Saturday, June 13, 2015

PHAMExpo 2015

PHAMExpo 2015 is almost here! It is two weeks away from today. 

June 27 and 28 the Pasadena convention center will fill with vendors, makeup pros, bloggers, and beauty enthusiasts. 

If you haven't purchased your tickets already you better do so now before tickets sell out! 

I have been to every PHAMExpo since it began but unfortunately I'll be absent this year. As you know I just had a baby a couple months ago so she's not at an age where I can really be away from her. 

I look forward to this event every year as it's my time to do something fun for myself so I'm definitely go to miss it this year, but I will be there next year for sure!! 

If you're attending, make sure you read my Tips For PHAMExpo here .

I hope you all have a great time! 

Get your PHAMExpo tickets here 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Smashbox Crush on Blush Palette ~ Review and Swatches

Let's talk about blush! 

I go through stages where I will wear the same blush everyday for weeks or even months, but then there are times that I want to try something new and that time is now!

I had been eyeing this Smashbox Crush On Blush palette (a Nordstrom exclusive) for quite awhile. I finally took the plunge and ordered it a couple weeks ago. 

The palette consists of one highlight, one bronzer, and four blushes. 
It includes a nice large mirror as well.
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Top L to R - Shimmer, Warm Apricot, & Guava
Bottom - Suntan, Rosy, & Rosette
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This palette contains a great range of colors. I tend to always go for a warm peachy color or cooler pink tone and this has exactly that.

The peachy colors are more on the shimmer side, while Rosy and Rosette are matte shades

The suntan bronzer is a great for light to medium complexions and I've been loving it to contour.

The highlight is so gorgeous! You can use it with the blushes in the palette to get that extra glowy look or you can combine it with any blush you have.

All six shades are very pigmented and apply evenly. They all blend effortlessly.

This is really a great blush palette. I'm surprised this has not got more buzz in the beauty world. I think it might be due to the fact that it's not in Sephora or Ulta so it's not as accessible to everyone since it's a Nordstrom exclusive.

I've been using this every time I have done my makeup since I've had it. It's a one stop shop, with everything I need to contour, blush, and highlight. This would be great for travel as well.

It is $45 which I think is a reasonable price, especially for such an amazing blush palette.

If you have a Nordstrom nearby I strongly suggest you check this out or order it online from . If you have been considering this palette don't sit on it because it is Limited Edition and we all know the pain of missing out on LE items!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks ~ Review & Swatches - Unicorn, Craft, Vintage, Heathers, & Carina!!

It's no shock that I have more lipsticks to review for you is it! :)

I purchased three of the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks about two months ago and just got two more in the mail a few days ago.

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Swatches L to R - Vintage, Heathers, & Carina 

The first three I bought were Vintage, Heathers, and Carina. 

Vintage is a gorgeous vampy purple/plum. 

Heathers is a deep burgundy red.

Carina is a bright coral red. 

The ones I just got are Unicorn and Craft from the new Summer collection. 

Unicorn is a bright cotton candy pink! 

Craft is a medium cranberry shade. It's so gorgeous!! Even though this is being released in a summer collection this is going to be gorgeous in the Fall as well! 

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Here is a swatch of Craft underneath Vintage and Heathers for color comparison. 

All of these have a standard doe foot applicator. The packaging is pretty standard too but one thing I dislike is the opening is kind of wide, so it tends to pull out a lot of product and you have to wipe a bunch off on the side which can get messy at times. 

All five of these had great color payoff. They were all opaque upon one application. 

They all wore for around five to six hours but all of them did fade on the inner lip area, especially when eating and drinking. I also found that they all transferred despite being a matte liquid lipstick. A tip to not have this problem is to just blot with a tissue a few minutes after application to remove any excess product. 

You get .11oz of product for $20 which is quite pricey compared to KVD liquid lipsticks where you get double that .22oz for $20. 

With that being said I do like these ABH liquid lipsticks. I think the colors are gorgeous. 

There are a ton more colors to choose from (maybe 20+) so there are shades for every taste. There are quite a few nude shades as well. I really want a shade called Lovely but my Macy's has been out of stock forever! It's next on my list as soon as it's back in stock!! 

If you love liquid lipsticks then you should definitely check these out! Craft is a must have! Go buy it now! :)

You can find them at your nearest Macy's or on .

Monday, May 4, 2015

Baby Update and Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks Reviewand Swatches

Long time no blog post! I've been so busy preparing for the baby's arrival and finally having my baby girl that I haven't had much time to sit and blog. I have still been trying new products, well mostly before I gave birth because honestly I haven't had time to try makeup let alone wear any since I've had her. In case you were wondering I had her on April 17 at 12:07pm. She was 7lbs 14oz and 19 inches long. We named her Alexia Margaret Pallan. The crazy thing is she was born on my oldest sons birthday, so they share the same birthday, 11 years apart! 
As real as it gets! 
4 Moms MamaRoo! I'll have a review on this soon because I have some things to share about this! 
Here is my sweet little Princess! I'm so in love with her! :)

So of course having a newborn hasn't given me much time to blog but I finally got a moment to sit and write so I'm here sharing some great new lip products!

I'm sure you have all heard who Jeffree Star is and his cosmetic line of liquid lipsticks, unless you live under a rock lol jk!! 

I've known his name since the myspace days! Yes I'm taking it back lol! I remember seeing his pics, hair, makeup, and just visually loving what I saw. The bright bold colors of his whole persona drew me in! Although I never really followed his career or what he was doing but that recently changed through instagram. His images started showing up on my feed and I learned that he was coming out with his own makeup line. For some reason I didn't really jump at his products right away. I decided to finally take the plunge and ordered some lipsticks with his last launch.

I ordered the two new shades that he released in Queen Supreme and 714 and I also ordered Redrum.
Queen Supreme, 714, Redrum

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Queen Supreme, 714, Redrum
Wearing Queen Supreme

Queen Supreme has quickly become my favorite pink lipstick! It's my go to pink at the moment. It's such a fun bright cool pink. It's perfect for Spring!

Wearing Redrum
Redrum is a gorgeous classic red. I love this shade as well! This is a great neutral red. It's not too orange or blue based. It's perfect!


714 is a bright neon apricot shade. This is my least favorite of the bunch. I feel like the color doesn't work well with my complexion. It also has a very thin watery texture and requires more than one application to get even coverage. It doesn't apply as opaque as the other two. 

Queen Supreme and Redrum both apply very opaque and evenly. They dry down to a matte finish quickly, while 714 takes quite a bit longer to set. 

As you can see it tends to settle into the lines of your lips. If you have very dry lips this is going to make for an unattractive look. I don't have dry lips but it sure appears that way with this shade. 

These have a very flexible sponge tip applicator. I was kinda iffy about the flexible applicator but I found it was easy to get a precise application. 

The packaging is adorable! 

These are $18 each and can be found on

Overall I'm loving Queen Supreme and Redrum and definitely recommend these two. I just ordered two more Velour liquid lipsticks in I'm Royalty and Prom Night and will have swatches and a review on those soon! 

Have you purchased any Velour Liquid Lipsticks? What are your thoughts on these??

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Sephora Cream Lip Stain Shades ~ Review and Swatches

I first reviewed the Sephora Cream lip stain years ago and to this day it's still one of my favorite lip stains on the market. 

Sephora recently released several new shades in their lip stain collection, which of course I had to have! 

I believe there are ten or so new shades that were added to the collection. I picked up five of the new shades.
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L to R - Watermelon Slice, Pink Soufflé, Cherry Blossom, Whipped Blush, and African Violet
Watermelon Slice is a bright coral/red. This color is hot! It's going to be such a great color for Summer!

Pink Souffle is a nude pink. It appears bright in the photos but on the lips it's much more of a nude pink which I love. I've been searching for something like this for awhile. It's a great everyday color or to wear with more of a smokey/heavier eye look.

Cherry Blossom is a mid-tone semi-bright pink. If you like pink lips but want something that's not so over the top and in your face then this is a great shade for you.

Whipped Blush is a very bright neon pink. This is definitely my favorite! It's fun and bold. This is a great shade for Spring!

African Violet which is a beautiful violet purple. This is much more toned down than Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Purple Poison and Three Witches and KVD L.U.V.. I would say this is a "wearable" purple. It has a slightly mauve look when applied to the lips.

These are just as amazing as all of the previous Sephora lip stains I've purchased. 

The colors are opaque and apply evenly and smooth. 

They dry down quickly to a matte finish. They don't feel overly drying. Of course if matte lipsticks are uncomfortable for you, you can always apply a little lip balm to give your lips a bit more moisture.

I like to apply lip balm before any lipstick application to ensure I get a nice smooth application and it does help give my lips some hydration. 

They have a very slight sweet scent that you only really notice upon application. 

They are extremely long wearing. I can wear these for a good eight plus hours with minor fading, mostly on the inner lip area because of eating and drinking. 

I honestly can't say enough good about these lip stains! 

There are so many long wearing lip stains on the market today which are far more expensive than Sephoras Cream Lip Stains but these are still one of my favorites. 

If you're on a budget I would definitely recommend these. If you're not on a budget I would still recommend these! Lol! They are that good.

They are $13 each compared to around $20-$22 for some of the more expensive brands. 

Check these out the next time you're at Sephora. You won't be disappointed! 

Purchased these myself.Click images to enlarge.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lorac Unzipped Cheek and Lip Set ~ Review and Swatches

I love Lorac Cosmetics so when I saw this new Unzipped Cheek and Lip set I had to have it. I went to my Ulta the day they got it in stock to pick it up and luckily I went in that day because they only received a few of these in store.

The Set includes a palette of four blushes and one Alter Ego Lipstick in the shade Girl Next Door.
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The four blushes included in the palette are Underrated, Unashamed, Unapologetic, and Unimaginable.

Underrated is a matte rosy pink. It is great for everyday wear. I've worn this one the most out of all four shades. It goes with everything!

Unashamed is a bright matte pink. This is a great pop of color on the cheeks and perfect for Spring and Summer. I think this will look gorgeous on darker complexions!

Unapologetic is a shimmery deep rosy bronze shade. I don't have anything similar to this in my collection and honestly didn't think I'd like this shade on me but I actually love it. It give a really pretty bronze-y glow to the cheeks. This is going to be beautiful for anyone to wear in the summer when they have more of a tan as well.

Unimaginable is a shimmery light apricot peachy color. I would say this is more of a highlight shade unless you are very fair. I have been using it to pop onto Underrated and Unashamed to get a more glowy look at times and I love it.

All four of these are very pigmented. I suggest using a good sized fluffy brush when applying so you get a softer application. A little goes a long way. They do blend out easily though. 

I found these blushes to be very long wearing. I wore them all day without them fading or shifting. 

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Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door is a pretty peachy/pink nude. 

This is a great neutral everyday lipstick shade. I have a few more of these lipsticks from Lorac. They are a matte formula and can be a bit drying but they are very long lasting. They do transfer but they definitely last a good six plus hours. I don't have as many nude lipsticks as I do brights so this is a great addition to my collection. 

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L to R ~ Underrated, Unashamed, Unapologetic, and Unimaginable blush, with Girl Next Door swatched last.


This set is only $30 which I think is a fantastic deal. You get four full sized blushes and a full size lipstick. It's a really great value. Definitely recommend checking this out!

You can find this set on or your nearest Ulta store.

Monday, February 9, 2015

New Ulta Matte Lip Cream ~ Review and Swatches

I saw these new lip products in an Ulta email recently so of course I had to try them right away! 
I picked up four new Matte Lip Creams in Vivid, Spirited, Passionate, and Stirring. 
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L to R ~ Vivid, Spirited, Passionate, and Stirring
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Now I must have got ahead of myself with excitement and assumed they were a long lasting matte lip stains similar to the Kat Von, Sephora, Lime Crime, and so on lip stains. What I didn't realize was that this product is named a lip "Cream". 

It's exactly that, a lip cream. It applies smooth and creamy. It has a moussey consistency. It does have a matte finish but doesn't really dry and set. While it looks matte on the lips, it stays feeling creamy throughout wearing it. I'm sure this will appeal to a lot of people who don't like matte lip stains for the drying factor. 

I personally do love this product. It stays feeling smooth and hydrated on the lips. The colors are absolutely beautiful and opaque. I love how hydrating they are on my lips, especially since my lips have been very dry this winter. 

On the down side, they do transfer and fade when eating or drinking. 

They last a good three to four hours, although like I said if you eat something it will fade. 

This product has a slight scent but it's not fruity or vanilla, I can't quite figure it out, but it doesn't have that cheap lipstick smell either so that's a plus.

These are $9 each, but are currently buy two get two FREE at Ulta! 

I'm really enjoying these new Matte Lip Creams from Ulta and definitely recommend checking them out, especially for the price!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Natural ~ Review & Swatches

I'm not the biggest Physicians Formula fan as I've had bad luck with several of their products before, but I can't deny that they make some really beautiful looking blushes!

About two weeks ago I placed an order on Ulta for my UD foundation, and of course I needed to add something to my order to get free shipping and came across this blush.and thought it looked gorgeous, so I added it to my cart!

The packaging is standard for a PF blush, The bottom portion has a mirror and brush when you lift it up. 

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The presentation of this blush is gorgeous! I love the design!

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As you can see in the flash photo the outer design has a gold over spray. This isn't a fine shimmer over spray. I like a little sparkle, but this was quite a large chunky glitter to be honest. There was nothing subtle about it. I looked as though I patted glitter on my cheeks, which I know a lot of people won't like. The plus side is that it's just an over spray and after you remove the sparkles you're left with a gorgeous natural blush.

Here is the blush after the over spray has been removed. As you can see it consists of three shades. They are meant to be swirled together then applied. It would be hard to pick up the shades separately to apply a single color, so swirling them all together works best in my opinion.

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L to R ~ The first shade is the outer portion, second swatch is the second shade in, third swatch is the inner center portion, and the last swatch is all shades swatched together.


I am definitely loving this blush. I think this would look gorgeous in the Summer time with a tan! This blush definitely has great color pay off. If you are very fair use a light hand because I can see how this could easily be overkill if applied to heavily. 

The finish is not matte but not too shimmery either, it gives a really beautiful natural coral glow to the skin. 

This blush also comes in a pink shade as well, but I tend to wear warmer blushes so I chose this one.

The only negative thing I have to say about this is that it is heavily fragranced. It has a strong floral scent. It was the first thing I noticed when I opened it. The scent just hit me hard. It's almost headache inducing, but I have grown used to it. When applied you can still smell it, but after about three to five minutes it fades away.

If you can get past the floral scent I definitely think this is worth checking out.

You can find the new Physicians Formula blush at or your nearest drugstore for around $12.