Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color Pencils

Fans of color, heads up! You won’t want to miss the new Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color shades for sure. In the past year, I’ve tried many, many lip color pencils. Some had the color right, but the consistency was too soft and turned into a mess. Others had the consistency right, but the pigmentation was seriously lacking. Urban Decay finally got it right! Here’s a chubby lip color pencil that packs a punch of pigment (say that five times, really fast), and doesn’t turn into a pool of goo while you swipe it across your lips.

Available in five scorching hot shades, I tried three of them; Crush (hot pink cream), Adrenaline (fuchsia sparkle), and F-Bomb (bright red cream). Also available—Punch Drunk (bright orange-coral cream), and Big Bang (bright pink sparkle).  [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: Guerlain “Belle de Nuit” Holiday Color Collection 2011

I often wonder what the inspiration is behind an entire seasonal collection, but after reading what inspired the Guerlain Holiday 2011 Collection I became intrigued…wouldn’t you be after this story?

During the 1920’s and 1930’s, pioneers in aviation accomplished unimaginable feats and these brave pilots became instant, worldwide heroes.  It was during this revolutionary period, in 1933, that Jacques Guerlain composed the legendary perfume Vol de Nuit, meaning “Night Flight,” as a tribute to the most famous women aviators of his time. Named for the second book written by his close friend Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Guerlain’s creation was a bold oriental fragrance that served as ode to all fearless women. Comprised of woody, vanilla and powdery iris notes, Vol de Nuit was for the woman who laughs in the face of fear, for whom nothing is impossible. For Guerlain’s Holiday 2011 make-up collection Belle de Nuit, Creative Director Oliver Échaudemaison takes his inspiration from this legendary fragrance.  Evoking the changing shades of the night sky, he created daring tones that are both dark and dramatic with mesmerizing iridescent accents. With lacquered and blue-green details, the products are encased within boxes that reveal the blue and black zebra motif found on the original Vol de Nuit box design. Belle de Nuit is a sophisticated and enchanting limited edition collection that is as fleeting as nightfall.

Let’s take a look at these opulent pieces that will likely inspire some beautiful holiday party looks…

Les Ombres de Nuit 4-Colour Palette

Opening a Guerlain product almost feels like you’re unwrapping a present, and this eyeshadow quad definitely embodies that. Out of the box, you’ll find a black velvet pouch which contains a significant gold compact. Inside, there are four pans of eyeshadow; three that are iridescent/pearlescent, one that is matte. For iridescent/pearlescent—a silvery sky grey, an intense dark sapphire blue, and a pale teal with muted grey undertones. These are paired nicely with a matte black that can be used as a liner—or for those who like to be a little more daring—try wearing a little in the crease, then placing one of the other shades over it for an intense effect. These pigments are not weak by any stretch of the imagination, and they really last on the skin. The textures are nice and velvety, and they don’t seem to break up when you press an applicator or brush into them—often that leads to fallout. I had a little bit of fallout with the sapphire shade, but I was really laying it on—so in that case, I don’t think you’ll experience much of a problem. $59   [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay has had plenty of surprises in store for us this year, their 15th anniversary. It’s just been one big party full of gorgeous new products with the promise of a few more limited-edition surprises along the way. Other 15th Anniversary surprises included the 24/7 Glide-On Pencils 15th Anniversary Collection, and the sparkly makeup bag that fits it ALL (plus the kitchen sink)—the Quinceañera Bag. But this my friends, is pure perfection!

What lies within this fantastic silver-pewter and purple box are 15 all new Urban Decay eyeshadows. In grand style, check out the filigree on the edges of the box. From the exterior, it’s just to die for!

When you open the top (it’s like a box, the lid removes entirely and the interior even has a full-size mirror), you’re greeted by 15 brand new shadows, that in my humble opinion alone—beat any Book of Shadows. But hey—that’s just me! The pans are a tad smaller in length, but I think the pans go a little deeper than usual. When you’re finished with your pans (*gasp*), you can use this incredible box for your jewelry or other trinkets, as it’s lined in the same color of purple velvet. The tray of shadows is perfectly removable.

The swatches and shade breakdowns…  [Read more…]

Review: bareMinerals Redness Remedy with Soothing Compress Brush

I am the poster child for this product, Redness Remedy from bareMinerals. I’m of Irish descent, I have fair skin with all kinds of pink and red in it, and I have broken capillaries. Whatever possessed me to wait a few weeks to try out this product, I don’t know—but let’s call it fate. I’ve had the worst summer cold for two days now, and I can’t even begin to tell you (which is why I’m going to show you in a minute), just how red my poor nose is from all of that honking. I’d like to think this cold is the reason for the timely review of this product! I think that if this doesn’t work on me, it just won’t work at all, so we’ll see!

Redness Remedy is a skin therapy product from bareMinerals that is supposed to reduce facial redness on contact, and help over time to reduce that redness due to the RareMinerals ActiveSoil Complex. If you’re a bareMinerals skincare user, you know it can be a powerful and effective complex over time.   [Read more…]

Say Hello to Beautiful Eyes with Chella’s Luscious Light Brown Brow Color Kit

Sometimes I wake up in the morning, and I could swear my eyebrows are singing, Born to Be Wild…

Only Steppenwolf left the building long before I was even born.

My mind races in the AM. It’s like 100 MPH and something along the lines of—I don’t have a lot of time, and there’s a time and place for everything. And clearly, right NOW is not the time to fight with my brows. I NEED COFFEE. I NEED LOTS OF IT. I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS! Throw some brow gel on sister, call it a day. Concede to your brows—they win! Again. Pfft.

You see, I’m kind of a simple girl when it comes to my brows. I don’t care much for using stencils anymore; just seems like too much work and they give me a fake look—there have been some that made it so I could pass for Gene Simmons of KISS even. Most of all, I really just like seeing my brow threading girl every two weeks and keeping it natural. A little brow gel, here and there, and I think I’m good. “Sometimes” being the operative word. But sometimes, I need a little more. Sans Gene Simmons, of course.

Even worse, lately I’ve been having a little bit of a problem with even MORE wayward brows, and they are thinning and fading in color. I was really on the hunt for a good brow gel or wax that wasn’t too drying or crispy last week, when Kimberly from Chella introduced one of her new gems to me—the Brow Color Kit in Luscious Light Brown—she thought it could solve all of my problems!  [Read more…]

All Glammed Up in Salma Hayek’s NUANCE Line for CVS, with Nowhere to Go!

Dear Salma,

I think there’s been a little bit of a mix up. I know it’s your birthday, and I’ve been waiting all week for my invite to come in the mail. Sadly, it didn’t. But I haven’t given up yet! And I’m not mad or anything. Heck! I’ve spent all afternoon getting ready with your new NUANCE products—available exclusively at CVS, just in case my invite decides to show up in the nick of time. That way, all I have to do is pin up my hair and throw on a dress!

I figured I had better make it snappy, just in case George Clooney realized he received my invite instead, so I wasted no time by jumping in the shower to wash my hair with your Quinoa Smooth & Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. Have you smelled your own stuff yet? It’s amazing!

After towel drying, I slapped a little bit of your Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum on my ends. It’s really too hot here right now to blow dry my hair—so I didn’t want to air dry with too much frizz! Next came the fun part, the makeup… [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow Palettes

Maybelline has been stepping up their eyeshadow game for 2011…remember the quads from almost 2 years ago? What about the EyeStudio Color Pearls? Does that refresh your memory? This time around, they’ve brought us discerning beauty junkies the Eye Studio Color Explosion Luminizing Eyeshadow palettes—pans of five shades for the lid, crease, liner, highlight, and a sparkling “top coat”.

I haven’t tried all five of the color combinations, but I did try three—here they are…

Caffeine Rush

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What’s New: Too Faced Midnight in the Garden of Glamour Collection for Fall 2011

Yesterday morning, I had so much fun playing with all of the new Too Faced products for fall! While I didn’t have a chance to bring them all home, I did bring a few of the pieces home—and I wanted to share them with you before I do full reviews on them. Mostly, the focus was on the revamped eyeshadows (GORGEOUS), and the new Smokey Eye and Matte Eye Kits which you won’t want to miss. Too Faced is one of our favorite brands in beauty junkie land, and it’s easy to see why!

The Smokey Eye Kit, $36; Sephora, ULTA, and  [Read more…]

New GeoGirl Beauty Line From Walmart Targets the ‘Tween’ Set

How do you feel about makeup for tweens? While I’m personally totally against pageant makeup for toddlers, I don’t think there’s any harm in a little tinted lip balm for 12 year olds, provided they don’t look like they used every tester in Sephora on their way out the door to school. Smoky eye? Umm…NO. But a little gloss and some fruity body mist? I have no complaints about that.

GeoGirl is a line of body care, skincare, and cosmetics items geared towards the younger texting generation, with product names like GR8 (Great) Lipshine (which even I happen to love at 35), and KOC (Kiss on Cheeks) Cream Cheek Blush. Of all the products I checked out from the brand, the colors were pretty sheer, blendable, and tasteful. They seemed pretty age appropriate in my opinion, but I would never knock what you deem appropriate for your child—with that, I’m not suggesting you let your own teeny bopper run around with the Pomegranate GR8 Lipshine on (which happens to be my favorite), if you don’t want them to!

Most of the products in the line are no more than $5 each, and you’ll find them nationwide at Walmart.

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