November 2016 Favorites


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Fall Leaves Wallpapers

Hey guys- Outside of spawning a monster, November was pretty decent on the product front. I got a lot (possibly too many) new items and tried a few things that were on my list. Here’s what made my top 5:

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in “Granite”: I was already a fan of the Brow Definer and Brow Wiz…this stuff is pretty much magical. Looks more natural than a pencil ever could and allows for extreme coverage gradient control. Only down side- now that I see how much I use, and how big this pan (.06 ounces) is, there is absolutely no friggin way I’m going to use it up before it totally dries out and has to be replaced. Bummer, but I guess it’s better than too little product.

2. NARS Kabuki Ita Brush: Took me a long time to get around to this one because I’d read a lot of shedding complaints, but wanted to try it out because I don’t have any brushes that are made for defined contouring and this one seemed to be the right size and shape for me. I do like it quite a bit. Mine doesn’t seem to have too much of a shedding issue and I like how loosely the bristles are packed.

3. Kate Spade Multi Glitter and Star Earrings Set: Not a beauty item, bout who gives a sh*t…super affordable and I love that they are 12k gold plated with 14k gold posts. The confetti studs seem to perfectly walk that line between cute and juvenile. I dig that.

4. Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in “08 Creamy Beige”: I rarely use drugstore brands, but I love cream eyeshadows that double as bases and purchased this as an alternative to my MAC paint pots…so far, so good. The pigmentation is generous, the consistency is not too tacky and it’s long wearing. The shade is a rich, warm brown tone that looks perfect with very little blending- beneath eyeshadow or alone.

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette: I know you’re sick of hearing about it- too damn bad! I was reluctant about some of the jewel toned matte shades in here like Love Letter, Realgar and Golden Ochre, but these have turned out to be my favorites! Totally unique and just lovely for darker, festive looks I like to pair with colder weather.

What were your favorite products of last month? Let’s discuss! Comments and links to posts please!
Enjoy your Sunday!

Beauty Giveaway- 300+ Followers! Thanks Everyone!


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I am so happy to have finally reached over 300 followers!
Thanks so much to everyone for the follows, likes and comments. My favorite part of blogging has been realizing how many shared interests I have with you guys. I have discovered so many cool sites and great people that I never would have come across if I had never started this blog and I’m very grateful.


There’s no better way to show my gratitude than by doing a giveaway of: TooFaced The Chocolate Shop Holiday Set for 2016!!!!

Here’s the painless process for entering your name into the random name generator:

– you have to be following my blog at :
-“LIKE” this post
-comment below with your name and/or website!

Entries end Sunday, November 20th. The winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck everybody and thanks again for all the love!


October Books Read


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Hey guys! Just a quick little post today to share the books I read in October- I’m really disappointed that I didn’t get a few more crossed off my list, but I just did not have the free time in October! Hopefully I’ll make more time in my schedule next month. I did complete my 52 Books in a Year challenge though, so I’m happy with that.



Giant Days Vol.1 By John Allison

This graphic novel geared towards young adults wasn’t what I thought it would be- the art is unique and the characters are quirky and funny without trying to seem to over to top original or avant garde. Totally relatable, yet out there enough to get your attention. I will probably pick up vol.2 sometime next year.


We Are Not Ourselves By Matthew Thomas

The first 100 pages were slow going for me, but I am very glad I stuck with it. I liked it more and more as I went. Beautifully written and an almost impossibly realistic depiction of the life of one woman and her family from her childhood to her death. An emotional rollercoaster ride. Loved it.

What did you read this last month? Links to your posts and comments are always welcome!

Have a great day-

Recent Anastasia Beverly Hills Purchases


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Hey there guys- I wanted to share a few things I recently acquired from the Anastasia Beverly Hills line…


Brow Powder Duo in “Granite”, $23.00 and small #15 Angle Cut Brush, $17.00.– I love both the Anastasia Brow Wiz and the Brow Definer, so I thought I’d give the powder a try. The sharp cut of the bristles on the brush allows you to make lines the width of individual hairs and the consistency of the powder creates a more transparent, natural look than most pencil formulas.


Brush #23, $25.00– This brush is commonly paired with the Glow Kit and I thought it would come in handy for highlighters and blushes.


I love the super soft natural bristles, but unfortunately noticed a number of wild, loose hairs. The handle has a bit more thickness and weight to it than most, and I really like that.


Highlighting Duo Pencil in “Matte Camille and Sand Shimmer”, $23.00– This creamy, double ended chubby pencil for highlighting the waterline, corners of eyes and under the brows. The matte shade looks a little too bright and peachy for my skin tone, but the shimmer end has a more natural, cool finish that will blend nicely with my pinkish toned fair skin.


Brow Gel, $22.00 and Sharpener, $6.00– I became a big fan on this brow gel after using a sample I got last year from Ulta and I’m always on the market for a reliable pencil sharpener.


Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette, $42.00– I was originally struck by the unique quality of the jewel toned red shades in this palette, but since then I’ve fallen in love with the others as well, especially Golden Ochre, Burnt Orange and Raw Sienna. I found the formulas of Love Letter and Tempra to be very slightly too powdery, but the rest are amazing, creamy smooth with very little fallout.


Satin Finishes- Tempra & Venetian Red, Shimmer Finishes- Vermeer, Primavera and Antique Bronze Matte Finishes- Golden Ochre, Buon Fresco, Love letter, Cyprus Umber, Raw Sienna Burnt Orange, Red Ochre, Warm Taupe and Realgar.

Have any of these products or looking to try any of them? Let me know in the comments!!

Have a Great Weekend!


Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment Review


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Hey guys! I absolutely love trying and reviewing retinol products. A lot of the skincare products out there are difficult to put to the test because results can often be immeasurable, making opinions on these products totally arbitrary.

Choosing the right skincare items for you is often a hit or miss process- trying something for a while, seeing how your skin then looks and feels, keeping a general tally of bad and good skin days and then deciding based on the numbers to stick with that product or move on to the next product. The second you seem to settle down and find a few things you love, sh*t happens- the weather changes, allergy season starts, you get stressed out or you just get older and POOF! your skin is now longer at its best with the products you are using.

Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment is pretty much miraculous in my book- the results, for me, were obvious after a short time, the product never seems to disagree with my skin and I’m certain this is something I’m probably going to use for the rest of my life. I love this just as much as my Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Serum and I switch these two frequently.

I had a reaction immediately after using this product- redness and patchy, flaky skin. As instructed, I started mixing it with my nightly moisturizer after washing my face at night once the reaction went away. Pretty soon, I was able to use it by itself before my moisturizer a few night a week, and now I use it every night.


Just 2 pumps of this is enough for a thin layer over my face and neck- the pump has great control so I always get the same amount of product. The packaging is brilliant- retinol is light reactive so this bottle protects the active ingredients inside while still allowing the consumer to pop the top off and get the last few uses out!

This is one of the only products I’ve ever seen that has actually:
*improved the texture of my skin
*plumped up my fine lines
*reduced the appearance of my deeper wrinkles
*helped me control pore size across my nose and cheeks
*increased my skins firmness

If you are looking to begin using retinol in your skin regimen, be warned. There are tons of useless retinol products out there making the same claims as this stuff.

Skip all the nonsense, wasted time and money. Try it.

October 2016 Favorites


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Hey Ya’ll- it’s been too long! I hope everyone has had a lovely start to their season. Mine has been muddy, rainy and totally gross but besides all that….really good!
Here are some of my favorites this month:

1. Too Faced The Return to Sexy Palette- “The Ingenue” tray: I’ve had this palette for a while and haven’t been reaching for it, but lately this specific tray has been my go to- the colors are just perfect for autumn and the shimmer on the eyelid is pleasantly less intense than it looks in the pan.



2. TheBalm Sexy Mama anti-shine translucent powder: I have been loving this pressed powder as a finisher in my makeup routine- I use it on my chin and t-zone and the coverage is mattifying and ultra light, so it pairs well with whatever foundation, highlighter and bronzer I might be using. I have super light skin that easily takes on that fakey cakey porcelain doll look and this is a great product for avoiding that.

3. Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal in “Crystal Kiss”: With cooler weather coming on, my lips get chapped really easy and I’vew noticed that some of my heavier lipsticks and glosses can have a drying affect. This is a great moisturizing lip product that works with everything, no fuss whatsoever. It has a faint citrus scent, no flavor and adds just a little silvery shine without color.

4. BH Cosmetics Pop Art 10 Piece Brush set: I’ve never had any BH brushes before I ordered this set and I’m really liking it so far. 10 brushes for 20 bucks is a steal, plus the cute brush caddy.


Haven’t washed these yet to see how they take it, but I can say that these wood handled, neon color brushes are super soft and flexible with minimal shedding.

5. Cartier La Panthere Body Lotion: I purchased a Cartier La Panthere set including perfume and body lotion a while ago, and I’ve been loving this light weight quick to absorb lotion on days when I just don’t feel like spritzing on the perfume. It’s easy to write it off as a classic, almost old fashioned musk/unidentifiable floral, but La Panthere is much more complicated than that- I think it’s beautiful and sophisticated…but I don’t want to give to much away. More to come when I do a full fragrance review.

Have you tried any of these? Loved em or hated em?
What have been your favs this past month? Comments and links to your october favorites posts are always welcome!

Viseart Theory Palette 02 Minx Review


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Hey Guys- I recently picked up a Viseart Theory Palette in 02 Minx- to be honest, this was the one I purchased because it was the only one still available in-store. I knew I wanted to try Viseart shadows and I wasn’t too concerned about what the shades were.

First of all, I’m not a big fan of the packaging- reinforced cardboard with a plastic 6-pan palette inset in a matte black tone similar to Nars. I hate how dirty this color packaging looks after just a few uses! The pans themselves are metal, and the divets on the sides of the tray make them very easy to pop out and add to a magnetic palette if you ‘d like to, which is always nice.


I have to admit I was pretty shocked at the buttery, smooth texture and insane pigmentation of the 3 shimmer shades. These shades are in a sable- a medium cool brown with a silvery grey undertone, a copper- a true rich red-orange with a fine ground red shimmer to it, and a bordeaux- a warm toned reddish brown with a purple-red metallic finish.

The 3 matte satin shades are exceptionally smooth as well, but slightly drier than the shimmer shades. I found the top cream shade- a satin warm tone orange beige- to be slightly more powdery with a bit less color pay off than the other 2 satin shades. I imagine I’ll use this one as a base for the rest of the colors. The second satin shade is a doe- a warmish even medium brown and the third is a hickory- a dark, slightly warm brown with a reddish undertone. These last two were remarkably smooth with incredible pigmentation.


This palette is just plain bada**. With a setting spray, these easily will wear for 12 hours without quitting. The price is a little high at $45.00, but if you’re looking for a versatile, luxury eyeshadow palette that is good for day wear and won’t overwhelm you with 45 billion pans to choose from, this one is a good choice.

Find it here!

So if you have this and love it or not love it, let me know! Is it sitting on your want list?

Have a glorious Sunday xoxox


Recent Books Read


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Hey there, since I haven’t updated my books read in a while and plan on getting back in the habit of once a month, I thought I’d catch up with a recent list compiled since August:

My favorites were probably Room and The Brief Wonderous Life…, but I also really enjoyed both Aya and Skim– I’ve been trying to beef up my graphic novel experience a bit.

The Hand that First Held Mine- Maggie O’Farrell


Old School- Tobias Wolff


Aya (Aya #1)- Marguerite Abouet


The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao- Junot Diaz


V For Vendetta- Alan Moore


Room- Emma Donoghue


This Side of Paradise- F. Scott Fitzgerald


Skim- Mariko Tamaki


In Certain Circles- Elizabeth Harrower


Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child


Say You’re One of Them- Uwem Akpan

Have you read any of these? What did you think??
What have you been reading lately??

❤ J

My Most Recent Makeup Buys…


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Hey guys! Picked these items up at Sephora quite a while ago. It’s taken me too long to get this post up, but I thought I’d share it anyway, cuz what the hell, it’s fun.

Kat Von D Color Correcting Eye Shadow Primer in “fair” : I got a sample of this product and absolutely loved it. This stuff is no joke. I swatched it when picking the right shade out and after about 15 seconds, it was REALLY HARD just to wipe it off the back of my hand! Your eye makeup is staying put with this product. I LOVE that it’s in a crayon- less mess and the formula is a bit drier, which I need. Check it out HERE.


Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in “Sparkling Bellini” : I knew I was getting this eventually because I am crazy about my other Sweethearts in “Peach Beach”. This shade is a gorgeous, fun and bright pinky salmon color with a bit of shimmer- perfect for the upcoming summer months. Look HERE.



Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette : I am very into the both “Sunlight” panel, which is a beige champagne and gold tone, and the “Moonlight” panel which is a warmer, pearlier rosy beige. The center panel? I don’t know what the F it is, honestly. It’s dry and chalky. So far, it has been utterly useless as a finishing/ setting powder and since it is invisible on my skin, I have no clue what to do with it. Link HERE.



Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Neutralizer Color Corrector in “2 Green” : Was skeptical about this, but I like it so far. It does a fantastic job of cancelling out blotchy red tones before I put on foundation and it seems to work great under my concealers. The packaging…not so much. The pen/clicky bottom thing annoys me. I’d rather have a wand and a tube, of better yet small jar, so I can control product waste. Take a peek HERE.


Comments about any of these products & links to your most recent beauty purchases please!!