Thursday, July 09, 2015

New Liners and Mascara from BENEFIT COSMETICS!

You’ve probably seen the photos or heard the buzz about BENEFIT COSMETICS’s new additions to the They’re Real collection. Four new Push-Up Liners and two new Mascaras!

So do these colors perform as well as the originals? i put them to the test!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Visiting MAC Cosmetics Summer 2015 Matte Lipsticks

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The matte craze is everywhere these days and while MAC has of course had matte lipsticks in their collection for some time, they just put out some new ones for summer.

The Matte LipFor those who prefer timeless glamour rather than all-out flash, the sophisticated allure of matte reigns supreme. Now, MAC expands its offering of this classic suede-like finish with 12 new shades of Matte and Retro Matte Lipstick. These lipsticks promise a pop of colour that will linger on your lips with impressive staying power.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CND Fall 2015 VINYLUX Weekly Polish Collection

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An easy and economical way to update your look for any season is with nail polish. But not just any nail polish will do. I choose one that's proven to last on tips and toes! So what’s my go to? I have about 3 brands and one of them is CND’s Vinylux Weekly Polish. They're just putting out their Fall 2015 Contradictions Collection … I know, really, fall already??

Anyway, this one seems to give you a few basics and then some seasonly nice additions so let’s take a look!

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From L to R: Safety Pin, Naked Naiveté, Tartan Punk, Rouge Rite.

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From L to R: Couture Covet, Peacock Plume, Poison Plum, Grommet.  

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Keep Brow Hairs in Line for HOURS!

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One of the traits I inherited from my dear father is his crazy long brow hairs. I’ve been tempted in the past to just let them be to see how long they would get. I can’t even imagine if they got as long as the ones in this picture I found on reddit.com but how odd would I look?

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So keeping the hair trim and in place it a top priority and I’ve tried just about every kind of “brow keeper-er” there is out there. The rash of brow pomades was promising! I mean, color and a kind of wax in one? I’ve reviewed several of them and the latest one to the list of faves is NYX Eyebrow Gel ($7 @ nyxcosmetics.com). It comes in 5 different shades (shown here in Chocolate, a brown with a dash of red) and seems to be the best at not only keeping brow hairs in place but for the longest time than the others I’ve tried.

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NYX-Eyebrow-Gel-in-Chocolate-up-close-2

Proof is in the … brow gel!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Win the Premier Collection from Palm Beach Tan!

What is your summertime must have? For me, it’s tan skin. Now I don’t go overboard on the self-tanner but I do have a weekly ritual as there’s nothing worse than looking down at my feet and seeing ghost-white legs in the process. There’s just something about having a little color that makes me feel more confident.

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Once in a while I will treat myself and go to the tanning salon and get a professional spray tan and thankfully Palm Beach Tan has come out with products to help you get the most out of your tan. It’s the Premier Collection from Palm Beach Tan.

Here’s the breakdown:

Tan Extending Moisturizer – using their own Color Last Complex, with Tyrosine and Carob Extract to help extend the color as long as possible. And the Aloe, Comfrey, Cucumber and Calendula Extracts help keep skin soft and moisturized.

Dark Intensifier – apply right before you tan. It contains Mahakanni Extract and Tyrosine to help get the most of your color and their exclusive Diamond Dust Complex, which is an optimal light reflection and brilliance for a flawless bronze glow. Really nice touch!

Facial Maximizer – same as the above Dark Intensifier but for use on the face.

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And I’m not sure if presentation is important to you when it comes to your beauty products, but it is to me and these three are really nice looking with the glittery diamonds on the labels!

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So you wanna win some of these products with the glittery diamond labels? One lucky winner will be randomly selected for a Premier Collection lotion gift bag (a $300 value!) containing either a Diamond Dark Bronzer or Intensifier, a tan extender and Facial Maximizer BB Creme, all in a fashionable Premier Collection clutch.

Enter in Rafflecopter below and good luck! 

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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Summertime Essentials

So what’s on your beauty must-have list right now? I'm all ready for summer and on my short list is a fitting fragrance, a good sunscreen and a new essential beauty tool! Are any of these tickling your fancy?

Summer-Essentials

ESCADA Turquoise Summer EDT ($60/1.6oz, $77/3.4oz @ ulta.com and macys.com) – this scent screams everything warm and tropical with notes of fruity sorbet of wild red fruit, fleshy peach and a dash of floral with violet and orange flowers. Simply delightful all the way around!

MURAD Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA++($60/1.7oz @ murad.com and sephora.com) – a UVB/UVA sunscreen is essential these days, everyday really no matter what time of year, and why not use one that does double duty? This one fights aging with added vitamin C.

THERMALABS The Ultimitt ($10 @ thermalabs.com) – kinda over using those flimsy mitts that come with the self-tanners. I took a risk with this one when I read about it on amazon and I’m delighted to report how much more effective this one is. It’s made of a microfiber cloth and can be used to apply any type of tanner – mousse, gel, mist or lotion. It’s machine washable and is guaranteed for one year. Now how can you go wrong with that? 

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

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Liquid Couture Liquid Lipstick from LA Splash Cosmetics

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In my continued quest to try every liquid lipstick available, I’ve come to the LA SPLASH COSMETICS line. I stalked their Instagram page for a few weeks before deciding on which colors I thought would work best for me.

It seems that their Lip Couture Waterproof Liquid Lipsticks have received the best reviews so I bought the Latte Confession (browny mauve), Forbidden (bright fuchsia), and Innocent Vixen (nude beige). So how did they do? I must quietly rave at how well these wear! I had to become used to any liquid lipstick eventually start to flake but these seemed to have lasted the longest of any brand I’ve tried so far before they flake.

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Yes, each is a little too matte for my liking but the longevity outweighs it. And I guess since they last the longest, they also seem to be the most difficult to remove as traditional makeup remover don’t seem to work. They have their own product to remove it but I also found coconut oil works great too.

I also tried the Smitten LipTint Mousse in Inflamed (a blue-red) and while the color was gorgeous, it didn’t seem to hold up as well on my lips as the aforementioned. I gave it to a friend of mine to further test and see if she has the same issue (forgot to get a picture of it before giving it to her!). Will keep you posted.

On the minus side, each lippie comes in a clear plastic box, which I felt was unnecessary and a waste as each top was also sealed to the base.

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On the plus side, I really like the doe foot. It’s on the long side and allows quite a bit of product on it removing the task of having to dip the brush in multiple times.

Overall I’m giving these Lip Coutures high marks and plan on purchasing some of the other shades.

$11.98 @ lasplashcometics.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 Favorite ... Star Hair Products

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From L to R clockwise:

PUREOLOGY Cleansing Condition ($34/8.5oz @ pureology.com for salons nationwide) – just out, these  come in 3 different formulas to  suit your hair’s needs – Hydrate, Smooth Perfection and Strength Cure. These combine a shampoo + conditioner in one low-lather concoction to clean your strands and(it) maintain your salon color.

NUANCE Salma Hayek Mamey Fruit Texture Enhancing Finishing Spray ($9.99/5oz @ cvs.com and CVS stores nationwide) – like the above salt spray, this one gives hair some texture as well as keep it in place. One outlet called it a cross between a dry shampoo and a volumizer. It contains oat extracts to give softness to the texture and Mamey Fruit Extract, which is rich in vitamins and minerals.

REDKEN FPF 40 Rebel Tame ($22/8.5oz @ redken.com for salons nationwide) – I love me a smoothing cream and this one goes one step further. Part of the Frizz Dismiss(it) collection, this is their answer to the humidity in the air as all 7 products contain their Humidity Resist Complex.

SUAVE Sea Mineral Infusion Sea Salt Spray ($5.99/6.8oz @ walgreens.com) – tis the season for sea salt textured locks! If you can’t make your own from sea water, this one does fine and won’t break the bank.

AVEDA Color Conserve Daily Color Protect ($24/3.4oz @ aveda.com) – I’ll do just about anything to preserve my burgundy red hair and this is a new one I’ve incorporated into my hair regimen. This leave-in treatment contains their patented Color Conserve Complex to triple-protect strands. Triple? Yup, that’s what the brand says. It also protects against UVA/UVB rays, which I think we underestimate when it comes to also causing color fading.  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Sweet Smell O’ Spring!

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RITUALS Foaming Shower Oil
in Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom from the Sakura Spring Collection ($15/6.7oz @ rituals.com) – cherry has always been one of my top favorite scents and this one contains real cherry flower extract. And this cleansing body oil won’t dry the skin out like a regular soap can.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER Classique Summer Edition EDT ($71/3.3oz @ nordstrom.com) – JPG puts out one of my favorite scents found on a man so I was giddy when this one landed in my mail box. With pungent notes of rose, orange blossom, jasmine and woody lily of the valley, this is sure to become a scent-staple this season. 

COAL AND CANARY Super Powers and Fresh Cut Flowers Candle ($25 @ coalandcanary.com) – ok, picture a huge bouquet of fresh cut flowers … got it? That is exactly what this candle smells like!

L’OCCITANE Peony Perfecting Mist ($24/3.3oz @ loccitane.com) – I’m getting my summer face mists together this month for the upcoming heat and this one is for sure being included. Instead of just using a plain water, why not use one that not only hydrates but smells wonderfully of peonies from the real extract inside?

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

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