I got lucky with the Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

Once a year the webstore Beautylish has a secret sale for Lucky Bags. This is my third year buying this and it keeps getting better. The Lucky Bag is different for everyone lucky enough to be able to buy one. The typical bag is $75 and the only clue you get when buying is that the items are brands that Beautylish sells. Considering the quality that they cover, you can’t go wrong! This year they offered a $150 bag with the same amount of items but ones with a higher value. That went in a flash. I was on an early access list, went to buy the second I saw the bags were available but no luck with that. I’m not the least big unhappy though as you’ll see from my amazing bag.beautylish lucky bag 2017 tag

6 items, 6 top notch brands! $75 plus shipping = $198 in products that I’m so excited about.

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

my Beautylish Lucky Bag 2017

BIODERMA MICELLAR WATER: ($6.90) I believe that everyone received the small size of Bioderma Micellar. Happily for me the one I received is Sensiblo H20 which is the one I use all the time. It never hurts to have a spare of this. 5 stars!!

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

Bioderma Micellar Water Sensiblo H20

JOEUR LONG WEAR LIP CREME in DULCE DE LECHE ($18): There are 26 shades of this liquid lipstick available at Beautylish so I consider myself extra lucky that I received a shade that I love. I’m always receiving dark lipsticks yet I really only wear MLBB or light shades. This matte pink (which I consider warm but they say is cool) is a perfect shade for me. It also gives me the chance to try this at last to see what I think.

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick - Dulce de Leche

Joeur Long Wear Liquid Lipstick – Dulce de Leche

I have always admired the Joeur matte lipsticks on others but never was sure if I should buy one. This has a caramel fragrance that lasts for a short while and doesn’t annoy me. My lips have to be well exfoliated to wear this but that’s not a problem. 4 stars! (fragrance removed one)beautylish lucky bag 2017 joeur lip collage

ORIBE DRY TEXTURING SPRAY ($22) – Believe it or not I’ve never used a product like this. I occasionally will use a dry shampoo and always like having one in the house. Ditto with a hair spray. But it’s rare that they get used. I saw this and thought of Lisa since she’d love this (“Bigger, better, full-on glamorous hair. This invisible dry hair spray builds in incredible volume and sexy texture. Patented polymers absorb oil at the roots, leaving you with just-styled hair for days (and nights).”). I’ll try it but I bet I end up giving it to my blog partner. 3 stars from me and surely 5 stars from Lisa.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

SMITH & CULT NAILED LACQUER in LOVERS CREEP ($18): I can’t tell you how much I’ve wanted a Smith & Cult polish. I just never remembered to buy plus I couldn’t decide what color. Lovers Creep is a beautiful opaque bordeaux shade. I have a lot of polish to test but I just can’t wait to have the time to wear this.  Smith & Cult is “8-Free, Long Wear, High Shine & Smooth Coverage.” Definitely 5 stars.

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Lovers Creep

NATASHA DENOUNA EYESHADOW PALETTE 5, PALETTE 13: ($48)  Well my heart skipped a beat when I saw the Natasha Denouna box. While palette 13 wouldn’t be one I’d pick to buy, it gives me the chance to try out her eyeshadows to see if I like them as much as her blush. Happily this doesn’t have the fragrance that the blush has. What it has is a duochrome green, a shimmery copper, and 3 matte shades that apply like butter.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

I’m anxious to play around more with these shades. Flamingo is a great base shade with its touch of warm pink that doesn’t make me look like a flamingo. Sand Storm is very warm so I don’t think that it will get much use. Arizona is an easy to wear brown that can be built up. The prettiest shades are Pinja which looks green but reminds me of MAC Club with its green brown tone but with more oomph and Umber is an amazing golden copper. It’s a metallic shadow without visible shimmer. 4 Stars –  NO 5 stars, after all it is Natasha Denouna.

Natasha Denoune palette 13

Natasha Denouna palette 13

WAYNE GOSS OO BRUSH ($85): This originally was a limited edition brush but now it’s a permanent brush in the Wayne Goss Beautylish collection. It’s so magnificent that I don’t want to use it and get it dirty. How many times do I have the opportunity to have an $85 brush? Totally soft and luxurious. I’m overjoyed to have another Wayne Goss brush. I need to gather all the ones I have to review them for you.

Designed for a quick application with the softest finish. The large size is ideal for applying mineral or powder foundations—or any powder, bronzer, or blush—across the face. The tapered point lets you go into the eye area and do detailed highlighting work.The bristles measure 50mm in length, with a width of 20mm at it’s widest point. Hair Type: Goat. 100% cruelty free

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

Wayne Goss OO brush

I’m thrilled with my Lucky Bag and absolutely will be purchasing the 2018 bag. It’s been one of my favorite buys in a long time (and I’ve bought a lot). Have I tempted you? Would you spend $75 on a surprise bag?  —  Marcia

Natasha Denona Blush Duo in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Do you ever have moments that you MUST buy something? You might have been thinking of it for a while or it might be an impulse buy, but you absolutely need it in your life. That’s my story with Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose. I knew nothing about it other than that it was a brand I’d been lusting after. I had 2 small items in my cart at Beautylish and went rummaging around on the site. And there it was! Natasha Denona, the Israeli makeup artist that was making a name for herself in the US. I quickly added this blush to my cart, totally ignoring the fact that I’d sworn up and down that I wouldn’t buy any more blushes. I didn’t give myself time to second guess myself.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo

Natasha Denona Blush Duo

There are 19 Blush Duos from Natasha Denona ($38) and I was looking for soft shades when I chose #2 Light Antique Rose. It contains 2 shades: 18 Renee’s Pastel Pink and 12 Light Antique Rose. As a pink lover I chose this for the Pastel Pink.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

What’s interesting about the blush duos is the way they are put arranged. They purposely have a dominant color on the right side and a more subtle color on the left for blending and softening edges. For me this is like getting 3 blushes for the price of the duo since I can use them separately or together.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Upon swatching the blushes with my finger (and no primer) I was worried at first since the matte pink showed up so powdery and I was concerned that it would be like that on my cheeks. That was quickly put to rest once applied. The blush is soft and silky looking on my cheeks. The pigmentation is pretty amazing so a light hand is needed. I always have a velour puff at the ready with a blush this pigmented.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose

The side with Light Antique Rose looked neither light nor rose on my fingers. It has a slight shimmer to it but it doesn’t look out of place in the daytime. As you can see in my finger swatches it’s much smoother. It applies beautifully but again, very pigmented.

Natasha Denona 02 blush duo from beautylish.com

Natasha Denona 02 blush duo from beautylish.com

Swirled together with a blush brush is my favorite result with this duo. I love the soft sheen and the color it produces on my face. It’s appropriate with all the neutrals I wear on my eyes.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose swirled together

Natasha Denona Blush Duo 2 in Light Antique Rose swirled together

There are two downsides to these duos but they aren’t enough to change my opinion of these beauties. They have a fragrance which surprised me. When I first opened the compact I was dismayed and told my email buddy that I didn’t know if this would work for me. The fragrance isn’t objectionable but it is noticeable for at least a half hour after applied. It’s a floral, maybe a rose fragrance, but it’s not strong. The other downside is that I was surprised how similar the duos are. The cool toned ones all seem to have Pastel Pink on the left while the warm and neutral ones all have a matte shade called 02 Toutou. That would affect my purchasing another cool shade though I do love #19 Strawberry Cheeks and #8 Peach in case I get the urge again.

But the pros outweigh the cons for me. These are full size blushes that my brushes fit into easily. The compact is beautiful and sturdy and would travel well. The mirror is the full size of the 3 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ palette. Most important though is how much I love the way it looks once applied and blended. That’s what counts.

Natasha Denona Blush Duo

Natasha Denona Blush Duo

Have you indulged in Natasha Denona yet? — Marcia

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