Spring Makeup Look

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Now, I’m not a makeup artist or anything, so take this for what you will (probably just a grain of salt is recommended), but I thought I would film myself during a normal weekend makeup session. Prepare yourself for my bare face (which, I just realized, I have graciously provided en force in the thumbnail of the video. Genius, Kristina). This was the first time I’ve ever tried the Rimmel Stay Matte Mousse foundation and so far I really like it! I also repurchased my trusty Stay Matte powder in translucent (old favorite). For me spring makeup means fresh faced pink blush (usually a cream formula), a little color on the lids (usually light), and a bright pop of lip gloss. I hope you enjoy!Please Click To View The Full Post →

Brand Focus: Antipodes

Hey guys & gals! I hope you have had a great week so far! Today I wanted to share with you a brand focus video on a lesser-known brand called Antipodes. Originating from New Zealand, this eco-friendly company uses natural and organic products to formulate what I’ve found to be really nice skincare that helps the skin. And smells delicious.

Fellow Houstonians: I’d love to meet you! Come to my meet-and-greet Friday, April 18th (that’s Good Friday so you might be off work!) between 2pm and 6pm at Walmart in the Health & Beauty section located at 111 Yale St, Houston, TX 77007. There will be prizes and goodie bags as well as pampering refreshments and photo opportunities for you and your friends. I hope you can make it! When Texans do meet-and-greets, we go big or we go home. Am I right? Hope to see you there!

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Empties #1 – Products I’ve Used Up!

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This is my first time ever doing an “Empties” video – also known as a video about the products I’ve used up and what I thought about them. I laughingly call these videos “What’s In My Trash?” videos because really…that’s what it is. If you were wondering, yes, I did keep a Neiman Marcus shopping bag next to the trash can in my bathroom to toss my empty products into. Yes, my husband was bewildered. It’s okay if you are too.

Let’s get on with the video! (Also, if you want to see my videos before anyone else, make sure you’re subscribed! New videos out usually every Monday, Wednesday, Friday!)Please Click To View The Full Post →

Bare Minerals “The Top Shelf”

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Ever since hearing Estée profess her love for this eyeshadow duo, I decided to finally check out Bare Minerals Ready eyeshadow duo in “The Top Shelf” in person at my local Ulta store. Immediately after swatching, I knew that it would be an easy go-to, everyday eye look for me. With one downside (which I will explain later). On to the pictures!

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I absolutely love the pigmentation of these two shadows – they’re almost metallic when they swatch! But they layer so very smoothly and I will say that my only gripe about this duo is that the darker color is so shimmery – theoretically a crease color like the darker shade should be matte, not metallic, since you want to avoid reflecting light and actually recess the appearance of your socket.

On the other hand, it does give you two very nice shimmery colors, and who says the darker one has to be in the crease? Sometimes I just wash it all over my lid and use the lighter color as a  brow bone highlight.  

I’m much more interested now in checking out the other Bare Minerals Ready eyeshadows after being so pleasantly surprised with this lovely “Top Shelf” number. Bonus points for all of the shadow duos being preceded with “The”, just like my category titles on PSS!

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Non-Makeup Favorites

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Hello lovelies! Today I’ll be sharing with you my favorites of the past month–those that aren’t makeup or fashion, that is.

Click here to watch those favorites! Lately I’ve been loving charcoal, so I’ve been obsessed with finding anything and everything charcoal-related. It does wonders for my skin without drying it out. Like nature’s little vacuum cleaner for pores! Daily I’ve been using the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser to wash my face in the morning, and on a weekly basis I’ve been using the Bioré Self Heating One Minute Mask – which is a lifesaver for those of us without a lot of pampering time (or if you just don’t like the feeling of face masks for more than a minute).

I’ve also got a few other random favorites thrown in there so be sure and click on to watch the video below to see everything!Please Click To View The Full Post →

Fragrance Update

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing with you some fragrance updates. I personally love perfume and while I do have signature fragrances that I turn to time and time again, I like to change up my fragrance depending on my daily mood. Here are a few that I have been loving at the moment.

P.S. – thanks so much to those of you who have participated in my 2014 Designer Blog Sale. What a hit! At the time of writing this, the only item left is the Rose Gold Rockie by Alexander Wang. I’m already shipping out the items that were purchased today! Yay!

Products Mentioned

Prada Infusion de Rose
Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue
Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao 
Laura Mercier Creme de Pistache spray

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Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio

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You have recently seen me do a “What’s In My Makeup Bag” video, but I wanted to update it to show you my latest beauty. This mouthful-of-a-product called the Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio for Home and Away (yes, that’s really what it’s called). This genius padfolio looks like an oversized iPad case, but inside it stores mesh pouches that are removable and in different sizes. All are held to the case via strong magnets, as well as a divider in the middle for your brushes and palettes. It’s like the 9 year old in me is getting all excited about organizing a new binder for the school year.Please Click To View The Full Post →