Cool Blues Makeup

Some weeks past, I ran into our neighbor lady and she saw my makeup and had asked if I had done a tutorial.  That day, I was just playing with some new Colour Pop shadows I had purchased.  I told her no, I had not.

I have been wanting to do something similar to share with everyone, as I also liked how it turned out.  To watch me create this icy, cool, blues makeup look, please feel free to watch the video below!

For my makeup look I used the following products:

– Coastal Scents Step 1 Eye Primer

– Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teal (for eye shadow base)

– ColourPop Rex Super Shock Shadow

– ColourPop Sugar Super Shock Shadow

– Milani Bella Ivory Satin Matte Eye Shadow

(For brows, not demonstrated in the video, I used Covergirl brow pencil in Midnight Brown and Salon Perfect Brow Sculpting Gel.)

– Jordana 12 Hr Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Black Point

– L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Water Proof Mascara in Black

– Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

– Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Light

– Maybelline Master Glaze in Make A Mauve

– wet n wild Fergie Rose Champagne Glow Shimmer Palette

– Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in #17

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I think my favorite part in this look is how the Colour Pop’s eye shadow, Sugar, reflects and brightens off of Rex.  I really like how it all came together!

What kind of makeup looks to you like to put together? Feel free to comment with your thoughts!!

❤ Beth.

FTC: I AM NOT REQUIRED TO POST THIS VIDEO/BLOG POST BY SAID COMPANIES. I AM NOT BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANIES FOR THIS VIDEO/BLOG POST. ALL PRODUCTS (MINUS THE COASTAL SCENTS BRUSHES USED IN THE TUTORIAL VIDEO – I WON THOSE IN A CONTEST)  WERE PURCHASED BY ME WITH MY OWN MONEY. I DO RECEIVE DISCOUNT, FROM COLOUR POP WHEN SOMEONE MAKES MENTION OF MYSELF, WHEN THEY PURCHASE, FROM THEM, FOR THE FIRST TIME. REGARDLESS, ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED. I GIVE MY HONEST OPINION.

Pacifica Mexican Cocoa Perfume Review

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Last November, I ordered a new fragrance for myself, the Mexican Cocoa Perfume, from Pacifica’s website.  The holiday’s were coming up, and I wanted to try a new scent that smelled yummy and sweet.  I had seen the Mexican Cocoa on their website before, and felt then I was ready for something new.  I ordered it on the twentieth and it was delivered on the twenty-fourth. I paid twenty two dollars for one fluid ounce and five ninety-five for shipping.

When first I tried it, I didn’t know if I was going to be much of a fan.  It seemed so strong and was not at all like I had imagined.  I thought, being that it was supposed to be a cocoa scent, it would have that chocolate, sweet smell; instead it was like a very strong spice.  However, as it faded, it became lighter. Each time I decided to try it again, I began to like it more.  At first, it has the strong spice aroma, yet as the hours go by, while the notes nutmeg and cinnamon still seem more noticeable, there was that subtle hint of the cocoa that would become more apparent.

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The notes for the perfume in this cute bottle include: Mexican Chocolate, Cinnamon, Almond, Nutmeg, and Vanilla.

The staying power is wonderful! Four hours that followed after initially spritzing myself, I could still smell it on my arms. And after around six hours later after the first use, I would run my fingers across my clavicle and my nose could still pick up traces of it from my fingers.

My only wish, personally, is that their fragrances came with caps.  I do prefer to have caps over my perfumes, as it gives me piece of mind, when carrying them around (and even in general, sitting on my vanity, I like to have all my fragrances tops closed up) that they are sealed and are less likely to be bumped by something in my handbag, and spray every where. Not that I recall having such a mishap with this fragrance, but I do like that assurance.

I think this has become a favorite of mine for fall and winter.  I like scent, the staying power, and its being 100% vegan, made in the USA, cruelty free, and free of phthalates, parabens, and propylene glycol are pluses too!!

Do you use this perfume? What do you think of it? What perfumes are you enjoying right now? Feel free to comment below!!

❤ Beth.

FTC: I AM IN NO WAY BEING COMPENSATED BY PACIFICA FOR THIS REVIEW. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED. I PAID FOR THIS PRODUCT WITH MY OWN MONEY.

Acrylic Sunglasses Organizer Review

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Months ago, I had been on the hunt for a decent sunglasses organizer on Ebay. I was looking for something affordable, durable, and basic.  Several organizers caught my eye, but the five pair acrylic sunglass organizer is the one I will be sharing today, which I had purchased last October. I paid five dollars and shipping was free.  It was shipped from China, and arrived in separate pieces that I had to assemble myself; which did not prove too difficult – with exception to the two screws that held the stand to the base.  It took effort to tighten them with a philips screw driver, while aligning them correctly.

Since it arrived, I believe less than a month from when I initially ordered, I have been using this organizer.  For the most part, I can say I like it, but there are a few things I’d like to discuss.  For one, I have to take care when I place the sunglasses on the stand and when I remove them, as the huge framed sunglasses knock into each other, causing a domino-like effect. This can be a bit aggravating when in a mad rush out the door for errands. I also have to make sure the arms are rested in the grooves well too, to prevent the same occurrence.

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Secondly, I try to watch how far I set back the organizer to the wall, as doing so will make the sunglasses come forward and off of the stand.  I finally found a safe place to put it, that won’t be in the direct line of those of us walking by and knocking it and its contents around.  At the moment it is resting on the top of our bookcase near our front door, which makes it easily accessible, and yet in an out of the way place.

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Also, there are some fine cracks in the acrylic on the sides of the vertical stand, but they are not that deep.  Looking straight at it from the front I don’t even see them.  There are light scratches on the bottom base of the stand.  I did not notice this after taking it out of the package upon arrival, so it could be from use. Perhaps, from moving it around and the times my sunglasses have fallen down.  I have rested some of my watches and a ring there.  The stand is very light, and the acrylic feels thin, so being of cheap plastic, that may be why it can be easily scuffed up (and cracked), I think.

And last of all, I have noticed even after realigning the screws in the base of the stand, that it does have a slight tilt to the right.  I don’t think this has much bearing in the function of the organizer as much as the space in between the arm rests do not allow for the easy retrieving and putting away of the sunglasses with larger frames does.

It has been nice to display my sunglasses where I can see them.  If I do not have a place to keep them all, I am often running around last minute trying to figure out where I set them down last.

Other than the inconveniences that I have mentioned, I do like the organizer. I believe it will suffice for what I need at the moment and until I can find some other alternative.

How do you organize your sunglasses?  Is this something you have tried or looking into? Please feel free to leave your comments below!!

❤ Beth.

FTC: I AM IN NO WAY BEING COMPENSATED BY EBAY AND/OR THE EBAY SELLER FOR THIS REVIEW. I BOUGHT THIS ITEM WITH MY OWN MONEY. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED. I GIVE MY HONEST OPINION.

Colour Pop Haul – Not A Box of Chocolates Holiday Set

colourpop 3 Since this past summer, I have been most curious about the Colour Pop shadows upon first hearing about them on youtube.  Since then, my friend Honey from youtube, has done various posts about them, showcasing beautiful swatches and her thoughts.  The shades look gorgeous in her photos, and the soft creamy, texture she raved about had me very intrigued.

   A few weeks ago, a fellow youtuber, Mandy and I were discussing this brand.  She followed up our conversation and provided me a link, depicting some new holiday collections that were recently released.  One of the collections caught my eye, Not A Box of Chocolates, and I decided to purchase them.  colourpop 4

  For those who are reading this and do not already know, Colour Pop is a cosmetics company located here in the United States, their shadows are five dollars each (as are their lippie stixs and pencils), and animal cruelty free. Their products are sold on their website.

To watch my youtube video for this haul, click on the video below.  I will also be providing pictures of the shadows and swatches underneath the clip.

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On the top row left to right: Doe-A-Deer, Drift, and Tinsel. On the Bottom row left to right: Partridge, Sleigh and Halo

Top left to right – Halo, Sleigh, and Tinsel Bottom left to right – Partridge, Drift, Doe-A-Deer

 

The texture of these shadows are so soft!! I am truly looking forward to playing with these shadows as well as others from a second order, I made not too long after this one.  This set is limited edition, so if any of my readers want to purchase it, at some point it will no longer be sold.

Have you tried Colour Pop? If so what are your favorite products from them? If not, what new products have you purchased or interested in?

❤ Beth.

FTC: I PURCHASED THESE ITEMS WITH MY OWN MONEY. THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST. WHILE I DO GET A DISCOUNT OFF PURCHASES FROM PEOPLE THAT MENTION MY NAME AS A REFERENCE, I STILL GIVE MY HONEST OPINION.

NOTE TO READER: THIS IS NOT A REVIEW.

My Favorites Lately – Drugstore Makeup, Perfumes and MORE

 

Wow, it has been a while since my last favorites video and post.  Time to get back at it!  If you wish to hear me discuss what products I have enjoyed these past few months click on the video above.  I will be posting photos of the products below with some details.

 

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I bought my Love and Toast Honey Coconut perfume from Ulta’s website.  This 3.6 fl oz is still being sold there for $27.99.  The notes in this fragrance include Sandalwood, Violet, Sugared Vanilla, and Sweet Honey.  At the moment, Pacifica is still selling the Indian Coconut Nectar on their website. For one ounce it is $22.oo.  The notes in this vegan fragrance include coconut and vanilla.

 

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Both the Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick (Make a Mauve) and the Revlon Lip Butter (Berry Smooothie) can be found at drugstores and on Ulta’s website.  Prices may vary at location.

 

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The eye shadows I have enjoyed as of late are:  Maybelline’s Leather Color Tattoo in Chocolate Suede, Milani Bella Gel Powder Eye Shadow in Ivory, Milani Bella Gel Powder Eye Shadow in Rose, and L’oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Liquid Diamond.  These items also can be found in drugstores and Ulta (with exception to Milani, as Ulta does not carry that brand), and prices also may vary upon location.  The Milani Bella Shadows I have seen on Milani’s website, and I bought mine from my local CVS Pharmacy.

 

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I have to say the L’oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara has become my favorite drugstore mascara.  It is just WONDERFUL! It adds good volume.  I purchased one in Black Brown at my local Walmart.  You can find it at drugstores and Ulta.  On Ulta’s website it is $7.99.  They also have a waterproof version of it (I plan to buy one after I use what I have).

I am delighted to find that Urban Decay does indeed continue to sell the Rockstar 24/7 glide-on eye pencil.  I have one which came with my Glinda palette. Since it was a limited edition palette, I was unsure if the eye pencil was as well and was no longer being sold; it is and it’s on their website for twenty dollars.  This eyeliner is a beautiful, purple, eggplant shade, and it blends out nicely for a smokey effect.

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I received this Zoya polish (Blaze) in a three free sale that Zoya was offering on their website earlier this year.  It is such a lovely shade for fall.  I was really excited to hear from my friend Honey that they were doing the three free offer again.  This was one of the three free polishes I picked out and paid only for the shipping.  This stunning deep purple red is currently being sold on their website for nine dollars.

 

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I purchased my watch and hair jaw clips from my local Walmart a while ago.  I was able to located the clips I bought there. They are the Vidal Sassoon Octopus Clips and this eight pack is being sold for $2.98.

 

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Last item to make my favorites is this soft, split leather cross body.  I also purchased this at my local walmart.  I believe I paid between ten and twenty dollars for it and have being using it all summer long.  It has been such a convenience for quick trips and errands.

If you wish me to do a separate post, going more in depth about my experience with a product, please feel free to let me know!  What products have you been liking lately? I would love to hear about them!!

– Beth.

FTC: I AM NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY OF THE MENTIONED COMPANIES. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY HONEST OPINION. ALL ITEMS I PAID FOR WITH MY OWN MONEY UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.

System Hinoki For Thin Hair

About a few months back I received a set of hair products from Hayashi Worldwide, LCC, geared to treat thinning hair.  One of the key ingredients is the hinoki oil, which Hayashi’s website conveys that it is supposed to help provide benefits to the scalp.  Some of my readers and viewers may remember that I have, before in other posts, briefly discussed a nervous disorder (Trichotillomania). I have been battling Trich for almost twenty years; which leaves my hair absent in some places after an episode.  When my hair grows back, it is very fine and sparse for a long while. I was most intrigued when I heard of this line.

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A few months of usage is not nearly long enough time to produce final thoughts.  At the moment I do plan to follow up with an extensive review in a month on my blog and youtube channel, and may thereafter on a later date, checking in yet again.  In short, today I will be just briefly discussing my experience so far.

The Hinoki 4-Step System set arrived neatly boxed, enclosed with literature relaying aspects about each of the products, interesting history about hinoki oil, and various causes for hair thinning in men and women.  I was sent a shampoo, conditioner, a hair thickener, and scalp leave-in conditioner.  Their scent, the shampoo especially, does remind me of a salon, in a sense–very clean.  The shampoo seems to work well in removing dirt and debris.

My scalp and long tresses are naturally very dry.  While the conditioner, and the leave-in scalp conditioner seem to have a shiny, smoothing affect, the dryness is still apparent.  Normally, I wash and condition my hair once a week, and at the most twice.  Since I have noticed even more dryness in my scalp and hair after switching to these products from my previous hair care routine, I have been getting by with washing and conditioning once a week.  The past few weeks the dry, flakiness has decreased a bit since adjusting the frequency, and not using the leave-in scalp conditioner and hair thickener. Moving forward I will be adding the leave-in scalp conditioner and hair thickener again and also some products I have previously used from other brands to help with the dryness.  I have talked with Stephanie at Hayashi, asking her if it was normal to have such a reaction (the excessive dryness). To paraphrase, she answered saying that some people have different experiences with hair products than others.  This is my experience as of now.

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In regards to the packaging, I think it is wonderful they have detailed directions in different languages on the bottles.  I was surprised to find after having the items for such a short amount of time, that the print was beginning to wear off badly on the front of the bottles; and starting to come off a little on one in the back. This happened with the leave-in conditioner and the conditioner.  When I inquired about this, it was suggested that it may have been damaged during shipping.  However, the box it came in was indeed intact, and but one of the bottles had a few vacancies in the wording on the front.

I would like to make note that due to the nature of my nervous disorder, in the photos, I had made use of a hair filler as needed.

Does it work?  It is still too early for me to say for sure. In some areas, I believe the hair follicles may be a bit thicker than before, but I do not notice a huge difference.  I have enjoyed the clean feeling after usage, and the detailed information and directions that came with the set.  Again, I will be following up with a review in about a month, so keep a weather eye out for my post if you are interested to hear more about my experience with these products!

To check out their products, you can find them through this link: http://www.hinoki.com/.  Each of these 10 fl oz products can be purchased separately (the Hinoki Shampoo is $20, Hinoki Conditioner is $20, Hinoki Plus Leave-in Conditioner is $21.50, and Hinoki Hair Thickener is $21.50) or as a set for $78.85.

I would like to thank Stephanie at Hayashi for sending these products for me to try, and I would like to extend my gratitude to Honey from youtube for referring me to them.

-Beth

FTC: WHILE I WAS SENT THESE PRODUCTS FREE TO TRY FOR REVIEW,  I OFFER MY HONEST OPINION. I AM NOT AFFILIATED WITH HAYASHI. NOR AM I BEING PAID FOR THIS POST.

 

Sapphire Inspired Smokey Using the Too Faced Country Palette

I was simply enchanted when Too Faced released their Country eye shadow palette this year.  The selection of shadows beckoned to me, or so it seemed at the time – a perfect combination of neutrals and pastels!!  I just couldn’t resist purchasing this beauty (the packaging is just darling, to boot!!).  However, months later I realize I have used it maybe but once or twice; for shame!!!

Now with the summer season over, I will be deviating from its bright tones and reaching for neutrals, and other shades more suited for autumn and winter.  I believe shadows in this palette will be perfect to play with for this season, thus I will be implementing it more in some tutorials starting today.

I found inspiration in my birthstone (September), sapphire for this look.  To see how I created such a makeup look, please click the video below!

What I used:

– Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer

– Nyx Eye Shadow Base in Skintone

– Too Faced Country Eye Shadow Palette (the shadows Blue Bird, Nashville, and Cowboy Take Me Away)

– Maybelline Eyestudio Eye Shadow Duo in Downtown Denim (the light blue)

– Urban Decay Naked Basics Dual Eyeliner in Crave

– Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Black

– L’oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara Black Brown

– Rimmel London Match Perfection 2-in-1 Concealer and Highlighter in 230 Fair/Light

– Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

– Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sunlight

– EM Cosmetics Lipstick in Cabana Beige

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Most of the products in this tutorial are higher end. If you would like me to do a similar look with more affordable options, drugstore priced, please let me know.  I will be happy to accommodate my readers/viewers.

Have you tried the Too Faced country palette? What are your thoughts?  I would love to hear what you think of it!

 

– Beth.

 

FTC: I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED BY ANY OF THE SAID COMPANIES FOR THIS VIDEO/POST. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED. THE ITEMS WERE PURCHASED BY ME WITH MY OWN MONEY.

AUTHORS NOTE: THIS IS IN NOT A REVIEW.