Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Becca Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter

it's completely mindboggling to me... but, it's snowing here! the first snowstorm of the winter is happening... now. at the very end, when i was in a tank top bathing horses last week! hopefully, this will be the last hoorah and warm weather will be back after this week. at least the dogs are happy and loving the snow :D

i'm excited to share Becca Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter with you all! i ordered this bad boy as soon as it was available to me :D i adore powder highlighters, and this gorgeous limited edition one from Becca just had to be mine.

the packaging is absolutely delicious. a holographic purple box which contains the compact... which instead of traditional black Becca packaging, is shiny purple!

the product within the compact is a light shimmery purple/pink color with a textured pyramid designed imprinted... just so yummy!

despite being called Prismatic Amethyst, this highlighter leans more pink than purple. it is sheer yet buildable enough that you can go from a slight glow to a blinding, in your face, gleam. some people have described it as chalky... i don't find it to be that way, but it does kick up a lot of powder. however, all of my Becca highlighters kick up the same way... so i wasn't surprised, and while i would prefer they didn't, it doesn't bother me that much.

here's a look at it on my skin... it is SO difficult to photograph!

and here's one of the looks i used it for :) it's just so gorgeous! i love that's it's just a little different... not so out there that you feel you can't wear it on the daily, but enough that gives you special little edge. i personally always want my highlighter to walk into the room before i do, so i love all the shine on this baby!

Becca Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector retails for $38. you can get it at Sephora, Sephora.com, and BeccaCosmetics.com. i buy all my Becca from Sephora.com because of their $10 Flash Shipping, free samples, and eBates! however, there is an offer that comes up on Becca's website currently for you to save 20% off your first order if you sign up for their email... that's $7.60 off Prismatic Amethyst :D

what do you think of this purple highlighter? is it something you must have... or already grabbed? let me know!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pixi Double Cleanse

i took advantage of a break in the rain today to get to the barn and ride Tucker. i finally had the chance to ride bareback, too! i haven't been able to in ages, and he was so perfect which made the ride even better :) 

today i have Pixi Double Cleanse (press sample) to share with you all! it's Pixi's collaboration with Caroline Hirons, and the only skincare collaboration that was done :) 

Double Cleanse ($24) is jar that contains two products... one half is a solid cleansing oil, the other half a cleansing cream. 

the oil is great for makeup removal, then the cream after to remove excess oil and anything else left behind. i've found that i don't care for using the oil to remove mascara, it just doesn't break it up fast enough for me. however, i do like it for for breaking up and removing my face makeup! then, when you finish off with the cleansing cream, your face feels so nice and moisturized. however, some people might not like the feeling as you can still slightly feel the remnants of the oil which may feel too heavy. my only whine about it is because of my laziness... i don't like to use washcloths and it's recommended to use a damp washcloth to remove both products.

the solid cleansing oil half may remind you of Pixi's Nourishing Cleansing Balm (reviewed HERE). while both start solid and melt, they aren't the same! the cleansing oil breaks down more, so it's more liquid... and in my opinion, smells better :) i prefer the cleansing oil as melts more and just seems easier to use!

Pixi Double Cleanse retails for $24. you can find it and other Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

:: the indicated products were provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Pixi Press Sample Box... Upcoming Post Previews!

my birthday was yesterday! i'm officially 31... which i have to keep reminding myself because for some reason my brain has decided i'm 32. i know... it's weird :D i know some people are very secretive about their age, i couldn't care less. beauty has nothing to do with age, that's for sure!

today i wanted to share with you guys the amazing, super generous press sample kit Pixi recently sent over! i'm over the moon testing out all these new products, so i thought i'd give a little sneaky peek at what will be coming up on the blog :)

the press kit had all of their recent collaborations with well known beauty gurus :: ItsJudyTime, Aspyn Ovard, Caroline Hirons, and Maryam Maquillage. these collections are all available now!

the photos are actually of a tri-fold display, with the top and bottom pictures being the foldout sides of the middle one. although the photos not the quality i'd hoped for, i think you get a good idea of what's available!

hope you liked this tiny little look at what's new from Pixi!! what looks good to you?

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

:: the indicated products were kindly provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vendome Beaute Eye Shadow Three Well Palettes

i'm just loving this temperate weather in February! it's so lovely :) i haven't been out to the barn the past couple days though, Mr. Pawlish had the day off yesterday, and Mama Pawlish is sick :( i took her to the doctor yesterday... but they're just not sure what the issue is. i'm hoping she will be feeling better tomorrow so that i can go to work at the barn... but we'll see. i really hope she just feels better, period!!

i have a new brand to share with you guys! Vendome Beaute :) right now it's mostly eye shadows, but there are other products in the works. they were kind enough to send me five of their Three Well Palettes to try out and review!

the palettes are shiny black with Vendome Paris printed in metallic silver on the top. there are three magnetic wells inside, with tiny holes in the very back of the palette to make it easy to remove pans and swap them around!

here are the Three Well Palettes :)

i wasn't sure what to expect as these palettes are quite spendy at $75, and the individual shadows retail for $26. they are are really nice, though! they swatch fairly ewell, but go on the eye even better, are quite pigmented, and they blend SO easily. the ease of blending is definitely my favorite part as some shadows are very pigmented but don't want to blend together and stay harsh looking on the eye. Vendome Beaute Eye Shadow easily becomes a cohesive look!

i tried these both with a primer and without... they stayed perfect all day with the primer. without, there was very little creasing and fading... i was impressed! i was also impressed with how well the shadows actually applied to my lids without a primer, sometimes my lids are very cranky about taking shadow. i did put them over the slightest, slightest dusting of face powder :) they can be applied wet or dry... but i just used them dry. i can't think of a time i've ever used any eye shadow wet, actually... it's just not for me.

here they are all swatched out, no primer :) they are in the same order as the palettes are above!

pretty impressive with no primer, right??

last up... here's a look i did with some of the warmer colors! i got a lot of compliments on this look... the colors are so beautiful! all i have on my eyes is Vendome Beaute shadows, primer, and mascara.

you can buy Vendome Beaute products from their website, www.VendomeBeauteFrance.com; their Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/VendomeBeaute; and Amazon! you can also check them out on FacebookInstagram, and Linkedin :D

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

:: the indicated products were kindly provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pixi 24K Eye Elixir

today was absolutely lovely! it started out super cold but ended up being a really nice day to ride. my trainer and i took horses to a state park and worked them to get them more fit. i realized i am more fit than i thought i was... but nowhere near where i'd like to be! Tucker is also out of shape, so we will be doing conditioning work together :) we ended with a super fun, super fast gallop... i love to go fast, it's the best!

today i have Pixi 24K Eye Elixir (press sample) to share with you all! i've been using it for a couple months now, so i feel like i can really speak it its performance :)

24K Eye Elixir, an Energizing Peptide Serum, retails for $22. it's an eye treatment containing gold and collagen that removes puffiness and plump up fine lines... instead of a traditional cream, it's a clear liquid that is applied with a rollerball. i like the applicator, it's nice and cooling on your eye area. i've found that it definitely helps bring down the puffiness... almost instantly it seems like! while it helps right away, i haven't seen any long term effects, i still need to use it twice daily to keep my under eyes looking as good as possible. i follow the directions for under eyes about going from inner eye to outer, but i do go over it more times than they recommend... i prefer it to feel more cool and... producty feeling, i guess! i also do one roll right under my eyebrows to get that collagen in the upper eye area... can't hurt :) for my eyes 24K Eye Elixir alone is not moisturizing enough, so i use another eye cream over it at night. i love that i can use it under makeup and it doesn't roll up or get clumpy, it stays perfect... i've had a lot of trouble in the past with under eye products that don't play nice with makeup. i haven't decided quite yet whether i'll be purchasing this product after i run out... it goes on smoothly, but it does occasionally 'skip' and you have to roll it a bit more to get the serum flowing again. i just roll it against the inside of my nose until it gets going again... which is only a couple rolls. that's pretty much my only complaint about this product, actually :)

you can find Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!!

Happy Friday! Ria :)

:: the indicated products were kindly provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream

whew, the wind was howling all day here... i had to go to a doctor's appointment today and the wind was really pushing at the car! always feels so crazy when the wind is that strong. i'm hoping tomorrow will be nice so i can head over to the barn! it's looking like it might be windy tomorrow, too... i'm hoping it won't be, but we'll see :)

today i have Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream (press sample) to share with you all! it's the lighter night cream by Pixi... i reviewed their heavier duty, Nourishing Sleep Mask, HERE.

i love that this cream has a pump! pump's are absolutely my favorite dispenser for... pretty much anything :D this cream is lighter than the Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask, but still a very moisturizing lotion... i would definitely classify it as a lotion rather than a cream as it is fairly light. it feels really nice going and sinks into the skin. my favorite part about it is the scent. it's herbal and relaxing... exactly the type of smell that is perfect for bedtime. i prefer Sleep Cream over the Nourishing Sleep Mask because it's lighter... but the real clincher is the scent!

Pixi Beauty Sleep Cream retails for $24. you can find Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!!

Happy Monday! Ria :)

:: the indicated products were kindly provided to me for review. these are my honest opinions. ::

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask

today was super cold... just like yesterday. i worked at the barn all day yesterday and had quite enough of it, so i stayed home today! boy, do i miss the warm weather from earlier this week. i used the time to get lots of photography done for the blog :)

today i'm going to share Pixi's Nourishing Sleep Mask with you all! i've received a lot of Pixi for review lately (which will be reviewed over the coming weeks), but i purchased the Nourishing Sleep Mask myself :) it's a cream in a squeeze tube that you leave on overnight for extra moisturization!'

the Nourishing Sleep Mask ($22) is thick and very moisturizing, more so than an average night cream. however, it does sink into the skin and doesn't stay all oily feeling! that's important to me, i really hate that greasy feeling on my skin. you can use this product every night if you have very dry skin, or simply use it whenever you feel you need it. i generally use it between 1-3 times a week, depending on how my skin did during the day... sometimes my skin gets really flaky and gross on the chin (what a pretty thought!) which means i'll definitely be using it that night! i did use it every night at first, but my skin does okay with switching it out with a lighter moisturizer :D it does claim to have some anti-aging benefits, mostly it helps  the skin stay plump and firm... which makes it look younger. i'm definitely happy with how my skin is looking these days, but in fairness i do use a lot of products! it doesn't claim to reduce fine lines or wrinkles... but i swear my fine lines and forehead wrinkle are looking better... not sure whether it's from this product or not. i suspect it's from a combination of products... but my lines did seem to fill up more after starting to use Pixi night skin care. do keep in mind that it's not claiming to be an aggressively anti-aging product, and don't expect miracles... but i definitely think most people will notice nicely moisturized, happy skin if nothing else :)

you can find Pixi products at Target stores, www.Target.com, and www.PixiBeauty.com!!

Happy Friday! Ria :)