Review & Swatches: Benefit “I’m Glam…Therefore I Am” Palette

I’d like to think that I stray away from diva-like behavior at all costs, but glam on the other hand—well, that’s a different ballgame entirely! I like a little glam-ness, don’t you? Benefit just released a new gift set, “I’m Glam…Therefore I Am” that’s perfectly fitting for a some glam holiday looks or all set for gifting.

Ready to glam?

Girl Meets Pearl deluxe mini liquid pearl for face
Glamming Face Powder with powder brush
Ultra Shines lip shine in Life on the A list (bubble gum pink)
a little bit BADgal lash mascara
eyeshadow palette
double-ended sponge applicator

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Review: Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara

Just in case you missed it, Maybelline’s Original Great Lash Formula recently turned 40. The big 4-0 is a LONG time as a mascara authority, dontcha think? Fast forward—the mascara in the iconic tube has just gotten better (in my humble opinion)! But will it stand the test of time? Well…that depends on us lovelies, the consumers and beauty junkies of the world. Take a look to see if this is something you’d invest in, Maybelline’s Great Lash Lots of Lashes Mascara.

The cone brush (which is also kind of heart-shaped) provides that happy-medium between bland brushes and those that look like barbaric contraptions. (I’m talkin’ to YOU, Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes!) The cool thing about those barbaric looking brushes is that they not only work some pretty rockin’ magic on the lashes, but they allow you to get into every nook and cranny and reach those teeny, tiny corner lashes. Kudos to this Lots of Lashes brush, because I can do that with ease!  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Benefit Ticket to Glossytown Lip Gloss Collection

I swear I tried to avoid a “Funkytown” reference here, but I couldn’t resist! Benefit’s Ticket to Glossytown is just that, your ticket to glossy lips in six perfect for anytime shades—ready for holiday gifting.

The glosses are mini, but the shades are mighty! All have a little bit of shimmer and some are a little more pigmented than others, but they all feature plenty o’ shine.

So Frisk Me — gilded berry
Nudie-Tude — goldspun twist
Spiked Punch — juicy coral
Life on the A List — pale bubblegum pink
Foxy Lady — diamond rose
Kiss You — violet-fuchsia    [Read more…]

Review: L’Oreal Visible Lift Smooth Absolute Instant Age-Reversing Foundation SPF 17

With the change of seasons, you may be tempted to switch up your foundation to accommodate the changes you’re noticing in your skin. Chilly temperature drops can often bring a dry, dull look to your complexion—and it’s a good idea switch up your foundation formula to see if it can help deliver the look you’re going for. At first, I balked at the notion of wearing a foundation called Visible Lift Smooth Absolute. For starters, I’m not at the stage in the game where I need anything lifted yet (at least I think I don’t!), and I’m often hesitant to put my stamp of approval on products that claim to do so. Regardless, I proceeded with L’Oreal’s Visible Lift with the hopes I’d find qualities within it that I’d appreciate.  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Too Faced Matte Eye Shadow Collection

I haven’t gone matte in a long time. These days, I’m all about creating points of light on my face—and in my thirties, I feel like matte just makes me look…well, for lack of a better word, old. Gasp! I can’t pull off all the same tricks I used to, and that includes an all-matte eye look. I always have to balance it out somehow with a little bit of sheen. But for those who like all-matte, all the time—you’re in luck. Too Faced has a great palette with your name all over it, aptly named the Matte Eye Shadow Collection.

With nine shades to work with, you’ve got plenty of shadows to work with to create different combos, or you can just stick with the enclosed how-to cards for classic, daytime, and fashion looks.   [Read more…]

Get Glam Gams With Miracle Skin Transformer BODY SPF 20

It’s been a long time since I last had to cut open a product tube to get every last bit out of it, and that was the case with Miracle Skin Transformer a few months ago. I wasn’t ready to kiss it goodbye yet! Fast forward to now—I’ve been testing out the latest in the MST lineup, Miracle Skin Transformer BODY with SPF 20, while hoping for the same great results. This new product promises to moisturize and enhance skin, while offering moderate sun protection. It’s kind of like tinted moisturizer for your body, and it adds a glow. Available in three shade choices (Sheer Enhancer, Glow Enhancer for light skin, and Bronze Enhancer), I gave the Glow Enhancer a test drive on my extra pale, extra extra dry skin.  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: OPI The Muppets Collection For Holiday/Winter 2011

The Muppets Collection from OPI is one of the most anticipated releases of the holiday season, with 12 new shades of nail polish for both fans of The Muppets, and polish junkies alike. You’ll find multi-dimensional glitters, and several neutral and red shades to rock this winter to help you stay festive!

“Not only do The Muppets characters inspire fun, bright and joyful colors, the fashionable Miss Piggy lends her name to three high-shine pink-based hues, ranging from bold red flecked with silver to a multi-dimensional strawberry shade.” —Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director

This wild bright red cannot be tamed!

Missing out on this fuchsia would make you weep, weep, weep!

Wocka Wocka!
The popular deep berry makes everything fun and merry!

Pepe’s Purple Passion
This deep, decadent shade is the best purple ever, okay!

Designer, de Better!
And this light metallic bronze is ready for the runway.

Warm & Fozzie
A feel-good shade of metallic copper.

Rainbow Connection
The rainbow glitter of your dreams.

Excuse Moi!
Ahem! This pink glitter has something to say!

Gone Gonzo!
The aqua-blue glitter is taking over the world!

Fresh Frog of Bel Air
A glitter that prefers the greener things in life.

Divine Swine
The finest, most fabulous magenta glitter ever.

Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!
Red glittery fun for everyone!

Swatches and shade descriptions…

Animal-istic is a shimmering orange/red with just a little bit of fuchsia flash.   [Read more…]

What’s New: bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Collection Gift Set

If I had 3 minutes to get ready, here’s what I would do—I would apply mascara, lipgloss, and throw my hair into a ponytail. Those are things I just don’t want to be without! The bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor shades have been keeping me pretty satisfied in the lip department in record time. The near-perfect hybrid of liquid lipstick and gloss is pretty fierce on the lips, and I’ve been waiting for some new shades. Well, wait no longer…two new shades of the lipcolor formula are here, along with the introduction of Pretty Amazing lipgloss shades for holiday 2011.

Mini Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Savvy — rosy tan
Mini Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in Confidence — pink berry
Mini Pretty Amazing Lipgloss in Sass — nude shimmer
Mini Pretty Amazing Lipgloss in Oomph — barely pink   [Read more…]

Sneak Peek: Hard Candy Holiday Collection 2011

Hard Candy wants to make sure it’s an affordable holiday season, and you’re all invited! We received a sneak preview of some of the products available—so here’s your sneak peek…

Hall of Fame Train Case, $20

For products so mini, the pigments were pretty mighty in this assortment of Hard Candy products in a mini train case for $20. Included: Mini Pressed Bronzer, Mini Pressed Blush, Mini Plexi Gloss, Mini Take Me Out Liner Pencil, Mini Eyeshadow Primer, two Kal-Eye-Descope Mini Baked Eyeshadows, mirror and small face brush.

4 Piece Mouthing Off Lip Gloss Set, $5

Add lots of sheer twinkle and subtle color to your lips with these shimmering lip shades. These glosses in these tiny tubes have a yummy vanilla flavor and are cute to boot!  [Read more…]