Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches


maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collections

I’ve got something super fun to share with you—the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection! Available in stores in July, these new lacquers remind me of a trend I’ve seen made popular by indie nail polish brands. I had truly never seen this until last year, but it’s the jelly “sandwich”. The polish finish usually has a squishy jelly texture, and there are multi-colored and multi-sized glitter particles sandwiched between those layers. It’s a pretty cool effect.

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection

With Color Show Polka Dots, there are five shades of milky jelly shades (one of them is a transparent base), with black and white glitter floating in the pigments. These are the first polishes I’ve owned like this to date, so unfortunately, I don’t have any dupe information to share with you right now. I just know that the shades I’ve seen like this usually cost at least twice as much as Maybelline’s $3.99 suggested retail price, and these are a little easier to get since you’ll be able to find them as drugstores soon. Ready to check them out a little closer?  [Read more…]

MAC ‘All About Orange’ Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


mac all about orange collection

Last year, Tangerine Tango was Pantone’s pick for color of the year. I reluctantly accepted it, thinking orange wasn’t good for me at all. I was totally wrong! I ended up embracing it whole-heartedly, and as a result—orange is now one of my favorite colors. Here we are, more than a year later, and MAC is launching a collection that is literally all about orange, the All About Orange Collection. I’d rather have it a little late, than not at all!

The collection contains a small assortment of orange-tinged pieces, with lipsticks, nail lacquers, a few powder blushes, Cremesheen Glass shades, and an eyeshadow quad. I have a few of those pieces to share, let’s check them out!

mac razzledazzler lipstick

MAC Razzledazzler Lipstick

Razzledazzler Lipstick is my favorite offering from All About Orange. It’s a light, creamy peach with a lustre finish. It makes my otherwise dry lips feel nice and hydrated, and the color lasts about three and a half hours for me. If you’re afraid of anything orange (like I was), this is the easiest way to break into the energetic hue. Razzledazzler offers medium coverage. [Read more…]

NYX Love in Florence ‘Sunsets with Sophia’ Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Photos


nyx love in florence sunsets with sophia

NYX Cosmetics is well-known for creating dupes of some of our favorite higher end brands, and they do a pretty great job! Expanding their extensive eyeshadow lineup, is a new collection of palettes in their “Love in Florence” series. This is the Sunsets With Sophia palette, with five warm hues.

nyx sunsets with sophia palette

For a small 5-pan, I think this configuration is pretty generously sized. Housed in a black palette with a see-through lid (dang, no mirror), the size makes it perfect for sticking inside of a handbag or small makeup bag for travel. [Read more…]

MAC ‘Art of the Eye’ Collection Review, Swatches


MAC Art of the eye collection

Fresh off of my excitement about the MAC Temperature Rising Collection, I have several pieces from the current Art of the Eye Collection to share with you. As you probably guessed, this collection revolves entirely around bringing focus to the eyes. With colorful, bold hues, Art of the Eye offers products to emphasize your pretty peepers.

mac art of the eye

MAC is really challenging us to step outside of our comfort zone. I don’t know about you—but I can’t remember the last time I owned a magenta eyeliner! This review isn’t comprehensive, as it doesn’t feature all of the available pieces, but I think it’s enough to get the idea. [Read more…]

butter LONDON Summer Holiday Collection Review, Swatches


butter london summer holiday

butter LONDON brings us a summer collection of nail lacquers that proves bronze has more fun! Meet four shades from the new Summer Holiday Collection. This popular British beauty brand boasts a comprehensive collection of lacquer shades, nail treatments, and lip glosses.

butter london summer holiday collection

Bobby Dazzler, Marbs, Bit Faker, Poole

I’m quite impressed with these shades! All four offered completely opaque coverage in two coats, they leveled nicely, and applied very easily. One thing I noticed with the silver shade (Bobby Dazzler), you’ll need to make sure both coats of polish are entirely dry before applying your top coat to prevent excessive brush strokes. Don’t worry, it won’t take long! Metallics like this dry pretty quickly. [Read more…]

CARGO Color Palette Eyeshadow Quad in Vienna Review, Photos, Swatches


cargo eyeshadow

Even if this eyeshadow quad from CARGO was released a few years ago, I had to share it with you. It’s too gorgeous to pass up! In my humble opinion, CARGO’s eyeshadow singles have one of the best formulas on the consumer market. The shades are rich, pigment-packed, and feel super smooth. I found that the same qualities I love about the singles, were passed down to this fantastic foursome—the Color Palette Eyeshadow Quad in Vienna.

cargo vienna

CARGO Vienna

With three interchangeable everyday wet/dry shades, CARGO added a pretty pop of color to use as a liner, or to increase depth in the crease. [Read more…]

Bioelements Triple-Action, Rapid-Resurfacing Facial Kit Review, Photos


bioelements triple action resurfacing peel

Exfoliation is such a key step to any skincare regimen. If you’ve always been afraid of it due to your sensitive or easily irritated skin—this is for you. If you’re not sensitive, and you want a nice punch to your exfoliation routine, this is also for you! Deeply rooted in professional-grade skincare, Bioelements created a fantastic take-home exfoliation kit that offers a unique three tiered process to banish those icky dead cells that inhibit your skin from effectively accepting your skincare routine, and reveal smoother, brighter skin within minutes. Meet the Triple-Action Rapid Resurfacing Facial Kit.

bioelements facial peel

I can honestly say I’ve never met an exfoliator that’s so gentle, yet so effective at the same time. I can also say that I’ve never used Chinese herbs to exfoliate my skin either! Bioelements utilizes an exclusive pro formula of herb granules—dubbed Herbology. First, they offer physical exfoliation, and once activated with water and their olive oil-based cleanser to “melt” the granules, which release natural alpha-hydroxy acid to help dissolve the pesky cells that want to literally stick around. [Read more…]

NYC New York Color Applelicious Glossy Lip Balm Review, Photos, Swatches


new york color appleicious glossy lip balm

I don’t own many pieces from New York Color, but these lip balms are worthy of your time! With a darling moisturizing apple “core”, the Applelicious Gloss Lip Balms offer a healthy dose of shine, hydration, and a slight tint. This is a winning combination in a lip care product for me.

new york color applelicious lip balm

Applelicious Pink, Apple Blueberry Pie, Big Apple Red, Chocolate Apple

Available in 10 shades, this drugstore favorite is a decent size for the price—and it retails for about $3. It’s quite a steal! Not even the slightest bit sticky, Applelicious glides on easily and feels buttery smooth. The one caveat for you may be the initial apple fragrance. The most “apple” thing about these is the scent of them in the tube, and the apple core. While the scent does not linger long, there is a little bit of a synthetic apple taste for a few seconds. This is a blessing and a curse. Fans of truly flavored lip balms might be a little disappointed, and fans of flavor-free lip care products will likely be pleased. [Read more…]

Flower Beauty Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad in Foxy Browns Review, Photos, Swatches


flower beauty shadow play eyeshadow quad

Earlier this year, Flower Beauty launched exclusively at Walmart with much fanfare. The line was created in partnership with Drew Barrymore, and I’ve seen so many products from the line receive high praise in the blogosphere. I finally had a chance to check out a few pieces from the collection, and first up is the Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad in Foxy Browns.

flower beauty shadow play eyeshadow quad foxy browns

Shadow Play in Foxy Browns

This is a beautiful combination of browns and taupe with a soft shell pink for highlight, so my first impressions were favorable. To the touch, they feel so smooth and creamy—but they’re also powdery. It’s so hard to describe, because I can’t say that I’ve ever wanted to love something more. When I went to apply them, that’s when things went a little south. [Read more…]