My 50th Birthday Beauty Wish List!

You saw is correctly, I am turning 50 this month!  It feels unreal, but I have decided to (somewhat) embrace it!  I’ve never done a wish list or a products I’m interested in buying post, but I thought this might be fun!

First, from my Sephora loves list:

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer

Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer ($58 USD) — This is a “velvety priming balm of pressed silk that smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.” It is currently out of stock at Sephora.  It is very expensive for a primer.  But, I have huge pores, especially during allergy season, and I’ve heard this is excellent!

Other Tatcha products I would love to try is the Bestsellers Set or just the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist on it’s own.

Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Cheek Palette
Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Cheek Palette

Benefit Cosmetics Blush Bar Cheek Palette ($58) — This cheek palette includes Benefit’s new Gold Rush warm golden-nectar blush, as well as the iconic Hoola matte bronzer, the bestselling Dandelion brightening baby-pink blush, and more. With shades to flatter all skin tones, this must-have palette has everything you need to contour, bronze, brighten, and define your features. It comes complete with a soft powder brush, mirror, and Benefit’s signature Tips & Tricks.

I think this is beautiful and I think these shades will be perfect for summer.  Macy’s is currently having a 10 days of Glam sale I blogged about here.  On June 8th Benefit’s boxes of powders — including ones in the palette — will be half off.  So I might pick up a couple there.

Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set
Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set

Fenty Beauty Bomb Baby Mini Lip and Face Set ($23 USD) — I have still not tried anything from Fenty!  It’s crazy, because I really like Rihanna and think the line looks amazing.  This is “a must-have set of FENTY BEAUTY’S most coveted luminizers for the face and lips in travel-friendly sizes for killer radiance on the fly.”  This sounds amazing for summer!  I love highlighter and lip gloss.  I think I might pick this up when I go into Sephora to get my birthday gift.

In the future, I would love to try Fenty’s foundation and maybe some of their other products.  Any suggestions???

Next are some picks from Ulta that I need:


Dose Of Colors Block Party Single Eyeshadow ($20 each) — The shades above are:

Sky’s the Limit (soft brown base w/ icy lilac reflects)

Shell We Dance (pink champagne base w/ platinum reflects)

Lock & Key (medium brown base w/ gold reflects)

I know that $20 for a single shadow is steep, especially in the age of affordable palettes with lots of shades to choose from.  But I have seen makeup tutorials on YouTube with these and they are so gorgeous!  I would love to try one or two.

Physicians Formula Online Only Butter Collection Box
Physicians Formula Online Only Butter Collection Box

Physicians Formula Online Only Butter Collection Box ($29.99 USD) — Escape to the beaches of Brazil with Physicians Formula’s Butter Collection – an assortment of Physicians Formula’s most sought-after, skin-loving products.

Limited Edition Butter Collection Box includes:

  • Butter Bronzer (bronzer) (0.38 oz)
  • Butter Blush (natural glow) (0.26 oz)
  • Butter Highlighter (pearl) (0.17 oz)
  • Limited Edition Body Butter (0.5 oz)
  • Butter Paradise Eau De Toilette (0.5 oz)

There’s another set sold at Walmart for less than half the price of this, but you

Morphe Laura Lee's Favorite Brush Collection
Morphe Laura Lee’s Favorite Brush Collection

Morphe Laura Lee’s Favorite Brush Collection ($54 USD) — This is available at the Morphe website, not Ulta.  I have been eyeing this for a few weeks.  The selection has brushes that I would use daily. It inclused 11 brushes chosen by YouTuber Laura Lee.

Now, of course this isn’t all of the makeup that I want, these are just splurges that I would need to save up for.  I’m also interested in some fun brand new eye shadow palettes like Laura Lee’s Nudie Patootie, Dominique Cosmetics The Latte palette  and one that is launching tomorrow, Lunar Beauty’s Life’s a Drag.

So that’s my big 5 0 birthday wish list!  What makeup are you wanting this year?






Benefit The POREfessional

The POREfessional


Looking for an under makeup primer that reduces the appearance of pores while making your face look smoother and your makeup last longer? That is the claim of Benefit’s the POREfessional.  

The POREfessional ($28.00 USD) — 

What it is:
A PRO balm that minimizes the appearance of pores. 

What it does:
The POREfessional quickly minimizes the appearance of pores. Apply this silky, lightweight balm to achieve translucent pore coverage and smoother-than-smooth skin. Pores…now you see ’em, now you don’t! 

What do I think: This is a very good primer. It is oil free, which is perfect and smooths on the skin so easily.  
Oil-free. Instructions included.

Benefit Cosmetics Confessions of a Concealaholic

Confessions of a Concealaholic

Need a little help making your skin look flawless? Are you addicted to concealer (like me)? Benefit Confessions of a Concealaholic ($36.00) is a kit that was created to conceal and to brighten your skin.   

This set contains:
– 0.25 oz “That Gal” brightening face primer
– 2 x 0.04 oz Boi-ing industrial strength concealer in 01 Light (for fair complexions) and 02 Medium (for medium complexions) for custom concealing
– 0.11 oz Erase Paste brightening camouflage for eyes and face in No. 2 (for medium complexions)
– 0.03 oz Lemon Aid (sheer pale yellow) color correcting eyelid primer
– 0.03 oz Eye Bright (pale pink) instant eye brightener
– Concealer Brushes
– step-by-step lesson  

 This kit contains so many great products to give a flawless canvas for color cosmetics. That Gal is a fantastic primer. It’s goes on smooth and gives skin a little glow. Bo-ing is fantastic because it really covers under eye circles and blemishes and it comes in 2 shades. My favorite product is Erase Paste because it covers everything, but the one in this kit is too dark for my skin. The Lemon Aid is an effective eyelid primer and works as a shadow when you don’t have time. The Eye Bright can go in the inner corners of the eye, under the eyebrow, and my favorite — lining the lower lids. It will wake you up!  

I really recommend this kit for medium skin tones, so you can get the full benefits, but light skin can enjoy it too. Visit to learn more and to purchase this fab concealing kit!

Want a Fun New Look? Try Purple Mascara!

This summer I tried purple mascara for the first time. I had a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for Almay Cosmetics at Walgreens. I decided to try some new eye products, so I chose a new mascara and eye palette. I have brown eyes, and Almay’s Intense Eye Color line claimed that purples are the color for me.

The mascara I tried is called Almay Intense I-Color Play Up Thickening Mascara in Purple Amethyst ($7.49 USD). The brush has hard plastic bristles that separate and the formula is very thickening. The color is hard to discern on my black lashes, and the effect it gives is a soft black color. I really like this mascara, but it is more of a day look than an evening look. The best feature? It does not smudge at all!

This weekend I decided to see if Sephora and Ulta had any other purple mascaras that were a little more noticeable for going out. The first one I tried was Urban Decay’s Big Fatty Colored Mascara in Purple Haze ($17.00 USD). This is a brighter purple than the Almay shade. This was more noticeable on my lashes, but my lashes themselves did not appear much thicker or longer. I would not buy this mascara.

The second new mascara I tried was Benefit’s BADgal Plum ($19.00 USD). The color on this is a lot different than the other two, since it is a true plum and not a purple. I really like the formula. It made my lashes look huge. The color is fun, too, but it might be better on someone with fairer lashes.

I LOVE mascara, so it is always fun to try new colors and formulations. Go out and test drive some new lashes today!

Sleepless Nights? Benefit’s Concealers Help the Next Morning

Benefit Powderflage
Benefit Powderflage

It’s a fact: I do not get a lot of sleep. I am forty, have 3 daughters, work full time and have a husband who also works full time and is in nursing school. No. sleep. at. all.

But I still like to look good. And so I am drawn to all new concealers that promise I will look like I have had a great night’s sleep and if it makes me look younger, yes!

Benefit always seems to have a new trick up it’s sleeve. Their newest concealer is called Powderflage ($28.00 USD). It is a pink-tinted powder that comes with a mini fantail brush for application.

This product claims to camouflage fine lines, dark circles and spots. I found on it’s own, it didn’t cover my deep, dark circles, but over another concealer it brightened the under eye area and made my skin look smoother.

The brush is cute, but it is very small and a bit hard to handle. I would recommend using an eyeshadow brush, or your finger, for blending.

erase-pasteMy favorite Benefit concealer is one that came out a few months ago, Erase Paste ($26.00 USD).   

Erase Paste is a cream concealer that comes in a little jar and has a plastic wand applicator. This can be used for blemishes and dark under eye circles, and comes in Fair, Medium and Deep shades.

The reason I love this product is that it instantly erases my dark circles and leaves a nice highlighted glow under my eyes. It also works well as a shadow base. Erase Paste is also very creamy and blends nicely.

For a polished look, you can use Erase Paste under your eyes and sweep Powderflage over it. This would be nice for an evening out.

It’s Prime Time for Primers!

I have to admit that I am fairly new to the wonderful world of foundation primer. The idea of it is intriguing to me. A lotion or cream that is neither a moisturizer or foundation, but will make your skin even, smooth and allow your pores to appear smaller? Could this be a miracle product?

The first primer I’ve tried was Benefit’s That Gal Brightening Face Primer. This pink-tinted cream is touted to smooth and brighten the face. As with all primers, this can be used under foundation or on it’s own. I tried it first without foundation and I loved the glow that it gave me. It’s a very fresh look. The glow is somewhat reduced under foundation, but my face definitely looked smoother. At $28.00, it’s a bit of a splurge, but worth it if your skin (like mine) needs a little refinement.

Lately I have tried two new primers. The first one is Stila’s Hydrating Primer SPF 15. I love Stila, especially the eye shadow color Kitten and my favorite mascara, Major Lash Mascara. As fall approaches, my skin becomes dryer, so a hydrating primer sounded good. The consistency of this primer is like a heavy moisturizer and, unfortunately it felt a bit greasy on my skin. Beside the feel of the product, the look was fantastic, especially under foundation. My whole face glowed and I even looked younger! Maybe this would work better once my face dries out in the winter. This product would be great for ladies with dry skin. At Sephora, this sells for $34.00.

The second new primer I have tried is Avon’s Magix Face Perfector SPF 20.  Avon claims that this balm-like cream makes all skin types look flawless. I don’t know about all skin types, but this product makes my combination skin look smooth and feel very soft. Unlike Stila’s moisturizing formula, Magix gives a nice matte look that last all day. At $10.00 for the Magix Face Perfector, this is one I highly recommend!