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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette | My Notes and Swatches

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//affiliate links in use//purchases made through affiliate links help support this site// I have been a fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz  for several years and I thought it was time that I finally bought my first Anastasia Beverly Hills powder cosmetic product, and boy, is it a doosy! The much hyped  Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette  has been burning up the Beauty Blogosphere and YouTube for many months and the love doesn't seem to be fading, from what I can see. Let us begin our exploration of this palette at the beginning. The packaging. For it must needs be addressed. The industry standard sturdy paperboard palette is wrapped in a flocked velvety, grabby stuff that drives me absolutely bat shit crazy trying to keep it clean. I don't feel that saying that I despise the surface of this palette is in any way an overstatement. Really, what were they thinking? I would have done something evocative of an old masters painting, in an e

Defeat Dry Skin and Delight Your Senses with LATHER Lavender Retreat

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//products provided for consideration// The weather is cooling. The humidity is gone and my skin is drier than ever. Bring it on. I've got  LATHER  on my side. LATHER Lavender Retreat  marries lavender and olive in a two part harmony that exfoliates, smooths and softens my skin while it delights my senses. LATHER Lavender and Olive Foaming Body Scrub  is a unique exfoliation experience. With a soft, earthy olive and lavender fragrance and natural exfoliators including olive seed and walnut shell powders, this bouncy-soapy stuff is the perfect way to slough off the dull, the dry and reveal glowing, fresh skin. I like to gather up a little in my hand, add a bit of water and start rubbing. The cushioning lather cleanses my skin while the scrubby bits gently yet effectively sweep away rough, dry skin then rinses clean without any oily or slippery after feel on the skin or the floor of my shower. I am a little in love with the texture of this stuff so I had to include

A Matte Liquid Lipstick that Doesn't Murder My Lips -- Could it Be?

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I was recently offered the opportunity to try a new to me liquid lipstick brand claiming that their matte liquid lipstick is different from others on the market; that in addition to being highly pigmented, easy to apply, matte and long wearing, it moisturizes and is comfortable to wear. Yeah... Sure. I've heard that one, before. And paid the price for falling for the hype. In spite of my trepidation, I decided to go for it and see if this liquid lipstick lives up to it's claims. Or murders my lips. //product provided for consideration//affiliate links in use//purchases made through affiliate links help support this site// On my doorstep landed a Highlight Matte Liquid Lipstick . Packaged in an ivory and gold box is a pretty typical liquid lip tube. Clear acrylic trimmed and labelled in gold with a black cap. The shade I received is Pink Sapphire, a bold, intense blue based pink. I was delighted, when I saw the colour as I love bright pinks like this! Highlight claims

A Spa Day in a Jar for My Face | Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Enriched Peat Purification Mask

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Skin care is one of my great beauty passions. Thanks to a good deal of effort and the right products for my own skin, my complexion is the best it's been in many years. One of the procedures that aids me in caring for my skin and keeping it fresh, clarified, hydrated and glowing is masking. In my own not so personal opinion, masks are an essential part of any good skin care routine and I have quite a few in my collection from which to choose, depending on my needs, at that moment. //product provided for consideration// Farmhouse Fresh Peat Perfection Enriched Peat Purification Mask  is a spa day in a jar for my face. When my skin is feeling congested, dehydrated and just... blah, it needs special care and pampering. Because my skin is very dry, I have to be careful to balance it's need for clarifying and purifying with hydration and rejuvenation. Happily, this mask can do it all. Okay, one thing I really love about Farmhouse Fresh is that a lot of their packaging

Georgie Beauty Le Jardin Creme Blush in Dahlia | My Notes and Swatces

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//product sent for consideration//affiliate links in use// Georgie Beauty , a company that excels in some of the finest faux lashes you can flutter also offers a beautiful  Creme Blush . Georgie Beauty Le Jardin Creme Blush  is available in four gentle, flattering shades. I received Dalia, a soft, candy pink with a touch of  silvery glow; a perfect fair skin enhancer. Georgie Beauty Le Jardin Creme Blush  has a creamy, soft texture that applies and blends into the skin easily without being patchy or blending away. I have dry skin, so this blush lasts on my face for hours and hours. I like to apply this creme blush with a soft dual fibre brush over a tinted moisturizer for a naturally fresh, polished makeup look on the fly.   Georgie Beauty Le Jardin Creme Blush  in Dahlia, swatched here in a heavier swipe and blended out. If you are craving a pot of Georgie Beauty Le Jardin Creme Blush  it is available on Amazon . Georgie Beauty is Eco Luxe beauty that is cruelty fr

Gentle Care for Your Beautiful Coloured Hair with DermOrganic

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//products provided for consideration//affiliate links in use//purchases made through affiliate links help support this site// I am a fan of the DermOrganic hair care line so I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to test drive and share with you my thoughts on their new Color Care Line. Comprised of three products and formulated specifically for more delicate, colour treated tresses, these products gently cleanse to maintain colour integrity, deeply hydrate and protect strands from heat styling and environmental stress. DermOrganic Color Care Sulfate Free Shampoo  is a gentle, 70% organic creme shampoo formulated with skin care ingredients, lipids and a low PH that delivers a soft, cushioning lather to cleanse completely while protecting against colour fade. Softly scented with a soapy-clean, slightly sweet almond fragrance, this shampoo is as easy on the senses as it is on my tresses. Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aqua/Eau/Water, Disodiu

Reveal a More Perfect Complexion with StriVectin Overnight Resurfacing Concentrate

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//product sent for consideration//affiliate links in use//purchases made through affiliate links help support this site//thank you// Multi step complexion care routines are being embraced by more and more skin care aficionados. One step in these involved routines is an essence or concentrate. Used before a serum, concentrates deliver potent skin transforming ingredients where they are needed most to help refine texture and even the skin tone. StriVectin Overnight Resurfacing Concentrate  has been a first step after cleansing for me for the last little bit. The benefit claims are big: Refine texture and imperfections to restore the visible qualities of perfect skin. This potent, non-acidic skin-renewing formula restores the visible qualities of healthy skin to unveil a perfected complexion. Formulated with a complex of five powerful enzymes, this ultra-lightweight concentrate gently removes dead surface cells and promotes skin renewal for improved texture and clarity. Patente

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette | My Notes and Swatches

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//affiliate link in use//purchases made through these links help support this site//thank you!// I fell victim to the hype surrounding the  Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette  and I'm not really mad that I did. This slender, enameled look gold tone palette ads colour and sparkle to my makeup case or the top of my dressing table and holds three beautiful powders that perfect and light up my complexion. Three finely milled, silky soft powders in Sunlight, a soft luminous champagne gold; Filtered Light, a delicate matte sand and Moonlight, a gleaming rosy pearl. All three powders deliver a subtle, whisper effect rather than a full on, high beam shout. Not that I object to a good, high beam shout but sometimes, the whisper can speak just as clearly. Swatches in order in the palette: Sunlight, Filtered Light and Moonlight. Aren't they pretty? I like these powders on my fair skin and I think that they'd be gorgeous on deeper skin tones, as well. The  Tarte Ski

LORAC PRO 3 Eye Shadow Palette | My Notes and Swatches

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//affiliate and referral links in use//purchases made through these links help to support this site//thank you!// Lorac released another Pro eye shadow palette and I for one am enjoying it. The long, slim, slightly rubbery feeling paperboard palette is a light buff gold shade to evoke the soft shades, within. Below the slim, perfect for close ups on the eyes mirror are sixteen eye shadows in gentle neutral shades. As with all Lorac Pro palettes, the top row is matte shades, the bottom, shimmers. The shadows are all laid out in a manner that makes sense and makes creating a beautiful eye look easy and intuitive. Here is a close up of the shadows. These soft, gentle, neutral shades are right up my street. I enjoy a good smoky eye and sometimes, I like to play with colour but the majority of my eye looks are neutral and well blended out, making this palette just the thing for me. Here are the swatches. (hangs head) of the sixteen shades in this palette. Overall, t

PUR Love Your Selfie 2 Palette | The Perfect Transition into Fall

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//product provided for consideration//affiliate links in use//purchases made through affiliate links help support this site//thank you// PUR Cosmetics , the Complexion Authority brings us the follow up to the  Love Your Selfie , their bestselling kit with the new  Love Your Selfie 2 . Upgrade your profile with this rich, Autumn perfect collection of eye shadows, face powders and lippies curated to help everyone snap their best #PURSelfie. A sturdy, silver and glitter effect trimmed cardboard palette contains a generous selection of get pretty goodies that will help you look and feel your beautiful best in every selfie you snap, all through the Fall. Rich, current Fall eye, cheek and lip colours awaited my eagerly seeking eyes and fingers, when I lifted the mirrored lid. There are six eye shadows and a mini mascara in current on trend shades to create beautiful eye looks on the fly, three silky powders to perfect the complexion, a matte lip colour pencil and coordinating g