It is really rare for myself and my family to get out and have some fun now a days... but this weekend, we are getting out of the house, away from work and going to have some family fun. I will be doing the best I can to vlog through the weekend - but if I don't have a chance, I will take tons of pictures and post them here.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

I filmed a video on the opening of my first glossy box - which was supposed to be opened in May - but I didn't get my May box till June.  Here is the video of the unboxing. Tell me what you think...?
Hey guys... I must admit... I've seriously been MIA lately.  I-Candy Couture has been super busy and sales are through the roof.  Well I am very excited and happy that my hard work is definitely paying off... I just haven't had much time for anything else.  I am seriously looking forward to some much needed family time next week. Woohoo!

If you have been following my new YouTube Channel, I have really been changing things up a lot. I am so excited that I can finally have a channel that is more than just beauty related, but a combination of all the things I love about my life.  My family, my love for photography and food and of course beauty.  You will still see a wide range of reviews as I have done before... both on products I purchased as well as sponsored ones (those haven't changed)... but you will notice that the reviews will change up a bit.  I am really planning to make my channel more about my life.  You will notice some cooking tutorials and videos, more personal vlogs then I made before, my weightloss, and reviews will be focused on more than just beauty - but family products as well.  I am even going to start catching up on my tags - because I have a long list of them. :)

So - if you haven't subscribed already - head on over to my channel and Subscribe, don't forget to say hello and drop me a message so I can check out your channel too.

Thanks for being so patient while I have been so MIA.

Yay - I've been wanting to do videos like this for a while... and after watching Parilu on YouTube - I decided I would add this to my videos for the week.  Each week I get samples from different sites... most or all of them are completely free, because you sign up from coupon sites or freebie websites.  This is really a great way to try out new products so that you don't have to run out and spend money on a product you really don't like.
Each week, or every two weeks... I will be doing these videos and going over the awesome Samples & Freebies I get in the mail.  This will give my readers as well as my viewers the opportunity to see some of the goodies I have and check them out for themselves.  

If you decide you want to do these kinds of videos - please post a comment or a video response to my video, I would love to check out what you hav
This was a really fun challenge to do. I would love if everyone did it too.  If you do - leave your link as a video response so I can check it out.  See a list of the products I used below.
Products used:
  • ELF Eye Shadow Primer
  • ELF C Shadow Brush
  • ELF Quad in Day 2 Nite
  • ELF Liquid Liner in Black
  • Wet n Wild Pencil Eye liner in Black
  • ELF Eyelash Curler
  • Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
  • Loreal True Match Powder Foundation
  • ELF Blush / Powder Brush
  • NYC Color Wheel Blush
  • Wet n Wild Brow Fix
  • Wet n Wild Lipstick in Mauve Outta Here retails these Haute Flash Full Coverage glosses on their website for $7.49.  They come in 6 beautiful and highly pigmented colors that are packed with glitzy glitter and are not as sticky as most lip glosses I have tried in the past.  They rate 5 Stars on my rating scale when it comes to pigmentation and as a full coverage gloss - it really does translate more to a lip paint.  The colors are vibrant. In my opinion - not truly wearable, but with Nicki Minaj inspiring so many people now a days - bright and hot pink lips are definitely all the craze. lol
What I think is so awesome is that on Milani's website - the swatches they use are pretty near and true to color.  This really allows the consumer to choose accordingly and pick out a color that is right for them.  I also like the fact that the applicator for the lip glosses has a flexible tip which makes application a breeze.  The tube itself is a basic lip gloss tube.  It's skinny and seems to be pretty durable.  The gold writing on the tube (as with all of MIlani's products) of course is their signature color and really adds to the classy look of it all.
As you can see with the swatches below (taken with flash) - these glosses are very very glittery.  While that may not necessarily translate to anything bad for a lot of people - I truly love opaque and matte lipsticks or glosses. A little shine is of course, fab - but as I mention in my video... not great for kisses.  When it comes to my Kissable/Transferable Rating Scale - these glosses would get 1 Star.  On several occasions it was very very difficult for me to remove the glitter prior to kissing my husband.

While my Kissable Scale received a low rating - all in all, these glosses really impress me. I'm looking forward to topping the Red Gloss (Hot Flash) over a gorgeous red lipstick in the Winter and the bright pink colors are absolute awesome to strut your stuff during the summer months.  My favorite out of all the glosses from the Haute Flash collection would be Quick Flash.  There are 6 gorgeous shades to choose from - you definitely have some options to take a look at.
the next part of this review is the Milani Cosmetics Crystal Glosses.  At first glance - I will say that I am completely floored by their tiny little packaging... definitely unique - small and petite and perfect for travel. retails these cuties for $4.99 on their site.  A pretty great price point considering that Milani is one of the higher end drug store brands.  Their site shows 18 colors in an array from nudes and neutrals to pretty pinks and of course, a clear gloss.
I received 5 of the Crystal Glosses.  While they are gorgeous in the tube - I was a bit disappointed in their pigmentation.  The gloss capabilities of the gloss, of course - would suggest why they were named "Crystal Gloss" because it does have a great shine to them.  The packaging as mentioned, is cute and perfect for travel or to throw in your purse.  While some of these have glitter and some are opaque looking in the tube - the glitter that is mixed into the gloss is not nearly as over powering or difficult to remove as that included in the Haute Flash Glosses.  Staying power - eh... it's not that great... it does bleed after using it for a bit and the opaque looking colors in the tube are actually a lot more sheer when used.  I rate this specific gloss a 4.5 but thing that with a little more tweaking - these have great possibility.
If you're interested in trying out any of these glosses and adding them to your collection - they are definitely at a pretty great price point.  You can check out or your local CVS or Walgreens to see if you have them.  My displays here on my island are truly hit or miss - so it is difficult to really find a great distributor here... and our KMart display is always a hopeless mess.

Considering all the products I received from Milani for review - I am very pleased with what I received.  Granted not all of my reviews were completely positive - no drug store or High end brand, for that matter - is perfect and each skin tone, skin complexion and body is different.  I am impressed with what I received for the most part and look forward to working with Milani again in the future.  A video review is available below :)

FTC:  I received these products from Milani for review and consideration.  I am in no way affiliated or have been compensated financially for my reviews.  My opinions are always 100% honest and unbiased.