Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Review: e.l.f. Blush & Bronzing Powder

This blush/bronzer duo was my first e.l.f. product ever, and well - it's responsible for my obsession today!

Color: The blush is a light, neutral pink; the bronzer is a warm brown.
Finish: The blush has large, visible shimmer - this is the only downfall to either product. The bronzer has small gold reflects, but I don't notice them on the face.
Texture: Really nice for the drugstore! Smooth and well pressed.
Payoff: Decent color payoff; just enough without being difficult to work with.
Wear: All day, as most cheek powders are for me.

Overall: If you don't mind a little glitter, this duo is wonderful for any makeup collection and definitely worth the price. The bronzer is my absolute favorite for summer, and the blush adds a pretty light pink glow!
To buy: The e.l.f. website or Target stores, $3.

**I've heard that the blush is a good dupe for Nars "Deep Throat" blush, and the bronzer for Nars "Laguna" bronzer. I don't own either, so I can't compare, but keep it in mind!

Hope you enjoyed the review!
Love, Val

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My 3 Essential Brushes

Hey guys! So lately, I've been realizing that I reach for the same brushes over and over again: my Sigma F80 for face, my MAC 168 for cheeks, and my MAC 217 for the eyes. Here I'll give you a review and overview of each brush!
top to bottom - F80, 168, 217

Sigma F80 Brush
Design: Flat-topped, synthetic bristles densely packed in a circle.
What it does: Perfectly blends out concealer, applies foundation or tinted moisturizer, or applies cream blush.
Why I love it: It cuts down so much time in my getting-ready routine! I especially love it for blending out concealer - the finish is flawless without losing coverage. See my review.

MAC 168
Design: Softly angled, super soft natural bristles; just enough pressure to pick up blush.
What it does: Beautifully applies bronzer as a contour, blush, and highlights! It's versatile too - turn it on its side for a thinner line, or use it wider to cover the apples of the cheeks. (See my 168 tutorial here!)
Why I love it: It's so convenient to have one brush for every cheek product!

MAC 217
Design: Domed, flexible bristles in an ellipse shape.
What it does: Easily creates an eye look! Can be used in the crease, on the lid, for blending, highlighting, or even under the eye.
Why I love it: Again, convenience wins out here! The quality is outstanding as well.

All for now! What are your favorite brushes??
Love, Val

I received the Sigma brush for review; I am not being compensated, nor am I affiliated with Sigma.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I'm really excited to announce a giveaway today of Fresh Cosmetics!!
I'm giving away Fresh's 20th anniversary set!

It includes:
Soy Face Cleanser (20 ml): A gentle, daily cleanser perfect for all skin types that removes impurities and makeup-even mascara-while toning and hydrating.
Twilight FreshFace Glow (5 ml): A sheer illuminating cream that instantly imparts a stunning yet natural-looking radiance to all skin tones.
Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 (4.3 g): A nourishing lip moisturizer that has a warm nude tint, offering sheer coverage or buildable color.
SuperNova Mascara (2 g): A glossy jet black formula that defines, thickens, and lengthens lashes in one clump-free coat.
To enter:
Please fill out all the information below to be entered. Only enter the form once, please.
If I do not receive a response from the winner within one week I will have to choose a new one.
Open internationally!
Giveaway ends July 15th at 6:oo PM PST.
Let me know if you have any further questions!

All for now! Good luck, everyone!
Love, Val

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ferris Wheel Inspiration

This is a guest post from Alessia of Luello's blog. Read my guest post for them here. Leave some love!

Fashion inspiration can come from a myriad of sources. Challenge your wardrobe (and your styling abilities) this summer by getting inspiration from the places you go and things that you do!

Here’s some fashion inspiration coming your way, inspired by a trip to the fair!

Enjoy a summer’s day, indulge in some cotton candy and ride the Ferris wheel in style!
-                    Embrace color and choose a cute pair of colored denim cutoffs, like these pink ones by J Brand!
-                    Opt for a basic cropped tee for a relaxed and comfortable look.
-                    Nothing says summer like espadrilles! Forego wearing flip-flops and instead wear these for a fun and youthful summer look!
-                    Keep your hair simple! Try to tousled fishtail braid (since the rollercoasters will mess up your hair anyway!)
-                    Revlon’s line of scented nail polishes perfectly complements the fun, bright colors of summer! With scents like Bubble Gum and Gumdrop, you’ll never want to take it off your nails!
-                    Most importantly- remember to stay hydrated! (It helps to remember to carry a water bottle when there’s as cute as this one by KOR!)

Visit for more products by brands like J Brand, William Rast and more!

Monday, June 6, 2011

May Faves!

For me, May has been a month of glowy, fresh skin with subtle eyes and coral lips. On to the faves!

Stila Tinted Moisturizer is an illuminating, glowy start to any makeup look. I love its barely-there coverage; just enough to even out the complexion.
I like to follow up with a tiny dot of Stila Perfecting Concealer, which covers blemishes and redness beautifully.
Atop the cheeks I apply Revlon Colorstay Brighten Finishing Powder for a sheer highlight - right above whatever blush or bronzer I wear that day.
I adore this $1 e.l.f. "Day 2 Night" Quad; the pigmentation is excellent and the colors are fab. I use the cream shade on my lid with the taupe brown blended through the crease.
I like to finish off the look with Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in Coral Reef for a glossy coral finishing touch!

This is my 1st anniversary for my favorites posts! Read last May's here.
Have an excellent day!
Love, Val