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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Is This Your Answer to a Purse-Friendly Powder Foundation?

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However did I miss this one when it came out late last year? I guess with a market place based on what’s new and now, it got lost in the shuffle, but wow, I’m sure glad I tried it. So what is it? It’s MAYBELLINE Super Stay Better Skin Skin-Transforming Powder ($10.99/9g @ ulta.com, target.com) and it’s rocking my world right now.

What it is - a skin-transforming powder that delivers lasting coverage. It’s oil-free and contains salicylic acid, which helps to achieve better looking skin in just three weeks. Eliminates shine and unevenness, while delivering a natural matter finish.

My take - just wow. The finish on this one is medium coverage and what’s unique about this one is that is contains salicylic acid, which is a well-known anti-aging ingredient, and helps skin actually look better over time (they claim about 3 weeks). When was the last powder foundation able to do that?

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Though I’ve only been using it daily for the past two weeks so while it makes my skin look gorgeous and not really “done,” I have the aforementioned to look forward to.  

I would put this up against some of my favorite luxury powder foundations like this pricier one that give me flawless coverage and you just can’t beat the price!

Friday, January 06, 2017

The Latest from Lune+Aster

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The LUNE+ASTER line found only @ Bluemercury stores is fast becoming a favorite brand. Not only is the packaging quite nice but the makeup inside each one that I’ve tried has been top notch, except for one. For some reason though, I just don’t hear about people touting this line much. Maybe if Sephora carried it? Well I like sharing about a bubbling under indie brand, so it’s fine by me but I feel like people are missing out.

So let’s get to the products! 

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Check Out the Latest in Brows

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Brow products are getting better and better these days. What seemed to have started as just using a brown pencil to make brows has evolved into a whole beauty category. And what’s also great about these developments is the number of choices out there for us consumers – gel pens, creams, markers, pencils.

So I’ve come across a few in the past month that I thought would be great to showcase together since each is pretty different from the other.  

Click on the link below to check them all out!

 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Are These Holy Grail of Liquid Lipsticks?

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I feel like I’m the only one on the planet that has not tried MILANI Amore Matte Lip Crèmes. I’ve read about them the past 6+ months and they always seemed to be sold out at Walgreens but I finally got my hands on some. While I can see the buzz over one of the finishes, the other, well, I’ve used ones that are better.

 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pixi Beauty's Got Your Holiday Products Covered

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In this holiday time, how are you doing your look? Bright and intense or soft and magical? Either way, PIXI BEAUTY has one for you.

On the soft side, look at these Pixi by Petra Fairy Dust Favourites in Metallic Warmth ($12 @ pixibeauty.com, target.com). Each gives a whisper of color in 5 very wearable shades: Sheer Peach Glow, True Bronze, Ruby Sheen, Sunkissed Amber, and Black Pearl.

And the Black Pearl is the perfect shade of smudgy black for a sexy smoky eye.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Get Precision with Chella Liners

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For the longest time I would only wear liquid liners in black but I have come a long way from there and there are so many great formulas to choose from. Two shades I’m adding to my list are CHELLA’s Eyeliner Pen ($24 @ chella.com) in Purple and Indigo Blue.

These are those liquid liners where once they’re set, they won’t move for hours.

I like the super skinny tip and these applied smoothly with very little bleeding (before drying down) and no skipping along the lid, which is very important.

Overall, I think the Indigo Blue performed a little better than the Purple in terms of its longevity and smoothness.

Is this something you’ll be looking to pick up this holiday season?   

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

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

All I Want for Christmas!

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It seems like the holiday season arrives earlier and earlier each year, dontcha think? Or do I just say that each year? Since we are all so inundated, I don’t begin my holiday gift coverage until the day after Thanksgiving but I have been known to run an early post here and there, so consider this one of those posts.

So how did I pick these? I really looked at each selection as a, “would I love to receive this as a gift?” So below are ones that I so approve for anyone on your list.

1. BUXOM Stone Cold Babe Set ($42 @ sephora.com) – I’ve always said that if you are looking to buy yourself some new makeup, the holidays are some of the best times to do it and you can really score some serious deals like this set from Buxom. This set contains their limited edition Fire & Frost Eyeshadow Palette with 12 gorgeous shades and a Mini Buxom Lash Mascara.

2. ARTIS Palm Brush ($65 @ artisbrush.com, dillards.com, spacenk.com) – really any brush from the Artis line would be considered a gourmet gift to me. The latest release is this brush that can be used to apply lotion, self-tanner, face cream, really anything that needs max coverage. It was designed to fit comfortably in your hand and feels so luxe on the skin, like you’d expect only from Artis.

3. PIXI BEAUTY Rose Oil Blend ($24/1oz @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) – anything with roses is always an acceptable gift and this one is just so good for the skin. It contains almond, jojoba, rosehips, rose geranium, orange peel and pomegranate seed oils, among others. Use this as an additive to your existing moisturizer.  

4. J.O.I. Spotlite HD ($59.95) Spotlite HD Professional ($89.95) – what you use to put on your makeup is just as important as the makeup you use. Believe me, I know. I grew up with one of those 3-tiered poorly lighted  mirrors that probably did more harm than good! This J.O.I. portable mirror I wrote about a few months ago will make sure you to always have the right lighting at the tip of your fingers. Both @ wearejoi.com

5. MAC Nutcracker Sweet Red Mini Lipstick Kit ($35 @ maccosmetics.com, dillards.com, nordstrom.com) – no makeup brand does holidays better than MAC! And every recipient on your list is sure to open this cute box with 4 lippies in it and say, “ohhhh!”. Guaranteed winning set here.

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

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

This Tinted Moisturizer & Primer Could Change Your Life

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So what’s your go-to for face these days? A tinted moisturizer or do you prefer a foundation or both? How many do you have? A recent count on my beauty table numbered 4 foundations and 2 tinted moisturizers and these are ones I use regularly. I like each category for different reasons – a tinted is great for on-the-go in the morning when I just need a little boost to my look but don’t have time to put it all on. Not to mention I can apply it in the car without using a mirror (at a red light of course).

And on the other end is foundation and I love it for the polished look it gives my skin. My favorite one right now is the medium to full coverage foundation is this one gives since it’s fall and I need a tad more coverage.

The brand of tinted moisturizer I’ve been using lately is Bluemercury’s LUNE+ASTER. I wrote about one of their palettes recently and now that I’ve experienced more than this one, I think this brand is a contender in the makeup world!

CC/Tinted Moisturizer SPF 50+ ($48/1.7oz @ bluemercury.com) – a medium coverage tinted moisturizer that contains good-for-skin-ingredients like vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, SPF 50 and seabuckthorn, which is rich in omegas. It’s available in 4 shades and it feels pretty light on the skin.

RealGlow Primer ($30/1.7oz @ bluemercury.com) – this formula contains light-diffusing primer pigments so it will help anything you apply after it to look better.

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

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Multi-Purpose, Multi-Functional, TreStique

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Simple is best these days, especially when it comes to your beauty routine and the number of products you have to use every day. A relatively new indie line has come along (launched in June 2015) to help you get the most of the makeup you use and is all about multifunctional, sleek packaging and quick and easy to apply and tote. You may have seen one of their items in your Ipsy bag or on birchbox.com?

TRESTIQUE is targeting millennials (who isn’t these days??) but I think us older peeps can find to enjoy about the line as well!

 

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A Red from NARS Never Goes Out of Style

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When is red not a hot color in beauty? I seamlessly transitions from season-to-season as everyone can wear it and it really polishes off a look! So when I read a post here by Temptalia raving about NARS Blush in Impudique ($30 @ narscosmetics.com) from the Sarah Moon Collection, I knew I had to check it out (she gave it an A+!). Christine called it, “an amplified version of the brand’s signature Orgasm blush-just so much better…”

I found the blush to be everything she said – blendable, long-lasting, and really pretty on the skin. This has become a staple for day and night since I got it last week. 

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The other red I’m touting this month from NARS is their Audacious Lipstick in Rita ($32 only @ sephora.com), a scarlet red, in a special-edition holiday release red case. I admit, I’ve been a tad out of touch with lipsticks lately, preferring the liquid lipsticks over traditional ones. But this Rita was quite the welcome back! It’s creamy and thick with pigment and really wore like ColourPop’s Ultra Satin Lips in that it was a tad transferable but delivered on richness and longevity. So yeah on those two fronts.

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L to R: Impudique Blush and Rita Lipstick

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