Hello My Lovelies
   
    It's been a while but I'm back and the posts will be more frequent hopefully on a weekly basis, that is the goal. I'm still in the moving process which is what has kept me away from the blog & also my youtube channel but I'm putting my best foot forward and want to be consistent even if it's once a week until the new house is done and we are all moved in and settled then I can start a schedule, also I plan on adding a fashion page to the blog and some fashion videos to the channel so I hope you guys will enjoy them, let me know if that is something you would like. So with all that being said let's get to the reason of this post :)
    Ok so above is a picture of my newest Louie baby and I have posted a Review on my Youtube Channel which I have posted below so you guys can check it out.  I will say that I love it and it's one of my favorite bags. My hubby did purchase it at the NYC Flagship Store which I mention in the video and give address info as well. I have also linked below the bag straight to the LV site so that you can get full details on the bag, as far as dimensions, fabric, & other colors available, etc.  I definitely recommend this bag if you are in the market for a Louis Vuitton bag, it's different from the ones that we see everyone always wearing which is another plus for me, it's a handbag but also comes with the long strap so you can wear it as a shoulder bag. Hope you enjoy my Review, Don't forget to check out the link for more info and don't forget to Comment, Like, Share & Subscribe to my YT if your not already so you don't miss out on future vids and be sure to Subscribe to my blog as well as it's an extension of my blog and you may find other beauty & fashion things here that are not on my YT channel and vice versa.

Thanks for the love, you guys rock!!
xoxo
Ivette, GCP


Link to the Louis Vuitton " The Pallas " handbag
http://us.louisvuitton.com/eng-us/products/pallas-lg-monogram-006916

Retails for: $2490.00
 
 
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Left row of shades: Top: Amnesia Rose shadow Middle: Silver Lilac sparkle shadow Bottom: Pink Lilac sparkle shadow Middle row shades: Sand Pink - is a Blush Desert Rose - is a Pot Rouge (lipstick) Right row shades: Iron shadow Ultra Violet Shimmer shadow Mulberry shadow
Hello my Lovelies
So I'm back with another review on this gorgeous palette from Bobbi Brown & L'wren Scott called the Amnesia Rose Palette. This is a bit of a different purchase for me as I don't usually buy too much Bobbi Brown but the different color combos called out to me and of course I love me some purples. I also normally don't like lip products with my powder products but there is only one in this palette and it is absolutely stunning on the lips and great quality.

The palette has 3 matte shadows, 1 shimmer wash shadow, & 2 sparkle shadows which basically remind me of MAC's pressed pigments if you will, in the center of the palette you have a super pigmented Blush that will match many different skin tones and a beautiful neutral lippy that is very pigmented as well and goes on like a dream.

All the mattes are very soft and go on really smooth and blend nicely, the shimmer wash goes on pretty pigmented when you use a flat shader brush such as a MAC 242 or 239 and press it on to the lid otherwise it is a wash of color that is buildable.  The sparkle shades are exactly that I use them with a synthetic brush in order to pick up the product or use your fingers to press on to the skin and I recommend using a base so they have something to stick to, another way you can use them is wet which makes them look really vibrant and gorgeous. Below I have swatches for you to see all the shades and I have swatched the sparkle shades wet.

So lets get to checking out the swatches!!!

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Amnesia Rose, Silver Lilac, Pink Lilac
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Sand Pink (blush), Desert Rose (Pot Rouge)
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Iron, Ultra Violet, Mulberry
Final thoughs.....
             hope the swatches & review above help you decide if this is a palette for you, below I will have a link to where you can purchase the palette. All in all I think the palette is lovely it is of very good quality and great for travel, the packaging is of sturdy cardboard it's trendy looking and chic and I really love that and I feel you can do a nice day look with a pop of color and then bump it up with sparkle or a smoky eye for a night look all in one palette. With all that being said I do find that the palette is a bit pricey as it does retail at $68 so it's not at the friendliest price point, it's more of a treat yourself kind of thing. It's worth it if you have it to spend but I don't feel it's a must have and you need to go out of your way to get it. So that is my 2 cents on that and I hope this was helpful and if you have any questions feel free to comment and ask whatever you like.

You can purchase this palette at: Nordstrom.com

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bobbi-brown-lwren-scott-amnesia-rose-face-palette/3675247?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=292&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_0_C

Retails for: $68.00

Thanks for reading, Love you guys:))
xoxo, Ivette
GCP

 
 
Hello my Lovelies

I'm back with another review and this is yet another Lorac palette, yes this is the Lorac AfterGLO Eye Shadow Palette something like the SummerGLO Eye Shadow Palette that I reviewed last week which is  available at Kohls & Loraccosmetics.com, this one is exclusive to Ulta and Ulta.com and the packaging does not do it justice although the color of the palette is very pretty and still drew me in what's inside is just so much better.


Let's check out the swatches:

My overall thoughts:

Just like the SummerGLO Palette I am in love with this palette, I think the pigmentation is there, it's travel friendly, the shades are all gorgeous and you have great finishes. There is a mixture of of 8 very bright matte & shimmer shadows and I find the shimmers are more pearl like than shimmers, none of them are chunky shimmers at all, you also have 2 over sized neutral shadows which both have a pearly finish and are great for a brow highlight, inner tearduct, & all over the lid. All the shadows swatch nicely even the couple that are not super pigmented are buildable and they all blend like dream. All the swatches above are swatched on bare skin NO PRIMER or BASE. You are getting 10 shadows for a great price and all work great together, you have your transition shades, highlight shades, and your pops of color, pretty much all that you need to design so many looks, whether it's a day out shopping or a night out with the girls you can use this palette. Lorac did yet another great job with a great price point. I definitely recommend getting your hands on this palette if you can, it will be great for spring and summer for that great summer glow and I do believe it is Limited Edition.

What it retails for:


$24.00


Where you purchase it:

Ulta Stores & Ulta.com (link below)

http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6500303


Hope you lovelies enjoy this post and it is helpful, if you have any questions post them in the comments or find me on any of my social media all linked on the sidebars. Don't forget to follow the blog so you don't miss out on upcoming post.

Thanks so much :)
xoxo Ivette
GCP

 
 
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Summer Glo Eye Shadow Palette
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Lorac Summer Glo - Sold at Kohls & Kohls.com
Hey my Lovelies
So I'm finally back on track with my blog sorry I have been gone so long, I have been having technical difficulties but it looks like all is ok now. So I'm bringing you this beautiful Lorac summer palette that has just come out it's the Summer Glo Eye Shadow Palette and it's right on time for the spring and summer.

What is it?

A lovely spring/summer Limited Edition palette with 10 beautiful shades.  It has a mix of neutrals, pops of colors and a good mix of
shadow textures such as mattes, shimmers and satins.

Let's see some swatches
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My overall thoughts on the palette:

Overall I really like this palette, I found that the shadows are beautiful, they don't all swatch super pigmented but they are all buildable and blendable which is key for me, some work better with a primer or base underneath and others are fine without it ( all swatches above are WITHOUT a primer/base). I think the palette is pretty & well rounded, it has neutral shades, transitional shades, highlight shades, and pops of color shades, I also think the palette is travel friendly which is a plus for me. I think the shadows are pretty soft and smooth feeling, the only one that felt a bit gritty and that had quite a bit of fall out is the golden one which is the first shade in the second set of 4, but I also found that once you broke into the first layer of it, it was fine and just had a pretty golden sheen to it without the fallout or grit so it could just be that first layer. The bronze shade next to it does have some silver sparkle to it but not a ton that would steer me away from the color. All in all I think this palette is worth the money and I would recommend it, I think Lorac did a nice job with it as they do most of the time with their shadows & palettes in my opinion, so you should go ahead and grab yourself one of these palettes if you get the chance and at the price point it's well worth it.

How much does it Retail for?


$24.00

Where can you purchase it?
It's available online now & In stores later this week or beginning of next week.

Kohls Stores or Kohls.com & loraccosmetics.com Links below

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1745508/lorac-summerglo-eyeshadow-palette.jsp

http://www.loraccosmetics.com/make-up_summerglo-eye-shadow-palette.html


Hope u lovelies enjoy this post & if you have any questions feel free to comment and let me know if any of you pick up this palette and what you think. I will be posting a couple of FOTD with this palette as well so stay tuned for that.
Thanks so much for following

xoxo
Ivette
, GCP :))
 
 
Hello Lovelies


It's 2014 and I'm ready to use up some of 2013 purchases and previous years but I'm also ready to get me some new goodies for this year so with all that being said below you will find a list of my Top 13 Beauty Favorites of 2013 & I have also linked my Youtube video below so you can check out the products up close and personal. Hope you ladies & gents enjoy and if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them above in the comment section or in the youtube comment section.

Primers - Skin & Eyes
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating
Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer


Foundations
Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream (light to medium)
Milani Glow Natural Brush-On (medium to tan)


Concealers
Smashbox High Definition concealer (medium)
MAC Mineralize concealer (nw30)


Powders
MAC Studio Careblend (medium plus)
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour ( #30
)


Bronzers

Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting bronzer
Smashbox Bronze Lights in Suntan Matte


Blushes
MAC Happy Together
MAC Riri Bad Girl Gone Good


Highlighter
s
Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand in Pearl
Laura Mercier Face Illuminator in Spellbound


Brows
Smashbox Brow tech to go ( brunette )
MAC Brow set ( girl boy )


Eyeshadow Palettes
Smashbox  Softbox Eye Palette
Smashbox Heatwave Palette
Lorac Pro Palette


Eyeliner/Lipliners
Kajal Eye liners/Khol Kajal - Shown in video
Victoria's Secret Hypnotic Black eyeliner
Guerlain Terracotta
Blue Acqua eyeliner
Lipliners - Shown in video
Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil
Milani in All Natural & Cocoa


Mascaras
Lorac Special Effects
Lash Accelerator Endless


Lipsticks
MAC Riri Nude
MAC Bad Girl Riri
Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Lolita & Jeffree


Lipglosses
Smashbox O-Plump
Dior Lip Maximizer 002 LE
Dior Lip Maximizer

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Flash 707

That is the list, hope it's helpful :))

xoxo, Ivette
GCP

 
 
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Look at these awesome shades!! You have your mattes, shimmers & sheens.
Hello Lovelies
Hope you are ready for this awesome palette from Too Faced that I'm about to bring you. It's 16 antioxidant rich cocoa powder infused matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, pinks and plums
written by Too Faced, the palette is inspired by their best selling Cocoa powder infused Chocolate Soleil Bronzer which I also love BTW. The Palette is made with 100% Natural Cocoa Powder :)) 
So now with all that being said lets get to what I think of the palette, I love it!!  I think it's well rounded with mattes and shimmers which are more like sheens because they are not chunky shimmers, the mattes are soft and buttery, very easy to work with and not chalky which at first glance I thought they would be, you also have your transition shades, your natural shades, highlight shades and your pops of color with the plums and that awesome blue shade which has some pink glitter to it. You can easily go from a day look and bump it up to a night look in no time with this palette. 
Although the palette is a bit bulky it's adorable looking like a chocolate bar and it's not heavy at all, I do think the mirror could be bigger for those who like using the mirror on the palettes but overall I think it's sturdy and good for travel and you won't need to take extra shades with you if you bring this palette. The price point is right there with all the other palettes at $49 which I feel is reasonable and I do believe this is a Limited Edition as I read on the Too Faced site but I purchased mine on the Sephora site so I will link everything below so can check all that out there along with my video review which will be linked below as well along with photos.
Hope you guys enjoyed this  review, if you have any questions or comments please post them in the comment section above and I will be happy to answer them. Don't forget follow my blog for more product info. 

Links to purchase:
http://www.toofaced.com/p-1412-chocolate-bar-eye-shadow-collection.aspx

http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?keyword=TOO%20FACED%20The%20Chocolate%20Bar%20Eye%20Palette%20P384402&skuId=1578012&productId=P384402&_requestid=48943

xoxo
Ivette, GCP

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Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Tripple Fudge
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Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto
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Hazelnut, Creme Brûlée, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle
 
 
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Makeup Bag - Quilted Design This is my fave piece from the collection although it is pretty pricey for a makeup bag $40.00
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Gorgeous White & Rose Gold Packaging $16.50
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Beautiful Colors Left - Pleasure Bomb Right - Bad Girl Riri
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Pleasure Bomb - Matte Raspberry Red Shade
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Bad Girl Riri - Matte Earthy Brown Nude with Orange undertone
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Superslick Liquid Eyeliner - Cockiness $20.50
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Cockiness - Swatch Great - Rose Gold Copper color Awesome to layer over a brown or black Love this for the holidays :)
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Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: 2x Dare $44.00
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Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: 2x Dare
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Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow: 2x Dare Shimmers are more like a sheen, not much fall out and pretty good color payoff. Only the second color seems to have the least pigment but still a great color.
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Bronzing Powder Love, Rihanna $30.00
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Bronzing Powder Love, Rihanna Pretty color, has some orange tone to it I would use it as blush too, I think the R design sheen is only an overspray and will go away after a couple of uses. This bronzer is not a must have in my opinion. I wish the sheen went all the way through then it would be better.
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Bronzing Powder Love, Rihanna
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Bronzing Powder Love, Rihanna
 
 
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Smashbox Must-Have Metallics in Rose Gold
Hey Lovelies
This is a great kit sold at exclusively at Ulta as far as I know below I will link my video review so you guys can check it out. In this post I will have photos of the products and FOTD for you lovelies and I have also given you step by step how to achieve this look along with the products I used. Remember you don't have to use all the products I used, this is just a guide you can use anything that is close to the colors or products that I used to achieve the same look.

Link to purchase:
http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5890192&_requestid=1394320#

Check Out Smashbox's  Youtube Channels:
http://www.youtube.com/user/giovannismash (older channel)

http://www.youtube.com/user/SmashboxCosmetics
(new channel)


Thanks for reading and watching my blog & videos, Their are links below for whatever you may need. If you have any questions feel free to put them in the comments above or in the comments in my youtube video section.
xoxo
Ivette, GCP :))

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Smashbox #11 Brush I describe it as a doe foot shape eye brush
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This brush is great for the crease, under the brow to highlight, inner brow detail, concealer around the nose, under the eyes and also it's great for concealer under the eye.
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This is the Rose Gold Lip enhancing gloss
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This is the gorgeous powder that won my heart in this kit, you have to love it :))

Check out my FOTD below & step by step details on how to achieve it:

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This photo was on my instagram, don't forget to check out my social media for other looks and photos of my awesome makeup obsession :) xoxo Ivette GCP
Skin/Face:
Prep with moisturizer of choice
Photo Finish Hydrating Primer
Photo Finish Under Eye Primer
HD Liquid Halo #5 Foundation
HD Concealer in medium under eyes
Camera Ready Concealer #4.0 under brow to highlight
BlushRush in Heartbreak apply towards the back of my cheeks
Bronze Lights Bronzer in Suntan Matte light contour blended up towards the cheeks
Fusion Soft Lights in Rose Gold to highlight the cheekbones, nose, cupids bow & chin
HD Dual Finish Micro Powder using the Luminous side to set everything

Eyes:
Brows are done with Brow tech to go in Brunette (nothing fancy)
Apply Limitless 15hr wear cream shadow in Quartz to your lid
From the Trio in the SET
Apply Cocoa the darkest shade in the trio to the inner & outer portion of your eye using a flat shader brush, turn your brush on it's side and run across your lid lightly as to drag some color into the crease.
Use a small crease brush with a tiny bit of Cocoa & blend into crease again lightly.
Apply Pink Quartz to the Center using a flat shader brush
Apply Naked to your brow bone as your highlight, be sure to blend well using a fluffy brush
Apply some Cocoa onto your lower lash line with a pencil brush & some Pink Quartz as well
Apply Always Sharp Kohl Liner in Sumatra on your waterline in the inner and outer part but leave the center blank & Apply Always Sharp kohl liner in Bare in the center of your waterline so that you have that " not there " appearance.
Apply Always Sharp Kohl liner in Sumatra to upper lash line
Apply Hyperlash Mascara in Black just 1 coat is good (so u don't damage your lashes, less is more)
Apply False lashes I used Red Cherry #46 ( pictured above)
Apply a bit more mascara just to fuse your lashes with the falsies

Lips:

Apply Liptech in Nude
Apply Lipgloss in Rosegold on top

You can use a setting spray at this point if needed or just leave it as is.  Hope you guys enjoyed :)

If you have questions, or I missed anything feel free to comment above or on my video comments I will be happy to answer.

xoxo,
Ivette
GCP

 
 
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Top Row: April in Paris & Particularly Pink Middle Row: Now in Season & Fashion Tip Bottom Row: Cultivating Chic & March Mist

Spring '14 Trend Forecast for the Eyes

Hello lovelies this is a quick little review with swatches as these palettes are sold out on the Mac site already, I did instagram them when I first got them but lots of you guys were asking for a review and more swatches so here it is. For future notice these palettes come out regularly now so if you missed out just look out for the next fall ones. I love these palettes they come out for the Eyes & Lips the one for the eyes with is pictured above is great to use in your personal kit or pro kit, very easy to throw in your purse or to stack them up into your pro kit and they will not take up much space at all. The texture is amazing it's not too creamy where as it's going to crease but it's not to sticky or stiff feeling either it's not to hard to blend, it's just right. You can use it as a base on the lid or as a stand alone shadow when your on the go it looks great, with awesome pigmentation I totally love these eye palettes. Now for the lips which I will picture below this review, the pigmentation and quality of the lipsticks are just as good as the lipsticks that come in the tubes unlike a lot of palette lipsticks that are out there and you guys know what I'm talking about, if you have purchased a lip palette got it home and your so excited to try it but when you open it up and put it on your lips, it's like a freakin' lipgloss ummm no your not getting that with these, they are your typical Mac lippies and even have the same yummy scent we all know and love so def stay tuned and look out for these and don't miss out next time :)

Hope you guys enjoyed this review, hope this was helpful. Any questions or comments put them above in the comment section I will be happy to answer.
xoxo
Ivette, GCP:))
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Top Row: Trendy Twist & Pick-Me-Up Middle Row: April Flowers & Spring Fling Bottom Row: In the Mode & New Groove

Spring Trend '14 Trend Forecast for the Lips

 
 
Hello lovelies
Here is the list of products I used in my Smashbox Sunday video this week along with some pics so you guys have an idea of what they look like, I also linked my video below in case you see this post before the video you can check it out right from here or in case you want to check it out again :)

For my Face


Face Primer : Photo Finish Hydrating
Eye Primer : Photo Finish Hydrating under eye primer
Concealer: High Definition concealer
Foundation: Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Medium
Color Correcting Powder: Halo Yellow Color Correcting Hydrating Powder
Bronzer: Halo Hydrating Perfecting Bronzer
Blush: Halo Longwear Blush in Warm Glow
Highlighter: Halo Highlighting Wand in Pearl
Small Kabuki brush to apply foundation came with the foundation
For my eyes

Eye primer: Photo finish lid primer
Eye base: Limitless 15 hour wear cream shadow in Quartz
Eyeshadows: Halo Eyeshadows in Petal Plum & Soft Peach and Cocoa
Eyeliner: Limitless eyeliner in Onyx (not pictured) it's a pencil
Mascara: Full Exposure in Jet Black
Lastly for my lips

Lipstick: Be Legendary lipstick in Vivid Violet
Lipgloss: Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss in VA VA Violet



Don't forget to check out Smashbox youtube channels:
http://www.youtube.com/user/giovannismash
http://www.youtube.com/user/SmashboxCosmetics

You can purchase Smashbox products at:
http://www.smashbox.com/
http://www.sephora.com/smashbox
http://www.ulta.com/smashbox/
http://shop.nordstrom.com/sr?keyword=smashbox&origin=PredictiveSearch&contextualcategoryid=0

Hope you guys ENJOY!!!
xoxo Ivette, GCP :))