Review & Swatches: Zoya Beach Collection for Summer 2012


I know the first official day of spring was only a few weeks ago, but I have both of the new summer collections from Zoya to show you! First up is the Beach Collection, the second will be posted this week as well—the Surf Collection. Beach has six shades, five of which are cremes, and one is a shimmer. You’ll only see four in the photos, as UPS wasn’t very gentle on my precious cargo! I opened the box to find two broken polish bottles, with polish EVERYWHERE! It took me a while to even get these cleaned up for this post. The two that are missing are raspberry-like cremes (Reagan and Lara), and from what I’ve seen online—they look really pretty. I’m bummed they’re damaged, but I’m so glad these were intact so that I may share them.

Tracie is a shimmering pale grass green. The flow of this one is superb in my opinion, I didn’t experience any streaking—and two coats was perfectly opaque.  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa in ‘Milk Chocolate’


I am SUCH a goof. I’m usually so good about paying attention to product details, but this time I slipped up. See that bronzer? When it arrived a few weeks ago with the rest of the Too Faced Summer Collection for 2012, I thought it was the original Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder. So, I wasn’t in a huge rush to get it up—but I was WRONG. This IS a new one! My apologies for not really giving attention to this baby sooner. I even remember telling someone on Twitter that it was the same. Oops! Sorry!

This version of Chocolate Soleil is a lighter version of the original—which will make even the most pasty of girls very happy campers. I happen to be one of those girls, so when I wore this for the first time, I was thrilled with the color. And it’s not exactly summer yet, so I’m all about more subtle color right now anyway. This ‘Milk Chocolate‘ shade is a perfect fit for me—and even better, it smells like cocoa!

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Quick Pick Under $10: Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer


I’m a big fan of creating points of light on my face. Not only does it make you look more alive, but it adds subtle contour without going too crazy on products like bronzers and highlighters. Sometimes the placement is wrong, or it’s too dark—and depending on your skin tone, you may wish to create those points of light in less obvious ways. That’s what makes products like the new Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer a real gem. It’s a very forgiving product that adds a little luminosity to the skin, but it’s so whisper soft, only you will know the secret. Everyone else will just compliment how radiant your skin looks!

These don’t really offer a lot of coverage, so if you have dark circles, it likely won’t conceal them. But what it will do, is bounce light out of shallow areas like the corners on your eyes and on the bow of your top lip. There are very soft light-diffusing pigments suspended in a lightweight gel that sheers out, like it’s creating a blanket of light bulbs on your skin.

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What’s New: Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara


Do you remember Urban Decay’s original Big Fatty Mascara? It came in a bright psychedelic-looking tube, and had an enormous brush. Other than being able to remember its existence, I don’t recall any memories of wearing it. I’m sure I did, but it was WAY back in my long mascara career. In line with Urban Decay’s ‘everything that’s old is new again‘ theme, Big Fatty also received a major makeover—a new brush, new tube, new formula, the whole nine yards. Check it out…

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Urban Decay to Launch a New Eyeshadow Formula!


Oh. Em. Gee.

Did you see the mystery tweets yesterday from your favorite beauty bloggers and Urban Decay marked with the #UD68 hashtag? I heard a knock at the door yesterday afternoon, and it was my handy UPS guy bringing me an exciting box from Urban Decay. Inside the box was a swanky token, an empty eyeshadow component. Whatever it was for, I knew it had to be something GOOD. The box had a very special message written on the inside:

We’re about the blow your mind. Tweet us a photo of your token for more deets. #UD68

I honestly had a hard time concentrating for the day after my tweet. Here’s the Twitpic I posted:

I woke up this morning to the GREAT news! Looks like Urban Decay revamped their eyeshadow single lineup, and I could not be more excited! I haven’t seen any of them in-person yet, but from what I understand—it’s a new formula with a more velvety smooth texture, and it’s more crease resistant. They’ve also added new shades that were previously only available in palettes. As if that weren’t enough, they’ve made it so your can build your own palette with them too!

The Urban Decay addict in me is squealing a little bit inside.

The second I have a chance to try out the eyeshadow formula, you’ll be the first to know! Will you buy any of the new shadows?

Review & Swatches: Wet n Wild Megalast Lipcolor 6 New Shades for 2012


Holy MOLY. Has Wet n Wild not stepped up their game recently? Last year, I was incredibly impressed with the performance of their new eyeshadow trios and singles, but I hadn’t ventured into their lipcolor category until recently. In the past few days, I’ve been trying out some of the new shades from their MegaLast Lipcolor range. All six of these shades are new for 2012, and they’ve arrived just in time for the spring brights trend.

The MegaLast Lipcolors are very pigmented semi-matte long-wearing lipstick shades that promise four hours of wear. They all have a cream-finish that I really like. For the price, I can’t believe that Wet n Wild was able to add Co-enzyme Q10, Vitamins A & E, and hyaluronic microspheres to the ingredient list—but somehow they did!

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Review & Swatches: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Universal Looks Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trios


I typically do not like to wear eyeliner on my top lash line. Due to the shape of my eyes, sometimes an intense eyeliner will make my eye look closed off and take away from precious landscape. I do however, like eyeliners in unconventional shades, especially if they’re a little more on the subtle side—like these new-ish ones from Physicians Formula. They’re part of the Shimmer Strips collection of products, and they’re available in two trios; Smoky Eye, and Nude Eye.

Each trio is comprised of a softer black eyeliner, with two eye enhancing liner shades. The Smoky Eye trio enhancer shades are silver and charcoal, while the Nude Eye trio has champagne and pewter shades.

Nude Eye

Left to right: Champagne, Pewter, Black

Top to bottom: Black, Pewter, Champagne

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Quick Picks Under $10: Güd From Burt’s Bees Bath Products


Do not attempt to adjust your monitors, it really is spelled ‘güd‘! Luckily, all of the products I’ve tried so far from this new bath & body line are all extra, extra good. Burt’s Bees is steppin’ out into new territory with Güd; it’s a little less serious, a lot more fun, and the fragrances smell INCREDIBLE. Don’t believe me? My pal Paula from Older Girl Beauty told me she walked around Target for half an hour with a Güd bottle held up to her nose—it really is that addictive!

So far, the line has three core fragrances; Orange Petalpalooza, Floral Cherrynova, and Vanilla Flame—however Paula told me about a Target-exclusive scent, Pearanormal Activity. Each fragrance has several types of products, in which you’ll find a Natural Body Mist, Body Lotion, Body Butter, Shower Gel, Hand Wash, Shampoo, and Conditioner. So far, I’ve tried Orange Petalpalooza Natural Body Mist ($6), Floral Cherrynova Shower Gel ($7), and the Vanilla Flame Body Lotion ($7)…and let me tell you! The number of times a day I spray the body mist on myself should be illegal. If you like blood orange, you’re going to love the way it smells—it’s really crisp and fresh, and it perks me up when I feel like I’m in a little bit of a slump.   [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Benefit High Brow Glow


Friends, do you remember Benefit Mr. Frosty? It was a chubby, frosty pearl white highlighting pencil that I was OBSESSED with. Not just a little bit, but I mean A LOT. If they still make the darn things, I can’t find them anywhere—but I guess it doesn’t really matter since I stopped wearing it once I realized that maybe it was just a little too frosty. And let’s face it—I’m not exactly very young anymore. Frost anything + more mature skin/eyes = not a good look. The point I’m getting at, is eventually I switched out Mr. Frosty for the matte pink of High Brow to highlight my brow bone and it looked about elevent-y billion times better on me. I wore it down to a nub, and for some reason started experimenting with other ways to highlight my brows without repurchasing. So many beauty products…so little time!

Fast forward to 2012; there’s a new High Brow in town! It’s called High Brow Glow, and it’s a softly shimmering champagne pink shade that has just the right amount of pearl without looking overly frosty. Yay!

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