Skincare Sunday: Derma E Vitamin C Skincare

Hi all!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having a great weekend.

I’m back with another Skincare Sunday featuring Derma E.  I’m lucky to receive their monthly influencer packages.  I received some gorgeous products from their Vitamin C line for my honest review.

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About this line, Derma E’s website states, “Vitamin C is one of the most powerful nutrients in the world, its antioxidant properties are essential for our overall health and well-being. So it’s not surprising that Vitamin C can have those same transformative effects on the appearance of our skin—creating a brighter, smoother and younger look that glows with the signs of good health.”

Here’s a close up of the products:

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Vitamin C Gentle Daily Cleansing Paste ($13.95 USD) –This Vitamin C cleansing paste helps to reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone, revealing a radiant and beautiful complexion.  You can also use it as a mask, which I have and really like.  It leaves my skin smooth and clear.

Vitamin C Bright Eyes Hydro Gel Patches ($24 USD) — Brightens, hydrates, and improves the appearance of the under-eye area by intensely moisturizing with antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Vitamin C Concentrated Serum ($24.50 USD) — This fast-absorbing, high-potency serum penetrates deeply to deliver antioxidant protection and essential hydration. I have only used this a few times, so I hope to have a full review later.

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Yes, the eye gels are gold speckled!  So fun.  And they feel amazing on.  They smooth the eye area so nicely.

I love Vitamin C products, and am so exited to use these more.  There are other products from this collection on Derma E’s website here. And happily they are cruelty free, vegan, gluten free, soy free and recyclable.

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What do you think of this collection?  Have you tried any Derma E products?

New and Favorite Products From Urban Decay!

Hi all! I hope you’re having a great week!  The weather is pretty nice in Kansas City.  I hope it is where you live, too!

Urban Decay recently sent me some new and some of my favorite products!  I love the brand and was excited to be stocked up with my faves and try out some new goodies.

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I was so lucky to be stocked up on three of my favorite Urban Decay Products:

All Nighter Setting Spray — I love this vegan formula!  It makes my makeup last and last! This spray is suitable for all skin types, free of oil and parabens, and features patented Temperature Control Technology — it actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions. 

Eyeshadow Primer Potion — This OG primer is one of my favorites.  It smooths out my lids and my shadow lasts all day!

Perversion Mascara — This gives very black, long and full lashes.  Such a beautiful mascara that doesn’t smear or flake.

Here are some new faves:

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All Nighter Face Primer — This is a lightweight primer that is hydrating and helps my makeup stay on all day! It goes on sheer and lightweight, making it easy to wear alone or under foundation.  By helping to reduce fine lines and erase the appearance of pores, All Nighter helps my makeup look fresh for hours.

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Stay Naked Threesome Bronze, Blush and Highlighter Palette in Naked ($36 USD) — these face powders are so fresh and pretty! You can use them each separately as I like to do or swirl it all together for a glowy look.  Each of these pressed powders has intense staying power that lasts up to 14 hours, which is amazing!  The bronzer is a bit warm, but I LOVE the highlighter and blush!

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Wired 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils ($22 USD) in Jolt, Shock, Vivid and Amped. These are creamy and last all day.  Made with 50% hydrating ingredients like Vitamin E plus jojoba and cottonseed oils, this longwear eyeliner nourishes while applying super-smoothly (it won’t skip or pull!).

Wired Transforming Liner ($22 USD) — It’s double-ended with a black liquid eyeliner on one end and an iridescent powder topcoat on the other end. It looks really shimmery and gorgeous on. I’m not the best at liquid eyeliner, but I try! This is very fun to use

Shop My Stash — March 2020

Hi all!  Happy Sunday and happy March!  The weather is so nice in Kansas City today, it’s supposed to be in the 60’s.  What’s the weather like where you live?

I’m always excited to play with new (again to me) color cosmetics 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.

This month I have chosen products that I have only used a few times, but I am excited to see how I really feel about them. I’ve picked out two palettes, a blush and a highlighter palette and two really interesting lip products.  Since spring is on it’s way, I went with softer tones:

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Such gorgeous products!  I’m excited to play with these!

Here are close ups of each product:

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Sigma Enchanted palette — This palette screams spring to me.  I think enchanted is the perfect name for it.  It’s almost like a fairy palette, lol!  Plus there are greens and a gold for my St. Patrick’s Day look (I always wear green and gold on that day.  My dad was part Irish).  I’m very excited to play with this more.  IMG-2968

bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Neutral — I chose this so I would have a neutral palette as well as my fun one for March.  I love the formula on this and the shades are perfect for every day.

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Natasha Denona Bloom Blush and Glow Palette — I received this in a Boxycharm Premium last fall.  I haven’t used it a lot, so I want to give it some love.  I think it looks perfect for spring.

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Vice Lip Chemistry Lasting Glassy Tint in Pink Slip and Low Key — high-gloss lip tint that reacts to your pH and creates a custom shade unique to your tone. Its lightweight, balm-like texture gives your lips a hit of hydration, so they feel moisturized. The lasting glassy tint adjusts to you; the color fully develops and reveals itself after just a few minutes and lasts up to 5 hours.

Steve Laurent Lip Liner in Chic — this is a nice nude pencil.  I forgot I had it and just found it.  I love nude liners because they work under any lip color.

Swatches:

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The lip pencil in Chic and the Lip Chemistry’s in Low Key and Pink Slip


I am very excited for these products this month.  I have used the eye shadow palettes a few times each, but not the other products.  I am looking forward to trying them out!

Do you do a Shop My Stash?  What products are you focusing on this month?

TellurideGlow Skincare Brand Review

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Hey all! I received some lovely skincare from the brand TellurideGlow for my honest review.

TellurideGlow’s skincare contains Alpine botanicals that produce abundant secondary metabolites, vitamins and protective phytonutrients that help to increase the powers of regeneration that repair, brighten and firm the skin.

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I received a full sized Snow Rose Recovery Mask ($75 USD) — which is lovely! It is a powder mask which when activated turns into a deep mauve color. It has a soft rose and vanilla scent.  This mask delivers immediate skin perfection with moisture retaining Snow Mushroom and crushed Rose petals in a resurfacing masterpiece that detoxifies without dryness.

Remineralizing New Zealand Glacial Clay works with regenerative alpine actives to help promote collagen and reveal luminous, soft, dewy and polished skin, with a noticeable reduction in the appearance of pores and fine lines.

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I really enjoy this mask.  I feel that it does brighten my skin and it leaves it so soft!

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I also received the adorable Gift Box of Petite Minis ($60 USD) — It includes a mini of the Snow Rose mask, the Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence, The Alpine Phytonutrient Serum and The Purist Delicate Skin Serum.

All of the serums are so nourishing, but the Purist is my favorite. It’s formulated for sensitive and reactive skin (me), and is very light and comfortable on the skin.
The Purist contains unprocessed superfood seed oils that provide moisture while smoothing, balancing and strengthening the skin.

The Alpine Phytonutrient Serum is the ultimate organic bouquet of high recovery botanicals, unprocessed to deliver nutrient-dense moisture and boost elasticity,  tone, and a stronger skin barrier while helping to shield against photo aging. This fast absorbing formula is supercharged with 20 power botanicals and high concentrations of cold pressed alpine phytonutrients to feed depleted skin.

The Aspen Dew Illuminating Essence enhances firming and smoothing while releasing its brightening, hydrating and corrective skincare properties into the skin. Formulated to help fade brown spots, smooth lines, even out texture and deliver a brightening effect daily. Stands alone beautifully, or pair with The Alpine or Purist serums for amplified skin recovery.  This gives the skin a gorgeous glow!

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I’m glad I got to try all of these!  I really enjoy the formula of these products.  They are very nourishing and have so many good ingredients. What do you think of these products?

20 Palettes in 2020 — Juvia’s Place The Nubian 2

Hi all!  This is the second review in my new series!  I’m reviewing 20 palettes that I purchased or received last year (and maybe previous years) that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I might also include palettes from this year if I don’t get around to reviewing them right away.  These will be mostly eye shadows, but some face palettes may be thrown in the mix.

The reason I started this was as I was doing my Shop my Stash last year, I realized that I hadn’t reviewed a lot of the palettes I featured (check out my February Shop my Stash here).  I’ve used them, of course, but haven’t given my review.  So this year, I’m going to get that done!

The palette I’m reviewing today is the Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 palette:

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I only have a couple Juvia’s Place palettes and I think this is the first time I’ve reviewed one. I purchased this last fall at Ulta (on sale, of course)!

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The shades are:

  • Row 1: Morocco (matte dark orange), Madagascar (matte beige), Sheba (metallic fawn), Yaa (metallic auburn)
  • Row 2: Jezebel (matte maroon), Zuri (shimmer ivory), Cleopatra (shimmer royal blue), Nefertiti (shimmer 18k gold)
  • Row 3: Nairobi (metallic yellow gold), Leyla (shimmer royal eggplant), Kenya (matte chocolate brown), Egypt (metallic royal green)

 

 

 

 

Morgan Taylor Editor’s Picks Spring 2020 Collection

Hi All!  Happy Sunday!  I hope your weekend is going well!

I’m here with a beautiful nail polish review.  I was sent these Morgan Taylor polishes for my honest review.

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Morgan Taylor’s spring collection is so stunning! It is the Editor’s Picks collection.

Spring is such a great time to wear softer shades like nudes and pinks.  This is a very feminine collection that I LOVE!

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The shades from left to right are:

  • Barely Buff — Palest pink creme
  • I Speak Chic — Taupe nude creme
  • Call My Blush — Soft sheer creme
  • On Cloud Mine — Sheer peachy pink
  • It’s Your Mauve — Mauve creme
  • Going Voque — Antique rose creme

What is so exciting for me about this collection is that I will wear every shade in this collection.  I also love the formula of these cremes.  The are opaque and cover well in 2 or 3 coats. They do chip after a few days, but most nail polishes do.  They stay fresh looking for most of the week.

These retail for $9.50 a bottle and the mini 4-pack is $14.95, which is nice if you want to try more than one shade.  It includes On Cloud Mine, Going Vogue. I Speak Chic and It’s Your Mauve.  The collection is available for a limited time now at Sally Beauty.

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I’m really enjoying these polishes.  What shades of nail polish are you loving right now?

PÜR Products For A Glamorous Valentine’s Day Look

Hey all!  How’s your week going?  I’m doing pretty well.  Are you getting ready for Valentine’s Day Tomorrow???

I was sent these pretty PÜR products that can glam you up for V-Day for my honest review.  Here’s what I received:

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I don’t usually wear false eyelashes, but these are so pretty.  I think I’m going to give them a try.  I’ve heard PÜR’s lashes are really nice. Plus, the packaging is stunning!

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I almost always use a mascara primer before I apply my mascara.  I do this instead of curling my lashes.  I find that it helps give my lashes more curl, volume and length.

This one is really nice.  And it works especially well with the Fully Charged mascara.  It uses their innovative Magnetic Technology that has a revolutionary “magnetic” polymer matrix that wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define each lash for maximum, long-lasting performance. It also conditions the lashes.

I love that this helps with the health of lashes as well as making them look amazing!

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This blush is so gorgeous on.  It’s applies so smoothly on the cheeks. This is formulated with good-for-you skincare ingredients, including nourishing Energy Complex and Ceretin® Complex—a proprietary blend of super-hydrating ceramides that is exclusive to PÜR. It claims to improve the skin’s appearance with each use.

I love the peach color this gives and the soft matte finish.

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I have redness on my cheeks and sensitive skin.  This primer helps brighten and firm the skin’s appearance, while neutralizing the look of redness from breakouts and irritation.  It has a green tint to it that really helps offset the redness.  I find that it also minimizes the look of my pores, which my aging skin needs!

I’m loving the 4-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer.  It’s a moisturizer, primer, foundation and SPF 20 all-in-one! This innovative 4-in-1 formula infuses the skin with powerful hydrators and proven correctives, including sodium hyaluronate and PÜR’s exclusive Ceretin Complex, a one-of-a-kind ingredient engineered to radically renew the skin without irritation.

I like that this gives a natural finish.  I can use it alone for a minimal coverage or as a base for a full coverage foundation of glam days. I enjoy it on days where I just want to look fresh!


Have you tried PÜR products?  Which are your favorites for glam or natural looks?  Check out these products an more at http://www.purcosmetics.com and Ulta.

 

Derma E Mood Rituals Line

Hi all!  I hope you’re week is off to a great start! It’s still winter, sigh.  And it might snow in Kansas City tomorrow.  I hope you’re weather is better!

I was so lucky to receive a February influencer package from Derma E.  I love their products so much and use them every day.  Here’s what I received this month:

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This is Derma E’s Mood Rituals line.  These mists contain purified spring water and skin-nourishing herbs with therapeutic essential oils.  They claim to enhance the mood and enrich the skin.  Here’s info from the Derma E website about the products:

Balanced blends of therapeutic, skin-benefiting essential oils combined with purified Spring Water, Witch Hazel, Coconut Essence and Herbal Waters work to comfort and nourish your skin, leaving it hydrated and softer while herbal adaptogens and sacred cleansing plant extracts provide re-centering, mood-enhancing benefits.

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These are the three different mists:

CREATE Mood Enhancing Skin Beneficial Mist ($18.95 USD) — Revitalizing therapeutic blend of Cordyceps & Cardamom, aromatic waters, coconut essence, and witch hazel improves skin’s health while enhancing your mood. Essential oils of Rosemary, Ginger, Spearmint stimulate one’s senses and helps to revitalize your skin while adaptogens, Cordyceps and Cardamom promote focused thoughts and clarity allowing you the freedom to create.

UPLIFT Mood Enhancing Skin Beneficial Mist ($18.95 USD) — This uplifting and therapeutic blend of Eleuthero & Artic Root, citrus waters, coconut essence, and witch hazel improves skin’s health while enhancing your mood. Essential oils of Orange, Grapefruit, Chamomile, Lavender and more combine to help boost your mood, soothe skin and elevate your senses while Adaptogens Eleuthero and Artic Root help to calm feelings of fatigue and anxiety to uplift and energize your spirits.

CALM Skin Beneficial Mist Mood Enhancing ($18.95 USD) — This relaxing and calming therapeutic blend of Amla & Gotu Kola, herbal waters, coconut essence, and witch hazel improves skin’s health while enhancing your mood. Essential oils of Lemon, Eucalyptus, Sage and Rosemary soothe and calm skin while adaptogens Amla and Gotu Kola help to reduce feelings of fatigue as they relax and calm your senses.

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I really like these mists.  They smell very herbal.  I think my favorite scent is the Uplift.  I can definitely smell the citrus and lavender.  With the create, the spearmint takes over, so if you like mint scents that might be for you.  And in the Calm, the rosemary and sage give off a savory fragrance.

I really like how hydrating these make my skin.  They are so nice under makeup for extra hydration and over it for a pick me up.  I haven’t noticed any mood-changing effects yet, but I’ll keep using them.

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What do you think of these products.  Do you like to use essential oils to enhance your mood?

20 Palettes in 2020 — Colourpop Going Coconuts

Hi all!  I’m starting a new series this year.  I’m reviewing 20 palettes that I purchased or received last year (and maybe previous years) that I haven’t reviewed yet.  I might also include palettes from this year if I don’t get around to reviewing them right away.  These will include eye shadow and face palettes.

The reason I started this was as I was doing my Shop my Stash last year, I realized that I hadn’t reviewed a lot of the palettes I featured (check out my January Shop my Stash here).  I’ve used them, of course, but haven’t given my review.  So this year, I’m going to get that done!

The first palette I’m going to review is the Colourpop Going Coconuts ($12 USD) eye shadow palette.  I picked this up a couple of months ago.

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Going Coconuts is a cooler toned neutral 9 pan palette. I picked this up , perfect for your every day look. This super wearable palette is cute and compact.

The shades are:

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Shredded: creamy vanilla with silver pinpoints
Palm Reader: white with gold flip
Coolada: cool taupe brown
Lovely Bunch: mid tone yellow brown
Coco Crush: icy pale champagne
Shell Yeah: neutral ginger brown
Get Crackin’: cool brown with silver flecks
Da Coco: icy bronze with violet pinpoints
Nutty: deep umber

Here are swatches of the whole palette:

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From Left to Right — Shredded, Palm Reader, Coolada and Lovely Bunch, Coco Crush, Shell Yeah, Get Crackin’, Da Coco and Nutty.

I dip into Shredded every time I use this palette. It’s a great base color.  I also really love the matte shade Coolada for cooler looks, which is what I usually do with this palette.  My very favorite shade is Coco Crush.  It’s a beautiful lid color and I apply it every time I use this palette.

My least favorite shade is Palm Reader.  It’s chunky like a glitter and sheer.  Da Coco, the other shimmer in the palette, is dry and doesn’t blend easily.  The mattes all work well.


I have to say I really like this palette.  It’s compact and easy for travel, and it’s great for everyday looks.  But, I do create the same look each time I use it.  It’s a pretty look, but the same each time, LOL!

I do recommend this palette if you like a basic neutral look and something that you can use everyday.

 

Do you have this palette?  What is your favorite Colourpop palette?

 

BoxyCharm Premium Review – January 2020

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Hi all! I’ve just received my January BoxyCharm Premium! This is a fairly new subscription from BoxyCharm.  It’s a little more products than the regular and a little less than the BoxyLuxe.  Here’s the details:

  • It’s $35 a month
  • 6-7 beauty items a box
  • $175+ Value
  • You get to pick one of the items
  • The items will be different from BoxyCharm/BoxyLuxe – you can subscribe to both with no product overlap.

The products I received are:

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The total this month is $221 — good for a $35 box!

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This is such a gorgeous palette in person.  This is what I chose this month, and I’m so glad I did.  The packaging is stunning, and so are the shades!  I am going to try to review this sometime this month and I’ll do swatches when I do.

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I was very surprised to see this in the box!  I heard that a single Kat Von D shadow would be included, so I was very excited to see the Natasha Denona top coat shadow in my box! I love anything purple, too, so that made it even better! IMG-2605IMG-2607

This is a close up of the shadow and a swatch.  It’s just a wash of shimmer, but it looks gorgeous over shadows!  Since it has gold and silver in it, it can be used in both cool and warm toned looks.  I’ve used it with a purple look, but I’m going to keep playing with it.  Stunning!

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I’m always on the lookout for new brow products.  I think 2019 is the year that I started getting my brows together and I hope to perfect them in 2020!  The brow pencil in this kit is more of a medium brown, and I have dark brown hair.  But, I might keep this in my stash and try it when I finish a pencil or two.  I think the concealer/highlighter stick looks pretty nice.

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I’m very excited for this.  I’ve already used it a couple of times and love it! I’ve been using it as a primer. It sits nicely over my sunscreen and makes a gorgeous base for makeup.  I also layer a pore filling primer in my t-zone over this serum and my makeup looks amazing with it.  I have just started trying out Farsali products and have been loving them so far.   I received the Farsali Rose Gold Skin Mist in my November BoxyCharm and I purchased the Farsali Skin Goals – Blur, Prime, Hydrate & Soothe Set for myself and have been trying those serums and primers.

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I was so excited to see Tula in the box until I realized that it’s an acne cleanser.  I haven’t had acne for years, so I’m wondering if BoxyCharm uses our beauty quizzes at all!  It’s the only type of skincare I can’t use.  I will have to pass it on to someone else.

I do think I’ll keep and try the bliss mask.  My pores are large and look congested, even though I don’t have oily skin.  So, I’ll test it out and if it’s too harsh for me, I’ll pass it on.

 


I’m pretty happy with my box this month. I love the Farsali serum, the eye shadow palette and the Natasha Denona eye shadow topper.  I won’t use the Tula cleanser and I might try the mask and brow kit.

I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about this box.  It’s $10 more than the regular BoxyCharm. In the last few months, I have loved about half of the box and felt meh about the other half.  So is it worth it? Maybe?  I’m going to keep getting it at least for a few more months.

Do you get this box?  What do you think?