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.
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.
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 no secret that I’m not really a huge gloss fan. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I think they are ugly or anything – it’s just that I have long hair that ALWAYS gets stuck to my lips and I’m not a fan of the sticky icky… ya know? So, when I find a gloss that is not only gorgeous but also isn’t sticky – I’m a fan… like totally. Jesses Girl is a brand that I’ve loved for a few years now since first trying something from the line about 5 years ago (or so) and I remember seeing the release of these Glow Stix Lip Glosses a year or so back. I honestly thought they looked cool, but didn’t really think it would be something I’d enjoy – until I used them. Today I’m going to share with you my thoughts on these Jesses Girl Glow Stix Lip Glosses… and you can decide if they are something you’ll want to check out too.
Jesses Girl Glow Stix Lip Glosses are available in three colors and retail for $4.99 (net. wt. – 0.05 oz / 1.5 mL each). These are stunning iridescent, holographic topcoat glosses that feel really really nice on the lips. As I mentioned previously, I’m not a fan of gloss because they tend to be sticky and get caught in my hair – but I found after using these that they are quite comfortable on the lips. I have had these now for over a month and have used them to top my favorite lip colors and have also used them on their own.
The available shades are: Red Dawn, Tangerine and Wicked.
Red Dawn is clear iridescent gloss with an orange hue and a red shift. It is my favorite of the three to top over a pink lipstick shade because it really enhances the lipstick color.
Ingredients: Cholesteryl oleyl carbonate, Cholesteryl chloride, Cholesteryl noanoate, BHT
Tangerine is a clear iridescent gloss with a yellow hue and a green shift. This is a gorgeous color to top pink or nude lipsticks to enhance the color.
Ingredients: Cholesteryl oleyl carbonate, Cholesteryl chloride, Cholesteryl noanoate, BHT
Wicked is the boldest out of the three shades in my opinion. It is a clear iridescent gloss with a green hue and a blue shift. I have been enjoying putting this gloss over red lipsticks or deep fuchsia or berry colors.
Ingredients: Cholesteryl oleyl carbonate, Cholesteryl chloride, Cholesteryl noanoate, BHT
Each shade on my lips was applied with two coats of gloss and minimal blotting so that you could see the color effect that the glosses provided. However, when I use these glosses, I usually will pucker my lips together for a more natural look. The photo below is what my lips look like if I pucker them up and blend and distribute the color much more evenly on my lips. This is how I would wear it on it’s own if used without any base.
These lip glosses, while made and designed to be toppers actually make really nice glosses on their own. They feel comfortable on the lips and while they need to be reapplied after drinking, eating and some talking, they give your lips a gorgeous glossy look with a color hue. I really enjoy wearing them on their own and love that my lips feel moisturized and hydrated when I have them on.
The lip gloss comes with your standard doe foot type of applicator – but I like it, it applies the gloss nicely and I can easily trace the outline of my lips without any issues.
The packaging on these lip glosses is simple but very fun. It’s basic and allows you to see through to the iridescent holographic color inside which I think is super cool. While these shades do not fully glow in the dark, because of the type of colors they are – you can see a hint of them under a black light. I don’t have pictures to show you but I noticed it on accident while at a party – you could see a yellow hue to my lips – I thought it was pretty cool. These lip glosses are obviously not something you would expect to use but once you try them, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how cool they are. I definitely think they are fun and I love using them on their own. They are not kiss proof – which I mentioned before, but they feel so comfortable on the lips that I enjoy using them.
So how about you, do you think you would like these funky glow stix glosses? I think they are fun and definitely worth checking out at that price point. I suggest picking up at least one and having some fun.
You can purchase these beauties at: https://www.jessesgirlcosmetics.com/ or at your local Rite Aid. We don’t have Rite Aid here so I order online and enjoy the affordable and quick shipping.
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When it comes to makeup – I have an overall love relationship with most of the things I’ve tried. I pride myself in the fact that I have favorites from both the drugstore and high end, luxury items. There’s no doubt, I’m a makeup lover with an extreme cosmetic addition… hehe! Don’t judge me, lol! I have been using Pixi Beauty products for a few years now, but today I’m sharing with you a few of my current Pixi Beauty favorites. Recently I received a little green box of treats and I have been loving them all so much that I just had to share it with you. Let’s chit chat about each one shall we?
All of the products I got in my little sweet green box were “new to me” treats so I was very excited to dive in and check it out. The Nourishing Cleansing Balm is something that I’ve had my eyes on since seeing it on the website a few weeks ago. This deep cleansing balm-to-oil cleanser immediately caught my attention because I cleanse and moisturize with oil daily, so it was something I really wanted to give a try. The balm melts aware makeup and impurities to leave you with clear, glowing skin.
Retailing for $22.00 (90 mL/3.04 fl.oz.), this nourishing balm has sweet almond oil and cocoa butter and leaves my skin feeling so soft and moisturized after each use. I love that it includes skin loving ingredients and is not harmful to my sensitive skin. If I had to choose one of my absolute FAVORITE products from Pixi that I’ve tried, this balm right here, would be at the top of my list. I LOVE IT! It’s very rich in texture, but smooths onto the skin so nicely and cleanses so quickly. It nourishes my skin with sweet almond oil, shea butter and vitamin E to leave my skin feeling plum and nourished.
Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Behenate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Cocoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance.
To follow the Nourishing Cleansing Balm, I use the Pixi Glow Tonic (100mL / $15.00). Now – they call this a cult favorite and I’ve been hearing my blogger friends swoon and rave about this product for a while, so I just couldn’t wait to try it out. This toner is an exfoliating toner that helps give you brighter, more radiant skin. I have a secret to share… I can’t use Toner often and hardly use it because it causes my skin to get irritated. I was afraid to try this, even if I had only heard great things about it. This miracle in a bottle toner helps to bright the complexion while resulting in a healthy glow. It’s formulated with 5% glycolic acid and helps to exfoliate, brighten and smooth your skin. With Aloe Vera, ginseng and botanical extracts working together, you are nourishing and treating your skin while revealing an improved complexion. I also LOVE that this is alcohol-free. I use this after cleansing and apply with one of my favorite reusable rounds from Facekins. I don’t notice any burning or irritation while using this product and my skin looks brighter after using it for a few weeks. While I’m not the toning kind of gal, I think this will be one I’ll continue to use.
Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (and) Fructose (and) Glucose (and) Sucrose (and) Urea (and) Dextrin (and) Alanine (and) Glutamic Acid (and) Aspartic Acid (and) Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20.
The Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend ($24 – 30 mL/1.01 fl.oz.) is also a product I have not tried before. It includes a botanical blend infused with powerful complex of youth-preserving oils to help improve skin’s elasticity and glow. Formulated with sweet almond, rose hip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils to help nourish the complexion, leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated… but most importantly – soft to the touch. If you’ve been following me a while, then you know I’m an oil moisturizer gal – I use coconut oil to moisturize each night with my regular skin care routine, so I’m always excited to try out new oils. I love this one. I love the packaging – but the oil applies and soaks into my skin so quickly and easily. I love mixing this with my standard skin care regimen for moisture that lasts all day and night and my skin feels so incredibly soft. The oil soaks into my skin quickly, it doesn’t sit on the surface like others can do. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily at all – but moisturized and half a dropper full is more than enough to cover my entire face, neck and decollete area. If I want to have that dewy/glowing skin look, I will blend the Rose Oil Blend with my regular moisturizer and apply to my face. It leaves my skin looking and feeling like I just stepped out from under a waterfall – fresh and glowing.
Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.
Ah, of course – I can’t leave out a gorgeous highlight, because we all know that Honey loves to glow. The Beauty Blush Duo & Kabuki in Peach Honey ($18 – 10.21 g/0.35 oz.) is GORGEOUS. I love a great highlight but I have a skin tone that is not quite dark but not light at all – an in between. So because of this, a daily highlighter and blush with shimmer is hard to find… well, until now. This gorgeous blush and highlighter duo is perfect for that lit-from-within look for fuss free beauty in just a few seconds. Simple swirl the kabuki brush (which is included – woohoo), into the compact and pick up the color to apply to your cheeks for a great and gorgeous glow. Both powders are super silky and provide your cheeks with a flawless and fresh finish. I LOVE these for everyday use because it provides me with the glow I want in an everyday product, without looking like I just came out of the disco era… but still enough color to be show stopping.
The natural mineral formula of these powders is infused with vitamin E and mica, so it treats your skin as you wear it. You get hydration and long wear with light diffusing capabilities. The Kabuki brush that is included is also a steal. It’s soft and applies the product nicely to the skin. Definitely a great duo to have for every day use or those days you are feeling you want a little more glam. I love golden hued highlighters so this takes the cake for me and the peachy toned blush is perfect for my everyday look. The blush is a tad bit too light for my skin tone, but that excites me more because it makes for a great everyday flush of color without looking like I just plopped rose colored paint on my face. I love both shades – both pigmented and gorgeous.
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, 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)].
It seems as if I have covered everything except for lips. I want to introduce you to the Pixi Beauty Liplift Max ($14 – 2.7 g / 0.09oz). A volume-maximizing lip treatment with peptides to hydrate and plump the lips… YAAAASSSSS… sign me up! This volume-maximizing lip treatment has a cooling sensation with a glossy finish. It is formulated with peptides to hydrate, firm and plump the lips. You also get an added benefit of aloe to heal, jojoba to moisturize and chamomile to soothe. With a fresh mint flavor, you simply can’t go wrong. I have the Liplift Max in Honey Sheen – a gorgeous nude shade. All of the three shades (including Honey Sheen) are sheer, but they make perfect toppers to your favorite lipsticks or liners and wear nicely. I’m not a huge gloss fan but I do tend to wear glosses in the winter months and this one is perfect for such. It helps to hydrate my lips while leaving them looking plump and full. I am a huge fan of Buxom lip glosses so I had used those to compare to this one. It seems like this one offers the plumping without the sting and I like the minty flavor.
I think the LipLift Max is perfect for topping off your matte lippies and while it is a bit sticky, it’s not that bad and still wearable in my book. I’ve been getting lots of use out of this product for a daily lip gloss and I find that it works as I would expect. It’s a little thick, but still workable and leaves a gorgeous sheen on the lips. If you are a fan of glosses, you may like this one.
Ingredients: Dilinoleic Acid/Propanediol Copolymer, Triisostearoyl Polyglyceryl-3 Dimer Dilinoleate, Diisostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Octyldodecanol, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Fragrance, Menthol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl P-Cresol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Isostearate, Linoleic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tetrabutyl Ethylidenebisphenol, Mica (CI 77019), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Linolenic Acid, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sucrose Cocoate, Carmine (CI 75470), Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38.
I love when I have the chance to try out new products from a brand I already love. It’s especially fun when these new products work well with my sensitive skin. I’ve always been a fan of Pixi Beauty and have talked about many of their products in the past. I’m loving trying out some things that are new to me. I’m sure there will be more products in the future that I’ll try and love because Pixi is one of those brands that offer good quality. Pixi products are a little more costly than your average drugstore finds, but I am so excited to have Target near me now that I can browse through and pick up my favorites. If you haven’t tried Pixi before, I highly suggest checking them out. If I had to choose just one item from all of these I featured, I highly suggest the Nourishing Cleansing Balm – seriously, it’s a favorite for sure.
You can purchase any of these products and more at: http://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store.
Have you tried any of these products from Pixi? If you have, what are your thoughts on them? If you haven’t, do you see any in this post that may make your list of must-try products?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted through out.
While I have quite an extensive collection of cosmetics, I think one of my all-time favorite products would have to be lippies. I have my fair share of gorgeous lip products I love and I absolutely swoon over new ones that come my way too. There is not a lipstick, gloss or balm I don’t fancy and I love checking out new brands as well. Today, well – it’s no exception! I want to share with you Highlight Cosmetics Liquid Matte Lipstick and hopefully you found something new to check out too.
I was recently introduced to Highlight Cosmetics. Highlight Cosmetics is a highend brand that was created to express the power of makeup. Their goal was to contribute to a boost of confidence for all women, all around the world. They used outer beauty and inner beauty as factors of their inspiration and worked hard to create products that offered quality for their customers, ensuring that each customer is looking and feeling beautiful.
Highlight currently offers 10 gorgeous and vibrant shades of liquid lipstick. The matte liquid lipsticks are long lasting and non-transferrable leaving your lips smooth with a velvet lipstick. Highlight’s liquid lipsticks are suitable for all skin tones, and offer ingredients that are high quality, consisting of different oils that will maintain its natural color while helping your lips to retain moisture and smoothness.
I got to try Ruby Royalty – a gorgeous deep burgundy red that is a matte lip with a slight metallic finish. This lipstick is VERY pigmented, but super smooth and easy to apply. It has a great soft velvet feel that I’m really enjoying and while it does kiss off, it lasts long on the lips. I can easily get 4 – 6 hours of wear time with normal fading before I have to touch up. I’ve been able to eat food and drink without any huge issues and just some fading as well. After 6 or more hours, while I did have fading, it faded nicely (no weird and funky line on the inside of my lips). I love that this doesn’t transfer on me, which is a huge thing because my husband doesn’t like lipstick on his lips and he has given me no complaints. This lipstick doesn’t have that traditional matte liquid lipstick feel and is not drying on the lips at all. It’s comfortable and offers beautiful opaque pigment so you get one swipe with gorgeous color.
The formula of this lipstick is quite interesting. If you’re expecting a dry-matte lipstick or something that will dry out your lips, then this is not it. Since the lipstick has a satin feel – I suggest applying slowly to ensure that you get an even application. The formula itself has a mousse like texture, kind of like a creamy matte, not a liquid. I love that this product is definitely comfortable on the lips. You can feel that it dries down, but it doesn’t leave my lips feeling like I have 100 layers of liquid lipstick on. My lips are soft and the product is quite light weight.
Ingredients: Isododecane Cyclopentasiloxane Trimethylsiloxysilicate Beeswax (Cera Alba) Dimethicone Kaolin Disteardimonium Hectorite VP/Hexadecene Copolymer Octyldodecanol Polybutene Silica Silylate C18-36 Acid Triglyceride Propylene Carbonate Phenoxyethanol Stearalkonium Hectorite Ethylhexylglycerin Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 Tocopheryl Acetate Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Laminaria Ochroleuca (Kelp) Extract Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract Camellia Oleifera (White Tea) Leaf Extract MAY CONTAIN: +/- Mica (CI 77019) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492) D&C Red 27 Aluminum Lake (CI 45410:2) FD&C Yellow No 5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140:1) Carmine (CI 75470) FD&C Blue No 1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090) D&C Red No 6 (CI 15850) FD&C Red 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850:1)
I would have loved to see a much darker, more deeper toned red in the collection, but I’m hoping that Highlight comes out with many more colors. Overall, I do really enjoy Ruby Royalty and I’ve already been eyeing some of the other shades in the collection. You can find a selection of neutrals, reds and pinks available – metallic and completely matte.
The NATURAL infusion of TURMERIC, GREEN TEA, WHITE TEA, SEA KELP, and a BENEFIT PEPTIDE will give your lips a soft, moist, and smooth finish.
Each Highlight Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick retails for $25.00. The tube of lipstick includes a Net. Wt. of 4g / .14 fl.oz. and is encased in a gorgeous tube. The packaging is fabulous and I love that it has that faux lipstick look, giving you the impression that you are pulling out an actual lipstick bullet… ha ha, trust me, I did try initially to do so.
Highlight Cosmetics is Made in the USA is cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free and non toxic.
Check out Highlight Cosmetics here: http://highlightcosmetics.com/
Have you heard of Highlight Cosmetics before? If so, have you tried it? Also, are you currently into liquid lipsticks? Do you think you would like the formulation of these?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.