You all know I love a good highlighter so when Smashbox Cosmetics and Casey Holmes announced their collaboration on the Spotlight Palette I was beyond excited. In case you are not familiar with Casey Holmes, she is a beauty guru with 1.5 Million Subscribers on YouTube and almost 1 Million followers onInstagramwho teamed up with Smashbox to create 2 gorgeous highlighter palettes.
Two Shades Available:
Gold &Pearl: Both Palettes include three tonal finishes, two shimmery shades (Turn It On and Crank It Up) plus one super sparkly shade (Blow a Fuse). Casey provides pamphlets in each palette of how to tutorials which I thought was a very nice added personal touch. I do have to say I did not find any of the shades to be too glittery but I can understand how you can layer for maximum glow and who does not want that? Right?!!? The Blow a Fuse shades in each palette are more like a topper shade. Each shade is super soft and provide a nice shimmery glow that can be worn as a subtle day time look or can be layered for a night out.
Do you prefer to have a highlighter palette or a single highlighter? I typically do not prefer palettes only because it seems there will be colors I will not use however this collaboration was executed so nicely for different skin tones and for multi purpose use. All shades can be used as highlighters, eye shadows and brow bone highlighters as well. With each palette containing three shades in one shade range family makes it worth the money because no shade will get left untouched I promise!
Would love to hear your thoughts below!
DISCLAIMER:Smashbox Cosmetics sent both palettes for reviewing purposes to BPAMC. As always opinions and thoughts are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio.
With all of us being so busy these days we all want beauty products that will be quick, easy to use, effective and reliable. Now I know there are probably way more products out there that can make for an easy beauty routine but I have found these 5 to work for me and my lifestyle. In case you are newer to my blog I am a mother of two and I work a full time job in downtown Chicago. I travel into the city everyday by train and with two kids in the morning there are beauty products I must use to make life easier. Often I have 5 minutes left for my makeup or will do my makeup on the train. So many women do this. Crazy right?!? I love watching what others are doing to learn some new time saving tips from them lol!! I truly enjoy taking my time to do my makeup and hair but most days that is not my reality. Over the years I have found these 5 products will indeed create a quick and easy beauty routine or at least help you out when you just don’t have the time!
1. DRY SHAMPOO:I honestly wish I was one of those women who can use dry shampoo for 3-5 days to take that step out of my routine but I cant without my hair looking like an oily mess. However I can do it for one day and I will take that over no days. Using dry shampoo is your perfect way to save time from 1 day to up to even 5 days to make for an easy beauty routine in the morning. One I am loving right now is:
Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo:Its affordable for one and you all know I love affordable products. Its sold at Ulta Beauty and CVS Pharmacy so that makes it accessible to many women which I appreciate because here I am taking about easy beauty routines so the products should be easy to find too. Most importantly it works, has a fabulous smell and does not leave any sort of residue on your hair. It has Vitamin C in it that enhances shine, moisturizes and strengthens the hair!! WIN!!! Another important ingredient is the Natural Rice Starch. This ingredient is a gentle yet effective alternative to talc or aluminum. So by using Eva NYC in the morning even if its every other day for me it helps save time and makes getting ready that much easier for me.
2. POTTED EYE SHADOW: This type of product is perfect for that one sweep of color you need to look awake or to finish off a look. I prefer bronze and chocolate colors but grab whatever potted eyeshadow color that works for you. I love to buy shades perfect for everyday. Remember I said I do my makeup on the train sometimes? Well using my finger for applying products makes things easy for me. A couple I use a ton are:
3. TINTED MOISTURIZER / BB – CC Creams: There are so many options out there from sheer coverage, bb creams, cc creams, fuller coverage, aging benefits ect ….. I am just starting to really dig into this portion of the beauty world because I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with this type of product. I do my morning skin care routine, take the product squeeze onto my fingers and slather it all over my face. NO TOOLS REQUIRED. Now are there days I use a small stippling brush or my beauty sponge to apply? Of course but the texture of this type of product just makes it that much easy to skip that step and slap it onto my face. No fuss no muss. Here are three I am using non stop in my rotation:
4. 2 IN 1 PRODUCTS:Ok who does not love a good multi -tasker, space saverand all around hero product to make life easier?!!? I love simplifying life and when I can get more bang for my buck its a win win!!! You wont go wrong with these:
5. STICK CONCEALERS: I LOVE concealers. LOVE THEM!! I have become quite obsessed with eye products in the last few months and stick concealers are just so easy they are a must have for your collection. This product is an important part in my train makeup routine because there is no mess and no fuss. I can apply the ones I own with my finger and or brush. Of course I love using a beauty sponge to apply any concealer but these will blend for you and apply easy with your finger or brush. The brush I have been using is the Elf Cosmetics $3.00 Concealer Brush. Yes you read that correct $3!!! Here are some stick concealers I have in rotation
What products are your go to for an easy beauty routine or just to make your life easier? Have you tried any of these products? I am always on the look out for new ones to try. Let me know in the comments below.
DISCLAIMER:This post is sponsored by EVA NYC. Thoughts and opinions are my own and always honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You so much for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio.
The New Pixi Strobe and Bronze palette is apart of their blogger collaborations they recently launched. Beauty Guru MaryamMaquillage with Pixi Beauty created this perfect Strobe & Bronze Palette that you can get at your local Target along with a gorgeous dual ended brush to perfect your highlighter and bronzed looks. Pixi Beauty explains this palette as “Bring a soft natural glow and sheer sun kissed warmth to the skin with this palette that helps add subtle dimension to your features … The highlighters give a soft glowing luminosity while the bronze shades help create natural definition” I could not agree more with this as the Strobe and Bronze palette offers 6 beautiful shades to play with. Pixi Beauty has a way of creating products that give you a very natural no makeup, makeup kind of look. I am loving everything I have been trying and this palette is no exception.
Product Details & Swatches:
3 highlight shades
3 bronzer shades
Retail Price: $20.00 and can be found at Target or Pixibeauty.com
Just like the single highlighters these go on like a high end product. No shimmer, no glitter and no chalky textures, just a smooth finish with a natural glow. As you can see each one offers a different shade to meet different skin tones. They range from a peach, light pinky/ peach to a more pure gold shade. I love all three and have mixed the top two a lot! (I love mixing shades and products lol)
Just like the highlighters the bronze shades go on smooth with no chalky textures and in my opinion do not look muddy or grey on the skin. I am more on the light/medium skin tone side and found the bottom color mixed with the middle color to work for me. Just another reason what I love about the palette, you can mix shades to create what works for you. *please note in this collaboration there was another Palette created with Maryam for Sculpting with darker shades. See the palette here.
I also want to talk about the brush that was created with Maryam Maquillage and let me tell you its amazing!!! Any product that offers multi use to me is worth it and that is just what this brush offers. Its retails for $14 which is think is a fabulous price because you are getting two brushes in one. Both sides are extremely soft and perform beautifully to get a warm sun kissed look with a natural glow!
Per the Pixi Website: “Designed by Maryam of Maryam Maquillage to be an indispensible tool in strobing and sculpting features, this dual ended synthetic fiber brush applies and blends contour, bronzing and highlighting shades seamlessly. One end is a tapered brush ideal for applying highlighters and the other end with a flat edge is designed for buffing and blending, amazing for bronzers and contour shades”
Pixi Beauty products are quickly becoming a staple in my everyday makeup and beauty routine. Would I recommend these products? Yes and the entire brand! I have been saying its like a high end brand at your local target with affordable prices. That is a win in my book!
What Pixi Beauty products are you loving? Let me know in the comments below!
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MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with 10 Global Beauty Influencer for an amazing MAC Collaboration for this Spring. Each Beauty Influencer created their very own MAC Lipstick for us to swoon over and to add to our MAC Collection! I had the pleasure of receiving the Beauty Gurus from the United States and let me tell you, these are the nudes we all want!!! I have been following Laura Lee & Gabriel Zamora for a long time now and could not be happier for them. Each created wearable nudes that are sure to make you want to go out and grab them! Who doesn’t love a MAC nude!??! Right???
It does not surprised me that these two were chosen for this collaboration. Both have amazing personalities on and off the camera aside from fabulous makeup skills and beauty knowledge. If you are not following them I highly suggest to hit follow and subscribe!
Both Lipsticks will be available on maccosmetics.com April 20th and retail for $17 (USD).
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It is no secret that I love a neutral eye look over anything else. I am not really into colorful eye shadows and can live my life using Bronze by MAC everyday if I had to (see my Custom Mac Palette Here). The Viseart Theory Palette in the shade Cashmere is what neutral eye dreams are made of! There are 6 stunning shades in this palette that can be used everyday or for a glam night out. With three matte and three shimmer shades the looks are endless!
Per the Sephora Website: “Perfect for the makeup artist, these colors are a new addition to Viseart’s range of mattes and shimmers, providing unparalleled coverage, pigment, and all-day, long-lasting color. Create a neutral eye look for day and evening looks with three mattes that range from light-to-medium tones, including one basic brow and crease shade. Use the shades for a subtle shimmery eye or for a sophisticated, satin-glow finish. Use the matte shades to fill in and shape eyebrows”
Viseart can be found at Sephora and Muse Beauty Pro. The palette retails for $45.00. Now I know that can be a heavy price tag for some. However if you are looking to invest in a palette that can be used daily and is very versatile you wont be disappointed in this at all. They swatch beautifully as you can see below and they blend like a dream! Each shade is packed with pigment but are easy to work with. The only thing I noticed is the lightest shimmer shade had glitter fall out on me. It is not a deal breaker by any means but when I swatched it, I didn’t notice glitter but when I apply it that whats happening. Anyone else experience this?
I have oily eyelids and play around with primers a lot however the Urban Decay eye shadow primer is my Holy Grail. When I wore this palette with out my urban decay primer the eye shadow did not stay as pigmented on me through out the day. PS this happens with pretty much every other brand I have tried lol! So make sure to not judge eye shadow quality until you use multiple primers or try all the ones you have.
Side note: a fabulous dupe for Urban Decay is the Wet N Wide Eye Shadow Primer (See Here)
Would I recommend this palette or Viseart as a whole? Yes! I am so excited to have this in my collection and look forward to some of their new launches coming out. This palette comes in 3 different shades and has 2 more launching on Sephora soon!
Some Viseart wishlist items are the Theory Palette in shade MINXand NEW Theory Highlighter, Blush & Bronzer palette in shade ABLAZE (which is coming to Sephora soon. You can sign up on the site to be alerted). Would love to hear what you think about this palette in the comments below if you have it OR What is your go to Neutral eyeshadow palette? I have slightly become palette obsessed.
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Do you ever find yourself having one of those months or weeks where your calendar is booked to the max? Well that has been me as of late and sometimes I don’t have time in between parties, events ect to redo my makeup or the space to carry a ton of makeup. When it comes to Day to Night Makeup we all want our application to last throughout the day and to not have to bring a huge makeup bag with us. Am I right here? Between diaper bags, presents, purse, jackets ect I don’t want to have to worry about what products I may have left behind in the midst of the chaos of life.
A couple weeks back I was headed out with my kids to my nephews birthday party which seems simple however my kids were going to sleep by my parents house that night while my husband and I attended an adult party that evening at a fancier restaurant. In between getting my kids to my parents and settled I was not going to have any time at home to reapply a fresh face for my night out. So I went with my tried and true products that will stay in place all day and created a look that would work for a kids party and a fancier adult party that night by adding only two extra products to save space and time! YAY!!!! You all know I love to rock a red lip and a glowing highlight, so by adding just those two products I was ready for a night out!
So lets get into the products I chose to create this day to night makeup look.
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation: This is a new product for me however I am in LOVEEEE with the finish and how it looks on my skin so I knew I would not be disappointed and sure enough it lasted the whole day.
Maybelline Brightening Creamy Concealer: If you follow me on Instagram you know I have been on such a concealer kick. This provides great coverage with a dewy fresh finish. Just what I like! Also because its not drying I knew if I had to apply a bit more later, the stick application would makes it easy and the formula blends like a dream. PS I didn’t have to reapply. Maybelline has gotten this down I tell you!
Custom MAC Eyeshadow Quad:Shades – (corduroy, bronze, naked lunch and woodwinked) I have created my own MAC Palette that you can see here. Creating a custom palette is one of the best beauty investments I have made. I know every color will be used and I can then take colors and create my own quads for situations like this. These neutral shades are perfect to create a natural eye for day and a simple eye at night with a red lip! The Shade Bronze is a staple for me. I have said it before and I will say it again. If I can only have one eye shadow color for the rest of my life it would be Bronze by MAC. I kept it simple nothing too smoked out but just enough. Naked Lunch is also one of the best highlighting shades. So these colors together give enough shimmer for a night out but nothing over the top for the day time.
MAC Great Brow:Shade Lingering – Sometimes when I am out during the day I don’t bother with my brows but because I knew I would be pressed for time my brows were fully done and ready to go!
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel:Ok this stuff is serious. Nothing will move I promise. Your brow hairs and the product(s) you used will not move with this brow gel. The hype is so real about this product. I know its a bit pricey for a brow gel but I use it for days like this where I know my makeup has to be on all day! Most certainty a high end beauty investment that is worth it!
Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo:Shade Flesh & Fantasy – Talk about a perfect nude blush that you can use for day but keep it soft for a red lip at night! OMG you guys this blush is gorgeous on and gives the perfect nude flush to the cheeks.
NARS Bronzer: Shade Laguna – To be honest I am just obsessed with this cheek combo. Its perfect and with Champagne Pop it gets even better. Stay tuned as I know this cheek trio is on the pricer side but I am already searching my stash to find an affordable perfect cheek trio for you guys!
MAC Liptensity:Shade Driftwood – A perfect cool toned pinky nude. If you have not tried this line yet by MAC they are truly a must have in your collection. These lipsticks are so pigmented and moisturizing on with an array of colors to choose from. Driftwood is seriously a perfect nude. It can be worn at night as well with a dark smokey eye. Trust me! Perfection! Swatches of the entire MAC Liptensity line here
NYX Slim Lip Pencil:Shade Beige – For under $4 (USD) You must have these lip liners in your collection. I love Drugstore lip liners! They glide on, are super pigmented and come in sooo many colors.
So that completes my day look. Its a very simple neutral look. Bronzed eyes with groomed brows and nude cheeks and lips. So all I had to do when I got home before we left? Wipe off my lipstick and put on my lipstick and highlighter. It transforms the look completely.
Night Look Products (Highlighter and Red Lips)
BECCA Cosmetics Highlighter:Shade Champagne Pop – My holy grail highlighter always comes through for me. I popped this on my cheeks and my look changed from from added that perfect glow!
MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick:Shade Lady Danger: My holy grail red lip that never fails me. Gives off an orange – red tone to set off a neutral bronzed eye / Nude makeup look PERFECTLY! (I typically will line my lips with any red pencil I have handy or sometimes I do not even line my lips at all)
So there you have it! A full breakdown of the products I used to create the perfect Day to Night Makeup look. When these types of days come up I always reach for my tired and true beauty products. Its like when you travel with certain products you know those are the most trusted. Same rules apply for this. What products do you grab for when it comes to day to night makeup? Let me know in the comments below. I am always looking for more ways to achieve this on those oh so busy days!
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Milani just added two new blushes to their very popular baked blush collection. Its no secret that blush is my thing, my weakness, my ultimate beauty obsession so when I found out two more shades were added ANDDDD they were on Target’s website I jumped on them fast! The Milani Baked Blush collection is priced under $8 bucks and go on the cheeks with just enough pigment. Shades in the collection range from nudes, berry and pinks to the iconic peach shade luminoso.
I mean look at how gorgeous these blushes are!!!Bella Bellini is pink with a golden shimmer in it. It reminds me ALOT of Nars Orgasm (stay tuned I am working on Dupe List III … See my other dupe listshere &here). Rosa Romantica is a perfect nude peachy pink with a light golden shimmer, basically for me it is blush perfection! The Milani site states the shade is light pink but for me it swatches more peach/nude. I use to be all about the pink blushes but now I just want everything to be nude, peach or bronze lol! I cant be the only one who feels this way hehehe!!!
Shades Top to Bottom:
I wanted to round up the rest of my Milani Baked Blush collection and give you swatch comparisons and just some more gorgeous blushes to swoon over! Trust me if you do not own any Milani Blushes you most certainly need at least one in your collection. Perfectly priced, you can grab them at your local target or target online, blend like a dream and the pigment is just enough!
Swatches top to bottom:
Gorgeous right? I would say if you are looking for an affordable perfect spring / summer blush the Milani Baked Blush collection has you covered! What is your favorite Milani product? Will you be adding these new shades to your collection? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Spring Beauty Lovers!!!!
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MAC has new shades of the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in “on-trend muted and deep tones. Each promise one thing: a big splash of color in a liquid-suede finish that’s impossible to forget” The applicator makes it easy to apply and they do not feel sticky or drying. If you are looking for a liquid lipstick that is easy to apply and will last all day these are for you!
There are 33 shades total in this range and retail for $21 (USD) Per the MAC Website:
See any you love or did you grab any from this collection? What are some of your favorite liquid lipsticks as I am still trying to get use to them lol!! Deep down I am an old fashion lipstick & gloss kind a gal. Let me know in the comments below!
*Liquid Lipcolours were generously sent to BPAMC as always opinions and thoughts are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio
If you know me at all you know I am a BLUSH ADDICT!!!! It all started when I was 9 and was heavily involved in dance (read more and see a picture here lol). To me no makeup look is complete without blush and when spring and summer arrive its my favorite time of the year to get my cheek all peachy and ready to glow! Drugstores blushes are some of the best out there and I adore finding affordable makeup. With some many pinks, peaches, corals and nudes to choose from how can one not get excited! Not to mention endless options of shimmers, mattes, creams and powders.
Here are some must have Drugstore Blushes to get you ready for Spring on a budget!
ELF Beautifully Bare Blush: Shade Peach Perfection ($4.00) This is a cream based blush that can be easily applied with your fingers or a small stippling brush. I love this one from Elf. This swatches darker than it actually looks on the cheek. Its a gorgeous sheer tint of peach!
Pixi By Petra Glowy Powder: Shade Rome Rose ($16.00) Ohhhh Pixi Beauty has stolen my heart. This powder is peachy pink with gold shimmer perfection that goes on so smoothly. The most expensive out of them all but Pixi Beauty is high end at the drugstore! (see the Pixi Glowy Powder Collection with swatches and my review here)
Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush: Shade Apricot In The Middle ($2.99) My absolute go to blush that I know will never fail me. For everyday natural looks to a bold red lip look for a night out! You will not be disappointing plus these Wet N Wild blushes apply like high end blushes! Winning!!!!!
Milani Baked Blush: Shade Luminoso ($6.99) This blush pretty much has a cult following and for a good reason.
Physicians Formula Butter Blush: Shade Natural Glow ($12.99) Glowy Shimmer Perfection. A blush that can be worn alone or as a topper to give a more matte blush a bit of peachy pink shimmer!
Each of these drugstore blushes offer such soft shades of pinks and peaches to give your skin that spring glow we all want. They can be pared with nude looks, bright & bold looks and perfectly transition to day to night when you are on the go!
What are some of your favorite blushes for Spring? Do you have a drugstore blush you cannot live without? Let me know, I am always ready to add more to my collection!
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“Cast your lips in new M∙A∙C Metallic Lips, lipstick for a trailblazing matte, metal-plated look. Rich colour melds with smooth pearlized chrome, and is available in a luxurious formula in a full spectrum of copper, bronze and titanium colour-infused shades. Vibrant, intense, explosive: A little alchemy goes a long way” The metallic lip trend is not slowing down and I am not complaining one bit about it! I prefer nude and everyday wearable colors even if they are metallic or shimmery. Not only does the New MAC Metallic Lipstick collection give you everyday wearable metallics but also some fun bold colors that I know people are going to love! Since receiving these I have played around with the nudes and I am in love! MAC Lipsticks are my all time favorite. This collection is the best of both worlds of a lipstick and a shimmer gloss!
Online & in-store March 23 through May 4, 2017
18 shades ($17.00 US/ $21.00 CAD
(Click Shade Names for easy shopping!!)
Metal Head – blackened purple with multi-coloured pearl
Are you ready for the nudes? I kept gasping with each swatch. Jupiter immediately stole my heart and when I put it on my lips I just fell in love!!! The bright and bold colors are just as gorgeous do not get me wrong but if you have been following me for some time you just know nude is my thing lol
So what do you think of the Metallic lip trend? Are you happy to see MAC come out with these lipsticks and which shades are you picking up?! Let me know in the comments below!
***MAC generously sent these to BPAMC for reviewing and testing purposes. As always opinions are my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio