HUGE Beauty Grab Bag: NEW Makeup Reviews & Surprise Giveaway!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a great and safe weekend. I'm sharing lots of new products that I was sent for consideration. Grab a snack, get comfortable and ENJOY!

Sinful Colors Full Throttle-- Racy shades in rubberized textures! I tried Rubber Ball (middle pink shade) and loved the fun texture. Five shades $1.99 at Rite Aid now and in August at Walgreens.

Sinful Colors Silk + Satin Collection--Rich matte shades and lustrous textures. I tried Real Teal and Prime Purple. Six shades and I loved the finish. $1.99 at Walgreens and other mass retailers in July. I plan on checking out more shades from both new collections.

Hair2Wear The Christie Brinkley Collection Fishtail Headband--A new twist on the standard headband, this features a stretchy one-size elastic band. I was able to adjust mine and have really enjoyed this--you should check them out!! Available at www.Hair2Wear.com   

New COVERGIRL products! First we have the Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation, concealer, and powder. My favorite of the 3 is the foundation. It's an oil-free, matte medium coverage and is excellent for oily skin (12 shades). I've been using it as a concealer. The concealer gives a light coverage and is great for highlighting (6 shades). The powder will be great for oily skin (6 shades).

Bombshell Curvalicious Mascara--A curvy version of the original Bombshell and I like it better! Remember it is a long-wearing mascara, so use a good eye makeup remover. I've never had any problem with removing it!

XL Nail Gel--I first mentioned these yesterday, but these come in 9 bright shades that are true to the bottle. Very shiny with intense color. LOVE these.

Colorlicious Lip Gloss--How pretty are these? They come in 13 shades and feel moisturizing but light on the lips. I'm currently obsessed with the Fruitylicious shade--can you see the sheen and colors on it? And the Candylicious works well as a natural glossy lip or on top of a lipstick. Grab these!

Boxx Cosmetics (​boxxcosmetics.com) is a Canadian beauty company that offers a line of affordable, high quality cosmetics and accessories that are compact, luxurious and beautiful. All cosmetics are made in Canada and feature cutting-edge skincare technology. I love how you can mix and match! I got a chance to try the lipcolor in Mai. It's a very beautiful, wearable color.

Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal--The lightweight, multifunctional concealer that features powerful hydration, treatment and protection benefits that work to evenly smooth skin and minimize the appearance pores, blemishes, pigmentation spots and fine lines. Designed for use on both the under eye and face and it is my FAVORITE concealer. It is THAT good. It comes in 3 shades and is available at Nordstrom and ULTA for $36. It is worth it!!

New Look! Dr. Scholl's DreamWalk Insoles, Cushions, and Liners--There's no need for shoes to hurt feet any longer! Dr. Scholl's has a product for all of your needs. I love these and keep some in almost every pair of shoes I own. These are GOOD. Surprise giveaway! The first person to email me your US mailing address with the subject DR. SCHOLL'S will win some!!

I LOVE a monthly subscription or a new kit to try, so I couldn't wait to try out Designher! This was so fun! Launched in 2013 to deliver metallic envelopes filled with DIY jewelry and accessories projects to the masses! These make a great gift for the crafty girl in your life! Enter code ELLEBONUS to receive a bonus project on your first kit!

Gerard Cosmetics by Whitening Lightening (I did a review for them a few years ago here) has a new BB PLus+ Illumination Facial Creme. It can be used alone, but I love it best mixed with foundation or as a golden glowing highlight. The tube inside that connects to the pump is broken or not long enough, so I had to open the top to use it, leaving the pump useless. BUT I still liked it, minus that. $36 whiteninglightning.com

Another monthly sub box I've been loving is Sunset 45. They offer the Little Luxuries Box:  a fashion and beauty sub service that explores the best runway trends and sends items that reflect that. Every box is up $100 in value. They offer 3 types of boxes:

  • Classics (conservative items) $30 month/$5 ship
  • Lavish (fashion-forward women--think night's out or creative types) $30/month/$5 ship
  • Editor's Pick (2 accessories fr Classics, 1 from Lavish, occasional beauty goodies. LE and not recurring) $20 box/$5 ship
My box is the classics and reflects the aztec trends. I've had fun wearing and trying out the beauty goodies. I didn't have anything currently in my collection like these pieces, so I LOVED that. The mask was fun to try and you know I'm OBSESSED with orange lipstick. The naturally-made cosmetics cheek/shadow tint was pretty, shimmery and pink. I like this box because it has something for both the beauty and fashion lover. SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! If you would like to enter to win a box, please email me your US mailing address with SUNSET 45 in the subject. I'll update this post once I have a winner.

That's it for today! I have even more, but I'll continue this list next week! Have a great weekend.

PS: I was posted on PopSugar for my quick and easy ombre Fourth of July nails:


  1. Real Teal and Prime Purple is beautiful! Gosh, I need those shades!

  2. I will probably sound like an old lady, but those sole inserts look so good from where I am. Still no sign of those in the UK, unfortunately. :( And I love the braid - what a clever idea! Happy 4th July, Elle! x

  3. I want all those polishes, they are fantastic colors <3
    Xxx babe



  4. I love the Sinful nail polishes. The teal is a cute color. The fishtail headband is such a neat idea, great way to glam up a casual hair day.

  5. i love all of these; esp the headband and polish.

  6. I need to try that concealer....and I wish I was eligible to win those insoles, I love that line!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  7. I think I have that pink sinful nail colour! Love it!

  8. This is an amazing box filled with products Id love to have, Thanks for your visit, Happy 4th of July Weekend!

  9. I need those Dr. Scholls foot cushions!! I haven't seen those Cover Girl products in the the store yet but they interest me.

  10. I love the nail polish colors especially the purple one.

  11. Love this post, always wanted to try Covergirl stuff and this recommendation looks great. I love the Scholls heel liners etc. aswell which is nice to see being recommended.


  12. I miss being able to get sinful nail polish. Happy 4th of July!

  13. That rubberized nail polish looks really neat! And so does the DIY jewelry kit! I love crafting and that looks right up my alley!

  14. Been loving Covergirl lately, haven't tried the ready, set gorgeous collection but their new Covergirl + Olay line is awesome. Picked up the depuffer concealer and it's fantastic. Review going up this weekend. I'm obsessed.

  15. oooh designher sounds like such a fun idea - love it!

  16. Love all the new Covergirl stuff! I didn't care for the bombshell mascara though :(

  17. polishes look great, really like the headband idea!


  18. The fishtail headband is so pretty!

  19. Gorgeous xo

  20. I'm drawn to the nail polish and Dr Scholl's products are always among my travel essentials as I often get nasty blisters. Great post, more than I could wish for. xx


  21. Whoa! That collection of Dr. Scholl's looks amazing! I love the arch pillows for my flats. I should try some of their other products, too.

  22. Those are great nail polish colors. I like the aqua color - so summery!

  23. I've definitely got to try Sinful Colors! I adore that jade green shade (far left photo). T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

  24. I want to try all of the Cover Girl products! And I love the heel liners. They've saved several of my pairs of shoes now. :)

  25. I didn't try the original Bombshell mascara. If this was better, then that is great. It's a fairly decent mascara, although, I'm still not really blown away. For bombshell territory, it would have to be a bit better.


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