Pin up Cosmetics review

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Iluvsarahii Face2Face Seminar in San Jose, California

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June 8th was the second stop on Iluvsarahii’s first make up seminar titled Face2Face. I was lucky to gain this day off in advance so that I could attend this make up seminar. If you are not familiar, Iluvsarahii is a make up artist whose only social media platform is Instagram. On Instagram, she has over 322K followers and her images and videos are flawless. Even though I think she should have more platforms, this busy MUA is taking time off her main job of beating faces to teaching a classroom full of ladies her techniques. She thoroughly demonstrated dewy skin, lashes, winged liner, day looks, smokey looks and order of application.

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The picture above truly doesn’t do justice but her application was stunning. As a make up artist myself, I knew and understood every step that she took during application. The only comment that I had is that she did not prep either of her clients with eye cream, instead one with Photo Finish from Smashbox and the other with facial moisturizer. With that being said, I do wonder the wear time for the under eye on each of her clients. I understand how important and essential eye cream is so that’s why I was shocked.

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I would have to say that a big portion of this class that I enjoyed was highlighting and contouring. Because she used cream products rather than powder, I got to truly see first hand how beautiful it looked.  Seeing how harsh it was and then blended to softness in minutes was truly inspiring. I usually contour and highlight with powders but now I am going to take a second look for cream products. Cream also will truly help my drier skin with longevity as well.  Looks like I gotta get new products in my current rotation or find products that I enjoy using on myself and on clients.

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Overall, a lot of information in this class was reassurance for myself. I found myself answering the questions she proposed and explaining why she chose those shades over others. This is all thanks to having my background in makeup and being an make up artist myself.  My attendance at this seminar was fun and well worth the commute to San Jose. Her tour was sponsored by so many amazing brands such as, Dose of Colors, Tarte, Beauty Blender, Ardell Lashes, Flutter lashes, Morphe Brushes and Vera Mona. The gratis bag at the end of the seminar was worth over $130, so it was well worth going! I gained her all time favorite products and well as learned how to use them since she demonstrated each one on her clients. Some of these products I’ve already owned and are familiar with whereas there are some that I am glad are being added to my collection.  Thank you so much Iluvsarahii for having this make up seminar and it was a pleasure meeting you!!

Influenster Vox Box Mary Kay Cosmetics

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My latest Vox Box is such a delight! I have come across a fully loaded box of Mary Kay Cosmetic products. With my beauty score being my highest score on Influenster, it’s no surprise that I am receiving a box full of make up.  In this vox box I received nine different cosmetic products. Prior to this box, I have never tried Mary Kay products so I am interested in everything this brands has to offer. I am very interested to see how these products work for me and my skin’s sensitivity.

The Mary Kay lash love mascara claims to truly define, defend and deliver four times the volume in the shade, I ❤ Black. The gel eyeliner with the expandable brush applicator in jet black is a versatile eyeliner with intense color pay off. The cream eye color in apricot twist is a soft creamy eye shadow with a long wear formula.  The bronzing powder, unnamed creates a natural looking sun kissed glow. The beautiful mineral cheek color in Shy blush is a color to define your cheekbones. The Nouri-shine plus lip gloss in Mango Tango is a rich intense long wearing gloss. Translucent powders are my favorites so that is why I enjoy how it controls unwanted shine all day long. The Cream eye color/concealer brush is a must have for applying any cream products to the face. Last but certainly not least is the Mary Kay powder brush, it’s so soft!

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The packaging for these products was nice when arriving and after opening. The only down sides that I first thought about when receiving this package is one, the very small brush that comes with the gel liner. I don’t foresee myself using such a small brush to apply a thick gel product. Also another negative is that the concealer brush is already shedding really bad. I haven’t even used the brush yet but so many hairs have already dusted the box and my home. All the other products in this box I look forward to using and working with. I especially look forward to using the blush, it looks similar to Orgasm from Nars, as well as the cream shadow, the apricot shade is gorgeous! Look forward to my review on these products soon!

IMATS LA 2014 Review

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I’m now back from having yet another fabulous weekend attending the International Make up Artist Trade show (IMATS) for the third time around. This past weekend was filled with so many fun activities, I can hardly count! Prior to traveling down to Pasadena, California, my sister Chelsea and I were invited to the Crown Brush blogging event on Friday, January 17th. This was an exclusive event only for beauty bloggers, so we knew we had to go! Please see prior blog post if you want more information on the Crown Brush blogging event. This was a great event to get insight to all the new goodies that Crown Brush was coming out with as well as getting pumped for IMATS. Of course after our excitement, we ended our first night with none other than Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and boy was it amazing as usual!

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We arrived at day one of IMATS around 9/9:30am, and the line was…. uhh yeah, long. I feel that as I’ve been going to these events that more and more people are finding out about this and attending so that there are longer lines all together.  Now it wasn’t a horrible line, don’t get me wrong, my excitement kept me alright, but it was a line that you needed to drink caffeine in since it would get crazy once you go inside to the convention. You literally needed all the energy your body could muster to keep up with all the intense shopping.  On day one, it was just my sister, Lindy and I who went together but we definitely met up with more amazing people once inside.

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Once inside, my top priority was Sugarpill. If you are not familiar with Sugarpill Cosmetics, you ought to be!! The last two years I’ve missed out on the Burning Heart palette, which is the last palette in the collection to thus be complete. I have to get the individual palettes because last year they decided to come out with the Pro palette, which I basically now have. I didn’t see the point in getting it since I already had over 2/3 of the palette when it was launched. Anyhow, I got my palette and then some other goodies from them which I am very happy with. I think I’m good on products from Sugarpill until they release the Sparkle Baby palette.

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After Sugarpill Cosmetics, we hopped over to Anastacia to get our dip brows and contours kits. After those two booths, it was kinda a blur, haha. We literally ventured around the whole convention center, weighed our chances with some lines and some that had none! One booth that I was very surprised with was Inglot. On both Saturday and Sunday, all throughout the day, I never saw a line. Last year the line was ridiculous for Inglot on both days! Weird how that happens sometimes.

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I’m glad these two ladies didn’t get to sick of me this past weekend. I was literally like a kid in candy land when I walk into IMATS. There is so many pretty products, I literally just want to swatch everything or just buy it haha! From Anastacia, we literally roamed around the convention center, stopping at booths we had interest in and getting our fan girl pictures with our beloved YouTube gurus. This year was some much more relaxed than last years in regards to meeting our favorite YouTube gurus. We literally had the luck of meeting some outside of the convention center, or ones who had no line,  or if they hadn’t been approached yet. This year luck was for sure on our side!

P1000442I’m pretty sure that I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics(OCC) almost as much as I love Sugarpill. The pigmentation, longevity and cruelty free aspects of both of these lines is definitely a positive for me.  I kinda went crazy with some liptars and the new cosmetic pencils. The pencils are not instructed for lip only, so you can also use them for eyes as well! The deals at this booth were ridiculous that it’s easy to understand why I went a little crazy here.

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There were some essentials that I needed to pick up from this trade show, one of which was Inglot blushes. I’ve heard raving reviews and the colors are simply gorgeous that I knew I had to get my own freedom system palette. It was reasonably priced to have a four pan blush palette, palette included for less than $45. In comparison to other blush palettes the convention was offering, there might have been better deals but not of this high quality of pigment.

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Lashes were a big thing for me at this IMATS. I’ve personally never been a big lash person just because I am already happy with my lash length and I don’t feel that I need to wear them regularly. However when I saw Nigel has $1 lashes, I couldn’t resist. I only agreed on purchasing ten pairs, which is only ten dollars which is justified to me.  I vividly remember this elderly woman across from me who was literally counting her stacks of lashes and counted well past 100! I was like dang, she is not playing around! I understand that good quality lashes and good styles are not cheap, so when you can find an abundance at a good price, why not go for it?

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One brand that I was super interested in exploring this round at IMATS would definitely be Sauce Box Cosmetics. Their eye shadow pans are very similar in size to that of Sugarpill, so that’s what attracted me. Be on the lookout for my review on Sauce Box Cosmetics eye shadows soon! I only picked one four pan colorful palette from them since none of the larger pan palettes shades attracted my attention.  The live artistry that was performed at this booth throughout both days was remarkable. I gained a chance to meet very talented free lancers, some of which are actually native to where I’m from!

P1000595Um duh I had to hit up my favorite Crown Brush booth! The amount of superior quality brushes that Crown brush had been phenomenal as always! Definitely picked up some of my favorite eye brushes, especially the fluffy ones for the crease, along with some duo fiber stippling brushes and some synthetic face brushes. The quality of Crown Brush is unparalleled to most cosmetic lines with brushes.

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Naked Cosmetics has been the one booth that I have always debated on year after year. I already have so many loose glitters and pigments, that I truly don’t need any more, not to mention a stack of them. However, Naked Cosmetics is a brand that is throughly raved about for being one of the best, if not the best, brand for A plus grade cosmetics glitters and loose pigments. I saw some pigment stacks that did attract my eye, but not enough for me to settle on. Hopefully next year will be the year for me and you Naked Cosmetics!

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My co-workers also made it down for day two of IMATS, so I had to get some candid’s of us 😉 Watching them shop was too adorable because it literally reminded me of how I was my first year at IMATS. They were so eager to get everything they wanted, hated the lines and could not stop smiling. I know I can plan to see them again next year since they’re already excited and talking about 2015. I’m glad these girls got a taste of IMATS, and if they’re addicted, it’s not my fault!

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Um did I forget to mention that I went to a ballin ass after party a couple blocks away from IMATS? This elite invite was in promotion of the new Wayne Goss brush set, which was on display and might I saw was luxurious. My sister, Lindy and I attended this after party on Saturday evening and engaged in amazing horderves, cocktails, and amazing cupcakes. As we connected with other amazing bloggers and attendees, you won’t believe who walked in. Jefree Star and Kandee Johnson, Charisma Star just to name a few!! We got to speak with them in private, talk about how amazing they are and literally get to have a through conversation with people not trying to take a milllion selfies with them! I cannot express how baller this after party was and I have no one other to thank than my sister! Thanks sis for always knowing the goodies!

Overall this has been yet another successful year at IMATS. I feel that as each year goes by, I learn more and more what the cosmetic field has to offer me. The drive that I have for keeping my kit up to date with the latest raved about products keeps me blogging, making Youtube videos and being overly obsessed with new products. I am thankful that I have a team down to go every year and laugh at my obsession over makeup and constantly state that I don’t need products they know I’m picking up.  Well until 2015 IMATS, I can’t  wait to see how you’re going to top this year!

What’s your make up storage like?

Making our vanity as beautiful and as neat as possible is what every make up loving individual strives for. Whether it’s getting the infamous Alexander draw sets from Ikea, hoarding multiple acrylic storage cases, or filling up your desk draw, we all want the most organized vanity possible. I personally have several storage pieces on my vanity which house palettes, cream shadows, new items and more. However, as I expand more and more into this makeup world, it is getting harder to give homes to all of these products.

The first storage piece I would like to talk about is actually the newest to my collection. The one acrylic storage piece that I own was actually gifted to me from my sister, Chelsea. I was given the Cubby 5 draw acrylic storage set from Muji for my birthday! Now that I have this amazing piece, the question is, how to organize it and what items are going to be placed in it? With it being completely see-through, I need to be wise with the choices of products that are going to live there now. The five draws allow me to easily assign each draw to a type of makeup product if I would like.

Another storage piece that I have within my vanity is basically a file holder. I picked up this inexpensive, Paris decorated piece from Marshall’s that is now home to majority of my larger palettes. This storage unit is divided into six sections, three on each side, all of which are different in size and width. I placed all my palette’s vertically so that I can visually see which ones I would like to use. The slots on this storage piece are large enough to store a 120-pan palette, which is pretty large just to give you an idea. Unfortunately it does not store all of my palettes, but it gets the larger palettes out of the way.

My last piece of storage on my makeup vanity currently is a medium size storage piece from Target. This piece is three medium fairly deep-set draws which home most of my smaller palettes, individual glitters/pigments and more. I enjoy how deep-set these draws are so that I can stand up majority of my items upright and they still fit. Even though this storage piece is large, and takes up a good portion of my vanity, I am glad that I can store majority of my makeup in it and on top of it as well.

I’d love to know how you store your make up! Please leave a comment or even a blog post in response to this and I would love to hear different methods and techniques people use. Thanks so much for reading and talk to you soon!

Sephora Haul

To make this blog post not super lengthy, i’m just going to sum up the past couple weeks for you all. I’ve recently changed employment and now reside at Sephora. Through working at Sephora, they heavily believe their cast of workers should try out as many products so that they all can give their honest opinions on them. So what does that mean for me? Well, I now have a couple more goodies to add to my makeup collection, all of which I’ve never tried or owned before. Let’s go ahead and get right into the goodies!

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Shiseido created this advanced protection for the face that is a sheer, hydrating, and oil free tinted cream that protects your skin from sun damage. This product claims to blend easily and give a healthy looking glow to the skin. This product contains Superveil-UV 360, which gives your skins surface protection, and Profense CEL which protects cells and helps inhibit enzyme activity which causes wrinkles and uneven skin tone. This product can be used as a makeup base and is water resistant!

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Introducing the newest scented lip treatment from Fresh Inc, Cherry tinted lip treatment! This is a hydrating treatment that protects, plumps and nourishes your lips with some color pay off.  This product contains reparative oils and waxes that give generous moisture.  It is also packed with Vitamins A, C, E, antioxidants and grapeseed polyphenols. This is a paraben free product and gives moisuture for up to six hours!

This mini sized Sephora waterproof eye makeup remover is suitable for any client, even those who have sensitive eyes or wear contact lenses. This waterproof formula contains a lash-strengthening complex which has olive wood and flavonoid extracts. This is a paraben and sulfate free product. The last kick to this product is that it contains HydroSenn + which is a plant derived ingrediaent that is exclusive to Sephora. This ingredient leave the skin feeling very soft and comfortable after usage.

Introducing the newest cosmetic item from Benefit Cosmetics, their Stay Flawless 15 hour primer. This pro-longwear primer acts as a magnet to hold your foundation in place for up to 15 hours with still looking fresh/flawless. The product is a tan-translucent stick primer that you can apply directly to the skin and gives your foundation a natural looking finish to the skin. This is a paraben free product and it is best to close and seal the product after each usage so that it does not dry out.

Ahhh how I love Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) Liptars!! If you’re not familiar with liptars, you should be! Liptars have the formula of a long wearing lipstick with the easy application like a gloss. You can apply this product directly from the tube but it is advised to use a lip brush for more percision. You must know that a pea size amount of this product is already too much for your lips. This highly pigmented lip color glides on easily to your prep’d lips giving off a beautiful ray of colors. These liptars contain blends of oils such as hemp and peppermint which give you a cooling and comfortable feel to the lips and also soften. The color above, NSFW is described on their website as a true balanced red.

I’ll admit, this is my first Makeup Forever product and I now think that I am hooked. This is the Makeup Forever Smoky (yes there is no e) Extravagant Mascara. This mascara claimed to add volume, length and curl, the three ideal claims we as consumers look for in mascara. This product claims to use 4D technology, uses a microdefining wax complex that coats the lash surface with ultrablack pigments. With one stroke, this mascara delivers long wearing rich black mascara with no clumping!! The shape of this brush is pear shaped, or hourglass shaped. Because of the shape of the wand, it allows you to get in close to the inner corners and coat those lashes we sometimes miss!

Wow, Marc Jacobs! You have now gained access to two of the products that are going to be released by Marc Jacobs via Sephora in two days, August 8th. First starting with the mascara, this is the Marc Jacobs Lash lifter gel volume mascara in Blacquer. This mascara claims to lift, lengthen, volume and curl. What more else could a girl ask for? Oh it gets better? The sleek, classy, black laquer packaging is what comes standard on all of Marc Jacobs new beauty line. Sophisticated packaging, amazing product, that’s great in my book.  Following the same packaging concept, I also was blessed to receive the Lust for Lacquer lip vinyl in No Regrets. Who couldn’t love a rich red gloss that can be sheer and opaque when layered?  The lip viny;s are champagne-grape infused, color drenched and lust worthy. These lip vinyls will come in 12 shades.

Check out my video on these products:

Sephora Haul!

I stumbled my way into Sephora yet once again initially looking for certain things but getting others, as usual. I initially went into Sephora looking to get some goodies for myself that I had been eyeing for a couple weeks. Turns out all the products that I placed on my wish list on my online account, they didn’t have in store. However, all of the holiday collections are already out on display in the store therefore I made it apparent to take closer looks, swatches etc. Throughout my whole shopping trip, I only got 5 products.

The products that I got my hands on are the following.

  • Tarte Clean Slate Deluxe Primer Trio
  • Smashbox Try it Kit
  • Too Faced Sweet Indulgence palette
  • Sephora Rouge lipstick in Hot Tango (red)
  • Sephora Maniac Mat (mat 04/1234A, deep plum)
  • Free sample of the Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Overall, pricey experience but great products that I am very interested in and will review soon. Are there any products in this haul that you would like me to review, swatch or comment on? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section 🙂