The Many Shades of Grey: Beauty

the many shades of grey

Admittedly, I’m not a Fifty Shades of Grey book or movie kind of girl. I got about 100 pages into the book and was bored out of my skull, but if you love it or you’re going to see the film this weekend—I promise, absolutely no judgement! There are over 100 million other people who absolutely loved it. I just wasn’t one of them! However, I am a HUGE fan of so many other shades of grey…beauty products, that is. These are just a few hues that are incredibly gorgeous and flattering for anyone. Find your favorite shade(s) of grey with these amazing beauty picks!

clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals Grey eyeshadow palette

Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Greys 

It really doesn’t get any easier than this wardrobe of wearable, everyday (and night) eyeshadows from Clinique. An excellent collection of pigmented matte and pearl shades, in an effortlessly blendable formula. $36,  [Read more…]

tarte Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set for QVC Today’s Special Value for 11/10/14

Tarte Sweet Indulgence 3 in 1 holiday gift set qvc tsv

I’ve been tinkering with tarte’s QVC  Today’s Special Value; it’s the Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set, and it is bountiful! On 11/10, you can score this phenomenal gift for just $59.94. After Monday—it will go back to regular price. To help you decide if you should make the splurge, I’ve put together the product photos, swatches, and product information. This won’t serve as a full review since I haven’t been able to wear all of these items in the amount of time I’ve had the collection, so please use this as more of a guide than a full review.

This is an easy way to have three individual gifts for about $20 each, or you can gift the whole set together. All three golden leaflet-print boxes slide into a single case. Kind of like a cute little library of makeup treats!

tarte sweet indulgences set

Inside the aqua box, you’ll find…

  • Lipsurgence Lip Gloss in Indulging — soft raspberry
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Wonder — poppy
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Rare — peach nude
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Pampered — melon
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Savored — golden rose

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush shades are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t recall ever not liking any that I’ve tried, and these are no exception. I found that the colors really do stay true all day for me. They’re pretty silky to the touch, and aren’t powder-y, but my blush brush is able to pick up a nice deposit of pigment that blends easily into my skin without streaking. I have combination skin, and tend to get oily in my cheeks—so for these not to fade or slip around during the day is a win. That pretty iridescence in the Savored shade is everything!   [Read more…]

MAC RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

mac rihanna loves mac holiday collection

We’ve come to the end of the road with the MAC RiRi Hearts MAC collection, with the holiday launches being the final installment of the special collaboration. There have been some hits (and some misses) along the way, most notably with the lipstick formulations being pretty stellar.

The holiday collection boasts new lipstick shades to love, along with several other products that sold out extremely fast on the MAC website. Didn’t have a chance to grab any? Don’t worry! What you see here will be in North America MAC locations, and Nordstrom (some on on 12/12. Here’s a closer look!

mac rirhanna riri hearts mac holiday collection packaging

I love the components for the RiRi Hearts MAC holiday collection. I’m glad to see that rose gold is so prominent this year, silver and gold can get a little boring, and rose gold is a nice change of pace. The cosmetic items are in white and rose gold packaging with RiRi’s signature on the pieces. (With the lipsticks, her signature is also on the bullet like her previous lipstick releases.) [Read more…]

Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid Beauty Buys

pantone 2014 color of the year radiant orchid

Pantone’s pick for 2014…

Every year, I look forward to the color authority, Pantone’s announcement for the color of the year. I loved last year’s pick, emerald—but I have to admit, I’m much more excited about this year’s choice—radiant orchid. Tones of purple are my favorite shades (can’t you tell?), so it wasn’t hard for me to immediately find some great beauty buys to get you ready to rock this gorgeous trend in the new year.

urban decay fishnet eyeshadoe

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Fishnet

A reader favorite, Urban Decay’s eyeshadows feature their patented Pigment Infusion System™, which packs a punch of pigment into their buttery, easy to blend formulation. $18;,

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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 Face Palette (Cool) Review, Photos, Swatches

mac stroke of midnight face palette cool

New for holiday 2013, MAC released the Stroke of Midnight Collection. One of the pieces is this Stroke of Midnight face kit in a cool color palette. It contains three eyeshadows, an eyeliner, two lipstick shades, and one iridescent face powder.

mac stroke of midnight face palette

MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Kit

The case itself is pretty nice, it looks like it has a black lacquer finish, which matches the glossy white with gold accents. It has a nice weight to it, and feels pretty sturdy. It closes with a magnet, and lifts open easily. [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…]

Jouer Perfect Red Fall Collection 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches

jouer perfect red fall 2013 collection

One of my favorite beauty brands, Jouer is back for fall with an array of beauty loot that makes me reminisce about those glamorous old-time Hollywood movie starlets that made red lipstick such an iconic shade. The Perfect Red collection is just that—it’s full of perfect reds for a sultry pout, along with three shimmering eyeliner shades that will make your eyes glimmer. Ready for a closer look? Let’s go!

Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner…

The Liquid Shimmer Eyeliner formula is incredibly pigmented, water-based and paraben-free. Each shade contains green and white tea extracts, along with Vitamins A and E. With its very fine pointed rubber tip, the slender brush makes application easy as I glide it along my lash line. For being water-based, I’m really surprised by the longevity of wear—I can go all day without fading or migration issues, and they don’t crease. The formula is pretty moist, so be mindful when you apply, give it a few extra seconds to dry before you start blinking to prevent getting it elsewhere on your eyelids. Sometimes, metallic and colored eyeliners can look a little dated, but as always in true Jouer style, all three of these are very chic shades that can be worn year-round, and will make your eyes twinkle for the holidays.

Shades available:

  • Leopard — bronzed chocolate
  • Lynx — golden olive green
  • Panther — rich onyx

Aren’t these just incredible?

jouer liquid shimmer eyeliner leopard lynx panther

Panther, Leopard, Lynx

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Urban Decay Black Market 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set Review, Photos, Swatches

Urban Decay Black Market 247 Glide One Eye Pencil Set

Urban Decay has unleashed an army of awesome products in their holiday collection, and this is one of them—the Black Market 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set. With six gorgeous shades of their famous eyeliners (five are new and exclusive to this set), these mini pencils pack a punch of color in a tiny package.

Urban Decay 247 Glide On Eye Pencil desperation west riot apathy ink

Desperation, West, Riot, Ink, Black Market, Apathy

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