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Rimmel London Keep Calm Balms

Rimmel London Keep Calm Balms

Rimmel London Keep Calm Balms

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Whenever I see these “Keep Calm” lip balms from Rimmel London, I think about teachers.  Wouldn’t they make such a wonderful “back to school” gift, especially for a teacher of young children?  Then again, if you were to hand these out on day one, I’m guessing they might assume your little angel is about to give them hell.  In all seriousness though, these adorable, affordable little balms came to mind as such an ideal gift for teacher.  Like it or not, the holidays are rapidly approaching, so I’ve been brainstorming some fun “giftable” treats for teachers.

Rimmel London Keep Calm And Party Balm

Rimmel London Keep Calm And Party Balm

Rimmel London Keep Calm And Play Balm

Rimmel London Keep Calm And Play Balm

Rimmel London Keep Calm Balms

Rimmel London Keep Calm Balm Swatches: Play and Party

Rimmel London Keep Calm Balm Swatches: Play and Party

Swatched above are Rimmel London Keep Calm and Play (a sheer apple red) and Keep Calm and Party (a sheer berry/plum).  No matter how intense the colors appear in the tube, these lipstick-like balms apply very sheer.  They add a touch of color to the lips, and a whole LOT of moisture!

I used to see these everywhere!  You can snag one at Walmart.com for only $2.50 (but then you have to pay shipping), or Amazon.com for about $4.50.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Hobo Bags At Shopbop

These Hobo Bags from @Shopbop have caught my eye! Here are eight gorgeous hobos you need to check out this fall!

The hobo bag is back in a big way for fall 2016!  I was browsing at Shopbop and wanted to share these eight beautiful choices with you!   Click HERE to shop at Shopbop to shop these gorgeous bags! Keep reading for the full details on them all!

1 Grace Atelier De Lux Bohbo Hobo Bag $1,195– I’ll admit this gorgeous bag is a bit of an obsession for me right now.  The shoulder strap features a gorgeous braided design that carries through to the top closure strap and ends in tassels.  The sides have minimal fringe, and inside is one large zip pocket and one tiny card holder for your favorite credit card. Featured here in black leather, the bag is also available in two different neutral shades.

2 Marc Jacobs Gotham Hobo $495– I love this shade of Bordeaux for fall!  This bag features a lean profile, so if you prefer a hobo that’s less bulky it’s a great choice.  It’s adorned with a double J hanging luggage tag, and has a removable shoulder strap.

3 Rebecca Minkoff Isobel Hobo $295– This chunky little hobo fits snugly beneath the arm, and can also double as a satchel!  The minimalist design features two long braided tassels that drape over the top.  Interior contains one zip pocket, and three open pockets for organization.

4 Furla Luna Hobo Bag $648– This pale neutral hobo works with anything, and is such a classic!  The bag has two straps fastened by a golden button on each side, so it’s very versatile!  If you’re using the shorter strap, the long strap hangs fashionably below the bag.

5 Tory Burch Perry Hobo Bag $395– This slouchy hobo is pebbled leather and boasts a roomy interior!  Inside are two pockets, and an unexpected gold metallic interior!

6 Marc Jacobs Maverick Hobo $550–  This gorgeous blue hobo bag features a large, flat outer pocket and a magnetic top closure.  Also available in a tan leather.

7 Kate Spade New York Mason Hobo Bag $458– This streamlined hobo has a long double-tassel embellishment on the front.  An inside magnetic closure keeps your possessions safe.  Inside are one large zip pocket and two open pockets for odds and ends.  Featured here in black, it’s also available in a pale putty shade that is seasonless!

8 Rebecca Minkoff Darren Hobo Bag $295– The gorgeous olive-neutral color of this bag was what caught my eye, and what kept me hooked was the price tag!  This beautiful hobo bag features a gold-toned turnlock closure and some very simple fringe details.

Click HERE to shop at ShopbopThere are many other hobo styles in stock!  Just click on “bags” and then refine by “hobo” to see them all!

NARS Dolce Vita, Outlaw, and Luster Blushes

NARS Dolce Vita, Outlaw, and Luster Blushes

NARS Dolce Vita, Outlaw, and Luster Blushes

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogLooking for some great blush colors for fall?  I was gazing lovingly at my NARS Pro Palette and these three shades lept out at me as perfect for the autumn season!

Show above from left to right:

Dolce Vita– described by the brand as a matte dusty rose, to me it’s more of a bold berry pink

Outlaw– very similar to Dolce Vita, this blush features a frosty golden finish

Luster– described by the brand as a sheer golden apricot, in my eyes this shade is a versatile bronze that can be used as either a bronzer or cheek color

NARS Dolce Vita, Outlaw, and Luster Blushes

NARS Dolce Vita, Outlaw, and Luster Blushes

These pretty blushes retail for $30 per compact, or $21 to refill your pro palette.

Click HERE to buy this product at NARSCosmetics.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Ulta.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

MAC Highlight The Truth Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Highlight The Truth Mineralize Skinfinish

press-sampleThe name so nice, they sent it twice! The MAC Taraji P. Henson collection contains TWO different Mineralize Skinfinish shades.  Each is intended to harness the glowing complexion of Taraji P. Henson.  You know I’m a long-time fan of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, and it’s actually one of my all-time favorite MAC products.  As a result, I’m always happy to try a new shade of this favorite formula, especially one as universally flattering and seasonless as Highlight The Truth.

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches

MAC Taraji Glow Mineralize Skinfinish Swatches

Now, BOTH of these compacts were sent to me by MAC and each features a different name.  But I’m thinking these are both MAC Highlight The Truth.  MAC Taraji Glow is a much darker shade on their site, and looks to be a deep terracotta brown shade.  The brand describes Highlight The Truth as a soft bronze coral with golden shimmer.  To me it looks like a luminous apricot.  It’s an ideal “straddle” shade as we close the summer season and head into fall, and truly looks amazing on any complexion.

Retail price is $33 per compact.

The collection also contains MAC Matte Lipstick in Strip Me Down- $17, Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara- $23, Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack- $21, and a 187 Duo Fibre Fach Brush- $42.

MAC Liptensity can be ordered directly from MACCosmetics.com! Other retailers that carry this line are Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Smashbox Lash Options

Smashbox Lash Solutions

Smashbox Lash Solutions

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogI’ve been getting better acquainted with Smashbox mascara and lash primer options.  In the photo above from left to right: Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black, Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara in Deep Black, Smashbox X-Rated Mascara in Rich Black, and Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer.  So many mascaras and so little time!  So which do you choose for your lash needs?

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara:  This is the “old faithful” of Smashbox mascara options!  It comes in this standard form, and also a waterproof option. For thick, long, noticeable lashes this is your pick! The black color is a tad shiny, and also contains olive oil to take care of your fringe. $22.

Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara: This mascara was formulated for perfection.  There’s something about this particular shade of black that seems soft and sooty to me, so I like to pair it with a kohl liner for the ultimate in smokiness.  $22.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara: I’ll admit, I’m in love with this product for the twisted tube alone!  But when I’m looking for length and separation, this is the tube I reach for.  This mascara is a fiber formula, and able to really build out length.  $22.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer: This base-coat delivers the perfect beginning to your mascara application.  It appears a bit white upon application, but vanishes completely when mascara is applied over it. $22

What do you think?  Which formula would you choose to meet your needs?

Keep scrolling for more photos!  Retail price of each mascara is $22.  Click HERE to buy from Smashbox.com. Other retailers of the brand include Sephora, Macys.com and Ulta.

The product in this review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Smashbox Lash Solutions

Smashbox Lash Solutions

Smashbox Lash Solutions

Smashbox Lash Solutions

Smashbox Lash Solutions

Smashbox Lash Solutions