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Five Year Anniversary Popsugar Must Have Box, August 2017

POPSUGAR Must Have Box, August 2017, #musthavebox

POPSUGAR Must Have Box, August 2017

So many of my readers adore their subscription boxes, and I’m frequently asked for recommendations.  It’s always easy for me to point both my friends and my readers to the POPSUGAR Must Have Box.  This curated monthly goodie box is celebrating its 5th anniversary, so this month’s box is extra special! If you’re loving what you see, and want to sign up, be sure to read all the way through. At the end of this post you’ll find a promo code for $10 off of your first box!

POPSUGAR Must Have August 2017 5th Anniversary Box

Contents include:

Pastel Cheers Lacquered Tray, Retail $28– Cute enough to serve cocktails or cupcakes, this festive tray features a glossy white base, gold accents, and a colorful confetti design.

First Aid Beauty 5 In 1 Beauty Mask, Retail $38– The ultimate quick pick me up for your skin.

Dogeared Friendship Bracelet with Small Open Heart, Retail $34– An adorable token of your affection.  Perfect for your BFF!

Meri Meri Gold Glitter Candles, Retail $7.50–  These long white tapers are sprinkled with festive gold glitter.

Fringe Studio Free Spirit Journal (sponsored by JEEP), Retail $16– Jot down your thoughts in style with this gorgeous rose gold journal, complete with a ribbon bookmark.

Goodie Girl Cookies Chocolate Chunk, Retail $2.95– Baked in a peanut-free facility, these cookies are yummy AND safe for those with a peanut allergy!

Shoptiques.com Gift Card, Retail $25– There’s nothing better than receiving an additional gift card with a subscription box.  This $25 GC to Shoptiques.com allows you to truly customize your subscription box with an item of your choice!

Click HERE to learn more about the POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription!  As usual the contents of this box (worth over $150) are of a higher value than your actual cost!  A standard monthly subscription will set you back $39.95, but right now you can save $10 on your first box using the discount code PARTY at checkout. This POPSUGAR promo code expires on August 31, 2017… so check out asap before you forget!

In addition, all current POPSUGAR Must Have subscribers will be eligible to win prizes weekly starting in September!  Week 1 Pehr Designs, Week 2 First Aid Beauty, Week 3 Kendra Scott, Week 4 Tarte, and Week 5 Cambridge Satchel Co and a one year POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription!

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box as a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Regal Purple Matte Liquid Lipsticks For Fall 2017

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Purples, Regal Purple Matte Liquid Lipsticks For Fall 2017

Smashbox Always On Lipstick Purples

A sublime color choice for the fall season is always PURPLE! My favorite way to incorporate this color into my makeup is through an eye pencil (a plum eyeliner is a brown-eyed gal’s best friend), nail polish (love a bold purple pedi), and finally a lipstick!  These Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks in this regal shade family all have a soft matte finish and amazing wear time!  They’re a perfect pick if you’re looking for a modern matte purple lip in Fall 2017!

Regal Purple Matte Liquid Lipsticks For Fall 2017

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Purple Swatches, Regal Purple Matte Liquid Lipsticks For Fall 2017

Smashbox Always On Lipstick Purple Swatches

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick swatches from left to right:  Big Spender– a gorgeous purple-rose shade, Shockaholic– a vivid hot pink that really stands out, Let’s Dance– a cool-hued fuchsia, Some Nerve– a vivid bold lavender, and Girl Gang– a sultry aubergine that is simply gorgeous.  All of these liquid lipsticks dry to a modern matte finish, and pass the “Seattle coffee test” I’ve mentioned frequently in my 10+ years of beauty blogging.  In other words, the color will survive your morning coffee!

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick retails for $24 per tube.  Retailers include Smashbox.com (of course), Sephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.

The product featured in this post was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Five Fabulous Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Friends of mine are perpetually in the market for yet another “perfect” neutral lipstick shade to wear daily.  Perhaps it’s simply because these work-with-anything colors are most likely to get the heaviest use.  Not only do these five neutral shades of Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick fill the neutral lipstick need, the wear time is ludicrously long.  Yes, this liquid matte lipstick will last through your morning coffee and beyond!

Five Fabulous Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Neutral shades of Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches from left to right: In Demand– a peachy beige, Stepping Out– a soft mink with pink undertones, Dream Huge– a gorgeous medium rose, Babe Alert– a sophisticated apricot pink, and Driver’s Seat– a toasty warm brown.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick retails for $24 per tube.  Retailers include Smashbox.com (of course), Sephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.  If you’re  loving these shades,  don’t miss my post featuring Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Earthy Tones!

The product featured in this post was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Back To School Beauty Must-Haves: MAC Next To Nothing Collection

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Product Lineup

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Product Lineup

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Foundations

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Foundations

In the “back to school” category, the MAC Next To Nothing collection is a must-see!  College and High School students rarely need medium or full coverage foundation.  MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour is a super sheer foundation that offers a wee bit of color correction and a radiant, playful finish.  Retail price is $31 per bottle. 

MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour Photos, Swatches, Review

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Foundation Swatches- Lights

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Foundation Swatches- Lights

MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour swatches above (left to right): LightLight Plus, Medium, and Medium Plus.

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Foundation Swatches- Darks

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Foundation Swatches- Darks

MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour swatches above (left to right): Medium DarkMedium Deep, Dark, Dark Plus, and Dark Deep.  All nine shades available in the collection are shown above, so simply select the one closes to your skin tone and you’re set!

MAC Next To Nothing Pressed Powder Photos, Swatches, Review

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Pressed Powder

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Pressed Powder

MAC Next To Nothing Pressed Powder offers the slighted hint of shine control, and feels so silky!  Colors available coordinate perfectly with the foundation.  Retail price is $28 per compact.

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Pressed Powder Swatches

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Pressed Powder Swatches

MAC Next To Nothing Pressed Powder Swatches (left to right): Light, Medium Plus, and Dark Deep.

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Makeup Brushes

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Makeup Brushes

No MAC collection would be complete without the perfect tools for application.  The MAC 141 Synthetic Face Fan Brush (shown at left) can be used with liquid, cream, or powder formulas.  Retail price is $35. The MAC 140 Synthetic Full Fan Brush is perfect for powder application, and features a super-soft flat design with a rounded top.  Retail price is $42.

Click HERE to shop MACCosmetics.com, other retailers include Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.  The product featured in this review is a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Selection

MAC Next To Nothing Collection Selection

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Review

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Review

You may have gathered this from my past posts, but I really REALLY like stick foundation.  A solid foundation has all of the convenience of a stick concealer, but the same blendable formula of a foundation.  An added bonus?  They are the ultimate in portability, and there’s no risk of spilling!  These Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation sticks feature a dual-end foundation and contour combo.  It makes following your favorite contouring “how to” tutorial a snap!  Simply apply foundation and contour color with a swipe of this chunky stick, and blend with your favorite sponge or brush.

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Contouring End

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Contouring Swatches

The contouring end features a face-hugging angled tip for easy application in small quantities or across broader areas of the face.

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Photos

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation

The foundation end of Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation is flat for broad application, and also easy to swipe a foundation brush over the surface.

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Swatches

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Swatches

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Swatches

Foundation swatches from left to right: 0.5 a pale peachy shade, 1.0 a warmer light shade, and 1.1 a yellowy light shade.

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Swatches

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Swatches

Foundation swatches from left to right: 1.2– a warm caramel, 2.1– a peachy caramel, and 2.2– a warm deep shade.

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Contouring Swatches

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Contouring Swatches

Contouring swatches from left to right: 0.5– a cool-hued medium shade, 1.0– a warm neutral, and 1.1– a dark neutral.

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Contouring Swatches

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Contouring Swatches

Contouring swatches from left to right: 1.2– a warm medium tan, 2.1– a medium tan with a bit more pink, and 2.2– a dark tan.

Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Stick retails for $42.  A total of 16 shades are available, so if one of these six isn’t a match be sure to surf on over to Smashbox.com to find one that will work!  Other retailers include Sephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.

The product featured in this post was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.