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Glossybox September 2014 + GIVEAWAY


Hello again! Today I have the September 2014 Glossybox for you! Again, I have nothing but good things to say about the products I received. A few brands I was already familiar with, some brands I had never tried, and some brands I had never even heard of. Stay tuned because one of you will have a chance to win a box of your very own!

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 | Kat Stays Polished

This month, Glossybox teamed with Harper's Bazaar to bring you their favorite beauty items! I still can't get over how cute the packaging is!

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 | Kat Stays Polished

Boom, here are the products! Which brands do you recognize already? The product I was most excited to try was the Lip Tar. This is my very first one! Read more about this later in the post!

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 | Kat Stays Polished

BVLGARI Hair Conditioner
Full Size 6.76 fl oz | $45

So, I've definitely heard of this brand before but had never tried it. This is a perfumed conditioner. When you smell it straight from the bottle, it can come off quite strong, but once you use it, the scent calms down a bit and you're left with REALLY great smelling hair!

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - BVLGARI Hair Consitioner | Kat Stays Polished

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara
Full Size .3 oz | $23

I've tried this mascara before and for my lashes, it works okay. I have extremely difficult lashes so this is by no means against Benefit. If you've been around the beauty world long enough, I'm sure you've seen reviews of this already. I'm glad to have another travel sized tube in my possession.

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - Benefit They're Real Mascara | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - Benefit They're Real Mascara | Kat Stays Polished

Vichy Liftactiv Night
Full Size 1.69 fl oz | $50

This is a new-to-me brand and product. Seeing as how last month i got a day cream to try, I'm happy to get to try a night cream. This night cream has a very thick consistency so you really don't need a lot on your face. What I ended up doing was taking a swipe of cream and then swiping it on my face in about 6 different spots. So far, I'm not sure if I'm seeing a difference. I mean, it's only been a week but I'll keep using it to see what happens!

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - Vichy Liftactiv Night Firming Cream | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - Vichy Liftactiv Night Firming Cream | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - Vichy Liftactiv Night Firming Cream | Kat Stays Polished

Obssesive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Metallic - Authentic
Full Size .33 oz | $18

This is my new favorite love! YES! A lip product that I LOVE! I had never tried the Lip Tars before so I was REALLY excited to get to try it from this month's Glossybox! What you see on the brush is all I used plus another dab that was half this size. Honestly, for the retail value of this product, you get a LOT of uses! I didn't think I would like the metallic shade on me but I do. It's pretty subtle and perfect for fall!

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - OCC Lip Tar - Authentic | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - OCC Lip Tar - Authentic | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - OCC Lip Tar - Authentic | Kat Stays Polished

Essie Madison Ave-Hue
Full Size .46 fl oz | $8.50

Who doesn't already know about Essie polish. Madison Ave-Hue is a gorgeous pink shade with a hint of shimmer. This applied beautifully in 2 coats and I'm pretty happy with it. I'm usually happy with this brand of polish though, haha. =)

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - Essie Madison Ave-Hue | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - Essie Madison Ave-Hue | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox for Harper's Bazaar - September 2014 - Essie Madison Ave-Hue | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox is available as a monthly subscription and costs just $21/box! With the 2 full-sized items in this box, you are already getting a value of more than what you pay for the entire box.

With every new subscription this month, check out what you can get. Just click the image to get started! Your first box will be the September box!

Now who's ready to win a Glossybox? Just follow the Rafflecopter below to enter! This giveaway will be live for one week so hurry and get your entries in! Good luck!




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*Products provided for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.


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Jamberry Nail Lacquer - Hint of Mint


Hi friends! Happy Friday! It was a short week for me because I was off of work for the first half of the week. It's funny how time flies faster when you've only got to work 3 out of the 5 days of the week!

Anyway, today I have a Jamberry nail lacquer for you. As you probably know, I am not a fan of the Jamberry wraps. I have tried them a few times and they are just not for me. Nothing's better to me than a traditional polish or even polish strips. I can't get over the "vinyl" part of the wrap.

My friend was having a FB Jamberry party and I discovered the nail lacquer at the very last second. Of course the color I chose was a mint shade. I've finally gotten around to trying it so scroll on down to hear my VERY honest thoughts on this!

Jamberry Nail Lacquer - Hint of Mint | Kat Stays Polished

So each nail lacquer comes packaged in a cute little box (if you're into that sorta thing) and each bottle of nail lacquer is 0.4 fl oz. In comparison, a China Glaze polish is 0.4 fl oz. I do like the round bottles. That part doesn't bother me. I did keep the box for easier storage in my nail drawers.

Jamberry Nail Lacquer - Hint of Mint | Kat Stays Polished

So here it is!!! The formula for this polish was super creamy. I will say it's a bit on the thicker side, but very easy to apply. It could possibly be a 1-coater but I decided to use 2 thin coats. Dry time was pretty good and the swatches below have a layer of top coat.

Jamberry Nail Lacquer - Hint of Mint | Kat Stays Polished

I really do love this shade. It's a bit lighter in natural daylight, but overall I am very pleased.

Jamberry Nail Lacquer - Hint of Mint | Kat Stays Polished

Now, here is where I get all technical and stuff on you. These bottles are $15 a pop. Yes, even to me that's a bit pricey for a shade/polish that I could get elsewhere and for a lot less money. However, IF you are invited to a Jamberry party and already know that you don't want to buy wraps but still want to support the host/hostess, please consider the nail lacquer. Click HERE for all their nail lacquer shades.

Jamberry also offers a base coat, top coat, and even a matte top coat if you're interested. You'd think I was selling this stuff, haha.

Okay all, let me know what you think! Does this change your thoughts on Jamberry? Now I know that I am not restricted to JUST wraps when I see an invite to a party. I can at least fulfill my love for polish by simply purchasing a bottle of their nail lacquer.

*Product purchased by me. Consultant links provided in post. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

 

Hi friends! Today I have quick swatches of the Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette for you! I went back and forth between if I wanted to get it or not and I decided that I wanted it! I kept seeing swatches from other bloggers and they pretty told me that I needed it.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette | Kat Stays Polished

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette | Kat Stays Polished

The look of this palette is just awesome. It's simple but it makes a statement, ya know?

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette | Kat Stays Polished

Look at the size of it though! it takes up my entire hand! Still, it's very portable and can fit in most of my makeup bags with no problem!

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette | Kat Stays Polished

On to all the pretty colors! I am a sucker for neutral palettes - especially ones where you create a whole face in one palette! As long as I have some transition shades, a pink or purple, and a blush/bronzer/highlight, I'm good to go. 

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette | Kat Stays Polished

Here's a closeup of the palette. I just love this!

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette | Kat Stays Polished

Highlighter, bronzer, and blush! I love how subtle these look on my skin tone. It's perfect for a natural day look and can easily be amped up for a nighttime look. Colors apply smoothly and evenly for me.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette - Cheek Colors | Kat Stays Polished

The range of colors for the shadows is fantastic. There is a great mix between shimmers and mattes. This palette has pretty much anything anyone would want in a neutral palette. If You're still looking for a compact, neutral palette, this one is definitely for you!

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette - Eye Colors | Kat Stays Polished


This palette is available on the Tarte website and at Sephora for $38. I am so happy I bought this and I encourage you to get it too before it goes away! Definitely worth the price point.


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Glossybox - August 2014

 

Hi friends! This afternoon, I grace you with the August Glossybox! I know, it's like the middle of September but this soon-to-be momma has been a little busy. This is my very first Glossybox and I do have to say...I'm pretty happy with it!

Glossybox - August 2014 | Kat Stays Polished

These boxes are seriously glamorous! They are sturdy boxes that can hold quite a bit of product. I shall be keeping these boxes to store my overflow of makeup and polish until I get more storage units!

Glossybox - August 2014 | Kat Stays Polished

This is how everything is presented to you when you open up your package. Every item is pretty much protected by the black paper strips. Shall we move on to the individual items? I have lots to say about them!

Glossybox - August 2014 | Kat Stays Polished

Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner
Full Size 12 oz | $23.90 each

I've used up my sample of this shampoo and conditioner already. I was glad to get a sample of S&C because I was running low on mine. They both have a very subtle and fresh scent to them. The shampoo doesn't lather as nicely as I would have liked but it did get my long hair clean! What I was most impressed with was the conditioner. It has a very silky formula, a little thinner than most conditioners I'm used to. It actually makes your hair FEEL like it's being hydrated. 

Glossybox - August 2014 - Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner | Kat Stays Polished

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream
Full Size 1.7 oz | $85

Okay, so I am usually very picky about my skin creams, especially ones worn during the day. Since my pregnancy has really toyed with my face, I thought I'd give it a try. I only need less than a dime-sized amount to cover my face. It does not have SPF in it, which is okay for me during the work week. It does apply smoothly and it does absorb rather quickly. I can apply any of my makeup over it with ease. Not sure on the firming part of it because I've only been using it for a week, but we'll see!

Glossybox - August 2014 - Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream | Kat Stays Polished

Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere
Full Size: .15 oz | $18.95

This is SUCH a beautiful highlighter. It's creamy, too, which makes it so easy to blend in. I don't think I have anything like this in my makeup collection yet. It works well with my skin tone so that's a plus for me! You only need a tiny bit so this will last a while, even if you use it every day.

Glossybox - August 2014 - Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter in Cashmere | Kat Stays Polished

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
Full Size: .07 oz | $16

I have friends that have used Eyeko products before so I was really excited to see this in my Glossybox. I love that I have a mini liquid eyeliner to tote around in my purse on the go! The quality and ease of use is similar to ones that I have used from other brands. I definitely will make use of this product often. The liner part glides on easily and leaves pretty good coverage with just 1 stroke. As with many other eyeliners, you will have to go over it a few times to deepen the color and make your liner pop. That's not a big deal to me.

Glossybox - August 2014 - Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner | Kat Stays Polished

Sparitual Nail Lacquer - Wilderness
Full Size: .5 oz | $12

Lastly, my very first Sparitual polish! I have the color Wilderness which is an orange glitter texture polish. Sparitual polishes are vegan and DBP, toulene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin free. This applied fantastically in 2 coats. Swatches shown do have a top coat applied.

Glossybox - August 2014 - Sparitual Nail Lacquer - Wilderness | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Sparitual Nail Lacquer - Wilderness | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Sparitual Nail Lacquer - Wilderness | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox - August 2014 - Sparitual Nail Lacquer - Wilderness | Kat Stays Polished

Glossybox is available as a monthly subscription and costs just $21/box! Even with not having the majority of the box being full-sized items, I feel like I got a good value of products in this box. I enjoyed every product and was not disappointed.

Tell me what you think about this. Do you, or would you ever subscribe? If you would like a Glossybox of your own each month, get it HERE. Stay tuned because I will have September's box up next week along with a giveaway for one of you to WIN your very own Glossybox!

For now, with every new subscription, check out what you can get. Just click the image to get started! Your first box will be the September box that I will have featured next week!




*Products provided for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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