Sunday, October 26, 2014

What? October is almost over?

What a terrible host I've been for the October mani challenge. I'm -still- sick! I can't believe this nonsense, but regardless, sick or not, I'm going to upload all of my photos so far tonight and update by week. Back to regular programming after that, I'm done letting this cold win!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Benefit 2014 Advent Calendar "Candy Coated Countdown"

Quick post, not back from my little break, but this one was an easy one.

I've noticed a lot of people talking about the Benefit 2014 Advent Calendar already. Last year's calendar was great and came with a price tag of $79. This year's advent calendar has a whopping $40 markup coming in at a massive $119. What's with the markup? Is it really worth it?

So here's what it looks like in the package, quite pretty, as usual for Benefit.

Now for the good stuff. The contents. Spoilers, my dears, if you don't want to know what's in there, don't read any further.

All of the products are sample sizes.

Day 1: Heart Paper Clips
Day 2: Ultra Plush Lipgloss "A-Lister"
Day 3: They're Real Mascara
Day 4: Stay Don't Stray (lt/med)
Day 5: It's Potent
Day 6: Porefessional
Day 7: Silver Hair Tie
Day 8: Holiday Post It Notes
Day 9: Ultra Plush Lipgloss "Dandelion"
Day 10: Stay Flawless
Day 11: Benetint
Day 12: Total Moisture
Day 13: Posietint
Day 14: Hair Tie w/ bow
Day 15: Ooh La Lift
Day 16: High Beam
Day 17: Holiday Notepad
Day 18: That Gal
Day 19: Pink Polkadot Hair Tie
Day 20: Ultra Plush Lipgloss "Fauxmance"
Day 21: Watt's Up?
Day 22: Bad Gal lash
Day 23: ChaChaTint
Day 24: Fake Up Concealer in 02 Medium

So what's different from last year? Not much, honestly. Here are the differences:

2013 contained the following products that 2014 does not:
Girl Meets Pearl
BadGal Liner in Black
Ultra Plush Lipgloss in Coralista 
Ultraplush Lipgloss in Sugarbomb

2014 new products:
They're Real Mascara
Ultra Plush Lipgloss in Fauxmance
Stay Flawless
Watt's Up
Fake Up Concealer

You might notice that this advent calendar has actually lost products. In 2013's Advent Calender there were three days containing non Benefit products (a bracelet, a necklace and a barette). In the 2014 Advent Calendar we see six days without Benefit products (paperclips, post it notes, 3 hair ties, notepad).

Is it worth the price hike? Well, that's up to you, but I think I'll be investing in a David's Tea Advent Calender this year instead. Which holiday products are you excited for?

Quick Update

I'm so sorry I haven't been posting my daily swatches like I planned to, I have literally been sick since the first of October and still am not quite well. Hopefully I will be able to play catch up soon and get back to regular posting. In the meantime I have still be uploading daily mani's on my Instagram. I'll be back soon!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge Day 1 - Moss

Day 1 of the October Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! Today's theme was "Moss" (green).

I've used two coats of Colors by Llarowe Army of One and a tiny bi of saran wrap stamping using A England Dragon.

I apologize for the lack of great quality content today, I have a really nasty cold and this was all I could muster. I promise more fun in future.