5.25.2016

NEW Pur Minerals Palettes for Bronzer and Strobing

When it comes to warmer temps, I am all about a glow and a bit of bronze. I recently got a chance to try out some new Pur Minerals products, and I can't wait to share them with you!

I wanted to show the packaging closed as well.

First up, the Moonlight Glow Strobe Palette
  • Highlight and define with three coordinating shades to create a custom, lit-from-within look for any skin tone. 
  • The silky cream glides onto skin for buildable, streak-free coverage and transforms quickly to a powdery, transfer-resistant finish. 
  • Infused with our proprietary, age-defying Ceretin Complex, a glowing, youthful-looking complexion has never been so easy.

Sun-Kissed Strobe Palette
  • Same description as above, just with darker shades
  • Both are $34 each
  • Naturally brilliant bronzer that mimics a sun-inspired contour to maintain a golden-hue all-year-long. 
  • With three matte and three shimmer shades, the blendable, jumbo palette is perfect for all skin tones whether you want to look like a bronzed goddess or just back from vacation. 
  • LOVE THIS: A portion of the proceeds from this purchase will be donated to Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization committed to helping end hunger around the world.
  • $34

Swatches of the strobing palettes on left and the bronzer palette on your right.

Overall:
  • If you are going for a natural highlight, you'll love these palettes. They give a natural, healthy-looking glow, and there is something for most skin tones. Even thought it fades to a powder finish, I'm not sure this would last all day on oily skin.
  • These would be perfect for the non-touring trend!!
  • I love the size of the bronzer! I also love how it has matte and shimmery shades. I didn't like using them to contour with (the color was too warm on my light-medium skin) but they also worked well for shadows.

Have you tried Pur Minerals?
Have you tried any of these palettes?



5.24.2016

IPSY May 2016

Welcome to Review Week! For the rest of this week while I'm on vacation, I'll be giving my
thorough review of products I love. First up, May Ipsy bag!



I have been an IPSY subscriber since bag 1, but this past year I quit posting about them, since the bags weren't that exciting.

But this month, I love! It's called Destination Chic--and the bags came in different colors! Here's what's in my bag:

  • Glamour Dolls Gloss Snob in Twirl--cruelty-free, pretty pink gloss (swatch below)
  • Vera Mona Eye Smudger Brush--Wish this wasn't a mini/travel brush, but it is good
  • Em Cosmetics Makeup Mood Enhancer Illuminating Skin Filter in Golden Candelight--I'll be honest, not sure if I used points to get this or if it was sent to me (usually there are 5 items). You add this to foundation for a very sparkly glow. It is flammable, due to the alcohol, which I can smell, so I probably won't keep this.
  • GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT--Everyone knows about this right? Always nice to have another one of these. Oily skin will love this mask.
  • Smashbox X-Rated Mascara-- This triple threat brush isolates and magnifies each lash, while applying its fiber-loaded formula. The result? Sky-high and defined lashes in just one swipe. Bonus: the formula is clump, flake and smudge-proof! I already have this and really like it, so it's nice to have a mini one.
  • Vasanti Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser--This cleanser promises instant professional microdermabrasion results that reduce fine lines, wrinkles and scars, but I've not seen that yet!
Swatches of the lip gloss and the Illuminating Skin Filter

Overall, a fun bag of goodies! Stop by tomorrow for another review of some new products!

Don't forget:

5.23.2016

A Day in My Life

Today I'm giving you a peek into an average week day. Enjoy!




5 am to 5:30
  • That ancient relic you see before you is my alarm clock that I've had since high school. I'm one of those people that will check my phone all night, so I'll leave my phone off and in another room. So waking up to the radio it is. 
  • Go over my list of things I'm thankful for, drink a glass of water, go through my social media and emails


5:30 to 7
  • Go through more emails, begin commenting on blogs
  • Double check my post for the day one last time before it goes live at 6:30am


7-7:30
  • Feed and walk Charlie, drop him off at Doggie Daycare



7:30 to 8
  • Realize I am wearing pajamas when I dropped off Charlie, so a cup of coffee is a must
  • Go through my review and to do list. My posts are planned out, not written, three months in advance, so I go through my list of what needs to be done, moved around, etcetera
  • I go through my chart of products that I am reviewing and add in my latest thoughts on those products for upcoming reviews. 
  • Double check my list one last time of what needs to be done for the day


8 - 8:30
  • Take pictures for the blog, like the one pictured above
  • Get ready for work
  • Apply any beauty products that I am testing for the day if I have not already done so
  • Make a piece of toast with almond butter to eat in the car
  • Grab my lunch and go to work



9am to 7 p.m.
  • I nanny for a 2 and 6 yr old. I have the BEST job ever.
  • I do wish I could use a computer or my phone at work sometimes. I've missed out on a lot of blog opportunities because I'm working. That's a long span of time not being able to do blog stuff. I do sneak in some Instagram or emails on my break.
  • The girls are hilarious and precocious. The 2 year old already can identify her letters and numbers, so we are working on writing! She sees it as a game, so we have fun all day.
  • Because of their friendships with world leaders and celebrities, I am giving the family privacy, so I am not sharing more, but trust me it's a fun job!

7:30 to 8
  • Pick up Charlie
  • Heat up dinner in the microwave
  • Watch the end of E News. 

8 - 8:30
  • Go through my blog business stuff, like sending out invoices, etc. 


8:30-9
  • Walk Charlie and check the mail

9-9:15
  • Shower and do my nighttime skin care routine (accidentally deleted the pic of this, oops!)

9:15 to midnight
  • Make some sleepy tea
  • Edit pictures for tomorrow's post because I am a slacker this week
  • Write tomorrow's post 
  • Go through more business and emails before realizing that (a) it's midnight (b) I still have 621 to go and (c) I need to go to bed
And that's my day!

All this week I am on vacation in Cancun! I'm so excited to be a guest at Hyatt Ziva. Keep up with me on Instagram and Snapchat--both ellesees!

Please come back tomorrow--I've got posts lined up for every day I am gone and worked hard to get these to y'all, so enjoy!

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