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Friday, December 9, 2016

GA-DE Cosmetics is a First for Me... Feel the Beauty!

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This is my first time using any products from GA-DE Cosmetics, so I was excited to see what they can do. When using a product for the first time, I always like to learn a little bit about the company and then get a really good feel for their products. I was sent a full set of products to create a full face look. GA-DE Cosmetics says to wear their brand is to, "feel beauty of every day life, to feel powerfully feminine and to live for the richest experience life has to offer". Yes! It goes along perfectly with my Make Me Pretty philosophy of using products that make YOU feel good about yourself.
First up, two lipsticks. One in a sultry red color and the other a nude. The Idylic Soft Satin lipstick comes in 12 different colors ranging from the nude above to a deep plum color. Each satiny lipstick is infused with lip care ingredients that include hyaluronic filling spheres to help smooth out those kissers.
When I first tried them on my wrist as a swatch, I loved how they felt. Smooth and creamy! They both were highly pigmented and applied really nicely. On the lips, the Idyllic Soft Satin Lipstick twins did the same thing. They both applied with high pigment in one swipe. I love one swipe lippies. Not only does it save product, but it saves your look by decreasing that cake. These are $20 each.

Next is the GA-DE BASICS matte eyeshadow palette. You all know I am a matte girl down to my deepest core. I do love a good shimmer here and there, but for the most part I reach for a matte pretty much every time. The BASICS contain 8 different shadows that range from a creamy white to a deep dark brown. I used three of them the other day with my look and ohhhh boy! They all applied like a dream, blended really well and still had full pigment. There is a giant variety of different shadows that range in price from $15 to $39. This one is $32. Stay tuned to my SnapChat and Facebook Live to see a GA-DE makeup tutorial this weekend!
Ok, this one threw me for a loop. I am soooo picky about my liner. I usually prefer a silky smooth pencil over a felt tipped liner any day. I knew this was going to be a hard sell. The High Precision Matte Eyeliner retails for $16. It comes in 1 color of a jet black. This mascara is both waterproof and long lasting. I did like this because it was quick drying and smudge proof. When you use a liquid based liner, it is important to find one that dries quickly so you can move on with your look and not have to sit there fanning your eyes.
Last, the mascara. Ok, you all know that I am super picky about mascara. It has to have a certain kind of brush and not make my lashes look like clumpy messes. The Idyllic High Definition Volume & Length Mascara is $18. I have used this for a week straight and I would put it in my backup category. The brush is a little difficult to work with, but the formula of the mascara is great. I've said it so many times but brushes either make or break a great mascara. 
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Overall, I like this set. They are all high quality products and perform at that high quality. The packing is very sleek and professional. The formula feels of high quality, too. Great all around!
GA-DE Cosmetics is giving all of us a really great offer. You can get $10 off $20 at check out when you buy something from GA-DE Cosmetics. The code is GDGIFT10... so make sure you use that awesome deal before 12/31/16! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pretty Lashes, Great Design and Beauty from Pacifica

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Pacifica Beauty has my heart with so many of their products and I got a chance to show you all the goodies once more. Pacifica has an entire array of beauty products from body freshener to eyeliner to nail polish. 
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Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara has been one of my favorite mascaras and you all know how bad of a mascara snob I am.  There are several reasons why I love this product so much and I think you all should know! Dream Big Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara amps your lashes both with volume and length. What's this 7 in 1? Lash serum, instant length, columizing, conditioning, rich color and a 2 in 1 brush. I love this for my gym bag. It's an easy way to sass my look up a little bit after a gym shower. Unfortunately, I cannot bring my whole makeup kit with me but this is the closest I can get to eye perfection. 
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First up, Pacifica Pencil Eye Liner in the color Jet. It is jet black and the pencil is a creamy, easily applicable formula. The Pacifica Pencil Eye Liner is listed for only $11 on their website. This is my favorite eyeliner pencil. It is soft, but not too soft so that it breaks off in the middle of your perfect wingtip. I actually own all three colors offered. Since Pacifica Beauty only uses natural ingredients that help to highlight your great features. The Pacifica Pencil Eye Liner can be found here
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Fun fact: Look at all of the wonderful things Pacifica Beauty doesn't do!!
Does not contain animal ingredients, does not test on animals, FD&C color free, free of mineral oil, paraben free, phthalates free, petroleum free, propylene glycol free SLS gluten free, peanut oil free, and packaging made from 100% recycled material.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Studio Gear Prime Objective Primer from BrandBacker


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I am soooo super excited to share with you another great product from Studio Gear. Prime Objective is a skin perfecting primer. I have been loving just about everything I have tried from Studio Gear and I am so happy. Primer is so important in a makeup routine because it helps for you to start with a fresh, clean palette and then continues to help your look stay all day. If you have never used a primer before, I recommend trying them out. 

Prime Objective is a silicone based primer which means it does feel a little rubbery like. I have mixed feelings with this type of primer. It really depends on how long I will be wearing my makeup. I have tried silicone based primers that just don't hold. My makeup feels and looks like it's sliding off of my face. A lot of people prefer silicone based primers because they create a blurred look and helps to even out skin tone. I like Prime Objective because it applies really nicely and sits even nicer on my skin. 
Prime Objective is said to have a special blend of ingredients to create a skin protecting notion. Prime Objective contains liposome system that slowly releases retinol. This helps with cell turnover to aid in even skin tone and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The best part? It's paraben free and fragrance free. 

I have added this to the rotation of primers that I use. Like I mentioned, some days I like the cream based and sometimes I like a silicone based primer. Do you have a preference in your primer base? Do you have a favorite primer? Have you used anything from Studio Gear lately?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sephora Play!Box Rocks My Turkey Day!!

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This months box shows off all the goodies that make us glow and shine like a diamond. Sephora Play!Box is only $10 a month and shares 5 deluxe product samples including a new perfume scent in each box. I have been loving every single box I have gotten so far. 
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Stella McCartney- Pop
I am a huge fan of Stella scents. I picked up a rollerball a couple months ago and I probably will be purchasing a rollerball of this one, too. I have purchased just about every scent I have gotten in my box. This perfume has notes of floral and sandalwood. The blend is tomato leaf, violet leaf, green mandarin, frangipani, tuberose, violet, sandalwood, musk and cedar. 
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Sephora Collection- Ulta Shine Lip Gel
I usually hate, and I mean hate glosses. Most of them are sticky, tacky and just a mess. This one is in the color Pink Up Pink, so I like that it has a slight tint to it. The Ultra Shine Lip Gel is modeled after that plump squishy look of gel polish. It is supposed to make your lips look plumper and fuller. I like to use glosses as just a dab in the middle of my lips to pout out the the full look of my lip. 
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Cover FX Illuminating Primer
I have about 10 different primers and everyone acts so differently on my skin. I actually loved the Cover FX Anti-Blemish Primer and it has done the best job in covering all of my flaws. I love that it's not silicone based. Silicone based primers often makes my skin super oily. I want to be able to try this out with a couple different foundations before I make a final decision on it. 
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Laura Mercier- Caviar Stick Eye Color
OMG!! I am super excited about this product. I am already a huge fan of Laura Mercier and I love just about every product I have gotten from them. The Caviar Stick is in the color Rose Gold. Everyone that knows me, knows that I looooove anything gold. I will be using this all over my face. Shadow, lip highlight, lip color, eye liner, face highlight. DO IT ALL! 
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The Estee Edit by Estee Lauder- Dissolve the Drama
I am a huuuuge fan of the entire Estee Edit collection. I have not met an Estee Edit product that I have not liked. I am so excited about this because it's another multi-use product. You can use it as a straight makeup remover or blend it with a little water to create a milky foam for an extra layer of clean and moisture. I have used this twice now and I am in love. I think I need a full size of this baby!
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Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment
Ok this is the last product I am taking about, but this is definitely not the least. Glamglow has some of my favorite masks and skin treatments. I actually got a deluxe sample with my VIP points. It just makes my skin feel the smoothest after using it. This little baby can even be used as a spot treatment for those annoying pesky pimples that randomly pop up. ⥊⥌⥋⥍⥊⥌⥋⥍⥊⥌⥋⥍⥊⥌⥋⥍⥊⥌⥋⥍⥊⥌⥋⥍⥊⥌⥋⥍
What do you think of this months box? Do you love all of these products as much as I do? Do you subscribe?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

November Ipsy Glam Bag *Gobble Gobble*

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This month's bag is Rockstarlett and not only does the bag show us a celestial beauty love, but all the products rock! I am once again very happy with my bag AND all the products in it. If you want to get your own bag, you can click on any link throughout the post.
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 Elizabeth Mott Color is Bae Lip Lacquer
I love any long lasting colors for this season purely because I have NO MORE TIME! I'm not so hot on reds but this color, Red Chili, will be perfect for a holiday party. I only have to apply before and not worry about any further applications until after the party. I swatched this on my arm and it was still there through several hand washing, a face wash, lots of laundry and a full sleep. 
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pur-lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer
I actually got to try a couple pur-lisse masks in a prior Ipsy bag and I fell in love with the brand. I am soooo happy I can add this to my gym bag because I need a new moisturizer especially with the cold winter months ahead. The Blue Lotus Moisturizer contains vitamin E and white tea to help with fine lines and wrinkles. 
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Formula X Nail Color
Ok... This color, Huntress, is such a pretty vampy color that is perfect for the winter! Ipsy describes it as a deep emerald shade with flecks of gold but I say it's more of a deep teal with a slight gold shimmer lean. Formula X nail polishes are made with ShineXcel which helps give it that glossy look without a top coat. I always top coat for extra protection, but this one will shine without. 
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the Balm Cosmetics Mad Lash
I love everything from the Balm and I feel like I have been lucky enough to get at least one the Balm product in each bag lately. I have never tried this mascara, but I must disclose that I am a HUGE mascara snob. I have said this a million times, but it's all in the brush. This mini sample comes with a curved wand. Ipsy says it's the most bendable wand they have ever seen, I say it's ok. 
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tarte Maracuja Oil
I am soooo excited to get this in my bag. I mean hello brand-names-out-the-wazz! While I don't like to use any oils on my face, Maracuja Oil will be thrown in my purse to tame my frizz, fix my cuties and to rub on any extra dry areas. I like to use oils on my feet, elbows and hands to help keep in that moisture and keep away that flaky, dry skin. Not to mention, this smells fantastic!!
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If you love this bag as much as I do, you will want to grab this up for a present. It is perfect for a cute little gift for the beauty expert or beginner in your life. Love this bag this month Ipsy!!