April Faves!


Hi everyone!  Can you believe another month has practically flown by?

With today being the last day of April, here are a few products I have been enjoying this month.

Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque

With the weather warming up, I’ve had a few breakouts here and there and this cooling clay masque always helps clear up pimples since it’s formulated with salicylic acid, while kaolin and bentonite mop up excess oil.  I use this mainly on my T-zone or as an overnight spot treatment.

Renee Rouleau Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

A great exfoliating treatment that consists of enzymes and several fruit acids such as mandelic, lactic, salicylic, tartaric and malic for a sweet skin treat that will leave skin soft and glowing.  Smells like and has the consistency of jam complete with berry seeds.  One word of advice: Since the color of this mask is red, if you decide to walk around with other people in the house, let them know so they won’t freak out. 🙂

The Honest Co Lavender Mint Lip Balm

I received a trio of lip balms as part of a gift bag when I attended a film festival and I instantly fell in love with this one.  I get my calming lavender scent fix-yes, I love aromatherapy and this type of lavender is my favorite- as well as moisturized lips that feel light.

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek Blush in Trickery

Mousse like texture and  long-lasting peach color that’s wallet friendly.  Need I say more? Click here for a complete review.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Birkin Brown 

My first Charlotte Tilbury purchase. From the gorgeous, sophisticated packaging to the product itself, I can see what all the hype is about.  This matte lipstick feels creamy on application, delivers a chocolate cream opaque coverage in one swipe (but can be sheered out) and stays that way for a few hours.  It’s similar to the new Maybelline Mattes but in my opinion stays a bit more hydrating than those.  Exfoliating your lips prior to use is a must and layering a lip liner underneath helps the wear time.    Below is a picture of me wearing Birkin Brown.

P.S. According to the Charlotte Tilbury website, there is one day left in the U.S. to purchase the Modern Matte lipstick so if you’re interested head on over there to check them out. 🙂

I still have a few new items I received that I haven’t tried out but this is it for this month.


Birkin Brown

What are your April faves? 




Colour Pop Blushes + Eyeshadows Review!



Colour Pop


Happy Tuesday everyone!  I’m back with some reviews on Colour Pop Cosmetics! If you haven’t heard of them, they’re a company centered in Los Angeles that specializes in “making killer makeup in every shade imaginable at prices everyone can afford.”  They carry lip products, eyeshadows and pigments, blushes and more recently, have added highlighters to their collection.

CP Products

I ordered three blushes and two eyeshadows and it took about a week to receive these goodies.  I must say that the personal note card they include adds a special touch.  A company who thinks I am awesome? It’s about time a company got it right. 😉

Curious to see what I got and my thoughts?  Keep reading!


Between the Sheets– Mid-tone beige pink (matte)

CP Btwn the Sheets

Quarters– Mid-tone dusty coral (satin)

CP Quarters

Trickery– Soft pastel true peach (satin)

CP Trickery

Swatches of the blushes: L-R Between the Sheets, Quarters and Trickery



Price: $8

Great selection of shades for every skin tone


Excellent color payoff

Mousse/gel like texture that blends easily


Matte shades blend unevenly

Best applied with fingertips or a synthetic brush

Must be closed tightly to prevent the product from drying out

Overall: I love these blushes a lot and if you follow my Instagram, you’ll see that Trickery is by far my favorite shade followed by Quarters and Between the Sheets.  Using your fingertips is the best method to apply. I found that Between the Sheets applied unevenly with my fingertips but I was able to buff it out later with my Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Buffing Brush No 130.


Get Lucky– Liquid-like true gold (metallic)

CP Get Lucky

Sequin– Copper penny like shade with silver and gold glitter (metallic)

CP Seq

Swatches of the eyeshadows: L-R Get Lucky and Sequin




Price: $5

Great shade selection

Excellent color payoff


Crease without a good primer

Can be a bit difficult to blend with other shadows at times because of the mousse/gel like consistency

Fingers or synthetic brushes provide best results

Must be closed tightly to prevent the product from drying out

Overall: The colors are amazing and the overall effect is gorgeous.  My only complaints are a) you must wear a really good eye primer underneath because they will crease and fade if you don’t and b) I find these hard to blend with other shadows and use them mainly as lid colors.  Perhaps the fact that they are metallic finishes could be a reason why.

Colour Pop Cosmetics is definitely a brand to explore!  Have you tried Colour Pop Cosmetics?  What was your experience and what’s your favorite item?

Have a great day,




Skin Tip: Spring Cleaning Your Skincare!

Spring is here and while you’re busy spring cleaning your house, don’t forget about your skincare too!  Now is the time to analyze what’s working for you and what isn’t.  Perhaps your moisturizer is feeling too heavy now that the weather is warming up so switching to a lighter one helps. Also, spring usually brings about allergies and certain medications can cause your skin to become sensitive temporarily so keep that in mind in case your skin all of a sudden feels a bit sensitive.

I apologize for not posting on Tuesday and yesterday but I needed time to regroup after the UCLA Extension course. It was an amazing class and I am excited to take future classes with them. 🙂

Have a lovely weekend readers! 



When The Eagle Stirs The Nest!

Amazing post that really spoke to me yesterday!

What happens when the comfortable, the familiar gets uncomfortable?  Have you studied the process of how a mother eagle prepares her nest before she gives birth? The effort she goes through to make it comfortable for her eaglets? If not it may shock you to see what she then does when the time comes for those eaglets to leave the nest. You see she does everything possible to stir up the very comfortable nest she had worked on for so long. Why? In an effort to push her children to their next level.

It’s easy to see why God uses the eagle in His word countless times to teach us how to grow. Deuteronomy 32:11like an eagle that stirs up her nest, hovers over her young, spreads out her wings, takes them and carries them as she flies.

There are real dangers when we get too comfortable in our nest, in the growth season we are…

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Skin Tip: Keeping Blackheads at Bay!

Happy Friday readers!

Blackheads are a main concern for most people but using a clay based mask helps decongest skin while exfoliating helps keep the skin’s surface clear from dead skin cells and debris that can accumulate over time. Just remember to exfoliate in moderation! 🙂

I will be at UCLA these next few days for an intensive course in Cosmetic Chemistry so my apologies if I can’t get to you right away but I will when I get a moment. 🙂

Have a safe and wonderful weekend,


Sephora VIB Guide and Wishlist!




Hello readers and happy Thursday!  Starting today, Sephora kicks off it’s 15% sale for VIB members (yay!) and I thought it would be nice to create a guide for some higher end products that are worth every penny but when you can apply a discount, well, why not! 🙂



Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (Illuminating)- Perfect for creating a healthy glow and excellent for aging skin.  Also available in oil free version and regular tinted moisturizer.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush- Amazing blush that is blends effortlessly, provides a subtle glow and is a go-to for my simple makeup routine.

YSL Glossy Stains- Love these stains as they don’t feel drying and are highly pigmented.

HE Makeup


Givenchy Ange ou Demon Le Secret- This perfume has been a staple for years and is just very unique with notes of cranberry, green tea, white peony, sambac jasmine, blond woods and white musks.

Giorgio Armani Si- New to my collection, this fragrance delivers a sophisticated scent with notes of pear, freesia and amber wood.

HE Fragrance


Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo- A great travel item to toss in your purse and use on the go.  Read my full review here.



Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment- This green tinged product is one of my favorite exfoliators that leaves my skin soft plus I love the scent.

Kate Somerville

My Wishlist

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette 


Nars Audacious Lipsticks- looking at shades Greta, Raquel and Anita 



Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation 

Laura Mercier

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil Free Foundation 

 marc jacobs


I may tweak a few items here and there but this is what’s on my list so far!

Tell me, what are you planning to get or what’s on your wishlist? 



Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask Review!


Hi everyone!  Thank you so much to all who sent me their well wishes!  I appreciate it!  I’m just waiting for the results now.

Today I have a review on a sample I received at Sephora from Fresh.  Here’s my take on this product. 🙂

Described as a mask that works in sync with the skin’s natural nighttime recovery process to achieve a lifted, firmer look by the morning. The intensely moisturizing treatment has a corset-like effect on the skin, giving the appearance of a visibly more defined, contoured complexion.”



Absorbs quickly

Not heavily scented

Good antioxidants



Peptides are towards the bottom of the list

May not provide drastic firming results as claimed

Added fragrance

At a Quick Glance

Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester– peptide that can help strengthen skin (elastic fibers); sensitive skin soother and anti-aging ingredients.

Lychee– brightens, rejuvenates and protects skin caused by dehydration and UV damage.

Black Tea Ferment– provides anti aging effects and enhances skin smoothness.


Bottom Line: I think this product has a good range of anti-oxidants, including green tea, emollients and moisturizers and would be great for those who have normal, dry or combination skin that is looking for added moisture;my face felt nice and hydrated.  Although it doesn’t feel heavy and absorbs quickly, I wouldn’t recommend this for oily/acne prone skin.  It has peptides that can help strenghten the skin however I don’t feel it’s concentrated enough to make a drastic difference in respects to firming capabilities.  For the price, personally I would instead invest in a product that is more concentrated with peptides or a professional treatment if you’re looking for better firming properties. However, if you want a hydrating mask with great antioxidants and have the money to spend, this would be a great product to try out.

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts? 


Skin Tip: Over Exfoliating Can Lead to Sensitivity!

Happy Friday readers!

Over the weekend I had a consultation with someone who was concerned with dry and tight feeling skin. After asking her questions regarding lifestyle and product use, I learned that she was exfoliating daily with a cleanser that had tiny beads.  While exfoliating is great, moderation, like anything else is key.  Too much can cause sensitivity, inflammation and dry skin as the skin’s protective barrier  becomes impaired.  Limit use to 2-3x per week.

Quick updates: 

My laptop got some kind of weird virus so that’s getting fixed over the weekend but I apologize if I am behind on comments and commenting on your posts;it’s a bit difficult to keep up with a phone/tablet.

Next week is my UCLA class and I’ll be busy trying to get everything in order but I have a few short posts lined up.  Here’s to hoping nothing else goes wrong. 🙂

If any of you pray, please keep me in your prayers- I’d really appreciate it.  I have been sick on and off for about two months now and I feel some of the medications I’ve taken have led to other problems.  It is very frustrating when you get rid of one issue and something else pops up.  I have two doctor’s appointments Monday so I hope I can start getting this resolved.

Have a lovely weekend, 


Real Techniques Blush Brush Review!


RT Main


Hi readers! It’s almost Friday again.  This week kind of flew by right?

A little over a month ago I asked you guys which blush brush (a bit of a tongue twister there) you recommended and Real Techniques received the majority of votes. So, I went out to purchase it and here are my thoughts.


Described as : “The final step is a perfect finish. Contour and define cheeks for flawlessly blended, high-definition results with this blush brush by Real Techniques; ultra-plush, synthetic taklon bristles are hand-cut and 100% cruelty-free; self-standing for easy storage; extended aluminum handle is light and easy to use.”


Affordable price $8.99

As of now, it hasn’t shed

Soft bristles


Works for blush, bronzer and powder

Blends most powder formulas easily


Takes a few passes to build up color

Sometimes matte formulas apply uneven/patchy

Not as travel friendly as my small MAC blush brush

Bottom Line: Aside from the few cons, I absolutely love this brush.  It took me a while to get used to how light and fluffy the brush is compared to the denser bristles from my MAC one but I learned what works best for me.  For bronzer and blush, I have to hold the base of the brush to get a better color concentration and for powder, gripping the top of the brush allows for a light dusting to set makeup. As long as the colors aren’t too matte, I find this brush blends powder formulas easily and doesn’t tug the skin. Storing it is also easy as it is not dependent on a brush holder; it can stand on top of a vanity, table, etc.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to tune in tomorrow for my weekly skin tip!