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Fairy Bomb & Body Lava

September 10, 2018

The Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Fairy Bomb is an oversized glittering puff, filled with rose gold shimmer. The soft pom pom is packed with 3D shimmer for a luxurious illuminating experience. This reminds me of when I was young and 'older' women would apply powder with super-soft poufs. It's retro and I like it. 


The pom pom is really soft and a pretty peach color. You have to hit the Fairy Bomb against your skin many times to initially bring out the hyper-reflective glitter, but once you bring it to the surface, you can apply the luminizer with ease. AND you will be sparkly! The scent is lovely - a vanilla-coconut scent (two of my favorites). The Fairy Bomb may be a little overpriced, but the concept is fun. You may find that during application you get glitter everywhere (I even got it on my Toy Poodle), but there's always a downside to every body shimmer product.


The Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Body Lava sold out shortly after the release date. Yeah, I bought it! Don't be jealous - it's not amazing! I had high hopes for this stuff and I love Fenty Beauty by Rihanna products, but this one fell short of my expectations.


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Body Lava definitely adds shimmer, but it's kinda oily and the scent is SUPER-STRONG! I love a little glitter along my legs and arms, but I'm worried this stuff will rub onto my clothes. AND I cant take the scent - It's pretty, but overwhelming. I kinda feel bad for all those Fenty Beauty by Rihanna fans waiting to purchase this sold out product, while I have a full bottle going to waste. I apologize for the less than desired review, but scent is everything and while this product may illuminate the body in the best way - your'e gonna stink something fierce!


I gotta mention the product names - Fairy Bomb and Body Lava. Maybe I'm just sensitive, but bomb and lava seem a little controversial. Yeah, they're catchy names, but I'm sure the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna team could've come up with something little less terrifying. Albeit, the Fairy Bomb does create a film of glitter all over the floor and on anything within two feet (I'd consider that destruction), while the Body Lava looks like lava and the long-lasting, overwhelming scent would definitely make me run from anyone wearing it!
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Fairy Bomb & Body Lava

September 10, 2018
The Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Fairy Bomb is an oversized glittering puff, filled with rose gold shimmer. The soft pom pom is packed with 3D shimmer for a luxurious illuminating experience. This reminds...

Barely There Eye Shadow

March 18, 2018

I'm a no-makeup makeup kinda girl. The first and last time I swayed from my barley there eye makeup routine, I applied blue mascara AND had a severe allergic reaction to the blue dye! Back to my skin-tone eye shadows and black mascara.. 

I love nude eye shadow palettes, but they usually contain darker shades for a smokey look and I rarely go beyond a dark skin-toned eye shadow. All my eye shadow palettes are slowly withering in my Cosmocube. Albeit, I'm still addicted to eye shadow palettes and have too many! I'm more inclined to purchase single eye shadows and create my own perfectly nude palette. 


My barley there eye makeup routine consists of seven pink-toned and skin-toned eye shadows, maybe a little sparkle and lots of layers. BUT, first prep + prime is essential. I'm obsessed with eye creams. I use Benefit Cosmetics It's Potent! Eye Cream or Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Eye Cream under my concealer and shadows, and Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream in the AM - yes, I have a wakeup and refresh skincare routine and then a prep + prime for makeup application routine. For anti-aging, I use Neocutis Lumiére Bio-restoraive Serum Powered by PSP and Neocutis Lumiére Eye Cream with PSP before bed. This stuff is amazing!

The Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Eye Cream To Go is compact and the doe-foot applicator is super soft. The hydrating eye cream is light, silky and the perfect under-makeup moisturizer. Your under-eye area feels smooth and refreshed. This 6 ml travel size lip gloss-like tube (limited edition) is convenient and perfect for travel. I prefer this on-the-go applicator over the original Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Hydrating Eye Cream pot. 

Primers are essential to an even skin-tone. Yes, your eyelids need a little primer too. Laura Mercier Eye Basics eyelid primer is like foundation for your eyelids. This primer is available in six shades - even a pale blue to brighten your lids. The foundation-like primer is creamy, conceals discoloration and creates the perfect base for eye-makeup. Eyelid primer is a must-have for the perfect nude(ish) look.


Back to my perfectly procured list of barely there shadows. I have to admit, I'm not a huge M.A.C fan, but the pink and skin-tone eye shadow selection is vast. The on-trend shades are gorgeous and the pigmented eye shadows last all day on your lids. I typically start with the lightest shade, apply pink-tone eye shadow to my lids and then two darker shades at the outer corner of my eyelids and in the crease. The final look is subtle, but makes my eyes appear uniform and brighter. 

Apply Brulé satin eye shadow all over (up to your brow), Orb satin eye shadow all over (up to your brow), Malt matte eye shadow from the crease to your lashes, Grain satin eye shadow along the crease and blend Arena satin eye shadow from the outer corner and along the crease. Gorgeous! The subtle layers create dimension and elevate your natural, no-makeup makeup look. 

I have been a fan of Sephora Collection eye shadows for years. The selection 'was' vast, the eye shadows are inexpensive and the pink-toned shades met my eye-makeup needs. There doesn't seem to be a big selection of the Colorful shadows anymore? Sephora still creates beautiful shadow palettes, but the single eye shadows are becoming obsolete. Bummer, cause I love the Sephora Colorful luster matte shadow in Desert Rose. The light pink shade is perfect for those 'I don't have time for makeup' days. The Sephora Colorful glitter eye shadow in Walking in the Sand is a similar pink shade, but has a little sparkle. I use this eye shadow to highlight the center or inner corner of my lids. This one is on sale at Spehora.com - Imma stock up. 

I kinda wish I was aware that Sephora is discontinuing the Colorful eye shadow collection before I included two of my favorites in this list, BUT you can use these shades as a reference.. AND, it takes forever to shoot and edit these photos - Sephora Colorful eye shadows shall remain on my perfectly procured barely there eye makeup list. 
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Barely There Eye Shadow

March 18, 2018
I'm a no-makeup makeup kinda girl. The first and last time I swayed from my barley there eye makeup routine, I applied blue mascara AND had a severe allergic reaction to the blue dye! Back to my...

Valentine's Day Gift List

February 07, 2018
Pink and red are 'A MUST' on Valentine's Day. You should sneak hearts and 'love' in there too. I'm a fan of themed gift-giving and Valentine's Day is the one day of the year you can purchase pink everything and it works (I'm a HUGE fan of the color pink). Heres a carefully curated list of Valentine's Day worthy gifts for your special person..

Chloé Poppy heart-shaped sunglasses (available at Mytheresa.com) are the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Chloé is my go-to designer for sunglasses. The high-quality frames and unique designs are retro and embody the spirit of the seventies. 

Dolce & Gabbana has a wide selection of 'love' inspired sneaker designs. These D&G appliqué logo heart sneakers are endearing and vibrant. The sneaker addict in your life will 'love' these. Visit Mytheresa.com and Farfetch to peruse the D&G sneaker collection. 

These Anya Hindmarch shearling heart-embellished slides (available at Mytheresa.com) are the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Red, fluffy, and cozy says 'I only want the best for you'. The bright red heart against the Bordeaux rabbit fur is perfection. 

I have-to-have this pink Acne Studios Clea bomber jacket (available at Mytheresa.com). I love the contrasting yellow zipper against the perfect pale pink-hued fabric. Acne Studios is one of my favorite clothing and accessory brands. This brand is high-quality - the understated pieces add color and style to your wardrobe (at least my wardrobe, cause it's all gray).

Yeah, another pair of love inspired sneakers from Dolce & Gabbana. The glitter 'love' inscription is sweet, while the contrasting pink sole and white leather give these D&G love leather sneakers a cool vibe. This style is selling out everywhere. Visit M'oda 'Operandi - there's only a few sizes left.

The green and pink sequin Guccifica headband is just fun! Everything about the Gucci collections are unique, vibrant and oh so retro. This metallic fibre blend hairband has an adjustable fit and would look great against my black hair - is anyone listening? Hint hint..

This heart-embellished sweater by Wildfox isn't available for purchase anymore, but it inspires me to wear hearts on Valentine's Day. Be fun, go pink and put on some red lipstick.. This sequin heart-embellished sweater is young and festive.

I left the best for last. Everybody wants a Victoria's Secret gift card! For Valentine's Day, opt for a 'love' inspired card. I always say gift cards are the best gift that keeps on giving - you get a gift and then get to go shopping..
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Valentine's Day Gift List

February 07, 2018
Pink and red are 'A MUST' on Valentine's Day. You should sneak hearts and 'love' in there too. I'm a fan of themed gift-giving and Valentine's Day is the one day of the year you can purchase pink...

M.A.C Snow Ball Collection

January 03, 2018

The M.A.C Snow Ball collection is AMAZING! I wish I was privy to the launch sooner, cause many items sold out before I had the chance to splurge. The collection is winter themed, sparkly and festive. This Christmas I put the Here Comes Joy Face Powder in my stocking - yes, I filled my stocking with amazing gifts. The high-impact shimmer highlights your face and illuminates your complexion. Apply to your cheek bones, brighten your eyes and create a luminescent finish on your décolletage. 

I love the Festive Bling! crystal and glitter festive adornment. It's the perfect accessory for a sparkly event. You can apply the adornment as shown or use individual pieces for a custom look. This face or body bling is unique and fun. The crystal and glitter snowflake adornment can be reworn - just gently remove from your skin and place back on the card till your next 'sparkly event'.


I'm a makeup brush addict. Especially, travel makeup brushes. Every year I purchase a Bobbi Brown brush set, but this year I went with M.A.C Cosmetics brush sets. I'm kinda in a M.A.C mood these days.. During the holidays M.A.C Cosmetics releases a themed collection. Last year the theme was the Nutcracker. I love the cosmetic bags from last years collection. This past holiday season was the Snow Ball collection. A winter themed collection with sparkles, sparkles, sparkles.. 

I don't really need all three makeup brush sets - I don't 'need' any makeup brushes! But each set had something I wanted, so I purchased all of them. I'm beyond happy with the quality of these brushes. The bristles are super soft and the glitter-embellished handles add a little sparkle to my cosmetic/travel bag. I especially like the brow groomer - the brush is big and the bristles are soft. It's a great brush for taming your brows. 

The silver brush set contains your basic brushes - powder, pointed foundation, all-over shadow, smudging liner and brow groomer. The gold brush set includes an angled powder, angled foundation, angled large shadow, angled small shadow and pointed liner brush. The little rose gold set (my favorite color and bag) has three brushes - a powder, large shadow and small angled brush. Each brush set comes with a sparkly cosmetic bag. They each have a fluffy pompom (love that). 

The silver and gold makeup brush sets are in the 'goodbyes' section online, so they're on sale and will soon be out of stock. These makeup brush sets would be a great Valentines Day gift..
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M.A.C Snow Ball Collection

January 03, 2018
The M.A.C Snow Ball collection is AMAZING! I wish I was privy to the launch sooner, cause many items sold out before I had the chance to splurge. The collection is winter themed, sparkly and festive....

Sequins & Glitter

December 15, 2017
Friends are asking me for advice on their holiday party outfits and I say Sequins and glitter. Christmas and glitter go together like, umm.. Christmas and glitter. I decorated my house and put my tree up weeks ago - there's glitter everywhere. My poor little puppy has glitter in his fur! He also spent the first few days licking glitter off the glitter embellished wrapping paper. Umm.. you can imagine.

The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to throw on some sequins, wear red (I never wear red), and go way overboard with your makeup. This is the time shine (insert wink). 

I do suggest you don a sequin dress or glittery shoes to your parties, but there's also some unconventional sequin styles out there for everyday wear. Ports 1961 black and army green oversized wool sweater (available at Farfetch)  is a 'sequin statement'. LOVE. This oversized sequin embellished sweater is perfect for a day event. Paired with fitted jeans and booties, this look is festive and 'really' unique.

My girlfriend wore these sequin embellished boots while we were in Vegas and she rocked it. They're loud and fabulous (maybe not for everyone). Her look inspired me to post some glitter on the blog. Steve Madden's take on the Saint Laurent Niki over-the-knee crystal boots is perfect for the rest of us that can't afford $10,000 boots. The crystal embellished textile of these Crushing boots by Steve Madden will add a little festive sparkle to your look. Pair these with fitted jeans and an oversized wool sweater for the perfect holiday season day look. 

Fashionable backpacks are having a moment. This holiday season pair your party dress with a small, glittery backpack. You can dance, wave your arms around like crazy and your stuff is tucked safely away in your stylish backpack. This gold-tone glitter backpack by Love Mochino (available at Farfetch) is the perfect party accessory. 

I'm obsessed with these jeans - Dolce & Gabbana sequin hem cropped flare jeans (available at Farfetch) are casually chic. The gold-tone sequin hem contrasts the dark blue shade and paired with the distressed edge - this style says 'I'm trendy, I'm sparkly and I'm just down right f**kin' cool'.
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Sequins & Glitter

December 15, 2017
Friends are asking me for advice on their holiday party outfits and I say Sequins and glitter. Christmas and glitter go together like, umm.. Christmas and glitter. I decorated my house and put my...

Stuff The Stocking With..

December 14, 2017

In my house the unveiling of the stocking stuffers is kinda like the warmup to presents. Stocking stuffers should be small, exciting and typically inexpensive - I'm not opposed to a high-value gift card though! Here's a list of unique stocking stuffers for the product junkie, makeup loving person in your life. 

Sephora Christmas inspired sheet masks are the perfect stocking stuffer - They're Christmas themed and pink. Choose from Sephora Avocado Skincare Gloves or Sephora Almond Skincare Socks or both. When you open the packet, you'll notice the gloves/socks are attached - tear at the perforated line, put them on, and pull the tabs around your wrist/ankle to seal in the moisturizing treatment. The inside has a fiber lining drenched in solution and the outside a plastic lining. Best thing about these masks is you can go about your business while wearing them. 


The M.A.C Snow Ball collection is AMAZING! I wish I was privy to the launch sooner, cause many items sold out before I had the chance to splurge. The collection is winter themed, sparkly and festive. I'm super excited to get the Face Powder in Here Comes Joy in my stocking - yes, I filled my stocking with amazing gifts. The high-impact shimmer will light up your complexion. AND I love the Festive Bling! crystal and glitter festive adornment. It's the perfect accessory for a New Years celebration. 


KNC Beauty Collagen Infused Lip Masks are super fun. There are five masks in a package, so you can share (maybe). These all-natural, jelly-like lip masks moisturize your lips, and well, they're just fun to use. Apply the squishy mask to your lips and relax for 15-20 minutes.


This is some of the best beauty news I heard all year - Sephora has a mini section now. YES, mini, travel-size products from our favorite brands. Mini cosmetics are great stocking stuffers. AND now we can try the best products for a fraction of the cost. These mini's are perfect for travel too. I was so impressed with the mini lineup, I purchased way too many products. Joking, I knew exactly what I was doing - creating the perfect Christmas stocking (for myself). These are three of my favorite products in 2017..

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist is the same yummy scent of Sol Janeiro Bum Bum cream, but in a light body mist. You're gonna want to surround yourself with this pistachio-caramel scent.

Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir is worth its weight in gold! This beauty oil has forever changed my makeup routine and enhanced my look dramatically. I apply 'many' drops of the elixir to my damp beautyblender and gently blend my foundation, concealer, under eye brightener and cream-to-powder highlighter. LOVE.

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream is a concentrated 30 percent hyaluronic acid cream. If water was creamy- this would be it. It's so refreshing, and leaves your skin feeling silky and super-nourished.


I need to chime in on this makeup blender sensation - I'm a beautyblender® fan, but was curious about the Dab + Blend Applicator by MILK. If you're into foundation and heavy makeup enhancement, this is a fun tool for you. Unlike a sponge, this silicone-like applicator doesn't soak up makeup and washes easily. 


On that note, beautyblender® releases new products often. I lost count of the colors this egg-like sponge was available in throughout the last few years. I LOVE this makeup applicator. Pair with Farsáli Rose Gold Elixir and you've just changed your makeup routine forever. 

The new beautyblender® keep.it.clean kit includes a small (very tiny) bar of soap and cleansing mitt. You can use any soap (I like the beautyblender liquid), add little water and gentle rub the makeup applicator against the mitt for a super-cleansed sponge. 
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Stuff The Stocking With..

December 14, 2017
In my house the unveiling of the stocking stuffers is kinda like the warmup to presents. Stocking stuffers should be small, exciting and typically inexpensive - I'm not opposed to a high-value...
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