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Haughty Cosmetics Cheek Color, Gloss48!

Haughty Cosmetics Cheek Color, Gloss48!

Press SampleOnce again, Gloss48 has introduced me to a fabulous new brand!  A tube of Haughty Cosmetics Natural Glow Hands Free Soft Cheek Color was in my recent sample package from the retailer. [Read more…]

Scunchi

Scunci U Got This Hair Ties

Scunci U Got This Hair Ties

Press SampleI buy and rebuy these fabulous knotted ponlytailers by Scunci. They are such a simple, sleek way to create a ponytail, and this little bitty set from Scunci offers 6 hair ties in varying colors and prints to complement your style.

Scunci U Got This Hair Ties

Scunci U Got This Hair Ties

The 80s girl in me can’t help but smile at the fact that Scunci is still big when it comes to hair accessories.  I owned a million “Scuncis” back in my teens, when the brand was synonymous with a large, colorful, scrunched up elastic fabric to tie back a ponytail.  My favorite color Scunci, circa 1988?  Red (rouge), or course!

Scunci products can be found in Walmart, Duane Reade, and CVS stores.  Price varies.

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

NEW! Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil

Onyx swatches, Chrome swatches, Pink Gold Swatches

Onyx, Chrome, Pink Gold Swatches

Press SampleWhen a brand announces they’ll be reformulating a favorite product of mine, I generally panic. Not where Estee Lauder is concerned, however! When I heard Estee planned to update their line of Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencils, I was so excited! They rank high on my list of the Best Estee Lauder Products, and I knew the brand would only make them better.

The color? Rich and intense. The staying power is what makes these a must-own. After applying these pencils I smudge them with a smudge brush, and give the color time to set. Once in place, these pencils deliver incredible, smudge-proof, long lasting wear.  Yes, they are literally “stay in place” eye pencils!

So what has changed with the New Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil?  The color is even more intense than the Double Wear Eye Pencils of yesteryear.  To me the color looks more glossy than the finish of the previous pencils.  Comparing the new Onyx vs. the old Onyx, the look now has a more “wet” appearance vs. the smokier Onyx the old formula delivered.  The smudge-tip is now an angled foam that’s more dense than the sponge tip used previously.

Retail price is $23 per pencil. If you’re looking for more product recommendations, be sure to visit my Best Estee Lauder Products guide.

Keep scrolling for more photos and swatches!

Click HERE to buy it from EsteeLauder.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

The makeup featured in this product review was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure. [Read more…]

MAC Lightness Of Being Winter 2015 Reviews

Light and airy, but as comfortable as your coziest cashmere sweater. That’s the kind of cozy comfort the MAC Lightness Of Being color collection offers, but in makeup form! The fine details, like knit patterns engraved atop the mineralize product, only serve to reel me in further.

MAC Lightness Of Being Winter 2015 Reviews

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Just Breathe, Lightness of Being

MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow Just Breathe, MAC Lightness of Being

Just Breathe Swatches, MAC Lightness of Being

Just Breathe Swatches, MAC Lightness of Being

Closeup!  MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow In Just Breathe

Closeup! MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow In Just Breathe

Press SampleThis Mineralize Shadow Duo is my absolute favorite. Just Breathe pairs a soft silvery gray with a deeper sooty grey to work into the crease of your lid.  MAC actually describes this duo as light blue, but… nah.  No way.  Together they create a cool-hued look that’s insanely portable.  Other colors include Spiritual Life (yellows), Natural Vigor (peach), Uninhibited (grays), Leap (purples), and Force of Nature (brown).  Retail price is $22.  Keep reading after the jump for more beauties from this collection. [Read more…]

MAC Heirloom Mix Redux

MAC Holiday Colour Collection 2014, Heirloom Mix

MAC Holiday Colour Collection 2014, Heirloom Mix

Press SampleDid you know that items from the MAC Heirloom Mix holiday makeup color collection are still available? I know, it’s CRAZY, but it’s true! This is the time of year where you get the opportunity to gift yourself with some of the fun holiday collection items you didn’t receive as gifts. If you had your eye on MAC Heirloom Mix and didn’t get any in your stocking, check these out! [Read more…]

Kerastase Laque Noire Review

Kerastase Laque Noire Review

Kerastase Laque Noire Review

Press SampleAnti-Humidity. Yes, that is what I’ve been needing… um… forever! These days, more and more anti-humidity product has been crossing my desk. One of my favorites? Kerastase Laque Noire hairspray. [Read more…]

Best Lipstick 2014

Makeup Wars: Best Of 2014 Series

Best Lipstick 2014, NARS Audacious

Best Lipstick 2014, NARS Audacious

Press Sample, Affiliate LinksHappy New Year’s Eve, everyone!  What lipstick will you be wearing when you kiss in the new year?  If you haven’t decided yet, this Best Lipstick 2014 post is just in time!

The Makeup Wars team asks, “What is the best lipstick of 2014?”  My answer?  Hands-down, NARS Audacious Lipstick was my #1 favorite lippie of 2014!  No question!

My Pick: Best Lipstick 2014 Edition

NARS Audacious Lipstick redefines “highly pigmented”. With only one swipe, rich, vivid and smooth color is delivered. These lipsticks are all about impact, and certainly aren’t for the wallflowers of the world!

best lipstick 2014, nars audacious lipstick

NARS Audacious Lipstick Swatches, Claudia and Catherine

Even the tube itself is luxe. These sleek black cases feature a magnetic closure that ensure the cap stays put, protecting your precious cargo in your bag.

Retail price is $32 per lipstick. Click HERE for a complete list of NARS Audacious color options.  I also have a list of the Best NARS Products if you’re looking for more gorgeous NARS product recommendations!

CLICK HERE to check out the entire line at NARSCosmetics.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.

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

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Top Foundation 2014

Makeup Wars: Best Of 2014 Series

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup Review, top foundation 2014

Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup Review

Press Sample, Affiliate LinksIt’s almost the new year!  This is always time for reflection and assessment.  What did you do right in 2014?  What did you do wrong?  We all have some personal winners and losers, and the same goes for the world of makeup.

The Makeup Wars team has decided to fill these final days of 2014 with some of the makeup “winners” of 2014.  Today’s topic?  The best foundation, CC, or BB Cream from 2014.

My Pick: Top Foundation 2014 Edition

For me, the answer was easy:  Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup.  The answers from the rest of the MW team can be found at the end of this post, so be sure to scroll down to read them!

I was introduced to this new Estee Lauder formula toward the end of summer 2014, and have been using it regularly ever since!  Why is it so special?  The name says it all!  Youth. Infusing.  This formula instantly imparts a healthy glow that really makes the wearer look younger, and now that I’m of a **cough, cough** certain age, this fact alone was enough to win my heart!  But there’s more!  Not only does Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup deliver that special youthful glow, it also contains an SPF25, brightening ingredients, and no fragrance… This beauty blogger has become a loyal fan!

Retail price is $45.  It’s worth every penny, but the budget-conscious among you should wait until a great Estee Lauder GWP is available to grab a bottle.  Love what you see?  I’ve pulled together a list of the Best Estee Lauder Products for you to peruse!

Click HERE to buy it from EsteeLauder.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

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

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Blue Manicure

Feeling Blue?  Which of these #bluenails do you like best?  via @ragingrouge

Feeling Blue?

Press SampleI’ve been having so much fun playing with Blue Manicures. Those of us who are older know that fun colors like blue and green won’t always be on-trend, so it’s important to play with them while you have the chance! If you love Blue Manicures, check out these two shades of nail polish from Formula X! [Read more…]

Splatter Paint Nails

These nails look like a Jackson Pollack painting!  via @ragingrouge

Splatter Paint Nails!

Press SampleNew Year’s Eve is coming up fast and furious! For those of you who are (like me) nail art challenged, a great way to get a festive look for the biggest party day of the year is to use a top coat with a Splatter Paint effect over your manicure, like these Sephora Formula X shades.  These confetti-inspired topcoats are called “Xplosives”, and depending on what colors you are looking for, the retail price ranges from $6 (some are on sale) to $12.50.

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Turbulent combines turquoise and black confetti glitter.  I personally love the way this shade stands out atop a white manicure.

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Bionic is a great combination of black and a citusy green/yellow.  When it comes to a Splatter Paint nail look, these colors are a great pick!

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Meteoric is no longer online! Check your local retailer for this black/white combo.  I am wild about it over a deep pink or red.

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham Swatch, Sephora Formula X

Wham is a great way to get into the snowy spirit of the season. This pure white confetti is the perfect topper for just about any shade, but my personal favorite is to pair it with a pale baby-blue.

Buy your favorite at Sephora.com!

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

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