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5 Beauty Products I’m Thankful For In 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope all of you are enjoying this day and it’s a day of rest and enjoyment. I was thinking about some beauty MVP’s in my makeup collection and boiled all my favorites down to a list of 5 beauty products I’m thankful for in 2015.

5 Beauty Products I'm Thankful For In 2015

These products have pulled through again and again and proved that they are truly awesome and worthy of holy grail status.

Paula’s Choice Skincare

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Before I tried Paula’s Choice, I had my doubts. Major doubts. Paula and I have a difference of opinion on blue eyeshadow, so I wasn’t quite sure what to think of her skincare products. And then I tried them and my skin has never looked better. I’m so in love and am ready to place an order yet again, this time for the RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA. There’s an amazing Cyber Monday deal coming – I’ll post links soon!

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation

Review Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

This new foundation rocks my world!!! The coverage is incredible, it’s weightless, blendable, buildable, and looks so great in photos. It’s something you have to try!

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist 

For $3, you won’t get a better beauty bargain. I love the way this makes my makeup stay on my face and looking fresh for hours. In fact, I like it more than more expensive versions that are available!

Lush Lemony Flutter

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter Review

Lush Lemony Flutter is the product I rely on to keep my nails looking their best. I’m serious about my cuticle care situation, and this not only smells delightful, it delivers big results.

NYC Grand Central Station

I have recommended this $2 top coat to so many people and am constantly stocking up on fresh bottles because it’s literally the best top coat of all time ever. All time ever! Ever! Not only does it dry in a minute or so, the glossy effect remains for days.

What beauty products are you thankful for this year? I’d love to know! 


Makeup Of The Day 170 With Smashbox Cosmetics

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It’s a Happy Thanksgiving makeup of the day! Thank you all so much for being such amazing readers – I treasure you and wish everyone a lovely, restful day.

I’m slightly obsessed with the Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set I reviewed yesterday. It’s pretty amazing and every single product in the set is fantastic!

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Makeup Inspiration

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The Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set Is Gorgeous Giftable Beauty

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If you are in the midst of making Christmas lists and checking them twice, I highly suggest adding the Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set as a gift idea for any makeup lover in your life.

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Christmas Gift

I’m currently working on a Holiday shopping gift guide, and in the meanwhile I’m taking the time to highlight the products on said guide individually. I have to say this Smashbox set is not only a great value, it’s one of my favorites.

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio

At $29, the Smashbox Art.Love.Color Studio Set is an excellent value and you must snap it up! Why? Full sizes! Awesome products!

Review Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio

Compactly and cleverly contained in an artfully designed plastic tube that you can use to store your makeup brushes, this set contains 5 Smashbox full and luxury sample-sized products that are valued at $79. The mascara and lipstick are full sizes, which is enough to make me entirely impressed with the set. The contents of this set are:

Full Exposure Mascara – a favorite that will keep your lashes looking lush.

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Full Exposure Mascara
Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose (mauve pink)

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Lipstick Swatches
Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Disco Rose (rich rose)

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Lipstick
Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Spectral

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Eyeshadow Swatches 2
Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Callback

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Eyeshadow Swatches 1

The eyeshadows are highly pigmented and easy to blend. The Be Legendary Lipsticks are some of my favorite luxury lip colors, so the inclusion of the lipstick and lip gloss in such pretty colors makes them a must grab, in my opinion. Combined, the colors in this set make for lovely makeup looks!

Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Makeup Inspiration

My Final Thoughts: The Smashbox Art. Love. Color. Pop Studio Set is one of several similarly priced sets from Smashbox that are perfectly giftable for any makeup love on your list … yourself included!

Rating: A+

Price: $29

Availability: Beauty.com, Ulta

Cruelty-free? No


I’m Holiday Party Ready With New Boots From Famous Footwear

Famous Footwear is helping me get my Holiday wardrobe going, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the shoes I’ve recently added to my collection.

Famous Footwear

Now, I need to tell you about these boots. Yes, these boots are fabulous! But first, a little bit of back story.

Famous Footwear #ohsofamous

Over the last 3 years I’ve lost an amount of weight that is more than my 8 year old son’s current weight. I’m about 2/3 of the way towards my goal and not quite ready to reveal the exact amount, but needless to say, it’s a significant amount!

Famous Footwear Boots

Because of the weight loss, I’ve found myself having to upgrade my entire wardrobe, which really isn’t a bad thing at all! I’m tossing clothes that don’t fit and letting go of pieces I really should have said “sayonara” to a long while ago. It’s not just my waistline that’s changed, my feet have gone down in size making it a really good reason to go shoe shopping!

Life Stride Women's X-Marvelous Boot Famous Footwear

And it’s the perfect season – I was looking for THE perfect boot I could wear in a variety of situations – not only while out and about, but also something I could wear at some upcoming Holiday parties that are on my agenda. That was fulfilled with the Life Stride X-Marvelous Boot in Tan. 

Life Stride Women's X-Marvelous Boot Review

With the Holiday season happening, I really wanted a pair of tan boots because they are incredibly versatile and can be used with a wide variety of outfits and circumstances. My standard Holiday season outfit is a black wrap dress and a pair of boots just makes it all come together. Accessorize it up with the perfect statement necklace, and I’m done! The Life Stride X-Marvelous boots are comfortable, stylish, and I’ve already received a ton of compliments on them. Plus, I love the attention to detail in this boot!

Life Stride Women's X-Marvelous Boot Detail

Famous Footwear has been one of my go-to shoe shops for quite some time. I love the quality and selection of name brands, and the prices are just right. Plus, I can always find size 10 shoes in the styles I love!  While I was searching for boots, I was also looking for a great new pair of shoes for the gym.

Nike Women's Flex Experience RN 4 Prem Running Shoe in GreySunset Glow 1

I was looking for something cute that would help my jogging game. You’re supposed to change your running shoes every six months, and mine current pair are way past that date!

Nike Women's Flex Experience RN 4 Prem Running Shoe in GreySunset Glow

I purchased the Nike Women’s Flex Experience RN 4 Prem Running Shoe in Grey/Sunset Glow in Tan, which are not only cute, but extremely comfortable and functional.

Nike Women's Flex Experience RN 4 Prem Running Shoe in GreySunset Glow Sole

See, so cute?

Nike Women's Flex Experience RN 4 Prem Running Shoe in GreySunset Glow Review

I ended up purchasing the shoes online and have to say the experience was great. I made a small mistake and had to call customer service on a Saturday afternoon, which was fantastic and my problem was resolved quickly.


For more style and shoe ideas, check out the #ohsofamous style gallery on Instagram and Twitter for inspiration and see what other Famous Footwear lovers are wearing. Tag your #ohsofamous shoe posts for the chance to be featured on the gallery!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Makeup Of The Day 169 With ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners

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ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners are a lot of fun to play with. Here’s the details on a look created with these new products along with some favorites from Makeup Geek and Sugarpill.

ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners Makeup Inspiration

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Let’s Swatch And Review Some Of The New ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners

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It’s been a great couple of months for beauty products, including the ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners, which are a brand new addition to one of my favorite online beauty brands. 

ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners

Priced at $5 for the Liners and $6 for the Colours, I ordered a few of each to test the waters and see if they’re worth stocking up on. I can’t ever resist a gel liner!

Review ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners

Here’s ColorPop Creme Gel Colours in Exit (matte white) and Get Paid (shimmery copper).

ColourPop Creme Gel Colours Review

I’m wearing Get Paid right smack dab in the middle of my eyelid, and Exit on the lower lash line.

Makeup Geek Cherry Cola Sugarpill Goldilux and ColourPop Get Paid Gel Colour

The Colours are not the easiest to work with and dry extremely fast giving you a limited amount of time to successfully apply them. However, I’ve been playing around with both Get Paid and  and have found three saving graces:

1. The ColourPop Gel Colours apply best with a brush and can be blended out.

2. They work really well as a waterline liner, and last until they are removed.

3. These gels work really well as stand alone colors, but you can also add eyeshadow on top.

With that in mind, I have to say I find the ColourPop Creme Gel Liners a lot more agreeable and easier to work with.

ColourPop Creme Gel Liners Review

The four liners I ordered include 2 matte and 2 shimmery colors: Get Paid (shimmery copper), Show Off (shimmery bronze), Timber (matte grey), and DTLA (matte navy).

ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners Swatches

I’m wearing Get Paid on my lower lashline in this photo:

ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners Eyeshadow Inspiration

The shimmery colors are softer than the mattes, but I’ve found both apply evenly and smoothly. They are a bit fragile and I’ve experienced tip breakage with all of the colors, but I’ve found that to be par for the course with twist up liners in general.

Swatches ColourPop Creme Gel Liners

All of the colors have a nice amount of pigmentation and I’m impressed with the fact that they last a long time when I wear them out and about. While I don’t think I’ll pick up more of the Colours, I’ll definitely order some more Liners.

My Final Thoughts: ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners aren’t the be all, end all when it comes to gel products, but they are a pretty good value for their low price point. The ColourPop Creme Gel Colours are a bit difficult to work with, and I’ve found they are best applied with an eyeshadow brush.

ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners Review Painted Ladies

Rating: Colours, C; Liners, B+

Price: $5- 6

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

My Instagram LIfe, 11-22-2015

Happy Sunday! Here’s a look at what happened on the blog and behind the scenes last week, as seen on Instagram!

The glass containers in the $1 and $3 section at Target are adorable and irresistible.

Target Dollar Section Glass Containers

My first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, and it’s a must have.

Charlotte Tilbury 1975 Red

Three cheers for the best makeup remover wipe of all time!

Neutrogena Facial Wipes

As a coffee lover, I can certify that these cupcakes are some of the cutest I’ve ever seen.

Starbucks Cupcakes

Review and swatches of the Ofra Cosmetics and Dupethat highlighter in You Dew You, perfect for strobing!

Strobing With Ofra Cosmetics You Dew You

When the Makeup Geek new and reformulated matte eyeshadows were released, I couldn’t resist!

Makeup Geek Matte Eyeshadows

A simple and pretty makeup look created with the Makeup Geek matte eyeshadows.

Makeup Geek Matte Eyeshadows Review

It was one of those nights I was hit with creative inspiration right round midnight.


This mask from StriVectin is oh so much fun, and makes my skin radiant!

StriVectin Oxygen Mask

A throwback to a favorite eyeshadow look from a few months ago featuring ColourPop Chipper.

ColourPop Chipper

My picks for the 7 best luxury lipsticks.

Luxury Lipstick

Here’s to a blessed week and thankful week! 

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Charlotte Tilbury, LORAC, Sephora, Hourglass and Avon

Happy Sunday!

Here’s a look at what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition discussed in the world of beauty this week.



Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Is My Current Favorite Scalp Soother

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By the end of the Summer months, my hair is in need of some serious soothing and gentle care. I was glad to have the opportunity to review Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, two products that promised to give my hair the soothing and care it deserves.

Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner sounds like a funny choice for someone who has a head full of curls, but I have noticed areas of my hair that need help in the volume department, especially around my hairline. Is it hormones? I’m not sure, but I’m up for trying anything that promises to put some oomph back into my tresses. Also, after a Summer filled with outdoor activities, anything to refresh my hair’s vibrancy is a must.

Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner are formulated to clean your hair, stimulate your hair folicles, and overall revitalize your hair. The key ingredients of Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner include Ginseng Root Extract, Menthol, Peppermint Oil and Hydrolized Soy Protein to promote thicker, voluminous hair.


More than anything, my often itchy scalp really appreciates the soothing qualities of the peppermint and menthol. To get the maximum benefits from the shampoo, Keranique recommends letting the shampoo remain on your hair for a minute or two before rinsing.

Now, for the results! So, have I noticed a tremendous amount of volume? I’ve been using Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner as my main shampoo and conditioner for a month and I honestly cannot say that I notice any kind of dramatic change or improvement in the volume of my hair.

Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner

My Final Thoughts: Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner is a nice set of products that make my scalp feel incredibly soothed, gives shine, and does not weigh down my hair at all. However, I can’t say these products are my new go-to’s for adding volume by any means.

Rating: B

Price: $49 for both the shampoo and conditioner.

Availability: keranique.com

7 Best Luxury Lipstick Picks

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Before I spent over $20 on a lipstick, I did not understand the purpose or function of spending over $20 on a lipstick. A lipstick is a lipstick, right? Well, kind of. It was love at first swipe when I tried my first luxury lipstick, and through the years I’ve found several that have become favorites. In fact, I have 7 best luxury lipstick picks to share with you.

Best Luxe Lipstics Painted Ladies

What separates a luxury lipstick from your typical, ordinary, non-luxe lip color? From the ingredients to chic packaging, there’s a bit of boost that give luxury lipsticks their name and reputation.

7 Best Luxury Lipstick Picks

There’s a lot of special attention paid to these tubes filled with color. The cases are sleek and sophisticated.

7 Best Luxury Lipsticks

Most often, luxury lipsticks include Shea Butter, Mango Seed Oil, and other nourishing ingredients that lend a difference in texture, pigmentation, and the general wear time of the lipstick.

Best Luxury Lipsticks

The quality of lipsticks in general has vastly improved in the last few years. In my experience, the main quality luxury lipsticks offer is a smooth texture along with longer wear time as opposed to non-luxury lipsticks. You kind of just have to feel them for yourselves to understand how they vary. They might look innocent enough, but you know the difference upon first swipe.

7 Best Luxury Lipsticks Review

It was hard narrowing down my favorites, but I took a second to pick out the 7 luxury lipsticks that have won my heart. Let’s take a closer look at my picks!

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