Fun, Affordable Spring Makeup — essence Cosmetics at Target

essence Spring and Summer Collection
essence Spring and Summer Collection

Ready for Spring?  I am — especially spring cosmetics! essence has channeled the beauty of spring with pops of satiny lip color, mix-and-matchable eye shadows and complexion perfection. The Spring/Summer 2016 Collection includes 20 new products and packs even more exciting news… The full essence cosmetics line is now available at Target!

I was sent some of these great new products for my honest review.  Here are my favorites:

essence blush up! powder blush heat wave
essence blush up! powder blush heat wave

ess. blush up! powder blush ($3.99 USD) — Rosy ombre!  The latest trend in fashion and hair now in blush! The silky texture and beautiful color combination blend perfectly to give cheeks a nice, fresh, and rosy look. Available in 2 ombre shades.

I have this in Heat Wave.  It is so gorgeous and bright! I think it will be so pretty in the summer when I have a little (faux) tan.  It blends very well and gives a nice flush.

essence mono eyeshadow
essence mono eyeshadow

essence mono eyeshadow ($1.99 USD) — Formulated with finely-milled, highly pigmented powder to provide long-lasting and full coverage. Available in 9 shades.

This is gorgeous!  This gold shade is lovely.  Great for an eyeshadow or highlighter.  It’s very pigmented, too!

essence all about bronze 01 eyeshadow
essence all about bronze 01 eyeshadow

essence all about bronze 01 eyeshadow — ($5.49 USD) — All about… beautiful eyes!  Gorgeous eyeshadow palettes with eight complementing, buildable colors and multiple finishes; satin, matte and metallic effects.

This is a beautiful, shimmer palette that screams summer to me! It comes in other shades too, such as nudes and pinks.  These are so affordable, pick them all up!

essence I love volume mascara waterproof
essence I love volume mascara waterproof

essence I love volume mascara waterproof ($4.99 USD) — The newest member of the most beloved mascara family – now available in a waterproof formula! The large fiber brush separates and covers each individual lash for breathtaking volume. Ophthalmologist-tested.

I’m always looking for a great waterproof mascara, they are hard to find.  This one gives volume and length, and stays on all day!

essence liquid lipstick 05
essence liquid lipstick 05

essence liquid lipstick 05 ($3.49 USD) This innovative formula unites the coverage of a lipstick with the moisturizing shine of a gloss. The silky texture goes on smoothly and dries shiny, not sticky! Available in 6 shades.

I thought this was a lipstick at first, if you turn the tube upside down, that’s what it looks like!  I was so surprised when I opened it and it was a liquid lipstick.  It is very moisturizing (not matte).  This color is too bright for me, but I want to try it in a nude.
The full collection – including these new products and more – is now available at 500 Target stores across the US as well as online at!  The collection retails for $.99 to $9.99 so you’ll never have to worry about breaking the bank in the name of beauty.
Are you going to try one of these awesome products the next time you go to Target?

Pixi Cosmetics and Disney’s PixiGlow — Get Tinkerbell’s Look!

Inspired by Disney’s most iconic fairy, Pixi cosmetics has recently unveiled a unique collaboration with Disney to launch its new PixiGlow collection.

Drawing inspiration from Tinker Bell’s ever youthful and illuminating beauty, PixiGlow tells the story of a grown-up version of this charming, playful, ageless pixie and her enchanted world.

The collection took shape as Petra Strand, makeup artist and Pixi creator, worked with Disney character artist, John Quinn, to re-imagine the Tinker Bell of fond childhood memories into a classic, vintage-inspired, beaming beauty.

The PixiGlow extension line offers that final sprinkle of twinkle for eyes, lips and cheeks, allowing women to turn an ordinary look into an extraordinary one while celebrating every day with a touch of magic.

“In collaboration with Disney, we created a unique Tinker Bell collection that captures the fresh-faced, glowing, and timeless beauty of both a Disney icon and the Pixi brand by reinforcing that makeup simply enhances and perfects your natural look,” says Strand.

Pixi Catching Shadows Crayon

I tried the Catching Shadows Crayon ($18 USD) in Beaming Reflection.  Dance with the light & catch those shadows with this beaming cream-to-powder eye crayon. Light reflecting pigments play with the shade, defining and highlighting, bringing out the natural beauty in eyes like never before.

What I think:  This is a pretty neutral shimmer shadow that can be used as a lid shadow, highlighter, or smear it all over your lids for a pretty, daytime shimmer.

Pixi Fairy Dust

I gave Fairy Dust ($14 USD) in Moonlight Shimmer to my teenage daughter because it was a bit too glittery for me.  But it is perfect for her!  You can use the loose pigments at the inner corner of the eye or under the brow bone for subtle shimmer or apply them to the upper and lower lash lines for sparkly drama!

There are other cool products in the collection that I would like to try — like a deep golden green eyeliner and a pink lip balm that reacts to the wearers ph levels and supposedly delivers a personal color.  Fun.  Also, the Fairy Face Palette looks gorgeous — pretty colors!

The PixiGlow collection is available at a Target store near you!  Enjoy!

Target Beauty Brings Great Holiday Makeup Kits

I think it is fabulous that Target brings quality makeup from touted makeup artists at such an affordable price. You can purchase beautiful gifts for as low as $9.99.

Here are the latest holiday offerings by Pixi, NP Set and JK Jemma Kidd:

Get glowing in an instant with skin nourishing, shimmering shades from the guru of the flawless, dewy glow – Petra Strand.  Winter Wakeup Eyes sets deliver an eye-catching variety of shadow shades, while Pixi Essentials delivers all of the Pixi favorites in a party-ready clutch.  Winter Wakeup Eyes available in No 1 Bright and Light and No 2 Shade and Shape ($9.99 each) Pixi Essentials ($28).

ACHIEVE ON THE GO GLAM WITH JK JEMMA KIDD: Makeup maven Jemma Kidd knows how to look runway-ready without breaking the bank.  Kick off the party season in true JK style with pocket-sized versions of her makeup must-haves that are ideal for stuffing fashionable stockings. Kits include Air Kiss Duo ($9.99), Signature Shadows Palette ($9.99) and Signature Kit ($26).

No matter the holiday look, Australian makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis has eyes covered, with two palettes packed with gorgeous shades to deliver looks from subtly sweet to dramatic and sultry. Palettes include Smoke Signal Palette ($9.99) and New Neutrals Palette ($9.99).

Visit Target stores and to purchase. Enjoy!

Scrub Your Cares Away With Soap & Glory

Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean Shower Gel
Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean Shower Gel

Body scrubs are a luxurious necessity in the winter time. Scrubbing dry skin off (plus drinking lots of water) is a great way to have dewy skin when the weather is dry.  And Kansas City is very dry and cold right now!

Soap & Glory Peaches & Clean Shower Gel ($9.99 USD at Target) makes your skin smooth and smells wonderful. My 9 year old daughter helped me identify what the scent reminds me of: peach ice tea. Yum!

This scrub contains peach extract, pineapple extract, grapeseed powder, buffing beads and fruit acid smoothers. Its a gel consistency with the beads for exfoliation so it is not harsh at all. The directions say to use once or twice a week, but I’ve been using it every other day and my skin is very soft!

Don’t forget to exfoliate this winter! And maybe try this great scrub, too.

My Christmas Wish List Part 2 — Cosmetic Kits

For my second beauty wish, I would love a make-up kit. ANY make-up kit. I love the variety that a case with many colors and products bring. And of course, I love trying new things (hence this blog).

Sephora and Ulta top my list for great places to find fun holiday kits. Companies such as Too Faced, Smashbox, Nars, Urban Decay plus the Ulta and Sephora brands all have kits-a-plenty. Another great place is Target, which now has the Pixi, JK Jemma Kidd and NP Set lines as well as Sonia Kashuk and Boots No. 7.

The fabulous Too Faced World Domination All Access Backstage Beauty Collection’s price has just dropped from $42.00 to 34.00. This is a cute jewelery box that plays The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy while a very stylish little doll twirls around. It contains eight eye shadows, Duo Bronzer, Face Illuminator,  six lip glosses, brow powder, eyeliner cake, and blush.

For lovely lips, Stila’s Shine On Gift of Glaze includes six glosses. The colors are; Vanilla (pearly nude),  Brown Sugar (shimmering golden nude), Raisin (shimmering golden plum), Grapefruit (frosted pink), Apricot (melon nectarine), and Gumdrop (vibrant pink). These glosses are very conditioning and not too sticky, which is very nice!

Finally, as I really love Petra Strand’s Pixi line, I love the Pixi Must Have Kit. This comes in a deluxe wallet and carries a compact of 2 lustrous eye shadows, 2 creamy lip colors, a brightening blush and 4 mini brushes. The colors I saw were cool pinks.

So keep your eyes peeled at the stores you like to shop for cosmetics; I’m sure you will find a fun kit that you would love to give and receive!

Pixi Revisited

I was walking through the cosmetics aisle at Target yesterday, and I glanced at myself in a mirror. I realized that I had forgotten make-up; I was completely bare-faced. I. forgot. makeup. Oh my.

So I quickly ran to the Pixi display because they have full testers out. I am naturally drawn to Pixi because of the colors and the packaging. It is very pretty.

I first dipped my fingers in the Flawless Vitamin Veil in Fair. It is a creamy foundation that contains Vitamin E. I used it as both concealer and foundation. This foundation feels a bit greasy, so I would not recommend this to ladies with oily skin. It covers very well, though. It even camouflaged my dark under eye circles.

I then applied the Energy Blush in Golden Energy. This little kit contains a highlighter and blush and comes in four color combinations; Golden Energy, Pretty Petal, Pick-Me-Up Pink and Naturally Sunny. I blended the colors together with the included brush and blended it on my cheekbones and forehead. This gave me a subtle glow.

For a dramatic twist, I also tried Pixi’s Lid & Line in Smoky Olive. This cool little tube holds an inky powder with a sponge applicator in one end and a creamy liner in the other. This made a nice smoky eye and in the olive color it worked for daytime. The other colors are; Smoky Black, Smoky Blue, Smoky Mink, Smoky Bronze and Smoky Plum.         

Almost everything I’ve tried from Petra Strand’s Pixi Line has worked for me. I would highly recommend that you try it out. And, I walked out of Target looking better than I did when I walked in, so that’s a pretty good endorsement!

New Beauty Products at Target Part 3 – JK Jemma Kidd

JK Jemma Kidd Front Cover Touch-Up Concealer


Possibly the most glamorous of the three new make-up lines at Target is JK Jemma Kidd. The pink and black packaging lends an old Hollywood feel to the products. The colors are very glamorous as well. There are lots of light, shimmering lip glosses as well as deeper lipsticks — which is the trend this fall. Also, there are many different eye shadows to choose from, including deep brights and soft neutrals. Kidd refers to the line as “catwalk-chic” and that’s a good description, I think.

The item that I really enjoyed is the JK Front Cover Touch-Up Concealer. I’m always on the look out for a great concealer with a little glow to it to camouflage my dark under eye circles. This one features Vitamin E to smooth and moisturize the under eye area. I also like the brush applicator that with a couple of clicks, enough product is distributed to be brushed on as needed.


JK Jemma Kidd Lip ID Color Adapt Lip Gloss

Another item that interests me is one that it not yet for sale. This is the JK Lip ID Color-Adapt Lip Gloss. Like the Smashbox O-Gloss, this product claims that it “reacts to natural lip PH for a completely individual, perfect color match” and that it is “non-tacky and hydrating; glides on transparent and colors lips naturally”.

As soon as this product becomes available (in 2-6 weeks according to the Target website) I will try it out. I like the Smashbox product okay, but the color is a little too neon pink for me. I am hoping that this color is more natural.

I hope you all enjoyed my breif forray into Target’s new make-up lines. I will be reviewing products more in depth in the future, so keep reading!!!