Product Updates

Today I wanted to share with you a few items that I am close to finishing or ones where I have hit “pan.”  If you are not familiar with the term, the pan is the metal tray base of pressed powders like eyeshadow, blush, or finishing powder. This even refers to products which don’t have a…

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Oribe New Skin & Lip Treatments

One of the benefits of a subscription box like FabFitFun is the ability to “shop” their limited, add-on collections. A lot of high-end makeup and skin care companies offer special deals during these sales. During the winter box sale, Oribe offered two products from their new skin care line—The Balmessence Lip Treatment and the Oribe…

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What’s in my Makeup Bag?

To end the week I thought I would share a post that updates products I mentioned in past blogs. These are favorites that I have used for months, if not years. When I  blog about products, I try to review items that I have used for quite a while. Unless it is an unboxing style…

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Too Faced Holiday Pretty Little Planner

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target. This is the last Friday I will be featuring a gift set review for the Christmas holiday. I have something special planned for next Friday, so be sure to check…

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Limited Edition Holiday Value Sets

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Clarisonic Gift Sets

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Pur˜lisse Skin Care

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Limited Edition EOS Holiday Collections

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Holiday Escape with Sol Janeiro

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Marc Jacobs The Wild One Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette Review

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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All About that Balm–Go Organic!

Lip balms are designed to soothe dry or chapped lips and protect the delicate skin of your mouth. Organic lip balms can provide additional benefits because they contain no chemicals, pesticides, additives, or synthetic ingredients. This is terrific for both your body and the environment! Organic lip balms frequently contain fewer ingredients than other types,…

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Lip Balm Essentials

Lips are a wonderful feature to highlight. Lipliners, lip stains, lip oils, lip glosses, and lipsticks–in liquid, sheer/satin, gloss, frosted, cream, and matte formulas–help draw attention to this area of a face. Sometimes, however, lips will get dry and chapped and the last thing we want to do is draw attention to them! Cold weather…

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Review

Recently I tried the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. It is formulated with goji berry and haloxyl, which Maybelline explains helps to erase the appearance of dark circles and fine lines while visibly diminishing the appearance of puffiness around the eyes. The directions on the product are as follows: Step 1. Twist collar of the applicator…

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Fall Makeup Haul & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope you are looking forward to Fall as much as I am. With the spectacular display of leaves, warm, snuggly sweaters and scarves, and, of course, Halloween–what more could a person ask for in a season? I purchased a few products to prepare for the change in the weather. I have tried…

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Coffee Skin Care: Callyssee Cosmetics

Is there anything coffee can’t do? I discovered Callyssee Cosmetics on HauteLook and decided to take a chance. I needed a new Micellar Water and the Buffing Beans Coffee scrub sounded interesting. I had a feeling that these products would smell divine (because of the coffee aspect) so I decided to order them. Coffee scrubs…

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Seasonal Products: Trash or Treasure?

When the seasons change it is a good time to go through your makeup and look for any items that are out of date or appear “iffy” with a texture change/ingredient separation. You can weed out any seasonal colors as well. Since the days are getting shorter and the first cool breezes of autumn have…

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Pixi Rose Caviar: Is it Really a “Skintreat”?

Pixi Beauty, a drugstore beauty brand, recently launched a Rose Caviar Essence. True caviar, processed eggs from sturgeon, emerged as trendy ingredient in skin care products in the mid-2000s. In fact, lots of cosmetic companies incorporate the extract of this delicacy to various beauty-enhancing products because of its rich protein and antioxidant content. But beauty treatments…

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Battle of the Bum Bum Creams

I first encountered the brand Sol de Janeiro after seeing it in multiple YouTube videos late last year. I purchased the original BRAZILIAN BUM BUM CREAM and have subsequently repurchased it several times. Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is infused with Guaraná, a native Amazonian plant whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of…

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Hi-Low Beauty Essentials

What high-end skincare products do you use? Which ones are “worth the splurge?” What low-end products/tools do you use? Let me know in the comments below.

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Physician’s Formula New Products

I was excited to try two new products from Physicians Formula. One really exceeded my expectations and one didn’t work for me, but made a nice gift for a friend with a slightly darker skin tone. I have a very fair/light complexion. Many times products simply are too dark for me. Even those that are…

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Protect Your Skin with SPF

Sun protection is an essential step for anyone who loves makeup. Our skin is the base that lets all of the other products shine. If the skin is sunburnt, irritated, red, or flakey, it will affect the way primer, foundation, and any other powder or cream products work. Not to mention that these conditions are uncomfortable!

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Don’t Quit Your Daydream

Looking for a natural eye shadow palette this summer? The matte shadows in Tarte’s Don’t Quit Your Daydream are wonderful for a natural summer look that you can also “glam up” with the shimmer shades.

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Soap&Glory: Perfect 10 and Sexy Mother Pucker

I really love the look of bright red lipstick–on other people. Historically when I would purchase red lipstick I only liked it when I blotted it off my lips, leaving just a hint of color/stain. I was then free to add lip balm to my heart’s content and not worry about my lips being too bright or the color smearing.

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e.l.f. Haul

Yes—it is an e.l.f. haul! But everything pictured here, purchased during the recent online sale (50% or more off) was under $30 total and shipping was free. Even though the line is inexpensive, I have always found the products to be high quality. I have very sensitive skin, and e.l.f. is one of the brands that has never bothered me.

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e.l.f. Hydrating Skincare

I first came upon e.l.f. when I purchased a brush set through Amazon. And really—that name! I know it stands for Eyes Lip Face, but I prefer to imagine the company owners are Tolkien fans. They have many excellent makeup tools and makeup products. I was excited, then, when e.l.f. started offering a hydrating line of skin care.

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LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Review

I think it is fitting that the first makeup product I review on my blog is pirate-themed—the LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Cheek Palette. If you are a long-time reader, you will realize how much I enjoy fictional pirates. (OK—obsessed with fictional pirates is more accurate!)

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