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Orglamix Mineral Makeup {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I was able to review a few eye shadows from Orglamix a few months ago, and since then, I’ve been using those colors non-stop. In fact, I’ve really come to see the light when it comes to mineral makeup, especially color cosmetics that are healthy and natural, and when I recently sat down to inventory what makeup I actually own, I threw out a LOT of crap I’ve collected over the years, and then put my Orglamix colors at the top of my ‘favorites’ pile. While writing my first review, I noticed a set of colors intended exclusively for blue eyes–just the right colors to make the blue pop and look complimented.1470008_10152098970114236_767694217_n

Before I show you this dream set, check out all the gorgeous colors from Orglamix! They carry DOZENS of shades–a full spectrum of subtle to vibrant, soft to intense.photo-4_large

Whatever you’re going for, you’re bound to find just the shades of highlighters, base colors or accents you have in mind. I literally have over a dozen favorites that I would LOVE to get my hands on. Ok, let me know you my new favorite set of three: the Blue Eyes Play Collection, which includes the colors Buttercup, Silk, and Fig and sold for $19.95. Purchasing a set is a smart choice considering the bought separately, these are priced at $10/each.Sprite_810_large copy

I love that experts have combined these three to create the best enhancement that features blue eyes, and that I didn’t have to do the guesswork on coming up with the best trio of colors. This set for blue eyes includes Fig, Silk, and Buttercup. Buttercup looks a little more yellow (vs. cream) in person, but it still works great with the other two.  IMG_0200I think the three are so pretty together, and this makeup is top-notch. It doesn’t clump or crease, and it lasts the entire day. It goes on easily, blends well, and the rich colors keep their intensity.  Know that only good stuff is going onto your delicate eyelids.  Orglamix makeup is healthy, natural, cruelty-free, PETA approved and free from harsh chemicals, synthetic dyes, fillers and nano-particles.

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One super lucky girl will win a $20 gift certificate to Orglamix.com!  If you’re a blue-eyed babe, go for the Blue Eyes Play Collection ($19.95)!!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn and emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

 

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn and emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

Orglamix Mineral Makeup {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Isn’t makeup fun!?  I love a beautiful array of eyeshadow colors to play with and use as like a painting palette.

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Some of the best “paints” I’ve used are these treasures from Orglamix.  They carry simply beautiful mineral makeup, but makeup that is absolutely free from any harmful ingredients like synthetic dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, preservatives and irritants that are STILL found in many mineral makeups found in stores.  Pay attention to what you’re putting on your face and read the labels!  If you have allergies or have reacted to mineral makeup in the past, get excited about these gorgeous eyeshadows from Orglamix.

IMG_9840Take a minute and start perusing all the glorious and glamorous colors available!  You will swoon and probably find atleast a dozen colors you NEED!  These are the eyeshadows in Orglamix’s Spring 2014 Color Collection:

photo-4_largeOrglamix has kindly organized their colors into categories that look best with your eye color.  For instance, a collection of colors that a best for blue eyes, green eyes, brown, etc…  I took ALL morning to narrow down favorites, but I finally settled on these three beautiful colors: Pineapple, Patchouli, and Champagne Toast.

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I love these three together!  I think they are warm, compatible with many eye colors and skin tones, and they really speak to my color senses.  Sorry, I know you can barely see my eye makeup in this picture because of how I’m so attractively cackling with squinted eyes, but it really is a gorgeous blend of highlights and color.

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There are SO MANY fun colors to choose from.  Honest, it took me hours to whittle down my list.  You can find every spectrum of the rainbow, glitter and matte.

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Besides eyeshadows, Orglamix is famous for their fragrances, foundation, blush, lip scrubs, and even glitter pigments.  They have a “Happiness Guaranteed” promise, so if you are not delighted with everything, take them up on their 30 day money back guarantee.

One super lucky girl will win a $20 gift certificate to Orglamix.com!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 7th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.  

BA STAR Makeup {Review}

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Even though I am still so far from having my children really involved in competition sports or teams, I really want them to be involved and let them experience positive team work towards a common goal!  I participated in a lot of dance and showchoir growing up, and the hundreds of practice and performance hours taught me so much about dedication, how to handle disappointment, achievement, cooperation, and self-esteem!  I wouldn’t trade all that good stuff for anything, and I really can’t wait to have a daughter work hard at something and develop similar qualities.  And even if she’s under age 12, I’ll let her rock out in performance makeup if she wants to.  I’ll probably beg her to let me put it on her!  Its just so fun!

ilrdaf5ib5i91wfagx9xBA STAR has a line of makeup that is so glittery perfect for performing teams and sports.  They carry all sorts of dramatic and shiny products in some striking colors.  You can stock up on glitter, high drama pressed shadows, mascara, liners and lashes, pencils and blush for your entire team and create a flashy first impression on judges and opposing teams.  cheer

If I were a cheer coach or a drill team captain, I would go crazy buying this stuff!

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 One of the fantastic products from BA Star is their Star Dust.  It is a loose mineral shadow with a soft shimmer that really gleams!  Check out these sparkly colors!

4I chose to try out the Bronze Stardust, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it is a container of loose powder, instead of a cream, which is what it looked like online.  I tried to go with something mom-friendly and subtle enough to wear to church, but still stood out as a pretty eyeshadow color.

IMG_6564 With the shadow came this BA STAR Glue, which is a shadow base used as a primer under the stardust for an even more dramatic look and for a super strong hold.  I think the color is great, and I really like it!

IMG_6608The stardust is very easy to apply, and it holds well to my eyelids without flaking down onto my face.  It lasted all day without feeling heavy or uncomfortable.  These pictures were taking 4-5 hours after application.  I think this color looks totally natural enough to wear every day, but it could also be used for cheer, dance, or performance and look fantastic on a variety of skin tones.

IMG_6609Check out BA Star’s other products!  They have some fun makeup videos as well as custom face charts and even free samples!

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Dr. Hauschka {Review}

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I think putting on makeup is so much like an enjoyable little art class!  With so many colors, materials, and tools at my fingertips, some peace and quiet, and a few minutes, the world is my oyster!  Like a true artist, I really feel like I can do my best work with high-quality tools.  Do you really think Da Vinci could have painted up the Mona Lisa with a 2″ wide foam brush on a stick?  To pretty up like a pro, you’ve got to have legitimate materials to work with!
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I know I can tell a difference when I come across the good stuff.  You know…eyeshadow that doesn’t crease, eyeliner that doesn’t melt down my face, mascara that doesn’t clump.  You know quality when you see it, and quality is the first word that comes to mind when I tell you about the beautiful decorative cosmetics and beauty products from Dr. Hauschka!
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I think I squealed out loud when these goodies arrived.  In my package was an eyeshadow trio, eyeliner, mascara, roll-on deodorant, and a makeup brush.  Let’s start from the top.  First of all, this eyeshadow trio is a perfect palette.  The three colors (beige, rose pink, and chocolate) make a beautiful set of highs and lows, and blended together with the eyeshadow blender brush (sold for $27.95) creates such a lovely look that would look great on practically any skin tone.  Pinks are always flattering, and the chocolate is fantastic for the eye creases.  This brush does a great job of blending.  I think it makes any amateur makeup job look expertly done by defining the eyes and creating a flawless gradient look.IMG_6135
There is nothing like a brand new eyeliner pencil.  This Eyeliner Black with Applicator (sold for $17.95) has mineral pigments fused with quince, jojoba and carnauba waxes that allow this black to go on effortlessly, and even after sweating my face off at a dance rehearsal, it didn’t smudge or smear down my face.  I usually have to use a new pencil for a few days/weeks before the point is a little more dull which allows for a more natural application, but this pencil has a smudge applicator on the other end for blending and softening.  The tip is nice and soft so it doesn’t irritate tender eye skin.
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This Volume Mascara Black is terrific!  It is sold for $29.95, and it really opens up my eyes.  It gives my lashes a slightly more subtle look than I’m used to–it is fairly thin (but it doesn’t clump!) and it expertly separates all the lashes to look evenly spaced and spread, and not grouped together.  I do like the look, and surely, multiple applications will create a thicker appearance.  It does curve the lashes well, and it is great for sensitive, delicate skin.  It contains a neem leaf extract that strengthens the lashes, and it is truly smudge-proof!
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Lastly, I was quite excited to try out this roll-on deodorant.  I’m really not a fan of the traditional stick.  I just can’t seem to avoid getting it smeared on my clothes and staining my whites with discolored pits.  The roll-on feature is terrific for applying just where you want to.  The surface area of the rolling ball is small, so it is easy to apply it in only the right places, and without having to turn the bottle upside down.  Holding it upright is fine because as you roll on, the ball turns and coats you in goodness.  The floral scent smells just like geraniums!  This is my favorite deodorant I’ve ever tried!  I could definitely tell a difference in feeling fresh and dry throughout a hot and crazy day of run-arounds.  Can’t wait to use it up.
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Here’s the look you can get with these Dr. Hauschka cosmetics:
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Dr. H sells even more dreamy products, specifically bath and body treats like Rhythmic Night Conditioner, Regenerating Serum, and Aromatherapy Baths.  Its really a wonderland of goodness over there and these high-end cosmetics are just the tip of the iceberg.  Check em out!

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*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation. 

Hard Candy Cosmetics {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I have a dear and extremely talented friend from my childhood who now performs in Vegas and teaches aerial classes!  We share some pretty great stories from our teenage years, and one of my favorites involves some lip gloss.  I wasn’t in the car with her, but apparently she was applying some lip gloss (the wand kind) and a bump in the road caused a little mis-application, and she exclaimed, “Ohhh!  I got some on my lip!”, and her sisters replied, “As in…where else were you trying to put it?”  I think of that story every time I put on lipgloss, especially in the car 🙂

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Gloss, lipstick, balms, glitter, etc.  It all makes me feel young!  Let me introduce you to some lip and eye products from Hard Candy!  I got to try out three goodies–a shade of LIP DEF, All Glossed Up, and All Lid Up.

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These LIP DEFs are pretty cool.  This shade is called “Rated R” and it adds 3D pearls to your lips to create the illusion of depth and volume.  It hydrates well and the result is very glossy without a lot of stickiness.  The color?  Bright!  See, when these three surprises arrived, the colors shocked me a little!  I’m not really a glitter-wearing hipster–more like a church-going mom, but I still like the feel of gloss on my lips!  Who says I can’t be a little crazy, even if I only go out to grocery store and play groups 🙂Hard-Candy-Lip-Def

Next up, I tried a tube of All Glossed Up, in the shade called “Cupcake”!  This is SOooo pink.  More than the color, I super love how it adheres like a melted crayon.  The large tip makes it easy to achieve perfect application, especially when you hold it and write with it like you would a fat pencil.  A familiar hold and shape make this a friendly tool.  Pigments and stain are combined in a silicone base, creating staining properties and making it long-lasting.  It is so creamy, glides on effortlessly, and really stays on well!  Hard-Candy-All-Glossed-Up-Hydrating-Lip-Stain-2

The All Lid Up is a classic eye shadow.  This “Quick Sand” shade is perfect for lighting up and enhancing your eyes, and can really be used for daily wear or with glamor outfits.  THIS is more of my style and color.  It is supple and creamy, and though I wish it came with an applicator, or was packaged in a way where I didn’t have to put my fingers inside, the shadow is easy to get to, thanks to the shallow rim and wide opening.  I like using this as a shadow (though you could also use it as a liner) because of its no-crease formula.  It stays on my lids all day without rubbing off or smearing.

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Here’s a look at them applied to the back of my hand:

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And here I am wearing the LID DEF gloss and the All Lid Up “Quick Sand” eyeshadow.  I instantly loved the look of the eyeshadow!  This is without any other eye colors or products–just the eyeshadow.  It almost creates the perfect highlights and lowlights just by the way it reflects the light.  I’m lovin it!

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You can find Hard Candy brand cosmetics and accessories at Walmart–and for a great price!  These are sold for $6, $5, and $5!

You can win these same three products!  Your own tube LIP DEF, All Glossed Up, and All Lid Up eyeshadow by Hard Candy!

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*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 13th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Hard Candy, but all opinions are strictly my own

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