Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hello Urban Decay Summer Collection!

Have you seen the Summer 2016 makeup collection from URBAN DECAY? I love that the brand really seems to think about each season and what products help bring out the beauty in each of us. Here are my picks! 


Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter ($26 @,, in Fireball (peach w/pink shift) – Inspired by the brand’s popular eyeshadows in the same shades (also available in Sin and Aura), use this shade to bring forth those features you want to stand out like the inside corner of your eyes, tops of cheeks and the cupid’s bow.

Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector SPF 20 ($34/1.3oz @, – this one has garnered quite the buzz on the blogs! Not only does this foundation have that blurring technology to make skin look flawless but it also lasts for hours. Available in 6 shades.

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20 @, in Heartless (light frosted pink) – Use this kind of like you would the above Afterglow but I have also been using this on top of eye liner for an unexpected look.

24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil ($20 @, in Walk of Shame (nude) – Out of this whole collection, I think I was most excited about this pencil. The waterline is just oh so important and really completes a look and this one is great to make eyes look bigger.



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Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Beauty Bam! Battle of the Cleansing Balms

It’s a battle to see which one is the best! Is it the one from Cailyn or Clinique? I discovered the Cailyn Cosmetics balm at the ISSE Show a few years ago when it was first launched and it became a fast favorite for removing makeup. Actually one of the best I’ve ever used! It cleans the skin and removes makeup lickety-split and it doesn’t sting the eyes.

And the Clinique balm just came out a few months ago. They have a version of this that’s in the liquid form that I wrote about a few years ago and really liked so I was curious how these two would do against each other since they seem so similar.

While each creamy balm looks like it would leave a greasy film behind, know that these don’t. They even  remove the toughest makeup like waterproof mascara and liquid lipsticks. I know, they’re that good!

So let’s look at each product in detail as only one will be inducted into my Holy Grail list.

CLINIQUE Take Off the Day Cleansing Balm ($29/3.8oz @, – this white balm comes in a huge 3.8oz size and know that you don’t really need to use a lot to get your face of makeup off. Just rub a quarter-sized dollop in-between hands to warm it up and it turns into a milky liquid fast.

Here is the ingredient list for Clinique –

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbeth-30 Tetraoleate, Polyethylene, PEG-5 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Water, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol.

CAILYN COSMETICS Dizzolv’It Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm ($24/1.7oz @ – pretty pink color of the balm though it too melts down into a milky liquid. This one has papaya enzymes in the formula to help dissolve dead skin cells, improve skin texture and elasticity as well as other fruit extracts. Like the Clinique one, this also melts in-between hands when rubbed together. This used to come in much bigger size but they seem to only sell the 1.7oz one now, which is still great.

Here are ingredients inside Cailyn’s. I bolded the ones that are also in the Clinque one, which is only one ingredient.

Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Aqua, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Thuja Orientalis Leaf Extract, Parfum, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Malpighia Glabra Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Resveratrol, Yellow 6 [CI 15985], Red 33 [CI 17200]

So who’s the winner?


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Monday, July 11, 2016

Splurge or Save – What U Need This Summer

I’m just loving the smell of almonds lately. I mean, what’s not to love? They’re good for you to eat and they are highlighted in these two products.

$$$ - L’OCCITANE Almond Delicious Paste Exfoliating Butter ($42/7oz @ – this is one of the thickest scrubs I’ve ever used, hence the word ‘Butter’ in the title, cuz they mean it! This one uses a combination of sugar and crushed almond shells to exfoliate nourishing oil like Sweet Almond Oil and Shea Butter.

$ - SIMPLE SUGARS Almond Body Scrub ($14/5oz, $19/8oz @ - Oy, I could inhale this one every day! It smells like my favorite dessert, marzipan! And the exfoliators in it are a combo of sugar and bits of almonds as well as essential oils to moisturize the skin. No need for a lotion afterward.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

My Daily Face

While I'm not sure if it's one specific product or the combo of them for what's quite keeping my skin clear these days, I'm not even going to question it! I've been using these 5 for the past month+ and my skin is behaving quite nicely. See anything you like? 


1. BETTER SKIN CO. Mirakle Cream ($34/1.7oz @ and – they call this all-in-one face cream a ‘Genius in a Jar’ and was a family recipe that found its way to Seattle, WA from Uzbekistan when one of the creators and her family emigrated here. The natural peptides and hyaluronic acid seemed to have “checked” my skin in that it’s behaving right now with no random blemishes or dryness. I’ll take that!

2. MD SUN Super Hydration B Serum ($85/1oz @ – I’m not sure which I love more, the presentation and bottle of this serum or the deep hydration this seems to impart in my skin. Pro vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid never looked so good!

3. INSTRUMENTAL BEAUTY Sonic Touch Cleansing System ($45 @ – this multi-pulsating gizmo gently shakes up the skin as you move it over your face. It cleans and exfoliates and most importantly, isn’t going to break the bank.

4. MD SUN Intensive Eye Gel ($105/.5oz @ – I don’t know the last time I’ve used a product for the eye area that sunk in my skin so quickly! And this is another all-in-one as it works on dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and pigmentation.

5. PACIFICA Kale Detox Deep Cleansing Face Wash ($10/5oz @, – I don’t usually have acne-prone skin but for some reason they crop up in the summer. This one uses phytonutrients like kale, seaweed and blue seakale to remove makeup and get skin in check.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The State of the Union - Liquid Lipsticks


I think I’ve been around the liquid lipstick block a few times now and with the latest ones I’ve tried being on the indie side, I have some more observations. It seems that just about every brand is coming out with their own version these days, which is great, but not so great when you kinda know what formula works for you, and you don’t get it when you open the tube. If you’re on the liquid lipstick (will abbreviate to LL) bandwagon, do you know which form you like best? I think I do, now that I’ve tried quite a few different brands:

Chanel, Wet N Wild, Tarte, Buxom (part of BareMinerals), ColourPop, Motives, Cailyn Cosmetics, L’Oreal, Make Up For Ever, Stila, Laura Mercier, Merle Norman, NARS, Lime Crime, Ofra Cosmetics, Fyinnae, Maybelline, Ciate London, L'Oreal, Napoleon Perdis, Houglass Cosmetics, CoverGirl, LipSense by SeneGence, Giorgio Armani, Sephora, Kat Von D, MAC, Makeup Monster, LA Splash Cosmetics, Caked, Beauty Bakerie.

Brands on my list to try: The new ones from Smashbox, Anastasia Beverly Hills (I know, I know, I'm like the only one on the planet but I've read mixed reviews), Jeffree Star, Milani (drugstores are always out of the Amore Mattes!), Lonely Planet.



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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Splurge or Save – What U Need This Summer

Who wants to wear a heavy lippie when the temps go up? Even most of my liquid lipsticks are taking a backseat this season for something with a light wash of color instead.

Here are two that give lips just a hint or ripeness while keeping them in tip top shape.


$$$ - LANCOME Juicy Shaker ($21 @, – these are super cute packaged pigment infused bi-phased lip oil. And the oils are good for conditioning the skin with a combo of apricot, rose de muscat, cranberry, peach and sweet almond oils. Shown here in #151 Cherry Symphony (red).

$ - BURT’S BEES Tinted Lip Balm ($5 @, – When my lips get a little dried out from wearing too many liquid lipsticks, I’ve been using this one in Rose to bring them back to life. Just a hint o’ color nestled inside some nourishing ingredients like Shea Butter and natural Botanicals.

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I Found My Perfect Natural Lip Color!

recently came out with Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm ($24 @ The formula comes in 8 satin-finish colors – from Fate, described as a clear but better (is that like YLBB??) to Wicked, a deep plum purple. And speaking of, while the Fate shade shown here wasn’t anything to write home about, the Rebel color is the consummate sheer pink color, so acronym’d it would be MPLC (my perfect lip color).

The feel of the formula on my lips was comfortable, not quite as heavy as a balm, and of course not sticky, and if you’ve read for a while, you know how crazy I am about wearing comfortable lippies! And each of these Gel Colors is made with rapeseed, sunflower, and vitamin E, among lip-nourishing other ingredients.



And my new MPLC of Rebel? I have a feeling I’m going to be wearing this a lot as it seems like it will work both for the office and paired with a smoky eye look.

And of course each comes with the accouterments of the metal tin box that has the mirror on the inside and the pencil sharpener especially made for these sticks.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Splurge or Save – What U Need This Summer

All face mists are not created equal, which is what I thought for many years. I go through a few face mists each summer. They’re so totable and great for a quick refresh on the go. Here are two I love.

$$$TARTE COSMETICS Marine Boosting 4-in-1 Mist ($25/2.5oz @ and – you’ll love this multi-tasker this season! It’s a face primer, makeup setting spray, hydrating mist and skin refresher. This one also contains their Rainforest of the Sea antioxidant complex to help nourish the skin. Yaaas!

$LA ROCHE-POSAY Thermal Spring Water Essential ($12.99/5.2oz @ – this thermal water is a super fine mist of antioxidant-rich spring water. This one feels so good on the skin when it's super hot so I have one of these cans tucked in a few different places.

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Huge Release from Urban Decay!

just came out with a huge release. Like physically huge! Like 100 lipsticks! It’s Vice Lipstick and these span the range of finishes – from Mega Matte (designated by MM), Comfort Matte (CM), Cream (C), Metallized (M), Sheer (S), and Sheer Shimmer (SS).

So what is this Vice and why do I need them?

Vice Lipstick comes in a modernized, luxed-up version of our original lipstick case (that looked like a shotgun shell). It’s new, but speaks to our roots.

The luxurious, faceted gunmetal case has a gold base and debossed lettering.

Our custom-designed lipstick features an embossed “UD.”

Shade-matching labels (including the shade name and finish) make it easy to find our current addiction in your bag.

Let's get to the unboxing!


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Enter to Win a Gift from Lizora

Have you noticed the new look of the site? It was time and to celebrate, I’ve got a few giveaways up my sleeve! First one is from the buzzing Lizora brand and their Pu-erh Tea Nourishing Cream. Have you heard of this yet? It’s kind of an all-in-one – cleanser, exfoliator, moisturizer. Read more about this remarkable product here.

I have two give away so enter below!


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