February/March Bonus Favorites.

Hey there, bow friends!

In my last favorites I mentioned I had lots of life and other kinds of favorites I wanted to share with you.  I have a lot to tell you, so let’s just hop right on in.

Getting HealthyFirst things first!  I’ve been really focused on trying to live a more healthy life.  My best friend/roommate and I have taken up boxing to help us keep active (as well as release some major anger and stress).  It’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in the gym.  It makes me feel like a total bad ass.  Speaking of getting healthy, Beau is getting healthy too!  We both fell off the wagon after multiple breaks and are trying to get back into the groove of things.  Also, how cheesily (disgustingly), cute our are jeans in comparison to each other?  I’m an infant. I’ve been loving fruit these last couple months, especially fruit infused waters.  Strawberries and lemons with mint have been my favorites thus far.

Trinity Meet up

Last year this time, I was at Playlist Live making friends and having a good time.  This year I got to return to Playlist and reunite with all of my buddies.  Sigh.  It was a lovely weekend.  Oh, yeah!  And I got to meet these lovely ladies ^.  Care to know a sum up of my weekend?  See/hear it through someone else’s eyes.  My awesome friend Olivia, TheTinyTub, made a great recap video and you should definitely check it out. 3lauI tend to always have some show to share with you all.  I had the awesome opportunity to see 3LAU at my own university last weekend and it was just as fun as I expected it to be.  There’s something about EDM shows that are just heaps of jumping, laughing, and dancing uncontrollably.  I always enjoy myself.  Plus, the intimate setting of this show made it even better.  It was an incredible experience.Beau time and glasses.One thing I haven’t shared yet is that I got glasses recently!  I need them for night driving, computer use and for dark classrooms.  I waited to find the perfect pair and I really love the ones I ended up with.  They really flatter my face and I’m in love with them.

Lastly, I’ve loved being able to spend more time with Beau.  Also, just Beau.  Can he be my biggest favorite this month?  It’s that time in the semester where we all get bogged down and stressed out with all of our responsibilities.  It’s hard to balance relationships, stress, and school.  Really, very hard.  It’s difficult for both of us to handle everything sometimes, but it’s great to work together and be a team.  Being with your best friend means helping each other get through the hard times and enjoying all the good times together.  I’m over the moon that I get to experience that.

I hope you all enjoyed these extra favorites.  I think it’s nice because you get to see some life stuff that I’ve really enjoyed experiencing.  I love sharing my life with you all.  Have you guys liked having more than one post this week?  Well it’s not over yet!  I’ve got something super special planned for all of you.   Be excited for a post on Friday!

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

February/March Favorites.

 

Lorac Pro Palette; TheBalm Betty-Lou Manizer; MAC Pro Longwear Concealer; Olay Essential Oils Ribbons Moisturizing Body Wash in Avocado Oil and Soothing Cucumber; Rimmel Stay Matte Primer;  Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator; L'oreal Colour RIche Extraordinaire Lip Color in Blushing Harmony.

Lorac Pro Palette; TheBalm Betty-Lou Manizer; MAC Pro Longwear Concealer; Olay Essential Oils Ribbons Moisturizing Body Wash in Avocado Oil and Soothing Cucumber; Rimmel Stay Matte Primer; Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator; L’oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color in Blushing Harmony.

Hey there, bow friends!

I know.  I took another Tara break.  It always seems to happen at this time every semester.  I also took a month off of monthly favorites in February because I didn’t have very many favorites and thought I’d save them for a little combo favorites this month.  Because I’ve done a lot of cool things these last couple of months, I’m going to include some memories as favorites in a separate post of non-beauty favorites.

First things first, I thought I should address the odd product out.  A couple months back my parents asked if I needed anything for my mini apartment at school.  I was in dire need of some body wash and my dad, knowing my love for avocados, picked out this Olay Body Wash in Avocado Oil and Soothing Cucumber.  I usually love fruity scents and was nervous about using this, but oh man.  It smells slightly fruity and clean.  I’m not a huge fan of cucumber body care, but this isn’t overwhelmingly cucmbery.  I love how soft and moisturized it makes my skin even before I slather on lotion.  It’s lovely.

Lorac Pro Gold and Light Bronze; L'oreal Extraordinaire Lip Color in Blushing Harmony; Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light; TheBalm Betty-Lou Manizer.

Lorac Pro Gold and Light Bronze; L’oreal Extraordinaire Lip Color in Blushing Harmony; Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light; TheBalm Betty-Lou Manizer.

The rest of my favorites are all based around my current favorite look – bronze and nude.  Let’s start with perfecting the skin.  My favorite new step has been mixing in an illuminator with my primer.  Because of my super oily skin, I’ve been loving the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer.  Not only is it cheap as chips, but it is amazing.  The consistency is creamy and feels more like a semi-thick moisturizer.  When I use this, I put 2-3 drops of the Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light.  The combo keeps my skin from being shiny, but allows my skin to look like, well, skin.  Healthy and glowing.  A new weapon in my skin perfecting arsenal is the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW25.  This stuff is amazing.  The coverage is incredible., it doesn’t crease, it applies easily, and it comes with a pump.  I’ve been using this under eyes and all over any scarred or red areas.  The hype is real.  Buy it now.

Now something I haven’t exactly shared with you all much is my new (pricy) love for palettes, especially the Lorac Pro Palette. I haven’t come across such pigmented and buttery shadows in ages.  I’ll go all into my love for it another day, but I wanted to show you guys my two favorite shades so far.  The gold shade and  the light bronze shade are my go-to for a brightening, “bronze goddess” kind of look.  I’ve actually been wearing one of these shades all over my lid or in my inner corner and using some of whatever bronzer I’m wearing that day in the crease.  Super easy.

L'oreal Extraordinaire Lip Color in Blushing Harmony;  Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light; TheBalm Betty-Lou Manizer.

L’oreal Extraordinaire Lip Color in Blushing Harmony; Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare Light; TheBalm Betty-Lou Manizer.

With a slightly bronzey look going on, I like to stick to a warming highlighter.  TheBalm’s Betty-Lou Manizer is perfect for highlighting my cheek bones, but in a way that complements my skintone.  I find that the Mary-Lou Manizer is too light for my complexion and kind of makes my skin look like plastic.  Betty-Lou warms my skin and makes it look like I’ve got some kind of summery glow going on.  Warning: this stuff is pigmented.  Dangerously so.  I usually tap off and pat some on the back of my hand.

And to finish it off, the L’oreal Extraordinaire Lip Color in Blushing Harmony.  It’s a pinky mauve shade that softens the lips and keeps them hydrated.  This is a perfect nude for me that doesn’t wash out my skintone.  I need this product in every color.  Well, want.  Nah, need.

Phew.  I feel like I’ve been writing forever.  I just have so much stuff to share with you guys and I’ve had little to no time.  Now that summer is coming up, I’ll get back in the groove with you all because I miss my little space on the internet and I miss connecting with all of you.  This week is going to be full of posts and a little surprise at the end of the week.  Get excited!

We shall talk soon!

- Tara Joy  ❤

Spring Lipstick Picks.

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Hot Plum; Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop; Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria; MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Insanely It.

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Hot Plum; Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop; Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Flamingo Pose; MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Insanely It.

Hey there, bow friends!

As I’m writing this, it’s gloomy and gray outside and I feel like injecting some color into the day can really help me feel a bit more lively.  Spring has..not really sprung just yet,  but I thought we could start the slow and steady transition into spring looks.  One of my favorite spring trends this year is a simple, clean face with a punchy, bright, neon lip.  I will admit, I’m a little fearful of neons, but it’s something I like to mess around with from time to time.

You all seemed to love my Fall/Winter lipstick picks so I thought I’d bring you a spring version to help inspire you to potentially branch out.  My picks are a bit on the pinkier side as I’ve been feeling the feminine, girly shades these days.

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Hot Plum; Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop; Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria; MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Insanely It.

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Hot Plum; Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop; Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Flamingo Pose; MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Insanely It.

Let’s start with some old favorites.  One of my surprisingly least worn shades is the Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Hot Plum.  Hot Plum is a blue based, bright magenta with a hint of purple to it.  It’s one of those that makes your teeth look super white.  Oh and the formula is creamy and beautiful.  The Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop is making a comeback!  You all know I’m crazy about this color and I think it would be perfect to bring back for an easy, fresh-faced look.  It’s a little sheerer and glossier than Hot Plum so it might be a good idea for those of you who don’t want a full on lipstick.

I decided to pick up a lipstick from Milani as I have never tried one before.  I wasn’t disappointed.  I grabbed the shade Flamingo Pose, a gorgeous neon rose.  The lippy itself smells so fruity and the packaging is flashy and sleek.  Super pink, super vibrant, and super flattering.  I love it.  A little more pricy option, the MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Insanely It is making its blog debut!  Insanely It is a true hot pink with a blue base.  The formula is creamy, pigmented, and leaves a beautiful glossy finish.  This pop of pink would look awesome with lashings of mascara and a simple, soft cheek.

I hope that helped jolt you into the spring time mood!  I just realized its the first day of spring.  Did I plan this perfectly, or what?!  I hope you all are doing well and are enjoying life.  I’ll be off to Playlist-Live this weekend (Can I get a hell yeah?!) and I’m excited for another year of fun and laughs.  I’ll keep you updated on my shenanigans on twitter and facebook.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

The Aroma Therapy Lotion Fix.

AromaTherapy LotionsHey there, bow friends!

I’m currently experiencing a large struggle.  I’m trying to make it through midterms without having an emotional breakdown in the library.  There’s only so much Chemistry and Exercise Physiology I can take.  I’m trying to do as many things as I possibly can to relax and destress.  Something I never thought about was scents and aroma therapy.

I actually love lotions and body sprays that have something to do with relaxation.  One of my newest favorites is this Stress-Fix Body Lotion from Aveda.  This isn’t something I’d ever pick up on my own, but Beau gave this to me as a gift and I’m in love.  It’s something I put on at night after showers and before studying.  The strong sage and lavender scent makes me feel a little more at ease.  The consistency of the lotion is pretty liquidy, but it blends in with little  to no effort.

If you keep up with my Luvocracy, you’d know about the awesome steal I got on the Korres Jasmine Body Butter.  I’m obsessed.  First off, the scent is incredible.  Sweet, soft, and completely calming.  It’s thick and hydrating without being greasy.  It’s also really soothing for overly dry skin.

And a lovely old favorite, The Bath and Body Works Sleep Lavender Chamomile Aroma Therapy Lotion (Whoa.  Long names.).  It honestly does calm me enough to help me sleep, uber relaxing.  I love all of the scents from the aroma therapy range and this one is probably my favorite.  They also make a pillow spray in the same scent that does wonders.

I hope you’re all doing well and trucking on through any obstacles you’re facing.  I think I’m going to appreciate my free time more than I ever have before.  Here’s to relaxing!

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

Lush Ultrabland Review.

Hey there, bow friends!
Over the winter break I noticed my face was losing some moisture and I thought I’d switch a couple things out in my skincare routine in order to help bump up the hydration.  I noticed that face wipes were drying out my skin a little bit and decided to look to something a bit more natural to remove my makeup.  Naturally, I went to Lush and found the Ultrabland Cleanser.Lush Ultrabland CleanserUltrabland LabelUltrabland TextureSo what do I think of it?  It’s absolutely lovely.  The texture is creamy and thick and it has the consistency and scent of vanilla frosting (Holy yum.).  I love how gentle it is on my skin.  It helps keep moisture to it without making me feel greasy.  It removes all of my face makeup thoroughly and depending on what kind of eye makeup I’m wearing, it removes all of that too.  It’s not great for removing waterproof mascara, but I always follow up with a cotton pad and some Neutrogena Eye makeup remover just in case I missed any spots.  It’s not as all powerful as coconut oil is, but I like that this remover doesn’t leave my skin oily.

I hope this was helpful if you’re thinking about switching up how you remove your makeup.  I still use coconut oil on nights where I don’t mind the coconuty goodness soaking into my skin and I still use makeup wipes before cleansing on nights where I’m too tired to mess around.

I hope you all are doing well!  I’m extremely stressed and have my midterms coming up. Wish me luck!

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

PS:  Want to see and read how I actually use the cleanser?  Read More!

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January Favorites and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Hey there, bow friends!

I know.  We are literally half way through February and I’m posting a favorites post.  Not such a great start to being committed to my favorites, but I will get one up every month.  It’s my destiny.  Anyways, let’s get on with the favorites!

Revlon Lip Butter in Watermelon; Maybelline COlorsensational Lipstick in Brazen Berry; Real Techniques Powder Brush; Real Techniques Expert Face Brush; Physician's Formula Happy Booster in Warm; Lush Dark Yellow Colour Supplement;  MorrocanOil Treatment; Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner; Wet Brush; Korres Jasmine Body Butter.

So I’ve been obsessed with two completely different lip colors.  The Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon had made a comeback!  I threw it on for a Lunar New Year Event and man.  I forgot how much I loved the formula and awesome pigmentation.  If you’ve been keeping up with B&B this month, you’d know I’ve been loving purple lips like the Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Brazen Berry.  This shade is such a flattering, bright, spring time shade that fits the barely-there-makeup and neon lip trend perfectly.  I’ve been wearing it constantly.

Powder Brush; Expert Face Brush.Two brushes too?!  I must be really into pairs.  The Real Techniques Powder Brush and Expert Face Brush have found permanent places in my heart.  If you keep up with my recent purchases on my Luvocracy page, you’ll know I wasn’t completely impressed with the powder brush to begin with.  After I washed it with the Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (I love the hemp rose one, by the way.) it turned into what is probably one of the softest brushes I own.  I don’t use it for setting makeup as I like to push powder on when I’m setting everything (I’ll use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush instead), but I love it for all over finishing powder as well as all over bronzing.  The expert face brush is such a great density and size for pushing and buffing foundation into the skin.  I love it so much, I even bought another one to use for cream blush.  It is that good.

Happy Booster in Warm; Dark Yellow Color Supplement; Morrocan Oil; Eye TEch Extreme Liquid Eyeliner; Wet Brush

Now, I won’t go on about this too much because I mentioned it in my 2013 favorites, but I still can’t get enough of my MorrocanOil Treatment.  It honestly makes my ends so healthy, keeps my hair incredibly shiny, and  helps enhance my hair’s natural wave and curl.  Speaking of curl, the Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner is a champion against a pair of eyelash curlers.  I find that with other liquid or gel liners, when I curl my lashes it takes off some of my liner, which means I have to re-line.  Blah.  But I love this liner for so much more than that.  The lasting power, the pigmentation, and the thin point are all impeccable.  Thanks to this little beauty, I’m back in love with a good cat eye.  Just can’t get enough.

Revlon Lip Butter in Watermelon; Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner;  Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Brazen Berry; Lush Dark Yellow Colour Supplement;   Physician's Formula Happy Booster in Warm.

Revlon Lip Butter in Watermelon; Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner; Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Brazen Berry; Lush Dark Yellow Colour Supplement; Physician’s Formula Happy Booster in Warm.

Want a nice rosy flush for spring (LOL GOOD ONE TARA WHAT IS SPRING?)?In comes the Physician’s Formula Happy Booster in Warm.  I’ve never tried anything from Physician’s Formula and I got a great first impression of the brand from this product.  There’s one little corally red heart amongst larger, light mauve hearts and glittery baby pink ones too.  Blended together they create a beautiful, healthy flush.  I was looking to an alternative to heavy foundation to use everyday and one thing I’ve fallen in love with is the Dark Yellow Colour Supplement by Lush.  The pigmentation is incredible and I think the yellow tone really suits my skin.  It leaves a natural finish to my skin and has a pretty decent lasting power when set.  Plus, I think my skin loves it.  It’s awesome.

This has been a long one so let me make these last two quick.  I’m still loving the wet brush.  Here is why.  And the Korres Jasmine Body Butter?  Holy.  So moisturizing.  Such a nice relaxing sent and completely non-greasy.  I’m in love.  But more on that another day.  Just know I love it.

And now for the moment you have all been waiting for!  Drum roll please! The lucky winner is…  Skylar Smiles!  Congrats on your win!  I’m so excited for you!  Please email me as soon as you can so I can send you your awesome V-day gift!  Thank you all for entering.  I hope you’re having a great day.  Stay warm and do something for a loved one.  I dare you.

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Alright everyone!  We shall talk soon.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Tara Joy ❤

A Match Made in Curl Heaven.

Hey there, bow friends!

Recently, I’ve been curling my hair a ton.  My hair has grown a ton in these last couple of months and I’ve enjoyed giving it some more texture.    I never curled my hair a ton, but after getting my hands on this Remington curling wand, I can’t stop.  Don’t worry, I’m not frying my hair.
Curls

The curling wand at its base is 1 and 1/2 inch and tapers to 1 inch.  I like bigger, looser curls because they can easily transition to beachy looking waves.  This tool heats up in like 15 seconds (Although it claims 60 seconds to heat up, this thing is an inferno.) from 270 to 410 degrees.  I love that you can change the heat setting easily with a push of a button.  My hair never feels fried or dry after using this and it actually looks quite shiny.  The wand itself isn’t super pricy either which makes it that much better.  I’m in love.Remington Curling Wand and The Wet BrushIf there’s something I haven’t experienced in ages it’s tangles.  Because of my longer hair, I find I face tangles pretty often whether I curl it or not.  My old hairbrush seemed to be causing a lot of breakage and split ends when I was trying to detangle.  The other day I picked up The Wet Brush (via Rachel Whitehurst’s gushing review, also she’s gorgeous, also I want to be best friends, aha.) and my word.  My hair is so smooth, shiny, and tangle free.  It’s also so much less frizzy than it was before using it.  I find after curling my hair, it starts taking on the look of a Tangela and this brush has been helping me keep it under control.

I think I’m going to try and get my hands on The Wet Brush in the travel size as well as the paddle brush.  Sigh.  I get sucked in so easily.  Do you have a hot tool you’re just in love with?  Also, do you have any tips for keeping hair tangle free?  I’d love to know.  I love keeping my hair healthy and I think I might share my hair care products and tips some time, if you are all interested.

This seems to be a really stressful time in the semester for everyone.  I hope you are all keeping it together.  I won’t lie, I’m struggling.  It’s okay, I’ll just nap away my problems.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

Valentine’s Day – Sharing The Love.

Hey there, bow friends!

If you were around last Valentine’s, you’ll know my views on the day.  I feel like if you waste the day being sad about not having a significant other, you’re missing out on all the love you could be sharing with your friends and family.  You should go pamper yourself or have dinner with friends or see a movie with family.  Love is love.  Share your time and attention with others and you are bound to have a good day.  Speaking of sharing, I’ve got something special for you.

giveaway alert

Valentine’s day is 2 weeks away and I thought I’d hit you with another giveaway to help prepare you.  This isn’t just a giveaway in honor of Valentine’s day, but also to celebrate the fact that B&B has reached 5,000 followers and that we now have a Facebook page!  So we have a lot of to smile about.

Freeman Anti-stress Dead se Minerals and Clay Avocado and Oatmeal Mask; Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Apricot Pucker; Maybelline Master Glaze Cream Blush Stick in Just-Pinched Pink;  Covergirl Clump Crusher in Black; Maybelline Color Elixir in Breathtaking Apricot; Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Brown; Maybelline Colorsensational Vivids in Brazen Berry.So what do I have in store for you?  Well I figured whether you’re going out with your boy or girl, staying in with friends, spending time alone, or going out with family, there are a couple things you could use to get ready!  I’ve included 2 Freeman Masks in Anti-stress Dead Sea Minerals and Clay Avocado and Oatmeal to help prepare and clear your skin for a pamper night or to perfect your skin before makeup.  Next we’ve got an assortment of lip colors that I think would be flattering on anyone.  A little girly too.  The Almay Liquid Lip Balm in Apricot PuckerMaybelline Color Elixir in Breathtaking ApricotMaybelline Colorsensational Vivids in Brazen Berry are all shades that could finish off any look perfectly whether it be natural, girly, or a little more bold.  Onto the eyes!  I’ve equipped you with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Brown for beautiful definition and Covergirl Clump Crusher in Black for flirty and voluminous lashes.  And lastly, the face.  The Maybelline Master Glaze Cream Blush Stick in Just-Pinched Pink would create the perfect flush and pair nicely with any of your new lip options.

So how will you enter to win?  Rafflecopter of course!  As usual, I’ve inserted the widget into a tumblr post.  I’m leaving the link for you below!  The giveaway ends on the 14th so make sure and enter soon.  I’ve added a bunch of new entry options so have at them!  Thanks so much for being apart of Beaus and Bows and happy Valentine’s Day. Good luck!<3

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Rules

  1. You must be 18 or older or have your parents permission since I’ll need your address to mail this to you.
  2. This giveaway is open internationally!
  3. You must be a follower of beausandbows whether it be through wordpress, bloglovin, or email.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

Beauty Exploration: A Punch of Purple.

Hey there, bow friends!

For Christmas, my awesome, lovely mom went out of her way to pick up some drugstore lip products I was lusting after.  Upon opening them I realized I have a big purple problem.  I’m absolutely  addicted.  I thought I’d share them with you as I’ve been wearing them nonstop and 2 of them are quite new.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm; Maybelline Color Elixir; Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids

Shameless; Amethyst Potion; Brazen Berry.

Shameless; Amethyst Potion; Brazen Berry.

Shameless; Amethyst Potion; Brazen Berry.

Shameless

My absolute favorite out of the three is the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless.  I saw the entire Matte and Lacquer Balm range back in the beginning of November and immediately fell in love with this shade.  If you’ve been reading from the beginning, you’ll know I do love a risky lip color (even if it makes me look like a zombie eggplant) so this one was right up my alley.  This shade is soo intimidating in the tube.  Upon application it does come off quite dark, but it’s honestly just a gorgeous, wearable, deep purple.  Even though it’s called a matte balm, I think that its more of a satin finish.  It’s not drying at all and doesn’t settle into my lips or get weird.  I actually wore it on a dinner date and got some compliments!  And yeah, beau actually likes it.Brazen BerryThe Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Brazen Berry (Could these names be any longer?) is a new addition to my Maybelline collection.  This pick was inspired by Sarah Hawkinson.  After she dyed her hair lilac, she was big into lilac/lavender lips and this was one of her favorites.  On me, this comes off much more pinky/fuschia.  I am a bit disappointed that it doesn’t look as purple as it does in the bullet, but it’s still a gorgeous color.  I guess it can be more of a stepping stone to purples for those who are a little afraid of taking the plunge.
Amethyst PotionThe Maybelline Color Elixir in Amethyst Potion isn’t something I expected to love so much.  Once I got it and popped some on, it was love.  It’s like a highly pigment lip balm/lip gloss combo.  On its own it looks like a deep plum.  On my lips, it enhances the natural color of my lips and makes them a little more purple while nourishing them.  My favorite use for this is actually over Brazen Berry.  It makes it look as purple as it actually looks in the bullet.  I think I’m going to try and grab more of these because the formula is just so gorgeous.

So what do you think?  Do you have any of these products in any other shades?  Would you try and go for purple?  You know, it is quite an unusual color, but I’ve been wearing these products quite often and I just can’t get enough.  I hope you all are doing well.  What have you been up to?  Are you all back in school?  I have been for almost 2 weeks and let me just say, these have been 2 very long weeks.  I’m trying to keep my chin up though.  On to the weekend!  I hope you all have a good one!

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

PS  YOU GUYS.  B&B just hit 5,000 followers.  The smile on my face couldn’t be any bigger.  I’m so over the moon with how much my little baby is growing.  I love you all so much.  Sigh. ❤

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick Review.

Hey there, bow friends!

It’s almost been 2 weeks since I’ve posted something. Egad.  My apologies.  I just got back into the school groove this week and I’m having fun working some new makeup products into my daily routine.  And guess what?  I have found the perfect little duo to make my face look like I’m actually alive rather than in a I’m-not-acclimating-to-my-dorm’s-cardboard-bed-also-I’m-a-zombie coma.  I should probably tell you what they are – the Maybelline Master Glaze by Face Studio Blush Sticks.

I got these little guys in my stocking this Christmas (you might have seen them along with my other gifts in my Luvocracy collection) and was so over the moon.  The exterior packaging is plastic, the interior is a sturdy metal, and the labels are convenient because they reflect the color of the shade, making it easier to pick them out of my make up bag.  My one gripe is the actual amount of product in these (.24 oz/6.8 g).  I’m pretty sure I’ve had more product in  a $0.75 chapstick.

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve and Just-Pinched Pink

I have 2 of the 6 shades in the collection: Just-Pinched Pink and Make a Mauve.  Just-Pinched Pink is the lightest shade out of them all.  It’s a soft, baby pink that has a subtle, lavender undertone.  I wasn’t so sure this color would look nice on me because it’s so light, but it makes it look like I’m naturally blushing.  You know, if I could actually blush.  It brings color back into my face after my base is applied without overpowering the rest of the look.

Make a Mauve is a little misleading as a name.  Once blended out on the cheeks, the color looks like a softer, pinkier version of my MAC Glamour Feast Cremeblend Blush (You can see swatches of that little beauty here.).  It’s actually a really great, cheap alternative to it.  This shade brings warmth to the table and I think the pinky/”mauve” undertone to it helps keep it from being too bold.

Just Pinched PInk Make a Mauve

The application of these is perfect.  They glide on smoothly and they are extremely pigmented.  In the tube they look as if they’d be shimmery or have some kind of sheen, but upon application they lose that shimmery/sheen.  They blend seamlessly as well, which works perfectly if you apply it little by little.  The lasting power is really great too.  After 5-6 hours they fade, but pretty evenly.  I think these fill the cream blush void in the drugstore.  There are a couple of offerings from Rimmel and Revlon, but with a minimal shade range.  Although 6 shades doesn’t seem like a lot, they range from a coral, a plum, a bronze, and a bright pink.  I say if you find a shade that you really fall in love, go for it.  If you’ve already got a couple of to-die-for cream blushes, I might skip this one.  Although the formula is wonderful and the price point is better than most, the small amount of product you get might not be worth the $7.99.

Have you picked one of these up?  What do you think?  I hope you guys are keeping warm this weekend.  I’m freezing my phalanges off.  It was so chilly last night (31 degrees and humid) the little snowflake lit up in my car.  I’m not going to lie, I squealed with pure jubilee when I saw it.  Speaking of the cold, I’m going to go pull on some fuzzy socks and cocoon myself in bed.

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

PS  For all of you wondering if we took these in the actual snow, yes, yes we did.  It was snowing, 14 degrees, and my hands were burning from the cold.  Oh, the things I get myself into.