Thursday, August 18, 2016

I'm Pregnant!

Starting a family has been a dream of ours for years and we couldn’t be more excited! We feel so blessed to be on this journey and finally have the family we have long dreamed about. Our bundle of joy is due to arrive in early February and we are over the moon with excitement!  Thank you for your kind words, love and support! Make sure to follow on IG for small updates and sharing in the excitement with us! Much love, Joe and Laura xoxo

Friday, November 8, 2013

Give Me More Lip Kit Review

Hi friends,
I have another review for you today and it's on the Sephora Give Me More Lip Set. I love this time of year when Sephora comes out with different kits that make fabulous gifts for the makeup lover in your life. I love trying out and playing around with different lipsticks and lip glosses so when I saw this kit, I immediately snatched it up! There were only two of these left in my local Sephora and from what I've heard, they have been selling fast so if you see it and want it, grab it! 
This is what the outside of the kit looks like and when you open it, it's like a magical rainbow of lipstick/gloss heaven! 

The Kit includes 16 different lip products, some regular size and some are a bit smaller (not sure if the smaller ones are travel size or sample size) I haven't tried all of them, but I did try a few and I can't wait to tell you about them! Here is a list of the products:
- 0.12 oz bareMinerals ® Marvelous Moxie™ Lipstick in Never Say Never 

- 0.05 oz Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate 
- 0.04oz BUXOM® Full-Bodied™ Lip Stick in Menance 
- 0.07 oz BUXOM® Full-Bodied™ Lip Cream in White Russian 
- 0.03 oz Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon 
- 0.03 oz Kat Von D in Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi 
- 0.042 oz Kat Von D Foiled Love Lipstick in Adora 
- 0.1 oz Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Naked 
- 0.05 oz Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural N45 
- 0.33 oz Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Strumpet 
- 0.1 oz Smashbox Be Lengendary Lipstick in Nylon Nude 
- 0.14 oz Smashbox Lip Gloss in Pout 
- 0.03 oz Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Sonya 
- 0.03 oz Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lip Color in Dolce 
- 0.009 oz Tarte Glmazon™ Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Inspired 
- 0.11 oz Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in Marshmallow Bunny

This is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi. First thing I can say is WOWWW color payoff!! This shade is very bright, first thing that came to mind is that this is probably as close to barbie's lip color as I could find!  I only swatched this on my hand it didn't budge, even after I washed my hands, it was still there! Love this one!!

This next one is the Smashbox Lipgloss in Pout. I actually have the full size of this gloss, I purchased it about a year ago and love it to bits!! It's a milky, blue based pink and it's one of my all-time favorite lipsticks so when I saw this came in this particular kit, I was thrilled!

Next we have Too Faced La Creme Color Drenched Lip Cream In Marshmallow Bunny. I have to say that I was so upset that this looked so strange on my lips! I was really looking forward to trying this one and I thught for sure I would like it considering I love baby pink colored anything! This just didn't look good on my lips at all. It enhanced the dry spots and it just didn't look good at all! 

Up next, is the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Never Say Never, love this!! It's a deeper pink but not deep enough to be a berry color, I love the feeling of this lipstick! 

This is the Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Sonya. I love how this feels on the lips, it really does have a balm type feel but I just wish it was in a different color, it's a little too on the brown side for my liking. But this does look good layered with different things so I will have to play around with it a bit more and keep you updated.

This is the Buxom Full Bodies Lip Stick in Menance.  I love this color, its a dark berry color perfect for this time of year! 

This is the OCC Lip Tar in Strupmet. If you're familiar with these lip tars you know that they are extremely pigmented and last on the lips for a long time. This one is no different and I adore this deep purple/berry color.

This is the Tarte Glamazon 12hr Lipstick in Inspired. This is a lovely every day neutral color and It lasts on the lips for a really long time so that's  definite plus!

This is the Bite Beauty High Pigment pencil in Pomegranate. I adore these lip pencils and I'm looking forward to playing around with this particular one! 

This is the Makeup For Ever Rouge Artist natural in N45. This was a disappointment, it's sheer and the color isn't my favorite, a real bummer because I was really looking forward to trying out this lipstick.

Now this one is my absolute favorite lip product out of the whole kit. It's the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid lipstick in Icon. Words can't describe how incredibly beautiful this lipstick is, it dries to a matte finish and lasts on the lips all day!! The color is  areally deep berry/red/plum it's very unique and I love it! It started to come off as I was eating dinner but that's kind of normal with most lip stains. I cannot wait to get my hands on more of these, by far my favorite lip product I've tried in a long time!

This next one is the Kat Von D Folied Love Lipstick in Adora. I am not a fan of this one at all! The color is like burnt orange and the finish is very frosty. I felt like I was going to an 80's Halloween party when I tried this lipstick on.

This is the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Nylon Nude. This is my second favorite product of this kit. It's the perfect nude color, not too light or brown, absolutely gorgeous!! I have been wearing this daily because it's the perfect neutral color that really goes with everything!

Next we have the Buxom Lip Cream in White Russian. This a cult favorite and I also have the full size of this one. Its a pinky nude that gives your lips a bit of color and of course shine! 

This last one is the Stila Stay all Day Liquid Lip Color in Dolce. This is also a great long wearing product but the color is way off for me. Looks way too brown on the lips and that's a real bummer considering I love the formula and was hoping to wear this on a daily basis, I wish the color was bit lighter but I will try to play around with it and see if it can be layered.

My overall thought on this kit is that it's a must if you want to try some new lip products. Aside from a couple of the glosses, the rest of the products are new to me and I think the price for this kit ($59.00) is very reasonable considering what you get.  Get your hands on it and I guarantee  you wont be disappointed!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Kit Review

Hi friends, 
Today's post is a highly requested one. If you are subscribed to my style/beauty channel, you will know that a few weeks ago I showed this kit in a haul and I had tons of people requesting a review for it. I figured I would do one here since it's easy and quick. This kit was on sale at my local Target for for $14.99 and I have to say, I am loving it! I really didn't know I would end up loving these products so much and now I want to explore more from their mineral wear line. 
The kit comes with a mineral powder foundation, a bronzer and a blush. I purchased it in the color medium.

As you can see, the powder foundation is a bit bigger than the blush and bronzer and I think that's kind of normal in most kits.

The powder foundation is much more pigmented than I though it was going to be, I personally don't use it as a foundation, I like using it to set a lighter coverage liquid foundation. My advice would be to apply the powder using a big fluffy soft brush, staying away from dense brushes because that might cause it to have a caked on finish on the face and that's never a good look! 

The bronzer is dark enough to see a bit of definition if you use it in your normal contour and if you're fair skinned, you could definitely use this as a contour color since its not shimmery but still has a tiny bit of glow to it. But since I have a bit more color to my skin, I use this bronzer to add some color and depth to my face and I can truly say it's been my go to bronzer for that purpose. 

The blush is absolutely beautiful!! It's a basic darker pink that really can flatter several different skin tones. Use it lightly if you're fair, and build it up from there if your skin tone is a bit darker. It's not a crazy color so it can pretty much go with any look, it has a beautiful finish and blends so easily that it's a dream to put on your cheeks. 

Some pictures are a bit brighter than others because the light kept changing. These pictures are not Photoshopped and no filters were added. I want to show you the real color.

Here is what these products look like on my face, I apologize it the lighting isn't the best, It was the best picture I could snap at the time.

My overall thought on this kit is that it's beautiful and I am so glad I got it! If you have a really extensive makeup collection, this isn't necessary to add to it but I really enjoy these products and plan on using them very often!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Makeup Geek Review

Hi friends,
Here is a followup blog post to my Makeup Geek Review video I posted on VitaleStyle. The items I ordered from the MUG line are some lipsticks, eye shadow pigments and quite a few of her regular eye shadows. 
The lipsticks I purchased came in a set and I must admit, the colors and formula of these are a lot better than I was expecting. The shades that came in this set are Fearless, Captivating, Famous, Luscious and Lavish (swatched down below in that order) I love pretty much every color, I will however say that I wish a light pink/nude shade came in this set as well (or replace one of the darker colors). It would have been lovely to have an everyday very wearable color to reach for when you're going for more of a natural look. I will be checking the MUG website for more lipsticks to try because I love these and would like to try a few more!

The next items I picked up were these pigments, let me just start off by saying that these colors are absolutely gorgeous!! I love every color I ordered and I will be ordering a few more to add to my collection. The packaging is nice, nothing crazy but I'm OK with that because often times, a company will charge you an arm and a leg for a mediocre product just because of the fancy packaging. The only little issue I have with these (it's not stopping me from ordering more so you know I think they are good) is that each one is so full of product (not a bad thing) that as soon as you open them, the product does kind of go everywhere and makes a bit of a mess, I would have loved for these to have some kind of stopper or something that made it a bit easier to control the product. The specific shades I got are Enchanted, Sweet Dreams, Birthday Wish and Afterglow (swatched below in that order).

And now on with the shadows. I was really shocked at the pigmentation and formula of these shadows, I am going to be very honest and tell you that from the price, I was expecting these to have the same look and feel of shadows like BH Cosmetics or Costal Scents (I don't dislike those shadows but they aren't the best quality in my opinion) these on the other hand, had the look and feel of a mac shadow and in some cases, the pay off on some of these shadows is better than mac shadows.As you can see I have quite a few of them and I reach for them constantly (especially cocoa bear and beaches and cream) they are easy to apply, hardly any fallout (no more fallout than any other shimmery eye shadow) and how beautifully they blend. These are worth every penny and I can't wait to get more! My Z palette didn't come with my eye shadows, I purchased mine from

Here are a few of the shadows swatched on my hand (I did not edit any of these pictures by the way, the pictures were taken right in front of my studio light) and as you can see, the colors are gorgeous and pigmented!  
Here is the list of colors I own

Brown Sugar
Home Coming
Purely Naked
Beaches And Cream
Taupe Notch
Bleached Blonde
Cocoa Bear
Creme Brulee
Shimma Shimma
Peach Smoothie
Prom Night
Drama Queen

 Overall I have to say that I am thrilled with my purchases and aside from the packaging of the pigments, I give these products a 10! Great product at a fantastic price! 

If you haven't watched my review, here is is