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Monday, October 06, 2014

What I’m Loving Right … Now!

From L to R clockwise:

Nail Love - CUCCIO Colour Nail Lacquer in Java Va Voom and Cream & Sugar from the Café Cuccio Winter Colour Collection - $8.50 @ - a really great quality nude is seasonless and this Java Va Voom one is the perfect shade of coffee with 2 creams in it and when you need a little extra zhoosh on tips or toes, Cream & Sugar is a darker nude with tiny flecks of multi-colored sparkle.

Cheek Love - BENEFIT Majorette - $28 @ and – and blush that gives you that sexy flush is never out(it) of season and this pinky-peach, cream-to-powder one will give you an instant boost. Wear it alone of under other blushes. And I love the slight tangerine scent to it!

Primer Love - NYX 'Honey Dew Me Up' Primer - $17 @ – it’s certainly no secret that I love honey and seek products out that contain it, this one that uses it in a primer surprised me. First it’s in the gel form and it has tiny gold flecks that help with overall radiance. Ok I guess! What really impressed me is the way it felt while applying it and after applying it. Unlike most face primers, this one didn’t instantly disappear into my skin and actually did make it feel a tad dewy until it set. My skin really felt soft, smoothed out and “prepped” for the next step, which is an overall first. Big recommendation.  

Face Love - PACIFICA ‘Perfect Lotus’ Universal Powder - $16 @ and – this buildable pressed mineral powder really brightened up my complexion and I was really surprised how universal the Light shade was! It blended in nicely and didn’t sit on top of any lines in my face.

Fragrance Love - CARVEN L’eau de Toilette - $79/1.7, $104/3.3oz only @ – I’ve become quite the eau de parfum snob in that I feel I’m sort of wasting my time by choosing an eau de toilette as that scent is not as concentrated as a parfum version. Well this one may change my mind.
Aside from the lovely fresh, grassy, and totally feminine fragrance this one imparts, if I didn’t know any better, I’d say it’s the more concentrated version as it certainly wears like one! This release is considered the “younger sister” of the Le Parfum that came out in 2013 as they share the same bottle design and some of the same composition like sweet pea, freesia, white hyacinth and white woods, among others, this one is considered the “sweeter,” of the two.

Zit Love - COVER FX Blemish Treatment Concealer - $38/2.5g @ – I’m always so hesitant to put any makeup on a blemish for fear of making it worse but thanks to CFX, they want to take that fear away. The formula contains 10% Salicylic Acid to treat and Babchi Seed Extract to increase cell renewal. Check out the other new products in the blemish treatment collection.

More Nail Love - MILANI Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Mauving Forward $3.99 @ – I’m finding myself not quite ready to jump into the fall just yet but am inching my way towards it with this shade of purply-mauve. 

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

Friday, September 20, 2013

Clinique Adds Some CC to Their SP

File this next one under, if your face can dream it up, CLINIQUE’s new Superprimer Face Primers can handle it. The brand just came out with 6 new oil-free ones that are made just for perking your skin up to be its best.

They are:

Universal Face Primer (no color), Colour Corrects Dullness, Colour Corrects Redness, Colour Corrects Sallowness, Colour Corrects Discolourations, Colour Corrects Dullness in Deeper Skins.

I’ve been alternating between the one made for Dullness and Sallowness. Not only does it create a nice canvas for my foundation to go onto but it seemed to lessen the dullness my skin has been experiencing lately. Did it make it go away? Not quite but it helped my skin look a little more vibrant than it's been.

I bet these kind of correction primers will become quite mainstream like tinted moisturizers have.

Is this something up your alley? $27/1oz @

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

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Who Says A Primer Can Last 15 Hours?? They Do.

I’m always a little suspicious when a product claims “24-hour wear” or in this case, “15-hour wear.” How can they really test that it lasts that long (would love to see the procedure!) and isn’t it really just a name they can give the product? In any case, the latest long-wearing product is BENEFIT COSMETICSStay Flawless 15-Hour Primer Base ($32 @ This one is an invisible face primer used before any tinted moisturizer or foundation to prolong the wear.

Benefit-Stay-Flawless-15-Hour-PrimerI love that it comes in a stick form as you can see from the picture so I don’t have to waste any of it on my fingers.

So how long did it last on my skin? I got a full evening out of it the few times I tried it and that’s always good enough for me. My test is how much makeup comes off on my washcloth when I’m washing my face. So you could say I’m a fan of this stick., Inc.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Touch In SOL Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base

Have you tried any of the beauty sampling programs yet? Yes, there are quite a few out there now and even though I’ve only samples a few of them, I found the selection to be eh, at best. One that stands out is a deluxe-sized item I received in the Glossybox box. It’s a Korean product from the brand TOUCH IN SOL. The product is a face moisturizer and base/primer in one called Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base.

Now this is what these sampling boxes should be, the best products from other nations. Hey, now there’s an idea!

Touch-in-Sol-Feel-Like-HOney-Moon-Skin-BaseAnyway, back to this item. Not only am I digging its double-duti-ness but it also soaks in quite quickly, so I don’t have to wait around before I apply my foundation. Even though the third ingredient listed in this is alcohol, I didn’t find it drying to my skin at any part during the day (the honey extract in this is the 13th ingredient listed, for whatever that’s worth). $20/1.6oz @

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall Face Corrector Pick - Benefit Perk Up Artist

Benefit-Cosmetics-Perk-Up-ArtistLoving BENEFIT’s new Perk Up Artist – Custom Complexion Correctors. It’s three products in one compact – Correct for any discoloration with this yellow neutralizer, Cover for dark circles and blemishes and Brighten for pink perk up like around eyes.

And I love the handy duo brush and instructions that come with it, the latter showing how to get the most out of each shade.

But tell me Benefit, who is the dude on the front of the box and compact? Is the model this famous drummer? $30 @

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Review+Swatches - Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette

I think I’ve been neglecting my lids lately, as in, I’ve been so into summery colors on my lips, I’ve forgotten that there are a ton of shadows out there just begging to be warn and are perfect for the season. One is from SMASHBOX. It’s one of those “valued at XXX but sells for XX” and called Shades of Fame. It features nine powder eye shadows, two cream eye liners, a dual-tipped eye brush, a sampler of their Photo Finish Lid Primer and a step-by-step booklet on how to create three different looks.


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Review+Swatches - Addiction NV Cosmetics ReHab Collection

The few ADDICTION NV COSMETICS items I’ve tried have been pretty good and I’m adding this next one to that list. They just put out 3 different concealers to conquer or rather reHab your eye ailments.

All three products contain natural extracts and Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, which is derived from coconut oil and known to calm the skin so it helps with puffiness under the eyes. Each is mineral-based and made to heal and conceal.


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray

Skindinavia-Makeup-Finishing-SprayI use a makeup primer like kind of an insurance so my foundation and powder will stay on. I use eye shadow primer so my shadow stays on for many, many hours too. But since the primers go on first, it holds the shadow/foundation from the underside. What about the top of the colors? I wrote about this one before but I think it’s worth mentioning again since they repackaged the line for the third time and they might have upgraded the formula since I wrote about it 5 years ago. It’s SKINDINAVIA Makeup Finishing Spray and is now my makeup from the outside insurance.

No kind of melt-down is pretty, especially a makeup one. We’re getting into hotter temps since spring is right around the corner so keep your face shine in check with this Finishing Spray. It contains their patented Temperature Control Technology that helps prevent any makeup from melting, drying out, becoming shiny or creasing.

And it’s so easy to use – apply all your makeup (except mascara), shake the bottle really well, four pumps in the form of an X and then a T about 8” from the face, wait 5 seconds and you’re done.

$19/2oz, $29/4oz, $39/8oz @

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cover FX BritePrep FX Brightening Foundation Primer

I’ve come to pretty much expect some products to do double-duty and I’m adding makeup primers to that list. And this one is really doing triple-duty so it’s raising the bar! COVER FX BritePrep FX Brightening Foundation Primer & Photo-Aging Defense ($45/1oz @ is not only a primer but contains a SPF 50 - A SPF 50 PEOPLE! - as well as those properties that blur lines and pores using what they call Dermaveil. And they’ve also added Bearberry Extract to help with skin discoloration, which I think we can all use help with.

Have you jumped on the primer bandwagon yet? There’s still room, ya know!

Cover-FX-Brite-FX-PrimerDisclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Product Standouts – Face

Falll-2011-Beauty-Picks-face-productsNAPOLEON PERDIS
NP Set Calming Pre-Foundation Primer
($29/1.7oz @ – now that colder temps are here, your skin might want to act out. Keep redness away with this green primer. The formula also contains aloe and cucumber extracts to make skin feel great.

NARS Concealer ($22 @ – now available in a stick form, this smooth formula is available in 10 shades.

MIRACLE SKIN Transformer SPF 20 To Go ($18/.85oz @ – yeah a tinted moisturizer with SPF. This new size is perfect for the purse and contains micas, Saw Palmetto Extract, CO Enzyme Q10 among others to give skin a shot of anti-aging ingredients. Choose from seven shades.

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

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