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...]

Urban Decay NAKED3 Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches


urban decay naked 3 eyeshadow palette

It’s here! FINALLY! Urban Decay NAKED3 has landed stateside, and I’m so happy to have it in my hot little hands. I’ve played with it for a few days, and here’s what I think…

urban decay naked 3

NAKED3 is a little different than its NAKED predecessors, NAKED1, NAKED2, and NAKED Basics. NAKED3 contains 12 all-new and exclusive eyeshadow shades that take on more of a rosy hue. From pale shimmery pinks to the deepest black matte with red micro-glitter, these are as insanely gorgeous and wearable as the other NAKEDs. There’s a good mix of mattes, pearls, and metallics, which I think Urban Decay does really well. [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 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...]