Pur Minerals Secret Crush Eyeshadow palette

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Happy Earth Day beauties! Today I have a sexy neutral eyeshadow palette to share with you! Think you don’t need another neutral eyeshadow? Think again! The Pur Minerals Secret Crush eyeshadow palette is a neutral lovers dream, and even if you don’t “need” more eyeshadow, I don’t think you’ll want to pass this beauty up!

There’s a great selection of colors, four matte and four shimmery. The shades from L to R: Whisper, Lust, Passion, Muse, Admirer, Infatuation, Rendezvous, and Rumor. As you can see they all are highly pigmented and smooth. The only shade that is patchy is matte brown Rendezvous. Lust is the perfect match for my skin tone, and wonderful for blending. I found these shadows to have almost a creamy texture, and have more color payoff than my other Pur Minerals palette, from the Jupiter Ascending release.

I was also sent the Liquid Veil Spray Foundation in Light. This foundation in a can is meant to be sprayed on your makeup brush and applied. It’s very lightweight and sheer, with a satin finish. I’m still testing it with different primers and application methods, but I think it might not be the finish and coverage I’m looking for.
Do you have any Pur Minerals favorites?

Be A Berry Bronze Bombshell with Tarte

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I am in LOVE with this $24 Tarte Cosmetics Berry Total Lip Service trio! This ULTA exclusive comes with a LipSurgence Lip Creme in Brilliant, Amazonian Clay Lipliner in Berry, and LipSurgence lipgloss in Brilliant. You can also get this in a Nude trio with Harmony LipSurgence lip creme. They give a beautiful glossy berry pout with extra lasting power.

My other new Tarte-obsession is the Maracuja Bronzing Serum. This serum and gradual tanner in one lends a subtle glow when used daily. I apply 3-4 drops on my face after serum and moisturizer, before primer or CC cream. It’s really pretty hard to mess it up! I noticed it is infused with an herbal floral fragrance, but to me it has quite a self tanner scent when it first goes on. Thankfully it dissipates almost immediately. This is my go-to facial self tanner, because it works so well over my skin care and under my makeup. I have had no problems with break outs or irritation from it either. The 1.7fl oz ($48) bottle is quite large for something I use only a few drops of, so I expect it will last for a while. It’s no secret that Tarte is one of my favorite brands!

Don’t forget, the Sephora sale is on now! If you are a Beauty Insider, VIB or Rouge, you can get 10-15% off. (what a BUMMER we don’t get the Rouge 20% discount this time!!) Tarte has some great new products out for summer, like the Poppy Picnic LE Amazonian Clay palette and the Showstopper palette. I also noticed there’s a new Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush (Energy), with the Skintuitive technology, to give you the perfect pink flush. It looks like it’s for VIB Rouge only right now. I love the Energy lip gloss, so I definitely want to give this a try! They also have a new Tarteguard non chemical sunscreen that’s getting rave reviews. Is there anything from the Tarte Summer collection that you’ll be picking up? Shop my favorites and wish list items below:

Drugstore Beauty Twitter Party + Fab Spring Beauty Prizes!


Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party with The Beauty Council, to chat all about drugstore beauty for Spring! On Wednesday, April 15th at 9:00 pm ET , please join me for the#TBCBeauty chat where we’ll indulge in a virtual beauty chat and give you a chance to win some awesome prizes!

DATE: 4/15/2015



  • $25 Visa Gift Card
  • 3 Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balms
    – Shade 25- Pink Punch
    – Shade 20- Grape Vine
    – Shade135- Gleaming Coral
  • 2 Maybelline Eyeshadow Palettes
    – 1 The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
    – 1 Blushing Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
  • GRAND PRIZE: Maybelline Beauty Kit
    – 3 Maybelline Eye Shadow Palette- The Blushing Nudes, The Nudes, and The Brights
    – 1 Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara in the Shade 01 VERY Black
    – 1 Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer
    – 3 Maybelline Dreamy Bouncy Blushes in shades: 40 Pink Plum, 15 Rose Petal, and 30 Candy Coral
    – 3 Maybelline Master Kajal by Eyestudio Liners in shade- 530 Midnight Brown, 520 Charcoal Skies, and 540 Navy Night
    – 3 Maybelline Lip Elixirs in shades : 060 Nude Illusion, 530 Radiant Ruby and 040 Vision in Violet

HOSTS: Must FOLLOW each host to win!

@thebcouncil @angejim0531 @jmelee1221 @laurajean396 @beauty101blog @daydream_beauty @geniabeme @cosmaficionado @BeyondBeauty15 @EBBlogAshley



Top 10 Spring Break Beauty Essentials

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I’m going to pretend that I’m going somewhere warm to sip fruity rum drinks on the beach for Spring Break. I’ll try and ignore the fact that we still have feet of snow in some areas of the yard. If I was taking a warm vacation this spring, here’s what I’d bring!

Pacifica Makeup Removing WipesDeodorant Wipes, and Hand and Body Lotion Wipes – Pacifica has outdone themselves with these genius wipes. Gentle, paraben, sulfate, and aluminum free, these vegan wipes are perfect for a beach tote, purse or diaper bag.


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream, Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm, and Milk Oil Conditioning Cleanser are safe for the most sensitive skin, free from artificial fragrance, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. The Milk Oil cleanser is a great makeup remover, or gentle morning cleanser. The sleeping cream contains peptides, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, colloidal oatmeal and rich butters. If you have parched skin from a day in the sand and surf, this is the perfect nighttime moisturizer to replenish and repair your skin. The eye balm is a must have, and my favorite eye moisturizer. Meant to be used around the entire eye area, this eye cream is rich with shea butter, feverfew extract, hyaluronic acid and algae extract. First Aid Beauty claims the balm will improve skin elasticity, firm and smooth the look of fine lines, and protect the delicate undereye area. I use this morning and night, and it works well under makeup.

Alaffia Everyday Coconut Face Toner this gentle spray toner is convenient, hydrating and soothing. Contains neem, papaya leaf extract and coconut water.

Whish Coconut Milk Shave Cream with hair inhibitor – this creamy coconut shave cream is super soothing from the shea butter, omega 3, coconut and jojoba oils. It also contains chapparel extract to inhibit hair growth. All Whish products are organic and paraben, sulfate, DEA, TEA and petrochemical free.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer – Just because you are being a lush on vacation, doesn’t mean your skin has to look like it. This lightweight silicone-free primer is infused with coconut water and a probiotic ingredient to nourish and brighten skin while it prolongs makeup wear.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream – I know you’re tired of hearing me talk about this, but if I had to use only one makeup product for the rest of my life, it would be this. It’s skincare, foundation, sun protection, perfection in a tube basically!!

Paula’s Choice Blush It On Face Contour palette – You won’t need to bring separate blush, bronzer, and highlight because this palette has it all. A brightening highlight shade, bronzer, and 4 blush shades: Delicate Coral, Dusty Rose, Peony, and Soft Mauve. Since receiving this palette with my Paula’s Choice skin care, I haven’t wanted to use anything else. I love having all these options in one handy palette. Oh, and if you click the Paula’s Choice link, you can save 20% on the Blush It On palette! Check out the links below to see what my blogger friends chose for their top Spring break beauty essentials!