Friday, December 29, 2017

My Eyebrow Routine | Tutorial, Favorite Products & Tips for Finding the Perfect Shape

Wow! What a difference filling in the eyebrows can make! If you struggle with filling in your eyebrows or can't seem to find the right products, hopefully this video will be helpful to you. Thanks so much for watching!



How to Dye Your Eyebrows at Home: http://www.sharaleesboxofchocolates.c...

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*NYX Precision Brow Pencil (Taupe) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6k0l/
*NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Taupe) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8lvg/
*ABH Brow Powder Duo (Taupe) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7758/
*NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8lvh/

BRUSHES USED:
*Real Techniques Definer Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8lvj/

MUSIC: Provided by iMovie 
DISCLAIMER: This video is NOT SPONSORED. All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me. Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas Glam Tutorial + Winged Liner Tips for Hooded Eyes

I hope you enjoy this tutorial which features green winged liner, glitter and a bold red lip.  I've included extra tips for creating a winged liner on hooded eyes and to help keep your lipstick from bleeding outside the lip line.  Merry Christmas!!



PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Single (Brulee)
*Morphe Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8i1r/
*L'Oreal The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8i1s/
*UD 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil (Mildew) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40e6/
*Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Highlighter ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6k0t/
*Tarte Tarteist Eyelash Paint Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hn2/
*IT Cosmetics Tightline Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40em/
*Buxom Plumpline Lipliner (Undercover) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8i1y/
NYX Slim Lip Liner (Deep Red) ~ https://www.nyxcosmetics.com/slim-lip-pencil/NYX_052.html?cgid=lip-liner#
*Sephora Cream Lip Stain (01 Always Red) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8i1v/
ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip (London Fog) ~ https://colourpop.com/products/london-fog
MAC Cosmetics Blush (Melba) ~ https://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13842/926/products/makeup/face/blush-bronzer/powder-blush-pro-palette-refill-pan#

BRUSHES USED:
Morphe M208, M504, M433, M506, M432, M326, E4
Sigma E60

MUSIC:  Provided by YouTube Audio Library
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100270
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
DISCLAIMER:  This video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Golden Olive Holiday Glam Makeup Tutorial

Looking for a more neutral glam look for the holidays?  Here's one that I think you'll enjoy.  Thanks so much for watching!



PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Milani Eyeshadow Primer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hlj/
Avon Eyeshadow Primer (Light Beige) ~ https://www.avon.com/product/avon-true-color-eyeshadow-primer-58573?rep=shellymassey
*Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Radiance) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hln/
*Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Founation (Warm Nude) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hlr/
*EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation (2.0) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hlt/
*ModelsOwn Supernatural Eyeshadow Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hlx/
*Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Eyeshadow Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hm1/
*UD 24/7 Waterline Pencil (Rail) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7vmk/
*UD Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette (Light Medium Shift) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hm5/
*Tarte CC Undereye Corrector (Light-Medium) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hms/
*IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Undereye Concealer (Light) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j7c/
*e.l.f. Correct & Set Under Eye Powder (Rose) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hn1/
*Milani Prep+Set+Glow Illuminating Transparent Powder ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hm8/
*Nars Blush (Madly) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7vmq/
*ABH Glow Kit (Sun Dipped) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hmb/
*NYX Precision Brow Pencil (Taupe) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6k0l/
*ABH Brow Powder Duo (Taupe) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7758/
*NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hmv/
*Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hn2/
*IT Cosmetics Tightline Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40em/
*UD 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil (Liar) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hmg/
*Maybelline Matte Ink (Seductress) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/8hmh/

BRUSHES USED:
Morphe - M208, M504. M433, M506, E4, G2
Sigma - E60, E30
Sedona Lace - FB05, 376, 813, EB09, 313
Firma 103

MUSIC:  Provided by YouTube Audio Library
DISCLAIMER:  This video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Troubleshooters Guide to Styling a Longer Pixie

Here is an in-depth tutorial on how I fix my hair everyday. I've included extra tips to help solve many of the styling issues you can run into if you have your hair cut like this. I hope this video is helpful for you! Enjoy!



Want to see how long this style takes me to fix on a daily basis? Watch my first hair tutorial here ~ https://youtu.be/9bg76JXHEIo

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Catwalk Root Boost ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7kxh/
*Acure Moroccan Argan Oil ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/4640/
Enjoy Dry Wax ~ http://www.enjoyhaircare.com/shop/sys...
   OR on Amazon ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7kxl/
*Aussie Instant Freeze Hairspray ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7kxn/

HAIR TOOLS USED:
Conair 1875 Cord-Keeper Hair Dryer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7kxp/
*Remington Ultimate Smooth Straightener ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7kxo/

My Makeup: 
Eyes: ColourPop Shadows
Lips: NYX lip liner "Nutmeg"; bareMinerals GenNude Matte Liquid Lipcolors "OM" & "ICON"

MUSIC: Provided by YouTube Audio Library *Spanish Summer by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Artist: http://audionautix.com/ *Cold Funk - Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-... Artist: http://incompetech.com/ 
DISCLAIMER: This video is NOT SPONSORED. All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me. Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo - Review

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative from Maple Holistics.  She asked if I would be interested in trying and reviewing one of their products.  Since I love trying new products, I said "YES!" :-)

Although I'd not heard about this company before, I checked out their website and liked what I read:
  • Maple Holistics has one goal in mind: to provide a natural, holistic range of premium products which can enhance hygiene, health and daily living.
  • The formulaic composition of each product stands out in uniqueness, quality, and effectiveness. Only the purest and highest quality ingredients are used in each product, maximizing the therapeutic potential for each specific area of health. Some of the products offered include therapeutic shampoos, facial masks, bath soaks and more. Our expert Research and Development team is constantly engaged in creating new products. Most importantly, customer satisfaction is our number one concern. When you’re happy, we’re happy.
  • At Maple Holistics, we take pride in our Holistic Promise. We guarantee satisfaction and cherish every customer relationship. Your health is our number one priority.

    • Made In The USA
    • All Natural
    • Cruelty Free
    • Sulfate Free
    • Safe for Color
I was sent the Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and I was excited to try it because at the time I was experiencing a very itchy scalp (unusual for me).
When I read the amazing claims of this shampoo, I thought it could be the perfect solution both for me and my husband: (quoted from their website)

  • Promotes healthy hair growth
  • Can slow hair loss, shedding, and thinning hair
  • Helps prevent flaking and dandruff
  • Capable of soothing an irritated scalp
  • Potential to naturally eradicates lice
  • Leaves hair and scalp rejuvenated and fresh
So now that I've used it several times and my husband has used it once, here are my thoughts....

PROs:
*All Natural Ingredients
*Well-priced at $8.95
*Noticed a slight improvement in my itchy scalp
*My scalp felt refreshed and tingly after use
*Was very clarifying

CONs:
*You have to leave it on for 2-3 minutes in the shower, rinse and repeat - definitely not something to do if you're in a hurry in the morning!
*Due to the extreme clarifying nature, this made my hair feel super dry and like straw! YIKES!  I really had to slather on a deep conditioner to be able to comb through it.  But, since I have bleached highlights, I thought it might be due to that so I had my husband try it.  I didn't tell him any of my thoughts before he tried it...maybe I should have but I wanted a true, unbiased opinion ;-)  When I asked what he thought about the shampoo, the first thing he said was it dried his hair out like crazy! 

CONCLUSION:
*Because of how it left our hair feeling, it's not something that I feel comfortable using very often....like maybe once a month as a clarifying shampoo.  Therefore, I'm not sure how many of the other benefits I will actually reap (less hair loss, promoting healthy hair growth, etc.).  Also, I'd really be cautious of using this on color treated hair.  Even though their website says their products are "Safe for Color", this one stripped the hair so much that I'd worry about color retention.

There are MANY other unique, all-natural products on their website that are definitely intriguing to me.  They offer FREE samples and a hassle-free 100% money back guarantee on all their products.  Let me know if you have tried any of their products and what you think.  I'll link their website below.  Hope this review was helpful!

DISCLAIMER:  This post was NOT SPONSORED.  This product was sent to me to review but this did not affect my view of this product.  As always, these are my own, honest opinions.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fall GRWM - Matte Eye and Bold Lip

Despite the fact that our weather here in Southern California is refusing to cooperate, I've decided it's officially "fall" and I'm ready for fall clothes and colors!  Today I'm bringing you my first "fall makeup look" for the season.  I've paired a mix of matte berry and plum shades of eyeshadows with this gorgeous bright lip color and I love how it turned out! I hope you do too :-)



PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Smashbox 24 Hr Photo Finish Primer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40e2/
*barePRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation (Golden Nude 13) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6gix/ *Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/31k0/
*Lorac Front of the Line Pro Eye Pencil (Plum) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/774z/
*Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector (Medium-Tan) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7751/
*IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer (Medium) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j7c/
 *e.l.f. HD Loose Setting Powder ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j78/
*Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder (LIght ) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j78/
 *NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7755/
*OFRA Beverly Hills Highlighter ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7757/
*Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo (Taupe) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7758/
*MAC Cosmetics Brow Pencil (Lingering) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/7759/
*IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3ogr/
*IT Cosmetics Tightline Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40em/
*Bite Beauty Lip Pencil (034) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/775b/
*Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/775a/

BRUSHES USED:
Morphe ~ M208, M504, M433, M506, E4
Sedona Lace ~ 919, 376

FAVORITE SITES:
*How I earn cash back by shopping online: https://www.ebates.com/r/SHARAL130?ee...

DISCLAIMER: This video is NOT SPONSORED. All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me. Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Easy Everyday Makeup Tutorial

Here is a super easy, "everyday" look I've created that is perfect for the office or coffee with friends. It looks polished and sophisticated but not overdone. I hope you enjoy this tutorial!



PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Ulta Beauty Nude Matte Eyeshadow Primer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6uqu/
*Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6uqv/
*NYC Cityproof 24HR Waterproof Eyeliner (Dark Brown) ~
*Essence 2-in-1 Shadow & Liner (Peach Parfait) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ur2/
*L'Oreal Voluminous Primer Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6uqx/
*L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6k0w/
MUG Blush (Infatuation) ~ https://www.makeupgeek.com/makeup-gee...
*IT Cosmetics Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain (Spicy Nude) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6uqy/
*bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor (Friendship, OM) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3oij/

BRUSHES USED: 
Morphe - M208, M504, M433, E4
Sedona Lace - 904
*e.l.f. Beautifully Precise Smudge Brush - http://go.magik.ly/ml/6uqz/
*Sigma E60 - http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ur0/

MUSIC: Provided by YouTube Audio Library Carefree by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-... Artist: http://incompetech.com/ 
DISCLAIMER: This video is NOT SPONSORED. All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me. Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ride Or Die Makeup Tag - Favorite Makeup Products

Hi everyone!

Several weeks ago, I had a request to do this tag video. Because I love using so many different products, I knew this would be a challenge! If you are in search of a new product in one of these categories, hopefully this video will prove helpful. Enjoy!



PRODUCT LINKS: *Primer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6qag/ *Foundation ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mv0/ *Concealer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j7c/ *Under Eye Setting Powder ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j78/ *Face Powder ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6gj2/ Blush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6qav/ *Bronzer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6qam/ *Contour Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3oh0/ Highlighter ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6qau/ *Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mur/ *Eyeshadow Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6qaq/ *Lipstick ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6qar/ *Lip Gloss ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6qas/ *Liquid Lipstick ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3oij/ *Perfume ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6qaf/

Saturday, August 26, 2017

New barePRO Foundation from bareMinerals - Review and Demo


I was so excited when bareMinerals released this new foundation that I ran right down to my Ulta store and bought it!  I've had a couple of weeks to test it and am now presenting my full review.  Along with a demo of application, I'll talk about wear time, favorite powders, primers, etc.  Hope you enjoy this video!



Where to purchase BarePRO foundation:
*Ulta ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6gix/
*Sephora ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6gj0/
*bareMinerals ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6gj1/

Powders Mentioned:
*bareSkin Perfecting Veil ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6giy/
*Coty Airspun Loose Powder (Translucent Extra Coverage) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6gj2/

Beauty Sponges:
Morphe Highlight and Contour Sponge ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6gj4/
*Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6gj3/

MUSIC:  Provided by YouTube Audio Library
DISCLAIMER:  This video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Morning and Nighttime Skincare Routine - Natural, Affordable Anti-aging

Interested in changing up your skincare routine?  Here's my affordable, natural skincare routine that's great for mature skin!



DIY Face Toner ~ http://www.sharaleesboxofchocolates.com/2013/04/all-natural-skin-care-part-2-diy-toner.html
DIY Nighttime Face Oil Serum ~  http://www.sharaleesboxofchocolates.com/2013/04/all-natural-skin-care-part-3-diy.html

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Sibu Cleansing Face & Body Bar ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ei2/
*Alaffia Everyday Coconut Face Toner ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ei3/
*NOW Foods Hyaluronic Acid Firming Serum ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ei4/
*Acure Day Cream ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ei6/
*bareMinerals Prep Step Sunscreen ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6eid/
*Acure Eye Cream ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ei7/
*Humphrey's Witch Hazel ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ei8/
*Facial Cleansing Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5591/
*Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3ofp/
*Lanolips 101 Ointment Strawberry ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ej3/
*Dr. Bronner's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6ej5/

FAVORITE SITES:
*Vitacost ~ BEST prices and selection of supplements and natural skincare products!!  ~ https://goo.gl/HdZNfC

*How I earn cash back by shopping online:  https://www.ebates.com/r/SHARAL130?eeid=28187

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MUSIC:  Provided by YouTube Audio Library
Carefree by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400037
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Eternal Hope by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100238
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
DISCLAIMER:  This video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Achieve a Dark Tan in ONE DAY ~ Tips and Tricks from a Sunless Tanning Fanatic

Today, I'm sharing my sunless tanning routine.   Here in Southern California, we still have at least another 2-3 months of summer weather ahead so that means lots of shorts and sleeveless shirts ahead for me (whether I like it or not!).

If you don't live in a super warm region but need a tan for a special event, beach vacation or you just like a little extra color on your skin every now and then, here are some tips to help you achieve a dark tan at home in just ONE DAY without the damaging rays of the sun. Enjoy!



PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Exfoliating Bath Sponge/Pouf ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6a3m/
*St. Ives Coconut Milk & Orchid Continuous Spray Lotion ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6a3c/
*Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6a3h/
*Jergen's Natural Glow Instant Sun ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6a3g/
*Tanning Mitt ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/6a3j/

DISCLAIMER:  This video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Monday, July 17, 2017

NEW Series! 3-1-1 Palette of the Week: Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Hello everyone!

It's time to pull out those forgotten or little used palettes in your collection and join me for this fun new series called "3-1-1 Palette of the Week".  I will choose one palette and use it for an entire week and then share my three favorite looks with you.  If you have a palette you'd like to see me use in this series, let me know in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for watching!



PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5umm/
ColourPop Supershock Shadow (Paradox) ~ https://colourpop.com/products/paradox
*NYX Faux Blacks (Oxblood) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5umo/
MAC Cosmetics Blush (Cantaloupe) ~ http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13842/926/products/makeup/face/blush/powder-blush-pro-palette-refill-pan#
*Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Champagne Pop) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5un0/
*Sephora Gel Lip Liner (Creme de la Creme) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5un2/
Bite Beauty Lipstick (Salut) ~ No longer available :-(
*Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (Golden Pink) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5uni/
*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Demolition) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40e6/
Makeup Geek Shadow (Americano) ~ https://www.makeupgeek.com/makeup-geek-eyeshadow-pan-americano.html#
*Too Faced Love Flush Blush (Love Hangover) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5umr/
*Bite Beauty Lip Liner (#22) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5un4/
*Tarte Color Splash Lipstick (Beach Babe) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5un5/
ColourPop Supershock Shadow (Get Lucky) ~ https://colourpop.com/products/get-lucky
*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Stash) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5un6/
*Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (Mad Max Brown) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5un8/
*Nars Blush (Madly) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5una/
Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator (So Hollywood) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5unc/
*Tarteist Lip Paint (Rose) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5umv/
*NYX Retractable Lip Liner (Nude) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5umy/

BRUSHES USED:
Morphe M208, M504, M433 ~ https://www.morphebrushes.com/
*Real Techniques Setting Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5unl/
Sedona Lace EB09, 850 ~ http://www.sedonalace.com/
Sigma E30, E60 ~ https://www.sigmabeauty.com/
*e.l.f. Precise Smudge Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5unq/

DISCLAIMER:  This video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Birthday Makeup - Get Ready With Me

Today, I'm sharing with you a Get Ready With Me (GRWM) video, featuring the makeup look that I wore on my birthday this year.  It's a super girly, glam look that really brings out green and blue eyes.  Now, fair warning, I used a LOT of products in this video, but hey, I was having fun playing ;-) Hopefully you'll enjoy seeing how I put all these products to use!  So sit back, relax and watch me get ready...


PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Buxom Lipgloss (Emma) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5muc/
*First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mud/
*EX-1 Foundation (2.0 & F200) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mv0/
*Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder (Translucent) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mw0/
*Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mue/
*NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Ashbrown) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5muf/
*Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (Soft Brown) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mug/
*NYX Control Freak Brow Gel ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5muh/
ColourPop Eyeshadows - Full Zip, Dreamboat, The News, Running Late, Get Out, Cloud Nine, Stay Golden, 143, Pinky Promise, Come and Get It, On the Fence
*NYX Faux Blacks (Blackhole) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mui/
*Makeup Forever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner(M-10) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5muk/
*Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner (Trooper) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/2ofe/
*Almond Oil ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mv1/
*Tarte CC Undereye Corrector (Medium-Tan) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mul/
*Wet n Wild photofocus Concealer (Light/Medium Beige) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5muz/
*Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (Light Neutral) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mum/
*e.l.f. HD Translucent Powder ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j78/
*Lorac PRO Contour Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3oh0/
*Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (Radiant Light) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5muo/
*Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (Paaarty) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mup/
*Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter (Stunner) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5muq/
*Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mvz/
*It Cosmetics Tightline Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40em/
*It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mur/
*NYX Suede Matte Lipliner (Soft Spoken) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mut/
*Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Long-lasting Lipstick (Pillow Talk) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5muv/

BRUSHES USED:
Morphe M208, M504, M433,
Sigma E60, E25
*Real Techniques Contour Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/5mv6/ 
*Real Techniques Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j75/   
Sedona Lace 928, 904, FB05, 850, 919
*Anastasia Beverly Hills A23

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DISCLAIMER:  This video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Friday, March 24, 2017

How To Get the Last Drop of Concealer, Lipgloss and Squeeze Tube Products

Ever known that there is more product in that lipgloss or lotion tube but you just can't get to it?  Here's a video to show you the secret to getting every last drop!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

NYX Pro Foundation Mixers - Review and Swatches

The approaching spring/summer season means it's time to start adding a little gradual tanning lotion or sunless tanner to my routine.  What that also means is that I have to put away my winter foundations and concealers because they are way too pale.  I have always hated that I have to buy foundations in a summer shade and winter shade.

Many have solved this problem by buying the Cover FX Custom Cover drops in a lighter or darker shade and using those to alter the color of their foundation.  But who wants to spend $44 for that option? Might as well buy another foundation, right?

One day, while browsing the "What's New" section on Ulta's website (a dangerous thing to do! ;-), I saw these NYX Pro Foundation Mixers....
There are 6 shades and I chose Warmth, Olive and White.  The claims from NYX are that they...
"are designed to adjust the tone, shade and finish of any liquid foundation, resulting in a truly perfect match."
And, they are only $10 (or less if Ulta is having a sale) for 1.01 fl. oz/30 mL

Sound too good to be true? Well, after trying these for several weeks, I'm happy to say that they work like a dream!  Not only do they mix easily into your foundation/concealer but they don't alter the coverage or wear time.  Unlike the Cover FX drops, these do NOT add any additional pigment/coverage.  They simply adjust the shade of the foundation/concealer. 

Of the three shades that I purchased, Olive and White are by far my favorite and will get used the most.  I thought the Warmth shade would help to "warm" up a cool-beige tone foundation but in fact, it seemed to add more pink/peach tones to it.

How to Use:  
Put a dollop of foundation on an artist's palette (or on the back of your hand) and add a drop of the NYX Pro Foundation Mixer of your choice.  Blend with a toothpick, spatula or finger and you're done!

Where to Buy:     Ulta*, NYX Cosmetics

Swatches:

DISCLAIMER:  This post is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Age-Appropriate Preteen Makeup Tutorial

If you are just getting into makeup or you are a parent of a preteen that is interested in getting into makeup, this tutorial contains helpful information about skincare and then I demonstrate two easy makeup looks, using only drugstore products.  I hope you find this video helpful!



PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Maybelline FitMe Concealer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cwx/
*e.l.f. Clear Brow and Lash Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cw7/
*Milani Romantic Rose Powder Blush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cwy/
*Wet and Wild Photofocus Eyeshadow Primer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cwd/
*Wet and Wild Walking On Eggshells Eyeshadow Trio ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cwa/
*NYC Liquid Lipshine Lipgloss #576 Prospect Pink ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cwt/
*Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (Dark Brown) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cww/
*Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss (Berry Medium) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cwu/
*Essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick (Like a Princess) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cwv/

BRUSHES USED:
*Wet and Wild Small Concealer Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cwj/
*Wet and Wild Large Eyeshadow Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cwr/
*Real Techniques Blush Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cws/

MUSIC:  Provided by YouTube Audio Library
DISCLAIMER:  This video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Busy Mom Day to Date Night Makeup Tutorial

Whether you are a busy mom or just a woman pressed for time in the morning, these videos will help give you some ideas of how to feel and look put together in no time at all.  In these tutorials, you will meet my wonderful friend, Debbie and find out why I think she deserves the title of "Super Mom" :-)  I first did an easy daytime appropriate look on her that we then take to a "Date Night Look" in Part 2.

Part 1:  Easy Daytime Look


Part 2:  Day to Date Night in a few simple steps

For information about the adoption foundation that Debbie and her husband have started, visit their website at:  http://www.graftingtree.com/

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*It Cosmetics CC Cream (Medium) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j7b/
Mary Kay Eye Primer ~ https://www.marykay.com/en-us/products/all/mary-kay-eye-primer-130901#
*E.L.F. Brow Pencil (Neutral Brown) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j79/
*Tarte CC Undereye Corrector (Light-Medium) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j7a/
*It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer (Medium) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j7c/
RCMA No Color Powder ~ https://camerareadycosmetics.com/products/rcma-makeup-no-color-powder-3-oz
*E.L.F. High Definition Powder (Sheer) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j78/
MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow (Brule) ~ http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13840/907/products/makeup/eyes/shadow/eye-shadow-pro-palette-refill-pan
NYC CityProof 24Hr Waterproof Eyeliner (Dark Brown)
*E.L.F. Contour Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j77/
*Milani Blush (Romantic Rose) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j7d/
*L'Oreal Voluminous Primer Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j76/
*CoverGirl The SuperSizer Mascara (Very Black) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/25zx/
*Revlon Colorstay Overtime Lipcolor(Everlasting Rum) - http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j74/
Colour Pop Super Shock Shadows (Tinsel, Koosh) ~ https://colourpop.com/collections/eyes?filter=super-shock-shadow
NYC City Proof 24Hr Waterproof Eyeliner (Black)
*Urban Decay Naked Palette (Buck, Hustle) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3k27/
*Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Opal) ~ Travel Size ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3k29/     ~   Full Size ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3k2d/

BRUSHES USED:
Wet and Wild Flat top brush
*BH Cosmetics Brush Set ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j7i/
*Real Techniques Miracle Mini Eraser Sponges ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j75/
*Real Techniques Blush Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cws/

MUSIC:  Provided by YouTube Audio Library
DISCLAIMER:  This video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.  Links denoted with a * denotes a referral and/or affiliate link.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Makeup Tutorial for Mature Skin + Hooded Eyes + Redness

For all of my mature skin beauties out there, here's a makeup tutorial, featuring my friend Kay.  Not only do I address mature skin issues and correcting redness in the skin but I also demonstrate how to apply eyeshadow when you have hooded eyes.  For your convenience, I've also listed all the products and brushes I used on Kay with the links where you can purchase them (* denotes a referral/affiliate link).

Thanks for watching!


PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
*Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40dx/
*bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (Natural 05) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40e0/
*Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40e2/
*Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (Combust, Thirteen) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40e5/
*Urban Decay Eyeshadows (Tease, Virgin) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40e4/
*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil (Demolition) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40e6/
*It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j7c/
*e.l.f. High Definition Powder (Loose - Sheer) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j78/
*bareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder (Translucent) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40ea/
*e.l.f. Contour Palette ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3j77/
*Makeup Revolution Blush Palette (Hot Spice) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40ec/
*Essence Pure Nude Highlighter ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40ed/
*NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Taupe) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40el/
*It Cosmetics Tight Line Mascara (travel size) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40em/
*Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40eo/
*NYX Slim Lip Pencil (SPL828 - Ever) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/25zs/
*Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer (Plum Pop) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40ej/

BRUSHES USED:
Sedona Lace 480, FB 03 ~ http://www.sedonalace.com/Cosmetic-Brushes/140/Synthetic-Round-Top-480.aspx
*Sigma E25 Blending ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40ep/
*Real Techniques (Precision Smudge, Definer, Square Detailer) ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40er/
*Real Techniques Blush Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/3cws/
*Real Techniques Setting Brush ~ http://go.magik.ly/ml/40es/

MUSIC:  Provided by YouTube Audio Library ~ Old Bossa by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/
DISCLAIMER:  This post/video is NOT SPONSORED.  All opinions are my own, honest opinions and all products were purchased by me.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Favorite NEW Products 2016

As many of you probably know by now, I love to try new things.  Over the past year, I've been testing all kinds of products that were either new to the market or just new to me.  Among the duds and lackluster products, I found some AMAZING products that were standouts for me, and I'm going to share those with you today.

There's a lot to talk about so get cozy, pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle down for some good beauty reading with lots of pictures :-)
Redken Blonde Idol Sulfate-free Shampoo
*Smells amazing!  Clean, fresh scent
*Tones out brassiness in blond hair and highlights even though it's NOT a purple shampoo
*Sulfate-free means it's really good for color treated hair
Where to Buy:  Ulta

Soap and Glory Body Products

  • Rich and Foamous Body Wash 
    • Super foaming, rich hydrating lather
    • Smells absolutely DELICIOUS!  Scent is described as almond, oat and brown sugar....I'd add a hint of vanilla and musk to that description.
    • Where to Buy:  Ulta
  • Smoothie Star Oat, Sugar and Shea Breakfast Scrub
    • Contains cupuaco bio scrubs, banana, almond and honey extracts
    • Not the traditional sugar and oil scrub - this one is more of a paste with scrubbies in it that stay together with the paste, providing a more even exfoliation
    • GREAT for exfoliating before applying sunless tanner
    • Smells great - described as a Maple scent
    • Where to Buy:  Ulta
  • Smoothie Star Deep Moisture Body Milk
    • Has the same DELICIOUS scent as the body wash - a mixture of almond, oats and brown sugar and I do detect a bit of vanilla and musk
    • Truly one of the most hydrating lotions I've tried but it doesn't make your skin feel greasy.  It soaks in and leaves the skin with a nice moisturized glow.  
    • And did I mention it smells AMAZING?
    • Where to Buy:  Ulta
Native Deodorant (Coconut and Vanilla Scent)
*All natural, aluminum free deodorant that actually works!  Check out my FULL review here:  Going Native...Deodorant That Is!
Where to Buy:  Nativecos.com

Baush + Lomb Soothe Lubricant Eye Drops
 
*Helps soothe and hydrate dry eyes
*Non-stinging formula, great for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
*Reduces redness
*Preservative Free
*Each "single dose" vial lasts me 3 days.  I just set the top back on and carefully prop it up in my cabinet.
Where to Buy:  Target, Walmart

Since turning 40 this past year, I felt like I needed to make some changes to my skincare routine.  Even though I'm still using and loving my DIY Toner, Serum and Baobab oil at night, I've incorporated some new products into my routine and my skin is loving it!

Sibu Cleansing Face and Body Bar
*Used morning and night, this cleanses the skin without it feeling dry whatsoever
*Contains great, all natural ingredients to inhibit bacterial growth and promote tissue recovery
Where to Buy:  Vitacost

Freeman Sweet Tea and Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask
*Says it "pulls pore-clogging grime" and it does!  This is my "go-to" mask when I feel like my skin needs a good detox.
*As it dries, you can feel it tightening the pores.  After you peel it off, you can visibly see your pores appear smaller and your skin feels refreshed and clean.
*Also helps remove dead, flaky skin
*Peels off easily and painlessly :-)
Where to Buy:  Ulta, Walgreens, Winco Foods

Everyday Coconut Face Toner (Coconut Water)
*Smells unbelievably good and refreshing - like coconut and papaya
*GREAT ingredients and no alcohol
*6-8 spritzes of this in the morning before my serum, makes my skin feel refreshed and toned
*Can also be used after you apply your foundation and powder to reduce the powdery look or throughout the day to refresh the skin
*Since I usually only use it in the morning, one bottle lasts 6+months!
Where to Buy:  Vitacost, Sprouts

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel
*Great spot treatment - clears most spots within 1-2 days, sometimes overnight!
*Does sting when first applied but sting dissipates quickly
*Dries completely over the spot, sealing the treatment in and dirt and makeup out
Where to Buy:  Ulta, Sephora, Macy's, Nordstrom

NOW Hyaluronic Acid Firming Serum
*All natural ingredients that help reduce fine lines
*Most amazing benefit is this helps my moisturizer and face oils sink into my skin better
*Does make skin feel firmer after applied
Where to Buy:  Vitacost

Andalou Naturals Acai + White Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer (Clarifying)
*My new favorite for the hot summer months when I need more of a lightweight moisturizer
*Provides hydration but leaves the skin mattified, helping reduce the look of pores
*Amazing ingredients including Fruit Stem Cells, White Tea and Acai berry which provide antioxidants to slow cellular damage and stimulate healthy cell renewal.
*Delightful and refreshing citrus scent
Where to Buy:  Walmart

Acure Day Cream with gotu kola stem cell + chlorella
*All natural ingredients that provide good hydration without leaving your skin feeling greasy
*Sweet orange and clove combine to make it smell AMAZING!!
*Seems like it's going to be too heavy when first applied but after about a minute, it sinks into the skin and feels completely weightless while still providing great hydration throughout the day
*No SPF but I prefer that because of my new SPF drops....keep reading
Where to Buy:  Vitacost, Target

bareMinerals Prep Step Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Mineral Shield Daily Prep Lotion
*Unlike anything on the market, this is super concentrated SPF that you can add to anything....moisturizer, primer, foundation, etc.  Just a few drops is all you need!
*Because it's just the sunscreen, it doesn't make your face greasy or cause your foundation to break down
*Natural, mineral sunscreen, providing a physical barrier to the sun
*Although it starts out white, it adjusts to a peachy tone (see peach "ring" around tip of bottle in image above) so it's suppose to work on all skin tones without giving a white cast to the skin
Where to Buy:  Ulta, Sephora, bareMinerals

Acure Eye Cream - Chlorella Growth Factor + Edelweiss Stem Cell
*Truly helps diminish dark circles within about 5 minutes of applying
*Provides great hydration but sinks into the skin and won't interfere or break down your under eye concealer
*Really do feel like it's helping keep my fine lines under control :-)
Where to Buy:  Vitacost, Target

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation (Shades 1, 2 and 3)
*Extremely lightweight
*Buildable light to medium coverage
*Allows you time to blend it in before it sets down; stays put all day
*Love this combined with the Smashbox Photo Finish primer and the Cody Airspun loose powder
Where to Buy:  Amazon, Ulta, Cosmetics Outlets

EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation (1.0 and F200)
*Gel-like texture
*Great medium to full coverage
*Has a nice natural, slightly glowy finish but doesn't accentuate pores and texture on the skin
*Definitely need to powder this one but it stays on me all day with a good setting powder
Where to Buy:  lookfantastic.com

NYX Pro Foundation Mixers (Olive and White)
*Allows you to customize the shade of any liquid or cream foundation and concealer
*Does not alter the finish or longevity of the foundation or concealer
*Prevents me from having to buy various shades of foundation/concealer due to my sunless tanning routine
*Full review coming
Where to Buy:  Ulta, NYX Cosmetics
Tarte Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector (Light to Medium)
*Color Corrects the blueish tones under the eye before applying concealer
*Reduces the amount of concealer necessary to brighten up the undereye area
*Helps keep the eye area hydrated throughout the day
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Sephora, Tarte

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer (Neutral Medium and Light)
*Contains amazing anti-aging ingredients
*FULL coverage with just a pin-drop of product
*Very hydrating for the undereye area - definitely need to set this one with some setting powder but if you do, it will stay put all day!
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Sephora, It Cosmetics

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (Light-Warm)
*Provides good medium coverage
*Not quite as hydrating as the It Cosmetics conealer but won't dry out the undereye area either.  Just be cautious about how much setting powder you use with it
*Great for concealer redness, spots and other problem areas on the rest of the face too
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Sephora, Urban Decay

Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer ("Bronzer")
*Smells like coconut suntan lotion
*Not too warm or cool so its the perfect shade for bronzing and contouring
*Has a pearl-like finish - not glittering or shimmering but just adds a nice "healthy glow" to the skin
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Target, Walmart

Lorac Pro Contour Palette
*Contains 3 matte contour shades, 2 matte highlighters and 1 shimmery highlighter
*Formula is super soft and pigmented but the colors blend like a dream on the skin
*BEST contour palette, in my opinion, when compared to the Anastasia Beverly Hills or Kat Von D contour palettes
*Also comes with a contour brush
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Kohl's

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator (So Hollywood)
*A pale golden champagne color that's PERFECT for highlighting light to medium skin tones
*Formula is silky and smooth - no glitter particles; blends beautifully into the skin and gives it almost a "wet" look. GORGEOUS!!
Where to Buy:   Anastasia Beverly Hills

Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette by Makeup Geek
*Amazing, soft texture; no glitter particles
*Three unusual shades that are buildable and can work for a wide variety of skin tones....even works on my super pale, winter skin!
*While this is limited edition, Makeup Geek has a full line of individual highlighters available
Where to Buy:   Makeupgeek.com

Nars Blush (Madly)
*This color looks like the most boring shade but it does amazing things for my cheeks!
*Perfect cheek color for a super natural looking cheek - pairs great with a dramatic eye look
*Formula is pigmented, blendable and lasts all day
Where to Buy:   Sephora, Nars

e.l.f. High Definition Powder (Sheer - Loose)
*Soft and silky formula
*PERFECT for setting the undereye area - you can go "ham" and bake with it or just use a light dusting of it
*Does not give me a "white cast"
Where to Buy:   Ulta, e.l.f. cosmetics, Target, Walmart

NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer
*Thin formula blends into the skin without highlighting texture or making the eyelids look dry
*Slightly tacky when dry which really grabs and hold eyeshadow in place all day without creasing
*Doe-foot applicator makes it easy to apply
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Target, NYX Cosmetics

NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner (TJL02 Brown)
*Smooth, pigmented formula glides on the eyes without tugging
*Stays put all day; one of the longest wearing on the waterline for me
*Doesn't irritate my eyes - great for contact lens wearers!
*Is "self sharpening" but has a tool on the end that you can pull out to sharpen the point of the pencil for more precise work
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Target, NYX Cosmetics

NYC CityProof 24 Hr Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil (Black)
*Smooth, pigmented formula that glides easily on the eyes
*Stays really well on the waterline without irritating my contacts
*Stays put all day
Where to Buy:   Amazon, Target, Walmart

Kat Von D Tattoo Waterproof Liquid Liner (Mad Max Brown and Trooper)
 *Easiest liquid liner to apply
*Flexible felt tip pen that does not fray
*Truly waterproof and stays put all day
Where to Buy:   Sephora

Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner (Black)
*Super pigmented and smooth creamy gel formula
*Tube keeps the product from drying out like traditional gel liners in pots
*Color is a deep, rich black and stays put all day
*Comes with a bent liner brush that makes it super easy to apply
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Sephora, Tarte

Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills
*Hands down, my favorite palette of the entire year......maybe favorite of all time!
*Amazingly pigmented, soft shadows that blend like a dream
*Stay put on the eyes all day (when used with a primer, of course)
 *GORGEOUS color selection with just the right amount of matte and shimmer shades to create all kinds of looks with just this palette
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Sephora, Anastasia Beverly Hills

L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Primer
*Adds volume and length to lashes before applying regular mascara
*Makes even a bad mascara look good on your lashes
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Target, Walmart, most drugstores

Cover Girl The Super Sizer Mascara
*Thin wand with tiny "teeth" helps grab and coat every lash
*Buildable formula that really makes your lashes look full and long and won't weigh them down throughout the day
*Even though it's a wetter formula which I typically hate, this one builds upon itself quickly and also allows you to add more later on during the day if need be without flaking
*Best of all, one of the FEW that doesn't smudge under my lash line
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Target, Walmart, most drugstores

It Cosmetics SuperHero Mascara
*Natural bristle brush and a bit more of a drier formula
*Does AMAZING things for my lashes, even without a primer!  Lashes look full and long and like I'm wearing false lashes.
*Again, one of the very few that does not smudge under my lower lash line throughout the day
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Sephora, It Cosmetics

NYX Micro Brow Pencil (Ash Brown)
*Super fine pencil and stiffer formula that allows you to draw in fine "hair-like" lines and easily define the brow
*Stays put all day for me
*Has a spoolie on the other end of the pencil that you can use to brush through the brows
*Available in 8 shades
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Target, NYX Cosmetics

e.l.f. Instant Lift Brow Pencil (Taupe)
*Bigger pencil than the NYX one so I love this one for filling in sparse areas in the middle of my brows and making my brows look fuller
*Stays put all day for me
*Has a spoolie on the other end of the pencil
*Best of all, it's only $2
Where to Buy:   Ulta, e.l.f. cosmetics

NYX Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
*Formula holds brows in place all day without making them feel "crunchy"
*Brush comes out of the tube with just the right amount of product....no need to scrape off excess product on the rim of the tube
Where to Buy:   Ulta, Target, NYX Cosmetics


Bite Amuse Bouche Lipsticks (shown a limited edition collection of mini size lipsticks)
*Contains amazing, food-grade ingredients that are great for your lips
*Wonderful, smooth formula that is fully pigmented in one swipe
*Colors do NOT bleed outside the lip line
*Available in over 40 shades - favorites include Honeycomb and Pepper
Where to Buy:  Sephora

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks
*Reformulated this past year and these are awesome!
*Come in over 100 shades, multiple finishes from creamy matte to metallic
*Depending on the shades, pigmentation and hydration levels will vary but as a whole, these are very comfortable and long wearing
*Favorite shades include Lovelight, Peyote, Amulet and Ex-Girlfriend
Where to Buy:  Sephora, Ulta, UrbanDecay.com

bareMinerals GEN NUDE Liquid Matte Lipcolor (Slay and Boss)
*Whipped formula and flat doe-foot applicator that makes it easy to apply, even without a lip liner
*Stays put for hours
*Not "kiss-proof" but because of that, it doesn't dry out the lips or give that line as it wears away in the middle of the lips
*Pleasant vanilla cake scent
*Available in 20+ shades - favorites are Boss and Slay
Where to Buy:  Ulta, Sephora, bareMinerals

Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick (Stepping Out)
*Completely unscented
*Stays put for hours
*Pointed tip doe-foot applicator makes it easy to apply; prefer using a lip liner with this one but not entirely necessary
*Not entirely "kiss-proof" but that keeps it from drying out the lips or wearing away unnaturally
*Available in 20 shades - favorite is Stepping Out
Where to Buy:  Ulta, Sephora, Smashbox

Wet n Wild Brushes
*Super soft, non-shedding bristles
*Apply cream and powder products beautifully
*Super cheap - range from 99 cents to $3
*Have held up for several months even after repeated washings and tons of use
Where to Buy:  Winco Foods, Walgreens

White Oval Artist's palette from Hobby Lobby
*Great for mixing foundations/concealers (especially when using the NYX Pro Mixers)
*Prevents waste of cream and liquid products because it doesn't soak up any of the product (like when you put the product on the back of your hand before applying to the face)
*Cleans easily with a makeup wipe or soap and water
*Retails for $2.99 for a pack of 2
Where to Buy:   Hobby Lobby

ColourPop Cosmetics
*A new brand of cosmetics made right here in the USA that burst on the scene in 2014 and has become a HUGE hit
*Products are SUPER AFFORDABLE, ranging in price from $5 to $8
*Known mostly for their unique cream to powder formula Super Shock eye and cheek colors, they continue to develop new products that continue to be hits.
*Their Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils are also among my favorite products - not only are they an amazing formula and come in a gazillion shades but they also smell like vanilla :-)
*Favorite Super Shock Shadows include Muse, Straight Trippin', Central Perk, Brady, LaLa, Sequin.  Look for a "Browse My Stash" blog coming soon. There are SO many great colors, I've built up quite the collection!
Where to Buy:  ColourPop.com

And that wraps up this edition of NEW favorites.  Whew, that was a LOT of products and if you hung in there until the end, thank you!  If you're in the market for some new beauty products, hopefully it helps you find just the right ones to meet your needs.

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**This is NOT a sponsored post.  All opinions are 100% my own and all products were purchased with my own money.  
**This post does include affiliate links which just means if you purchase through those links, I get a tiny portion of that purchase amount.  However, if you prefer not to use these links, you can easily search these products on the retailers' websites.