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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

5 Favorite New Beauty Releases

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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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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Lipstick that Goes With EVERYTHING!

I think it’s more wintery around the country right now than when this Shimmer Glow The Winter Palette Collection came out from DOLCE & GABBANA last month. So I don’t feel so bad taking a few to get to it but I’m glad I did. As seen on the models in their winter runway finale, these Shimmer Lip Lipsticks and Shimmer Powder are for sure the standouts from the collection that just go with everything.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Bobbi Brown Gives Us a Classic Palette

By now we’ve all been inundated with nude palettes and you probably own a couple of the popular palettes by now, right? Well I just can’t seem to get enough and part of me always feels like I’m missing out on a shade included in one. So of course BOBBI BROWN’s Bobbi’s Browns Eye Palette is going on my must-have list! 

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Review + Swatches – Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rose

This blush should for sure be filed under this category of too pretty to touch! The limited-edition Jardin de Chanel Blush Camélia Rose is part of the CHANEL Spring 2015 collection and is a duo of pinks to dust your cheeks with. So perrrty!

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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.

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