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Monday, May 2, 2016

Review + Swatches: OFRA x MannyMua Liquid Lipsticks




Hello hello guys! I have something a little fun to share with you today. If you've been paying attention to the internet beauty buzz, then you know OFRA Cosmetics did their most recent liquid lipstick collab with MannyMua. That little collab spawned three new lipstick shades -- all of the neutral, everyday, wearable variety.

The lipsticks dropped April 22 and you guys went HAM! All the lippies sold out the same day. In response to demand, OFRA produced a second run of the shades and made them available again last week. And like clockwork, those sold out as well.

Can I blame you guys? Nope. Manny did an excellent job working on three colors that would appeal to the masses. You can wear these to the office, grocery store, and even on a fun night out. It only makes sense everyone was clamoring for them. I'm hopeful that like previous successful OFRA collabs, these will get restocked soon, and become available permanently. Don't forget, the Kathleen Light's shades all sold out multiple times and to this day you can still order Miami Fever and Havana Nights. So if you haven't grabbed any of Manny's shades, and you want them, don't give up hope yet.


Your girl was part of the internet hubub -- snagging all three shades (Aries, Charmed, and Hypno) on their first release date. And I'm here today to share them with you.

You can expect the same awesome formula we've come to love from OFRA's liquid lipsticks, which is to say: a velvety smooth (almost mousey) consistency that's highly pigmented, moisturizing and comfortable to wear. Check out my original reviews and mentions here and here for a more detailed review.

Manny's three shades retail for $19.90 each (same as the permanent line) or you can purchase all three in a bundle for $49.70. Plus, there are quite a few coupon codes out there that will nab you anywhere from 20-40% off.  A quick Google search will save you some cash, so don't forget to do that.

Aries is a soft peachy nude that's great for any occassion (I like to mix mine wth OFRA Mocha to make it a little deeper)
Charmed is a dusty brownish rose/mauve shade -- and my favorite of the three
Hypno is the vampiest of the bunch, a raspberry wine like shade -- great if you want to be a little bold, but not too crazy.

Check out my video below to see hand and lip swatches or just scroll down for photo swatches (your choice).


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OFRA x MannyMua Aries liquid lipstick, @girlythingsby_e

Ofra x MannyMua Charmed liquid lipstick, @girlythingsby_e

Ofra x MannyMua Hypno liquid lipstick, @girlythingsby_e

So, are these shades you want to add to your collection? Were you able to get any of the lipsticks during the first two releases? Which one is your favorite? 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products (OFRA lip gloss stick and Miami Fever liquid lipstick) or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Additionally, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Haul: Sephora VIB Sale, Henri Bendel + Nordstrom Rack


I went shopping! Wow! It's been a while since I shared a haul with you guys.

Although, it has not been that long since I shopped. I've just been slacking on the haul videos. I know you guys like them, so I'm sorry I've been withholding.

I'll do better.

Anyway, if you're an active member of the beauty community and not living under a rock, then you knew that Sephora recently had their Beauty Insider (BI) sale. If you don't know what that is, let's break it down. If you join the Sephora BI program (it's free!) you get invited to their semiannual sale. Depending on your level (e.g. BI, VIB, or VIB Rouge) you'll get 10-15% off your entire purchase and can use the discount over multiple transactions. VIBs and VIB Rouge members will get the larger discount and a few extra days of shopping.

It turns into kind of a big deal. VIB and VIB Rouge members shop so hard Sephora will sometimes sell out of items before the sale even begins for BIs. It gets a little cray guys. People take their makeup seriously.

I usually use this time to pick up items I know I'll repurchase throughout the year (e.g., Clarisonic replacement brushes) and snag some new items along the way. While that approach is pretty logical, things add up. Fast.

But this year, I did something amazing. I was not a crazed discount seeker. I exercised self control. True story. It was strangely liberating.

Come see the few items that made the cut this time around -- and a few extra items I picked up at other stores that same day.

Sephora Microsmooth Foundation (Light & Medium) | Benefit Cheekathon Palette | Kat Von D Tattoo Liner | Kat von D Ink Liner |  Henri Bendel West 57th smartphone case

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**Items purchased at Nordstrom Rack were not available online so I could not link to them

VIDEO CORRECTION: I purchased the Kat von D Ink liner, but meant to buy the Tattoo liner. The difference? The applicator brush. The Ink liner has a felt tip applicator (not my fave) and the Tattoo liner has the brush tip applicator (BAE). I went back to Sephora and exchanged the liner after I filmed the video, which is when I realized I had gotten the wrong one.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, April 1, 2016

Skincare Favorites | April 2016

*This post features press samples and products I purchased myself*


Hi everyone! It's been a while since I posted a favorites video and I decided to mix it up this time around by focusing solely on some of my favorite skincare items. Today I'm bringing you a mix of new favorites and tried-and-true products that are staples in my routine.

Check out my video below to find out what they are! And let me know if you like this topic and want to see more skincare related videos.



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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Additionally, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links”  or "referral links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item or sign up for the service, I will receive an affiliate commission or referral rewards. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, March 18, 2016

Review: L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Haircare | #ExtraordinaryHair

* This post contains press samples *


If you follow me on Snapchat (@girlythingsby_e, if you don't... hint hint), then you know I recently received the L'Oreal Extraordinay Hair voxbox. It included the full line of Extraordinary Oil products that they just released.

Have you seen these at your local drugstore lately? I know I keep seeing them prominenty featured on end cap displays. So I bet you have too.

The line claims to transform dry, dull hair into a lustrous and silky soft  strands as quickly as one wash and with none of the added weight or greasiness sometimes attributed to moisturizing hair products.

In case you're wiping your eyes to read that again. Yes, they just claimed results in one wash. And these products are even supposed to be good for all you fine haired folks out here.

If you've walked by these new displays and wondered whether the products live up to the hype, then it's probably how you found yourself reading this post.

Good news. My hair played guinea pig for you. I'm here to tell you whether these hair products are worth your money. Watch the video below to find out.

By the way, no actual animals were experimented on or harmed in the making of this video.


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Products mentioned:
L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Shampoo - $4.99
L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Conditioner - $4.99
L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil-In-Cream Leave-In Conditioner - $6.99
L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil Serum - $6.99

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links" or "referral links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, or sign up for the program, I will receive an affiliate commission or earn referral points.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Makeup Show Orlando | Haul + Recap

This post contains press samples, products I purchased myself, and affiliate links

I love The Makeup Show! You should know that by now because this is the forth year I've attended and talked about it on this blog.  It's a phenomenal event. Not just because of the awesome shopping, but also because of all the opportunities to rub elbows with some of the industry's heavy hitters.

With The Makeup Show LA going on this weekend, and The Makeup Show New York just around the corner, I thought it was high time I shared my experience this year at The Makeup Show Orlando.

Watch my video below to hear what my experience was like and get ready to attend any of the upcoming shows.

PS -- If you aren't an industry professional, check out their Pop Up Shops, those are open to the public. For the first time, they'll have a Pop Up Shop in Atlanta this year for two days in June!!

Visit www.themakeupshow.com for event dates, tickets, and lists of speakers and vendors.


Products mentioned: 
AJ Crimson Artist Kit (foundation box set): http://bit.ly/1SqRir4 
Roque Cozzette Divinity Brushes (cruelty free) S123 | Stilazzi S118 Shader Brush | Stilazzi PS37 eyeshadow | Frends Beauty Lashes | Crown Brush Tweezers | Crown Brush Makeup Sponges | Crown Brush Ultra Skinny Eye Marker | Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Palette | Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Spray | Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation (Y117) | 
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer (Y21) | Bdellium Tools Green Bamboo 947 Brush | 
Elevation Lashes (Ascension 01, Thrive 01, Euphoria 01) | Temptu S/B Concealer Wheel | 
Temptu Lip Gloss | Temptu Foundation (Beige 005) | Temptu S/B Primer | Temptu Signature Clear Makeup Bag | Mustaev Maxi Volume Mascara | Senna Totally Transforming Concealer (Cameo Light) | Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil (Brunette) | TwinMedix Pro Essentials C10 Serum | Be a Bombshell Cosmetics (Sweet Cheeks Blush, Hot Mess Lipgloss, Hot Damn Lip Crayon, Angel Eyes Eye Crayon, Eyeshadows: Dancing Queen + All Nighter,  Felt Tip Eyeliner Onyx) | Moyou London | Skindinavia Finishing Spray Bridal

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