Thursday, December 25, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 25}



Today is ay 25 of my giveaway !!! We finally made it !! I am so excited !! For this giveaway you can win an Urban Decay Naked On the Run Palette !! 

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Good luck to everyone ! 
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 23&24}


Today is Day 23 & 24 of my 25 Days of Beauty Giveaway !!! We are so close to the big prize!! 
Today you can win a taupe eyeshadow quad from Sonia Kashuk, a rose glitter polish from Maybelline, and a fragrance from Vince Camuto. 

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Good luck to everyone ! 
And please tell all your friends ! 


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 21&22}


Today is Day 21 & 22 of my 25 Days of Beauty Giveaway!  Today you can win a Wet n Wild Palette in Flirting at the After Party,  a Wet n Wild Polish, and a Bliss Lemony Trinkets set. 

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Good luck to everyone ! 
And please tell all your friends ! 
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day19&20}


Today is Day 19&20 of my 25 Days of Beauty Giveaway.  Today you can win a Rimmel London lipstick in Back to Fuchsia,  a Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Paint in Pomegranate,  and a Caudalie Duo. 

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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And please tell all your friends ! 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 17&18}


Today is Day 17&18 of my 25 Days of Beauty.  You can win a Wet n Wild 8 pan palette in Poster Child, a L'Oreal lipstick in Eternal Rose, and a L'Occitane Almond Duo. 

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Good luck to everyone ! 
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 15&16}


Hey guys so today is day 15&16 of my 25 Days of Beauty Giveaway!  Today you can win a Melrose at Night quint form Wet n Wild, a Maybelline nail polish in Lush for Lilac, and a Tarte Lip Surgence in Flush. 

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Good luck to everyone ! 
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Friday, December 12, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 13&14}


Hey guys today is Day 13 & 14 of my 25 Days of Beauty Giveaway !!! Today I am giving away a Milani polish in Enchanted Garnet, a L'Oreal Glossy Balm in Pink Me Up, and a Alterna Haircare Caviar Set. 

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Good luck to everyone ! 
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 11&12}

  

Hey guys so today is Day 11 & 12 of my 25 Days of Beauty Giveaway.  Today I am giving away a Revlon lipstick in Snow Peach, a Wet n Wild palette in A Karat to the World, and a six piece set from Nails Inc.

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Good luck to everyone ! 
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tom Ford Lips & Boys {Patrick, Michael, Adriano, Cooper}


Back on Black Friday Tom Ford released his Boys & Lips collection.  It consisted of 50 limited edition mini lipsticks named after men in Tom Ford's life.  I was lucky enough to get the four lipsticks I wanted.  I know that many sold out fast.  I ordered Patrick, Michael, Adriano, and Cooper.  I wanted so many more but at $32 each I stopped myself.  They will be available again on Dec. 26 at select retailers.  


Patrick 22 and Michael 23 are very similar.  They are pinky corals.  Michael is just a smidge darker then Patrick but, we all know how I love my corals so it's all good for me.  Adriano 33 is a beautiful red coral.  It is actually the same as True Coral, which I already own.  But I ordered blindly so I can't really be upset.  And lastly we have Cooper 28.  Cooper is a gorgeous deep pink.  These lipstick have the same formulation as the original ones.  They are creamy and very pigmented.  Now lets talk about the difference between these minis and the full size lipstick.  A full size lipstick retails for $50 and has .10oz of product and these "minis" retail for $32 and have .07oz of product.  Which in my opinion is pretty good.  The packaging is very rich and heavy just like the full size lipsticks.  It doesn't feel cheap at all and the lipstick bullet is small but, fits your lip perfectly. 

 Compared to a full size TF lipstick 



tom ford lips & boys adriano vs. true coral


Overall I am really happy with my picks.  Next up on my list is Francesco, Diego, Liam, and Beau.  I hear that some stores are talking pre-orders and shipping them out when they launch on Dec. 26th.  When I find out more into I'll let you know.


Did you pick up any of the lipsticks from this collection??  Which ones are your favorite ??


Love,
City Styles 

Monday, December 8, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 9 & 10}


Today is Day 9 & 10 of My 25 Days of Beauty Giveaway.  Today I am giving away a Milani Constellation Gel Eyeliner in Enchanted Black Opal, a Wet n Wild polish is So Berry on Trend, and a Sephora VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette. 

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Stocking Stuffers {$25 and under}

stocking stuffer gift guide 2014




What do you want to see in your stocking ??


Love, 
City Styles 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Top Lip Balms


Winter is officially here in NYC.  It has been cold and dreary.  Which means my lips have been super chapped and peeling.  And that is not a good look.  So I rely on some amazing lip balms to heal my lips.  First up we have my old faithful Jack Black.  I have been using this lip balm for years now and have gone through countless tubes.  I keep this at my desk at work so when I feel that mid day chap coming on I lather my lips up and I am good to go for the rest of the day.  Another oldie but goodie is the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments.  Do you remember when Sephora gave these out as birthday gifts every year.  Well that is how this love affair started.  Right now I am loving the Tulip shade.  It is a soft but bright pink and is great for those no makeup, makeup days. It gives you color and moisturizes at the same time.  Now onto a few newer loves.  I had been hearing about the La Mer lip balm for awhile and could never just bit the bullet but, earlier this year I decided to treat myself. To me this is more of a luxury lip balm since it is so expensive.  I use it when I need a pick me up or I feel like being luxurious.  I absolutely love the scent of this.  It smells and tastes exactly like Orbit's Sweet Mint gum and that is my favoritest gum of all time.  A few months ago I got this Malin + Goetz lip balm in my Glossybox and ever since I have been addicted.  It has a thick texture and just glides onto the lips and sinks in.  I usually bring this out when my lips are in really bad shape.  This is usually after a full day in the cold and wind.  And my last lip balm love is from Albeit.  This is the newest addition to the family.  I saw this recently in Anthropologie and thought it was kind of similar to the By Terry Baume de Rose (still on my revolving list).  The Albeit has a slight rose scent and has a goopy texture and leaves a light pink sheen to your lips.  This has been on my bedside table and I use it every night.



What are your top lip balms ?? And what is the most you have ever payed for a lip balm ??


Love,
 City Styles       

Saturday, December 6, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 7 & 8}


Hey guys today is Day 7 & 8 of my 25 Days of Beauty Giveaway !! Today you can win two Milani polishes one in Enchanted Sapphire and the other in Enchanted Emerald.  You also win a matte top coat from Nails Inc!


You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
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Friday, December 5, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 5 & 6}


Today is day 5 & 6 of 25 Days of Beauty !  One lucky winner will receive a Dolce & Gabana nail polish in Nude, a Wet n' Wild palette in Haute Hollywood, and a Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy. 

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 3 & 4}



Today is Day 3 & 4 of 25 Days of Beauty here on Love, City Styles.  One lucky winner will get the chance to win a Chantecaille lipstick in Hibiscus, a NYX Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler, and an EOS Lipbalm in Vanilla Mint.

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission. 
This will be an international giveaway.
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Monday, December 1, 2014

L'occitane L'occiBox Set



Hey guys so I just wanted to let you know about this amazing deal going on right now.  L'occitane came out with the set called L'occiBox.  The products inside are valued at $59 but you can get it for $15.  Just use code DISCOVER at checkout.  

The set includes: 
- Precious Cleansing Foam 1.7 fl.oz 
- Shea Butter Body Milk 1.7 .oz 
- Arl├ęsienne Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- Almond Supple Skin Oil 0.5 fl.oz 
- Immortelle Sample Divine Cream 0.05 .oz x2 
- L'OcciBox Box 
- Shea ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- Cherry Blossom ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- Verbena ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- Almond ELLE Hand Cream 0.3 .oz 
- ELLE Pouch


This set would be great to give as a gift.  Just to let you know it is limited to one per customer and these are limited edition so once it sells out thats it.  I personally can't wait to get mine.  If you want more details The Beauty Look Book has more. 


Let me know if you order this amazing deal !! 


Love, 
City Styles 

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway {Day 1 & 2}


I am so excited to start 25 Days of Beauty !!  Today is Day 1 & 2 of the giveaways.  One lucky winner will win an Ole Henriksen Cleansing Duo,  the Maybelline The Nudes Palette, and a Rimmel Show Off Lacquer

You must be 18 and older to enter.  If not please, please make sure you have your parents permission.
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

November Favorites


It is almost Christmas and it is freaking me out.  I really can't believe the year is almost over.  November has come and gone and I have found some new gems and rediscovered some older ones.


L'oreal True Match Foundation - After hearing Anna & Amelia talk about this I pulled it out from my foundation drawer and low and behold I fell in love with it again.  It leaves a nice satin finish and has amazing staying power.  I can get at least 8+ hours of wear.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer - I couldn't find my Fit Me concealer one day so I used my Nars and feel in love all over again.  It has great coverage and has a great satin finish just like the True Match.   I like to use them together.

Burberry Blush Nude Palette - Ughh I die for this palette.  Have I told you how much I love Burberry shadows ?  Cause I love them.  I have been really enjoying a mauvey, plumy eye lately.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara - I got this in a 500pt perk from Sephora and it is wonderful.  I really enjoy a mascara that has fiber bristles instead of plastic ones.  This gives volume and length and is very black.

Becca Blush in Flowerchild - I have been really into a glowy flush lately and this blush does that for me.  It gives me that natural flush look and it has a sheen to it.

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight - This is such a cult classic and I totally understand why.  It gives such an amazing glow and really helps my cheekbones stand out.

Albeit Nourishing Lip Balm - If you enjoy Dior's Rose Balm or the By Terry Baume de Rose then you will love this stuff.  It is a rose scented balm that leaves your lips extra moisturized.  I found this recently at Anthropologie and I have been loving it.

Dior Smoky Nail Polish - Dior always comes out with these cute little nail polishes during the holiday season and this year I had to get one.  The shade Smoky is a deep plumy shade and almost looks black on the nails.  It is perfect for this time of year.


What are your favorites this month ??


Love,
City Styles


Thursday, November 27, 2014

25 Days of Beauty Giveaway Announcement !!!!!


Hey guys so I am so excited to finally let you all in on a little secret I've been keeping for about a year now. I have been plotting and planning for a giveaway. I am calling it 25 days of Beauty.  There will be 13 winners in all and the giveaways start on December 1st. So the first 24 days I will be giving away stocking suffers and there will be 12 winners and then in Christmas I will be giving a larger gift away.  I'm not sure what yet so please give me some ideas!  I hope you guys enjoy this giveaway.  And let all your friends know!!

I really love and appreciate each and everyone of you and want to give back.

Love,
City Styles



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Makeup Bag Round Up


I have an obsession at looking what's in other people makeup bags.  So I thought I'd share whats in mine this exact moment. 


L'Oreal True Match Powder



What's in your makeup bag ??   Send me a picture and you can be featured on the blog!! 
Email me citystyles22@gmail.com 



Love,
City Styles 

Friday, November 21, 2014

My Favorite Autumn/Winter Lipsticks

 I love a good vampy lip during the fall and winter.  And these eight are my absolute favorites.


YSL Sheer Candy in 5 - a beautiful sheer red 
Laura Mercier Lip Glasce in Rose  - the best for daytime vamp
MUFE Rouge Artist Natural in N9 - the go to for a 90's lip 
Sephora Color Lip Last in Wanted Red - the best matte, lasts all day 
Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal - these pencils are insanely gorge but this shade takes the cake
Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Saboteur - these are very moisturizing 
Hourglass Extreme Sheen in Icon - best red hands down
Ellis Fass Creamy Lips in L102 - the vampiest shade I own, very intense 



What are your favorite vampy lip shades. 


Love, 
City Styles 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette {Golden Shock}

Dior Golden Shock

Dior released their holiday collection a few weeks ago and this palette was calling my name.  The Dior 5 Couleurs palette in Golden Shock ($60) is absolutely breath taking.  It is a mix of plums, mauves, and golds.  These shades look great on all eye colors.  The shadows are pigmented and creamy.  They blend well.  I usually find that there is a dud in the shadows and this palette is no exception.  The middle shadow just doesn't perform that well.  It is a bit hard for a brush to pick up.  It's easier to use a finger but even so it takes a few swipes to get the pigmentation you want.  The other fours shades are amazing though.  I especially love the top two.  They are great for a smoky eye.  

Dior Golden Shock

Dior Golden Shock

Dior Golden Shock swatches

I really think this palette is gorgeous and overall I am happy with the way it performs.  Right now this is out of stock on Dior.com but you can still find it at Nordstrom and Bloomingdales.



What has your favorite holiday eyeshadow palette been ??? 



Love,
City Styles 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

First Impressions: KISS InstaWave





Hey guys so Kiss sent me the InstaWave* to try out.  And I thought hey let's do this on camera.  I wasn't quite sure how it would work but I was pleasantly surprised.  The InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle free curler.  It is easy for anyone to use and features a curl dial with left and right curl directions.  There are two heat settings, low and high.  The temperature has a maximum of 420 degrees.  The curler also shuts off automatically after 90 minutes. 

The curler retails for $59.99.  You can find it at Target, Ulta, and Amazon.   



What is your favorite curler ???


Love, 
City Styles 


*Kiss sent me this curler to try out but all opinions are my own

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tom Ford Lips & Boys

On 12:01am Black Friday Tom Ford will release 50 miniature lipsticks.  Each one named after a man that has inspired him.  These are limited edition and will only be available for one day.  They retail for $32 each and will be available at tomford.com 







At the moment I have Patrick, Michael, Preston, and Adriano on my wish list.  This might change between now and Black Friday. 


Which ones will be on your wish list ??


Love, 
City Styles 

Real Techniques Nic's Picks


I have been a Real Techniques lover for a long time now.  I remember when the brushes first came out and how I had to have them.  My collection has grown over the past few years and when I saw this amazing Nic's Picks ($30) set I knew it had to be mine.  I was in Ulta a few weeks ago and there was one set left.  I snatched it up so fast.  This set comes with three exclusive brushes and two permanent ones.  The three exclusive are the Cheek brush, Angled Shadow brush, and Eyeliner brush.  The two permanent brushes are the Duo Fiber Face brush (already own and love) and the Base Shadow brush (I have wanted forever).  Real Techniques brushes are so well made.  And this set is no different.  I love the silver handles and I very much enjoy a synthetic brush.  I have been reaching for the Base Shadow brush and the Angled Shadow brush the most.  They are absolutely phenomanal for putting on cream shadow.  Tom Ford Platinum and I have been BFF's lately and those two brushes work so well with him.  (Yes I call my cream shadow a him)  The other brush in this collection I reach for most is the Cheek brush.  This is also auh-maz-ing.  It doesn't pick up too much product and distributes the product nicely on the cheeks.
          


Overall I am really enjoying this set.  I think this would be a great gift for any makeup lover in your life.



What are your favorite Real Techniques brushes ??


Love,
City Styles 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Burberry Bloomsbury Girls Polishes {Oxblood & Elderberry}


I am addicted to nail polish and in particular I am addicted to buying shades of red.  Any variation of red and I am in.  So naturally when I saw these two shades, Oxblood and Elderberry ($22), where part of Burberry's Bloomsbury Girls collection I had to have them.  Oxblood is a gorgeous deep burgundy, red shade.  Elderberry is a reddish plum, almost looks black shade.  It reminds me of a glass of wine.  These polishes are very creamy and pigmented.  They are opaque in two coats.  The wear time on these is a bit shorter then my beloved Dior polishes.  I can get about three days or so before some chipping begins.  But, these polishes are so pretty that I'll forgive them for that. 



burberry oxblood nail polish

burberry elderberry nail polish


What are your favorite nail polish shades ??  Do you own any Burberry nail polish ??


Love,
City Styles 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Burberry Bloomsbury Girls Palette {Nude Blush}

Burberry Nude Blush palette

Burberry recently came out with a new collection called Bloomsbury Girl for Autumn/Winter '14.  It consisted of six polishes, two palettes, three lipsticks, and three glosses.  I picked up the palette called Nude blush and two polishes, Oxblood and Elderberry.  Today we discuss how gorgeous Nude Blush is. 

Burberry Nude Blush palette

Nude Blush ($60) is a beautiful rosy toned quad.  I tend to gravitate towards rose gold and plumy colors like these.  I feel like they pair well with my light skin and blue eyes.  I own a few of Burberry's single shadows and I absolutely love them so, I decided to take the plunge and get a quad. I am so happy I did.  These shadows are very pigmented and so creamy.  They are easy to work with and just a little bit of kick up but, no fall out.  They perform just as well as the single shadows.  The colors also pair together very nicely and are not to similar to the singles I already own. 

Burberry Nude Blush palette swatches

Nude Blush compared to Burberry Mulberry and Burberry Rosewood.

Burberry Nude Blush palette swatches

Right now the palette seems to be sold out on Burberry.com but Nordstrom and Saks have it in stock. And you can always check your local counter.



Have you tried Burberry eyeshadows yet ??  What do you think ??


Love,
City Styles 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder {001 Gold Shock}

Dior Gold Shock Highlighter

Dior released their Holiday 2014 collection recently and it is absolutely stunning.  I am a sucker for anything in gold packaging (especially during holiday time).  I saw this bad boy and I knew I just had to have him.  The bad boy I am talking about is the Diorific Illuminating Pressed Powder ($80) in Gold Shock.  I believe there is also a pink shade but the gold was just calling my name.  It comes in very sturdy gold packaging and of course a nice velvet pouch.  When I first opened the compact angels sang.  Literally angels came down from the heavens and sang.  I don't know what it is about holiday time but beauty brands really know how to wrestle you into buying beautiful highlighters.  
For a while I just looked at it and did not want to disturb its beauty but, that eventually faded and I used it.  Well let me say that all at once I was amazed and saddened.  The top layer is an overspray and it eventually goes away.  Which deeply saddened me because the overspray is just so gorgeous.  On my pale skin it really looked amazing.  The powder that is underneath does not look as amazing.  It kind of reminds me of cornstarch.  The consistency is blah and the way it looks on my face is just blah.  
   
Dior Gold Shock Highlighter

Dior Gold Shock Highlighter

Dior Gold Shock Highlighter

Compared to Chanel Camelia de Plumes, The Balm Mary Loumanizer, and Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow 
Dior Gold Shock Highlighter swatches

Dior Gold Shock Highlighter
Underneath the overspray 



I am totally disappointed by this product.  I so wanted it to be amazing but, unfortunately it wasn't.  Do don't waste your money on this.  If you are looking for a beautiful highlighter try the new Chanel. 


What products have disappointed you lately ??


Love, 
City Styles