Eye Shadow Review And FOTD

Hey Pumps and Gloss-ers,

Please add Purely Cosmetics to my list of favorite brands.

Purely Cosmetics is a mineral cosmetics company based in California.  The owner, Robyn, is a mentch (just for you, Robyn).  😉 She sent me a few samples of the new, limited edition Cream To Powder Shadows.  I absolutely love them.  The shadows are solid, yet soft.  The shadow has staying power and highly blendable. Some have compared it to MAC’s Paint Pots, but I think the Cream To Powder Shadows are better than Paint Pots *gasp* and I love Paint Pot as a shadow base, but not as shadow. The shadows glide on the eyelid with no streaking and the color payoff is strong.  I tell you, I am in love.

In the FOTD below, I used the Cream to Powder shadow as base and shadow.

I created this look for church, a very soft and sassy look.  *Yes, you can be slightly sassy for church* lol


  • NC 50/NW 43 Studio Tech Foundations
  • NYX Concealer in Nutmeg


  • Matte Gel
  • L’Oreal De-Crease
  • Nice Vice Paint Pot
  • Too Faced Heiress e/s
  • Knight Divine e/s (hint of)
  • Purely Cosmetics’ Cream To Powder Shadow in Slate Blue
  • Femme Fi e/s
  • L’Oreal Naturale Mascara in Black
  • Barry M kohl liner in Navy Blue


  • Gleeful Mineralized Blush
  • Porcelain Pink MSF


  • Pucker Tendertone
  • MoonBathe Honeymoon l/s

Please get the Limited Edition Cream To Powder Shadow duos and/or palettes, you will be very pleased.  The price is definitely right, so if I were you, I would get 3 of each color.

Overall Rating: 5
Price [Value]:5
Packaging Quality: 4
Would you buy this product again? Is a HECK YA sufficient

Mix Maven aka Mix Meyven


Sleep, Baby, Sleep

Being a new mum means limited amounts of sleep.

Found a product that helps baby sleep.  I am telling you it works. Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Bath and Lotion.  These two products are must haves for all babies. When it is bath time and I really need for the LM to sleep (when he is fighting sleep and getting fussy), I use the both bath and lotion.  He usually goes to sleep in about 10 mins and can sleep up to 5 hours.  I still use the regular Johnson Baby Bath and Lotion because I do not want to over use the bed time products.

The scent is lavender and chamomile… very relaxing for baby and parents.

When using these products, keep track of changes to baby’s skin, if any.  LM skin reacts well to the Bedtime products, but do not assume your baby will.

Total Beauty – Total Cure

Kia, from Slvrlips’ Musiq and Beauty Haven blog, sent me info regarding the Total Beauty Breast Cancer initiative for the month of October.

From Official Press Release:

October 1, 2008, Los Angeles, CA: Every three minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.  This staggering statistic resonated deeply with the members of the Total Beauty blog community, many of whom have been personally touched by the disease.  In the spirit of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,, in partnership with its network of beauty blogs, is hosting a month-long initiative that integrates breast cancer awareness, breast cancer research fundraising and beauty giveaways to engage women in the quest for a cure.

Total Beauty – Total Cure is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of prevention and early detection, and arming women with the knowledge they need to take control of their health, bringing us one step closer to a world without breast cancer.

“As a hereditary breast cancer survivor, I know the importance of early detection. Research is the key to increasing survivorship and finding a cure.  I am more optimistic than ever that it’s possible.  I am thrilled that the beauty bloggers are joining together to do their part,” remarks beauty blogger, Debbi O’Shea.

Breast cancer information, screening guidelines, and links to available resources will be integrated throughout the campaign.  The Total Beauty blog community will engage its readership through daily giveaways that require entrants to answer breast cancer trivia, making the contests dually educational and fun.  Giveaways will also be hosted on Total Beauty – Total Cure pages on Facebook and MySpace; throughout the month of October, all visitors who become a “friend” of the pages will be entered in a drawing to win a bounty of beauty products.

Giveaway sponsors include Anastasia Beverly Hills, Benefit, Cargo, Clarisonic, Jurlique, L’Oreal Paris, NARS, Stila and Tarte.  This unique collaboration of beauty bloggers, beauty brands and Total Beauty is one to show a united voice of strength and hope that, someday soon, we will close in on a cure to breast cancer.

For more information on the Total Beauty-Total Cure campaign, please visit:

Please support,

Mix Maven

Say Hello to MAC’s Goodbye List

Say Hello to MAC Cosmetics Discontinued and the last of Limited Edition products aka the Goodbye List.  MAC is offering free shipping on any purchase. (Sidebar: I am surprised to see Post Haste and the rest of the Matte2s on the discontinued list.  Maybe they will be reformulated.) Some of the items on the discontinued list will be sold exclusively at MAC Pro Stores (and there are not too many of those.) So stock up on these goodies.  Free shipping ends October 22, 2008

MAC Cosmetics Free Shipping Code GOODBYE8

MAC Cosmetics Free Shipping Code GOODBYE8

Happy Haulin’

Mix Maven

Mix Maven Update 9-17-2008

Hey Pumps and Glossy Ones,

Just wanted to update you on some Pumps and Gloss info.

I am sure that you have noticed the changes in the layout (not the final layout) and more changes are coming.  One change, better yet addition is the Swatch Gallery (upper right hand area).  I have placed all the swatches that I have posted in previous blog entries, plus additional Too Faced eye shadow swatches.  (Sidebar: I have new found respect for the bloggers that create makeup swatches for readers….my hats off to you!)

More Hello Kitty finds:

Run to your local Target because the Dollar section is being updated with new products, which means items are 50%, which is 50 cents… cannot beat that with a bat! Here are some of my Hello Kitty finds:

Hello Kitty Black Case

Hello Kitty Black Case

I am totally obsessed with travel makeup storage.  I can never have enough!

So I will definitely be using this case for housing eye shadows (can hold about 5 MAC eye shadows and 2 eye shadow brushes) When I am on the go, this case will come in very handy.

Hello Kitty Case Inside

Hello Kitty Case Inside

Pink, Green and White Small Hello Kitty Tote

Pink, Green and White Small Hello Kitty Tote

The cutest little tote bag.  I will use it for storing non-cosmetics HBAs, so I can easily locate them once we arrive at our destination.  I promise that you will not see me toting this adorable little bag on the streets. 🙂

What are some of your fun, inexpensive finds?

Mix Maven

Birthday Wish List

Hey yall,
Today is my 25th birthday, yes 25! *wink wink* 😉
Everyone deserves to be showered with gifts on their birthday.
Here is my birthday wish list *operative word is WISH*
First on the list is the iPod Touch.  I really like this gadget because I can have access to the Internet without having to get an AT&T mobile phone plan.  I like my current mobile carrier and I do not want to switch.  I also love my smartphone,a BlackBerry Curve *BlackBerry Brigage Unite!!*,

but I do not always have access to certain websites.  On the iPod Touch, as long as there is Wi-Fi, users can have access to the real Internet via Safari, plus loads of games and other fun features and yeah the iPod part too.  I have a feeling that Apple will release a pink iPod Touch next year, so I can wait, but I still want one. LOL
iPod Touch

iPod Touch
I am new fan of Asos, a UK e-tailer, and I found a couple of things on the site that I want:
The Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch.
Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch

Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch
I love baubly jewelry and I enjoy the sound that charm bracelets make.   I like the fact the bracelet doubles as a watch. Cute and functional!
Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch (Another View)

Betsey Johnson Multi Charm Bracelet Watch (Another View)

Paul's Boutique Patent Ostrich Twister Bag

Paul’s Boutique Patent Ostrich Twister Bag

This bag is huge and shiny, a great combo in my book. 😉 The older I get, the more accoutrement I need to help me through the day.  Now, I do not like the skull and bones on the purse, but a quick snip should do the job!

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Rose Print Pleated Dress is the cutest!  I do not wear dresses often because I am a top and skirt kinda lady.  One can never go wrong with separates if built differently on the top and bottom.  I am not even sure if the dress hides any sins, but I love monochromatic charcoal grey pattern….whimsical yet elegant design.

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Rose Print Pleated Dress

Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique Rose Print Pleated Dress

The MAC Palette created by Manisha Arora.  Yes, the colors are dupable and I even own some of the colors, but I love the packaging.  MAC Cosmetics knows how to tug at my purse strings.  lol  The corally pink and gold casing with heart-shaped gems, one word “Gorge” lol
Manish Arora for MAC eye shadow palette

Manish Arora for MAC eye shadow palette (Courtesy of
I will try to have tons of fun on my birthday, which may include a nap, LOL.  But know for sure that I will be celebrating all week. 😉
Have a great day
Stay beautiful,
Mix Maven

NonPareil Boutique Sale

If you have any money left from all the recent beauty sales or if you have not been affected by the economic turmoil, check out the NonPareil Boutique Sale.  The e-tailer has lowered prices on many popular items, so check them out if you can.  I have purchased from them before and I have been pleased with the processing and shipping times.