Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

January 31, 2019 | Beauty, Jeffree Star Cosmetics | 14 Comments »


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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

Swatches: Glucose, Sugarcane, Cake Mix, Ouch, Donor, Intravenous

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

Swatches: Candy Floss, Tongue Pop, Sweetener, Cavity, O Positive, Root Canal

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

Swatches: Prick, Cherry Soda, Fresh Meat, Blood Sugar, Extraction, Coma

I’ve talked about Jeffree Star on my blog a few times. I mentioned how I’m a bit of a fan girl and I know that rubbed some the wrong way. I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s ok. I’ve been following him since the MySpace days. That’s a long time! He’s easily my favorite YouTuber and he’s the only one my husband will watch with me. A few weeks back we sat and watched the Shane Dawson Jeffree Star Docu-Series while we ate pizza. Good times! I highly suggest checking out the Docu-Series. It’s funny and inspiring as heck.

My husband was surprised to learn that I hadn’t reviewed any of his palettes yet. Truth is none of them really appealed to me. They’re very pretty. Especially the Thirsty Palette. But I just didn’t feel they were shades I needed in my life. Then Blood Sugar was launched and I knew that was going to be my first Jeffree Star Cosmetics palette! Of course it took me a while to actually get my hands on it. When I finally decided to make it mine it had already sold out. So I waited. And waited. After another restock I was able to scoop it up. I’m so glad that I did!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

I love the cute red case that the palette is housed in. It’s a little bulky, but it’s sturdy and I feel like it really keeps my shadows safe. The palette contains 18 eyeshadows including matte, metallic and pressed glitter finishes. The bold shades are what really caught my eye. There are a few neutral shades to tie it all together, but the bold shades are what really stand out to me. To me, these shades scream Jeffree Star! They’re bold and absolutely beautiful. This is the palette I was waiting for.

The shadows were all nicely pigmented. They applied and blended like a dream! Even the deeper shades! I thought for sure Coma was going to give me a hard time. It didn’t. In fact it’s one of my favorite shades!

You could very easily create a neutral look using Blood Sugar. But I have a feeling that if you purchased this palette you’re probably going to want to reach for those bold shades. Like Root Canal and Cherry Soda. Which is exactly what I did! You can see a few of my looks below.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette
Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette

Overall, I’d have to say I’m impressed. Blood Sugar is such a beautiful palette. I think if you were to ask me what my favorite palette is I’d have to go with Blood Sugar. Although that could change next week. Because y’all know I can’t settle on just one. But it’s my favorite for the moment. Unfortunately it’s a little too big to fit into my most reached for drawer. So I have it sitting on top of my vanity.

Have you tried anything from Jeffree Star Cosmetics? What are your thoughts on Blood Sugar?

Info

Product: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette
Price: $52.00
Purchase: jeffreestarcosmetics.com

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

January 28, 2019 | Lifestyle | 11 Comments »


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Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

If there’s one thing I could change about my physical appearance it would be my smile. I’ve always been self conscious about it and would actually cover my mouth when I smiled for the longest time. My teeth are fairly straight. I don’t have any visible chips thanks to my crown. My problem is that I’ll never have that Hollywood pearly white smile. You see, much like my skin, my teeth are extremely sensitive. Any time I’ve gone to the dentist I’m reminded that whitening would only leave me feeling very uncomfortable. Pair this with a sweet tooth and a love for coffee and you have the recipe for disaster.

Just because I can’t have that perfect Hollywood smile, doesn’t mean I can’t give my teeth the star treatment. Because I do! My husband has invested in all of the fancy gadgets I need to keep my teeth and gums as healthy as possible. From flossers to electric toothbrushes. The problem is that once I get something I like I don’t bother to upgrade. I won’t even upgrade my iPhone. I insist I’m happy with what I have. My husband will take my electronics and upgrade them for me. He can’t really do that with my toothbrush though because something like that is really more of a personal preference. So I held onto what I had for years and never really knew what I was missing out on.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

My old electric toothbrush had just one button. That’s one setting. It would turn on and off. That’s it. I was ok with that. I mean it was much better than a manual toothbrush. I never knew that they had advanced so much since then. So you can imagine how surprised I was when the Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush landed on my doorstep and I saw that it had not 1, but 5 different settings! I was missing out. Boy was I missing out!

Compared to some of the other electric toothbrushes I’ve tried, the cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush is longer and thinner. It’s a lot lighter and easier to handle too. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve dropped some of the other models because they’re so much bulkier. The charger/base matches the sleek grey colored toothbrush. It’s fairly small and doesn’t take up a lot of counter space. The toothbrush itself contains 5 settings.

Clean
Standard mode for superior daily cleaning.

This mode is pretty powerful, but I didn’t find it to be bothersome.

White
Most powerful cleaning mode for removing surface stains, polishing and vigorous deep cleaning.

I did find this one to be a tad more powerful than the Clean mode. I’m not sure how this will affect my sensitivity over time, but I just had to put it to the test. I swear it has made quite the difference in my teeth! I really wish I had taken before and after photos, but if I’m being honest I wasn’t expecting to see changes so soon. I thought maybe it was just me, but when my husband had commented that my smile was visibly brighter I couldn’t help but smile more. It also leaves my teeth looking/feeling nicely polished. Similar to the feeling I get after leaving the dentist’s office!

Massage
Gentle gum pulsation mode for gum stimulation. For complete coverage, use with another cleaning mode.

The massage mode was a little intense. If your gums are super sensitive you might find the pulses to be a bit much.

Gum Care
Gum mode for gentle cleaning along the gumline. For complete coverage, use with another cleaning mode.

This gum mode was much gentler. The pulses weren’t as intense. I really like using this along with the Sensitive mode for a thorough cleaning.

Sensitive
Ideal for users who find the default clean mode to be slightly too aggressive. This gentle cleaning mode is tuned well for those who have sensitive gums and teeth.

Obviously this was my favorite mode. It was extremely gentle while still leaving my teeth feeling sparkly clean. It’s really nice to have a Sensitive option especially since a lot of us do have sensitive teeth and gums.

Once you choose your setting using the arrow button, you press the power button and your toothbrush is ready to go. It powers on in 4 30 second intervals. They suggest breaking up your brush time into 4 sections. Upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. I can see this coming in handy for children. Especially my son who confuses 2 minutes with 2 seconds.

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush

Overall, I have to say that I’m extremely impressed with this toothbrush! I love that it has options including one for those of us with sensitive teeth. I love that it leaves my teeth feeling like I just left the dentist’s office. Minus the pain of course. I also love that they sell their brush heads in bundles that are very affordable! The smallest bundle contains 2 electric brush heads for just $13.00! And the brush head even has a tongue scraper on the back. Something that manual toothbrushes have, but surprisingly my other electric toothbrushes was lacking.

If I had to find one thing to pick apart it would just be the charger. I wish it had a compartment under the base to coil some of the cord so that it’s not left hanging around the counter. Aside from that I can’t think of a single negative thing to say. This is easily the best electric toothbrush I’ve ever tried. And right now everyone in my house is eyeballing my shiny new toothbrush. My son even jokingly told me he had used it. I think that was his subtle way of asking me if he could try it. I might have to get him one now.

I’m not one to tell people what they need in their life. And you’ll only ever hear me talk about the things I truly love around here. This toothbrush gave me something I thought I’d never have. A nicer smile. It’s still far from perfect, but I feel a whole lot more confident these days. And now I don’t have to give up coffee.

Just kidding. I can’t quit coffee.

Smile Brilliant was generous enough to allow me to host a giveaway. One lucky winner will be issued a $119.00 credit to purchase their very own Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Toothbrush (Individual Package)! CLICK HERE TO ENTER! If you’re too excited and can’t wait (or if you don’t win) you can use the promo code midwestglam20 for 20% off! Good luck!

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

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Product: Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush
Price: $119.00 – $199.00
Purchase: smilebrilliant.com
Promo: Use Code midwestglam20 For 20% Off


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Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Vertigo

January 24, 2019 | Beauty, Sugarpill | 2 Comments »


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Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Vertigo

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Vertigo

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Vertigo

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Vertigo

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Vertigo

Swatches: Hijinx, Vertigo

I really love Sugarpill’s sparkly matte lipsticks. They really are my favorites. I really wanted to get their Halloween shades, but after seeing a few reviews I decided to skip them. I knew something newer and better would come along. And that it did.

Sugarpill launched 3 new sparkle-infused matte Liquid Lip Colors in the shades Hijinx, Sub-Zero, and Vertigo. I was tempted to buy all 3, but I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the blackened navy blue. Hijinx and Vertigo were more my style. Today I will be talking about Vertigo.

Vertigo is described as a muted smokey purple infused with multidimensional teal sparkle. You can probably tell from my swatch that the sparkle is visible this time around. And it looks stunning! Vertigo is very pigmented. It was a little watery compared to some of my other Sugarpill lipsticks. But I didn’t experience any issues with application. In fact it applied nice and evenly. Once it dried down I just rubbed my lips together and bam! Sparkles! It also makes for a comfortable wear. I find their lipsticks to be fairly long lasting, but you may need to touch up after eating.

After a while the teal sparkles really took over and my lipstick looked a little more blue. I wasn’t mad at it. In fact it got me thinking that maybe… just maybe I can pull off Sub-Zero after all. But for now you can see Vertigo in action below.

Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Vertigo
Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Vertigo

Overall, Vertigo is a winner in my book! It’s incredibly beautiful and I got so many compliments when I wore it out. It’s a very unique shade. It gives me some strong mermaid vibes.

What do you think of Vertigo? Am I the only one who thinks of mermaids when I see it?

Info

Product: Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color in Vertigo
Price: $18.00
Purchase: beautylish.com

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