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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Review & Swatches: Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette

Aqua Cream devotees will likely rejoice this season with Make Up For Ever’s new Black Tango Palette. This stunning piece for fall contains four new jewel tone shades of Aqua Creams in a sleek palette, embellished with lace and inspired by the passionate art of Tango dancing. After a trip to Argentina, Make Up For Ever founder, Dany Sanz created this bold palette based all on the eyes, since Tango dancers always want their eyes visible, no matter how far away the audience may be.

In case you’re unfamiliar, Aqua Creams are pigment rich, waterproof creams, that can be used as liners or eyeshadows. (A few of the core shades have been approved for use on the lips and cheeks, too.) Combined with shimmering mother of pearl particles, Aqua Creams are luminous and incredibly long lasting shades that don’t crease or smudge. They set very quickly, and last all day (or night)! I’m already a fan of the formula, and have several shades of Aqua Creams in my personal collection, so I was very excited for this release.

Make Up For Ever Black Tango Palette

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Review: Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Exotic Body Scrub

The name says it all! I couldn’t think of a better way to describe Ole Henriksen’s African Red Tea Exotic Body Scrub—other than “exotic”—and it doesn’t get any better than that. The scent is a uniquely subtle citrus fragrance, the quality of the scrub is nothing short of luxurious and the way my skin felt afterwards was…amazing. I started off thinking I was just taking a shower, but I left the bathroom feeling like I had a spa experience.

The main reason this stuff is so fantastic, is the Paraguayan sugar which helps exfoliate the skin and sloughs off those lackluster dead skin cells. Grapefruit, orange, and tangerine extracts work together to purify and brighten skin. Afterwards my skin felt invigorated, dewy, and refreshed.  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: Pieces From the MAC ‘Styleseeker’ Collection

When I first received the preliminary information and images for the new MAC Styleseeker Collection several weeks ago, I thought, “Now THIS is what I call fall!” Full of warm, richly pigmented hues, Styleseeker is home to gorgeous pieces for all to embrace fall with, no matter what’s your pleasure. Like a bold eye? Check. An opaque, full color lip? Check. Eye liner in brilliant tones? Check. See what I mean?

MAC says…

M·A·C interprets a vivid fall colour collection in tones influenced by the spirit and style of a global wanderer. Translucent, buildable, Powder Blush adds glow. Eye Shadow Duos create brilliant, sultry effects punctuated with Fluidline. Classic Mattene Lipstick is revived for dramatic, dense colour that lasts for hours. Lipglass gets fresh flair in new shades, and Nail Lacquer in jewel tones and metallics extend the opulence to the tips of the fingers.

While the collection contains an assortment of four eyeshadow duos, four Fluidline shades, five Mattene Lipsticks, four Lipglass shades, three Powder Blushes, and three Nail Lacquers—I have a few key pieces to share with you. So keep in mind, that when you visit your local MAC counter, you’ll be amazed at just how much MORE there is to love for those in love with fall color!

MAC Styleseeker Collection Eyeshadow Duos in Culturalized, On The Hunt

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Review: JOICO Smooth Cure Sulfate-Free Shampoo & Conditioner

When I write my reviews, I make it a rule to not research the MSRP for any of the products I test. I don’t want the dollar signs to sway my opinion one way or the other. However, JOICO Smooth Cure Sulfate-Free Shampoo & Conditioner got the best of me. I was guessing it was around $30 for a 10.1 oz. bottle. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised—shocked actually!

I have thick, coarse hair that is getting pretty out of control with layers and length. It’s been a challenge all summer to keep my locks tame during this sweltering heat—it’s been a battle of the frizzies all summer and I’ve been losing desperately.

After one use of their shampoo and conditioner, I experienced a noticeable difference in the smoothness of my hair. My hair stayed down but still maintained body and bounce. After a quick check of ingredients, I would bet that’s due to the hydrolyzed keratin in the shampoo. It not only protects hair, but forms a strong, flexible shield on the hair’s surface. [Read more…]

Fab Find: Freeman Bare Foot Peppermint & Plum Heel & Callus Balm

With as neurotic as I am about my cuticles and nails, I’m equally as neurotic about my feet. Especially my heels! Often, a lotion doesn’t cut it, so I turn to thicker creams and balms to work their magic on my feet.

A fab find, Freeman’s Bare Foot Peppermint & Plum Heel & Callus Balm is a nice treat for dry and tired feet! This creamy balm smells like plums and has a slight cooling effect due to the peppermint which is a refreshing sensation. And it’s not too tingly, it’s actually just right. It also contains tea tree oil—often known for its antiseptic qualities, but I think it just adds a little bit more of a soothing factor here.

After a summer of wearing sandals, you’re going to need this to soften callused heels! And at less than $5, it’s a great beauty basic to keep your arsenal to apply before bedtime as a preventative measure.

Price & Availability…

About $4.49, drugstores,

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