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!

www.morphebrushes.com

www.heroesbeauty.com

www.sephora.com

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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

 

 

October Product of the Month

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

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Retails for: $65

Available at: www.shophudabeauty.com

Have you ever had a cosmetic item so beautiful that you didn’t want to use it? I can honestly say that, until I owned this Huda Beauty palette, the answer was no! From the presentation to the actual colors, this Desert Dusk palette is simply gorgeous.

PROS:  The colors in this palette can best be described as exotic and unbelievably dynamic. They range in shades of purples, coppers, pinks, and nudes. There are 18 shades in various formulas–mattes, pearls, duochromes and even a pure glitter. They can all be layered in numerous ways to create a very dramatic look or even a lighter, more day-friendly look. The formulas are very pigmented, easy to blend, and I haven’t gotten much fallout at all. The glitter and duochromes are best applied wet or with a very short, stiff eye shadow brush. Please don’t use Dollar Store brushes with this palette. They will ruin the colors and that would be heartbreaking.

CONS:  At $65 this is a more costly eyeshadow palette. The Huda Beauty line tends to run a bit higher priced, but the quality is unmatched.

This isn’t your everyday palette and I’d go so far as to say if you’re a beauty beginner, it might not be for you. If you appreciate rich, deep colors and exotic formulas then this palette is for you and it will be beauty bucks well spent. Not to mention it will look absolutely stunning on your vanity table! Trust me on this!

Luxury Scent Box Perfume Subscription

This week the blog is taking a slightly different direction. Yes, it’s still beauty related and it’s about another monthly subscription box. But this time it’s fragrance. I’ve been wanting to expand my perfume collection, but not at $75-100 a bottle. And in all honesty, it’s a bottle that I’ll probably never finish. I saw my friend Amie (aka TheDeepSouthDarlin) talking about this on YouTube and I was hooked.

Here are the sweet-smelling deets:

The website is very easy to use. You begin with a short survey of what types of scents you’re looking for. Then create an account/profile and add your fragrance of choice to your monthly calendar. In about a week you’ll receive your goods.

My first choice was Bvlgari Mon Jasmine Noir Eau De Parfum. Please don’t think me a snob, but having worked years in the cosmetic/fragrance department I wanted something different. If I have to smell Marc Jacob’s Daisy, D&G Light Blue or, God forbid, Clinique’s Happy I will shatter every one of those bottles with my light sabre.

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Every month members receive 9ml of a different spray fragrance, which is approximately a 30-day supply. Your initial purchase also includes a convenient, travel-sized reusable case, and a velvet pouch. There is a large selection of designer fragrances, which includes both men’s and women’s fragrances, but you have to choose which one you wish to receive monthly. The cost of the basic monthly subscription is $15 and includes s/h or $18 for the “Premium” fragrances, which is what I went for. Your first box is 50% off with the code “LuxuryScentBox”, so this smart shopping Diva got hers for just $9. Members also receive a new reusable case each quarter.

No contracts. No commitments. Month to month. And free shipping and handling. Luxury Scent Box is an easy, inexpensive and fun way to try a different type of subscription box. Let’s face it, how many sheet masks and mini mascaras does a Diva really need?

WWW.LUXURYSCENTBOX.COM