Monday, November 24, 2014

Haul: Sephora VIB Sale 2014

Curious to see what I picked up in the Sephora VIB Sale this year? What did you get?

Almost all the items I flagged to buy were sold out by the time I went shop online and therefore a majority of these products were impulse buys. 

Products mentioned:
Candies Leopard Print Backpack from Kohl's
SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Dual Antibacterial Sharpener Colorful Dual Antibacterial Sharpener Purple
Detangling Brush Detangling Brush
Ribbon Hair Ties Ribbon Hair Ties Purple
Face & Eye Travel Tool Kit Face & Eye Travel Tool Kit 
The High Roller
Z Palette Z Palette Small - 3 14/16'' X 3 14/16 '' X 3/4''
Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cleansing Spa Water 3.38 oz

Makeup I am wearing: (Eyes Lips Face Cosmetics) ELF Moisturizing lipstick in Velvet Red, ELF Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Nude, ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji, ELF Pressed Mineral Blush in Cabo Cabana
Wet N Wild Color Icon lipliner in 717 Berry Red
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Light
Revlon ColorStay Pressed Powder in Medium
MAC Eyeshadow in Arena
Coastal Scents Hot Pot Eyeshadow in Raisin Berry
Wet N Wild Creme Eyeliner in Cocoa Riche (brows)
Jordana 12 HR Made to Last eyeliner in Jade Jewel
Heavy Rotation Eyeliner
Anastatia of Beverly Hills Lash Genius
Maybelline the Rocket Mascara in Waterproof

DERMAdoctor DD Cream 15-Benefits-In-1 Dermatologically Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Dr. Jart+ PORE MEDIC Pore Minish Primer
ALTERNA Caviar Repair Lengthening Hair & Scalp Elixir

shown at the end 
Sephora Holiday Tote Bag
Murad Rapid Results Set Rapid Results Set
Fresh Sugar Lip Legends Sugar Lip Legends
stila Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Black
Fresh Skincare Idols Skincare
stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Stingray
Fresh Sugar Ruby Romance Sugar Ruby Romance

Sephora Loves: Your Shopping List

Friday, November 21, 2014

Deal Alert: CVS Semi Annual Clearance 50%-75%

Once again it is time for the semi-annual CVS clearance on drugstore makeup. It officially starts on November 14th 2014 but I heard some CVS locations were starting theirs early. Indeed a few were. I checked out 4 in the San Diego area and 2 has not started yet and the other 2 had. I here is my haul if you want to see what i got.

Lots of 50% off to 75% off I saw Physcian's Formula, Covergirl, Revlon, NYC Color, Wet N Wild, NYX, Rimmel, Neutrogena, Milani, Sally Hansen just to name a few. Note that many CVS's do not mark these things as clearance but if you use the scanner you can verify they are before purchasing.

The wonderful Blog I reference in the video is from Nouveau Cheap.

*One interesting note and this has never happened to me before for the CVS Semi-Annual clearance before but the CVS closest to my house has nothing on clearance! I triple checked on three different trips and days to the one on Scripps Poway in San Diego. Rest assured fellow Scripps Ranch and San Diego people the rest of the CVS' I visited clearanced now (November 21. 2014)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Equitance Brightening Serum

Hello Beauties!

If any of you know me, I am all about finding the best brightening serums for the most part. I swear by them to lighten up old acne scars and fade sun spots. So I was really excited when I received the Equitance Brightening & Spot Corrector Serum from influenster complimentary for testing purposes. Finally a product right up my alley!

The card that came with this product it reads:

"Clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark discolorations"
"Patented technology that delivers clinically proven brightening ingredient to the skin"
"83% of women reported diminished appearance of dark spots"
"*Based on clinical study after 4 months. Study conducted and evaluated by a dermatologist"

A 30g size of this product retails for $125. You are supposed to apply 2-3 drops on your face in the morning and evenings. For a brightening serum this price is about mid-range.

I've been using this for about 2 weeks now after my toner and before my moisturizer. I do not own the whole line of products shown in their brochure and website to use in conjunction with each other. I have not used the product long enough to know if it is making a difference. However, I would really really love to win a whole set and test the whole line out. I feel like I would be the perfect candidate!

If any of you would like try products from Equitance I have a promo code that expires November 20th 2014. With code INFL15 you will receive 15% off their brightening & spot correcting serum and a trial starter kit worth $37. They also have free shipping with any order.

Monday, October 20, 2014

My Paris France City Pharma Haul

Hello Beauties!

It has been less than a week since I've been back from Paris and I have just finished editing my YouTube Paris Skincare Haul. It is not often that I also write about a haul but this experience was quite unique so I thought I would try to help anyone else out here who might also be a French Pharmacie newbie.

Before arriving in my Paris my plan was to seek and buy local French drugstore makeup that is hard to come by in the USA. Through a quick search I found that drugstore makeup is not sold in Pharmacies in France. Pharmacies in France are quite different and focus much more on skincare and medicine.

I was able to pinpoint a very specific Pharmacie on 26 Rue du Four that seemed like every single person had visited. This place also happened to be really close to our hotel. I told my husband about it and he actually booked a hotel close by on purpose. The first time I walked in I was completely overwhelmed. I had been warned by bloggers to be prepared with a list. They were not kidding. Most products are in french and there are absolutely shelves full of new products that are unfamiliar to the US shopper. I left there feeling completely overwhelmed. But I did go back a few days later armed with a list and was able to get in and out pretty quick. 

What I picked up:

BioDerma Crealine H20: I picked this two pack up for €15.40. Every single person in the shop had some form of Bioderma solution in their basket, it was obvious to me that this was the thing that one must not miss.

 Sanoflore Veritable Eau Florale: Snagged this for €5.50. I grabbed this based on a blog (design mom) I read for it's under eye soothing properties.

Safforelle: I heard that one does not know how clean you can be down there until you've tried this stuff. I picked up this 2 pack for €8.99.

Biafine Emulsion: I picked this 93g tube up for €2.99.

Nuxe Reve de Miel (in stick form): I picked up this stick form because I prefer that format. This is the only item I did not pick up from City Pharma because they didn't carry the stick form. I snagged this two pack for €6.00.

I looked for Homeoplasmine but I was told they don't carry it anymore. I also asked for Avibon which I could not understand the shop sales woman's response.

The 3 largest sources of my list came from the following videos and links.

Fleur De Force's French Skincare video as linked below:

Lisa Eldridge's French Pharmacie Favouries linked below:

Gweneth Paltrow's famous goop list.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Freeman Beauty 2014 Mystery Bag

I received an email this morning regarding the 2014 Freeman Beauty Mystery Bag. I was so excited I ran to the website to see the bag is $30 and free shipping. But I started to lose my excitement when I thought to myself, wasn't this bag only $20 last year in 2013? And to get to my free shipping last year I pretty much got to pick out my own extras? After logging into my account I indeed confirmed to myself the mystery bag was only $20 last year. My immediate thought was whether or not the 30% price increase will be justifiable. So do I wait to see what other people get and if it possibly sells out? Or should I try it?

The offer claims to include up to $100 in product this year. What do you think? Did you get one last year and will you go in on it this this year? Let me know. I still haven't decided. I will say that I loved everything I got last year. 

See my 2013 Spooky mystery bag from last year in the video below. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Survivor Season 29 First Impressions

Survivor San Juan Del Sur Season Premiere: Blood VS Water

If you’re a gymba24 follower you will already know that I post randomness of what I love. I have been a regular survivor fan since Season 1 with Susan’s infamous snake/rat speech. I always enjoy other’s take on survivor episodes of seasons past so I thought why not start a weekly blog on my take.
The season opener started out with an all new cast. Thank you CBS for giving us fresh faces and doing a rather efficient job introducing each cast member. I’m not going to hash through and every member but I will give you my first impression of who stood out to me and why.

Jeremy Collins: Perhaps a wolf in sheep’s clothing? He appears to be very likeable and I was moved by the emotions he expressed having to send his wife to Exile Island. Jeremy is playing smart by recognizing the credibility he gained by allowing the soft side of him to show. It appears he has made the majority of his tribe feel comfortable with him as an ally.

Wes Nale: Likeable to the viewers but perhaps in danger. Having been sent to Exile Island first in the game may have limited his bonding time with the tribe, luckily for him their tribe escaped Tribal Counsel. Sadly, I get the feeling he values the bond between firemen more than Jeremy does.

John Rocker: Tower of douche baggery. I hope this guy changes my first impression of him.

Val Collins: A firecracker, her strong personality it might not carry her far. I’m pretty sure she did not find the idol and I am pretty sure I know who has it.

Dale Wentworth: Strategic but naïve. How can he not think that necklace he found by the well is NOT an idol? He values his ability to start fire more than the rest of his tribe. He seems safe so long as the male alliance that has formed continues but he should not rest on that laurel. At this point I see him as a voting number and pawn or a weakness and thrown out early. Early prediction from me is he will not be winning.

Josh Canfield: A people person. Everyone seems to trust and be drawn to him. He must have a trusting air about him which is a good quality to have in a social game. Kudos to him for not reacting to Nadiya’s rude assumptions about him.

I’m happy to see Survivor remove the dual, when you’re gone… you’re gone. I would like to see the return of an idol with special powers (you can play it after the vote is read). Looking forward to a new season with my favorite host in reality TV Jeff Probst. Hope you all enjoyed my recap and thoughts on the first episode of Survivor Season 29.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wet N Wild Fergie Summer Displays

Looks like these trios were still popular this year despite last year's less than glowing reviews and swatches. Did you pick up any of the 2014 Summer Fergie line? If so, what did you think of them?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Airbrushed Makeup with Smokey Eye

My first collaboration with my good friend Lan with Flawless Beauty Studio.

Flawless Beauty Studio is a professional makeup studio that specializes in bridal, party and special occasion hair and makeup. In this video you will see how she uses the airbrush technique. Check out her website at

Makeup in video.

MAC Makeup: fluidline blacktrack, eyeshadow in Club, Blush in gingerly, buff and pink swoon, studio conceal and correct palette, lip liner in Whirl, Creme Sheen in Calypso, Lipstick in Patisserie

Too Faced Makeup: Primed & Poreless Primer, Eye Shadow Insurance
DUO eyelash glue

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Influenster Go Vox Box 2014

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake
V the Vitamin Shoppe Next Step  2- oz JAXX Shaker
Blue Diamond Fruit Flavored Almonds - Blueberry
Aqua Sap Relax Collection
Profoot Triad Orthotic
Profoot Pedi-Rock
Muller Greek Corner and Corner Yogurts

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance
The Grade: C
Unfortunately these tampons don't seem to work that well for me. I felt like they didn't help up to their claims. I need something with a better guard. I used these through 2 cycles and through both I ended up going back to me true and tried favorite Tampax Pearl.  I would not repurchase these.

Vitamin Shoppe Next Step Fit N Full Protein Shake Samples in Swiss Chocolate Shake, French Vanilla and Fresh Berries.
 The Grade: A
These surprised me. They were easy to mix and didn't stay very powdery. Some protein shakes are hard to swallow because of their offensive artificial taste. I did not find these to be hard to drink at all and even used my samples as meal replacements.

V the Vitamin Shoppe I want to Shake It Up Next Step  2- oz JAXX Shaker
The Grade: A+
By far my favorite item in this box. I am even most likely going to buy myself more. I think the little JAXX mixer is so cute, it really does the job of mixing your protein powder into your liquid. I love it, it is the perfect size, easy to drink from easy to clean and most of all easy to carry. Claims to be BPA free and top dish rack safe. Although this smells very strong of plastic upon initial opening, I love it!

Blue Diamond Fruit Flavored Almonds - Blueberry
The Grade: B+
I have a weakness of almonds. Blue Diamond almonds always deliver the perfect crunch and taste. This makes the perfect snack if you're looking to hold yourself over between or just want something a little sweet. I wanted to buy these right away my local Vons but they were not carrying them so I will just have to wait.

Aqua Spa Relax Bath Soak Lavendae + Chamomile
The Grade: B-
The salts were already clumped together the first time I opened my container. There was definitely a strong Lavender scent. So non lavender fans beware. The salts are a milk purple color and I noticed they have dyes in the ingredients, "red 33 lake, red 27 lake, blue 1 lake. I would prefer they skip on the dye.

Profoot Triad Orthotic

Profoot Pedi-Rock
A nice size.

Muller Greek Corner and Corner Yogurts

I have a full more extensive review on another page. Please check that out.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Muller corner dark chocolate & cherry | frut up luscious lemon

Thank you to influenster for sending me a coupon for a free muller yogurt for testing purposes in their Go Vox Box. With all the choices at my local Scripps Ranch Vons I decided to pick up the flavor dark chocolate & cherry as my free pick. Luckily for me these were on sale for $1 each. With so many tempting choices and a sale going on,  I paid with my own money to pick up the muller fruit up cup in luscious lemon. 

I ate the dark chocolate & cherry as my dessert after lunch at work. The yogurt was a creamy vanilla with perfectly distributed flakes of chocolate. The chocolate reminded me of the texture of chocolate in a typical mint chocolate. The corner of cherry was a little too sweet for my taste but the great thing about this packaging is you can control how much you can add. I would love to see muller offer just the yogurt side in a single cup.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CVS Sighting: Runway by Lord & Berry

I had never heard of this brand before but The pretty display caught my eye. I took a picture of it at my local CVS and swatched one of the samples in Fucsia. You know me, I love my brights! They retailed at $10.79.

When I went home I looked them up online and this is what I saw on the Lord & Berry website.

New Drugstore Displays

If anyone knows me they will know that I love spotting new makeup displays. Below I saw the 2014 Revlon designed by Marchesa. I absolutely love some of the limited edition lippies from 2013 that I picked up.I lso spotted some new KISS Looks So Natural Lashes and L'Oreal Color Creations 2014. What have you seen new at your drugstore?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Blog Sale

Finally time to make space in my makeup room. I bought way too many doubles and backups. I used to sell items on ebay once upon a time, my user name is bearusluvliest, even though the feedback was from years ago you can see that they were all positive.

Some of these items are brand new and some are gently used from a video or review I might have done. The condition of products are listed so please read carefully.

First come first serve basis. If the first person who emails me does not pay within 24 hours I will release the item. Items ship USPS flat rate after payment has been confirmed.

Within the USA $6.50 shipping then $0.75 extra for each item.

USA only unless buyer is willing to pay the necessary international shipping fee. In my experience the shipping over seas has been pretty high.

To reserve your item(s), email me at with subject "Blog Sale" and specify: the items you want with its price, your Paypal name, your name and mailing address.

I suggest you email me your "want" list and I will give you a shipping quote. If you're ok with the shipping then we will proceed. I can give you about a 24 hour window to get back to me, then I will no longer hold your items.

Disclaimers I have taken from shopping other blog sales:

Some product photos may not represent accurate color, so I encourage you to Google for swatches of the items before purchase.

No returns.

I will carefully package items but I cannot be responsible for items that are lost or damaged during shipping, nor any customs fees incurred with the arrival of the products in your country of residence. You will be notified when I have shipped your items. Items sold are not returnable, refundable or exchangeable.

Free items (Note you will still have to pay shipping on free items and if you want more than 1 free item you will have to pay the added $0.75 per item unless otherwise noted.)

12 Piece Bundle Monster Eye Pencil Shadows. This whole set will could as 1 item so you don't have to pay $0.75 extra per pencil. I had these in my project 10 pan and realized that I probably won't use these. Someone else can sharpen and use these as I have only swatched them for a video/review I did.

2 Piece NYC Blush sticks in Urban Spice and South St Lucia also from my Project 10 Pan for which I haven't reached for yet. Used less than 10 times each.

ELF Eyebrow Lifter & Filler. Wrong color for me, only used once.

ELF Eyeliner & Shadow Stick. I can tell I won't use this much only tried once on each end.

Maybelline Color Tattoos in Bold Gold and Tough as Taupe
Bold Gold Swatched 3 times
Tough as Taupe Swatched 8 times

L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pool Party FREE
Swatched once

L.A. Colors 3 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Forget Me Not FREE
Brand New/Original Packaging

Kirkland Signature Borghese foundation brush FREE
Chipped a little on bottom of handle

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink $28
Gently used once

EcoTools Fan Brush $7
Brand New/Original Packaging

Real Techniques Starter Set $14
Brand New/Original Packaging SOLD

ELF Studio Blush Brush $1.50
Brand New/Original Packaging

2 Bundle Monster Facial Sponges $5
Brand New/Original Packaging

Full size Make Up Forever Aqua Shadow in 20E Pearly Taupe $14
Brand New/Original Packaging

Full size Make Up Forever Aqua Shadow in 28E Pearly Beige $14
Brand New/Original Packaging

Tarte Set 3 items: Note, I have taken out all the skinny smolder eyes out to keep for myself. Selling the rest which is: 1 deluxe size lights, camera, flashes statement mascara (NEW)and 2 SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof lingers in taupe and rose gold (swatched once each). $18

Full size Lancome Color Design Eye Shadow in Pop of Pink $14
Brand New/Original Packaging

Full size Lancome Color Design Eye Shadow in Vintage (Matte) $14
Brand New/Original Packaging

Full size Lancome Color Design Eye Shadow in Positive (Matte) $14
Brand New/Original Packaging

Deluxe Sample size Clinique Palette Eye shadow in Chocolate Chip / French Vanilla and Blush in pink blusher
Brand New $3

theBalm Shady Lady shadow/liner in Jealous Jordana $5
Swatched once 

Vincent Longo Eyeshadow Trio in Soul $10
Swatched once

ELF Studio Translucent Powder $1.5
Brand New/Original Packaging

7.) NYX Blush Set of 3 in Mauve, Pinched and Cinnamon $12 for all 3 or $5 each
Brand New/Original Packaging

8.) NYX Super Fat Eye Marker $4
Brand New/Original Packaging

Milani Glitzy Eyes in Blue Topaz $2

6 Rimmel Vinyl Jelly Gloss Liner Pencils, $6
Brand New/Original Packaging
You will get all 6 pencils.

Milani Baked Blush in Corallina $5
Gently used once SOLD

Stila illuminating finishing powder in rose gold $10
Swatched once

LORAC Chocolate Bar $5
Swatched about 5 times

Tarte Blush in Peaceful $15
Swatched once SOLD

Cargo Blush in Catalina $15
Swatched once SOLD

Cargo Matte Bronzer $5
Swatched about 5 times SOLD

Almay Get Up & Grow in black brown waterproof $4
Brand New/Original Packaging

Almay One Coat Thickening Mascara black waterproof $4
Brand New/Original Packaging

Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara in Blackest Black $4
Brand New/Original Packaging

2 pack EOS Lipbalm in Summer Fruit and Sweet Mint $5
 Brand New/Original Packaging

CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Balm in haute pink twist $3
Brand New/Original Packaging

CoverGirl Wetslicks Crystals in Crush $1
Brand New/Original Packaging

CoverGirl eyeenhancers in Cafe Au Lait $3
Brand New/Original Packaging

Sally Hansen Colorfast Balm in Reddy for Anything, $2
Brand New/Original Packaging

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart $5
Brand New/Original Packaging

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Charm $5
Brand New/Original Packaging

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Pearl Plum $2
Brand New/Original Packaging

Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Shine City $2
Brand New/Original Packaging

Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart, $3
Brand New/Original Packaging

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Primrose, $3
Brand New/Original Packaging SOLD

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Temptress, $3
Brand New/Original Packaging SOLD

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Porcelain Pink, $3
Brand New/Original Packaging

Revlon Bronzer in Bronzed and Chic $4
Brand New/Original Packaging

Physicians Formula  Super BB All in One in Medium/Deep $5
Brand New/Original Packaging SOLD

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer in Light Bronzer $5
Brand New/Original Packaging SOLD

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer in Light Bronzer $5
Brand New/No Box I got this one in a Buy One Get one free but saving the other item for myself.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster 2 in 1 Bronzer & Blush in Bronze/Rose $5
Brand New/Original Packaging

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Baked Bronzer in Light Bronzer $5
Brand New/Original Packaging

 5.) Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Fashionista $4
Brand New/Original Packaging

Physicians Formula Baked Collection Wet/Dry Eye Shadow in Baked Spices $3.50 
Brand New/Original Packaging SOLD

Physicians Formula Baked Collection Wet/Dry Eye Shadow in Baked Berries $3.50 
Brand New/Original Packaging SOLD

Wet N Wild 8 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Sparkle'Til Morning $6
Brand New/Original Packaging SOLD

Wet N Wild 8 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Drinking A Glass of Shine (All Matte Colors) $8
Brand New/Original Packaging SOLD

Wet N Wild Eye Shadow Trio in To Muse and Carouse $1
Used twice

Wet N Wild Eye Shadow Trio Hard Being the It Girl $3
Brand New/Original Packaging

Wet N Wild 4 piece lipstick set, $3
Megashield in Birthday Suit
Lipsticks in Fuchsia with Blue Pearl, 528A and Hot Paris Pink
Brand New/Original Packaging

Napoleon Perdis Bronzer in French Rivera $3
Swatched about 5 times SOLD

Philosophy The Color or Grace art of blushing palette, $3
Swatched once

Wet N Wild Fergie Glam Lashes, $2
Brand New/Original Packaging

Salon Perfect #81 Black, $2
Brand New/Original Packaging

Andrea Modlash #33 Black, $3
Brand New/Original Packaging

Andrea Modlash #21 Brown, $3
Brand New/Original Packaging

Andrea Modlash #21 Black, $3
Brand New/Original Packaging

Set of 6 sample size mascaras, $5
2x Laura Mercier
1 BUXOM Amplified
1 BUXOM Lash
1 bareMinerals Lash Domination
1 Benefit Bad girl Lash
Brand New/Original Packaging

Set of 2 Stila $10
1 lip & Cheek Stain full size in Passion Fruit
1 lip glaze in apriocot
Brand New/Original Packaging

Lumene Vitamin C+ Bright Skin Radiant Nectar, $3
Used 5 times, still about 80% of product left
Decided to keep

Lumene Vitamin C+ Anti-puffiness Rol-on Eye Serum, $8
Brand New/Original Packaging

Sibu Beauty Age Defying Eye Cream, $18
Brand New/Original Packaging 
 Decided to keep

Sibu Beauty Hydating Serum, $25
Used 5 times, at least 80% of product left.
Decided to keep