Melt Cosmetics order

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I have now finally fully completed my current collection of Melt Cosmetics lipsticks. Developed by Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar, both amazing MAC Cosmetics Pro artist’s piled together to create this amazing company. As you may have seen in a previous post, I have already done prior shopping with Melt Cosmetics and gained eight beautiful shades of theirs. For fall/winter of 2014, they released their limited edition shade named Dark Room, which I will get to in a moment. Since I was planning to make a purchase of their limited edition shade, it occurred to me that I was so close to having the complete collection of all shades at the current moment, so why not pick up the others? Well yes, that is what ended up happening to me.

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Now you’re probably wondering, what is Dark Room? Dark Room is the name of the limited edition that Lora and Dana created in honor of Lora’s signature lip with her beau, now husband Solgr. Dark Room is a beautiful shade that is described as a deep beet color, composed of red and purple undertones. It is a gorgeous shade for fall and should always be paired with a nice lip liner in the similar color wheel. This limited edition shade is found in beautiful cool toned gray and black packaging unlike the black and purple standard packaging.

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With picking up two of the limited edition shade, I knew that I might as well finish the collection since i’m so close. The next colors that I picked up were Belladonna 2, Summer and Bane. Belladonna 2 is described as a classic red with a pink undertone. Summer is a gorgeous soft creamsicle orange shade. Bane is a deep jet black shade. Images of the shades are below.

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Now that their lipstick collection is in my hands, I have to wait patiently for the eye shadows stacks to release. For the company, I’ve been truly in love with all of their products. The quality of their products is amazing and if you have not tried, I highly recommend you check them out! Also be on the lookout for releases coming soon from them!

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One Direction Make up Collection Review

This sponsored opportunity came about from Brand Backer to review a makeup collection that does have a connection to my life. Even though I am not personally a fan, it is make up and I want to put forth an honest review. The group, One Direction is launching their very first make up collection. Their collection is set to hit selected stores is United States, at Macy’s on August 11th, and at other retailers such as Stage Stores, Dillards, Beauty Brands and Lord and Taylor on August 25th. The collection is composed of a total of three different sets, “Take me home”, “Midnight Memories” and “Up all night”. Once again this is sposored content however this is my honest review of the products, enjoy!

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Each makeup set is composed of multiple components such as a eye shadow palette, jumbo eye pencil, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish and stencils. I was lucky enough to receive the Up all night collection. The packaging of this product truly embodies the group with their loud music and addictive personalities. You can tell that they spent the time to look at their targeted audience and make sure to create their collection according to what they want. I think color scheme wise, these collections are a great representation of the band. Each packaging comes in a metal tin case with plastic enclosure to keep products safe inside. When opening the tin, on the left hand side is a small look book detailing three ways to create different looks with the products in the collection.

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Above is all the goodies you get within this limited edition tin. I enjoy the fact that this collection is very well rounded and it is not small. Sometimes when brands or individuals come out with makeup, they start smaller rather than larger. However One Direction has a completely different view, they want to give their clients everything when they debut!  I feel that I will get usage out of everything except the stencils. I don’t find myself using them on myself but potentially in an upcoming art project.  I am totally digging how the lip gloss is UV glow gloss, can’t wait to try that out! It’s good they chose a pink lipstick, a color that every client could wear. I enjoy the simplicity with the mascara, typical wand, nice wet formula, we’ll see how well it performs in the long run. I will have to say I am the most excited about the nail polish, such a gorgeous color and great pay off in one swipe! I am very impressed with the jumbo pencil, the pigmentation and creaminess was a complete shocker, in a good way. With already having blue eyes, it will be somewhat of a challenge to pull off this eye shadow palette but I am intrigued knowing the quality of pigmentation that these products contain.

Overall, what are my thoughts? Well it’s about time that a boy brand came out with a makeup line! I’m so used to guy bands not even considering make up collections, or just head over to make a fragrance. I enjoy the fact that their line is versatile with three different versions in this collection. The quality of pigmentation in this collection was shocking in a very good way. No matter the formulation of powder, cream, gloss or mascara, all of which perform well swatching and when being applied to the face. I think this is a great starting place from them and they can grow tremendously from this.  For more on this brand, make sure to check out all social media following these hashtags for more insight, #makeupby1D, #thelookscollection, #markwins. You can also find out more updates from One Direction via their Facebook page, http://http://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection .

 

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!!

Melt Cosmetics review

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What happens when you put two MAC pro artist’s together with creative minds? The answer is simply MELT Cosmetics. Founders and co-owners Lora Arellano (twitter.com/Loreleicakes) and Dana Bomar (twitter.com/TheBomar) created these ultra-matte lipsticks with vibrant colors. Oh and did I mention? Lora is Rihanna’s makeup artist!! Not only are these lipsticks 100% vegan, cruelty free, gluten and paraben free, each lipstick has the scent of vanilla cake too! From this collection, I now own a total of nine of their lipsticks. The first order I purchased seven lipsticks and my second purchase was two. The colors that I own are Darling, By starlight, Shady lady, Stupid love, Bang Bang, 6six6, DGAF, Space cake and Blow. The colors that I do not own is Belladonna, Belladonna 2, Bane and Summer. Each lipstick is $19 which is higher then I would typically like to spend however you have to pay for good quality.

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These lipsticks are a retro-matte finish, so taking proper care of you lips before hand is key. I would highly recommend exfoliating, moisturizing, blotting excess moisture, lining and then applying the lipstick.  These lipsticks are a semi-long wear as long as you don’t have to much activity with your mouth such as eating and salivating. If you’re not sure what lip liners to pair these amazing lipsticks with, both Lora and Dana provide a multiplicity of MAC lip liner options on their website. These lipsticks can settle into the fine lines after hours of wear, but just throw on a lip gloss for added hydration and disappearance of lines.

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When applying these lipsticks, they are buttery enough so that they do not tug on the lips when applying. However they dry down to a dry finish because of the matte finish.  The pigment in these lipsticks is ridiculously amazing. When wearing these lipsticks, no one should feel the need to layer another color to intensify the look. Packaging wise, these lipsticks are all matte black with the simple purple Melt logo down the side of the product. The name can be found on the bottom noted with a sticker like most lipsticks. There is no color indication on their packaging so for storage purposes maybe store upside down to easily grab your desired shade.

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Melt Cosmetics is only currently available on their website, http://www.meltcosmetics.com. When ordering the lipsticks, standard shipping fee is applied. However on my first order, since i’m on their newsletter, they offered a free shipping code if your purchase was over $100. Their shipping is super fast, I remembered ordering on a Tuesday and I got my products no later than Friday! Now let’s see what they look like! These are going to be close up shots of the lipsticks. With this, you can clearly see which ones i’m currently loving.

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Shady lady is described as medium cool toned magenta. This lipstick contains a slight sheen to it but very unnoticeable after it dries down to the ultra-matte finish. I feel anyone could truly wear this lipstick, especially in the summer time or warmer parts of the year. This color can be worn as a statement piece or you could sheer it out in order to make it work with other facial makeup.

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Shady lady is described as bright dark fuchsia. This color can be worn for medium pay off after 1-2 swipes on the lips as well as being intensified with another layer or dabbing in the center of the lips. When I first wore this, a little bit really went the longest way. I believe because the pigment is so intense, that it allows you to build this lipstick to the intensity of your desire. 

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Oh Darling! Darling is described as a cool toned lavender pink. These creamy lipstick applies beautifully to the lips with much ease. Because this is a lighter shade, i’m not sure that it would work on every complexion because it may look chalky on darker skin complexions. Unless properly paired with a good matching liner, this color could be unflattering on some skin complexions. 

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Meet 6six6, one of the most current popular lipsticks from Melt Cosmetics. 6six6 is described as a cool deep merlot red. When I wear this shade, you can definitely see the brown come out. This shade truly gives you an opaque lip color in seconds. If you feel the need to intensify this shade, even though it’s powerful on it’s own, I recommend Nightmouth lip pencil from MAC or Black Dahlia cosmetic color pencil from OCC.

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Oh how I love By Starlight! By Starlight is described as a cool toned medium/dark purple. I love layering this color to get full opaque deep purple lips. This was one of the first shades that I was super eager to get my hands on. Since purple is the color of 2014, I can see this shade being sold out constantly.

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Don’t you ever want to channel your inner alien? Melt Cosmetics does and they made a lipstick just for that. Space Cake is described as a cool toned gray with blue undertones. This color looks exactly like it does in the tube once you apply it on your lips. I can truly say that I haven’t seen any other lipsticks this specific shade before in my life.

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Do you give a fuck? Obviously Melt cosmetics doesn’t. DGAF is described as a dark cool toned blue. This lipstick is dark enough that it can truly play well on any complexion. Out of all the lipsticks that I have from Melt, I’ll admit that this shade is the most drying. I’ve found myself dabbing on the center of my lips throughout the day to keep the intensity going. Now I have another blue lipstick to add to my collection alongside OCC RX and Pool boy.

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I’ve always had soft oranges and creme’s with a hint of orange, but nothing as powerful as this. Bang Bang is described as a warm bright neon orange. Oranges like this shade typically work best on deeper skin tones or tan people. However there are some exceptions since this is a warm toned lipstick. I love this lipstick and I think it’s definitely a summer must have!

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Saved the best for last. Blow is described as deep cool toned teal, siding with both greens and blues. This newest addition to the Melt line is unlike anything else in the cosmetic field. I have never found something like this shade ever before. I love the creaminess of this lipstick and i’m glad that they purposely made it creamier. I love wearing this on colder nights as a deep lip with color.

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!

Summer Empties 2013

This video is taking a little bit of a different turn on the typical beauty guru monthly empties. I’ve accumulated and finished all of these products over the summer, so why not have just one video honoring them? There were some months where I didn’t have as many and some months where I had a lot. What were your summer empties? How many did you have? Leave a comment below and i’ll respond!

Products mentioned:
Neutrogena makeup removing cleansing towelettes (2 pack)
Neutrogena oil free grapefruit cleansing towelette
Lorea’l Magic smooth souffle foundation
Too faced Shadow insurance (eye shadow primer)
Hard Candy Cosmetics Lashaholic mascara
NYX HD Studio photogenic foundation
Covergril Stay Fabulous outlast 3-in-1 foundation
Simple Replenishing rich moisturizer
Covergirl Lashblast Length mascara
Lorea’l Telescopic Shocking extensions mascara
Tarte clean slate poreless 12 hour perfecting primer
NYX extra creamy round lipstick in Power
Almay eyeliner crayon in Black Noir
Shiseido Refining make up primer
Visine advanced redness relief
Sephora doe eyed liquid eye liner
Stila Stay all day liquid eyeliner (AMAZING!!)
Benefit Cosmetics Total moisture facial cream
Benefit Cosmetics Stay don’t stray eye shadow and concealer primer
Benefit Cosmetics That gal brightening face primer
Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional face primer

Check out Tarte Cosmetics:
http://tartecosmetics.com/

Check out Rachel’s channel that I mentioned in the video:
http://www.youtube.com/user/icallitambrosia

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