Play! by Sephora: April 2017

April 27, 2017 | Beauty, Play! by Sephora | 14 Comments »

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Play! by Sephora: April 2017

Play! by Sephora: April 2017

I feel like my Play boxes are getting less and less interesting. I just feel like there’s so much that could be done here yet they somehow miss the mark.

First up is the philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser. I actually like Philosophy and I just ran out of my go-to cleanser so this will definitely come in handy. It’s a one-step facial cleanser that is said to tone and hydrate your skin. I’ll definitely try this one out soon!

I’ve got quite a few samples of the Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer in my sample drawer. For some reason I keep getting these. It’s a translucent primer gel that smooths skin and blurs flaws. I guess I can finally give it a try to see if I like it. It’ll be a good thing if I do because I have so many of them laying around!

I’m not sure if I’ve tried anything from Peter Thomas Roth. The Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream sounds interesting. It’s a 30% hyaluronic acid cream that transforms atmospheric vapor into fresh, pure water, providing your skin with a continuous burst of intense hydration that lasts up to 72 hours. Aside from the cleanser I think this is the only other item I’m sort of excited about.

I already have so many makeup removers (seriously I have an entire drawer full!) so I’ll probably pass the Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover onto someone else.

I don’t think I’d mind receiving eyeliners if I was sent different shades. There are only so many black eyeliners you can have laying around. I’ll probably pass the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner onto someone else as well. I would have loved to receive one of the blue or green shades. This is what I mean about missing the mark. They could have increased my excitement with a bit of color!

The perfume sample this month is Miu Miu MIU MIU L’eau Bleue. It’s a little too ‘woodsy’ for my liking. It reminds me more of a cologne than a perfume. It’s not the worst scent in the world, it’s just not something I’d wear. I’ll be passing this one along too.

I’m really hoping for better items next month. I really want something I can get excited about! Take a page from your own book, Sephora, and um… step it up!

It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

April 24, 2017 | Beauty, It Cosmetics | 20 Comments »

PR Sample

It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

Swatches (Top-Bottom): Instant Warm Glow, Instant Natural Glow, Instant Nude Glow

Just when I think It Cosmetics has completely outdone themselves, they go and do it again! This time it’s with Confidence In Your Glow! When I first saw promo photos and heard they were in some Ulta stores I actually ran out to try and track them down. Unfortunately the only Ulta store in my area didn’t have them yet. Thankfully the kind people from It Cosmetics sent over one of each of their gorgeous Confidence In Your Glow Palettes along with the Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder Brush #705.

It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

First of all, the packaging is just gorgeous! The palettes come in a cardboard packaging, but it’s very sturdy. It closes with a magnetic logo on the bottom left part of the palette. It gives the palette a fancy/elegant feel. I really do think it’s a beautiful touch! When you first open it you’re greeted with a slight citrus scent. I normally don’t care for scented products, but I found this scent to be pretty refreshing. And it wasn’t overwhelming. It does go away once you apply the product.

It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

Instant Warm Glow

It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

Instant Natural Glow

It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

Instant Nude Glow

There are 3 shades to choose from. Instant Warm Glow which provides you with the prettiest peachy-pink flush along with the richest shade of bronzer. Instant Natural Glow for a natural, warm, rosy glow. And Instant Nude Glow which provides you with the softest, sheerest, natural glow. These palettes are all infused with high-performance anti-aging ingredients along with vitamin C to help transform your complexion making it appear more younger, smoother, and brighter! I can see why they call it a one-step wonder! I found each of these shades to be nicely pigmented. They have a nice soft texture and applied and blended like a dream!

It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow
It Cosmetics Confidence In Your Glow

The Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder fits perfectly into the palettes truly making it a one-sweep wonder! Like their other brushes, I found the Heavenly Skin One-Sweep Wonder to be incredibly soft. The reflective handle does get dirty very easily, but it’s a super cute brush and pretty unique too! This brush is also perfect for applying contour and highlight. It really is a nifty little brush! And did I mention how cute it is?

I highly suggest checking these beauties out if you spot them at your local Ulta. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.

Personal update

April 21, 2017 | Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

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Michael Kors Ava Mini Crossbody

Michael Kors Ava Mini Crossbody

I’m so sorry about the lack of new posts around here. As I said in my last few posts I’m in the process of moving. I know I said that things would run rather smoothly during the move, but I sort of put the brakes on all of that. I really hate when my posts go live and I’m not here to respond to comments. I’m going to try really hard to get my two weekly posts up while responding to comments, but if I can’t I’ll try to at least get the one post up. I’ll also be catching up on your blogs. I know I’ve fallen behind on that too. I promise to catch up though!

I promise that there are big things coming! I have about a hundred items on my desk that I can’t wait to talk about. It sucks that by the time I get around to it it will no longer be new. But let’s face it, that’s never stopped me before. While I enjoy talking about shiny, new and exciting things, I’ve been known to talk about Holiday items well into Spring. Yeah, be on the lookout for that! But I’m a very thorough person and I like to take my time when testing out new items. I suppose I could always just slap some stuff up and call it a day, but that’s just not what my blog is all about. It’s always been about my own personal experiences with products I truly love. And I like that to shine through all of my posts. I hope you all understand.

I’m pretty excited about this move. The apartment we’re currently in was only supposed to be temporary. I guess we got a little too comfortable because that temporary stay lasted almost 3 years! But a lot has changed these past few months and we had to move closer to where my husband works. The area is really nice and I hear nothing but great things about the schools. I’m also excited to hear that there are lots of walkers in the area. Maybe I can finally get back on track and get those steps in. Last year was a very hard year for me and I wasn’t nearly as active and I should have been. Anyway, the house itself is just perfect! It’s not too big and not too small. It’s everything I was looking for in a home. Honestly, the only downside for me is the lack of a basement. While tornados are pretty rare they do happen. So I have slight anxiety about that. Otherwise the place is perfect for us! I got lots of good vibes walking through the place. Lots of positive energy which is just what we need. Be on the lookout for photos once we’re completely settled in.

Things should return to my regular schedule starting on Monday. Thank you for understanding! And thank you for continuing the check in on Midwest Glam! It really means a lot to me!

The featured photo is of the new handbag my husband got for me earlier this week. Isn’t it the cutest?


Welcome to Midwest Glam! My name is Lisa Marie and this is where I blog about all things beauty, food, and photography. While I mainly focus on beauty topics, I do weekly photography posts as well as the occasional recipe. Thank you so much for visiting!

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