Besame Cosmetics

Besame Agent Carter – Field Agent Lip Kit – Review Time!

I think I have been waiting for this launch FOREVER! Ok, a little less than a year, but DAMN! In this day and age when life is all about instant gratification, waiting this long had me flashing back to dial up internet and waiting for about 2 hours to download some music.

But don’t fret my friends, the wait was worth it!

The Field Agent Lip Kit was shrouded in secrecy and Besame dropped little nuggets for months, wetting our appetites for this collections:

  • A letter from Howard Stark
  • Speeding Ticket
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Origami Note

I mean they took the theme seriously and, in retrospect, it was neat. Spying is not easy stuff and I think that the build up and clues sort of led us through all the twists and turns that this profession may take you. Nothing is literally handed to you. You have to work for your lipsticks (err…I mean target). Also, I think they held off with the launch to time it with the upcoming Avengers Infinity War Movie, which is also cool.

The whole concept of the lip kit was crafted down to the last detail. It was like one of those gifts you receive, where you open one box and find another wrapped box and open that one and find another and so on and so on.

When you opened the actual delivery box, you are met with another box that looks like an old fashioned parcel, with postage stamps hailing from all over the world. It’s addressed to Margaret P. Carter and the return address is from Besame Cosmetics. I mean what an introduction!


The second box, which I will be buried with,  was a jewelry box. It has the intials PC (Peggy Carter) on the front and when you open this box, you have a note and picture of Howard Stark, looking very Old Hollywood Handsome (I don’t think we would expect anything less from Howard). On the inside lid is the SSR or Shield Logo.


Seriously I’m dying right about now! But this is not even the best part!!!


There is a secret compartment that houses your “newest pieces of tech” or your three lipsticks. The tubes are in your classic Besame gold, but instead of the usual flower design, it’s a sleek ribbed design with the name of the lipstick written in Typewriter font running down the side. When you open the cap, MARVEL is embossed on the inside tube.


Ok! Now I am dead!


You get three lipstick shades:

  • 102 Sweet Dreams – a deep red shade
  • 103 Forget Me Not – a deep mauve
  • 104 Always Be True – a bright classic red

I like Besame lipsticks, but I have always found them a little dry and if your lips were not properly moisturized, you will find that you have to go over with the color a second time to cover any patchiness. However, I feel like the formula was tweaked a little with this collection, as they are definitely creamier when you swatch and apply.

I do think they benefit from a lip liner and you will have to reapply as I found the colors to fade throughout the day, but I won’t fault it too much as I think that is typical with cream lipsticks.

Besame is scheduled to drop 102 Sweet Dreams as as single, along with a powder compact and an eye palette, which you all know I am going to get and once again make sure that I am buried not only wearing the entire collection, but also with the actual items themselves.

I am affiliated with Besame Cosmetics, so if you want to pick up the Field Agent Lip Kit or any product, you can do so by clicking here. Keep in mind, that you if you purchase anything using my link, I will receive a slight commission.

Did any of you pick up the collections or will you be picking something up? If so, let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!


Real Her

Real Her Makeup- Review Time!

When I was younger, I didn’t honestly care about things being too sexualized. Not that there is anything wrong with sex and liking it, but there weren’t a lot of brands out there that really tried to change the perception that makeup makes you prettier, sexier and, therefore, more attractive to the opposite sex.

Ahem….Nars Orgasm.

As a (coughs) 40 year old woman, I honestly am over the whole sexualization of makeup. The older I get, the more I realize that makeup is tool of empowerment, not power. I like the idea that I put on lipstick because it makes me happy, not anyone else AND I like a brand that promotes that message because…Why NOT? It’s about time someone does, right?

In comes in Real Her. Are they the first brand to do this? Absolutely NOT, but they are the first, that I am aware of, to literally put messages of empowerment front and center on their products. This is important, because in this day when lipsticks are named Nip Slip and Pout About it, it’s nice to have the option of picking out a nude lipstick called “I Am Perfect” or “I Am Gorgeous”.

At least I think so.

Names aside, do Real Her products perform? Totally!

I LOVE the Lip Kits the most. Consisting of a lip liner, liquid lip and lip gloss in three shades (red, pink and nude), they can be used together to create the perfect plump lip. The lip liner does have to be sharpened, so I will have to deduct points for that, but it’s creamy and won’t skip if your are filling your lips. In fact, as a gloss girl, my favorite look is to fill my lips with the Deep Nude liner and swipe some of the I Am Awesome gloss and I’m good to do.

Speaking of the gloss, I love that it’s not particularly sheer. I like toppers, but sometimes, it’s nice to have something double as color and shine. It’s says that it’s supposed to be slightly plumping, but I don’t find that to be the case at all. You will have to re-apply the gloss throughout the day as the shine will wear off after eating and drinking, so keep that in mind, but I also don’t find that to be unusual for a gloss.

What does have surprising longevity is the liquid lipstick. When I first swatched it on my hand, I had to scrape the pigment off in the shower. This kind of worried me a bit because I like my lipstick to be long wearing, but not permanent. I was already envisioning the color to patch up and look all dry and crusty, however, I didn’t find that to be the case at all. As always, I exfoliated my lips with my Pur Sugar Scrub, applied the lip liner and layered one coat of the liquid lip. It did take a bit to dry, but once it did, then I went over the top with the gloss and I was done. The color did fade throughout the day, but it wasn’t a weird fade that receded from the inner lip to the outer lines, but rather a natural fade all together with just a hint of concentration around the lip line.

I probably should have gone in and reapplied somewhere around the 5 hour mark, but I got lazy and I was in an all day meeting at work and didn’t want to walk to my desk to get my makeup bag.

Excuses, excuses, right?

The Be Fearless, Be Limitless Blush Kit, is not only a mouthful to say, but also perfectly lovely. Consisting of three baked shades in a rosy pink, coral and copper, they give you a lovely glow. The colors are not particularly deep or concentrated, but do provide a natural looking flush. I thought I could use the deeper shade as a bronzer, but it does have a too shimmery element to it, which I don’t care for. I did use it as an all over lid shade in a pinch one day when I was running out the door to do some errands and that worked quite nicely. My favorite is the rose color named Fearless. It has a hint of gold running through it, that’s not particularly overpowering, but I do feel highlights my freckles in a nice way.

If there is one thing that I find a little challenging is the price. The lip kits are $36 and the blushes run you $32, which I find to be a bit higher in price than I like. However, I did see they were running a sale a few weeks ago, so wait for one of those promotions or if you sign up for their newsletter, you will get 10% off your first purchase.

Let me know if you have tried any other Real Her products and, as usual, drop your thoughts and comments below.

Till next time, my friends!


***Products above were sent to me complimentary, but opinions are all my own.***

Need, Want, Skip

Need It, Want It, Skip It – New Beauty Releases

From time to time, I surf Trendmood or This is Forty on Instagram to check out any upcoming releases that pique my interest. I always save the posts that interest me and I had developed quite a collection of pictures. Now some of them, in hindsight, are definite Skips, but others fall somewhere in the categories of Need and Want.

The Need and Want categories are so hard to differentiate sometimes because why is it a Need and others just a Want? Wouldn’t you want something you need? I think I’m overthinking this, right?

Anyways, without further ado, here are my current Needs, Wants and Skips.


I only see two Needs in my folder at this time and, I will admit, that both of these “Needs” are really because I love the packaging. I swear, I am your prototypical consumer. Slap something pretty on the front of a palette or create something that appeals to my childhood or inner geek and I’m sold.

Such is the case with the Smashbox x VladaMUA collection. I swear, they could literally be selling me fecal matter and I am 99.9% sure I would buy it because I love Rose Gold and the packaging is outrageously GORGEOUS. Now, I’m not saying I would buy the entire collection, but I’m pretty sure I will pick up something.

Same goes for the upcoming Nyx Steampunk inspired collection. These colors can be pure garbage, but I will still buy it because I happen to love everything about this fictional Victorian era subculture filled with machines and metal.


These are items that I will most likely pick up, but I don’t see any real rush in getting them. I will probably wait till some reviews come out or, better yet, maybe even go on sale before I buy anything.

I love Nudestix and even though I don’t own much from them, I like how easy they make applying makeup look. Therefore, these Tinted Blur Sticks are very much drawing me in right now. If they blur any unwanted features (ahem, sinkhole size pores) while providing some coverage, then I am totally in!

I want something from the Kat Von D 10 Year Anniversary Gold Fever collection because it’s most likely going to be limited edition and a collectors item, so I know I shouldn’t wait for any reviews, but I’m hesitating a little. Not sure why it’s not a Need, but maybe I have to trust my gut and wait.

I love a good lip gloss and having never head of Hank & Henry, I was intrigued by these. They don’t look like anything special, but wondering about the overall product. I think I will wait to see how the reviews go before I shell out $17 for a lip topper.

Does anyone else think that both Maybelline and L’Oréal coming out with fruit inspired collections at the same time is kind of weird? Isn’t the fruit theme a little played out already (i.e. Too Faced Peach EVERYTHING)? Regardless, these are cute and with a coupon or sale, I will probably pick one up. They both look pretty similar to me, so I guess it will just depend on who goes on sale first.



I MIGHT wait for a coupon or a sale, but chances are higher that I will skip this Neutrogena x Kerry Washington collection. The cheek palette looks absolutely adorable, but I must admit that the eyeshadows are not drawing me in. I know I have all these colors already, therefore, unless you are just starting your makeup collection there is no need to add the Essential Eye palette to my stash.

Same goes for the Wet n’ Wild Midnight Mermaid collection below. I love that more and more brands are coming out with blues, but this is just a tad bit too dark and moody for my taste. I prefer something just a bit brighter.

Anybody feeling a little burnt out by the Kardashians? Seriously, I like them, but I feel like this Kourtney x Kylie collab is just a bit tardy to the party.

Last on the Skip list are highlighters in general. I have come to the conclusion that I don’t need another highlighter and since I tend to stick to the same light golden shade for the most part, there is no need for me to pick up any of the below any time soon. I mean they are pretty, but, whatever! Not feeling highlighters lately for some reason.

To Be Determined

I’m pretty interested in seeing what Becca and Chrissy Teigen come up with, but no details yet other than something is in the works, so will wait and see what they have for us.

Anyone else see something lately that they are Needing, Wanting or Skipping? If so, drop the link in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!



Ittse Glambition Quad – Review Time!

If you are a long time reader/friend of my blog, you may already know that I can be kind of a Hot Mess. Not on purpose, of course. As a working mom, I’m just kind of pulled in a million directions at all times and my day can consist of work meetings, after school activities, homework and housework. When your day is split up like that, I don’t have the time or desire to do a full face of complicated makeup.

Now when I say I don’t want any complications, it doesn’t mean that I want something uninspiring or boring, but easy. I don’t want to take out 72 products just to look put together.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

So when I saw that Itsse was having a sale on their quad collab with Love for Laquer, I knew that I was going to pick that up and see if I can switch from “Hot Mess” to “Hot-Ness”.

See what I did there?? 😉

The Glambition Collection is really up my alley for multiple reasons:

  • The golden pinky color spectrum is so easy to work with. Perfect for a natural look, with just right amount of shimmer and glam to give it that “I’m Naturally Glowy” look.
  • They are buttery to the touch and are really blendable. The shimmery shades can be foiled for that metallic kick or patted on with your finger and the matte blends BEAUTIFULLY with a fluffy brush. There is a bit of kick up when you dip your brush into the product, but nothing major, in my opinion.
  • They are multifunctional colors. The pinky peach matte cheek color in #GIRLBOSS is actually a fantastic transition or crease shade.
  • Same goes for Run the World  (pinky shimmer) and Hustle & Glow (yellow gold shimmer) illuminators. They can be used on the lids, inner corners, under the brow bone and on the cheekbones. However, I will say that they are a bit glittery, so if you don’t like a chunky highlighter, I would avoid putting them on the cheeks or go in with a light hand.
  • Goal Digger, a beautiful rose gold shimmer, deserves it’s own bullet point. I LOVE this color.  It’s not an overpowering pink or chunky in any way and if you want an easy look, just pat it on your lid with a bit of #GIRLBOSS on the crease. If you want to take it up a notch, get a dark brown shade and build up that outer V and add a winged liner. Perfection!

The last point is the only real downside I find to this collection. I need to add a little depth to my crease and outer V and usually go into a chocolatey brown. Is that a real problem? No. These are singles, so when I was curating a palette around these colors, I picked out a nice brown from another palette and added it to this one. You can also dip into your contour or bronzer in a pinch.


I am affiliated with Ittse, so if you want to shop the Glambition collection, feel free to use my link here. Keep in mind, that if you do decide to make a purchase using my link, I will get a slight commission.

Any of you have you have any specific looks using this collection? If so, leave it in the comments below. You all know I need all the help I can get.

Till next time, my friends!


Sephora VIB Sale

What’s In My Cart? – Sephora VIB Spring Sale

The Sephora VIB Sale is upon us and once again all of beauty humanity is going bananas for a whopping 15% off.

Not judging (only myself) because I have my cart and credit card ready and waiting to hit Checkout.

Most of the time, I usually take the time to stock up on some essentials, but a few non-essentials caught my eye this time and my cart is actually looking a bit fun.

Kicking it off with a definite essential is my beloved Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. I love this stuff. It’s light and makes for the perfect base for my foundation. Honestly, I often use it in lieu of moisturizer and primer. It’s that good!

I’m in the market for a new foundation and I don’t usually buy high end, but I recently saw an article my mom posted on Facebook (you know the LEADING authority on beauty) that says to splurge on skincare, foundation and concealer and go drugstore for everything else (let’s not go crazy Facebook!). Therefore, I’m adding the highly regarded Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation and possibly this cute Too Faced Sex on the Peach Complexion set. I heard the foundation and powder are really good!

Do I need both? No, but DUDE…. 15% off!!

Now we are going into non-essential territory. I need another palette like I need a hole in the head, but I’ve been lusting over this Huda Beauty Obessions Eyeshadow Palette since last year and I’m going to go for it. It’s petite, colorful and for $27, you can’t beat the price.

I’m still debating the last two because I am seriously over budget at this point, but they made it to the cart for the moment. I own nothing from Fenty Beauty and my willpower is slowly fading. This Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer and Kilowatt Freestyle Highligher Duo have been driving me crazy and it’s one of those things where if you still want it after so many months, then you have to get it. Not that I need it, but they are so pretty and feminine.

I may not be able to resist!

What’s in your cart? Drop your link below and let me see what you are getting.

Till next time, my friends!!


Palette of the Month

Looking Back- Palette of the Month Too Faced Sweet Peach

When I decided to pick a Palette of the Month, I thought it would be hard to use the same palette over and over again.

And it was!

I would just get caught up in something new I got or a particular eye look I was going for that fell outside of the options the Sweet Peach palette had. However, it was when I started reaching for this palette as a foundation rather than a stand alone, that’s when things changed.

You see, back when I bought his palette, I was all about the warm tone peachy shades. They were easy to use and not intimidating. I’m a bit more practiced now than I was then and I feel more comfortable using darker and brighter colors, so that’s why this palette appealed less and less to me through the months.

I was actually thinking to declutter it at one point, but decided against it because there are some really great shades to use

My favorite shades to use are:

  • Peaches and Cream: the perfect nude base.
  • Georgia: lived this as a transition color. It’s not as light pink as it looks.
  • Charmed, I’m Sure: a lovely chocolate brown that I use to deepen the outer V all the time.
  • Purée: transition shade perfection.
  • Summer Yum: another nice transition shade. A bit redder in color than Purée.
  • Bellini: bright, shimmery peach. Perfect for all over lid.
  • Luscious: simple and shimmery champagne color. Nice for spotlight effect or even in the inner corner.

With all that being said, I don’t actually have a lot of pictures to show you. Mostly because I just forgot to take pictures , but also because I was using one or two shades sometimes with other palettes and it was hardly noticeable.

So no judging. I promise I will do better in April.

So seeing as I needed a little more color for inspiration, this months palette is the lovely, purple and orange hued Desert Dust from Huda Beauty.

Feel free to send me any eyelooks your created with this palette for inspiration.

Till next time, my friends!



Spring Break! Trippin Down My Camera Roll

You all know that every once in a while, I like to take you all on a little trip down my camera roll. Well, I don’t lead a particularly exciting life, so I have to accumulate enough footage to make it worthwhile for you all. However, seeing as last week, the kids and I were off for Spring Break, we did indeed venture out a bit more than usual and I think I reached that magical number of pictures.

I mean, if I am going to be honest, the majority of my free time isn’t exactly spent at “Da Club”, but rather in my PJ’s binge-watching Gotham on Netflix, but I don’t think you all want to see pictures of that.

Or do you? I know some of you out there love The Penguin as much as I do.

Anyways, without further ado. Let’s begin a-trippin’:

We went to the beach and even though it was a sunny day, the water was freezing! Didn’t stop the kids from getting in though.

We went specifically to Aventura Mall so the kids can go down their brand new slide. They had such a blast! I would have gone myself, but someone had to hold the purses, right? 😩

I love all the art pieces scattered around the mall, but I’m constantly telling the kids to not touch anything!!!


That is HUGE Lladro sculpture. I kept on telling the kids to “Not get so close!”.

At another cheer event. This time at the Miami Dade County Youth Fair. It was a school day so we couldn’t stick around to ride some rides, but it was fun!

This is what usually happens when I ask Sofia to help me with some flat lays.

Took a trip to the public library to get the kids and myself some new library cards and fell in love with the murals.

Holly obviously thinks I’m her couch.

A pic of Sofia during her Washington, DC trip with her school.

At the FIU basketball game where her team were part of the halftime performance. Look how sassy my Aunt Diana looks.

Logan wanted to mask with mommy.

Now that’s one huge scary cupcake. Seriously, I’m on the Keto Diet and some days I swear I would eat that stuffed cupcake. I do miss sugar a bit!

That’s it, folks! I told you I don’t lead a very exciting life, but it’s just fine for me. 🙂

Till next time, my friends!


Beauty Favorites

March Beauty Favorites

March was such a great month! It was busy, but it filled with lot’s of new and exciting things for me that I didn’t mind the all the commotion. It was so busy, in fact, that I don’t think I dedicated a whole lot of time in trying out new beauty stuff, which means that my Monthly Favorites list is quite small and there may definitely be a few products that you have already heard me talk about, so I will try to not talk your ears off about those.

For once, right? 🙂


Burts Bees Nourishing Mascara in Classic Black. This is an example of something that I really had to use multiple times to come to a conclusion. When I first used this mascara, I was quite ambivalent about it. I liked it, but I didn’t think it was anything special. That is until I got tired of using the Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara because it was too damn hard to wash off at night and I felt like I was seeing one too many lashes fall off from all the scrubbing (and yes, I was being gentle). So on a whim, I picked this one from mascara jar. The wand is a tad bit prickly and bendy, so don’t be shoving it up in your eye or anything, but it really does give you soft looking and touching lashes. I personally like using this mascara on my natural make up days because it makes your lashes look like lashes, but better.

Maybelline Lasting Drama Light Liner in Moonlight Purple. I love colorful eyeliners. I think they add just the perfect kick of color to any eye look in a jiffy, so when I saw a METALLIC purple eyeliner, I didn’t even Add to Cart, I hit 1-Click Buy on Amazon (the link above is to Ulta, as I couldn’t find a link to Moonlight Purple on Amazon). This is such a gorgeous lavender shade to add to the waterline to lighten your eye look or smudge a bit on the lower lash and it amps up any smoky eye look without making it look heavy. It has the tiniest amount of glitter to it, but it’s nothing that will run down your cheeks and it really is long lasting. I haven’t heard too many people talk about this liner, but if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please do so. I don’t think you will be disappointed.


Ittse Illuminator in Barbados. If you didn’t check out my post on the Ittse Marcel Starter Kit, which included Barbados, then check it out here. You will get more details on the kit, however, don’t fret, you can totally pick this highlighter up on it’s own for $10 and add it to your singles collection without having to spend $49 on a set. Either way, I highly recommend. It’s a gorgeous light golden highlighter. It’s not going to give you a “wet looking” shine, but you will definitely be glowing and when the light catches it, it’s so pretty and natural. If I was going to compare it, I would say that it resembles, The Balm’s Mary-Loumanizer, except a tad bit lighter in color.

Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist.  I’m not much into setting sprays, mostly because I’m always rushing out the door and “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”, but I love anything with Rose Water. Yeah, it’s a little grandmotherly of a scent, but I dig it and it came in perfect when I got a slight sunburn from being outside one day with the kids. I spritzed this on my face and immediately became addicted.  I use it to freshen up, to wet my beauty sponge, to foil my shadows and, yes, to set my makeup. It’s not that big of a bottle, so be prepared to go through it fairly quick, but for $7, it’s a steal.

That’s it, folks! I told you it was a small list this time around. Drop your link to your March Favorites and let me know what I should try out this month.

Till next time, my friends!


***Links above to Amazon and Ittse are affiliated, so if you decide to make a purchase using link, I will make a slight commission.***

Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cashmere Stick Foundation – Review Time!

You all know that I am big believer in the Universe sending you signs, right?

Have I got a doozy of a story for you. Last summer, I purchased the Besame Cashmere Stick Foundation along with the 1941 Victory Red lipstick. Unfortunately, I went a shade too light for me at the time and decided that I would put it away till my summer tan faded a bit. Well, in the process of moving houses in August, I misplaced it and was never able to find it and I just assumed it got lost among all the boxes and chaos.

Fast forward 7 months, I get an email from Besame saying that their stick foundations were going to be 35% off (I am an affiliate, so I get advance notice of sales from time to time). I thought about my lost foundation and figured that maybe I would take advantage of the sale and pick up a new one to give it a shot now that me and Snow White can compete for Ms. Pasty Skinned 2018. I headed over to their website and saw that the Cashmere Foundation Sticks were $10 each.


I know I paid something like $25 or so last year, so to see them at $10, I though they must be discontinuing them. Long story short, I decided against purchasing the foundation, despite it sale price, because I am on this Low Buy and having already splurged on the Agent Carter Kit (future post in the works), I didn’t have any real need for it. I figured, it’s still $10 I get to keep in my pocket.

Ok, so this is where the Universe kicked in. A few days later, I am getting ready to head out to dinner with my friend Yudy, and I decide that I want to switch purses. I go into my closet and pick this GORGEOUS blue Coach bag from the back of the shelf and open it up to clean it out, as it’s been quite some time since I last used it. Lo and behold, sitting in the bottom of the purse is the Besame Cashmere Foundation Stick in Bisque.

Thanks, Universe!

The packaging of this product is STUNNING. Encased in a gold tube, with Besame’s signature flower design, it’s definitely a collectors item. It’s the kind of beauty product that you would display on your vanity.

Unfortunately, that is about the nicest thing I can say about this foundation because I just could not make it work for me. The consistency, when placed on your face, is creamy, but it somehow dries down to an almost powder feel and that was the main problem I had because it just made it difficult for me to blend. When I used a beauty sponge, I felt like the wet sponge was picking product up, instead of blending it, which made my skin look patchy. None of my brushes seemed to be dense enough to move the product around and disperse it evenly either.

The best method I found to evenly distribute the product were my fingers, but when I finally got it looking the way that I like, I felt like it sunk into every pore and collected into every line on my face.

I even tried different primers to see if it would help. The first one I used was the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, but I found that it exacerbated the powdery finish of the foundation and made my skin look too dry and cakey. Using the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir worked the best, but once my natural oils kicked in, I could see all the product settle into EVERY SINGLE PORE ON MY NOSE. So Gross!

If that wasn’t enough, I thought that maybe with such a thick consistency, this stick foundation might work best as a concealer. It actually did cover up my dark circles quite nicely, but I still couldn’t prevent it from settling into the fine lines under my eyes.

I honestly give up.

So, this is a serious pass for me. I don’t seem to have the right skin type or face products on hand to make this work for me. However, if you like this foundation, hop on over to the Besame website and pick up one for you now that they are on sale.

As I mentioned, I am affiliated with Besame Cosmetics, but seeing as this was a miss for me, it just doesn’t feel right to make any commission off of it. However, I will still share the code (not tied to me though) I got sent for 35% off $10. That means that the final price will be $6.50, which I think is a nice deal if you happen to like this product or like to collect Besame products.

The code is Foudation35.

YES, there is a typo and it’s missing an N, but when I was testing out the code yesterday and typed in FOUNDATION35, it didn’t recognize it, but when I typed FOUDATION35, it gave me the discount.

Till next time, my friends!


Beauty Blogger

Make Up Swap – Collaboration with…..

Nope…not telling you yet, because I have to give you a little background.

Technically, this was like a Secret Santa Make Up Swap, hosted by the lovely and talented Mary from Pretty on a Dime. She gathered a group of us from Boss Girl Bloggers Facebook Group and did all the leg work. All I had to do was pick some things that I thought my blogger would like, but that still captured my personality, and make sure that it was sent by March 21.

So you can imagine that on the other side, some poor unfortunate soul had the terrible task of doing the same for me. Now the rules only state that I am supposed to talk about MY blogger, which I am assuming it’s the one I had to select items for, but I’m going to talk about both bloggers. The one I picked and the one that picked me.

I like to keep things fair. 🙂

My Blogger – Bethany from Diamonds to Crown

Now everything about Bethany is just plain ADORABLE! From her cuter than life baby and handsome husband to her 2 Maine Coon cats and her Goldendoodle. They literally belong on the pages of Family Circle Magazine. I like the way Bethany divides her blog between, family, beauty, bible journaling, DIY and just about everything in between. It’s literally got a little bit for everyone. Did I also mention that her and her husband are HUGE baseball fans and Diamonds actually refers to the baseball kind, not the glittery ones we wear on our ears?

Can we say GORGEOUS????? Look at this family!

Bethany states in her bio that she will always try to be as raw as possible in her posts and 4 paragraphs into her latest blog on Post Partum Depression and you know that she is not kidding. She tells it like it is, but from a kind place in her heart. You know that she is not writing any of this to be dramatic, but to help someone who might be suffering like she was previously.

With that being said, Bethany made it really easy for me to shop for her. I feel like we could be sisters, except that I would be like 15 years older than her. I won’t give away what I bought her altogether,  but I will tell you that I found out she loves Urban Decay (Twinsies!) and it was kismet that a certain collaboration between a famous YouTuber and UD went on sale this month, giving me the perfect opportunity to serenade Bethany with a few items that I had been dying to try and wanted to get her take on.

I’m not good at keeping secrets, huh?

I did kind of cheat and ordered everything straight off of the Sephora website and had it sent to her, but that was only because I was so bogged down at work this month, that I couldn’t make it to the store to pick it out in person and mail it from the post office. Bethany, I hope you forgive me and enjoy your goodies!

Blogger who got me — Gillian from Not Just A Pretty Face

When I got a little package hailing all the way from California in the mail, I was like “I’m on a Low Buy. What could I have possibly ordered?”. I opened it up and first thing I pick out is a handwritten note from Gillian saying she was so happy to be my secret blogger.

Her handwriting was neat and meticulous and I immediately thought this person MUST be a teacher. Sure enough, I log on to her website and see that Gillian or Gu-Wee (as her little charges call her) was an Au Pair living in Southern California.

My friends, I feel like my childhood dreams came true and Mary Poppins sent me a gift!

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The future Ms. South Africa is my Secret Blogger!!!

Aside from being an Au Pair, Gillian is absolutely stunning and comes all the way from Johannesburg, South Africa. Ms. Gillian is a triple threat:

  • Want a beauty tutorial? Check out her latest YouTube video
  • Looking on some advice on how to prepare for a job interview. Read her Au Pair series with tips and tricks of the trade.
  • Want some daily inspiration? Click and like her latest Instagram Post. She has a slew of daily affirmations to conquer any doubts or fears you may have.

Needless to say, she definitely is not JUST a pretty face. This girl has got it going on!

She also has impeccable taste. When I unwrapped my goodies, I was dumbstruck because I was looking at a gorgeous golden makeup bag containing my very FIRST set of Morphe Brushes.

My daughter, Sofia, said that now I am officially a beauty blogger as no respectable Beauty Guru would be caught dead without a set of Morphe Brushes. So young, yet so wise!

Gillian also sent me a tasty treat from her home country of South Africa, but me and the kids ate it right away, so I didn’t get a chance to take a picture or even remember what it was called, but it was like strawberry Laffy Taffy, just not as sweet. Both my kids gave it thumbs up and I’m sure I will searching Amazon for more of it.

I had so much fun doing this makeup swap. I swear I would do it in a heartbeat all over again. Even though I have never met Bethany or Gillian in person, I feel like we are already friends and hope to see much more of them as I read their blogs.

Till next time, my friends!