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Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo in Guava Glow

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Press SampleAt first glance, you would assume this Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo contained only one shade.  If you look closely, you can actually see a subtle difference as the left side is a bit paler than the right.

In the compact the shade difference might appear subtle, but once applied you can really see the variation. The paler shade is actually a frosty apricot with a golden sheen.  The deeper shade is a medium apricot with no golden shimmer and a satin finish.  The colors can be swirled together or separately.  These colors are universally flattering, and vivid enough to deliver a pop of color on even darker complexions.

Retail price is $17.

Click HERE to buy it at Sephora.com.  Other color choices are Tangerine Tease, Fuchsia Flushed, Rose Emotion, Tea Rose Tickle, and Mangobeam.

The author received press samples for review and photography. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick For Body

Bobbi Brown, Shimmer Brick For Body

Bobbi Brown, Shimmer Brick For Body

Press SampleHere’s a beauty flashback for you… Do you remember when Bobbi Brown Cosmetics offered a Shimmer Brick for the BODY? It was an epic-sized shimmer brick, with three shades of luminous pressed powder.  This time of year got me to reminiscing about this product… and wishing I could buy it now.  It was a MEGA SIZED Shimmer Brick, perfect for all-over application!

Bobbi Brown, Shimmer Brick For Body

Bobbi Brown, Shimmer Brick For Body

Bobbi Brown, Shimmer Brick For Body

Bobbi Brown, Shimmer Brick For Body

Bobbi Brown, Shimmer Brick For Body

Bobbi Brown, Shimmer Brick For Body

Swatches, Shimmer Brick For Body

Swatches, Shimmer Brick For Body

Swatches, Shimmer Brick For Body

Swatches in Sunlight, Shimmer Brick For Body

The Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick is still very much available (for the face).  I’m personally very curious about the Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick!  Sounds really interesting!

Click HERE to shop BobbiBrownCosmetics.com.

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

Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector Review

Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector

Exuviance Sheer Daily Protector

Press SampleWhat’s in this little bottle?  Just my NEW FAVORITE Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, that’s all!  Exuviance recently launched the new Sheer Daily Protector SPF 50, and this desert dweller is here to sing its praises! [Read more…]

CARGO Swimmables Makeup

Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Makeup

Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Makeup

Press SampleBeautiful colors, waterproof formulas. That’s what the CARGO Cosmetics Swimmables Waterproof Makeup line is all about! Here in the desert, we enjoy summer weather for about 10 months of the year. As a result, the opportunity (and desire) for water activity is high. To be prepared to partake in the fun, makeup lovers must wear waterproof formulas, or they’ll look like a melty mess.

Cargo Swimmables Bronzer and Blush

Cargo Swimmables Bronzer and Blush

Cargo Swimmables Bronzer and Blush

Cargo Swimmables Bronzer and Blush Swatches

WOW.  Can you even believe the glowy color the CARGO Swimmable Bronzer and Blushes deliver?  Talk about multi-dimensional!  The finish plays amazing games with the light, making it a perfect choice for a day at the beach.  Click through the jump to see more Swimmables swatches, and the waterproof testing results! [Read more…]

Vivicin Cold Sore Cream

Vivicin Cold Sore Cream

Vivicin Cold Sore Cream

Press SampleThis product crossed my path with perfect timing. My children had both been suffering with really dry lips, and for the first time in years mine were feeling parched too!  Our lips were so dry, my usual arsenal of lip balm did nothing!  Thankfully, Vivicin cold-sore healing balm happens to be an incredibly emollient lip treatment, that simultaneously helps prevent cold sores from even forming!

Vivicin was born in a lab–the collaboration of a team of doctors from MIT and Harvard–but the product is actually 95% natural ingredients, including: Argan Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Fruit Oil, Baptisia Extract, Natrum Muriaticum, and Arnica Extract.  The formula is free of parabens, DEA, TEA, Gluten, benzyl alcohol, and behenyl alcohol.

Retail price is $16.95.  I can’t speak to the healing of cold sores, but if you have dry lips this teeny little tube is miraculous!

Click HERE to read more about Vivicin, or to buy a tube.

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

 

Essence Cosmetics Summer Picks

Essence Cosmetics Makeup Perfect For Summer

Essence Cosmetics Makeup Perfect For Summer

Press SampleEssence Cosmetics is a fabulous budget-brand with great options for you to get SUMMER READY!  Vivid bright color? Check.  Tanned and luminous skin?  Double check! [Read more…]

OPI Color Paints

OPI Color Paints Collection

OPI Color Paints Collection

Press SampleHeading to stores near you in May is the OPI Color Paints collection!  This array of rainbow colors are intended to be used for some serious freestyle nail artistry.  The colors included look like they’ve been pulled from a crayon box, and each has a semi-sheer jelly-like finish.  The only exception to this is Silver Canvas, which can be used as a accent color or a base coat to make those pretty primary colors really stand out!

I’ll admit I was feeling pretty defeated by nail art.  Stamping, water marbleing, ombre… I’ve tried every effect and generally felt my results looked amateur.  The OPI Color Paints collection is perfect for aspiring nail artists like me.  Channel you inner Jackson Pollack and have some fun!  The formula of this collection is unique.  These colors are truly blendable, and then settle to deliver a smooth, shiny finish.  You can create your own “splatter paint” effect without it looking like you piled on layers and layers of color.

Click HERE to view the color collections on OPI.com, or keep scrolling for OPI Color Paints swatches and photos!  Retailers include Ulta, Drugstore.com, and Amazon.com.

OPI Color Paints Collection 2015

OPI Color Paints Collection 2015

The Lighter Shades!  From left to right:  Silver Canvas, Magenta Muse, Chromatic Orange and Primarily Yellow.

OPI Color Paints Review and Swatches

OPI Color Paints Review and Swatches

The Darker Shades!  From left to right:  Landscape Artist, Indigo Motif, Purple Perspective, and Pen & Pink

OPI Color Paints Swatches

Chromatic Orange Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Chromatic Orange Swatch, OPI Color Paints

OPI Chromatic Orange is one of my favorite colors from the collection.  Look at the glossy finish on this deep orange!

Indigo Motif Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Indigo Motif Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Indigo Motif Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Indigo Motif Swatch, OPI Color Paints

OPI Indigo Motif is a deep, true-blue.

Landscape Artist Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Landscape Artist Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Landscape Artist Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Landscape Artist Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Can you get any more lush than OPI Landscape Artist?

Magenta Muse Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Magenta Muse Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Magenta Muse Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Magenta Muse Swatch, OPI Color Paints

OPI Magenta Muse is a deep pink that leans a bit red.

Pen & Pink Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Pen & Pink Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Pen & Pink Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Pen & Pink Swatch, OPI Color Paints

OPI Pen & Pink is a bright, vivid pink.

Primarily Yellow Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Primarily Yellow Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Primarily Yellow Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Primarily Yellow Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Lemonade anyone?  OPI Primarily Yellow serves up a crisp citrusy zing!

Purple Perspective Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Purple Perspective Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Purple Perspective Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Purple Perspective Swatch, OPI Color Paints

I am crazy about OPI Purple Perspective.  This seasonless eggplant can be worn now or in the winter!

Silver Canvas Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Silver Canvas Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Silver Canvas Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Silver Canvas Swatch, OPI Color Paints

Last, but certainly not least, is OPI Silver Canvas.  This gleaming metallic silver can be worn stand alone (WOW does it make a fabulous pedicure) or used as a base coat for the other colors in this collection.  I’ll be following up with some examples of how to use this collection in a later post.

Remember, you are only limited by your own imagination with this collection!  Have some fun!

Click HERE to view the color collections on OPI.com, or keep scrolling for a closer look at each color in the OPI Color Paints collection!

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

Tory Burch Monogram Charm Sandal

Tory Burch Monogram Charm Sandal, Nordstrom Tory Burch Monogram Charm Sandal Review

Tory Burch Monogram Charm Sandal

Aff. LinkI own a million pairs of flip flops and sandals.  Ok, not literally, but WAY too many, even considering that I live in a part of the world where the summer weather is 10 months a year.  Even knowing this, however, I may need to add another pair to my collection.  The Nordstrom Exclusive Tory Burch Monogram Charm Sandal has that sleek and streamlined Tory Burch design you love, but with the ability to slide on the charms you choose to truly customize your shoe.

Nordstrom Find:  The Tory Burch Monogram Charm Sandal

The Tory Burch Monogram Charm Sandal comes in Black, Camellia Pink, and Masai Red (my top choice is Rouge, of course). The base sandal has a retail price of $125, and is available in whole sizes only.  Each charm retails for $10, and the sandals come with a starter charm.  Every letter of the alphabet is available, as well as a heart engraved with a Tory Burch logo.  These are EXACTLY what I want to wear this Spring!

Click HERE to shop the Tory Burch Monogram Sandal at Nordstrom, or shop this sandal at ToryBurch.com.

The Tory Burch Monogram Charm Sandal review above contains an affiliate link. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

MAC Worldly Wealth

MAC Worldly Wealth Frost Blush

MAC Worldly Wealth Frost Blush

MAC Worldly Wealth Frost Blush

MAC Worldly Wealth Frost Blush

Press Sample, Affiliate LinksMAC Worldly Wealth Blush is one of those shades that will quickly become a favorite.  It’s a peach/bronze amalgam that leans more bronze, and works so well as a blush on bronze skin.  Don’t think this shade is for summer only, this spicy blush makes an excellent neutral choice for Fall! [Read more…]

NARS Ikiru Swatch

NARS Ikiru Nail Polish

NARS Ikiru Nail Polish

Press Sample, Affiliate LinksI now live in the land of eternal summer… and I LOVE IT.  While I know people raised in the Phoenix area can’t wait to put on a pair of boots the second Labor Day passes (even if it’s still 95 degrees), this gal will be wearing sandals, flip-flops, and open-toed shoes until December.  AND I get to wear colors like NARS Ikiru all year round!  Jealous?  Keep reading to see a NARS Ikiru Swatch and more about this gorgeous turquoise shade.  Perfect for your tootsies! [Read more…]