Brand Review –Rebels Refinery

Hi all!¬† I’m here with a fun brand review. The brand is Rebel’s Refinery. I received a few products for my honest review.

I am happy to announce that Rebels Refinery is expanding their collection at Target stores nationwide. The natural line of grooming products provide premium results without synthetic ingredients, ensuring your body feels as good as it looks. Plus, they are affordable!

Here are the products I received:

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Smooth Criminal Body Lotion ($6.99 USD) With the help of this quick absorbing moisturizer, you can improve skin firmness, elasticity and tone while providing your body with the hydration it needs.
Sin & Guilt Body Wash ($6.99 USD) Great for all skin types, Sin & Guilt leaves skin soft, rejuvenated, and smelling amazing. The scent of the body wash and lotion is Spicy Citrus, which is fresh and a bit masculine.

Activated Charcoal Face Scrub ($8.99 USD)This scrub is perfect for taming skin that’s a little rough around the edges. Activated charcoal removes dead skin, unclogs pores, prevents ingrown hairs, and keeps skin looking young and clear.

Rebel Rose Geometric Pineapple Lip Balm¬†($6.99 USD) This isn’t available at Target yet. But you can get it on Rebels Refinery website. The highest quality coconut and sweet almond oils moisten, nourish and protect while Vitamin E provides essential antioxidants. The flavor is called ‚ÄúExotic Fruit‚ÄĚ which tastes like a symphony of mango and strawberry. This is so cute and it smells and tastes amazing!

Here are the rest of the new products at Target:
Lethal Uprising Shampoo & Conditioner ($6.99): Buying shampoo and conditioner separately is over-rated, which is why Rebels Refinery created this time saving two-in-one product. The botanical enriched formula gently cleanses and moisturizes the scalp, leaving hair stronger, thicker and fuller.
Classic Hair Pomade ($16.99): Keep that pretty hair of yours in check all day. With just a little water and a comb, you too can achieve the look of your dreams. This pomade gives hair a textured yet flexible hold that will last through the night.
What I think:  I really like this line.  The packaging is very cool.  The matte black looks modern, but the shape of the bottles are classic and almost apothecary-like.  This line will definitely stand out at Target!
The products are nice as well.  I love that they have natural ingredients.  The scents are nice and are appropriate for everyone.
Have you heard of or tried Rebels Refinery?

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 — Beauty Stocking Stuffers

Hi all! I hope you’re having a great weekend!¬† I’m back with another gift giving guide.¬† This time its beauty stocking stuffers. From makeup to skin care to hair accessories, there are so many great products that you can give the beauty lover!

I have a range of products and price points, in no particular order:

Flower Beauty Warrior Glitter Shadow
Flower Beauty Warrior Glitter Shadow

Flower Beauty Warrior Glitter Shadow ($10 USD) — High impact glitter pigments meets luminous opaque color for a look so fierce it can’t go unnoticed. Our boldest eye look yet, this captivating collection of long-wearing glitter packed liquid eyeshadows is not for the faint of heart. Dries down completely, no glitter fall out. Step out of the shadows with Warrior Glitter Shadow. Comes ins 6 gorgeous shades.¬† The one above is Camo.¬† It’s perfect for fall!

Available at flowerbeauty.com and Ulta stores.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat
Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat ($29 USD) –This is one hot little palette. Naked Petite Heat is a compact eyeshadow palette featuring six all-new scorched neutrals inspired by our own Naked Heat. With five matte shades for lid, crease and liner, plus one demi-matte highlighting shade, it has everything you need to create looks that range from soft and sultry to flat-out fire.

The ultra-compact packaging was made for travel and fits in your smallest purse. But don‚Äôt let its petite exterior fool you‚ÄĒit contains full-size pans of our legendary Eyeshadow and a mirror. Emblazoned with burning roses, this hot commodity will be your go-to palette.

Use each shade alone or pair them up with your favorite shadows to create endless sizzling eye looks. Some of our new favorites are Hot Spell, our latest terra-cotta obsession, and Strike, a rich reddish brown. Feel like totally going up in flames? Try Wild Thing, a burnt orange shade, or Heist, a rich cayenne, for extra spice. Better yet, you can use these matte shades as a base to pair with your 12-shade Naked Heat palette.

Purchase at urbandecay.com, Ulta and Sephora.

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Aurora Lights
bareMinerals GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Aurora Lights

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Aurora Lights ($48 USD) —¬†Discover 18 dazzling shades of our bestselling GEN NUDE mineral eyeshadow in one beautiful, gift-ready palette. The rich, flattering colors in matte, radiant, shimmer and metallic finishes are suitable for creating endless day-to-night looks, and this palette features 8 new limited edition shades.

Shades included: Spotlight, 500 Thread Count, NEW Interstellar, NEW Venus, NEW Earthling, NEW Wave Length, NEW Galaxy, NEW Comet, NEW Force Field, Presto, Delightful, Catch Me If…, Romp, Louder, Santorini, NEW Meteor Shower, Dazzle, Perspective.

GEN NUDE eyeshadows are crease resistant and last up to 12 hours with clean, good-for-skin color.

Purchase at bareminerals.com and ulta.com

Josie Maran Soul Sisters Pure Argan Hydration Duo
Josie Maran Soul Sisters Pure Argan Hydration Duo

Josie Maran Soul Sisters Pure Argan Hydration Duo ($19 USD) — A bestselling duo featuring 100 percent organic multitaskers that smooth the appearance of wrinkles, while increasing hydration.

Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil refines the look of fine lines and nourishes overnight as a youth-activating hydrator filled with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. In addition, 100% Pure Argan Oil Light absorbs quickly with a semi-matte satin finish.

This set contains:
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL 100 percent Pure Argan Oil
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL 100 percent Pure Argan Oil Light

Milk Makeup The 'Rents
Milk Makeup The ‘Rents

Milk Makeup The ‘Rents ($20 USD) — Includes:

MINI COOLING WATER UNDER-EYE DE-PUFFER STICK: Cooling, under-eye de-puffing stick packed with soothing seawater and caffeine for instantly energized skin.

  • DE-PUFFS: Infused with caffeine to support micro-circulation, giving skin an energized, glowing look.
  • SOOTHES: Formulated with natural seawater to calm irritated skin and hydrate.
  • HYDRATES: Gel formula glides onto skin to lock in moisture all day. Directions: Swipe on undereyes to de-puff and refresh skin.

MINI BLUR STICK MATTE PRIMER: Silicone-free matte primer that minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines to create a smooth, shine-free finish.

  • PRIMES: Creates a matte finish on all skin tones for makeup that goes on smooth and stays put.
  • BLURS: Powder-filled blurring microspheres absorb oil and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines.
  • BREATHES: With an innovative non-comedogenic, silicone-free, and oil-free formula that won‚Äôt clog pores.

Available at milkmakeup.com and Sephora.com

JINsoon Encore Collection
JINsoon Encore Collection

JINsoon Encore Collection ($42 USD) —

Cricket Happy Hair Ties Tin
Cricket Happy Hair Ties Tin

Cricket Happy Hair Ties Tin ($4.99 USD) —¬†Compact and loaded with 25 black hair ties for easy access ‚Äď even on the¬†go!¬†Affordable, adorable, and useful for styling the perfect bun, ponytail, or¬†updo.

Purchase at cvs.com

Eylure Vegas Nay Lash Gift Set
Eylure Vegas Nay Lash Gift Set
Eylure x Vegas Nay Gift Set ($14.99) This limited edition gift set includes 3 of the most popular Vegas Nay Lash styles in the Luxe Collection, all featuring a mink effect texture. The feather light lashes add dramatic enhancement for any eye shape and are made for reusable application.
STYLES:
  • Platinum Princess
  • Golden Goddess
  • Bronze Beauty

Purchase at Target and Ulta

What do you give in stocking stuffers?  Any fun beauty products?

Target Sonia Kashuk Beauty Box Review

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Target always has amazing beauty boxes each month!¬† They had a really nice Mother’s Day one that had a mix of skincare, hair care and body care products.¬† But I was so interested in trying this Sonia Kashuk beauty tool box.

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Here’s what was in it:

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Sorry that my photos are so dark!¬† I’m going to work on a new photo taking set up this weekend, so stay tuned!

This box was $10 and is no longer available.

The Products:

  • Blender Sponge
  • Professional Angled Eye Shadow Brush
  • Essential Blush Brush
  • Slanted Tweezer
  • Quick Dry Brush Cleaning Wipes 3 ct
  • $3 off Sonia Kashuk purchase of $15 or more

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These brushes are gorgeous and so soft! They are the Sonia Kashuk Blush Makeup Brush ($9 USD) and the Sonia Kashuk Angled Eyeshadow Makeup Brush ($13 USD).  Both are high quality at an affordable price.  I love the gold accents and the very soft and densly packed bristles. 

The blush brush works well for blush, contour or highlighter.¬† The angled brush is pretty large for using in the crease.¬† I tried it and I think it’s best for applying a base colored shadow all over the lid and maybe a shade on the lid.¬† Or, for blending shadows together.¬† I did put my crease color on the edge of the brush and applied it that way.¬† So it’s pretty versatile.

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I love the marble pattern on this sponges.¬† It’s the¬†Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge – Marble ($7 USD).¬† I haven’t used it yet, but it is a pretty solid sponge.¬† I’m sure it will soften once wet.¬† I’ve been loving an IT Cosmetics brush (watch for my May faves) for applying foundation, but I do like using sponges.

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Sonia Kashuk Slant Tip Tweezers ($10 USD) — Tweezers are so useful, and these are the price of the whole box!¬† I think I’m going to save these for my daughter.¬† She’s going away to college in a few months and I’m putting together a personal care box for her. I think the gold is really pretty, too.

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Sonia Kashuk Quick Dry Makeup Brush Wipes ($9 USD) — I’ve tried one of these in a past Target beauty box and it was nice.¬† It’s good for giving brushes a quick cleanse or switching colors while doing my makeup.¬† ¬†¬†

All in all, I really liked this box and think it was well worth the $10 price.  I will use almost everything.

Did you pick up a Target Sonia Kashuk box?  Or, have you tried any Target Beauty Boxes?

New Target Beauty Box Reviews

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Last week Target had four new limited edition beauty boxes for sale online.  I guess these have been available for purchase at some Target stores, but they decided to sell them online, too.  Each box was $7.

I chose two of the boxes to purchase, the Treat Yourself box that contains pampering bath, body and face products and the Wakeup and Makeup box that has makeup and other products to help you start the day. These two are no longer available online, but they are available at stores near me, so you might be able to pick one up.  Luckily, the other two boxes are still available online. They are Be YOU(tiful) and All the Masks.  Check them out!

I want to share what was in each box.  First is the Treat Yourself:

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  • Olay Regenerist Whips
  • Burt‚Äôs Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia
  • ME!Bath Bath Bomb
  • Bodycology Free & Lovely Coconut & Rose Body Butter
  • Luxe by Mr. Bubble Bath Meltaway
  • Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser
  • Dr. Teals Pink Himalayan Foaming Bath

I chose this box because I wanted to try the Olay Whips and my family love to take baths, so the bath products are a win, too.¬† I’ll probably give the Burt’s Bees balm away because I don’t wear dark colors, but I will probably try everything else!

Here is the Wakeup and Makeup Box:

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  • e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blending Brush
  • e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Face Palette
  • Sonia Kashuk Brush Cleansing Wipes
  • Dove Dry Spray Invisible Sheer Fresh
  • Dove Dry Shampoo Coconut
  • COVERGIRL Peacock Flare Mascara 785 Extreme Black
  • Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Makeup Remover Wipes

This is my favorite of the two boxes.¬† This was only $7!¬† The two elf products together are $14 — $6 for the brush and $8 for the palette. So for me those made the box worth it.¬† But there is also a mascara, deodorant and other goodies that make it such an amazing deal! I’m looking forward to playing with the products!

Have you picked up any of these boxes?  If so, which ones?

 

Target Beauty Box Best of Boots Review

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I recently ordered a Target Best of Boots Beauty Box ($7 USD).¬† I haven’t ordered a monthly Target beauty box before.¬† This one was in addition to the January box.¬† It featured British brands, so I wanted to try it.¬†¬†The products included are sample sizes.¬† I have linked to where you can purchase full sizes of each item:

 No. 7 Restore and Renew Serum                                                                                                    No. 7 Airbrush Away Primer                                                                                                         Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Body Butter                                                                             Soap & Glory Pillow Plump Lip Gloss                                                                                   Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask                                                                                       Sleek MakeUP Eyeshadow Palette

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I have tried the Restore & Renew product before.¬† I received a full size product to review and loved it.¬† I used it up so quickly, that I’m going to try to make this last! It has a light Jill Texter that instantly absorbs into my skin. It’s so hydrating and makes my skin look very smooth. I also like using it on my neck.

This is my first time trying the Airbrush Away primer. It’s a blurring primer that makes my skin instantly looks smoother. I haven’t use primer for a long time, and I’m getting back into it now. This is really great one too!

IMG_0072¬†It’s funny, because I recently bought myself a Righteous Butter the same size as this one. I love the scent and feel of this body butter. And absorbs quickly and makes my skin so soft. I like the size because you can put it in your purse or take it on trips.

The Pillow Plump is in the shade Pinkwell. It’s a pretty pink color. It is very tingly on. I haven’t used a lip plumper’s for a long time, so it was a strange sensation. I do love that it is glossy and it’s kind of a natural look. But I don’t think I’ll use it every day.

IMG_0073I haven’t tried the Botanics Shine Away mask yet. It’s doesn’t really appeal to me.¬† I would give it away, but I keep getting these kind of masks and I think I’ve given one to each of my friends! This is my least favorite product in the box, but the others are amazing, so that’s okay!

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This palette is the very mini version of the When The Sun Goes Down Palette. It is so small, as you can see by the bottom photo with my fingers.¬† The pans are so small, it’s hard to get a brush in there.¬† I did manage and I did my yes with the bottom left gold and 4th bottom color and the formula is very nice.¬† I’m thinking about getting it in full size, but different shades.

A $5 off $20 coupon for these brands was included.  I might head to Target this weekend and pick up some Sleek cosmetics.  All of the brands are great, though.  Very nice box for the price!

Did you pick up the Target Boots box?  Or have you got a Target box before?

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‚Ķ 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď including these new products and more ‚Ästis now¬†available at 500 Target stores across the US as well as online at Target.com!¬† The collection retails for $.99 to $9.99 so you‚Äôll 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.

‚ÄúIn 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,‚ÄĚ 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:

INSTANTLY BRIGHTEN YOUR LOOK WITH PIXI:    
Get glowing in an instant with skin nourishing, shimmering shades from the guru of the flawless, dewy glow ‚Äď 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).

DAZZLE AND SPARKLE WITH NP SET:
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 www.target.com 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!