Review & Swatches | Milani 2014 Rose Blushes

milani rose blushes

Ever since Milani released their first collection of Rose Blushes last year, there has been a lot of talk and hype about them.  So when they released their new Spring 2014 Limited Edition Collection of these floral-inspired blushes, I knew I had to review them for y’all.

The packaging is quite a bit different than the Milani Baked Blushes.  They’re thin, flat compacts with a clear top and a slightly mirrored edge.  And, boy, they sure do look pretty, don’t they?

milani rose swatch | tea rose Tea Rose - matte pale rose.  As you can see, the formula is super powdery and patchy.  The color is quite nice though, so I would recommend using this with a duo fiber brush and tapping the heck out of said brush for a light, buildable application.

milani rose swatch | love potion Love Potion – matte bright pink.  Ever so slightly less patchy and powdery, but it performs much the same as Tea Rose.

milani rose swatch | coral cove Coral Cove - matte medium coral.  Although it’s still not great, it’s definitely the best formulation of the bunch, which for me is unfortunate, since I’m not big on coral blushes.

milani rose swatch | lady rouge Lady Rouge - matte pinkish red.  This is what my mom and I like to call “fake makeup.”  You know, the plastic makeup you give to your 2 year old daughter so that she can get dolled up like mommy without any of the mess? Literally it took a solid minute of scrubbing trying to get this partial swatch. Milani added a similar color to their Baked Blush collection this year called Bella Rosa that blows this one out of the water.

As I had feared, Milani missed the mark with this collection.  I heard that happened with the last round of these Rose Blushes, which is why I skipped them.  It’s so unfortunate because Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands and generally have phenomenal quality.  I think they’d be better off reformulating these matte colors for their Baked Blush collection.  However, if you’re still bound and determined to get your hands on them, you can buy them for $7.99.

Have you tried these?  What do you think?

Best & Blessings,

*Disclaimer: These products were provided for my review & consideration.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.


Review & Swatches | Physician’s Formula New Sexy Booster Line

Haaaappppyyy Monday!! Are y’all having a good morning so far?  Mine has already been quite the adventure and it’s not even 9am yet.  We had a crazy storm that knocked out our internet over the weekend, so I’m currently cozied up in Starbucks with a Peppermint Latte in one hand and a croissant in the other.  Which means I’m typing with my mind…you didn’t know I could do that, did you?

PF Sexy Booster Eyes

Okay, enough of me being silly and on to the matters at hand.  A while ago, I reviewed Physician’s Formula’s new Nude Wear Bronzer and the eyeshadow quad from this Sexy Booster line, which you can read HERE.  I’ve also been trying out the new mascara and eyeliner trio that were released, so now it’s time to share my thoughts and swatches with you.

Sexy Booster Va Va Voom Volume Mascara – $9.95
PF Mascara

Hi.  This packaging is GORGEOUS.  The black lacy pattern is flocked, so it really feels sexy and expensive.

PF Mascara

They carried the “sexy” theme right on down to the wand itself.  Even the plastic bristles are red!! I shot this photo right after opening the tube for the first time, so I hadn’t yet given it a good swirl around in the mascara.

The mascara itself is fine for a non-waterproof formula.  It does give my lashes a nice fullness, but doesn’t really do much for length, and does nothing to hold my curl.  That being said, I’ve been LOVING this on my lower lashes.  For whatever reason, it just leaves them looking full and soft and magnificent.  If you’re looking for a mascara that will add just the right amount of femininity to your look, this is a great option.

Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio – $12.95
PF Eyeliners

This trio sticks with the sexy red and lace design, but in a much more minimal way.  The three liners come strapped in a little case, which is cute, but impractical for daily use.

PF Eyeliners

This set offers (from left to right) a kajal pencil, a felt tip liner, and an automatic pencil.

PF Eyeliner Swatches
Left to right: Kajal, Liquid, Pencil

Kajal Pencil – Kajals are soft kohl-type pencils that are intended for waterlines and creating that soft smoky effect.  I’m IN LOVE with this pencil!  So smooth and creamy, it glides on the waterline like a dream.

Felt tip Pen – Let me just go on the record stating that I’m quite possibly the worst liquid eyeliner swatcher ever.  I don’t know what my issue is, but I swear the liner is not actually this runny and watery.  It’s pretty liquidy for a pen, which means it can get a little messy, but when applied to the eyes it is a nice, opaque black.  This is my least favorite of the trio because of the occasional liquid eyeliner mess, so I think I’ll stick to my beloved PF 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Serum + Eyeliner Pen.

Automatic Pencil – This is pretty standard for a PF eyeliner pencil.  It goes on smoothly and is nicely pigmented, but doesn’t have the most amazing staying power.  I definitely will get use out of this though because one can never have too many standard black pencil liners.

Overall, I like these new products, but I’m not totally blown away by them.  I definitely reach for the mascara more than anything, and I know that once I can just work it into my routine, I’ll be reaching for that kajal a lot as well.  I think the prices for these items are definitely more reasonable that the ones I mentioned in my previous review, so if you’ve been interested in trying these, I think they’re worth picking up.  Especially with an Ulta $3.50 off coupon!

Best & Blessings,

*Disclaimer: These products were sent for my review & consideration.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.


Review & Swatches | VMV Hypoallergenics Makeup

VMV Cosmetics | glowofgrace

“100% All-Types-Of-Fragrance-Free. 100% Dye-Phthalate-Paraben + Preservative-Free. Non-Comedogenic. Non-Drying. Non-Darkening. Usage + Patch-Tested.”  That statement is generally not what you find on most cosmetics.  VMV Hypoallergenics is a brand that was recently introduced to me, and while I’ve not had very good luck with more natural products in the past, I’ve been really pleasantly surprised by these few items.  That’s not to say that these products are 100% all natural and organic, but the ingredients list is mighty small and the lack of dyes, parabens, preservatives, allergens, etc. is extremely comforting.

Let’s talk packaging for a moment before we jump into the products themselves.  The blush and bronzer are housed in basic white packaging with sturdy snap closures that isn’t super fancy, but gets the job done. There is a mirror in each compact which is always a nice addition.  You’ll notice in the photo above that they both also came with a zippered, suede box.  I’m assuming it’s faux since they do mention that their products aren’t tested on animals, but I can’t actually confirm that.  It’s definitely a luxury touch, but also an unnecessary one.  They’re much too bulky to actually use on an everyday basis, but I will definitely repurpose these for jewelry storage when traveling!  The lipstick is pretty standard and comes in a nice, mirrored tube.

Tarte-a-Tan Antioxidant Bronzing “Coco” Powder – $40 VMV Bronzer

This is a warm, medium bronze with a hint of gold micro-shimmer and is great for adding a bit of color to the face.  However, because of the shimmer and very warm tones, I wouldn’t recommend it for contouring.  The formula is nicely pigmented and quite buttery, but just a little powdery.  Be sure to tap any excess off your brush before applying and you’ll be good to go! (Swatched below.)

Skin Bloom Blush (Rosebud) – $40
VMV Blush
This is a gorgeous mid-toned, neutral, rose pink with micro-shimmer.  It’s definitely a shade that would flatter all skin tones!  Also slightly powdery and a little drier feeling than the bronzer, but this blush has great pigmentation and makes for the perfect natural flush.  While this shade is not completely dye-free, they do have others that are. (Swatched below.)

VMV B n B Swatches

Velvet Matte Lipstick (Babe) – $24
VMV Lipstick

How fun is this color?!  It’s a beautiful matte corally-pink that just screams SPRING!  In fact, it was my lipstick choice in my recent Top 5 Spring Lip Products video.  Although this is a matte lippy, the velvet part is what really stands out to me.  Unlike most matte lipsticks, it’s not at all drying and feels extremely creamy on the lips.  It also has really nice buildable coverage that helps prevent bright colors like this from getting too overwhelming.

VMV Lipstick Swatch

Overall, I’ve really been enjoying all of these products, although I’ll definitely get the most use out of the lipstick and the blush. They’re a little on the pricey side, but I’m happy to find a more natural, hypoallergenic brand that I like.

Have you ever tried anything from VMV Hypoallergenics?  Will you be trying them out in the future?

Best & Blessings,

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  Products were provided for my review & consideration.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest & my own.*

Ruth 2:12 | Daily Bible Weeks 11 & 12

Well, aren’t we just flying through the Old Testament?!  Once we got through all of the conquering and dividing of Joshua and Judges, we moved on to some of the fun, more hidden gems of the Old Testament like Ruth.  The book of Ruth is only a few short chapters, but it holds a great story of a devout Moabite woman who left her own family to follow her Israelite mother-in-law back to her tribe.  After the death of her husband, her mother-in-law Naomi urges her to return to her parents, but instead she replies, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16)  And so she is greatly blessed.

Ruth 2:12 | Daily Bible

“…May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” -Ruth 2:12

Throughout the series, I have mentioned many verses about how God will protect you and fight for you, so I thought this one was a wonderful addition to that theme.  Not only will He defend you and carry you through times of trial, but when you take refuge in Him, you will be blessed!  Like a parent who revels in her child’s need for her, God takes joy in our dependence on Him.  Because of our faith, we will not only experience blessings in this world, but we will receive the ultimate blessing of eternal life with our Heavenly Father and Christ Jesus!  And it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Best & Blessings,

Joshua 1:9 | Daily Bible Weeks 9 & 10

We caught up!  Hooray! And not only that, but we have successfully made it out of the laws!  Moses has now passed on, and Joshua has been chosen to lead God’s people to Jericho.  As they get ready to take the city, God constantly reassures him of His presence and power. I’ve read (probably on Pinterest) that the phrase “Do not be afraid” is stated 365 times throughout the Bible–a daily reminder that God has got your back. I’m pretty sure that most of them happen at the end of Deuteronomy and the beginning of Joshua, so if you’re ever having a worry-filled day, just pray over these pages.

Joshua 1:9 | Daily Bible

“…Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

I highlighted many verses just like this one throughout the week’s readings, but this one stood out to me for a few reasons.  Not only is God telling us not to be afraid, but He is telling us to be strong and courageous.  It’s not enough just to be unafraid.  He has laid out the most wonderful paths for our lives, and we have to walk them boldly and courageously for His glory!

And of course, I love the reassurance that God is with me wherever I go!  Even when things are looking a little bleak, God is there! He is waiting for you to turn to Him, to lean on Him, to help you grow in your faith.  When things are absolutely amazing, He is there! Allow Him to revel in the good moments with you too.  Praise Him for the wonderful blessings He has brought to your life!  He is always with you, encouraging you and leading you to the greatness He has planned, so let Him in and enjoy every moment, the good and the bad, with our Almighty God.

Best & Blessings,