NARS Orgasm 2018 Collection: What Makes You Blush?!

NARS Orgasm blush was my first NARS product. Again I was reading my beauty bible, Allure Magazine. It talked about the shade was universally flattering on everyone and with my blush obsession it had to be mine. NARS Orgasm blush is a gorgeous peachy pink with a golden shimmer. It goes with almost all looks and gives a bit of glow and dimension to your face because of the built in shimmer. It is not glittery at all! To put it simply NARS Orgasm is an award winning iconic beauty product.  The NEW Summer collection allows us to … “experience the iconic and universally-flattering shade in four new stimulating textures for Summer 2018. Orgasm Illuminating Loose Powder illuminates and accentuates the face while Orgasm Afterglow Lip Balm tints and smooths lips. Also included in the collection is an oversized Orgasm Blush and Orgasm Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer to drench lips in a mirror-like shine – NARS COSMETICS

 

NARS Orgasm

PRODUCT DETAILS:

After Glow Lip Balm: Shop it HERE

  • $28.00
  • Sheer wash of shade with a radiant finish

Full Vinly Lip Lacquer:  (Limited Edition – Not Pictured) Shop it HERE

  • $26.00
  • Buildable High Shine coverage with reflective finish

NARS Orgasm Loose Powder

Illuminating Loose Powder: Shop it HERE

  • $28.00
  • Silky soft powder with a natural looking glow. Creates soft radiance and will blur imperfections.

Over-sized Blush: (Limited Edition) Shop it HERE

NARS Orgasm Blush

 

Its always a good time in my opinion to try more blush lol so if you ask me if you need to try this blush I will always say yes! However for me the star of this summer collection is the loose powder. It is soft and silky like it is described and the shade it a bit different from the traditional blush with  a rose gold tint to it.  It it not glittery at all and just glows and glows and glows! Extremely happy this is a permanent item and not limited edition!

SWATCHES TOP – BOTTOM:

  • Lip Balm – Shop it HERE
  • Loose Powder – Shop it HERE
  • Blush – Shop it HERE

NARS ORGASM

NARS Orgasm Collection

 

So what do you think of this collection? Lets chat in the comments. Have you been a NARS Orgasm fan before this? What was your first blush you purchased?

 

DISCLAIMER: Products were sent for editorial consideration. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

 

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Most Versatile Highlighter Product? Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

I remember purchasing my first highlighter like it was yesterday, even though it was in 2006. It was at the Nordstrom Beauty Counter and someone from Bobbi Brown asked if I needed help. It was then I started to explain how I love cheeks products and want something to help my cheeks pop. This was when I was introduced to one of the most versatile beauty products I own. The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter.

When the Bobbi Brown makeup artist pulled out the Shimmer Brick in Bronze, I immediately fell in love.  Fast forward to becoming a blogger and my first PR package from them included the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in the shade Bronze! It was fate that we met again. Fresh, brand new and glowing waiting to be photographed and blogged about.  Sooooo lets just get into this. Here is why the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Highlighter is one of the most versatile products you could own!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Details:

Standard Size Price: $48.00

4 Shades – Shop them HERE

  • ROSE: soft, rosy glow
  • NECTAR: soft, coral glow
  • PINK QUARTZ: soft, warm pink glow
  • BRONZE: deep, bronzy glow (pictured below) 

Mini Size Price: $25.00 (you all know I love minis!!!)

2 Shades – Shop them HERE

  • BRONZE: deep, bronzy glow (pictured below) 
  • ROSE: soft, rosy glow
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: Shade Bronze
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick: Shade Bronze

So what can this Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Be Used For?

  • Highlighter / All over glow: dust all five colors at the top of your cheek bones and or lightly dust in center parts of the face for an all over glow
  • Eyeshadow: I am so basic with eyeshadow so having nude / bronzy shades on hand and they are shimmer?? BOOM one and done!
  • Blush / Blush Topper: I have gone heavy with this as a blush and or blush topper. I can apply a matte bronzer and go to town with this brick as a blush that will leave my cheeks glowing.
  • Bronzer: When it comes to using it as a bronzer I have specifically used it only in the shade bronze and used it to help carve out my cheek bones especially in the summer when I will glow all day every day!

My skintone is light to medium so I understand someone with different skin tones may not be able to use this as a bronzer or it may be too dark for some skintones but for me it has been by far one of the most versatile products I own. I can pop it in my bag and know I will have some gorg eyelids and cheeks for the night and my face will be glowing!!!! Fun Fact: This product is an Allure Best of Beauty Winner. Allure is my beauty bible so I pay attention to the winners always! LoL!

Swatches Top to Bottom:

You can see the individual colors and the last swatch shows all the colors mixed together!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Have you tried the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick? I would love to hear your thoughts and know what are some of your must have Bobbi Brown products.

 

DISCLAIMER: Product was sent for editorial consideration. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio. 

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SMASHBOX PRIMER GUIDE: Which one is right for you?!

Primers can be tricky. I remember when I bought my first primer in 2005. It was the original Photo Finish Smashbox Primer. I was flipping through Allure Magazine (yes I was actually reading a magazine lol) and saw that it was an allure beauty pick. All I needed to read was “blurred pores and fine lines” You may be saying what exactly is a primer and why do I need one? Primers now offer a ton of benefits but the main benefits are to allow makeup to go on smooth and to keep your makeup on longer.  Smashbox offers over 10 primers to choose from and are the number 1 Face Primer Brand in the USA. This post is going to break them all down in hopes to make it easier for you to find the one that is best for you!

SMASHBOX PRIMER OPTIONS

The Original Photo Finish: $36.00  – Shop it HERE

This has been my Holy Grail Foundation Primer for over 10 years and highly recommend this. It is a basic primer that does exactly what it claims to do. Helps your makeup go on smoother and will allow it to last all day!!! 

  • clear gel consistency that glides on
  • instantly blurs pores and fine lines

Photo Finish Primer Water: $32.00 – Shop it HERE

This is another Smashbox Primer I absolutely love and its extremely versatile.

  • Preps skin for makeup
  • Adds Hydration and Radiance
  • Refreshes your makeup through out the day

Smashbox Primer

Photo Finish Primerizer: $42.00 – Shop it HERE

I am very intrigued by this one as its a face primer + moisturizer in one! With the lightest texture it delivers 24 hours of hydration with primer benefits.

  • Increases hydration and preps for makeup in one easy step
  • Translucent Formula
  • Softens dry fine lines
  • Stops makeup from settling into pores

Photo Finish Radiance: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

Here is where you get the normal primer benefits plus radiance. The best way to understand this is if you are using a matte foundation but want to add a bit of glow to your face this is the primer for you! I absolutely love adding primers like this to my matte foundations. It just turns up the natural radiance in your skin without looking overdone. If you have been following me for a while you know I do not like to look matte and flat LOL!

  • Instantly primes & evens skin tone
  • Packed with Hyaluronic Acid
  • Micro-fine amber & bronze pearls create a warm glow

Smashbox Primer

 

SMASHBOX PRIMERS: Pores, EvenSkin Tone, Redness and Oily Skin

 

Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

I have tried this once in the past and did not like it on my skin. It really accentuated my dry spots but it could have been the foundation I used with it. So needless to say I did not give this a fair shot. One thing I noticed is pore filling primers are a nude color and thicker consistency understandably so but this type of formula just may not work for me. Stay tuned!

  • reduces the look of pores
  • mattifies shine & controls oil all day
  • wont clog pores or cause breakouts

Photo Finish Reduce Redness: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

Think color correcting meetings primer!! For color correcting you always want to think of the opposite of the color wheel. Green is the color that will help cancel out and neutralize red. If you suffer from redness on your skin this may be a great primer for you!

  • reduces redness
  • prepares skin for makeup
  • blurs pores and fine lines
  • evens out skin tone

Photo Finish Even Skintone: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

If you have dark spots this may be for you! This apricot toned primer will color correct dark spots and discoloration.

  • tames discolorations & dark spots
  • blurs pores, evens skin tone & reduce the appearance of fine lines
  • preps skin for makeup

Photo Finish Super Light: $39.00 – Shop it HERE

This primer is ideal for sensitive, acne-prone, oily or combination skin due to its lighter formula. I have an oily T Zone and sometimes my skin can be sensitive and the original has always worked perfectly. However I know there are people out there with very oily skin and or acne prone skin. This may be one to check out if you deal with these specific skin types.

  • preps skin for makeup application
  • leaves skin smooth

Smashbox Primer

 

Photo Finish Primer Oil: $42.00 – Shop it HERE

Just give me all the dewy skin! I am so hopeful for this one because it gives you a radiant glow while giving you all the benefits of a primer! For me this will be perfect in the winter. My skin gets very dry and needs a bit of help.

  • adds hydration for seamless makeup application
  • adds radiance to the skin
  • blended with 15 lipid-rich plant extracts & essential oils including moisturizing jojoba + calming chamomile
  • reduces fine lines

Photo Finish Mattify Primer Stick: $32.00 – Shop it HERE

Are you oily? If you want to control oil and shine this one is for you! I get oily in my T Zone and it gets worse in the summer. I will be giving this a run for its money this summer.

  • primes and preps the skin
  • oil and shine control for 12 hours
  • will not dry out skin
  • lightweight formula that glides onto skin

Smashbox Primer

I hope this post helps you find your perfect primer. Smashbox offers so many and Ulta Beauty has the perfect guide to help you as well. See it HERE. Its no surprise they are the number 1 rated brand for primers in the USA.  Here is to long lasting makeup!!!

 

 

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URBAN DECAY SUMMER COLLECTION: The Palette You Will Want This Summer

It may only be in the 50’s here in Chicago but its officially Summer in the beauty world. With so many releases who can keep up but I am here to give you all the details on the Urban Decay Summer Collection that is exclusive to Ulta Beauty. There is a stand out in this collection and it is the Beached Eye Shadow Palette.  “Covered in palm trees inspired by the landscape of warm SoCal beaches, the limited-edition Beached Eye shadow Palette warrants a permanent vacation. These shades scream summer and the long-lasting formulas won’t budge, even when you’re spending the season’s hottest days under the sun. Channel your inner golden goddess and keep the summer vibes going all year long”  – Ulta Beauty Website  The collection included 3 lipsticks, 2 24/7 Glide – On Eye Pencils and 2 Matte Bronzers. All the products are sure to get you into the summer mood however when you see the swatches of this velvety smooth Beached Eye Shadow Palette it will be the one thing on your mind to buy!
Urban Decay Summer Palette

URBAN DECAY SUMMER COLLECTION

Beached Vice Lipstick: $18.00 – 3 Shades

  • 100 Degrees – bright coral pink
  • Heatwave – metallic rust
  • Tower 1 – shift metallic peach

Beached 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: $20.00 – 2 shades

  • Lucky – metallic burnt orange
  • Goldmine – gold shimmer

Beached Bronzer: $30.00 – 2 shades

  • Sunkissed – matte light – medium
  • Bronzed – matte medium – dark

Beached Eye Shadow Palette: $34.00 – 8 shades included 

Shades:

  • Salt (ivory satin)
  • Blaze (light metallic peach with pink shift)
  • Heatwave (metallic rust)
  • Daybreak (deep reddish terra-cotta matte)
  • 16th St. (metallic bronze-gold)
  • Double Dip (bright metallic teal)
  • Plunge (deep metallic blue-green)
  • Wedge (deep metallic brown-copper)

urban decay beached palette

For those that know me I am not big into color but blue is popping up everywhere this season and I am not mad about it! lol All of the shades are buttery, smooth and pigmented. If you are into pops of color and do not have these shades in your collection for $34.00 for 8 shades its BPAMC approved!

 

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Best Products For Glowing Skin

I am just going to say it, if your makeup is too matte or too flat it will age you! Add in a number over 30ish it can be even worse. I am 37 and talk about this openly on here and on my Instagram all the time. My skin is not perfect by any means but when my skin is glowing I feel better, its that simple. When your skin has a dewy youthful glow with dimension it looks well, youthful! Now do not get me wrong we all have to add in some powder here and there on our face because of oily parts but if you have oily skin do not be afraid to add in glow!!!! MAC Cosmetics has a fabulous video on dewy skin and this is when I had a AH HA moment about placing powder in certain areas ONLY. I use to do it to my entire face. Never again!

When it comes to glowing skin it has to start with your skincare. After I had my kids my skin changed. It was more dry, dull and textured. I started to focus more on my skin and less on makeup. I am going to break down products that I use to get my glowing (no special order – if you want to see a full skincare routine let me know in the comments).

EXFOLIATING IS YOUR FRIEND

I have an oily T Zone and my forehead gets so much texture. An esthetician told me in the summer especially I need to exfoliate 3x a week. When you are exfoliating you are getting rid of dead skin cells, which creates a smoother surfaceThe only product I use is from Origins.

Origins Modern Friction Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion: This does come with a higher price tag of $40 however you do not need a lot and it will last you. On the origins website you can buy a smaller size for $21. See them HERE and HERE

One other product that just came across my desk to test is the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub. Stay tuned as I am almost out of my Origins and will be trying this. The price is $29.00 so its a little less.  Of course that are a ton of other scrubs on the market for less but I just have not tried them. As long as you are exfoliating with whatever works for your skin ect it will help get your glow.  When it comes to skincare when something works I stick with it. The Origins one was introduced to me when I was 26. Have not looked back.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum: This product was my introduction to acids and I am hooked. This can be an irritate to some.I have sensitive skin but its been great! It has a small amount with 12% AHA/BHA.  I started off every two to three days with this product to be safe. I can easily use it everyday now but still do it every other day plus it will make this last longer. It is very pricey but worth every penny. Per Sephora Site: “Resurfaces dull skin, lifting dead skin cells away by gently dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. The results are greater clarity and a smoother, more even-looking complexion…Go from a drab complexion to an absolutely luminous one practically overnight” That literally speaks for itself! I did try the Pixi Glow Exfoliating Serum  as its cheaper by a lot but it did not work for me. I broke out.  However that does not mean it will not work for you! You can see it HERE. 

Another product by Drunk Elephant I am using is the Baby Facial which has a higher percentage of Acids and I have really loved this. My sister in law got it for me for my birthday as she knew I was really wanting to try it.  A more affordable option ($7!!!!) for this product is by the Ordinary and can be found HERE. I have not tried this product so I can not speak of it but it has great reviews.Glowing Skin

FACE OILS

 Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate (Day Time): My holy grail face oil for during the day. You can add ONE drop to your moisturizer if you need to, put it on your face alone or even add to your foundation for a more dewy look. This is a lightweight oil. It will not make you feel weighed down. I like to feel dewy too as feeling dry on my skin in general drives me bananas. This is not for everyone but I want to see the hydration. I would rather look oily or wet than dry and matte. Per Sephora: “strengthens skin’s defenses against daily aggressors to keep skin radiant and youthful-looking. It provides antioxidant protection with a powerful blend of naturally-derived oils—including ginger root, sunflower, and tamanu—to help skin feel fresh and look energized, morning to night” See it HERE

The Ordinary 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil (Night Time): I do not use a moisterizer at night, I use oil and this has been my go to! Guess what? Its UNDER $10!!! See it HERE . So what does this oil do? “This luxurious-feeling oil fights free radical damage, hydrates the skin, promotes elasticity, and helps restore a radiant tone” – Beautylish Site

MOISTURIZER MOISTURIZER MOISTURIZER 

If your face and eyes are not moisturized / prepped for makeup properly it will show when you are done with your makeup.  Just like taking care of your skin, the prep is just as important. Three moisturizers that are fool proof for me and give you dewy perfection just as is are:

Belif The True Cream Bombs (Aqua & Moisturizing): Korean Beauty has made its way into my routine and I have fallen in love. Which makes sense because Korean Beauty is all based around hydration! The Aqua bomb is gel based and perfect for summer while the Moisterizing Bomb is a cream and out-stands Chicago Winters.  See Them HERE and HERE

PONDS Crema S Moisturizer: A gem at the drugstore. Its under $10 and will give you a all the glow you need. I do not use this as much as I use to because I have started to notice reactions to certain products. My skin was very sensative after kids. I probably should give this a whirl again but it is scented which could have caused reactions for me. See it HERE at Target.

Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream: I absolutely love this and they now make one with a SPF which is a plus. I go back and forth  between this one and the ones from Belif. After I apply I never feel that dry feeling around your hair line and cheeks. Which is why I love all of these so much. See it HERE

Glowing Skin

WANT YOUR UNDER EYES TO GLOW? I DO LOL!!!!

Crows feet? No thanks. I want my eyes prepped for concealer and ready to look glowy and dewy. Here are two I can not live without!

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment w/ Avocado: This under concealer creates the most beautifully hydrated under eye that allows you to glow! Your concealer will never dry up or crease with this! See it HERE.

Origins Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff: This does EXACTLY what it says it does. If your face is glowing and looking dewy you want your eyes to match. INSTANTLY brightens. See it HERE

Best Products For Glowing Skin

ENDLESS MAKEUP PRODUCTS BUT HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVS TO GLOW

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LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS

When it comes to makeup products to glow, liquid highlighters are probably my absolute favorite way to achieve it. I use them in many different ways including before foundation for an all over a glow, mixed with foundation, alone on no makeup days to get my skin looking fresh and as a spot highlighter.  Three of my absolute must have are:

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops:  See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE 

L’Oreal Glotion: See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE

MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream: See them HERE and see swatches and my review HERE

POWDERS

Sometimes we think powders are the enemy when it comes to glowing skin but its about finding ones that enhance your glow and that are NOT matte. Also the placement of powder I talked about above. I use to powder my whole face and its just not something that works for me anymore. Whether it’s a bronzer or a setting powder its about finding the right one for you for this specific type of looking skin. Some setting powders come in a natural finish not matte.

Hourglass Bronzer: This bronzer looks so natural and warm on the face and is fused with Hourglasses famous lighting powder in Diffused Light  to mimic a ray of warm sunlight.  There setting powders create the light on your face so this is the best of both worlds because it mixes a bronzer and setting powder in one. See it  HERE. and see my post about other fav bronzers of mine HERE

Colourpop Highlighter in WISP: A powder but its so creamy its like a cream on your skin. It glides on with ease and is only $8. When I tell you I reach for this over any other highlighter I own I mean this. Powders tend to look off on my skin these days but again you have to find the right formula that works for your skin.  See it HERE 

MAC Hyper Real Glow Palettes: Just like BECCA Highlighters (another must have but I feel everyone knows about these already lol. If not see them HERE) the MAC glow palettes are soft, creamy and not chunky. Even though its a powder its smooth and gives your skin a dewy look. Never dry. See them HERE

FOUNDATIONSThe last piece of the glow puzzle is foundation! These four give me all the dewy goodness I crave with or without adding in liquid highlighter. Of course if I love a matte foundation I just add in liquid highlighter or apply all over my face then apply the matte foundation. However with these four they have a dewy glowy finish. These are staples for the summer. Who am I kidding, I use them all year long!

NARS Sheer Glow – See it HERE

Maybelline Dewy & Smooth – See it HERE

MAC – Next To Nothing – See it HERE / review and swatches see HERE 

L’Oreal  Pro Glow – See it HERE 

I hope you all enjoyed this post!!! Of course these products are not in any order but one thing I can say over and over is glowing skin comes from proper skincare and taking care of that first. Also dont forget what works for me may not work for you but that is why return policies are FANTASTIC lol!!

Get your GLOW  on and happy shopping!!!

 

DISCLAIMER: Some products mentioned above were sent for editorial consideration. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You very much for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio. 

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NEW bareMinerals BarePro: 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer

I had the pleasure of attending the bareMinerals BarePro Cocktails and Complexions event here in Chicago.  See it HERE.  The focus of the event was their new Bare Pro 16 hour full coverage concealer.  I was able to sit with a bareMinerals Makeup Artist and learn a bit more about the product. I explained natural everyday makeup is more my lane. Some days I just spot conceal with concealer and ditch the foundation all together. She said this is the perfect concealer for that and I will say it has been fabulous.  Products that are versatile and reliable are so important to me and the new bareMinerals BarePro Concealer fits the bill!

Whether you want to cover dark circles, look more awake or to brighten your undereyes, concealer seems to be a constant struggle for most people and I get it! With so many formulas and brands to choose from its hard to know what is right for you. Concealers in my opinion are used for different reasons depending on the person. I have concealers for everyday, events ect however everyday makeup is more what I look for when I am buying makeup. Even though I am not a full coverage or matte type of girl this concealer has been working for me!

bareMineral BarePro

This is a full coverage concealer with a matte finish but its very creamy. You can build it up for the coverage it offers or you can mix it with a very creamy eye cream to give it a natural look. If you are new here I do not like much of anything matte on my face. My skin can tend to get dry and products easily settle into my fine lines. When my makeup is too matte hello old looking dry skin lol. However this concealer again is very creamy so it does not give a super matte appearance under your eyes. I have been using it with my beloved Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado eye cream and it gives this concealer the most hydrating base.

Just as the bareMinerals Makeup Artist said this is the perfect concealer for everyday wear to spot conceal, throw on some mascara, lipgloss and a bit a bronzer and you are ready to go! I place the concealer under my eyes, on my forehead, under my nostrils (I get very red here) and then a bit on my cheeks. It blends nicely and with it being a stick it just makes it easy to apply. I found using a Beauty Blender was the best to blend out and for a more natural finish.

PRODUCT BREAKDOWN (Shop it HERE)

  • 15 shades
  • $24.oo
  • Matte Finish
  • Sold at Ulta Beauty and Sephora
  • crease-proof, waterproof, and humidity-resistant formula conceals, corrects, and contours

bareMinerals BareProSHADES TOP TO BOTTOM:

  • 05 Light/Medium-Neutral: for light to medium skin with neutral undertones (my perfect match)
  • 07 Medium-Warm: for medium skin with warm undertones
  • 08 Medium-Neutral: for medium skin with neutral undertones
  • 09 Tan-Warm: for tan skin with warm undertones

bareMinerals BarePro

bareMinerals Concealer

If you are looking for a great everyday concealer yet versatile this is one to check out! Whether you need to cover a blemish, want to contour or use it to conceal your undereyes bareMinerals Bare Pro Full Coverage concealer has you covered! What are some of your favorite concealers? Lets chat in the comments!

 

 

 

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Colourpop Double Entendre: $16 Palette Now Available At Ulta Beauty

With 12 shades, ranging from cool to warm, matte to metallic, you and this palette will be inseparable. You can never have too many nudes… www.ultabeauty.com
Colourpop Cosmetics is known for their affordable prices with products that perform.  Its only been until recent you could only purchase on their website.  However Colourpop has now launched in Sephora and Ulta Beauty. To be honest when I heard they were launching in Sephora I was confused. Sephora to me is known as a luxury beauty retailer where Ulta Beauty sells both High end and drugstore products. One of the many reasons why I absolutely love Ulta Beauty. One palette that specifically launched at Ulta is the Colourpop Double Entendre Palette – See it HERE

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Colourpop Double Entendre

Pressed shadows are buttery, pigmented and blend easily. For $16 you get 12 shades. That is just a little over $1.25 per pan. As a reference,  the pan sizes are similar to a MAC single pan which retails for $6.  Purchasing this palette will give you a mix of matte, metallic, cool and warm tones making Colourpop Double Entendre perfect for everyday. Dark brown shades allow for a smokey eye that can transition your day eye to night eye easily.

What I love the most about this palette is you can use as little as two shades and get a beautiful neutral eye look. I am not a huge eye shadow person. I prefer one to three shades at most when creating a look. Shades Uninhibited and Draft are perfect all over the lid and go type of shades. Colorful eye shadows are really not my thing so when I saw this I knew I had to grab it!

Swatches Top To Bottom: (Shop the Palette HERE)

  • Locked & Loaded (matte pale yellow)
  • Uninhibited (metallic deep gold)
  • Hot Bod (matte chocolate brown with gold flecks)
  • Flasher (satin soft ivory)
  • Nekkid (matte pastel orange)
  • Extra Curricular (matte burnt orange)
  • Hard (matte deep terracotta)
  • Draft (metallic rich rose gold)
  • Keep it PG (metallic champagne gold)
  • Nip Slip (matte warm saddle brown)
  • Send Noodles (matte soft tan)
  • Teddy Bare (matte deep chocolate brown)
Coloupop Double Entendre
Swatches on Beauty Products Are My Cardio
Photo Credit: www.colourpop.com

 

If you are looking for affordable makeup with quality results Colourpop is a brand to try! When you google or search on Youtube the hype is very real from what you see and read. With the accessibility at Ulta more beauty lovers can go into a location, swatch & see the products and this make me so happy. Its not easy ordering on line without every seeing a product.  I do hope more and more Colourpop products come to Ulta but in the meantime this palette is a great place to start. I hope this post and my swatches are helpful to you! One other product I can highly recommend is the Super Shock Highlighter. Ulta Beauty currently sells 4 shades.  Wisp is my absolute favorite and I have hit pan on it. Let me know if you would like to see swatches of my Colourpop Highlighter Collection! I reach for them over my high end highlighters often.

 

What is your favorite CP product? Will you be trying out this palette?

Happy Shopping!!!

 

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Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine Gloss: The Gloss You Need This Spring

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss is ultra-shiny, glides on cushiony-soft and provides long-lasting wear that’s comfortable, not tacky – urbandecay.com

20 Shades and 4 finishes you are bound to find at least one that you will love for your Spring makeup routine! Urban Decay Hi Fi shine glosses come with a sweet vanilla minty smell and taste.  I am typically not a fan of scented lip products at all but these do not bother me. The glosses are enriched with Vitamin E and peppermint oil and will leave your lips hydrated. When the gloss is on you do not get that sticky thick feeling. The formula in very comfortable. Whether you want to wear alone or over your fav lipstick you will certainly find a match for you!

Product Information: Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine Gloss

Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine
Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine Glosses
Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine
Wand: Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine Glosses

SWATCHES  – TOP TO BOTTOM:

  • Dirty Talk – Metallic Burgundy with Pink Shimmer
  • Midnight Cowgirl – Nude Cream with Gold Shimmer
  • 1993 – Medium Brown Cream
  • Rapture- Rose Mauve Cream
  • Naked – Nude Pink with Pearly Pink Shift
  • Fireball – Holographic Peach with Pink Sparkle
  • Backtalk – Mauve Nude Pink Cream
  • Fuel – Light Neutral Nude Cream
  • Snitch – Bright Coral Cream
  • Bang – Bright Orange Red Cream

Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine

SWATCHES  – TOP TO BOTTOM: Continued 

  • ShadowHeart – Chocolate Brown with Gold Sparkle
  • GoldMine – Metallic Bright Gold
  • Snapped – Holographic Deep Plum with Blue Shimmer
  • Candy Flip – Holographic Lavender with blue pink sparkle
  • Beso – Deep Pink Mauve Cream
  • SPL – Holographic Candy Pink with iridenscent sparkle
  • JawBreaker – Classic Purple Cream
  • Obsessed – Baby Pink Cream
  • Savage – Electric Pink Cream
  • Big Bang – Metallic Hot Pink Sparkle

Hi Fi Shine Gloss

Urban Decay Hi Fi Shine

DISCLAIMER: Products were sent for editorial consideration. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cario. 

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Wavy Hairstyle Techniques with Alex Brown

When it comes to all things beauty makeup is my lane. I try to style my hair and keep it fresh and in style. Sometimes it can feel impossible to get that perfect wavy hairstyle we see all over Pinterest.  However after my time with Alex Brown impossible is no longer in my vocabulary. Alex Brown comes from a 3 year stint with Jen Atkin Celebrity Hairstylist and founder of OUAI Haircare. I will admit I was a bit nervous going to her studio considering  her experience with traveling around the world, she had just gotten back from Paris Fashion week and with her list of celebrity clients such as Kendal Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Bella Hadid and the list goes on and on.

I read she was from Minnesota and trained at Mario Tricocci University near my house where I grew up and still live today, it was comforting to be honest.  The minute I walked into the studio her and her assistant made me feel comfortable and at home! I was ready to have fun!

Wavy Hairstyle
Alex Brown Studio
Wavy Hairstyle
Alex Brown Studio

 

The Process – Wavy Hairstyle

Alex sat me down in the chair and discussed what I was looking for with my hair. I explained how I love that effortless wavy hairstyle look (showed her pics I saw on her Instagram HERE) and she knew right away what look I was going for. She explained some of my layers looked heavy and it probably was from my hair growing out. 2 years ago after my son was born I went really short.  Her assistant Kelsey (Find Her on Instagram HERE) took me over to the sink and used the Ouai Repair Shampoo and Condition I immediately felt relaxed and the scent from the shampoo and conditioner didn’t make it hard either.

Wavy Hairstyle
Alex Brown Studio
Wavy Hairstyle
Before
Wavy Hairstyle Alex Brown
Alex Brown with Beauty Blogger Beauty Products Are My Cardio – Photo Credit: Kelsey Morgan

As you can see we started to have fun right off the bat! She started to work her magic by giving me a trim and giving my hair some life back that I didn’t even realize it needed.  As soon as she finished trimming my hair , thinning out some of the layers and blow drying my hair I saw the difference instantly. A key product she used before she dried my hair was the OUAI  Wave spray. I have used this spray before and loved it however I never sprayed it in my hair wet! It has rice protein in it that adds hold for that undone hair look we all want! Needless to say I use it on my hair now when its wet.

Alex Brown
Alex Brown with Beauty Blogger Beauty Products Are My Cardio – Photo Credit Kelsey Morgan
Wavy Hairstyle
Photo Credit: Kelsey Morgan

That Perfect Wavy Hairstyle

Alex started out by drying my hair with a large roller brush and then started the wavy hairstyle process with a GHD 1.25 Inch Curling Iron. You can find it HERE. She showed me that wrapping your hair just around the barrel will work or if you can just wrap the top part of the hair and bring the curling iron down to straighten the ends. That is key. The ends are to  never be curled. One tip that gave me that Ah Ha moment to perfecting the wavy hairstyle is if you curled a piece too much to go over it with a flat iron!!! Genius right?! How did I not know of this or figure this out lol. The straightener she used is from the Kardashian Beauty Hair Collection. You can find it HERE

Wavy Hairstyle Alex Brown
Photo Credit: Kelsey Morgan

OUAI HAIRCARE

The other two Ouai products she used is the Texturizing Hair Spray which combines the best of dry shampoo and hair spray for amazing volume and texture. My hair had a lot of static so she applied the Finishing Cream that acted like a lotion for my hair. It tames frizz and gives a gorgeous shine. I really wish I took video of the process to be honest but she has a fabulous video on her Facebook Page you can find HERE 

Wavy Hairstyle Alex Brown
Finished Look with Alex Brown – Photo Credit: Kelsey Morgan

I felt not only refreshed but educated and confident I could do this at home. Maybe not as good lol but that I could achieve the perfect undone wavy hairstyle I want. I didn’t leave empty handed. I made sure to grab all three OUAI styling products she used on me. With the wall filled with products, the product junkie in me knew I just had to have them. I have been using them ever since!

OUAI wave spray

I pride myself in finding products that are worth the investment when you need to spend a little bit more. That goes for beauty services as well. Her hair cut is $150.00 and I can say 100% it is worth every single penny. This will not be my only visit with Alex. Like I said I did not just walk away refreshed and feeling great but educated and confident this is something I can achieve at home.

For more information on booking with Alex at her studio here in Chicago’s West Loop please email bookings@alexbrownhair.com / www.alexbrownhair.com 

 

DISCLAIMER: BPAMC was invited to Alex Brown’s studio for a cut and style with Alex Brown. All opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring 2018: NEW NARS Wanted Cheek Palette

High-profile shades. Made for play. Take your status to the next level with limited-edition NARSissist Wanted Cheek Palettes. Swipe and sculpt your way to customized cheeks with a coveted wardrobe of matte and shimmer blushes in the cult-favorite NARS formula. Brighten up with cool corals and pops of pink, or go bold with radiant reds and deep raspberry. Shades, craved. Profile, raised. #NARSissist  – narscosmetics.com

Spring is coming which means new makeup. We all start to dream of the sun and fun new colors to play with. Or is that just me? Please tell me I am not the only one lol. NARS Wanted Cheek Palette is no exception to fun with colors. Two beautifully curated cheek palettes for all skin tones. What more can you ask for?! I have been playing with the Wanted Cheek Palette Vol I since it has arrived. The shades are more suited for my Medium Skin tone and all I can say is I have fallen in love. Some shades in both palettes may intimidate you with the pops of color but do not let them. They are very buttery, soft and pigmented but they apply with a natural flush of color.

NARS Wanted Palette
NARS Wanted Cheek Palette Vol I & Vol II

NARS Wanted Cheek Palette

Product Details: NARS Wanted Cheek Palette I & II

SHOP BOTH PALETTES HERE AND HERE 

  • $59.00 available at ULTA and NARS Website 
  • Limited Edition
  • 6 Shades in each palette (Matte & Shimmer)

NARS WANTED CHEEK PALETTE VOL I

NARS wanted cheek palette

SHADES:
Unlimited: Shimmering pale pink (Limited Edition)
Buzzed: Matte coral (Limited Edition)
Notorious: Matte lavender (Limited Edition)
Kingpin: Matte rose (Limited Edition)
Bumpy ride: Shimmering candy pink
Crave: Matte bright coral (Limited Edition)

NARS Wanted Cheek Palette
Swatches: www.narscosmetics.com
NARS Wanted Cheek Palette
Swatches on Beauty Products Are My Cardio

NARS WANTED CHEEK PALETTE VOL II

NARS Wanted Cheek Palette

SHADES:
PYT: Metallic rose (Limited Edition)
Ambition: Satin tangerine (Limited Edition)
Taos: Soft red with golden sheen
Exposed: Matte dusty rose (Limited Edition)
Penthouse: Matte raspberry (Limited Edition)
Queen: Matte ruby (Limited Edition)

NARS Wanted Palette
Swatches: www.narscosmetics.com
NARS Wanted Cheek Palette
Swatches on Beauty Products Are My Cardio

 

If you are looking for a versatile Cheek Palette with quality this is one to grab and invest in. One resource that is often forgotten about is YouTube . NARS has some amazing tutorials and you can find more details on both palettes  here and here. 

 

DISCLAIMER: Products were sent to BPAMC for editorial consideration. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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