Thursday, August 31, 2017

NEW TOOLS!! GRWM DEMO OF THE MAKEUP BULLET AND BLENDSMART BRUSHES



Hey guys!  I wanted to share my youtube demo with some pretty cool new makeup tools with you.  Ok, so remember last week when I was showing you The Makeup Bullet makeup sponge on my blog?  Well, today I am demo'ing the sponges on my YouTube Channel.  I am also using the blendSMART brush, a battery operated brush with interchangeable rotary brush heads.

I had the good fortune to meet with both of these companies at Cosmoprof North America in 2016 and was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with both.  The Makeup Bullet packages were provided by the company.  I already had the blendSMART brush with foundation head and just received a brush with the highlighter brush head from the company to try.  All opinions are my own honest opinion, as always, and I haven't been paid to use either of these new tools.  In my video, I am using the highlighter brush for the first time and had already used the other items enough to share my opinion on those as well.

highlight

Don't let the scary lady at the beginning of the video frighten you.  She's just as real as can be but she gets better as the video goes on.  lol


I've explained the details pretty well in the video, I think, but there's a few things about the mechanical blendSMART brush with rotating heads that I want to be sure to specifically discuss here.

1.  Use the blendSMART rotating brush heads in straight lines.  Do not swirl your brush.  The heads rotate and brilliantly disperse product, so glide it over your face in straight horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines.  I show this in the video.

2.  Use less product with this brush.  It disperses product more evenly than other brushes or blending sponges that you may be used to so start with less product and build if you need to.

3.  The highlighting head can be used well for highlighter, blush, contour and bronzer.



4.  The foundation head can be used equally as efficiently regardless of the type of foundation you use; liquid, cream or powder.

5.  The brush heads are antimicrobial and all are safe for even sensitive skin.


6.  The application process will take a little bit longer than what you may be used to because you can blend to perfection.  The couple of minutes are worth the investment.

7.  There is a convenient on/off button and the brush is powered by a lithium battery stored in the handle.



The starter brush set is $69 at Sephora and comes with a foundation brush head.  Other brush heads can also be purchased there for $26.  This is a really great tool to give you an airbrushed type of finish.  I think it would be especially useful for those moments that you want to preserve in photographs, such as a wedding or family portrait.

You can follow blendSMART on InstagramFacebook, Twitter and youTube..  You can learn more about the brushes and the company on their website.

You can learn more about and purchase The Makeup Bullet on their website or online at Ulta Beauty.  Follow the company on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and watch Eva Jane Beauty on Youtube.  Be sure to check out my previous post featuring The Makeup Bullet.

What do you think about these nifty new makeup application tools?  Anything seem interesting to you?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

JulieG Beauty Bohemian Nail Polish Collection Swatches and My Story



Beauty influencer and nail polish creator Julie G has created the Bohemian Collection of nail polishes to help ease us through the transition from summer to fall.  These colors are rich and can easily cover the nail in just one coat.  The polishes normally retail for $3.99 each and the set for $23.99.  The set of 6 is currently on sale on the website for just $9.99!!!!  I think they just blew my mind.

Jesse's Girl Cosmetics

In the above picture, the colors are, from left to right:  Aria, Karma, Eden, Faith, Henna and Harmony.  I was inspired by this collection of colors with the faux woodgrain handles.  The colors reminded me of my life in Alaska and the time I spent growing up in the woods.  Let me explain.

I wore Aria first.  It brought to mind the fireweed that grows in Alaska.  Legend has it that when the flowers bloom at the top, it's six weeks until winter.  The week I wore this polish, I was dying to ask friends at home if the fireweed was to the top yet.

Bohemian Collection


Karma.  The Alaskan flag song starts with "eight stars of gold on a field of blue..."  The week that I wore this polish, every time I saw my fingers, the state song played in my mind and I wondered if they still teach Alaskan heritage to the school children.  I sure hope so.  I thought about so many times I laid in the grass or snow at night and studied the sky with all it's mysteries.  I dreamt of being an astronaut and I knew, in my heart, that amidst the deep blue of the sky, the North Star would always guide me home.  "Eight stars of gold on a field of blue, Alaska's flag may it mean to you, the blue of the sea, the evening sky..."

Bohemian Collection

 Blue is a predominant color in Alaska with the sky, the bodies of water, and the color of the mountains in the winter as they become topped with white snow.

winter

I think Henna is my favorite, being a rich coffee brown.  My grandmother introduced me to coffee in our Alaskan kitchen.  It's a great memory.  There are a lot of trees in my homeland and the brown and woodgrain brings many choice moments to mind...such as going to see the Visitor's Log Cabin in Anchorage that my grandfather built on his homestead in the wilderness of what was yet to become the 49th state..

Bohemian Collection


Henna also brings to mind the moose that roam freely everywhere.  Downtown, in my former hood...they're everywhere.

Bohemian Collection


My second youtube video was made through my front window.  I'd like to thank this moose for running at the perfect speed.


The lavender of Harmony makes me think of the wintertime and how during the sunsets, the mountains glow with this unusual hue of purple.  The sun sets across from the mountains in Anchorage where I lived, but it reflects a beautiful lilac during it's transition.

Bohemian



One look at Eden and I see the grassy fields of summer where I played many sports.  I see the needles of the spruce trees, (the pine's lesser known cousin), that grow with abandon.

Bohemian Collection

 It's beautiful there in the summer.  The mountains below are the same in the winter picture.  It is the Chugach Mountain Range in Anchorage and turn left right here and you arrive at my former house.


 Here I am surrounded by the blue and green of Denali National Park when my grandfather taught me how to fly fish.

grayling

And rounding up the Bohemian Collection is Faith.  When I see the color of Faith, I am reminded of the huge flower baskets that they hang up on the streets downtown.  They're always vibrant and HUGE.  They're grown in local greenhouses and truly, it's amazing that they can be so large.  I have no pictures of them but let's look at Faith to round out the Bohemian Collection!

Bohemian

Overall, I'm impressed with the quality of this collection.  I was struck by how nail polish colors can spark a whole lifetime of memories in the wearing.  I was awed by how they transported me to my youth and some great memories of my home state.  I was almost overwhelmed by how much this collection touched me personally.  I feel like I need to personally thank Julie for making this collection, which seems to be an exact fit for me.

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 as well thru Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and now on Snapchat too.

Do you relate to this collection in some way, perhaps even similar to the way I do?  Do you see a favorite in this collection?

Dose Of Colors Desi X Katy Collection * Giveaway

Hey Guys!!!  I have a review up on youtube about the Dose of Colors DesiXKaty collection curated by youtube influencers Desi Perkins and Lustrelux.  There is a giveaway at the end and I'll link it below.  Good luck!!


Dose of Colors Desi x Katy Eye Quad

Monday, August 21, 2017

Crimes Of Beauty Nude Lip Vibes Wristlet Clutch Makeup Bag


I've got something super fun and super practical to share with you today.  I first became aware of the brand Crimes Of Beauty on social media when I'd watch coverage of various cosmetics expos around the country.  I thought their catchy tongue-in-cheek slogans were everywhere from cute to catchy to hilarious.  I have assumed that when I go to IMATS or TMS, I'd walk out with at least half their booth.  Today I have the item that I believe is the most ME.

 makeup bag

I've been living on Nude Lip Vibes for a few years!  They're my favorites!!  I thought this wristlet was just adorable and the perfect little bag for me to go shopping in search of more.  Am I right, or am I right?

The wristlet measures 10" long by 6.5" wide and has a 7" wrist drop, (i.e. a 14" doubled over wrist attachment).  The faux leather zippered bag is a steal at just $20 and is perfect for running around town or flipping around.


If you'd like to use it as a makeup bag, just throw it into your larger purse to easily locate those lip products.

You can purchase any Crimes Of Beauty items on their site.  Follow them on Instagram and Facebook as well.

Isn't it just perfect?  Loooooove!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Makeup Bullet - An Innovative Makeup Sponge For Quick Precision


Who would you trust to create a makeup sponge worthy of adding to your tool arsenal?   Would you look to an Emmy award winning celebrity makeup artist like Eva Jane?  She has created The Makeup Bullet, a uniquely shaped fingertip makeup applicator with a patented design.  It is sure to speed and improve your makeup application.  And, good news, it is now sold at Ulta Beauty.

Eva Jane, makeup sponge

The sponge fits easily on the top half of the finger and smoothly navigates the nooks and crannies that are hard to reach with an even makeup application.  The tip is the perfect shape for the inner eye and lids while the longer base is adept at foundation.  I find this gives a much smoother application to the inner eye while using far less product.  You can use this dry or with a spritz of water or fixing spray.

Eva Jane, makeup sponge

The Makeup Bullet is sold as a single, ($14.99), as you saw above, or in a three piece set, ($24.99).  (At the time of this writing, there is a sweet BOGO 1/2 on Ulta's website.)

Eva Jane, makeup sponge

I will link my youtube video with examples of application here when it's live.  You can quickly canvas the whole face in no time.  I wish I'd had these when I did makeup for local runway shows.  I would have put one on each hand and smacked out that foundation in no time at all!!  I like this for myself and I think it's genius for a makeup artist.  They do say that necessity is responsible for invention, right?

The sponges are hypo-allergenic, latex-free, washable and manufactored in the USA.   You can learn more about the company and purchase The Makeup Bullet on their website or online at Ulta Beauty.  Follow the company on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and watch Eva Jane Beauty on Youtube.

When I first saw this sponge, I just imagined it pouncing and gliding as I did my makeup.  How about you?  Can you just see this on your fingertip?

And here is the video.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New! Wet N Wild Beauty Midnight Mermaid Collection

Dude!!  Walking through Walgreens, not really minding my own business, taking a quick route through the makeup aisle to the refrigerators on the other side of the store, I spied the new Wet N Wild Collection.  I was like whoa, and dude, and whoa!  I hadn't seen any reviews yet, so how could I decide which to get?  The result of anguishing over my decision is that I have swatches and a mini-review for you here today to assist you in your shopping choices.  I just bought it today so I've only had a chance to wear the highlighter and hope to have a full review in the future.

The collection contains: 
3 metallic liquid eye liners, $3.99 ea
4 Catsuit metalllic liquid lipsticks, $4.99 ea
4 Color Icon metallic liquid eyeshadows, $4.99 ea 
1 spectacular mermaid tail imprinted Mermaid highlighting bar in Mermaid Moon, $6.99
The whole collection at Walgreens costs $56.88 before tax.  There is a bit of a savings if you buy the full box for $35.99 on Wet N Wild Beauty.  I chose to purchase it on site in Walgreens where I receive points that accrue to cash back and not have to pay shipping.  That being said, with the cash back that I made from my points, it was virtually the same as ordering the box online from Wnw dot com.

Onto the swatch show:

The liquid liners come in a Trident's Shimmer, steely metallic grey...Sea Dreams, metallic navy and Sea Symmetry, metallic royal green.



The metallic liquid eyeshadows are kind of fascinating.  Lara's Necklace is a metallic green  color with a black base.  Aquatic Prism is a shimmering blue with a black base.  These two have metallic micro-glitter particles.   Looking at the colors, I anticipate that they will need to be eased onto the eye over the top of a shadow just like the Stila glitters.


The third color looks nearly olive in the tube but it is a shimmering grey with silver micro glitters and a black base.  It's name is Mysterious Nights.  The fourth color is Moonlight Majesty, a shimmering plum with a black base.

I swatched them as such:  top to bottom, Mysterious Nights, Moonlight Majesty, Aquatic Prism and Lara's Necklace.  The shadows have a nice duochrome look to them with the metallic on top of the black base.   As the light changes with the curvature of the lid, it lends to a natural halo type of effect.  In other words, you probably won't have to add a darker shade at the outer V because the formulation of this product will do the work for you.


The four Catsuit metallic liquid lipsticks are:  Siren's Jewel, metallic royal green, Sea Seduction metallic navy.  Harbor A Crush is a metallic plum and Coral Crown is a metallic burnished bronze.


When I swatched these, the green and the blue applied with perfection.  In order to get the same vibrant color, I had to double swatch the plum and the bronze, but again, I haven't worn them yet and if I know Liquid Catsuits, it won't be any problem whatsoever.


Here are the corresponding colors in the tube, just for curiousity's sake.




The comparison of the blues is very interesting.  The navy lip makes the blue eye look green in the tube in a picture.  To the naked eye, the blue shadow looks more aqua with a purpley duochrome especially next to the navy lip.

Onto the star of the show, the  Midnight Moon Mermaid Highlighting Bar.  I do believe this could be the stunning finish to any mermaid out there!




This is a fascinating highlighter!!!  I wasn't sure what to think when I opened it and looked at it.  It has a beautifully sculpted mermaid fin, that I was sure of.  But the color was so different.  In swatching this, I found it is definitely different than anything else I own.  It is a gold color with a faint hint of green undertone and some imperceptable pink micro-sparkles.  It melds together to give a beautiful glow that just pops on the cheekbones.   This is really a spectacular multi-dimensional highlighter that has to be worn to be believed.  It is not the typical warm orangey or peachy gold that is so prevalent on the market right now.




Let me know whatever questions you might have and I'll answer them in the future as I wear the products to see how they wear.  I like color so I can envision wearing a lot of these....but not at the same time!!  You can purchase Wet N Wild Beauty in most drugstores and on their website.  Follow them on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Refresh, Recharge, Renew With The PopSugar #MustHaveBox 5 Year Birthday Edition


August marks the fifth anniversary of the PopSugar Must Have Box, a monthly subscription box carrying a variety of items in a curated selection by Lisa Sugar and her editors.   The category of the items range from fashion to fitness...food to lifestyle, home, beauty and anything in between.  It's such a fun box and while this month is their special birthday collection, every box feels like a present to me.  I'm always excited to see the thoughtful items that are included.  The subscription is $39.95 per month and if you subscribe thru 8/31, use the code PARTY to save $10 off your first box!  Each box always contains well over $100 worth of products.  I've unboxed so many beautiful Must Have Boxes both here and on my youtube channel and now I want to tell you all about the August box valued at over $154.

This month's 5th year anniversary box inspires me to take moments to refresh, renew and recharge in this hectic digital age.  Let me explain why.  The first item I pulled out of the box is a beautiful rose gold Fringe Studio journal with gilded rose gold edged pages inside, ($16).   It is sponsored by Jeep and comes with a card that has information about a Jeep Compass giveaway and some suggestions on renewing your day.


Jotting notes or thoughts in a journal is an excellent way to learn about yourself and your world.  You can help refresh your mind by dropping your to-do list in it, or anything that is busying up your thoughts.  Freeing your mind of those things you're trying desperately to remember all day is a way to renew your outlook on the day with less stress.  The world has gotten so busy in the 24/7/365 digital age that taking moments to sit and relax and express ourselves is often overlooked.  Spending a few minutes to do so can be freeing mentally and a lot of fun when you re-read it years later.  Sometimes those things we wrote put our perspective into focus; such as reading that our past worries weren't really as big as they felt at the time.  And sometimes they make us laugh remembering a long forgotten event.    You know how you smile when Facebook pops up your written memory from years ago?  You can find the same enjoyment in items you have scripted in a journal.

And while you make notes in your journal, you can relax and refresh with the First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Bounce Mask, ($38).  Masks are a special treat to ourselves while we pamper and renew our skin.


If you're at all like me, sometimes it's a moment with a friend that brings the much needed emotional and mental recharge.  Why not invite your friend or neighbor over and serve up some sweet tea with the enclosed Pastel Cheers Laquered Tray, ($28)?  Enjoy the Goodie Girl Cookies, ($2.95), together.  If I had small children around, I'd invite them to my lemonade party and we'd use our cheery tray to serve it.  Wouldn't it be fun to renew a relationship with a child by making them feel like your special guest?


You can share the Dogeared Friendship Bracelet with your guest, if you wanted to give it to a special friend.   Also included in the August box is a Shoptiques gift card for $25.  With it, you can shop a resource of boutiques from across the globe.  Spend a few relaxing moments shopping with it or refresh a friendship by gifting it to someone.


You could invite the person who recharges your heart to write their name and a special memory in your journal.  That would be so cool to look at later and have for years to come!!!


The last item in this month's PopSugar box is a set of white candles with gold glitter that can make any event a celebration.  They are from Meri Meri, ($7.50), and I'm always so excited to see an item from Meri Meri in my box because they make excellent photo props!  I still use the stars that were in the November box in photography.  I love the tall skinny shape of these candles.



Do you see why I feel such inspiration to refresh, recharge and renew inside this celebratory box?  A good way to renew is by entering a contest, am I right??  PopSugar wants to celebrate this anniversary with you!!!   They are offering $10 off the first month's subscription with the code PARTY.  In addition, they are offering all subscribers of the Must Have Box, (subscribed by 8/31/17), an opportunity to win the following:

Week 1:  A limited number of subscribers will win something from Pehr Designs.
Week 2:  Limited number of subscribers will win something from First Aid Beauty
Week 3:  Limited number of subscribers win something from Kendra Scott
Week 4:   Limited number of subscribers win something from Tarte Cosmetics
Week 5 (8/31): 5 Grand Prize! Limited number of subscribers something from Cambridge Satchel Co + 1 year Must Have Box!

Be sure to subscribe HERE by 8/31/17 to be eligible to win.  And don't forget to use the code PARTY for $10 off the first month.  You can follow PopSugar on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  I've been so inspired by this box...what about you?  Do you see an item that really speaks to you in this month's celebratory box?


Thursday, August 10, 2017

First Impressions - Sephora Collection Pro Editorial Eyeshadow Palette


My curiosity was peaked when I saw the three new Sephora Collection Pro eyeshadow palettes on their website, (28 shades/$68).  There are Cool, Warm and Editorial editions.  I had no preconceived ideas about any of them but seeing them in person, I found myself captivated and curious about the Editorial palette.  It thrilled me the same way looking at a fresh box of Crayons did when I was a kid.  I decided to pick it up and want to tell you my first impressions.  A full and complete evaluation of all the colors will take some time.

Pro, eyeshadow

I love color and have been a little bored lately with all the warm brown and orange palettes that have been coming out.  And yet, when I use them, I love the look on the eyes.  However, I just found myself wanting some change and desiring a little bit of color.  The palette kind of reminds me of old school Mac from the mid 2000's when we used to wear a lot of color on the eyes to exercise creativity.

Anyway, the first row has a matte for a base color or matte highlight, several iridescent wash type of colors and two glittery silvers, one leaning more white while the other leans more grey.

eyeshadow, pro

The second row has me completely captivated.  I love every color in it.  It's sunset eyes in all of it's glory.  The matte shades kick up quite a bit of powder, more than I expected at first.  However, I'm seeing this as the new fall trend in mattes and it's easily enough to deal with.  I just love every one of these colors!

eyeshadow, pro

The third row has varying tones from chartreuse to shimmering grass green to matte teal to blue.  My very favorite color in this row is the matte teal leaning green.  It's fantastic!!  The pigmentation is excellent.  It is just an incredible color.  The chartreuse is a very clean color and I find these all apply to true the color in the pan.  The shimmers are excellent as well.

eyeshadow, pro

I haven't figured out the last row yet.  It has shimmers and a duochrome that swatch heavier than they apply to the eye, for the most part.   On the left are two colors that are fairly sheer shimmers.  The third color from the left is a very faint brown with a green duochrome and it is also fairly sheer.  The cranberry is pretty and the rust is a gorgeous fully shimmered shadow.  The black is intense in pigmentation and a great addition to any shadows you might wear.

eyeshadow, pro

On my Instagram, I have a palette picture, swatches and videos of the duochromes as they move in the light.  It gives a better idea, I think, of the shades and their depth of value.

I can't say yet how much I'll wear these shades and the various textures, but I can tell you that this is a high quality set of shadows.  I didn't expect it to be as rich as it is and that makes me quite happy with my purchase.  I've always liked Sephora Collection products but this palette is like a step up in quality.  It can hold it's own against the quality of any other shadows on the market.  At a little over $2 per shade, These palettes are definitely worth a look.

Follow Sephora Collection on Instagram, and Sephora across all social media channels.

Have you looked at the Pro palettes?  What did you think?  What were you drawn to?

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