Jane Iredale Spring 2017 Collection

jane iredale’s Spring 2017 Collection
jane iredale’s Spring 2017 Collection

I am so excited about spring makeup this year!  The shades are fresh, but bold, too!

I was lucky to be sent Jane Iredale’s Spring 2017 collection for my honest review.   This collection is launching March 13th, but there will be a sneak peak of the products on the brand site now. This gathering of peachy, rosy radiance pays homage to Mother Earth’s natural tones and celebrates individual radiance with complementary eye, lip and cheek shades for spring.

Here is the breakdown of the new shades from left to right in the photo above:

PurePressed Eye Shadow Triples ($30 USD) — From elegant to edgy, these silky, richly-pigmented, long-lasting and easily blended eye shadows can create any look. They are crease-resistant and long-lasting, plus they are gentle and safe for sensitive eyes.

New Shades:

  • Soft Kiss—a matte, warm mauve, shimmery port wine and shimmery smoky brown
  • Pink Quartz—a matte light pink, shimmery soft pink and shimmery, cool plum

PureMoist Lipsticks ($25 USD) — Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and fruit extracts for petal-soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing. Proven soothing properties of Moringa Butter saturate the lips with vitamins A and C, while Coffee Seed Extract infuses with even more antioxidant protection.

New Shades:

  • Susan—a soft cool pink
  • Lisa—a creamy rose

In Touch Cream Blush ($27 USD) — Glide on this moist, cream-to-powder blush stick for soft, dewy and completely natural looking radiance. Key Ingredients: Macadamia Esters hydrate and soothe, Beeswax gives antimicrobial protection

New Shade:

  • Candid—a warm, rosy neutral

Bronzer Refill ($44 USD) — For a sunny glow, this bronzer contains four hues that can be mixed and matched for an all-over sun-kissed look. Sweep across eyes, lips and cheeks for contouring, highlighting or all-over radiance.Pair with our sleek refillable compact, sold separately for $18.

New Shade:

  • Peaches & Cream—four luxurious, warm peachy and pink hues with shimmer

All of these colors are so gorgeous!  The eye shadows are so fresh for spring, and are a nice departure from all of the nude shadow palettes out there!  The lip colors are bold for spring and give a pop of color.  I love applying the rosy cream blush to the apples of my cheeks then the peachy bronzer/highlighter on top.  Gorgeous!

Do you love the natural products of jane iredale?  Are you planning on picking some of these gorgeous products up?


Too Faced 2016 Mystery Bag Review!


I received my Too Faced Mystery Bag today!  Yay, I was so excited to get it.  I ordered it on Cyber Monday, so it only took a week to get here.



Here is the bag, plus a couple of free samples I received with my order.  The Mystery  Bag was $39 USD.  Here’s what is inside:



Here’s individual photos:


This is a bit too pink for me, but I’ll probably try it anyway.


The Black mascara came in a box, but the purple one didn’t.  I am looking forward to trying the purple one!  I currently don’t own a purple mascara.


I don’t usually wear black eyeliner, but this has a little sparkle and will be fun for the holidays!  The other end has a smudger to smoke it out.


This primer is a little stickier than most, but it will be great for shimmery shadows!


I love this palette!  Unfortunately, I already have it.  But I will probably gift it.

I think this mystery bag is okay.  I will use the primer and then I’ll try the mascara and lip color.  I probably won’t purchase it again next year.

Did you pick this up?



IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Top 5 Superstars and More! 6-piece Holiday Set


IT Cosmetics IT’s Your Top 5 Superstars and More! 6-piece Holiday Set ($59.99 USD) — This amazing deal is good for one day only, November 12, 2016!

This exclusive six-piece collection features the products IT girls has said are most life-changing for them, plus a groundbreaking new brush:

  • Bye Bye Under Eye™ Concealer covers everything without creasing or cracking
  • Celebration Foundation Illumination™ gives you a flawless-looking glow in just 30 seconds
  • Brow Power™ Pencil to create your most beautiful brows
  • Superhero™ Mascara to transform your lashes
  • Je Ne Sais Quoi™ Lip Treatment to awaken your lips with a youthful-looking pop of color.
  • NEW Heavenly Skin™ Full-Coverage Foundation Brush does the work for you to deliver an airbrushed finish!

I love these products!  I have tried all of them before (besides the amazing new brush), and they truly are superstars!  Bye Bye Under Eye is my favorite concealer because it is full coverage but looks really natural on, as does the Celebration Foundation Illumination.  The foundation covers so well and gives a little glow, but not shimmer.

Superhero is my holy grail mascara at the moment, it leaves lashes thick and long! And the lip treatment gives a hint of color with tons of hydration.

The new brush is so cool!  I love the swirling bristle pattern.  Like IT’s previous brushes, its soft to the touch and picks up product so well!

Are you going to pick this up?  These products are definitely worth this deal! All IT products are such high quality, you can’t lose!

Dramatic Fall Makeup From Maybelline Will Make Your Eyes Pop!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eye Shadow Palette
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

I have been sent some gorgeous Maybelline makeup for my honest review, and have been loving how amazing they are making my eyes look! Below are some of my faves that I have been testing, plus a mascara I haven’t tried yet, but hope to soon!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eye Shadow Palette ($11.99 USD) — This 12-shade eye shadow palette features dazzling colors infused with rose gold pigments. From bold beiges and sultry sands to brazen bronzes and tempting taupes, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye makeup looks.

What I think:  These colors are so pretty and work well for all seasons.  The shadows are pretty well pigmented, but to get the correct colors, I have to layer.    For the price, this is a gorgeous palette.

Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow Quads Charcoal Smokes
Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow Quads
Charcoal Smokes

Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow Quads ($4.49 USD) — This long-wearing makeup palette features extraordinary color that lasts up to 12 hours. Powder eye shadow delivers natural day to dramatic night eye looks. This eye shadow makeup quad boasts extraordinary color thanks to ultra-blendable jet-milled pigments. Delivers a silky finish. Ophthalmologist tested.

What I think: I have this palette in Charcoal Smokes.  I use the lighter shades to get a little glam and go darker for more drama.  They blend really well.


Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil ($7.99 USD) — This waterproof and smudge-resistant gel eyeliner glides on smooth for impactful definition. All-day wear. Ophthalmologist tested. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

What I think:  This is a gorgeous eyeliner!  It goes on so smoothly which I love.  I have this in a few colors, but used the black one to draw deer makeup on my daughter because it is so black and stayed on for hours.  The Polished Amethyst (above), is beautiful for fall.  There are 10 shades to choose from.

Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Define + Fill Duo
Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Define + Fill Duo

Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Define + Fill Duo ($7.99 USD) — Achieve smooth and full brows with this two-in-one eyebrow pencil. Use the pencil to shape and filling powder to fill.

What I think: This is a great on the go brow pencil.  The pencil itself is a little thin, so don’t press too hard or it will break.  The powder is very well pigmented! It stays put fast, so work with it quickly!  Available in 4 shades — Blonde, Auburn, Soft Brown and Deep Brown.

Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette
Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette

Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette ($12.99 US) — The ultimate polished brow: sculpting wax sets hairs in place, pigment powder fills and tints, and highlighting powder accents brow line.

What I think:  The colored wax is so different, it’s usually clear in these type of palettes.  So when you fill with the powder, then set with the wax, the color pops and really colors grey hairs or fills in sparse areas.  The highlighting powder has a subtle sheen to it.  So pretty!

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Washable Mascara
Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Washable Mascara

Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Washable Mascara ($9.49 USD) — Achieve The Falsies push-up effect, now with a lifted winged look. The exclusive push-up wing brush sweeps lashes to the side, while lifting and plumping from the roots. The styling formula holds the lifted wing look in place. Ophthalmologist tested.

What I think:  I haven’t tried this yet, but I love the idea that it lifts from the roots and gives a winged look.  Fun!  I love Maybelline’s mascara and think that this is one to try!

Learn more and purchase these great products at http://www..maybelline.com and at stores near you!

Have you tried any of these amazing products?  Let me know!

Summer Makeup To Brighten Your Face!

The summer is heating up!  This time of the year, I usually wear sheer or bronze lip color, but this year I am branching out to brighter hues!

Below are my current favorite beauty balm and lip products.  The lip colors range from glossy pinks to matte reds!  I love changing them up according to my mood and the occasion:

FACE Stockholm summer collection:

BB Natural Beauty Balm ($38 USD) — A multitasking cream in a compact to hydrate, prime, conceal and shield with Titanium and Zinc Oxides for UVA/UVB sun protection. Virtually melts into the skin for superior coverage that blends easily and diffuses imperfections. The result: a clean complexion that appears almost makeup-free. Wear alone for light coverage or use as a primer to boost the staying power of foundation.

Lip Liner ($17 USD) — Pencil it in!  Smooth, writeable color in the precision of a pencil.  Define, enhance and compliment lipstick or gloss.

Matte Lipstick ($22 USD) — Bold, bright and beautiful – matte lipstick offers dramatic color-saturated coverage with true staying power.  From show-stopping reds to neutral nudes our modern matte formula provides highly pigmented, non-drying color for all skin tones.

What I think: I love the beauty balm.  When I dipped my fingers into it, it was almost like a sheer gloss.  But applied, it covers moderately and dries down to a dewy finish.  The lip liner and matte lipstick create a long-lasting deep red lip.

Purchase at http://www.facestockholm.com

Santhilea London Real Rebel Luxury Lip Care
Santhilea London Real Rebel Luxury Lip Care

Santhilea London Real Rebel Luxury Lip Care ($9.99 USD) Real Rebel Luxury Lip Care is a truly revolutionary product. A wonderfully blended formula, including Bees Wax, Shea Butter, Vitamin E & Jojoba Oil that actually work in harmony with your own body chemistry, enhancing your lips’ natural rosiness, redness and sexiness. All mixed into a sheer super-long-lasting base that creates long-lasting lip colour AND rich moisturisation and condition.Great for the days when healthy looking  lips are the priority, but you want a hint of gorgeous flattering colour.

What I think:  I love this color-changing lipstick!  It is green in the tube, but when applied turns a sheer red on me. I don’t usually wear red, but it’s so pretty and brightens my face!  Perfect for the summer.

Purchase at CVS stores and http://www.cvs.com

essence lip colors for summer:

Liquid Lipstick ($3.49 USD) — Liquid love! This NEW formula combines the best of both lipstick and lipgloss. Get the impact and coverage of a lipstick with the moisturizing shine of a gloss.

Sheer & Shine Lipstick ($2.99 USD) — Sheer love! This NEW smooth and lightweight lipstick provides a moisturizing wash of color and shine. Buildable color with every swipe.

XXXL Shine Lipgloss ($2.49 USD) — Ultimate shine for your lips! The XXXL shine lipgloss pampers your lips without leaving behind a sticky feeling. Contains vitamin e and panthenol to moisturize and prevent lips from feeling dry. Available in 12 glossy shades.

What I think:  The liquid lipstick is shiny and full coverage.  Perfect for a night out or an event that you want to add some drama!  The Sheer & Shine is my favorite for summer.  It gives a very moisturizing wash of color and smells like vanilla! XXXL Shine is so glossy without being sticky.  Perfect for the gloss girls out there.

essence cosmetics products are available at Target and Ulta stores and Target.com, Ulta.com and the new e-commerce site, essencemakeup.com!




Brand Review — BHüe


I received a wonderful box of all seven of the BHüe’s Liquid Matte Lipsticks ($18 USD), plus a lip balm and lip brush for my honest review. What is BHüe you ask?

“BHüe is a cosmetic brand for those who blend their makeup, but refuse to blend into the crowd. For those who want to complement being their best with looking their best. It’s not about contouring, but about confidence. BHüe’s manifesto is to be fearless. Be bold. Be the best version of yourself. BHüe.”


Here is another photo of the group of products. The lipsticks are very well pigmented, one swipe and lips are saturated with color.  It dries down to a true matte, that is not too drying.


Swiped, from left to right, Natural Nude, Pink Rose, Pretty Penny, Poppy Red, True Red and Metal Diva.  I also have Berry Fuchsia, but one of my daughters may have taken that one!  The lipsticks are still a little wet in the photo, but you can see the coverage and gorgeous colors.

I don’t wear red lipstick, but True Red looked really nice on.  And I love that it is matte, it’s sexy but not too out there.  And it stays on so well.  Natural Nude is my every day favorite and I love Berry Fuchsia (wherever it is) because it is a soft mauve.  But I will be wearing all of these lovely colors from summer into fall and on!


The Tinted Lip Balm ($17 with brush) is very nice, too!  It looks clear in the tin, and it transforms into a rosy pink gloss. The brush is very pretty, but a little stiff.  After a few uses it worked really well.  The balm can also be applied with your finger.

I am loving BHüe and am excited to try more of their products in the future.


Affordable Spring Makeup For a Fresh, Fun Look!

I have to admit that I wear a lot of neutral makeup including brown eye shadows and liners and nude lips.  But as the weather turns warmer, I do start incorporating bright shades and shimmers into my look.

The products below are from NYC New York Color, Rimmel London and Hard Candy. Not only are they great products, they are affordable, too!  None are over $8.  Affordable products make it easy to treat yourself.  Check these out:

NYC New York Color Get It All Lip Color ($2.99 USD) — Comfortable and creamy texture in a long-lasting formula. Intense, vibrant and shiny finish. Non-drying formula wears up to four hours. Available in 10 bold shades.

NYC New York Color Kajal Eye Pencil ($2.99 USD) — Creamy, soft, and smooth texture glides easily over the skin, offering coverage and intense color in one stroke. Cone-shaped applicator gives you maximum precision and helps you achieve luxuriously lined lids. Available in four ultra pigmented shades: Deep Brown, Deep Grey, Purple Glam, True Black

Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Double-Ended Shadow and Liner ($6.47 USD) — Get magnified eyes in two easy, mess-free steps. Rimmel’s spectacular 2-in-1 eye pencil delivers ultra-intense, long lasting color for stand-out eye-looks. The dual-tipped pen features a stay true shadow at one end and a 24 hour kohl kajal liner at the other, which can be used on both the lash and water line. Just draw on the drama! The formula is creaseproof, transferproof and waterproof. Available in five strong shade combos in matte, shimmer and pearl finishes.

What I think:  The NYC New York Color Get It All Lip Color combines color and moisture, like a tinted lip balm with more pigment.  I love how this feels on and it does last for a few hours.  The NYC New York Color Kajal Eye Pencil is so creamy and glides easily across the lid (so important as I get older)! The color is very pigment and wears fairly well.

I love the Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Double-Ended Shadow and Liner.  These stay on all day, which is important as the weather gets warmer.  The liner applies easily and stays on well.  The shadow blends really well.

These products are available at a mass market retailer near you.

White Haute Hard Candy Beauty
hite Haute Hard Candy Beauty

Hard Candy’s Sheer Envy Primer Mist ($8 USD) — Lightweight primer mist that hydrates skin and revitalizes radiance in the skin. Infused with coconut water to boost hydration benefits for up to 12 hours. Leaves the skin soft, smooth and supple.

Hard Candy’s Illuminate & Strobing Mix In Drops ($8 USD) — Multi purpose iridescent facial enhancer that instantly creates a radiant and dewy completion. Use alone or mix in a moisturizer or foundation. 

Hard Candy’s Eye Def in Wicked White ($6 USD) — Chrome crayon for a shimmering pop of color. Soft creamy application that works on the entire lid or the lash line.

Hard Candy’s Illuminate & Strobing Face Duo Stick ($6 USD) — Customizable duo that features two illuminating shades. Instantly creates a radiant and dewy complexion.

What I think: I love a primer mist.  This is very light and smells nice (probably the coconut water).  Since this is hydrating, it can also be used as a setting spray.

The Mix in Drops are my favorite of these products.  The little glass bottle with dropper is really cute and retro looking.  The drops are so nice to strobe with.  You can use a little or a lot.

I haven’t tried the Eye Def in Wicked White, but I think it would be nice on the inner lash line and the inner corners of the eyelid to brighten the eye.  The Illuminate & Strobing Face Duo Stick is gorgeous!  There is a lighter and a bit darker/warmer shade.  Both are so nice on cheekbones, on the brow bone, cupid’s bow, etc.

Hard Candy Cosmetics are available for purchase exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com.


Hard Candy Lashaholic Big Fake and Ginormous Biggest Fan
Hard Candy Lashaholic Big Fake and Ginormous Biggest Fan

Hard Candy Lashaholic Big Fake ($7 USD) — Quick glide formula that smoothes across the lashes to evenly coat and lengthen. Maximum bristle brush will curl, separate and lift lashes for a noticeable difference. Available in Blackest Carbon Black. 

Hard Candy Ginormous Biggest Fan ($6 USD) — Fanned out brush that instantly defines and curls lashes for bigger and brighter eyes. Easily wraps every lash with exceptional volume from root to tip. Available in Blackest Carbon Black.

What I think:  Both of these are nice separately, but I love wearing a coat of each.  Lashaholic Big Fake gives tons of volume and length.  Ginormous Biggest Fan separates and curls lashes. Together, wow!  I have tiny, straight lashes though.  Both work well on their own, too.

The Hard Candy collection is available only at Walmart and Walmart.com

What affordable makeup are you loving now?  Leave a comment and let me know!