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Borghese Eclissare ColorStruck Lipstick

Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick Review

Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick Review

Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick Tubes

Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick Tubes

Borghese Eclissare Lipstick Lineup

Borghese Eclissare Lipstick Lineup

Press SampleWhat a serious thrill it has been to get to sample and review the fabulous Borghese Eclissare ColorStruck Lipstick collection. This modern, elegant collection truly redefines the Borghese brand. Take an up close look at the spectrum of color available in this new lipstick lineup.

Borghese ColorStruck Lipstick

Borghese Eclissare Lipstick Lineup

Borghese Eclissare Lipstick Lineup

Borghese Eclissare Lipstick Lineup

Borghese Eclissare Lipstick Lineup

Release Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Release Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Release, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Release, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Borghese ColorStruck Lipstick in Release is a medium neutral pink.

Halo Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Halo Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Halo, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Halo, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Borghese ColorStruck Lipstick in Halo is a neutral bronze.

Farside Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Farside Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Farside, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Farside, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Borghese ColorStruck Lipstick in Farside is a vivid, shimmery pink.

Departure Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Departure Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Departure, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Departure, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Borghese ColorStruck Lipstick in Departure is a mythical, shimmery mauve.

Dare Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Dare Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Dare, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Dare, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Borghese ColorStruck Lipstick in Dare is a sizzling, shimmery fuchsia.

Beyond Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Beyond Swatch, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Beyond, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Beyond, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipstick

Borghese ColorStruck Lipstick in Beyond looks dark brown in the tube, but delivers a deep, sophisticated burgundy to the lips.

Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipsticks

Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Lipsticks

Borghese Eclissare Lipstick Ombre Tubes

Borghese Eclissare Lipstick Ombre Tubes

Borghese ColorStruck lipstick from the Borghese Eclissare color collection applies smoothly, delivers pigment-rich color, and feels simply divine on the lips.  A total of 12 shades are available.

Retail price is $25. Click HERE to shop Borghese.com.

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

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…]

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…]

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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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.

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar

Press SampleWhen I was 14, I wasn’t very excited when Easter rolled around.  After all, I wasn’t a “kid” any more, so a basket filled with candy and toys wasn’t anything to get excited about.  I was pleasantly surprised on Easter morning when I walked down to the kitchen and spotted an Easter basket filled with fragrance and body lotion.  “Finally!” I remember thinking, “someone understands me!”

If you’re the Mom of a pre-teen or teenager, you really should check out Tony Toly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar.  It’s an ideal Easter Basket filler for that age!  These adorable little bunny themed sticks deliver a semi-sheer color to the lips, all while sticking with an Easter theme.  It’s tough enough being a teenager.  Let your daughter know you “get” it!

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar Review

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar Review

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar Swatches

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar Swatches, Indirect Light

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar Swatches

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar Swatches, Direct Light

In my opinion the bunnies with angry looking faces are the most adorable of the bunch.  I’ll be honest, Moms… you’re going to want to pick up a bunny or two for yourself as well. This emollient little gloss bar delivers gorgeous color! As soon as I tested these for the first time, I immediately put one in my tote to ensure I always had a Tony Moly Petite Bunny Lip Gloss Bar close at hand.

Retail price? That’s the best part! These adorable little lippies are only $8!

Sadly, the samples I received didn’t have their “English” color names on  the tubes.  The swatches shot above are in the same order as their tubes shown above, so if you’ve fallen in love with a color just match the bunny face!

Click HERE to buy yours at Ricky’s NYC.

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

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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.

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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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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…]