Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fashion Haul & Look Book - eShakti, Juicy Couture, Express


Here's a fashion haul of items I've purchased over the last month, gifts for my birthday and an item that was sent to me to review (eshakti). eShakti is an online only, women's fashion apparel company offering sizes 0-36W & custom clothing. Love the custom part! Watch my three minute look book for more information :)

Additional Information for eShakti:
http://www.eshakti.com
https://www.facebook.com/eshakti
https://twitter.com/eshakti

The dress that I selected is the floral jacquard sequin waist dress. The top is velvet and the waist is a built in belt of beads and gold sequins. The bottom material is thicker and some of the flowers are reflective gold (which pairs well with the belt ).





I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to order and select my size. The sizes are displayed right on the product page (below each item). When ordering you select your height (for a more perfect fit), and can select custom styling for an additional $7.50.  With the custom styling you can add sleeves, take away sleeves, tailor your dress length and neck line. There are pictures too, so you can see what kind of neck line, dress length, or sleeves you want to select. 

eShakti provided me with a coupon code for my readers. It's not an affiliate link- it’s just a coupon:
coupon code ' seaglassstash '-  to get 10% OFF when you shop at eShakti – valid from 12/16/2014 – 01/16/2015

Please note:
Code has to be entered in the ‘promotional code’ box.   It is not case-sensitive.
Code can be used any number of times until the validity period.
It can be clubbed with any other promotional offer, gift coupon or gift card in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise in the offer conditions.
This discount code is not applicable on clearance / sale, gift cards & overstock categories.
Not applicable on previous purchases.


The three Juicy Couture shirts are available at Kohl’s (I used a coupon and they were around $15 each!) I love how the tank top is loose around the mid area. Perfect for wearing to zumba!

The Kate Spade purse was a birthday gift from one of my best friends. It’s my first fancy purse! The Express sweater was a birthday gift from one of my other best friends, I love the jewels on the shoulders!

Thanks for watching (and reading this!!) I hope you enjoyed this quick, 3 minute fashion haul and look-book. I'd love to hear what you've been wearing and gravitating towards in fashion the past few months.


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Friday, December 19, 2014

November Beauty Favorites :)


It’s monthly favorites time! I hope you enjoy my beauty and makeup Favorites for November ☺

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Link to my Original review of Benjabelle Brush tree- http://youtu.be/GX3TL8vzxPI

General Information about my makeup favorites-
Benjabelle Brush Tree
Benjabelle brush drying rack
Elf eyeshadow brush
Elf brushes
NARS cosmetics
Nars sharpener
Chanel makeup
Chanel blush
Too Faced palette
Too Faced makeup
Urban Decay Lip liner
Bite Beauty Lipstick
Bite Beauty 
Buxom gloss
Buxom Full-on Lip Polish

What I’m Wearing:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 1W1
Mally Ultimate Performance Face and Body makeup in medium
OCC Concealer Y1
MAC prolongwear concealer in NW20
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder in Translucent
Chanel Camelia De Plumes Highlighting powder
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 80 Jersey
Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer
Too Faced Everything Nice Palette- Fawned of You, Be You, Dream On, Heaven
Sephora Long Lasting Liquid Eye liner in dark brown
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Anastasia Dip brow Soft Brown
Jordana Easy Liner for Lips in Cabernet
MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva
Shirt- Michael Kors

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Green Eye look for fall- First Impressions Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette



Brushes/Tools Used:
Hakuhodo J5533
Sephora Blending Eye shadow 71
Elf Contour Brush
Elf Concealer Brush
Tip Essentials Eye makeup Remover Qtips
Sephora All over shadow brush
Sephora gel eyeliner brush

What I’m Wearing:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 1W1
MAC prolongwear concealer in NW20
OCC Concealer Y1
Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Blush in cinnamon
Laura Geller Eye Elements Baked Eye Shadow and High Lighter Sand and Sea
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Makeup Geek Beaches & Cream Eyeshadow
Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow in Bella Emerald
Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette
Sephora Long Lasting Liquid Eye liner in dark brown
Rimmel London Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer in 212 Rich Brown
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Ardell Natural 120 Demi Black lashes
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown
NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Natural
MAC lipstick in Pure Zen

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

September Beauty and Makeup Favorites


What have you been enjoying this past month? Please share with me in the comments below! I'm always interested in hearing what other people are using and loving!

What I’m Wearing:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 1W1 Bone
OCC Concealer Y1
MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW20
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator IL01
Be a Bombshell The One Stick (blush) in Sunset
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette- Milk Chocolate and Semi-sweet
Makeup Geek Lemon Drop, Beaches & Cream, Vanilla Bean
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Urban Decay 24-7 Glide On Lip Pencil in Midnight Cowboy
NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brûlée

Top- Sunday In Brooklyn by Anthropologie

Friday, September 19, 2014

Too Faced Everything Nice Palette - Too Faced Holiday 2014

I just received the Too Faced 'Everything Nice' palette about an hour ago!  I wanted to post this because a few friends were asking about this palette and wanted to hear my thoughts.  I LOVED last years 'A Few of My Favorite Things' palette that Too Faced released last fall, so I knew I wanted to purchase this one too :)

I haven't worn the shadows yet but I wanted to make this post more of a first impressions that includes swatches. The packaging is adorable and it is similar to last years palette (both are cardboard with magnetic closure), but 'Everything Nice' is a fraction thicker. The layout of the palette is the same with the shadows on the top and the face products on the bottom.

'Everything Nice' came with a makeup bag and a deluxe sample of the Too Faced Better than Sex mascara. The bag for A Few of My Favorite Things is very large and functional (the palette can fit inside the bag).  The bag that came with 'Everything Nice' is smaller and sadly, the palette cannot fit inside. This year's bag also has glitz/glam and I wonder if the glitter is going to fall off all over the place (I hope not, but it's a concern of mine).


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Makeup Geek Eye Shadows

I know I haven't posted in a while and I promise I'm going to try to post more regularly! Today I want to share with you a few swatches from Makeup Geek's eye shadow line.

I really love the quality of Makeup Geek eye shadows and own quite a few of them. The two I want to feature today are shimmermint and rockstar.  Rockstar is a newer shadow that was released a few months back and shimmermint has been part of the line for a while now.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle Raspberry/Opal

I honestly didn't plan on purchasing any of the Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflés, but a few friends were raving about them and other friends posted on Instagram saying how lovely they are.  I had a gift card to Sephora so I thought, why not?!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

May Beauty Favorites 2014


Items I've been loving this past month.

Top 10 Lip Products for Spring/Summer- http://youtu.be/vnlLjLIOrs0
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Top 10 Lip Products for Spring/Summer!


Top 10 Lip Products for Spring/Summer Collab!

Steph's Channel (flourishxo)

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What I'm Wearing-
MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC20
OCC Concealer Y1
MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW20
Milani Baked Blush in 03 Berry Amore
Sephora Mircosmooth Baked Bronzer Duo in Honey Heat 01
Urban Decay Naked Basics -- Naked 2 and Faint
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream Light 4-5
Milani Eye Shadow primer in 01 Nude
Bare Minerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 The Dream Sequence
Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara
Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium
NYX Eyebrow Shaper wax pencil
Maybelline The Elixir in 100 Petal Plush

Nails- Revlon Nail Enamel in 1000 Volts
Shirt- JCrew

Please share with me in the comments some of your favorite spring/summer lip products! 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lancome Blush Subtil Palette in 323 Rose Flush


I purchased the Lancome Blush Subtil Palette in Rose Flush a few months ago and wanted to share a few pictures with you as well as my thoughts on this product. It retails for $42 USD and comes in five different color combinations. Packaging is plastic with a magnetic closure. The Rose Flush bronzer is cool-toned and has a subtle sheen to it but no apparent shimmer or glitter.  The blush is a lovely pink that's shimmery. The highlight is cool-toned with a hint of pink to it. It has more sheen to it than the bronzer but less than the blush.

Pros-
* The color of the bronzer is very nice, not orange (probably my favorite part of this palette).
* Product is soft, smooth, and silky. It almost feels creamy, but it's a powder.
* All colors apply beautifully and blend well
* I like the three in one concept (bronzer, blush and highlight all in one package)
* Subtil Palette in Rose Flush is flattering for lighter skin-tones 
* Fragrance-free

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ipsy Bag April and Makeup Giveaway~


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Must Tweet that you are entering and tag me ( @kristenkchannel ).
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Each social media site has it's own prize. If you don't have Instagram, you can enter for the Twitter prize and the YouTube Prize!

3 winners will be randomly chosen.  One from each social media site.
These are International Giveaways.
I WILL NOT ASK YOU TO FILL OUT A FORM TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE.

ENDS:  Wednesday April 23rd 11:59pm EST.

The winner will be announced on each social media site (Youtube, Twitter, Instagram). So Instragram's winner will be announced on Instagram, Twitters winner on Twitter, etc...

If you're the winner, you'll be asked to message me with your full name & mailing address, so I can send out your prize! If winners do NOT respond within 48 hours (2 days) of the announcement, a new winner will be chosen.

(There will be more giveaways. Please don't be sad if you don't win this time!)

The winner will be chosen completely randomly.

All items are brand new and unused.
This is not a sponsored giveaway!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Burberry Lip Cover Lipsticks - Tulip Pink No 27 and Delicate Rose No 22

When I was trying to decide which Burberry Lip Cover Lipsticks I wanted to purchase during Nordstrom's beauty event, I was torn between Delicate Rose and Tulip Pink.  I had the hardest time seeing a difference between the two lip colors online, they looked so similar!! I live far from a Burberry counter and had to pre-order via the phone, so I wasn't able to see the two lip colors in person. My sales associate sent me a sample of Delicate Rose and I purchased Tulip Pink.  I wanted to do this post to help out anyone else who may be trying to choose between these two colors.

Before I delve into the color differences, I just wanted to mention a little about the Burberry Lip Covers.  The packaging has a nice luxury feel (sturdy, sleek, and has clever magnetic closure).  The Burberry Lip Covers glide on the lips and provide a generous amount of color as well as a slight sheen. These aren't the most hydrating lipsticks, yet they aren't terribly drying either. I would say they are just in the middle on the hydrating/drying scale. The Burberry Lip Covers I've tried last about 2-3 hours on my lips. On a different note, I really like the colors. Burberry provides a lot of classic colors and a lot them evoke the image of the classy ladies of the 1930's or 1940's (at least in my mind).  Timeless beauty.

The Comparison-
Delicate Rose has more pink in it and has a slight hint of a 'melon' color. Tulip Pink is a hair darker and is just a tad more brown. I also think that Tulip Pink may have a little more shine to it (but that may be because it's a new lipstick vs. a sample- storage can effect a lipsticks consistency, how it dries out, etc).


A sample of Delicate Rose No 22. (below)

Tulip Pink No 27. (below)

Swatch in Natural, indirect lighting (I think the fluorescent lighting swatch is more accurate)-

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Beauty Favorites 2014


Here are the products I've been using and loving this past month. Hope you enjoy the video!

What I'm Wearing-
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer
KVD Lockit Foundation in L45
MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW20
OCC Concealer Y1
Guerlain Meteorites in 02 Teint Beige
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blushing Bride
Stila All over shimmer duo in kitten
Lancome Blush Subtil Palette Bronzer 323 Rose Flush
Milani Eye shadow Primer in 01 Nude
Burberry eye shadow single in Trench
Stila eye shadow in Kitten
ZuzuLuxe Eye Shadow in Vixen
Urban Decay Eye shadow in Mushroom
Chella Hello Beautiful Eyes Eyeliner pen in Indigo Blue
Ardell Professional Color Impact Lashes 110 Blue
Diorshow Extase Mascara
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde
Buxom Full On Lip Cream in White Russian

Nails- Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 220 Arm Candy
Shirt- Tulle
Earrings- TJMaxx
Bracelet- Coach

Music- The Engagement by Silent Partner (via YouTube Creation Tools)

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Benefit Gimme Brow Review


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What I'm Wearing-
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator
MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC20
MUFE Full Cover Concealer in #5
MAC Pro longwear concealer in NW20
Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder -- cream Light 4-5
LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
Stila Sensational in Sydny Palette (Bondi Beach eye shadow)
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Benefit Gimme Brow -- Medium/deep
Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Sex Pot
Nails -- Julep in Debra

Sweater- Philosophy
Music- On the Bach by Jingle Punks (via YouTube Creation Tools)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 Eye Palette

A friend of mine gave me the Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 Palette as a gift a few weeks ago (thank you!). This palette is the epitome of spring with the pretty Easter egg-type color scheme. I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and soft these shadows are. They swatch beautifully and provide a nice pastel wash of color on the eyelids. If you're looking for bright, bold, opaque colors, this quad isn't for you.  The Giorgio Armani Spring 2012 Palette is light, pastel, and beautifully spring. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

'Must Haves' Collab Giveaway - Makeup Giveaway!



'Must Haves' Collab Giveaway with Glammoms & txmommyofboys
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3 winners will be randomly chosen. There will be three different winners!
This is an International Giveaway :)

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What I'm Wearing-
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation Illuminator
MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC20
MUFE Full Cover Concealer in #5
MAC Pro longwear concealer in NW20
Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder -- cream Light 4-5
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl
Sephora Microsmooth Baked Bronzer Duo in Honey Heat
LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
Stila Sensational in Sydny Palette (Bondi Beach eye shadow)
Smashbox Heatwave Eyeshadow Palette
Sephora Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Glitter Kaki
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Benefit Gimme Brow -- Medium/deep
Ardell Individuals Duralash Naturals Flare Medium Black
Too Faced La Crème Lipstick in Honey Bear
Nails -- Julep in Debra
Shirt- Forever 21

Music- On the Bach by Jingle Punks (via YouTube Creation Tools)

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder 01 Light Matte


I purchased The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in 01 Light Matte based on a recommendation from Essie Button. She raves about this bronzer all the time, so I figured I would try it out and write a quick review on it.

Packaging: I love the packaging. It's sturdy and has a click shut closure (to prevent the product from randomly opening).  I love the honeycomb pattern on the top that appears in certain lights. Very cute!

Product: The honeycomb pattern on this bronzing powder is adorable. There isn't a scent to the product and the powder is soft and picks up easily on a brush.  It does have a pink undertone to it though. I've worn it once and I felt as though it made my forehead look sunburned! I have warm/yellow undertones (Mac NC20) and I think this bronzer would be more flattering on someone with red/pink undertones.

Final Thoughts: I think the quality of the powder and the packaging is nice. The Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder is a great price as well (retails for $20. I paid around $14 with a coupon). Sadly, the shade isn't right for me, but would be very pretty on another skin tone.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case

I purchased the Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case during Sephora's 20% off the sale section sale a little while back. 

Pros-
☆ I like how sturdy the case is. Seems like a good product to travel with because the case is not gonna' pop open by itself! 

☆ Especially on sale, the face case is a good price for the amount of product that you get (5 eye shadows, 2 blushes, 1 highlighter, 1 eyeliner, 1 lip pencil).

☆ I've been wanting to try some powder Urban Decay blushes (I have a few UD cream blushes) and highlighters and I think this was an economical way to test a few colors without buying individual products for full price.

☆ I like how big the mirror is and that there are two mirrors, so that you don't have to flip back to the eyeshadow part if you're using the mirror to apply blush/highlighter.

Cons-
L The pink eye shadow (provocateur) was a huge disappointment. Color pay off was just sad and it's a dry glittery mess.

L Fray was a bit darker/warmer than I had hoped and expected. I do like how smooth this shadow is though.

L The bottom half of the case (where the face products are) is very difficult to get into. I have to use a old gift card to pop it open so that I won't ruin my thumb nail.

L The quality of the blushes are not the best (not the worst either). While they are pigmented, they're very dry and don't apply as smoothly as other high-end blushes. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for an individual product of this quality.

L I'm not sure how often I'll use the eyeshadow portion of this. The colors are a bit dark (2 dark gray colors).  I guess I feel like the color combination isn't intuitive (for me) on creating many different looks with these 5 colors. There's a lot of glitter going on as well, if you don't like glitter/intense shimmer- I would recommend that you avoid this palette.


Final Thoughts-
I think the Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case was a good price for the money. I purchased it in the Sephora sale section for $29, I also received an additional 20% off of that. Do I think it's worth the original price of $44? no. 

This face case isn't perfect and I even debated on returning after using it for the first time (I'll probably only use 2 of the eye shadows). At the end of the day I decided to keep it due to the fact it was double on sale and included so many different products to use/try. 

It's still available in Sephora's sale section at the moment, if you're interested in picking it up. 


I just realized the eyeliner pictured is the same product (24-7 Glide On Eye Pencil)  but not the same exact eyeliner as the one included in the Anarchy Face Case (smoke is pictured but Perversion is the pencil that comes in the set).  I've looked all through my collection and cannot find Perversion! My apologies.






If you're interested in seeing what some of the products look like on, please check out my January Beauty Empties video. In this video I'm wearing the eye shadows redemption, fray and provocateur, as well as the blush in fetish.