What’s New: bareMinerals 35 Years of Love & Happiness Collection

This year, I celebrated my 35th birthday—and I know I didn’t do it alone—bareMinerals turned 35 this year too! (Coincidence? I think not.) To celebrate, they’re busy releasing limited edition products and collections in recognition of this huge milestone. Did you see the limited edition foundation jar yet? 35 years in beauty is quite an accomplishment! So when I opened up the latest, the Love & Happiness Collection, and started playing with it—I wanted to email Leslie and ask her if she was playing tricks on me—like, did she create this collection specifically for moi and not tell me about it? Like—SURPRISE AMBER! This is for YOU! Happy 35th, you rock girlfriend! Here ya go!

Well…a girl can dream, can’t she? So please don’t take that away from me. It was a nice daydream, right?

I feel that way about many of the collections bareMinerals releases, like they’re perfect for just me—and obviously millions of other women feel the same way. But this one—made me feel a little more gorgeous, it put a little extra spring in my step. It just made me feel happy, loved, and relaxed. I even broke my cardinal rule: no using the products until the first photographs have been taken. That went out the window, because as you can see—I went to town with this one right away!

Enough about me…here are more photos and info about what’s inside!

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Sneak Peek: Benefit They’re Real! Mascara Coming in July 2011

Is this the season for new mascaras, or what? I can count three others right now in my line-up that I’ll be trying soon—so keep your eyes peeled for those reviews. But now, we’ve got the latest from Benefit that will officially launch in July, They’re Real! Mascara. I always love the quirky and cute twist on all of Benefit’s products, so I had to have fun in the above photo—yes, they’re really real, but they’re not expensive—and I was just funnin’ when I said “deal with it!” And no, I don’t think you’re jealous! But you may wish to take a gander at this new mascara to make others jealous when it’s available, and here’s why:

Benefit promises…

This bodacious breakthrough lengthens, volumizes & curls lashes for a spectacular “out-to-here” look! The long-wearing, jet black formula doesn’t smudge, budge, or dry out…so your luscious lashes last all day.

According to Benefit’s consumer panel survey…

  • 94% saw dramatic length & volume
  • 90% saw base-to-tip curl
  • 94% saw visible lift
  • 100% saw long-wearing results

That’s all fine and dandy, I agree. But did it really work for me? Let’s find out!  [Read more…]

What’s New: Lancome Natural Juicy Tubes by Yayoi Kusama

Lancome recently joined forces with famed Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama for an absolutely adorable collection of six limited-edition Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin Kusama gloss tubes. In what’s sure to be come a collectors’ item, this series displays playful dots and botanically inspired motifs to be loved by all ages!

The formula of each is Lancome’s famous Juicy Tubes 100% Natural Origin, utilizing honey as its main ingredient. All of the flavors and pigments are also of 100% natural origin, so you won’t find synthetics here! The shea butter and honey left our lips nourished and feeling moist, and the colors were nice and sheer. You’ll find the Natural Origin Juicy Tubes by Yayoi Kusama in colors/flavors:   [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: CARGO Jet Lag Concealer

Earlier this year, CARGO introduced their new Jet Lag Concealer, and it sounds amazing. Jet Lag promises full coverage, and a reduction of dark circles and puffiness with 28 days of use. But those are some mighty bold claims for a concealer, dontcha think? I tried it out to see if it lives up to the hype…

Now, I have to be honest. I’m not someone who experiences a lot of puffiness unless I’ve had a lot of salt before bedtime. (Lucky for me, I prefer my sweets over salt!) But what I do have, is a thinning of the skin under my eyes—which with each passing day—shows a little more darkness from the veins that are closer to becoming exposed. That my dearies, is a DRAG. But I still figured I might receive some benefit from Jet Lag. [Read more…]

12 Cheapie Mascaras That Work

12 Cheapie Mascaras That Work

You don’t have to give a lot to take a lot. Check out readers’ favorite drugstore mascaras

12 Cheapie Mascaras That Work

This is a TotalBeauty.com budget products article

A good mascara can lengthen, volumize, and curl your lashes all without flaking or requiring paint thinner to remove it. The best part about mascara is that with this beauty product, price doesn’t dictate quality.

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No. 12: Rimmel London Lycra Lash Extender Mascara, $7.29

TotalBeauty.com average reader rating: 8.4

Readers call it the “best mascara I’ve tried in ages,” and a “fab find for the $$.”

No. 11: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara, $7.49

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.4

“It is the best mascara I have ever used — even when compared to department store brands.”

No. 10: Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara Lengthening, $5.99

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.5

“My lashes are sparse and this mascara makes them look full and beautiful.”

Want to see what other mascaras made the list? Click here!

Review & Swatches: Sorme Treatment Cosmetics Bio-Natural Eyeshadow

I love discovering and trying out brands that are new to me! It’s one of my favorite things about blogging (besides being in your company, of course), so checking out the Bio-Natural Eyeshadows by Sorme Treatment Cosmetics wasn’t very hard work. 😉

These shadows contain 70% natural ingredients; they’re free of talc, chemical dyes and parabens, and are available in six shades. I tried out three of the six, and what a pretty trio of shades it was!

See more photos and swatches below…  [Read more…]

What’s New: Hello Kitty for Sephora “Memoirs of a Kitty” Collection for Summer 2011

Now this, is what I’m talking about! Hello Kitty for Sephora Memoirs of a Kitty is an adorable, yet sophisticated collection for beauty junkies and Hello Kitty enthusiasts. While Memoirs consists of three items, only one is an actual color cosmetic item—with the other two being must-have accessories.

Dressed up in a gorgeous sakura print, Memoirs of a Kitty includes…

What’s New: Boo-Boo Cover-Up Healing Concealer

My Cocoa kitty is a really good girl, and luckily she lacks the behavioral problems associated with most cats. But there are times where I may be guilty of loving her a little too much—which results in a love scratch on my chest or neck. (They’re ALWAYS in control, don’t be fooled!) So try telling this kitty Mama not to try to hold such a sweet little girl as often as I do, and see where that gets you…

So what do I do? For a few nights, I slather my minor kitty cat scratches up with an antibiotic ointment to help heal them. But if I have to leave the house during the day, I won’t walk around with a greasy neck while it heals, and you know I’ve tried the regular concealer route too. (Which sometimes is effective, but not so much!) This new product, Boo-Boo Cover-Up caught my eye—because it bridges the gap between healing and concealing, by doing both. Imagine that.   [Read more…]

COVERGIRL To Expand NatureLuxe Lineup With Mousse Mascara

I come bearing what could be good news to my fellow COVERGIRL NatureLuxe lovers out there—and perhaps to those who haven’t discovered the foundation and Gloss Balm yet. The rumors are true; COVERGIRL is expanding the NatureLuxe line to include a new product which will land in stores in July!

  • COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara

This is described as: “A new, mousse mascara that exchanges a select few synthetic ingredients for natural beeswax, carnauba wax and tapioca polymers, which are lighter-feeling alternatives, to give stunning volume while leaving lashes luxuriously light and lifted. Luxurious mousse texture designed to feel smooth and weightless while building stunning volume, all while maintaining a soft and fluttery lash look.”

This product will launch with both regular and water-resistant formulas in one shade: Very Black.

Available in July 2011 with a suggested retail price of $8.99 each

And some bonus news…here’s a new ShadowBlast product that will be launching around the same time! [Read more…]