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Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

press-sampleYou may find this hard to believe, but even here in the desert I look forward to the hot summer months.  We don’t experience “winter” in the Phoenix area the way much of the rest of the US does, but I’ll confess that I still hate it when it’s cooler and overcast.  The desert comes alive with fun activites for the kids only when temps hit 90 (think waterslides, wavepools, etc) and we spend a good part of every day outside, even when temps hit 115.

Aside from fun in the sun, summertime is an opportunity to have fun with your makeup as well. The NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 makeup collection contains vivid shadows for the eyes, bronzy dual intensity blush shades, and “Lip Cover” glosses in classic shades. All items sport limited edition packaging that is so fun!

Members Only Swatch, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

Members Only Swatch, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

This Hollywood starlet red is seasonless. Check out the amazing texture on this swatch! Price is $28 per gloss.

Pool Shark and Deep End Swatches, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

Pool Shark and Deep End Swatches, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

Pool Shark and Deep End Eye Shadow harness the beauty of the sea shimmering beneath a hot sun.  What great choices for summertime accent colors!  Price is $29 per shadow.

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush contains a peachy pink and a terracotta rust shade that are perfect for blushing and contouring.  Retail price is $45 per compact.

Click HERE to shop the Under Cover collection at NARSCosmetics.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Ulta.

The products in this review were press samples. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

MAC x Chris Chang

MAC x Chris Chang Collection 2016

MAC x Chris Chang Collection 2016

press-sampleThose perfect pops of color you crave for summer? That’s what you’ll find in the MAC x Chris Chang color collection for Summer 2016. Chris Chang’s Poesia line is known for being a bit wacky, a bit whimsical, but above all else colorful! Inspired by the Chinese art form Kunqu, this collection features a rainbow of colors for lips, cheeks, and eyes.

MAC x Chris Chang Swatches

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick Swatch

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick Swatch

When I first saw this Gold Xixi lipstick, I thought “Oh, this is probably a subtle hint of gold!”  NOPE!  This is an extremely pigment rich, in your face yellow-gold!  If you are looking for a statement lipstick, this collection is one you need to see.  Gold Xixi is described by MAC as a Lemony Pastel Yellow.  Other colors in the collection include Cloud Gait (pastel turquoise lustre), Plum Princess (a pastel plum/lavender matte), DDDevilish (pastel hot pink matte), and Vermillion Vee (true red matte).  Retail price $20 per lipstick.

MAC Prep + Prime Tranasparent Finishing Powder

MAC Prep + Prime Tranasparent Finishing Powder

The only colorless product in the MAC x Chris Chang collection is this Prep + Prime finishing powder.  Completely translucent, this powder can be used on any complexion to help soften the appearance and mattify the finish of your makeup.  The limited-edition compact design is a reward for replenishing this makeup bag staple now.  Retail price is $29.50.

MAC Rich Coral Cream Colour Base

MAC Rich Coral Cream Colour Base

MAC Rich Coral Swatch

MAC Rich Coral Swatch

MAC Cream Colour Base is the ultimate in buildable color.  The finish is sheer and dewy, and it can be layered until you achieve the desired intensity.  This fragrance-free product can be used on eyes, lips, or cheeks.  It’s the ultimate is versatility!  The shade Rich Coral is an intense blood orange color.  Other shades include Peony Pavilian (hot pink), and Sockit Xiqu (dirty lavender).  Retail price is $23 per compact.

Also included in the collection but not pictured are four shades of eye shadow ($17), and one Fluidline ($17.50).  Shop the collection on MACCosmetics.com.  MAC products are also available at Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

The products in this review were press samples. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks

Smashbox Color Correcting Stick

Smashbox Color Correcting Stick

press-sampleWhile color correcting concealers are all the rage, the concept is not really new.  In fact, I have been writing for quite some time about the magical effect an orange-hued concealer has on the undereye area, and how yellow and green concealers are great to neutralize both acne and rosacea.  The idea of owning more than one concealer shade is now mainstream, and the new Smashbox Color Correcting Stick collection contains four different shades of concealer to highlight, contour, brighten, and even the complexion.  If you’re looking to build out your own concealer collection, take a look at these creamy concealer sticks!  They apply easily, blend beautifully, and have a unique formula that can even be applied wet!

Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks, Opened

Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks, Opened

Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks Swatches

Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks Swatches

Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks are available in four shades: lavender, orange, green, and peach.  Each shade specifically nullifies unwanted complexion colors.  Not sure which you require?  Here’s a handy little guide for you!

  • Lavender (Don’t Be Dull):  Brightens dullness for all complexions (cancels out sallow or yellow tones)
  • Orange (Look Less Tired–Dark):  Undereye perfection for darker complexions!  Orange hued concealers are the ultimate camouflage for dark blue-hued under-eye circles.
  • Green (Get Less Red):  Cancels redness!  This is your secret weapon to hide that zit, or neutralize rosacea.
  • Peach (Look Less Tired–Light):  Undereye perfection for lighter complexions!
Smashbox Color Correcting Stick Sharpener

Smashbox Color Correcting Stick Sharpener

I’m a fan of the crayon format.  It allows for both precise application and portability.  These slender sticks also don’t take up much space in your makeup bag, so toting multiple shades doesn’t waste your precious real estate!  Each stick comes with its very own sharpener.  The Smashbox Color Correcting Stick is a great tool to achieve that flawless complexion you crave!

Don’t forget if you sign up for the Smashbox newsletter you’ll get a promo code for 15% off of your first online order!

Retail price is $23 per stick.  Click HERE to buy yours at Smashbox.com. Other retailers include Sephora, Macys.com and Ulta.

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

L’Oreal Jewel Eyeshadow Trio

L'Oreal Jewel Tones, Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Jewel Tones, Colour Riche Eyeshadow

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogMy “go to” eye makeup is neutral, but it’s fun to jazz up the look a stunning accent color. If you’re in search of a jewel tone to add to your routine, check out these beauties from the L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow collection!

L'Oreal Jewel Tones, Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Jewel Tones, Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Biolet Beaute, Teal Couture, Grand Bleu Swatches

L’Oreal Biolet Beaute, Teal Couture, Grand Bleu Swatches

Swatches from left to right: Biolet Beaute- a deep garnet, Teal Couture- a deep emerald, and Grand Bleu- a beautiful sapphire.  I’m a fan of using these shades as a simple liner, to add a little extra to any eye look!  These L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Monos deliver buildable color using a gel-based formula.  Application is smooth, controlled, and even.

Retail price is $5.99 per shadow, but keep your eye out for deals (like the current buy one, get one for 50% off at Ulta) because you can grab a discount now and then!

Retailers include Ulta.com, Target, and you can buy direct from L’Oreal.

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

NARS Pink Blushes: Angelika, Mata Hari, Gaeity Swatches

NARS Pink Blushes: Angelika, Mata Hari, Gaeity

NARS Pink Blushes: Angelika, Mata Hari, Gaeity

press-sampleI’ve been in such a pink mood lately! For years, I shunned the shade. These days I’m wearing it on my eyes, nails, cheeks… everywhere! If you’re shopping for a killer shade of pink, you need to check out these three blush options from NARS.

NARS Pink Blushes: Angelika, Mata Hari, Gaeity Swatches

NARS Pink Blushes: Angelika, Mata Hari, Gaeity Swatches

Swatches from left to right:  Angelika, a playful pink with sparkles!  Mata Hari, a deep sophisticated pink.  Gaeity, a cool-hued bright pink.

Which one is for you?  Don’t forget that these beauties are available at a discounted $21 to fill your NARS Pro Palette!  If you still haven’t invested in a Pro Palette, you can grab each of these shades for $30 per blush compact.

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.