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Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo in Guava Glow

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Guava Glow, Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo

Press SampleAt first glance, you would assume this Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Blush Duo contained only one shade.  If you look closely, you can actually see a subtle difference as the left side is a bit paler than the right.

In the compact the shade difference might appear subtle, but once applied you can really see the variation. The paler shade is actually a frosty apricot with a golden sheen.  The deeper shade is a medium apricot with no golden shimmer and a satin finish.  The colors can be swirled together or separately.  These colors are universally flattering, and vivid enough to deliver a pop of color on even darker complexions.

Retail price is $17.

Click HERE to buy it at Sephora.com.  Other color choices are Tangerine Tease, Fuchsia Flushed, Rose Emotion, Tea Rose Tickle, and Mangobeam.

The author received press samples for review and photography. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

CARGO Swimmables Makeup

Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Makeup

Cargo Swimmables Waterproof Makeup

Press SampleBeautiful colors, waterproof formulas. That’s what the CARGO Cosmetics Swimmables Waterproof Makeup line is all about! Here in the desert, we enjoy summer weather for about 10 months of the year. As a result, the opportunity (and desire) for water activity is high. To be prepared to partake in the fun, makeup lovers must wear waterproof formulas, or they’ll look like a melty mess.

Cargo Swimmables Bronzer and Blush

Cargo Swimmables Bronzer and Blush

Cargo Swimmables Bronzer and Blush

Cargo Swimmables Bronzer and Blush Swatches

WOW.  Can you even believe the glowy color the CARGO Swimmable Bronzer and Blushes deliver?  Talk about multi-dimensional!  The finish plays amazing games with the light, making it a perfect choice for a day at the beach.  Click through the jump to see more Swimmables swatches, and the waterproof testing results! [Read more…]

Essence Cosmetics Summer Picks

Essence Cosmetics Makeup Perfect For Summer

Essence Cosmetics Makeup Perfect For Summer

Press SampleEssence Cosmetics is a fabulous budget-brand with great options for you to get SUMMER READY!  Vivid bright color? Check.  Tanned and luminous skin?  Double check! [Read more…]

Estee Lauder Courréges Collection

Estee Lauder Courréges Makeup Collection 2015

Estee Lauder Courréges Makeup Collection 2015

Estee Lauder Courreges Makeup Packaging

Estee Lauder Courreges Makeup Packaging

Estee Lauder Courreges Makeup Collection

Estee Lauder Courreges Makeup Collection

Estee Lauder Courréges Products 2015

Estee Lauder Courréges Products 2015

Press SampleHave you seen this other-worldly makeup collaboration between Estee Lauder and Courréges?  Packaged in spage-age mod packaging housed in astronaut-worthy vacuum sealed bags, this cosmetics collection is totally mod, and looks like something my Mom would have wanted in the 60s. [Read more…]

MAC Mia Moretti

MAC Mia Moretti Makeup Collection

MAC Mia Moretti Makeup Collection

MAC Mia Moretti Makeup Collection

MAC Mia Moretti Makeup Collection

MAC Mia Moretti Lipstick and Casual Color

MAC Mia Moretti Lipstick and Casual Color

Press SampleThe limited-edition MAC Mia Moretti color collection has been on shelves for a while, so pardon my delayed attention to this collection!  It just so happens that not only did I get my hands on a few samples from this makeup collection, I found a new favorite red lipstick as well!

Maria Moretti Amplified Lipstick, MAC Mia Moretti

Maria Moretti Amplified Lipstick, MAC Mia Moretti

Here she is!  Maria Moretti lipstick, from the MAC Mia Moretti collection!  Gorgeous, right?

Maria Moretti Swatch, MAC Mia Moretti

Maria Moretti Swatch, MAC Mia Moretti

Check out this amazing color!  Maria Moretti is a true red in an Amplified finish.  It’s so creamy, so vivid, and is the perfect red for anyone.  We’re all the same where red lipstick is concerned, aren’t we?  Not many of us think we can pull it off.  Maria Moretti lipstick will convince you that you can.  Retail is $16.  Find it!

PS I Like You Swatch, MAC Casual Color

PS I Like You Swatch, MAC Casual Color

MAC Casual Color can be worn on the cheeks and/or the lips, for perfect creamy color every time!  The consistency feels light and almost whipped to me, and Casual Color delivers the most incredible texture to the lips!  The shade above is P.S. I Like You, and is described by the brand as a Carnation Pink.  This pink leans warm, and wears well paired with other warm shades.

Retail price is $22.

Click HERE to find these shades at MACCosmetics.com, other retailers include 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.

NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral Makeup

NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral Collection

NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral Collection

NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral Collection

NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral Collection

NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral Collection

NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral Collection

Press SampleThe hottest beauty trend is subtle natural beauty, and the NARS Christopher Kane Neoneutral makeup collection is a great way to get the look.  Barely-there neutrals punctuated by subtle pops of color is what this collection is all about!

Right away I’m going to tell you that the products included in this review were Ahhhmazing, and you need to get your hands on them while you can! [Read more…]

IT Cosmetics CC Your Way To Beautiful

IT Cosmetics CC Your Way To Beautiful Review

IT Cosmetics CC Your Way To Beautiful Review

IT Cosmetics CC Your Way To Beautiful Photo

IT Cosmetics CC Your Way To Beautiful Photo

IT Cosmetics CC Your Way To Beautiful Collection

IT Cosmetics CC Your Way To Beautiful Collection

Press SampleI wrote about the IT Cosmetics CC Your Way To Beautiful value set back when it was a today’s special value over at QVC. I wanted to circle back with more details on this collection, because even at the regular price of $72.50 this collection is quite a steal! Click HERE to visit QVC’s IT Cosmetics Department if you’re already in love with this beautiful makeup collection! [Read more…]

MAC Julia Petit Collection

MAC Julia Petit Collection, Spring 2015

MAC Julia Petit Collection, Spring 2015

MAC Julia Petit Makeup Collection

MAC Julia Petit Makeup Collection

Press SampleMAC Cosmetics has launched so many new collections lately, and one I’ve recently played with is the MAC Julia Petit Collection!

Morganite, MAC Julia Petit Collection

Morganite, MAC Julia Petit Collection

Morganite Swatches, MAC Julia Petit Eyeshadow x 2

Morganite Swatches, MAC Julia Petit Eyeshadow x 2

I love MAC Eyeshadow x 2 palettes, and this Morganite duo from the MAC Julia Petit makeup collection is no exception! Two warm shades–one a sparkling champagne, the other a deep chocolate–can be used to create an incredible eye look with some creative blending!

Sold out online. Retail is $22.  Other colors include Sagu and Moving Sand (both are still available).  Click through the jump for photos of MAC Julia Petit Boca Lipstick, and MAC Julia Petit Linda Blush! [Read more…]

NARS Tahiti Bronzer, Laguna

NARS Tahiti Bronzer In Laguna

NARS Tahiti Bronzer In Laguna

NARS Tahiti Bronzer In Laguna

NARS Tahiti Bronzer In Laguna

Press SampleBronzer is a staple during the summer months. I love the look of a tan, but certainly not enough to risk sun damaged skin! One challenge for me is that I have fair skin, so dark bronzers look artificial on me. I’ve recommended many bronzers idea for fair skin over the years, and have to add NARS Tahiti Bronzer in the shade Laguna to my list. This bronzer is the absolute deepest, darkest bronzer I have been able to use that still looks natural.

Love what you see?  Retail price is $59.  Don’t forget you can score this item at a discount during the Sephora VIB sale!  Click through the jump for more photos, and a Laguna swatch.

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Stowaway Makeup Review

Stowaway Makeup Review

Stowaway Makeup Review

Stowaway Makeup Review

Stowaway Makeup Review

Press SampleIt seems like lifetimes ago, but I was once a road-warrior. Trust me, those of us flying regularly deserve to use the term “warrior”.

I rose in the early AM on Monday to hop a jet, sometimes having to wake as early as 3 am. By the time I landed, it already felt like I had worked a full day, but no. There was at a minimum a 9 hour workday facing me before I got to check into my hotel room. Sometimes I was up a full 24 hours before I had the opportunity to sleep.

Among the many challenges of travel is missing the creature comforts of home. This long-time makeup lover had to abandon a vast selection in favor of a succinct collection that would suit my daily needs and fit easily in my carry-on. Each week I had only two lip colors to choose from, two or three eye pencils, and a tiny neutral shadow compact (or no shadow at all).

The founders of Stowaway Cosmetics are familiar with this conundrum. It doesn’t only affect frequent travelers, but women who exercise at a gym, need to reapply at work, or heck, anyone who wants to tote an assortment of cosmetics with her day-to-day. The brand is working to reduce makeup bulk by offering a line of petite products with luxe formulas.

Click through the jump for an up-close look at each product available in the Stowaway arsenal. If you’ve seen enough, click HERE to shop StowawayCosmetics.com! [Read more…]