Review & Swatches: Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection for 2013


Starring…Selena Gomez!

I’m loving the new Selena Gomez nail lacquer collection from Nicole by OPI like a love song! (And who knew?) Yes, I just said that.

“Selena is an ideal partner for Nicole by OPI. Millions of fans love her for the same reasons we do; she’s smart, talented, funny – and has an incredible sense of style,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “She has that classic ‘girl-next-door’ appeal, but she’s also edgy and fun – just like the Nicole consumer.

“Selena is not only a chart-topping singer and actress, she’s also a clothing designer and an active philanthropist,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “Like women around the globe, Selena has many interests and passions; this collection, with its diverse range of hues, offers a perfect match for every occasion!”

Shades from the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection

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Ready. Set. Glow! With Le Métier de Beauté’s CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set


It doesn’t take much to lure me to a beauty counter; full of gorgeous, colorful baubles like these on the Le Métier de Beauté counter at my local Neiman Marcus. But I’ve heard everyone in the blogosphere RAVING about this new peel/mask combo, so you know I had to go check it out! It’s called the CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set, and with a price tag of $265 (it’s sold as a set), I could see why someone would be scared away. I haven’t had much of a formal introduction to the brand myself (with so many, I can’t keep track!), but I’m not a LMdB virgin here anymore. Let me your beauty guide into the Le Métier de Beauté (and swanky peel) unknown…it’s fun! So let’s go!

Before we get to the fancy peel/mask duo, I wanted to introduce you to their small line of skincare—so basic, and SO effective. There wasn’t a thing I tried on my skin that I didn’t wish I could buy. From the Peau Vierge Daily Renew Cleanser, to their Daily Refresh Tonic, I was already in love. And that was just the start of my Le Métier experience. In their Peau Vierge skincare range, you’ll also find anti-aging moisturizers, serums, and an eyelash growth serum—but I couldn’t help but ask for a few samples of the Replenishing Daily Solution with SPF 30. It’s a daytime moisturizer that makes my skin glow without looking greasy. And now…on to the show!  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: essie ‘Leading Lady’ Collection for Winter 2012


essie proves a girl can have it all with the new Leading Lady Collection for winter 2012! You deserve the best of everything, so let these noble nail shades accessorize your winter looks. Take a closer look at the collection…

Where’s My Chauffeur?, Butler Please, Snap Happy

She’s Pampered, Leading Lady, Beyond Cozy

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Review & Swatches: tarte Statement Lips 5-piece LipSurgence Collector’s Set


Baby, it’s bold outside!

Known for being very emollient and naturally beautiful on the lips, tarte offers a set of five LipSurgence lippies in a cute and affordable collector’s set for holiday gifting; the Statement Lips set. Shaped like chubby pencils, these self-propel when the base is twisted, which is perfect since sharpening pencils (especially chubby ones) can be kind of a pain! Here’s a closer look…

What’s inside…

  • 2 LipSurgence lip tints (the original formula, for a natural flush): in elite (sheer melon) & enchanted (sheer rose)
  • 2 LipSurgence lip lusters (for a high dose of glossy color and shine): in sweet (shimmering peachy pink) & escape (shimmering pink)
  • 1 LipSurgence matte lip tint (for a rich matte finish): in exposed (nude) [Read more…]

Quickie Review & Swatches: Hard Candy Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in ‘Green With Envy’


I’ve been tinkering around with one of Hard Candy’s latest products, their Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection in Green With Envy. This 10-pan palette is all dressed up in lime green and black lace, so cute! Gals with hazel and brown eyes, this palette is perfect to bring out the color in your peepers.

The first three shades in the palette are a little on the stiffer side, resulting in a powdery fallout as I brush them across my eyelids. The good news? All of the green shades ROCK. They may not be super smooth to the touch, but they do apply nicely and are pretty pigmented, especially considering this palette’s wallet-friendly price point. [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: essie RepStyle Collection


Magnetic attraction….

New from essie, you’ll find their first ever magnetic polish collection in stores this month! These magnetic polishes are embedded with micro-iron spheres, which come to life by using the special included magnet that leaves a snake-like pattern on the nails. Once known for more demure, sheer shades, essie is now one of the brands I look to for more fashion-forward polish hues. Ready to take a closer look at the RepStyle Collection?

Sssssexy, Snake It Up, Lil’ Boa Peep

Crocadilly, Snake Rattle & Roll, RepStyle

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Review & Swatches: L’Oréal Paris Limited-Edition ‘Diamonds’ Collection


Prepping for festive holidays? Don’t miss this new collection from L’Oréal Paris, the Diamonds Collection! Comprised of an array of sparkling eye, lip, and nail colors—you’ll be good to glow. Ready to check it out? Let’s go!

L’Oréal Paris Limited-Edition Diamonds Collection

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Review & Swatches: MAC Cosmetics ‘Taste Temptation’ Collection


Coming soon from MAC, you’ll find the Taste Temptation Collection available online on December 6th, and in-stores on December 13th. It’s a pretty purple-centric collection, and a little on the smaller side—comprised of three Mattene Lipsticks, two Nail Lacquers, three Lipglass shades, an eyeshadow quad, two Fluidline colors, and two blushes. I’ve got a few of those pieces for you to check out, so let’s go!

MAC Taste Temptation Collection

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What’s New: Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Haircare Collection


In the new year, look for the launch of a comprehensive collection of haircare products in the Vidal Sassoon Pro Series—an affordable, quality hair color, care and styling line. Simple and personalized were two of Vidal Sassoon’s key principles when it came to hair care and style, and the same applies to Vidal Sassoon Pro Series. Based on hair care needs, the line offers five care and styling sub-collections, plus one styling and finishing collection to provide women with everything that they need to personalize and create effortlessly beautiful looks at home.

I’m excited about the line, and I’ve had a chance to try out a few of the products in the Color Collection, with great results for being an affordable mass brand. So far, there’s one product from the collection I think everyone should try, and it’s the Color Protect Spray! It’s a fantastic lightweight leave-in conditioner and detangler that anyone can use.

The breakdown…

  • Color Collection: Features advanced P&G technology to help seal, protect and hydrate color-treated hair while providing shine. Collection includes: Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, Color Protect Spray, Color Gloss Crème
  • Moisture Collection: Fights humidity and delivers a correct moisture and hydration balance. Collection includes: Moisture Lock Shampoo and Conditioner, One Minute Mask
  • Repair Collection: Helps repair signs of damage and protect against future damage. Collection includes: Restoring Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, Heat Protect & Shine Spray, Repair & Finish Spray, One Minute Mask  [Read more…]