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Naturally Pretty Eye Shadow

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Eye Shadow PaletteNaturally Pretty palette All Heart colorI'm all about anti-aging peptides, and I try to get my hands on makeup containing these peptides. Luckily I found that It Cosmetics has these anti-aging peptides in a lot of their makeup in addition to their skin care products.

I love their Naturally Pretty eye shadow palettes. Not only do they have peptides, but they also contain many other anti-aging goodies, like Vitamin C, green tea, and collagen, just to name a few.

The original Naturally Pretty palette has a mix of really pretty warm and cool colors. It has a nice range of lights, mediums, and darks. The mediums are great for transition colors, to help blend the crease color. Sunrise and sunset are warm, orangey / rusty colors, which are really in right now.

My favorite color is All Heart, which is a medium mauvey-brown shade. It's an easy color to wear, when you want a cooler brown, almost lavender look on your eyes. It is nice as an allover lid and crease color, as well as a transition color. Then you can layer a little of the Transforming Pearl color on your eyelid for some shimmer.

Naturally Pretty palette All Heart colorThe Transforming Pearl is a very unique eye shadow enhancer. It adds a bit of shimmer on top of any of the matte colors in the palette. And yes, they are all matte except for the Transforming Pearl. But it makes it so easy to add just a hint of sheen to add highlight to your eyes. Or you can just go all matte, too. Change it up a bit.

Here are some pics of me wearing the All Heart color. It is very natural-looking with a bit of color to add interest. And I also patted on a little of the Transforming Pearl on my eyelid to give it extra dimension.

I also used the black color called Noir as an eyeliner. Call it lazy or what, but I've been using the black shadows that often come in eye shadow palettes as eyeliner. It's easier than opening up a separate eyeliner product. And you don't have to take time to sharpen a pencil liner.

I use the e.l.f. small smudge brush to apply the black shadow as eyeliner. I even add a little wing. I find that using shadow as eyeliner gives your eye makeup a more natural look. If you want a casual daytime look that doesn't have a harsh liquid eyeliner linesing black eyeshadow as eyeliner keeps the line soft and natural.

This palette does not come with an applicator or makeup brush. But that is totally fine with me because I always use my Ecotools Eye shadow brushes. They are so soft and gentle on my eyelids. I can blend eye shadows eternally with them.

Naturally Violet

Updated 7/24/2017

Here is a pic with Violet eye shadow all over, Transforming Pearl to accent the lid, and Noir shadow as eyeliner.

Violet Eye Shadow from Naturally Pretty Palette

Natural Sunset

Updated 7/25/2017

This is a different look I wore today with the Naturally Pretty palette. It is a warm summery look that would also be nice in the fall to match the burnt orange hues of the changing leaves. I used the following eye shadow colors from the palette:

Sunrise: overall lid color

Sunset: accent color for out corners of lid

Noir: line the eyes

Transforming Pearl: highlight on center of eyelids and above lash line

Sheer Joy: highlight on browbone

Sunrise Sunset Eye Shadow LookSunrise Sunset Eye Shadow Look

Luckily, since this Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Matte Luxe Palette has been out for a few years, you can now get it on Amazon for a better price than at makeup counters!

Natural Beigy-Brown

Updated 7/29/2017

Today I wanted really natural-looking eye makeup. So I opted for light beigy-brown colors from the Naturally Pretty palette. I also used Lancome Definicils Mascara, which gives a natural look to the lashes.

Here are the shadow colors from the Naturally Pretty palette I used in the look below:

Soft Light: A cool, light brownish-beige color. I used it as a transition color. I applied it all over the crease, and a little down into the lid inner and outer corners, all the way to just below the brow-bone.

Mocha: A cool, medium brown. I applied it to the outer corner of eye, blending into the crease and just under the brow bone.

Noir: The dark black shadow color. I used it as eyeliner and applied it above the lash line and winged it out a tiny bit.


I didn't bother to use the Transforming Pearl this time, because I was going for a more natural look. I just left the center of my eyelids above my lashes bare, with just eye primer.

Natural Smoke

Updated 7/31/2017

This is a really simple eye shadow application that I've gotten lots of compliments on. It gives you a little bit darker, more dramatic look. I just used the color Iconic from the Naturally Pretty palette to do the whole eyelid. And then I blended and blended and blended it. Iconic is a medium-dark grayish purple. It's nice for getting a smokey look that you can wear during the daytime. Not too dark or intense looking. Just naturally smokey. You can go heavier on the application to get a darker look for going out at night.

As in the above applications, I also used the eye shadow color Noir as the eyeliner.


For the mascara, I used Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara.

Natural Navy

Updated 8/1/2017

Today I used the dark navy blue color called Midnight from the Naturally Pretty palette. I used it primary in the outer corner of my eyes, and also a little in the crease. I used some other colors from the palette as well. Here is the breakdown:

Warmth: used in the crease

Midnight: outer corner of eye and as eyeliner

Sunrise: center of eyelid

Transforming Pearl: on top of Sunrise to add shimmer


This dark navy blue shadow is not too bright, but adds dimension to the eye.

Mascara used was Lancome Monsieur Big.

The Casual Little Black Dress

Derek Heart Dress with Triangle Cut-outsI found an inexpensive line of clothing that is cute, casual, and comfortable called Derek Heart. I've gotten several Derek Heart dresses and love them all. They are quick and easy to throw on to shuttle the kids around, taking them to activities, the park, going shopping, errands, etc. I have found most of the fabric stretchy and very forgiving of the post-baby imperfections that I haven't been able to get rid of.

I found this Derek Heart Women's Cut in Shoulder Bodycon Dress with Traingle Cutouts on Amazon. Amazon and Wal-mart is where I've been getting these cute Derek Heart dresses. I don't really want to get expensive dresses to wear while running around with the kids. But I still do try to look nice and be comfortable.

This dress, as some of the other Derek Heart dresses that I've gotten, is made of stretchy, ribbed fabric. It conforms to your curves without emphasizing every flaw. The fabric is a good thickness, not overly thin. The ribbing helps camouflage a few bumps and rolls here and there.

I am 5ft 105lbs, and I got a Medium size. After washing, it shrinks a bit and fits me perfectly. Not too tight, but still flattering.

This dress is so cute with the little cut-outs at the shoulders. It is a unique style. The back straps is a racerback style. I use a strap clip on a regular bra to convert it to a racer back bra to wear with this dress.

This dress is very versatile for different occasions. It can be worn with sneakers for a casual sporty look, cute flats or sandals for an everyday look, or heels and jewelry to dress it up a bit.

I got this dress in black, but it does come in other colors. I would size up, though, because I think they run small. I normally wear XS or Small in Target dresses and tops. But I typically get a Medium when it comes to Derek Heart dresses.

Scalp Spray for Growth and Extra Body

AG Hair Spray BodyI have been using AG Hair Spray Body for around a year now. I have tried other brands of hair volumizers and root boosts, like Paul Mitchell's Daily Boost spray. But none could compare to this AG Hair product. What first caught my attention was the list of ingredients. AG Hair Spray Body contains many ingredients that I've read can improve hair growth, like Nettle, Hops, Rosemary, Panthenol, wheat protein, and amino acids, to name a few.

Well, I thought, it would be a plus to grow more hair, since having very little hair is the reason for my using Spray Body. I've had lots of hair growth and a lot less hair loss while using this hair volumizer. It really seems to have long term health benefits for my hair, in addition to the immediate volume it gives my hair.

I usually spray this product all around my hair roots. Then I blow dry. It creates volume that lasts even through a hair rinsing. I've been spraying my scalp with witch hazel, rinsing, and then conditioning. The AG Hair Spray Body doesn't get completely washed out that way. And I don't have to re-apply after rinsing.

My hair is naturally straight, fine, sparse, and flat. This hair volumizing product gives my hair life that I never thought it could have. Since using this, I have actually gotten compliments on my hair. And when I see pictures of myself with this product on my hair, I'm always surprised at how much volume it has, especially for it being long.

AG Hair Spray Body is a little pricey, so I tried to switch back to Paul Mitchell's Daily Boost Spray, which is cheaper. But there was no comparison. I got the volume I wanted, but I started getting a lot of hair fallout. And it didn't work well with my dry shampoo.Needless to say, I came back to AG Hair Spray Body.

Luckily I found it on Amazon for a much better price than other places. So I continue to get it from Amazon and probably will forever.

CrissCross Top

With crisscross tops being all the rage now, I had to get my hands on one. I found this wine colored crisscross top, and thought I'd give it a shot. I got a medium thinking it would shrink, but it stayed true to size. It is a little big for me, as I usually fit an XS or S in Target & Wal-Mart sizes.

That being said, it is a beautiful wine/burgundy color. The fabric is stretchy and pretty nice. Since the top is a little baggy, I like to wear it with leggings or skinny capris.

The top can be worn with the crisscross in the front or the back. I prefer it with the crisscross on the front, since my hair tends to cover my back.

There are many other different colors that this top comes in. I think I'll get the brown in a size small next time.

Sleeveless Denim Dress

Sleeveless Denim DressSleeveless Denim DressI first saw this sleeveless denim dress at a local clothing boutique. It immediately caught my eye. I had been looking for a casual denim dress for a while. I liked the sort of western look of it. They didn't have my size at the boutique, but I came across it on Amazon. And it was a lot cheaper than what the boutique was selling it for. So I put it on my wish list and my hubby got it for my birthday.

I got a size Small, which was the smallest size they had at the time. I am 5ft and 105lbs. I washed it, thinking it would shrink, but it didn't really seem to shrink much. The size Small fits me a little loose, I would have liked it a little more snug. But I still like the dress.

I love how it has a little fading in the front. It adds interest and gives it  character. The belt that comes with it is very cute, too. It is a lightweight tan pu thin braided belt.

I think this dress is cute with sandals, heels, espadrilles, wedges, ankle boots, and even Keds. It is a cool, casual summer dress. But I think it could even work for fall with a light jacket and ankle boots.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

Maybelline Dream Velvet FoundationI've gotten many compliments on my skin. Mostly because it is relatively smooth with very few bumps (acne). But for me, smooth skin does not come naturally, or without careful TLC. I have found that eradicating the facial enemies is half, if not 80% of the battle. The other part is keeping the intruders out.. So what does this all mean?

The true enemies of the skin are things that we are "allergic" to. By allergic, I mean things that cause bad skin reactions, like acne. I have found that most facial creams/lotions, foundations, sunscreens, blushes, and bronzers have things in them that cause acne for me. A few of them are some type of oil, talc, chemical sunscreens, and even zinc oxide. My skin is so sensitive, that the list of "allergens" goes on.

Once I discovered and eliminated those allergens from my facial applications, I found much clearer skin. I can't help but wonder if doing so would help many others who suffer from adult acne.

After trying so many foundations of so many brands, drugstore as well as prestige, I finally settled on one simple foundation that seems to do trick for me. It has a short list of ingredients and contains no facial enemies for me. In addition, it wards off intruders.

Facial intruders for me are mostly just dust and dirt in the air. This foundation seems to seal my skin nicely and protect it from those acne-causing dirt particles. The reason I know it is the foundation is because on the days I wear the foundation, my skin has much less bumps at the end of the night, when I wash my face.

In case you are wondering what this simple foundation is, it is Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation. It usually runs $9.99 or so at the store, but I have found it cheapest on Amazon. This foundation is medium coverage. It contains sodium hyaluronate to hydrate the skin. I have found it to be a little incompatible with some facial moisturizers I use. It tends to form a solid paste that sloughs off my face and prevents proper blending of the foundation. So I just use the foundation by itself, and it goes on smooth and keeps my skin sufficiently hydrated.

There is a blending sponge-on-a-stick tool Maybelline created especially for the Dream Velvet Foundation. But I get great results just blending with my fingers. The formula is dries quickly, so you have to blend quickly.

I do use a little bit of powder around my oily areas. The foundation goes on matte-looking. But after some time, it melds into my skin and looks very natural and a bit dewy. The formula contains synthetic fluorographite, which adds a subtle glow and highlight to cheekbones, forehead, etc. I think it is really pretty and have had a hard time finding a foundation that has that effect without being too glisteny.

I have also had a hard time finding a foundation that is as good for my skin as the Dream Velvet. Many other foundations contain an oily chemical or natural oil to help make the foundation more spreadable. Those things give me acne. Dream Velvet Foundation is not as spreadable, but it is worth the trade-off for healthy skin.

Speaking of healthy skin, on the mornings after using the Dream Velvet Foundation, my skin is so healthy-looking. My pores are smaller, my skin is more evenly hydrated, without dry patches that I would normally have had, and just smoother and more rejuvinated. Believe me, I have occasionally switched to a different foundation, just to try, or used a higher SPF makeup, and found my skin paying for it the next morning.

But with Dream Velvet, my skin is rewarded for using it. I think of it as a skin care item now, and I even use it on stay home days, just to continue taking care of my skin.

I know everyone's skin is different. But if you can't seem to calm that acne down, then it might be worth a try. My skin, like most, changes shades from summer to winter. So I buy two colors of the Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation and mix them together to achieve the perfect shade all year long. My skin tone is on the yellow or golden side. So I use Natural Beige 75 (a light-medium golden) and Caramel 92 (a deeply tanned golden).

In the winter, I squeeze a small amount of the Natural Beige onto my finger and a tiny smidgen of Caramel. I rub the two together onto my face, and the color fits me perfectly. In the summer, I go a little heavier on the Carmel, and I get a combination that matches my summer tan nicely.

Updated 7/24/2017

Here are before makeup and after makeup pics:

Bare Face

Bare face without foundation

Dream Velvet Foundation

Dream Velvet Foundation

This makeup has evened out and smoothed the skin, matted out some shine, and covered some dark spots / freckles.

The long term skincare effects of this foundation make it priceless.


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