Review & Swatches: Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush


Choo choo! The new release train for 2012 is chuggin’ right along! Are you on-board yet? I am! Maybelline has several new products launching officially next month, and I’m having a lot of fun trying them out. So far, I’ve reviewed two of the new items—the EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadows (they’re the bomb dot com), and the SuperStay 10HR Stain Glosses. Now, we’re moving into complexion territory with their new Dream Bouncy Blushes! These are a little different than the Dream Mousse blushes. Dream Mousse has an airy, whipped texture—while Dream Bouncy has a spongy texture that’s a little more dense.

Available in 10 shades, Dream Bouncy Blush is oil-free and very lightweight. Comprised of a hybrid gel formula that feels like a cream, yet wears more on the soft, powdery side—they’re neither too shimmery or matte once applied. It’s right in the middle for a little more of a naturally flushed look.  [Read more…]

WIN IT! Royal & Langnickel SILK Pro GreenLine 12-piece Makeup Brush Set Giveaway


Royal & Langnickel have some of the best brushes in the biz, which makes me extremely excited to bring this great giveaway to you! Their SILK Pro line is constructed using the highest quality materials and expert craftsmanship—this SILK Pro GreenLine collection uses incredibly realistic-feeling supreme synthetic fibers, 100% bamboo handles, and chrome-plated nickel ferrules. There’s a brush for almost every need within this 12-piece collection! I own many, many brushes, and I have to say—these are the BEST synthetic brushes I’ve ever used. Packaged in a sustainable cork travel case, each brush is full-size, has a nice weight to it, and feels so luxurious and soft. If you’re in the market for a brush set that not only performs, but also stands the test of time—check out the GreenLine!

Brushes included: liner, eyeshadow, smudger, powder, blush, lip, eyeliner/brow, foundation, flat liner, brow/lash with spoolie, and a concealer brush.

The kind people at Royal & Langnickel want you to experience the GreenLine collection for yourself, so they’ve provided me with one set for a lucky Beauty Junkies Unite reader!

How to enter & details:  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow


Here in Southern California, we have these epic windstorm events called the Santa Anas, and sometimes they get pretty bad. Last month, our power was out for over 13 hours because of them, and some of our neighbors to the east went without power for a week. Aside from modern-day inconveniences, these winds kick up my allergies something FIERCE. And ever since the winds started coming and going this season, my eyes have paid the price! They’re frequently very watery, red, and itchy—making it nearly impossible to keep eye makeup on lately. Pretty much the only thing that stays on my eyes during times like these, are cream shadows. I’ve had the perfect excuse the put these new Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadows to work, their arrival time couldn’t have been any more perfect!

Available in drugstores next month, you’ll find a collection of Color Tattoo cream shadows in 10 shades; five of which are pretty neutral, while the other five are high-impact fashion shades. These are like a hybrid of Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams and MAC Paint Pots at a fraction of the cost. I don’t know about you, but this is music to my ears. [Read more…]

What’s New: Guerlain Écrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Quads in Les Roses & Les Aqua for Spring 2012


Well hello there, gorgeous! I’m hoping you had an amazing Christmas, because I sure did. I woke up extra early this morning and had a fleeting thought that I would venture out to catch some of the day after Christmas deals, but then logic got the best of me. I decided to warm up with a cup of java and get comfy here with you instead. I have far too many new goodies to share with you that I’m excited about! Like these new eyeshadow quads from Guerlain’s spring collection…

Totally gorge, right? These are the Écrin 4 Couleurs palettes in Les Roses and Les Aqua, and it looks like they’ll be part of the permanent line. I love opening up Guerlain products, they’re always packaged in opulent components and tiny velvet pouches like they were the Crown jewels.  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Christmas Edition


Are you ready yet? I think I have one more gift to wrap, but I LOVE wrapping presents. I practically make an event out of it! I was using gift bags for the longest time, but now I detest them for Christmas because I want to wrap with pretty paper, ribbons, and shiny bows! I’m wishing those who celebrate a very merry Christmas, and it’s my hope that you receive every little thing your heart desires.

xo
Amber

Question of the Week: Do you have a beauty-related New Year’s resolution? What is it?

Answer: I consider this to be beauty related even though it doesn’t have much to do with cosmetics—but in 2012, my focus will be completely fitness oriented! I know every year at this time, everyone makes a resolution to get and stay fit, but I’m REALLY going to. I’ve enlisted the help of a doctor and a nutritionist already, and I’m totally committed to making huge life changes! In terms of actual beauty however, I resolve to consistently take much better care of my hair. Sometimes it frustrates me so much that I just give up and don’t treat it with the TLC it deserves. Maybe if I treated it better, it wouldn’t frustrate me so much! Do you have a beauty-related resolution too?

Gouldylox Reviews – Sure, I can tell you how to improve your skin, make your hair shine or your eyes pop, but how about some good old being beautiful from the inside out? Try one of these ideas this holiday season!

Krasey Beauty – Didn’t get what you want this holiday season? No worries, pick one of these amazing beauty items for yourself at the Gaga Workshop, exclusively at Barneys New York.

Nouveau Cheap – has been waiting MONTHS for L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadows to hit the US. Were they worth the wait? Come find out!

Prime Beauty – always aims for a flawless complexion– the Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Perfection Starter Kit helps her achieve just that! See what you think of the before and after pictures!

Phyrra – My Independent Spotlight for Christmas is with Femme Fatale Cosmetics! Learn more about Sophie and her Australian-based makeup company.

Vampy Varnish – Has the scoop on the new Too Faced Natural Flirt Makeup Collection for Spring 2012!

we heart this – our John Frieda makeover commercials have finally been released! Watch Stef’s and Tyna’s and learn the scoop about Precision Foam Colour.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Don’t miss this sneak peek of the latest from Bare Escentuals’ BUXOM lineup of products, the new True Hue blushes!

Clumps of Mascara – is a woman that hates shopping. Somehow she managed to pull together a few outfits for only $75 at Sears. Score!

Review & Swatches: Maybelline SuperStay 10 Hour Stain Gloss


In the new year, you’ll find no shortage of long-wearing products hitting the market in your local drugstores—and Maybelline is totally on-board. With two new innovative lip color formulas debuting, I’ve tried them both! Starting next month you’ll find their SuperStay 10 Hour Stain Gloss shades, along with their new SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick collection in stores. To help you set off in the right direction to decide which products will be best for you, here’s a review and swatches for the new Stain Glosses! (The SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick review is forthcoming.)

The SuperStay 10 Hour Stain Gloss collection is comprised of 10 shades, with most being pinks and berries. There are a few purple and brown shades too, but I find that the browns seem to borderline on purple. Each bears both numbers and shade names. The shade names are super small on the end of the tube, so I’ve included both the shade names with their corresponding numbers to help you find them easier at the store.  [Read more…]

Sneak Peek, Review & Swatches: Bare Escentuals BUXOM True Hue Blush


I’m SO excited about these! In February, Bare Escentuals brings us eight new hues of powder blush in their fun BUXOM lineup of products, True Hue Blush. This is new territory for BUXOM, as True Hue is the first ever complexion product from the brand. The second I laid eyes on these, I squealed with delight! The shades are bright and perky, and the product feels so velvety smooth to the touch.

The component is a nice and sturdy mirrored compact that closes securely until you want it open, yet still opens without having to use your nails. I think this is pretty makeup bag friendly!  [Read more…]

Proactiv Advanced Blemish Treatment to the Rescue!


Over the past few months, I’ve explored the Proactiv line of products, more than I ever thought I would, especially since I’ve left most of my acne woes long and far behind me. But that doesn’t stop the hormone-induced pimple here and there I get from month to month. Most pimple spot-treatments look chalky, have a horrid smell, and you can’t wear them under makeup. So that often leaves daytime treatment out of the question! Then, I go to bed covered in a pimple product that you can see (and smell)—while my husband just rolls his eyes at me. But why only use a treatment at night? I want to fight them during the day too, but I don’t want the world to know it!

I am SO glad that I participated in this Proactiv challenge, and I can’t believe that I found products in the line that are actually appropriate for me. The Advanced Blemish Treatment is one of the last products in the current collection that I found was a great fit. This got rid of some pesky forehead and jawline pimples without over-drying my skin. I usually steer clear of benzoyl peroxide treatments for that very reason—but I lucked out with this since it contains soothing and healing ingredients like panthenol and allantoin too.  [Read more…]

Exclusive Q&A with The City’s Whitney Port — Her Beauty Secrets Revealed!


 

We recently had the chance to ask Whitney Port a few questions about her beauty regimen in an exclusive interview—and found out something about The City and The Hills beauty that we would never guess!

See what products Whitney can’t be without, two things that you probably wouldn’t ever guess about her, and her prediction for a hot spring fashion trend for 2012.

Q. What are some of your favorite products that you start each day with?

Enjoy Shampoo and Conditioner, Fresh High Noon Tinted Moisturizer, and Rhoto V eye drops.

Q. Can you tell me one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you? Any hidden talents, fears, or uncommon things that you love?

I have never eaten pasta my whole entire life and I love to dance.

Q. If we could take a peek into your handbag, what beauty products would we find?

Trish McEvoy #3 perfume, Tarte bronzer, Givenchy blush, and Lucas Papaw ointment for lips.

Q. You’re in the spotlight a lot, and people are always taking your photo—what’s your secret to a great smile?

In order to be smile-ready in a pinch, I love using Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips which work in just 2 hours for a whiter, brighter smile! I have always been a fan of Crest 3D White and the 2 Hour Express Whitestrips are perfect for me due to my often hectic schedule. They are great for adding the finishing touches to your holiday beauty preparations so you can dazzle at all those upcoming holiday parties and family get-togethers!

Q. Is there a must-have accessory or fashion item that you think is an essential for Spring 2012?  [Read more…]