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It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

Beauty, It Cosmetics

What makeup product can you not live without? For me, that’s a simple answer… MASCARA!
Today’s blog post features the Superhero Mascara by It Cosmetics!
IMG_4933Many of you know that I love this mascara because I rave about it on snapchat often and it’s a must-have when I travel. I used to use two mascaras every day, but not since March. When I’m sent new launches or when I buy products myself, I always like to take pictures first, then test out for at least 1-2 months, and then give my thoughts. I’ve been using Superhero since March and repurchased my 2nd one from Ulta towards the end of June, and just purchased another one for my freelance kit!  Continue Reading

Tarte Cosmetics- Rainforest After Dark Palette- Photos & Review :)

Tarte Cosmetics

Hey Readers 🙂 Today’s review features the Rainforest After Dark Palette from Tarte Cosmetics. IMG_0727
Can we just stare at this packaging for a minute? Who isn’t going to toss out the box?

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IMG_0462 IMG_0464 This palette is part of the 2014 Fall Collection, therefore, it is limited edition. If it’s something you’re interested in– hurry before it’s no longer available. This palette is an eye and cheek palette. It features a highlighter, bronzer, blush, and 6 eye shadows.

highlighter– champagne
bronzer– park avenue princess (matte)
blush– unleashed
eyeshadows (6):
– bare to explore
– make a mauve
-plum away with me
-up to no gold
-tan-gled up in you
-don’t turn a-brown

*Here are some swatches for you: IMG_0733 [left to right]  ^ Champagne & Park Avenue Princess

IMG_0737 [left to right w/out the use of primer]  ^ bare to explore, make a mauve, plum away with me

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[left to right w/out the use of primer]  ^ up to no gold, tan-gled up in you, don’t turn a-brown

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^ unleashed

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Here is a look I created using the palette.

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I applied “up to no gold.”
Then, I applied “tan-gled up in you on the lid” onto the crease and blended the 2 colors together.
After, I applied “don’t turn a-brown” onto the outer v & blended some more.
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Lashes are “ABBIE” from Flutter Lashes. 

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This is another look I created using the palette.
The lashes in this look are Red Cherry #43’s.

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For this look, I applied “bare to explore” all over my eye.
Then, I applied “make a mauve” on the lid.
After, I applied “plum away with me” onto the outer corner & blended into my crease.
Eyeliner is QUILL from Lime Crime.

* Overall, I’m really loving this palette. I’ve got fair skin & the colors really pop on me– especially that gold. I just love neutrals and golds!  However, all the colors are pigmented, therefore, they will look beautiful on all skin tones. This is a travel friendly palette and so convenient since it includes 6 shadows, a highlighter, blush and bronzer all in one sleek compact! There is amazing color payoff. These colors are easy to apply and build. The plus side to this palette and rare when compared to other palettes is that I DID NOT get any eyeshadow fallout. Crazy, right? I didn’t use a primer to apply the swatches on my hand, but I always apply an eye shadow primer on my eyelids before any make-up application. It guarantees long lasting and true to color shadows on your lids. The only thing that really shocked me was the blush. It’s a pretty color, but wasn’t long wearing for me. It could’ve just been a bad day for my skin– super hot and I had spent the day at Disneyland.

I’m loving the sturdy packaging with a built in mirror. It’s a very versatile palette. I truly believe that you get what you pay for and in this case, even more. I’m loving this palette, therefore I definitely recommend it! So go to your local Sephora or Ulta, check it out in person if you’re on the rocks about this palette. If you’re in love already, you can order online http://tartecosmetics.com 🙂 I hope you love it as much as I do!

PROS: travel friendly, pigmented, affordable, beautiful packaging!

CONS:  blush was not long-wearing, but still pretty.

PRICE: $38

AVAILABILITY: Tarte Cosmetics, Sephora, Ulta 

RATING: 4.8/5

FTC:  This palette was sent to me for review consideration. I am not obligated to write this review, nor do I get paid to do so. I speak the truth and nothing but the truth. Thank you for reading. Xo!

Tarte Cosmetics Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel- Photos & Review :)

Tarte Cosmetics

Hey Readers 🙂
Today’s review features the NEW Tinted Brow Gel from Tarte Cosmetics!
http://tartecosmetics.com

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Personal Thoughts:
This is an easy-to-use tinted brow gel that is said to be “infused with colored clay and lets you enhance, define and shape your brows like a pro for a perfectly groomed arch every time!” I personally agree! If you’re in a rush and you don’t have the time to pull out your Brow Pencil or Powder– or maybe you even use an eyeshadow to fill in your brows, but can’t find your favorite brush. This here will be your new BFF 🙂 What I love most is that a little bit of product goes a long way! It took me less than 7 seconds to apply the brow gel  to each brow. It will fit in your make-up bag or purse. Easy for touch-ups, great for vacations. Your brows will be on point every time.

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Here I show you the difference it makes on my brows. The shade I used is RICH BROWN.
The left side has the tinted brow gel application– the right is my natural brow.
I’m loving the difference it makes— and so quick!

Product Performance: Achieve arch perfection with tarte’s innovative, new brow perfector. The creamy formula delivers the ideal amount of color and hold to seamlessly fill-in, groomand shape brows for a defined yet natural-looking arch. Using the convenient wand applicator, precisely frame brows with a simple motion. Colored clay and peptides work to condition and smooth brows while reducing surface oil to keep pigment in place all day long.

Specifics: Available in 3 shades– TAUPE, MEDIUM BROWN, RICH BROWN.

PROS: loving the packaging, easy-to-use, amazing results, and long lasting!

CONS:  slightly expensive.

AVAILABILITY: http://tartecosmetics.com

PRICING: $21.00 for .14 oz

PACKAGING: 5/5

RATING: 5/5

I hope this review was helpful & have an amazing day!!

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Tarte’s Bow & Go 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set- Photos & Review :) Exclusive to QVC! 11/18

Tarte Cosmetics

Hey Readers 🙂
Today’s review features a new holiday gift set from Tarte Cosmetics!
This gift set is exclusive to QVC and launches on November 18!
It’s known as the Bow & Go 3-in-1 gift set!

IMG_8473It includes 24 pieces, separated into 3 beautifully packaged boxes.
My oh my! I just adore the packaging.

IMG_8482So, let’s start off with the 1st box:
This box includes (4) 10-oz Lip Surgence Lip Cremes in Precious, Promise, Thoughtful, & Wonder

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IMG_8488So this was my 1st time trying these Lip Surgence products from Tarte– and WOW!
These lip cremes are highly pigmented! The greatest thing about the products is that they are so moisturizing!
Also, they smell like mint, yum! Perfect for this winter holiday season! Must pick up more shades!

collageAnd here, we have close ups of the shades & the swatches on my hand!

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(Listed from top to bottom)
Names and descriptions of the above lip swatches:
Precious is a nudish pink mauve
Promise is a berry red
Thoughtful is a brown mauve
Wonder is a rosy pink

IMG_8506The 2nd box includes:
2 Tarte smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liners in Fig and Matte Brown
Also included are 2 mascara’s: “Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes”

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1collageI absoultely love both eye liners in BROWN & FIG.
The pigmentation was just awesome! They apply very smoothly!
As for the mascaras, I currently use it on the daily, & I love them! Smudgeproof for me!

IMG_8526And lastly, the 3rd box includes:
16 Amazonian Clay Eyeshadows

IMG_8527Included is also a mini tutorial with instructions from the girls at TARTE.
Teaches you how to create the perfect daytime and evening appropriate look with products from this holiday gift set!

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IMG_8531The palette can be removed from the box 🙂
As you can see, the palette includes a transparent film that labels the names of each shadow.
You can create a variety of eye looks!
I love the variety of colors & finishes. Many matte shadows (perfect for blending) & glitter/shimmer shadows!

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IMG_8536Top Row:
Tickled Pink: light pink with soome shimmer
Playful Plum: matte dark plum
Radiant Rosewood: matte tan mauve
Sage Advice: sage green with specs of gold

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Beaming Bronze: gold
Grateful Grey: grey
Alluring Almond: matte nude
Hot Cocoa: brown/bronze

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Ideal Ivory: off-white (perfect for highlighting brow bone)
Roasted Chestnut: chestnuut brown
Buttercream Frosting: chamoagen gold (perfect for inner corner)
Pumped Up Purple: (matte purple/plum)
IMG_8544Marvelous Mocha: mocha brown
Truly Taupe: silvery grey
Peachy Keen: matte peach
Blissful Brown: dark matte brown

And here’s a quick video from the the lovely ladies @ Tarte showcasing this holiday set 🙂
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_J9kL3fe3I

**Overall, I really fell in love with this holiday set! I think it makes a great gift for someone else & even for yourself. It’s a $248 dollar value & you’re paying about $50. You’re getting 24 products! You can keep all 3 boxes for yourself, or goft 3 boxes, or maybe you’re “eyeing” the lip products and not the eyeshadows. These would make great gifts! If you haven’t yet tried Tarte cosmetics, you will especially love their lip products and the eyeliners in this set! Everything is highly pigmented. 5 stars!
I definitely recommend this holiday gift set from Tarte! One day only special of $49.96!

PROS: so affordable, amazing deal, great gift set for you or someone else, pigmentation of products is great!

CONS: none really(: I just wish they could label the names of the shadows on the actual box!

AVAILABILITY: One day only for the price of $49.96!! As a today’s special value (TSV) on QVC:
http://www.qvc.com/qvc.product.A237579.html

PRICING: $49.96 ($248 value)

PACKAGING: 5/5

RATING: 5/5

I hope this review was helpful & have an amazing day!!

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Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette- Photos & Review :)

Urban Decay

Hey Readers 🙂
Today’s review features Urban Decay’s newest palette— VICE 2!
http://www.urbandecay.com

IMG_8286I absolutely adore all packaging for Urban Decay products! This is so whimsical!

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IMG_8288This is the back of the packaging- let’s you know what shades are included!

IMG_8289And here it is– my beloved baby!  I love the many shades of purple on the packaging!
Also, fell in love with the jewels on top of the palette!

IMG_8292And here we have 20 new and exclusive shades. This palette retails for $59.00–
If you do the math, you are only paying $3.00 per shadow.
This palette also has a very large mirror, as well as sleek plastic packaging.

IMG_8295You also get a dual ended brush to apply & blend your eyeshadow.

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securedownloadsmokeout: dark brown-black with a satin finish
lovesick: matte black with glitter
shellshock: metallic silver
coax: pink with gold sparkles
x-rated: light pink with a satin finish

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madness: metallic light blue
strike: yellow-gold (love that it’s different from UD’s “half-baked”
stash: olive green with gold shimmer
poison: dark blue-gray with some shimmer

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damaged: emerald green with a slightly metallic finish
voodoo: purple with purple glitter
betrayal: purple & blue duo-chrome with a metallic finish
derailed: taupe brown with a metallic finish

securedownload-3dope: pink- peach with a satin finish
toxic: copper pink with a metallic finish
habit: matte light beige (perfect blending color)
ambush: metallic bronze
rewind: matte medium brown

***Overall, I absolutely love this palette! It’s amazing for what you get & the price point!
I only wish that it consisted of more matte colors! The pigmentation is awesome! The colors apply so smoothly!
The only color that I had a problem working with is LOVESICK– other than that, this palette is golden!
If you want my honest opinion, here it is! I bought this palette because it looked amazing!
It is AMAZING! Urban Decay has great color payoff! I recommend it 100%.

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SHELLSHOCK: in the inner corner
AMBUSH: on my lid
RADAR: outer corner
SMOKEOUT: outer “v” to intensify colors
HABIT: in my crease to blend all the other together
POSION: used on the bottom lash line

PROS: very pigmented, amazing texture, great price point for a palette! 
CONS: need more mattes, & “lovesick” is not a great color
AVAILABILITY: http://www.urbandecay.com/urban-decay/makeup-palettes-%26-gifts/vice-2/386.html, Sephora, Ulta
PRICING: $59.00
PACKAGING: 5/5
RATING: 5/5

I hope this review was helpful & have an amazing day!!

FTC: Product was purchased by me. You are my priority– therefore, I speak the truth and nothing but the truth 🙂

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MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter Pens- Photos & Review :)

MAC

Hey Readers 🙂
Today’s review features 3 Prep + Prime Highlighters from MAC.
http://www.maccosmetics.com/

IMG_8213Today I’ll be sharing my review of one of my most recent MAC purchases.
These are 3 of 4 highlighter pens which MAC carries.
About a year ago, I reviewed the Bright Forecast pen & I loved it–
so I recently decided to purchase it again & add 2 more to my kit!

IMG_8214These are the 3 that I purchased: Light Boost, Radiant Rose, & a repurchase of Bright Forecast.
I didn’t purchase Peach Lustre– but I may in the future & I’ll create a separate review.

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IMG_8217These are the color labels on the pens.
Left to Right: LIGHT BOOST, RADIANT ROSE, BRIGHT FORECAST.

IMG_8218These highlighter pens are perfect for me– and easy to use within seconds.
You have to twist the pen to get product out.
Here is what the pen looks like prior to twisting and retrieving product.

IMG_8221Again, here we have Light Boost (top), Radiant Rose (middle), Bright Forecast (bottom).
These pens are made to “highlight”– which in my opinion: gives dimension, brightens & perfects the face.
If you have under eye bags & dark circles, these pens will be perfect for you!

IMG_8219Light Boost: yellow toned highlighter (creates a brightening effect)
Radiant Rose: pink toned highlighter (creates a brightening effect)
Bright Forecast: peachy colored highlighter (amazing at covering dark circles due to the salmon/orange color)

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***Overall, I am so satisfied with my purchase. I think these highlighters are great! I like using light boost on it’s own under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose because it gives me that brightening effect. However, it doesn’t do much concealing. I would suggest using the pen to highlight, & then add your concealer on top. Bright Forecast is amazing at concealing those dark circles due to the salmon/orange color. All in all, I like the products and I will always have these in my kit. Easy to use, thin & all around perfect for my clients! I definitely think you need to go into your nearest MAC store & play with these babies!

PROS: pigmented, easy to use, long lasting.
CONS: can be a little pricy for .12 oz, otherwise.. great!
AVAILABILITY: MAC Counters, online 
http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/shaded/153/15746/Products/Eyes/Primer/Prep-Prime-Highlighter/index.tmpl
PRICING: $25.00
PACKAGING: 5/5
RATING: 5/5

I hope this review was helpful & have an amazing day!!

FTC: Products were purchased by me. You are my priority– therefore, I speak the truth and nothing but the truth 🙂

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True or False Lashes in Caked & Gypsy- Photos & Review :)

True or False Lashes

Hey Readers 🙂
Today’s featured products are 2 pairs of lashes from True or False in Caked & Gypsy.
http://www.trueorfalseproducts.com

IMG_7562This is the packaging for the lovely CAKED lashes from True or False!

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IMG_7570And here is a look that was created using these stunning lashes!

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*Eye Make-Up is using the Motives for Lala Muse Palette!
http://www.motivescosmetics.com/index.cfm?action=shopping.csProductDetail&skuID=2013MLEP

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This is the packaging for the lovely GYPSY lashes from True or False!

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Can you believe they only cost $1.50?  Love the price on these bad boys!
My clients love them, I love them– so happy!

0bac94e4f4d211e2b72422000aa821e3_7And here is a look I created using the GYPSY lashes!

*Overall, I really am loving these lashes! The price per lashes is amazing & sometimes lashes are sold for .90 each! I am personally satisfied! They’re cheap, they look good, etc. I used to spend $4-5 for lashes per client, & never charge them extra. Now, I can purchase these & not feel so poor by the end of the month! I’m really impressed, & I can’t say enough good things! Check out the website, they have  quite a variety of lashes you can choose from depending on the look you’re going for! Hope you enjoyed the review, xo!

PROS:  so affordable, easy to apply, & flexible lash band. 

CONS: none! 

AVAILABILITY:  http://www.trueorfalseproducts.com

PRICING:
CAKED LASHES: $6.00
GYPSY LASHES: $1.50

PACKAGING: 5/5

RATING: 5/5

I hope this review was helpful & have an amazing day!!

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