4/15/14

Ipsy April Bag Reveal

Thought I would share with you what I got in my April Ipsy bag, which finally arrived today. It felt like it took forever to arrive this month. But I'm psyched to finally have it. I'll give you a quick overview of what I received, and then later on this month, you'll see more in-depth looks at each of these products including my review!


The theme for this month's bag is Beauty Rocks! The bag itself is a super cute, square shaped bag in a pretty purple color that has a cute record detail on it. I like the bag a lot. I also quite like the products inside! I received:

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion skin exfoliant. I honestly wasn't too thrilled about this product. Skincare just isn't as much fun as pretty makeup products. But, I've heard good things about this product, so i'll give it a whirl!

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm in Apple Pink. Ipsy has sent out cailyn lip balms in the past but I've never received one before. This is a really pretty pale neutral pink, that seems pretty pigmented. I'll have to try it out for a bit before I decide how I like it. I do like that the packaging comes with it's own little brush. And the color looks pretty nice. So we'll see.

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse. I love big sexy hair products. So I was excited to see this in my bag. Not sure how I feel about spray mousse though. I've never used anything like it. I'm interested to see how this will work on my hair! One thing I do know is that it smells amazing!

Elizabeth Mott Pop Goes the Shadow premium eyeshadow in champagne. I need another single eyeshadow like I need a hole in my head. But, this is a beautiful color and it swatches beautifully, so while it's not the most unique item ever I am certain I will get some use out of it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet. This is the item I am most excited about. It's just a black eyeliner- another thing I have a zillion of- but the urban decay liners are my absolute favorite. And this is a new formula that is a matte black that is formulated specifically for smokey eyes. What's not to love. Can't wait to test this out!

So that's my April bag! Be sure to check back later on this month for a full review on all the products in the bag as well as close up photos and swatches!


4/4/14

April 2014 Julep Maven Box: Classic with a Twist

I have been a Julep Maven for about a year now. If you are not familiar Julep is a nail polish subscription service. You pay just 20 dollars a month and you get nail polishes and products delivered to your door. The wonderful thing about Julep is, there is a window of time towards the end of each month where you can choose between multiple boxes, so you can customize the box to your liking, and you can also add on additional nail polishes from the other boxes at a discounted rate. Also, if you just aren't feeling the collection, you can choose to skip the month and not be charged. I generally tend to skip the monthly boxes and instead opt to order from them when they have sales. I have gotten a ton of Julep polishes for 99 cents, and since I am a maven, I get free shipping with every order. It's a fantastic deal!

But, I just couldn't skip this month. I was way too drawn to polishes this month. The collection is called the vivids collection, and it was all I could do to keep myself from buying an upgrade and getting every single one! Plus, The beauty item this month is blush, and if you know me, you know I am a sucker for blush! So I immediately logged on as soon as the maven window opened and made my selections. After much hemming and hawing I went with the Classic With a Twist box (I am usually an It Girl!) and decided on the pearl pink blush. My maven box shipped on the 27th of March and arrived in my hot little hand on April 1st! Super fast!



I chose Classic with a Twist because the nail polishes are just gorgeous. These are going to be perfect on my toes for summer. The polishes included are Caitlin and Mariska.

 Julep describes Caitlin as a shocking hibiscus with Gold shimmer. It's a bright in your face beautiful pink with the tiniest hint of shimmer on the nail. The formula is fantastic. A little thin, but not too thin, if you know what I mean. It's got a bit of a sheer jelly finish but is opaque in 3 coats. It's beautiful!

Julep describes Mariska as a juicy tangerine shimmer. It's a gorgeous bright orange shade that I instantly fell in love with. I am generally not an orange nail polish fan, but there is something about this polish! It's a bit thicker in consistency than Caitlin, but not at all gloopy. Very easy to work with, and very opaque. It's practically a one coater. The shimmer in this polish is not discernible on the nail, and it's so bright that it's practically neon, which means it dries to a sort of matte finish. But that's easily remedied if you don't like that look. Just add your favorite shiny top coat!

Caitlin and Mariska, with flash, so you can see the finish

Caitlin and Mariska, no flash, best representation
of the true color (sorry for the blurriness)

I am very pleased with the nail polishes and I can't wait for warmer weather so I can pull these beauties out and wear them. I think they would even look good together in a color blocking manicure! 

The blush that I chose to accompany my pretty polishes is pink petal. The other choice was a peach-y shade, and I had a really hard time deciding but ultimately went with the pink. The packaging is really nice and sleep with the julep logo in the corner. And the blush itself is really nice. I am very impressed. It's a very pigmented bright pink with a nice sheen. It's very soft and easily blend-able! I haven't worn it on my cheeks yet but it swatches beautifully! It's supposed to be a pore minimizing blush, so I have high hopes for it! 



petal pink blush, with flash

petal pink blush, no flash

So there ya have it. There's my overview and mini review on the April Julep Maven box. I am very pleased with it! If you are interested in signing up for Julep, feel free to use my referral link. 

http://www.julep.com/rewardsref/index/refer/id/158571/

And you can also use the coupon code FREECOLOR and receive your starter box for free (just pay shipping) It's a great service, and I think you will really like it! 

4/2/14

Radiant Orchid Trend: NYC Lincoln Square Lavender and Spring Bling

If you are looking for an inexpensive nail polish that fits right in with the pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid, I may have just the nail polish for you! This little gem has been in my nail polish collection for years. In fact, it was one of the first polishes I purchased when I first started getting into nail polish, and it was so well used and loved that it was all dried up and I had to purchase a replacement. I am so glad I did because I am re-discovering just how much I love this color, and in my opinion, it fits right in with the radiant orchid trend. It's New York Color's In a New York color minute quick dry formula in Lincoln square lavender. It's a beautiful purple-y pink orchid shade in a cream finish. It dries relatively quickly. Under 3 minutes and you're out the door. It's not too thick or too thin, I find it to be a dream to apply. And the best part is, the wuick dry formula polishes from New York Color are just two dollars!

For a bit of fun I added another New York color polish as an accent nail! This polish comes from their normal, long wearing nail polish line that retails for just a dollar. It's a pretty pink and silver micro-shimmer polish called spring bling. I thought it was the perfect compliment to lincoln square lavender. I had this manicure on for 3 days before I saw some minor chipping. So while it might not be the longest wearing brand of polish ever, for the price, I don't think you can beat this nail color if you're looking to follow the radiant orchid trend without breaking the bank! Love it!

The color in the photo is a bit off, it leans a but more pink in real life.


What is your favorite nail polish that follows the radiant orchid trend? I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know!

3/17/14

St. Patrick's Day Manicure

I thought I would share with you my st. patrick's day manicure! I am Irish and proud so of course I had to do some green nails! I didn't do any fancy nail art or anything, mostly because my stamping attempt failed. But I was still quite pleased with the end result!


On my index, middle and pinkie fingers I used the China Glaze Magnetic polish in con-fused. I am not a big fan of the magnetic polish trend, but the magnetic polishes can still be used, just without using the magnet. It's a beautiful green shade that I think is perfect for St. Patrick's Day! On my ring finger and thumb I used Julep nail polish in Adrianna, which is a gorgeous light pistachio green shade that I absolutely love. And on top of that I used the Hard Candy nail polish in Emerald's Eve, which is a great glitter topper. It's got small pieces of emerald green glitter and larger gold glitters. It made the perfect glitter topper!

Overall I really love the finished look, and I was very pleased with all of the polishes I used! I highly recommend them all! Did you do anything special with your nails for St. Patrick's day? I would love to hear about it, so leave me a comment and let me know!

3/9/14

Julep Joanna and Zoya Monet

Hey guys! I've got more nail polish goodness to share with you today. This time, a quick Review on Julep's Joanna and Zoya's Monet. I wore the two together for a fun manicure so I thought I would share it with you.

With Flash

no flash
Julep describes Joanna as a lilac frost. I sort of agree with that description. It is a lilac shade but it has a dusty sort of grey undertone that sets it apart from other lilac polishes in my collection. Neither of my photos represents the true color of this polish, though it's closer to the second photo- the one with no flash. It's truly a unique color- I don't have anything in my collection quite like it. And while it is a frost it's not super frosty, so I find it to be quite wearable.Application was pretty standard for Julep polishes. The brush on Julep's polishes are quite long, owing to the unique bottle shape, and so often, if you're not careful, the nail polish can drip down off the wand onto the brush causing the flooding of cuticles, or just too much polish. But if you're careful, it applies quite nicely. I didn't find it gloopy or streaky, and this polish didn't show brush marks like frosts often do.

To add a little something to this manicure, I opted to apply Zoya's Monet to my ring finger and thumb for some pretty accent nails. Zoya describes monet as a multi-colored cellophane holographic special effects topper. It's a very pretty polish. I found that the base that the glitter was suspended in was quite thick, so it wasn't the easiest polish to work with. I did have to dab a bit to get the glitter exactly where I wanted it. But this polish is just gorgeous. It reminds me that easter grass you get in an easter basket. Just beautiful, and worth the little bit of extra work in my opinion.

So there ya have it! Hope you enjoyed and found this helpful. I'll be back with more manis soon, I am sure!

3/6/14

Face of the Day: Innocent Eyes and Orchid Lips

It's been a while since I shared a face of the day. I am just loving this look lately. I think I might film a video on it if anyone is interested. I love the combination of the light wash of shadow on the lid and the bright pop of the orchid lipstick! Let me know what you think!


Products Used:
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in 120
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer in Fair
NYC Coverstick in Light
Elf HD Powder in Translucent
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in Dollface
Revlon Photo Ready Bronzer in Bronzed and Chic
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool
Coastal Scents Hot pot in M01
Urban Decay Naked 2
Urban Decay Foxy
Rimmel London scandaleyes thick and thin waterproof eyeliner in Black
Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Fibres Mascara in Black
Rimmel London Scandaleyes waterproof kohl kajal eyeliner in nude
Elf Eyebrow Kit in Medium
Revlon Lipstick in Wild Orchid

3/1/14

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust in Lux

I am going to go ahead right off the bat say that the photo does NOT do this amazingly beautiful polish justice. The magical pixie dusts from Zoya are a new release for spring. They have all the beautiful texture of the regular pixie dust with the added bonus of holographic glitter. These polishes are absolute stunning. ,I purchased Lux, this gorgeous pink I am sharing with you today, as well as Vega, which is a stunning blue. I am sure you will see Vega featured in a post very soon, but for now, let's get back to my rave review on Lux.

If you like textured polish, than you probably are already aware of how amazing the zoya pixie dust polishes are. Theeir sparkly textured goodness that can not be betat by any other brand of textured polish in my opinion. The formula on this new Magical pixie dust is a bit thicker, owing to the extra holo glitter they have packed this polish with, but it's still fantastic. I got an opaque finish in two coats. Because of the extra glitter, this polish is a lot more textured and so I chose to add a coat of top coat on top, so my nails wouldn't snag on anything. The texture still comes through with the top coat, it's just not quite as rough. This polish is a stunner and might possibly be my new all time favorite! I love it. I wish I had been able to capture this polish better, but sadly all my photos paled in comparison to the beauty that is this polish in real life.


If you are a fan of textured polish and holographic glitter, run to your local zoya retailer (or to zoya.com) and grab this polish! You won't regret it!

2/27/14

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish in Wintermint

Among the lovely gifts my husband got me for Valentine's Day was this lovely little parfumerie polish from Revlon. It is the first of its kind that I have tried and I have to say I absolutely love it. 


Revlon's Wintermint is a sweet mint green color with blue glitter specs in it. It's gorgeous! It reminds me of the ocean for some reason. It took 3 coats to be opaque but was an absolute dream to apply. It wasn't patchy or thick. It just glided right on the nail And it's scented! It has the most lovely mint smell. Even now, hours after I polished my nails I can still smell the minty smell. It's so much more pleasant than the typical nail polish smell. The bottle is adorable as well, and while I was concerned that the small, rounded cap would make polishing difficult, I had no trouble with it at all. The Revlon Parfumerie line of polishes is quite extensive and I can't wait to try more of them! Have you tried any of this line of polishes? I would love to hear about your experience, so leave me a comment down below! 

2/14/14

Influenster J'adore Voxbox

Hey guys! I got some pretty exciting mail today so I thought I would share it with you! I received the Influenster J'adore Voxbox! If you aren't familiar with Influenster, it's a website where you sign up, and complete surveys and based on your demographics and influenster score you can sometimes be selected to be sent a box full of complimentary products to test out. Then you write up reviews and things on the products. It's a fun way to try new things, and I am so excited to be selected for the J'adore Voxbox!



So many awesome products came in the J'adore Voxbox! 

Boots Botanical Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask 3.5 oz.
Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates 18.5 oz bag
John Freida Frizz Ease 3 day Straight Flat Iron Spray 1 fl oz 
Kiss Looks so Natural Lashes in "Pretty"
Red Rose Simple Indulgent Teas: 3 caramel creme flavor tea bags, and 1 Lemon Chiffon Tea bag
Vaseline Men Spray Lotion 6.5 oz can

I am so excited to try all of these out. If you would like to see a more thorough look at what I received in this box, you can check out my video. 






Be on the lookout for reviews on all of these products in the near future and be sure if you don't already to follow me on instagram (Jwhackers) as well as youtube so you don't miss anything!

Thanks for stopping by xo!

My Valentine's Day Manicure

Hey guys!Happy Valentine's Day! I feel like all I ever post is nail polish related things, and this is no exception! I promise to get back into posting reviews and things of other products. Eventually. But fo now, I wanted to share my Valentine's Day Manicure with you!!


I went with a super simple, very pretty mani this year. I started out by painting all of my nails with one of my new favorite pinks, Zoya's Dot. I got this polish in my Ipsy bag (if you want to see what else I received in my bag, check out my video here) and it's the perfect milky baby pink. It just reminds me of strawberry milk. The formula on this polish is amazing. I didn't find it streaky or difficult to work with at all, and I was able to get it opaque in just two coats, practically unheard of for a pastel! Once the polish was dry, I did a single stamped accent nail. I used the BM02 plate from Bundle Monster and stamped using Wet n Wild Megalast polish in "I Red a Good Book" Because it was just a single thin coat of polish, it turned out a dark pink color, which I think looks perfect with "Dot".I topped it off with Sally Hansen's Strengthening Top Coat for some beautiful shine, All in all I am quite pleased with how it turned out!

1/11/14

Wet n Wild Candy-licious and Hard Candy Pink Taffy

Hey guys! It's been a while since I shared a nail of the day post, and since I did a pink mani for the first time in ages I thought I would go ahead and share it with you!

natural lught

With Flash

No Flash

I started out with two coats of The Wet n Wild Megalast Polish in Candy-licious. It's a beautifu mid-toned candy colored pink. It's a cream formula that glides on effortessly with the Manicurve Pro brush that I love so much! This is a fantastic color for spring and summer, and I figured, why not wear it in winter too? It's been so cold and dreary here, I just wanted a nice pop of color! Then to add a little bit more fun. I painted one coat of Hard Candy's pink taffy on top of candy-icious on my ring finger and thumb on each hand. This is a super fun polish. It looks just like taffy to me. This can be worn on it's own, but it takes about 3 coats to be completely opaque, so I decided just to wear it as a topper today, and I love the way it looks with candy-icious. Overall I really love this mani!

Wet N Wild Megalast in Candy-licious can be purchased for $1.99 or less anywhere that wet n wild products are sold. (I picked up mine at wal-mart for about $1.75)
Hard Candy Pink Taffy can be purchased exclusively at Wal-mart for $4.00


1/8/14

Makeup MVPs 2013: Haircare

I am so sorry for the delay in my posting. Due to the weather we've had internet connection issues for the last couple of days! It's been frigid cold here in Southeast Michigan! But, a warm up is on the horizon and my internet connection has been restored, so I am back with the next installment in my favorite products from 2013. This time it's haircare. I am going to talk to you about all of hair products I used and loved in 2013.


Aussie 3 Minute Miracle deep conditoner- As far as Shampoo, I tend to switch back and forth between different brands depending on what's on sale. I don't really find that it matters what shampoo I use, they all sort of work the same for me. But when it come to conditioner, I love my 3 minute miracle. I used to used this just once a week as a deep conditioner, but in 2013 I switched it up and it became the conditioner I use every time I wash my hair. I love this stuff! It smells amazing, makes my hair so unbelieveably soft and easy to work with, and it's super affordable! You just work it into your hair, leave it on for a few minutes, and then rinse. It's like magic! By far the BEST conditioner I have ever used, even compared to some much more expensive ones! Definitely try it out!

Organix renewing Moroccan Argan Oil- I have tried a few different hair oils, and this is my favorite for the price. It's available at the drugstore, and it's a huge amount of oil for the money, considering how little it takes! I have had the same bottle for nearly a year and I am only about half way through it! I tend to use this only on days when I wash my hair to add a bit more moisture and help tame flyaways. I love the way this smells, and I feel like it really makes a difference in the health of my hair!

Dove Dry Shampoo- I have tried quite a few drugstore brand Dry Shampoos and the Dove one is my fave! Because I have dry hair, and a pretty dry scalp, I don't need to use this extremely often, but it's great to have in my arsenal of hair products because it absorbs any excess oil I have in my hair while also giving me tons of volume! My hair is pretty long and because of that it tends to fall flat pretty easily due to gravity! But this works to add just a bit of oomph! Plus it smells amazing and it's super affordable. What's not to love?

Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray- In 2013 I started experimenting a lot more with different hairstyles, and that meant working a lot with heat! Curlers, straighteners, blow dryers- they all do damage to your hair. Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray helps protect your hair! I love this stuff because it's a very fine mist so it doesn't spray out at a super high intensity like some of the other heat protectant sprays I have tried. It has a pleasant smell, and it's, again, super affordable. No high end hair products here. I go for what's affordable and what works, and this does! Try it out, you won't regret it!

Got2B Beach trippin Salt infusion waving spray- When I want a bit of texture in my hair, I always reach for my salt spray from got2b. I have a whole review on my youtube channel just raving about this product. It does an amazing job of adding waves and texture to my hair without drying it out a ton of making it feel gross and damaged. It's another super affordable product that can be picked up at your local drugstore, and I just love it!

Tresemme Tres Two Hairspray- For the money, I really don't think there is a better hairspray on the market! I use the number 4 extra hold, and it keeps my hair in place all day without it feeling super crunchy. It's a huge can of hairspray for just a few dollars, and it does the trick just as well as higher end hairsprays I have tried. Why pay more when you can get a good quality product for less?

There ya have it! My favorite haircare products from 2013! These are my tried and true favorites that I just keep coming back to!

1/1/14

Makeup MVPs 2013: Lips

When it comes to lip products, I really don't have that much to talk to you all about! I own upwards of 50 lipsticks, and tend to rotate between them quite often, so not too many really have a chance to become tried and true favorites. But I have amassed a few of my favorite brands and styles of lip products to share with you, so let's just go ahead and jump into it!


Elf Lip Exfoliator- It is so important to take care of your lips. Exfoliating, especially when you're wearing bold lip colors is so important! I love the Elf Lip exfoliator because it comes in a handy lipstick-like tube. You just rub it on your lips and it does an amazing job of removing dead skin cells. It's a sugar-y yummy exfoliator so it's not at all unpleasant, and it's super affordable! Can't beat that!

When it comes to lip balms, I have a couple of tried and true favorites that I always go back to!

Eos Lip Balms- I can't help myself I just love these spherical lip balms so much. The packaging is super cute, they come in a large variety of flavors, and they never get lost in my handbag. They maybe aren't the most moisturizing lip balms ever, so they're not fantastic in the winter time, at least for me, but I find myself reaching for the one in "Lemon Drop" all summer long because it's got SPF and the bright yellow sphere is just so fun!

Maybelline Baby Lips- My other fave lip balm ever! These ARE super moisturizing so they can be used all year round. The clear ones, are great for wearing underneath more drying lip products. But there's a bonus, because they also come in a ton of different tinted versions, which means you can get all the moisturization of the balm and add a bit of sheer color as well. These are so easy just to pop on your lips to complete any look without having to deal with the drying properties some lipsticks can have. My favorite is "Grape Vine" but all of the colors are amazing. I have quite the collection of these babies!

When it comes to lipsticks, I really have a few brands that I absolutely love, but honestly, there are so many amazing lipsticks available at the drug store, that I am always finding new amazing lip products!

Maybelline Color Whisper- I really like this line of lipsticks because it's moisturizing. I love moisturizing lip products, and these come in a huge variety of shades. I love the one in "Lust for Blush" because it's a nice easy to wear neutral color that goes with just about any eye look you can create.

Maybelline Vivids- These are amazingly pigmented bright in your face lipsticks that are just out of this world for the drugstore! If you are interested in really making a a statement with your lips these are where it's at. I only have a couple shades, because I find that some of them can be a little intimidating to wear on an everyday basis, but these were some of my favorite lipsticks to wear in the summer. Whenever I wanted to go super natural on the eyes and make a statement with my lips, these are the lipsticks I would reach for!

Revlon Lip Butters- I started my love affair with the Revlon lip butters last year and I am still head over heels for these guys. A huge variety of colors, moisturizing properties and a drugstore price make these some of my all time favorite lipsticks. The colors range from your run of the mill easy to wear everyday pinks to berries to reds and everywhere in between. There's something for everyone in this lipstick line!

Revlon Just bitten kissable balm stain in Honey- In this instance, rather than talking about an entire line of lip products, I am talking about a particular color. The kissable balm stain in honey is the perfect everyday easy to wear mauve color. It's long lasting being that it's a stain, but also moisturizing, not like those marker style stains that are available from just about every line. I like this one a lot!

Elf Matte Lip Color- I really like these products from Elf. I love the look of a nice matte lip occassionally, and these from Elf are great. They come in 6 different shades, which is the only downfall of these. I wish there were more! Like most matte lip products these do tend to dry the lips out more than your average lipstick, but with a balm underneath I find these really easy to wear. They aren't patchy at all, and for just 3 bucks, they can't be beat price wise!

Elf Lip Lock Pencil- I am not much of a lip pencil girl. I only own about 3 or 4, and I tend to avoid lining my lips if at all possible, just because I find it so tedious! But when I absolutely have to have a lip liner, I love this lip lock pencil because it keeps your lipstick from bleeding, but it doesn't add any color. So it's super easy to line without worrying about going out of the lip line, and it doesn't take away from the lip color I am applying. It's a handy little item!

Elf Lip Gloss Sticks- I have a TON of lip glosses that I could have mentioned here, but I chose to go with the lip gloss sticks because I find these to be incredibly versatile. They have the pigmentation of a sheer lipstick, the moisturizing properties of a balm and the glossy finish of a lip gloss. When I wear these, they tend to be the only product I put on my lips. I don't necessarily use them strictly as glosses. There is a nice variety of shades, and finishes. Some of them have glitter! They are just a really nice option for when I want a lip color that is moisturizing and glossy and easy to wear!

So that's it for my MVP lip products form 2013! Be sure to keep coming back for more! There's lots more things I want to talk about including my MVP hair products, Bath and Body Products, Nail Polishes and perfumes! If you thought this series was over you've got another thing coming! Thanks for stopping by!

12/30/13

Makeup MVPs 2013: Eyes

I have a TON of stuff to talk to you guys about in the eye category! Eye makeup was my first love, which is probably why I have ten times the amount of eyeshadow a normal person has. lol. I had a lot of favorite things this year, so let's just jump right into it, otherwise you'll be here all day!


Starting out with eyeshadow bases. These are so important because they work to keep your eyeshadow in place and make it last all day! I have a whole drawer full of eyeshadow bases! I love them. And these are the best of the best!

Mac Painterly Paint Pot- I absolutely love this! It's expensive, I shelled out 20 bucks for this product! But it's totally worth it! It's a great matte neutral creamy product that I love to apply to my lids as a first step to just about any look. It's creamy enough that it glides on effortlessly, but it doesn't crease or budge! It does a great job of muting out any discoloration or veins on my lids and gets them ready for eyeshadow!

Maybelline Color Tattoo- I love all of the maybelline color tattoos that I own! They are seriously pigmented cream eyeshadows that can be worn on their own, or layered underneath powder shadow to really make them pop! I use them both ways. They are so versatile! My all time favorite is barely branded. It's a great neutral shade with a bit of a metallic finish so it's great to add a bit of shine to any eye look. I highly recommend it, and any of the other shades. They're a steal at a great drugstore price!

Elf eyelid primer- My first love when it comes to eyeshadow primer and I still love and use it constantly. This little baby is just a buck on eyelipsface.com and it's a great, simple primer that goes on completely sheer. It doesn't add anything to the look or take anything away. It simply stays put and keeps your eyeshadow from creasing or fading throughout the day. I think this is a staple in any woman's makeup collection!

Moving on now to my favorite part. The eyeshadow! I could talk until I am blue in the face about eyeshadows. I just love them. But when it comes down to it there are two brands of eyeshadow that I find myself coming back to again and again.

Wet n Wild- I completely adore wet n wild's eye shadows! This isn't the wet n wild I remember from when I Was a kid, that's for sure. These eyeshadows are super soft and blend so easily. All of the shades I have tried are super pigmented and rarely powdery! My all time favorite is the wet n wild comfort zone palette. It comes with 8 shades. On one side is all of the neutrals that I love, and on the other side is smokier green shades perfect for a green smokey eye! You can't go wrong with this palette. Or really, any of wet n wild's palettes. I love the color icon trios too, especially walking on eggshells and sweet as candy! I can't say enough good things about these shadows!

Urban Decay- And on the other end of the price spectrum I love Urban Decay. This wouldn't be a favorites post if I didn't proclaim my undying love to the Naked palettes. I have the original, Naked 2 and naked basics and they are easily my most used most loved palettes. I desperately want the Naked 3 palette to enter my life soon! I love the naked palettes because they are just so easy. They're full of great neutral shades that you can mix and match and wear everyday! They're all incredibly pigmented, super blend-able and last all day. If you can only afford one high end makeup product, I highly suggest you check out the naked palettes and pick the one that works best for you! They're amazing!

My favorite eyeshadow brush of all time is the Elf essential eyeshadow brush. It's just a flat shader brush that is super affordable at just 1 dollar! I have at least 6 of these brushes. They are soft but still firm and make for the perfect brush for applying eyeshadow to your lid, or as a highlight shade. I go back and forth between blending brushes and such, but the brush I use everyday without fail is this one, and I highly recommend it!

I really got into eyeliner this year. I've always worn it kind of subtly along the upper lash line. Just a thin line straight across and nothing fancy. This year I got way more into bolder liner and here are the products that helped me along the way!

Elf waterproof eyeliner pen- I love this product. It comes in a nice variety of colors. It's super easy to apply. It gives you the look of liquid liner without the difficulties in application. I love liquid liner but I've never really been able to master it's application. This pen makes it super easy. I especially love the black one. It's super black and pigmented and doesn't smear or fade throughout the day. And these are super affordable at just 2 dollars a pop!

Urban Decay 24/7 liners- I just love the urban decay liners! They are a tad expensive, but I have always managed to find mine on sale or in travel sizes to make them less so. These are the best pencil liners on the market in my opinion. They glide on super easily but once they set they aren't going anywhere! I especially love the one in perversion because it's super duper black. I use it constantly for lining my water line and tight lining. It's a great asset to me!

Elf Cream eyeliner- Another thing I have really gotten into more this year is cream or gel liner. I love the elf one because it's super affordable, it's easy to apply and the black one is super black. I like to use an angled liner brush to apply this, and it's great for winged eyeliner, or just really darkening up the upper lash line! It's creamy and doesn't dry out quickly, which makes this an amazing value at just 3 dollars!

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liners- I really got into the rimmel pencil liners this year, and the main one is the one in nude. It's a fantastic product for applying to your water line to really wake up the eyes and make them appear more often. So often black liner in the water line closes off the eye. Using a nude color really makes you look brighter and more awake, and the nude from Rimmel is very creamy, and very affordable!

As far as mascara goes, I had quite an affair on my beloved Covergirl lashblast volume this year. I adore that mascara, don't get me wrong, but I branched out a bit this year and found some new loves!

MaybelineGreat Lash Lots of Lashes- This is not the great lash mascara your mother used. This mascara is amazing. I think the part I love the most about this is the brush. It's super tapered making the very tip of the brush teeny tiny which makes it super easy to get to those inner lashes that are so often missed by bigger brushes. This gives me a ton of length as well, which I love. The black is super black and pigmented and it doesn't flake or fade throughout the day. Plus, this mascara ings up for under 5 bucks, which makes it a winner in my book!

Rimmel London Retro Glam Mascara- I didn't discover this mascara until the tail end of the year, but I couldn't not include it because it's my new all time favorite mascara. This mascara gives me volume like whoa! I can't even begin to describe how amazing my lashes look with this mascara on. It's a different look than a lot of other mascaras that I own. It gives me a ton of volume and some length too and I just feel so glamorous when I wear it! I didn't like some of the other rimmel mascaras I tried in 2013, but this one is phenomenal!

Elf eyebrow kit in medium- Another thing I got into this year was filling in my eyebrows! I wish I ad done it sooner! This is such an easy thing to skip, but it makes such a huge difference in the overall look of your makeup! I love the elf eyebrow kit because it comes with a wax and a powder and it makes filling in your brows easy as pie! It's also affordable, which is a huge plus!

Elf wet gloss clear lash and brow mascara- once I have filled in my brows, I always set them with a brow gel and my favorite is the elf one because it does the job and it costs just a buck! This one does get a bit crunchy if you apply too much, but for the price, I don't mind that at all!

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter- I would be remiss if I didn't mention this product to round out my favorite eye products. I use this practically everyday right up under my brow for an absolutely beautiful highlight. I often put powder shadow on top, but this is always the first step. It's just a gorgeous ivory color that brightens that area so nicely. I put it in my inner corner as well sometimes to brighten that area up. I received this in an ipsy bag at one point during the year and I am so glad that I did because it's beautiful!

So that rounds out my favorite eye products from 2013. I know it was a lot but what can I say, I just love eye makeup! Be sure to check back soon for my favorite lip products from 2013!

12/27/13

Makeup MVPs 2013: Cheeks

I am so excited to be sharing with you all of my top favorite cheek products from 2013. These are all the blushes, bronzers and highlighters that I loved the most throughout the year. These are tried and true favorites. The ones I always go back to. My MVPs. And I gotta tell you, I had a really hard time reining myself in and keeping a limit to how many products I shared with you all. I LOVE blush, and there are so many amazing blushes out there, especially from the drugstore. But I kept myself calm and shared just 4 blushes, 3 highlighters and 2 bronzers, as well as the tools that I use most often to apply them, so here we go!


Blush: Like I said, it was all I could do to narrow down my favorite blushes from 2013. I love these brands in general for blush but I also included my favorite colors from the line. I highly recommend all of these.

I love the Hard Candy Fox in a Box blushes so much! I heard that these were going to be discontinued but I continue to see them at my local walmart, so apparently they have not been. I love the packaging on these. They remind me a lot of the Benefit Box powders but for a fraction of the price. My favorite one is the one in hot flash. It's four colors, a pale baby pink, a neutral light brown, a brighter pink and a bright fuchsia. Each of these colors can be used on their own but I love to swirl them together to get a nice fuchsia color. It's highly pigmented and a little goes a long way, but it's a gorgeous flush of color especially in the winter. It gives you that just came in from the cold look. Love it!

The wet n Wild Color Icon Blushes are amazing. They are super affordable and highly pigmented. They are soft without being incredibly powdery and they blend beautifully. I love the one in Heather Silk. It's a deeper berry color that is beautiful on my pale skin.  It's got no shimmer, so it's very natural. I can't say enough good things about this blush.

The Elf studio blushes are probably my all time favorite blushes from the drugstore, because there's a wide variety of shades and at just 3 bucks a pop, you can buy them all without feeling incredibly guilty. I have 5 or 6 shades now, and they are all pigmented and pretty. They can be a little powdery but nothing you can't work with. One of my favorites is the blush in Candid Coral. It's a really natural summer-y shade that I think is wearable on just about every skintone! Love it!

Lastly, I really fell in love with the tarte 12 hour amazonian clay blushes this year. These babies are pricey, I'm not gonna lie. At around 25 bucks a pop they can really break the bank, but I've managed to always buy mine on sale, so that I pay half that price. These blushes are so beautiful, apply silky smooth, are incredibly pigmented and really last all day! If you can afford to pick one up I highly recommend that you do because they really are amazing. I love the one in exposed the most. It's a beautiful nude blush that I never would have purchased if it wasn't for recommendations on youtube but I just adore the flush it gives my skin. It's completely matte, but not flat. You just have to try it!

Highlighters- I tend to really like more natural looking highlighters on me. I use a lot of highlighting concealers and things, but when I really want an added bit of highlight to my skin, I pull out my powder highlights and I have found a few that I absolutely love and always find myself coming back to. These are my MVPs.

I love the physicians formula happy booster blush in natural. This is technically a blush, but it's got a gorgeous sheen and not a ton of color so I tend to apply it over top of my blushes for a natural glow that I just love. It's so beautiful. It's not powdery or cakey. It just adds a nice sheen to my skin that is really beautiful.

The Elf Baked Blush in pinktastic is another one that is marketed as a blush but it's really just a beautiful highlight shade for me. It's a light shimmery pink that is gorgeous swept on top of the cheek bones and down the nose. It catches the light beautifully without being a total shimmer bomb. I can't recommend this one enough.

Another one from Elf that I love is actually marketed as a bronzer, and it's the Elf Studio Golden Bronzer. This is just a quad of light, sheer colors that when swept together makes a beautiful natural highlight that I have seen compared to the Dior Amber Diamond Highlight that is so popular with youtube beauty gurus. It's just a beautiful more golden toned highlight that looks amazing.

And now moving on to bronzers. I am a pale girl. I like to describe my skin tone as one shade up from marshmallow pale. So bronzers are necessary but ones that are too dark look positively muddy and gross on me, so I need a really natural matte bronzer, and these two fit the bull perfectly.

The first one is the NYC smoothskin bronzing face powder in sunny. I have used this for years and I absolutely love it. It's a very natural light brown shade that is completely matte. It's light enough to use as an all over bronzing color but I can also use it just for contouring by adding just a bit more. It's a super affordable option and it's perfect for super pale girls like me, but can be used for medium skin tones too, in my opinion.

The other one that is a great shade for my pale skin is the Elf Baked Bronzer in St. Lucia. It's a light bronze color with the tiniest bit of sheen that makes it look super natural on me. I really like this bronzer beause it's easy to apply and super easy to blend so it doesn't look like I have bronzer on at all. It's very natural and another super affordable option that I wouldn't ever want to be be without.

So those are all of my favorite cheek products. Now let's talk a little bit about my favorite tools to apply said products. My favorite blush brush is the Sigma f50 duo fiber brush. I find that this picks up just enough product. Not too much and not too little. It's also really good for applying cream blush. It's soft without being so soft that product applies everywhere. It's just a really nice brush. I haven't found my perfect brush for applying bronzer yet. I tend to just go for a fluffier brush when I am applying it all over my face, and a more concentrated brush when I am contouring. But since I don't have an absolute favorite, I decided not to list one here. I do have a favorite brush for highlighting though. It's the Elf small stipple brush. This thing is amazing. It's small brush head makes it the perfect brush for applying highlighter to the tops of the cheek bones and down my nose. It's soft without being too soft and this little brush also does double duty in that it's great for applying both powder and cream products. I highly recommend it.

So there ya have it! Those are my MVPs for my cheeks! I hope that you found this helpful! And I hope you will check back soon for the next installment of my MVP products for 2013, when I share with you my favorite products for eyes! Can't wait!!

12/23/13

Makeup MVPs for 2013: Face Edition

At the end of every month, on my youtube channel, I share my favorite makeup products of the month. It's a great way for me to let my viewers know the products I am using and loving and gives me a chance to give mini reviews of products! This is going to be a little bit different. Today, I am going to share with you my MVPs! Basically my holy grail products that I have tried and used and loved over the last year. Kind of the best of the best. I'll be breaking this up into 4 or 5 different sections. Including face, cheeks, lips, eyes and maybe even skincare products and/or hair products. We'll see. We're going to start, though, with my favorite Face Products from 2013. 




Foundation: In the past, I have always said that the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 hour foundation is my all time favorite. I still absolutely love that one, but this year I discovered something that I like even better. The covergirl outlast stay fabulous 3-in-1 foundation. I wear the shade number 820 Creamy Natural. I really love this foundation. I think it would be a great one for oily skinned gals, because it dries down to a really nice matte finish. As for me, I am dry skinned, but I still find this foundation works well for me with a good moisturizer. This foundation is medium to full coverage, lasts all day and I don't find it to be cakey at all. It's a very affordable foundation, available at the drug store, and I really love it!

Foundation application: I go back and forth between a couple of different methods of foundation application. When I want a lighter coverage from my foundation I absolutely love my beauty blender. It's a fantastic makeup sponge, and even though it's a bit on the pricey side, I feel like it's absolutely worth it. It expands when you get it wet and allows me to stipple on my foundation effortlessly. It gives a great airbrushed look to my foundation and I love the look! When I want to use a brush, my favorite is the Sigma f82 Round top Kabuki Brush. This brush is amazing. It's incredibly dense, while still being soft, and the shape of the brush allows me to apply my foundation with ease. Again, this brush is a bit on the pricier side, when compared to say, drugstore brushes, but I think it's well worth it!

Concealer: For the under-eye area, I absolutely love the Maybelline instant age rewind eraser dark circles in the color fair. I have tried the brightener one, and I don't like it that much, but the fair is just a shade lighter than my skin tone and I find it conceals my under eye circles amazingly well, while also brightening that area. This concealer is on the thin side so it's incredibly easy to blend without tugging on the gentle area around the eyes and yet it still gives tons of coverage. I highly recommend this concealer and will not be without it!
As for a blemish concealer, I absolutely love the L'oreal True Match super blendable crayon concealer. I use the color fair and it's a pretty good match for my skin. It's a very creamy concealer so it's super easy to blend, and it covers blemishes like a dream! And once again, a drugstore price that just can't be beat!

Concealer Application: I apply concealer most often with my fingers, but when I want a brush to blend out my concealer I really love the Sigma Dome shaped Kabuki brush. It's domed tip makes it really easy to blend in concealer and the shape fits well. It's very dense so it blends amazingly well, and it's super soft! I love it!

Powder: Nothing I have tried beats the NYC Smooth skin pressed powder in translucent. I have been using this powder for years and I absolutely love it. For the price I don't think you can beat it! It's incredibly affordable and does a fantastic job of setting foundation and concealer. It's very finely milled powder considering the price and it does not cake up. I generally apply this with a big fluffy powder brush. No one brush seems to work better than any other.

Primer: I don't wear primer everyday under my makeup. Generally just a moisturizer and I am good to go. But when I want my foundation to really last and be flawless, I do, and the primer that I like the best is the Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro. It's a great silicone style primer that glides on effortlessly and fills in my pores to make my foundation glide on effortlessly. I love it!

Setting Spray: The final step in my face makeup application is a setting spray, and the one that I discovered this year and absolutely fell in love with is the Nyx dewy Finish Makeup setting spray. Because I have dry skin I love anything with a dewy finish and this gives me a really subtle beautiful dewy glow, and makes my makeup last all day. I really love what a fine mist of product I can get with this, and it's incredibly affordable. Just a fraction of the cost of the higher end ones, and now Nyx is being sold in my local target so I can get my hands on this product super easily! huzzah!

So there ya have it. While there are plenty of other face products in my makeup collection, these are the ones that I go back to again and again and again, and have reached :holy grail" status for me. These are the products I would NOT want to be without! Be sure to subscribe to my blog so you won't miss the next installment of this series, my MVP Cheek products, which will include blush, bronzer and highlighting products! I can't wait to share it with you all!



12/18/13

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge Day 16: Inspired by a Christmas Song

Yep, I am still a couple of days behind! Sorry! But, I am super excited about the theme for Day 16! Inspired by a Christmas Song. One of my favorite Christmas songs is "Silver and Gold" by Burl Ives. I couldn't help but do a silver and gold manicure!



After I applied my base coat to protect my nails, I applied two coats of Julep's "Amity" Technically this is a white gold shade, not quite silver, but I feel like a super metallic silver color wouldn't have worked as nicely with gold. Once "Amilty" was completely dry, I sponged the gold I chose to use, China Glaze's "Mingle with Kringle" on just the tips. Then when that was dry, I added just a bit of chunky gold glitter, Elf's "Gold Star" to the tips of my nails by just dabbing the nail polish brush. Overall I think it's a beautiful manicure. I love the mix of silver and gold and the added bling that the chunky glitter adds. Gradient manicures are so fun, aren't they? Everytime I look down at my nails, I start singing that song, too, which is really putting me in the Holiday Spirit! It's just a week until Christmas! I hope you're all having an amazing Holiday season so far, and I hope you'll join me tomorrow for my next themed manicure for this challenge! See ya soon!

12/17/13

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge Day 15: Something Cozy

I was stumped for quite a while on what to do for the theme something cozy. So I went ahead and typed "Something Cozy" into google images and the first thing that popped up was a picture of a ball of yarn. That inspired me! I couldn't actually paint a ball of yarn onto my nails, because as you've seen, my nail art skills are abysmal. So I went another route.


I opted to go with the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat polish in "All yarned up" for two reasons. One, because yarn is cozy. And two becuase fuzzy coats are cozy too. Yes, it's corny. It's ok you can laugh. Regardless,  I like how this mani turned out. For undies I used The Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in "Set the Nude" Then I applied two coats of "All Yarned Up" and to finish the look I applied the Elf matte top coat for a nice change to my usual ultra shiny manicures. What do you think?

12/16/13

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge Day 14: Glitter!

We're not even going to talk about how far behind I am in this challenge. We're just going to get right into the manicure I created for the theme for day 14: Glitter!




I started out with a base coat and then painted my nails with a black polish. I used Wet n Wild Wild Shine in Black Creme. Then I added two coats of one of my favorite glitter polishes of all time. It's Revlon's Scandalous . It's absolutely beautiful and I searched high and low for it when I first bought it. It's a dupe for a Deborah Lippman polish, and I think it's stunning this time of year!

12/14/13

Advent Calendar Nail Challenge Day 13: Snow

The theme for Day 13 of the challenge is snow! I really wanted to do another stamping mani and here's what I came up with! I love this snowflake manicure!!


I started out with a white base color. I used Sinful Colors "Snow me White." Then, using the bundle monster image plate number BM14, I stamped on the snow flake design in a random pattern on each nail with Sinful Colors "Endless Blue" Then when that was dry I added a Shades of the Season Glitter polish. They don't have names, but this one is a really pretty iridescent glitter that looks so beautiful with this manicure. Just like fresh sparkling white snow. Considering we got 8 inches of snow dumped on us today, this seemed like an appropriate manicure!

Be sure to check back again and see what I come up with for the rest of this challenge. :)

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