Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Saucebox Cosmetics Batalash Palette review and swatches

I hadn't purchased any makeup in such a long time but it didn't really matter since I honestly hadn't worn much makeup since having my baby. 

I was recently feeling kinda blah...about not having the time to do my hair and makeup so I decided to try and change that. 
Of course any way to get out of a makeup rut is to buy new makeup! Lol! 

So I splurged on this new palette from Saucebox Cosmetics.

I hate to say splurge because I feel like if I'm using that word I should have some super luxe makeup from Chanel or something but all I have is this eyeshadow palette from a not very well known indie makeup company.

This palette is a whopping $60 plus tax, and shipping brought it out to $71.50!!

If I had no experience with their products I'd be completely turned off by that price but because I have several of their other palettes and single shadows I felt pretty confidant in getting a good palette.

The palette was made in coordination with batalash, which honestly I know nothing about them other than Samantha. I've seen a couple of her videos but that's about it. I don't really watch YouTube beauty videos. 

The palette consists of eight eye shadows. You get a mix of mattes and shimmery shades.

All of them are buttery smooth and opaque. 

A few of them kick up a bit of color and makeup dust but they all apply evenly and creamy. 

I've used this for a week already and absolutely love this palette. I wish there was a champagne/gold for the lid in this palette instead of the green, so I like to use these shadows in conjunction with other shadows in my collection. 

Depending on your skin tone this palette can be used for other things as well such as highlighting with the matte cream/white shade and contouring with the second matte brown shade, or even for your brows. 

I'm really glad I got this palette. I was put off initially by the price and I still don't like the price but at the same time you're getting a ton of product and the quality is outstanding. 

If they ever have a sale or you can grab this from a makeup show at a discount then don't hesitate because it is a really great palette as are most of the other saucebox palettes. Of course you can always purchase it at full price like I did.

If you've been thinking about getting this grab it as soon as you can because it is limited edition!

Influenster Fresca Vox Box Review!

I've been signed up with Influenster and occasionally get a free box filled with products to sample and review. Anyone can sign up, if you're interested email me and I can send you an invite to sign up!

This post is long over due! Having a newborn has me so behind on blogging, but better late than never I guess. Awhile ago I received the Fresca Vox Box. 

The box included a lot of products that I've never tried before so that is always exciting. 

First thing I have is a Expert Last Lip lacquer from NYC Color in Rockaway Ruby. 

This lip color is so gorgeous! It is not too sticky for a lip lacquer, but it most definitely transfers. If you wear this, a lip liner is a must to keep it from feathering out. I would say drinking is okay but it will leave a mark on your cup or straw and will fade a bit. Eating with this lip color on is a no go. You will have lip gloss all over your food so I'd say avoid food while wearing this. 

It had a slight sweet scent which I appreciate. It isn't overbearing at all. 

Next I tried the Clean Freak Purifying shampoo and conditioner. This didn't really work out for me because I have color treated hair and it stripped a lot of color out. It smells great. If you use a lot of products in your hair this would be great to remove product buildup, but it's not something I particularly need. 

Next I tried the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters facial cleanser. This is a great gentle every day cleanser. It smells fresh and clean. I felt like it did a good job at cleansing my skin. It's not my favorite cleanser I've ever used but it's good. 

I forgot to take a single photo of this and I already lost the cap so this photo will have to do lol. 

I honestly didn't love this. It does smell great, but for a shaving cream it's not moisturizing at all. My legs tend to be very dry so I need lots of moisture when shaving. If I don't use something very moisturizing my legs will get irritated and razor burn very easily. It felt like this shaving cream just sat right on top of the skin instead of really setting in the skin to provide a good moisture barrier. I much prefer to use a good conditioner on my legs for shaving. This gets a thumbs down from me. :/

I honestly don't tan. I stay out of the sun and am not one to use self tanners. I self tanned my legs a few times maybe two years ago with one product, so I don't have much to compare with here. 

Although this is more of a makeup for your legs. It washes off in the shower so it won't last a few days like a self tanner would.  Maybe that's appealing to some people but I assume if you want tan legs you'd want it to last a little while. This does claim to be water resistant but it rinsed right off in the shower. I'd be worried about wearing this out in public. It did give a nice glow and slight color to my legs though. I feel like I prefer a self tanner over leg makeup. 

My absolute favorite item in the Fresca Vox box is this Eau De Toilette by Jafra in Violet Pomegranate. It smells amazing!! 

It's slightly sweet, but not candy sweet, more fruity and very fresh smelling. I've been using this everyday since I got it. 
They also included mini vials of the other scents to try but I'm glad I got the full size in the Violet Pomegranate since it's my favorite. 

I love the glass bottle. It's very beautiful yet simple. I honestly can't get enough of this fragrance. Definitely recommend! 

Thanks to Influenster for giving me the opportunity to try these products! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mommy blog - Muslin Swaddles

Long time no post! I know all my blog posts seem to start this way nowadays but I find myself struggling to make time for my blog. I sure do miss it though.

My days are currently filled with a newborn baby, toddler, and a semi preteen (11 yr old) which I love but the blog has taken a back seat!!

With the new addition to our family I have been exploring and finding new baby products which I'd like to share with you. 

I don't know if this is a new thing in the baby world but I recently heard of these muslin swaddle blankets. 

Way back when I had my first baby 11 years ago and even 3 years when I had my second boy I had never heard of them. The only swaddle blankets I had were the classic receiving blankets.

I don't know about you but the receiving blankets were never big enough for my babies. I don't think I had abnormally large babies but they just seemed to outgrow them so quickly! I remember thinking man I wish I had some bigger blankets to swaddle them in.

In the first few weeks swaddling is a must, especially to try and get a good nights rest. 

When you swaddle your newborn they are much more likely to sleep better because they feel secure and cozy all wrapped up. 

So that brings me to my new baby girl. I actually still didn't have these for her when she was born, although I had heard of them I didn't really think I needed them since I had received a lot of receiving blankets at my shower. Then one day I was browsing online and saw these beautiful baby blankets and noticed they were made of muslin fabric so I decided  to place an order. 

When it was delivered I opened them up and was so impressed with the quality, the size,  and the softness. These baby blankets were everything I wish I would have had with my boys! 

So muslin is basically a cotton that's woven to have a open breathable texture. These blankets are very light weight. 

Most of these range in size of 40x40 inches up to 47x47.

The large size is amazing for swaddling the baby. 

These are also great to use as a car seat cover, stroller cover, nursing cover, or to just lay the baby on top of. 

I honestly fell in love with them and ordered several more to try them all out. 

The first ones I ordered were from a brand called little unicorn. They make beautiful prints. You can get them in sets of three or individually. I ordered a set of three plus the poppy flower print. 

While I am very pleased with these they aren't the softess muslin blankets I have. 

$16 each or $38 for set of three

On my research I found the most popular brand was Aden & Anais. You can find them at babies r us, Nordstrom, Target even has a line of them.

The heart and bird prints came in a set. I was initially drawn to the heart print but that one is definitely one of least soft. The hearts are stamped onto the blanket with fabric paint so it feels a bit rough and stiff to the touch. It's pretty but not the nicest. The bird print is so luxuriously soft, it is one of my favorite texture wise. The star print falls somewhere between the other two. It's soft but the stars are kinda rough. 

I should note that these do get softer with each wash.

Aden & Anais vary in price. It's always a better deal to buy them in sets. 

I ordered this set from Nordstrom. These are from Mini Boden. These are the thickest muslin blanket I have. They are still light weight but are definitely more of a substantial blanket. The print is beatiful and these are very soft. They are not stiff or scratchy at all. Definitely recommend these! This set was on sale at Nordstrom for $24.

This adorable swaddle is from a company called lulujo. It is the softess muslin blanket I have along with the next one below. The heart print is super soft and not scratchy or rough one bit! 

$14 on

This one is from a company called iplay. I also got this one from This one and the lulujo swaddle are the softess muslin swaddles that I have. They feel like a dream! If you're looking for a muslin swaddle that feels like a dreamy cloud then go for either of these! 

$14 on

Lastly I have the newest additions to my muslin collection from a company called Margaux and May. I was googling something and somehow came up on these and fell in love with the prints. I liked that they were more of a trendy print and not so baby cutesy you know what I mean? Well these are extremely soft, not quite as dreamy soft as the lulujo or iplay swaddles but they're still amazing! 

These are $29.99 for the set on

One thing that I need to point out is that they can snag easily so be sure not to wash them with anything that has velcro like baby bibs. 

These blankets are much pricier than a traditional receiving blanket but they are so worth it. You won't regret getting these.

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.
Natural light
Top L to R - Shimmer, Warm Apricot, & Guava
Bottom - Suntan, Rosy, & Rosette
Natural light

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.

Natural light
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??