hits counter

Smashbox Autumn 2017 Makeup

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette

Smashbox Ablaze Swatches

Smashbox Ablaze Swatches

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogI first introduced you to the Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette when it launched back in December 2016.  This palette was part of the launch of a HUGE selection of eye shadow palettes, but the colors in Ablaze caught my eye immediately. To me, this palette captures the beauty of a desert sunrise. Interestingly, the brand itself even said the palette was desert inspired.  That being said, it’s undeniable that these colors also resemble fall foliage.  The rusty reds, golden oranges, and deep browns in Ablaze almost perfectly mimic the colors of a forest turning in the autumn season.  So it was time for me to remind you this palette is a super choice for Fall 2017.

Ablaze Eye Palette Swatches: Left to right starting at top: Relaxed, Moccasin, Siesta, Nirvana, Delirious, Torch, Throwback, and Dark Horse.  Smashbox Ablaze Cover Shot Eye Palette retails for a mere $29.  Don’t forget there are seven total palettes to choose from!

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit

If you’re looking for other items to add to your Fall makeup routine, this incredible Smashbox Contour Palette is a must!  Each palette contains one contour shade, one bronzer shade, and one highlight shade to add shape and dimension to your complexion.  I love the subtle contour you can create with this palette.  It’s not an overdone “insta-face” look.  The Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit is on sale for $35!

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick, Spectacle and Fireball Matte Swatches

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick, Spectacle and Fireball Matte Swatches

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick is the creamiest, high-pigment lip color!  It delivers color and sophisticated texture.  Shown above are Spectacle (a bright orange) and Fireball (a matte red). Either would be a terrific choice for Fall 2017.  Retail price is $21 per lipstick.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick, Bang Bang and Out Loud Swatches

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick, Bang Bang and Out Loud Swatches

Of course, matte liquid lipstick is still very on-trend.  If you’re looking for lip color in that category, Smashbox suggests Bang Bang (a true red) or Out Loud (a rusty brown) as the perfect shades to complete your Autumn makeup look.  Retail price is $24 per tube.

Retailers of Smashbox Cosmetics include Smashbox.com (of course), Sephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.

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

Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready Brush Collection

Gorgeous Red Makeup Brushes

Gorgeous Red Makeup Brushes

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogOk, if you know anything at all about me, you know I am obsessed with the color red.  To me, pretty much everything on earth looks best in the color red. Smashbox has proven that makeup brushes are no exception to this “red is best” rule with their NEW Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready Brush Collection!  Can you believe how gorgeous these makeup brushes are?  This line contains thirty different brushes that are designed to expertly apply everything from foundation to lipstick.  While they were developed with the exacting standards of professional makeup artists, they’re also a perfect fit for YOU!

Smashbox Cosmetics Camera Ready Brush Collection, First Thoughts

These glossy little beauties aren’t just pretty.  Each brush is made with synthetic fiber–a fact that will put my cruelty-free beauty readers at ease–and include thoughtful details like notches in the handles to ensure your fingers rest comfortably in exactly the right position for application. They’re easy to use, keep their shape, and to date, I’ve experienced zero bristle fallout with these brushes.  I’m personally in love with the extra wide selection of complexion-related application tools!

Smashbox Camera Ready Makeup Brushes range from $18-42.  Retailers include Smashbox.comSephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.  I’ll be giving you a closer look at ALL of these brushes in future posts

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

Five Year Anniversary Popsugar Must Have Box, August 2017

POPSUGAR Must Have Box, August 2017, #musthavebox

POPSUGAR Must Have Box, August 2017

So many of my readers adore their subscription boxes, and I’m frequently asked for recommendations.  It’s always easy for me to point both my friends and my readers to the POPSUGAR Must Have Box.  This curated monthly goodie box is celebrating its 5th anniversary, so this month’s box is extra special! If you’re loving what you see, and want to sign up, be sure to read all the way through. At the end of this post you’ll find a promo code for $10 off of your first box!

POPSUGAR Must Have August 2017 5th Anniversary Box

Contents include:

Pastel Cheers Lacquered Tray, Retail $28– Cute enough to serve cocktails or cupcakes, this festive tray features a glossy white base, gold accents, and a colorful confetti design.

First Aid Beauty 5 In 1 Beauty Mask, Retail $38– The ultimate quick pick me up for your skin.

Dogeared Friendship Bracelet with Small Open Heart, Retail $34– An adorable token of your affection.  Perfect for your BFF!

Meri Meri Gold Glitter Candles, Retail $7.50–  These long white tapers are sprinkled with festive gold glitter.

Fringe Studio Free Spirit Journal (sponsored by JEEP), Retail $16– Jot down your thoughts in style with this gorgeous rose gold journal, complete with a ribbon bookmark.

Goodie Girl Cookies Chocolate Chunk, Retail $2.95– Baked in a peanut-free facility, these cookies are yummy AND safe for those with a peanut allergy!

Shoptiques.com Gift Card, Retail $25– There’s nothing better than receiving an additional gift card with a subscription box.  This $25 GC to Shoptiques.com allows you to truly customize your subscription box with an item of your choice!

Click HERE to learn more about the POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription!  As usual the contents of this box (worth over $150) are of a higher value than your actual cost!  A standard monthly subscription will set you back $39.95, but right now you can save $10 on your first box using the discount code PARTY at checkout. This POPSUGAR promo code expires on August 31, 2017… so check out asap before you forget!

In addition, all current POPSUGAR Must Have subscribers will be eligible to win prizes weekly starting in September!  Week 1 Pehr Designs, Week 2 First Aid Beauty, Week 3 Kendra Scott, Week 4 Tarte, and Week 5 Cambridge Satchel Co and a one year POPSUGAR Must Have Subscription!

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box as a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

Regal Purple Matte Liquid Lipsticks For Fall 2017

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Purples, Regal Purple Matte Liquid Lipsticks For Fall 2017

Smashbox Always On Lipstick Purples

A sublime color choice for the fall season is always PURPLE! My favorite way to incorporate this color into my makeup is through an eye pencil (a plum eyeliner is a brown-eyed gal’s best friend), nail polish (love a bold purple pedi), and finally a lipstick!  These Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks in this regal shade family all have a soft matte finish and amazing wear time!  They’re a perfect pick if you’re looking for a modern matte purple lip in Fall 2017!

Regal Purple Matte Liquid Lipsticks For Fall 2017

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Purple Swatches, Regal Purple Matte Liquid Lipsticks For Fall 2017

Smashbox Always On Lipstick Purple Swatches

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick swatches from left to right:  Big Spender– a gorgeous purple-rose shade, Shockaholic– a vivid hot pink that really stands out, Let’s Dance– a cool-hued fuchsia, Some Nerve– a vivid bold lavender, and Girl Gang– a sultry aubergine that is simply gorgeous.  All of these liquid lipsticks dry to a modern matte finish, and pass the “Seattle coffee test” I’ve mentioned frequently in my 10+ years of beauty blogging.  In other words, the color will survive your morning coffee!

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick retails for $24 per tube.  Retailers include Smashbox.com (of course), Sephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.

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

Five Fabulous Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Friends of mine are perpetually in the market for yet another “perfect” neutral lipstick shade to wear daily.  Perhaps it’s simply because these work-with-anything colors are most likely to get the heaviest use.  Not only do these five neutral shades of Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick fill the neutral lipstick need, the wear time is ludicrously long.  Yes, this liquid matte lipstick will last through your morning coffee and beyond!

Five Fabulous Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Neutrals

Neutral shades of Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Swatches from left to right: In Demand– a peachy beige, Stepping Out– a soft mink with pink undertones, Dream Huge– a gorgeous medium rose, Babe Alert– a sophisticated apricot pink, and Driver’s Seat– a toasty warm brown.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick retails for $24 per tube.  Retailers include Smashbox.com (of course), Sephora, Macys.com, Nordstrom, and Ulta.  If you’re  loving these shades,  don’t miss my post featuring Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick Earthy Tones!

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