My Beauty Favorites — Week of May 7-14, 2017


Happy Mother’s Day! That is a photo of my Mother’s Day breakfast!  I’m so lucky to have such amazing daughters!

Today, in honor of Mother’s day, I am going to post about new (to me) makeup products I’ve tested and loved.  I love trying new makeup!  These are from the brands Models Own, ybf beauty and Maybelline New York:

Models Own Dare to Bare Eyeshadow Palette ($17.99 USD) — It’s time for a nude awakening with this Models Own Barely There Eyeshadow Palette. From weekdays to weekends, this is all you need to transform the everyday. With the brush, apply dusky pinks, soft nudes and creamy browns for a truly natural look.

Models Own Now Brow! Kit ($14.99 USD) — Raise eyebrows with this all-in-one Models Own Now Brow! Kit that includes wax, highlighter, powder, and two precision brushes. This is everything you need to make an impact.

Models Own Luxestick Velvet Lipstick ($8.99 USD) — Get lippy with this Models Own Luxestick Velvet Lipstick with true staying power. Apply with a precision lip brush for a pout that will truly seal the deal.

What I think:  I love the bright packaging from the UK brand. The eyeshadow palette is so pretty, the colors are soft, but are pigmented well.  The brow kit is such a nice tool to have!  It colors and tames my crazy brows.  The lipstick also has great pigment and feels very light on my lips.  It’s has a satin texture.

Models own is available exclusively at Ulta and

ybf beauty neutralizing crème ($25 USD) — This is truly your “perfection in a pot”! Neutral is good, especially when it comes to evening out your skin tone, that’s why we created neutralizing crème, a soft lemony yellow, nourishing second skin. You will love how smoothly this crème glides on your pretty face! It helps color-neutralize the appearance of redness and softens the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It’s a mistake-proof way to create an even, youthful-looking, moisturized appearance as it brightens and adds light to your gorgeous complexion.

ybf beauty lovely liquid lustrous lippies ($22.80 USD) — Love the life you live and the luscious lips you have, girlfriend! How do we love lipstick here at ybf? Oh, let us count the ways!!! We believe your lippies should be the center of attention – and with this new fluid lipstick formula, we’re fulfilling every lippies’s dream – in four brand new colours! Combining the benefits of a moisturizing lipstick with the high-shine of a gloss for an unmissable, kissable pout!

ybf beauty deLIPcious 5-piece lip collection ($28.80 USD) — Luscious lippie flavors combined with gorgeous shades? It’s all yours, girlfriend! From fresh fuchsia to the perfect neutral nude, this collection of lipsticks keeps your lips looking soft and supple while providing absolutely beautiful color. New colors include magnolia-licious (creamy nude), hydrangea-licious (coral pink), azalea-licious (fresh fuchsia), primrosa-licious (natural soft pink), and iris-licious (brilliant burgundy)

What I think:  The neutralizing crème helps with redness, which I have in my cheeks.  It blends nicely and makes a smooth canvas for my foundation.  The lippies are so pretty on!  I have the duo above, the berries lippie shade duo.  I usually go for lighter colors, but these are pretty for going out!  And speaking of lighter colors, the magnolia-licious shade in the lipstick set is my favorite!  I wear it for daytime, it’s so soft and goes with everything!

Available at

Maybelline New York The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99 USD) — This 12-shade eyeshadow palette features dazzling colors infused with metallic gold pigments. From sparkling gold and shimmering nude to gilded smoke and aubergine spark, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye looks.

Maybelline New York The Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($8.49 USD) — Unleash girl boss lashes with Colossal Big Shot, for fully loaded volume in one coat. The Big Shot brush features unique, wavy bristles that cradle lashes, while the collagen formula delivers bold volume. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes ($7.49 USD) — Maybelline’s creamiest mattes. Warmer, more sensational nudes for every skin tone. Pucker up to radiant, confident color that highlights one’s natural beauty.

What I think:  Maybelline eye shadow palettes are both affordable and gorgeous!  These colors are shimmery and fun for the warm weather.  I love wearing golds and bronzes in the summer with pops of color!  The mascara gifts my tiny lashes volume and length and doesn’t flake into my sensitive eyes.  And I LOVE the matte lipsticks.  They are so hydrating and wear really well on.  Plus, there’s a shade for  all skin tones.

Purchase at mass market retailers

I hope you are all having a great day!



Makeup For A Flawless Summer Face

In the summer my make up routine is all about a natural look that will last through the heat with the least amount of products.  Easy?  No, but I have recently found new products that help me look my best this summer:

New makeup launches from Makeup Academy:

Amp-Up Your Lashes Fiber Lash Primer ($8 USD) — Achieve the look of false lashes without the hassle! It gently conditions and lengthens your lashes with emollients and fibers to give your lashes extra length and volume.

Pro Makeup Correcting Pen ($7 USD) — If eye shadow falls beneath your eyes, your eyeliner isn’t precise as you like, or your lip color has smudged, use this to neaten up your look. The gentle formula easily erases makeup mistakes and refreshes makeup that has strayed during the day. Use it to sweep away smudges and smears, or to quickly change your color for the evening. 

Under Eye Illuminator ($9 USD) — Achieve glowing skin with this liquid highlighter! Using light diffusing pigments, it lends a brightness to the entire eye area for a youthful, luminous look- resulting in sheer to light coverage. 

Sold exclusively at CVS Pharmacy nationwide and

ybf beauty Neutralizing Pressed Powder
ybf beauty Neutralizing Pressed Powder

ybf beauty Neutralizing Pressed Powder ($25 USD) — Translucent yellow pressed powder that color corrects and creates a velvety-sheer, radiant finish for skin that looks naturally flawless. This one product neutralizes redness, diminishes the appearance of pores and blemishes, absorbs oil and sets foundation and concealer – it’s your new best friend!

Finely-milled, Italian powder makes application completely mistake proof. You’ll achieve a perfect complexion without worrying about over applying, looking cakey or masked with makeup. The powder is a universal shade created for all skin tones so there is no stress in finding your perfect match, it adapts to your skin.

Purchase at at HSN, and

Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost
Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost

Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost ($37 USD) —  Mally’s Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost gives your skin a natural boost of warmth for healthy, glowing skin. This matte, lightweight formula offers a perfect finish for your make-up, while giving an instant warming glow. It works to diffuse the look of pores, minimize fine lines, and help your make-up last longer, giving a flawless-looking matte finish. Face Defender Boost comes in one universal shade made to suit all complexions.

Available at and

What summer products are you loving right now?  Leave a comment and let me know.