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Friday, January 06, 2017

The Latest from Lune+Aster

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The LUNE+ASTER line found only @ Bluemercury stores is fast becoming a favorite brand. Not only is the packaging quite nice but the makeup inside each one that I’ve tried has been top notch, except for one. For some reason though, I just don’t hear about people touting this line much. Maybe if Sephora carried it? Well I like sharing about a bubbling under indie brand, so it’s fine by me but I feel like people are missing out.

So let’s get to the products! 

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Check Out the Latest in Brows

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Brow products are getting better and better these days. What seemed to have started as just using a brown pencil to make brows has evolved into a whole beauty category. And what’s also great about these developments is the number of choices out there for us consumers – gel pens, creams, markers, pencils.

So I’ve come across a few in the past month that I thought would be great to showcase together since each is pretty different from the other.  

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Are These Holy Grail of Liquid Lipsticks?

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I feel like I’m the only one on the planet that has not tried MILANI Amore Matte Lip Crèmes. I’ve read about them the past 6+ months and they always seemed to be sold out at Walgreens but I finally got my hands on some. While I can see the buzz over one of the finishes, the other, well, I’ve used ones that are better.

 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pixi Beauty's Got Your Holiday Products Covered

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In this holiday time, how are you doing your look? Bright and intense or soft and magical? Either way, PIXI BEAUTY has one for you.

On the soft side, look at these Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust Favourites in Metallic Warmth ($12 @ pixibeauty.com, target.com). Each gives a whisper of color in 5 very wearable shades: Sheer Peach Glow, True Bronze, Ruby Sheen, Sunkissed Amber, and Black Pearl.

And the Black Pearl is the perfect shade of smudgy black for a sexy smoky eye.

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Multi-Purpose, Multi-Functional, TreStique

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Simple is best these days, especially when it comes to your beauty routine and the number of products you have to use every day. A relatively new indie line has come along (launched in June 2015) to help you get the most of the makeup you use and is all about multifunctional, sleek packaging and quick and easy to apply and tote. You may have seen one of their items in your Ipsy bag or on birchbox.com?

TRESTIQUE is targeting millennials (who isn’t these days??) but I think us older peeps can find to enjoy about the line as well!

 

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A Red from NARS Never Goes Out of Style

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When is red not a hot color in beauty? I seamlessly transitions from season-to-season as everyone can wear it and it really polishes off a look! So when I read a post here by Temptalia raving about NARS Blush in Impudique ($30 @ narscosmetics.com) from the Sarah Moon Collection, I knew I had to check it out (she gave it an A+!). Christine called it, “an amplified version of the brand’s signature Orgasm blush-just so much better…”

I found the blush to be everything she said – blendable, long-lasting, and really pretty on the skin. This has become a staple for day and night since I got it last week. 

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The other red I’m touting this month from NARS is their Audacious Lipstick in Rita ($32 only @ sephora.com), a scarlet red, in a special-edition holiday release red case. I admit, I’ve been a tad out of touch with lipsticks lately, preferring the liquid lipsticks over traditional ones. But this Rita was quite the welcome back! It’s creamy and thick with pigment and really wore like ColourPop’s Ultra Satin Lips in that it was a tad transferable but delivered on richness and longevity. So yeah on those two fronts.

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L to R: Impudique Blush and Rita Lipstick

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tarte's New Totally Matte Lip Paints Are Here!

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Well here we are, another day, another liquid lipstick! And this is another version of the product but a little different. It’s from TARTE and it’s the Tartiest Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint ($20 @ tartecosmetics.com). I reviewed the first round of them here so how are these different from the others? One difference is that these have a full dry down.

What else? Click the link to find out!

 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Nyx Cosmetics Liquid Suede Vault

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It’s been lippie heaven the past few months with brands putting out huge collections of their lipsticks. And NYX COSMETICS just put out the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault ($50 @ ulta.com) and actually this is the best idea yet – a set of minis of an existing lip collection, in this case, as the name says, the Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks.

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Urban Decay Gets Razor Sharp with their Latest

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My two favorite categories of makeup right now have to be eye liners and liquid lipsticks. I just can’t seem to get enough of them! And right now all the fall products are in full swing so you’ll probably see these Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliners ($22 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com) from URBAN DECAY in the stores right now.

What it is: The ultimate liquid eyeliner that’s so perfectly precise, it’s crazy-sharp. Our intensely pigmented Razor-Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner lasts all day and comes in everything from lacquered creams to metallic shimmers. And the fine-tipped brush applicator lets you lay down sharp liquid lines – draw them super thin or thick and bold even spot-reapply with ease. Plus, Razor Sharp comes off easily with makeup remover for no-full remover (and no raccoon eyes!).

 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Is This Your Fall Palette?

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I admit that I’m wary of these huge generic-looking looks-like-it-was-bought-as-the-99cent-store eye shadow palettes like this one shown here. But I did find a small, “woooow,” slip outta my mouth when I opened it!

I mean the name, Fall Into Frost Palette (#35F), is just so fitting for right now, not to mention the colors inside, they all just whisper fall. This one comes to us from MORPHE BRUSHES and it’s my first try of the brand ever.

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This 9” x 6” palette contains 7 new matte shades and 28 metallics, so 35 colors in all and for $22.99 @ morphebrushes.com. That’s 66 cents a shade! Count me in. And check out the quality of the shadows on my fingers! I guess it really is true that we mostly pay for packaging when buying a product these days as I can think of a few brands off the top of my head where the quality doesn't meet these and theirs usually cost double. 

What look would you create with this palette? Let me know in the comments!

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