And away we glow!

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I’ve been a Jeffree Star fan since the ol MySpace days. His bright pink hair and flamboyant demeanor made him immediately relatable, so when I heard he had a cosmetic line I was infatuated from the start. Sometime in mid December my husband used his best judgement and bought a few products from Jeffree Star Cosmetics to give to me as a gift. He ordered, much to my surprise, Jeffree Star’s highlighter (or what Jeffree calls, Skin Frost.) We were on our way to my cousins wedding when he reached behind the passenger seat and plopped that hot pink box on my lap. If I recall correctly, I squealed with joy.

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Highlighter is my go to product, no matter what. It doesn’t matter if I’m a doing a full on dramatic look or just a simple foundation and mascara day, I wear highlighter. I was extremely excited to try this product out, as I was ready to shine bright like a diamond. My first impression upon opening the box was
“Where have you been all my life?!”
He takes the utmost care in packaging his makeup and really shows he cares about the little details, like the paper and boxes they are wrapped in. Since it was the holiday season, it came wrapped in red and white tissue paper with his signature star logo on it. After gently ripping the paper off (because I’m a hoarder and wanted to keep it for all eternity) I found myself completely in awe at the compact. It’s the prettiest hot pink with a baby pink metallic JS star on the front. The amount of product you get for the price is honestly a steal. You get about a half an ounce of product in a massively beautiful compact. I couldn’t wait to open it to see the shade. My husband ended up picking “ice cold” which is a white base with gold and blue shimmer in it. I’m extremely pale so this shade suits me perfectly but I’m sure it would look great on anyone.

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The formula itself is very unique as most highlighters I’ve found can be dry and chalky. This highlighter has a formula all it’s own. It is soft and luxurious. You can tell he took ample time perfecting his formula as it is flawless. I use my favorite Luxie tapered highlight brush to apply it and it works like a dream. According to the description on his website, it can be used wet or dry for a more pigmented look but honestly even dry it is BRIGHT.

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You could literally be seen by a NASA satellite in this stuff. I use it for more than just highlighting my cheek bones, basically I paint myself with it.I highlight my collar bone, use it to highlight my brow bone, on my Cupid’s bow, on the inner corner of my eye, and sometimes even as eyeshadow. It has so many uses and is safe for anywhere!

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He has 12 shades in total ranging from a hot pink appropriately named “Regina George” to black which he calls “Onyx Ice.” No matter which shade you choose to call your own, you’ll be extremely happy and glow to the Gods. His formulas are one of a kind and for $29 you really can’t beat it.

What’s your favorite highlighter? ✨

1, 2, 3, 4, I declare a thumb war!

img_1245Today was an average day for me. We had some errands to run before my husband left for work so I thought I’d take you along for the ride.

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700 am: I woke up with my one year old for cereal and coffee.. You can guess who had what (Mom was super sleepy today) soon followed by my four and five year old.

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702 am: My two oldest kiddos are already fighting over what to watch.. *rolls eyes and puts on The Nightmare Before Christmas because it’s what I want to watch. Kids-0 Mom-1 😉

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1030 am: My husband wakes up and joins us downstairs for breakfast. He usually sleeps in on the days he is to work nights! I force feed him scrambled eggs and plain oatmeal with flax. He likes to brodown at the gym and has a very strict diet. I’m a bad influence and like to describe cheeseburgers in great detail and torture him.

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11 am: I start doing my makeup for the day and decided to keep it simple and dip into my Ulta Rose Gold palette. I like it a lot for days I’m feeling a basic neutral eye and want to keep it quick and easy. The colors range from pastel pinks to deep browns with matte and shimmer shades. It has a decent amount of pigment for the price point so two thumbs up.

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1130 am: I finish my makeup, second cup of coffee, and get myself and the kids dressed. Its more like wrestling a gator than dressing a person as they fight me the entire time. We have a couple errands to run including driving 30 minutes to another town to pick up my dental referral. I have an appointment Monday morning to have my wisdom teeth removed so that’ll be a fun blog day.

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1230 pm: We are FINALLY on our way. My youngest fell asleep within 3 minutes of driving. Car naps are his favorite thing in the world. He falls asleep every single time we leave the house even if it’s 10 minutes down the road. My daughter is obsessed with Sia right now so we all sing along to pass the time.

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1 pm: I finally pick up my dental records from “Asspen” dental. I call them that because they tried to over charge me and claim my teeth were impacted when they ARE NOT! Well guess who found another more reasonable surgeon with better reviews.. 👍Notice the obnoxious silver fillings I got as a child. I know, I’m a fancy individual. Who knew cavities could be so glamorous.

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2 pm: We arrive home to finally relax before my husband goes to work. I make everyone lunch and head straight for the coffee bar because, Momma needs another cup. The coffee bar my husband built me is my favorite part of our 100 year old home. I practically live at it, if you couldn’t tell, coffee is my lifeline.

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3 pm: My husband and I go a few rounds, and by that I mean a few thumb wrestling rounds. We randomly thumb wrestle each other throughout the day. Usually he wins because I wear my thumb out moving it around like a crazy worm. Not to mention, his hands are like twice the size of mine but I occasionally taste sweet, sweet victory!

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4-5 pm: We fall asleep on the couch after a long day of doing nothing. He likes to nap before work and I like to nap because naps RULE. I’m a mom so I’m always tired and thrive off my deep love of caffeine and 20 minute cat naps. My husband leaves for work and I make myself a peanut butter and jelly because I’m not feeling cooking today. The kids were ecstatic about the idea of pb&j’s for dinner.

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6 pm: The kids eat their dinner and play with dinosaurs while I sit down and write this for you to enjoy. We live a basic Midwest life but our adventures are filled with laughs and smiles and LOTS of coffee. I hope you enjoy your night, or day depending on your time zone (I don’t want to leave anyone out ☺️)! Keep your eyes peeled for another review tomorrow!

GOODNIGHT ❤️

Oh Hey, Urban Decay

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Today, it was a bit too cold to adventure outside so I decided to mess around with my Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette. I picked it up at Ulta for my birthday for around 55 bucks. Was it worth it? Well lemme tell yuh…I honestly use it a lot more than I thought. At first, I regretted purchasing it because it looks like a palette full of clown make up (I am deathly afraid of clowns. The Stephen King series,IT, scarred me as a child. Tim Curry and his sewer shenanigans…*shivers). The palette itself is really pretty. I’m like a moth the a flame when it comes to shiny things, so seeing the giant bedazzled UD on the front was a selling point. It’s made of a really sturdy plastic and feels expensive, which is a nice little nuance to have just to justify a higher price. Inside there are 21 bold colors covering, you guessed it, the full spectrum of a rainbow and then some.

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It has a few different shades of the basic primary colors; purple, red, orange, yellow, green, and blue, with a welcomed bonus of a shimmery black shade, white, and an ultra glittery silver shade. The shade names themselves are pretty interesting and suit each color, with a deep, shimmery blue being labeled as Minx, and a dusty rose going by the name of Alchemy being a few of my favorite names. As pretty as the palette is, it does have some draw backs. While the brush is pretty great and the giant mirror is perfect for applying makeup, the shadows themselves are lacking a bit. Some shades are very pigmented and others are very sheer. The shimmer shades themselves are buttery and soft to the touch, and in my opinion are more pigmented and insanely pretty. I have a hard time loving the matte shades though, as they are really chalky and take a lot of layers to have a true to pan color, translating to a harder blend. No one wants to sit there and blend the same shade for 15 minutes, at least not me, since I have three rambunctious kids who seem to swarm once I start my makeup.

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I swatched a few shades on my arm to show the colors on my extremely pale winter skin, knowing that it would prove to be the perfect canvas to make the colors pop. I asked my darling husband to be my test subject but he wasn’t really about it, (Notice the look of “are you in your right state of mind?”) so I’ll just have to wait until he falls asleep 😈.

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So, would I recommend this palette? Honestly, yes! It’s on sale right now for $33 and that’s a great deal for all of these colors. It’ll prove to be handy for the upcoming festival season or even if you’re wanting to branch out and try some bold colors you otherwise would never pay any mind to. While I was a little harsh on the matte colors, I think with a solid eyeshadow primer or a damp brush and a little experimenting, they certainly have potential. This isn’t my everyday palette, but the vibrant range of colors make it fun to play around with and it certainly is great to have in any makeup collection!

Gloomy Day Adventure

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 Living in northern Indiana means we have rather brutal winters. We spend November thru March huddled around the fireplace waiting for spring. Well, spring arrived a little earlier than expected and the Moore Clan decided to spend this unseasonably warm gloomy day outside. These kids needed to burn some pent up energy. My wonderful husband loaded up their mock Arctic Cat and away we went.

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Luckily, the park we chose to explore was only a mere 3 minute drive. It’s basically a giant open field with hills. Perfect for them to drive aimlessly without risking the safety of others (truth be told, 5 year olds are not the best drivers). While I stood watch, my husband chased the car around making monster noises. I love that my husband is one of the kids. He’s not afraid to look silly and be goofy with them. Best dad ever…

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Alright, enough of the sappy stuff. Anyway, this was my one year old son’s first time riding along with the big kids. He had watched from a distance last summer and was chomping at the bit to take a turn.

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We spent about 30 minutes running around in the fog and gloom while the kids took turns chauffeuring each other around. My husband showed me some of his chest presses and apple bottom forming elliptical workouts on the oddly placed outside gym equipment.

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Then the battery died in their car, much to their dismay, and we loaded 3 very angry kids back into the our truck and drove home for snacks, water, and naps (not the kids, my husband and I. We may be 25 and 30 but are old souls lol). Needless to say, we all had a blast and can’t wait for the next nice day. Hopefully that insufferable groundhog is wrong and spring arrives sooner rather than later!

What did you do today? ☺️

Hello, Anastasia!

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I’m new to the “high end” makeup scene. Before 2016, I wore the basics. Cheap foundation, loads of eyeliner( I can’t seem to let my inner emo teenself die), mascara, and the occasional quick swipe of sheer shadow across my lid. It seems like over the last year, YouTube stars have started a makeup frenzy. Contouring, highlighting, baking, “fleeky” brows, and the zillions of other makeup trends that have taken hold of millenials, myself included. I decided to absorb as much beauty knowledge as I could and take the plunge into the deep, dark world of makeup. I bookmarked dozens of tutorials. I favorited the best eyeshadow palettes. I was ready to take on the makeup scene. When Christmas rolled around and my husband gifted me my first “luxury brand” eye shadow palette, I almost died and went to heaven. I had been eye balling the Anastasia of Beverly Hills ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette for a month or two before the holidays.. My husband lucked out and picked it on a whim. I was a little intimidated when I first open that beautiful little mauve box. You could tell right off the bat, it wasn’t going to be like those little plastic drug store shadows. The palette itself is covered in what feels like velvet. My first thought?

“You fancy, huh?!”

I opened the palette itself to feast my eyes on the GLORIOUS colors inside. Each named after an early renaissance art term. Like I previously said, I only had cheap eyeshadow previously so I had no clue what pigmented actually was but as soon as I swiped my finger across the shadows and wiped it on the back of my hand, I knew it was going to be a good day. These shadows feel like butter. Better yet, the velvet that wraps the box. They are soft. It seems like most shadows are chalky. Not these. These are unlike anything I’ve used. The colors are not something I’m accustomed to using, and not something I would have thought would work together. They all can be paired in any which way you choose to create a custom look that is all your own. The colors range from burnt oranges, to golds, to reds and pinks! Some of the shades are matte and some have little flakes of glitter. There are also two beautiful pearlescent shimmer shades that are to die for. I would bathe in them and glow to the gods, if I could. I’ve used almost every color in the palette over the last few months. Mixing and matching hues to creat bold or understated looks to suit my mood. I was admiring it today and noticed I had left a shade untouched. I rallied a volunteer (which happened to be my beautiful 5 year old daughter who was standing close by) and did a quick two toned smoky eye using the neglected gold shade. Needless to say, she was thrilled that I shared my makeup (no, she does not leave the house with makeup on)and I was in awe at the fact I had left the shade untouched since December. I thought to myself,

“Don’t worry, Golden Ochre, nobody puts baby in the corner.”

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I’m so thrilled this was my first “high end” palette. Honestly, it sets the bar incredibly high. It’s pigmented, the colors are stunning, they suit any skin tone, the brush inside is wonderful. I can’t think of a single complaint and I use it almost daily. I’m no beauty guru. I was a makeup “n00b” only a few months ago, so if I can use this with ease, anyone can. If you’re ready to come to the dark side and take the plunge, buy this palette. Even if you only wear makeup once a month, buy it. Pamper yourself. You deserve it ❤️

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If you already have it, I’d love to hear some of your favorite combinations, or even your go to eyeshadow palettes!