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I’m so excited to introduce to all of you the new ESQIDO Liner.  Recently I had the opportunity to try out two liners from ESQIDO in the colors black and brown.  Let’s just say that I’ve been using it like crazy the last month.  Today, I’m sharing my thoughts with all of you on these products.

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ESQIDO recently released their new silky and smooth gel liner pencils in the colors black and brown.  These incredibly silky liners are so creamy, they glide on with the ease of a gel liner, without the fuss of having to use a liner brush.  They are so incredibly pigmented, that they apply effortlessly.  Use these liners to create your perfect cat eye or winged liner with no fuss.

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About ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencils

The ESQIDO Eyeliners are specially formulated to provide you with all-day wear.  I found that these wore really well on my waterline throughout the day, even with my watery eyes.  They deliver continuous flow and even lines down to the last stroke.  

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As you can see from the swatch photo above, the formula of each liner is smooth.  A little goes a long way to provide you with pigmented coverage for those stunning eyeliner looks.  I especially love using these liners as a base for some of my eyeshadow looks.  Since the liner formula is so creamy and smooth, you can blend them to use as an eyeshadow base.  However, they will stay put on the eyes as a regular liner look if you wear it that way.

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Sharpening Your Liner

To keep your liner doing precision work for you, the liner also includes a precision sharpener.  At any time you can simply sharpen your liner for your best work.  I love that there is this option because it makes for a perfect travel companion.

** In the photos above I’m using my favorite mascara and the ESQIDO Black Gel Eyeliner Pencil (first two images) and ESQIDO Brown Gel Eyeliner Pencil (last photo) on my waterline/tight line.  Since my lashes are so short and thin, this liner helps to create the illusion that I have thicker lashes.  

My favorite way to wear these liners is on my waterline.  This allows me to wear mascara and enhance my normal lash line so that my lashes look full and dark.  

The Formula and Product Details

Formula details:  Each liner is 5-free and latex-free.  They are formulated without formaldehyde, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.  The liners are fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive eyes.  Each eyeliner comes with 0.5g worth of product.  ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencils provide you with continuous even flower that covers perfectly in one coat.  The liner dries matte and is perfect to wear on its own or with your favorite eyeshadow.

Price:  $12.00 (Limited Time Launch Pricing)  

Each liner is packed with product, in a casing that has a retractable body.  Inside of the liner casing is a silicone ring closure to provide an airtight seal.  ESQIDO designed this liner so that it is made to last and you can use it until the last stroke.

Ingredients

Brown:  
Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, C30-50 Alcohols, Plymethysilsesquoixane, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Acetylate Glycol Stearate, Triethoxycapryllsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide Oxides (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499)

Black:  
Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, C30-50 Alcohols, Plymethysilsesquoixane, Silica, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Acetylate Glycol Stearate, Triethoxycapryllsilane, Mica (CI77019), Iron Oxides (CI77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510)

My Final Thoughts

These liners are so soft that they make it incredibly easy to apply to my already sensitive eyes.  But, they are not so soft that it just crumbles or melts when applying it.  I love that they come with a built-in sharpener for a precision tip in seconds.  Furthermore, even with my watery eyes, I don’t have to worry about smearing, bunching or running.  It’s my favorite to use on my waterline and they wear all day and for hours on me.  If you use ESQIDO False lashes, this is the perfect companion.  It will help you blend your false lashes seamlessly with your natural lashes.  I am also a huge fan of the overall packaging.  You get a luxury product feel and quality product.  I am a fan and I hope that ESQIDO makes more colors in the future.  

Interested in trying out the ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencils for yourself?  You can get more information or purchase them online at: https://esqido.com/products/gel-eyeliner-pencil 


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I’m so excited to share with you the Emily Edit Palettes, a collaboration between Makeup Revolution and EmilyNoel83, one of my favorite Beauty YouTubers.  

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Who is EmilyNoel83?

When I started doing YouTube videos 10+ years ago, I remember being one of the first 200 subscribers to EmilyNoel83.  She was a news reporter named Emily Noel who had a bubbly personality.  Emily filmed her videos in a small apartment with that “newscaster” flair and “girl next door” attitude, which I love.  She offers honest and truthful reviews that are not sponsored.  Her easy to follow makeup tutorials are for all levels of skill.  Cupcake (that’s her cat) would steal the show and make appearances.  Now, several years later, I’ve watched Emily have two beautiful little girls and build a channel that I value and respect.

Emily’s love for life, positivity and informative style is endearing and keeps her audience coming back for more. 

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Now, 10 years later, she’s collaborating with Makeup Revolution.  I’m so excited to share this collab with all of you.

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The Emily Edit – The Needs Palette

The Needs Emily Edit was designed to be a “greatest hits” of the brand. A full-face style palette that really offers a “multi-tasking” use for each shade.   This beautiful palette is full of positivity, featuring Emily’s personal shade names that have a special color identity.  Gorgeously cased in pale pink packaging with Emily’s signature in rose gold.

Shades included in The Needs:

  • Courage – a medium brown, bronzer and contour shade with a matte finish
  • Joy – peachy pink blush with a matte finish
  • Gratitude – a creamy highlight with a satin finish
  • Kindness – cream translucent powder with a matte finish (Emily likes to use it as an under-eye powder)
  • Honesty – blush peach, satin finish
  • Passion – dark brown, with a red shimmer
  • Peace – peachy nude, matte finish
  • Faith – warm brown, matte finish
  • Hope – fudge brown, matte finish
  • Love – cream shade with a matte finish
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I’m over the moon in love with these shades and the palette in a whole.  The Needs offers you the perfect travel palette because it has everything you need to create a look.  Every powder in this palette is silky and creamy.  Whether creating a smokey or neutral eye look, this palette has you covered.  The perfect “everyday” palette.

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Left to Right Swatches:  Courage, Joy, Gratitude, Kindness, Honesty, Passion, Peace, Faith, Hope and Love.

Did I mention how large the mirror is?  A large mirror (the size of the palette) makes this ideal for any makeup lover.  The palette casing is sturdy and beautiful, offering it a lux look with great names.  Also, I love opening this palette and looking at the shade names, it’s so inspiring.

The Emily Edit – The Wants Palette

Emily Edit The Wants palette has easily become one of my favorites in my eyeshadow collection.  This gorgeous piece features 24 colors in a combination of matte, satin and shimmer shades.  What I love the most about this palette is the universal color range and how it works well with all skin tones.  But, I am absolutely crushing on the color selection as well.

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The Wants palette is encased in a pale peach packaging with Emily’s signature in rose gold.  

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When you buy this palette, you may notice that each color is laid out in little quads that you can use together to create a cohesive look.  However, the colors all work well together so there are a plethora of combinations you can use to create a gorgeous look.

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My Favorites?

While I’ve been enjoying all of the shades, (I’m trying not to discriminate) some of my favorites include:  Oh Heavens!, Love Tons, Side Hustle, Grateful, Dues Paid, Family, Corduroy, Heartbeat, Top Story and Capricorn.  Let’s be honest here, I should have just listed all the shades… haha, I struggled to choose.

Shades included in The Wants:

  • The Cream – white cream, matte finish
  • Midwest – light tan, matte finish
  • Oh Heavens! – beige cream, satin finish
  • Cupcake – peach, satin finish
  • Hobby – light brown, matte finish
  • Dues Paid – red brick, matte finish
  • LoveTons – plum, matte finish
  • Laughcry – blood orange, matte finish
  • Prayer – sepia brown, matte finish
  • Eve Rose – light lilac with a gold shift, satin finish
  • Pizzazz – maroon, matte finish
  • Grateful – lime green, shimmer finish
  • Belle Violet – lavender, shimmer finish
  • Family – deep purple, matte finish
  • Heartbeat – chestnut, shimmer finish
  • Good Vibes – Rich copper, shimmer finish
  • Capricorn – mocha brown, satin finish
  • Top Story – gold, shimmer finish
  • Corduroy – emerald green, matte finish
  • Side Hustle – khaki green with a gold shift, shimmer finish
  • Pi Phi – plum purple, matte finish
  • Apartment – wood brown, matte finish
  • Dark & Early – black, matte finish
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Swatches Left to Right – The Cream, Hobby, Prayer, Grateful, Good Vibes, Side Hustle
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Swatches Left to Right – Midwest, Dues Paid, Eve Rose, Belle Violet, Capricorn, Pi Phi
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Swatches Left to Right – Oh Heavens!, Love Tons, Pizzazz, Family, Top Story, Apartment
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Swatches Left to Right – Cupcake, Laughcry, Cheer, Heartbeat, Corduroy, Dark & Early 

** Note that these swatches are done directly on my hand without any primer or base.  Many of these colors are applied to my skin in one swipe, so bare in mind that they can be built up to obtain a darker and richer shade.  I am a medium skin tone.

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To create this look, I followed Emily’s Tutorial here, Rich Fall Glam.  I’m using all the shades she mentioned in this look.  Shades used:  Heartbeat, Oh Heavens!, Top Story, Dark & Early, Cheer, Corduroy, Side Hustle and Grateful.
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To create this look, I followed Emily’s Tutorial here, Rich Fall Glam.  I’m using all the shades she mentioned in this look.  Shades used:  Heartbeat, Oh Heavens!, Top Story, Dark & Early, Cheer, Corduroy, Side Hustle and Grateful.

“I wanted this palette to inspire but could also allow you to stay in your comfort zone. I wanted the perfect balance of light, medium and really rich dark shades. I want the colors to be buildable, so you can reach that level of intensity that you want. You can create countless looks and endless creativity.”

-Emily Noel
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For this look I’m using a combination of The Needs Palette and The Wants Palette.  Shades used include:  Honesty, Passion, Gratitude & Peace (The Needs) and Good Vibes and Dark & Early (The Wants)

My Final Thoughts

It is not often that I run out and buy a makeup palette that is a collaboration with any particular YouTuber.  But, as soon as I found out about this one, I knew I had to have it.  RevolutionxEmily The Needs and The Wants Palettes are beautiful and created so well.  I’ve mentioned the packaging previously, but I must reiterate that I really love how sturdy these palettes are.  Let’s talk about the price point too.  The Needs palette is just $15 and The Wants Palette is $20.  It’s not only affordable for anyone to purchase, but it is also great quality for the price point.  

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For this look I’m using a combination of The Needs Palette and The Wants Palette. Shades used include: Honesty, Passion, Gratitude & Peace (The Needs) and Good Vibes and Dark & Early (The Wants)

Way to Go Emily!

Though haven’t been wearing much makeup lately, the moment that I picked these up, I’ve been using them daily.  Both palettes have become favorites and I know I’ll be getting a ton of use out of them.  Mirrored hardshell case and beautiful shades in creamy shadows, yes… this is a must-have for anyone of any age.

EmilyNoel83 is one of my favorite YouTubers (she’s even listed on my YouTube Favorites List), so I am so excited and proud of her and her accomplishments.  These palettes are definitely Homeruns in my book and I’m loving them!

You can purchase these palettes where available at:  https://www.revolutionbeautyusa.com/, http://ultabeauty.com or in person at your local Ulta Store.


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When it comes to beauty products, I think eye shadows and eye shadow palettes are definitely some of my favorite things.  I just love looking at all the pretty colors and I definitely think palettes are my weakness when it comes to purchases.  Recently I was introduced to Shop Hush (an app and website that sells Bad Habit Beauty products) and I just had to pick up this set up palettes to add to my collection.  Today I introduce you to the Solstice and Supernova eye shadow palettes.

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I picked up both the Bad Habit Solstice and Supernova palettes off of ShopHush for $24.00 (for both) about a month ago.  I definitely wanted to share these palettes with my readers and followers because for the price point, they are seriously – LEGIT!

Let’s talk about the Bad Habit Solstice Palette first.  The Solstice palette retails for $16.00 if purchased separately.  It has a mix of mattes, shimmers and glittery shades in warm hues.  It’s gorgeous and I love that it includes colors that I can wear on an everyday basis.  I was beyond impressed with each shadow and loved how buttery most of the shades were and how packed they were with pigment.

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Many say that the Solstice Palette from Bad Habit Beauty is a dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette which retails for $129.  I don’t own the Natasha Denona Sunset palette so I couldn’t tell you if it indeed is a dupe, but I can say that for a $16 palette, it definitely impressed me.

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Because the shades are definitely soft and buttery, you do get some kick up and some fall out, but it’s not difficult to work with and each shade builds up perfectly.  I am loving this as my everyday palette and I’m enjoying it tremendously.

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Next I am sharing with you the Supernova Palette.  Retailing for $16 on it’s own, this palette offers a combination of shades that are much cooler toned than the Solstice palette.  That’s one of the reasons why I ordered them as a pair, I thought it would be a great way to check out two different tones of shades for different looks.

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As with the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides a combination of matte, shimmer and glittery shades.  I find that while each shade is also buttery (like the Solstice), it is not as creamy as the Solstice palette.  To explain, the Solstice palette is so creamy that when dipping your brush into shades like Dawn, Rays and Twilight, your brush literally makes a big indention.  However, with Supernova, placing your brushes into this palette doesn’t leave it as messy but still picks up a lot of color and blendability is great.

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The Bad Habit Supernova palette is said to be a dupe for the Natasha Denona Lila Palette which retails for $129.  As I mentioned with the Solstice palette, I do not have the Lila palette so I personally cannot compare the two to see if they are indeed dupes, however – I can tell you that for $16 – it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Just like the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides you with a lot of texture and colors to be able to create a variety of looks. I’ve been loving the brown shades in this palette as accent colors to a smoky eye look.

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Overall, I am absolutely digging these two palettes from Bad Habit Beauty.  I’m impressed with how easy the shades from each palette blend as well as how gorgeous each color is.  The price point of each considering the quality and how good they are, well – that absolutely seals the deal for me.  I’ve already referred several friends to buy these and because of these, I’ve purchased several more palettes from Bad Habit Beauty and Shop Hush.

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Definitely download the ShopHush. app on your phone (android and iPhone) and get rewards for logging in each day as well as free shipping on your orders.  I can’t wait to share with you all of the other palettes I’ve purchased from the site, so stay tuned for that.

Have you tried any of the palettes on ShopHush?  Or, what about Bad Habit Beauty?  Let me know your thoughts, for sure.  Would you pick up a dupe to a highend palette at an affordable price?

 

 

 


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I remember seeing the sneak peaks of the ColourPop She Palette in collaboration with Karrueche Tran and I absolutely knew I had to get my hands on it.  First, let’s talk about my reasons why.  Hello, look at the packaging of this gorgeous beauty.  And, the color selection, my oh my, this palette literally had me at Hello… seriously, can you hear Lionel Richie whispering…??? “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?”  YAAAASSSSS… take my money NOW. haha!  All kidding aside, the moment I seen sneak peaks of this palette, I knew I had to have it and the FEM ROSA name for the collection sold me more because Rosa is my middle name.  So, when it was first released, I hopped on the website and placed my order.  I have had in my possession now for quite a while and I’ve been busy playing with it and having an absolute ball.  So today, I’m sharing my thoughts and photos of this gorgeous palette with all of you.  I also picked up the Her Cheek Palette which I’ll be sharing a bit about as well.

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So, the ColourPop SHE palette has been sold out and released a few times since its initial launch.  I honestly can imagine why… seeing as it’s become one of my favorites since I got my hands on it a few weeks back.  If you are a fan of rosey hues like myself, you’ll definitely enjoy this.  I got a free lippy since I purchased over a certain amount and it’s a gorgeous metallic shade as well.  But, anyway – let’s talk SHE Palette, shall we?  The packaging on this beauty is what absolutely won me over.  I have a small selection of favorite florals and roses are definitely one of them.  Also, if you know anything about me, purple is my favorite color, so I was won over by the packaging and shade selection alone.  Retailing for just $16.00, ColourPop’s SHE Palette is a total steal.

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You get a selection of gorgeous and butter mauve tones and metallic finishes, matte and satin as well.  These shades are absolutely perfect for Fall or year round.  Twelve very pigmented colors to wow anyone and again, for the price point, it’s an absolute steal.

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1st – Top Row:  Left to Right – Ladylike (metallic soft ivory), Babe (satin light peachy pink), Dainty (metallic pinky taupe), Chick ((metallic subtle gold).

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2nd – Middle Row:  Mademoiselle (metallic rose gold), Gal (metallic red with copper duochrome), Empress (metalliic mid-tone pink plum), Filly (metallic rusty orange)

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3rd – Last Row:  Dear (matte warm rose), Missy (matte deep burgundy), Damsel (matte smokey violet), Duchess (matte dusty coral).

I honestly think that ColourPop hit this out of the park, because I love the colors included in this palette, the pigmentation, the feel of each of the shadows and of course the packaging.  It’s gorgeous and it has been one of my favorite palettes since I got my hands on it.

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You get a selection of metallic, matte and satin shades to create gorgeous looks and each shade is complimentary of one another so you have a wide selection of colors to create something awesome.  You get 0.85 g worth of product in each shadow (0.03 oz) so for the price point, you really get a great deal.  I often find that matte shades can be a difficult formulation for many to create, but these truly are a breeze to work with.  Velvety soft and easy to blend for a show stopping look.

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I’m using various shades in the SHE Palette to create the look you see here, as well as the free lippy I got from my order, in: Ultra Glossy Lip in Polished.  Polished is a gorgeous shade and I applied it all over my lips and then blotted to create a soft muted lip instead of something shiny.

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I also wanted to share the ColourPop HER Palette with all of you as well (since they are a part of the same collection).  This pressed powder cheek palette includes three shades for a full effect look.  A warm dewy glow, flushed pink cheeks and a natural bronze.  Honestly, I just got it for the packaging, but I’ve been enjoying the shades and the blush and highlight have been fun to wear as well.  I think the matte bronzer is just a tad bit too warm for me, but it works well for use as a transition shade on my eyes and it does work nicely, pigmented and blendable.

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This palette retails for $15.00 and you get a pressed powder highlighter in a light gold shade (perfect for deeper skin tones) that has a pearlized finish (net weight 3.85g / 0.14 oz.).  A pressed powder blush that has great pigmentation and applies nicely to my cheeks.  It’s a pink shade that is a matte finish (net weight 4.35g / 0.15 oz).  You also get a pressed powder bronzer that is in a matte finish (net weight 4.0g / 0.14 oz).

As I mentioned previously, I actually was intrigued and inspired to purchase these beauties because of the packaging and the name: “Fem Rosa”.  But, after getting my hands on the palettes, I’ve been absolutely loving them.  The highlighter shade in the cheek palette is a tad bit too dark for my skin-tone, but it works well with a light hand and it would be beautiful on deeper skin toned beauties.  I felt the bronzer is a bit on the warmer side than I would like, but I’ve been getting use out of it nonetheless.  The eye shadows, well – they are gorgeous and I’m loving them.  They are beautiful “honey” shades and very pigmented.  Some of them do kick up a bit of dust so I have to make sure to tap off my brush so that I can really get the payoff I desire.  And, of course, the lippy.  Not a color I would normally wear but I’ve been enjoying it and it will be wonderful for fall.

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The SHE palette is currently out of stock on ColourPop’s website, and the lippy I received free as a part of my order is not available for purchase (that I know of), but the HER palette is definitely for sale and you can check it out for yourself here.  Be sure to check out ColourPop on IG so you can get all the deets on when the SHE Palette becomes available for purchase once again.

So what about you, did you get your hands on ColourPop’s SHE Palette, in collaboration with Karrueche Tran?  If so, what do you think about it and if not, do you plan to snatch it up the next time it’s available?

 

 

 


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I honestly think that I’ve been neglecting many of the brands that I have in my makeup collection and supplementing them for my Pixi Beauty favorites.  Since Summer time is the time where I use minimal makeup, I’ve found that these gorgeous beauties have been my go to for lips and cheeks.  Today I introduce to you some products that have been my absolute summer favorites and they all hail from Pixi.  Let’s chit chat about them, shall we?

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The Pixi Beauty GelTint and SilkGlosses have become one of my staples for summer looks this season.  With gorgeous shades that offer me the perfect look for the warmer months and longevity that I need without the fuss of a liquid lipstick.  If you are looking for that sunkissed and beachy vibe, I think you’ll absolutely love these as much as I do.  There are three shades available in this collection and each one retails for $12.00.  These beauties are dual-ended and come with a Gel lip tint (that leaves your lips with a wearable but gorgeous stain) and a gloss to top the look off.  You can use either product on its own or together to complete your look.

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My favorite combination of lippies has been to layer BerryTint and PinkTint to create a gorgeous pink lip and finish the look off with Sweet Gloss.

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Swatches from Left to Right – BeachTint & FreshGloss, BerryTint & SweetGloss, PinkTint and PrettyGloss

These GelTints & SilkGlosses make a great combination and feel absolutely wonderful on the lips.  I love that they are lightweight but offer great color, even if my lips are dark.  They give you a long-lasting lip tint that has a great stained effect and I love that my lips still hold their moisture and do not dry out.  Each product is hydrating and none of them are sticky at all.  If you’re someone who enjoys a minimal makeup look, I think you’ll love these.

Just a quick note, while they are long lasting, they do fade through out the day and with eating or drinking, you may need to reapply.  These lippies do, however, reapply easily without little effort and without issues of weird casts or dry patches which make it wonderful to take on the go with you.  Toss these in your beach bag for an all day look and you’re good to go.

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The Pixi Beauty Sheer Cheek Gels are another hit in my book.  Retailing for $14.00, these Sheer Cheek Gels are available in three gorgeous and universally flattering shades.  I love a great blush but since Hawaii tends to be hot and often humid during the summer, my cheeks don’t get as much love as they do in the winter time.  These sheer gel blushes create a gorgeous but natural looking flush of color to your cheeks to brighten and beautify your complexion in an instant.  They are long lasting and perfect for those days you want a little color to your cheekies without the heavy powder or cream products that you would normally wear.  They have been my absolute go-to this summer.

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Swatches from left to right – Flushed, Natural, Rosy

These gels are translucent (as you can see from the swatches) and sheer so they offer you the perfect touch of color to your cheeks leaving you with a youthful look.  I apply these directly to my cheeks with my fingers and they can even be used on the lips, so it’s a perfect two-in-one.  My cheeks are left fresh and bright all day and I never find the need to touch up.  These products are oil free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic and they leave my skin hydrated and moisturized too.  I simply apply the product to my finger tips and tap onto the skin area or lips where I want the product to be.  I blend onto the apples of my cheeks and my look is complete.

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I’ve had these products in my possession now for the last couple of months. Since I’ve had them, I’ve gotten a lot of use out of them.  As a busy mom, I want something that allows me to do what I need to do without fussing over my makeup.  But,  I also want to have products that help me look put together so I still look decent.  These are definitely my summer time go-to products and I haven’t been able to get enough out of them.

When and if I remember to take photos of me using these products (I’m sorry as my mind has not been in the right state lately), I’ll be sure to update this post with images.  I definitely suggest checking these beauties out.  I’ve was an instant fan of them and love that they are so affordable but offer great quality.  If you are someone who loves to just run out the door with a little color, I think these are definitely worth looking into.

You can purchase Pixi Beauty products at your local Target (if available) as well as Pixibeauty.com

 

 

 


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If you do a search on this site, you’ll find that I am a huge fan of Beauty Junkees.  While I’ve been a little out of sorts lately, there is one thing for sure… I’m loving the new goodies that Beauty Junkees has rolled out over the last few months.  Since May I’ve been testing out some new finds and I’m very excited to share them with you.  If you haven’t tried anything from Beauty Junkees yet, seriously – what are you waiting for?

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Beauty Junkees collection of goodies really has evolved over the last year and I’m always excited to share with all of you what I’ve had the opportunity to try.  This post may be a long one because I have a lot to share, so be prepared for that.  It’s picture heavy – but hey, we all love a little makeup and eye candy, right?  Let’s get into it.

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Let’s start off with Beauty Junkees brand new Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  They retail for $14.97 each and are very different from others on the market.  They are water resistant so these make the perfect selection for hitting the beach without sacrificing color on your lips.  They’ll last you all day.  They are lightweight and feel really comfortable on the lips.  They go on smooth, dry fast and are non-sticky.  I love that they offer 3x the pigment than other liquid lipsticks currently available and offer a strain that feels good on.  Made in the USA and paraben-free, gluten-free and of course – cruelty-free.

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The shades I have swatched for you above are (left to right):  Soul Mate, Metallic Sorbet and Dinner Party.

These liquid lippies are available in six gorgeous colors – Amaretto, Caramel Latte, Dinner Party, Metallic Sorbet, Soul Mate and Vampirette.  There’s a color for anyone and a small but perfect range of shades for most if not all skin tones.

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These lippies come in pretty fun frosted packaging and have easy to use doe foot applicators.  The application is a breeze and I didn’t notice any streaking or smudges once it set on the lips.  I like that you can top these with a gloss if you want a shiny look or wear on its own.  These lippies are quite long lasting and overall, considering the price point and how nice they feel on, I’m pretty impressed.

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Lip gloss sets and a great Vitamin E lippy are also on the list of lusts from Beauty Junkees new roll out.  Let’s start with the Vitamin E Moisture Stick since it literally has been a favorite thing for me to use lately.  Perfect for dry and chapped lips, this lip balm (retailing for $10.00) has been my go-to.  Made with Vitamin E to help soothe and heal the lips and provide you with relief from minor sunburns while protecting the lips so you can enjoy fun in the sun.  With long term use, the Vitamin E helps to block free radicals from damaging the skin cells and leaves your lips hydrated and moisturized.  Paraben Free, Gluten Free, and Cruelty-Free as well as made in the USA.  While this lip balm is in simplistic packaging, I think you’ll find that it will literally be a favorite once your lips feel it.  No funky tastes or feel… just soft smooth lips.  This has also been a favorite for me to use on top of any of my drying matte lipsticks to help rehydrate.

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Because these are minis, they are travel and purse friendly, but there is still a lot of product that you can get out of these beauties.

The mini lip glosses also come in a 3pc. set.  Mint Lip Gloss Sets are available in two different selections – Kissable and Loveable.  I got the Loveable collection.  I’m not a big gloss fan, if you have been around here a while, you know this about me.  But I love a gloss that is perfect on the go, hydrating and not sticky.  Well, these definitely do all of those for me.  Retailing for $14.97, you get a 3 piece set that includes:  Mint Sugar Glaze (matte finish) which goes on clear with a slight hint of peach, Mint Blossom (matte finish) has a mauve plum tint and Mint Charming (shimmer finish) that has a rose mauve pink tint.  They are sheer glosses that go on smooth and are non-stick.  These have been perfect for me to wear alone or to top my favorite matte lippy.

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Beauty Junkees also released Eye Shadow Quads that includes four single shadows in magnetic refill pans.  Each pan is 26mm (the perfect size to fill your makeup kit) and while they do not currently come in a quad, they are ready to be placed in a magnetic palette of your choice.  (You can check out the one that Beauty Junkees offers here)

This particular collection of shades is called:  From The Stars Metallic Collection Eye Shadow Quad

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The colors you see swatches above (left to right) are:  Star Gazing, Star Bright, Constellation, and Star Field.

These gorgeous metallic shades are some of my favorites from Beauty Junkees and I love how buttery and pigmented these shadows are.  If you are looking to try some gorgeous neutral shades from the brand, I definitely suggest checking these out.

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The Totally 80’s Collection Eye Shadow Quad offers fun and bold shades that are perfect for the rocker in your or for summer eye looks.  This collection includes 4 single eye shadow pans in Break Dancing (Matte), Leg Warmers (Pearlized), Totally Awesome (Matte) and That’s So Rad (Matte Pearl).

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Swatched above from left to right:  Break Dancing, That’s So Rad, Leg Warmers, Totally Awesome.  These particular shadows apply nicely on the eyes and are beautiful and bold over a good sticky base.  I apologize for how soft the swatches look on my arm.  Because I’m a little darker skin and I swatch without primer, the colors did not show up as well.  But, they are quite pretty on the eyes for sure.

Each Quad retails for $19.97.

Now, let’s talk Blush and Highlight Duo, shall we?  I’ve added these gorgeous beauties to my collection of blushes and highlights from Beauty Junkees (which you can see) but I wanted to let you know that if you purchased the Matte Blush and lightly frosted highlighter as a duo, that would cost $14.97 – a major steal.

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I currently have the Peach Petal Collection (Peach Petal Blush & Pow! Highlighter) and Mauve Mist Collection ( Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter)

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Peach Petal Collection – Peach Petal Blush & POW! Highlighter.  This is the perfect summer blush and highlighter duo for me and I’ve been getting a ton of use out of these gorgeous beauties.  If you are looking for some color with a hint of shimmer, these would be perfect for you.  I think these shades look especially nice on a warm skin tone.

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Mauve Mist Collection is also gorgeous. It includes Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter.  I love Mauve Mist blush on me because it works so well with my deeper skin tone, and offers the perfect flush of color.  Pink Parfait is a cool toned highlighter – I tend to use warmer tones or a blend of golds, but it’s still gorgeous on the cheekbones.  It offers a gleam of highlight without looking too “Bam! What?!” when wearing it.  It does have a little more shimmer than POW!  but it’s still gorgeous nonetheless.  If you’re interested in frosted highlighters but you want something that you can build up – you’ll enjoy this one.

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Each blush and highlighter offer a great range of color for a lot of skin tones and I love that they are super pigmented.  The highlighters can be a bit dusty and have fall out, so make sure you tap off the excess before applying to the face.  Also – since the highlighters are so pigmented, I highly suggest using a fan brush or light hand when applying.  The blushes while pigmented can be applied with a light hand for a flush of color to the cheeks or with a little more pressure for a bolder look.

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Like I’ve mentioned before, it’s no secret that Beauty Junkees is a brand I truly love.  Their brushes are my go-to’s and I haven’t bought any high-end brushes since.  I love the overall quality of their cosmetic line and I absolutely enjoy seeing a small, woman run business expand their products to include some of my favorite tools and makeup items.  If I had to choose one favorite item to try, it would be near to impossible.  I hope that providing you with a few of the ones I’ve been working and playing with the last several months will help.  Oh – let’s not forget about their sponges too… I won’t buy another expensive beauty blender again thanks to Beauty Junkees.

Check out some of my past posts I’ve done on Beauty Junkees products:

Eye Shadow Singles

Empty Magnetic Palette, Lip Exfoliator, Contour & Highlight Pencils and more

Makeup Brush for Eyes and Face

So, how about you?  Do you have any of Beauty Junkees products on your radar to try?  I definitely suggest heading on over to their website (listed above) to check out what they have to offer.  There are many items I have tried from the brand that I can’t stop raving about and I highly suggest checking them out.  If you’re interested in something but need a little advice, feel free to comment or message me and we can discuss personally.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

 

 

 


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I’m so excited to share with all of you this gorgeous upcoming collection for Zoya’s Fall 2017 Release.  The Zoya Sophisticates collection includes a palette of smoldering nudes, wine reds and shadowy hues in pearl, metallic and cream nail polish finishes for show-stopping looks that are on-trend for the Fall season.

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This gorgeous collection of shades will be available on August 1, 2017 at ZOYA.COM and will retail for $10 each (US).  Each polish has Zoya’s 10 Free Formula that is formulated without Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Camphor, TPHP, Parabens, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide and Lead.

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Check out the color selection as well as swatches for each shade as provided by Zoya.  I can’t wait to get my hands on these gorgeous beauties.  I have my eyes on Beth for sure, it’s definitely a “Honey” color.  If I pick any up – I’ll be sure to share any nail looks I create here.

Mckenna (ZP904): a refined pearl in soft almond.

Beth (ZP905): a soft, sandy, rose gold metallic.

Presley (ZP906): a smokey, mauve taupe cream.

Joni (ZP907): a deep, dusty plum cream

Hera (ZP908): a muted, red mauve cream.

Padma (ZP909): a deep, vermillion red cream.

Yvonne (ZP910): a rich, bordeaux red cream.

Mona (ZP911): a deep, burgundy plum cream.

Elaine (ZP912): a dark, umber brown cream.

Hadley (ZP913): a smokey, midnight blue cream.

Tabitha (ZP914): a refined pearl in a deep hunter green.

Gal (ZP915): a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic.

 

Put August 1st on your calendar and be sure to head on over to ZOYA.COM to pick out your favorites.

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Do you have your eyes on any particular shade?  If so, comment below and let me know what’s your favorite from this collection.

 

 

 


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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

Signature Honey


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Left to Right – Snowflake, Bubbly, ItsMommysLife, Good Morning, Brick, Honey Bear

“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 

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Left to Right – Tu Tu, Getaway, Ping, Dark Chocolate, Aww Snap, Night Night

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Left to Right: Ta-da, Peaches, Juliana Bear, Milk Chocolate, Keira Bear, Miya Bear, B did it, Falling Leaves, Chewy, Fierce, Sweet Cherry, Sultry

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

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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.

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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.

Signature Honey


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

Signature Honey


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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.

Signature Honey

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Left to Right: Hula, Waikiki, Hapuna, Kona, Shell, Shaka
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Left to Right: Hibiscus, Island, Kai, Tiki, Lei, Luau

Shade Descriptions:

  • 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)

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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

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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.

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About Anuhea

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.

http://www.cargocosmetics.com/limited-edition-you-had-me-at-aloha-eye-shadow-palette.html

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

Signature Honey


 

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.