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All Natural Mineral Foundation – Alima Pure.

14 Jan

Like many others I got on board with the BareMinerals rage a number of years ago.  Unfortunately, it totally broke me out and made my skin look really dry and flat.  Not really sure why.

Since then I have been reluctant to try other mineral based make-up, although I received samples of Alima Pure from a local natural makeup store and decided to try it and I was pleasantly surprised.  


It covers well, feels silky smooth and doesn’t make me look cakey – plus it has a cute bird on it!



Put a bird on it!

Alima Pure also carries a wide variety of mineral eyeshadows!  Super cute and super shimmery!



What I’m into right now – Brown Eye Liner

6 Dec

I received a double ended brown/black liner from Julep a while ago and I got one from Paula Dorf years ago.  I fall in and out of love with this shade, but right now I’m way hard into it.

Big bonus – you can go heaver on the liner for work.

It looks appropriate for fall/winter.

Blends nicely with other browns and neutrals for the season.

Since it isn’t as harsh as black, you can get away with a festive red lip at work as well.  Big bonus…this girl likes her red lips.  MWAH!


How do you feel about brown eyeliner?


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Review: MicaBeauty Mineral Eyeshadow!!!

18 Sep

I received the MicaBeauty Mineral Eyeshadow in Bronze in my August Ipsy Glam Bag. I mean when I say this was my favorite Glam Bag since I became a subscriber in June.  I have loved everything in it!

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What it does:

MicaBeauty Mineral Eyeshadows are extremely gentle, free of preservatives, chemicals, dyes, talc, oils, and other fillers. With this unique formula, the eyeshadows will look ultra smooth and stay put for hours without creasing or pulling the delicate eye area. Can be mixed with clear lip-gloss, clear mascara, and clear nail polish to add pigment to lips, eyelashes and nails!

My review:

I am a fan of mineral shadows, so I was excited to receive this one.  They are natural and chemical free!!!! I normally get them from Etsy and sadly the quality really varies.

I was curious how my Etsy finds would hold up next to a larger line.

I used it with my NYX HD Primer and NYX Natural Pallette.  I like to put on a base of a light shadow before i apply any minerals.  I feel like that helps to adhere it better to my eye lids and also makes the color pop more.

I was surprised how much color pay off this gave me.  The best I have experienced to date!!!  (And I have a small army of mineral shadows in my collection)

The color isn’t super shimmery and it can easily be worn to work if applied with a light hand.  As you can see from the pictures above, it really is very light on the skin.  It looks a lot darker in the pot than when applied.  However, it builds well so you can go darker.  It also works well over a darker shadow to add extra dimension.

It lasted all night, and the color didn’t fade.

These retail for $14.95 USD, so they are not super cheap but aren’t super expensive.   If you’ve never used mineral shadows before, these will last you a while.

I wish they had more colors in their collection!!  They do however have couple of pinks and a green I like.  I’m also curious about using them on the lips to add more dimension.  This is where the pinks would come in handy.

Sidenote to Kassi – you may be really interested in this one.

Mica Green

Go get you some, girl!


NYX – The Curve review

15 Sep

Last week I bought this enticing liquid eyeliner from NYX called The Curve.  It retails at $14.99 at Ulta, Target and online.


Description: The Curve Liner in Jet Black by NYX has an innovative, ergonomic shape that makes applying liquid liner mistake-proof. The grip zone provides just the right hold to make application precise, secure and best of all…effortless
What it promises to do: Provides an ergonomic shape for optimal holding and easy application. Suitable for right and left handed application with universal shape. Skinny tip for precision lining. Excellent color pay-off. Quick drying, smudge proof, no feathering, no skipping, no running, paraben free.

How it holds up: Overall I really like this eyeliner but don’t actually think the shape helps that much – maybe if you are completely new to liquid liners.  [I was a teenage goth, so I like to think I’m a pro.  :)] It does smear if you rub it, so just don’t rub it.  I gave it the Disco Nap test and I still had it on when I was ready to go out, so it did have the lasting power it promised.  I made sure to apply NYX HD Eyeshadow Primer first thought.  It’s good but its not $15 good.  You can get the same pay off other drug store liners, so unless you have a coupon I wouldn’t spend the extra money on The Curve.

September 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag!!!

11 Sep

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I’m happy I finally got around to blogging about August because my Ipsy  September Glam Bag arrived yesterday….unexpectedly!  I didn’t think it would be shipped until next week since I didn’t get an option of a Sneak Peek this month.

So BONUS!  It was like a true surprise.  I had no idea what to expect.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.

The bag is awesome!!!!  And I love LOVE the makeup bag this month.  It’s going in my purse tonight.  Bam.

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What I got:

Elizabeth Mott Mascara sample

Cailyn Lip Balm in Big Apple.  (I can’t wait to try this, the color is so gorgeous in the bottle)

Nyx eye shadow

Starlooks eyeliner in Obsidian

I’m really psyched for the lip balm.  I have Cailyn gel liner, and I’m so happy with the quality.  I expect nothing less from this.

Reviews of all products will happen!

What did you get in your Ipsy bag???


August 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag

10 Sep

August flew by, and I realized I haven’t posted about this.  And it’s already September!  My new glam  bag will be getting released soon!

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What we have:

Urban Decay lipstick

Pixi Beauty mascara

Smashbox primer

Micabeauty eye shadow

Michael Todd face mask

I love every single product in this glam bag, and I have been using them regularly.  With the exception of the Smashbox primer, which has been reviewed and loved ad nauseum, I will do a review of all these goodies.

Thanks Ipsy!!!!!


Review! Ipsy Glam Bag July

7 Aug

This is way late, and I’m super sorry!!!!!!!

July’s theme was beach, baby, beach!


I’ve loved each makeup bag Ipsy has sent me, and this one is no exception.  It would be a perfect vacation or beach kit.

Anywayzzzz, on to the swag:


Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Fushcia Flirt $16 (maybe??)  The products individually aren’t on their website.  It’s $25.00 for a kit of minis.  This looks like a full size product.

I’m not super into this product.  The color isn’t awesome for me.  I use it as my morning lipstick during the work week.  It’s very purple/pink, and it may not transition easily into a fall makeup look.  It’s okay, but it’s not a love.

Also, I prefer the textures of Mirenesse glosses way better than Pop.


Coola Mineral Face SPF 20 Moisturizer Sample.   Full size is $36.00

I haven’t used this yet!  I haven’t been in the sun too much, and I’ve been loving my Juice Beauty CC with SPF  SO MUCH.  I don’t want to change right now.

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BH California Collection Sample.  Full size retails for 8.95

I haven’t used this either!  Gahhhhhh I’m a makeup failure.  The colors look really nice, and I love the California theme.  Hollywood is a gorgeous purple.


Big Sexy Hair Travel Size.  I love this hair spray, so I was super excited to receive it.

I like having a travel size in my car, just in case your hair needs a refresher.


Demeter Salt Hair Perfume Oil Roll $10.00

This is my favorite item from this month’s Glam Bag.  I love perfume oils, and I know they are not for everyone, but I was really excited to see this was an oil.  I didn’t know Demeter even made oils.  yay!

This really does smell light, summery, and beachy.  Sort of reminds me of the beach early in the morning.  On a resort.  In Mexico.  BEST.

This is my daily day scent.  I replaced my previous Ipsy find from Pacifica with this Demeter fragrance.  Demeter doesn’t have the best holding power, so I do reapply a few times a day.  But, who cares?!  It smells good.  And if I want a moment to myself, I’m taking it. 🙂

This was not the best Glam Bag for me.  I haven’t even tried two of the products.  Maybe I will do separate reviews of them once I get around to using them.  I guess I should get moving on sunscreen.  Summer is almost over in Chicago….why??????

Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think?


Paul & Joe Limited Edition Fairy Tale Collection

1 Aug

These beauties showed up in my email this morning and I swooned hard.  I love anything Fairy Tale themed because I am forever a silly 10 year old girl.



As children, we were fascinated by Fairytales. The most exciting stories featured radiant colors that fired our imaginations. The gold coins that appeared in one story, the shiny antique-gold cover of another book…

Find your own Fairytale this fall with Paul & Joe’s new collection inspired by classic, whimsical tales.

As soon as you open the new Eye Color Set CS from Paul & Joe, your Fairytale begins! Available in three charming color schemes, casting your best beauty spell has never been more enchanting. Each set is comprised of a Cream Eye Color CS, an Eye Color CS and an Eye Color Powder CS that make for the prettiest palette.

Pucker up for Prince Charming with a selection of robust, romantic shades from Paul & Joe! New for autumn 2013, the Lipstick CS collection is comprised of three fanciful, vibrant hues that complement the colors of the season.

This fantastic and sweetly enchanting Autumn Collection is for adult women who can still remember the feelings they had as a girl. “


Of course I need these, especially the purple one.  Hello, Gorgeous!


They retail for $38.00 USD.

Are you Lovelies excited for any new Fall collections?