Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Anastasia "See and Be Seen Set"- Review

Hi Makeup Junkies!!!

I want to share a limited edition collection by Anastasia of Beverly Hills with you all. The See and Be Seen Kit has been available since May 2012 and will be on sale for a limited time only. 

As you all know, I am a huge fan of the brand because of the quality products it puts out. And if you don't already know, Anastasia is know for its excellent brow products. She is the BROW QUEEN!!!

For this post, I am keeping it very light and natural. I have skipped eyeliner and false lashes. Although I love extreme looks, sometimes it is nice to keep things simple. When I am pressed for time and trying to get ready quickly, this is my go-to makeup application. (If you're worried I've gone all-natural on you, fear not. I have a wild and bright post coming up very soon ;)).

What is included in the 4-piece See and Be Seen Set:
  • Tinted Brow Gel
  • 2 Lip Glosses- Plastica and Heiress
  • Illumin8 Eye Shadow Duo in "On Set"

Tinted Brow Gel:

The classic brow gel is a staple in most makeup arsenals, and this new tinted brow gel won't be any different. It provides the same non-clumpy hold as the original does, but it also adds a slight golden shimmer to the brows. 

I use the regular brow gel on a daily basis, and save this one for special occasions or for when I want an extra golden touch to my look. I must say I was skeptical of the new brow gel, but it is a nice complement to my newly blonde brows. 

Hydrafull Gloss:

OMG! I love these glosses!!! They remind me of patent leather because they have a similar texture, but they are not too sticky. For a gloss, these offer a lot of color payoff. I tried layering them over lipstick, but it was too much, these do have a thicker consistency compared to other glosses. In my opinion, these are better worn alone. Think of the hydrafull glosses almost as a liquid lipstick/gloss hybrid. 

As I mentioned in my previous Anastasia review, which can be seen here, the applicators are made of a soft, flexible plastic piece that is in a tear-drop shape. 

Illumin8 Eye Shadow Duo in "On Set":

The eye shadow comes with two shades that can be worn wet or dry. One shade is a light golden color. The other is a deeper, bronze-gold color. Both shades glide on smoothly and have a beautiful shimmer to them. 

For a smokier look, I used NYX jumbo eye pencil as a base on the lid, then layered the darker gold Illumin8 eye shadow over it. 

The See and Be Seen set is available at Sephora:
  • $44 ($80 value)
  • Limited Edition
  • 4-Piece Set
Anastasia of Beverly Hills also sent me this cute, vintage slideshow viewer to go along with my kit. What a fun extra!!!

It had super cute promotional images for the See and Be Seen Set and Lash Genius. 

"See and Be Seen" Natural Look of the Day:

Products I used:

  • 100% Pure- Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 (golden peach)
  • Make Up For Ever- Full Cover Concealer (4)
  • Jane Iredale- Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder (warm sienna)

  • Primer- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Browbone- Anastasia "On the Set Duo" (lighter shade)
  • Lid- Anastasia "On the Set Duo" (darker shade)
  • Lid- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (iced mocha #617)
  • Lower Lid- Anastasia "On the Set Duo" (darker shade)
  • Mascara- Lancome Hypnose Drama (black)

  • Anastasia of Beverly Hills- Brow Powder (blonde)
  • Make Up For Ever- Brow Corrector (#0)

  • Anastasia of Beverly Hills- Hydrafull Gloss (heiress)

  • Benefit (bella bamba)

Lash Genius:

This stuff is ah-mazing! It is a clear, waterproof top coat for lashes. You can layer it over any mascara to make it waterproof. 

I used to hate looking for waterproof formulas when I already had regular formulas that I loved. Now I don't have to search for special formulas, I can use my regular mascaras and just layer a coat of Lash Genius when I need waterproofing. 

What's nice, you can also carry it in your purse just in case you are going to come into some unexpected rain or moisture. It is great to use during the summer if you live or vacation in humid areas. Nobody wants their mascara to wander unexpectedly.

  • Lash Genius is available at Sephora for $21. (Keep reading for your chance to win a tube of Lash Genius).

As part of this review, I am also hosting a GIVEAWAY!!! One lucky follower will win their very own Lash Genius to try! 

  • You MUST be a public follower of my blog via Google Friend Connect (GFC) or Twitter
  • Comment on this post and be sure to include your email address AND your favorite Anastasia of Beverly Hills product! 
And it is just that easy to enter!!! Good luck everyone! :)

*The winner will be randomly selected at on July 22, 2012 at 11:00pm PST. A notification email will be sent to the winner and he/she must reply within 24 hours. If there is no response, then a new winner will be selected. 

Stay beautiful!!! 


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hardcore Makeup Junkie Has Teamed-Up With PLNDR!

Hello Makeup Junkies!!!

I am super, super, super excited to share this exciting news. Recently, I teamed-up with PLNDR.com and twice a month I will be holding special sales just for YOU!!! All the items included will be hand-picked by Yours Truly! Yay!

I hope you LOVE the items in my very first Hardcore Makeup Junkie + PLNDR collaboration as I much as I do!!! :)

Click to Shop

In case you aren't familiar with PLNDR.com, they are a sister site to Karmaloop that hold flash sales for Members Only. It is free to join, and they have some of the best deals! 

You may have seen items I have worn on my blog and Instagram, like the lightning bolt necklaces. This site is perfect for fashionistas on a budget, like me! ;)

My curated sales take place for a limited time and there is limited stock, so check it out today! :)

Happy shopping everyone!!!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SkinCareRX and Apothica Giveaway- CLOSED

Hey Makeup Junkies,

It's GIVEAWAY time!!!

The lovely people at SkinCareRX and Apothica want to "Spread the Cheer" by offering one of my followers a $20 gift card to use on any of their sites (SkinCareRx, Apothica or SkinBotanica). SkinCareRX carries some of the best hydroquinone cream around. Apothica carries popular cosmetic brands like Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Too Faced, Estee Lauder and Yves Saint Laurent, just to name a few. And SkinBotanica carries organic and natural beauty products. So, as you can see they have something for everyone!

Have you tried any of their products? If so, what is your favorite? I would love to know. 

How to Enter:

  1. You MUST be a follower of my blog via Google or Twitter.
  2. One Entry- Comment on this post (include your name, email address and a link to your favorite product from SkinCareRx, Apothica or SkinBotanica).
  3. Additional Entry- RT my giveaway on Twitter (@hrdcoremujunkie).
  4. Additional Entry- Follow me on Instagram (@thehmj).
  5. Additional Entry- Post a link on your Facebook page about the giveaway.
*This means it is possible to have 4 separate entries for the "Spread the Cheer" contest. 

**Make sure to let me know how many and which entries you qualify for when leaving a comment on this post. (I will double check all entries before selecting a winner).

The winner will be notified in one week on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 11:00pm PST via email. (If I don't hear back from the winner within 24 hours, then a new winner will be chosen). 

Best of luck to all of you!!! 


Friday, May 18, 2012

GLOSSYBOX has arrived in the U.S.A.!!!! (Full Review)

Hello Lovely Makeup Junkies!!!
I am very excited to share this new post with you. GlossyBox, which was started in the UK, has made its way over to the States. How exciting, right!??!? :D

About the company:
 "GlossyBox is the most desirable platform for accessing the hottest beauty products and the most cutting-edge trends. Luxury and style are the essence of who we are and what we will bring to you. This is our promise to you every month."

Here is how it works:

1. WANT IT- Each month you will receive a box of 5 travel-size products selected to match your beauty wants and needs. 
2. GET IT- It is easy to sign up for the monthly subscription. Once you have an account, you will create an online beauty profile to determine which products make it into your box. 
3. LOVE IT- Based on your beauty profile, a GlossyBox will arrive on your doorstep each month filled with goodies and surprises. 

Sounds amazing. Doesn't it? And it only costs $30 a month!

I am sure you are anxious to see what's inside the first U.S. GlossyBox, but you needn't wait any longer... 

Here is what came in my box:

  • Product Menu (with names and prices of the products)
  • The GlossyBox Trend Guide (reports trends from around the World)
  • BASQ Cucumber Tea Eye Gel
  • OPI "Kiss Me on My Tulips"
  • C.O. Bigelow Lavender & Peppermint Body Lotion
  • Cargo EyeBronzer
  • Erno Laszlo Hollywood Collection
  • Kryolan High Gloss Brilliant Lip Shine (Toffee)

BASQ Cucumber Tea Eye Gel

This stuff is so refreshing! It instantly cools and tingles upon application, so it is perfect for the upcoming summer months. Although it can be used night or day, I prefer it for daytime use. It absorbs quickly so it can be used under makeup, and the instant de-puffing and moisturizing effects are perfect for perking up your peepers in the a.m.

OPI "Kiss Me on My Tulips"

I am already a huge fan of OPI polish. They have been my go-to brand when it comes to nails for many years. This is such a fun, bright color. I used it in a bohemian look where I painted each nail a different color, then I drew on various details with a Sally Hansen nail polish pen.  

C.O. Bigelow Lavender & Peppermint Body Lotion

This lightweight formula is like visiting the spa. Perfect for use before bedtime. this lotion has calming properties because of the lavender, and invigorating properties because of the peppermint. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling silky, soft without feeling heavy or filmy. This has become a bedside staple and I use it every night. :)

Cargo EyeBronzer

It was fun trying this product. I rarely use eye shadows that come in containers like this because I prefer to use my brushes rather than the included applicator. However, this is perfect for when you are on-the-go. Having the built-in sponge tip applicator makes this product very convenient. The color can be used on its own for a more natural look or it can be combined with darker colors for a smokier look. 

Erno Laszlo Hollywood Collection

It was my first time using the New York based skin care line. I have pretty sensitive skin, so I am always a bit hesitant to try new products, but this stuff is great. It didn't irritate my skin at all. My favorite product was the "morning beauty rescue." Inspired by Hollywood beauty Marilyn Monroe, this stuff refreshes and invigorates your skin, getting you ready for the day ahead. 

Kryolan High Gloss Brilliant Lip Shine (Toffee)

This was my first time trying Kryolan lip gloss and... WOW! I am a new fan. It goes on like a liquid lipstick, but isn't sticky. The formulation lasts for hours unlike other glosses that require constant reapplication. I am not a huge fan of nude lip colors (on me), but I definitely want to get this gloss in other colors!

What I LOVE about GlossyBox:

  • The packaging is super f-a-b!!! The box itself is really nice quality, as in I will save this box and repurpose it as storage! And it is PINK!!! There are tons of cute details like the pink tissue paper, GlossyBox seal and printed ribbon. (Presentation is everything).
  • The company says "travel-size," but these are more like FULL-SIZE!!! Only one item in my box was like a sample. Everything else was a regular-size product. 
  • The monthly subscription concept is great, in my opinion. It gives Makeup Junkies a chance to try new products that they may not have tried otherwise. 
  • The products, the experience and the company make the monthly cost more than worthwhile! The value of this GlossyBox far exceeds its retail value. 

I cannot wait to share my next GlossyBox with you. Check back soon to see more.

Stay gorgeous everyone!!!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Honeymark Product Review & Floral OOTD

Hello Makeup Junkies!!! 

Today, I want to share with you a brand that I have fallen in love with. Since there are an endless amount of product options available to us consumers, we have the luxury of being picky about the products we purchase with our hard-earned money. As I have gotten older, I have become more conscious of the environment, as well as more conscious about the products I consume and put on my skin. 

That being said, you will see why I am loving this brand. HONEYMARK is an all-natural skincare line that uses New Zealand Manuka Honey to make all its products. Not only do I absolutely love honey, but I am all for companies that use all-natural ingredients. In this post, I will be reviewing the Acne Cream, Mud Mask and Manuka Honey.

Honeymark is not only concerned with offering consumers a product they can feel good about buying, but they are also highly concerned with green initiatives like sustainability and recycling. 

According to its website, all Honeymark products are:
  • Made with active Manuka Honey from New Zealand
  • Paraben Free
  • Produced with all-natural ingredients
  • Free of artificial coloring
  • Free of synthetic fragrances
  • Free of genetically modified organisms
  • Free of mineral oils
  • Free of artificial preservatives
  • Cruelty free - NO animal testing or animal products

Amazing, right?!?! And the best thing about these products is that they really work!!! In my opinion, they work as well if not better than products made with chemicals. 

In addition to the products featured in this post, Honeymark also carries:
  • Anti-Wrinkle serum
  • Liquid Soap 
  • Bar Soap
  • Anti-fungal Cream
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Beeswax Candles
  • Bath salt, and more...

Acne Cream

Like most people, I suffer from occasional breakouts. For those of you who are fortunate enough to have naturally nice skin... I envy you. However, for everyone else who deals with acne or breakouts this product is for you!!!

The acne cream dried out virtually all my pimples overnight. The couple that were left in the morning were gone by the following day. I have tried TONS of acne treatment products and they rarely zap my zits in 24 hours, so the effectiveness turnaround time for this product is phenomenal. 

Another thing I want to mention about the acne cream is that even though it is tough on my zits, it does not dry out my skin. I have never used such an effective product that is gentle on my sensitive skin, as well. I am impressed!

Things to know:
  • $24.95 (A little goes a long way and you get a lot for your money)
  • Dries clear
  • Active ingredient is salicylic acid 2%
  • Not sticky, oily or greasy

Mud Mask

This product blew me away! I used to be really good about my skincare routine, but lately I have been so busy that I have been slacking off. This particular product motivated me to get back on my routine. Every Sunday night I put apply the mask and relax for 15-20 minutes while the mud and honey go to work.

After applying the mask, there is a cool, tingly sensation. Mixed into the mask are tiny granules that exfoliate when you apply the mask and exfoliate when you rinse it off. The day after I used the mask, my skin looked more radiant, felt less congested and was much softer and smoother. I highly recommend this mud mask as a weekly treatment

*One thing I do want to let you know about this product is the packaging. It is a bit messy trying to pour the product out and to reseal the package. I do not mind this at all if it means "greener" packaging, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Things to know:
  • $29.95
  • Only four ingredients... Dead Sea mud, Manuka Honey (+16), lavender and purified water
  • Detoxifies the skin
  • Shake or knead pouch before opening (in case separation occurs)

Manuka Honey

Okay, I am going to tell you again how much I love honey. As a kid, I loved getting honey sticks and just sucking the honey straight out of them. Now, I like to put honey in my tea, on my cereal or add it to anything that needs a touch of sweetness. 

I had never heard of Manuka Honey before, so it was interesting to learn about it through these products. Apparently, this is the most sought after honey because of its healing benefits both topically and internally. 

This is what the side of the container says:

"Manuka honey is a premium, mono-floral honey which is produced by bees that gather nectar from the flowers that grow on the Manuka plant. Indigenous to New Zealand, this special type of honey contains more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants than other types of honey."

Things to know:
  • $19.95
  • Different look and texture from grocery-store honey
  • Has a sweet, floral taste

Instead of drinking coffee all day, I switch to green tea in the afternoon. Since receiving my Manuka Honey, I have been stirring a teaspoonful into my cup of tea each day. It is SO delicious!!!

My Floral Outfit of the Day:

Learning about Honeymark's all natural products inspired my OOTD. 

Special shout out to GYPSY WARRIOR BOUTIQUE! I just recently discovered the store and I am loving all their merchandise. The cute, fringe booties I am wearing are from them. (And I have some more GW stuff to share in an upcoming post). 

What I'm wearing:

Paperself Lashes

Okay, last thing I'm going to talk about. (I know this is a long post, but I just have so much to tell you lol). 

I saw these at Sephora a while ago, but I never got around to trying them. When I saw them go on sale recently, I figured now is my chance. It's a good thing I decided to try them because these lashes are super fun! Sadly, Sephora will no longer be carrying these paper perfections, which is why they were on sale, so stock up while you can. ;)

They are SO unique. Made out of paper, these lash delights come in a variety of designs. There are sea horses, butterflies (shown here), peacocks, peonies, as well as many other designs to choose from. 

If you are dying to get your hands on these, you can still order directly from Paperself. (*Note: It is a UK based company. There is a charge for international shipping and, for some, a conversion rate). 

For this look, I simply cut off a piece from the Paperself full strip and glued it to the outer corner of my eye. I also decided to have the pieces slightly mismatched instead of the having the same thing on both sides. 

Stay beautiful everyone!!!


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