Browsing Posts from July 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Benefit Cosmetics Go TropiCORAL Lip & Cheek Kit

Are you as obsessed with the coral shade as I am? Then you might want to check out BENEFIT’s new Go TropiCORAL Lip & Cheek Kit and when you breakdown what you get vs the $28 price tag, it’s a total bargain.


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

IT Cosmetics Helps Me Say Bye Bye

It-Cosmetics-Bye-Bye-Under-EyeI’ve become a little obsessed with this next product, as it might be the best I’ve ever seen in this category. It’s a concealer from IT COSMETICS. Bye Bye Under Eye is a full-coverage, waterproof concealer that can be used under eyes, over blemishes, age spots and it really covers beautifully without creasing or caking.

Because the skin under the eyes is so thin and delicate, whenever you put concealer underneath, you run the risk creasing and cracking over time but not with this Bye Bye. It really melts into the skin to become one. Behold, they are one!

The founder worked with leading plastic surgeons in Brazil to create this product and they included a lot of good-for-skin ingredients like vitamins K, A, C, E and Collagen to help with puffiness and overall discoloration.

I’m surprised that this comes in a 1oz tube as it’s really pigmented so a little goes a long way and because it is in a tube, I don’t have to worry about contamination. Big recommendation. Available in 4 shades for $24/1oz @

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Latest In Airbrush Makeup - Belloccio

I’ve tried a few of the lines and I really believe we’ve reached the next level when it comes to airbrush makeup and it’s called BELLOCCIO. Their system contains anti-aging moisturizers like Hyaluronic Acid and aloe (this was just a matter of time though, right?). Airbrush makeup has definitely taken off and it’s not just for the professional person as I know a few people who use it as their everyday makeup. As far as the technique goes, the only challenge is finding your perfect shade, which for the average person can be just that, a challenge. With Belloccio, they try to make it less daunting by having you choose your color palette on their site. The shade families are: Fair, Medium Tan and Dark. Not too difficult. Each color set will include 4 shades (also a bottle of white and black) that fall into that color family – cool, neutral, warm, again, whichever fall into that tone family. Try one of the shades and you may find that you have to add 3 drops of one and then 1 drop of a darker one to get your exact shade. Yes, it will take some time to get the right color but that’s kind of the fun of this kind of makeup. Because once you know your mixture, you can up or down it a little depending on the time of year.

Items start at $49.99 and go up from there depending on if you get colors in addition to the foundations. I recommend the Starter Kit, which includes the compressor, airbrush w/hose, foundation set, blush trio pack, bronzer, their Anti-Aging Moisturizing Primer to help it last for hours, a tanning solution, a 4oz bottle of airbrush cleaner, instructional brochure and DVD, all for $179.99. Read more about the line @

And if you are still afraid of trying it out, I recommend checking out their YouTube channel here. Sometimes a nice visual is all you need, right?

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Shu Uemura Volume Maker

Shu-Uemura-Hair-Volume-Maker-Invisible-Texturizing-PowderWomen seem to be quite obsessed with volume – mainly eyelash volume and hair volume. Well they do say, the bigger the hair, the closer to God.  The latest out there for hair volume is SHU UEMURA’s new Volume Maker ($48/2g @ It’s an invisible hair texturizing powder that comes in a click tube with an application brush at one end. You just click-click to dispense the powder to where you want volume on the root area and rub it a circle.

The formula uses state of the art texturizing polymers encapsulated in micro-particles to adhere to each strand surface. I have had some experience with a powder sort of like this here. I liked how it performed, however, after posting that feature and continuing to use it here and there, I realized the dry powder itself was kind of like fingernails down a chalkboard for me when I would have to rub into the hair. This formula  seems to remind me a lot of it but thankfully I can use the brush quite a bit to rub it in. And then I make use of a comb to do some backcombing to really work it in. Phew!

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2012 Summertime Essentials

What do you need to make sure you have on hand this summer to look great at all times? Here are some suggestions. From L to R clockwise:

Summer-Products-2012A Quick Way to Clean Your Skin - SIMPLE Soothing Facial Toner - $6.99/6.7oz @ – Witch Hazel, Pro-Vitamin B5 and chamomile help calm and rebalance the skin.

An Anti-Aging SunscreenAMWAY Artistry Time Defiance Day Protect Lotion SPF 15 - $64.10/1.7oz @ -  protects skin with their own Artistry Defense Complex 4 anti-aging ingredients while protecting from  UVA and UVB rays.

A Summery Scent To Tie It All TogetherESCADA Especially Escada EDP Spray - $62/2.5oz @ – a fruity flowery mix of pear, rose, Ambrette Seeds, Ylang Ylang and musk.

A Bronzer to Boost My “It’s Summertime!” LookPHYSICIANS FORMULA Bronze Booster - $14.95 @ – a little here and a little there help brighten and accentuate the face.

A Won’t Budge Eye Shadow Primer - MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Prime - $19 @ – I used this one to test out yesterday’s shadows and it really made a difference.

To Keep the Eye Area HydratedBASQ Cucumber Tea Soothing Eye Gel - $24/.5oz @ – cucumber and green tea soothe the area around eyes.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review+Swatches - Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow

Seems the huge trend, and I like it, is longevity when it comes to eye shadows and the latest to throw their hat into the ring is SMASHBOX. They just hit us with these Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadows ($20 @ and these are claiming 15 hours. So how did they do? Click after the jump to find out.


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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Essence of Beauty Hand & Body Cream in Lilies & Freesia

Essence-of-Beauty-Hand-&-Body-Lotion-in-Lillies-and-Freesia‘Tis the season for flowery scents and I love a delicate one encased in a nice think hand cream. The latest I’ve been carrying around in my bag is ESSENCE OF BEAUTY Hand & Body Cream in their newest scent Lilies & Freesia. This one blends the two together with a touch of sandalwood for a nice, but sadly too brief of a nose experience while rubbing this into hands. Still a good quality hand cream though $5.99/8oz @ CVS stores nationwide.

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Review+Swatches - Dolce & Gabbana Ultra-Shine Lip Gloss

Of course who can put out a collection and not include lip glosses? DOLCE & GABBANA’s new makeup collection, The Lace Collection, includes three Ultra Shine Lip Gloss ($32 @ in neutral shades.

Wanna see more pictures and swatches? Click after the jump!


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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review+Swatches - Dolce & Gabbana Lace Collection Intense Nail Lacquers

I love when I can get me a piece of high couture without the steep fee and in this case, it’s the latest from DOLCE & GABBANA and their new makeup collection, Case for Lace. The collection was inspired by the use of Sicilian Lace in their runway collections and I got my hands on some of the items so let’s check them out.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Benefit See & Be Seen Sasha Fragrance

Benefit-See-&-Be-Seen-Sasha-EDTI’m already a huge fan of My Place or Yours Gina, so when I received See & Be Seen Sasha eau de toilette, whoo-hoo I opened it up for a sniff. I’m so glad BENEFIT COSMETICS keeps expanding their fragrance line because I really think they know what they’re doing.

This particular scent comes in the form of an eau de toilette and classified as a floral and made up of the following notes:

  • Top notes: orange flower absolute, apricot, pink freesia
  • Middle notes: ylang ylang, tiare flower, white peony, jasmine sambac
  • Base notes: crystal amber, liquid musk, vanilla

Scent is so personal, so do you think you’ll give this one a whiff? Please do!

$36/1oz @

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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