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Save or Toss? Make-Up Expirations Exposed

Beauty, Make-Up

Hi Everyone! Today’s post revolves around an infographic I created due to the amount of questions I receive from clients and my readers regarding makeup and how often products should be tossed and replaced. If you’re interested, please scroll and keep on reading 🙂

If you haven’t cleaned out your make-up bag recently, it’s time to do some spring cleaning to make sure you’re not applying expired products on your face. When going through your makeup bag, or should I say makeup stash? I know many of you have drawers filled with products… I promise, I’m not judging since i’m definitely guilty of hoarding makeup.

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Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation- Photos & Review :)

Becca Cosmetics

Hey Everyone! Thank you for tuning in as always! 🙂
Today’s post features a NEW foundation line from Becca Cosmetics!
IMG_3179Introducing the Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation from BECCA!
These foundations will be available for purchase online via the Becca Cosmetics site and at Sephora  — launch date is 1/12/2016.
There are only 8 shades of foundation and sizing is 1 fl oz. IMG_3173IMG_2974
swatches for shades fair, light, beige & medium ^^
swatches for shades: tan, warm honey, dark golden & deep bronze ^^IMG_3029
^ pictured above is the dropper for the foundation! IMG_3183

Let’s begin by first addressing the packaging– Becca simply never fails. I love the frosted glass, it screams luxury in my opinion… love, LOVE. If you own Becca’s Backlight Priming Filter, the packaging is quite similar except there is a pump on that primer and here, we have a dropper and it’s easy to use. Just SHAKE the bottle, TWIST the cap, it will POP, and DROP the foundation onto the back of your hand, onto the brush, onto a mixing palette, beauty blender, etc. Do what works for you. Remember, SHAKE, TWIST, POP & DROP!

As for the formula, it’s definitely very light weight. When you apply the foundation to your skin, it really evens out your skin color. Not only does it feel like skin, it looks like skin too. For me, it removes any redness and gives me even coverage. I think this foundation is build-able.. it’s definitely light coverage, maybe medium coverage, but definitely not full coverage.. which is totally ok! I personally don’t need full coverage for school, the beach, to go shopping or to run errands. This will be a go to!

As for the shade range, there are only 8 shades and I happen to be in the shade FAIR. That is the lightest foundation shade in this line. I really do like the coverage and the finish for this foundation, but I feel as though the color selection may not work for everyone. However, if you’re eyeing this foundation, I hope that you will go to Sephora, get color matched and take home a sample. Try it out for a few days & if you like it, purchase it!

Becca Cosmetics also suggest that you not only apply the foundation to the back of your hand, but to your face, blend it out & then make your decision. When I first took swatches, I thought that FAIR would have been too light, but LIGHT would have been too dark. But when I applied FAIR to my skin, it blended into my skin perfectly when it oxidized. I think it may have the technology to adjust to your skin tone, so give it a try!


Shade: Fair IMG_3185Shade: Fair
———-IMG_3186Shade: Light
Shade: Light
Shade: Beige IMG_3192Shade: Beige
———-IMG_3193Shade: MediumIMG_3194Shade: Medium
———-IMG_3195Shade: TanIMG_3197Shade: Tan
———-IMG_3198Shade: Warm Honey IMG_3201Shade: Warm Honey
Shade: Dark Golden
IMG_3204Shade: Dark Golden

IMG_3205Shade: Deep BronzeIMG_3208Shade: Deep Bronze

EDIT: Overall, I’ve been using this foundation for over a week, the shade FAIR works for me best, but if I want to look a little darker, I mix equal parts of FAIR & LIGHT. I love the finish of the foundation and some of you have asked about my skin. I do have normal to dry skin, so I love a foundation that is luminous and gives my skin a dewy finish. For those of you who have oily skin, you can use a mattifying primer. A really great primer to use with this foundation if you have oily skin is actually also from Becca Cosmetics called the Ever-Matte Poreless Primer. This primer literally sucks up any oils on your face and will give you a matte finish for about 10-12 hours. If nothing has worked for you, give it a try! I hope this info helps some of you out.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. As always, thank you so much for tuning in and reading– love you all. xoxoxo

PROS: dewy-luminous, long wearing, feels& looks like skin, blendable, great formula.

CONS:  8 shade range, we need something lighter than FAIR.

PRICE: $44 (1 fl oz.)

AVAILABILITY:,, Sephora stores


FTC:  These foundations are a PR sample.. 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 12 hr. Amazonian Clay Foundation- Photos & Review :)

Tarte Cosmetics

Hey Readers 🙂
Today’s featured product is Tarte’s 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Foundation.
IMG_6396First off, I do have to say that I admire Tarte’s packaging! I love the color purple– simple, yet alluring!

IMG_6397Tarte Cosmetics are cruelty free, & that’s a must for me! 
My foundation is in the shade LIGHT, however, there are 16 shades available!
There is definitely a shade made just for you!
I love going to Sephora & spending hours just swatching on my hands!
… or maybe that’s just a make-up artist thing aha:)
And voila! Here is the foundation which retails for $38 & comes with 1.7 fl oz.
This foundation does have an SPF 15!

IMG_6401Here is a swatch of the foundation in the shade LIGHT.
If you can’t tell from the photo, this foundation is definitely on the thicker side & full coverage.
It’s a long wearing foundation that is said to last 12 hours & infused with Amazonian Clay for better, longer & truer wear.

IMG_6403As for blending, you can use Tarte’s “Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush.”
I will be reviewing this brush as well on here– so look out for that review! Although I must say I love it!
However, you can also use a damp beauty blender/sponge for beautiful finish.
… Or your fingers, whatever floats your boat & works for you!

IMG_5685And here is what I look like when I’m sick with absolutely no make-up on!
And to make myself look more lively, I used:
Tarte’s 12 hr Poreless Perfecting Primer:
Tarte’s 12 hr Amazonian Clay Foundation- LIGHT
Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer- FAIR
Tarte’s 12 hr Amazonian Clay Blush- TIPSY

**Other products: Lipstick is Milani’s Nude Creme (#26) Lashes are from
Eye Make-Up & Liner is from Gorgeous Cosmetics!

IMG_5705And here is the AFTER look:) I know– a lot better, right?
Well to set things straight, I am in LOVE with Tarte Cosmetics!
Their products are LIFE-CHANGING, I have never been more satisfied!

IMG_5779 copyOverall, I was highly impressed with this foundation! I really felt like it lasted even more than 12 hours. I have combination skin type, so I don’t really get oily, but I’m not very dry– just in between. I’ve been using it for about a month now, and I really like to try products for a period of time before writing up review! This foundation will not disappoint. I wore this foundation on vacation in Canada, Michigan, & I live in California so it’s working out for my face just fine here too!

I love that I only need to apply one layer on my face, & if I need extra coverage, a second later will give even more coverage– it’s definitely a build-able foundation! Like I said before, it’s a slightly thick foundation, however, did not get cakey as it was being layered, and it’s definitely not greasy! This will work for all skin types, especially if you have oily or combination skin. It feels light on my skin, covers my imperfections, and gives a flawless finish! I have found my holy grail foundation! This foundation seriously works wonders! If you’re looking to try a new foundation, pick this one up!

PROS:  full coverage, light-weight, lasts all day! 

CONS: none!:)

AVAILABILITY:, Sephora, Ulta

PRICING: $38.00  (1.7 fl oz)



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How To Achieve A Flawless Face- Featuring Blending Sponges from Le Cosmetique :)

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Cailyn Cosmetics, Graftobian, Le Cosmetique, Lime Crime, Lorac, MAC, Model In a Bottle, Urban Decay

Hey Readers (:
Today’s featured product are the Blending Sponges from Le Cosmetique.

IMG_6222The blending sponges come in a plastic covering to keep it nice & clean– safe from dirt & bacteria.
The blending sponges sell for $5.95 (which is very inexpensive).
Le Cosmetique carries 3 different colors: Black, pink , and red.
To activate the blending sponge to it’s capability, you must add water to dampen the sponge.
As pictured above, the red and pink sponges are the actual size before dampening with water.
The red blending sponge has been dampened with water as you can see.
I’m sure by now, you’re wondering what are some advantages of using a blending sponge, right?
As you can see, the blending sponges are pictured with a Graftobian Palette.
If you’re not familiar with Graftobian, it is a company that sells a variety of make-up, perfect for every MUA.
This palette offers 18 different shades of foundation.
The palette can also be used as concealer, or you can purchasing a correcting palette (also by graftobian).

(feel free to check out my previous review) this palette works wonders!

IMG_6227As you can see, I love my palette! And I have 3 different Graftobian Palettes.
The palette pictured above is the WARM palette, however they also sell the COOL and NEUTRAL palette.
These palettes sell for $69.50 each at Le Cosmetique ( Pro discount available!
Even though I have all 3 of them, which I purchased from The Make-Up Show in LA—
if I were to recommend the one I use in the most, I would say purchase the WARM palette.
I take a spatula ( and I scrape up some product and then I put the product on a mixing palette ( I then dampen my blending sponge with water, I ring/squeeze out any excess water, & I see the sponge expand.
The blender eliminates any visible lines or streaks.
Just remember to slightly dampen the sponge– and dab and roll the sponge on your skin.
Blend for perfection & you’ll be able to achieve the flawless skin you’ve always dreamed of at home 🙂

The palette also has the names listed for each foundation, that way if you run out of a single pan, you can purchase a replacement pot! Makes every make-up artists life easier!

2a89727ef65311e2a6df22000aaa21db_6And here is my lovely model who was attending a wedding.
Her foundation is from the Graftobian WARM palette.
Also, I corrected her skin with the Graftobian corrector palette.
I used my blending sponge to apply the foundation and corrector to give her that flawless finish.
Blush & Highlighter is from LORAC.
Eyeliner is from Cailyn Cosmetics in Black.♥cailyn-cosmetics-gel-eyeliner-shimmer-powder-reviews/
Brows are filled in with Anastasia’s Brow Pro Palette in MEDIUM BROWN.

aebe66cef65f11e2809922000ae911bb_6Hair is curled with a 1 inch Hot Tools curling iron.
Eye Shadows are from the Lime Crime Aquataenia Palette . I used the color (CORAL OF THE STORY)
Urban Decay Naked (BUCK/NAKED/HALF-BAKED & Vice Palette (FREEBIRD)
Lashes are from True or False Lashes (MEDUSA) only .90 cents for a pair!

76747a50f0b111e2bdcf22000a1fbe62_6I set my clients make-up with Model in Bottle’s setting spray!
Can also be purchased from Le Cosmetique for $18! Works wonders!

**Overall, the blending sponge is what really makes this look work on my model! If you have streaks on your face from the brush you used or the wedges– it takes away from the beauty of the look. Sure I added pretty shadows, liner, lashes, blush, the highlighter, and set her make-up with a spray… but if she didn’t have a pretty base, then the look wouldn’t have been flawless. I really like the blending sponge that Le Cosmetique offers because it’s inexpensive, and makes my job easier! I like the shape, with the curves because I can get in the crevices of the face. I can get under the eyes, really close to the nose– and without making my client feel uncomfortable. You can even use this sponge to apply powders and blush. I Always get a FLAWLESS application on myself and all of my clients! I definitely recommend that you give this blending sponge a try! I love all the products I featured & used for this look!

PROS: affordable, many different uses, covers imperfections & blends easily.
long lasting (I constantly sanitize & wash to be able to use on different clients)

CONS: none(:


Blending Sponge: $5.95
Graftobian Palettes: $69.50
Model in a Bottle Setting Spray: $18



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FTC: Blending Sponges were sent for review consideration. Graftobian “Warm” Palette was purchased by me at the 2012 MAKE-UP SHOW in LA. Model in a Bottle products were purchased by me @ IMATS 🙂

Rain Cosmetics Lashes, Lipstick, & Foundation Photos & Review :)

Rain Cosmetics

Hey Readers (:
Today’s featured products are  lashes, a lipstick, & a foundation.
Rain Cosmetics is a proud sponsor for MISS USA 2012, 2013!


IMG_2006These lashes are called TEASE.IMG_2005These lashes are called ATTENTION WHORE.
*These lashes can be worn & reused several times– I love quality, reusable falsies!

IMG_4871Featuring a lipstick called PRIVATE JET!



IMG_4875I am absolutely loving the packaging of these products!

IMG_1997This lipstick is gorgeous.
It’s called PRIVATE JET!

IMG_4876This lipstick feels great! It is so creamy & very moisturizing.
As for the color, it’s a pale, nude pink which can be worn for everyday!

IMG_4877swatch of the lovely lipstick— so light, I love it!

IMG_4881lip swatch:)






IMG_4884A drop of the foundation on my hand for you to see the color/shade (Golden Garter)
This foundation has an SPF 15— & covers amazingly!
This shade (Golden Garter) is perfect if you have warm olive undertones.

IMG_4885Partially blended out foundation.
IMG_4886fully blended out foundation! I love the flawless finish:)

Overall, I am so satisfied with what this company offers! The lashes are great quality, and can be re-used. The lipstick is packaged wonderfully– it’s one of a kind. The lipstick also goes on very smooth, & it’s creamy, moisturizing & definitely not drying to the lips! Rain Cosmetics offers a variety of matte or shimmer lip sticks. The foundation gives a flawless finish, & you don’t even need that much product to cover a full face! Absolutely loving the products this company has to offer!

*Rain Cosmetics also sells, eyeliner, eye shadows, brushes, mascara, brow gel, lip gloss, & a  lot more! Please check out their site if you’re even slightly interested– you will be AMAZED! 

PROS: affordable, quality make-up, lovely packaging!

CONS: none:)


lashes: $12.00
lipstick: $20.00
foundation: $28.00 (1.20fl.oz)



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Skinn by Dimitri James: Plasma Foundation & Brush- Photos & Review :)

Skinn by Dmitri James

Hey Readers 🙂

Today’s featured products are the Plasma foundation from Skinn by Dmitri James!
watch my youtube video! this foundation made my january/february favorites! (: (starting at 13:35)

*According to SKINN-
“Plasma Foundations (SPF-8) have pigments so small that they exist in a plasma state encased in micro-bubbles of Argan, Rose Hips and Flax Seed Oils. They’re also packed with Omega 3, 6, 9 and 12 fatty acids, allowing these new pigments to suspend themselves over pores, imperfections and wrinkles. Plasma foundations will never crease, cake or clump, leaving you looking naturally flawless.”

IMG_3481I actually love the packaging– don’t own any foundation quite like this!
We all know it can be difficult finding your holy grail foundation, and deciding which shade to purchase. I have white skin– not porcelain, however, I am not tan. Typically, when I “try” to tan… let’s just say I burn! I’ve been using this foundation for about 3-4 weeks now, and I’m pretty obsessed and satisfied with this line–especially the foundation!
IMG_3483Skinn Foundations in “LIGHT” and “COOL BUFF” (:
There are 6 shades available!
I’ve definitely been using the light more than the cool buff- however, there are some days when I mix the both!
I love the medium-full coverage of the foundation! Skinn sells a brush for foundation use & I do love using it with this mousse textured foundation— however, my favorite way to apply this foundation is using any type of beauty blender or beauty sponge! Just remember, slightly dampen your sponge! The feeling of this foundation on my skin is great! I
IMG_3484swatches of the foundation—

IMG_3485swatches slightly blended0 not completely so that you can see the difference between color!


IMG_3337Definitely loving the “LIGHT” foundation (:

IMG_3339This brush sells for $25 on their site & leaves no streaks! The bristles are so soft & little to no shedding when I washed this brush (:

**Overall: This foundation has made it onto my TOP 5. The texture is amazing & looks like skin! Totally hides your imperfections and dark circles. My skin looks flawless all day up until I have to take it off and wash my face. It definitely is long-lasting. Since spring is near, I don’t necessarily like to use powder on my face. I will apply a face primer, cream/mousse or liquid foundation, and then cream blush & highlighter for that natural glow– yet totally full coverage 🙂

PROS: matte foundation, lasts long, blendable, great texture.


Available in 6 different shades!


Skinn Plasma Foundation- $28 (16 g)
No Streak Plasma Brush- $25



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♥Black Pearl Sale: 40-60% off Eve Pearl Cosmetics :)

Eve Pearl



Starts: Wednesday, October. 10th, 2012 @ 11:00 AM EST (NYC Time)
Ends: Saturday, October 13th, 2012 @ 11:00 PM EST (NYC Time)

Hey Readers! You all need to check out this AMAZING sale!
Eve Pearl is an emmy-award winning makeup artist, who also has her own makeup cosmetics line!
As a professional makeup artist, I like to steer you all in the right direction!
If you, or your clients have a hard time concealing dark under eye circles, you need to purchase the salmon concealer!!
The concealers & the foundations are so creamy, & come in a variety of shades that are so easy to mix!

I highly recommend the newest product from the Eve Pearl Collection!

Introducing the HD pro palette! 🙂
This AMAZING palette contains 12 different cream foundations, you can work on anyone with this palette!
Contains all 6 of the salmon concealers  from “fair to deep” which will cover all skin tones!
FYI: the salmon concealer will cover up bruising, dark circles, tattoos, & blemishes!!
Palette comes with 3 cream blushes which are very pigmented!
Palette also comes with a Mattifier, Illuminator & a Lip Treatment!

You guys must be asking how much… right?
Well, it’s a whopping $450! But definitely worth it…
But check this out, if you purchase this today or tomorrow using the CODE: BP102012
You can purchase it for $180. That is a deal… even a steal 🙂 60% off!
You can do 2-3 gigs, & you will have paid the price for that palette! it is worth it!



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  • We encourage you to send in your photos (without makeup) or questions to for help with color matching and our recommendations.
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Flawless Face Palettes, HD Liquid Foundations, Glamour Lash Mascara-Jet Black, KOP Age Defying Lip Gloss, KOP Lip Gloss Combos, Pearlicious Lip Glosses, Dual Performance Lip Colors, Eyelashes: 105, 106, 107,108, HD Pro Palette.

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