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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.

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.

Booze Joulies

Booze Joulies Review

Booze Joulies Review

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogI’ve lived in the Phoenix, AZ area for about two years now.  Each summer, I stare at the fireplace and wonder if it will ever be cold enough for me to use it again.  In the winter, I look at our pool and marvel at the fact that in the summer, the sun heats the water to 90 degrees. This time of year it’s tough to imagine, but those hot 110 degree summer days will be here soon enough.  The only way to be comfortable outdoors during an AZ summer is to keep a cold drink in hand, and that’s where Booze Joulies come in.  Booze Joulies are the perfect solution to keeping your drink icy cold without watering it down!

How To Use Booze Joulies

How To Use Booze Joulies

To use Booze Joulies, simply pop them in the freezer the night before you use them.  When you pour yourself a drink, pop three of them in, and the drink will stay cold without melting ice changing the taste (and your enjoyment) of your drink.  I love to serve guests chilled white wine in the summer months, and that was the first thing that came to my mind when I tested this product.  Ice in wine is a major no no, but a glass of Sauvignon Blanc quickly turns tepid on a hot AZ summer day.  Booze Joulies are the solution!

Booze Joulies In Glass

Booze Joulies In Glass

Check it out!  This is what 6 Booze Joulies look like in a glass of cold water.

Booze Joulies Packaging

Booze Joulies Packaging

Booze Joulies come packaged to perfection, and include a bag to keep them together in the freezer.  This makes a terrific gift for a wine enthusiast, or anyone who loves to chill out in the sunshine during the summer!

Click HERE to check out the entire Joulies product line!  Booze Joulies retail for $29.95 per box, but as I write this they are on sale for $24.95!

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

 

Tom Ford Celia Sunglasses

Celia Sunglasses, Tom Ford

Celia Sunglasses, Tom Ford

affiliate-linksI recently tried on this modified cat-eye style from Tom Ford eyewear, and now I can’t get them out of my head!  Can one of you please buy the Celia sunglass and tell me they give you a horrible headache so I can stop obsessing over them?  Thanks!

Click HERE to shop Tom Ford eyewear at Saks.