Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Now At Ulta Beauty - Models Own Cosmetics - Review and Swatches




There's a new video on my youtube channel which contains information about my Becca Cosmetics X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette Giveaway, Models Own makeup, Pixi Beauty Misting Sprays, Becca Bronzers, Stila Cosmetics and more.  There are pictures and swatches, if you want to watch.  If youtube isn't your thing, read on below and let's talk a little about the brand Models Own, a UK cosmetics company now being sold at Ulta Beauty....and it's even on sale this week!!  Models Own is a cruelty free company with many vegan options.


I was super excited to see Models Own in Ulta.  I have a couple of their nail polishes that I bought years ago that are in my stash but I honestly had no idea they had makeup!  Today I'm going to show you the highlighter and two liquid lipsticks that I was sent as well as two eyeshadow palettes that I purchased to check out the brand.

In the above mentioned video, as well as my The Beachwaver video, I am wearing both Lix Matte Liquid Lipsticks that I received.  I'm using them as an ombre' type of lip with Coral Fresh on the inner lip and Berry Cool as the main lip color.  These are normally priced at $7.99 but are on sale at Ulta for $5.99.



I love to wear them both together as an ombre' but I have also worn them individually.  One thing that I particularly like about Coral Fresh is that it's a really wearable coral for me.  Sometimes coral can look too bright, too neon, or too garish on me, but this is a great color.  Berry Fresh is a color that will work for everyone and a good way to ease into a darker color or a red.

The wear of the Lix Matte Liquid Lipsticks for me has been really good.  I drink a lot of water day and night, (ok Diet Coke too!), and it doesn't come off when I drink.  There is color drain around the inner lip when I eat.  That will either bother you or it won't.  It doesn't bother me because it wears really well otherwise.  I find them comfortable and an amazing liquid lipstick for the price.  I obviously want to try more colors.  At this time, there are only six colors at Ulta, and I'm really hoping for a good nude pink to pop up in the future.  There are eight colors on Models Own website, which does ship worldwide.

If you follow me on social media, you know where I'm going next...Models Own Sculpt & Glow Highlighting Powder, (.5 oz).  The color I have is Golden Sand.  This is normally priced at $11.99 and is now on sale at Ulta for $8.99.  It's HUGE.


Guys.....guys....we just have to have a chat about this!!  This is an incredible highlighter!  Oh my gosh, like hidden gem in Ulta!  Go get both.  Now!  Seriously so pretty.  It shows a lightly pink champagne on me, which is my favorite highlighting tone.


I have more swatches in my video.  You might want to check them out.  This highlighter can apply lightly for a glow, or layered for a GLOOOW.  It lasts until you take it off.  The staying power is unreal.  It's so beautiful, doesn't have any glitter, and gives a stunning sheen.  I can say with confidence that this highlighter will definitely be in my Best Highlighters of 2017 video.  The best buying advice I've ever given you is to get this highlighter.

The first eyeshadow palette I'll show you is Vintage Rose. I bought these palettes at the full retail price of $17.99 but they're now on sale for $13.49 for a .24 oz palette.  I was wearing it in the video at the top of this post.  I think the packaging is pretty and gives you a good idea of what the palettes will be like.




I've just worn this once so far so I can't give you a full review but I do want to show you swatches and give you my initial first impressions.  I have some thoughts in the video as well.


The mix of colors is pretty.  I chose this as a supplement to the Too Faced Natural Love eyeshadow palette.  That one is a nice lighter colored palette but for my taste, I have to throw some darker shades in and I think this palette will work well.  The matte shades show up very lightly on my arm but better on the eye.  They also come with a two sided brush, which I show in the video, that I used for my look.   Hmm, a picture of my eye look here would have been good, right?

My second palette is Wonderland, a cool mix of greys and blues.


I haven't worn this yet, but I'm looking forward to it.  I'm really a cool lover and wanted something vastly different from all the warm bronzes, oranges and reds we've seen lately.

This palette is mostly shimmers, which I really like.  The two mattes don't swatch well on my arm, but I can tell the plummy color is going to be a great crease color for me.  I love colors like that in my crease.  I can't comment yet on the wear but I'm looking forward to giving it a go.


So far, my experience with Models Own is really nice.  I look forward to checking out more of their products.  My testing of the highlighter and the liquid lipsticks has been very exciting and positive.

You can find Models Own products at Ulta or on the Models Own website.  Follow them on their social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

How about you?  Have you seen Models Own in your local Ulta?  Have you tried any yet?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ipsy May 2017 Glam Bag Unboxing Best Ever!


Guys!! Today I have my youtube unboxing of the Ipsy Glam Bag for May 2017. This is my best Glam Bag yet!!  You have to see what I received.  I can't wait to use it all.  Let me know what you got in the comments below.  I'd love to compare.  


Don't forget, you have until May 25th at 11:59 pm to enter my giveaway for a Becca Cosmetics X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette.  You can enter on my blog or my TheBeachwaver and giveaway video.  Good luck to all and I hope you enjoy exploring my May Ipsy Glam Bag unboxing!!



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Check Out The Hottest New Cosmetics Brand - Glossier


The buzz has been on everyone's lips..."have you heard about Glossier?  Have you tried anything from them?"  Beauty bloggers are stalking each other's reviews to learn more about this up and coming brand.  I've been fortunate to test a few things and I'd like to give you my thoughts today from the cool package I received from this cruelty free company.

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The first thing I noticed right away was the wonderful packing of my products.  They came in this cuuuuutttttte pink bubble padded zip top plastic bag that can be used later as a makeup bag or whatever you'd like to use it for.  I know!!  Packing material, but it's so cool!!!  It makes for nice attention to detail.  I also received a cool sheet of Glossier stickers.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

Now for the products.  The first item I want to talk about Boy Brow, (.11 oz / $16), which has already received cult like status in the beauty world.  It was a favorite in heavy rotation on the Oscar red carpet this year.

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Boy Brow has a 1/4" spoolie wand to dispense product.  This product thickens, fills in and sets brows in place all without a stiffness that some products give.  It comes in blonde, brown, black and clear.  The color that I received is brown.  Key ingredients include beeswax, carnauba wax, oleic acid, lecithin and atelocollegen.

What I really like about this product is that I can wear it alone for a finished brow look or use it as a final step to cover the blonde tips of my brows.  I enjoy using this and I'd love to purchase the clear as well.

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Next are the Generation G lip colors, (2 gm / $18).  I hadn't read anything about these so I was really curious to try them, not really knowing what to expect.  They are a thinner tube which fits easily in a pocket, wallet or bag.  I received the colors Like and Crush, (pictured left and right).

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

The Generation G lip colors are a matte lightweight lip tint, more like a matte lip balm than a lipstick.  I haven't used anything quite like these before.  The light powdery pink of Like doesn't show on my naturally very lightly pigmented lips.  Crush is a nice lightweight berry.  They feel moisturizing while being a very natural look.  Some of the wonderful ingredients are blue agave, safflower oil, and triple coated mica which gives the signature matte look while having a smooth glide.  They are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, paraben, fragrance and cruelty free.

Swatches are, left to right, Crush and Like.

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The last color product I received from Glossier is the Stretch Concealer, (.17 oz / $18).  I have it in medium, a perfect match for my both undereye and on the face.  Key ingredients include beeswax, microcrystalline wax, avocado oil, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, adaptable mineral pigments.

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This concealer is designed to move, (or stretch), with the skin rather than drying down to a cakey overlay.  The nourishing oils also hydrate as you wear it.  For as lightweight as this concealer is, it has surprising coverage.  I do have to set it with powder under the eyes or it will do some minimal migrating.  I'm pretty impressed with it.  I don't know that it will replace what I regularly use but I just love the feel with it and how adapting the pigment is to my skin.

And now we're going to cover the Glossier skincare products that I received.  Glossier is all about a healthy glowing skin.  The products are designed to create a naturally pretty look, which begins with fresh skin.

The first treatment I tried was the Moisturizing Moon Mask, (3 fl oz / $22).  This product is good for all skin types.  It soothes, gently brightens and hydrates the skin.  My skin looks plumped up and smoothed when I use it and feels really hydrated.  You can use this day or night to give your skin the beneath the surface boost that you need.  I really enjoy this.  My skin gets pretty dry here in the desert and I can use all the moisturizing that I can get.  I find this product to be really effective.  I also love the packaging.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

Before makeup, I use the Priming Moisturizer, (1.7 fl oz / $25).   One of the most incredible things about this priming moisturizer is that you can layer it to achieve the level of moisturizing that you desire.  It plumps up the skin with hydration and evens out the surface helping to minimize pores.  There are no heavy silicones like in many pore minimizing products.  The anti-redness complex helps to even skin's pigmentation while it gives skin a cushiony surface.  Like the Moon Mask, this is a skincare winner.  And again, the packaging!

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I saved my favorite of all the Glossier products that I've used to tell you about last.  It is another skincare product.  Hands down, Balm DotCom, (,5 fl oz / $12),  is the best lip balm I've ever used.  This is an incredible formula in a squeeze tube and just the smallest amount will provide such amazing hydration to your lips that you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.  No joke.

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This balm lasts for HOURS on the lips as it works to hydrate and repair them.  It's very dense and when I say you just need a little, I'm talking about 1/4 of a pencil eraser worth or less.  This product will last a very long time.  I have the original but there are also flavored varieties available.  If you only ever purchase one item from Glossier, it should be this balm.  Key ingredients include beeswax, castor seed oil, omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, rice bran and rosemary leaf extracts.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

I've really enjoyed my introduction to this brand, especially the skincare.  There are full ingredient lists on the Glossier website.  You can follow them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

I really feel that the skincare I've tried are destined to achieve cult status right up there with Boy Brow.  How about you?  What have you heard about Glossier?   Have you tried any of the brand yet?

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