tarte Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set for QVC Today’s Special Value for 11/10/14


Tarte Sweet Indulgence 3 in 1 holiday gift set qvc tsv

I’ve been tinkering with tarte’s QVC  Today’s Special Value; it’s the Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set, and it is bountiful! On 11/10, you can score this phenomenal gift for just $59.94. After Monday—it will go back to regular price. To help you decide if you should make the splurge, I’ve put together the product photos, swatches, and product information. This won’t serve as a full review since I haven’t been able to wear all of these items in the amount of time I’ve had the collection, so please use this as more of a guide than a full review.

This is an easy way to have three individual gifts for about $20 each, or you can gift the whole set together. All three golden leaflet-print boxes slide into a single case. Kind of like a cute little library of makeup treats!

tarte sweet indulgences set

Inside the aqua box, you’ll find…

  • Lipsurgence Lip Gloss in Indulging — soft raspberry
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Wonder — poppy
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Rare – peach nude
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Pampered — melon
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Savored — golden rose

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush shades are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t recall ever not liking any that I’ve tried, and these are no exception. I found that the colors really do stay true all day for me. They’re pretty silky to the touch, and aren’t powder-y, but my blush brush is able to pick up a nice deposit of pigment that blends easily into my skin without streaking. I have combination skin, and tend to get oily in my cheeks—so for these not to fade or slip around during the day is a win. That pretty iridescence in the Savored shade is everything!   [Read more…]

My Latest Addiction: Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla


Laura Geller French Vanilla Baked Highlighter

I know the packaging is very unassuming, and you might not realize it yet—but no doubt, my friends. You’re looking at a fantastic multi-tasker. It went Holy Grail status for me just seconds after applying.

Meet Laura Geller’s French Vanilla Baked Highlighter; a silky, sheer beige illuminating powder that can be used just about anywhere!

Laura Geller French Vanilla

  • Using this on the highest part of my cheekbones adds a warm glow that rivals how flattering a dinner by candlelight is to my complexion.
  • Using it solely on my brow bone or as eyeshadow all-over opens up my eye area so that I look awake and refreshed.
  • Wearing alone on the inner corners of my eyes makes my eyes dazzle day or night.
  • Applying it on the bow of my top lip gives my pout definition.
  • Dusting it along my collarbone with an open-neck top or dress gives a slightly defined sheen.
  • Placing it lightly along the bridge of my nose adds a point of light for definition and healthy glow.

I’m sure you can think of a few more ways to make it work!  [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

A Whole ‘Lotta Love for Kelly Yum-Yum from The MAC Osbournes Collection


mac kelly yum yum lipstick 1

Without a doubt, I’m super cray over my favorite piece from the Kelly installment of the recent MAC Osbournes CollectionKelly Yum-Yum lipstick. Okay, so bummer. It’s currently sold out on maccosmetics.com, but that doesn’t mean you can’t charm your way to a tube at a MAC counter somewhere; either at a MAC store, or a department store with a MAC counter. You’d be surprised what you can get with a little bit of sugar versus vinegar! I can’t promise anything, but I swear it will never hurt to try.

mac kelly yum yum lipstick packaging

Like the rest of Kelly’s part of the collection, the components are purple that mimic her various shades of purple hair she likes to rock. It’s also emblazoned with her signature in red. The interior says “MAC” in purple on the black area where you twist the tube.  I like the small touches of detail of the packaging with this celeb-inspired collection.   [Read more…]

What’s New: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Gash (LE) Review, Photos, Swatches


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Gash

About a zillion years ago, when I had my first big girl job with a big girl paycheck, I was obsessed with this new brand called Urban Decay. The line wasn’t very large at the time, but the small offering of shades was very risqué for the time period. I wore Gash lipstick, and you couldn’t tell me ANYTHING! I thought I was just the hottest thing going, in a time period where pretty rose pinks and light browns were prevalent. It really was like my sex-say lipstick training wheels! I eventually moved on to other deep and moody lipsticks after my dark shade introduction, and Gash was eventually retired. Tears were shed.

Until now!

Urban Decay Gash Revolution Lipstick

Gash has long been a favorite of Wende Zomnir (she holds all the power since she’s the brand’s co-founder and CCO). Girlfriend has such rockin’ taste. (You should see her in person! Style out of control!) As it turns out—she really missed Gash too. (And lucky US!) Here’s a shade a LOT of us are happy she’s revisiting. Thanks, Wende! [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…]

Today’s QVC Today’s Special Value ROCKS! tarte Cosmetics Bow & Go Holiday Gift Set


tarte bow and go

Wanna see what’s inside these gorgeous tarte boxes? It is an AWESOME holiday gift set that contains not just one, but three gifts that are ready to bow and go! Don’t miss this one, seriously.

tarte bow and go holiday qvc todays special value

Tarte Bow & Go 3-in-one Holiday Gift Collection

The tarte Bow & Go Collection is today’s QVC Today’s Special Value, so you’ll score this special deal at $49.98 for today only.

Here’s what’s inside:

  • 16-shade Amazonian clay eye shadow palette
  • 4 LipSurgence(TM) lip cremes
  • 2 smolderEYES(TM) Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliners
  • 2 lights, camera, LASHES(TM) 4-in-1 mascaras

Ready for a closer look? [Read more…]

Urban Decay NAKED Illuminated Shimmering Powder for Face and Body Review, Photos, Swatches


urban decay naked illuminated 3

Urban Decay continues to make me NAKED-crazy, especially now that they’ve confirmed that the NAKED 3 palette is really on the way. So what better time to meet one of the newer NAKED partner products, right? Meet NAKED Illuminated. It’s a shimmering face and body powder that gives a fresh-faced, backlit glow.

urban decay naked illuminated 2

This baby was baked for 24 hours on a terra-cotta disc, then hand finished. I love baked products because I feel like they last forever since they’re so saturated. NAKED Illuminated is enclosed in a pretty rose-gold box that has two layers. The first is obviously the product and mirror, the second houses a synthetic application brush. Normally I’m not fond of the brushes that come with products because the quality makes them seem like an afterthought. This little brush is nice though, and perfect for sweeping across the high points of the face and on your collarbone.  [Read more…]