Eminence Bright Skin Cleanser


What Eminence says: “Brighten the appearance of skin and reduce the signs of aging with the help of our Bright Skin Cleanser. For normal to dry skin types, this cleanser uses two actives – Gigawhite and a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative – to give skin the appearance of being brighter and younger looking. Cruelty-free and formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, animal by-products, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan.”

I have been using this cleanser for the last few months along with Eminence’s Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser and my skin has never looked better. They mean it when they say bright skin, because that it exactly what you are getting!

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Sometimes I don’t hate taupe


If you have been following me long enough, I’m sure you know that I barely ever reach for taupes. But every now and then, my mind switches up on me and I dip my brush into the very few taupes I own and have some fun. I absolutely love taupe and purple, they play so well together! If you have yet to try this combination, you are missing out! Also, please excuse my extra wide/long septum ring. I have to flip it up my nose now for work, so it needed to be big enough for me to do so. Not a huge fan but come summer when I don’t have to worry I am switching it out to something gorgeous. So don’t mind for now! Continue reading

Face Mask Friday–LUSH Cosmetic Warrior!


What LUSH says: “Spots! Oily areas! Blackheads! The frustration of having breakout prone skin can incite aggressive, ‘industrial’ type cleaning. Unfortunately, breakout prone skin is often very sensitive, so using harsh cleansers can actually make the problem worse. Don’t over attack your skin; lead it firmly down the path to salvation with Cosmetic Warrior. Cosmetic Warrior is kind to problem-laden faces thanks to moisturizing egg whites and honey, which smooth and tighten the pores, and cleansing garlic and tea tree oil for a fresh, clear, happy face.”

Hey lovelies! I’m sorry that I have been absent on the blog recently, I’ve been spending my birthday week in Chicago with my best friend of fourteen years! It’s been absolutely amazing and crazy, I have barely had enough time for makeup, let alone blogging! You know me, I can’t resist anything made by LUSH, especially their face masks, so I stopped by one here and grabbed up a few more. This one happens to be my favorite LUSH makes, and is absolutely a must have for acne prone skin. If you don’t read any more, read this. You need it.  Continue reading

Face Mask Friday! LUSH Brazened Honey


What LUSH says, “Brazened Honey was inspired by traditional Indian Ayurvedic principles, which put emphasis on balance as the foundation to health. Fresh free-range eggs and honey soften, lime oil brightens, spices warm the skin and ground almonds exfoliate. Kaolin clay reaches deep down into pores to pull out dirt and impurities, leaving your skin noticeably brighter and fresher. Our deepest cleansing mask, Brazened Honey is the perfect way to revive sluggish or congested skin.”

I’m in a love/hate relationship with Brazened Honey, and while it may not be a LUSH favorite of mine, it certainly is still a mask to check out if your face is oily and congested. Here’s why.  Continue reading

Lock and Load.


Urban Decay Ammo Palette

What Sephora says: “An eye shadow set featuring ten of Urban Decay’s bestselling shades—from neutral to vivid to all-out smoky.”

You all know me and color–half of the time I won’t even go near it. However, when my best friend Emily (fashionista over at Sekond-Skin!) said that she wanted to explore the world of color with her makeup, I was determined to help her find the best palette. The search led to Urban Decay and possibly one of the most versatile and easily wearable, playful color palettes I’ve ever come across. Em was hooked and surprisingly, so was I.  Continue reading

Lock in the coverage.


Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in 45

What Sephora says: “Kat created this foundation to provide exceptional coverage, without compromising a smooth, striking finish. Formulated with 21 percent pigment, this powerful formula was developed to match a broad range of skintones with bold coverage—the proprietary pigments can even effectively cover tattoos. The combination of raw materials and the best siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters provide 24-hour wear with transfer resistance. Natural polymers absorb oil for a matte, soft finish and the added emollients provide a velvety texture for perfectly smooth, hydrated skin.”

When my skin is severely misbehaving (which let’s be honest, sometimes it just likes to be a total jerk) I reach for this. I’ve been using this for the past couple of months and it has more than once allowed me to walk out of the house not completely self conscious. Especially around that time of the month when all I want to do is cover my face with a paper bag and crawl under my bed covers with a bottle of Tylenol and the BBC Sherlock series. If your face is misbehaving, pick this up.  Continue reading

Get jealous.


I’m heading off to the Pageant of the Masters down in Laguna Beach tonight and I wanted to post the look I’m wearing! I have been absolutely in love with greens lately, and I don’t think it’s going to end any time soon. I’m hoping to try it out with some gold soon, I can hardly wait to get out my brushes!  Continue reading

Some beach, somewhere! With a nose ring.


I’ve got a ring now!

It feels like I haven’t been out of the car in a month! Last week I was on the Oregon Coast and this week I’m down in Newport Beach California, where I grew up. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! Here’s a really simply beach look I created today. Lots of gold to match the warmth of the sand and sun. Continue reading

Read all about it!

Hey everyone! My great blogger friend Luchessa started a weekly Sunday post where she recommends all of her favorite posts of the week. I thought it was such a great idea and a great way for all of us to get to know each other, so I decided to do my own as well! There were many amazing posts this week and I can’t wait to share them all with you.

Bliss With Beauty aims on showing that curvy girls can rock any look they want. She looks positively lovely in these adorable outfits! My favorite is the crop-top look, it’s so chic and simple. She makes me want to run out and go shopping!

Britanie from Beauty By Britanie showcases one of the most gorgeous smokey eyes I have ever seen. The shimmering smokes combined with the bronzer in her crease is just perfect. I also love her slight wing tipped eye liner! This look was also created using all natural products, which makes it even more of a win in my book! Her pictures with her little dog at the end just melt my heart too. Such a sweetheart!

Tracy from Beauty Reflections gives us a look for the new Lisa Watier summer collection and OMG is that bronzer to die for. You guys all know what a bronzer hoor crazed beauty blogger I am and this one needs to be in my bag for summer. It is absolutely gorgeous! That dry oil sounds divine as well, and would be perfect for those summer nights! That bronzing gel is calling my name too. My wallet is going to be hurting this summer.

Vera from Avec Veritas is looking like a show stopper in this vibrant pink lipstick. Her skin is radiant as well, always such a stunner. Her trip to Isanbul sounds amazing too, and I love looking at her pictures! I love how colorful the city is, and her lipstick definitely looks perfect against the background of the colorful houses and streets.

Saman from Colour Obsession wore the most gorgeous look I’ve seen on her in a long time. a She looks good in just about any color she picks, but her true beauty stood out with this neutral look she recreated from Rose Huntington. I was mesmerized. I also need to get my hands on that Illamasqua Sealing Gel, it would be perfect for my loose powder eye shadows!

Luchessa from Beauty Expression by Luchessa showed off her four favorite things in May and I just want to say that I want everything she showcased, especially that lip balm! I can’t wait to see her post on the YSL purple mascara as well, it sounds too awesome for words. I wish we had cool European brands over here!

There were so many lovely posts this week, and it was so hard to choose my favorites. Everyone on wordpress has been so warm and kind, I have loved getting to know all of you! I love how all of us have our own personalities to our writing, it makes for enjoyable reads all around! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday, and I will see you all soon! Happy Reading!



Sugar High.


Benefit Sugar Bomb Blush

What Sephora says: “Gimme some sugar—with Sugarbomb! These four unique shades of rose, shimmering pink, soft plum, and peach blend together perfectly for a delicious “sugar rush flush.”

Can you guys tell that this blush has been through the wringer? I believe it’s two or three years old, and has been jostling around in my makeup bag for that long. I bought this when I used to love blush more than bronzer, and even though my views have changed, I still come back to this one when my face is in dire need of a sugar high.  Continue reading