New! Illamasqua Gel Sculpt

illmasqua gel sculpt

Nothing changes a girls life like the day she learns about contouring. Such a simple way to bring out the best in your face and help accentuate bone structure. I have used quite a few powder highlighting and contouring products but the Illamasqua Gel Sculpt was my first time trying a gel product.

When you first pop it open the color is very dark, a little frightening for a fair skin girl like myself.  I applied under my cheek bone and the color on my skin was much tamer than I expected. The gel was easy to work with and I blended upward creating a nice contrast to bring out my cheekbones.

 

gel sculpt on face

After I did my cheeks I ran the gel stick lightly along the very edge of my face from my ear down along my jaw and across to the other ear. Just a light rub to blend it in. And instantly my jawline has definition and looks slimmer.

 

before and after gel sculpt

Sadly the pictures don’t do this amazing product justice. The color is so easy to work with and creates great definition. And the best part it lasts all day and into the evening. Unlike powder formulas that dissipate throughout the day Gel Sculpt looked just as great at the end of the day as it did when I applied it. Such an amazing beauty tool to bring out the best in your face. This will definitely be a staple in my beauty routine.

 

gel sculpt tube

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette 
A unique contouring gel creation that offers subtle definition to cheeks with ease. The hue of Silhouette creates a delicate shadow under cheekbones and along the jawline which can be blended with ease to achieve beautiful, natural contours.

Application Technique
Using your fingers or the Highlighter Brush, apply Gel Sculpt across the temples, hollows of the cheek and jawline and blend gently. To be applied prior to setting foundation.

Artist Tip
Use a small amount of Gel Colour over the lips to deepen your natural lip colour.

 

Press Sample: I was sent a complimentary sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are 100% my own.


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ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag

april ipsy

Love the bag this month, so cute and perfect for summer. On top of a super cute makeup bag this was filled with a bunch of great goodies and all for only $10 shipped! Its a tie for my favorite out of this collection. TheBalm Nude Dude shadow has become my daily color of choice. And the Klorane dry shampoo is fantastic. Refreshing and it leaves my hair smelling and looking great.

Can’t wait to see what comes next month.

 

bonita aruba

This polish covers well and the brush made smooth application a cinch. The color wasn’t something I would normally pick but its really growing on me.

aruba swatch
Bonita Salon Nail Polish in Aruba Full size
Bonita Cosmetics salon line offers salon quality colors with a thick brush for the perfect application. These polishes only require a one-coat application for opaque color on nails. Color selection is always on-trend and accentuates any style!

hikari blush

Very pigmented, the color is a pretty, bright pink and just a bit adds long lasting color to my cheeks.  The powder is soft and easy to apply.

Hikari Cosmetics Blush in Tango $15.00
Vibrant, easy to blend color that highlights the cheekbones. Designed to highlight your complexion, this weightless blush can be used lightly for a fresh look or layered for a dramatic look. An effortless application to the cheekbones that lasts all day!

klorane

Love a good dry shampoo to extend a blow out. This travel size is perfect for my gym bag or purse for on the og touch ups. Love the fresh scent and how well it worked making my hair look and feel clean.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with oat milk – natural tint Travel Size
The ultimate secret weapon to clean hair without water and to add amazing volume! Its natural tinted powders blend into the hair for an invisible finish. Perfect for on-the-go styling, post-workout and extending the life of blowouts.

thebalm shadow

A beautiful shade, this will get a lot of daily use. TheBalm shadow is a nice formula that is easy to apply, very pigmented and had great staying power.

theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eyeshadow Single 
Get a quick look using any combination of these triple-milled shadows or dress up your look by adding water to transform your favorite shades into loyal liners. The shadows can be worn wet or dry and alone or layered for added intensity, so go ahead and cover (or uncover) your eyes.

crown brush

I have never used a brush for concealer until I received this. Starting to love how well it works for concealer and under eye treatments. Its soft enough to be gentle but still provide great coverage.

Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush
The Crown Brush Oval Concealer Brush is made of 100% Flexible Japanese Torray Taklon Bristles (synthetic). The brush can be used for application and blending of all concealer formulas, emollient products and for applying cream based shadows. The tapered tip is for precision placement and great for use around the lip area to conceal when wearing bold colors.

 

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.


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Murad #ShadeAmerica Sun Safety Set

Press Sample: Disclosure a sample of the products in this post were sent for review for this post. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

 

murad sun safety duo

Spring is warming up and summer is just around the corner. With more time outdoors its even more important to make sure our skin if protected. While a little sunburn might not seem like a big deal, as few as five sunburns in your life can dramatically increase your risk for skin cancer.

Not to fear Murad skincare has launched the Shade America Sun Safety Set. Two special products to protect your skin and keep it beautiful all year long. Even better Murad has teamed up with the American Academy of Dermatology with the goal to shade 1 million children over the next 5 years by building shade structures in parks and playgrounds across America. Every purchase of the Shade America Sun Safety Set supports the Shade America initiative.

I have 3 immediate family members who have had skin cancer so this is a cause close to my own heart. And not only protecting my own skin but protecting my kids through learning sun safe habits and keeping them in shaded areas during the most dangerous house of the day.

 

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What is Shade America?
Murad has teamed with the American Academy of Dermatology with the goal to shade 1 million children over the next 5 years by building shade structures in parks and playgrounds across America. By providing shade and sun-safety education programs, Shade America will help protect a new sun-smart generation from sun damage and skin cancer.

What is a shade structure?
Shade structures are permanent installations, similar to canopies, built to create shade in outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces.

Murad Shade America Sun Safety Set
This protect-and-correct Sun Safety Set pairs the bestselling Essential-C Day Broad Spectrum SPF 30 moisturizer with the sun-damage correcting Advanced Active Radiance Serum in an exclusive, full-size cosmetic bag featuring an original painting by Dr. Murad reproduced on fabric and printed on the inside.

 

murad sun safety kit

 

The dreaded sun spots have started to show up from sun damage done in my younger sunbathing days and just lots of hours spent in the sun. I adore the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum, its so light and refreshing my skin feels fantastic when I apply it.  It not only feels great its starting to lighten the sun spots on my cheeks. I apply every morning after I wash my face and per the instructions let it set for 60 seconds before using my moisturizer. With combination skin this feather light formula is perfect,  hydrates without feeling heavy and leaves my skin feeling and looking radiant.

Advanced Active Radiance Serum (0.5 fl. oz) – With a faster-acting formula, the Advanced Active Radiance Serum boosts skin’s radiance and clarity and reverses visible signs of environmental damage with Resilient-C Complex™, a stable Vitamin C technology that delivers 50 times the collagen-building, skin-brightening power of topical Vitamin C.

Hexapeptide-2, a skin brightening peptide and Indian Fig boost skin clarity and encourage cell renewal to keep skin radiant.
Ectoin and Green Tea Extract jump start the cellular defense system by helping cells resist drastic environmental stresses including UV exposure and chemical aggressors

 

A must have moisturizer for combo skin. I have breakout problems with quite a few daily moisturizers but the lightweight Essential-C Day Moisture is hydrating without being greasy or heavy. The ultra light formula has a great citrus scent and absorbs quickly leaving my skin hydrated and protected with SPF30.

Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | PA +++ (1.7 fl. oz) – This antioxidant-rich broad spectrum sunscreen provides powerful protection against sun damage, prevents free radical damage and improves skin’s appearance and elasticity.

Ectoin, a protective substance produced by organisms called extremophiles that thrive in the harshest conditions on the planet, improves skin’s barrier function by reducing trans-epidermal water loss to preserve deep hydration. Contains MuraSol™ Antioxidant Defense, a proprietary blend of powerful antioxidants that penetrate the skin’s top layers and create a protective barrier of encapsulated free radical neutralizers

 

Through the sales of this set, Murad will donate $125,000 to the American Academy of Dermatology to build shade structures across America. The Shade America Sun Safety is a great value set for only $68 ($105 value!) and is available on Murad.com, Ulta and Massage Envy Spas nationwide.

 


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Spring Makeup Bag Essentials

There’s nothing better than packing light for the week and spring cleaning your makeup bag. The things you need are ALWAYS quick hair tools, SPF, lip color + balm and a hair brush… They’re from Smashbox, Lumene, Conair and Scunci! LMK if you’re loving it and you too want to streamline your beauty picks!

spring beauty bag

(From left to right) Scunci printed barrette, Conair Detangling Brush, Travel Size Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream (for quick SPF touch ups!), Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm (can’t forget about lips!) and Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners…my fave trick to create a matte, bright lip that stays on FOREVER. Fill in and DONE!

conair detangling brush

 

Love this little brush, perfect for on the go touch up. And the flexible bristles make it easy to comb my hair wet or dry without damaging it.

Conair Detangling Brush
The Conair® Detangling Brush has soft, flexible bristles to detangle hair the gentle way. Ideal for kids, this detangling brush easily removes tangles and knots without snagging or pulling. Use the Conair Detangling Brush on wet or dry hair. Put an end to hair-brushing struggles and tears!

A travel size is so genius! Perfect for the warmer weather and touching up during the day to keep my skin hydrated and radiant.

lumene day cream vit c

Travel Size Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Day Cream
A fresh and moisturizing formula combines antioxidants from Wild Arctic Cloudberry and Vitamin C, which is highly effective due to a special encapsulation technology. The technology enables the Vitamin C to be released steadily and deeper into the skin making the benefits of Vitamin C even more effective on your skin. In combination the Cloudberry and Vitamin C make your skin look radiant and bright. They also protect it against harmful external effects, such as sunlight, that causes premature aging. This Vitamin C Cream is a perfect addition to a brightening daily regimen.

One of my kids and I favorite lips balms. They love all the great good enough to eat flavors. I love how hydrated it leaves our lips and knowing the SPF30 is protecting our lips from sun damage.

sun-bum-lip-balm

Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm
Grab as many as you can because we literally can’t keep any of our lip balm flavors in stock. Our smooth SPF 30 sunscreen lip balm with added Aloe and Vitamin E will protect and moisturize your kisser all day long… just try not to lick it off.

smashbox always sharp

Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liners
A long-wearing, water-resistant lip liner that self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off.The Always Sharp lip liners have a tiny built-in sharpener in the tip of the cap, so they self-sharpen every time you twist off the cap.


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