Sunday, April 23, 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit Review!

Happy Sunday, Beauties!

I hope everyone had a beautiful week! The weather has been up and down here in NYC, and I'm anxiously awaiting Spring’s arrival. Well, Spring has arrived, but it kind of keeps deciding to leave again.

This week, I was lucky enough to receive the Nicole Guerriero x Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit. When I opened it, I just knew I had to share it with you all & give my thoughts! 


Anyone who knows me, knows I like to highlight like I'm trying to signal an aircraft in space. HIGHLIGHT TO THE GODS. 

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I own way too many highlights -  Palettes, eye shadows that I use as highlights, kits... too much. So why not add another one to the mix? I see nothing wrong with this. 

This Glow Kit is nothing short of what you'd expect from such a popular, high end brand such as ABH. They've delivered many a Glow Kit over the years, and yet, they never seem to disappoint. In fact, it seems they only get better.

Let's first start off with the basics you need to know about this kit...

ABH partnered up to do a collab with fellow highlight queen, Youtuber, Nicole Guerriero. Nicole has a beauty channel on YouTube, and she's someone I've been a fan of for years. She's an OG with killer content. I highly suggest you check out her Halloween tutorials. 

Check out Nicole's YouTube page HERE: https://www.youtube.com/user/nguerriero19

This kit is limited edition. It made its debut last month, so I'm sure it won't be available much longer. If you want it, make sure you get it! Before I received it, I tried finding it in stores, but it was sold out! 'Tis a hot commodity.

ABH x Nicole Guerriero killed it with this palette. From the names, to the shades, to the formulas. Perfection. 

Let's jump into the Glow Kit, shall we?! 


Isn't she beautiful?!


The packaging is STUNNING. The kit has the same packaging of all the others from ABH, inclusive of a sleeve and plastic film protecting the pans inside. The beautiful blush color with beautiful specks of diamond dust, and the holographic effect to the text... I leave breathe, eat, sleep, cry this palette.  

The shades are gorgeous. I have some swatches/descriptions down below for more details, plus, a snap of me wearing some of the shades!


How cute are the names by the way? Very Nicole-Esque.

The formula is the same as previous ABH Glow Kits. Really creamy/smooth consistency with no fallout & great pigmentation! 

Kitty Kat - Pink champagne
Forever Young - Rose Gold
DayDream - Peachy Pink 
Forever Lit - Icy White
Glow Getter - Champagne
143 - Gold 

From top to bottom: Kitty Kat, Forever Young, DayDream
Left: 143 
From top to bottom: Forever Lit, Glow Getter
Every shade is incredibly unique, and simply stunning. I love switching up the shades daily, and sometimes mix some of the shades together, or with other highlights outside of this kit. 


I snapped this shot when I was in the car running errands yesterday (at a red light, of course). I had nothing but foundation, contour, blush, and highlight going, but I thought I'd share the photo anyway to display the POPPIN' that is this highlight. In this shot, I have a mix of Forever Young with a quick splash of Forever Lit on top.

Important to note: All of the shades in this kit would definitely look gorgeous on any and all skin types!

You can really do a lot with this kit. The shades are really fun & something different, yet practical! You can Glow to outer space, or keep a simple glow-from-within look. 

Be sure to look for it in your local Sephora, or at AnastasiaBeverleyHills.com 

I took full advantage of Sephora VIB sale event this week, so I'll probably be bringing you a haul post next week! Did anyone else sale it up? I lost my VIB Rouge status, and got downgraded to VIB because I'm too responsible with money, so I had to settle for the 15% off, rather than 25%. First world problems.

Until Then, Stay Beautiful,
Christina Bracco

Xoxoxoxo

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Monday, April 17, 2017

What's in My April Ipsy Glam Bag!

Happy Monday, Beauties!

I hope everyone had an incredible weekend celebrating the holiday's with their loved ones. This has been one incredibly long week, so I was happy to just relax, and spend time with family coloring Easter eggs, and eating a lot of food! 😉

Today, I'm very excited to kick off a fun new series of Ipsy unboxing's on my blog!

For those who don't know, Ipsy is an incredible beauty program, founded by beauty influencer Michelle Phan, where you subscribe to receive shipments of 5 beauty products monthly!

When you sign up, you take a quick quiz about your beauty style & products you love, and you pay just $10 a month to receive 5 different products (a mix of full size a & deluxe samples), varying from haircare, skincare, cosmetics, beauty tools, nail care, and more!

What's most fun, is that every glam bag you receive has a different theme. So, not only are you getting 5 amazing products sent to your door every month, you get a super cute makeup bag along with it!

For the month of April, Ipsy partnered with beauty influencers Gabriel Zamora and Bailey Sarian to create the SideShow Glam Bag.

How cute is this theme? The bags are really great quality!
You have the ability to get a peak at what you're receiving in your bag each month, but I like to keep it a surprise! It's so much fun to come home from work and see the pink package sitting in my mailbox, and then getting to open up the package to see what this months bag looks like, and checking out all of the new/cool products I get to play with! This is especially good after I've had a really rough day at work...

Let's jump right in and have a peak inside to see what I recieved in this months Glam Bag.



I'm really excited about all of the products I received this month! It was a good bunch. A great mix of makeup, skincare, and nails!

First off, we received this gorgeous Glamour Dolls x Lisa Frank Blush Brush!

This brush was an Ipsy Pre-Launch! Remember the brand Lisa Frank from when you were in like, middle school? Just me? I'm old. This was the IT brand back in the day. Hello, throwback. Now, it's teaming up with Glamour Dolls to create a super cute collab!

This brush is really high quality. Vegan-frienddly, synthetic bristles. The bristles are so soft. I can't wait to play with it and see how it blends on the skin! And... it's like, pink... with unicorns on it... what more could you need?!


 Next up, we received a Colour Pop Creme Gel Liner in the shade "Mr. Bing"!

I was a littleeeee disappointed in this goodie, because when I received it, the side of the packaging is a really beautiful turquoise color. This led me to believe that this is the color of the liner, as most companies put the shade of the product on the sides of their packaging. However, when I opened up the box, it was a brown liner. Still gorgeous, but I got excited that I could play with this beautiful "blue" liner.

























This is my first Colour Pop product, so I did some research, and it looks like all of their gel liners have the same color on the side of the packaging.

Regardless, it's a beautiful liner. When I swatched it (you can see below), it applied incredibly smooth. I look forward to using it !

Next up, we have the Naked Cosmetics eyeshadow in the shade Heavy Medal #4

This is a loose pigment shadow, with a beautiful metallic finish.


























I've only swatched this shadow, but it seems like it may have some fallout. However, I love how pigmented it is! I'll see what happens when I work with it on the lid, and give you all an update!

Top - Naked Cosmetics Heavy Metal
Bottom - Colour Pop Creame Gel Liner
I also received a really cool deluxe sample of a vitamin C serum from MintPear.

I've never heard of this brand, but received their C Your Youth Vitamin C Serum, and based on what I'm reading, I'm really excited to try this! This serum is used to battle signs of aging such as dullness, wrinkles, sunspots, and fine lines.


25% of this serum is straight up Vitamin C. That's amazing! Some other magical ingredients include thyme extract, camomile extract, Vitamin E, & Aloe.

If this product is as amazing as it sounds, I will definitely be purchasing a full size!

Last, but certainly not least... the goodie I'm probably must excited about!


This is a gorgeous nail polish duo from Meg Cosmetics! The set is called "Lovey Dovey"

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE switching up my nail color. I've been doing my own nails for years, and I have accumulated many polishes over the years. 

These colors are gorgeous! There's a beautiful cool-toned bluish gray shade, along with an equally as beautiful cool-toned dusty nude shade!


How cute is this?! I'm obsessed! Pop off the top black lid, and you have two separate shades.

These shades are really on trend with what's all over the runways right now. I cannot wait to use them!!!!!

And there you have it! This month had some amazing trinkets! I can't wait to play with them!!

Share what you got in your Ipsy bag!

Until Then, Stay Beautiful,
Christina Bracco
Xoxoxoxo

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

6 Makeup Products Every Girl Needs in Her Collection

Hello, Beauties!!!

I hope you all had a spectacular week! 

I'd like to start off with a big thank you to everyone for such an overwhelmingly positive response to my return to blogging! Your love for my last POST was so inspiring! I truly appreciate it.

Today, I wanted to write a fun piece about 6 makeup products I think every gal should always have on deck! 

Whether you're a fellow makeup lover who needs to beat your face on the daily to feel alive, or someone who likes to stick to a basic 5 minute face in the morning, these products are a necessity! 

Let's jump right in! Woo!

Concealer 

You may wake up on a Monday morning, and lack all motivation to put on any makeup, but you want to hide those (designer) bags under your eyes & make yourself look a little more fresh and awake. Dab on some concealer, blend in with your clean ring fingers, and be on your way! 

Concealer is also helpful when you don't want to commit to foundation, but you really want to spot treat some annoying blemishes or dark spots! 

Just... never run out of concealer. 

Blush

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Everyone needs at least one good blush in their repituare. If you're a makeup collector, I don't need to tell you the importance of a good blush! You probably have 10 different rose-shade blushes that someone tells you look all the same, but you see 10 different shades with so many different undertones and finishes. I digress...

For the gals who don't care to wear too much makeup, blush is another go-to feature that can brighten your skin up in an instant, even if you don't care to put on any other makeup at all!

Pop a swirl of your go-to blush on the apples of your cheeks, and you'll look brighter, more awake, and have the illusion of a natural glow from within! 

Red Lipstick

Do not be afraid of the classic red lip!

I feel like red lipstick is a territory that a lot of women are afraid to explore. I was one for a long while! I would never dare wear a red color on my lip. I thought I was too pale, I thought the look was too dramatic for every day, and it remained uncharted territory.

As I got more and more into makeup, I started to play around with deeper shades for the lips, and finally started to play around with a red lip. Now, it's one of my favorite looks to wear! 

What's most important to wearing a red lip is finding the right shade for your skin tone. There are many, MANY different brands, shades, formulas, etc., for a red lip. The key is finding the right undertones. Determine whether you need a cool-toned or warm-toned red lip. For instance, I need to wear a warm-toned red lip, so if your skin tone is similar to mine, head in that direction! 

Despite what some may say, you can indeed get away with wearing a red lip in the daytime. The key to a killer daytime look featuring a red lip, is to keep your eye makeup very minimal.

If you do a really neutral, soft, warm tone eye look, you can totes pair it with a red lip for day time! We do not need to save the red lip for an evening, ladies! 

Even if you insist on keeping your love affair with red lipstick strictly after 6pm, you can pair it with a cat eye for a vampy look, or pair it with a smokey eye! 

Possibilities are endless with a red lip!!!!

(Let me know if you'd like to see a tutorial on a daytime look incorporating a red lip! Ask, and you shall receive.) 

Warm Tone Eye Shadow Palette

Bouncing off of number 3, a warm tone eye shadow palette is the most practical of palettes to own! 

You can do a soft, feminine eye look, a sultry smokey eye, a neutral look... the possibilities are endless!

Warm tone palettes go amazing with all skin tones, all eye colors... everyone werks, yes, werks, a warm tone shadow scheme! 

Tip: If you're in a rush, or just don't feel like doing a full eye look, swipe a neutral warm tone shade in your crease with windshield wiper motions to give your eyes a little life.

Eyelash Curler
Such a simple tool, yet it can really pull a look together!

Eyelash curlers are so unappreciated for the job they do. Everyone complains about eyelash curlers. Where is the respect???

An eyelash curler can take your look from a 10 to a 20. I feel naked if I do not curl my lashes before I apply my mascara. 

Even if you never wear any makeup, an eyelash curler can transform your face! 

Curlers give you an eye lift within seconds. Your eyes look wider, more rounded, and alert -with or without mascara.

If I'm heading out to run a quick errand, I'll quickly curl my lashes and throw on some lipgloss, and instantly I look more fresh! 

Do not underestimate the power of curled lashes. 

Black Eyeliner

Last, but certainly not least, is a classic black eyeliner. 

Black liner can take your look in so many different directions, depending on how you use it.

If you have a neutral look going on, but want to give your eyes a little pop, throw some black charcoal liner in your waterline. 

Line your lids with a thin layer of black eyeliner to vamp up a look, or use a liquid liner, (my preference), to do a cat eye! 

Eyeliner is a really versatile makeup staple. I always like to keep it handy, even in my desk drawer at work, in case I have an outing afterwards and I'd like to quickly take my look from day to night! 

And there you have it! My 6 must-have makeup products! 

Let me know what some of your favorites are for each of the 6 different products. Drugstore or high end, I'm always looking to try new things!

I will be back next week with a fun unboxing of my April Ipsy Glam Bag!

Until Then, Stay Beautiful,
Christina Bracco
Xoxoxoxo




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Sunday, April 2, 2017

I'M BACK!!! Favorite Foundation: NEW - Mally Beauty Flawless Finish...

Hello, my loves!!!!

Long time no talk, huh?

After a year+ long hiatus, I am coming back to you all with new posts about my favorite, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products, tips, and tricks!

 I'll be starting off with one post a week, and as things ramp up, I will be back with two posts a week!

I wanted to kick off this return by bringing you all one of my instant ride or die foundations, that is absolutely perfect for Spring and Summer (and really all seasons, but I digress).

In true Beauty by Bracco fashion, this foundation is by none other than Mally Beauty!

The new Flawless Finish Transforming Effect Foundation.




In this post I will provide info on the consistency of the foundation, shades, price, application... everything you need to know! Let's jump right in! 💄

This foundation originally made its debut a few months back in a Today's Special Value set on QVC. I happily purchased the kit (what a surprise, what a surprise), and when I tried this foundation on, I instantly fell in LOVE.

I was anxiously awaiting this foundation to be sold on its own... because I need it in my life at all times, and as of a few weeks ago, it's finally here!

Mally Beauty was spot on to include "Flawless Finish" within the name, because that is exactly what it gives you! This is a full coverage foundation, but it's so light on the skin, it feels like you're wearing nothing at all.

The foundation has a really unique consistency. It kind of reminds me of cheesecake when you swirl the brush on the mesh screen to pick up the product. It's a bit frothy, and has a bounce to it, however, when you begin applying the product, it melts into the skin like a liquid foundation. I recommend applying the foundation, regardless of which type of brush you use, in a circular motion on the face - This gives the most blend-able application, and most flawless finish. The Flawless Finish foundation is build-able, so I would say less is more. A little goes a long way with this product!

This foundation, like most liquid/cream foundations, applies best with a tight-dense brush. I, of course, recommend using the matching brush for application. I talk more about how you can get that towards the end of this post!

Not only does it feel like you're wearing nothing at all, but it looks like you're wearing nothing at all. It's so thin, and so light-weight, it just makes your skin have the illusion of a natural glow.

Wearing the Mally Beauty Flawless Finish Transforming Effect Foundation. Check out that glow!! (Also brought to you by Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit 😉 ) 


Due to the lightweight technology, this foundation is perfect for Spring and Summer. I know for myself, the more time I spend in the sun, the lighter I want the products to feel on my skin! I like my skin to breathe!



Once I apply this foundation, and set it, it doesn't move at ALL. I am an oily-skinned sister, so it's difficult for me to find liquid-esque foundations that apply smoothly, and don't break up on the skin, or let the oil seep through after a few hours of wear.

This foundation applies in about 30 seconds, and it doesn't come off until you decide to take it off.

Shades:

Fair: Nicole Kidman's of the world/if you burn easily in the sun
Light: If you have a little more warmth to your skin (my shade)
Medium: In between light & tan
Tan: The Mally's of the world
Rich: The deepest of the deep

I highly recommend you all try this foundation! Whether you're getting ready to go to work in the morning, going to the zoo in the summer where you're going to sweat like a sinner in church, or you're a busy mom with only a few minutes to yourself - this foundation is made↠ for everyone. It's so easy, so lightweight, so flawless on the skin. Please try ittttttttttttt??????

It's currently being sold on QVC for a featured price of $36 (original $40). I suggest purchasing via QVC, as always, because you get the incredible matching brush for free with your purchase. The brush is killer, beauties!
You can find the product on QVC by clicking HERE: http://www.qvc.com/Mally-Flawless-Finish-Transforming-Foundation-w-Brush.product.A285168.html 

Let me know if you'll be giving this foundation a try! I'd love to hear your opinions of the foundation as well!

I'm so incredibly happy to be back to blogging, and I hope you all enjoy reading as much as I enjoy putting these posts together!

See you next week!

Until then, Stay beautiful,
Christina Bracco
xoxoxoxo

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