Friday, November 9, 2012

Favorites Youtubers- LilPumpkinPie05

I love to watch and learn from people on YouTube. I am subscribed to a few YouTubers which I think are very talented and I think I have learned a lot from. I think many of you can benefit and learn from them too. One of my favorite has to be the talented and beautiful LilPumkinPie05. Her personality just shines through. You can tell she is an amazing woman. Let me tell you her looks are amazing. She takes her time to teach you the techniques and when asked questions via twitter or Instagram she does answer to the best of her abilities and if she sees them. In my opinion she has to be one of the top 10 best makeup gurus on YouTube. So check her out on YouTube and subscribe. She also has a blog and you can find her on twitter and Instagram.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Last month I stopped into Sephora to browse and came across a line I have not ever heard of before. These eyeshadow palettes were so pretty and even better swatched. I wanted to get more than one palette but decided on the Emerald Pretty Palette. Even better they are all on sale at Sephora for 40% off.

Tarina Tarantino Emerald Pretty Eyeshadow Palette consists of 6 full sized eyeshadows inspired by Emerald City. The shadows are called Glinda's Kiss which is a iridescent white, Silver Shoes which is a Pearlized Silver, Dandy Lion which is a Pearlized Olive Green, Saw Dust Heart which is a Matte Brown, Ozma which is a Pearlized Aqua Blue, and Very Wicked which is a Pearlized Emerald Green.

This is my first time trying this brand and I have to say this palette is Excellent. The formula is rich in pigmentation and even those with shimmer had no FALLOUT. AMAZING!!!!  The color payoff is a 10 on all these. I swatched them without a primer and you can see how pigmented, soft, and dense these shadows are. I wore them with a base on the lid and I didn't experience any creasing or fading. The best thing about Tarino Tarantino eyeshadows you can use them wet or dry. I have yet to use them wet. In my opinion $36 dollars for 6 full sized eyeshadows is a bargain compared to Mac's $15 dollars for 1 single eyeshadow. And best of all this palette is on sale for $22 dollars at Sephora or So get your hands on them while you can.

Sorry about the lighting. I take these pictures using my Iphone 4. Not the best quality

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Real Techniques Setting BRUSH

Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Setting BrushThis is just a quick review of one of the many Real Techniques brushes I have in my collection.The Real Techniques setting brush has got to be one of my favorite brushes from this line. I even like it more than the Expert face brush that was launched around the same time as this brush. This setting brush is very unique and versatile. It almost looks like a oversized blending brush. This brush is used to set powder under your eyes or to apply highlighter in precise areas. This brush is perfect for adding the right amoung of coverage under the eyes without making it look cakey. I have to add this is also great for creme products. I've also managed to use this brush to contour.

Overall I have to say this is the perfect brush. Compared to other brushes I have even the high end ones I haven't found any type of problems with this one. No shedding at all. This brush is densely packed and with a retail price of $8.99 who can beat that. You can find this brush at or The Real Techniques website.

****Disclaimer: This brush was sent to me by the company for review. I was not paid for this review. This is my honest opinion.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Goodbye to the days of driving into New York City and sitting through traffic to get to the Mac Pro store. Starting today October 18 Mac Pro products will be available to the public on You don't have to have a membership to buy pro products just like before. Its just nice to have them online. This is a great addition to the mac website and it is long overdue.

I have been playing around on the website right now to see whats available and what I can add to my list of things I want. So far I see they have the Chromalines, Pigments, Mixing mediums and Creme Color bases. I think they should separate the Pro products from the regular Mac items cause not everyone is familiar with the Pro items. But again this is a great move by Mac to add these Pro items. Good job Mac. Saves me on toll, gas and time. I am soooooooooo excited about this addition to the site.

Any thoughts. What are you guys getting?

This review is long over due but I wanted to make sure I really used this product to give you an honest review. I love Coconut Oil and when I got the chance to review a new one I was super excited. I received this product I would say about two months ago from the company. When I received this sample I was expecting a sample size jar but they sent me a 32 oz jar of coconut oil. Which was great. When I first opened the jar and smelled it I was not impressed because it did not smell good. I have used other coconut oils made from other companies in my hair and they have not smelled like this. I was very skeptical on using this. I took a chance and used it that night on my hair. (I always use Coconut oil on my hair as an overnight treatment before I wash my hair the next day). Even though it did not smell good in the jar it did not leave a bad smell or funny odor in my hair which I was surprised by. This oil made my hair very soft and manageable. It has a great texture and consistency which I did not find in other coconut oils.

You can use Coconut oil as a way to condition your hair, cooking, soothe dry skin, as a makeup remover and so on. You can google ways to use this. I have to say I am loving this product and I am using it as a prepoo for my hair. Next thing is to try cooking with this. I will keep you guys updated on how that turns out.

Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil? You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wet N Wild Giveaway(CLOSED)

Hey guys Fall collections are hitting our stores very soon. One collection that I have been very happy to finally get is the Wet N Wild Fergie collection. This Set is beautiful. So I am doing a giveaway that will go on until Sept. 3rd. The winner will be picked randomly and will receive a few items from this Fall Collection from Wet N Wild. All you have to do is sign up for my blog. Easy as 1,2,3. I wish everyone luck.

Disclaimer: These products were bought by me and not given to me for any type of review or this giveaway.

To get pictures and view this collection as my camera is not working please go to

Mac Style Seeker Collection

Mac Style Seeker was released today in stores and I was so excited for this collection but I must say I was not that impressed once I got to the counter. I've been watching videos on you-tube on people who were able to get these products early and reading different blogs to view some swatches. I still wanted to go out and play around with these items myself.
"Fall colour surfaces in a vivid colour collection influenced by the spirit and style of a global wanderer. She has a knack for juxtaposing vintage, ethnic, flea market and avant-garde into stunning original looks, inspiring a world of wanderlust as eclectic and fashionable as she is. Translucent, buildable, Powder Blush adds glow. Eye Shadow Duos create brilliant, sultry effects punctuated with Fluidline. Classic Mattene Lipstick is revived for dramatic, dense colour that lasts for hours. Lipglass gets fresh flair in new shades, and Nail Lacquer in jewel tones and metallics extend the opulence to the tips of the fingers"

I swatched everything while I was at the counter and the eyeshadow quads except one was a miss. They were not pigmented at all and the formula was off from the regular Mac eyeshadows. You would have to put in some work and time to build up some of these colors. There are 4 quads included in this collection and 3 of the 8 shades are already included in Mac's permanent line. I ended up with the one quad which was Marche Aux Puces. This was the most pigmented quad and I actually think its sold out online. 

There are 3 blushes included which I have to say were very nice. I ended up getting Hidden Treasure just because I didn't have a color like that in my collection. I passed on everything else because I either had something similar or it just didn't do it for me. 

To view the whole collection and swatches you can go to or Let me know what you guys think of this collection.

Marche Aux Puces

Hidden Treasure

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Laura Mercier Lingerie Eye & Cheek Palette

When I saw this palette on someones blog ( I can't recall which one) I completely fell in love. I went searching online everywhere for this to notice it came out in January. I thought I always miss the good ones. But I still didn't give up. I was determined to get my hands on this. I got on a chat with Nordstrom (who always comes through) and she was able to track one down for me at their store in Missouri. I wanted to do a happy dance at work. I was super excited and had it ordered for me. It arrived a couple of days ago and I must say this was worth the $60 I paid. It has such beautiful colors and its very pigmented. I love the color selection because its an array of colors that's wearable everyday. It has a range of mattes, lustre, shimmer and satin eyeshadows and the shimmer is not too overbearing. The eyeshadows are smooth, they don't crease and they blend like no other. The blushes I love except the peach one because it does not show up at all on my NW45 skin. Its very sheer compared to the pink one. This is my very first product I ever bought from Laura Mercier and I must say I am excited and I cant wait to try more from this line. I was not dissappointed. I love this palette. Its small and very practical and can fit in any makeup bag you have in your purse.

Lingerie Eye & Cheek Palette

Mac Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

With the Heavenly Creatures Collection came the highly anticipated Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. This is a Repromote from a previous collection I think about two years ago. I didn't buy it last time and with all the great things I heard about it I thought I should grab one before it sells out. Let me just say I am not at all impressed with this. I have been using this since it came out in July and I have broken out horrendously. Yes, it makes your face smooth but I didn't expect the breakouts.

A highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural Volcanic Ash with fine sugar crystals. Refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture: leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. May be used effectively on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water."

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This product is not as gritty as other exfoliators out there. The particles dissolve as you rub it into the skin without leaving the skin irritated. Its a mild exfoliator that doesn't have an unpleasant smell. It leaves skin feeling soft and you will notice the glow it gives. I use this 3 times a week. Besides the breakouts I will give this product a 3.5/5. This is a limited edition product so go get a sample from our nearest Mac counter.

Price: $28.00

Limited Edition

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Real Techniques-The Real Deal

I don't know how long the Real Techniques brushes have been around but everyone has been raving about them. So I decided upon myself to give these brushes a try and I must admit I see what everyone is talking about. Some of them are comparable and have even been better than my Mac brushes. I am in love with them. They are affordable and the quality is great. I have been using them for a little over two months and I can't complain. Even when I washed them they don't shed. I was able to go to my nearest Ulta and buy them during their BOGO 1/2 off sale. I bought the Core Collection ($17.99) and the Stippling Brush($4.99). I also wanted the Expert face brush and Blush brush but they sold out. Since I follow Real Techniques on Facebook I saw a post on my timeline that Sneeqpeek was having a 2 day sale so I quickly signed up to see what they had. I was able to get the Expert face and Blush brush for $6.99. I regret not buying more. Lets get to what these brushes are for.

Core Collection Includes 4 brushes and a Traveling bag:
  • Detailer Brush to conceal problem areas
  • Pointed Foundation Brush to use with liquid foundation to build coverage. I use this brush for concealing
  • Buffing Brush used for full coverage foundation with a flawless look
  • Contour brush to contour
Stippling Brush according to is a dual-fiber brush and is the trade secret for creating airbrushed, high-definition results with all types of makeup

Expert face brush is used for blending of creme and liquid foundation. This has been my go-to brush for foundation because it is so easy to apply without leaving streaks.

Blush Brush evenly distributes blush. The shape males application easy and precise

In all these brushes were a great buy. They are extremely soft but firm and can be used for more than what they are made for. I plan on buying back ups and getting the rest of their collection. To see how these videos are used visit

I am also including a video off Youtube from Pixiwoo. These brushes were designed by Samantha Chapman

Review by the incredible Gossmakeupartist.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Youtube Favorites Series

I love watching YouTube for the latest Tutorials, Reviews and DIYs. I feel like anything you need you can watch on there and learn a lot from others. I am going to be doing a series on the Youtubers that I think are great and I am subscribed to their channels. These are the ones that I love to watch and have an instant email notification when their new videos are out. They are my favorite go-to for reviews, swatches and makeup tutorials. This is not in any specific order and again this is my opinion. Let me know of any others I need to be on the look out for and who's your favorite Youtuber.

Lets start with DestinyGodley. She is amazing and who have you seen that can rock pink hair like she does. She looks beautiful. She gives you free advice on hair, makeup, and fashion. Right now she is having a great contest. An International Makeup Giveaway Collab. Go check out her channel, subscribe and share her videos. Please don't subscribe just to have a chance to win and if you don't win unsubscribe. Subscribe because she is great at what she is doing. So go ahead to her YouTube channel and like some of her videos and see for yourself what I am talking about.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale July 2012

Nordstrom anniversary sale starts tonight at midnight pacific. This sale was open to Nordstrom card holders and Fashion rewards members in-store and online July 11th. This sale opens up to the public July 20th and the prices go back up on August 5th.They are including great Beauty Exclusives, Sets and GWPs. This is Nordstrom's biggest and the best sale event of the year. Well in my opinion it is. They will have the the hottest and the most gorgeous fall fashions at a reduced price. For the makeup lovers out there, limited edition exclusives will be available from Mac, Smashbox, Nars, Bobbi Brown, Kiehl's, and Lancome to name a few. I was able to snatch up the blush palette from NARS($65.00) and the Plum Smokey Eye Tutorial Kit from MAC($49.50).

Let me know what you guys think and if you are passing or getting your hands on these deals.

Happy Shopping!!!!

Nars Blush Palette

                                                                                    Mac Plum Smokey Eye Kit

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pictures and Swatches of Mac Heavenly Creatures

                                                       Magnetic Attraction

                                                         Ring Of Saturn 



                                                     Swatch of Magnetic Attraction

     Swatch of blushes from left to right: Supernova, Ring of Saturn, Stratus

Magnetic Attraction has a swirl of gold, orange and cranberry. When applied on the lids its a very nice coral. (Frost)

Supernova is a magenta with swirls of gold. You have to be very light handed when applying and blend very well.

Stratus is described by Mac as Amethyst and golden brown melange. Very beautiful color especially on darker complexions.

Ring of Saturn is a Terracotta and gold. It has a great color payoff without too much shimmer.

I had to skip on the MSF because the colors did not work on my skin tone. It was more of a highlight and had too much shimmer for me.

What did you get from this collection and what are your thoughts?

**All products were purchased by me for reviews****

Mac Heavenly Creatures Collection 2012

Mac has out done itself and has come out with a collection that has caught my eye. There are so many collections coming out lately that have been a hit or miss. The Heavenly creatures collection is filled with 4 Mineralize skin finish, 9 Mineralize eyeshadows, and 4 Mineralize blushes, with an array of 5 lipsticks, 5 Cremesheen Glass and False Lash Mascara. It also includes the Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser, Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel and Moisture Eye Cream. This collection includes a limited Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator which gently cleanses and exfoliates. I have heard great things about this exfoliator. You also can choose out of the 3 Duo Fibre Brushes. This is available through August 19th so get the items you need before they sell out. If you take a look on or they have some beautiful swatches. I have 3 of the blushes and 1 eyeshadow so i will post the pictures and swatches of them soon.

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