Get Gorgeous Flatlays with SnapIt Boards!

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Hi all!  I have a really cool product for review today.  When it comes to creating visual content, having the ideal backdrop is a must. For bloggers and those in the creative industry, SnapIt Boards are the easy, affordable solution in capturing incredible content. Each board is printed at 300 dpi for a photorealistic reproduction of the original background image.

Here’s some info on these amazing boards:

They’re durable: No photographer wants to worry about thin, rippable paper or wrinkled fabric sheets when it comes to staging the perfect flat lay. SnapIt Boards provide you with a trusted thickness that’s not easy to damage made with a quarter inch thick PVC foam.

They come with an impeccable finish: SnapIt Boards don’t stain or bubble. For those photoshoots that require food and beverages, just wipe them off if spills and messes occur.

Capture photos with backgrounds a normal backdrop can’t provide: Finishes like Alabaster and Rustic Rainbow add sophisticated touches to your content. Save yourself the time and investment scouting out unique backgrounds. Snapit boards are non-reflective, non-glare and satin finished.

Snapit Boards come in one size: 26 inches by 20 inches. Create, snap and share your best with the secret to a perfect backdrop.

Here’s photos of the two boards I have:

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This is Alabaster.  It’s a white an gray marble effect.  It looks really nice under all types of products.

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This is Rustic White.  I think it’s my favorite one.  I love it under makeup.  It’s the board that’s in the first photo above.

Available at Amazon.com for $60/board.  You can also buy it at https://snapitboards.com/.  You can get both of these boards in a bundle for $99 here.


What do you think about SnapIt Boards?  Is this something that you would use for photos?

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Makeup and Skincare Sets

Hi all!  Happy Saturday!  I’m doing some home remodeling today, anyone want to help me remove old wallpaper?  No?  I do not blame you!

I’ve included sets from Milk Makeup, Pixi Beauty, Laneige and Farsali.  I love these products and these they would make amazing gifts for the skincare and makeup junkie in your life!

Milk Makeup MVPs

MILK MAKEUP MVPs, $45 ($109 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.comsephora.com & 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • DELUXE KUSH MASCARA (BOOM – blackest black): High volume mascara with conditioning cannabis seed oil, heart-shaped fibers and pure pigments for clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI HYDRO GRIP PRIMER: Primer with hemp-derived cannabis seed extract to hydrate and blue agave extract to grip makeup for all-day hold.
  • MINI COOLING WATER: Cooling, under-eye-de-puffing stick packed with soothing seawater and caffeine for instantly energized skin.
  • MINI WATERMELON BRIGHTENING SERUM: Solid serum with Swiss garden cress sprout extract to brighten and watermelon fruit extract to hydrate for more even skin tone and texture.
  • GLOW OIL LIP + CHEEK – (GLIMMER – mauve shimmer): Shimmering, sheer multi-use lip + cheek with rice bran oil to hydrate for a lit-from-within glow.
  • MINI HIGHLIGHTER – (BLITZED – rose gold): Dewy, multi-use highlighter with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for an everyday glow.
  • MINI BRONZER – (BAKED – bronze): Creamy, multi-use bronzer stick with mango butter and avocado oil to hydrate and blend seamlessly for a sun-kissed glow.Milk Makeup Triple the KUSH Set
Milk Makeup TRIPLE THE KUSH, $25 ($41 value), available 9/16 at milkmakeup.comsephora.com and 10/4 in Sephora stores.
  • KUSH MASCARA (BOOM – blackest black): High volume mascara with thickening heart-shaped fibers, conditioning cannabis oil and pure pigments for a clump-free, intense black finish.
  • MINI KUSH CLEAR BROW GEL (HYDRO – clear): Clear brow gel with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to tame and set brow hair without stiffness or flaking.
  • MINI KUSH LIP BALM (GREEN DRAGON – clear): Hydrating, soothing daily balm with conditioning, hemp-derived cannabis seed oil to soften lips and improve texture.

Milk Makeup is Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Paraben-Free and Gluten-Free

 

Pixi Liquid Fairy Lights Duo

Pixi Beauty Liquid Fairy Lights Duo ($24 USD) — This limited edition kit includes two of our long wearing liquid glimmer eyeshadows. Wear solo or on top of eye shadow for an instant sparkle effect. Kit includes Liquid Fairy Lights in BareBrilliance & SunRay.

I really recommend these.  I have the BareBrilliance shade and it’s gorgeous!

Pixi Best of Tonics

Pixi Beauty Best of Tonics ($22 USD) — Discover 3 of our cult status skin tonics! Use after cleansing, before serum & moisturizer. Kit contains: Deluxe travel sizes of Rose Tonic, Glow Tonic, and Vitamin-C Tonic.

Pixi products are available at pixibeauty.com

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Farsali Skin Goals – Blur, Prime, Hydrate & Soothe Set ($25, $33 value) — Skin Goals contains four mini versions of FARSÁLI faves. Skintune Blur blurs, Unicorn Essence primes, Rose Gold Elixir hydrates, and Volcanic Elixir soothes.

This Set Contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Unicorn Essence Antioxidant Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Skintune Blur Perfecting Primer Serum
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Rose Gold Elixir – 24K Gold Infused Beauty Oil
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Volcanic Elixir Polynesian Beauty Oil

Just to let you know, these are tiny.  You only get a few uses with each little bottle.  You can buy a mini of most of these for $22 each, and it’s about twice the amount of product.  So if I like one of these, I might purchase a mini.

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Laneige Kiss Me at Midnight Set ($28 USD) —  A sweet midnight treat for your lips—indulge yourself in this Lip Sleeping Mask trio featuring two limited-edition flavors. Craving a berry cocktail, minty rush, or a sweet candy treat? Choose the Lip Sleeping Mask flavor that best fits your mood. A formula that’s both rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, with Moisture Wrap™ technology that coats lips in a protective film. Apply it before bed to lock in essential moisture and wake up with soft, supple lips.

I use these before bed, but also in the daytime, too.  They are really great lip balms!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying all of my gift guides this year.  And there’s more to come!

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Hair and Bath Gifts

Hi all! Here’s another amazing holiday beauty gift guide!

Today I have some cool gift sets for hair care and body care.  There’s some wonderful travel kits, but each brand has larger sets as well.  You can check out the websites listed for more sets for each brand.

Here are my suggestions for those who love trying new hair and bath products:

R+Co Big Trip Set

R+Co BIG TRIP Set ($45, Value: $64 USD) – This travel set includes your must-haves for a voluminous mane no matter the destination – DALLAS Biotin Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner Travel Size, OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray Travel Size and RODEO STAR Thickening Style Foam Travel Size.

Purchase at RandCo.com

 

Seen Travel Kit

SEEN Travel Kit ($29 USD) – A customizable trio of travel-sized favorites for great hair and skin on-the-go. SEEN is a dermatologist-designed, non-comedogenic hair line formulated to keep your skin and hair breakout-free Choose your combination of Skin-Caring Shampoo, Skin-Caring Conditioner and Skin-Caring Blow-Out Creme, packaged in a canvas travel pouch.

Available at HelloSEEN.com

Travel Size Côte d'Azur Body Wash & Crème Set

Oribe Côte d’Azur Body Travel Set ($25; Value: $35) – Upgrade bath time on-the-go. Lather and luxuriate in Oribe Bodycare collection. Infused with Oribe’s signature Côte d’Azur scent of sun-drenched notes of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and sandalwood. Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Wash gently cleanses skin while adding silky softness. The Côte d’Azur Restorative Body Creme blend of sweet almond, meadowfoam & starflower oils and shea butter smooths, softens while delivering the deepest hydration.

Purchase at oribe.com and luxury stores such as Nordstrom and Beautylish.

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Joanna Vargas The Ritual Kit ($47, Value: $52; available at JoannaVargas.com) – This kit includes two of Celebrity Facialist Joanna Vargas’ holy-grail and celebrity-loved products for a complete head-to-toe detox and exfoliation. Begin each morning with a Ritual Brush dry brush session then cleanse with the green tea Ritual Bar.

Available at shop.joannavargas.com


Have you started shopping yet?  I’m getting ready to. I’m hoping I find some good deals this year!

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019 — Books for Gifting

Hi all, I’m back with another gift guide.  This time it’s books!

I have put together a list of fun books that make great gifts.  I love to give and receive books, they are so much fun! Read on to get some ideas!

Just Peachy

Just Peachy by Belinda Smith-Sullivan ($ 14.49 Hardcover, $10.99 Kindle) — Chef Belinda Smith-Sullivan, granddaughter of Mississippi sharecroppers, is the go-to resource for everything peaches. Not only does she provide perfect peach recipes, but she also has information about the variety of peaches, history, growing and growers, as well as festivals. There are approximately 70 recipes for breads, breakfasts, appetizers, soups and salads, entrees, desserts, peach pies, sauces, preserves and condiments, and drinks in this beautifully photographed cookbook.

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A Baker’s Passport: Recipes for Breads, Savory Pies, Vegetarian Dishes, Tarts, Cakes, and Cookie Classics. (Original-Fourth Edition) ($39.99) — Travel the world with A Baker’s Passport, a road trip of baking classics in their homelands. With over 225 sweet and savory recipes and lively photographs, Pastry Chef Susie Norris takes you on a tour of regional baking through the world’s great culinary capitals. This technique-driven baking book for home cooks offers well-tested recipes for classics like Quiche Lorraine, Black Forest Cake, Moon Cakes, and Creme Brûlée. A Baker’s Passport, based on the award-winning culinary travel blog, FoodMarketGypsy.com, brings stories of the world’s great baking traditions home to you.

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The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official Guide to Seasons Three & Four by Tara Bennett ($31.49 hardback and $) — From its very first episode, the Outlander TV series transported its viewers back in time, taking us inside Diana Gabaldon’s beloved world. From the Scottish Highlands to the courts of Versailles to the shores of America, Jamie and Claire’s epic adventure is captured in gorgeous detail.

Now travel even deeper into the world of Outlander with this must-have insider guide from New York Times bestselling author and television critic Tara Bennett. Picking up where The Making of Outlander: Seasons One & Two left off, this lavishly illustrated collectors’ item covers seasons three and four, bringing readers behind the scenes and straight onto the set of the show. You’ll find exclusive interviews with cast members, including detailed conversations with Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan (on-screen couple and real-life friends), as well as the writers, producers, costume designers, set decorators, technicians, and more whose hard work and cinematic magic bring the world of Outlander to life on the screen.

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Holiday Jubilee: Classic & Kitschy Festivities & Fun Party Recipes by Charles Phoenix ($19.39) — You’re invited to celebrate America’s favorite seasonal traditions like never before. Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix mixes and mingles spectacular vintage Kodachrome slides of New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with his eye-popping, original recipes for epic edible centerpieces and party pleasers from his colorful Test Kitchen―including his legendary Cherpumple creation! Be prepared for your imagination to be inspired and your holiday spirit to soar!

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Create: Tools from Seriously Talented People to Unleash Your Creative Life by Marc Silber ($13.38 paperback and $10.49 Kindle) — Creative conversations from some of the world’s top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more!

Time for a new mindset. Many of us think of creativity as something distant and incompatible with daily life―a skill that artists get to use, but not the rest of us. Maybe you feel like a land-locked surfer, yearning for exhilarating rides. Or maybe you live for the few hours a week when you can take photographs, paint, or write. It’s time for a new mindset. Create shows you how to rediscover the artist within you.

Live a more creative life. People who make a living in the creative arts know that there is a cycle to unlocking the imagination. Visualize, know your tools, work your craft, refine, share. When you tap into this cycle, you’ll find ways to operate at your highest state in all aspects of life.

Find your creative purpose. Overcoming the barriers to innovation is easier than you think. Marc Silber, best selling author, award-wining creative and educator, shows you how to avoid the traps of procrastination, overthinking, and self-doubt. The exercises in Create are specifically designed to help you find certainty and confidence in self-expression.

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It’s Your Weirdness that Makes You Wonderful by Kate Allan ($13.41) — Step into a state of mindfulness: Depression and anxiety are topics that can be uncomfortable to talk about, but that doesn’t mean they should be avoided. If anything, it means we need to be more aware and have more conversations about them. With the help of her adorable illustrations, art blogger Kate Allan (known through her remarkably popular Tumblr blog as “The Latest Kate”) urges us to be mindful of our mentality.

Work through anxiety and depression with the help of enlightening words: Allan, who suffers from anxiety and depression herself, understands what it’s like to deal with feelings that are difficult to fight through. In this book, she provides the personal kind of encouragement that she herself needs to hear. These encouraging words, along with writing prompts, can help readers sort through and express their feelings.

Practice self-love through self-care: Kate Allan’s creative journal meets us where we are―in the midst of the feelings that say we’re not enough, we can’t handle this life, we won’t make it. Her whimsical art and simple words lift trampled spirits and combat thoughts that lead us to believe our weirdness makes us weak. Young and old, we are encouraged to love ourselves exactly as we are.

 

 

Holiday Gift Guides 2019 — Beauty Tools

Hi all!  It’s time for my Holiday Gift Guides, and this is my first one of the year!

Also, check out my Instagram in the next couple of days for pics of some of these gifts. It’s fortyflirtyfab.  If you’d like to follow me, I’d be happy to follow back!

Here are some great beauty tools in a range of prices:

Beauty Junkees Sample Set Makeup Sponges – 6pc ($20) — Say bye-bye to blotchy or rough skin and hello to your new go-to tools. Stock your makeup kit like a pro with this set of six bestselling makeup sponge blenders. Blend your foundation, your concealer, cream contour, your BB cream, or your skin care products flawlessly for a fresh and beautiful look no matter what!

Beauty Junkees Basic Eye Makeup Brush Set ($15 USD) — Your eyes have better things to do than be weighed down by heavy shadow. Let your beautiful eyes shine with a simple and refreshing pop of eye makeup that doesn’t overpower your natural beauty. This eye brush kit includes all the brushes you need for a simple, yet expertly-applied, eye look that is sure to wow.

  • Pack, Blend, Buff & Smudge
  • Perfect Brush Set to Use with Beauty Junkees Eyeshadow Quads
  • Professional Quality Affordable Makeup Tools
  • Valued at $40 if purchased separately

Purchase these sets and more at https://shop.beautyjunkees.com/

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case ($75, $192.50 Value) — Experience how great brushes give you great-looking skin with Heavenly Luxe Must-Haves! 5-Piece Full-Size Brush Set + Luxe Travel Case! This limited-edition set includes 5 essential full-size, ultra-plush makeup brushes for your face and eyes—plus a bonus travel case that carries them in style. Featuring award-winning Heavenly Luxe cruelty-free hair and custom-cut shapes, these skin-loving brushes are designed to do the work for you to deliver your most flawlessly airbrushed results and the experience of your most beautiful you every time!

Set Includes:

  • Effortless Powder Brush
  • Effortless Blush Brush
  • Effortless Foundation Brush
  • Effortless Precision Brush
  • Effortless Dual-Ended Shadow Brush
  • Luxe Travel Case

Available at https://www.itcosmetics.com/

Beautyblender The Jewel Box Mystery Blind Bag
Beautyblender The Jewel Box Mystery Blind Bag

Beautyblender The Jewel Box Mystery Blind Bag ($20 USD) Like a little black box, there’s a surprise waiting for you – discover which Beautyblender® (one of two shades) is hidden inside this mystery ornament. Additionally, you’ll get a limited-edition Blendercleanser® Solid® Gemstone Cleanser to keep your blender in prime condition. This duo is irresistible for any makeup lover and so cute to open on the ‘gram.

Purchase at beautyblender.com


I hope you enjoyed my first  gift guide of the year! There’s many more to come!

BoxyCharm Subscription Box Review — November 2019

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Hey all! I recently received my November BoxyCharm! This month there was a change in the cost and value of the box.

I’ve been subscribed to BoxyCharm for over two years now and really enjoy it. BoxyCharm is now $25 a month plus tax for 5 full-sized beauty items. The value is going to be at least $125 each month.

I’m now only getting this box, BoxyLuxe four times a year and the new BoxyCharm Premium (see my first review here).  I have cancelled my Ipsy Ultimate. I’m not very interested in Ipsy at the moment, but I think BoxyCharm is doing such a great job with their boxes.

My version is 15. This month I received:

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The value of my box this month is $192. That’s a great value for spending $25

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I was pretty happy to see this in the box.  I have been wanting to try the Dominique Cosmetics eye shadow formula.  I have tried a lip gloss from the brand and really love it.  The only thin is these colors are so dramatic.  I’m trying to decide if I should keep it to try the formula or pass it on to someone else.  If I do keep it, I can pair some of the shades with a more neutral palette.

IMG-1962 I have tried self-warming eye masks before, but not this brand.  I will give them a try, or I might gift them.

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I am very excited to try the Farsali mist.  I have been wanting to try this brand, and it’s so exciting that I received it in my BoxyCharm.  It might be my favorite item in the box this month!

The Dose of Colors lipstick is in the shade Date Night.  I already receive a red DOC lipstick from BoxyCharm earlier this year, and I don’t wear red lipstick.  I was really hoping I would get one I could wear because I like the formula.  I will be gifting this.

The Kypris serum is very fancy.  It’s so expensive!  I’ve heard that it has organic ingredients that once you open, you need to use it in 6 months so it won’t go bad.  So I’m going to wait until I’m out of current hydrating serum then I am going to use it.

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This Pretty Vulgar concealer blister pack is for me to test out. Then I’ll take a quiz on BoxyCharm’s website to let them know what my shade is.  That way, they can send foundations and concealers in the future.  That’s very exciting!

I’m really happy with my box this month!  I am most excited about the Farsali mist, the Kypris Serum and the Dominique Cosmetics palette (if I decide to keep it).  I will gift the lipstick and maybe the eye masks.

I am so excited for my December BoxyLuxe and BoxyCharm Premium boxes!

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Do you get any BoxyCharm boxes?  What did you get this month?

IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Season to Give Love! 7pc Grand Collection — QVC TSV

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Hi all! QVC and IT Cosmetics are having another amazing Today’s Special Value! It begins Saturday, November 9, 2019 at midnight (ET).  The price is $69.96. After the sale the price will be $97 and the retail value is $243.33.  That’s an amazing deal.

This 7-piece collection features one complexion favorite, two color essentials and one lip must-have in a brand-new Love shade, plus a game-changing mascara and two Heavenly Luxe brushes! Experience natural-looking full coverage that moves with your skin by applying Bye Bye Foundation with SPF 50+ all over your face with your new Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush. Add a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks with Bye Bye Pores Blush, then instantly add warmth and highlight to areas you’d like to bring forward by sweeping Hello Cheekbones onto your skin using the included Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush. Transform the look of your lashes with Superhero Mascara, and give your lips a naturally pretty flush of color with Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment Serum.

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About Each Product:

Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara — Transform the look of your lashes! Formulated with unique Elastic Stretch Technology to wrap lashes, making them look fuller and longer.

Heavenly Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush — Featuring ultra-plush Heavenly Luxe hair, this innovative foundation brush reaches every corner of your face—and is so easy to use, it does the work for you to help deliver an even application of your color-infused skincare and foundation products, including your Bye Bye Foundation

Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer™ with SPF 50+ — The first-ever full coverage moisturizer from IT Cosmetics gives you the power to say “bye bye” to beauty imperfections and hello to instant complexion perfection! Infused with full-coverage pigments and SPF 50+ sunscreen, Bye Bye Foundation is formulated to give you weightless-feeling, natural-looking coverage that moves with your skin.

NEW SHADE! Je Ne Sais Quoi Hydrating Color Awakening Lip Treatment Serum — now in a new shade, Love! It’s infused with nourishing butters and oils and hyaluronic acid, plus it hydrates to help give you soft, smooth lips.

Bye Bye Pores Blush Poreless Finish Airbrush Brightening Blush —  Featured in a brand-new Love shade, this blush delivers buildable color, and helps give your skin a flawless-looking finish. Suitable for all skin types, it’s time to discover the look of airbrushed skin with a natural-looking soft pink hue!

Hello Cheekbones Matte Bronzer & Highlighter Contouring Duo — Discover your life-changing duo, featuring a matte bronzer and highlighter in a new Love shade! Suitable for all skin types and tones, this two-in-one compact instantly defines and lifts the appearance of your cheekbones for natural-looking results.

Heavenly Luxe Hello Cheekbones Contour Brush — Your revolutionary dual-headed brush does the work for you to apply your highlighter and bronzer exactly where you want it—in one sweep! The custom-cut brush heads and shortened handle help give you the power to contour effortlessly, and it pairs perfectly with your included Hello Cheekbones Matte Bronzer & Highlighter Contouring Duo. While the angled “Highlight” brush head reaches the curves of your face to deliver a flawless, soft-focus effect, the rounded “Contour” brush head helps to evenly and smoothly apply your bronzer for an airbrushed-looking finish.

Here’s close up pics of the products:

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These products are gorgeous for holiday makeup looks, or for gifting to someone special. And the brushes are so soft and amazing quality!

Superhero is one of my favorite mascaras, and the blush formula is gorgeous.  This is almost like a full face of makeup and it would be so nice for any beauty lover!

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Are you picking this up today?  What’s your favorite IT Cosmetics product?