Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas + Christmas Countdown Video Roundup: Week 4!

Just wanted to write a quick post today to wish you all a Merry Christmas!  I hope you all enjoyed the videos and blog posts of Christmas Countdown.  It was a lot of fun for me and hopefully for you as well!  I hope you all have a wonderful day and are spending it with loved ones!

Here are the last few videos from this week of Christmas Countdown!  All 6 giveaways are open until December 31st at midnight PST, so make sure you check them out!

xx, Allison

22.) What's in my Travel Makeup Bag?

23.) Packing for Christmas!

24.) My Makeup Collection & Vanity!

25.) Starbucks, Seahawks & Gingerbread Houses!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday Questionnaire: December 24th, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve!  It's time for the last Monday Questionnaire of Christmas Countdown!  I can't believe how fast the last few weeks have flown by.  In the spirit of tomorrow being Christmas, I am going to make today's questionnaire holiday-themed!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Sugarland: Review + Swatches!

Today I'm sharing another NARS eyeshadow duo, Sugarland.  I was initially drawn to this product because I love purple tones on the eyes, especially with golds.  I thought it would be a perfect addition to my collection.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

LUSH Yuzu + Cocoa Bubbleroon: Photo + Review!

I've used the LUSH Bubble Bars for years, but it wasn't until this last summer that I decided to try one of their Bubbleroons.  The product has a warm chocolate-like fragrance.  It is soothing without being too sweet or food-ish.

"A cunningly bright and uplifting treat disguised in a rich warm fragrance of cocoa absolute and tonka.  Let the light grapefruit and bergamot oils lift your mind, whilst the cocoa and tona bring warmth and comfort to the heart."

Shaped like a round macaroon, I loved that this product was easy to pull apart into two halves, given the division in the middle.  It was hassle-free.  It produced a moderate amount of bubbles and the scent was great.  However, I am starting to find that if you want high fragrance and high "bubblage", it is hard to beat good ol' fashioned liquid bubble bath.  I usually like super bubbly baths, and this did not achieve that for me.  If you like moderate bubbles, this is great.  It's really just a matter of preference.

Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon retails for $6.25 and can be purchased wherever Lush products are sold.  I think it's a little overpriced, but I did enjoy the product... just wish I could get more uses out of it for the price!

Bath lovers: do you like a lot of bubbles in your bath?
xx, Allison

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Countdown Video Roundup: Week 3!

Only a few days left until Christmas, and Christmas Countdown is coming to an end!  I just finished Week 3, so here is another video roundup post of all of the last week's videos, in case you missed any!

P.S. There are 2 giveaways in this week, and 6 total between my two channels for Christmas Countdown.  Have you found and entered them all?! :)

For Video Roundup Week 1 (videos 1-7), click here!
For Video Roundup Week 2 (videos 8-14), click here!

15.) Wildfox Sample Sale and Haul!

16.) What's in my Shower?!

17.) What I'm Loving: December 2012

18.) Kate Spade Giveaway and Thank You!!

19.) Gossip Girl is WHO?! Series Finale Reaction!

20.) Shopping Haul: H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Brandy Melville!

21.) Childhood Favorites TAG!

Hope you all had a great week!  Here's to the last 4 days of Christmas Countdown!! *cheers*
xx, Allison

Laura Mercier Flawless Best-Sellers: Sephora 500-Point Reward!

One of the perks of shopping at Sephora is earning points for purchases and redeeming them later for special beauty reward sets.  Unfortunately, I never seem to like any of the beauty rewards they offer, so I continue shopping and accumulating points, but never spend them.  For this reason, I was thrilled when I saw this Laura Mercier beauty insider reward recently, and wanted to share it with all of you in case you are sitting on a pile of points that you never spend!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Tzarine: Review + Swatches!

I'm back today to share another one of my NARS eyeshadow duos, Tzarine.  This duo was released a couple of years ago and consists of a light golden nude and dark grey.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MAC Fleur Power Blush: Review + Swatches!

I'm back today to share one of my favorite MAC blushes with you.  Fleur Power is a coral pink with a satin finish, and I find that it is definitely a pop of color on my light complexion!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Nail of the Day: OPI You Only Live Twice

One thing I really love about the OPI Skyfall collection for this holiday season is that it features a lot of reds (as holiday collections do), but they are all noticeably different from one another.  Today's featured polish, You Only Live Twice, is a raspberry red with red microshimmer, and it's gorgeous!  This is a color if you prefer your reds on the pink side.

natural light, 2 coats

The formulation on this was hassle free, and two coats was enough for full opacity.  I can't think of any dupes for this off the top of my head, but the color isn't really unique.  It is a pretty one though!

What sort of red is your favorite?  Red orange, true red, or pink red?  I prefer true reds and pink reds against my complexion.
xx, Allison

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday Questionnaire: December 17th, 2012

Only a week away from Christmas and the end of Christmas Countdown!  I thought that because I'm so busy this month doing videos/blog posts, the month would go by slowly, but instead it has gone so fast!   I hope you all are enjoying Christmas Countdown... I know I am :)

Took this photo of my breakfast on Saturday... I didn't realize french toast could get so fancy!  It was absolutely incredible!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

LUSH Dream Cream Body Lotion: Photos + Review!

LUSH Dream Cream Body Lotion is one of my all time favorite moisturizers, and I realized I've never formally reviewed it!  Dream Cream is formulated with essential oils for nourishing the skin, and you can really feel them when you apply it.  Among the ingredients are oat milk, olive oil, cocoa butter, chamomile blue oil, tea tree oil, and lavender oil... sounds pretty moisturizing, right?  Not to mention, the scent is amazing.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Countdown Week 2: Video Roundup!

We're halfway through Christmas Countdown already!  To wrap up week two, I wanted to do another video roundup post, in case you missed any of this week's 7 videos!

P.S. There are 3 new giveaways added into the mix this week!  Make sure to enter! :)

Also see Christmas Countdown Days 1-7, check out this post!

8.) Holiday LUSH Haul!

9.) Let There Be CANDLES!

10.) Winterlicious TAG!

11.) AllisonReads: The Perks of Being A Wallflower

12.) Gift Guide: 10 Ideas For HER Under $50 + HUGE Giveaway!!

13.) Tea Time: Mug Collecting + Holiday Tea!

14.) 24k Glam: A Holiday Makeup Tutorial

Here's to week three! *cheers*
xx, Allison

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette: Review + Swatches!

Urban Decay has released another installment in their Naked palette line, the Naked Basics Palette.  This palette was created with matte shades to supplement the first two Naked palettes (and their lack of matte colors).

Friday, December 14, 2012

NARS Blush in Gina: Review + Swatch!

I have one of my favorite NARS blushes to share with you today, Gina.  Gina is a peachy orange sorbet with a matte finish, and while it may look a little intimidating in the pan, with the right look, it's perfect!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nail of the Day: OPI Die Another Day

Today's NOTD is another polish from the new OPI Skyfall collection.  Die Another Day is a shimmery orange red that paints much more orange on the nails than it appears in the bottle.  Normally, I'm not a fan of orange polishes, and was surprised how much more orange this looked on the nails, but I still really like it.  I won't be wearing it constantly, but it is beautiful.

natural light, 1 coat

The formulation of this one was GREAT.  The above photo is only one coat!  It is super opaque and smooth.  If you are the kind of person who doesn't like taking time for a second coat, this is a great polish to check out!

How do you feel about orange on the nails?
xx, Allison

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nordstrom Natural Eye Palette: Review + Swatches!

While doing some holiday shopping at Nordstrom, I stumbled across one of their holiday eyeshadow palettes, the Natural Eye Palette.  I'm a sucker for neutral eyeshadow palettes, and am especially excited to share this one today because of its price: $15!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Brousse: Review + Swatches!

If you haven't noticed, I'm in the process of blogging all of my NARS powder products, and today I have another one to share!  NARS Brousse is an eyeshadow duo with a dark brown and deep eggplant color.  

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Questionnaire: December 10th, 2012

Already into the second week of December... Christmas is coming so fast!  Are you all getting your holiday shopping done early?  I still have some left to do, but hopefully won't be leaving it until the last minute!  Anyway, time for another Monday Questionnaire, yippee!

Finally cracked and bought a few new holiday candles... loving Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CARGO Blush in Catalina: Review + Swatch!

I'm welcoming a new brand to this blog today, Cargo!  I've always heard wonderful things about Cargo blushes, and several months ago I acquired my first one, so I thought I would share my thoughts on it!  The featured blush in this post is Catalina, a beautiful medium cotton candy pink.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

LUSH You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt: Photo + Review!

Some of my favorite bath products in the world are the LUSH bath melts.  They are such a wonderful treat that I've become spoiled to the point where I don't like taking a bath if I don't have one.  The bath melt I'm sharing today is You've Been Mangoed, which is "bright and breezy citrus with nutritious mango and avocado butters to condition and moisturize the skin."

For size reference, this bath melt is about half the size of a deck of cards.

Bath melts begin melting at skin temperature, so they melt into the skin like liquid lotion.  I like cutting these bars up into chunks, and then rubbing a piece over my skin in the bath to directly add moisture to it.  Because hot baths typically leave me with dry skin, these counteract that issue!

You've Been Mangoed retails for $6.25 (1.0 oz), and the fragrance is amazing (if you love citrus scents!).  The price is a little high considering the bar itself is so small, but I do recommend trying a bath melt at least once.  They are a nice treat!

Do you have any tips/tricks for combatting dry skin from hot baths?
xx, Allison

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Countdown Week 1: Video Roundup!

We are officially done with week one of Christmas Countdown, and I wanted to do a "video roundup" bonus post for today featuring all of the videos posted this week!  With all of the December uploading madness on YouTube (and the new layout), it's easy for videos to slip by, so here are all of this week's videos in one place.

P.S.  With the new YouTube layout, it will not show subscriptions on your front page automatically!  You have to go to the side bar, click "My Subscriptions", then "Uploads Only" at the top of the feed.  Just a little tip, in case you've been wondering why videos aren't in your feed!

P.S.S.  There is a giveaway among this bunch!  And stay tuned for next week... there will be at least a couple more!

1.) 25 VIDEOS IN 25 DAYS!

2.) November Beauty Favorites

3.) Rainy Day Errands!  Follow Me Around

4.) I Heart Drugstore Makeup TAG

5.) Holly Jolly Holiday TAG

6.) DIY Bow Pillows

7.) My December Fitness Challenge!

Here's to another week of Christmas Countdown! *cheers*
xx, Allison

NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Kalahari: Review + Swatches!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite eyeshadow duos, NARS Kalahari.  These are some of my favorite crease colors when I am looking for something with sheen to it, and paired with NARS Alhambra duo, they are perfect!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Benefit Crescent Row Fragrance Set for Holiday 2012: Review!

I have another holiday gift set to share with you guys today!  Benefit's Crescent Row Fragrance Set for Holiday 2012 features four mini perfumes from their permanent line, including the latest See & Be Seen Sasha fragrance.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

LUSH Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb: Photos + Review!

I'm back today to share my thoughts on a bath product I used recently: LUSH Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb!  In store, I fell in love with both the scent and appearance of this one... after all, this could be what a dragon's egg looks like, right? ;)  Dragon's Egg has a citrus and bergamot fragrance, and you guys know I love my citrus.

When this dissolved in my tub, it had some fun color to it, as well as a bunch of shimmery glitter.  I liked the fragrance, but it left a gold glitter residue when I drained my tub and the cleanup has deterred me from getting another one of these anytime soon.  

This bath bomb retails for $6.25 and can be purchased wherever LUSH is sold!  It was a fun bath bomb, but I prefer more low maintenance ones that I don't have to spend a lot of time cleaning up after!  Aside from that, it was a fun product!

Are you cautious of using "messy" bath/shower products?
xx, Allison

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NARS Blush in Douceur: Review + Swatch!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite neutral blushes, NARS Douceur.  This is one of my go-to natural cheek colors, and I love that the color is so subtle on the skin that it goes with everything.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Questionnaire: December 3rd, 2012

Where did this year go?!  Typing "December" in the title above startled me a bit.  It's time for another Monday Questionnaire, so I have a series of questions for all of us to answer!  Feel free to participate in a comment below!

I had a flight last week on a gorgeous day, and managed to snap a few photos of some snowy mountains.  It's amazing what you can see from the sky on a clear day!  This was a tiny plane too... notice the propeller!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Nail of the Day: China Glaze Champagne Kisses

Today's NOTD is a holiday polish I am in love with these days!  China Glaze Champagne Kisses is a beautiful champagne gold glitter.  While there are a lot of gold glitters on the market, the reason I like this one is the glitter particles are very fine.  It is almost like a microglitter, with a glitter finish.  It's a little more "elegant" for a glitter, I would say.  The color has a light champagne undertone to it, which I also like because it isn't really yellow gold.

natural light, 2 coats

As with all glitters, this is a little sheer.  The above photo is two coats, which isn't too bad, but you can still see some sheer spots.  If you layered this over another color, it would work wonderfully.

This is the only holiday color (aside from the Skyfall collection) that caught my eye this year.  It seems that the last few years have been really redundant in sparkly reds, greens, and golds.  But for some reason, I really like this one!

What is your holiday polish of choice this year?
xx, Allison

Saturday, December 1, 2012


It's December 1st, and what better way to kick off the month of Christmas than with 25 VIDEOS AND 25 BLOG POSTS?!  From today through Christmas, I will be posting a new video and new blog post EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

To hear more about Christmas Countdown, check out today's video on my lifestyle channel, AllisonVlogs.  The videos will alternate channels between the days, so tomorrow's video will be up on Amarixe, the next day back to AllisonVlogs, and so forth!

I think this is going to be a ton of fun!  Feel free to send any blog/video requests my way... I'll be needing them this month! :)

Let the countdown to Christmas begin!
xx, Allison