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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…]

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.

XO Memebox SoothingSista #Eyelove

Soothingsista XO Memebox

Soothingsista XO Memebox

Soothingsista XO Memebox

Soothingsista XO Memebox

Soothingsista XO Memebox #Eyelove Palette

Soothingsista XO Memebox #Eyelove Palette

Press SampleI am finally, FINALLY feeling in a pink mood again readers! The timing is perfect, as elements of pink are cropping up everywhere, most especially in eye makeup! One of my latest favorite products is this new launch from Memebox. Memebox has collaborated with Stephanie Villa (aka SoothingSista) and the result is this gorgeous #EyeLove SF Eye Shadow Palette consisting of neutral shades of shadow that lean pink.  The rosy neutrals in this palette are so gorgeously youthful you simply need to buy one (and the fact the retail is only $17 doesn’t hurt either).

Click HERE to check out Memebox. Click through the jump for swatches from the #Eyelove quad and my review of the Memebox x SoothingSista #EyeLove SF Shadow Palette. [Read more…]

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Palette

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Review #LauraMercier #beauty #makeup #bbloggers

Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Review

Watercolour Mist Palette Swatches, Laura Mercier #beauty #LauraMercier #palette

Watercolour Mist Palette Swatches, Laura Mercier

Press SampleEvery Spring, I’m always in the mood to add a bit more color to my eye makeup routine.  I’m also fond of pointing my readers in the direction of superior product, so it’s nice that the palette I’m featuring in today’s post perfectly covers both bases!  Above is the Laura Mercier Watercolour Mist Eye & Cheek Palette, from the brand’s Watercolour Clouds collection for 2015.

As you may have already gathered simply by window shopping, this year’s colors are more subdued and romantic then last year’s brights.  Dare I use the word “pastel”?  This lovely palette is similar to a watercolor paint palette, with six Sateen Eye Colours that deliver a wash of color to the eyes.  The palette includes a soft cornflower blue (Mist), a pale neutral (Wheat), a soft medium green (Storm), a violet/pink (Wind), gray (Purple Rain), and charcoal (Cloud).  The two included cheek colors are a pale pink (Sunset) and medium terracotta (Earth).

As always, the Laura Mercier shadow and blush formulas are as soft as silk, and apply smoothly and evenly.

Retail price is $58.  Click HERE to buy it from LauraMercier.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom.com, NeimanMarcus.com, Bloomingdales.com, and Saks.com.

For more photos and information, click through the jump! [Read more…]

Beauty Blogger Essentials

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Beauty Blogger Essentials

Press Sample, Affiliate LinkThis week’s Makeup Wars topic posed a bit of a problem for me.  The Makeup Wars team is writing about our tried and true go-to products, the items we reach for again and again and replenish over and over. I had a blast pulling together this Beauty Blogger Essentials List, but have to admit that I couldn’t fit all of my “go to” beauty items in one post!

As a result, today’s post is part one of a two-part series and you can see the remainder of my Beauty Blogger Essentials List tomorrow.  Love what you see?  All of these products can be purchased at Nordstrom.com.  While you’re there, don’t miss the Nordstrom Clearance Sale!  It’s definitely worth a peek.

Beauty Blogger Essentials, #beauty #makeup #blogger

Makeup Wars, Beauty Blogger Essentials, Image Credit Nordstrom.com

  • NARS Nail Polish: If I had to pick only one nail polish to use, I’d splurge on a bottle of NARS Nail Polish over and over again. This highly opaque color-rich formula can truly be applied with only one coat. It’s big 3 free, and has a gorgeous wide brush for applying. It’s a seriously luxe experience from end to end, with professional results. Retail is $20.
  • Lancôme Color Design Shadow and Liner Palette:  There are a gazillion eyeshadow palettes I love, but the Lancôme 5-Pan Color Design Palette is currently the first I reach for.  These palettes provide room for creativity, but don’t overwhelm with choices.  They are sized for travel, unlike a mega-palette, and also include tips for application.  I’m currently using Beige Brulee, but have my eye on Taupe Craze (in photo).  Retail is $50.
  • Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour:  I love WAY too many lipsticks to mention them all, but Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color is definitely one of the first tubes I seek out when I’m applying my morning face.  The formula delivers a color-rich, satin finish and is available in a wide array of colors.  Palm Beach, shown above, is a fabulous vivid coral for Spring!  Retail is $27.
  • Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara:  Here in the desert, temperatures are already starting to reach levels the rest of the world would consider summer.  To stay cool, we participate in a TON of water activity, so my makeup has to always be ready for some splashing.  I testing Lancôme Definicils Waterproof Mascara last summer, and when I say “tested” I mean I wore it for a day of watersliding action with my kids.  This formula didn’t run or budge AT ALL.  Retail is $27.50.
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Eye Pencil:  This reformulated version of an old favorite is still a mainstay in my makeup collection.  This water-resistant formula is the one you need to pick if you truly need color to last from day to night.  It applies in a gorgeous, smudgy texture that’s easily blended to perfection using the provided smudge-tip.  Once the product sets, it will stay put for hours!  Retail price is $23.
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body:  Dry, flaky skin be gone!  Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body is perched in my shower, and has been for some time.  This physical/chemical peel first acts as a scrub.  Then it should be left on for up to 5 minutes while it works it’s magic, eliminating dry skin and revealing the healthy skin beneath!  Retail is $65.
  • Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm: After a fellow beauty blogger raved about Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, I splurged on one for myself, and have been using it regularly ever since. This undereye cream is rich, delivers the moisture I so desparately need, and also tingles after you apply (so you can tell it’s working to reveal healthier skin). This product is paraben free, and Algenist is also made right here in the USA! Retail price is $65.
  • Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion:  When Shiseido launched their suncare line, I immediately grabbed a bottle of this SPF 50+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen.  Since that first trial run, I’ve purchased it over and over again.  As you’d expect, this product is superb sun protection, especially if you’ll be pool side.  What you might not know it is wears beautifully under makeup, as it has an almost matte finish when you apply.    Retail is $39.
  • Bobbi Brown Corrector: This little compact has been my “go-to” undereye concealer for quite some time now.  Once again, while my first was a press sample, I’ve since purchased this product over and over again (and usually keep a backup for travel, or to ensure I don’t run out).  Bobbi Brown corrector is a heavier concealer, and has an orange undertone that cancels darkness under the eyes. Retail is $25.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette:  I don’t know one beauty lover who doesn’t think the Hourlgass Ambient Lighting Palette is fabulous.  This palette contains an all-over face powder, a highlighting shade, and a bronzing shade.  It’s perfect for some subtle contouring, or to use each shade stand-alone.  Retail is $58.
  • NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer: NARS instantly won me over when they launched their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I generally avoided tinted moisturizers before NARS launched their version, as I required more coverage to even out my skin tone. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is slightly more opaque than the standard tinted moisturizer, but delivers a natural look. Since receiving my first sample I’ve purchased this product over and over again! Retail price is $43.

All of these items can be found at Nordstrom.com. Be sure to click through the links below to see and read other Beauty Blogger’s “go-to products”! I’ll also be posting another round of Beauty Essentials for your reading pleasure tomorrow!

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

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Vincent Longo Ginger Lily

Vincent Longo Ginger Lily Starlette Gel Eye Stain

Vincent Longo Ginger Lily Starlette Gel Eye Stain

Press SampleI know what you’re thinking. This looks exactly like a gloss… so my photo caption above must be wrong. Nope, it’s correct! This little wand applicator actually dispenses Gel Eye Stain in a brilliant way. Each click delivers enough product to apply one layer of color. Simply apply layer by layer until you achieve the look you want!

Vincent Longo Gel Eye Stain is water resistant and long wear, so if you need makeup with staying power this is a great choice! It’s also gluten free, paraben free, and oil free! A great choice for the sensitive and allergic among us.

The Vincent Longo Ginger Lily is a great shade for spring. It’s described by the brand as a copper shimmer, and it’s the perfect color for jazzing up a neutral eye makeup look this spring.

Retail price is $25. Other shades available are Ambrosia Mist, Mink Dream, Starlet Blue, and Chartreuse Veil.

Click HERE to check out Starlette Gel Eye Stain at VincentLongo.com. Other retailers of Vincent Longo products include Nordstrom.com, DermStore.com, and Amazon.com.

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

Click through the jump for more images and a swatch of Ginger Lily! [Read more…]

Milani Launches 2015!

Milani 2015 Launches:  Fierce Foil, Rose Powder Blush, Color Statement Lipstick

Milani 2015 Launches: Fierce Foil, Rose Powder Blush, Color Statement Lipstick

Press SampleMilani has been the toast of the Beauty Blogger town these days, launching some new products for 2015 that have gotten a TON of press for not only being on-trend, but budget-friendly!

Milani 2015 Launches:  Fierce Foil, Rose Powder Blush, Color Statement Lipstick

Milani 2015 Launches: Fierce Foil, Rose Powder Blush, Color Statement Lipstick

Keep reading after the jump for full details on all of the makeup in this photo. If you’ve already seen enough, grab yours at CVS! [Read more…]

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…]