Milani Power Lip Lasting Strawberry Sugar Gloss Stain

Milani Power Lip Lasting Strawberry Sugar Gloss Stain

During the Holiday season, I tend to adjust my makeup look, and go with a more natural look. I shy away from face makeup and wear paler face makeup, with matte finishes.

To add a touch of whimsical femininity to my natural look, I wear pink lipsticks and glosses to compliment my natural rose colored cheeks.Milani Cosmetics’ lip lasting gloss stain is great for achieving this look.

Everyday Makeup Look with Shea Moisture Cosmetics

Everyday Makeup Look with Shea Moisture Cosmetics

Since making my move down the coast, I have been super busy. I made sure to take time to perfect a 10 minutes or less, natural everyday makeup routine with products from the Shea Moisture Cosmetics collection.

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

Not unlike any other woman in the world, I have always had a hard time finding the perfect foundation for my skin tone. Too light, too dark, too red, too yellow, etc. etc. The list goes on!

When I received a sample of the Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, I was both excited and amazed, so I immediately went to Sephora to purchase the only foundation I will need forever.

The argan based formula is available in 3 shades. I picked up the Medium/Dark tone. When you begin, it goes on white and almost water like. As you buff it on with a foundation brush, the color self adjusts to match your skin tone perfectly. All of your unwanted imperfections are hidden, but your highlighting individualities, like freckles and beauty marks, are still there. The argan oil also helps to hydrate your skin, and improve its’ appearance without any pore-clogging build up. The true you shines through as you can see above. My face, neck and chest are the same shade, which almost never happens with any other foundation I use.

Although I love it’s color matching abilities, there were a few issues I noticed.

First, I am a full coverage kind of girl and this is definitely a light to medium coverage foundation. It is awesome for daytime, but I’m definitely going to have to continue my search for a heavier foundation for professional appearances, and nights out.

Second, I always use the Mac 187 Duo Fibre Brush for my foundation. Because this formula contains argan oil, the brush was too soft to apply the foundation evenly. I had to use a stiffer flat topped brush to get rid of the streakes.

Third, although the packaging states for medium/dark complexions, it doesn’t work on women who have browner skin tones. I tested it on a colleague who has a similar complexion to Gabrielle Union, and although it darkened some, it was too light and left a grayish appearance on her skin.

All in all, my cons are not a deterrent in the least bit. I still love it for myself, but I would recommend thoroughly testing it before purchase to make sure it will match your complexion perfectly.

All three shades are available for $42 in Sephora Stores Nationwide, Sephora.com, and of course JosieMaranCosmetics.com.

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

BA Star Tropical Palette

BA Star Tropical Palette

Being in Miami, makes it easy to wear all different types of make up looks, no matter the time of year. I decided to break out my BA Star Tropical Palette for a vibrant night time look.

Shea Moisture Cosmetics Shea Butter Ultra Shine Jenny Lip Gloss

Shea Moisture Cosmetics Shea Butter Ultra Shine Jenny Lip Gloss

I haven't worn lip gloss in years, as I tend to stick to lipsticks. Once I tried Shea Moisture's Jenny Lip Gloss, I started to second guess that decision.

Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector

Origins Smarty Plants CC SPF 20 Skin Complexion Corrector

Since I moved to Miami where the weather is drastically different than NY, I had to switch up my makeup regime. Heavy foundations don’t do well on my highly sensitive skin in the Florida heat and humidity, and cause me to sweat them off, break out, and easily get irritation. This caused me to start looking for a light weight moisturizing formula that would provide coverage and simultaneously nourish my skin.

Curtsy and Bow Organic Nail Lacquer Shell We Dance

Curtsy & Bow launched in the summer of 2011. It is an Organic Nail Protector that strengthens nails using a mineral based chemistry, which formulates a coating that protects nails from peeling or weakening. Curtsy & Bow is the only Organic Nail Protector that has strengthening additives which not only protect your nails but also protects your health and the earth from harsh chemicals.

The creamy sherbet like Shell We Dance by Curtsy & Bow is fun and bright without being overbearing. Best of all, it is organic 4-free, and long wear. I got 5 days before seeing a single chip, and I did them myself! A very rare occurrence.

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Once my nails began to chip, I decided to add a glitter gradient to extend my manicure.

I used Curtsy & Bow’s Supernova Girl 3D mirror glitter to add the glitz I was craving.

Each lacquer from the Curtsy & Bow Yacht Club Collection from is available for $10 on curtsyandbow.com.

Probelle Touch N’ Grow Nail Hardener

Probelle Touch N’ Grow Nail Hardener

When you are stressed, change your diet, lose/gain weight, stop or change a vitamin regime, usually the first things on your body to change are your nails and your hair. While taking care of my hair is an ongoing struggle, I have not had trouble in the past with my nails. That is until this Winter.

My nails started to crack, and peel quickly. My once thick, and long natural nails quickly turned short, uneven, and brittle. I needed a solution quick, and was delighted to received Probelle Touch N’ Grow nail hardener to test out on my nails.

Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette

Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette

As I announced earlier last week, Coastal Scents released their new Revealed 3 Palette. I finally got my hands on one, and have been enjoying what this palette has to offer.

Instanatural 100% Pure Emu Oil

Instanatural 100% Pure Emu Oil

Since I started enjoying wearing my hair in it's natural state more often, I have been on a never ending quest to find the perfect oil. I have tried everything from Argan, to Olive, to Coconut, and any other plant derived oil there is. I probably would have never guessed that my quest would end when I found an animal derived oil that worked better than all the rest combined!

InstaNatural’s Ultra Premium Emu Oil is 100% pure and fully refined, packed with powerful ingredients. Emu oil is derived from adipose tissue harvested from certain subspecies of the Australian Emu.