Pin up Cosmetics review


Earlier last month, I came across a local vegan and cruelty-free brand, Pin Up Cosmetics and was intrigued. This San Francisco artisan based brand provides natural products that can glam up anyone! Pin up Cosmetics is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and without parabens, synthetics and other harmful chemicals. Pin up Cosmetics is not only available online but as well as in health food stores, specific boutiques and salons. Products that I will be reviewing are the clear lip gloss, mineral veil, foundation in shade Gorgeous Gracie and Blushing Betty Desire blush.


Starting with the gloss, packaging wise it’s packaged as your typical squeeze tube clear lip gloss. Texture is very thin with a soft peppermint scent. Upon first use, I was enthralled that the gloss wasn’t overly stick. One thing I think everyone despises about gloss is when the wind comes and your hair gets stuck in it. Thankfully I didn’t have an issue with this gloss. I enjoy the scent and I do not believe it was added for plumping purposes like other glosses on the market.


The only other mineral veil that I’ve heard of is from Bare Minerals, so when I received this mineral setting powder, I was intrigued. This powder differentiates in the fact that it is both paraben and talc-free, a difference that many high end brands can’t differ from. This setting powder easily glides on the skin while blurring out any fine lines in my skin. I noticed while wearing this product that my skin looked smoother in texture and my make up did last longer throughout the day. Overall, good setting powder for even my driest of skin!


The foundation shade in which I received, Gorgeous Gracie came packaged with an adorable powder puff for application which is delightful. The shade is almost a perfect match for my skin which is surprising because I always felt my Irish heritage has made it somewhat difficult to pick shades. I would consider this foundation sheer-medium coverage, build able with a natural finish. This is great for my everyday routine or my relaxed makeup kind of look as well.


Last but certainly not least is the phenomenal blush. This is the product that I was the most excited about and still am. There aren’t as many loose blushes on the market as they have been in the past. Blushing Betty is a beautiful strawberry coral shade with a sheen. I appreciate that very little of this product goes a very long way. Longevity isn’t exquisite with this blush, but it definitely held up great on my dry skin. Beautiful shade that I can incorporate into any makeup look, this blush has become one of my go to’s! Overall, i’m very pleased at the high performance of this brand and the cleanliness as well. If you have not familiarized yourself with Pin Up Cosmetics, you’re not living!


Disclosure: I received the products marked with (c/o) for review consideration. I am not compensated for mentioning these products, this is my honest opinion.


Makeup Geek Blushes 2014


Makeup Geek finally released her well anticipated blushes. With taking over 2 years to develop, she released a total of 13 blushes, four shimmers and nine matte’s. I heard about these blushes from Marlena directly at several make up conventions as well as beauty blogging events such as Ifabbo. With pure excitement, I knew that I had to order them immediately. These are blushes that I could not wait to get at a discounted price (IMATS). Also if you know me, it’s hard to buy products at full price when you can get them at a discounted price at a later point in time.

Makeup Geek blushes packaging

Since these blushes are amazing,  I could not wait to get my hands on these so I knew I had to place an online order. You know how that goes, I not only got the blushes I had been eyeing, but I also got an eye shadow and two pigments. I ended up purchasing five of the 13 blushes, all of which are more on the pink and peach side. I personalized my selection due to these blushes belonging in my personal collection. The shades that I picked up are Bliss, Smitten, Romance, Head over heels and Hanky Panky (not in that order in the image above.)  Each of the blushes came in her cute packaging with the name of the blush being visible on the back. I specifically purchased the pan blushes instead of the compact blushes because I wanted to place these in my Z-Palette.


The blush above is Romance and it’s no reason this blush is a top seller. Visually you are probably thinking Orgasm from Nars right? Yeah this blush is similar to Nars, but on crack! I would say this blush is a gorgeous soft rose with a golden sheen to it. On the cheeks is just amazing!


Next is Hanky Panky! This name gets me every time. Hanky Panky is described as a medium rose pink and it is just that. This is one of her matte blushes. The pigmentation is amazing, just a little touch of this blush goes a very long way.


Bliss is a beautiful light peachy coral. I had my eyes on this shade for a while because I think this will be my go to for summer time. This soft matte blush will be my main go-to blush for now until summers over. I’m excited about using this color so that I can stray away from my typical pink blushes which are my go to blush shades.


Smitten is another new colored blush for my collection. Smitten is a soft apricot shade. I can see myself using this shade lightly when doing an intense smokey eye or bold lip. If I were to load this up on my blush brush I still feel that I can wear that as well. This color excites me and I can’t wait to use more of it!


The last blush that I picked up is called Head over Heels. This blush is described is a soft bubblegum pink with a soft sheen. I was really intrigued by this shade because it was another blush that had a sheen but was super chunky. I love soften sheen’s in blushes rather than larger grades of shimmer/glitter in blushes.

Overall I am very pleased with my last purchase with Make up Geek Cosmetics. The blushes are getting more and more amazing every time that I use them. I find myself reaching to these blushes over my current ones in rotation within my vanity. I have nothing but great thoughts about these blushes. It’s going to be hard to resist getting the other shades to complete the collection. They’re definitely a cosmetic product worth looking at!

The Balm’s San Francisco store opening


On Janaury 22nd, Thursday, I had the pleasure to attend the first store opening for the Balm Cosmetics in San Francisco, California. This store is located at 788 Valencia Street in San Francisco and the shop totally fits the area. This cute little boutique is raving with classy etiquette along with screaming excitement like a candy store. With already being a fan of the Balm cosmetics for years coming, I knew that this was a golden opportunity to dive deeper into what the Balm Cosmetics truly is.  Their cosmetic line takes a easy-going and cute approach to products and the naming that follows along.  I would have to say their cult favorites for me have to be the eye shadows, specifically the shady lady palette’s.

040Upon arrival into the store, I was greeted by my sister, Chelsea along with hoards of hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to allow me to enjoy the night. Check out her review here! The amount of women, nails being done, makeup sessions, and flashing lights truly made me feel like royalty in this private beauty blogger opening party. I couldn’t stop swatching products, picking up new items that I have no knowledge on, and constantly raving about how amazing the Balm cosmetics is! This party was literally like a playground for me and i’m so thankful that I got to attend!


My sister Chelsea made sure to grab hoards of candid shots on her nice camera while I let my iPhone’s battery diminish as I used the camera. I unfortunately didn’t have enough time to grab my camera from home since I came to this event right after work. Every single person in the store was either thoroughly engaged in coverasation with fellow bloggers, employees or getting dolled up. While on my phone, I definitely tried to get the hashtag #thebalmsfparty trending. In this picture above we are delighted to get our goody bags, literally filled with holy grail’s from the Balm cosmetics.


The inside of this store is simply gorgeous. The gleaming chandelier caught everyone’s eyes as you walked in. It literally felt like candy land with the amount of product out to play with. I literally was swatching each product possible to make sure that I didn’t miss out on anything. Enjoy the loads of photo’s I took from this amazing event below!











Crown Brush Beauty Blogging Event at the Pasadena Convention Center


Last weekend was absolutely marvelous!! My sister, Lindy and I traveled down to Pasadena, California this last weekend for the International Makeup Artist Tradeshow (IMATS). Once we arrived in Pasadena, we met up with our friend Mallory and ventured to the Crown Brush blogging event. This event was put together specifically for beauty bloggers in preview of new goodies that are coming out soon as well as presentations from the infamous Nix Herrera and Autumn Scruggs. If you are not familiar with either Nix or Autumn, please read up on them!


Nix is a well known body painter whose been in the industry for over 14 years and has worked on Playmates, Jabbawockeez and Universal Studios  just to name a few. He beautifully demonstrated how he personally uses Crown Brushes on his clients. He then went into his demonstration of how he blended his model into the background.  It was a pleasure hearing him speak about his techniques, brush choices and having him relate that to every day make up. Seeing the finished result of blending his model into the background was amazing.


Autumn is a makeup artist who has worked close with American Idol and X-factor and also on lots of sets of television shows. She thoroughly detailed how she uses her Crown Brushes on her clients and how great quality they are.  It was a pleasure to hear that she reaches for Crown brushes when she is on set with her clients.  She spoke on a lot of knowledge I already knew and some amazing facts that I didn’t know.  Overall it was very empowering to hear a woman make up artist speak and give great insight and hope to future upcoming make up artists like myself. I look forward to future Crown Brush events and all that they have to offer!