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Monday, November 21, 2016

Simply Earth - Essential oils monthly subscription box - Review - Free Diffuser

Hey everyone! Long time no see ... read? :)

I've been mia from the blog for awhile, just dealing with a lot of anxiety issues and working on getting better. 

I've been in therapy for almost a year, and along with breathing exercises, meditation, and medication I'm slowly starting to feel like myself again. 

In my search for anxiety treatment I came across aromatherapy as well as what I mentioned above. 

I had just started to look into essential oils when I just so happened to receive an email from Simply Earth about trying their subscription. It couldn't have come at a better time! 

Simply Earth is a monthly subscription service for essential oils. 

Every month you will receive a box with new essential oils. 

I received the November box. Every month there is a new theme for the box and Novembers box is a holiday theme! 


Box full of goodies! 


Every month you get five essential oils.

The oils in the November box include one to curb hunger, one called Happy Joy, Frankencense, Pine, and Rosemary. 


You also get extra goodies like extra bottles to mix your oils to your liking.


And you get some cards with oil recipes and other fun craft ideas.

Each box is $39 a month. 

I think it's a pretty good deal considering how much essential oils can cost. 


So how will you use these?...


With the Simply Earth diffuser of course! 


And it changes color! From blue to green,  violet, pink, and so on which makes it really fun. My kids actually love that aspect of it!

It's very easy to use. You just fill the diffuser with water, put a few drops of your oils in, and turn it on. 

All Simply Earth essential oils are 100% pure! 

Another great thing is they give 13% of their profits to organizations that fight to end human trafficking! 

Now I'm not saying that Simply Earth claims to reduce anxiety by any means but having a warm soothing scent throughout my house is definitely calming to me. When I'm dealing with anxiety anything I can do to try and calm myself down naturally I'm all for, whether it be reading, listening to music, cleaning, or turning on my diffuser with essential oils. 

I have loved trying out all these oils. My favorites have been the Pine and Happy Joy. I love to mix these two specifically in the diffuser. 

They all smell nice. None of them smell over powering, although you really only use a few drops in the diffuser. These essential oils should last you quite awhile. 

With the holidays right around the corner this would make a great gift. 

If you're new to essential oils like me this would be a great way to start out. You get everything you need in your first order! Including a FREE diffuser! 

When you subscribe to Simply Earth subscription add the diffuser to your shopping cart, then at checkout add the coupon code FREEDIFFUSER and you will receive the diffuser for free!!

Shipping is free. You can cancel or pause your monthly box at any time. 

I really enjoyed the Simply Earth subscription and definitely recommend if you're into essential oils.

https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box






Thursday, September 1, 2016

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Review - Kink & Kisses

I love trying new beauty products but I also love when I find myself reaching for the same product everyday. That's when you know you truly love something and have found something great!

That's currently what I'm doing with the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush in Kink & Kisses.

I received this courtesy of Influenster for review purposes. 

I've used several Marc Beauty products before but hadn't tried any of his blushes. One thing that is consistent though is his beautiful packaging! 

The black compact is smooth, sleek and has a nice weight to it. It definitely feels high end. 

It does include a very nice and large mirror on the inside of the compact.

The blush was designed with the stripes so you can use this with the "draping" technique which is essentially swiping the  blush vertically to pick up the darker shade and applying it under the cheek bone to give a sculpted effect. 

I personally like to use this blush swirled together. I find it gives a beautiful natural flush to the cheeks. 

I have been using this blush everyday since I received it. I honestly can't stop using it. It is so gorgeous and really goes with every look I'm wearing, whether it be a neutral eye, smokey eye, or bold lip, it just always works. 

My kids are officially back in school so I am up very early in the morning trying to put myself together and get them ready for school. I have applied this early in the morning and it's still there when I'm removing my makeup at night. This blush really lasts all day. 

It applies evenly and doesn't ever break up or look patchy. 

Natural light 

The lighter stripe of the blush, darker stripe, and swirled together.

The lighter stripe is definitely not as pigmented as I would like it to be. I had to really swipe the lighter stripe hard to get the swatch you see above. 

Overall the look achieved is beautiful nonetheless. 

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Fuzzy iPhone pic but here I am wearing the Marc Jacobs Air Blush in Kink & Kisses. 

I definitely recommend the Marc Jacobs Beauty Air blush. There are also four other blushes to choose from. Check these out the next time you're at Sephora.

You can find them on Sephora.com Marcjacobsbeauty.com, or your nearest Sephora for $42.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder - Precious Petals and Crown of My Canopy Review and Swatches

A few months ago Wet n Wild released a new collection that included the release of two new highlighting powders in the shades Precious Petals and Crown of My Canopy. 

These were very hyped up all over social media instantly! 

The thing is that when they released these products the drugstore displays only had three of each product, making them extremely hard to find. 

I myself went to every drugstore to see if they had received these. I needed to see what the fuss was about! 

Of course I missed out and was awaiting their release online, only to miss out time and time again when they went live online. 

I finally was able to order these upon their last release on the wet n wild website!

I've had these highlighting powders for a couple weeks already so I've had a fair amount of time to play with them. 

Precious Petals Natural light

Natural light 

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Crown of My Canopy Natural light

Natural light

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Natural light Precious Petals and Crown of My Canopy

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As you can see Precious Petals is a bit more Champagne gold where Crown of My Canopy is a bit more bronzey.

Natural light 

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The consistency of these is definitely not that almost creamy consistency that like a Laura Geller highlighter has. For some reason I imagined it would just from seeing it swatched on snapchat. 

With that being said they are very pigmented and do apply smoothly and evenly. 

They don't have a chunky glitter but they are shimmery. 

Precious Petals has been my go to for the last week. I feel like it suits my complexion more than Crown of My Canopy. 

Crown of My Canopy would look great on tan and dark complexions. I can wear it if I mix it with Precious Petals which makes a great combo!

After a few hours of wear the highlight isn't as prominent but it's still there, just a bit more subtle but never fully fades away.

You can definitely pack this on though for a very intense highlight or apply softly for a more subdued glow. 

I have really been loving these! 

Have I mentioned that these are only $3.99 each?!?! 

You can always count on wet n wild to put out affordable cosmetics! 

These are currently out of stock online but wet n wild has stated that they will be restocking these online! If you really want to get your hands on these I suggest you sign up for their emails to be notified when they're back in stock or keep up with them on social media.

For $3.99 I definitely recommend these highlighting powders! 

Were you able to grab these? What were your thoughts?


The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop San Fracisco

Last year I attended The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop in San Francisco. 

I can't believe it's been a year already! 

Honestly at this time last year I wasn't doing so well mentally. I was dealing with so much anxiety. I needed to get out of the house and take in something new and this was so great for me! 

If you've never attended The Makeup Show and are a makeup artist, newbie artist just starting out, or just a makeup lover this is the place to be! 

It's so inspiring to be in a place full of people who have the same passion as you. Everyone there is ready to teach and share their passion and knowledge in the makeup industry with you. 

If you are wanting to be a makeup artist education is key and the makeup show definitely is a wealth of information. 

When I was first getting started in makeup like ten years ago there was nothing like this out here in my area. 

I am truly happy they brought The Makeup Show out here to Northern California and are brining it back this year! 

If you live anywhere in Northern California I definitely encourage you to come out to The Makeup Show this weekend and learn something new, get inspired, network, or just buy some awesome makeup at a discount! 

There are going to be a lot of great brands on there including Nars, Zuca, Crown Brush, Cozzette, Senna, Make Up For Ever, Emryolisse, and so much more! 

You can find more info and purchase tickets here http://www.themakeupshow.com/sf-popup/ 


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit Review and Swatches


Anastasia recently released a couple new Glow palettes. I purchased the Moonchild glow kit for myself.


This is the first one I have used. I don't have any of the prior glow kits to compare.

I love a good highlighter and have quite a few of them but for some reason was never interested in the previous glow kits until I saw the Moonchild glow kit. 

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Artificial light 

What drew me to this one was just how different it looked compared to anything else out there. 

Natural light 

L to R - Blue Ice, Star, Purple Horseshoe, Pink Heart, Lucky Clover, and Blue Moon

These highlighters are so unique and stunning!! 

They all have either a duochrome effect or have shimmer/shift. 

You really can't see the full effect of these highlighters in photos. I have a swatch video on my Instagram so you can really see how they shift and reflect!

Blue Ice is a pearl white with a violet blue shift and silver sparkles in it.

Star is a straight up silver highlight. There are no sparkles in this one.

Purple Horseshoe is a blue-ish purple with blue and silver flecks.

Pink Heart is a cream with a duo chrome pink shift and silver flecks.

Lucky Clover is probably my favorite! It's a gold with a green duochrome shift! Love it!!!

Blue Moon is a silver with a bit more blue tone to it compared to Star. It has very faint pink flecks in it.

Like I said previously these are so unique. It's not something you would expect in a highlight.

When I wear it you see a nice "glow" but in certain lighting when you move your head you'll all of sudden catch that unexpected shift of color in the highlight.

Honestly I feel like a beautiful alien when I wear this! Lmao! I know it sounds unappealing to some but I love how different it is. It's just very galactic and cool. 

If you're not into it as a highlight you can also use these as eye shadows. These are amazing all over the lid or my favorite way to wear them on the eyes is as inner corner highlights. 

These are all nicely pigmented and apply evenly on my face. They last a good four to five hours. They never completely fade away but the highlight isn't as visible after some wear and sweat because it's been hot as hell in California lately! 

Blue Ice and Purple Horseshoe have a more chunkier sparkle in them and those will fallout all over your face after some wear so I just wanted to note that. Even with applying directly where you want it, after some time and you look in the mirror you will see blue flecks all over your face. This doesn't really bother me. Give me all the sparkles!! :D

I'm very happy with my purchase. I don't know how this palette compares to her other glow kits in pigmentation but this one is great. I know she has around four other glow kits which are much more wearable and natural in tone. So you can definitely find one that suits your needs.

You can find the Moonchild glow kit along with the other glow kits on anastasiabeverlyhills.com for $40.







Monday, July 25, 2016

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

I have heard of Emryolisse before but never tried any of their products. 

Their Lait-Creme Concentré is a very well known and loved product in the beauty industry. 

I don't know why but when a product is hyped up I'm always very skeptical and just like it can't be that good, I'm sure I don't need it! 

Well let me tell you I don't know how I've lived without this product all my life! 

I wanted to show my personal tube just so you can see how loved and used it is! 

You can clearly see mine is almost out! 

I was given this at The Makeup Show Pop Shop that I attended almost a year ago. I am so glad because I discovered a new favorite must have product! 

This has become a cult favorite among many celebrity makeup artists and I can see why. 

This product is a moisturizer, primer, and makeup remover in one! 

Wait what? Makeup remover?!

Yes! 

For some reason I don't keep makeup remover on hand near my vanity which sometimes I need if I eff up my winged liner! I'm usually scowering my drawers searching for remover!  

So one day I'm doing my liner, completely f'ed up one side and remembered the claim that this removes makeup. I grabbed a qtip and a little of this creme and cleaned up my wing in an instant! I didn't ruin my whole eye look with a oily eye makeup remover. This was so easy and quick. I was hooked instantly!

When we were given this James Vincent who's an amazing makeup artists was sharing how he doesn't like primers, which was awesome because I don't either. He mentioned how most primers have silicone and if you have oily skin that slip combined with your oily skin is just not a good match! Exactly why I don't like primers myself! Oily skin right here! 

Now I've reviewed primers here on my blog because I've been brainwashed by the beauty industry that I need a primer to make my makeup last all day but really I hate that silicone slippery texture that most primers have. 

So that brings me to the Embryolisse Creme Concentré which is a moisturizer and primer in one. 

I started using this and only this before applying my foundation and it has been amazing! 

The creme is thick and moisturizing. I feel like my makeup looks better on my face. I swear it also makes my skin look a little more plump and tight in a good way! 

It doesn't feel greasy and sets into my skin right away. 

My face looks very hydrated every time I apply this. 

It's sulfate free, paraben free, and not tested on animals! 

I honestly can't get enough of this! I purchased more for my kit and plan on purchasing a few more at The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop in San Francisco  next month. 

You can also purchase this on Sephora which is great because it's easily accessible to everyone!

You can get a 1oz tube for $16 or a 2.54oz for $28. 

I highly recommend the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré if you're looking for an amazing moisturizer.

You can pick this up at The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop in San Francisco August 13-14. You can get your tickets here http://www.themakeupshow.com/sf-popup/ .

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

When these first launched I started seeing them all over social media and the commercial on tv as well. 

I was instantly intrigued, a drugstore liquid lipstick?! Yessss!!

So of course I was thrilled to get these from Influenster! 

I received two shades in Nude Flush and Rebel Red.

I like that they included two shades a nice everyday nude and a bold red. 

You know I'm partial to my bold lips so I was most excited about Rebel Red.

The packaging is a standard lipgloss/lipstick tube. It includes a flocked doefoot applicator. 

Nude Flush and Rebel Red

Nude flush is a pinky nude and Rebel Red is a orangey warm red.

While these two shades are opaque, Rebel Red is a bit more sheer in comparison to Nude Flush.

These are named a liquid lipstick but they do not dry down like a long wearing matte liquid lipstick. Because they never "set" they do transfer. If you eat or drink they are going to smear all over everything. 

They do feel very hydrating on the lips and glide on smoothly and opaque. 

I love both shades that I received. I like how they feel on my lips but the one major negative thing for me about them is the smell! 

It is so potent! It just hits my nose hard every time I open the tube! It really is almost headache inducing. 

I've reviewed a lot of products on my blog that are scented and I generally don't have a problem with them. It's just never a big deal to me because usually after application the scent fades away but with these it just lingers! 

It has a really heavy floral scent that I just can't deal with. 

Other than that I do like these. The colors are gorgeous and while they are not long lasting they are very hydrating and comfortable on the lips.

They come in a variety of shades to choose from and are very affordable and easily accessible. 

You can find these are your nearest drugstore for anywhere from $6 to $8. You can also purchase them online at Ulta and Amazon.





Friday, July 8, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette Review and Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills very recently launched a new eye shadow palette. 

I was a little hesitant on purchasing this because I've purchased a couple of her other eye shadow palettes and didn't love them. 

The palette packaging is a standard cardboard package and has a velvety like texture. I love the mauve color.

The palette is $42 and features fourteen eyeshadows! They're not very large shadows but you are getting fourteen. I think it's a very good price point! 


The other palettes I had of hers I didn't love because I felt like the shadows were very difficult to blend and were chalky.

I wanted to give the Modern Renaissance a try because the colors just looked beautiful! 

I have used this a lot times over the past couple weeks and love it! I know she reformulated her shadows so maybe that's why I like it now? 

The shadows did kick up quite a bit of dust and I did get some fallout but all the shadows built up nicely and evenly. I used some of the mattes all over the lid and didn't get any patchiness. 

They all blended nicely. 

I love all of the shades in the palette but I think we could have gone without two of the shades as they look so close to other shades in the palette. Love Letter and Venetian Red are so close in color except ones matte and the other has shimmer. Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange are also very close in color. I get the color palette they were going for but I do think they could have gone with a couple other shades in the same color family to compliment the palette. Just my opinion though. 

I am really glad I went ahead and purchased this palette because I have been loving it!! 

Let's ignore my brows that need to be cleaned up! Lol

L to R
Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, and Cyprus Umber.
Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe, and Realgar.

These eye shadows will flatter all skin tones! I definitely think this palette is a must have! 

The good news is this eyeshadow palette is going to be permanent so purchase it at your convenience! 

You can find this at your nearest Sephora, Ulta, or online for $42.



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Viseart Dark Mattes 04 Palette Review

I first heard about Viseart about a year ago. I was fortunate enough to attend The Makeup Show in L.A. and purchased this while I was there.

This is the Viseart Dark Mattes palette. They have a lot of other palettes with neutrals and bright colors as well. 

I was drawn to this one because while it's a color palette they are mostly all dark and can be worn neutrally and daily. 

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I can easily say that this is one of my favorite palettes in my collection. 

First off the packaging is really basic plastic packaging but these shadows are anything but basic.

These are some of the best eye shadows I've ever used! Every time I use this palette I love how my makeup turns out. 

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The eye shadows are highly pigmented. Although some of them appear to have a satin type of sheen to them in the pan, they all translate to a matte finish on the eyes.

They all blend effortlessly. They don't kick up any dust like a lot of other high pigment shadows do so I really didn't get any fallout issues. 

The only negative thing I can say about this palette would be the cost. It is $80! I was lucky enough to get it at a discount at The Makeup Show. 

I know $80 is a lot for an eyeshadow palette but I think it's definitely worth it. There are twelve shadows so it comes to about $6.66 a shadow which is a good deal in comparison to a standard single eyeshadow. 

I highly recommend the Viseart eyeshadows if you've been thinking about them. If you're a pro MUA you definitely need to add a few of these in your kit. There are many other color palettes to choose from as well! 

I plan on purchasing a few more of these myself! 

The Makeup Show will be bringing the Pop Up Shop back to San Francisco this August 13-14 so if you're planning on attending, I suggest you pick up some Viseart palettes! 

You can also purchase them online at Sephora.com , frendsbeauty.com , and beautylish.com .

You can find more info on The Makeup Show here http://www.themakeupshow.com/ .


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Friday, June 17, 2016

OCC - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Summer Capsule Collection

OCC or Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has their new Summer Capsule Collection launching today! 
The collection includes two Lip Tars, two Cosmetic Colour Pencils, and two Nail Lacquers.

Working Girl Lip Tar is a bright pink with gold pearl. This is a metallic finish.

You can pick up their Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Anime to match. This is a bright pink and one of my all time favorite shades!
Working Girl nail lacquer matches the Lip Tar with metallic finish in a bright pink with gold pearl.

They are also launching the shade Strange and Unusual Lip Tar which is essentially Lydia lip tar just in a metallic finish. I have the original Lydia and love it so I'm going to have to check this one out! I love me some sparkle! :D

Lydia Cosmetic Colour Pencil is a perfect match!
Lastly they'll be launching Strange and Unusual nail lacquer to match as well.

I absolutely love lip tars! I have reviewed and swatched many of their shades here on my blog so I'm always excited to hear about new collections from OCC! I believe I have even stated that I can do without all other lip products and just use my lip tars and I would be happy! They really are one of the best lip products on the market.

I will say I am a little disappointed that they are no longer carried at Sephora making them easily accessible to the masses but you can still purchase them online at occmakeup.com or beautylish.com

The Lip Tars and Colour Pencils are $16 each and the Nail Lacquers are $10 each.