Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flash Luminizers


A shade from the Blush/Rose stick

I’m making an effort to whittle down my makeup to organic products. Juice Beauty offered to let me try their Phyto-Pigments Flash Luminzer line, and since they pride themselves on organic ingredients, I was happy to give these highlighter/cheek color combo sticks a whirl.


The Golden side of the Golden/Bronze stick

There are two highlighter/cheek color combinations (Blush & Rose and Cream & Marigold), and one bronzer/contouring stick (Golden & Bronze). The stick is a hollow tube with two cream sticks housed inside. Push on one, and the opposite end of the stick pops out, and vice versa.


The Marigold shade in the Cream/Marigold stick

These are so simple to use. You just swipe the darker color onto the apples of your cheeks directly from the stick for a light flush, and do the same with the highlighter on your cheekbones. Then gently tap your skin with your fingertips to blend. The end result is subtle color and highlight (or contouring and highlight, if you’re using the bronzer option).IMG_8467Out of the three available shades, my least favorite was the Golden/Bronze (bronze pictured above). Because the products are so subtle, I didn’t feel like the shades made enough of an impact to use for contouring and highlighting.IMG_8473These are really subtle and soft on the skin, as you can see above. The effect is a subdued glow that looks natural, whether you’re going for a gentle flush on the cheeks or a cheekbone highlight. The sticks are available on Juice Beauty’s website and at Bloomingdales, and retail for $32 each.

The products in this post were provided for consideration by Juice Beauty.






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Too Faced Summer ’17: Natural Love

Too Faced’s highly-anticipated summer collection launches online today, and it’s super pretty. The entire line is now available on Too Faced’s and Sephora’s websites, and a sales associate from Sephora told me it is also in stores today.

too-faced-natural-love-eyeshadowThe Natural Love Eyeshadow Collection ($59) is the center of the collection. It contains 30 shades, most of which are neutrals, with some color (midtone purple, army green, bronze, black, etc.) thrown in to give you even more versatility. As you know, I’m a huge fan of Too Faced shadows; they are incredibly pigmented, blend so easily, and wear really nicely. This palette gives you the opportunity to create endless looks.

Image via PopSugarThe Love Light Prismatic Highlighter ($30) is garnering a lot of attention on social media, between its cream-to-powder formula, high shine, and pretty heart-shaped compact. This highlighter employs spherical pearls, rather than traditional crushed pearls, to highlight high points of the face from all angles. Available in Blinded by the Light (champagne), Ray of Light (rose gold), and You Light Up My Life (gold). Image via PopSugar

too-faced-chocolate-brow-nieChocolate Brow-nie ($23) is Too Faced’s latest solution for bold brows. I’m not really into this because I really don’t want a pencil that makes my brows smell like chocolate, but these waterproof, cocoa-infused pencils condition brow hairs while filling in the shape. They claim to be waterproof for 12 hours. Available in Taupe, Soft Brown, Deep Brown, and Auburn.

too-faced-melted-matteMelted Matte Liquid Lipstick ($21) launches in four new shades: Granny Panties Wine Not?, Wicked, Suck It, Holy Chic!, and Jawbreaker.

Have you tried any of the products in this collection? What do you think of them?

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Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops: The Ultimate Highlight

cover-fx-custom-enhancer-dropsIt’s no secret that I’m all about highlighter (see here, here, and here). I’ve been using Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops ($42) for a few months now and kept putting off writing about it because photographs do not do this product justice. But, I’m giving it my best shot.

IMG_6926This is truly like liquid metal. It is the most intense highlight when applied directly from the eyedropper applicator. I literally use one drop to highlight both cheekbones. I got the shade Moonlight. I was hesitant that it would be too dark for my skin, but this stuff is a pale peachy-pinky-silvery dream that really flatters my skin both in its natural state and after I’ve applied self-tanner.

IMG_6928This is perfection when used as a highlighter, but you can also mix a drop (or two) into your foundation to make you look glowy, radiant, healthy and ethereal. When added to foundation or tinted moisturizer, this makes skin come alive; you glow like you ran a half-marathon or woke up from a glorious eight-hour sleep.

Now that I’ve tried this highlighter, I can’t live without it. I will never let my supply diminish, because it’s so glowy-dreamy!IMG_6930





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A Few of My Favorite Things…

favorite-things-january-2017A peek at what’s occupying space in my makeup bag lately.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick in Kim K.W. ($32): Pretty much the prettiest pinky-nude. Worth every penny.

2. Givenchy Phenomeneyes Mascara ($32): This mascara has been around for awhile, but it’s new to me. The ball brush grabs every lash and coats it for a wide-eyed, false-lash look.

3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($22): This stuff is like glue (in the best way) for your brows; brows stay in place all day. I was devoted to MAC Brow Set for 15 years (!!), but this is a new fave!

4. NYX MicroBrow Pencil in Ash Brown (approx. $10): My brow girl recently told me about this brow pencil, which is a wallet-friendly dupe for Anastasia’s Brow Wiz. I love the formula and skinny tip (it really is exactly like Brow Wiz!), and the Ash Brown shade is perfect for me.

5. Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Lash Primer ($24): I wrote about this last month, and I’m still in love. Layer this under any mascara for extra length and added staying power. Love.

6. NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight ($26): A longtime favorite.

7. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Resurfacing Micro-Exfoliant ($55): This luxe scrub is thick, creamy, and packed with microbeads that buff off dead skin cells for thorough exfoliation. I’ve been using it three times a week and have seen brighter, glowier skin as a result. Plus, I love that it’s made from organic ingredients. Get a free in-home spa kit with purchase of the Micro-exfoliant; use code SPALIFE.

8. Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush ($30): I first started using this gel blush when it came out in 2000. I’ve recently fallen in love with it again for its sheer, dewy finish that adds just a hint of just-pinched color to my cheeks.

9. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Native ($20): This long-wearing lip liner is the perfect pale pink to wear under nude or pink lipsticks.

10. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tanning Mousse in Medium ($54): This has been getting me through the winter without feeling super pasty. Although it lasts nowhere near 2-3 weeks (I’m lucky if I get a week out of it), I still love the not-too-dark-for-January color the medium shade gives my pale skin.



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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

benefit-roller-lashI’m on a roll this week (pun intended). I vowed to stay away from They’re Real Mascara, and yesterday I raved about the primer. I swore off all mascaras with plastic bristle wands, and today I’m writing about Benefit’s Roller Lash mascara ($24).

img_6921A sales associate at Sephora talked me into purchasing Roller Lash. She saw that my lashes were long and full, but they were drooping. She was totally right: my lashes curl beautifully, but they wilt after a few minutes, and remain that way for the rest of the day. Because I have hooded eyelids, I need my lashes to stay curled for as long as possible, so my eyes look more open. The Sephora associate said that this mascara would lock in that curl and prevent my lashes from drooping.

img_6923The curl lasts until I remove this mascara. I honestly can’t believe it. I have never used a mascara that did that. It just seals the curl created by my eyelash curler, and keeps my lashes lifted till I take it off at night.

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Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Primer

theyre-real-primer1Let me start this post by saying that I hate Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara. Tried it twice and it made a mess of my lashes; I would never purchase it again. So when I read all the glowing online reviews of the They’re Real! Tinted Primer ($24), I was baffled — and I had to give it a shot.

I also want to say that I dislike all mascaras with plastic bristle applicators. They just do not work for me; I need a fluffy wand to make my lashes pop. This has a plastic applicator. But if you’ve previously written them off like I have, keep reading!img_6915 Continue reading

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MAC Holiday ’16: Nutcracker Sweet Mini Kits

mac-nutcracker-sweet-minisIt’s been awhile since I’ve been really impressed by any collection, but MAC’s holiday 2016 lineup, Nutcracker Sweet, is one that made me stop and take notice. The individual products are versatile enough to work well beyond the holiday season, and the gift sets are pretty universally appealing, making them really giftable. Since this collection is massive, I’m going to break it down into a few posts. Today, I start off with the mini kits, which all house tinier versions of limited-edition products.

mac-nutcracker-glossNude Lip Gloss Kit ($35): Fashion Whim (pale beige Cremesheen Glass), Pure Delight (light coral nude Cremesheen Glass), Prancin’ Dancin’ (copper shimmer Dazzleglass), Nutty & Naughty (midtone pinky-brown Cremesheen Glass).

mac-nutcracker-gloss2Red Lip Gloss Kit ($35): Galaxy Rose (midtone violet pink Cremesheen Glass), Gumdrop (cherry red Cremesheen Glass), Courting Chic (deep berry red with gold sparkles Cremesheen Glass), Phiff! (sheer yellow peach Dazzleglass).

mac-nutcracker-lipsticksNude Lipstick Kit ($35): Creme Cup (light blue-based pink; Cremesheen), Whirl (dirty rose; Matte), Nouvelle Vogue (soft midtone blue-based pink; Matte), Kinda Sexy (neutral pinky rose; Matte).

mac-nutcracker-lipstick2Red Lipstick Kit ($35): MAC Red (bright bluish-red; Satin), Lady Danger (bright coral-red; Matte), Diva (reddish burgundy; Matte), Rebel (midtone plum; Satin).

mac-nutcracker-pigmentBronze Pigment Glitter Kit ($35): Includes Sugar Rush (pale peach Pigment), Stardream (metallic nude peach Pigment), Handsome Prince (warm bronze Pigment), and Reigning Riches (copper Glitter).

mac-nutcracker-pigment2Gold Pigment Glitter Kit ($35): English Gilt (champagne Pigment), Gold (gold Glitter), Reflects Red (warm red Glitter), Heritage Rouge (dirty brownish plum Pigment).

mac-nutcracker-liquid-lipstickNude Patentpolish Kit ($35): Pleasure’s All Mine (warm light nude), It’s Really Me (warm nude), Revved Up (creamy peach), French Kiss (warm caramel).

mac-nutcracker-liquid2Pink Patentpolish Kit ($35): Patentpink (pale lilac), Fearless (bright blue-based pink), Hopelessly Devoted (bright fuschia), Ruby (midtone rose).

What do you think of this subcollection of minis? Any that you’re eyeing for gifts–or yourself?

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The Most Gorgeous Holiday Cards and More From Basic Invite

foil_holidays_2016Around this time of year, I always start frantically searching for holiday cards that are stylish, customizable and won’t break my budget. I just don’t want to send boring boxed cards. When Basic Invite reached out to share their elegant, customizable stationery with me, I knew my search for this year’s holiday cards was over.

Basic Invite offers stationery that is anything but basic. They have more than 250 unique holiday card designs and more than 40 envelope colors from which to choose. Gold and silver foil has been added to their 2016 holiday line, so you can add a beautiful metallic finish to your custom cards.


There are a few key aspects where Basic Invite really stands apart from other online stationery retailers. They provide customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design, you can change the color of each element on the card to more than 180 different options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it.

You can also order a printed sample of your actual invitation–not a prototype–so you can see exactly how your piece will look printedYou can see the finished design and feel the paper quality before you place an order. I wish I knew about them when I was planning my wedding!

basic-holidayRight now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code holi30, so you can get beautiful holiday cards and save some cash. And to help you save even more, they are also offering complimentary address printing on all holiday card orders during the 2016 season.

I’m all about reducing the stress of the holidays, and this company goes above and beyond to try to make things easier for customers. They just introduced an address capturing service that allows customers to share a link on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any social media platform to request the addresses of their family and friends. The info will then be stored in the customer’s account and can be selected during the design process. How easy is that?!

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-9-26-35-pmAlthough right now I’m focused on holiday greetings, their wedding announcements and invitations are to die for. They also have an amazing selection of cute baby shower invitationsnewborn birth announcements, thank you cardsfirst birthday invitations, and keepsake guestbooks –all at an affordable price. So you can send gorgeous stationery with your own personal touch without breaking the bank.

basic_invite_bannounce8Check out Basic Invite‘s website, have fun designing your own unique cards, and take some of the stress out of the holidays!

This post was brought to you by Basic Invite. 

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Getting to Know the SiO Beauty System

siobeauty1A relatively new skincare company, SiO Beauty, reached out to me to ask if I wanted to try their product lineup. As I love new skincare innovations, I happily agreed–and this one sounded truly unique. The package that SiO sent included all of the products in their three-step system: Decollete Cleansing Discs ($45); a package of 2 SiO Skinpads ($99.95 for 2 pads, each reusable up to 15 times); and the Decollete Serum ($135). All prices listed indicate single purchase prices; prices vary if you enroll in their subscription purchasing program.

I turned to SiO to explain exactly how the Skinpad works:
“The SiO SkinPad is made from silicon and oxygen. Silicone in its most basic form is composed one one atom of oxygen and two atoms of silicon. These form polymers, which are then linked together to maximize the permeability of the material. By creating the ideal material oxygen is allowed to pass through, while moisture is locked in, creating the ultimate wrinkle-smoothing climate.”

So as you wear the pad, it helps draw moisture into the skin it’s covering to hydrate and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The adhesive nature of the pad also helps gently pull skin taut, temporarily reducing the appearance of fine lines.

I tried the whole system for a few nights so I could give you my honest feedback on it.

sio-cleansing-discsFirst off, I would skip the decolette cleansing discs. They are thin, pre-moistened pads that cleanse, lightly exfoliate, and prep the skin for pad application. They’re supposed to enhance the effects of the Skinpad, but I noticed no difference when I did and didn’t use them. The price seems on the high side to me ($45 for 30 pads).

sio-skinpadThe pad itself is pretty great. I am so finicky about the feeling of certain things on my skin, and for the most part, the pad felt comfortable (and not noticeable) on my skin. I have a larger chest, and I think this would be easier for smaller-chested women to wear. I don’t have many wrinkles on my chest, so it was initially hard for me to gauge whether or not the product worked, but as I became more familiar with it, it seemed to reduce the appearance of fine lines. If you are unhappy with fine lines/wrinkles/creases on your decollette, this product could be a great solution for you. I love that the pads can be reused up to 15 times; they really do retain their sticky power for 15 days!

More details on this skincare system after the jump.

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Skincare Must-Have: Jade Roller

jaderollerIf you don’t have a jade roller, I highly recommend getting one! It’s my secret weapon in my skincare arsenal. I got mine on Amazon for less than $15.

So what’s the deal with this thing? The rollers, made from real jade stones, have been used as a skincare tool in Asian cultures for centuries. Their main benefit is lymphatic drainage; when you roll the smooth stone over your face and neck, it gently drains fluid from the lymph nodes beneath the surface, resulting in less puffiness. It also flushes out toxins in the process. I find it makes the most difference directly under my eyes. Over time, it can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles, and firm and tighten skin.

I usually apply eye cream before I get rolling. The jade roller makes the cream absorb better, and the cream helps the roller glide over skin effortlessly. I swipe the roller down and out under my eyes; on the rest of my face, I use upward strokes. Roll for a few minutes, and it’s like a mini facial massage…very relaxing!

You can store your roller in the fridge for even more of an instant tightening effect, but I don’t because the stone does stay cool as you use it.

Have you ever tried a jade roller? What do you think of it?


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