I recently made an Everyday Minerals order and I’ve been very happy with all of the products. Since I haven’t used this products before and I was going off of a review featured on Scenthive, I ordered lots of “samples” and kits. I love that this brand offers everything in sample sizes so that I can try them before buying a full-size product. Plus, there are adorable collections/kits available. I purchased the At the Zoo kit because A. I like the name and the names of the products and B. it’s a great deal.

This collection contains 5 sample sized items, about the size of a small lip gloss pot or the containers that Sephora uses for samples, and a nice Jr. Eyebuki brush. All are stored in a cut woodland’s animals box shown above. I think it is a steal at like $2 each. I think the brush is worth $12 on its own! The 5 sample sizes are small but I like their size. They are a great size to see if I like something or not. The blush and powder are a bit inconvenient because I have to use a larger brush with them, but the shadows are a nice size. With the blush and powder, I sprinkle it on a tissue and then swirl with my dense brush. Each come in a clear plastic container that screws shut. The kit features three Eye Shadows: Hipster Hippo, Sea Horse, and At the Zoo. Hipster Hippo is a purpley brown with a hint of blue shimmer. It’s a nice color that’s neutral but not boring. It works with all eye colors. I like to use it as a “daytime” smoky eye or from lash line to crease. If you want to make it a full fledged smoky eye. Apply it from lash line to crease and blend a dark navy in the crease. It’s lovely. Sea Horse is a neutral pearly cream with a hint of pink. It’s a beautiful all over the lid shade from lash line to brow for light skin tones. It’s also nice to use right under the brow because of the “lifting” pearls of shimmer. It’s a great color to have around when doing my vintage inspired “get the looks of…” when paired with a bold lip. At the Zoo is an awesome color. It is a dark taupe purpley mushroom with tons of copper shimmer. I have been looking for a color like this and I didn’t even realize it. It makes a nice neutral smoky eye, an eye brightening liner, and it looks nice when worn in the crease with other warm/coppery shades. This is a great color for brown and green eyes.It is unlike any brown that I own. The shadows are nice. All of these have shimmer. I think they pack pigment but the nice thing is that they can be layered. You can get a sheer look if desired when applied with a fluffy shadow brush. You can get full coverage when applying with a dense shadow brush. Oh, and I forgot to mention that all three of the shadows can be worn together and it creates a very snazzy look. Apply Hipster Hippo from lash line to crease, At the Zoo in the crease and you can use it as a liner for the top and bottom lash line, and apply Sea Horse under the brow. Apply mascara and you’re looking fab. It’s a great look for all eye colors but I see it working the best with brunettes with brown, green, or hazel eyes.

There is a Blush in Truly Tiger. Truly Tiger is a warm medium coral with gold and copper shimmer. It’s a pretty summer shade. It would be sheer on medium to dark skins. These complexion may apply a bit more, but light complexion may only apply a light dusting to the apples of the cheeks. It does add warmth and light without being brash. I find that this shade when worn on my cheeks makes my blue eyes pop. It is very shimmery. If you don’t like shimmer then steer clear. Actually, all of the products in this kit are shimmery. As you can see, I’ve attempted to capture these colors in a picture. My blurry pic does no justice but it gives an idea.

The other item is a Luminizing Sunlight Powder. I love this product and I have to write a longer review on it later. I’m definitely purchasing the full-size of this product. It makes my skin look amazing! To make a long story short, it’s a 3-in-1 complexion powder that absorbs oil and adds subtle sheen while being in a red neutralizing yellow base. This product is great. A million times better than the similar product offered by Prescriptives. The last thing is the brush. It has synthetic bristles and a bamboo handle. I have many brushes but I like this one. It does a good job of apply color to the lids and a good job of buffing “too smoky” eyes.

The cute limited edition kit retails for $12. It is available on Everyday Minerals.

I can’t believe that I haven’t talked about this product sooner. I’ve been using if for over 5 years. It’s one of my favorite products. Benefit High Beam really is a supermodel in a bottle. It does wonderful, wonderful things for my complexion. It’s a shimmery pale pink creamy liquid that I use on my cheeks, brow bones, down the nose, cleavage, etc. It blends in nicely without looking too OTT. It makes my skin look healthy and dewy. I love to mix it with cheek stains for a soft, glowing, and long-wearing flush. I also like to wear it over bare skin on my cheeks and around my brows, imagine a huge “C” shape with my usual face powder over it. This makes my skin look almost perfect. Did I mention that it even works well mixed with concealer, even concealer used under the eyes?

This creamy liquid creates a “glow” without being glittery. Yes, obviously, it contains shimmer but not huge shimmers, just microfine shimmer that doesn’t set in creases or set on top of the skin. I really do love this product for my fair, normal-type skin. No clogged pores or greasy feel.

My only real complaint is the packaging. The packaging is glass, imagine a “nail polish” bottle including that brush. This isn’t my favorite for travel or really for “hygiene” since I am smearing it on my face and then putting it pack in to breed some freaky germs or something. That being said, I don’t think that anything really gross is brewing in there and I haven’t had a bottle break (yet).

The bottle retails for $24, I find that it is worth it since I use it for many different purposes. It is available at www.benefitcosmetics.com.

Again, I have fallen for a Guerlain color collection. This is of no surprise for this happens quite frequently. I love the Summer Splash collection, it is so beachy without being overly “tan” and “bronzed”. The packaging is beautiful and glamorous. The company describes this collection as “a mermaid basking under the sun.” I like the sound of that.

EYES: I have found a new favorite. I absolutely love The Loose Powder Kohl in Lagoon Blue. This is a shimmery sea blue with a hint of gold. It is a “warm” blue. It really works with my complexion. If you think you can’t wear blue, I bet you can wear this. I am light with warm undertones with blue eyes, I imagine that this would also work well with medium complexions with brown eyes. It goes for $34 and I think it is worth every penny. I mean just look at the packaging! There is an awesome eyeshadow quad, Ombre Éclat. It comes in a nice rose gold shaded compact with 4 shimmery shadows: white, rose gold, tan, and aqua. Once again, this is a very kind color combo for my complexion. I think natural redheads, dyed redheads could pull this one off too. It goes for $58. I think it is worth it. The formula is so smooth. The Le 2 Guerlain Waterproof Mascara is out at $35. It’s even available in a teal blue! I haven’t tried this. I’m trying to spend less on things like mascara. The single shadows, Ombre Éclat are available in special shades: Pearly White, a white gold shimmer, and Pearly Brown, a nice sandy brown shimmer. These go for $34.

LIPS: There is the Kiss Kiss Stick Gloss in 3 shades. This is a great formula that provides shiney, sheer color in a stick. There is Corail des Mers, a glossy coral, Grenades Des Iles, a brownish/coppery rose, and Rose Des Sables, a warm rose. These go for $30 and are in the pretty summer packaging.

FACE: It isn’t my little pearls of perfection, but it is so nice. I am in love with Illuminating Powder in Poudre des Sables. This is a pressed shimmer powder housed in a mother of pearl like packaging. The print resembles a shell and it is a mix of gold, rose, sable, tan. It is a flattering shade even for paler gals. It goes for $65. The Blush 4 Éclats Sculpting Blush has been relaunched. This is a great formula available in a variety of shades with a nice, soft fragrance. It goes for $48 and provides a nice glow. There is also an Illuminating Pressed Powder relaunch. These are like pressed, super shimmery Météorites. It is lovely with pearly shades of beige and pink. It reminds me of seashells and goes for $65. These are both great complexion enhancers.

Overall, as you can tell, I love this collection. I know I am biased because it really works for my complexion! Hey, we all get lucky sometime, right? This collection is available at most venues that carry Guerlain such as Nordstrom and other department stores in your area.

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Weekly Cheap Secret:

This is one of those great drugstore products. Basically, it is the perfect summer moisturize. It is a lightweight lotion, not greasy and not very moisturizing either but really all I need during the summer when I sunscreen up anyways 😦 But, I must add that I am used to body oil and goopy body butters. That is my disclaimer. It is faintly scented. That doesn’t stick around at all so you can wear whatever fragrance you desire without your moisturizer getting in the way. Don’t worry this does not have that Original Jergen’s scent 🙂 What I love about this lotion is the shimmer. It has tons of tiny, finely milled gold shimmers. It looks amazing on tanned skin, any complexion really, because it “warms” it up. You are supposed to wait a few minutes before dressing because the shimmer may transfer on to clothes. I find myself impatient and rushed once I get out of the shower. Sometimes I dress immediately. I have gotten this on my clothes but it was no biggie. It washed out in the laundry and did not permanently stain. I somehow leave a glitter trail no matter where I go, so this didn’t bother me. If you let this dry, it will not budge. That is great. You will be shimmery all day! Do wash your hands unless you want gilded palms! I love to use this on my legs, everywhere, it really works with my complexion. I like it so much better than Michael Kors Leg Shine, which smells great but doesn’t give me a natural glow.

It’s a bummer because I can’t find this at any of the drugstores or superstores anymore. I order it from drugstore.com and it seems that many ladies are having this problem too. I hate that just because I hope it isn’t being discontinued because it is one of the best shimmer products on the market. I also read that a reviewer mixes this with body cream. That is a great idea. This is a little costly for a drugstore product and that will stretch it and it is hard to find. (I have been known to ration this product and only wear it when I know I will be showing some skin). Also you can customize how much moisture you need. It goes for about $7.50 for 7.5 ounces. I wish they would focus on this moisturizer again and stop coming out with all of those Natural Glow products, this is all I need!

I love shimmer. So naturally, I was attracted to L’Occitane’s Golden Branch Luminous Body Cream. It is a nice moisturizing cream with tons of gold shimmers. The sparkles are flattering and really “warm” up the skin. In the lotions spiked with shimmer world, this product has larger than normal shimmers. Nope, not body glitter, just not super fine. That doesn’t bother me. It has rich ingredients such as olive oil and olive butter. It is moisturizing but quick absorbing and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy. Between that factor and the shimmer, I love this stuff for summer. But, wait! That’s not all! It has a faint “olive” fragrance. It is very “Mediterranean” and mixes wonderfully with fig fragrances such as Diptyque Philosykos, Demeter Fig Leaf, or CB I Hate Perfume Revelation. It isn’t a strong odor and it fades kind of quickly. It turns more woody and a little more spicier on the skin after a day’s wear. But, that may just be me and my spice diet. It is a costly product at $36 for 8.8 ounces and available at DERMAdoctor. Will I repurchase? I don’t know. I like it but it is costly and I am too much of a flirt to really commit to any product for too long…

I love beach’n scents. And this is one beach’n scent. One of the reasons that  I love them is because I live in the Pacific Northwest. We really don’t have a rep for sunny, tropical beaches. We aren’t known for our lush tans or coconut based beverages. I didn’t realize than once I moved across the country to a place that had “beaches” that I would miss an Atlantic beach so much. After all of this rain, I really miss a Florida beach. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess is my reminder than warm, sunny places do exist. What I love about this fragrance is that it really epitomizes a warm beach. It isn’t a fruity cocktail and isn’t coconut scented tanning oil. It is light and breezy and warm. It smells like skin that is in the sun. It smells like ocean breezes and sand. It is really a fragrance that does a wonderful job conveying an environment and a time, not just smells. It is one of those “experience” fragrances. I have been a fan of it for years, even when it was known as Tom Ford’s Azuree Soleil. I look forward to it every late winter/early spring when it is relaunched. It comes out just in time, when I feel like I can’t stand another minute of wintery weather. The scent is light and fresh at first with hints of lush and tropical tiare flower. So it has that gardenia and coconut oil fragrance without being too drugstore tanning oil. It is made fresh with bergamot. After the gardenia florals dry down, it is very warm. It smells of hot sand with light breezes of salt water. It is perfect in the sense that it smells like skin drenched in product after an hour in the sun, you can smell the towel on the sand in the sun, you can smell virgin ocean breezes. It is such a “paradise” fragrance. It is one of my favorites. It isn’t something that I wear all the time but it is something that I look forward to and it does bring back nice beach memories and it is a vacation in a bottle.

Bronze Goddess does have a lame name and I’m not very wild about the new bottle. I was a fan of the colors and the name “Azuree Soleil” but I can’t complain about the product. So I can overlook the J.Lo type references and dated packaging. It comes in an “Eau Fraiche Skinscent” which is a fancy name for an EDT. It does wear on the skin for a few hours. The 3.4 ounce bottle retails for $52. There is a Body Oil Spray which I am in love with. It is enriched with the fragrance and wears forever. Plus, it makes my legs look perfect. The 3.4 ounce bottle which is identical to the skinscent bottle (cheap ass Estee Lauder) retails for $32 and wears for hours. There is a Luminous Body Lotion which I fall for every time it launches because it comes out at a time that I feel dull and drab and long for “luminous” skin. It retails for $32 for 6.7 ounces. It has a faint golden shimmer. I like it but I always get pissed that I didn’t purchase two bottles of the oil instead since it wears for a long time and is so moisturizing. It is a limited edition product which is a good move on Estee Lauder’s part because it always causes me to part with my money since “I can’t get it any other time”.

Bobbi Brown Platinum is a pretty look. It’s pretty simple but it does contain platinum pink shimmer and that really does liven up most complexions. It is a bit of a funny look, considering the model is wearing a boy beater and light denim jeans with a huge ass rhinestone necklace that even puts my Granny’s pavé to shame. She’s a pretty gal but she looks a bit drag and man-ish in this. But, anyways.

FACE: There is a Platinum Pink Shimmer Block for $40. It is sooo pretty with shimmery strips of pink, silver, and “nude”. It has many functions such as blush, highlighter, and eyeshadow.

EYES: There are four new Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow. There is Ash which is a bark brown. There is Steel which is a deeper mushroomy shade. There is Heather which a lovely springy lilac. There is Platinum which is a silvery white. These go for $22. The classic Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner have been relaunched. Geez, I love this formula. And Everything Mascara has been relaunched. (I’ve never tried it.)

LIPS: There are two new Shimmer Lip Glosses: Confetti, a shimmery pinky pale gold, and Glacier, a shimmery silver. There are two new Lip Glosses: Nougat, a nice neutral nude, and Bright Pink, like the name implies but sheer. All retail for $20.

There is a nice OTT Shimmering Body Oil. It has tons of platinum shimmer in a dry oil base. It smells of “Party” which is pretty femme and nice. It is a mix of lily of the valley, violet, and citrus. It retails for $34 for 1 ounce. Pricey, but glamorous. And it looks wonderful on legs.