Makeup Shades That Transition From Summer To Fall

I am so excited that fall will be here soon!  It is my favorite season.  But, as it still is summer, very dark makeup isn’t appropriate yet (for me).

So, I have been playing with color for eyes and lips and am still enjoying the contouring and strobing trends.  Below are my current favorite products.

Palladio the Definer Contour and Highlight Crayon
Palladio the Definer Contour and Highlight Crayon

Palladio the Definer Contour and  Highlight Crayon ($12 USD) — A unique two-sided super-soft contouring jumbo crayon that is the perfect tool for defining and refining facial features. It helps contour any face shape to create a more defined appearance.  It thins a round face, softens a square jawline, narrows a wider nose and defines cheekbones.  It contains a highlighting shade to illuminate and soften shadows and a darker shade to accentuate and define features.

What I think: contouring and strobing are such hot trends right now. This affordable crayon works so well for both.  I draw lines with the darker end to areas that I want to thin, like my jawline.  The lighter end can be used to strobe on the cheeks, which really brings attention to the cheekbones!

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Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard
Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard ($9 USD) — Perfect your red lip for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend with  Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Napa Vineyard, For a truly beautiful matte lip color in a modern crayon you can stand out on your holiday weekend. The lightweight moisture gives for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with Shea Butter, Kendi Oil, and Jojoba Oil your lips will stay moisturized.

What I think:  What a perfect color for summer and fall!  It looks great with a neutral eye.  It’s very moisturizing and feels amazing on and gives lots of fun color!

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 Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor
Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor

Add a little shimmer and sparkle to your Labor Day weekend by applying Josie Maran’s Coconut Watercolor ($18, ) for an instant glow to your eyes. 50% Coconut Water, 100% Hydration. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your eyes, this pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: one layer of fresh Coconut Water, and one layer of Argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance.

What I think:  This is so interesting.  When first applied, its cool and light, but it dries down to a long lasting shadow in about a minute.  I like to blend it with my finger before it dries for a softer look.  So pretty!

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NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow
NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow

NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow ($2.99 USD) — Incredible staying power inspired by the city that never sleeps! Want round the clock color that never fades or creases? This chubby, waterproof eye shadow delivers vibrant color for up to 24HR wear! In eleven on trend shades perfect for any look, just twist, glide and go!

What I think: I think these are pretty great for under $3!  My favorite is Central Park Tulips, the purple shade from the photo above.  It’s a gorgeous grape that when blended gives a softer look, but I think it will be a really fun pop of color for fall!  The lightest shade, Murray Hill Champagne, is a great highlighter with the purple.  Apply it under the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eye for a gorgeous look!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.


Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara
Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara

Rimmel London Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara ($8.99 USD) — The latest mascara from Rimmel London makes it easier than ever to camouflage missed beauty sleep. New Wonder’lash Lift Me Up Mascara with Cucumber & Vitamins is like an energy boost for your lashes, perfect for hiding tell-tale signs of that late-night party. Infused with cucumber extract and bursting with vitamins, the nourishing formula helps lashes feel perfectly conditioned throughout the day. The cleverly-designed Precision Brush pushes lashes up and out from the lash line, delivering smooth, clump-free, totally uplifting volume. Define each and every lash with eye-opening volume. Its light and refreshing cucumber scent instantly refreshes your eyes, and its unique formula gives you a morning energy boost!

What I think:  I have short, straight lashes so I always need a lash curler.  But, I thought I would try this mascara without one.  I was surprised to see that it lifted, lengthened and gave volume to my lashes!  And it’s a drugstore mascara.  I am so impressed. The cucumber scent is fun.  The brush is hourglass shaped and is a little awkward to use, but after a few tries, my lashes look amazing!

Available at mass market retailers near you.

What are you loving now for makeup?  Leave a comment and let me know!

China Glaze The Great Outdoors Fall 2015 Collection

China Glaze

Deadlines to meet. Trains to catch. Speeding cars. Loud sirens. In the hustle and bustle of today’s fast paced world, it is easy to lose sight of the true beauty that surrounds us. It can be a challenge to slow down and appreciate the wondrous world all around. This fall, China Glaze® encourages you to do just that with its The Great Outdoors collection. Continuing on its 2015 Colour Adventure, China Glaze® explores the vast tones and textures of the wilderness. These 12 new nature-inspired shades inspire you to ground yourself, even if for just a moment, and appreciate the treasures of the great outdoors that shimmer, sparkle and wow.

Unplug and reconnect with nature with The Great Outdoors shades from left to right in the photo:

 S’More Fun: Adventurous lemon lime crème
     My Lodge or Yours?: Natural mauve crème
     Cabin Fever: Pink to copper dup chrome
     Let’s Dew It: Multi dimensional blue gray glitter
 Gone Glamping: Gold to green duo chrome
     Sleeping Under the Stars: Dark blue with stardust shimmer
 Take a Hike: Rich mossy green crème
     Check Out the Silver Fox: Metallic gunmetal gray
     Free Bear Hugs: Deep black red crème
 Change Your Altitude: Pebble greige crème
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 Pondering: Deep amethyst duo chrome
 Wood You Wanna?: Rich brown burgundy metallic
I was sent this entire fabulous collection to review for my honest opinion!  It is so gorgeous!  I swatched all of the colors with two coats and no top coat. Here are my swatches:

S’more Fun is very bright!  I usually don’t wear bright colors but it’s really fun! My Lodge or Yours? is gorgeous!  The perfect pinky nude for fall.  I love duo chromes and Cabin Fever is a subtle one.  The orange is very autumnal.

Let’s Dew it is such a pretty glitter top coat.  It has blue, silver and a purple cast to it.  Love!  Gone Glamping changes colors in the light from green to gold.  Sleeping under the Stars is the most interesting of the bunch.  It is an extremely dark blue, but it has tiny bits of glitter in it.  So cool!
My Take a Hike swatch isn’t the best, but besides my lack of polish skills, you can still tell that it’s a rich color.  Two coats completely covers.  Check Out the Silver Fox is a bit darker in person, my swatch caught the sunlight and looks a bit lighter in the photo.  It will be a fun metallic for celebrations in the fall through the holidays.  Free bear hugs is one of my favorites, I love a dark red!
 Change Your Altitude is a creamy gray, a really nice fall neutral.  For a gorgeous, deep duo chrome, Pondering is a lovely blue.  And Would you Wanna? is deep, shimmery brown.
All of these shades make me so excited for fall!  I love the richer nail colors and will be sporting them soon!
Are you picking up any of these China Glaze polishes?  Leave a message and let me know.

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My Beauty Favorites Week of August 17-23, 2015

It may be the end of summer, but it is still pretty warm out!  I went to the zoo today with my family, and I had to make sure I had my SPF!  I know, though, that my simple summer make up regimen is going to become more intensive as fall rolls around.  That’s okay, I am ready for it!

My faves this week include a fresh facial cleanser, a gorgeous highlighter, a primer sampler set, a brow marker, and hair care that will give you beachy end of summer waves!

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser ($32 USD) — This antioxidant rich formula exudes a light strawberry aroma, which brightens the skin and the senses without overpowering. When applied to face and left to sit for 5-10 minutes (before rinsing), this complexion clearer acts as an exfoliating mask. It gently removes makeup without stripping the skin of necessary nutrients. It’s also a great formula for cleaning makeup brushes!

What I think: This cleanser has a light, natural fragrance, which I love.  It isn’t overpowering at all.  It cleanses really well without leaving my skin dry.  My skin glows after use!

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Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders
Gerard Cosmetics Star Powders

Gerard Cosmetics Star Powder in Audrey ($29 USD) — Whether you’re going to a breakfast at Tiffany’s or taking a Roman Holiday this will be the highlight for you. Inspired by one of the world’s most celebrated Hollywood icons, this Star Powder will make you feel your prettiest. Audrey is a warm champagne gold that is reflective and high shine. Build it up for an intense glow or dust it lightly on your cheekbones for a subtle sheen. Pure pigment and an ultra smooth and blendable formula will make this your go-to highlight.

Also available in Lucy, a rosy hue and Marilyn, a golden powder.

What I think:  This is so pretty!  It’s has an almost creamy texture and it is perfect for the new strobing trend, where you intensely highlight your cheekbones to create a contour.  By “popping” the cheekbones, the face looks slimmer.  This is shimmery, but yet subtle too.

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mashbox Travel-Size Products
Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority

Smashbox Try It Kit Primer Authority ($28 USD, a $53 Value) –  See why Smashbox is the primer authority with this collection of our superstar primers in irresistible try-me sizes! These are infused with vitamins A & E, grape seed extract, and green tea.

Photo Finish Primer Water
Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow Primer
Hydrating Under Eye Primer
Photo Finish Foundation Primer

What I think:  I have tested the Photo Finish Primer Water and the Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I love how light the primer water feels, and it is really effective, my makeup stays on for a while.  The Photo Finish Foundation primer feels really silky on and makeup last all day!

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TouchBack Brow Marker
TouchBack Brow Marker

TouchBack Brow Marker ($19.99  USD) –Achieve bold, full eyebrows with TouchBack Brow Marker. This patented marker lasts all day and won’t rub off. The fine tip is designed to deposit the perfect amount of color for even, natural-looking coverage. Comes in the following shades: Soft Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Blonde, Auburn.

What I think: Dark Brown is my perfect match and it blends in effortlessly into my brow hair.  It gives a really natural look as it defines my brows.  My makeup also looks more finished with perfect brows!

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TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray<!–
–> ($5.49 USD) –Get an effortlessly sexy, undone beach look all year-long – no matter when and where.  This non-sticky formula, infused with Sea Kelp Extract, helps you create a sexy, full-bodied, tousled style in every strand.  Featherlight polymers give you a natural-looking, sexy style without salty stiffness.

TRESemme Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Wave Perfecting Gelee<!–
–> ($6.29 USD) — Add soft control and definition to your Perfectly (un)Done style, when and where you need it. This lightweight gelee helps define and control waves, without being heavy, greasy or sticky. So your waves can move naturally, yet always stay in control.

What I think:  Sea salt sprays are usually so spendy, but this one is affordable and it works.  I spray it on damp hair and air dry it.  My hair looks beach and wavy.  For extra curl, ad a bit of the gelee, twist hair and dry.  Hair is curly, shiny and not sticky!

Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

Renessence Hair Renewal

Renessence Follicle Forever System
Renessence Follicle Forever System

Renessence Follicle Forever System ($135 USD) — August is Hair Loss Awareness Month, so I was happy to receive samples of this set for review. It is the complete Renessence system being sold at a web-exclusive price.  When used together, the set will give you the best hair-thickening results.

Follicle Forever Shampoo removes dead cells, oil, sebum and product buildup that strangle the follicle, leading to unhealthy hair.

Follicle Forever Conditioner moisturizes, delivering essential nutrients for superior volume, shine and manageability.

Follicle Forever Serum, the exclusive cornerstone of the Renessence Hair Renewal System, tackles thinning hair by stimulating stem cells within the dormant follicle.

• For men and women
• For all hair types
• Fragrance/paraben/sulfate-free
• Safe for color and chemically treated hair

What I think: I have been using this system for about a week.  I am very impressed with it.  At first I was excited because it is sulfate-free and I color my hair, but I wasn’t sure about its claims of helping thinning hair.  I can say that my hair looks so healthy after use and it is shiny and soft.  I think the more I use it, the thicker it feels.  I’m happy with it and will continue use!

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Back To School Beauty Helpers From Phuse!

Are your kids, young adults or even you going back to school soon? Mine did last week, and they are liking it, but are sad that summer is over.

New clothes and school supplies help to cure the back to school blues, but new beauty products can help, too!

Phuse beauty has great beauty tools, hair styling tools and implements that will help the transition to school and the cooler weather that much easier!

Phuse Hair Tin ($10 USD) –Bad hair happens. Fix it with our Your Hair is Your Best Accessory Kit. 25 hair changing items that take you from eww to phew! All accessories are packed in a convenient tin that can easily be stored in the car, purse, gym bag, locker, overnight tote, lunch box, we could go on, but we’ll let you put it where you may.

  • 25 Hair Accessories
  • 1 Soft Headband (black)
  • 20 Bobby Pins (10 black/10 brown)
  • 4 Soft-ties (2 black, 1 silver, 1 gold)

Phuse Tweezers

Phuse Trim It ($33.95 USD) — Reallly? A hair there? Get rid of it—PLUCK IT! The Phuse™ Pluck It tweezers are ideal for removing unwanted, pesky hairs (even ingrown ones—yuck!), splinters and dare we say, blackheads (you are welcome). Constructed from professional German stainless steel, these tweezers can be cleaned and sterilized without rusting or residue, again you are welcome.

Phuse Trim It
Phuse Trim It

Phuse Trim It ($28 USD) — Snagging, nagging hangnails and overgrown cuticles? Trim It! The Phuse™ Trim It cuticle nippers are equipped with a heavy-duty box joint, double spring tension and ultra-sharp tip closure that trim with professional preciseness. Constructed from professional Japanese stainless steel, the Trim It cuticle nippers can be cleaned and sanitized with our rusting, so start trimming.


Phuse Lets Work it Out - Detangling Comb
Phuse Lets Work it Out – Detangling Comb

Phuse Lets Work it Out Detangling Comb ($7 USD) — This comb is all about getting your hair in tip-top shape. Separating, without tearing or combing out body—this So Smooth Comb really gives your hair a conditioning work out, of course without the sweat.

The Phuse So Smooth combs have been infused with: Argan oil—it’s all about hydrating and repairing damaged hair. Olive oil—shine, shine shine! That’s what the double OO’s will do for your hair. Keratin protein—feed me. Food for your hair, that helps manage and strengthen it—yum.

What I think:  All of these products are fantastic!  I gave the hair kit to my daughter to keep in her bag for hair emergencies along with the awesome comb — it detangles and adds shine!  The tweezers work so well, they have a great point and grab fine hairs well.  I do my own manicures, so the trimmers have come in handy!

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My Beauty Favorites Week of August 9-16, 2015

My kids started school last week and I can’t believe that summer is over for us!  But, it is still hot and I want to enjoy the last of these hot days by enjoying some new makeup that is perfect for summer!

This week, my faves include a tinted body balm, metallic tattoo jewelry, a summery pink lipstick, and a fun glitter nail top coat.

Miracle Body Transformer Tinted Beauty Balm
Miracle Body Transformer Tinted Beauty Balm

Miracle Body Transformer Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 ($34 USD) is a high performance tinted body beauty balm, with a silky smooth feel, formulated to address your body’s skincare concerns and give your body a total transformation. It’s definitely not just another moisturizer.

What I think: I have been letting my faux tan fade and I can really see the imperfections in my skin. This smooths my skin and makes it look flawless! I will be using this well into the fall.

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Infinity Sun Goddess Glitz Tattoo Jewelry
Infinity Sun Goddess Glitz Tattoo Jewelry

Infinity Sun Goddess Glitz Tattoo Jewelry ($25 for 3 sheets) — Eirene – Goddess of peace and diplomacy (a mixture of tribal/ethnic/exotic jewelry including pieces for hands/feet) . There are bracelets, necklaces, feet and ring tattoo jewelry in this collection.

What I think: These are so fun and pretty! All the girls in my house are loving them, as they work for all ages. Plus, they are great adornments when you don’t want to bother with jewelry.

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Pink Petal ($20 USD) — Just one swipe and you’ll see this is the stuff beauty legends are made of. From modern mattes to hydrating creams, our ultra-luxe formula glides on for show-stopping, saturated color every time.

What I think: This is a beautiful lipstick. It glides on so smoothly and is very moisturizing. The color is well pigmented and lasts a long time. The pink is bright and lovely, too.

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OPI On Pinks & Needles
OPI On Pinks & Needles

OPI On Pinks & Needles ($8 USD) Polish spreads quick, even, and leaves itself streak free. The brush also has stacked bristles which apply more polish than regularly spaced bristles. OPI polishes are designed with quality and excellence in mind, and almost exclusively sold only to nail professionals.

What I think: As a top coat, this polish enhances any polish with pink glitter of various sizes. It can also be worn on its own. Just a few coats and it will be so pretty!

Available at salons and beauty supply stores.

What summer beauty products are you loving?  Leave a comment and let me know!



The Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Collection

Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Palette
Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Palette


I was so excited to hear the butter LONDON — one of my favorite nail polish brands — have created powder eye shadow palettes!  And was extremely excited to receive some of the shadows for review!

The palettes are called ShadowClutch ($39 USD) — They come in two beautiful neutral collections of shades, Natural Charm and Pretty Proper (from left to right). An ever-expanding wardrobe of flexible colour options at your fingertips, the butter LONDON ShadowClutch Palettes provide six primer-infused, oil absorbing, skin-balancing shadows that pack on true colour payoff. Show one off or layer them on with seamless blendability; you’ll crave the luxe range of irresistible go-to hues and textures. All this in a chic, customizable clutch that comes pre-packed with either cool or warm tones, featuring a unique, dual-ended brush for limitless colour potential and eye-popping style.

Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Duos
Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Duos

Butter LONDON ShadowClutch Duos ($15 USD) — Customize your ShadowClutch Palette with covet-worthy pops of colour! Style them individually or layer them together, these vivid, decadent shades are meant to take your look to the next level. Slide them in and out of your ShadowClutch Palette for an ever-expanding wardrobe of flexible colour options.

The shades from left to right are Up All Night, Moody Blues, Sassy Pants and Fancy Flutter.


Here are my swatches.  The top two are from the ShadowClutch duo Fancy Flutter.  The bottom six are from the ShadowClutch palette Pretty Proper.  The shades top to bottom are Feather, Plume, Chantilly Lace, Suede, Brocade, Cashmere, Satin and Velvet.

There is a nice mix of matte and shimmer.  The colors are very well pigmented and last a long time with the use of a primer.  The palette includes a double ended brush that works well with the shadows, they are silky and glide on nicely. Plus, the neutral shades are perfect for fall.

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