If you’ve never had the pleasure of perusing a Plum Market , it’s a magical place. Their beauty section is, dare I say it, better than Whole Foods. Really, it’s true. They have more makeup, more skincare and well just more! Last time I was at one I stumbled upon the whole range of Pacifica’s makeup. Now I’ve seen bits and pieces of it in Target before but this was glorious. And they had testers of everything. Well after swatching and staring for what seemed like forever I finally decided on taking home the
“Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara“. Longest name ever. My selling featuring – the short packaging. It’s the size of my palm and has a delightful short handled wand with a fat fluffy brush at the end. Once I got it home, I knew it was love. The formula is a bit thicker and drier than some of my other natural mascaras. Which for me works out perfectly. It gives me a great dark lash with tons of volume and length. I am also loving how gentle it is on my lashes and eyes. Never any stinging and super easy to remove. At $14, it’s cheaper than my recent favorite and totally worth a repurchase.
seriously isn’t this brush awesome?!
You can find this mascara at Pacifica’s website.
Plum Market can be found in SE Michigan and in Chicago!
I love a good themed makeup. Now I’m not saying I go around matching everything all the time but I do think it’s fun for events! My BF and I were heading to a Tigers game and I wanted something just a little fun. The Tigers colors are blue and orange and since orange eyeshadow isn’t really my thing I busted out my blue liner that I so love!
I used three different products to create this bold blue liner.
First up – create what ever base you’d like to for this look. I went for a slightly contoured eye so I just threw a little taupe in my crease. Whatever taupe you have is fine.
Next, grab that blue liner! My favorite is Jane Iredale’s Midnight Blue. For my liner I like to keep it a little thicker on the outer edges and taper it in.
Now it’s time for eyeshadows! I love setting a pencil liner with a powder shadow. It really helps keep it in place all day. I used two shades of eyeshadow to get the color I was going for.
On top of the pencil liner I first placed Jane Iredale’s Blue Hour. It’s not my favorite blue shadow by any means. Fallout like crazy with this one! But it seemed to do the trick. This shade just added a little sparkle and set the liner.
That didn’t end up being quite the color I was going for so, I used one of my favorite blue/purple shadows to add a little more punch to the liner. I used Indigo from the Jane Artist Eyes II palette. I love this color. It’s stunning on it’s own but works well with a variety of liners.
Underneath my eye I used Cappuccino from Alima Pure to give slight definition but also warm up the look. Lastly just mascara, I used the Nvey Eco one that I’ve been really meaning to write a review for.
Hope you enjoyed this little pop of color. I think blues are great at transitioning from summer to fall. Check below for more photos and some swatches.
I recently picked up 3 tinted lip conditioners and 1 lipstick from Ilia Beauty. Now in my defense 3 of them were limited edition. So I kind of needed them. I mean if I didn’t they’d disappear. I know, I know. These are the words of a lady who did not really need anymore lipsticks. But I love these colors enough that I’m thinking I’ll probably pitch a few things that I no longer wear. You know, like that beige gloss in the back of the draw that you keep because it looked good once (and only once).
Anyways, back to the new ones. I picked up Arabian Knights (does anyone else hear this song?), Crimson & Clover, In Paradise and Voila. Check out the video above for my thoughts on these lovely lipsticks.
So recently I got some samples of foundation, bronzer and blush from Au Naturale to try out.
I thought a little video first impressions would be nice.
I tried the foundation in Sand, bronzer in Kissed* and blush in Pomegranate.
I really like the color match for the foundation. It’s a little warmer than my natural skin tone but blends well with the bit of sun I’ve gotten.
The bronzer I love and have been using pretty much everyday since I filmed this. It’s a smooth formula that can be built up to your liking.
The blush is very pretty as well and super pigmented. I’m still trying to work out exactly how much to use on my brush. One false move and it looks like I’m going to an 80’s party.
All in all I really liked what I tried.
Incase you were wondering I did start this video with my brows, eye makeup and concealer already done.
*product sample provided by Au Naturale. All opinions of this item are my own.
All other products were purchased by me.
I’m so loving this brand. Au Naturale is a brand I started stalking after seeing a review over on Pemeberly Jones. The color of the products just looked so pigmented and lovely I knew that I’d need some in my life. After staring at the site for sometime I took the plunge and picked up an eyeliner pencil in Deep Sea and the creme eyeshadow in Bora Bora. The lovely ladies at Au Naturale were sweet enough to include samples of an eyeshadow in Trillium and the Light Veil finishing powder.
Deep Sea Pencil – The pencil itself is super creamy. It glides on beautifully and has really great lasting power. My only disappointment is that the color on the website makes this look like it’s very bright blue and as you’ll see in the swatch below the color is more of a very deep navy. Bora Bora – This creme shadow is the bomb. Super pigmented with a semi-matte finish. Which is so cool. Most creme shadows are high shine so this is a nice change. I found that it works great on it’s own as well as a base for other shadows. Trillium – This is a beautiful nude shadow. The thing that impressed me the most aside from color pay off is the texture. The shadow is so buttery and smooth it’s really just great to work with. I would check out other shades for sure. Light Veil Finishing Powder – Out of everything I think this has become a total staple for me. In the summer I like to set my tinted moisturizers or foundations with a little loose powder. This powder is so silky and smooth that it just feels like it floats on your skin. It gives your skin a semi-matte finish where it takes away the skin but still allows your skin to look natural. I’m pretty sure that it has taken over the HG status of my other powder. It’s that good.
I also have some foundation, blush and bronzer that I’m hoping to do a video review on soon!
Here’s another video of me chattering on about what my favorites are this month.
I picked one item from each category that really was used consistently throughout the month. I figured this gave me some parameters so I didn’t end up picking a ton of items. Which I did the first time I filmed it. 15 minutes later I was still rambling on about soap and oils. So short and sweet it is.
Jane Iredale pencil eyeliners are some of my favorite natural liners that I’ve come across as a makeup artist. They’re super smooth and creamy, come in a great range of basic shades and have great durability. Creamy pencils are a must for me as I hate pencils that feel like you’re stabbing your eye (then again no one should like that right?). Now these aren’t the best for the waterline as far as longevity but they are comfortable to wear on the waterline.
Below I have the all shades except the white, which I felt like I owned but can’t find anywhere. I also included Cocoa, which is technically a lip definer but I use as a warm brown liner. With the training I’ve had with JI over the years I’ve found that you can use lipliner on the eye area as they don’t use any FD&C dyes and are made with conditioning oils and waxes. Great for me as I love multi-purpose products!
I love my Saturday off. It usually involves me spending time with family or running errands. So I like to be comfortable. And I like my makeup to be kind of comfortable too. It’s not really a no makeup look but it’s a no-fuss look. Something I can throw on and know that I look put together without trying too hard.
So for skincare I have my current morning routine. I always start with my La Bella Figura barbary fig seed oil and then apply either argan oil or lately I’ve been trying LBF’s barbary fig renewal serum. Eye cream has been by Kahina which I’m testing out and will have a review up in another week or two. My SPF has been the same 100% Pure one I’ve been using forever. Last but not least we have lips and it’s my current favorite LBF la curacio. Not that I’m having a current love affair with LBF or anything…
My makeup for the day was simple and easy. I went with fresh skin thanks to Vapour Luminous Foundation (shade 115), and Illusionist concealer (shade 010). I followed up with Vapour Aura Multi-Use in Torch and a little rms living luminizer. I never leave the house without brows so I use my trusty Jane Iredale Bitty brow kit in blonde. Josie Maran mascara and Bite beauty lipstick in Fig and I was out the door.
Today was spent baking cookies with my mom and trying on new lipsticks!
In all seriousness, I think this is my holy grail of Argan Oils. This is the sample size of oil but I know that I have the full size on my wish list. It has an amazing consistency and smells incredible. I don’t know what it is about this one but my other argan oils haven’t smelled nearly as lovely. Seriously love for this here.
Speaking of amazing smelling things this is divine! I got this in my Goodebox last month and it has steadily become a favorite night treatment for my skin. To me it’s slightly richer than my Argan oil making it great for a night oil. It sinks into my skin overnight making me feel glowing and gorgeous in the morning.
This is a great color! It’s blackened brown with a gray tinge. Fantastic longevity for a cream shadow. I mean girls night out longevity. It totally surprised me with that. I love wearing it smudge along my lash line or as a winged liner.
This is my newest find but I love it already. I’ve been having a few breakouts due to the temperature change and was looking for a lighter weight concealer than my rms or Vapour concealers. This is a very thin almost watery texture but has amazing coverage. I only need the tiniest dot on a blemish to make it disappear.
So I’m finally getting life back in order and finding some time to start blogging again. As to where I’ve been my work has been crazy busy and I had a terrible skin issue that I was trying to work out. Thankfully all that’s being settled and I’m back with exciting news.
I’ll post a review on my new Tata Harper Trio as well as the Kahina Giving Beauty Mask.
Also would you be interested in a video of me doing my normal morning makeup routine? Or video reviews of product? I’m getting a new computer that will have fancy new software for me to play around with so let me know.
Thanks for your patience while I get back up and running!