What’s in My Bag!


what's in my bag

I think there’s some part of us that can be a little voyeuristic at times—and I readily admit that I LOVE seeing your “what’s in my bag” posts. So, here’s a peek inside mine! 

I’m a creature of habit, and I tend to carry around quite a few essentials. (This is a cleaned out version of my handbag!) Although it’s not pictured—I’m a satchel girl, and I have been carrying my black Rebecca Minkoff satchel for a while. I don’t think it’s necessary to have a ton of pricey handbags in my closet, but I do believe that every woman deserves to own at least one classic, timeless bag that will last and can be carried every day. For me, this is it! I feel the same way about a wallet too. If it’s going to last me a substantial amount of time, I can justify the splurge—so I use the coordinating wallet.

Clothing Swipe

One of these is a new essential for me, and one is a longtime love!

Reviver Clothing Swipe & The Smoke Swipe

If you’ve never had to walk into a wall of smokers to get inside a Starbucks, consider yourself lucky. When I leave Starbucks, inevitably my top smells like coffee beans, and cigarette smoke. While coffee beans aren’t so terrible, smelling like a roasting house or chain smoker isn’t exactly what I’m going for when I’m on my way to a meeting. Whether you’re a smoker or not, the lingering scent on your clothing can be offensive. I play it safe with one of these reusable clothing swipes, they’re genius! Just a quick swipe of the dry pad on your clothes will neutralize offensive odors instantly, and they can be used up to 10 times each. The resealable pouch keeps them secure and fresh in your handbag. Perfect for traveling this holiday season, especially after you’re stuck on all those planes, trains, and automobiles. 3 for $9.99, reviver.com  [Read more…]

My Latest Addiction: Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla


Laura Geller French Vanilla Baked Highlighter

I know the packaging is very unassuming, and you might not realize it yet—but no doubt, my friends. You’re looking at a fantastic multi-tasker. It went Holy Grail status for me just seconds after applying.

Meet Laura Geller’s French Vanilla Baked Highlighter; a silky, sheer beige illuminating powder that can be used just about anywhere!

Laura Geller French Vanilla

  • Using this on the highest part of my cheekbones adds a warm glow that rivals how flattering a dinner by candlelight is to my complexion.
  • Using it solely on my brow bone or as eyeshadow all-over opens up my eye area so that I look awake and refreshed.
  • Wearing alone on the inner corners of my eyes makes my eyes dazzle day or night.
  • Applying it on the bow of my top lip gives my pout definition.
  • Dusting it along my collarbone with an open-neck top or dress gives a slightly defined sheen.
  • Placing it lightly along the bridge of my nose adds a point of light for definition and healthy glow.

I’m sure you can think of a few more ways to make it work!  [Read more…]

Sneak Peek Review & Swatches: LORAC Champagne Dreams Eyeshadow Palette, ULTA.com Cyber Monday EXCLUSIVE


LORAC Champagne Dreams Cyber Monday Palette

I hate to be a tease, but you won’t be able to get your hands on this until Cyber Monday! Start making your list…

It’s an ulta.com exclusive, and I just know it will sell out in a flash—especially considering it’s just $15. LORAC has lots of tricks up their sleeves for the holiday season, and this little beauty is the Champagne Dreams Eyeshadow Palette. It contains seven nude-inspired hues, six I found to have a nice shimmer, with one being a soft creme demi-satin.

Let’s take a closer look!  [Read more…]

Voloom Hair Volumizing Iron Review, Photos


Add some VOLOOM!

You guys, I’ve been dying to show this to you for months, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy.

I’ve been using this iron since last summer since I was one of the first to have it, and I HAVE to tell you all about it. It’s called VOLOOM, and it’s a flat-haired babe’s best friend. Have you seen how fine my hair is? Well, you’ll see below in the “before” photo, that it’s flat as a board. No lie. If you’ve seen photos of me out there on the interwebs with volume and curls, it comes with lots of product, teasing, and zhushing—and often professional styling. (Or however you spell that crazy word that means shaping and improving your hair with a little messy zhush with your hands.) For the record, I dislike teasing my hair, and will shy away from it whenever possible!

Now, I can get volume without all the pomp and circumstance. I swear it!

No crazy products involved here—it’s just this unique iron. Unlike a flat iron, this is a volumizing iron. It has rows of deep squares that meet up. I call them a waffle weave pattern, that takes the hair you have inside of it, and crimps it for lack of a better word. But believe me, it’s not like those crimping irons in the 80’s. And yes, I did use one of those in high school. Oh, memories.

Here’s a closer look at VOLOOM:

voloom collage

The features:

  • Deep grooves that catch hair on both sides for maximum volume effect—this creates volume “pockets” due to its beveled edges
  • Power button with + and – buttons for temperature control
  • Iron can reach 320-350F for fine, damaged, or chemically treated hair; 350-370F for thick hair; and 370-390F for coarse or curly hair — these are the recommended settings for safety
  • Digital temperature display so you know when your iron is safe to use for your hair type
  • Locking mechanism to keep your iron closed for compact storage 
  • It also comes with sectioning clips, a teasing brush (should you need it), and a case

[Read more…]

Celebrate Pixi Beauty’s 15th Birthday with Crystal Champagne (Nails, That Is! )


pixi beauty almond glow crystal champagne

Looking for a gorgeous way to add twinkle to your nails that’s still office appropriate, yet can take you from day to night? Look no further’s than Pixi Beauty’s brand new rose-gold champagne glitter shade—Crystal Champagne. We’re popping bottles over it, especially considering that this limited edition shade is an ode to Pixi by Petra’s 15th birthday. I don’t need a holiday to celebrate with glitter, but hey! If there’s a birthday around (especially Pixi’s), I’m all for it. Glitter it up, I say!

pixi beauty crystal champagne

Crystal Champagne — small to medium gold and rose gold glitter flecks

pixi beauty crystal champagne swatch

In the Crystal Champagne swatch above, that is a single coat over my natural nails, folks  You know how some glitter shades make you struggle and dab them on? I had not a single issue with this little baby, which made me so very happy. You know what else makes me happy? Another neutral shade that is still glam—like Almond Glow. Whether you pair Almond Glow with Crystal Champagne, or wear it alone, the choice is totally yours—but you can’t go wrong either way. Also, what a great holiday color this will make without looking too Christmas-y. [Read more…]

Perricone MD — No Makeup Skincare — No Lipstick Lipstick & No Blush Blush Review, Photos, Swatches


perricone MD No Blush No Lipstick

Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup

Sometimes I don’t want to wear makeup at all, but at the same time I want to look polished and not like I rolled out of bed. I’ve figured out a few tricks by now, but these new products from Perricone MD make it so easy. Their No Makeup Skincare line at Sephora is already a big hit, and I recently tried two of the products out to see if they live up to the hype. Let’s go!

Perricone MD No Lipstick Lipstick

No Lipstick Lipstick

First up is No Lipstick Lipstick. It really isn’t a lipstick (hence No Lipstick)—but it’s actually an anti-aging lip treatment that lends a glossy, smooth finish in a shade that’s like your lips—but better. I find it to be very nourishing and hydrating, and it almost feels like a lip butter. Perricone MD is known for their luxe skincare products, so it’s only natural that they’d include some of those innovative ingredients in their color cosmetic offerings.

It’s a solid-to-serum product, and contains hyaluronic acid and tocotrienols to add suppleness. It also contains a non-chemical mineral-based SPF 15 to protect against UVA and UVB rays, so you know I’m happy about that. (Sunscreen for LIFE!)   [Read more…]

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Review, Photos, Swatches


Urban Decay NAKED BASICS 2 Palette

I’ve been pretty excited about this release, but I really wanted to wear it quite a bit before I gave my final thoughts. If you wanted to wear the gorgeous matte neutrals inside the Urban Decay NAKED Basics palette and found the shades too warm, NAKED2 Basics may be more your speed. Let’s check it out!

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics palette Naked Basics Double Ended Brush

NAKED2 Basics is a palm-sized eyeshadow palette that contains six taupe-hued matte neutral shades. One of the shades is a satin-matte (Skimp), while the rest are a little more flat in finish. Five of the shades are also brand new, and currently exclusive to NAKED2. Whether the new shades will be released in singles or in other palettes is yet to be seen. Occasionally, if UD fans ask for it enough, shades do come back!  [Read more…]

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…]