Salon Perfect Perfect Brow Pomade Review, Photos, Swatches


Salon Perfect Brow Pomade

Sometimes, I can be a bit of a skeptic when it comes to bargain beauty products. So when I found out that these new brow pomades from Salon Perfect were just $4.88 each, I immediately thought there was no way that they could be any good. Fast forward to a few weeks later when I had them in my hot little hands, and my attitude changed as if you had flipped on a light switch. To put it simply: I think these things are AWESOME.

The Salon Perfect Perfect Brow Pomades are available in three shades: blonde, light brown, and dark brown. One of the biggest problems I face with brow products is that they’re often too red for me, and the browns often don’t even look close to the shade I need. I didn’t have that problem with these at all. I actually thought I would need the dark brown, but I wore the light brown and really liked it! (I can get away with either, just depending how bold I want to go.) It doesn’t pull red on me like about 90% of the other products I’ve purchased in the past.

salon perfect brow pomades

I know there is an expensive and popular brand of brow pomade out there right now—and I’ve already received many questions about how the Perfect Brow Pomades compare to it. Okay, I’ll just say it—it’s Anastasia Dipbrow. Truth be told, I don’t own Dipbrow! I have too many brow products right now to invest in it personally. So I can’t give you a comparison from personal experience, and I’m sorry about that! But having looked over the ingredients for both, there are several duplicate ingredients. The composition is not exactly the same, but seems pretty close to serve a similar purpose. Dipbrow may also have more shades, but I think the three shades of Perfect Brow Pomade can be pretty universal for most of the population.  [Read more…]

KBShimmer Men are from Mars-ala Nail Polish Review, Photos, Swatches


KB Shimmer Mena are from MarsalaLast month, we found out that Marsala was Pantone’s pick for Color of the Year for 2015. I was able to pick out a few shades of lipstick that match the Marsala theme, but I haven’t picked out any nail polishes yet. Well, KBShimmer is saving me the trouble—because they just released a very special shiny holographic polish, that takes on all of those rosy brown characteristics that Marsala fans are loving right now!

Meet: Men are from Mars-ala…kbshimmer marsala nail polish

image: KBShimmer.com

How perfect is this?!? This is my very first item from KBShimmer (I know, right?), and I’m already hooked. I know so many nail polish fanatics have told me in the past that KBShimmer is where it’s at for originality, performance, pretty holos, and shimmers, so I’m happy that I’m finally onboard.  [Read more…]

MAC Viva Glam x Miley Cyrus Lipstick & Lipglass Review, Photos, Swatches


MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick lipglass

Even if you’re not a Miley Cyrus fan, please hang in there and read this!

I know she’s not exactly my cup of tea either—and I received some not-so-nice comments about her new MAC Viva Glam collaboration when I posted the news of this upcoming release on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram last year. But I have to admit you guys, this color is HOT STUFF, and Viva Glam does SO much good for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

I try not to think of the spokesperson when these collections come out every year, I see so much more than their imagery promoting the product. Here’s why…

As always, every cent from every Viva Glam lip color goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund. The organization helps women, men and children living with, and affected by HIV/AIDS. I’m forever a Viva Glam fan!

Just one Viva Glam Lipstick can equal…

  • 1 rapid oral HIV test
  • 8 nutritious, home-cooked meals
  • 1 school stationery starter pack for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • 1 vegetable garden starter pack for a community garden
  • 2 safer sex kits
  • 1 month of personal transportation to and from doctors visits
  • 2 hours of childcare for a woman during a medical appointment
  • 14 blood glucose monitoring strips
  • 1 pair of shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • …and more!

See why I wanted you to stay with me? There’s a bigger picture here! With that, meet Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick and Lipglass, which will be released here in the States at all MAC locations on January 22nd, and online at maccosmetics.com on January 20th. (The press info I received says that this will be released internationally on February 12th.) Let’s take a closer look!

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick

Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick ($16) is a super hot pink lippie with an Amplified formula. I’ve always associated the Amplified formula with excellent opaque coverage, creamy texture, and a generous amount of wear-time. It was love at first sight, from the moment I popped off the cap! I’m partial to hot pink shades like this already, but the comfortable, non-drying texture, and 4½ hours of wear I got from the lipstick just sealed the deal. I did have a little bit of a pink stain left behind, but it wasn’t substantial.  [Read more…]

Nails Inc. for Victoria Beckham Collection / Judo Red and Bamboo White Review, Photos, Swatches


NailsInc

New for spring from Nails Inc., they’ve collaborated with Victoria Beckham for two limited edition shades of polish with Japanese elements, inspired by the SS/15 Victoria, Victoria Beckham Collection. Two shades is all it takes when they’re this perfect! Let me show you what I mean…

nails inc for vvb victoria beckham nail polish collection

There’s Bamboo White (STUNNING!), and Judo Red (GORGEOUS!). Both polishes are enclosed in generously thick and weighty Venetian glass bottles. On the side of each bottle, you can see the corresponding shade through a glass window. I love the matte finish of the bottles, it gives the exterior a hint of the sophistication of what’s to come. Bamboo White (bone white cream with a hint of pink) is housed in the matte black bottle, while Judo Red (vibrant tomato red) is housed in the matte white bottle.  [Read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! LORAC Vintage Vixen / Sultry Starlet Eyeshadow Palettes — $12 Each at ULTA on Black Friday


LORAC Vintage Vixen Sultry Starlet

I think I got your attention with “LORAC Eyeshadow Palette, Black Friday, and $12″ in the same headline! Here’s your sneak peek at two awesome holiday values you’ll find exclusively at ULTA on Black Friday. If you’re not too hungover from your turkey and stuffing—you may want to get to ULTA very early (check your individual location for its hours that day), because I have a feeling these will be gone with the wind, very quickly.

As a side note, I’ve been told a limited quantity of these MAY also be on ulta.com that day as well, but please don’t quote me on that as I don’t have specifics to offer you. I’m putting it out there as more of a possible insider-tip that may help you in your search. Fingers crossed that it does! Like the LORAC/ULTA.com Cyber Monday palette deal, treat these palettes similar to “doorbuster” deals that you’d find at just about any other store during the holidays. I just want help you get prepared! UPDATE: As of this moment (10:30 pm Pacific on 11/27), both palettes are currently in stock online here. Shop in your PJs instead! These are now sold out online. Try your luck in-store at ULTA now!

UPDATE: As of 1/9/15 there are a limited number of these palettes on the ULTA website here. I am just as surprised as you! Many thanks to G at Nouveau Cheap for the scoop! 

Ready for a closer look?

LORAC Sultry Starlet Vintage Vixen palettes

The scoop…

On Black Friday this year, LORAC is releasing two limited edition palettes, and both will retail for $12 each at ULTA. One has five matte shades, and it’s called the Vintage Vixen (peach print). The second palette has five shimmer shades, and it’s called the Sultry Starlet (burgundy print). I have not given all 10 shades a 100% test drive for a full review, but I feel comfortable sharing my initial thoughts and feelings on them enough to give the details and swatches, with the hopes they can help you make a purchasing decision.

Each palette fits in the length of my hand, and they contain a total net weight of 0.29 oz./8.23g in each palette. The surface of the palettes have a black vintage print that’s laminated, over a thick cardboard exterior. (They do feel pretty sturdy!) Inside you’ll find a small mirror, and the flap of the palette is secured when it’s closed by a magnet. LORAC Sultry Starlet ULTA Black Friday Palette

Sultry Starlet breakdown…

While the shades don’t have names, these are my best attempts at descriptions:

  • pale rose gold shimmer
  • pale peach/copper shimmer
  • yellow gold shimmer
  • hazelnut brown shimmer
  • dark mocha shimmer

I thought the texture of four of the five shades was very smooth, and nearly creamy with good pigmentation and color payoff. The one shade that required a little extra love was the yellow gold shimmer. It’s not terrible, but not as smooth and pigmented as the other shades. The yellow gold shade had a little bit of powdery-ness to it. Again, not terrible—but a heads up! [Read more…]

tarte Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set for QVC Today’s Special Value for 11/10/14


Tarte Sweet Indulgence 3 in 1 holiday gift set qvc tsv

I’ve been tinkering with tarte’s QVC  Today’s Special Value; it’s the Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Set, and it is bountiful! On 11/10, you can score this phenomenal gift for just $59.94. After Monday—it will go back to regular price. To help you decide if you should make the splurge, I’ve put together the product photos, swatches, and product information. This won’t serve as a full review since I haven’t been able to wear all of these items in the amount of time I’ve had the collection, so please use this as more of a guide than a full review.

This is an easy way to have three individual gifts for about $20 each, or you can gift the whole set together. All three golden leaflet-print boxes slide into a single case. Kind of like a cute little library of makeup treats!

tarte sweet indulgences set

Inside the aqua box, you’ll find…

  • Lipsurgence Lip Gloss in Indulging — soft raspberry
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Wonder — poppy
  • Lipsurgence Lip Creme in Rare – peach nude
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Pampered — melon
  • Amazonian Clay blush in Savored — golden rose

The Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush shades are absolutely gorgeous! I can’t recall ever not liking any that I’ve tried, and these are no exception. I found that the colors really do stay true all day for me. They’re pretty silky to the touch, and aren’t powder-y, but my blush brush is able to pick up a nice deposit of pigment that blends easily into my skin without streaking. I have combination skin, and tend to get oily in my cheeks—so for these not to fade or slip around during the day is a win. That pretty iridescence in the Savored shade is everything!   [Read more…]

My Latest Addiction: Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla


Laura Geller French Vanilla Baked Highlighter

I know the packaging is very unassuming, and you might not realize it yet—but no doubt, my friends. You’re looking at a fantastic multi-tasker. It went Holy Grail status for me just seconds after applying.

Meet Laura Geller’s French Vanilla Baked Highlighter; a silky, sheer beige illuminating powder that can be used just about anywhere!

Laura Geller French Vanilla

  • Using this on the highest part of my cheekbones adds a warm glow that rivals how flattering a dinner by candlelight is to my complexion.
  • Using it solely on my brow bone or as eyeshadow all-over opens up my eye area so that I look awake and refreshed.
  • Wearing alone on the inner corners of my eyes makes my eyes dazzle day or night.
  • Applying it on the bow of my top lip gives my pout definition.
  • Dusting it along my collarbone with an open-neck top or dress gives a slightly defined sheen.
  • Placing it lightly along the bridge of my nose adds a point of light for definition and healthy glow.

I’m sure you can think of a few more ways to make it work!  [Read more…]

Sneak Peek Review & Swatches: LORAC Champagne Dreams Eyeshadow Palette, ULTA.com Cyber Monday EXCLUSIVE


LORAC Champagne Dreams Cyber Monday Palette

I hate to be a tease, but you won’t be able to get your hands on this until Cyber Monday! Start making your list…

It’s an ulta.com exclusive, and I just know it will sell out in a flash—especially considering it’s just $15. LORAC has lots of tricks up their sleeves for the holiday season, and this little beauty is the Champagne Dreams Eyeshadow Palette. It contains seven nude-inspired hues, six I found to have a nice shimmer, with one being a soft creme demi-satin.

Let’s take a closer look!  [Read more…]

Celebrate Pixi Beauty’s 15th Birthday with Crystal Champagne (Nails, That Is! )


pixi beauty almond glow crystal champagne

Looking for a gorgeous way to add twinkle to your nails that’s still office appropriate, yet can take you from day to night? Look no further’s than Pixi Beauty’s brand new rose-gold champagne glitter shade—Crystal Champagne. We’re popping bottles over it, especially considering that this limited edition shade is an ode to Pixi by Petra’s 15th birthday. I don’t need a holiday to celebrate with glitter, but hey! If there’s a birthday around (especially Pixi’s), I’m all for it. Glitter it up, I say!

pixi beauty crystal champagne

Crystal Champagne — small to medium gold and rose gold glitter flecks

pixi beauty crystal champagne swatch

In the Crystal Champagne swatch above, that is a single coat over my natural nails, folks  You know how some glitter shades make you struggle and dab them on? I had not a single issue with this little baby, which made me so very happy. You know what else makes me happy? Another neutral shade that is still glam—like Almond Glow. Whether you pair Almond Glow with Crystal Champagne, or wear it alone, the choice is totally yours—but you can’t go wrong either way. Also, what a great holiday color this will make without looking too Christmas-y. [Read more…]