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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each Quad retails for $19.97.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eye Shadow Singles

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

Makeup Brush for Eyes and Face

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

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

 

 

 


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If you have been following me a while, then you know I have a girl crush on Jaclyn Hill.  Come on now, let’s face it… she’s adorable and has some great makeup skills.  So when I heard that she collaborated with BECCA to create a Shimmering Skin Perfector Champagne Pop, I knew I had to have it.  I’ve actually been sitting on this product now for over a month and I find that I have been pulling for it daily.  Originally, I wasn’t going to talk about it here, but I figured since I love it so and it is still available – I would share it with all of you.

Highlight on Fleek - Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop

Sold exclusively at Sephora – this limited edition luminizing powder is absolutely gorgeous.  I own Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca and Champagne Pop is definitely different.  BECCA collaborated with YouTube beauty creator and makeup artist Jaclyn Hill to create this gorgeous shade of their number one bestselling luminizer powder.  Champagne Pop is a soft white, gold shade that has pinky peach undertones.  It has a creamy texture and leaves your skin with a gorgeous glow.  Infused with light-reflecting pearls that catch the light beautifully, this skin perfector will make your favorite blush and skin just pop leaving you with that “highlight on fleek” look that is so on trend today.

Let’s face it – if anyone knows me, they know that I’m all about a peach or golden highlight and I can literally bathe in it if allowed to go to town.  The fact that this is a peachy golden highlight basically satisfies all craving for the shades that I know looks best on my skin.  I love it and have been using it each time I grab for a highlighter.

Highlight on Fleek - Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop

This skin perfector is perfect to apply to your targeted areas.  I take a fan brush or my ELF Small Tapered Face brush and sweep the color on my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and if I want a little more sparkle, I also apply some on my cupid’s bow and above my brows for a gorgeous highlighted look.  This product feels wonderful to the touch, which makes it awesome on the skin but it is very bold and very pigmented, so a little goes a long way unless you want to look like a disco ball.  Formulated without Parabens, this product has become one of my favorites.  Also – if you are a bit a brutal with your makeup, you may want to take some care of this one because they are known to crack if dropped.  The packaging is the same as that of the other BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors Pressed, that UFO kind of look, but still compact enough for travel and it does come with a mirror built into the compact.

Highlight on Fleek - Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop

“I am so excited to present to you my dream shade of the very best highlighter on the market—Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop…Be sure to let me know what you think and hashtag #Champagnepop #defineyourlight.”—Jaclyn Hill

Highlight on Fleek - Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector - Champagne Pop

I am a huge fan of BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfectors and absolutely love this one.  Of course, the collaboration with Jaclyn Hill already had me swooning, but the product itself is gorgeous and if you can get your hands on it – I say, get it!

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So – is this something you have been swooning over or do you already own it?  What are your thoughts about this limited edition luminizer?

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I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by.  In all honesty, I think I blinked or closed my eyes for a nap like Rip Van Wrinkle and woke up a year later.  So much has happened this year and I have had the awesome opportunity to try out so many different products newly released.  While I have tried out so many wonderful products, I also found that I stuck with a few favorites from last year as well.  With the end of 2014 so quickly approaching, myself and the gorgeous beauties from the Beauty Council bring to you our Best of Beauty 2014.

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My list includes a variety of Cosmetics, skin care, face and body products as well as hair and perfume.  My favorites range from Drug store products to high end and include a wide variety for all.  I know I’m a little earlier than usual this year, as I normally make this post or video in January – but I wanted to share this information with you in case you are looking for ideas for Christmas presents for that Beauty lover in your life.  I’ll have a video and maybe a revised post sometime in January.

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This year I tried out a lot of new skin care items and while some didn’t quite work for me, others have become favorites of mine.

skincare

  • Coconut Oil – this has been a favorite of mine a few years now and still something I just can’t live without.  It is the number one item in my skin care arsenal.
  • Freeman Beauty Feeling Beautiful Face Masks – I have tried several of these this year and so far I’m loving them all.  They are not harsh on my sensitive skin and really affordable.
  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – this is my HG facial cleanser and one I’ve been using for years now.
  • Japanese Konjac Sponge – I have used a few varieties of these Konjac Sponges this year and they have been great for my face and a separate for my body.
  • Valentia Skin care Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Serum – We all know I’m a serum addict and this one is one of my favorites.
  • Michael Todd Soniclear Cleansing System – I have only been using this the last few months but it is my favorite cleansing tool to date.
  • Be Delectable by Cake Beauty Body Lotion – yummy, delicious scent and great moisturization.  One of my favorite lotions – EVER!
hair care

For hair care this year, I wanted to be able to use products that would offer my hair more moisture so I could embrace my natural curls.  I also needed products that would protect my hair from sun damage and help tame my frizz.

  • Dove Pure Care Dry Oil – When used in combination with my Coconut Oil and/or Argan Oil, this dry oil has helped to keep my hair soft and frizz free.  This product also smells yummy!
  • DermOrganic Argan Oil Hair Care line – these products, all of them from this line have become favorites this year and I don’t know what I would do if I lost them or couldn’t buy them.  They leave my hair feeling so soft, my curls are gorgeous and my hair is frizz-free.

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I can’t believe the amount of products I have had the opportunity to test out and use this year.  While I had to narrow my list down quite a bit, I chose out a few items that I knew I tend to pull for more than others.

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams – I wish my local stores sold all the shades available, but nonetheless, I stock up on these when I can.  They apply like a liquid lipstick, feel nice on the lips and their matte.
  • J.Cat Wonder Lip Paints – these very affordable lip gloss like products are fun and come in a variety of shades.  I own six of them and really have been enjoying wearing them the last 6 months or so.
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes – these lippies were just recently released within the last few months.  They are creamy, feel wonderful on the lips and they don’t dry my lips at all.
  • Milani Color Statement Lipsticks – there’s no secret there that I am in love with these lipsticks.  Nuff said. lol
  • Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils – ah, these are so awesome.  Full with pigment and color, feels wonderful on the lips and non-drying.
  • Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Shadows – I love how easy these are to apply to my eyes and they are so easy to grab and use for days when my makeup application has to be quick. So affordable too.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette – I have a few favorite palettes from this year, Lorac Pro 2, Lorac Mega Pro and so many more… but if I had to choose one palette I thought really hit it home for me this year – it was the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. And, I’m not gonna lie… my Semi Sweet palette is on its way – so I am excited for that too.
Best Face Products 2014
It’s no secret that I have a thing for blush and highlighters.  Well, let’s face it, I have a thing makeup in general. lol  But this year I tried out some new products and ventured on to new goodies to play with.
  • Benefit Porefessional – While I don’t use many face products, I do sometimes look to primers to help minimize pores.  This is still one of my all time favorite face products.
  • Maybelline Baby Skin – Instant Pore Eraser – I love the way this product feels on my skin.  Just like the Benefit Porefessional, this is a product I do not use often, but when I do – it helps my products in longevity (like blush and bronzer) and minimizes my pores
  • NYX Sunkissed Radiant Face Powder – One of my all time favorite highlighters I used this year, this product feels so soft, is finely milled and blends great on the skin.  It can be used as an all over face powder or on special areas on your face.
  • NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep – This is one of my favorite Matte bronzers from the drug store.  This product is the right shade for me and the shade range is nice for a drug store brand.  It blends nicely, doesn’t look patchy on and works as a great all over bronze or contour.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Palette – this palette is well worth the cost for the amount of product you get.  If you are interested in diving into Hourglass – this is a great way to try three of their powders.  I love Radiant Light as one of my favorite sunkissed highlights though all of the shades definitely have a place in my heart.
  • Milani Baked Blushes – Come on now… we all know I love Milani and I am a huge lover of Milani Baked Blushes.  They are available in gorgeous shades and are very pigmented, have awesome staying power and are some of my favorite blushes to bat.
Best of Fragrance 2014

I love sweet smelling scents and this year no matter how large my collection of fragrances, I still found myself consistently pulling for these.

  • Malin+Goetz Dark Rum Eu de Toilete – this scent is unlike any I have smelled before.  It’s unisex so man or woman can wear it.  It’s a musk like scent but has a soft hint of feminine touch.  I can’t explain it.  I love layering it with some of my favorites for a custom blend.
  • Coach Love – this is one of my signature scents and it makes so much sense seeing as I love the brand Coach.  Definitely one of my favorites.  Soft with a hint of sexy.
  • Aquolina’s Pink Sugar – There is just something I love about a sugary sweet or vanilla scent and this one really takes the Cake. lol

Best Mascaras and eyeliners 2014

I am always looking for the perfect mascara and eye liners and while I have quite an extensive collection, I tend to gravitate to the same ones over and over again regardless of my selection available for use.  These are some of my favorites from this year.

  • L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara – I really love that this mascara gets all my tiny little lashes and makes them visible.  For the price tag, I think it offers great volume and some length that work for me.
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara – this one has been a favorite now for about two years.  Since I have short lashes, I love that this coats my lashes, gives them great volume and make them visible for me.
  • Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara – still one of my favorites into the second year of use and I have continued to purchase over and over again.  Gives me length, volume and doesn’t flake.
  • New York Color Liquid Eye liner – while this isn’t waterproof, I still love that it lasts on me for quite a while, definitely a favorite of mine and under $3.00 – it can’t be beat.
  • Mally Beauty Evercolor Waterproof Liners – Midnight is probably one of my favorite liners, though I do have a few other colors and love them.
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last Liquid Pencil Liner – these are some of my favorites and I have them in every color available.  They work well on my waterline, apply smoothly and hello – they are under $3.00

I know my list of products is long and I would be lying if I didn’t say that I actually narrowed it down quite a bit.  Truth be told, I had a lot of fun testing out and trying new products this year and it definitely reflects on the products I enjoyed using and selected.  I think the joy in beauty products and makeup for me is that the options are definitely endless… from drugstore to high end brands, now a days you have so many choices available for you – it really is difficult to narrow down favorites when so many of them are close calls.  Did you notice I left out nail polish?  If I included those… I would need a whole new post. lol

I’m definitely looking forward to 2015 and all the new releases and products that will become available soon.  Brands are constantly developing new formulas and shades, colors and textures that it makes for a great selection.  I hope you all stick around and read or watch about those products here as I love to share them with you.

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday season.  And, don’t forget to stop by the other lovelies posts from the Beauty Council and see what made their top picks for 2014.

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