MAC Cosmetics Black Friday EXCLUSIVE: SMOKY BLACK FRIDAY Eyeshadow Trio


mac Smoky Black Friday eyeshadow

I haven’t seen this in-person yet, but I’m definitely curious! Here is this year’s online-only, Black Friday specialty item from MAC Cosmetics.

The deets from MAC:

This Black Friday, M∙A∙C offers an exclusive online-only edition of Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow. The Smoky Black Friday palette features a new trio of complementary noir shades that blend beautifully for infinite nighttime looks. This is Eye Shadow innovation like you’ve never seen before: the pure power of pigment in a creamy, lightweight hybrid. Applies wet for a super saturation of colour with metallic brilliance, or dry for sheer coverage with a soft finish.

VELUXE PEARLFUSION SHADOW (Trio)
Smoky Black Friday
Suggested Retail Price $25.00 US
Available: North America November 28, 2014 exclusively at maccosmetics.com

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Does this pique your interest enough for a Black Friday purchase? They’ll likely sell out very quickly if past releases are any indication!

SNEAK PEEK! LORAC Vintage Vixen / Sultry Starlet Eyeshadow Palettes — $12 Each at ULTA on Black Friday


LORAC Vintage Vixen Sultry Starlet

I think I got your attention with “LORAC Eyeshadow Palette, Black Friday, and $12″ in the same headline! Here’s your sneak peek at two awesome holiday values you’ll find exclusively at ULTA on Black Friday. If you’re not too hungover from your turkey and stuffing—you may want to get to ULTA very early (check your individual location for its hours that day), because I have a feeling these will be gone with the wind, very quickly.

As a side note, I’ve been told a limited quantity of these MAY also be on ulta.com that day as well, but please don’t quote me on that as I don’t have specifics to offer you. I’m putting it out there as more of a possible insider-tip that may help you in your search. Fingers crossed that it does! Like the LORAC/ULTA.com Cyber Monday palette deal, treat these palettes similar to “doorbuster” deals that you’d find at just about any other store during the holidays. I just want help you get prepared! UPDATE: As of this moment (10:30 pm Pacific on 11/27), both palettes are currently in stock online here. Shop in your PJs instead! These are now sold out online. Try your luck in-store at ULTA now!

Ready for a closer look?

LORAC Sultry Starlet Vintage Vixen palettes

The scoop…

On Black Friday this year, LORAC is releasing two limited edition palettes, and both will retail for $12 each at ULTA. One has five matte shades, and it’s called the Vintage Vixen (peach print). The second palette has five shimmer shades, and it’s called the Sultry Starlet (burgundy print). I have not given all 10 shades a 100% test drive for a full review, but I feel comfortable sharing my initial thoughts and feelings on them enough to give the details and swatches, with the hopes they can help you make a purchasing decision.

Each palette fits in the length of my hand, and they contain a total net weight of 0.29 oz./8.23g in each palette. The surface of the palettes have a black vintage print that’s laminated, over a thick cardboard exterior. (They do feel pretty sturdy!) Inside you’ll find a small mirror, and the flap of the palette is secured when it’s closed by a magnet. LORAC Sultry Starlet ULTA Black Friday Palette

Sultry Starlet breakdown…

While the shades don’t have names, these are my best attempts at descriptions:

  • pale rose gold shimmer
  • pale peach/copper shimmer
  • yellow gold shimmer
  • hazelnut brown shimmer
  • dark mocha shimmer

I thought the texture of four of the five shades was very smooth, and nearly creamy with good pigmentation and color payoff. The one shade that required a little extra love was the yellow gold shimmer. It’s not terrible, but not as smooth and pigmented as the other shades. The yellow gold shade had a little bit of powdery-ness to it. Again, not terrible—but a heads up! [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…]

My Latest Addiction: Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla


Laura Geller French Vanilla Baked Highlighter

I know the packaging is very unassuming, and you might not realize it yet—but no doubt, my friends. You’re looking at a fantastic multi-tasker. It went Holy Grail status for me just seconds after applying.

Meet Laura Geller’s French Vanilla Baked Highlighter; a silky, sheer beige illuminating powder that can be used just about anywhere!

Laura Geller French Vanilla

  • Using this on the highest part of my cheekbones adds a warm glow that rivals how flattering a dinner by candlelight is to my complexion.
  • Using it solely on my brow bone or as eyeshadow all-over opens up my eye area so that I look awake and refreshed.
  • Wearing alone on the inner corners of my eyes makes my eyes dazzle day or night.
  • Applying it on the bow of my top lip gives my pout definition.
  • Dusting it along my collarbone with an open-neck top or dress gives a slightly defined sheen.
  • Placing it lightly along the bridge of my nose adds a point of light for definition and healthy glow.

I’m sure you can think of a few more ways to make it work!  [Read more…]

Sneak Peek Review & Swatches: LORAC Champagne Dreams Eyeshadow Palette, ULTA.com Cyber Monday EXCLUSIVE


LORAC Champagne Dreams Cyber Monday Palette

I hate to be a tease, but you won’t be able to get your hands on this until Cyber Monday! Start making your list…

It’s an ulta.com exclusive, and I just know it will sell out in a flash—especially considering it’s just $15. LORAC has lots of tricks up their sleeves for the holiday season, and this little beauty is the Champagne Dreams Eyeshadow Palette. It contains seven nude-inspired hues, six I found to have a nice shimmer, with one being a soft creme demi-satin.

Let’s take a closer look!  [Read more…]

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…]

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 nordstrom.com) 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; sephora.com, urbandecay.com

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Benefit ‘Luv it Up’ Makeup Kit Review, Photos, Swatches


benefit luv it up

New for the holidays, I spy the Benefit Luv it Up makeup kit with four eyeshadows and an Ultra Plush Lip Gloss shade for a universally flattering look. Have a teen or tween to buy for this year? Check this out!

benefit luv it up makeup kit

What’s inside:

  • 3 deluxe Longwear Powder Shadows in Call My Buff, Nude Swings, Thanks a Latte
  • Deluxe Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P.
  • Dandelion Ultra Plush deluxe lip gloss

With a budget-friendly price tag of $25, this is a great starter set since the shades are so neutral. Housed inside a cute keepsake tin, Luv it Up travels very well and can be tucked away neatly in your makeup stash. [Read more…]