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...]

Review & Swatches: Stila ‘Seeing Stars’ Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner Set

One of Stila’s best-sellers is the Smudge Stick, a sleek waterproof eyeliner pencil, known for its long-wearing abilities. For holiday 2012, Stila offers up a gift set of these famous pencils—the Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Set. Let’s take a closer look!

Stila ‘Seeing Stars’ Smudge Stick Gift Set

The breakdown…

  • stargazer — black with gold and silver pearl
  • angelfish  — metallic champagne beige
  • tetra — deep shimmery purple
  • moray — golden olive shimmer
  • oscar fish – warm brown with gold pearl [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Urban Decay NAKED Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Just the basics, please!

I have GREAT news for Urban Decay NAKED fans! On 11/29, Urban Decay will release their NAKED Basics Palette with six perfectly neutral shades of shadow for fans of mattes. YAY! I know I’m one of them, as I’ve been toting around my Walk of Shame eyeshadow single and love that it’s now available in a palette with five other matte NAKED-worthy shades.

This palm-sized palette has a soft touch, suede-like texture on the exterior and also holds a mirror, with six shades (0.05 US oz each). If an eye full of matte (one is demi-matte) NAKED shades isn’t practical for you, I think it’s nice to have all the basics in one place—to complement virtually any look you might be doing with other colors.

Urban Decay NAKED Basics Palette

The shade breakdown…

  • Venus — soft, off-white demi-matte
  • Foxy — very light yellow/beige matte
  • Walk of Shame — very light pinky nude matte
  • NAKED2 — rosy taupe matte
  • Faint — warm, dusty brown matte
  • Crave — deepest, darkest brown/black matte

NAKED Basics includes four totally new and exclusive shades.

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Quick Sneak Peek: Benefit Cosmetics Fine-One-One Sheer Brightening Color for Cheeks & Lips

STOP! You have the right to get gorgeous…

Someone called Fine-One-One on your gorgeousness, and I think it was Benefit. They’re releasing this new sheer cream color/brightening stick for cheeks and lips, and they’re trying to pin you as the perfect perp. The plot thickens!

The skinny…

With three shades; pink champagne (brightening), sheer watermelon, and soft coral (color & contour), Fine-One-One is a push-up stick that looks good enough to eat. But don’t! Swipe it across your cheeks and blend upwards with the tips of your fingers for a softened look with a touch of shimmer on your cheekbones for a little lift. Or…pick your poison and apply a shade or two on your lips.  [Read more...]