My Beauty Favorites — Week of March 28-April 3, 2016

It’s definitely Spring in Kansas City.  It is going to be almost 80 degrees today.  Crazy!  I am now enjoying wearing softer makeup.

This week, I am loving a gorgeous highlighting palette and soft matte liquid lipstick, a natural makeup set, and high-pigmented lipsticks:

Pop Beauty Pow Wow Powder ($24 USD) — Take a page from beauty school with these fanciful books. Each palette contains 4 complementary shades to mix and match for a seamless burst of colour. Silky-smooth, mineral formula.Paraben free. Not tested on animals. Available in 3 palettes, Strobin’ Glow, Rockin’ Rouge and Beachin’ Bronze.

Pop Beauty Permanent Pout ($14 USD each) — Get pouty with this full-coverage lip paint’s velvet, matte finish. Extremely long-wearing and kiss-proof, these lip colours are 6 shades of audacious! Lasts all-day & all-night. Paraben free. Not tested on animals.

What I think:  I have the Pow Wow Powder in Strobin’ Glow.  I love that their are 4 highlighters in the palette to play with. It gives a fresh, pretty look or you can strobe a lot and have a very glowy nighttime look!

The Permanent Pout lip paint is really pretty on and is very long lasting. I have a soft neutral called Pink Honey.  It matches my skin tone well, but is a bit drying. That may just be on me.  I know a lot of people love matte lip colors and don’t mind the dry-down.  I’ll keep this for days that I want to try a bold look, but in a soft color!

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PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection
PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection

PÜR cosmetics Freedom Collection ($39 USD) — This four-piece limited edition collection of nude essentials includes:

  • Your shade of Air Perfection – a compact cushion foundation perfect for lightweight, long-lasting coverage with effortless application
  • Double Ego Eyeliner in Tasmania– a 2-in-1 dual-ended chocolate eyeliner ideal for creating your favorite looks from sultry smoky eye to a well-defined cat eye
  • Lip Gloss Stick in Berry Pretty– a glossy finish to a nude lip for high-shine lips to lust over
  • Mini Volume Vixen Mascara– a powerhouse of nourishing hydration for a visibly thicker, fuller lashes from root to tip.

What I think: This kit is an amazing value for what you get!  I received the Air Perfection cushion foundation in Light.  It covers so well and is easy to apply.  I dip my foundation brush into the compact and smooth on my skin.

The eyeliner is a pretty rich brown.  One end is a pencil and the other is a marker.  I like using the marker on my top lid and the softer pencil to define my bottom lid. The mascara really makes the eyes pop, too.  It’s a great volumizing mascara.

I like the lip gloss stick a lot.  It feels really moisturizing on.  But the color is a little red for me.

Break the boundaries of your beauty routine with these must-have beauty essentials. Available on the PUR Cosmetics’ website: for $39.00

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick
Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick

Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick ($5 each) — Warm up to the Spring season with a perfect pout of color.  Hard Candy offers the latest lipsticks that are sure to make you smile.  From pale pink to purple these shades are refreshing changes for Spring.  The smooth formula glides on with one stroke, a perfect update for the new season! Formula is infused with Argan oil for added moisture and shine.

What I think: These are very light and moisturizing, but are also well pigmented. I have the Sly-lac (left above).  It is very fun!  My daughter did ask me why I was wearing a purple lipstick!  Besides the wild colors, there are some pretty neutrals and brights that can be used everyday.

Available only at Walmart and

What new spring products are you loving?  Leave a comment and let me know!

My Beauty Favorites — Week of December 28 – January 3, 2015

I hope your new year is going well!  I’m excited about 2016.  I’m looking forward to trying and reviewing fab new beauty products.  Hopefully I will discover new brands and fun makeup, hair care, body care and skincare!

This week, I’m focusing on cosmetics I have been loving from Cargo, POP Beauty and Milani:

Cargo Cosmetics Venice Enchantment Eye Shadow Palette
Cargo Cosmetics Venice Enchantment Eye Shadow Palette

Cargo Cosmetics’ Venice Enchantment Eye Shadow Palette ($34 on sale for $27 on the Cargo website) — Inspired by the richness and romance of Venice, these 12 shimmer tapestry shades, from deep wines to burnished golds, are versatile and wearable “new neutrals” that flatter all skin tones.

Shade Descriptions:

Canal: Pale Yellow Gold

Magic: Light Brown/Pink

Carnival: Deep Burgundy

Murano: Medium Brown/Red

Gondola: Medium Red/Brown

Mask: Peach

Gilded: Medium Yellow Gold

Rialto: Deep Brown

Lido: Medium Gold/Brown

Lagoon: Olive Green

Bridge: Pale Beige/Gold

Palazzo: Dark Brown

Includes a dual ended brush and a black eye liner pencil. Paraben free formulas.

What I think:  These colors are gorgeous and different from any eye shadow palettes I have seen lately.  I really love the green/red brown/gold combinations.  The shadows have great pigment and staying power.

Available through the holidays at, & Kohl’s Beauty.


POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstix ($16 USD) — An innovative lipstick texture coats lips in bold colour with just one swipe. Colour-true and pigment-rich, this stay-put lipstick is enriched with Vitamin E to protect & nourish.

POP Beauty Insta-Brow Sealer ($14 USD) — This stay-put grooming gel helps smooth and tame brows to instantly put unruly hairs in place. This treatment formula defines & conditions brows while holding the most POP-perfect brow arch.

What I think:  I love the nude, matte lipstick.  It isn’t too drying for a matte and it gives great color.  Plus, it lasts fairly long. The brow sealer works well with or without brow color.  It is nice to use when I am in a hurry and I just want to give my brows a bit of shape.

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Milani Rose Powder Blush ($7.99  USD) — Inspired by the rose gardens of Milan and made with real rose metals, this is a blush that deserves to be seen! Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on cheeks, this petal soft, matte-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights. This unique and luxurious matte powder contains real rose petals that are crushed and micro-milled into the powder to naturally enhance every skin tone for streak-free shaping and contouring.

Milani Baked Blush ($8.49 USD) — This silky blush with benefits can be used so many ways. It shapes, it contours, it highlights. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, it’s buildable from sheer to vibrant. Yes, it adds a cheeky pop of color to your complexion. Radiance and warmth, too.

What I think:  Both of these blushes are gorgeous and it’s surprising how affordable they are!  The rose blush is in the shade Tea Rose, it is great for a soft hint of blush.  The baked is in Bella Rose, a bright, pretty color.  A little goes a long way!

Available at CVS stores nationwide and

What makeup are you loving this year (so far)?