Thursday, September 29, 2016

.................... Jay Manuel Beauty Haul ................

I was watching HSN and Jay Manuel Beauty caught my attention after seeing how their products perform on some of their models. I decided to buy them and put them to the test. Below is a full description and my thoughts about them. 


Their Product Description

Luxurious  quartet of eyeshadows expertly coordinated to create looks as unique as the women who wear them. Intensely pigmented color in perfect finishes create distinctive looks.

My Thoughts

When I saw the combination of colors included in this palette I can see myself creating day and night time looks with it. This eyeshadow quad has 2 shimmers, 1 satin and 1 matte shades. All of the colors work great together. The colors are very pigmented. Each eyeshadow has a silky, smooth formula and they blend super easy with very little fall out. The package is very sturdy and well made and it feels expensive. I like that it is travel friendly and includes a good size mirror to use on the go. Overall, I am very happy with my choice. On the HSN site they have 3 different quads but if you go directly to the Jay Manuel site, they have 11 different options. Each quad contains .05 oz and costs $24.

Swatches left to right
1) Purple shimmery with a dark charcoal base. 2) Cream gold shimmery. 3) Matte dark coppery/brown. 4) Satin dark navy blue.


Eye Look I created using this palette

I used the 3 darkest shades on the outer corner of my eyes for intensity and the lightest shade on the lid, inner corner on the eyes, and on the brow bone for brightening out the look. On the lower lash line I use brown shade.



Their Products Description 

This foundation is that it is a multi-functional silicone based liquid makeup enriched with micronized silk and plant based antioxidants. Like a second skin filtered veil, it creates an optical illusion of perfection. Hydrates, primes and evens skin tone and texture in one step, while camouflaging imperfections for flawless finish. Medium full buildable coverage. Does not settle into fine lines and pores.

My thoughts

This is a thick medium coverage foundation that dries to a matte powder finish. The consistency is very creamy and glides on easily. I have combination skin, T zone oily and some dry areas around my mouth and cheek area. This foundation settled into my fine lines, pores, dry patches, and overly dried skin.  It also doesn't provide a natural finish, it looks cakey on me. I really wanted to make it work so I used it with and without primer. I also used it with and without face powder but it just didn't work for me. When I used the primer it looked a little bit better but there wasn't much difference. I will say this foundation may work for people with oily skin because I noticed that in my T zone area it ended looking better than on the rest of my face. I do like the package since it is very unique. It is hard plastic but the clear part on the top is like a soft jelly/plastic that you squeeze to get the product out. Wear time I will say is about 6 to 8 hours. They have 12 different shades from light to deep complexions. Each tube contain 0.89 fl oz and costs $38.00.

Have you ever tried Jay Manuel products before, if yes, which one? Thank you so much for reading! ^_^

I bought these products with my own money.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Dollar Store Beauty Must Haves Summer Haul

Hi everyone! I hope you guys are having an amazing day. Today's post is about my dollar store haul from June/July, the products listed here are great, some of these no matter the $1 price tag are hidden gems that you maybe want to give them a try. Keep in mind that every Dollar Store carries different products. I bought mine at my local Dollar Tree. 


It was a pleasant surprise how pigmented this single eyeshadow is. I like using this shade to set my eye primer. It is a perfect base for any eye look you want to create since it has a matte finish and is that perfect skin color, the texture is very smooth. It is a bit powdery. I am looking forward to buying  more shades.


The formulation of these lip products are very creamy and nourishing. They glide on super smooth and deliver a great pigmentation. The Fergie Daily is a perfect nude, Pink Ice is a rose/pink shade with subtle shimmer/frost in it, and the willow lipliner will be the perfect pair to combine with any nude lipstick. They last on my lips for around 3 to 4 hours.

Swatches left to right are Fergie Daily, Pink Ice, and Lip liner in Willow



This lip balm is one of my favorites! I like the color payoff and the emollient feeling, non sticky at all, and they have good pigmentation. The only con will be the pot packaging since it can be too messy for my liking but I usually apply them with a lip brush. Grape fruit is a coral shade with reddish undertones and nude is a beige toned shade with peach undertones. Overall I would highly recommend this to a friend and they are totally worth the $1 dollar price.



This cream eyeshadow glides on my eye lids very easily and  you can use it by itself or as a base to intensify your powder shadows. Once they set they don't move anywhere and it doesn't leave a tacky feeling as some cream eyeshadows do. The lasting power is about 9 hours without retouching. I also used it as an eyeliner. This was the only shade they had at that time but I definitely want to try the other shades. This shade is a coppery brown with a shimmer in it.



This works as a lip stain and it has a creamy texture. Just make sure to exfoliate and hydrate your lips before applying it because they can be a little dry. They transfer but the lip cream pigments are so intense in color that it will last you for a long time. Also when the color wears off they leave a stain behind. This shade is a neon pink, perfect for summer! :)


The formula is more on the thick side but very comfortable to wear and I like this lip gloss because it is not sticky at all. It has a doe foot applicator that holds a good amount of product. The glitter in it is very subtle and not chuncky at all. Leaves my lips with a beautiful shiny finish. It stays on me for about 3 hours with light drinking and eating. For being a lip gloss it has a good pigmentation. The shade I have is a pretty and natural plum/berry with blue undertones which makes my teeth look more white.

Swatches left to right are Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Fiery Coral and Crystal Gloss in Raspberry Icing

What are your favorite beauty products from the Dollar Store? Thank you so much for reading! ^_^

I bought these products with my own money. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

My Anti-Age 4 Steps PM Skincare Routine PRAI Beauty

Hi lovely's! I often get questions about my skincare routine. I change my skin care routine depending on the season and my skin's special needs as I age.  In summer my skin tends to be much more oily and during the winter time it tends to be very dry and sensitive. If you care about your skin care routine or maybe you are looking to try some new products, please keep reading! The products I'm including in today's post are the ones I use in PM time since they are made with concentrated ingredients that help me with wrinkles, dark spots, scars, and dark circles. Also, keep in mind to always read the expiration dates of the products that you are using and that is also another reason how I rotate or try new skin care products. Make sure to follow the proper instructions that come with them as well.


After using my regular cleanser (Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser) I proceed to follow my skin routine by applying the products below in this order ( I also did my own research about some of the active ingredients in these products):

STEP 2) 

This is known for being sleeping beauty for your skin. Some of the active ingredients in this highly concentrated serum are Chronocyclin that helps reduce the appearance of age while optimizing skin's natural recovery cycle at night, white truffle extract that is full of animo acids and nutrients that fully hydrates and plumps the skin, and dry champagne extract contains resveratrol rich in antioxidants that gives a more even skin tone and helps reduce inflamation and redness. I can see a huge improvement on my skin after using this serum every night for 6 weeks, my skin looks more healthy and plump with less wrinkles and it helped me improve the appearance of some dark acne scars I had on my forehead and cheeks. It has the same smooth consistency as a serum, not sticky, absorbs quickly, and it has a slight rose scent that fades after seconds. I use one pump for my face and another one for my neck. As a personal preference I don't apply a face cream because this serum gives me all the moisture my skin needs.

STEP 3) 

Some beauty professionals don't think that we need separate products for the eye area but I disagree because in my own personal case, my under eye area is the most dry part on my entire face and I know for sure that I need extra moisture there. Before I was introduced to this eye concentrate, I had to moisturizer my under eye area several times a day but when I'm using this concentrate I just have to do it 2 times (In the morning with this eye serum concentrate and at night time with the 24 K gold Oil listed below). When I apply this just after I wake up my eyes don't look as puffy as before and my dark circles look less noticeable. I will say it is due to some of the ingredients in it like SYN EYE that is a special peptide that improves fine lines and smoothes the delicate skin eye area, CAFFEINE that is a natural anti-irritant that aids in clearing up dark circles, and PRAI OIL that deeply moisturizes the skin for a long time. The texture is difficult to explain because while it is liquidy and lightweight it adds a fresh and hydrating sensation to that area. It is unscented and it comes in a glass jar with a drop applicator.

STEP 4) 

I dab a small drop of this oil under my eye area every night since it is my most problematic and dry area. Also when I have some crazy skin days and I have very dry skin on my neck area or my hands I use these Oils which super moisturize. I would highly recommend it if you have super dry skin because while it is very rich it absorbs quickly into the skin and is also lightweight so it doesn't leave that greasy sensation that others do. I also add one drop of this oil to my foundation when I want to sheer out the formula and have a more natural/flawless finish plus I get the skin care benefits in it. 24k gold which, as we know, helps skin maintain it's healthy collagen and as a final result helps us look visibly younger and more radiant.

PRAI BEAUTY products are CRUELTY FREE and a portion of their sales goes towards "Beauty with a Cause", an organization that helps animals.

Champagne Skin Renewal Concentrate 1.7 oz
PUE PRAI Eye Concentrate 0.5 oz
24 K GOLD Precious Oil Drops 1oz

What PRAI BEAUTY product are you most excited to try out? Thank you so much for reading ^_^

I received these products for a review purpose. Regardless, I only recommend and write about products I use personally, work for me, and that I believe will be good for my readers. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

.......... Profusion Cosmetics New Products .........

Hello everyone! Today's post is all about Profusion Cosmetics new releases. As you guys know profusion is one of my favorite brands because they show that sometimes you don't need to spend  a ton of money to have great quality makeup products. Below are my top pics from their new products and also a final look using all of them. I hope you enjoy!


First of all, the package of this palette is so eye catching, very feminine, and elegant looking. This is a perfect palette for everyone since it has everything you need to archive any eye/lip/face look and includes shadows to make everyone happy. Very playful and beautiful shades from neutral mattes to fun shimmers. The shadows are well pigmented, soft, and easy to blend with very little fall out. As with any eyeshadow to get full intensity, you can foil them or use eye primer. The blushes, bronzer and face powder are all matte. You need to be careful when applying the blushes because they are highly pigmented. It is better if you build the color little by little. The lip glosses are pigmented as well especially the darker shades. This will be a palette I will bring with me to travel because I can almost do my entire makeup with this set.  My final thoughts are that they nailed it with this palette.

This palette includes:

* 35 Eyeshadows
* 10 Lips Glosses 
* 2 Face Powders.
* 2 Blushes 
* 1 Eye Liner
* Eye/Lip Brush.

Swatches of my favorite Eyeshadow Colors Including Mattes and Shimmer.

Blushes, Bronzer, and Powder

My favorite Lip Glosses. You can see how beautifully pigmented they are.


My brows are naturally thick but I have some empty spaces to fill in and some others where I need to even out the thickness of my brows. I'm totally ecstatic about the endless possibilities I have with this palette. The powders in this palette are very high quality and the colors blend perfectly. Also the tools are very well made and will last you longer. Each pan consists of a light and dark shade for perfect color matching . I totally recommend this palette if you are a makeup artist or you like to change your hair color alot. The palette suits every hair color! You will not have to seek out another brow palette again since it includes everything you need to make your brows look beautifully natural.

This kit comes with:

* 8 Shades of Eyebrow powders
* 2 Eyebrow highlighters
* Eyebrow Wax 
* tweezers
* Double end brush
* Spoolie brush
* Double end Duo Brow Pencil (One end is for brunettes and the other one is for blondes)
* Clear Brow gel
* Eyebrow Stencil 5 Pieces stencil Kit 
* Big Mirror

Swatches of some of the shades that you can create with this kit.


As the name says, this is a cream set that includes one highlight stick (soft light shade with yellow undertones), one contour ( Cool toned), and one bronzer (warm toned) stick and if that is not enough for the $9.99 price they added a blender sponge. The consistency of these sticks are very creamy, lightweight and super easy to blend without looking patchy. They also give you enough time to work with and get a very natural look as you blend them since they have a sheer formula that can be built to a medium one. They have a slight satin finish that will give your skin a more healthy look. I found it easy to apply with the blender sponge included in this kit. The sponge is super soft and it does a great job blending my foundation as well. I like how they include in the package a brief description and illustrations on how to use every product and where to apply them. The shades included in this kit will work better for light to medium skin tones. I just wish they sold the sponge in this kit individually because I would totally buy more.


This cream concealer palette includes 4 different shades. The texture of these cream correcting colors goes on very smoothly, are easy to blend, and the coverage is buildable without looking cakey. I like how you can customize the shade you want since you can mix the colors to create your desired color. This palette is perfect to cover any imperfection you want to hide (dark circles, dark spots, redness). I love using the salmon shade for my under eye circles and it works wonders. After applying the salmon shade I apply a peach undertone concealer on top. Since it is summer I recommend you to use a setting powder for long lasting results. The package is slim and very travel friendly, perfect for a quick retouch wherever you go.


All their products are CRUELTY FREE!


What PROFUSION COSMETICS product are you more excited to try out? Thank you so much for reading ^_^

I received these products for a review purpose. Regardless, I only recommend and write about products I use personally, work for me, and that I believe will be good for my readers. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lancome Spring Cosmetics My Top Picks

Spring is here and as all of the beautiful flowers are blooming so is makeup with new vibrant tones. There are no rules when we talk about makeup, everyone has their own personal style but in this time of the year I especially like to follow nature and find out all those beautiful and colorful shades that not only enhance your natural beauty but also make you feel happy, don't you think? The products on today's post from Lancome have for me the perfect combination of color plus a great formula to add that spring touch to your everyday makeup. I also created for you guys a colorful but wearable look using these products. I hope you enjoy it!


These claim to have 24 hours wear of intense color, waterproof eye pencils. They come in 16 vibrant shades that includes neutral to bold shades. My thoughts are that they have a super creamy formula. The finish of these pencils can vary, some are matte and others have a satin/metallic finish. The formula is richly pigmented and the most important part is that they stay on even in the most humid weather conditions. One single sweep is enough to get full color, no retouching is necessary. I had worn these pencil colors for as long as 16 hours and they still look as good as if I just applied them. I love how they have so many unique and vibrant shades to choose from. Sharpening is needed with these pencils.


They have 26 eyeshadow palettes in this collection and each one includes 5 different shades. These palettes have a beautiful range of neutral earthy tones to combine with any eye look you can think of. The formula is very silky, buildable, and with great colors. Very little fall out when applying. The package is so beautiful, classy, and the hard plastic case has some weight that makes it feel expensive. I like that they include a thick clear plastic cover with instructions on how to use each color. The Handy case with a good size mirror is perfect for traveling or just to carry in your purse. I wish the highlighter pan was a little bit bigger because it is one of my favorite shades in this palette since it is so finely milled and does not look glittery shimmery at all. I use it as a face highlighter as well.

This palette includes 3 mattes, 1 satin and 1 shimmery


These liquid liners come in 14 shades. They have a very precise tip that is not too flimsy or too stiff, it has the perfect foam design that allows you to effortlessly create that perfect thin wing line that is sometimes so tricky to create. You also can customize the thickness of your line. They have incredible pigmentation and as with their pencil liners this line includes beautiful unique colors from your regular black to bright metallic shades. The color lasts all day and they are smudge proof!


If you love your lashes to have that dramatic volume and extra length this mascara is a must have for you as it is for me. This is by far my favorite high end mascara, when I use it my lashes are twice the length. It doesn't smudge or flake off. All the good results are due to the amazing design of their brush and the curled wand tip. This mascara is available to add color, curl, and separate every single tiny lash I have but without clumps or lumps.


This is a lash primer that can be used before you apply your mascara or as a lash treatment since it has vitamin E in it. If you like the spider lashes or you have tiny or almost no lashes this definitely will help you archive that fullness and add extra length to your lashes. The big difference with the rest of the lash primers is that this one has very fine and smooth micro fibers and the white color disappears as soon as I apply the mascara, truly genius! No matter what mascara I use this primer improves the clumping and flaking that sometimes results. After two months of regular use my lashes seemed to look healthier and don't fall off that much. Very happy with the results, they also sell travel sizes in case you don't want to commit to a full size.

To create this colorful winged eyeliner look I used the Color Design Eyeshadow palette. On my bottom lash line to create the wing I used the Artliner in Azur, Menthe and Saphir. On my lower lash line I used the Drama Liquid Pencil in the shade Embrase just to add a subtle definition and to brighten the inner corner of my eyes I used Lame.

(Click on the photos to enlarge)

For more information about these products, please click here: LANCOME

What LANCOME product are you more excited to try out? Thank you so much for reading ^_^

I received these products for a review purpose. Regardless, I only recommend and write about products I use personally, work for me, and that I believe will be good for my readers.