MAC Favorites: Tropical Taboo Collection

MAC Tropical Taboo Collection

Now that we’re in the swing of things for summer, it’s the perfect time to share some of my favorites from the MAC Tropical Taboo Collection. This collection boasts some gorgeous shades, but these were the ones I gravitated towards the most. Let’s check them out!

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MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, Lust

In the past, I haven’t had much luck with the Mineralize Eyeshadows, so I was a little concerned with being let down with them this time around. Luckily these two worked really well for me! These baked eyeshadows were generously pigmented and easy to blend. [Read more…]

Review: Dermalogica Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum

dermalogica ultrasmoothing Eye Serum(Editor’s note: After a brief absence, Dilara is back! We won’t have her for long, as she’s awaiting the arrival of baby #2, but I love having her here!)

As far as skin care goes, Dermalogica never seems to let me down. Their new Ultrasmoothing Eye Serum is no exception to the rule either. This new serum promises not only to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, but also make the skin around the eye firmer and smoother. I’ve been noticing my eyes are showing more wear and tear lately so I was eager to give it a try.

At first glance the serum was a little thinner than I would have expected. I also expected it to be clear, but it had a yellow-ish tint to it. The serum itself has a slight medicinal, botanical scent to it, which I find in most Dermalogica products and kind of like.

This serum contains Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which is a fancy name for water-soluble Vitamin C. This helps prevent redness, stinging and sensitivity around the eye area. Hexapeptide 11 is another ingredient in the serum that promises to firm the skin, improve elasticity and reduce fine lines. There are also several botanical ingredients as well that help moisturize and reduce puffiness. [Read more…]

What’s New: Perlier Italian Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water

Perlier Italian Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water

Get ready to chill out!

It’s officially summer, and warmer days are here. Around this time last year, it was over 100 degrees for a week straight, and as luck would have it—our air conditioner went out. We suffered all week while we waited for a new unit to arrive, and then be installed on our roof. I thought I would just die during the hottest points of the day, and don’t even get me started about how hard it was to sleep at night! At one point, I was even taking ice cubes, wrapping them in a towel, and draping it around my neck and shoulders.

lemonsYou know would have made me a little less grumpy about all of that heat? If I had a refreshing body product like this new one, from Perlier—their Italian Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water. It wouldn’t have cured my ails, but it definitely would have gave me a little comfort during the hot points of the day! [Read more…]

Nicole by OPI Tink Collection Inspired by Tinker Bell Review, Photos, Swatches

Nicole by OPI Tink Collection

Inspired by Disney’s Tinker Bell

This is a new collection from Nicole by OPI, inspired by one of my favorite childhood characters, Tinker Bell. The Tink Collection features six new limited edition shades, and I’m so sad I only have four of them to share—because I feel that the two I’m missing are what pull this collection together and really make it “Tink”!

The shade breakdown from Nicole by OPI:

  • Pixie Glitter* — This clear gloss is sprinkled with tiny rainbows.
  • How Fairy Nice of You!* — This sweet pixie pink gives me wings.
  • Tink’s in the Pink — This happy fuchsia makes me, well…happy!
  • Sweet on Pete — This lime green is the “key” to Pete’s heart!
  • Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary — Not, it’s NOT orange…it’s tangerine. So there!
  • Half Charming / Half Alarming — This coral is perfect when you’re feeling unpredictable.

* not pictured

 A few things I noticed…

  • Sweet on Pete is definitely a three-coater. After two, it was just okay, but needed a thin third to compensate for its thinner formula. This shade also stained my nails slightly, so I gently buffed it off.
  • Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary had a nice flow and consistency, and leveled easily. The first coat had me worried, but after the second and top coat, all was fine.
  • Half Charming/Half Alarming is kind of a chameleon. It’s like it wants to be a creme, but it’s not in my opinion. Not quite a jelly, not quite a creme, I’m dubbing this one a gloss. It has a thinner formula, but looks great after two coats.
  • Tink’s in the Pink is your typical creme formula, two coats for me, and all was fine.

(All swatches shown with Seche Vite top coat.)


nicole by opi sweet on pete swatches

Sweet on Pete — bright lime green creme [Read more…]

Jouer Cosmetics Summer Escapes Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

jouer cosmetics summer 2013 Collection

Summer Escapes Collection 2013

My love affair with Jouer didn’t take long to develop. From the very first time I was introduced to the line, my immediate thoughts were—elegant, timeless, and affordable. I haven’t been let down since! Each collection that has launched since my first impressions have incredibly remained all of the above. I kind of think of Jouer Cosmetics as an unsung hero, too. You may not hear about them as much as other prestige brands, often Jouer remains in a league of its own.

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Many of Jouer’s products connect for easy portability.

The founder and creator, Christina Zilber is totally hands-on with Jouer. After meeting her in-person, I can see her chic and classic touches all over this line! Aside from being a feminine and undeniably pretty collection, it’s also very practical. You don’t need to have pro makeup artist skills to blend her products’ pigments to perfection. Plus—most of the components connect so you can take your favorite Jouer pieces with you, and you don’t have to dig in your bag for them one by one. Can you tell I’m a Jouer Girl by now? Let’s check out the new collection!  [Read more…]

China Glaze Sunsational Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

china glaze sunsational collection

I hope this makes you laugh, but as I was unboxing the new China Glaze Sunsational Collection to prep it for swatching, my husband looked over and said he really liked the colors. Obviously, he just knows TOO MUCH about beauty in this house, because he commented a second time—hours later, when I was editing the photos. “Ooh, I really like that collection!”

I kid you not.

So this collection is already Mr. Beauty Junkies approved! But will it be Beauty Junkies reader approved? I’ll have to let you decide on that for yourself—but I’m happy to be able to bring you these 12 new shades.

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China Glaze Sunsational Collection

Sunsational is like two collections in one. Six of the shades are jellies, and six of the shades are cremes. With that in mind, I’ve broken them down into two sections in the swatches, so you can see what shades are of which category. If you’re not a jelly fan, I urge you to steer clear of those shades in the store, because looks can be deceiving in the bottles. There were a few that I couldn’t even decipher from a creme until application—please keep that in mind and double check if you’ve picked a jelly or creme before purchase. [Read more…]

COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara Review, Before/After Photos

covergirl flamed out mascara

I always get super excited when I see a new mascara from COVERGIRL, because I’ve typically had really good luck with them. In the past, I was such a mascara snob! It was always a prestige brand for me—you name all the $30 & up ones, and I’ve tried them! But I’m so pleased that in the last few years, mass brands have stepped up the mascara game. When a new mascara comes out from my fave mass brands, it is my personal mission to put it to the test.

covergirl flamed out

The newest display at my CVS features a slew of new COVERGIRL “flame” themed products. One being this little ditty right here—Flamed Out Mascara. Flamed Out promises up to three times the volume versus bare lashes, and the ability to reach every last lash. It also promises that the formula sets quickly, and that it resists smudges and smears. [Read more…]

ZOYA Stunning Summer Collection 2013 Review, Swatches, Photos

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Now THIS is a summer collection! These new bright hues from ZOYA are going to be great mani/pedi shades for the warmer weather. A few of the shades almost strike me as neons, especially if you layer a white polish underneath them beforehand.

ZOYA stunning summer collection

ZOYA Stunning Collection for Summer 2013

It’s unbelievable to me how ZOYA can keep their polish quality so consistent. You guys, I honestly can’t remember the last time I was disappointed in the flow or coverage of a ZOYA shade. I swear—I’m not on their payroll! But I’ve hardly ever had an unfavorable thing to say about their polishes. The coverage, flow, and consistency here with the Stunning Collection for summer is no exception. Yes, I recommend the entire collection!

This collection is comprised of cremes—but you’ll notice a little bit of a satiny shimmer in the bottles, this shimmer doesn’t really translate for me on my nails; with the exception of Thandie (orange), and Micky (pink-coral). My fave shade here? You should know I picked the bright pink, Yana! I’m not predictable or anything, right?

Here’s the shade breakdown, with two coats for each swatch.  [Read more…]

mark. Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain Review, Photos, Swatches

mark gloss gorgeous collection

Like the look of a lip stain, but could go without the dryness they leave behind? Check these out—the Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stains from mark. Gloss Gorgeous is a 2-in-1 product, you’ll get the benefits of a stain with the look of a shiny gloss in one step.

mark gloss gorgeous

I’m a fan of this style of component for a lip product—it’s a brush tip on a clicker pen. It’s quick and clean, and makes applying on the go a snap. It takes about 10-15 clicks to get your gloss pen started, but only takes a click or two for an application. They’re available in eight shades, and I tried five of the fun shades: [Read more…]