My Hair (and look) for Christmas

Christmas is always fun to get dressed up and try to feel pretty. Truth be told- I'm kind of terrible at fashion. I always feel I look weird in everything I try on so I rather focus on my makeup and hair.

I got my roots touched up the week before so they would be all nice and ready for the holiday pictures!

Christmas Eve was on a Tuesday and I washed my hair the Monday before. I always prepare to style 2nd day hair since it looks better than freshly washed. I successfully had nice 2nd and 3rd day hair for Christmas so I was very happy. There was a little bit of frizz, but I think I might have put a wee bit too much product in at once to cause it. Ooopppss

Here are some pics from Christmas Eve:
For my wash day the day prior, I used the Kerastase Cleansing Conditioning Balm to clean followed by a mix of the Living Proof Restore Treatment Mask & Restore Recovery Regimen (i use 1 ampule a week for 4 weeks after coloring) and also mixed in a sample packet of the Kerastase  Reflection Chorma Riche Masque. Style wise I used DevaCurl Heaven in Hair as leave in, Living Proof Prime, Restore Cream, Jessicurl Spiralicious and sealed with pure Argan Oil. I let my hair fully air dry.
i wasn't ready for this pic but Tom snapped it and I liked it

For my second day hair (Christmas Eve as you are seeing in the pics) I used my "special concoction" of products that will make my hair look it's best- shiny, minimum frizz, hold for days and maximum curly wavy definition. I will have to do a video of what I do for this soon. Check out my formula after the next pics...
candid pic of me cracking up
my dachshund Stretch & I
So this is what I do when I want my hair to look it's absolute best. I'll be honest, my hair sometimes feels a bit sticky and not as soft as usual as a result, but it looks great in pictures. I divide my hair in sections- left back, right back, left side, right side, top back, left front and right front. Now for each section first I'll spray a refresher spray (usually Jessicurl Awe Inspiraling Spray or Devacurl Mister Right) then I will take a half to 1 pump of Devacurl Mirror Curls and mix with a nickel size amount of Wondercurl Smoothie and coat the section and scrunch. Repeat throughout the whole head. Once I do all my sections I take Devacurl Set Up & Above (it's pretty much a pomade) and will add some to my ends and the front- this helps to seal and disguise any split ends I have. Finally I use a nice aerosol hairspray for extra hold- my favorites lately have been the Living Proof Flex Hairspray & Devacurl Flexible Hold Hairspray.

close up of Christmas Eve Eye Makeup
I created a sort of gray/silver smokey eye for Christmas Eve- the goal was not to cry it off and it worked. I stopped myself crying a few times (i always miss deceased family members on Christmas) The eyeshadows are from 2 seperate tarte palettes. Liquid Liner is tarte multiply. Bottom waterline is tarte smoldereye pencil in slate. Lashes are tarte lash primer then lights, camera, flashes on top
close up of makeup with flash
I really should have taken the closeup of my face without my flash on. I am still learning. I used tarte BB primer, tarte Amazonian Clay foundation, it Cosmetics byebye undereye concealer, contour with the tarte amazonian clay stick concealer in deep, then I use a bronzer (i rotate), some blush (I used tarte blush in natural beauty) and a finishing powder I made by mixing about 4 brands together. The lipstick is called "show me the ring" by Dalton Cosmetics.



Now Christmas Day was a lot more simple. My hair survived from the day before (I slept with my hair pineappled in a satin bonnet) It felt a bit stiff from all the products in it so I just used a refresher spray again and sprayed very heavily, scrunched and was done.

So here is Christmas Day aka day 3 hair:
candid shot of me opening presents
another candid gift opening shot
My wonderful boyfriend took a bunch of candid shots of me opening my gifts! Little did he realize they would double as good pics to show my hair for the holiday =)


I went very simple with my makeup with the exception of a red lip which I thought was fitting for the holidays. The red is the double ended lipstick and lipgloss by Dalton Cosmetics that was in her irresistible lipstick collection.


So that is basically it. My hair also lasted quite nicely for Day 4, except there was just a little more frizz. I didn't even need refresher spray for it. You can check out my Day 4 and watch my What I Got for Christmas Haul in the video below:

Thanks so much for reading and watching! I Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


<3 Diane
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It Cosmetics New Year Your Most Beautiful You Review & Demo

This upcoming Saturday December 28, 2013 It Cosmetics is bringing us another fantastic kit on QVC! For one day only it will be the Today's Special Value so the price will be the lowest ever and you get a lot of great stuff for your money. This specific kit will be focusing on giving us flawless skin with all new items!

Included in the kit is a new version of the best selling Celebration Foundation- Celebration Foundation Illumination (try saying that over and over, it's fun) The original is my personal favorite powder foundation and this one is also just as good. In my opinion, shades are running a tad bit darker with the new formula as you can see in the video below.

The other best selling Bye Bye Undereye Concealer is reformulated to a doe applicator with a magic little liquid brightener on the other side. This is my faveorite part of the whole kit because it truly perfects and lights up the whole face. A

A new primer called Sensory Awakening is in here too. It has aromatherapy in it and just smells wonderful. I smell lavander and orange. There's also a crazy good amount of skin care ingredients from vitamins to essential oils, collagen and even deep sea water!

And what would an It Cosmetics kit be without some new brushes?? We get 2 of them and they are in the Micro Airbrush Technology just like the limited edition kit that came out for Holiday this year.


For much more information, my full review and a demo tutorial, check out my video below:



disclaimer: this product was provided to me for review consideration. all words expressed, thoughts and opinions are my own and honest, as always.


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good hair day & outfit for a night out



Last weekend my wonderful boyfriend took me overnight to Atlantic City for a nice mini escape. We had a lot of fun!! I kept my outfit simple yet cute with a tunic top that had sole bling for detail, gray leggings and boots! 

I had second day hair which is the best day of the hair cycle for me. 


I love the color of my lips. It's a mix of 3 different colors from 3 brands: it cosmetics YLBB liner in pretty in pink, mally lipstick in pilar pink and one of theg tarte glosses from the 15 piece gloss for words set from qvc =)

And yes I know my roots are looking gross! LOL I go to get them touched up in a few days =)

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Dalton (Doll 10) Cosmetics Charming Lipstick Collection

I have said this before but it is worth me repeating- I have become obsessed with Dalton lip products!! I just love how her lipsticks glide on like butter, they are super pigmented and so good for the lips! I have been eyeing this set for a few months now but tried to convince myself I didn't need it. Yes, I'm silly to think I didn't need these. Ultimately the lip product junkie won and I got this Charming Lipstick Set and I am oh so glad I did because yes indeed, I did need it. If you LOVE pink lipsticks just like me- stop reading now, go to the link and order and thank me later. I'm serious!!! All four lipsticks in this collection are shades of pinks and they are perfect shades at that.

The shades are a variety ranging from nude to light pink to bright pink to berry and they make the whole face look brighter. On the top of each lipstick is a cute little charm that makes them oh so girly and fun! These are smaller than the average size Dalton lipstick but there is still a ton of product in each tube.

These lipsticks wore for a few hours so I am quite pleased with the staying power. In this freezing cold winter they are keeping my lips moisturized and nourished. As stated on the QVC site, they are full of vitamins minerals and oils such as jojoba, avocado and almond so they are treating your lips while making you look pretty. All four of them also have a nice glossy finish.
 
key to my heart

 
show me the ring

i heart you
naughty & nice





 I really enjoy all 4 shades, there is not a dud in the bunch but my favorites are "show me the ring" and "i heart you" I'm hoping Dalton considers releasing these colors permanantly in her line.




For more information, live swatches and a detailed review check out my video:
 









click here to buy the charming lipstick set!  





discliamer: this set was purchased with my own money. all thoughts, opinions and things said are 100% my own and truthful, as always.

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December 2013 Birchbox & Ipsy

Here are my videos for Birchbox and Ipsy for the month of December...truthfully I didn't love either one this month but both have been hits for me lately so I kind of knew I'd be bound for some disappointment at some point LOL It's okay, they are only $10 each and I give what I don't want to friends and then do the reviews earning myself free full size products. That really makes them worth it.


Birchbox:
 


Ipsy:
 



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Tarte Wanderlust Lipsurgence Collection Holiday 2013

Holiday 2013 from Tarte Cosmetics seem to be never ending and believe me when I tell you I am not complaining about it!!!! The value and great products they put in their sets make me so happy. This particular set is a set I wasn't sure we would see this year since it did come to us rather late in the season (compared to when they started releasing their sets in September) But- better late than never!

The Wanderlust 5 Piece Lip Surgence Collection is a QVC exclusive and brings us 5 FULL SIZE Lipsurgence lippies in 3 different formulas: 2 lip cremes, 2 lusters and 1 tint. They all glide on the lips smoothy and smell of mint. I find all five colors to be wearable and pretty:

for a detailed review, live swatches of all 5 colors plus a comparison to the lipsurgences in the recent Bow & Go kit, check out my video here:



kind
 
miracle
 
heartfelt
dashing
 









festive
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Mally Beauty Effortless Airbrush Mousse & Full Face Demo

The Effortless Airbrush Mousse is the newest foundaton from Mally Beauty. It is available on QVC and comes in 5 shades (fair, light, medium, tan and rich) I went with the shade medium and it is almost an exact match to my skintone. It is worth noting this particular shade is on the lighter side of medium. This foundation is said to be long wearing, moisturizing and leaves an airbrushed finish behind- and I completely agree! It left me with a very natural finish that wasn't too matte and not overly glowly and wore all day without fading. My skin just looked like a better version of itself. The foundation has buildable coverage from medium to almost but not quite full. Application was easy but you have to be sure to shake the can first- this allows air to get in the formula and is what makes it look "airbrushed"

For a full review of this new foundation, plus to hear me compare it to all other Mally foundations, check out my video below:
 

 If you would like to see my demo this foundation, along with a full face of using mostly Mally Beauty products including some from her most recent December 2013 Today's Special Value kit, watch here: 
 
 


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My NaturallyCurly.com Interview !!

So Naturallycurly.com interveiwed me which is SUPER exciting because I love that site and have been visiting it for years!!

Check out the interview all about me and my hair here:




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Mally Celebrate Your Beauty Holiday Collection QVC

It truly is amazing how many awesome cosmetic sets come out for the Holiday season every year. I personally find the beauty vendors on QVC are SO GENEROUS with their values and how much they give us. On December 13, 2013 Mally is going to have a fantastic Today's Special Value. It is a 12 piece collection called "Celebrate Your Beauty" She provides us with enough stuff to keep it all and have all new goodies to play with, gift it to one or several people or even split it up by keeping some and giving some. One of the coolest things too is if you sign up for auto delivery you will receive this gorgeous shipment now and then in April 2014
you will get all new colors of everything (except the mascaras, they stay black) for Spring!


The makeup comes housed in a beautiful pink studded box. You can remove the tray and use the sturdy box for other things. I will personally be keeping all my Mally Liquid Lipshines in here. This is all the makeup you get!! By the way, the liners, mascara and lip shines are all QVC Customer Choice Beauty Award Winners for 2013!



-3 eyeshadow palettes in Royal Plum, Radiant Taupe & Romantic Brown. Each palette holds three colors each plus an eyeshadow primer



-3 eyeliners in Shimmering Black, Espresso & Royal Plum

-3 high shine liquid lipsticks in Mally Melon, Mauvelous and Petal to the Metal


-3 Volumizing Mascaras in a special holiday edition tube




For more information, a more detailed review and swatches of everything, please check out my video:



disclaimer: this kit was sent to me for review consideration. however, all thoughts, opinions and things said are 100% honest and my own, as always



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Tarte Cosmetics At A Gloss for Words Special Edition Lip Gloss Set


Tarte Cosmetics released yet another great set for Holiday 2013! This is another QVC set called "At A Gloss For Words" (I love the name! hehe) It contains 15 (yes fifteen!!!) mini sized maracuja infused lip glosses for under $40! They come in a big box and within the big box are 3 smaller boxes each housing 5 glosses inside. The big box and each small box have a to and from label on it so it is easy to bow and go. It is perfect for gifting because you can give it as one big gift, or divide it into 3 smaller gifts. Of course you can keep some or all for yourself! I suggest getting 2 sets because once you try a few you are not going to want to part with any. ;)






I love the Maracuja Lip Gloss formula. Maracuja Oil (a signature tarte ingredient) is high in vitamin C and helps nourish and hydrate your lips with wear. Some of these glosses are more pigmented than others but all the shades are very pretty and wearable. I am especially thrilled with this set because most of the shades are pink toned and I LOVE pink lip products! The formula has a minty taste and smell, much like the tarte Lipsurgences and is not tacky or sticky. They wear until you eat, drink or kiss. There is no stain effect.


This is from QVC.com describing the colors:

  •  Awe, a nude shade
  •  Admire, a blushing pink shade
  •  Excite, a candy pink shade
  •  Happy, a peachy pink shade
  •  Marvel, a brightening pink shade
  •  Amaze, a petal pink shade
  •  Thrill, a dusty rose shade
  •  Elate, a bubblegum pink shade
  •  Pop, a nude coral shade
  •  Spark, a deep berry shade
  •  Ahhh!, a sheer pink nude shade
  •  Revel, a berry shade
  •  Please, a shimmering sorbet shade
  •  Bliss, a nude rose shade
  •   Wow, a deep pink shade 


Check out my video for more of a review, plus swatches and pictures of all 15 shades!




<3 Diane

disclaimer: this product was sent to me for review consideration. All thoughts, opinions and things said are 100% my own and honest, as always.
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Curly Wavy Empties Video 22

Yes another Empties Video! This one is kind of long because I kept meaning to record it and kept running out of time to do so. Watch the video for mini reviews, my thoughts on the products and to hear if I would rebuy or not..




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Curly Wavy Hair Growth Journey Update 21

Here is my November 2013 Hair Growth Update! I went lighter in color this past month and also got a rare blow out (check out my blow out blog entry here) But still am doing my consistent care oiling, deep treatments and taking my vitamins for good hair growth!

 

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Dalton (Doll10) Cosmetics Classic Couture Eyeshadow Palette

I have really been enjoying some Dalton Cosmetics products from QVC. Her lip products (lip sticks, glosses, etc) especially have impressed me. For a while now I have wanted to try some of her eyeshadows (I am an eyeshadow JUNKIE) and as soon as I saw this Classic Couture Eyeshadow Palette released for Holiday 2013 I knew it HAD to be mine!


Before anything else, I must say they pans are HUGE!!!! Seriously, you get so much product for the money (roughly around $40ish) I think this palette is going to last the rest of my life. Also included in the price are two nice double ended brushes so you get everything you need!

see the video for a demo of this look!
This palette is sleek and light so great for travel and also houses a huge mirror which is a bonus. They also contain an oxygen complex and vitamins to help anti-aging on the eyelids! I keep saying this palette is "romantic" in shades- there are beautiful pinks, purples, a taupe a brown and a cream. It is a very wearable palette and you can also use any shadow as a liner. The pigmentation is buildable so it is good if you want to go easier with color or you can build up. The shadows all blended nicely together. All six colors have sheen to them but no heavy shimmer or glitter. None were matte. One thing I will note is there was some very slight fall out with certain shades, but not much at all. When worn over an eyeshadow primer the colors lasted a good 8 hours before I began to notice slight. fading


Check out my video for more information and for swatches and a demo!
 


<3 Diane

Disclaimer: this palette was sent to me for review consideration. All opinions, thoughts and things said are 100% honest and my own, as always.

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4th day hair!

I had a good hair day yesterday! The most awesome part was it was DAY 4 HAIR!!! yes! I washed my hair on Wednesday and it was Saturday and I was still able to get away with it down =)

on my wash day I did a deep treatment with living proof restore mask and styled using living proof prime, restore cream, jessicurl spiralicious gel and Argan oil. Each day after I refreshed with devacurl mister right spray and topped with some CURLS Cashmere jelly to add shine and help frizz. the craziest part was I even worked out in between (those days I used dry shampoo)


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November 2013 Birchbox & Ipsy Boxes

It's that time of the month again! (no not THAT time!!) I love when my mailman brings me my Birchbox & Ipsy. So much fun to have a surprise full of goodies.

Check out my unboxings

Birchbox:
 

Ipsy:




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Curly Wavy Hat Hair

With Winter here Curly Girls like myself have the struggle of how to stay warm all bundled up while still looking cute. I did a video talking about my favorite style hats for my curly waves and how I handle the dreaded hat hair.



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Headband

Today is Day 3 hair. For the most part, it still looked pretty decent but the front pieces got a little wonky and weird shaped so I decided to wear a headband. I didn't do much to my hair styler wise except put some CURLS Cashmere Jelly through it to help with some frizz and give shine.

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4 Looks with Tarte Bow & Go QVC Palette!

Tarte Cosmetics had an awesome Today's Special Value set on 11/18/13/ You can see my full review video on that here


I thought it might be fun and helpful to do a video with multiple different looks using the palette from the kit. I am not a professional makeup artist, just a regular girl who loves makeup so the looks I create are more simple and very easy to recreate. I hope you enjoy!

4 looks, 1 palette

watch the video:


look 1: smokey grey



look 2 purpley pink


look 3 wintery white
look 4 browny peach





<3 Diane

disclaimer: this kit was purchased with my own money. all reviews, opinions and thoughts are my own and honest, like always

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Wen Kids Cleansing Conditioner & Detangling Treatment Review

I recently reviewed the 613 mousse by Wen (see video here) and in that video I mentioned I used to use the cleansing conditioners but developed a menthol allergy and had to stop using them. One of my awesome youtube viewers mentioned that Wen Kids is menthol, soy, gluten, and nut free so it is great for people with any type of allergy can use them! So I decided to give it a try and I'm happy to say my scalp and hair approved. Check out my review here:



<3 Diane

disclaimer: these were provided to me for review consideration. however all opinions and thoughts are always my own and truthful.


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It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Eyeshadow Palette

It Cosmetics just released a new eyeshadow palette and it is BEAUTIFUL!!! I have never seen a palette like this before. It comes with fourteen shades that are all matte and a unique "transforming pearl" shade so you can give any shade a nice, pearly sheen!

The colors are all beautiful- very wearable and pigmented but not loud or overwhelming. They blend like a dream and (on top of an eyeshadow primer) they wear all day without smudging, creasing or fading. I personally love the fact a few of the colors have a pink tone to them since I LOVE pink eyeshadows.

Like all It Cosmetics products, this palette is cruelty free and contains ingredients great for the skin including peptides, collagen, silk, acai green tea, plus vitamins a, c, and e!

You can use any of these shadows wet, dry as shadows and also as eyeliners so this is truly a versatile palette! What also excites me is the fact this says "Volume 1" It makes me think there will be more palettes like this in the future!!

Check out my video for a more detailed review plus swatches!

 

<3 Diane

disclaimer: this palette was purchased with my own money. all reviews, opinions and thoughts are my own and honest, as always.

 

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HAUL ! Sephora VIB Sale 2013

Yes another haul 0=) I mean how can I get the 20% off Sephora VIB Sale code and not use it!?! I will admit, I did behave in theory. Since i bought so much fun makeup, etc with the Friends & Family Sale (check out there haul video here) I really used this 20% off to stock up on some hair and skin necessities. Take a look!

 


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It Cosmetics Micro Airbrush Blurring Brush Set

It Cosmetics makes some of my favorite makeup brushes EVER. They are just so super soft and make applying makeup easy and effortless. Somehow, the impossible has been done and the company managed to make their brushes even softer! It blows my mind they are even softer than they were. According to the QVC site, these brushes are "designed to give a flawless airbrushed application" and " The extremely high brush-hair count makes for an effortless distribution of your favorite IT Cosmetics without tugging on your skin" By the way, these brushes are also synthetic and cruelty free!


For the holidays this year, It Cosmetics made a new special gift set with six brushes and a beautiful stand that will look elegant and beautiful on any vanity or dresser. The value is incredible, $60 (plus shipping) for the set when if you bought them alone it would be well over $200! This would be a perfect gift to yourself or for any makeup lover since there is no need to worry about colors, etc.

I have been really loving this set that comes with an all over face powder brush, a blush or bronzer brush, a foundation brush, concealer brush, crease and all over eyeshadow brushes and a brush for eyeliner or eyebrows. My personal favorites have been the foundation and crease eyeshadow brushes but they are all great.

Check out my video for a better review and a full demonstration of me using them all:


<3 Diane

disclaimer: these brushes were provided to me for review consideration. however all reviews and opinions are honest, truthful and my own, like always.
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Josie Maran Argan Oil Escape to Morocco Set

The other day Josie Maran had an awesome set on QVC as the Today's Special Value! If you missed it I have good news! as of now, it is still on the QVC site for just a little bit more money (and still a great value for all you are getting!)

The "Escape to Morocco" 7 piece set features both full size and travel size of some incredible Argan Oil infused products for your skin (and hair) that will leave you feeling nice, soft and smooth all winter long. You can break the set up and keep some while gifting some, or there is no shame keeping it all for yourself and enjoying the value! This set debuts a new scent from Josie that is a warm vanilla pear. It smells like a dessert, but not fake and not overwhelming.

The Holiday Collection includes (from QVC site):
  • 4.4-oz Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub in Moroccan Escape
  • 2-oz Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub in Moroccan Escape
  • 8-fl oz Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Moroccan Escape
  • 2-fl oz Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Moroccan Escape
  • 4.6-fl oz Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream in Moroccan Escape
  • 1-fl oz Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream in Moroccan Escape
  • 1.7-fl oz Moroccan Argan Body Oil in Moroccan Escape 
 
For more information and details on this set, check out my video below: 


<3 Diane

disclaimer: this set was sent to me for review consideration and i also purchased one with my own money. all reviews, opinions and thoughts are my own and honest, as always.
 
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Mally Beauty 6 Pc High Shine Liquid Lipsticks

For Holiday 2013 Mally released a special set of new High Shine Liquid Lipsticks at an incredible price! They usually sell for $20 a piece, and are very well worth it, but the set of 6 is selling for about $50 right now! 
swatches with flash
swatches without flash
These are the QVC Customer Choice Beauty Award Winner for Best Lip Product this year and multiple years prior and for good reason. They are a lip primer, lip balm, lipstick and lip gloss all in one! They are not sticky or tacky and beautifully pigmented. The six shades in this set are new and are a nice variety of colors ranging from a nice nude to a darker berry with lots of pinks and a red in between! I am very happy with this set. Of course my favorite color is the "OMG...Pink" but they are all wearable and pretty.

  
natural nude

whimsical

omg...pink    
heartbreaker
delish
sweet berry
check out my video for live swatches and better descriptions of all the colors:



<3 Diane

disclaimer: these were purchased with my own money. all reviews, opinions and thoughts are my own and honest, as always.

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