Quick Pick Under $5: Pure Silk Shaving Cream

Most ladies only think about a smooth, moisturizing shave in the summer, but it should be on your mind all year-round.

Ever heard of Barbasol? Yeah, those blue and white striped shaving cream cans that pretty much every guy in the world has sitting on their bathroom counter—that’s who makes Pure Silk Shave Cream. Obviously they know skin!

This rich shave cream is loaded with their moisturizing formula and promises to nourish and moisturize your skin while you shave. I tried Raspberry Mist and the Sensitive Skin Therapy formulas. Both types gave me a nice, smooth shave—no nicks or cuts! Raspberry Mist has a light raspberry essence and promises to give you an uplifting shave experience. Sensitive Skin Therapy is loaded with a few more botanicals and aloe to help give you a soothing shave.  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: OPI ‘So So Skullicious’ Mini Lacquer Set for Halloween 2012

With 10 neon variations of nail decals inspired by the Dia de los Muertos skull, OPI is getting So So Skullicious this Halloween with their seasonal mini lacquer set! Halloween 2012’s set contains four bright minis in pink, orange, black, and yellow—each weighing in at 1/8 of an ounce each. When it comes to seasonal sets like these, I’m totally okay with the smaller bottles. They’re just enough product to play around with for a few mani’s and pedi’s for the season, and for sharing with my friends in little polish swaps.

“Rather than simply be spooky this Halloween, OPI has created colors that are full of life,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “So So Skullicious features vivid colors and fun nail decals that offer the perfect way to get festive for the holiday, whether you’re looking for a little way to show Halloween spirit, or planning to get decked out from head to nails and toes!”

OPI So So Skullicious Halloween 2012 Mini Nail Lacquer Set

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Review & Swatches: Pieces From the MAC Carine Roitfeld Collection for Fall 2012

Bedhead? Check. Smoky eye? Check. Sexy look? Check.

As the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris and modern taste-maker, Carine Roitfeld is a fan of the “tired sexy” look, and her new collection with MAC puts it all on display. Not a lot of color comes along with these pieces from the image-maker’s signature look, but the neutrals are still smoky and seductive—anything but boring. Let’s check out what I took a peek at…

From MAC…

Carine Roitfeld elevated the smoky eye to an art form. For her M·A·C collaboration, Carine edits her look into a collection of chic colours and tools for recreating her aesthetic. Full Face Kit contain four Eye Shadows and Cremeblend Blush, Eye Brows in Brunette, Kohl Power Eye Pencil, Fluidline, 49 Lash and two Mascaras. Tropical Mist Lipstick, Face and Body Foundation, Mineralize Concealer, Nail Lacquer and Brushes create the perfect backdrop for dramatic eyes.

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Review & Swatches: Stila ‘In the Know’ Eyeshadow Palette

New for fall, Stila just released this striking eyeshadow palette with 10 matte shades, and one of their famous Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliners. The In the Know Palette is its name, and velvety pigmented shadows is its game! Stila has been releasing these seasonal 10-pan palettes for awhile now, and I can honestly say—In the Know has the most pigmented shades of the palettes I’ve tried in their 10-pan lineup.

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Stila ‘In the Know’ Eyeshadow Palette

Eyeshadow shades included…

  • Air — matte beige
  • Wind — soft matte peach
  • Desert — soft matte tan w/warm undertones
  • Clay — matte warm light brown
  • Earth — deep matte chocolate brown
  • Driftwood — mid tone brown
  • Fire — matte brick
  • Rain — matte brown
  • Smoke — matte charcoal grey
  • Ebony — matte black

Also included — Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Halfmoon (matte charcoal)

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Review & Swatches: OPI ‘Pink of Hearts’ Collection for October 2012 — ‘I Think in Pink’ & ‘You Glitter Be Good to Me’

OPI announces the launch of its sixth annual limited edition Pink of Hearts promotion, featuring the classic pale pink shade, I Think in Pink and the new sparkle-packed hue, You Glitter Be Good to Me.

“Organizations like Susan G. Komen and Rethink Breast Cancer offer hope to everyone whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, and OPI is proud to aid these organizations’ global effort in eliminating this disease,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Breast cancer afflicts millions of women worldwide, and Pink of Hearts is OPI’s way of creating new visibility to honor those who have valiantly battled breast cancer, and support those who continue to fight.”

You Glitter Be Good to Me, I Think in Pink

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Review & Swatches: Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer with Green Tea Extract

Jane Iredale has recently found the way to my heart with very natural looking, yet beautiful and skin flattering pigments in her mineral makeup collection. Have you seen her Simply Magical Collection for fall yet? It’s gorgeous! She also just launched a BB cream (Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream) that I’m dying to try after I get through some of the complexion reviews I have in queue, because it sounds amazing and I hear great things about it. But first on my Jane Iredale list is her Disappear Concealer with Green Tea Extract.

Disappear Concealer is available in five shades and is infused with soothing and nourishing ingredients for skin that might be a little in crisis. When I say “in crisis”, I’m taking about YOU, Mr. Pimple that always pops up on my chin when I least expect it! Green tea and seaweed soothes, while willow bark helps heal. (Did you also know that green tea has slight anti-bacterial qualities for acne, too?)

Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer flocked application tip

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Review & Swatches: Pieces From the NARS Andy Warhol Color & Silver Factory Collections for Holiday 2012

Every so often, something comes across my desk that kind of kills me a little bit to use, because I don’t want to ruin it. Case in point—this eyeshadow palette from the upcoming NARS Andy Warhol Silver Factory Collection for holiday 2012. NARS pays homage to this pop art pioneer with an assortment of items in three designated collections for holiday 2012 that are visually stunning!

From NARS:

Andy Warhol’s world has been inspiring François Nars for years. Now NARS introduces a limited edition collection in the spirit of Andy Warhol. From the formulas and shades to the packaging and names, every element of the collection evokes François Nars’ take on the cool, image-rich, character-laden world of Warhol.

Everybody is a Superstar. At least for 15 minutes.

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the items I tried!

Self Portrait 2 Eyeshadow Palette from the Silver Factory Collection, Superstar Nail Polish from the Color Collection

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Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

I’m not kidding when I tell you that holiday launches are already rolling across my desk! Doesn’t that seem a little crazy during the first week of September? Nonetheless, I like what I see so far, like the new Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set from Urban Decay. Ocho Loco contains eight shades of the famous eyeliners that really do glide on, and last all day! Four of these shades are new and exclusive to Ocho Loco, and the set also comes with their Grind House double barrel pencil sharpener.

Urban Decay Ocho Loco 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Set

Just in case you’re not familiar with the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, they’re creamy and vibrant long-lasting waterproof eyeliners. Over the years, I’ve purchased a ton of them, and as of today there’s an impressive comprehensive lineup of 24 shades available for individual purchase! Among my favorites—Perversion—truly the blackest black liner I’ve ever owned and I highly recommend it to anyone who is in need of a new black eyeliner. (If you end up not buying this set!)

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Review: bareMinerals READY Foundation SPF 20

As a bareMinerals fan, I was so incredibly excited when I first learned that the rumors of a solid mineral foundation were true. Don’t get me wrong—I love my original bareMinerals foundation as much as the day is long—but I think a solid version is just so much more convenient for me personally. I had wondered if this would be the same foundation as the original, only in pressed form, and as it turns out, it’s not. It’s a brand new formula with new features and benefits, so let’s explore the new READY Foundation SPF 20!

bareMinerals READY Foundation SPF 20 in Medium Beige

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