Setting Your Makeup With Powder Just Got An Upgrade


Slay all day.

Finding products that make your makeup last all day is what makes a ‘holy grail’ product. Setting your face is the key and we’ve all got our tricks that work for our skin. Pressed powder, setting spray, and a loose setting powder all have a place in our makeup bags. Stila is bringing innovation to getting your makeup to stay all day with a new way to set your face.



That’s right! A spray setting powder!

Did setting your makeup just get easier or messier?

Here’s the thing. Unlike a typical liquid setting spray, which you apply directly to your face, this powder setting spray is meant to be applied to your brush.


In your fantasy, you can image an aerosol type of spray with powder that easily sets your face or applies lashes (bc i still have no clue how to). But in reality, the spray would camel spit powder on your face, get in your hair and ruin your outfit. I don’t think your makeup would even set well if you sprayed powder onto your face. You need to press it in into your skin.


Stila’s In The Buff Powder Spray has a little bit of a learning curve.

Learning how to spray this powder on to your brush may take a few rounds of practice.

One other concern is how much product is lost. When your spray the powder on to your brush, a lot of it just ends up floating in the air. So the bottle may contain .39oz but you absolutely will not get to use all of it. Some product gets lost when you use a loose setting powder but it looks like a lot more will be wasted from a spray bottle.

The up side is it’s quick! I imagine for a makeup artist this would be better that pouring out a loose powder then swirling your brush in it. Just spray on the brush and then apply on to a client’s face.


The Big Claim: “Stila's loose setting In The Buff Powder Spray feels like spun silk on skin. This microfine powder instantly blurs imperfections and sets makeup, while skin-loving, oil-absorbing ingredients mattify skin without making it look dry.” (source)

Need to know: Available in 3 shades, translucent, light/medium, and medium/deep
Avaiable at Ulta, Macys, and
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Can you see yourself using this powder?



By Amanda V.


The beauty industry's fairy godmother, Pat McGrath has done it again, this time not with dazzling glitter lips or holy halo highlights but with PALETTES! Yes, that's right, P A L E T T E S! Not 1, not 2 but 3 that will be PERMANENT!!! Hallelujah!!! Can you hear me screaming in your ear? 

The MOTHERSHIP Palettes, are the centerpieces of her first ever upcoming Unlimited Collection. Each stunningly fashion forward palette includes 10 luxurious pressed powders that are gorgeously packed with powerfully pigmented, glimmering metals, both bold and neutral along with rich mattes. Each set is going to be like getting a glimpse through the iconic makeup artist's 25 year career that shook the beauty and fashion worldthrough her editorial work, global runways and the red carpet. 

I think it is AMAZING as well as humbling that Pat herself, being a fan of art beyond beauty, found mega talented young artists on Social Media to work with her on the packaging of her new Pat McGrath Labs collection. 

Mothership I: Subliminal

Mothership I: Subliminal

Mothership II: Sublime

Mothership II: Sublime

Mothership III: Submersive. 

Mothership III: Submersive. 

All of us at love and admire Mother Pat and we are so excited for this Collection to launch on in September and at and select Sephora stores in October. Each palette will retail for $125.


... and not only is mother releasing the 3 stunning palettes, but there will also be LuxeTrance lipsticks added to the collection along with the MatteTrance lipsticks that she released earlier this summer as well as Dark Star Mascara, PermaGel Ultra Glide Eyeliners and Lip Pencils!!! I'm excitedly shaking as I type this, honestly. 


Which Mothership palette from the Pat McGrath Labs Unlimited Collection is on your wish list?




When you decide to change the life you like in order to have the Life You Love: Fit Mom Michele Marsili


Interview with Pepper.B

Think like a queen.

A queen is not afraid to fail.

Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. 


I am a former Sales Executive and makeup artist turned stay at home, work from home wife & mother. I am a fitness coach and have a passion for beautiful things and connecting with people. I have 2 dogs and live in the San Francisco, Bay Area. I feel like I’m an introvert stuck in an extroverts body. My experience in the beauty industry really made me realize a lot about myself. I can take a lot of heat and make shit happen. I was leaving on a plane every week for work, crying in my hotel room all alone and I missed my son and family so much. I realized I wasn’t prioritizing myself or my happiness.   

What made you decide to get into fitness?

One day, I was scrolling through Instagram and a friend that I follow was posting a ton of workout videos. She was working out from home, with her baby and I thought that was pretty cool. The next day, I was getting ready for work, drinking my 2nd cup of coffee and noticed a grey hair. I’m about to be 27, I wasn’t gonna let that happen. I needed change.


Was fitness always your lifetime goal ?

As a kid and teenager, not really. I had my vegetarian binges in high school but nothing hardcore. Once I started to grow up, I watched people that were a few years older than me, start to look grey and overweight. Some of them had kids, some just looked burned out. I remember freshly graduating high school, and crying to my best friend, that I didn’t want to look like ‘that’ after I had a child. Fast forward to today, I made sure that there was no way in hell I was gonna let that happen. 

You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” - Steve jobs

What is your workout routine like?

I wake up every morning at 6:00AM and try to hit my yoga mat by 6:30AM, after 30 minutes of yoga I will incorporate core and butt routine. I’ve been really into using a medicine ball or weight for oblique twists. Every day I focus on something a little different, but always practice yoga.


Do you like working out at home better thAn the gym ? if so why ?

I love working out from home! I used to have a gym membership, and would go one to three times a month if that! Bad, I know. I remember a 3 month period where I didn’t go at all, and this was before I had my son. I like working out from home because I host a challenge group that includes people from across the nation to participate. We schedule our workouts and post our progress so we can see where everyones at, as far as reaching their fitness goals. I need the accountability from my challengers! Without anyone holding you accountable, it can be very difficult to achieve that long term goal.


What are common excuses you hear that prevent people from working out consistently?

Too busy, in pain, and so and so is coming into town. Haha. I think for the most part it’s not a matter of not having time, (because we can all wake up earlier and go to sleep earlier) it's a matter of not prioritizing their health. 

Do you think Meal Prepping is important in order to lose weight?

Meal prepping for me is a game changer! Yes! If you can discipline yourself to meal prep healthy and whole food one time a week on Sundays, you have no excuse to eat poorly throughout the week. Right now, my challengers are on a meal and portion control plan where it gets your eating habits in check quickly. My rule of thumb is weight loss is 75% diet and 25% exercise.

Who is your Muse?

Nicole Richie. Maybe it's because she’s a Virgo and born in the Bay Area haha. I love that she appreciates beauty and doesn’t give a fuck if she fits into the mold or not.

Talk a little bit about your son.

My son is so peaceful and independent. We also share the same birthday, he’s my baby Virgo twin except a little sweeter than I.  Growing up, all I wanted to feel loved and supported no matter what or who I was. I want to give that to my son.

What is your Zodiac Sign?  Virgo- Leo cusp

Talk a little bit about being a fitness coach?

I’m pretty new to this whole fitness thing and a big reason I became one was because I wanted to pursue an avenue that promoted a healthy lifestyle. I was tired and turned off of people celebrating this ‘work hard, drink energy drinks, and eat whatever’s in front of you to be on your game’ lifestyle. I want to add value to people's lives. I wanted to feel good about myself. Coaching has allowed me to connect with people on what I feel is a positive and self improvement level. It’s not a competition. Another perk is, I always have to be on my fitness game, which has changed my life physically and spiritually. I really love it.

What are 5 easy tips you can give women working out from home?

  1.  Wake up an hour earlier to fit it into your busy day

  2.  Drink water right when you roll out of bed

  3.  Schedule your workouts like they are an appointment

  4.  Buy a yoga/workout mat

  5.  When you're feeling unmotivated to workout, put your workout clothes on

When do you feel beautiful?

I feel beautiful after I’ve practiced yoga. Yoga really brings me at peace with myself and connects me to world. I think beauty starts with how you feel on the inside.

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." -Steve Jobs


What are 5 items you can't leave home without?

  1.  Water bottle

  2.  Lip stick

  3.  Sunglasses

  4.  Gum

  5.  Snacks, always gotta be prepared!

What’s the last song you listed to in your Ipod?

Needed Me - Rihanna


If you were a smoothie what would you be and why?

Spicy Mexican Chocolate smoothie!

Because it’s a classic flavor that most people like, but it’s not for everybody and a little different.


What foods do you avoid?

Any thing that comes frozen and is pre cooked or made to be microwaved. No hot pockets or TV dinners for this mama.

Other than that, i’m not picky and I eat a lot more since i’ve been working out consistently. I’m always hungry!


What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?

  • Resilient

  • Courageous

  • Communicator

What food is your guilty pleasure?

I loved baked sweets. Please keep it away.


What is a message you have for women?

Don’t waste your time going through the motions if it doesn’t make you truly happy. I guess that can be applied on many levels with relationships, jobs, friends. Don’t do it. When you find yourself doing that, it’s time to make another move. Practice listening to your intuition. Value yourself and be true to who you are. You are noT supposed to fit into someone else’s agenda. You’re in control.

Join Michele on Instagram @mamas.michele


The Maracuja Kiss Stick by Ruby Kisses Review

This is the only lip product you will need for Summer Sixteen.  Whether your summer plans are hanging out at the beach, or you just need one dance, got a Hennessy in your hand while practicing Drake’s dance moves, or even if you’re stuck at a desk wishing you could do both, this Rare Amazonian Soft Matte Lipstick should be in your makeup bag. It comes in a lightweight plastic, twist up tube with a gold cap that clicks into place giving you the satisfaction that the cap won’t pop off while in your bag. I also really appreciate that Ruby Kiss made the tube match the color of the lipstick so you will never have to guess what shade you’re picking up. 

The Maracuja Kiss Stick is available in 12 shades that include nudes, a deep red and a bright orchid color. Best part? It is so affordable! It’s just under $3, so no matter your style you will find a shade you like or can even experiment with a color you wouldn’t typically go for. I picked up the shade “Tango With Me,” which is a bright, bold orange shade because with such a low price, why play it safe! I never thought I would wear a shade like this. I have a medium dark, olive skin tone and strawberry blonde hair so I didn’t think orange tones would be flattering on me but it compliments my coloring very well. And it isn’t one of those warm shades that makes your teeth look yellow. I paired this bold lip with bronzed skin and a subtle brown smokey eye. Tango With Me brightened my smile, my face, my hair and my mood!


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Application Tip: As with any matte lipstick, be sure to exfoliate and hydrate your lips before application.

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