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Labor Day Road Trip Must Haves


Its the last long holiday weekend of summer, and like most people I plan to squeeze every last moment of fun that I can out of it. One essential to any road trip or vacation adventure is some great outfits and beauty products to keep you looking great on the go.

Here are a few of the items I will be packing for my weekend adventures:


I simply love the Cargo Cosmetics Gel Lip Color line. The lipstick feels much more like a lip balm when you apply and doesn’t have the normal heavy lipstick feel. The colors are really pigmented and wear for hours without feeling like my lips are made up.  It doesn’t dry out my lips and gives the perfect touch of color no matter my mood.

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Cargo Cosmetics Limited Edition Gel Lip Color in Brooklyn $20
Lightweight, gel texture lipstick glides on like silk. The smooth formula moisturizes and protects lips, feels comfortable and never drying. Semi-sheer coverage with subtle shine. Available in 4 easy to wear, always flattering shades.


The weather right now is shooting from 60’s to high 80’s so I like to keep my face makeup light so I can handle whatever the day brings without dealing with heavy foundations. The Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder has been my summer go to.

The formula is light and evens out my complexion while combating excessive shine. The best part my skin looks like my skin perfected not overly made up. With combo skin this has been a lifesaver at keeping the mid day shine at bay. And the best part is the powder has anti-aging benefits to actually improve my skin each time I wear it!



Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder $49
New shades, new price! Get a luminous, lit-from-within glow with our best-selling perfecting powder.

It’s the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in! This advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide delivers dynamic anti-aging benefits, while the patented hydration system continuously revitalizes skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day.


Any beauty addict knows a good multi- tasker is worth its weight in gold. The new Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip and Cheek Color is a busy girl’s must have. I would put this in my travel bag except I keep it in my purse its the perfect tool for on the go touch ups.

The cheek color formula is so creamy and is very easy to blend. I love this as both a cheek and lip color, it feels great on and the color lasts. Its a very buildable product so I can add a hint of color or layer for a more dramatic evening look. Great for a touch up on the go or to add to a paired down travel bag.


Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Silver Lake Sunset $29
Get the ultimate West Coast glow—on-the-go! From Santa Monica to Sunset Boulevard, our latest innovation in illumination is inspired by the magic light of L.A.

Multipurpose color for cheeks and lips. There’s a shade for any look, from a subtle sheen to a full-on flush. The lightweight, brightening formula feels and looks as natural as your own skin—only more illuminated and gorgeous.

A Smashbox-only blending trifecta! It’s all about blending, blending and more blending for this natural, lit-from-within look: a curved dome shape means no harsh lines when applying; a creamy formula means the formula glides effortlessly onto skin; and finally a velvety, flat sponge for blending—so you get just the right amount of diffused color.

The Osmosis Skincare Colour Lustrous Contour Duo comes with a bronzer and a highlighter. The bronzer is one of my favorites. The feather light powder applies easy and is very blendable. I have fair skin and bronzer can be a tricky line of contouring without looking like stage makeup.

The highlighter side blends just as well and is great for highlighting my cheekbones and I add a touch on either side of the bridge of my nose to brighten my eyes up. This is a great combo that adds the perfect finishing touch to my day or evening look.

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Osmosis + Color Lustrous Contour Duo $38
A 2-in-1 contouring compact. Osmosis Colour Lustrous Contour Duo allows you to seamlessly alternate between highlighting and bronzing your complexion. The complementary shades accentuate your best features and conceal the areas you want minimized.

The shimmering highlighter utilizes light-reflective pigments to brighten your eyes and accentuate your cheek bones while the matte brown shade creates a chiseled, sculpted look by making your forehead; nose and any other features appear smaller. The sleek, mirrored design allows you to contour on-the-go, making this a makeup bag essential.

Key Ingredients:
Green tea – hydrates and protects your skin from environmental pollutants
Mica – reflects light
Vitamins E – prevents free-radical damage
Lustrous Contour Duo features a shimmering chiffon and matte cocoa shades.



Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for potential review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2015

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The February Ipsy Glam Bag is another slam dunk. So far every item this month has been great and with all the full sized products and the cute makeup bag its a steal. I still am shocked every month that this bag only cost $10 a month shipped!



cargo gloss

I love this gloss! It is so shiny and I love how it feels on. Best part is how long wearing it is for a lipgloss.

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CARGO Cosmetics Mini Lip Gloss – Deluxe Sample Size
A new generation of Cargo’s lip gloss. Its super high shine gloss delivers intense color payoff and locks in moisture to keep lips feeling hydrated. This longwearing lip gloss has a slick texture that feels creamy gliding over lips without being sticky. Ingredients such as Vitamin E and Jojoba Seed oil help increase lip moisture and decrease the appearance of furrows around the mouth while increasing lip volume to its maximum fullness.

ipsy up all night

Smells amazing and add great volume and shine when I flat iron my hair. And no crunchy or greasy residue.

Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray Deluxe Sample
Get the ultimate blowout with this multi-tasking spray! The light-weight formula adds volume and texture to hair, while protecting against heat for healthier styling.

How to Use:
Apply to damp hair before blow drying for added texture and lift, or use on dry hair as a revitalizing spray.

ipsy hey honey

This is a great peel off mask, I found I needed a bit more that the suggested amount but it did peel off really easily. How fun is the peeling part? The mask smells fantastic and makes my skin feel great and leaves it so soft and smooth.

Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask – Deluxe sample
This fifteen-minute beauty mask brightens and smooths skin with the exfoliating power of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, while moisturizing with luxurious honey extract. It instantly renews skin, leaving it refreshed and clean after only a few minutes. This gel mask helps promote a smooth and clear complexion for a post facial feeling. Take It Off! is quick and easy to use, so you can feel beautifully refreshed, radiant and ready to go in just a few minutes.

How to use: Apply a light moisturizer to facial skin. Carefully apply a thin layer all over facial areas, avoiding eyes, eye area, hairline and eyebrows. Allow mask to dry completely (about 15-20 minutes, depending on film thickness). Gently peel mask off, starting at contours and slowly peeling until completely removed. Re-apply a light moisturizer to facial skin. Each tube should yield 2-3 uses.

ipsy modelcoblush

I’m very fair so finding a blush that shows up but doesn’t make me look like a painted lady is always a tricky balance. I have been on the hunt for something new when this little gem entered my life. The shade has great pigment but is a nice sheer so it looks natural and can be layered.

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ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder Full Size
ModelCo’s BLUSH Cheek Powder creates a beaming, rosy glow to brighten every complexion. The micronized color pigments and luxurious, pressed powder delivers a sheer, natural radiance that lasts all day.

BLUSH Cheek Powder’s chic compact is easy-to-use and perfect for beauty touch ups on-the-go

pencil me in

I wasn’t sure what to think of the purple color, but I really love it. The pencil is so soft and applies really well, I love the touch of color.

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“Pencil Me In” Cosmetics Natural Eye Liner Pencil
The “Pencil Me In” Natural Eye Liner Pencils formula is highly pigmented, so it doesn’t fade throughout the day and last for hours. Its application is silky smooth without pulling your delicate skin. It can be applied above and below your eye to bring dramatic effects, and to enhance both day and evening looks.

Each pencil has a convenient sharpener built into every pencil cap!

This month was a great value and one of the reasons I keep my Ipsy subscription.  If you want to get your own Ipsy bag just click here to sign up and have a beautiful makeup bag full of fun products sent to you every month. And it makes a great gift!


Disclosure: I pay for my own subscription monthly, this post does include referral links.

Easy Summer Look With CARGO Cosmetics

cargo hd mascara

A great mascara to get full, long lashes. The little precision tip helps grab all the tiny lashes on the side to get the best coverage possible. The formula is really creamy and applies well without clumping.

Each and every lash is enhanced, lengthened and beautifully defined with this creamy smooth formula and distinctive precision brush.

Features and Benefits
Beautifully defined lashes.
Precision brush.
Picture Perfect finish.

cargo eyeliner

This eyeliner stays put! I gave this a trial run over the weekend at a water park and it was still looking good at the end of the day. A few more trials through hot days and I love that this liner stays locked in place no fading or smudging, a must have for summer!

Stay in line. An ultra creamy, extreme wear, waterproof eyeliner with the feel of a liquid and versatility of a pencil. Locks comfortably into place for up to 14 hours. Creamy, transfer-resistant formula glides on effortlessly to create a variety of looks. Allows for ample blending time before setting. Concentrated pigments provide rich color payoff. Stays put through sun, sweat, swim and tears.

Features and Benefits
Moisturizing Waterproof Pigments.
Avocado and sunflower oil provide a creamy, cushiony texture.
Durable, budge-proof waxes lock pigments into place for up to 14 hours.
Liner tip offers versatile application—from delicate lines to thicker, fuller coverage.

cargo eyeshadow

Love this shadow! The shadow is so soft and easy to apply and with my shadow primer it stayed put all day. The color is vibrant and was very easy to build to my desired color level. Can’t wait to try more colors.

Cargo Eye Shadow singles are packaged in our signature tin. This soft and velvety formula has a smooth feel and delivers a long-lasting, even application. Rich pigments adhere to skin to give long wearing, saturated color. Colors adhere to the skin and blend effortlessly and are buildable for added intensity. May also be used wet or dry as an eye liner.
Eyes are enhanced in a wide variety of colors that offer the ultimate in makeup expression. Paraben free.

Features and Benefits
Silica helps with the blendability of the product and gives a velvety smooth texture. Allows for shadow to be used wet.
Jet Milled Talc provides smooth feel and application.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant helps to keep the skin supple and smooth.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract hydrates and nourishes the skin.

cargo gloss

This gloss addict has found a new addiction. The Cargo New Essential Lip Gloss is freaking fantastic. I love how creamy and hydrating it feels without any stickiness. Every time I wear this gloss I am shocked how long wearing it is, much longer than most glosses or lipsticks. It feels and looks great, love the Vienna shade. I thought it might be too bright but it goes on the perfect shade of pink.

Introducing a new generation of Cargo’s lip gloss now housed in a larger package. Its super high shine gloss delivers intense color payoff and locks in moisture to keep lips feeling hydrated . This long wearing lip gloss has a slick texture that feels creamy, gliding over lips without being sticky. Ingredients such a Vitamin E and Jojoba Seed oil help increase lip moisture and decrease the appearance of furrows around the mouth while increasing lip volume to its maximum fullness.

Features and Benefits
Super high shine gloss delivers intense color payoff.
Slick texture feels creamy gliding over lips – non sticky.
Locks in moisture to keep lips feeling hydrated.
Long wearing.


cargo summer look

An easy summer look for any occasion created with the CARGO Cosmetics products outlined above.


You can learn more about CARGO cosmetics and purchase online at


Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

Cargo launches new product that plumps cheeks!

A cheek plumper? Do women really want that? I can appreciate it sculpting my cheeks, and giving it a rosy glow – but I’m not sure I want my face to look plumper! (I have no problem in the plump-cheeks department!) What do you think about a cheek-plumper? Does that sound appealing to you?

Behold the future of blush! CheekActivator™’s revolutionary formula visibly plumps, lifts and sculpts cheeks while providing a rosy glow. The clinically proven formula contains CARGO’s exclusive, state-of-the-art DermDefine Complex to visibly plump up, lift and tighten the skin from within. At the same time, a unique color-release technology allows you to customize the blush’s intensity. The more you rub, the more intense the color becomes.


  • The exclusive DermDefine Complex works to visibly tighten and lift the skin from within, resulting in cheeks that are plumped up, dewy and youthful
  • Unique color-activation mechanism allows you to adjust color intensity
  • Universally flattering
  • Oil-free formula


  • Rose Flush – Nude dusty rose
  • Coral Flush – Hot matte coral


  • Plumping: Deep Tissue Hydration technology traps water molecules creating a visibly plumping effect
  • Lifting: Botanical extracts protect against collagen degradation and stimulate Glyco Amino Glycans, which are integral to firmer, denser skin
  • Sculpting: Peptides stimulate intra-cellular communication, visibly reducing wrinkle depth for smoother looking skin
  • An anti-oxidant blend of Tea Extract and Vitamins A, C and E helps boost collagen production to fight the signs of aging

Price: $32 US/CDN

Availability: CheekActivator™ will be available April 2010 at Murale, Sears Toronto Eaton Centre, select Independent Beauty Boutiques and will also be available at Boots and Sephora Europe.