Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Baked Bronzers in Gilded & Baked


This fair-skinned lassie doesn’t do sun, so bronzers and self-tanners are my best friends this time of year! I’ve tried so many this season, but none have really knocked me out lately. There are a few coming up that also rocked, but first up are these from Urban Decay. They’re available in three shades, so there’s one to flatter your skin tone for sure; Toasted a matte version that’s a little darker, Gilded (my FAVORITE) a peachy hue with gold veins running through it, and Baked—their classic radiant bronzer with slight shimmer. (Toasted not photographed, sorry!)

These babies started as dough (believe it or not), and then were baked in terra cotta dishes in Italy in a quaint village—finished by Italian women, and you know they put LOVE into everything they do! This results in a smooth finish that applies nice and fine, without any streaking. You can use these wet or dry, and on your face or body. Try a little Gilded on your collarbone or the front of your shins ladies with that sundress…I promise it will look awesome!

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Review & Swatches: L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss


This isn’t just another lip gloss in a tube, ladies. This is L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss. What makes this different are the non-sticky ingredients that make the formula nice & comfy on the lips. This is the first mass market gloss that I’ve tried that has argan oil in the formula, blended with Omega 3 and Vitamin E for the ultimate in lip comfort and care.

I tried out four colors, and I’m going to play devil’s advocate here: I didn’t think they were as pigmented as they could be—but I did try out very light colors. When I looked at the rest of the collection at my local CVS, the colors looked much more pigmented than the four I tried out. So that’s something to keep in mind if you really want a dose of color!

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Review & Swatches: Milani Paint Eyeshadow Palette


In addition to the other July exclusives from Milani (don’t miss the reviews for the Haute Flash Lip Glosses and High Speed Nail Lacquers), you may have spotted this Paint Eyeshadow Palette at your local CVS. The bright colors drew me in, like a moth to a flame! Milani is known for their excellent pigmentation at affordable prices, but I have to say—this palette doesn’t measure up to the Milani quality I’ve grown to love. There’s an exception for everything, right? But what went wrong?  [Read more...]

Review: Maybelline The Falsies Flared Volum’ Express Mascara


What is this pretty purple tube with wings I spy? It’s the new The Falsies Flared Mascara from Maybelline! You might be thinking, “But wait, I already have The Falsies…”

This version is totally different—I promise.

I could tell immediately that the brush is different. The Falsies Flared brush actually has true brush bristles on the brush, while the original sports much shorter ones. (You can check out my original review from last year if you need to refresh your memory.) In addition, I think the formula of the original is much more moist than The Falsies Flared. Flared’s formula is a little bit more stiff in consistency and dries faster than the original.  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Milani Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss Shades for July


As part of Milani’s July-exclusive limited edition products, you’ll find four shades of Haute Flash Full Coverage Shimmer Lipgloss—which are a play on the Lip Flash gloss pencils I reviewed a few months ago. I found these Haute Flash shades to be pretty true to their promise by providing full coverage, shimmering, and super glossy color.

I consider these borderline liquid lipsticks, as one swipe delivers some punchy pigment…

  • Hot Flash — racy red shimmer
  • Flashy — punchy fuchsia shimmer
  • In a Flash — vibrant dark violet shimmer
  • Star Flash — pale lavender/pink shimmer [Read more...]

Review: Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++


Six months ago, I could not have told you what a BB Cream was. As a matter of fact—in the beauty blogosphere, I still think that Musings of a Muse has the best grip on the matter, and I learned about most of them from her. These multi-tasking creams have been most popular on the Asian market for years—and it’s only been in recent months that brands with new U.S. versions are hitting our shores, and they are hitting hard. Can I please just say—thank you, BB Creams? You are ROCKING MY WORLD. [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Dolce & Gabbana The Animalier Glow Bronzing Powder


Now, THIS is what I’m talking about! You know how sometimes you buy a product and automatically deem it “too pretty to use?” Well ladies, go ahead—use The Animalier Glow Bronzing Powder from Dolce & Gabbana up! While it’s gorgeous, it’s also very functional and sultry. Not to mention—Olivia from Jerseylicious would absolutely LOSE HER MIND over it…

Olivia does not endorse Dolce & Gabbana or this product,
I just have a silly sense of humor. TEAM OLIVIA!

Now back to the serious stuff. This bronzer is housed in a decadent, opulent gold compact—complete with a black velvet pouch to hold the brush. The animal print is actually an overspray, and after a few dustings it will reveal a marbled bronzer underneath, with varying tones of both lighter and darker bronze shades.

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Review: Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara


I usually don’t wear waterproof mascara, but I had to make a HUGE exception last week. Our central air conditioning unit was broken, and due to the recent SoCal heatwave—it took a week to have a new one installed. We were melting, it was just ridic! What better time to put the new Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara to the test, right? It was all BB creams and Cannonball to the rescue!

Cannonball is currently available only in black and features a gel-like, paraben-free formula. There are some pretty amazing fibers in this one to offer fab length, taking your lashes where most lengthening mascaras can’t. If I were judging Cannonball solely on that, it wins! But, this is a waterproof mascara—and what good is it if it isn’t waterproof? I definitely spent days testing it to the max, and beyond.

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15 Best Eye Primers for Melt-Proof Makeup


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15 Best Eye Primers for Melt-Proof Makeup

Makeup artists swear this under-used product is the secret to perfect makeup — especially in the summer

15 Best Eye Primers for Melt-Proof Makeup

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Wish your makeup would look just as good at the end of a long, hot day as it does when you leave your nicely air-conditioned home? Experts say the secret to melt-proof makeup lies in your eyelid primer. See which ones our readers think are the best.

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No. 15: Paula Dorf Eye Primer, $25

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.8

“It’s easy to apply, easy to blend,” and “evens out the coloring” for dark eyelids.

No. 14: Lancome Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base, $24.50

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 7.9

“My eyeshadow looks as lovely [at the end of the day] as the moment I applied it … no matter how many hours have elapsed.”

No. 13: Clinique Touch Base for Eyes, $14.50

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.2

“I am the not-so-proud owner of the world’s slickest eyelids. This product is one of my few makeup products I WON’T do without.”

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