My Beauty Favorites — Week of January 16-22, 2017

So we got through this week, yeah!  Even though this week may have been a bit stressful, I still have been testing some amazing beauty products and enjoying them!

My faves include a gorgeous cream eyeliner, products to help keep your hands smooth in the elements and a matte lipstick:


jane iredale Mystikol® eyeliners
jane iredale Mystikol® eyeliners

jane iredale Mystikol eyeliners ($24 USD) —  Create the sexy look you love with new improved Mystikol Powdered Eyeliners! The built-in brush makes a perfect line or smudged-out smoky eye. The powder/cream formula makes a shadow that won’t fade, crease or smear.

I love the creamy texture of these liners.  Applying with the brush is so easy, the liner just glides across my lid.  I could even make a cat’s eye with it, and I am not the best at that!  All of the colors are gorgeous and so wearable.  My favorite is Dark Topaz, but I love Amethyst and Smoky Quartz, too.  I don’t usually wear black eyeliner, but the Onyx is a beautiful pure black.

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Hand Care
Hand Care

During the cold weather, it’s so important to it’s important to maintain a good moisturizing routine to keep hands soft and healthy. Here are three products (including a set of natural emollient infused gloves!) which contain essential ingredients like Cocoa Seed Butter, Cucumber and Avocado that will soothe hands all season long.

Arbonne FC5® Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème ($24 at This lightweight cream moisturizes deeply, leaving hands feeling soft, smooth and well-hydrated. Infused with Kiwi, a powerful antioxidant source which works to hydrate the skin. Cucumber and Watercress help even skin tone while Birch and Clover extracts work to improve the appearance of skin clarity

Borghese Splendide Mani Brilliante Brightening Hand Crème ($35 at This rapidly-absorbing formula is infused with Cocoa Seed Butter which saturates skin in moisture while advanced natural plant Cell Culture helps to restore and provide smooth skin.

Borghese Spa Mani Brillante Brightening Gloves ($50 at These specially- formulated gloves are infused with rich, natural emollients, including Jojoba Seed, Avocado, and Olive Fruit Oils which improve skin’s texture and tone. Octadecenedioic Acid helps to brighten, clarify and impart luminance. Dry hands are quenched and relieved at once, revealing a soft-silken appearance.

The lipstick revolution goes matte! Rimmel London introduces The Only 1 Matte Lipstick, a new-generation, all-in-one matte lipstick that delivers long-lasting, non-drying colour, moisture and wear.

Available in 10 new matte shades in a range of pinks, nudes, brights and deeps. I have Salute and Trendsetter — a rosy pink and a gorgeous nude. They are a hydrating matte and feel as good as they look.  They don’t dry down like a liquid matte, but as I don’t like those, this is the perfect way to get a matte lip!  The only think I don’t care for is the scent.  It’s really synthetic and a bit chemical.  But it does fade.  If they fix the scent, these will be some of my favorite lipsticks out there!

Purchase at mass market retailers near you
What products are you loving this week?


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


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

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

My Beauty Favorites — Week of February 22-28, 2016

Are you watching the Oscars tonight? I have Downton Abbey and the Walking Dead to enjoy, but I do appreciate the glamour of the Academy Awards.

Speaking of glamour, I have been loving sexy, nude lip colors and volumizing hair products:

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate ($5.79 USD) — Nude lips are having a major moment. Whether you’re a delicate rose or a caramel beauty, every girl needs the perfect au naturel lipstick. The Nude Collection stars ten new shades of Lasting Finish Lipstick, each carefully created by Kate. You’ll love the tan nude hue of shade #043, flattering for girls with warm undertone. Add warmth to skin with three pretty nude pink shades: #040, #041 and #042. Brighten-up your look with coral-hued #044, rose-tinted #045 and olive nude #046. Or give dimension to lips with the brandy, chocolate and coffee tones of #047, #048 and #049. Find your fave then go nude with total confidence and a full-on London attitude.  Don’t know which nude is right for you? Keep an eye out for Rimmel lipstick map on social media platforms to find your perfect nude. 

What I think:  I received the four lightest shades, 40-43.  They are all perfect for my skintone.  I think 41 is my favorite, because it has a pink tone to it.  I usually share makeup I receive, but I am hoarding all four shades because I love them all!  This lipstick is so moisturizing and looks amazing on.  I might have to go get a few more!  LOVE!!!

Purchase at Walmart stores.

NYC New York Color Expert Last Matte Lip Color
NYC New York Color Expert Last Matte Lip Color

NYC New York Color Expert Last Matte Lip Color (3.99 USD) — With a comfort of a gloss and a color impact of a matte lipstick, the NYC NEW YORK COLOR Expert last matte lip lacquer offers you the most glamorous look ever. With High Impact, explosive color, a velvet smooth, non-sticky finish and full coverage, this gloss has it all. Available shades: Bowery Matte Berry, Riverdale Matte Red, Noho Matte Nude (above).

What I think: Even though it is a huge trend, I haven’t tried many matte lipsticks.  I do like this one.  It is affordable and the nude is a great color.  When I applied it, it dried down to a moisturizing matte, and it wasn’t drying at all.  I have issues with lipstick traveling under my lip, but this didn’t!

Purchase at mass market retailers.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse ($6.99 USD) — Instantly boosts volume in all 3 dimensions:  Fullness, thickness & lift. Luxurious volume line builds fullness at the roots, thickens individual strands and increases lift for noticeably thicker, full-bodied hair with up to 110% more fullness, 50% more thickness and 90% more lift.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairpsray ($6.99 USD) — Lightweight, ultra-fine spray offers the extra hold and body crucial to high-volume styles.

Creates all-day volume, for fine hair. Hair looks natural; stays full and uplifted all day.

What I think:  I love some volume in my hair, so I was excited to try these products.  Both products do add lots of volume.  I apply the mousse on damp hair and it doesn’t leave it sticky.  I dry my hair and add the hairspray.  It keeps the volume going.  I also like to spray my hair, pile it up on the top of my head and let it dry.  When I take my hair down, it is big and bouncy.  Fun for going out!

What have you been loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Try A New Mascara On National Lash Day!

Today is National Lash Day!  I love this because even though I have short, straight lashes, the mascaras out today can help make my lashes look gorgeous!

Below, I have listed a long list of fabulous mascaras at various price points.  I hope you find a new one you love. Remember to change your mascara every 3 months.

To begin, though, I am highlighting three eyelash serums with natural ingredients to enhance your lashes and a great lash primer.  I love these, and they are also the perfect base for any of the amazing mascaras featured:

Talika Lipocils Expert
Talika Lipocils Expert

Talika Lipocils Expert ($57 USD) — Talika Lipocils Expert serum contains the same proprietary complex of 5 plants and silk protein as in Lipocils to condition and support the densification of eyelashes. Additional natural ingredients (peptides, Forskohlii) promote enhanced curling and color intensification of the lashes, especially to light or not very dark lashes.

The mascara-like brush ensures an optimal distribution of the serum along the lashes throughout the follicle. The foamy sponge tip allows to gently apply the serum along the top and bottom lash line without any risk. Formulated with plants and natural ingredients, the serum is safe for the eyes. Talika Lipocils Expert makes a perfect base for mascara.

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ZO Skin Health
ZO Skin Health

ZO Skin Health Ossential Lash Enhancing Serum ($65 USD) — Not a mascara – but a serum containing a powerful blend of peptides formulated to help enhance eyelash thickness and length, and improve the look of thinning, sparse lashes and brows. Use once a day at bedtime.

Apply to clean skin. Use pen to apply product to upper and lower lash line, taking great care on lower lashes to avoid direct contact with the eyes. Hold pen upright and twist bottom two to four clicks per application. May also be used on brows.

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HydroPeptide Lash
HydroPeptide Lash

HydroPeptide Lash ($96 USD) — This natural lash enhancer uses the power of a peptide complex, biotin and folic acid to visibly improve the appearance of lashes – and brows! – by strengthening them for a fuller, longer, less brittle appearance. Eyelash Fortifying and Hair-Fullness Peptides provide superior lash results, while Biotin, Folic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, and Lemon Peel Extract prevent breakage and strengthen lashes. Soybean oil and Sodium Hyaluronate hydrate and nourish the brow and lash area. Apply at night, a few times a week, and see less breakage and more thickness.

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Merle Norman Mascara Primer
Merle Norman Mascara Primer

Merle Norman Mascara Primer ($14 USD) — The secret to long, luscious lashes is to always start with a primer.  This multi-benefit base coat forms a flexible bond between lashes and mascara to magnify results of ANY mascara. What makes this formula so effective is its hair-loving conditioners (Vitamins B, C, and E) and advanced peptides which promote lashes that are longer, fuller and healthier- looking, making flutters perfectly mascara ready!

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NEW NYC New York Color Get It All Mascara
NEW NYC New York Color Get It All Mascara

NYC New York Color Get It All Mascara ($3.99 USD) — A mascara that visibly lifts and curls lashes up to 70°, lengthens lashes up to 65% and builds up to 2 times the volume.  It contains candelilla wax known to enhance film formulation and stiffness, yielding better curl. It glides on easily, won’t smudge and won’t irritate sensitive eyes and is ideal for contact-lens wearers.  In Extreme Black.

Rimmel London 24 Hour Supercurler Mascara
Rimmel London 24 Hour Supercurler Mascara

Rimmel London 24 Hour Supercurler Mascara ($6.49 USD) — With its curved-eye shape, the special brush fits perfectly into the contours of your eye, giving you flawless application every time. Its cleverly-designed fibers lift and curl lashes from the root to tip, separating each lash for defined, clump-free color. Use the mascara alone, or create an eye-opening look by layering it over your favorite Rimmel mascara. Let your lashes defy the laws of gravity with breathtaking curve appeal. Black, Extreme Black

Avon Big and False Lash Volume Mascara
Avon Big and False Lash Volume Mascara

Avon Big and False Lash Volume Mascara ($6 USD) — With its unique Fiber Blend formula, this mascara gives lashes a major boost. The mascara instantly creates the look of fuller lashes thanks to specially curved fibers, which fill in your lash line without clumping. Designed to double the look of lashes instantly, Big & False Lash Mascara gives you a dramatic look in a flash. Featuring a unique, exclusively-designed almond shaped brush with quick glide surface ensures fibers fill in and align along the lashes, following the natural curve of the eye.

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PUR Fully Charged Magnetic Mascara
PUR Fully Charged Magnetic Mascara

PUR Fully Charged Magnetic Mascara ($22 USD) — Strengthen, thicken, lengthen and separate each individual lash with this high-performance mascara. The formula uses opposing magnetic forces to strongly attract mascara to the lashes, ensuring flawless application and unparalleled performance. Includes:

  • Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1 conditions lashes to help fight the follicle aging process and make lashes appear healthier and fuller
  • A blend of Panthenol (Vitamin B5) and Vitamin C Ester nourishes lashes for maximum flexibility
  • The addition of Carnuba Wax and Beeswax helps define each lash with an exclusive brush that is designed for ultimate separation and lengthening

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Arbonne It's A Long Story Mascara
Arbonne It’s A Long Story Mascara

Arbonne It’s A Long Story Mascara ($36 USD) — Arbonne’s high-performance lengthening mascara helps create the look of ultra-dramatic lashes with major longitude and definition.  Formulated with polypeptides, amino acids, pea extract, bamboo and pro-vitamin B5, this mascara helps to condition and soften lashes.  Created with a vegan formula, this mascara is also long wearing and water resistant.

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Have you tried any of these fab products?  Or, are you planning on purchasing one?  Leave a comment and let me know how you love them!

Holiday Makeup For A Festive Look

Going to any parties this week or next?  I find the holidays as the perfect time to try a fun new makeup look.

How are you doing your makeup for the holidays?  I am loving a nude lip, but brown and red are also really popular.

Below are my new favorite makeup picks:


Rimmel Londin Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation with Comfort Serum ($7.99 USD) hides fine lines and imperfections for a poreless, seamless complexion. Containing a comfort serum, the foundation instantly hydrates your skin while maintaining full coverage that won’t let you down all day and night. Built-in sunscreen protects your face, while a moisturizing base and a healthy dose of antioxidants and Vitamin E keep skin perfectly hydrated and healthy.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick. The revolutionary new lipstick hits lips with punch of highly-pigmented colour and a downpour of hydration. With highly improved colour pay-off and a serious increase in moisturizing power, new Moisture Renew Lipstick glides on in 24 luscious shades that last.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes XX-Treme Volume and Length Mascara ($6.99 USD) — With an innovative dual-sided wand and a high-performance formula, the mascara delivers elongated lashes that demand to be noticed. Experience infinite lashes with extreme high-impact volume and dramatic length with this mascara that does it all. Rimmel’s ingenious two-sided dual-action brush visibly thickens, lengthens, and separates lashes for an eye-opening lash look. The arched side of the applicator contains tiny, two-pronged bristles to deliver maximum, quick-load volume, while the flat side has longer teeth to eliminate clumps and define lashes. From root to tip, even your smallest lashes will look curvaceous and bold.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Stowaway Cosmetics’ Naturally Nude Set
Stowaway Cosmetics’ Naturally Nude Set

Stowaway Cosmetics’ Naturally Nude Set ($50 USD)– If subtly is your style, try Stowaway Cosmetics’ Naturally Nude Set this winter. Featuring the Cheek & Lip Pot Rouge in Cantaloupe, Creme Lipstick in Champagne, Effortless Eyeliner in Jet, and Defined Lash Mascara, let your natural beauty shine bright!

I love the smaller size of these cosmetics.  They can go anywhere!  And they are very luxe!  The mascara is my new favorite, it makes my lashes long and lush.  I love the nude lip.

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Studio 10 Beauty Visible Lift I-Definer ($52 USD) — Innovative all-in-one ‘makeup eyelift’ kit that tackles fine lines, sculpts, defines and brightens eyes. Features an anti-aging primer and four sculpting shadows: neutralizing, contouring, highlighting and defining.

Studio 10 Beauty Lip Perfecting Plumping Gloss ($26 USD) — Plumps. Hyaluronic Acid pumps up lip volume and provides intense hydration. Smoothes. Omega Plankton—rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids—helps smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. Non-sticky, moisturizing formula. Universally flattering rose-pink shade.

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Beauty Products For a Spooky Halloween!

Can you believe that Halloween is in just a few days?  I’m excited that it’s on a Saturday this year!  This will give us extra time to get spooky!

There are so many cute Halloween themed products, or even just great shades that will work well with your costume. I received the cute and festive products below for my honest review.

Soho Disney Evil Queen Round Top Small Bag
Soho Disney Evil Queen Round Top Small Bag

Soho Disney Evil Queen Round Top Small Bag ($7.99 USD) — This fall, LONDON SOHO NEW YORK® teams up with Walgreens to offer consumers another daring Disney collection of cosmetic bags – this time featuring the original Villains: Maleficent, Snow White’s Evil Queen and Ursula. Available exclusively at Walgreens, the Villains collection contains six new cosmetic bags that will make being bad look so stylish.

This collection, including a weekender, organizer, train case and round top purse kit is inspired by the favorite foes of Disney’s classic tales. Known for versatile, long-lasting and on-trend cosmetic bags, LONDON SOHO NEW YORK®  blends these infamously wicked characters and functional design in this latest collection to let out your dark side in style. Let me know if you’d like to check out samples or need additional information.

What I think:  I received the bag in the photo featuring the Evil Queen from Snow White.  It is so cute!  It also is make of a silky, easy clean material.  It’s really nice for the makeup you keep in your purse or even a weekend away with your man!

Available exclusively at Walgreens

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color in Electra-Cute and Blacky O ($9.99 USD each) — The ONLY TRUE 2-STEP GEL MANICURE with no light needed. Electra-Cute is a Halloween orange crème and Blacky O is a deep black crème.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat ($9.99 USD) — Keeps your manicure very shiny and long lasting!

What I think:  I love these polishes.  They last so long, plus add the top coat for long lasting nails that will stay through dish-washing and computer use!  The colors are perfect for the season, too.

NYC New York Color City Proof 24 Hr Waterproof Eyeshadow in New York At Night ($2.99) — Incredible staying power inspired by the city that never sleeps! Want round the clock color that never fades or creases? This chubby, waterproof eye shadow delivers vibrant color for up to 24HR wear! In eleven on trend shades perfect for any look, just twist, glide and go!

What I think:  These pencils are fun to use as a smoky eye.  Apply, smudge and go!  You can also really smudge them out for a sheerer look.  This black pencil can be used for a thick eye, whiskers, black lips for Halloween.  Play with it.

Rimmel London  Wonder’ lash Lift Me Up Mascara ($8.99) — Exclusive formula with Vitamins and Cucumber extract helps lashes feel conditioned throughout the day.  Precision brush with soft, lash-hugging fibres smoothly wraps each and every lash with defined, clump free volume.

What I think:  I have been loving this mascara.  It gives volume and length and doesn’t flake or smudge.  Perfect for all Halloween long!

What are you planning on wearing for Halloween? Are you dressing up?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Makeup Shades That Transition From Summer To Fall

I am so excited that fall will be here soon!  It is my favorite season.  But, as it still is summer, very dark makeup isn’t appropriate yet (for me).

So, I have been playing with color for eyes and lips and am still enjoying the contouring and strobing trends.  Below are my current favorite products.

Palladio the Definer Contour and Highlight Crayon
Palladio the Definer Contour and Highlight Crayon

Palladio the Definer Contour and  Highlight Crayon ($12 USD) — A unique two-sided super-soft contouring jumbo crayon that is the perfect tool for defining and refining facial features. It helps contour any face shape to create a more defined appearance.  It thins a round face, softens a square jawline, narrows a wider nose and defines cheekbones.  It contains a highlighting shade to illuminate and soften shadows and a darker shade to accentuate and define features.

What I think: contouring and strobing are such hot trends right now. This affordable crayon works so well for both.  I draw lines with the darker end to areas that I want to thin, like my jawline.  The lighter end can be used to strobe on the cheeks, which really brings attention to the cheekbones!

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Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard
Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard ($9 USD) — Perfect your red lip for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend with  Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard, For a truly beautiful matte lip color in a modern crayon you can stand out on your holiday weekend. The lightweight moisture gives for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil your lips will stay moisturized.

What I think:  What a perfect color for summer and fall!  It looks great with a neutral eye.  It’s very moisturizing and feels amazing on and gives lots of fun color!

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 Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor
Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor

Add a little shimmer and sparkle to your Labor Day weekend by applying Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor ($18, ) for an instant glow to your eyes. 50% Coconut Water, 100% Hydration. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your eyes, this pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: one layer of fresh Coconut Water, and one layer of Argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance.

What I think:  This is so interesting.  When first applied, its cool and light, but it dries down to a long lasting shadow in about a minute.  I like to blend it with my finger before it dries for a softer look.  So pretty!

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NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow
NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow

NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow ($2.99 USD) — Incredible staying power inspired by the city that never sleeps! Want round the clock color that never fades or creases? This chubby, waterproof eye shadow delivers vibrant color for up to 24HR wear! In eleven on trend shades perfect for any look, just twist, glide and go!

What I think: I think these are pretty great for under $3!  My favorite is Central Park Tulips, the purple shade from the photo above.  It’s a gorgeous grape that when blended gives a softer look, but I think it will be a really fun pop of color for fall!  The lightest shade, Murray Hill Champagne, is a great highlighter with the purple.  Apply it under the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye for a gorgeous look!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.


Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara
Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara

Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara ($8.99 USD) — The latest mascara from Rimmel London makes it easier than ever to camouflage missed beauty sleep. New Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara with Cucumber & Vitamins is like an energy boost for your lashes, perfect for hiding tell-tale signs of that late-night party. Infused with cucumber extract and bursting with vitamins, the nourishing formula helps lashes feel perfectly conditioned throughout the day. The cleverly-designed Precision Brush pushes lashes up and out from the lash line, delivering smooth, clump-free, totally uplifting volume. Define each and every lash with eye-opening volume. Its light and refreshing cucumber scent instantly refreshes your eyes, and its unique formula gives you a morning energy boost!

What I think:  I have short, straight lashes so I always need a lash curler.  But, I thought I would try this mascara without one.  I was surprised to see that it lifted, lengthened and gave volume to my lashes!  And it’s a drugstore mascara.  I am so impressed. The cucumber scent is fun.  The brush is hourglass shaped and is a little awkward to use, but after a few tries, my lashes look amazing!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

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

Fresh Lip Looks For The Summer

Have you been experimenting with new lip colors this summer?  I have.  And I have to say my choices have been pretty bold!

I’m normally a soft pink, coral or nude lip gloss girl.  This summer, though, I have been trying brighter colors and lots of lipsticks!

My favorites are below — fun lipsticks by Lipstick Queen that turn a different color on your lips than in the stick, shimmery, pretty lipsticks from Cargo and bright affordable lipsticks and glosses from MUA Makeup Academy.

Lipstick Queen Frog Prince ($25 USD) — Get heads turning with Frog Prince, a remarkable lilypad green lipstick that transforms lips into a pretty rosebud pink. Don’t be fooled by the deep green hue of this semi-sheer lipstick. The green reacts with the warmth of your lips turning them an intense, fairy tale rose while vitamin E and shea butter keep lips soft, hydrated and deliciously kissable. And just like true love itself, this enchanting shade was made to last. Lips remain their blissful pink all day long from just one lingering, magical Frog Prince kiss.

Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor ($25 USD) — Turn the blackberry lip trend on its head with this ultra-modern, navy blue sheer lipstick. In a nod to the nautical, Hello Sailor tints lips in a cool, berry tone with a hint of deep sapphire. The sheer blue pigment is suspended in a protective vitamin E treatment that can be worn alone as a nourishing lip tint or teamed with its Berry sisters in Saint or Sinner, to add a topaz glint to your berry lips.

What I think:  I was so excited to try both of these and I LOVE them!  My favorite is Hello Sailor.  It is very moisturizing and leaves a soft berry tint on my lips.  It is more like a colored balm, but it lasts a long time.  Frog Prince turns my lips a pretty pink and is really fun to use.  It is also very hydrating.

Available now at, and Space NK Stores nationwide.

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors
Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors

Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Summer 2015 Gel Lip Colors ($20 USD) — Lightweight, gel texture lipstick glides on like silk. The smooth formula moisturizes and protects lips, feels comfortable and never drying. Semi-sheer coverage with subtle shine. Available in 4 easy to wear, always flattering shades.

What I think: These are so pretty.  The colors are sheer and shimmery.  They all look perfect with a tan!  My favorite is SOHO a pretty coral.  I think it would look great on all skin tones.

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MUA High Shine Lipstick ($8 USD) — Extreme shine, hydrating and bold. Vitamins A and E blended with beautiful pigment and Shea butter deliver luscious saturated color.

MUA Luminizing Lip Gloss ($8 USD) — Hydrating, moisturizing, ultra-creamy high shine gloss imparts intense shine in a range of shades from nude to deep corals and plums. Natural peppermint oil adds a cool and soothing finish.

MUA Moisture Balm — Packed with Vitamins A and E, this moisturizing tinted lip balm hydrates and quenches all day long.

What I think:  These are all such good quality and are really affordable.  I usually don’t wear red, but the lipstick was so hydrating and pretty on!  The lip gloss is awesome, I do like a nude, non-sticky lip gloss!  And the balm is sheer and perfect for everyday wear, while hydrating lips.

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Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms
Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms

Rimmel Keep Calm and Lip Balms ($2.50 USD) —  nourishing balm with a fresh hint of a tint for an alluring just-bitten effect. When lips are lacking luscious care and color, don’t panic—Keep Calm and Lip Balm, the latest lip-loving product from Rimmel London. Available in six shades that are packed with personality, this longwear balm is enriched with is enriched with moisturizing oils to help heal dry and cracked lips. The unique formula locks in moisture while softening and nurturing lips.

Available Shades:

  • Keep Calm and Shop: clear
  • Keep Calm and Kiss: pink blush
  • Keep Calm and Rock: berry blush
  • Keep Calm and Play: rose blush
  • Keep Calm and Party: violet blush

What I think:  These are so fun!  They are a combo lip balm and stain.  The color stays on for a long time and the moisture stays too!  The color is sheer, so it’s perfect for everyday.

Available at mass market retailers.  Learn more at

What is your favorite lip product this summer? Leave a comment and let me know!

Summer Makeup Ideas Part 2 — Sexy Eyes

Dramatic eye makeup seems to always be in.  Whether you wish to rock a smokey eye during summer nights or apply waterproof eyeliner and mascara for days at the pool or lake, having the perfect eye makeup is key.

Start of with a shimmery shadow:

essence 3D duo eyeshadow
essence 3D duo eyeshadow
3D duo eyeshadow ($3.49 USD)  — The ultra-light yet high-coverage formula creates a cool finish with a 3D effect – from satin to metallic to shimmering.  Six duo eyeshadows, each with two perfectly aligned shades, create a multi-dimensional eye look for the perfect spring look. The shades left to right are Irresistable First Love, Irresistable Mermaid Kiss, Irresistable Purr-ple, Irresistable Caramel Cream, Irresistable Chocolates, and Irresistable Smoky Eye.
essence Night Club Eyeshadow Palette
essence Night Club Eyeshadow Palette

essence Night Club Eyeshadow Palette ($4.49 USD) — Party time! These two eyeshadow palettes offer ultimate glamour and are sure to fit into even the tiniest party clutch. Eight eyeshadow colors with a powdery texture and various finishing effects create expressive “night-on-the-town” eye make-up styles. Available in two color palettes with an optimized brush and sponge applicator.  The palettes are Dance Til Dawn and Already Midnight.

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Rimmel London Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadows
Rimmel London Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadows
Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadows ($5.99 USD): Add depth with this unique 4-shade palette with multi-reflective pigments that look perfect under any light. The velvety, creamy formula blends effortlessly for up to ten hours of wear. Available in 8 shades. Above is Green Park, Also available in Purple Reign, Black Cab, English Oak, English Rose, Royal Blue, Heart of Gold, and True Union Jack.
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Sticks ($4.49 each): Sweep on high impact color with a precision tip applicator that helps this ultra-soft shadow stick glide on for a shiny and luminous finish. Available in 9 shades: Gossip Green, Paranoid Purple,  Guilty Grey, Whiteness White, Bulletproof Beige, Bad Girl Bronze, Tempting Turquoise, Blackmail, and Blamed Blue.

Learn more at www.rimmelondon.con and available at mass market retailers eveywhere.

MAKE Glitter Eyeshadow in Alabaster
MAKE Glitter Eyeshadow in Alabaster

MAKE Glitter Eyeshadow ($18 USD) Not tested on animals, cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, mineral-oil-free, oil-free. in two shades, Alabaster, a warm white with a peach undertone. Quartz: An icy white with a silver undertone.

Waterproof Eye Makeup:

essence stays no matter what waterproof eye pencil
essence stays no matter what waterproof collection
essence STAYS no matter what Collection
With a party-proof claim, these products are sure to keep you looking your best all night long!
  • •    stays no matter what waterproof eye pencil ($1.99)
  • •    stays no matter what 24h waterproof eyeliner pen ($3.29)
  • •    stays no matter what 24h waterproof volume mascara ($4.99)

Available at mass market retailers near you.

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

Rimmel London ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner ($4.49 USD) — Start by lining and defining eyes with shocking color that lasts. This ultra smooth and creamy formula glides on easily, and the waterproof, sweat-proof, and smudge-proof liner is even safe for sensitive eyes. Available in 10 shades: Purple, Black, Taupe, Sparkling Black, Brown Nude, Deep Blue, Turquoise, Light Blue, and Silver.




Stir Up Your Look In 2010 With Rimmel London

Rimmel London is always releasing fun, new products that are extremely affordable. I have recently tried a couple that I really liked and think will make a great addition to my 2010 makeup wardrobe. 

Stir It Up Cream Eyeshadow ($3.69)  –This glam eye shadow features three shades of shimmering  cream shadow that blend together to create a multi-dimensional look. The color I have is No Way, which is Black, Silver and white. When I blend it together, I get a sparkly gray. Fund for evening looks. This is also available in browns, reds, and blues. So fun!   

60 Seconds Nail Polish ($3.39) — This polish delivers full color, 1 stroke coverage that dries in just 60 seconds! I LOVE the color Deliciously Dark, which is a very dark purpley-red. It’s so pretty and not only does it dry fast, it lasts for a few days before chipping, which is all I ask for in my nail polish. I cook, wash dishes and of course, work on he computer everyday so I am very hard on my nails! I am excited to try other colors in this polish, I think it’s great!  

Check out  or visit a drugstore near you to find these cool products!