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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Q's Answered on the Most Game-Changing Product of 2015

I had a few questions emailed to me from readers after this feature the other day on the hows and whats of COVER FX’s Custom Cover Drops so I wanted to address them here. When it comes to HOW to apply it, I consider this product kind of an at-home beauty experiment; a DIY, if you so please, in the sense that you should apply it however is comfortable for you.


Here are a few different ways I’ve tried: above I'm showing a drop next to some plain sunscreen on a tray I use to mix paints on when I’m crafting. On a side note, literally hours after I took this photo, I got Beauty Blender’s Sur.face Pro, which is great because it’s made just for mixing makeup! Now I have a tray for each.

So you can mix your Custom Cover Drops with your product on a tray or add the drop/s to a product in your hand, or if you’re mixing it with a primer, I’ve also put a squirt of product and a few drops on the back of my hand and then mixed them together with the brand's Liquid Foundation Brush ($38). But I nixed that after I started thinking about how the products might just be sinking into the back of my hand so I switched back to mixing on the tray.

So I guess it’s up to you on HOW you want to mix the drops and a face product together.


The other question I received was with WHAT can you mix it with? I’d say 99% of your face products! Like I’ve been mixing a few drops with products I’ve been trying in the past few weeks - Cover FX’s Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment ($38/1oz), Murad’s Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($65/1oz @ and and Tarte’s Maracuja Neck Treatment ($49/1.7oz @ and And the pigment drops blend in beautifully and tints them all my shade!

If you have any other questions about Cover FX’s new Custom Cover Drops, I’ll be having a Twitter Party tomorrow, Friday, March 20th from 3pm to 4pm EST, just to talk about them! Join the chat by using the hashtag #dropportunity and looking forward to talking to you then! And I'll be giving away some bottles of the Custom Cover Drops.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Review + Swatches - Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette

I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the debut of TARTE COSMETICS! I remember writing about their first-ever product, the iconic cheek stain. So to celebrate, they are putting out a whole bunch of new products under the 15 Year Anniversary Collection tag.

First up? The Park Ave Princess Contour Palette ($34). Makeup contouring really took off as a trend in 2014 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down in 2015. 



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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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Product You Need to Know About

Are you ready to talk fall makeup yet? September issues and all that jazz? Now that my birthday has passed, I’m ready, so let’s start with some standouts … 



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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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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Review+Swatches - Tarte LipSurgence Lip Gloss

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with lip gloss. While I love the look of a nice glossy colored lip, I don’t always like the feel. Some make me feel like my lips are suffocating. Does this happen to you? I’ve mentioned it here a few times but I do have to say, these TARTE COSMETICS LipSurgence Lip Gloss ($19 @ and DO. NOT. SUFFOCATE! This is an extremely important issue for me. Like if I’m wearing gloss or testing one out, if I can constantly feel it on my lips, I’ll usually not wear that one again, which is why I tend to review more lipsticks on the site.



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Friday, May 09, 2014

What I’m Loving Right … Now!

Face Love
- JOUER COSMETICS Essentials Matte Touch ($26 @ – It’s officially the season of shiny faces, so make sure you carry a translucent mattifier with you at all times. This one from Jouer really absorbs oil and contains good-for-skin ingredients like vitamins C, D & E and Willow Bark Extract.

Wipe Love - TARTE ‘Fresh Eyes’ Maracuja Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Wipes ($12/30 wipes @ – I love me some face wipes and it was only a matter of time before our tarte friends came out with some. These combine maracuja with fruit extracts to fully remove makeup and nourish the skin.

Body Love - THE GRAPESEED CO Custom Lotion in Mama’s Blend ($22/8oz @ – While I prefer a body oil to a lotion these days, I’m simply loving this lotion in grapeseed, aloe & coconut! And it’s made with quality ingredients. Make your own custom lotion with their rich vinotherapy body lotion and you can even choose your own name and bottle color.

Hair Love - PUREOLOGY ‘Strength Cure’ Restorative Masque ($50/5.2oz @ on where to buy) – No matter what month the calendar says, my strands always seems in need of a hair mask. This latest mask from one of my favorite hair care lines fortifies strands with Asta-Repair including Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, which  reduces breakage of micro-scarred/damaged color-treated hair.

Fragrance Love - NOMAD TWO WORLDS Wild Fire EDP from the Raw Spirit Collection ($35/7.5ml rollerball @ – this warm scent pays tribute to one of the founder’s native land of Australia with sandalwood, creamy amber along with ylang ylang, jasmine on a base of musk and cedarwood. Really nice.

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

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

5 Favorite … Moisturizers

All areas of the body need moisture now. Here are some of my favorites!


Hair - PHYRRA Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque ($39.99/8oz @ – who knows hair better than someone who puts it through the ringer like fellow beauty blogger, Courtney from Phyrra does? She just came out with a major hair mask and I couldn’t recommend it more! Pretty Little Elixir is  cruelty-free and will snap your strands back in shape no matter how harshly you treat it. And I recommend you use it with this product

Hands - TATCHA Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream ($38/2oz @ – your hands are out in the elements a lot in the cold months, so give them some TLC with this nourishing cream. It uses the stems, leaves and petals of the Indigo plant to calm sensitive skin due to the cold, dermatitis, eczema and even rosacea.

Face - KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque ($35/4.2oz @ – help your skin retain the extra moisture it needs to be fed during these burrrrr months by using this face masque. It’s a 10-minuter that will help your regular moisturizer work overtime.

Eyes - TARTE Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment Cream ($38/.35oz @ and – this one uses their patented C-brighter technology that uses the power of the Maracuja fruit that super hydrates the thin skin around the eye that a heavy moisturizer just can’t conquer.

BodyRITUALS Honey Touch Rich and Nourishing Body Cream ($25/6.7oz @ – I have a soft spot for honey and wow, does this one do right by it and I’m not just talking about the gorgeous scent! It uses Himalayan Honey and Indian Rose Oil to nourish the nose and skin as well as Shea Butter, Cocoa Seed Butter. Thick and rich, just what the skin needs right now.  

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

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Review+Swatches - Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment

Lots of buzz over TARTE’s latest collection of products for Spring, which includes these LipSurgence Power Pigments ($23 @ and These were inspired by the newly designed cheek stains with the bright colors and new shape. These slim lippies contain the antioxidants, vitamin E and peppermint like their big brothers but these seem to have more pigment in the color, which I’m surely not complaining about!


Shown here in Blissful (dark peach coral) Exposed (nude pink)


They are pretty hydrating and the color lasts a few hours and doesn’t creep into lip creases at all. I think these could be the best lippies I’ve ever tried from tarte. Yeah!

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

Friday, January 31, 2014

New from Tarte! Colored Clay CC Primer

just came out with a bunch of new products for spring and today I want to show you the Colored Clay CC Primer.

What It Is: A multi-tasking complexion corrector. Made with super anti-oxidants and Amazonian colored clay, this primer brightens skin, blurs imperfections and neutralizes any redness and discolorations. Use this one before foundation as your primer.  

My take: At first I thought this was a primer and stick foundation in one since it comes in 5 different shades but it’s not. It’s just a tinted primer and while I thankfully don’t need the redness cutting part of this product, I’m sure digging the blurring imperfections and brightening properties of it.


This is for sure my new favorite primer. $34/.51oz @ and

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

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