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30 April 2014

Kat Von D Monarch Palette Review & Swatches

It's been a while since I've loved a palette this much, but this one is worth the hype. Completely and totally worth every praise it has received. It's an amazing product!

The Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) has 12 amazingly gorgeous shades that are mostly warm toned. They range from darks to lights and feature several different finishes, so you can create a variety of looks with this product. Because this shadows are a little soft, you may experience a little powdery fallout, but it also means that these shadows will blend like a dream! Also, if you use a primer with your shadows, the fallout isn't horrible. The shadows are long wearing, and didn't fade on me after 10 hours. I love that the packaging is small and compact, and pretty to boot!

Entomology is a “matte cream.” This is a very light, yellow toned color that was finely-milled. It is very blendable, but almost my skin color, so it doesn't show up to well on my fair skin. I still love it for highlighting my brow bone and blending out colors that I went a little overboard with!

Wrath is a “deep pearl orange.” This is a medium-dark, GORGEOUS terracotta orange shade with a satin finish. The pigmentation is incredible, and it is very soft and blendable. It's my favorite shade in the palette!

Papilio is a “pearl chocolate.” It’s another medium-dark shade with bit of bronze in the brown. I love that it is has those warm undertones, as that is what I prefer in my shadows. Excellent pigmentation and texture!

Summerfly is a “glitter gold.” Another great shadow with amazing pigmentation. This one has a little bit of fallout, but nothing major. Gorgeous lid color!

Telepathy is a “pearl gold.” It's a gorgeous beige shade with a metallic finish. All the shades in this palette have some warmth in them, but this is a shade that would pair well with warm or cool colors. It is a unique, easy to work with shadow.

Killing Jar is a “pearl copper.” This is a pretty pinky-orange shade that I adore! It has golden undertones and is a little frosty. Great pigmentation and super blendable.

Delaney is a “pearl silver.” It’s a really unique warm-cool tone. It's another one of those that can be paired with either. It's a metallic finish with great pigmentation and blendability.

Vanish is a “matte taupe.” I'm in love with this caramel-toned shade. A great blending out color with a velvety finish, not powdery, and excellent pigmentation.

Tiny Death is a “glitter cream.” This is a pretty beige shade, but I wish that they hadn't put the glitter into it. It's actually a matte base, but the glitter falls out. Luckily, the glitter is minimal, so it is worth the hassle.

Disintegration is a “pearl brown.” A gorgeous olivey brown shade. Really nice pigmentation and very blendable.

Shadow Box is a “matte chocolate.” This shadow is amazingly soft and velvety. This is a gorgeous matte reddish-brown shade that I adore!

Deadhead is a “matte black.” It's not the darkest black I've ever used, but sometimes that is more appealing to me. It is nice a build-able, though.

Entomology - Wrath - Papilio - Summerfly

Telepathy - Killing Jar - Delaney - Vanish

Tiny Death - Disintegration - Shadow Box - Deadhead

Check out the tutorial here: (Coming soon)

11 April 2014

Guest Post on Love For Lacquer: Radiant Orchid Makeup

If you are anything like me, you are LOVING Pantone's color of the year. Today, I have the amazing opportunity to guest post on one of my favorite beauty blogs, Love For Lacquer. Head over there to see my favorite Radiant Orchid products.

08 April 2014

MAC Blush Haul

I think it is well known that MAC sits up there with my top three makeup brands. It's affordable. The color selection is incredible and the quality is amazing. Combine the MAC brand with one of my favorite makeup products, blush, and you have me weak at the knees. I absolutly adore MAC blushes, and just so happened to pick up a few recently.

MAC's Frankly Scarlet is incredible. It's iconic. It's gorgeous. It was a longtime favorite of mine, but I gave away my older one to a friend who was lusting after it. I thought I could live without it, but I was wrong. (Hence the repurchase!) It is the perfect Snow White cheek. It's matte, pigmented, and blends effortlessly.

MAC's Bareness Blush is from their Extra Dimension line that came out back in April. I'm a little late on the game with this one, but after a friend raved about it to me and I saw that it was still available on the MAC website, I took the plunge. And I'm so glad I did. It's a beautiful blush. Amazing packaging on this baby, too. It is a subtle, warm beige shimmer that is satiny smooth and has a gorgeous sheen. If you are fair like me, this one is for YOU!


27 February 2014

MyChelle Review

As a blogger of beauty products, I try lots of new makeup and skin care products. Some I like, others aren't that amazing. And some, like these MyChelle products, blow me away! I had the opportunity to try three products from their line and have been enjoying them so much!

I can't rave about the Pure Harmony Serum enough! It is to DIE for. Really! If you have dry, sensitive skin at all, this is a product you will want to get your hands on! It's clarifying and brightening. I noticed a huge difference in the evenness of my skin tone, and my skin looks so much more radiant and glowy. It was super gentle, so if you are prone to breakouts, you should be just fine!  It is really a must!

Next up is the MyChelle Pure Harmony Cream. Oh, boy. Angels sang when I applied this to my skin. I actually purchased a backup of this product because I don't want to go a day without it! It was seriously miraculous. My dry skin drank it right up! This faded some scarring I had on my face, too. Which, in and of itself, makes this product worth every.single.penny. It is smooth and non-greasy, but still super hydrating and wonderful. I HIGHLY recommend it. It smells nice and lemony, too. So that's a huge PLUS in my book!

The Pure Harmony Mask felt amazing on the skin, and is really calming. I will say, however, that there is a very strong smell that accompanies this product, so if you are sensitive to that sort of thing, you may want to steer clear! I noticed that my skin held in moisture so much more when I included this product in my regime.

All in all, I was very pleased with this set of products! I hope you will be as well!

03 February 2014

Sonia Kashuk Lipstick

I'm a natural lipstick girl. For the majority of days, it is what I enjoy. I also have dry lips, so I am constantly on the hunt for a good, moisturizing formula. I've found a perfect everyday lip in the Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Lip Color in Sheer Pink Lust 21! It is very natural. In fact, it is very similar to my natural lip color, but it adds a gorgeous shine and evens out my lip color.

Have you tried these?

16 January 2014

MAC Lipstick Haul

I suppose you could say that I am a MAC lipstick fan. Okay, truth is that I'm a massive MAC fan. I often catch myself looking up swatches and making wishlists. Well, a day came where I was given a gift certificate to the MAC store, and I splurged a little. I love every color I bought. Three were purchased by me, and the red was given to me by my friend, Kristi. (And I am SO glad she did, cause it's a gorgeous color!)

From left to right: Lovelorn, Crosswires, Rebel, Riri Woo

MAC Lovelorn Lipstick ($15) is described on the MAC website as an emotive blue-pink. I think of it more as a medium pink that is quite sheer and natural. It does have a slight cool tone to it which is flattering and very pretty. My skin leans a little on the yellow side, and I find this shade isn't too cool to be flattering on my skin. I think that fair folks, like me, can easily pull this color off, but I also think that you tan girls will really enjoy this shade. This is a very mature pink. It's not barbie-ish. Not bright. An even pinker version on Creme Cup. I love the Lustre finishes from MAC. They are comfortable, glossy, and don't accentuate my dryness. Lusters offer a sheer coverage that can be built up to full. This is a really great color!

MAC Crosswires Lipstick ($15) is a gorgeous color!  It's a bright coral-pink that isn't TOO bright - or too muted for that matter. In fact, this shade is actually quite wearable! I love wearing corals, and this one has quickly become one of my favorites. Crosswires has a cremesheen formula, which makes it glisten and feel wonderful on the lips. It also has a ton off opacity!! Very high coverage. There is also a VERY subtle gold sheen which I only can see when I'm in direct sunlight. This is a must-own!

MAC Rebel Lipstick ($15) was featured in my 2013 favorites! This is a gorgeous lipstick! My husband, who generally isn't a fan of dark lip colors, actually really likes this color. (That always makes it more fun for me to wear!) This shade is strikingly dark in the tube. I was a little nervous when I first opened it and saw the color. But, when applied, this color goes on much more bright and magenta-y than the deep-vampy color that you see in the tube. It's gorgeous. A cult classic. And rightly so.

MAC Riri Woo Lipstick ($15) was a gift to me. I have a hard time with reds. They make me uncomfortable. I never feel like they look right on me. Some transfer too easily. Some are too warm. Some are too cool. Others to glossy and some too matte. Too dark. Too orange. Too bright. But, when I first tried this baby on my lips, I knew I found THE one! It is a matte lipstick with a very classic feel. It's comfortable and flattering. I am so glad I have this one in my collection!

15 January 2014

Billion Dollar Brows The Brow Buddy Kit Review

Eyebrows are the frame of your face. It's true. And unfortunately, the shape which is so important, can be really hard to perfect.

In comes the Brow Buddy Kit!

Billion Dollar Brows' Brow Buddy Tool is a genius little contraption that helps you make the most perfect brow. It measures out your IDEAL brow shape for YOUR face. It allows you to find the start, arch, and end of your eyebrows at the same time! It is tremendously helpful since you want your eyebrows to be as symmetrical as possible. (I know. I know. They are sister; not twins. But they need to at least be related!)

It is SO much easier and faster than an eyebrow stencil because stencils take absolutly no consideration of your eyebrow shape. We are all unique, and our eyebrows should be as well!

The kit comes with a white pencil so you can mark your measurements. After you mark the areas where your eyebrows should be, you can begin to tweeze away...and know exactly what you should tweeze!

I am extremely pleased with this fabulous kit. I highly recommend it!

14 January 2014

GIVEAWAY!! Erin Condren Life Planner

I have had my eye on Erin Condren's Life Planners for several years now. They are bright and designed so beautifully. The planner pages are so adorable and well thought out.

I'm a tech-savvy girl. I'm a graphic designer. A blogger. A YouTuber. I'm on the computer a lot. When I worked at the magazine, my work revolved around a computer screen. So, you'd think that a paper planner wouldn't be my go-to. But, I can't help myself. I find that I am more organized and aware of my daily schedule and responsibilities when my life is hand-written. And I can't think of a more pleasant way to keep it all organized than in one of Erin Condren's life planners!

The 2014 edition sound incredible; packed with some amazing features including:
- a laminated, heavy duty 10mL cover for protection from daily wear and tear
- inspirational quotes throughout
- LAMINATED tabs for extra durability
- perpetual calendar for birthdays and anniversaries 
- TWO-page monthly spreads w/ reinforced coil-side binding
- goals and to-do lists for every week and month
- weekly spreads divided into morning, day & night - meal/exercise/lists/etc. section for highlighted daily notes & activities
- snap-in page holder that doubles as a ruler
- 20 pages of lined and designer blank pages for notes and sketches
- 2 pages to keep important numbers, contacts & addresses handy
- DOUBLE-sided "keep it together" folder to wrangle receipts, stamps, and other papers
- 240 colorful stickers to highlight birthdays, special events and reminders
- bound-in zip lock pocket with 12 gift labels and "let's get together" cards
- sturdy aluminum coil that will not bend & allows your planner to lay flat
- add photo stickers, custom event stickers, matching notepads, a pen holder, marker set or even elastic bands to further customize your planner to be as YOU*nique as you are!

Erin Condren would like to give one lucky reader a $50 gift certificate for anything in her shop! Woot!

To enter, follow my blog and then comment below telling me your favorite organizing tool/trick/product. Entries close at 12:00pm on Friday, January 17th.
• Tweet, Facebook or Blog about and link back to this giveaway.

• Follow Erin Condren on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

The winner will be chosen via and announced on January 17th. Good luck!

GIVEAWAY AND COMMENTS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered.
CONGRATS TO ARIEL! Please email me so I can get you your prize!

13 January 2014

Whitening Lightning Pen Reviews

Nothing is more beautiful than a white smile, and I've been in need of a little brightening! I was so excited to review these Whitening Lightning pens! I have problems with sensitivity and teeth whitening products. I have never been able to make it through more than a couple days of Crest White Strips because they make my teeth so sensitive and sore. I am happy to report that I experienced NO SENSITIVITY with these pens! Hooray!

These pen not only whiten, but freshens your breath and kills bacteria as well! Could it possibly get any better?! I use these pens right after brushing my teeth at night and then sleep with the product on my teeth. In the morning, I brush my teeth again, and voila! Whiter teeth. It's almost like magic! The Super Booster pen whitens just as well as any other pen I’ve tried, and is also very easy to use. It is a great buy!

Whitening Lightning was kind enough to offer an amazing coupon code. These pens retail for $79, but with the code "beauty19" it will only be $19 for either the Super Booster pen or the Zero White pen!! Visit their website at:!

10 January 2014

Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundation Review

If you have known me for any length of time, you know that one of my favorite makeup brands is Tarte Cosmetics! I love that the brand is not only high quality, but also pure and cruelty free. Often, you have to give up on one to have the other, but not so with this company.

I've been a huge fan of their Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, and frequently feature it in my favorites videos. It's an amazing, volumizing mascara that makes my lashes look fake.

Their Maracuja Oil is holy grail for me! My dry skin can't survive a day without it.

Their Amazonian Clay 12-hour blushes are second to none! The color selection is incredible. They are long-wearing and blend out beautifully.

The one thing that I hadn't tried up to this point was a foundation from them, and I was so excited to get my hands on the last one of these babies in my local Sephora.

The Tarte Maracuja Mineral Foundation has quickly become on of my favorites! It is a full coverage liquid foundation that is infused with their amazing Maracuja oil! It is so moisturizing and feels wonderful on the skin. It completely cancels out any redness I have in my face and works great with my dry skin.

It is also free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and more yucky stuff. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great foundation!!

06 January 2014

Envyderm Belle Lip Volumizing and Conditioning Plumper Review

If you are looking for the perfect, everyday, plumping gloss, this is the one for you! The color is amazing for everyday wear and the packaging is incredible. This is the Envyderm Lip Plumper in the shade "Belle." This berry-pink pearl shade is absolutly stunning, and can be worn everywhere, everyday.

This gloss has a minty smell from the Menthol, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Oil, and Gaultheria Fragrantissima (Wintergreen) Oil. It definitely tingles. I happen to like that feeling, but if you don't....steer clear. This has a little bit of a sting to it. You can feel it working, but to me, it was comfortable to wear.

The EnvyDerm lip plumping gloss is clinically proven to plump lips by 37% instantly, and also conditions them with Argan and Jojoba Oil. These glosses are formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, phthalates, GMO's, tricolsan, mineral oils, or animal products. It contains 13 organic moisturizing oils and vitamins to soften and rejuvenate your lips. It is available in 10 beautiful shades including clear. It's non sticky and layers perfectly over your favorite lipstick.

 I think this is a great product, and highly recommend!!

05 January 2014

Billion Dollar Brows Brow Duo Pencil Review

Before this year, I never really did much with my brows beyond waxing. However, 2013 was the year of brows for me. I began waxing and tinting, as well as filling them in daily with a brow pencil or powder. I've enjoyed a much more bold brow.

The Brow Duo Pencil by Billion Dollar Brows has quickly become my favorite step 2 product! After I fill in my bolder brows, they need to be highlighted and lifted. I use the Brow Duo Pencil to outline and shape my brow. It gives you that clean, crisp brows that look so editorial and amazing.

Both sides of this pencil have a creamy consistency and blend wonderfully into the skin. And, amazingly, they stay crease free all day. The concealer is a spot-treatment and is great for cleaning up eyeshadow edges and smears.

I love the way that the pencil draws a very precise line under and above the brow, and I am incredibly pleased with the price. For two products, $18 seems like a very reasonable price!

The only issue I could see with this product is that there is only one shade. It is a perfect match for me, but I have a lighter skintone.

03 January 2014

Beauty Without Cruelty Mineral Pressed Blushers in Pink Blush

Heart palpitations happening over this product!!

Again, the packaging! Beauty Without Cruelty did it again! I love the sweet swans on this packaging, but even more than the packaging is the product! This shade of Mineral Pressed Blushers, is in Pink Blush. It is an incredible, cool, baby pink color that does something magical once you put it on the cheeks.

It is silky smooth and blendable. I want to get more! I'm dying to get my hands on Radiant Rose and Sweet Apricot as well.

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