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?

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