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?

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?


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