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4 ways you could be Winning Your Sensitive Skin Game

I recently had the opportunity to try out VL Pure Skincare.

I didn't know much about them but had heard that they were eco-conscious, that their products were all natural, paraben free and most of all cruelty-free. (I would think by now, with all the intelligence we posses, all cosmetic companies would be cruelty-free, but unfortunately that's not the case.)

Before I get up on my soapbox, let me tell you about these products!

All Natural Rose Hip and Seaweed Facial Cleanser

There's so much I love about this cleanser!
First of all,  this is by far one of the most gentle cleansers I have ever used. However, don't let the fact that it's gentle make you think that your skin is not getting absolutely clean. I have used so many cleansers in the past that make your skin feel "squeaky" clean, but here's a little hint, save that for your pots and pans, if your skin feels "squeaky" clean, chances are you are stripping it of the essential oils it needs.
a picture of All Natural Rose Hip & Seaweed Facial Cleanser

 This is a different kind of clean.
It doesn't feel tight, it feels nourished and healthy.
You know that feeling you get after you've had a facial, and spent a lot of money on your skin?
Hours later you're still touching it trying to justify how much you've spent?
Now imagine that feeling in a bottle, waiting for you by your sink every day.
That's what it feels like!!!!

 I also like the fact it's all natural and made with ingredients I can pronounce.

Dark Circle and Wrinkle 
Vanishing Eye Cream

a picture of Dark Circle and Wrinkle Vanishing Eye Cream in a bottle
What I liked about this eye cream was that it didn't feel heavy. Most eye creams feel like they are just sitting there, this was smooth and light and blended right into my skin without that heavy, sticky feeling.
What I loved about this, is that I noticed a huge improvement in the puffiness that used to be there.  I always looked like I didn't get enough sleep, but after using this for 2 weeks, I don't have to use concealer to hide the dark circles anymore.

a bottle of Rejuvenating Stem Cell Serum

Rejuvenating Stem Cell Serum

To be honest, the name scared me at first. Who's "Stem Cells" was I about to put on my face?
Luckily, they are only talking about the cells of Swiss apples! All these products are natural and cruelty free.
I did notice a visible difference in the texture of my skin, it feels smoother, and my makeup glides on now.

a jar of VL PURE Nourishing Moisturizer

I'm really picky about moisturizer. I have had oily skin most of my life so, I usually make the mistake of buying a thin liquid moisturizer that does nothing, because I am always worried that if I use a cream, It'll feel greasy and heavy. This cream is lightweight and absorbs right into my skin instead of sitting on top of it. I'm very happy with this whole line. My skin feels and looks amazing!

                                                                                                                                                 *special thanks to the people at VL Pure who                                                                                                                                                           provided these products for free so that I could try                                                                                                                                                       them and write an honest review. 

                          You can find VL Pure products here:        https://www.vlpure.com/

Beauty Obsession of the Day

"Every day it's something new with you!" 

I've been hearing this my whole life and to be honest? 
It's true! 
Everyday I'm obsessed with a new product or idea or hack that I'm convinced I can't live without! 
So everyday I'm going to (try to)  tell you about it! 
Quickie posts. Here's today's-
Bad Baby Hairspray Pens! 
an image of two Bad Baby Hairspray Pens one dry shampoo and one regular hold hairspray
Bad Baby Hair Pens
If you're even close to my age you remember a time when hairspray was ginormous, I kept the 24 inch can of shaper in my duffle bag, and wielded it like a sword- 
an image of a giant 24 inch can of hairspray next to a regular 8 in can of hair spray
(a normal sized can next to a can of Sebastian Shaper) 

Well,...flip the switch chick,  
cuz this little can, can fit in your pocket:
It's the size of a pen! 

I ordered the hairspray and the dry shampoo which i use as a texturizer, and it's ahhhhhhhhhhmazing! The smell is to die for!
 I literally keep a little can of this in my change holder in my car just to freshen up my hair and make it smell great! 

You can find Bad Baby here www.badbaby.com

*this is not a sponsored post, (although I'm COMPLETELY open to that Bad Baby Babes), 

this product was bought and paid for by moi !.

I'd like to thank the Academy.......

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to do makeup and hair for the Oscar's.
It was a long awaited dream of mine and I feel so blessed that it came true!
So in true Oscar fashion, I would like to thank some of the people that helped me achieve this dream, or at least made their products available for me to use at the Oscars.
a picture of the table full of makeup that I lay out before each job so that everything is readily available
You all know how much I love taking pictures of my layout! this one is one of my favorites!

First and foremost, I would like to thank Diane at KohGenDo Cosmetics for generously supplying the makeup I used.

Dyana Aives of Inurface Makeup applying makeup to her client
Dyana Aives of Inurface Makeup applying makeup to her client

Here are the products that I used to get those award winning looks:

I started the day by making sure everyone was relaxed and their skin was hydrated by giving each of my clients 10 minutes of down time with a Macro Vintage Essence Mask.

Then I primed their skin with

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Primer to smooth the skin and hold makeup on longerPeterThomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Primer

 a tube of Maifanshi Makeup Color Base Lavender Pink

For those that needed a little extra help with sallow skin I used Maifanshi Makeup Color Base Lavender Pink

a tube of Maifanshi Moisture Foundation.

After priming the skin I used my favorite foundation Maifanshi Moisture Foundation.

I absolutely LOVE this foundation because it brings out beautiful tones in the skin and creates a flawless canvas.

kogendoh concealer palette with 3 shades of concealer to hide imperfections

I then concealed any other imperfections with concealer (I like to conceal AFTER I apply foundation so that it doesn't move the concealer around and I am only using enough to cover what the foundation didn't)
Maifanshi Natural Lighting Powder to set the foundation.

and finished with Maifanshi Natural Lighting Powder to set the foundation.

I then contoured and highlighted the face with my Too Faced Bronzing Palette
contoured and highlighted the face with my Too Faced Bronzing Palette

Maifanshi Mineral Eye Shadow brown , vanilla, sienna & azure

I used Maifanshi Mineral Eye Shadow to create a beautiful and natural palette on the eyes.

A tube of Maifanshi Long Lush Treatment Mascara
Finally two coats of Maifanshi Long Lush Treatment Mascara

Maifanshi Lipstick in pink beige
and some Maifanshi Lipstick in pink beige  to complete the look.

plastic palettes to hold lipsticks, pencils, eyeshadows and other makeup

I would also like to thank Brenda Green for generously supplying her new VuSet Palettes.

 picture of VuSet Palettes.and all the lipsticks i can fit in them
These are amazing and I have no idea how I have gone without them for so long! Anyone (makeup artists especially) who has dealt with too many tubes of lipstick taking up too much space or the time it takes looking for that perfect color by having to remove the cap of every lipstick you own, would do back flips for these palettes. Here is a picture of the 48 tubes of lipstick that used to dominate my kit, now I have them in two pocket sized palettes that take up a bit more room than my iPhone. AMAZING!

Here are the other palettes available
contact Brenda Green on Facebook to order your own!

And last but definitely not least..... I would like to thank Niki at Gypsy Sparkle www.GypsySparkle.com for my absolutely gorgeous faux fur brush roll!
Gypsy Sparkle faux fur brush roll
This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and I have wanted one of these for as long as I can remember. It fits all my brushes and I have a ton, and displays them beautifully in a faux fox roll. Contact her to get one of your own!

Thank you all for making this a day to remember forever!


Just like Mama used to make!

I tried Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes and they were awesome!
I used this in my homemade bruschetta recipe and it made all the difference. They tasted like they came straight from the garden and were roasted over an open fire! I have already
a picture of a can of Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted  Tomatoes
recommended this to friends, and I would definitely buy them again and again.
 #trynatural #gotitfree      

You can find more varieties and recipes here:
Muir Glen Fire Roasted Organic Tomatoes 

This is not a paid post, I recieved a coupon for the product, however all opinions are my own