ZOYA Pixie Dust Special Texture Edition Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


Texture is the new big thing in nail polish, and ZOYA brings us their take on this trend with the Pixie Dust Collection. This special edition collection is comprised of six shades; all of which sparkle beautifully, dry matte, and have a textured look and feel. With Pixie Dust, you’ll want to use base coat, but you’ll skip top coat. The use of top coat will eliminate the special textured effect. (ZOYA actually recommends skipping base coat too, but I didn’t find that the use of one hurt the final look. I’d personally still wear it.)

When I first spied this trend, I wasn’t entirely sold on it—and you’ll see it from several brands this season. But as usual, ZOYA sealed the deal for me, because I think theirs turned out beautifully. I love the sugary, sparkling look!

Zoya Pixie Dust Special Texture Edition

In terms of application, these are actually pretty easily. The flow of the polish is consistent and even, and it takes about 10 minutes for the product to dry to a completely matte-textured finish. You’ll want to allow each coat to dry before applying the next. (For example, wait five minutes before applying coat two, then wait five more minutes to dry.)

The shade will actually determine how many coats to apply. I used two coats in all of the swatches below, but in hindsight, I wish I had used three on a few of the pale shades. While you can feel the textured bumps with these on the nail surface, I find that the ZOYA Pixie Dust formula is smoother than the OPI Liquid Sand finish, and that the effect is much more dynamic. Actual length of wear is still questionable for me with these since I haven’t had them long enough for a proper wear test, but I’m hearing around the blogosphere that the wear is still pretty decent, considering you’re not using a top coat. [Read more…]

Quick Sneak Peek: Too Faced Summer Collection 2013 — Hello Sunshine


Just in! Here’s a quick peek of what’s on deck for summer 2013 from Too Faced. I’ll have more detailed reviews for you soon, but enjoy the pics and preliminary information for now. I’m not sure if this is the entire summer collection, so we’ll see what else is to come (if anything). I can’t imagine a Too Faced summer without some new lip glosses…so stay tuned!

Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder

Catch the light with buildable color and a hint of shimmer. Inspired by nature’s most flattering pink and golden light at dusk, these multi-colored heart pearls blend to impart a lit-from-within radiance. –$32  [Read more…]

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit Review, Photos, Swatches


Beauty by the book!

I’ve always known that Anastasia is the queen of eyebrows, but I hadn’t tried any of her eyeshadows until recently. In this new set, the Bold & Beautiful Kit, you’ll find two palettes—or volumes—that slide into a sleek decorative holder. Kind of like a little library for your eyes!

Vol. 1 is all about bold brows. It contains brow powder, brow pomade, a mini set of Anastasia’s signature tweezers, and her duo brush with a spoolie.

Vol. 2 contains a combination four matte and shimmering eyeshadows that can be used wet or dry, and a mini duo eyeshadow brush. Let’s check it all out! [Read more…]

OPI ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


In an exciting new collaboration with Disney, this time OPI channels the upcoming film, Oz The Great and Powerful with a limited edition 7-shade collection. This collection is a little bit of a mix of textures and finishes; with three SoftShades, three glitters, and one with the new Liquid Sand textured finish. With the exception of the Liquid Sand shade, I think this collection is best for layering—but I have to say I think the SoftShades stand strong on their own.

 “OPI is very excited to take this fantastical journey with Disney,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Inspired by the magic of Oz The Great and Powerful, this SoftShades collection captures the whimsy seen in the film, from glittery shades packed with white, gold and silvery iridescent confetti – Lights of Emerald City, When Monkeys Fly! and Which is Witch? – to soft neutrals in white, beige and pink – Don’t Burst My Bubble, Glints of Glinda and I Theodora You.

“The new Liquid Sand nail lacquer – What Wizardry is This? – features OPI’s groundbreaking technology for a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle,” adds Weiss-Fischmann.  “This rich taupe hue was designed for James Franco’s character, the great Wizard of Oz, and is sure to make a bold statement this spring.”

Soft Shades — Don’t Burst My Bubble, I Theodora You, Glints of Glinda [Read more…]

Win It: Beautisol Tea Tan Glow Instant Tan Review/Giveaway (2 Winners!)


Meet my new secret beauty weapon!

As a beauty junkie, I feel I have a moral obligation to introduce you to the newest secret weapon in my beauty arsenal—Beautisol Tea Tan Glow. If you’ve ever gotten dressed in a skirt or dress, then looked down at your legs to realize you need a little color, this will be your best friend! It’s not a self-tanner, and it’s not a shimmer cream—but it’s the kind of product I’ve wanted for a long time. Tea Tan Glow is a wash-off body bronzer that delivers instant color, with temporary results. There’s no waiting, no DHA, and no streaking. It’s perfect for those days or nights when you need color, but don’t want the fuss or commitment of a self-tanner!

Beautisol Tea Tan Glow Instant Tan

Tea Tan Glow dispenses as a mousse, and application is super easy. It comes with a special application mitt that makes the process completely mess-free. Since it’s tinted, you see exactly where it’s going, and it’s the kind of product that you can apply one layer for a little color, or build it up to your desired level of darkness.  [Read more…]

Le Métier De Beauté Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo Review, Photos


Yesterday was my 37th birthday, and I know that they say a true lady never tells. But I’m actually okay with it! A little scary getting closer to 40, but all-in-all, I’m comfortable. I’m noticing however, that things are shifting on my face a little bit. Not too badly, but I’m getting more lines and crepe-yness under my eyes. (UGH!) Sometimes it requires a little extra effort to diminish them or conceal, and it’s getting tougher to do as time goes on.

After a late night and a few birthday libations, I awoke this morning to some under eye puffiness, a little darkness, skin dehydration, and my fine lines were kickin’! I figured it was the perfect opportunity to put the new Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo from Le Métier De Beauté to the test. Ready to see what it is and how it works?

The Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo is a set of seaweed-based under eye masks that deliver immediate hydration, reduce puffiness, deliver brightness, soften fine lines, and firm the delicate skin under your eyes. Get this—they work in just 15 minutes! They’re packaged in convenient, on-the-go, one-time use sachets. So they’re ideal for travel (when flying just sucks all the moisture from your skin), or just for rough mornings where you need to look your best and most well-rested. [Read more…]

My Favorites: MAC Archie’s Girls Collection “Betty”


I am so sorry, and I realize this is a little after-the-fact, but my MAC Archie’s Girls samples arrived after most of the products were sold out on the MAC site. This collection is so comprehensive, that it really took me some extra time to go through and pick my favorites for both the Betty and Veronica portions. Just because some of it is sold out online, doesn’t mean you won’t find it at a counter! So I feel this info is still relevant and wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the pieces I really loved.

I’ve decided to break Archie’s Girls up into two posts; this one—my “Betty” favorites, and in an upcoming post, my “Veronica” favorites. (UPDATE: Veronica is featured here.) These “favorites” aren’t super-comprehensive reviews, but please consider them more as “highlights”. I hope you see some pieces you like, and that you’re able to make them your own!

MAC Flatter Me Pearlmatte Face Powder & Betty Bright Lipstick

What spoke to me most about the Betty products, was the sheer femininity and everyday wear-ability of the pieces. Nothing here is too over-the-top, and they all sing spring to me. I’m so ready for fresh, pretty, girlie color! I know a lot of you in the Midwest and on the East coast are over the cold already too, and want to break out your sandals and short sleeves. I feel like Betty gives us that glimmer of hope that it’s coming soon! [Read more…]

Currently Loving: Shea Terra Organics Premium Dark Chocolate Sugar-Stone Exfoliating Cream


Ever try something from a brand, then feel bewildered because you wish you would have been using their products all along? That’s how I felt with my first experience with Shea Terra Organics. Their Premium Dark Chocolate Sugar-Stone Exfoliating Cream is the bomb dot com. And yes, I just said that. I’m serious.

Shea Terra Organics Premium Dark Chocolate Sugar-Stone Exfoliating Cream

You know those sugar and salt scrubs that leave you slip-sliding all over the tub? Unlike most body scrubs, this exfoliant is in a very dense shea butter/cream base. Inside the creamy shea base (which smells like brownie batter, by the way), there’s dark chocolate, organic sugar, and volcanic stone. This creamy blend of moisturizers and exfoliants leaves the skin super soft, and very smooth—without any oily residue. [Read more…]

The Hot List: Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner


I’m typically not a liquid eye liner person, but there is just something SO right with these new liners from Milani. Retailing for about $7.49 at drugstores like CVS/pharmacy, you’ll find an array of five shades in the Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner series. These are intensely-pigmented waterproof liners (especially for drugstore!) with an easy-to-use, fine felt tip. If you’re intimidated by liquid liners with wayward brush bristles, give one of these a try!

Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eye Liner

Shades available: [Read more…]