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Product Review & GIVEAWAY: Create Your Perfect Canvas by Mia Mariu


Product Review & GIVEAWAY: Create Your Perfect Canvas by Mia Mariu

I recently had the pleasure of trying 3 products by Mia Mariu. I had heard of Mia Mariu before and so was quite excited when I received an email from them asking if I’d be interested in trying a few of their products. Of course I immediately jumped at the chance! And YOU can try your very own Create Your Perfect Canvas set by entering the giveaway below.

The first product I tried was Perfecting Finish Mineral Primer which has a very light feel to it. Since I wear makeup most days and need my makeup to stay put once applied, I always make sure to use a primer before applying foundation.

Finally, the third product I tried was one of their foundations. I had a choice between a few of their different foundations, but was quite curious to try a liquid mineral foundation as I hadn’t tried any (other than the new Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation. Because of the hot temperature as of late, my foundation in general has been melting off midday so I’m not entirely sure exactly how much I like this foundation just yet. Will have to continue to test it out.

Now on to how YOU could win your very own Mia Mariu Create Your Perfect Canvas set! Below you’ll find a Rafflecoptor widget. Just complete each ‘task’ to earn more entries! Winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours in which to respond before a new winner will be chosen.

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Have you tried mineral makeup? If so, which brands? Products?

~Jaclyn~
**Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Review: Studio Gear CC Cream in Linen

Review: Studio Gear’s Hydrating CC Cream in Linen

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Hi Lovelies!

Recently, I had the honor of trying Studio Gear’s New Hydrating CC Cream in the shade Linen. This CC Cream is available in 3 shades, Linen, Natural, and Wheat. I have to say that I’m not crazy about the name of the shade Natural as it insinuates that lighter or darker skin shades are not natural although I’m sure that was not their intention. All of these shades change color to exactly match your skin as you rub it in.

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Like the name Linen suggests, it looks white when first squeezed from the tube. I happen to be a bit fan of this type of tinted moisturizer/foundation. I really do like this CC Cream. I’ve been experimenting with more natural foundation looks. If I wear this more as a tinted moisturizer under my foundation it stays on my skin just fine. But the few times I’ve tried wearing this by itself, I’ve found it slipping off in a few places (namely my nose, cheeks, and chin). That said it has been anywhere from 70 (if we’re lucky) to 95 (if we’re not) degrees in way too sunny Southern California.

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The significantly higher than normal temperatures could certainly be playing a part in CC cream not staying on as long or well as I’d prefer. My roommate from college was over recently and I had her try a little bit on her skin to see how it blended. I have to say, I was a bit envious that it seemed to blend even better on her skin than mine! She is also very light skinned with golden to neutral undertones compared to my pale skin that has VERY pink/red undertones. Below can see how the CC cream looks upon first being placed o my skin. Then you can see the blending in transformation.

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I really enjoyed the holiday palette I was lucky enough to review several months ago and really enjoy this product as well. So far I’m very impressed with Studio Gear. I very much hope to be able to try out (and review) more products from the Studio Gear line!

Guess what?!? Studio Gear has offered YOU, my followers, a special 10% off discount code for ANYTHING on their website www.studiogearcosmetics.com! Just use bloggercc to get this exclusive discount. And please let me know in the comments what you ordered!

My spring break was a couple weeks ago now, but my dad was off this past week and my sister is this week! When are you off for spring break? If you have some time off, do you have any plans? Please let me know in the comments!

I’m currently figuring out what I want do over summer break! I’ll give you an update once I figure it out myself.

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using BrandBacker.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

DIY: Lipstick Using Crayola Crayons

DIY: Lipstick Using Crayola Crayons

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Hi Lovelies!
Recently my sister and I made our own lipsticks mostly using readily available household items. Thanks to a craft supply sponsorship from Wholeport.com we had empty chapstick type twist up cylinders to use. We also used empty sample containers from Sephora.

I highly recommend ONLY using Crayola crayons as they are completely non-toxic with numerous studies done that prove that on average a toddler will consume upwards of 2 crayons a month with no ill effects. There have also been studies done that show that women who wear lipstick daily consume upwards of 2-3 whole lipsticks a year!

That is enough reason to make sure that my lip products ONLY contain ingredients that are suitable for ingestion. So I’d been seeing many posts and videos online of others creating their own lipsticks using crayons as their pigment (and wax blend) and had been wanting to try it.

We decided to use a combination of coconut oil, 100% vanilla extract, and/or honey. One advantage of making our own lipsticks was that we could choose what ever color or blend of colors available in a standard box of 64 Crayola crayons! I will say that in the future, I’d use a higher ratio of crayon to lipstick base and experiment with using other oils, waxes, and/or pre-made bases.

First step: Wash all containers to be filled with 70% or 90% isopropyl alcohol and allow to air dry. The higher the concentration, the faster it will dry!

Second step: Unwrap crayons to be used and assemble base ingredients.

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Third step: Set up a double boiler by placing a metal bowl into a pot of boiling water.

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Fourth step: Add base (coconut oil, vanilla extract, and/or honey) ingredients, we used approximately 1 TBS coconut oil per lipstick with vanilla and/or honey added for flavor.
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Fifth step: Melt crayon (break each crayon into several pieces first to speed up melting) We used approximately 1 whole crayon per lipstick, but I’d use closer to 2 crayons per lipstick next time for higher opacity.

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Sixth step: Pour into container then carefully place in the refrigerator for at least 10+ minutes until firm.

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Seventh step: Enjoy your new custom made lipstick!!

I wanted to say THANK YOU to Wholeport.com for sponsoring me and providing the twist up containers. Want to order some of your own? Click HERE to be taken to the page where you can purchase the same containers I used in this tutorial.

I’m going to be trying to post a new craft every month (or two) using supplies I receive from Wholeport.com

Have you tried making your own lipstick or other cosmetics? I’d love to hear about your crafty cosmetics escapades in the comments below!

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from Wholeport.com as part of a craft sponsorship program in hopes that the supplies I receive will be used in craft projects mentioned on this blog. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

Going to IMATS

Hi Lovelies,
For the very first time, I’ll be heading (with my younger sis) to the Pasadena Convention Center for one of the largest of all the IMATS events! IMATS stands for International Makeup Artist Trade Show. I first heard of IMATS a couple years ago, but the timing was such that I was always having or recovering from surgery. But this time around, I’m definitely mobile enough to be able to attend! I’ve been looking forward to this for months!

Unfortunately, I found out about press passes too late to be able to get one, but did hear back from a very helpful woman who reached out to a pro makeup artist that may be able to help me learn how to effectively cover the massive scar that runs from mid-thigh down to my ankle. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a press pass next year!

IMATS began Friday afternoon for pros only with Saturday and Sunday open to the general public. There will be NO ticket sales at the door as ALL tickets sold out a few weeks ago! We’re going to attend on Sunday only as I don’t think I have enough energy to attend both days.

I’ve been having a lot of stomach issues lately and haven’t felt very well. I had a intestinal flora transplant via colonoscopy plus an endoscopy procedure on Dec. 13th and while I’ve had significant lower GI improvement, they endoscopy seems to have flared up the upper stomach where I’ve had 2 Nissen Fundoplications (both ended up failing). I haven’t had such severe stomach issues in a very long time.

The last several weeks, I’ve mainly had liquids (lactaid milk), yogurt, some crackers, and lots of ginger chews (for nausea). I was told to add Carnation Breakfast Essentials at least once a day in order to get more vitamins and minerals, luckily the vanilla mix I bought actually tastes pretty good. When I had tried eating more “real” foods I’d get pain in my stomach almost immediately. I just saw both of the GI doctors and they changed/added medications so hopefully I’ll start having more relief very soon.

In preparation for IMATS, I’ve been getting myself familiar with as many of the different venders as possible in order to try to have an idea of which booths are most important for me to visit. I also ordered 2 sets of business cards (one with my address for brands/PR/etc and the other with social media information), but it looks like my social media networking cards won’t arrive until Monday.

I’ve heard that most venders will have discounts ranging from 10-40% (or more) for the general public (pros receive additional discounts) that are truly unique to IMATS. I can’t wait to see so many of the brands I’ve read about online in person! If only I had a significantly larger budget! We’ll be leaving here very early in the morning so as to leave ourselves plenty of time to drive, park, walk, and get in line. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

Have you ever been to IMATS or other trade shows? What are your favorite parts?
~Jaclyn~

Product Review: Studio Gear Holiday Palette

Product Review: Studio Gear Holiday Palette

I was fortunate enough to be selected for Studio Gear’s Holiday Palette campaign on Brand Backer. Brand Backer is an awesome site that helps to connect bloggers and brands with one another. This was the first campaign I was accepted into when I joined just a few weeks ago.

Just this ONE slim palette will help you get ready for all holiday comings and goings! Included in this easy to stick in your purse compact palette are four eyeshadows and one blush. While there is not a mirror included, I really do love that there are directions including a diagram on how to easily apply a perfectly sparkling holiday look with two variations! So even if you are not a professional MUA (makeup artist), which I am not, Studio Gear makes it very easy to create a professional-like look.

The four winter wonderland inspired eyeshadow shades included are:

Frost (upper left hand corner) – a light shimmering silver leaning towards white

Platinum (lower left hand corner) – a darker shimmering silver leaning more towards grey

Coal (upper right hand corner) – a glittering charcoal grey that looks in the pan than swatched

Glimmer (lower right hand corner) – a shimmering sheer gold

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In the center of the palette is what I consider the highlight of this palette, a perfectly coral-pink blush that truly lives up to its name Snowy Glow. This highly pigmented shade adds just the right amount of blush to look naturally flushed! Just make sure to use a light hand so as to not apply too much at a time.

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All of the shades are easy to apply and blend into numerous cohesive looks perfect for winter and the holiday season! You can find this awesome little palette, HERE, normally retails for $40, but is on sale for only $25 right now! And just for being a reader on Jaclyn’s Musings, Studio Gear has given me a code to share with all of you for 10% any order on Studio Gear.com just by using the code SGHOLIDAY.

You’ll also find this little bit of holiday goodness on my first (annual) Jaclyn’s Musings Holiday Gift Guide 2013.

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!
I’d love to hear all about YOUR favorite looks for winter and the holidays in the comments below.

~Jaclyn~

Disclaimer: I received one or more items mentioned above from the manufacturer or PR representative for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are mine. Please see my disclaimer policy for more information.

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