Monthly Archives: April 2015

Matte Body Perfection Gel by Perfekt: Your Secret Weapon in the Battle of the Pale Gams. 

My legs are not white, they’re white. So white that they could care for seven dwarves and sing to the woodland creatures of the forest. 🎶Someday my tan will come🎶

But here’s the thing, my tan is not going to come. I generally try to avoid the sun, and even if I happened to get a burn or tan on the rest of my body, my legs usually remain pale. They are bankrupt in the pigment department. So what’s a girl to do? 

How about this:



This tube is the answer to pale gams. It is not self tanner, nor is it bronzer. It smooths out your leg texture and adds a transfer resistant color that makes your legs look a lot less ridiculous. 

Talk is cheap, let’s see some results. 



I should have warned you to shield your eyes from the blinding reflection of my right leg. Look at the difference. Unreal!  Need more proof? Let me copy and paste a direct quote from Sephora to splain’

“An ideal alternative to traditional bronzer and self-tanner, Matte Body Perfection Gel Tan is the same great Body Perfection Gel formula without the shimmer. Fitting for days or nights when a matte look is preferred, one shade matches all skintones with Smart Color Technology™ for the most perfectly natural tan every time on anyone. In addition to bronzing, this product disguises skin imperfections such as redness, bruises, dry patches, chafed rough skin, and even stretch marks.”

Yes, yes yasssss! All of that. 

Let’s talk deets…

  • I bought a 3oz tube last year from Ulta  it retails for 48 dollars, but the tube lasts at least a year. 
  • If you want to go smaller, order off Sephora. They have a 1oz for around 17 dollars. 
  • If you want to go for the three oz, consider amazon. They have a full size for 38. 

The bottom line is stick to the matte formula. It is super natural looking. I hope you have enjoyed my summer must have product for the battle if the ghost legs. 

Till next time,
Smooches 💋




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 Fran Wilson Mood Matcher Lipstick: The Lip That Won’t Quit. Seriously. 

You know Fran Wilson, right? Yeah, I don’t either. I mean, I think I’ve seen her products in bargain bins, maybe. Or Dollar Tree? Well, today I was at an overpriced mostly uninteresting beauty supply store and I saw the most lovely mauve toned lipstick:



Cute right? It was under $3.00. My coffee costs more than that, so I had to try it. Award winning logic there. 

This lovely shade is the Purple shade from Fran Wilson’s Moodmatcher lipstick. What I didn’t realize is that it is a lip STAIN. I slicked some on over my existing lipstick and instantly my lips began to turn magenta.

Surprise!  Even though it was a fun color I just wasn’t in the mood to wear something that bright. Turns out, This stuff does not budge.                

It wasn’t until 9:30pm that I rubbed the remaining portion of my lips. I still have some on now.                                                    Enjoy the photo journey below:





If you are looking for a bright lipstick stain that won’t quit, hit up Miss Fran. I have to say I am impressed that this stuff didn’t dry out my lips. However, I think it is made from magic. It just stays on and on, and gets stronger! I’m pretty sure it steals a part of your soul. 

Oh Fran. You so crazy. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

How to Use Your Sephora VIB Coupon

It’s 15% off time at Sephora!



Can you take in the magic and excitement? Let’s throw in a few overused emoji to celebrate 💃💁🙆💄💋😂. 

I’ve come up with a list of my picks to use that 15% on. Some of them are online only, but given some of the crowds at Sephora that may not be a bad thing. 

First and foremost, my favorite eyeliner on the planet:



Deep Purple Modster Eyeliner by Ardency Inn. Curse you Sephora for removing this brand from your stores! This is the best liner you will own. The  color is popping, flattering, and beautiful. Plus it lasts. all. day. For reals, top and bottom. No smudging, no smears. Let’s have a look at other colors:



Left column: Deep Purple, Turquoise, Coffee. Those are 19.00 each. The trio to the right is sold together. Three fullsizes for a total of $29.00! That trio is the only way to get the black color as it is practically always sold out. 

Next, Cover F/X Custom Cover Drops



These are concentrated pigment drops. You can add them to your moisturizer, face oil, or even eye cream. That equals DIY, custom coverage how you like it. Perfect for the control freaks out there. This bottle is a little pricey, 44.00, but since you are using just teeny drops it should last a lifetime- or half of one anyway. 

Now from Smashbox…



A fat stick for cheeks and lips. Gives real color that lasts and does not break you out! Well, at least for me. This comes in 5 colors, but my personal favorites are the Berry and Pink. 

On to the makeup sets: (I don’t own these but donations are always welcome 😉

A new palette from Anastasia: The Artist Palette. 



The Artist Palette looks like fun, and if it is like her other shadows, the shadows have a ton of pigment. Miss Anastasia is not just a two brow wonder. 

From Stila: Come Up Roses Makeup Set. 



This online exclusive set is only $39.00! That’s a crazy deal for 10 shadows, a full liner, highlighter and gloss. Mother’s Day anyone?

and This:



Pretty matching lip and nail tones for 25 bucks. 

Happy Shopping!

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Pretty Fresh Makeover: Janice. 

This young lady stopped by the Clinique counter for The Lord and Taylor Trend show. She’s absolutely beautiful, with a great personality to boot! She’s only thirteen, so we kept it simple and fun:



  1. Pink and Plenty Chubby Stick for Eyes
  2. Purple Pumps Eyeshadow
  3. Intense Amethyst liner
  4. Grape Pop Lipstick with a little gloss. 
  5. Ginger pop on cheeks. 

Smooches! 💋

Why A Mid-tone Nude Shadow Is Everything. 

Once upon a time, before Instagram, people searched for makeup tips in books. There was a magical place called Borders where you could spend your day off sitting in a comfortable chair  and read every book imaginable for free! I can’t imagine why they went out of business. 

Anyway, it was from a book by the makeup artist Robert Jones, where I learned about the importance of a mid-tone matte neutral eyeshadow. This sounds boring, but bear with me. 

  1. It transforms the shape of the eye. 
  2. Provides a polished, no makeup makeup look. 
  3. Makes more dramatic tones easier to wear. 

One of my favorite mid tones is from The Autobalm Palette: California by The Balm. Since this was a limited edition item I can’t get you excited about it. P.S. Please make it a year round product (That’s my plea to the folks at The Balm.)

Here’s what it looks like, and here are some alternatives. 



The NYX ones are under 5.00 each. 

Let’s see how they look in comparison…



The darker NYX is a little stronger and requires a little more blending, but the lighter one is pretty close (although it is not used on the eyes here). 

I use this mid tone everyday, in makeup looks like this:



But you can also use it to compliment a hint of a bold color. 

Afraid to wear blue? No problem! Just apply the bold color on the lid and use your mid tone in the crease. 



You see? You DO need this in your life. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Oh. My. Ipsy! April Glambag Love. 

This month’s Ipsy theme is Bohemian. When I think Bohemian, I think hippies and love. That is very fitting for this month’s bag because I am in lovvvvve with it! vvvv. (Four more V’s for extra emphasis). 



This bag is so freaking awesome, I took an elaborate picture and I used props. PROPS, PEOPLE!  Disclaimer: The Hawaiian leis and “Love is the answer” stone are mine. That’s a line from a Weezer song. A little education for you. 

Back to the love. 

First, the bag



I have never ever used one of my Ipsy bags, but this one I absolutely love. It’s woven and straw-like. Plus it’s a nice size so you can actually fit your makeup in it. Let’s talk contents. 

1. Nude Dude Eyeshadow in “Flirty” from The Balm. Ohhhhh I love this. I’m a huge fan of eyeshadows from The Balm, and if you got this in your bag, you will be a huge fan too. Let’s look:



Tee hee hee. Kind of naughty. It’s a brown/mauve color with a respectable amount of shimmer.

Next: Natural Born Beauty Lipstick by KCO Colors. Very pretty dark nude, but the smell is like a freshly cleaned baby’s butt. Um, baby wipes? Luckily you don’t actually smell it when you put it on. Let’s look:



Let’s talk about that blush from Hikari. It’s huge! And the pigment punches you in the face. Definitely need just a light sweep of that. 



The rest of the bag:

A fragrance from Jor’el Parker. It’s light with a hint of powder. Unless I’m still smelling the lipstick 😂. It’s nice, and it’s NOT Harvey Prince. Cough cough- Birchbox, cough cough. 

The face lotion: Some brand that I won’t use because I can’t use random skincare. We kinda talked about this Ips’. 

This bag is shamazing! Seriously. It made up for the so/so Mad Men box from Birchbox. I think these two companies get together and alternate who will have the awesome box for the month. 

Here’s a pic of me wearing the lipstick and blush. 



Now here’s a pic showing my true dork colors when I realized how stupid I looked with a lei on my head:



Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

BATTLE OF THE FOUNDATION/CONCEALER ALL STARS! Clinique vs Stila. 

There are some tough foundations out there. Some are so bad ass, you can use them as concealer too. The two foundations in this battle are the new Beyond Perfecting Foundation in #5 Fair and Stila Stay All Day Foundation in #5 Hue. (I guess this is also the battle of the #5 foundations.) 

Swatch time!



Now, let me be clear. I am not interested in putting full coverage foundation on my face- this is just for under my eyes. I’m happy with my mousse bb cream from La Roche Posay. But I’m always on the lookout for ways to cover my dark circles. 

Some notes:

  1. I’ve tried Beyond Perfecting when it first came out, but I recently swatched myself to this color for my eye area. 
  2. I’ve tried the Stila formula a long time ago. I have no idea what color I used. 
  3. The first round of pictures is just the foundation. The second picture is with corrector added in. 

Before:



Dear Lord, I look exhausted. And stressed. Someone slap some concealer on me!



That’s better. Ok, so the Stila color is a bit yellow. In person it actually looks too dark. The Clinique color is peachy, and you know how I feel about peachy. Peachy is perfection. I find it is brightening. 

Next pic…



I took off the Clinique side and used the Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Medium. That’s a fantastic, lightweight correcting color. Then I reapplied BP on top. 

For the Stila side, I added in the concealer which is hidden in the cap of the foundation. 

Comparisons:

💋 Clinique’s BP foundation is $27.00 and Stila’a  is 44.00. The Stila one comes with concealer in the cap. The Clinique one can be used as concealer also. 

💋 Both are oil free and fragrance free, although the Stila formula is beginning to bother my right eye as I’m working on this blog post. The Clinique combo feels lightweight. 

Final verdict? 

I think Clinique wins this round for me. Remember, I’m just using this under my eyes, so keep that in mind.

This battle was fun. Not as fun as the rap battle in Teen Witch, but fun. 



Till next time…

Smooches! 💋