Photo Finish Shadow Primer

A few weeks ago I popped in to a Sephora to find new products to try. First, I did a once over on the store browsing each and every brand one by one saving some of my favorites for last. The first product that caught my eye was from Smashbox. It’s called 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer. And today, I am going to give you The Glam it, The Slam it and My Final Grade!


Since I have reviewed Smashbox products before, I won’t give you the beauty 411; instead, I am going to tell you why Smashbox is my beauty crush. They have innovative products that are highly pigmented with great staying power and all products are photo-shoot ready! And what girl doesn’t like a makeup that makes her selfie shine flawlessly? 🙂

Now that you have a better understanding on my beauty brand crush, let me share The Glam: This shadow primer keeps your regular dull boring eye shades from creasing and it makes the color look more vibrant. It’s able to withstand heat, humidity and fading over a 24 hour period (and I know because I tested it) LOL



I wore the primer on a recent trip to Miami and it helped my shadow stay in tact from early morning hours, beach time and to a very late night party. The weather was hot, steamy and humid all at once and my shadow lasted the entire day and night. Now don’t go judging how I kept on my shadow for the entire day and night…you’ve been there and done that too! I am not the only one. LOL But I digress…on to the slam!


The Slam: You have to use a pinch and let the primer dry. If you don’t, your eye shadow will be hard to blend. You have to wear it alone and not with a concealer. I tried it with my concealer and it smeared. My eyelids felt a little dry after I applied the primer 🙁


My Final Grade for the 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer by Smashbox is 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! I like that my eye shadow lasted all day long without looking oily and creasing in the hot Miami sun. I just wish that it would dry faster to avoid the wait on applying my shadow.

If you are interested in purchasing the 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer by Smashbox, head our to your local Sephora or get it on line at for $20. Happy Priming!

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Universal High Pigment Shadows

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O. Beauty*


A few months ago I attended to The Makeup Show Chicago, which is the end all to be all for a beauty junkie like me as there are brands galore to showcase their products and industry icons to share their knowledge through workshops and seminars. It is so exciting but one could become overwhelmed with all the amazing sights to see and people to meet!!! However, I did not let that stop me…I made a plan of who, what, when and where I wanted to see and meet and then I quickly put that plan into action!!! LOL

During my exploration of new brands (at least for me)…I came across Magnolia Makeup, a beauty brand based out of New Awlins (and I say this with love in my most Southern Gal drawl…no, for real, I used to live in the South…LOL). They are devoted to color that is high in pigment and they believe in quality as well as fun for every occasion!!! Yep, this sounds like a brand I want to explore; so I did…*giggles*.

It is funny because I had this brand on my list to investigate but, before I could get to it, several of my blogger friends kept telling to make sure I stopped by Magnolia before I left…so I hoped that it would be all that and then some!!!

When I approached the booth, I was amazed at all the colors. I was like a kid in a candy store and the all the makeup were my sweet treats…LOL!!! Any who, as you can read, it was love at first sight but the true test will come during my trial of wearing the product for a few weeks. While there was so much to chose from, I was able to narrow my selection down to 3 eyeshadows and 2 lip colors in a pot to purchase (and believe me…that was hard to do)!!!


Today, I am only prepared to share my analysis on the Individual Pigment shadows and here is what I liked: I absolutely positively loved the pigments!!! While all you MAC girls are ranting and raving over their colors and pigments, I suggest you stop, look and listen to a new sheriff in town!!! Now, before you MAC junkies go all crazy on me, for the record, I’m not hating…IJS, give this brand a try because MAC is not the end all to be all when it comes to colors and pigments. Not only that, Magnolia is not as expensive as MAC and the overall quality is great!!! The loose pigments are easy to use and they will work on all skin tones. A little goes a long way and the color last a long time without creasing or fading…FTW!!!


Now, I know this sounds like a match made in makeup heaven but there are a few dislikes and here they are: I am not one for loose shadows and or powders as they can get a tad messy but this is not a deal breaker for me if the product is great (and this is…teehee)!!! I am not sure if the Individual Pigments are mineral based or not as there is nothing on the website or the product which indicates a yay or nay and to my understanding, loose shadows are mineral based. Again, this is not a deal breaker; inquiring minds would just like to know…LOL, IJS!!!


So after several weeks of the trial investigation, I have my final grade for you… I give the Individual Pigment shadows by Magnolia Makeup 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in purchasing the shadows, you can do so at for $10 each (the colors featured here are Truffle, Citrine and Gold Nugget). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…Happy blending!!!



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Report Card Review for Sephora and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Here is bonus report card just because…

To all my non makeup artist…I know we all love the beautiful blockbuster eyeshadow sets with a million shadows to play with. But The truth be told…you are not going to use all of those colors!!! I suggest you get something with colors you will use such as Urban Decay Naked Shadow Palette to save money and have colors that are all about you!!! Naked Palette can be purchased at Sephora, and Ulta for $50 or you can purchase the Sephora brand…

Did you know that Sephora has it own brand of skincare and color cosmetics??? Yes, it’s true and yours truly decided to give an eyeshadow palette a try… This eyeshadow palette by Sephora offers so many colors for a night out or a swanky holiday shindig. It is rich in pigment so it offers colors that work on all skin tone. The colors are long lasting and they don’t crease. They have other palettes available so if this does not float your boat…no worries!!! The color featured here is called Primal Instincts and it is only $28. So head to your local Sephora or shop online but hurry because this cutie is a limited edition!!! My overall rating is 5 out of 5 smooches!!! MUAH

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Product Review for the week: High Shine Eye Color by Bare Minerals

Product Review for the week: High Shine Eye Color by Bare Minerals
Bare Minerals is a pretty popular brand because of what they are made without…they are free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance and dies as well as triclosan, petrochemicals and phthalates. In other words…they are made without all the harsh ingredients that are known to be irritating to the skin or just added as unnecessary fillers and the products are 100% mineral based.
I was in Macy’s one day looking for a new shadow when the High Shine Eye Color caught my eye because of the packaging. It is an all in one applicator that is very compact and great for someone like me who travels frequently. I was excited that I tried all 12 colors on my hand. Yes, I do realize that the hands are a different tone from the eyelids but as a germ-o-phobe, this applicator is not one that I would try on my eyes. I went back and forth a few times until I narrowed down my search to 3 colors and I could not wait to get home and try them out.
Here are the positives: It was easy to apply due to the shape of the applicator. It offers a wash of color and I was able to wear it with my contacts with no irritation, as it is ophthalmologist tested. It goes on as a powder but it gives more of a velvet finish and it is reasonably priced at $12 each.
Here are the negatives: Bare Minerals states that this is a high intensity shadow with vibrant pigments and I felt like it only offered a wash of color. I would use this more as a highlighter or primer rather alone as a shadow. The applicator is not very hygienic, as you cannot wash it before you reapply every time. You will always get the natural oils from your lids on the applicator as you reapply and put it back in the tube. This is a loose shadow so it can be a little messy because of the applicator. I did not feel like I could get a lot color on applicator; I had to re-apply several times. I even tried to pour out a little on my hand and apply it with a makeup brush; it offered a little more color but nothing major. The colors also appeared darker in the store but I am sure it was because of the lighting.

My final grade for High Shine Eye Color by Bare Minerals is 2.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! This is not a product that I would purchase again. If you are interested in trying this shadow, you can purchase it at select Macy’s stores, Sephora and

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