Part of my losing my passion was I have had hormonal acne the last year. I can’t seem to get rid of it. I am now trying I purchased it myself and so far (after only a week) I feel it is working by stopping a total break out. I am still getting some bumps on my chin but not white heads. Here is a video on how to use it. The website has a forum and many testimonials. If you suffer from acne you should try it out I recommend it. And I will update you in a couple months as to if it is still working.

Elf gotta glow

Here is a close up of my lips before applying Eyes Lips Face new lipstick  from their studio line Gotta Glow lip tint It retails for 6.00 and I purchased it myself.


Before plain lips


After with the lip tint on. It gives a nice shiny pink tint to my lips. I love it.

Per the website…

This innovative lip tint reacts with the chemistry of your lips to deliver a personalized, perfect shade of pink! The ethereal hue gives a sheer flush of color that enhances the natural beauty of your lips. The gel-based formula glides on smoothly and is infused with Shea Butter to moisturize and nourish.

I think it does all those things and is beautiful. Have you tried the lip tint? Some say it’s a dupe for Lipsurgance by Tarte or the Dior Lip Addict lip glow. I can’t say it is but for 6.00 compared to the other prices why bother finding out :)

Haul time

I ordered a few things from sephora and nyx.

Let’s start with NYX first. There website can be found here and I purchased all these items myself.

I purchased the bon voyage Go To Palette. It is the more colorful one out of the two choices in these palettes. It retails for 17.00 and can be found here.I also purchased a brush so I could get free shipping.



The bronzer blush and highlighter


Top row


Bottom row
I also got a brush but it didn’t photograph well. I actually am unimpressed with it but love the to go palette. I can’t wait to use it. Only downside is for being on the go there is no mirror.

Now on to sephora


I purchased an Urban Decay primer potion. I got it for ten dollars but it is no longer on sale.


A search of Kat von d lipstick in noble. It’s the perfect nude. The website describes it as a cult favorite and matte petal pink nude. It retails for 21.00.


I’m trying this mask out. I think it might be a great dupe for the glam glow masks. Here I am wearing it. The retail price is 19.00.


I can say it’s thicker than the glam glow. And after removing it my skin did feel soft and matte.

Have you hauled anything lately. If so please share.

November Blog Hop: Five Products I am Thankful for


1) Foundation: I have ruddy skin so it is totally needed to even out my skin tone.


2) Manicure: Whether Fake nails or your own, it is so pampering.


3) Hair tools: I have hair that is frizzy and in between curly and straight. To get it to look anything decent I need to use some kind of curling iron or straightener.


4) MAC Pigments: Need I say more lol They are so shiny and pretty and last forever on your eyes and in the amount you get!


5) Brushes: I have at least a hundred of them if not more. This picture is just a handful of the ones I own and most are not expensive ones but they work just as good to me.


What are your beauty products you are thankful for? Leave a comment below so I can check them out.

Also this blog hop is part of the facebook Beauty and Fashion Blog group. Their link is found here if you want to join.  And the links below to all the people you can blog hop too. Thanks for coming :D

Blog Link List:

Chequered Lily swatches and giveaway winner

Hello everyone. It’s Saturday and the day to announce my giveaway winner. Dreadfully Divine you can find her blog here. I checked her out after her comment post and she is amazing at eye makeup! She has no idea of my praises and I do not personally know her in case anyone might think I chose a friend for this giveaway. I am just paranoid like that :D Please contact me with an address within a week so I can mail it to you.  Thanks to all who commented.

Now here is the rest of the swatches I was given (thoughts are my own) along with the Halloween samples.

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Fireflies and Hearts of fire are my favorite of the swatches I received but they are all lovely and pigmented. I accidentally swatched Marina twice but you can definitely tell the blues are two different tones and Sea of Cortez has a beautiful sparkle to it.

Does anyone have any other brand I should try on etsy? I’d love to hear your suggestions.


What I learned … MUA know how

In one of my classes at Dallas Makeup show, I learned an invaluable eye shadow lesson that any newbie either on yourself or as a makeup artist could benefit from. I know I was not doing it enough on myself. That is to Blend Blend Blend those transitional shades even when you think done blend some more. :D

pre blended
Finished look minus brows :D

The color is still there but it is not so blunt. Yes you lose some of the vividness of the color but you can always go back and add a strategic amount and blend the edges with a smaller brush. I like how it turned out though. :D

I hope this helps demonstrate the power of blending and most of the shadows used are from The Chequered Lily Apothecary which I am hosting a giveaway of here. 

Do you have any tips on making that perfect eye look?


The Chequered Lily Apothecary: New Shadow review and Giveaway *** closed ***

If you have followed me from the beginning, you know, I have a deep affection for Kimberly the owner of The Chequered Lily Apothecary. You can find her items for sale here on etsy. You can find special deals post and any updates in general on her facebook page. She always has a special going on. When you purchase a cumulative (meaning not just in one order but could be a couple) of 50.00 you get a free shadow.

She recently launched a Halloween line. Visit her shop and read the descriptions you can tell how much love and thought she has put into her work.

Here are the swatches.

Click picture to see the swatches better.

First is #162 Silent As The Snow – “Icy metallic pearl white with silver sparkle. ”

Next is #163 Form Of Mist – “Warm semi-sheer metallic pewter with lavender undertone.”

Then there is #165 Memento Mori – “Metallic charcoal grey with dark maroon undertone. ”

Lastly is #164 Bloodflower – “Rich metallic burgundy-red with red shimmer.”

My favorite is Bloodchilde but all are creamy and it didn’t take much to make this vibrant of a swatch.

Then there is a matching blusher and glitter.

Click picture to see the swatches better.

The glitter is #G12 Nightchilde – ” Ruby & crimson glitters blended with black and silver.”

The blusher is #B07 The Sinking Night – “Cool lavender-tinted matte medium grey.

The glitter is crazy pigmented. And I have other blushers so I can talk about the quality as they are creamy and a lot goes a long way. I have accidentally over powdered before so use sparingly. I think the color is creative and would look awesome on super pale or super dark skin.

Ok so the giveaway is a full size (she now has two sizes in the shadows with the full size being a really awesome looking jar — I wish I could keep it… can I win my own giveaway? lol) of Silent as the Snow.


To win this you must

  • Be over 17 years old
  • Located in the USA
  • Go to the Etsy shop and let me know if you found a favorite eyeshadow color.

Next Saturday I will draw a winner in a video with my youngest son :D

Disclaimer: The samples in this post and the giveaway item was given to me by the company. I am not being compensated in any way and the opinions are my own.