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Save 20% Off Your Stila Purchase of $30 Or More!

October 5, 2009


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Up Close & Personal with Barbie Loves Stila Smudge Pot in Purple Pumps

September 28, 2009


Purple Pumps was the one Stila Smudge Pot I had my eye on (before I discovered the amazingness that is Little Black Dress) and so I was understandably disappointed when I noticed that the display at Sephora was missing the tester ~ but the wonderful Tori (of Charm Candy, a fabulous Juicy Couture Charm Resource) was sweet enough to send me a product photo and swatches. Have I mentioned lately that I absolutely adore my readers?

Swatch of Purple Pumps with flash.

Swatch of Purple Pumps sans flash.

It’s just as gorgeous as I’d imagined it would be (check out the enlarged shot of Purple Pumps in the pot by clicking the photo above – it’s got gorgeous flecks of glimmer in it) but I’ve still got my heart set on acquiring Little Black Dress. Not that I’d mind owning all three of these beauties!

Be sure to check out the rest of my Barbie Loves Stila collection swatches, and of course don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win the All Doll’d Up Palette and L’Oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara!

Barbie Loves Stila Collection Swatches & Mini Review

September 26, 2009
A shot of the picked-over Barbie Loves Stila display in Sephora ~ all the palettes were gone!

I stopped by Sephora a few days back to check out the Barbie Loves Stila collection for you all (and to pick up a Barbie Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Palette to giveaway) only to find that a lot of the collection was already gone! The hot sellers are definitely the palette and the Smudge Pot in Purple Pumps ~ definitely check out this limited edition collection before it’s gone!

Swatches: Cobalt Clutch (left); Little Black Dress (right)

  • Barbie Loves Stila Smudge Pots ($20): I was initially a little distracted by the fact that the Purple Pumps testser was missing, but my sadness was long forgotten once I’d dipped my fingers into Little Black Dress, which was seriously stunning! It’s a jet black base which contains a ton of purpley fuchsia shimmer and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in awhile. I must have it! Cobalt Clutch is also gorgeous and definitely something that’ll make the whites of your eyes pop.

Check out the rest of the reviews & swatches after the jump!

Close-up of the All Doll’d Up Palette tester.

  • Barbie Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Eyeshadow Palette ($28): The All Doll’d Up palette is beautifully pigmented and the shadows are almost creamy to the touch ~ it’s seriously gorgeous! I love that the palette contains a nice variety of shades meaning there’s something for everybody, and considering the range it’s quite literally a look (or 50!) in a box. Such a great value for only $28.



The Verdict: All in all I’d say this is definitely one of my favorite Stila releases to date and is worth checking out if you happen to be near a Stila counter! I’ll definitely be purchasing my first smudge pot or two in the coming weeks.

Giveaway: Join Me In Celebrating ABS’ 1000th Post!

September 24, 2009


Can you believe that this is my 1000th post here on ABS? It’s absolutely insane, and to celebrate the craziness I’m giving away the hot new Barbie Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Eye Shadow Palette (I have swatches coming for you in a few) along with L’Oreal’s Telescopic Explosion Mascara which isn’t officially released under November of 2009 (reviewing coming soon)!!

I actually stopped by my local Sephora to pick up the All Doll’d Up Palette but it was sold out so all I have is a photo of the tester ~ ewwwww I know, but take comfort in the fact that yours will be brand spanking new!


Check out the details on entering the giveaway after the jump!

HOW TO ENTER: By midnight October 10 (EST):

1) Leave me a comment spelling out your e-mail address (ex. a.beautyful.sentiment at gmail dot com) so that I know where to reach you (if you’re uncomfortable posting your e-mail address, just leave a comment and then shoot me and e-mail with your e-mail addy letting me know who you are).

OR….

2) Follow me on Twitter and retweet the following message: RT @beautysentiment: Follow & RT to Win Barbie Loves Stila & Telescopic Explosion http://bit.ly/2JfTLi

(If you do both you get two entries!)
3) In addition, to thank all of you who comment regularly, every comment posted anywhere on the blog after this post goes live will constitute an additional entry into the giveaway.

I’ll be choosing the winner at random from amongst the entries ~ good luck!

Barbie Loves Stila Hot New Items!

September 22, 2009
Barbie Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Eye Shadow Palette ($96 value for $28)
This is a must-have palette for any Stila (or Barbie™) girl. Each refillable compact features four eyeshadow trios, for a total of twelve eyeshadow shades that will give you endless eye looks and countless levels of glamour.

I wasn’t very impressed with the original Barbie Loves Stila release, but Stila has definitely upped the ante with this new slew of Barbie-themed products! I’ve heard such raves about this refillable All Doll’d Up Palette and I happen to think it’s a great deal at $28 for 12 different shades.

See the Barbie Loves Stila that’s currently topping my wishlist after the jump!


Barbie™ Loves Stila Lip Enamel Trio ($48 value for $32)
This trio of highly pigmented glosses delivers triple the mega-watt shine to make your lips three times as tempting! Infused with� Rhodiola rosea, a natural extract known to induce happiness by optimizing serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, this long-wearing, luxe gloss is sure to put a smile on your face. The perfect blend of oils and phenolic compounds keep lips conditioned all day and replenish lips’ moisture levels. The luxurious formula wears for hours, and leaves lips coated in high-definition, saturated color in a stunning lacquered finish.

I have yet to try Stila’s new Lip Enamels, but the fun clear packaging and the super pigmented look of the product, plus the shine that the word “enamel” promises are all drawing me in. And how can I reduce a happiness-inducing gloss? 🙂


Barbie Loves Stila Smudge Pot ($20)
Get the perfect dose of eye-drama with Barbie™ Loves Stila shimmer infused Smudge Pots! The multi-tasking gel formula can be used as a liner and a shadow that stays on all day. Available in three bold, of-the-moment shades: Cobalt Clutch, Purple Pumps, and Little Black Dress. Barbie™ Smudge Pots give you the touch of drama we all secretly crave.

I’m terrible with coming up with names/titles, so I always appreciate a clever name, and the current Barbie Loves Stila collection is definitely chock full of those. These smudge pots have names like Cobalt Clutch, Purple Pumps, and Little Black Dress ~ just listing them makes me feel all girly and glammed up!

Have you purchased any items from the Barbie Loves Stila collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Save 50% On Stila’s The Precious Pearl Palette!

August 10, 2009
The Precious Pearl Palette (Original Price $40, now $20)
What it is:
An opulent shadow palette featuring six iridescent eyeshadow shades—all infused with genuine crushed pearl.

What it does: Stila The Precious Pearl Palette features six new silky smooth eyeshadow shades that are infused with genuine crushed pearl. A natural wonder, pearl minimizes the appearance of fine lines and leaves skin with a youthful, radiant glow. It also contains minerals and proteins which nourish the skin leaving it smooth and soft. These six must-have eyeshadow shades, that can be worn alone or together, create an endless number of brilliant looks. They are tucked inside a vintage-inspired compact with real mother-of-pearl detail.

This set contains:
– White Gold (soft creamy white with gold shimmer)
– Soft Pink (light pink with pink and white shimmer)
– Mid-tone Pink (neutral warm pink with pink shimmer)
– Deep Blue (dark blackish navy with blue shimmer)
– Green (intense mermaid green with blue and green shimmer)
– Gold (deep gold with yellow and gold shimmer)


This is an amazing deal for an absolutely amazing palette – see my review and swatches HERE!

EOTD’s Using Stila’s Charmed Eye Shadow Palette

June 22, 2009


Remember that rich, velvety looking Stila Charmed Eye Shadow Palette (see review & swatches HERE) I picked up the other night for only $10? Here are a few EOTD’s using it, as promised!

While I knew that it was pigmented, I didn’t really quite how pigmented it was until I attempted to use it. These shadows are intense! Up first is the somewhat boring subtle look I did for the office using the pinky bronze shade on the inner third of my eye and the turquoise shade along the outer 2/3. I used a very very light touch and this is what I got:


Of course I felt the need to try something a little more colorful today to take full advantage of both the palette and the fact that I had nothing to do on this dreary, rainy Sunday. I again used the pinky bronze on the inner third of my eye, the turquoise shade on the center third, and then I used my MAC Pink Pearl pigment (swatch HERE) on the outer V for a fun pop of color. Have I mentioned how much I love my Pink Pearl pigment? It’s one of those things I dread running out of!



I topped the look off by layering Fresh’s Firebird and Supernova mascaras and lining my waterline with Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner in Zero. I kept the rest of my face simple with some Bobbi Brown Skin foundation topped with my La Mer loose powder in translucent and some shimmery Chapstick.

Stila Charmed Eye Shadow Palette Review & Swatches

June 19, 2009
Stila Charmed Eyeshadow Palette ($10!!!)
Stila Charmed Eye Shadow Palette with 24 Karat Gold features four highly pigmented shadow shades—all infused with genuine 24kt gold. Long revered for its skin-revitalizing properties, this luxurious metal helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and creates a rich, shimmering effect. Create countless looks with these silky-smooth, wet-to-dry shimmer shadows.


Did anybody else stop by Sephora last night to take advantage of the $10 Stila Charmed Eyeshadow Palette going on? These aren’t the types of shades I’d usually go for, but I just couldn’t resist the cute packaging and the great price.


The Charmed Eye Shadow Palette consists of four velvety smooth, almost creamy feeling eyeshadows that are infused with 24K gold (they’re very similar to the shadows in the Precious Pearl Eyeshadow Palette which I reviewed HERE). They’re intense, pigmented, pack just the right amount of shimmer and glide on smoothly. The palette includes a deep pinky bronze, and bronze/gold, a deep shimmery turquoise and a plum black. I was expecting to love the deep purplely shade but sadly it’s my least favorite as it looks a little flat in person. It needs a little more shimmer or just maybe some more purple to give it an extra oomph.

Swatches of the Charmed Eye Shadow Palette

And close ups of the shadows in their pans. The 24K gold interpersed throughout really makes for some gorgeous shimmer.

Pinky Bronze

Golden Bronze

Deep Turquoise

Blackened Plum

I haven’t had a chance yet to put together an EOTD, but once I do I’ll be sure to post if it’s halfway decent. What do you think of this palette? Was it worth the $10?

All That Glitters: Stila 24kt Gloss

June 4, 2009
Add some sizzle to your summer with Stila’s 24kt gloss! Infused with genuine 24kt gold, this non-sticky formula gives you a vibrant, glistening, gorgeous grin.

The smooth texture is loaded with moisture-locking ingredients including Vitamin E to nourish and condition and Vitamins A & C to provide anti-oxidant protection and keep the lips hydrated. The 24kt gold powder nourishes and protects the lips, and gives you a beautiful golden shimmer.

Adorned with a genuine handmade Indian bindi, this glimmering gloss can be worn alone for a natural shine or over your favorite lipstick for a dazzling effect.

I’m no longer enthralled by the prospect of adorning my lips in 24K gold–been there, done that courtesy of Avon’s Ultra Color Rich 24K Gold Lipsticks, bargain priced at $4.99 each (review HERE). But I am loving the look of Stila’s new 24kt Gloss ($22)–fun packaging, shimmery shades–I most definitely approve!

Stila The Precious Pearl Eye Shadow Palette Review & Swatches Plus 2 EOTD’s

February 12, 2009
Stila The Precious Pearl Palette ($40)

What it is: Stila’s The Precious Pearl Palette features six new silky smooth eyeshadow shades that are infused with genuine crushed pearl. A natural wonder, pearl minimizes the appearance of fine lines and leaves skin with a youthful, radiant glow. It also contains minerals and proteins which nourish the skin leaving it smooth and soft. These six must-have eyeshadow shades, that can be worn alone or together, create an endless number of brilliant looks. They are tucked inside a vintage-inspired compact with real mother-of-pearl detail.


The Packaging: In a word, stunning! It’s also luxurious, chic, rather petite, and all in all just oh so unique and precious. Stila’s Precious Pearl Palette is easily one of the most beautiful compacts that I own.

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Shades:

White Gold (soft creamy white with gold shimmer). Soft Pink (light pink with pink and white shimmer), Mid-tone Pink (neutral warm pink with pink shimmer), Deep Blue (dark blackish navy with blue shimmer), Green (intense mermaid green with blue and green shimmer), Gold (deep gold with yellow and gold shimmer)

The Shadows: Stila’s pearl-infused shadows are silky smooth, highly pigmented, and blend like a dream thanks to their rich, dense, almost creamy consistency. I loved playing with the tester at Sephora because the shadows just felt so beautifully decadent on my fingertips.

So you’d think this would be a rave review, no? Well it is to some extent but I do have a few reservations about this palette.


For one thing, while there isn’t much fallout from these shadows thanks to their silky/creamy nature, the little fallout that I do experience irritates my eyes just the tiniest bit–perhaps it’s the crushed pearl? I’ve read about a few others having the same issue so I know it’s not just my imagination! In addition, while this palette seems to look gorgeous on just about everybody to tests it out, on me I feel as though the colors tend to look a little muddy. I so want to love this though because there are so many aspects of it that I’m crazy about.

Here are two simple looks I created using my Precious Pearl Palette:


What are you thoughts on this one?