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Monday, January 12, 2015

Review + Swatches - Tarte Park Ave Princess Contour Palette

I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the debut of TARTE COSMETICS! I remember writing about their first-ever product, the iconic cheek stain. So to celebrate, they are putting out a whole bunch of new products under the 15 Year Anniversary Collection tag.

First up? The Park Ave Princess Contour Palette ($34). Makeup contouring really took off as a trend in 2014 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down in 2015. 

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

This Stain Is Insane!

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What It Is
: PIXI BEAUTY Sheer Cheek Gel ($18 @ pixibeauty.com) - a sheer, translucent gel creates a super natural flush of colour. Applies easily with fingers for a fresh & healthy burst of colour on cheeks and lips. Oil-free, fragrance free and hypoallergenic.

My take: I love a great stain and there are very few of them out there that are a) actually a true stain and b) last on the skin. Well I’m excited to report that this one does both!

It comes in 5 shades (Rosy shown here) and they say you can use it with your fingers but I find I get a better application, not to mention no stained fingers, by using a sponge as I feel I get better control when I can buff it on for that realistic flush. Big recommendation. 

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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Butter London Gets Into the Matte Game

I guess I pretty much expect a super flat look when I see the word “matte” in any lipstick name, however, this truth seems to only be when it comes to liquid lipsticks. I recently tried BUTTER LONDON’s new LIPPY Moisture Matte Lipsticks ($22 @ butterlondon.com and ulta.com). So how did they do? Click after the pic to find out!

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Clinique Chubbs It Up with More Chubbie Makeup

CLINIQUE made one of my favorite on-the-go blushes a few years back that I so wish they’d put back in the line! I still have two of them that I keep in the car because they are just so convenient.

Anyway, the chubby … everything trend is not going away anytime soon and Clinique recently chubbed it up with their blushes and put out Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms. And they are probably the easiest to use ever product that can be blended in with your fingers or a sponge. And it’s hard to overdue it with these, believe me!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another One's Here! Vice3 from Urban Decay.

One of the most buzzed about products, if I may be so bold, has to be these palettes from URBAN DECAY. And I totally get why – the colors are really unique, the prices are reasonable for what you get, and most importantly, the quality of the shadows is up to par, with most of the creamy powder colors actually going above par.

What It Is: Vice3 – 20 brand new velvety eye shadow shades all in one palette - $60 @ urbandecay.com and nordstrom.com

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Why You Should Be Tightlining Your Eyes

I’ve said it before and I’ll proudly say it again – who better to create a product for the masses than a blogger? They know what works, what doesn’t, and most importantly, what we want to see. Take these Waterliner Intense Color Eye Liners ($18 @ emcosmetics.com) from YouTube sensation MICHELLE PHAN. Adding color to the waterline, or tightlining as it is also know, is a big trend these days so putting out liners just for it is genius. I’m a little late in getting to these since they came out late last year but better late than never!

Colors shown here are Sunshine Yello and Teal Tease.

A few things to keep in mind when choosing a color and why you should be using one in your makeup routine. First, the color can help your eyes look bigger if you use a light color like white or this brand's In the Nude or the Sunshine Yellow. Black if obviously always good if you are going to a total black-out smoky eye look and I love that she has bright color options in the mix too, to add a dash of unexpected color in an unexpected place. Choose from 11 colors total.

So how did these last on the always tough place to hold color, water line? Click after the jump to find out!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

New Pigments from Ardency Inn!

Another product to review from ARDENCY INN line and this brand seems to knows what … I like! One is really pigmented powders like these MODSTER Mānuka Honey Enriched Pigments and  another is that they’re made with one of my favorite ingredients on the plant, honey! Why honey? To help the formula’s creaminess and staying power. But these don’t just use any honey, they are made with Mānuka Honey, a mono floral produced in New Zealand and Australia from the Mānuka tree. There are twelve gorgeous  shades in the collection and the two here are Heaven and Hell. Hmmmm, tribute to Ronnie James perhaps?

See more pictures and swatches after the jump. 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Be Cool Honey Bunny with Urban Decay

Do you have a favorite scene in the Pulp Fiction movie? I think everyone does! I mean who can forget the dance, Urge Overkill’s awesome rendition of, “Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” the shot of adrenaline … and that’s just the standouts in the first hour of the movie!

URBAN DECAY just put out the Pulp Fiction Collection of 5 products that was inspired by Ms. Uma’s character of Mia Wallace. Of course my big question since I first heard about this collection last month was, why now? And then I saw that the movie came out exactly 20 years ago this year but imdb.com sets the date as September 23rd, so even though it’s a tad early, it still counts!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Review+Swatches - Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipstick

I thought we had a brand new product on our hands from DOLCE & GABBANA with these Passion Duo Gloss Fusion Lipsticks ($36 @ sephora.com and saks.com) but upon doing some research, I found that these are just new added colors to the existing collection. Doh! I just love trying out a new category of beauty product.

What It Is:  A velvety smooth lipstick with a satin gloss center. (the outside core) is matte pigment and a high-shine core that delivers a burst of boundless moisture for an impeccably balanced and sensual effect. Smooth, soft, and deliciously drenching, the Passion Duo Lipstick leaves lips with a sumptuous depth and scale of color.

Wanna know what my take on these is? Click after the jump!

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Battle of the Makeup Palettes! Which Comes Out On Top?

It’s SMASHBOX Full Exposure vs. LORAC PRO Palette 2. They are very similar and both come with a free gift (yeah!) but there can only be one winner! So who will it be? Click after the jump to see the breakdown and see which comes out on top. 

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