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29 August 2014

Friday Favorites– Glowing Skin and Red Lips!

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Friday Favorites for Glowing Skin and Red Lips!

1.  Pixi Glow Tonic ($29.00)* - This stuff.  What can I tell you?  When it was first released, everyone raved about it.  Raved about it so much that it was sold out ALL THE TIME.  For some reason, in my head I thought it was so overhyped there was no way it was really that good.  Wasn't it just another toner?  Well, I was wrong!  I used this for all of June.  My skin was clearer, the little bumps on my head went away, my breakouts diminished and my skin did have a glow from the constant-yet-gentle exfoliation.  Then came July, and more skin care to sample.  I set my beloved Pixi Glow Tonic aside.  And my skin was not happy.  The little white bumps reappeared on my forehead.  Clogged pores galore on my nose and chin, and my skin had a general lackluster appearance.  It took me awhile to realize it was the Glow Tonic that my skin was missing, and I started using it again a few weeks ago and my skin is almost back to where I want it to be!  Pixi Glow Tonic is currently in stock on Pixi's website, but it does sell out, so snatch one (or two) up while you can!  I just ordered a backup!

2.  IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness ($32.00) - I picked this color correcting cream up on a whim and ULTA sometime in June. This comes in one universal shade and looks like foundation in a pot.  I thought it would be much too dark for me, but the IT Cosmetics artist showed me to just use a tiny amount where I need it - around my nose, anywhere I have sun damage, on the melasma around my mouth and on a few broken capillaries on my cheeks.  Because it contains silicone I do not apply it anywhere I would normally break out, and I don't wear it every day - just when I want my skin to look extra good.

3.  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00) - I feel like I was the last person on the planet to pick this up.  Now, I can't go a day without using at least one shade from this palette.  In fact, in the look below I used ONLY the Ambient Lighting Palette and Bye Bye Redness - no foundation.  I applied Dim Light all over very lightly to give my skin a more even appearance, Radiant Light in place of a blush/bronzer and Incandescent Light to highlight on my cheekbones, center of my forehead and down my nose.  Now that I own the Ambient Light Palette, I want more Ambient Lighting Powders!  I'm trying to hold off until Sephora's F&F event... and hope that they will release an Ambient Lighting Palette 2.0.  Wouldn't that be awesome?

4.  Mally Crimson Lip Lacquer from the Ultimate Lip Performance System ($25.00) - I found this years and years ago at a sample sale and forgot I owned it until yesterday, when I was trying to find a red lipstick to wear with the look I created with the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette.  None of the reds I found were right (and to be honest, I own less than 5 red lipsticks) until I found this Lip Lacquer.  Perfection... And completely out of my comfort zone!

Red lip FOTD

No Foundation Look with Bold Lips:

  1. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube - Original
  2. CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof Volume Mascara
  3. Urban Decay Pulp FictionTM Palette
  4. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme
  5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
  6. Mally Beauty Ultimate Performance Lip System

Have you discovered any new favorites this week?
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*Pixi Glow Tonic provided for review.  All other products purchased by me.


28 August 2014

Throwback Thursday: OPI DS Glamour (2007)

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OPI DS Glamour

I have a few reasons for choosing OPI DS Glamour for Throwback Thursday this week.  The release of two new (non-holographic) Designer Series polishes, and a raffle that is being hosted by someone I consider a friend, Kris of My Lucid Bubble.  Kris is raffling off her entire (and very extensive) OPI Designer Series collection for a very good cause.  I highly encourage you to visit her site and take part in this raffle

Until next time,
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27 August 2014

Makeup Wars – Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette

Welcome to a very special edition of Makeup Wars!  This week we have partnered with Anastasia Beverly Hills to bring you The Maya Mia Palette, designed in collaboration with Maya Janeska (@maya_mia_y), and East African YouTube sensation and self-taught makeup artist. 
You may have seen pictures of her gorgeous eyes all over Instagram!  This palette is full of ten shades that combine neutrals with two bright pops of color and perfectly fits her own personal style of high impact, loads of lashes glamour.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette

The packaging is absolutely gorgeous!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia

This palette contains 10 shades – Nude, Deep Brown, Sienna, Warm Taupe, Vanilla, Aqua, Fresh Peach, Glisten, Caramel and Gold Bar. 

Anastasia Maya Mia Look Cards

Anastasia Maya Mia Look Cards

The Anastasia Maya Mia Palette also comes with 5 "Get the Look" cards.  Each look is created and worn by Maya herself.

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette
Anastasia Maya Mia Palette
Anastasia Maya Mia Palette

The swatches below are all with my finger but without primer.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Swatches with namesAnastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Swatches

Note that I had to swatch two of the shades heavily – Aqua and Deep Brown.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Swatches with namesAnastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Swatches

The mattes were great, though a were a little powdery.  I loved Vanilla, it looks just like a normal matte but has hidden shimmer!  The only thing I would change would be to make Aqua more pigmented.  It was the shade I was most looking forward to using, and felt a little let down.

Wearing the Anastasia Maya Mia PaletteIMG_1681

When I received this palette, I was so excited but it that I started playing with it right away.  As my husband would say, these are “not Jessika shades.”  I tend to stay away from anything that leans red.  Heck, I just recently started to embrace warm browns!  Since the only place I was going that night was Costco, I threw on some of the “not Jessika shades” over what I already wore to work, which was a simple (but bright!) eye look with bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Linen with Marc Jacobs Highliner in Ody(sea)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia - shades used

  1. Apply base (I used bareMinerals 5 in 1 BB in Linen
  2. Apply  Gold Bar to inner lid, Fresh Peach to center lid and Caramel in outer corner and into crease
  3. Use Glisten to blend the Fresh Peach into Caramel
  4. Apply Sienna to the crease, using Nude as a transition shade.  Blend, blend, and blend!
  5. Apply Vanilla as a highlight

EOTD with Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette - direct sunlight

And I really loved how it turned out!  So much so that I wore this exact look several times in the past month and was able to document the look each time, so you will see the look in different lighting conditions.  The only thing that varied was the intensity in which I applied the shadows – and how many layers of mascara!

EOTD with Anastasia Maya Mia Palette - artifical light

EOTD with Anastasia Maya Mia Palette

EOTD with Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette - indirect light

Here's a quick peak at another look I did using Nude, Vanilla, Aqua and Warm Taupe and black liner.

EOTD with Anastasia Maya Mia Palette

What do you think of my look?  Very different the looks that Maya herself created!  This was my first Anastasia Beverly Hills product.  I definitely want to try more!  Do you have any suggestions?

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia palette is available now on Beautylish and ULTA.com and on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website, where it retails for $29.00.





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