Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Eye Shadow Palette

Over the summer of 2017 you couldn’t get away from the ABH subculture controversy. I’m not going into that, or the fact that I just might be the only person in this galaxy who is not impressed with the Modern Renaissance palette. I was however, impressed with the limited edition, Holiday 2017 Prism palette. It’s a truly gorgeous, 14 shade collection of what I would call very wearable neutrals, metallics and a few pops of color.

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The shades are very pigmented and it’s easy to blend out the colors. I’ve created several beautiful looks using them both wet and dry. There is some kickback but if you use a light hand it’s not bothersome. A couple colors had some tiny fallout, but for easy blending and gorgeous colors I can tolerate that. While at first I thought I was only going to be able to create dressy looks, I’ve been able to come up with a lot of very neutral, daytime looks. And it actually comes with a very nice, double-ended eye shadow brush that can be used with other products. It’s not just an afterthought. I have used it with my ColourPop shadows and it blends them out nicely as well.

I consider ABH to be one of the classier prestige lines on the market today. I highly recommend the Prism palette. At $42 it’s about the same price as other palettes that you can find at Sephora, but this one is limited edition so it won’t be around for long. Pick it up while you can!

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September 2017 Allure Beauty Box – Allure Best of Beauty

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This is my first Allure Beauty box, which is your standard, monthly beauty box subscription. Unlike IPSY, the editors of Allure magazine choose current products that all subscribers will receive. It’s $15 a month but when you sign up your first box is $10. Here’s the 411 on September’s box.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush

I received the shade “Blushing Bride”, a pretty petal pink that’s very wearable. This is a full sized blush that retails for $30, so this one product is worth the price of the entire box. I’m a big fan of Tarte products, especially the Amazonian Clay line so I’m thrilled with this!

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

At first I thought this was a dry shampoo, which I absolutely hate. But it’s actually a spray-on mist that claims to volumize your hair to make it look like you have twice as much. I’ve played with this several times and it does give great volume to second day hair. I’m not usually a fan of Living Proof products so I’m pleasantly surprised with this one.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream .5oz

I couldn’t wait to try my first Drunk Elephant item! This whipped, unscented, velvety cream made my combination skin feel wonderful. It hasn’t made me shiny and my makeup has stayed on all day. I’ve used it at night also. This cream has a combo of oils, glycerin and hyaluronic acid and I can see it becoming a staple in my skin care routine.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye .1oz

It says .1oz but the itty bitty tube was MAYBE filled halfway. I doubt that I’ll see any results with this tiny amount of product. Kiehl’s has been around forever and I’ve used several of their products so I’m disappointed with this embarrassingly small size. It smells like lavender, absorbed very quickly but will be gone long before any true results are seen.

Beauty Blender Micro Mini

Beauty Blender can do no wrong in my eyes. This miniature size is perfect for blending under eyes and around the nose. Love it!

I give 4 of the 5 products in Allure’s September Beauty Box positive reviews and truly it could have been 5/5. Getting the full size Tarte blush was worth the price of admission, but when will these subscription boxes start to realize that teeny tiny skin care products are a waste of time and effort? I’d rather get a tiny fragrance sample so I can try the scent to see if I like it. Three days of an eye serum mean nothing to me!

A Diva’s Must-Haves

Every Diva has a couple simple but much-loved items in her repertoire. Here are a few amazing products that this Diva depends on right now.

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Morphe Brushes Y6 Pro Flat Buffer–A must have for flawless foundation application. It’s a kabuki style brush that makes my face look like it’s been air bushed, no matter which foundation I’m using. And at $10, it’s a steal.

Heroes Beauty Cheek Blusher Brush–This is the perfect size blush brush for my face. Most are either way too big or super tiny and not usable, like the brushes that are included with most blushes. This brush is super soft, easy to clean, picks up color perfectly and applies it smooth and beautiful. It’s one piece of the most incredible brush set I’ve ever owned.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer–An ultra-sheer, natural, delicious-smelling bronzer that somehow doesn’t turn orange on me. This gives my skin a warm, true bronze glow that I can wear alone, without blush, and I look completely put together.

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream—An instant cult favorite. Highly-moisturizing, fast-absorbing, incredible-smelling, beautiful body cream! This amazing cream leaves my skin smooth, tight, soft and smelling of the most intoxicating pistachio caramel scent. I want the entire set of products!

These are the items that I am living for right now. Simple, but can make the biggest difference.  I’d love to hear what products are on my devoted Divas’ must-have list, post in the comments below!

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www.heroesbeauty.com

www.sephora.com

Worth the Hype?

I’ve been intrigued with LA Girl ever since I started seeing YT vloggers use the cult favorite Pro Conceal HD Concealer. When I walked into my local CVS and saw a huge LA Girl display I was overjoyed! I purchased the following items to review:

Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation in Fair $10

Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Ivory $5

Just Blushing Blush in Just Playful $7

Lip liner in Natural Cream $7

Eyeliner in Paradise Purple $7

Glazed Lip Paints in Whimsical and Elude $5 each

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The foundation is a huge FAIL for me. The Fair shade is the lightest and it’s easily two shades too dark for me. They do have a white foundation mixer but I’m not into mixing white into anything. The product did provide full coverage, but it’s a heavy, greasy coverage that’s not for me. My face was a shiny mess in just a few hours.

The Pro Conceal, however, is everything it’s hyped up to be. The Ivory shade was perfect! It covered my dark circles completely and didn’t crease or cake up. I love how the brush applicator applies the product and will definitely repurchase this when it’s gone.

The blush is a very pretty, wearable mauve/nude shade that is extremely pigmented and slightly powdery. Go in with a very light hand and a good blush brush. Don’t be surprised that if the first time you use this you have to blend it out some.

The lip and eye liners are basically good drug store products, nothing special or terrible about them. The Natural Cream lip liner is beautiful under the Elude Lip Paint.

The lip paints can best be described as a lipstick that looks and applies like a lip gloss. If I put too much on they bleed, so I’ve been applying a light coat on top of other colors.

Overall, I have to admit to being slightly underwhelmed with this line. I’m disappointed to say that, except for the concealer, these aren’t products that I’d grab for on a regular basis.

You can search the entire line at www.lagirlusa.com and find out if your local CVS stores carry their products.

DS Odds & Ends

Just a quick post today to talk about three new products that may seem a little strange, but have become new favorites of mine!

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Face Secrets Shade Switch Cosmetic Brush Shade Remover

A long name for a very cool tool! To be perfectly honest, I only clean my makeup brushes about once every two weeks. When I saw this odd looking black sponge thingy that switches shades I jumped at the chance and ordered it. Basically, when you’re ready for a new shade you just wipe the tip of your brush on the black sponge and it removes the color. I didn’t believe it until I used it for myself. A couple of swipes back and forth and my eyeshadow brush was ready for another color! The white sponge in the middle can be wet and used for wet eyeshadow applicators. A life and time saver that truly works. And it’s only $3.99!

Shiseido Facial Cotton

I’ll admit that $5 for 40 cotton pads had me scratching my head. But I took the advice of several Sephora cast members and purchased them anyway. These are an extremely soft, gentle way to to apply any liquid skin care product. They do not leave any fibers on your face like cotton balls and I feel that they make my products work more efficiently, especially my Clinique Clarifying Lotion. I only need one of cotton pad, instead of the two or three cotton balls, and my entire face is covered.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Anytime my skin is looking old, rough, tired or boring I reach for this. I use this luxurious feeling spray as a moisturizer and primer. For me it’s best on dry skin. It has a super fine sprayer, so I only need about 2 sprays for my face. It is also labeled as a setting spray, but I don’t like the way it sits on top of my makeup. The 12ml size is $20 and it will last me quite a while.

Three exciting, innovative products for under $30!! Beat that you can’t!!

www.sallybeauty.com

www.sephora.com