China Glaze Hologlam Holographic Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

Remember the China Glaze OMG! Collection from 2007? I wasn’t fortunate enough to grab any of those holographic goodies back then…but no worries! China Glaze is stepping back into the holographic game this April with the Hologlam Collection, so get ready! Back by popular demand, these polishes use reflective, holographic particles to reflect light in a unique way in the nail polish world.

Simply put: I am now OBSESSED.

China Glaze Hologlam Holographic Collection

The dimension these give off is incredible, so much more incredible than a camera can capture in these swatches, because light at different angles really makes them come alive. And in natural sunlight? OMG! They’re BEAUTIFUL! I feel like my swatches barely scratch the surface of the dimension these offer, so please do yourself a favor and check them out in-person. [Read more…]

It’s Time to Blossom with These New Beauty Products from Target!

Have you cruised the beauty aisles at Target lately? If not, you must…all of the bright and beautiful spring products are out! I recently made a trip to my local Target and picked up some of the latest beauty baubles to feature in a series of springtime inspiration posts, and this is the first. (Oh, who am I kidding? I go to Target all the time!)

For this springtime inspiration look, I used three key products, with a MAJOR focus on the lips. I am ga-ga about wearing bright lip colors, so any chance I have to rock one, I will! With bold, bright lips, I really think the key is toning down everything else—otherwise it all ends up looking too busy. So for this look, I chose a super soft neutral eye. The idea was to make everything else take a back seat to my lips, while making my skin look fresh and polished for spring. I think I accomplished that!

Here were my beauty product choices…

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Review, Photos, Swatches

The first sign of summer launches…

I know it’s hardly spring, and here we go with summer products…but this one is super cute, and one that you can use now! You may have spied this previously when I gave a sneak peek of the pending summer launches from Too Faced, they’re the Sweetheart Beads. Sweetheart Beads are the cutest little pearly heart-shaped pigments that give the face a radiant, warm glow.

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads

Somewhat similar to products like Guerlain Meteorites (yet much less expensive), the idea here is to swirl your brush in the beads, then use it to highlight or add contour. The sweet twist with Sweetheart Beads is that these give a little bit of a peachy-bronze effect to the skin, which I LOVE. I can’t tell you how many times I use a bronzer, then I use a shimmer/highlight product over it, and this totally eliminates that for me because I can just use one product. You can add just a little glow, or really build up the color to your desired shade. Genius!  [Read more…]

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

Last month, MAC released the extensive Archie’s Girls collection, which took me some extra time to go through. Since the collection was so large, I decided to break it up into two posts; my “Betty” favorites (featured here), and my “Veronica” favorites which are featured in this post. 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.

MAC Ronnie Red Lipstick & Mall Madness Lipglass

Veronica’s tones are little more sultry than Betty’s, which were definitely very spring-like and girlie. Let’s check out the pieces I picked! [Read more…]

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…]