Review & Swatches: bareMinerals Trend Report 5-Piece Frill Seeker Collection


I spied this 5-piece color collection from bareMinerals on QVC last month, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it! There was something about this combination of shades calling my name, and I’m so glad I’m able to share my experience with it. You may remember those ‘Face of Fashion’ kits that bareMinerals used to put out each season, and I haven’t seen a new one in a while. I learned that they’ve been replaced with ‘Trend Report‘ kits instead. I really think these smaller collections from bareMinerals are genius, because they’re the perfect, no-brainer gift, and they also make it easy to recreate the look that the models have in the cover photos. Additionally, they’re a pretty decent value—and that’s always a good thing.

The Frill Seeker collection is the first release in the Trend Report series, here’s what’s included:

  • Splendid Eyecolor (deep gilded bronze)
  • Mademoiselle Eyecolor (peach champagne satin)
  • Sweet Cheeks Blush (candied pink)
  • Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner (black, not pictured)
  • Exuberance Pretty Amazing Lipgloss (strawberry pink)

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What’s New: GLEAM Lip Radiance by Melanie Mills


As one of beauty’s ‘rising stars’, Melanie Mills is one of the most sought-after makeup artists on the beauty-scene. As the department head of makeup on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, she also knows a thing or two about getting your glam on. Known for achieving her signature golden glow on Dancing’s talent, the Emmy award winning makeup artist branched out and created her own successful line of body luminzers, aptly named, GLEAM by Melanie Mills. (The ‘rose-gold’ shade is our favorite!)

After much success in the blingin’ body business, this month Mills launches her latest endeavor, GLEAM Lip Radiance by Melanie Mills. Made with jojoba oil, Vitamin E and sunflower oil, GLEAM Lip Radiance moisturizes the lips while providing staying power on the pout. Unlike most petroleum-based lip gloss products, GLEAM Lip Radiance’s botanical organic base deeply conditions the lips without artificial flavors or scents. Available in seven shades, colored with natural pigments, Mills’ array of playful shades complement any skin tone or mood. We checked out two of the shades and found them pretty comfortable to wear, and they didn’t pull a disappearing act an hour in. We found Melanie’s formula to provide medium coverage and it kept our lips hydrated, even in windy weather.

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Review & Swatches: Maybelline SuperStay 10 Hour Stain Gloss


In the new year, you’ll find no shortage of long-wearing products hitting the market in your local drugstores—and Maybelline is totally on-board. With two new innovative lip color formulas debuting, I’ve tried them both! Starting next month you’ll find their SuperStay 10 Hour Stain Gloss shades, along with their new SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick collection in stores. To help you set off in the right direction to decide which products will be best for you, here’s a review and swatches for the new Stain Glosses! (The SuperStay 14 Hour Lipstick review is forthcoming.)

The SuperStay 10 Hour Stain Gloss collection is comprised of 10 shades, with most being pinks and berries. There are a few purple and brown shades too, but I find that the browns seem to borderline on purple. Each bears both numbers and shade names. The shade names are super small on the end of the tube, so I’ve included both the shade names with their corresponding numbers to help you find them easier at the store.  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette


The beauty world banded together online at UrbanDecay.com last Thursday with a quickness. Rumor had it that Urban Decay would release a follow-up to the ever-popular NAKED palette that sold out time and time again after its release—and as suspected, they did release one. The latest rendition, NAKED 2 sold out so quickly that many didn’t even have a chance to scoop one up. As I watched the #Naked2 tweets roll by on my Twitter timeline, scores said they were ordering two! Now that’s some serious NAKED love! Now, now…if you didn’t have a chance to snag one—never fear. Urban Decay promises more are on the way, and I would definitely sign up for their waiting list here so you don’t miss the next release. They promise everyone who wants one will get one—just like with the original NAKED palette, more will be released and from what I hear—this is going to be a permanent item.

Did you know…

  • The original NAKED palette sells at a rate of more than one a minute?
  • After two years on the market, NAKED remains the beauty industry’s best-selling palette?

In the meantime, let’s ooh and ahh over NAKED 2, shall we? After a few days of tinkering around with mine, I think it’s well worth waiting for!   [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Poppy King ‘The Magic of Lipstick’ Collection for Boots No7 USA Lipgloss & Lipstick in Intrigue


If you’re not familiar with Poppy King, allow me to introduce you. At the age of 18, Poppy’s quest to find the perfect matte red lipstick changed her life and turned the lipstick world as we knew it on its head. Seeing a gap in the market, she set out to create the perfect formula herself since she couldn’t find ‘the one’. What started as a simple beauty wish over 20 years ago, evolved into an entire lipstick empire—after all, Poppy King is the ‘lipstick queen’! Many years and several shades later, she’s known for great finishes and shades in her own lip color line. Realizing her genius, Boots No7 recently paired up with the makeup mogul, offering a range of affordable, limited-edition lipsticks and complementary lipglosses in seven easy-to-wear shades that you can find at Target stores.

Poppy named each shade in ‘The Magic of Lipstick’ Collection after the different aura or personality she feels the color represents—from nude rose, to dark berry.

  • Allure: This soft peachy shade is similar to one’s natural lip color and suitable for women of all ages.
  • Confidence: Who doesn’t love a classic nude shade? This hue is an iconic fit for today’s natural beauty.  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: NYX Cosmetics Color Lip Balms


We spent yesterday giving thanks, so let’s keep that gratitude going today! It should be easy to remind yourself with these new Color Lip Balms from NYX Cosmetics, all of the shades are named after “thank you” in 12 languages. With the chill of Old Man Winter on the way, it’s important to keep those lips hydrated, so why not multi-task and add a wash of color, too?

I checked out five of the 12 shades in the collection, and was super impressed by the combination of a lip tint with lip balm appeal. The Color Lip Balms keep my lips feeling buttery and soft, and the shade selection is quite impressive. These are different from the new Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters, it seems right now that colored lip balms are all the rage—but these are true tinted balms, while the Revlon lippies pack more pigment intensity.

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Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Stardust Sparkling Lipgloss


I have Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star stuck in my head—thanks to these new Stardust Sparkling Lipglosses from Urban Decay, and it’s easy to see why. They leave me starstruck with their multi-faceted shimmer and feel oh so comfortable on the lips!

Available in three shades, I checked out two of them—Glitter Rock and Andromeda. However, I did spy RomyRaves wearing Space Cowboy last week—and it looked pretty darn fabulous too.

Glitter Rock — sheer fuchsia sparkle
Andromeda — sheer peachy-pink sparkle
Space Cowboy (not pictured) — sheer nude sparkle

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Make Your Mark With a Little Metallic Holiday Bling!


Metallics have always been a hot holiday trend, and this year is no exception. Check out some of the newest (and really affordable) products from mark. With each under $15, I thought these were great picks for gifting your favorite beauty junkies.

mark Glitz & Gloss Mini Purse & Go

Hold your tiny treasures in this coin purse with an attached chain, which holds one of the included Glow Baby Glow lip glosses. Contains four gloss shades; Sun Luxe, Lotus Luxe, Girly Girl, and Sweet Talk. $14  [Read more...]

You Need This: Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter


I’m having the most amazing lipcolor experience right now, and it’s not from where I would normally expect. Someone FINALLY got the lipcolor-to-lip butter ratio right, and it’s REVLON! I went on a massive manhunt for these babies—they’re called ColorBurst Lip Butters, and they are so worthy of the praise they’re receiving in the blogosphere right now. I never had a chance to see the original display for these, but when I finally found them (at my CVS), they were stored in a small glass bowl in a fixture with holiday sets. In a way, I’m kind of glad they were so inconspicuous…I had my choice of pinks and berries (which doesn’t happen to me often). In another way, I hope the resources for these are plentiful in your area, you’ll definitely end up buying more than one! There are 20 shades available, but I’ve only seen 10 of them—they all were gorgeous.

Lollipop, Berry Smoothie, Sweet Tart, Cherry Tart  [Read more...]