Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Sexiest Red Nail Polish Ever - Julie G Sunset Kiss Nail Polish!! Swatches & Review


Half of my review is in the title. I found the Julie G nail polish in Sunset Kiss, (10 ml/$3.99) to be the sexiest nail polish I've worn. It's a brilliant slightly cool toned red with tons of cherry and red shimmers in it that give a three dimensional depth on the nails. It's almost got a hidden holographic effect as the glimmers flash golden like the sunset at the corners of the fingernail.

My camera has trouble splitting the difference between skintone and the brilliant shimmer within quality of the polish.  Look at the left edge of the bottle.  Do you see how the glimmers look orangey at different angles?  They're cherry straight on and orange toned at the angle.

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics

There is so much drama put into this one classy red polish.  How can they do it at such a great price?

Here is a picture in regular home lighting.

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics

Right?  RIGHT?!?!  A sexy red, cherry and orange.  Such an awesome polish.  Pay no attention to me spelling my own name wrong in the font.  lol    I used Julie G Jet Set Quick Dry Top Coat to finish my polish.  It is definitely a quick dry shiny top coat that doesn't shrink at the tips or elsewhere.  Two manicured thumbs up from me.  The Julie G division of Jesse's Girl Cosmetics also offers a Gel Effect and a Matte top coat.  I'd like to get both of those.

I'm very impressed with Julie G polishes.  These were given to me as a gift but it's my honest opinion that the brand is one of the top in the polish market.  They apply smoothly and wear brilliantly.  I don't have any chips, flaking or application trouble with them.

Julie G and Jesse's Girl Cosmetics can be purchased on the Jesse's Girl Website, in store at Rite Aid, and on Amazon.com.  
Be sure to follow them on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and now on Snapchat as well.

If you'd like to read more about Jesse's Girl Cosmetics, Julie G or read more about my meeting with her when I attended Cosmoprof North America one year, you can check that out here.

Have you ever met a beauty celebrity?  Who was or is your favorite?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tarte Cosmetics Make Believe In Yourself Magic Wand Unicorn Makeup Brushes Plus Sephora Haul


Right???  RIGHT??!!??!  Unicorn brushes!!!  From Tarte!  I love Tarte's brushes on the daily anyway and being a total brush fiend, I needed to have the newly released unicorn handled colorful makeup brushes.  And just LOOK at that tissue they were wrapped with inside the box!?!?!  My hair is devastated because it's no longer the most unique little unicorn in my house!

So I made a video right away and included the other items that I purchased from Sephora.  There are a couple items I'm not sure about but neither the brush set or the lip paint will ever leave my stash.  Please like and comment on youtube, or on here, if you like.


What's the most unicorn-y item you own?  The most unicorn-y in your beauty stash?  I'd love to hear about it!

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Pixi Beauty Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Collaboration Review #PixiPretties


Many, many squeals of excitement erupted from me when I received my Pixi Pretties package with four collaborations that Pixi Beauty created with beauty influencers.  It was a huge box the size of a suitcase.


The box is so big, there was nowhere in my home with adequate lighting to take pictures.  The Pixi Pretties collaboration contains four unique sets of creations which are found when I open the delicious box.


Each collab will be featured either here on my blog, on my youtube channel, or both.

It's Judy Time created full eye and lip kits.


Aspyn Ovard worked with Petra, Pixi Beauty brand creator and owner, to formulate three glow-y cheek powders and a kit containing a lower lash mascara and brow gel.


Maryam Maquillage, one of the nicest youtubers on the planet, created 2 face palettes and a superb double ended brush to go with them.


And now we come to collaborator, blogger and youtube beauty guru Caroline Hirons.  With Pixi Beauty, Caroline created the genius Double Cleanse, (3.36 oz, $24).

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If you watch or read her channel, you'll recognize that Caroline is nothing short of brilliant.  She's intelligent and knowledgeable and a true treasure trove of information about everything beauty.  She has completely earned her unofficial title of skincare guru.  Ms. Hirons has long been an advocate of double cleansing and it's just appropriate that the Double Cleanse is her Pixi baby.

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What is double cleansing?  It's the idea which comes to us initially from K skincare practices of cleansing by removing makeup and daily grime first with an oil or balm.  After the oil or balm is rinsed off,  a nourishing moisturizing cream is used to remove the balm remnants and any leftover  oiliness or film and complete the cleansing of the skin.  You face will never be cleaner than with a double cleansing system.

Can you just use the oil to take off your makeup?  Sure, but if you've done that, you'll recognize the need to cleanse the balm remnants from the face and the cleansing cream does just that.  Afterward, your skin feels nourished rather than stripped and is completely clear of all makeup.  You'll see that the brilliance of the packaging makes this really easy to do, with the cleansing balm on one side and the cleansing cream on the other.  Plus, there is an inner lid to keep everything nice, pretty and seperate.

skincare, Pixi + Caroline Hirons


Pixi + Caroline Hirons, skincare

For me, this is the perfect product delivery.  I've only double cleansed about 1/3rd of the time prior to receiving this package.  It was one more step and one more product that I had to get out so I often would hurry through my cleansing steps.  And leaving two different cleansers on the vanity to be able to double cleanse took up a lot of room.  This product makes my life easier, having both forms of cleansing available with the simple lifting of just one lid.

It's a big jar so it will last awhile.  It is bigger than the palm of my big ol' hand.

Pixi + Caroline Hirons, skincare

I'm thinking of getting a couple as back ups because I can't imaging what I'll do when it's gone.  I'm really hoping Pixi makes this a permanent item in their skincare products.  My favorites are pictured below, which I've talked about on youtube, Instagram and my snapchat quite a bit.

Pixi +  Caroline Hirons, skincare

The Double Cleanse is full of anti-aging ingredients that I'm really excited about and no nasty parabens or fragrances.  Here are the ingredients in both sides of the Double Cleanse:

Solid Cleansing Oil INGREDIENTS: Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-8 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylgylcerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil. Cleansing Cream INGREDIENTS: Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Arginine, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, sh-Decapeptide-7, sh-Octapeptide-4, sh-Oligopeptide-9. 2 x 50ml / 1.69 fl.oz

I'll say it again that I really hope this item becomes permanent.  Caroline Hirons is a skincare genius and I just love the ease of use of this double cleansing system.  I find it easy to keep each side seperate and my face has never been cleaner.  You can purchase Pixi Beauty items on their website or boutiques and also at Target.   Learn more about the brand by following their blog and across social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and youtube.

Now I'd like to ask if you Double Cleanse.  Which is your favorite item of the Pixi Pretties collaborations?


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