My Birthday Dinner Makeup Look

Hello.  I made this video the day before my birthday and for whatever reason I haven’t ever gotten around to recording the voiceover.  Allergies have been kicking my butt and you can definitely hear it in my voice.  This is the makeup for my 31st birthday dinner.  I went to one of my favorite restaurants, Cantina Laredo, with my husband and kids.  I am not going to go into too much detail here about the makeup products.  If there isn’t a review on a specific product already there will be soon.  I am linking everything I used in this video below.  Hope you enjoy! 

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Ardency Inn AMERICANA Custom Coverage Concentrate

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Mario Badescu Honey Moisturizer

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Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

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Make Up For Ever HD Blush

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

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Laura Mercier Eye Basics

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Urban Decay Naked 3

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L’Oreal Lineur Intense Carbon Black

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Merle Norman Wicked Lash Mascara

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar

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Clarins Instant Light

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Stila In The Light Get Ready With Me Tutorial

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OK!  I promised you a YouTUBE video a week or so ago and I mean to deliver!  I have been meaning to upload this video all week but I wanted to do the voiceovers because I know how boring it is to watch a completely silent video.  I just don’t like to talk while I am getting ready.  The video always becomes entirely too long and I lose concentration.  I figure that if I just record what I am doing and narrate later it will be much more pleasurable for myself as well as anyone watching!  

In this video I used the Stila In The Light palette, which has been a staple for me lately.  I adore the palette and I hope you get a chance to see it for yourself.  If you are a neutral lover you are sure to love it too!

The look is a very wearable, everyday, neutral look.  It took about 10 minutes to create so I feel like that is more than enough time for the average woman, including on-the-go mothers!  

The lip shade I used is the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Plum Perfect.  I love it.  It creates a very muted plum toned lip and will pair well with anything!

I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I enjoyed making it!  I think I finally got my lighting right so look for more videos coming from me more frequently!  
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Cool Off this Summer with Perlier Italian Sorbet Limone Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water

One of the coolest things I have discovered this summer is the Perlier Refreshing Crackling Ice Body Water.  It is AMAZING.  I have never heard of anything like this before.  It is kind of mind-boggling, such a different kind of product that people keep looking at me funny when I use it because they can’t figure out what exactly it is.  

“It’s summertime. You’re sweltering. All you want is a cool, refreshing sorbet. How about indulging in a little sorbet sweetness — for your skin? Exuding an exhilarating scent, this granita is the perfect summertime skincare refreshment.”

So what exactly does it do?
  • Sparkling and crisp
  • Moisturizes and refreshes in one step
  • Makes your skin pleasantly smooth and scented
  • Crackles when applying to skin
  • Provides sudden and strong cooling effect
  • Formulated with food ingredients, just like a true fruit sorbet
  • Fresh and light texture gives a sorbet-like effect on the skin
  • Made in Italy
I almost have no words to describe it.  I feel like it is a true refresher.  It cools.  Check.  It leaves a clean fresh scent.  Check.  It moisturizes.  Check.  It adds a bit of whimsy.  Check.  It is a multitude of products all rolled into one.  I love it, my kid loves it, my husband loves it, and everyone that has seen me use it loves it.  

I made a video on my Vine account the other day to show my readers how it works in action–SO glad Vine allows me to share and embed the video in my post.  Just look at it in action.

This product retails for $24.50 on hsn.com.  You can get $5 by using the code IFABBO5.  Click this link –>http://bit.ly/17G1rtG and it takes you straight to the products from Perlier.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.  I am hoping I touched on everything I wanted but it is such a break through product that I am unsure that I am capturing all of it’s awesomeness! :)  
*This product was provided in exchange for an honest review by iFabbo.  All opinions are my own.  The link above is the one encouraged by iFabbo to use.

Get Ready With Me: Playing With New Makeup

It has been quite a long time since I made a video.  I have been wanting to make one since I got my new camera MONTHS ago but there was a pretty huge learning curve.  
I haven’t really given my makeup a good play in months and months due to feeling too pregnant and more recently due to having no time.  I used some new and old items of mine to create the look below and I hope you enjoy!
I am honestly hoping to get better at making and editing video, so please be patient with me.  If you like this look, please subscribe!  Thank you!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold and Beautiful Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills has done it again!  There is a new kit/palette on the market and it is perfect.  It is called Bold and Beautiful Kit and it breaks into two separate palettes.  Volume 1: Bold Brows, Volume 2: Beautiful Eyes.

Because it is based on a storybook theme, the broke it up into two separate palettes (or volumes).  I love that it breaks it into two separate palettes instead of putting it into one because if you are traveling and want to use one of Anastasia’s other palettes, you don’t have to lug around this entire kit and another palette, you can mix and match without the extra room taken up.  If you did want to take this entire kit along (because it does have awesome staple colors in it) then you are in luck because the entire kit fits inside the palm of my hand.

Vol. 1: Bold Brows
I first fell in love with Anastasia products due to the believable color and high quality.  The products being believable is important because using a weird tone can look terrible and mess up an entirely perfect eye look.  

This kit includes a colored pomade, a taupe brow color, a pair of tweezers, and a dual-ended brush.  One end of the brush is a spoolie and the other end is angled.
The brow color is a nice neutral taupe shade.  It will be universally flattering for blondes or brunettes.  And quite honestly, the taupe shade is quite beautiful and pretty nice to pop in the crease for any eye look.  The pomade is a lot like a wax and really is able to hold stray hairs in place.  This color is perfect for adding a little more depth to the brow powder, perfect if your hair color is on the darker side.

Vol. 2: Beautiful Eyes
This palette includes 4 eyeshadow colors: a matte cream shade, a peachy pink shimmer, a satin tan, and a deep black/brown with shimmers.  
As you can see in the swatches, they are nicely pigmented and perfect for creating most eye looks.  
The swatches on my arm are one swipe transfers and as you can see it translates perfectly.  It is absolutely perfect for anyone from beginners to pros.  If you wanted more intense color, FEEL FREE to wear them wet.

I also received a PR booklet that shows some of the makeup looks inspired from some amazing books.
First up is The Great Gatsby:  The look is based on Daisy.  ”A New Money Smokey Eye.”
Another book is The Hunger Games:  District 12 “A Capitol Eye”.

Another gorgeous look is based from Anna Karenina. Anna’s Gaze “A Refined Smokey Eye”.

And the final look in the press kit is from Valley of the Dolls.  It is based on Neely, “A Catty Eye”.

Though these eye looks are gorgeous I wanted to create something similar yet original.  Here is a look I did with the palette and I made it my Valentine’s Day look!  I hope you enjoy the video!  

Thanks for taking a minute to read my review and watch my video!  You are greatly appreciated!

*The products mentioned in this post was sent by PR for editorial consideration.  All opinions are my own.

Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush

I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush for the last couple weeks and I must report that I am very pleased.  

“Go from wet to beautifully styled hair faster than ever!  Super absorbent microfiber bristles remove 30% of water as you style*. It’s like a towel and a brush in one. 
PRODUCT FEATURES:
• Absorbent microfiber bristles remove 30% of water for faster styling
• Antimicrobial microfiber keeps the brush fresh
• Side Vents for maximum air flow
• Lightweight design to reduce hand fatigue while drying
• Ergonomic handle is textured for extra grip”
The brush claims to reduces water in your hair by 30% so that it can dry faster.  The reason why is because of the wonderful technology.  The brush actually has two types of bristles: plastic and microfiber.  The plastic bristles are the classic paddle brush style bristles and they are to comb through your hair and actually get any tangles out.  The microfiber bristles (the blue ones) are actually to absorb the excess water.  It really is like having a towel inside your brush.  How many of you walk around with a towel on your head to absorb excess water before you get started styling your hair?  Mmm hmm… That is what I thought! ;)
Another snazzy idea that the folks at Goody incorporated into this brush is vents on the side of the paddle brush.  Not only are they helping you reduce drying time, but they are also helping you do it while staying sanitary.  These air vents are to allow a good amount of airflow to get to the microfiber bristles, which helps drying time for your hair and the bristles themselves.  Did I mention that the microfiber bristles are also protected with antimicrobial properties?  PLUS!

InStyle magazine actually voted it “BEST NEW BRUSH” in the Spring of 2012 and I can see why!  If you want to see a short demo of me using the brush, continue to watch my video below.  

The Goody QuikStyle Paddle Brush retails for $12.99 and you can find it at your local drugstore or big box store.  It is also available at the Goody website.  For additional information and discussion on this brush, feel free to click over to the Influenster Product Page for the brush.  I give this brush 2 thumbs up and you can rest assured knowing that it will be my hair drying brush from now on!  
*The product mentioned in this post was provided from Infuenster through their VoxBox program.  All opinions are my own.  Some of the photos utilized in this post belong to Goody.

Get Ready With Me! Quick, easy makeup!

Keeping true to my New Year’s Beauty Resolutions I am attempting to make more videos.  I just filmed this video this morning and then busted my you-know-what to edit it down to post it for you all!  :)  I am so excited to be doing videos and hopefully I will be able to do so many more than before. 
The makeup I did today was my typical “office makeup”.  I was getting ready for work this morning and decided to film myself doing it.  Very simple to do, nothing tricky about it.  Hope you like it!

Products Used:
Shu Uemura Stage Performer
Bare Minerals Ready Foundation in Medium Beige
Estee Lauder DoubleWear concealer
Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Bare Minerals Bronzer in The Skinny Dip
It Cosmetics Blush in Rose Glow
Illamasqua Medium Pencil (used on brows)
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded
Maybelline Whisper in Mocha Muse
discontinued skintoned liner for waterline
Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Curl & Lengthen

Thanks for watching!  Be on the lookout for another video very, very soon! ;)

What Is In My Makeup Bag!

Hello my loves!  I recently saw a few “What is in my Makeup Bag” videos and I wanted to get in on the tag! :)  I bit the bullet and did it!  A few of my friends that have also done the tag are MiraSundari, TheBlackPanties, and the beautiful Neicy!  I am sure there are more but those are the only ones I have seen from the people I know and love!  :)  Without further adeui…

REVIEW: Jennifer Bradley Luscious Lips

 Red lips are a major Fall 2012 beauty trend and I, for one, and excited.  A lot of people think they can’t wear red lips for whatever reason and I am happy to share with you an a way to make them more wearable. Jennifer Bradley Luscious Lips Combo has 3 products that will create the perfect day-to-night luscious, red lips!

The three products included in the kit are the Rosewood Lip Liner, Bronze Gold lipstick, and Luscious Lip Plumper.  You can see the swatches below.  

First you want to line your lips with the Rosewood lip liner, then fill them in entirely.  The brown lip liner helps in the transition from your skin to the dramatic red.  You then apply this warm-toned red lipstick, Bronze Gold, over the top of the liner.  Applying the lipstick over the liner will lock in the color, and your lipstick will last way longer than applied alone.  The last step to a pretty pout is applying the Luscious Lip Plumper.  It acts as a gloss while also moisturizing the lips.  
While we are talking about moisturizing the lips I would like to mention that this is a very important step.  I have been applying the Luscious Lip Plumper to my lips even without lipstick.  It contains pep-tides to smooth  out the surface and in turn makes the lips appear more full, but without the tingly sensation that most lip plumpers have.  

If some of you are curious about what this brown/red combination looks like here is how I wore it over the weekend.  As you can see there is really no trace of the brown what-so-ever, just perfectly long-lasting red!  

In case you want to see a video on application I am going to lip Jennifer Bradley’s YouTube video, where she shows you step-by-step how to create the perfect red lip.
If you are worried about how these warm tones will look on you I want to assure you that they are easily wearable.  I did a consultation over the weekend and applied this same combo on a very pale, cool-toned lady and she loved it.  
This combo retails for $48 and is sold on JenniferBradley.com, and this link will take you straight to the set.  
How often do you wear red lips?  What is your favorite red?  Let me know in the comments below!  ;)
*The product(s) mentioned in this post were sent for editorial consideration from the PR for the brand.  All opinions are my own and the link is for your convenience only.

Tutorial: My Go To Summer Look

It has been a long time since I did a video where I show you how I do my makeup.  I decided to go ahead and film while I was getting ready for work the other day.  I also included some still pictures of the look I created. 

The top picture is the only one that I took outside in real sunlight.  The rest were taken inside my house.
I really really like the way the LORAC Exposed blush looks on me.  :)  It really finished off this look perfectly.

And here are my lashes!  It is insane how much I love the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara and also the RevitaLash that I have been using.

The lipstick I am using is the Giorgio Armani Beige 102.
And here is the video.  Don’t make fun of me! :P  I am not all that great in front of a camera but I try for those of you that keep asking me for a tutorial and YouTube videos in general.  Thank you for believing in me and making my day asking for these videos!  <3

If you have any questions on anything just ask them in the comments below.  Thank you for reading!