Ciate London Paint Pots Nail Polish in Antique Brooch

Ciate Antique Brooch

Ciate London is quickly becoming my favorite nail brand.  Everything I have tried has been interesting, pretty, and they make it so easy to achieve the look.  They nail polish bottles are cute too, they have a long pretty handle and a cute little bow.  The glitter polish I am showing you today is called Antique Brooch.  It is a fitting name because when you look at it in detail it really looks vintage and like it is something quite special.

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Laura Mercier Summer in St Tropez

Laura Mercier Summer In St Tropez

One of my favorite things in life is a new color collection from Laura Mercier.  They just released some new summer items in the New Attitude collection.  They dare you to be different and I feel like this quad is very different from what I normally wear!  I have the Summer in St Tropez Baked Eye Colour Quad to share with you.  Just look at those shades!  Eye catching from the get.  They really do scream summer vacation on a tropical island, right?

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Ageless Derma Natural Camoufleur Concealer

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Concealers are high on my priority list for my everyday makeup routine.  I want concealers that are full coverage, non-drying, lasts all day, and aren’t completely noticeable.  I have lots of spots I need to cover and some tired, dark under eyes that I like to conceal and I like having a product that can multi-task.  Ageless Derma Natural Camoufleur Concealer is made with vitamins and apple extracts.  It is paraben free and cruelty free.  It is also completely fabulous.  
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PERFECT BROWS with Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

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So, if you have been reading my blog for any good length of time you would know that I am a huge advocate of filling in your brows.  I have tried several different brow products over the years.  Pencils, pressed powders, eyeshadows, loose powders, and now finally a creamy product.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade has made a big splash on the beauty scene recently and I couldn’t resist the temptation any longer.


My sister has used Tarte’s brow mousse in the past (which has a similar texture) and she raved but I wasn’t sure I was ready for something like that.  She is a newb when it comes to more “advanced” makeup techniques so I should have stood up and listened when she was telling me about it but I didn’t.  Why didn’t I listen? GAH

Enter Anastasia’s Dipbrow Pomade…

This little pot of goodness holds 0.14 oz of product which is MORE than enough, for like, ever…  When I say you need the little bittiest bit that is exactly what I mean.  For someone that has preferred powders all these years the potency of this has actually been a learning process.  I have overdone my brows on a few occasions now but I have learned how to correct my not-heavy-hand.  It is actually quite blend-able while being extremely pigmented.  Another notable trait is that it lasts all day.  Once it sets it doesn’t smear, travel, or budge a millimeter!  It leaves your brows PERFECT for the entire day.  The consistency really acts like a pomade would to lock untidy hairs in place.

Since I switched my brow routine up and started using this I have gotten comments everywhere I go. I have had comments on twitter, Facebook, Instagram, from people I know, FROM PEOPLE I DON’T KNOW…  Everyone has taken notice that I switched something up and I have gotten nothing but positive mentions.

I have been using this with my favorite slanted brow brush.  The one in the picture at the top of the post (long discontinued Rock & Republic brush) is the one I originally started using but I switched when this one kept creating an overly strong brow.  That brush was too stiff so it draws on the product too heavy.  I have been using the Laura Mercier brush that has a spoolie on the other end.  It is still a dense brush but it bends just enough to give me a blended look.

As you can see from my playing below this makes a thin line, a curvy line, and can even be used to fake actual hairs.  I also included (blurry) shots of my brows from a recent video I filmed.  It isn’t up yet but I did some screen shots to include in this post for you all to see.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is amazing.  My shade is Dark Brown.  I was encouraged to purchase a shade that was lighter than this one.  I was warned by several people that this shade would be too dark but I think that the people that said that were just applying it on too thick (?) because this shade is absolutely perfect for my hair color.  Also, I would consider this a MUST HAVE for those of you with oily skin like myself.  It is hard to find something that doesn’t smear around after the oiliness comes out to play!
Funny story…  I was walking around in Sephora the other day and I saw a lady asking the sales associate questions about this and the SA sounded kinda clueless.  I was just figuring out how to use it myself so I chimed in (OMG, YES I WAS THAT LADY!  ugh) and told her what I had been doing with it and what worked for me etc.  She complimented my brows and bought the product.  I hope that she found what I shared with her helpful!  *fingers crossed*

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush in Promiscuous

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Since the Marc Jacobs Beauty line was released I have been dying to try out stuff.  I reviewed one of the eyeshadow palettes a couple months ago and now I am showing you my new favorite blush.  The Shameless Bold Blush in the shade Promiscuous is simply gorgeous.  It is described as a warm rose shade but I don’t know if I completely agree, but I will get more into that in a bit.

First off, the packaging makes me go gaga.  I love all that is little and sleek and black with silver accents.  The button on front is exaggerated and I honestly love it.  It reminds me of a pretty handbag closure. It has the look of luxury, but I do need to note that that luxurious look comes at a price–it isn’t very sturdy as far as packaging goes.  I don’t personally mind that because I am not exactly going to be throwing this in a game of catch but I felt it necessary to point it out for those that might mind.

Also for packaging, it comes nestled into a nice silk pouch that is perfectly reusable for keeping things stowed away in your purse.  I personally will keep this dust-cover bag on the blush itself because I don’t wanna scuff the glossy black packaging.  It also comes with a brush.  I don’t normally thick twice about tiny brushes included with makeup but this one is ok.  It has a slant and is a bit thicker than most of it’s kind.

So back to the shade description.  I think that it is a pretty shade but much more complex than a warm rose.  I feel like I am seeing a touch of peachy coral when it is in the pan and when it is swatched I feel like I see a sort of contradicting coolness.  
This blush has a gorgeous finish, I would describe it as a satin sheen while not being over the top.  The formula is pigmented, smooth, and kind of thin.  It really gives the appearance of second skin.  I would also like to mention that it is perfectly blend-able.  The seems ferocious in the pan but when you apply it and blend it out it turns into an amazingly wearable-by-anyone shade.  I think that is a huge positive.

Overall I am a fan of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless Bold Blush in Promiscuous.   Based solely on my opinions of this one I am sure I will love the entire blush line.  I haven’t tried, nor swatched, any other shade.  I may be going back for more because of this one though.

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Wear Makeup Like an Olympian with Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust

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With the Olympics going on I can’t help but get inspired by the metals  they are all competing for.  Gold, Silver, or Bronze… each one is a victory.  The eyeshadow I am going to talk about combines gold with bronze so it is a double-win, right?  Jane Iredale’s 24-Karat Gold Dust Shimmer Powder in Bronze is beautiful.  This line actually has shades for all the major metals: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Rose Gold, and errr.. Champagne.  :)

Jane Iredale’s write up on this product: “Apply it to the cheeks, eyes and lips for a delicately gilded look. Mix it with a moisturizer for the décolletage; or into your favorite hair product for luminous locks!”

So this multi-purpose powder is finely milled and super shimmery.  It is essentially my perfect recipe for an eyeshadow.  I am almost speechless when I speak about it.  It is one of those things that to see it is to love it.  The micro-shimmers are brilliant as the light hits it.  You can see from the shadow above that it looks like a silky powder but when swatched it builds up to perfect opaqueness.

While I was pursuing the interwebz I found this video on Jane Iredale’s youtube channel and thought it would be nice to include it so that you can see the product in action!
For the look I used below I laid down a base of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream Shadow in #13, a light champagne.  I then patted the Gold Dust over it with a flat shader brush.  The base was the perfect cream consistency to allow the shimmers to stick with minimal fall-out.  
The eyeshadow is much more shimmery and beautiful than this photo actually shows.
Anyway, wear the colors of the Olympians, whether it be gold or bronze… I did both! ;)  Rose Gold is the next on my wish list!
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Chapstick Limited Edition Spring 2014 Flavors +Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!!!

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My entire family is obsessed with Chapstick.  Everytime we go to the store my son (who is 8) asks me to buy him a tube.  My husband always has a tube in his pocket, gym bag, truck, etc.  I even have a tube or 5 in my various handbags.  My daughter who is only 9 months will obviously love the brand too!  Why are we all crazy for Chapstick?  Because it is affordable and it works!

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Valentine’s Day Makeup From Merle Norman

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Merle Norman has gorgeous makeup and some perfect options for Valentine’s Day!  When I think of Valentine’s Day I think of the stereotypical pink and red lips with a flirty eye.  I am excited to share with you some beautiful options straight out of your local Merle Norman boutique!

Everything in the photo above puts together the PERFECT date night makeup look!  Bold lips, winged liner, fluffy lashes, and a little shimmer!  Sounds like my perfect makeup year round, actually!  :)

The two bold, beautiful Creamy Lipcolor lipsticks are Amour and Romance.  Amour being a perfect red and Romance is a bright, deep pink.  There is also a fantastic Lip Conditioner with SPF 15 that I use to prime my lips before putting anything on them.  The Clear Lip Pencil is brilliant too!  It keeps these bold colors from feathering or traveling!

The Pro Pen Eyeliner is a perfect precision point liquid eyeliner.  It draws on a deep, dark smooth line without dragging or skipping!  Really nice!  The Wicked Lash Mascara is quickly becoming one of my favorites!  It has a HUGE wand and builds up my lashes quickly.  The Liquid Shimmer in Anything Glows is a beautiful highlight that can be used on the cheeks, bridge of the nose, cupids bow, etc.  I actually patted it on my eyelids as a cream eyeshadow!  A simple shimmery lid is the perfect component for winged liner and full, fluffy lashes!

The shade on my lips in the full face shot is Romance.  It is also the shade directly below!

The red shade is called Amour!  And it is sooooo Amour! ;)

I hope I could be helpful in aiding you with picking out some makeup for your Valentine’s Day date night. If you don’t know where your local Merle Norman boutique is check out their store locator!  Go into your local store and see these products for yourself!
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Wantable Makeup Box February 2014

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Wantable is THE makeup subscription box for me.  Once I get the shipment confirmation I literally stalk my door for it’s arrival.  The February 2014 Wantable Makeup Box has some pretty great products in it.  Most of them are things that I would more than likely have bought on my own.  In case you are unfamiliar with the service, Wantable is a monthly subscription service that delivers Makeup, Accessories, or Intimates boxes depending on what you choose.  They give you surveys that they ACTUALLY stand by and you get a personally curated box every month!


I love that this box had a little bit of everything.  If you look at the contents it actually can create a full face look!  There is a nail polish, cream eyeshadow, lip gloss, BB cream, and foundation brush.

They include a slip that lists the products included as well as giving you deets on your Loves, Likes, AND Don’t Likes.  You get a clear shot of exactly what you told them you wanted and right below is the list of what they sent.

The first things that I saw in the box (which is usually what my subconscious immediately loves) is the Beauty For Real True Color Lip Cream in Barely There and the Be A Bombshell Eye Base in Undercover Lover.  I am a neutral/nude lover so these will get a ton of use!

The Beauty For Real True Color Lip Cream in Barely There ($22)is thick and creamy and actually feels like a liquid lipstick.  The shade is a beautiful peachy tan nude.  It is just the type of color that I have a dozen of, but will repurchase over and over again because I love them on my skin tone!  I personally love a lip product that is beautiful but still takes the back burner because I tend to play up my eyes more.

Be a Bombshell Eye Base in Undercover Lover ($14) is a beautiful gold cream shade.  It is super soft and creamy and applies so smoothly without dragging.  It sets nicely without being sticky or traveling around.  I wore it yesterday and it wore all day long and stayed put!  Gotta love that in a cream shadow!

FINALLY!  My very first NCLA Nail Polish.  I struggled getting my camera to focus on my nail and show how pretty Dead End Gorgeous ($16) is but I did MIRACULOUSLY get it to focus on the bottle and just look at that.  GAH!  Love that this blue takes on a purple, radiant orchid duo chrome.  See what I did there?  HAHA  I have Radiant Orchid on the brain so hard that I am turning this blue into a trend piece!  :D

The least exciting thing in this box for me was the Michael Marcus brush.  I LOVE getting brushes in boxes because I am particularly obsessed with hoarding them, but the one specific type of brush I am not interested in is a flat foundation brush.  This one is called Prime Foundation Brush ($20).  One thing I have found these useful for is applying skincare before makeup.  Typically on myself I would just use my fingers but when I am working on a client I apply any skincare, primer, what have you with a brush like this.

There was one sample packet in this box and it was the Treat & Tint 731 Light Honey.  I have not opened it or tried to use it in any fashion at this point so I can’t really comment on it.

I have received several Wantable boxes now and I love them all.  I am extremely happy with the subscription service.  I have tried the Makeup Box, the Accessories Box, and maybe one day I will get the courage to get the intimates box and share it with you!  :)  The cost of this subscription service is $36 and this box is valued at over $72!  That is so amazing!
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Get Beautiful Skin with Pacifica Good Karma Skincare Set

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The Pacifica Good Karma Skincare Set is such a great way to get acquainted with the cosmetics side of the brand.  Pacifica is most well-known for their fragrances and body products but their makeup is great and natural!  This set includes the Sea Foam Complete Face Wash, Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream, Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream, and the Guava Berry Color Lip Quench.

“Travel sizes of our new skin care line in a beautiful and giftable box. A great way to experience our new, highly effective skincare line. What else do you need to know? Experience truly effortless natural beauty with Pacifica’s incredible skincare formulas.” – Pacifica 

First off, presentation is everything.  How gorgeous is the packaging on these Pacifica products.  I love that they use the shiny metallics and bright colors with flat rubberized textures.  You can see if the picture above that the wording pops right off of the packaging.  So dreamy really.  I know I am probably going on a little much with my infatuation with the packaging but it is something that I really enjoy.  I want my products to be pretty as well as make me pretty! haha 

The Sea Foam Complete Face Wash deep cleans to remove makeup and toxins using coconut water and a sea algae complex.  It also contains antioxidants.  It feels good when used.  It is sulfate-free and actually creates a really nice lather, which is unusual.  The lather is more like a foam, but it feels so good on the skin.

The Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream contains is an every-day anti-aging cleanser.  It contains peptides, antioxidants, floral stem cells, and other natural extracts.  I love that Pacifica is primarily a fragrance company and found a way to use flowers as something more than just a pretty scent!  This cream will have you looking younger and more radiant in no time!

The Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream is a sheer moisturizing tint that illuminates.  It leaves a bare skin finish with slight sparkle.  For those of you that don’t want the added sparkle (i.e. oily skin gals) you may want to steer clear.  That being said, I have oily skin and I like to use this as a primer.  It is the perfect primer to place under a less luminous foundation for a pretty glow.

The Color Quench Lip Tint in Guava Berry is really pretty.  It comes in a petit 100% recyclable tube which easily slides into your pocket so that you wont be without it, ever!  Not only do these lip tints add beautiful color and shimmer but also help keep your lips hydrated.

“Essential fatty acids from rich and amazing avocado and coconut oils leave lips luscious and healthy. Natural flavor and 5 perfect shades produce the prettiest, most kissable mouth ever. 100% vegan and gluten free. Your lips will love you back!” – Pacifica

The Pacifica Good Karma Skincare Set ($22) is amazing!  Not only is the brand vegan and cruelty-free, it has products that are really great quality.  Go to the landing page for this set and watch the video by Brook, the founder.  You can tell by her enthusiasm just how much she cares about the products Pacifica puts out!  
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