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High-End Cosmetics at a Walmart Price: Flower Beauty By Drew Barrymore (Review and Swatches)

Purchased by me:

I have been dying to get my hands on some of the Flower Beauty Cosmetics from Drew Barrymore. I have read lots of positive reviews, and there was one from prettyshinesparkly that had me sold! I think what peaked my interest was that Drew chooses to invest her money in the product, and personally promotes her brand. That’s why the products are infused with “a botanical-infused Soft-Focus Complex”, made in the USA, and also why the packaging rocks.  Oh, and all this at a Walmart price as it is sold exclusivity at Walmart.

 

So let me show you what I picked up out of curiosity and for my own pleasure, as I truly am a beauty product hoarder. (I mean, I have an actual beauty room now, I gotta fill it up.)

 

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What I noticed first about the Flower Beauty Cosmetic like is that the packaging looked really cool and not super cheap and junky. I think packaging matters, but that could just me.

 

CRÈME BLUSH Peach Blossom

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Brand Overview:

    • Conforms to skin for a soft “powder”-like finish
    • Blush transforms into a soft velvet veil on cheeks
    • Deposits gentle color for a healthy glow
    • Perfect for layering to build your desired look

My Thoughts: I was really impressed with the Peach Blossom Creme Blush! It was very pigmented, cool packaging, and it wasn’t overly shimmery. It actually felt a little more matte than anything except for that it did give my cheeks a nice glow. Also, the color of the Peach Blossom was gorgeous and reminded me of a version of NARS ORGASM and was also very buildable.

Price: $7.98

 

CRÈME EYESHADOW Good As Mari-Gold

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Good As Mari Gold Flower Beauty Review High End Cosmetics at a Walmart Price: Flower Beauty By Drew Barrymore (Review and Swatches)

 

Brand Overview:

  • Enriched with Vitamin E for antioxidant protection
  • Long-wearing formula
  • Water-infused, weightless finish
  • Lid-smoothing texture
  • Buildable, blendable coverage
  • Moves beautifully during application then sets without creasing
  • Easily removed with make-up remover

My Thoughts: I really like the Flower Beauty Good As Mari-Gold Creme Eyeshadow. I used it on my lower eyelid and then near the tear-duct of my eye. I found that if I pressed it onto my eyelids instead of smearing it, I was able to have more color pay off. It goes on more sheer, but once I let the first layer dry a bit, I was able to successfully add a second layer making the color more intense. I also used a tiny bit as a highlighter above my cheeks. It gave my a little bit of a golden highlight which reminded me of a Chanel highlighting product I used years ago that is discontinued.

Price: $7.98

HIGH-SHINE LIP COLOR in Morning Glory

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Morning Glory Lipstick High End Cosmetics at a Walmart Price: Flower Beauty By Drew Barrymore (Review and Swatches)

 

 

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Brand Overview:

  • Emollient oils improve shine for a rich, creamy application
  • Pure, intense color payoff
  • Extreme shine

My Thoughts: Wow, the Flower Beauty High-Shine lip color in Morning Glory gave great color payoff using very little product! I chose this color because I needed a pale, nude pink shade, and this was the perfect one. After I purchased it, one of my friends loved it so much that she went and picked one up as well. My only issue which isn’t an issue is that I didn’t feel like it was very high-shine, I thought it was more matte than anything. But I am not much for high-shine anyways, so this was perfect for me. I would most definitely re-buy this lipstick…no question about it.

Price: $6.98

 

My Flower Beauty Look

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I did this entire look in about 5 minutes and I chose these Flower Beauty products because I wanted something that would be quick, easy, and fast. I think my fave. of the three products I picked up was the lipstick. Now I want one in every shade!

 

Have you tried Flower Beauty Cosmetics by Drew Barrymore?

 

XO!!

Kendra

 

Note: I bought these products with my own cash-flow. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

 

 

 

 

 

Makeover Monday: Army Ball Makeup Edition

I think it’s been about 10,000 plus years since I have done a Makeover Monday post. As a makeup artist, one of my favourite things is to see the before and after pictures of clients (or a friend in this case) that are transformed from no makeup and hair, to makeup and hair. So last week I asked a friend of mine if she wouldn’t mind me posting her before and after pics of her army-ball-ready-look.

While my friend is beautiful without her makeup and hair done…no one is going to a ball without it. I hope you guys like this before and after makeup/hair post! Enjoy!

 

Before

austin TX makeup artist before picture Makeover Monday: Army Ball Makeup Edition Like I said, my friend her is a beauty and her skin is ridiculously flawless. But she asked me to do a soft smoky eye look complimenting her plumb colored dress, and a side swept up-do for her hair. Since her dress color was plumb, I stuck to soft gold and bronze shades with a pop of plumb as an accent color.

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After Hair

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My ball-ready friend here wanted no even one hair in her face. So I made sure to tuck everything, added a few braids for fun…and she was good to go!

 

What I Used

1) Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in OC-2

2) Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Kit in blonde

3) Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

4) Jouer Cosmetics Cream Blush in Poppy

5)  Urban Decay Naked Palette

6) Tarte Cosmetics Clay Eyeliner in Black

7) Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black

8) Jouer Cosmetics Lipstick in Kate

 

At the Ball

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Here is this recently engaged beauty with her man at the ball! How cute are they?

 

Have a great MONDAY!

XO,

Kendra

Note* Some of these products were given to me by PR Companies. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

 

 

Gorgeous Spring 2014 Limited Edition Shiseido Eye Color Bar (Review + Eye Designs)

Hey Babes…

Today is a good day because I am reviewing the ah-maz-ing limited edition eye color bar from Shiseido. As a makeup artist, Shiseido is one of those brands that myself and other makeup artists gush about! So make sure to read my review and check out the four eye design looks I created from this eyeshadow palette (if you like them…don’t forget to pin them).

 

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Shiseido Limited Edition Eye Color Bar Review

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Brand Overview: “NEW! The Limited Edition Eye Color Bar includes 9 uniquely beautiful new shades created especially for this holiday season by Dick Page! The palette includes 7 distinct colors and 2 transformative shades with polarized pearls that allow you to create customized colors and textures through layering. The Limited Edition Eye Color Bar is an exquisite expression of Shiseido Artistic Director Dick Page’s philosophy, “Makeup should be fun!”

My Thoughts: Are you kidding me? How gorgeous and versatile is this Shiseido Eye Color Bar? It has such a cool variety of colors that I was so excited to have in my beauty room to play with on my eyes. Also, the price (below) is really good in my opinion for 8 eyeshadow shades. All of these eyeshadow colors are really big, so to me, this is a good deal! Now, let’s look at the actual eyeshadow colors.

Price Tag: $50.00

 

Shiseido Eye Color Bar Swatches

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I am going to be doing my swatches starting at the top row, far left. FYI: none of these colors have names attached to them in this palette.

Shiseido Color Bar Eyeshadow review Gorgeous Spring 2014 Limited Edition Shiseido Eye Color Bar (Review + Eye Designs) Far Left Color: This is a very vivid blue shade that is really creamy and easy to apply. It is highly pigmented, a little goes a long way and it is very true to color on the eyes.

Middle Color: A very bright plumb purple color that again, is very creamy, highly pigmented, and easy to apply.

Far Right Color: I love this color! It is a cream color that has a bit of an iridescent look to it. It reminds me of the MAC Vanilla pigment.

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Far Left Shade: This is a cool brown shade that is creamy, highly pigment, and easily blendable. Great for the contour of the eye.

Middle Shade: I love this dark black eyeshadow. It is also very creamy, highly pigmented, easily blendable. Perfect to create a super sexy, smoky eye!

Far Right Shade: This is a warm brown eyeshadow color. Again, very creamy, highly pigmented. super blendable.

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Far Left Color: This very nude eyeshadow is also very iridescent and has a beautiful pink glimmer to it. This one seems like an every day color choice to me. It’s very beautiful! Also very creamy and non-flaky.

Middle Color: I would say that this is more of a maroon shade. This would look pretty on a lot of eye colors and would also be something I would pull out for next fall. It is creamy, highly pigmented, and lovely.

Far Right Color: This is a pretty matte, bright emerald shade. It is very pigmented, very creamy, and I love it. It’s very spring-ish in my opinion.

 

Shiseido Eye Color Bar- Eye Designs

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Thoughts. Opinion. Rating

This Shiseido Eye Color Bar eyeshadow palette is one of the better palettes I have tried. Every color was very creamy, highly pigmented, and true to color on my eyes. I also loved that they were so easy to blend…it’s like the shadows melted into eachother in a good way. My favorite color was the bottom far left shade (nude color), I think it would be gorgeous over the top of the green, blue, and purple shades; blending those together would be gorgeous.

Also, I think that this palette would work for not only the eyeshadow savvy, but the eyeshadow curious. It has a lot of eyeshadows to play with and you could always use the neutrals primarily, and then accent around the lash line with the more poppy shades. I am a big fan of this palette, there is nothing I don’t like about it and the price is fantastic. I also like the packaging. Are you kidding me? I want to blow it up into a larger size and put it in my house on the wall. (Do you hear me Shiseido?)

Rating: I am in love with you (5 points)

 

What’s your fave. color in this palette? Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for social updates!

Note* These products were given to me for an honest review from a PR company. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

 

Precision MD Vivatia Advanced Skincare System (Review)

If you are a skincare savvy/fanatic person like I am, you will definitely want to check out this skincare set from Precision MD that I am reviewing for you today. There is a lot that I really like about it, and then some things that I am not super thrilled about. I love that tons of dermatologists and medical spas sell this because it means that it is approved by skincare professionals. This skincare line also reminds me of my Obagi skincare set, except for it is far less expensive.

Okay, let’s get started.

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In this Precision MD Vivitia Kit you will get a Gentle Cream Cleanser, Active Repair Complex, Brightening Complex, and a teeny-tiny Restoring Moisturizer Sample. I will go through each of the products and explain what I like and don’t like about each one.

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What I like first about this kit is that it comes in an awesome box that holds everything together, keeping it really organized. I don’t like having a million thing’s on my counter (but lets me honest…I have a million things on my counter), so having this case is perfect for storing under my sink.

 

Precision MD Vivatia Gentle Cream Cleanser

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Brand Overview: “Ultra-gentle, non-foaming cream cleanser helps clear away dirt, impurities and makeup while it hydrates and restores the skin barrier. It is the perfect cleanser to use when first starting a retinoid program. Unlike traditional cleansers, this cleanser hydrates the skin and actually helps strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier by delivering essential fatty acids and moisturizing nutrients to the skin. Specially designed for use with high-potency retinoid therapy. Why you’ll love it: -Cleanses away dirt and impurities -Moisturizes and hydrates the skin -Protects the skin from dryness and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier”

My thoughts: While cleansers only stay on the skin for a minute, it is important to have a good one! I had a great experience with the Precision MD Vivatia Cream Cleanser. There was no stripping of my skin, it did leave it feeling fresh and still moisturized.

Ingredients:Water, Glycerin, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate Acrylates/Aminoacrylates/C10-30 Alkyl PEG-20 Itaconate Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Glycol Distearate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Panthenol, Methylisothiazolinone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.

Price Tag (when sold alone): $27.50

Precision MD Vivatia Active Repair Complex 0.5% Retinol

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Brand Overview: “A unique retinol treatment that combines stabilized retinol with a proprietary mix of anti-aging ingredients that accelerate and improve results. Available in 3 levels- .5%, .75%, 1.0% retinol. Proprietary foam enables us to combine ingredients like retinol, peptides, niacinamide and antioxidants and keep them pure and effective. It is formulated to deliver highly effective ingredients gently to the skin to maximize results and minimize irritation. The formula has been clinically proven to deliver visible results that match prescription tretinoin.* Why you’ll love it: -Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles -Smooths and softens skin for a more supple texture -Improves skin radiance for a more luminous complexion -Evens skin tone for a more consistent complexion.”

My Thoughts: I have been using the 0.5% Retinol which is the lowest retinol percentage in this product, but still very strong for my skin. If you are not use to using a retinol, like stated above, you seriously need to build up a tolerance. I only use mine every 2 days because my skin can’t handle anymore. If you use more than you probably should, the retinol will make your skin red and raw (I only know from experience with other retinols). As far as my experience with the Vivatia Active Repair Complex, the first few weeks were interesting as it pulled all of the gunk up from the blackhead, block party on my chin in the form of zits. But after those two weeks, besides some flakiness which is typical for me when I use a retinol, my chin area (major problem area) was nearly 100% clear. My only hang up with this product is that it is a foam in a can instead of a gel or cream in a tube. It certainly didn’t effect how well I liked what it did to my skin, but personally I really like to get the last drops out of my skincare by squeezing the love out of it. With that said, I have been using it for a few months now, and it has yet to run out….so not bad.

Ingredients:Purified Water, Hydrofluorocarbon 227ea, Isononyl Isononanoate, Pentylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/ Polyglyceryl- 3 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Algae Extract (and) Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) Extract, PEG-75 Stearate, Retinol, Polysorbate-20, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Rubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Butylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, BHT, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Carbomer, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Cetylhydroxyproline Palmitamide, Chia Seed Oil, Cholesterol, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Disodium EDTA, Fructose, Glycine, Hexyldecanol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Inositol, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Phytosphingosine, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate, Sodium PCA, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Urea, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, BHA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminobutyroyl Hydroxythreonine, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-5 Diaminohydroxybutyrate.

Price Tag (when sold alone): $112.50

 

Vivatia Brightening Complex

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Brand Overview: “A unique combination of 10 brightening ingredients including 2% hydroquinone, kojic acid, arbutin, licorice root and vitamin C helps even skin tone and fade dark spots for more luminous-looking skin. Proprietary foam enables the combination of unique ingredients to maximize results. Brightening Complex has been shown to match performance of 4% hydroquinone at 4, 8 and 12 weeks.* Why you’ll love it: -Helps fade the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation -Brightens skin and improves skin radiance -Helps even skin tone.”

My Thoughts: First off, I appreciate that this doesn’t just have hydroquinone in it as a brightener. Above you can see that is also has kojic acid, arbutin, licorice root and vitamin c! This is such a killer grouping of great ingredients all in one spot. Right now in my life I don’t have a ton of brown pigmentation to reduce since I have been an avid sunscreen user. But, I do have some on my nose and I saw a significant reduction of those hyper-pigmented spots. Besides this once again being a foam…I really like this product and what it did for my skin a lot.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Hydrofluorocarbon 227ea, Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/ Black Tea Ferment, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononoate, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydroquinone, Alpha- Arbutin, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Kojic Acid, Panthenol, Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-75 Stearate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Brassica Napus Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate)Seed Oil, Rubus Occidentalis (Black Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Chia Seed Oil, Tetrahexadecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Allantoin, Chlorphenesin, Hexapeptide-2, Bisabolol, Fragrance, Sodium Bisulfite, Sodium Sulfite, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate Dextran,Sodium Hyaluronate, BHT. Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose. Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract.

Price Tag (when sold alone): $86.00

 

Precision MD Restoring Moisturizer

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Brand Overview: “A super hydrating, non-greasy lotion with vitamins B, C, E, CoQ10 and green tea helps restore the moisture barrier for healthier-looking skin. Specially designed for use with high-potency retinoid therapy, this nourishing moisturizer helps build the skin barrier to improve the performance of the retinoid and reduce irritation. Why you’ll love it: -Moisturizes and calms the skin -Helps soothe stressed skin -Protects against free radical damage.”

My Thoughts: I have no complaints about the Vivatia Restoring Moisturizer. It did a great job of hydrating my skin but wasn’t overwhelming at the same time. I also liked that it didn’t have any scent, and didn’t leave any grease residue once rubbed into my skin.

Ingredients:

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Chlorphenesin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Allantoin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Bisabolol, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Lavandula Angustinfolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Squalane, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Fucus Versiculosus Extract, Plumeria Rubra Flower Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Rose Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens Seed Extract, Coraiandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Extract, Ubiquinone.

Price Tag: What I received in this box was a small sample that would be great for traveling. If you were to purchase the full size item, it would be $38.00

1 Week After Using the Precision MD Vivatia Kit

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Honestly, my skin looked awful. It was flake city, zit city, and blah city. But since I am a licensed esthetician and worked for 7 years at a medical spa, I know that you really have to go through this skin process to see the good skin. I call this the ugly zone, and it lasts a few weeks. So, just expect that if you are someone who has clogged skin, using this product will make them come up and it won’t look pretty in the beginning.

p.s- These picture are frightening. Sorry if you experience night terrors after looking that up-close and personal with my nose/nostril. Gross.

 

1 Month of Using the Precision MD Vivatia Kit

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I definitely still have some flaking going on, but my chin area looks significantly more smooth, soft, and clear. I also noticed how much having the gunk out skin made my pores more tight. Also, you can really see on my nose how the brown pigmentation went down and the overall clarity of my nose (pore size etc) looks so much better.

 

Other Brand Pics and Information

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Thoughts. Opinions. Review

Besides the foaming can situation, I really liked what the Precision MD Vivatia kit did for my skin and the professional results it gave me. I am guessing the reason they used a can was to prevent oxidation of the product which helps it sustain it’s consistency and quality. I would definitely recommend this product if someone was looking for a professional skincare line that carried a really good retinol and was a great price. Personally, this is a product that I would re-purchase…I just would have to get over the foam situation which makes me feel like I am putting shaving cream on my face.

Price of Set: $198 and if you were to buy everything separately it would be $226.00. So you are getting a nice savings when you purchase the entire kit.

Rating: I really like you (4 points since I can’t get over the foam which makes not be an issue for you)

 

note* This product was provided to me for an honest review by a PR company. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

 

Beauty Blog Coalition MASSIVE Spring Giveaway!

Hey babes,

You will not want to miss out on this giveaway I am apart of with the lovely ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition. We are giving away THREE gift cards to three ridiculously lucky beauty fanatics, and I think I am already jealous of the winners! Who wouldn’t want to win a gift card for $500, $250, or $130?

Have fun entering and good luck my friends!

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(note: if you can’t see the giveaway below on your email..please go to my actual blog and enter!)

 
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2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid Smoky Eye Youtube Tutorial

I am not going to lie, it’s been a while since I have posted a Youtube makeup tutorial..so I really hope you all will watch it and recreate this Radiant Orchid Smoky Eye. In case you didn’t know, Radiant Orchid is the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year and it has been a beauty blogger, Youtube beauty guru, and makeup artist favorite. I am really excited for you all to watch…leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

 

Youtube Tutorial Radiant Orchid Smoky Eye Tutorial 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid Smoky Eye Youtube Tutorial

 

Radiant Orchid Smoky Eye Youtube Tutorial 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid Smoky Eye Youtube Tutorial

 

 

Below is my latest Youtube video using Pantones 2014 color of the year: Radiant Orchid!

Products Used:

1: Urban Decay Potion Primer

2: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Loose Pigment in Static

3: Mac Cosmetics loose pigment in Dark Soul and Vanilla

4: Wet n Wild eyeliner in Navy

5: Too Faced Comsetics Better Than Sex Mascara

6: Esqido Lashes in Oh So Sweet

 

Why I Got Botox in My 20′s and Now 30′s

Botox is a hot topic for any age…but especially when you are in your 20′s and 30′s. People either love it, are whatever about it, or think it’s from the devil. No one likes to talk about their Botox treatments (unless you are me…) because no one wants to admit if they take those extra measures to delete and diffuse those fine lines and wrinkles they have gathered over time.  But I am of the “love it” crowd of people and have been doing it off and on since I was 21 when I worked at a medical spa. So, I thought I would do a post on my Botox treatment, plus give you some before and after pics and talk about my experience and what to expect when and if you get Botox.

Side note: I realize that Botox is a controversial subject and some people think that getting Botox is a preverbal sin (based off of  previous comments from other Botox blog posts I have done). But I don’t see any difference in getting Botox, having my hair done, getting a mani, or having laser hair removal. They are all beauty treatments…some more expensive than others, but beauty treatments non the less. If you are concerned about Botox being a toxin, that is another story. If you want more information about the safety of Botox, the history (been around since the 50′s), and what else Botox is used for, got to Botoxmedical.com.

Getting Botox at 30 years old Why I Got Botox in My 20s and Now 30s

 

Whenever I tell people that I get Botox, their initial reaction is, ” you get Botox! Where? You are so young!” True…I am young-ish, but there are still areas of my face that would be in much worse shape had I not had Botox. So far, there is nothing out there that is a cream or serum that even comes close to diminishing and nearly taking away my fine lines and wrinkles. It had actually been 3 years (and 2 kids later) since I had my last Botox treatment, so I was seriously itching to get it done again because having kids has made these fine lines and wrinkles seriously come out hard core. With that said, it is best to get Botox done every 3 to 4 months, but for me, having a goal of every 6 months is more doable and realistic.

For me, the areas of my face that bother me the most (with fine lines and wrinkles) is my forehead. In my family, the area between the brows goes down hill really bad and I was definitely starting to see it happen to me. Because I was furrowing my brows so much for whatever reason, I started to build muscle above my brows which started to create a dent in low center of my forhead (so lovely). Since I take pictures nearly every day of my self for this blog, I was seriously starting to see that dent in every picture and I wanted it to be gone (just being honest).  Below you can see the areas in more detail that I wanted to get my Botox.

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To help diminish these fines lines and wrinkles, I went to see Audrey, the owner of Aesthetic Advancements NW near Portland, OR. I have known Audrey for a very long time and she is not only one of the best injectors for Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse, etc, but she injects like it’s an art form. That’s also the reason why she is asked to train other injectors, she is fabulous and I am so happy she was able to squeeze me in the day before I moved to Austin, TX (her office manager is awesome)!

 

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Per Audrey’s recommendation, I had 30 units put into my forehead. I had banked some bucks from sending referrals her way (another awesome perk of hers and an easy referral to give since she rocks), so I was able to get a discount. Botox can cost anywhere from around $10.00 per unit to $15.00 per unit depending on a lot of different factors; usually based on how many units you have done. Typically, the more units you have, the less the unit price will be.

My experience getting Botox was awesome. I was numbed for about 10 minutes prior to being injected and I can honestly say that I felt absolutely nothing. It was actually a very relaxing treatment in a spa like atmosphere. After Audrey was done injecting me with Botox, she added a little concealer over each injected spot, and I looked entirely as if I had nothing done. No one would ever know what I did that day…

 

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So, basically I am very happy that I had my Botox treatment yet again. It was relaxing, I was in great care with Audrey, and I feel like my forehead looks amazing but not completely frozen. Botox lasts about 3 months and you can bet that I will be getting it done again when I come back to Portland in August for a visit.

 

What are your thoughts on Botox? Would you get it? Do you think it’s evil (kidding…kind of)? Are you curious.? Do you already get it done? OR…._________fill in the blank.

XOXO,

Kendra

Note* This Botox treatment was given to me based off of my referrals from the Aesthetic Advancement referral program. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own. This post is not sponsored by Aesthetic Advancements or Audrey, and it was entirely at my own discretion to post about my treatment.

6 Areas of Your Face to Highlight Every Day

Today we are talking about the areas of your face that you and I should be highlighting every day. I think we can all agree that it’s super annoying when your face looks dull and blah, and highlighting can really make a huge difference. Now, before I get started, I want to mention that these are basic areas of the face that ususally look better with highlighting. If you try one of these areas out and you think it looks no bueno, don’t highlight there. For instance, if your nose has a slight bump on the bridge, perhaps you should skip highlighting that area.

Highlighting is basically drawing light to the areas of the face that we want brought out to create a more soft look to the face. Every face has shadows, we are bringing light to those shadows and/or contrasting shadow that we want to be there… like the ones under our cheekbones. Let me know if you have questions!

 

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1) Above your brow to make your eyes look lifted.

2) Highlight above your brow bone to create dimension with the contour of your eye.

3) Make your eyes look more awake by highlighting near your tear ducts.

4) Highlighting above your cheekbones adds dimension and contrast to the hollows of your cheeks.

5) By highlighting the bridge of you nose, it appears to be slimmer.

6) To make your lips look a bit more pouty, highlight in the cupids bow.

 

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There are many thing’s that you can use when you are wanting to highlight your face. But what I found for everyday use and something that I carry always in my makeup kit is the MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl. I apply this by using the tips of my fingers…pretty basic and easy!

 

XOXO,

Kendra

p.s- Right now Nordstroms is having their big gift with purchase! If you have beauty products that you have been dying to get, Nordstroms offers Free Shipping as well!

 

note* These products were purchased by me. There are affiliate links in this post. Using those links helps me to get a small commission which greatly helps me keep this sight going. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Jane Iredale Spring 2014 Magic Hour Collection (Review)

Hey guys, I hope you all had a fab weekend! Last week I was sent a few products from the Jane Iredale, Spring 2014, Magic Hour Collection and I wanted to let you in on my thoughts. I have been a big fan of Jane Iredale for a good 10 years (ugh…time is flying) so I am always thrilled to get to test out some of their latest items. Today I am reviewing Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Craze and the Gel Eyeliner in Brown. Let me know what you guys think and if you have ever tried this!

 

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Like I said, I only have a few of the pieces from this collection to review for you today. If you want to see the full collection of the Magic Hour Collection, head on over to Jane Iredale and check it out.

 

Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Craze

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About From the Company: Packed with botanicals, the stain actually soothes and pampers lips for comfortable, buildable coverage without feathering or drying. If you’re ready to commit to saturated, picture perfect color, cozy up to our irresistible shades.

Ingredients: sododecane, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol, Vanilla Tahitensis Fruit Extract. [+/- (May Contain) Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850)(Aka 202), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850)(Aka 201)]

Price: $30.00 (a little steep…I would price it around $25.00)

Cruelty Free

My Thoughts: What I most noticed about the Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Craze is that it didn’t suck the life out of my lips on contact. But because of that, it did make them feel a bit sticky and tacky if I didn’t apply the lipgloss. Another great thing is that is is really buildable as you can see in the pictures above. If I just wanted a sheer look for going to the gym, I applied just one layer, but for a more bold look, 2 layers was definitely sufficient. I also really liked the color a lot, I feel like I could just wear this alone and it brightens up my face. Perfect for those afternoons where my lips are the only thing getting color as I am dashing out the door. But with all of that said, I think the price tag would make me think twice about repurchasing. I know Jane has really high quality products and that’s why some thing’s are more…so, for some people, this may not even be an issue.

Rating: I really like you (4 points)

Jane Iredale Gel Eyeliner in Brown

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Jane Iredale Jelly Gel Liner Review Swatch Jane Iredale Spring 2014 Magic Hour Collection (Review)

 

 

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About From the Company: 

  • Soft and creamy, they glide on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line, then set to stay just how you like.
  • Highly pigmented, water resistant and long lasting.

Ingredients:  Isododecane, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate. [+/- (May Contain) Iron Oxides (Ci 77489, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Mica]

Price: $28.00

Cruelty Free

Vegan

My Thoughts: I have to say, this brown gel liner from Jane Iredale is one of the better gel liners I have tried. It was extremely smooth and applied like a breeze. It dried quickly.. but not so quick that I couldn’t manoeuvre it how I wanted. Plus, I didn’t really have to use much to get the look I wanted. I really want the black shade now!

Rating: I am in love with you (5 points)

 

My Look

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This is just a really simple look. Besides mascara, all I have on is the Lip Fixation lipstain in Crave and Brown gel liner. I don’t even have blush on! I think the lipstain did a pretty good job of brightening up my face considering the lack of other makeup I am wearing in this photo. What do you think?

 

Shopping: You can check out the Entire Jane Iredale Collection here! Happy Shopping

 

I hope you guys have a good Monday!

XOXO!

Kendra

disclaimer- These products were given to me by a PR Company for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (Review)

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Alert Citizens of Beauty: BB goes body with Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (hearing angels sing) and it’s not only a gigantic bottle at a reasonable price, but it will make your skin feel moisturized and look awesome at the same time. Jergens claims that it’s BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream will give you 5 visible results in 5 days, so let’s see if it does what it say’s it will.

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First off, can we pause for a moment and talk about/admire how big this bottle is for only around $11.99? It’s 7.5 oz and a little goes along when using this product. It comes in two different formulas: all light skin tones and all medium skin tones. I chose to purchase the all light skin tones since I am nearly see through at the moment and it was perfect.

 

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I only used a pea size amount (as you can see) for my entire arm which is very reasonable.

 

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5 results in 5 days which include: hydration, illumination, a more even skintone, firmer skin, and correction.

Immediately: With the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream you will see that your skin is more illuminated and definitely more moisturized. I personally noticed that right away and could tell a huge different when I put my arms side by side (watch my video and you will see the side by side action). I also loved how quick this absorbed into my skin with zero oil factor and the soft vanilla scent was an added bonus. Another great thing is that you won’t see any left overs of this BB Cream on your clothes.

Within 5 days: This is when you should start to see other improvements like firmer skin, a more even skintone and correction of redness in the lighter skintones formula and discoloration in the darker skintones formula. With that said, while I did see a softening of my skin within 5 days, this product is more sheer than a traditional BB cream for the face, so it’s not going to do much for major blemishes as far as concealing (if you have scars or body acne etc.), but it will soften them.

 

Watch My Video Review!

 

(If you are reading this via email, you will have to go to the actual post to watch the video! Sorry…)

Make sure to check out the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream for brighter, softer, and more even skin! I have two bottles of this, and definitely will be re-purchasing in the future!

Have a great day!

XO,

Kendra

  • Disclosure: This post and video were sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post and create a video about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own.

 Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream (Review)