February 2013 – Page 2 of 3 – Heather N King

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Mariah Carey by OPI in “Can’t Let Go”

    I received a full-size nail polish bottle of Mariah Carey by OPI in the shade “Can’t Let Go” in a GLOSSYBOX that I received for consideration. I have been eyeing the box of minis from this collection since they came out but hadn’t gotten around to actually purchasing them. After trying this, I will definitely be getting more of these.

    The Mariah Carey by OPI collection is a limited edition and features eight colors . Four of these shades introduce the newest formulation in nail fashion: “Liquid Sand”.  As stated on OPI’s website, “[LIQUID SAND] dries to a textured matte finish infused with reflective glints of light”.

In order to achieve this effect you must apply a base coat and two coats of color. Do NOT use a topcoat as this will ruin the effect. The end result?

     I took this picture four days ago and my nail polish is holding up to the typical OPI standard. No chipping! The liquid sand texture is exactly that! When I run a finger over the polish it feels slightly gritty yet smooth. My nails do not catch on my clothing or skin. Nail polish aficionados will definitely want to add this to their collection.

Mariah Carey by OPI in “Can’t Let Go” retails for $9 and is available at Ulta.

Have you tried this? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you! Please comment and subscribe.

Eat healthy. Drink water and get lots of sleep.

Until later,

Heather N King

THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST. POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS.

Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalm

     I have naturally dry lips with a recurring dry patch that I love to pick at. TMI (too much information)! I know, but my point is that I am always on the lookout for new moisturizing and softening lipcare – especially if it is affordable. Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalm fits the bill.

      Essence Cosmetics is a European company with products that still have a rather limited distribution in the United States. When I heard about the recent launch of their Spring 2013 line with new permanent products, I knew that I would be hauling quite a few of those items. So yes, there will be many upcoming posts about products from Essence, but I will make sure to space them out and review other brands as well so that you don’t get Essenced to death. I; however, cannot get enough of this brand.

     Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalm comes in four colors. Although the packaging is very colorful (and cute), being that these are lip balms they only offer the very slightest, tiniest hint of color. Beyond sheer.  This is also how I would describe the flavoring of these lip products. I notice only a hint of sweetness if I lick my lips after applying one of these. This is good news since I am notorious for eating off almost every lip product that I wear. I only have will power if it’s a matte red shade. All other lip colors/balms/glosses shall be devoured.

Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalm in “Fruit Crush 01″

The scent of the Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalms is super sweet, yet not overwhelming. Once I apply any of them to my lips the scent lingers in a subtle and non-offensive way.

Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalm in “Purple Berries 02″

So they are affordable ($1.99), look nice, smell nice and taste nice, but are they moisturizing? YES! The texture of these European lip balms is lightweight and non-greasy. If you’re the kind who likes to apply a ton of lip balm, then this will definitely be up your alley. After applying 3 layers each on my upper and lower lips (standard procedure for me), I’m happy to report that my lips are not sticking together when I speak. That just put a funny image in my head…

Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalm in “Fruitylicious 03″

I do not find the need to constantly reapply when I wear these. Some lip balms I have found to be “addictive” not because they are so yummy and moisturizing, but because they contain drying ingredients that cause you to constantly crave what little moisture they provide. Not the case with these. Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalms contain a non-drying formula consisting of castor oil.

Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalm in “Caribbean Sunrise 04″

Whenever I hear that something contains castor oil, it always makes me think of people who use it as an old school home remedy for constipation. However,  if you look at the science behind it, that explains why Essence Cosmetics chose to use this as their base ingredient in the Kiss Care Love Lipbalm formula. Castor oil is a vegetable oil that is derived from the castor bean. See? That’s not so bad is it?

If you are a fan of Maybelline’s “Baby Lips” (as I am), I recommend that you take a look at these. Cute, tasty, moisturizing and affordable!

Essence Kiss Care Love Lipbalm retails at $1.99. It is available at HEB, Fred Meyer, Ulta and Ulta.com.

Have you tried this? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you. Please comment and subscribe!

Eat healthy. Drink lots of water and gets lots of sleep.

Heather N King

THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST. I HAVE PURCHASED EVERYTHING DISCUSSED IN THE BLOG POST USING MY OWN FUNDS.

GLOSSYBOX Giveaway for February 2013

Thank you to GLOSSYBOX for providing a glossybox for this giveaway! icon_smile-8930485

To learn more about GLOSSYBOX: http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=NDIxMzk=

This giveaway is open to the 48 continental United States only. I’m sorry Alaska and Hawaii. I will be sure to include you in the next giveaway.

To enter this giveaway you must:

1. Subscribe to my channel.

2. Send an email to glossybox @ heathernking dot com with your YouTube username as the subject line.

The winner will be selected using Random.org and announced on February 15th, 2013. I will post the winner’s name at the top of this description bar. The winner then has 24 hours to get in contact with me. If I do not hear from the winner within that time frame, I will select someone else at random.

Good luck!

Until later,

Heather N King

January GlossyBox 2013 

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     I was thrilled when I received a GLOSSYBOX for consideration. I am quite a fan of subscription boxes. Who doesn’t love deluxe, travel or trial size samples of makeup, skincare and fragrance? The monthly subscription fee is $21 (You can cancel at any time). This is a bit more than what I pay for my other subscription services; however, the contents that were sent to me more than pay for the monthly fee. I do not currently have a subscription to this service, but after having the chance to review one of their boxes I will definitely be adding this box to my list of services.

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     This GLOSSYBOX greeting me with an attractive packing consisting of black and silver. I couldn’t wait to see what was inside!

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     Nice presentation, huh? Let’s take a look at each individual item…

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     I can never have too many mascaras. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara is your typical tiny size sampler that you usually receive as a gift with purchase at makeup counters. Nothing too spectacular here.

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     Although this sample didn’t knock me off my feet at first glance, I do like this style of mascara wand. I will be reviewing this puppy in a future blog post.

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     Next we have a sample of Narciso Rodriguez for Her. I honestly do not like it when beauty subscription boxes include a perfume sample as one of their “deluxe” samples. I can get perfume samples at a department store or makeup counter without having to pay for a subscription. (This box was given to me for free, but that’s not the point.) However, once I saw the other goodies that were packed inside this box, this fragrance sample just seemed like a tiny bonus that they threw in just to be extra nice.

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     Plus my boyfriend is loving this fragrance on me. So our my dogs. icon_wink-2572201

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     I love skincare serums. Products from Fresh are always lightweight and effective; therefore, I’m really looking forward to trying out the Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum. With serums a little goes a very long way so I should be able to really test this one out. Nice sample!

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     Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution SPF 30 is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus. Boasting a heft price tag of $225 for 1.7 OZ (50 ml), I cannot wait to try this out. Although this is the dreaded foil packet that subscribers of beauty subscription boxes often receive and perceive as cheap “filler”, a foil packet sample from an exclusive and effective high end skincare company is always welcome by me.

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      I wonder how much this sample is worth… Let’s do a little math… $225 divided by 50 ml equals  $4.50 per milliliter. My sample of Le Metier de Beaute is 3 ml which means this little foil packet is worth $13.50. Wow! Can’t wait to try it. I will be posting a separate review on this.

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     Now that I’m wearing my hair super short, I’m always on the lookout for something that will give me hair shine and control without looking like it has been plastered flat. Sebastian Potion 9 Wearable-Styling Treatment? At 50 ml this is a nice deluxe hair care sample that I will definitely put to good use. I will be posting a separate review on this.

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     OPI nail polish is my favorite nail polish brand. Anytime I wear a polish from OPI it always wears at least a week on me before I see any signs of chipping. The new formulation called “Liquid Sand” (a matte, grainy texture that does not snag on clothing or skin) has had me intrigued for weeks. Just as I was about to go out and buy the miniature collection, GLOSSYBOX showed up at me door and sent me a full size polish. Oh, joy! My jaw dropped when I saw this. The shade is named “Can’t Let Go” and retails for $9. Not bad! I wearing it right now as I type. Love it and can’t wait to blog about it!

018-9093899     This is the item that made my jaw drop when I opened the box! I LOVE TARTE COSMETICS!!!! I have been planning a Tarte haul for a while now – both for my makeup artist kit as well as for my own personal use. All of the shades from their Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick are on my list…. well, minus one now.

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     GLOSSYBOX sent me the Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in the shade “Fierce”. As the name implies this is a long wearing lipstick and it retails for $26.

     This was an extremely pleasant introduction to GLOSSYBOX and I will be subscribing next month. If you have been thinking about giving subscription boxes a try, definitely try out this service. The full-sizes of OPI nail polish ($9) and Tarte Cosmetics lipstick ($26) made up for the $21 subscription fee.

If you would like to subscribe to GLOSSYBOX, you can visit their website at www.GlossyBox.com. Here is my affiliate link, if you would like to sign up through that: http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=NDIxMzk=

     Thank you GLOSSYBOX for sending me a free box to review. You have gained a new subscriber.

Have you tried GLOSSYBOX? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you. Please comment and subscribe!

Until later,

Heather N King

DISCLAIMER:  This subscription box was sent to me for consideration by GLOSSYBOX. I was not financially compensated for this review and I have given my honest opinions.