E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection Review, Swatches, & Video Tutorial

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection Eyeshadow Palette, Blush & Highlighter Palette, Matte Liquid Lipstick and Shimmer Lipgloss Review on Daisi Jo Reviews
The new collection by E.L.F. Cosmetics, Modern Metals is easily becoming one of my Fall favorites! The collection was released a few weeks ago and is a collaboration between E.L.F. and several beauty influencers including Leslie AlvaradoYuri AntillonKathlyn CelesteIrash Javed, and Mia Randria during the E.L.F. Beautyscape event in New Orleans. The collection is based on the vibrant colors of New Orleans. There are so many things I really love about the collection. For one, I love how creamy the eyeshadows go on, how blendable the blushes and the highlighters are.  

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection Eyeshadow Palette, Blush & Highlighter Palette, Matte Liquid Lipstick and Shimmer Lipgloss

The shadow palette features 5 shimmery shade and 5 matte shades. The matte shades are composed of bold colors like purple, blue, gold, and what I would describe as a terra-cotta. The shimmery shades follow a gradient of gold tones - ranging from a pearl, champagne, gilded gold, solid gold, and bronze gold.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

The blush and contour palette is equally impressive. It’s most optimal for people with medium skin tone but really every skin tone can work with this palette. The blush shades are a peachy orange, a mauve shade and a shade that’s more on the bronze side so it could be used for a blush or a bronzing effect. The blushes go on and blend well but what really has me in awe are the highlighters, especially the last one at the end. It’s this magical ombre which I think creates such a natural shimmer. All of the highlights have this microfine shimmer strobe effect but the last one in the palette really does it for me and if E.L.F. ever decides to offer this highlight shade as an independent product, I’d be certain to buy it. 
E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection Blush & Highlight Palette Swatches

At first look, I wasn’t thinking that the Modern Metals collection could essentially be a “holiday” collection until I tried on the matte liquid lip. The burnt orange shade really says Fall in a bold way that still manages to wear well during the daytime. Once I applied the lipgloss over the matte liquid lip ( like you’ve probably seen E.L.F. do in the editorials and other influencers do on Instagram), I realized not only do I have a Fall lip but I also have a sexy, festive holiday lip look that isn’t the cliche red.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection Matte Liquid Lipstick and  Lipgloss Swatches

I’ve included all of my photos trying on the Modern Metals Collection and my full video tutorial of the E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection look below: 

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection Eyeshadow Palette, Blush & Highlighter Palette, Matte Liquid Lipstick and Shimmer Lipgloss

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection Eyeshadow Palette, Blush & Highlighter Palette, Matte Liquid Lipstick and Shimmer Lipgloss

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection Eyeshadow Palette, Blush & Highlighter Palette, Matte Liquid Lipstick and Shimmer Lipgloss Try-On

Unretouched Selfie with natural light wearing E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection

Video Tutorial of E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Collection $32

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Eyeshadow $12

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Blush & Highlight Palette $12

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Matte Lipstick $6

E.L.F. Cosmetics Modern Metals Lipgloss $6

Disclosure: E.L.F. is a publicly traded company in which I am an investor. My opinions are absolutely my own. Unless stated this is not a sponsored or paid advertisement. However, I do sometimes include affiliate links (*). There are outbound links that allow me to receive a very small percentage of any sale made. 

25 Minute Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

25 Minute Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

I haven’t posted a food review or a recipe in a while but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy eating! Hahaha. I cook at home a few days a week and recycling the same recipes can get kind of boring. Last week I saw this recipe for a quick baked stuffed sweet potato with spinach and eggs on the @goodful Instagram feed and I thought it looked pretty easy and quick to make.

There are a few things I did differently than the IG video: I made 3 sweet potatoes instead of 2 which needed a longer microwave time in order to soften the inside of the sweet potato. I also misjudged the oven time for fear of having undercooked eggs but next time I’ll stick to the 12 minutes suggested time.

2 Sweet Potatoes (If you’re going to make more than 2 at a time you’ll need to increase the microwave time in order to get an evenly softened center.) -
4 Eggs ( 1 per sweet potato halve) -
1 Cup of Shredded Spinach -
1/2 Tbspn of Salt and Pepper - 
1/2 Cup of Almond Milk (or you can use the milk type of your choice)

Using a fork, poke holes around each sweet potato.
Microwave for 7 minutes (approx. 3.5 minutes per potato)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Using a cutting board, cut potatoes in half and spoon out the center of the sweet potato. Place the extra sweet potato into a separate bowl
Move hollowed out sweet potatoes to a baking sheet.
Fill the hollowed out sweet potatoes with a raw egg and shredded spinach
Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper.
Place in oven for 8-12 minutes.
Mash the sweet potato pulp in a bowl
Add Milk and mix with a hand mixer

25 Minute Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes
Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

Why You Should Buy An Essential Oil Diffuser?

I mentioned several months back that we moved to a new apartment and with the move came a lot of other lifestyle changes surrounding our desire to have more quiet time (while still living in the city), less dust, a better nights sleeps and overall well being! Who doesn’t want that, right? 

Over time we broke down what steps we should take in order to achieve these goals, some of which included choosing an interior unit versus facing the city streets, like in our last building. We also decided on no “entertainment” in the bedroom, i.e. television, laptops, phones or any devices in general. However, we did add one new gadget that has transformed our daily meditations and sleep - an essential oil diffuser!

We went back and forth about getting one for a while. I guess because it’s easy to categorize a diffuser as a nonessential household item and we just thought we may be being too extra. If you’re undecided about purchasing an essential oil diffuser than allow me to explain why investing in one may be the best thing you’ve ever done for your overall health and wellness. You’ll likely end up like me attempting to carry your diffuser around with you everywhere as if it’s a newborn baby.

Inhaling the right oil, at the right time can do wonders for channeling  inner peace when you feel like you’re going to lose your shit over the latest news, improve your health by boosting limbic system even while living in a crowded smoggy city, and  achieve more restful sleep which I can not emphasis enough how much of a difference quality of sleep can make. 

Youre likely wondering how the combination of essential oils and a humidifier work? When you inhale the mist of essential oils, the molecules are absorbed through membranes in the nasal cavity which allows for the limbic system to absorb the molecules. 

We’re really trying to maximize on the benefits of essential oils through aromatherapyMr. DJR often deals with terrible nasal congestion so we decided the diffuser we should get had to be a humidifying diffuser. They’re the most common ones you’ll find. The most important thing was that it wasn’t so clunky that we couldn’t easily move it to a different room or clean it when necessary. 

For his congestion, we’ve been adding eucalyptus oil at night. During the morning I like to change the essential oil to lavender to rid myself of the morning head fog and get some clarity. On the weekend we tend to switch it up and add lemongrass or sweet orange oil to reduce dust allergens and improve indoor air quality. When I’m feeling stressed and anxious I go straight for the rosemary oil. 

Surprisingly there’s little maintenance involved. Our diffuser came with a water cup so it’s easy to refill, add an essential oil and set the timer to our desired length. Our diffuser holds 300ml of water and has a timer option of 1 - 6 hours on timed mode. It will automatically shut down when water runs out.

The most important thing you need to know is not to keep it by a window. It’s tempting to think that fresh air mixed with the essential oils will be best but in reality, the good stuff just goes out the window. So keep your diffuser more towards the center of the room.

Theres a ton of options and price ranges out there for humidifiers and diffusers but I don’t think you need to spend a fortune to start gaining to benefits of having an essential oil diffuser in your home. You should spend no more than $20-30 on a diffuser that is reliable. We found ours for $24.96 with free shipping. We purchased our oils separately because we wanted to hand select each of our oils but there are also kits available. I’ve curated a short selection of my top oils that you can shop here. 

If you’ve got a favorite essential oil you think I should try, I’d love to hear about it!

300ml Wood Grain Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Aromatherapy Air Humidifier available at

ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Top 8 Essential Oils:

Optikal Contact Care Acuvue Oasys Daily Hydra Contacts | Daisi Jo Reviews

I’ve been using Optikal Contact Care for more than 6 months now and I’ve been absolutely happy with their service and product. If you haven’t seen my 1rst review of Optikal Contact Care, you can read it here,

Optikal recently sent me their new release of daily contact lenses.  Optikal now offers Acuvue Oasys Daily Hydra Luxe Daily Lenses service with 3 subscription options. Prior to trying these daily lenses, I’d never really thought about using daily lenses because they are so much thinner and I didn’t think they were going to be durable enough but boy was I wrong!

It wasnt until I was packing for a trip to a destination wedding that I realized that I didn’t have to pack contact solution - saving weight on my luggage and mental sanity not having to stress about spillage.  After our first late night celebrating and too much wine, I really appreciated not having to fill up a lens case and carefully store my contacts. Instead, effortlessly removed and chucked them into the trash. No worries about makeup gunk, ripping or dropping them.

I’m also a runner and am regularly concerned with my eyes getting dry and falling out while out on a run. although I would never try to save a contact that has hit the ground or any unclean surface; there is some relief in knowing that if/when one of my contacts does fall out, I’d only be losing a few hours of use versus several days. 

So how does Optikal’s new service work? It’s super easy and just like subscribing to any of their other services. Simply, go to their website and complete the subscription information, upload your prescription ( you must have a prescription for daily contact lenses) and place your order. A customer service rep will confirm your order when it’s ready. 

Optikal offers 3 subscription models:
  • Monthly $54.99
  • 3 Months $156 (5% discount)
  • Yearly $593 (10% discount)

Optikal Contact Care is now available in ALL STATES except:
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • New Hampshire
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
My Optikal Contact Care box came with:

  • 3 months supply of Daily Contact Lenses labeled Left and Right with Optikal Lens Stickers
  • 5 Contact Lens Wipes
  • Plus a Bonus Item: Rewetting drops and a Backup pair of contact lenses. (Acuvue Oasys Bi-Weekly Lenses) 


I really love that Optikal adds the Left and Right stickers to my contact lens box which makes it so easy to tell which box is for which eye. I think it’s a really nice touch in place of having to read the small print on the side of the boxes every time you need to change your lenses.

The contact lens wipes have come in handy since I’ve switched to Optikal. I carry them in my purse and I’m easily able to remove my contacts when I’m on the go without having to worry about getting bacteria in my eyes. 

The Rewetting drops is a 2 oz sized solution from the same brand as my contact solution which is the ReNu. The backup pair of contact lenses are the same as the original contact lenses in my first video for Optikal, the Acuvue Oasys Bi Weekly.
For my blog readers and youtube viewers, I’m collaborating with Optikal to offer a 20% discount off of your first month by entering PROMO CODE: DAISI2018.

Optikal isn’t like those other brands that have you hoping to get in touch with a real person if you have any problems with your order. The team at Optikal is super easy to reach. Have a question? Just reach out at the info below:

(423) 781-1545

Skechers Performance L.A. Marathon 2018 Recap

Daisi Jo Reviews Skechers Performance LA Marathon 2018

Confession: I didn’t run the LA Marathon this year! Instead, I went to the LA Marathon Expo to support friends and to share in the expo experience - which in itself is an epic event!

There were tons of vendors offering great deals on running gear and yummy snacks. But my favorite part of the expo turned out to be the Skechers display.

The LA Marathon starts at the Dodger Stadium and ends at the Santa Monica intersection of Ocean Ave & California Ave for a total of 26.2 miles. More than 26,000 runners participated in the 30th annual LA Marathon. The winners of the 2018 race were Weldon Kirui for men (Kenya)  and Sule Gedo for women (Ethiopia).

Next year’s race is on March 24, 2019. See you there!

Daisi Jo Reviews Skechers Performance LA Marathon 2018

Daisi Jo Reviews Skechers Performance LA Marathon 2018