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  
Be sure to follow them on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and now on Snapchat as well.

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

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

skincare, Pixi + Caroline Hirons

Pixi + Caroline Hirons, skincare

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

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

Pixi + Caroline Hirons, skincare

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

Pixi +  Caroline Hirons, skincare

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing Live For March 2017

I'm always pretty excited to see the pink metallic Ipsy mailer in my mailbox.  I received the March 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag today and unboxed it for you on my youtube channel.  Have a look and tell me what you think.

My current subscriptions include Ipsy and Sephora Play, and I'm debating subscribing to BoxyCharm.  Which subscription boxes do you subscribe to?  Which is your favorite?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Quick 'N Easy Red Carpet Party Look Makeup Set Swatches And Review

There are a couple seasons during the year that are my favorite; Awards Season ranking right up there at the top.  Yes, that time of year when celebs are nominated in all categories for the most coveted of artisan prizes.  There are winners and losers and behind all the flashes of the photogs are the people who create the beauty.  Charlotte Tilbury is the most in-demand makeup artist creating the gorgeous looks of the top A list stars.  Her team provides the most beautiful looks that I see on the carpets year after year.  She created an incredibly beautiful and innovative makeup and skincare line and I am fortunate to feature a Quick 'N Easy 5 Minute Makeup Look Set, (5 pc/$75) for you today.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

The set I was sent is called Red Carpet Party.  The name and the press kit inspired me to do a series on both Snapchat and Instagram Stories that I called Red Carpet Sundays.  Utilizing the makeup set, plus other Charlotte Tilbury items that I already owned, I had a blast getting ready and watching shows with all of you, dishing the stars, the awards and all the beauty.  The PR Kit had a fun clap board to play with, too.  :)

The Quick N Easy 5 Minute Makeup Look set Red Carpet Party features a Mini Wonder Glow Instant Soft Focus  Beauty Flash.  This is a multi-use item and can be used under makeup, over foundation, or over Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream for a lasting glow.  The tube is 15 ml in weight and you can think of it as photoshop in a tube.  It smooths, blurs, brightens and gives you a nice glow.  It is an excellent primer to put down before your foundation.  A full sized 40 ml tube is $55.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

The namesake of this set is the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red. ($34).  This lipstick is a wearable stunner!!  It has 3D glowing pigments which create a luminous finish in a long wearing matte formula providing a lit-from-within look; the makeup look that Charlotte Tilbury is known for.  Both the look and the wear of the lipstick are incredible.  It's a totally wearable red and a comfortable matte formula.  I could never think of enough adjectives to describe this amazing futuristic formula.  You are receiving a full sized lipstick in the glorious rose gold Charlotte Tilbury signature tube.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

Pair the lipstick with the included Kiss N Tell Lip Cheat lip liner, ($22).  These liners are iconic, providing great wear and yet are still comfortable.  Lip Cheats are waterproof, which I can attest to, and provide 6 hours of wear, to which I also concur.  These are the best lip liners I've used.  I have several in my stash.  This is a full sized product.

Line, smudge or smoke your eyes with the included full sized  Rock N Kohl eyeliner in Barbarella Brown, a nice rich nearly black brown, ($22).  It is waterproof and wears incredibly even on my runny allergy eye.  Allergy season is 12 months long in Phoenix, but I've never had any problems with unwanted smudging or disappearances by the Tilbury eyeliners.  They're not dry at all; they apply and blend like a comfortable dream and wear just like your favorite pair of jeans.

In the swatches, the Wonder Glow is pictured to the right, under the star below and above, it is under the line at the top.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

The fifth item is a bronze makeup bag with rose gold lip kisses all over it.  It's gorgeous and holds a whole day's worth of makeup.  It measures about 5.5" x  3" x 2".  The zipper is the gorgeous signature rose gold.  I put everything from my C.T. makeup looks below in the bag and still had room for mascara, a concealer and a powder.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

For my Red Carpet Sundays looks, I utilized a lot of products that I own in the Charlotte Tilbury line, along with the Red Carpet Party Look Makeup Set.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

Isn't this the most incredible packaging?  If you saw my Highlighters of 2016 video or blog post, you might know that Charlotte Tilbury's Bar Of Gold was my favorite highlighter of 2016.  It is pictured at bottom left in the picture.  Next to it is the Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation in #3 Fair.  The chocolate bronze circle is the Cheek To Chic blush Sex On Fire.  The retro looking compact at the top is face sculpting bronzer and highlighter duo Filmstar Bronze and Glow.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

This is beautiful makeup even before you put it on.  Using these products, I look airbrushed and photoshopped even without filters.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

It's totes amazeballs.  The whole look made me feel like I was a star who received the best Charlotte Tilburry application in order to walk the carpet.  Even without photoshop, I feel ready to meet Ryan Gosling.  I have a great imaginary life.  In it, I saw Ryan sitting nearby and did my best "hey, girl, HEY!"

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

I wondered, as I sat dressed to the nines, if Beyonce has to worry about the glare on her face from her jewelry.  And then I spy Meryl.  I see you, girl.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

Thank goodness I had practiced my gracious loosing face as my imaginary lead actress role lost to Emma Stone.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

I wouldn't normally post so many pictures of myself on a post, but I had a funny story in my head, so it just had to come out, right?  Just to show you what a photoshopped picture would look like so that you can compare the actual look to actual photoshop, here's a pic I messed with.  I think if you look again at the previous pictures, you can see how truly incredible the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow and Light Wonder foundation make my skin look in my real life.

Red Carpet Red lipstick, Wonder Glow, Rock N Kohl, lip cheat

Oh wait, did I say I lost the award?  No!!  There was an envelope mix-up!!  Here I am after the confusion thanking my fans and the amazing Charlotte Tilbury for my look all throughout awards season.

You can purchase the Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Party Makeup Set on her website or at Nordstrom.  Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Google+   As always, Charlotte Tilbury products are paraben free.  So what do you think, Is Red Carpet Party for you?  What is your favorite Charlotte Tilbury item?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Can Osmosis Skincare's Sugar Detox Harmonized Water Help Kick The Sugar Addiction?

I was recently introduced to a section of healthcare supplements from Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare called harmonized water.  What is it?  Well, it's water.   There are several different types, each claming a different purpose, and all are 100% water that have been enhanced with proprietory frequencies in the form of scalar waves.  Scalar waves are said to be a specific kind of energy field that, unless you're a physicist, might not really be of interest to you via a scientific explanation.  Layman's terms are that it's an energy field containing directional vector and wave energies.  The Osmosis Harmonized Waters are affected by different energy fields to achieve a variety of types of effects.  The Harmonized Water I sampled is called Sugar Detox, (100 ml / $30).  My curiosity peaked at the very name.

Here are the claims made by the company:

"All of us are experiencing the effects of aging from Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs). This results from excess sugar in our blood stream attaching to collagen making it tough and aging it before its time which leads to wrinkles. The sugar-protein bonds form these new molecules called AGEs. Over time AGEs become more permanent and affect the ability of our fibroblasts to create collagen. They also produce free radicals increasing the aging process even more.

Osmosis Skincare’s Sugar Detox Harmonized Water is specifically designed to address all aspects of sugar and sweetener overload. This Harmonized Water contains frequencies that help balance the pancreas, improve sugar utilization, detox sweeteneres from the liver, balance nerve damage associated with diabetes, help control sugar levels and reduce the effects of gylcation in the body. With daily use, there is now less sugar available to cause damage and help stop AGE-ing."

Bottom line, sugar ages us faster as it screws up our collagen processing, causing wrinkles and lasting aging damage.  Osmosis suggests that Sugar Detox can help.  I was interested to sample this and had hoped to kick my massive sugar addiction.  I've quit sugar before for decades at a time.  Most recently, when I went back to sugar, the cravings were worse than I'd ever had and were driving forces to my behavior.  The cravings drove me to the candy bowl again and again each day.  It is an addiction and it's a real beast!!

I started to incorporate the Sugar Detox into my day.  I received this right before a major surgery so I wasn't able to try it for a few months.  When I started, I had a hard time working it into my schedule at first.  Finding the right place for the bottle was key.  I rearranged my whole vanity to make this an easier 2x day step for myself.

The instructions are to use 5 squirts in your mouth twice a day, and 7 if you're over 175 lbs.  I began my oral squirting process with a good mix of skepticism and hope.  The attractive bottle and the easy to aim squirting mechanism eased my break into my new routine.

As I do often in testing products, I used it regularly for a bit, took a break, and then started it again to see what differences, if any, I noticed.  Gurrrrrllll!!  It was night and day.  The days I used Sugar Detox, I never had that driving can't-deny-it craving for candy.  And I certainly didn't have that drive 5 times a day...I'm telling you I built up an awful habit.  But with steady use of the Sugar Detox, not only did I feel better, but I didn't have that strong urge to HAVE to eat chocolate all day every day.

I'm telling you this absolutely worked for me.  And I even see a positive difference in my complexion.  The whole idea might sound funky, but this worked for me.  I'm a believer.  And now I'm in that desperate place where I suddently realized I only have a couple days worth left and I'm worried.  I wasn't on it long enough at one time to have totally defeated the beast and I don't want to go without it.  Because it worked for me.  It really really did.

This product isn't evaluated by the FDA for it's claims or even it's efficacy and all I can tell you is my experience.  My personal testimony is it worked for me and it's totally worth taking a $30 risk.  I probably never would have believed it if I hadn't experienced it for myself.

Osmosis is a cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny certified company.  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.

How about you?  Do you need to kick a brutal sugar habit?  Have you ever tried a supplement like this?

Monday, March 6, 2017

My Highlighters of the Year for 2016 - Best In Beauty - Plus a Giveaway!

Hi everyone.  I've had a lot of questions about my favorite highlighters in 2016.  I videoed it on my youtube channel and included a sweet giveaway that you can enter as well.  As I recorded this, I thought of so many of you and wondered what your favorite of 2016 was.  I would love for you to tell me.  I'd love that so much!!!  Thank you for viewing, please subscribe and enter.

and leave a comment telling me your favorite highlighter, blush, contour or bronzer for 2016!

You can enter my giveaway on my youtube channel or here: Wet N Wild Highlighter Giveaway

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