Kiss & Tell: Don’t worry, I’ll Tell You Everything!

Kiss and Tell: 5 Mini Lipsticks in all the perfect colors!

Kiss and Tell: 5 Mini Lipsticks in all the perfect colors!

Marvelous Moxie is my favorite lipstick of all time.  The pigment is truly amazing.  The one thing I hate is lipstick that has a taste to it… this has absolutely no taste!  It is the most creamy and hydrating lipstick I’ve ever worn.  My lips never look cracked or dried up.

You can only guess my excitement when bareMinerals released several Moxie colors in mini sizes for a great price!

Kiss and Tell is a set of 5 lipsticks in a shade for every mood or event!  All of the colors can be found in the regular color extension, but one – the Merlot color.  The cases are also very cute as well.  They are silver and actually have a color sticker on the end – so if you store your lipsticks upside down, you won’t have to memorize the lipstick names, but purely see the colored stickers and know which one you’d like to wear.

Make an impact with Marvelous MoxieTM Lipstick. Creamy, super-saturated, ultra-pigmented color glides on like butter for full coverage in a rich satin finish. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous. An infusion of minerals revitalizes lips for a healthy-looking pout, while a moisture-loaded hydrating complex helps to nourish and condition with Abyssinian Oil and Omega Fatty Acids for supple, baby-soft smoothness. All the while, an encapsulated vitamin A, C and E complex helps to deliver antioxidant defense, so you’re ready for anything—and everything.

Here are the colors:

  • 0.05-oz Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Speak Your Mind, a blushing pink shade
  • 0.05-oz Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Break Away, a luscious mauve shade
  • 0.05-oz Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready, a warm rosy pink shade
  • 0.05-oz Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Go All Out, a neon pink shade
  • 0.05-oz Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Be Bold, a crimson berry shade

You can purchase a Kiss and Tell Moxie Kit here.



Marvelous Moxie Power of Neutrals: Take Charge & Super Power – Best Neutrals Ever

As you know by now, my favorite brand is bareMinerals.  I have just stumbled upon the Power of Neutrals Lip Duo that came out summer of 2013 – well it has resurfaced.

This set isn’t just constructed nicely – beautiful gold cases, but it is the absolute perfect neutral / nude lip you can possibly find.  I love it when lipst look just kissable.  The Moxies create just that.  Take Charge is the lipstick and it is a great nude alone, however when you put a whisper of Super Power Moxie Lipgloss on top… why yes… your lips are kissable.

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The perfect Nude lip. Take Charge from the Power of Neutrals by Bare Minerals

Perfect nude lip – Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss by bareMinerals from the Power of Neutrals Collection


You can pick up the set here!


I tried the new Bare Minerals Bareskin Foundation: Here are my thoughts

As an avid lover of all things Bare Minerals, I of course had to try the new Bareskin foundation.

Here are the basics:

What it is:
A breakthrough tone-correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one.

What it does:
Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultrathin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance—it’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Silicone
– Fragrance
– Water
– Oil

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I think it is funny that Bare Minerals is insisting that the new foundation is “serum” and NOT foundation.  This is similar to what they have done in the past with the Original, Matte and READY Foundation.  T-Shirts were created that called foundation an “F-word” and “I’m not wearing foundation” – the lingo has always set them apart, but at times borders on the ridiculous.  In my experience, Original and Matte Foundations were to be called “loose minerals” and the READY was to be referred to as “solid minerals” and NOT pressed powder.

This was my experience with the Bareskin Foundation -

It is a liquid foundation.  I would not buy it and use it like a serum.

The color turns (also known as oxidizing) on your skin, so you want to make sure you get matched and wait a few minutes to see if the color turns before you make a decision.  It comes in 20 shades so you are bound to find the right one.

It feels light on the skin and my skin also felt more a little more hydrated.

I have only tried  a sample and worn it once but I do plan on purchasing a full bottle here soon.

The average Bare Minerals consumer will have difficulty wearing this foundation because the look and feel is so different than wearing a powder.  After putting it on, I had a hard time not wanting to put on at minimum the Mineral Veil.

Hope those thoughts help – go stop by a Boutique or your local retailer (Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s) and try it out! 20140629-013817-5897466.jpg






Hahahahaa…. DIY Plastic Brow Shaping Template with Key Ring!

I saw this on Amazon tonight and just couldn’t stop laughing!  It looks soooo funny and I can’t imagine actually buying this, but HAD to share because it is one of the top selling beauty items on Amazon right now!  Wow.

Selling point: “A Must Have for the Makeup Professional”

What?  Tell me what you think!

Kobwa(TM) Plastic DIY Shaping Eyebrow Template/Stencil Makeup Grooming Tool +Free Keyring

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#AmysArmy – Celebration of Life and Beauty

Yesterday, the lovely Amy Schaeffer started her first round of chemo – a process that will be long and very intense as she will be having an aggressive treatment.

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Amy is an amazing woman who has welcomed me into her home and served endless hours loving friends and family.  She is the mother of 3 young *very active* boys and recently moved to Atlanta to plant a church with her husband.

Well something very special happened.  Amy’s husband Justin put together a fun social media event and invited everyone to join in.  The purpose was to show Amy love and support from friends around the globe as she started her first treatment.

As pictures started rolling of friends with hats and scarves and wigs… even dogs, cats and babies all tagged #amysarmy I can just see the smile on her face.  In fact, Justin reported that her phone died mid-treatment.  Note to caregiver:  bring a charger next time!

Here is the beautiful result:

 136 photos posted (as of 6/3/14) 149 total posts with 2914 likes across all the posts!

Access Tag Board to see where her hashtag ended up all over social media!

This family has very practical needs – someone needs to care for Amy as she goes through treatment… someone needs to take time off of work to hold her hand during chemo and her head during the post chemo nausea.  A fund has been set up here to help care for their family’s needs.  This could be for the medical treatment, meals, misc and unexpected expenses and time off of work.  The goal is $6,000 – which I personally think is low for 16 rounds of treatment, none the less – they are just about $1,400 away from the needs they have assessed.  

You can access the Amy’s Army campaign here to contribute and see where they are at for their goal.

Watch some of the fun that went down yesterday:

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Amy’s husband Justin



Dear Amy, when in doubt – wear bright lipstick.  Yours Truly

Please share!  Please pray for Amy and her family!  Please donate, send cards and love their way and post some love for Amy with #amysarmy!




The beauty sale you all have been saving for is finally here!


Saturday May 24th 2014

Buy 2 Mascaras and Get 1 Free – no promo code needed

Mix and Match brands


**This year includes MAC Primer (Prep + Prime Future) – Primers are usually excluded so if you have not tried a Primer, MAC is not my favorite, but it might work for you!

Here is what I ordered:

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Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara  $31

—-> Why I love it: Soft volume and comes off with warm water, never tugs at my lashes and the wand is little so I feel like I can get very exact with the application.

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DIOR SHOW Blackout $25

—-> Why I love it:  This is your dress up mascara – it is your little black dress.  The blackest black on the market – if you want drama, you have found it here!

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DIOR SHOW Iconic Overcurl $28.50

—-> Why I love it:  This curls my lashes – I doubted, but it really does!  It also separates and gives amazing volume.  I love drama so this is my perfect everyday mascara.

What will you order?  Leave your top picks below!

My top 6 Makeup Must Haves, read here.

Don’t mess with me hair!

Don’t mess with me!  Easy summer / spring updo! bare minerals, bobbie pins, easy updos, summer 2014, side sweep, back combing, hair spray

It’s as easy as that!


Ok, so you are going to want to backcomb with the tangle teezer (if you have one) the top half of your head,

smooth it out and spray it - I like Kenra Hair Spray.

Tie the top half off to the side with a thin hair tie.

Bring the bottom up and tie it.

There will be more hair in the top portion, so you will make about 4-5 different strands that will either be a loop or a twist.

Before you put the last one in, start on the bottom and do the exact same thing.

Make them connect with a twist or a loop!

It is ok if pieces tweak out and poke out – it creates a fun measure to it.

ALWAYS FINISH WITH It’s A 10 miracle shine spray !

The day ended and yes, I had to admit to feeling a little defeated, but I started the day with a great makeup look and some smok’n hair!  It gave me the confidence to walk out the door in the first place!

BTW:  Doing “back of the head selfies” are much harder than it looks.

Find out about the Tangle teezer here.  A must have for any girl.