Monday, June 30, 2014

e.l.f. Studio Prism Eyeshadow Palette in Sunset

e.l.f. Cosmetics has some really great affordable products.

I think many over look this brand because of the low prices.

Now I know some of the products are not that great but their studio line is awesome and has really great  prices.

I really like the Studio Prism palettes , I own all three of them and all perform really good and have great pigmentation.

You don't really need a eye primer with these shadows,  but I personally still wear one because I want the colors to last all day.

Retail is $10.00 , but e.l.f. has sales all the time on their website.

What do you think? Have you tried these?



Friday, June 27, 2014

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner Review and Swatches

I have a few eyeshadow palettes from a while ago when Sephora still carried Tarina Tarantino but had no eyeliners from her line.

I have heard so many good things about her Hyperliners , so when I seen them on Hautelook last month I decided to take the plunge and give them a try.

They were $7.00 each so I thought I would pick a few colors! 

Let me tell you, all the good things I have heard are true!! These are amazing.

Super smooth texture makes then glide on like butter and the staying power is really good as well.

I will picking up a few more next time they are on Hautelook.



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Milani Bella Azure Collection Swatches and Review

Bella Blue Lash Art Mascara

Bella Blue Nail Polish

Bella Blue Lipstick
mascara, nailpolish , lipstick swatches

Milani has come out with a small collection recently called "Bella Azure".

Yes the name says it all, everything is blue in the collection which includes: three mascara's ( Blue, teal and turquoise) one nail polish and one lipstick.

The Lash Art mascara was a dud in my opinion, the color is gorgeous in the tube but sadly the color doesn't translate very well.

I do however love the nail polish and lipstick.  

Retail is between $3.99 and $4.99 depending on what product you purchase.

I found mine at Walgreens.

Have you seen this collection yet? 



Tuesday, June 24, 2014

PHAMExpo June 28th and June 29th

Learn from the Pros!  PHAMExpo Offers Master Classes 
in Hair, Makeup and the Creative Process

Top industry professionals to reveal secrets of the trade at Professional Hair & Makeup Show on June 28th and 29th
(Pasadena, CA) - The ultimate, two-day beauty event, PHAMExpo, delivers an unequaled opportunity to explore the latest products and techniques across every category in the industry and attend Master Classes to propel careers and imaginations to the next level.  2014 Master Classes include: 

Saturday, June 28th, 10:30a.m.-1:00p.m.  -   Kelly Peach, High Fashion Hair
In this class Kelly will teach multiple hair styling techniques that will help individuals feel confident on a photo shoot or back stage at a fashion show,  how to pack your hair kit, easy tips to work quick on set and all the ins and outs of the onset and backstage world.  She will also give great tips on how to build a portfolio and website as well as branding.  Overall, this class will provide the knowledge that Kelly has learned over her many years as professional hair stylist.  
Class size: Limited to 25 students max
What to bring: A Model, Flat Iron, Blow Dryer and Nozzle, Section Clips, Tail Comb, Curling Iron (1/2 inch), Flat Brush, Cape and Water Bottle
Cost: $275
*All participants will receive a bottle of Impermeable Oribe and Dry Oribe valued at ($81) and (2) VIP Two Day Passes to PHAMExpo ($180) for you and your model, (total value is $261).

Saturday, June 28th, 1:30p.m.-4:30p.m.  -   Todd McIntosh, Hollywood Period Beauty
Two-time Emmy Award winner, Todd McIntosh, will cover the evolution of the Hollywood makeup looks. This class will give an overview of how various 'looks' are associated with the decades when the Hollywood stars were at their height and the old studio system was still in existence. The audience will choose two decades for which Mr. McIntosh will demonstrate the makeup application.  In part two of this class, attendees will create a Hollywood beauty makeup - decade of their choice - on the participant's models.
Class size: Limited to 25 students max
What to bring: A Model, Makeup Kit and Cape
Cost: $295
*All participants will received (2) VIP Two Day Passes to PHAMExpo ($180) for you and your model

Sunday, June 29th, 10:30a.m.-1:00p.m.  -   Kelley Baker, Flawless Eyebrows
Kelley will teach the foundational skills needed to assess and execute flawless eyebrows.  She will touch on the basics - from learning the best shape for your face to insider tricks, such as creating an arch and disguising imperfections.  Baker's no-nonsense approach to brows will simplify regimes and beautify bows with mistake-proof products and skilled tricks of the trim.
Class size: Limited to 50 students maximum
What to bring: NO supplies or models are needed for this master class
Cost: $325
*All participants will receive a custom KelleyBakerBrows eyebrow kit valued at ($145) and a VIP Two Day pass to PHAMExpo ($90 value).

Sunday, June 29th, 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m.  -   Richard Radstone, Creative MindCamp
In this roll-up-your-sleeves and get thinking Master Class attendees will emerge with a better understanding of not only WHAT they create, but better yet, a deeper connection to WHY they create. With plus 25 years of advertising and beauty experience, upheld by his love for people, education and documentary production, Richard's perspective on the creative process (and how society influences us) will provide the tools to find and/or strengthen the creative voice.
Class size:  Limited to 50 students max
What to bring: Small kit or other field tools applicable to your craft. Whether you are a make-up artist, hair stylist, creative director, photographer, director, writer or... whatever, this class is for you
Cost: $85 
*All participants will receive a VIP Two Day pass to PHAMExpo ($90 value)

Sunday, June 29th, 11:30a.m.-3:30p.m.  -   Erica Carr, Making it BIG in the Bridal Business
Globetrotting wedding stylist Erica Carr will share her insider secrets to becoming a seriously BIG deal in the wedding industry.  This class will detail both the business and technical skills required in the bridal business.   For the business portion, Erica will provide concrete tips on everything from establishing booking policies and day rates to maximizing bridal beauty dollars, pleasing even the pickiest clients, how and why to cultivate vendor relationships, booking destination weddings, hiring assistants and more.  During the technical portion of the class, she'll demonstrate both traditional and decidedly non-traditional bridal hair styling and makeup applications, with a focus on body makeup and modern head pieces designed to carry today's bride fashion-forward.
Class size: Limited to 25 students max
What to bring: A basic makeup and hair kit, Model with hair below shoulders, Curling Iron, Hair Pins, Rubber Bands, Working Flexible Hair Spray, Cape, Water Bottle, Power Strip and Note Taking Materials
Cost: $350 
*All participants will received (2) VIP Two Day Passes to PHAMExpo ($180) for you and your model.

Sunday, June 29th, 1:30p.m.-4:30p.m.  -   Donna Mee, Industry Light Bulb Moments
In this class, Donna will give insight on how the industry truly works, its many unspoken rules, and a plethora of other imperative details.  Attendees will discover many major as well as small details that will change the way they deal with everyday, common circumstances in the industry.  This new insight will allow artists to react differently to daily situations resulting in a more positive outcome that can snowball into success.
Class size: Limited to 100 students max
What to bring:  Note taking materials
Cost: $295  
*All participants will receive a VIP Two Day Passes to PHAMExpo ($90) and $100 off Donna Mee's upcoming 3-Day Achieving Career Success Workshop or $75 off a workshop of choice

To find out more information and purchase tickets for PHAMExpo Master Classes,
PHAMExpo June 28 from 8:30 am-5 pm and Sunday, June 29 from 10 am-5 pm at the Pasadena Convention Center located at 300 Green Street, Pasadena, CA.  Tickets are priced from $45- 65.  More details on speakers, educators, vendors and special events are at or on Facebook @PHAMExpo.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

BA Star Tropical Eye Shadow Palette Review and Swatches

 The very top of the swatches is with primer and the bottom  half of the pictures are without primer. You can see the colors are more vibrant with the glitter primer.

 I was given the chance to try BA Star Cosmetics recently , here are my thoughts.

The Tropical eyshadow palette comes with summers hottest colors, Lime, Turquoise, Purple, Hot Pink & Silver.

I love the vibrant colors in this particular palette.  Very fun and bright colors.

The packaging does look a bit cheap in my opinion but many other drug store products packaging looks flimsy as well, so that is not an issue for me.

I got to try the eye primer too,  which unfortunately I was not impressed with at all.

I would totally use this palette for when I want a more fun and vibrant look.

BA STAR  has generously offered my readers a 50% discount which is super awesome , use the code 50TROPIC and it is valid until July 4, 2014.

The palettes are very affordable even with a discount too.

Have any go you tried this brand before? I would love to hear your thoughts.



                                *This product was sent to me by Brand Backer, All reviews are 100% honest and my own opinions*

Friday, June 20, 2014

It Cosmetics: It's All About You kit / TSV on QVC

IT COSMETICS is having a Today's Special Value on QVC.

You get 5 full size products for the low price of $59.96 plus shipping. ( Retail Value $160) if bought separately) 

Discover why so many shoppers like you rave about IT Cosmetics with this 5-piece collection. It includes QVC Customer Choice Award-Winning products you've got to try!

Celebration Foundation is a full-coverage, antiaging powder foundation. Rich in peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, and silk, it helps you achieve the look of a flawless complexion.

Waterproof Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer gives you the same complete coverage as the Customer Choice Award-Winning original formula, plus it is proven to remain waterproof for 12 hours.

Brow Power is a long-wear, universal eyebrow pencil that works with all hair colors, including gray. It coats each hair and adheres to skin to create a natural look--but better!

New! CC+ Radiance Palette is your one stop for brightening, bronzing, and blushing. Color-correcting pigments even out the appearance of skin tone while blurring the look of fine lines and pores.

The dual-ended Complexion Perfection Brush's ultra-plush end allows you to quickly apply foundation to larger areas. The tapered end eases concealer application.

Buff Celebration Foundation onto skin with the complexion brush. Build to meet your coverage needs.

Next, warm a pin-head sized amount of the concealer onto the back of your hand. Gently tap the concealer where you need extra coverage. Blend with fingers or with the tapered end of the brush.

Dust CC+ Brightening Powder all over for instant radiance. Sweep the CC+ Bronzer across your forehead, under cheekbones, along the jawline, and down your neck. Apply CC+ Brightening Blush to the apples of cheeks.

 Brow Power should be applied in feathery strokes to fill in and shape brows. For light hair, apply using lighter, softer strokes; for dark hair, press harder to deposit more color. Brush brows with the spooly brush to finish.

Check it out here 

I have several reviews on It Cosmetics and really love the brand! 



*This was sent to me by PR or the company. All opinions are 100% host and my own opinions*

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Guerlain Terracotta Sun Celebration Bronzer Limited Edition Review and Swatches

When I first saw this about a month and a half ago, I fell in love with the pattern and the packaging!

It is housed in a beautiful dark wood looking compact and has a gorgeous gold medallion on top.

I didn't buy it at first though, I thought it was a bit too pricey.   Lord knows I don't need it either.

After a few days of deliberating I decided to go back and pick it up.

It is beautiful ,  C'mon most Guerlain limited editions are. ( That's how we get sucked in)

You get your bronzer and two blush colors, lets not forget the beautiful gold highlighter overlay.

What is not to love!!

It might be hard to find now but it is definitely worth looking into if you are interested.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Blogiversary Giveaway!!!

It is that time of year again!!!

YES , my Blogiversary , 4 years to be exact!!

I will have two winner but only the top winner be eligible for the grand prize and will get to choose if they want the neutral set or the Bold set!!

I am running it for 30 days, so spread the word, the more you do the more entries and better your chances for winning the Grand Prize Gift !!!


Neutral  Set

Bright Set

Grand Prize Set


1.) Must follow me on bloglovin and Google Friend Connect ( GFC)

2.) Must follow me on twitter and Instagram and Facebook!

3.) Extra entries will double your chances for the grand prize (VERY IMPORTANT DETAIL

***All links to these are above on my blog***

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Monday, June 16, 2014

PopSugar Must Have Box June 2014

I was recently was sent the June 2014 Pop Sugar Must Have box. 

Very Glad I got a chance to review it because I think this month's box is pretty fab!

Now on to the goods:

The One and Only book by Emily Giffin -( $28.00) I just started reading the book, but so far so good.

Turkish T Beach Towel - ($32.00)  You can use it as a surong or a scarf, I love the color.

Lollies Hair Ties - ($8.00)  These are made of swimwear fabric, I have very thick hair and wish these were a little more stretchy.

SachaJuan body in Shiny Citrus - ($24.00)  I am not a fan of citrus lotions or perfume but this has a super light scent and doesn't smell very citrusy to me. It also is a very moisturizing.

One Potato Two Potato Hawaiian BBQ chips - ($2.00)  Very tasty and a little spicy! Yummy!

You Smell Lemon Wipes - ($6.00)  These are great for summer to freshen up after the pool or a day at the beach.

Native Union-( $15.00 Voucher) - This was just meh! , I know I won't use this.

This Box was pretty good and you only pay $39.95 a month and the Value is about $100 , I am not counting the $15.00 voucher because I think many would not use it. 

What do you think of this month's box?? Anything you like?

You can buy one here if you are interested.



*Products mentioned were provided by company since I am a part of the Popsugar Select Beauty Blogger Program. All opinions are honest and my own.*

Friday, June 13, 2014

Maybelline The Nude Palette Review, Swatches and Giveaway

I love how it shows you how many different ways you can use it, especially if you are not too familiar with playing with different colors and textures of shadow.

Swatched w no primer

Maybelline has come out with a *NEW* palette called "The Nudes". It comes with 12 neutral shadows.

I really don't buy drug store eyeshadow palettes very often, for no particular reason other than preference.

However, I do like drugstore lipsticks and lip gloss.

This one did catch my eye; like I need another nude palette in my life...

For $9.49 plus a 20% off coupon I had for Bed, Bath and Beyond,  I thought I would give it a try.

What I like:
You get 12 shadows
Nice color assortment
Very affordable alternative from high end eyeshadow palettes
Very user friendly sticker on back to show beginners how to use the colors.

What I don't like:
Some colors lack pigmentation
The applicator it comes with is basically useless and super small

Overall: I like it and think it has more pro's than con's.

Now onto the Giveaway:  it is for my Instagram followers only and all directions are listed on the picture of this palette on my IG. Please read all directions on the photo, it is very simple.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit 2014

Summertime is here and we all know wearing sun screen is a must!!

Sephora comes out with a Sun Safety kit every summer and $20.00 of each sale goes to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

You get 16 deluxe sample sizes of sunscreen, safe self-tanning, and bronzing must-haves, plus a convenient travel bag. 

The set is $32.00 and is a $177 Value… Can't beat that deal.

This Set Contains: 
- 0.06 oz Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Daily Glow Moisture 
- 0.5 oz Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® Lotion 
- 0.14 oz Too Faced® Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer 
- 0.3 oz Clarins UV Plus HP Multi-Purpose Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Sunscreen 
- 0.33 oz Murad® Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++ 
- 0.5 oz Tarte™ Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner 
- 0.23 oz Stila Stay All Day® 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 
- Dr. Dennis Gross™ Alpha Beta® Glow Pad 
- 0.15 oz bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Translucent 
- 1.69 oz St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse 
- 0.5 oz Origins A Perfect World™ SPF 25 Age-Defense Moisturizer 
- 1 oz Supergoop! Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil Broad Spectrum SPF 50 
- 0.64 oz Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face 
- 0.5 oz Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 20 
- 0.08 oz Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 
- 0.5 oz Ole Henriksen Protect the Truth SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum UV Protection 

It is a win win buy for you and your helping charity.

I bought mine in store and I now see it is sold out online so try your local Sephora store to see if they have them in stock.

They sell out fast every year because the deal is so good.



Monday, June 9, 2014

Milani Baked Bronzers in Sienna and Sunset

Sienna 07 and Sunset 08

 Sienna and Sunset

Milani has recently come out with two new baked bronzers in Sienna and Sunset.

They have very little sheen and are almost matte.

 I have heard they are limited edition but the packaging does not say they are.

Sienna 07 is the darker of the two shades and Sunset 08 is lighter which can almost work as a highlighter if you have tan to dark skin.

Sienna suites me much better as a bronzer.

The pigmentation is good and the formula glides on and blends well. I say this product is a winner!

Retail is $7.99, which is a great price for a drug store product.

Have you seen these in your local drugstores yet?



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sephora Bottled Dreams Fragrance Samples Review

I received this recently as a birthday gift , and I absolutely love it!!

I get to choose what fragrance I like the best and can return a certificate, that is included in the box for a full size perfume of my choice from this collection.

I love that I get all these cute deluxe mini's to keep on my vanity or toss one in my purse for on the go.

This set contains: 
- 0.25 oz Balenciaga Flora botancia dabber 
- 0.15 oz Burberry Body Tender dabber 
- 0.17 oz Bvlgari Omina Crystalline dabber 
- 0.24 oz Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Rollerball  
- 0.24 oz Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Rollerball 
- 0.16 oz Gucci Guilty  
- 0.17 oz Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur 
- 0.14 oz Lancome La Vie Est Belle 

The only hard part now it to decide which full size perfume I want!

They all smell so good!

Decisions Decisions

Have you ever bought or received one of these sets before?



Friday, June 6, 2014

Bobbi Brown Raw Sugar Shimmer Brick Eye Palette Review and Swatches

The packaging gets fingerprints galore 

First five Colors
Last five colors

Bobbi Brown has a new summer collection called "Raw Sugar" and it has a few new bronzers , Illuminators , nail polish and a new shimmer brick eyeshadow palette.

I had bought a shimmer eye palette a few years ago from Bobbi but ended up returning it because the color payoff wasn't that great.

I am not sure if they changed the formula since than but I can tell you this one is so much better.

All the colors are shimmery , but not over the top and very wearable.

Retail is $48.00 and these are starting to sell out everywhere. For good reason too!

The palette is quite small but packs a might big punch.

I suggest if you are interested in getting this baby, you go look at it quick.

What do you think?



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

NYX Cosmetics Macaron Lippie Swatches

Key Lime, Orange Blossom,  Rose,  Blue Velvet, Violet,  Pistachio

Citron, Earl Grey, Lavender, Black Sesame,  Coconut,  Chambord 

NYX Cosmetics came out with a new line of Lippies (lipsticks) in bright, bold colors a few months back.  The collection is called "Macaron".

I have seen them around the blogosphere the past several weeks. 

I wanted to wait and see them in person to choose which colors I liked best.

I got Rose, Violet and Lavender.  Although I didn't get Blue Velvet, that color really has me lemming after it.
 Even though it isn't an everyday color by any means, it might be fun to rock it for special events.

Retail is $5.99

What do you think of the collection?



Monday, June 2, 2014

Wet n Wild Megalast Salon Nail Color in Trippin on the Boardwalk, Beat of a Generation and Love Me Some Muscles Review and Swatches

Love Me Some Muscles

I love the huge brush

Beat of a Generation

Trippin on the Boardwalk 

When I purchased the Wet n Wild color con bronzers these new Megalast nail colors were on the same display.
The display had 5 or 6 new nail colors but I only picked up these three.

I am pretty impressed with the formulation, especially for being super low in cost.

Each color took only two coats to get an even opaque application.

Retail is around  $1.99 for these plus bogo sale, so I am happy with them overall.

Did you pick up anything from the Wet n Wild summer collection??