Quick Drugstore Pick: Simple Eye Make-Up Remover Pads

Lately, I’ve been loving the new products from Simple, because they are really just simple. There’s nothing overly complicated about the brand, and it’s pretty streamlined into effective basics. They make full-size facial cleansing wipes, and I have to say that their basic facial cleansing wipes are my favorite from the drugstore. The sheets are nice and soft, generously sized, and they’re gentle to my skin. The good news is, they recently expanded the cleansing wipes line and I’m trying the new ones out (reviews to follow soon). For now—let’s check out their new eye make-up remover pads. The package is so tiny and cute!

These pads are just as soft and gentle to my eyes as the full-size packages. They’re free of alcohol and oil—yet somehow they still do a great job of removing my eye makeup. They have no fragrance or dyes, and they’ve added conditioning Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E. See? I told you they were simple! [Read more…]

NCLA Life is a Beach! Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

How fun are these? This is my first time trying out luxury polish brand, NCLA. These new lacquers are playful pastel cremes with cute names. NCLA is a non-toxic, 5-free formula; free of Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, and animal testing. I immediately fell in love with the color story—I would wear all of them. It’s rare for me to want to wear an entire collection…I can’t decide which one to wear first. Right up front, I want to disclose that I have not had the chance to test the wear time on these yet. They were so cute and springy, that I wanted to bring them to your attention as soon as possible!

AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree

AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree is a pale mint creme. This one might take some special care with application. Its consistency is a tad on the thin side, and will look patchy and a little streaky with two coats. All is not lost, as I was okay with three coats. Allow some extra drying time. [Read more…]

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick is a new 12-shade collection, available now in the permanent line. I immediately developed a love affair with this formula within a single swipe! To me, they feel so comfortable and hydrating; with a slight sheen and buildable color. Let’s check out 6 of the shades a little closer…

MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick

I learned what’s special about this formulation—it has a complex of hydrators that includes 77 minerals. For something so hydrating, the richness of the color is pretty unbelievable. They truly feel like a different kind of lipstick, one that you MUST try on your next visit to the MAC counter. Even if it winds up not being for you, you’ll probably agree with me that this doesn’t look or feel like any ordinary lipstick. [Read more…]

essie Spring 2013 Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

essie spring 2013 collection

essie spring 2013—a fashionable itinerary…

This season, essie brings us a collection of six new nail polish shades inspired by some of the most fashionable destinations in the world. From Tokyo to Rio, each shade represents some pretty swanky shopping destinations. Who doesn’t love shopping? I don’t know about you, but I can always use a little retail therapy!

Speaking of shopping—did you hear about the former Park Avenue princess that once flew to Paris just to pick up a hard-to-find Chanel polish? Crazy, right? Sheesh!

Madison Ave-Hue, Go Gina, Avenue Maintain, Bond With Whomever, Maximillian Strasse Her, Hip-Anema

Let’s check out the swatches… [Read more…]

Milani Eyeshadow Primer Review, Photos

Wearing eyeshadow primer has practically become a beauty commandment—but there are so many! Which one do you choose? They can be pretty pricey, too. My personal faves are in the $20 & up range, and it can get pretty tiresome spending that much when it’s used so frequently, right? Well, good news my friends!

Milani just released an eyeshadow primer that’s comparable to all of the expensive brands you know and love, that delivers a great crease-free and long-wearing result at under $7. I bet your ears are perked up now!

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer comes in one shade for now (nude), and it reminds me very much of Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. But get this—the suggested retail is $6.49! I find it works just as well (if not better). It has a nude tint as it comes out of the tube, but once it’s rubbed in, it’s sheer until you put your eyeshadow on. Then, BAM! The pigment intensity is so much better! [Read more…]

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara Review, Photos

I never had the chance to own the original Extended Play mascara, but I’m currently the proud owner of the latest edition—the Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara—and I’m glad. Because I think it ROCKS! What makes this “Gigablack” are the intense carbon black pigments that give just the right amount of color to my otherwise nearly invisible lashes. It helps them stand out, with just the perfect amount of glossy black color.

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash

Its petite little brush makes it possible for me to reach every last lash, for clean definition, separation, and plenty of curl. And get this—my lashes stay put as promised…up to 16 hours per MAC. And it’s true! I even worked out in this (which I would normally never do), and my lashes were still pushed-up. While not waterproof, I didn’t experience any smudges luckily, and zero flakes. Whew!  [Read more…]

Quick Sneak Peek: China Glaze OMBRE ‘Wait Teal You See!’ Collection

I just got my hot little hands on this baby, the new OMBRE set from China Glaze in Wait Teal You See! The OMBRE Collection sets are available in three colors (also don’t miss the pink—‘Sweet Sensations’, or purple—‘Grape Expectation’ kits), and I’m dying to have a chance to experiment with this.

I haven’t ever attempted a full ombre/gradient manicure on my nails before, and I’m hoping this kit makes it easy—because it comes with four full size shades, and 10 sponges with directions. In Wait Teal You See!, you’ll score full size bottles of White on White, For Audrey, Aquadelic, and Turned Up Turquoise. These sets will retail for about $12.99 each, and will be available at Sally Beauty Supply.

I’ll update with my results in a few days! Wish me luck!

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L’Oréal Paris REVITALIFT Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream Review, Photos

Unless you’re a lucky twenty-something, it seems like most of us are looking for the fountain of youth. Living well and taking of yourself, with an emphasis on great skincare seems to be most of the answer, but it doesn’t hurt when there’s a fab beauty product to help make the job a little easier, right? That’s where this new little ditty from L’Oréal Paris fits in, the REVITALIFT Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream. Because who doesn’t want instantly smoother skin?

I’ve got plenty of enlarged pores, and some fine line lines that could use a little smoothing—and did I mention I’m thirty-something? I’m a perfect fit for this product. So let’s see how it did!


REVITALIFT Miracle Blur was inspired by the science of optical skincare, and it utilizes new “Opti-Blur Technology” to diffuse light in millions of directions to instantly erase the look of lines, wrinkles and pores. This provides instant skin gratification by “blurring” away fine lines, wrinkles and pores for a virtually flawless-looking complexion in about 30 seconds. In addition to the product’s instant results, Miracle Blur was formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 30 to protect skin from future damage caused by harmful UVA/UVB rays. That SPF 30 factor was huge for me, because I don’t think I own any other primers/optical diffusers that have a protection factor that high. Score one for me! [Read more…]

Easy to Wear Bright Eyes for Spring: Try These Pops of Color

Take a walk on the bright side!

One of the biggest trends you’ll notice this season are vibrant pops of color on the eyes. They can be more on the subtle side, or very dramatic. The good news is—it’s easy to accomplish them either way! Here, I’ve featured one of my favorite more dramatic looks, and one that’s easy-peasy that you can do in just a few seconds. All of these bold eye choices are available at Target, and they’re super affordable.

Feel free to improvise, of course, and just use these as your spring bright eyes inspiration! I’m curious to hear/see what everyone will come up with!

Neon Skirt Look…

This look was inspired simply by the beauty of the new L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in Neon Skirt.

To try…

When I’m working with bright eyeshadow colors, I like to make sure to use a base that will really pop it, so for that—Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool really works. Just a light layer of this icy white cream eyeshadow anchors powdered shadow into place all day, and really pops the color. Then, I just applied the brazen bold tones of Neon Skirt on top of that which made them come alive. To finish, just a few coats of Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes—and my work was done!

Quick & Easy Green Glow Look…

Sometimes, I’m a little more one-dimensional with my eye looks, in the essence of time conservation. That’s why I LOVE the Maybelline Color Tattoo Metals in Barely Branded, and all of the COVERGIRL LiquiLineBlast Eyeliners. For this look, I used Green Glow, but you can do the same thing with the other bright shades this fun liner comes in. (The blue and violet are just as gorgeous!)  [Read more…]