I’m a huge fan of NARS Cosmetics’ The Multiple. It’s the perfect multi-tasking beauty product for your cheeks and lips. They have finally come out with a matte version of the product, known as the Matte Multiple. Today I have Exumas for you, a gorgeous apricot shade that lights up on the skin and lips. It’s a stunning shade for spring and summer and it will look fantastic on a lot of different skin tones. Matte cosmetic products appeal to a lot of people, especially those with oily skin and aging skin, because they have a flat texture with no shine, and don’t highlight imperfections (such as acne or wrinkles). I’ve got full swatches inside and a look wearing Exumas, (more…)
Today was a super fun day because I went and got my hair done at the salon with my good friend Jessica. She is an incredible hairdresser, and she’s actually more like a therapist than a hairdresser because by the time you leave her seat, you’re feeling like a new person! I had balayage highlights done, which I had been eyeing up on Pinterest for awhile now. I put together a little collage on my Instagram of examples that I loved, and she knew exactly what I wanted without any further instruction. I also used my NYX “Wicked Dreams” Palette again today, which I am realizing I love more and more each day. It’s a fairly simple, neutral look that really makes your eyes look much bigger and brighter. Full tutorial inside, as well as pictures of my balayage! (more…)
Typically at some point over the weekend, my husband and I head over to Whole Foods to pick up odds and ends, and right next to Whole Foods is Ulta. Since I want for very little makeup wise, I tend to be selective and gravitate toward new products or products that seem like hidden gems. I spotted this NYX Cosmetics “Wicked Dreams” Palette which has twenty-four eyeshadow shades inside of it, and it was only $14.99! I ended up using the $3.50 coupon from the Ulta circular, and before I knew it, I had a major beauty bargain on my hands. I highly recommend this palette for anyone who is on a makeup budget or just enjoys a beauty steal. All the eyeshadow shades are pigmented and smooth, and there is a variety of colors to choose from. I’ve got the full tutorial of this look inside! (more…)
This Spring, Sephora introduces an exclusive, limited edition cosmetic collection inspired by the upcoming motion picture Divergent from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, opening nationwide on March 21, 2014. From a stunning Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit, to a Divergent Limited Edition 7-Piece Nail Art Kit, all inspired by the iconography and characters in the film.
Sephora’s limited edition Divergent Collection is housed in distinctive packaging adorned with imagery inspired by the film and its characters, and each product has been specially formulated to bring out your most adventurous side, including never-been-seen-before transforming special effects for eyes and nails. The Divergent Collection includes three unique pieces exclusive to Sephora to discover:
1. Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Palette ($32.50):
Portable but impactful, this limited edition palette contains three High Pigment Eye Shadows in versatile neutral shades: Candor Lace, Luminous Taupe, Envious Chocolate, one Long Wear Blush in Rosy Horizon, one Matte Bronzer in Compassionate Copper, and a High Shine Lip Gloss in Artistic Mauve.
2. Divergent Limited Edition 7-Piece Nail Art Kit ($27.50):
This 7-piece set includes five Long-Wear Nail Lacquers, one High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer and six Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos so you can proudly signal your Divergent allegiance on tips and toes. Create endless nail art looks by layering the unique High-Gloss Transforming Nail Lacquer over any shade to create an opalescent, shimmering finish, and then add one of the exclusive, easy-to-use Nail Water-Transfer Tattoos. Just cut the paper to any shape or size desired, add water, hold onto nail, and peel back for flawless application.
3. Divergent Limited Edition Multi-Piece Collector’s Kit ($59.50):
With three limited edition eye shadow palettes, a cheek palette, and four lip glosses inspired by the traits of each Divergent faction, and a double-ended application brush, this multi-piece kit includes everything to define your inner self. For inspiration, three “Get-the-Look” cards are included and provide tips for creating different Divergent looks.
Each of the three Eye Shadow Palettes contains four coordinating High Pigment Eye Shadows plus one High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadow to draw immediate attention to the eyes. The transformer shades impart a diamond illusion, shimmery, mirror-like reflection that is transparent when applied dry, and translucent when applied wet, showcasing fluid, twinkling particles that look like they are suspended in air. What’s more, you can mix and match the High Gloss Transforming Eye Shadows to give you a unique look every time by breaking apart the palette and swapping with another. Along with these 12 stunning shadows, the kit includes a Cheek Palette with two Long-Wear Blushes, Shimmering Bronzer and Radiant Glow Illuminator, four High Shine Lip Glosses and a Double-Ended Eye & Cheek Brush for flawless application.
The Divergent Limited Edition Cosmetics Collection will be available at free-standing Sephora stores, Sephora inside JCPenney and Sephora.com beginning March 2014, for a limited time.
I think green eyeshadow invokes horror and fear in people. They think they are going to end up looking like a drag queen (who, by the way, have fabulous makeup, but you may not be going for that look). Green is a very wearable shade of eyeshadow, even for the daytime. On Saturday, the weather was warm and sunny, and I wanted to actually put some makeup on and look nice. I decided to go with an olive green-grey shade that clearly has a green reflect, but also sort of looks neutral on the eye. It’s incredibly flattering on anyone, and when you pair it with neutral cheeks and peach lipstick, it’s perfect for the daytime. (more…)
This is so exciting for those of you who are makeup geeks and love all things retro. Revlon is bringing back five iconic lip shades from their vault this spring. They actually put this to a vote on their Facebook page last year, and I remember going through the shades and researching them. Snow Peach was launched in 1956, and is a gorgeous bright peachy-pink shade. The original tagline for this shade was, “Beauty is within your reach when you wear Snow Peach.” I found the full display with all five shades in my local CVS store tonight, and I will probably go back for the rest of the shades, just because I’m a huge makeup completionist, and want to own the other ones as well. (more…)
Be still my beating heart. The new Spring 2014 Zoya Magical PixieDust Collection is finally here! Zoya’s PixieDust formula is one of my favorites when it comes to glitter nail polish. The polishes are used without a topcoat and dry down to a super glittery, sparkling, textured finish. Zoya has amped up their game by adding in larger pieces of glitter and holographic pixie particles! Just when I thought the PixieDust’s couldn’t be any more gorgeous…the Zoya fairies have to go ahead and add in a holographic finish. These are basically like diamonds for your fingernails. I am in love. These polishes light up your nails and make them look so full of bling, that the light will constantly be catching your nails. I’ve got full swatches inside of Cosmo, Vega, and Lux. (more…)
Milani Cosmetics always brings their A-game when it comes to innovative products and fantastic quality drugstore products. This limited edition collection of blushes, aptly called Coming Up Roses features 4 matte powder blush shades, each stamped with a luxuriously gorgeous rose design. Milani actually released a similar limited edition collection like this one last year, but this year they decided to go big and bright. I absolutely LOVE it. To me, this is the epitome of a beauty steal. You’re getting glamorous, luxurious, aesthetically extraordinary packaging, with high-quality, pigmented makeup, for a drugstore price. Each one of these blushes is incredibly pigmented and rich in color, so you’ll have to see the beauty inside… (more…)
I promised I would do a makeup look with my brand new Younique Mineral Pigments, so here is my look using Heart Broken. Ironically, I started using this pigment for my look because it’s opposite my eye color on a color wheel, and it makes my eye color pop like crazy. As I was doing the look, it kept reminding me of something I had seen before that I loved, either in a magazine or on the red carpet. It dawned on me that Kristen Stewart wore a STUNNING burgundy eye on the red carpet to the Met Gala, and it’s basically my all-time favorite makeup look and picture set of her ever. It was highly praised, since Kristen Stewart is typically very tomboyish and wears very little makeup. It highlighted her green eyes like crazy, and it was sort-of “punk rock glamorous.” I realized that this was basically subconsciously inspired by that red carpet look, so inside, I’ve included a side-by-side picture of that look and my look together. Full details and products used inside! (more…)
My very good friend Erin over at Read at Home Mama was co-hosting a Younique Cosmetics party over Facebook last week, and since it’s a brand I’ve heard of, but never tried, I knew I wanted to order some of the pigments. The Moodstruck Minerals Pigments are 100% natural, chemical-free, mineral-based pigment powders, free of talc, oils, preservatives, perfumes, synthetic dyes, and parabens. I am always down for cosmetics that are mineral based and free of chemicals. I don’t have super sensitive eyes, but during the spring when the weather gets warmer, I am prone to allergies. It’s 80 degrees and sunny here today, and I already see pollen on my car. When I have allergies, my eyes get itchy, and I prefer to go with more natural products so that I can lessen the irritation. I picked up 4 of their pigments and have full swatches of Heart Broken, Daring, Sexy, and Regal inside! (more…)