8/18/14

"Up All Night" Make Up by One Direction Review

One Direction Makeup Collection

Up All Night One Direction

Up All Night One Direction Make Up Tin

One Direction Makeup Review

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Makeup by One Direction

#makeupby1D

Beauty Blogger

Disclosure: I received makeup to sample from BrandBacker and Markwins International, but all opinions are my own.

I recently began experimenting with beauty products, so when I was given the opportunity to try out a new makeup collection by One Direction, I had mixed feelings about using it. I was psyched to try out new makeup, but what would a boy band know about makeup? Well, that question made me ask Google and I found out they already had makeup out as well as perfume, so this isn't the boy band's first time venturing into the world of beauty. (I will come out and admit right off the bat that I have listened to a few of One Direction's songs, but I don't even know all of their names except Harry Styles, because come on, who doesn't know Harry Styles?)

The makeup came in a collectible tin, and there are 3 available named after their albums. I was sent the "Up All Night" Looks Tin and it has a removable plastic sleeve with the boy band and their signatures.  The "Up All Night" tin came with: the Little Black Dress mascara, Na Na Na teal nail polish, Taken pink liquilights glow gloss, I Should Have Kissed You lipstick, Stand Up Navy eye & body crayon, 5 eye shadow palette with colors More Than This, Save You Tonight, Up All Night, Gotta Be You and Another World. The set also included One Direction doodle stencils.  

My first impression of the kit was that it featured really bright, make up colors that are fun, but not what I am used to wearing everyday. I like to have fun with my clothes at work, but makeup is an accessory that I never want to have too much of. Some of the colors on the eye shadow palette as well as the lip colors seem like they are more appropriate to wear to go out at night, but I was able to incorporate a few of the eye shadow colors for everyday wear. They lasted all day, especially a few of the ones I tried with sparkle.  liked that I could wear the Little Black Dress mascara everyday. My eyelashes are pretty long and the mascara adds just the right amount of definition and gave the right amount of volume. It earned extra points for being fairly easy to remove at the end of the day too.

Out of all the items in the set, my favorite was the mermaid teal-green nail polish named Na Na Na. I shared a photo yesterday on instagram showing off the pretty color that this nail polish. I needed to apply 3 coats because it was slightly thinner than other polishes, but it dried really fast. I loved the color and experienced no chipping on the first day I had it on. 

The eyeliner was new for me, having only used liquid before. I had never seen a big crayon like the one in this kit before either, but I like that it is versatile and can be used on your body as well or as a dark shadow. The color is very rich and bold, and I wore it a few times for attention on my eyes. I am not sure if I would ever use the doodle stencils on myself with this body crayon, but it might be fun to try them out with my 9 year old niece. 

I was a little overwhelmed by the lipstick and liquilights glow gloss in the set. At first I was in love with how girly the colors were. Now in retrospect, I would have preferred the "Midnight Memories" tin only because of the more classic red lip colors. The Should Have Kissed You lipstick was a little too pale for my skin tone, and was not as smooth too apply nor long-lasting. The Taken liquilights glow gloss is very intense. It is easy to apply and is sickeningly sweet. It is practically liquid sugar on your lips. The sweet smell was a little too overwhelming at one point to me, but the color was great and it took awhile for it to fade. I might want to try out the two lip products together to decide whether I like them or not, but out off all the items I did not like the lipstick too much.

Overall, I would rate this makeup set as 3 out of 5. It is in a reusable collector's tin, has products with clever names based on song titles ( or so I am told), and features some pretty trendy colors. It would make a great gift for any One Direction fan, but would not be ideal for someone who prefers subtler makeup. If you'd like to get your hands on a set, here are the scheduled released dates for participating department stores:

Macy's - August 11th
Stage Stores - August 25th
Dillards - August 25th
Beauty Brands - August 25th
Lord and Taylor - August 25th

You can also like this Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection for more news and other makeup tutorials as well as announcements for when they are available at other stores. If you happen to snatch up one of these limited edition tins, don't forget to share your beauty looks with the hashtags: #thelookscollection #makeup1D and #markwins so other 1D fans can discover this makeup set.

Hope you enjoyed my review and until next time,

8/12/14

Breezy Blue

Fashion Blogger

Pink and Blue

Brights and Whites

LE TOTE Bracelet

Style Blogger

BCBG Generation Top

LE TOTE Review
Pink Jacket and Multi-Chain Necklace Forever 21 | Blue Asymetrical Top BCBG Generation (similar) and Bracelet c/o LE TOTE | White Skinny Jeans 7 For All Mankind (here) | Ring Crush on College | Silver Sedaraby d'Orsay Heels Manolo Blahnik (here) | Voyager Satchel JUST FAB! | Lipstick - Le Rouge 205 Fuchsia Irresistible Givenchy (here)
Some days the wind is just stronger than the sunny,warm weather when you live in the Bay Area, and picks up around the time you decide you want to take your outfit photo. Regardless of how windy it can be, my hair and I will try to work with the wind enough to get a good shot.

This summer I've played around more with bright colors, and I was really excited to try out this blue asymmetrical top c/o LE TOTE. It's a pretty turquoise, asymmetrical, and has these interesting cut-outs. Not something I would have found on my own, so I am lucky I have a fun stylist at LE TOTE picking out interesting pieces for me. It was the perfect material to wear for a windy/warm day, and the shape of it comes to life thanks to the wind. My white jeans are a Crossroads Trading Co. find, and when I spotted them last year I knew they would be perfect for summer days. I am a little surprised that summer is almost over, and I'll have to go back wearing darker bottoms.  It makes me want to wear them as much as I can before the month ends, but I know I will just stick to dark bottoms because I am always afraid of getting that one noticeable stain on the day you decide to wear them. I'll have to really convince myself they won't get dirty to bravely wear them again (even though they are so comfortable!) Stay tuned to see if I decide to wear these again before I wait another year.

Hope you are having a great week and stay tuned for my first makeup review coming soon,

8/9/14

GODIVA Happy Hour

Godiva Chocolatier

Godiva Trufflelata

Godiva Trufflelata Review

Godiva Soft Serve Review

Godiva Swirl Soft Serve

San Francisco Style Bloggers

A few weeks ago, I attended a small tasting event at GODIVA in honor of their latest masterpieces: the Trufflelata shakes and Soft-Serve. I had Armando (willingly) join me to try out the shakes and soft serve and we hung out with my fellow blogger friends +Chelsea Pearl  (ChelseaPearl) and +Jennifer Henry-Novich (Just Add Glam). 

The Trufflelata milkshakes earn their namesake by having actual chocolate truffles blended into the shake. It's like eating a truffle with every sip. I was really excited to be tasting all 6 of the flavors they currently have available. First, we started out with a sample of the Chocolate Lava Trufflelata. We then went down the list and tried Salted Caramel, Strawberry Creme, Hazelnut Crunch, Milk Chocolate and ended the the Trufflelata tastings with the Oreo truffle. It was definitely hard to pick a favorite, but mine would be a tie between the Hazelnut Crunch and Salted Caramel Trufflelatas. Armando really enjoyed the Oreo Trufflelata. 

After we finished the Trufflelata samples, we began sampling the 3 soft serve flavors. First up was the White Chocolate Vanilla Bean, where you could smell the yummy Madagascar vanilla. Next was the Dark Chocolate, which reminded me of a cross between fudge and pudding. The soft serve is thick, which was a nice surprise for me and Armando. We both enjoy a good soft serve treat and will grab one from Burger King or Dairy Queen every now and then, but GODIVA soft serve is truly decadent. We both loved the Swirl flavor because you get the best of both worlds. 

After our tasting, we all had the chance to order a complimentary shake or soft serve cone. Most of the attendees opted to go with the cones, and Armando and I requested a full-size version of the Swirl on a praline nut chocolate dipped waffle cone. The result of the soft serve with the waffle cone was truly decadent, and my sweet tooth was completely satisfied. 

Now while I got to stuff my face with yummy treats, it doesn't mean you can't do the same! GODIVA hosts Happy Hour at participating boutiques on Weekdays from 3PM - 7 PM where you can buy either a GODIVA Trufflelata or Soft Serve and get the second one 50% off. While you enjoy your treat, post a photo of your GODIVA summer fling with #GODIVASweeps to enter for a chance to win a year of GODIVA!  (More info here.) The contest ends September 1, 2014 so hurry on over to a GODIVA nearest to you and get to snapping.

And, as if you can ever get enough chocolate or freebies, check out Just Add Glam's GODIVA giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 5 $25 GODIVA gift cards. 

Hope your weekend is sweet so far,