Maybelline The Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara Review, Photos


The Rocket is a new mascara from Maybelline in stores this month. Let’s see what those mascara geniuses have been working on behind closed doors.

The Rocket by Volum’ Express

With The Rocket, comes the promise from Maybelline that you can achieve up to 8 times more clump-free volume, and that the volume will be even from root to tip. It has what they’re calling the “rocket brush”, which features a hard core, and plenty of evenly spaced micro-bristles. The brush is rubber, and is a little stiffer, as is the wand. Sometimes the wands give a little bend or wiggle, The Rocket stays pretty firm.   [Read more...]

MAC Après Chic Collection Review, Swatches, Photos


I wanted to be able to wear cozy knits and boots, and I finally got my wish! With hues perfect for pairing with snugly sweaters, MAC released the Après Chic Collection with Mineralize formulas for glowing skin, eyes, and lips. Let’s check out a few pieces from Après Chic!

MAC Après Chic

MAC Après Chic

Everything is broken down into categories for eyes, lips, cheeks, and nails: [Read more...]

Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eyeshadow Collection Review, Swatches, Photos


I know I’ve been teasing you with a few pieces from the new Too Faced Boudoir Beauty Collection for Spring 2013, but I needed some time to go through everything and put it to the test! I’ve had a chance to wear the Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eyeshadow Collection, and wow—it really IS soft and sexy. It’s a nine-pan palette with three at .07 oz. each, and six at .03 oz. each. Four of the shades are some of my Too Faced faves, while five of the shades are brand new!

Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eyeshadow Collection for Spring 2013

What’s inside:

  • In the Buff — matte bone
  • Fuzzy Handcuffs* — nude satin
  • Voulez-Vous* — deep plum shimmer
  • Satin Sheets — golden pink shimmer
  • Sugar Walls* — nude-mauve shimmer with silver micro-glitter
  • Garter Belt* — matte smoky grey
  • Birthday Suit — sheer linen shimmer
  • Lap Dance — stone violet shimmer
  • French Tickler* — intense matte black with gold micro-glitter

* denotes new eyeshadow shade  [Read more...]

Urban Decay NAKED Flushed Palette Review, Swatches, Photos


With the early spring releases from Urban Decay, you’ll find the new NAKED Flushed Palette. (BTW, did you see the new NAKED Skin Beauty Balm and NAKED Nail Kit yet?) NAKED Flushed is a trio of beauty essentials; a bronzer, highlighter, and blush in one convenient compact.

Urban Decay NAKED Flushed

What’s included:

  • Bronzer — sheer medium bronze satin
  • Highlighter — soft pink champagne shimmer
  • Blush — dusty rose satin with a hint of shimmer  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow


I don’t think I’ve been THIS excited over a blush in a long time. Let’s get the obvious out of the way; sure, the Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush from Too Faced is cute and all that. But…it’s totally functional! Whether you’re a blush-applying maniac, or a blush novice, here’s one that you CANNOT mess up, ladies!

Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

Sweethearts is a trio of no-fail cheek shades (rose, coral, and peach), baked to perfection into the shape of a heart. You can wear any of the shades individually, or do my favorite thing—swirl them all together for a romantic flush. There’s a slight back-lit glow that the shimmering peach shade gives to the skin, due to its incandescence that leaves a brilliant, yet soft sheen on the skin. Try dusting just that one shade along the bridge of your nose, just lightly—and your face will have the most beautiful glow. [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Too Faced Boudoir Beauty Collection for Spring 2013


Boudoir Beauty for Spring 2013 from Too Faced!

I am practically jumping up and down with excitement right now, and I couldn’t wait to show you! Reviews will come soon, I promise! But here’s a sneak peek at what’s on the way from one of my favorite beauty brands, Too Faced! There’s more where this came from, but here are a few pieces to get you in the mood…

Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Candy Glow

Three darling shades of rose, coral, and peach; packed into one pretty little heart! This will retail for $29 and is currently available on toofaced.com. You can swirl all of the colors together for a romantic flush, or use them individually. These are honestly all of my favorite blush shades, and to have them all together (in something cute, at that), is like a dream come true. I feel like someone read my mind! [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: MAC The Stylish Brow Collection


I’ve always had trouble with my brows, especially since an over-eager esthetician ripped the tails of mine off one day, many moons ago. Ever since then, I’ve had the worst time correctly filling them correctly in without making them look too crazy. I recently spent some time getting better acquainted with my brows and The Stylish Brow Collection from MAC.

Let’s check out what I’ve naturally got to work with:

Not exactly terrible, right? But I can use some help in the filling in department. Let’s see if any of these products helped!

The products…

First up, the Fluidline Brow Gelcreme. This stuff is not a joke! This is a long-wearing, highly-pigmented gel that allows you to give very precise definition to your brows. I loved working with this stuff (I applied mine with a MAC 266 brush), but if you go too crazy, it can get too dark and dare I say—TOO defined. A little of this goes a long way, it’s so smooth, and it’s available in the three colors shown below. It sets quickly, too. I chose shade, Deep Dark Brunette, which was a tad red for me, but I still liked it. It’s not something I would wear every day, but for going out with a stronger brow, I’d pick the Fluidline Brow Gelcreme. It’s fantastic—great formula! [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay NAKED Nail Kit


As part of Urban Decay’s early spring releases, you’ll find the NAKED Nail Kit at Sephora now. This set of six travel size (.16 oz each) nail polishes is part of their ever-expanding NAKED family; joining the collection of existing eyeshadow palettes, liquid foundation, cheek palette (to be reviewed soon!), and beauty balm. These beautiful neutral shades were inspired by their Facebook fan favorite eyeshadow shades from the original NAKED Palette, each one new and exclusive to this set! Let’s take a closer look…

Urban Decay NAKED Nail Kit

What’s inside:

  • Naked — opaque nude cream
  • Sidecar — sheer nude pink shimmer with silver micro-glitter
  • Toasted — pearlescent light mauve/champagne
  • Smog — metallic copper with gold shift
  • Hustle — metallic deep brown/eggplant
  • Creep — gunmetal shimmer with silver micro-glitter  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay NAKED Skin Beauty Balm


The latest in Urban Decay’s NAKED family is already causing quite a stir—and it won’t even be available until tomorrow. Ready to meet the new NAKED Skin Beauty Balm? I thought so! Let’s go…

Urban Decay NAKED Skin Beauty Balm

Branching out in the NAKED complexion department (and there’s more, just wait!), the NAKED Skin Beauty Balm is a BB cream in theory, but with a unique Urban Decay twist. While most BB creams hailing from Asia focus on coverage and correction, most U.S.-based BB’s have been considered more like tinted moisturizers.

Urban Decay’s NAKED Skin Beauty Balm is a complexion perfector in an optical illusion sense; with light-diffusing spheres that minimize the look of fine lines and pores, while smoothing the skin down to a velvety finish. NAKED Skin Beauty Balm also focuses on skincare properties—with anti-aging ingredients that promise to hydrate, firm, and smooth skin over time. Pair all of that with an oil-free formula and an SPF 20, and that’s Urban Decay’s version of a BB cream.  [Read more...]