Sneak Peek: bareMinerals ‘Stroke of Light’ Eye Brightener


I am SO excited right now! Literally fresh off the UPS truck—bareMinerals is releasing the Stroke of Light Eye Brightener. This will launch officially in August and is available in four shades. For now, all of the information I’m sharing with you is preliminary. I have not worn this yet—but I wanted to give you the scoop!

Shades available…

  • Luminous 1 — diffused pink
  • Luminous 2 — light-to-medium
  • Luminous 3 — tan
  • Luminous 4 — deep

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Coming Soon: Benefit ‘How To Look The Best At Everything’ Flawless Complexion Makeup Kit


I promised that I’d have a few Benefit sneak peeks up for you this week, but some server problems made me break that promise, and I’m SO sorry! Now that those woes are mostly over (hopefully), on with the show!

Benefit is releasing a few kits next month that will be Sephora exclusives. Some of them are color collections, but this one right here—is a complexion collection, the ‘How To Look The Best at Everything’ Flawless Complexion Makeup Kit. It’s available in three shades; Light, Medium, and Deep. As luck would have it, I have Medium which is too dark for me—but I’m still thankful, and happy to share!

How To Look The Best At Everything Flawless Complexion Makeup Kit in Medium

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Seeing is Believing: Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit


Did you see Make Up For Ever’s HD un-retouched campaign earlier this year? I remember opening up one of my glossy mags last spring to find their latest advertisement. It featured a model whose photo was un-retouched for their HD line of complexion products. I was quite amazed by the brand’s courage—selling complexion perfection to everyday consumers is a daunting task, mostly because it’s intimidating (and so easy to mess up). Trying to make it a little easier for us to get it right, they now offer an HD Complexion Starter Kit with four key pieces for flawless skin. I tried it out, in my own shade to see if I could achieve the look that usually requires an army of artists and a PhotoShop expert to achieve. Let’s go!

When I toured MUFE’s new Los Angeles flagship store last month, I made sure to have their head artist color match me for the HD High Definition Invisible Cover Foundation. (As an NW20, I converted to #130.) There are 26 shades to choose from—so there literally is something for almost anyone! The Complexion Starter Kit comes with a full-size foundation, HD Microperfecting Primer #0, the HD Microfinish Powder, and a great kabuki brush. They’re confident this combo will minimize the look of visible pores and fine lines without looking or feeling too heavy, in just three steps.  [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!

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Review & Swatches: Tarte Glow Your Way To Gorgeous 8-piece Maracuja & Clay Collection (QVC Exclusive TSV)


I have wanted to share this one with you for a few weeks, but I couldn’t…until now! Coming up this weekend, you’ll find this Tarte Glow Your Way to Gorgeous 8-Piece collection on QVC at the Today’s Special Value price of just $49.92. After wearing this all week, I’ve decided that you won’t want to be without it! Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside…

This collection is valued at over $195, and includes:

  • The worldwide launch of Maracuja Creaseless Concealer (shades: fair, light, medium, tan, or deep)
  • New shade of Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (QVC exclusive shade: Peaceful; soft pinky-peach)
  • New QVC exclusive bamboo blush brush
  • New emphasEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow (new shade: Shimmering Taupe)
  • New QVC Exclusive bamboo eyeshadow brush
  • New smolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eyeliner with sharpener (new shade: Fig; a brown-plum)
  • New LipSurgence natural lip luster (new shade: Sweet; golden-pink)
  • Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in black
  • Deluxe size Mineral Powder Bronzer (shade: Park Ave. Princess)
  • Deluxe sample of Tarte’s Pure Maracuja oil (powerful skin elixir derived from the Amazonian passion flower)
  • Purple Tarte makeup bag

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Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Rollergirl Nail Polish Kit for Summer 2011


Continuing their “rollergirl” theme for summer 2011 (see the Rollergirl Eyeshadow palette here), Urban Decay sends us on yet another fantastic roller rink-era voyage with the Rollergirl Nail Kit. Check out these six vibrant shades of nail polish in this mini-set!

Each bottle contains 0.17 fl. oz. of polish—the ideal amount for several manis or pedis before you grow tired of the color and want to move on to the next. The Rollergirl Nail Kit holds the perfect mix of what’s hot right now in nails; brights and shimmering neutrals in a funky floral vanity tray worthy of gifting—while buying one for yourself, too!

The shade breakdown:

  • Fame – shimmering champagne
  • Miss T — bright shimmering orchid
  • Xanadu — sheer jelly-like purple with purple glitter
  • Love Train — opalescent shimmer
  • Woodstock — vibrant opaque hot pink
  • Superfreak — shimmering gold with gold micro-glitter

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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...]

Top 7 Double-Duty Beauty Must-Haves of Makeup Pro Iris Moreau


It’s not every day that you get to take a look inside the kit of a professional makeup artist, so when pro Iris Moreau was offering up a few of the secrets inside of hers, you know I had to take a peek!  Here, Moreau shares some of her double-duty diva faves…

1. MAC Strobe Cream

This gorgeous, highlighting cream from MAC is filled with soothing botanicals, vitamins, and green tea that refresh and brighten tired, dry skin. It’s iridescent particles diffuse and reflect light, and add a soft shimmery glow wherever you dab it on.

2. NARS The Multiple


I love this all-purpose cream stick from NARS! I use it on eyes, lips, cheeks, and body to accent, contour and highlight. It glides on effortlessly and adds soft transparent color wherever applied. My personal favorites: Copacabana, and Orgasm.

3. Tini Beauty Lip Liqueur Lip and Cheek Stains


With 11 gorgeous tints to choose from in everything from sheer corals to beautiful berries, and juicy plums; these amazing little liquid stains from Tini Beauty add the perfect pretty “flush” to lips and cheeks. I use them often on my shoots with kids to give them a fresh glow, without looking like they’re wearing makeup.

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Retail Therapy: Current Craves From The Web


All of this week’s current craves are from Sephora, where if I were shopping on someone else’s dime–this is what I would buy right now.  Because heaven knows we all need a little retail therapy!  Let’s go imaginary shopping, shall we?

philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-aging Retinoid Pads and Solution — I love a lot of products from the philosophy line and their skincare is pretty top-notch for being on the more affordable side.  It looks like you’re supposed to moisten the pads with the retinoid solution and then apply to help combat discolorations and wrinkles.  Getting more healthy radiance is always a good thing!

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray — This is supposed to be a primer for both eyeshadow AND concealer.  You know how I love multi-tasking products, they save time, space, and money.

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