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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Votre Vu Palette Play Eyeshadow Quad- Nude- Review

The Nude quad from Votre Vu has a little something for everyone to love. The shades are not named on the palette, but are gorgeous just the same.

The deep bronze brown has a hint of sparkle, but the sparkle buffs off and it looks practically matte on the skin.

The warm matte camel tone is the perfect transition shade for every eye color.

Of course, there has to be a metallic taupe shade for all the taupe lovers. This one is beautiful and a great addition to what would have been a totally warm toned quad.

The matte cream shade is your typical matte highlight, and makes this quad complete.

You do not need to add anything else to this quad to complete a look. It has everything you need. I love that I can throw this in my makeup bag and not need another palette. It is very versatile and easily goes from day to night.

The formula is soft and pigmented. These shadows are also nourishing to the skin with jojoba and vitamin E.  It doesn't even need a primer, but they do offer one that works amazingly with this shadow.

Do you know what makes this palette even better? It is refillable!!! The refills are available on the Votre Vu website.  I really like this palette and would recommend it to anyone wanting a natural palette for everyday.

Each shade is free of talc, fragrance, low-cost minerals and other common irritants for a calm, colored canvas.

 I really like this palette and would recommend it to anyone wanting a natural palette for everyday.

*sent for review purposes

Friday, September 12, 2014

You gotta try this Lipsense stuff!!

What is Lipsense? Only the most long-wearing lip product on the market. It doesn't feather, bleed, or transfer onto other things or other people. It is amazing!

Lipsense comes in over 50 shades, but can also be layered to create your own unique shade like I did above. Mine is one layer of Fly Girl with two layers of Plum.

I found this product when searching for a kiss proof lip for brides so that the groom didn't end up with lipstick on. This fit the bill perfectly. I like it so much, I signed up to be a distributor and share it with all of you. If you know me, that means a lot because I hate sales.

If you want more info or want to order some to try yourself, please email me at or go to and use my distributor number 172810. Be sure to tag me in your photos wearing Lipsense and let me know how much you love it.

My favorite shades- Fly Girl, Aussie Rose, Praline Rose, Kelly's Crush, Apple Cider, Cappuccino

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50- Review

Turning thirty was a wake-up call to my skin. Suddenly, I had dark spots and uneven skin tone. I had always struggled with acne, but never thought I would be dealing with sun damage. Needless to say, sunscreen has become a major staple in my skincare routine. That is why I am pleased to bring this review to you. 

Introducing, Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50.
(Review after pictures)


This product is like nothing I have ever tried before. The texture is very emollient, like a gelatinous lotion. It liquefies upon contact to your body heat and melts into the skin without an oily residue.

The smell is also unique. At first I could smell that typical sunscreen smell, but that quickly dissipated into an herbal/spicy smell that reminded me of licorice. It was pleasant and mild.

But, then I got to thinking, will this licorice scented sunscreen sting my eyes? I had to test it, so I applied a nice dollop to my eye area and all around. No stinging, no anything. It was like I had just applied a light eye cream.

But wait, there's more.

This sunscreen is also an anti-aging day lotion!

It is full of age fighting peptides and antioxidants like white tea and vitamin E.

The formula alone is also unique. Dermalogica found a way to turn their SPF 30 formula into an SPF 50 with an advanced Oloesome technology from Safflower seeds that deliver the sunscreens directly to the skin surface and release them over time. How cool is that?

Now we have an advanced anti-aging sunscreen that is powerful enough to give an SPF 50 protection and stimulate collagen while hydrating the skin.

I tested this product the last two weeks while I was on vacation. It worked perfectly without irritating or breaking out my sensitive skin. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an SPF product. I really like it, even better than my Paula's Choice sunscreen, though I will stick with Paula for my body.

Purchase this yourself at

Product provided for review as a member of iFabbo, not sponsored or paid to review.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Votre Vu ARCH DE TRIUMPHE Brow Definer- Review

Brows are the most important feature on the face when it comes to creating structure. A great makeup can look less than flattering without a defined brow. I am a bit of a collector of brow products, always looking for the next best thing. This brow cream from Votre Vu did not disappoint.

From the website:

Raise brows when you amp up your allure with Arch de Triumphe, an innovative, antioxidant-enriched brow-shaping formula. Lightweight and water-resistant, this long-lasting blend of soft waxes, vitamin E and micronized minerals mimics the sheer and natural highlights of your hair — so you don´t appear stenciled-n-penciled, just coquettish and coiffed! Select from four silky shades to create a highbrow, custom palette. French women know a polished brow projects a more youthful and vivacious visage; so take their comely cue and fill in what nature left out. So easy to use that in just a few seconds, you can reveal a beautifully framed face, brilliantly highlighted eyes, and more confident vous.
For every French Accents cosmetic purchased, Votre Vu donates $1 to the St. Baldrick's Foundation in support of the 46 Mommas and their efforts to treat and cure pediatric cancers.

This product is available in four shades- fair, warm, dark brown, and soft black. I was sent the fair and warm. Fair is great for blondes and does not have too much warmth to it like some blonde brow products tend to have. Warm is a warm, medium brown, that is perfect for those of us who like to have a warm shade of brown to our hair or for red heads. I would love to add the other two shades to my collection, eventually.

fair, warm

fair, warm

I really like the consistency of this formula. It is not too creamy like some products can be so it gives just the right amount of color and clings well to the brow, without looking over done or sharpied on. It closest reminds me of the Tarte brow mousse, except that the Tarte made my brow hairs fall out and this doesn't. I recently used these during a photo shoot and they worked perfectly. The jar container makes it easy to scoop out onto a palette for sanitary use.

 Two models from a recent photo shoot I worked on.

Wearing fair brow definer

Wearing warm brow definer

If you haven't checked out this exciting brand, I would highly recommend doing so. I am loving every product I have tried.

You can purchase this brow definer HERE for $24.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Votre Vu Bébé Duette luxurious lips and hand cream duo- Review

I don't know about you, but I love a good lip balm. Add a hand cream to my lip balm, and I have a handy dry skin savior. Most of us are driest on our lips and hands, so this makes perfect sense.

Votre Vu is a brand new to me and first introduced when I did a review for My Beauty Bunny several months ago. The company is California based, with a mix of French and American ingenuity. The products are luxe, and well made. I will be doing several reviews in the coming weeks.

The Bébé Duette was sent to me in both a clear balm and tinted balm formula. The tinted offers a tiny red tint to the lips (think Cherry chapstick, but much better), but both are the same great formula.

Luxe Lips

This nourishing lip balm made from coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax gently protects, nourishes and softens lips in every condition. A deliciously light and natural coconut flavor delivers a guiltless treat to your mouth with every application. Intensively nourishing, your lips will become supple and shiny again. This formula is worth its weight in gold! Topped with UV filters to add extra protection to your luxe lips, you can indulge in dessert as often as you wish.

Luxe Hand Crème

This intoxicating hand crème leaves a soft veil of almond and coconut fragrance lingering on the skin. Beautifully absorbed, this special formula was developed to maintain the health, beauty and suppleness of your hands, while delighting your nose with a decadent aroma. This succulent recipe of nourishing and protecting sunflower, grape seed and jojoba oils combined with moisturizing and healing aloe, wheat proteins and natural sun filters develops into the perfect treat, anytime of the day. You'll never gain an ounce of fat, just one big serving of hydrating heaven! Luxe Hand Crème contains sun filters for UVA/UVB protection to maintain skin tone, while helping protect and keep hands soft, supple and younger looking.

The Almond Pie hand cream reminds me of the Laura Mercier hand creams. It is rich and moisturizing with that heavenly sweet scent. I would love this in a body cream.

I love anything with coconut oil or coconut scent, so these are right up my alley.

I have not been disappointed with anything I have tried so far from this amazing company. I highly recommend checking them out!

This duo retails for $39.50 on the brands website

*Sent by PR for review consideration. My reviews will always remain honest and true.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics Bronzer and Highlighters- Review

My inspiration for this haul was a live chat with Corey Bishop via Specktra several weeks ago. He really talked up the Prism highlighter, so I had to have it. I will link the live chat recording at the end of this review

The four products pictured are Prism Summer highlighter, Endless Summer bronzer in 01, Prism highlighter, and Apples blush.

All but the Prism highlighter came in the matte black rubber like packaging. Prism came in a mirrored compact. I don't like the mirrored compact because it feels more fragile and the mirror will not stay up when the compact is open, it just falls backward.

Prism Summer highlighter

Prism highlighter

01 bronzer

Apples blush

summer, prism, bronzer

I did not swatch Apples because it will be included in my review of the blush palette that is coming up. (If you love a pinky/peach blush, get it!)

Summer is the perfect golden highlight. It has the perfect amount of sheen but no sparkle or glitter. It is the kind of sheen that captures the light at certain angles and looks fresh and dewy, not metallic and shiny. I love the honeycomb pattern and ombre effect. It is beautiful.

Prism is a pinky opal gleam. It is almost not existent. On very fair skins, it might be enough color for a blush, but on most of us, this is a great everyday highlighter that is not in your face, bold. It is subtle and beautiful.

The bronzer was an unexpected love for me. I do not wear a lot of bronzer. This is one of those matte but not flat kind of brown bronzers. It has the tiniest amount of red to it that makes it look natural but not orange. I fell in love instantly.

What I noticed with all of these is the texture of the powders. They are not powdery. If you have tried It Cosmetics powders, you know what I mean. They apply beautifully, blend like a dream, but you never see powder dust. They lay flat on the skin making them look like skin. You don't see texture.

If you are a highlighter connoisseur, you have to try these. I do not have anything else like them in my collection. There is always room for more subtle, dare I say natural, looking highlighters.

I purchased these from

I found a coupon code today for 30% off your order, but I do not know how long it lasts. fan30

I know I will be placing another order soon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics Fashion Eyeshadow Palette- Review and Swatches

I must admit, I ordered this palette for one shadow- goldfish! I was going to buy it separately, but it was in the palette, and the palette is a better deal.... you know how that goes.

Lucky for me, all the shades in this palette are gorgeous!

gorgeous gold, goldfish, marshmellow, plum

teal, cadet, papa smurf, peter pan

Gorgeous Cosmetics knows how to make a shadow. Most of their shadows have amazing pigmentation, with the exception of some of the mattes. I always swatch without a base, and I still got good color payoff. Teal was really the only chalky looking one in the swatches, but to the touch, the color payoff was outstanding.

This whole palette is a winner for me.

I am not saying this is a stand alone palette. But, if you have a large collection of neutral and are looking to expand into some color, this is a great palette to get.

And that goldfish shade.... if you have blue eyes, just get it!

No duds in this one.

I actually think this would make an amazing Fall palette. And keep in mind that these shadows sell for $25 individually. At $59 this palette is a great value. These shadows are huge.

Purchase yours at or Nordstrom.