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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Trend Alert – Cleansing Balms

Cleansing Balms – This is one category that has exploded, which, I’m glad to see it! I consider the cleansing balm like a better-for-your-skin cold cream. What started with this from Cailyn Cosmetics, went to this face-off of the one from Clinique and Cailyn to now with Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm ($38/2.82oz @, from IT COSMETICS and Nourishing Cleansing Balm ($20/3.04oz @, from PIXI BEAUTY’s Skintreats line.

These balms are superior at taking the whole day off, makeup and all, in a gentle and quick way.

Are you interested in trying a balm to take off your makeup at the end of the day? Do tell in the comments!

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

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Monday, October 17, 2016

5 Favorite Makeup Products for Highlighting

Strobing? Highlighting? Bronzing? No matter which you choose to do, they’re all hot now. Do you have a favorite? I find that highlighting/strobing 2 features max in any look is more than enough. I mean, you want to look natural, just better, and not completely fake.

Here are 5 that I’ve been using the past few weeks. Do you see a favorite?


1. LUNE+ASTER Moonrise Glow & Contour Bronzing Palette - $46 @ – this is a really serious highlighting duo. One side is the glowing bronzer and the other is the candlelight-effect highlighter. I’m really only into matte bronzers so I’ve been using both along tops of my cheek bones.

2. CHELLA Highlighter Pencil in Ivory Lace $18 @, – this highlighter has quite a cult following and I see why! It works under the eyebrow, along the cupids bow, inner corners of the eyes and more. No shimmer or glow here, which is nice when I’m not in the mood for it. There’s just something about this super light matte pink shade they call Ivory Lace that works with almost every skin tone.  

3. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Face Studio Master Strobing Stick in Medium Nude Glow - $7.99 @ – this has become my go-to for highlighting my cheekbones and inner corner of my eyes. This one seems to blend perfectly into my skin tone not really adding any color, just glow!

4. MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Face Studio Master Contour V-Shape Duo Stick in Medium - $7.99 @ – why did it take so long for someone to come up with a duo-colored stick like this? Use the light side for highlighting/strobing and the darker side to define cheeks, contour the nose, and jawline.

5. PIXI BY PETRA Beauty Blush Duo + Kabuki in Peach Honey - $18 @ – I’m not a fan of any shimmer or any other effects in my blush (I’m a matte girl on that front too) so I’ve been using this like the Lune+Aster one, upper cheeks and under the brow bone.

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

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

5 Favorite New Beauty Releases

PIXI BEAUTY Full Coverage Foundation Brush ($15 @ – such a compact head but don’t let the lack of length fool you. It still does a great job at getting your liquid products into those corners and contours.

2. OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Crème Colour Concentrate in Discipline ($23 @ and – described as a bruised-bronze, this multi-tasking creamy color can be used on the eyes, lips, and cheeks (note that not all 17 shades can be used in the eye area).

3. L’OREAL Infallible Powder Eyeliner Pen in Purple Smoke ($9.99 @ and drugstores nationwide) – if the packaging says ‘Infallible’ on it, I’m in! Seriously though, their Infallible line is flawless. And these fat liners are great for applying a smoking eye in seconds.

4. BENEFIT COSMETICS the POREfessional: License to Blot ($20 @ – this is the latest addition to the POREfessional collection and will be great for the upcoming season. It’s an instant blotting stick with tiny invisible spheres that will mattifying any oil your face puts forth. 

5. BEAUTY 360 Shape-Defining Nail File ($4.99 @ and CVS stores nationwide) – this is my new favorite file! I’ve noticed that sometimes a file has to be “broken in” so it’s not too harsh on the nails. This one arrived perfect and ready to use. 

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Two-in-One with Staying Power!

Are you familiar with the PIXI BY PETRA line by PIXI BEAUTY that’s made just for Target stores?

They’re just coming out with their Spring 2015 Collection and I have the two Endless Silky Eye Intensify Duos ($15 each @ to show you today.


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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Insane Stain from Pixi Beauty!

What It Is
: PIXI BEAUTY Sheer Cheek Gel ($18 @ - a sheer, translucent gel creates a super natural flush of colour. Applies easily with fingers for a fresh & healthy burst of colour on cheeks and lips. Oil-free, fragrance free and hypoallergenic.

My take: I love a great stain and there are very few of them out there that are a) actually a true stain and b) last on the skin. Well I’m excited to report that this one does both!

It comes in 5 shades (Rosy shown here) and they say you can use it with your fingers but I find I get a better application, not to mention no stained fingers, by using a sponge as I feel I get better control when I can buff it on for that realistic flush. Big recommendation. 


Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Product Picks – Makeup!

Ok, ramp up the parties and get gorgeous with any of these that were put out just for the holiday! Well, almost all of them (one I couldn't resist putting it in here). Which would you choose?


TARTE ‘Brushed with Destiny’ Set of 5 Bamboo Brushes & Makeup Bag - $44 @

PIXI BEAUTY Nail Colour in God Jul! $8 @

CHANEL Reve D’Orient Quadra Eye Shadow - $70 @

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights - $25/3-5g tubes @ 

FERRO COSMETICS Mojo Glow Mineral Bronzer - $25 @

DOLCE & GABBANA The Bronzer Collector’s Edition in Desert $51 only @ Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Macy's locations. 

ARDENCY INN MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner Trio - $29 @ and

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

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Pixi Beauty Gives A Hint!

Sometimes I'm just not in the mood for a whole face of makeup or *gasp* lipstick but if I'm hitting up a holiday party, they're kind of required. Well, PIXI BEAUTY seems to understand as they just came out with a Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio in Balmy Winter ($16 @ and there’s a vanilla-scented, color-tinted one for every occasion you'll have this season – Comfort Clear (no color), Honey Nectar (nude) and Ripe Raspberry (raspberry pink). Since each contains Shea Butter, vitamin E, you can certainly count on them to keep lips moisturized and protected from the cold and with two outta the three containing color, they will at least make your lips look like you're holiday party ready, even if the rest of you isn't.

You can also pick these balms up individually for $8 each and there are an additional 3 colors available!



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Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Really Get Your Makeup Done in 5 Minutes

The secret to getting your makeup look done and out the door in 5 minutes is to use multi-taskers like ones that are tinted. Since you don’t have to be as precise with tinted versions, time is on your side. Here are some in each category you should cover in order to at least look polished.  

First up is a Tinted Moisturizer or tinted BB Cream. They can be applied with your fingers or a sponge and not only are they usually available in quite a few shades but they give just a hint of tint so you don’t have to worry about overdoing it. And some even come with a built-in SPF, so you’re saving a few extra seconds on your routine right there! Here are some I recommend:  

1. PIXI BEAUTY H2O Skintint $24/1.18oz @

2. BEAUTY ADDICTS Mineral SheerTINT $32/1.25oz @

3. MAYBELLINE Dream Pure BB 8-IN-1 Beauty Balm Skin Clearing Perfector $8.99/1oz @ and <--- this is a good one too if you are prone to acne.

4. TOO FACED Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 $34/1.5oz @ and

Just remember that if you do choose one that doesn’t contain sunscreen, make sure you apply some before one of these. 


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Friday, March 28, 2014

5 Favorite ... Makeup Brushes

1. CROWN BRUSH Set 700P – 5 PC. Essentials Set w/Purple Tips ($19.95 @ – the perfect set of tools for on the go. This cloth pouch contains all your essentials – Powder Dome, Oval Foundation, Oval Shadow, Oval Detail and Angle Liner. And the purple tips of the brushes are really chic.

2. PIXI BEAUTY Precision Brush ($12) and Shadow Brush from their new Brush Collection – both and more @ – the Pixi line is really expanding the brand! First this and now brushes. The Precision Brush is stubbed, which is great for creating a smoky eye or for smudging shadow or liner.
And I’m a sucker for a great all-purpose Shadow Brush, which is the perfect size for many different applications on the lid and above.

3. GUERLAIN Terracotta Bronzing Powder Brush ($42 @ – this is the Rolls Royce of bronzing brushes. Everything about it says luxe! From the deep red bristles to the bronze-colored suede pouch with magnetic closure it comes in.

4. BDELLUIM TOOLS All-Purpose Blusher #964 – part of the Anti-Bacterial Brush Collection ($14.75 @ – confused about all the different blush brushes out there? This one is a good option then! As the name states, it’s an all-purpose and can handle any blush you buff on it. This 8.5” long  brush uses natural and synthetic fibers in the hair.

5. MAKE UP FOR EVER #158 Double Ended Sculpting Brush ($53 @ – love the brand’s newest makeup brushes and this double-ended brush covers a lot of uses – blush, face powder, and bronzer. Only use animal-free products? This one’s safe for you. 

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

Friday, January 10, 2014

What I’m Loving Right ... Now!

NEUTROGENA Norwegian Formula Hand Cream ($3.59/2oz @ – if this is the way the Norwegians do hand cream, I’m totally in! This is not like any other hand “cream” I have ever used. And it’s not really even a hand cream. It’s more of a thick salve or ointment that seems to stay on the skin for a while but not in a greasy way but more in a protective way. This one is getting my hands through the winter weather.

NARS Cinematic Lipstick in Short Circuit from the Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection ($26 @ - If bright lippies are your thing, this is a great orange-red that I’ve been wearing for the past week straight. Things are cold and drab right now so why not perk up with this hot shade?  And it so catches me off guard during the day that when I walk past a mirror and catch a glimpse, I almost don’t think it’s me in the reflection!

PIXI BEAUTY Glow Tonic ($29/8.5oz @ and – this is a brand new area for the brand and if this is any indication of the quality of what they’ll be putting out, I’m in! It’s an alcohol-free toner that exfoliates using 5% glycolic acid and nourishes it with aloe, witch hazel, hose chestnut extracts and ginseng.

GOURMET BODY PASTRIES Sweet Tarts Candy Whipped Shea Butter ($12/4oz, $21/8oz @ – I’m so not into dessert smelling body products so I’m glad that this brand makes some for us like this Sweet Tarts one. Yum! Smells great and it works even better on the skin and uses just a few ingredients – oils of olive, coconut, almonds and vitamin E as well as Shea Butter, aloe and vegetable glycerin. That’s it! Love this kind of brand. 

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

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