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Insidious Swatch, NARS Nail Polish

NARS Insidious Nail Lacquer

NARS Insidious Nail Lacquer

Press SampleHave you ever seen tortoise-shell nail lacquer?  I haven’t either.  In the bottle, NARS Insidious looks the exact shade of my favorite tortoise-shell sunglasses! [Read more...]

Wonder Gloss Nail Lacquer, Flirt and Candy

Prestige WonderGloss Nail Lacquer, Classic Colors!

Prestige Wonder Gloss Nail Lacquer, Classic Colors!

Press SampleToday I’m featuring two classic shades of Wonder Gloss Nail Lacquer, by Prestige Cosmetics.  Available in 27 shades, this inexpensive polish also features vitamins in the formula to help strengthen nails!

On the left is pale pink, pretty as a picture “Flirt” which is a peachy pink that works as a great neutral shade for 2013, and would look beautiful paired with a smoky gray shade for the winter.  To the right is “Candy” which is a vibrant candy apple red suitable for a Ferrari. I absolutely love these two shades.  The classics are always in style!  Keep scrolling for more Flirt and Candy swatch fun!

Candy Swatch, Prestige Cosmetics Wonder Gloss Nail Lacquer

Candy Swatch, Prestige Cosmetics Wonder Gloss Nail Lacquer

Flirt Swatch, Prestige Cosmetics Wonder Gloss Nail Lacquer

Flirt Swatch, Prestige Cosmetics Wonder Gloss Nail Lacquer

Retail price is $3.95 per bottle.

Click HERE to check out the line at PrestigeCosmetics.com.

This product was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Smashbox Black Gold Waterproof Shadow Liner

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Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner

Black Gold Swatch, Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner

Black Gold Swatch, Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner

Press SampleSomething I’m seeing more and more are color cosmetics in the shape of a pencil, and I am a big fan of the trend because a perfect application is so much easier when using a pencil format!

Smashbox has introduced the Waterproof Shadow Liner, which not only satisfies my obsession with all things “pencil” but my love for waterproof product!  One end of the product is a sharpened cream shadow and the other is a smudge stick.  I use a smudge brush every single day, because nothing nothing can make a jagged application look perfect. I love when a smudge-tip is included on the end of product, so it can never ben accidentally forgotten when packing.

“Black Gold” is one of the limited-edition “Fade to Black” shades of Waterproof Shadow Liner, and is one of those interesting not-quite-black shades I’ve been featuring so often in recent days. The color is an antique burnished gold shade, wildly popular for Fall 2013.

Retail price is $22.

Click HERE to buy yours at Smashbox.com. Other retailers include Sephora.

This product was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

My Love/Hate Relationship With Nail Art

OPI Polka Dot Com

OPI Polka Dot Com

I LOVE nail art, but as easy as those YouTube “how to” videos make it look, the truth is it’s just damn difficult and time consuming! So I’ve given up on dotting, water marbling, and stamping. Instead I’ve been shopping for funky, chunky top coats like OPI Polka Dot Com to add some modern flair to my mani!

OPI Polka Dot Com

OPI Polka Dot Com

OPI Polka Dot Com Swatch

OPI Polka Dot Com Swatch

OPI Polka.com is from the Euro Centrale collection that launched in Spring 2013.  I used it over brights in the summertime, but it easily works for Fall as well (over a nice deep gray would be superb).  This is a clear coat filled with multiple shapes and sizes of purple and blue glitter.

**Trick** use this as a top coat to quickly disguise chipping nails!

Retail price $8! Click HERE to buy yours at Drugstore.com.

Using Stur To Drink Your Water!

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How To Use Stur To Increase Water Consumption

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I’m not the best when it comes to drinking the right amount of water daily. My husband harassed me about this often, especially when I was pregnant, so the story of how the Stur brand was born really resonated with me. Basically, a concerned father-to-be wanted his wife to drink more water. To entice her to drink more, he paired up with a food scientist to invent Stur, a blend of natural fruit flavors and stevia that can be squeezed into drinking water a glass at a time.

I’ve been loving it myself. So how do you use Stur? Simply count to 10 while squeezing a container into a glass of water. (I do the old 10 Mississippi count I used to use as a kid). Then stir, and you’re ready to drink! The brand offers Honestly Lemonade, Purely Orange Mango, Simply Strawberry, Truly PomeCranberry, Proudly Tea + Lemon, and Only Mint Cucumber.

Stur is calorie-free, carb-free, sugar-free, and makes bland old water taste like a treat!

Retail price for 5 bottles, $19.95!

Click HERE to check out Stur!

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

MAC Pressed Pigments

MAC Pressed Pigments

MAC Pressed Pigments

MAC Pressed Pigment: Swatches

MAC Pressed Pigment: Deeply Dashing, Lime Ice, Pink Pepper, and Moth Swatches

Press SampleMy only gripe with MAC pigments is that they can be a bit messy.  What fun loose powder is, but I get so tired of wiping wasted product off of my countertop!  MAC Pressed Pigments deliver all of the rich color, with much less fallout!  Love them?  They’re part of the permanent makeup collection!  [Read more...]

BRAND WARS: Five Reasons I Love Estee Lauder

This week, the Makeup Wars team is doing something a little different.  We’ve each picked a brand to showcase.  My pick?  Estee Lauder!

Firstly, Estee Lauder fanned the flames of my makeup obsession in my early teens.  I would wait for a coveted GWP and then strike!  I always felt like I had hit a gold mine.  So why did I love Estee Lauder at 14, and still love the brand at **ahem** older than 14?

Five Reasons To Love Lauder

1)  Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Every year, the brand raises funds to work toward a cure for Breast Cancer in brilliant ways.  It’s still October, so don’t forget to think pink!

BCA:  Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection

BCA: Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection

2) Limited Edition collections. Estee Lauder’s latest limited-edition wares are off the hook!

Estee Lauder Metallics Nail Lacquer

Estee Lauder Metallics Nail Lacquer

3) Holiday Gifts! Each year, Estee Lauder offers gift-able beauty accessories that are keepsake quality.

Estee Lauder Holiday Compacts 2013

Estee Lauder Holiday Compacts 2013

4) GWPS! Estee Lauder offers the most awesome gift with purchase options! In fact, Estee herself was the person who came up with the idea!

5) One Stop Shop! Estee Lauder has always been a brand I can trust for superior color and skincare options. Click on each swatch below to visit a recent Lauder review! Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom, to read about the favorite brands of the entire makeup wars team!

Onyx Swatch, Estee Lauder Double-Wear Eye Pencil

Onyx Swatch, Estee Lauder Double-Wear Eye Pencil

Bronze Swatch, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Bronze Swatch, Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick in Rock Candy

Estee Lauder Pure Color Sheer Matte Lipstick in Rock Candy

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Hydra Lustre Lipstick Cinnamon Swatch, Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder Spiked Toffee swatch, reviews

Estee Lauder Spiked Toffee

This product was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Inside Beauty Box 5

Beauty Box 5:  The Latest Sampler On The Scene

Beauty Box 5: The Latest Sampler On The Scene

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It has been quite a long time since a beauty sampler has crossed my path! Beauty Box 5 is actually an affordable way to dabble with some beauty treats each month, so I wanted to be sure to mention it to you!

Firstly, focus on the price! You can opt for a monthly ($12), quarterly ($30), or annual ($99) payment! The longer you commit, the lower the monthly rate! The annual rate brings the monthly total down to $8.25 per month, which is really quite a steal when you get a peek at some of the goodies included in this pretty little package. [Read more...]

Blues For Fall: butter LONDON Giddy Kipper

Blues For Fall:  butter LONDON Giddy Kipper

Blues For Fall: butter LONDON Giddy Kipper

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For those of you who think that blue nail lacquer can’t work for Fall, check out this medium hue of blue from butter LONDON! [Read more...]

Mirrored Orchid and Burnished Bronze Swatches

Estee Lauder Metallics:  Lipstick

Estee Lauder Metallics: Lipstick

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I’ve been wondering when brown lipstick would make a reappearance.  I don’t think it’s going to be the “it” shade for another year or two, but two interesting things have happened:  1)  Estee Lauder included a brown lipstick shade in their limited-edition Metallics collection for fall and 2)  I am CRAZY about it! [Read more...]