17 4 / 2014

Get Ready With Me! Smoky Eyes, Hot Pink Lips & Pink Leopard Print Dress

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Welcome to my first ever Get Ready With Me video! As some of you know my bestie is moving this weekend- about 1.5-2 hours away depending on traffic. Le Sadpants! I know it’s still close enough to see her often, but it just sucks ya know? Meanwhile, I’ve been in a rut with videos (more on that below) and Jamie said : “I need to go out and have a good time, and so do you. Film a GRWM video and…

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09 4 / 2014

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I love my night-time moisturizer, CeraVe PM; It’s Cruelty Free, hydrating without feeling greasy, it is cheap for such great quality and available at convenient places like CVS, and Ulta. My Dermatologist even recommended it. However the one thing the formula is lacking is antioxidants.  Insert my favorite Antioxidant serum, RESIST ULTRA-LIGHT SUPER ANTIOXIDANT CONCENTRATE SERUM

I’ve tried several antioxidant serums/boosters over the years; Two MAC serums which are also excellent but push the $40 price point, and others from Paula’s choice which didn’t earn “fave status” due to silicone textures that didn’t mesh well with the rest of my routine. This one is my favorite. It has a super thin watery texture that soaks into my clean skin before I apply my nighttime moisturizer. I’ve found that in the summer months it’s often enough for me so I skip the moisturizer all together then. One tube lasts me about 6 months, so at $30 a tube it’s not too hard on the wallet. Also it’a available in sample sizes for just $1.50 if you wanna try it out. I still recommend buying 3-4 so you can use it for a few weeks. These sample sizes are ideal for traveling as well- I seriously love the brand for offering samples of nearly everything!

The one caveat of this serum is it has a very obvious yellow tint and on my pale skin it makes my skin look sallow. It’s not a huge problem for me to just use it at night, but I do wish I could wear it during the day.

My Fave Antioxidant Serums



BEAUTY HALL OF FAME: RESIST ULTRA-LIGHT SUPER ANTIOXIDANT CONCENTRATE SERUM Hello Guys & Dolls! I love my night-time moisturizer, CeraVe PM; It’s Cruelty Free, hydrating without feeling greasy, it is cheap for such great quality and available at convenient places like CVS, and Ulta.

07 4 / 2014

Today I’m comparing two of my most-used makeup removers, MAC Pro Makeup Remover ($21 for 3.4 oz) and Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover ($7.99 for 4.2 oz).

To be clear, these are not your typical makeup removers; Unlike dual-phase or oil based makeup removers, these are not the best for removing long-wearing, waterproof makeup and I wouldn’t recommend either of these for end-of the day complete removal. Which at first makes them sounds like a waste of time, but hear me out: These removers easily remove freshly applied makeup and they leave the skin feeling fresh and ready to apply makeup again with zero oily feeling. I love both The MAC and the Simple remover to fixing makeup boo-boos: When you get over zealous with your eyeliner, removing fall out, or worst case scenario, have to take it all off and start over. They are similar to cleansing waters and are safe for the eye area.

These both do about the same job with the MAC one coming out slightly on top because it does a better job of removing long-wearing products and a little goes a long way compared to the Simple Remover which can take a little more product & pressure to remove long wearing products. But I do love a bargain so I tend to use the MAC one for clients to give them the best experience possible as well as use it on myself sparingly, and use the Simple one as my daily boo-boo fixer.

The biggest difference between these is cost, and availability. The MAC products are sold at MAC counters, department stores, MAC freestanding stores and maccosmetics.com, in two sizes 3.4 oz for $21 and 1oz for $10.  The Simple remover is sold at easier to access mass-retailers like Target and Ulta 4.2 oz for $7.99 (though prices may vary depending on location and sales).

Have you tried either of these products? I’d love to hear about your experiences with them!

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IS IT A DUPE? Makeup Remover Smackdown! Today I’m comparing two of my most-used makeup removers, MAC Pro Makeup Remover ($21 for 3.4 oz) and…

05 4 / 2014

Naked 2 and Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Tutorial


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I get a lot of questions about where I pull inspiration for my videos, and how I stay inspired and motivated after so many years. I’m going to lie and say I’m 100% inspired all the time- everyone has creative and personal ups and downs- but but I think it makes you appreciate the wonderful thing that happens when you get that burst again- it feels like magic. And if can come…

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23 3 / 2014


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When the Urban Decay Electric palette came out at midnight last Tuesday I bought on one the spot- literally in the yogurt aisle in the grocery store! The next morning I was surprised to find that Urban Decay’s PR team sent me one to review as well! So I decided to do a giveaway with the one I bought, and include a tube of Candy Yum Yum Lipstick I’ve been meaning to giveaway for…

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19 3 / 2014



As you saw in my previous post, last week I went to the Beautylish HQ in San Francisco to check out the new Wayne Goss Face brushes and have a Skype chat/ Date with Wayne (it really wasn’t a date because my husband, best friend and Nils, the cofounder of Beautylish was there but a date sounds more fun than a meeting) My Date with Wayne was very productive, I talked with Wayne…

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17 3 / 2014


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Last week I headed to San Francisco to visit the Beautylish Office and check out the new Wayne Goss Face Brush Set and have a little skype date with Wayne (ok it wasn’t really a date…a girl can dream). Wayne was delightful, informative, a little cheeky and generous (he gave me a set of the brushes!) I’ll have more of our *date* (ok ok, interview) in my upcoming review for the…

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12 3 / 2014

Makeup Sponge Smackdown: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge VS Beauty Blender

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I must admit I’m pretty jaded when it comes to “Beauty Blender Dupes”. I’ve tried a few, and 9 times out of 10 it doesn’t even come close. Just…no. But after a few trusted friends told me this one was the real deal, I got pretty excited for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. But I was still was skeptical as to whether a super cheap dupe could be as good. DUDE!…

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08 3 / 2014

Emerald Nior Eyes With Peach or Purple Lips

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Do you ever go to town with your eye makeup and then can’t decide where to go with lips?  Are you the type who  finds comfort in rules and have “Smoky eyes + Nude Lips 4Eva!” etched on your makeup-heart? Or are you the Queen of Bold and think that makeup rules are for sissies and meant to be broken? I’m about 6 of one and half a dozen of the other :P So I wanted…

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05 3 / 2014

Urban Decay Naked Gloss Review!!


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I just realized I never posted my review of the new Urban Decay Lipglosses here, so I decided to post the swatches of the lipgloss along with the review video ^_^.


Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss
Naked Beauty Balm/Primer
Naked Loose Powder

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Bow Ring: Aldo
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