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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Product Picks – Makeup!

Ok, ramp up the parties and get gorgeous with any of these that were put out just for the holiday! Well, almost all of them (one I couldn't resist putting it in here). Which would you choose?

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TARTE ‘Brushed with Destiny’ Set of 5 Bamboo Brushes & Makeup Bag - $44 @ tartecosmetics.com

PIXI BEAUTY Nail Colour in God Jul! $8 @ pixibeauty.com

CHANEL Reve D’Orient Quadra Eye Shadow - $70 @ chanel.com

BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlights - $25/3-5g tubes @ beccacosmetics.com 

FERRO COSMETICS Mojo Glow Mineral Bronzer - $25 @ ferrocosmetics.com

DOLCE & GABBANA The Bronzer Collector’s Edition in Desert $51 only @ Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Macy's locations. 

ARDENCY INN MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner Trio - $29 @ ardencyinn.com and sephora.com

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

Monday, November 03, 2014

Why I Threw Out All My Nail Polish

Unless I get the most perfectly applied prep, an at-home manicure never lasts past 3 days without chipping or peeling off. It’s frustrating! That’s why I’ve thrown out all my regular polish and become a full-time gel-polish convert. When they first came out a few years ago, they were only available in salons (the CND brand). Then, brands started making at-home versions that included a lamp to cure the polish. Ok, getting better, but now we have a handful of brands that have gel polishes that don’t require a UV lamp to cure. Some need a topcoat, some do not , so I put an asterisk next to the ones below that require you to use more than one product, like a base coat/primer and/or top coat, with it.

Are you going to join the “throw-your-regular-polishes-out” movement?

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1. SALLY HANSEN Miracle Gel Nail Color shown here in Throwing Shade - $9.99 @ ulta.com and  target.com.

2. *L’OREAL Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 Nail Color shown here in Decadent Indulgence - $7.99 @ lorealparis.com and target.com

3. COVERGIRL XL Nail Gel shown here in Rotund Raspberry - $7.49 @ covergirl.com and walgreens.com

4. *CND Vinylux Weekly Polish shown here in Pretty Poison - $9.95 @ ulta.com and drugstore.com.

5. NAILS INC. LONDON Gel Effect Polish shown here in Kensington High Street - $14 @ nailsinc.com and nordstrom.com.

6. *REVLON Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Enamel shown here in Wild Card - $7.99 @ ulta.com and  drugstore.com

Monday, October 06, 2014

What I’m Loving Right … Now!

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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 @ hbbeautybar.com - 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 @ benefitcosmetics.com and macys.com – 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 @ ulta.com – 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 @ pacificabeauty.com and beauty.com – 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 @ saks.com – 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 @ coverfx.com – 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 @   milanicosmetics.com – 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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Product You Need to Know About

Are you ready to talk fall makeup yet? September issues and all that jazz? Now that my birthday has passed, I’m ready, so let’s start with some standouts … 

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

5 Favorites … In Super Bright Makeup!

Everywhere I turn these days I see brighter and brighter shades of makeup on the shelves and me likey! Neon nails, bright lips, pronounced cheeks, and poppin’ peepers is where it’s at right now. So which feature are you fixin' to make bright?

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1. MAYBELLINE Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in #885 Vibrant Mandarin ($7.49 @ drugstores nationwide) – orange-based and red is so sexy and will look hot with a faux tan this season.

2. MILANI Liquid Eye Liquid-Like Eye Liner Pencil in Aqua ($6.99 @ milanicosmetics.com) – a bright metallic teal blue that really makes brown eyes stand out.

3. OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Nail Lacquer in Deven Green ($10 @ occmakeup.com and sephora.com) – not quite neon green so a little more wearable for us older folks.

4. BUTTER LONDON Lolly Brights Cheeky Cream Blush in Piccadilly Circus ($20 @ butterlondon.com and ulta.com) – use a light hand with this poppy red color as a little goes a long way. 

5. LIME CRIME Velvetines in Pink Velvet ($20 @ limecrime.com) – a super matte hot pink. Love these Velvetines!

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

Monday, June 16, 2014

5 Favorite ... Hot Pink Products!

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1. MAYBELLINE Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in Fuchsia Flash - $7.49 @ ulta.com and drugstores nationwide

2. SUGARPILL Dollipop Pressed Eyeshadow - $12 @ sugarpillshop.com

3. ESSIE Nail Polish in Style Hunter - $8.50 @ essie.com

4. LIME CRIME Zodiac Glitter in Sagittarius - $13 @ limecrime.com

5. MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum - $16 @ nordstrom.com

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

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Stunning Nail Lacquers from NailNation 3000

Have you seen all the Indy nail polish brands popping up on Etsy these days? I came across one with effects in the color that would rival the majors. The brand is NAIL NATION 3000 and these four Nail Lacquers shown here comprise the Black Box Collection. Now I’m certainly not the best photog but I had such a hard time showing the effect of these in the pictures! I was trying to capture the cool effect of them, which is like a gradient iridescence (thanks for the description, Marsha!).

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This is truly a case of you have to see them in person to appreciate the beauty of them. Simply stunning!

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From L to R: Inner Flame, Pointless Café, Château de Holo, The Mercurial Magpie.

Use each straight up with a few coats or as an effect over other polish. $15 each @ nailnation3000.storenvy.com.

Monday, June 02, 2014

5 Must-Have Summer Products

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A Makeup Primer
SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray ($49/8oz, $35/4oz @ skindinavia.com) – a skin primer is going to help your makeup stay on your face where it belongs and not melt off any quicker then it has to. This one is the first face mist primer I’ve seen and I love that you just mist it on and then you’re onto your next step of foundation. Also available in an oil-free version.

Waterproof Mascara - URBAN DECAY Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara ($20 @ sephora.com and urbandecay.com) – nothing worse than coming out of the pool or ocean with black mascara running down your cheeks. Not sexy.

A Continuous Spray SunscreenHAWAIIAN TROPIC SPF 30 Dry Oil Clear Spray Sunscreen ($8.99/6oz @ ulta.com) – I’ll use a dry oil over a heavy lotion any day during the hot summer months and this one has sunscreen in it? Woo-hoo, double-duty, baby! And this is one of those continuous spray ones so you can get in in those hard to reach places on the body!

Non-Moving Lip ColorKAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Love ($19 @ sephora.com) – who wants their hair getting stuck in lip gloss when the summer winds blow? Not me! This one dries down to a super matte finish; almost too matte but better to have color then none at all. And these lasts for hours on lips! Shown here in Bauhau5, a deep raspberry.

Bright TipsNAILS INC. Gel Effect Polish ($14 @ sephora.com) – I just picked up this bright red called St. James shown here last weekend (Mayfair Lane also shown here, a dusty pale pink) and wow, does this polish totally rock! I was sick of taking the time to put on a flawless manicure on my fingernails only to have it start chipping within 24-hours. This formula uses a plasticiser technology to create the glossiness and longevity of a salon gel polish but without the price tag or removal process. 

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

Saturday, March 15, 2014

5 Favorites … in Blue Makeup

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1. NYX COSMETICS Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Blue ($4.50 @ nyxcosmetics.com) – brightest cobalt blue.

2. CIATÉ Mini Paint Pot Nail Polish and Effects in Pool Party ($8 @ sephora.com) – a deep azure blue.

3. WE SEE BEAUTY Matte Finish Eyeshadow in Ultramarine ($25 @ weseebeauty.com) – bright blue w/violet undertone.

4.TARINA TARANTINO Eye Dream Hyperliner in CuteRobot ($15 @ tarinatarantino.com) – deep blue violet

5. FOREVER 21 Shimmer Eyewear in Sapphire 511 ($7.80 @ forever 21.com) – blackened shadow with cobalt shimmer. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

5 Favorite Radiant Orchid Products

I'm starting a new on-going feature called "5 Favorite ... " where I list my 5 current favorite products in a particular category. So this week, I've chosen Pantone's Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. 

It’s almost like they picked it just because it’s such a great color when it comes to makeup! Here are my favorites when it comes to this color. Are you wearing any radiant orchid these days on your features?

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THE BODY SHOP Bunch of Violets Shimmer Cubes Palette #23 ($22 @ thebodyshop.com) – this quad is great for creating an overall orchid-colored eye look. The cube shades are: Orchid Purple, Candy Pink, Pearly White and Velvet Plum. Use wet or dry and apply with brush or your finger and blend, blend, blend.

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Shameless Bold Blush in #212 Outspoken ($30 @ sephora.com) – blend in  this surprisingly workable shade on cheeks. So unexpectedly fun.

DOLCE & GABBANA The Nail Lacquer in Passione ($24 @ sephora.com) – along with the Beauty Addicts, this one is a spot on perfect shade of the trending color. Gorg!

BEAUTY ADDICTS Lip Addiction in Seduce Fierce ($17 @ beautyaddicts.com) – I think this shade perfectly describes the shade. The coverage is sheer to medium depending how much you apply.

KANEBO Sensai Rouge Everlasting Colour in #115 Iwatsutsuji ($40 @ neimanmarcus.com) – this one is just a smidge more purple so if you want your trending shade more on that side, this would be a good one to try. And these lippies are really smooth and last quite a few hours.