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Sephora Sun Safety Kit

Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2017

Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2017

My favorite steal for the summer season is finally available! Each year, the Sephora Sun Safety Kit offers a huge quantity of deluxe travel-sized suncare products. They’re useful if you want to sample new sun protection items, or if you’re looking for perfectly portable options for your beach tote!  The retail value of this plethora of product is $132, making the savings alone worth the splurge!  As if that didn’t make it tempting enough, Sephora also donates $20 from the sale of each kit to The Skin Cancer Foundation!

The Sephora Sun Safety Kit 2017 edition contains:
– 0.17 oz/ 5 g AMOREPACIFIC Resort Collection Sun Protection Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 30+
– 0.3 oz/ 10 mL Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL COOLA Daydream™ Mineral Makeup Primer SPF 30 Unscented
– 0.10 oz/ 3 mL Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
– 0.067 oz/ 1.9 g Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more® multi-performance stick broad spectrum SPF 45
– 0.07 oz/ 2.2 g Fresh Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15
– 0.16 oz/ 5 mL Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
– 0.25 oz/ 7.08 g MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Murad Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++
– 0.17 oz/ 5 mL Neogen Dermalogy Day-Light Protection Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense® SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion
– 0.6 oz/ 15 mL Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Water Resistant (80 Minutes) Suncreen WetForce
– 1.6 oz/ 50 mL St. Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion
– 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50
– 0.24 oz/ 7 mL Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant HD Skin Finish
– Orange travel bag

Price is $32 per bag.

Click HERE to shop for the Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit 2017 at Sephora.

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner

Smashbox Always On Liner

Smashbox Always On Liner

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogI’m obsessed with lipstick and gloss for certain, but anyone who knows me really well knows that the #1 love in my beauty stash is eye pencil.  I have about 80 in my rotation, because even subtle variations in color and texture are appreciated by this beauty aficionado! Gel fomulas like these Smashbox Always On Gel Liner pencils rank high on my must have list, because they stay amazingly malleable for a while after application, allowing for smudging, blending, or any other creative manipulation you may dream of.  They also happen to be waterproof, and here in Arizona–land of the waterslide–that’s a must!

There are 10 shades available in the full collection of Smashbox Always On Gel Eye Liner, and keep scrolling to see ALL of them below!

Smashbox Always On Liner Swatches: Bubbly and Blank

Smashbox Always On Liner Swatches: Bubbly and Blank

For highlighting the inner corners or applying along the waterline to make eyes look bigger and really call attention to your base color, Bubbly is a champagne peach, and Blank is a pure white.

Smashbox Always On Liner Swatches: Nymph, Private, Bouncer, and Baller

Smashbox Always On Liner Swatches: Nymph, Private, Bouncer, and Baller

When you’re looking for a jolt of color, the shades above are perfect!  Nymph is a bold purple, Private an inky almost-black, Bouncer is an electric blue, and Baller is a forest green.

Smashbox Always On Liner Swatches: Fishnet, Shark, Moody, and Brewed

Smashbox Always On Liner Swatches: Fishnet, Shark, Moody, and Brewed

I’ve been heavily using these four neutral shades from the lineup, and honestly couldn’t recommend only one, they are all amazing!  Fishnet is a deep tar black, Shark a deep charcoal gray, Moody a perfect taupe, and Brewed a classic deep coffee brown.

Retail price is $18 per pencil.  As always, Smashbox Cosmetics are cruelty free!

Retailers include Smashbox.comSephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.

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

Smashbox Always On Liner

Smashbox Always On Liner

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils In NEW Colors!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in NEW Colors!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in NEW Colors!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils have been a long-time favorite of this beauty blogger.  I used Dolce Vita waaaaaaay back in 2008 and fell instantly in love with the soft, girlish pink shade.  This staple product now has 10 new shades joining the permanent collection, bringing the total color count up to 28.beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blog

Intriguing, Dirty Mind, and Famous Red Swatches, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

Intriguing, Dirty Mind, and Famous Red Swatches, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils

Three of the new NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil shades are shown above.  From left to right: Intriguing– a medium rose, Dirty Mind– a bold deep violet, and Famous Red– a bright crimson.

Other new shades not pictured: Get Off– pink beige, Do Me Baby– chestnut rose, Let’s Go Crazy– vivid pink, Pussy Control– lilac, Endangered Red– oxblood burgundy, Unspoken– midnight blue, and Lonely Heart– chocolate brown.

Did you notice?  A few of these new shades pay homage to the artistry of Prince.  Do you know which ones?

Retail price is $27 per lipstick.

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.

Rimmel London Grunge Glamour Shadow Palette

Rimmel London Grunge Glamour Shadow Palette

Rimmel London Grunge Glamour Shadow Palette

People have been talking about it for years, but finally and wholeheartedly, the 90s are back.  The floral prints, the denim accessories, the earth-toned lips… it’s only appropriate that at least one Rimmel London MagnifEyes Eyeshadow Contouring Palette be dedicated to the grunge trend of the early 90s.

Rimmel London Grunge Glamour Shadow Palette

Rimmel London Grunge Glamour Shadow Palette

Rimmel London Grunge Glamour Swatches

Rimmel London Grunge Glamour Swatches

Ah how I loved a flowery maxi-dress paired with my combat boots!  The sunglasses were teeny tiny (that’s basically the only 90s trend we aren’t seeing at the moment) and we prided ourselves on buying vintage Levis from a thrift store for 25 cents.  Let’s not forget the makeup!  Smoky, dusky neutrals have that edgy tough vibe that anyone dressing grunge would admire.  A grunge gal always had a either a stand-out eye, or a red lip with minimal eye makeup.  For the eyes, colors like black and gray were a must.  This Rimmel London shadow palette is rounded out with soft neutrals, and even a few metallic shades to add a modern touch.

Retail price is $7.99 per shadow.  Available at Amazon, Target, Ulta, Walmart, and Walgreens.

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

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

It’s almost April, and while it’s my favorite time of year it’s also time for a bit of makeup strategy.  Warmer weather means the dreaded “makeup slide” will once again become a daily reality.  You know what I’m talking about.  You get a bit too warm, start to perspire a bit… the next thing you know your makeup is everywhere but where it was intended.  This is precisely what shadow primers like Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer are all about.  Not only does this lid primer hide imperfections, the formula keeps shadow perfectly in place.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer is available in five shades to ensure a solid match for every complexion.  Each tube is equipped with a flat, angular sponge applicator.  Once applied to the lids, simply blend and allow the product to set.  Then apply shadow, and you’re set!  Pro-tip: in a pinch this product can also be used as a concealer!  My personal challenges are some red capillaries, and this product hides them masterfully!

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer swatches above from left to right: Dark, Medium, Light, Smoke, and White.  Smoke and White shades are intended to transform your shadows.  Smoke deepens the color of shadows, and helps give more body to sheer shadows.  White intensifies shadows, and is the best friend of those vivid shadow colors you really want to pop.

Retail price is $21 per tube.

Retailers include Smashbox.comSephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.

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