The Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette ($35.00) contains 12 lipsticks in a  pretty large palette with a huge mirror. When I first saw swatches of this on Temptalia, I knew I wanted it, but it didn't seem practical for travel or for everyday use. I was wrong. I have taken this palette to work with me numerous times in my tiny purse without a problem. And since it doubles as a mirror, it was easy to swap a few items out to make room for this baby. The palette also comes with a lip brush, in which I have conflicted feelings about its performance.

Urban Decay Junkie Vice Lipstick Palette (bellanoirbeauty.com)

For the past few months, I have been using multiple products from Erborian and they are all good. The Sleeping BB Mask ($38.00) is the stand-out product, though, because while it moisturizes and makes my skin feel baby-soft, it also keeps the creeper eczema from appearing on my neck.

Erborian Sleeping BB Mask

Essie Topless and Barefoot ($9.00) is described as a soft beige pink. On me, it is exactly that, and let me tell you... it is gorgeous and long-lasting for a regular nail polish!

Essie Topless and Barefoot

Behold this really weird product! It's by no means new and most people into K-beauty have already tried it. I would say the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask ($10.00) would be part of a K-beauty starter pack. Oddly enough, this product has a learning curve.

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (bellanoirbeauty.com)

Lip tints are something you have to be in to, to enjoy them. For me, it's all about that natural look. It's a great compromise to a full, bold lip; it makes me feel younger and more fresh for some reason, and I really like the idea of not worrying about reapplying because they last all day long. The only thing I use with lip tints are lip balm, which I use anyway, especially if I am not using lipstick. 

The one I am reviewing today is from Nature Republic and it's the Dot Lip Tint in Lovely Pink (02). I purchased this at the Nature Republic in New York's Union Square and it was the only color available in this particular tint. Interesting that it's called Lovely Pink because it's actually red. Like really red. Popsicle red, in fact. I didn't fret about this because I purchased two other lip tints from the brand, but a different line. 

Nature Republic Dot Lip Tint - Lovely Pink (02)

I finally got a chance to try the liquid lipsticks from Anastasia Beverly Hills ($20.00). Not sure what took me so long to get a hold of these, perhaps the competition in the liquid lipstick realm is just too fierce.

Kathryn and Veronica are mortal enemies, I'm afraid. The performance of these two are so opposite to each other. I will admit, though, they are pretty unique colors... especially Veronica. As many people do, I purchased these based on swatches online. Neither are what I thought they would be, even though I googled swatches on dark skin.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks Kathryn & Veronica

My favorite part of the holiday season are all the festive smells. There have been years where it doesn't feel like Christmas, especially when I lived in South Florida, and it was quite hard to get in the mood for it because the four seasons down there are spring, summer, hurricane, with a splish-splash of a cold front for about 5 days which can be any random month. Now that I live further north, we get all four of the normal seasons, but that hasn't alleviated any of my eye-rolling syndrome when the holiday season approaches. 😏

Which brings me to my point and the center of this post! I recently *invested* in a $40 candle (8.1 oz). And it's a Nest candle and let me tell you, I am a convert!

This world is cold, dark, and full of terrors.
I am here to save you from your wretched existence, as I was once saved from mine.
There is no happy ending.
There is no pity, no mercy.
My face shall be the last thing you see before meeting your end.
So cling to your hope, pray to your gods!
And brace yourself for the ultimate reward.
Your Death and service to me for all of eternity.
     -Persephone, Queen of the Underworld

Halloween makeup (bellanoirbeauty.com)

If you don't have the Sephora App, now is a good time to download it! Sephora is offering a preview of some pretty awesome Black Friday deals on their app and "something special" for app-only users November 23. Here is a preview of the offerings:


I really love when brands listen to consumers. Hask has consistently released effective, sulfate-free shampoos, which I really love because my hair is naturally very dry; I know ladies with my hair type would be glad for this brand! For the past several years, and before I became acquainted with Hask's cleansing products (I have previously used their hair placenta and mayonnaise for deep conditioning), I had been using cleansing conditioners, or just co-washing my hair -- no shampoos allowed. The Superfruit collection is the latest edition I had the pleasure of trying from the brand. It includes the Healthy Hair Shampoo ($5.99), Conditioner ($5.99), and Deep Conditioner ($2.99).