essie Sleek Stick Review, Photos, Swatches

essie enters the nail wrap arena with their first-ever textured sticker collection. While I love to paint my nails (I find it really relaxing!), I also like the time-saving convenience of polish strips. They’re great for a quick manicure on the fly, and are a lifesaver for those who like nail art, but don’t want to pay hefty salon prices for more comprehensive designs. essie is taking the polish strip a little further, by adding three-dimensional textures and lavish patterns to their collection of new Sleek Sticks.

Essie Sleek Stick in Stickers and Stones

Available in 12 patterns, each strip is UV-cured, allowing the colors and textures to stay looking fresh for as many as 10 days. I’m on my second run of Sleek Sticks, at first trying the pretty peach-pearled “Glam it On”, and yesterday, I applied my favorite—“Stickers and Stones”. Application is pretty simple, too. What’s cool about these, is that the “art” seems like it’s professionally hand-applied. Everywhere I’ve gone in the past 24 hours, there hasn’t been at least one person commenting on how pretty my nails look. Prepare for your hands to receive positive attention!  [Read more…]

bareMinerals Instant Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover Review, Photos

If you wear eye makeup, there is just no way around having a great eye makeup remover. And if you wear waterproof mascara? It’s not even an option! I hardly wear waterproof mascara, but I find that waterproof eye makeup removers work best for me, above all else. I need that oily-slip, it just feels more comfortable, with less tugging, and more complete. I recently learned that bareMinerals has released their own version, the Instant Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, and I was happy to put it to the test!

Instant Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover is a dual-action formula that contains naturally-derived emollients, and a unique mineral complex to help bind moisture to the skin. What I found really interesting, is that this also contains a fruit-infused water blend of cucumber, kiwi, and apple. It’s formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrances, and artificial oils. [Read more…]

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 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…]