Monday, April 02, 2018

So Maybe I'm a Little Fragrance Obsessed...

 I mean, doesn't everybody put on perfume just to go downstairs and hang out with the dogs for the day? I do. And I'm not ashamed. I just like to smell good, and florally, and sweet, or spicy, and light, or sultry...and mixing and matching all of the above! I think my fur babies like it too 😊🐢🐾 Every Birthday, Christmas, Valentines Day, Mothers Day or "just because I love you" gift giving opportunity--I want fragrances!! I have my favorites (anything with Gardenia), of course, but that said I'm super open minded and am game to try/wear most fragrances. I pick what I wear depending on my mood and where I'm going or what I'm doing for the day. I thought it would be fun to spotlight some fragrances that I'm currently obsessed with. Recently I've been adding to my Jo Malone collection (in which one of my best girlfriends bought me that first bottle of English Pear & Freesia several years ago) and I have been a hooked ever since!
Nothing better than smelling good...and even better being complimented on smelling good, right? Part of my routine in getting ready is also deciding what fragrance I want to wear. Sometimes the weather helps determine that choice; sometimes it's the occasion, or my planned daily activities --but my choice of perfume is ALWAYS in my thoughts. Just recently, on Easter Day, I put together a light floral mix. I knew I would be attending church, and I figured it would be a full house so of course I didn't want to wear anything too bold or strong. My mix was just perfect!! Light, sweet, and just a hint of woodsy. It started in the shower --First, sampling the amazing Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut body scrub, --THIS scrub...OMG... is so intoxicating! It smells amazing, leaves your skin perfectly exfoliated, soft, and lightly scented--all while leaving the bathroom air full of that amazing rich scent of geranium and warm walnut. Next, I always lather up in lotion from head to toe after I shower. Fortunately my March Ipsy goodie-- Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Body Lotion did the trick! This lotion is perfect! Not too heavy but the greatest kind of daytime moisturizer--lightweight and leaves skin smooth and moisturized. The lotion glided on effortlessly and was a nice light rose scent that complimented the light geranium scent that lingered on my skin from the Jo Malone Geranium & Walnut shower scrub. I tied up my heavenly scented trio by adding my latest Valentine's gift Jo Malone Red Roses cologne. Perfection. It just felt Easter-y to me and the combination of the three was warm and rose-y sweet. I was obsessed --with my wrist to my nose throughout the day!! I was smelling SO good! Hahahaaa. Good stuff, I tell you!

I could go on and on about the dozen other fragrances I'm obsessed with....and I will....at a later time--PROMISE!! The first thing that popped into my mind after writing that sentence was the hear products that I use JUST BECAUSE they smell so freakin' amazing (Dry Bar and OUAI come to mind)--Oh, the joys of having so much to talk about. What are some of your favorite fragrances? Do you like to explore, mix, and match? Or do you find your signature scent and stick with it?? I'd love to hear all about it!! xo

#JoMalone #Ipsy #Andalou #1000RosesBodyLotion #FurBabies #Perfume #Fragrance

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

#SMILE

So, as much as I love to smile, I have to admit I'm very self conscious of anything involving my mouth--like big teeth-y smiles or speaking publicly! I know where these insecurities come from and even though I can reason through them in my mind, I still don't typically draw attention to my mouth on purpose. I have to be feeling super bold and confident when I get the guts to throw on a red lipstick!!

Anyway, after seriously going back and forth in my mind and ultimately deciding that I wasn't going to let my insecurity get the best of me, I decided to participate in a 10 day toothpaste challenge to see what sort of whitening results I could get. I drink coffee daily, enjoy red wine, and I do NOT use a whitening toothpaste. Just the basic Colgate, or Arm and Hammer, or Crest, or honestly whatever is on sale at target when I run out. So I figured, what the heck...what do I have to lose? Let's give this AP-24 Whitening with Fluoride toothpaste a try and see if I could get any good at home results....

I used AP-24 each morning for the first 10 day trial. The toothpaste is a little different in texture then I am used to. It is not as thick, paste-y and it doesn't lather up as much as my typical toothpaste. It's not bad, just different. Oh, and it has a very subtle vanilla/mint flavor. I wonder if I would have used the toothpaste both morning and night if I would have seen even whiter teeth or maybe just whiter sooner??  Looking back at my pictures I can totally see brightening and whitening results! 

Without a doubt I am a believer in this product! The proof that it works is in the putting...and my pics!! Give it a try y'all and let me know what you think!! 





#AP24WhiteningFluorideToothpaste  #smile

Sunday, March 18, 2018

#MindBlown #IHeartNuFace


I know, I know....my intentions were to update BeyondBlushing weekly. Hahaha. I laugh. Lofty goals for a Special Education teacher/Case Manager/CoDept Chair/This Team Member/That Team Member/After School Tutor/Breakfast Club Interventionist/Trouble Maker/Peace Maker/etc., etc. --Also, one who admittedly
  has major difficulties saying "no" and who has enough work to keep two people busy full time!! I'm trying hard to work on balance so after working VERY long days on a regular basis I've been trying to come home and be "present" with my hubby, fur babies, and human adult babies (when they're home). So here I am, updating....and trying to decide what goodie I want to share with you all!  I have a few golden nuggets that I'm excited to write about!!

Probably one of the best days this month was celebrating my daughter's 20th birthday--March 5th!! She was able to take a couple of days off work and come home so we could celebrate her! Yea!! She's majoring in Beauty at FIDM this year and I thought it would only be appropriate to celebrate with a day at the spa! This would be her first real spa day experience so I wanted it to be awesome and wonderful for her....and win win for me!! Fortunately we don't live too far from the amazing Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa. They have an awesome promotion where the cover charge (to utilize their spa amenities and pools) is free ON your birthday!! So, we booked a couple of facials and off we went to experience much of what Glen Ivy has to offer!!

The day was beautiful, high 70s, and being a Monday the grounds were quiet--without too many other spa goers. It was perfect--and I didn't have to hide from too many people prancing around in my bathing suit!! We had planned to stay at the spa for just a few hours. Long enough to enjoy lunch, the Grotto, and some R&R. We knew the highlight of our visit would be our facial spa treatments since we are both excited/interested/slightly obsessed with skincare :) When I was trying to decide from the skincare menu what facial I was going to book, my interest was peaked when I came across "NuFace Quick Lift Microcurrent Facial" Holy moly! no, #HolyMoly !! Okay, wait...disclaimer....I have only had a handful of "professional" facials but in comparing all of them, THIS FACIAL was BOMB! So bomb I had to actually ask to get my phone from my bag so I could take a progress picture. I could literally feel the benefits of this particular facial working INSTANTLY!! I was floored. Shocked. Excited!

The facial started like most typical facials--some calming aroma therapy, deep cleaning, exfoliating, toning, extractions....always awkward...then moisturizing. It was great and I felt good not realizing what magic was just around the corner. My esthetician let me know that she would be starting the NuFace microcurrent session and what I should expect as she applied the topical gel and began the treatment. The attachment that she was using had these two metal spheres that just felt so good, --cool and slick, as the glided across my face.

I could feel certain areas of my skin "tightening" especially around my mouth and brow. When she had completed one side of my face she handed me a mirror so I could compare the two sides of my face. I was dumbfounded! Can y'all see the difference from the left and right side of my face??? The apples of my cheek just look youthful and the lines around my mouth were tightened and lifted. I could not believe how drastic the results were--instantly! Hence, my selfie session for the purposes of needing to blog about this!! The esthetician told me that the results would be instant and would continue to develop over the next 48 hours. She was right and I was instantly coveting this product. She told me I could purchase my own NuFace Facial Toning device from the spa store. My heart was racing at the thought of owning this little piece of heaven....

So, apparently purchasing this amazing NuFace tool at the no-big-deal (haha) price tag of $325 (not including all the attachments that I would want with it) is just slightly out of my budget and I would just have to settle with this amazing experience for now. But seriously, one day I will own this. Santa Baby will come through....lol.

What amazing spa services have you experienced?? Please share with me!! I want to read all about it :)

#MyNuFace #NuFaceTrinity #GlenIvySpa #NuFaceQuickLiftMicrocurrentFacial

Thursday, February 08, 2018

BONKERS

BONKERS--no other way to describe it. The (current) story of my life. Work is beyond busy, deadlines seem to approach at the speed of a bullet, and I'm annoyed that we've been having weather in the mid to upper 80's for the last couple weeks. Can we please get some sweater weather, So Cal?!!! Geez! I live for a break (Saturday and Sunday) from the madness. I want to curl up in front of the fireplace in a sweater and cozy blanket and catch up on all my "reality" TV shows (my very guilty pleasure). But naw, those plans are just not happening! Instead, I'm catching up on emails, reports, and lesson plans while listening to podcasts (Thank you to Slow Burn and This American Life for keeping me company lately). Once my work chores are completed I've kept myself busy with decluttering, reorganizing, and moving things around in the house for a "new" fresh look. I've taken time to do some good cooking and attend church weekly--which is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I can be the queen of excuses but I truly am trying to live up to my New Year's intentions--with attending church more regularly being at the top of that list! I also thought it would be good fun to have a Bachelor viewing party with a few friends every Tuesday night. And just to add one more thing to the crazy, I wanted to make cute little valentines for my (adult) babies just to remind them of all things "love" as we lead up to Valentine's day. It's more work (in a good way) then it sounds remembering to write a love note each night for each kiddo. But it is cute and worth it if I know these little hearts make them smile :)

"What does this have to do with Beyond Blushing Beauty Blog," you ask? Nothing, which is why there hasn't been an update to the blog in a few weeks! Ugh, I SO wanted to be able to update weekly with a fun beauty update....sigh.....Especially ending the month with my "hits" and "misses" for the month and review of subscription goodies. Goals and fingers crossed that I can do this in February!!


So even though this review is a bit delayed, I want to write about my January Birchbox. It was pretty decent with one STAR product, if I do say so myself. Let's start with my proclaimed "STAR"!  Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner! Ahhhhhmaaaaazing! It's got a felt tip and the liquid eyeliner glides on SO smoothy and dries to a perfect opaque matte black. It stay put (no smudging or flaking) and added to creating an easy, simple winged eye!! I haven't been this excited about a liquid eyeliner since I discovered Blinc (many, many moons ago!!) Hip-hip-hooray!! Two thumbs up!!

It was kind of fun testing out my birchbox products since they all went very well together. I was able to give myself a modest mini facial and also do my makeup and hair!! I added a couple of other items Santa Baby put in my stocking that I was wanted to test out too (like the Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Instant Eye Lift Mask). But first things first-- After quickly cleansing my face with a Nuface towelette, I started my little facial with Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvinator exfoliator. Man, this stuff had some GRIT!! And it left my skin as smooth as a baby's bottom! I liked it....alot. I followed it up with Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel. I didn't like it. For some reason I thought it was a mask that you leave on and then PEEL off. Doh! So there I was scrolling through my social media accounts waiting for this "mask" to set so I could peel it off and it never did!!  After about 10 minutes (when I thought I should have only needed to wait 3) I washed the product off and was underwhelmed to say the least.--More on this in a sec. I just shrugged my shoulder and figured, you win some; you lose some.

I moved on to my Juice Beauty Stem Cell eye lifting patches. I was totally into the process. I geek out over stuff like this!! You open the kit, lay the algae patches out, shake the capsule of "activator" and then poor over the patches soaking them in what ever magical eye lifting ingredients the product comprised of. As I lifted the patches out of the kit they were EXTREMELY delicate and one ripped in several areas as I went to apply it to my face. The other didn't and all was good. I figured I had another 10 minutes to wait while my patches were getting happy and decided to open my phone and read reviews on the Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel. Immediately I felt dumb. The first sentence in the directions literally says, "This is not a mask" followed by very specific directions on how to properly use the product. AWKWARD, even though I was the only one who knew I used the product wrong I still felt like an "ass" assuming I knew what the product was and how to use it properly. Since then I have followed the detailed instructions:
"This is not a mask. Cleanse skin and leave slightly damp. Spread gel thinly and quickly over your forehead, cheeks, chin, neck, and decollete. Quickly begin massaging these areas in a circular motion with slightly damp hands using light to moderate pressure. After 15-20 seconds, solids should form under the fingertips. This means the peel is activating correctly as the gel is now combining with your dead skin (proteins). Massage for 2-3 minutes or until all of the gel has combined with dead skin. Cleanse area again." 
I must say, when used CORRECTLY, Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel is quite awesome!

I continued my process of getting ready by removing my eye patches. Honestly, I didn't notice ANY difference after using the algae activated eye patches. I must say, I was disappointed. Literally NO DIFFERENCE.....and I promise I followed those directions perfectly. Maybe I just got a bad batch? I don't know, and I probably won't know since I doubt I'll spend the money on the patches after my first impression.  WaaaWaaaaah. I figured I'd give my face a few minutes to just sit, clean, without any products on it and focus on my hair. It's no secret that I only was my hair twice a week, maybe three times if it's been styled or has more product in it than usual. I LIVE by adding dry shampoo on the days between washing so I was definitely happy to see that a dry shampoo was added to my birchbox. I knew, without a doubt that this product would not go to waste!! Amika Perk Up dry shampoo delivered. It passed the "Smells Amazing" and sprays on cleanly tests! I hate a dry shampoo that lives a white residue on your hair. Nothing attractive about that!! With my hair straightened and styled I was finally ready to put on a light, fresh makeup look before setting out for my day!

There's not much more that I love then a tinted moisturizer. Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 matte tint is FOR REAL!!! I loved how smoothly it glided on adding the perfect "blur" effect. I knew I would be out in the sun for a good part of the afternoon and was 100% satisfied by the coverage and the SPF protection I knew I would be getting. I will definitely be repurchasing this product for Spring/Summer this year!!

That pretty much completes January's BIRCHBOX goodies with a few extras thrown in there too! Overall, *****FIVE STARS***** in my book!

One last thing I want to share my excitement about is this LaColombe Triple Draft Latte that I picked up at Trader Joes last week. First, this little latte has a whole lot of zip! It's equivalent to two and a 1/2 cups of coffee!!! I'm a coffee lover (but a light weight). But honestly this stuff is BOMB!! And just a cute side note story, minutes after snapchatting this picture of my beverage, my daughter had a customer come in holding a coffeeshop cup with the La Colombe name on it. She told the lady, "My mom just added a picture of a product from that brand on her snapchat! Where is the closest La Colombe coffee shop?!" Apparently there are FOUR locations in Los Angeles!! Just another reason to plan a trip sooner rather than later to see my little lady and head on over to La Colombe!

So, what subscription goodies have you gotten recently? Any hits or misses? Any embarrassing "lack-of-following-directions" stories you can share with me so I don't feel dumb and alone? Would you travel two hours to try a new coffee shop?? I want to hear from you!!

Till next time.....xx

#JanuaryBIRCHBOX #HecticLife #Valentines #Eyeco #NuFAce #Vasanti #RealChemistry #JuiceBeauty #Amika #Coola #LaColombe

Monday, January 22, 2018

Should it stay or should it go now....

Did the Clash, "Should I Stay or Should I Go" tune go through your mind with that title?? I was certainly singing it as I was deciding what makeup products should stay or go (as I've been in a de-cluttering mode since the new year). Let me be honest with you, folks; I did not do the initial "deciding" of what should "stay" or "go." I kindly asked my daughter and her bestie to clean out my makeup drawer, while I was away at work, giving them total executive decision, for what I should keep and what I should trash. The only guidelines that I gave them was to set aside the MAC products so I could recycle them for a free lipstick, eyeshadow, or lipgloss (you all know about MAC's recycling program, right??  Six items can be "recycled" in exchange for a free lipstick--at all MAC counters or the option of a lipstick, lipgloss, or eyeshadow at a MAC store) and the other guideline was not to get rid of any of my new products or the products I use regularly. Simple enough, right?!


Anywho, I've been saying that I was going to clean out my makeup drawer for months but I just couldn't bring myself to throwing product away--even though I had product that I haven't touched for weeks, months, ........years!!!! I know. I know.

But the good new is-- it's done! And I feel good. And I don't miss ANY product. And I LOVE how clean and organized my makeup drawer is!! Win, Win, Win, Win!!!

The goal now is to start paying attention to those little expiration labels. You know about those, right? Apparently there is a stamp/sticker that advises you how long you should keep a product after you open it. Whoa, mind blown!! I had no idea. We know the general rules/expirations--like don't keep mascara for more than three months or discard lipsticks after a year BUT  eyeshadows and eyeliners last forever, right? No. They don't.  Just recently my daughter pointed out that product life sticker on the bottom of an eyeshadow palette I have. So go check out your products and look for the 6 month, 12 month, etc. product life label and take note how long you should be holding on to your little beauty makers!!


So do you need to overhaul your makeup drawer? I pray I'm not the only one!! Haha!! Cheers to de-cluttering, organizing, and keeping it fresh!!  xx
#beyondblushingBlog #MACrecycle

Monday, January 15, 2018

Priorities

WARNING! More "Beyond" than "Blushing"....

There's just something fantastic about January and new beginnings. Maybe it's the short days and long nights that provoke a sense of urgency when it comes to developing a plan, or organizing, or putting into practice those new year resolutions and intentions. Being an eleventh hour warrior, I appreciate the sentiments of January and an opportunity for reflection and new beginnings. It's no exaggeration that every year for the last decade (plus) I have made a new year's resolution to not go to bed with my makeup on. That instead, I would add to my night time routine a time to take really good care of my skin. That would comprise of a good face wash, toner, moisturizer, and I'm sure some kind of eye serum. I even told myself that once or twice a week I would also implement a home facial including exfoliating, a nice steam session, followed by a mask and then a night time moisturizer. Good plan, right? Easy enough, right? Yeah! Why oh why can I not stay committed to this plan!! I've defaulted 90% of the time to using a quick makeup removing wipe while laying in bed calculating how many hours/minutes of sleep I'm going to get before my first alarm goes off. It's pathetic.

In Lisa's perfect world, On a typical workday I would wake up at 6am, snuggle with my pups, shower, put on my makeup, get dressed, leave my humble abode, stop for a vanilla latte, and get to work by 7:15ish to give me a few minutes to chit-chat with my co-workers before going into my first meeting at 7:30am. I would then be off work by 3ish, stop at Trader Joes for that night's dinner, arrive back at home by 4pm, snuggle with my pups, answer some emails, check out my social media accounts, prep/cook/eat dinner with my man and little man (when he's off work), catch up on the day over a nice glass of wine or cocktail by the fire, and/or take the pups for a walk, watch some TV while cleaning the kitchen and picking up, and then head up stairs by 8 or 9pm for my nighttime routine which would consist of everything I mentioned above, and finally lay down and fall fast asleep by 9:30pm. Sounds like a decent plan, right? I think so however my life is super busy and chaotic including restless nights, rushed mornings, late afternoons into evening at work, rushing to get home by 6:30 or 7pm two to three nights a week, resulting in being too tired or busy to cook but instead picking up dinner or simply being content with cereal, or toast with PB, or an apple and Funyuns for dinner (not kidding!). Still I always find time for cuddling with the pups, a quick check in with the hubby, maybe some TV while taking care of any unfinished work "stuff" from the day. My hubby and I are typically both exhausted by the end of the day and are ready to hit the sack by 9ish. I get ready for bed by changing and quickly grabbing a makeup wipe while crawling into bed praying that I will fall asleep quickly and get a restful night sleep.

With many long talks with my husband, and several tears of exhaustion, I have identified the problem. Time management and PRIORITIES are all out of whack. I'm working on it. Hard. Over the last six months my priorities have been re-evaluated and I have made some changes with some great results. Obviously time with my family is crucial. Whether it's cooking/eating together, running errands together, completing chores together--I just want to be together. I want to talk; I want to listen. Aside from my most important relationships being my number one priority next would have to be my health and wellness. I'm falling short in this area. Work definitely comes before my health and wellness and one of my new year's intentions was to change this. Starting with a better night time routine--taking better care of my skin and getting a good nights rest!

Now on to the "Blushing"....

For years I have LOVED doing at home facials. I cannot even remember how long I have done this but it has been at least a decade and a half!! When I'm not reaching for a MAC wipe (or Clinique make up wipe OR Philosophy make up wipe) I actually have a great routine.

**side note on Makeup remover wipes. I love the MAC brand the best and now that they have come out with a "gentle" version that doesn't make my eyes water--I'm doing a happy dance. The wipes cleanse, tone, and moisturize. love them. LOVE THEM!!

Back to my full service skincare routine:

First, my hair goes back in a ponytail with a headband in place to keep my hair out of the way. I typically start with a makeup wipe remover followed by a gentle facial wash. Lately I've been using Peter Thomas Roth anti-aging cleansing gel. It smells good and my face doesn't feel dry or overly tight after washing. I might need to re-wipe my eyes after I was my face if all the mascara isn't removed with my facial cleaner. While I'm washing my face, I put a pot of water on the stove to heat up to a gentle simmer. After I'm done washing the makeup, sweat, pollutants, (sometimes dried tears....JKNR) off--I prep for a steam session to open my pores for a deeper clean. After my pot of water comes to a subtle simmer I add some lose tea to the pot--maybe a quarter of a cup. I always use something with lavender or chamomile in it. Both are soothing and relaxing. I recently bought a night-time tea pack from Teavana that "Chamomile Bloom" and "Lavender Dreams." But are AWESOME!! I put the pot of seeping tea on my counter, grab a big towel and drape the towel over my head as I lean over the pot. Essentially I am creating a steam tent. I breath slowly, take in the calming aromas from the tea, and just spend that time quieting my mind and praying. I probably spend more time then I need to in this meditative state--maybe 15 minutes. Once done with the steam session I pat my skin dry and reach for a mask.

Picking a mask is so hard when you have a lot of options (which I always do). Origins probably makes my favorite masks. Whether it be a Rose Clay retexturing mask or Active-Charcoal mask to cleanse out the pores even further. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE their "Drink Up--Intensive" overnight mask. I also really like Cucumber Gel mask by Peter Thomas Roth for hydration or the Rose Petal mask by Fresh is BOMB!! (Eventually I will get my hands on a Glam Glow mask but as of now I haven't). The tightness that happens as a mask is drying feels so good. And I always try not to smile, talk, laugh, or make any sort of facial expressions but I fail EVERY time! Hahahaha! Another 15 minutes later it's time to remove the mask with a washcloth and warm water and then a quick pat dry.

The last few steps are pretty simple and fast. I'll take a cotton pad and a toner--usually rose water is my go to. I've used a simple basic one that I have picked up at an Indian grocery store (I don't know why this rose water is so amazing but it is!) or I have used Mario Badescu's rose water toner forever. I recently heard they came out with a Lavender toner. I need to get my hands on it ASAP!! A quick wipe all over my face, neck, and decollate with my toner drenched cotton pad and a minute to dry and my face is prepped and ready for a moisturizer and eye serum.

For the past few months I have been using Night-A-Mins from Origins. I'm literally obsessed with how soft and silky this moisturizer makes my skin feel within minutes. AND it smells good. I'm huge on scents. I like my products to smell good. You guys, I honestly LOVE, sincerely, this moisturizer. (BTW, been using Peter Thomas Roth Rose stem cell moisturizer every morning and it's everything!). Once my moisturizer dries (about a minute or so) I will reach for whatever eye serum I grab first. I'm testing out a few different products currently. One from Origins, one from Bare Minerals, and I just picked up another from Murad. All good. And all smell good and do not leave a gooey residue on or around my eyes. Face and eyes are perfectly cleansed and hydrated and feeling super good. A quick swipe of Rosebud Salve on my lips to keep them soft and moisturized and my facial routine is complete.

Done! And if you read to the end then I am both thankful and humbled that you care so much about what I have to say. I am truly blessed.

What are your skincare routines? Would love to know what tips, tricks, and favorite products you are using!!

#BeyondBlushingBlog #BlushingBeauties #Priorities #MACCosmetics #GentlyOffWipes #PeterThomasRoth #AntiAgingCleansingGel #RoseStemcellMoisturizer #Origins #NightAMins #OriginsCharcoalMask #RosebudSalve #MarioBadescu #RoseWaterToner #Teavana  #FreshRosePetalMask

Monday, January 08, 2018

Warm and "Toasted"

Do I NEED another eyeshadow palette? No. Do I constantly find new eyeshadow palettes that I WANT? Yes. I’m especially a sucker during the holiday season when eyeshadows are a bit more shimmery or glittery. While browsing through Ulta one day with my daughter I was fixated on a particular palette- Tartelette Toasted by Tarte.  

The first time I laid eyes on the shimmery neutrals, shiny coppers, and glittery browns I was in eyeshadow heaven. My arm was swatched up and the pads of my fingers were painted with the beautiful colors of the palette. I swear, I was just playing and knew that I didn’t need to purchase another palette but had fun dreaming about the coppery looks I could wear with this palette. We left and I didn’t think about the palette again. Just kidding. I’m sure I mentioned it a couple of times in conversation with my bella Belle, aka my daughter, aka the-girl-after-my-own-heart, aka beauty industry major at FIDM LA. (LOL, it’s kind of fun ((most of the time)) having adult children!!) A week or so later I was celebrating my 41st birthday and my daughter handed me over a gift. To my wonderful surprise it was the coveted Toasted by Tarte!! Yea!!! So, if you are one who loves a little bit of shimmer and sparkle but like keeping it somewhat neutral--check this palette out!!


Tarte Cosmetics. Have you checked them out?

My experience with Tarte cosmetics, as a whole, has been great. Originally I became familiar with this brand after trying their Lights, Camera, Lashes. Bomb mascara!! I still love it and the packaging is awesome (I’m always a sucker for good packaging). My daughter swears by Lash Paint. She claims that it adds length (not volume) for a more natural looking long lash. I need to give it a try!! The other product that I used religiously as a makeup artist was their cheek stains. So dewy and pretty. And most importantly--long lasting!! So what do you use from Tarte? I’m dying to know!! #Tarte #TarteletteToasted #BeyondBlushingBlog


#Tarte #TarteletteToasted #BeyondBlushingBlog