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Monday, December 05, 2016

4 No-Fail Makeup Tool Gifts

Makeup tools make an excellent gift for a few reasons:

  • You get a lot of bang for your buck around the holidays.
  • Most people will buy them for themselves.
  • Beauty lovers always need them!

Here are 4 that will make you look like a star gift giver:

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1. REAL TECHNIQUES Multitask Set ($19.99 @ realtechniques.com, target.com, walgreens.com) – contains a face brush, cheek brush and eye brush all tucked in a Velcro case.

2. MAC Nutcracker Sweet Essential Brush Kit ($35 @ maccosmetics.com, nordstrom.com) – contains a face blender brush, eye blending brush and small angle brush nestled in a cute carrying pouch.

3. CHELLA Beautiful Eyebrow Tools ($45 @ dermstore.com) – contains tweezers, razor with brush and comb and scissors in a snap case.

4. SEPHORA Glitter Happy Brush Set ($59 @ sephora.com) – how cool is this glittery stand this comes with? Essentials include a blush brush, powder brush, crease brush, concealer brush, allover shadow brush, lip brush and the acrylic stand.

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

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The State of the Union - Liquid Lipsticks

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I think I’ve been around the liquid lipstick block a few times now and with the latest ones I’ve tried being on the indie side, I have some more observations. It seems that just about every brand is coming out with their own version these days, which is great, but not so great when you kinda know what formula works for you, and you don’t get it when you open the tube. If you’re on the liquid lipstick (will abbreviate to LL) bandwagon, do you know which form you like best? I think I do, now that I’ve tried quite a few different brands:

Chanel, Wet N Wild, Tarte, Buxom (part of BareMinerals), ColourPop, Motives, Cailyn Cosmetics, L’Oreal, Make Up For Ever, Stila, Laura Mercier, Merle Norman, NARS, Lime Crime, Ofra Cosmetics, Fyinnae, Maybelline, Ciate London, L'Oreal, Napoleon Perdis, Houglass Cosmetics, CoverGirl, LipSense by SeneGence, Giorgio Armani, Sephora, Kat Von D, MAC, Makeup Monster, LA Splash Cosmetics, Caked, Beauty Bakerie.

Brands on my list to try: The new ones from Smashbox, Anastasia Beverly Hills (I know, I know, I'm like the only one on the planet but I've read mixed reviews), Jeffree Star, Milani (drugstores are always out of the Amore Mattes!), Lonely Planet.

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Makeup Show Haul

I attended The Makeup Show in Los Angeles a few weeks ago and picked up some products I’m uber excited to try out! Some I had not seen before and some I had on my list to pick up.

Since it’s tax season, I had to really be watchful on my dollars this time around and thankfully the show had a blogger preview so some of the products that were on my list were in the bag the show gave us. Yeah!! I've just started trying some of them out so do you see anything you like?

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1. ESUM Pro Finishing Sponges ($20/2 sponges @ musebeauty.com) – here’s a new twist on the makeup sponge – these combines the wedge and oval sponge in one so you can get every inch you’re trying to get to.

2. BÉSAME COSMETICS Boudoir Short Hair Contour Brush ($48 @ sephora.com) – this one is in the same category as those oval brushes that are blowing up everywhere. It feels so nice on the skin and is able to get into all the angles on the face … flawlessly!

3. SENNA COSMETICS Lash Detail Mascara ($20 @ sennacosmetics.com) – I’m really picky about my mascara and don’t like many. I’ve worn this one twice and what I like about it is the super skinny fine brush that seems to be able to maneuver color on ever lash. If you’re looking for natural looking lashes, this might be one to try.

4. NYX COSMETICS Soft Matte Lip Crème in Transylvania ($5.99 @ bedbathandbeyond.com) – I’ve been needing this shade in my life since it came out and has been sold out at my Ulta since it came out.

5. SEPHORA PRO Press Full Coverage Complexion Brush #66 ($36 @ sephora.com) – this seems to be Sephora’s answer to the oval brush craze and I can’t wait to see how it performs!

6. SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer Water ($32/3.9oz @ smashbox.com and sephora.com) – there’s been quite a buzz on this primer water since it emerged recently. Can’t wait to try this out!

7. VERA MONA Color Switch Duo ($19.99 @ veramona.com) – a genius product! Stroke your brush against the black to remove the color so it’s ready to dip into the next shade. And the white middle part can be soaked in water if you feel like applying shadow with a wet brush.

8. KAT VON D Tattoo Liner in Trooper ($19 @ sephora.com) – from the queen of liner. Need I say more?

9. PUR Browder Perfecting Brow Powder in Medium Brown ($22 @ purminerals.com) – this combines a powder with fibers to help fill in sparse areas. Interesting application pointer!

10. MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Lip 2-in-1 Lip Sculpting Pen in #40 Carmine Red ($27 @ sephora.com) – quite a unique twist on giving lips a multi-dimensional look. Can’t wait to try this out!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

More Gift Giving Suggestions

Still stumped on what to gift your bestie? Or yourself? Here are some more suggestions.

Votivo-Soy-Wax-Candle-in-Red-CurrantVOTIVO Boxed Glass Soy Wax Candle in Red Currant ($28/6.8oz=60 hr burn time @ nordstrom.com) – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this Red Currant scent. And a quality candle is always a great gift to yourself or someone else.

 

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gift Giving!

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Sometimes I use the holidays to give a beauty gift of luxury; something I just don’t see that person buying for themselves necessarily. Here are 5 that will dazzle and delight!

1. TOO FACED Mr. Right Perfect Powder Brush ($36 @ sephora.com) – never underestimate the power of a quality makeup brush! It just feels so nice to sweep one across the skin, right?

2. BARE MINERALS ‘Precious Gems’ Lip Oil Balm Trio ($26 @ macys.com) – these are some of my favorite tinted balms and I always keep one tucked in my purse. Each has a hint of color you can actually see (hate when one promises tint and there is none!).

3. SEPHORA COLLECTION Ombré Obsession Eyeshadow Palette ($25 @ sephora.com) – OMG, how great is this palette?? I’d say it falls into the Product As Art category for sure. And what a great value at $25 (they claim it’s worth $175!). I can’t put enough exclamation points in this blurb about it!

4. HOURGLASS Nº 28 Lip Treatment Oil in Icon ($42 @ nordstrom.com) - lips are always center stage so you’ve got to keep them looking great in these cold temps. And this one has a dash of color in it.

5. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Contour Cream Kit $40 @ sephora.com) – I know I’ve tried using bronzers, eye shadows and other dark shades to contour with. Pick her up the right products to use for it, ok?

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

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

What is Liquid Lipstick? Here to Stay or Passing Trend?

Unlike the trend of highlighting and contouring, or HACing, the trend of liquid lipsticks is pretty doable for anybody. With HACing, you really have to have some kind of idea of what you’re doing, what you want to bring forth or set back, blah, blah, blah. And yes, I don’t have it totally down either, just parts of my face.

With the liquid lipstick trend, it’s basically lip color on steroids so if you can apply lipstick or lip gloss, you can apply liquid lipsticks!

It seems to have started out as just a handful of brands a few years ago with MAC (I even have theirs in my Hall of Fame), Korres, Addiction NV (who I don’t think is around anymore), Make Up For Ever and L’Oreal and it wasn’t even called liquid lipstick; not even sure when the name liquid lipstick started surfacing with these.

I’m a fan of all the aforementioned brands but just in case you were wondering, I think the OG liquid lipstick brand has to be LipSense by SeneGence. Thoughts?

But now, this seems to be a full-on trend with whole brands being built just on it like Jeffree Star’s new collection, Pretty Zombie Cosmetics and I’m sure others I just haven’t caught up with just yet.

So just what is liquid lipstick anyways? Click after the jump to find out!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

4 Quality Makeup Palettes for Under $25

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We’re all on the budget so you have to make your dollars go far. I found some great quality makeup palettes, and one set of eye colors that I think qualify, that are all under $25. Which one do you like best?

1. SEPHORA All Access Glam Gold and Silver Eye and Face Palette - $15 @ sephora.com

2. TOO FACED Jingle All the Way Makeup Palette - $12.50 @ toofaced.com

3. SMASHBOX Full Exposure Travel Palette - $22 @ sephora.com and smashbox.com

4. BARE ESCENTUALS bareMinerals Party Starters - $15 only @ ulta.com

Friday, December 20, 2013

Gift Pick: When You Have No Idea What to Get Her or Him!

What It Is: SEPHORA Fragrance Rollerball Sampler for Her - $24 @ sephora.com

Why I Like It: Sephora is so right on when it comes to their fragrance sampler sets. I mean, who doesn’t need to try any scent before investing in the bigger version of it? That’s why I’m recommending their Fragrance Rollerball Sampler for Her and I will probably always recommend their fragrance samplers for any gift giving occasion! I mean the scents are current and ones that are quite popular like this particular one contains my favorite Flowerbomb and Chloé’s Chloé See, Gucci Flora, Juicy Couture: Viva La Juicy and Marc Jacobs: Dot. This particular sampler redeems for a rollerball version of one of these.

And like I said in the title, they have a Fragrance Sampler for Him too that you can see here.

And the best trait is that the gift seems personal because scents tend to be but it really isn’t personal at the same time. 

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gift Pick: For the Frequent Flyer

What They Are:

ORLA KIELY ‘Graphite’ Large Hanging Organizer - $29.99 @ target.com.
SEPHORA COLLECTION Deluxe Airless Travel Kit
- $38 @ sephora.com.
KESTREL 'Grid' Small Beauty Pouch
- $54 @ anthropology.com

Why I Like These: Any kind of organization or travel bags always makes for a nice gift as we can always use them. This one from Orla Kiely is like this one I wrote about in October and just so convenient for travel! Just pack up the compartments and when you arrive at your destination, unroll it and hang it from any door with the attached hanger and you’ll have everything inside at your fingertips.

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With this Sephora container set, all the sizes of containers are airline approved and is an enhanced version of this one that I wrote about a while ago here. This set contains 2 x 1.69oz airless pump tubes, 2 x 1oz airless pump tubes and a .51oz airless pump tube, a .51oz jar, 1 Piston push stick to put product in the containers, spatula and waterproof pre-printed labels so you know which is which and they come tucked in their own see through mesh bag. Choose from two different color sets – Silver and Multi.

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The Kestrel makeup case is the perfect triangle shape of 7ish” x 3.5” x 4” for inside your purse to tuck those items you need to take with you on the plane. It's coated canvas so it's sturdy and will resist getting ruined should anything inside spill. 

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So who on your list would love these ones? 

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What I’m Using … Right Now!

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WATER JEL Burn Jel Plus ($9.99/4oz @ burnjel.com) – yup I burned myself with my curling iron. And just last week I was scoffing at this product that protects against burns on the ears! Well mine was on my neck so I’m glad I had this on hand to not only to soothe it right after it happened but to help it heal.

CUCCIO Sugar Scrub in Vanilla Bean & Sugar ($29.98/19.5oz @ amazon.com) – Maybe it’s my sweet tooth but I seem to gravitate towards sugar scrubs over salt scrubs. And this Vanilla Bean & Sugar smells like a cupcake. Yum!

B-LEVE b impeccable Foundation Brush ($7.49 @ b-leve.com) – I just picked up Armani’s Maestro Foundation to try out and have been using it with this great foundation brush. It’s just the right width and fits comfortably in my hand. And the best part? The price!

DERMORGANIC Daily Conditioning Shampoo ($5.99/3oz, $16/12oz @ walgreens.com) – this one is sulfate-free and safe for color-treated hair (it’s not a color support(it) shampoo though), and it contains nutrients both hair and skin depend on, it can be used from head to toe. Yup, the hair and then on the skin. Now that’s a first!

LOLITA LEMPICKA Elle L’Aime EDP ($100/2.5oz @ neimanmarcus.com) – this scent, meaning “She Loves” en Francois, is certainly not a one note kinda scent. It’s multi-dimentional with top notes of Bergamot, Neroli, and lime, coconut, ylang-ylang and jasmine as the middle notes, all on a base of Myrrh,  vanilla and sandalwood. Very unique.

SEBASTIAN SIGNS Purusa Dream Extract ($28/1oz @ sebastiansigns.com) – what a great way to help you fall asleep. This luxury pillow spray combines sandalwood, organic clary sage and bergamot to make drifting off into lala land enjoyable and soothing. This smells so good, I would wear it as an everyday fragrance.

SEPHORA + Pantone Universe Jumbo Waterproof Eye Pencil Elemental Energy in Earth – Shark (shimmering shark gray) ($17 @ sephora.com) – this collection was inspired by the four elements (quick, name them!!) and this shimmery gray is wonderful by itself or when used to blend two colors together. 

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

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