I am a huge fan of highlighters for my cheek bones. I feel like it lightens my over 40 skin and gives me a bit of a glow. The Too Faced Diamond Highlighter is a new favorite of mine both in design and product.
The Too Faced Diamon Highlighter comes in 3 shades: Diamond Fire (which I have), Fancy Pink Diamond and Canary Diamond.
The packaging is amazing! The box looks like a ring box and the product is shaped like a gem. It’s a work of art!
According to Too Face the Highlighter is a — Prismatic highlighter infused with real crushed diamond powder and light-reflecting pearls for extra luxe sparkle
I love that I’m wearing diamonds on my face! At first I was worried that this highlighter might be too light but it’s just perfect. It give my skin a nice glow high up on my cheeks without looking too bright.
A little goes a long way and the pan is huge so I suspect this one will last awhile.
Back in 2016 I reviewed the Kailijumei Flower Jelly Lipstick. I love the clear jelly lipsticks with the embedded flowers, they are so unique and pretty. I got the Nails Inc. INC.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher in _ex revenge (which is clear) in my 2018 Glossybox Advent Calendar and I’m super impressed. It also comes in a clear orange, green, pink and blue. It has no scent.
The INC.redible Jelly Shot formula has vitamin E, avocado and rice bran oil to keep my lips moisturized and it works really well. I also love the visual of this lipstick. It has gold flecks and a rose in the center of the clear lipstick.
It’s a pretty lip balm that’s meant to prime, prep and protect your lips, you can also wear under your lipstick! I love it.
I got the Medusa’s Make-Up Totally Baked Eyeshadow in Fer Sure which is a beautiful coppery brick red shade, it’s definitely a metallic which I love. I am a huge fan of the metallic shades and this one looks really nice with my green eyes. The shadow is nicely pigmented and applies smoothly. It also had nice staying power.
The Medusa’s Make-Up Totally Baked Eyeshadow line currently consists of 16 shades including some really crazy ones like the bright purple Radical and a bright green one called Tubular.
The Totally Baked Eyeshadow cost $9.00 each and you get a decent pan for that price.
A few days ago I quit YouTube and since then I’ve been able to clear my head. It feels good to have cleaned up my house and organized a bit so now it’s time to get back to business while embracing my roots.
I’m a writer and designer at heart. I love to write and take beautiful photos. I am also a huge fan of everything retro and pop culture so going forward I’ll be sharing beauty products (including Lush), stories, pop culture,music, movies etc.
Thank you so much for your support over the years and I hope you enjoy reading my blog too. I look forward to writing again!
In June of 2016 (on the heels of recovering from pneumonia) I started beauty blogging about my love for Lush, Tarte, Urban Decay, Bath & Body Works and all of my favorites and I loved it. I was writing (a lot) and it was fun.
About a year later I thought “Hey” why not start a YouTube channel and it was fun (at first). However, the problem with YouTube is that you always want more. More followers, more revenue, more engagement and that takes a lot of time and energy. I joined YouTube because I saw Grav3yard Girl using Lush shampoo bars and I also witnessed her subsequent fall. With YouTube you are at the mercy of the system and in recent years new (and old) creators haven’t faired very well.
In December of 2018 I decided to go all in and I created 2-3 videos per day to see if I could make some good revenue. My traffic went up, my followers went up and I was building a nice little community. The problem was that it was taking up WAY too much time, energy AND money (which I wasn’t getting back from YouTube). The dirty secret of vlogging is that you have to buy everything you review unless you’re lucky enough to get on a PR list which takes time and more money. I was also becoming an unintentional hoarder!
It took watching “Tidying Up” to realize that my beauty collection was getting way too big and adding more felt not only wasteful but a bit mental! Having over 100 Bath & Body Works products is enough : ) I love my collection but if I kept up in 2019 my collection would quadruple.
So I said good-bye to YouTube with a full on stop. Yes, I could have scaled back but it’s also a pain to film with lighting and editing so I just decided to end the channel. I hope my viewers understand. It was a hard decision but the right one. I’m now more relaxed and can focus on work, life, family and the dog. I may continue writing here as I love to write and share but blogging is a much smaller and easier commitment for me!
So onward and upward! Thank you all for sharing in my YouTube experiment. Now I just need to organize a little more.
Lush is a bit on the pricey side and I admit to blowing my beauty budget in one trip but is it really possible to enjoy Lush on a budget? I say it is and here’s how.
Don’t use the whole thing! – I never use an entire Bubble Bar or Bath Bomb in one shot. The bubble bars cut up very easily and I get 7-10 uses out of the large ones like Brightside. I’ve also been known to hack apart a bath bomb. It’s a little more effort to break these up but it can be done. The Bath Bombs are pricey at $6.95 to $12.95 each so getting a few soaks out of one is worth it.
Set a budget before you walk into Lush. – Walking into Lush is an amusement park for your senses and it’s so easy to just haphazardly start throwing things into that cute Lush basket but it can add up fast so keep a metal tally of how much you’re spending and stick to your predetermined number.
Check the expiration date and buy the correct size. – Lush has a ton of amazing facial cleansers but most of my favorites expire in 3-4 months and you don’t want to end up throwing out excess expired product. For example I buy the 3.5 oz tub of Dark Angels for $14.95 and that lasts me about 3 months because I only use it 1-2 times per week and a little goes a long way. Also keep in mind that the Lush Fresh Masks only last 2 weeks so those are good to share with a friend.
Share with a friend. – Another way to save money is to share with a friend. It’s super easy to chop up the Lush glycerine soap. I cut them up for my guest bath but you could get 4 of your friends together and each buy one bar. Then just quarter the bar and everyone gets to try four different varieties.
Shop the Lush Boxing Day sale. – Every year on December 26th Lush has a 50% off and Buy 1, Get 1 sale on Boxing day for their holiday collection both online and in stores. This is a great time to stock up and save a ton of money. Even the gift boxes are on sale.
Try a shampoo bar. – I get 40 to 50 washes out of a Lush Shampoo Bar. The bars run $9.95 to $12.95 which comes out to about .20 per shampoo which I think is worth it.
Get samples. – When you go to a Lush store not only do you get to try everything you can even take home sample pots. I get 3 to 5 samples every time I go to Lush. I love trying the hair products before I buy. Each pot gives you 3-5 uses.
Turn in your black pots. – This is a great deal. “Bring back 5 empty, clean black LUSH pots to your local shop for recycling and we’ll give you a Fresh Face Mask, FREE!”
The bottom line is…don’t be intimidated by what you’ve heard about Lush. While they are known for being pricey on some products you can really get a nice stash for just $25 and don’t forget the samples.
I am loving the new Bath & Body Works GIANT Eiffel Tower Pocketbac Holder that I picked up in my store. This 5 + inch Pocketbac holder is perfect for your desk. You can keep your hands germ-free at home or at work and it lights up!
I picked the French Lavender Pocketbac for my Eiffel Tower and it smells amazing! So much fun to add a little ooh la la to my desk this Spring!