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...]

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Holiday Collection Palette Review, Photos, Swatches


too faced a few of my favorite things palette

Joy to the girls!

Too Faced really rocked it this holiday with their Joy to the Girls Collection, and this is probably my favorite piece from the collection, the A Few of my Favorite Things Palette. It’s jam-packed with 20 fantastic eyeshadows, two blush shades, two of their most popular bronzers, a full-size Lip Injection Color Bomb in an exclusive shade (Bee Sting), a deluxe size Better Than Sex mascara, a get-the-look guide, all in a chevron clutch with a pattern by celebrity decorator Mary McDonald. WHEW! That was a mouthful! Let’s take a closer look…

too faced holiday a few of my favorite things palette

Let’s talk eyeshadows for a minute. Too Faced is well-known for their great eyeshadow quality—it’s rare that there’s a total miss—and I truly didn’t feel there was a total miss in this palette. A few of the shades may be a little stiffer than others, but overall, the quality is there, and the pigment payoff is well worth it. While swatching, pigmentation was great on a single pass, and while applying, the pigment both lays down, and blends nicely.  [Read more...]

RiRi Hearts MAC Collection Fall 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches


riri hearts mac collection fall 2013

Today is the day! You can officially purchase the new RiRi Hearts MAC Fall Collection at North America MAC stores, then it’s launching at other locations and online on October 3rd. It’s a comprehensive collection, with eyeshadow palettes, new lipsticks, a RiRi Woo Lipglass, and more.

riri hearts mac fall 2013 collection

RiRi Hearts MAC Fall Collection 2013

From MAC:

Rihanna premieres her perfect palette of lavish fall colour – a range of decidedly daring yet classically gorgeous shades, finishes and tools, all encased in the metallic warmth of rose gold packaging. Lipstick in deep raisin, orange frost, creamy nude and the vivid red of RiRi Woo match gleaming Lipglass, while eyes in contrasting soft and smoky cocoas complement luminous skin highlighted with Diamonds Cream Colour Base and Powder Blush in Bad Girl Gone Good.

Let’s check out what I tried a little closer! This is a comprehensive review, so get settled in… [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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Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case Review, Photos, Swatches


urban decay anarchy face case

The Anarchy Face Case is the second installment of Urban Decay’s new collection of Face Cases, and it sure is a beauty. The first one, Shattered seems a little more girlie than sassy like Anarchy. Another difference is that this one will be a Sephora exclusive for holiday and it’s limited. If you like what you see, try not to wait too long!

urban decay anarchy face case outside

Anarchy Face Case

Like Shattered, Anarchy is the ultimate all-in-one palette. It’s bi-level, and on the top you have five eyeshadows, a travel size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (aka, best black eyeliner pencil ever), and a Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Pencil in Scandal (which is a limited edition shade). On the bottom level, there are two blushes, a highlighter, and the gloss pencil peeks through so you can access it from the bottom too. The top of the white case is adorned with a pretty baroque-inspired design and a silver embossed UD logo. [Read more...]

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case Review, Photos, Swatches


urban decay face case 1

In the past week, I’ve had a lot of fun with the new Urban Decay holiday collection, but this product has had me coming back for more—the Shattered Face Case. This all-in-one palette has everything for eyes, lips, and cheeks, and is limited edition—go get it while you can! Let’s take a closer look…

urban decay face case 2

Urban Decay Shattered Face Case

Urban Decay’s first palette ever was a Face Case, but that was over 10 years ago, so I’m totally stoked to see the return of these multi-tasking wonders. There’s a second one, the Anarchy Face Case (Sephora exclusive), and my review for it will be coming soon (update: review is here). But in the meantime, see what makes this one my fave! Currently, these are all exclusive shades you won’t find anywhere else—with the exception of the eye liner and lip gloss pencils. [Read more...]

Benefit Rockateur Blush Review, Photos, Swatches


benefit rockateur 1

As a fan of Benefit’s blush boxes, imagine my happiness when their latest one made its way into my hot little hands a little early! Rockateur will debut in stores next month, and this rose-gold blush is absolutely gorgeous. Dressed up in a racy lace and croc printed box with raised print and stud accents, Rockateur is all dressed up with everywhere to go!

benefit rockateur 2

Benefit Rockateur

Rockateur is beautifully decorative. The product itself is textured, with an initial icy-shimmer over-spray on the top and bottom of the raised “Rock” lettering. After a few swirls of my blush brush, the over-spray gives way to a beautiful satin-shimmer rose-gold shade that goes all the way through the product for just the right amount of iridescence. [Read more...]

First Impressions: MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection Photos, Swatches


riri loves mac summer collection

It’s here! Well, I should say, it was here. The RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection was released exclusively online on June 18th, to crazy fanfare as usual. At this time, according to the MAC website, everything is sold out except the lipsticks. So if you want a lippie, you may just be in luck!

riri loves mac summer

RiRi Hearts MAC Summer Collection

Sorry for the delay and that this wasn’t up prior to the 18th, but I just received this on the 19th, and I’ve needed a good two days to tinker with it. Since I haven’t had it that long, please let this serve as less of a “review”, and more of a “first impressions” post.  [Read more...]

MAC ‘All About Orange’ Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


mac all about orange collection

Last year, Tangerine Tango was Pantone’s pick for color of the year. I reluctantly accepted it, thinking orange wasn’t good for me at all. I was totally wrong! I ended up embracing it whole-heartedly, and as a result—orange is now one of my favorite colors. Here we are, more than a year later, and MAC is launching a collection that is literally all about orange, the All About Orange Collection. I’d rather have it a little late, than not at all!

The collection contains a small assortment of orange-tinged pieces, with lipsticks, nail lacquers, a few powder blushes, Cremesheen Glass shades, and an eyeshadow quad. I have a few of those pieces to share, let’s check them out!

mac razzledazzler lipstick

MAC Razzledazzler Lipstick

Razzledazzler Lipstick is my favorite offering from All About Orange. It’s a light, creamy peach with a lustre finish. It makes my otherwise dry lips feel nice and hydrated, and the color lasts about three and a half hours for me. If you’re afraid of anything orange (like I was), this is the easiest way to break into the energetic hue. Razzledazzler offers medium coverage. [Read more...]