Sugarpill Cosmetics Sparkle Baby Palette Review

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Palette

“Let your inner princess shine! A high-glitz eyeshadow collection for living dolls. Ultra girly, shimmery shades to satisfy your sweet tooth!”

Man, oh man–I feel like we were waiting for this palette! It was months ago when I first saw swatches of the single shadows from this collection up on a few blogs and from that moment on, I was stalking the Sugarpill Cosmetics website, waiting to pounce the moment this baby became available.

I adore Sugarpill shadows. They have some of the boldest, craziest colors I have ever seen and their quality is stellar. Every single shadow I have tried from them has been buttery smooth, super pigmented, and downright phenomenal when it comes to lasting power.

Sadly, I don’t find myself reaching for the Sugarpill shadows I have (i.e. the Burning Heart and Heart Breaker palette shades).The problem? I just don’t have much call for bright blues, reds, and oranges in my day-to-day makeup life. I wish that were different, of course, but as it stands I find myself sticking more to the neutrals of my Urban Decay Naked 1 or 3 most days instead.

So, when I saw they’d be exploring their “softer” side with the ultra girlie, mostly pastel shades in this, the Sparkle Baby Palette, I was over the moon. The day it went up for sale, I made sure it would be mine!

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Benefit Dandelion Blush Review

Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Box Blush“Fake awake in just one stroke with Dandelion—Benefit’s long-lasting, pressed highlighting powder in ballerina-pink. Its shimmery, satiny, and radiant formula leaves an immediate perk-me-up finish that brightens up your face—even at eight in the morning.”

I’ve only recently started getting in to blushes. For years, I didn’t wear any. My rosacea flush was terrible, and I had such a fear of being too red/pink that I just never even bothered to try applying any.

As the years went on and I learned to keep my rosacea in check, I found myself sometimes having the opposite problem: without blush, my naturally pale complexion kind of looked… Well, sickly. I was pale and washed out. I needed a touch of color on those days, so I slowly began dipping my toe into the world of blush and found one or two that I loved–usually peachy or coral-toned blushes that didn’t call too much attention to my pink undertones. I just knew, in my heart of hearts, that pinks would look terrible on me–so I never bothered to try them

Then, the Tarte Rainforest After Dark Eye and Cheek Palette came into my life. The blush included in it–described as a “nude rose”–was a pink shade. I tried it on with trepidation… And fell head over heels in love. I found myself wearing it every day, even when I wasn’t using the eyeshadows in the palette. Me, loving a pink blush!

I felt like Ariel, singing about the whole new world of makeup that had just been opened up to me!

Around the same time, I went on a bit of a Benefit Cosmetics kick. I had already fallen in love with their ‘Hello Flawless!’ Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation and, again, a floodgate was opened. It was a brand I had always heard such wonderful things about, but had–for some unknown reason–had never bothered to try for myself. That had to change. I had to try more and more of their products. Their Dandelion Blush was one of the first things I had to get my hands on.

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OCC Unknown Pleasures Lip Tar Review ~ Pagan and Vain

OCC Unknown Pleasures Lip Tars Pagan and Vain

I was going to behave.

Really, I was.

When Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) announced their Fall 2014 collection–called “Unknown Pleasures”–I was going to resist.

The were gorgeous of course, as all Lip Tars are, but I really didn’t need any more Lip Tars at that time. Especially not crazy colors like dark purple, navy blue, metallic purple, bright red/orange with gold shimmer… I wanted them; make no mistake about it but–no. I’ve been trying to scale back my rampant shopping (which I too often excuse for “reviewing purposes). I told myself that I didn’t need such colors in my collection. I’m a bridal makeup artist and a receptionist, after all. Metallic purple lips are just not something people in my life often request, nor something I could pull out and wear to the office on any given day. (Although, I think my boss would just look at my funny and walk on by if I did…)

I was good. For a long while, I was good. I looked, but I didn’t touch.

Then, one day, it occurred to me that New York Comic Con was right around the bend. Friends, the husband, and I will be attending again this year and are super stoked about our geek Mecca being so close. That got me thinking. I mean, really, where else would I ever get the chance to rock deep blue lips without anyone batting an eyelash if not at Comic Con… right?

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Pixi Brightening Peach Correction Concentrate Review

Pixi Correction Concentrate Brightening Peach

“Highly pigmented, this correction concealer instantly erases dark circles, softens and blurs lines while treating delicate skin. Skin immediately looks fresh, rested, bright and youthful. This ultimate ‘good night’s sleep in a jar’ camouflage cream is correction perfection in a pot.”

I am a Target shopaholic. Seriously; I walk in that store to grab one thing, and an hour later I emerge with a cart full of stuff I had no intention of buying. (Usually forgetting that one thing I went in for in the first place; but that’s neither here nor there.) Clothes, makeup, home goods–even food. I just can’t help myself. Don’t even get me started on their $1.50 socks. I probably have more fun socks than any one person ever needs in life, yet I always swing by and pick up another pair or two when I’m there. I don’t know what it is. Maybe there’s something hypnotic about that big red target…

I also have terrible under eye circles. (Stay with me a moment–there is a connection between these two topics, I promise.) With my super pale skin, the area under my eyes is terribly translucent. Every minute of sleep I miss, every drop of water I fail to drink, shows up under my eyes the next day. Even worse, there is a vein that is particularly prominence under my left eye. I am forever trying to find an under eye concealer that works on me, being both heavy enough to conceal without so thick that it looks chalky or creases. Its been an uphill battle that I had begun to despair of ever winning.

Then, I came across this Pixi Correction Concentrate in “Brightening Peach” at Target one day. Its promises to be lightweight, color correcting and good for my delicate under-eye skin sounded too good to be true. I just had to give it a try.

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Sugarpill Cosmetics “Heart Breaker” Palette Review

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Eyeshadows

Yup, I’m cheating again. As with the Burning Heart palette I reviewed a little while back, I do not actually have the pre-assembled Sugarpill Cosmetics Heart Breaker Palette. Instead, I own all four shades that make up that palette, each individually packaged. Again, I had purchased a few of the colors separately and then just decided to buy the ones I was missing from that “set” rather than purchase the actual palette and have duplicates.

So, pretend those eyeshadows are housed in the pretty packaging Sugarpill provides for all its palettes and come take a look at the four colors from their Addicted To Pretty collection!

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OCC The Dune Generation Stained Gloss Review – Concubine, Aurora, and Nomad

OCC Cosmetics Nomad Stained Gloss

“Introducing a heat wave of colour and texture from out latest innovative lip offering: STAINED GLOSS. Six new shades designed to make lips shine and shimmer this summer and beyond. STAINED GLOSS is OCC’s newest texture option for lips, inspired by stained glass. Combining the impact colour of LIP TAR with a translucent glossy finish that’s ready-to-wear, STAINED GLOSS contains organic hemp oil and Vitamin E for a finish that feels as good as it looks. The Dune Generation features a colour wave of six diverse shades ranging from soft neutral to deep burgundy with pops of pink and coral in a mix of textures, including our new STAINED GLOSS / METALLIC.”

Anyone else as excited for these new Stained Glosses from OCC Cosmetics as I am???

My long-standing love affair with OCC’s Lip Tars is well known (search the tags to the left to find my reviews of them), but these are the are the first Stained Glosses I am trying for myself. Up until now, the colors in that line didn’t really appeal to me–many were on the bright n’ funky side (oranges, yellows, neon-y reds) or extremely sheer, milky shades that I had always heard were prone to settling in lip lines. Since none of them tickled my fancy, I held off.

However, when I heard this new Dune Generation Stained Gloss Collection would be a touch on the earthier side, featuring more neutral shades I was intrigued. When I found out that these shades would not only be available in their standard “gloss” finish (which they describe as having a “cellophane glaze” on the lips) but that they were releasing colors with a metallic gloss finish as well, I knew they were destined to be mine!

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Correcting Creme Review

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness

“Bye Bye Redness™ is a red neutralizing and correcting cream that completely cancels redness in your skin from view. Rich in Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Anti-Aging Technology, Bye Bye Redness™ camouflages redness and any red-toned skin discolorations from rosacea, broken capillaries, blemished skin, irritated skin, sun damage, scars, age spots, physician procedures and more.”

Are you at all surprised that I just had to try this?

I am constantly on the hunt for something to hide the awful redness of my cheeks and forehead. I have gone through dozens of concealers over the years and have yet to find one the was perfect–the formula is usually too thick or too sheer, the color is too yellow (or even too green), and some just flat out irritate my skin.

So, when I saw that IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Redness had been made specifically to cover rosacea by someone who herself has rosacea, and furthermore that it claimed to be formulated so that you wouldn’t need to wear an additional product over the top of it, I just had to try it.

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Sugarpill Cosmetics “Burning Heart” Palette Review

Sugarpill Burning Heart Eyeshadows

Okay, okay–I’m cheating just a teensy bit here.

This isn’t the actual, all-in-one Sugarpill Cosmetics Burning Heart palette, as you can see from the picture above. Rather, these are the individual shadows that make up the Burning Heart palette. You see, I had already purchased a few single shadows from Sugarpill Cosmetics and wound up owning some parts of this palette’s selection (as well as half of the Heart Breaker palette, which I will also review in the upcoming weeks). Rather than double up on colors, I decided to stick with the singles and collect them all that way because… well, it just seemed like the thing to do.

However you get it, this palette–or the single shadows that comprise it–is a purchase worth making. I have never seen such amazing shadows before stumbling upon Sugarpill! These shadows put some of the big names to shame. Seriously; if you are unfamiliar with Sugarpill Cosmetics and are a lover of intensely pigmented, wildly colorful eyeshadows then I command you to run right over to their website this very instance!

Or I guess you just hang around here and see what I have to say about them, too.

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Sara Happ The Lip Scrub in Vanilla Bean Review

Sara Happ The Lip Scrub


“Our best selling Lip Scrub, and the first one Sara created in her kitchen back in 2005. We’ve yet to find the girl who doesn’t love this flavor.”

If there is one product I truly could not live without these days, it is a good lip scrub.

I’m sure you’re all sick to death of my complaining about my dry, flaky lips but it remains one of the biggest beauty obstacles I face on a daily basis. The redness from my rosacea can be covered, my dry skin can be moisturized, hell–even my thinning hair can be covered by a bandana or a headband! But those lips? ::shakes head::

I’m talking the kind of dry that, in colder months, actually gets painful. In the winter, smiling or sneezing has been known to split my poor lips, which is just as obnoxious as it is painful. Thus, I have had a lot of trouble wearing lip products for many years. Everything seemed to highlight it–glosses, lipsticks, even some balms.

I had tried many lip scrubs over the years with varying results, but it wasn’t until I splurged on Sara Happ’s “The Lip Scrub” that I finally found an ally in my battle against flaky lips.

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IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Anti-aging Collagen Veil Primer Review

IT Cosmetics No. 50 Serum Collagen Veil Anti-Aging Primer

“Developed with leading plastic surgeons, No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Veil Primer is infused with more than 50 key ingredients, which include 10 essential oils and butters, 10 nourishing botanicals, 30 fruit and plant-based extracts plus powerful anti-oxidants and vitamins including Vitamins A, B5, brightening C & E, Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Silk and Niacin all work together for you all day long. Hyaluronic Acid provides a healthy drink of hydration your skin. Aloe, Jojoba, Licorice Root, Chamomile and Colloidal Oatmeal, soothe and comfort. Powerful anti-oxidants work to ward off free radicals and protect your skin from the environment to aid in the prevention of premature aging, keeping your skin luminous, supple and healthy looking!”

Yeeeeeeeah; there was no way I was resisting this one.

I was watching QVC late one night, as I often do when insomnia strikes, and when what should happen across my screen but a IT Cosmetics segment. (Is anyone surprised to learn I’m a QVC junkie? … Didn’t think so.) I already have and love their Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil (which I should remember to review soon), so I decided to watch and see what else they had up for offer.

Lo and behold, they brought out the No. 50 Serum Anti-Aging Collagen Veil Primer With it touting such lovely skin care benefits, and me being so concerned about the changing texture of my skin lately, I was powerless to resist…

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