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Friday, April 11, 2014

Mally Beauty Core Products Review and Demo

Every great makeup look begins with a great foundation of core products that prep, perfect, and finish. Today I am showcasing the core products of Mally Beauty, which happens to be one of my very favorite makeup lines.

The very first step to any makeup application is skin prep. Always start with clean, hydrated skin, and clean hands.


Perfect Prep Poreless Primer is a gel/lotion hybrid that is unique to any primer I have ever used. (I own a lot of primers.) The packaging is weighty, pink, and fabulous! This primer glides onto the skin like silk and feels weightless. Mally has said to use this over your skincare at night for extra benefits to the skin. It can also be used alone for a smoother look to the skin.


Ultimate Performance Liquid Foundation is a thin, pigment rich, medium to full coverage foundation. I mix light and medium together to get a good match, but eventually will get the new light-medium shade.


I used my Pro Tricks Corrector palette today in Lighter, mixing the two lightest shades. This is a buildable concealer that can cover nearly anything. Once set, this product does not move! I have a full review of this on the blog.


Age Rebel Diamond Un-powder is a luminous setting powder perfect for anyone wanting to add a glow to the skin. This powder is lightweight and adds an extra layer of coverage to your base.


Shimmer, Shape and Glow was the very first product that I ever saw Mally present on QVC. This was a long time ago! This is everything you need for defined cheeks, healthy glowing skin, and a perfect flush. The included brushes are great, multi-use tools. I have several of each that I use for everything!


The 24/7 Brow Express pencil is a double ended brow pencil with a creamy liner on one end and a tinted setting powder on the other. I have medium brown which is a warm tone. I find this easy to use and long lasting. It is great for travel.


I chose to use the Instant Impact mascara today because it is my new favorite from Mally. I easily achieved perfect lashes in one coat. Full review coming soon.


Pilar Pink is the perfect shade of pink for my light-medium skin tone. I have a full review on the blog.


The infamous Evercolor Poreless Face defender is a product that many have tried to dupe, but none have perfected. This is a clear finishing product with a unique, creamy texture. I like to use this on areas that I need oil protection and on areas that tend to wear away too soon. It sets makeup and last all day. It also erases the look of pores and can be used before and after your base. If you have never tried Mally, try this first!



close up to show texture

All these products and more can be purchased at Use code WELOVEYOU for $10 off one purchase. Free shipping over $50.

Also purchase on and find great deals on kits and special collections not available anywhere else.

Mally Beauty will soon be available inside Ulta stores!!!!!!

Bare Minerals- The True Romantic quad- Review

I am a sucker for all things in the Ready line from Bare Minerals. The rose gold packaging makes me weak in the knees! I knew I had to have this quad!!

(note: I did try the lipstick from this collection and did not like it, but will add the swatch at the bottom of this post)

The True Romantic:

Rose gold goodness! (Fingerprint magnet)

Two photos to show the way the light reflects from the shadows.

Top left, clockwise: Love it, Woo is me, Louder, Head over heels

Love it, Woo is me, Louder, Head over heels

Love it- Pale white with a hint of mint, sheer sparkle shadow.

Woo is me- The most unique pale pink with a gold shift. Gorgeous!

Louder- metallic copper with great pigment.

Head over heels- matte deep gray/plum.

I can see that these colors will not be for everyone. If you are a collector such as I am, you will want this! The Woo is me shade is the star of this palette. These shades are not your ordinary nudes, and will make a great addition to other nude palettes. Blue-eyed girls will find this extremely complimentary.

Did you pick this one up? What do you think????

Bobbi Brown- Bronze Eye Palette- Review

I am obsessed with the look of bronzed, summer skin after all this cold weather. My past few purchases are proof of this! I cannot wait to get a tan.

This Bronze eyeshadow palette from Bobbi Brown was at the top of my list. I love a sparkle eyeshadow in a palette. I don't care how old you are, a sparkle can work for you if used properly. Bobbi's sparkle shadows are very finely milled and subtle until they catch the light.

This whole palette works well together. If I could invent my own summer palette, this would be it!

The slook mirrored packaging is beautiful, but a magnet for fingerprints!

I included two photos to show how the light reflected off the shadows.
Top left, clockwise: Amber, Rich Bronze, Toast, Gold

Gold, Amber, Rich Bronze, Toast

Gold- sparkle eye shadow: This is a finely milled warm gold sparkle.

Amber- shimmer wash eye shadow: The perfect peachy gold shimmer.

Toast- matte eye shadow: matte warm brown.

Rich Bronze- metallic eye shadow: The perfect name, it is truly a rich bronze, but not overly metallic.

The combination of textures in this palette make it unique to a lot of other palettes on the market. Having the matte warm brown to blend and transition other shades is the selling point for me. The amber and bronze are flattering and beautiful for any eye color. The gold sparkle can take you from beach to party in seconds.

If you love a warm toned palette, this is my pick for the summer! Retail is $50-52 and it is still available at and most high end department stores.

Right now QVC has a deal with this palette and a coordinating lipstick. Check this out HERE.

*I purchased this!

Lancome, The French Touch 5 piece set- Review

The French Touch 5 piece collection aired as a Today's Special on HSN several weeks ago. This was a wonderful value at $75 and free shipping. It is still available for purchase for $92. The retail value is $138.

What You Get 

  • 4.2 fl. oz. Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover
  • .22 fl. oz. Hypnose Drama Mascara - Excessive Black  
  • .20 oz. Gloss in Love Sparkling Lipglaze - Blink Pink  
  • .01 oz. Le Stylo Eyeliner - Noir
  • .12 oz. Rouge in Love Lipcolor - Roses in Love 

Roses In Love

Blink Pink

The Bi-Facil eye makeup remover is one of the best at removing waterproof makeup. There are cheaper dupes on the market, and I would never pay full price for it, but getting it in a kit is always a bonus.

The Le Stylo retractable liner is new to me. This shade is not the blackest black. It is more of a dark charcoal. It is smooth and doesn't tug and seems to work well on the waterline. If you don't like a harsh, stark, black, this is for you.

The Rouge In Love lipstick formula is one of my favorites. Roses In love is a rose with a pink shimmer that is medium in coverage. It is comfortable and flattering and has enough blue base to be teeth whitening as well.

The Gloss in Love is another new formula to me. I love the push button release on the applicator. This shade is a warm pinky peach. I love it alone or on top of the lipstick. It has a nice smooth slip, but is not sticky. It is very comfortable to wear.

Hypnose Drama used to be my favorite mascara, and then I went off to another brand, and another brand, and am just now making my way back. I now have others I like more, but this is still a good one for volume and drama.

All in all, this is a great kit if you need the basics. The value is there, and was even better when it originally aired. Like all of Lancome's products, the quality is amazing. All ages could benefit from this collection.

*I purchased this!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Old Navy Spring/Summer dress- Haul

As a tall woman (5'11), I find it hard to find just about anything that fits me properly. Dresses are often too short or hit me at weird lengths. Sleeves are always too short, as well as pants.

My favorite, and most affordable, place to buy my tall clothes is Old Navy. They have a huge selection of clothes online for tall women. I only wish they would add them to the store.

It is important to know that there is a difference in "long" and "tall". In most jeans, long means 33 or 34" inseam. Tall jeans are usually a 35 or 36" inseam. I need the tall.

I order almost all my clothes from Old Navy. The clothes are comfortable, made well, and on trend. There is also always a nice coupon or sale going on to add on at check-out. These dresses will be perfect this summer, over swimsuits, at pool parties or barbecues. and with flip-flops or sandals.

Here is what I got in the mail today:

long sleeve wrap made of t-shirt material

strapless maxi

I wear a medium tall or a 10 tall in almost all things. (I would love to get down to a 6 or 8.)

If only the weather would actually warm up enough to wear most of these! I recommend adding on a jean jacket or cropped cardigan for cool days. (Old Navy carries those in tall as well :))

Check out to find any of these shown here. They are all currently still available.

*purchased myself, not sponsored

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick Review!

360 As You Want Victoria

One swipe on the hand provided super intense coverage

This new lipstick formula from Rimmel London is a full coverage super hydrating, balm/lipstick infusion. It leaves behind a stain that last for hours and hours. If you suffer from dry lips, this formula will be your go-to.

The only negative side of the lipstick is that is can travel outside of the lip line because of the intense pigment. Proper prepping of he lips is required. I would recommend applying a lip primer before using this if that is a problem.

I found this lipstick made my teeth look whiter, gave me full coverage, and was very comfortable to wear. I would love to try some lighter, more natural looking shades to compare. I will definitely be picking more of these up!!!

I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

$500 Visa Giftcard Giveaway!!!!

The Beauty Blogazons, a group of beauty, fashion and lifestyle bloggers have connected again to give away $500 of cold hard cash to get you ready for the Spring! Will you do a major beauty haul? Pick up the ultimate Spring wardrobe? Maybe pay a few bills? The choice is yours! Please take a little time to visit and thank all the bloggers that chipped in to make this happen:
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Polished to Precision
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polish insomniac
Makeup, Life and Love
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Beauty and Fashion Tech
Daydreaming Beauty
Prime Beauty
XO, Noelle

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