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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?


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 @ – a bright metallic teal blue that really makes brown eyes stand out.

3. OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Nail Lacquer in Deven Green ($10 @ and – 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 @ and – use a light hand with this poppy red color as a little goes a long way. 

5. LIME CRIME Velvetines in Pink Velvet ($20 @ – 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!

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

2. SUGARPILL Dollipop Pressed Eyeshadow - $12 @

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

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

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

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!).

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

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 @

Monday, June 02, 2014

5 Must-Have Summer Products

A Makeup Primer
SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray ($49/8oz, $35/4oz @ – 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 @ and – 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 @ – 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 @ – 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 @ – 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

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

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

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

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

5. FOREVER 21 Shimmer Eyewear in Sapphire 511 ($7.80 @ forever – 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?


THE BODY SHOP Bunch of Violets Shimmer Cubes Palette #23 ($22 @ – 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 @ – blend in  this surprisingly workable shade on cheeks. So unexpectedly fun.

DOLCE & GABBANA The Nail Lacquer in Passione ($24 @ – 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 @ – 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 @ – 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.  

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Review+Swatches - Sephora + Pantone Universe Elemental Energy Lacquers

The SEPHORA + Pantone Universe just put out some really interesting nail polishes adding to the Elemental Energy Lacquers that already exist, bringing the total to 8 different shades.

These lacquers are all about four dimensional effects: earthly chrome, watery shimmer, airy sparkle and fiery glitter. Wear each by themselves or layer them! And with the swatches I took, I only applied one coat of the orange. It's that good!

Shown here: Earth Confetti and Fire Jaffa Orange $10 @


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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

A Nail Polish that Requires on ONE Coat? It Exists ...

I think I may have found the most intensely pigment nail polish I’ve ever tried. It’s FACE STOCKHOLM’s Nail Polish and I tried it in #168 Cream Crocus, a purple eggplant color I received it in from this beauty box and thought it would be a nice change of pace from my usual red.

Now I’ve tried a few of the products from this brand but it was many years ago when my site was a monthly and I can’t even recall what they were exactly but I don’t think I ever tried any of the polishes. Theirs are 3-FREE and come in 99 different colors – from neons to nudes to dark, vampy burgundy, so you will find your color with these.

So back to applying this polish -  I prepped my toes like I normally do and applied one coat and waited for it to dry. When I went to apply a second, I really didn’t need it at all but I did, just in case. But back to the one coat, how often do you come across a polish that is so pigmented that it would look just fine with one coat? In the pic, I could have been more precise about the application and got a perfect application, which I probably should have for this post, but you get the gist of it, right? 

And it’s been chip-free for the past 8 days. Now I’m dying to try other shades from the brand as this could be my Hall of Fame polish brand. I’ll keep you posted! $12 @

Have you tried their polishes? Do tell in the comments!

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review+Swatches - Estee Lauder-The Metallics Pure Color Nail Lacquers

I love metallic makeup! Shadows, lippies and nails but sometimes they can cross the line and look, well, too 70’s (think baby blue eye shadow) but this new one from ESTEE LAUDER is certainly now, and no baby blue! It’s The Metallics, Pure Color Vivid Shine Nail Lacquer Color Collection and is hitting counters this month.

What it is: The evolution of heavy metal reaches nails in a unique brushed, reflective finish with the NEW Limited Edition Pure Color Vivid Shine Nail Lacquer. Born out of a fusion of refined pearls and aluminum platelets, this new high-impact finish saturates nails in a flash richly pigmented chromatic color. The multi-faceted spectrum of color-enriched metalized shades range from dusty rose gold to smokey deep platinum, creating a new dimension of confident style and expressive attitude.

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