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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Shake, Drop, Buff with new bareSkin from Bare Escentuals

wants you to throw out everything you know about liquid foundation when reading about their latest release. And this was their stance when releasing their famed bareMinerals Foundation many moons ago. The brand highly dislikes liquid foundation because at the time most were filled with chemicals and just overall bad for the skin. So I’m surprised and delighted at the same time with this new release from them.

When looking at the bottle of bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($29/1oz), it looks like any other liquid foundation you’d find at cosmetic counters/drugstores but(it) they call this a foundation in the serum form. Ummm, huh? It’s a serum with half the ingredients of a traditional foundation and it comes with a lot of yes’s and no’s as in:

  • No Oils
  • No Silicon
  • No Water
  • No Parabens
  • No Fragrance
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Non-Chemical Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Created for all skin types and tones, the super thin formula combines a tone-correcting mineral foundation and a brightening serum in one container. And you can adjust the coverage by how many drops you use: 2 drops = sheer coverage, 4 drops = medium coverage, 6 drops = full coverage.


So does this give my face the look of perfect skin like it’s goal? In a word, well two, surprisingly YES! I was super surprised at how it covered the few dark spots I have on my face that I haven’t been able to get rid of. I mean, it covered them lickety-split AND it didn’t fade after an hour or two.

What’s in this formula is, “an ultra-thin, weightless fluid that harnesses jojoba-coated mineral pigments suspended in a coconut-derived base. Combined with a potent blend of vitamin C and supercharged lilac plant stem cells.” So it not over covers up marks on the face but the vitamin C will help make them fade away for good. And from one of their studies, they claim 95% of participants in a clinical study saw a measurable improvement in the appearance of dark spots over an 8 week period. Hmmmm. Well I’m going to use foundation anyway so might as well help out the dark spots I’ve been wanting to rid my face of, right?


And they recommend using this with their cool Perfecting Face Brush ($28). The brush has a reservoir in the middle of it where you drop the drops of foundation. I’m sure you can get good coverage with just using your fingers or a sponge but this using this buffing brush is actually pretty fun … as much as foundation application can be fun. 

Choose from 20 shades @ and

Is this a foundation you’ll be checking out? 

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

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gift Picks: Because Now You’re Desperate!

What It Is: Ok, it’s the weekend before Christmas and you’re not even close to being done, so here are some recommendations to help you knock it out quickly. So if you go by online, most sites have expedited shipping. If you go by store, you’ll find these sets in the major department stores or Sephora. Don’t sacrifice quality just because you are late to the game!!

Why I Like ALL  of These: Quality, Price and Usability! So here are gifts that are guaranteed to get a “WOW!” out of the recipient.


BARE ESCENTUALS Degrees of Dazzlingnow marked down to $49 @

What It Its: 20 of their bareMinerals Eyecolors in 4 different finishes.

Why I Like It: Heck, what’s not to like?? This set rocks!


MARC JACOBS Trio Rollerball Gift Set - $39 @

What It Is: 3 of his best-selling scents: Daisy Eau So Fresh, Dot and Daisy.

Why I Like It: Even though I think these scents are more reserved for the springtime, it’s good to stock up now! And I love a rollerball form for the purse.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Makeup Product Picks

Chances are you are going to be hitting up a few holiday parties in the next few weeks and part of what I love about this time of year is the permission to kick your makeup look a little. A little dab of shimmer, iridescence or gleam is a great way to show your holiday spirit. Below are the items I’m using to do it up right this season. Ho! Ho! Ho!


Clockwise from L to R:

HARD CANDY Shadow Dancers Liquid to Powder Eyeshadow in Bold & Beautiful ($6 @ - both shades contain luminizing pearls to make eye really … dance!

GLEAM BY MELANIE MILLS Body Radiance in Rose Gold ($15/1oz, $30/2oz, $40/3.5oz @ – this all-in-one moisturizer and body glow is nice for highlighting the fronts of the legs and décolletage.

6 Heart Princess Love in Wink by Takashi Murakami for SHU UEMURA False Eyelashes ($30 @ – Lashes add glamour to any look and these unique ones are adorned with a heart on each one and combines brown and pink lashes. How fun!

BARE ESCENTUALS Touch To-Glow ($14 @ – for when you want a little luminosity, not glitter or harsh sparkle, this one will do the trick.

URBAN DECAY Naked Illuminating Shimmering Powder for Face and Body ($29 @ – a gorgeous shimmery powder that only UD can make perfect. I feel like this should have come with some kind of puff instead of a flat brush. Still nice though.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Scared of Red? This Might Help Your Fear!

True story – I was listening to Howard yesterday and happened to tuned in when he was talking about Van Halen’s 'Hot for Teacher' and exclaiming the song was a game changer. A game changer in rock because of the complexity and intenseness of the song. While I agree that the song totally gets me amp’d and is one of their best, I’m not sure it’s a total game changer, which brings me to this lippie from BARE ESCENTUALS that was sent to me in its own mailer, so it must be important. Oh and the name? Game Changer!

The color in this Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss ($18) tube looks red, I mean RED RED, so I thought what I saw is what I would get but backing up to what these Moxie lippies are really like, read my previous post about them first.

Bare-Escentuals-Marvelous-Moxie-Lip-Gloss-in-Game-Changer-wandSo you see, it’s not a big red but rather gives a sheer-to-medium coverage to lips and wears for quite a few hours. So if you have reservations about wearing red, this would be a good one to give a spin. And these have a great application wand and a slight minty smell and feel to them. 

This shade also comes in the Marvelous Moxie Lipliner and the Marvelous Moxie Lipstick.

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Review+Swatches - Bare Escentuals The Power Neutrals Collection

just came out with a new limited-edition collection called The Power Neutrals. Lips, eyes, face. This one has it all covered and a whole face done with neutral makeup can look so wonderfully polished. So if you need some new staples or want to try something new, they probably have a product in this collection for you.

What it is: This limited-edition collection of seductive neutrals for eyes, lips and cheeks will take you from the boardroom to the bedroom … and beyond.

The collection consists of:

  • bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 ($40)
  • bareMinerals READY Color Boost ($29)
  • Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Take Charge ($18)
  • Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Super Power ($18)

So let’s break down each item after the jump.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Review! Bare Escentuals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara

Here’s a big release from the BARE ESCENTUALS brand! It’s their Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara ($18 @ and at first I wasn’t wow’d by it at all. It took me a few uses to get used to it and see the benefit of it. If you are looking for length, this is one for you. Separation? You get that took.

Bare-Escentuals-Domination2The secret to this one is not only the formula but of course, the brush. It’s what they are calling a Protwist180 Wand where the bristles spiral up the brush like a spiral staircase. So it is able to deposit color on every lash and really lengthen each one.

The only negative I found is that I tend to use the tip of the wand to get the lashes in the outside upper and bottom corners but there ain’t no bristles there to do this, so I had to adjust this habit. Otherwise, this is a really nice quality mascara. 

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes., Inc.
Monday, June 24, 2013

Review+Swatches - Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lips Lip Gloss

I kind of think of Spring as lip gloss season. It’s light on lips (usually) and gives just a hint of color and ones right up this alley are BARE ESCENTUALS and the Marvelous Moxie Lips lip glosses they came out with last month. Let’s take a closer look at some of the shades.


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Friday, May 24, 2013

Review+Swatches - Bare Escentuals Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks

BARE ESCENTUALS just came out with some new lippies call Marvelous Moxie Lipsticks ($18 @ Launching this month, the collection is 18 colors strong and I can’t tout these more. Not only is the pigment off the chain (the swatches I did for this are 1 swipe!), but for a seemingly everyday lipstick, they last longer than ones I tried. I mean, I got about 4 hours off of these, which is almost unheard of for a non longwearing lippie, right?

Bare-Escentuals-Marvelous-Moxie-Lipstick-in-Fly-High-main Bare-Escentuals-Marvelous-Moxie-Lipstick-standing

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Color Must Haves

Bright pinks, reds, corals, nude and even seafoam are all hot colors for the spring. What are you updating your collection with this season? Here are my favorites right now. (L to R clockwise).

Spring-Color-Must-Haves-2013L’OREAL Infallible Liquid Eyeliner ($8.95 @ – When they come out with anything Infallible, I listen! A black liquid liner is very basic and crosses all seasons. This .4mm felt tip pen is pretty easy to apply and lasts for hours.

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Barrow Street ($24 @ – I’m pretty obsessed with this seafoam green color. I have two dressed in the color and jumped for joy when I saw this liner in the same color. And it looks great on the waterline!

NAKED PRINCESS Naked Shine Luscious Lip Gloss in Barely Naked ($26 @ – a great nude gloss is hard to find since most don’t show up. This one does, in spades but oh so naturally.

BARE ESCENTUALS Buxom Hot Escapes Bronzer in Tahiti ($28 @ – what would the season be without a face highlighting bronzer? I’ve been using this golden bronze color just under my cheek bones to help define them. 

BENEFIT Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Poutrageous! ($16 @ – coral is not going anywhere this season and it’s hotter than ever, so if you’re feeling up to making a statement, take on this bright pink-coral color.

ZOYA PixieDust Nail Lacquer in Godiva ($9 @ – textured polishes are so hot right now and this PixieDust kind from Zoya are at the top of the list of must-haves. This Godiva one described as a soft nude with sugared sparkle. Yup, that’s exactly what it looks like on nails.

SEPHORA Colorful Eye Shadow in My Boyfriend’s Jeans No 19 ($13 @ – this dark denim with just a touch of shimmer blue is a nice alternative to always using black to contour your eyes.

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Get Luminized with bareMinerals and IT Cosmetics

How are you with applying face highlighters? You know, a little above the cheekbones, under the brows, down the center of the nose, in the cleavage. Here are two I’m recommending if you want to add them to your beauty regime. And these especially look nice in an evening look.

Bare-Minerals-Secret-Radiance-and-IT-Cosmetics-Hello-Light-Illuminating-PowderBARE ESCENTUALS bareMinerals Secret Radiance All-Over Face Color ($19/.85g @ – From the Remix Collection, this one has a golden hue to it to really give you a luminescent look. And I like that it’s buildable.

And they also just came out with a Buxom Divine Goddess Luminzer if you like a non-powder version. Only available @ sephora for $28.

IT COSMETICS Hello Light Powder Illuminizer ($24 @ – Yes, this is a nice pressed luminizer and all but I don’t think the brand can put out a product without incorporating anti-aging ingredients … and that’s a good thing, right? But since this feature is about how a product performs, know that the formula infuses micronized pigments of light to blur those imperfections and it does it well. *sigh* Brill!