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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Customize It with the Latest from BUXOM

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This is a pretty cool release from BUXOM. It’s their Customizable Eyeshadow Bar Palette where each shadow is primer-infused, so you are taking out a step in your beauty routine and you decide which rectangle of color goes inside each palette.

See more pics after the jump!

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Bare-Escentuals-Buxom-Customizable-Eyeshadow-Bar-Palette-insides

 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Two that are Changing My Life!

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MURAD Time Release Acne Cleanser
($32/6.75oz @ murad.com and sephora.com) – yup I’ve been struggling with hormonal acne for the last year or so and have not found anything to control it until this cleanser. I’m not sure if it’s the .5% salicylic acid or the technology that allows this one to continue working after it’s been rinsed off. Either way, I don’t care! It works for my skin and that’s the bottom line.

And this is the only product I’ve been using on my face and neck – no toner or face cream, just this.

The cleanser itself is pretty thick and there really isn’t any kind of foaming action, so don’t look for that in this one. My skin has been on this for almost 2 weeks and I saw a difference in the way my skin looked and felt in just a few days, which doesn’t happen often. Thank you Murad!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation ($43/12.5g @ sephora.com in September) – a big release for the brand with this and the Ultra HD Liquid Foundation ($43/1oz @ sephora.com out now). I assumed a stick would be too heavy for this time of year but thankfully it’s not and wow, did this give me an amazingly natural finish that lasted all day.

The technology behind this is called the 4K Complex – Amino Acid Coated Pigments (those reflected particles that blur imperfections), Hyaluronic Spheres (to hydrate and plump skin), and Sericite (a fine grained mica that adds light reflecting properties).

I love that the foundation category seems to always be introducing new technology and this is one that’s winning with it.

Have you tried the Liquid one yet? 

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

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Visiting MAC Cosmetics Summer 2015 Matte Lipsticks

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The matte craze is everywhere these days and while MAC has of course had matte lipsticks in their collection for some time, they just put out some new ones for summer.

The Matte LipFor those who prefer timeless glamour rather than all-out flash, the sophisticated allure of matte reigns supreme. Now, MAC expands its offering of this classic suede-like finish with 12 new shades of Matte and Retro Matte Lipstick. These lipsticks promise a pop of colour that will linger on your lips with impressive staying power.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Keep Brow Hairs in Line for HOURS!

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One of the traits I inherited from my dear father is his crazy long brow hairs. I’ve been tempted in the past to just let them be to see how long they would get. I can’t even imagine if they got as long as the ones in this picture I found on reddit.com but how odd would I look?

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NYX-Eyebrow-Gel-in-Chocolate-main

So keeping the hair trim and in place it a top priority and I’ve tried just about every kind of “brow keeper-er” there is out there. The rash of brow pomades was promising! I mean, color and a kind of wax in one? I’ve reviewed several of them and the latest one to the list of faves is NYX Eyebrow Gel ($7 @ nyxcosmetics.com). It comes in 5 different shades (shown here in Chocolate, a brown with a dash of red) and seems to be the best at not only keeping brow hairs in place but for the longest time than the others I’ve tried.

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NYX-Eyebrow-Gel-in-Chocolate-up-close-2

Proof is in the … brow gel!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Liquid Couture Liquid Lipstick from LA Splash Cosmetics

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In my continued quest to try every liquid lipstick available, I’ve come to the LA SPLASH COSMETICS line. I stalked their Instagram page for a few weeks before deciding on which colors I thought would work best for me.

It seems that their Lip Couture Waterproof Liquid Lipsticks have received the best reviews so I bought the Latte Confession (browny mauve), Forbidden (bright fuchsia), and Innocent Vixen (nude beige). So how did they do? I must quietly rave at how well these wear! I had to become used to any liquid lipstick eventually start to flake but these seemed to have lasted the longest of any brand I’ve tried so far before they flake.

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Yes, each is a little too matte for my liking but the longevity outweighs it. And I guess since they last the longest, they also seem to be the most difficult to remove as traditional makeup remover don’t seem to work. They have their own product to remove it but I also found coconut oil works great too.

I also tried the Smitten LipTint Mousse in Inflamed (a blue-red) and while the color was gorgeous, it didn’t seem to hold up as well on my lips as the aforementioned. I gave it to a friend of mine to further test and see if she has the same issue (forgot to get a picture of it before giving it to her!). Will keep you posted.

On the minus side, each lippie comes in a clear plastic box, which I felt was unnecessary and a waste as each top was also sealed to the base.

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LA-Splash-Lip-Couture-doe-foot

On the plus side, I really like the doe foot. It’s on the long side and allows quite a bit of product on it removing the task of having to dip the brush in multiple times.

Overall I’m giving these Lip Coutures high marks and plan on purchasing some of the other shades.

$11.98 @ lasplashcometics.com

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

5 Favorite New Beauty Releases

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1.
PIXI BEAUTY Full Coverage Foundation Brush ($15 @ pixibeauty.com) – such a compact head but don’t let the lack of length fool you. It still does a great job at getting your liquid products into those corners and contours.

2. OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Crème Colour Concentrate in Discipline ($23 @ occmakeup.com and nordstrom.com) – described as a bruised-bronze, this multi-tasking creamy color can be used on the eyes, lips, and cheeks (note that not all 17 shades can be used in the eye area).

3. L’OREAL Infallible Powder Eyeliner Pen in Purple Smoke ($9.99 @ drugstore.com and drugstores nationwide) – if the packaging says ‘Infallible’ on it, I’m in! Seriously though, their Infallible line is flawless. And these fat liners are great for applying a smoking eye in seconds.

4. BENEFIT COSMETICS the POREfessional: License to Blot ($20 @ benefitcosmetics.com) – this is the latest addition to the POREfessional collection and will be great for the upcoming season. It’s an instant blotting stick with tiny invisible spheres that will mattifying any oil your face puts forth. 

5. BEAUTY 360 Shape-Defining Nail File ($4.99 @ cvs.com and CVS stores nationwide) – this is my new favorite file! I’ve noticed that sometimes a file has to be “broken in” so it’s not too harsh on the nails. This one arrived perfect and ready to use. 

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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Must Haves for Your Beauty Emergency Car Kit!

It never fails, I always find myself needing something beauty-related when I’m in the car going somewhere, so over the last year, I’ve put together a small kit that I keep with me in the front seat, so I’m never without ... anything. Here are 6 of my must-haves in the car. 

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1. Nail Clippers, Nail File - REVLON Deluxe Nail Clippers ($2.49 @ drugstore.com) – these clippers have been my favorite brand for years. The cutters are always sharp and it never falls apart. Of course things don’t last forever, so glad these are inexpensive. And for a nail file … I have my favorite that I keep in the house, so for the car, I just use the cardboard ones like these Beauty 360 Emery Boards from CVS ($1.99/10 pack @ cvs.com).

2. Tweezers – there’s always a stray brow hair that needs-a-pluckin’ and I’m in a serious relationship with ones from TWEEZERMAN. They’re strong, always there for me and I’m really attracted to their Pink Perfection Mini Slant Tweezers. $14 @ sephora.com.

3. Nail Polish RemoverL.A. COLORS Nail Polish Remover ($1.59/32 pads @ lacolors.com) these handy removers come in 6 different fruity scents and the grape-scented ones I have are actually able to mask the strong scent of the acetone.

4. Floss – I keep floss picks everywhere! In my purse, my car, my desk, hidden in a box on my coffee table. I’m not married to any particular brand but these Complete Clean Floss Ultra Strong Shred Proof Floss in Fresh Mint ($4.29/125 flossers @ drugstore.com) by DENTEK work well.

5. Face Wipes - wipes are soooo handy to have in the car and they’re great for so many other things! After using one, I find myself using it afterward to clean parts of my car interior when I’m stuck in traffic. In my car now is BURT’S BEES Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract ($2.99/30 wipes @ drugstore.com).

6. Clear Nail Polish – great for touching up a run in a stocking, a loose thread on a shirt button and I don’t have a favorite brand. I just use whichever one I’m using on my nails that’s starting to run out. One I like is MAYBELLINE NEW YORK Show Nail Lacquer in Clear ($4.29 @ drugstore.com).

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Now when it comes to makeup, yes, a makeup palette will do but remember, we are talking about a very small stash of items for an e-m-e-r-g-e-n-c-y. I found a really cool 2 ½” x 1” x 3” tall kit that houses 4 swippers of eye shadow, a small eye liner, lip liner, mascara and lipgloss. White the products are not your Lancome kind of quality, it will get you by and I so feel like this kit was made just for this story!

It’s called the Majic Kit and is put out by MAJIC BEAUTY. Choose from Golden Peach and Healthy Nude for $19.99 @ eyemajic.com.

Do you have anything else to add to the Car Emergency Kit?

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The 4 BEST HACing Palettes!

Highlighting and contouring with makeup is all the rage but which palettes do it best? Here are four that are cutting-it for me right now.

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KEVYN AUCOIN The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining - $59 @ sephora.com.

SMASHBOX Step-by-Step Contour Kit - $45 @ smashbox.com and sephora.com.

KAT VON D Shade + Light Contour Palette - $46 @ sephora.com.

COVER FX Contour Kit - $48 @ coverfx.com

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sexy Metallic Nudes from Bao Bao Wan & MAC

Nudes never go out of style and MAC COSMETICS just came out with some amp’d up ones in their Bao Bao Wan Collection. So what exactly is a Bao Bao Wan? (I didn’t know either!). She is one of China’s biggest cross-over stars but probably best known for her jewelry line.

So this collaboration with MAC seems pretty natural and wow, are the colors ever stunning! With rich metallic golds, bronzes, and a dash of bright teal and lavender, most of the items look like they will be perfect next to sun-kissed skin in the coming months. Quite excited!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Is the Deafening Buzz Over This Justified?

So much buzz over this latest release from HOURGLASS COSMETICS! This Modernist Eyeshadow Palette ($58 only @ sephora.com) is so unique with the colors inside all swirled into one another; just simply gorgeous to look at, dontcha think? But, at the end of the day, a more important question arises - how does it perform? Click after the jump to find out!

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