Thursday, March 13, 2014

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream Palette Review

This is the first of FOUR reviews for products from theBalm I have for you today & tomorrow. :)

The 'How 'Bout Them Apples?' Palette is a six shade palette of creams that can be used on the cheeks and the lips. This is a NEW formula from the lip/cheek creams that have been included in past theBalm palettes, like Balm Jovi. 

First, can we just talk about the packaging please? TheBalm always has such ridiculously adorable packaging for their products! If any of you are subscribed to Birchbox, they actually sent out some samples of this palette this month and the mini version is just as cute. 

Here's the inside. Um, drool. Not a bad view to have while you're picking out your lip and cheek colors. Also includes a really nice sized mirror!

The formula of these is absolutely fantastic, in my opinion. They're super pigmented, easy to apply, and blend really well. On the cheeks, they leave a nice dewy finish that I love! If you like your cheek colors to be more matte, this may not be the palette for you. They also make lovely lip colors, although they do require a bit of layering to build up the color. They are not very long lasting as lip colors, but last about 7-8 hours on the cheeks!

Now let's take a look at each of the hunks colors individually. 

First we have Caramel.  It's a nude brown color, with a very slight orange tint to it. It has a glossy sheen and can be layered to build more opaque color. 

Candy is a glossy bubblegum pink shade. It can also be layered to build up the color. 

Pie is a pink color with a slight red tint. It doesn't build quite as well as some of the other shades do, but is still very pigmented. 

Crisp is the only shade that has a frosted finish. It's a coral color with a gold finish AND it's my favorite color in the palette. It is a little drying on the lips and could emphasize imperfections if your lips are already dry. 

Cobbler is a red with orange undertones. It has a glossy finish and can be blended into a sheer color or layered for more opaque coverage. 

Cider is a pale peachy pink. For some reason this one is a little hard to build up to an opaque finish.


No flash. Left to right: Caramel, Crisp, Cobbler, Candy, Pie, Cider.

With flash. Left to right: Caramel, Crisp, Cobbler, Candy, Pie, Cider.

I absolutely adore the palette and would definitely recommend it. There's a great variety of shades that I think would look great on anyone and they could actually probably be mixed to create additional colors! 

Available on for $32.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tumblr :)

Hi friends! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know one of my goals for the year was to be more active on social media platforms. So, I finally started a Tumblr page specifically for the blog!

You can find me here:

Are any of you on Tumblr? Leave me a link in the comments! Doesn't have to be makeup related... I just enjoy all interesting/funny/cute things. :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

SNEAK PEEK: Glossybox March 2014

Still undecided if I'm going to stay subscribed to Glossybox for the month, but here's the first sneak peek!

I actually LOVE masks, so I'm intrigued! What else are you all hoping to get in your Glossybox this month?


Has anyone tried Alex & Ani products? Not sure how I feel about this one!

SNEAK PEEK: Pop Sugar Must Have Box March 2014

I only subscribed to PopSugar for the February box (which I have yet to review..eeek!) because they had a GREAT deal going on to get the box for half price. I told myself I wouldn't keep subscribing because it's a little out of my price range but they sent a spoiler and a coupon code this morning I just couldn't refuse!

March Spoiler Alert!

LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL THAT SCARF IS! I mean, seriously. That alone would be worth the $29.95 for me (with the coupon). Anyone else thinking of subbing for the month? :)

More spoilers now that some ladies have gotten their bags on Instagram!

Baublebar Elephant Ring Tree

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum

Active Forever Fusion Ball

Dogeared Lucky Horseshoe Necklace

Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted

Nature's Bakery Fig Bar

SNEAK PEEK: Ipsy March 2014

March 7th, 2014

Here's the bag, ya'll! :)

MARCH GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK #5: Inspired by San Francisco's neighborhoods... and created just for YOU! This month, ipsy's Glam Bag was created by one of our favorite local artists.

March 6th, 2014

MARCH GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK #4: Grab some inspiration, and plan a destination, with one of the Polaroid-perfect products this month

Klorane Soothing and Relaxing Patches for Tired-Eyes
Klorane Soothing and Relaxing Patches for Tired Eyes

Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter

Vita Liberata Phemonenal 2-3 Week Self Tan Lotion

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer

If you're not a subscriber & want to get on the waiting list for the next bag, you can use my referral link here:

March 5th, 2014

Sneak peek #3:

MARCH GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK #3: Where the nail polish ocean meets the cream-covered sand, you'll be playing with one of these awesome products in your Glam Bag this month!

 I spy...

Nicole by OPI Roughles Textures Nail Lacquers

Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream

The silver pencil is definitely a Chella product, but I don't see anything like it on the website! Trying to see if perhaps it's a new eyeliner!

What do you all think so far? :)

March 4, 2014

And just like that, sneak peek #2 is up!

MARCH GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK #2: A picture-perfect view deserves a picture perfect palette. One of these will be yours!

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad (shown in Bora Bora)

NYX Love in Rio Eyshadow Palette

March 4, 2014

Hello, friends! Sorry I've been a little MIA lately. Health has not been great & unfortunately blogging had to take the back burner. But, I'm back with everyone's favorite: SNEAK PEEKS!

Ipsy posted the first sneak peek yesterday via Facebook:

MARCH GLAM BAG SNEAK PEEK #1: Travel tips and travel lips! Now is the time to start planning a trip to your dream destination with one of these amazing products.

Looks like Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss & Lipstick!

Ipsy did confirm via Facebook that multiple shades would be sent out. I'm hoping for either a nice dark vampy color OR a coral shade. Just no reds or fuchsias for me! :)

The next sneak peek should be up shortly & I'll definitely post it as soon as I can.

If you're not a subscriber & want to get on the waiting list for the next bag, you can use my referral link here: