Perricone MD — No Makeup Skincare — No Lipstick Lipstick & No Blush Blush Review, Photos, Swatches


perricone MD No Blush No Lipstick

Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup

Sometimes I don’t want to wear makeup at all, but at the same time I want to look polished and not like I rolled out of bed. I’ve figured out a few tricks by now, but these new products from Perricone MD make it so easy. Their No Makeup Skincare line at Sephora is already a big hit, and I recently tried two of the products out to see if they live up to the hype. Let’s go!

Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick

No Lipstick Lipstick

First up is No Lipstick Lipstick. It really isn’t a lipstick (hence No Lipstick)—but it’s actually an anti-aging lip treatment that lends a glossy, smooth finish in a shade that’s like your lips—but better. I find it to be very nourishing and hydrating, and it almost feels like a lip butter. Perricone MD is known for their luxe skincare products, so it’s only natural that they’d include some of those innovative ingredients in their color cosmetic offerings.

It’s a solid-to-serum product, and contains hyaluronic acid and tocotrienols to add suppleness. It also contains a non-chemical mineral-based SPF 15 to protect against UVA and UVB rays, so you know I’m happy about that. (Sunscreen for LIFE!)   [Read more...]

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Hot Mess Review, Photos, Swatches


LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint Hot Mess

For weeks, I’ve been hearing around the Blogosphere that the new L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints are dupes of another new lip color product from Too Faced that people have already deemed “holy grail status”, the Melted Liquified Long Wearing Lipsticks. While I haven’t had the fortune of trying the Melted lippies yet, I was on a mission to find the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints in my area, because I had to see if they were the bargain that people were saying that they are! (Plus, the shades looked really pretty!)

I wound up locating them at a small accessories boutique, and wouldn’t you know, they only had two left. One was Hot Mess, this fun orange, and the other was Pin-Up, a red in which I have a dozen other similar shades. So Hot Mess it was!

la girl glazed lip paint

From previous research, right off the bat, I can tell you the applicators are totally different on Glazed versus Melted. In fact, I don’t recommend applying Glazed directly out of the tube at all, you’ll make a mess! The product has a little bit of a gloppy consistency if you apply it that way, it’s extremely pigmented, and it’s sure to be applied unevenly and will result in bleeding/migration outside of the lip line.  [Read more...]

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass / Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches


mac viva glam rihanna lipglass lipstick

Just when you thought MAC was finished collaborating with Rihanna, along comes a new Viva Glam lip collection for 2014!

In case you didn’t know…

As always, every cent from every Viva Glam lipcolor goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund.  The organization helps women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. I’m forever a Viva Glam fan!

Just one Viva Glam Lipstick can equal…

  • 1 rapid oral HIV test
  • 8 nutritious, home-cooked meals
  • 1 school stationery starter pack for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • 1 vegetable garden starter pack for a community garden
  • 2 safer sex kits
  • 1 month of personal transportation to and from doctors visits
  • 2 hours of childcare for a woman during a medical appointment
  • 14 blood glucose monitoring strips
  • 1 pair of shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • …and more!

Good incentive, right?
mac viva glam rihanna lipstick

The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick is a super creamy blue-red shade (MAC’s description) with a little bit of frost/lustre. I think the end-result shade on the wearer depends on lighting situations and skin undertones. There were some times I felt it looked more cool than others, and the frost wasn’t easy to pick up with my camera. It’s there, but I think it’s quite slight. I think my lipstick swatches actually turned out a little warmer than they really should have, so please also take that into consideration. [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...]

MAC Nocturnals Collection Tastitints Lip Conditioner Review, Photos, Swatches


mac nocturnals tastitint lip conditioner set collection

I always love the mini sets that MAC puts out for the holidays, and this year is no exception. As part of the Nocturnals Collection, MAC released these mini Tastitints among an assortment of pigments and lip gloss sets. The Tastitints are somewhat lip glosses, but I think they almost have more of a balm-like feel, with a sheer tint and flavor. Let’s take a closer look…

mac nocturnals collection tastitint set

Nocturnals Collection Tastitints Mini Lip Conditioners

There are four flavors/shades:

  • Mintessence — sheer milky white with sweet mint flavor
  • Sugared Vanilla — sheer soft beige with sweet vanilla flavor
  • Taste of Paradise — sheer poppy pink with fruit punch flavor
  • Dash of Lavender — sheer mauve with herbal lavender flavor [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...]

Support Breast Cancer Research with Love Debbi Lip Gloss from Too Faced!


Too Faced Love Debbi Lip Gloss

Continuing this month of giving for breast cancer awareness and research, Too Faced joins in with a special lip gloss. Love Debbi is a new, limited edition shade inspired by Too Faced’s co-founders Jerrod and Jeremy’s brave step-mother who is battling breast cancer. 20% of the sales of this gorgeous gloss will raise funds for the Skillen Fund for Cancer Care at Huntington Memorial Hospital. This special fund provides assistance for patients in need of cancer diagnostics, treatment, and mammograms. What an easy way to help!

too faced love debbi

Too Faced Love Debbi Lip Gloss

“We believe everyone should have the same access to life saving mammogram screening services regardless of their income,” says Too Faced founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino. “Detecting Breast Cancer early is the key to beating this deadly disease and Too Faced is proud to donate funds to assist in making mammogram screenings possible for many more people in need.”

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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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