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Borghese Dual-Ended Brush Collection

Borghese Dual-Ended Brush Collection

Borghese Dual-Ended Brush Collection

Press SamplePortable? Check. Pretty? Triple check!

This Borghese Professional Select Double-Ended Cosmetic Brush Collection isn’t just portable, it’s practical!  Each travel-sized brush features a dual-ended design that gives you the functionality of an eight brush set while taking up the space of only four.  If you have travel plans for Spring Break, or Summer, you need this in your life!

Retail price is $39. Click HERE to shop Borghese.com.  Click through the jump to see more photos and read more about the brushes included! [Read more…]

Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse

Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse

Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse

Borghese Eclissare Review

Borghese Eclissare Review

Borghese Eclissare Review

Borghese Eclissare Review

Borghese Shadow Light Eye Palette

Borghese Shadow Light Eye Palette

Press SampleThere’s no brand with a more fairytale beginning than Borghese. Founded by a stylish Italian Princess, this brand has been around for around 60 years!  The brand recently launched some modern paletettes with a packaging facelift, and let me tell you it’s time to revisit this regal, royal brand. I was simply wowed by the Eclissare shadow palettes Borghese passed along for me to test. The Borghese formula feels like silk during application, and applies a high-pigment even color. The packaging is a classic, simple black quilted design that’s easy on the eyes.

Retail price is $55.  Click HERE to shop Borghese.com.  Click through the jump and keep scrolling for swatches of the entire Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse shadow palette. [Read more…]

Eddie Funkhouser Lip Color

Eddie Funkhouser Lips!

Eddie Funkhouser Review

Eddie Funkhouser Review

Press SampleNothing jazzes this jaded makeup lover more than getting my hands on a brand I’ve never used, especially when even my most critical friends have been gushing over it.  Eddie Funkhouser decided to pass along some of his incredible lip products for the entire Makeup Wars team to test drive, and I was so excited!

Before I give you a closer look, I want to talk pricing.  I recently explained to my regular readers that I do my best to sample product without reading any promotional materials or looking at pricing.  My goal is to provide as unbiased a review as possible.  This former buyer also loves to guess what the retail is, based on the performance and appearance of the product.  I am rarely surprised, but Eddie Funkhouser lip color performed like prestige product, at a much lower price point than expected!

Keep reading for more on each lip color formula, swatches, and prices!

Eddie Funkhouser Lip Color

Eddie Funkhouser Lipstick Review

Eddie Funkhouser Lip Color Review

First impressions? Luxurious, sleek, and contemporary.  These lipsticks just look expensive, don’t you think?

Eddie Funkhouser Lipstick:  Strip Search and Innuendo

Eddie Funkhouser Lip Color: Strip Search (Chromographic Lip Color) and Innuendo

At the left is Strip Search, a vivid magenta Chromographic Lip Color delivering rich color and shine. At the right is Innuendo, a Hyperreal Nourishing Lip Color that feels as soothing as a lip treatment, and looks lustrous.

Eddie Funkhouser Lipstick:  Strip Search and Innuendo (HYPERREAL NOURISHING LIP COLOR) Swatches

Eddie Funkhouser Lipstick: Strip Search and Innuendo Swatches

Strip Search has a semi-sheer finish, and Innuendo delivers a more full-coverage color with a satin finish.  Each retails for $11.99.  Click HERE to head to Eddie Funkhouser to buy, or keep scrolling for some glossy glosses!

Eddie Funkhouser Lip Gloss

Eddie Funkhouser Glosses

Eddie Funkhouser Glosses

Eddie Funkhouser:  Meow Meow, Belle De Jour, and Stolen Kisses

Eddie Funkhouser: Meow Meow, Belle De Jour, and Stolen Kisses

Once again, the packaging looks luxe and modern.  These glosses feature a sponge-tip wand for application.  The gloss formula feels emollient and smooth, not sticky or heavy.

Eddie Funkhouser:  Meow Meow, Belle De Jour, and Stolen Kisses Swatches

Eddie Funkhouser: Meow Meow, Belle De Jour, and Stolen Kisses Swatches

Swatches from the left is Meow Meow, a gorgeous neutral beige. Belle De Jour, a bright medium pink, and Stolen Kisses a neutral that leans pink laced with sparkle.  Retail is $10.99.

Click HERE to shop EddieFunkhouser.com.  Click through the other members of the Makeup Wars team below, to see what they think of Eddie Funkhouser Lip Color!  My bet?  They’re all in love with it as I am!

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Aveeno Makeup Removing Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant

Aveeno Positively Radiant

Press Sample, AmbassadorI started my “job” as an Aveeno Ambassador with the easiest task possible for a beauty blogger, testing makeup remover!

On any given day, I’m swatching foundation, lipstick, and eye makeup. Let’s see how Aveeno’s freshly-scented makeup removing wipes can handle all three! [Read more…]

Exuviance Skincare Review

Exuviance Skincare Regimen, Review #bblogger #exuviance #skincare

Exuviance Skincare Regimen

Exuviance Skincare Review

Exuviance Skincare Review

Press SampleI’m a long-time fan of Exuviance, and lately have been gun-shy on skincare trials, so naturally it seemed like a great idea to reach out to a brand I know and love to see if I could give an entire skincare regimen a thorough test-drive for your reading pleasure!

In response to my interest, the team at Exuviance passed along the skincare trio photographed above:  Exuviance Multi-Protection Day Crème, Exuviance Evening Restorative Complex, and Exuviance Vitamin C+ Anti-Aging Booster. Click through the jump to read about each product and my Exuviance skincare review!  Retailers of Exuviance include NeoStrata.com and Ulta! [Read more…]

SinfulColors Spring Lineup

SinfulColors Spring 2015 Polish Collection

SinfulColors Spring 2015 Polish Collection

SinfulColors Spring 2015 Swatches

SinfulColors Spring 2015 Swatches

Press SampleIn search of some serious eye candy today, readers? Well it’s your lucky day, because today I have five shades from the Spring 2015 SinfulColors collection to share with you! My day is instantly brighter just looking at these cheerful and peppy colors.

Where SinfulColors is concerned, the best news is always the price. Not only are these polishes a high-quality, chip-resistant formula. They’re also only $1.99. At that price, the entire collection of 24 shades costs less than $50.

Retailers include Walgreens, Target, and Amazon.  Click through the jump for swatches and product recommendations! [Read more…]

Borghese ColorGlass Lip Gloss

Borghese ColorGlass Lip Gloss

Borghese ColorGlass Lip Gloss

Borghese ColorGlass Lip Gloss

Borghese ColorGlass Lip Gloss

Press SampleI’m in love with these buttery lip glosses by Borghese.  Proud members of the new Eclissare Color Eclipse collection, this gloss delivers a sheer color with a high-shine finish.  The most notable part of this gloss? The lips look perfectly smooth after application. It features an ultra reflective pigment and is mixed with pearl for an opalescent look.

Click through the jump to view Spark, Brightside, and Darkling swatches.

Retail price is $21.50.  Click HERE to shop Borghese.com. [Read more…]

MAC Cinderella Review, Swatches

MAC Cinderella Collection, Spring 2015

MAC Cinderella Collection, Spring 2015

Press SampleThe magical MAC Cinderella collection just launched, so I wanted to be sure to get items from this beautiful collection in front of your eyes asap!

MAC Studio Eye Gloss, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

MAC Studio Eye Gloss, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

Lightly Tauped Swatch, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

Lightly Tauped Swatch, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

My #1 pick from the press samples I received is this MAC Studio Eye Gloss.  “Lightly Tauped” looks like a sheer neutral, but this gorgeous eye color is laced with deep pink shimmer that even a fairy godmother would approve of.  Retail price is $23.

Reflects Pearl and Pretty It Up Swatches, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

Reflects Pearl and Pretty It Up Swatches, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

A Cinderella collection wouldn’t be complete without glitter!  Reflects Pearl is a shimmery, frosty white that adds a little something special to any makeup look. Don’t forget, if you plan to use glitter on the eyes you’ll need to wear something a bit tacky as a base to hold it into place. Pretty It Up is a medium brown pigment with a hint of bronze.  A wonderful way to spice up a neutral eye.  Retail price is $23 for glitter and $24 for pigment.

MAC Edge To Edge Lip Pencil, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

MAC Edge To Edge Lip Pencil, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

Edge To Edge Swatch, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

Edge To Edge Swatch, MAC Cinderella Collection 2015

Nothing says “princess” quite like pink, this long-wearing lip pencil will hold until midnight!  This lip pencil isn’t a part of the Cinderella collection, but I definitely wanted to ensure there was a lip color selection here for you to be the belle of the ball!  Retail price is $16.

Click HERE to find these shades at MACCosmetics.com, other retailers include Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

This MAC product was a press sample. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

NARS Spring 2015

NARS Spring 2015

NARS Spring 2015

Like blossoms bursting through the snow, the NARS Spring 2015 collection recently hit counters.  This collection features soft and inviting neutral shades.  Items from the NARS Spring 2015 collection can be purchased at NARSCosmetics.com. Other retailers of the brand include Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.  Keep reading for more photos and swatches of items from this gorgeous makeup collection.

NARS Liguria Lipstick, Spring 2015

NARS Liguria Lipstick

NARS Liguiria Lipstick

NARS Liguria Lipstick

NARS Liguria Lipstick

NARS Liguria Lipstick

NARS Liguria Lipstick

If you still think “sand” when someone says “neutral”, you’ve got it all wrong.  Modern neutrals like NARS Liguria Lipstick lean golden/umber, for a new twist on a classic neutral lip.

Retail price is $27.

NARS Reckless Blush, Spring 2015

NARS Reckless Blush

NARS Reckless Blush

NARS Reckless Swatch

NARS Reckless Swatch

NARS Reckless Blush is really more of a highlighter.  If you’re in love with luminosity, it’s a must.  Gently pat it atop the cheekbones with a stipple brush to add a highlight, or pair it with a bronzer to add definition.  Add a layer of Reckless over any blush to amp up the glow factor.

Retail price is $30.

NARS St. Paul De Vince Duo Eyeshadow, Spring 2015

NARS St. Paul De Vince Duo Eyeshadow

NARS St. Paul De Vince Duo Eyeshadow

NARS St. Paul De Vince Duo Eyeshadow Swatches

NARS St. Paul De Vince Duo Eyeshadow Swatches

NARS Duo Eyeshadow in St. Paul De Vince is my favorite item from the NARS Spring 2015 collection.  This shadow compact harnesses the

Retail price is $35.

NARS Porto Venere Eye Paint, Spring 2015

NARS Porto Venere Swatch

NARS Porto Venere Swatch

NARS Porto Venere Eye Paint

NARS Porto Venere Eye Paint

NARS Eye Paint in Porto Venere is amazing.  This pale neutral tone is a new favorite of mine for lid application.  Once applied and blended this color is simply eye-opening.  It instantly makes me look well-rested and alert.

Retail price is $25.

CLICK HERE to shop this collection at NARS. Other retailers of the brand include Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.  For more NARS to add to your cart, be sure to check out my Best NARS Products guide!

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

Diamond Flat Iron

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me, #flatiron #stylingiron #bblogger #beauty

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me, #flatiron #stylingiron #bblogger #beauty

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me, #flatiron #stylingiron #bblogger #beauty

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me

Press SampleIt has been quite some time since I last reviewed a flat iron. I’m so excited to introduce you all to the Diamond Flat Iron from Irresistible Me, because it is truly amazing!

First, check out the look of it. This iron is a glorious sports-car red, which is so appealing! It comes housed in a sturdy box that can also act as storage for your precious flat iron when it’s not in use.

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me, #flatiron #stylingiron #bblogger #beauty

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me, #flatiron #stylingiron #bblogger #beauty

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me

To use the Diamond Hair Styler, you first hold down the “on” button (the large black button at the right in the photo above) located between the flat plates until the green temperature gauge lights illuminate. Then use the arrow buttons to increase or decrease the temperature.  The screen will tell you what the current temperature setting is, and the green light bar will increase/decrease based on the temperature setting.

Pro-Tip: Start at a low temperature to style bangs or thinner areas, then increase the temp for all-over styling.

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me, #flatiron #stylingiron #bblogger #beauty

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me, #flatiron #stylingiron #bblogger #beauty

Diamond Flat Iron, Irresistible Me

This iron heats up fast and furious, and positively glides over the hair. This styling tool isn’t just named “Diamond”, the ceramic plates are coated with crushed diamond particles mixed with tourmaline to protect your hair from heat damage. It’s easy to use, and a luxe experience from start to finish!

Other product features include a cord that swivels so it won’t tangle as you’re styling, an auto shut off feature with a 30 minute timer, a temperature that can go up to 450 (straightening even the thickest hair).

Regular retail price is $149, but currently Irresistible Me is hosting a Winter 20% off Sitewide Sale, so the new price is $119.20!

Click HERE to buy the Diamond Hair Styler from Irresistible Me!

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