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…]

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…]

Review & Swatches: bareMinerals Remix Collection for January 2013

Happy new year, lovelies! Out with the old, in with the new! (I wish I could say that about my cold.) Here’s the latest from bareMinerals—the Remix Collection which is available this month in stores. This post is pretty image and detail heavy, so let’s get to it!

The Remix Collection

The breakdown…

The Remix Collection includes:

See more photos, swatches, and product details… [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: OPI Mariah Carey Collection

For January 2013, OPI introduces an 8-piece nail lacquer collection inspired by iconic Grammy Award-winning songstress, Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey by OPI also marks the introduction of a new polish finish for OPI—Liquid Sand.

Liquid Sand is a unique matte nail polish with a textured finish, infused with plenty of sparkle. I have a feeling this is just the start of mass-market availability of one-step textured polish finishes, so keep an eye out! Half of the Mariah Carey by OPI collection features the Liquid Sand finish (“Stage Shades”), while the remaining four shades (“Studio Shades”) feature traditional polish finishes—so don’t worry! If texture just isn’t your thing, there’s something else for you to choose from. Ready for a closer look?

 Mariah Carey by OPI

“OPI is extremely excited to work with Mariah,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “She’s very passionate about beauty and her nails in particular. Her music, which includes 18 Billboard No. 1 singles, served as a wonderful inspiration for glamorous, sultry, vibrant colors.

“To pay homage to her iconic status, we wanted to launch her collection with something completely new and exciting. OPI Liquid Sand nail lacquer offers a never-before-seen look with a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers with fine glitter particles. Worn without top coat, Liquid Sand lacquer gives nails a unique textured matte finish worthy of a superstar.”

See more photos, swatches, and details… [Read more…]

What’s New: Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational Lip Balm

This past week, I’ve been sick—so naturally, everything feels really dry. This was the perfect time to put Maybelline’s new Color Whisper by Color Sensational lipcolor to the test, as my lips have been super parched. Color Whisper is a new lip balm with a gel-based formula that’s more than a little tinted. As a matter of fact—I think you’d be surprised by how pigmented it really is, for feeling like such a lightweight balm.

Cherry on Top

I’ve been trying out Color Whisper shade Cherry on Top, but it’s available in a complete range of 20 shades. If you’ve been a fan of Revlon’s Lip Butters, you’ll probably like Color Whisper. The main differences would be that Color Whisper is slightly less pigmented and more lightweight feeling on the lips than the Revlon Lip Butters. The Color Whisper formula features pure color pigments, suspended in a lightweight translucent gel, so there’s nothing heavy or waxy feeling. While the product is soft, it’s not so soft that it turns to mush as I glide it across my lips.  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: ZOYA Lovely Collection for Spring 2013

Isn’t it lovely?

This is one of the first signs that the holidays are nearly over and spring is on the way—pastel nail polish! ZOYA isn’t messing around, and they’re first out of the gate with the Lovely Collection for Spring 2013, which features designer shades for both the Peter Som and Zang Toi Spring/Summer 2013 New York Fashion Week shows. Let’s take a closer look!

zoya lovely collection 2

Zoya Lovely Collection

The collection features three cremes, and three metallics. The cremes immediately remind me of Jordan almonds, and the metallics make me think of Easter eggs! [Read more…]