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.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

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.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

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.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

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.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer, swatches

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.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

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!

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

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.

primer, face mask, lips, brows, concealer

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?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Beachy Waves With The Beachwaver + Becca Cosmetics X Chrissy Teigen Palette Giveaway


Sarah Protempo created The Beachwaver iron to use backstage on the Victoria's Secret Angels.  You know those pretty airy beachy waves they wear?  Yes, thank Sarah's team and The Beachwaver.  I am demonstrating the 1" and .75" irons in use in my video.  In conjunction with the video is a giveaway for the Becca Cosmetics X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette.  Everyone is welcome to enter.


Follow The Beachwaver on Instagram to see more.  These irons retail for $129 and can be found at Ulta and Kohls.  They are really terrific items.  I hope you'll watch to see how to use them as well as what all the buttons are for.

My giveaway is open until 11:59pm on May 25th, 2017.

Becca Cosmetics X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette Giveaway


Have a great day!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

You Want To See Incredible By Nature Eye Gel - An Innovative Organic Eye Treat


Today I want to bring you a new and innovative eye treatment called Incredible By Nature Eye Gel.  It's unlike any other eye formula I've used.  Incredible By Nature Eye Gel is an all natural and organic solution, made in the USA and not tested on animals.  The eye gel is hypoallergenic and safest for even sensitive skin types.  I have a 2 ounce size bottle with a pump on top.  The newer style packaging has a pump lid which I think will be an awesome and better mechanism for dispersing the product.


When I received my bottle, I needed to shake it up a bit to make sure it was all mixed properly.  The pump bottle spurts out a little bit more than needed so I'm really happy to see the new jar, with a more controllable form of delivery.  Even though you can purchase this right now at the amazing price of $19.99, you still want to get the best dollar to use ratio in a product as possible.  I had a tough time with this pump, but it is the only complaint I have.

There are amazing and effective ingredients in the serum.  I can't find the product list online, but I will show you pictures of the ingredient list on the bottle.



This product is clinically proven and dermatologists have approved it.  You can see why from the ingredient list.  Among the standouts to me are retinol palmitate, retinol, honey, hyaluronic acid, sweet almond oil, olive oil, aloe, vitamin E, coconut oil, honeysuckle extract, jojoba oil and matrixyl acid.  These are proven anti-aging ingredients and I can attest that in this formula, they work to give a more youthful vibrant look around the eyes.

My experience:  From my first two uses, I swore I felt a difference.  My undereye felt firmer and less textured.  As I've continued to use it, I've seen the depth of my lines lessening and the continued benefit of smoothness under the eye.  Regular use of the product had lightened dark spots that were forming and hydrated the area.



As I often do when testing a skincare product, I stopped using it for a week to see if I noticed a difference without it and I did.  The dark spots were returning and my skin didn't feel as smooth.  I saw more puffiness and dang, I was glad to get back on it!!  While it is hydrating, it's not a thick cream that is prone to plug pores and cause milia, but rather is like a thinner serum.

It is my opinion that everyone should use this serum.  I do use it in conjunction with an eye cream and I've been really happy with the results.  The price of the 2 oz product is usually $39.99, still a bargain for an effective eye product, but you can purchase it now at this link for just $14.99 AND you get an additional 30% off!!!  This brings the cost down to ten bucks and change...for an effective eye treatment!!!!   Amazing price!   Have you ever heard of an eye product that works at such a great price?  It's totally worth a try.

Monday, May 8, 2017

New Becca X Chrissy Teigen Palette First Impressions, Swatches, Pics and More!


When I first saw pictures of this palette in blurry little snagged photos online, I didn't think it was too exciting.  The more pictures that were released, the more I thought I might be interested.  When I followed coverage of the Becca X Chrissy Teigen Influencer party in LA, I saw scads of pictures and swatches posted.  Then I got excited.  Like I couldn't wait to get this palette.  Have a view of my youtube and see if it lived up to my expectations or not.  I'm showing pictures, swatches, a first impression and application.


The Becca X Chrissy Teigen palette will be available for sale on Sephora.com and in stores on May 11th, 2017 for $46.  Check it out and let me know if you think this palette is a fit for your style.  I'd love to know!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

How I Enjoy Complexion Perfection From Lancome!!

These items were provided for free from Lancome thru Influenster. All opinions are my own.


I received a box through the Influenster program from Lancome that contained new products to test.  It's always exciting for a beauty influencer to be involved in testing new products.  The first item in the box was Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Makeup Stick with SPF 21, ($42).


The color I received was 215 Buff (N), a shade of beige with neutral tones.  This is perfect for my skintone.  I knew I would love it because I'd purchased the exact same stick in the same color last spring.


I really like this foundation stick.  It glides brilliantly and smooths to perfection on the skin.  It is comfortable, hydrating and longwearing.  Teint Idole Ultra Longwear stick is oil-free, smudge resistant, transfer free and suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin.  It comes in a wide range of 20 shades.  You can find the ingredient list here.

The next item in the box is the Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage concealer, ($31).  I received the color 110 Ivory (c).  This is classified as a cool shade and is in a typical squeeze type tube.  When I first looked at it, I thought it would be too orange for me but it is perfect for my coloring.  It covers my purple undereye circles and blends easily over any small marks I might have.  It has full coverage with a very lightweight feel in a non-creasing formula.  I'm really pleased with this item in the length of wear, color and how easily it blends.  You can see swatches below, (l to r: foundation, concealer, highlighter, lipgloss).

swatches

The Lancome Click N Glow Highlighting Pen, ($23), comes in four colors.  I received D'Or, which is a golden shimmer.  This is designed for sophisticated brightening rather than the in your face kind of brightness. although it can be built up for a more obvious kind of glow.  It's in a click pen with a doe foot applicator.

highlighter

You can mix this with foundation or concealer for overall brightening, use it for spot highlighting, or layered with any other highlighter you might have.  This pen is really cool.  The delivery is perfect for travel or reapplying throughout the day if you need to.  I plan to pick up the Rose, a light pink tone, as well.  It is infused with glycerin and vitamin E to insure your skin stays hydrated.

The fourth item I received was Lancome Le Mettalique Metallic Lip Lacquer in Mirrored Nude, ($22), a pink champagne metallic gloss.  This was already on my wishlist and it's travel size fits easily into a purse or pocket.  This gloss has a lightweight hydrating formula with a multi-dimensional shine.  Mirrored Nude is the lightest of the colors.



Lancome can be purchased at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, and all other department stores.  My thanks to Influenster and Lancome for the opportunity to try these products.

Have you tried any of these four?  What do you think?  What is your very favorite Lancome product?

Saturday, May 6, 2017

GRWM With Artis, Royal Langnickel Moda Prismatic, Dupes & My Opinion



I'd like to invite you to watch my first Get Ready With Me video on youtube.  It's a teaching tool to show you the proper use of the new paddle type brushes, Artis and some of the dupes, and how to clean them.  My initial review of my Artis Brushes is at this link.  Pictured in the thumbnail is the Artis Brush Cleaning Pad, (pad and cleaning foam set, $30), an antimicrobial treated microfiber cloth on a padded surface.


The brush pad is easy to use.   When you wish to change colors while using your brush dry, you just rub it across the pad until it's clean and then change colors.  When the brush is dirtier or wet, spray it with the foam or a brush cleaner and brush it across the pad until clean.



This has solved a problem I had with one of my brushes.   I used a liquid brush cleaner on one of my Mac brushes, (designed by Matthew Waittesmith, Artis designer).  I used too much and got it deep into the bristles and it gunked up my brush.  These brushes are designed to be used with maximum surface area so that you don't have to get product down into the bristles.  They work the most efficiently when product remains at the top surface.  When I received the Artis pad, I finally had a way to effectively clean up that brush.  Don't do what I did.  Try the brush pad and foam for a more proper cleansing to your Artis and paddle style brushes.  These are often featured, as are the brushes, on HSN.

I hope you enjoy the video.  I wanted to laugh hysterically when I messed up the bronzer, lol.  These brushes can fix just about any human error, don't you think?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

JulieG Nail Polish Spring Trio Special For Jesse's Girl Cosmetics PLUS a Giveaway!


If you've been reading me for awhile, you'll know that Julie G is a beauty influencer and youtube personality who became a nail polish designer for Jesse's Girl Cosmetics.  The JulieG nail polishes retail for $3.99 each which makes the spring special three packs an awesome deal at $10.00 for each set.  This special trio deal goes through 5-31-17.  All Jesse's Girl Cosmetics and JullieG nail polishes are cruelty free.  Let's take a look at the sets.


Set Number 1 contains the neon coral-pink color called Bikini.  It dries to a matte finish and can easily become shiny with JulieG's Jet Set Quick-Dry Top Coat.  This is an excellent top coat which dries quickly and has no shrinking!  It is best to use three light coats with this neon.  I applied this over a base coat, not over a white polish like people often do with neons.  I think the color comes across beautifully.  I did have a little trouble with it showing every nail flaw but I think a light fourth coat would have taken care of that issue.   These polishes, especially the neons, dry really quickly and it makes multiple coats a breeze rather than an all-nighter.


Tropical is a beautiful nearly neon turquoise cream.  The third color in the set is a beautiful light purple called Dream In Pretty.



Set Number 2 contains  three cream colors.  The first is Santorini, a medium sky blue.


Julie's Fave, a nice creamy orange, is pictured in the middle and  Rio de Janiero is a beautiful plum that leans a little fuchsia.


From this set, I have worn Santorini as a manicure.  It applied beautifully, was self-leveling, and made me happy to look at.  It's a really great blue for this time of year.


The third Spring Set also contains beautiful colors; two neons and a bright blue.


Fierce & Fab is a bright neon purple.  It dries matte and has no application trouble at all.  The same is true with the neon hot pink Om Em Gee.  The gorgeous blue on the end is called Cabana Boy.  Here are the swatches:



These sets are on the special Spring event until May 31, 2017. You can purchase JulieG nail polishes and 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 thru Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest and now on Snapchat as well.

And now for the giveaway!!!! Four winners determined at random through the rafflecopter widget will win a three pack of their choice from these three cool sets. The giveaway is hosted by Jesse's Girl Cosmetics and runs April 27 through May 4, 2017. Good luck!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


\Which set would you pick out of these three if you were one of the winners?

IPSY!!! APRIL 2017 GLAM BAG UNBOXING!!

April's Ipsy Glam bag was fun.  I got a brush!!!  I get really excited about makeup brushes.  If you want to see what else I got, just have a lookie at my video.  Thanks for viewing.  (I almost forgot to publish this post!  :-0 )


Do you subscribe to Ipsy?  What are your favorite unboxing type of videos to watch?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coachella And Festival Season Tips - Fashion And Beauty


Today I'm going to talk to you with my best tips for enjoying summer, Coachella type events and Festival season.  As much as you want to groove where the music takes you, you'll also want to be prepared.  I hope you'll enjoy my tips, (I totally forgot to include deodorant in my list), and my special minute with over and under 40s.


What are some of your favorite tips for enjoying things outside? I'd love to hear.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

My Top 10 Eyeshadow Palettes of 2016 PLUS GIVEAWAY


In my newest youtube video, you'll find my favorite eyeshadow palettes that I used in 2016. There is also a giveaway of a Too Faced Cosmetics Sweet Peach shadow palette. Grrrrrrrrl, enter to win....don't miss out. And please don't purchase a counterfeit palette from China. Anyway, take a look.



Let me know what your favorite eyeshadow palette that you used last year is. Also, what palette is your current favorite?

*** Thank you to everyone who entered.  The winner is Paula K.  Keep checking back.  I love to do giveaways to bring cheer to my readers, so there will be more in the future.  ***

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Osmosis Brow Gel; My Experience & Review


When I first started wearing makeup beyond simply foundation and blush, I used to spend a lot of time at the Mac Counter learning application methods and exploring color options.  As I went for lesson after lesson, I learned that applying a little powder to brows could finish a look.  Like just about everyone who came before and after me, I said "why do I need anything on the brows, look how full they are".  Back then, Mac Cork eyeshadow was the standard for brows.  Fast forward to today and brows have a life of their own!!  This is the age of insta-brows.  A good brow can make your look and a bad brow can get you unfollowed on social media,  Brows are everything now and require a product that stays put, applies well, isn't patchy and will order your favorite coffee for you.

Recently, I was offered Osmosis Brow Gel, (4gm / $25), to try.  They have adorable and clever packaging.  They make me think of the Keebler Elves little house.  I don't know why but they do.


The packaging is simply brilliant.  The top comes off the lid where you see the line in the middle.  Inside is a tiny brow brush.  It's the smallest brush I've every used, measuring at around 1/8" in width.


Flip the brush upside down and it fits perfectly on top of the lid, giving you a comfortable brush to hold to paint those tiny little brow hairs.  This small brush enables you to precisely draw the brows that you want.


I received two colors; Brown and Taupe, pictured above at left and right.  When I had surgery several months ago, it was difficult on my body and I lost most of my brow hairs.  I started drawing in the tails at that time and found out two really important brow details.  First, not all brow makeup will draw on skin that doesn't have hair and second, some brow products will migrate and melt on the skin.

Osmosis Brow Gel does neither of those nasty things.  It fulfills my two brow requirements.  I prefer a product to be easy to draw a brow with and my top priority is that I can put it where I want and it will stay.  This gel doesn't melt in the Phoenix heat.  I'm so thankful!!!  I was using a couple of high end brow products prior to this that just ended up all over my brow bone but not where it should have been.

I've been using the brown to draw in my brow tail and general shape and I use the taupe to fill in.  Sometimes I use all brown or all taupe.  I can wear each color equally well as my brows are a mix of blonde, dark brown and a few white hairs.  The members of my family each have their preferences for my brows, so I accomodate depending on who I'm with and how I want my overall look that day.

In the following picture, you'll see brown at the top and taupe at the bottom.


It seems that every time I review an Osmosis product, I tell you that it's fabulous and performs unlike anything else I've used in its particular category.  I don't want to sound like I'm repeating a mantra, but honestly, this is the best brow gel I've ever used.  Osmosis makes outstanding products, in my experience, and this brow gel is no exception.  I can draw my brow tail down to my chin if I want and it won't move or smudge.  It won't melt and looks great all day.  It is water resistant and I seriously couldn't be more impressed with it.

I love the packaging.  I love the tiny little precise brush that lets me achieve whatever look I want to on any given day.  I find this easy to use and long lasting.  And really, in a brow product, that's exactly what I need.  You want to put a brow on and forget about it for the rest of the day.  I've been excited to find my holy grail brow product!

Osmosis is a cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny certified company.  The brow gel is gluten free and oncology friendly.  I always suggest that you subscribe to their blog.  I've learned SO much from receiving those emails in my inbox.   You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

Do you have a favorite non-melting brow product?  Can you believe brows are having such a makeup moment??

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ARTIS BRUSH SALE ON HSN.COM TODAY

If you've read my blog awhile, or viewed my social media channels, you might remember me referring to Artis Brushes.  Artis set the makeup brush industry upside down with the uniquely formed and hand cut makeup brushes, which many other brand tries to copy.  Created by former MAC Cosmetics senior executive Matthew Waitesmith, these patented designer brushes are ergonomic, unique, funtional, performance driven and cruelty free.  People ask me often if other knock off brands are the same.  It's pretty simple...umm, no...not that I've tried every knock off but the ones that I have just haven't measured up to the quality of Artis.

Today, April 6th, on HSN, (Home Shopping Network), and HSN.COM, you will find Artis featured four times throughout the day on tv, (and all day online).  I think you'll enjoy the offerings.  I've got a youtube video that I'm currently working on that will talk a lot more about the performance and maintenance of the Artis and the Brushcraft by Artis products.  Look for that in the next couple of weeks.  Here's something that will be on HSN:


This is the Artis Double Palm brush set, mirrored finish.  Today it's on sale for $90, (reg. $110),  with free shipping.  If I had this brush, I'd use one in one hand bronzing up my bod and the other in the other hand highlighting the angles and curves of same bod.  It's definitely time to add some shimmer, contouring and highlight to arms and legs here in Phoenix.  And I could do it so much quicker with both palms gliding at the same time.  You can also purchase this superb brush as a single, on sale for $50, which is $15 off it's usual price.

There are introductory brush sets, cleaning items and even a spectacular set containing all the Artis line.  Check it out today on HSN, watch the shows and see how to use the brushes while gathering more knowledge about how they're made and what sets them apart.

If you miss the show, check out my previous Artis post or stop by the Artis Brush website to learn more.  They are the most exciting brushes you'll ever own.

What about you?  Have you dipped your palm into the Artis Brush pond yet?

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Strobe And Highlighters From Makeup Revolution!

Hello and happy Monday.  Today on my youtube channel, I have swatched and compared some highlighters and strobing powders from Makeup Revolution.  Some are the newest that they have and are gorgeous.  It's a short video and if you're a highlight lover like I am, you might want to tune in.


Do you love highlighters?  Or are you ready to move onto the next new trend?  Thanks for watching!

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!

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