Jenna Hipp What’s Hot Now Nail Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


jenna hipp set costcoOn one of my three trips to Costco last week, I couldn’t leave without this—the Jenna Hipp What’s Hot Now Nail Collection. I’ve never loved and hated a place so much in my life! They’re doing these cool collaborations with beauty industry pros, like Pati Dubroff, Orlando Pita, and in this case—celeb manicurist Jenna Hipp. I hope to try the others soon, but I had to share this one with you.

With shades like these for just $14.99, you know it was leaving with me. Unfortunately, that excitement was short-lived.

What’s inside:

  • 12 – 0.16 fl. oz. Mini Nail Lacquer Bottles
  • Nail File

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Damage Control, Hashtag, Tweet Me, Freshmaker

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ZOYA Cashmeres Collection for Fall 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches


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Following up on the ZOYA Satins Collection, check out the second fall installment from this incredible polish brand—the Cashmeres Collection. With six new dreamy hues, they make me want to break out my sweaters and boots before October! (But that happens almost every year!)

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Zoya Cashmeres Collection

Like most ZOYA shades, these all required two coats of color for full coverage, but some were a little more thin than others. I typically get almost a week of wear out of ZOYA’s regular shades (not including the PixieDusts), so I think it’s a quality formula overall and rarely have complaints. Let’s look at them a little closer! [Read more…]

Hand Perfection Rejuvenating Night Cream Review


hand perfectionHey guys! Dilara is back periodically, she just had a beautiful baby girl! Let’s all wish her a congrats, as she enjoys mommy-hood, it really suits her well. –Amber

We spend so much time slathering lotions and creams on our face and neck, we tend to forget the place where age shows the most—our hands. Hand Perfection Anti-Aging Skincare Rejuvenating Night Cream promises to restore and repair your hands to make them look younger and supple.

I’m always eager to try a new hand cream because my hands always seem to be dry. In the harsh Ohio winters, it seems like my fingertips are like Velcro, they are so damaged! I was ready to put this product to the test. [Read more…]

ZOYA Satins Collection for Fall 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches


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Gorgeous shades for fall…

It’s very, very rare that ZOYA lets me down, and this new seasonal collection for fall makes me very, very happy! The Satins and Cashmeres (review forthcoming in a second post) Collections were just released, and they make me want to unpack my fall sweaters in August. It’s in the 80s, so don’t worry—I won’t! But I’ll still gladly rock these rich hues before Labor Day.

The shades…

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Maria Luisa, Channing, Mason, Claudine, Neve, Giovanna

To say that I’m loving these would be an understatement, but I wanted to point out some things I noticed about the shades. Like most ZOYA shades, two coats are sufficient with the Satins Collection. I also noticed that these shades seemed much more pigmented than usual, with nearly full coverage in a single coat (the exceptions would be Channing, and Maria Luisa (but the latter is a flakie, so no biggie.) But like any nail polish—I’m going to suggest two coats of color, and top coat for optimal wear. [Read more…]

MAC So Supreme Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


MAC So Supreme Collection

I’ve been tinkering with these bad boys for a little over a week, because I just couldn’t commit to any solid feelings for them initially. But I think I’ve finally settled on an opinion on the new MAC So Supreme Collection!

So Supreme is home to six Sheen Supreme Lipsticks, and eight Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint shades. Both of these lippie textures are new to me. Even though there are Sheen Supreme Lipstick shades in the permanent range, this is my first shot with it, while the Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint is an entirely new texture. Let’s go!MAC Pleasurefruit

Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Pleasurefruit — bright warm pink

Of the six lipstick shades, I have three of them; Pret-A-Pretty, Playtime, and Pleasurefruit. To me, the texture is a cross between a gloss-balm and a lipstick, as the texture is somewhat dense and coverage ranges from medium to full. For being pretty pigmented, they’re not overly drying, but they’re also not the most hydrating lipcolor I’ve ever worn. (It kind of meets right in the middle.) They apply with just a little tugging initially, but once the product warms up, it glides across my lips pretty easily. [Read more…]

AVON Mega Effects Mascara Review, Before/After Photos


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Thinking outside of the box…

I know this doesn’t look like a mascara, so I need you to step outside of your makeup comfort zone for just a few minutes. I promise that you’ve never seen anything like this, and that it’s not nearly as scary as it looks! Meet AVON’s latest innovation, Mega Effects Mascara. Ready? Let’s go!

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AVON Mega Effects Mascara

Mega Effects features what AVON calls the “Wonderbrush”, which took over 5,000 hours to develop, and was tested on more than 2,000 women. 6 years later, here we are with a very interesting take on a volumizing mascara. The Wonderbrush is capable of 12 different angles, making getting every last lash possible. [Read more…]

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches


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This fall, Too Faced is taking chances and breaking all the rules with their new Pretty Rebel eyeshadow palette. If loving Pretty Rebel is wrong, I don’t want to be right! This badass palette is home to 10 gorgeously pigmented shades; a few being on the more demure side, while the rest give a rebel yell. Ready to swoon? Let’s go!

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Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette

Pretty Rebel’s exterior has a textured faux gold surface, with raised black straps to give it an edgier appeal than I’m used to seeing from Too Faced—but I rather like it. The palette itself feels sturdy and has a magnetic closure which is pretty standard. Inside, you’ll find a good sized mirror that has a decorative gold stud pattern around it, it’s a cute touch to keep the theme consistent. And for the most important part—the eyeshadows…

Get ready. They ROCK. [Read more…]

Best of Summer: Self-Tanners


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Finding the best self-tanners of this summer was not a task I took lightly! I literally spent months testing, and I tested so many—I truly can’t remember the exact number. There were even times where I’d have one leg slathered in one brand, and the other leg coated with another. Sometimes…those results weren’t exactly pretty! These were the 8 that made the final cut, and why. For best results with any self-tanner (except those that spray), I highly recommend applying with a self-tanning mitt. It not only protects your palms, but enables even application, so you can skip the streaks.

Beautisol Med-Dark Self-Tanning Mousse

Where do I start with my love affair with Beautisol? I’ve been using the products since their initial launch in 2009, and the new Medium Mousse is THE BEST self-tanner I’ve ever used. No kidding. This tinted mousse has color-corrective pigments that eliminate orange and yellow tones, to give you the most beautiful Mediterranean glow—and you can see exactly where it goes. Another feature is their Pure-Scent Technology; it ensures that you have a minimum amount of that icky DHA scent, and it stays smelling fresh (kind of like a fresh-linen scent) while your tan is developing. I won’t go without this one, year-round! $33.90, beautisol.com

Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse

This self-tanner from the UK is now available in the States, and features an innovative technology that binds the formula to your skin longer by matching up with your pH. The 2-3 week claim isn’t indicative of a single application—it refers to 3 applications. You’ll need to apply additional layers of pHenomenal for the best results. A single application lasts about 7 days (still pretty good!), and after your third, lasts up to 3 weeks. (Wait at least 8 hours between those layers!) It has a slight caramel scent, and is tinted so you don’t miss any spots. The color was gorgeous, lacked orange, and faded evenly. Available in Fair, Medium, and Dark; I used the medium formula and was very happy with the results. $54, sephora.com

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OPI San Francisco Collection Fall/Winter 2013 Review, Swatches, Photos


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Being a California girl, and having many friends residing in the San Francisco area, I was really excited to see what the San Francisco Collection from OPI would bring us for Fall. San Francisco is steeped rich in history, and it’s the financial and cultural epicenter of Northern California. From the city’s famous cable cars, the Golden Gate bridge, its famous Chinatown district, and the breathtaking view from the San Francisco Bay—if you’ve never been to this fair city—you don’t know what you’re missing! There’s so much more to San Francisco than meets the eye, and I just love it there.

If you’ve never been to Boudins at the wharf to enjoy a fresh loaf of sourdough, or to Ghirardelli Square—get thee there on your next trip! I highly recommend. While you’re at it, stroll Pier 39. You’ll love it.

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OPI tries to capture the essence of this captivating, one-of-a-kind city, and for that—you’ll have to decide for yourself if they’ve done a great job or not. I see certain shades that are reflective of the spirit of this incredible city, while maybe some others, not so much. But I still have a lot of appreciation for the tribute, and I do like several of the shades for fall!

For the most part, I didn’t struggle with application issues, but I did notice a few things. [Read more…]