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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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

“Try this amazing cleanser and you’ll see why it’s our most popular product worldwide. Dirt, excess oil, makeup—even waterproof mascara—and other pore-cloggers dissolve easily, leaving your face a grime-free zone that is soft to the touch. Its unique water-soluble formula rinses completely, so you’ll never see a greasy residue. Olive oil and vitamin E help ensure you won’t see dryness either.”

If there has been one product that has stood the test of time in my skin care arsenal, it is DHC Deep Cleansing Oil. I have been using this cleanser/makeup remover for so long now that I can’t even remember when I first tried it! Let’s see… I discovered it back before my days at Bare Escentuals at least, as I remember just how great it was for removing mineral-based products from the skin and I swore by it even then… That was around 2006, at the latest.

So, I’ve been using this cleanser, on and off but always more on than off, for at least 8 years. Wow. I’ve had a relationship with this cleanser longer than I’ve had relationship with most of the people currently in my life! (Husband, family, and bestie notwithstanding, of course.)

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to review this product before now. I recently purchased a new bottle, as mine was at the dregs and there was a lovely sale going on for the super-sized 6.7 oz bottle, and as I set it down on my sink it suddenly struck me that I had not yet shared this lovely product with you–and I truly believe it is a product more people need to know about!

So let’s take a look at my much beloved cleansing oil…

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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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Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Facial Cleanser Review

Eucerin Redness Relief Cleanser Tube

“The Eucerin Redness Relief system has been clinically proven to provide immediate redness relief and improve the condition of visibly red skin in four weeks.”

Its that time of year again–spriiiiiiing!

While I love the return of the flowers and greenery, and the longer, sunnier days, my skin does not share that love. In addition to being ruddy and generally sensitive, I also have skin allergies that manifest seasonally. When the flowers burst into bloom and green things start growing, I burst into hives and start itching.

(Man, I really got a crap deal with my skin, didn’t I?)

For the month of April and mid-way into May, I return to a very simple skin care and makeup routine. Less is more, and my skin prefers to be left along to adjust to the season. My favorite cleanser to use during that time, when my skin is in need of pampering and calming, is Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser.

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