Monday, October 20, 2014

Tarte Kiss & Belle LipSurgence Lip Set

Hi everyone!
Hope your week is off to a great start! I've been busy trying out lots of different 2014 holiday palettes and gift sets-- you can expect to see lots of reviews here, on my Express channel, and also on my main channel. Today I'm chatting about a set that shares a name with my daughter! :) The Kiss & Belle set from Tarte retails for $34 on Ulta's website. (This kit was sent to me by Tarte, by the way.) It seems every year Tarte comes out with a set of mini LipSurgence lip colors, and this one seems to offer the most variety that I've seen... you're getting several different finishes and textures, and I also think the overall color selection is more varied compared to kits in the past. Here's what you're getting...
  • 2 LipSurgence Matte Lip Tints (Eternal & Fancy)
  • 4 LipSurgence Lip Tints (Dreamy, Alluring, Innocent & Dainty)
  • 2 LipSurgence (Kiss & Belle)

FYI: This is a limited edition set- so these are new colors that aren't already part of Tarte's line. 
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Left to right: Eternal, Dreamy, Kiss, Alluring, Innocent, Belle, Dainty, Fancy
Something to be aware of with the LipSurgence line is the scent. The little twist-up sticks (both the mattes and the tints) have a very minty scent and cool feel on the lips. Personally, I enjoy it, but I know some people really aren't a fan of minty lip products. As for the glosses, they have a very sweet, almost vanilla-type scent. 
(Left: Eternal, Right: Fancy)
I LOVE Tarte's Matte LipSurgence products. They aren't the least bit drying on me, and have such full color compared to the traditional LipSurgence tints. The staying power is awesome as well. In fact, Fancy has been on my lips since this morning and now at 3:40 in the afternoon, it's still going strong! While you know I love a good berry shade, I also enjoy Eternal as well. It's such a flattering coral color! 
(Top left: Dreamy, top right: Alluring, bottom left: Innocent, bottom right: Dainty)
The regular lip tints are more like tinted lip balms. I have many of these in my collection, and I find that this format of LipSurgence can really run the gamut in terms of pigmentation. Some are quite sheer, while others are just as full color as a classic lipstick. The feeling on the lips is more lightweight and shiny compared to the matte version. While these tend to feel more moisturizing, I find they don't last as long as the mattes. I think Dreamy, the bold fuchsia, is the strongest of this bunch. I also really like Alluring- it strikes me as the kind of shade that would look good on anyone, for any occasion (FYI: for some reason the outer packaging of this one says it's matte... clearly it's a mistake, and it's not classified as a matte on Ulta's site). Innocent is a soft pinky-nude, and I found it to be pretty sheer, while Dainty is a classic pink.
(Left: Kiss, Right: Belle)
I think it was a great idea for Tarte to incorporate a couple of their LipSurgence glosses in this kit. In the past, it seems like it's one or the other-- either you're getting an entire set of LipSurgence sticks, or an entire set of glosses. Here you not only get two kinds of finishes in the sticks, but also a couple of ultra shiny glosses. Kiss is a sheer pink with golden sparkle. I really think it's showing up extra pink in this picture because my lips were somewhat stained that way after trying on the other colors. Belle (fabulous name! ;) is a creamy berry gloss with no shimmer. I think it's absolutely gorgeous. These glosses are a little tacky, but overall, I find them to be less sticky than the brand's older Maracuja formula. Frankly, I like a gloss to be just a little tacky because it improves the staying power and prevents the gloss from drifting outside my lip line. 

If you keep up with my videos, you already know I'm a fan of LipSurgence. I had a pretty good idea that I was going to enjoy this kit before I even tried it-- but I was still eager to see if the overall color selection would be better than LipSurgence kits from the past. I truly think this is one of the best yet. Brights, nude, pink, coral... there's a nice variety in this set- plus a couple of glosses to add to the mix! If you're a total lip product junkie, you know you don't REALLY need a bunch of full-size lip colors... let's face it, you just won't use them up. Here you get a nice sampling of products that are still generously sized. Well done, Tarte! And thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I really like reviewing larger lip sets on here because I think you can scroll through the pictures and easily get a sense of the color selection. 

Daily Nuggets...
  • First- Hi Tyler! (He tells me he'll click on my blog, look at the pictures, and scroll to the nuggets :) 
  • Belle is being awfully sweet today. I swore she said "ma" while on the play mat earlier. Could just be a fluke. Or maybe she's a genius!! :)
  • So much sun shining through the windows... Cupcake is in sunbeam heaven.
  • Why couldn't the Cardinals make it to the World Series??
  • We went to the mall over the weekend- momma needed to get out of the house. While Belle was definitely behaving, I couldn't help but feel like she could start wailing at any moment. It was a VERY efficient trip to Ulta & Payless. I found a pair of light brown flats in record time! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Quick & Simple FOTD- Brightening Tired Eyes!

Hi everyone!!
It feels great to be blogging again! I'm in the process of slowly getting back into all my beauty "stuff", while also enjoying all the fun and challenges that motherhood brings! It really brings tears to my eyes as I look at this picture of me holding Belle in my makeup chair. Technically, she's been my little makeup companion for 9 months... but now this little nugget is in my lap! Still doesn't quite seem real. I love her so much, I can't even explain. What an incredible gift to our lives! 

After feeding Belle in the mornings, she tends to take a good long nap, and I have a Pack-n-Play up in the makeup room where she can sleep as I do my makeup! Some people have asked me how or why I'm doing my makeup with this new little baby in my life. My answer is-- I love doing makeup! It never feels like a chore to me. While all things Beauty Broadcast have become my "job", I actually STILL find the act of doing makeup to be quite fun, and frankly, relaxing and therapeutic as well. Having a baby brings SO MANY changes to a person's life. When possible, keeping a little chunk of my morning routine alive makes me feel renewed and refreshed (even when I don't look it!) So yeah... I am blessed to truly love what I do. Thank you for enjoying it along with me! 
Today's look was quick, basic, and pretty natural... while still covering up some dark circles and brightening my tired eyes! So I decided to set aside the products I used and snap a few pics for this "Face of the Day" blog post! The face products act to mattify and even out my skin, as well as correct my dark circles, and the eye products come together to create a VERY quick, no-brainer look!
  • Cover Girl Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation #210 Medium Beige
  • It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under eye Corrector in Medium (yet another great salmon-toned solution for dark spots/dark under eyes!)
  • Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Oh So Radiant! Powder in Creamy Natural
  • Flower Beauty Blush/Bronzer Duo in Gloriously Golden

  • Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Dusk (blended all over the lid/crease with Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush)
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Liner in Nude (to brighten lower inner rim)
  • NYX Two Timer liquid/pencil liner (liquid on top, pencil smudged on outer part of lower lash line)
  • Mally Volumizing Mascara (I was reminded how amazing this mascara is- especially after 2/3 weeks of use!!)
  • Milani Easybrow in Natural Taupe
  • Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Deep Brown

  •  Hard Candy Plumping Serum Lipstick in Infamous (something new I'm trying... not so sure that it plumps, but it does look pretty & has good staying power)

The biggest keys to looking awake? A couple of the little details that I think absolutely can't be skipped are the salmon-toned concealer to correct your circles, and a nude liner on your lower inner rim. These things might seem like small details, but they make a world of difference. I think those are the can't-miss steps, but adding some color to the face with blush and lipstick definitely polishes up the look! :) Hope this was helpful to anyone running low on sleep and/or time in the mornings!

Daily Nuggets...
  • Belle makes the CUTEST faces/squirmy movements when she wakes up from naps! omg. Somebody should've warned me about the cuteness of that moment. 
  • Another random observation... the act of breastfeeding makes me SO THIRSTY. I can't believe how much water I've been taking down lately! 
  • Tyler and I shot our "Birth Story" vlog yesterday! It was 45 minutes!!! So when I have a decent chunk of time to sit down and edit, I'll do that! :) 
  • Tomorrow there will be a new review on my Express channel! Meanwhile, today I posted a new video on my main channel that I shot a couple weeks ago when I was waiting on Belle! :) 
  • Wipe warmer... the kind of item that might seem like an unnecessary luxury where baby stuff is concerned, but it TOTALLY makes a difference when changing a baby! I'm a believer.
  • Warning: If you start eating chewy Sprees, you will have a hard time stopping. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Whose Nursery Is It Anyway?

Hi everyone!
I just finished up the day's editing tasks and thought I'd write up a quick blog post. I meant for it to be makeup-related, but when I was walking down the hall and spotted a certain someone hanging out in the nursery, I snapped yet another picture and thought this would be a good time to share Cupcake's nursery obsession. In case you're not familiar with Cupcake a.k.a. "the cake" a.k.a. Baker a.k.a. Bean a.k.a... you get the idea-- she has lots of nicknames... she's our first baby. We adopted her from a shelter back in 2010, not long after we moved into our first house. She was only a few months old at the time. She is such a sweet girl and has been so good with all the adjustments of moving to a new home. But it seems that the place she feels the most "at home" in this house is the nursery. 
From the very beginning (back in June) when the room was just a lavender-colored landing spot for bags and boxes, she became infatuated with a new phenomenon... skylights. Large, uninterrupted rectangles of sunbeams to lay in?! She was in love.
Once we actually started assembling baby stuff in "her" room... she was there to let us know where furniture was NOT allowed. 
Oh, you've added a Pack-n-Play? Thanks for the additional spot to enjoy the sunbeams. 
I suppose I can hang out in my tunnel... until the sunbeams come out again.
A new glider?! Don't mind if I do!
 Now there are blinds... I believe these are meant for creeping on the neighbors.
The window seat is so much better now that you've added a comfy blanket! Thanks mom!
My sweet Cupcake loves the nursery! Most afternoons when I'm working on videos, she's in there lounging the day away. I wonder what she'll do when she realizes she has to share? 
For now, we're all getting plenty of rest until Belle makes her arrival! Well, some of us more than others ;) I'm now 38 weeks along, and continue to see the doctor on a weekly basis. I know anything can happen at this point, but I think he figures I'll be back in for another appointment this coming Tuesday. I'm such a mix of emotions as the days tick closer to my due date - September 17th! I'm a little nervous, scared, excited... but most of all, so grateful. I'm about to embark one of the most exciting phases of life... isn't it strange how I won't know exactly what day everything will change? One thing is for sure... Tyler and I already have so much love in our hearts for this little person who we've yet to meet. And I think there's a four-legged big sister who knows something big is about to happen, too. =^..^=

FYI: For my nursery update videos & other pregnancy vlogs- check out 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two Pretty Summer-to-Fall Transition Lip Colors

Hi everyone!
It's been awhile since I've explored the lipsticks in Maybelline's Color Sensational line, and there's no good reason for that. The lipsticks that I have from this line are pigmented, creamy, and feel good on the lips. So the last time I was at Ulta, I spent way too long looking over the various shade families, and ended up focusing on the "Red" collection. I found a couple of gorgeous new shades that I'm loving! I think they're great colors that aren't too light or too dark... making them beautiful options as you transition your summer looks to fall! :) 
Peachy Scene (left), and Summer Sunset (right)

Peachy Scene has a bit of shimmer... I'm not normally a fan of shimmery lipsticks, but I think this one is so pigmented, the shimmer doesn't overwhelm the look. I think the tone is so beautiful! And I'm also kind of obsessed with Summer Sunset. It reminds me of a color that I used to love from this line called "Blushing Brunette" - but it's no longer available. Summer Sunset has the teeniest bit of shimmer (it's just barely detectable on the lipstick itself, but I can't see it on the lips), and has such a pretty soft red look on the lips. This would be a great option for people who want to try a red that isn't as "in your face" as most classic red lipsticks. I love it! On an unrelated note- I'm developing an obsession with matte lip colors as well. Look for a video on that in the near future! :) 

Daily Nuggets!
  • I need to get groceries.
  • We have 2 new gliders in this house and Cupcake is usually in one of them during the morning, and the other at night. 
  • Bobbi Brown's "Beach" scent continues to grow on me.
  • I saw this clip on Morning Express with Robin Meade today- CRACKED ME UP!!! And when the bulldog flops over- it kinda reminds me of myself trying to get out of bed. 
  • Today marks 36 weeks pregnant! 
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bath & Body Works Home Stuff Haul

Hi everyone!
This past weekend involved more nursery prep! More on that in an upcoming vlog, but as we were out & about picking up some of the last baby-related items, Tyler and I stopped in to Bath & Body Works for a few things. It's becoming the most irresistible time of year for me where their home scents are concerned... I LOVE the fall stuff! And according to one of the nice ladies who works there, more pumpkin-ish scents are expected in the coming weeks! It seems like fall should be way off in the distance, but when it comes to fall scents, I don't waste any time :) 
I was tempted to go nuts on the candles, but reminded myself of the insane amount of candles I had to pack up when we moved recently, and opted for just a couple of the smaller mason jar candles. Banana Nutmeg Bread Pudding is the STAR scent, in my opinion. If you love the sweet/warm/cozy smell of banana bread, you will love this scent! I asked Tyler which of the other scents he liked, and he chose Blackberry Bramble Tea (don't tell anyone, but I think he enjoys Bath & Body Works more than he wants to let on). It's a really yummy sweet berry scent- a great choice! I honestly don't know what the heck "bramble tea" is, but I like the concept. Speaking of Tyler, he also picked up his much-loved strawberry hand sanitizer for the office. Click here to see his review/hand sanitizer thief story! 
I have six spots where I use Wallflowers in the new house! Conveniently, there's a special deal if you buy six, so that's nice. If you're not familiar with Wallflowers, basically you twist these pods of scented oil into the Wallflower plugs that go straight into your outlets. Some of mine have cute night lights on them! They heat up the scents and then you have a fabulous-smelling house. Some scents end up being stronger than others, and I think it also depends on the size of the room you place them in. Anyway, all of the scents I picked up were in a special fall Wallflower display, although not every scent is brand new for this season. I got two of the Banana Nutmeg Bread Pudding... I LOVE IT. I also got Vanilla Chai, Autumn Mums, Farmstand Apple, and Mahogany Teakwood. All of these scents are new to me, except Mahogany Teakwood. I loved this scent last season... makes me think of a dude's cologne. As for the others-- I'll have to test them in the outlets to see how strong the scents come through. 

Have you explored the new fall Bath & Body Works scents lately? Any early favorites? 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Not sure how many of you saw last week's Beauty Broadcast Live, but I had explained that my dad had gone in for a procedure to get rid of his prostate cancer earlier that week. Now it's been exactly one week since that happened, and he had a follow-up with the doc today. Of course he'll continue to be monitored periodically for some time, but as of now, the doctor says he's very pleased with how the whole procedure went & how he's progressing! What a blessing. Sounds like it won't be long before he's back on the golf course :) Dad was in a good place at the time of the treatment-- the cancer was caught very early and had not spread. Prostate cancer is also known to be extremely common, but fortunately very treatable among men his age. Still, as I said on BBLive, Dad has a long life still ahead of him and nipping this problem in the bud was the best course of action. So many of you have messaged/tweeted/commented such kind and supportive things to me over the past week, and I just want you to know how much I appreciate that. My family is very thankful for your prayers!
  • What kind of daily nugget can possibly follow the first one?!
  • We went to our final baby-related class last night. It was part 2 of "Life with Baby" and we got some great info on how to install infant car seats. We also learned infant CPR and how to respond to a choking baby. Of course we hope to never be in situations where those skills are required, but it's best to be prepared! 
  • It's a 2-video day... there will be a Beauty Broadcast Express review and a tutorial on my main channel! I'm so, so excited about how the tutorial turned out! It's a very coordinated face/eyes/lips thing. 
  • Blast from the past craving I've had recently... chocolate Teddy Grahams! 
  • I did so much cleaning on Sunday... I believe that's what they call "nesting". I'm eager for the nesting instinct to kick in when it comes to unloading the dishwasher. 

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