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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Swatches from left to right – Flushed, Natural, Rosy

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

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

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

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




Disclaimer:  The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out. 



Now, it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Jordana Cosmetics.  While I haven’t tried every single thing sold by the brand, I love and enjoy many of the products that they offer like their Easyliner for eyes and lips, their Modern Matte Lipsticks, 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils (absolute favorite) and Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara (hands down holy grail product), to name a few.  Jordana’s products are not only affordable, but they really are well made.  If you’ve been following me a while, you may have seen the 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils and Best Lash Extreme in various looks and tutorials over the last several years.

Recently, I walked into my local Walgreens and much to my amazement I seen a Jordana display in the “new products section” with goodies I needed to get my hands on.  I was a bit bummed as I really didn’t see these talked about much yet (where have I been lately, huh? lol) and the display was a bit picked through already, leaving me with three colors of the new Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color and two colors of the Made to Last Liquid Eyeshadow.  Today I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on each of these, swatches and more – so read on if you’re interested in the details.  Not into reading today?  Don’t worry – I also have a video you can watch that details all of the same stuff so you can watch that video here.

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The first product set I’m going to talk about is the Jordana Made to Last Liquid Eyeshadows (Net. wt. 0.23 oz / 6.5g).  These liquid eye shadows come in at least six different neutral type shades (by neutral I mean shades in brown hues, golds, champagnes and bronze).  They retail on Jordana’s website for $4.99 but I did buy mine for $3.99 at my local Walgreens.  These interesting eye shadows have a smooth liquid feel that really melts onto the lid and are saturated with vibrant, show stopping color.  Each shade that I have seen so far has a metallic / shimmery look to them which Jordana states that each shadow is decorated with light-reflecting pearls.  Jordana says that these are stay-all-day shadow that is crease-proof and water resistant.

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These liquid eye shadows have an interesting applicator.  The shape reminds me of that of an arrow head but I was amazed at how nicely it applied, with it’s pointed tip I was able to get product into my inner corner of my eye with ease.  The formula of the eyeshadow is very liquid like but blendable.  It’s creamy but still has more of a liquid like texture over cream and I really like that it has a built in applicator.  Honestly, I love the color range and love how easy it is to not only apply but perfect for applying your eyeshadow on the go.   Jordana states that this is crease-proof and water-resistant, but I honestly didn’t experience such.  I must apply a light layer to keep from the product creasing (even over eye shadow primer) and it didn’t seem water resistant to me because when my eyes teared, glitter got everywhere.  This does offer quite a bit of glitter left behind on the eye and while it didn’t hurt or bother my sensitive eyes as all (it is a nice cosmetic grade type of glitter – small and doesn’t hurt the eye) I figured I would let you know.

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The colors I got were Dusk Till Bronze (05) and Immortal Metal (03).  Each of these shades is gorgeous and really make for a stunning combination on the eye.  While I did get creasing when using this product, I found that the lighter the application (maybe using a synthetic eye shadow brush) will help with that issue.  But using directly out of the tube with the included applicator is a bit hard to work with the product since so much comes out on the applicator at first.  I still really enjoy these products and plan to make much more use out of them… since they are perfect for days when I want to put on makeup and a little sparkle, but need to be quick.  These are convenient and very very pigmented in one swipe.  At the price point, I think they are surely worth checking them out and I plan to pick up a few more shades.

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Do you consider yourself more of a lippy lover than an eyeshadow addict?  Well then, let’s talk about the Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Color (Net. Wt. 0.11oz / 3g) which retails for $4.99 on Jordana’s website and I purchased mine at Walgreens for the same price.  The website shows that there are 12 colors available and I picked up three (very bold) shades to try out.  These liquid lip colors are pretty interesting in that they not only have a sweet scent to them, but the ones I have literally smell like their respective names.  I don’t think they have much of a flavor to them on the lips though.  These lip colors start off as a liquid when applied to your pout and melt and dry down into a matte finish.  It feels really nice on the lips, not drying as I would have expected from a liquid lipstick that is under $5.00.  It feels mousse and cream like when applied to the lips and I love that they are infused with a drop of Vitamin A to keep them comfortable while wearing.  They do dry down matte but I still find that they don’t settle into the lines of my lips as much as other liquid lipsticks do.

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The applicator that comes with the liquid lip color has an interesting curve to it – which oddly makes application a lot easier than I thought it would.  It hugs the lips nicely and spreads the color fairly evenly in one swipe.  You get kapow and bam color in one swipe and what I love about this liquid lipstick is that you can easily layer the color without funky bunching or odd looking pigmentation like other liquid lipsticks can do.  It can take about a minute for the lipstick to dry down to a matte finish depending on the thickness of the coats you applied to your lips but I don’t find that it bothers me much.

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The only colors that were available in the display at my local Walgreens were Mango Sorbet (05), Raspberry Tart (03) and Mixed Berry Souffle (04) which were the shades I picked up.  They are quite bold as you can see from the swatches above.  Each swatch is one swipe of the wand onto my hand and as you can see they are very pigmented and have high saturated color.  These are said to be a waterproof formula and I do notice that they will last on my lips for hours.  If I don’t really eat or drink anything, I could easily get 8 hours of wear time… if I do drink or eat (especially if oily) the color may fade slightly or may start to come off a bit on the insides of my lips, but ultimately – the wear still looks fairly even and not funky like other lip colors can do.  Oh – did I mention reapplying?  That is one thing I love about this lip color… reapplying is great.  You can easily go back, reapply color in the parts it wore off and it looks like a fresh new coat… no funky bleeding, blending or anything of the sort like you can expect from a traditional liquid lip color.  There is no balling up or cracking and definitely not weird discoloration so I’m really loving this.

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I’m using Mixed Berry topped with Raspberry Tart on my lips

I’m definitely looking to pick up more shades and I hope Jordana has a plethora available at local stores soon.  These liquid lip colors are really comfortable on the lips once they dry down and I love the feel of them.  They offer great coverage on the lips, bright pigmentation and I can’t wait to get my hands on more colors soon.

Overall – I’m quite impressed with both the Jordana Made to Last Liquid Eyeshadows and the Jordana Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Colors.  Considering the price point, you could easily collect all of the shades and have yourself a grand time with each.  If you had to choose between the shadow and the lipsticks, I say go for the lipsticks – both work well but the lipsticks… Jordana really hit it out of the ball park with this one… they are phenomenal.  I have a liquid lipstick collection of probably over 40 from different brands both affordable and highend and I’m loving loving these from Jordana.  For an affordable product, I like that they still offer quality.  Each product is Made in the USA which is awesome and Jordana is a cruelty-free brand.  I hope Jordana comes out with many more shades of both and that they are permanent items in their line because I’ll be sure to collect them all.

Check out my video for a look at LIVE swatches and my rundown on each of these products. You can watch directly on YouTube here, or watch the embedded video below.

What about you?  Have you tried any of these products yet?  If so, do you like them and if not, well – are you planning to try them out?  Comment below and let me know.

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Disclaimer:  The products featured and discussed in this post were purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to feature these products.  Affiliate links are posted through out.



Be still my heart!  Milani has done it again and this time, these gorgeous shades are ready for your Fall 2015 looks.  It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the Milani Rose Powder blushes, so much so that I practically own every single one available.  These gorgeously embossed beauties are favorites in my collection and these two new addictions are no different.  If you haven’t seen them hit your stores yet, you will be seeing three gorgeous Limited Edition Rose Powder blush shades.  I currently own two of the three shades available and I wanted to share these with you.

Roses For My Cheeks - Milani Rose Powder Blushes Fall 2015

The two colors I have added to my collection are Awakening Rose (10) and Blossomtime Rose (11).  Awakening Rose is a Dusty Rose pink that has light silver shimmer that adds a subtle highlight and glisten to the cheeks.  The shimmer in this shade is iridescent and depending on the highlight I’m using that day – though it looks silver in the pan, it can create a soft golden hue on my cheekbones.  Blossomtime Rose which is my favorite out of the two is a Peachy Pink blush with Golden Pearl shimmer.  This particular blush is gorgeous and has been my favorite to add a little peachy blush golden hue to my skin.

The packaging is gorgeous… absolutely stunning and what has me swooning over them each time Milani rolls out a new set.  I was so bummed when I dropped one of them when photographing these and my finger nail scrapped it up.  The embossing lasts quite a while with lots of use… I have several blushes I use consistently and I’m barely putting a dent in the embossing.

Roses For My Cheeks - Milani Rose Powder Blushes Fall 2015

Each blush retails for $7.99 and includes a Net. Wt. 0.60oz/17g.  You get  a lot of product for the money and I love how the blushes feel against my skin and how pigmented they are.  The only downside to these is the Talc which is included in the ingredients, but I haven’t noticed any issues with my skin when using these and since I own at least 10 of them, that speaks volumes for how much I enjoy these.  Using a large powder brush or a stippling brush will apply these colors nicely on the cheeks.  They are a little powdery but a quick dusting of your brush prior to application and you are good to go.

Ingredients: Talc, Synthetic Wax, Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate, Hydoxylated Lanolin, Isopropyl Lanoate, Petrolatum, Cyclomethicone,, Lanolin Alcohol, Cetyl Actate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Methylparabne, Proprylparaben. +/- May Contain: Synthetic Flourphlogopite, Mica, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 36 (CI 12085), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultamarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

Roses For My Cheeks - Milani Rose Powder Blushes Fall 2015

These gorgeous beauties should be arriving at a Walgreens near you soon or they are also available at Milanicosmetics.com.  Many of the Rose Powder blushes available in past collections were more matte, which I love – but I also enjoy the fact that these offer a light shimmer and iridescence so they add a little extra highlight against the skin.  I think I found a few new faves now that I have gotten my hands on these… Warm Petals (no longer available) has been a favorite for over a year, and I think Blossomtime and Awakening Rose have now stolen the show.

Have you seen these beauties in your local stores yet?  Have you tried any of the Rose Powder blushes from Milani?  If so – what are your thoughts?

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Disclaimer:  While I have been sent Milani products in the past for Press / Review consideration – these were purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions as always are my own and 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not paid to provide my thoughts on these items though I do have affiliate links through out this post which I do and can make money from.

I’ve been sitting on some new Jordana Cosmetics products now for a few months and little by little a few of these have been appearing here on the blog or in makeup looks and tutorials on YouTube, but I haven’t really posted about them in a whole.  Today I figured I would share a few of them with all of you in the case that you decide you want to check them out for yourself.

Get the whole run down and a little chit chat in my recent video which you can watch embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

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First on my list are the Jordana Cat Eyes Liquid Eye liners.  I discussed these on my blog a week or so ago and also listed swatches which you’ll find here.  These are just $2.99 and come in fun colors for those summer looks that are not only bright and playful but runway ready.  These shades are fun, funky and I love the price point.

Jordana Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks

Next up are the Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks.  I have six out of the twelve shades that are available and these are priced just as awesome as the eyeliners.  At just $2.99 each, these make great cream blushes or a base for your favorite powder blush.  While they apply smoothly and I enjoy how nicely they blend on the skin, I find blending with my finger is probably the best bet in application and these do really well as a base offering good longevity.

Jordana Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks
Left to Right – 10 Sunkissed, 11 Rouge Romance, 12 Golden Sheen
Jordana Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks
Left to Right: 07 Baby Pink, 08 Hot Hot Hot, 09 Peach Nectar

If you wear these on its own – they will give you a great flush of color (or vibrant color depending on the amount you apply) but they will fade.  The color will last – but you may need to apply.  Nonetheless, these are fab for the price point and I love using them.

Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascara

Another fun addition to Jordana’s every growing line up are the Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascaras.  These come in fun and bold shades and retail for $2.99.  I was really excited to check these out and as much as I loved the bold colors, unfortunately – due to my small eye lashes, the brush was not ideal for applying as I would regular mascara.  They didn’t show up on my lashes as well as I had hoped so I had to find another purpose for them.  I took out the shades and tested them on my hair and found that they worked well as a temporary brush in color.

Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascara

The dramatic effects mascaras applied easily to my hair with one swipe and worked just as other “hair mascaras” have in the past for me.  While this may not have been the thought behind them when it was formulated, it’s the only way I can get use out of these.  It’s not Jordana’s fault that I have short itty bitty lashes – so I just make due in anyway I can.  Just a quick note for anyone who uses it this way – while the colors did wash out when I shampooed my hair, the green shades or blues may take a little effort in taking the color off.  It didn’t stain or ruin my hair, but did take a little more elbow work to get it off.  I find soaking my hair with a hair mask makes it easy and effortless to remove.

I did post a full review on the Jordana Modern Matte lipsticks – however, new colors were released around the same time as these products.  You can find swatches on the new shades here and my thoughts and swatches on the original release here.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks

These new products can be found at various stores like Walgreens and CVS (I’ve been seeing them pop up here in my local stores) and you may also find them at your nearest Kmart.  Of course – check out jordanacosmetics.com because all of these products can also be purchased online.  Have you tried any of these yet?  What are your thoughts on them?  Don’t forget to stop by my video as I chit chat about the products – click here.


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The winter months often have my skin quite light in comparison to what shade I am during the summer months so bronzer tends to be my best friend, year round – but certainly during Spring.  I have never been a fan of shimmery bronzers and while I do use them, I find that it just draws too much attention to the places I really don’t want to have seen.  My ideal bronzer would be one that blends well, matches my skin and is obviously matte, and while I have found some that I love, I find that this particular bronzer is one I pull for often.  Last year one of my favorite drug store companies released a matte bronzer and today I share the NYX Matte Bronzer with all of you.

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Reasonably and drugstore priced, the NYX Matte Bronzer retails for $9.00 on their website and in various stores like Target and Ulta.  These compacts come in five shades (Light, Deep, Medium, Dark Tan and Deep Tan).  While I do not particularly think these shades would be great for those with really fare skin, I find that the color choices are really nice for those with my skin tone or darker.

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Each bronzer has a Net Wt. 0.33 oz 9.5g and in my opinion – that is a lot of product for the price.  This bronzer is completely matte and very pigmented.  I not only use a light hand when applying it, but I must also ensure that I tap the excess off of my brush prior to applying as it can offer a very dramatic contour.  I own the color in Deep – which is a cool brown shade that still lends for a warm tone, which I like.  It lasts for several hours when applied directly to my skin and I do not notice any oxidizing, which is a big deal since many matte bronzers can do this on my skin.

Packaging is great – easy for travel and sturdy.  I have dropped my bronzer many times and it hasn’t cracked, chipped or shattered on me yet.  The compact itself also has a built in mirror which I think is great for traveling and taking with you though I do not think touch-ups are needed.  This bronzer has a soft, buttery like texture which I love, without out the dust that can often come with it.  I have applied with contour brushes and fluffy brushes and find that it blends out without issue and offers you a subtle or dramatic bronze and contour effect.  This product has easily become a favorite and go-to and I find I pull for it much more than my high end brands.

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Whether you are looking for a subtle bronze, contour or dramatic definition I think anyone would enjoy using this product.  It’s affordable, which is a huge deal for me and it does the job of those that I have paid twice the price for.  This matte bronzer from NYX is one of those that I definitely recommend if you can find the shade that fits you best.  Unfortunately – my biggest con is that this is not available for all skin tones and I know my light Snow White skinned loves will probably not find a shade that will work for them.  But I definitely suggest giving it a run and see for yourself.  You can purchase this bronzer and more at nyxcosmetics.com or at your local Ulta or Target stores.

Have you tried the NYX Matte Bronzer?  If so – what shade do you use and if not, is it something you would try?

Signature Honey


Disclaimer:  I purchased this product with my own money and all opinions are my own and 100% honest & unbiased.  There are affiliate links through out this post which I do make money off of.



I am a lippie addict, but let’s face it… most makeup lovers are.  While I do love glosses, lipsticks have always been a favorite of mine because I just love how well they wear on my lips.  Lately the drugstore brands have been releasing a plethora of gorgeous shades in matte textures that have stolen my heart.  I talked about the Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte lipsticks last week (you can read that post here), but today, I bring to you the new Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks

The newly released Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks retail for $2.49 on the Jordana website, and you can find them for about the same cost in stores like CVS, Walgreens and other select drugstores.  This line offers 12 gorgeously pigmented shades that are matte in texture and feel but to my surprise, not drying at all.  With a wide range of shades to choose from anyone will find a color they can use and “rock out” daily or for certain seasons.

Check out my video below as I walk you through each shade and try some on my lips.  Or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Matte lipsticks are all the craze these days and until now, bright and bold shades that you would see in high end brands were not readily available to drugstores.  I have enjoyed Jordana’s matte lipsticks from their original line, but find that the packaging is not the only thing that has changed with these Modern Matte lipsticks – but also the formulation as these are much more comfortable on the lips.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks

I was very impressed with these matte lipsticks after using them the last month or so.  While I love the satin finish the Milani Moisture Matte lipsticks offered, I like how these feel on the lips.  Even if they are matte, they didn’t accentuate lines in my lips like the Milani ones can do if my lips are dry.  I love the shade range in these and find that even if my lips are not smooth, I can wear these easily without worrying about dry patches or the look of crusty lips.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks

These really are comfortable on the lips and with that price point – it surely can be beat.  I love that the shade range offers anyone skintone to find a shade that will work for them and I love that popular shades you find in the high end brands are making their way into drugstore selections.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks

The only thing I didn’t really like is the packaging.  I’m a true lipstick addict but find that the flat lipstick bullets tend to make it a little more difficult to apply and I always find a way to ruin them.  I would have loved to see these in their original packaging for their lipsticks though I do love the bright colors on the packaging and the fact that they show each color on the tube. Very cool!

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks

Overall – I’m VERY impressed with these lipsticks and find that I’ve been pulling for these often since getting my hands on them.  Again – the price point is fabulous and while it may take a little digging in some of your favorite drugstores to find them, it’s still relatively easy to get your hands on them.  Don’t forget – you can also buy these from Jordanacosmetics.com.  I love the pigmentation on these and I think they are definitely worth looking into if you are interested in matte lipsticks.  If you’re a lippy lover, well then, you definitely want to check these out.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks

Have you tried the new Jordana Modern Matte lipsticks yet?  If not, what colors do you have your eyes on?

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Disclaimer:  These products were sent to me for consideration of review.  While I did receive these products for free, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.  Anything stated in this post or on this site is unbiased.

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.

best of beauty

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.

[Some of the products mentioned in this post include Press Samples & Affiliate Links.]Best of Beauty 2014

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.


  • 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.

best of makeup 2014

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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Bella Beauty

I am absolutely ecstatic that Fall is just about here.  I know, I know… I love Summer, but honestly – I look forward to every season as it makes its way and Fall is one of my favorites because I love the makeup and fashion trends.  In collaboration with my friend Beth (Pearlznlacebybethk), I am bringing to you another makeup tutorial.  This is my first fall inspired makeup tutorial – however, we also decided that we would use Milani’s Bella Navy as a common factor in our makeup looks.  She will be creating a Day Time look using the shade as well as other drug store priced items and I have created the Night look.  For years now, I’ve been quite fascinated with adding the “Pop of Color” on the lower lash line, but didn’t think about using a dark blue until I seen Kendra from Citizen’s of Beauty post a look.  Needless to say, I was inspired by her to use a rich blue as she did (you can see her look here), so I hope that I was able to pull it off.  Check out the makeup tutorial I created for this look, pictures and a list of products used below.  If you would like to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube, click here.

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Bella Beauty Fall Makeup Look

Products used to create this look 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye shadows used in the look

  • Milani Brow & Eye Highlight – Vanilla
  • Milani Bella Cappuccino shadow
  • Milani Bella Espresso shadow
  • Milani Bella Bronze shadow
  • Milani Bella Charcoal shadow
  • Milani Bella Ivory shadow
  • Milani Bella Navy shadow
  • Milani Bella Chiffon shadow

Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil liner in Binge

Jordana Fabuliner in Black

Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner in Black Point

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

KISS 11 Lashes

Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in All Natural

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme

NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake

Bella Beauty

On my face, I used a few products to warm up my complexion as well as blush and highlight but I did not mention it in the video.  Those products are:

  • Milani Matte Baked Bronzer in Sienna
  • Milani Luminoso Baked Blush
  • Milani Mosaic Face Powder in Amber Nectar
  • On my brows I am using the Milani Brow & Shape Wax and Milani Bella Cappuccino Shadow to color my brows in

Milani Bella Navy

As you can see from the tutorial, this look is simple to create but definitely has a statement.  I can’t wait to try out the lid shades I used with a purple as my pop of color on the lower lash line.  I think that while it can be a bit bold and edgy – it’s still very wearable and can be worn day or night.  You can deepen the lid shade and use a black or darker brown to create a more sultry and sexy night look as well.

Milani Bella Navy

Fall Inspired Makeup

Fall inspired makeup

Hope you enjoyed this look.  Don’t forget to head over to Beth’s blog to check out her day look also using Bella Navy from Milani in a different way.

Day and Night Makeup Look

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It’s no secret that Milani is one of my all-time favorite drug store brands and has been for a couple of years now.  I have had the opportunity to try out quite a bit from the line they offer and for the most part – I’m always impressed with what they roll out.  I literally fell out of my seat a few weeks ago when I got word that Milani was rolling out Limited Edition Matte Baked Bronzers and I couldn’t have been more excited.


Milani Limited Edition Matte Baked Bronzers

If you have ever tried or used or even seen (for that matter) one of Milani’s Baked Bronzers, then you will know that you get a lot of product for a really affordable price tag.  I have a plethora of Milani products, especially their blushes and I have been waiting patiently and asking the Makeup Gods for the day that Milani would finally come out with a baked bronzer that was matte.  Thankfully, they did.  However – these are limited edition so you want to make sure you get your hands on them… STAT.

These two new limited edition matte bronzers are available in the shades 08 Sunset (medium tan) and  07 Sienna (light golden tan).   They retail on Milani’s website for $8.99 which is the same cost as Milani’s original bronzers like 04 Glow, 05 Soleil and 06 Golden.  As I mentioned, the big difference between these new LE bronzers is that they are completely matte.

Milani Limited Edition Matte Baked Bronzers

08 – Sunset (light golden tan) is on the left and 07 – Sienna (medium tan) is on the right 

Each bronzer comes with a little bronzer brush (not my favorite to use but definitely awesome in a pinch) and a mirror that is placed in the compact below the bronzer.  The come in Milani’s signature gold packaging which gives it such a gorgeous look.   Milani definitely ranks high for me when it comes to packaging, because I always feel like I’m buying a luxury brand from the drug store.  You get a lot of product in each bronzer – Net Wt. 0.25 oz/7g and because it is a baked bronzer, you can use it dry for a sheer matte finish or wet for a more intense or dramatic look.  These bronzers are multi-purpose beauty products as they can be used for both your eyes, face and body (hello – total bonus).  They are streak free, apply easily and blend well for an effortless bronze.  Since I have both shades – I like to do a contour with Sienna (the darker shade) to define my face and then for an all over summer bronzed look, I use Sunset (the lighter brown) and apply as an all over bronzer.

Milani Matte Baked Bronzer Sienna

07 – Sienna is a warm golden bronze and is perfect for those with Medium and golden skin tones.  If you have a darker skin tone, I definitely suggest using this wet and build the color up to the shade you think will work best for you.  If you have a warmer skin tone – this bronzer will be perfect for you.  Since it is matte and baked, you can build up to the shade that you like and those who are not fond of shimmer bronzers, these are perfect.

Milani Matte Baked Bronzer Sunset

08 Sunset is a medium tan bronzer and lends for a cool toned brown.  It is perfect for those that are light to medium in skin tone and those like me who want to warm up my face without contouring, but looking for an all over bronze.  Just like with Sienna, Sunset is buildable and if you need a deeper more intense color for contour, you can definitely use it wet and build upon that color.

Milani Matte Baked Bronzer Swatches

The swatches above were done dry on my bare skin and I only used one swipe.  Considering I’m fairly darker in skin tone, both shades do show up on me and Sienna is the perfect bronze for me to contour for extra depth and dimension.  I love to use Sunset as an all over bronze if I’m looking to achieve a warmer look.  Each shade lasts all day with minor fading after 5 hours… but the wear on these bronzers are long lasting.  I love that they apply effortlessly and last, but most importantly my skin enjoys them – no break outs at all and it didn’t oxidize or start to look muddy on me after a few hours.  If you are planning to use these bronzers for a long period of time, I think they will surely work well for that purpose.

Milani Matte Baked Bronzer Try On

In the look above (tutorial for that look can be found here), I am using Sienna to contour in the hallows of my cheeks to define my cheek bones and along my nose, hairline and jawline.  I have always had a few favorite bronzers to contour and warm up my face, but after using these the last couple of weeks, I have to admit that I have neglected my other favorites.  I love these bronzers!  Their price point is great and the products are awesome.

If you want to get your hands on  one of these bronzers, check out their awesome 30% off sale for Memorial Day.  I have a long list of suggestions, but if you are looking for swatches on the new Milani Matte Baked Blushes, you can check out my review and swatches for those here.  Happy  Shopping.

Milani 30% off discount

Click here to check out the discount and details.

Have you tried these new bronzers out yet?  Our you planning to if you haven’t already?  Will you be taking advantage of this awesome sale? Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend Loves… wishing you lots of fun and sun!

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I’m a huge drugstore beauty product lover… and if I’m near a drugstore, I will stop by the cosmetic section to scope it out and see if there are any sales.  Lately, I’ll admit that I have been better at this addiction and haven’t been looking quite as often… but it still happens. lol While many of my drugstore favorites remain the same, I’ve added a few new ones to the bunch of goodies I call my Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products.  Check it out!Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products 2014

Check out my video below where I talk about each product or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

1.  Wet n Wild Color Icon Palettes – These are available in 8 Pan Palettes, 6 Pan Palettes (if you can still find them), 5 Pan Palettes (new releases) and Trios.  They come in a variety of sheens and textures and include a huge array of shades.  Eyeshadows included are pigmented and offer pretty awesome quality considering they are one of the most affordable drugstore palettes you will find and one of the best.  Price ranges between $2.99 – $5.00

2.  Milani Baked Blushes – I have been a huge fan of these for a few years now and some of my favorites include Luminoso and Bella Rosa (matte).  You can find these anywhere that sells Milani or via their website.  They average about $5.99 – $7.00 depending on where you can find them.

3.  NYX Butter Glosses – this is a recent love.  I love the texture, the feel on the lips, the pigmentation and the scent but most of all the price tag.  You can find these for about $5.00 and they are sold anywhere NYX is or via Ulta.com or NYXCosmetics.com.

4.  Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Glosses – another recent addition to my top list.  These glosses have nice pigmentation, feel great on the lips and are not that sticky but offer pretty nice staying power for a gloss.  Averaging $6.00 each and with a nice selection of shades, they are easily collectible and becoming a staple.

5.  Milani Color Statement Lipsticks – these are HG (Holy Grail) lipsticks for me.  They smell yummy, feel awesome on the lips, leave my puckers moisturized and have pretty good staying power.  Did I mention pigmentation was awesome?  I am impressed and I’m glad Milani fixed their formulation.  I wasn’t a fan of the original but love love the Color Statement line.  These run about $5.50 – $6.00.

6.  Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks – Available in Cream, Matte, Pearl and more… these Lipsticks offer a wide variety of finishes and textures.  I seriously love them and have been collecting them for quite a while.  Pink Pout happens to be my favorite – but hey, I don’t discriminate. lol  You can find these for about $5 – 8 depending on where you go.

7.  Jordana BOLD Fabuliner, Original Fabuliner and the Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eye Liners – When it comes to drug store eye liners, these are not only affordable but what I grab for when I need to replace one of my high end brands.  They are easy to use, offer awesome pigmentation and on me have great lasting power.  I’m not only impressed but love the fact that all three of these can easily be purchased for about $6.00 total – not each, but all together if you wanted all three.  Jordana can be found at select CVS stores, Kmart and Walgreens.  Oh… and since they are all eyeliners and from the same brand, I figured they would fit into one category. lol

8.  Jordana Best Volume Extreme Mascara – I didn’t think I would like this mascara because I have the smallest lashes EVER and the brush on this thing is huge… but I am so impressed with the curl my lashes hold as well as how well they volumize and get each and every little lash to show.  This mascara is one of the newer ones, I hear great things about the original – which I’m gonna be picking up to try soon… but you can’t go wrong with a $3.00 – $4.00 mascara that works and is awesome.

9.  Maybelline Color Tattoos – I have a good selection of these but this is one item I am constantly looking at when I visit the drug store.  “Are there any new shades?  Is it on sale?  Can I pick up a new one?”  I love the variety of shades, the way the feel, the pigmentation… you name it – they are pretty awesome in my book.  They range between $5.00 and $10.00 where I live and can be found pretty much at any drugstore you go.  Use them as a wash of color on your eyes or as a base for your favorite shadows, I highly recommend these to anyone who hasn’t tried them yet.

10.  EOS (evolution of smooth) Lip Spheres – Come on now… if you know me and you didn’t see this on my list, then I must have found another favorite because these have been faves of mine for years already.  I have a stash of like 9 of them in a cute little vase I keep near my makeup stuff and I have at least one in my purse.  They are about $2.99 – $4.00 depending on where you go and come in a variety of flavors.  The only thing I wish they had was a tint… that would make these even better than they already are.  They moisturize my lips, taste really nice (great for kissing – lol) and I especially love that they come in cute packaging.  They are not so much pocket friendly – but I love them nonetheless.  Passion Fruit is my favorite and after that… the mint and Strawberry.

So what are your favorite drug store beauty and makeup products?  Are there any on my list that make your cut?

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