3 Handmade Hidden Gems

 

We have a great appreciation for handmade small businesses.  Knowing that someone carefully crafted something and our purchases help their family is amazing.

Today we bring you three shops you probably don’t know about, but definitely should.  Please support them by clicking over and seeing what they have to offer.

 

Created by Rhonda’s friend Bennett, Baths and Bliss expertly handcrafts bath bombs and wooden wick soy candles right in the kitchen in Gulfport, Mississippi.  The products are high quality, amazingly fragrant, and fairly priced.

Shipping is available all over the United States.  Head over to the Facebook page to see current offerings and pricing.

A business run by Ashley’s friend Heather, Mississippi Mayhem offers “Eclectic art for your life” and it definitely eclectic.  With a wide range of There is something for everyone with a sense of humor or a taste for geekery.

Embroidery, cross stitch, keychains, bracelets, and more!  Check out the Etsy shop and start adding to your cart.

Rhonda ran across the shop Hazel & Faith while looking to order custom RATMM wine glasses.  The price was so unbelievable, that she jumped on messaging shop owner Andrea about doing a custom design.  It came out perfectly and more orders are in the works.

The customer service as H&F goes above and beyond, with Andrea sending Rhonda new letters after a dishwasher incident.  Shop Hazel & Faith on Etsy now!  So many fun designs waiting for you.

What are your favorite shops that are currently flying under the radar?  Holiday shopping season is basically here!  We’ll be purchasing from all of these three!

Ipsy Reveal: August

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Ashley –

When I saw what I was getting in my bag, I wasn’t super excited. TBH I was coveting Rhonda’s bag…however I’m overall pleased with the products I received and will continue to use most of them on a regular basis.

CATRICE COSMETICS Highlighting Powder in Champagne Campaign –  I am always excited to get a highlighter in my Ipsy bag. I am not overly impressed with this one though. It is very subdued and natural looking.  I don’t know if I will reach for it a lot. Cause you know: #extra The product description says that it has a vanilla scent and can sometimes have a pinky hue to it. I honestly never noticed either one of those qualities.

Air Repair Skincare Super-Hydrating Eye Cream – Skin care products are things that you have to use repeatedly over time to really see (or not see) the difference they make. So far I like this eye cream because I love skincare products and it doesn’t have any immediate off putting qualities (like smell or something).  I will definitely continue to use it.

EYEKO Black Magic Mascara Deluxe – Y’all. I was not expecting this BUT I’m in love with this mascara. It doesn’t give over the top volume, but it’s not so natural looking that you don’t appear to have mascara on at all. Today I layered it with my Dior (Diorshow Iconic Overcurl  mascara and was able to achieve more significant volume. Anyway, I’m going to purchase the full size of the mascara. Hands down my fave part of this bag AND I even got a brush this time…

SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush – This is my second SLMissGlam  brush that I’ve received through Ipsy. I am always satisfied with the brushes I receive through Ipsy and this was no exception. It’s a smaller blending brush that is great for more precise blending directly in the crease.

Paula Dorf Cosmetics Mini Universal Brow Pencil in Taupe – I really like this brow pencil. I can’t imagine that it would actually be a universal shade though. It has very strong red hues when I use it which is fine for me because I have red in my hair….I can’t see how this would also look good on someone with black or blonde or basic brown hair… you know? Anyway, I think the color is perfect for me. The product is super soft – I had to sharpen it after using it three times.

 

Rhonda –

I was so pumped when I saw what I was getting in my bag, and then was immediately disappointed by the item I was most excited by. However, ipsy had 3 varieties of the zip bag this month and I got the one I wanted!

Let’s check it.

Lovely, right?!

Vitamasques Yoghurt Mask Duo – I love masks so I was pretty excited about getting a 2-pack this month.  I tried the Kiwi and it smelled AMAZING, like edible.  While I soaked in the tub with the mask on, my face got really HOT, so I decided to look at the ingredients.  Well holy shit, I don’t even know what most of that stuff is, but I don’t think I will be using these again.  Not even opening the strawberry.

AURORA Pro Cover Up Concealer in Balmy Beige – I am a concealer freak and could not wait to try this.  I was so disappointed in it.  The shade was a good match for me, but it didn’t not blend or cover well.  Once dry, it creased under my eyes and was crumbly.  I tried it on a couple blemishes and that wasn’t a success either.  Just terrible.

SLMissGlam T35 Precise Blending Brush – This was my second brush from this brand and I can’t get enough!  It is so soft and did a bang-up job blending my crease.

Pacifica Coconut Blush Duo – God, I can not say enough good things about their cheek products.  Every time I get one, it blows my mind.  I did BOTH cheeks with ONE swipe of the rosy color.  These are silky, pigmented, and a dream to apply.  And bonus?  The bottom of the compact is MIRRORED!  This will be my go-to travel blush for sure.

theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Eyeshadow in Kuwakaribisha – This highlighter blew me away.  I am never impressed with highlighters anymore, but it gave me a gorgeous glow!  theBalm is such a great brand.

Here you see Pacifica and theBalm’s cheek products in use.  I was nervous when I swatched because they barely showed on my arm.  My face was a different story!

Did y’all get you some ipsy action this month?  What did we get in our bags that you would love to try?  One commenter will receive my strawberry mask!  Just because it didn’t work for my old sensitive skin doesn’t mean it won’t work for you.

 

5 Things You Need To Order From Amazon Right Now

I am an absolute freak for Amazon!  They aren’t paying me to write this, but I sure wish they were.  Anyway, if I can get something on Amazon, I usually do.  These are the top 5 things I’ve ordered from there.

TONYMOLY Changing U Magic Foot Peeling Shoes. These magical plastic booties contain an amazing solution that causes the rough skin to peel off the foot within a few days.  It is gross and oddly satisfying to watch your feet shed.

Skinfood Egg White Peel Off Pack.  These babies are so neat.  You put them on your wet nose, chin, and forehead.  When they dry, you peel them off and blackheads and sebum come right out onto the strip!

SojoS Sunglasses.  They come in many styles and colors and look designer.  Buuuuuuut inexpensive.  I can get behind a stylish pair of sunnies I can afford to lose.

Kimonos.  You can search for “kimonos” and get SO many hits!  I’ve ordered from several sellers and always had a good experience….for a fraction of boutique prices.

Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate.  This stuff is amazing.  It dissolves in any drink without smell or flavor.  Supports joint health and I feel best when I’m using it daily.

 

What are your Amazon must-haves?

 

May Ipsy Reveal

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

 

Ashley –

Soooo the eye shadow below didn’t make the group shot. She was running late because she had too much wine the night before. Lateness is not tolerated around these parts – so we took the group shot without her. 😉 JK I’m actually a space cadet and forgot I’d gotten an extra item in my bag this time.

Jelly Pong Pong Super Intense Super Charged Eye Shadow – I got this extra item in my bag because I redeemed my points to get it. I’ve tested out these shadows and have no complaints. I’m not super wowed by them or anything – but they have a good pigment quality and are lasted all day on my eyes. They’re definitely very me shades. I mean. I’m just glad they weren’t loose pigments.

Hey Honey Besemame Mucho –  I always love a new moisturizer or lip moisturizing product. Because : Dry AF skin over here. I liked this product. I stuck it in my purse and it has become my go to thirsty lip quincher. It works well. Keeps my lips hydrated and very kissable, which is apparently a claim. I agree with that.

Briogeo Rosarco (heat proctectant) – TBH I haven’t had the chance to try this yet. I’ll update you guys on snapchap though. 🙂 🙂

Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush – I’m never disappointed by the Luxie brushes I receive in my Ipsy bags. This one was no exception. The bristles are super soft. And per Rhonda’s suggestion, I used this brush to highlight with (instead of for foundation – because I think it’s too small for that) and it worked like a charm!

Pixie by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir –  I was happy to get this in my bag, because I had recently contemplated trying a Pixie eyeliner. I was prepared to not be impressed by it BUT I was so wrong. It’s genuinely very silky. One swipe and it’s intense on your water line. It also help up really well throughout the day. Dare I say  – even better than my holy grail IT Cosmetics liner. We shall see though. Sometimes first impressions are wrong. 😉

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin – Love the name of this highlighter. Do I love the highlighter? Noooot really. I wasn’t super impressed. It’s not really intense at all on the face..and when you swipe it with your finger to swatch..it feels very chalky.

Rhonda –

 

Let me start by saying, the ice cream design on this bag is so cute and I love the splash-proof factor, making it great for dropping into my water park tote.  However, mine seems to have a faulty zipper and while I don’t expect much for the price, that was disappointing and first for me with ipsy.  Anyway, on to the products.

Royal & Langnickel Precision Angled Brush – I am always beyond tickled to get a brush in my bag, since I am a bit of a collector.  I used this brush to contour my nose and it did not disappoint.  The (100% vegan!) bristles are super soft and it blended so well.  The construction is of the best quality and so I clicked over to their website through ipsy to see how much these cost.  I was so shocked to see they are totally affordable!  I will definitely be buying some of their brushes.  And just a hot tip for you – when you sign up with ipsy, you get access to coupon codes for the brands they feature!

Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude– Dang, this one shocked me.  The shade “nude” always turns me off because with someone with darker lips I don’t wear typical nudes well.  This nude though was a little darker and had a rosy tone to it that is just beautiful!  It swatched super creamy and I look forward to trying it on my lips.  It feels like it is moisturizing and not at all drying.

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin – This wasn’t my first time trying this product.  As a former Ulta employee, I have used just about every product in the store.  It has never been my favorite.  It’s fine for a more subtle highlight, but I like to be LIT UP.  The texture is a little chalky too, which I’m not a fan of.  I do sometimes like it set bolder, creamier highlight with it.

City Color Bold Brow Eyebrow Powder in Medium – I was not excited to receive this, because I am happy with my brow routine and have never liked the idea of powders.  Well, I was wrong to not be excited.  I love my brow mousse that I use daily, but it does take a little time to get my brow perfectly defined and sometimes I wish I had something to quickly do a natural brow, for when I’m not doing much makeup.  Oh, well here it is.  Thanks, ipsy.  I used the two shades together and my brow was filled in, literally, a minute.  The look was natural and the included brush means I may just pop this into my purse and leave it there for when I am out without makeup and have a moment to do my brow.

VASANTI Cosmetics Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face RejuvenatorExfoliating Cleanser – I was happy to receive this, but to be honest, it was only because I had just run out of the cleanser for my old skincare routine and had not purchased anything new.  I had been digging around in my sample and travel size basket, using what I could find.  I just needed a cleanser.  But BOOM!  I used this one and loved it.  The super fine exfoliating particles didn’t scratch my face and I could seriously tell a difference after just two uses.  My face definitely is less dull with this product and it didn’t dry my skin. I just might purchase when I run out!

Do you subscribe to ipsy or any other beauty subs?  Tell us what you do!

 

April Ipsy Reveal

Hey y’all hey…we got our April Ipsy bags…and you know what that means! It’s time to reveal the goods…

Ashley –

Soooo, this is my bag. 🙂 This is definitely my most favorite Ipsy bag yet. There was only one disappointing product which let’s just start with that one….get the bad out of the way. 😉

Naked Cosmetics Heavy Metal #04 – This is a pigment and is the second one that I’ve received from Ipsy. I did try to use the first one that I got, but it’s just too messy. I tried using it as an eyeshadow. Ipsy says that you can use these pigments as an eyeshadow, liner, lipstick, or even a nail polish. To be real here – I’m just not on that level yet. No thanks. So yeah. This is the only product I was not psyched to receive.

Glamour Dolls X Lisa Frank Angled Blush Brush – Okay, to be honest, I tested this brush out as a bronzer/contour brush. It looks like a bronzer/contour brush right?? Anyway, that’s how I tested it out. First of all, this is a LISA FRANK MAKEUP BRUSH. That fact alone. All the freaking heart eyes. Alright – is it practical though? Eh. It seemed to soak up the product more than it applied it. However, I will continue to test it out with other products and update you guys – probably through SnapChat. So follow us: RAtheMOMachine

Eau Thermale Avene Rich Compensating Cream – I used this on my face for my night time moisturizer last night, and I used it to moisturize my hands tonight. It performed well. It’s a light feeling moisturizer. It didn’t blow my socks off or anything, BUT I always appreciate a new moisturizer…because I have lizard skin. For real.

touch in SOL No Poreblem! Primer – I’ve only used this primer once … sooo.. I don’t feel like I can give an absolute and final review on it BUT I enjoyed it. It’s a lightweight primer. It doesn’t leave a tacky feeling on your skin, but it’s not super smoothing like Benefit’s Porefessional (which is my current FAVE primer). I was happy with it, but I’ll continue to test it and update you guys on SC. 🙂

Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer – Yes. This is a bronzer. I know. It is super light. I’m super pale though so I appreciate it. I also really love the neutral undertones. I have a ton of red/pink undertones in my skin…so I really appreciate a bronzer that doesn’t accentuate those undertones and just make me look sunburned. Anyway, I really like this bronzer. I feel like it’s very natural looking on my skin, and it reminds me of the Hoola Lite Benefit Bronzer.

Rhonda-

This bag design though.  So cute!  It is among my favorites for sure.  The material is really sturdy too!  Overall, I didn’t love this month, especially after seeing some of the things my friends got (*cough*AshleyandherLisaFrank*cough*).

Hanalei Aloe Soothing Gel – I have not tried this yet, considering I have not been in the sun.  I am going to the beach in two weeks though and this is the perfect size for travel.  I have the lip treatment from this brand and it is amaze, so I have high expectations for this one.

Meg Twin Nail Polish in Lovey Dovey – I don’t paint my fingernails much, because I do press-ons.  I have a huge polish collection and didn’t really need more polish for painting my toes, but this was so damn cute and such great shades, that I couldn’t be mad at it.  The blue-grey shade is everything.  I look forward to seeing how this applies and holds up.

Elizabeth Mott Show Me Your Glow Shimmer Shadow & Highlighter – Another day, another highlighter.  Can you really have too much highlight though?  A single swipe didn’t give much shine, but it seems really buildable and I love that it has actual flecks of glitter in it.  I think I will really love it layered over some of my other highlighters.  And bonus – cruelty free!

Ciate London Mini Bamboo Bronzer in Palm Island – My first thought when I saw I was getting this was excitement because I really like the Ciate brand and I love contours.  However, I was instantly disappointed when I swatched it.  I just don’t really use bronzers this light unless it’s a shimmer bronzer.  I like my mattes a little deeper in color.  It would be a great color for someone fair who doesn’t want everyone to notice the bronzer, if that makes sense.  I will say the formula is lovely.  Lightweight and easy to apply.  I may pass this one to my midwestern BFF, because my face will be far to dark for it this summer.

Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush 660 – I’m so torn, y’all.  I puffy-heart-love Luxie brushes.  The colors, the softness of the bristles, everything.  However, I just don’t love this kind of brush for foundation.  It’s more fluffy than the really flat paintbrush style though.  I think it will make a phenomenal brush for an intense highlight.  I tried it quickly with the Elizabeth Mott highlight from above.  It worked pretty well!  I know I’ll find a use for it.  I am a huge fan of using brushes in different ways, instead of just the intended and labeled purpose.

Overall, this was a good bag for me.  Not blowing me away, but just good.

You definitely should try ipsy if you haven’t already.  $10 to dabble in new products?  Yes please! If you want to sign up for Ipsy click this link – It’s Ashley’s referral link so she will get some points if you sign up! Win win!

 

5 Lippie Brands You Need To Try

I have a long-standing obsession with lip products.  Before I regularly wore lipstick, I was addicted to lip balms.  I had them in my car, bedside drawer, purse, kitchen….anywhere I was going to be.  Once I started wearing lipstick daily, my obsession got deeper and now?  Well, I can’t stop buying it, whether I need it or not.  I have come to rely on five brands more than any others and I just have to share the love with you!

Clockwise from top left: NYX Kitten Heels, Colourpop Molly, Colourpop Marshmallow, Lipsense Purple Reign, Tarte fomo, Colourpop Mugshot, Urban Decay Disobedient, Colourpop Sunday; Center: Colourpop Moment of Weekness set
  1. Colourpop. This brand has a cult-like following and it’s absolutely warranted.  All of their lip products are great.  I have 20-30 of them and my favorite formula is the Ultra Matte.  They go on smoothly and evenly and wear well through some drinks.  Some colors transfer more than others, but for $6 a pop, you can collect and wear the hell out of them.
  2. Lipsense.  You would just about have to live under a rock to not know what this is at this point.  It is sold through independent distributors and it is hot hot hot right now.  There’s a good reason for that.  I am not kidding you when I tell you it lasts all day.  I can make out with my fiance, neatly.  It’s life-changing for someone like me, who is always kissing, eating, and drinking.  The price tag can throw some off.  $55 for a starter kit seems like a lot, but I have been wearing mine several days a week and it looks like there is plenty of product left.  And when you’re ready to buy another color, it’s only $20.  Totally worth it.
  3. NYX.  Another bargain brand, NYX is also a cult favorite.  I have every shade of the liquid suede, which is there most popular product for a reason.  It is not transfer proof, but will last for at least a couple of hours of normal wear.  My favorite thing about it is that I don’t feel it on my lips like some other liquid mattes.  Also, the color selection is to die for!  There is something for everyone and $6.99 price tag means you can collect them all!
  4. Tarte.  I have shared my love for Tarte before.  I am completely obsessed with their lip paints.  They recently launched quick dry lip paints, which I have not tried, but their creamy matte lip paints are amazing.  Colors are on-trend and the formula is creamy and comfortable on.  They are worth the $20 for the smell and comfort alone.
  5. Urban Decay.  I have never been a huge fan of Urban Decay.  In general, I find them highly overrated.  However, they have a couple of standout items and one of those is their Vice lipsticks.  Sometimes I want something creamy and nourishing instead of a liquid matte.  In that case, I reach for Vice lipsticks.  They come in different finishes and I tend to gravitate toward the creams.  They are priced at a reasonable $17.

Are any of these your favorites?  What lip brands do you love that I haven’t mentioned?

March ipsy Reveal

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up).  On to March’s goodies!

Rhonda-

This month’s bag itself is so pretty.  It wasn’t quite what I expected based on pictures, but it’s a nice velvety fabric and has a pretty rose gold zipper. You’ll see I got 6 items.  I bought one of them with my points.

OFRA cosmetics peach blush – I have received several OFRA products in the time I have been with ipsy.  I have loved every one.  They have the best sheen and pigmentation and this one is no different.  You get a great natural flush with a sheen with a single swipe (see top swatch above).  The blush is perfectly buildable so you can add on the color.

EYEKO fat eye stick in Satin – This creamy crayon twists up and gives such amazing coverage.  One swipe gives all the pigment you need.  It will be great alone or with a powdered shadow over.  It can be applied without a brush if you’re the type to just want a quick, no-fuss, touch of color on your lids.  This Satin color will look good on everyone (see bottom swatch above).

Elizabeth Mott blending brush – The first thing that struck me about this brush is the coloring.  I love the minty handle and the rose gold accents.  Right up my alley.  I love Elizabeth Mott products and this did not disappoint.  The synthetic bristles are perfect for blending out creamy products without wasting any.  It seems high quality and well made.  I can’t see it shedding.

Styli-Style pressed pigment in liquid gold – This is what I bought with my points.  I had kind of low expectations because I had never heard of this brand.  Holy smokes, it was definitely the stand-out of my bag!  The antique gold hue gave amazing coverage with ONE SWIPE (see middle swatch above).  I literally gasped when I tried it on my eyes.  Truly amazing.  Blendable and highly pigmented.

Marula Pure Beauty Oil, Pure Marula facial oil – I haven’t used this on my face yet, but I am a big fan of facial oils in general.  I swiped some onto my wrist.  It feels nice, soaked into my dry skin, and smells great without being strong.

Cake Desserted Island supreme body mousse – Holy heavens, this stuff was like some decadent frosting on my dry ass skin.  It smells AMAZING and feels great.  I hate for body creams to leave a residue and I totally forget this one is there!

Ashley –

I really like this month’s bag design. I like the color , and I like that it is able to be folded. I got six items this month as well, because I also redeemed some of my points. 

Neogen Coconut Milk Cleanser – This stuff was just okay for me. It didn’t wow me, but I will for sure continue to use it until it’s gone. Will I purchase it? Probably not. The smell is pretty strong. Surprisingly it does not smell like coconut at all – it actually reminds me of Olay Bar Soap. My Mimi always only used Olay bar soap. So that was kind of nice that it reminded me of her. 🙂 However, I’m not a fan of such a strong perfumy scent when I’m trying to cleanse my face.

Skone Blending Brush – I love a new brush. And I really really love a new blending brush. Seriously. 🙂 I like this one. The bristles are way  longer than any of my other blending brushes, so that was a bit of an adjustment at first. After using it for several days – I can officially say that I’ve fallen for it. Like I said. I’m a sucker for a good blending brush. 😉

Tarteist Lip Paint in Rose I’m still on the fence about this one. I was actually super excited to know that I was receiving a Tarteist Lip Paint, because I’d been wanting to try one. I <heart> all the things Tarte that I’ve tried so far. I think I’m just not wild about the color on me. The formula was pretty typical to most liquid lipsticks that I’ve tried. It didn’t feel super heavy on my lips, but it was definitely drying.

Freematic Eye Shadow Doucce – This is the little tiny Mauvey shaded eye shadow. Eh. Honestly, I feel like Ipsy has sent me this shade (in different brands) a couple times before. It was an ok shadow. I definitely had to build the pigment up.

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter/Crayon – I wasn’t even sure what this crayon was meant to highlight. Of course I asked Rhonda. She told me it was for my brow bone. I like it ok. I felt like a cream highlight for the brow bone would be more suited for someone who was looking for sharp defined brows. I’m not that girl. I just fill in and darken my eyebrow hairs that are naturally there. No sharp drawn on lines here.

Swatches Left to Right: Highlighter Crayon, Freematic Eyeshadow, and Styli-Style Pressed Pigment

Styli-Style Pressed Pigment in Liquid Gold – This was an extra in my bag that I got by redeeming points. Y’all. This stuff is sooo pigmented and sooo pretty. The day I wore it, Cooper complimented me. When a three year old notices your eye shadow – well that eye shadow is doing something good for ya. 😉 As you saw above – Rhonda bought this with her points as well. And we are both in love with it. 🙂

 

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Review: Maëlle Beauty

Last summer, I signed on for an amazing opportunity, to be one of the founding mentors of a brand-new beauty brand, Maëlle.  I was super excited, but then my life took a bunch of dramatic turns and I pulled out before launch and decided I would just be a customer.  The sponsor I had, Brittaney, is an amazing makeup artist and such a sweet soul.  When she approached me to review some products, I jumped at the opportunity to try them for myself.

When I do reviews, you can be sure of this – I will always be 100% honest.  In a past blog, I did a couple of negative reviews.  It sucks to do that, but fortunately for both of us, I loved the products!

I was sent three products and they were all so good.  Briefly, the lowdown…

  1. Above and Beyond Mascara – I was prepared to think, “yeah, it’s good,” but not be excited about the product.  After all, there are a lot of good mascaras.  This one is amazing though.  It does EVERYTHING you want – curls, lengthens, separates, and coats every lash.  Best of all, no smudging and flaking throughout the day.
  2. Secret Illuminator – This is used alone, under makeup, or over makeup to brighten the eye area.  I tried it with no makeup and it helped brighten my eyes.  Then I tried it under concealer and it helped.  When I then patted it on OVER my concealer, my eyes really brightened.
  3. Angled Brush – This brush is the perfect density and size for blending eyebrows and lining the eyes! I love it for brushing a shimmery gold shadow along my lower lash line.

You can find all of these products by shopping with Brittaney.

Check out my YouTube video for full review.