Milani: Illuminating Face Powder Or: Embossed Pressed Powder Porn

What if one of my favorite cosmetic lines made a pressed powder with embossed roses on it? Well, I’d swoon. Then I’d fawn. Then I’d take a billion photos of it to save for my own makeup porn collection…

Milani doesn’t just make awesome makeup, I’m calling these art!

From the top: Hermosa Rose; Beauty’s Touch; Amber Nectar. All Illuminating Face Powder.

These compacts are a blush, a bronzer and a highlighter, all in one. It can give you a hint of color or, built it up slowly.

Now, I’ll just leave you to be with awesomeness…

I couldn’t use these until I photo’d them. That’s quite obsessive but it makes me happy. These are sheer enough for me to use all three ways too. Here are some swatches…

Very subtle. Very lovely. Milani wins my heart again with a beautiful product that delivers as promised.

Have you tried these out?

Four Product Reviews on NYX Cosmetics

It is by no means a secret that I hate summers in Florida. It’s just too friggin’ hot here! With my job, I’m in and out of the car all day. And my car is a mobile oven. Ugh!

So, the nice people at NYX Cosmetics are on my happy list. They have a few products that are going to make my summer just a bit more tolerable. They helped sponsor the last Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida meet up, and here is what I have to share…


First of all, that is one of the cutest durn packages I have seen!! And inside were 4 full-size goodies.

Let me start with the one that is going to be a BFF this summer…

I have used blotting papers before. This is something that works great for my skin, as it will get shiny as the day goes on and down-right sweaty as the summer goes on.

Yet, NYX’s Tea Tree Blotting Papers are just a bit better than the ordinary blotting papers. These have tea tree oil in them. Tea tree oil is known for its facial oil absorption properties. Now, I know not everyone likes the smell of tea tree oil. But this doesn’t have a heavy scent. And, after using a blotting tissue, the smell does not linger. However, it is what it takes away that makes this Da Bomb…no shiny skin.

It wouldn’t be too pretty to show you a used blotting paper, so I’ll just tell you this: pressing the tissue onto the shiny areas of my face magically disappear and end up on the tissue. INSTANT RESULTS!!!

And, I really want to know how NYX knew to give me a pink polish?…


‘Wild Orchid’ will be getting a review of her own, very soon.

Next, I got a matte bronzing powder…


A little bit is all I need to warm up my complexion for a summer look.

And, an illuminating bronzer powder…


I am, actually, using the illuminating bronzer as a blush. This makes for a very natural look on me. Both of these give me the look of sun without the damaging results. Swatch posts will be coming up very soon on the bronzers as well.

Many thanks to NYX Cosmetics for their sponsorship. These go nicely on the vanity with my many other NYX cosmetics. I get my NYX Cosmetics at Sephora and I have ordered directly from NYX Cosmetics.  

These products have been given to me for my honest review. The opinions are my own.

E Equals M C Squared and My Polish Stash

Organization makes me feel…organized. I like everything squared away. Feng Shui says that if your living space is orderly, so is your life. I need to get things tidied up!

I can only account this photo to being a good shopper…

There are sooo many new polishes out there, well, old too, that I started to be concerned that I would purchase duplicates. Especially on Forever 21’s Love and Beauty polishes, since I had just shopped there.

I got the bright idea to take all the un-swatched polishes and divide them into color groups. Keep in mind, these are just the ones that I haven’t tried yet. (Man, look how puny that pink pile is!!!)

The ones on the rubbermaid file cabinet are shatters and crackles along with some polishes that have been swatched but need to be reviewed. Same with the ones lined up by my printer table, swatched, waiting their turn.

About 1/3 of the way into separating my polishes, I got very anxious. I felt like I did when I cheated took a test in school. What if my hubs came up to my office and saw all these polishes? Oh, he’d have a cow! And sadly, he’d think that these would be ALL the polishes I own, not just the un-swatched. It would get ugly.

Last week I did go to Forever 21. I just can’t help myself. OK, I can, but it’s better than rewarding myself first with a sweet treat.

This is cute…

My last ear buds came apart during a run. I got these to try out. For less than $5, they are not bad at all. I did smell them. Nope, didn’t smell like strawberries. Oh, well.

A very sparkly bronzer and some loose, silver minerals.

It’s hard to see in the bottle how shiny and silver the minerals are. However, a swipe shows it fairly well. Today, I mixed the silver powder with my body lotion and it gave my arms a subtle shimmer.

The bronzer is very shimmery. And it’s more of a shimmery highlighter than bronzer. I dusted it on the apples of my cheeks. It made for a gentle, dewy look. I think the swatch on my finger, albeit blurry, does show that it is more shimmer than bronze.

So, I have some silver and some gold shimmer powders…

The best thing about the bronzer…it helped to get mycolor back when the blood drained from my pallor, thinking my hubs would walk in on my playing with my polish. Shhhh….only YOU know about my stash(es).

Here’s one of my all-time Far Side cartoons…

Do you like your polishes all squared away?