Sample Sunday – Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon and J. Cat Beauty Lip Pencil Beauty Review

First Sample Sunday of 2014!  I have kinda been a beauty lazy lady and have neglected my sampling skills…. Over the holidays I did sample a few things from my beauty boxes but have not made the time to actually pull everything together.  Resolution #1 – Stay Focused and Keep Sampling

Lip Crayons - IpsyLip Crayons are the sample of the day – I think I have received a different brand of lip crayon in every Ipsy Glam bag I have received over the past few months.  Overall, I am not a fan of the lip crayon.  Yes it’s convenient to throw in your purse and apply when needed but I don’t really find the color coverage of the lip crayon to be that great and I find that most of them don’t moisturize enough, so my lips end of up looking flaky if I don’t pre-moisturize (especially during the cold Canadian winter months).

J.Cat Beauty - Caramel MochaJ. Cat Beauty’s The Big Lip Pencil – color Caramel Mocha was the first lip crayon that I tried.  I pretty much have to ignore the colors that I receive in my Glam Bags as most often the color is not one that fits my complexion but it’s a sample so I go with the flow…  Application of the The Big Lip Pencil was smooth – the color coverage was good after two coats and my lips looked pretty good – mostly…

Pop Beauty - Coral CrushPop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon – color Coral Crush.  This crayon has a more sheer look after application and I found the color tended to hang up in the lines on my lips.  The more layers of color I added the more the pronounced the lines on my lips were.  I found that the color wore off quickly on the centre area of my lips and left me with a lip liner look as the color remained on the outside portion of my lips.  I am also annoyed that right after I opened and used the crayon for the first time the crayon broke – so if I turn the crayon upside down the broken crayon falls right out.   Not my favorite of the bunch.

Be A Bombshell - Hot DamnBe a Bombshell Lip Crayon – color Hot Damn.  This lip crayon is a hot something…  The boldest of the color crayons I received and tried.  The color coverage was good and I did not cringe with the results.  This crayon is not as moisturizing as the first two and I found the fade out of the color after a few hours reminded me a lip stain gone bad.  As long as you keep reapplying, this crayon does offer a good lip look comparable to the J. Cat Beauty Lip Pencil.

All my sampling of the lip crayons did not really win me over but in a pinch the J. Cat Beauty would be my lip crayon of choice – in a color that looked good…on me…


A Very Merry Ipsy – Topbox – Luxebox Christmas

December is such a fun month with the anticipation of Christmas, the holiday parties, winter break with the mini’s and the best beauty treats of the year.  All of my beauty boxes outdid themselves for the last mail out of the year!  The beauty boxes arrived with all our other Christmas packages (I have tried to avoid the mall mayhem by online shopping this year) so I held onto all my boxes – without opening them (this took some serious restraint on my part) – until they were all here.  Then I tore into all of them at once and oohhed and aaahed at all the goodness.

I wanted to share my Christmas beauty joy with you all so I have packaged all the December beauty boxes into one post. Let the gift opening begin…

LouLou Luxebox - DecemberLouLou Luxe Box – this box is by far my favorite of the group.  No disappointments here.

Included in the Luxe box for December are: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer • Essie Nailpolish (color: Over the Edge) • L’Occitaine Shea Butter Hand Cream • No Dark Shadows Complexion Enhancer • L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Eau de Toilette • Loose Button Lip Brush • Pantene Expert Advanced+ Keratin Repair Split End Fuser and Repair Conditioner




Ipsy Glam Bag - DecemberIpsy Celebration Glam Bag – definitely a bag to celebrate.  All your New Year’s Eve glam face essentials are included right down to your lovely lashes.

Included in the Celebration Glam Bag: Ardell Lashes (Demi 120 Black) • Pop Beauty EyeShadow Trio (Naturally Bare) • Starrily Polish (color:  Bzzzz Bzzzz) • Be a Bombshell All in One Stick (color:  Sunset) •  J. Cat Beauty Big Lip Pencil




Topbox - DecemberTopbox – the wow factor of their December box was not the same as the other boxes I received but the products are still a must try for me.

Included in the December Topbox:  Belvada Cosmetics  Coconut Lip Butter • Cuccio Color Nail Laquer (color: Dare to Dazzle) • Cover FX CC Cream Time Release Tinted Treatment • Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray