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NARS Powerfall Collection 2016

NARS Powerfall Collection 2016

NARS Powerfall Collection 2016

press-sampleI’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  The ONLY thing I like about Fall are the makeup collections.  The NARS Powerfall collection for Fall 2016 is all about accentuating and defining what you have.  Glowing skin, chiseled cheekbones, and classic red lips are the defining characteristics of this collection.

NARS Powerfall Fall 2016

Contour Blushes in Melina and Talia, $42.

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Infatuated Red and Consuming Red, $26.

Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Antares, Rigel, and Arcturus, $29.

NEW Velvet Eyeliner Pencils in 9 different colors, $24.

I’ll be diving deep into this collection in future posts!  It’s simply too good to “gloss” over in one post.  In the meanwhile…

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.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick

Lancôme Teint Idole Makeup Stick

Lancôme Teint Idole Makeup Stick

press-sampleFunny, a friend of mine was just asking me to recommend a great Lancôme full coverage foundation, and then these beauties arrived on my doorstep a few days later!  The new Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick is an oil-free, fragrance-free, full coverage foundation in a portable stick form!  Each tube contains creamy full coverage makeup with an SPF.  These apply so beautifully and can be blended with fingertips or a makeup brush after application.  TWENTY different shades of this new makeup stick foundation are available, so it should be pretty easy to find a match for your skin!  The very dark and very fair will both smile, as options are available for both!

Lancôme Teint Idole Makeup Stick

Lancôme Teint Idole Makeup Stick

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick Swatches

Lancôme Teint Idole Makeup Stick Swatches

Lancôme Teint Idole Makeup Stick Swatches

Lancôme Teint Idole Makeup Stick swatches above (from left to right): 260 Bisque N, 140 Ivorie N, and 250 Bisque W.  As you can see this foundation applies very smoothly.  The swatches above feature only one swipe with each stick!  The formula feels moisturizing, and delivers a soft, matte finish.

Retail price is $42 per foundation stick.  Get creative!  These can be used as concealers, or for contouring too!

Retailers include Lancome-usa.com, Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Bloomingdales.com, and Saks.com.

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

MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Lipsticks

MAC Bangin' Brilliant Lipsticks

MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Lipsticks

press-sampleThe recently launched MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Lipstick collection literally contains EVERY shade you can possibly imagine!  They sent me three off-beat beauties to share with you!

MAC Bangin' Brilliant Lipsticks

MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Lipsticks

MAC Bangin’ Brilliant Lipstick Collection

MAC In My Fashion Swatch, Bangin' Brilliant

MAC In My Fashion Swatch, Bangin’ Brilliant

MAC In My Fashion is ideal for fall!  This deep brown has a hint of sweet blackberry to it, and a fabulous matte finish.

MAC Dew Swatch, Bangin' Brilliant

MAC Dew Swatch, Bangin’ Brilliant

Dew appears a pale lilac on the MAC site, but to me this satin-finish lipstick is really a pale sky-blue shade.

MAC Lightly Charred Swatch, Bangin' Brilliant

MAC Lightly Charred Swatch, Bangin’ Brilliant

You can’t get any more fashion-forward than Lightly Charred. If gray is the new neutral, then why not wear it on the lips?  This ashy-pale shade of grey has a hint of purple to it.

Retail price is $17 per lipstick.  MAC recently launched the Bangin’ Brilliant collection for the eyes and cheeks too!  If you’re a fan of playing with color you should surf over there now to check it out!

MAC Bangin’ Brilliant can be purchased at MACCosmetics.com! Other retailers that carry this MAC collection are Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

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

Nordstrom Designer Finale Sale 2016

NORDSTROM - Up to 70% OFF Designer Finale

Nordstrom Designer Finale Sale 2016

nordstrom designer sale 2016, nordy's designer sale 2016, nordstrom designer clearance 2016, nordstrom designer clearance sale 2016The Nordstrom Designer Finale Sale 2016 is now under way!  Originally, designer goodies were marked down by up to 40%, but what’s left is now discounted by up to 70%!

Click HERE to score up to 70% OFF Designer Finale at Nordstrom: Last call on amazing deals. FREE Shipping. FREE Returns.

My picks?  Check out the sunglass section where brands like Gucci and Prada.  Be sure to filter the entire selection by brands like 3.1 Philip Lim, Alexander Wang, Burberry, Gucci, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Missoni, Miu Miu, and Valentino!

My latest favorite bag, the Michael Kors “Large Miranda” Shoulder Tote is now $355.98 in a gorgeous neutral leather.  Original price was $890!  A classic Proenza Schouler PS Elliot Shoulder Bag is also marked down by 60%.  Originally $1,825 this bag is now $729.98.

In the shoe department, the best eye candy is from brands like Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Chloe.  DEEPLY discounted styles are available.

Smashbox Photo Matte Shadow Eyes Palette Review, Swatches

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette Review

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette Review

press-sampleYou’re a jaded makeup lover, like me. So when you look at the image above, you’re likely wondering, “Why on earth would I need yet another neutral eye palette?” I’ve been singing the praises of these Smashbox palettes since the moment I first used one, and yes… the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette is equally revolutionary.

This Smashbox palette contains only matte shadow shades.  These shadows can be used wet or dry depending on the color payoff you desire, but they can also be used as both liner AND brow powder! The most popular “go-to” base shades are now double the size, so you won’t hit pan on your favorites when the rest of the palette is full.

Smashbox Photo Matte Shadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Matte Shadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches above (starting from upper left, clockwise): Desert, Heirloom, Dune, Vanilla, Canyon, Suede, and Earthy.  The left side of the palette features warm colors with a reddish undertone.  They’re great for a daytime or more natural look.  These were applied with no primer, so you can see the high pigment of the shadows!  They feel like silk when you apply, a true treat!

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches

Smashbox Photo Matte Swatches above (starting from upper left, clockwise):  Wheat, Grounded, Rosehip, Haze, Blackout, Ditch, Jolt.  The right side of the palette leans toward cooler undertones, and more dramatic dark colors that work well for a night out.

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette and Primer

Smashbox NEW Photo Matte Shadow Palette and Primer

Included with the palette is a double-ended makeup brush, with one end for applying shadow and the other for applying brow or liner color.  Full instructions on how to apply are included, for six different eye shapes!  The palette also includes Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish shadow primer to extend wear time and really make that color pop!

Retail price of the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette is $49.

Click HERE to buy this new shadow palette from Smashbox.com. Other retailers of the brand include Sephora, Macys.com and Ulta.

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