Makeup Of The Day: Wet N Wild Photo Focus and Smashbox Always On Lipstick in Bawse

Dear Lovely Reader,

Today I kept the makeup really simple.  I cleansed and moisturized my face per usual then spritzed my face with Smashbox Liquid Primer spray.


I then tried out the Wet N Wild Photo Focus in Soft Beige.  It has a big plastic paddle applicator to apply the foundation with.  I initially shook the container, which is solid, has some weight to it, and then opened it and found the foundation to be a bit on the runny side.  The runnyness reminded me of the Covergirl Clean Sensitive I featured recently.  The big paddle applicator takes some getting used to (used to soft spongy applicators) but it applies well.  I grabbed a Real Techniques sponge and smoothed/patted the foundation on.  Blends well.  If some weirdness of separation from pores or caking appears after drying, I just spritzed with the Smashbox Primer spray to set it and it immediately smoothed out the look over my pores around my nose.  I used the Maybelline Fit Me concealer under the eyes and that was it.  The finish was natural, the coverage about light to medium, and didn’t feel heavy on the skin.  I felt dewy, and my skin looked like it was having a good day.  I didn’t feel like putting on eyeshadow, liner, blush or bronzer.



To complete the “barely there” look, I decided to try out the Smashbox Always On Lipstick in Bawse, a deep gorgeous red that is a collab with YTer SuperWoman a/k/a Lilly Singh and Smashbox.  After going on wet, it immediately started drying on the lips but didn’t dry out my lips.  It felt satiny on my lips, not heavy or pasty.  The color and Smashbox did NOT let me down.  Eight hours later, the color has softened slightly but did not smear!  My new favorite red that I will be rocking for some time to come.



After 8 hours and a shower — you will see that there is some lip color ruboff in the inner lip.  Otherwise, the color just softened a bit but still stayed true:


I say YES to both products — they held up very well in today’s sunshine and summer heat.

The Wet N Wild Photo Focus foundation is around $5.99 on their website while the Smashbox Always On (states it’s on for 8 hours and I can say “pretty much so” on that) is $24.00 on their website and just debuted a new color, a beautiful sweet “mauve pink” that I just may buy next.

Have you tried the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation or the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick?  Which one appealed to you more?

Stay lovely,







Dear Lovely Reader,

So excited to receive this, especially for summer and fall.  My skin and hair needs change drastically.  In the summer, it’s SPF and breakout issues.  In the Fall, it’s dryness.

Everything that was in this month’s box were right on target.  And surprise, a lovely canvas bag the perfect size to tote a towel, SPF and sunglasses for a trip to the beach.

Let’s see what’s inside:



Besides the SUPER DUPER Red Hair Is My Superpower canvas tote bag, there were also a natural deodorant, care for the hair and skin, and makeup – and coupons!

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is a unique name and calls to mind the uniqueness of redheads as well.  I have never tried it before but will now with summer officially here!  Priced at

Bedhead is a familiar brand, and this is Queen Beach to add beach waves to your hair.  Hmm!  Will try.  Amazon sells it as well as Ulta.  Ulta currently has a 2 for $22.00 U.S. sale going on.  It’s about $18.00 U.S. for one bottle on Amazon.

Zero Deodorant in Rosemary & Lemongrass is touted as a natural deodorant, and using natural ingredients, believing your skin is a gateway and what you put on it will be absorbed into your bloodstream.  It definitely smells of Rosemary and Lemongrass and I have been flirting with the idea of transitioning out of regular deodorant in favor of something all natural.  ($7.95 U.S. at their website)

Derma-E Essentials Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil pretty much self-explanatory.  I love anything with rose in it! ($12.00 U.S. on Amazon)

Leeani’s 3 in 1 Revolution Light is a lighter version of their Combination/Oily/Normal Skin formula.   An all-in-one natural toner/serum/moisturizer — and saves space in your backpack or travel bag! ($29.98 U.S.)

Blurb from the website:

“All ingredients are edible except E-Wax (used to combine oil and water), and Rosehip Seed Oil (for anti-agingphoto-aging protection,  scar treatment effect, and correcting UV damage from the sun).

We use natural food-grade preservative that has accepted by ECOCERT as a preservative in certified organic cosmetics.

100% Natural * Vegan * Fragrance-free * Cruelty-free * Gluten-Free”

SKINN Don’t Budge — part of the no budge makeup in water trend.  Interesting little pots containing creamy formulas within:  reminded me of water colors and paint pots I used as a child in arts and crafts in grade school.  The colors are earthy in tone, has a mirror built in and has a doublesided applicator brush!  On their website they have a Matte and Non-Matte version.  The one I got was Non-Matte. ($32.00 U.S.)


website photo:


Viter Energy Caffeinated Mints — I’m trying to streamline my life in regards to caffeine and caffeinated products.  I’ve eliminated soda from my diet for starters.  I don’t drink coffee but I am being careful with tea.  So I gave this sample to a friend.  A tin of these is currently on sale listed at around $19.99 U.S.

And I’m ready to rock and roll into summer!  Pulling out my straw wide brimmed floppy summer hats and I’m off!

YES to Summertime!

Stay lovely!










Makeup Look Of The Day

Dear Lovely Reader,

Today I woke up to rain and grey sky out.  I crawled back into bed and listened to my family bustling about the house getting ready for the day.  It’s Saturday, I thought, and closed my eyes.  But with all the racket, within an hour I was up and going about my morning.  Started with my favorite homemade smoothie and after enjoying that, went about cleaning the bathroom and cleaning up after the dog for his morning jog.

Settling down after breakfast, with the sun breaking out and feeling a bit more energetic, I broke out some makeup – being mindful of keeping things light, nothing heavy:

I initially wiped my face using the Pixi toner as I felt slightly greasy on my otherwise clean skin.  Then used Kopari Coconut Rose Toner Spray to prep the face, along with my usual philosophy’s Hope In A Jar sparingly all over.  After a minute, I applied Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light, under my eyes, around the nose and onto the middle of my forehead.  I blended with a Real Techniques makeup sponge.  Foundation was Cover Girl Clean Sensitive Skin Liquid Foundation (careful, this does not have a pump and is runny so shake first with lid cap on closed and tight).  Doesn’t feel heavy or clogging my pores.  Again blended onto my skin with the Real Techniques makeup sponge.








Lined the upper lid and brushed into lashes with the Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner from the June IPSY bag, finished with light touch of Maybelline Angel Falsies waterproof mascara.  Onto upper cheekbone I applied liberally the benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter with the e.l.f. blush brush, along with Colourpop’s Super Shock Cheek in GET LEID.


For the lips, I didn’t want anything too heavy and they have been chapped, probably due to the sun.  Firstly, I applied Kopari Coconut Lip Love and then e.l.f. cosmetics Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel LipTint in Rouge Radiance.  Just wanted a touch of color without going all out with color.

And to set everything:  Smashbox Primer Spray.  Wanted a dewy look so did not further set with powder.  Done!





Dear Lovely Reader,

This month’s bag was such a cute surprise — from the bag to the contents!  This month’s theme is VOLUME UP!  POWER UP!  Speak UP!  Not just for the summer, but to let yourself be heard!

The theme starts with the open glam mouth on the makeup bag.  I have been using the contents in my look for over a week now and am loving it!

Here’s what’s within:

Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle by NYX

Pure Brazilian Shine Ultra Light Nourishing Oil

the Balm Cosmetics Balm Springs Blush

City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow in Cheers to Life (interestingly, the actual site has some kind of bug in it currently so I would advise against going there and just go to the IPSY site instead)

Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner

The Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle is a little too bright pink for me, and I would have preferred something a bit more matte with staying power.  But I made it work for me. It has a very candy cake vanilla smell, very strong when first applied.  The Pure Brazilian Shine I apply to my hair ends for these hot summer humid days.  The balm Cosmetics Springs Blush is a delight, the pink is perfect and is highly pigmented.  Less is more.  It’s so cute and tiny but packs a powerful color punch AND has staying power.  I will definitely get the full size, I love this!  The City Color Cosmetics Shimmer Shadow in Cheers to Life, a lovely copper gold color that glides on beautifully with just a finger.  Has good staying power if you are not into rubbing your eyelids.  The Skone Cosmetics Insanely Intense Tattooed Waterproof Eyeliner does exactly that — it’s waterproof and stays put when you apply.  It takes me several wipes with a couple of cotton pads and micellar water that it will come off entirely.  It does not smear or disappear and very pigmented.  Definitely a winner for the summer months!

Below are two looks with the IPSY makeup — the NYX whipped is on my lips but already coming off.  This pic shows all 5 products that came with the bag.  In the striped shirt one I’m wearing Colourpop’s Liquid Matte in Speed Dial on the lips.

me one day

me yesterday

Overall, very happy with the IPSY selection for June.  I’m definitely going to buy the balm blush and the eyeliner, staying power and pigmentation are awesome.

What did you get with your IPSY bag?  What product made you happy or not?  Why or why not?

Stay lovely!







Dear Lovely Reader,

When my Birchbox arrived, I was happy to try out this GRLPWR liquid lip which was included in the April box.

I had never heard of the brand, but I didn’t equate it with another brand they carry, the PBJ Smoothie Stick.

At first, I was ecstatic over the richness of the application and the color, Imma Bowse.

So……Time for the 8 hour day test.

On my way to the day job, 7:00-7:30 AM — look at that rich red!  I am in love!


From the website:

The story:

“An intensely pigmented liquid lipstick that is life-proof with serious staying power! Apply our creamy lipstick to lips and allow the formula to set to a long-wearing matte look, delivering rich uncompromising color. Our formula is enriched with Shea Butter and Vitamin E provides you with comfortable wear for hours, that doesn’t cake, flake or dry out – empowering you to take on the day! Celebrate your individuality with our to-die-for shades

  • Vegan & Cruelty-free!4ml / 0.14 fl. oz.


Isododecane, Silica & Methicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butylene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, [+-(may contain) Red Iron oxide CI 77491, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Yellow Iron oxide CI 77492, D&C Red No.6 CI 15850, Red 27 Lake CI45410]

Per usual, I had prepped my lips first with my Rose scented e.l.f. lip exfoliator.

The staying power is not as strong as I thought it would be. Within 3 hours of application, it was cracking and flaking off, starting in the inside part of the mouth.  As much as I loved this color, the staying power was just not there.  The photos are too brutal to show.  It’s a shame, it’s such a lovely color when first applied.  It seems whereever the lip is moist, that’s the spot the pigment doesn’t stay.

I refilled the blank spots  with the Tarte x Bunny (Grav3yardgirl) Tarteist Limited Edition Creamy Matte Lippaint in Swamp Family (Red) and the colors matched pretty nicely, it even seemed to give the original color more dimension and be less “flat” looking, if that makes sense.

Hour three:


With the Tartiest lip paint filled in the middle below:


So…that’s a big NO on this product.  Alas, it looks so pretty initially.








The #NaturalLook Going Into Summer…

Dear Lovely Reader,

This was a question posed on Influenster, and I thought what a great prompt to write up about.

These have been the products that are going into heavy rotation as the weather heats up and we get more sunny humid days:


Kopari Coconut Rose Toner Spray — love love love this.  Perfect for prepping your face.


Wet N Wild Unicorn Glow — beautiful gorgeous highlighters, perfect for the summer!


Kopari Coconut Melt – an all over moisturizer and restorer.  Takes care of dry skin and dry hair/ends.


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 — My first favorite – it does dry quickly once applied.  I would apply this on my nose, cheeks, chin, neck, chest and arms.  It doesn’t feel heavy and because it’s so light on the skin I just have to remind myself to reapply after a couple of hours throughout the day.

Coty Air Spun Loose Face Powder – Put a little on the face when it gets a little too shiny or to set makeup in the morning, works like a charm.

Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Lotion Water & Sun Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 70 — I just picked this one up recently because I couldn’t find my Ultra-Sheer Dry Touch, and this goes on my face.  Smells just like summer at the beach.  A little bit on the face and neck.

I also cover my head in the summer more, try to find a nice hat that provides some protection and shade to my head and face.

Tok Yo Milk Dark in La Vie En Rose is a great lip balm that comes in a tin.  Lip balms are great in the summer and all year round.  These also help calm stray hairs.

When I want to use some color, I go to lipcolor…Colourpop Ultra Matte or Tarte Creamy Matte.

For the Spring into Summer, I was doing a lot of colors in the pink, light pink, baby pink, dark pink, for makeup.  As summer comes closer, I find that less is definitely more in the makeup department.  I’ve dropped the foundation, and kept just concealer as part of my beauty routine.  The concealer in question?  Tarte Shape Tape.  Nothing else lasts longer on my T-Zone, meaning, this gets applied on the nose, around the nostrils, to get rid of the redness I have, evening my skintone, and minimize the look of the pores and freckles on my nose.  I still also use Smashbox Primer Spray to lock in the look.  Yes, it can be used as a setting spray as well as a primer.  It’s attractive to be able to use a product in multiple ways.

It also helps to drink plenty of water, eat fresh veggies and fruit and sleep well.

And that’s it.  My natural look.  What do you have in your plan for your #naturallook?

Stay lovely!








MAGIC BOX: Birchbox June 2017

Dear Lovely Reader,

Hello!  How are you? Have you been enjoying the warming temperatures?

After taking a bit of a respite from posting, it appears I have some catching up to do!

Happily, I got my latest Birchbox and the topic was FACE THE DAY with a notation “Summer’s so close we can almost taste it.  And we want this box to make you feel it.”


Here is what was within:

Davines SLJ Hair & Body Wash (Full Size $24.00)

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara  (Full Size $24.00)

Murad Oil-Controlled Mattified SPF 15 PA++ (Full Size $40.00)

Davroe Ends Repair (Full Size $25.00)

Mellow Cosmetics Liquid Lip Paint in Tehran (Full Size $14.00)


I can’t wait to try them all out – especially the hair care products.

I also bought two pieces — one of my faves, the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and one to try out, the liner.designer by beautyblender.  The liner designer is to help draw a cat eye line easier.


What did you like about what was in your Birchbox?  Do you like beauty subscription boxes?  Why or why not?