Heroes Beauty

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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What’s in the DS Diva’s Make Up Bag?

Because of my devotion (AKA obsession) with all things beauty, it’s no surprise that I’ve gotten several requests about what I carry in my makeup bag.   So never one to disappoint my fans, here is your exclusive peek at the ultimate items that I carry with me every day.

Between Ipsy bags, free gift with purchase bags and a couple of high end beauties, I have about 35+ makeup bags in my collection.  I tend to use a medium sized bag because, if I use a larger one I’ll just fill it with unnecessary items that I don’t use on an everyday basis.

Currently in my Clinique makeup bag:

 

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  1. Carmex lip balm. Chapped lips in any universe are never cool
  2. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. An all-purpose, multiuse ointment that I use on my cuticles, crazed eyebrows, flyaway hair and dry skin.
  3. Sample size of fragrance. At the moment it’s CoCo Mademoiselle by Chanel. A lady always carries a classic fragrance in case garlic or a marathon run are involved on a date. Obviously a toothbrush/paste and Altoids are in a separate bag I carry with me.
  4. Cover Girl Clean Powder Foundation. In my Dark Side HOF I explained my love of this item. Broken bottles of foundation can ruin my bags and my day. This powder covers like a liquid but with the ease and convenience of a powder.
  5. Ipsy sized Bahama Mama Bronzer from The Balm. I use this as a bronzer, blush or eyeshadow. The size is a bit strange but it’s convenient and I like having a color product in my bag.
  6. Travel sized Moonstone Highlighter from Becca. It’s a beautiful shade on my fair skin that can also be used on my eyes and lips. Even a Darth wants to shine!
  7. Outlaw Liquid Lipstick from Kat Von D. I will always, always have a red lipstick in my bag. It’s the absolute easiest way to go from a day to night look in seconds.
  8. Champagne Lip gloss from Heroes Beauty. Another HOF product! By itself or layered over any color it’s absolutely perfect.
  9. Clinique or any travel sized free gift with purchase mascara that doesn’t smudge or give me pink eye.
  10. Eyeliner/eyebrow pencil from NYX. I adore combo products that actually do what they say and this one fits the bill. Not too creamy or waxy and it’s long-lasting.
  11. Bare Minerals Powder Brush. It’s the perfect size to apply bronzer, highlighter and powder foundation.

I also carry a smaller Ipsy bag with a toothbrush/paste, mints, bobby pins, ponytail holders, travel sized dry hair spray, hand sanitizer and Wet Ones. Not exactly exciting products but definitely needed for beauty upkeep or emergencies. And always keep a pair of tweezers on you! There is nothing worse than checking yourself in your rearview mirror and seeing a 2 inch long chin hair. UGH!!!

So that’s the Dark Side edition of “What’s in my makeup bag?”  I’m going on vacation soon, let’s see how much I pack for a 4 day getaway!

I would love to hear what my Dark Side Devotees have in their portable beauty arsenals.  Feel free to share in the comments below!20759449_267510000402768_485000587671240704_n

New Brand Discovery: Heroes Beauty

In the beginning of 2017, I was extremely lucky to have won an incredible IG giveaway that the beautiful and hilarious @stevie.cakes was gracious enough to sponsor. There was an awesome array of products and I literally had to pick myself up off the floor when I found out I won! I anxiously awaited my goodies and, after going through the box of fabulousness, there were four products in particular that stood out.  I had never heard Heroes Beauty before . I was now the very proud owner of a new lip liner, lip gloss, blush and quite possibly the most outrageous, professional set of cosmetic brushes I’d ever seen or used in my life.  I decided to check out their website www.heroesbeauty.com to find out a little more. They have a full line of face, body, eyes, lips, cheeks and brushes. Plus a really neat sample size of foundations and primer that you can get for $1 – 3. All products are made in the USA, ship free with in the USA and best yet, NO ANIMAL TESTING!!!  Could it get any better? Yep — they donate 5% of their annual profits to “Heroes”:  veterans, abused women, foster children and other national and local charities. I was already in love with the company but what about the actual products?

OMGosh YES!! I received the blush in the color Bashful, a versatile peach color that I can wear with both warm and cool toned looks. I was very surprised that this color did not turn orange on me, as most peach tones tend to do on my pale skin with a lot of redness in it. It was highly pigmented, no glimmer or shimmer, just a perfect shade. If summer was a color, this would be it!

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Champagne lip gloss over my own coral lipstick, and Bashful blush.

The lip pencil is in the shade Rosebud, which is almost a dupe for my all-time favorite lip liner from Clinique in the shade Cocoa Rose. Rosebud shows up on me as a neural rose color that I can use with my nudes, neutrals, pinks and roses. I’ve yet to try it with my reds but I have a sneaking suspicion that it would work. It’s very creamy, long lasting, glides very easy and I’ve yet to make a mistake lining my lips, which I still tend to do after all these years. (My top lip is very misshapen but I’ll never admit that to anyone….). It’s wonderful to completely fill in your lips as it’s non drying.

My lip gloss shade is Champagne, which is a 90% dupe for my MAC Lipglass in C Thru. It’s a gorgeous champagne peach color, which has the most adorable iridescent sheen on me. It’s beautiful by itself or on top of the Rosebud liner.  But I guarantee you that if you have a drawer full of unused lipsticks you don’t wear, put this gloss on top of them and you now have an entire new wardrobe of colors. The formula is non sticky, non-goopey and feels nice when you are wearing it. If happiness was a color, this would be it!

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Champagne lip gloss and Bashful blush

The true star of this remarkable show is the 18 piece brush set. I’m obsessed with any kind of brush, high end, low end you name it. Working for Estee Lauder and Lancome spoiled me, as I got used to working with some pretty excellent tools. But I have never found my perfect foundation or lip brush until now. The foundation brush just lays down the product and blends it out perfectly. No streaking whatsoever! And the lip brush has the most perfect tip so I can finally line my lips to perfection with a liquid lipstick! There is a blush, powder, contour, fan, stipple, eyeliner, concealer, lash comb, spoolie, crease and different sizes of eye shadow brushes. Maybe the neatest is an eye shadow applicator brush with additional, removable sponge tip applicators. They are easy to wash, don’t lose hairs and you will honestly notice a huge difference on how much nicer your makeup goes on! The black roll up case has a space for each individual brush to call home. Grade A brushes these are!brushes

This may be my first post where the Dark Side Diva didn’t have a single negative thing to report, except that I don’t have enough of these products in my life! It was such a wonderful surprise winning Stevie’s giveaway, but to receive such beautiful, professional products was just too much! So do I recommend Heroes Beauty? Absolutely 100% I do! RUN, don’t walk and check out a beauty brand with one of the biggest hearts you’ll find!