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…]

Best of Summer: Sunscreens


Best of summer sunscreens

Chances are, you’ve already gone through one or more bottles of sunscreen this summer—and that’s a good thing! It means you’re out enjoying what makes summer so great, and you’re also protecting your skin as you should. Whether you’re ready to buy a new bottle, or need one for a mid-summer outdoor activity, here are eight of our favorite sunscreens we’ve found so far this summer.

If experts agree on one thing, it’s that sunscreen is the most important step in reducing your risk of skin cancer. Dr. Richie Lin, of Short Hills Dermatology takes it a step further and tells us…

  • No sunscreen is truly “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” since all sunblocks will dissolve in water eventually. In fact, these labels will soon be a thing of the past since the FDA has ruled that only the term “water-resistant,” with a time limit, can be used on a label. If you are swimming, exercising, or even just sweating from a day of walking around, you should reapply your sunscreen every 1-2 hours for continued protection.
  • Sunscreens with an SPF below 15 do not protect against skin cancer or premature aging. The FDA will now require these products to state that they only protect against sunburns, but not against the carcinogenic effects of the sun. Make sure you pick a sunscreen with enough SPF.
  • Swim shirts and brimmed hats with UV protection are very popular right now. You see every toddler and young child at the pool or beach wearing them. If adults are mindful enough to protect their children from large doses of sun exposure, shouldn’t the same rules apply to big people? Protecting yourself with a swim coverup that contains SPF and a wide-brimmed hat means you will be stylish and safe at the beach!

With Dr. Lin’s tips in mind, check these out!

No-Ad SPF 45 Sunscreen Lotion

It’s true—just because a sunscreen is more expensive, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better in the protection department. More expensive sunscreens might have special skincare ingredients aside from the protection factor which can often make them more expensive, but a lot of that price reflects the cost of the marketing. No-Ad has been providing effective suncare solutions since 1962 on a more affordable level, since they skip advertising altogether. The result is a budget-friendly choice that still scores high in ratings by leading consumer publications. $9.99, drugstore.com

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White Sands UnderCover Hair Styling Spray Review


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Skip the “crunch”!

As someone with fine hair, if I don’t use some sort of styling spray when I’m curling my hair—forget it! I stand no chance of even making it out the door before you can’t even tell my hair was curled in the first place. So, to stop the flop, I’m always armed with a lightweight spray. The problem is, a lot of them make my hair crunchy and stiff once the heat hits them. I usually have to pick my battle—deal with some crunch, or go without curls. I usually deal with a little crunch. Sound familiar?

Here’s a product from White Sands that promises to give that control I’m looking for, with light, brushable hold—their UnderCover Styling Spray. I’ve been using it for a while now, so let’s check it out a little closer!

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White Sands UnderCover Styling Spray

UnderCover Styling Spray is a multi-tasking thermal protectant that offers a very light level of hold that’s perfect for using with hot tools. It’s fortified with Pro-Vitamin B5, aloe vera, UV protectants, and hydrators for healthy results. It’s not just fit for heat styling—you can also use it for very light scrunching, and even to keep braids together while still looking natural. For those who are sensitive to fragrance, UnderCover has a light floral scent. [Read more…]

Best of Summer: Body Scrubs


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The best scrubs of summer!

Whether you’re self-tanning this summer, or just want smooth, soft, and healthy skin—these body exfoliation solutions are the keys to your success. Check out eight of the best and brightest scrubs we could find this season. Fresher, smoother, brighter skin is just a few minutes away with these!

Simple Sugars Strawberry Sugar Scrub

I knew I had to purchase this product immediately when I saw the teenage founder and creator of Simple Sugars, Lani Lazzari on ABC’s Shark Tank. This savvy teen scored funding from Mark Cuban, and she really knew her stuff! I purchased a few scents, but I fell in love with the Strawberry—it smells like fresh strawberry jam, and the blend of sugar and natural custom-blended oils leaves my skin baby smooth and hydrated. This scrub contains a mild astringent quality due to the strawberries, and the berries are also a natural source of Vitamin C. $11.95-$16.95, simplesugars.myshopify.com

LATHER Coconut Foaming Scrub

Go coconuts for this deliciously scented body scrub that contains bamboo stem powder, fruit extracts, coconut shell, and cane sugar. When emulsified with water, it slightly foams and gives the perfect amount of friction that’s both gentle to the skin—but sloughs off icky dead skin with a quickness. Everything about this body scrub is divine, right down to the tropical coconut and vanilla scent. Paraben and sulfate-free. $19, lather.com [Read more…]

Dior Nail Glow Review, Photos, Swatches


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Believe it or not, for being a beauty junkie and a nail polish lover—I’m actually quite a minimalist when it comes to my fingernails. Occasionally, I’ll wear a nail color, but I swatch and test so much that it often makes it impossible to stick with any one color for very long. I usually leave the nail salon with clear on my nails after my manicures because I do like the shine. (I should probably just get them buffed!) Inevitably, I chip that clear the very next day. I get frustrated, take it off, and wind up with bare nails anyway.

Dior recently released a new nail enhancer—Dior Nail Glow. I had a few reservations about this product, because it seems like people really love it, or they really dislike it. I figured I was never going to know unless I tried it out, so I plunked down the $24 to find out myself! I’m not going to lie—it took a lot for me to part with that much cash for a tinted nail enhancer! I’m also a big believer though in letting people spend their own wallets, so I hope this helps you.

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note the brush shape

Nail Glow is available in one universal shade, a glossy clear with a bright pink tint. The purpose is to make the pink of your nail pinker, while adding contrast to your natural tips. I’ve had people say that this makes the whites of their nails whiter, but to be honest—I think if anything it’s just a contrast trick with the color, and I don’t think it adds a french manicure effect. I’m pretty happy about that, though! I really did just want something to make my natural nails look healthier, and I think I get that with Nail Glow. [Read more…]