I’ve been sitting on these products for a while now, testing and trying out all the shades and I finally feel like it’s time for me to share. Beauty Junkees is quite possibly one of my favorite makeup brush brands and now I can call them one of my favorite “makeup / cosmetic” brands too. Their beauty brushes and sponges are by far some of my favorites and are practically dead on dupes for my higher end ones. So, when they started releasing eye shadows and other makeup products (which you can read about here), I was over the moon. Stay tuned in the coming weeks because I’ve been sitting on their blushes too and a few other products that I simply can’t wait to share. Today I’m going to chit chat with you about the Beauty Junkees Eye Shadow Singles, so hang tight and let’s have a some colorful fun, shall we?
Let’s talk about affordability without sacrificing quality. For $119.00 you can get 28 single eye shadow pans and a really good magnetic makeup palette. The shadows come in individual pans that can be organized in the included empty magnetic palette to help keep them organized and portable. I’ve talked about this palette before in another post, and it’s really one of my favorites. The palette includes a duo ended eye brush and not just any brush, but a really good “Beauty Junkees quality” brush. The pans are 26mm and fit into the palette without any issue. No need to pick up additional magnets or do any funky depotting (which I hate to do).
Now, let’s talk about the eye shadows themselves. There are a total of 34 gorgeous shades in a range of cool and warm tones (which we all know I love). They are buttery soft and definitely something worth looking into. Buildable and blendable color and I love that they shadows are quite easy to work with. Each eye shadow is triple milled and pressed, allowing you to use them wet or dry. Each shadow individually retails for between $6.00 and you can select between matte, satin and shimmer shades. I find that these shadows apply nicely and I was beyond impressed with how buttery the matte shadows feel. I didn’t really notice much fall out when applying and used over primer gave these shadows great longevity.
I have swatches I want to share with you on the shades available. I am very impressed with the matte shades and I love the color range that is available.
Left to Right (top row in my custom palette): Victorian Gold, Vanilla Freeze, Peachsicle, Cosmetic Peach, Peach Vanilla, Stay Golden, Winter Wheat
Left to Right (second row in my custom palette): Iced Lace, Tiki Shed, Sugared Shortbread, First Snow, Beams of Light, Tiger, Gold Flicker
Left to Right (third row in my custom palette): Dash of Curry, Tuscan Rose, Raspberry Glaze, Crushed Velvet, Love Affair, Rose Beige, Penny Lover
Left to Right (last row in my custom palette): Sonic, Ripe Olive, Brew, Stingray Gray, Brown Canyon, Blue Slate, Black Leather
Beauty Junkees also offers their Eye Shadow Quad Kits that include four shadow magnetic refill pans. This is the perfect way to grab a few shades that you know you’ll use. I am a fan of individual shadows because I love to customize my own palettes so that I’m sure I’ll use them instead of having some shadows untouched. I also absolutely love the quality of these as well as the price point. Overall – the pigmentation and quality are really nice.
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Cruelty Free, Made in the USA, Paraben, and Gluten Free all make these products worth checking out. Beauty Junkees also offers a guarantee that if you try it and don’t like it – you can return it for a full refund up to 30 days after you receive it. No questions asked. They have also been compared to Makeup Geek (though I couldn’t tell you from personal experience since I don’t own anything from MG).
Since my original post on Instagram I have been asked time and time again to reveal my overall thoughts on this product line. Let’s face it, I’m all about saving a buck if I can and I know that Beauty Junkees makeup products will continue to remain a staple in my makeup arsenal. I didn’t include the additional shades that didn’t fit in the palette, but don’t worry – they are just as gorgeous as the others (I’ll update as soon as I can with swatches of those too).
You can purchase Beauty Junkees products on their website or via their Amazon Store. If I get a discount code in the future, I’ll be sure to share and post here.
If I get a discount code in the future, I’ll be sure to share and post here.
So what about you? Have you heard of Beauty Junkees or have you tried any of their products? I definitely suggest it if you haven’t already. The ratings on Amazon are good for great reason… Beauty Junkees really is great!
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
I know I’ve been featuring Pixi Beauty on the blog quite often lately, but in all honesty, I have a serious crush on the products I’ve been trying from the brand. Between the influencer collaborations to products they’ve been releasing consistently, I have definitely been crushing on the Pixi by Petra. Today we’re going to chat about some of their Skin Teats – like literally, that’s what tab they are labeled under on the website (and with good reason, because they totally are). These beauty mists have been my lazy girl best friends lately and I am excited to share them with all of you.
Everyone knows that a great makeup or skincare mist for the face is definitely essential but in some cases, it’s a luxury that many can’t afford. However, over the last year or so – brands have been coming out with affordable versions and Pixi is definitely killing it in the game. At just $15.00 each, you can’t help but want to give these babies a whirl and see how they work. I have been using these skin treats mists now for at least 2 months and boy oh boy, I’m in love.
The Hydrating Milky Mist is one I had on my mind for a few months and I was so excited to get it in my recent box to try. This deeply hydrating mist provides and invisible layer of skin-soothers and is the ultimate remedy for dry skin like mine. It’s feather light and offers your skin a surge of hydration with hyaluronic acid to help plump the skin. It’s perfect for all skin types and provides a blend of black oat, provitamin A, and linoleic acid to rejuvenate the skin and provide a perfect first layer of moisture before you apply serums and makeup. I shake my bottle and spray onto my skin in the morning or night (or anytime I feel my face needs a little hydration). It’s easy to apply and one of my favorites.
Before I go further, I also wanted to add that the spray nozzle on these bottles is great. You get the perfect amount each time you use it. I love it.
The Makeup Fixing Mist with Rose Water and Green Tea has also become one of my favorite products. Like most makeup setting sprays – this one prolongs makeup wear and keeps it from moving, melting and settling into fine lines and pores. With the rose water and green tea infused formula, this spray helps to comfort, protect and balance the skin for a fresh face. I love how it leaves my skin looking hydrated and really helps to give my skin a fresh look, regardless of how much makeup I have on. I don’t have to worry about looking cake-face with this product. This spray has replaced two of my favorites because it’s affordable and I love the smell. If you’re looking for a spray that will set your makeup while adding a soft-focus finish, you’ll surely enjoy this one.
*I use this spray after makeup or spray directly onto my makeup brush before applying eye shadow for a foiled, more intense look.
The Glow Mist is a product I’ve been using for quite a few months now and it’s one of my favorites. Since I don’t use makeup daily and I’m always on the hunt for a glowy, dewy look, I think this product is one that gets the job done when I need it to. The Glow Mist gives my face a luminous and glowing look while still leaving me with a smooth complexion. It’s enriched with 13 natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts. It hydrates my skin while nourishing and also acts as a makeup setting spray while leaving my skin looking glowy and fresh. I use it in the morning or evening when I need it and I even spray some on my shoulders when I am wearing something that exposes them some. I love this product and I absolutely enjoy how it gives me that beachy (just get out of the water from a dip) look without being on the sand or getting wet.
Last but not least, let’s talk the Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist. First of all, I’m a morning person, so I love a product that just wakes up my skin so that I look like I feel – excited and ready to start my day. This mist offers a boost to my skin while revitalizing it and giving my complexion an awakened effect. The orange blossom water base is blended with skin-loving citrus fruit extracts, lavender, and arginine. This mist helps to strengthen and tone while adding hydration and a protective veil to the skin. It cools, refreshes and wakes up your skin to start your day. You can use this in the AM or PM and it works wonders for those days when you feel like you needed to snooze your alarm a few more times.
I am always excited to share Pixi products with all of you – especially when they are products that I’ve been loving lately. These are definitely some of my favorites and I’ll be stocking up on them as I run out.
I wanted to mention that Pixi is having a Friends & Family Sales Event – Save 20% OFF your order from May 16th to 23rd at http://pixibeauty.com (online orders only) This discount excludes Pixi Pretties Collection. Use CODE: pixifriends17 to get your discount.
So what about you, have you tried any of these awesome finds? If so, definitely let me know what you think of them. If not, is there anything you have your sites on?
Have a wonderful day and week.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. As with anything you see or read about here on my blog, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
I know Spring has hit Hawaii when I drive around the up country area where I live and notice purple blossoms from the Jacaranda trees that line our streets here. But, that is not the only thing that reminds me of spring – besides the trees and of course the weather, my skin texture and need for certain products definitely changes. I’ve been using Rodial products for about a year now and I find that my skin really soaks up all the benefits of the products during the cool spring months. It’s that time of the year when we are starting to transition from colder months to warmer here in Hawaii. Today, I’m going to share with you some products I’ve been using the last month from Rodial so let’s get to it, shall we?
Rodial is a UK based brand that recently made it’s way into the United States, offering a variety of skin care and cosmetic products. I have tried several products from their Dragon’s Blood, Stem Cell Super-Food and Snake lines and for the most part, I’ve been quite impressed with the products I’ve tried so far. Today I’m going to be sharing with you 5 products that are “new to me” and recently added to the Rodial line up.
The first products are makeup types and include the Baking Powder ($48.00) and The Baking Brush ($46.00).
The Baking Powder (New Product) is a loose setting powder (I got the color 01) that helps you to achieve the perfect flawless base for your makeup. This setting powder is silky and quite smooth which is ideal for “baking” your makeup – a technique that has been used for years in the drag communities and by makeup artists, and has recently (over the last year) become a popular step in the beauty community and YouTubers alike. Baking your makeup is all about flawlessly setting your makeup without creasing or caking.
While you can pretty much “bake your face” with any loose translucent powder – I prefer when doing this method of makeup that the powder be smooth and lightweight. I also prefer a powder that will add a bit of brightness to the face effortlessly, without leaving a white cast behind when sweeping the powder away. I must say – I was quite impressed with the Rodial Baking Powder. It’s smooth to the touch and feels great on the skin. Once you sweep the powder away – you are left with a flawless makeup application.
I will say however, that the amount of product you get – 4g / 0.14 oz Net. Wt. is not a lot considering the price tag. While a little goes a long way with the product, especially since it is such a finely milled powder, when using something like this specifically for baking, you will go through product quickly and I think at $48.00 – that’s quite a hefty cost to have to replenish the product when you need. The powder comes with a sifter which allows you to really get the right amount of product each time and hopefully eliminate an spill accident, but if you are someone who bakes your makeup often, you may need to buy a new one sooner.
If you are like me and rarely uses a technique like this, this product will last you a long time. It feels great on the skin, like silk and you’ll definitely enjoy it.
Ingredients: Ingredients: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Boron Nitride, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Aqua (Water), Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract May Contain (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)
Next is The Baking Brush (New Product). There’s not much to say about this brush except I really like it. This brush is perfect for removing powder or applying it to the under eye area because it is so so soft that it will not affect the under eyes with an pulling or tugging. This brush has been specifically designed with soft, dense hairs to allow for easy application of the loose powder as well as the perfect softness to remove the loose powder when your baking is done, leaving your skin looking flawless without “cake face”.
What I also love about this brush is that it is dense enough to pick up and apply any pressed powders and makes a wonderful bronzer brush for contouring or adding definition within the hollows of the cheek area and forehead. I found that I was able to get the perfect bronze with this brush because it blends the products effortlessly. The brush bristles are so soft. I’ve looked all over the website and couldn’t find information on the specific type of bristles the brush was made with, but have been advised by those that have used the brand that they are indeed synthetic brush hairs… which is awesome. It feels so good, you’ll definitely want to use this brush for everything and I have just about tried it on most of the my face products (with exception to foundation) and have enjoyed it. The ferule is very well made, tightly cinched in place and the handle, while it does have weight to it, is not overly heavy but balanced well in my hands. Yes, this brush is a bit costly, but considering the quality I’ve found it to have, I’m beyond impressed with it and I’ll definitely look into other brushes from the Rodial line.
Next in this line up I also tried a few more products from the Dragon’s Blood line. The Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper was definitely something I was excited to try when I seen it in the box. It’s an interesting product and I do enjoy a good lip plumper so I opened this product first before any of the others.
The Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper retails for $30.00 and you 3mL / 0.1 fl.oz. of product. Not that much product if you ask me, considering the price point. This lip plumper was designed to nourish your lips while boosting the lips volume instantly. They call it a “moisture-rich plumping miracle worker.” It’s suggested to apply this product twice daily generously to the lips or as often as needed to provide an instant boost of moisture and plumping action. The site also says that you may experience slight tingling sensation on your lips upon your initial application.
So here’s the deal. While I was very excited to see this product in my box when it arrived, after trying this particular one, it’s not my favorite in the bunch. First, getting the product out of the tube took quite a while. To dispense the product, you click the back of the pen like packaging till the product dispenses through the brush tip. Let’s just say that it took me well over 90 presses to get that darn thing to come out. By the time it was slowly making it’s way to the applicator, my fingers and hand was already uncomfortable and tired.
The brush made the product easy to apply, and I really liked that the actual lip product had a tint of color. It’s the perfect type of shade for a natural, everyday glossy look and the product, while just a bit sticky, applied pretty easily. I didn’t find any weird residue left on my lips through out the day and it wasn’t so sticky that I couldn’t purse my lips together after applied. I did find minimum stinging and tingling which was great (considering they use chilli extract as their ingredient for the plumping) and the smell was almost minty and kind of pleasant for me. I will say however, do not taste the stuff, it has an odd taste that really didn’t sit well for me… I’m not sure what it is, but I didn’t like it. It’s not chemical, but a weird mint and herb taste, if that makes any sense. The plumping was definitely instant after application but not abnormal. My lips seemed a fuller without looking weird and the effect was nice. This gloss like plumper does not last a long time, so you may need to reapply after it comes off for optimal effect.
Cautions: Contains chilli extract. In case of discomfort, discontinue use. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse well with water.
The Dragon’s Blood Velvet Cream was another product I got to test out. Retailing at $85.00 for 50mL / 1.7 fl.oz. worth of product, you get a good size tub of product for the price point. While it is expensive, considering the brand and their products, it’s something you can definitely expect. There’s one thing for sure with Rodial, their product packaging always goes with the particular product line, which I like and the packaging is nice and definitely well made.
This cream is interesting. It’s a rich cream with a texture that kind of reminds me of a whipped body butter. It applies smoothly and evenly and I love how nicely it blends and rubs into the skin. Rodial says that this cream offers a multi-dimensional hydration that leaves the skin feeling deeply nourished and I can definitely agree with that. After apply to my face I felt like my skin got a boost of moisture and I really love the fact that it doesn’t feel heavy and my skin just drinks it in. If you have dry skin like I do, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this cream. I found that using it at night has been best for me my skin feels soft and smooth the next morning. You can definitely use it morning or night – but for me the night use is best, but I have enjoyed using it during the day as well. It doesn’t have a bad scent, but smells oddly like a weird herbal citrus, I can’t quite figure it out. This product is expensive however, so I say if you can splurge, great – you’re skin will surely enjoy it. I also really like the fact that ingredients like Squalane are included so I can eliminate a few other products in my routine when using this cream.
The Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water is the last product that I got to try out this time around. Retailing for $36.00 the water includes 200 mL / 6.8 fl.oz. worth of product. The Cleansing Water was designed to remove all traces of makeup and give your skin a burst of freshness while hydrating and soothing your skin. This cleansing water can be used on both the face and the eyes and is formulated with rose water.
Honestly, I have been using cleansing and micellar waters on my eye area now for over a year. I know you shouldn’t but, I do and found that this particular one was quite gentle in that area. My eyes didn’t burn or feel irritated which I liked. Since this is a no-rinse formula, it was perfect to use for cleansing in the morning as well. With ingredients like rose water, vitamin B3 and the Dragon’s Blood – this product is said to soothe sensitive and stressed skin while illuminating and brightening the skin and evening out the skin tone. With some of my favorite ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3, I definitely am liking the results of this product. This particular product is perfect on days when it’s hot and my skin feels parched and I love that I can use it day or night and all over my face without any sensitivities or issues. It’s not a sticky liquid, but leaves my skin feeling hydrated so if I had to skip moisturizing for any reason, I know my skin will not be left overly dry after use.
Oh – did I mention how it removed my makeup? My waterproof mascara or brow pencils come off without any issue and I like that my eyes don’t burn at all, of course, if I got the product directly into my eye area – that may be a different story. This is a product I know I’ll for sure continue to buy and use – I could stock up on it because it truly is my favorite out of all the ones I wrote about in this post. I have very sensitive eyes and to find a product that doesn’t burn them, at all – well, yes… I must stock pile that like it’s the zombie apocalypse and I need them all.
Cautions: Avoid getting product directly in the eyes. If direct contact occurs rinse well with water.
Of course, each person’s skin and skin care routine differ and what may work for you – may not necessarily work for me and vice versa. Ultimately, I enjoyed most of the products I tried that I discussed in this post. I have used several products from Rodial over the last year and have enjoyed “most” of them. I do think some of the products can be a bit overpriced, but considering the brand name, you often pay for the brand name and reputation. Many of the ingredients in these products are really nice for the skin. I’ve been using these products now for about a month and I haven’t noticed any sensitivities (I do have sensitive skin) and I can’t say that I’ve experienced any weird breakouts. If I had to suggest at least one product from the five I talked about here today, I definitely think trying the Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water would be a good one to start with.
So – while this post was a bit “long winded” I wanted to make sure to be able to provide you with as much information that I could so you could decide if this brand or these products would work for you. As I mentioned before, I do have other products that I’ve shared on social media but didn’t quite write about here, and I plan to over the next few weeks (so stay tuned). You can purchase these products at: http://www.rodial.co.uk/us/ – I love that they are available in the US now.
What about you? Have you tried any products from Rodial or any of them that I’ve discussed in this post? Are there any products that you tried that I must get my hands on? Let me know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. However, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see or read about on this site. Free products, press samples or sponsored posts do not warrant an automatic “positive review” at any time. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
Hello party people. It seems like I’ve been a little MIA this week, but I promise I have good reason as to why. You see, all three of my boys are on Spring Break, so that basically means mommy is on break too so we’ve been busy spring cleaning the house, donating and having lots of fun. So, I’ve taken a little break from the blog a few days this week to play and have some fun with my family. Nonetheless though, I wanted to share with you some products I’ve been loving from Jordana Cosmetics. The Contour N’ Highlight Sticks are new to me, having just come across them about 2 weeks ago at my local drugstore, but the Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lipsticks are a formula I know about and I was so excited to get my hands on some shades that are wearable. (You can read about my review on these from last year, here)
Let’s talk about the Contour N’ Highlight Sticks. These retail for $4.99 each and you can select from the Jordana Sculpt N’ Go Creamy Contour Stick which offers three different contour shades (Light, Medium and Deep) and come in an easy to use stick form. The Contour sticks help you add shape and definition to your features in 30 seconds or less. What makes these so fun is that they are mistake-proof, blendable and matte with a buildable formula for soft to glam looks. I have it in the color Deep, which is actually darker than I had thought but it blends out so well, the darker color works for my skin tone.
I use the Contour stick and apply below my cheekbones, jawline, hairline and sides of my nose. While the tip of this stick is pointed for great precision, after lots of use I’m sure it will take away the point but applying the product is still easy. I have been loving how easy this product is to blend out and the way it feels on my skin is wonderful. It has a kind of cream to powder texture. After applying, I blend it out to a powder like finish so it doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on the skin and I don’t notice that it oxidizes or looks too heavy. I love how light weight it feels and I’m very amazed at how much I’m enjoying this stick. It’s perfect for daily use for light contouring or for a full blown glammed up look.
The Jordana Glow N’ Go Creamy Strobing Stick also comes in three shades – Pearl Glow, Champagne, and Gold. I have Champagne (Radiant Glow) and have really been loving this product as much as the contour stick. This product is the perfect creamy and blendable highlighter stick that melts flawlessly onto the skin for a mistake proof application. You can use this product to create the perfect strobe or for a light and subtle highlight for everyday use. Like the Contour Stick, the Creamy Strobing Stick is also creamy and blends out to a powder like finish.
This product can be applied above the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, center of the forehead and below and above lips to add glow where desired. It’s also easily blended with your fingers. It doesn’t feel heavy or too creamy and I haven’t noticed any creasing. It’s perfect to use on it’s own or set with a powder highlight.
Each product offers a Net Wt. of 0.23 oz / 6.5 g so for the price point you get a lot of product to use and it’s easy to repurchase when it’s used up.
Jordana is one of my favorite drugstore cosmetic brands and I thought these would be something fun to use, but I didn’t realize I would like it as much as I did. I’m really impressed – especially because of the price point and how well they performed considering its cost.
Now let’s talk about the Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Colors. These retail for $4.99 and as I mentioned previously, I actually have a review on my blog with a few of the shades. The bright pink, coral and purple shade I got last year are definitely not my daily wearers so I had been on a hunt now for a while in hopes of finding more neutral tones at my local stores to add to my collection.
I found four gorgeous shades that are wearable every day tones in nude pinks and browns that I just love. So, while I did provide a review for you on these lippies initially last year, today I’m sharing swatches of these colors. If you are looking for wearable shades that are comfortable on the lips – I definitely suggest picking these babies up.
I picked up the following colors: Rose Macaron, Creme Brulee, Tiramisu and Cinnamon Toast. Cinnamon Toast a new color added to the line not too long ago, but the other three were a part of the collection, though I just couldn’t get my hands on them. I had been on the hunt for Creme Brulee for months now and I’m so glad I found it at Walgreens a few weeks ago.
I love these shades because they are not only wearable but these matte lipsticks are one of my most comfortable to wear. They are creamy when applied and while they dry down to a matte finish, I find that my lips do not feel overly dry. They are creamy and feel almost whipped like when applying to the lips and I just love their longevity. Jordana has a variety of colors from bold and red to nudes and pinks so you really get a lot of lip colors to choose from. They also have the same type of doe foot applicator that the others I reviewed have and I enjoy them.
Net wt. 0.11 oz / 3 g in each tube of lipstick
These colors stay on for hours – they claim it’s a 16 Hour Wear time and I can get at least 10 hours without any budging. They are infused with Vitamin A, made in the USA and are water resistant. What I love is that you get 12 gorgeous shades for any and all skin tones.
The video below is my original review of the Jordana Sweet Creme Matte Liquid Lipsticks, but I thought I would include it anyway. My thoughts haven’t changed at all with these lippies.
Honestly, I’m always impressed with Jordana products. There’s a reason why most of their products are a part of my collection – I enjoy them and like them. If you are someone like me that loves a no-fuss kind of makeup look, you’ll surely love how easy these products are to use. I definitely suggest checking them out if you haven’t already and see how they fit in your every day makeup routine.
You can purchase these products at: https://www.jordanacosmetics.com or at select drugstores that sell these products. I got mine at Walgreens.
So – what about you, have you tried any of these before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them if you have or if not, do you think you’d get any use out of these beauties?
Disclaimer: I purchased these products with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything found on this site. Affiliate links may be listed through out.
I’m sure over the last couple of months you have seen the release of the It’s Judy Time Eye and Lip Palettes. I was definitely ecstatic to hear they were hitting stores and the site because It’s Judy Time or Judy Travis has been one of my long time favorite YouTubers. I remember when I first started YouTube 10 years ago and we had started our channels around the same time. She would do her videos from her little apartment, teaching subscribers how to do easy hair styles and makeup looks. This was before her and Benji even got married and definitely before they had their children – Juliana and the Twins. I love when I am able to watch the life of a YouTuber grow and I feel like our lives all have similarities, ya know. Anyway – I’m off on a tangent here, regardless of what and why – I was definitely excited to see that Pixi collaborated with such a beauty. Today I’m going to be sharing with you the Eye and Lip Palettes from the ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty Collaboration. I don’t have any looks to share but figured I could provide my overall thoughts on the palettes as well as swatches. I noticed that they are popping up at my local Target – so maybe you could use this post as a reference if it’s something you’re interested in getting.
ItsEyeTime palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty) consists of 12 gorgeously pigmented and silky eye shadows. Retailing for $24.00 I was definitely impressed by how soft and easy to blend these shades were. I’m a neutral girl at heart so a palette that allows me to take a look from day to night while still giving me shades that I can use for an all-over-the-lid look, it’s definitely a must have for me.
This palette was created so that the wearer could seemlessly transition their look from day to night and have a palette they could turn to for their every day looks. There are a mixture of matte and shimmer shades and a variety of neutral tones (both warm and cool) so that it would suit many skin tones.
This palette was created with the neutrals that you need in your everyday life and makes it simple and easy.
“The palettes I created with Pixi are straight to the point, simple. I like that it’s compact. If you’re a girl on the go – I like that you can just grab it and go. You can even just use your fingers.” – ItsJudyTime
As you can see from the swatches, this palette is gorgeous. I’ll be honest, I would have bought the palettes just because they were created by one of my favorite YouTubers, but I’m over the moon excited by the quality. Each shade really was smooth and creamy/buttery in texture. When I swatched each, they were swatched on my arm with no primer and really applied easily. Blending them was effortless and this would be a great palette for a beginner or pro. Highly pigmented and easy to use for anyone for sure. This palette has easily become one of my favorites in my collection and for someone who is a makeup collector, that says a lot.
Ingredients for eye shadow palette: “Snowflake/ Getaway/ Ping INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Bubbly INGREDIENTS: Mica, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Itsmommyslife/ Good Morning/ Honey Bear/ Tu-Tu/ Dark Chocolate/ Aww Snap INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Brick INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).
Net. Wt. = 1.2g x 12
Next in the collaboration is the ItsLipTime Palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty). Also retailing for $24.00, the ItsLipTime palette features 12 lip cremes in an array of shades. You get wearable, super flattering colors that have all been mixed by Judy. Each lip color is hydrating and are easy to apply with your finger or a lip brush.
The colors were created in this lip palette so that you could wear them solo, mix or layer them to create a variety of endless shade options. The lip cremes have a soft fruit like fragrance (mainly because Judy wanted to have a scent since she enjoys smelling lipsticks – if you watch her vlogs, you know this), but definitely not an overpowering scent.
This lip palette will take you from day to night and all year round. The shades range from soft nudes to pinks and show stopping berry and red tones. You are getting a variety of blendable shades to create the looks for any day and time.
Now – I’m loving this palette and the wide range, but like with any lipstick palette, you definitely have to build the color up. Is that a bad thing? In my opinion, no. That really means you can custom make your own shades, and they are still all very pigmented colors which allow you to apply a wash of color on your lips or go full out glam – it’s truly up to you.
Over the last month or so I’ve been blending Juliana Bear and B Did It to create a very wearable and pouty pink for my everyday wear. I absolutely love the shades Judy selected in this palette and found that it’s becoming a staple in my makeup collection. I love that each shade is creamy and feels great on the lips. Moisturizing and soft without drying out my pout. Furthermore, I am so loving the fact that there is no shimmer in this palette – you get creamy lipsticks without the glitter, that makes me love it even more.
Ingredients of lip palette: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax (Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Cera), Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mica, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Flavor (Aroma), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, BHT, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]
Net. Wt. = 0.76g x 12
Each of the palettes have the same type of packaging, which I love because it really makes them look like a set. While they do not have a mirror attached, each palette comes with a little sticky mirror which you can attach with the adhesive on the inside if you feel the need. I haven’t attached mine because I found I haven’t needed it. But, again – these palettes were made so that they could be used on the go as well. They are compact, while still offering sturdy packaging so they would be perfect for travel.
I absolutely love that the shades all have names – hallelujah, that’s such a big deal for me… because when I’m doing my makeup I like to reference the color choices. And, I love that each shade name is listed on the back of the palette for easy reference – no funky pieces of plastic to get tossed out later. One of my favorite things about this collaboration is that these products are available at Target stores. I’m so excited for Judy and love when I walk into my local Target and see the palette in display. It makes me excited and happy.
You see, I watched Judy grow over the years and watched her YouTube channel flourish into well over 1 million subscribers. She’s literally a household name and as a YouTube and blogger myself, I’m excited to see that this is happening for one of our own. One day, I can only hope that something like this would happen for me. I’m a dreamer, but I love seeing people succeed and Judy is one of my favorites so to watch this unfold, it’s definitely exciting.
You can purchase these palettes at: https://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store where available.
Have you tried any of these palettes from Pixi Beauty and ItsJudyTime yet? If not, do you have your sites set on any of them? Comment below and let me know.
Oh am I excited to share these gorgeous beauties with all of you. A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the “You Had Me At Aloha” Palette from Cargo Cosmetics (you can read about it here) and I really wanted to share these gorgeous thangs with you then, but decided that the palette truly needed it’s own post devoted strictly to it’s u’i-ness (u’i means beauty in Hawaiian). So, today – I finally get the chance to share with all of you the Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Sticks from the New Spring and Summer 2017 Collection.
The Cargo Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Sticks retail for $20.00 each pencil. The new Spring and Summer collection for 2017 includes eight gorgeous shades that offer you wearable shades or pops of colors to create your show stopping Spring and Summer looks. These eye shadow sticks basically were created to work well with the You Had Me At Aloha Palette (which is also a part of the same release). These shadow sticks are lightweight, creamy and crease proof. They are water-resistant and offer you high coverage color in a formula that glides the lids or eyes effortlessly. Once the shadow stick is applied, the formula has a 20 second play time to be blended (so work quickly) before it sets. Once it sets, the color stays true and lasts as long as you do. It comes off when you take it off.
I love the longevity and lasting power of these shadow sticks. They work well for me on the the lower lash line, even through my water eyes and allergies. But, while they will last all day and don’t crease on my oily lids, they are still fairly easy to remove when it’s time to come off. The shades are perfect for me to use every day as an all over the lid look or on the go when I need quick color to bring out my brown eyes. No matter the reason, these are perfect and I like that they are creamy enough to use as a base for the shadows in the palette from the collection.
Use these shadow sticks to create an entire eye look and blend easily with a brush or your finger tips. I love using Paradise Bay (turquoise) as a pop of color on the lower lash line. Glacier Bay also makes a great shade to apply to my waterline to help brighten my eyes or to the inner corner of my eyes to make my eyes seem more open and wide.
Considering the long wear and how creamy your shade stick is – you get quite a bit of product which means you’ll be able to create countless looks utilizing the different shades.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Ozokerite, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Polyethylene, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite. May Contain (+/-):mica(Ci 77019),titanium Dioxide(Ci 77891), Iron Oxides(Ci 77499, Ci 77492, Ci 77491), Blue 1 Lake(Ci 42090).
I have had the chance to try out quite a bit of products from Cargo Cosmetics over the year. And, I may sing their praises but I’m always impressed with the products they produce and I’m honestly surprised that Cargo is not talked about as much as they should be. The brand consistently puts out great products and these are definitely no exception. I think any of these shadow sticks (while a bit on the pricier side) give you the option of creating a showstopping glam look or something every day for you to use. The options are endless. Prior to trying any of the shadow sticks from this collection, I have already owned several from a previous collection and have loved and enjoyed them.
You can purchase these and more from http://cargocosmetics.com
How about you? Do you think you could get some use out of these beauties? If so, what color do you have your sites on? If you already own one, or two or more, let me know what colors you love in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review/feature consideration. As with anything you read or see on this site, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
It’s that time of year when I start to pick up a few key items when it comes to makeup. The last few years I haven’t done much makeup shopping – to be honest, I’ve been doing really well with my spending. But, I tend to pick up a few items to try towards the first few months of a new year. About 3 weeks ago I found myself browsing through the aisles at my local Walmart – mainly because I was getting my oil changed and had nothing to do for an hour. I know, I know – bad idea. But, I found that it was actually a good time to check out the new cosmetic finds. Within the last couple of months, Wet n Wild released their Perfect Pout Gel Lip Balms and I had seen a bunch in stock at Walmart at about $2.99 a pop so I decided, hey – I want to try these and I picked them up. Today I’m going to be sharing with you my thoughts on the Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Gel Lip Balms and we’ll see if they were a hit for me.
Wet n Wild claims that this is their 1st Gel lip balm that provides a natural looking, sheer gloss that glides on smoothly while delivering lasting moisture and a sheer, glossy color. I picked up a total of five shades, mainly because I really want to see the different range of colors and how they would work with my skin tone. In all honesty, I didn’t think these would pack much of a color.
These Perfect Pout Gel Lip Balms come in 7 different shades. Wet n Wild says that these are more glamorous than your regular lip balm, yet more natural looking than lipstick with it’s breakthrough color and gel formula.
“Your pout gets wrapped in luxury and kissed with a soft, barely there shade of glossy gorgeousness. You will never want to be without it.”
Now, for years I have been a fan of the Maybelline Baby Lips. This particular lip balm is ideal for me to take on the go and toss in my purse while offering my lips a smooth balm that is perfect for every day use. I had wondered if these Perfect Pout Lip Balms from Wet n Wild were similar. After applying the first color on my lips (while in the waiting area of Walmart because my lips didn’t have any balm and were feeling dry), I was immediately impressed with how easily this balm glided on. I didn’t have a mirror to look at the color so I had no idea what it looked like on. I went to the car when my oil change was complete and realized that I had a really pretty soft pink hue to my lips. I was impressed. Having used Maybelline Baby Lips for years and knowing that while they offered a tint of color – because my lips are darker than most, I don’t see the hue very often. I was very impressed with the color payoff of the Wet n Wild.
So, let’s get down to business… how are these lip balms? First, if I had to compare them to Maybelline Baby Lips, honestly – I don’t think I’d buy a Baby Lips again. I love the pigmentation on these lippies, they have nice color and perfect for my style. The fact that the tinted ones show up on my dark toned lips are a big deal for me. They allow me to put them on and run out the door looking put together. They glide on a lot easier than Baby Lips as well. There are times when some of my Baby Lips balms slightly tug on my lips when applying. I’m thinking that the gel formula may have some to do with the slip. If you are looking for a lip product with slip and that glides on – you’ll enjoy this one.
The Perfect Pout Balms feel good on the lips but you certainly have to reapply after eating and drinking. They are not really long lasting and longevity is basic – nothing to write home to mom about. But, I feel for the cost and the basic need of these, they work.
With regard to moisturizing the lips – they definitely moisturize my lips and I haven’t noticed any drying or odd feeling after using all day. I have been enjoying these for every day use because I have a few colors to choose from and they are perfect for days I have no makeup or only mascara.
These lip balms feel very comfortable on the lips – lots of slip for someone like me who loves to pucker their lips often. The color does transfer onto anything your lips touch – including my husband’s lips but it still looks fairly natural so he wasn’t too bothered by it. These are very glossy on – so it looks like you have something on your lips for sure. I love how smooth it is and how smooth it leaves my lips. Formulated with Vitamin E, Avocado Oil and a proprietary Phytosterol complex – my lips are left feeling quite nice.
Ingredients: Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5 – 9 Acid Esters, CaprylicCapric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Bis – BehenylIsostearylPhytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Coco – glycerides, Phytosteryl Oleate, Mineral OilHuile minerale, Euphorbia Cerifera Candelilla WaxCire de candelilla, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Persea Gratissima Avocado Oil, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, OleicLinoleicLinolenic Polyglycerides, FlavorAroma, Ricinus Communis Castor Seed Oil, Cetyl PEGPPG – 101 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Polyglyceryl – 4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Squalane, EthylenePropyleneStyrene Copolymer, ButyleneEthyleneStyrene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra – di – t – butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Ubiquinone, MAY CONTAINPEUT CONTENIR Titanium DioxideCI 77891, Red 21 LakeCI 45380, Red 7 LakeCI 15850, Red 28 LakeCI 45410, Yellow 5 LakeCI 19140, Red 30 LakeCI 73360, Blue 1 LakeCI 42090, Iron OxidesCI 77491, CI 77499
There is a huge con for these lippies however. Do NOT leave these in the car, especially if it is a hot day. I’m thinking due to the gel-like formula, they melt easier. I left mine in my purse and ran into the store to grab a bottle of water. I was only gone about 5 minutes and when I came back to the car – it was so soft it basically mushed some what. It wasn’t even a hot day – so I was disappointed to find how soft the product was after the short time. This is the type of balm you definitely don’t want to leave in your pocket because your body heat can melt or soften the product easily.
These lip balms are very lightly scented in my opinion – I could smell a hint of what I thought was a fruit like fragrance, but couldn’t quite figure it out and I didn’t find that they had any flavor – maybe it was just me. Overall – at the price point, (they are cheaper here in Hawaii than Maybelline Baby Lips) I think I may replace these in the future when I run out of them.
You can purchase these products where ever Wet n Wild products are sold – I have been seeing them at Walmart, Walgreens, Target and CVS here. They are also available online at Wetnwildbeauty.com
So what about you? Have you heard or tried these lip balms from Wet n Wild? Do you think these are worth checking out. If you do, definitely let me know in the comments below your thoughts.
Have a great day.
Disclaimer: I purchased these products with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased – as with anything you see on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
If you didn’t already know – I am born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Maui. While it’s quite expensive to live here, it’s my island home and I’m proud of it. My families roots and ancestry go back several years and my Great Grandmother was even of 100% Hawaiian ancestry. Because of this, I’m always VERY proud of where I come from and the great things that Hawaii has to offer. The islands are a wonder of talent, many of which come from the music industry. My parents are musicians, so I have definitely seen my fair share of talented song birds and instrument players over the years. One very talented person who comes from my island home of Maui is Anuhea Jenkins and I’m excited to share that she has recently collaborated with one of my favorite cosmetic brands, Cargo Cosmetics. Today I’m going to share with you the You Had Me At Aloha palette – a new and limited edition release. Let’s learn more about it, shall we?
This gorgeous limited edition palette called: You Had Me At Aloha is hawaiian themed with 12 gorgeous shadows. Retailing for just $34.00 this palette includes a very versatile mix of neutral shades and pops of color to create gorgeous and stunning eye looks. Each shade is inspired by Hawaii’s beautiful natural beaches and floral and forest landscapes.
The shades through out the palette are laid out in 3 quads and 6 duos to perfectly coordinate and achieve both day and night looks. I have also been enjoying pairing different colors outside of the coordinated tones (like Kai, Lei, Shaka and Shell) to create my own custom looks. The palette also comes with a versatile dual-ended eye shadow brush that will allow you to apply the color and blend as well as a black pencil eye liner that can be sharpened to complete your entire look.
Hula – champagne (shimmer)
Waikiki – light peach (matte)
Hapuna – ivory (matte)
Kona – medium brown (shimmer)
Shell – light pink pearl (shimmer)
Shaka – medium pink purple (matte)
Hibiscus – light yellow (matte)
Island – peach (shimmer)
Kai – teal (shimmer)
Tiki – deep brown (matte)
Lei – violet (matte)
Luau – aubergine (shimmer)
I’ve had this palette now for a few weeks (since it was released on Cargo’s website) and I was not only intrigued but very excited to get it when I posted about the collaboration between Cargo and Anuhea last year. When I talked about the collaboration months ago, I had no idea what the products would be or the colors so as soon as I seen it… I fell in love. This particular palette screams “Honey” to me because the colors within are literally those that I use all the time or my favorite and must-have types of shades. But, the fact that Anuhea is a local girl from Maui and signed as Ambassador of one of my favorite brands, really was the icing on the cake for me.
The shimmer shades through out this palette are absolutely stunning and gorgeous and each have a really nice texture. The matte shades definitely wowed me more than I had expected. Perfectly selected to have the mattes you need to create a whole eye look. I am always impressed with the quality of Cargo’s products and I’m amazed they are not hyped up as much as other brands. I have several palettes from Cargo but I think this is my favorite.
“As a Hawaii girl, I’m really proud to share this collaboration with all of you. This beautiful palette is a must have for the makeup lover – especially if you enjoy colors like these. Wearable shades with pops of color to help you create a stunning look.” – Honey
Let’s talk about the packaging… first, how beautiful is this Hawaii themed palette. I think the design on the cover and the gold foiling really add a special touch. For years to come, this will be a palette I will love having in my collection – even if just to hold for sentimental sake because the packing is gorgeous. The colors are all named after places in Hawaii or things about Hawaii which I love. I also love how so many of the colors represent its name perfectly – for example: Kai (which is the teal shimmery shade in the palette) is Ocean in hawaiian. And Hapuna which is a gorgeous location on the island of Hawai’i (Big Island) is a beautiful ivory matte shade which is reminiscent of the location that Hapuna is – tranquil, quaint, a golf resort area and great beaches for surfing. Kona, a medium brown tone represents one of the main towns on the island of Hawai’i is lined with lava rack along the western coast and you’ll find various coffee farms & many historic landmarks on the island there. All of the names of this palette correspond so well with the color it represents.
Hawaiian born singer and songwriter, Anuhea, is one of the most popular talents to originate from Hawaii. She charted top ten on the iTunes Pop, R&B and Reggae charts as well as the Billboard Heatseakers and World Music Charts. Anuhea has shared the stage with Bruno Mars, Babyface, Al Green, FloRida, Hoobastank, Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley. She won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawaii’s version of the Grammy’s, for Contemporary Album of the Year and Most Promising Artist. Eight of her songs consecutively made it to #1 in Hawaii including, “Higher than the Clouds.”
This gorgeous palette and the collection of products in collaboration with Anuhea has been available in over 1,100 Kohl’s department stores as of February 2017. Anuhea will be appearing in all elements of the brand’s comprehensive marketing campaign including the print and digital advertising, in-store displays, public relations and even event appearances and social media. I recently watched a live mini concert that she did via social media two weeks ago at Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu where she debuted her song “You Had Me At Hello” and talked about the line with Cargo.
You can get your hands on this palette currently at: Cargocosmetics.com and at Kohl’s stores throughout the United States.
So, will you be getting your hands on this limited edition beauty? If so, I’d love to hear all about it. While I don’t know Anuhea personally, I feel like I do have a personal connection with her since she is from my island home. I’m excited to see this collaboration (keep an eye out for more products I’ll be sharing from the collab coming soon) and I’m wishing her all the best in her continued success.
Maui No Ka Oi
Disclaimer: This product was purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out. The image of Anuhea was provided to me from Cargo Cosmetics as part of PR purposes.
It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is approaching. Now, I’m kind of late the punch in getting this post up this year, but I digress… and it’s getting done anyway, right? I’ve said this time and time again, but while my husband and I celebrate Valentine’s Day, we both feel that our love for one another should be shown and given every single day of the year – every day of our lives. Let’s face it, some of you may find that corny, but the fact of the matter is… we shouldn’t need a holiday to celebrate love, right? Regardless, each year I share a great little gift guide for you – whether you decide you are going to take advantage of it for the holiday or any time of the year or use it to treat yourself, it’s entirely up to you. So, without further adieu, let’s get into some Valentine’s Gifts shall we?
Let’s talk about rings… jewelry per say. Now, if you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while, then you know that my husband is a law enforcement officer. Over the years we have looked for rings that he can use that are not only stylish, but that will allow him to be able to use his rings to work. In the type of job he has, a metal, gold or silver band can injure the finger and are a huge safety concern. While it’s allowed for them to use it, it’s suggested that they use a silicone band to help protect against injury and to aid in safety. That’s where FX8 (Fixate) comes in to play. These fun silicone ring bands are made of Premium Medical-Grade Silicone. They are stylish, functional and definitely durable. The are comfortable to wear with a tapered dome design and are available in Men’s & Women’s styles and sizes. I like the fact that they offer custom engraving and these rings are designed for an active lifestyle.
Outside of work, we can use our regular wedding rings, but while my husband is at work, I know that this ring will work well for him. Athletes, racers, extreme sports participants, fitness and gym trainers, mechanics, military personnel, construction and factory works and law enforcement officials all enjoy wearing these.
Each Fixate ring comes with a durable ring bag with a rugged metal “S” clip that is large enough to fit your drivers license, credit card, cash, ring and earbuds. They are priced reasonably, starting at $19.95+ and while they are not the ideal choice for many, in our instance, it works for my family and our lifestyle. They come in a variety of different colors too – so I think they are perfect for anyone and they are definitely an affordable, cost effective choice.
Get your FX8 bands here: https://fixatedesigns.com/
Now, I consider Valentine’s Day to also be Gal-entine’s Day. A fun way to celebrate your lovely gal pals is by giving them a little treat for themselves. Let’s face it, most of us love makeup and what better way to have a little fun and treat ourselves and our gals by giving them some makeup delights. Bodyography is a new to me brand, as well as Omega Labs USA. I thought this would be an awesome time to share the products with you while giving some ideas for shade choices that make great gifts.
Looking for a classic red lipstick? Try out Bodyography’s Lipstick in Red China ($17.00 – 0.13 oz/3.7g). I talk about how I think red lips are so enduring and this shade is showstopping. With a satin matte finish, this gorgeous and long lasting lipstick is super-pigmented and contains moisturizing Aloe Vera as the base to help protect the lips from signs of aging. Rich mineral pigments provide amazing color payoff and you can find a variety of shades in ranges from pinks to purple and nudes as well as finishes of creams, shimmers, sheers and satin mattes.
The Bodyography Glitter Pigments ($23.00 – 0.105 oz/3g) are also a great choice for a little sparkle any time of year. These one of a kind eye shadows are made with a technology that incorporates the saturation of a loose pigment, the cushion of a cream, and the silkiness of a powder. These gorgeous pigments are high glitter with a gorgeous pearl finish.
This gorgeous shade I have here is called Halo. It’s a very shimmery and sparkly silver that reminds me of tinsel. This color is quite bold but would make a wonderful eye lid topper to add a little sparkle and shine or popped right into the inner corner of the eye to brighten the eyes while adding a little sparkle.
There are eight colors to choose from total. A little of this product will go a long way and I definitely suggest applying this product wet or foiled using a synthetic brush or with your finger and utilizing tapping motions when applying the product to the lid or where ever you want to go. This is not your usual mica style pigment where it is finely milled. These pigments are much more glittery so using these as a standalone shadow may pose some challenges. But, they are glittery and gorgeous and I think definitely something fun for anyone to try. Besides… we all love glitter, don’t we ladies?
I love getting nail polish as gifts and these gorgeous polishes from Omega Labs are long wearing lacquers available in a wide array of high fashion shades. Omega Labs lacquers are free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor. I have the color 389 Peek-A-Boo, a gorgeous nude toned soft peach shade is that is perfect for every day wear or a night out on the town. The shade is neutral and gorgeous. Omega Labs Nail Lacquers retail for $7.00 (0.44 fl.oz.)
Now, I obviously couldn’t leave out a little bath and body action, right? I mean come on… nothing says Valentine’s Day like a little body treatment. One of my favorite Bath & Body brands, FarmHouse Fresh released this gorgeous Whoopie! Deluxe Gift Set that features the White Velvet Hand and Body Creams, Body Wash and Candle all of which have the irresistible whoopie pie aroma. Let me just say – this is a set that I love and have purchased one for each of my sisters this year. I know they will LOVE it.
Packaged in a “ready to gift” box, this Deluxe Gift Set offers one of my favorite fragrances from FarmHouse Fresh. I am loving the buttercream aroma that wafts through the air when I open any of these products. This gorgeous set includes these wonderfully smelling delectables (do not eat them) amd retao;s fpr $54.00. I can’t rave enough about this set and I loved it so much the last month that I had to pick up a set for each of my sisters (I have two) because I know they would love it. With moisture boosting properties in each of these and a great smelling candle to fill a room with a sweet fragrance, I’m a happy camper.
*I plan to have a review detailing each product in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that.
This this set and so much more at: http://www.farmhousefreshgoods.com/
Not everyone is into body care, makeup and jewelry – but house decor is always something fun. That’s why I am recommending a gorgeous Mandala Tapestry from Rajrang. Whether you decide to get a Single, Double or Round tapestry these are just gorgeous pieces of art. I use mine as a throw, but you can definitely use it anyway you please. A few popular ways are to use them as a wall hanging, home decor and in some cases, just like me – some may want to use this as a layout blanket. I have taken it to the park or beach to lay on while reading a book. These are made of a good quality fabric and are absolutely gorgeous. Did I mention these were affordable? I even like using these as backdrops to my videos and photos because they are so easy to work with. Starting at about $10.00+, these beauties would make a great gift for anyone, anytime of the year.
Purchase a gorgeous mandala tapestry for you or someone you love at: https://www.rajrang.com/
Last on my list is some gorgeous fragrances from DefineMe which I think would make an absolutely wonderful gift for any of your gal pals. This is the Girls’ Night Set which includes the Audry and Sofia Isabel fragrances for $74.00. This gorgeous set includes a combination of romantic florals and sweet intoxicating citrus.
Audry’s notes include: jasmine, peony, rose and sandalwood
Sofia Isabel’s notes include: mandarin, black currant, jasmine and sugar.
Layered together this set is a wonderful fragrance I absolutely enjoy wearing and I think many of my girlfriends would enjoy this as a gift.
Now that I have shared a few favorites with all of you, I think you’ll have a list of fab items you could share with a loved one or pick up for your best friend or yourself. I often get asked why it is that my lists like these are so odd and often times provide “interesting” items. Here’s the deal… I love sharing a variety of products with all of you and many times I select them based on the fact that they are what I’m liking, enjoying and are favorites at that time or any given moment. These are just suggestions of products I’ve tried, purchased or that I was sent to try and I like. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if this is something you may want to check out for yourself or to buy as a gift. I also didn’t include many “male friendly” items in this gift collection this time around, mainly because I am just not sure what the hubby would like this year so I’m at a lost as to what to suggest. Remember, like I said before – Valentine’s Day should be considered an “every day” kind of holiday. Love should be celebrated each and every day. Heck, my husband and I do it and it is a part of who we are. No matter what you decide, make your Valentine’s Day something special – even if it means just treating yourself to something you like.
Happy Love Day, Every Day!
Check out some of my previous posts over the years for Valentine’s Day inspiration:
Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this post were sent for review consideration while some were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are listed through out.
When it comes to my “Go-To” makeup products, lip color or lip balm and mascara are my everythang… they are the only two things I know I MUST have. But, a great lip color that will last and look good for hours on end – well, come on ladies… we all know it’s practically impossible. And, finding a lip color that my husband doesn’t mind wearing – well, obviously – there is no such thing… ha ha! A few months ago I was introduced to LipSense and boy has it been a lifesaver. Today I’m going to share with you a few gorgeous shades that I got from Bombshell Cosmetics and we’ll chat a little more about these lippies that have made such a huge impression on me.
Bombshell Cosmetics – which is owned by Lauren Williamson, sells a plethora of Senegence products, which also include LipSense lip shades in a variety of shades. Like I mentioned before, I have used LipSense before and have massed quite a few shades in my collection. It has easily become one of my favorite longwearing lipsticks to date. Why? Well, it’s simple – I don’t have to worry about touch up while on the go and I can kiss my husband without worry of color transfer on him. He likes that and I like kissing him 😀 I think the ultimate test for any lipstick is to try a dark shade or a red with a kiss test and if it passes, it’s a win.
*On my lips (above) I’m wearing SheLaLa – a gorgeous standard red. SheLaLa was applied with three layers of color and topped with Glossy Gloss to not only set the lip color but to provide that gorgeous glossy and plump lip you see.
*The photo above (the lip swatch) is what my lips looked like after about 6 hours of wear – through eating, drinking, kissing, etc. I reapplied the glossy gloss to add more shine, moisturize my lips and I was ready to conquer the world once again.
Through eating, drinking, kissing and long hours running errands or out and about, the only touch ups I need to do is to reapply the gloss – which not only secures the lip color on your lips during initial application, but it also keeps the lips moisturized so it doesn’t dry out. After hours of using the same color – through wear and tear and a ton of trials, my colors are always exactly as they were when I applied them. I never have to worry about my bright reds rubbing off and causing a scene.
*To mix it up a bit for all of you – I applied Pumpkin Spice to my lips – three layers total and topped the lip color with Matte Gloss, which I had in my personal collection. Matte Gloss is obviously matte, but will set your lip color in place like Glossy Gloss does and give your lips a matte finish.
Pumpkin Spice has been a great welcome to my collection of colors because it is the perfect “Honey” shade and great for me to use every day to add some color to my lips.
How to apply LipSense:
Make sure your lips are clean and dry. You can choose to define your lips with the LinerSense first, also available from Bombshell Cosmetics. I tend to use the doe foot applicator to define my line when applying.
Make sure your lips are parted and apply the LipSense product with the applicator, beginning at the outside corner of your lip – while spreading the lip color. Make sure you are sweeping the color on in one motion, do not go back and forth or remove the applicator.
Apply three layers (letting each layer dry about five seconds) before applying the next layer. This is important, because if the layers do not dry, it will start to rub off the previous layers you applied.
Once you have applied the three layers, let the last layer dry and then apply your top coat – Glossy Gloss, Matte Gloss, etc. (there are a ton of different glosses available). This gloss will not only set your lip color so it is long lasting, but it’s a moisturizing gloss that will keep your lips moist while wearing.
A few suggestions… I definitely suggest taking your gloss topper with you on the go. This is great to add to your lips should they start to feel dry. Also note that you cannot use any other gloss with LipSense color as it will not set your lipstick properly and that’s when it will come off.
*In the photo above, I’m using LipSense in Pumpkin Spice topped with Matte Gloss. This photo was taken after 7 hours or so of use. As you can see, there is some fading and some of the lip color is coming off, however – I noticed that this happens more with lip colors with shimmer. This color lasted through a 10 hour day before I finally removed it.
When purchasing your LipSense color – I highly suggest getting a Collection, especially if it is your first time buying or trying the product. The collection includes the Lip Color of your choice as well as a Glossy Gloss and Ooops! Remover. The collection retails for $55.00. Why do I suggest this you might add? Well, I have found that the lip color is easiest removed with the Ooops! Remover as many of my traditional makeup removers (even my cleansing oils and coconut oil) do not remove the product easily or on their own. Also – you’ll need a Glossy Gloss to set your product, so it’s going to save you some time if you get them altogether.
LipSense Color – $25.00
LipSense Glossy Gloss – $20
LipSense Ooops! Remover – $10.00
LipSense Collection Set – $55.00
LipSense is one of those kinds of makeup products that may take a little practice when first trying it out. It’s not difficult, but applying to your lips and getting in the habit of “not” pressing your lips together until the color is set with gloss, well – it can be somewhat of a challenge if you’re used to pressing your lips with other lip colors. But, once it is applied and once you get the hang out of it – you’ll probably like it like I do.
Just a note – on first application, you can get a tingle on your lips which goes away after applying the gloss. This doesn’t always happen, only if I don’t apply the color all the time. Some people may not get that tingle while others may get it full force. Don’t be alarmed, you are okay, lol. And, remember, do not go back and forth when applying the color so you get even coverage. Also – I LOVE to layer different colors together to create my own shades. One of my favorite combinations is Pumpkin Spice and Sheer Pink to create a pretty pinky nude tone with a golden shimmer.
Check out this video below by Bombshell Cosmetics Owner, Lauren Williamson as she walks you through some of the ingredients and application process.
Bombshell Cosmetics, owned by Lauren Williamson, sells a full range of Senegence products, including the ever popular LipSense lip colors.
LipSense stays on for up to 18 hours. It is waterproof and does not kiss off, smear or smudge off or rub off. These lip colors and products are Lead free and Wax free and are Vegan and Cruelty Free. They are FDA approved, Gluten free and without any GMOs. You may see some of your favorite celebrities rocking these products from Christina Aguilera, Angelina Jolie and Oprah.
Bombshell Cosmetics has a lot of colors to choose from and there is definitely a shade available for you. Have you tried anything from LipSense before? If not, is this something you’d be interested in or do you have a color you want to check out for yourself?
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Bombshell Cosmetics. However, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased as with anything you see on this site. The products were also sent for consideration to include with this post.
Let’s talk a bit about how I’m loving Pixi Beauty skin care products lately. I’ll be honest, over the last few years I’ve actually been using Pixi Beauty makeup and cosmetic products, not so much their skin care – so I had no idea how much I would absolutely enjoy the products I have been using over the last few months. A few recent additions to my skin care regimen from Pixi are the Glowtion Day Dew, Glow Mist, Beauty Sleep Cream and 24K Eye Elixir and I thought, since we are in the midst of the winter… what better to talk about then some products that can give you that glow during the colder months.
The Glowtion Day Dew ($22.00) is a radiance-boosting moisturizer for a lit-from-within glow. This moisturizer is lightweight and soothes the skin while blurring imperfections & giving you the glow your skin tends to lack during the winter months. It offers an advanced illuminating skin-perfector finish and nourishes while giving a boost to dull skin. I love how hydrating this product is and since my skin is absolutely death dry, this product really helps to keep it moisturized through out the day. My skin looks healthier and much more even.
With lavender oil to help calm the skin, kaolin to help purify and mica to add a luminous and brightening glow – this product has literally been my go-to over the last few weeks. I use it in the morning and apply a really thin layer to my cleansed and toned skin. To add a little extra glow, I simply dab a little extra onto the high points of my face for a luminous finish. Since I don’t use foundation, I love to use this product on it’s own, but it works well under your foundation or BB Cream and makes a great base for your makeup.
The Glow Mist ($15.00) is a mist-on anytime type of mist that has 13 natural oils and propolis. I LOVE this thing. Again, since my skin is so dry during the winter months – this mist is the perfect travel companion. I use it to help refresh or revive my makeup or to hydrate my skin while out and about or at home. I have my eyes set on the Hydrating Milky Mist and plan to get my hands on that too (more on that in the future). Anyway, back to the Glow Mist… this product gives your skin a glowing, luminous and smooth complexion. With natural oils plus propolis, aloe vera and fruit extracts to help hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. It’s a multi-use mist and you can use it for setting your makeup or to add a dewy finish to your skin. Looking to protect your skin, refresh your makeup or add some extra glow? Well, this is the mist for you. I especially love that it is suited for all skin types.
I literally spray this mist in the morning and night when needed. It’s easy to use, just shake to mix it up, close your eyes and mist over your face & neck. It is a light weight mist, smells refreshing and earthy and it’s not sticky at all. With the additives of Tea tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oil and so much more I get all the benefits of some of my favorite oils and hydrated skin when I need it.
Beauty Sleep Cream ($24.00) is a great nutrient-rich nighttime essential to help protect and nourish your skin. This is a great addition to any winter time routine, especially for those with dry skin – because it is not only nourishing but comforts and soothes your skin, prepping it for the next day. Fast absorbing and rich in nutrients, this product is a great night-time essential to help hydrate your skin while you sleep. Made with 100% natural mango butter, oils of lavender, lemon and bergamot and other great ingredients – this product is the perfect night time moisturizer.
I apply a thin layer to my clean and toned skin at night prior to bed and let it do it’s trick. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is soft and supple and hydrated to start the day.
Lastly out of the bunch is the Pixi 24K Eye Elixir ($22.00) has been a favorite for me the last month. I use eye creams, gels and roller balls in various sorts under and around my eye area to keep it hydrated and help with any fine lines I have from allergies and I have found this product is a great one for all of that. This elixir is an anti-fatigue peptide serum that massages away puffiness as it smooths and refreshes the eye area. A multi-tasker of sorts that is infused with powerful age-defying ingredients to help refresh eyes and prevent the signs of fatigue. With Collagen to help repair the delicate eye area, peptides to help plump fine lines and raspberry to tone the skin – you get a great all in one that’s perfect for everyday use.
I love putting this elixir in the fridge for a while to cool the product and the rollerball applicator to help awaken my senses and my eyes each morning. The applicator is cool and soothes the eye while encouraging circulation. You can use this in the morning or at night and it’s as easy as rolling the applicator under the eye from inner to outer corner approximately 2-3 times. Since I don’t have any heavy wrinkles, I do notice a big difference in how hydrated and awake my under eyes look as well as the de-puffing in that area (though I do not have really bad puffy eyes). This product is perfect for me to use on days when I woke up after a restless night or if my allergies are bothering me.
I think, like with all skin care – it really is about the person’s individual tastes, skin type and what they want to do for their skin. Pixi products are reasonably priced – a little higher in price point then your standard drugstore finds, but I have been loving their products thus far. I’m very impressed with this particular products because winter is when my skin is most delicate, sensitive and finicky and when I can try a set of products without any issue – I consider that a win in my book. Each of these products offer your skin some glow while keeping it hydrated and luminous and let’s face it – your skin is most dull in the winter months so anything that will give you luminosity, is a huge plus. If I had to choose just one product out of the four that I can’t simply live without, I think the Glowtion Day Dew would probably be it and of course, the 24K Eye Elixir is a must-have in my book. All of the products are wonderful regardless and if you’re near a Target or love to shop online, I highly suggest checking them out.
You can learn more about Pixi Beauty on their website at: https://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store.
Have you tried anything from Pixi Beauty? Any of these products on your must-have list? Looking for more information on other Pixi products? If so, check out these links for other reviews and features I’ve done for Pixi in the past.
Disclosure: The products featured in this post were sent for editorial consideration for Honeygirlsworld.com. This post may contain affiliate or referral links. For more details, an outline of my product review disclosures and policies, affiliate links, etc. please visit myDisclosures page.
Over the last two years or so, I have shared my love for Beauty Junkees products. Their makeup brushes are some of my absolute favorites so to see that they are releasing new products in the name of beauty, yes and yes… and so much yes… I knew there would definitely be some products in the line up that I’d enjoy. Whether you are on a budget and want to try quality products at affordable costs or you just want to try out something new, Beauty Junkees has got you covered with a few new products they have recently released. Let’s chit chat a bit about their new magnetic palette, brow tinted gel, concealer and brow highlighter pencils and their lip pumice. Shall we?
The Beauty Junkees Magnetic Makeup Palette is probably something I’m absolutely swooning over. As you can imagine, organizing single eye shadows or palettes can be a bit of a daunting task, especially when you have so many. This magnetic palette (retailing for $19.97) really is a great place to store all of your single shadows making them portable, travel friendly and of course, saving space while storing. This palette really is a great “all in one” since it stores 28 standard eye shadow sized pans, but you can accommodate different pan sizes and shapes to fit your needs. The palette is extra deep to allow you to also store dome shaped products such as your baked and mineral cosmetics. What I love is that this palette is ready to be used right out of the shipping package… it includes 10 magnetic stickers for aluminum pans and you get a dual ended eye shadow brush that will fit into the built in space. Further more, the brush that you do get is made of the Beauty Junkees quality that you are used to. And, again – this palette is great for travel as it comes equipped with a large mirror for touch ups and application on the go.
Inside Dimension: 7.437″L x 4.25″W x 0.437″D
Outside Dimension: 8.25″L x 5.75″W x 0.625″D
The Tinted Brow Gel (retails for $12.97) is available in three different shades: Auburn, Blond and Dark Brown. I currently have Dark Brown. Since I tend to wear my hair darker during the winter months, this shade fits me perfectly and I’m really loving this product. The Brow Tint goes on easily like mascara with a large spoolie to help coat each little brow hair. I love using a brow gel for everyday use because they provide my brows with a natural set without looking like my brows are drawn on. They are perfect to also cover your greys as a touch up to your hair line. This brow gel keeps my brows in place all day without any flaking and washes off easily at the end of the night when my makeup is ready to be removed. It’s buildable so if you need more body to your brows, you can apply more as you need. Made in the USA, Paraben, Gluten Free and Cruelty Free all make this brow gel an ideal for me so I’ve really been enjoying it.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Phenoxyethanol,Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, PVP, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopherol Acetate, BHT May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Talc
The Beauty Junkees Concealer & Highlighter Duo Pencil Crayons are also a great find. Available in Cool Beige & Warm Beige, these pencils retail for $14.97 and are perfect and creamy to use. Each duo pencil crayon comes with a matte and shimmer eyebrow shaper. The matte shade will define, shape and conceal your brows for a clean edge, especially great for in between tweezing and the shimmery shade will add a natural lift to your brow and can also be used to highlight the inner corner of your eyes.
These pencils are multi-tasking because you can use it to conceal your imperfections, highlight your best features and even can be used on your waterline to brighten the eyes. I love how creamy these pencils are and they make great eye shadow bases as well to help make your shadows pop. Use the shimmery side to help add a little highlight to your cupid’s bow or all over the eye lid to add a natural glow. Since these pencils are so creamy, they can also be used on the cheekbones for a pop of highlight and the blend effortlessly with a beauty sponge (Beauty Junkees has those too) and your look is complete.
These products are Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free and Made in the U.S.A.
Last but not least I’m sharing with you the Lip Pumice Exfoliator ($10.00). This product has been a go-to lately since the winter months can really take a toll on my skin, especially my lips. With the weather here in Hawaii being at its coldest, my lips tend to get dry and need some exfoliating. The Lip Pumice Exfoliator is perfect on the go or to use when needed to help sloth away dry skin by helping to care for your lips leaving them feeling soft. This lip care and repair treatment is easy to use and moisturizes while it exfoliates. This is perfect for those who like to wear matte lipsticks and again, it’s absolutely convenient. One note however… make sure to wipe off or wash off after using since the pumice leaves a white cast on the lips and cannot be used like a lip balm.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Kaolin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cetyl Acetate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate.
This product is Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free and Made in the U.S.A.
So, have you tried anything from Beauty Junkees? If not, I definitely suggest checking them out. Beauty Junkees has been featured in different Gift Guides and reviews over the years and I’m always impressed with what I’ve tried from them. Again, these new products are worth the look-see and if you are a makeup brush or makeup sponge lover like me, I definitely suggest checking out one of their Makeup Brush Sets or Sponge Blender sets as well – you will love them.
If you’re interested in checking out what Beauty Junkees has to offer, visit them on their site at: https://shop.beautyjunkees.com/collections/all. You can also check them out on Amazon.
Disclosure: The products featured in this post were sent for editorial consideration for Honeygirlsworld.com. This post may contain affiliate or referral links. For more details, an outline of my product review disclosures and policies, affiliate links, etc. please visit myDisclosures page.
Oh Mascara… a product that really makes your eyes pop but that I’m so critical of when it comes to finding and trying new brands. I’ve been told by so many people that mascara basically is the same for each brand, but that the wand is what makes a difference. I truly beg to differ. I am the only one out of all of my siblings that got stuck with the itty bitty lashes from birth. There’s absolutely no hope in finding them longer over night and while some lash conditioners and strengtheners may work, it’s always temporary. Because of this, I’m constantly on the hunt for a mascara that I can consider a holy grail and that will work for my hopeless lashes. Over the last few months I had the opportunity to try out a mascara I had never heard of before: Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara. And, today I share my overall thoughts with all of you.
Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara is the signature mascara from the brand. The company states that the mascara lengthens, shapes and defines your lashes – giving them an immediate volumizing effect with a water-resistant finish. It has film forming agents that provide maximum quality and staying power while vitamin E and peptides keep your lashes healthy and conditioned. Masterful Eyes Mascara is also safe for sensitive eyes (like mine) and cruelty free. Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara is free of Parabens, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol and Harmful Preservatives. It yields various benefits like Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and lash conditioner and Peptites that help enhance growth and restructuring of the lash.
Color – Black, Net. Weight – 0.27 oz./8mL
Aqua/water, Cera Alba/beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Glyceryl Stearate, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Pvp, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquiloeate, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1
MAY CONTAIN (+/-): CI 77891/titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/iron Oxides, CI 77492 Iron Oxides, CI 77499 Iron Oxides
Now that you are armed with all the information on the product itself, let’s talk details – shall we? Bellimisa is an interesting mascara and so far after using it the last month or more I’ve been enjoying the brush/wand hourglass shape, it’s really allowed me to get close to my natural lash line and coat from the root to the tip. However, since I have such small and thin lashes, I feel like this mascara just doesn’t have enough oomph to really coat my lashes and give them the affect I’m looking for.
I’m used to a mascara that has a mousse like texture that allows for coating of my lashes while providing length and grasping each of my tiny little lash hairs. This falls short in the length and the volume aspect when it comes to my lashes. I feel like the color is not dark enough, and it doesn’t add to my lashes, but makes my already small lashes look small. Layering this mascara or building it up can also pose a problem, because while it is water resistant, the more layers you put on, the quicker the mascara starts to leave little bits of product on my cheek bone and below my eyes.
Here’s the deal – we all know I keep it 100 here and I love sharing products I adore, but I’m also realistic, not every mascara will work for me and my needs. I have crappy lashes – plain and simple and there are few mascaras that can yield great results for me that are on the market today. But, here’s what I do love about Bellimisa – over the last month and a half or so of using the product, I have found that my lashes seem stronger, much more conditioned than before and I do notice that there is less shedding of my lashes than previously. While this mascara doesn’t necessarily give me the va-va-voom look I yearn for in a mascara, it’s a perfect (one to two coat) mascara that I can use daily to lightly enhance my eyes while still conditioning and strengthening my lashes.
Bellimisa offers a cool subscription service which allows you to replenish your mascara either monthly or bi-monthly at a discounted rate of just $16.00 a tube or you can decide to pay by a one-time purchase of $28.00 per tube if you decide not to go with the subscription. You also have the option of customizing your subscription with additional products from the line like the Natural Fiber Brow Gel, Hydrating Silk Remover or Cleansing Sponges should you decide you want more.
Honestly, I think that it’s great that a mascara offers so many great benefits and I think that someone who has longer lashes will most likely love this mascara. It’s not the mascara’s fault that I ended up with small lashes when I was born, but it also means that I tend to be a lot more selective when it comes to mascara. I think that ultimately – you won’t know if a mascara works for you unless you try it for yourself… and in my case, this particular one helps with the health of my lashes, but doesn’t offer me the benefit of length and volume that I seek.
Want to learn more about Bellimisa? Check out their website: https://bellimisa.com
Interested in trying out Bellimisa for yourself? Use Discount Code: bblogger and as a reader you will get $2.00 off the monthly subscription bring your cost from $16 to $14.
So, what about you? Have you heard of Bellimisa before? If so, have you tried any of the products? Do you have short lashes and if you do, what are your favorite mascaras to use for length and volume?
Disclosure: The product featured in this post was sent for editorial consideration for Honeygirlsworld.com. This post may contain affiliate or referral links. For more details and outline of my product review disclosures and policies, affiliate links, etc. please visit myDisclosures page.
I’m quite impressed with myself – to be honest, that I was able to release most of my Holiday Gift Guides by the first week of December. Let’s all stand and give me a round of applause, shall we? lol – All kidding aside, I’m pretty happy with myself this year because I laid out a schedule and I kept with it. Today, I’m sharing with you a gift guide that I’m absolutely excited about, because it’s one of my favorites to do each year. When it comes to Stocking Stuffers, I find that they can be the easiest gift to buy for anyone on your holiday gift giving list. Why? Well, because anything that you can fit in a Christmas stocking goes… and for me – that means I get to pick up all the little nifty products that I would love to get or receive as a gift and it can always be something fun, practical or unpractical and definitely interesting. I have a wide list of products that fit into this list so this is going to be a long post – so without further adieu, let’s get started.
Hickies Lacing System is by far one of my favorite gifts to give for the holiday. Each pack is small enough to fit into a stocking (of most sizes) and anyone who wears shoes with traditional laces will love these. I own about 8 pairs myself, using them to change up my shoes from time to time and to fit my personality for the day. Sneaker designs change but one thing that remains the same, are laces. You’ll never have to tie a shoelace again and once you go Hickies, you’ll never go back to traditional laces.
Hickies come in a huge array of colors and sizes for adults and children and are so easy to put on and take off. Hickies is running a Winter Holiday Sale right now – purchase Hickies 1.0 for $13.99 (reg $14.99), Hickies 2.0 for $14.99 (reg $17.99) and Hickies Kids for $9.99 (reg $11.99)
Purchase Hickies at: https://www.hickies.com/
I couldn’t mention a cool pair of laces without mentioning something along the lines of fitness and the MilestonePod is definitely a great stocking stuffer. This little device is perfect for any runner or walker and whether you’re training for your first 5K or just getting into shape or staying active, this is the perfect gear for you. This wearable pod not only tracks your running metrics, but it also tells you when it’s time to replace your shoes and it helps to prevent many common injuries a new running should definitely have in their toolkit.
The Pod is easy to use. Simply clip the Pod onto your shoe once and leave it there. The Pod collects data as soon as it senses movement. The Pod is always ready to go and it knows when you start and stop. There is no need to run with your phone to keep track of the data and you can sync your Pod to the MilestonePod App to view detailed performance data and gait metrics. The Pod works everywhere, even indoors and no charging is needed.
The MilestonePod retails for $24.95 and can be purchased at: http://www.milestonepod.com/the-product/the-milestone-pod/
Handcrafted jewelry pieces make GREAT stocking stuffers. Pura Vida Jewelry offers gorgeous handmade pieces and each bracelet is carefully handcrafted by artisans in Costa Rica. The commitment to their craft is conveyed through the quality of their gorgeous work. Pura Vida Charity Collection was created to give back to different causes all over the world. Pura Vida is partnered with over 190 charities and have donated more than $935,358 to date. Pura Vida also donates 1% of their annual net revenue to environmental organizations worldwide. The goal of Pura Vida is to continue to expand the charity line and support as many causes as possible. These gorgeous bracelets (pictured above) have been favorites of mine to use on a daily basis because they are dressy, yet casual and work well with anything that I’m wearing.
Pura Vida Bracelets retail for $5.00 each or you can select a Style Pack that retails for $65+. You can purchase your bracelet(s) from Pura Vida at: http://www.puravidabracelets.com/
When it comes to gift giving – I do my best to offer functional gifts to friends and family. A gift that you can expect from me or a stocking stuffer for all to see would be a reusable tote. Here in Hawaii, plastic bags are banned and unable to be given out at grocery markets so a great tote makes a perfect gift for anyone. Urban Market Bags to the rescue. With Urban Market bags you get 3 or 6 bags per drawstring pack which means you basically have your needs covered with bags should you need them.
Urban Market Bags come in contemporary colors that look great (I don’t know about you but I’m not a fan of that bright blue bag you get at one of those big box stores) and they are made of high quality, durable and machine washable fabric. What I love about them is that they fold up small to fit in a handbag or cupholder of your car as well as a Christmas Stocking and they are just perfect for everyday.Urban Market bags are great to take to the soccer or in my case football field, gym or grocery store and I love that you have three or more bags to take with you and have bags that are stylish.
3 Pack Set retails for $28.00 and 6 Pack Set retails for $40.00 – Urban Market Bags can be purchased at: http://www.urbanmarketbags.com/shop
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Probably one of my favorite stocking stuffers to give out this year comes from Topperfino. If you follow me on Instagram (if not, hello -what are you waiting for? lol) you would have seen me post about Topperfino a few weeks back. Coffee is such a huge part of our everyday lifestyles – well, in my case, it’s now cocoa and tea since I can’t drink coffee as much as I would like. Topperfino is a great coffee innovation, a chocolate topper that not only gorgeous but delectable.
Topperfino is the perfect mix for coffee to create an unparalleled coffee art, but it’s a chocolate topper that can be enjoyed with any frothy hot chocolate or foamy drink. These toppers make fabulous presents.
Get the Limited Edition Holidays Mix – 10 count box for $19.99 or select the design that you think would make a great gift for just $13.99 a 10 count box. Purchase your Topperfino for yourself or a gift at: http://topperfino.com/
I have mentioned LATHER in a previous Gift Guide for Skin Care and Body Care and couldn’t possibly resist sharing them again. LATHER has made great stocking stuffers and ornaments packaged appropriately for the holiday season. The Soap & Candle sets ($18.00 each) make great stocking stuffers as well as the Sugar Plum Kisses Set ($15.00 each) and Vanilla Bath Fizz Combos ($18.00 each). Each set would make a great addition to anyone’s gift collection and are packaged and ready to go for holiday gift giving. Simply add a little bow or hang on a tree and you’re ready to go.
FAB Nails by Beauty Junkees is the perfect little size for travel and on the go, but most definitely makes a great gift for anyone’s holiday stocking. It’s small and fits perfectly inside and it makes a wonderful gift. FAB (File and Buff) Nail File is a 2-in-1 Set that includes the best glass nail file and a case. The file is perfect for natural fingernails and a great nail care alternative to nail polish
This nail file is a great solution for men and women and if you can’t wear nail polish – you’ll enjoy this one. You can keep your nails looking FAB with a high gloss finish that lasts up to four weeks. FAB Nails crystal glass file lasts up to a year, depending on how you care for it and your use. It’s gentle on the nails like a chamois and can be used as a buffer in a back and forth direction, sealing the keratin layers together and preventing peeling and chipping. Unlike harsh Emery boardst hat can cause the keratin layers to shed, leaving your nails thin and sometimes peeling – FAB Nails is a great solution for a smooth, ridge free glossy finish.
This awesome nail file retails for $14.97 and can be purchased here.
I’ve been a long time fan of The Body Shop and I’m absolutely loving their new releases for the year. Any makeup lover would absolutely adore these Down to Earth Eye Palettes that have been recently released. These Limited Edition Eyeshadow Quads are a winter must have and are a part of The Body Shop’s Cruelty-free makeup collection. With 100% vegetarian formulation, which contains no carmine, petrolatum, gluten or mineral oil – these gifts will make a great find for anyone that wants to do good, feel good and look good this holiday season and always.
Available in 5 different shade selections (quads) and retailing for $24.00, these shadows are buttery, feel luxe and are winners this holiday for any makeup lover. You can purchase these at your local The Body Shop store or at: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com
Speaking of beauty lovers, lippies make great holiday stocking stuffers. Having to narrow down my favorites is nearly impossible, so I figured what better product to choose than a lippy that will protect the lips during the colder months. FarmHouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balms have been a staple for my lips this Fall and Winter and I thought these would make great stocking stuffers. Available in Coconut Beach and Whoopie! Cream, these lip balms are so sleek and ready to rock out any pout.
Made with jojoba oil and shea butters, these lip balms promote healing and hydration with a long-wear formula that lasts and lasts with one application. They have a light fragrance and taste, but overall I love that they leave my lips hydrated all day long. These lip balms are perfect for travel and on the go and will be a great gift for anyone that needs a little lip therapy.
The FarmHouse Fresh Hydrating Lip Balms retail for $15.00 and can be purchased at: http://farmhousefreshgoods.com
The perfect little nail kit for the nail lover’s Christmas Stocking would be great nail wraps or decals. I was recently introduced to Glossique Nail Deco which makes it easy for anyone to have a gorgeous manicure at anytime. Say goodbye to dry-time, chipping and harsh chemicals and have a wonderful manicure for those holiday parties. I picked up a few of these to put in each of my nieces stockings this year because they are so fun and easy to use. Glossique offers a variety of different designs and they literally can be put on in minutes at anytime.
Glossique Nail Deco Decals retail for: $15.00 and can be purchased at: https://www.glossique.com/shop
Personalized gifts make great stocking stuffers too. Whether they are handcrafted using your own creativity or you utilize a service and put your own spin on things, I love a great personalized gift in my stocking. This cute square compact mirror you see here is a great gift. Retailing for $15.95 you can create your own by adding your own text and image. I used a photo of a sunflower that I took in my garden and added fun text that I love. The options are endless and you can personalize it with a family photo or anything you see fit.
Personalize your own gift at: http://www.zazzle.com
I certainly didn’t forget about the kiddos in our lives. Stocking Stuffers are so fun to shop for when it comes to kids because they are so happy to get fun little things that they can play with. My sons are no exception and I love that we can easily put small and fun gifts into their stocking and they will cherish it all. Lego Mixels are one of my favorite things to stash into a stocking each year. Mixels are created by Lego and are similar to basic lego in that you can build different characters utilizing a set of legos to create from. My sons love them and have quite a collection of these little guys so it’s always fun to add to their sets.
Lego Mixels can be purchased at different locations like Walmart, Target and other stores and I love that they range in price from $4.99 and up so there is a Mixels set for anyone.
The National Geographic Bug Dig Kits are something my sons love and that I love giving out as gifts. Each set allows you to dig up 3 real bugs and kids love to uncover these perfectly preserved insect specimens (spiny spider, fortune beetle and scorpion). Of course – there are a bunch of different bug kits online and National Geographic and Dr. Cool’s kits are our favorites. These make great stocking stuffers or gifts and offer an educational adventure for each child that gets one. Children will learn all about their speciments as well as many other fascinating anthropods and it becomes a cool interactive lesson with a hands-on science kit. The bugs can be kept and inspected in all angles as the bugs are preserved in transparent acrylic for easy examination.
These fun sets retail for about $10 – $20 and can be purchased here.
Like most of my gift guides this 2016 – this one is particularly lengthy, but I wanted to ensure to provide all of you, my readers with a variety of different things to help inspire your holiday gift shopping. Christmas is 13 days away and if you’re still out shopping, I definitely suggest checking out some of these finds. A few things I didn’t include in my gift guide but definitely suggest are:
Pens or Pencils (I love getting new fun gel pens for the holiday – they are great gifts for a planner lover or student)
Candy Canes (I absolutely love seeing all of the different candy canes now available in stores, grab a box of canes and put a few in a stocking. Because, everyone loves a great sweet treat)
Body lotion (I didn’t include this one in the list, but I love getting some new body lotion for holidays – anything sweet smelling is right for me)
homemade goods (I make a pie or chex mix, homemade fudge or something delectable to give to my postman, delivery guys and friends and family. Sometimes making things from the heart are the best goods anyone will receive)
** Holiday Gift Giving Tip: Keep in mind shipping times and delivery schedule when ordering online and find out from the company prior to purchasing if it will be shipped and delivered in time for holiday gift giving.
If you’re looking for more ideas for your holiday shopping, be sure to check out the following links for my guides and inspiration: (this list will be updated periodically as new guides become available)
The Holidays is probably my favorite time of year and when it comes to Christmas gifts, I love shopping for family and friends. Any of these gifts would make a great selection for anyone this holiday season – even you, if you’re planning to treat yourself. What about you, are there any gifts on this list that you hope to find in your stocking this year, comment below and share!
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