Bravon Mascara Lipgloss & Shadows… Oh My!

I met Bravon at an event I was working as a Makeup Artist a few years ago.  I wondered what he was going to be like… He surprised me.  He was one of the kindest men I’ve ever met.  After hours of work, he kept smiling and taking pictures, giving advice and complimenting women who had come to the event to meet him and hear the fantastic makeup advice he had to give.

I was excited to hear about his new adventure – Bravon Beauty – Artist Activated Cosmetics.  It has been exciting to watch bits and pieces unfold across the internet.  You had the sense he was talking straight to you every time a picture went up and he gave his thoughts.  Follow @bravonbeauty on Instagram to be a part of the conversation.

So I waited a month after the product launch to order.  I wanted to wait until the bugs (if any) were worked out and I saw what other people liked and were posting.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t see much that initially enticed me, but I wanted to support someone who has had a huge impact on me as an artist.  So a few weeks ago, I ordered some product.  Bravon confirmed my shipment and it arrived in just two days!  The packaging was gorgeous and a beautiful picture with a note from Bravon was on top.

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Makeup is an experience for me… I love the packaging.  I love the smell of new products.  I love the way a lipgloss feels in your hand.  The way a package will have fun little details that you may miss if you don’t look at them closely.  I was sure to examine all of these as I wanted to experience it, enjoy it an share it.

Bravon Beauty Nude Lip I’ve been around long enough to know that you could buy white label cosmetics, slap your name on it and try to pass it off as your own.  I know that he’s personally been working hard to create the *perfect* formulas that women want and expect from him.

When I chose my product, I looked through the site and immediately the technology built in to the product was overly impressive.  The product that I knew I HAD to have was the Lip Prefix Primer Liner in Nutmeg – I’ve been searching for the perfect nude lip and Bravon had the colors to create just that.  I then chose the Motto Matte Moisture Lipstick (#mottomatte) in Believe in yourself Beige and went from there… I’ve been busy swatching colors and taking pictures because I want to tell you how fantastic this product truly is!


Lipstick: Believe in yourself Beige Lipliner: Nutmeg



Here is my Bravon smoky eye, used with Hi-Fi Loose Pigments and the Lip Prefix Primer Liner and Motto Matte Moisture Lipstick in Believe in Yourself Beige.  All products worn are from Bravon Beauty.

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Quick way to change up your hair? The 1 product you need guaranteed to change the way you do your hair!

I recently came upon this product and I am uber passionate about it. Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Hair Brush has hit the hair market with a huge impact on how women can easily style their hair.

Here is the ONE reason you need Tangle Teezer: 

Backcombing is made easy and the primary way you can create style and shape!

We all want to switch it up every now and again and backcombing allows you to create almost any style you desire!

Here is my hair fantasy:

Here is one picture that I find myself pinning over and over because I love it so much – it speaks to me about something sexy that doesn’t look like she has put a bunch of time into it… but you know she has!

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I also love this second picture.  You can see how it is backcombed big time, yet smoothed over for a sweeter look… and probably lots of extensions!

blonde hair for blog - teezer post 1So even if you don’t want to do some of these big do’s, you can get volume, height and shape to your look by using a tool such as the

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler Hair Brush $11.00

Tangle Teezer Salon Elite Hair Brush – Free shipping $16.99

What do you think?  Is this something you will use?   Let me your comments!

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Announcing Nordstrom’s Fall 2014 Mascara Madness: Buy 2 Get 1 Free


Nordstrom’s FALL 2014 MASCARA MADNESS!

I don’t know about you, but I NEED some Mascara!  I always like to have variety in what I choose so that I can decide how dramatic or long or natural I want my lashes to be that day.


Saturday November 8th 2014

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

Mix and Match brands


Use your Nordstrom Debit or Visa to get your rewards! 

I ordered one same as last time… but forced myself to try two new Mascaras… I’ve been hearing a lot about Lancome Grandiose – Wide Angeled Fan Effect so I decided to give it a whirl! 

Here is what I ordered:

Nordstrom Mascara Madness fall 2014

Lancome Grandious Wide Angled Fan Effect $32

—-> 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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 Clinique High Lengths Mascara $16.50

—-> Why I love it:  Nice every day, natural looking mascara… who am I kidding… I love dramatic lashes -this is great for a change of pace!

What will you order?  Leave your top picks below!

My opinion of the new BareSkin BareMinerals liquid foundation here.

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

Lingo –

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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