L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara Review & Photos


Loreal Miss Manga Mascara 1

I’m always up for a mascara challenge, and L’Oréal Paris recently released their latest innovation—Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara. If you’re familiar with Manga, you know it’s a type of Japanese comic book featuring whimsical drawings of characters with mostly enlarged eyes, and some of them have exaggerated groups of spiky eyelashes.

Coincidentally, I went to a festival in Little Tokyo last weekend, and they had an AMAZING store that sold nothing but Japanese cosmetics, so you know I was in heaven. What I thought was super interesting, was that a lot of the models on the packaging were portrayed with Manga-type eyes, even the hair color boxes! loreal miss manga

So with Miss Manga, the effect is supposed to offer an amplified lash effect that has volume, and a grouped, spiky look. It’s available in both regular and waterproof formulas, and has an interesting brush. It’s cone shaped with a tapered end, and the wand itself has a section that flexes. I find that the bristles are on the shorter side, and very dense; holding a considerable amount of product to really coat lashes.  [Read more...]

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Hot Mess Review, Photos, Swatches


LA Girl Glazed Lip Paint Hot Mess

For weeks, I’ve been hearing around the Blogosphere that the new L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints are dupes of another new lip color product from Too Faced that people have already deemed “holy grail status”, the Melted Liquified Long Wearing Lipsticks. While I haven’t had the fortune of trying the Melted lippies yet, I was on a mission to find the L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints in my area, because I had to see if they were the bargain that people were saying that they are! (Plus, the shades looked really pretty!)

I wound up locating them at a small accessories boutique, and wouldn’t you know, they only had two left. One was Hot Mess, this fun orange, and the other was Pin-Up, a red in which I have a dozen other similar shades. So Hot Mess it was!

la girl glazed lip paint

From previous research, right off the bat, I can tell you the applicators are totally different on Glazed versus Melted. In fact, I don’t recommend applying Glazed directly out of the tube at all, you’ll make a mess! The product has a little bit of a gloppy consistency if you apply it that way, it’s extremely pigmented, and it’s sure to be applied unevenly and will result in bleeding/migration outside of the lip line.  [Read more...]

What’s New: SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara Eau de Parfum (Plus Bonus Giveaway!)


Sofia by Sofia Vergara Fragrance on HSN

I’ve been wearing this gorgeous new fragrance off and on for a few months now, and it comes from the most glamorous, vibrant (and pretty damn funny), exotic beauty I know—SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara. I had the chance to ask Sofia a few questions personally, and here’s what she told me!

You must be really excited about the launch of your fragrance at HSN. Describe SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara for me. 

The fragrance is a mix of berries and florals, and there is even a little bit of earthiness to it. The goal was that when women put it on, they would immediately feel a bit more glamorous. I’ve learned a lot through this process and within the industry, my fragrance is categorized as a juicy floral oriental. It incorporates my heritage through the notes and through the shape of the bottle, which is an emerald—the stone of Colombia and my favorite jewel to wear.

I have to ask—what’s the secret behind your killer curves? How do you manage to stay in such incredible shape for being so busy? 

How flattering. I am a very healthy eater and I believe in moderation. Exercise is an important part of my lifestyle. I try to do something at least three times a week. 

Sofia by Sofia Vergara Fragrance

Sofia is right…

This fragrance is not only deliciously juicy, it does have subtle earth notes that keep it from lingering on the too-sweet or youthful side. It has authentic notes of Colombian rose and Colombian orchid; making it truly an authentic scent from this famous Colombian beauty. There are true touches of Sofia here! Somewhat sunny, and somewhat provocative—I find a perfect balance here between sexy, and everyday glamour. This is a charming and sensual fragrance that isn’t too overpowering, so you can wear nearly daily. I just love it.

Right now, you’ll find it exclusively at HSN where it immediately became a top customer pick. It comes in a few different configurations to choose from at HSN which you’ll find here. I also hear the SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara Shimmer Body Lotion is killer, but I haven’t tried it yet! And a little birdie told me to expect SOFÍA to roll out to other nationwide retailers in the fall. Keep your eyes peeled, you’ll want to try it!

Want some great news? I have a brand new bottle of SOFÍA by Sofia Vergara sitting on my desk right now—just WAITING to send to a lucky winner. So look for the giveaway details below!  [Read more...]

A Whole ‘Lotta Love for Kelly Yum-Yum from The MAC Osbournes Collection


mac kelly yum yum lipstick 1

Without a doubt, I’m super cray over my favorite piece from the Kelly installment of the recent MAC Osbournes CollectionKelly Yum-Yum lipstick. Okay, so bummer. It’s currently sold out on maccosmetics.com, but that doesn’t mean you can’t charm your way to a tube at a MAC counter somewhere; either at a MAC store, or a department store with a MAC counter. You’d be surprised what you can get with a little bit of sugar versus vinegar! I can’t promise anything, but I swear it will never hurt to try.

mac kelly yum yum lipstick packaging

Like the rest of Kelly’s part of the collection, the components are purple that mimic her various shades of purple hair she likes to rock. It’s also emblazoned with her signature in red. The interior says “MAC” in purple on the black area where you twist the tube.  I like the small touches of detail of the packaging with this celeb-inspired collection.   [Read more...]

Quick Picks Under $5: Suddenly Smooth Intensive Hand / Foot Treatment


Suddenly Smooth Intensive Hand Foot Treatment

What’s a girl to do mid-month when she’s already blown through her monthly beauty budget? I head over to Sally Beauty to treat myself to something really small. I was bored out of my skull and was tired of cleaning and doing laundry for the weekend—so I figured I deserved a tiny treat. Somehow, I always find myself there.

For $2.99 each (with my Sally card—regular price $3.29), I picked up these fantastic little hand and foot treatments from Suddenly Smooth. Each pack contains either one pair of gloves, or one pair of booties. They’re infused with moisturizing shea butter, marine collagen, Vitamin E, argan oil, ginseng, soy extract (and more!), and they make my hands and feet feel like buttah! Granted, the booties aren’t the most secure fitting in the world, but it gives you incentive to just rest for a few. You’re not going to want to walk around in them anyway.  [Read more...]

OPI Coca-Cola Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


OPI Coca Cola Collection featured image

I have a problem. No matter what I do, I cannot give up my Diet Coke, or my Coke Zero. I try, I really do! I also can’t give up some of these new nail polish shades from the OPI Coca-Cola Collection! With nine shades dedicated to my fave soft drink company, let’s check ‘em out closer…

OPI Coca Cola Collection

OPI Coca-Cola Collection

OPI Coca Cola Collection Coca Cola Red My Signature is DC Today I accomplished Zero

Coca-Cola Red, My Signature is “DC”, Today I Accomplished Zero

OPI Coca Cola Collection Orange You Fantastic A Grape Affair Green on the Runway

Orange You Fantastic!, Green on the Runway, A Grape Affair

OPI Coca Cola Collection Youre So VainillaSorry Im Fizzy Today Get Cherried Away

You’re So Vain-Illa, Sorry I’m Fizzy, Get Cherried Away

Each swatch was completed with two coats of color, and one coat of top coat.  [Read more...]

MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches — Neptune, Shimmerfish


MAC Alluring Aquatics nail polish neptune shimmerfish

Right away, you already know I’m in love here. First we have two metallic colors that I’m immediately drawn to, and second–we have my favorite element as a Pisces—water! The MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection is home to several gorgeous sea-inspired hues, housed in the most awesome packaging. The components are mirrored aqua, and look like real water droplets on them! Of course, they’re not real water but you will feel some clear bumps molded over the surfaces to give the water effect. Pretty clever there, MAC! Water-sign approved. MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection Nail Polish Neptune Shimmerfish

Neptune, Shimmerfish

There are three shades in the collection, and sadly, I’m missing the third. (Must track down!) Neptune — tarnished gold frost with hints of green, Shimmerfish — sparkling aluminum pearl, and Submerged — dark teal chrome. Excuse me for a moment while I mourn the fact that Submerged hasn’t made its way home yet. Isn’t she glorious?

MAC Submerged Nail Lacquer

I haven’t had the time to finish going the through all the pieces of the collection that I received, but I’m making my way through them this week. I have to say, I found these two shades (Neptune and Shimmerfish) pretty impressive. The formula had a nice flow, and gave full coverage in two coats.  [Read more...]

What’s New: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Gash (LE) Review, Photos, Swatches


Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick Gash

About a zillion years ago, when I had my first big girl job with a big girl paycheck, I was obsessed with this new brand called Urban Decay. The line wasn’t very large at the time, but the small offering of shades was very risqué for the time period. I wore Gash lipstick, and you couldn’t tell me ANYTHING! I thought I was just the hottest thing going, in a time period where pretty rose pinks and light browns were prevalent. It really was like my sex-say lipstick training wheels! I eventually moved on to other deep and moody lipsticks after my dark shade introduction, and Gash was eventually retired. Tears were shed.

Until now!

Urban Decay Gash Revolution Lipstick

Gash has long been a favorite of Wende Zomnir (she holds all the power since she’s the brand’s co-founder and CCO). Girlfriend has such rockin’ taste. (You should see her in person! Style out of control!) As it turns out—she really missed Gash too. (And lucky US!) Here’s a shade a LOT of us are happy she’s revisiting. Thanks, Wende! [Read more...]

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass / Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches


mac viva glam rihanna lipglass lipstick

Just when you thought MAC was finished collaborating with Rihanna, along comes a new Viva Glam lip collection for 2014!

In case you didn’t know…

As always, every cent from every Viva Glam lipcolor goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund.  The organization helps women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. I’m forever a Viva Glam fan!

Just one Viva Glam Lipstick can equal…

  • 1 rapid oral HIV test
  • 8 nutritious, home-cooked meals
  • 1 school stationery starter pack for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • 1 vegetable garden starter pack for a community garden
  • 2 safer sex kits
  • 1 month of personal transportation to and from doctors visits
  • 2 hours of childcare for a woman during a medical appointment
  • 14 blood glucose monitoring strips
  • 1 pair of shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • …and more!

Good incentive, right?
mac viva glam rihanna lipstick

The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick is a super creamy blue-red shade (MAC’s description) with a little bit of frost/lustre. I think the end-result shade on the wearer depends on lighting situations and skin undertones. There were some times I felt it looked more cool than others, and the frost wasn’t easy to pick up with my camera. It’s there, but I think it’s quite slight. I think my lipstick swatches actually turned out a little warmer than they really should have, so please also take that into consideration. [Read more...]