Win It! Walgreen’s $50 Gift Card with Mini Neutrogena Prize Pack Giveaway: 5 Winners!

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No one can deny that Neutrogena Ambassador and Scandal leading lady, Kerry Washington killed it on the Red Carpet at the 2015 Golden Globes. To me, Kerry never disappoints—her style and grace are unrivaled in Hollywood. Let’s see what Neutrogena products completed her flawless look, all of which can be found at Walgreens!

Makeup Inspiration (artist for Kerry Washington, Carola Gonzalez):

Today’s inspiration sprung from the design of the dress, Greek designer Mary Katrancou, 1950’s silhouette with a modern edge. I wanted to accentuate Kerry’s eyes with a modern twist. I kept it pretty simple, a black line all around the eye layered with a shimmery dark grey eye shadow to break away from the usual black liner and add a spark to the eyes. The lips I kept sheer with a hint of color to compliment the fuchsia shade of the dress without overpowering the eyes or final look.

Kerry Washington Neutrogena look

Get Kerry’s look:

To begin the Golden Globe’s makeup process, I began by prepping Kerry’s skin with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer. During winter months skin is dryer than most months, out of the year, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer is the way to go. It’s truly a skin quencher, it adds just the right amount of moisture needed without making skin look oily. Once fully absorbed I start by highlighting under the eye area and then applying foundation all over face to even out skin: I used Kevyn Aucoin Skin Enhancer SX13.  [Read more…]

Give Your Skin the Celebrity Treatment at Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville lobby

Think that getting the red carpet treatment for your skincare needs is out of the question? I’ve got great news for you, it’s not! If you can make the trek to Kate Somerville’s incredible skincare clinic, it’s tucked away in an adorable, old-time Hollywood building with a lot of industry history behind it—just off of Melrose Place.

Can’t make it in to Kate Somerville? No worries! I’ve got some great Kate skincare recommendations for you, and they’ve made my skin a very happy camper since my visit over a week ago.

Kate Somerville treatment room

Kate Somerville Treatment Room

At first glance, the location is incredibly inviting and beautiful. I sincerely wish I could afford to hire their interior decorator! Everything is top-notch, no details were missed, and the textured wallpaper is to die for! Every wall has a texture that makes it seem like it belongs in the most lavish of celeb homes, as if it cost a fortune. (Except, you’re at Kate Somerville, and you’re about to get your skin pampered!)

I met with my skin therapist, Laura, and she told me that in her expert opinion, I was best a candidate for their DermaLucent™ Red Facial. With this being my first light therapy facial, I wasn’t sure what to expect—but please know I’m glad I went with her expertise, because I left extremely satisfied. I’m in my late 30’s, with some congested pores, lines that need firming, and could stand to have my collagen production levels shaken wide-awake.  [Read more…]

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala Nail Polish Review, Photos, Swatches

KB Shimmer Mena are from MarsalaLast month, we found out that Marsala was Pantone’s pick for Color of the Year for 2015. I was able to pick out a few shades of lipstick that match the Marsala theme, but I haven’t picked out any nail polishes yet. Well, KBShimmer is saving me the trouble—because they just released a very special shiny holographic polish, that takes on all of those rosy brown characteristics that Marsala fans are loving right now!

Meet: Men are from Mars-ala…kbshimmer marsala nail polish


How perfect is this?!? This is my very first item from KBShimmer (I know, right?), and I’m already hooked. I know so many nail polish fanatics have told me in the past that KBShimmer is where it’s at for originality, performance, pretty holos, and shimmers, so I’m happy that I’m finally onboard.  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 1/25/15

max factor discontinued

Question of the week: Name a beauty item that was discontinued that you wish would come back, even if it was only for a limited time.

Answer: This isn’t really a product I want to come back for me personally, but for all of my readers that regularly ask me where they can buy MAX Factor Pan Stik, I wish it could come back for them long enough to stock up! Several years ago, MAX Factor left the U.S. market for more international buyers, and I know so many of you are still bummed about it. If I could wave my magic wand, I’d bring it back for you, in its original version!

What would you bring back if you could?

Enjoy your beauty links for the week from The Lipstick League…

Phyrra: Looking for an easy way to fill in your eyebrows? Try my quick and easy tutorial!

we heart this: If you use our $10 off coupon, you can get $384 in products for just $39.99 (including shipping!) Check out the FabFitFun Winter VIP box

Beauty Junkies Unite: Have you tried L’Oréal’s latest mascara yet? It’s called Voluminous Butterfly Intenza mascara, and I’ve got the scoop and before/after photos. What do you think?

Clumps of Mascara can’t get enough of those gorgeous polishes from Cirque Colors. If you love holographic polishes, you pretty much HAVE to buy these.

Glitter.Gloss.Garbage: A well pigmented, long-lasting blush stick for $2.99? You have to check this out!

Gouldylox Reviews: Try a lob before you go in for the chop! It’s easier than you think (and you could win $100 of styling products!)

Love for Lacquer: Love is in the air! Be prepared to be blown away by the new Valentine’s Day collection from Different Dimension!

Nouveau Cheap: Want a handy list of all the new 2015 products from Wet n Wild with photos, prices and product info? Here you go!

Prime Beauty shows you the Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Palette which truly takes you from day to night AND can be worn wet or dry!

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

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Phyrra: My friend Eugenia is awesome and I love her blog and videos. I wanted to share her Top 10 Beauty Products of 2014, because I adore many of her choices!

Charlie Hunnam is the Face of Calvin Klein’s New Men’s Fragrance, and I’d Like to Buy a Case

Charlie Hunnam Calvin Klein Reveal Men

It’s Wednesday, and I’m feeling lighthearted around here—so I had to share my absolutely ridiculous, married-lady crush with you—Charlie Hunnam. I wasn’t into Sons of Anarchy at all until the final season, and I had absolutely no idea who he was before SOA. But let’s just say, I made myself very familiar during season 7, because hi—just look at him. And then I heard him speak with his native English accent, the deal was sealed.

For all of my fellow fans out there, Charlie is the face of the new men’s fragrance, REVEAL Men Calvin Klein. Spotted at the Calvin Klein Menswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016 show in Milan, he’s every bit as delicious looking as REVEAL Men sounds like it smells:  [Read more…]

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara Review, Before/After Photos

loreal paris voluminous butterfly intenza mascara

L’Oréal has so much newness out right now, and I always look forward to seeing their new displays at my CVS, a new one just hit! Have you seen all the new Infallible Pro products yet? I hope to check them out for you soon, but right now let’s take a look at the new L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

Back in 2013, I reviewed (and loved) the original Voluminous Butterfly Mascara. It passed with flying colors due to how it fanned out each lash and added some volume and length, but remained very clean and defined. Butterfly Intenza is a little bit different in concept.

loreal paris voluminous butterfly intenza

Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

Intenza takes on some of the original Voluminous Butterfly qualities; an innovative brush with fluctuating arches, with fine flexible spikes to comb through lashes, and a fiber formula. However, Intenza is quite different on my lashes than the original. It adds much more volume and length, deposits a nice, rich matte black pigment, and it seems like the fibers are more prevalent than before.   [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 1/18/15

seche vite top coatQuestion of the Week: What’s your current favorite top coat and how long have you been using it for your manicures?

Answer: This one is easy! I’ve been using Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat for YEARS. For me, it dries insanely fast, and leaves behind the most beautiful, glossy shine that makes my several days-old manicures look like new. If I’m not doing my nails at home for the week, I always take my own polish color to my nail salon, along with my bottle of Seche Vite! Let me know in the comments below what your top coat of choice is. :)

Enjoy this week’s beauty links from my gorgeous friends in The Lipstick League…

Prime Beauty takes a look back at her Top 10 Favorite Beauty Products in 2014!

Phyrra: Looking for the best matte liquid lipstick formula? Phyrra found it! It’s the Fyrinnae Liquid Matte Lipsticks!

we heart this: They’re not new, but they’re pretty! And we swatched a BUNCH of them; the L’Oreal Colour Riche Ombre Quads.

Beautygeeks: Canadian winter — GAH! We’re distracting ourselves with this sneak peek of the forthcoming Essie Resort 2015 collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite: Even if Miley Cyrus isn’t your cup of tea, PLEASE don’t miss this review & swatches of the new MAC Viva Glam Lipstick & Lipglass shades launching for the first half of 2015. 100% of the purchases of MAC Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund, and they’ve been doing so much good since 1994!

EauMG: My perfume pals have spoken! Here’s the perfumes that you thought were the best new launches of 2014! A big thanks to everyone that voted!

Gouldylox Reviews: How can you say no to this palette? Assuming you can still find it, that is.

Love for Lacquer: If you’re a fan of Young Wild & Polished, you are going to LOVE this duo from Glisten & Glow!

My Beauty Bunny: We heart tarte! But is their Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation a hit or a miss? Check out our latest video and find out.

My Newest Addiction: Matte palettes are super popular lately and Laura shows us the Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette. She loves it so much she even went as far as to say it could be THE eyeshadow palette of 2015.

Nouveau Cheap: Ulta is releasing a brand new Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette on February 1st, but if you want a sneak peek (with swatches), click right here.

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

MAC Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus Lipstick & Lipglass Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick lipglass

Even if you’re not a Miley Cyrus fan, please hang in there and read this!

I know she’s not exactly my cup of tea either—and I received some not-so-nice comments about her new MAC Viva Glam collaboration when I posted the news of this upcoming release on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram last year. But I have to admit you guys, this color is HOT STUFF, and Viva Glam does SO much good for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

I try not to think of the spokesperson when these collections come out every year, I see so much more than their imagery promoting the product. Here’s why…

As always, every cent from every Viva Glam lip color goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund. The organization helps women, men and children living with, and affected by HIV/AIDS. I’m forever a Viva Glam fan!

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!

See why I wanted you to stay with me? There’s a bigger picture here! With that, meet Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick and Lipglass, which will be released here in the States at all MAC locations on January 22nd, and online at on January 20th. (The press info I received says that this will be released internationally on February 12th.) Let’s take a closer look!

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick

Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick ($16) is a super hot pink lippie with an Amplified formula. I’ve always associated the Amplified formula with excellent opaque coverage, creamy texture, and a generous amount of wear-time. It was love at first sight, from the moment I popped off the cap! I’m partial to hot pink shades like this already, but the comfortable, non-drying texture, and 4½ hours of wear I got from the lipstick just sealed the deal. I did have a little bit of a pink stain left behind, but it wasn’t substantial.  [Read more…]

The Lipstick League: Week of 1/11/15


It’s the first Lipstick League post of 2015! Happy New Year, my lovelies. I hope it’s off to a wonderful start, and that this year is better than the last! I can’t believe that I’m already checking out spring collections—and I’m seeing some SUPER pretty items. Above is a pic of the new tartlette palette from tarte. Gorgeous, right? You’ll see more of it very soon!

Question of the week: What’s your beauty resolution for 2015?

Answer: To be honest, I kept my resolution very broad this year! I feel like every time I get super specific over it, and I’m unable to stick with it for whatever reason—I get upset with myself if I mess up. Then, it just starts a cycle of negative self talk in my head. I’d like to avoid that this year. (I guess that could be a resolution, now that I think of it!) But my “resolution” is just to do MORE of the things that make me feel happy and healthy. It’s not necessarily a specific beauty resolution, but it will count towards overall beauty if I’m smiling more, right? What about you? What’s your resolution—beauty or otherwise?

Enjoy this week’s links from the lovely ladies of The Lipstick League!

Nouveau Cheap: Will micellar waters be The Next Big Thing to hit US drugstores? Well, one (very) affordable option is now here, in case you haven’t heard!

Prime Beauty wants to help all the fine-haired girls like herself gets some volume. See what Kerastase products she’s using to get BIG Texas hair!

Phyrra: Thinking about the Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter & Love Sick Eyeshadow Stacks? Find out if they’re amazing or a fail!

we heart this: Do you want to win a year of softer skin? The answer really is, why wouldn’t you?!

Beautygeeks: Speaking of beauty resolutions, here’s what Canada’s top magazine beauty editors want to do better in 2015, too!

Beauty Junkies Unite: Amber tried out the new Nails Inc. x Victoria Beckham nail polish shades, and found a real winner when one of the shades didn’t chip until after 5 days. See which shade it was!

EauMG shares her favorite makeup and beauty finds of 2014.

Gouldylox Reviews: Kick off the New Year in the sweetest way possible with this new palette from Too Faced!

Love for Lacquer: Makeup Geek has done it again! Her new Foiled Shadows are out of this WORLD!

My Beauty Bunny: Get glowing in no time! We’ve got a super simple, golden bronze eyeshadow tutorial using the fab Zuzu Luxe Peep Show Palette!

My Newest Addiction: Looking for new makeup brushes? How about some pink ones? These bdellium tools Pink Bambu brushes are amazingly soft and eco-friendly!

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

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap: If you’re a nail person and you love to torture yourself by looking at new nail polishes in foreign lands (in this case, the UK), then you must follow Lou over at Painted Nails & Baking Scales. Lou regularly posts pics of new products she spots in UK stores, as well as photos of her own lovely manicures, so the eye candy is endless!