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


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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?

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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…

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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...]

OPI Couture de Minnie Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


OPI couture de minnie display

Not to be confused with the OPI Vintage Minnie Mouse Collection from last year, meet the new Couture de Minnie Collection! Couture de Minnie was created in honor of one of Disney’s most beloved characters, but highlights the couture side of Minnie Mouse. Mixing pink, fuchsia, and red shades—in addition to a new twinkling Liquid Sand shade—you’ll also have the choice of a cute red and white polka dot glitter to accompany your favorite shades for a pretty sweet look.

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OPI Couture de Minnie Collection

“Last summer, OPI created a ‘Vintage Minnie Mouse’ line. Women around the world fell in love with the fun and playful shades evocative of Minnie’s traditional look,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “This year, OPI is exploring a different side of Minnie Mouse. The Couture de Minnie collection draws inspiration from Minnie’s iconic style and incorporates trends most recently seen on the runways, from standout shades, to fun textural elements.”

Ready to see the shades and swatches? Let’s go! [Read more...]

Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara Review with Before & After Photos


jane iredale longest lash thickening lengthening mascara

If you cruise the site for mascara reviews, you’ll find it’s one of my favorite products to review! It’s one of those “instant gratification” products that’s definitely on my “deserted island” list. I feel like I can’t live without it! We all know that I could, but given the choice, I’d always be wearing it!

One of my fave mascara combos is one that lengthens and thickens at the same time, without clumping and looking ridiculous. I may have found it with the newly improved Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening & Lengthening Mascara. Let’s check it out!

jane iredale longest lash mascara brush

Jane Iredale Longest Lash Mascara

Jane Iredale Longest Lash is a mascara that is formulated with seaweed lipids to condition, moisturize, and protect lashes to reduce breakage. It has cellulose fibers to add length and extra fullness. The result is buildable, believable, and somewhat dramatic lashes without clumping and flaking. It’s also enriched with almond oil for extra conditioning benefits. [Read more...]

BUXOM Full Bodied Lipstick Review, Swatches, Photos


buxom full bodied lipsticks

Last weekend, I stopped into Sephora to check out the latest beauty wares. I stumbled across the new display for the BUXOM Full Bodied Lipsticks, and I instantly fell in love! With a range of 10 wildly-pigmented hues, it’s hard to stay away from. Here, I’m sharing the details on just five of those gorgeous shades. Hope you like them as much as I do!

BUXOM Full Bodied Lipstick

BUXOM Full Bodied Lipstick

BUXOM Full Bodied Lipstick has an incredibly hydrating formula. Encapsulated hyaluronic acid spheres ensure optimal moisture fullness, without any tingling. Further enriched with shea butter, coconut oil, chamomile flower wax, and Vitamins C & E—what more could your lips ask for? Everything is there for maximum moisture and comfort. Pair that up with intense color saturation with just one swipe, and this is one winning formula! [Read more...]