Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pixi Fairy Dust Favourites in Metallic Warmth & Endless Silky Eye Pen in Opal Overcoat

i wanted to go to the mall, the grocery store, and the barn today. i only made it to the mall... and i didn't even go to that many stores! the mall is kind of like a black hole i think... you walk in knowing exactly what stores you want to go to. then it turns into, just one more, just one more... and then it's been like five hours, you've had lunch, and it's time you have to go home and take care of your dogs! i got some great deals, but i wish i had gotten to the grocery store as well at least. Christmas is flying at us!

i have two more great products from Pixi to share today... which can help you finish your Christmas list! (these products are press samples, kindly provided to me for review). the block of Fairy Dust Favourites in Metallic Warmth is five pigments that are vibrant, saturated jewel tones. the Endless Silky Eye Pen in Opal Overcoat is a new color to Pixi's eyeliner collection, it's an ultra-warm pink that looks peach in some lighting!

here's a look at Metallic Warmth!

only the top jar in the block has its own lid, all the other jars make the lid for the jar below it. that's a con in that it makes it impossible to take just one, but the pro is it makes storage easier as it all stays together in the block!

here they are swatched, dry with no primer or base product!

the Fairy Dust Favourites in Metallic Warmth are all shimmers, the black is the only one which has actual glittery bits in it though. the texture of them all is super light and fluffy, and you only need a tiny bit to get opaque color! they can be used wet or dry, but remember my swatches are dry with no primer :)

next up, the Endless Silky Eye Pen in Opal Overcoat!

and the eyeliner itself...

it's so pretty! 

Pixi's Endless Silky Eye Pen are some of my favorite eyeliners... they don't budge! you can search up in the top left corner and all my posts on them will come up... i believe there are quite a few. this color can be used as an inner corner or brow highlight, and when you use it as eyeliner it makes you instantly look more awake. it's pretty magical! it's totally a color i would use on my lips as well, so, bonus :D

you can find Pixi products at Target stores,, and!!

currently is having a free gift which gives you their Moisturizing Cleansing Cloths with a $75 purchase... you just have to click the free gift button at checkout. make sure to subscribe to their emails, i'm thinking they're going to keep having deals over Christmas... even if they don't, they do have specials throughout the year!

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Pixi Palette Rosette & Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red

how are y'all coming along with your Christmas shopping? i've got a long ways to go! of course, i'm sharing some things this week that make great presents... and also great lovelies to get for yourself :)

Pixi was kind enough to send over their Palette Rosette, and i paired it with their Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red (also a press sample). these make a great Christmas look... or you can take a red lip in any direction with the palette! 

packaging of the Palette Rosette ($28)... 

and here's a good look at the colors... they're just gorgeous!

i swatched everything on my arm... these swatches are just the product by itself, no primer and i didn't wet them!

Pixi Palette Rosette is one of those makeup palettes which can cover your every need for color on your face. it has a bronzer, a blush, a highlighter, eight eyeshadows, and three brow powders. this means you would only need base makeup (foundation, concealer...) and mascara if you're traveling light! the face powders are my favorites... they are pigmented and apply smoothly... plus the colors are gorgeous. the highlighter is absolutely stunning. cool-toned light pink, it just looks like an icy gleam on the cheek. honestly... i would probably pay the $28 for just it by itself! (i have paid more than $28 for similar products, actually). i like that there are three different brow powders, so you can mix up your own perfect match. they aren't very pigmented, but i don't wanted something super pigmented for brows. if i use a super pigmented brow powder, i generally end up with Groucho Marx eyebrows, which is not a look i personally like! the eyeshadows are nice, not quite as pigmented as i'd like them to be, but still very pretty. like a lot of shimmers, if you keep adding more colors and blending, it mostly blends into one color. i do wish there was more than one matte, that would help a lot!! all in all, this is definitely a great palette for travelling and an easy all-in-one for the daily :)

next up... Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red ($12)

here's a swatch!

the Mattelustre Lipstick in Classic Red is so pretty. to me it's not what i think of as a classic red... it's more of a bright, corally type red. it applies easily and is comfortable to wear... i really don't think it gives off a matte vibe, at least on me! it's pretty stable; you don't have to wear lipliner with it if you don't want to, which is nice as many reds can be pretty tricky.

here's the look i came up with for this post :D

you can find Pixi products at Target stores,, and!!

currently is having a free gift which gives you their Moisturizing Cleansing Cloths with a $75 purchase... you just have to click the free gift button at checkout. make sure to subscribe to their emails, i'm thinking they're going to keep having deals over Christmas... even if they don't, they do have specials throughout the year!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

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

Friday, December 16, 2016

Remington Anywhere Hair Coil Elastics

this has been a tough few months, i'm telling ya. the result on my doggie's biopsy came back as cancer... but hopefully, the doctor got everything out with the lump and it won't come back! i'm trying to stay positive, but obviously, that wasn't the result i was hoping for. the next day Brother Pawlish called to let us know he was leaving the country for his deployment... it was just too much to happen in such a short time. BUT! i'm keeping my chin up and trying to smile through it all. if you're having a rough Christmastime too, please know that i love you and i'm praying for all of us :)

on to something much happier i found at Walmart a couple weeks ago and have been testing out! these Remington Coil Elastics from their Anywhere Hair collection really caught my attention right away... they look so cute, and the fact they're plastic and a new shape made me hopeful that they would stay in my hair better than traditional twisties. i've heard a few beauty vloggers talk about these coil twisties, their benefit is supposed to be that they don't leave dents in your hair once you take it down from the up-do. they look like an old school telephone cord (which some of you reading this may have no idea what i'm even talking about!) or exactly like a coil keychain bracelet. these are actually billed as hair and wrist elastics... which makes me think someone threw up their hair with a coil keychain, and an idea was born!

the packaging...

there are two different color sets... once i realized how much i love these, i went ahead and bought the pack in the photographs. the other set has different pinks and purples! 

here's another look at the twisties themselves.

i love these for my hair! they stay in, lock in my style, and make my bun or ponytail feel much lighter somehow than when i make them with a traditional twisty. if you have very slick hair, i think these may not work as well for you... but they are pretty inexpensive, so in my opinion they are worth a shot! Mama Pawlish doesn't like them as well as i do... they do not hold your hair as tightly as a traditional twisty, so you will get a looser look with them. she feels they slip through her hair too easily as well. i don't experience that... i'm using these pretty much exclusively these days, even when i make my tiny bun for just under the bottom of my riding helmet. and that stays, too! as for the dents... i've never had a huge problem with dents in my hair, but these certainly don't seem to make them. since it's a bit more loose, i think that the giant bump you can get from switching from your hair up to your hair down is less. but i really don't wear my hair down (i even sleep with it up!). so, this is just experience from looking at it right after i take my hair down, brush it, check it out... then put it up again!

finishing off with a close-up look :D

i've only seen these in-store at Walmart, for less than $3... if i see them in other colors i'm going to buy those, too! Remington also makes the coil elastics in a larger size with a much smaller, tighter coil... since i have very thin, fine hair, i don't think those would work as well for me. i have yet to see those in person! i can't seem to find these babies online... so check your local Walmart :)

Happy Friday! Ria :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Revlon Gold Series Dual Ended Nail Clip

my doggie Jasper had to have surgery today to remove a big lump from his leg and get his teeth Xrayed and cleaned. he's come through fine and his teeth are in good shape, even though they don't look that great... but now they're super clean! i'm still praying that the results on the biopsy of the lump come back clean... but it's off now and it won't be bothering him anymore! he had started to fuss with it and our vet said it needed to come off as soon as possible yesterday... and they had an opening for today. so, we got it done! i'm so glad it's taken care of :) now to keep a big dog from running, jumping, and playing for over a week... yeahhhh. we'll do our best!

i have the Dual End Nail Clip from the Revlon Gold Series to share with you all today! i saw this in CVS and bought it immediately... i have never seen a nail clipper with a straight edge before and it needed to be mine :D

the Gold Series products are titanium coated... which really doesn't matter to me. frankly, i would be just as happy with stainless steel! as this is the Dual Ended Nail Clip, one side clips a curved nail, and one side clips a straight nail. it's super easy to use... you just flip it over, and they work like traditional nail clippers!

i have to say... i'm sold on having straight nail clippers! it only makes sense for toenails as almost everyone wears those straight, and curved clippers make getting that nice straight line difficult. i generally wear my fingernails straight as well these days, so i was interested in these for that application as well. and i LOVE using a straight edge clipper! it makes it so easy to get that crisp, flat top to your nail. why aren't there more of these on the market??

now... my little complaint. i wish these were only one-sided... while you're using them, the handle on the other side can slip off. this is super annoying because you have to hold onto that part to actually use them. i can (and will!) deal with this because i'm so in love with the rest of the tool. and, because it's double-sided with two different clip options, it's a great travel tool.

here's what makes me know it's the best i've ever used... i haven't used anything else on my fingernails or toenails since i bought it!!

i would definitely buy straight edge clippers in both fingernail and toenail sizes... pleaseeee Revlon? Revlon is my fave brand for nail care tools... beating out other, more expensive brands. i know they would make this tool right :D

you can Revlon at so many places :: drugstores, Target, Walmart, my very dear love Ulta, and way more.

hope you're all having wonderful weeks... and hey, you're halfway to Friday! 

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Pixi #FlawlessInFive

i can't even believe it's December :O i feel like i'm just sitting behind the eight ball with all i have to do before next year. i've just got to pull it together, man :D tricks like what i have to show you today from Pixi are definitely a big help when i feel like a chicken running around with my head cut off!

these four products from Pixi are all the color cosmetics you need to go #FlawlessInFive! (all four are press samples, kindly provided to me for review). i chose to add foundation and powder under them, but you certainly can skip that step to truly be ready in about five minutes :)

here's a close up of the products!

the only products you need are ::
  • Lengthy Fiber Mascara, $16
  • Shea Butter Lip Balm, $8 (Ripe Raspberry)
  • Endless Brow Gel Pen, $11 (Medium)
  • Endless Silky Eye Pen, $12 (Graphic Greige)

(all these can be searched in the bar at that top of the blog to find out more info! make sure to simply search the product name and not the individual color as some will have multiple posts come up!)

let me tell you, boy was i unconvinced that a look could be pulled together without blush. however... it definitely worked and brightened up my face without looking like i was missing something! i would generally go ahead and add a blush as blush is one of my very fave products... but it definitely isn't necessary for this look.

the ONLY color cosmetics i have on other than my foundation base are these four products in the photos below :D

seriously, how gorgeous is that Lengthy Fiber Mascara?!?!

you can find Pixi products at Target stores,, and!!

Happy Monday! Ria :)

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Laura Geller :: Screaming Good Cyber Monday Deal!

i had to get this up for you guys as i was just able to take advantage of it! has 45% off a $100+ purchase with code MONDAY45... and a free brush with every order... PLUS free shipping at $50+ :D

here's the email where i found out about it...

i grabbed their Highlighter Haven which is a $104 value for $85 (it contains all four colors of their Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators), and a Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner ($18) in Spice, which is a brand new shade! Laura's Pout Perfection lipliners are up there in my top faves... they really stay put!! this put me over the $100 threshold, (by $3!!!) so i got my 45% off and free shipping and free brush and tiny foil sample of a primer. with tax it came to $62.83, which basically means i got two highlighters and half a lipliner free :D

so guys, RUN don't WALK!!! it ends tonight at 11:59ET!!!!!

Happy Cyber Monday Shopping! Ria :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Few Black Friday Deals! (Orly, Avon, PUR...)

i hope you are all having a good week! i can't believe it's already Thanksgiving here in the US... the year has really slipped by. Mr. Pawlish, Mama Pawlish and i are all going to church to have Thanksgiving dinner... they host a free community wide one. it's so lovely to have somewhere to go when you don't have family to get together with <3

i don't think this post will really apply to anybody that's not in the US, so i apologize for that! i do have a few Black Friday beauty deals i got sent deets about that i just had to share. i'm not familiar with all of these brands, but i wanted to share the huge sales and deals in case you guys are already fans... or have been looking to give them a try :) for a huge list of Black Friday deals, please check out she is my go to place to find the scoop on deals year round!!

first set of brands i got sent the deets on...

1. ORLY - Shop Like a PRO
Black Friday (through the end of the weekend): Up to 40% off Colors - Lacquer / Epix / Breathable
Cyber Monday: Up to 40% off Treatments
Free shipping over $35, as always, on

Black Friday through midnight Sunday (27th) : Free Full Size Atmosphere Protection Cream + Travel Size Sea Minerals with purchase of $135 or more
Free shipping over $50, as always, on

12am PST, Nov. 21st through 11:59pm, Nov. 28th (Monday to Monday)
Everything on the site is 40% off
Free shipping over $30, as always, on

...and the second set!

Avon – Stock up on all of Avon’s staple products from Color and Fragrance, to Skincare and Jewelry too!
·         Black Friday: From Thursday 11/24 through Saturday 11/26 receive free shipping on all orders, 20% off a $45 purchase, and receive a free Tote Bundle with a $60 purchase after discount
·         Cyber Monday: From Sunday 11/27 through Tuesday 11/29 receive free shipping on all orders, 20% of a $45 purchase, and receive a free Makeup Bag Bundle with a $60 purchase after discount
·         12 Days of Deals: Each day from 11/30 through 12/11, receive amazing Avon products with your purchase. Some gifts include a perfume with any $45 purchase, Anew Ultimate Supreme Performance Cream with a $45 purchase, and a makeup palette with any $60 purchase!
·         Where to purchase:

Rituals – For New Yorkers or anyone visiting the city over the holiday weekend, Rituals is opening their 10thNYC store on Black Friday! Located at 489 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, discover a wide range of luxury home and cosmetics products, including body care, skin care, fine fragrance, mineral makeup, and scented candles and diffusers. Each product is inspired by an Ancient Eastern tradition or ritual that transforms your everyday routines into more meaningful moments.
·         Black Friday: Take 20% off on everything in the shop and be sure to stop by as they are giving away special prizes all day long.

Robin McGraw Revelation –Have your own Revelation with any of Robin McGraw’s products during her “Spend More, Save More” campaign during the holiday weekend. Choose from her fun-filled Me O’ My and brand new Luxury Skincare Collections and discover ways to live a more beautiful, happy and healthy lifestyle!
·         Black Friday and Cyber Monday: From 11/25 through 11/28 the “Spend More, Save More” campaign includes:
o   $5 off of $50 or more
o   $15 off of $100 or more
o   $50 off of $250 or more
·         Where to purchase:

PUR Cosmetics – Be sure to grab the best PUR has to offer during their holiday season promotions. Known globally for intelligent beauty solutions, PUR’s signature complexion, skincare, and on-trend color products provide immediate flawless results that nourish and improve the skin over time.
·         Black Friday: Early Black Friday BOGO sale begins 11/17 and includes a site-wide buy one get one deal on all items excluding kits and palettes
          On 11/25 only the entire website is 20% off
·         Cyber Monday: On 11/28 only the entire website is 20% off
·         12 Days of Deals: Promotion begins 12/2 and lasts through 12/13
·         Where to purchase:

Happy Wednesday!! Ria :)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pixi Rose Oil Blend

today was another sunny day in the 60sF... which to me means... tank top weather for riding :D i fully recognize that low 60sF for most would not = tank top time... but i just get so hot when i'm working horses. and i can't tell you how happy i was that the sun was out... Tucker (the horse i lease) was super happy, too. which means... he ran around like a lunatic and didn't want to let me catch him in his pasture! it ended up taking two of us to catch that silly boy :)

i've got another Pixi Skintreat to share with you all today... this one is their Rose Oil Blend! (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). as you might have surmised from the name... it's an oil :D this one is a facial oil which targets keeping your skin looking youthful and elastic. the packaging is a glass bottle, i love that it gives you the option of using a regular top or a dropper! i prefer the dropper as it gives you so much control over how much product you dispense.

while this oil may be a blend of rose and pomegranate... the only scent i smell is rose, and it's quite strong. at first i wasn't sure how i felt about it... but the scent doesn't linger on the face, so for me it's not a problem :)  i use this Rose Oil Blend under my moisturizer, so it's my second to last step of my nightly skincare routine. the oil doesn't sink into my skin until morning, there is no way for me to use it in the morning unless i'm just hanging around the house! i still haven't decided if it has quite enough hydration for my skin in winter... sometimes i wake up with a touch of flakiness on my chin, sometimes i don't have it! 

one thing i love about it is that since it's an oil, it's also great for your cuticles. sometimes i have enough left over after smoothing it on my face and neck, and sometimes i add a few drops to my fingertips and rub it into my cuticles... they are so busted and dry now that it's cold. it's an easy addition to just moisturizing my hands at night :D

Pixi Rose Oil Blend retails for $24. you can find it and other Pixi products at Target stores,, and!!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm

had a great jumping lesson today... thank goodness, really made up for last weeks tomfoolery! the weather here is being super weird, warm one day, cold the next. my allergies wish it would just pick one... and i wish it would pick warm :D

today we're checking out Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm (press sample, kindly provided to me for review). it's a face cleanser that also removes makeup, including mascara!

Nourishing Cleansing Balm starts out as a solid, but starts melting as soon as it makes contact with your skin. once you've rubbed it around your fingers, it will completely turn into an oil. you simply rub it all over your face to remove dirt and makeup... for mascara, i leave it on for a little bit to let it break down then gently rub over it. you can use a towel to remove it, i prefer to use a facial towelette, though! a little bit goes a long way, so there is a learning curve on how much you will need. i'm not a huge fan of using cleansing oils, but this one works really well if that is your cleanser/makeup remover preference! it's a great choice for people with dry skin as it IS an oil (almond oil) and contains shea butter :) it does have an odd smell to me... kind of citrus... kind of something else. this is one you might one to sniff in store, i think you will be able to get a hint of the scent through the jar. i'm ULTRA weird about smells, though!

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm retails for $20. you can find it and other Pixi products at Target stores,, and!!

Happy Tuesday! Ria :)

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Benefit Moisture Prep Toning Lotion

and finally, she returns... again. it's been quite tough for my family here lately. one of the Pawlish Brothers deployed, then a little over twelve hours later my Nonna (Mama Pawlish's mom), died. her death was really unexpected and shocked us all... and i've kind of been sitting around, imitating a couch cushion trying to process things. i so appreciate all of you who stick with me through all of my irregular posting issues!! <3

i love Benefit's skincare... it's definitely one of my favorite brands i've tried and always have at least one of their products in my rotation. their Moisture Prep Toning Lotion is a moisturizing toner that not only hydrates skin but also helps other products to be absorbed into the skin better! it also smells fantastic... not overly perfumed, just smelling it makes me feel so happy :) i'm obviously terrible at describing smells... this is one you'll have to sniff in-store probably to make sure it works for you.

now that winter is here, my skin needs the little extra bump of moisture this product gives to keep me from getting flaky skin. since i use a lot of harsh products in order to keep my acne and oiliness (not to mention fend off fine lines and wrinkles), my skin is a lot more dry than it used to be in certain places. for some reason, my chin seems to bear the brunt of this! i will be using this product in the morning under my daytime moisturizer. it will be the first thing i put on, all i do in the morning is splash water on my face to rinse off the night's products... my face doesn't need soap in the morning, that absolutely does dry it out! i've been using it on and off for a couple years now and have no complaints. i do wish it was a bit cheaper... however, with skincare, i believe in paying for quality!

this product retails for $30 and you can find it where ever Benefit products are sold... i almost always get mine from Ulta :D THIS is the direct link to Moisture Prep Toning Lotion on Benefit's website, where it is also available for purchase!

i'm not going to make promises about how well i'll do with posting... i want to go back to posting regularly... but i just don't know! last month was so terribly difficult, and pretty shattering at the end, but i'm going to do all i can to make November better :D i hope that you all have a wonderful November, too!!

Happy Wednesday! Ria :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

China Glaze Seas and Greetings Press Release

i have a little sneak peek press release of this year's China Glaze's holiday collection for you all today :) i love that yet again, China Glaze has chosen to go somewhere unexpected and interested with their collection... brights and neons! i am SO happy to see something different than 12 different shades of red. not that those aren't nice collections... but when every brand trots them out, you feel a bit bored. this collection is not boring! you will see some old faves in here and some new ones available just in the collection. hope you are having a wonderful week!


China Glaze® Celebrates the Holidays Seaside

Tis the sea-sun for holiday cheer! This year China Glaze® takes you on a tropical escape away from the traditional snowy winter climate and wishes you Seas and Greetings. The chill vibe of this collection has nothing to do with weather and everything to do with attitude. Winter gets warmed up as faded ocean blues and weathered seashell pinks capture the relaxed feel of a day at the beach, while sparkling glitters and shimmers add a classic holiday touch.

China Glaze® Seas and Greetings includes:
  • Snow Way!* – Iridescent white shimmer
  • Sand in My Mistletoes* – Peachy nude crème
  • Eat, Pink, Be Merry – Sweet rose pink shimmer
  • Warm Wishes* – Watermelon crème
  • Tis the Sea-Sun – Coral crème
  • The More the Berrier – Metallic magenta
  • Seas and Greetings – Iridescent amethyst
  • Let’s Shell-ebrate – Purple and gold confetti glitter
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Starfish* – Holographic gold green glitter
  • Partridge in a Palm Tree – Aqua green
  • Joy to the Wave – Shimmering serene blue
  • Good Tide-ings – Cool blue lavender

(*Also available in Gelaze® Gel-n-Base in One™ formula exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply stores nationwide)

China Glaze® Seas and Greetings also features two holiday gift sets perfect for gifting the manicure addict in your life:
  • Seas the Holiday – She won’t miss her suitcase on the carousel again with this blindingly bright China Glaze® luggage tag paired with three hot neon shades – Flip Flop Fantasy, Too Yacht to Handle and That’s Shore Bright. (MSRP $14.99)
  • shell-ebration Time! – Micro mini bottles of Eat, Pink and Be Merry, Let’s Shell-ebrate, The More the Berrier, Seas and Greetings, Good Tide-ings, and Partridge in a Palm Tree. (MSRP $13.49)

Have yourself a merry coastal Christmas with the China Glaze® Seas and Greetings collection, available in November 2016 at Sally Beauty Supply and MSRP $7.50 for individual shades.

For more information, please visit or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Instagram (@ChinaGlazeOfficial), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (