Beauty, Teeth Whitening

Brand Review — Moon Oral Care

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great weekend! I’m back with a new brand review.

I was sent products from Moon Oral Care for my honest review.

The claim for the brand is oral care reimagined with better design and only the best ingredients. Taking care of your teeth shouldn’t just be something you have to do – it should be something you want to do. Finally. A routine worthy of your countertop.

I do really love the packaging of this.  Below are the products I received:

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Clean Slide Flossers ($4.99) — Durable waxed material is strong but flexible to easily clean around teeth and gums. Comfortable, no slide grip and invigorating fresh mint flavor.

Graphite Gray Clean Slide Floss ($3.99) — Clean sliding, PFA-free waxed dental floss that cleans deep and doesn’t tear.  100% Vegan and not tested on animals

Stain Removal Fluoride-Free Whitening Toothepaste ($7.99) —A whitening toothpaste that works for a brighter smile and long-lasting fresh feeling. Multi-dimensional peppermint blend to deliver the ultimate flavor experience. An elevated look and velvety smooth feel you’ll love. 100% Vegan and not tested on animals. Made in the USA with globally-sourced ingredients.

Teeth Whitening Pen by Kendall Jenner ($19.99) The ultimate on-the-go whitener. Made with their proprietary Elixir III blend of antioxidants and essential oils for an elevated, powerful whitening experience.

Activated Charcoal Mouth Rinse ($8.99) The ideal balance of activated charcoal and antioxidants for the best alcohol-free mouth rinse.

Soft Bristle Toothbrush 2 Pack ($6.99) An adult toothbrush designed for simplicity, sophistication and visible results.

What I think: I really enjoy these products from Moon Oral Care. The flavor of these is a delicious mint.  It is refreshing but not too strong.

My favorite product is probably the teeth whitening pen.  I’ve only been using it for a few days, and I can already see a whitening effect.  The directions say to use it twice a day for two weeks.  I’m going to keep using it for a full two weeks and I hope to see great results.

I also love all of the other products!  I like the toothpaste and although this one doesn’t have fluoride, they do sell one that does. The mouth wash is amazing as well.  It tastes great and is so refreshing.  The floss and flossers work well and are very affordable.  And the toothbrushes are cute and really effective!

Probably my favorite part of using these products is that they don’t irritate my extremely sensitive gums and teeth.  Most teeth whitening products do irritate and I have to stop using them after a few days. I am using all of these together and my teeth and gums feel fine.

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I really recommend Moon Oral Care!  It’s affordable and very effective.  You can purchase these products on https://moonoralcare.com.

 

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Allure Beauty Box August 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my August Allure Beauty Box.  The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

Here’s the August box:

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This is such an affordable box and it always introduces me to new brands, which I like!  This month, I received three full sized items.  I will use everything except fr the lip color, which is too bright for me. I may pass along the Laritzy liquid beam to my daughter.

I item I’m most excited about is the Nuria eye cream.  It looks really nice.

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Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  Did we get the same products this month?

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — August 2019

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Hey all!  It’s time for my August Ipsy Glam Bag Plus review! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the high quality items included.

I have pretty much enjoyed this subscription. I usually only use a couple of the items I receive each month, and so I’ve been debating keeping it. Unless I get tired of it, I think I’ll keep it until at least the end of the year.

Here’s what I received for August:

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I realize this is a lot of products for an Ipsy Glam Bag Plus — I got three add-ons this month.  Those are the top three products and I’ll talk about them later.  Here’s what I received in my basic box:

Total — $204.50 — Wow! That’s an amazing value for a $25 box.

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They usually have a little booklet, but this month it was a fold out card.  It does give details of all of the products I received.

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The product of these three I’m most excited about is the Purlisse Blue Lotus Moisturizer. I am almost out of my current SPF moisturizer, so this came at a great time!

I have quite a few peel off masks I’m not using, so I will probably gift this one away.  I do want to try other products from Hey Honey.  It looks like a great brand.

I have been wanting to try the foundation.  The shade is Light which might be a little dark one me normally, but it might be a good summer shade.

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These brushes are gorgeous!  I’m excited to use them. From top to bottom is 10F Concealer, 65EM Mini Shading, 105E Pencil, 15E Angled Brow and 35EM Mini Tapered.

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I am so glad I received this gorgeous palette! I’ve used it a couple of times already and love it.  I’ve never tried a palette from TheBalm, I’ve only had a small sample of the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter.  I was going to swatch it, but forgot, so I’ll do a palette review for it.IMG-1327

These are my three add-ons this month!  I usually don’t do add-ons, but these were $3 each and I have been wanting to try the Coco Cabana Cream and the Thrive Causemetics Mascara. So far, I am LOVING the mascara. It’s a fiber mascara so it doesn’t smudge.

I might try the gorgeous Pixi blush or I might save it for a giveaway…we’ll see!

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I’m really happy with this month! Last month’s box was also good, so I’m on a roll!

I’ll use the palette, the brushes and the moisturizer.  I might try out the foundation and will probably give the mask away.  I am also happy with my add-ons.

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get in your box this month?

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — August 2019

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Hey all! I recently received my August BoxyCharm! I always watch for the spoilers so I basically knew what I am getting. There were a couple of different variations this month. Read on to find out what I got (and if I got the variation I wanted)!

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for almost two years now and really enjoy it. BoxyCharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

My version is 2. This month I received:

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The total of this box is $144.  Not bad for only paying $21!

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I have been wanting to try this since it came out!  It’s a powder that contains water.  A lot of people say that it feels wet when you apply it.  To me it just feels really cooling.  I have tired it.  I find that it’s not great for under the eyes, it cakes up.  But a light layer can set the rest of my makeup and it looks really natural.   I’m going to continue testing it out, it’s so much fun to use!

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This oil and the powder were two items I think everyone will get this month.  I already have a few oils I’m not using, so I will probably give this away. Plus, I think it has shimmer or glitter in it and I don’t enjoy that in my skincare.

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So the big variation this month was either this mascara or the Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum (which is what I wanted).  I did get a deluxe size of this mascara with the tarte Unleashed palette I recently purchased.  It’s okay.  It gives a lot of volume, but it smeared badly under my eyes.  So I will be giving this away and I am envious of those who received the serum!

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The top photo is the nude lip liner and the bottom are shimmery shadows.  I’ve used the lip liner a couple of times.  It’s pretty hard, so I hope it will soften up.  I do like the shade.

The shadows I received are in the shades Iced Latte and Cotton Candy.  They remind me of Colourpop Super Shock Shadows.  The texture is the same.  Here are swatches of these products: IMG-1284

The shades of these eye shadows are so pretty!  My only issue is that there is a lot of glitter in them.  I don’t know if you can see that, but here are specks of glitter in each one.  While I love metallic eye shadows, I’m not the biggest fan of glitter in my shadows.  I’ve worn the pink one (Cotton Candy) and it is gorgeous on.  My only issue is that I have glitter all over my face.  Next time I wear them, I’ll put on a glitter glue first and see if that helps.  If not, I’ll pass them along to my daughter.


This was an okay box for me.  Not as good as the last few BoxyCharm’s I received.  But I will use the powder — it kinds of makes the box for me.  I also will use the lipliner and hope it gets softer and I might continue to use the eye shadows.  The face oil and mascara will be given away.

What did you get in your BoxyCharm this month.  If you got the serum — lucky dog!!!

I’m really looking forward to my BoxyLuxe in September.  I hope it’s as good as the June one.

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

July 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  It’s almost August, which means it’s time for my July favorites!

Below are my beauty faves for July. As usual, If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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Like last month, I don’t have a lot of color cosmetic favorites.  I’ve been really into trying out new skincare.

In my last month’s faves, four of the products were from my June BoxyLuxe.  It was such an amazing box! None of these products are from my July subscription boxes.  I did like some of my Ipsy Glam Bag Plus this month and  couple of Boxycharm products.  I am still testing them out, so maybe we’ll see them in my next month’s favorites.

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These have been my favorite skincare this month.  Two are from Skin&Co Roma.  I reviewed them here. The Whipped Cleansing Cream is amazing!  My skin instantly looks smoother after washing.  I’ve never had a cleanser improve the appearance of my skin before. I also love the serum.  It’s creamy and sinks right into the skin.  It also instantly hydrates and I love it!

You can purchase Skin&Co Roma items here, and by using my code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your purchase!  It is an affiliate code, so I will get something if you do buy!

I also reviewed the DHC Urumai Cream this month.   It’s a beautiful hydrating cream that I love to use at night.  It hydrates all night and when I wake up my skin is soft and glowing.

I purchased some The Ordinary skincare from Ulta a few weeks ago.  This is my first time trying products from this brand and I am enjoying them!  I’m especially loving the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. At first I thought it might be breaking me out, but it wasn’t.  It’s very hydrating, but a little sticky, so I apply it after toner and layer on other serums (like the Skin&Co Roma one above) so I don’t have sticky skin when I go to bed.  It really helps in hydrating and plumping up my skin.

IMG-1221 These products are a bit more makeup-y.  I purchased the MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ in Creamy Coconut during the Ulta 21 Days of beauty spring sale this year.  I love purchasing staples like sprays. primers and powders during the sale.  This was half off!  I started using it when I ran out of my regular Fix+.  It works the same, it just has a soft coconut scent.

I got the NYX Pore Filler primer last year.  I just used up my Cover FX pore filling primer so I’m giving this a go. It works pretty well to fill in my pores.  I use a more hydrating primer, then this one in my t-zone.

My favorite recent purchase is the PÜR 4-In-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation & Concealer. I haven’t reviewed this yet, but I might do a review soon.  Would you like to see that?  I can say that this foundation works so well for me.  It is full coverage, but melts into the skin and looks so natural on.  The shade I have is LP4.  It’s a little light for me now, because I have a bit of a tan, but will work will for fall and winter.

My Buxom Lip Creams are in my Shop My Stash for July.  This is the shade Hot Toddy.  I have been wearing them a lot, especially this shade.  They are so shiny and just a little bit tingley.

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Last but not least is a fun new palette.  My friend Angie gave me a gift card to Ulta for my birthday, and I picked this up!  It’s the  Tarte Unleashed Eyeshadow Palette.  I love the shades in these — the names are so fun!  And it smells amazing!


Have you tried any of these? What products have you been loving in July?

 

anti-aging, Skincare

Brand Review and Code — Skin&Co Roma

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Hi all!  I recently received a fun skincare package from Skin&Co Roma for my honest review.

IMG-1068IMG-1070 Such pretty packaging!   I’ve been loving the Skin&Co Roma Truffle Therapy Refresh Mist I received in my June BoxyLuxe.  Skin&Co Roma contacted me and asked to send me the following amazing products for review:

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Truffle Therapy Face Toner — Gentle, powerful, soothing, and healing. Truffle Therapy Face Toner deeply cleanses and purifies pores with the antiseptic power of Witch Hazel and Sage, effectively removing impurities, clogged pores and dead skin cells to treat, heal, and prevent blemishes. The natural extracts and antioxidant properties of Black Winter Truffle, Rosemary, Calendula, and Cucumber soothes and protects from environmental and free radical damage.

What I think: I have very sensitive skin, and this gentle toner doesn’t irritate my skin at all.  I use it after my cleanser, and it really cleans out my pores plus it leaves my skin soft and smooth!

Truffle Therapy Whipped Cleansing Cream – This is a highly concentrated gel-crème cleanser formulated to deeply cleanse skin, remove makeup, dirt and impurities, effectively keeping pores free and clear from congestion and blemishes while soothing and calming sensitivity-prone complexions. Formulated with pure Black Winter Truffle Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Mallow Leaf, and Chamomile, this gentle cleanser delivers intense hydration, nourishing moisture, while improving skin’s resilience and tone.  Complete with essential fatty acids, skin’s natural moisture barrier is restored to maintain a supple and radiant complexion.

What I think:  I am enjoying all of these products, but this one is my favorite of the bunch! Everytime I wash my face with this cleanser, it looks smooth, fresh and it glows.  And I look YOUNGER!  I have never looked this good with just washing my face, ever! It does have a soft, whipped texture and feels so gentle while cleansing my skin.  And it doesn’t irritate my skin at all.  LOVE!

Truffle Therapy Serum – Formulated around the antioxidant properties of the Black Winter Truffle, Truffle Therapy™ Serum is infused with potent skin-renewing botanicals, vitamins, essential fatty acids and vitamins to restore skin’s natural vibrancy and radiance.  Masterfully crafted in Umbria, Italy, this powerful, multitasking skin perfecting treatment soothes and refines the appearance of uneven textured skin, revealing a healthier complexion.

Ideal for all skin types, Truffle Therapy™ Serum prepares and protects skin from daily environmental and free radical damage, and doubles as a primer to create the perfect base for makeup application.

What I think: I really enjoy this serum.  It has a milky texture and a soft, natural scent.  I apply it after my toner and it really smooths out my skin and helps with texture.  It can also be used as a primer, for those days that you want an easy skincare/makeup routine. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and find that my skin is looking more even and brighter.  I’m looking forward to seeing what type of long-term results I see!

I am really loving these Skin&Co Roma products! You can purchase the items here, and by using my code LORENA20, you’ll get 20% off your purchase!  It is an affiliate code, so I will get something if you do buy!


Have you tried Skin&Co Roma?  Which products do you like from the brand?

Beauty, Nail Care

Morgan Taylor Lacquer Rocketman Summer 2019 Collection

Hi all! I hope your Monday is going well!

I received some fun products for my honest review from the Morgan Taylor Lacquer  Rocketman Summer 2019 Collection.  These beautiful brights polishes work so well with the fun new Elton John movie!

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This adorable mini set is the Rocketman Nail Laquer Mini 4 Pack ($14.95 USD) — In celebration of Rocketman, the story of Elton John’s rise to fame. The collection features iconic shades complemented by Bedazzle Me, a luxe glitter overlay that gives each shade its own moment to sparkle and shine.

This mini pack:
It’s The Shades (hot pink crème)
Tickle My Keys (bright pink crème)
Sir Teal To You (teal shimmer)
Bedazzle Me (glitter overlay)

I love this little set!  It’s great for trying out the Morgan Taylor formula in a few different shades or just for a fun treat for yourself or a gift for someone who loves polish — and Elton John.

Here are the polishes in the collection:

 

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  • Just Me & My Piano – Purple Crème
  • Sir Teal To You – Teal Shimmer
  • Put On Your Dancin’ Shoes – Red Crème
  • It’s The Shades – Hot Pink Crème
  • Tickle My Keys – Bright Pink Crème
  • Glow Like A Star – Yellow Crème
  • Bedazzle Me (below) – Glitter Overlay

 

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This shade looks gorgeous over all of the other shades in the collection!

The full size polishes retail for $9.50. They are available at Ulta.com and SaltEarthSpa.com. All Morgan Taylor Lacquers are fast-drying, 5-free and easy to apply.  I definitely recommend these polishes!


Have you seen Rocketman?  What do you think of this collection?

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — Julep Korean Skincare Made Simple Set

Hi all!  I hope everyone had a great weekend! Welcome to my second Skincare Sunday in a row!

I recently purchased a new Korean skincare set from Julep.  I used to be a Julep Maven, which was their monthly subscription box, but they cancelled it in February.

I received an email a month or so ago saying that they were having a final sale for Mavens.   I saw this set, and was really interested in it.  It was originally priced at $76 and it was marked down to $57, and I got 70% off so I only paid $17.10!   Here’s the set:

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Set includes:

  • Travel Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil, 1.5 fl oz.
  • Kaolin Clay Konjac Sponge (full size)
  • What Your Skin Needs Restorative Facial Milk 1 fl. oz. (full size)
  • Night Shift Deep Sleep Mask 1 oz.

Here’s photos of the box and the products I received:

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This is a great deal for $17.10!  I have tried the cleansing oil and the facial milk before and love both of them.  The cleansing oil removes all of my makeup and leaves my skin soft and clean.  The facial milk contains five oils in it, but because of the milky formula, it absorbs into the skin immediately.

I haven’t used a konjac sponge before and was surprised how soft it is. It gives a very gentle exfoliation.  The Night Shift sleep mask can be used over serums and treatments.  And it’s washed off in the morning.  I find it gives extra hydration, which is nice when my skin is dry.

This set is on sale now for $44.  It’s not the price I paid, but it is still a good deal for what you get.  I do recommend this set if you would like to try Korean beauty skincare for hydration.


Were you a Julep Maven?  Have you tried their products before?

Beauty, cosmetics

Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend!  I am, it’s storming right now in Kansas City, but I have a pretty new palette to play with, so that’s okay!

I bought myself a birthday gift — the Natasha Denona Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette ($65 USD). I’ve been wanting to try a Natasha Denona palette, but the normal sized ones are $129, and I can justify spending that much on eyeshadow.  $65 is still a lot, but it is half the price. I have heard that the quality of these shadows are amazing, so I was excited to try it out!

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Isn’t she gorgeous?!  The shades are:

  • Poppy (crimson bronze metallic)
  • Citrine (warm yellow matte)
  • Phlox (burnt warm crimson metallic)
  • Awakening (lavender nude duo-chrome)
  • Laurel (peachy champagne metallic)
  • Aster (violet mauve duo-chrome)
  • Glory (fuchsia matte)
  • Azalea (pink copper duo-chrome)
  • Morgan (pastel coral creamy matte)
  • Agate (champagne apricot metallic)
  • Clove (dark maroon creamy-matte)
  • Carnelian (burnt light orange creamy-matte)
  • Jasper (bright terracotta creamy-matte)
  • Morning (light apricot creamy-matte)
  • Day Spring (nude bronze metallic)

Here’s a close up of each side of the palette:

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And here are the swatches:

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Top Row left to right — Poppy, Citrine, Phlox, Awakening and Laurel

All of these shimmers and metallics are gorgeous and so buttery!  I had to swatch Citrine twice.  It does blend out nicely, I just wanted a very bright swatch so you could see the color.  My favorite shade of this row is Awakening.  It’s a stunning duo chrome that is described as lavender nude.  It looks amazing all over the lid.IMG_0981

Second row left to right — Aster, Glory, Azalea, Morgan and Agate

My favorite shades in the row are Aster and Morgan.  Morgan is gorgeous in the crease as a transition shade with any of the other shadows in the palette.  It’s so versatile.  And Aster is just purpley goodness!IMG_0982

Third row left to right — Clove, Carnelian, Jasper, Morning and Day Spring

Such pretty warm shades!  Clove was the hardest shade to blend.  It’s a bit patchy.  but it is a nice color to deepen a look.  Day Spring is a beautiful bronze and is perfect for topping the oranges and yellows.

This palette was quite a splurge, but I’m so glad I got it.  The quality of the shadows are so luxe and blend very well.  I’m having fun creating bright looks for the summer.  I also think that this will work well in the fall, too!


Have you picked up the Sunrise palette or do you have a Natasha Denona palette?

Beauty, cosmetics

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Collection!

 

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Hi all!  I hope you are doing well and ready for the weekend.  I was sent these items from Urban Decay for my honest review.

Speaking of the weekend, The Urban Decay Heavy Metal Collection includes all of the fun, glittery products that are perfect for weekend festivals and of course, Pride! Create a gorgeous rainbow look, or duplicate the trans or pan flags!  There are so many fun looks to create.

Or, just wear these for every day.  A little glitter adds a lot of fun!

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Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Gel ($22 USD) — The shades from left to right are Party Monster, Distortion, Saturday Stardust, Soul Love and Disco Daydream.  There is also a golden shade called Dreamland.

This super-pigmented, high-coverage formula suspends hyper-reflective glitter in a non-sticky, water-based gel. This can be used on eyes, body, and face.  It applies really easily, but when it dries, it dries down and stays for hours!  These are gorgeous and fun for the summer!IMG_0964

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner ($21 USD) — These have been around for a while, but they have come out with new shades.  From left to right — Disco Daydream, Starfire, Gunmetal, Stage Dive, Studio, Goldmine and Stonewall. There’s also a pinky/orange called Volume.

This eyeliner features superfine, multi-dimensional glitter in a clear, water-based formula that’s buildable, dries down quickly, and stays put for long wear without any fallout.

You can use the thin tip for an eyeliner.  I also love to use the side of the brush to sweep the sparkle all over my lids. It’s a pretty shadow topper.

Plus, 25% of the purchase price from the limited-edition Stonewall* shade will benefit Stonewall Community Foundation—an organization that strengthens the LGBTQIA+ community through grantmaking and scholarship programs.  So important!

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($22 USD) — This is a bestselling product, and there are 4 new shades!  From top to bottom is Wild Side, Roxy Electric Empire and Viper.

This eyeliner goes on smoothly, stays soft and super-creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won’t budge. Line your eyes with a hint of color or opt for a graphic, dramatic look.

Created with 50 percent moisturizing ingredients suspended in a waterproof formula, 24/7 Eye Pencil gets a boost from vitamin E, jojoba oil, and cottonseed oil. IMG_0963

Urban Decay HI-FI SHINE Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss ($20 USD) From left to right Hot Love, Star Stunner, Disco Queen and Wildside.

These are new and very sparkly additions to this lip gloss line. Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss glides on cushiony-soft and leaves lips feeling comfy and plush without any stickiness. Laced with vitamin E and peppermint oil, the hydrating formula leaves lips feeling nourished, creates the look of fuller, plumper lips, and comes in a fresh vanilla-mint flavor.

I have a couple of these in cream and sheer formulas, so it was fun to try these shimmery ones!

Here’s a swatches of one shade of each product:

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These are the Glitter Gel in Distortion, the Liquid Liner in Stonewall, the 24/7 Eyeliner in Roxy and the Lip Gloss in Wildside.  And yes, the glitter gels are as gorgeous in person as the swatch!

All of these products are fun to use and gorgeous on!  And the eye products are all very long lasting, which is the norm for Urban Decay!


 

Have you picked up anything from the Urban Decay Heavy Metal collection? Is anything speaking to you???

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Allure Beauty Box June 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my June Allure Beauty Box.  The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

Here’s the June box:

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I think this is a pretty good box.  I have already used the Moroccanoil and the Avene mist.  They are both wonderful products.

I am also going to be trying out the eye cream.  I haven’t tried anything from the brand Context before, but I am looking forward to using it.

I will probably also try the Floss lip gloss. Or I might give it away.  And the BrowGal pencil is in Medium Brown and I have dark brown hair.  I might give it a try.

The SGX NYC texture spray looks fun, but I might pass it along.

This is such an affordable box and it always introduces me to new brands, which I like!  For the price, I use a good amount of the products and give away some.  I do enjoy it!

Do you get Allure?  Did you get the same products this month?

 

bath products, Beauty, Candles

Bath And Body Works SAS Haul — June 2019

Hi all! I hope you’re having a wonderful week!  I finally got to the Bath and Body Works Semi Annual Sale!

I was almost out of hand soap and body wash, so it was definitely time to stock up!

This is what I received (and the great deals I got plus my $10 of $40 coupon):

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  • Salted Pretzel Milkshake Candle — $8.21
  • Barcelona Sunwashed Citrus Candle — $8.21
  • Seaside Breeze Body Wash — $3.09
  • Cherry Blossom Body Wash — $3.09
  • Mango Mandarin Body Wash — $3.09
  • London White Tea & Sage Foaming Hand Wash — $2.54
  • New York City Champagne Toast Foaming Hand Wash — $2.54
  • Island Papaya Foaming Hand Wash — $2.54
  • Lavender Marshmallow Foaming Hand Wash — $2.54

Total — $35.85 before tax and a savings of $76.65 — Yay!  I hit a candle sale.  The candles were $10.50 before my coupon and only $8.21 afterwards.

I might go back before the sale ends.  My store didn’t have a wide variety of products, so I might try a different one.

Have you shopped the sale this month? What did you get?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — Meaningful Beauty New Eye Masks and Deluxe Starter Kit

Hi All!  I started this series a couple of months ago and only posted once.  Oh well! I still think focusing on new or amazing skincare products each week is a great idea!

This Sunday I’m featuring Meaningful Beauty.  This is Cindy Crawford’s skincare brand (with French anti-aging specialist Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh).  I have reviewed Meaningful Beauty before, but they have new eye masks and a fun travel size kit that will be amazing for summer trips!

Here is what I received for my honest review:

Meaningful Beauty Revive & Brighten Eye Masques

Meaningful Beauty Revive & Brighten Eye Masques ($52 USD) –This new product claims:

  • Awaken eyes to appear more youthful and gorgeous with Meaningful Beauty‘s Revive & Brighten Eye Masque – ultra-hydrating gel eye patches.
  • Each pair is infused with powerful anti-aging ingredients to visibly smooth and plump eyes – and can also be used on smile and frown lines!
  • Cindy’s supermodel secret: Use daily or as a quick pick-me-up when on the go.

What I think: I don’t usually wear eye gel masks, but I am really enjoying these! They can be worn right under the eyes, at the side of the eyes where crows feet form or even on the smile lines. I find that they firm and brighten wherever I place them, especially under my eyes. Plus, they come with a spatula to make them easy to get out of the jar.  They are a bit slippery, so I press them on to make sure that they stay on the full 10 minutes.

Available at Ulta.com

Meaningful Beauty Deluxe Starter Kit
Meaningful Beauty 7-Piece Deluxe Starter Kit

Meaningful Beauty 7-Piece Deluxe Starter Kit ($79 USD) — This kit targets the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and dark spots. This comprehensive kit is packed with everything you need day and night for ageless, beautiful skin in every climate or vacation destination.

  • The Meaningful Beauty 7-Piece Deluxe Starter Kit includes:
    • Skin Softening Cleanser
    • Dark Spot Correcting Treatment
    • Youth Activating Melon Serum
    • Environmental Protecting Moisturizer SPF 30
    • Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème
    • Lifting Eye Crème
    • Ultra-Lifting and Filling Treatment

What I think:  This is a great set to try a variety of Meaninful Beauty products and it’s so  nice for travel! My current favorite product in the bunch is the Dark Spot Correctly Treatment.  I apply it on dark spots at night and they fade a bit each morning. I also love the Melon Serum, Overnight Retinol cream and the eye cream.  This is such a beautiful anti-aging line!

Available at Ulta.com

Here’s my photo of the products I received:

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I am posting this on my Instagram @fortyflirtyfab if you want to check it out!

I really am enjoying these products!  Have you tried anything from Meaningful Beauty?

bath products, Beauty, Haircare

Davines SU Collection For After Sun Body and Hair Care.

Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend!  I did some shopping, so my day is going great!

Today I’m reviewing some relaunched products from Davines, Their summer SU Collection. The SU family of products is a complete routine to protect your hair and skin before and after sun exposure.

I received the entire collection for my honest review.  Here’s what I received:

IMG_0899Davines SU Hair and Body Wash ($24 USD) — A multi-benefit shampoo that moisturizes and protects hair and skin exposed to the sun. Its formula, characterized by a rich full-bodied foam, gently cleanses and hydrates.

What I think: I have used this for my hair and skin. It cleanses my hair well, while hydrating it, plus it leaves my skin soft, too!  I love that this is a multi-tasker.  I’ll be using this all summer!

SU Hair Mask ($27.50 USD) — Restorative and hydrating anti-aging treatment for hair damaged by the sun, chlorine and salt. Hair is left soft, hydrated, and glossy.

What I think: I love to use this after the hair and body wash. It’s so creamy!  I apply this after shampooing and just leave it on a couple of minutes to use it as a conditioner.  If my hair has been exposed to the sun, I leave it on longer.  My hair is so soft and healthy when I use this mask.  Love it!

SU Aftersun ($29 USD) — A soothing, mineral-rich gel that moisturizes and restores the skin’s hydration level after exposure to the sun. With extract of Chinotto from a Slow Food Presidium and extract of Aloe Vera, it is rich in minerals and substances with a soothing action that, together with Argan oil, ensure hydration and nourishment.

What I think: This is a wonderful creamy gel moisturizer for after sun. My daughter went to a theme park last week and got sunburned despite wearing SPF all day.  She said she repeatedly applied it (but she’s a teenager, so who knows.  LOL!). This moisturizer really helped soothe her burnt skin and in a few days it was a nice tan and not painful anymore.  Even if we don’t get a sunburn, this is nice for after a day in the sun.

SU Hair Milk ($29 USD) — Leave-on spray cream for hair, ideal both during and after exposure to the sun. Protective filters maintain the hair’s integrity during exposure to the sun, and the light texture conditions the hair without weighing it down.

What I think: I have been using this as leave-in moisturizer after I wash my hair. It helps with hydration and makes my hair so manageable.  I also spray it on before I go out to protect my hair.  It doesn’t weight it down.

Also, the scent for all of these is very soft.  It’s hard to describe, it’s part floral and part baby care scent.  It’s really nice.

I recommend all of these products for the summer months and beyond.


Have you tried these products or anything by Davines?

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — June 2019

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Hey all!  It’s time for my June Ipsy Glam Bag Plus review! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the high quality items included.

I have pretty much enjoyed this subscription. I usually only use a couple of the items I receive each month, so I’m not sure how long I will keep it.

Here’s what I received for June:

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The total is $276.  That’s mostly because of the 111Skin booster.

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I enjoy PUR’s products, but I am very stocked up on mascara.  I will add it to the pile or give it to one of my daughters.

The Trestique crayon and balm are way to dark for me.  I don’t wear berry shades.  I will be giving this to a friend.

img_0930.jpg This is a black cake liner.  It’s dry, so you ad water to activate it.  I don’t wear black liner, so I will give this away to my daughter.

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Now this is a product I will use!  On the 111Skin website, it states:

Now formulated with increased Vitamin C levels, this concentrated treatment targets signs of hyper pigmentation, age spots, and uneven skin tone. The booster utilises actives which are designed to inhibit tyrosinase production, both reducing and preventing discolouration.

You can mix this with moisturizer or use it alone like a serum.  That’s probably how I will use it at night.  Actually, I will try both ways.  I’m looking forward to looking younger in a few weeks (I hope)!

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This is an Ipsy collab with Tetris. Which is a little strange. This is a cute palette, but not something I will use.  I have so much eyeshadow (and have splurged on a couple of new palettes as birthday gifts for me)  I have a friend in mind who might like this.

So, I will be using one of the 5 products this month.  Sigh.  I’ve been trying to decide if I want to keep this box as I’m not very happy with it. I really like BoxyCharm more.  My June BoxyLuxe box had of course more products, but I could grab out any 5 products and love them more than these.

I’ve decided to give it one more month to wow me.  I’ve seen July spoilers for Pixi Beauty, Huda Beauty and Purlisse.  So I hope I get the Pixi and Huda products, then I’ll be happy.  But, I’ll probably get some weird makeup product I won’t use, LOL!

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Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get this month?

Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — June 2019

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Hey all! I received my third BoxyLuxe!  I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for almost two years. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.

The theme for this month is Getaway. It’s very skincare and hair care heavy this month.  Here’s what I received:

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Total cost for June BoxyLuxe = $352! Wow, great value for paying $50!

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I have heard good things about the Living Proof volume spray.  My hair is a bit flat, so I am looking forward to trying it! Living Proof is a great brand, too.

The mini hair dryer is adorable, and I’m so glad I got the purple one!  Purple is my favorite color.  It also could have come in blue, coral, or pink.  Any of the shades would have been fun.  It is very powerful for a little dryer!  Plus, it can switch from 120 volts to 220 volts if you are going overseas!

IMG_0920I love facial sprays! Skincare sprays, primer sprays, setting sprays — yes please!!! I’ve tried this on my bare face and it’s really refreshing. I will be also trying it over my makeup as a setting spray.

The Dr. Brandt cleanser looks really nice.  It’s supposed to melt away makeup, which I love!  I have a backlog of cleansers, so it will probably be a while before I get to this one, but I will try it.

I have tried the Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Serum.  The claim is “A 3-in-1 night serum that resurfaces, hydrates and clarifies dull skin while you sleep, formulated with a 14% AHA/BHA/gentle flower acids blend. Hyaluronic acid and our proprietary honey blend deliver intense hydration. Salicylic acid derived from willow bark helps minimize the appearance of pores.” I didn’t see any improvement in my skin, but I just tried it once.  It will use it a few times a week for the next few weeks and see how I like it.

IMG_0922.JPGThe lip gloss is very nice.  Non-sticky and smells like vanilla.  The shade is Peach Tea.  I have swatched it below.

I have the original No Poreblem primer and really like it for filling my pores.  This one is very thin and is supposed to tighten pores.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I will.  I have lots of open primers, so it might be a bit before I try this.  (I’m on product overload)!

The treSique mascara is really a fun idea.  It has a curler on the top.  I have tried this, because I couldn’t help myself!  The curler takes some practice, but it does work.  The mascara formula is separating.  It’s pretty nice.  I have to keep using it and will let you know how much I like it.

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I am very excited about this palette! I have the original Pro Glow and like it a lot. That one has highlighters and contours in it.  This has blushes, highlighters and bronzers.  It is so nice to have all face products that I can use in one palette.  I have swatched it (below), but haven’t tried it on my face yet.  I have been sick this week, but hope to be trying it soon!

IMG_0925.JPGAren’t these products gorgeous!  All of the shades in the palette will work for me, and the highlighters are so beaming!  The gloss is pretty, too.  They are all perfect for summer!

This is the first month for BoxyLuxe (or regular BoxyCharm) that I am going to keep all of the products!!! Wow! I’m a little bummed that there isn’t more makeup, but the fact I will use everything (even if not right now) is amazing! It’s not a very flashy month, but everything is useful.

I was thinking of canceling BoxyCharm or Ipsy Glam Bag Plus after this month.  Well, it won’t be BoxyCharm!  That’s for sure!  But will I cancel Ipsy?  Stay tuned, that review will be next!

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Do you get BoxyLuxe or BoxyCharm at all?  What did you think of this month?

bath products, Beauty, Skincare

Natural Skincare From L&I Apothecary and the Henna Guys

Hi All! I hope your June is going well so far!  Mine is! I’m enjoying nice weather.

I have some wonderful natural skincare products from the brands L&I Apothecary and the Henna Guys!

L&I Apothecary organic skincare line is developed by professional estheticians using ingredients obtained from fresh fruits & vegetables. Each ingredient is either produced in their farms or responsibly sourced from ethical producers. The products are up-to 100% natural & organic, each product is packaged into carefully selected environmentally friendly and re-useable glass packaging.

The Henna Guys source the finest quality ingredients from ethical producers around the world. They understand the need for hair & skin care that keeps its promises and constantly in search of excellent natural ingredients to enhance the natural beauty. The product line is developed using finest natural ingredients.

On to the review!

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L&I Apothecary Arista Pumpkin, Mild Peel/Facial Mask ($21 USD) — This mask is made with pumpkin and has Vitamin C and Vitamin E, plus the ingredients are organic. It also contains -5% Glycolic Acid. The claim is that it leaves skin feeling brightened, replenished and renewed.

I enjoy using this mask. It smells like fresh pumpkin!  I apply it after I clean my skin and leave it on for 5 minutes and rinse it off.  It leaves my skin smooth and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I have used this a few times and can see myself using it a few times each week.  It’s difficult for me to find a good brightening mask that doesn’t irritate my skin.  This one is a winner!

L&I Apothecary Rose Facial Toner ($23 USD) —  This is an amazing facial toner spray!  This claims to hydrate the skin, give it a glow and brighten it up.  It has a fresh rose scent.

I love using a rose spray after cleansing and toning my skin in the morning.  This one is also a toner, so I can spray it on after I cleanse, and my skin is refreshed and glowing.  I also use it to freshen my skin during the day.  It’s nice over makeup or bare skin.

The Henna Guys Pre Shave Oil – Geranium & Lavender ($12.95 USD) — This is a moisturizing Pre shave Oil, mildly scented with geranium & lavender essential oil. It contains Grapeseed, Avocado, Argan & Marula Oil.

First of all, this smells amazing — so fresh and clean. To use it, I take a few drops of oil, massage it on the shaving area to prepare for the shave.  Then I use shave cream or soap and lather it, then I shave.  I get a very close shave and my skin isn’t irritated.  So smooth!

I am really enjoying these products. I love all of the amazing ingredients and the fact that all of the products work well and have fresh, delicious scents!

Purchase these at http://www.lniapothecary.com and http://www.thehennaguys.com Plus, I have a (non-affiliate) coupon code for these websites — FORTYFLIRTYFAB10 for 10% off your entire order!

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Have you tried anything from these brands?   What are your favorite natural products?

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — June 2019

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Hi all!  Happy June! It’s time for a new month and a new Shop My Stash! I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) products that I either haven’t used in a while or haven’t used much at all! My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

June is my birthday month!  So in honor of me (LOL), I’m choosing products that I really enjoy and haven’t used in a while.

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I have loved on all of these palettes! I wanted to choose some of my favorite products for my birthday month!   Here’s more info on all of the products:

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This is the Too Faced Life’s a Festival palette that came out last spring.  I love the shades in this!  It’s so much fun! It’s mostly shimmers, but the next palette I chose has a lot of mattes and I can use them together.  I love the shades in this and am looking forward to playing with it!

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I love Anastasia palettes!  I have a few, and Soft Glam is one of my favorites.  The shades will be perfect for bronzy, summer looks!  And it will pair well with the Life’s a Festival palette.

IMG_E0889IMG_E0888 I received this palette last year for review.  It’s the Pixi Glow Cake in GildedBare Glow. This is nice all over, or the highlight, blush and

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To round off my Shop my Stash are two products from Colourpop! First is a collab with  Kathleen Lights The Twins (I’m a Gemini!) Loose Pigment.  It’s a gorgeous copper and pink duochrome.  This will work with both of the palettes I’ve pulled this month.

The second is the So Juicy Plumping Gloss in Round About.  These are fairly new, I’ve had this for a few months (same with the pigment), but I haven’t got a lot of use out of either of these gems yet!

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Here are swatches of the pigment and lip gloss.  Both really pretty for summer!

So these are the products I am playing with this month.  I am ready for summer with bronzey and shimmery products! I’ll share at the end of the month how much use I got out of these products and how I enjoyed them.

I might be doing some shopping this month (since It’s almost my birthday!), but it’s still good to use a lot of my existing products.

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Are you doing a Shop My Stash this month?  Are you on a low or no buy?  Let me know how it’s going!

bath products, Beauty

CBD Living — Anti-Aging Products Review

Hi all!  I hope your long weekend is going well!

I have recently received more wonderful products from CBD Living for my honest review.  I received some of their products in March and featured them here.

The products below are to help fight chronic pain associated with aging.  And they smell amazing, too.  They are:

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CBD Living Matcha Instant Green Tea ($30 USD) — This is a new product to me. This is a convenient, delicious way to enjoy a daily dose of CBD. Each serving of Matcha Instant Green Tea is infused with 7.5mg of nano-CBD for maximum bioavailability. One 2oz. package of Matcha Instant Green Tea contains 150mg of CBD. Each individual serving of tea contains 7.5mg of CBD.

This is nice to drink alone if you like matcha. I like to add it to smoothies.

CBD Living Bath Bombs ($14 each) in Amber Bergamot and Eucalyptus.  I have tried this before in Coconut Lime.  I loved that one and like these too! They are fast fizzers and have really nice scents.  They leave my skin soft and I am relaxed with lesser pain when I use  these!

Each CBD Bath Bomb is vegan-friendly and contains 60mg of CBD per 8 oz. bath bomb. Bath Bombs are made from natural ingredients and will not stain your bathtub.

CBD Living Lotion ($30 USD) in Lavender.  I also have this in Eucalyptus. It’s a rich lotion that helps treat dry skin while getting a daily CBD dose. It is made from the finest natural ingredients and is infused with nano-CBD for maximum absorption.

CBD Lotion is absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, providing your daily dose of CBD. It is great for relaxing after a long day or invigorating the senses and treating dry skin.

CBD Living Freeze ($30 USD) This is also a new product to me. CBD Living Freeze is great for sore muscles, arthritis, chronic pain and stiffness. The roll-on applicator makes getting relief simple. I have used it on my back and have found that it does relieve pain.

CBD Living Freeze is infused with 120mg of full-spectrum CBD per 88mL bottle. When applied, CBD freeze mimics the application of ice, increasing blood flow to the affected area. It is helpful for sore muscles, chronic pain, inflammation and sore joints.
This CBD Living Freeze also incorporates other natural anti-inflammatories such as Arnica and Tea Tree Oil.

I really love this brand!  I feel that the products are really high quality and are enjoyable to use.  Plus, they do make me feel better!  You can purchase these and more products from CBD Living at cbdliving.com.


Do you use CBD in products?  Have you tried this brand or what are your favorites?

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics

IT Cosmetics’ QVC TSV IT’s Your Summer Essentials! 4-Piece Collection

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It’s that time again! IT Cosmetics and QVC are having their May Today’s Special Value IT’s Your Summer Essentials! 4-Piece Collection.  It is a four piece collection that is a value of $129 and is going for $49.98.

I love IT Cosmetics.  It’s such a nice brand and the products have beautiful ingredients and amazing quality!  I think it’s gorgeous for all ages, but I think it’s perfect for older ladies like myself.  The products contain anti-aging ingredients and their shades of color cosmetics are so lovely!

You can purchase this on QVC.com or buy watching and calling in.  It starts today, Friday, May 24, 2019 at midnight (ET) and will be offered for one day only! As a reminder, each day, QVC picks one special item they believe shoppers will love, and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 p.m. (PT) that day.

Here’s another  photo of what you get:

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IT Cosmetics’ IT’s Your Summer Essentials! 4-Piece Collection contains life-changing products that transform your complexion, lips and lashes for summer—and beyond!

About Each Product:

NEW! Heavenly Skin Skin-Hugging Foundation Brush No. 707 — This brush features a unique brush head that hugs the contours of your face to flawlessly apply your CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 and other favorite complexion products!  It’s a very soft brush and it’s a fun shape.

Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 Poreless Finish Full Coverage Cream —  hydrating, color-correcting breakthrough is oil-free and available in 12 shades. Plus, it’s infused with charcoal, known for its detoxifying properties, colloidal clay and Moroccan lava clay, known for their oil-absorbing effects, and tea tree extract, known to combat blemishes. I love the SPF 40 and I’d say it’s more of a soft matte.  It’s really comfortable on.

Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment — Featured in a beautiful rose shade, this lip-loving innovation gives you intense hydration, plus a natural-looking pretty flush of color—and is infused with essential butters, oils, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara —  This is one of my favorite mascaras! It gives your lashes the look of super volume, super length and super elastic stretch, all while wrapping them in super black pigment. The effortlessly buildable formula features Elastic Stretch Technology and gives your lashes Superhero powers in just one coat!


This is such a great value!  Are you going to pick this up today?

 

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Allure Beauty Box May 2019

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Hi all!  I just received my May Allure Beauty Box.  The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

Here’s the May box:

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LUE by Jean Seo Erase Cleansing, Exfoliating & Brightening Powder (full size)

Laneige Waterbank Moisture Cream

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Gel & Applicator Mitt

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

Model Co Rose Gold Eyelite in St. Barth’s (full size)

Laritzy Lip Gloss in Vibe (full size)

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I enjoy Laneige.  I have the lip sleeping mask, the face sleeping mask and a serum.  I am looking forward to trying this cream.

I’m not sure about the Anti-Frizz hair sheets.  I might try them in the summer when it’s humid.

The LUE powder looks interesting.  I’ll probably give it a go.

IMG_0767 I will be using this.  I have tried the St. Tropez tanning mousse and really liked it.  I’ve never tried a product like this before, so I hope it works well.

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The lighting on this photo is a little off.  They are more warm nude products.  You can see in the swatch below:

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The Laritzy gloss is a nice sheer nude. It’s very glossy and just a little bit sticky.  I like it, though.  I think it will be really nice in the summer.

The eye shadow is so pretty!  I tried it out and it dries down fast and is very glittery!  It’s nice for days where you want a little drama, but want a quick look.

I’m happy with this box.   I think it’s worth the $15.  I’ll definitely use the lip gloss, eye shadow, Laneige cream and bronzing water gel.  I will also try the cleansing powder and the hair sheets.  I love it when everything in a box is useful!


Do you get Allure Beauty Box?  What did you receive this month?

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Brand Review — Lit Cosmetics

Hi all!  I hope you had a great week.  I’m ready for the weekend!

I recently received a credit to pick out some fun Lit Cosmetics products for my honest review. Lit Cosmetics offers one of the largest selection of glitter products sold in the market today.  Check out what I chose to try:

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The products I received are:

Lit Metal Kit in Risque + Gold ($28 USD)

Afternoon Delight Size #2 Glitter (Shimmer) ($16 USD)

Spring Flin Size #2 Glitter ($16 USD)

Glitter Camo “Commander in Glitter” (Silver) ($34 USD)

You can purchase Lit Cosmetics at http://www.litcosmetics.com.

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This photo has the Glitter Camo open, you can see a closer pic below:

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LIT COSMETICS, the authority in glitter has just launched GLITTER CAMO, a new single-step, aloe-based glitter product designed to highlight show-stopping facial looks and acts as a stunning body glitter.

The launch starts swith three shades:

Sergeant Sparkle – multi-sized rainbow shimmer with pink silica base

Commander in Glitter – multi-sized holographic silver with blue silica base

Major Gold – multi-sized gold glitter with silica base

I have Commander in Glitter.  It’s so pretty.  Great for festivals, going out, costumes, or if you just want to sparkle!

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Spring Fling and Afternoon Delight are their size two glitters.

The lit kit includes A metallic eye shadow, a Daily Wear Glitter Base to adhere loose product to the eyes with ease and a the Mini Application Brush

The liquid base works so well with these loose glitters.  I dip my brush in the liquid, then the glitter, and it creates almost a cream glitter eye shadow, or highlighter, whatever you want to use it for.

Swatches are below:

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The first one is the Camo Glitter.  It is blue and silver with various glitters.

I mixed the other 3 glitters/metallic with the mixing base to create a liquid.  It makes it easier to swatch and easier to apply on eyes.  All of these shades are so fun for spring and summer looks!

I’m really impressed with Lit Cosmetics!  Their glitters are stunning and the new Glitter Camo is so much fun to use!

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Do you like to play with glitter makeup?  What products do you like to use?

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

April 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  Can you believe April is almost over and May is on it’s way!

With my severe allergies, I didn’t wear a lot of makeup this month.  But I was using a few skincare products that soothed my skin and was testing out some products I purchased in Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty.

Here are the products that I have been using.  If I have reviewed them before, I will include the link, if not, I will link to where you can purchase:

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For skincare, I have been using the Derma E Hydrating Eye Cream every day and night. It’s moisturizing and gentle on my dry, irritated eyes.  The IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Neck Cream has been keeping my neck smooth and tight.  But. my favorite skincare discovery is the G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum.  It contains a combination of high and low hyaluronic acid to provide moisture while an advanced hydrating formula prevents water loss, improves water circulation within the skin, stimulates ceramide production, and boosts skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels.  It makes my dry, uncomfortable skin feel instantly hydrated.  And it sinks right in and doesn’t leave skin greasy.  I’ve been using it day and night!

My fave complexion products include the Beautyblender Selfie Shield primer with SPF 38.  I received all three new primers for review, and I am enjoying them all.  This is my current fave of the three because my sensitive skin has not been liking traditional sunscreen.  This is a dry oil and sinks right into the skin without irritating it.  I also have been loving my bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25.  I have it in the shades 1.5 Birch and 2.0 Vanilla. This is creamy and has a nice medium coverage.  I can layer it on for more of a full coverage.

I picked up the Beauty Bakerie HD Flour Setting Powder (Translucent) the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Painterly (nude beige)) and the Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty Sale.  I use all three every day now and love them all.  The powder sets without making my skin look cakey.  The paint pot primes my lids very nicely and my shadow lasts all day! I have always loved mascara primers.  It’s nice to use a high end one at half price!

My favorite mascara, which is sadly almost at it’s expiration date is the Nanacoco Outlash Mascara.  It makes my lashes very long and gives some volume and separation, too.  It’s not too bold, so it’s my perfect every day mascara.  The lovely Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette is my favorite palette find of the month. It’s a perfect everyday neutral palette that can be smoked up for evening looks.  And I have also been loving the Urban Decay HI-FI Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss. It is shiny without being sticky, and it smells and tastes minty!


What are you April beauty favorites? Any fun new finds this month?

 

bath products, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Ulta Beauty Spring Haul 2019 Week 2

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great weekend!  The fam and I went to see the Avengers Endgame today.  It was three hours of action and emotion!  So good!

Last weekend, I shared my first weeks haul here.  Ulta Beauty has a drugstore beauty sale two weeks each spring after the 21 Days of Beauty.   Each week had new sales.  This is what I purchased the second week:

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Tree Hut Firming Sugar Scrub Mocha and Coffee Bean

The Body Shop Banana Body Yogurt

Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelettes

EcoTools Full Powder Brush

Juvia’s Place The Warrior Eyeshadow Palette

ULTA Watermelon Facial Mist

e.l.f. Cosmetics 16HR Camo Concealer (Light Beige (light with golden beige undertone))

L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil (Espresso)

L.A. Girl Ultimate Lip Intense Wear Auto Lipliner (Forever Bare)

FLOWER Beauty Petal Pout Lip Mask (Smooch (petal pink))

Not pictured — Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter (Pearl) — It shipped separately, and I haven’t received it yet.

I got everything from 30 – 50% off, which is really great deals!   The only product that was not on sale was the e.l.f. concealer.  But, it is only $5 and I really wanted to try it!

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My most exciting purchase is the Warrior Palette By Juvia’s Place.  I’ve been wanting to try one of their palettes, but some of the color combos confuse me.  This is a neutral palette that is very easy to use and is a safe way for me to try out the formula.  I have done a look with the palette that was so pretty, and I swatched them (see below).  The mattes didn’t swatch as well as the amazing metallics, but they worked well on the eyes.

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So gorgeous!  I am looking forward to playing with this more!

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These are the rest of the color cosmetics I purchased.  I have been searching for an affordable, but awesome concealer.  So far I like this one.  The Flower beauty gloss/mask is very pretty.  I always needs a light lip pencil, and this one is such a pretty shade.  My only miss is the eye brow pencil.  I LOVE the L.A. Girl formula.  I received a free one of this in a GWP I got with last years sale.  The shade has worn off, so I purchased it in Espresso, but I think the one I have is a darker color.  My brows are almost black, so this is a bit light and warm for me.

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Here are swathces of thecolor cosmetics.  The lippies are perfect, the eyebrow pencil a little light, and I think the concealer is a little yellow for me.  But I will still try out the formula!

Let me know if you would like me to review any of this!  I will probably do a Review of some of these and my 21 Days of Beauty Haul.


Did you purchase anything from the sale?  Or are you going to shop the Sephora VIB sale?  I’m a bit broke, so I don’t know if I will pick anything up.

Beauty, cosmetics

My Current Favorite Urban Decay Lippies!

Hi all!  I hope you are having gorgeous spring weather like I am.  I think it’s going to be in the 70’s today in Kansas City.  Although my allergies are bad and I don’t spend much time outside, I do enjoy the nice weather!

I’ve received some wonderful Urban Decay products for my honest review lately, including some gorgeous lip products. I wanted to share my favorites!

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Such gorgeous packaging!  I love Urban Decays innovative packaging.  Here’s a shot of the lippies open:

IMG_0609 HI-FI SHINE ULTRA CUSHION LIP GLOSS –($20 each) The top shade is Fuel (light neutral nude cream) and the bottom is Rapture (rose-mauve cream)

LO-FI LIP MOUSSE–($22 USD) The shade is Halo (warm baby pink)

VICE LIPSTICK–($19 USD) On the left is Lovelight (pale peach w/pink shimmer – sheer shimmer) and Oblivion (gray-taupe mega matte)

As you can see, I like lighter shades.  These are all very different, though.  Close up photos below, followed by swatches.

img_0616.jpg The top and left is Fuel and bottom right is Rapture.  These are both beautiful and semi-sheer.  These are gorgeous on their own or over lipstick.  They are shiny, but not sticky at all!  Which I love!

IMG_0614 This is a bit messy, but I have been testing it out.  This is more of a putty formula than a mousse.  This does take a little bit of work to get good coverage, but a lip liner and using the little applicator sponge helps.  It is very matte on.  I’m not the biggest matte fan, but this looks pretty.  It also is nice with one of the glosses layered on.

IMG_0612 The left is the Ultra Matte in Oblivion and the right is the Sheer Shimmer in Lovelight.

Oblivion is very matte, but it’s comfortable on.  Even a bit moisturizing.  Plus, it looks amazing with the Rapture gloss over it!  Lovelight is gorgeous all by itself!  Very sheer and shimmery.  Perfect for spring and summer.

IMG_0617 Here are the swatches — Fuel, Rapture, Oblivion, Lovelight and Halo.  Such different formulas — but all really fun!  I’ll probably be picking up more glosses, lipsticks and if they put out lighter shades in the Lo-Fi, I will be trying those, too!

You can purchase Urban Decay online at http://www.urbandecay.com and at Ulta and Sephora.

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Do you love Urban Decay lippies?  Which are your favorites?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

New Philosophy Skincare!

Hi all!  I hope you are having a great spring and are not suffering through allergies like I am!  I actually had to go to the doctor’s to get a breathing treatment yesterday and am on tons of meds.  Sigh…

But, the reviews must go on!  I was recently sent some fab new Philosophy skincare for my honest review!  Here’s what I received:

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Purity Made Simple Make-up Remover ($26 6.6 fl oz) — Sweeps away stubborn, long-wear makeup without tugging, pulling or drying.

Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker + Line-Correcting Moisturizer ($24 .5 oz travel size) — Help regenerate the look of skin in just 1 week. This anti-aging moisturizer smooths out lines and wrinkles and acts as a de-stressor for your skin.

Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse Instant Glow Facial Mask ($35 2.5 oz) — A one-minute mini facial exfoliating face mask for a radiant, healthy-looking glow.

Purity Made Simple Hydra-Essence With Coconut Water ($22 6.7 fl. oz) — Hydrating skin essence for radiant, clarified complexion.

What I think:  I am loving all of these amazing skincare products that Philosophy has recently been releasing. I have already reviewed the larger size of the Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker moisturizer here.  This size will be perfect to take with my on summer travels!  It’s also an affordable way to try it out.

I love the makeup remover for getting every last bit of makeup without irritating my sensitive eyes.  I also wear contacts, and at the end of the day, my eyes don’t want to be messed with! This is gentle and effective.

The Peeling Mousse is a really cool product.  It combiens physical exfoliation and an exclusive enzymatic complex.  You leave it on for 1-minute and it grabs on to debris that can build up causing dull skin, and visibly rolls away those impurities. It makes skin super soft and glowing.  It also helps with skin tone and fine lines.

The Hydra-Essence is a pre-moisturizer step.  I find that it gives an extra layer of hydration under my moisturizer, so my skin feels more hydrated and comfortable longer.  It is light and non-greasy, which I need having combination skin.

All of the gorgeous products can be purchased on http://www.philosophy.com.


Have you tried any of these Philosophy products?  What’s your favorite new skincare?

 

 

 

anti-aging, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Allure Beauty Box April (and March) 2019

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Hi all!  I recently resubscribed to Allure Beauty Box.  I was subscribed a couple of years ago and decided to give it another go.  They were advertising an amazing collaboration box with You Tuber Carli Bybel.  Plus $5 off the first box and a free La Mer gift.  So they got me!

The Allure Beauty Box is $15 a month.  And you receive deluxe and some full size products.  Not bad!

I actually received the March box a couple of weeks ago, and thought that’s what they sent instead of the April box.  But I just got the April box, too and thought I’d share both.

I didn’t get all of the spoilers that were advertised, but I think it’s a pretty great box.

Here’s the April box:

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Juvia’s Place Nubian Mini Limited Edition

Vita Liberata Phenomenal Tan Infused Towels (2 pack)

Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme

LA Splash Cosmetics ART-KI-TEKT Slim Eyeliner Pen — Full Size

LUXIE 205 Tapered Blending Brush Rose Gold –Full Size

Natasha Denona Eye Shadow in  Bronzage

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I have tried Vita Liberata mousses before, but never the cloths.  I will try these out and see how I like them.

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I haven’t tried this Briogeo product before, but will definitely give it a go.  I love heat protection products.

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The Luxie Brush is very pretty and soft.  I will use that.  My daughters usually steal any liquid liners I get, but I might try this out before they find it.  I don’t use a lot of liner, but I would like to see how this works.IMG_0579IMG_0580

The first shadow swatch is the Natasha Denona Bronzage, there is also a closer swatch of that below.  I think it’s fun how well it goes with the Juvia’s Place palette.

This is my first time trying Juvia’s Place.  It’s a cute, mini palette and will be really good for travel.  I have tried it and make a complete look with it.  It was very nice quality and blended out well.

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Here’s a close up of the Natasha Denona Bronzeage.  It’s sooooo pretty!  I’ve tried it with some of my favorite neutral mattes in the crease and outer corner, and it looks so pretty all over the lid.  I think this will be a go to for summer.  It’s really soft and buttery, too.  I want to buy a larger Natasha Denona palette, but they are very expensive.  Maybe in the future…

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Here is my March box. I’m not going to show close ups of all of the products, but here’s a group shot:

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This is my March box with my La Mer free gift.  I received:

Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in OG or Bestie – FULL SIZE! Retail Value $20

The BrowGal Instant Brow Gel

Wander Beauty Mascara – FULL SIZE (Retail Value $24)

Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Oil 

Mamonde Rose Water Toner 

ModelCo Metallic Eyeshadow Trio in Mykonos

Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask

I think this is a very good box.  Even though I wasn’t expecting it, I’m glad I got it.  I’ll use everything except for maybe the ModelCo palette and the brow gel is not in my color.  I’ll try everything else.

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Do you get Allure?  What was in your April box?

 

 

 

 

 

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Ulta Beauty Spring Haul 2019 Week 1

Hi all!  Happy Easter! I hope you are having an amazing holiday with family and friends.

I just wanted to pop on here really quickly and share my latest Ulta Haul.  The last two weeks, there have been sales on drugstore and affordable products at Ulta.  Each week had new sales.  This is what I purchased the first week (I just put an order in for the second week’s haul):

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Yes to Coconuts Coconut Cleansing Wipes 

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub (Passion Fruit & Guava)

da Bomb Bath Fizzer in Earth Bomb, Unicorn Bomb and Glow Bomb

Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Stick Foundation (Soft Ivory)

Catrice Prime & Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray

Revlon PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer

I got everything from 30 – 50% off, which is really great deals!

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I also received this FREE 10 Piece Sampler with any $40 Spring Haul online purchase.  I love it when they have free gifts with purchase!  I’m excited to try all of this, as well as what I bought!

Let me know if you would like me to review any of this!  I will probably do a Review of some of these and my 21 Days of Beauty Haul.

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Did you pick up anything from the Ulta Spring Haul?

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hi all!  Happy Easter weekend! I hope everyone is having a nice holiday weekend!
I was so excited to receive the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded  ($44 USD) palette for my honest review.
I love Urban Decay shadows.  The Born to Run palette is one of my favorite palettes of all time!   (And have you seen the new Game of Thrones palette — gorgeous)! So, I had high hopes for this one.  Read on to find out my thoughts on Naked Reloaded.
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This palette was created to be an essential Naked palette, featuring 12 all-new eyeshadow shades that redefine neutral with Urban Decay’s signature formula. Urban Decay recently retired their original Naked palette.  This new palettes’ eyeshadows claim to be flattering for any age, gender, and skin tone. The four outer pans are bigger for the shades you’ll use the most. A bright peach hue stands out among warm and cool mattes, metallics, and iridescent micro-shimmers.
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So pretty! The shades are:

  • Bribe (warm ivory matte)
  • Barely Baked (soft gold metallic)
  • Angel Fire (pale rose-gold w/iridescent micro-shimmer)
  • Retro (bright peach matte)
  • Reputation (deep rose-gold w/ iridescent micro-shimmer)
  • Burn (copper-burgundy metallic)
  • End Game (chocolate brown matte)
  • Dreamweaver (cool brown w/ iridescent 3D sparkle)
  • Distilled (bronze metallic)
  • Bucked (warm brown matte)
  • Boundaries (warm terracotta matte)
  • Blur (light nude matte)
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Beautyblender Pre-Touch Primer Collection Review

Hi everyone! I hope you are having an amazing week!  I have been testing out lots of fun spring makeup and skincare, and of course, having a blast doing it!

Some of my favorite new products are the new primers from Beautyblender. I recently reviewed the Beautyblender Bounce Foundation here, and really enjoy it. The Beautyblender Pre-Touch Primer Collection includes 3 perfecting primers to prep and balance skin so your makeup lasts way longer and looks even better.

Here is info on the primers:

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The Leveler Pore Minimizing Primer — Suitable for Normal to Oily Skin
Lightweight texture. Contains niacinamide and manuka honey to help blur the appearance of redness and witch hazel to help minimize pore size. This primer comes in 2 skin-loving tints so you’ll never get a chalky finish. I have it in Light-Medium and it is also comes in Tan-Deep.

Opal Essence Serum Primer — Suitable for Normal to Dry Skin
Adds radiance and moisture. Unique nourishing, triple transforming texture: goes from a gel to an oil to cream. Powerful blend of fermented botanical extracts helps soothe and brighten skin.

Selfie Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 38, Dry Oil Primer — Suitable for All Skin Types
A sunscreen that actually works with makeup. Totally invisible, quick-absorbing dry oil helps both protect and prep skin with no residue. Multi-spectrum protection from UVA, UVB and HEV (high energy visible) light to help fend off damage from both the sun and your tech devices.

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The swatches are the Selfie Shield, Opal Essence and the Leveler. I have tested out all three.  I have combination skin.  I do like pore-filling primers, and glowy ones, too!

I was surprised that the Selfie Shield is an oil.  I’ve never tried an SPF primer oil before.  I put a lot on in the photo above, but it absorbs in the skin really quickly and does not feel oily at all.  I have layered other primers on top of it, or just used it alone with foundation.  Makeup applies nicely over it.

The Opal Essence primer is hydrating and a bit glowy.  I’m not one for the super dewy look, but this is a subtle glow that I really like.  It gives foundation and extra bit of dewiness and also looks nice on it’s own.

The Leveler is great for those with large pores and oiler skin types.  It can be worn all over the face or only in the t-zone. It has a light texture and just a bit of a tint to it.  Worn alone, it gives the skin a soft matte finish.  And it helps foundation stay matte and flawless all day, too!

None of these really have a scent, which I really like. I enjoy these for different makeup looks and finishes.  Plus, they can be combined with the Leveler in the t-zone and Opal Essence on the outer part of the face.  They all work well with the few different foundations I have tried them with.

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Have you tried the Beautyblender primers?  What is your current favorite primer?

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Rimmel London Stay Matte Products and Natural Shades For a Flawless Spring!

Hi all! I hope you’re spring is bright and sunny!  It’s been pretty nice in Kansas City and is getting warmer!

I received some fun Rimmel London products to create spring looks with.   The Stay Matte Line has a new concealer I’m excited to be trying and Rimmel has beautiful neutral and coral makeup that’s perfect for spring.  Here are the products I received for my honest review:

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Scandal’eyes WOW Wings Mascara ($6.99 USD at Walgreens)
Stay Matte Concealer ($5.49 USD at Walgreens)
Stay Matte Foundation ($5.49 USD at CVS)

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I received 001 Fair Porcelain in the foundation and 011 Porcelain in the concealer.  The foundation is a little light for me, but I still tried it out.  It has a mousse-like texture, but it feels really light when blended out.  I’d say it’s a medium coverage. And, I get more coverage with a brush than a sponge.The finish is soft matte.  It does not completely dry down and it’s so comfortable on.  I have combination, aging skin, but it does tend to get oily as the weather gets warmer.  I think this will be nice when my skin is oily, because it stays looking fresh all day, and not shiny.

The concealer is new. I’d say it’s also medium coverage.  It’s thick and just a bit dry, so I make sure to blend it out quickly.  But I have to say it stays on all day, and I didn’t see much creasing, which is really nice.  The shade I received is good on me now, but if I tan, it might be a bit light.

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Sorry this is so blurry!  But the swatch on the left is the foundation and theswatch on the right is the concealer.  They are both creamy, with a soft matte finish. 

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Maxi Blush in 004 Sweet Cheeks and Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color in Be My Baby.

This is a buildable cheek color that lasts all day.  It has a velvety matte finish and blends really nicely. The color Sweet Cheeks is a soft coral-orange shade. It’s perfect for spring.

This matte lipstick is one of my favorite formulas.  It is very matte, so I love it with a light gloss over it.  It stays on so long!

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These products really define the eyes.  The mascara has a winged wand that flares out corner lashes for a perfect winged out look. It also lifts lashes and gives lots of volume. I really like that it doesn’t flake or smudge.  Rimmel makes such nice mascaras.

I don’t usually wear eyeliner.  I usually use eyeshadow as liner, but I do like liner for tightlining.  I’ve used this to tightline my upper lashes and placed it in my waterlines. It’s very soft and creamy and easy to blend, but it does also break easily because it is so soft.  It is waterproof and stays all day.

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I’m a big fan of the Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Palettes.  I have been enjoying the Nude Edition.  It’s a mostly cool toned palette, with a few warm tones lighter shades.

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Here’s swatches from the palette.  It has a good selection of mattes and shimmers, and I can create a good smoky eye if I want.  I normally do a more natural look, and this gives a good day look, too. The shadows are very easy to blend.  The mattes are a little powdery and there’s a bit of kick up in the pan, but not a lot.  The shimmers are very creamy.  I’m looking forward to playing with it more!
Rimmel London products are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide. Visit www.RimmelLondon.com for store locations and to try the newest products with Rimmel London’s exclusive Get The Look App available on iTunes and Google Play.
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Have you tried any new Rimmel London products lately?

 

Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — April 2019

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Hi all! I received my April BoxyCharm this week! I always watch for the spoilers so I basically knew what I am getting. But, there were a few different variations this month.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for about a year and a half now and really enjoy it. Boxycharm is just $21 a month for 4-5 beauty items, most of them full-sized.  It is a nice way to try new makeup and beauty tools.

My version is 6. This month I received:

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PUR Cosmetics Festival Pressed Pigment Palette –  ($36 USD)

Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Purple Dream –  ($27 USD)

Bodyography Eye Pencil in Bali Bronze — (14 USD)

Appeal Trendsetter Holographic Lip Gloss ($21 USD)

Luxie Summer Daze Brush Set – ($28 USD)

The total value for this box is $126.  Not too bad for a $21 box.

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This is the theme and list of what I got. It’s a very festival themed box. There is a lot of shimmer and bright products in here.  I think someone who loves glitter and going to festivals will LOVE this box!

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I was happy to get more Luxie brushes.  The are from top to bottom 245 Small Shader, 512 Small Contouring, and 209 Large Shader.  They are nice quality, but I would love to see some other brands of brushes in BoxyCharm. I will use these, though.  I really need to clean my brushes and having back ups are helpful!

IMG_0431I received the shade Purple Dream. Which is funny, because it looks golden peach in the container.  It does have a purple flip to it.  You’ll see the swatch in the photo below. It’s really glittery, and I don’t think I will wear it as a highlighter.  I might try it as an eyeshadow or give it to my daughter.

IMG_0432This lip gloss is actually pretty nice.  It feels smooth and not sticky.  It’s a soft holographic and I think it would nice over a pink or nude lipstick, or just on it’s own.

The eyeliner is a shimmery brown.  I will use it, brown eyeliner is my favorite.

Here are swatches:

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From left to right is the highlighter, eye pencil and lip gloss. I’m going to try these out more and see if I enjoy them!

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This is very fun!  There are shimmers, mattes and pressed glitters.  Here’s a few swatches:

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These swatched okay.  The glitters feel wet almost and swatched nicely, but I don’t really wear glitters.  The shimmers on the bottom on my hand are the four on the top pf the palette.  They swatched okay, but not the best.  I’m going to have to play with it, and I might end up passing it on. Also PUR is a very nice brand, but they are in BoxyCharm a lot.  I think BoxyCharm needs to bring in some other brands.

This box didn’t really thrill me, but I’ll use the brushes, and will test out everything else before I pass them on.  Last month, I decided that in June, I’ll be choosing between BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe and Ipsy Glam Bag Plus.  You can see my April Ipsy GBP review here. I think Ipsy wins this month.  I think the products are a bit better quality for the price.  We’ll see what I think about May and June boxes.  Also, BoxyCharm is supposed to be coming out with a limited edition skincare box in May.  Hmm.

Do you get BoxyCharm?  What did you receive this month in your box?

Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare, Sunscreen

Festival Beauty Essentials!

Hi all!  It’s music festival season! Are you going to a festival this spring or summer? I haven’t been to one in years, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with my beauty products during the warmer months!

I’ve put together a few makeup and skincare faves for a fun and safe (don’t forget your SPF) time.  My picks aren’t as glitter as they could be, but if I was going to a festival, these are the types of products I would take with me:

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Urban Decay always has very fun makeup products that is perfect for festival looks. A few I love are:

Urban Decay On The Run Mini Palette in Detour ($25 USD) — This is a perfect travel sized palette.  I have included a photo of it opened below, so you can see the shades.  They are bronzes and couple of blues.  There is also the rosy toned Shortcut palette and the Bailout palette, which has cool toned browns and a couple of purples.  I also have the Shortcut palette and love it, too.

Urban Decay Double Team Special Effect Colored Mascara ($24) — The teal above is the shade Deep End.  It’s be really pretty paired with the palette. One end is a cream formula and the other is a glitter.  There is also a blue, pink, purple and one that’s gold on one end and silver on the other.

Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss ($20 USD) — The shade above is a holographic called SPL.  It’s a pretty shimmery pink.  I’ve just received some of these for review and am excited because I have heard how good they are.  The holographic shade is pretty for fun looks, but the creams are amazing for every day!  I’ll be reviewing them soon.

Urban Decay Cosmetics are available at http://www.urbandecay.com and beauty retailers like Ulta and Sephora.

For on-the-go coverage… FRÉ Skincare’s GLOW ME Tinted Moisturizer ($45 USD) is a revolutionary 3-in-1 formula designed specifically for skin that sweats, and we know there’s a lot of that during festival season. It’s formulated with Argania Active Complex for moisturizing, SPF 15 for protection, and with a universal nude tint for a sheer finish to blur unwanted blemishes and even skin tone.

Available at www.freskincare.com

For healthy sun protection that works… Love Sun Body 100% Natural Origin Mineral Sunscreens  are safe for use on your face and body and provide 80 minutes of water and sweat resistant protection.

Available in lightly scented or fragrance free and in 2 different sizes (6.76 OZ for $32.00 or 3.38 OZ for $21.00) at lovesunbody.com/collections and Amazon.com.

For Flower Power nails… Morgan Taylor’s Spring 2019 Collection – The Color of Petals will have you pretty from head to toe! Inspired by your favorite flowers, these gorgeous pastels are the perfect finishing touch to any spring festival look. Available at Ulta.com and SaltEarthSpa.com beginning February for $9.50 per bottle.

Just for fun, here’s a photo with the Urban Decay palette open:

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Oh yes, that’s gorgeous!  This is nice for all year round, but will be especially perfect for bronzey, summer looks! 

Are you going to any festivals this year?  What products will you take with you?

Beauty, Beauty Tools, cosmetics, Skincare, Subscription Boxes

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus Review — April 2019

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Hi All!  It’s time for my April Ipsy Glam Bag Plus review! This is a subscription box that will always include 5 full-sized items. And the items included are mostly luxe or higher end items. This is such a great value for the high quality items included.

Here’s what I received:

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Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Highlight & Lift Pencil($22 USD)

IT COSMETICS Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush #704 ($48 USD)

Paris Hilton ProD.N.A. Dual Action Cleansing Gel ($29 USD)

GOLDFADEN MD Bright Eyes ($55 USD)

Laura Sanchez’s Moods Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette($35 USD)

The total value for my box this month is $189.  That’s amazing for $25!

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I haven’t tried many Benefit brow products, but I am excited to try this. The packaging is so cool. The color is a soft pink.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m looking forward to giving it a go!

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I haven’t taken this out of the tube, because I already have it and might give this one away.  It’s a really nice brush for cream or liquid products. IT Cosmetics makes really gorgeous brushes.

img_0444.jpg I honestly didn’t know that Paris Hilton had a skincare line.  I haven’t tried this yet, but it claims to “effectively cleanse and gently exfoliate without stripping the skin of moisture.”

I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this or pass it on, I have a lot of cleansers open right now and won’t really need a new one for at least a couple of months. It’s interesting, though.

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This looks like such a nice eye cream. It’s supposed to brighten under eye circles, depuff eyes and reduce appearance of wrinkles.  That’s a lot of claims!  I’ll probably keep this for when I need a new eye cream and try it out.

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This palette is full of lots of fun colors! Very festival vibe-y. This month, BoxyCharm also has a brightly colored palette.  I’ll be testing that one out and reviewing it, too!

Here are some swatches:

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The two highlighters are on the top and the eye shadows are below.  The shimmers are really pretty, especially the green pink and blue.  The mattes didn’t swatch the best (the yellow isn’t even showing up), but they worked okay on my eyes.  The shimmers just as nice on the lids.  The highlighters didn’t show up well when I swatched them, but they are shimmery on.  I’m going to play with the palette a few more times and then hopefully give a full review.

I’m pretty happy with my box this month.  I will keep the Benefit High Brow and the eyeshadow palette, and will probably keep the eye cream, I might keep the cleanser and I will give away the brush, since I have it already.  I might put it in my 5000 follower Instagram Giveaway that I’m planning, so stay tuned.  My IG is @fortyflirtyfab.

Do you get Ipsy Glam Bag Plus?  What did you get?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — Pixi Beauty Skintreats Review

Hi all! Happy Skincare Sunday! This is a new series for me that I’ll tried to do every week or every other week.

Today I have a review of Pixi Beauty Skintreats that I received for my honest review.  I love the brand, and their skincare and makeup! I’ve been trying them out for a few weeks.  Here is what I received and my thoughts:

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Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel ($18 USD) — This hydrating cleansing gel removes impurities without stripping the skin of essential moisture. With Moisclean™ and a unique blend containing glycolic acid, horse chestnut extract, aloe and ginseng, it helps refine and brighten complexion leaving skin energized and smooth.

What I think: This is one of my favorite products of the bunch.  It smells really fresh and it cleanses my skin sow well.  It leaves it feeling really clean, but not dry or tight. My skin is so smooth and soft and glows!  I like using this in the morning before makeup, because it preps my skin for makeup.

Milky Tonic ($15 3.4 oz) — Calming and hydrating milk enriched tonic to comfort complexion. This tonic is infused with oat extract to help soothe and balance.

What I think:  This toner does sooth my skin, which I need especially during allergy season.  It’s hard for me to use a lot of my skincare because everything irritates my skin when I have allergies (I have extreme seasonal allergies).  This helps my skin calm down and gets it ready for serums and moisturizers.  And it has a soft floral scent that I really like.

Collagen & Retinol Serum ($24 USD) — Unique concentrated formula of collagen, retinol and vitamins to help restore natural plumpness & elasticity. Helps to soften fine lines and revive skin’s natural radiance.

What I think: This is a very light serum that sinks into the skin right away.  And to me it smells like unripe bananas.  I know that’s so specific, but that’s what it reminds me of.  LOL!  I use this every other night.  I haven’t used retinol for a while, so I thought I would ease myself into using this.  I have found that the mornings after I use this, my skin is so much smoother and younger looking.  Maybe that’s also because of the collagen.  I don’t know about that, but I do know that I will continue to use this!

Vitamin-C Lotion ($24 USD) — Skin brightening moisture lotion. Vitamin C has potent antioxidant power, promotes healthy collagen production and is known to boost skin luminosity.

What I think: The first thing to say about this is I don’t like the scent of this.  It smells like overripe fruit.  And it’s kind of hard to get past it.  But I only use it at night, so I don’t have to deal with the scent for long, before I fall asleep. The lotion has a light texture and absorbs into my skin fairly quickly. It’s nice for those who don’t wear heavy creams. I can’t wear anything too heavy at night because I get very warm.  This feels nice on.  I wear it over the serum, and I do wakeup with glowing skin, so this may help with that!

I really enjoyed trying all of these.  I will definitely continue using the cleanser, tonic and serum.  I’m still on the fence about the cream. But, I really love Pixi Beauty products and will continue loving and trying new products from the brand!

These are available at pixibeauty.com. Target stores and Target.com

Do you love Pixi Beauty and their Skintreats?  What products do you recommend?

 

Beauty, cosmetics

New bareMinerals Products For Face and Lips

Hi all!  I hope you are having an amazing weekend so far!  It was in the 70’s today in Kansas City, and that’s so exciting. So in honor of the warm weather, I thought I would review some fresh new products from bareMinerals!

I was sent the following products for my honest review:

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The products I was sent for review are:

Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25 ($32 USD) — A clean, water-based liquid foundation in a stick that combines hydrating skincare benefits and SPF with naturally radiant medium coverage.

Blemish Rescue Skin-Clearing Spot Concealer ($22 USD) — A non-drying, full-coverage targeted spot concealer that reduces the appearance of blemishes and redness and helps to prevent future blemishes.

BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick ($20 USD) — The long lasting lipstick that provides up to 8 hours of wear with a weightless, matte finish.

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Here’s a close up of the products — I received the foundation in the shades Birch 1.5 and Vanilla 2, the concealer in Fair/Light 1.5N, and the lippies in (from top to bottom) Petal, Spice and Peony.

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I have been using these two shades together.  Birch is a bit light and Vanilla is a bit deeper for me, so blended together, they look amazing on!

The coverage on this is light for me, but I can build it up to medium. I find applying it with a brush gives the best coverage. It gives a natural finish, which is what I like.  I don’t like to be too matte or too glowy. And it feels light on the skin, not too creamy or heavy!

The foundation wears all day and looks so nice on!

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I don’t break out often, but I have a bit lately and have been trying this concealer on my acne.  It covers it well.  I’m not sure how well it treats my acne, but it does make my skin look better.

The consistency is creamy, but a bit dry, so it won’t slide of the skin.  It definitely stays put all day!

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I was so excited to try these, because I heard they have an amazing formula.  I don’t like matte liquid lipsticks, but I do like a soft matte lipstick.

This feels very hydrating and creamy when applied. It dries down just a bit to a matte finish, but it’s still comfortable and not drying.

I love all three shades.  You can see that I love nudes and pinks, and these colors will work so well all year round.

Here are swatches of all of the products:

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From left to right is the foundation in Birch and Vanilla, the concealer in Fair/Light and the lipstick in Petal, Spice and Peony.

I’m enjoying all of these products, especially the foundation and the lipsticks.

Have you tried any of these new bareMinerals products? What do you think?

Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

Fresh Products For Spring Beauty

Hi all!  I hope your are enjoying spring and that your weather has improved.  It’s much nicer now in Kansas City!

I have been testing a lot of new products this spring.  I’ve decided to feature a few here that have been helping my skin and hair this spring, plus a waterproof cream eyeshadow:

 

Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Balancing Pore Cleanser ($5.99 USD): Developed especially for those with combination skin, this everyday cleanser deep cleans the oily parts while smoothing and conditioning the rough, dry parts— for balanced, conditioned skin. Not only does it remove deep down dirt and impurities from the pores, but it gently exfoliating away dead cells, allowing healthy cells to emerge. With continued daily use, you’ll achieve softer, smoother skin and a more balanced complexion.
Bioré Blue Agave + Baking Soda Instant Warming Clay Mask ($5.99 USD): Sometimes your skin needs a little extra TLC—plus, what better way to take a selfie—if not with a blue mask on! Designed to purify and refine skin by absorbing excess oils, this instant warming mask opens pores and melts away that pore-clogging dirt, oil, and sebum—leaving your skin clean, soft and refreshed. This warming clay mask, formulated to deep clean pores, is pH balanced for comfortably clean skin. This mask has a unique self-heating technology that is activated when massaged into the skin. This thermal formula in conjunction with purifying and skin toning clays optimize the mask’s ability to deep clean and purify.
What I think:  I have combination skin, so these products are great for me! I also think they would work well for normal-oily skin.  The cleanser really cleans my skin without drying it out.  Plus, it doesn’t irritate it.  My skin is sensitive, too, especially during allergy season.  The mask is really fun it use.  Because my skin is sensitive, I can only do this about once a week, and since there are four in the pack, it’s a months worth.  I love the blue shade and how well it cleans out my pores.  It leaves my skin very soft!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you!

ELLIS FAAS CREAMY EYES ($34 USD) This is a coloured cosmetic applied to the eyelids or to the skin around the eyes to accentuate them. applied in a liquid state, the texture soon dries. unlike other eyeshadows, this formula thereby becomes resistant to the effects of humidity such as tears and wet weather; does not build up in the eyes’ creases; and will not smudge when being rubbed. available in 21 shades.

What I think:  I these in the shades E115 Purple and E104 Grey Brown.  I have found that these work so well as base shades.  They are both fairly deep, but I can use them in my crease or all over the lid.  I can keep the look matte or add a shimmer on top.  These also work nicely as liners, because they are smudge and waterproof.  Gorgeous quality!  And, let’s not forget the cool silver bullet packaging!

These can be purchased at http://www.ellisfaas.com

John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks ($3.49 USD) Four targeted hair masks that transform hair in a matter of minutes. Designed to treat hair suffering from frizz, fading, damage or dullness, each mask revives hair with a single in-shower application. Simply shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture and massage the Wonder Drops throughout wet hair.
Available in: Frizz Smoothing, Blonde Brightening, Damage Repairing and Vibrancy Enhancing

What I think:  I have already tried the Frizz Smoothing and Damage Repairing.  The Frizz Smoothing mask really helped cut my frizz down a lot!  This will be so nice to have in the summer when the humidity kills my hair.  The Damage Repairing Mask is nice for damaged hair.  Mine isn’t too bad right now, but I do need a haircut to get rid of split ends! The mask did help my hair and made it shiny and more manageable.

I have very dark brown hair, so I’m going to give the Blond Brightening mask to a blond friend and the Vibrancy Enhancing to my redhead daughter!  It seems there’s a mask for most hair types!

Purchase at Walmart and select Grocery Outlets

What new spring beauty products have you been loving?

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — April 2019

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Hi all! It’s time for my April Shop My Stash!  I love the beginning of the month when I choose new products from my stash to use.  My goal is to get more use out of the products I have and to see if they are something I want to keep.

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I think my choices for April are so pretty!  And they all look new, so I need to give them some love and mess them up a bit!

Here are close ups of the products:

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I received this Violet Voss Pro HG palette in my December BoxyLuxe — and it’s really gorgeous!  I have only used it a few times, so I am excited to focus more on it this month.  I will be able to do neutral brown looks and more warm/coral looks for spring.  The metallics in these are gorgeous!  I haven’t reviewed it yet — and I will try to do it this month.  I say that every month with my palettes, and haven’t done it yet, but hopefully soon I will start reviewing my palettes!

IMG_0354IMG_0353 This is the Rimmel London MAGNIF’EYES Eyeshadow Palette in Electric Violet.  It is so pretty!  I have been choosing more neutral palettes so far this year in my Shop My Stashes, so I decided I needed a colorful one in this month!  I’m going to try to add a palette with color through spring and summer — it’s definitely the season for fun eye looks!  I haven’t played with this one yet, but it swatches so nicely, so I’m excited! And, I love purple!

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I received this CoverFX All in One Perfector Face Palette in my March BoxyLuxe.  I love that it takes care of my face color cosmetics in just one palette.  This will be nice if I travel this year, too.  This is the lighter palette and it works perfectly for my skin tone.

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These are the BareMinerals Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer in Can’t Even and Bae.  This is a high gloss liquid lipstick.  I received these lasts fall for review, and I thought these would be perfect in spring.  And they are!  I’m excited to wear them alone, over a lip liner or over a lipstick.

I am so excited to play with these product! Have you tried any of them? What do you think of them?

 

 

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

Shop My Stash March 2019 Results and Monthly Empties

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Hi All!  Can you believe it’s almost April?  It’s a nice, warmer day today (yesterday it snowed in Kansas City), and Easter is in a few weeks!

I’m here with the results of my March Shop my Stash.  I had a fun time using products that I haven’t either used in a while or it’s newer to my collection and I want to give it a go.  If I don’t like the item after the month, I will move it out of my collection to make some room!

My most used item from my stash was the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette.  I used the mattes in the palette all month long!  Like I suspected, the metallics are too glittery for me.  When I use them, all I see is glitter!  And that’s not my everyday look.  I am going to keep it, though, because the neutral mattes are so nice!

I used the tarte Rainforest of the Sea highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III’s shimmer shades with my Friendcation palette.  They are very pretty, but kind of boring.  All the shades are so similar.  I might end up passing this one on to my daughter.

The Laura Geller  Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette is so pretty, but the shades are a bit dark for my skin.  I might keep it and try again in the summer if I tan, or pass it along.

I am not a fan of the Becca Glow Gloss in Malibu Soleil.  The shade isn’t very flattering on me.  I probably won’t keep it.    

The Julep Eyeshadow 101 in Champagne Shimmer is so pretty!  I haven’t really given it a chance before.  It’s nice for the inner corner, under the brow or even all over the lid. I paired it with the Friendcation palette and used it all over my lid — it was gorgeous!

Here are my empties for February and March:

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I just have four empties for the last two months. I didn’t post empties in February because I only had the Smashbox spray then. I have been trying lots of new skincare, so I haven’t used up a lot.  I’m almost out of a few more skincare items, so I should have more next month!

This month I used up the Derma E Firming DMAE Eye Lift, The Smashbox Photo Finish So Chill Coconut Primer Water, Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Chamomile and Lavender and Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub.

The Derma E eye cream is amazing!  It really smooths my eye area.  I also really love the Derma E scrub.  It makes my skin so soft!  The two sprays were also so nice.  Especially the Smashbox So Chill Coconut.  I’m sad that it was a limited edition.

This was a fun month. I found a couple of products I will continue to use and a few I’ll move out of my collection and let someone else love them!

I will be posting my April Shop My Stash tomorrow. Do you like to shop your stash?

Beauty, cosmetics, Haircare, Skincare

March 2019 Beauty Favorites

Hi all!  March is almost over!  It was a very long month.  It was fairly warm towards the end of the month, but it’s snowing today.  Yuck!

I have chosen skincare, hair care and makeup for my March favorites.  If I have reviewed them, I will link the post.

My favorites this month are:

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Briogeo Rosarco Milk Leave in Spray — I received this in my January BoxyCharm.  It’s what I use when I air dry my hair.  It leaves it so soft and shiny.  I have another one on reserve, that I won in a recent giveaway (with the lip products below).

Mamonde Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream — I have been enjoying this eye gel.  It’s fairly light on the eyes and hydrates well.  It’s not very quick absorbing, so I use it as an eye treatment.  In the morning my eye area is bright and hydrated!  But, this has a very strong floral scents, so if you don’t like scented creams, this might not be for you.   

Pixi Beauty Milky Tonic — I have just received this and some other Pixi Skintreats a couple of weeks ago for review.  I will be doing a full review next weekend.  I have already decide I love this.  It calms my sensitive skin.  I use it after cleansing and it leaves my skin toned and hydrated.     

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Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette — This is from a recent Colourpop haul.  This is such a pretty pink and purple palette.   To me it leans more pink than purple.  I don’t wear a lot of pink eyeshadow, but I have been using the metallics with brown mattes for really wearable looks.

L’Oreal Unlimited Length and Lift Mascara — So, funny story.  Last week I left my house to run errands.  When I was close to the store, I looked at myself in the rear view mirror and saw I only put mascara on one eye!  It was very noticeable.  So I pulled in to CVS and chose this one.  It’s so nice!  I put it on in the car and it matched my other eye nicely (I think I was wearing the Colourpop mascara).  I like this one more than the Colourpop mascara.  It gives length and volume and you can adjust the wand.  I’ve been using it ever since!

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These are both by Nudestix.  The top one (and right in the swatch), is the Intense Matte lip and cheek in Purity.  The left one ( and left in the swatch) is the Gel Color lip and cheek in Rebel.  I won these in a recent giveaway (there is a photo of the giveaway products up on Instagram @fortyflirtyfab. Let me know if you’d like me to post it here).  Both of these are so nice on the lips.  The nude one is mat ant the coral one is more creamy.  Both formulas are gorgeous!  I will continue to use these during the spring and summer.

Beautyblender Bounce Foundation — I am still loving this foundation that I reviewed a few weeks ago.  My shade is 1.50.  It’s a fair/light foundation with a cool undertone.  It’s a perfect match for me and looks natural, but flawless on.

Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer — I received this in my February BoxyCharm.  I was so excited to try it, because I’ve heard such good things.  And…I love it!  Just a little goes a long way and it smooths out my skin and prepares it for foundation.  I apply sunscreen before primer, and my skin can get a bit greasy.  This primer brings that extreme glow down and makes my wrinkles and pores less noticeable. And my foundation looks amazing over it!

What products were you loving in March?  Any new discoveries?

 

bath products, Beauty

Brand Review — CBD Living

Hi all! I’m here with a different type of brand review for me.  I recently received bath products from CBD Living for my honest review.

I haven’t tried many products infused with hemp-derived CBD, so I was curious to try these.

I do know that claim with this ingredient is that it helps with physical pain and mental issues such as depression and anxiety.  As a women going through the change of life, I have plenty of both, so I was excited to try these!
The products I received are:

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CBD Lavender Soap ($14 USD) is made from 100% natural ingredients and coconut oil, and is infused with nano-CBD for easy absorption. Lavender is used for relieving stress, promoting a sense of calm, helping with sleep and reducing skin irritations, such as sunburn and eczema.

I really enjoy this soap.  It’s creamy and lathers nicely.  The scent is such a nice mild lavender.  And it’s a really pretty color!

CBD Living Lotion ($40 USD) is a new product for the company. It comes in three scents: Invigorating eucalyptus, relaxing lavender and unscented for those with sensitive skin. A 16 oz bottle contains 250 mg of nano-CBD, created from 100% organic hemp grown in Colorado, and is vegan and cruelty-free.

I received this in Eucalyptus.  I thought the scent might be too strong for me, but it’s really nice.  It’s refreshing and very herbal scented.  The lotion itself is a thinner consistency, and it absorbs really quickly and softens my skin so nicely!  I use it all over after a shower or bath and I use it on my hands at feet at night.  As it’s getting warmer out, I don’t really want a very heavy cream, so the lotion is perfect for a lighter hydration.

Each CBD Coconut Lime Bath Bomb ($14 USD) contains 60mg of nano-CBD for maximum absorption. Enhance your bathtime ritual with luxurious CBD Bath Bombs in a pleasant tropical scent.

This smells amazing!  It has a faster fizz, but it does last a few minutes, which I love. I found that it left a moisturizing kind of a film in the bath, but that’s okay, because I always rinse off in the shower after a bath (I do a lot of bath bombs).  My skin was very hydrated afterwards.

After trying these products for a little bit, I really do like them.  I noticed that my back didn’t hurt as much after my bath with the bath bomb. I’m not quite sure if the CBD is helping my anxiety, but I do feel calmer lately.  That could be why! I so enjoy the scents and how soft these products make my skin feel.  I also love that they are natural.

Have you tried CBD Living or other CBD products?  What do you think?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Brand Review — Emma Hardie Skincare

Hi all! I hope you’re having a great weekend! Time for a new brand review and this time it’s skincare!

I was sent some amazing Emma Hardie skincare for my honest review. Emma Hardie is a facialist based in the UK. In 1996, Emma debuted her Natural Lift & Sculpting Facial to rave reviews from the beauty press and celebrity clients. Her goal was to deliver firmer, plumper skin without harsh ingredients or invasive techniques, and to end the search for a ‘miracle in a bottle’. Emma has achieved this by empowering her clients to treat their own skin at home, using unique massage and application techniques to make it more resilient to the passing of time.

Here’s the products that I received:

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth
Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm with Cleansing Cloth ($64 USD) — Enriched with Moringa Seed Oil, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E, this purifying balm-to-oil cleanser removes all traces of face and eye makeup, while leaving skin moisturized and conditioned. Use as a gentle purifying cleanser or leave on as a mask. Also wonderful as a nourishing, protective balm on lips, cuticles, and other areas of dry skin on the face and body. 

Dual-sided cleansing cloth helps wipe away toxins and tackle areas of congestion. Use the microfibre side first to massage balm into the skin and break down impurities, then repeat using the exfoliating muslin side for skin polishing.*Uplifting essential oils (orange, neroli, mandarin, jasmine and rose) and omegas 3, 6 & 9 help strengthen the look of the skin and impart a full sensory experience.* No parabens, silicones, synthetic colours and fragrances, petrochemicals, mineral oil, sulphates and skin-sensitising ingredients such as Retinol and Glycolic. This product is vegetarian (contains beeswax), with no animal testing.

What I think:  I believe this is Emma Hardie’s hero product.  It smells amazing!  It reminds me of a jasmine bush we had at our last house. And, this removes ALL of my makeup at night–even eye makeup. I also love how the muslin side of the cleansing cloth exfoliates skin.

Emma Hardie Protect & Prime SPF 30

Emma Hardie Protect & Prime SPF 30 ($63 USD) — Gives the skin eight hours of daily protection against UVA and UVB. Specially formulated with Mongongo Oil, Oat Extract and Vitamin E, to help protect and guard the skin, from premature aging, sun damage and environmental exposure. Doubled with a unique light diffusing formulation to help prime the skin and even out the complexion, and blur the appearance of fine lines and pores.

What I think:  The idea of a primer with SPF is so innovative! I love blurring primers, to help with my fine lines and pores. This has a nice texture and does blur my skin. My makeup applies nicely over this, too. I’m not sure if it makes it last longer, I haven’t noticed that.  But I do love the extra SPF!

Emma Hardie Amazing Face by Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment
Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment

Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt Firming Neck Treatment ($89 USD) — A deeply hydrating and age-defying serum that performs a lifting effect on vulnerable skin around the neck and décolletage. Rich and moisturizing, the serum combines Hyaluronic Acid with Liftonin-Expert to plump skin with moisture while encouraging collagen to promote firmer, younger-looking skin. Working in synergy with a unique rolling applicator, the formula delivers a lifting effect while cooling, tightening and firming the look of skin. It also contains Neoderyml to improve density, and an Omega 3, 6, 9 complex of Inca Inchi Oil and Raspberry Oil to protect skin and lock in moisture. With continued use, neck and décolletage skin appears firmer, supple and hydrated.

What I think: I’m always into firming my skin as I age.  And my neck area needs firming! I love how this feels as I apply it.  I haven’t noticed any firming yet, but it does look smooth. I will continue using it to see if it firms.

Have you heard of Emma Hardie skincare? What new skincare have you been trying?

Beauty, cosmetics

IT Cosmetics Palettes That Are New To Me!

Hi all! Happy first day of spring!  Didn’t it feel like it would never come after that cold and snowy winter?!?

I’m excited to be reviewing IT Cosmetics products that I haven’t tried before.  I love the brand, but I have mostly tried their skincare and base products.

I was sent these products for my honest review:

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Superhero Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette ($42 USD)

IT Girl Vol. 2 Makeup Palette ($38 on sale for $25)

Hello Cheekbones Contour Palette ($36 USD)

Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush #19 ($48 USD)

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Here are the palettes opened. I did noticed that the eyeshadow shades in both palettes are fairly similar.  But they are pretty and good for every day looks.

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I have been wanting to try this palette and am so glad I did! The top row are eye foundations, which are bases for under shadow.  The first two are matte, and the last one is a shimmer.  The first six shadows are shimmers and metallics and the last three are matte liners.

These are so gorgeous!  The shadows are creamy and blend nice.  The only thing I wish there was is a matte transition shade.  I am going to do a full review on this palette with swatches soon!

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I believe this was It Cosmetic’s limited edition holiday palette.  It is on sale right now so if you want it, it’s the time to pick it up!

This palette has some of the same colors as the Superhero palette, but it does have more mattes.  The left shadows are shimmer and the right shadows are mattes.  The blush is a pretty pink ombre.

It’s a great palette for everyday, or use some of the darker shades for a nice smokey eye!

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This contour palette and brush is so fun!

The brush is very soft, like all IT Cosmetic brushes.  They’re such great quality.  This is easy to use.  Just sweep it as shown above and then apply it to the cheekbone.  It blends out easily.  The bronzer is pretty warm, but can be used as contour.  I also take this with a fluffier brush to bronze my whole face.

The highlighter is pretty, but not very blinding.  It does give a nice glow and for more impact, I wet my brush and it did give more shine.

Have you tried any of these IT Cosmetics products?  What do you love from the brand?

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — G.M. Collin Skincare

Hey all! I hope you are having a great weekend!

I’ve decided to start a new series to run on Sundays called Skincare Sundays.  I am going to post something skincare related on (most) Sundays. I’ll focus on a skincare review or my skincare routine…it will just depend on what I have been using.

I have recently received a couple of G.M. Collin products for my honest review and I wanted to share what I think of them:

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G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum ($60 USD) — G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum instantly relieves dehydrated skin with a surge of moisture that penetrates deep into the skin. A combination of high and low hyaluronic acid provides moisture while an advanced hydrating formula prevents water loss, improves water circulation within the skin, stimulates ceramide production, and boosts skin’s ability to regulate moisture levels. Perfect for dry environments and colder months, G.M. Collin Hydramucine Optimal Serum plumps skin to minimize fine lines and restores a supple, hydrated complexion.

What I think:  I have been loving this for hydrating my skin this winter.  Hyaluronic acid is know for moisturizing and I feel that this does give moisture without irritating my sensitive skin.

Not only is my skin hydrated, it feels smoother and more plump.  I enjoy using this once or twice a day, at least in the evening.  So when I wake up, my skin is hydrated and plump.

GM Collin Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 60

G.M. Collin SPF 60 Mineral Sunscreen Sun Protection Cream ($32 USD) — G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60 covers skin with a ultra-light sunscreen that will keep the skin optimally protected. With is SPF 60 this lotion protects from UVA&UVB rays that can cause skin damage including premature aging, age spots and dryness. Free from parabens, PABA, fragrance and color it is formulated with Titanium Dioxide and and Zinc Oxide.

What I think:  I use sunscreen every morning on my face.  It’s so important to use to keep sun damage to the skin at a minimum. This is a very lightweight sunscreen that I can layer with my skincare and under makeup.  I love that it is fragrance free and I love that the SPF is 60.  I feel very protected when I use this.

These can be purchased on Skin1.com & Select Spa Locations

What skincare are you using now? Have you tried G.M. Collin?

 

anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

BoxyCharm BoxyLuxe Subscription Box Review — March 2019

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Hey all! I received my second BoxyLuxe yesterday!  I’m so excited! I’ve been a subscriber of BoxyCharm for over a year. The regular BoxyCharm box is $21 a month. BoxyLuxe is a once-a-quarter upgrade option you can add to your existing $21-a-month Boxycharm subscription. So for an additional $28.99, you’ll get the Luxe items, and be paying a total of $49.99 for that quarterly box.

I really enjoyed my December box.  You can see that review here.  I saw the spoilers for this box, I just didn’t know what variations I would get.

The theme for this month is La Vie En Rose.  Here’s what I received:

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I have tried this cream before.  It’s very nice, especially as a night cream.  It’s extremely hydrating without being greasy.  And my skin always looks beautiful the next morning after use. This is a great product to get in the box!

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These Moda Brushes are gorgeous.  And they are really soft.  They can be used for face powder, highlighter, bronzer — whatever I need them for.  I love getting nice brushes in boxes, so I will definitely use these!

IMG_0101 I have tried a few things from Wander Beauty, but I haven’t tried this mask.  I actually think they created this Rose Gold peel off mask for BoxyCharm. I’m excited to try this!  I’ll test it out this weekend.

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I knew I was getting a Becca Lipstick and was very excited.  But, I got the shade Chocolate — and it’s almost spring. I usually only wear nudes or lighter pinks, so this will not be used.  And, it’s disappointing because I wanted to try the formula, but I don’t want to use it just one.  I will give it away or sell it.

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This is the Cover FX palette.  This was created for BoxyCharm.  This is the Light-Medium shade.  There is also a Medium-Deep I believe. This is my favorite item in the box from my first impressions.  The packaging may not look like it, but it’s really good quality and it has a nice mirror.  The shades are all perfect for my light skin.  But…

Speaking of skin tone, BoxyCharm make an announcement that everyone should fill out the profile questionnaire so that we will get the correct shade for our skin tone.  But, I guess that they sent the incorrect shades to a lot of subscribers.  They did apologize, but they aren’t sending out a new palette, they gave the subscribers charms instead.  So hmmm. I’ll talk more about this at the end of the blog.

IMG_0094IMG_0095 So, this is the Morphe Day Slayer palette.  There were four different palette variations.  These others had purples, corals and pinks.  This one has oranges and browns.  It was the one I didn’t want because it reminds me of fall and it’s almost spring.

I will either keep this until fall and then try it out or give it away.

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These Deborah Lippman polishes look really pretty. The one on the left is Oh Donna, a sparkly rosy mauve and the one on the right is Modern Love, a classic mauve creme. I am going to use these, maybe even together, this weekend.

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These are very pretty, but I don’t wear false lashes.  So I might add these to my Instagram giveaway I’m doing when I hit 5000 followers (follow me @fortyflirtyfab to see that giveaway later, and my fun posts now!).

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I haven’t tried Iconic before, but they are a luxe brand. I am trying out some new brow products, so I don’t know if I’m going to keep this.  That’s why I’ve kept the seal on it.  I love brow pencils, but I’m sure this is nice. The color is Medium, but I’ve seen some photos and it looks pretty dark.  My brows are almost black, so it would be fine for me.

I just realized that I forgot to take a photo of the bag alone. You can kind of see it in the first photo.  It’s too lake to take one now, but I might tomorrow and if I do, I will put it here.  It is a really pretty train case style bag.

So that is a lot of products, whew! The total is $301.98 which is pretty great for spending $49.99.  I think this is a really good deal, if you don’t mind not knowing if you will enjoy the variations you get.  I’m glad I got the correct face palette, but I’m not going to use the lipstick or probably the eye shadow palette.  And I think it stinks that many subscribers can’t use their face palette (or not use it as intended.  It can probably be used for eyeshadows).

I will keep and enjoy the face palette, the brushes, the mask, polishes, train case and maybe the face cream.  I have so many right now, I don’t know if I will keep it.  The other products I will either giveaway or sell.

I have so much makeup and skincare right now, and I am also getting Ipsy Glam Bag Plus soon.  So, I think I’m going to give both of the subscriptions until June (which will give me one more month of BoxyLuxe, plus it’s my birthday month) and then I will choose which one to keep.  These are my only current subscription boxes, but I don’t really think I need both. But we will see…

Do you get BoxyLuxe or BoxyCharm?   What were your variations this month?

 

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette Review

Hi all! I’m here with a review of the new Colourpop It’s My Pleasure palette.  It’s a gorgeous purple and pink palette.  I picked it up in my recent haul that you can see here.

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My photos aren’t the best, I took some at night and some at daytime, but hopefully you can see how pretty this is!

Here’s the palette with flash:

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Without flash:

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The shades from left to right are:

Kittenfish: matte cool lavender
Do or dough: metallic bright lavender with blue duo chrome flip
Pretty cruel: matte berry mauve with gold flecks
Bare minimum: metallic berry violet
Earthshine: metallic pinky lavender with a blue duochrome flip
Chick lit: metallic deep amethyst
Mr. Sandman: icy rose with a silver sheen
Fan fiction: matte dusty pink
Sleeper: matte eggplant

Swatches:

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This palette swatches so well! I’m not surprised because Colourpop’s shadows are such great quality! I like all of these shades, but I wish the third one (Pretty Cruel) didn’t have glitter flecks in it, because is the perfect crease color.  I did still use it in my crease, though. The mattes in this palette are pigmented and creamy and the metallics are gorgeous! They work well with a wet brush or your finger.

I have used these with neutral colors, but I am going to do a full purple eye soon.  You can also do a pretty pink eye look.  And like I do, you can pair this with other shades.  This is a very versatile palette!

I also love that this is only $12 and comes with a mirror! Colourpop has more of these 9 shadow palettes, including a brand new green one called Just My Luck.   It’s really fun, but I don’t know if I would use that one.

Have you purchased any of these 9 pan Colourpop palettes?  Would you purchase It’s My Pleasure, Just My Luck or one of the others?

Beauty, cosmetics

Early Spring Colourpop Haul!

Hi all!  I hope everyone is well!  I have been very good this year when it comes to purchasing makeup!  This is my first haul of the year!  I’m not really on a no or low buy, but I’m trying to be careful in what I get.  I did purchase a lot last year! I have purchased the new L’Oreal foundation (let me know if you would like a review) and I just got the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette on sale and I will be reviewing that palette.

I decided to make a Colourpop order because they are always coming out with cool new products, and I wanted to try some.  I also looked at my order history, and foudn that I hadn’t ordered from Colourpop since last June!  That’s crazy!  It’s definitely time to try some new makeup!

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I purchased:

Blur Lux Lipstick in Hey Mr. DJ ($7 USD) – Soft petal pink

Lippie Pencil in Brink ($5 USD) – Terracota rose

It’s My Pleasure Palette ($12 USD)

The Twins Loose Pigment ($6 USD)

BFF Mascara in Black on Black ($8 USD)

Brow Boss in Ash Brown ($5 USD)

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I have heard great things about the lip liner and have been wanting to try the Lux Lipstick.  The Blur formula is new.  I probably should have tried the regular formula first.  Both of these products are nice, but the lipstick is way to bright for me.  It’s supposed to be a soft petal pink, but It looks very bright on my fair skin.  The pencil is nice, though I wish I got that in a lighter shade. It is not as bright as the lipstick, so I can still use it under nudes.

I have swatched these below.

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This is a collaboration between Colourpop and YouTuber Kathleenlights.  I picked up The Twins because I’m a Gemini! It is an intense pink with a coppery duochrome.  This is really pretty.  I apply it with a damp brush, so I don’t get all of the fall out.  It’s so gorgeous, as you can see below:

IMG_3018 Left to right is the lipstick, lipliner and pigment.  You can really tell that the pigment has a pink to orange duochrome.  It’s very pretty! I do like the liner, but I probably won’t wear the lipstick.

img_3031.jpg I also picked up their new mascara in black. It’s okay.  It gives a lot of volume, but I like mascaras that give my lashes length.  I will continue wearing it, and with a primer under it, I get better length.  They also have these in bright colors, so if you love colorful mascara, you might want to check this out!

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I’ve been doing more with my brows lately, so am happy to try a new pencil.  This one is pretty nice.  It’s very waxy, so if that’s the type of pencil’s you like, you will love it.  I have used it a couple of times and like it.  I think I need more practice with it, but will keep trying it out!

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I love purple, and so I had to pick it up.  Plus, it’s only $12, which is so affordable. I will be posting a review this month with swatches.

I also have purchased another one of these for a future Instagram giveaway.  I just hit 4000 followers and will post my giveaway when I get to 5000.  So check it out at @fortyflirtyfab on Instagram!  I also picked up a pigment and one of the new lip glosses from Colourpop.  I will be adding more makeup items to the giveaway, of course.  Stay tuned!

Have you made any recent purchases from Colourpop?  What did you get?

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare To Help Transition From Winter To Spring

Hi all! I hope you are having a great weekend!  It snowed again today, but I am hoping it’s the last snow of the season.  I am ready for Spring!

And speaking of Spring, I am looking forward to warmer weather for my skin.  The cold weather makes my combo skin so dry and flaky.  I have been trying new skincare (sent for my honest review)  that I have been loving for my winter worn skin!  They are from Burt’s Bees, Higher Education Skincare and Mamonde.  Here are the products I’ve been loving:

 

 

Burt’s Bees Hydrating Overnight Mask ($14.99 USD) Provides 24 hour moisture and leave skin looking refreshed and healthy. This is a thick cream.  The instructions say to apply a layer and leave on for 10 minutes, then rub the rest in and leave on overnight.  My skin did look very hydrated in the morning.

Remove oil and impurities with this Exfoliating Clay Mask ($14.99 USD). Made with Kakadu Plum and Vitamin C, this gentle exfoliator cleans skin while also holding in moisture leaving skin clear and soft.  This is gentle enough to use every day.

Detoxifying Clay Mask  ($14.99 USD) With the power of charcoal, Burt’s Bees created a mask that will remove dirt, oil and toxins that can clog pores and can cause skin to look dull. Infused with acai, the rich antioxidents will leave skin balanced and healthy-looking. This mask really deep cleans the skin.  I have to follow up with a moisturizer, but I do like that it cleans out my pores.

Available: Target, CVS and Walgreens Stores

Higher Education Skincare Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion

Higher Education Skincare Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion ($33 USD) -Loaded with vitamin A, C and E, this super hydrating lotion will fill your skin with the vitamins it needs during the dry weather. Cram Session is also made with melanin, which protects skin from blue-light emitted from digital devices.

I like using this in the morning, before makeup.  It smooths my skin so nicely.  It is very hydrating and helps with the dry patches on my skin.  I love that it contains vitamins and that it is good for my skin.

Mamonde Hydro Eye Gel Cream
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Mamonde Hydro Eye Gel Cream ($32 USD) — This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. Its very nice for morning and night.  It is hydrating, but is also light enough to wear under makeup.

Available: Ulta Stores
What skincare have you been trying lately.  I’d love to know!

 

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash — March 2019

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Hi All!  It’s time for my March Shop My Stash!  I’m ready to dive into a different set of products I want to play with.

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I’m so excited about all of these.  Some are very new to me and some I purchased last year.

Here are closes-ups of each item:

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This is the Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette.  I purchase this on sale in December.  It is usually $55, it was on sale for $27.50, plus I had a 20% coupon!  It’s a nice palette, but I have to say I only purchased it because it got such great reviews.  I have yet to review this on my blog, but I will this month.  I’m looking forward to trying it out.  I’ve only used it a couple of times, but the shimmery shades are sooooo glittery (not my fave).  I am going to pair the mattes with the next palette.

IMG_3091IMG_3092 I received this tarte Rainforest of the Sea ™ highlighting eyeshadow palette vol. III in my January BoxyCharm. I have to be honest, I’ve swatched this, but haven’t tried it yet.  It’s all shimmers and one matte.  These swatch really nicely, so I’m going to pair this with the Friendcation palette.  I think it will look nice with the neutral mattes in the palette.

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This is probably my oldest product in this Shop My Stash. I’ve had the Laura Geller  Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Palette for about a year and a half.  I bought it at Ulta’s 21 Days of beauty.  You can see that haul here. I don’t really use this. I think the shades are just a bit dark for me, but I’m going to give all three of them a good go this month.  And if I don’t enjoy them, I’ll pass it on.

IMG_3089 I haven’t really tried this Becca Glow Gloss in Malibu Soleil which is a mauvy rose.  I got this in the BoxyCharm Charm Room last fall. This is a little darker than I usually wear, but I thought I would give it a shot!

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I was a Julep Maven since 2012, until they shut down the subscription in February.  That is so sad!  So I thought I would pay homage to Julep by including one of their products this month. This is the Eyeshadow 101 in Champagne Shimmer.  When apply it lasts all day! I swatched it below and I wiped all of the other swatches off, but it would not budge.

This is so nice on the inner corner of the eye or all over the lid.

Here are some swatches:

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From Left to Right — The highlighers in Ballerina, Gilded Honey and Peach Glow.  Next to them are the Becca Gloss and the Julep cream shadow.

So these are the products in my March Shop My Stash.  I think they will be fun to play with this month!

Have you used any of these products?  What do you think of them?

Beauty, cosmetics

Shop My Stash February 2019 Results

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Hi all!  Happy March!  I am excited for a new month.  To wrap February up, I’m going to give my thoughts on how the latest Shop My Stash went. Each month I will usually add my empties to this post, but I only had one this month.  So I will hold on to it and post it with my March empties.

I chose the five products above.  You can read more about them and see close up photos here.

My goal in these is to use some of my products more frequently, and also decide if I need to keep them all or pass them along to someone who will get more use out of them than me.  Of course some of these I knew I was going to keep (Modern Renaissance), but others I wasn’t sure about.

I think it was a fairly successful month.  I haven’t been feeling well, so I didn’t wear makeup every day.  But when I did, I tried to use at least one of these products.

Out of the three eye shadow palettes I chose, I used the Chocolate Bar and Modern Renaissance the most. I stated at the beginning of the month that I hadn’t yet reviewed the Chocolate Bar or Venus III yet on my blog, and that’s still true.  I will try to review the Chocolate Bar this month.  I think I may be passing Venus III on to someone else.  The shadows aren’t very easy to work with and the shimmers are so glittery.  It is pretty though, and I think my daughter will love it!

I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep the LORAC bronzer or the Wet n Wild highlighter, but I found that I love them both!  The bronzer is really nice, especially while I’m still fair.  If I get a (faux) tan this year, I can use another bronzer, but for now I’ve moved it with my every day makeup next to my beloved Butter Bronzer.  It’s so good!

The highlighter is so gorgeous — it’s the perfect tone for my skin!  It is a bit glittery, so I will use it for evenings and special occasions.  But I do really love it, too!

I’ve chosen my five products for March and will hopefully have that up tomorrow.  I’m excited to get started on giving some love to some different products!

Have you done a Shop My Stash?  How did it go for you?

 

 

anti-aging, Beauty, Skincare

Skincare Sunday — Primera Brand Review

Hi all, Happy Sunday! I hope your weekend is amazing!

I was recently sent skincare products from Primera for my honest review.

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The brand Primera is a clean K-Beauty brand by AmorePacific.  They are sold at Sephora, so the products are readily available.

Primera’s skin-care products are formulated with some type of plant or fruit seeds. Seeds, and more specifically, the moment that a seed sprouts, are the inspiration behind the brand.

I love the packaging of these products. It is eco-friendly. In addition to using recycled paper boxes, plastic bottles, and glass jars, Primera prints all product information directly on the box in soy ink to reduce waste.

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Clean Berry Lip Mask ($20) — A rich leave-on lip mask that helps cushion, soothe, and protect with a natural mix of conditioning butters and extracts; lips are left hydrated, soft, and refreshed.

Alpine Berry Water Cream ($40) — A dewy cream that sinks in instantly while providing lasting hydration and nourishment.

Miracle Seed Essence ($58) — A concentrated essence that helps to visibly smooth texture, improve tone, increase hydration, and help protect from environmental stressors at the same time. This also comes with a pack of 70 very soft natural cotton pads.

What I think:  I’m enjoying all of these products! The lip mask and water cream are both extremely hydrating. The lip mask is a bit hard, and takes a little work to smooth it over the lips.  It does moisturize well overnight and my lips are smooth in the morning.

The water cream is very hydrating and does take a few minutes to sink in.  It does deeply hydrate and my skin looks very smooth and glowing in the morning.

My favorite product so far is the essence.  It is instantly hydrating and smoothing.  I apply it after cleansing with one of the soft cotton pads that come with it. It’s really good for stressed out skin or even just a day in the sun.  I also love the glass bottle, it’s so pretty!

These can all be purchased at Sephora.


Have you tried Primera? What K-Beauty brands do you love?

 

 

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Beauty, Nail Care

Morgan Taylor’s Illusions Nail Polish Collection

Hi all! I hope your Sunday is off to a great start!

I’m back with a nail polish collection review.  I was sent this for my honest review:

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This is the Morgan Taylor Illusions 2019 collection, adding to the brand’s luxurious Platinum range! All six shades have a reflective color shift to them.

“We are so excited to be bringing out the newest installment in the Platinum line!” say namesakes Morgan Haile and Taylor Daniel. “The Illusions collection has a fun and unique duo-chrome finish offering shades that can be worn in the Summer and even into the Fall and Winter!”

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Here’s a more close-up photo of the shades.  They are so pretty! Morgan Taylor Lacquers apply smoothly and last a few days without chipping.

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Illusions 2019 includes:

  • Can You See My Aura? – White Duo-chrome
  • Don’t Jump to Illusions – Silver Duo-chrome
  • Seeing Double – Purple Duo-chrome
  • Oh So Shifty – Green Duo-chrome
  • Morph with Me – Bronze Duo-chrome
  • Vanished Before My Eyes – Amber Duo-chrome

The Illusions 2019 Platinum Collection is available for a limited time at Ulta.com and SaltEarthSpa.com.  Retail price is $11.99 per bottle and $17.50 for the mini 4-pack. All Morgan Taylor Lacquers are fast-drying, 5-free, easy to apply, and are loved by top nail techs who cater to celebrities such as Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Biel.


What do you think about these polishes?  Have you tried Morgan Taylor?

Beauty, Beauty Tools

Beauty & The Box Launches The Traveler Deluxe

Hi all!  I hope you’re having a great weekend! It is hot is Kansas City!  I hope you are staying cool wherever you are.

Today I’m reviewing a travel makeup organizer.  It is the Traveler Deluxe ($85) by Beauty & the Box.  It was sent to me for my honest review.

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The Traveler’s unique, innovative design includes 3 POP-UP cosmetic boxes that travel flat for convenience and pop-up intuitively at your destination.

Each box is cleverly stair-stepped to hold mascaras, pencils, brushes, lipsticks.  The boxes fit securely into the sturdy, go-anywhere tray base, so makeup won’t wobble around or fall over. The Traveler frees you up, sets you up and gets you ready for makeup in an instant.

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The Traveler Deluxe Includes:

  • 3 POP-UP cosmetic boxes
  • Lift-out, go-anywhere tray with handles
  • Stand-alone, foldable mirror
  • See-through durable cosmetic pouch (can be purchased separately)
  • All in a stylish black soft mesh case with comfy carry handle and zipper closing lined in silky blue protective padding.

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You can fold up the containers and store them in on of the blue bags.  The mirror (which is very nice and can stand up) goes in the other blue bag.  The black bag in the front has a clear top and you can put your makeup in it.  The large black bag in the back holds all of the components so you can  travel with it.

Another cool thing about this set is the black base of the containers hook into the holes in the tray so it won’t budge.  This is helpful if you are moving when you are storing your makeup — in cars, RV’s etc!

I am really enjoying this set and think it’s also great for home storage. And you can easily move it from one room to another!

To purchase visit beautyandthebox.com


What do you think of this organizer?  What are your favorite travel makeup organizers?