Sneak Peek: Tarte QVC Exclusive for 3/16; Miracle of Maracuja 8-piece Skin Smart Collection

QVC Exclusive

Miracle of Maracuja Skin Smart Collection

#A225243 for $59.96 on 3/16

This spring, feed your skin the health food it craves with Tarte’s good-for-you-formulas and high performance natural ingredients. Introducing QVC’s Exclusive Miracle of Maracuja Skin Smart Collection—infused with maracuja oil, delivering brighter, firmer and smoother results.

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Review & Swatches: Bare Escentuals BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Cream

I vividly remember my first experience with a lip plumping gloss. I had no idea that the one I purchased would turn my lips an unflattering shade of very irritated red within a minute—I couldn’t get it off my lips fast enough! Only when I wiped it off, I ended up getting it outside of my lip line, which inevitably led to a red blotchy mess around my lips. I was one hot mess. Not long after, Bare Escentuals released their BUXOM lineup of lip plumping glosses, the Big & Healthy Lip Polish. It had more of a cool, minty tingle that still stimulated my lips, but it kept my lips moist and comfortable. At the time, Big & Healthy redeemed the entire lip plumping category for me, because it gave a similar effect—only it was a kinder, gentler lip plumper.

Fast forward to 2012. Now BUXOM has expanded the line of shades to include Big & Healthy Lip Creams; the same great formula, only it lacks shimmer and offers a more creamy finish. You almost can’t lose! I tried out three of the shades—Creamsicle, Mudslide, and Cherry Flip. And like the original Lip Polishes, the Lip Creams are a win.

You’ll be able to tell Lip Creams and Lip Polishes apart due to a frosted finish on the Lip Cream tube component. These have a standard doe foot applicator on the wand, and glide across the lips with ease. My lips feel very moist when I wear the them, thanks to moisture binding hyaluronic acid. (In certain grades, hyaluronic acid is said to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.)

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What’s New: Benefit Cabana Glama Palette

It’s been ages since I last had a proper ‘vacation’, all those road trips we take don’t count. I’m not even going to try to convince myself that 15 hours of driving is the start of a relaxing vacay! Over the years, my vacays have been more like stay-cays, and I’m over it! I yearn for some sunny and tropical location with crystal clear blue waters. I want to nap in a breezy hut, while the scent of white flowers fills the air. I’ll have to keep dreaming for a bit longer, but lucky me! Benefit recently delivered their fake-ation in a box to me, right here at home, in the form of their new Cabana Glama palette.

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Sponsored Post: Update Your Lips for Spring with COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Gloss Balm

You know how the trend forecasts are always saying that red is ‘in’? The problem is, many of us are afraid to wear it, for fear of looking too clown-ish our harsh. For Spring, we’re loving the sheer beauty of the COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Anemone. It’s a gorgeous coral-red with gloss appeal that’s easy to wear.

225, Anemone

Our favorite look for this wearable red is pairing it up with a basic eye and glowing skin for a romantic, back-lit look that’s perfect for day or night. NatureLuxe Gloss Balms are truly the gloss-aholic’s version of the ideal lipstick—plenty of color, lots of shine, with all the hydrating benefits of a lip gloss. COVERGIRL swapped out select synthetic moisturizers for NatureLuxe, including lip-loving ingredients like mango and shea butter instead. How perfect for the relief of chapped winter lips? An SPF 15 in Gloss Balm further protects your kisser, in your choice of 16 colors in the Amazon Store.

Get the sheer color and shine of a gloss with the soft, lightweight feel of SPF 15 balm. Fortified with mango and shea butter, this feel-good formula leaves your lips feeling decadent and delicious.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of COVERGIRL.

Currently Loving: Jouer Cosmetics SPF 15 Lip Sheers

Sometimes, I don’t want a ton of color on my lips, and want to wear more like a sheer wash of color. But I still want a decent amount of sun protection for my lips, and I always want hydration. Sometimes, it seems like that’s asking too much! I recently met up with the SPF 15 Lip Sheers from Jouer Cosmetics, and they fit my sheer lip color wish-list perfectly.

Available in four shades, they nourish lips with aloe vera and vitamin E, while protecting lips from harmful rays with an SPF 15. They’re hydrating and keep my lips soft for hours, while adding just the perfect hint of kissable color.  [Read more…]

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 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…]