Let’s talk brushes!

I have a slight brush obsession, especially when they are on sale.  So when this $236.00 brush set went on sale for a fraction of the price, I couldn’t say no.

They are comprised of synthetic bristles  and are the softest brushes I have ever felt and used.  They lay shadows and powders down like silk and blend like a dream.  I can not say enough amazing things about them!  Did I mention how fancy they are?

The only negative comment I have is the gold metal of the blush brush seems loose against the wood handle, but I would still purchase them regardless. These are a set you can not pass up!

You can find them on the Terre Mere site to buy the full set or individual brushes that meet your make up needs.

 

 

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Where did I go?

Vegas, baby!  While I have not been in Vegas for the last two weeks, the week before going to Vegas was extremely busy leaving me no time to really post.  Which I have to say did such because I have so many things to post about.  So expect the coming weeks to be full of amazing things.

So while I start working on my next post (pst… if you have an obsession for make up brushes, you wont want to miss it)  here are a few Vegas photos.

 

Ps. Sorry, I forgot my camera at home so… iphone photos for the win!

Dawn

I am discovering quite a number of short films on YouTube that are out of this world and need to be shared.  So I have decided to add these hidden gems as I find them.

First up, Dawn.  A short film by Rose McGowan, who has had quite a life story and Hollywood story herself.  I don’t really want to go into too much about this movie, because I really just don’t want to give anything away.  But, I think Dawn is a girl most girls in their early teens who are discovering boys, can relate to.  The excitement, the fear and all of the what if’s.

This film was beautifully directed, making me curious to find out what movies Rose has for us in the future.  Spoiler: It might not end as you thought.

So with that said, enjoy Dawn!

 

Spring Beautycon Box

Let me pause right here and state. I adore Bunny. I adore her youtube channel and I really adore her as a inspiration for young girls.  With that said, I have such mixed feelings about this box.

The Beautycon Box was one that I have wanted to sign up for but was hesitant because I wasn’t sure it was worth the price. I do now definitely feel you get what you pay for in these boxes, one item alone in this spring box is a $20 gift certificate to Dolls Kill.  I’m just not over the moon about this box in particular.

Let’s review what goodies filled this box.

1800’s Baby Doll Key Chain
Dolls Kill Gift Card – $20
Essential-C Day Moisture by Murad
Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray by NYX
Mirco Mini Beauty Blender’s
NCLA Designer Nail Wraps
Power Of Love Natural Lipstick by Pacifica
SkinActive Charcoal Makeup Wipes by Garnier
The Rock Nudes Eye Shadow Palette by Maybelline
They’re Real! Mascara by Benifit
Tie Dye Hair Ties
Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Masque Exfoliate by Glamglow

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So what do I like from this box?

I really love Murad products, so that is a given.  I love the Pacifica lipstick, this color lasts and is really moisturizing.  I absolutely adore the Micro Mini Beauty Blender’s, Dolls Kill gift card and custom made key chain.  Those are all very much a plus.  I do love the images on the nail wraps and will probably love the product, I just have not had time to apply them and try them out. Same goes with the Glamglow masque.

I am indifferent to the hair ties. A hair tie is a hair tie and who couldn’t use more laying around? Also I would say I am pretty indifferent to the mascara as a product, as well. As a brand, I do not use Benefit due to their non cruelty free status.

The NYX setting spray, I can’t see myself loving this more then my Tarte Rain forest of the Sea Spray or my Urban Decay Setting Spray for oily skin. But we will see.

Now what do I seriously dislike? The wipes and the palette. I really just hate them to be honest and I gave them a really good shot!

The palette. Okay I love these colors. Color wise, this palette was made for me. But… I hate the formula. These shadows do not blend well nor do they have a long wear time, even with the most sticky intensive base I could possibly use.  Maybe it is just my oily skin, but these were a total miss for me. I really wish maybe a higher-end smaller palette was included. Just not, this.  Also, Maybelline is not a cruelty free brand which was another reason it was very disappointing to receive this in the box.

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The Garnier makeup wipes.  I am not a Garnier fan plus, where is the charcoal? I thought charcoal was black.  Every other natural product out there turns black due to the color of the charcoal, these are white. Which makes me wonder what kind of process do these have to undergo to make them white and how do those chemicals react with your body?

Brands that are cruelty free in this box:

Beauty Blender
GLAMGLOW
Murad
NCLA
NYX
Pacifica

Brands that are NOT cruelty free in this box:

Benifit
Garnier
Maybelline

Now don’t let my dislike for the palette and wipes dissuaded you purchasing this box. I did love more then I disliked and the artwork that was put into this box was really lovely.  My suggestion is for you to try everything out for yourselves and remember, just because I am really anti cruelty free doesn’t mean what you will buy, use and try has to be as well.  It is just my personal choice when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products.

With that, I will leave you with Bunny’s video.

Dusty Lavender / Dusty Lilac

Spring is here and with spring comes the flood of bright pastels to just about everything imaginable.  While I am a fan of black, white and various shades of grey when it comes to clothing, I do have a soft spot for “dusty” colors.

What are the “dusty” colors? Usually pastel or light colors diluted with white or grey (depending on your medium) to create a dusty effect on the color. These colors are beautifully haunting and a perfect way for us shadow lurkers to add a splash of color.

On a spiritual level, lavender and lilac connect with the crown Chakra and evokes spiritual healing, tranquility, ease of tension, calmness, purification and higher consciousness.  To invoke the benefits of these colors, burn a lavender or lilac candle or keep a piece of amethyst nearby.

Beginners Painting Tip: If you are starting from the primary colors, you want to start with red and blue to make the desired violet shade.  Start with equal parts then add in more red or more blue to make the exact hue you want. Now tint the color by adding white and experiment with adding black and see what you get!

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Dust Lavender Board on Pinterest

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Ulta Haul!

A few weeks ago Ulta was have a buy one get one sale on a lot of the brands the store stocks.  Of course, I took full advantage of this sale with a slight protest from my bank account.

I have not had a chance to use everything just yet, but what I have used, I absolutely love!

Here I just want to talk about the hair and skin care products I picked up and save the make up products for a different post, there is a lot to be said about those.  But I will include what I purchased in this post.

First, a list of what I managed to snag.

For the make up:

  1. Customized Eye Shadow Palette by Buxom
  2. Velvet Touch Finishing Powder by Japonesque Color
  3. Velvet Touch Concealer  by Japonesque Color
  4. Yellow Color Correcting Crayon by Japonesque Color

For the hair care: 

  1. African Black Soap Dandruff Control Shampoo by Shea Moisture
  2. Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque by Shea Moisture
  3. Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthening & Grow Treatment Masque with Sea Butter, Peppermint & Keratin by Shea Moisture.
  4. Argan Oil from Morocco by HASK
  5. Bamboo Oil Strengthening Deep Conditioner by HASK
  6. Macadamia Oil Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment by HASK

For Skin Care:

  1. Daily Cleansing Towels by Olivella (x2)
  2. Miss Spa Bee Venom Plumping Mask by Woman Owned
  3. Panda’s Dream Eye Patch by Tony Moly

 

Now, let’s review.

#1 African Black Soap Dandruff Control Shampoo  &Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque  by Shea Moisture.  Having pink color treated hair, keeping color in is a hassle that leads me to restrict my shampooing to two – three times a week.  In-between shampooing’s I use baby powder (I know, not the best product but the product that seems to work the best for me) that leads to a lot of scalp build up.  Most dandruff / scalp build up shampoo’s are seriously harsh on not only your hair, but also the hair color you may or may not be using.   Needless to say, I have been looking for a gentle alternative.

While browsing the isles for a buy 1 get one 50% off sale (which is still going on) I stumbled upon the Shea Moisture products and quickly spotted this shampoo and the hydrating conditioner right above it.  Not that I was looking for deep conditioners, but I wasn’t opposed to trying something new.

I was sold after the first use of both of these products.  The shampoo is so gentle and I didn’t say goodbye to most of my color.  It washes away the flakes and leaves your scalp feeling nourished instead of stripped.  The hair masque didn’t leave my hair feeling heavy but rather perfectly hydrated along with leaving my scalp feeling amazing.

Shea Moisture is a cruelty free band.

#2 Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthening & Grow Treatment Masque with Sea Butter, Peppermint & Keratin by Shea Moisture, Bamboo Oil Strengthening Deep Conditioner by HASK, Macadamia Oil Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment by HASK, Miss Spa Bee Venom Plumping Mask by Woman Owned

I still need to try these out, so maybe a review to come on all three products at once.

#3 Argan Oil from Morocco by HASK. I LOVE THIS OIL! LOVE.  I recently ran out of my Elixir Oil by Julep and is seems they don’t make it anymore, unless you buy it in the oil bundle.  Which I will probably do because I love it that much.  But this oil is such a fantastic substitution.   Now most people use this product as a finishing oil to add shine to freshly styled hair. Which I also do as well.  But I have this problem were my scalp becomes sore after I shampoo my hair (no matter what I use) due to a huge over production of oil at the crown.   To eliminate my scalps need to do this, I rub Argan Oil into my scalp and hair before washing it.  Usually the night before to allow the oil to really be absorbed, but a few hours before washing will do too.

This treatment leaves your scalp and hair so perfectly hydrated that I have not found anything that beats it.  You still use conditioner or a deep conditioning treatment just the same.   It is a miracle worker.

This product is also available in a larger size, which I will be buying after I finish with this bottle.

HASK is a cruelty free brand.

#4 Daily Cleansing Towels by Olivella.  Olivella is an Italian made brand that offers a range of products around one main ingredient, olive oil.  Olive oil has been used for centuries as a beauty aid and I have to admit, it does a fantastic job.  Olive oil is just a lovely hair treatment as well as several uses for the skin.

I was disappointed that most of the products from this brand were sold out, but there were two packages of these daily cleansing wipes that qualified for the buy 1 get 1 50% off. So naturally, I bought both packages.

I love these wipes so much that I had to share the second package with my best friend.  She has always used baby wipes to remove her make up but has been finding them to be too rough on her skin.  The Olivella ones are soft and soothing.

Not only is this a great product, this brand has a great concepts behind it. Clean, safe and green.

Olivella is also a cruelty free band.

#5 Panda’s Dream Eye Patch by Tony Moly

I thought when purchasing this item that this brand was cruelty free. While this product did brighten up my under eye area, I am finding this brand might be one that still tests on animals. Also being a Korean Skin Care company, I am not 100% about the regulations and ingredients used.

They have a wide range of fun facial masks that make them appealing and fun to use, but before I use them again I will be doing more research.

So that is it for this review on my Ulta haul, stay tuned for the make up reviews coming soon!

April Wish/Shopping List

Spring is such a time of year were most people lighten up their make up and clothing shades, loading up on the pastels.  While I tend to dwell in the darker realm of the color spectrum ( don’t get me wrong, I love dusty pastel colors. As you will shortly see) but I can occasionally step out of my shadows and explore.

I also feel like this is a time to really brighten up your skincare routine after the brutality of winter and the chapped problematic skin it can cause.   I have very oil skin. I mean oil derrick oily and all this oil can really congest my pores.  On top of that, my skin is very sensitive and prone to acne if I use certain products. A problem I have been experiencing a lot lately, until I tried numbers 3, 6 & 7 on my shopping list here.  So let us dive in.

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#1 Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft – $20 If you have not tried Anastasia’s line of liquid lipsticks, you are missing out on life. These liquid lipsticks go on a creamy liquid and dry down to a lovely matte.  What is the best part?  The products stay put.  This brand is by far one of my favorite brands of matte liquid lipsticks and I have the need to have each shade in my collection.

#2 Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection – $49.00. Let me take a moment to sigh here.  Every time I added this product to my cart and continued to check out, it has sold out in that split second.  While yes there is a lot of hype about this palette, I am a huge Too Faced fan and this palette really speaks to me.  I need this in my life and hopefully the make-up gods will be on my side the next chance I get to swoop this bad baby up. Hopefully. Crossing fingers.

#3 Doctor Brandt PoreDermabrasion – $58.  Yes, 2.0 oz bottle is a bit on the expensive side, but if you are like me and exfoliation is the path to clear, glowing and healthy skin, $58 dollars is a small price to pay.  Let me tell you why I love this product so much: It works.  Simple as that.  I just ran out of my sample tube and ready to commit to the full size product.  This defoliator really breaths life into my skin and really evens out my skins texture while reducing the appearance of my moon sized pores. Just as it claims to do.

#4 & #5 Urban Decay Single Shadow Pots in Vanilla and Aura – $19/each.  I use a skin tone shadow as a base shadow under most of my shadow looks.  It just really sticks to the primer well while leaving a smooth canvas for whatever look I am going for.  My poor Tarte Flower Child shadow from the Tartelette in Bloom Palette has been taking a beating and I’m about to hit pan on it. So I am starting to collect some nude skin tone matching  shadows to prolong the life of my dear sweet Flower Child and thought I would give Vanilla from Urban Decay and chance in life, even though it is a shimmer.

While browsing their range of shadows I came across this Aura duel shadow pot and kind of fell in love at first sight.  Aura is a duel shifting shadow consisting of a iridescent white with blue shift and a iridescent white with red shift. It sounds like pure magic, which means I need it.

#7 Balance Me Skin Saviours Congested Skin Serum – $23.50.  Lately, due to using a new moisturizer, my skin has been giving me absolute hell.  I can’t remember when my face was so broken out.  So I reached for a sample I received in a birch box, hoping it might save the day. It went over and beyond my expectation.  I used this sample at night and woke up the next more to incredibly clearer skin.  Not only does this serum help with the break outs, it does wonders for redness and inflammation. After one use I was sold.  this is a British made brand, so I am not sure what the brand’s prices are when it comes to shipping in the USA, but I did link to site were I could find the cheapest price.  I would honestly like to do a whole haul on this brand alone.

#8   Bayberry Naturals Rosehip & Hibiscus Moisturizer – $17.95.  As stated above, my current moisturizer as been tormenting my skin.  I needed something to use until I could figure out what product to replace it with.  Hidden in the drawer of sample wonders, I found this little gem that I received from Ipsy.  As my other moisturizer it stated it is for all skin types, so I was a little cautious and skeptical that it would work for me. I was pleasantly surprised. In use with the Balance Me Serum, my skin is really calming down and looking fantastic.  This product is so lightweight that I am surprised it moisturizes as intensely as it does.  Another brand I would love to do a haul on.

So there we go, my make up and skin care goals for this month.  Wish me luck!

March Ipsy Bag

IMG_8853Why am I writing my first post on a set from last month?  Well simply because I have been busy putting this blog together.  Better late then never, right? So, let us dig right into the products in this bag.

First off, the bag itself. I absolutely love this bag!  There have been very few Ipsy bags that I adore, but this one is definitely one of them.  The contrast colors of aqua and coralish-red complement each other so well and really give off that spring vibe.

Second, the Global Beauty Care Dead Sea Wash-off Mask.  While this mask states you can use it for your body as well as your face, I only tested it out on my face. Maybe next time I will try using it on my neck and chest to see how it measures up as a “body mask”.  This mask provides a deep pour cleaning while making you feel like your bathroom as been turned into a luxury spa. I love this mask and it just might be a product I commit to after I am finish with this sample.  It also left my face feeling firmer, which is always a plus for those 30+ people looking for natural solutions to changing skin.

What more is there to love about this product? After some research I found that the company makes the following statements about their products and product lines:

• Natural and plant-based ingredients.
• Natural ethical and cruelty-free products.
• Recyclable Packaging and Shipping Materials
• Healing Solutions
• No Synthetic Fragrances
• No Harsh Detergents
• No Mineral Phosphates
• No Sulphates
• No GMO Ingredients added 

While they might not be organic and 100% paraben free (from what I can tell, please correct me if I am wrong) I think this company does a darn good job in stepping in the right direction.  I give this product a solid A.

Third, the Crown Brush Small Chisel Fluff Brush.  I am a fan of synthetic Crown Brushes, though I am not sure I am a huge fan of this brush?  This brush is made of a sable blend, which saddens me.  I don’t need a animal to suffer because I want a make up brush, it is ludicrous.  Therefore, I would have to say I am disappointed in this sample and can not find it in me to recommend it, at all.

From what research I have been able to find, I don’t believe Crown Brush is a cruelty free company (though they do offer cruelty free options). If I find out otherwise, I will most definitely do a post on Crown Brush.  Until then, thumbs down.

FourthNYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft Spoken. I love, love, love this color! LOVE. NYX is a very affordable, cruelty free brand. This product had a decent wear time, but I can’t remember 100% how long and if it survived through a meal. But the formula was smooth and consistent, not at all patchy. I could dive deeper and review the toxicology rating of this product, but I wasn’t able to find a solid rating.  So, other then that I really have no negative remarks about this product and recommend it.  If this is a product you would like to try, I say go for it!

NYX Cosmetics Remains CrueltyFree! NYX Cosmetics has been a committed member of PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies program since 2010. In 2014, though, NYX was acquired by L’Oréal, a company that chooses to sell in China, where tests on animals are required.Mar 19, 2015′

FifthManna Kadar Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Fantasy. Sadly, I was not prepared enough to have a swatch of this product (maybe in a future post) nor have I tried the product out, but I do love the concept of a three-in-one product. I believe this company is cruelty free and for me at least, LOCAL! I love supporting local companies and this will be a brand I will look more into.  If you live in Orange County or the Southern California area, CHECK THIS BRAND OUT.  Until further notice, I’ll be playing around with this shadow/bronzer/blush and doing my research.

Sixth, TEMPTU Warm Glow Bronzer.  I am going to be honest here, this scares me.  Not because of the brand (which is cruelty free), I just am very timid when it comes to blush and bronzer’s.  It just isn’t a leap I have fully committed to taking when it comes to my make up, but testing the waters slowly.  The idea of a liquid bronzer makes me want to run for the hills.  I do believe this product line is meant for airbrushing? But I have seen reviews were you can dab this sample and rub it on your cheeks? I’ll get around to trying this… one day.  I’ll admit, I failed this sample.

Over all, with the exception of the brush, March’s glam bag was overall interesting and fun.  Ipsy rarely disappointing me which is why I have kept this subscription for about two years.

If you have not given Ipsy a try yet, I recommend clicking here and signing up!