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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Get Pixelated with Japonesque

What It Is
: JAPONESQUE Pixelated Color Eye Shadow Palette ($38 @ and soon - Pixelated Color Eye Shadow is Japonesque Color's most multidimensional formula. Blend these micronized color pigments effortlessly onto outer eye corners for a deep, light-catching, color-shifting gradient. The Pixelated Eye Shadow Palette includes everything you need to conquer the cut crease: three exclusive Pro Basic shades to pair with Pixelated Eye Shadow.

My Take: Since I always use a close-to-my-own-skintone base color on my lids before applying any color, I really like that this has 4 basics inside. And they can be used for contouring if you dab a little of this color and mix it with a little of that!

The Pixelated shades are gor-ge-ous to look at. So how did they perform? Click after the jump to find out!


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Two from the Fall 2015 Collection from Smashbox!

Have you seen any of the fall products from the 2015 Fall Collection from SMASHBOX? Let’s take a look at two up close! First up, L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color ($29 @ shown here in Beverly Hills Blush (peachy pink with golden shimmer). On one side is a creamy color and on the other is a round rubber sponge to blend it in. They call this one a, “multipurpose lip + check color,” but truth be told, I’ve never been a fan of using one product for both lips and(it) cheeks. When in a pinch? Sure. But right outta the box? Nah. 


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Saturday, November 07, 2015

BEHOLD! Urban Decay Vice4 Palette Has Arrived

Can you believe that we’re already at Vice4 from URBAN DECAY? That’s a lot of Vices! So Vice4 ($60 @ and is part of their Holiday 2015 Collection, and like the previous two, it doesn’t disappoint.

Packed with twenty basic and edgy shades housed in one limited-edition palette, it will fulfill all your eye shadow needs.

Be warned, some of the shades swatch quite differently then they look in the palette as you'll see after the jump!


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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Are MAC's Vamplify Your Lip Gloss Answer? #MACVamplify

I’ve really put the lip glosses down in place of the lipsticks in the past few years but these Vamplify lip glosses from MAC might be changing my mind. They infuse a new colour-boosting technology where I don’t think any gloss can touch it when it comes to color saturation! There are 17 shades available and I didn’t have to apply layer after layer after layer of gloss just to get a hint of color. 


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

NARS Fall 2015 Color Collection

14 pieces make up the Fall 2015 Color Collection and making its official launch in it is the Velvet Shadow Stick (8 different shades) shown here in Sukhothai (shimmering peacock) and Glénan (navy) $28.

For the collection, François Nars was inspired by the eyes. “It just seemed like the collection needed to revolve around eyes and especially how eye color and texture can convey not just character and mood but a period in time, be it an era or a decade or even a season.” 



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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Will Your Eye Shadow Move With These Primers?

The CIATE LONDON line is really branching out from nail polish to other makeup categories like with these Cooling Eyeshadow Slick Eyeshadow Primers ($16 @ These shadow primers are different from others that I’ve tried as the formula is super thin, and almost immediately dry down after applying and don’t move. 



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Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Surprise from Kat Von D's New Metal Crush Eyeshadows

I was pretty excited when I saw KAT VON D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadows ($21 @ coming out for the fall. While I try and wear the bright colors like theses when it comes to shadows it seems that I gravitate towards them more for lips but things can change!

Each color is made with the brand’s own technology called Color-Soaked Concentrate, which are custom blended powders for the greatest possible saturations of pigments and pearls in a long-wearing eyeshadow. Each seems to have a metallic finish and comes in 11 colors.

So how did these do? Well you may be surprised. I know I was.



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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Benefit Cosmetics Drops Air Patrol

Just out is BENEFIT COSMETICSAir Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer ($29 @ and it seems to be breaking some ground.

It’s a shadow primer, has SPF 20, an EnviroDefend Complex, which is supposed to protect from environmental stress, hydrates the skin, and comes in a one-color-fits all shade, which seems to blend into being invisible on the skin. 



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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Customize It with the Latest from BUXOM

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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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Two that are Changing My Life!

MURAD Time Release Acne Cleanser
($32/6.75oz @ and – 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 @ in September) – a big release for the brand with this and the Ultra HD Liquid Foundation ($43/1oz @ 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.

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