Review & Swatches: Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powdered Blush & Bronzer


Whew! So many new products lately from Physicians Formula, that I’ve struggled with where to begin! Earlier this week, you had a look at the new Bronze Booster Season-to-Season bronzer, and it fared pretty well. Also in their complexion category, you’ll find the new pH Matchmaker pH Powdered Blushes and Bronzers. I tried them out this week and wanted to share them because they’re kind of unique.

pH Matchmaker is a collection of products (there are also lipglosses, review forthcoming) that have a fluorescein-based dye in the pigments. This is supposed to sense the pH level of your skin and self-adjust the pigments to reveal a flattering color that suits your skin tone within 60 seconds. While I’m not entirely sold on this concept, I am starting to see it more and more in blushes. (Last year, Stila launched a similar product.) [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Shades From the China Glaze Capitol Colours/The Hunger Games Collection


I have a feeling that I’m on a short list of people who haven’t read any of The Hunger Games books yet. The more commercials I see for the movie, the more I’m convinced it was a mistake on my part! As I describe this collection, please be easy on me—as I don’t really have any points of reference with which these shades correspond.

I’ve read several blogs trying to get as caught up as I can on this phenomena, and it’s my understanding that these shade names are supposed to represent the districts. Right now it doesn’t entirely make sense to me (and it’s my own fault for not reading yet), but I am really impressed with the shades I’ve tried from the Capitol Colours Collection. I would have purchased these based on looks alone, without even knowing anything about the concept. So kudos to China Glaze for accomplishing the task of creating shades that even a non-fan can appreciate!

And with that, I bring you six of the 12 shades from the Capitol Colours Collection…

(The second swatch photo for each polish shade is shown with the Luxe and Lush flakie top coat.)

Riveting really brings the WOW factor into play, doesn’t it? It’s probably one of the most spectacular orange nail polishes I’ve ever seen. This shimmering orange with yellow undertones delivers on gorgeous twinkle and shine!  [Read more...]

What’s New: Benefit Cabana Glama Palette


It’s been ages since I last had a proper ‘vacation’, all those road trips we take don’t count. I’m not even going to try to convince myself that 15 hours of driving is the start of a relaxing vacay! Over the years, my vacays have been more like stay-cays, and I’m over it! I yearn for some sunny and tropical location with crystal clear blue waters. I want to nap in a breezy hut, while the scent of white flowers fills the air. I’ll have to keep dreaming for a bit longer, but lucky me! Benefit recently delivered their fake-ation in a box to me, right here at home, in the form of their new Cabana Glama palette.

More photos, swatches, and details…   [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Bare Escentuals BUXOM Pen & Ink Long-Last Eyeliners in Ciao & P.S.


BUXOM Pen & Ink Long-Last Eyeliners from Bare Escentuals are slender pens with chiseled felt tips that you can apply either on the thin or thick side, depending on what angle you hold the tip. While these are pretty sturdy, you’ll want to use light pressure during application, otherwise you may damage the tip.

I found that these are water-resistant and long-wearing, but if I rub my finger over them, they will slightly transfer which may make it or break it for some. The chiseled tip does make application a breeze, I’m able to get quite precise with them, which is something I’m often not able to achieve with tips that are slightly larger.

More photos and details…   [Read more...]

What’s New: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Season-To-Season Bronzer


I love bronzer, but I really prefer to reserve it for summertime use. Since I’m so fair, I think it can look pretty silly on me sometimes. The shades have to be just right too—no orange, please! Physicians Formula has created an affordable bronzer for people like me (and you too!), that you can customize—so you’ll get the right shade of bronze all year round.

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Season-to-Season Bronzer is a new, multi-colored bronzer that features a shade for all seasons. You can combine them any way you want to adjust the tones for a healthy-looking, sun-kissed glow. Season-to-Season is available in two options; light-to-medium, and medium-to-dark.

More photos, swatches, and details…  [Read more...]

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm Face-Off


I’m pretty crazy about my BB Creams. If you open up my complexion drawer right now, you’ll find no less than five BB Creams/Beauty Balms at any given time. I’ve been preferring the lighter complexion coverage that they provide since last summer, and I’m still not over it yet! Too Faced gave me the opportunity to have their new Tinted Beauty Balm face-off against my two favorite complexion products. So let’s check it out together and see how it did!

Too Faced Beauty Balm is a new product for spring, and it promises to be a fab multi-tasker. It lightly tints, primes, protects (SPF 20), nourishes, and hydrates the skin in just one step. As an NW20, I convert to Too Faced shade Vanilla Glow, the lightest of the four available. As it comes out of the tube, I notice it’s about the same consistency of my other BB Creams, with the exception of my Dr. Jart+ (which is a little bit thinner in consistency).

In terms of coverage, it’s perfect for me, as I don’t like to cover my freckles all that much—I really just want to neutralize redness and even out my tone a little bit. Tinted Beauty Balm does an awesome job in that department, but I notice the shade does warm my skin tone up. I’ve tried two of the four shades available (I also checked out Cream Glow but it was too dark), and I noticed that they can pull a little bit on the warm side. Neutral and warmer skin tones shouldn’t experience an issue with this, but those with cooler tones may not care for that.   [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors Collection CVS Exclusives


As we started the holidays in 2011, the nail world was a-flutter with the release of a Walmart-exclusive Kardashian Kolors polish collection in 14 shades from Nicole by OPI. As we transition from winter to spring in 2012, now you’ll find an exclusive collection of seven Kardashian Kolors nail lacquer shades available at your local CVS/Pharmacy. I wonder, what will those Dash girls do next? I think they’ve pretty much done everything now…a few times over. Ya think?

Nicole by OPI is very excited to bring new Kardashian Kolor lacquers exclusively to CVS for 2012. The CVS shopper knows how to find the hottest look at the best value,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “In collaborating with the Kardashian/Jenner family on the CVS exclusive shades, we came up with lacquers to represent each of their vibrant personalities and individual styles. The seven resulting colors offer the perfect accessory for spring’s bright colors, feminine frocks and reinvented neutrals.”

Let’s check out the seven new shades…

Swatches & shade descriptions…  [Read more...]

What’s New: Susan Posnick COLORESSENTIAL Lipstick Shades for Spring 2012


As much as I love mainstream mass and prestige beauty brands (or just beauty products in general), I still have heaps of appreciation for brands that aren’t sold on every street corner. Susan Posnick’s product lineup reads like a strategically curated wish list for women who like simplicity, but demand performance. I checked out the new shades of her COLORESSENTIAL lipstick collection to see how they’d fare.

The new Spring collection for 2012 hosts four new shades, but I accidentally damaged one beyond repair with a little cap mishap of my own doing.  I’m sad that you’re only seeing three—the fourth was extremely pretty (London), and you probably would have went nuts for it, because it was a deep berry with a shimmer that would work on all skin tones. Oops!

Berries

  • Rio — vibrant berry
  • London — classic bronzed berry (not pictured)

Nudes

  • Marrakech  — shimmering soft bronze-tinted neutral
  • Santa Fe — shimmering golden copper  [Read more...]

Currently Loving: Four Truffles Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer Serum


In the beauty industry, argan oil is the Cadillac of beauty products.  It has an amazing reputation for moisturizing everything from cuticles to split ends and everything in between.  It’s rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and Vitamin F—an all-rockstar combination of skin replenishing vitamins that help repair, protect, and hydrate.

The difficult thing about argan oil is finding a reputable product.  Like a Cadillac, it fetches a pretty price. Unfortunately, because of that, many companies sell products that are solely listed as “argan oil” but once you read the label, you find tons of other additives and fillers.  Four Truffles Daily Moisturizer Argan Oil Serum is just that—argan oil.  Well, that and a touch of lavender…but no fillers, I promise!   [Read more...]