Korean Skin Care ~ Masqueology 24K Gold Under Eye Gels

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Before Octoly I never heard of  Masqueology Skin Care. Did you? 
I found the brand in my Octoly free store and when I saw the 24K Gold Under Eye gels I need to have it. Can you believe I have never use under eye gels before?  They like a mask for you under eyes. Just put it on and relax :) 



The hydrogel under eye patches with gold and collagen will lift and firm the eye area while helping against dark circles. They hydrogel will give moisture and elasticity to the skin. 



They come in a cute gold packaging that contains 15 pairs of eye gels. They are really gold! They are single use masks for under eyes. lightweight and lightly scented. I do like the scent tho. If you are not a fan you will not like it coz once the eye gels are on the skin they still have a scent to it. I used it twice so far and I really been liking it. It definitely gave a kick of moisture to my under eye area. I did see that they did firm my under eyes. As I don't have much problems with dark circles I can't comment on how they work. 
I used them after a clean my face. I placed each under my eyes and relax. Keep them on for 10-20min and take them off, gently rubbing reaming serum in. I think they are in soaked in some sort of serum. 
I think they are great addition to any skin care routine. Plus for the price why not give it a shot? 
Walmart carry them for only $10 ! which is a steal if you ask me. 
I can recommend them enough.  If you shopping at Walmart pick them up :) 
you can shop them here

Fave skin care picks IG @villemo20

I really want to try more of the 24K line and other products by the brand :)

till next time!
~Monica 

NYX Cosmetics Prismatic Eyeshadows ~ my small collection, swatches and review




NYX Prismatic shadows been on the market for a while now. I remember seeing YT videos when they first came out with them. I wanted them but at the end I couldn't find them locally only online. So yeah I passed, but I craved. This year on IMATS NYX booth I bought my first two: Fireball and Rose Dust. Guys! Love at first swatch! Pigmented and freaking gorgeous! I said to myself that I will be getting more of them soon! I couldn't buy more, coz I have a limited $$$ and I still wanted to buy other products.  That was back in April. It was not until recently I was browsing NYX website. I was actually looking for the new palettes and some of the old ones that I saw on their IG page. GOD their palettes are freaking gorgeous! I so want them all :) So while I was scrolling up and down I saw few of Prismatic Shadows being on SALE! It was not crazy sale, like IMATS but still for $4.00 I grabbed few :)  So I got my bank card ready, check out and wait for them to come :)The shipping was fast! Impressed! the shadows arrived in cute black laced bag with a liquid highlighter as a gift with purchase :) Nice!  I guess I missed that part "gift with purchase" coz i was shock lol I said to myself that I didn't order this LOL. 
anyways all shadows came, none broken Thank God. 
I must say that they are even more prettier in person! 



So here is my haul :)
Prismatic Shadows are fully pigmented with almost metallic finish. The texture is creamy and buttery soft. There is 24 shades in total. and since the formula is so great it is really easy to work with them. Some I like to apply with a finger, just to get that full pigment on my lids. Also a wet brush applied them nicely. 

Glass Slipper ~  minty duo chrome with gold pearl. Its really pretty. I didn't know it was minty color tho. I didn't read the description when I placed an order. I thought it would be white duo chrome or something LOL the name glass slipper reminds me of white and very light blue.. oh well. But over all this shade is stunning and I am happy with it.

Mermaid ~ this shade have been on my wishlist ever since it came out. gorgeous metallic aqua . On the NYX website they describe is as a Mint with gold shimmer. Minty sea green. Shimmers like a mermaid tail. I am not gonna lie, this is by far the most beautiful shade I own. Great for inner corner and even on a lower lash line:) I need to play more with it tho. 

Sunset Daze ~ rusty cooper with shimmer.  I do love coppery shades. This one is so pretty and applies nicely. Like a I said for full on pigment apply with a finger directly on the lid. You be wow-ed!

Bedroom Eyes ~ warm deep brown with warm undertones. Bronzy brown and oh so pretty! and it have a more of a frost sheen then metallic. So pretty for like all over the lid smokey eyes kinda look.  This one feels a bit crumbly. So there might be a fallout. 



Jaded ~  deep forest green with light green shimmer. To be honest I was not sure if I wanted this shade in  my collection. After singing all day Aerosmith song "Jaded" i added to my cart. and guys I like it! I don't love it like I love Fireball or Mermaid but I like it! It is a gorgeous deep green with shimmer that looks really nice! I have many deep greens like this in my collection, but I don't have one with a shimmer. 

Fireball ~ this one of my top faves! this shade is stunning and it was the first that I bought! Its described as a rusty orange with red opalescent. its a reddish copper with frost sheen. It is intense especially when you use your finger to apply. I can't get enough of it tho!  

Voodoo ~ this one is a duo chromed cherry brown with green pearl. I say it looks better on picture online then in a swatch. I dunno I am not really liking this shade, maybe coz of that green pearl? I don't know. The brown base i think it is pretty, just that slightly green sheen on top is kinda not my style. . I will have to play a bit more with it tho.  

Rose Dust ~my second shade that I bought back at IMATS.  Just as a name suggest it is a deep rose gold shade. And wow it does look so pretty. again I like to apply  with a finger and then blend with a brush :)

so that is it . which shade is your favorite? Do you own any? 

~ Monica 

Great Holiday Sets for under $40! ~ Smashbox Drawn In. Decked Out. 2017




I been recently on a hunt for good Holiday sets. And while browsing isles in Sephora I stumbled on Smashbox sets. And OMG I think they are amazing!



I picked up two sets the travel primer set and eye shadow palette set.
 Guys I can't believe no one is talking about them! All I hear is Kat Von D , Too Faced, Tarte etc. No one mentioned these sets before. I haven't even see much of it on IG either. 



So here I am gonna show you and tell you why you need both sets :)
Lets start with Draw In. Decked Out. Primer travel set ~ not only it is priced so cheap but it contains bestsellers by Smashbox.
For $22 you get three mini products:
* Photo Finish Foundation Primer (travel size)
* Photo Finish Pore minimizing Foundation Primer (travel size)
* Photo Finish Primer Water (travel size)
so there you go. I personally didn't try any Smashbox primers before ( I know, shame on me) but with this set I can try not only one but three! and all in price of $22. Just so you know the 1 travel size primer cost $16 at the Sephora. Tell me that is not a good deal. I really been wanting to try the blurring primer and primer water for the longest time. I am thinking of grabbing another one. You too! get it while you can !



Second set I grabbed is Draw In. Decked Out. Eye Shadow + Highlighting Palette Set.  Another steal! I don't even know where to start! It contain:

* Spotlight Palette in Pearl (travel Size)





* Cover Shot Eye Shadow Palette in Ablaze (full size)





* Cover Shot Eye Shadow Palette LE in Sultry (full size)





Now I been dying I said dying to get the cover shot palettes ever since they came out. But I can't bring myself to spend $29 on each. So when I saw this set I screamed! I did and I got weird looks at Sephora hahah! Like I couldn't believe there were two full size palettes in this set! Like what!?! Come to Mama! Especially the Ablaze palette is gorgeous! this set is priced at $39 and I think it is a really good deal! I can't wait to play with all the goodies!

The packing on these is also really fun! Smashbox collaborated with Brazilian illustrator Ana Strumpf to create one of  a kind collection. Each set also contained stickers but well my daughter grabbed them :) She does love stickers LOL who doesn't !

Which set caught your eye? Which one would you pick? Primers, Palettes, both?

Hugs, Monica 

NYX Luv Out Loud Liquid Lipsticks ~ Swatches + Review

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NYX Cosmetics just launched a new liquid lipsticks! WooHoo! I love NYX Cosmetics they are super affordable with quality of a high end makeup. Their liquid lipsticks are the must have. The Suede line, the soft matte or even the Lingerie liquid lipsticks especially. 



I was lucky enough to be send these beauties by NYX team and guys I am in love ! The shades are gorgeously yummy! Each lipstick is named by the feeling that makes people feel beautiful. I feel like the formula is very similar or even same as a Suede liquid lipsticks (which I personally love).  They are velvety smooth and dry up to matte finish. Plus the wear time is impressive!  

There is total of 6 new shades and they are available at ULTA for only $6.99 .
Out all Brilliant is my absolute fave! 



* Confident ~ Pale Nude
* Brilliant ~ Rosy Nude 
* Passionate ~ Deep Violet
* Fearless ~ Dusty Lavender 
* Extraordinary ~ Rich magenta 
* Brave ~ Plum 



I think the idea of gifting one to a person who resembles above attribute is really awesome! 
You like the colors ? Don't miss on them, they are limited edition so grab yours while you can  and share the love! :)
My package came with a cutest T-shirt that says I am Confident. And you guys that package came right before I was starting new job and those words totally made my day.  I went on on being Confident and Fearless!

 The Luv Out Loud Collection will donate $6,000 to The Trevor Project and also giving you a chance to win $10,000 to donate to a cause you believe in. 


Urban Decay Naked Heat ~ Worth the splurge? Swatches + review


I remember when Urban Decay released first photos of new Naked palette. And I remember reading many unhappy comments. That palette like this was done already, another warmed tone palette and what is UD thinking of coming up with a palette that no one will buy? Coz let's be honest how many warmed tone palette do we need? 

 when I saw the shadows in the palette I was on the fence. They were not my cup of tea. So I said to myself : passed. But, later on when I went to Sephora and saw it on the display, guess what ? I bought it!



 I could not help myself.  It spoke to me on so many levels. How could I say no to all these gorgeous terracotta shadows housed and very pretty packaging. I like warm shades so I could not passed on it. there is a mix of mattes and shimmers in the palette. All shades are nicely pigmented.  Except of En Fuego and Ashes I found these two were lacking of the pigment. They both can be build up tho. Scorched and Ember are my two favorites. I get nuts when it comes to shimmers :) 
I kinda wish for a bit more darker shades in the palette, like maybe darker chocolaty brown? Coz I feel like when applying shadows on the lid they all mash up together. Like I we need a little darker for more definition. 



Shades in the palette:
* Ounce ~ soft cream with slight shimmer
* Chaser ~ Light beige brown. 
* Sauced ~ matte tan,
* Low Blow ~ light brown matte.
* Lumbre ~ burnt peach with gold shimmer, so freaking pretty
* He Devil ~ medium reddish brown. 
* Dirty Talk ~ medium -dark coppery brown 
*Scorched ~ oh my favorite , bronzy red metallic 
* Cayenne ~ dark brown with warm undertones. 
* En Fuego ~ reddish brown. really pretty but my is not pigmented enough.
* Ashes ~ purple plum with brown undertones, same as En Fuego not pigmented enough. 
* Ember ~ dark bronzy brown metallic. 





Personally I am really happy with the palette. the shimmery - metallic shades look better applied with wet brush or even a finger. Palette is prefect for either day and night looks. Was it worth the splurge? for me most definitely. I am a UD fan and their palette are amazing.  And as a makeup collector I need Heat palette with her sisters. I can tell I will be using it more toward Fall. Summer I like my makeup light and colorful. This palette scream Fall to me than Summer. 



If you are a warm tones shadow lover or over all love UD palettes, get Heat palette. It is all up to you. If you think you will get a lot use out of it then what is topping you? 

you can get it from Sephora, Ulta Beauty , UD webiste.
Price $54 

Kokie Cosmetics ~ Unicorn inspired Nails #2

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Round two of Unicorn Nails :) This time more soft and girly look. 
Last week Unicorn nails check here.
I am really impressed with Kokie Cosmetics nail polishes. 
The ones I used applied so nice and went on without chipping for over 5 days! 



I really love the way my mani turned out :) Cute, girly and sparkly! 



The polishes I used :



* Berries N Cream ~ pale peachy pink. Very pretty soft and pretty. But even after two coats looked a bit streaky and uneven. I fixed it with the glitter polishes tho. And I really like the way it turned out



* Wishful ~ gorgeous sheer glittery topper. This gives this mermaid kinda sheen to the nails, it looks so good on the Berries N Cream.  I painted over BNC on the middle finger, can you tell? On the pinky I applied all three of the polishes. 



* Celestial ~ beautiful rose gold holographic glitter. OMg looks so good on :) I am a sucker for anything rose gold :) This is a great as a topper :)  Isn't it gorgeous! I am in love you guys!



I still have few more polishes by Kokie Cosmetics that I need to put out to test. So far I really like them. For $6 you can't go wrong. Plus they are Cruelty free! So there you go! 


* nail polishes were send to me by Kokie Cosmetics and Octoly for my #honestopinion #octolyfamily #gifted

Kokie Cosmetics ~ Unicorn inspired nails #1

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Feels good when you discover affordable brands right?  I heard of Kokie Cosmetics back when KathleenLight showed an Ipsy unboxing video . She was talking about the nail polish she got and if I remember it good, she really liked it. 
 I remember checking the brand up after the video. 
They started in US in 2015. If I read it right the CEO of Kokie was previous CEO of Sinful Colors. And yes I love Sinful Colors. Anyways Kokie, pronounce co-key, means elephant in Korean.  And if you look closely there is an elephant in the logo as well as on the polishes cap. 



I didn't purchase  or try anything untill now.
 I saw Kokie Cosmetics in Octoly free store, so I had to try something.  The products that caught my eyes were nail polishes. Set of 10 unicorn inspired colors.  I was lucky enough to be accepted in the campaign, and now here are my first swatches. 



I will try to show you new combinations every week and just swatches them all separately. I wanted to do it Sunday, but well not enough time. 



I painted my nails Sunday evening using NP31 Knockout and NP57 Intergalactic. 
They are 3 free and cruelty free. 
And I must say I love the combo. Knockout is gorgeous vibrant purple and Intergalactic have so many gorgeous sparkles in that for sure makes nails galactic! 
Intergalactic is a sheer purple based color and that why it look so good on the Knockout. Plus that little purple - gold flex makes nails so pretty. I can't stop looking at them :)




For my nails I used Maxus base and top coat. I applies two coats of Knockout and one coat of Intergalactic. 



Stay tuned for more paring :) I have 8 more polishes to show you. 
Kokie have in their offer over 80 polishes and a nail junkie in me wants them all. 

Each retails at $6 and can be purchase at Kokie Website




Empower Collection by MAXUS Nails ~ swatches

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Hello my nail polish junkies :)  
Have you ladies heard if MAXUS NAILS?  Its the nail polish line that puts nail health first. 
Founder, Dasha in 2015 launched Maxus Nails after formulating three products in her essential line. She didn't lunched colors but instead she started  with three basic and yet important products in every manicure : nail strengthener , base coat and top coat. 
 I can't tell much of the strengthener because I don't have it, but the base and top coats are amazing.

Base Coat specially formulated to deep nourish and strengthen natural nail plate. Protects nails from staining and discoloration. Creates a ideal canvas for flawless application. It contains silk amino acids and tea tree oil. This base coat is simply amazing. It helped my nails a lot after I had my acrylics removed. My nails were weak , thin and broke so easy.  This base coat arrived just in time for me to use it on  my nails. It definitely helped me to strengthen them.  Plus it help my nail polish last over  a week! There are two base coats I love and this one is one of them :) btw did you know that tea tree oil its great to defeat fungal infections? And this base coat is infused with tea tree oil, so I guess it is moving to my number 1 base coat, coz no one wants to have fungal infection right? 

Moving on to Top Coat, formulated with ceramic  powder and nylon, helps manicure last longer. Provides chip resistant, high shine, quick drying and streak free application. I like how it makes the nail polish look like gel polish. I be honest and say that I don't like gel polishes. I have had them done once and they did look good , but were pain in the butt to take off, plus I notice that my nail plates were really damaged. I dunno maybe I didn't use a good base coat. But anyways I prefer regular , old fashion nail polishes.  Just like the base coat I really adore this top coat. Makes my nails shine! and if I reapply every two days it makes my manicure last really long. Plus it protects against UV fading. 



Now lets move on the the colors ! Dasha launched her nail polish colors in 2016 and guys they are gorgeous! The protecting nail strengthen formula is infused into each polish, so that you can skip a base coat. I personally love base coat and I can't skip it :) Each polish is packed with amazing pigment and beautiful color pay off. They apply like a dream and last so long on my nails. The brush gives really precise application. There is four colors in Empowered Collection :




*Admired ~ rich bold color of bordeaux. 
* Adored ~ pretty nudy pastel pink
* Inspired ~ classic red 
* Respected ~ vampy Merlot.




all colors applied beautifully. I only had problems with Adored coz it looked a bit chalky, but once I applied top coat it was all better :) on all swatches I applied two coats of nail polish :)
The nail colors are 7 free. 
\Also did you know that Angelina Jolie , Hilary Swank and Anne Hathway are fond of Maxus Nail brand :) 

Base Coat, Top Coat and All nail colors can be found at MAXUS NAILS.
Retail $18 each 

  

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