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Anastasia Beverly Hills See and Be Seen Kit Review

My last post was about an amazing new product from Anastasia Beverly Hills. I told you that they were generous and sent me a full size of their Lash Genius to test out and review. To my surprise there was another item in my box. This product is Limited Edition and available right now at Sephora.com only. This is the See and Be Seen Kit. This kit retails for $44.00 and is valued at $80.00!
Here are the products in the kit -

Two new HydraFull Gloss colors in Heiress and Plastic. These limited edition colors were created specifically for this kit and are not available anywhere except in the See and Be Seen Kit. Anastasia’s Hydrafull Gloss contains lip tint to maintain longer lasting color while maximizing lip hydration and fullness.

The new caramel tinted Brow Gel. Anastasia’s brow gel sets your perfect brow look with a hint of tint and is fortified with botanical hair conditioners and essential oils to keep brows feeling as great as they look.
The soft pink and golden hues of the ILLUMIN8 Shadow duo in On Set. ILLUMIN8 Eye Shadow Duos are designed to illuminate, firm, and smooth the appearance of skin while also soothing, softening and hydrating.

As you can see you get 4 full size products for $44.00, that means you are paying $11.00 a piece for each product! Ok now on to the fun stuff. For me the star products were the glosses. When I first opened the package I was a little surprised by the bright colors of the two glosses. You know me I am usually a total nude lip girl. I immediately went to put the pink on on and there was my second surprise, the applicator. At first glance I thought that the sponge tip fell of inside the tube. I then realized that it is the way the applicator is made. My first time using this I did apply too much of this incredible gloss. You only need a little on the spatula type wand to apply to your lips and make them look glossy and fab. I have to be honest and tell you that I wore Plastic to work and received a ton of compliments. Everyone said how it brightened up my face and looked so pretty and juicy on. The best way I can describe these are popsicles for your lips!!! These look really bright in the tube but are totally wearable! Btw the smell and taste is divine as well and they last for HOURS.

The next product that I couldn't wait to try were the shadows. These go on and really pack a punch! The colors are amazing and would look great and flatter any skin tone. I have been using them daily since I received them last week. They are super pretty and wearable. They have a nice shine and not glittery at all. These would be good for woman of all ages.

The final product that I tried was the brow gel. Unfortunately, I am very dark and have dark eyebrows. This color was light for me. I would definitely need the next shade up. I did try it on to see how it wears because I currently use a brow gel that I have been using for years. I have decided that once I am finished, I will definitely be purchasing the Anastasia in Brunette. I gave the Carmel to my fair haired beautiful friend Erin and it totally worked for her!

* On a side note about Brow Gels, I totally LOVE them. I used them on every client that sits in my chair. I always say if you have eyebrows, gel is the way to go. The wand and the color will stick to the hair you have, darken it, and make it look fuller and hide any bare spots. If you do not have eyebrows, or if they are bare, I suggest a pencil.

Here are some photos of the kit -





All in all this kit is well worth the price of admission! The glosses alone are something that, even the nude lip lovers, need in their gloss library! I will definitely be re-purchasing the brow gel, in my color, more glosses, and more shadow duos. I am so happy that I was able to discover a new love with Anastasia Beverly Hills.

In the case of finding out that Anastasia makes A LOT more than brow goodies - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

** I did want to discolose that this kit was sent to me for my use and review. I will only review items that I would purchase with my own money. All of my reviews are my own and my honest opinion about the products. **

Tuesday

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow & Lash Genius!

I was recently contacted by a company who wanted to know if I would be interested in testing out a new product that is currently on the market.  For the record, I get a lot of offers and only accept the ones that I would purchase with my own money to try.  With that said, I did say yes to the product that they had mentioned.  This product is by Anastasia Beverly Hills.  We all know Anastasia as a brow genius.  Who knew that she was also a lash genius as well!  The product is called just that, "Lash Genius".  When you apply this to any mascara it makes it waterproof.  I know some of you might be thinking why not just go buy waterproof?  There are actually many reasons to purchase Lash Genius instead of a waterproof mascara. 

The first think that the makeup artist in me thought of was for my clients.  I usually tell my clients to bring their favorite mascara if they have one to their makeover.  Unfortunately, I find a lot of brides bringing me non waterproof mascara for their special day.  I always end up using my waterproof so they don't run into any problems.  I thought that this product would be wonderful to be able to make any mascara they bring me waterproof!

For me personally, waterproof mascara is a staple in my makeup bag and has been for years.  The problem with that is when a new mascara debuts on the market 9 times out of 10 it does not come in waterproof.  Sometimes it actually doesn't ever come in waterproof.  I used to have this problem working at cosmetic counters.  I thought that Lash Genius would be a perfect solution to my dilemma. 

I couldn't wait to try out this product once I received it.  I had just received a free gift at Sephora that featured a Bare Escentials Buxom Mascara, that I couldn't use because it was not waterproof until now.  I put on the Buxom and then added two coats of the Lash Genius on top and there you have it,  instant waterproof mascara.  It was actually a good thing that my allergies were acting up today because I was able to put this product to the test.  I will tell you that it absolutely worked.  No smudges or black under my eyes all day long.  I really am amazed at how well this product worked.  I think I will be wearing this on my sons graduation from high school next week!!!!

This product is a total must have in my beauty bag and my client makeup kit!  If you don't like to wear waterproof on a regular basis but know there are times you will need it, Lash Genius is the perfect solution.  This also came right off with waterproof eye makeup remover that I currently use.  I actually found it much easier to take off compared to the waterproof mascara I was wearing.  Here is a photo of the product along with a video that shows how to use this amazing product!


Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFvspJUjXNg&list=UU1i4OA0FdWSavk5vumCKFJw&index=1&feature=plcp

I am so happy that I was able to test this product and share my findings with all of you! If you have any questions please comment below or email me. You can also ask me on Twitter!

I did want to mention that I was not compensated for reviewing this product. The product was sent to me for review and I always will give my 100% honest opinion.

In the case of finding an amazing product that will allow me to expand my mascara wardrobe to many instead of one - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy

* This product is available at Sephora and sells for $21.00. Here is the link to the product and also a lot more reviews with positive feedback!
http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?skuId=1401868&productId=P310204&keyword=lash%20genius&_requestid=86813

Monday

Josie Maran, MUFE, & Inglot Review

I know I have been MIA for a few weeks but have no fear, I am BACK! I have lots of products to share with you and I decided my first would be some new lip products that I have been LOVING! 

This first product is by Josie Maran and it is her Argan Oil Color Stick in the color Petal Pink. This is the first Josie Maran product that I have tried, and definitely will not be the last. This product is 100% organic, I have to be honest and say those words do not sway me from buying a product or not. I was really looking for something to cure my dry lips. This is a big stick of gorgeous color that is filled with good stuff for your lips and cheeks. I chose not to use this as a cheek product just because I would rather use a powder on my cheeks as blush. I first apply MUFE Aqua Lip liner in 3C which is one of Vanessa, TheBombShellSuite, on YouTube's favorite. I finally went to Sephora and tried this out and am so happy that I did. This is a perfect your lips but better color that goes with any lipstick. It is also waterproof which is a huge plus! So I line my lips with the 3C, then I take the Color Stick and apply it right out of the big tube onto my lips. Just to let you know this does have a distinct smell, for lack of a better work, kinda herbal, due to the Argan Oil that is in it. This does not bother me in any way. I actually like the smell and it does go away after a little while. I do suggest going into Sephora and smelling this before you purchase if smells bother you. The color is a little too bright pink for me on its own so I do add a gloss, such as Inglot Sleeks in #48 on top. I bought this color at IMATS and it is one of my favs for summer! The trio is pure pink perfection, what more can a girl ask for! Here is a photo of the products, along with a picture of them on my lips!









I am really loving this color and the effect that it gives. The Color Stick only comes in two colors at this time and they sell for $22.00. This is a great price because the tube is huge and will last forever. The other color is called Rosy and is a deeper rose. I would definitely buy more of these if she came out with more light colors. Josie, if you are reading, I would adore this in peach. xo

In the case of finding a new lip trio that I am loving - This case is SOLVED!

Detective Kathy