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Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

Under Cover, NARS Summer 2016

press-sampleYou may find this hard to believe, but even here in the desert I look forward to the hot summer months.  We don’t experience “winter” in the Phoenix area the way much of the rest of the US does, but I’ll confess that I still hate it when it’s cooler and overcast.  The desert comes alive with fun activites for the kids only when temps hit 90 (think waterslides, wavepools, etc) and we spend a good part of every day outside, even when temps hit 115.

Aside from fun in the sun, summertime is an opportunity to have fun with your makeup as well. The NARS Under Cover Summer 2016 makeup collection contains vivid shadows for the eyes, bronzy dual intensity blush shades, and “Lip Cover” glosses in classic shades. All items sport limited edition packaging that is so fun!

Members Only Swatch, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

Members Only Swatch, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

This Hollywood starlet red is seasonless. Check out the amazing texture on this swatch! Price is $28 per gloss.

Pool Shark and Deep End Swatches, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

Pool Shark and Deep End Swatches, NARS Under Cover Summer 2016

Pool Shark and Deep End Eye Shadow harness the beauty of the sea shimmering beneath a hot sun.  What great choices for summertime accent colors!  Price is $29 per shadow.

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush, NARS Summer 2016

Liberation Dual Intensity Blush contains a peachy pink and a terracotta rust shade that are perfect for blushing and contouring.  Retail price is $45 per compact.

Click HERE to shop the Under Cover collection at NARSCosmetics.com. Other retailers include Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and Ulta.

The products in this review were press samples. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

MAC x Chris Chang

MAC x Chris Chang Collection 2016

MAC x Chris Chang Collection 2016

press-sampleThose perfect pops of color you crave for summer? That’s what you’ll find in the MAC x Chris Chang color collection for Summer 2016. Chris Chang’s Poesia line is known for being a bit wacky, a bit whimsical, but above all else colorful! Inspired by the Chinese art form Kunqu, this collection features a rainbow of colors for lips, cheeks, and eyes.

MAC x Chris Chang Swatches

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick Swatch

MAC Gold Xixi Lustre Lipstick Swatch

When I first saw this Gold Xixi lipstick, I thought “Oh, this is probably a subtle hint of gold!”  NOPE!  This is an extremely pigment rich, in your face yellow-gold!  If you are looking for a statement lipstick, this collection is one you need to see.  Gold Xixi is described by MAC as a Lemony Pastel Yellow.  Other colors in the collection include Cloud Gait (pastel turquoise lustre), Plum Princess (a pastel plum/lavender matte), DDDevilish (pastel hot pink matte), and Vermillion Vee (true red matte).  Retail price $20 per lipstick.

MAC Prep + Prime Tranasparent Finishing Powder

MAC Prep + Prime Tranasparent Finishing Powder

The only colorless product in the MAC x Chris Chang collection is this Prep + Prime finishing powder.  Completely translucent, this powder can be used on any complexion to help soften the appearance and mattify the finish of your makeup.  The limited-edition compact design is a reward for replenishing this makeup bag staple now.  Retail price is $29.50.

MAC Rich Coral Cream Colour Base

MAC Rich Coral Cream Colour Base

MAC Rich Coral Swatch

MAC Rich Coral Swatch

MAC Cream Colour Base is the ultimate in buildable color.  The finish is sheer and dewy, and it can be layered until you achieve the desired intensity.  This fragrance-free product can be used on eyes, lips, or cheeks.  It’s the ultimate is versatility!  The shade Rich Coral is an intense blood orange color.  Other shades include Peony Pavilian (hot pink), and Sockit Xiqu (dirty lavender).  Retail price is $23 per compact.

Also included in the collection but not pictured are four shades of eye shadow ($17), and one Fluidline ($17.50).  Shop the collection on MACCosmetics.com.  MAC products are also available at Nordstrom.com, Bloomingdales.com, Macys.com and Saks.com.

The products in this review were press samples. Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.

L’Oreal Jewel Eyeshadow Trio

L'Oreal Jewel Tones, Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Jewel Tones, Colour Riche Eyeshadow

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogMy “go to” eye makeup is neutral, but it’s fun to jazz up the look a stunning accent color. If you’re in search of a jewel tone to add to your routine, check out these beauties from the L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow collection!

L'Oreal Jewel Tones, Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Jewel Tones, Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Biolet Beaute, Teal Couture, Grand Bleu Swatches

L’Oreal Biolet Beaute, Teal Couture, Grand Bleu Swatches

Swatches from left to right: Biolet Beaute- a deep garnet, Teal Couture- a deep emerald, and Grand Bleu- a beautiful sapphire.  I’m a fan of using these shades as a simple liner, to add a little extra to any eye look!  These L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Monos deliver buildable color using a gel-based formula.  Application is smooth, controlled, and even.

Retail price is $5.99 per shadow, but keep your eye out for deals (like the current buy one, get one for 50% off at Ulta) because you can grab a discount now and then!

Retailers include Ulta.com, Target, and you can buy direct from L’Oreal.

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

L’Oreal Frosty Neutral Trio

L'Oreal Frosty Neutral Trio

L’Oreal Frosty Neutral Trio

beauty blog, makeup blog, product reviews blog, beauty reviews blogYesterday was the first “desert summer” day here in Scottsdale. Temperatures reached the mid 90s and the air was bone dry. On truly hot days, I seem to gravitate toward cooler makeup shades like the frosty neutrals photographed above. Maybe on some level I feel like wearing icy colors will lower my body temperature?

L'Oreal Petite Perle, Argentic, Quartz Fume Swatches

L’Oreal Petite Perle, Argentic, Quartz Fume Swatches

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Mono Shadows in Petite Perle (a frosty pearl), Argenic (a pale frosty blue), and Quartz Fume (a deep frosty brown) are shown above.  Together they create an icy neutral eye with a hint of blue.  Truly showstopping!

Retail price is $5.99 per shadow.  It’s so fun to mix these little shadow pots together into your own eyemakeup look!

Retailers include Ulta.com, Target, and you can buy direct from L’Oreal.

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

HUGE Lancôme GWP At Macy’s!

HUGE Lancome GWP at Macy's, Macy's Lancome GWP, Macy's Beauty GWP

Lancome Gift Time, Macy's Lancome Gift, Macy's Lancome Gift with purchase With Mother’s Day right around the corner, this HUGE Lancôme GWP at Macy’s is perfectly timed! Starting today, with any Lancome purchase of $35 or more in the Macy’s beauty department, you’ll score a generous 6-piece gift of amazing Lancôme product, housed in an adorable spring tote! Click this link to shop: Lancome free 6-piece gift with any $35 Lancome purchase (Value $79 – $122).  This offer ends on 5/23!

As always, I’m here to help with buying suggestions for you, if you’re stumped! I’ve tested my fair share of Lancôme product over the years, and here are some of my all-time favorites!

Color Design Sensational Effects Matte Smoth Hold Lipcolor, $23.  The most color-intense lipstick you’ll ever see, with a streak-free matte finish!  I can’t say enough about this recently-released Lancôme formula.  My “go-to” shade pick from the lineup is Nutmeg, a medium neutral that works for any season!

Gloss In Love, $27.50.  Imagine the most buttery gloss you’ll ever feel, housed in an ingenious tube with a button that deploys the applicator.  That’s Gloss In Love!  Fizzy Rosie is a great color choice for spring.  It’s a soft pink/apricot shade that works for any complexion.

Definicils Waterproof High Definition Mascara, $27.50.  How did I test this waterproof formula for my readers?  I wore it all day to a local waterslide park!  After hours of slipping and sliding this mascara hadn’t budged at all.  If you have vacation plans, or just a busy summer of water fun ahead, this is a must-try!

Color Design Matte Lip Crayon, $24.  This lightweight formula comes in an easy-to-apply pencil format that hugs every curve and corner of the lips!

Blush Subtil Palette, $43.  These three-shade cheek palettes are the ultimate for a frequent traveler!  Each palette features a bronzer shade, a blush shade, and a highlighter.

Sourcil Tint Longwear Eyebrow Pen, $26.  In the world of beauty, brows are so NOW!  These felt-tip marker pens are perfect for filling sparse areas and shaping the brow, and deliver a natural, soft color!

Color Design Palette in Beige Brulee, $50.  I get such amazing amounts of use out of this neutral 5-shade palette.  These colors create a natural daytime look that easily transitions to evening by layering deeper accent shades.  The Color Design Palette also comes with application instructions for those of us feeling intimidated.

This offer ends on 5/23 so click through now to stock up! Lancome free 6-piece gift with any $35 Lancome purchase (Value $79 – $122).

The products mentioned in this post were previously press samples from Lancome.  This post is sponsored by Macy’s.  Please click HERE to read my full disclosure.