Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Review, Photos, Swatches


Urban Decay NAKED BASICS 2 Palette

I’ve been pretty excited about this release, but I really wanted to wear it quite a bit before I gave my final thoughts. If you wanted to wear the gorgeous matte neutrals inside the Urban Decay NAKED Basics palette and found the shades too warm, NAKED2 Basics may be more your speed. Let’s check it out!

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette Naked Basics Double Ended Brush

NAKED2 Basics is a palm-sized eyeshadow palette that contains six taupe-hued matte neutral shades. One of the shades is a satin-matte (Skimp), while the rest are a little more flat in finish. Five of the shades are also brand new, and currently exclusive to NAKED2. Whether the new shades will be released in singles or in other palettes is yet to be seen. Occasionally, if UD fans ask for it enough, shades do come back!  [Read more…]

BECCA The One Perfecting Brush Review, Photos


becca The One Perfecting Brush

Great makeup brushes can be so expensive, and maybe even a little inconvenient since you need several of them for a full face. What if I told you there was a single multi-tasking brush that takes the place of several brushes? Here’s something really interesting—BECCA The One Perfecting Brush.

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BECCA The One Perfecting Brush

BECCA says that their innovation has the ability to replace 10 brushes; foundation brush, powder brush, contour brush, bronzer brush, stipple brush, blush brush, fan brush, concealer brush, kabuki, or sponge. But does it really? Let’s find out! [Read more…]

bareMinerals Crystallized Full Face Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


bareminerals crystallized holiday collection

Tis the season for gorgeous holiday palettes, and bareMinerals never lets me down. One of the latest is the new Crystallized Full Face Collection, and it contains eight pretty products to make your holidays glisten.

bareminerals marvelous moxie lipgloss in hypnotist

Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Hypnotist

Never one to skimp on the sets, bareMinerals included all full size products for eyes, lips, and cheeks in a keepsake tin. [Read more…]

MAC Stroke of Midnight Collection Eye Look Bag (Violet) Review, Photos, Swatches


mac stroke of midnight eye bag violet collection

New for holiday 2013, Stroke of Midnight is just one of the several holiday collection themes this year from MAC. There are three different Eye Look bags (violet, gold, and nude), and I have the violet one for you to check out today. Ready? Let’s go!

mac stroke of midnight bag eye look bag violet

Stroke of Midnight Eye Look bag

What’s inside:

  • Stroke of Midnight Makeup Bag
  • Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet
  • Blacktrack Fluidline
  • In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara
  • Double-ended 209 Eye Liner/239 Eyes Shader SE Brush

For starters, how awesome is the bag? With its black nylon finish and white patent decoration with gold piping, this design looks a little art deco to me. It’s beautifully lined, and the zipper pull is a black pull tab with “MAC” in gold lettering. [Read more…]

Tarte brings Beauty Without Boundaries with QVC’s Today’s Special Value


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My FedEx guy did a real bang up job on getting these to me in time to properly photograph and swatch the new goodies from Tarte’s Beauty Without Boundaries (8-piece set) QVC Today’s Special Value for you. They arrived so late last night, that I didn’t have time to do a full breakdown, but I still wanted to share the scoop—because at just $59.96, it IS a good deal—for today only! And it’s cute, right? [Read more…]

MAC Indulge Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


mac indulge collection

I know this review is a little behind on the collection release date, and I’m so sorry! I like to really try things out, and sometimes it takes me a little longer than others to get through certain collections, especially when they’re larger. I thank you in advance for your patience, and let’s get on with it!

Decadence is the name of the game with the MAC Indulge Collection, where “no taste is too extravagant”. With smoldering eyeshadows, Cremeblend Blushes that just flush the skin, come-hither Lipglass and Lipsticks, and gilded and bright nail colors—here we go.

Lips…

mac by design feed the senses sweet succulence lipstick

By Design, Feed the Senses, Sweet Succulence

Of the five lipsticks available, I have three of them; Feed the Senses, By Design, and Sweet Succulence. The three could not be any more different! ($15 each)

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tarte ‘Journey to Natural Beauty’ Collection QVC TSV for 2/5/13 Review, Photos, Swatches


tarte qvc tsv journey to natural beauty collection

I always get excited for tarte goodies, but even more so when they turn out to be a QVC Today’s Special Value! Just launched on QVC for a special price on 2/5, meet the Journey to Natural Beauty Collection. This 6-piece assortment is valued at over $165, but can be snatched up for a steal at just $59.94. Ready to take a closer look to see if it’s for you? Let’s go!

pieces from the tarte ‘Journey to Natural Beauty’ Collection

This set combines the best of both worlds, with both existing tried and true tarte favorites, and brand new product innovations and shades in a gorgeous woven makeup bag in a colorful chevron pattern.

What’s included:

  • NEW brow architect shaper, liner, & definer
  • NEW lights, camera, flashes statement mascara
  • airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush
  • Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation
  • Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in fearless
  • NEW Amazonian Clay butter lipstick in plummy rose

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Sneak Peek: bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation & Precision Face Brush


I never thought I would see the day that bareMinerals would release a solid version of their iconic bareMinerals loose powder foundation—but it’s here! Launching in September, the Ready SPF 20 Foundation makes it easy to take your favorite complexion product on the go. This isn’t a full review since the shade I have is Medium Beige (I currently wear Fairly Light), but more of a ‘sneak peek’, so you know what to expect next month!

Ready SPF 20 Foundation will launch in 20 shades, along with two Precision Face Brushes for application. (One is retractable.) Unlike their loose mineral foundation formula, Ready Foundation is only available in a natural finish—where the original is available in both matte and natural finishes.

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Sneak Peek: Tarte ‘What Has Your Makeup Done For You Lately ?’ QVC Today’s Special Value Exclusive for 7/13/12


Last month, I had the privilege of attending an event for the CEW, Cosmetic Executive Women. The panel consisted of QVC’s ‘Rising Stars’, and the gorgeous Mally Roncal was one of the speakers. While Mally Roncal isn’t affiliated with Tarte Cosmetics, she said something that totally rang true for me—and it was about how excited she feels when she sees the red ‘Today’s Special Value’ graphics on QVC every night, as a fresh TSV starts airing. I couldn’t help but giggle, because I feel exactly the same way! I imagine this TSV from Tarte will quickly earn ‘sold out’ status on Friday, because the ‘What Has Your Makeup Done For You Lately?’ set is bursting at the seams for a ridiculously reasonable price.

While this isn’t a complete review for the products, I had to share the photos, swatches, and details!

Tarte ‘What Has Your Makeup Done For You Lately?’ QVC Today’s Special Value for 7/13/12

A portion of the proceeds of this special set will benefit SAP, the Sustainable Amazon Partnership; an organization that helps promote sustainable management of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest.

What’s inside:

  • LipSurgence Lip Shine in ‘Smitten’
  • Pure Maracuja Oil Rollerball
  • Retoucher Flawless finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
  • Maracuja Miracle 12-Hour Foundation with SPF 15
  • ModernEyes Waterproof Creaseless Shadow/Liner
  • Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara

More photos, swatches, and details…

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