Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation Review, Photos, Swatches


Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation

I’ve been testing so many foundations lately — so I wanted to make sure to show you this one since I thought it was a little different than the ordinary. This is the Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation with Color Correcting Pigments. (More on that cool compact with pretty products you see there in a few.) The foundation launched a few months ago, and I’ve worn it several times.

laura geller Baked Liquid Foundation

It comes in a 1 oz. bottle, which has a pump that I think dispenses the perfect amount of product in one-to-two pumps. What makes it most unique however, is the process in which the foundation is made! The scoop is that the pigments are baked on terracotta tiles for 12 hours. After baking, the pigments are jet-milled into a super fine spheres of color correction particles. This process yields pigments that are supposed to stay true all day.

After that, water is infused with vitamins and botanical extracts to help benefit the skin. Here’s what’s inside:

  • Aloe vera moisturizes and soothes
  • White Tea extracts (found in all Laura Geller Baked products) provide antioxidant protection
  • Black Currant Seed Extract & Hibiscus hydrate, condition, nourish, and soothe
  • Vitamin E hydrates and protects
  • Optical light diffusers add a glow to the skin, and blur imperfections

Next, it’s all combined with the enriched water base to create a weightless foundation texture for your skin. Wah-lah!  [Read more…]

The Perfect Summer Moisturizer: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer


THE PERFECT

In the past 10 days or so, we’ve had the most strange, almost tropical-like weather system here in Southern California. We may be used to high temperatures — but what we’re not used to, is high humidity with warm rain. All of my friends and family are commenting that it “feels like Florida” outside. As much as I love Florida (and California needs the rain), sometimes it can feel pretty uncomfortable and sticky. Applying a thick body moisturizer this summer is almost unfathomable, it takes forever to absorb, and there has to be a better way!

Vaseline Asloe Soothe spray moisturizer

There is. I found the most perfect summer moisturizer — Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer is the solution to all of my summer body hydration woes! It contains micro-droplets of Vaseline jelly, which makes wearing tank tops and shorts more comfortable for me, knowing that I don’t have to use a thick, sticky moisturizer to make my skin look healthy and and smooth.  [Read more…]

MAC Cosmetics Giambattista Valli Lipstick Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


MAC Giambattista Valli Lip Collection

MAC Giambattista Valli Collection

From MAC:

Couture fashion designer Giambattista Valli brings his effortless elegance and celebration of the female form to a collection of timeless lipsticks. In the coral of Tats, pale pink of Bianca B, pure peach of Margherita, regal red of Charlotte and dark cherry of Eugenie, lips take on an air of sophistication. M·A·C Crystal Glaze Gloss adds a chic touch by transforming any lipstick colour with a unique pearlescent finish.

I have really been looking forward to this release! Not only am I inspired by an unparalleled love for color, I love the philosophy behind Valli’s work. I thought these pieces from his interview with MAC were telling:

WHY LIPS?
I was watching David Letterman’s show with Anna Wintour promoting the very first year of Fashion’s Night Out. Letterman asked, “How can you change the wardrobe of a woman with just $20?” Anna replied, “You go out and pick a brand new lipstick.” I thought that was so brilliant. So my idea was to put together the Valli colours — reds, pinks and fuchsia — hues that fit any kind of personality.

WHEN YOU WERE STYLING THE FLOWERS FOR THE CAMPAIGN VISUAL, YOU MENTIONED YOU WANT TO BE A FLORIST. IS THAT SOMETHING YOU’D LIKE TO DO?
I love the idea that you’re walking through a garden and these flowers get stuck on your dress. They’re not static flowers. Instead of putting a dress on her, it’s a way to dress her. It is more about the emotion than iconic beauty. It’s a gesture about sentiment, about feminine posture.

HAVE FLOWERS ALWAYS BEEN AN INSPIRATION FOR YOU?
Oh yes. Always. I cannot live without nature. It’s much more powerful than human beings. The colour of nature is the most inspiring.

YOU CALL YOUR WOMEN YOUR “VALLI” GIRLS”–
It was a joke! It started when I was in LA, when I had all my friends come in for the beginning of a very special show. I joked about the “Valli Girls” and the “Valley Girls.” We grew up together; Eugenie, Tatiana, Margherita, Bianca, Charlotte, and I…and now they are my Valli Girls.

Now, let’s get to it!

 

MAC Giambattista Valli Bianca B

Bianca B — pale white-pink matte

I have to say, I was most saddened by Bianca B. She made my lips look super dry, even though I exfoliated first. I consider myself pretty apt in the exfoliation and hydration department, but Bianca B. was determined to make my lips say otherwise. This is a fun, editorial color — but it won’t translate in real life for me. Boo.  [Read more…]

T3 Twirl 360 Motion-Sensing, Auto-Rotating 1.25” Curling Iron Review, Photos


t3 micro Twirl 360 curling iron

I’m one of those gals that has several curling irons and sets of hot rollers. Why? Because I swear I have some of the most difficult hair in the world to hold a style, let alone a head full of Victoria’s Secret model-like curls. I keep buying irons and hot roller sets  — because each new one I see has the branding and packaging to make me think, OH! THIS will finally be the one!

Womp womp womp.

That’s why my bathroom cabinet is full of tangled cords in a curling iron graveyard. I only have one that works to my liking to be honest, and it snags the heck out of my hair. So when I was offered the opportunity to try the new T3 Twirl 360 Motion-Sensing Auto-Rotating Iron — I figured that nothing bad could happen — and it may be the answer to my problems. I had nothing to lose!

power button

This is a new, one-of-a-kind curling iron, because it has gyroscopic-technology. To explain it a little better — do you know how your smartphone automatically changes the screen layout from portrait to landscape when you hold your phone at different angles? This is kind of the same idea behind the technology of the T3 Twirl 360.

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ColourPop In Bloom Collection by Jamie Greenberg Review, Photos, Swatches


colour pop in bloom collection jamie Greenberg

In the past few months, I’ve seen the popularity of ColourPop explode. If you’ve heard of the line before, the chances are you already own several pieces and are loving them dearly. If this is your first experience — I wouldn’t be surprised if you wind up with several of their goodies in your makeup collection ASAP.

Currently, you’ll find the brand online only, and at this time they specialize in lip colors, cheek colors, and eyeshadows. The prices are insanely low — just $5-$8 for each item! The colors and pigmentation are incredible, and I’ve yet to hear a single complaint about their products. I finally had my first experience with a few items from the line, as they’re doing some awesome collaborations with some of the best movers and shakers in the beauty world.

colour pop in bloom jamie greenberg collection

This is the new In Bloom Collection, created with one of my favorite makeup artists, Jamie Greenberg. Not only is she behind some of the hottest red carpet looks of many of today’s most photographed starlets — but she is ridiculously funny, incredibly sweet, and super talented. I just love everything about her! (Her YouTube channel is a riot.) Let’s check out her collection that will get you through spring and summer (and likely get you hooked on Colour Pop).  [Read more…]

It’s Back! Urban Decay’s Revolution Lipstick & Nail Color in ‘Gash’ — But Hurry!


Urban Decay Gash lipstick nail polish

This oldie but goodie is back again, for a super limited time — and with a matching nail polish! This is Gash, the iconic, old-school lipstick shade that Urban Decay retired long ago — but when we UD junkies get restless — they sometimes give into our cravings and re-release it again for a hot second or two. We’re also graced with a hot nail color too, in Gash! Let’s take a closer look…

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Gash

The Gash Revolution Lipstick formula is far from the days of 90’s version Gash (in texture and packaging), but not color. It’s so much more hydrating, long-wearing, and purely pigmented in my opinion. Revolution Lipstick is one of my favorite lipstick formulas of all time, and ever since they released the new formulation a few years ago — I’ve collected my fair share of shades. I highly recommend!  [Read more…]

Urban Decay The Ultraviolet Edge Enigma Eyeshadow Primer Potion Review: 100% Goes to Charity!


Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Enigma

No joke, I receive a few emails a month from brands who have products that promise to donate pennies on the dollar to a worthy cause for each purchase. In no way do I negate that any donation is helpful to a worthy organization, but I think it’s time for brands to start putting their money where their mouths are — donating substantial amounts of money — like 100% of the purchase price of that product to a worthy cause. Sadly, all of the brands I know that do this with a specific product, I can count on one hand.

One of my favorite brands, Urban Decay, is doing just that. 100% of the purchase price of their brand new Eyeshadow Primer Potion in limited-edition shade Enigma is part of The Ultraviolet Edge Initiative, which will empower women in Uganda in ways that will make them self-sufficient, and substantially change their lives for the better  — giving them chances they wouldn’t have otherwise. Before I go more into the initiative and the benefits, I want to show you the primer. Because it’s AWESOME!

Urban Decay The Ultraviolet Edge Enigma Eyeshadow Primer Potion

UD recently upgraded the packaging for the primers, and they are seriously better than ever. I love the tube with the wand combo, it just makes sense! Enigma is a 24-hour wear shade that’s matte, and a neutral beige-nude. It does have some pigment to it for me, and I’ve actually worn it alone as a cream shadow to neutralize the redness on my eyelids. It’s got that same creamy texture we’re all used to when it comes to their Primer Potion. I’m not disappointed at all in the product. The only thing I am disappointed in — is that it’s limited-edition! So stock up, like yesterday!  [Read more…]

Salon Perfect Perfect Brow Pomade Review, Photos, Swatches


Salon Perfect Brow Pomade

Sometimes, I can be a bit of a skeptic when it comes to bargain beauty products. So when I found out that these new brow pomades from Salon Perfect were just $4.88 each, I immediately thought there was no way that they could be any good. Fast forward to a few weeks later when I had them in my hot little hands, and my attitude changed as if you had flipped on a light switch. To put it simply: I think these things are AWESOME.

The Salon Perfect Perfect Brow Pomades are available in three shades: blonde, light brown, and dark brown. One of the biggest problems I face with brow products is that they’re often too red for me, and the browns often don’t even look close to the shade I need. I didn’t have that problem with these at all. I actually thought I would need the dark brown, but I wore the light brown and really liked it! (I can get away with either, just depending how bold I want to go.) It doesn’t pull red on me like about 90% of the other products I’ve purchased in the past.

salon perfect brow pomades

I know there is an expensive and popular brand of brow pomade out there right now—and I’ve already received many questions about how the Perfect Brow Pomades compare to it. Okay, I’ll just say it—it’s Anastasia Dipbrow. Truth be told, I don’t own Dipbrow! I have too many brow products right now to invest in it personally. So I can’t give you a comparison from personal experience, and I’m sorry about that! But having looked over the ingredients for both, there are several duplicate ingredients. The composition is not exactly the same, but seems pretty close to serve a similar purpose. Dipbrow may also have more shades, but I think the three shades of Perfect Brow Pomade can be pretty universal for most of the population.  [Read more…]

L’Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection Review, Photos


loccitane shea butter skincare collection

Please join me in welcoming back Dilara! She’ll be here periodically reviewing her favorite products. She’s a mom of two from the Midwest, and she’s very, very cool! You’ll enjoy getting to know her. — Amber

It seems like every year I talk about how cold and dry the Ohio climate is and how much my skin is suffering. I hope you haven’t grown tired of those posts because guess what? It’s cold, dry and my skin is suffering yet again. When Amber handed me the new L’Occitane Shea Butter Comforting Skincare Collection, the timing couldn’t have been better.

I feel like I’ve seen shea butter products popping up recently as natural way to moisturize and protect your skin. Shea butter is a natural substance that contains plenty of Vitamin E and acts as an anti-inflammatory, which makes it perfect for multiple skin types. My skin is dry-to-normal pretty much year round. In the winter, it gets especially parched. Cold weather, hot furnaces and wicked winds beat me down to a dry, cracked, flaking mess. Shea butter has been called “the superfood for your face” and well, it’s time to put it to the test.

loccitane shea butter cleansing oil

Shea Butter Cleansing Oil

Sounds a little risky, slathering your skin with oil isn’t exactly the top beauty approach on most peoples’ list. But for me, I had nothing to lose. First of all, it is luxurious. The Shea Butter Cleansing Oil has a deep, silky texture that removed all of my makeup. I preferred to rub it all over my face first, and then I added a little water to create a milk on my skin. After massaging that all over my face, my eye makeup was completely removed, as was my foundation, powder and mostly everything else. I normally wear a very long-wearing lipstick which is difficult to remove. This product removed it effortlessly. It rinses off clean with no residue, and left my skin feeling supple and smooth.  [Read more…]