Review & Swatches: Too Faced Sweet Indulgences Palette for Holiday 2012


‘Tis the season for blockbuster beauty palettes! And starting the season off with a bang, right out of the gate this year is Too Faced. The Sweet Indulgences Palette is one of the key pieces from Too Faced’s Love Sweet Love Collection for holiday 2012. Tucked inside a decorative embossed pink tin that resembles a fancy chocolate box, you’ll find an array of Too Faced best-sellers and exclusives for eyes and face.

Let’s take a closer look inside Sweet Indulgence…

Too Faced Sweet Indulgence Palette

Inside the keepsake tin, you’ll find two removable trays. The first layer contains 16 eyeshadows, while the bottom layer contains two bronzers, two blushes, a Candlelight Glow highlighter, a Teddy Bear Hair eyeshadow brush, three get-the-look cards, and a full-size Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer (one of my favorite eyeshadow primers, ever). Now we’re talkin’!  [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass


Since 1994, MAC Cosmetics has raised over $250 million for men, women, and children who are living with, or affected by HIV/AIDS. Pretty impressive! What makes that $250 million possible, are the sales of MAC’s series of Viva Glam lip colors; where 100% of the sales go directly to the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC is literally making a difference, one Viva Glam at a time! The latest in the lineup is the follow up to the Nicki Minaj Viva Glam lipstick from the spring—a Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass is now available!

Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass is a medium strawberry pink lipgloss with pretty great opacity. (Especially for a gloss!) Even though it’s fairly bright, I find it’s a little more muted on the lips, and very wearable. I have to say that Viva Glam Nicki is my favorite shade since Viva Glam II! Back in the day, I went through several tubes of it, and it was my signature shade for a long time. I’ve always been a Viva Glam supporter, and I’ll definitely purchase another one before February.

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Review: Milani Runway Lashes Instant Volume Mascara


I’ve got a whole lotta love for Milani right now…

You may have noticed that I haven’t done a mascara review in awhile, but I honestly haven’t found any worth really shouting about lately. That has just changed! Allow me to introduce you to one of Milani’s 2012 launches, their Runway Lashes Instant Volume Mascara. It promises to add volume, length, and curl—let’s take a closer look!

Milani Runway Lashes Instant Volume Mascara

Runway Lashes is an Italian made, paraben-free mascara that’s currently only available in black. It features a pretty basic wand/brush combo, so I was concerned that it wouldn’t really be anything special. I was wrong! [Read more…]

Review & Swatches: MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Nail Lacquer Shades


Did you catch the details and photos of the new Marilyn Monroe Collection from MAC yet? If not, make sure you go back to this post to get all caught up. (By the way—if you’re a lipstick girl and you love reds, do not miss those lipsticks!) This is part two of the Marilyn Monroe Collection, and will focus independently on the nail lacquer shades. Let’s get better acquainted with four of them!

Rich, Rich, Rich

Rich, Rich, Rich is a pale blonde-gold glitter with a slightly pearl finish. Two coats are perfect for this one, but it does seem a little sheer after one. Even with a good top coat, I can still feel the glittery bumps on my nails. It’s not enough to sway me from a purchase on this however, because I like how it’s not a really yellow gold. Golds almost never work out for me, but Rich, Rich, Rich looks great in my humble opinion!

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What’s New: MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection


It’s all about the pretty for this legendary screen siren…

I’ve always found Marilyn Monroe fascinating. There’s just something about her—and I’m not sure if it’s the blonde hair, red lips, or milky skin (maybe even the combination of all three) that makes her so timelessly gorgeous. MAC pays homage to this stunning screen siren with the new Marilyn Monroe Collection that officially launched this week. It’s a pretty comprehensive collection, and while I don’t have it in its entirety to show you, I do have a few key pieces you should really check out! So, shall we?

Pieces from the MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection

This feature focuses primarily on the color collection of lipsticks, large eyeshadows, powder blush, Dazzleglasses, and a Beauty Powder. I’ll be sharing four of the nail lacquer shades in an upcoming separate post, so keep your eyes peeled!

UPDATE: You’ll find the review & swatches for the nail lacquer shades here!

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Review & Swatches: essie Stylenomics Collection for Fall 2012


New for fall from essie, meet the Stylenomics collection! Women play a major role in the current economic climate, and Stylenomics was inspired by take-charge women in tough times like these. With six classic creme shades, these new polishes are an easy, quick, and inexpensive way to update your look for the season. I think nails are the best accessory a gal can have. So why not play them up?

“I absolutely love hearing from women about how essie color makes them feel,” essie founder, Essie Weingarten explains. “And when they tell me it made them feel powerful and poised in a business meeting, to me, that’s just the best!” Her own storied rise to the top of the nail color world began at a time when the fashion & beauty world was populated mostly by men. “Now, I get such a thrill from rubbing elbows with more fabulous women than ever. I created this collection with those can-do women in mind!”

Miss Fancy Pants, Don’t Sweater It, Stylenomics

Recessionista, Head Mistress, Skirting the Issue

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Currently Obsessed: Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip Moisturizer & Styler


Back in January, I decided that my new year’s resolution would be to take better care of my hair. I have such a bad relationship with it! The good news: I haven’t given up on my resolution. The bad news: my hair is still very dry—no matter what I do! It’s pretty inevitable since my hair is double processed with both color and highlights, which I get on a frequent basis. Heat styling also plays a role here, since there’s only so much heat a hair strand can take before the cuticle splits and gets roughed up. (Well hello there, 410° curing iron!) Welcome to my world.

Pantene comes to the rescue with their new Daily Moisture Renewal collection of shampoo, conditioners, treatments, and stylers that are perfect for dry hair like mine. Get ready to meet my new BFF from that collection—Pantene Pro-V Silky Moisture Whip!

Pantene Silky Moisture Whip

Silky Moisture Whip might look like your ordinary mousse, but don’t judge this book by its cover. Because it’s a mousse and so much more. [Read more…]

Birchbox Offers Big Value in a Small Box


Sometimes the biggest treasures come in small packages…

In the past, I’ve given monthly subscription sampling programs a bad rap. In all honesty, I wrote them off because I thought some of them seemed overpriced—and the idea of paying for samples kind of baffles me. In my honest opinion, after seeing what’s out there, some of those programs do still seem overpriced!

But what if some of those programs are low in price, yet big in value?

For example, Birchbox sends you beauty and lifestyle samples for $10 a month—including shipping! Each monthly box contains deluxe samples that are tailored to your personal online beauty profile with Birchbox. If you love what’s inside your box, you can hop online, then shop from the curated products in the Birchbox Shop, while earning loyalty points redeemable for full-size products.

My September Birchbox

To me, there’s value inside the fact that there’s a good possibility I’ll be introduced to something I may never have given thought to try (or didn’t even know was out there). As a beauty blogger, this is a fantastic way for me to break outside of my beauty bubble. There’s also value in the fact that I may receive a full size product. Aside from that, I LOVE SURPRISES! The thought of getting a monthly surprise is exciting, especially when it’s inexpensive.

Inside my September Birchbox…

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My L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Collection Skincare Challenge: Week 2


We’re on to week 2!

You might recall that last week, I introduced you to the new Revitalift Triple Power Collection from L’Oréal Paris. It’s time to start sharing my experiences (so far) with the products, and this week, I’m starting with the Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer. It promises to…

  • Repair wrinkles — Restore essential moisture to help repair each wrinkle.
  • Re-densify — Rebuild skin’s network to help restore skin’s youthful substance. In 4 weeks, skin has a more youthful density.
  • Re-firm — In 4 weeks, facial contours are firmer and more lifted.

Let’s take a closer look!

Ingredients…

This is a facial moisturizer for both day and night, and it contains a few key ingredients. L’Oréal Paris incorporated a proprietary complex in the Revitalift Triple Power collection, Pro-Xylane™. It’s a 100% naturally-derived, biodegradable molecule extracted from the beech wood plant. This molecule was designed to penetrate deep into skin’s surface, and has been shown to enhance collagen production. In addition, the moisturizer also contains hyaluronic acid (which has been shown in certain grades to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water), to encourage moisture in the skin where it needs it most.  [Read more…]