Review: Make Up For Ever Eye Prime

I’ve tried a few eye primers before and always felt like they did an OK job—nothing really blew my mind.  That is, until I tried Make Up For Ever Eye Prime. I am talking AHHHMAZING. I have deep-set eyes so it goes without saying that I’m more likely to experience creasing. Add temperatures in the 90’s and I’m a greasy, creasy mess. To add insult to injury, my eyeliner usually ends up transferring to my brow bone and I look like a total wreck—remember Courtney Love’s make-up circa 1993? That’s usually me after a long hot day.  Needless to say, I was eager to give this stuff a shot.  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: OPI Germany Collection for Fall/Winter 2012

In anticipation of the arrival of fall, OPI will release 12 new shades from their Germany Collection in August. Suzi and the gang created these shades to mirror the return to texture in fashion as the temperatures begin to drop; think velvet, beadwork, and faux fur. After checking these out all morning, I now want spiced apple cider and a cozy cowl-neck sweater! I have a long way to go (it’s in the nineties today), so it looks like the only things I’ll be cozying up to are some of the darker shades of Germany by OPI, and my cats for the time being instead!

“Designers showcased rich colors and striking textures for fall,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “The GermanyCollection beautifully complements these looks, with standout shades in various hues of red and burgundy – the season’s ‘new black.’ Sapphire, black olive and lime yellow are married with creamy neutrals in honey, taupe and nude rose.”

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How to Get Smooth, Sleek Style with Nexxus Frizz Defy

Nexxus Social Pinterest Banner 1During the summer, I usually don’t even try to wear my hair straight, because I feel like it just gets frizzy too easily. All of that effort goes to waste once I head outside, too—it’s like a sauna!

I recently put a few products from Nexxus to the test from their Frizz Defy lineup; the Frizz Protection Styling Creme and Frizz Protection Hair Spray to see if they would help me make it through the day with less frizz. Here’s how I created my smooth style!

I used:

  • Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Styling Cream
  • Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Hair Spray
  • Blow-dryer
  • Clips
  • Large round brush
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Review & Swatches: bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer

I have been hearing the whispers about a new concealer from bareMinerals for a while now, and up until a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure if it was really fact or fiction. I’m happy to say, it’s fact—and I finally got my little mitts on it! This new complexion product from the bareMinerals product lineup officially launches in August, and it’s called the SPF 20 Correcting Concealer. It’s quite different than their existing concealers, as these are actually creamy in consistency. Let’s take a closer look!

bareMinerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer

The SPF 20 Correcting Concealer will launch in eight shades, five of which are pictured. They are very rich, pigmented, and super creamy, combined with sun protection. These multi-taskers also contain copper—a mineral colorant that helps disguise skin imperfections, while lemon peel extract works as a botanical skin brightener.

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Review: Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion


Urban Decay is always a such badass when it comes to makeup, so I was eager to give their Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion a try.

I’m a big fan of primers because they set the stage for smooth, long-lasting makeup application and keep your face fixed. Urban Decay did not disappoint in this regard. After applying a pea-sized dab to my finger and dotting it on my forehead, cheeks and chin and rubbing into my skin in an upward motion, I could feel my skin surface evening out. My foundation stayed in place all day and didn’t transfer or streak.  [Read more...]

Review & Swatches: Benefit ‘Peek-a-Bright Eyes’ Eye Illuminating Kit

My eyes light up when I spot Benefit product packaging. Their product development team is certainly talented and creative—consistently telling me that it’s okay to go ahead and indulge in my beauty dreams and fantasies. Even if it’s something of theirs I already own. My logic quickly deteriorates once I see their sets and I hear a voice inside my head telling me, “It’s okay! You don’t own it packaged like that.”

I think most of us have been there. When I opened their upcoming August release, Peek-a-Bright Eyes Eye Illuminating Kit, my beauty-loving heart kind of exploded, like all of the little holographic fireworks on the packaging. Cute, huh? I’m over the hump of my mid-30′s and I still gush over Benefit like I did when I was 23. I also like hearts, unicorns, the color pink, the Sanrio store, and other female profile cliches. While my mid-30s won’t last forever, I think these things will stand the test of time with me. (No judging!) And that’s one of the things I love about the brand. No matter how much more ‘mature’ I get, I still feel right at home.

Let’s take a peek at Peek-a-Bright-Eyes…

Benefit Peek-a-Bright Eyes Eye Illuminating Kit

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What’s New: BANGSTYLE Sea Salt Mist Beach Waves Spray

In the past week, I have been consumed with beach waves. It’s an easy way to style your hair that doesn’t require a lot of time or effort—and I look forward to beach waves days, because I know I don’t have to blow dry my hair. It’s hot enough here as it is, and my bathroom gets to be at least 100 degrees. Okay, maybe less! Suffice to say, I had no hesitation about trying out the Sea Salt Mist ($17) from new independent haircare brand, BANGSTYLE.

Starting out as online hair and culture community, BANGSTYLE now offers 14 artisanal hair care products sold exclusively at professional salons. What I liked best about the Sea Salt Mist, is that is had no real holding factor to it. While it kept loose waves in my hair, it lacked that crunch that some salt sprays contain. Now…tell me it doesn’t look like I spent a day at the beach!


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What’s New: 3 Key Pieces From the NARS Fall Color Collection for 2012

It’s only the end of July, and NARS has me yearning for cozy, warm sweaters and turning leaves already! A mix of both regal and autumn tones, the fall collection is meant to grab attention—yet remain sophisticated. I checked out three key pieces for fall, and I like what I’m seeing. Here’s an eyeshadow trio, blush, and lippie that you can partner up with your existing collection to update your seasonal look without going overboard.

The Fall 2012 Color Collection is at once bold and breathtaking: Icy shimmer enhances modern colors to create a stunning, ethereal effect. Eyes are piercing in smoky jewel tones accented with lavender and amethyst sparkle. Skin glows subtly in nearly nude pink with a whisper of silver. Lips are strong in striking metallics or soft in warm brandy and rose shades. Grey nails lend final sophistication to a look that’s exhilarating, evocative, and, as always, strictly NARS.

Outlaw Blush, Sheer Lipstick in Autumn Leaves, High Society Eyeshadow Trio

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Your Future Called, and it Wants You to Take a SkinShift DNA Test, STAT

What if I told you, there was a crystal ball that you could peer into, and see the future of your skin? This crystal ball would help you give your skin exactly what it needs to look and feel its best at the present, and for decades into the future. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Guess what? It exists.

Texas-based physician, Dr. Ruthie Harper, developed SkinShiftan unprecedented program to get your skin fit for life—based solely on your actual genetic predispositions. That’s right! I actually had a DNA test for my skin, and let’s just say—I’ll be making a few changes in my skincare regimen.

This straight-forward, genetically-based approach to skincare is the way of the future, and Dr. Harper is leading the revolution. It is the first ever true DNA-based skincare system on the consumer market, and it’s absolutely AMAZING. Through a series of questions about your ancestry and skin history, a DNA collector, and a mailbox—she’ll be able to analyze your 16 unique chromosomal variations to pin-point five key areas of concern; collagen formation, sun protection, antioxidant protection, glycation protection, and inflammation control. It’s pretty comprehensive!

The test is completely non-surgical, and done in your own home. You’ll receive your SkinShift Genetic Test Kit, and it contains what’s called a buccal collector. You basically swab the inside of your cheek with it, send it off, and in a few weeks—Dr. Harper will give you a very detailed report regarding what your genes are saying about your skin. She’ll calculate a score in those five key areas of skin health, and put the future of your skin in your hands.  [Read more...]