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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.

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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.

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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

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Red Dawn

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

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Tangerine

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

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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.

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a blend of Red Dawn and Tangerine on bare lips
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Wicked Glow Stix Lip Gloss over a pink lipstick

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)].

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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?

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Oh my gosh, I hope I’m not too late in posting this or that Lorac decides that they will do another release for more palettes before the year is up.  But, today I wanted to share with you my thoughts, swatches and so much more on the Lorac Mega Pro 3 Palette.  This Limited Edition release had me drooling because I’m a huge fan of Lorac Pro Palettes and the quality of the shadows.  I own Lorac Mega Pro 1 and 2 so skipping out on this one was not the choice I was allowing myself to make.  Besides, I had been really good with expenditures all year this 2016, so I felt I deserved to pick this baby up and enjoy.  I also didn’t get my hands on Lorac Pro 3 palette so I figured that I would get Mega Pro 3 and be one happy camper.  For the third year in a row, I set my alarm to pick this baby up as soon as it was released, so I’ve actually had this palette in my possession now for just about 3 weeks and I’m finally ready to share my thoughts with all of you.

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Let’s take a look at this beauty shall we?  First of all, the packaging is gorgeous and sports that metallic lettering on the front of the palette itself.  I love that Rose Gold and it absolutely has stolen my heart.  The palette itself is white… hmmmm… yes, I did say it – WHITE!  It’s not ideal considering my other palettes are dark blue and red, and white can be a challenge to clean, but nonetheless, I digress… it’s not preferred, but I’ll try to make it work. haha!

Like the other Mega Pro palettes, the Mega Pro 3 sports that cardboard packaging, thin and compact considering the palette itself is HUGE.  I like that Carol & Lorac kept with the themes of the others and created a signature look to keep within the family.  The lid seals magnetically (fairly well if I might add) and all of the shades within the palette are laid out the same as the others, with their names listed below each color (one of my favorite things about these palettes).

This palette sports 32 shades with the top two rows being the matte shadows (16 total) and the bottom two rows being the metallic and shimmery shades (16 total).  This palette is quite different from some of the others as there are only two repeat shades in this palette and the others are all new and exclusive to the Mega Pro 3.

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When it comes to designing the functionality of a palette, I think Lorac really has it going for them.  I love that each palettes has the shades laid out from light to dark – left to right.  This makes it easy to create a look and a great way to lay the colors on your eyes – your highlights being on the left, transition and crease shades towards the middle and crease and outer v towards the ends.  You can also pick and choose any color you want to place on the lid.  It’s definitely a great selection and the color range is something I love.

There are a lot of different neutral tones in this palette with a few pops of color.  I’m definitely in love with each shade because these are the types of shades I tend to gravitate to often.  The palette mainly consists of warm tones, but there are some cool tones within the palette which come together to make this a favorite of mine.

Let’s take a look at each shade in the palette, shall we?

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I’ve been getting a lot of use out of the bronze and brown shades in different variations of color.  Just like the other Lorac Pro palettes I own (currently in my possession I have Lorac Pro 1 and 2 and Mega Pro 1, 2 and now 3), the Lorac Mega Pro 3 offers you gorgeous and butter shades.  The mattes are very smooth and silky in texture and blend onto the lid like a dream.  I love the matte shades especially because while they are so soft and satin like, they are just enough color for me to use as a transition or blending shade, but still offer a punch of color when they need to be built up.  The shimmer and metallic shades are just as divine as others I have used from Lorac.  They are so buttery and soft, but they can kick up some dust, so be sure to tap off any excess on your brush and apply to the eyes with a patting motion instead of sweeping motion.

Jet Black is quite a bold shade, with a powdery kick up and really needs to be packed on to eliminate fall out, but it’s a gorgeous shade for an eye liner or in place of your traditional liner as well.  But, taking the time to familiarize yourself with the palette and how it works would be best, as I find that most of Lorac shadows offer a bit of fall out, but it’s worth it in the end for me, I love them.

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I don’t have an Ulta near me, so I had to order this charm online the day it was released.  I’m glad I made the purchase though, I’m seriously in love with this palette.  I know there are a lot of these types of palettes, neutrals I mean, on the market today – so finding one that offers your versatility and ease of use can be a challenge.  I’m sure there are similar shades to these in palettes I already owned, but remember… I said I needed to complete my collection and now I have the Trifecta.

I’m not sure if this palette is still available for sale in various Ulta stores, but I know it’s been sold out online through Ulta’s website for a minute now.  If you love neutral shades and are looking for a palette that offers it all, I definitely suggest snatching this up if you come across it in your local Ulta store.  If you can’t get your hands on this beauty, I’m so sorry – but I know I definitely had to share it with you – it’s gorgeous.

  • Cost of Lorac Mega Pro 3 – $59.00
  • Availability – Ulta Stores (if sold out), this is a Limited Edition item.

Have you had the opportunity to get your hands on the Lorac Mega Pro 3?  If so, what are your thoughts, if not – are you crushing on this palette?

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I have been waiting to get my hands on this palette and today, I can finally bring you my thoughts.  After months of waiting eagerly after setting my eyes on the palette personally with Mario himself, I could barely contain myself.  The Master Palette by Mario Dedivanovic from Anastasia Beverly Hills is quite a beaut.  I’m exciting to share my own little back story regarding this palette, so hold on tight as I take you on the journey.

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Ah, in all of its gorgeous beauty, I finally have my hands on this palette… yay me.  The Master Palette was created by the famed makeup artist to the stars – Mario Dedivanovic.  If you are not sure who he is, I’ll give you a little information on him.  Mario is best known for working with the Kardashian family and celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen.  He and Norvina (Claudia) from Anastasia Beverly Hills made mention of a palette in the works many months ago, but no one really got a good look at it till August or so.  I met with Mario at a Master Class in August where I had the opportunity to be one of two people in a class of over 80 to see the palette live and in color.  I even had the opportunity to swatch the palette, but out of respect for Mario, I didn’t take any photos of the palette and was just overwhelmed with excitement that I was given the opportunity to do so.  A few weeks later, Mario posted the palette on his Snapchat and Instagram and everyone was able to see what it looked like prior to being released the first week of October.

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Now, to be honest, if I hadn’t seen the palette first hand with my own two eyes, I would have swooned over it some… but probably wouldn’t have made the purchase and pick it up.  I am a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills Palettes (I own at least 5 of them), but if I were just looking at images online, I would have thought to skip it since the colors are so similar to those from palettes I already owned.  But, that was not the case, I did see the palette before most of the World and the colors are those that I knew I would use – so I NEEDED IT!

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Let’s talk about the packaging.  This palette has the same type of casing and packaging as other palettes that Anastasia Beverly Hills has created – but it comes an all black casing with gold detailing.  If you know anything about me, then you know that the packaging alone may have won me over… I love black and gold.  While simple, I think overall it offers much of what ABH palettes do, portable, not too bulky, easy to travel with and able to take a beating when traveling.  Since this is a palette that I know Mario takes on the road, I can see the durability and purpose in the packaging in its self.

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The colors, oh hello colors.  This palette honestly offers fairly basic shades, right?  Well… yes, and no!  The shades are definitely neutral and wearable – which I know that Mario was aiming for, since he’s honestly about classic beauty and glamour, not the done up instagram trends we see all over the internet.  While he is known as the King of Contour, he is a huge fan of effortless beauty and loves creating those looks personally on his clientele.

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Each shadow, whether matte or shimmer through out the palette offer such great pigmentation… high intensity color.  Each have such a gorgeous texture, smooth and buttery.  I have used several palettes from ABH, the Modern Renaissance being my favorite before I tried this one, and I absolutely love the quality of this palette.  Smooth, satin shades are just the plus side to how wonderful this palette is.  The colors, while neutral – offer anyone a wide range of shades to create an every day look or a show stopping smoky eye.  The options are endless.

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Like most (if not all) of the ABH palettes, this particular one comes with a duo-ended makeup brush.  A shadow end and one for blending – which makes this the perfect palette for on the go.  Each eye shadow (12 shades in all) is named after women and places that have given Mario inspiration over the years.  Do you see Lula (Mario’s mom), Marina (Mario’s sister), Kim and Claudia in the mix?  Need I say more?  This definitely was a palette created with the inspiration that Mario found in his life.

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Top Row Swatches – From Left to Right:  Hollywood, NYC, Kim, Muse, Marina, Claudia

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Bottom Row Swatches – From Left to Right:  Lula, Isabel, Violeta, 5th Ave., Bronx, Paris.

All of the shades are gorgeous and I love that there are a mixture of matte and shimmer shades.  Each shadow offers such gorgeous color payoff and while some of the shimmer shades can have a bit of fall out, honestly, they are so pigmented and buttery… a little product goes a long way.  Rich gorgeous color in one swipe and no patchy application – even with the matte shades.

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I haven’t been using much makeup lately so I was very excited to dip into the palette and create a look.  On my eyes I’m using a blend of Violeta and Isabel in the crease and as my transition shade, Marina on the lid and blended up towards the crease, Muse blended into the outer v and Hollywood as an inner corner highlight and to highlight a little on my brow bone.

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Let’s face it, as a makeup addict, I can honestly say that you can NEVER have enough neutral palettes.  But I’m so happy with this palette.  It’s not your average, every day neutral palette – it’s definitely a master piece created by a master artist.  The Master Palette by Mario is a gorgeous palette with beautiful and stunning shades that will work with any skin tone, eye color and age and I think it’s definitely an essential to any makeup lovers collection.  This will be my go-to travel palette and I think it will be a favorite for years to come.  Of course, it helps that I have a personal connection to the palette and the artist, so I’m proud to sport this palette and use it with pride.

Here’s a little glimpse of Mario’s instagram – a slideshow he created.  Take a look, you might see someone you know in the mix. 😉

The palette is gorgeous and I definitely suggest checking it out and seeing for yourself. It should be available at select Ulta and Sephora stores if it has been sold out online at Anastasia Beverly Hills.  I do think it’s a must have for anyone, but I think after hearing about Mario’s humble beginnings and how he started as a makeup artist won my heart over more than anything.  Nonetheless, if you have the opportunity to check it out and pick up one for yourself… do it!

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When it comes to Max Factor, it’s a brand name I have used back in my teens and one of the first makeup brands I was interested in because of it’s line of fun and funky eye shadow colors.  It’s funny to think that a brand I hadn’t seen in my local stores in about 10 years holds such a place in my memories… but I remember seeing gorgeous eye shadows in the displays as a teenager and it was an impression I hadn’t easily forgotten.  I’m excited to say however, that Max Factor is returning to the United States, offering their Max Factor USA Capsule Collection and for a limited time, you can get your hands on some of these gorgeous beauties.

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Working with Pat McGrath, Global Makeup Artist and Design Director, Max Factor released a limited edition capsule collection that includes four fabulous products:  The Masterpiece Max Mascara, Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eye Liner and two Colour Elixir Lipsticks in Simply Nude 725 and Maroon Dust 735.  This gorgeous collection of treats was released in August (yes, I’m aware that I’m a bit late to the game) and are available to purchase at select Target, Walmart and Walgreens locations (you can also purchase online on Amazon and Drugstore.com for a limited time).  I have just recently started seeing this collection in my local stores as of the end of September, so hopefully it will stick around for my makeup lovers to get their hands on them.

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Now, if you are a part of the younger generation of makeup addicts, you may not be familiar with Max Factor or the brand itself.  Let me clear that all up for you…  Max Factor was the original inventor of modern makeup and the very first artist to start his own brand.  The capsule collection that you see here was specifically created to be a limited edition collection to the United States, featuring a select edit of glamour essentials for all beauty lovers.  Since Max Factor didn’t just invent new ways for women to explore and express their glamour, he changed the beauty industry and paved the way for all artists, creators and makers you love and follow today.

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Let’s start with the Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara ($9.99).  A high volume, high definition mascara that offers high impact volume in one swipe.  The brush for this mascara delivers volume and definition to offer bold and thick lashes.  It’s smudge proof and touch proof and I love that it leaves my lashes feeling soft and feathery.  If you are like me and have very sensitive eyes, I think you’ll enjoy this mascara because it is a great one for that purpose.

“Max Factor, Academy Award Winner and Visionary Make-Up Artist, comes a line of make-up that created the most glamorous looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era.”

Now, I have oober sensitive eyes and my lashes are pretty much hiding from the real world.  Because of this, I tend to wear false lashes as much as I possibly can and I’m very particular with my choice of favorite mascara.  The Masterpiece Max Mascara definitely helped to coat my lashes to add length and I like that the wand is small enough to still grab on to my teenie tiny lash hairs.   I do need to wear it layered with another mascara that offers more volume, but nonetheless, it gets the job done and like I mentioned previously, it works great on my sensitive eyes.

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The Masterpiece Precision Liquid Eye Liner ($9.99) is a high precision liquid eye liner.  This liner is said to transform your look with a bold, intense liquid liner that will offer the precision of a pencil.  With Black Velvet formula, this liner glides on smoothly and dries quickly.  This liner was created to allow you to create two glamorous looks from one versatile and unique paddle shaped tip.

“You are not born glamorous, Glamour is created!” – Max Factor

Now, I’ve tried a liquid liner from another Drugstore brand similar to this one before and in all honesty, it’s a liner I consistently have used over the last year or so.  So, I wouldn’t call this “unique” since another brand has similar on the market.  I do however, enjoy the formulation of this liner.  If you are looking for bold and black color, you’ll definitely have that here.  The liquid dries really fast, which is always a great thing.  And, I love that you have the option of going thick or thin just by the flick of the wrist to create the look you desire.

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Since I’ve used another eye liner like this one before, I’m quite familiar with how to manipulate the liner to create the looks I want, but I can totally tell you that if you haven’t used anything like this, it may take a bit of getting used to, to get this to work in your favor… unless you are just a pro at getting things down.  If you are looking for a liner that can offer you bold and deep color, I think you’ll enjoy this a lot.  Start with a thin line and carve out your wing or your liner and then turn the liner on the side to color in the gaps… that’s the best way I can explain it to work for you if you are struggling.

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While this is a pen liner, it has a very liquid like consistency, so a light hand is best when applying it.  It dries quickly, but that also means you will need to work pretty fast.  The bold color can give you all day wear, which is great, but that also means that if it does start to move on you, it will be so noticeable because the color is so bold.  While I didn’t notice much smudging or running of the product on my eyes – I can say that if you tear up – it will move on you… so I reserve this liner for days that my allergies are not crazy on me.

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The Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipsticks ($13.99 retail – prices vary at different locations) in Maroon Dust and Simply Nude are probably my favorite in this collection of treats from Max Factor.  Let’s face it, I have more lipsticks than any one person should own, but it’s one of my favorite makeup products to have.  These lippies are said to have the same formulation as their original ones but have slightly different packaging from what we had seen from Max Factor before. I actually like the gold packaging, it gives the product a luxe feel.  These lipsticks are said to have “active moisturizing ingredients” to help transform your lips into looking luscious and full as well as giving you that look of smooth, plump and soft lips.  These colors are said to be complimentary, which I actually like since I know I can get use out of each shade.  Maroon Dust reminds me of a nude Terracotta like shade that is perfect for Fall (or year round) and Simply Nude is a gorgeous nude shade you can use daily or year round.  Each of these lippies are quite comfortable on the lips and have a pretty decent wear time.  With eating or drinking, I definitely need to touch up – but considering these are creamy, I still get about 3-4 hours of wear time.  If you tend to have drier lips, I highly suggest exfoliating (sugar scrub or a toothbrush) because these are so creamy they can really exaggerate the lip lines.

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I also think these are quite expensive, even for a roll out of new products – they are still pretty up there in the Drugstore cost range.  If these are too much for you – I would go for Milani Color Statement lipsticks (nude cream being one of old school favorites and a similar shade to Simply Nude).  I’m sure if I look through my vast Milani lipstick collection I’ll find a dupe for Maroon Dust.  Don’t get me wrong, these are gorgeous lippies, but at the cost point, I’m not sure I would gravitate towards purchasing them if I hadn’t tried the formulation out first.  I have however, been getting a lot of use out of both of these shades and I think they look great with Spice Lip liner from Milani.

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I’m absolutely ecstatic that I had the opportunity to try this capsule collection.  Let’s be honest here for a moment, there are some brands that I will always remember and will have a place in my heart as those that I have loved at first look.  Max Factor is definitely one of those brands.  I would love to see the entire line make a come back to the United States, but I’m definitely happy that I was able to reminisce of my teenage years with a brand I enjoyed.  Who knows, we may see this brand pop up more in the coming years.

Have you tried anything from this collection?  If so, what was  your favorite?  If not, do you remember Max Factor and seeing it in your local stores?

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In my opinion, nothing says natural radiance, sexy and empowered like a woman who knows what she wants and goes after it.  There’s just something about a woman who takes charge and makes things happen.  That’s what immediately intrigued me about Raul E New York Mineral Cosmetics because it is a brand that is offers gorgeous cosmetics that are perfect for the empowered women in the world.

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I received three products from Raul E New York to try out for myself.  Immediately upon receiving the items, I fell in love with the sleek black packaging.  It’s simple, shiny packaging with a Copper Gold logo imprinted on the cover, but I love it… very sleek and chic.  I received the Mineral Silk Radiance Powder, Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Hypnotic and Creamy Blush in Sangria.  Raul E New York offers a variety of cosmetic items to create a stunning and powerful look… from eye shadows to cream liners, lipsticks to gloss and everything in between – you get a wide variety to choose from and can create a whole look from base to highlight with this brand.

Our designer,  Silvana Penavić prides herself in offering an elegant, timeless and classy selection of mineral based makeups. Silvana understands first hand just how important is to use makeup that supports balance & harmony in one’s daily life, which in turn promotes conscious living.

You can consider this brand to have a highend price point.  Their single shadows are $24 each, mascaras are $30 each and their mineral liquid powder foundation is $44, so the costs are what you would expect to spend for a highend cosmetic line.  Raul E New York also sells apparel and clothing, gifts, etc. so it is a brand that offers a variety of products at your finger tips.

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Let’s talk highlight since it’s one of my favorite cosmetic products.  The Mineral Silk Radiance Powder $44 (net wt. 0.28oz / 8g) comes in two different shades.  I got the shade Seychelles.  This gorgeous mineral powder has become one of my favorites over the last few months (I’ve had these cosmetics in my possession now for a few months) and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it.  It has a floral embossment that offers different shades that you can either pick individually to use or swirl your brush all together to create a different shade.  I absolutely love how silky this powder feels on the skin and how nicely it wears.  It offers my tan skin tone a gorgeous highlight that can either be showstopping or soft and subtle depending on how heavy handed I am.

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Mineral Silk Radiance Powder Swatched dry – heavily without blending.
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Mineral Silk Radiance Powder Swatched dry – blended out

The Mineral Silk Radiance Powder applies smoothly onto the skin and blends out well but it can leave glittery shimmer on the skin.  It’s not the type that will leave much fall out and doesn’t feel gritty, but it will enhance lines as you can see in my photo above.  I highly suggest using a light hand when applying this product for that soft and “lit from within” kind of glow.   The radiance powder is quite pigmented and a little goes a long way.  Tap your brush into the product and swirl – then tap your brush before applying to the face to dust off some excess product.  Apply to the cheek bones for a gorgeous glow.

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Next is the Signature Eye Shadow Quad in Hynotic $44 (net wt. 0.25 oz / 7g).  This particular quad is gorgeous… though Raul E New York offers the quads in four different shade ranges (including this one).  The colors offer a selection of four shades that can create a gorgeous look of greens and golds.  I particularly loved this color range because greens are so gorgeous year round and something that can play up any eye look.  Each shade is shimmery so you do not have any matte colors, but creating a look is simple.

The colors are very pigmented and gorgeous.  They can be used wet or dry and apply with gorgeous color in one swipe.  Because these are mineral shadows, they can kick up a bit of dust (especially since they are shimmer), but they pack on the eye lid really nicely, blend out well and have great longevity over a primer.  I love the colors in this quad because you can opt to use one of the green shades all over the lid, in the crease or on the lower lash line as a pop of color.  They are gorgeous and offer bold color but can also be used as wearable shades for an every day look.

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swatched dry, without primer or base. One swipe each shade.

The Raul E New York Creamy Blush $29 (net wt. 0.10 oz. / 2.8g) is a gorgeous blush.  I have mine in Sangria which is a lovely shade, especially for my particular skin tone.  I LOVE that it has golden shimmer within, but the cream blush is very comfortable on the cheeks, blends well and leaves my skin with a gorgeous rose hue for a soft pop on the cheeks.  You can build the color up as you see the need for more pigment or use naturally for a little touch of color on the skin.  This cream blush really is creamy and feels so wonderful to the touch.  I love to apply this with my fingers and the blend or use a small stippling brush like my ELF Small Stippling brush to stipple the color on and blend it to look effortless.  This is a great blush for me to use year round and Raul E New York offers four gorgeous shades to choose from.

You can easily have all day wear with this cream blush if used over a primer or over your foundation.  I found that it faded on me after about 6 hours on my bare face.  The blush itself is quite pigmented but offers a sheen from the gold shimmer.  The shimmer looks very nice, not cakey or glittery so the blush can be used on its own to add some color to the cheeks and illuminate your cheekbones as well.

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applied to the skin with my finger, one swipe – no blending.
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applied to the skin with one swipe and blended out using my finger.

Choosing which of the three products I’ve tried from Raul E New York as my favorite would be a bit of a challenge.  I enjoy all of them, but I think I like the Mineral Silk Radiance Powder the best.  Let’s be honest here, we all know that when it comes to highlight… I love to glow and highlighters are some of my favorite makeup products.  I have been enjoying the cream blush to use on its own or under a powder blush and I really think the eye shadow quad has gorgeous shades.

The cosmetics I’ve tried so far are quite nice and I’ve been enjoying them.  They are a bit on the costly side, but considering the quality I think it’s fairly reasonable.  They are definitely not Yves St Laurent or Tom Ford, but if you are looking for quality mineral based products, I would check them out.  It’s a little high on the price scale than what I would pay – even if the quality is nice, but overall I think I’ve tried some really good products from the brand.  It’s nice to see that there are so many cosmetic brands out now that offer mineral cosmetics.  I love when products feel great on the skin and are good for you too.

You can purchase Raul E New York Cosmetics here: https://www.raulenewyork.com/product-category/collections/raul-e-new-york-mineral-cosmetics/

Have you heard of Raul E New York brand before?  If so, what are your thoughts?  If not, do you think it’s something you’d check out?

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I talked about this in a recent post, stating that I was excited to share with all of you my thoughts on the Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette by Cargo Cosmetics.  Today is the day and I’m really stoked to be sharing.  I had been swooning over this palette for a little while since I seen it’s release and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  Cargo Cosmetics is not a brand you hear about very often, while it’s popular – it’s not a “Cult Favorite” as other brands and I’m not sure why.  When it comes to their eye shadow palettes, you get a great deal and beautiful product for showstopping looks.  Today I’ll be sharing with you swatches and more on this palette and maybe it’s something you may want to pick up.  Cargo is also running a sale today “Friends & Family” so head on over and see if you want to add this baby to your makeup arsenal.

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The Cargo Cosmetics Land Down Under Eye Shadow Palette retails for $34.00 but is currently on sale for $27.20.  It includes 12 gorgeous eye shadows (net wt each shadow: 0.03 oz / 0.8g), a mirror which is built into the palette, a pencil eyeliner in black (net wt. 1.13 oz) and a dual ended eye shadow brush.  This palette was inspired by the fabled sights and beaches of Australia and includes a variety of sunburnt browns, golds and tones that flatter all skin-tones.  You have some cool toned shades in ocean-hued blues and a gorgeous bright foliage green which adds a great pop of color.  This palette is the perfect summer palette but I can see utilizing this all year round.

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Each palette includes a combination of 5 matte shades and 7 shimmer shades.  Each shade is quite pigmented with exception to Sand.  It has nice color pigment but shows up best on a sticky base.  I noticed with swatching the color on it’s own, it needs to be built up, but applied to the lid, it actually provides nice color pay off.  If you are looking for a shadow for every day use that offers some shimmer, I think you’ll enjoy that particular shade.  The palette provides you with Paraben-Free formulas which is a huge plus as well.

The actual palette / packaging is gorgeous.  You have a white iridescent cover that has a gold/green shift when you turn the palette different directions.  It’s not very noticeable, but it’s something you can definitely see that gives the palette character and matches with the overall theme.  On the cover you have Cargo’s logo in a metallic teal (which immediately won my heart over) – it’s gorgeous.  The package reminds me of that you would get from any of their other palettes, sturdy but made of a thick cardboard.  It’s simple but still very nice.

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The dual-ended eye shadow brush is really really nice.  I love when a palette comes with a brush that is really versatile and that can be used.  It’s worth the space in my opinion.  It comes with a fluffy blending brush that you can use to also pack on color and a tapered pencil brush for smudging eye shadows or applying in precise areas on the eyes.  The black eye liner pencil is sharpenable and it’s quite creamy.  It’s a gorgeous black that is easy to apply and easy to smudge for a beautiful eye look.

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Shades:

Joey – Beige Matte

Beach – Pale Gold Shimmer

Suntan – Medium Pink Brown Shimmer

Opera – Pale Beige Matte

Koala – Medium Yellow Brown Matte

Sand – Gold Shimmer

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The Rocks – Medium Red Brown Matte

Bridge – Deep Brown Gold Shimmer

Domain – Green Shimmer

Manly – Turquoise Matte

Bondi – Deep Blue Shimmer

Ferry – Deep Brown Matte

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Please be sure to stop by my video review and check out my live swatches.  I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of me wearing the eye shadow, but I’m using this palette in that look I’m rocking on my eyes.  This palette is completely versatile.  Some of my favorite shades in t he palette include:  Koala (the perfect transition or crease shade), The Rocks (a gorgeous crease shade), Bridge (my absolute favorite from the palette) and Domain (a beautiful lid shade that’s also a perfect lower lash line color).  I think you simply can’t beat the price point of this palette and now that it is on sale and with a Friends & Family discount, there’s no reason not to pick it up.  It’s a palette that I think would make a great addition to any makeup lovers collection and the shades are not as bold as you might think.

Have you tried any of the Cargo Eye Shadow Palettes before?  If so, which one have you tried and what are your thoughts on them?  Do you think Cargo deserves more hype & love like other brands?  I surely do!

You can purchase this palette and much more at: http://www.cargocosmetics.com/.  Be sure to head on over to take advantage of the Friends & Family sale that’s running now till 8/21.  Get 25% off your purchase.

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I know that Summer is coming to an end shortly, but let’s face it, we can use water resistant cosmetics year round – not just during the summer months.  One of my favorite brands offering a variety of water resistant products is Cargo Cosmetics.  Cargo Swimmables collection includes an array of products for anyone and offers great color and high pigmentation for those that are active or just looking for longevity in their makeup.  I’ve been a huge fan of this collection over the years and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites with all of you today.

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The Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush (0.10 oz / 2.83g – $26.00) and Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer (0.45 oz / 13g – $29.00) are some of my favorites from the collection.  They are blushes and bronzers I have repurchased time and time again over the last 6 years or so and some of my favorites in my entire makeup arsenal.

The Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush offers you color that won’t streak or fade and provide you with long lasting sweat-proof and weatherproof color on your cheeks.  I have Bali (a medium rose pink with an iridescent sheen) which is newly added to my collection and Los Cabos (soft tangerine with a coral hue and golden sheen).  I have had Los Cabos for over a year and have purchased it several times for friends that love coral toned blushes.  You get a lot of product in each pan and it is so pigmented a little goes a long way.  Los Cabos offers my cheeks that beautiful glow I love to wear during the summer and is a perfect “every day” blush choice for me.  The powder is silky and has a formula that glides onto the skin for a subtle wash of color that you can easily build up to the intensity you are interested in.  While it appears sheer with one swatch or swipe, you can manipulate the powder easily to provide the coverage you are looking for.

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swatch of: Bali, Los Cabos & Water Resistant Bronzer – taken with natural light
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Features and Benefits

  • Silicone-coated pigments provide better adhesion to the skin and help withstand water for extended wear.
  • L-Lysine, an amino acid found naturally in the skin, helps increase the blush’s long-wearing and water-resistant properties.
  • Paraben free.

The Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer is a silky powder formula that also glides over the skin for a subtle radiant glow.  It is one of my favorite bronzers I own and in fact, I have 4 different bronzers in my collection from Cargo because I always enjoy them.  This bronzer will not streak or fade, is sweat-proof and waterproof too.  It’s natural looking and doesn’t look orange on my skin or change color or oxidize like some bronzers have done to me in the past.  It’s comfortable on and I love that it has a golden sheen to it.  This is not the type of bronzer I would suggest or use for contouring, but it gives my face and body a sunkissed glow that makes me look like a goddess.  It’s one of my favorite bronzers for a reason and I love it.

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Features and Benefits

  • Silicone-coated pigments provide better adhesion to the skin and help withstand water for extended wear.
  • L-Lysine, an amino acid found naturally in the skin, helps increase the bronzer’s long-wearing and water-resistant properties.
  • Paraben free.

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The Cargo Better Than Waterproof Mascara was something definitely fun for me to try.  Retailing for $20.00 (0.33 fl.oz. / 10 mL), I honestly wasn’t sure how I would like this product.  If you know anything about me, it’s that I prefer waterproof mascaras (though I don’t use them all the time) because my allergies are so bad, a normal mascara usually doesn’t stay in place all day for me.  This mascara states it is “better than waterproof!”  So I honestly wasn’t sure about the claims… until I tried it.  This is truly a water resistant mascara but still gentle enough to be worn on my eyes every day.  It stays put and in place all day long.  Now, I haven’t gone swimming with this mascara yet – but let’s just say, my sweat was rough enough the last few weeks to really give this a good test.

The wand is really basic so I didn’t think it would offer my lashes much of anything… but it did give me some volume and length.  This is the kind of mascara I would particularly select when at the pool or going to the beach and want to make my lashes stand out without putting on a full face of makeup.  It offers a tubing formulation which allows the mascara to stay put during the day, but yet it is easily removed with warm water or gentle pressure.  I was able to remove the mascara with my Garnier Micellar Water (the regular one) and my Simple Micellar Water without any issues.  No heavy eye makeup remover or oil based remover was needed.  No smudging or running and long lasting awesomeness all day long.  I would love to see this formulation with a different wand aimed specifically to help with length and volume too.  The formulation is also quite black which make it stand out nicely on my short lashes.

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As most people know, I’m a fanatic for colored eye liners and these Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencils (net wt. 0.04 oz / 1.2g – $18.00) are quite the find.  I have six of the twelve shades available from the line.  Each pencil is creamy (very creamy), waterproof and smudge proof with a formula that glides on with ease.  This product claims that it can last up to 14 hours and while I can only attest to 10 hours of total wear, I do love that they last that long.  I have very watery eyes so a product that can hold up to my teary and watery eyes while still looking vibrant is wonderful.  I love that I can wear the shades on my waterline and they stay without budging.

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Left To Right – Top to bottom: 08 Lake Como, 07 Lake Geneva, 10, Dorado Beach, 05 Pfeiffer Beach, 11 Shelly Beach, 04 Loch Ness

I haven’t particularly worn these in the pool or ocean and haven’t gone swimming with them but they lasted 10+ hours without the need to touch up through my sweaty days and allergy prone watery eyes without an issue.  I just love how small the tip is and how easy it is to get a precise line, especially since the formula is so creamy, it makes it easy to wear and apply.  Once you apply and let it set, it will stay all day until you take it off.  You can sharpen your pencil (I like twist up pencils better but I’ll take it) and it’s paraben free.

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Now, I couldn’t possibly leave out the lippies so I would also like to share with you the Cargo Essential Lip Glosses (0.08 oz / 2.5mL – $16.00) available in 15 shades.  I have three of them in the colors:  Rio, Sahara and Belgium.  Now, if you have been following me a while, then you know I am not a huge fan of lip glosses and I have my select favorites.  These essential lip glosses actually amazed me in that I didn’t expect to like them as much as I do.  They are creamy and moisturizing with a formula that glides over the lips easily and doesn’t feel sticky at all.

Super high shine lip gloss delivers intense, lasting color! The creamy, moisturizing formula glides over lips, and most importantly it never feels sticky.  I’m really liking how these feel on my lips and most importantly, I love how they are not sticky so it makes wearing them easy to do.  Since I haven’t been using matte lippies at all this summer, I’ve been enjoying pairing Sahara with my favorite nude lipsticks to give them a little shine.  These seem to last fairly long on the lips which is a plus and they are also gluten-free and paraben free.

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Top to Bottom, left to right: 04 Jaipur Swimmables Lip Pencil, Rio, Sahara and Belgium

If you’re not into gloss that much or need a great lip liner, don’t worry – I got you covered.  The Cargo Swimmables Lip Pencil (0.04 oz / 1.2g – $18.00) is a long lasting pencil that offers great lip definition, high pigmentation and is waterproof.  It’s pretty long lasting in my opinion.  I love that it sharpens, it’s soft on the lips and applies very easily and I haven’t noticed any feathering or transfer providing me long lasting color.  Through eating and drinking, I have really noticed how long this lasts so it would make a great base for your favorite lip color.  I also love that it sharpens which is a big plus.  I have the color Jaipur which is a nice mauve rose hue that seems to pair well with many of the lip colors I already own and I’ve been enjoying it this summer.

Well, that’s all I have to share with you today.  I have a new palette I ordered from Cargo not too long ago and hope to share that with you here as well.  Overall, I’m always impressed with Cargo Cosmetics and the products they offer.  I have purchased products from Cargo off and on over the years and I’ve always been a fan of their quality.  It’s a shame you don’t hear as much about them as you would other brands, but if you are looking for some great quality products or something new to try, I highly suggest checking them out.  I have been a fan of theirs for over 6 years and it’s always good to see when a brand keeps the quality and improves for the better in time.

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You can purchase these products and so much more at: http://www.cargocosmetics.com/ or Ulta Beauty.

Have you tried anything from Cargo before?  If so, what are your favorite products or your experience with the brand?  If not, do you foresee something from the Swimmables collection in your future?

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Disclaimer:  Some of the products featured in this post were sent for review consideration while others were purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased as with anything you see on this site, whether sent to me or purchased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.

 

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A year or so ago I was introduced to deVine Beauty in an Ipsy bag and have been intrigued with their products so naturally when they reached out to me to test a few I was definitely excited.  Who wouldn’t be excited to try something that is all natural and has anti-aging benefits packed into a lip balm?  Capturing the magic of Red Wine Grape, deVine offers a variety of lip products that have antioxidants to help promote healing while offering delectible scents, colors and flavors to leave your lips feeling soft and beautiful.  deVine Beauty also offers skin care products like body lotions and hand creams, bar soap and more.

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With Resveratrol, Grapeseed Oil and Red Wine Antioxidants to help promote healing, the deVine lip products come in a variety of colors and flavors and offer you great products that are made in the USA.  Each item is hand-picked and packed from Westmont, Illinois.  The company believes in women, wine & everything deVine and strives to offer you a delectable elixir of products for women (and men) to enjoy.  I had the opportunity to try out three different products from deVine:  The Rose Glycerin Bar Soap $6.95 each (4 oz.), deVine Lip Shimmers $6.00 and Sangria Lip Shades with SPF 15 $4.00.

The Rose Glycerin Bar Soap is a nice Glycerin bar that leaves your skin feeling moisturized and soft.  I enjoy using this during my morning shower to help awaken my senses and really just soften my skin to prep for my day.  It has a light hint of rose fragrance, not strong enough to cause my allergies to go crazy, but still fragrant enough so that I can smell the sweet scent.  I really like this soap and overall I think it’s something worth checking out.

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The deVine Lip Shimmers are a nice addition to my lip balm collection.  I got them in Bordeaux and Cabernet.  Each lippy has a light hint of color, offering your lips sheer color for when you’re on the go and want a little something extra.  I like that they are hydrating and since I have tried these before via my Ipsy bag a year or so ago, I think my opinion on them are still the same.  They leave my lips feeling nice and soft but I love the hint of color they offer.  They have a light scent and taste to them, but not enough for me to pin point a particular flavor or fragrance.  I’m quite amazed with the color they offer and since I don’t use makeup daily, these make great additions to my every day look and really perk up my lips.

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The Sangria Lip Shades with SPF 15 are colorless but I really like the flavor of these.  They are what I throw in my purse on a daily basis to use along side some of my favorite lip balms.  They not only offer that SPF products that I love, but they are so handy to have and easy to take on the go.  Though they don’t offer any lip color, these are perfect to use beneath your favorite lip shades to give you that extra protection your pout needs, especially during the summer months.

Sadly, I couldn’t find the full list of ingredients on their website, but overall I do enjoy the anti-aging benefits and ingredients I do know about.  I have noticed with the lip products that my lips feel softer and take on lip color very nicely and evenly since I’ve been using these products.  My lips seem to love them and while they are not my only lip balm I use, I do reach for these often and especially the deVine Lip Shimmers on days when I am not wanting any makeup but need a little color to my lips.

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If you are looking for something that is reasonably priced that offer ingredients that are good for you – I definitely suggest checking these out.  A lip product that offers Resveratrol and red wine antioxidants is surely something I don’t mind using on my lips.  I love that my lips feel plumper, look less stressed and aged and feel nice and soft thanks to the great ingredient of Resveratrol in these lippies.  The bar of soap is definitely a great thing and I look forward to trying some of the other body care products available from deVine Shimmer soon.

What about you, have you heard of or tried anything from deVine beauty before?  If so, what have you tried and if not – what do you think about this brand offering you the benefits of wine?

You can purchase these products and more at: http://www.devineshimmers.com/

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Beauty trends are something that are constantly changing and evolving and sometimes – we even throwback to fun trends and ideas from our past that are timeless.  When it comes to trends, I absolutely love trying the new ones when they make their way to the spotlight and test them for myself to see what the hype is all about.  One that has made its way to different beauty outlets and brands is the “spray on nail polish” trend.  Using a polish in a spray can (similar to spray paint), the concept is to spray the nail polish onto your nails for a quick and easy manicure.  I was immediately taken by this concept – being a mother and knowing that waiting for a coat of polish to dry is literally like watching paint do the same, so I definitely thought it was cool.  There are several brands out there that offer similar products, so when Spray Perfect sent over a few for me to try, I was excited to give it a go.

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Spray Perfect retails for $19.99 (an additional shipping & processing fee of $4.95).  The website states they are having a special “Double Offer” which gives you a choice of 2 colors + 1 Base/Top Coat.  If you purchase outside of their “Double Offer” then they are regularly priced for $19.99 each.  Spray Perfect offers 7 shades – Racy Red, Sexy Silver, Naked Nude, Party Pink, Passion Purple, Whimsical White and Black Beauty.  I received Sexy Silver and Naked Nude as the colors to try out.

Note:  For my Hawaii readers – Spray Perfect’s website states they can only offer Continental US shipping only.  Since we are used to these types of situations, it’s probably because of the flammable shipping.  

Sleek packaging reminiscent of a spray can, the concept is simple and easy to grasp and use.  Using the product is also quite simple and I really like the ease of use.  It’s as easy as using a base coat to apply to the nails, then spraying your polish color of choice and topping with the top coat (which happens to be the base coat too).  Spray Perfect says they offer the world’s fastest manicure that dries in under a minute.  It’s new technology offers color that only adheres to nails and washes easily from your skin.  You get quick, complete coverage on your nails & only your nails.  With a little rubbing to remove the excess polish from your skin, you are going to save money and stop going to the salon for a mani that’s quick and easy.

So let’s chit chat a bit about the process.  The first time I used the products, doing so was really easy and the directions were easy to follow.  I painted my nails with the base coat / top coat and allowed them to dry.  It states on the bottle not to “blow on your nails” to help them dry but let them dry naturally.  That was easy to follow.  Once the base coat dries, spray your nails the desired color.

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Spraying my nails was quite easy.  The nozzle was easy to press and the bottle is small enough to still offer you good control using both your left and right hand regardless of whichever is the dominant one.  I was quite impressed with the overall feel with the product while I used it.  I opted to spray my nails with two coats to make sure the color was bold enough for me to see.  Immediately after spraying my left hand, I realized that the color really does stick well to the parts where I painted with base coat and it started to lightly flake off or rub off on the other parts of my fingers.  But, after one coat and then spraying the second coat, I could tell that the colors were not the same as the swatch on the bottles.  Each color – the Naked Nude & Sexy Silver were different in shade than the swatch portrayed on the bottle as well as the swatches on the website page.

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The silver really reminded me of a spray paint type of texture and applied unevenly – whether with one or two coats.  I tried it with three coats, but it didn’t seem to fix the issue so I assumed it was just the formulation of the color.  The nude one seemed to apply much more evenly, though, each one definitely had a rough or matte like (like spray paint) texture on the nails before I applied the Top Coat.  Once the Top coat was applied, it seemed to leave an even texture with a glossy finish.  You could still see any patchy places that the paint did not apply well, but it wasn’t bad.

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After spraying the two coats of each color, I let it dry a few minutes and then painted with the top coat.  I didn’t clean up my fingers from the over spray till after the top coat dried completely.  The total process from base coat, to two coats of color and the top coat took about 15 minutes.  But, I liked that each of the polishes and base/top coat dried fairly quickly.  Once it dried, about two minutes each layer, I moved onto the next layer and once the top coat dried – about 2 minutes after painting the last nail with the top coat, my nails seemed like they were dried well and I could be on my way if I wanted to.

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Washing off and removing the over spray on my fingers was really easy.  I simply washed my hands and with a little rubbing (literally), I was able to get off the over spray and my manicure was good to go.  Any place on my nails that did not have the base and top coat were left clean.  The entire process, while there were some extra steps than a traditional manicure, went by fairly easy.

Now – let’s talk about the longevity of the manicure.  I wash dishes several times a day and I’m pretty brutal on my hands.  I actually liked the fact that they didn’t chip in the first 24 hours like many nail polishes can do, depending on the top coat.  But, it did chip on me by the end of the 2nd day – not dramatically, but I noticed it.  I don’t think anyone would have really noticed it unless I showed them, but I noticed it when it did chip.

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Besides washing off the excess polish and over spray, I didn’t really need to do much clean up.  I didn’t go through and clean up any edges of the polish so you could see how much of it was covered and how much was removed.  Taking off the nail polish to change colors was easy!  It removed with my basic nail polish remover without any issues.  Acetone remover or non-acetone, it didn’t matter, both removed them easily and without any issues.

Oh – one note I forgot to add… it smells like a nail polish and spray paint blend, so this is something you definitely want to do in a well ventilated area.  I also suggest protecting your furnishings because the over spray can definitely stain other things.

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Overall – I think the concept is definitely fun.  It’s convenient and while the process is lengthy, I really loved the drying time on the top coat and the polish.  Right after putting the top coat on and it drying, I was able to wash dishes and fold clothes without any smudging – it was completely dry.  Because of this, I think this would be a nice option for a night out or something where you could devote 15 minutes to a nice manicure but have it ready to go for a night out.  It’s costly however, if you don’t get the deal – then you are looking at spending $20 for a spray on polish which requires the base/top coat to get the job done.  Like with all things, I think it really is up to the user and it could be something fun and useful for anyone that likes this kind of stuff.  The concept is cool and definitely interesting.  Would I buy it or purchase another color?  Hmmm… I think I would if it shipped to Hawaii or if I was able to get the Double deal.  It’s definitely something fun for a sleepover or a night out where you need a nice manicure that sets in a short amount of time.  I think that it’s fun to check out, but I would only do so with a good deal, otherwise, it’s something I would pass on.  It’s a bit pricey for just one bottle on its own.

You can check out Spray Perfect for yourself and see if it’s something you may want to check out.  Head on over to their website here: http://www.buysprayperfect.com/

Have you heard of Spray Perfect before?  If so, what are your thoughts?  If not, have you seen this spray on nail polish trend?

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I don’t use a lot of makeup during the summer time and lately I have found that I have really been enjoying a simple look – mascara and lip balm.  But, after getting my hands on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, I’ve really been enjoying working with it and creating looks.  Contrary to how it looks, this palette is much more than a pink toned palette like it seems.  I’ve been loving the combination of warm tones to create showstopping looks.  Today I share with you a look I created using mainly this palette with a little pop of color on my lower lash line with ColourPop’s Flower Shop (from their Spring / Summer collection).  I’ll be sharing this look with you as well as swatches of the palette and more.  Be sure to click on the video if you want to chit chat with me and watch me GRWM when I create this look.

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Let’s chit chat about this palette first before we get into the whole makeup look, shall we?  The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette retails for $42.00 and includes 14 beautiful shades appropriate for any time of year.  This palette also includes a duo-ended brush to help create those stunning looks.

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I purchased this palette with a little help via an online site called Octer.com.  Octer is a cool platform to help with online shopping, making it possible and easy to shop no matter the device you use – whether you’re browsing on your smartphone, tablet or desktop.  Octer lists the biggest US stores and 8,000 brands across all verticals and fashion from everyone like Topshop, ASOS, Farfetch and Net-A-Porter.  Octer has been live since November and has a feature which helps consumers find the right product at the right price.  It’s easy to use and as simple as searching your favorite type of product – housewares, clothes, accessories, makeup and more.

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette is an essential eye shadow collection that includes a variety of neutral and berry tones.  It’s the first permanent palette in the ABH line – which I love, since so many of the palettes I own from her were Limited Editions.  This palette includes gorgeously pigmented shades that offer you the opportunity to create endless looks for daytime and evening.  I am absolutely in love with the pigmentation of each color even if some of them did kick up a bit of dust and a little bit of fall out it’s a beautifully pigmented palette.  At first glance, this eye shadow palette looks like it would be too berry or too pink to create many looks, but I have found that I’ve been able to create a variety of looks with the shades.

The palette has faux suede packaging that make it feel really nice and soft and so far it has been easy to clean.  I love that each name is listed under the individual shades – which is always a great thing in any eye shadow palette.  The magnetic closure seals the palette up tightly, but not too tight as to make it difficult to open and close.  The mirror is a good size and this palette really offers a variety of shades for your money and make it a good travel palette.  I’m impressed overall with this palette, the packaging and the shades.

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The colors included in this palette are:

Tempera – Velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
Golden Ochre – Earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
Vermeer – Iridescent shell with a metallic finish
Buon Fresco – Antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
Antique Bronze – Metallic sable with a satin finish
Love Letter- Raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
Cyprus Umber- Dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
Realgar- Brick with an ultra-matte finish
Warm Taupe- Earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
Venetian Red- Crimson with an ultra-matte finish
Red Ochre- Sienna with an ultra-matte finish
Primavera- shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
Burnt Orange- deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
Raw Sienna- neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish

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To create my look I used the neutral tones in the Modern Renaissance Palette to create the base of my makeup look.  For the pop of color, I decided that I would use Flower Shop from ColourPop as a little pop of color on the lower lash line.  Of course, you could totally utilize one of the berry shades in it’s place to really make the look pop.

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  • Raw Sienna – used as a transition shade above my crease, lower lash line to blend and smoke out flower shop
  • Burnt Orange – used to deepen the crease, lower lash line to blend and smoke out flower shop
  • Primavera – blended onto the lid and inner corner of my eye
  • Red Ochre – used to deepen the outer v to add dimension
  • Cyprus Umber – blended into the outer v and outer corner to add depth to the eye look, lower lash line to blend and smoke out flower shop
  • Tempera – used as highlight on browbone
  • Youngblood Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner to create wing and liner on upper lash line
  • Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes
  • Flower Shop by ColourPop as pop of color on lower lash line
  • ColourPop Wisp – highlight on face
  • BlossomTime Rose Blush – Rose Powder Blush by Milani
  • Milani Dolce Caramello Lipstick (pictured), originally I had on Kandooment Orange & Pink Cadillac by Bdellium Tools
  • Jordana Cosmetics 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Aqua Stone – pop of color on lower lash line (base)
  • Milani Baked Bronzer in Sienna

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Want to see how I created this makeup looks?  You can check out the GRWM style video on YouTube where I chit chat with all of you as I get ready.  Click here to watch directly on Youtube or watch the embedded video below.

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If you are looking for a cool place to check out products from different devices, I definitely suggest checking out Octer.com, I’ve been enjoying the site since being introduced to it and it’s a fun place to check out items all over the web.  It’s not yet a year old, but has come a long way since it started in November.  When it comes to makeup palettes, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette has really won my heart.  The eye shadows are very blendable and pigmented.  Considering the price point, you get gorgeous shades and it’s definitely worth checking out.  Like I mentioned before, while it looks like a palette you may only be able to utilize in the Fall, it’s actually a great neutral palette with pops of color.

Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette?  If not, is it something on your list to check out?  If you have, what are your thoughts on this beauty?  Don’t forget to check out my video for a GRWM and walk through on how I got this makeup look.

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Almost two months ago, I posted about a set of matte liquid lipsticks on Snapchat and everyone was excited to hear about it.  It’s been a while since then and I have finally had the chance to get through the whole set of goodies to share with all of you.  Matte lipsticks are so popular now a days and there are so many types and colors from different brands.  Today I share with you these gorgeous lippies from BHüe Beauty.  BHüe is a line of crowd-sourced beauty products that are formulated to enhance your natural beauty so you can stand out in a room.  Let’s take a look at these gorgeous shades, shall we?

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BHüe offers Liquid Matte Lipsticks in 7 gorgeous shades to suit any skin tone or personality.  Each Matte Liquid Lipstick retails for $18.00 which is a pretty hefty cost in my opinion for the amount of product you receive in each tube of lipstick.  I was unable to find the actual amount per product, but each tube seems to be about 1/2 the amount of product than a regular liquid lipstick that you see on the market today.

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Each liquid lipstick comes with a doe foot applicator and I love the packaging.  It is simplistic but perfect for travel or tossing into your purse.  I also love the fact that each name is labeled at the bottom of the tube and these are really the type of liquid lipsticks that you can easily finish if you find a color you love.  I think that while they are a little high in cost for the amount, packaging and product quality would be worth the cost if there was a bit more product.

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Left to Right: Natural Nude, Pink Rose, Berry Fuchsia, Pretty Penny, Poppy Red, True Red, Metal Diva

These liquid lipsticks are very pigmented and offer bright and bold colors on the lips with one swipe.  They apply like a liquid cream lipstick or lip cream so they feel comfortable on the lips.  While they do not completely set down (they are not tacky but do not dry down to a harsh dry finish), they are long lasting and water-resistant.  I especially just love the fact that I can wear them with hours without my lips feeling cracked or so dry that they hurt.  I remove them with a makeup remover wipe or with a little coconut oil and they come off easily.  There is slight transfer when eating and drinking – but still last and offer a moisturizing feel on the lips without my lips hurting.

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Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Natural Nude, Pink Rose, Berry Fuchsia, Pretty Penny, Poppy Red, True Red, Metal Diva & Chameleon Pink Tinted Lip Balm

The liquid lipstick formula is infused with Vitamin E to ensure your lips will feel moisturized all day – no matter the color you choose.  I highly suggest you line your lips with a transparent lip liner or one that is similar in shade to the liquid lipstick you have, but it is not necessary or required – I’m just a creature of habit.

Ingredient Listing: Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Beeswax, Silica Silylate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mica, Flavor, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultra Marine (CI 77007), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

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I also got to try BHüe’s Tinted Lip Balm in Chameleon Pink which retails for $17.  This fun lip balm comes in a slider rectangular tin and is strawberry scented.  It’s a completely clear jelly lip balm that leaves my lips moisturized and gradually creates a soft rosy pink sheen on the lips giving me a fresh-faced look, perfect for summer.  You can apply it to your lips with your fingers or use the travel lip brush that’s included for precise application.  I love this thing… it has made my June favorites because it leaves my lips moisturized and creates a pretty hue for me to rock out this summer.

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Oh – a little tip, the more you press and smack your lips, the more pink the formula becomes.  I tend to press my lips together a lot, so sometimes my lips can turn to a really bright pink where as other times, well – they will just be a soft “your lips but better” kind of pink.

The tinted lip balm contains avocado and macadamia oil that will keep your lips hydrated. Once in contact with your lips, the formula will change from clear to pink.  My lips feel hydrated and moisturized all day long when I wear this tinted lip balm on its own.  Packaging makes it easy to apply and I love that it includes a little lip brush for application.  I do not suggest using this lip balm on your lips prior to applying the matte liquid lipsticks without blotting your lips first, otherwise the lipsticks will move all over on your lips and create a mess.

Ingredient listing: Diisostearyl Malate Polyisobutene Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate Silica Dimethyl Silylate Hydroxystearic Acid Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil Fragrance May Contain Red 27

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BHüe is a cosmetic brand for those who blend their makeup – but refuse to blend into the crowd.  They offer cool products for those who want to compliment being their best with looking best.  They say… “It’s not about contouring, but about confidence.”

“BHüe’s manifesto is to be fearless. Be bold. Be the best version of yourself. BHüe.”

I’ve absolutely enjoyed trying out these lip products over the last two months and have really enjoyed mixing them with my eye looks and creating fun and bold lips for summer.  I love that the range of shades they have available make great ones for any time of the year and they will certainly go well for any skin tone.  I do enjoy a great liquid lipstick, but I think what I love the most about these is that they are so comfortable on the lips – that I can wear them all day, remove them and my lips still feel soft.  They can leave behind a bit of a stain with some of the shades, but overall – I’m impressed.  I mentioned the price being a bit high for my liking, but considering it is a crowd-sourced brand, I understand the reasoning behind the cost.  I can’t say I would purchase these at full price, but I can’t say I wouldn’t either.  The colors are gorgeous, super pigmented and I do enjoy them and those that know me or read this blog, know that if I really enjoy something – I may change my mind and purchase it later even if I said I wouldn’t.

The lip balm – definitely a favorite of mine and one I enjoy.  I have gotten a lot of use out of this product and I know it’s something I would buy again, knowing how great my lips feel and how cool the colors change on my lips.  This lip balm is functional for me, especially during the summer when I don’t use much but makeup and lip balm anyway.  It keeps my lips soft and moisturized all day long with is a HUGE plus in my book.

BHüe is a small company and I haven’t seen a huge buzz around the brand or their products as of yet, but I do think that they have a great product that will turn heads.  The quality of these lip products definitely warrant the price tag and my lips just absolutely enjoy how they feel on.  Have you heard of BHüe before?  If so, what are your thoughts on the company?  If not, do you think this is something you would want to check out?  What do you think about the price?  Comment below and let me know.

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I must admit, I’m a terrible blogger sometimes.  For example – I have been sitting on these beautiful products from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics for months now, and I’m only getting around to writing and featuring them now.  Life tends to get the best of me and I find myself consistently playing catch up on many things.  But, the plus side to waiting months to write about these gorgeous cosmetics, is that I have had the chance to really try them out, test them out and really figure out how they work for me.  Today I share with you a look I created using some of the products from Youngblood Cosmetics as well as swatches of the products I received.  This is a brand that you may read about in the blogger realm, but it is not talked about much in the YouTube community.  I’m not sure why – the products… they’re gorgeous.

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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics offers a wide range of cosmetic product from eye shadows and blush to bronzer and foundations.  They are a high quality brand offering pigmented products that are luxe and gorgeous.  Created and founded by Pauline Youngblood, these products were formulated to help conceal and correct imperfect complexions while offering products that would be good for the skin.

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After years of working with patients who suffered from traumatized skin from harsh laser treatments, acne, rosacea and cosmetic surgeries, Pauline Youngblood decided it was time to create a line of cosmetics that were not just mineral based, but good for the skin.  Youngblood provides the healthiest, highest quality products while empowering women to look and feel their best.

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So let’s chit chat about some of the products I’ve been testing out and using and my thoughts on each one.  I love when I can try a range of products from a brand and since I has not tried anything from Youngblood Cosmetics before, this was my opportunity to see what they had to offer.

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The Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43.00) comes with 4 gorgeously pigmented eye shadows and a Net Wt. of .14 oz / 4g.  The four complementary shades come in a sleek and stylish mirrored compact and are perfect for your vanity or on the go.  I love that each compact comes ready for a look and includes matte, pearl and shimmery finishes that blend perfectly together.  There are 7 different eye shadow quads to choose from so you can easily find one that will be perfect to suit your style.

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Left to Right – Shitake, Beige-Ing, Cherry Blossom, Bamboo

I tend to gravitate to warm shades vs cooler tones, but I really enjoyed using this palette.  The shade range offered you everything from a crease and transition shade to a lid and browbone / highlight shade all in one palette.  Each color feels like silk and applies easily.  I especially love that they are mineral based, but they are in pressed form which make using these really easy.  Used over a primer I can easily get hours of wear out of the shades – I wore them for at least 8 hours over a primer and they lasted and was as vibrant as ever.  The compact is well made with a sturdy magnetic closure so this makes for a great palette for travel.

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The Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen in Noir ($26.00 Net Wt. 0.59 mL/0.02 fl.oz.) is Vegan and a showstopper.  This liner has a precision tip and offers great control and beautiful bold color in one swipe.  I love a great liquid liner with a tip that will allow me to create a wing easily and this is definitely it.  The liner dries quickly and stays put for hours.  Even with my watery eyes, I found that I could wear this eye liner all day without smudging.  I was quite impressed with its staying power and loved the precision point.  But what I love the most is that creating the perfect wing was easy with this liner, it applies nicely and made my job perfection.

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If you are looking for a liquid eye liner that is easy to use and control with bold color in one swipe and no streaking, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this one.  I love that it’s so long wearing and perfect to create a thick or thin line.

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The Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick in Vain ($19.00 – Net Wt. 4g. / 0.14oz) is also Vegan.  I have a beautiful burgundy shade that is an absolute show stopper.  I can’t wait to really get some use out of this color during the Fall and Winter months.  This lip color is super-rich and provide high-impact payoff with ultra pigmentation.

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This color is bold, so I would love to see how vibrant the more neutral shades are.  From what I can see on the site, there are 9 shades available and all in beautiful tones from pinks and nudes to plums, corals and reds.  There is a shade for everyone.  Vain was absolutely comfortable on the lips.  While it is a matte shade, it was very comfortable on my lips and left my lips still feeling hydrated and moisturized.  The formulation on this lip color is awesome.  Like with most lipsticks, they do come off with drinking or eating – but where time offered quite a few hours on its own and I love that my lips were so soft after removing it.

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Youngblood Mineral Radiance in Splendor is probably one of my favorite product sin the bunch I have tried.  Retailing for $43.00 (Net Wt. 9.5g / 0.335 oz.) the compact includes Vegan and Gluten Free products and is an absolutely gorgeous product.  These products represent a mesh of colors that are reminiscent of a tropical vacation and used together on your face or body or individually will give you a great and wonderful glow.

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Each shade in this compact is gorgeous.  I love to pick out the colors I want to use and use them separately on my cheeks or as a highlight and when I’m feeling like I want to go bold and shimmery, I swirl my brush over all the shades to create a gorgeous shade.  This compact is super pigmented and offers rich color with lots of great staying power.  If I apply this over a primer or use on its own – I get great lasting power for hours without needing to touch up.  I love blushes with a golden hue and a few of these shades have a gold sheen offering the perfect glow on my cheeks.  I can build up the color for a punch of pow or lightly tap my brush into the compact for a soft summer glow.

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My entire look (above) was created using the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics I featured in this look (with exception to my eyebrows).  These photos were taken with my phone (as with all of the images on my blog lately) and as you can see – the colors are soft but gorgeous.  The lips are bold, but still wearable.

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The wing liner in my look was done using the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen, which I absolutely LOVE.  And, I am looking forward to trying out many more cosmetics from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.  Overall – I think the quality of these products are superb and I love how they feel against the skin.  I have naturally sensitive skin, dry and eczema prone so some cosmetics can really dry out my eyelids or cause my skin funky flareups.  I love a product line that offers quality ingredients and great products.  Yes, the price point on their products are quite high – but considering the quality and “good for your skin” feel you get when using these gorgeous products, I would buy them in a heartbeat.

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I can’t wait to order and try more products from Youngblood Cosmetics.  I find that I pull for this brand’s products often because I don’t have to think about what to pair with my eye shadows – I have the colors I want and need for a soft summer look without having to overthink the whole situation.  If you are a blush and highlight lover like I am – I highly suggest checking out the Youngblood Mineral Radiance Compacts – they come in a few gorgeous colors for you to choose from.  And, if you are looking for a great liquid liner – check out the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen.  Heck, check out all of their cosmetics, I know you’ll enjoy them as much as I have.

You can check out Youngblood Cosmetics on their website to see what else they have to offer: https://www.ybskin.com/

Have you heard of or tried anything from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics?  If so – what are your thoughts?  If not, are there any products you are interested in checking out?

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Disclaimer:  The products featured and mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.  Thank you Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics & PR for all your patience in waiting for me to feature these products.  I truly love them and apologize for taking so long to post about it.