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.

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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

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, and the new e-commerce site,!




More Gorgeous Fall Makeup!

It was so warm in Kansas City today, it had to be almost 90 degrees.  I had to take my daughter downtown Kansas City to shop for a homecoming dress, and it was way to hot for Autumn!

Even though it still feels like summer, the shops has really cute fall clothes!  It reminded me that I needed to do another fall makeup post!

I have been sent the following products to review.  They include the perfect fall makeup for eyes, cheeks and lips:

Hard Candy Top Ten Eye Shadow Palette in Birthday Suit
Hard Candy Top Ten Eye Shadow Palette in Birthday Suit

Hard Candy Top Ten Eye Shadow Palette in Birthday Suit ($6 USD) — Hard Candy Top Ten Trendsetter Palette Eyeshadow is an eyeshadow collection of fashion-forward colors in a chic, fabric mirror compact. The collection features an extraordinary range of shades, with matte, shimmer, glitter, and metallic finishes. Birthday Suit, the collection above contains matte shadows in nudes and grays.

What I think:  These colors are amazing for fall! The nudes and grays can combine to make a really cool smoky eye.  Or, go natural with the softer colors.  These are pretty well pigmented and can stay on a long time, with an eye shadow primer.  Plus, very affordable!

Purchase at Walmart stores

Milani Limited Edition Rose Powder Blushes ($7.99 USD) — Now this is a blush that deserves to be seen! Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on cheeks, this petal soft, natural-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights. Streaks? Never. Easy to use? Always. In ultra-flattering shades that you just can’t live without.

Milani Stay Put Brow Color ($6.99 USD) — Stand out by filling in, like a pro. Count on superior staying power, the perfect amount of brow color, precise application and intense definition. Choose your closest match or combine two shades to achieve the most envy-inducing brows imaginable. Dual-ended, professional brush included.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème ($8.99 USD) — It’s time to put your lipsticks on notice. The Amore Matte Lip Crème has arrived. This revolutionary, highly saturated liquid-to-matte formula dries to a soft, velvety finish for fuller-looking lips. Its double-sided, flexible plush applicator hugs the contours of lips, working to lock in bold, opaque color. Non-sticky, smooth and ready for all-night wear, the limited edition Amore Matte Lip Crème is the ultimate transfer resistant kiss-me-matte.

What I think: The blush is gorgeous!  I love that it’s a soft rose, which is perfect with a dramatic fall eye and lip.  The brow cream is very easy to use.  Just apply cream with brush, then brush through brows with spoolie for a natural look.  And the matte lip cream is so on trend.  Matte lips are in and this one is vibrant and long-lasting.

Purchase at

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra
Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra ($20 USD) — Ditch your sharpener, but stay sharp! This waterproof kohl eyeliner glides on and self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off. Inspired by Smashbox pros who sharpen before every use on set, this first-of-its-kind pencil has a sharpener built right into the cap for a perfect tip-so you’ll always get a precise line.

What I think:  This is a rich, dark brown liner that stays on all day! I love that it has a twist on cap, it keeps the eyeliner soft and fresh.  The built is sharpener works well and is very handy.

Purchase at

Face Stockholm Cream Shadow ($24 MSRP) — Slips on easily like your favorite cashmere sweater or silk top, this dreamy shadow will be your go-to for luxurious, luminous color that performs throughout the day.  Highly pigmented, this smooth cream formula is creaseless, blendable and buildable, for versatile color that can be worn alone or layered under powder shadow.  Literally the crème de la crème of shadows!

Face Stockholm Lipstick ($22 MSRP) —  Available in three formulas — traditional Creams, classic Mattes and subtle Veils.

What I think:  Both of these products are in such rich fall colors.  The cream shadow is very blendable, and works well over an eye primer.  It will last longer.  The lipstick is a rich bronzy-wine.  So pretty.  It’s sheer on if you swipe it across your lips, it becomes darker when layered.  Love!


What are you loving this fall?  Please leave a comment and let me know.  It can be makeup, or anything else that you love.

Brighten Your Look With Fun Summer Makeup

There are so many choices if you want to switch up your makeup look this summer.  From soft and shimmery to fun and bright, you can easily achieve the look that you want!

My current summer look includes bronze skin, a pop of color on the eyes and soft lip colors, but I like to experiment, too.  Below are some of my new favorites this summer:

Bobbi Brown Telluride Collection
Bobbi Brown Telluride Collection

Bobbi Brown’s late summer collection, Telluride, inspired by one of her favorite destinations that is famous for its natural beauty. Each product in this collection is designed to deliver the gorgeous glow that the late afternoon sun in Telluride casts on the skin. Featuring shades of dusk—tawny nude, rose gold, and pink bronze—Telluride, makes it easy to achieve that sought-after natural, sun-kissed glow. This look is perfect for summer and transitions beautifully into fall.  

I have been loving the Telluride Eye Palette ($52 USD) as it features seven earthy shadows in a variety of brown, soft blush and mauve hues, and is a fresh take on a neutral eye— a major makeup trend from fall 2015 NYFW. The palette includes a sleek Dual-Ended Eye Shadow/Eye Liner Brush for on-the-go application. You also can’t go wrong with the new Shimmer Brick in Sunset Pink as it’s the perfect pick-me-up for day or night.

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Herbal Matte Shadow Duos ($7.00 SRP): Created with a silky, smooth formula that glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly. The shadows deliver an ultra-velvety, matte finish of highly pigmented color combination to make eyes pop.

LOL, Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liners ($.700 SRP): Full-on shimmering shades with an ultra-precise brush that allows for super thin wisps of color to thicker, dramatic ”notice me” lines, perfect for creating any look!  Intense pigments combined with micro-pearls create bold, shimmering colors to enhance the eyes for high voltage defining color with a super shimmering metallic finish! A special fine brush tip enables fine application to create a variety of looks from classic super thin lines to vivid streaks and geometric shapes. 

Lash Obsessed Mascara ($10.00 SRP): A mascara for true lash lovers who crave amplified volume, lavish length and lash fullness for an eye-look that’s obsessive!

Available at

FACE Stockholm Summer 2015 is inspired by Norrland, the Northern part of Sweden which is known for its wide forests, large rivers and untouched wilderness.

The above eye and lip colors are shimmery and soft, perfect for days at the beach or the lake.  The eye shadow is available for $19, the lipstick $22 and the lip gloss $19 at

Lip Rewind Advanced Treatment SPF20
Lip Rewind Advanced Treatment SPF20

Lip Rewind Advanced Treatment SPF20 ($24 USD) — infused with anti-aging, lip filling peptides, is designed to:

  • Repair daily damage.
  • Boost volume and moisture content.
  • Protect from UVA/UVB sun damage.

I have this in Coral and it is gorgeous for summer!  Purchase at

Get Your Beauty Routine Ready For Summer, Part 3

Part 3 and the final post of my summer prep spectacular showcases awesome makeup!  Looking for a foundation with SPF? Waterproof mascara? Bronzers? Bright lip color?  Me too!  And I found some great new picks!

In this post, I review cosmetics from Mary Kay, Ramy, FACE Stockholm, LORAC and Osmotics.  Maybe you’ll find something that you love, too!

In the summer months, we all want a makeup bag that’s a little lighter product wise. When streamlining makeup bags for the warmer months, it’s okay to keep some of the powder-based products with hues that will transition nicely into the changing seasons – just keep in mind that spring and summer means brighter hues. Have some fun with color, especially when it comes to eye shadows, eyeliners and lip shades!

Mary Kay® CC Cream Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($20 USD) — A perfect multi-tasker with eight skin benefits in just one tube. This product is light enough for summer, yet creates a gorgeous natural finish – plus, it helps protect skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Mary Kay® Lash Love® Waterproof Mascara ($15 USD) — Beat the heat and keep lashes looking gorgeous. For extra lasting power, use an eyelash primer like Mary Kay® Lash Primer. This is a great combo for the pool or beach!

Mary Kay® Brush Cleaner ($10 USD) — While updating colors for each season is important, it’s a “must” to thoroughly clean makeup brushes, especially since skin produces more oil and sweat in the warmer months. And, don’t forget to replace mascara at least four times per year.

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Ramy Face Glosses ($18.50 USD) — offer an all-over glow that’s designed to be worn on the eyes, cheeks or lips. The waterproof formula contains antioxidants Aloe, Wheat Germ and Vitamins A and D to pamper and protect skin.  The sheer washes of color are non-creasing on eyes, ultra-hydrating on lips and super long-wearing on cheeks, plus the portable compact allows for easy on-the-go application and come in 5 perfect shades including Sugar Glow!, Face Candy!, Casual Sex!, On-the-Go Glow!, and Sunlit Glow!

Ramy Elixir Skin Conditioning Primer ($40 USD) — Formulated with cucumber and St. Johns Wort, it cools skin, reducing redness and inflammation, while safflower and apricot kernel firm skin. Plus, this cooling primer leaves skin smoothed, soothed and prepped in one easy-breezy step.  ($40)

Ramy Perfect Brow Wand ($28 USD) —  This dual-ended, universally flattering brow filler and highlighter boasts a waterproof gel formula for maximum staying power with a natural finish.  Be sure to always brush though product for flawless wear.

Ramy products are available at, and LOOK Boutiques nationwide.

Face Stockholm Summer 2014
Face Stockholm Summer 2014

Face Stockholm Summer 2014 — Like the dark steel gray of an impending thunderstorm on a hot summer day, our look for summer is stormy and mysterious with a strong emphasis on the vivid Matte Orange lip. From the FACE Stockholm website, here is how to achieve the look:

For a clean and hydrated look for summer, start with FACE Stockholm BB Natural Beauty Balm ($38 USD). This can be applied with clean fingertips or a makeup brush (try FACE Stockholm Foundation Brush #34) for a flawless finish. For a more matte look, lightly dust with FACE Stockholm Loose Powder ($26 USD).

Using FACE Stockholm Chisel Contour Brush #5, apply FACE Stockholm Blush ($20 USD) in Sun-Kissed from the apples of the cheek to the temples.

Create a warm, smoky eye. As a base, apply Krämögonskugga in Chintz ($24 USD) all over the lid. Then, using FACE Stockholm Blender Brush #39, apply Granit Matte Shadow ($20 USD) on top, being sure to blend well. For a more dramatic look, add a sweep of Platina Matte Shadow ($20 USD) on the outer third of lid.  Finally, define the lower lash line with Granit Matte Shadow using our Angular Sable Brush #13.

Use FACE Stockholm Sable Fluff Brush #12S to apply Highlighter Destiny ($25 USD) to the inner corner of the eye.   Add a little dab on the cheekbones too, or anywhere else you’d like to add a little glow.  Apply FACE Stockholm Luxe Lash Mascara ($32 USD) to the top and bottom lashes.

For the lips, use FACE Stockholm Medium Lip Brush #18 to apply Matte Orange Lipstick ($22 USD), with precise and clean lines. For even heavier color saturation, start with Helen Lipliner. For a dewy day look, add a dab of clear Lipgloss #1; or finish with Correct Pencil to add a soft highlight around the lip.

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Lorac Back to Bronze Collection
Lorac Back to Bronze Collection

Lorac Back to Bronze Collection ($36 USD) —

Welcome back warmth with LORAC’s Back To Bronze Collection. This perfect Beach-Ready Bag contains everything you need to look bronze and beautiful this season: A double-ended 3D Lustre/Liner in Copper/Black Cherry makes your eyes sparkle and shine; Cobra Mascara, formulated with Keratin, Vitamin E and Panthenol, instantly creates super long, faux-looking lashes; TANtalizer® Baked Bronzer (travel-size) gives you a beautiful bronze glow; Alter Ego Cream Lipstick in Girl Next Door, infused with Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and Vitamin C & E, coats your lips in luscious, rich color and Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre completes your sun-kissed look with luminous, high-shine. Get Back to Bronze with LORAC!

Back to Bronze Collection contains:

  • 3D Lustre/Liner in Copper/Black Cherry
  • Cobra Mascara
  • TANtalizer® Baked Bronzer (Travel-Size)
  • Alter Ego Cream Lipstick in Girl Next Door
  • Lip Lustre Gloss in Peach Lustre
  • Travel Bag

Purchase at

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck

Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck ($35 Each) — Lip and Tuck conditioning gloss plumps, restores lip contours and prevents aging to give you healthier, smoother, younger-looking lips. Hydrating hyaluronic acid particles penetrate and swell the lip tissue to add volume and plumpness.

The IT ingredient for the summer, copper, along with two powerful anti-aging peptides, helps to prevent the loss of collagen which keeps your lips and mouth area firm, tight and line-free. Nourishing macadamia nut oil soothes dry, chapped lips. Available in Natural, Cognac, Golden Nectar, and French Kiss.

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Punch Up Your Lip Color This Spring

I love changing my lip color a bit with the seasons.  Spring makes me think of softer and brighter colors.  I won’t go too bright, but I do love a good coral, pink and peach!

Below are some lip colors that I have been testing.  All are different but really pretty and will get you ready for Spring!

NYC New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain
NYC New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain

NYC New York Color lets you smooch away without smooching away your lip color with the Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain ($4.99 USD). This longwearing lip stain stays put for hours, so you can kiss to your heart’s content.

This lightweight, transfer-proof stain delivers irresistibly smooth, vivid lip color all day long. With its precise felt tipped pen applicator system, lining lips and filling them in requires one easy step for lust-worthy lips that won’t budge.

What I think:  This is a very affordable way to wear the new lip stains markers that are out now.  I have been loving Orange on the Go.  It’s a light, wearable orange that when I wear it alone, it looks like I’ve been eating a pop sickle, or I can put a shimmery gloss over it for a really fresh look.

Available in 13 smooch proof shades at drugstores nationwide

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms ($7 USD) For just a hint of color and a whole lot of conditioning. The Botanical  Waxes in these softly tinted balms will take your lips to lovely in one  pretty swipe. They come in a range of 9 naturally flattering shades, 4  of which are new! Blush Orchid, Caramel Daisy, Petunia and Sweet Violet.
What I think:  LOVE!  I have been wearing this every day in Petunia, a nude pink.  It is so easy to swipe on and it looks more polished than a clear lip balm.  And it is so moisturizing!
Available at mass market retailers and
Jane Iredale Puremoist Lipstick
Jane Iredale Puremoist Lipstick
Jane Iredale Puremoist Lipstick ($25 USD) — Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing.Ripe, juicy colors saturate the lips with 24 versatile shades that dress the lips with high‐impact color and sumptuous depth. The continuously creamy, rich and smooth formula glides on easily for long‐lasting color. The sleek tube is designed for easy and precise application.

What I think:  The color I have been testing is Rikki.  It is described as a bubble gum pink, but I think it’s more of a pretty rose.  This is perfect when I want to go one step further than a colored balm.  It is sheer, but so pretty! Perfect for work and the weekend because it lasts a few hours before needing to reapply!

Face Stockholm Lipstick in Toffee
Face Stockholm Lipstick in Toffee

Face Stockholm Lipstick in Toffee ($22 USD) — Available in three formulas — traditional Creams for a rich creamy coverage, classic Mattes for color-saturation with no shine and subtle Veils for a sheer wash of moisturizing color.

What I think:  Toffee is a cream and it goes on smooth and covers really well.  This color is so perfect for spring.  It is soft, but does give a pretty pop of coral.


Are you trying a new lip color this spring?  What are you loving?

Summer Nail Polish Ideas

Sci-Fly By
Sci-Fly By

Take your summer manicure out of this world with China Glaze® Hologlam, an all new 12-piece collection of shimmering holographic China Glaze® established itself as the leader in holographic nail lacquer with the 2007 OMG! China Glaze® established itself as the leader in holographic nail lacquer with the 2007 OMG!collection, one of the most popular collections in the brands’ history.  Fueled by that success and back by popular demand,  China Glaze® Hologlam uses reflective, holographic particles to capture light and transform nails into amazing, ever-changing visual effects.  With a strong linear finish whether indoor or shining bright in the sun,  China Glaze® Hologlam bends and changes, creating an illuminated three-dimensional, traveling color effect across the nail.

The China Glaze® Hologlam collection features 12 futuristic shades, including:

Get Outta My Space: powdered violet

Astro-Hot: soft, baby pink

Infra-Red: warm, magenta pink

When Stars Collide: warm maroon

Not In This Galaxy: bright, warm coral

OMG A UFO: warm, moss green

Don’t Be A Luna-Tic: turquoise aqua

Sci-Fly By: light, silver blue

Take A Trek: cool, denim blue

Strap On Your Moonboots: midnight sky blue

Galactic Gray: warm, gunmetal

Cosmic Dust: silver metal

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.  The China Glaze® Hologlam (collection is available in April 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.

Poole and Bobby Dazzler
Poole and Bobby Dazzler

butter LONDON Summer Holiday Collection ($15 USD)– proves that bronze have more fun! With their Summer Holiday Collection, a lineup of six lacquers that serve up the perfect pop of colour against sun-kissed skin. Inspired by cultural elements and gilded textures, the Summer Holiday Collection includes sultry metallics in platinum, gold and rust, as well as crushed glitter in rich shades of copper and umber.


Bit Faker – A full coverage bronze glitter that was inspired by the tan from a can.

Sun Baker – This rust orange shimmer is named for a those slaves to sun whose skin had taken an odd and unnatural tone.

Champers – This rose gold shimmer is Brit slang for champagne; pop a bottle in the hamper for a toast on the beach-or anywhere else.

Poole – A robin’s egg blue crème inspired by this seaside resort town in high summer.

Marbs – This unique yellow-gold stunner was named for the city of Marbella on the Mediterranean.

Bobby Dazzler – Look fit and rock your fancy in this opaque silver chrome.

WHERE TO BUY: Ulta, Nordstrom and


FACE Stockholm Optical Diffusions Holographic Nail Polish ($16 USD) -A new dimension in nail color, this special effect polish offers high impact holographic shimmer.  Each shade captures the light to reveal a full spectrum of radiant, iridescent color combinations.  Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP-free.

Shades are:

Athena – Silver holographic

Aphrodite – Rose holographic

Thea – Soft green holographic

Eos – Fade blue holographic

Aura – Pink holographic

Leto -Sand holographic

Available at


China Glaze Texture Collection ($7.50 USD) –  China Glaze®  introduces  Texture, a unique new lacquer that applies as a crème but dries with a 3D texture effect. Unlike traditional nail art techniques that require multiple steps, Texture only requires one step—painting the nail.  Texture dries matte, but can be combined with China Glaze® Fast Forward Top Coat for a glossy effect. With a finish similar to that of a sugared rim, Texture is the perfect accessory for a beach day, night-on-the town, or special rendezvous.

Shades are: Unrefined – bright pink with textured grit In the Rough – light lime green with textured grit Itty, Bitty and Gritty – melon with textured grit Of Coarse! – bright, cobalt blue with textured grit Bump & Grind – hot pinkish-red with textured grit Toe-tally Textured – tangerine-orange with textured grit

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (

Gabrielle and Zelda
Gabrielle and Zelda

I am a Julep Maven.  That means that for 19.99 per month I receive a box of nail polish and beauty products delivered to my door! The May box had Great Gatsby Roaring 20’s style polishes.  The ones to the left are Gabrielle (Smoky mulberry crème) and Zelda (Pink champagne metallic).  Julep’s polishes are gorgeous and are “4-free” and do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, or DBP. The professional chip-resistant formulation is fast drying and highly pigmented. June’s theme is Sail into Summer and I will try to feature it after I review it. If you would like to become a Maven, click on:

If you click on that link or manually enter code 8514891 at check out, I will receive a bonus to use toward future boxes.  I would really appreciate that!



Smize Big With New Fall Eye Products!

Yes, I am watching the new season of America’s Next Top Model, but more importantly, my big brown eyes look fab with my new fall eye products!  My fave’s are:

Eye Majic Instant Eye Shadow ($2.49 for 2 in a box, $$5.75 for 5 $10.95 for 10) and — is the first “hold-and-press” eye shadow applicator that imparts high-pigment colors so anyone can achieve precise, flawless, eyeshadow looks in 10 seconds!

These are very easy to use.  Just press on lid, then take an eye shadow brush to blend it in around the edges.  Fun and really cool!  Currently there are 15 different kits that include matte and pearl colors options. Purchase at


Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio ($28 USD) A color-coordinated eye shadow trio. Create beautiful eyes effortlessly with Smashbox’s award-winning eye shadow trios. These perfectly coordinated hues take the guesswork out of choosing what shades to wear together.  Each trio features a base, contour, and highlight shade for mistake-proof application. Plus, three shades in one pot equal a travel-friendly necessity for the girl on the go. Peel back the shade label for easy-to-follow Get-the-Look application tips.

The palette above is called Shutterspeed.  It has been my everyday look for over a week now.  The gray with the beige colors is so pretty!  But if this isn’t the color combo for you, there are 16 to choose from! Purchase at or

Pixi Beauty Shade Quartette

Pixi Beauty Shade Quartette ($22 USD) — A tone-on-tone wheel of coordinated shades for the ultimate natural eye.  Custom mixed formulas from satin to iridescent are super silky and give instant lustre. Suit-all shades transition easily from day to night and blend like a dream. With added coated mineral pigments to reflect the light plus good-for-you nutrients.

This is available in 3 natural palettes — Shades of Nude, Shades of Peach and Shades of Taupe (left to right in photo above).  I have the Shades of Peach which is soft and shimmery on — perfect for the current trend of pale, sheer eyeshadow.  Pare it with a strong eyeliner, lots of mascara and a stronger lip — pretty for fall!   You can purchase at Target stores or

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek Palette ($44 USD) — A stylish mirrored clutch featuring eye and cheek essentials formulated with Tarte’s biggest beauty breakthrough: Amazonian clay.  So pretty you’ll want to take it out of your purse for frequent touch-ups, this faux-snakeskin adorned palette contains six Amazonian clay eye shadows that deliver the perfect amount of creamy matte perfection or subtle shimmer.  Also inside are two Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes in one original, bestselling shade and one new shade. Amazonian clay works to nourish lids, reduce surface oil, and improve overall texture for easy application and better wear.

Tarte has some of the best wearing shadows out there.  Highly pigmented and so long-lasting.  The colors in this Palette can be used for day or night — just change up the colors.  The blushes are super pretty as well, but be careful — a little goes a long way!  Available at

Smashbox Image Factory Waterproof Shadow Liner

Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner ($22 USD) A stay-put waterproof eye shadow and long-wearing liner in one. Give eyes soft definition wherever, whenever with this travel-friendly, mistake-proof shadow liner. The creamy waterproof formula glides on effortlessly for endless possibilities.  Smudge as a liner or blend as a shadow with included smudger for allover, longwearing color. Light-reflecting pearls give high-drama color and shimmer, while emollients create a silky, creamy texture.

I have been using this liner in Metallic Bronze.  It is so versatile and easy.  I apply the liner as a shadow and smudge it all over my lid, then line my upper and lower lids with the same pencil.  So pretty for day or night!  Purchase at or

Face Stockholm Lash Booster

Face Stockholm Lash Booster ($34 USD) — Get noticeably longer, thicker and fuller lashes after only one day of use! This revolutionary, strengthening and lengthening mascara with Booster Complex – a blend of rich vegetable waxes and polymers – nourishes and stimulates the growth of eyelashes.

Use Lash Booster as your everyday mascara for at least 60 consecutive days and get clinically-proven, measurable results:  lashes up to 1.5 mm longer and 15% fuller!

I have been using for only a week.  I have noticed that the mascara lengthens and thickens my lashes, but it has not been long enough to notice lash growth.  If I do in a couple of months, I will let you know!  The good news is that it is not irritating my extremely sensitive eyes (lash growth products usually do!) Purchase at

Enjoy your beautiful eyes!


FACE Stockholm Summer 2012

FACE Stockholm’s Summer 2012 is here!

With the exception of Christmas, Midsummer is the most important holiday of the year in Sweden — and understandably so!

When winter finally fades and summer explodes with life in June, Swedes leave the hustle and bustle of urban life behind and escape to the countryside where they take the opportunity to rejoice and celebrate the light and warmth of the summer solstice.

When the maypole is raised, bedecked in greens and flowers of every color, anyone who partakes will tell you there is magic in the air.  As revelers dance in traditional garb and crowns of wildflowers, music, drink and the fresh tastes of the season — herring and potatoes and fresh strawberries are enjoyed in plenty.

And, as we all know, wherever there is magic, there is also love.

Traditionally, the young gather flowers to stow under their pillows at night in hopes of dreaming of their future spouse. It is truly a celebration of life — past, present and future.

The spirit of this celebration, the optimism and nostalgia of ritual and the halcyon glow of summer, have inspired FACE Stockholm’s look for Summer 2012.

Just as the flowers bloom in the warmth of the sun, this look is naturally radiant — as if kissed by the season itself. She is flushed with color and beaming with the enthusiasm of summer’s romance.

The products used to create the soft, summery face above are:

This is a fun and easy look to achieve and it would be perfect for every day.  I really love the shock of a darkish-green nails with such a pretty look.


FACE Stockholm Fall 2011

FACE Stockholm Fall 2011
This bold fall collection is inspired by the independent spirit and magnetic presence of silent film legends such as Louise Brooks, the look for Fall 2011 reflects the uninhibited nature and intellectual daring of the borrowed-from-the-boys theme that has hit today’s runways.  Like the season itself, fall is provocative and bold, encouraging us the re-evaluate, rediscover and reinvent.
I think it’s cool that these shades are neutrals but are so very dramatic. I love the matte eye shadows — they look fresh in this season full of metallics.  With the dark brown pencil and the fab volumizing mascara — your eyes will look soft but stunning!
For drama, line the lips with the dark orange lip pencil and use the clear lip treatment to add moisture.  That’s a statement!
To purchase, visit  Enjoy!

FACE Stockholm Spring 2011 Bohemian Rhapsody Collection

FACE Stockholm Spring 2011 Bohemian Rhapsody


Spring 2011 breezes in with a Bohemian twist on a classical theme, inspired by the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Roz Lip Pencil ($17.00 USD) — Medium Rose Pink
Romance Lipstick ($22.00 USD) — Shimmery Rose
Lipgloss 1 ($19.00 USD) — Clear
Rio Creme Blush ($25.00 USD) — Sheer Fuchsia
Black Eye Pencil ($17.00 USD) — Darkest Black
Sophisticated Matte Shadow ($20.00 USD) — Matte Ivory
#26 Pearl Shadow ($19.00 USD) — Medium Pearly Charcoal
Sensitive Eye Dust ($22.00 USD) — Pinky Beige Shimmer
#28 Nail Polish ($12.00 USD) — Iridescent light pink

This is such a bright, pretty look, especially the lipstick and blush — they really wake up tired winter skin! I also love the shimmer on the eyes and nails. I am so happy to see such pretty spring colors after the long cold winter!

You can purchase these gorgeous colors at Enjoy the look of early spring!