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Monday, February 20, 2017

Becca Cosmetics Prismatic Amethyst Pressed Shimmering Highlighter, Pics, Swatches and Dupe Comparisons


Have you heard all the buzz this week in makeupland?  It's about the new highlighter that hit the market from Becca Cosmetics.  It is Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed Powder, ($38 / .25 oz), or as we like to call it, highlighter.  Becca released this as a pre-sale to Sephora VIB members and it will be on sale to everyone at Sephora on Feb. 22nd.

As the name implies, the compact has a gorgeous amethyst colored outer rim and bottom and contains an opalescent amethyst powder with the same gorgeous topagraphy as was issued with the recent Rose Quartz highlighter.  I  have a youtube video with comparisons to many highlighters that I have in my stash and will be inserted below.

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Doesn't it look so much cooler in tone than the Rose Quartz?  Take a closer look, but reserve your buying decision for the swatches!


The powder is a lavender with pink and opal iridescence.  On my skin, it shows as the most beautiful pink toned glow.  I'd love to see it on someone with strong yellow tones and see how it looks on them.  This will be stunning on darker skintones.  It is exactly the color I had hoped Rose Quartz to be on my skin.


If you'd like to see more swatches and swatch comparisons to other highlighters, please view the following youtube video.  I'd be thankful for any likes, subscribing or comments you wish to do.


The Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Prismatic Amethyst will be available to the public on February 22, 2017 and is linked right here, with my affiliate.  It is the same great quality that we've come to know and love from Becca.

I'm dying to know what you think of this highlighter.  Will you be purchasing?  I'm thankful to my friend Tracy who encouraged me to get it and was patient with me while I got frustrated with Paypal, lol.  Anyway, I think she's a beauty and I'm dying to know if you have anything else like it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics Back Stage Collection Eye Shadow Palettes - Pics, Swatches, and Reviews


Today I am bringing you some eyeshadow palettes from the cruelty-free brand Jesse's Girl Cosmetics.  It's been nearly five years since I met Jesse and Julie G at their booth at Cosmoprof North America.  It's hard to believe it's been that long but what a blast that was.  Jesse is hilarious and Julie G is kind and warm and I just fell in love with her.  When the opportunity came to review the Sounds Of The City and the Natural Nudes Collection eyeshadow palettes, I jumped at the chance to work with them again.  Let's take a look.

The Natural Nudes Collection palette, ($6.99), has ten warm shades ranging from a very light beige to a deep brown.  The idea is that you can easily take this from day to night.  Just pop it in your purse and you're ready to go anytime.  It works from home to office to a night out and is travel friendly.  When I gave a first glance on my social media channels, people were dying to see it swatched and reviewed.  You can see why.


Isn't it pretty?  It weighs 13 grams so it won't add bulk to your carry-on bag or your purse or backpack.  It's got a nice ten pan selection of nudes...and hello, aren't we all just drawn to that amber in the top row?  Yaaaaaaas!!

It swatches nicely.  Because it is a nude palette, you're sure to find one of the colors will match your skintone and the bottom, second from the left, matched mine.  However with a primer, you can enjoy any of the colors.  Here is the top row in full on sun:


And inside my house:


And the bottom row:


And all together.


I've been wearing both palettes a lot over the past couple of weeks to get a feel for them so that I can give you my analysis.  Somehow during that time, I didn't get a picture.  I sent a lot of pictures to Snapchat but only saved one dorky picture from Snap...if you want to see it.  I was trying out the Jesse's Girl matte liquid lipstick in the color Angelic.  It's a beautiful coral rose.  These are one of my top three favorite liquid lipstick formulas.  It's lightweight when you apply it and yet is very long lasting.  Super comfortable to wear and not drying whatsoever.   They are just $3.99 each and I'm going to need every color!!


The other Back Stage Collection shadow palette is called Sounds Of The City.  I love that name.  I was ecstatic when I saw the cool toned nudes.  How often do you see a cool toned shadow palette anywhere anymore, especially one with nudes?!?!?


Again, you can take this palette from easy daytime to dramatic evening, and I've done so.  For my skintone, the three shades on the top row that look similar...they show up similar on my eyes as well.  For my personal coloring, more variation of these shades might make the palette a little better for me but at $6.99, I'm not complaining!!!  I'm getting several looks that I can wear.



To me, the matte shades on the bottom of the palette have a stronger payoff than in the Natural Nudes Collection.  Aren't these fun?  You can certainly mix and match the palettes...I haven't done so yet in order to keep my opinion of each pure and set on each particular palette.  I've worn this one a lot.

As a matter of fact, during the SAG Awards, I was observing the makeup trends and was playing around with a red carpet look.  I noted all the nude eyes that I saw.  It was like the Louvre...there were nudes everywhere!!!  So I grabbed the Sounds Of The City Collection to do the beige lids that I was seeing, and threw a little drama in the crease to satisfy my craving and this is what I came up with.


I'm having a lot of fun creating with these palettes.  They have medium pigmentation...not too light and not too heavy.  The colors are buildable.  I have to be careful with the Sounds Of The City Collection or I can make it too monotone on my skintone.  You just can't beat the bargain of this cruelty-free brand.

You can purchase Jesse's Girl Cosmetics at their website, Amazon.com, and Rite-Aid.  Don't overlook this brand.  They have some of my favorite nail polishes and lipglosses, too.  Be sure to keep up with them on social media on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest and now on Snapchat as well.

What are your favorite items from Jesse's Girl Cosmetics?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It's a Coca-Cola New Year At Albertsons!!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and the Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone.  #StartYourYearRefreshed #CollectiveBias






It’s a New Year, how are you preparing for everything to come in 2017? Have you made any resolutions? Perhaps one of them includes adding healthy fruits and veggies to your meals and snacks? There’s no better way to Start Your Year Refreshed than to incorporate select Coca-Cola products and Albertsons Fresh Fruit packs.

Products like Simply Orange, Minute Maid, vitaminwater, smartwater, and POWERADE will help keep you refreshed and ready to tackle anything in the New Year!

When you buy $15 worth of these participating items*, you’ll get $4 off your Fresh Cut Fruit via Catalina at Albertsons, Safeway and other banners (Tom Thumb, Acme, Shaws, Pavillions, Star Market etc.).  $4 off can be found on receipt as a coupon/credit for your next purchase of Fresh Cut Fruit at your Albertsons banner store.

*Participating products:






  • Simply OJ 89oz





  • Minute Maid Light FDA 59oz





  • Fairlife 52oz,





  • smartwater 700ml





  • Odwalla 15.2oz





  • Suja 12oz





  • ZICO 16.9oz.





  • vitaminwater 20oz





  • smartwater 12 pk 1L





  • POWERADE 32oz.





  • Core Power 11.5oz (new!)

  • This is the display I found in my local Albertsons, at an end cap area:



    The fresh cut up fruit was right by the front door, looking all delicious and enticing as one enters, and making it easy to find.


    I know a lot of people are moving to adding more healthy options in 2017; how about you?  I know I am!

    Monday, January 2, 2017

    Now On YouTube - PopSugar Must Have Box for December 2016


    PopSugar sent me a Must Have Box for December 2016 to try and I have opened it for you on my YouTube channel.  I hope you enjoy watching and I'd be grateful if you subscribe and like the video.  2017 Is the year that I conquer youtube, so hopefully I'll just get better!!  At any rate, I think you'll like seeing all that is in this box.   Thanks for dropping by!!


    This Winter Got Me All Walkin' In A Pixi Beauty Wonderland - Holiday 2016



    You don't want to miss the Holiday 2016 offerings from Pixi Beauty.  I look forward to them every year and this year, they really knocked it out of the park, just like always.  If you've wished for a "one and done" palette, or the perfect on trend pigments, or perhaps that awesome classic red lipstick, this collection is for you.  
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    (A little FYI - my post got disrupted by a couple of twisting falls that would put any gymnast in great envy, I'm sure.  I may or may not need another surgery on my knee, may or may not be determined by next week, but whoa, everything had to go into slo-mo for a little bit...dr's orders.  I feel so dumb...but the Pixi collection is everything I'd hoped it to be and more and I wanted to tell you go hurry and find it!!)

    The Pixi Holiday items always sell out so fast at the Target stores in my area...I'd be kind of embarrassed to tell you how many times, and how many times a day that I was going to search for these.  I was thrilled when they arrived at my door.  I'd been showing them off quite a bit on social media as I wore them non-stop to develop my opinion for you.  You may still be able to find them in your local Target, well, especially the ones that are regular stock.

    First up is the Palette Rosette, or Rosy Radiance,  Face Palette, $28.  This palette contains 8 eye shades, three for brows, and three face colors.  The lid marks each with the suggested use, making this a perfect gift for any level of makeup artistry, from beginner to expert.

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    Take this with you to the gym or work and you can use this one palette to go from day to nighttime with ease.  I love that it comes with the three brow hues on the bottom.  You have a light, medium and dark, a blonde, a warm tone and a cool tone all within the three colors.  This allows you to perfectly match your brows.

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    Here are swatches of the brow tones:

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    I'm going to interrupt my swatches for a second.  Pixi had also sent me some items to be able to create a #FlawlessInFive face.  These go perfectly with my Palette Rosette looks.  You might have seen the following picture on Instagram.

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    From left to right are the Endless Silky Eye Pen in Graphite Greige, ($12), Endless Brow Gel Pen ($11) in Medium, black Lengthy Fiber Lash Mascara, ($16),  and the amazing Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red ($12).  I want to insert these items and show them in the swatches.  The eye and brow "pens" are pencils, so just use them with a sharpener to keep them fresh.  The Endless Silky Eye Pen is a non-budging liner pencil.  It's everything I've been looking for!!!  I have such a problem with one eye running from allergies and this is the only liner I've used since moving to Phoenix that doesn't budge.  Pixi sent over the Endless Eye Pen in the color Opal Overcoat to put that shine to the inner corner when wearing a fabu look.

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    The Endless Brow Gel Pen in medium is a perfect fit for me.  It wears very well.  It's really hard to find a medium brown tone that isn't warm.  Most medium brown pencils are too red for me, but this is a great match.  It applies with ease and doesn't skip.  I'm really happy with this one, and I love the separation and length I get from the mascara as well.  It's hard for me to believe that such top quality comes with such a low price!!


    Classic Red is a MatteLustre formula.  When these came out last year, I tried one and then another and another...you know, like potato chips.  The price is SO good but the quality is even better.  They are a comfortable matte lipstick that wears a long time and doesn't feel dry.  An absolute steal for $12!!  I already had purchased Classic Red, so I'm quite familiar with it and how perfect it is for wear with these products.  It is pictured below with the Holiday Fairy Dust sampler.

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    And let's show some swatches:

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    It occurs to me know that maybe I should have labeled everything, but I think you can figure it out.  From the left, on the top row, are the three eye contours, the day/night lid shades, the highlights and Classic Red lipstick.

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    The bottom row, from left to right, are the three brow colors, the Enhancing Contour, Cheek Blush and All-Over Glow.  Next is the Opal and Greige Endless Silky Eye Pens, followed by the medium brown Brow pen.  Add the mascara and you have a variety of endless sophisticated looks to take you from home to office to nightlife.

    But then there are the Fairy Dusts!!  These are amazing pigments that can be used for eye shadow, wet as liner or foiled, or for a sheen of color to pop your look.  Use them on the lid or as a highlight anywhere.  I thought I had taken a million pictures of the look I did with them for my anniversary, but umm...it all went on Snapchat.  And I haven't taken others, well you know cuz I thought I had a bunch, but I'll do a subsequent post showing a look with these items.

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    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    The Fairy Dust Favorites in this years stack are Sheer Peach Glow, True Bronze, Ruby Sheen, Sunkissed Amber and Black Pearl.  I love how they're stacked in a plastic container that you can take anywhere.  You should know that I never have fallout with these!!  Ever.  And spray a little makeup setting spray on some pigment on your brush and you have a brilliant foiled color for liner or lid, or pop in the middle of your lip for extra highlight.

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    holiday, fairy dust, lipstick, eye pencil, face palette, favorites, pigment

    The first four pigments are high shimmer while the black is sparsly shimmered, as most people would prefer for liner.

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    I have swatches in full sun.

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    These colors are beautiful, long wearing, non-creasing, have no fallout, and completely on trend.  You can purchase full sized Fairy Dust pigments for just $10.  They're amazing.

    Now you know all the reasons I was flipping my lid all over social media about these Pixi items.  They're so pretty!  They perform so well!!  And Pixi just got me all...

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    You can find Pixi Beauty online and in stores at Target or online on Pixi's own website.  They have free shipping at just $25!!!  That's awesome.  Be sure to follow their social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.   Pixi is a cruelty-free company.  I'll be covering some Pixi skincare items in the near future, and you won't want to miss that.

    What are your favorite Pixi items?  Are you fortunate enough to be able to shop at a Pixi Boutique or do you purchase at Target? 

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Osmosis Colour Pressed Base Mineral Foundation and Curling Mascara - My Reviews...and More


    In the picture below, we have a rare creature among beauty lovers and bloggers and it's called "pan".  Those of us who love to collect rarely see the elusive pan.  Bloggers and makeup mavens alike tend to gather so many products that it seems like we rarely use any to completion.  When a powder or cream product is truly loved, the first signs are many pictures on social media followed by the appearance of  "pan".  The act of revealing the bottom of  a product is referred to as "hitting pan".   Please pause to admire my feelings about the Osmosis Colour Pressed Mineral Base in the color Beige Light, (pictured with the e.l.f. cosmetice kabuki brush).


    I'm going to tell you more about the Pressed Base but first, let's have a little chat about the Curling Mascara, ($22).   You might have noticed that both items are housed in metallic brown plum.  It so sleek and pretty.  I really appreciate the pieces for their asthetic as well as performance.


    The curling mascara has a curved anti-gravity brush that will transform your normal lashes into fanned out, naturally looking curly lashes.


    From the website:
    "The spiral layers coat every lash for buildable volume, while the innovative cobra-shaped head provides major curl for full, astonishing lashes.  

    One of the ingredients for your lashes in this mascara is ProVitamin B5 which coats each lash and increases fullness, length and volume while moisturizing.  This is a long wearing waterproof formula and yet comes off easily as you remove your makeup.  It is my FAVORITE mascara.

    I said favorite.  Yes, I did.  Below you see an unretouched picture of one coat of the non-flaking mascara.  I have one little spot below my lower lid where I popped myself in the eye, lol.  But I assure you that this mascara doesn't flake or have any fallout as it lasts all day.  (You'll see in a minute how delightful I look without this mascara.)


     I'm going to tell you upfront that the Osmosis Colour Pressed Base Mineral Foundation is the best powder foundation I've ever used.  It isn't powdery but rather gives a nice natural finish when buffed in with a kabuki or whatever brush you'd like to use.  Other powder foundations have made me itch and left my face dry.  I have a gluten related allergy that erupts on my face with exposure and is extremely itchy but this foundation doesn't irritate it at all.  Truly amazing.  I've tried quite a few others and haven't had a lot of success.   My color is Beige Light, which is perfect for me.


    I have compared swatches to the Mac Studio Fix and Mineralized Finishing Powders that I've tried in the past.  You should note that I've never finished one of those but I will finish this one.  From left to right:
    1) Mac Studio Fix N4, which is the closest match to my Osmosis Colour Beige Light.
    2)  Mac Mineralized Medium
    3)  Osmosis Colour Pressed Base Mineral Foundation in Beige Light
    4)  A different formula of Mac Mineralized Medium Natural plus Shimmer, which matches with the other Mac Medium
    5)  Mac NW25 Studio Fix
    6)  Mac NW30 Studio Fix

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    From the Osmosis website:

     "Formulated for all skin types, the Osmosis Colour Pressed Base provides a flawless and seamless, semi-matte finish with long-lasting coverage. Natural broad-spectrum UV protection shields skin from UVA and UVB rays, helping to prevent premature aging and hyperpigmentation. It applies quickly and easily with no mess and is packaged in a stylish mirrored compact.  Gluten-Free"

    You can review the list of ingredients for each color at this link.

    There are so many reasons that I love this foundation.  It doesn't itch.  It matches well.  It's not dry, nor does it call attention to my naturally dry skin.  I can make my skin glow with a decent buff.  It has great coverage without being heavy.  It doesn't melt and diseappear in the Phoenix heat.  And more.

    I recently had a major surgery.  It was a couple of months before I really cared enough about what I looked like to bother with foundation.  The only place I went for the first few months was physical therapy, where I am working very hard to rehab my knee.  When I say very hard, I mean that it's a work out.  I can wear this powder, look ok, hide my celiac skin, and not breakout.  I tried wearing other foundations to even out my skin and the workouts made me break out, but not so with this one.  That's HUGE.  I already have problems with my skin from the gluten allergy, I certainly don't need pimples too!

    The first day I wore it, I went to snapchat at night after checking the wear.  I've talked about this a lot on Snap.  All my followers know how I feel about it.


    One day I met with a friend who works for a large cosmetic brand that is known for it's glowing skin products.  She told me that my skin looked fantastic and wanted to know what I was using.  I told her and she asked how on earth my skin was glowing with a powder foundation.  RIGHT?  It's counter-intuitive, but I'm telling you, my skin can have a nice healthy glow with this foundation without it being heavy, itchy or making me breakout!!


    I'm wearing no mascara in this picture.  No highlighter, no blush, some lip balm and that's it.  I had a gluten exposure before this picture so I have a major outbreak, but with a little color correcter and this pressed base, you'd never know.  It hides all my secrets!!!! It's like a best friend that you can share the worst of yourself with and it will never reveal those things to anyone.  Who wouldn't love that???

    Osmosis has so many outstanding products.  I'd really encourage you to check out their website and sign up to get the blog posts delivered to your mailbox.  I've learned a lot of general really helpful information from reading it.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.  I think you'll love the skincare and color products.  I know I do!

    Have you experienced Osmosis yet?



    Monday, November 28, 2016

    Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum Review


    My favorite skincare ingredient is retinol, with Vitamin C running second.  Imagine having both of those anti-aging incredients in one product!  I was so happy to find out  Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum, (1.18 fl oz / $35), has both of these potent ingredients and more.  It is a cruelty-free, vegan friendly, USA made brand and is formulated with natural ingredients.  I've enjoyed other items from the brand and was really happy to sample this as I was completely out of retinol.  I'm pleased to report that I really like this product and I'll tell you why.


    This retinol serum is housed in a dark glass bottle, which keeps it protected from light.  It is delivered with a dropper to control how much serum you wish to use.  The retinol serum is a white fluid which is a conditioning formula.  I could tell from the first touch that it would be a moisturizing type of retinol serum.  I really, and I mean really, like that kind of retinol delivery because it's safe even for sensitive skin.


    The ingredients include:
    Retinol, (Vit A), which works at the cellular leval to reduce wrinkles, increase collagen production, manage breakouts and evens out skin discolorations.

    Vitamin E, a moisturizing ingredient that provides intense hydration to help reduce the drying effects of retinol.

    Vitamin C boosts the effects of the retinol.  It is also a powerful anti-oxidant which works to reduce free radicals left by the environment, and helps prevent pre-mature aging.

    Squalene, which happens to be derived from pure natural olive oil and helps to moisturize the skin.

    The full ingredient list is as follows:
    Deionized Aqua (Water), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Olive Oil Squalene, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate (sunflower based Vitamin E), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid,  Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola), Wildcrafted Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail), Wildcrafted Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion), Wildcrafted Geranium Maculatum (Wild Geranium), Pentylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol

    Valentia says this serum will diminish wrinkles, stimulate collagen, improve skin tone, manage breakouts and condition the skin.  It is my opinion, from using this serum, that the Night Revive Retinol Serum ABSOLUTELY delivers on the claims.  I've been really pleased with it and I find it does everything that it says it will.

    It takes very little product to be effective so it's going to last you a long time.  I'm really happy with it.  The only suggestion I would make to the company is to put this in a pump top type of container so that it is light free on administration.  Please use sunscreen always, but especially when using a retinol product.

    You can purchase the Valentia Night Revive Retinol serum on Amazon. and the Valentia website.  You can check the website for more information and skincare products.  Be sure to follow them on Instagram.  Valentia backs all their products with a money back guarantee - they are that sure of their products....and I am too!!

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