulous indie polishes! We have just added the following new Fall holos from Glitter Gal to BeautyPopShop.com:






Price
These are currently priced at $11.50

Where to Buy
They have just gone live on BeautyPopShop.com HERE

Enjoy! These are truly gorgeous ;)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Update: What's Going On?

I thought I should probably do a quick post on where I've been and what I've been doing lately, since I haven't been on my blog much for a while. I'm a pretty private person when it comes to my family/personal life, but I think this may be a good thing to share with all of you. Perhaps some of you are in the same boat. For those of you that have followed me for a while you probably already know I launched my online beauty boutique--BeautyPopShop--early this year. That has been A LOT of work. Not only do I design all of the nail polish racks and beauty shelves we sell, but I take care of a great deal of the business operations/customer service.

And while that's definitely kept me insanely busy, that's actually not all of what's really consumed my life for most of the last year. I'm not going to get too in-depth, but here's a brief version of the story. Back in my March my oldest guy (who happens to be 6) had an appointment with the same neurologist that diagnosed one of my younger brothers way back when he was 3. We noticed some little red flags here and there with my son and given my personal and professional background, I supposed we knew a bit better what to watch and look for. Anyway, my son had his intake appointment and it was determined that he should have several different evaluations to determine a possible diagnosis along with a plan for services. Long story short, he has had some of his evaluations and we're fighting with our insurance to get them to cover the rest. We've paid for some things out of pocket, but some of the testing he needs would be thousands of dollars in one fail swoop and given all of the other expenses we're already paying for it wouldn't be doable.

My son is very high-functioning and while we don't know what he may be diagnosed with, we know from his OT eval that he fits the mold for Sensory Integration Disorder. While this is only a part of the underlying bits going on, it explains some of what we're seeing. My son is bright, engaging, social and sweet (though like any 6 year old he has his moments), but he struggles with being able to react appropriately to the stimulation he intakes. Again, this is just part of the picture, but it affects him and us just about every moment of every day.

Right now on top of working from home, homeschooling my older guy, doing my younger one's pre-k drive back and forth, and doing the usual mom stuff, I'm running all over the place to different specialists, therapies, making phone calls, etc. Some days I feel like I literally don't stop until 11 or 12 at night.

I'm actually thinking about starting a blog specifically about the experience we're going through with my son. Having experienced some of this as a sibling of a special needs child and then as a professional delivering services, I think it has prepared me to a small degree to go through some of this with my own son.

Anyway, I don't want to go too far into it, but I just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about my blog and I will try my best to blog whenever I can, but there's a good reason I can't devote nearly as much time to my blog as I normally have. Hopefully someday that will change again. We'll see.

I will, however, continue to devote as much of myself as I have from the start to BeautyPopShop.com. We are adding new products throughout the fall/holidays and doing a lot of fun things on our Facebook page, so come visit us ;)

Zoya Holiday 2012 Ornate Collection

For those that live for the holiday collections each year (yes, admittedly I get all mushy for things with snowflakes and mistletoe on them) you're probably waiting on the edges of your seats to see what polish companies release for this holiday season.

Zoya has graciously allowed us to share pictures their upcoming ORNATE collection with all of you--which will be available for preorder this Monday I believe!


I always really look forward to Zoya's collections, but their holiday ones are some of my favorites! I'd have to say that I'm really looking forward to all of the polishes in this one, but if I had to pick just 1 as my favorite I'd pick ... maybe Ziv? I'm actually not a fan of 99% of gold polishes, but I have a feeling this one is going to be extra stunning ;)

Will you be purchasing Zoya's ORNATE collection?