October 15, 2015

E.L.F. Essential Lip Kiss Balm for Fall 2015

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E.L.F. Essential Lip Kiss Balm

Lip balm lover? Me too! These new E.L.F. Essential Lip Kiss Balm fit the bill perfectly for lip balm lovers loving to save a buck or two. At $2 each these little gems are available in four shade selections and provide lips with a hint of tint and moisture thanks to Vitamins E as well as grape seed and jojoba oil!

Take a look at all the shades below!

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October 15, 2015

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Muddy Puddles Perfume Oil Review

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Muddy Puddles Perfume Oil

I’m not a chocolate person. I mean, around this time of the year when Halloween is so near and all the drugstores have piles and piles of snack size chocolate bars I can honestly say I’m not terribly tempted by any of it. When I was a child my mom would pick me up from school and once a week she’d let me go to a small coffee shop near my school and purchase a single bar of anything I wanted from rows and rows and of candy bars and chocolates. Typically this was our Friday afternoon ritual and for some reason it’s a childhood memory that sticks out in my head more than others.

I remember at that time Hersey’s Chocolate Bars, Kitkats, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups tasted so incredibly good. But I’m not sure if recipes have changed over the years or my palate isn’t quite what it used to be but chocolate just doesn’t taste as wonderful as it did when I was a child.

I also dislike the smell of chocolate. As a person who enjoys fragrance and loves burning candles and wearing perfume that smells like cupcakes, pumpkins, and anything else foody you’d think I’d love a chocolate scented fragrance or even a chocolate scented candle. But nope, I typically skip chocolate candles or fragrances. Although I do admit to having a huge addiction to Guerlain Gourmand Cocquin.

Recently, the Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs Lilith Birthday Perfume Oils released and with it a hot cocoa scented perfume oil called Muddy Puddles. I dunno why but I decided I’d give in and try this out for myself and I’m happy I did because I quite love it.

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October 15, 2015

Sephora Jem and The Holograms Truly Outrageous Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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The Sephora Jem and The Holograms Truly Outrageous Eyeshadow Palette ($39) is a new, limited edition eyeshadow palette that contains 24 vibrant shades of eyeshadow that Sephora says are “inspired by the live action move with nods to the original cartoon”.


I have to admit the Sephora Jem and The Holograms Truly Outrageous Eyeshadow Palette and really the entire Sephora Hem and the Holograms Makeup Collection excited me. I don’t wear bright shades of eyeshadow as much as I used to but I am a huge fan of Jem. It’s a cartoon I recall watching growing up and later in life I had the pleasure of purchasing the DVDs and rewatching the entire series. Like many of you I owned the dolls, accessories, etc…and even wanted to be Jem when I grew up (I also wanted to be Cheetara but that’s a story for another day).

As with many things in life what’s old is new again. The Jem and the Holograms movie premieres on October 23rd much to the horror of fans like myself as we haven’t yet seen it but already after watching the trailer many of us are thinking how truly un-outrageous it looks. Childhood ruined. I’m not going to say every cartoon come move has been a crash and burn but I’d say 99% of them have been and sadly the new Jem film appears to be part of that downward spiral. But who knows, maybe it’ll surprise us and you can dub me an old whiny skeptic.

On that note, of course, they’ll be plenty of merchandise to go along with the film’s release but, wait…actually no there isn’t. I can’t say I’ve walked into Target, Walmart, or drugstores and have had Jem’s image splashed across mugs, t-shirts, band aids, and shower gels (wink, wink, nudge, nudge Star Wars). So really it seems like the only merchandise I’ve seen promoting the movie is, in fact, this makeup collection from Sephora.

Sephora Jem and The Holograms Truly Outrageous Palette

Sephora has a bit of a hit or miss makeup collection that’s evolved over the years. There are so many makeup and even skincare products I’ve tried and loved from Sephora. And there are so many I’ve disliked as well. It really depends. A good deal of their makeup collection is quite good and many of the collections they’ve done or collaborated with over the years such as the Hello Kitty Makeup Collection, the Disney Makeup Collection, Sephora’s collaboration with Tokidoki, and even Kat Von D’s own collection has been quite good. The Sephora Divergent Collection which included a selection of makeup inspired by the Divergent film and books was quite well done. I also think Sephora excels at creating excellent Pantone Color of the Year Collections. Many of these collections and collaborations have been either great or good in my opinion so the fact Sephora was taking on a Jem Makeup Collection, well, for me, it was a given they’d likely do a great job with it.

Or not.

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October 14, 2015

Ole Henriksen Balancing Cucumber Tonic Review

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Ole Henriksen Balancing Cucumber Tonic

Ok, I admit it, I have this weird addiction to skincare in a mist formula. I don’t mean facial mists because people, that’s a whole other addiction with me. But like mist essences or lotions and toners, lawd, these are my downfalls. Maybe because mist anything just seems so much easier to use? Or just misting stuff on your face is awesome?

Who knows really? Not every fetish is explainable.

My latest obsession is Ole Henriksen Balancing Cucumber Tonic which is an alcohol-free spray on facial toner!

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October 14, 2015

Catrice Illuminating Highlighter Pen Review & Swatches

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Catrice Illuminating Highlighter Pen

Catrice Illuminating Highlighter Pen ($5.99 or Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off at Ulta) is a cutesy little silvery pink illuminating pen that you can stroke across cheek bones, down the bridge of your nose, or onto high brows to add a bit of a illuminating glow to your face.

If you’re a fan of Benefit’s more expensive High Beam, Catrice Illuminating Highlighter is a nice little dupe up as the shades are pretty darn similar.

P.S. When did “strobing” become a makeup lifestyle? It seems everywhere I look brands are promoting strobing. Jeez, I must be old because it’s all highlighting to me. I guess the cool, fancy kids are cooling it strobing though 😉

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