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...]

Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF 50 Review, Photos, Swatches

kiehls skin tone correcting beautifying bb cream sunscreen 50

BB Cream: The Kiehl’s way….

In a world full of BB creams, believe me when I tell you that I wasn’t exactly knocking down doors trying to find a new one. It seems EVERY brand has one, and it looks like the BB cream has spawned the birth of the CC cream, even now…the DD cream. (Yikes.) You know I had to find this new one from Kiehl’s pretty dang special to bring it your way!

kiehls bb cream

Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream

Fresh on the scene is the Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream with SPF 50. As a leading innovator in the skincare industry, I’m actually surprised that Kiehl’s didn’t launch one sooner—but I also see why they didn’t. True to Kiehl’s fashion, they do things right, or not at all. And it really shows with their BB cream release. [Read more...]

MAC Temperature Rising Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

It’s getting hot in here…

We all know that new MAC collections come fast, and they come furious. And I have to say, it’s been a long time since I’ve paused and been like—WOW—AMAZING! This post has taken me some extra time because I have not stopped dabbling in the new Temperature Rising Collection since it hit my desk. In a single word, I describe this one as “impressive”. Check out the pieces I tried!

Nail Lacquers in ‘Scorching Haute’, and ‘Tropical’

In the past, I’ve noticed some inconsistencies in the MAC Nail Lacquer formula. With Temperature Rising, I really liked the results I had with both shades, Scorching Haute, and Tropical. Both give stunning results with full coverage. The glitter in Scorching Haute looks good with two coats (but great with three), and Tropical looked perfect with just two coats. Unlike a lot of glitters I own, the finish was nice and smooth with my top coat of Seche Vite. (I personally find this one to work best!)

MAC Scorching Haute Tropical Nail Lacquer

Scorching Haute, Tropical [Read more...]

essie Resort Collection for 2013 Review, Swatches, Photos

essie resort collection 2013

Seriously. How can you look at that nearly neon coral (Come Here!) and not go nuts? It was the first thing I noticed when essie’s Resort 2013 Collection landed on my desk, and I’ve gazed at it many times since. Except for last week when I went to get a pedi, and I chose the gorgeous aqua-azure, In the Cab-ana instead. I mean, how is a girl supposed to choose when given such great options?

essie resort collection 1

I love that essie is stepping out of the box—continuing to take color risks, more and more with each new collection. Resort 2013 keeps on truckin’ in that direction. YAY, essie! All four of these shades are pretty playful, but they’re also really fresh colors in gorgeous, on-trend hues. [Read more...]

Perlier 8-Piece Shower & Body Cream Travel Kit Review

Perlier on HSN 8 piece mini travel set

I’m big on watching HSN, that’s no surprise. So it’s probably not a surprise that I buy a lot from the shopping channels—especially beauty products! But unlike the mascaras and eyeshadows I buy, the one thing I’m always hesitant on are the bodycare products. Unless you have smell-a-vision, you’ve probably thought the same thing. Buying cosmetics is easy—shower gel and moisturizer—not so much!

For years I’ve spied Perlier on HSN, and I’ve always been curious. The products look and sound decadent, but I just couldn’t commit. (Blame it on that lack of smell-a-vision!) But I’m here to share my first Perlier experience with you, so you can decide if this is a bodycare brand you want to venture into as well! I tried out a sample pack of their basics—the 8-Piece Shower & Body Cream Travel Kit found exclusively on HSN. Let’s take a closer look…

perlier white almond

Perlier White Almond Absolute Comfort Moisturizing Shower Cream & Almond Body Cream — note the sizes

This 8-piece set arrives in a TSA-friendly clear plastic travel bag, so it’s perfect for stashing all of your travel toiletries in, along with your favorite Perlier duo. You’ll always have your shower cream and body moisturizer packed with you!

Here’s what you’ll receive:

  • 1 oz. Honey Body Balm Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Honey Shower Cream Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Olivarium Bath & Shower Cream Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. Olivarium Body Cream Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Body Balm Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. Shea Butter with Citrus Extract Cream Shower Mini
  • 1 fl. oz. White Almond Body Cream Mini
  • 1.6 fl. oz. White Almond Shower Cream Mini
  • Clear Zip Top Bag [Read more...]