Saturday, March 30, 2019

Spring 2019 Makeup Haul

Hello Everyone!


It's that wonderful time of year when I do my annual  collective Spring Makeup Haul! There's so many great makeup products out right now, and of course I had to repurchase some of my favorite products. I even received Pixi Products from one of my makeup clients!


- Morphe Liquid Lipstick in Phatty
- Morphe Liquid Lipstick in Virgin
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Purple Velvet (623A)
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Strawberry Milk (605)
- Huda Beauty Nude Palette
- Morphe 35G Bronze Goals Artistry Palette



I actually purchased this for myself in late January as an early Valentine's Day gift to myself. This palette is eve more beautiful in person. This is my first Huda Beauty Purchase.


- Real Techniques Blend + Blur Base All Over Brush
- Real Techniques Blend + Blur Base Foundation Brush
- Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15 in Cream Caramel



I switched back to using high end foundation again. I'm still using my Covergirl and Maybelline foundations, but I was looking for more of a natural looking foundation. I think I found what I was looking for with Clinique. Clinique is considered highend, but this foundation was only $29.00...not too bad.


- Pixiglow Cake 3 in 1 Luminous Transition Powder in PinkChampagne Glow
- Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir
- Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in BlackCocoa
- Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in SilverReflex
- Pixi by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Jeweled Pewter
- Pixi by Petra MatteLast Liquid Lip in Caliente Coral
- Pixi by Petra MatteLast Liquid Lip in Berry Beauty
- Pixi by Petra MatteLast Liquid Lip in Au Naturelle
- Pixi by Petra MatteLast Liquid Lip in Pleasing Pink
- Pixi by Petra Lip Lift Max
- Pixi by Petra Liquid Fairy Lights in Pixi Green
- Pixi by Petra Liquid Fairy Lights in Lagoon



I have some of the sweetest makeup clients! One of my clients surprised me some Pixi Makeup Products! I've been trying Pixi Products since December, and I really like the brand so far, especially the liquid lipsticks and eye pencils.


What are your favorite makeup products for Spring?


March 2019 Posts









Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Virbant Eye Makeup for Spring

Hello Everyone!


For my birthday, back in December ,I received the James Charles Palette. I couldn't wait to use this bright eyeshadow palette.  As much as I love neutrals I love bright colors as well. Today I wanted to share vibrant pink and yellow eye makeup look. I know this isn't a traditional Spring Eye makeup look, but I wanted to do something bold, bright, and fun.


I've been on the Morphe Bandwagon for the last couple of months, and the James Charles Palette doesn't dissapoint. As you can tell the shadows are highly pigmented and bright.


I have so many eye makeup looks planned for this palette. I've been into using highlighter frequently. Apparently the natural light clashed with the brightness of the highlighter. That's why my cheeks look so bright.


Happy Spring!


March 2019 Posts

 My Life in February 2019

 Zoya Innocence Collection: Spring 2019

Smart Spa Sugar Scrubs

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Original Beauty Box Cosmetic Travel Organizer (Large)

Spring into Skincare

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Spring into Skincare

Hello Everyone!


Every Spring, I try to do a haul on beauty products. I realized that I don't think that I've done a Spring Haul strictly for skincare. Today I bring you my collective Spring into Skincare Haul.


- EcoTools Multi Mask Mates Kit
 - Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4 (Oily)
 - Shea Moisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask
- Pixi Skintreats Vitamin C Tonic
  - Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic

I'm all about glowing healthy skin. Pixi Glow Tonic has been one of my favorite products for the past few months. I finally picked up one of my favorite cleansers from Clinique. I love glowing skin, but sometimes my face gets too oily so I'm hoping this will reduce oil.


 - Trim Nail Care Sticks
 - Trim Fingernail & Toenail Clippers
 - Trim Toenail Nipper 
- Trim Salon Boards 
 - Trim Slant Tip Tweezers
- Qtica Natural Nail Growth Stimulator 

When I prepare for my skincare routine, I include nail care.  The Winter was rough on my nails. Qtica kindly sent me a nail strengthener and I can tell a difference in my nails. They're so healthy, and they're growing again! When I went to Target, I was happy all the nail products I needed were in stock.


 - The Bathery Exfoliating Bath Sponge (Target)
  - Turquoise Shower Sponge (Bath & Body Works)  
- Shea Moisture African Black Soap Body Wash
  - Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Clarifying Shower Gel 
 - Soap & Glory Scrub 'Em And Leave 'Em Body Scrub

My skincare routine isn't complete with my shower and bath essentials. I usually switch up skincare products during each season to meet the needs of skin. I won't lie I didn't exfoliate that much during the Winter. I picked up a new scrub and an exfoliating loofah to pamper my skin.


 - Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Bath with Lavender & Vanilla
- Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water
- Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel
- Pixi Skintreats H20 Skintreats

These products were added after I did my collective skincare haul. I had a sample of the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and I had to get a regular bottle. Micellar water is a staple in my skincare routine. Since the weather will get warm soon, I keep a few bottles of my favorite Micellar Waters around. I mentioned this before, but if your a fan of Bath & Body Works Sleep Lavender and Vanilla, Aveeno Baby Wash smells very similar (and you get more product).

What are some of your Spring skincare essentials?


March 2019 Posts 

My Life in February 2019

Zoya Innocence Collection: Spring 2019

Smart Spa Sugar Scrubs

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

Original Beauty Box Cosmetic Travel Organizer (Large)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Original Beauty Box Cosmetic Travel Organizer (Large)

Hello Everyone!


This post contains a PR Sample provided Original Beauty Box for review purposes. I would like to thank Original Beauty Box for sending this product. All opinions are 100% my own. Product information provided by www.originalbeautybox.com

I'm super excited about today's post! Today I'm going to be sharing my review for one of Original Beauty Box's new Cosmetic Travel Organizers! I've had my eye on these gorgeous bags since I first heard they were being released!


Our Large Cosmetic Travel Case has capacity for all your favorite makeup while being lightweight at the same time.

It is made from sturdy nylon material and features a hard case to protect your items. Fully customizable, it has removable dividers and a shoulder strap that can be used.   

Features:


- 1 Zippered section

- Inside of top flap has a section for brushes as well
  as a protective flap. It also has a zippered     
  compartment for large flat items such as palettes.


- Bottom section has 5 large removable dividers and
  5 small dividers.

- Sturdy top handle

- Removable shoulder strap


- Small logo on front right corner


- Dimensions: 13.5" L x 9" W x 3" H

- Makeup not included. 


My Thoughts

I absolutely love this makeup case! I've had plenty of makeup cases before, but nothing like this one. I love how the cases come in 3 different sizes. This is how I would breakdown each makeup case:

Medium ($30.00) is good for light/moderate travel and personal makeup
Large ($40.00) is good for extended travel, personal makeup and MUA's
XL ($59.00) is good for extended travel, personal makeup, and MUA's


I have the Large makeup case, and I can fit so many products and makeup brushes inside. You can either hold the case by the handle or use the removable strap and carry the case as a shoulder bag. I'm so glad this case has removable dividers. Makeup products come in various sizes, so it's good that the dividers are customizable. The color of the case is black (with the Original Beauty Box logo on the side) which I really like because black is such a elegant and classy color. Personally I think these cases are reasonably priced. If you love makeup, you likely want a good durable case to hold your products. These cases are worth the money. I'm using this makeup case for my personal makeup, but I plan on getting another case to store makeup that I use on my makeup clients.

Make sure to check out these makeup cases @www.originalbeautybox.com

March 2019 Posts

My Life in February 2019

Zoya Innocence Collection: Spring 2019

Smart Spa Sugar Scrubs

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette

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 * Disclaimer: This post contains a PR Sample provided by Urban Decay Cosmetics for review purposes. I would like to thank  Urban Decay Cosmetics for sending this products. All opinions are 100% my own. Product information is courtesy of Urban Decay.

If you love Urban Decay, you probably know the brand recently released their Naked Reloaded Palette! Being a huge fan of the Naked Palettes, I was excited to hear this news especially after the discontinuation of the Orginal Naked Palette. A few weeks ago Urban Decay kindly sent me The Naked Reloaded Palette!

Product Description


The essential Naked palette, featuring 12 all-new eyeshadow shades that redefine neutral with Urban Decay’s signature formula.


Naked Reloaded Swatches (No Flash)

Reinvent. Redefine. Rethink neutral. Meet the Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette, with 12 all-new, universally flattering shades designed for everyone—any age, gender, and skin tone.


Naked Reloaded Swatches (Flash)

The new neutrals are here, and they’re anything but ordinary. Naked Reloaded is the essential palette with the nudes you’ll always need, all in one place. Bonus: We made the four outer pans in the palette bigger for the shades you’ll use the most. From silky mattes and metallics to iridescent micro-shimmers, these 12 versatile shadows contain our mind-blowing formula, with its velvety texture, rich color, and extreme blendability.



My Thoughts

I'm so glad that Urban Decay released a new reloaded palette to replace the Original Naked Palette. I was hoping Urban Decay wouldn't leave their fans feeling incomplete with the Original Naked Palette.  The packaging is gorgeous and sleek.


The four outer shades are bigger. Urban Decay made those shades larger since people use those shades more. The shadows are so pigmented, and the fallout is minimal.


A soft look for Spring. I used Barely Baked (tear duct), Retro (lid), Burn (crease) and End Game (outer v)


My eye makeup still looked fresh about 7 hours later.


Glowing...Barely Baked makes a beautiful highlighter 


I think this palette is good for cool toned neutral lovers. If you're new to eyeshadow this palette I would suggest getting this palette. Some may say a cool toned palette for a beginner?! My answer is yes. If you look at shades in this palette, you see a lot of neutrals that are wearable for everyday eyeshadow. On the flip side, you can use this palette to create sultry looks.


I was a little surprised that there's not a brush in this palette. I love the quality of the brushes that are included in the Naked palettes, so I was a little dissapointed there's not a brush in this palette. Overall I really like the Naked Reloaded Palette. I think it gives a Urban Decay a fresh new replacement for the Original Naked Palette.

Are you purchasing the new Naked Reloaded Palette?


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Smart Spa Sugar Scrubs

Hello Everyone!


* Disclaimer: This post contains PR Samples provided by Smart Spa for review purposes. I would like to thank  Smart Spa for sending these products. All opinions are 100% my own. Product information is courtesy of Smart Spa

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you likely know that skincare is important to me. I haven't had much time to do my regular exfoliating skincare routine and the cold weather hasn't been to to skin. That brings me to today's post. Today I'm going to be giving my first impression for these Smart Spa Sugar Scrubs. Did you Know Smart Spa was a sister company of Zoya?


* Images in the descriptions are provided by Smart Spa

Smart Spa Sugar Scrubs

The Smart Spa Sugar Scrub is the best and most widely used exfoliating product in salons and spa's for spa pedicures, spa manicures and total body exfoliation services.  The Smart Spa Sugar Scrubs are very powerful yet very gentle on the skin.

Beauty Pro's Love Smart Spa Sugar Scrubs Because:

They never clogs drains or whirlpool jets and never leaves any sort of residue.Non-drying and non-irritating formula is easy on delicate skin. No mixing or stirring needed, ever!


Multip Use: spa manicures, spa pedicures, and also a full body exfoliator perfect for daily use all over the Amazing Scents and Aromatherapy

Paraben Free

Smart Spa Sugar Scrubs are the Best Selling and Most Popular Professional Scrubs in Salons, Spas and Peoples Bathrooms Worldwide.


1. Almond Oatmeal Sugar Scrub 7oz


*Image provided by Smart Spa

Description:

The calming and gentle combination of almonds and oatmeal make this scent a perfect refreshing unisex scent.

My Thoughts 

This scents makes me feel like I'm at Spa. The almond and oatmeal scent is equally balanced. Almond Oatmeal is truly a unisex scent. It's not overly feminine or masculine. 

2. Exotic Mango Sugar Scrub 7oz


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Description:

An exotic blend of mango. This tropical scent is an exciting aromatherapy experience.

My Thoughts

This scrub makes think of all things Summer scented. This scrub has a sweet mango scent.

3. Lemongrass Ginger 7oz


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Description:

A dash of spicy ginger and soothing lemongrass provides the perfect escape.

My Thoughts

Lemongrass reminds me of a lemon household cleanser, except it has a sweet scent and a hint of fresh cut grass. This scent smells really nice.

4. Mandarin Honey 7oz



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Description:

Mandarin Honey is our incredible blend of mandarin, orange, honey, citrus, and spices.

My Thoughts 

This scrubs has a strong orange fragrance with a hence of honey. I don't really smell spices. If you're like me and like orange scents, you may want to give this scrub a try.

5. Strawberry Cranberry 7oz



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Description:

The fresh and fruity combination of strawberries and cranberries invigorates your senses.

My Thoughts

This scrubs smells like it's name Strawberry Cranberry. A perfect blend of both scents.

6. Eucamint 7oz


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Description:

The clean, crisp, herbal combination of eucalyptus, mint makes this scent a perfect refreshing unisex scent.

My Thoughts

I was surprised by Eucamint. I thought this scrub was going to smell overly minty, but it has a light citrus scent.


7. White Tea 7oz


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Description:

Refreshing White Tea gently inspires with a bright, enlivening fragrance from a healing, strengthening botanical.

My Thoughts

White Tea has the scent I thought Eucamint was going to have. White Tea is very minty scented. Which I'm not a huge fan of mint fragrances. It's a little overpowering, but this is a scrub that I will probably use on my feet before I give myself a pedicure.

8. Guava Passion 7oz


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Description:

Fresh, fruity and sweetly tropical- blends sunny guava and passion fruit to make spa visits a true delight.

My Thoughts 

This scrub also reminds me of all things Summer scented. In my opinion, guava and passion always fruit pair well together.

9. Lime Zest 7oz


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Description:

Citrus blend of clean lime, lime blossom and lemon grass is ultra fresh and modern.

My Thoughts 

I think the lemon grass and lime gives this scent a masculine scent. It's not a bad scent, but I would've have like to smell more lemon in this scrub.


10. Pomegranate Lime 7oz


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Description:

A rejuvenating blend of pomegranate, lime, and sugarcane. Popular with men and women, this scent is a proven winner.

My Thoughts

Pomegranate Lime smells amazing! This scrub has more of pomegranate scent, and I love it!

11. Lemon Dream 7oz


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Description:

Simple, clean and bright. This fresh, creamy lemon scent always delights and refreshes.

My Thoughts 

If you ever smelled Sicilian Lemon by Yankee Candle, this scrub smells similar. I get a sweet and tart scent with this scrub. Lemon Dream indeed!

12. Grapefruit Surprise 7oz



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Description:

Pink grapefruit combined with just enough sweetness to softly refresh morning, noon or night.

My Thoughts 

This is another scrub that smells both tart and sweet. I really like grapefruit based products to wake my skin up in the morning.

13. Colada Sparkle 7oz



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Description:

A delicious combination of coconut, pineapple, star fruit, papaya, tropical flowers and exotic mango fruit.

My Thoughts

Do you like Pina Coladas? I think of that song when I opened this scrub. This scrub smells so good, just like a Pina Colada.


14. Vanilla Wild Plum 7oz



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Description:

Delightful and delectable fusion of sweet vanilla and wild plum- a big hit for life's "sweet" moments

My Thoughts

I thought this scrub was going to be overpowering, but it's not. Vanilla and plum are two scents that can smell strong on their own, but paired together in this scrub it smells sweet, but not too sweet.




Overall

This collection has 14 different scents. I'm glad there's a variety of scents there should be a fragrance that everyone can enjoy. I haven't used the White Tea scrub yet, but I plan on doing a pedicure on my feet soon. Lemongrass is starting to grow on me, but I still would've liked more lemon in this scent. Almond Oatmeal and Exotic Mango are my two favorite scents. I know that everyone doesn't like scented skincare products. I would've have like to see a unscented sugar scrub for those that don't like scented fragrances or have sensitive skin etc.


My skin can be sensitive at times, but this sugar scrub isn't harsh on my skin. However, this is a true sugar scrub, so less is more if you're worried about the scrub being to harsh on your skin. A little bit of this scrub goes a long way. These scrubs are are 7oz. I think this is a pretty good size for these products. When it comes to skincare, I can be very selective. I love that these scrubs dont contain parabens. I recommend giving these sugar scrubs a try!

Don't forget to check out Zoya Innocence Collection Spring 2019

Updated Skincare Organization feat. Original Beauty Box

Hello Everyone! This post contain a PR Sample from Original Beauty Box. I want to thank Original Beauty Box for sending this product...