Friday, December 12, 2014

His & Hers Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Vol 2.

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His & Hers Holiday Gift Guide 2014 Vol 2.


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Pro's Picks Portables Lip Tar - Test Tube x 12 Set

For the beauty/makeup lover, OCC's mini lip tar sets are killer! I was a huge fan of them last year and this year is no exception. Even if you own last year's you'll find this set is entirely unique and well worth purchasing for yourself or the makeup artist or lover in you life. 

Price - $59

Where to Buy - Sephora/Sephora.com 


EvolutionMan Details Magazine Award Winners Duo

EvolutionMan has become a favorite men's brand around here and our resident male blogger uses their products daily. This set includes 2 of his all-time favorite EvolutionMan products, which he highly recommends for anyone looking for effective men's grooming products in great scents.

Price - $56

Where to Buy - Evolution-Man.com 


Japonesque Color Collection Foundation Brush

If you're looking for a fun stocking stuffer for a makeup newbie this brush is not only super cute, but it's priced under $20! 

Price - $18

Where to Buy - Ulta/Ulta.com 


How are you guys doing on your Christmas shopping so far? I've been super sick and then thing after thing has happened so I'm actually a little behind, but thank goodness for online shopping!

Note: Some of the products mentioned in this post were provided for consideration by the brand. All opinions above are my own.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Annual His & Hers Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Vol 1

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It's the 1st day of December and you know what that means. The holidays and gift giving season is here!

This is our 3rd or 4th year doing our annual gift guide and I think we have some fun options for you this year.

As always, we have 1 option for those that prefer more "feminine" gifts, 1 option for those that prefer more "masculine" gifts and 1 stocking stuffer options (under $25). Enjoy!

*Note - Prices below are current as of the time of this post and may not be accurate the day or weeks after.

Lorac The Royal Eye Shadow Collection

Lorac has grown in popularity, especially over the last two years--especially when it comes to their shadows. This collection of small shadow palettes is perfect for both the Lorac lover and Lorac newbie in my opinion. 

Price - $38

Where to Buy - Ulta/Ulta.com


Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet

While it may not be the newest tablet on the market, the HD 6 is being offered at a fabulous price, so assuming you're not going to be doing anything super crazy with your tablet, why not take advantage?

Price - $99

Where to Buy - Amazon.com 


Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate 

I love chocolate and being paleo, I try to make sure I eat chocolate that is as natural as possible with more cocoa than sugar in it! Green & Black's tastes great and can be found in many store including the health food sections of some regular grocery stores. It's fair-trade and yummy!

Price - Prices vary. I've seen it for as little as $3 and as much as $5

Where to Buy - I've seen this at major grocery stores (in the natural section) as well as at natural food stores. I can't remember if Whole Foods carries it, but I think they do.

What's on your holiday wishlist this year?

Note: Some products in this post were provided by PR/the brand for consideration for this gift guide. All opinions stated above are our own.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday Makeup Replay

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As you guys know, things for me have been a bit crazy lately between illness and a health scare, so I thought this might be a fun series to start sharing with you! This is my first #ThrowbackThursday Makeup Replay post <3 I'll try to post one every Thursday or so. Some may include more recent makeup throwbacks and some may dig up super old looks. Depends on where the mood takes me. And assuming everyone sticks to the rules, I'll even open up the opportunity for you all to share your looks with me in the comments. I hope you enjoy!



You guys know I'm a total lippy junkie. I love them! Now that it's fall I've tried to steer clear from my warm-weather favorites (bright pinks and corals for the win!) and switch over to to my favorite fall shades--reds and purples. I'm honestly not a huge fan of super vampy shades on my lips because I feel as though dark shades just don't look that great on me. Not that they're awful, but just not my personal preference.

I've been reviewing and playing around with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics new Pro's Picks: Portables Lip Tar: Test Tube x 12 Set in preparation for sharing my reviews and swatches with you guys and I had to share my favorite look from about a week ago using 2 of the lip tars in this set!

I shared the look above on instagram (follow me for a peek into my life and looks: @beautypopstop), so for those of you that don't follow me there this will be the first time you've seen it! This picture was taken with my phone and hasn't been edited, but the light that day was fairly bright and direct so my phone over-exposed my skin a bit. You get the idea though! At my age (feeling old lately) and with the amount of sleep I miss, sometimes a little overexposure is for the best ;)

Here I used Hoochie all over my lips with Iced patted on the center. I don't want to give too much away before I post my full review/swatches, but I was totally blown away by both colors. Hoochie is a shade that's been on my wishlist for a long time. I own the OCC lip pencil in Hoochie, but knew I needed the lip tar and I just hadn't gotten around to grabbing it yet. Iced was a shade I'd assumed (stupidly) I wouldn't necessarily want since I have other ways I usually add a metallic sheen to lips, but let me just tell you ... MAGICAL! Oh. My. Gosh. Patted over the center of the lips it is just ... amazing! You can see above in my pick how well it reflects the light there on my lips where it was place.

I paired my fun purple lips with a slightly glam, neutral eye. I didn't want to cross that line from glam to showgirl by going too heavy or dramatic on the eyes with my lips.

You want this, You need this. Go buy it!

I'd love to see your #tbt makeup looks! Let's try this and see how it goes (please don't abuse it by posting random links to companies or posts not related to makeup, nail or fashion looks). Link me to an instagram post, twitter pic or blog post with your favorite makeup, nail or fashion look from the past!

Can't wait to see!

Don't forget to head over to my makeup artist site if you're looking for a makeup artist for an upcoming special event, wedding or private makeup tutorial.

Friday, November 7, 2014

DIY Pinterest Holiday Gift Ideas - Plus, To Make or Buy?

Hey Guys!

So much has been going on lately (I shared a bit on my Instagram recently, but will go into detail more once we know more on here) and I haven't been feeling well, but I wanted to pop on and discuss holiday gift giving a bit. It's something I've been thinking about a lot lately since I have a fairly large family in addition to other people I give gifts to.

Each year I waver between making things and buying things for certain members of my family, teachers/therapists involved with the boys, etc. I really feel like handmade gifts are awesome and many people have appreciated them in the past when I've given them out, however, my go-to is generally food-related and with so many people having so many allergies and sensitivities I've found each year to be more difficult than the last to cater to everyone.

I have some fun ideas for things this year, but then I wonder ... do people even like handmade gifts anymore? Have people gotten sick of things like "cookie mix in a jar" or "cupcake mix in a jar"? Do people think it's a cheap cop-out? I can tell you making things is actually not that cheap a lot of the time, especially because I get neurotic about it! lol But really ... am I going to get the "side-eye" if I give out some handmade things this year?

And then I wonder ... should I just get people gift cards? Starbucks gift cards are always something I personally love receiving so I can get my fill of my favorite decaf drinks, but do others feel that's impersonal? What's the right amount to give?

What are your favorite gifts to give and receive from family and friends? Do you like homemade gifts? Do you like gift cards?

Have people found super cute homemade gift ideas on pinterest they want to share? I've shared a few things I've done over the years. Perhaps I will again this year if things simmer down.

Share with me!!!

Here are some I found on Pinterest that I thought were super cute or similar to things I've done in the past (I haven't tried any of these out yet):

Themed "Survival Kits"

Gifts in a Jar

Candy Cane Meringues 

Gingerbread Playdoh in a Jar

Pamper Me Jars

Cocoa Santas

Lotion Bars

Hot Chocolate Spoons

DIY Makeup Brush Roll

Homemade Kahlua

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Japonesque Liquid Light Swatches & Review - Shades #1, #2, #3

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Japonesque Liquid Light

Japonesque released new liquid highlighters this year. As of right now, 3 shades are available through retailers like Ulta/Ulta.com. These are meant to be placed over makeup to highlight the highest planes of the face or all-over on its own as a makeup base. 


Japonesque Liquid Light Swatches - #1, #2, #3

These were all swatches on clean skin. It was actually really difficult to capture all of the reflective shimmer in these.

japonesque liquid light highlighter bronzer swatches #1 #2 #3
L to R: Japonesque Liquid Light #1, #2, #3


Japonesque Liquid Light Review - #1, #2, #3

I want to note that I was a bit sad not to see a shade that was super light (even translucent white) with a pink reflective quality for those with super cool and/or very light complexions. Perhaps in the future!

Japonesque Liquid Light #1 Review

Product Type - liquid highlighter
Scent - light clean scent
Shade - rosy metallic champagne
On the Skin - extremely shimmery; thin formula once applied; moderate tinting
Price - $28 (.84 fl oz)
Where to Buy - Ulta/Ulta.com 
My Thoughts - This is a rosy champagne with a lot of metallic shimmer to it that is pretty reflective, especially up close. The formula is interesting as it's almost gel-like, but less opaque than I thought it would be looking at the bottle. Speaking of the bottles, they are very heavy and made of glass if you're unfamiliar with Japonesque packaging--great for the top of your makeup table and nice in your hand, but too heavy in my opinion for a kit. I recommend depotting if you plan to travel with this. The actual pump part feels a bit cheap in comparison to the substantial bottle and makes it a tad difficult to pump out small bits of product vs. a full pump, though it works well enough if you plan to use a lot of product. A little of this spreads out quite a bit, so I suggest using a light hand and layering if you want more of a dramatic effect. The more product you use the longer it will take for this to dry down and set. It can become a little uneven if too much product is applied as it tends to slide around quite a bit while wet. The metallic shimmer in this is most comparable to me to the finish you get (in terms of reflective particles) to some of  MAC's Mineralized Skinfinishes with more metallic, frosty finishes. It is not quite as fine a shimmer as Benefits liquid highlighters or Face Atelier's Ultra Sheers. 

Tip: Put a pump of this into your body lotion for some added dimension

All in all, I think these are best for looks where you want a high-shimmer effect or for use over your body when mixed with lotion. The price is really reasonable for the amount of product you get, which may make them appealing to those looking to try liquid highlighters or who want something tinted.


Japonesque Liquid Light #2 Review

Product Type - liquid highlighter
Scent - light clean scent
Shade - peachy metallic light gold
On the Skin - extremely shimmery; thin formula once applied; moderate tinting
Price - $28 (.84 fl oz)
Where to Buy - Ulta/Ulta.com 
My Thoughts - My thoughts on the general formula, finish and packaging above apply to all of these. This color in particular is perhaps the most versatile as it's slightly lighter than the other 2 shades and may complement even slightly fairer complexions. I think this could potentially be nice for warming up the face when mixed with foundation or applied under foundation. This was as shimmery as the other two, though the tint in the base was lighter as you can see above. A nice color and my favorite of the 3 overall.


Japonesque Liquid Light #3 Review

Product Type - liquid highlighter/bronzer
Scent - light clean scent
Shade - bronzey gold metallic 
On the Skin - extremely shimmery; thin formula once applied; moderate tinting
Price - $28 (.84 fl oz)
Where to Buy - Ulta/Ulta.com 
My Thoughts - My thoughts on the general formula, finish and packaging above apply to all of these.  This shade is the one I'd say is definitely more of a bronze-highlighter of the three. It has a distinct bronze effect in addition to its warm brown base. The base is a tad more orange leaning, which I find common in bronzers. I think this is the type of product you'd most reach for in the summer if you're medium to medium-light complected or year-round if you have a deeper complexion. I'm not sure how well this would translate on fairer complexions, but the orange hue may be a bit too strong. I think this shade in particular would make for a fabulous all-over body bronzer/highlighter when mixed with body lotion. It could also be nice on tan faces for highlighting. 

What do you think of these newer liquid highlighters from Japonesque? Would you consider purchasing them? Which shade do you like best?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LUSH Halloween 2014 Collection Review - Includes Wizard Hat Gift Set

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LUSH Halloween 2014

You guys know I live for LUSH's holiday collections. Remember last Halloween's amazing collection? I loved it and I have to say, I may be even more in love with this year's collection (except Pumkin Mumkin, he's my boo and I will forever love him above all else!). 

The second I saw this collection I was totally thrilled. A wizard hat? The return of one of my favorite bath bombs? Yes, yes, yes!

I know I gave you guys a little teaser before I traveled last week, but I'm happy to say I have now had the chance to review each item and jot down my thoughts for you.

What better way to spend the night after taking the little guys trick-or-treating or hitting up a fabulous Halloween party? Halloween bath time, here you come!


LUSH Halloween 2014 Individual Products

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LUSH Fairy Ring Soap

LUSH Halloween 2014 Lord of Misrule bath bomb
LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

LUSH halloween 2014 Northern Lights Bath Bomb review
LUSH Northern Lights Bath Bomb

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LUSH Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar


LUSH Halloween 2014 Wizard Hat Products 

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LUSH Halloween Wizard Hat Contents

LUSH halloween 2014 Sparkler Bath Bomb review
LUSH Sparkler Bath Bomb

Lush star light star bright bath melt
LUSH Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt

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LUSH Wizard Bubble Bar


LUSH Halloween 2014 Product Review


LUSH Fairy Ring Soap

Product Type - bar soap
Scent - jasmine floral scent
On the Skin - nice slip; cleanses well; leaves soft scent behind
Price - $7.95 (3.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH stores/LUSHUSA.com
My Thoughts - First of all, I'm a huge fan of LUSH's soap, which tends to be one of the only soaps we keep by the sinks in our bathrooms. This smells beautiful! The Jasmine scent is strong enough to easily detect, but soft and lovely. I love the name of this soap, too! If you're not familiar, several European cultures have different folklore about Fairy Rings or circles of mushrooms that spontaneously occur. The Hub's family is Irish and Celtic tradition believes these are left behind by dancing pixies or elves. Super fun! The fact this soap is made using fresh mushrooms and has a name related to such a whimsical idea is perfect in my opinion.


LUSH Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb

Product Type - bath bomb
Scent - vanilla and patchouli
In the Bath - fizzes well; pop rocks crackle making it a run experience; mix of green, silver and magenta colors swirl together
Price - $6.95 (7.1 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/LUSHUSA.com
My Thoughts - If you missed my raving review last year, I'm a HUGE fan of this bath bomb. While I'm actually not a fan of patchouli, the scent of this bath bomb is so perfectly constructed that it's actually one of my all-time favorites. Inspired by the Feast of Fools, it's fun to use with it's multiple colors and popping candies, but even better, it smells so lovely and fills the entire upstairs with its scent when we use it. This is a must in my opinion!  


LUSH Northern Lights Bath Bomb

Product Type - bath bomb
Scent - floral (same scent as last year's Chrismas Eve Bubble Bar of Christmas Past)
In the Bath - fizzes well; dissolves from purple to blue to green
Price - $5.95 (3.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/LUSHUSA.com
My Thoughts - This is easily one of the prettiest looking bath bombs I personally think they've done judging by both its appearance before you use it and while it fizzes! It's so Halloween-perfect I can't even stand it :) If you look close you can see these adorable little stars, too. Just so cute! The scent is very floral so if that's your jam you'll probably be a fan of this one.


LUSH Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

Product Type - bubble bar
Scent - citrus and berry (think a citrus-y sangria)
In the Bath - creates amazing bubbles; gold shimmer will need to be rinsed off
Price - $7.95 (3.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/LUSHUSA.com
My Thoughts -  LUSH's bubble bars are fantastic if you're the type that like commercial-worthy mountains of bubbles in your tub. The scent on this bubble bar is so fun--it really does smell like a citrus-y sangria to me! While the shimmer does require some rinsing off of both you and your tub, it comes off pretty easily. Overall, a super yummy smelling bubble bar if you don't mind some extra rinsing afterward!


LUSH Sparkler Bath Bomb

Product Type - bath bomb
Scent - Rose Jam (one of my favorites!!!)
In the Bath - fizzes well; popping candy make it extra fun; dissolves into mix of yellow and rosy red-brown colors
Price - $6.95 (3.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/LUSHUSA.com
My Thoughts -  If you love the Rose Jam scent don't think twice, just grab this bath bomb! It is one of my favorite scents from LUSH and anything they release in this scent has to come home with me. Delicious, perfect scent aside, this bath bomb is super fun between its dayglo exterior, popping candies and sparkly rosy layers. This is one of those bath bombs that is just as amusing to watch fizz as it is lovely to soak in. Super, super amusing for the little ones as well in my experience.


LUSH Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt

Product Type - bath melt
Scent - lime with a hint of ginger zing
In the Bath - dissolves into hot water and softens the water beautifully; silver shimmer requires extra rinsing from tub and body
Price - $6.95 (1.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/LUSHUSA.com
My Thoughts -  If you don't mind a little extra work, this bath melt turns water into hydrating, silky, silver loveliness. The shimmer will get on everything though, so be warned ;) The scent on this is super yummy if you like citrus.

By the way, anyone else hear "Lucky Star" by Madonna when they read the name of this bath melt? Child of the 80s ;)


LUSH Wizard Bubble Bar

Product Type - bubble bar
Scent - citrus with something slightly spicy at the end
In the Bath - mounds of bubbles if you can bear to break him apart
Price - $7.95 (1.5 oz)
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/LUSHUSA.com
My Thoughts -  I swear LUSH knows how to make the world's cutest bath products. I can now add LUSH's Wizard to my ever-growing list of bath products too cute to use--right up there with Pumkin Mumkin, the Bunny from East and the Christmas Penguin. This little wizard is too precious for words! *sigh* He smells lovely as well and should you choose to use him in your bath, he will conjure up a magical amount of bubbles. He's just too darn cute!!!! My little guys went nuts over him, too.


LUSH Wizard Hat Gift Set

Product Type - Halloween bath set
Products Included - Star Light, Star Bright Bath Melt; Wizard Bubble Bar; Sparkler Bath Bomb
Price - $27.95
Where to Buy - LUSH Stores/LUSHUSA.com
My Thoughts -  This is seriously such a cute set! Is it just me or does that hat remind you a little of the wizard hat from Fantasia during the Sorcerer's Apprentice bit? Where are my dancing, cleaning brooms?! The packaging is fun, but the products inside do not disappoint either. And to top it off, the cat can actually be warn as a wizard hat if you add some string. So darn cute and well worth the purchase. 

Now all I can hear in my head is "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"... 

What do you think? Will you be nabbing any of these fun Halloween goodies? Which are your favorites?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions above are my own.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mini MAC Cosmetics Giveaway - US & Canda Only


I'm back! Sorry I've been absent for the last week or so, I've been traveling and there was literally NO time to update the blog. To thank you all for your patience, I thought it'd be fun to do a mini giveaway with a couple MAC items that released this fall! This prize includes 1 bottle of MAC Before Dawn nail polish and 1 Black Brilliance  Fluidline Eye Pencil.

Because one of these items is a nail polish and shipping them overseas can be miserable, I've limited this to a US and Canada giveaway only. But don't worry international readers, I won't forget you in future giveaways!

Entering is simple and can be done through the rafflecopter widget below.

This giveaway is for those in the US and Canada (or those who have US or Canada mailing addresses) who are 18+.

Once this giveaway ends, the randomly chosen winner will be notified via the email they supply when entering and will have 48 hours to reply with their mailing address in order to claim the prize. Should they not respond in time, another winner will be selected under the same conditions. This pattern will continue until a winner claims the prize within the allotted time.

Good luck!




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