Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette + Rose Gold Lipstick in Chauffeur | Swatches + Review

// Products sent for review.

Happy Friday, cutie pies! Ah, it's a good day to have some Makeup Revolution products on the blog, right? If you haven't heard of the brand before, they're basically one of the best kept secrets as their products are moderately priced but have the quality of some of the most top label brands. They're also known for having some killer dupes to some popular products.

Today, I have two products to share with you - the Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette and the Rose Gold Lipstick in Chauffeur. Let's check them out!

  • Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar 2 Rose Gold Blush Palette ($10)- Hello stunner! I had one of those moments when I opened this like, "Sweet Lord. This is beautiful." I kind of assumed that this palette would be filled with different shades of rose golds or complimentary colors so color me surprised to find a mix of beautiful metals and mattes. I feel like this palette will work for all skintones but naturally some shades will work on some tones better than others. The two mattes on the right side are perfect for pale skintones (I use the one on the bottom as a bronzer) but they probably wouldn't even show up on a deeper skintone. The third on the bottom from the left is absolutely jaw-dropping for medium/deep skintones but might be too harsh for anyone lighter. Of course, any shades that might not work as a highlighter or blush for your skintone could definitely be used as an eyeshadow so I wouldn't file this under a loss at all. My favorite shades are the bottom right matte shade (as a bronzer) and the bottom left highlighter (leaves my skin looking dewy rather than super blingy). I have to note that all shades were slightly dry to the touch but didn't feel that way once applied. Kind of weird.
  • Makeup Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick in Chauffeur ($5) - Chauffeur is a gorgeous dusty mauve nude shade with a smooth, creamy, satin finish. I was surprised by how pigmented it was and how comfortable it was to wear throughout the day. I'm so eager to try out the rest of the bunch from the collection now. 

Overall: First off, how gorgeous is that blush palette? I feel like it's a palette that'll have something for every skin tone but some shades will work better for others. Each shade feel slightly dry to the touch but did not apply in that way and actually applied rather smoothly and beautifully. Each highlighter shade was pigmented but not sparkly in anyway and left a rather dewy finish. As for the lipstick, I absolutely love Chauffeur and was surprised by how pigmented and creamy it was. I want to try all the lipsticks from that collection now!

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Freshly Picked x Stance Wolf Pack Moccasins

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! I'm so excited to finally be able to share this upcoming release as it's from one of my favorite baby brands ever and I know you guys are going to be super excited as well. 

Freshly Picked x Stance Socks Collection is coming out TOMORROW, July 28th at 10AM MST - and they are SO adorable! NOTE: While there will be moccasins available for immediate shipment, they will be limited. Once out, everything will be special order only (usually ships in 4-6 weeks). And guys, Stance even has matching socks to the moccasins. My wallet is going to hate me. How can I deny moccasins and matching socks!? I can't, guys, I can't.

I've been sharing a few sneak peek pictures on Instagram (let's be friends!) but I thought I'd give you a better look at the moccasins I chose. My son is obsessed with wolves so it was only natural I chose the Wolf Pack moccasins to try out. 

The Wolf Pack moccasins ($60) are a two-toned green leather moccasin; a darker green under the geometric wolf head with a lighter green sole and trim with fringe. Unfortunately, these don't have fringe in the front like most Freshly Picked moccasins do but to be honest, I'm totally diggin' it. 

As with all Freshly Picked moccasins, they have an elastic band around the ankle so they're easy to put on and keep on your little babes feet. If you're looking for a starter shoe for your newly mobile babe, podiatrists highly recommend moccasins as they allow your child to move and flex their foot as naturally as possible, making walking easier.


Which pair will you be snagging? Make sure to enter the Freshly Picked giveaway going on over here, just for my readers! It ends 7/29. Good luck! x

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Baby | A Few Things I Wish I Had With Baby #1

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I can't believe in the two years since I've had Hunter, they've come out with even newer, cooler, and smarter things for babies and moms to use. Just when I thought I was on top of the game, bam! they come out with something even more awesome.

Today, I've compiled a few things I wish I knew about two years ago - one that's a great alternative to its more expensive counterpart, one that totally blows me away for safety reasons and one that's a great way to share memories!

  • Milestone Baby Pregnancy and Newborn Cards ($24) - How precious are these? I wish I had known about these two years ago because while I did document my baby bump weekly, it was such a pain in the butt to photoshop the dates and weeks on every picture. I chose the Pregnancy and Newborn Card set that comes with 30 different cards to document everything from the first positive test to the baby's first outfit. They do skip around on the weeks so there's a card for eight weeks, 12 weeks, etc. (basically once a month) and then there's an empty card to fill in a week you choose. Another really cool note about these cards is that when you go to purchase, you can choose from over ten different languages. They also sell milestone cards for toddler firsts, twins, baby photo cards and activity cards.
  • Binxy Baby Shopping Cart Hammock in Triangles ($49.95)  - So when Hunter was born, I rarely ventured out to go shopping in the beginning. Not only did I go full-on hermit because I had no clue what I was doing as a parent (and also was a huge germaphobe) but I was always worried about say, going grocery shopping - where would I put him? I knew it's a huge safety no-no to put your infant car seat in the front part of a shopping cart. There's no way to buckle it in nor does it even fit. It's not made to hold an infant car seat and is extremely dangerous. At any time, someone can bump into the car seat or the baby could wiggle in the car seat and it could topple off. I shutter at the mere thought! Anywho, the lovely (and super smart) people at Binxy Baby came up with a really cool idea for your little one that is super safe, cute and still allows you to fill up your cart! All you do is take the hammock out (it's small enough to keep in your diaper bag), clip it on the sides of the cart, tuck your little babe into the hammock and clip them in. Apparently, you can clip your infant car seat into the hammock as well but I haven't tried it yet as little man isn't here (a month and counting!). *The hammock meets/exceeds all safety inspections, can be used from birth up to 50lbs. and for use on standard carts (think Target!) 20-24 inches wide.

  • Finn + Emma Muslin Swaddle in Grey ($14) - I absolutely LOVE muslin blankets! They are so, so handy for more than just being used as a blanket. You can use them for a breathable cover over your car seat, as a breastfeeding cover, a blanket to lay down to change your baby - I mean, the list goes on and on. Another reason I absolutely love muslin blankets is that the more you wash them, the softer they get. They never seem to lose their quality through the washes as well. The Finn + Emma swaddles are 100% G.O.T.S. certified organic cotton with no toxins and only eco-friendly dyes. This swaddle is a great alternative to the more expensive swaddles out there with the same luxurious feel but with a cheaper price tag!
What are your baby must-haves? Do you wish that you knew or had a certain product your first time around? If so, what was it?

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Freshly Picked x Stance Collab + Giveaway!

Hey guys! A few days ago, I shared a sneak peek picture on Instagram about a super exciting release from Freshly Picked coming up this Thursday (set your alarms!) for all my mama readers!

I'm so excited to finally be able to give my readers a better sneak peek of the release as well as an amazing giveaway from Freshly Picked! The Freshly Picked x Stance Collection goes live Thursday, July 28th at 10AM MST and includes four moccasins and four matching Stance socks. Moccs and socks. I love it! Please note: there will be moccasins ready to be shipped but they will be limited. Once those are gone, they'll be special order only which usually takes about 4-6 weeks to ship.

Stay tuned for a post on Wednesday as a reminder AND a closer look at the Wolf Pack moccasin from the collection!

How to Enter the Freshly Picked Giveaway:

* US only. Winner can not have won any other giveaway including a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins within the last 60 days. Winner will be contacted via e-mail within 24 hours of the giveaway ending.

#essenceEssentials | A Quick + Easy Back-To-School Look + MegahaulContest!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #essenceEssentials #essenceatTarget #CollectiveBias

Hey guys! I cannot believe I'm talking about back-to-school makeup looks already but the summer is almost halfway over! 

Today I'll be sharing with you my first back-to-school tutorial and I'm really excited to share this one in particular as it could also work as an all natural/quick-and-easy/super affordable look - and we all love that! 

Most of the products in this tutorial will be essence cosmetics from Target (basically my home-away-from-home!) which is so great for those that are looking for high quality products but at a lesser price (all my products cost less than $15!). I also want to note that essence cosmetics does not test on animals and that about 95% of their products come from Europe so they follow their FDA guidelines, not the USA's. That makes most of these products perfect for my cruelty-free babes as well! 

PS. Stay tuned until the end of the tutorial for more information about #essenceatTarget's Back-To-School Megahaul Sweepstakes! You don't want to miss it!

Without further ado, let's get onto the makeup tutorial:
  • For this look, I started off with a quick swipe of a skin-toned base color/primer on my lid. This is going to keep my shadows from creasing and fading away while I run around to classes at school.
  • Next, I'm went into my essence All About Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($5.49) and with a fluffy crease brush, I took the second to the left brown shade (unfortunately, there's no name!) and popping that into my crease.
  • Going back into that same palette, I applied the first top left shade (a pretty white) with my finger all over the lid.
  • Next, I'm went in with the third from the bottom left shade (a greige) and applied that into my outer v, to deepen the look. I applied this to my bottom lash line as well.
  • Almost done! I took the darkest brown shade from the top and applied it on my top lash line to create a smudged eyeliner effect. I like using this technique as it doesn't require perfection at 6:30 in the morning to apply but still looks good.
  • Lastly, I patted the pearly white shade into the inner corner to brighten my eyes. I also applied this on my brow bone.
  • I finished my eye look with a coat of essence Lash Princess False Lash Mascara ($4.99).
  • For my brows, I took the essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara ($2.99) and swiped through my eyebrows for a natural look. This reminds me of another certain brow gel product I used to be obsessed with and would almost say it's even a cheap dupe for it!
  • Onto the face, I applied my favorite light coverage face balm. I prefer something with a balm consistency as it seems to outlast my makeup running around all day without budging! I remember in highschool, my first period class was basically in the basement and then my second period class was on the fourth floor - and I had about five minutes to make it there. Talk about breaking a sweat every day!
  • I then applied my favorite concealer to any spots that needed a little extra coverage + under my eyes and set it with my favorite setting powder.
  • Next, I applied with my bronzer brush the "contour" side from the essence Contour Powder in Light ($3.99). It seemed a little warm to contour with so I used it as a bronzer and really loved the results.
  • Going in with my blush brush, I took the essence Blush Up! Powder Blush ($3.99) in patted it onto my cheeks. I love patting it on rather than swiping it for a more natural flush look.
  • Going back to the essence Contour Powder ($3.99) compact, I took my highlighting brush, sprayed it with a setting spray, swiped it into the highlight portion of the compact and applied to my cheekbones, cupid's bow, etc. Basically anywhere you want to brighten!
  • Lastly, I really wanted a simple lip so I used the essence Longlasting Lipstick in Nude Love ($2.99) and patted that onto my lips.

Before / After

Three ways to enter the #essenceAtTarget Back-To-School Megahaul Sweepstakes:

  • INSTAGRAM - Post your own photo of your take on a back-to-school look or a photo of your Target haul that includes essence cosmetics with the hashtags #essenceAtTarget and #sweeps.
  • FACEBOOK - Visit the essence cosmetics page on Facebook, find the post about the sweepstakes and comment with your own back-to-school look or Target haul that includes essence.
  • SNAPCHAT - Follow "Essence Makeup" on Snapchat and then visit an eligible Target location find the Essence Makeup filter, take a photo showing your essence purchase or with you and the Essence Makeup display in the background, then snap it to @essencemakeup.
Good luck everyone! x

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #essenceEssentials #essenceatTarget #CollectiveBias

GLOSSYBOX | July 2016 Box

// Press sample.

Happy Thursday, babes! Today I'm sharing the GLOSSYBOX July 2016 Box so if you haven't opened your's yet - first off, what are you waiting for?! - but secondly, don't click the "read more..." link just yet until you're ready to see what's in the box!

The deets on GLOSSYBOX - It's a monthly beauty subscription service where you will receive five deluxe-sized products sent straight to your front door, for $21 a month, $121 for six months or $222 for a year. Ending July 31st, use the code POPPIN for a makeup cosmetic bag in your box!

What's in the box?

  • NUXE Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse ($45) - Oooh, I've heard of this before so I'm happy to see this in this month's box. It's an all-in-one beauty elixir that you can use in your hair, mixed with your foundation or even just rub on your bod for a little glow. I haven't tried this yet but you bet I'll be tucking this in my travel bag to try on vacation.
  • Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist ($16) - What the what!? If this actually works, I swear, I'll be buying backups! Spray this baby on your nails after they've been painted and it's supposed to dry them down fast and leave them smudge-free for days.
  • Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua ($21) - I'd be lying if I said this wasn't the first product my eyes went to. I've been DYING to try this shade! 
  • Fango Essenziali Moisture Treatment Sheet Mask ($7) - Gimme all the moisture! This mask brings the moisture with a soothing mix of avocado, kelp and acai berry.
  • EYEKO Fat Stick in Satin ($12) - I'm a big fan of EYEKO but haven't tried this product so I can't wait to put it to the test. What's cool about this is that it plays on the hot trend of "glossy eyes" and leaves behind a "metallic-y, smudgy iridescence on the eye". Interesting!
  • GLOV Quick Treat ($5) - Another product that'll be coming with me on vacation! I haven't opened it yet but according to the little pamphlet that came with the box, you wet this, fit it around your finger, remove makeup and rinse with soap and water and you can reuse. That sounds killer!

What do you think about this box? Do you currently have any beauty subscription boxes?


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