Sneak Peek: MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 Lipstick Lipglass

I know there are Miley Cyrus fans out there, and for some of you — she’s not your cup of tea. That’s totally okay! But what I’m hoping is that you’ll appreciate and support her second Viva Glam effort — Viva Glam Miley Cyrus 2 Lipstick and Lipglass. (You can check out the first Viva Glam Miley shade here!)

I write a very similar post with every Viva Glam release, so if you’re already aware of the good a single Viva Glam Lipstick can do, spread the word! If not, I hope this inspires you to get involved since 100% of every Viva Glam purchase goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund.

Just one Viva Glam Lipstick can equal…

  • 1 rapid oral HIV test
  • 8 nutritious, home-cooked meals
  • 1 school stationery starter pack for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • 1 vegetable garden starter pack for a community garden
  • 2 safer sex kits
  • 1 month of personal transportation to and from doctors visits
  • 2 hours of childcare for a woman during a medical appointment
  • 14 blood glucose monitoring strips
  • 1 pair of shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • …and more!

With that, I want to share a sneak peek of the newest hue. This time, Viva Glam has gone orange! I recall lots of pinks, neutrals, and reds in the shades of Viva Glam past, but not an orange like this. I opened the tube and thought to myself it would never work for me, but I received so many compliments while I was testing it last week!  [Read more…]

The Little Black Bottle Full of Magic — CoverFX Custom Cover Drops

CoverFX Custom Cover Drops

I’ve been waiting for a brilliant innovation like this for a long time! Meet the new Custom Cover Drops by CoverFX. I’m in the middle of a torrid love affair with these babies in the little black bottle, and I have to tell you all about it. It’s kinda magic!

little bottle full of magic

What they are…

Custom Cover Drops are a unique way to customize many of your existing complexion and skincare products into a nearly endless combination of skincare benefits and levels of foundation coverage. If you’ve ever wanted to turn your favorite moisturizer into a tinted moisturizer, add more coverage to your beloved foundation, or slightly alter the undertones and shades of your existing complexion coverage products — you are in luck! These unique pure pigments are encapsulated in an extremely lightweight base of skin-smoothing dimethicone and Lecithin for the most seamless appearance. I can accomplish all of these things without altering the texture or performance of the product I’m mixing the drops with.

They’re available in an impressive array of 24 shades, in pink, neutral, and golden undertones. As someone with fair-to-light skin, I picked up shade N20, and it was perfect for many of my moisturizers, hydrating anti-aging oils, and serums. It also works great with moisturizers with sunscreen, but I would probably bump up my shade to N25 if I used a mineral-based sunscreen, since those tend to turn things more pale. CoverFX really is a leader in the industry, they have perfected the levels of coverage almost anyone would need within their extensive range of foundation products for just about anything you can think of. Whether you prefer BB or CC creams, full-coverage cream formulas, or liquids — Custom Cover Drops are the perfect companion product to everything you already have.

coverfx drops

One of my most favorite ways to use them is by adding two drops to my preferred CoverFX primer — the Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment. It’s awesome, because I get all the benefits of the primer; it’s matte, makes my pores look super smooth, and also contains a little salicylic acid to help with breakouts. It’s the perfect complexion perfector, and it’s all about me.  [Read more…]

Get Emily Ratajkowski’s Gorgeous, Neutral Matte Look!

get the look

You might remember Emily Ratajkowski’s gorgeous, fresh face from Gone Girl, and now she’s starring in We Are Your Friends. At last night’s red carpet premiere, she rocked very neutral, almost 90’s-inspired and mostly-matte makeup that turned heads. (Mine included!) Makeup artist Jo Baker tells us how to get Emily’s perfectly polished look, so you can turn some heads of your own.

ud look

Jo tells us, “It perfectly bridges the summer-to-fall seasonal transition. The nude tone (Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipstick in Stark Naked) feels light and fresh for the final days of summer, while the subdued texture with a slight gleam adds an edge of fall’s more sophisticated look. A strong brow (defined with Urban Decay Brow Beater and Brow Tamer) balances the eye and lip to highlight her features and keeps everything looked pulled-together.”  [Read more…]

Neutrogena Silky Smooth Challenge + Bonus Giveaway!

neutrogena body oil

I’ve got to be honest — I’m usually not a body oil person. Despite being a Neutrogena Ambassador, can you believe I hadn’t tried their Body Oil until this challenge? I wanted to see why this has been a cult favorite for years, so I started off with exfoliating my skin by dry brush on a Sunday, and then applied Neutrogena Body Oil after my shower once a day for a week.

desk cal

The reason I usually run from body oils — they typically make my skin feel too sticky, oily, and leave marks on my clothes. With this one, that’s not the case at all! I was so surprised that I wasn’t running for the sink to wash my hands too, since Neutrogena’s light sesame oil formula allows for quick absorption. I even tried getting the oil on a silk scarf a minute or two after I applied it — and it didn’t transfer.

It’s hard for me to explain, but it’s sheer and hydrating at the same time. It’s available in both a fragrance-free and their original formula, and I have to admit — I’ve become a little hooked on the slightly warm, yet fresh scent of the original formula. It doesn’t really linger or interfere with my perfume, but the pleasant light scent has become part of my morning ritual too!  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 8/16/15

MAC Lightscapade

Question of the Week: What’s your favorite highlighter?

Answer: There are several I really love, but I have to say the one I reach for on most days is MAC Lightscapade Mineralize Skinfinish. I can think of several I’d like to try too — these BECCA highlighters though are next on my list.

Enjoy this week’s links from my friends in The Lipstick League!

Beautygeeks: Cute overload — here’s what our ManiGeek has found regarding an OPI Hello Kitty collection rumoured for early 2016 release!

Beauty Junkies Unite: Get your braid on with the new Kerastase Couture Book of Braids. Amber has the deets on how to get one for FREE!

EauMG: Everyone needs a perfume in their collection that makes them feel instantly glamorous. Here’s Victoria’s “glamour drag” perfume, a va-va-voom white floral by Serge Lutens.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage: Thinking about purchasing one of those nude palettes from Livingsocial? Read about it here before you buy!

Gouldylox Reviews: Hands down, this is one of the best products of the year. What are you waiting for?

Love for Lacquer: Do you dare to go bold? Jess has swatches of the 8 brand NEW additions to the ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick lineup!

My Beauty Bunny: We know and love Manic Panic for their vivid hair colors. But did you know they make bold cosmetics too? We’ve got a look at Manic Panic makeup including their lipsticks, glosses and powder!

My Newest Addiction: Laura shares another addiction! The Target Cartwheel app! Check out her latest Target Haul!

Nouveau Cheap: Although you wouldn’t be able to tell by the temperature in my house today, fall is rapidly approaching. And you know what that means. The fall drugstore beauty collections are coming! So let’s get the Autumn train rolling with Wet n Wild’s offerings for Fall 2015.

Phyrra shares a quick and easy Silver Eyeshadow Tutorial!

Prime Beauty got a chance to try Rockbox, the jewelry rental subscription and is totally hooked! See what treasures she got and get a coupon code for your first box FREE!

we heart this: The NARS fall 2015 collection has us longing for summer’s end. Especially one shadow, a “dirty plum base with a emerald green duochrome.” It’s as fab as it sounds!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Sneak Peek: LATHER Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Cleansing Oil

lather chia seed passion fruit cleansing oil

Earlier this month, I went out to Pasadena to visit LATHER — and wow, you guys. If you haven’t been to a LATHER — you’ve got to go. (See store locations here.) It is like a heaven where everything smells so incredibly comforting and authentic. The creams and scrubs are all top-notch quality, and their ancillary products are killer too. And the blending bar? That’s a post you’ll see from me soon. (I made my own fragrance oil!)

But for now, I want to give you a sneak peek of a new product that’s launching next month — the Chia Seed & Passion Fruit Cleansing Oil.

lather ingredients

First, let’s get the notion out of our heads that all oils are bad. I swear they aren’t! As a matter of fact, oil cuts through oil. If you’re someone who has oily skin — please don’t be afraid of this product!  [Read more…]

The New Kérastase Paris Couture Book of Braids Will Rock Your Hair for Any Occasion!

kerastase braids couture

Yesterday, I sat in a courtyard — watching about 25 beautiful women having seemingly effortless, chic braids placed in their hair by Kérastase Paris — and the view was glorious! The art of the braid has always troubled my hair personally. I have very fine hair that slips through your fingers, and I don’t have a lot of it. Truth be told, my sad little ponytail is often pencil thin. If I stand any chance in the “making it work” department, I need products to get my hair to perform. I met two such products yesterday, and scored the deets on a pretty great book from Kérastase that shows you how to get the braids of your dreams.

Let’s go check ’em out!kerastase braidsLook at those braids! Aren’t they gorgeous? I told you!

The most important part to me is the “how”, and judging by your social media feedback yesterday, that seems to be almost everyone’s main challenge. So to make it easy, Kérastase just released an e-book that is absolutely free for download at It’s beautifully illustrated — with suggestions for braids for every occasion — shows you all the steps, tricks, and also recommends the best product(s) for that particular style. What more can you ask for?  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 8/9/15


Question of the Week: Name the ONE blush you find yourself reaching for the most right now.

Answer: I wish I could narrow it down to just one — but as you can see — I’ve got a peachy-pink blush problem, and these are the ones I wear pretty often. To be fair, I probably reach for Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Score more than any others lately — but I’m also a fan of bareMinerals in The Natural High, and the blush in the IT Cosmetics Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Face Disc. I recommend them all!

we heart this: What do you call a skincare product that normalizes oily skin, balances combination skin and moisturizes dry skin? We’d call it magical.

Beautygeeks: Still on the fence about the newest Rebecca Minkoff-for-Essie nail shades? Here’s your complete ManiGeek guide to the Essie Fall 2015 collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite: Get the scoop on the best summer body washes we’ve been using in the Beauty Junkies’ household this season. (Warning: yummy fragrances ahead!)

Clumps of Mascara: We take skincare seriously here in Florida. Right now we’re loving these all-natural skincare items that are perfect for those dog days of summer.

EauMG: Who’s In the House this month? San Francisco-based INeKe perfumes! Here’s Victoria’s brand overview of this indie perfume line that has adorable packaging.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage: Aprill is giving you the chance to win a summer gift pack from Dove! Enter here.

Gouldylox Reviews: The new Too Faced Born This Way foundation is gorgeous. To get the best results, you have to apply it old school…I’ve got the scoop just in time for your perfect back to school look!

Love for Lacquer: Want to get paid to shop? Check out Jess’ massive lipstick haul and how she earned cash-back by shopping through Splender!

My Newest Addiction: Bond no. 9 Sag Harbor has Laura wishing she would have been able to stay in New York for just a few more days. The New York beaches collection is definitely an ode to summer.

Nouveau Cheap: What is a latex skin barrier and do I need one? I’ve got answers, and also a low-cost DIY version that you may want to try first, so you can figure out if you need the real thing.

Phyrra brings you over 23 Celebrity Inspired Hooded Eye Makeup Tips & Tricks!

Prime Beauty just loves when fashion and beauty come together. That’s exactly what happens in the spectacular Rachel Zoe Summer Box of Style!

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by we heart this: Brooke over at Blushing Noir always introduces me to a must-have, like this Dior 556 Contraste Horizon palette. Plus, I love her photos (especially her swatches and eye images.)