Are you into the whole face sculpting trend yet? I’m still working on getting it down; I always feel like I have too much makeup on when I do it! Anyway, if you’re not into it and just into ol’ fashioned blush, read on! MAKE UP FOR EVER recently came out with HD Blush and HD Pressed Powder. I am so behind on getting to these but better late than never, so onward!
I’ve always had a soft spot for lipsticks from the ESTEE LAUDER brand. Like their mascaras, they rarely put out a dud, it seems. So how do the new Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks fare? Click after the jump to find out!
LORAC Lip Luxe 8 Hour Lip Color in Orchid ($16 @ loraccosmetics.com) – this color is so right now! It’s not the typical red I tend to gravitate towards and wow, does it last a long time on my lips. And it’s infused with good stuff like Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed and vitamins C & E, so glad to have this on my lips for hours.
ESCADA Born in Paradise EDT ($45/1oz, $45/1.6oz, $75/3.3oz @ sephora.com) – I think half the country has been praying for spring and this new scent from Escada just brings my nose to it full throttle! The notes are sweet and springy – green apple, guava, watermelon, pineapple, coconut milk, jasmine tea, all on a base of sandalwood, cedarwood and musk.
SUM BUM Continuous Spray Sunscreen ($15.99/6oz @ trustthebum.com) – every season it’s a good idea to update your sunscreen and this season I’m trusting the Bum! Available in SPF 15, SPF 30, SPF 50 and SPF 70, I think one of these will have you cover (no pun intended) and since the continuous spray is widely available, is there any other way to go?
DOLCE & GABBANA The Brow Liner - Shaping Eyebrow Pencil ($45 @ saksfifthavenue.com) – when I first saw under the cap, it instantly reminded me of this one with its teardrop shape. Though I’m a fan of a harder formula like this one, I wouldn’t say this one is soft by any means, and, dare I say, I think that it lasts longer on my brows than my Holy Grail one. Yikes! Available in 4 shades,
GILLETTE Venus Snap Razor ($12.99 @ drugstore.com) – yup it’s cute (so tiny and colorful), yup it’s compact (fits in the palm of your hand), and yup it has 5 blades. Weren’t we up to 4 last check? So now here’s 5! And it’s surprisingly easy to wield in the shower and the handy blue case makes it a travel no brainer.
Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.
Seems like a lot of beauty buffs are quite obsessed with Anastasia’s DipBrow and though I have not tried it, I came across one that I think works much the same way – adds color and holds hairs in place, and they claim it will even hold up while swimming in a pool or the beach! It’s CAILYN Gelux Eyebrow and they pack some technology into the formula with what they call 3D Smart Film Former. It’s able to stabilize the pigment powders so they don’t fade over time and once this sets, it’s set for hours.
At first I thought these were these but they’re not. These new ones are the gel formula you love and only find in a pot form now in a liner form - IT COSMETICS 'No-Tug' Waterproof Gel Eyeliner. You read correctly! You love the gel eyeliners and IT has put them in a pencil form! File this under #whydidntsomeonethinkofthisearlier?
The “no-tug” tag in the name is totally accurate as these just glide on, so much so that I dare you to apply this with one hand and not use your other one to hold the lid taut like we all usually do! You won’t skip a beat with these.
Shown here in Black and Brown, the Black formula is one of the darkest black liners I’ve seen in a looong time. And speaking of long, I actually had a hard time removing these from my lid after a full day of wear. I guess because it’s waterproof, it stays on extra well so must make sure you have an extra good eye makeup remover so you’re not rubbing and tugging a lot in the eye area, which is not recommended.
And one last cool trait? Pull at the other end and off comes the sharpener.
Choose from 10 different shades for $22 @ itcosmetics.com.
Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.
Kind of obsessed with bright lip colors so when I got hold of BITE BEAUTY Matte Crème Lip Crayons ($24 @ sephora.com), ooo, I was in heaven! I mean, look at these juicy bright shades! And each triple-milled lippie contains orange peel wax, which makes these smell great too, organic fruit butters, jojoba and castor oil and 5mg of resveratrol to fight free radicals … on the lips. I didn’t know lips aged really. We know around them does but on them?
And one other question is that with all those butters in the formula, how in the heck do these maintain a matte finish? This is true technology at its finest cuz I’m truly wow’d by these.
Click after the jump for more pics and swatches!
There are two makeup palettes that are taking the makeup world by storm right now. So what are they? See the preview below and click after the jump to explore them further!
Liquid eyeliners and pencil liners are fine but a lot of times but more times than not I find myself looking around my makeup table for a smudge brush to soften the look, especially for a daytime look. This JANE IREDALE Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner/Highlighter ($20 @ janeiredale.com and beauty.com) is a nice one to not only apply color but virtually eliminates the second step of blending it in.
Lotta buzz around the Matte Multiple from NARS and I got my hands on the rosy coral of Laos! It’s funny that they call this a matte multiple. I mean, aren’t all the multiples matte? Who has ever seen or put out a shiny blush?
Anyway, this one can be used wet or dry and I guess what sets these apart from the other Multiples, besides the shades, is that they have updated the formulas. Each is still very versatile and can be used on lips and cheeks.
This rosy coral called Laos shown here seems really versatile and will look beautiful on many different skin tones and it left a light stain on my skin, which I loved. $29 @ sephora.com and narscosmetics.com.
Are these multiples on your must-have list this season?
Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.
I’ve kinda been expecting someone to come out with the next multi-tasking makeup for the face i.e. the next phase of BB or CC creams and this 'Big Easy' Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector from BENEFIT COSMETICS seems to be it. So what does it do? Well, it’s a multi-multi-tasker – controls oil, balances moisture, fights off free radicals, protects skin from the sun with a broad spectrum SPF 35, is able to self-adjust to match your skin tone, and it washes the dishes… ok kidding about that last one but I really think these products that do so many things are spoiling us beauty lovers in a major way! But I’m not complaining. I just need to keep expectations in order when I’m trying out non-multi-tasking products.
So how does this one stack up? I’m really liking the formula a lot. It comes outta the tube looking like a foundation but it goes on pretty sheer and is buildable. They say it, “melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight & velvety like a powder … “ and I couldn’t agree more. You know that feeling when you’re wearing foundation? Well this one absolutely doesn’t not fall into that category and I can’t think of the last time I actually didn’t feel when I was wearing it.
This comes in six shades but remember it is self-adjusting, so most should be able to match their tone. I’m not sure why the darkest shade is really not that dark so for right now those with darker tones that will miss out on this one but I’m guessing there is a good reason.
And as much as I love Benefit’s packaging, I really think they need to cut down on the boxes and inserts as it really is a waste of materials for something that just ends up going in the trash.
Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.