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NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 Collection

NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 Collection

NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 Collection main image

NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 Collection

NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 Collection main image

The NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 collection is here and it is filled with cheerful color that could brighten even the most dreary winter day!  This spring makeup collection is filled with flowery pops of color, blues like the sea, and neutrals for balance.  I’m crazy in love with this collection, and I’m guessing you will be too!  Keep scrolling for close-up photos, swatches, and pricing!

NARS Wildfire Spring 2017 Collection Photos and Swatches

NARS Bumpy Ride Powder Blush

NARS Bumpy Ride Powder Blush

NARS Bumpy Ride Blush Swatch

NARS Bumpy Ride Blush Swatch

NARS Bumpy Ride Blush is a cheerful warm apricot/pink.  This is THE blush color of the collection, and who wouldn’t like it?  It’s a universally flattering shade that works for every complexion.  Retail price is $30.

NARS Chiang Mai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Chiang Mai Eyeshadow Duo

NARS Chiang Mai Swatches

NARS Chiang Mai Swatches

NARS Wildfire offers two different Duo Shadow compacts.  Shown above is Chiang Mai, a perfectly paired blue/green with a frosty finish and bold bronze.  Not pictured is Thessalonique, a pale pink paired with a smoky violet.  Retail price is $36.

NARS Siros and Grand-Large Shadow Stick

NARS Siros and Grand-Large Shadow Stick

NARS Siros and Grand-Large Swatches

NARS Grand-Large and Siros Swatches

To further accentuate the eyes, these creamy NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks can be blended for all over color, or a controllable accent.  There are a total of four shades in this collection.  The two shown above (left to right) are Grand-Large a frosty pale blue, and Siros– a bronze brown.  Retail price is $29 per pencil.

NARS Breaking Free Lipstick Swatch

NARS Breaking Free Lipstick Swatch

If you think only red lipstick makes a splash, you need to check out NARS Breaking Free lipstick.  This orangy-peach shade is matte and very opaque.  It is such an incredible shade to pair with a tan or darker complexion.  The other lipstick in this collection is named Kiss Me Stupid, described by the brand as a burnt sienna.  Retail price is $28 per lipstick.

NARS Asphalt Jungle Lip Gloss, NARS Wildflower 2017

NARS Asphalt Jungle Lip Gloss, NARS Wildfire 2017

One of my favorite items from this makeup collection is NARS Lip Gloss in Asphalt Jungle.  NARS Lip Gloss in general is such a buttery, decadent-feeling product.  I love it in just about every color, but this neutral shade is a deep brown that leans a bit plum laced with a subtle deep pink shimmer.  It’s such a unique twist on a standard neutral color.  One other shade is available in this collection, a deep earthy red named Aragon.  Retail  price is $26 per lip gloss.

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.

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colours Perfect For Spring

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour

Have you ever browsed the shelves of Target’s beauty department?  There are some amazing items available there, most at budget-friendly prices.  There are so many aisles in-store, a beauty addict like me could get lost for hours!  Before you get lost in the abyss, don’t forget you can browse comfortably online while wearing your robe and slippers!  Some of the most amazing products available in the Target beauty department are part of the Sonia Kashuk line.  These two nail polishes immediately caught my eye.  Here in the desert, it feels like spring already, so spring colors are on my mind.  Violetta and Summer Squeeze are great selections if you want to embrace spring color right NOW, regardless of what the weather is.

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour

Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour delivers superb, streak-free application with a high-shine finish!

Summer Squeeze Swatch, Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour

Summer Squeeze Swatch, Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour

Sonia Kashuk Summer Squeeze Nail Colour is a ripe orange that leans a bit peach.  It’s such a wonderful shade for both Spring and Summer!

Violetta Swatch, Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour

Violetta Swatch, Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour

The second I saw Sonia Kashuk Violetta Nail Colour, I thought of Easter!  This festive vivid violet has a touch of magenta and really pops!  What a pretty spring pedicure this would be!

Retail price for Sonia Kashuk Nail Colour is $4.79! Click HERE to shop Sonia Kashuk at Target!

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

MAC Shadescents Ruby Woo

MAC Shadescents Ruby Woo

MAC Shadescents Ruby Woo

MAC Shadescents Ruby Woo Lipstick Swatch

MAC Shadescents Ruby Woo Lipstick Swatch

I still haven’t finished introducing you to the MAC Shadescents collection! With Valentine’s Day zooming up fast and furious, I wanted to recommend a duo that’s perfect for gifting, or for dressing yourself up on date-night. MAC Ruby Woo contains a key note of sexy deep red leather that is simply smoldering!  If you’re looking to turn heads, this scent is the equivalent of 4″ red stilettos.

MAC Shadescents Ruby Woo

MAC Shadescents Ruby Woo

MAC Shadescents Ruby Woo

MAC Shadescents Ruby Woo

Retail price is $57 for the fragrance, and $17 for the coordinating lipstick.

Click HERE to find these shades at MACCosmetics.com, other retailers include 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

Smashbox Photo Matte Shadow Eyes Palette Review, Swatches

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette Review

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette Review

press-sampleYou’re a jaded makeup lover, like me. So when you look at the image above, you’re likely wondering, “Why on earth would I need yet another neutral eye palette?” I’ve been singing the praises of these Smashbox palettes since the moment I first used one, and yes… the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette is equally revolutionary.

This Smashbox palette contains only matte shadow shades.  These shadows can be used wet or dry depending on the color payoff you desire, but they can also be used as both liner AND brow powder! The most popular “go-to” base shades are now double the size, so you won’t hit pan on your favorites when the rest of the palette is full.

Smashbox Photo Matte Shadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Matte Shadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches above (starting from upper left, clockwise): Desert, Heirloom, Dune, Vanilla, Canyon, Suede, and Earthy.  The left side of the palette features warm colors with a reddish undertone.  They’re great for a daytime or more natural look.  These were applied with no primer, so you can see the high pigment of the shadows!  They feel like silk when you apply, a true treat!

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches above (starting from upper left, clockwise):  Wheat, Grounded, Rosehip, Haze, Blackout, Ditch, Jolt.  The right side of the palette leans toward cooler undertones, and more dramatic dark colors that work well for a night out.

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette and Primer

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette and Primer

Included with the palette is a double-ended makeup brush, with one end for applying shadow and the other for applying brow or liner color.  Full instructions on how to apply are included, for six different eye shapes!  The palette also includes Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish shadow primer to extend wear time and really make that color pop!

Retail price of the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette is $49.

Click HERE to buy this new shadow palette 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.