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

[Read more...]

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 TooFaced.com  [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.

[Read more...]

First Look: Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume IV (Volume 4)


With so many anticipating the release of Urban Decay’s Book of Shadows Volume IV, the brand offered an exclusive sale of a a limited quantity of the covet-worthy palettes to lucky fans at Sephora’s Times Square location earlier this month. The rest of us—well, we’ll have to wait for its release. But never fear, I have a feeling it’s coming sooner that we think, I currently see it on the Sephora website with a “Coming Soon” notation. This will without a doubt, be one of holiday 2011’s most wanted, buzzed about releases.  [Read more...]

Currently Loving: Smashbox Camera Ready 5-in-1 Beauty Balm BB Cream


Hi. I’m Amber, and over the summer—I’ve become a BB Cream-aholic. There, I said it.

The concept of BB creams is still kind of new here in the U.S., and I’ve heard grumblings from those who have tried the original BB creams from Asia—that the U.S. versions are no match for the originals. Well, being I’m as American as apple pie, I can only tell you what I know about our versions of BB creams, and let me tell you—I’m pretty impressed with what I’ve tried. I checked out Boscia and loved it, I tried Dr. Jart (review on that coming soon!), and here’s a new contender from Smashbox, their Camera Ready 5-in-1 Beauty Balm. I’ve avoided true full-coverage foundation for almost a month now, just to test the benefits of this Smashbox version of a BB cream, and here are my findings… [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Collection


We are in the middle of a heatwave, and I’ve been trying to wear as minimal makeup as possible because I’ve just been sweating it off. Our office gets hardly any air circulation, and the A/C isn’t exactly doing the best job! It’s so funny to me to look in the mirror at the end of the day, only to see the two things that haven’t budged are my eyeliner and mascara. The trick this week has been wearing a shade from the NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner Collection each day. The hardest part about wearing them has been asking myself—what color shall I wear? There are nine pigment-packed shades to choose from:

Via Veneto — rich black
Via Appia — metallic copper
Rue Saint-Honoré — dark royal blue metallic
Santa Monica Boulevard — bright crisp white
Abbey Road — iridescent turquoise
Bourbon Street — vibrant amethyst metallic
Madison Avenue — medium slate grey
Rue Bonaparte — light almond
Rue De Rivoli — dark hunter green metallic [Read more...]

What’s New: Maybelline Great Lash 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Designer Tubes


Maybelline reaches a huge milestone with their 40th anniversary of Great Lash! To celebrate, the iconic pink and green tubes received a makeover from three well-respected fashion designers; the perfect collaboration for such an historic event. The Vivienne Tam, Max Azria, and Tracy Reese designed Great Lash mascara tubes are available now on Target.com, and will be released in Target stores on August 21st—but they definitely won’t last long!

Did you know…

  • in 1971, Great Lash’s legendary green and pink tubes were inspired by designer Lilly Pulitzer’s cheery fabrics?
  • Maybelline is the official cosmetic sponsor of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week?
  • celebs Mary J. Blige, Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, and Kate Beckinsale are known Great Lash lovers? [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Collection


New this month from NARS, the Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Collection promises crazy shine that hydrates and doesn’t move for hours—which seems like an impossible feat! Larger Than Life is available in nine gorgeous shades (I would expect nothing less from NARS). They range from a pale, cool beige to the brightest cherry red—so we’ve started off on the right foot already. With a friendly gang of emollients, anti-aging compounds, and other lip-nurturing ingredients…let’s see if NARS really pulls this off!

Front to back: Norma, Place Vendôme, Coeur Sucré, Como, Pirée, Odalisque, Gold Digger, Tiber, Spring Break

The shade breakdown…

  • Norma — bright cherry red
  • Place Vendôme — bold strawberry pink
  • Coeur Sucré — bright cool pink with shimmer
  • Como — demure shimmering berry
  • Pirée — creamy rose pink
  • Odalisque — creamy warm cantaloupe
  • Gold Digger — champagne shimmer
  • Tiber — creamy cool beige
  • Spring Break — pale pinky-beige with golden shimmer

A thinner, shorter bristled brush applicator with a slight taper towards the tip helps for a more precise application…  [Read more...]

Cheap Swaps for High-End Makeup




TotalBeauty.com
Cheap Makeup Swaps

You don’t always have to shell out the big bucks for quality products — these drugstore imitations of high-end faves are proof

Cheap Makeup Swaps

This is a TotalBeauty.com budget products article

Who doesn’t love a good deal? We appreciate bargains just as much as the next gal, which is why we hit up one of our favorite makeup artists for drugstore picks that are practically exact duplicates of high-end brands. Start saving by checking them out here.

See swaps