What’s New: MAC By Request Collection

Don’t you hate it when your fave shade of lipstick gets discontinued? It happens ALL the time! Wouldn’t it be awesome if you were able to vote on discontinued shades, so that they could make repeat performances? Oh wait, someone just did! MAC recently held an online poll, in which customers voted for their favorite discontinued lipstick, Lipglass, and eyeshadow shades—and the results are in—here’s the By Request Collection!


  • Candy Yum Yum — 77,517 votes
  • Moxie — 74,957 votes
  • Rocker — 72,299 votes


  • Bait — 34,045 votes
  • Cult of Cherry — 29,466 votes
  • Flash of Flesh –– 27,707 votes


  • Guacamole — 50,536 votes
  • Jeté — 40,245 votes
  • Moth Brown — 39,563 votes

Moxie, Candy Yum Yum, Rocker

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What’s New: Shades From the MAC Cremesheen + Pearl Collection

Oh, you have NO idea how much I’ve missed you all. I’ve spent several days watching Bravo in bed while couped up with some nasty bug. By the way, I think Watch What Happens Live and Million Dollar Listing L.A. are my two new favorite shows. (*sigh* I know.) Ideally, I would have had these gorgeous new lip shades from MAC up for you a few days ago—and I truly apologize! But here they are! The new Cremesheen + Pearl collection is home to eight lipsticks, and seven Glass shades—I have a few pieces from the collection to share. Ready? Go!

Shades From the MAC Creamsheen + Pearl Collection

From MAC…

A shimmering twist on an instant classic. Cremesheen Lipstick and Cremesheen Glass get infused with crushed pearl in 15 new Asian-inspired shades. Modern pinks, nudes, and corals pop and glow against all skin tones with a light-reflecting finish that leaves lips luminously and decidedly lacquered. With foolproof coverage, gleaming shine, and creamy gloss, this smooth and seductive update to Cremesheen is Double Happiness for your lips.

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Review: Three Custom Color Specialists Transformer Duo in Champagne

I’m always been interested in learning tips and tricks from the stars, so how about this one: make-up artists often blend a “transformer” shade on top of lip color to get the perfect color for film sets and photo shoots. Wouldn’t it be awesome to get your hands on a transformer for your lip shades?  Now you can, thanks to 3 Custom Color Specialists.

Their Transformer Duo: A champagne duo compact has a split pan that contains a silver/white transformer and a golden/yellow transformer to allow you to cool down or warm up whatever shade you’re wearing. Play with different ratios of each color to make a custom blend all your own. You can even mix them both together to create a sheer-looking champagne color.  [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: IT Cosmetics Vitality Anti-Aging 5 Piece Collection QVC Today’s Special Value for 7/27/12

Over the past year, I’ve really grown to love IT Cosmetics—and I’ve reviewed several of their products in the past. Bye Bye Pores, Hello Lashes! Mascara, and the Vitality Lip Flush have all been hits on the blog, as the products I’ve tried from the brand have been consistently terrific. Since I’m always happy to pass along a great value on fab beauty goodies, here’s your sneak peek of this Friday’s Today’s Special Value on QVC from IT Cosmetics!

From the IT Cosmetics Vitality Anti-Aging 5 Piece Collection QVC TSV for 7/27/12

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Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in 3 New Shades—Naked2, Streak, & Strip

Urban Decay is all set to release three new shade extensions in their popular Lip Junkie Lip Gloss collection this month. The lineup now consists of 14 shiny shades that range from nudes to brights, with a shiny, lacquer-like finish, featuring a cooling sensation to help plump your lips.

Unlike some lip plumping glosses on the market, Lip Junkie’s formula doesn’t sting or burn, and they’re pretty hydrating. The formula does have a cooling effect however, and it may feel a little more intense to some than on others. The three new shades are more on the nude side, so they’re going to be a good fit for most. Lip Junkie is housed in a squeeze tube component with a slanted tip applicator. Lip Junkie’s packaging features detailed metallic filigree cap that’s pretty decorative, which gives the gloss a more luxe look and feel.

Three new shades

 Streak, Strip, Naked2

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Sneak Peek: Bare Escentuals BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss for August 2012

I’m starting to receive tons of information on all of the new fall releases for 2012, and some of them look really promising! I’ve had the chance to check out a few pieces coming our way from Bare Escentuals, like these new BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Glosses.

Shades that will be available:

  • OMG — sparkling boysenberry
  • Va Va Voom — sparkling pomegranate
  • Mwah — shimmering lilac*
  • Yoo-Hoo — shimmering nude
  • Hey Baby — shimmering fuchsia*
  • Yow — blushing pink pearl*
  • Boo-Ya — iridescent coral*
  • Sha-Bang — iridescent plum pink*
  • Oh-La-La — baby pink
  • Hot Mama — scarlet

* not pictured

I’ve got your sneak peek at five of those ten shades that are on the way!

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Review & Swatches: Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream Lipsticks

SHH! I have been madly in love with someone all weekend, and it’s not my husband. Well, I mean, I still love him! But my love for Too Faced Co-Founder and Creative Director, Jerrod Blandino has grown by leaps and bounds in a short time. I have finally, in the past few days, concluded that this man KNOWS his lipstick, ladies. Like—really, really knows his lipstick, and what I want in my own daily lippies. I can’t say that about many men. Can you?

I’ve been checking out the new Too Faced ‘Art of Sexy’ Collection for fall 2012, and let me tell you…you are in for a real treat once you pick up your first La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream. With 16 shades in an array of nudes, pinks, spices, and reds—you will find a color to make your own. My problem? I found THREE to make my own, and I’ve only tested HALF the collection. Oh, brother. Here’s a peek at eight of the 16 shades!

Naked Dolly, Naughty Nude, Spice Spice Baby, Sweet Maple

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Review & Swatches: Pieces From the bareMinerals Wanderlust Tropics Color Collection

Another summer, and no real ‘fun-in-the-sun’ vacation for Mr. Beauty Junkies and me in sight! So what I’m going to do instead, is continue to bring you some bright and sunny collections—even if I have some gorgeous new fall ones screaming my name for attention over here. I’ll try to mix it up a bit though, how does that sound?

This collection from bareMinerals gives me a little bit of a vacation-feel, the Wanderlust Tropics Collection. While this is a 6-piece color collection, I am missing two of the pieces. It’s because this is an editorial sample, so no worries! Yours from Sephora should be A-OKAY!

What’s included with a colorful paisley-printed travel bag:

  • Prime Time Primer Shadow in Coral Reef (gilded soft apricot-coral)
  • Wild Orchid Eyecolor (sparkling violet)
  • Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 6 PM (jeweled violet) NOT PICTURED
  • Faux Tan Matte All-Over Face Color (sun-kissed matte) NOT PICTURED
  • Tropical Radiance All-Over Face Color (soft luminous coral)
  • Double-Ended Natural Lipgloss in Papaya Smoothie (peach shimmer) & Pink Guava (sheer fuchsia)

Wanderlust Tropics Collection, Sephora Exclusive, Limited Edition, $49

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Review & Swatches: Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Coralista, Sugarbomb, & Dallas

I’ve long had a love affair with Benefit’s many shades of their famous boxes of blush. Back in the day, I went through boxes of Dallas and Hoola, and I’m currently enjoying wearing Hervana and Bella Bamba! Benefit is banking on us feeling the same about their new Ultra Plush Lip Gloss formula, in shades that correspond with all of those gorgeous face colors. I’ve checked out three of the six that are officially launching next month, let’s take a closer look!


  • Bella Bamba — sheer bright watermelon
  • Dandelion — soft pearly pink
  • CORALista — sheer coral
  • Hoola — shimmering golden nude
  • Dallas — dusty rose
  • Sugarbomb — shimmering pinky nude

(I should note, the glosses do not come with the matching blushes (but what a cute set those would make). They’re photographed together in this post for illustrative purposes.)

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