Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Thanks to a great subbie and friend on my Facebook Fan page I was told yesterday, 4/21/14, that the NYX Macaron Lippies are now available.

I checked on Ulta's website and I didn't see them for sale yet but I'm hoping they will have them soon. I went ahead and ordered my collection from the NYX Cosmetics website.

If you have seen my Kaoir Lipstick swatch video, my Secret Kisses Lipstick swatch video, or even my LimeCrime Lipstick swatch video then you know that these vibrant and outside of the box colors are right up my alley.

I placed my order last night using code WELCOME25 so that I could get 25% off my order and I also qualified for free shipping. Can't beat that lol. The colors I ordered and will be swatching soon are as follows

ROSE: a lavender pink
LAVENDER: a lavender
EARL GREY: a powder blue
CITRON: a yellow
PISTACHIO: a mint green
VIOLET: a royal purple
BLUE VELVET: an electric blue
KEY LIME: a lime green

The colors that I didn't, or haven't purchased yet lol, are:

Orange Blossom - Orange
Black Sesame - Light Grey
Coconut - White
Chambord - Black

Other swatch and review videos of vibrant color lipsticks
(Secret Kisses)
(Lime Crime)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Staple Drugstore Beauty Must Haves

I do love makeup and for the most part I use a lot of luxury brand items in my kit for my clients and on myself. However, there are some staple drugstore brands or products that I have tried over the years and they are worthy enough for me to have in my makeup arsenal. There are some things I have been able to find in the drugstore that work for me and some things I just haven't found quite fantastic enough to make my staples list.

Here is a list of favorite drugstore beauty products:

Face Primer:
Brow: Maybelline define a brow
Eyeshadow Primer: Hard Candy Eyes the Limit & Milani Eyeshadow Primer
Eye Palette: Wet N Wild and NYX
Single Eye Shadows: Cover Girl and Maybelline
Liquid Eye Liner: Milani Eye Studio Master Precise & Wet N Wild Mega Liner
Kohl Eye Liner: Ruby Kisses and Kiss New York 24 Hour Liners
Waterline Eye Liner: Ruby Kisses and Kiss New York 24 Hour Liners
Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
Waterproof Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Volumn ExpressWaterproof
False Lashes: Ardell and Red Cherry
Lash Glue: Revlon
Concealer: Hard Candy Glamaflauge Heavy Duty Concealer and LA Girl Pro Concealer
Liquid Foundation: Black Opal, Loreal Paris True Match and Covergirl Outlast Foundation
Stick Foundation: Kiss New York and Black Opal
Setting Powder: NYX Stay Matte
Setting Spray:
Contour Kit: Ruby Kisses 3D Face Creator
Blush: Milani Blushes
Highlight/shimmer glow: Milani Mineralized
Bronzer: NYX Matte Bronzer
Lip Liner: NYX
LipStick Brands: Revlon
LipGloss/Stain: Ruby Kisses Jellicious
Brushes: Real Techniques
Sponges: London Soho and Studio Basics Expert Complexion
Tools: Tweezerman

Brush Cleanser: Shampoo

Most of these items can be found at your local CVS, Walgreens, Wal_mart, and even ULTA Stores.

Hope this information helps,


Holy Grail Luxury Brand Beauty Favorites

Hey Hey Hey! I wanted to make a list of all the wonderful beauty brands that have made my Holy Grail list. I'm starting with my Luxury Brand must haves. These products have been tried and tested over the years in and out of my professional makeup artist kit. I use a lot of these products for filming in HD and some of these products I use on a daily basis on myself.

Hope this list helps:

Face Primer: Eve Pearl Primer Moisturizer (For Oily Skin)
Brow: MAC Brow Pencil in Spiked & Anastasia Beverly Hills Wiz in Caramel
Eyeshadow Primer: Lime Crime Eye Shadow Helper or Urban Decay Primer Potion
Neutral Eye Palette: Too Faced Chocolate Bar & Coastal Scents Neutral Palette
Vibrant Eye Palette: Ben Nye Lumere Cream Palette & Sugar Pill Pro Palette
Single Eye Shadows: MAC Cosmetics, Urban Decay & Ben Nye
Liquid Eye Liner: Sephora Long Lasting Liquid Eye Liner & Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner
Kohl Eye Liner: MAC Feline
Waterline Eye Liner: MUFE Aqua Eyes
Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex & Tarte Lights Camera Lashes
Waterproof Mascara: Dior Show Waterproof
False Lashes: Madona Lashes, MAC and House of Lashes
Lash Glue: Revlon
Concealer: Bobbi Brown Peach Corrector, Derma Blend & Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhancer
Liquid Foundation: Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation and NARS Sheer Matte Foundation
Setting Powder: MUFE HD Pressed Powder & Ben Nye Setting Powder in Buff or Neutral
Setting Spray: Skindanavia Bridal Spray or Cinema Secret setting spray
Contour Kit: Ben Nye Mojave Powder Palette
Blush: MAC and NARS
Highlight/shimmer glow: MAC Mineralize Pressed powders & Laura Geller
Bronzer: MAC Bronzer
Lip Liner: MAC Lip Liners or OCC Colour Pencil
LipStick Brands: MAC, Kaoir, LimeCrime, Ofra
LipGloss/Stain: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, MAC
Brushes: MAC, Hakuhodo, Sigma
Sponges: Beauty Blender
Tools: Tweezerman

Brush Cleanser: Parian Spirit

I will also make a Drugstore Holy Grail list so that these items can be more affordable to everyone, not just the makeup artists.

Hope this information helps,


Monday, April 7, 2014

My Sephora VIB Rouge 2014 Beauty Haul

Well it's that time of year again, Spring Beauty Sale at Sephora!! As a working makeup artist I get 50-20% off at most of the brands that Sephora carries but there are some brands where I don't have a Pro Discount to. So when Spehora has it's 15% off sale I like to buy from companies that I don't already get a Pro Discount from.

Here is a list of the items I picked up this Spring:

Bite Beauty: Cashmere Lip Creme - Crush ($28)
Bite Beauty: Cashmere Lip Creme - Burgundy ($28)
Bite Beauty: Matte Creme Lip Crayon - Satsuma ($24)
Bite Beauty: Matte Creme Lip Crayon - Kumquat ($24)
Bite Beauty: Luminous Creme Lipstick - Violet ($24)
Bite Beauty: Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo - Vivid ($12) Returned 4/8/14
Bite Beauty: Luminous Creme Lipstick Duo - Neutral ($12) Returned 4/8/14
Bite Beauty: Agave Lip Mask ($26)
Bobbi Brown Corrector - Peach ($24)
Benefit Cosmetics Lemon-Aid ($20)
Kat Von D: Immortal Lash 24 Hour Mascara - Black ($20) Returned 4/8/14
Kat Von D: Lock-It Tasttoo Foundation - Medium M57 ($34)
Yves Saint Laurent: Rouge Pur Couture Matte Lipstick: 203 Rouge Rock ($35)
Beauty Blender Royal beauty Blender: Limited Edition (Purple shade) ($20)
GlamGlow Youth Mud Tinglexpoliate Treatment (Small Size) ($19)
Nails Inc: Bling It On Floral ($11)
Ciate: Caviar Manicure Luxe - Gleam ($19)
Ciate: Sequined Manicure Kit - Multicolor ($6.50)
Ciate: Sugar Caviar Manicure - Cotton Candy ($12.50)  Returned 4/8/14
Ciate: Sugar Caviar Manicure - Lemon Fizz ($12.50)
Ciate: Very colourfoil manicure - Wonderland ($9.50)
Sephora Collection Color Proof Waterproof Liquid Liner - Black ($5)
VIB 100 Point Free Bonus: Benefit Cosmetics It's Potent! Eye Cream

I played around in a few items and boy were they BAD purchases. I returned them on 4/8/14 to sephora, no questions asked.

My VIB discount code is: VIBTICKET but you can also use code: TICKET if you are not a VIB ticket holder.

I am still on the fence about purchasing the Urban Decay Elctrick Palette and the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I just have so many eyeshadow palette that are similar to them that I haven't felt the urge to buy them. I think I might buy them from Macy's in the future since I have giftcards to Macy's that I can use.

Here's a video so that you can see the items I picked up

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