MAC Playland Swatches: “Live It Up” Lipglass, “Bright Side” Lipglass, and “Toying Around” Lipstick Swatches

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On Tuesday, MAC Cosmetics released a limited edition collection called Playland. I knew I had to have a couple of the lip products from the collection, because when it comes down to makeup products, I seem to love lipstick and lip products the most. I ended up picking up Toying Around Lipstick, Live It Up Lipglass, and Bright Side Lipglass. I knew the collection was going to be a hot ticket item, especially Toying Around Lipstick, and sure enough, it sold out quickly on their website. The collection released on Thursday in stores, and I was at my local MAC counter this afternoon (one day after the release). There were still a good amount of items left at my MAC counter, so if you’re interested, I’d definitely head over to your local MAC counter. (more…)

NARS “Orgasm” Lip Gloss & NARS “Priscilla” Lip Gloss Swatches & Review

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NARS Cosmetics has completely revamped and reformulated their Lip Gloss collection! Their new Lip Gloss has a doe-foot applicator, making application easier than ever, and each Lip Gloss also contains Sea Lavender to help protect against signs of aging. I put two shades to the test: a classic and a brand new shade. NARS “Orgasm” Lip Gloss is the classic shade, with a gorgeous peachy-pink base and a golden shimmer. NARS “Priscilla” Lip Gloss is a brand new shade added to their line, and it’s a stunning bright, hot pink shade. I put both to the test inside… (more…)

Natural Neutrals Makeup Look featuring It Cosmetics “Naturally Pretty” Eyeshadow Trio

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On any given day, you’ll probably find me in a makeup look like this one, or some variation of it. Yes, I love to play with makeup. Yes, I change my look up often. The tried-and-true makeup look for me though is this one, which I call Natural Neutrals. It’s probably one of the fastest looks I’ve learned to perfect over the years, and it gives me just enough definition on my eyes and face that I look awake and like a “better version” of myself. I’m using the It Cosmetics “Naturally Pretty” Eyeshadow Trio which is basically the perfect tiny little eyeshadow palette for the natural beauty lover. It’s compact, it fits into any makeup bag easily, and you can create that gorgeously natural, defined eye look. Full pictorial inside! (more…)

Coachella Inspired Makeup Look: Hippie Chic!

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With Coachella kicking off in California this weekend, I knew I had to do a hippie chic look for you guys! My style is very bohemian year round, and I always say that I was born in the wrong decade. I seriously think I am a flower child, meant to be a teenager during the 1970′s! This look is very Woodstock-inspired, when the women wore a lot of bright, happy, fun colors on their eyes and kept their other makeup quite on the neutral side. I’ve got a full pictorial for you on how I achieved this, and more inspiration pictures! (more…)

Highlighting & Illuminating Tips & Tricks with NARS Hot Sand Illuminator: Swatches & Review

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We’re already into Summer 2014 makeup collections, and I love it! Summer is such a fun time for makeup collections because it’s all about simplicity, glowing skin, eyes, and lips, and bright shades. As part of the NARS Summer 2014 “Adult Swim” Color Collection, they are releasing a brand new NARS Illuminator in Hot Sand. If anyone does highlighting, it’s NARS. They have some of the best and most popular glowing shades out there in the makeup industry. The popularity of their famed “Orgasm” blush has been made into everything from an illuminator to a lip gloss. Hot Sand is no exception to the typical gorgeous, glowing products NARS puts out. I’ve got full swatches of Hot Sand inside, as well as a quick tutorial of how I apply liquid illuminator and where I apply it for that perfect glow… (more…)

Scarlett Johansson Purple Eyeshadow Makeup Look

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My Urban Decay Electric Palette has been sitting on my vanity whispering to me, “Use me.” I’ve been wanting to play around with it more since I got it, and then I also stumbled across this image of Scarlett Johansson and I thought it was perfect. Not only is Scarlett gorgeous, but her and I have a very similar eye color. The eye makeup is bold, daring, and bright, but there is also a fairy-tale softness to it. It catches your eye and then you can’t help but be transfixed by how shimmery and gorgeous it is. Full details inside! (more…)

Spring 2014: Too Faced A La Mode Palette, Swatches, Review & Makeup Look!

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I have a really awesome husband. I mean, really awesome. He actually went into Ulta and scouted this palette out for me on his lunch break while he was by himself, and purchased it for me. How many men would actually walk into Ulta by themselves and purchase makeup? Needless to say, he won major kudos for picking this palette up for me. It happened to be the last one they had in stock, and since I’m a massive fan of Too Faced Cosmetics and all of their releases, I knew I had to get my hands on their A La Mode Palette for Spring 2014. The packaging is, of course, adorable in typical Too Faced fashion. The eyeshadow shades are pigmented and velvety soft, and the possibilities for looks are endless. (more…)

Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation Review!

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I am excited to team up with Rimmel London to take the Stay Matte Challenge! The Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation is ideal for those who want to keep a shine-free complexion all day long. I have very oily skin that only gets worse as the weather gets warmer. Since the weather is getting quite warm around here, especially this past week, I put it to the test on some long days to see how it would hold up.

The consistency of this product is amazing. It’s a lightweight whipped mousse texture, and you need about a dime-sized amount of product for your entire face. I was amazed at how little product I needed for very good coverage, especially compared to a lot of my other foundations. I know that this foundation will last me quite awhile. I like to apply this foundation with a flat top brush and use stippling motions on my face. The coverage is medium, and can be built up to very full coverage. I like that this foundation is so lightweight and non-cakey feeling but still covers my imperfections really well. My shade is “200 – Soft Beige.” It blended perfectly into my skin, but the real test is whether or not the product stood up to my oily skin!

 

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After a very long day last week, my skin looked exactly how I wanted it to look: highlighted only in the parts of my face that I applied shimmery highlighter. I applied my makeup early in the morning, went on a road trip, took in dinner and shopping downtown, as well as a basketball game. By the time I was on my way home, it was late and I wanted to see how my foundation was holding up. To my delight, the only parts of my face that looked dewy were the parts that I had actually applied highlighter to (down my nose and above my cheekbones). The rest of my face maintained a matte texture, and this was well past the twelve-hour mark of wearing the foundation. Normally at this point, my face would look extremely oily on my nose, chin, forehead, and cheeks. Rimmel’s Stay Matte Foundation passed the longevity test!

 

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My final test with this foundation came yesterday, when I wanted to see how it looked during a really bright sunny day. I was curious to see if it looked natural on my skin. I took the above photograph of myself in all natural lighting during the day. I was really happy with the way this product photographed. Taking pictures of my makeup is a really important part of my job, and when the foundation becomes part of the skin and looks natural, it photographs well. Rimmel’s Stay Matte Foundation made my skin look flawless both on camera and in natural light.

 

Join me in taking the Rimmel London Stay Matte Challenge and enter to win a make-up prize to create endless London looks valued at $1000!  You can enter by writing a blog review or filming a YouTube video, and making sure to tag #staymatteswitch, as well as enter your link on the Rimmel Tumblr submission page!

 

For all of you out there who don’t have a blog or a YouTube channel, you can enter Rimmel’s sweepstakes by snapping a picture of yourself and declaring your Rimmel Stay Matte switch by tagging #staymatteswitch and @rimmellondonus on Instagram, Twitter & TumblrRimmel London is giving away FIVE iPad Airs to some lucky beauty lovers! If you’re a social media user or lover, make sure to put yourself in the running!

 

 

 

Rimmel London.  Get the London Look.
Find out why girls across the country are making the stay matte switch at http://www.staymatteswitch.com. @RimmelLondonUS, #StayMatteSwitch.

 

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Rimmel London via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Rimmel London.

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in “Patentpink,” Swatches & Review

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I wanted to do a post on the brand new MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil collection as soon as possible. A lot of beauty lovers had very mixed feelings about these, and I was looking forward to trying them for myself. These were released this week online, and there was a code for free overnight shipping, so I ordered one shade to see how I would like the formula and pigmentation. I ended up getting Patentpink, which is a lavender-pink shade. These pencils are similar to the other burst of lip “crayon” products we’ve seen from Clinique, Revlon, Wet n Wild, and several other brands. The overall product is like a chubby pencil crayon for your lips. It makes applying the product extremely easy and the pencil itself is actually a twist-up with no sharpening required. If you’d like to see swatches and my full thoughts on this brand new product, (more…)

Urban Decay Electric Palette Swatches, Review, & Makeup Look

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Once upon a time, Urban Decay was known for their acid-like colors and shocking pigments. In recent years, they have released the wildly popular Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3 Palettes, all with neutral shades. While I use and adore my Naked Palettes to death, I think that Urban Decay was getting a little sidetracked, especially for those of us UD fans who remember them as being a wild, bright, colorful brand. The Urban Decay Electric Palette finally delivers! There are ten shades total, including Chaos, a highly coveted bright blue shade from Urban Decay’s original Vice Palette. Every shade is creamy, soft, and highly pigmented, making this the best bright eyeshadow palette I now have in my collection. Full swatches inside, (more…)

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